LETTER FROM GEORGE WHITEFIELD TO JOHN FAWCETT
London, Sept. 1st, 1766.
I have been so often imposed upon by letters from strangers that it is high time to be a little more cautious; besides, bodily weakness prevents my writing as formerly; but your letters seem to evidence simplicity of heart. If truly called to the glorious work of the ministry, of which I can be no judge at this distance, I wish you much prosperity in the name of the Lord. The language of my soul is, ‘Would to God that all the Lord’s servants were prophets!’ A clear head, and an honest, upright, disinterested, warm heart, with a good elocution, and a moderate degree of learning, will carry you through all, and enable you to do wonders. You will not fail to pray for a decayed, but, thanks be to God, not a disbanded soldier. Oh that the last glimmerings of an expiring taper may be blessed to guide some wandering souls to Jesus Christ! As yet ‘the shout of a king is heard amongst us’. Whether I shall ever visit Yorkshire again, is known only to Him ‘who holdeth the stars in his right hand.’ Kind remembrances to all who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity. Brethren, pray for us. I retain my old name, ‘Less than the least of all saints,’ but for Jesus Christ’s sake,
Yours in our common Lord,
(Copied from ‘An Account of the Life, Ministry and Writings of John Fawcett, DD,’ published 1818, pages 35-36).