Redruth - Primitive Methodists (1827)

We pass over numerous similar passages for the sake of brevity and insert the closing account of Mr Clowes's Missionary labours in Cornwall. "I next preached in succession, and with increasing influence and success, at St Blazey, St Austell, Folgas, the Downes, Redruth, North Country House, Biscovay, and at other places. Conversions frequently occurred, and at the principal places, the congregations increased rapidly. I frequently addressed large multitudes in the open-air and engaged largely in ministerial family visiting. On Monday, February 24th, 1826, I attended our preparatory Quarterly Meeting at Redruth, when the number of members in the mission was reported to be 235; and our financial affairs were good; so that we received nothing from Hull Circuit's funds, either for salaries or for travelling expenses."

It is to be regretted that Mr Clowes could not continue longer in Cornwall, as his labours there would have greatly strengthened and augmented the infant societies. His immediate successors, however, were eminently owned by God, and their labours crowned with abundant success.

In September 1826, the late Mr John Gamer became superintendent of the Cornish Mission, and he and his colleagues had the happiness of witnessing the conversion of many hundred souls. In the month of March 1827, a great revival broke out at Redruth and in the neighbourhood and thence extended itself to St. Austell and other places.

''Frequently no less than twenty persons joined our society in an evening," says Mr Gamer: "and during the ten months I have been at Redruth, more than six hundred have united with the Primitive Methodist Connexion in Cornwall."

From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860, p198.

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