|CHAPTER XXXIV. -- LETTERS AND TESTIMONIALS--BISHOP TAYLOR--CHURCH AT MONROVIA-- -- UPPER CALDWELL-SIERRA LEONE--GREENVILLE -- --CAPE PALMAS--BAND OF HOPE TEMPERANCE SOCIETY AT -- MONROVIA--LETTERS--MRS. PAYNE--MRS. DENMAN--MRS. INSKIP-- -- REV. EDGAR M. LEVY--ANNIE WITTENMYER--DR. DORCHESTER-- -- MARGARET BOTTOME--MISS WILLARD--LADY HENRY SOMERSET.|
|Mary R. Denman's Testimony .|
The first time I ever saw this sister, Mrs. Amanda Smith, was in 1870, at a time that I, having a hungry soul, had learned that a party, called "Higher Life Christians," were holding meetings in the Y. M. C. A. rooms in our city.
I went to them to learn if they had something that would suit my case. At the first meeting I heard a brother giving his experience of the rest of faith, God had given him. At once I thought this was just what I wanted. So I followed them to one of their evening meetings, that was held in the Franklin Street Methodist Church.
Early in the meeting a colored woman arose, and began to speak and sing. I was disgusted, that a woman should be allowed to speak, and a colored woman at that, and felt she should be requested to sit down. But soon I became interested in what she was saying, and enjoyed her sweet songs, and at once felt that I wanted the same faith that that woman had.
From that time I sought something of the same kind, and found Dr. Palmer's meeting, Fifteenth Street, New York. There I heard other men and women give their experience, which taught me a great deal.
At last a colored woman, sitting the second seat from me, dressed in plain Quaker dress, arose (after a man from Ohio had
I have often thought since it was my soul that was given to her at that time, for after she sat down I felt I wanted her prayers, and putting by all my prejudice (I had lived in the South many years), in asking a colored person to pray for me, I reached my hand to her and asked her prayers. She turned to me, as I thought, very coldly, and said: "What do you want?"
I had made a more full consecration of myself during that meeting, and now knew just what I wanted, and said, in answer: "I want bodily strength to do God's will." She said, "I will." And for the glory of God, I wish to give my testimony that I have had more bodily strength ever since. I did not know then that this woman was the same one I had heard speak in Franklin Street Church, for at that time she had not given up her irons, and wash tubs, and was dressed in her wash-woman's garb.
When I saw her the third time, it was at Sea Cliff Camp Meeting, when I was glad to tell her of the answer to her prayers for me.
After passing through the ten days' meeting, without receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit (having been brought up an Episcopalian, and not understanding the especial need of a clean heart, and this especial baptism), the dear Lord was very good to me, and came to me in the night with deep questions to my soul, that I could not answer in my own strength, and knowing that Amanda Smith was in the next tent, and had just come in from a late meeting, I called her, and she came in and knelt down beside me, asking what my trouble was. She prayed with me, and made me fully to understand that our Heavenly Father would not ask anything of me that He would not give me strength to do, and that all He wanted of me was to say "I will" to Him.
When I fully understood this, it took all my will power to say "I will" to God, for I knew it was no light thing to do, for it was to be "I will" to Him for the rest of my life. But when the "I will" was said, the power came, and she sang that beautiful hymn,
"Tis done, the great transaction's done,
I am the Lord's, and He is mine."
I can never tell that great peace that came to my soul at that time, and down in the depths of my soul has remained. The
Dear reader, I am glad to give my testimony to the power God has given our dear sister, Amanda, to bring souls to Him, and to help them on to
before Him, until He can finish His work of redemption in them. He is no respecter of persons, and is as willing to-day to give the baptism of the Holy Spirit to every soul who will come to Him in lowliness of heart, and ask Him for this blessing, and believe that He will give it. Wait for it. It will surely come, and you will be happy. When done with the up-and-down old Christian life, sinning and repenting, you will look to Jesus, moment by moment, for His guidance, which He will surely give, and then you can say to the Tempter when he comes (for he will never leave us while in the body), in Jesus' own words, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Jesus will open your spiritual vision when He comes in to dwell, and you will recognize the temptations of Satan from the blessed leadings of the Holy Spirit.Respectfully submitted, praying God's blessing upon these few words.
Mary R. Denman, Newark, N.J
Dec. 22, 1887. My Dear, Dear Sister Smith :--
Your precious letter came to hand, and it was too good to keep; I had it published in the "Standard," so your many friends would also enjoy it. It did my soul good to hear from you; many thanks for the same.
The beautiful tribute paid to my now sainted husband by you, was appreciated by me. My dear one often said he thanked God that he was the instrument, in God's hands, of bringing you into this beautiful light of full salvation, or entire sanctification. That day, at "Old Green Street," was never forgotten by my dear husband, and he spoke of it all around the world.
God has made you "A flame of fire" in this and other lands, and my dear husband rejoiced in the glorious work God enabled you to do, and he used to say, "Praise the Lord, Amanda Smith's success is mine."
Oh! with what interest he would watch every move you made. He, with myself, felt anxious for you to go to Africa. My dear husband often would say: "That will be Sister Smith's crowning glory."
I have no doubt his spirit has been very near you as you have been pushing the battle. Bless the Lord for the glorious victories won.
I often feel that my dear one is looking over the "battlements of glory," waiting to welcome me into that mansion of glory prepared for us. Oh! Sister Smith, what a meeting, when the redeemed ones shall return and come to Zion, with songs and everlasting joy. I think I can almost hear the anthem of praise unto Him that hath loved us, and given Himself for us. To Him be glory and praise forever and forever. Glory! Glory!
My darling sister, God has wonderfully given me physical strength and spiritual enduement for the work he has called me to do. I promised God, around the casket of my dear one. I would give to Him all the strength He gave me in work.
You know my husband was a wonderful leader; strong and fearless, yet very loving. I have heard Bishop Simpson and Bishop Harris say he was the grandest leader to marshal the forces and lead them into battle they ever knew. I have often wondered why God took him and left me; but I know He is too wise to err, and too good to be unkind; so I must leave all with Him. What I do not know now, I will know in the sweet by and by.
God has helped me as never before. After coming from Ocean Grove, where I was kept busy with work, I attended the Holiness Convention in Wilmington four days. It was a wonderful meeting. Souls converted and sanctified. Brothers Thompson, Pepper, Gray, Smith, Todd, Mrs. Kenney, Nettie Van Name, Clara Boyd and mother, Mrs. Blackston, Bangs and myself went from Philadelphia. Orr, Smith, Kenney, Boyd and Van Name stayed the following week. I had to leave. I had an engagement with Rev. S.E. Searles, in Brooklyn, two weeks. God did reveal Himself in the salvation of the people. Glory to God! We often spoke of you.
I had to leave in two weeks to fill an engagement at Wilmington, Del. I was there nine days. Over fifty converted; forty-three united with the church. Twenty were entirely sanctified, and twenty men and women (unsaved sinners) arose at the close and asked us to pray for them. The meeting we could not close till half past ten. Last Saturday will never be forgotten by the people present.
I have to leave on Monday morning to get ready to go South, where I am engaged, if my health holds out. I shall start for Florida in a few days. If the Lord brings you home we shall hail your coming with delight.
Brother and Sister Thompson, where I am stopping, say you must remember this is one of your homes. They unite with me in much love to you. I will also say I shall welcome you to my cottage at Ocean Grove when I am at home. God bless you abundantly with the riches of His grace.
I am glad Bishop Taylor is doing such glorious work for Africa. How my soul goes out for that Dark Continent. I am glad God has used you. Praise the Lord for the work you have been able through God's grace to do. God is blessing Sister Kenney, Lizzie Smith and others in the work. All your friends send lots of love to you. God bless you forever. Love to all the saints.Your loving sister,
Mrs. J.S. Inskip
I have sent you the "Missionary Review," and paid for it myself one year.
The following letters from Rev. Edgar M. Levy, Annie Wittenmyer, Dr. Daniel Dorchester, Margaret Bottome, Bob, Miss Frances E. Willard and Lady Isabel Somerset, respectively, are personal, but will, no doubt, be read with interest;
Feb. 2, 1890. My Very Dear Sister :--
I learn through the papers that you are now in London. I am real glad that you are that much nearer to us--the many friends who wait to greet you. Let me thank you for the kind word you write of me, which I see in the "Standard" this week. I sincerely reciprocate your kind wishes, and hope soon to see you and renew our sweet fellowship of bygone years.
I have written you several times while you were in Africa, but I have received no answer. In the last two communications I informed you that you might draw on me for two hundred dollars. Not hearing from you, I concluded that you had decided not to do so until your arrival in England, and your readiness to embark for America. I have now in my care $214.21 awaiting your pleasure. If you will inform me as to your wishes, I will either send it all, or in part, to you at any time, or I will keep it till you reach home.
When you write me, please direct to the care of McDonald, Gill & Co., 36 Bromfield street, Boston, Mass., U. S. A.
When you return I shall take pleasure in helping to increase the amount, which would be but a reasonable return for all you have done for us under the burning sky of Africa. God, however, will reward you in a far richer manner--in the "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Remember Douglass. All I ask is that you give that camp meeting the precedence over all others; as much for dear Brother Morse's sake as anything else. He has been the largest contributor, and will cheerfully do more when you get home.
Our winter has been very mild, but now has become very cold. It looks like we shall have the winter in the lap of spring. I hope God will guide you in choosing the safest time to return to America.
Of course you have met dear Brother and Sister Pearsall Smith in London, where they now reside--44 Grosvenor Road, Westminster. We miss them exceedingly.
I am, you see, in New Hampshire; not permanently, but for a few months, perhaps, preaching for a Baptist Church--the most spiritual I have ever known. We are just now having a precious work of grace; conversions every night, and as many as forty seeking the blessing of a clean heart. Glory to God! I expect Brother Morse to come and help me next week.
Now, dear sister, I must close, commending you to God and the Word of His grace. I am,Yours, in eternal and holy fellowship,
Edgar M. Levy
Oct. 11, 1890. My Dear Mrs. Smith :--
I welcome you back to America. I thank the Lord for all your grand work, and rejoice that He has used you for His own glory for so many years, and has brought you safely back to us again.
I send this as directed in the Philadelphia Methodist, and hope it will reach you. I want you to visit me. I am thirty-three miles out from Philadelphia, on the main line of the Reading Railroad. I have bought a farm of sixty-five acres, on the Philadelphia Pike, one mile or less, from the Sanatoga station. If you will let me know when you are coming, I will meet you with a
My son, the little boy who was with me at Ocean Grove, is married; has a good, practical, Christian girl for a wife; and we all live together. There are only three in our family. They both join me in the invitation.As ever, your faithful friend,
October 29, 1891. Mrs. Amanda Smith :--
Your letter of August 8th, after many wanderings, has at last reached me here.
Was very glad to hear from you. I have sometimes wondered why the Lord keeps a person so full of faith, and love, and Christian zeal, so long out of Heaven; it must be, that you may be a blessing to this poor, sinful, needy world.
I shall never forget your earnest prayers, so full of faith, and the profound respect the good people of Salem, Mass., had for you and your Christian character. Your labors have been a great blessing to multitudes, and your reward is on high, and will not fail.
May God greatly multiply such laborers. The world needs them.With kind remembrances, yours, etc.
You know I always loved you. I think it was Chaplain McCabe that called you our "Palm Tree," in the years gone down into the past, when we met you at our National Camp Meetings. And now, in these latter days, you have come into our organization of The King's Daughters and Sons.
I am so glad to see the gleam of the silver cross on any Daughter or Son, but when I saw it on you, my princely sister, I was peculiarly happy. Many jeweled hands I shall forget, but never your dark hand, raised so high when singing:
"My Saviour's promise faileth never,
He counts me in the whosoever."
You are a real daughter of the King "all glorious within." How often I would have given a good deal to have heard the tones of vour voice singing:
"The wonder-working Jesus!
The very same Jesus!"
Well, he has worked wonders through you. Many an owner of a white face would have been willing to have exchanged it for your white soul, but we are in a spiritual kingdom where there is neither bond nor free, white nor black. Christ is all and in all.
I am glad to think that wherever you go, you will bear the cross of our Order, and I do hope that many will follow you into the banqueting house where His banner over us is love. Some day we shall enter the King's palace, and I trust be presented faultless before the presence of His Glory; and the joy of all joys to my mind will be that of giving our King "exceeding joy" in the presentation.Your loving President, "I. H. N.,"
Sister Margaret Bottome
This letter from Bob--my Bob--is short, but will show how he is getting on, and that he is like other boys. I am sorry the sweet-shop was wrecked, and that it rained so they could not go to see the procession, but I am glad on account of the new boots and trousers!
Southport , October 28th, 1892. My Dear Mother :--
I hope you are better than when you last wrote to me.
There was a shipwreck at Blackpool a fortnight ago. The storm destroyed a sweet-shop, on the pier.
Miss Hobbs has bought me a new pair of boots, and made me a new pair of trousers.
I am trying to learn the books of the New Testament, but I cannot say them yet.
There has been a procession here; it rained so we couldn't go to see it.
The Exhibition closed on October 1st. Hundreds of people came to it. The fire-works were lovely.
The weather is very rainy and cold.
Mr. Walker sends his love. I met him in Chapel Street last Thursday Miss Hobbs sends her love.With much love, I remain,
Your loving son, Bob Smith .
February 17, 1893.
Mrs. Amanda Smith, 2940 South Park Avenue, Chicago.
Dear Sister :--
We learn that you are about to bring out a book containing your experiences of life which have been so varied and remarkable. We are glad of this, and confident that great good will come of it to all who read it, for your cheery Christianity bears the stamp that should become universal, and every fresh example helps to bring that day nearer.Believe us, your true friends in the love of God,
Frances E. Willard .