Deep Mourning

YOU HAVE NO CONCEPTION of the effect of Mr. Whitefield’s death upon the inhabitants of the province of Georgia. All the black cloth in the stores was bought up; the pulpit and desks of the church, the branches, the organ loft, the pews of the governor and council, were covered with black. The governor and council, in deep mourning, convened at the state-house, and went in procession to church, and were received by the organ playing a funeral dirge.

In his funeral sermon for Whitefield, John Wesley asked, “Have we read or heard of any person since the apostles, who . . . called so many thousands, so many myriads of sinners to repentance?”

By Cornelius Winter

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #38 in 1993]

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