The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury - Vol. 2

The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury - Vol. 2

The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury - Vol. 2

The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury - Vol. 2

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South Carolina

Wednesday, January 1, 1794. We removed brother Bruce into a room without fire. We hastened the business of our conference as fast as we could. After sitting in a close room with a very large fire, I retired into the woods nearly an hour, and was seized with a severe chill, an inveterate cough and fever, with a sick stomach: with difficulty I sat in conference the following day; and I could get but little rest; brother Bruce's moving so frequently, and the brethren's talking, disturbed me. Sick as I was, I had to ordain four elders and six deacons; never did I perform with such a burden. I took a powerful emetic. I was attended by Doctor D--.

I found I must go somewhere to get rest. The day was cloudy, and threatened snow; however, brother Reuben Ellis and myself made out to get seven miles to dear old brother Andrew Yeargan's house.1 The next day came on a heavy fall of snow, which continued two days, and was from six to ten inches deep. I had to let some blood: I made use of flax seed, and afterward of betony tea,2 both which were of use to me. I must be humbled before the Lord, and have great searching of heart.

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