Gillies, John; Stowe, C. E. Memoirs of the Rev. George Whitefield: to which is appended, An Extensive Collection of his Sermons and other Writings; Revised and Corrected, with Large Additions and Improvements; With an Introduction, by C. E. Stowe, D.D. Hartford: Edwin Hunt & Son, 1853.
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Roberts, Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographic Record of Works By, For, and Against George Whitefield no. 3963.
George Whitefield (1714-1770), born in Gloucester. Whitefield was the founder of the Calvinistic branch of the Methodists. From 1739 to 1770 he was engaged in open air preaching greatly owned of God and used for the salvation and revival of many. He traveled to the American colonies seven times, and was the instrument through whom the Evangelical Revival, or the “Great Awakening” was commenced and carried forth in America.
“He is the most extraordinary man in our times. He has the most commanding eloquence I ever heard in any person; his abilities are very considerable; his zeal unquenchable; and his piety and excellence genuine, - unquestionable.” – Lord Bolinbroke.
“He served to awaken to a consciousness of their deplorable state thousands to whose apathy and ignorance a colder preacher might have spoken in vain; and perhaps even the Church of England itself has been less impaired by the schism than benefited by the effects of emulation upon her learned clergy.” – Sir Walter Scott.
This edition includes 27 sermons and the treatises A Short Address to Persons of All Denominations, &c. and An Inquiry into the First and Chief Reason why the Generality of Christians Fall so Far Short of the Holiness and Devotion of Christianity.
John Gillies (1712-1796), evangelical Church of Scotland minister who served his whole ministry in the College (Blackfriars) Church in Glasgow. "He is best known for his lengthy and influential pastoral ministry and his literary works - he preached three times each Sunday and for a time delivered mid-week lectures from which he published a weekly extract called Exhortation to the...South Parish of Glasgow. He sought to guide his people into true devotion free from the excesses of enthusiasm...In 1754 he issued his groundbreaking history of revival, Historical Collections Relating to...the Success of the Gospel, which helped prepare the soil for the Scottish revivals of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries...he was free from the prejudice of party spirit and opened his pulpit to John Wesley and George Whitfield. He enjoyed Whitefield's friendship and wrote the first account of his life, Memoirs of the Rev. G. Whitefield...he was also an important member of an international evangelical letter-writing network involving Jonathan Edwards, Philip Doddridge, John Erskine, and others." - Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.
"John Gillies was born in the manse of Careston, near Brechin in 1712. His first pastorate was at the College Church, Glasgow, a work he assumed in July of 1742. Here he remained for the next fifty-four years. His labors were prodigious: in addition to preaching three times every Sunday, Gillies preached to his own large congregation three times during the week, published a weekly paper, and wrote some of the most important revival volumes ever published. He died in the midst of manifold spiritual blessings on March 29th, 1796." - Roberts, Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographic Record of Works By, For, and Against George Whitefield.