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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.                21

between six and seven feet in height, weighing 230 pounds, has short
hair inclining to be gray.
    During eighteen years of his life he would walk thirty miles in a
day, and preach three times.
    He could not be stopped by trifles, would wade to his neck
through streams of water. He had taught his dog to swim rivers and
brooks, and carry his Hymn book and Bible across in his mouth with-
out getting them wet.
    He is a correct and powerful preacher. Hundreds and thousands
have, I doubt not, been converted through his instrumentality.
    During his ministry he has been severely persecuted; but out of
all his troubles the Lord has delivered him."
    This earliest Sunday School in the United States of which any
record is known was abundantly fruitful, even if it achieved no other
result than the conversion of that colored youth.
    The above account of Mr. Charleston was copied from "Zion's
Herald " in "The Christian Advocate," February 22, 1828. As Mr.
Mead, who wrote it, lived in Virginia, it is believed in Richmond, it
would hardly have been carried from his hand to Boston in that day
of slow conveyance so as to appear in a weekly journal, in much less
time than a month.
    Then three or four weeks would have been a reasonable period
for its re-appearance in another weekly journal in New York.
    It would, therefore, seem that the account of Mr. Charleston was
written not later than near the close of 1827, or at the latest in the
first days of 1828.
    As he was converted forty-one years previous to the time of its
writing, his conversion in Crenshaw's school must have occurred in
1786, or at the latest in the beginning of the year 1787.
    This determines the fact that Crenshaw's school was organized as
early as 1786.

    Mr. Mead's account of Mr. Charleston is introduced in "Zion's Herald"
as "a late communication," without giving its date.
    In the first report, 1828, of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday School Union,
the following statement appears; "In the year 1786 a Sabbath School was taught




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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