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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
            STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.         217

       MRS. SARAH JANE WOODSON EARLEY AND
                      JOHN CHARLSON.


    The following letter is from one of the oldest members of the A.
M. E. Church.  She was raised in Chillicothe, Ohio, and her letter
gives her first impression of John Charlson; we find his name on the
minutes of the Ohio Conference in 1836, and also on the roll of the
General Conference, 1836. Thus we have a living witness to identify
tihs first convert in American Sunday School.
    Some time during the year 1835, while Elder Thomas Lawrence of
the A. M. E. Church of Southern Ohiowas holding a protracted meeting,
at the communion service he introduced to the vast assembly present, a
man of striking appearance whom he called the Rev. John Charlson,
who, having heard of the success of African Methodism had left the
hills of West Virginia and come over to join their ranks as an itinerant
minister.
    Every eye was fastened upon him as he announced the text, "I
am the resurrection and the life." The sermon was delivered with
such power, accompanied by the unction of the holy spirit, that chris-
tians shouted aloud for joy and all present were fascinated with his
peculiar eloquence and native zeal. Elder Charlson was a man who
always went properly and neatly dressed. He was a man of lofty
bearing, of erect form, brisk in movement, large in stature and of
most dignified appearance.  His complexion was very dark but his
hair was long and as white as snow. His black penetrating eyes
gleamed forth scintillations of intelligence from beneath heavy eye-
brows.  His countenance was always lighted up with a benigned
smile which spoke not only of the peace that dwelt within but showed
the great love that eminated from a pure heart toward his fellow men.
During the time that he was a member of the white church he was
allowed privileges seldom enjoyed by his brethren.   From these
advantages he derived unusual intelligence. He let no circumstance
pass his observation without such investigation as tended to increase
his knowledge, so that his preaching was always acceptable to the most
refined congregations. He read with fluency and was the most enter-
taining conversationalist to which I ever listened. When he con-




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


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