On this date, August 14, 1786, Benjamin Abbot died. He was a wild son, but was converted and became a Methodist circuit-rider. Some time ago I read this quote from Methodist historian Abel Stevens about this revivalist.
“He had a temperament deeply mystic and subject to marvelous experiences which baffle all scientific explanation”. Stevens also noted, “His whole soul seemed pervaded by a certain magnetic power that thrilled his discourses and radiated from his person, drawing, melting and frequently prostrating the stoutest opposers in his congregation. It is probable that no Methodist laborer of his day reclaimed more men from abject vice. He seldom preached without visible results, and his prayers were overwhelming.”