“If I cannot bear this for a short time, how can I bear the pains of hell forever?”
“And why should not you be a minister?”
“Crush heresy, but spare the heretic.”
“The history of his life seems little less than the history of one unbroken revival; and it would perhaps be difficult to name the individual in our country since the days of Whitefield who has been instrumental of an equal number of hopeful conversions.”
“During most of the sermon his face was wet with tears, and for nearly an hour he spoke to us with such tender and appealing sentences that it seemed as if his hearers must cry out in an agony of fear and trembling...But what a climax the ending was! It was a wonder how he endured the strain so long that he had not given up physically exhausted. The mental agony, the heartbreaking sympathy, were enough to break an angel down! When he fell on his knees as if he had been knocked on the head with an ax, with outstretched arms, tears coursing down his face, he cried out; “Oh! My dying fellow sinners, I beseech you to give your heart to the Savior now. Give your life to Jesus Christ, do not putt it off! Do not leave this house without dedicating yourself to His service, lest you be left at last to cry, the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and I am not saved.”
“...it is only when the open face we behold the glory of the Lord that we are changed from glory to glory. A view of God shining in the face of Jesus Christ, is the faith which purifies and produces good works. When God is seen in all the majesty of His glory, in the awful purity of His holiness, the Christian cannot, dare not willingly sin. He pants after universal purity with groanings that cannot be uttered. This is the faith 'which worketh by love.' Under the influence of these views the Christian knows what is to be moved to action by the love of God in Christ...”
January 2, 1810
My Dear Sir,
"How often have you and your dear family said, “The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice.” What a blessing it is that he has the appointment of all our changes and trials...You have given a son to Christ, and if he has work for him on the earth, he will preserve him, and make him a blessing to the church; but if he has other designs, he will, I doubt not, take him to himself."
"...Lewis has the typhus fever. His mind is weak; but he loves to hear of the name of Christ, and will listen with deep interest and tender affection to every thing that is said about the blessed Savior...I beseech you, my dear friends...Prepare for every thing which God has in store for you...May God Almighty support you, my dear friends, under this trial, is my prayer."
January 3, 1810
"We do little else but pray for him; and the whole college is crying with tears, “Spare him, spare him!” ...I cannot but humbly and earnestly pray that God will spare him for your sakes, and for ours, and for the sake of Christ."
January 6, 1810
"The Almighty God support you, my dear friends, under the trial you must feel. I wish will all my heart that I had something agreeable to communicate. And I have – Jesus of Nazareth reigns. The infinite God is happy. And our dear Lewis is happy. Ah, my heart, why this aching and trembling? The will of God is done. Lewis himself wished that the will of God might be done. And I am confident that he does not wish to oppose it now...Lewis left these abodes of pain this morning at 10 o'clock..."
"No young man was ever more beloved...He has not lived in vain...He has been the means of good to some souls; and by his influence on the college, has probably been indirectly the means of some good to thousands..."
January 7, 1810
"My friends, it is all the appointment of heaven. Eternal wisdom fixed it that he should die at this time and place...
Think not my dear friends, that you have lost your pains in giving him an education. No, you have been fitting him for more than a pulpit – for a higher throne in heaven...There it is! Think not of him on a bed of sickness, in a land of strangers...Think of him on Mount Zion. There is all that is Lewis. The rest is mere dust. We have not lost him. He is only gone a little before us...There we shall soon find him and enjoy him again, and forever – far more than we ever did in this world...
Your afflicted and affectionate friend,"
"I long and pray for high communion with God and for affections more ardent and delightful than I have ever felt before."
“You must give your heart to the Savior. Don't put it off another hour.”
“Give your heart to the Savior while you are young.”
“Don't say that again, sister; it is not because I am good, but because Christ has died.”
A local minister, “alluding to the providence which brought him back to Newark, beautifully remarked: “It was fitting that he who came in his youth to teach us how to live should come, when his head was gray, to show us how to die.” (Sprague, p. 237)