Benjamin Abbott saw James Sterling in a dream



It was about this time that Mr. James Sterling, of New Jersey, became a Methodist. The Rev. Benjamin Abbott, who appears to have been the instrument of his conversion, says -- "On a Saturday night, I dreamed that a man came to meeting, and stayed in class, and spoke as I never had heard any one before. Next day James Sterling came to meeting, stayed in class, and spoke much as I had heard and seen in my dream. After meeting I said to my wife, that was the very man I had seen in my dream, and the Lord would add him to his church. Soon after he was thoroughly awakened and converted to God. He yet stands firm among us, a useful and distinguished member, well known to many of our preachers and members." Mr. Sterling was very intimate with, and had warm friendship for Mr. Abbott.