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Life Sketches from Scottish History of Brief Biographies of the Scottish Presbyterian Worthies
Hugh Owen


Mr. Owen was a Welch preacher; lie lived upon his own little estate, and preached the gospel to the poor ignorant people gratis. lie was a burning and a shining light in this obscure corner, a bright star that moved in a large orb.

He had a circuit about thirty miles in extent, which he performed in about three months, and then back again. His preaching was very affectionate and moving. Great numbers of people attended his ministry, and were much impressed by it. His indefatigable labours much impaired his health, as he often rode in the night, and in cold rains, over the mountains, scarcely allowing himself neccssaiy food. He rarely ate any flesh, and avoided all strong liquors. His principal food was milk, to which he used himself, by lodging in poor houses where they had nothing else, and only beds of straw.

He had many remarkable deliverances in answer to prayer. As he was once coming home, in a very dark night, he lost his way, and found himself in a dangerous place. In this extremety he alighted from his horse, and prayed to God to direct him. Before he had done praying, the heavens cleared over his head, so that he plainly perceived the way and escaped the danger. Another time, going to preach in a frosty, snowy season, he was benighted on the hills, and a sudden storm arose, which drove the snow so violently in his face that the horse could not go forward. He, therefore, let him go as he would, till he perceived himself in danger of the bogs, so that it was not safe to ride any farther. After he had commended himself to godly prayer, he left his horse to shift for himself, and walked in his boots in a deep snow till midnight, when he was so spent, and so affected with the cold that he despaired of life. Providentially in a little time he came to a cow-house, into which he attempted to enter, hut when he got to the door he found it barred within. He scrambled about for above an hour, trying to get in, but to no purpose. At length, when all hope was gone, he discovered a hole at one end of the place, and, with much difficulty, got in that way, and lay between the cattle till morning, when he crept out again, and seeing a house not far off he went to it, and knocked at the door. The master of the house arose and let him in, when he found his hair and beard frozen, his hands benumbed, his clothes stiff with frost-and snow, and himself scarcely able to speak. He made a good fire and gave him some hot milk and put him into a warm bed, where he lay some hours, after which he preached the same morning without suffering by it.


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