So as I was but as a babe in the way, I still wanted to be taught the ways of God, and I fell in company with John Bettens, to whom I opened my mind freely. I have thought many times since I never found such faith, no, not in all the men I ever talked with. Well, then, I was not confined to Trevean house only, but I went about all through the country. But no place where I was asked where the house was not full of people, and some would not contain all the people. Surely I was a wonder to myself, and in general I found great freedom to speak to the people in my simple way. I remember once I went about eight or nine miles from home, and as I came to the door where I was expected, a young man came out and said, ' Are you Captain Harry Carter?'
I answered, ` My name is Henry Carter.'
He said, ` We have been expecting of you, for it is given out for you to preach to-night.' When I heard of the name preach, I was struck with such fear and trembling, I could not tell whether it was best to return home again or stay there. So I went in, and the good man received me very kindly, and when the time came took me to the chapel, where it was so full the people could hardly stand. Some that know nothing of preaching called it preaching, but I never presumed to take a text, but laid a little foundation as a text in disguise, so that I had room to ramble. But it was not for what I could say only that the house was so full of people, but it was like the Jews of old, came not to see Jesus only, but Lazarus also.
Where I was not known before, they heard of me, and they believed that there was a great change upon me. I think the people believed I was really what I professed to be, but many times after I had been speaking, so dejected in my own mind, wishing that I may stand up no more, for it was seldom a day passed but what I had doubts whether I was called or not, and I was much afraid to run before I was sent. And likewise the cross was so great, I have often thought if the people knew what I suffered, they never would ask me to exercise in that way at all. Oh, how I did tremble and sweat just as the time were come. Well, then, still the work of God continued to go on in Trevean society, and lively meetings all through this neighbourhood.
I think it was in February, in 1791, or a little before, when the work in Trevean begun in some degree to ease, but still blessed times; and I think it was in the later end of March or the beginning of April I was sent for by a great man of this neighbourhood, he wanted to speak with me. Accordingly I went, and the business was as follows saying, ` I was in Helston a such a day in company with three gentlemen ' (mentioned their names); `they all ware black coats. Looking out through the window, a Methodist preacher went up street. One said, "There is a Methodist preacher." Another answered, "I wonder how Harry Carter goes about so public a preaching and Law's against him (referring to the Government reward for his capture) I wonder how he is not apprehended and taken." So I sent for you, as I fear they are brewing of mischief against you.'
'Well, sir,'said I, `what do you think I am best to do?'
He said, ` I know they cannot hurt you no further, then if you are taken you may suffer a long time in prison, and it may cost you a good deal of money, etc. I think you are better, to prevent danger, to return to America again.' This was the tenor of his advice, and added, ' If you go there I will give you, as I think he called it, a letter of recommendation from Lord , which, I think, may be very useful to you, or anything else in my power shall not be wanting.' And as the gent was well acquainted with our family, I dined with him, and he brought me about a mile in my way home, so I parted with him, fully determining in my own mind to soon see my dear friends in New York again.