him many years, a sober, honest, and faithful man. The secret of the theft was kept between them; but after John's death, William Savery sometimes told the story, to prove that evil might be overcome with good.
This practical preacher of righteousness was likewise a great preacher orally; if greatness is to be measured by the effect produced on the souls of others.
Through his ministry, the celebrated Mrs. Fry was first excited to a lively interest in religion.
When he visited England in 1798, she was Elizabeth Gurney, a lively girl of eighteen, rather fond of dress and company.
Her sister, alluding to the first sermon they heard, from William Savery, writes thus:
His voice and manner were arresting, and we all liked the sound.
Elizabeth became a good deal agitated, and I saw her begin to weep.
The next morning, when she took breakfast with him at her uncle's, he preached to her after breakfast, and prophesied of the high and important calling she would be led into.