Archer, Isaac (1813-1836)
Isaac, son of John and Mary Archer, was born April 10, 1813, at Garrigill Gate, in the county of Cumberland. He was of a free and cheerful disposition, but not much inclined to religion. But during a great outpouring of the Spirit, towards the close of the year 1834, he and another young man joined Nicholas Henderson’s class, sought the Lord with hearts sincere, and the Lord mercifully set their souls at liberty; and they were enabled to praise the Lord in the midst of the congregation. This took place Jan. 11, 1835.
After this he was assailed with strong temptations, and a disposition to yield to unprofitable reasonings. But by the grace of God he came off more than conqueror through the blood of the Lamb.
In Nov.1835, his affliction commenced. And about three weeks before his death, he passed through a powerful conflict; but God delivered him, and his confidence grew stronger and stronger in the Lord. No fear of death, he said, was before him, and he had no desire to get better. Prayer was seldom out of his mouth. The prayer of faith, which brings the glory down, produced perfect confidence in the all-cleansing blood of Jesus. To one of his class mates he said, “I know for me to live is Christ, and to die would be gain.”
He prayed for mankind at large, and in particular for the sick and dying. One of his old companions watching with him, he laboured much for his conversion; and clasping him in his arms prayed earnestly for him.
Towards the close of his days, with rapturous joy, he shouted, “Glory, glory.” And sung, “Come and taste along with me,” &c. He died, Dec. 20, 1836, in the twenty-fourth year of his age. Some of his last words were, “Bless the Lord, I know I am the Lord’s.”
(Approved by the Circuit Committee.)
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 237.