As a boy, James Gough (1712-1780) was known for his genius intellect, having mastered the Greek and Latin tongues when still a young child. At one point, after conversing with young James, a distinguished Justice of the Peace so admired his propensity for learning that he offered to pay his way through university. But although such flattery sowed seeds of pride and vanity in James’ young heart, it pleased the Lord to visit him in power and love, and he was prevailed upon to give up all that he had once called gain to follow Christ. James Gough became a wise and well-beloved minister among the Society of Friends, but having learned to live low at the feet of His Master, he was always remarkable for his deep humility, and low opinion of himself.
[James Gough] was a living minister, and well instructed in the mysteries of the kingdom; he was adorned with the beautiful robes of love, and he eminently felt peace on earth to abound in him, and goodwill towards men. He was a devoted faithful labourer in the heavenly vineyard, and he delighted to see the youth under a heavenly visitation, fitting and preparing for the Lord’s vineyard.- Samuel Neale
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The journal of James Gough, relating his spiritual development, experiences in the ministry, and insightful commentary about the state of the Society of Friends; also containing a lengthy supplement to the journal compiled by his brother John Gough (the historian).