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When Whitefield arrived in Philadelphia, his first visit was with Archibald Cummings, rector of Christ’s Church, who invited him to preach. A mass crowd assembled that exceeded seating capacity. Windows were open to allow people outside to hear the rivialist. To accommodate the growing crowds, future assemblies were held outside at the Courthouse on Market Street at 2nd Street. Cummings was not a fan of Whitefield and described him as a “well-meaning tho’ rash young man” who had “imbibed some mistaken notions of religion.”

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