History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost according to  the teachings of Peter, on the day of Penticost; exhor ting his hearers, in the mean time, to throw away their  creeds of faith, to take the Bible as their standard  and search its sacred pages to learn to live by every  word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Lord, and  to rise above every sectarian sentiment and the tradition of  the age, and explore the wide and glorious fields of truth  which the scriptures holds out to view)
After labouring in that neighbourhood one year,  he received a very pressing invitation to remove to the town  of Mento[r] in the same county, and about thirty miles from  Bainbridge and within a few miles from Lake Erie, which  he sometime afterward complied with.
The persons by whom he was more particularly  requested, to move to that place, were the remnents of a  Baptist Church which was nearly broke up, the members  of which had become attached to the doctrines promulgated  by Elder .
The Town of Mento[r] was settled by wealthy  and enterprising individuals, who had by industry and good  management made that township one of the most delightful  in that or probably in the Western Reserve.  Its advantages for agricultural purposes could hardly  be surpassed, while the splendid farms, fertile fields,  and stately mansions make it particularly attractive  to the eye of the traveller and gives evidence of enterprize  and wealth.
In that beautiful location he took up his  residence, and immediately commenced his labors, with  that zeal and assiduity which had formerly character ized him. But being a stranger, and many reports  being put in circulation, of a character calculated  to lesson him in the estimation of the people and  consequently destroy his influence. Some persons were  even wicked enough to retail those slanderous  reports which were promulgated, and endeavour to  stir up persecution against him, consequently many  of the citizens were jealous and did not extend to him  that confidence which he might otherwise be  expected. [p. 67]
sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost according to the teachings of Peter, on the day of Penticost; exhorting his hearers, in the mean time, to throw away their creeds of faith, to take the Bible as their standard and search its sacred pages to learn to live by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Lord, and to rise above every sectarian sentiment and the tradition of the age, and explore the wide and glorious fields of truth which the scriptures holds out to view)
After labouring in that neighbourhood one year, he received a very pressing invitation to remove to the town of Mentor in the same county, about thirty miles from Bainbridge and within a few miles from Lake Erie, which he sometime afterward complied with.
The persons by whom he was more particularly requested, to move to that place, were the remnents of a Baptist Church which was nearly broke up, the members of which had become attached to the doctrines promulgated by .
The Town of Mentor was settled by wealthy and enterprising individuals, who had by industry and good management made that township one of the most delightful in that or probably in the Western Reserve. Its advantages for agricultural purposes could hardly be surpassed, while the splendid farms, fertile fields, and stately mansions make it particularly attractive to the eye of the traveller and gives evidence of enterprize and wealth.
In that beautiful location he took up his residence, and immediately commenced his labors, with that zeal and assiduity which had formerly characterized him. But being a stranger, and many reports being put in circulation, of a character calculated to lesson him in the estimation of the people and consequently destroy his influence. Some persons were even wicked enough to retail those slanderous reports which were promulgated, and endeavour to stir up persecution against him, consequently many of the citizens were jealous and did not extend to him that confidence which he might otherwise be expected. [p. 67]
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