History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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cars start in five minutes” Amid a scene [HC 2:463] of confusion, bustle, and crowding <July 29> we succeeded, after a good share of scufling and pulling, in getting our trunks on board the baggage car for Albany, where we arrived the same evening.
<30 Joseph at Albany> At 7 o’clock A.M. we went on board the Steamer John Mason, which took us to the erie, lying over the bar. While the passengers were stepping off the John Mason, the Steamer Rochester passed us. “Now for a race” was the cry, from different parts, and a race and try of speed it was. However, as fate <or> steam, or power of engine would have it, the Erie, after touching at Cattskill <Kattskill> and <At > West Point, where the Rochester did not, went into a few miles “ahead” By such undue pressure of steam the lives of thousands have been sacrificed, and I thanked God that myself and friends were saf[e]ly landed. While here I visited the burnt district, that part of the city where it was estimated fifteen Millions of property were consumed by fire on the 16th. of Dec. 1835, according to the predictions of the ancient that there should <be> “fire and vapor of Smoke” in the last days. From we continued our journey to Providence on board a Steamer, from thence to by steam <At .> cars, and arrived in , Massachusetts, early in August, where we hired a house and occupied the same during the month, teaching the people from house to house, and preaching publicly as opportunity presented, visiting occasionally, sections of the surrounding cities and Country, which are rich in the history of the Pilgrim Fathers of New England, in Indian warfare, Religious Superstition, Bigotry, Persecution, and learned ignorance. The early settlers of , (The Emporyum of New [HC 2:464] England,) who had fled from their mother Country to avoid persecution and death, soon became so lost to principles of justice and religious liberty as to whip & hang the Baptist and the Quaker, who, like themselves, had fled from tyranny to a land of freedom; and the Fathers of , from 1691 to 1693, whipped, imprisoned, tortured and hung many of their citizens for supposed witchcraft. and quite recently, while boasting of her light and knowledge, of her laws and religion, as surpassed by none on earth, has New England been guilty of burning a Catholic Convent, in the vicinity of Charleston, and of scattering the inmates to the four winds. Yes, in sight of the very spot where the fire of the American Independence was first kindled, where a monument is now erecting in Memory of the Battle of Bunkers Hill, and the fate of the immortal Warren, who bled, who died on those sacred heights to purchase religious liberty for his country, in sight of this very spot, have the religionists of the 19th. century demolished a noble brick edifice, and hurling its inhabitants forth upon a cold unfeeling world for protection and subsistence. Well did the Savior say concerning such “by their fruits you shall know them,” and if the wicked mob who destroyed the Charleston Convent, and the cool calculating, religious, lookers on, who inspired their hearts with deeds of infamy do not arise, and redress the wrong, and restore the injured four fold, they in turn will receive of the measure they have meted out, till the just indignation of a righteous God is satisfied. When will <August 6> man cease to war with man, and <wrest> from him his sacred right, of worshipping his God according as his conscience dictates? Holy Father, hasten the day, [p. 749]
cars start in five minutes” Amid a scene [HC 2:463] of confusion, bustle, and crowding July 29 we succeeded, after a good share of scufling and pulling, in getting our trunks on board the baggage car for Albany, where we arrived the same evening.
30 Joseph at Albany At 7 o’clock A.M. we went on board the Steamer John Mason, which took us to the erie, lying over the bar. While the passengers were stepping off the John Mason, the Steamer Rochester passed us. “Now for a race” was the cry, from different parts, and a race and try of speed it was. However, as fate or steam, power of engine would have it, the Erie, after touching at Cattskill Kattskill and At West Point, where the Rochester did not, went into a few miles “ahead” By such undue pressure of steam the lives of thousands have been sacrificed, and I thanked God that myself and friends were safely landed. While here I visited the burnt district, that part of the city where it was estimated fifteen Millions of property were consumed by fire on the 16th. of Dec. 1835, according to the predictions of the ancient that there should be “fire and vapor of Smoke” in the last days. From we continued our journey to Providence on board a Steamer, from thence to by steam At . cars, and arrived in , Massachusetts, early in August, where we hired a house and occupied the same during the month, teaching the people from house to house, and preaching publicly as opportunity presented, visiting occasionally, sections of the surrounding Country, which are rich in the history of the Pilgrim Fathers of New England, in Indian warfare, Religious Superstition, Bigotry, Persecution, and learned ignorance. The early settlers of , (The Emporyum of New [HC 2:464] England,) who had fled from their mother Country to avoid persecution and death, soon became so lost to principles of justice and religious liberty as to whip & hang the Baptist and the Quaker, who, like themselves, had fled from tyranny to a land of freedom; and the Fathers of , from 1691 to 1693, whipped, imprisoned, tortured and hung many of their citizens for supposed witchcraft. and quite recently, while boasting of her light and knowledge, of her laws and religion, as surpassed by none on earth, has New England been guilty of burning a Catholic Convent, in the vicinity of Charleston, and of scattering the inmates to the four winds. Yes, in sight of the very spot where the fire of the American Independence was first kindled, where a monument is now erecting in Memory of the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the fate of the immortal Warren, who bled, who died on those sacred heights to purchase religious liberty for his country, in sight of this very spot, have the religionists of the 19th. century demolished a noble brick edifice, and hurling its inhabitants forth upon a cold unfeeling world for protection and subsistence. Well did the Savior say concerning such “by their fruits you shall know them,” and if the wicked mob who destroyed the Charleston Convent, and the cool calculating, religious, lookers on, who inspired their hearts with deeds of infamy do not arise, and redress the wrong, and restore the injured four fold, they in turn will receive of the measure they have meted out, till the just indignation of a righteous God is satisfied. When will man cease to war with man, and wrest from him his sacred right, of worshipping his God according as his conscience dictates? Holy Father, hasten the day, [p. 749]
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