History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Accordingly I retired into the woods, to make  the attempt. It was on the morning of a clear  and beautiful day, early in the spring of Eig hteen hundred and twenty. It <and it> was the first  time that I ever made such an effort; for  amidst all my anxieties. I had as yet never  made the attempt to pray vocally. After  arriving at the place where I had previously designed  to go I looked around me. and finding myself  alone, kneeled down. and began to offer up <to God.> the  desires of my heart. I had scarcely done so, when  I was immediately seized upon, by some power  which entirely overcame me, and had such aston ishing influence over me, as to bind my tongue so  <so as to> depriving <deprive> me of the power of speech— Thick darkness  gathered around me, and for a time it seemed  that I were doomed to distruction. But exerting  every energy to call upon God. to deliver me out  of the power of this enemy; at the very moment  when I was sinking into dispair and abandon  myself to distruction. <an> not a imaginary. but to the  power <influence> of some being from the unseen world. who  had such marvelous power as this. Just at this  moment of alarm, I saw a pillar of light. over my  head, exceeding the brightn <far more bright and dazling than the sun in his meridian splendor> the brightness of which.  exceeded that of the sun; which gradually  decended untill it fell upon me. and I found  myself. delivered from the enemy which held me  bound. When the light rested upon me I saw  two personages. (whose brightness and glory defy all  description.) standing above in the air. One of  them called me by name. <and> said (pointing to the other)  this is my beloved son hear him. My object in  going was to assertain. which of the sects were  right. that I might join it. <Consequently> as soon as possible.  I asked the Personages who stood in the light; Which [p. 3]
Accordingly I retired into the woods, to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a clear and beautiful day, early in the spring of Eighteen hundred and twenty. and it was the first time that I ever made such an effort; for amidst all my anxieties. I had as yet never made the attempt to pray vocally. After arriving at the place where I had previously designed to go I looked around me. and finding myself alone, kneeled down. and began to offer up to God. the desires of my heart. I had scarcely done so, when I was immediately seized upon, by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such astonishing influence over me, as to bind my tongue so as to deprive me of speech— Thick darkness gathered around me, and for a time it seemed that I were doomed to distruction. But exerting every energy to call upon God. to deliver me out of the power of this enemy; at the moment when I was sinking in dispair and abandon myself to distruction. an not imaginary. but to the influence of some being from the unseen world. who had such marvelous power as this. Just at this moment of alarm, I saw a pillar of light. over my head, far more bright and dazling than the sun in his meridian splendor the brightness of which. exceeded that of the sun; which gradually decended untill it fell upon me. and I found myself. delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two personages. (whose brightness and glory defy all description.) standing above in the air. One of them called me by name. and said (pointing to the other) this is my beloved son hear him. My object was to assertain. which of the sects were right. that I might join it. Consequently as soon as possible. I asked the Personages who stood in the light; Which [p. 3]
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