History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and were also  baptized—
During this month I paid a  visit to Mr. of Broom[e]  County N.Y. with whom I had previously been  acquainted and of whom I have before spoken
and family were Universalists  but were willing to reason with me and receive  the truth when made known to them— We  held several meetings in the neighborhood where  we soon found many friends and a few  enemies our meetings were well attended and  many began to pray to Almighty God for wis dom to understand the truth one of these was   son of with whom I now  had many serious conversations on <the> important sub jects of man’s eternal salvation. We were in  the habit of praying much at our meetings and   had become convinced that it was  his duty to take up his cross which he avowed a  determination to do; but when we again met together  he excused himself by saying he would wait  until he could retire to the woods and then he  would pray accordingly On the following  morning he retired to the grove where he made sever al attempts to pray but could not do so feeling that  he had neglected his duty on the previous evening  on his return to the house his appearance was such  as to very much alarm his —having requested  his to bring me to him I went and found him  suffering very much in mind and his body acted  upon in a very strange manner his face and  limbs distorted and twisted into <almost> every shape  possible and finally he was raised from the floor  by the spirit which possessed him and tossed about [p. 70]
and were also baptized—
During this month I paid a visit to Mr. of Broome County N.Y. with whom I had previously been acquainted and of whom I have before spoken
and family were Universalists but were willing to reason with me and receive the truth when made known to them— We held several meetings in the neighborhood where we soon found many friends and a few enemies our meetings were well attended and many began to pray to Almighty God for wisdom to understand the truth one of these was son of with whom I had many serious conversations on the important subject of man’s eternal salvation. We were in the habit of praying much at our meetings and had become convinced that it was his duty to take up his cross which he avowed a determination to do; but when we again met he excused himself by saying he would wait until he could retire to the woods and then he would pray On the following morning he retired to the grove where he made several attempts to pray but could not do so feeling that he had neglected his duty on the previous evening on his return to the house his appearance was such as to very much alarm his —having requested his to bring me to him I went and found him suffering very much in mind and his body acted upon in a very strange manner his face and limbs distorted and twisted into almost every shape possible and finally he was raised from the floor by the spirit which possessed him and tossed about [p. 70]
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