History, circa 1841, fair copy

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  • Historical Introduction
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Broom[e] County N.Y. with whom I had previ ously been acquainted and of whom I have before  spoken.
and family were universalists but  were willing to reason with me and receive the tru th when made known to them. We held several  meetings in the neighbourhood 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 > Knights with whom  I had many serious conversations on the important  subject of mens. 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 attem pts to pray but could not do so feeling that  he had neglected his duty on the previous eve ning. On his return to the house his appe arance 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 distor ted and twisted into almost every shape possible  and he was raised from the floor by the spirit  which possessed him and tossed about the room  in a most fearful manner. His neighbours  were immediately made acquainted with his [p. 70]
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 neighbourhood 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 Knights with whom I had many serious conversations on the important subject of mens. 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 he was raised from the floor by the spirit which possessed him and tossed about the room in a most fearful manner. His neighbours were immediately made acquainted with his [p. 70]
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