History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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And had promised me on a certain day, that he would that evening  take up his cross and pray vocally in the meeting the same evening—  The evening came, and the meeting was held, but when it came to s  was asked to pray, he begged to be excused. I tryed to prevail upon him  and encourage him to pray, <when> he brought up as figure the following, “Suppose  that a man travelling along the road, sho he replied that when he got out  in the woods by himself he should there take up his cross. I endeavored to  persuade him that where so many were there, ready & willing to assist him  there was the place for him to pray—and that for my part I would &  could help him by my faith, provided he would only, make an attempt  to pray. He now brought up the follow[ing] figure, Suppose I should  be traveling along the road & through carelessness get into a mudhole  and a number of men came along, it is natural to expect, that I should  be so much ashamed that I would rather wait untill they would go past & then  try to get out myself.— To this I replied that provided he should get  into a situation of the kind, And that it was most likely he would require  help, but that no person would help him out of a mud hole, unless he  would show a willingness to Assist himself also. All arguments were  however useless, he deferred praying untill next morning—when he then  retired into the woods, where according to his own account afterwards  he made several attempts to pray, but could scarcely do so, feeling  as he said, that he had not done his duty, but that he should have  taken up his cross in the presence of others, he began to feel uneasy and  felt worse both in mind and body, untill upon reaching his  house, his appearance was such as to alarm his very much— he requested her to go and bring me to him, I went and found him  suffering very much in his mind, and his body acted upon in a most  strange manner, His visage and limbs distorted & twisted into  every possible shape and appearances, and finally he was caught  up off the floor of the apartment and tossed about most fearfully.  his situation was soon made known to his neighbors and relatives  and in a short time as many as eight or nine grown  persons had got together to witness the scene. After he had  thus suffered for some time, I succeeded in getting hold of him by  the hand, when almost immediately he was able to speak, and requested  with great earnestness that I should cast the Devil out of him, that [p. [12]]
And had promised me on a certain day, that he would that evening take up his cross and pray vocally in the meeting the same evening— The evening came, and the meeting was held, but when was asked to pray, he begged to be excused. I tryed to prevail upon him and encourage him to pray, he replied that when he got out in the woods by himself he should there take up his cross. I endeavored to persuade him that where so many were , ready & willing to assist him there was the place for him to pray—and that for my part I would & could help him by my faith, provided he would only, make an attempt to pray. He now brought up the following figure, Suppose I should be traveling along the road & through carelessness get into a mudhole and a number of men came along, it is natural to expect, that I should be so much ashamed that I would rather wait untill they would go past & then try to get out myself.— To this I replied that provided he should get into a situation of the kind, that it was most likely he would require help, but that no person would help him out of a mud hole, unless he would show a willingness to Assist himself also. All arguments were however useless, he deferred praying untill next morning—when he then retired into the woods, where according to his own account afterwards he made several attempts to pray, but could scarcely do so, feeling as he said, that he had not done his duty, but that he should have taken up his cross in the presence of others, he began to feel uneasy and felt worse both in mind and body, untill upon reaching his house, his appearance was such as to alarm his very much—he requested her to go and bring me to him, I went and found him suffering very much in his mind, and his body acted upon in a most strange manner, His visage and limbs distorted & twisted into every possible shape and appearances, and finally he was caught up off the floor of the apartment and tossed about most fearfully. his situation was soon made known to his neighbors and relatives and in a short time as many as eight or nine grown persons had got together to witness the scene. After he had thus suffered for some time, I succeeded in getting hold of him by the hand, when almost immediately he was able to speak, and requested with great earnestness I should cast the Devil out of him, that [p. [12]]
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