John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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as they supposed. They saw marvelous <wonderful>  lights in the air and on the ground, and  would relate many great and marvelous  things which they saw in their visions.  They conducted themselves in a strange  manner, sometimes imitating Indians  in their maneauvres, sometimes runn ing out into the fields, getting on stumps  of trees and there preaching as though  surrounded by a congregation,— all the  while so completely absorbed in visions  as to be apparently insensible to all  that was passing around them. I would  here remark, however, that it was but  a very few of the church that was <who were>  exercised in that way. The more  substantial minded looked upon it  with astonishment, and were suspicious  that it was from an evil source. I  joined the church on the tenth of Janu ary, 1831, and in the course of three  or four days I was ordained an  elder. Shortly after this, the church  from the state of removed to  , Ohio. Smith and  were among the number; for after   had joined the church in  , he was afraid that he had  been deceived, so he and went to the state of  to enquire further into it.  said he went to the enemies of the  church to find out their feelings and [p. 23]
as they supposed. They saw wonderful lights in the air and on the ground, and would relate many great and marvelous things which they saw in their visions. They conducted themselves in a strange manner, sometimes imitating Indians in their maneauvres, sometimes running out into the fields, getting on stumps of trees and there preaching as though surrounded by a congregation,— all the while so completely absorbed in visions as to be apparently insensible to all that was passing around them. I would here remark, however, that it was but a very few of the church who were exercised in that way. The more substantial minded looked upon it with astonishment, and were suspicious that it was from an evil source. I joined the church on the tenth of January, 1831, and in the course of three or four days I was ordained an elder. Shortly after this, the church from the state of removed to , Ohio. Smith and were among the number; for after had joined the church in , he was afraid that he had been deceived, so he and went to the state of to enquire further into it. said he went to the enemies of the church to find out their feelings and [p. 23]
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