Fifteen Years in the Senior Order of Shakers; a Narration of Facts, Concerning That Singular People

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 126 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853. Excerpt: ... universal, therefore it was not owned. For fear of what would happen to our lot, we must correspond together by writing, that we may each retain a memento, or rather a token, of everlasting love. We must strengthen each other in our faith, which, although we had begun to dread its injunctions, we, yet, deemed holy; we must warn each other of the danger of vice, and mutually blend and assimilate our joys, our hopes, our sorrows, and our love. These writings were of an entirely private character;--for this reason, I have not inserted them here. Francis has since left the Society; and should a copy of this little recital fall into his hands, he will recognize these truthful statements, and, we hope, address a letter to his quondam friend and brother, --Hervey Elkins, Hanover, N. H. Meanwhile, time passed on, and the fever continued to rage in our large family circle. Of the one hundred and fifty individuals, who composed the Senior family, more than one half, were, in the course of the season, confined by that disease. Nine died. This was an instance of mortality never, before, or since, known by that people. In the autumn of the same season, the singular spirit manifestation began, alluded to so frequently in the suit before the Legislature of New Hampshire concerning the Shakers. Shrieks of some one, apparently in great distress, first announced a phenomena which caused the excitement. The screeching proceeded from a girl of but thirteen years of age, who had, previously, among the Shakers been a clairvoyant, and who has since been a powerful medium for spiritual manifestation, elsewhere. She soon fell upon the floor, uttering awful cries, similar to those we had often heard emanating from instruments groaning under the pressure of some hidden abomination i..

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