I had ample evidence of the fact that lying spirits had gone
out into the world, for three persons whom I had baptized
had been visited by Mr. Douglass, who told them that I
denied the Bible and could not be depended upon; and they
yielded to his insinuations until the devil took possession of
them, and they were in a disaffected condition, and sent for
When I met them they were in great affliction, but when I
instructed them in regard to the principles of the gospel, and
administered to them, they were delivered from the evil influ-
ence and rejoiced.
MEETING WITH JAMES TOWNSEND—DECIDE TO GO TO BANGOR
—A LONG JOURNEY THROUGH DEEP SNOW—CURIOUS
PHENOMENON—REFUSED LODGING AT EIGHT HOUSES—
ENTERTAINED BY MR. TEPPLEY—CURIOUS COINCIDENCE
—MR. TEPPLEY'S DESPONDENCY—ARRIVAL AT BANGOR
—RETURN TO THE ISLANDS—ADVENTURE WITH THE
On the 15th of February I again crossed to the North Island, and after remaining there seven days visiting, we
returned to Camden. Here I met Brother James Townsend,
who had just arrived from Scarboro.
I ordained Brother Townsend to the office of an Elder, and
we concluded to take a journey to Bangor, and offer the
gospel to the inhabitants of that city.
We undertook the journey on foot in the dead of winter,
when the snow was very deep, and the first day broke the road
for seven miles to Scarsmont. The day following, it being
Sunday, we held two meetings, preached the gospel to the
people, and were kindly entertained.
On the evening of the next day we wallowed through snow-
drifts for a mile, to meet an appointment to preach in a school-
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