Document: Reasons For Uniting with the people called Shakers: Comprised in a short sketch of the Author’s Religious Exercises, and a brief Statement of the Peculiar Doctrines and Practices of that People
Proctor Sampson (ca.1773-1855) was instrumental in gathering the community at Sodus Bay, New York. He wrote Remains of Joseph A. H. Sampson (Rochester, N.Y.: E.F. Marshall, 1827), the first Shaker biography, as a loving elegy to his son, who died a Shaker at age twenty. This first section of his “Reasons for Uniting with the Shakers” has never been published. It is one of eighteen chapters, the rest devoted to theology, comprising a manuscript now in the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, (VII:B-50). Sampson’s colorful narrative sheds much light on the religious ferment in southern Maine during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is a fascinating read, and we are pleased to present it in printed form for the first time.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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