C. M. Sedgwick


The article reprinted from the May 1849, issue of Sartain’s Union Magazine of Literature and Art (volume 4, no. 5, pages [337]-38) records a particularly personal account of a visit by a long-time Shaker to the home of an old friend. The Shaker brother had been a member of an unnamed Shaker village for forty years and had joined with his wife and two children. He describes how his daughter left the faith and married and how his wife soon joined the daughter in the World. The son then apostasized, leaving the father alone with the Shakers. The account describes visions from the Era of Manifestations and describes the man’s uneasiness with this new development.

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