03 August 2009

William Jackson's Man of Sorrows, 1843

Raw notes from A Man of Sorrows; or, the Providence of God Displayed, as Exemplified in the Life of William Jackson, S.B.G., author of ‘The Christian’s Legacy’

by William Jackson
published by the author, Philadelphia, 4th edition, revised, enlarged, and stereotyped, 1843

I am posting these notes, mainly because, while the book holds some general historical interest, it has almost no information on Universalism, which is my current field of interest. I purchased the book aftering reading that the author spent some time as a Universalist preacher only to learn that his Universalist period lasted only about two years and that he wasn't really a theological Universalist at all, during that period or ever.

Therefore, to those few out there who are interested in learning this preacher's story but don't want to read his entire book yourself, I post here my raw notes, focused mostly on names, dates, and local developments related to the history of various congregations.

General observations: Author concentrates mostly on his travels, getting up congregations, and being persecuted by “righteous” Christians wherever he goes. Describes himself as both humble and as deserving of the treatment of a prince. Seems like a paranoid schzophrenic or perhaps bipolar. Had several head injuries in childhood which might have contributed to being unstable. In form, he generally starts each paragraph with “real world” facts and ends each paragraph with biblical quotes and exhortations.

pg 7, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, 14 Feb 1794

pg 8, three severe head traumas: when age 4, again a “short time after,” and again “about 1 year after”

pg 9, fourth head trauma

pg 10, accident nearly blinds his mother when he was 10

pg 12, at age 11 he nearly drowns; by the way, he voluminously credits the hand of God/Providence each time he or an accident victim survives

pg 13, at age 12, seriously cuts fingers while carving

pg 14, his father, age 35, dies 15 Apr 1808, leaving a wife and 7 children, the author being the oldest

pg 16, regular hours at job were 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; his master often beats him with metal tools for not finishing his work

pg 18, about age 15, author is an ardent Methodist

pg 18, master clobbers him on head with a 4-pound hammer

pg 20, spends 4 months with his eyes nearly swollen shut, yet still has to work to eat

pg 21, master beats him against an anvil; judge rules that he (Jackson) should return to his master

pg 22, about age 18, shoulder beaten to a pulp

pg 23, master dies before author can bring him up before a magistrate

pg 23, on his 19th birthday, 14 Feb 1813, marries Mary Ann, daughter of Samuel and Mary Thomason

pg 25, his mother, age 37, dies 21 Feb 1813 of consumption [tuberculosis]

pg 25, author is wrongfully arrested on orders of aforementioned judge, Alexander B. Hayden, charged with “abandoning” his apprenticeship

pg 28, new employer takes horsewhip to Jackson’s wife; same magistrate puts Jackson, wife and baby in prison; separates Jackson from wife and baby, sentences him to hard labor

pg 30, all are released from prison 3 days before trial, no explanation

pg 31, starving and broke, author, wife and baby walk 100 miles to Liverpool, there they board a packet ship for Dublin

pg 32, all in poor health in Ireland, all sail back to England, boat sinks on the way

pg 33, rescued from sinking boat but still broke and now with no possessions; they land in Wales

pg 35, gets locksmith job in Birmingham; by age 23 has 2 children; oldest child dies age 3

pg 36, 5 months later, 2nd child dies

pg 37, author lays in bed 3 months with fever

pg 38, recovers same day his 3rd son is born

pg 39, 3rd son dies just after beginning to walk and talk

pg 39, author sick again, nearly dies, recovers

pg 40, with wife walks to Portsmouth to find work

pg 41, sets up shop as locksmith, gunsmith, whitesmith

pg 42, daughter born; Jackson meets a man he describes as an “agent” of the devil, a “disciple of Tom Paine,” an “infidel acquaintance”

pg 44, after one visit, Jackson does not join infidel’s “place of worship” (not a church)

pg 45, becomes a drunk

pg 46, wife takes him to church

pg 47, continues to attend St. Peter’s Chapel, Portsea, date May 1821

pg 48, preacher at St. Peter’s Chapel is Thomas Hammond

pg 56, Jackson explains that his desire to be a preacher was impeded because: 1. he only has two books, 2. his Northern dialect “was such as by no means pleased many unsanctified critics of the South,” 3. he was poor, had few clothes, and was not able to appear “respectable”

pg 57, someone points out to Jackson that he doesn’t know grammar

pg 57, one preacher, Mr. Henshaw, sets up an appointment for Jackson to give his first sermon, evening of 1st Sabbath of Apr 1822 at Weigh-bridge School-room [I assume Weybridge]. Preached again next Sunday, again 3rd Sunday

pg 62, Jackson’s 2-year-old daughter dies after drinking boiling water out of the kettle

pg 64, Jackson’s brother, brother’s wife, and one of their two children all die of cholera on island of Ascension; one surviving child comes to live with author. Jackson now has three children.

pg 67, barred from preaching at Wolverhamption Methodist Society; preaches at Portsea Methodist Society, also preaches at Deepdale Bank, 5 miles from town

pg 68, forms a flourishing congregation at Deepdale Bank

pg 69, Thomas Ashton, preacher, allows author to join Wolverhamption Methodist Society as a member, not as a preacher, Dec 1824

pg 72, accepted as candidate “for our local Preacher’s Plan” 27 Jun 1825, Wolverhampton circuit

pg 77, “thrown out of work altogether” due to bad times; adopted son dies; owes a lot of back rent

pg 78, seeks and gots help from Dr. E. H. Colemand; moves family to Birmingham; becomes preacher there, 16 Apr 1826–8 Oct 1826

pg 89, moves family to Portsmouth

pg 90, author gives one of many examples of Methodist ministers lying about him, ruining his reputation

pg 95, 4th child on the way [he has already described having 4 children plus adopting another; is this a 5th child?]; family still starving

pg 98, stranger gives family £1 (Jackson say this is about $5)

pg 100, daughter “Mercy” born; stranger gives family £2

pg 101, local church’s “Benevolent Society” knows of his need during this period, sends a total of 3 shillings (about $0.75)

pg 101, gets job with Royal Engineer Dept

pg 105, about 1827, is expelled by local ministers’ association for “having committed a crime so bad that it could not even be named” [could author have had Tourette syndrome, i.e., involuntarily shouting obscene words?]

pg 106, moves to Portsea, early 1828

pg 115, moves again, from Portsea to Wolverhampton, then, after a few weeks, to Birmingham

pg 118, learns of ship going from Liverpool to US, needing workers for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company

pg 122, leaves family behind temporarily, boards ship ‘Shenandoah,’ under Captain Rose, with 200 passengers

pg 123, finds not one passenger who professes to “fear God”

pg 124, preaches to passengers, with their consent, but a great wind comes up, they blame him for it and forbid him to preach again

pg 129, after some scrapes, roughs stealing Jackson’s food, etc, captain orders crew to protect Jackson

pg 134–135, Jackson overhears some toughs talking about killing him and crew and taking the ship; warns crew; captain locks up their leader

pg 138, lands at Alexandria DC [now part of Virginia], 1 Nov 1829

pg 142, knows no one in town, meets one Thomas Davey, an Englishman, who helps author, gives him money, is a “class leader” in the Methodist church; Jackson is too weak to walk upright

pg 143, first good night’s sleep in 7 weeks [yes, crossing the Atlantic took 7 weeks]

pg 144, gets released from canal job, 6 Nov; the $35 owing for his passage is paid by subscription by Davey and others

pg 147, sets up a small business on King Street between Washington and Columbia Streets

pg 148, boards at the home of Joseph Gregg, also a Methodist; is called on to teach many classes at the church

pg 149, preaches in Alexandria and at Navy Yard, becomes popular rapidly

pg 152, author describes split in his denomination, some adhering to episcopal governance (“old side” brethren) and some pushing for reformed governance (“new side” brethren, also called “reformed,” “reformers,” or “radicals”) [Checking modern sources I find that this controversy also occurred in the Presbyterian church, 1741–1758]

pg 153, Jackson expresses opinion that preachers of his denomination have too much power; he is instantly labeled a radical

pg 155, author is warned against being or associating with the radicals

pg 156, Jackson is no longer invited to lead classes

pg 160, radicals are slandered as “backsliding troublers, seditious, rebellious, and great enemies to the church;” their local minister is a Mr. Pool

pg 161, Jackson’s benefactors, all English, cut him off but he finds new American ones

pg 165-166, Jackson is visited by a group of radicals including preacher W. C. Pool, and others, who “speak as Christians”

pg 168, receives word of another son born, Ebenezer

pg 169, local church leaders forbid author to preach

pg 170, wife and all five children arrive

pg 175, author is thrown out of love-feast [church service with social meal]

pg 177, youngest child dies; author, while fixing a shotgun, nearly shoots his 3-year-old daughter

pg 178, twins born, Isaac and Rebecca; another child dies; Jackson preaches in Georgetown

pg 179, preaches in Neabsco, stays with Wait family; borrows horse from Theron W. Newman; preaches in St. John’s [I was able to find a Neabsco Creek, tributary of the Potomac, in northern Virginia]

pg 180, goes to Leesburg to preach; they had already been told he was a “radical,” preaches in Presbyterian Church; sets up a circuit; preaches at Centreville, Sudley, Middleburg; stays with McCoy family

pg 181, moves to Neabsco; takes a bad fall off the horse; loses his cloak

pg 182, “old-side” still interfering with Jackson

pg 183, prevented from preaching at Buckland; finds that vandals have cut off his horse’s tail, mane, and foretop; the year is 1832

pg 185, family is in poor drafty house; sons aged 7 and 9 have to cut and carry wood

pg 185, Jackson’s family gets help from Margaret Townsend, also Lucinda Carter of Centreville

pg 187, son nearly drowns; saved by family dog

pg 188, ordained [Methodist Protestant]; still being intefered with though

pg 189, moves back to Alexandria; injures knee

pg 192, accepts invitation to lead a Baptist meeting even though he is not a Baptist, Jun 1832

pg 195–196, 19 Aug 1832, president Eli Henkle of the Maryland District Annual Conference [Methodist Protestant] gives author a certificate of good standing [I found one Eli Henkle (1825–1893), a Maryland congressman, perhaps son of the above?]

pg 198, schooner ‘Eliza’ of Halifax is in port; after much praying author and wife decide to move there.

pg 199, sails 19 Sep 1832

pg 200, lands in Halifax, 6 Oct 1832; quarantined for three days in case of cholera

opposite pg 203, a humorous cartoon illustration of the “Christian Soldier”

pg 204, Rev. Dowson (“old side”), superintendent of church, does not let author preach

pg 205, Jackson states his denomination as Methodist Protestant; preaches in marketplace to thousands; preaches also in Dartmouth

pg 206, charged with “breaking Sabbath” and “creating a riot”

pg 207, acquitted; is given police protection the next time he preaches; finds a boat going to Boston

pg 208, learns that a minister is wanted in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia (“old side”); agrees to stay

pg 209, barred from preaching at Shubenacadie; preaches again at Halifax

pg 212, moves to larger apartment; keeps preaching

pg 213, forms new church, 3 Dec 1832

pg 220, only one clergy assists author (gives money) to build meeting house; one Rev. James Morrison; builds meeting house 48 x 55 feet

pg 221, letter by Jackson to Br. John J. Harrod, editor of ‘The Methodist Protestant,’ Baltimore, published in same, date 10 Jun 1833

pg 222, letter states church building erected 8 Jun 1833, first Methodist Protestant church in Halifax; frame erected, exterior not finished

pg 228, meeting house finished, already too small to hold all who come

pg 234, author says all doctrine same for Episcopal Methodists and Methodist Protestants; they differ only in church government

pg 242, author states that this is where the first edition of this book ended, 14 Feb 1834 [1st edition was published by the author in Baltimore, 1834, printed by William Wooddy]

pg 243, leaves Halifax 27 Feb 1834 to go to Conference in Alexandria DC, on schooner ‘Globe’

pg 244, arrives 17 Mar 1834, Sunday, at 10 p.m.; learns that 3 Halifax people had already sent letters against him to the Conference

pg 245, Conference opens 3 Apr; full text of author’s credentials given

pg 246, author’s creds signed by George Turnbull and William J. Long, chair and secretary

pg 248, elected an Elder by the Conference despite negative letters

pg 249, stays with Rezin Elliott; preachs several times after Conference ended; still broke

pg 251, stays with Br. William Rusk and Sr. Margaret Rusk in Baltimore; Ladies Phoebian Society gives him $30 to get home

pg 252, receives money, gifts, etc, from Br. Kennard, Br. John C. French, Francis Waters D.D.; receives new cloak from Br. Luther J. Cox; John C. French gives money to help publish first edition of this title; all this delays Jackson for five weeks

pg 253, leaves Baltimore 25 May 1834

pg 255, preaches at First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia; sails 30 May 1834 to NYC

pg 256, nearing Halifax, wharf crowded, shouts of “Welcome Home”; another baby born while he was away

pg 257, finds three church trustees trying to sell the meeting house and the land

pg 260, meeting house door broken open and Jackson manhandled by two of the three main antagonists (“J__s and S__l T__n”) and building auctioned off to “R__d M__l.”

pg 261, goes to the law, prevails after a few days when opponents fail to produce any legal deed

pg 264, grocer Gasper Roast helped feed family while author was away

pg 266, first delivery of first edition arrives

pg 268, cholera epidemic in Halifax

pg 269, author visits sick and dying, morning till night, holds services every evening; seized with cholera 2 Sep 1834

pg 270, author gives his own recipe for treatment (wine, camphor, ginger, sugar) and dosage; describes wife’s methods of keeping him warm

pg 271, recovers

pg 272, author proposes to establish a Union Church, opposed by one Rev. C__, does not pursue [this must be the Rev. Edmund Albern Crawley (1799–1888), author of “Treatise on Baptism as Appointed by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Practised by the Apostles and First Christian Churches” 1835]

pg 275, author decides to travel around Nova Scotia and preach; sails to Liverpool NS 15 Oct

pg 277, arrives 16 Oct 1834, finds that the Calvinists there call him a Free-willer and the Arminians there call him a Calvinist

pg 278, preaches; stays with Mr and Mrs Hampton Stokes; the substance of his sermon: Jesus is the only sect

pg 279, returns to Halifax 14 Nov 1834; forms temperance society there 19 Nov; total abstinenece from alcohol; calls it “Poor Man’s Temperance Society”

pg 282, goes back to Liverpool NS on Friday, 9 Jan 1835; large successful congregation despite opposition

pg 284, sets off on foot to return to Halifax

pg 285, gets assistance to travel (money) from Harrington McCleod; preaches at Mills Village; gets travel assistance from Samuel Mark; stays with Mr and Mrs Joseph Parks

pg 286, stays in Lunenburg with Thomas Brady

pg 288, stays with the widow Zwicker

pg 289, sails back to Halifax on Monday, 9 Feb 1835; finds congregation still split

pg 292, gets invitation to preach in 2nd Baptist Church; this is the first time since he came to Nova Scotia that any church was opened to him

pg 293, opposers say “Calvinism is Devilism”

pg 294, congregation pays author nothing; family still starving

pg 297, preaches farewell sermon, packed house, 3 May 1835

pg 299, a friend says £40 has been subscribed for Jackson if he will stay another year; he stays

pg 301, letter dated 5 May 1835 recommending author to preach, signed by Thomas Taylor, minister; Amos Pedlar, steward; William Tozer, secretary

pg 302, author says his main opposition is from Baptists

pg 303, Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Protestant Church appoints Jackson as Superintendent in Nova Scotia Mission and Station; he declines; continues to preach and to baptize

pg 304, preaches in Stewiacke, Truro, Onslow, Sep 1835

pg 305, Thomas Taylor publishes a pamphlet attacking Jackson

pg 306, another baby born, 26 Feb 1836, “Hephzibah,” meaning “my delight is in her”

pg 308, takes stagecoach to Annapolis, 5 Jul; crosses Bay of Fundy in schooner; goes to St John, New Brunswick, to collect money to build a meeting house in Halifax; preaches; stays with Eaton family

pg 309, takes steamboat ‘Royal Tar’ to Eastport, stays with J. B. Hague and wife; takes steamboat to Portland [Maine]; very ill with chills; recovers

pg 310, arrives in Boston, stays with Timothy Gilbert until 23 Jul, takes a train to Providence; preaches in Elder J. Blain’s pulpit, Pine Street Church; also preaches in Elder William Philips’ pulpit

pg 311, takes steamboat ‘Massachusetts’ to NYC; find that there, again, as at every locale on this trip, he has been preceded by a letter from the Rev. Crawley of Halifax, labeling Jackson with a bad reputation; after 2 days in NYC he goes on to Philadelphia

pg 312, in Philadelphia he meets William Ryal of Halifax, stays with him 2 weeks; takes steamboat to Baltimore, stays with Alexander Gaddess

pg 313, back to Philadelphia after 3 days; Elder Dr. Gardiner advises author to see Elder H. K. Green of Burlington, New Jersey, who had also been driven out of Halifax by the Rev. Crawley

pg 314, with help of Elder H. K. Green, author preaches in Elder W. T. Brantley’s pulpit in Philadelphia

pg 314, also preaches in pulpit where Silas W. Sexton was deacon

pg 315, stays in Newark NJ with James Vanderpool and Elder Daniel Dodge

pg 316, after eleven weeks of travel on the ground, takes schooner ‘Industry’ from Boston back to Halifax

pg 318, raises new meeting house, Apr 1835, measures 36 x 55 feet, and 36 feet high

pg 319, travels to Prince Edward Island

pg 320, preaches in Charlotte Town [Charlottetown] and North-River

pg 312, preaches in Bedeque, stays with Lewis Baker and Br. Bradshaw

pg 322, preaches in Tryon, stays with magistrate Callbeck; preaches again in Charlotte Town, in the meeting place used by Baptists; stays with Theophilus Wood, meets Elder Benjamin Scott

pg 323, after three Sundays, returns to Nova Scotia, stops with Archibald and wife at Truro; gets carriage ride from friend, 16 miles to Londonderry; preaches there and at Onslow

pg 327, finds that one Mrs. Mc__ld [I assume McDonald] has usurped Jackson’s authority, has put Mr. J__n McI__sh [I assume John McIntosh] in the pulpit of Jackson’s church; the latter has declared that Jackson is no longer their minister

pg 328, the building was opened on 23 Jul 1837; the following week (next Sunday) taken it was over by McI__sh; Jackson is forcibly removed.

pg 330, church in question a Baptist church

pg 334, another daughter born, named “Thankful,” author says this is his 14th child not counting their adopted nephew

pg 339, Jackson has now been a resident of Halifax for five years and has eight children

pg 341, gains money ($7) to travel back to US from Rev. Thomas Taylor. Also receives about $6-$7 from Br. James Crawford, member of Jackson’s church, and from Mr. Hugh Campbell. Also receives $20 on 20 Dec 1837 from “three gentlemen.” Auctions off all his books and furniture

pg 343, Friday, 22 Dec 1837, sails on packet schooner ‘Industry’. Acrostic of thanks to his so-far unnamed “steady friend,” now revealed as one Andrew McGrigor.

pg 344, arrives at Foster’s Wharf, Boston, early Sunday morning, 31 Dec 1837

pg 344, meets with local Baptist preachers, says he raised the Baptist church in Halifax; they give him no help

pg 346, Jackson now has a family of 10, including another adopted child; preaches at Baptist Church of South Boston on first Sabbath of 1838; continues to preach there

pg 346, one Rev. Nathaniel Colver meets author, learns he was baptized by Elder Reynolds, president of the Free Will Baptist Conference, scoffs at free-willers, also scoffs at author’s ordination from the Methodist Protestant Conference of the Maryland District

pg 352, author is engaged by the Baptist Church of South Boston for three months; receives $10 plus other small amounts; moves to South Boston 6 Feb 1838

pg 352, donations come from William Smith and George Thacher

pg 353, donations and clothes come from Capt. W. Howes and others

pg 354, Rev. Colver tries to push author out and take congregation; congregation votes NO. Colver is in league with church’s deacon, Deacon Hill

pg 355, author states this is the point where the first edition of his book ended [he must mean 2nd edition; his first edition ended on page 242] [2nd edition was published in Boston by C. D. Strong, 1838]

pg 356, finds opposition from Deacon Hill, Solon Jenkins, and one Rev. Howard Malcom; congregation votes to keep Jackson anyway; opposers pull another vote, author loses; author preaches in a different hall

pg 357, yet another vote pulled, Jenkins cheats; one Capt. Nickerson also cheats; author still wins

pg 358, still another vote, Jackson loses; opposers include Rev. C. O. Kimball, Rev. Dr. Bolles, Rev. Mr. Minor

pg 259, a meeting of ministers turns into a “trial”; author is “convicted” of Imposition (being an imposter) and Forgery (having false letters of recommendation)

pg 361, church members speak in favor of author

pg 364, council of ministers votes to fire author anyway

pg 365, 5 Jul 1838, Jackson leaves for Philadelphia, preaches there at Second Baptist Church

pg 366, author is verbally abused in middle of service

pg 367, returns to Boston; wife and two children very sick; one child dies

pg 368, funeral of daughter Thankful

pg 371, conclusion of yet another ministerial “trial” at which author is accused of “dividing the church”

pg 371, Jackson learns that Baptist Church of South Boston has had 7 ministers in the 10 years since it was organized; all have been driven out by Deacon Hill, including Jackson

pg 372, new minister, Rev. Thomas Driver, advises Jackson to appeal; he does so on 22 Dec 1838

pg 375, Thomas Driver and church clerk Nehemiah P. Mann make all previous votes “null and void,” 16 Jan 1839

pg 378, Rev. Driver fails to return author’s credentials, though he promised to do so

pg 380, family starving again, without fuel, winter in Boston

pg 383, Jackson first learns of Universalism and Universalist Church; reads ‘Life of John Murray’ (Sep 1839), decides he is a Universalist at heart, at first keeps this a secret and doesn’t join them

pg 384, preaches farewell sermon 6 Oct 1839; praises help received from Jonathan Wadley and also Mrs. Wilder Harding

pg 385, has announcement published in Universalist Trumpet that he has not renounced any other religion or belief but has become a Universalist

pg 386, preaches in Universalist meeting house for the first time, 3 Nov 1839, in South Boston; is fellowshipped as a Universalist

pg 387, Apr 1840, moves to Holliston MA, finds himself under constant calls to preach. Says the morals of Ultra-Universalists are “a disgrace to manhood”

pg 388, Jackson still believes in and preaches future punishment [as did John Murray, one of North America's early Universalist preachers]; his own congregation does not call him Universalist

pg 388, friendly with Methodist Episcopal minister, Rev. L. C. Matlack

pg 388, after one year among Universalists in South Boston, hires two carriages to move family to Second Universalist Church of Providence, Rhode Island

pg 389, one carriage overturns, nearly crushes author, wife and three children (Jacob, age 6; Mercy, age 13; and his youngest daughter, Hephzibah, age 5), but they receive only cuts and bruises, apart from Mercy, who has a broken collarbone

pg 390, arrives in Providence, 25 Mar 1841

pg 392, all finally heal except Mercy; author has to reset her collarbone several times; finally heals

pg 394, Sep 1841, Jackson publishes his second book, “The Christian’s Legacy” in order to state, among other things, that he is not renouncing religion, despite rumors to the contrary

pg 394, attends the General Convention of Universalists in the United States, at New York City, as a ministerial delegate; sells one book

pg 395, preaches at Orchard Street Church, pastor Rev. [Thomas Jefferson] Sawyer; sells 30 books; sells 12 more the next day; with help from Otis Skinner of the Warren Street Church, Boston, sells many more

pg 398, 26 Sep 1841, preaches for last time to Second Universalist Church of Providence, leaves after six months of a one-year contract

pg 399, Henry Bacon, editor of ‘Universalist and Ladies’ Repository’ prints a review of author’s book, says [honestly] that is is not strictly a Universalist book

pg 400-401, author rants about Henry Bacon’s review

pg 402, eldest son, Thomas W. Jackson, dies, 20 Oct 1841, age 19 years, 8 months

pg 404, rejects Universalism after two years of preaching it, on the grounds that no one has come forward to be “saved” in all that time [is Mr. Jackson really this stupid? Universalists don’t have to come forward to be “saved”]

pg 404, author has announcement published in ‘Gospel Messenger,’ a Universalist paper edited by Parker [actually Rev. Zephaniah Baker], that he has resigned from the Universalist church, 10 Nov 1841

pg 405, author is now connected with no sect; trashes Universalism

pg 406, refers to the writings of M.H.S. and says M.H.S. has already said everything Jackson thinks needs to be said about Universalism. [Reference is to the infamous Rev. Matthew Hale Smith (1810-1879), a Baptist-turned-Universalist-turned-Congregationalist-turned-lawyer, who, when he renounced Universalism in 1840, wrote an extremely popular, hugely nasty anti-Universalist book; notes posted below]

pg 406, author adds: “I must say, that, for good morals—acts of kindness—sociability—benevolence, and hospitality, I have never seen them [Universalists] excelled; nor was I ever united with any body of ministers who treated me with so much kindness, as they.”

pg 408, Jackson says ministers of all denominations have spoken well of his book, “The Christian’s Legacy,” except Baptists

pg 410, takes 100 books to Lowell MA to sell

pg 414, sells all 100 books to factory girls [the famous “Lowell mill girls” whose literary output was published in the Lowell ‘Offering’ by Universalist ministers Thomas B. Thayer and Abel C. Thomas, in the 1840s]; returns one week later and sells 100 more; gives thanks to Rev. Benjamin Whittemore [Universalist] and wife, of Boston, for giving him a room; preaches in the Methodist Episcopal church in Providence and “converts” a Universalist

pg 415, Jackson happily reports that he has now preached in Congregationalist, Methodist, Free Will Baptist, Methodist Protestant, Christian, and Unitarian churches, sold all 1000 copies of his book within five months, and paid all his debts; moves family to Boston, 4 Mar 1842

pg 416, Jackson describes how he was swindled by Deacon Warren Hunt, Baptist, of East Randolph MA

pg 416, Elder William Tozer, Methodist Protestant of Milford MA, helps author

pg 417, more ranting on Baptists behaving badly

pg 419, acrostic of thanks to Robert Farley

pg 420, full-page ad for “The Christian’s Legacy,” 6th edition


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