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Gleason's Pictorial Magazine 1(20): 313


Our artist has given us here a very accurate view of the late camp meeting, as it took place at Eastham, Mass. The occasion called together an immense body of people, many with the best of motives prompting them, many from mere curiosity, and many for the worst purposes. Father Taylor, the worthy seamen's preacher, was there, and the Bethel flag was conspicuous over the encampment. Over fifty clergymen took part in the exercises, and everything seemed to work harmoniously. Over two hundred souls were converted, says the published account, many backsliders were reclaimed, and the several churches were much revived and benefited. The weather, with the exception of two rainy evenings, was mild and agreeable, and the fare, as usual, excellent. On Sunday, the great day of the meeting, over five thousand people were on the ground, and all seemed to be solemnly impressed with the religious services. The meeting, altogether, was considered most delightful and soul-invigorating, by those who were its prime movers. For ourselves, we look upon this class of devotional meeting, to say the least of it, as being of a most questionable character.


camp meeting

posted June 2004
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