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    July 13, 1842

    Vol. III.—No. 15. Boston, Whole No. 63

    Joshua V. Himes & Josiah Litch, Editors. Office No. 14 Devonshire Street, Boston


    The 70 Weeks and 2300 Days of Dan


    Do the 70 weeks, and 2300 days, both commence at the same time? If this question can be satisfactorily settled in the affirmative, it will prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that the second advent of Christ will take place at the end of the days.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.1

    Daniel lifted up his eyes and saw a ram which had two horns; the horns were high, and: one was higher than the other, and the highest came up last. The angel told Daniel that the horns of the ram that he saw were the kings of Media and Persia. As the horns had reached their height when he first saw the ram, and did not increase like the horns which came up after the notable horn of the he-goat was broken, we should naturally conclude that the vision commenced with the meridian glory of the Medo-Persian empire, represented by the ram, when the two horns had reached their greatest height. History informs us that the kingdom of the Medes and Persians reached its meridian, in the reign of Artaxerxes Longimanus, and commenced its decline in the reign of the same monarch; so that upon these promises, the 2300 days that the vision was to continue, would commence at some point of time in his reign. Daniel informs us that he “was astonished at the vision, but none understood it,” and yet it was all explained to him except what was denoted by the days; that is, whether they were so many literal days, or years, and when they should commence. In the 9th chapter, Daniel informs us that he set his face unto the Lord, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes; and made confession to God. And while he was praying, the man Gabriel whom he had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched him about the time of the evening ablution; and said to him, “At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee, for thon art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.” The question now arises, what vision he was to consider, and what it was the angel came to show him. A vision is the representation of events, by the succession of objects, which are seen by the visual organs; and none will pretend that Daniel here saw a vision; for an oral communication cannot in any sense be a vision. It therefore follows that the vision which Daniel was commanded to understand, was the vision recorded in the previous chapter. He is told that “seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up (or make sure) the vision and prophecy, and to annoint the Most Holy.”HST July 13, 1842, page 113.2

    Prof. Bush and Prof. Seixas acknowledge that the original of “determined,” signifies “cut off.” The seventy weeks are therefore cut off from some period of time, and there has been no period given but the 2300 days of the vision which Daniel was to consider, from which they could be cut off; and which evidently determines them to have been a part of the vision. The angel then informed Daniel that the 70 weeks would commence with the going forth of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. This decree was given, according to Ezra, by Artaxerxes Longimanus, in the seventh year of this reign, when the empire was at its greatest height, as represented by the ram whose horns were high; which was 457 B. C. and just 490 years to a day before Christ hung on the cross in A. D. 33—as many years as there are days in seventy weeks. If therefore the seventy weeks are a part of the vision, the angel did explain to Daniel every particular that was not explained to him in the preceding chapter, viz. that the vision begun with the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem; and as 490 of the days were fulfilled in just 490 years, it would prove that the 2300 days would be fulfilled in 2300 years; so that the compilation of the 490 days or seventy weeks, would “seal up” or make sure the fulfilment of the remainder of the days from which they were cut off.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.3

    To make it more plain to Daniel, that this was an explanation of the vision, the angel does not stop with the end of the 70 weeks at the annointing of the Most Holy, but passes beyond to the destruction of Jerusalem, when the people of the prince that should come, would destroy the city and the sanctuary; and then he glances down the stream of time even to the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. As the vision of 2300 days was to end with the cleansing of the sanctuary, and was to reach to “the last end of the indignation; for at the time appointed (the 2300 days) the end shall be;” and then the little horn would “be broken without hand,” and “at the time of the end shall be the vision;” and also the explanation of it in the 9th chapter, reached down “to the consumation;” it goes strongly to prove that the vision and its explanation both cover the same period of time beginning with the decree of Artaxerxes, B. C. 457, and ending with the consummation of all things, in 2300 years from 457 B. C.—A. D. 1843.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.4

    Another argument in proof of the commencement of the 2300 days at that time, is the fact that had they been commenced at any period of time previous to that year, they would have been fulfilled before now; and as that decree was deemed a sufficient era for the commencement of the 70 weeks, we argue that it is also for the commencement of the 2300 days. As the empire began to decline in the reign of Artaxerxes, and there was no event more important during the continuance of the empire, it leaves no other time when its commencement could be so satisfactorily determined. And if it does not commence till the rise of the Grecian empire, it would exclude the ram from the vision.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.5

    In the 10th chapter, 2nd verse, he says that “a thing was revealed to him,” and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he undertsood the thing and had understanding of the vision.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.6

    And in verse 14th, the angel says, “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” He then begins with the 11th chapter, and gives Daniel a more full and minute explanation of that which had been exhibited in the vision of the 8th chapter. He gives the succession of the same events, in the same order, and carries him down to the resurrection of the dead; and assures Daniel that he will stand in his lot at the end of the days—i. e. of the 1335 days. A comparison of history with these predictions will show that they have all been fulfilled which were to precede the resurrection, and therefore synchronize precisely with the length of the vision—the days being about completed, just as the prophecy is fulfilled, about to the close of it; so that there can be but little doubt respecting the unity of the vision in the eighth, the 70 weeks of the ninth, and the prophecy of the eleventh and twelfth chapters.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.7

    The above considerations induce us to believe that the 2300 days will be fulfilled in just 2300 years, and that they commenced with the commencement of the 70 weeks, B. C. 457, and will accordingly reach to the consummation of all things, and terminate in A. D. 1843: and its great length explains the cause of Daniel’s astonishment at the vision, so that he fainted and was sick certain days; and also why none understood it: and which could not be satisfactorily explained, upon the supposition that the vision was only to continue about the space of six years. B.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.8

    How to Ward off Danger


    It was a remark of Patrick Henry, that a wise man will look danger in the face, and prepare for it; and that we should not listen to the syren song of peace, when there is no peace. The world at the present day seems to fancy that if they can only close their eyes from beholding the evil that is coming upon all the ungodly, that they have effectually screened themselves from all personal harm, and averted the danger from them. A young brood of quails or partridges, on being frightened, will each insert their head under a leaf, and because they can then see no danger, they fancy themselves in perfect security. The same principle is more strikingly exemplified in the calf of the buffalo, on the western prairies. When pursued by the hunters, the calves often are left behind the herd; and being frightened, and having no place to secrete themselves but in the short grass, at that season of the year but about six inches high, they will close their eyes, and dropping on their fore feet, they thrust their head down into the grass; and thus because they see no danger, they feel perfectly secure, although they stand upright on their hind feet, and can be seen in that position for miles on the smooth prairies; and while thus securely hidden they can be approached and quietly taken.HST July 13, 1842, page 113.9

    Man, with all his boasted reason and superior knowledge, practically believes the same. He often attempts to make lies his refuge, and under falsehood to hide himself, but the overflowing scourge will sweep away his refuge of lies; and he will find to his vexation, that his bed is shorter than that he can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it; so that his covenant with death will be disannulled, and his agreement with hell will not stand. The wicked “say to the seers, see not, and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits, get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.” They fancy they can ward off danger by crying “peace and safety;” and disprove the coming of Christ, by doubting “the promise of his coming,” and saying “in their hearts, my Lord delayeth his coming.” “Bread of deceit is sweet to them.” They love to have the prophets prophesy falsely, and to be deluded by deceitful assurances of peace and safety; and the voice of those who proclaim to them the truth, is as a knell in their ears. It is thus that the world refuse to examine the question respecting the Savior’s return; they are mad with those who proclaim it: and why? If they knew it was not so, it would pass by them as the idle wind; it is because they are afraid it will be so; and being opposed to the coming of the Son of man, they think they ward it off by closing their eyes to the evidence, and shutting their ears against the truth. And they are accordingly delighted with the preaching of those, who delay his coming, as though the great God would not do just as he has purposed. Miserable men, the danger is just as real, though you see it not. The last sands of time are as surely running out, as if you were open to conviction. That great event is as surely hastening on with all its fearful rapidity, as though you did not disbelieve it, for all your doubts and skepticisms will be no block to arrest the progress of the wheels of the Almighty’s chariot. Unless you can demonstrate that it is not so, you are perilling your souls by your rejection; of it: your mere disbelief will not affect the truth of it in the least. There is but one security for you; flee to the ark of safety while its doors are yet open, and before the last trumpet shall sound. Make your Judge your friend, and cast yourself unreservedly on his mercy. Examine this question without any reference to your former views, or any of your preconceived opinions. Search for the truth as for hid treasure, and be prepared to embrace it, however at variance with your own opinions it may be. Cast aside all will of your own, and be prepared to say respecting the Divine purposes of God, “even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in thy sight.” Feel that God has a right to rule, and rejoice that he does so, and with such a temper of mind, God will lead you in the way of all truth. He will open your understandings, that you may behold the glorious things which are written in his law, and prepare you to meet your God in peace. B.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.1

    From the Christian Herald.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.2

    The Second Advent Camp-Meeting


    The feast of Tabernacles which was advertised in several papers, was held on the camp-ground in East Kingston a full week, and closed on Tuesday the 5th inst. The encampment consisted of near thirty tents, and the congregations were large through the whole; and on the Sabbath it was judged that from eight to ten thousand were present. The arrangements throughout reflected great credit on the managers. Great attention generally marked those who attended, and very little trouble was experienced from those of the baser sort.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.3

    It should be understood that this meeting was not got up by any one denomination of Christians, but by all those of every denomination who believe that Christ will come the second time in 1843, or very soon. A large number of ministers of various denominations were present, and several of them lectured in support of the doctrine of Christ’s appearing in 1843. A host of happy and devoted Christians from every direction here met, and united in a thousand prayers and songs of praise. How could it be otherwise than a good meeting, where such a multitude of God’s people worship him in the Spirit! It was indeed often a heavenly place, when hundreds of voices joined in an animated song, and while hundreds of hearts were lifted to God in prayer. It was also glorious for so large a body of Christians to unite in the supper of the Lord. Several professed conversion during the meeting.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.4

    Quite a number of ministers and others, proclaim themselves firm believers that next year Christ will come and close up forever the scenes of the present world. They also suit the action to the word, and labor and contribute with zeal and liberality. The aggregate of the expense of this meeting, including travelling fare, board, etc. amounted to many thou sand dollars; and when it was proposed to procure a great tent to convene from three to five thousand people, which will cost some $800, immediately $500 was subscribed, and the balance was expected before breaking up. There were serious thoughts expressed of sending Mr. Miller to England this season to preach the doctrine there. Finally, the zeal manifested seems to be unbounded, and very many are falling in and others have no disposition to oppose, while great numbers are not satisfied, and cannot adopt the system. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” S.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.5

    From the Daily Mail.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.6

    The Second Advent Camp-Meeting, which commenced at East Kingston, N. H. on Tuesday, June 2, and continued from day to day until Tuesday noon, July 5, was attended by an immense concourse of people, variously estimated at from seven to ten thousand. The design of this article is not to vouch for the truth or falsehood of the principles avowed by this class of people, but to state some facts for the information and gratification of the public. The meeting was conducted with great regularity and good order from beginning to end. The ladies were seated on one side, and the gentlemen on the other, of the speaker—meal were served uniformly and punctually at the times appointed, and the same punctuality was observed as to the hours appointed for services.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.7

    The preachers were twelve or fifteen. Mr. Miller gave the only regular course of lectures; the others spoke occasionally. Many of the people, without doubt, assembled from motives of curiosity merely; but the great body of them from their solemn and anxious looks and close attention to the subject, were evidently actuated by higher and more important motives. Each tent was under the supervision of a tent master, who was responsible for the good order within the same, where religious exercises were kept up at the intermissions between the public exercises and meals, and where lights were kept burning through the night.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.8

    Evidence was brought forward from all quarters, of the rapid spread of the general principles believed by Mr. Miller. Not less than seven hundred clergymen are believed to be engaged in preaching them—while a part only fix upon any precise time, but believe the advent near, having given up the belief of a millennium to take place on earth, or in man’s present state of existence. The number of people who coincide in the general principles of Mr. Miller, are supposed by him to be not less than a million. In some parts of the South and West these doctrines are extensively embraced, and rapidly spreading.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.9

    Some fault was found, or dissatisfaction felt with that part of the regulations which precluded all controversy; that is, which prevented people of opposite sentiments from occupying the time or distracting the attention of the audience, which would otherwise have introduced confusion and defeated the object of the meeting. Nothing could be more reasonable than this regulation, and no peace-loving person would make any objection.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.10

    Over $1000 was contributed at the camp-meeting for the spread of the principles of the Second Advent, by tracts, etc. The meeting then broke up with harmony and good feeling.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.11

    Extract of a Letter from W. & C. B. Roberts


    Dear Brother Himes,—We have received the box of books sent us through your agent. As we live at so great a distance, we have concluded to purchase what we may want in your line, and not trouble you with returning what we may not sell—many of the small publications sent we cannot sell, but our object is not to make money in this affair, and we will try to bring the important subject before the people, let it cost what it may. Those who will not buy we will give to, and those who will but are not able, shall have them by making it known. We have disposed of all of Miller’s lectures, and although the world, and many of the church, cry delusion, false doctrine, fanaticism, etc. yet we have reason to rejoice that many are taking hold of this subject in good earnest, and now rejoice in prospect of the early appearance of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Truth is mighty and will prevail, and although: we may dissent from many views of Mr. Miller and others, yet we have and do boldly affirm that Mr. Miller has done more to restore the true hope of the Christian, and to destroy Universalism and every other false doctrine than any man of modern times—may the Lord still sustain him and give him increasing light and grace to bear up under all the trials and persecutions to which he may be exposed in declaring the truth among false professors and an ungodly world. The priesthood among and around us, seem disposed to say but little on this subject—many are afraid, and waiting for the popular will upon this subject before they take a stand—how truly have the apostles described their “being turned from the truth unto fables.”HST July 13, 1842, page 114.12

    Shall we ever have the pleasure of seeing any of our advent brethren this far South, we have read many of their views, but would like to see them personally. Brother Meredith would confer a great favor on many, if he would expose from the Scriptures the great humbug; if it is really so, it certainly would require but little effort for a man of his talents. May the Lord bless you all, and may we all be ready to go unto the marriage supper of the Lamb, is our prayer, etc. W. & C. B. Roberts. Greenville, S. C. June 29, 1842.HST July 13, 1842, page 114.13

    Letter from S. B. O


    Brother Himes:—It has been interesting indeed to me, to read the “Signs of the Times.” I have studied each number to my edification and profit; often while reading and pondering the subject, my heart has grown warm with holy fire and kindled with a pure desire to see him who is “altogether lovely,” in whose sufferings and death I have found remission of sins. Forever blessed be his name, I hope to praise him while I live, yea, while I have any being, and my prayer for you, and those who are giving the Midnight Cry, is that you may be guided into all truth, that the Holy Spirit may still take the “things of God and show them unto you.”—Oh that the world would now take warning, and take shelter under the wings of love that now overshadow us, for it does appear to me the time is short, before we shall discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not. Oh! that our compassionate Savior would here reveal his power, and wake us up, as in other places. Oh! that our eyes were open to see what we must shortly realize. I will praise the name of the Lord for the evidence I feel, that I am accepted of the Father, through the merit of his Son.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.1

    The Sun at Midnight


    A steamboat leaves Stockholm every week, and touches at Gefle, Hundiksvall, Hernosand, Umea, and other points on the western coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, as well as at Wassa on the eastern, on its way up to Tornea, at the head of the Gulf. This voyage is a very pleasant one, and gives an opportunity to those who wish to go up to that very northern city at the summer solstice, (the 23rd of June, or St. John’s day,) when from a neighboring mountain, they can have their faith confirmed in the truth of the Copernicum system. For at that epoch, the sun, to those who are on that elevation does not descend below the horizon, but it seems to decline to the north-west, and verge more and more to the exact north, until it reaches at midnight its lowest point, when it is just visible above the horizon. In a few minutes it is seen to commence its upward course towards the north-east, and thus continues its glorious progress until it reaches again its zenith in the south. Even to one who is at Stockholm at that epoch, the nights, for two or three weeks, are sufficiently light from the reflection of the sun’s rays, owing to its being so little beneath the horizon, for the performance of any business. We happened about that time, four years ago, to be going up to the Promotion at Upsala, and were obliged to travel all night: and we have a distinct recollection of reading a letter at midnight with ease, even whilst passing through a forest. And the year after, at the same season, we often whiled away our leisure moments by sitting at the window of the house where we stayed, on the English Quay in St. Petersburg, a city which is situated in the same degree with Upsala, and half a degree north of Stockholm, and reading until midnight.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.2

    During that period, scarcely a cloud was to be seen in the sky, which had both day and night that light blue which is peculiar to these northern regions at that portion of the year, and which is occasioned by the rays of the sun striking the atmosphere of that portion of the earth at so small an angle. Scarcely a star was visible in the heavens at night, and the moon, even when full, hardly formed a shadow. At that season, there is something unnatural and death-like in the appearance of things as night sets in. Business comes to an end before the sun goes down, and nature falls into stillness and repose while it is light. And if you have been unaccustomed to such a state of things, you seem, as you pass through the streets whether it be of Stockholm, or St. Petersburg, Hernossand or Tornea, to be in the midst of a city which is uninhabited. No living thing, perhaps, is to be seen anywhere, as you pass street after street, save some solitary sentinel, with his grey coat and musket. Baird’s Travels.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.3

    A Dialogue on the Time


    Q. How do you know that Christ will not come in 1843?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.4

    Ans. There are prophecies it is not likely will be fulfilled at that time.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.5

    Q. What prophecies?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.6

    Ans. Hebrews 2:14. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 60:21. Thy people shall be all righteous, etc.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.7

    Q. Where are these to be fulfilled?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.8

    Ans. 2 Peter 3:13. Nevertheless we according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.9

    Q. When will there be such an earth?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.10

    Ans. At the end of Daniel’s vision. Daniel 12:13.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.11

    Q. When will that be?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.12

    Ans. 2300 days or years from its beginning. Daniel 8:14.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.13

    Q. When did it begin?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.14

    Ans. Daniel 9:25. At the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.15

    Q. How long before Christ was that?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.16

    Ans. 457 years.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.17

    Q. How does that appear?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.18

    Ans. It stands so in the large Bibles over Ezra 7:7-26.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.19

    Q. If the vision commenced 457 before Christ, and continued 2300, when will it end?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.20

    Ans. A. D. 1843.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.21

    Q. How does it appear that a day in Daniel’s vision represents a year?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.22

    Ans. From the commencement of the vision to his death was 70 weeks.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.23

    Q. How many days are there in them?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.24

    Ans. 490. From which take 457 from the commencement of the vision to Christ’s birth, and what does it leave as his age at his crucifixion, 33.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.25

    Q. How old was Christ at his death?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.26

    Ans. 33 years.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.27

    Q. How does that appear?HST July 13, 1842, page 115.28

    Ans. It stands so at the top of the page in the large Bible. A day then in Daniel’s vision represents a year; Therefore 1843 is the end when God creates all things new. Prepare! Prepare!! Prepare!!! Whoso reads let him understand. A word to the wise is sufficient. The wise shall understand, but the wicked shall not understand! A. B.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.29

    Hymn concerning the Church


    From Revelation 19:7, 8.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.30

    Who is the Bride? that’s now prepared
    Dressed in white array;
    And going forth to meet her Lord,
    Already on his way?
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.31

    Who is the Bride? from ancient time
    Unto these latter days,
    But those, believers in the Lord,
    Who walk in wisdom’s ways?
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.32

    Who is the Bride? but those adorned,
    “All glorious within;”
    Who are in holy union join’d,
    To “Him, who once was slain?”
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.33

    Who is the Bride? all ready now,
    Her wedding garment on;
    Her lumps all trimm’d, and burning, too;
    Waiting her Lord’s return?
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.34

    Who is the Bride? that shall be call’d
    In to the marriage least?
    And with the Bridegroom be install’d,
    To rank with Him a guest?
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.35

    Ah! who is she, that looketh forth,
    Fair, as the blooming morning,
    From east to west, from south to north,
    In the Just One’s adorning?
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.36

    Shall I be there? my God, shall I
    Admittance find, through thee?
    I look, I wait, I long, I cry,
    Thy blood avails for me!
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.37

    S. B. O.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.38

    Sign of the Son of Man


    We give the following article by request. We do not dispute the reality of these things to the respected brother who saw them; but, we wish to predicate our faith only upon the word of God. This will be fulfilled. Eds.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.39

    In the year eighteen hundred thirty-eight, about the middle of June, I saw the sign of a man in the heavens, with a large book in his hand; and the word of the Lord came unto me saying, that is the sign of the Son of man, that is to appear in heaven. After that I saw a figure 5, in the heavens; and thus saith the Lord, that figure was caused to be there to let you know that in five years, or sometime within five years, it would not be more than five years, at the longest, before the Second Coming of the Savior.HST July 13, 1842, page 115.40



    Brethren, rejoice, shake off your fear,
    The signs of God they do appear;
    And if you will but now believe,
    I ‘ll tell you that I ‘m not deceived.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.41

    I thank the Lord from day to day,
    For what he has made known to me;
    Before the end of forty-three,
    I do expect the Lord to see.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.42

    Oh all ye people, old and young,
    Now seek the Lord before he comes,
    And spread his righteousness abroad,
    That you may know you love the Lord.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.43

    The Lord is ready to perform
    All that you need before he come;
    If you to Him will now apply,
    That you may live and never die.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.44

    Oh be persuaded by your friend,
    Who loves you well unto the end;
    So now accept the Heavenly call,
    That you may never, never fall.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.45

    Oh let the saints with joy record,
    The truths and goodness of the Lord;
    How great his works, how kind his ways,
    Let every tongue pronounce his praise.
    John Whitcomb.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 115.46



    BOSTON, JULY 13, 1842

    Second Advent Campmeeting.—The holding of Second Advent Camp-meetings may be regarded as the commencement of a new era in the Second Advent cause.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.1

    They furnish a most happy opportunity for the ministry and membership of the church to meet and become acquainted;—for the strong to impart, and the weak to gain strength; and for all to suck the needed preparation for the grand event we soon expect to witness.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.2

    They also open an effectual door to wake up the slumbering in the church, and the careless sinner. And we are happy to inform our friends at a distance that so far as the East Kingston campmeeting is concerned, the results in all respects are of the most encouraging character. We deem it a matter of unfeigned gratitude that we should find a place so well situated and so well prepared for our convenience. We could hardly desire a better place. Its readiness of access—being not more than live rods from the Boston and Portland rail-road—the cool shade of its tall thick hemlocks—its abundance of sweet cold water—the secluded adjacent groves for retirement—with its kind, order-loving neighbors, all combine to make it one of the best places for a camp-meeting that could be selected.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.3

    We must not omit speaking of the affability of the agent and conductors of the rail-road, it contributed lot a little to the good feeling which seemed to pervade all hearts; and to their superior skill and unceasing attention, under a kind Providence, we ascribe the gratifying fact that not one of the man thousands who pasted to and from the meeting by the rail-road were seriously pained by any accident from that source. We are also much? to speak of the almost unanimous disposition among those who kept tents to supply refreshments for visitors, to submit to the order and rules of the meeting Considering the vast multitude present, probably ten or fifteen thousand, I think it may be safely asserted that for good order this meeting stands without a parallel A few “Cochranites,” headed by a gentleman who has formerly stood in better society, who came to meeting, as we understood they had said “to raise the devil,” attempted to disturb the meeting; but they found neither sympathy nor toleration and left with the strong disapprobation of all who had witnessed their movements. We consider it truly remarkable that these, and one profane young man who gave the committee a specimen of his character on the last morning of the meeting were the only ones who manifested a disposition knowingly to violate our rules. The great mass came with an evident desire to hear the truth on the great subject of the Second Coming of Christ.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.4

    All parts of New England—Maine, Vermont, N. Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut,—Old England and Canada were represented at the meeting; all, or nearly all the sects and creeds among us were also represented; and those who had formerly been Universalists, Deists and Infidel; among the latter, one who was an agent for the Investigator of Boston. He was convinced of the divine origin and truth of the Bible by reading Wm. Miller’s Lecture’s, and soon brought to submit his heart to God. He is now a member of a Congregational church, and employed in lecturing on the coming of Christ in ‘43. Various and singular, in some cases, were the means by which individuals were brought to believe in the Second Advent doctrine; in one case an individual, with others, I believe, was led to embrace it by reading a part of a copy of the “signs of the Times” in which a parcel of tea was sent from the store. The preaching from the stand was performed chiefly by Wm. Miller, though we also had the pleasure of hearing from Brothers Palmer. Hall, Powell, Atkins, Burnham, Cole and several others whose names we have forgotten. And we doubt whether the good seed was over more rapid in its growth or abundant in its fruit; indeed, all the exercises of the meeting, the preaching, exhorting, praying, singing, the communion service, and the parting scene, were all characterized by an unusual sense of the presence of God. The amount of good accomplished it would be impossible to estimate. Accounts were obtained of more than twenty sinners converted who belonged to the tents,—there were probably others who came from the adjoining towns as visitors; but the great amount of good was among the ministers and members of the church. Such searching of heart—such humiliation—such confessions the writer of this article never before witnessed. We point to these fruits as an unanswerable argument in favor of our views. Their tendency is decidedly good.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.5

    The offerings of gold, silver and other things to the amount of $1000, speaks also of the effect, as well as the sincerity of those who have embraced Mr. Miller’s views. The desire for the riches of this world gives place to the stronger desire to secure a title to the better country,—worldly hopes all fade under the brighter “hope of the glory of God” soon to be revealed; and the plans and pursuits of life are modified to conform to the great purpose of being ready for the decisive hour.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.6

    The whole number of tents on the ground was 26; from the following places, viz.:—Boston, E, Kingston, Exeter, Portsmouth, New Market, Haverhill, South Berwick, Nashua, Portland, Derby, Lowell, Berwick, and Newburyport; from some of which place there were several tents.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.7

    And whatever might be the diversities of sect or condition, peace, love and harmony prevailed. United by a common faith, and a common desire am hope in reference to the coming of Christ; and exposed to common trials, we took hold of the work of seeking the Lord for a preparation to meet Him at his coming. And great has been the result. The guilty were pardoned, the believer sanctified, the weak strengthened, and all better prepared to labor in the cause during the time that remains, and to enter upon the reward which is brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Before the circle, which was formed to take leave of each other, was broken up, the following preamble and resolutions which had been before the meeting, at several morning meetings were passed by an unanimous expression in their favor. They express in brief our views and the personal obligations and general duties which grow out of them.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.8

    Whereas, all the signs of the times, the perplexity of the world in reference to its politics, religion and commerce—the promulgation of the gospel among all nations—the earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, the stormy sea and waves roaring—all indicate that the coming of the Son of man in the glory of the Father and the holy angels, is near, even at the doors; and whereas every series of prophetic events with which his coming stands connected has been fulfilled, leaving us nothing to look for but that last great event in each series; and whereas al the prophetic periods which are supposed to indicate the time of his coming, of the resurrection and the judgment, terminate in 1843. Therefore,HST July 13, 1842, page 116.9

    Resolved, That there is no ground for a reasonable objection against that year as the time revealed in which these great events are to take place; and there is every argument which can fairly be demanded to prove that as the time, and to impress the awful truth upon the mind; and we feel bound to believe and declare this view of the subject as the true midnight cry.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.10

    Resolved, That entertaining this view of the subject as the truth of God; we feel that the obligation of gratitude to God, and to others as instruments for the light we have received; the regard we cherish for our fellow-men, and consistency between our faith and practice,—all demand that we should devote ourselves und all we possess anew to God, that we may be prepared by his mercy and grace for the day of the Lord’s coming; and as we have opportunity and ability to wake up the church and the world to the same preparation.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.11

    Resolved, That the special blessing of God which has attended this camp-meeting, has fixed the conviction in our minds that other meetings of the same character should be encouraged as a most efficient means for spreading the truth on this subject and for preparing those who embrace it for the coming of the Lord.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.12

    Resolved, That the numerous and urgent calls from all parts of the land for lecturers demand that we should furnish such means as may be needed to sustain those, who are willing to devote their time and service to meet these calls.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.13

    Resolved, That the Second Advent publications, and particularly the Signs of the Times, should be as widely circulated as possible, and that the appropriation of our substance for this purpose is a most important mode of doing our last great work for the salvation of man.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.14

    After adopting those resolutions, Bro. Himes the superintendent of the meeting, made a few very appropriate remarks, and the circle dispersed to take breakfast. Our beautiful village of tents were soon demolished, with a few exceptions, and as the cars passed either way our company separated in the hope of meeting again when Christ shall appear in glory. A Hale Sec’y.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.15

    Ipswich, July 8, 1842.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.16

    Conference and Campmeeting at Con cord. N. H. This meeting will commence July 27th, 1842, at 5 o’clock P. M. When the great Tabernacle, in which it is to be held, will be dedicated to the service of the living God. It will be pitched in the rear of the State House, on a beautiful eminence. The tent will be seated, and every convenience practicable will be afforded to citizens and strangers, who are disposed to attend. Several small tents will be raised by the friends of the meeting, who will encamp on the ground. Brethren who have tents will do well to bring them on the ground by the 26th, that they may be in readiness for worship on the 27th. Provision can be obtained from town (a quarter of a mile distant,) or at the provision tent. The ground has been secured, and no tents or beer shops by strangers will be permitted on the ground. The meeting will continue till the first of August.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.17

    The object of the meeting is, to quicken and prepare the church for the coming of the Bridegroom—to awaken and convert sinners. To this end we can permit no controversy. All who love God and desire to love and glorify him, and are looking for the speeding personal coming of the great Messiah, are invited to participate in the meeting.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.18

    E. Hale, Jr.
    T. Cole,
    H. Plummer,
    A. Hale,
    J. V. Himes. Committee.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 116.19

    The Tabernacle Tent, is to be pitched at Concord N. H. on the 27th inst. It will accommodate 4,000 persons. More about it hereafter. Mission to England.—We have long been impressed with the importance of the dissemination of the true Midnight Cry in Old England. The facilities for sending it over the world, in the shortest possible time, exist in that country. Mr. Miller’s Lectures should be published there, and scattered widely. They should also be printed in other languages. If this design shall please God, he will open the way, and provide men and the means, for its accomplishment.HST July 13, 1842, page 116.20

    Mission to the South.—The repeated calls of our friends at the South have been considered by us with great anxiety. The only reason they have not been visited is the want of good and faithful men to go. Our lecturers now have two calls where they can supply one. But some one or more must go to the South. Will Bro. James M. Thomas lay out the field of labor, and make preparations and let us hear soon. We will do all we can.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.1

    The Second Advent Tabernacle.—This tent will accommodate about 4,000 persons. It will be done the last of July. It will be kept in constant use, for lectures and conferences on the Second Advent.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.2

    Mission to Oberlin.—Bro. Fitch, it is expected, will go to Oberlin, Ohio, about the first of August. He will give a course of lectures in that place on the Second Coming of Christ in 1843. The friends of the cause must contribute to sustain this mission.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.3

    Editorial Correspondence, No. V


    Dear Bro. Himes,—I sit down in the quiet home of my beloved brother Hazelton, after the fatigues and labors of another week, on Saturday eve, to give you and our readers a brief history of this novel week’s work, the process of the first Second Advent Camp-meeting ever held. Our readers have already been apprised of the appointment of this meeting, to commence Tuesday, June 21st. It commenced according to appointment, under most encouraging prospects and favorable circumstances.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.4

    Tuesday was occupied in making preparations, putting up tents, etc. Wednesday morning, at ten o’clock, brethren and friends assembled for service, and we commenced our course of lectures on the Second Advent. The audience was large and attentive from the beginning, and we trust the conviction of the truth of the doctrine preached strong and abiding. This was evinced at least in a measure, by the readiness with which from 50 to 60 presented themselves at the altar for prayer at the close of our P. M. services the first day, several of whom found peace. There have been two lectures each day on the great theme, and the remainder of the time occupied in social meetings for prayer and conference. Since the commencement the interest has been constantly rising, and the feeling of the vast multitudes, deepening. Our expectations of a great meeting were raised high, but they have been more than realized. Waves on waves of people have flowed in upon us, day after day, until our arena within the circle of the tents has been almost crowded with a living mass of beings, eagerly enquiring “Watchman, what of the night?” To which we can say, “the morning cometh and also the night.” The mighty tide of influence in reference to this great question which I have spoken of in a former letter, is in no degree abated, but is rather increasing from day to day. “The midnight cry” is now fairly made in this region, and if the people perish, their blood be on their own heads. But what has been done is not all that will be done. A spirit has been aroused which will not sleep until the trump of God shall bid the watchmen all to leave their walls. To day, an effort was made to raise funds for the gratuitous distribution of publications on the Second Advent. In a short time, and with little effort a hundred dollars was raised by subscription for this purpose, and 60 or 70 paid down. This is to be put in the hands of a committee to expend and circulate by means of an agent, through the Province. Part of the above sum was raised by an effort of Old Elder Cheeny of Derby, Vt. After the effort at the close of the services in the forenoon, he took the stand in the afternoon and said he had two dollars when he left home, which he put into his pocket to pay his expenses, but lie had been abundantly fed and sheltered since he had been there, and his two dollars were yet whole; and now he should give one of them to this cause and be his own agent, and take the books and circulate them free of expense; and he was about to try if he could not provoke some body else to do something: he continued his remarks until 28 dollars were handed in, in the P. M. making in all about 100 dollars. The old gentleman, you know, has been rather inclined to Judaism; but he is about done with it, and is about to go out and sound the midnight cry. He has a son also, who has been converted since these meetings began at Stanstead, who will in all probability go out immediately, and engage in the same work. The fire is shut up in his bones.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.5

    Tuesday noon, June 27. Our meeting is now closed, and we look back upon the results with unspeakable joy and gratitude to God. More than a hundred souls we trust found pardon, and a host of backsliders were reclaimed from their wanderings, and brought back to their Father’s house. Christians generally were quickened and renewed, and the ministers of Christ anointed and commissioned anew to preach the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. And most of those who attended will go forth to give the midnight cry as far as they are able. On the Sabbath the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper was administered to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ. It was a season of holy refreshing, and a scene which will not soon be forgotten.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.6

    Monday A. M. was the closing scene. The closing services were an 1843 experience meeting. About three hours passed delightfully away, in listening to testimonies from brethren and sisters on that subject. And you may be assured we have a host of veterans in this work. Seekers were then invited, and our anxious seats soon filled with weeping penitents. After a season of prayer, and a short parting address, we closed by singing the hymn,HST July 13, 1842, page 117.7

    “When thou my righteous Judge shall come.” And parted with the benediction, with the hope fondly indulged in many an overflowing heart of meeting again in 1843, with the whole family in our Father’s house and Savior’s kingdom.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.8

    To-day I commence a course of lectures in Hatley, in the Baptist meeting house at the outlet of Magog lake. Thursday I begin another camp-meeting in Bolton, to continue over the Sabbath. And next week retire to N. II. and from thence to Maine.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.9

    Yours, J. Litch.
    Hatley, June 24, 1842.

    Letter from A. A. Cook


    Cabolsville, June 13th.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.10

    Messrs Litch & Himes:—Much has been said respecting the parable of the wheat and tares, and after all, it is to be feared that it is little understood.HST July 13, 1842, page 117.11

    The advocates of a temporal millennium, generally acknowledge that this parable teaches the existence of the wicked as a class, while this world endures; but then it is said that the proportion of tares to wheat was generally small, and from this it is argued that the time will arrive, when the righteous will outnumber the wicked, and the Christian religion predominate in the earth. But if the parable teaches any such doctrine, it is not of any particular period during the gospel dispensation, but of the whole dispensation extending to the final consumation. “The kingdom of heaven is likened to this parable, by which, as is admitted, we are to understand the gospel dispensation. By what authority is this parable then applied to any particular period of this dispensation, and not to it as a whole? And what has been the history of the past in reference to the predominance of vital godliness in our world? We might challenge our opponents to point out the city, kingdom or country where the above proportion has been realized. Nay, has it not rather been that the proportion of wheat to tares has been small? And we conceive that this seals or confirms the doctrine of the parable. Our opponent assumes that the tares in this case were sown sparsely, as they were accidentally mixed with the good seed. Though they were usually sown in this way, yet be it remembered that this is not a usual case. Far from it. Here the tares, so far from being scattered by the house-holder with the wheat, were sown by “an enemy” “while men slept” and as the object for which the “enemy” scattered them, was to injure the good man of the field, by choking the wheat, we ask if it is not reasonable to suppose, that the tares were as bountifully and extensively sown as was the wheat? So the history of the past indicates, as no one acquainted with ecclesiastical history will deny, and thus we believe they will “grow together until the harvest “which “is the end of the world.”HST July 13, 1842, page 117.12

    If this view be correct, (and if not let it be shown) what support does the theory of a temporal millennium derive from this parable? Not the least shadow. Is it not in direct opposition to such a fallacious hope? Certainly it is, whatever sophistry may be employed in arguing from the usual manner in which the wheat and tares grow together. Our Lord has not here selected his figure wholly from the usual course of things. This is surely an uncommon case, the exposition of which is, the almost universal wickedness of the past confirmed. That theory which contradicts this matter of fact, unless it can be shown that this parable is alone applicable to some part of the gospel dispensation which has not yet arrived and not to the whole of it, must be false. And as it is presumed that no one will affirm its application, or if so, be able to sustain the affirmation, to a portion of the gospel dispensation yet to dawn on the world, and thereby exclude these eighteen centuries past,—(how much longer time we know not,) we conclude that the temporal millennium theory is without Scriptural basis. Now, as ever, tares predominate. Even in those countries which are professedly Christian, not one sixth of the entire population are numbered within the pale of the church, and how many of these are tares, though recorded in church registers, the All Wise only knows. Probably the increase of inhabitants annually upon the earth is at least four millions, 34I have found it difficult to ascertain the annual increase of population in the world, but think that four millions may be a fair computation. According to this reckoning the number of inhabitants may be stated from eight to nine hundred millions,—of births thirty millions annually; and of deaths, one half million in a week, or twenty-six millions annually, leaving an increase of four millions. However this may be, no one will probably contend that the proportion of conversions to the annual increase of pop ulation, is more than one to ten, so that the argument is not affected in the least, for it would be exceedingly difficult to enumerate one hundred thousand conversions annually; and if it be allowed that the increase of population is but one million, we have the above proportion. If you have more certain data from which to fix the increase of population, please correct accordingly I should be pleased if you have different statistics touching the above, to see them, and think it might be useful to publish them in your paper.
    Yours respectfully, A. A. C.
    while so far as we have any knowledge the conversions are not as many hundred thousands. Is not then the moral state of the world growing worse? Even in Christian lands, the church does not keep pace with the increase of population, so that arguing from the past and present to the future, while the world stands wickedness will increase. And how exactly does the present condition of the world correspond with many passages of Scripture which speak of its moral state when Christ shall make His appearance in the clouds of heaven.—For instance—It shall be as it was in the days of Noah, and as it was in the days of Lot—The love of many waxes cold—iniquity abounds—evil men and seducers wax worse and worse, doceiving, and being deceived. The virgins are asleep, and many are crying peace and safety, when sudden destruction is at the door. Awake thou that sleepest! It is time we all awake. For aught the opposer knows to the contrary we are on the very threshold of eternity. Let us arise, fellow-Christians, and trim our lamps, and be prepared for the next prophetic event that is close upon us, viz. the “time of trouble” which shall immediately usher in the deliverance of God’s people.—(See Daniel 12:1)
    HST July 13, 1842, page 117.13

    “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, “I subscribe myself your unworthy brother in Christ. A. A. Cook. Cabotville, June 15, 1842.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.1

    Rapid Spread of the Truth


    South Glastenbury, Ct. June. 25.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.2

    Brothers Himes and Litch:—I have just received a communication from Adair county, Kentucky; and take the liberty to forward a few extracts from it relative to the cause of the Second Advent in that portion of the country, thinking it might be of profit to your readers. The writer is an old and tried friend of mine, a preacher of the “everlasting gospel,” and formerly a member of the Wesley an University, Middletown, Ct. We have, of late, exchanged several communications upon the subject of Christ’s near coming to judgment. His last bears the date of June 7th; two pages of it are devoted exclusively to the great and important subject of holiness. In it he is most evidently feeling the deepest interest. And what but clean hands and pure hearts can prepare us to meet the speedy coming of him whose “eyes are as a flame of fire, his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his countenance as the sun when he shineth in his strength.” O, my beloved brethren, “seeing we look for such things, how diligent ought we to be that we may be found of him in peace without spot and blameless.” But to the letter. In closing his remarks upon holiness, he says, “I have now determined to spend the rest of my time in preaching, [he has been much engaged in teaching,] and in going from house to house laboring with men, women, and children, for their present salvation from all sin. I intend to be led by the spirit of God. My business with every one is to get his soul saved. I am fully resolved upon doing all I can for the conversion of others. I belong to God, and he may do with me as may best promote his glory. I am determined to make no compromise with the devil, nor any of his peculiar institutions.” He then continues, “But what say you about the Second Advent question? I firmly believe it near. I am now without doubts upon the question. I preached my first sermon upon the subject, by giving my opinion that it is near, from the events of prophecy, and giving a view of the arguments of time from the prophetic periods of Daniel, without expressing an opinion of my own on the point. I now adopt the whole argument, for the reason that God must have meant something by those expressions of time, and that as the Bible was given for the benefit of men, he designed that we should understand it. And this exposition is rational and conclusive; far more so than any other that I have ever seen. I must believe it. Our travelling preacher, Brother Derrick, is preaching the same truth. He says he defies the world to overthrow the doctrine by Scripture. Bro. Sterns also preaches it; excepting he is inclined to the opinion of its being in 1847. However, since I have been preaching with him, I find he is gradually changing that opinion. I have heard of another preacher a little below this, who is proclaiming the same blessed truth. This truth is having an effect upon the minds of many. Preachers and others of influence, who are seeking for popularity are slower to embrace it than most others. Professor W—’s blustering manner and big assertions are well calculated to sway many minds, who are wishing to have his side true, while to the mind that requires proof, there is little to satisfy. I told you that I felt inclined to look to Prof. C----, before I settled against the doctrine of the millennium in this world. I have done so. And every piece he has written against Miller’s Views, has confirmed me that we are to look for no millennium in this present wicked earth. To see a man of the talents and Biblical knowledge of Prof. C----, forced to depend, almost exclusively, upon arguments derived from other sources to support a theory, which should be supported by Scripture, or not at all, compels me to distrust its truth. May God open their eyes to the truth at Oberlin, and scatter those who are hived up there where they will do good. Do you ever go and preach to those spirits in prison at Middletown and Wilbraham? 35As soon as the way opens I mean to do so. Why, there are men enough shut up in our colleges, and academies, and theological seminaries to convert the whole land, if they would embrace the truth on this question, get converted themselves, go out and labor in the field. But there they stay, talking over their Greek and Latin, and triangles, and pyramids, and conic sections, fancying at some time they are going to convert the world! The mighty requires men to do good now, and not to spend their whole time in preparing to do it. Go on, brother Collins, let us preach the truth boldly. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. Yours, etc. E. M----.” L. C. Collins.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.3

    Letter from R. W. Reed


    Brother Himes:—Should you think proper to give the following, a place in the Signs of the Times, your readers will be favored with the history of my experience for the last four weeks, spent principally in Rhode Island.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.4

    For some reason God has seen fit to cast my lot where I have been an eye and an ear witness to some part of the tragedy of this state, and I will assure you that every day’s experience has furnished additional evidence of the truth of the soon coming of the Savior, to cast down the thrones, and set up a kingdom that shall stand forever. But to my narrative.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.5

    The first lectures I gave were given at a Free-Will Baptist quarterly meeting at Waterford, held with the church of which Elder Burlingame is pastor. I found his sympathies all enlisted in the cause; and he told me the last time I saw him, if the Savior did not come next year, he should be disappointed.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.6

    At this meeting a resolution was passed, after a short discussion on the subject, that the Second Coming of Christ in 1843, is of sufficient importance to claim immediate investigation. O Lord, my God, enable the ministers and brethren to live up to this resolution; and especially ministers; to make speedy work of this investigation, lest the “due season” in which they should have imparted this “meat” shall pass away.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.7

    I next went to Harrisville, where I spent the Sabbath, and gave three lectures; some interest was felt on the subject, although it was new to many.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.8

    I next went to Chepachet, the now forsaken seat of Dorr’s army. I stayed in Chepachet one week, lectured every evening save one. Here I was threatened, as I passed the streets, with tar and feathers. And a pot of tar was actually prepared; but there happened to be a little want of courage on the part of these objects of my pity, and I passed unhurt. Some disturbance was occasioned in our meeting one evening by the throwing of gravel-stone into the entry, etc. There was, in this place, and at this time, a great agitation among the people, like the striving of the four winds upon; the great sea. And two great beasts have come up, diverse one from the other. But the powers that be have prevailed; and the new creation are scattered to the four winds. Gov. Dorr has again fled, and left about one hundred men to bear the shame of becoming prisoners of war. But again to my narrative. I left Chepachet Sabbath, at noon, went to Harrisville, found the old meeting-house had been fastened against me. But the people got in before I arrived, and I gave two lectures. Found my lectures had awakened a good interest in many minds; several began to inquire, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?HST July 13, 1842, page 118.9

    I next went to Smithville Seminary, called on Elder Allen, and Elder H. Quimby, the preceptor; with whom I enjoyed an agreeable season. Found the institution a beautiful one, handsomely located, with about one hundred scholars. I lectured in this place three evenings, to good and candid congregations. Bro. Quimby attended the three evenings, Elder A. one.HST July 13, 1842, page 118.10

    From Smithville I went to Simmonsville, a factory village in the town of Johnson. Gave three lectures in the upper story of a large factory. The congregation was very large in the evening. Some of the Irish friends, who were in, complained of my application of the little horn, of Daniel, the man of sin, of Paul, and the Babylon, of John, to the Pope. On the whole, the meeting was quite solemn, and I hope it may be overruled for good to the people.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.1

    I then came to Olneyville, near to the city of Providence. I have given five lectures here, in Elder Cheney’s church. The questions of war and peace are receiving especial notice in this place. Some Christians have taken up arms and gone down to Gov. Dorr’s encampment, and joined his army, while others have gone to tight them. Others, who were warned out, refused to go, choosing rather to suffer the penalty of the law, than to fight. There has been a constant mustering, day and night here, for some days.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.2

    Of all the Sabbath days that I ever witnessed, last Sabbath capped the climax. Soldiers were running to and fro; stage and wagon loads coming in, bringing in prisoners. Every man’s business was inquired? and should a man betray the least disposition to mind his own business, and keep his mouth shut, or at least if he manifested a little independence about is politics, he was made a prisoner at once. This has been the play on both sides of the question. O the horrors of a civil war.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.3

    But then, when I witness these displays of military valor, and the triumphing of these illustrious mortals over each other, it makes me think of a man’s loading a seventy-four to shoot down a fly. “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” R. W. REED.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.4

    Providence, June 30, 1842.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.5

    Letter to Professor Bush


    New York, Monday Morning,
    June 27, 1842.
    To the Reverend Professor Bush, D. D.
    HST July 13, 1842, page 119.6

    Reverend and Dear Sir:—Last evening I had the pleasure to attend your lecture on the prophecies of Daniel, in the chapel of the University. I repeat, pleasure, 1st. Because you explained the Scriptures by the Scriptures—and 2nd. Because you agreed with many others, in the essential points relative to the Second Advent of the Son of God; namely, “the time, times and half,” etc. etc. I also admired your comparisons of “the metalic image,” as symbolical of Nebuchadnezzar—they were rational and pleasing; especially the latter, because they were new, for we, (like the Athenians of old,) are too apt to love to hear of something new!HST July 13, 1842, page 119.7

    I wish I could stop here, but I dare not, for it is. perhaps, my duty, not only to write the above, but to add that I was grieved you should endeavor to cast any odium on certain persons, who have, you said, the “temerity to fix on the ensuing year,” for the day, for which all other days were made, although you, Reverend Sir, confessed the time was “very near,”—so near, “that some of my hearers may live to see it.”—Yet, by way of tranquilizing any awakened consciences, which might have been in your congregation, you, dear sir, (in almost the same breath,) added, that “the event may take place within twenty or thirty years,” but “certainly,” (if my memory serves me,) “within the present century.” If you, reverend and dear sir, are not certain, as to the precise year, and, as you stated, your belief, that “some stupendous event was soon to take place,” why not, dear sir, by your endeavors, try to keep alive the fears excited by your previous observations?—by bringing to our recollection the Savior’s words, “Be ye also ready, for in such an hour ye think not, the Son of man cometh,” etc. Instead thereof, you, unfortunately, gave us an anodyne, i. e. your sarcastic opinion of those who so rashly dare to fix on the year of the Second Advent of our Lord—and who dilate so largely on the “signs of the times,” “sights,” etc. such as “earthquakes,” “fire,” “smoke,” and “rockets!!” The latter must, I think, have been inadvertently spoken by you, as I never once saw or heard these articles alluded to by any who have written or preached on the subject.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.8

    Your remarks will have had a two fold evil tendency. 1st. To lull to sleep your auditory on that subject; and, 2nd. To cast odium on the gentlemen who have thought it to be their duty to give the “midnight cry,” etc. by preaching and publishing what they believe to be true; and who, I doubt not, think it to be their duty to do as they have done, and, as I presume they are determined to continue to do, being, as they suppose, guided by the Scriptures, such as Ezekiel 33, and many others.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.9

    What a fine opportunity, reverend and dear sir, you have lost, and perhaps forever—by not impressing on our minds, last evening, the vast importance of the “Second Advent,” and not having solemnly warned us, by such language as the prophet Isaiah employed, 55:6, 7, and others, at least two thousand Jive hundred and forty-eight years since; which, with your powerful eloquence, might have induced many a sinner, then present, to turn away from all iniquity and to “Seek the Lord while he may be found,” etc. Who knows, but many would have been blessed ere they left the chapel?HST July 13, 1842, page 119.10

    It is my ardent prayer that you, reverend sir, may be convinced of the truth, (whatever that may be,) and obtain the moral courage to declare, with candor, your thoughts on this all-absorbing and important subject, and that henceforth you will let those alone, from whom you differ, “lest you are found to be fighting against God.” For, to I their own master they must stand or fall! Besides, should they be mistaken in their views of the prophecies; and that the Son of God does not come, as they suppose, there cannot be any evil by obeying the command of the Savior eighteen hundred and ten years since—” Be ye also ready.” Yet, if we are induced to be thrown off our guard, by sentiments urged by you and other eloquent divines, and the preachers alluded to are in the right, and that many should be shut out, as the foolish virgins were, for the want of having oil in their lamps, and their lights burning; then, the watchmen (Ezekiel 33:6,) will have to answer the fatal consequences.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.11

    That such may not be your case, is the ardent prayer, reverend and dear sir, of One of your Hearers.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.12

    Queries, by R. D. Easterbrooks


    Brother Himes:—There is much interest felt by many in these regions, relative to the solemn subject of the personal coming of Christ in. 1843. Yet, after we have carefully studied the question, we find it difficult to arrive at any very definite conviction that that event will come in ‘43. Will you do us the favor to answer, in the Signs of the Times, the following questions:HST July 13, 1842, page 119.13

    1st. What evidence have you that the 2300 days commenced at the same time the seventy weeks commenced; seeing these numbers are used in connection with subjects so dissimilar in their nature. (1)HST July 13, 1842, page 119.14

    2nd. Is there not a great discrepancy between our Lord and Mr. Miller, in the application of Daniel’s prophecy. Daniel 8:13. See our Lord’s application of this prophecy in Matthew 24:15; Luke 21:21, 22. (2)HST July 13, 1842, page 119.15

    Now it seems to us, dear brother, that the Savior applies this prophecy to the events of the destruction of Jerusalem; and Mr. Miller applies it to an event very different in its nature; and distant in point of time.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.16

    R. D. Easterbrooks.

    remarks on the above


    (1.) Our brother will see that if the seventy weeks are not a key to the vision of the eighth chapter, then we can know nothing of the appointed time. Besides, we think he will see that the angel referred to that vision, when the instruction of the seventy weeks was imputed. “Therefore understand the matter and consider the vision.” Daniel 9:23. Then he says, “Seventy weeks are cut off.”—Of what? We answer, of the 2300 days. Daniel 8:13, 14.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.17

    (2.) Not at all. But a perfect harmony. The abomination spoken of by Daniel, was the “daily,” or Pagan Rome; the same that destroyed Jerusalem. The transgression of desolation, was papacy, that arose afterwards, A. D. 538. Our brother will see, by a re-examination of the subject, that all is right. There are twoabominations.” First, the Pagan, to which Christ referred, Matthew 24:15. The second is Papacy, which takes the place of Paganism.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.18

    Novel Reading.—The following article has been sent us, on the subject of novel reading, which seems to be defended at the present time, by some professed ministers of Christ. We do not design to enter into any controversy with this class of our opponents. We have given several articles from the illustrious defendant of fictions and novels, simply to show the true character of our opponents. If such men were in favor of the theory we advocate, we should seriously suspect its truth. How can we in reason expect any thing else but opposition from the Editor of the Olive Branch. He fights in self-defence. Ed.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.19

    Mr. Editor:—The reading of notch and fiction is admitted by moral and religious people, to be one of the greatest sources of contamination and corruption. The minds of young people are thus ensnared by artful addresses to their passions, till the light of reason becomes extinct, and they are led blindfold at the will of Satan. Yet lam sorry that this moral poison is so administered to the young and inexperienced not only by the penny papers and other political and miscellaneous news prints, which are scattered broad-cast over the country, but by some professedly religious newspapers. When novels or theatrical entertainments are recommended, and uttered from the mouths or pens of the clergy, the pulpit, the religious press, or other places professedly devoted to religion, it may be considered one of the most ominous and fearful signs of the times. But what will be thought when this abominable practice of corruption is justified on the ground that it is conformable to the letter and spirit of the Bible! “we have,’ says the Rev. editor of one of these professedly religious papers, viz, the Olive Branch, “the highest authority for the use of fictitious persons and actions for the purposes of instruction, and according to Bible authority, it is right to publish love stories, even where the characters are bad!” What more, or what worse, could the professed infidel say? But when infidels speak through their own professed and well known organs of infidelity, people read them with their eyes open, and their minds guarded. What is read, is received as infidelity, not as Bible doctrine. I am aware, Mr. Editor, that the source from which I quote, where it is well known and understood, is considered incapable of doing harm. But how often does a paper fall into the hands of those who are not acquainted with its true character, who, mistaking its religious name, swallow its poisonous contents without suspicion. I know, sir, that your opinion in accordance with many others, is, that nothing is gained by noticing such low vulgarity, even when assuming the garb of religion. This would be true, if all the readers of these papers were people of discernment, judgment and experience. But unfortunately too large a portion of the reading public and those who chance to take up a newspaper, are of an opposite character. On the whole I have been led to doubt whether the state of morals or the condition of the people, is benefitted by the mass of print which is daily thrown off in the shape of newspapers. There is so much more matter adapted to corrupt than to purify the public mind, that I am inclined to think that the moral effect is on the whole bad. Still I believe that hypocrisy should be denounced, and infidelity and corruption be compelled to stand on their own bottom. Fiat Justitia.HST July 13, 1842, page 119.20

    Later from Europe


    And there shall be distress in the land.”HST July 13, 1842, page 120.1

    The old world seems to be in commotion. The nations are in a feverish excitement, and many of them are in danger of revolution.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.2

    We cut the following from an exchange paper, which will give some idea of the distress of the laboring classes in England.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.3

    England. The following extract from a late number of the London Sun, will serve in some measure to show the destitution of the laboring classes in England at the present time.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.4

    “A Cabinet council was held suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday. We have good reason to believe that it was held in consequence of some very unpleasant, not to say alarming, intelligence, which yesterday morning reached the Home Office from the manufacturing districts. Our information goes to the effect that something like consternation has been excited in the Cabinet, not only on account of what has already happened, but of what is plainly seen to be unavoidable. Letters from Manchester and other manufacturing districts, are written in a most desponding tone; there is no hope of improvement; the soup kitchens are besieged with hungry applicants for relief; who congregate about them before it is daylight, to get, if possible, something to eat; while the hungry masses have given it plainly to be understood that they would rather be sabred by the soldiery—if needs must—than die of hunger, which they have declared they will not do if they can help it. From Glasgow, we are told, that the accounts of the destitution of the people exceed all belief, and that on a late occasion, when a charitable gentleman distributed amongst them a few loaves, they could be likened to nothing but a band of hungry wolves seizing a very insufficient prey. God protect the common wealth! for our rulers, we greatly fear, will drive the people to desperation.”HST July 13, 1842, page 120.5

    The following paragraph is from the Leeds Mercury:HST July 13, 1842, page 120.6

    “The working classes in this district were never, taking them generally, in such a state of destitution; before. There must be thousands wholly unemployed, and it is distressing to see the hundreds of laboring men who are daily rambling about the country, evidently suffering for want of food, and many of them clothed in rags. Judge of their miserable condition from the following facts:—A man was observed a few days since eating grains out of a neighbor’s swill tub. The person who saw him mentioned the circumstance to another, who asked the poor creature if it were true. Yes! he said, hunger drove me there, and I took some home with me to feed my famishing wife and children with! This week a cow died at New Mill, of milk fever. A person in the neighborhood bought the carease, which was dressed as beef; for what purpose may be guessed at. It was hung in an out-building, but next morning it was found that most of the flesh had been cut off and carried away. O! ye famine makers by law, what crime, suffering, and death ye have to answer for? When will this tide of ruin take a turn? The overseers in several townships are applying for double rates; ruined tradesmen and unemployed workmen are weekly swelling the list of horror; and no one can tell where to turn for hope.”HST July 13, 1842, page 120.7

    Poor Ireland! The condition of the people in many parts of Ireland, is deplorable indeed. They seem to be urged to madness and desperation by famine—and riots and contests between the people and the police, are frequent in many towns. The following is an extract from the Connaught Ranger:HST July 13, 1842, page 120.8

    “Recent well-authenticated and soul-harrowing accounts from various districts of Mayo county, impress our minds with the truly painful conviction that distress, destitution, the horrors of absolute starvation in all its hideous forms, and intense suffering of the laboring classes prevail to a greater extent than it was our unpleasant, but imperative duty to announce last Wednesday morning. One correspondent from the far west, on whose faith-worthiness and veracity the utmost reliance may be placed, describes the inhabitants along the western coast—at Louisburgh, Clare Island, and Innisturk—as “staggering about, pale and livid, exhausted and sick, on the very verge of starvation, not knowing where to turn or how to procure one morsel of the coarsest description of provisions.” In the Borony of Erris, the aspect is not a whit less dreary. Provisions rate awfully high, in consequence of unexampled scarcity, and families, almost innumerable, are daily necessitated to pine out their miserable existence on one stinted meal of the coarsest potatoes, such as John Bull would not suffer to defile the troughs of his piggery—mixed up with bailed sea-weed.”HST July 13, 1842, page 120.9

    A letter from a parish priest in Connaught, published in the Dublin Freeman, says:HST July 13, 1842, page 120.10

    “I have been at this early hour aroused by the piteous and doleful cries of hundreds, who congregated from all parts of the parish, begging and craving for food, and unless there is some immediate relief from some quarter, I am confident that hundreds will become victims to starvation. You may have an idea of the destitution and misery of the people here, when I assure you that there are, at least, five hundred families for the last ten days, subsisting on green cabbage-leaves, the only food under heaven they can procure. I ask, can such a state of things continue? If it shall, those unfortunate creatures I fear will be prematurely called to their graves. I fear I shall in a few days have to inform you of the death of many from starvation.”HST July 13, 1842, page 120.11

    The Christian Watchmen.—Mr. Crowell, of the Watchman, has condescended to notice a work compiled by us on Mormonism. He unites with the infidels and Mormons, to ridicule us and others who have come out against that delusion. He also speaks of Mr. H. being sadly pestered with Mormonism, etc. Now we wish to say to the Editor of the Watchman, that there is no truth in this remark. We are on the Watch for delusion, and timely expose it.—We have lost no members by the Mormon heresy; and the Baptist might have been able to make the same statement, if their sleepy watchmen had been awake.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.12

    The love of Darkness is strongly implanted in the heart of man, and for this reason, he will not come to the truth that he may have life. Those who love the truth will as a matter of course, search for it continually as for hid treasure, but the love of darkness has a tendency directly the reverse. Our Savior in John 3rd has given us the cause of this strange infatuation. He says that “this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and that men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds may be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” We are therefore to expect that when the deeds of men are evil, and so long as they are evil, they will spurn the light; and will discountenance any investigation of their deeds, lest light should be thrown upon them, and they should be reproved. Also those whose deeds are right and just, will seek all the light in their power and will court investigation; that if their deeds are evil, they may be reproved and forsake them.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.13

    Upon these premises, does it not follow that when men shun the light, and refuse to test their opinions by the truth, their deeds are evil? We cannot avoid that conclusion. Those therefore who close their eyes that they may not see, and refuse to listen to the truth, and are willingly ignorant of the blessed hope of Christ’s speedy return, have great reason to fear that it is because they love darkness rather than light. If they loved the truth, they would examine this question in the light of the truth; and if it is not based upon the truth, they would in a Christian manner show what the Bible does teach respecting these things. But so long as they refuse to examine these things in a candid and prayerful manner, they have no assurance from the Bible that their souls are not in darkness, or that darkness is not pleasing to them. B.HST July 13, 1842, page 120.14



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