Letter from Erastus Snow, 22 June 1842

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There is a tremenduous excitement here in at present is engaged with in a dissccussion with the great Dr [George Montgomery] West, D,D. foremerly of the Methodist and late of the Episcopalian order and I hardly know what he is now but he has been spreading himself in the chapels and in the papers here of late most dreadfully but he is now brought up all on four against a stump The discussion has been held two evenings as I expect will continue 4 or 5 more unless West backs out it is held in the most popular part of the in Marlboro Chapel Washington St. which will hold near 2,000 3,000 people and the way they turn out and the papers teem with accounts of the debate is a caution to yankee sinners— The saints have hired Boylston Hall for regular preaching it holds near 1,000. though a good hearted old man is nevertheless enthusiasting and childish and unwise and is not the man that ought to be placed in . though by no meanes should he be rob[b]ed of the honor due for what he has done here. Though much more would have been done by a wise elder. He shuts up a great many doors and ears in consequences of a lack of wisdom. He talks to opposers and sectarians of all the mistyries of the Kingdom and thousand wild notions of his own but he is humble yet he dont seem to learn wisdom.
Yours &c [p. [3]]
There is a tremenduous excitement here in at present is engaged in a dissccussion with the great Dr George Montgomery West, D,D. foremerly of the Methodist and late of the Episcopalian order and I hardly know what he is now but he has been spreading himself in the chapels and in the papers here of late most dreadfully but he is now brought up all on four against a stump The discussion has been held two evenings as I expect will continue 4 or 5 more unless West backs out it is held in the most popular part of the in Marlboro Chapel Washington St. which will hold near 3,000 people and the way they turn out and the papers teem with accounts of the debate is a caution to yankee sinners— The saints have hired Boylston Hall for regular preaching it holds near 1,000. though a good hearted old man is nevertheless enthusiasting and childish and unwise and is not the man that ought to be placed in . though by no meanes should he be robbed of the honor due for what he has done here. Though much more would have been done by a wise elder. He shuts up a great many doors and ears in consequence of a lack of wisdom. He talks to opposers and sectarians of all the mistyries of the Kingdom and thousand wild notions of his own but he is humble yet he dont seem to learn wisdom.
Yours &c [p. [3]]
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