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History, circa 1841, fair copy

Accordingly I retired into the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a clear and beutiful day, early in the spring of Eighteen hundred and Twenty, and it was the first time that I ever made such an effort; for amidst all my anxieties I had as yet, never made the attempt to pray vocally After arriving at the place where I had previously designed to go, I looked around me and finding myself alone, kneeled down and began to offer up to God the desires of my heart. I had scarcely done so, when I was immediately seized by some power, which entirely overcame me, and had such astonishing influence over me, as to bind my tounge so as to deprive me of speech. Thick darkness gathered around me, and for a time it seemed that I were doomed to destruction. But exerting every energy to call upon God, to deliver me out of the power of this enemy; at the very moment when I was sinking in despair and abandoning myself to destruction; not imaginary, but to the influence of some being from the unseen world, who had such marvellous power as this; just at this moment of alarm, I saw a pillar of light over my head, the brightness of which, exceeded that of the sun; and gradually decended untill it fell upon me, and I found myself delivered from the enemy, which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, (whose brightness and glory dify all description,) standing above in the air. One of them called me by name, said (pointing to the other,) this is my beloved son, hear him. My object was to ascertain which of the sects were right; that I might Join it. Consequently as soon as possible, I asked the personages who stood in the light, Which [p. 3]
Accordingly I retired into the woods to make  the attempt. It was on the morning of a clear  and beutiful day, early in the spring of Eigh teen hundred and Twenty, and it was the first time  that I ever made such an effort; for amidst all  my anxieties I had as yet, never made the  attempt to pray vocally After  arriving at the place where I had previously  designed to go, I looked around me and finding  myself alone, kneeled down and began to offer up to  God the desires of my heart. I had scarcely done so,  when I was immediately seized upon by some power,  which entirely overcame me, and had such astonishing  influence over me, as to bind my tounge so as to deprive  me of speech. Thick darkness darkness gathered  around me, and for a time it seemed that I were  doomed to destruction. But exerting every power  energy to call upon God, to deliver me out of the  power of this enemy; at the very moment when  I was sinking in despair and abandoning myself  to destruction; not imaginary, but to the influence  of some being from the unseen world, who had such  marvellous power as this; just at this moment of  alarm, I saw a pillar of light over my head,  the brightness of which, exceeded that  of the sun; which <and> gradually decended untill  it fell upon me, and I found myself  delivered from the enemy, which held me  bound. When the light rested upon me I saw  two personages, (whose brightness and glory dify all  description,) standing above in the air. One of  them called me by name, said (pointing to the other,)  this is my beloved son, hear him. My object was  to ascertain which of the sects were right; that  I might Join it. Consequently as soon as possible,  I asked the personages who stood in the light, Which [p. 3]
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JS, History, [ca. 1841], fair copy; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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See also source note for JS History, circa 1841, draft.

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