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Michigan

Abel Bingham

I was enabled, however, to set "common sense " so to reasoning on the subject as to bring them both to a stand; and also said if we had such laws as would imprison a man for teaching those who wished to be taught, I was willing to suffer the penalty and let the people of the state know what kind of laws they had. However, a week later I moved to the settlement, five miles distant, according to my agreement with the sheriff; got me a horse, and went right on with my school, and religious service on the Sabbath, riding down and back every day. At this time we had trials of another kind. My wife and little boy were both sick, and one day I taught school with my sick child in my arms, and was myself soon laid aside for three months from illness, brought on by exposure while riding to and from my school. On recovering, I quietly continued my labors among them, with but little opposition, till January, 1824, when an attempt was again made by this same lawyer (now district attorney), to imprison me. He endeavored to strengthen the Indians in their paganism, and advised them not to regard the Sabbath; said there were many respectable men in Batavia who were opposed to keeping it.

Early Michigan Preachers


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