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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

While he was thus engaged an unusual and overwhelming influence seemed to fall upon the whole assembly; they all fell to the ground and on their knees immediately engaged in prayer and praise; this continued until evening. The leader could not bring the meeting to a close until night, when they all returned to the camp ground; then the same power fell upon all those in camp, and there occurred one of those wonderful and astonishing scenes or sessions so fragrant in the early history of the church in this country; every body that did not run away was converted; prayers, praise and exhortations continued all night. October 2d, 1844, the Michigan Annual Conference met at Coldwater. Kalamazoo reported 325 members. At this session Grand Rapids was Bible Society, $18; Sunday-school Union, $10; amount for benevolence this year (1856) was $123.50. Rev. James T. Robe was appointed to the Summerville charge, and he served them two years, viz: 1856-7 and 1857-8. The next appointment that he served was Schoolcraft two years, viz: 1858-9 and 1859-60: his next appointment was Grand Rapids west charge, one year, viz: 1860-61. Here his health, which had been going down for some time, so far failed as to oblige him to take a superannuated relation to the conference, which relation he has ever since held. He is now over 71 years of age, (1878.)

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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