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REMINISCENCES

BY C. A. LAMB.
Written June, 1874

Here we formed an acquaintance with old Brother Taylor and several of his family; with Judge Willard and his pleasant family; also with his brother, and some others. The church was recognized, and father preached and gave the hand of fellowship. It was a precious season. Returning towards Pontiac by the way of Troy, I put up with Deacon Jones, long since fallen asleep, and preached to the people in a log school-house. I looked around the neighborhood and found there were several Baptists in the vicinity, and saw that there was a prospect of a church in that neighborhood; and feeling much pleased with the land and the prospects of a thriving country, under the culture and enterprise of an intelligent people, I was easily led to form the project of emigrating and settling in that neighborhood, and I left the place with the determination to make that my point, should I find myself in circumstances to emigrate to the territory before some other man should enter the field, as a Baptist minister. As yet there was no Baptist minister settled in the territory. Finishing our visit in Oakland, we bade adieu to our friends there, and set our faces homeward. We traveled as far as Brother Stevens', and put up with him over the Sabbath, and I tried to preach to them the gospel of Christ. The country whs new and sparsely settled, consequently our congregation was small, yet large enough to claim a blessing.

Michigan


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