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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

The arrangements were made at the conference in accordance with his wishes, but, alas, for the fickleness of humanity. When the minister returned from the conference, he found his main stay had joined the Roman Catholics. With a succession of such disasters, the church had remained so feeble that they could not have preaching oftener than once in two weeks. Two men were assigned to a circuit to come around once in four weeks each. The writer and his colleague, the second year, for he remained till 1834, and Rev. Wm. Sprague, now deceased, determined to change this order of things, and to arrange to have preaching every Sabbath. In order to do this, we rented, a room in the court-house, procured a bed and bedding from the county house, and at meal times we went visiting. A wonderful change has come over the city and the Methodist society in it since that time.
During the second year of my living on the Monroe circuit, two young lawyers came to Monroe, - whose acquaintance I made, and who have each since then figured largely in the affairs of the State, viz.: Robert McClelland and Alpheus Felch. It has been my lot to be connected, in some manner, with the growth of the State, that is, perhaps, more as a looker-on than an actor. Still some, effort has been made towards its educational and moral developments. It was my fortune to be one of three who originated and planned a seminary of learning in 1832, which has since grown into Albion College. When the funds of the University were being frittered away in the support of branches, the system was changed, the branches cut off from supplies, and the funds concentrated on the single institution, at my motion, when in the Board of Regents, in 1845.

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