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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

OLD DETROIT.
My arrival at Detroit was on Saturday, October 2, 1830, the day after the execution of Simmons, * by hanging, for the murder of his wife-—the last instance of capital punishment in Michigan. I remained over the Sabbath and worshiped in the old brick church on the corner of State and Farrar streets. The building is still standing and occupied as a residence. This church was never finished as such, but was sold in 1834, because it was too far out to accommodate the people. I recollect very well we had to walk on a single slab, running across the common, in order to reach the church. The Rev. Alvin Billings, now a superannuated member of the Michigan Conference, was the minister appointed, and this was his first Sabbath. I shall never forget the feeling of disappointment at my first sight of Detroit. Having read of it, and knowing it was one of the old cities of the continent, I expected to find much more of a town. On Monday I went on to my circuit. Ann Arbor circuit extended from Dearborn on the east to Jackson on the west, or rather, we extended it to Jackson; and it embraced the settlements on either side of the main road, making up about twenty-six appointments to be supplied once in four weeks.
JACKSON.
It fell to my lot to preach the Gospel in Jackson as the first minister who ever went there for that purpose. Two sermons had been preached there before by men who had gone there on business, and being ministers, had been. asked to preach.

MICHIGAN


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