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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry.—1764-1805. (search)
the most bigoted of that body. In those days the Baptists were a despised people, and it was reckoned vulgar to be of their community. One day, however, it was made known through the neighborhood where she lived that one of these despised sectaries Perhaps Elder J. Murphy, a licentiate from a Baptist church in Nova Scotia. who in 1794 commenced preaching on the adjacent Moose Island. on which Eastport, Me., is situated. (See Millet's Hist. Baptists in Maine, p. 338.) The church at Eastport, which ultimately grew out of this beginning, had members on Deer Island. would preach in a barn, and a party of gay young people, one of whom was the lovely and gay Fanny Lloyd, agreed for a frolic to go and hear him. Of those who went to scoff one remained to pray; this was Fanny Lloyd. Her soul was deeply touched by the meek and holy spirit of the preacher; she wept much during the sermon, and when it was over, the preacher spake kindly to her. From that day a change came over her mind;