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was very dry arid the word of Christ's sufferings found no hearing. On December 6th, we came to Mesanoton [Massanutton]. We stayed with Philip Lung, who had his own religion.* I intended to preach but he would not let us have his house, assuring us that none would come, since Rev. Mr. Klug [the Lutheran minister in the present county of Madison] had warned the people to be on their guard against us. We had soon an opportunity of seeing how bitter the people are towards us. Hence we concluded to leave, which we did, wishing God's blessing upon the district.† An unmarried man, H. Reder, took us through the river. He told us that eight weeks before he had visited Bethlehem. We crossed the Ritsch lRidge] and stayed over night with an Englishman. Towards evening we had to cross the North River.‡ Leonhard [Schnell] had thus far carried Bro. Brandmueller perhaps ten times across the river. On December 7th, we had to walk twenty miles hefore breakfast, because we found no house and had not been able to secure any bread in our lodging place. In the afternoon we came to George Dae/inger, where I preached two years ago. I asked him whether I could again preach in his house. He answered: "Not for fifty pounds." It had been taken very ill of him that he had allowed it two years ago. The people, and especially the Rev. Mr. Klug, had warned him not to permit himself to be led astray. Moreover, he said, "You are done for at this place, since the people have received the information con * Philip Long, the ancestor of that family in Page county, a member of which was the wife of General Sterling Price, of Missouri. † The Massanutton district was the first white settlement in the Valley of Virginia, numbering nine families and fifty-one persons in 1729. Adam Miller first located there, but in a few years removed to his permanent home near Elkton on the Shenandoah, as previously stated. See Volume I, Palmer's Calendar 0./ Virginia Slate Papers, pp. 219-220. ‡ The missionaries had now crossed the Massanutton range of mountains and were within the limits of the present county of Shenandoah.