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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 234

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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 234 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 234

should visit them again. They had a bad opinion of Bethlehem, but I induced them to change it to the contrary. There is an open door. The people do not look so much upon religion, but rather that Christ should be preached to them. Nothing pleased them more in my sermon than that I preached the Lord Jesus to them. X. NEW-FOUND RIVER. Some Dunkers have settled there. XI. NEW RIVER. A few German families live there.* There are also a few scattered [German] people along the bay. These are all the places in which Germans live. I have not been at the last two places, as my time did not permit it. a man of good education. His will was admitted to probate in Fauquier county, Va., February 29, 1760, and his descendants are still in Virginia. * These Germans were visited by Schnell and Brandmueller in 1749. One statement, however, as given in the last number of the Magazine, needs to be corrected. Under date of November 26, 1749, it ought to read: "We were only a few miles from the Sabbatarians" [Siebentaeger], instead of Seventh Day Baptists. These Sabbatarians were a part of the Ephrata Community. On September 14, 1745, Samuel and Israel Eckerlin, Alexander Mack, and two others left Ephrata. "They fled about 400 English miles, towards the setting sun, * * * until, beyond all Christian governments, they had reached a stream, which runs towards the Mississippi—New River by name. Here they settled, in the midst of a pack of nothing but raggamuffins, the dregs of human society, who spent their time in murdering wild beasts." Ephrata Chronicle, pp. 184-185. The settlement was given up in 1750. See Sachse, German Sectarians of Pennsylvania, Vol. II, p. 341. The settlers, visited by the Moravians. evidently belonged to the "dregs of human society," as the Ephrata people were pleased to call them. The Moravian diaries show them in a totally different light. They prove, moreover, that these two colonies were distinct, with little or no intercourse between them.

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