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not pleased with the preaching of the Brethren, but become angry and bitter about it. When they learned afterwards that Bro. Schnell was a Herrnhutter, they wanted to pick a quarrel with Daehlinger, because he did not only not arrest him, but allowed him to preach and even helped him along with his horses. I felt the bitter, hostile and sarcastic spirit of the people in that district very much, and as the conditions were the same at Cedar Creek and in some respects even worse, I did not have the heart to preach to these people, but left again on the next day. The door at these two places is really closed. On April 4-March 24, I crossed the "Missinotty" [Massanutton] Mountain, and, passing the well known Paul's Fort,28 I came to "Missinotty." The road was full of water, stones and wood, so that I had often to think for a while which way the road went. At night I lodged with a Mennonite teacher [minister], Hans Rothen.29 I spoke with him about many things. By nature he is a good, pliable man, but without life. On April 5-March 25, I went to Mafthias Selzer,30 whose wife is the daughter of Jacob Beyerly. He is a rude and hostile man towards the Brethren. I was compelled to stay with this man all afternoon, because I wanted to make inquiries about the people in that district and because I was surrounded by water and terribly high mountains on all sides. He treated me very 28 Powell's Fort, a picturesque valley in the Massanutton range of mouintains. It was so called for one Powell, an Englishman, who, according to tradition, was a counterfeiter. He seems to have been nearly contemporaneous with the first settlements in the lower valley. For further account of this man and locality, see Kercheval's History of the Valley, second edition, p. 267. (Appendix.) 29 The Anglicised name of this man was John Roads. In August, 1766, a party of eight Indians and one white man crossed the Massanutton mountain at Powell's Fort and massacred Roads, his wife, and three sons. See Kercheval's History of the Valley, sec. ed., p 91. 30 In 1751 Mathias Selzer was a member of the County Court of Augusta couinty, Va. See Summer's History of Soutlhwestern Virginia, Richmond, 1903, p. 821, where his name is erroneously printed Seltger. He evidently resided in the southern portion of what is now Page, or the eastern portion of present Rockingham county, which territory was then embraced in Augusta. He was doubtless appointed to represent the rapidly increasing German element in that section of the valley.