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Barton Stone in 1804: From Port Tobacco to Cane Ridge

D. Newell Williams
President
Professor of American Religion
Brite Divinity School

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Abstract

June 28, 1804, Barton W. Stone signed the Last Will and Testament
of the Springfield Presbytery
, willing that his presbytery "die, be desolved,
and sink into union with the Body of Christ at large." By so
doing, he believed that he was helping to usher in the millennium—
Christ’s one thousand year earthly reign of peace and justice. Three
factors account for Stone’s action: his eighteenth-century evangelical
conversion, his growing commitment to antislavery, and his experience
of the Great Revival in the West.

 
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