Newspaper Account of the Israel Dammon Trial
Piscataquis Farmer, Vol. 3 No. 31, Mar. 7, 1845
Following is an article that was published by the Piscataquis Farmer that gives a picture of the type of worship that Ellen White was involved in during the 1840's. Israel Dammon was a preacher that Ellen Harmon (this was prior to her marriage to James White) was closely associated with during the time that they believed in the shut door doctrine.
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Vol. 3 Dover Maine, Friday Morning, March 7, 1845 No. 31
TRIAL OF ELDER I. DAMMON REPORTED FOR THE PISCATAQUIS FARMER
In offering the public the following
report I feel it due to them as well as myself, to make a few
remarks. When I volunteered to do it, I had no doubt but that
the examination would have been gone through with in the course
of a few hours. Judge then, what must be my surprise on finding
the Court House filled to over flowing, and having it occupy such
a length of time. To the witnesses I will say, I have abridged
your testimony as much as possible, and have omitted much of the
most unimportant part, in order to shorten the work, but have
endeavored in no case to misrepresent you, and if you find an
error, I beg you to impute it to my head, instead of heart. --To
the reader I will remark, that much of the testimony was drawn
out by question, and I have omitted the questions in all cases
where it could b dispensed with and shorten the work. To all,
I offer it as an imperfect and impartial report. In consequence
of my total inexperience, being but a laboring man, I should shrink
from publishing it, but from the urgent solicitation of others.
Thanking the Court for the favor of a seat, by them, and the Court
and Counsel for the use of their minutes, I sign myself this once
N.B. I have preserved the language of
the witnesses as much as possible.
Prisoner arraigned before Moses Swett, Esq. of Foxcroft, associated by Seth Lee, Esq. of Atkinson, on the following complaint, to wit. To Charles P. Chandler, Esq. one of the Justices of the Peace within and for the County of Piscataquis. "HARTFORD J. ROWE, of Dover, in the Co. of Piscataquis, Yeoman, upon his oath complains, the Israel Dammon, Commorant of Atkinson, in said County, Idler, is, and for several days last past, has been a vagabond and idle person, going about in the town of Atkinson, aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, from place to place, begging: --that he the said Israel Dammon is a common railer or brawler, neglecting his calling, or employment, misspending his earnings, and does not provide for the support of himself family, & against the peace of the State of Maine, and contrary to form of Statute in such cases made and provided. He therefore prays that the said I. Dammon, may be apprehended and held to answer to said complaint and dealt with relative to the same as law and justice may require."
Plead Not Guilty
Court adjourned to one o'clock, P.M.
Opened agreeably to adjournment.
C.P. Chandler, H.G.O. Morison, for State. J.S. Holmes, for Respondent.
Opened by Chandler. Cited chap. 178, sec. 9, Revised Statutes.
Adjourned to Court House.
EBENEZER BLETHEN, sworn. Have been in the house three times, saw nothing out of the way in Elder Dammon. Have seen others. Objected to by Holmes. Confine your remarks to prisoner, he can in no ways be accountable for the conduct of others, and I object to any testimony except what goes to show what respondent [Dammon] has said or done, as wholly irrelevant.
Question by Chandler. Who was the presiding elder at the meeting?
Ans. Elder Dammon presided and took the lead of the meetings that I attended.
CHANDLER AND MORISON. The meetings appear to be Elder Dammon's meetings-he took the lead and guided them, and is accountable for any public misconduct, and ought to check it: we propose to show the character of his meetings, to show the character of the man. By the Court. You may relate any thing that took place at the meetings, where the respondent was presiding elder.
Witness [Blethen]. The first meeting
I attended was two weeks ago yesterday [2 February 1845] --saw
people setting on the floor, and laying on the floor; Dammon setting
on floor; they were leaning on each other. It did not have the
appearance of a religious meeting.
Cross-examination. Saw nothing like licentiousness--there
was exhortation and prayer each evening. Was there last time after
[for the purpose of retrieving] part of my family.
J.W.E. HARVEY, sworn. Have attended their
meetings two days and four evenings. First meeting lasted eight
days--have known Dammon six weeks--Dammon, White and Hall were
leaders. Dammon said the sinners were going to hell in two days.
They were hugging and kissing each other-Dammon would lay on the
floor, then jump up-they would frequently go into another room.
Dammon has no means to support himself that I know of. The meeting
appeared very irreligious--have seen him sit on the floor with
a woman between his legs and his arms around her.
Cross-examined. The room they went into
was a back room; don't know what was in it-I was in two rooms
where there was a fire. In the back room they said the world's
people must not go. Dammon said the meeting was to be a private
meeting and they wanted no one to come unless they believed as
he did in the Advent doctrine. I did go considerably-If the meetings
were religious ones I thought I had a right to go to them-I went
to satisfy myself what was done. I had no hostile feeling against
them. I think they held the first meeting a fortnight [two weeks
before]. Dammon said he wanted no one to attend their meetings
unless they believed in the advent doctrine.
WM. C. CROSBY, Esq. sworn. I was at the meeting last Saturday night, from about 7 o'clock to 9. There was a woman on the floor who lay on her back with a pillow under her head; she would occasionally arouse up and tell a vision which she said was revealed to her. They would at times all be talking at once, halloing at the top of their voices; some of them said there was too much sin there. After the cessation of the noise, Dammon got up and was more coherent--he complained of those that come there who did not believe in the advent doctrine. At one time Dammon said there was hogs there not belonging to the band, and pointed at me, and said, I mean you, Sir. Subsequently he addressed me again--said, you can't drive us out of town; he stared me in the face and said, I am an honest man, or I could not look you in the face, and you have hell's brass or you could not look me in the face. Dammon said if he was owner of the house he would compel all unbelievers to leave it--they were setting and laying on the floor promiscuously and were exceedingly noisy.
Cross-examined. Did he not say if there
was any there who did not come for instruction he did not want
Answer. That is not what he said--he
pointed to me and said he meant you-I never was more pointedly
addressed in my life--we stood five or six feet apart, most of
the men were on the floor--most of the women in chairs--Do not
know how long Dammon has been in town.
THOMAS PROCTOR, sworn. Saw the prisoner
last Saturday--was present when he was taken; know nothing of
the meetings myself.
MOSES GERRISH, sworn. I have never attended
any of their meetings, when the prisoner was present.
LOTON LAMBERT, sworn. They were singing
when I arrived--after singing they sat down on the floor--Dammon
said a sister had a vision to relate-a woman on the floor then
related her vision. Dammon said all other denominations were wicked--they
were liars, whoremasters, murderers, &c.--he also run upon
all such as were not believers with him. He ordered us off--we
did not go. The woman that lay on the floor relating visions,
was called by Elder Dammon and others, Imitation of Christ. Dammon
called us hogs and devils, and said if he was the owner of the
house he would drive us off--the one that they called Imitation
of Christ, told Mrs. Woodbury and others, that they must forsake
all their friends or go to hell. Imitation of Christ, as they
called her, would lay on the floor a while, then rise up and call
upon some one and say she had a vision to relate to them, which
she would relate; there was one girl that they said must be baptized
that night or she must go to hell; she wept bitterly and wanted
to see her mother first; they told her she must leave her mother
or go to hell--one voice said, let her go to hell. She finally
concluded to be baptized. Imitation of Christ told her vision
to a cousin of mine, that she must be baptized that night or go
to hell-she objected, because she had once been baptized. Imitation
of Christ was said to be a woman from Portland. A woman that they
called Miss Baker, said the devil was here, and she wanted to
see him--she selected me and said, you are the devil, and will
go to hell. I told her she want [was not] my judge. Mr. [James]
Ayer [Jr., owner of the house] then clinched me and tried to put
me out door. I told him we had not come to disturb the meeting.
The vision woman called [to] Joel Doore, said he had doubted,
and would not be baptized again--she said Br. Doore don't go to
hell. Doore kneeled to her feet and prayed. Miss Baker and a man
went into the bedroom--subsequently heard a voice in the room
hallo Oh! The door was opened--I saw into the room-she was on
the bed-he was hold of her; they came out of the bedroom hugging
each other, she jumping up and would throw her legs between his.
Miss Baker went to Mr. Doore and said, you have refused me before,
he said he had--they then kissed each other--she said "that
feels good"--just before they went to the water to baptize,
Miss Baker went into the bedroom with a man they called Elder
White--saw him help her on to the bed--the light was brought out
and door closed. I did not see either of them afterwards. Once
I was in the other room talking with my cousin. Dammon and others
came into the room and stopped our discourse, and called her sister
and me the devil. Imitation of Christ lay on the floor during
the time they went down to the water to baptize, and she continued
on the floor until I left, which was between the hours of 12 and
1 o'clock at night.
Cross-examined. Answer. The visionist
lay down on the floor I should think about 7 o'clock--she lay
there from that time until I left. Dammon and others called her
Imitation of Christ. Part of the time Dammon was down on the floor
on his back--can't say certainly who first said she was Imitation
of Christ, but can say Dammon repeatedly said so--Dammon said
Christ revealed to her and she to others. I am not acquainted
with Elder White. They called him Eld. White. They said if the
Almighty had anything to say he revealed it to her, and she acted
WM. RICKER, sworn. Know Elder Dammon--I
went to attend their meeting once: they told me there would be
none--I asked them where it would be on the next Sabbath? They
told me they know not where; but they did not admit any but the
advent band. I asked Dammon if that was Christ's religion? He
said it is ours.
LEONARD DOWNES, sworn. --Went to meeting
with Loten Lambert, and kept with him; heard him testify, and
know what he has related to be true. He omitted one thing. I saw
Dammon kiss other people's wives. (Witness underwent a severe
cross examination, in which his testimony was so near a repetition
of Mr. Lambert's, that it is by me, considered useless to copy
WM. C. CROSBY, reexamined. I saw no kissing,
but heard about it. I did not stay late, went about 7, left about
9 o'clock. After the visionist called them up she told them they
doubted. Her object seemed to be to convince them they must not
doubt. Dammon called the churches whoremasters, liars, thieves,
scoundrels, wolves in sheep's clothing, murders, &c. He said
read the STAR. By spells it was the most noisy assembly I ever
attended-there was no order or regularity, nor anything that resembled
any other meeting I ever attended--Dammon seemed to have the lead
and the most art. I don't say Dammon shouted the loudest; I think
some others stronger in the lungs than he.
DEACON JAMES ROWE, sworn. I was at Ayer's
a short time last Saturday evening--Elder Dammon found fault with
us for coming to his meeting-he spoke of other denominations as
Esq. Crosby has just testified--said the church members were the
worst people in the world. I have been young, and now am old,
and of all the places I ever was in, I never saw such a confusion,
not even in a drunken frolic. Dammon stood up on the floor and
said, I am going to stand here--and while I stand here, they can't
hurt you, neither men nor devils can't hurt you.
Cross-examined. He said all churches,
made no distinction. I put no meaning to what he said, I only
state what he did say. I have been acquainted with the prisoner
twenty or thirty years; his character was good until recently.
JEREMIAH B. GREEN, sworn. I attended
an afternoon meeting a fortnight ago yesterday--they had an exhortation
and prayer in the evening--I saw men wash men's feet, and women
wash women's feet--they had dishes of water-Elder Dammon was the
presiding elder--I saw Dammon kiss Mrs. Osborn.
EBENEZER TRUNDY, sworn. I was at meeting
week before last, --I heard Dammon say, "God's a coming!
God's a coming!!" Mr. Boobar was telling of going into the
woods to labor--Dammon said he ought not to go. Boobar said he
had a family to support and was poor. Dammon told him he must
live on them that had property, and if God did not come then we
must all go to work together.
JOSEPH MOULTON, sworn. When I went to
arrest prisoner, they shut the door against me. Finding I could
not gain access to him without, I burst open the door. I went
to the prisoner and took him by the hand and told him my business.
A number of women jumped on to him--he clung to them, and they
to him. So great was the resistance, that I with three assistants,
could not get him out. I remained in the house and sent for more
help; after they arrived we made a second attempt with the same
result--I again sent for more help--after they arrived we overpowered
them and got him out door in custody. We were resisted by both
men and women. Can't describe the place-it was one continued shout.
WM. C. CROSBY, Esq., called again. Prisoner
has been reported to have been there about a fortnight, with no
visible means of support.
J.W.E. HARVEY, reexamined. Prisoner has
been there considerable. I know of no means he has of support,
other than to live on his followers.
T. PROCTOR, reexamined. Prisoner has
been reported as a man who has no means of support--I do not know
of his having any.
JACOB MARTIN, Esq., Selectman of Atkinson,
sworn. It is the common report that the prisoner is living upon
his followers. I have attended no meetings of their's. Have seen
a number of sleighs there, and fifteen or twenty strangers.
BENJAMIN SMITH, Esq., Selectman of Atkinson,
sworn. I have been called upon by the citizens of Atkinson to
interfere and put a stop to these meetings--they gave as a reason,
that the defendant and others were living upon certain citizens
of said town--and that they were liable to become town charge.
I started today to go there, but learned that the prisoner had
been arrested and that the others had dispersed.
Here the government stopped. Court adjourned
to half past 6 o'clock.
Evening--Respondent's [defense] witnesses.
JAMES AYER, JR., affirmed. The most of
the meetings were at my house. I have generally attended them--sometimes
I was out. I have heard the testimony on the part of the State.
Some things stated I do not recollect. I was there last Saturday
evening--saw no kissing. I agree with Crosby and Lambert substantially.
I understood prisoner to say there were members of the churches
who he referred to instead of the whole. Saw the woman with a
pillow under her head--her name is Miss Ellen Harmon, of Portland.
I heard nothing said by her or others about Imitation of Christ.
I saw Miss Baker laying on the floor. I saw her fall. Saw Miss
Baker and Sister Osborn go into the bedroom--Sister Osborn helped
her on to the bed, came out and shut the door. There was no man
in the bedroom that evening. I heard the noise in the bedroom--Brother
Wood of Orrington and I went in; asked her what was the matter,
she made no reply, and I went out. Brother Wood assisted her off
of the bed, and helped her out--she appeared in distress. She
told brother Doore she was distressed on his account--was afraid
he would lose his soul, and advised him to be baptized. Did not
see them kiss each other. It is a part of our faith to kiss each
other--brothers kiss sisters and sisters kiss brothers, I think
we have Bible authority for that. [Note: The Bible certainly does
tell of the holy kiss. But it was not just men kissing women and
women kissing men. Men kissed men (Genesis 27, Genesis 29, Genesis
31, etc. & Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, etc.) and women kissed
women (Ruth).] I understood the prisoner to say, there was an
account in the STAR of a deacon who had killed seven men. the
reason of our kneeling, I consider an object of humiliation.
Cross-examined. --I know nothing about
Miss Harmon's character. I did not say there was no kissing--I
saw none. I did not hear her called Imitation of Christ. Elder
Dammon has had no other business, but to attend meetings. He and
another man from Exeter, came with a young girl. Dammon said he
had a spiritual wife and he was glad of it. I went to Mr. Lambert
and said if he disturbed the meeting, he must go out door. We
went to the water after 11 o'clock--Brother Dammon baptized two.
I know nothing about Sister Baker's character--seen her at meeting
in Orrington. I understood Sister Harmon had a vision at Portland,
and was traveling through the country relating it.
JOB MOODY, affirmed. I was at meeting
Saturday evening. Brother Dammon said in relation to other churches
they were bad enough; said they were corrupt; he spoke of the
STAR--he did not say they were thieves, &c. I am not certain,
but think he said that evening there was exceptions. Sister Harmon
would lay on the floor in a trance, and the Lord would reveal
their cases to her, and she to them.
By the Court [a question of Moody]. Answer.
Mr. Dammon repeatedly urged upon us the necessity of quitting
all labor. Kissing is a salutation of love; I greet them so--we
have got positive scripture for it--I reside in Exeter.
Here the witness was told he might take
his seat. He said I have some testimony in relation to Brother
Dammon's character, if I am not a going to be called again. He
then stated that he had been acquainted with Brother Dammon five
or sic years, and his character was good. He works part of the
time, and preaches a part of the time. I have been serving the
Lord and hammering against the devil of late.
ISLEY OSBORN, affirmed. I know nothing
bad in Brother Dammon's character. He believes there is good,
bad and indifferent in all churches-he thinks it best to come
out from them, because there is so many that has fallen from their
holy position. Do not recollect hearing him use the expressions
about churches they have sworn to, but have heard him use as strong
language against them. Do not call Sister Harmon Imitation of
Christ. They lose their strength and fall on the floor. The Lord
communicates to them through a vision, so we call it the Lord.
Brother White did not go into the bedroom, nor any other man.
Cross-examined. She told them their cases
had been made known to her by the Lord, and if they were not baptized
that evening, they would go to hell. We believed her, and Brother
Dammon and I advised them to be baptized. Brother Dammon thought
it best to keep the meetings secret, so they would not crowd in.
Hold to kissing--have scripture exhortation for that. Sister Baker
has a good character--the wickedest man in Orrington says she
has a good character, and that's enough to establish any character,
when the worst man admits it. (roar of laughter) We wish to go
through the ordinance of washing feet in secret. Did not see any
kissing, but presume their was, as it is a part of our faith.
Think Esq. Crosby's testimony correct.
By Court [a question]: -- Answer. Elder
Dammon does advise us to quit all work.
ABRAHAM PEASE, affirmed. Reside in Exeter,
prisoner's character is as good as any man in Exeter. He has a
small farm, and small family. He is a reformation preacher--reformation
has followed his preaching.
GARDNER FARMER, affirmed. Reside in Exeter--prisoner
provides well for his family. He has been to my house, and I to
his--he always behaves well. I saw him in Atkinson a fortnight
ago last Tuesday.
Court adjourned to Tuesday morning 9
Tuesday, [Feb.] 18.
JACOB MASON, affirmed. Reside in Garland.
Brother Dammon said the churches were of that description--said
they were lyers [sic], rogues, &c. I did not understand him to include
all, but individuals. Sister Baker's character is good. Do not
recollect of Brother Gallison using any compulsion, to make his
daughter go forward in baptism. I saw Elder White after Sister
Baker went into the bedroom, near Sister Harmon in a trance--some
of the time he held her head. She was in a vision, part of the
time insensible. Saw nothing improper in Brother Dammon that evening.
I never knew him [to be] a beggar, or wasting his time.
Cross-examined. Do not know who it was
that went into the bedroom with Sister Baker--he was a stranger
to me; he soon came out. Can't say how soon he went in again.
I have heard Crosby testify, and think him correct. I thought
her visions were from God--she would describe out their cases
correct. She described mine correct. I saw kissing out door, but
not in the house. A part of the time we sat on the floor--both
men and women promiscuously. I saw no man go into the bedroom.
They wash feet in the evening. It is a practice in our order to
kiss, on our meeting each other. Sister Harmon was not called
Imitation of Christ to my knowledge. I think I should have heard
it if she was. I believe in visions. Sister Harmon is eighteen
or nineteen years of age; she is from Portland.
JOEL DOOR, affirmed. Reside in Atkinson--Elder
Dammon said there was bad characters in the churches; I did no
understand him to say all. He preaches louder than most people;
no more noisy than common preachers of this faith. The vision
woman would lay looking up when she came out of her trance-she
would point to someone, and tell them their cases, which she said
was from the Lord. She told a number of visions that evening.
Brother Gallison's daughter wanted to see her mother before she
was baptized, but finally concluded to be baptized without seeing
her. Sister Baker got up off the floor, and went to Lambert to
talk with him. I saw no more of her, until I heard a noise in
the bedroom--they went and got her out, as the other witnesses
have stated. After she came out, she said she had a message to
me. She said I had thought hard of her, (I acknowledged I had)
but I became satisfied of my error, and fellowshipped her. We kissed
each other with the holy kiss--I think Elder White was not in
the bedroom that evening; but I don't know how many, nor who were
there. The girls that was baptized were seventeen years old, one
of them had been baptized before. We have Scripture enough for
every thing that was done. There was not one tenth part of the
noise Saturday evening, that there generally is at the meetings
I attend. As far as I am acquainted with Elder Dammon, I consider
him a moral good man.
Cross-examined. When she kissed me, she
said there was light ahead. We believe her (Miss Baker's) visions
genuine. We believe Miss Harmon's genuine--t'was our understanding
that their visions were from God. Miss Hammond [Harmon] told five
visions Saturday night. I did not tell any person yesterday that
it was necessary to have anyone in the room with her to bring
out her trances. I did engage counsel in this case to defend the
JOHN H. DOORE, sworn. I was not at meeting
Saturday evening. I belong to the society, and have seen nothing
out of character in anyone. Don't consider Elder Dammon a bad
man--he a man I highly esteem. My daughter was baptized Saturday
evening--she has been baptized before. I have seen both men and
women crawl across the floor on their hands and knees.
GEORGE S. WOODBURY, sworn. I am a believer
in the Advent doctrine-I have attended every one of the meetings
in Atkinson. (This witness was very lengthy in his testimony,
both on examination and cross examination. It amounts to the same
as the preceding witnesses for the defense with the following
additions.) He thinks Elder White was not in the bedroom, but
others were in. We don't acknowledge any leaders, but speak according
to the impulse. The elders baptize. I believe in Miss Harmon's
visions, because she told my wife's feelings correctly. It is
my impression that prisoner kissed my wife. I believe the world
will come to an end within two months-prisoner preaches so. I
believe this is the faith of the band. It was said, and I believe,
that Sisters Harmon and Baker's revelations as much as though
they came from God. Sister Harmon said to my wife and the girls
if they did not do as she said, they would go to hell. My wife
and Dammon passed across the floor on their hands and knees. Some
man did go into the bedroom. Heard Brother Dammon say the gift
of healing the sick lay in the church.
By the Court [a question]. Answer. Elder
Dammon advises us not to work, because there is enough to live
on until the end of the world.
JOHN GALLISON, affirmed. (Chandler observed
that he had thought of objecting to this witness on the ground
of insanity, but upon reflection, he would let him proceed, as
he believed it [his insanity] would sufficiently appear in the
course of the examination.) I have been acquainted with Elder
Dammon as a Freewill elder a number of years. He asked Dammon
how long it was. D. answered six years. I have been at his house
frequently--everything was in order and in its proper place. I
have attended every meeting. I have seen some laying on the floor,
two or more at a time--have seen nothing bad in the meetings.
(Witness here described the position Miss Harmon lay in on the
floor, when she was in a trance, and offered to lay down and show
the Court if they wished to see. Court waived it.) Witness related
the visions similar to the other witnesses, but more unintelligible.
Did not hear her called Imitation of Christ. I know she won't
[was not], for we don't worship idols.
Cross-examined. I believe in visions,
and perfectly understand that, but suppose we are not before an
Ecclesiastical Council. Elder Dammon does not believe as he used
to. (Witness read from the bible.) We do wash each other's feet--do
creep on the floor very decently. I think he has baptized about
eleven, but can't say certain how many--I have the privilege of
knowing how they behave as well as anyone else. I have no doubt
Sister Harmon's visions were from God--she told my daughter so.
I was in favor of my daughter being baptized--I could not see
ahead to see the devil's rabble coming, but since they have come,
I am certain we did just right.
ABEL S. BOOBAR, affirmed. (Most of the
testimony of this witness was a repetition of what others have
testified to, of which the reader I think must be weary.) I did
not see White go into the bedroom with Miss Baker--heard the noise
in the bedroom. Others did go in. Elder D[ammmon] said the churches
were in a fallen state, and he had rather risk himself in the
hands of the almighty as a non-professor, than to be in the place
of some of the churches. I believe fully in the faith. (Witness
affirmed the story of kissing, rolling on the floor, and washing
JOSHUA BURNHAM, sworn. I have know Miss
Dorinda Baker from five years of age--her character is good--she
is now twenty-three or twenty-four years of age. She is a sickly
girl, her father has expended $1,000 in doctoring her. I was at
the meeting Saturday night--it was appointed for the lady to tell
Adjourned to half past one o'clock.
LEVI M. DOORE, sworn. I have attended
more than half of the meetings-my brother's testimony is correct--agree
also with Mr. Boobar.
Question by Respondent. Answer. Elder
Dammon's mode of worship now is similar to what it used to be.
Cross-examined by Morison. Did they use
to sit on the floor? Ans. No. Did they use to kiss each other?
Ans. No. did they use to go into the bedroom? Ans. No. did they
use to tell visions? Ans. No.
By Morison. Why do you say that his mode
of worship is similar to what it used to be? Because he preaches
similar. Did he use to preach that the end of the world was at
hand, and baptize in the dead hours of night? Ans. No. The reason
we sit on the floor is to convene more people--sometimes we take
some in our laps, but not male and female. Don't know of Brother
D[ammon] spending money uselessly. I am a believer. Sometimes
we sit on the floor for formality. Our faith don't hold it to
be essential. (Witness repeated the mode of kissing, visions,
&c. similar to the others.) I never heard Brother Dammon say
he wished to destroy the marriage covenant. (Respondent here reexamined
a number of witnesses, all of who testified that he used his wife
well, and appeared to love her.)
STEPHEN FISH, Exeter, sworn. I attended
the meetings at Atkinson, last summer--have attended most all
of the Quarterly Meetings for seven years--have been to Elder
Dammon's house, and he to mine--he provides well in his house--he
has always opposed the mode of paying the ministry by regular
salary. (Here the defense closed.)
WITNESSES FOR STATE.
EBENEZER LAMBERT, Esq., sworn. Last Sunday
evening Loton Lambert told me the story of the meeting the evening
before--he related as he testified yesterday almost verbatim.
JOHN BARTLETT, of Garland, sworn. I have
heard the respondent say that one of their band was a near to
him as another--he considered them all alike. It is the general
opinion of our town that the prisoner is a disturber of the peace,
and ought to be taken care of. I have been acquainted with Elder
Dammon seven years--his character was always good until within
about six weeks.
LOTON LAMBERT, reexamined. He affirmed
all his former testimony-does not know Elder White, but Joel Doore
told me it was White that was in the bedroom with Miss Baker.
Cross-examined. There was nothing to
obstruct my views--the man had on a dark colored short jacket,
and I think light pantaloons.
LEONARD DOWNES, reexamined. Did see Miss
Baker come out of the bedroom with a man he had his arm around
her--see her go in with a man and shut the door. He had on a short
jacket, dark colored, and light colored pantaloons-saw her kiss
Mr. Doore--she said "that feels good."
THOMAS PROCTOR, reexamined. Prisoner
stated to me that Miss Baker had an exercise in the bedroom, and
he went in and helped her out.
Cross-examined. I have said I wished
they were broken up, and wished somebody would go and do it. I
have said Elder Hall ought to be tarred and feathered if he was
such a character as I heard he was. I was at one meeting, but
as to divine worship there was none. They told us they allowed
none there but believers.
A. S. BARTLETT, Esq., sworn. Yesterday
I saw Mr. Joel Doore and Loton Lambert conversing together. I
went to them--I heard Doore say to him, it was Elder White that
was in the bedroom with Miss Baker--Lambert said that was what
I wanted to know. I so understood, and think I am not mistaken.
I also heard Doore say there was a noise in the bedroom.
ELDER FLAVEL BARTLETT, sworn. I think
Prisoner does not belong to the Free Will Baptist Church. He is
not fellowship with them.
JOSEPH KNIGHTS of Garland, sworn. I attended
one of Dammon's meetings in Garland, he behaved well until meeting
was over. After meeting was over I saw him hugging and kissing
a girl. It is the common report in Garland, that he is a disturber
of the peace.
PLYN CLARK, sworn. I attended their meeting a week ago last Wednesday or Thursday night. (This witness gave a general character of the meeting as described by others.) I heard one hallo out "I feel better"--others said "good enough." I think the whole character of the meeting was demoralizing.
J.W.E. HARVEY, called. I have attended
the meetings a number of times-I have seen prisoner on the floor
with a woman between his legs--I have seen them in groups hugging
and kissing one another. I went there once on an errand--Dam[mon]
halloed out "Good God Almighty, drive the Devil away."
I once saw Elder Hall with his boots off, and the women would
go and kiss his feet. One girl made a smack, but did not hit his
foot with her lips. Hall said "he that is ashamed of me before
men, him will I be ashamed of before my Father and the holy angels."
She then gave his feet a number of kisses.
JOEL DOORE, JR., called for the defense.
I have heard Brother Dammon preach that the day of grace was over
with sinners. Respondent said "that is my belief."
LEVI M. DOORE, called. Br[other] Wood
was dressed in light pants and dark jacket.
JOEL DOOR, JR., called. Brother Wood
had light pants and dark jacket.
ABEL AYER, called. Brother Wood went
to the baptism and was about all the evening.
JAMES BOOBAR, called. Sister Baker and
Br[other] Wood were about all the evening. Elder White had a frock
coat and dark pants.
PRISONER opened his defense and cited
Luke 7 chapter 36 verse--John 13 chapter--Last chapter in Romans--Philippians
4th chapter--1st Thessalonians 5th chapter. Holmes followed with
the defense. Court adjourned one hour.
Holmes closed the defense with signal
ability. chandler commenced in behalf of the State. Cited 178
chapter 9th and 10th sections Revised Statutes; he dwelt upon
the law; after which MORISON summoned up the testimony and closed
with a few brief and appropriate remarks.
ELDER DAMMON again rose for further defense.
Court indulged him to speak. He read 126th Psalm, and the 50th
Psalm. He argued that the day of grace had gone by, that the believers
were reduced; but that there was too many yet, and that the end
of the world would come within a week. The Court after consultation
sentenced the prisoner to the House of Correction for the space
of Ten Days, From this judgment Respondent appealed. Tuesday morning
the prisoner having taken his seat, rose just as the Court came
in, and shouted Glory to the strength of his lungs. Tuesday afternoon,
after the Court had came in and were waiting for the counsel,
the prisoner and his witnesses asked permission, and sung as follows:
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