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Letter to the Editor of the Recorder, dated,

"PITTSFIELD, Sept. 24, 1821.
"Dear Sir,- The Lord is doing a great work in this place, and to him be all the glory. The revival commenced in the latter part of May. It has not been rapid in its progress; but every week has furnished instances of conviction and hopeful conversion- many of which are very remarkable. Our last communion was on the third Sabbath in Sept. Such a scene was never before witnessed in Pittsfield. Eighty persons were received into the church by profession, and four by letter. Forty-two of these are heads of families- twenty-five males and seventeen females.- Thus the worship of GOD has recently been established, in more than twenty families, and most of them of the upper class in society. Perhaps forty more persons are entertaining hope and the work goes on. Yesterday, not far from thirty children were offered in baptism. It was an interesting sight.

GOD is still carrying on his work in Lenox, and Stockbridge. In Lee, the LORD JESUS is triumphing gloriously- Sandisfield is experiencing a great refreshing. Hinsdale and Washington also are visited. "Is it the LORD'S doing and marvellous in our eyes."

Yours, &c. H. HUMPHREY.

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The late 1820s and 1830s saw a Protestant religious revival called the Second Great Awakening which had a strong impact on American religion and reform. Revival meetings were held in many towns with the aim of bringing people into the church. This particular revival held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, began in May and is being reported the end of September. There are also ongoing meetings in Lenox, Stockbridge, Hinsdale, and Washington--all nearby towns of Pittsfield. The Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from January 7, 1812 to August 27, 1822. It changed its name to the Franklin Herald and Public Advertiser.


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"Revival in Pittsfield" article from the Franklin Herald newspaper

publisher   Franklin Herald
author   Heman Humphrey (1779-1861)
date   Oct 30, 1821
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   7.25"
width   3.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.051

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