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Boston Feb 6 1838

Dear Brother:

Before you receive this you
will probably have received the Horse which
I proposed to sent you some weeks since,
as I sent him by Pupill who expected to be
at Deerfield last Saturday. You wished me to
say whether I would have him fed on grain
and hay or hay only. I have consulted
with several professed physiologists on diet and
regimen and the prevailing opinion seems to
be that it is best to put him on the pure
Graham system. I mean by this good hay
without grain. Good Judges say that a horse
which has been fed on grain for a considerable
time will improve essentially by a change
of diet- & besides I have been quite unfortunate
with his Horseship the past year and in addition
to the ordinary expenses had to pay near Fifty
dollars to a Horse docter to save his life and
I can hardly afford to give him any higher living
this winter. The reason I did not send him to you
sooner I made an agreement with a friend to use
him enough to pay his keeping through the winter &
spring but I found there was danger of his being all
used up before that time. He has been a little lame
in one of his fore feet occasioned by what is called a
false quarter- you will absence a raised shoe on the foot

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While the first half of John Emery Fuller's letter to his brother, Aaron, instructs him in the proper way to care for a horse, the second half concerns family affairs. He reports that their father, "who Satan has bound a willing captive so many years" has been touched by a recent revival of religion in their town and plans to "unite with the Church." John is both pleased and hopeful that "it may prove true." 1838 marked a highpoint in religious revivals in both western frontier towns, as well as more established areas in the east. Among the factors inspiring a flurry of religious revivals in the second quarter of the 19th century, was the economic collapse of 1837, which undermined Americans' sense of security, causing many to turn to religion.


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Letter to Aaron Fuller from brother John Emery regarding religious revival

author   John Emery Fuller
date   Feb 6, 1838
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   7.75"
height   9.75"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L05.062

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"Revival in Pittsfield" article from the Franklin Herald newspaper

"Sermons, No. II- How To Change Your Heart"

"The Day-Star: A Monthly Magazine devoted The Revival of Religion"

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