Letters from a Young Shaker: William S. Byrd at Pleasant by William S. Byrd

By William S. Byrd

Within the early 19th century, a tender guy belonging to the favourite Byrd kinfolk of Virginia, the grandson of William Byrd III, took up place of dwelling within the Shaker group at friendly Hill, Kentucky. Over the following years, 1826–1828, he wrote a chain of letters to his father, a federal pass judgement on in Ohio, describing his stories and his impressions of the United Society of Believers, because the Shakers have been officially referred to as. finally, William S. Byrd turned a convert to the society and an suggest of its ideals and practices. His letters―cut brief by way of his father's death―offer latest reader an intimate view of communal lifestyles one of the Shakers at a time of substantial turmoil of their village.

In the correspondence of William S. Byrd, the Shaker event is expressed in human phrases and turns into a dwelling religion. The letters additionally checklist the rigors linked to conversion to a faith that was once socially unacceptable to many american citizens of the time. a few of their extra poignant passages describe younger Byrd's try to reconcile the tensions created via his club in families―the one in every of blood and the only of faith.

Letters from a tender Shaker presents an strangely instructive statement on lifestyles in a Shaker group, at the questions agitating the group, and at the attraction of Shakerism to american citizens within the early 19th century. as well as the letters, the ebook includes different files concerning William Byrd's dating with the payment at friendly Hill and an advent putting him within the social and non secular context of the interval. This booklet will entice historian of yankee society and to an individual drawn to the Shaker lifestyle.

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He found most distasteful, for example, the correspondence with his sister Molly, who had fallen in with bad company. He feared that she might visit Pleasant Hill, causing him grief and embarrassment. William also tried to play the role of mediator between his other sister, Evelyn, and his father. Sometimes Charles Byrd was a hard man to get along with; he could be stern and even violent with his own children. Charles was accustomed to use physical force to discipline his children. " When Molly, Evelyn, and Powel responded negatively to his decision to accept the Shaker faith, the Judge made his dissatisfaction with them very apparent.

Born perhaps in 1806. Nativity, perhaps Jessamine Co. Ky. Believed and removed from Ohio to ~ H. Ky. in 1826, and removed from the Junior Order into the ehh. the same fall. Deceased Jan. 65 In fact, however, these were not the last references to William S. Byrd in either the formal or the informal records of the community. The official journal of the church took note almost six years later of the final resolution of William's will by entering the record of a deed drawn on October 1,1834, giving title to 110 acres of land on Cedar Run to the trustees of the village.

Ky. Believed and removed from Ohio to ~ H. Ky. in 1826, and removed from the Junior Order into the ehh. the same fall. Deceased Jan. 65 In fact, however, these were not the last references to William S. Byrd in either the formal or the informal records of the community. The official journal of the church took note almost six years later of the final resolution of William's will by entering the record of a deed drawn on October 1,1834, giving title to 110 acres of land on Cedar Run to the trustees of the village.

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