The Downfall

Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz

in The Kingdom of Matthias

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854134 | DOI:
The Downfall

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This chapter discusses the Matthias affair, which became a scandal of unprecedented proportions. It provides details of the Matthias's Kingdom story, with its themes of religious delusion, sexual depravity, and (in time) of the alleged murder of Elijah Pierson. The chapter notes that during Matthias's arrest at his boarding house, the policemen found inside his bags some of the money that had been stolen from Benjamin Folgers, linen shirts from the finest clothiers, silk stockings and handkerchiefs, a gold watch, and frock coats embroidered in gold and silver. One of the officers pulled out the “Jesus Matthias” nightcap embroidered with the names of the 12 Apostles, and another cap nearly identical to the first, but with the names of the 12 tribes. The chapter also discusses Matthias's trial, which lasted for four days, and the sentencing of his jail term.

Keywords: Matthias; scandal; religious delusion; sexual depravity; murder; Elijah Pierson; Benjamin Folgers

Chapter.  12006 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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