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:

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This section provides details of the aftermath of the Prophet Matthias's incarceration and conveys various newspapers' accounts at the outcome of Matthias's trial. It reports that Matthias's testimony plainly showed that, at the very least, the prophet's neglect had accelerated Elijah Pierson's death, which surely called for a sterner verdict than the one the jury had handed out. The chapter expresses one editor's remarks that Matthias would be out of jail “to propagate his impious doctrine and prey upon the credulous and timid.” It further expresses the outrage of a pamphleteer who, writing on behalf of The Sun, published a history of the cult “as a warning beacon to our fellow citizens against the impositions and delusions, arrayed as angels of light, by which others have been betrayed.”

Keywords: Prophet Matthias; Elijah Pierson; verdict; jury; jail; cult

Chapter.  4610 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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