Feb. 28. At eleven o'clock we all went down tothe schoolhouse, where we found a fewpeople had assembled. Rev. Mr.Briggs of Ione City delivered a betureto the audience on Spiritualism.He did not tell us much oftheir doctrines, but read extractsfrom the revelations of the so-calledspirits, which show thatthey contradict each other, alsoreason and revelation. They saythat there are seven distinctspheres where spirits dwell, passingupward from one to anotheras they become pure and some ofthem say there is also anotherplace where bad spirits go - representedto be a deep hole, extendingthrough the middle of theearth. Revelations from some ofthese bad spirits go to show thatthey have plenty of liquor there,And this is what most of themwould like. One of their poetsrepresents new planets as buddingout from old ones, like aFeb. 28. cactus. Some of the spirits who havearrived at the seventh sphere, showthemselves by their revelations to bemore silly, childish and puerilethan when they were alive on theearth, using bad gammar, distinguishedEnglishmen using vulgarYankee phrases. After the lectureMr. & Mrs. Carpenter with theirlittle girl came here to dinner.Every one seems surprised that Ican manage Luther with so littletrouble. Rev. Messrs. Briggs & Sharpcame here and took tea with us.After this we went to the schoolhouseagain in the evening, leavingLuther and Robert together. Mr.Briggs preached a sermon subject -Love. It was a very interestingone. The ministers then returnedand spent the night with us.I confess after all I have heard aboutMr. Briggs' talent and eloquenceI am a little disappointed. He isnot quite as talented as I expected,although he is an interesting preacher
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