170 years ago today - Jan 23, 1851

The after noon was spent in instructions in part by President Willard Richards to the Court & officers thereof in the grand jury room on the subject of the spirits manifested during the trial in the fore noon [regarding stealing a pair of pants] and salutary advice as to the proper mode of conducting Courts &c

I shall not attempt to describe the spirit and powers of darkness which was admitted and finally obtained the ascendancy in this Court.

Suffice it to say that I learned a lesson on the subject of the power and influence of spirits according to the lenity which may be granted them which I hope never to forget and is a warning never to admit a foul spirit where the Holy spirit should rule and direct either the affairs of State or Church.

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

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