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by the early settlers. The wild freedom of the frontier was little inclined to observe the salutary restraints of either law or religion. The following extract from the Journal of Bishop (Francis) Asbury tells of his visit to Morgantown in 1788:

"O how glad should I be of a plain, clean plank
to lie on, as preferable to most of the beds.
This country will require much work to make it tolerable.
Savage warfare teaches them to be cruel. Good moralists
they are not, good Christians they cannot be,
unless they are better taught. It is a matter of grief
to behold the excesses, particularly in drinking,
which abound here."11

"When the Virginia Legislature in 1785 passed the act which extended religious liberty to all inhabitants of the state, the mountains and valleys of western Virginia were already dotted with cabins of many pioneers. These frontiersmen had not been pilgrims seeking religious freedom for themselves, nor zealous missionaries carrying the teachings of the Christian religion to the Indians. They were hardy men of different denominations who had taken their families away from the comforts of the civilized communities of the north and east and pushed into the

A History of Preston County by Oren Morton, Vol. I, p. 169, The Journal
Publishing Company, Kingwood, W. Va., 1914.


Felix G. Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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