Sunday, December 11th, 1853

I spent the day by myself again today. Ma & the children have attended church every Sabbath since we moved. Ma came by Mt. Hope and brought the portraits down, we were at dinner when they came, thinking it was so late that they had dined with some of the members. Mr. Thompkins was brought before the church for misconduct, but he repented so sincerely that they concluded to retain him.[1] Mr. Luckhard withdrew.[2] – – I spent quite a lonely evening, have been rather inclined to sadness.

I am alone! There is no breast
Doth pant in unison with mine.[3]

  1. [1]Of the two Tompkins families in King William at this time, only Christopher, 67, lives close enough to Jerusalem to be a member.
  2. [2]Scottish immigrant John Lukhard and his wife, who lived within sight of Jerusalem Church, had died by 1853. They left six sons, the eldest two, Hardin (Hard) and John, would be about 25. We do not know which Mr. “Luckhard” withdrew from the church or if it was on doctrinal grounds or a reluctance to undergo a conduct review by his neighbors. Being investigated, censured, or disfellowed by one’s church was, and is, considered a serious situation by many. Leaving on points of religious belief was often equally painful, or liberating.
  3. [3]Taken from “Thou’rt Not Alone,” Poems by Lilian May, published 1852 in Harrisburg, PA. Other than a scanned copy of this book found on Internet Archive (https://archive.org/) which contains these lines, nothing has been learned about “Lilian May” or the book.

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