Lorenzo Dow to the rescue at camp meeting, 1808
by Stanley Nelson - posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
At a Methodist camp meeting north of Port Gibson, Miss., in 1808, circuit rider Jacob Young observed the "congregation was unusually large for that country, and some of them splendidly dressed."
Fellow circuit rider James Axley was the first to take the pulpit. The preachers worried that the desire for material goods along with pride and vanity were becoming all too important in the Mississippi Territory. As settlers poured in, Natchez country began to evolve from a rough frontier people into a more civilized culture