putterings       157   <   158   >   159       index

little signs and omens, devil’s providences they might be called

He [Charles H. Weld] was the first man among us who visited [Theophilus Ransom] Gates, and his favorable report gave great currency to Gates’s fall prophecies and anti-organization views. He inoculated all of us with Gates’s puttering attention to little signs and omens — devil’s providences they might be called. This spirit gave me unspeakable torment, and it was months before I was entirely cured.

ex Chapter 29, “Repudiation of Former Leaders,” in Religious Experience of John Humphrey Noyes, Founder of the Oneida Community, Compiled and edited by George Wallingford Noyes (1923) : 297

John Humphrey Noyes (1811-1886), “preacher, radical religious philosopher, and utopian socialist.”

5 August 2022