____________________________________________________________________________ The Antioch Meeting-House on Wolf Creek in Pike county, Arkansas described by Bishop T.A. Morris of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1841. ____________________________________________________________________________ Saturday, November 27, 1841. Saturday morning we resumed our journey, and soon found that all the mud and water which adhered to the wheels became congealed. It froze all day -- was cloudy, windy, and unpleasant. In the evening we forded a large creek called Antoine, and soon after reached Wolf creek, where we had appointed to preach on the Sabbath. We called, as previously advised, on Colonel John Wilson, who keeps a public house, but had the kindness to entertain us gratuitously. His wife, children, and servants, are members of our Church. This was in the corner of Pike county. The Colonel has on his place two valuable springs, one chalybeate and the other weak sulphur, and pleasant to the taste. ____________________________________________________________________________ Sunday, November 28, 1841. On Sabbath, at eleven o'clock, we commenced public service in Wolf creek meeting-house with eighteen persons; others came during the sermon, some after sermon, while brother Clark was exhorting; and after the congregation dispersed we met others going. This irregularity, as to the time of the meeting, grew partly out of a misunderstanding as to the hour appointed for preaching. Moreover, it is a free house, where some appoint to commence at noon, and then delay as much longer as suits their convenience. As this is said to be the best chapel in the south part of the state, it may be of some interest to read a brief description of it. The walls are made of hewed logs, about twenty by twenty-four feet in extent, with a wooden chimney in one end, and a place cut out for a chimney at the other end, which is partly closed up with slabs. In the front is a large door, with a center post, and double shutters, on the principle of a barn door. Immediately opposite, on the other side, is a pulpit, which projects some six feet from the wall, the forepart of which is so high that when the preacher kneels to pray he is nearly concealed from the view of the people. Behind this pulpit is a window without glass, the shutter of which is neither long nor wide enough to close it, and, consequently, lets a double stream of air upon him. The roof is made of clapboards, between which and the floor there is no ceiling, though there are some naked poles laid across on the plates; and the cracks between the logs are neither chinked nor daubed; and though they were once partially closed by nailing on thin boards, these have been mostly torn off, to afford light and a free circulation of air. The day was cold, and the people appeared to suffer. In the evening we found a large fire kindled in the front yard near the door, to which the people could retreat when too cold to hear the preaching; when one class were warmed they would return into the house, and another cold set could give place to them. No blame was attached to them for this procedure; for, judging of the feelings of others by my own, it was an indispensable arrangement. We had truly a chilly time that day throughout, temporally and spiritually. Next morning we concluded to measure the temperature of the atmosphere, hung out the thermometer, and the mercury stood only eleven degrees above zero, which was certainly extraordinary weather for this country the last week in November. ____________________________________________________________________________ Monday, November 29, 1841 Monday morning we crossed Little Missouri river, about five rods wide, for which we paid $2. The ferry-boat is keeled at the ends, and has nothing attached to conduct the wheels from the boat to the shore, so that where we led out, the carriages had to make a pitch of some fifteen inches; and the consequence was, the main bar of the hind spring of the buggy snapped in two; but we splintered and wrapped it with small cord, and in an hour resumed our journey. This was on the old road, which, for about two miles south of the river, is nearly impassable on account of mud, broken bridges, etc. T.A. Morris ____________________________________________________________________________ Miscellany: Consisting of Essays, Biographical Sketches, and Notes of Travel, by Rev. T.A. Morris, D.D., one of the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Cincinnati: Published by L. Swormstedt & A. Poe, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Western Book Concern, corner of Main and Eighth Streets, R.P. Thompson, Printer, 1854, pp. 306-308. Edited. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.