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Autobiography of Peter Cartwright
Peter Cartwright (September 1, 1785 September 25, 1872) was an American Methodist revivalist and politician in Illinois. He helped start the Second Great Awakening and personally baptized twelve thousand converts.In 1828 and again in1832 he was elected to the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly. As a Methodist Circuit Rider, Cartwright rode circuits in Tennessee a ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Abingdon Press
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Very interesting autobiography of one of the first circuit-riding Methodist preachers in the US during the 1800s. He was quick with his wit, his scripture, and his fists when circumstances called for it. He tells of the difficulties getting from appointment to appointment, sleeping on the ground, or in a stranger's home if he could find one. Miles and miles of dirt roads, or no roads, fording swolen rivers and icy streams, for little or no money. He spent 50+ years on the circuit, and tells ...more
I read this book because Peter Cartwright is one of my ancestors. The stories of his travels and adventures are great. It's a great view into the American frontier. Sometimes the book is a bit slow when Cartwright goes too far into the politics of the church, but the book is worth reading.