Moncure Daniel Conway, Diary, 1851-1853, MC 1999.6, Moncure Daniel Conway Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, p. 8.
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April 6th Had my Trunk carried to bro' S's. Fixed up and started for bro' Englishes abt. 5 m. Was very cordially received by his interesting family: dined. At 3 preached to a roomful from Genesis 49.18. - "I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord!" My first Sermon! I am truly surprised at the facility of extempore speaking. After leading an interesting Class I had to leave although I hesitated when they pressed me so much, and rode over to Mr. Nathan Cook's, who loves to entertain the Preachers although he is no member of the church. His wife is: she met me at the door very cordially: sd. she had been expecting me. They have a bad little boy that asked me for Tobacco down at the gate. There was a violent Thunder Storm in the Night whereby I was waked up: I have very rarely known such a storm.