William Quesenbury Claytor, Diary of William Quesenbury Claytor, September 23, 1849, Diary of William Claytor, 1849-1896, vol. 1. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2002, p. 614.
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I went to the methodist church at Mt Zion where I heard young Mr Chaney lately a graduate at Dickinson College. In my humble opinion he did very well for a beginner. Some thought differently- He took his text from the parable of the "Prodigal Son"; the starting text with most young preachers. In the evening heard Mr Morsell at the school house.