Bethiah Haywood Willis Kingston poem
Scope and Contents
"The Happy Child," manuscript verse bearing on the first leaf the name "Bethiah Hayward Willis Kingston," [Ulster County, New York?]. No date; early 1800s. Crudely-composed verse in a nice hand. Children sin after meeting the Devil who pays them money to deny the existence of heaven and hell. A virtuous little girl who warns them of this deceit is accosted by the devil in the churchyard. She casts him away in the name of Jesus and a comforting angel tells her she is not long for this world. She dies soon afterward with her mother in tears, the nearby angel visible to her. Heavenly music is heard at her funeral. The theme of the devil deceiving anti-Christs to deny heaven and hell occurs in the Book of Mormon and other literature of the times and is sometimes a part if anti-Universalist writings.
- Kingston, Bethiah Haywood Willis (Person)
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1 folder ; (0.08 linear ft.)
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These items were donated to Special Collections in 1987.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Rick Grunder; 1987.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Register of Bethiah Haywood Willis Kingston poem
- Rose Frank
- 2011 June 23
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.