A Year of Crisis


In 1837 a traumatic event occurred in the life of a small girl in Portland, Maine. This event eventually would have far-reaching consequences in all parts of the world.

In 1837 the groundswell of expectation that Christ would come in 1844 was moving toward a crisis.

In 1837 appointments for lectures in Vermont alone filled many pages in William Miller's memorandum book.

In 1837 the United States was struck by a depression. Robert Harmon, a hatmaker and father of eight, the youngest being his 9-year-old twins, Ellen and Elizabeth, had moved his family from the rural farm in Gorham, Maine, to the city of Portland, where he thought to find a better market for hats. But even the hat business had been affected.

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