180 years ago today - Aug 6, 1841

[Wilford Woodruff]

... I visited the African School in which are the African Slaves that were kidnaped .... When four days out at sea the Africans arose & killed the captain & crew except two who they preserved to steer the Ship. They were taken of Long Island N.Y. & had their trial at Hartford, & New-haven Ct. were set free, taken to Farmington to be educated. I conversed some with Cingue the Leader of the company. They make good proficiency in learning. ...

Early in the evening Dr Noah Porter entered the room with his heart filled with madness anger & subtlety against the fulness of the gospel my testimony & Joseph Smith &c. ...

After he left the house I prayed with the family & those present could see the spirit manifest in Dr Noah Porter was dictated by the powers of Darkness. I was glad to have this opportunity of bearing testimony to Dr Porter of the work of God that he might be left without excuse. I returned to my Fathers house but before retiring to rest I repaired to the river & cleansed my feet with water in testimony against Dr Noah Porter In obediance to the commandment of God that my garments might be clear of his blood & I say in the name of Jesus Christ that if he does not repent of the course he has persued in this thing, he will no longer Prosper but the judgments of God will be upon him.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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