... in Company with Elder Ball to Br William Merchant's & we found him, his wife & Sister Crocket in a perilous Situation. There hath a lying spirit gone out into the world & it hath entered into the Priest of Baal as well as the multitude & Mr Douglass the Methodist Priest had visited the three mentioned persons & reported that I utterly denied the Bible & said it could not be depended upon. This with many other fals reports set them against me in spirit but after teaching them concerning the evil spirits &c we had Prayers. ... Brother & Sister Merchant & Sister Crocket became more calm & began to be deliverd from the devil.
[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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