Jemima Wilkinson, Fraud, Heckler discussed on Throughline
Maybe it was hitting the big time that encouraged the friend to formalize his following to incorporate so to speak the society establishes itself as an official religious group in seventeen eighty three. They were the society of universal friends and as per usual the more legit you get the more shade you get thrown and once she's in Philadelphia. That's where we begin to see evidence of of real pushback against her. There are people who write into newspapers and magazines complaining about this woman. She's a fraud that she the blasphemer you know. Who are these crazy people? Coming into our city there are now in this city. A number of the disciples of a certain Jemima Wilkinson a native of Rhode Island. A person who professes that she is. Jesus Christ come again. In the flesh a second time without sin unto salvation though it should be noted that her followers do not admit she is a woman and they therefore of consequence deny her name and appeared to resent it as an affront when she called Jemima Wilkinson and declare in the most solemn manner that they know. No such person during one public sermon. An angry heckler confronted. The friend had on yet at one point. Somebody asked what are you what are you? This is actually where she's asked pointblank if she's male or female and she replied. There is nothing indecent or improper in my dress or appearance. I am not accountable to mortals. I am that I am. They don't understand that aspect dinner so it's I think it's just a. It's a lack of understanding ignorance and leads to a really negative reaction. It reaches quite crescendo. Ultimately they're even accused of attempted murder. Pennsylvania Gazette April fourth. Seventeen eighty seven observing a piece in your last paper relative to a pre concerted plan by a number of Jemima Wilkinson deluded followers of murdering Mrs Sarah Wilson in January. Last too many already have fallen victims. Be reason of their opposition to the cause and interest of Jemima Wilkinson..