Wheeling [Virginia], Dec. 24, 1842. One page on an unlined bifolium, 9.75 x 8 inches, approx. 225 words, integral address. The integral cover soiled, some minor wear; in very good condition. Item #16413
Evidence of the preoccupation with salvation at the latter end of the Second Great Awakening: "The Rev. Mr. Coffin son of Moses Coffin of Boscawen, with his wife (just married) was at my house last Sunday night direct from Boscawen. There is a great revival there." Atkinson writes to a family member in Ohio with news of a revival in Boscawen, New Hampshire (various genealogical resources suggest the Atkinson family had its roots there) and enumerates various names of those who "have entertained a hope" and at least one man "under deep conviction." He also sends news that "Not long since we got a letter from Lucy. She is pleased with her situation in Alabama. She says there were revivals all along on the way between this & Marion [Alabama]."