Memoir of the Late Rev. John Brownell [1/4]
Rev. Thomas Jackson
Medical Treatment, Hydropathy, Supernaturalism, Providence
Describes how Brownell was left without sight for several years as a child after suffering from smallpox. Relates that, being instructed in a dream, his father took him to a local well, using the water to bathe his eyes until his sight was fully restored. Observes: 'Whether this salutary effect was produced by any mineral qualities in the water, I know not; but in the means by which the father was led to adopt this mode of cure, there seems to have been a striking display of that kind providence which watches over men in general, and especially over those who are, or will be, the heirs of salvation' (1).
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