Excerpt from Memoirs of John Frederic Oberlin, Pastor of Waldbach, in the Ban De La Roche: Prepared for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church
I7 The hamlet of Foudai, about two miles dis tant from/rothau, occupies an almost equall picturesque Situation. It is succeeded by Wal: bach, whose tapering spire and straw-thatched cottages are surrounded by orchards of pear and cherry trees, and by the intermingled foli age of the alder, the ash, and the sallowfi The temperature varies according to the height and position of the districts on the summits of the mountains: the climate is as intensely cold'as at Quebec or St. Petersburgh; though in 'the valleys below 'it 'is mild as is the climate cf Virginia and North Carolina. The' winter months. Usually commence in September; and the snow remains undissolved until the follow ing May or J une. The products of the country vary with its 1elevation; the highest parts are, however, cultivated, though they yield so little that it is said 'the wife can carry home in her apron all the hay her husband has mown in a long morning. The harvest differs in time as well as in quantity, being later as you ascend. This territory had been, during many years, the seat of bloody conﬂicts, which had almost rendered it an uninhabitable desert. About eighty or a'hundred families earned a scanty subsistence, but, being destitute of all the com forts of life, they lived in extreme misery and degradation; 'liberty of conscience was, how ever, ensured to them, and when M. Stouber arrived among them, and began to preach the glad tidingsfi of the gospel, he found that he might do so without molestation. There were.
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