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In Their Own Words

February 26, 1738

Sunday for Worship and Rest

Throughout his diary is repeated evidence that Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius believed that religion was a serious matter. In this day’s entry, he showed his disdain for those who did not reserve Sunday for worship and rest:

“Sunday, the 26th of February. The ill-behaved Purysburg shoemaker, who has been working here for a while, still continues his eveil custom of going to Purysburg on Saturday and remaining over Sunday; and therefore he is to get no more work from us unless he improves. Mrs. Ortmann kept him company yesterday and travelled with him to make some purchases, and this scandalized our congregation and the people in Purysburg, who well know how seriously we observe Sundays and holy days… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (trans. and ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America… Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Volume Five, 1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980), p. 42.