“People here appear to be very stupid.”
— From “A Missionary Journal: The Rev. Thomas Robbins in Skaneateles and Marcellus in 1802” from Local History Leaflet No. 14, published by the Onondaga Historical Association, July 1897
This entry of June 20, 1802, followed the Rev. Robbins’ delivery of a sermon in Skaneateles. He based his message that day on Revelations 22:18-19:
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
We may never know if his audience was indeed stupid, or just insufficiently appreciative.