Mrs. White's Spiritual Gifts 2 account of the arrest and trial of Israel Dammon contradicts - on major and minor points - the testimony of both friendly and unfriendly witnesses and the court record as reported in the 7 March 1845 Piscataquis Farmer. Those contradictions are presented below:
|MRS. WHITE||TRIAL RECORD
||"while I was speaking, two men looked in...." [This implies a quiet one-speaker meeting]
||Joseph Moulton: "I went to arrest the prisoner....Can't describe the place - it was one continued shout."
||"The power of God was in that room, and the servants of God, with their countenances lighted up with his glory, made no resistance."||Joseph Moulton: "When I went to arrest prisoner,...so great was their resistance, that I with three assistants, could not get him out....We were resisted by both men and women."
||"They would move him a few inches only, and then rush out of the house....The men could not endure the power of God, and it was a relief to them to rush out of the house." ||Joseph Moulton: "I remained in the house and sent for more help...."
||"Elder D. was held by the power of God about forty minutes, and not all the strength of those men could move him from the floor where he lay helpless."||Joseph Moulton: "We overpowered them and got him out door in custody."
||"A lawyer offered his services."
||Joel Doore, under cross-examination: "I engaged counsel in this case to defend the prisoner."
||"He was asked to give [the court] a synopsis of his faith."
||"Elder Dammon again rose for further defense. Court indulged him to speak."
||"He told them in a clear manner his belief from the Scriptures."
||"He read 126th Psalm, and the 50th Psalm. He said that the day of grace had gone by; that the believers were reduced, but that there was too many yet, and that the end of the world would come within a week."
||"It was also suggested that they sung curious hymns, and he was asked to sing one."
||"The prisoner and his witnesses asked permission, and sung..."
||"Many witnesses were brought to sustain the charge, but they were at once broken down by the testimony of Elder D's acquaintances."||Ayer: "I agree with Crosby and Lambert." Osborn: "Think Crosby's testimony correct." Mason: "I have heard Crosby testify, and think him correct." [Defense disputed little of prosecution's testimony.]
||"Elder D. was asked if he had a spiritual wife. He told them he had a lawful wife, and [that she was] a very spiritual woman..."
||James Ayer, Jr: "Dammon said he had a spiritual wife and he was glad of it." [The witty negative response alleged by EGW is not in the record, and is ruled out by the testimony of defense witness Ayer.]
||"...he was released."
||"The Court sentenced the prisoner to...Ten Days."