Sally Meriam’s Journal Continued
Soon fades the flowers,
Soon fleets the zephyrs breath,
In midst of life,
We know the verge of death.




The above is the title page of Sarah Meriam’s diary, dated August 24, 1815 written while she lived in Brandon, Vermont. It is written in ornate English script with this dark, grim beginning. Her poem was significant for it set the tone of the years 1815-18 that were intimated in her diary. At this time, she was found suffering from some unknown ailment. It was a time in which the Northern Hemisphere suffered from devastatingly cold weather. Sally’s personal self-esteem as a Christian was at its lowest. Her friends, both church related and community related were involved in scandal. She had fallen in love with Samuel Wait.

Sarah Meriam became the wife of Samuel Wait, the first President of Wake Forest University. The years recorded in Sally’s diary were heretofore lost; how she and Samuel Wait met and exactly what the circumstances of their lives were before they were married are here uncovered.

TRANSCRIPTION OF THE
DIARY OF SALLY MERIAM
1815 1816  1817


COMMENTARY ON THE DIARY OF SALLY MERIAM
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE:         BACKGROUND INFORMATION
PART 1:  LINEAGE
PART 2:  ENVIRONMENT
PART 3:  RELIGION
PART 4:  SALLY'S PERSONAL LIFE
CHAPTER TWO:                     PROCESS OF FAITHFULNESS
PART 1:  FAITHFUL CHOICES
PART 2:  FAITHFUL AWAKENING
CHAPTER THREE:
FAITH AS A STRANGE ATTRACTOR
CHAOS IN RELIGIOUS RESEARCH
PART 1:  PERTURBATION
PART 2:  CHAOS
PART 3:  PHASE TRANSITION
PART 4:  SELF-ORGANIZATION TO COMPLEXITY
CHAPTER FOUR:
THEORY VERSUS PRAXIS OF FAITH
PART 1:  THEORY OF ACCOUNTABILITY
PART 2:  PRAXIS OF FAITH
CONCLUSION
APPENDIX
BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

JUDY PETREE'S HOMEPAGE 

CHAOS THEORY 
 
 

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