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The Avignon Pilgrims

The Pilgrims of Avignon

By John Wright and William Bryan

            In 1789, two seekers after religious truth, John Wright, carpenter, and William Bryan, engraver, were instructed by the spirit to go to Avignon in France and there meet a group of disciples of the mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite having no money and no word of French, they set out and after various adventures reached their destination. They stayed there for several months. On their return, both Bryan and Wright published accounts account of their journey and what they had learned there. Subsequently they became followers of Richard Brothers, who called himself "The Nephew of the Almighty," but after he was shut up in an asylum they faded back into the obscurity from which they came.

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