Brotherhood of the New Life

A mystical, religious, communal society founded by Thomas Lake Harris, at Mountain Cove, N. C., in 1851. It disbanded in 1853, owing to internal dissensions. He formed a second community, in 1858, at Amenia, Dutchess County, N. Y., which shortly after removed to Brockton, Chautauqua County, in the same State. Groups of three or four persons were formed in the Brotherhood, but if affection resulted, the group was broken up. Parents were separated from children, and husbands from wives. Harris was born in England in 1824, but most of his early life was passed at or near Utica, N. Y. He was evidently impressed by the Mormon movemtn, which began at Palmyra, and by the Fox Sisters' phenomena at Rochester, N. Y. He became a Swedenborgian and a spiritualist.

Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.

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