***Sounds like he described present-day Protestant communities, doens’t it? I especially like the observatrion “There is not an individual, however clownish he may be, who does not claim to be inspired by the Holy Ghost, and who does not put forth as prophecies his ravings and dreams.”***
The only difference between the time just before he died and the present day is the number of Protestant beliefs, and the extravagent excesses in theology that they are developing.
That, by the way, is an excellent quote, Mark. Do you have the source?