In incomplete rough draft, here is what we have ...
A meeting in Newark, New Jersey, was hosted by E. M. Deems. This may have been the wife of Rev. Edward M. Deems, a Presbyterian. If so, she didn’t maintain an interest in Watch Tower teachings. It is, we think, more likely that this is a misspelling for F. M. Deans who occasionally wrote to
A poem by Deans appeared in the September 1879 issue of Storrs ’s
A Second Adventist congregation in Newark was described as small by the
2, 1860 issue of The Troy, New York, Daily Whig: “The Second
Adventists of Newark still keep up their weekly meetings, and are firmly grounded
in the belief that the end of all things is close at hand. The number of
believers habitually in attendance at the meetings is but small, but there is
no lack of zeal or fervor."
By Russell’s visit, there were two Adventist congregations in
The First Society of Second Adventists, apparently a sort of unity congregation
hosting both Life and Advent Union and Advent Christian Association believers,
met at Newark 12 Academy Street. The were “numerically weak
and of slow growth.  The were “numerically weak
and of slow growth.” Church of the Messiah, an Evangelical Adventist
congregation, met at 24 Washington Street.
More importantly because their theology was much closer to Russell’s, a small
One Faith congregation met in a private home. We first find them mentioned in a
report about a One Faith conference held in .
They seem to have been a committed body of believers, and at least one of their
number wrote a tract. Published in 1876 and entitled The True Church, it
was based on Matthew , 17, and
meant to “show that the True Church is neither Greek, Protestant, nor Catholic.”
Interest would have come primarily from these groups. The Brooklyn,
meeting was by far the most successful, and we will return to it. Newark
 W. H. Shaw: History of
and , Everts & Peck, Hudson Counties, New
1884, volume 1, page 522. They drop out of the record in 1894. Philadelphia
 Quarter Century of Progress of New Jersey’s Leading Manufacturing Centres,
1887, page 54. New York
 J. Donaldson: Report of Conference:
, The Restitution, Brooklyn,
New York November 5, 1874.
 Publications for
at the Restitution Office, The Restitution, Sale November 16, 1876. The tract was by William
Shepherd. We couldn’t locate a copy.