(17871846). B. Hartland, Connecticut; early experienced strange, disturbing visions; in Philadelphia 181035; criticized existing religions; pub. the monthly Reformer; unhappy home life led him to adopt perfectionism*; influenced by J. H. Noyes*; launched Battle-Axe Experiment 1837, advocating free love based on a principle of holiness leading to union of soul mates; his colony in Free Love Valley near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, disappeared after he left in reaction against excesses.
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