History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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But notwithstanding his great ministerial success and  the prospect of ease and affluence, (which frequently  Snarere the mind and have an undue influence on too  many who wear the sacred garb of religion, who for the  Sake of popularity and of wealth can calm and lull to  rest their conscienticous scruples and succomb to the  popular faith,) yet this his man ros mind rose superior to all  these considerations, Truth was his pursuit and for  truth he was prepared to make every sacrifice in  his power. After mature deliberation, deep reflection  & solemn prayer to his heavenly father, the resolve was  made and the important step was taken and in the  month of August A.D. 1824 after laboring among that  people Two years and six months he made know his deter mination to withdraw from that Church as he could  no longer uphold the doctrines taught and maintained  by it. This announcement was like a clap of thunder  amazement seized the congregation which was then  collected which at last gave way for a flood of tears  It would be in vain attempt to describe the feelings  of the Church on that occasion who were zealously attached  to their beloved pastor, or the feelings of their minister  on his part it was indeed a struggle of principle over  affection and kindness.
There was at the time of his separation from that  Church a gentleman of the name of  who was formerly from Ireland and who has since obtained  Considerable not[o]riety in the religious world, who was then  a member of the same association and who afterwards seper ated from it. There was also another gentleman of the name  of Walter Scott, a Scotchman by birth who was at that time  a member of the Scandainenian Sandamenian church in that City and who  seperated from the same about that time.
Prior to these seperations resided in Bethany  Brook County Virginia where he published a monthly periodical  called the Christian Baptist. After they had seperated from  the different churches these gentlemen were on terms of the  greatest friendship and frequently met together to discus the  subject of religion being yet undetermined respecting [p. 64]
But notwithstanding his great ministerial success and the prospect of ease and affluence, (which frequently Snarere the mind and have an undue influence on too many who wear the sacred garb of religion, who for the Sake of popularity and of wealth can calm and lull to rest their conscienticous scruples and succomb to the popular faith,) yet his mind rose superior to all these considerations, Truth was his pursuit and for truth he was prepared to make every sacrifice in his power. After mature deliberation, deep reflection & solemn prayer to his heavenly father, the resolve was made and the important step was taken and in the month of August A.D. 1824 after laboring among that people Two years and six months he made know his determination to withdraw from that Church as he could no longer uphold the doctrines taught and maintained by it. This announcement was like a clap of thunder amazement seized the congregation which was then collected which at last gave way for a flood of tears It would be in vain attempt to describe the feelings of the Church on that occasion who were zealously attached to their beloved pastor, or the feelings of their minister on his part it was indeed a struggle of principle over affection and kindness.
There was at the time of his separation from that Church a gentleman of the name of who was formerly from Ireland and who has since obtained Considerable notoriety in the religious world, who was then a member of the same association and who afterwards seperated from it. There was also another gentleman of the name of Walter Scott, a Scotchman by birth who was a member of the Sandamenian church in that City and who seperated from the same about that time.
Prior to these seperations resided in Bethany Brook County Virginia where he published a monthly periodical called the Christian Baptist. After they had seperated from the different churches these gentlemen were on terms of the greatest friendship and frequently met together to discus the subject of religion being yet undetermined respecting [p. 64]
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