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prediction of Isaiah being fulfilled, seeing that Mr A. admitted that “the words of the
Book were delivered to the learned,” &c. I then proceeded to contrast the
Church of England with the Churches estab lished by the Apostles; but he has
not acknowledged the receipt of my letter as yet.
The Clergy are
building ten new churches in this town and neighborhood, and are employing
additional curates to go round to the houses of their parishioners, to coerce
or intimidate them into an attendance upon their services, in fulfilment of
the words of Paul, “In the last days perilous times will come, &c. that
they would have a form of godliness, but deny the power, and would creep into
houses to lead captive silly women, &c.” See 2 Timothy, 1st ch. 1 to 8th
verses. These curates make repeated visits, generally when the heads of
families are from home, and take special care to enquire where the family
are employed, and what place of worship they attend, &c. and leave
tracts for the family to read.
One of the Rev
Hugh Stowel’s curates has paid several visits to my
house, but always in my absence, although he was requested to call when I was
at home, and informed the time when he might meet with me.
discourse took place in our own neighborhood. Curate. What religion may you
be my good woman? I am a church woman, sir. What church do you usually
attend? I never attend any, sir.
the woman for pretending to be one of his flock, while she absented herself
from the fold, he went to the house of a poor woman who had lately joined the
saints. “I am a minister of the church of Jesus Christ in
England, and have called to enquire what school you
send your children to, and what religion you profess?,” The woman replied she
was a “Latter Day Saint.” “Oh delusion! delusion!!” he rejoined, and began to
rail against the saints; whereupon she handed him the bible, and requested
him to read the place where she casually opened to, namely, the 3rd ch.
of Micah, and to preach her a discourse from that part of the bible; but
he retreated from before her, and has not troubled her since. The Lord Bishop
of Chester, and the protestant Clergymen, have hired a
person of the name of Brindley to go about lecturing against
the Saints, and have commenced a monthly periodical in which the foul
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