History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
down? No; I will lift them up, and in his <their> own way too if I cannot persuade him <them> my way is better; and I will <not seek to compel any> ask no man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning; for truth will cut its own way.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, <and the gospel of salvation which he revealed> &c? So do I. Christians should <<should> cease wrangling and contention with each other, and> cultivate the <principles of union and> friendship of each other <in their midst>; and <they> will do it before the Millenium can be ushered in, and Christ takes possession of his Kingdom—
“Do you believe in the baptism of infants”? asks the Presbyterian. No. “Why”? Because it is no where written in the book <bible>. Circumcision is not baptism <neither was baptism instituted in the place of circumcision.> Baptism is for remission of sins— Children have no sins— Jesus blessed them. <& said> Do what you have seen me do. <Children are> All made alive in Christ <and men and women <those of riper years> thro’> Faith and repentance <so far> We are agreed <with other Christian denominations; they all preach faith and repentance— The gospel requires> — yes by immersion <for the remission of sins—> the Hebrew is the root— to <which is the meaning of the word in the original language viz;> <to> bury <or> immerse or dip, <We ask the sects> Do you believe in this? <They answer> No. I believe in being converted. I believe in this, tenaciously—. <so did the Apostle Peter, & his associates <the disciples of Jesus> and the gift of the> <but I further believe in the gift of the> Holy Ghost, by <the> laying on of hands.
Evidence <by> Peter <preaching> on <the> day of Pentecost. <Acts 2 38 v.> Might as well baptise a bag of <sand,> as a man, if not done in view of the getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by [p. 3]