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Dublin, April 21, 1807, My Dear Brother Dow,
I.was in expectation of hearing from you ever since your departure. At present I must be brief.Whatever be the ultimate result of the emigrating spire it which is at present moving so many of our dear friends to leave us, I cannot tell : this I know, we already feel in a distressing way its painful effects : Our hands háng down, and our enemies rejoice. May the Lord interpose, and order it for our good!
I cannot unravel the providence which prevented brother Joyce from proceeding along with you. I fear he was not in the will of God.
With respect to the fruit of your labours, the general testimony of all I have conversed with has been, that the Lord has owned your ministry in various parts of Ireland. My desire and prayer for you is, may feel the Lord's presence and the power of God with you more sully than ever. I would thank you for a few lines before you leave England. My love in the Lord Jesus to sister Dow, and all our friends who accompany you.
Your affectionate brother in Christ,
MATTHEW LANKTREE. Mr. Dow, Liverpool.
My dear wise sends her love to sister Dow and you.
The class under her care is going on well in general,
New-York, November 16, 1805. My unknown Friend,
HAVING received information from Mr. Kirk, respecting your situation, and supposing you to be a proper person, from your influence in the ***** *** ******, I take this opportunity, the earliest that offers, to write to you, by the way of Liverpool, on a subject in which our brethren are deeply interested. Mr. Lo
renzo Dow, has embarked again for Europe, better fur nished perhaps for success than when he was with you last. His confidence of success must at least be very considerably increased, having succeeded so well in deceiving or duping so many of the preachers in the American *********. I hope that our brethren in Europe will unanimously resolve to have nothing at all to do with him. There is the greater necessity of this, as it appears to me, that if you should suffer him to have any access to our people, it would not only do us injury, but him also: for such is the nature of bis plan or system, that he estimates truth and right, not so much by principle as by success. If he should not make immediately for Ireland, please to use your ability to put the English on their guard. I expect he embarked for Liverpool. If he did not take such grounds as to lead our people into an acquiescence and even approbation of his measures : if he did not affect to act
*********, I should say nothing about him.. But as an itinerant plan. may indirectly lead to impostor, it stands us in hand to be very cautious to distinguish between the true and the false itinerant: the lines of distinction should always be kept very clear between the .... .: preacher and his ape. I am sorry, my dear friend, that we can give you no better specimen of the fruits of
in , this country: Alas! Alas! Shame! Shame! It shall be pubsished in the streets of London and Dublin, that ... preachers in America, have so far departed from i. and their own discipline, as to countenance and bid God speed to such a man as Mr. Dow; the last person in the world who should have been suffered to trample .....: ism under foot with impunity or countenance. His inanners have been clownish in the extreme; his habit aud appearance more filty than a Savage Indian; his public dicourses a mere rhapsody, the substance often an insult upon the gospel : but all the insults he has offered to decency, cleanliness, and good breeding; all his impious trifling in the holy ministry; all the contempt he has poured upon the sacred seripture, by often Tefusing to open them, and frequently chusing the most vulgar saying as a motto to his discourses, in preference JOHN JONES. P. JOHNSON.
to the word of God; all this is as nothing in compari
He has affected a recognizance of the secrets of men's hearts and lives, and even assumed the awful prerogative of prescience, and this mot occasionally, but as it were habitually, pretending to foretel, in a great number of instances, the deaths or calamities of per
If he makes converts as an apostle, he will not meet with your interference; but I have this confidence in my elder brethren, that as the disciples of the great
**, whom they have known in the flesh, they will make a public stand against this shameless intruder, this most daring impostor. *
Grace and Peace.
N******* S********* To the Rev. Matthias Joyce,
A true copy : The original is in Mr. Joyce's possession.
* An intruder is a bad character-but' a shameless' one must be calloused to all delicate and important feelings. An'impostor! is a bad character--adering one is worse-but the * most daring is in the superlative degree-which charge is un. founded—as Cosmopolite hath given an honest account of himself at all times--to all persons and in all countries wherever he hath been-whether in Europe or America-from Quebec to New Orleans and the foregoing History is a simple relation in miniature for the correction of errorcm the welfitte of Zion--and those whom it may concern,
A FEW SOCIAL REFLECTIONS.
FTER several years absence, I met my old friend,
Covel, at Brother Munson's, New York. He informed me of a promise that I had requested of bim, viz. to visit from house to house, if he felt it a duty laid upon him from God. Some time passed, when he recollected it in a dull neighbourhod-it came upon him-he visited -- glorious work ensued, and a good society was raised up: though some thought he was insane, but found the error was in themselves.
The different modes have varied in different countries and ages of the world, amongst the truly pious. When the different “ denoininations,” so called, judge of each other's religion, they judge that they are all wrong-but if they judge of their own religion, they judge they are right. Hence, according to that mode of reasoning and judging, it will follow of course, that they are all right, or else that they are all wrong: but the truth is, there is good and bad among the whole--and these two classes comprise the whole world of mankind.
It is a self-evident truth, that as all men descend from the same original stock, they are of one degree ; and hence have the same natural rights--equally. Therefore every generation of men have as good a right to govern itself as the generation that preceded it, by the sime rule that every man is born equal in right with his cotemporary-consequently, the difference of distinctions is rather the result of ART, by which the order of things is inverted, than of any natural modification of things.
By what rule of right can one man exercise authority with a command over others? Either it must be the gift of God, or, secondly, it must be delegated by the peo ple-cor less, thirdly, it must be ASSUMED!
A power without a right, is assumption ; and must be considered as a piece of unjust tyranny.
KINGLY Power had its origin and foundation in that of
BABEL," or Babylon, which met the Divine disapprobation, and whose curse, as a just retribution, scattered them abroad and laid the foundation for the different nations and dialects! Likewise the case of Saul, was a striking example of “kingly power” not being founded in Divine wisdom, nor agreeable to “ moral order.". But if there be kings, it would be better to have good men than bad ones -hence the christians were to pray for them; as friends to society, who wish for peace in the land !
The power of the POPE, who is stiled “universal Bishop," as the spurious “VICEGERENT of the Almighty upon earth” and “ KINGLY POWER” and SLAVERY, are all of a piece, though different modelledthe principle is the same, being founded in “ moral evil," and requires terror and ignorance for its support-therefore tyrannical barbarity, and every species of cruelty that human nature could invent, has been used, to prevent the spirit of inquiry, that man might not see, feel, and detect the imposition--but quietly submit to the galling yoke of
PASSIVE OBEDIENCE AND NON-RESISTANCE,"
without being permitted to think, and sce, and judge, or ACT for themselves!-which shews that those Governors love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil!”
But if all men are “BORN EQUAL," and are endowed with unalienable RIGHTS by their CREATOR, in the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessthen there can be no just reason, as a cause, why he may or should not think, and judge, and act for himself in matters of religion, opinion, and private judgment.
For what right hath any man to meddle with that which does not concern him?
If all men are “equal and independent" in their indiVIDUAL capacity--yet it is equally self-evident that they are dependent in a social capacity. Natural rights are by virtue of existence-social rights by virtue of being a member of society. Those rights imperfect in POWER, are cast into the common stock by delegation and be