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to our first parents, but more certainly to’Abraham, as "well as to all the holy prophets, since the world began. 'It is also certain; that the first Christian authors, who wrote the first after the Apostles' day, were believers in the restitution of all mankind. Now is it not more reasonable to suppose, that the first writerswould *state, correctly, the doctrines taught by our Savior and his Apostles, than those who lived in after periods, when truth was hidden with vain traditions, superstitions, and bigotry? I think all must answer in the affirmative. It is true, some errors crept into the churches in an early day, but none of that magnitude as the one we are considering. And we might be surprised and wonder, that the doctrine of endless misery should so soon be believed by the professed followers of their all glorious and merciful Redeemer, were it not a doctrine that is so highly pleasing to the "carnal mind, which is not subject to the law of God, neither in deed can be. The carnal mind must be destroyed, before one can be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Dear sir, I would not be thought to embrace for my creed the whole of the thirty-nine articles of the Church of England. I would only say, that the doctrine of universal salvation is plainly implied in some of their articles, but is not denied by any, agreeable to the ideas of the writer above quoted.
From the Universalist Magazine.
NOTICE.-By request. It is with deep regret that I am compelled to contradict a statement, contained in the above extract [namely, the extract published in our last] from Rev. Edward Turner's letter to Rev. Samuel . Loveland. The statement is in the following words : «Mr. Batlou made the first advances to settle.” This indicates that, respecting the difficulty between me and Mr. Dean I considered myself in the wrong, and
made the first advances to settle, and this to help myself out of difficulty; all of which is totally erroneous.—But I wish to guard against any suspicion being entertained of Mr. Turner's veracity, in this case, for he has fully certified that Mr. Dean
gave him such information ; and I am sorry to say that Mr. Dean has made the same incorrect stateinent to a number of others. I would also inform those who have heard this statement, that I have in my possession, all the papers respecting my complaint against Mr. Dean, and our settlement, and will satisfy any who will call on me.
We, the subscribers, take this way to correct another mistake in the above extract of Rev. Mr. Turner's letter. The mistake is found in the following words: "not long since the Junior Editors [of the Magazine) informed the public, that they had no right to make a distinct settlement." This is a mistake. What we informed the public was, that the Editors had entered into a mutual understanding that we would not publish any thing relative to the Appeal to the Public
, without the consent of all the Editors. We never stated that we had no right to make a distinct settleinent.
HOSEA BALLOU, 2d.
Thank you, gentlemen, for this correction. Did you not tell us you did sign a mutual agreement, and agree that that agreement should be published," and was not the latter agreement, as well as the former, indispensably necessary to a distinct settlement” of those difficulties that had been published? If
you had entered into a mutual understanding not to publish any thing relative to the 'Appeal to the Public, swithout the consent of all the Editors," did not said “mutual understanding" deprive you of the "right" to publish said mutual agreement? If then you had no right to fulfil all that was necessary to "a distinct settlement," tho you might make and sign “a mutual
agreement," it still appears from your own statements, tho you say you “never stated” it, that you had “no right” to make "a distinct settlement.” How much more, then, does the mistake amount to, than merely a departure from your own phraseology?
EDITOR. WESTERN ASSOCIATION. The annual meeting of this Association, the present year, was held at Otsego, the first Wednesday and Thursday of June last. They bad three discourses the first day as follows: Br. J. S. Flagler, from Ex. XX. 7; Br. J. Whitnall, from Isa. Ixvi. 18; and Br. P. Morse, from Gen. iii. 24. Two discourses, the second day ; Br. Jones, from 1 Pet. i. 15; and Br. S. R. Smith, from 1 Tim. iv. 16. Brs. Benjamin Hickox and Ezra S. Goodwin received fellowship, as preachers of the everlasting gospel. Br. Amos Reed, Arthur Field, and Henry Roberts, received ordination. The Societies in Little Falls, Salisbury, Onondaga, and Walton, were received into fellowship.
"Received requests from a number of societies for the organization of branch associations in the following places, viz. One in Cayuga Co. and its vicinity, to be called the “Cayuga Association, and one in Jefferson Co. and its vicinity, to be called "Black river Association," and one in Chenango Co. to be called the “Chenango Association."
“On receiving a request from brother Edwin Ferris, to withdraw from the connexion of the Western Association, not abandoning his faith in universal salvation, nor the duties of the ministry, but on account of minor differences* of opinion, and whereas nothing appeared against the moral and religious deportment of Br. Ferris ;— Therefore, resolved, that this Association has no power nor inclination to retain Br. Ferris, contrary to his wish, or the dictates of bis own conscience.".
"Voted, that this Association be adjourned to meet in Madi. son, county of Madison, N. Y. the first Wednesday and Thursday in June, 1824."
* These minor differences we understand, were respecting the subject of future punishment.
Obituary. Died at Ticonderoga, N. Y. July 1, Miss MARIAM MARSA, daughter of Mr. Leonard Marsh of Shoreham, in the 19th year wife of Mr. Amos Mendell, aged 57. She was one of the first gettlers, and her oldest child was the first born in that town. She had long been a believer in the salvation of all men, and adorned her faith by a well ordered life and conversation.
She was a firm believer in the grace of God that bringeth salvation unto all men.
At Bridgewater, Vt. August 28, Mrs. DEBORAH MENDELL,
of her age.
For the Repository. THE 137th PSALM PARAPHRASED. Härd by the banks of Babe's oozy river, There we sat down to weep, and think of Zion; And there we hang'd our harps untun'd and silent,
High on the willows. :
Sing songs of Zion.
Sorely oppressive ?
Be my tongue-silent.
D. S***** r.
From the Gospel Advocate.
INGRATITUDE. Among all evils there are none worse than those arising from religious contentions. A few months since, this section of our country was in a state of religious jargon and contention. Presbyterians were arrayed against Methodists; Episcopalians were contending against Calvinists; and Calvinists were anxious to return the conipliment Baptists were against the Arminians, and they against the Baptists! In short, every man's hand was against his neighbor, and to the uninterested beholder, the whole presented a scene of bloodless warfare. But no sooner was the trumpet of the gospel of peace on earth, good will to men, sounded in their ears, than the weapons of their warfare were grounded, and one would have been led to suppose
spears were beat into pruning hooks! But, 0, the ingratitude of the human heart! Forgetful of the cause of their quietness, they no sooner had time to recover their strength, than the tocsin of war was sounded around the standard of "endless wretchedness," and the whole multitude were united, and yet continue to bite the hand that fed them, and rail against those that brought them peace, and imprecate with vilest abuse their friends, the Universalists. ! !
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES. Eastern Association. This body commenced their annual meeting this year, on the 24th of June, at Waterville, Me. They had three discourses the first day as follows.
1. From Br. Wm. A. Drew, from John xvii. 9. 2. Br. Hosea Ballou, from Gen. xlix. 10.
3. Br. Fayette Mace, from Ps. lxxxiv. 11. The second day, they had two discourses :
1. Br. Russell Streeter, from Rom. viii. 31. 2. Br. Hosea Ballou, from 2 Cor. iv. 5, The Universalist Societies of Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville, Foxcroft, and Dover, were received into fellowship. Brs. Al vin Dinsmore, and J. W. Hoskins, received letters of fellowship. The preachers who took a part in the public exercises,