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Public Service, Wednesday Morning. Introductory Prayer by Br. T. Bigelow ; Sermon by Br. T. Cotton, from Mark xvi. '15, 16 ; concluding prayer by Br. E. Williams.
Afternoon.-- Introductory prayer by Br. E. Williams; Ser. mon by Br. N. B. Johnson, from 2 Pet. ii, 1, 2, 3 ; after wbich Br. Benjamin Baldwin, Horace Burroughs, and M. B. Baldwin, were ordained as deacons, in the several churches to wbich they belong : concluding and consecrating prayer by Br. T. Bigelow; charge by Br. R. Jones.
Erening service.--Iạtroductory Prayer by Br. A. Perkias ; Sernion by Br. T. Strong, from Isai. liii. 11 ; concluding prayer by Br. T. Cotton.
Received Br. John Boyer into the fellowship of this Associa. tion. Br. Boyer has been for a number of years a minister of the Christian order, but at length bas found his way through the fog (as they say,) and he is not the first to have been so highly favored.
Granted letters of fellowship to Brs. Ambrose Perkins, Da. vid St. Clair, John Tuttle, and John M. Baldwin, as ministers of the gospel. Br. Theophilus Cotton received ordination.
Public Service, Thursday Morning. Introductory Prayer by Br. T. Bigelow ; firat Sermon by Br. 6. Williams, from Gal. iv, 1–5. Second Sermon by Br. R. Jones, from John ix. 7 ; concluding Prayer by Br. T. Strong.
Afternoon.--Introductory Prayer by Br. E. Williams ; Sermon by Br. N. B. Johnson, from Matt. xxiv. 14: consecrating Prayer by Be. T. Bigelow; right hand of fellowship by Br. N. B. Johnson; charge and delivery of the Scriptures by. Br T, Bigelow; and the usual addresses to the Universal Society, and to the congregation, by Br. T. Bigelow.
Adjourned the Association, to meet again at Painesville, Geauga county, Ohio, on the Wednesday and Thursday preceding the last Wednesday in August next.
It is requested that this Association be received into the fellowship of the General Convention, and taken under their patronage.
Timothr BIGELOW, Moderator. Attest, E. WILLIAMS,
N. B. JOHNSON,
From the Universalist Magazine. MINUTES OF THE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVER
SALISTS On Tuesday evening, December 10, 1822, the Ministers conposing the Southern Association of Universalists, assembled according to adjournment, at the house of Br. Francis O. Clark, in Brookfield, Mass, and opened the business of the Association by solemn and fervent prayer, by Br. Jacob Frieze.
They then chose Br. Hosea Ballou, Moderator, and Bt. Richard Carrique, of Hartford, Clerk.
Voted that Br. J. Flagg, J. Bisbe, and H. Ballou 2d, be a committee to receive requests for ordination, or letters of fellowship, and report thereon.
Adjourned to the hall of Br. Pardon Allen, in Western, there to meet at 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning.
Met according to adjournment at the house of Br. Pr Allen. Prayer by Br. J. Flagg.
Voted that in future, during the session of the Southern Association, that portion not taken up in attending to the arrangement and performances of public services, or subjects of a general nature, relating to the concerns of the societies in fellow, ship with this Association, shall be devoted to the discussion of questions of a religious nature ; that the subject be proposed at previous sessions of the Association, so that each brother may have an opportunity of examining the subject, and of preparing his mind for the investigation.
Voted that Brs. J. Bisbe, H. Ballou 2d, and R. Carrique, be a committee to select and proposé suitable questions for examination and solution.
Order of the Morning Service for Wednesday.
Dedication Service for Wednesday Afternoon.
Evening Service for Wednesday.
Concluding prayer, Br. Hiram B. Clark.
ment. Prayer by Br. Thomas G, Farnsworth.
Attended to the report of the committee appointed to receive requests for ordination or letters of fellowship. They reported in favor of ordaining Brs. T. G. Farnsworth and Jacob Frieze, and of granting a letter of fellowship to Br, Adin Balou.
Ordination Service for Thursday Afternoon.
It was moved by Br. J. Bisbe, that this Association strongly recommend to the General Convention, the adoption of a rule, whereby the inconveniencies they have in some instances already experienced, from granting letters of fellowship to brethren in the ministry, may be prevented ; and that a committee be appointed to lay the same before the General Convention at their next session.
Voted that Brs. J. Bisbe, J. Flagg, and H. Ballou, be the above committee.
The committee appointed to prepare subjects for discussion, make report of the following:
1. What is Paul's meaning in Rom. v. from the 11th to the 19th verses ?
2. As Christians in general assert that man's moral character is fixed at death, and that each man dies a sinner, if this be true, how can any be saved ?
Voted that Br. Bisbe prepare the Minutes, and accompany them with a Circular Leiter, and request their publication in some periodical paper.
The Association adjourned to eet again in Stafford, Coon, on the 2d Wednesday in June, 1823.
R. CARRIQUE, Clerk.
From the Universalist Magazine. In last week's Magazine we re-published, from the “Christian Repository," "An APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC," signed "Restorationist;" and a DECLARATION, (as we shall call it) signed “Jacob Wood," in behalf of others.
It is now about seven weeks since those pieces were first published. In the mean time, we have labored with our brethren who were the authors, for the
purpose of persuading them to recall their publication ;
but to no avail. We now submit to the alternative of publicly disproving their representation and exposing the real character of their procedure, in preference to permitting it to stand uncontradicted before the world, alienating the hearts of brethren, and exciting suspicion and discord.
It may be proper to lay open the mystery which at first hung over the origin of those two pieces.
Altho one of them represented us to the public as fomenters of discord among the brethren, we were left without any certain knowledge who the authors were, till about three weeks after the publication. Finding that we waited in vain for the authors to avow themselves to us, we sent to Br. Dean, whom we suspected to be one of them, requesting him to inform us whether he was one, and to state who the others were, if he knew.
He refused to give us any information in reply, unless we would first agree to terms of secrecy. We then sent the same request to Br. Edward Turner, of Charlestown; who frankly informed us, in answer, that he and Brs. Jacob Wood, of Shrewsbury, Paul Dean, of Boston, Barzillai Streeter, of Salem, Levi Briggs,* of Westminster, and Charles Hudson, of Preston, Con. were the authors. He stated also in detail, that at a meeting in Shirley, on the 4th Wednesday of last September, the brethren abovenamed, together with himself, advised that such an * Appeal' and Declaration should be written, and sent to the Christian Repository' for publication ; that Br. Wood wrotet and sent them accordingly; and that at their second meeting, bolden in Boston on the 3d Wednesday of last December, they all, except Br. Hudson, who was not present, approved of the "ApPEAL TO THE PUBLIC," and "DECLARATION," as they then stood printed in the "Christian Repository."
Since writing this, we have received a letter from Br. Briggs, disclaiming all concern with the APPEAL.
+ Probably he did not write them till after the adjournmeo of the meeting at Shirley Editors,
These, therefore, we take to be the authors; and such we suppose to have been the origin of those pieces.
Of their “Declaration,” we shall at present take no other notice than what may be of use in exposing the real character of the "Appeal ;" but of the Appeal we cannot take our leave till we have performed the most painful duty that has ever devolved on us as editors or as ministers.
To begin, we must beg the reader to compare their "Appeal with their “Declaration.” He will discover a most condemning absurdity on the very face of those two pieces, when they are compared. How do the authors represent themselves in the Appeal ? Answer: as striving “to preserve the union of the order,” -as seeking to continue in fellowship with those that deny, as well as with those that believe the doctrine of future punishment. Indeed, it is one of the grand objects of the Appeal to convince the public that they had assiduously endeavored to prevent a separation.-Very wellNow turn to their Declaration. What do they there say concerning the doctrine of no future punishment ? Answer: that it “is subversive of a just sense of our accountability to God, and the proper distinction between virtue and vice, and, consequently, lessens the motives to virtue, and gives force to the temptations of sin.” And still they pretend to have been laboriously pursuing a course of measures for the very purpose of continuing in fellowship with those who believe and avow this pernicious doctrine !-this doctrine, of which they again say, "if it be not certain that it "gives force to the temptations of sin, there is no moral cer. tainty upon any subject whatever !"-of which they also say, repeatedly, it sets aside the scheme of salvation by Christ !". Mark this, reader: it “sets aside the scheme of salvation by Christ ! as well as is “detrimental to the morals of community," and irreconcileable with their own doctrine ;-* and yet they are willing
* _"this corruption appearing to be seated and growing among the prder of Universalists in the United States, and believing that it is a great bindrance to the reception and spread