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spection, and to endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour', by having your conversation as becometh the gospel ?"

We cannot see how this question will apply to any, but one who has been guilty of immoral conduct, disgraceful to a professor of religion, and neither of the previous questions speak of error in faith ; but if they are so intended, why were they not more explicit ? If they are not so intended, and members of the church are to be excluded, on account of errors honestly entertained,why is there not a form suited to the occasion ?

We will not dishonour the thirty-six names signed to this book, by supposing that they intended, in a covert way, to do what they did not think it expedient to do openly; but should the charge be made, and we desired to take up their defence, we should consider it a Herculean labour; we would dread it as a hopeless case.

Lest we should be considered as moved by an unkind feeling, we solemnly and sincerely declare, we believe they were honest; but we think they have been unfortunate in this part of their book, in their mode of expression; and that on the subject of excommunication, their form of discipline, in the hands of men loving power, and despising moderation, might be made an instrument of great oppression.

We have dwelt longer on this last subject than we intended ; but we fear there are many who unite themselves to a church, without a sufficient knowledge of its doctrines and discipline. Those who have given their bond must fulfil it; but we do hope that those who are yet free, will consider well what they are about, before they bring themselves into a situation, which may expose them to consequences they never thought of.

To conclude, Let us rejoice, that every view of religion, is, in our country left to stand or fall by its own merits. Of Dı. Spring, the pastor of the church from which Mrs. Townsend has been excommunicated, we know little, but by report; no disrespect is intended to him, or the people of his charge ; we have no feeling towards him, or them, but sincere good will. We have heard of his zeal, and we only lament, that his zeal and talents are not exerted in what we esteem as a better cause, the cause of that God who is the "Saviour of all men, as well as, specially of those who believe” this divine truth. We, however, look forward with exultation, to the happy period, when he, and the people among whom he labours, shall with us see eye to eye; when we shall all unite in the praise of God, and of the Lamb, who hath redeemed us to himself by his own blood; when there will be no more collision of sentiment, when there will be one unvaried round of never ending harmony.

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