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influence of this numerous intelligent " atid verjr irapl ( Srtant pai't af a Christi ^ Ghurch , is probably to be tittfibij | tfe 6 > the signal defeat of the deplorably weak project of those ministers and elders , who \ voiild blindly have laid upon their more enlightened brethren , burdens too heavy for them to bear , 4
by tfashlyventuring to impose upon them , in unscriptufal terms , " for doctrines , the comniandments of rn&n . * But "by a very general current-of voices , " their creed was wisely " rejected , and an edition of ten thousand
copies , ordered to be suppressed . " In what manner this suppression of the creed , discarded by this Yearly Meet * - ing , was directed to be carried intt > effect , I cannot say ; but after this decision , it can have no pretence to claim tlie sanction of this Assembly . v
Another account of this memorable transaction says , " It is a day of . great excitement amoiigsfc us fvrrhaf professors . A happy ciraimstance has taken place , and their ' plans have bfeen
frustrated . The Yearly ^ Meetin g op * posed their designs like a mighty tofrent , and some , if not all of -thefrr , will be reduced to the ranks , oft thfc floor of the house . A humbling circumstance ; may they profit by it /'
Such was the moderation of the great majority , whose unanimity is thus described . They appear never to have thought of excommunicating those who would have thus brought them into bondage . Yet I have reason to believe , this restless Junta , whose
projects have been so lately and so signally defeated at home , have already devised a plan for the diffusion of their rejected articles of faith among ' their brethren in this country . I understand a large packet of copies of this creed were shipped from Philadelphia by Jonathan Evans , of that
city , who was last winter denominated their " Pontiff" and signed their creed as the official organ of the Meeting- for Sufferings above-mentioned ; and that this packet was addressed to Josiah forster , of Tottenham ! , Clerk to the two last Yearly Meetings held in London . Should he have received
it , he can , in a subsequent number of your journal , correct any errors that may be ; found in that part of , this curious Transatlantic Creed , which , I herewith submit to the judgmeat of
Sir , December & > 1823 , IN the Number for April last , ( XVIII . 229 , ) your readers were inforcped of tlte ineffectual attempt of
^ ibbut twenty ministers and elders of the Society of Frierids In Philadelphia , to censure and silence Elias Hickes , \ vho had for many years been much esteemed as a member and minister
of blameless conversation , and I am told of unrivalled eloquence . Their accusations and his replies have been published in America , and the points at issue discussed in several periodical works , none of which have I seen , nor do I know that more than
a single copy or two have reached this country . Foiled in this effort to incite their brethren to condemn Elias Hickes , for professing what they termed "his heterodox doctrines / ' which , it appears , subsequent to their denunciation , " thousands flocked to hear
him j * reach , "; ahd which many Friends considered as gospel truths , given forth , b ^ him < € in primitive simplicity : " in this dilemma , being mostly members of a body called , in former times , the Meeting for Sufferings ,
when persecution against Friends was the order of the day , ( and which Meeting still , absurdly enough , retains the same name , ) they drew up , and had influence enough to induce that body to sanction an exposition of their faith , and to present the same , ias an orthodox creed , to the last
Yearly Meeting of Friends , held at Philadelphia . Indeed , " such was their sanguine assurance of being able to catty it" through that Assembly triumphantly , that they ventured , previous to presenting it at the table , to have it printed ^ and stitched for circulation .
By the constitution of this Assembly , it consists not , merely , or chiefly , of ministers and elders , but , like the first Christian Council , on matters of general concern > to ^ believers , of brethren also . See Acts xv . To the
plqycjd in a neater sense in the Lysjatrata of Ati ^ ophianes ; but that \ hp AtticS , or iricteed the other Greeks , were acquainted with such verbs as snaKXw and aysTr ^ XXo ? , I must be allowed to doubt until some positive evidence of the fact shall have been produced .
14 Specimen iff a new American Quaker Creed .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1824, page 14, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2520/page/14/