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Ebta Comfort has departed fh # n >| pspel otder ihnot tiietitimiftg hil * iiisa > &hes $ to me , when present With me , ahd when I could have afrpeated to
Prtetids of that meeting to have justified irie , therefore I consider Ezlra Gotirfort to have acted disorderly , and eenrtrary to [ our ] discipline . These srt * e thy reasons that induced me to
defuse a compliance witji yftur reqtti * sitions , as considering them arbitrary , aiid Contrary to the established order of bur Society . " E . Hicks . " Philadelphia , \ 2 th Mo . ( Dec . ) 2 \ , t 822 . "
Some weeks after the date of the above letter and certificate of the three Friends , which refutes the far greater patt , and all the Weighty charged thtisfc
elders had in substance been privately circulating ' , nine of thetti , and Jonathan Evans , whose name was affixed to the rejected creed , signified their continued disunity with Elias Hicks by the following letter :
" To Elias Hivhs . " Philadelphia , 1 Mo . ( Jan . ) 4 > 1823 . " On the perusal of thy letter of the 21 st of last ftiontb , it was not a little affecting- to observe the same
disposition still prevalent that avoided a select meeting with the elders , Which meeting consistently with the station we are placed in > and with the sense of duty impressive upon us > we were engaged to propose and urge to thee , as a means wherein the cause of
uneasiness might have been investigated , the Friends who exhibited the complaint fully examined , [ but not thy
that he added to the text , as given in the received Version , " Nek her do I think it robbery for man to be equal with God , " they also say " is incorrect ? '' And they declare the same of the lawt accusation , which it is therefore unnecessary
to repeat . They conclude by saying , " We were then of opinion , and still are , that the sentiments and doctrines held forth by our said friend Elias Hicks , are agreeable to the opinions and doctrines held by George Fox and other worthy Friends of his time .
Signed , Robert Moore , Joseph Turner , Joseph G . Rowland . 12 Mo . r&ecjn , 1822 .
wi tnessea , ] and the whole business placed in a dear print of ® i&t #± " Oh a subject of stick in&ptif ta ** £ e > the most explicit candour and higenuousness , with a readiness la tasar ,
and [ mutually 4 fc © « | givcomplete satisfaction ,, ought ev $ r to be maintained ; this the gospel teaches , and the nature of tlie case lnmeriplisly demanded iU pBapeciJally of accusers apd those who claim t © -be judges of tlieir brethren . ! As io the certificate which
accompanied thy letter , made several weeks after th ? circumstances occurred , I but within two days after the date &t otir written charges , } it is in several respects not only vague and ambiguous , but in others ( though la different terms ) it corroborates [ they
assertj the statement yl Jirst made . [ This statement charged Elias Micks with holding various sound and scriptural doctrines , which he cannot deny . They add ^ j Whe n we t ake a vie w of the whole subject , [ doubtless including
their famous Creed , agreed to on the 17 th of this month , find dfdered to be printed for distribution , ] the doctrines and sentiments which have been promulgated by thee , though tindetf some Caution while in this city , and the opinions which thou expressed in &n interview between Ezra Coxrtfbrt and
thee , on the 19 th ult ., we a ? e fully And sorrowfiilly confirmed in the conclusion , [ bttt on what evidence ? 3 that thoti holds and art disfienoinating principles very different frbm those which are held and maintained by our religious Society .
" As thou hast oti thy part closed the door against the brotherly care and endeavours of the elders htte or thy benefit * and fqr the clearing our religious profession , this matter
appears of such serious magnitude , so interesting to the peace , harmony and well-being of [ the ] Society , that we think it ought to claim the weighty attention of thii Friends at home .
" Signed , Ellis Yavnall , Thomas Wistar , Leonard Snowdeh , Joseph Scattergood , Caleb Pierce , Samuel P Griffiths , Thomas Stewardson , Edward Randolph , Israel Maul .
" Being present when the foregoing letter was concluded on , I unite with the concern and care of my brethren , the elders of this city , that our religious Society might not be tinder the imputation of holding doctrines vrliidi
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 660, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/20/