But notwithstanding his great ministerial success and the prospect of ease and affluence, (which frequently Snarere the mind and have an undue influence on too many who wear the sacred garb of religion, who for the Sake of popularity and of wealth can calm and lull to rest their conscienticous scruples and succomb to the popular faith,)
yet this his man ros mind rose superior to all these considerations, Truth was his pursuit and for truth he was prepared to make every sacrifice in his power. After mature deliberation, deep reflection & solemn prayer to his heavenly father, the resolve was made and the important step was taken and in the month of August A.D. 1824 after laboring among that people Two years and six months he made know his deter mination to withdraw from that Church as he could no longer uphold the
doctrines taught and maintained by it. This announcement was like a clap of thunder amazement seized the congregation which was then collected which at last gave way for a flood of tears It would be in vain attempt to describe the feelings of the Church on that occasion who were zealously attached to their beloved pastor, or the feelings of their minister on his part it was indeed a struggle of principle over affection and kindness.
There was at the time of his separation from that Church a gentleman of the name of Alexander Camp[b]ell who was formerly from Ireland and who has since obtained Considerable not[o]riety in the religious world, who was then a member of the same association and who afterwards seper ated from it. There was also another gentleman of the name of Walter Scott, a Scotchman by birth who was at that time a member of the Scandainenian Sandamenian church in that City and who seperated from the
same about that time.
Prior to these seperations Mr Campbell resided in Bethany Brook County Virginia where he published a monthly periodical called the Christian Baptist. After they had seperated from the different churches these gentlemen were on terms of the greatest friendship and frequently met together to discus the subject of religion being yet undetermined respecting [p. 64]