<1840 Octr 31> of imposition in its infancy, and thus prevented the great mass of our towns people from becoming the dupes of designing knaves, “and being led away by every wind of doctrine;” above all I imagined the two pamphlets issued by that holy, religious, and devout man of God, Mr. Hays, Wesleyan minister, (to which connection I have the happiness and honor to belong,) would have been quite sufficient to prove the fallacy of such a system, and prevent its further spread— but sir, alas! alas! the case is quite the reverse, numbers continually flock to the Wellington room and listen with eagerness to the principles there advocated; the members of our society, (Methodist,) seem to be most conspicuous in sanctioning and promoting this vile and a bominable doctrine.
Oh, sir, the results to our connection will be dreadful! the havoc tremendous! just think of the majority of our leading and intelligent men, aiding and abetting a cause of this description! Oh Sir! lamentable and heartrending to witness the beaming countenances and smiles of approbation displayed recently at ’s meeting! I could enumerate a host of our members who regularly attend those anti-christian meetings— but I will just mention with your permission the names of a few who attended one of the last meetings. (Here followed a list of names.) O Mr. Editor! I quake for the consequences— such a wholesale conversion to Mormonism was never before witnessed in any town or country; what will become of our society? what will become of our class meet ings? what will become of our brethren in the faith? and above all, what will become of poor Mr. Hays, that nice and humble man, who so nobly stood forward to expose the errors of the Mormon system— God bless him, and preserve him from want! but Mr. Editor, what makes the case worse, is, that a rumor is prevalent that all these pious men are to be Baptized! that is duly immersed in the salt water of Douglas Bay, by that abominable creature, !! surely, there must be something enchanting about the vile man— Immersion!! (my hand shakes while I write) and in winter too; O sir! the thought chills my very soul,— surely this American dipper intends to drown them— he can have no other object in view, therefore, brethren of the Methodist Society, beware!! drowning is not to be envied, and that too in your sins— besides what would the venerable John Wesley (if he were alive) say to such conduct? what will the Conference say? and what will the world say? I leave these questions to yourselves to answer,— in conclusion brethren, I recommend you to read, mark, [p. 2]