, November 23, 1833.
An epistle from a of of the , organized on the 6th of April, A.D. 1830, to their brethren of the same church, residing at , Living ston County, New York:
Dearly beloved brethren,
It is with deep feelings of <deep> interest for your welfare, that we address ourselves to you by this Epistle, which we send by the hands of our worthy brethren, , and , both personly known to us, whom we rec ommend to your fellowship, as men of good morals and of firm and unshaken integrity in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to which min istry they have been called and regularly by the hands of this church, and set apart to this office after having been received into the same by according to the thereof. It is just for us, for your sakes, to say, that our brother , was one of those who first embraced this gospel, and was soon set apart to the work of the ministry, and during an excessive labor of three <years> has conducted himself with that p[ro ]priety, and has made such advances in the knowl edge of the doctrine of the Kingdom of Christ, that we recommend him in full confidence as a man cabable of setting in order the and requi sitions of the same. Our brother has la bored in the ministry more than two years, during which he has showed himself worthy of the high responsibility, and is justly entitled to the confidence of all the saints with whom he has labored, and is fully qual ified to assist our brother in setting in order all matters of difficulty that may be among you.
Dear brethren, we have learned with painful feelings, that divisions and strifes in a degree have made their appearance among you, which evidently is the work of the adversary of our souls, to disaffect your minds toward the truth, that <and grieve> the Holy Spirit <that it> withdraws, and leaves you in darkness, to be led captive down to de struction: and with great anxiety of heart we have called upon our heavenly Father in the name of Jesus for you.* We need not prove to you by argument, brethren, that where there <are> contentions, and unbelief in the sacred things communic[ated] [p. ]