Resolved, that after hearing from the mouths of some that a suspicion rested upon their minds, relative to the conduct of our brother, as regards his honesty and Godly walk we have investigated his whole proceedings, by calling upon those who accompanied him to, and from , and are happy to have it in our power to say to our brethren abroad, one and all, that we are satisfied with his conduct having
learned from the clearest evidence, that he has acted in every respect, worthy his high and responsible station in this , and has prudently and cautiously preserved the good of this society at large, and is still worthy our esteem and fellowship, and that those reports, could have originated in the minds of none, except, such as either from a <misunderstanding or a> natural jealousy, are easily led to conceive of evils where none exist.
Resolved, that we say to our brethren, that while we are surrounded by thousands, eager to grasp at a shadow if they have a hope of turning it into a falsehood for the injury of the gospel, we exhort them to be stedfast and immoveable in the truth, resting assured, that while they continue to walk in the holy covenant they have professed to embrace, that nothing can in the end operate against their good; and that while wickedness abounds, as in days of old, the characters of those seeking the greatest good for their fellow men, will be shamefully traduced, and every act of their lives misrepresented, and a false shade thrown over their worthy deeds, calculated to create an
evil prejudice in the minds of community, to prevent, if possible the increase of light, the better to effect their own purposes and keep men in error. We say, dear brethren may peace and the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be multi plied unto you, through the knowledge of the truth forever.
Resolved, that the minutes be signed by the and , and publi[s]hed to the churches in the “Evening and [p. 56]