The Opening Article

OUR subscribers have a right to expect from us an apology for the long but unavoidable delay of our paper; but we assure them that it has been kept back by circumstances beyond our control. We have had many difficulties to encounter, and much opposition to surmount; but truly we can say, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us; for the very opposition of our foes has been overruled for our good. We are encouraged to venture on with the utmost confidence, firmly believing that the cause for which this paper is designed to contend, is the cause of God and truth. The violent opposition raised against it, and against those who took an interest in its publication, even while it remained in embryo, is but too plain an indication of the importance and necessity of its going on. Our correspondence with distant brethren of the Old School, assures us that it will be sustained, notwithstanding the gratuitous attacks made upon us by the N. Y. Baptist Repository and the Philadelphia Christian Index. Our object is to diffuse light and truth, and to oppose whatever exalteth itself above all that is called God. If we succeed, none have reason to fear but the children of darkness and falsehood; they may expect to be exposed to the broad glare of the truth; “but he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.” “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

New Vernon, N.Y.
Nov. 28, 1832

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Page 9