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Strikersville, Chester Co. Pa.
July 16, 1835.

DEAR BROTHER: I find that there exists in the minds of a number of brethren, an objection to the course adopted by the Old School Brethren at Baltimore, in relation to the sermon I preached; and I find their views on the subject perfectly to accord with my own. I believe it the priviledge of any brother to write his views, either as an individual act or in compliance with the request of his brethren, indirectly considered; but this formal mode of publishing discourses in compliance with the resolutions of a body, I view as savoring too much of the popular order of the day for Old School Baptists. I shall therefore decline publishing my views in conformity to the resolution adopted by the meeting; but as it appears to be the wish of those brethren who have objected to the course, that I should give my views as an individual act, I shall endeavour so to do as soon as convenient. At the same time, I hope the brother who made the motion, as well as those who supported it by their votes, will excuse me for non-compliance, when I tell them that it is not from an unwillingness to serve them in any way that to me appears calculated to promote the common cause in which we are mutually engaged. I can assure that brother that I duly appreciate his motives in making the motion, and nothing but want of opportunity has prevented me from communicating to him my intention to decline, before publishing it.

I am highly pleased with the views of Bro. Trott, on the subject of Associations. When I first became a Baptist, which was about 27 years ago, I had no doubt but that Associations were as Scriptural as churches; but I soon became convinced to the contrary, and have ever since been apposed to them. I have no doubt but there was a correspondence between the primitive churches, yet I am equally satisfied that the formality of an Association was no known among them, and are only to be found among those things whose origin was subsequent to the Apostolic age, and which will not be found when the church shall have been reduced to its primitive symplicity. As our brother wishes his motion seconded, I most cheerfully comply with his wish; and do hope that our brethren will take the subject into serious consideration, believing that if the course recommended should be adopted it will save a great deal of trouble, as well as a great deal of that which is much worse, contention and hard feelings.

Yours, as ever,

Signs of the Times
Volume 3, No. 17.
August 19, 1835