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DEFENCE OF THE BEACON;
SUPPLEMENT TO THE REPLY
YEARLY MEETING'S COMMITTEE,
WITH FURTHER PARTICULARS ON THB
CONTROVERSY IN THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS.
BY ISAAC CREWDSON,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
JUL 9 1935
PRINTED BY WILLIAM SIMPSON, BROWN STREET, MARKET STREET.
The following document and letter are introduced, not because they are of much importance, but because they form a link in the chain of proceedings. They comprehend all that passed officially between the Committee of the Yearly Meeting, on their Fourth visit, and the Author of the Beacon.
Document of the Committee handed to Isaac Crewdson ;
The Committee have been engaged in considering some of the statements made in Isaac Crewdson's letter of the 12th month 12th, 1835,—and as it appears that copies of the said letter have been circulated to some extent in manuscript, and still more widely in print, it is concluded, to enter the following notice of the subject on the minutes of the Committee.
Isaac Crewdson, represents the minute of the Committee, dated 8th month 21st, as being a “rejoinder" to his reply, to their original statement of their objections to the Beacon,—whereas, they never regarded it in this light, and they conceive that there is nothing in its terms which gives it such a character.
The letter further assumes, that the above minute comprehended all the objections which the Committee at that time entertained against the Beacon, and that they had then abandoned those which were set forth in their original statement. The Committee, are however, satisfied, that the terms of the minute, by no means
warrant any such assumptions; and they conceive, that had their friend Isaac Crewdson read the document, put into his hands on the 24th of the 8th month, instead of returning it unopened, he could not possibly have come to the above conclusions,-since, while the said document admitted that the Committee had derived a considerable degree of satisfaction from Isaac Crewdson's explanation of his own views, its general import plainly indicated the continuance of their scriptural objections to the Beacon.
In connexion with this part of the subject, it is important to observe, that the document in question was read in the 8th month both in the Quarterly Meeting of Ministers and Elders, and also in the presence of the Quarterly Meeting's Committee so that the general nature of its contents must, at that time, have been extensively known among Friends in this neighbourhood.
The Committee feel themselves called upon distinctly to state, that the expressions employed in some personal addresses to Isaac Crewdson in the Committee, and which he alludes to as implying Christian fellowship or unity, were not intended in any way to bear upon the views of the Committee respecting the Beacon or its publication. On the contrary, they think it right on this occasion, to record on their minutes, that neither the scriptural objections, originally made by them to the Beacon, nor their dissatisfaction with the publication of that work, have been removed.
4th Month 20th, 1836.