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History of Windham County, Connecticut (Volume 1): 1600-1760


History of Windham County, Connecticut (Volume 1): 1600-1760

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    Available in PDF Format | History of Windham County, Connecticut (Volume 1): 1600-1760.pdf | English
    Ellen Douglas Larned (Author)
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The society paying no heed to this protest, but continuing their negotiations will) Mr. Cogswell, another method was attempted. Threatening as was the aspect of affairs, the Revival party, as the majority of the church, did not yet anticipate tho loss of church standing and privileges, but as they were willing that others should exercise that 8:iine liberty of choice they claimed for themselves, they now drew up a paper, agreeing. 'That if those in the church and society who wished to settle Mr. Cogswell as their pastor and follow Saybrook Platform, would allow them their just proportion of the meeting-house they had helped build, and free them from all charge of Mr. Cogswell's settlement or support, they would oblige themselves to keep up and maintain the public worship of God according to the rules of the Gospel, and not look upon it as their duty to hinder' the settlement of Mr. Cogswell, but otherwise should forbid his ordination by any council whatsoever.' This proposition and threat shared the fate of the previous protest--receiving, apparently, no consideration from the society. Another effort to stay proceedings was made in the name of the society. Forty nine inhabitants of the first society in Canterbury, many of them in full communion with the church, signed a document, October 29, certifying, 'That they were of the Congregational principles of church discipline according to Cambridge, and not according to Saybrook Platform, that it was their hearts' desire and prayer to God that they might have a faithful minister of the New Testament, not of the letter but of the spirit, settled as pastor of this church, and although some of them did vote for Mr. Cogswell before they knew his principles, yet since it had become manifest that he was of Saybrook Regulation...
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