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SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, 5S Ber
E IT REMEMBERED, That on the twentieth day of Ja. nuary, in the forty-third year of the Independence of the Uniled States of America, DANIEL PARKER, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Author and Proprietor, in the words fol. towing, to wit :
“ PROSCRIPTION DELINEATED; or a Develope" ment of Facts appertaining to the arbitrary and oppressive " Proceedings of the North Association of Litchfield Coun" ty, in relation to the Author. By DANIEL PARKER, Late " Pastor of a Church in Sharon, Conn.“ Carthago delenda est. CAESAR.
-longa est injuria, longa “ Ambages : sed summa sequar vestigia rerum. VIRGIL." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “ An Act for the encouragement of Learna ing, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned.” And also to an act, entitled “ an Act supplementary to an Act, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
HE necessity of making public the following dem velopement, is not less painful than unpleasant. Every possible exertion had been used which I could devise, to render the publication unnecessary; but each attempt has proved ineffectual. The singular efforts which have been adopted and pursued by certain individuals, for several years past, have been of so flagrant a nature, as to demand detection for the safety of others, and of community,
Probably the annals of no protestant country, and certainly not of our own, can furnish data in any measure comparable with the unprecedented acts and procedure which are here disclosed.
I ask for nothing but facts, and a decision cortespondent with them.
To these I am justly entitled, and to these I cheerfully and willingly submit. If the documents which are furnished in confirmation of the statement are allowed to have validity, it is presumed the facts will be easily discovered; and that no combined exertions can destroy their force. These may cause very different impressions to be entertained of men and measures, from those which a combination have laboured to produce.
I am well aware that it will be deemed unpopular, and probably by some iniquitous, to attempt to expose the turpitude of members belonging to a body which has been highly esteemed for talents and virtue; or to call in question any acts or decisions of an association. Yet the cause of truth ought not to be relinq because there are formidable obstacles to encesek! Truth will maintain its ascendancy, and surmou : opposition.
It will, no doubt, be considered presumptuous for an individual, who is bleeding under the cruel censure of a combination, to attempt to encounter a great and powerful body, with the least prospect of retrieving his injured rights. But a sling and a stone in the hand of David, in a righteous cause, proved more effectual than the whole armour of Goliath. Should it be urged that too great plainness is introduced, I would reply, that flagrant acts, by whomsoever committed, are not commonly delineated in feeble and ununeaning language; nor would it be correspondent with the nature of the facts disclosed.
In the delineation, it has been necessary to embrace many connecting circumstances, which have greatly protracted the work, but without which, so clear a view of the subject could not be obtained.
To the candid and dispassionate I cheerfully sub: mit it.
Hudson, January 21st, 1819.
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SECTION I. IN N the month of November, 1801, I commenced
, preaching in Sharon, Ellsworth society, Connecticut, having been previously engaged by its committee to supply, for a very short period, the desk in that place. This society was formed chiefly from the town of Sharon, but embraced also a small section from the town of Kent. These sections composed the limits of the society. The inhabi. tants, as I was then informed, had been occasionally engaged, for more than forty years, in endeavours to establish a society; and had the preceding year so far accomplished their designs, as to obtain a location from the legislature of the state. Previously to my arrival, I had engaged to supply them but one Sabbath; but by reason of their subsequent pressing solicitations, I consented to tarry with them four. During this period, a meeting of the society was called, and as I was soon after informed by a committee appointed for that purpose, there was a unanimous request that I should settle with them in the work of the gospel ministry. I immediately reflected that the society was new, small, and composed of broken materials, with discordant feelings among themselves, and having no church formed; and hence I concluded, from these circumstances and its local situation, that its duration as such would in all probability be short. I therefore immediately
informed the committee that I could not listen to their request, and must give them a negative answer. They earnestly entreated me not to give them a negative at that time, even if I should in future. They informed me, that their efforts had been long and arduous to obtain society privileges; that they had employed several preachers to officiate among them, on whom they could not be agreed ; that they were now unanimous and harmonious; and should I give them a denial, they in all probability would sink under the weight of their trials, and thus relinquish the hope of society privileges, as utterly unattainable by further efforts. By reason of these suggestions, and a desire on my part that they might, as a parish, be stimulated to continued exertions to procure a settlement of the gospel ministry among them, and consequently share in the rich blessings of their anticipated privileges, I consented to defer my answer to the committee until a future time. Yet it is but justice to remark, that it was my great object to become liberated from their request, without weakening or destroying their future efforts to secure a preached gospel among them. Thus during the period of several months, I used every exertion to procure a release from their request, and still leave them harmonious and vigorous to procure the settlement of some other candidate among them. But the greater my efforts and the more I discovered of their real situation, the more difficult I found it to leave them, without wholly dispiriting them, and thus rendering them speedily extinct as a parish. In this situation, the great question in my own mind was, whether I should encounter the obvious difficulties which must be arduous and trying, if not insurmountable, by settling among them; or whether I should leave them weakened and disheartened by their unavailing efforts, probably to be scattered and lost as a society, by my accepting of some other call in another place, ander all circumstances, far more eligible. After