pubilication; and if it can be clearly pointed out to me, wherein I
have not given a correct accounts I fliall be willing to alter and
correcct, as it is only my intention to aft the part of a faithful
Having once had a privilege among you, and being now wbt
you term a backflider, you may therefore confider me as an in-
dividual. bencath attention; but you will pay fome deference
to mankind in general, and as what I offer for your examination
is of a publick nature, I conclude you may think it worthy your
Deference to you as a religious focitty, together with the ad-
vice of fome of your members, and feveral other people, has
induced me to make you this offer: if it fhould meet with your
approbation, I will thank you to let me know it in due feafon.
I fhall at prefent add no more, but that I remain, with fenti-
ments of efteem, Your Friend,
LvcY WRIGHT and ABIATHAR BABBOT,
Firft in the Miniftration.
Cornwall, November, i8o8.
A thort time after, I received from the Church, the following
To Tkomas Brown.
" PROFESSED FRIEND,
"A letter with thy fubfcription, has been put into my
! hlands, direcded to I; Abiathar Babbot," purporting, that thou
" art about publifhing thy Life, Experience, c. with a full ac-
count of our Faith, Doctrines, c. prop6fing to offer the man-
ufcript for our examination, previous to publication. So far
".from wifhing to offend thee with a reply incongruous with thy
" feelings, it is with much regret that we have any thing to fay
4" or do in the matter; but fince we are c:dled upon in a cir-
"' cumfiance like this, we deem it expedient to reply, That we
Ad have no defire to examine thy writings. It is fufficient that we
"4 know thee, Thomas; and be thy opinion whatever it may
is concerning thy own abilities, we muft candidly tell thee. that
"we are far from confidering thee competent to the task thet