Excerpt from A Word of Exhortation to Young Friends: Presented to Them Without Money and Without Price
I feel a religious concern thus to address you, to try to encourage you to fulfil a duty that I think will be required of you by the Great Head of the church, to en. Dsavor to build up the waste places that your fathers may have thrown down, and gather the scattered and dispers ed sheep, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, to Jesus Christ, the everlasting shep herd and bishop of souls, that the people who once called themselves the people of God, may. Once more be gathered into one. I had hoped at the time of the separation among Friends, I should live to see the Society come together again: but the wall that has been built by the Orthodox disownments, and the discipline that has been changed by the unsettling spirits among Friends, together with the feebleness of my hold on life, has dissipated that hope, and thrown it upon e rising generation. There is, however, now a valuable body of religious Friends on both sides, that might easily unite, if they were not connected with the two sad extremes; but these appear now to be going fast to their respective places, -the extreme orthodox to the church of anti-christ, and the extreme ultra reformers to something like unitarian scepticism; and a way is new opening for you, dear young christian friends, to come to gether in the unity of the spirit and the bond of peace. Embrace then every right opportunity to promote this de sirable end, b every act of christian kindness and alfeo tion: this wil prepare you to labor successfully in the church of Christ, bringing back our excellent discipline to the christian standard, -throwing down that ridiculous wall of prescription, and forever silencing all altercations.
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