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meet unto you.' Jer. xxvi, 14. • But remember, that for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment.' Eccl. xi, 9.

that purpose.

Mr. Barclay informed capt. James Stewart, that he contemplated publishing his trials, &c. and had already collected some papers for

I could not have any objections, to his publishing the trials, and all the circumstances relative thereto, had he been as honest as King David, or Solomon ; but as my confidence in his honesty and integrity was not great, I therefore thought proper to antici. pate him, as I imagined he would not present a faithful and just narration of all the facts. I have accordingly issued this publication, And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame, be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.' Heb. xii, 13.

I hope the following communication, (although written by an unskilful hand) may, as it is an awful, prove a solemn warning, to all christians, that they may keep their feet from slipping, and not swerve from the path of rectitude, and more especially, that it may stand as a monument to all ministers who undertake to preach the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. Wo be unto the pastors, that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.' Jer. xxiii, 1.

My intention in making this communication is, to give honour, to whom honour is due;' and at the same time to expose, without distinction, all those, who have swerved from the truth, and in the language of my text, prophecy against the shepherds of Israel, who have departed from their duty, and acted partially in this iniquitous scene, as far as my knowledge extends. The secret vote, and conduct of the different members of the Presbytery, I do not possess, as I have not sought after that informati


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To Aaron Kerr, Esquire, of Somerset Township,

Washington County, and State of Pennsyloa.


AT length I take up my pen in order to answer your frequent inquiries relative to the prosécution against the Rev. David Barclay, before an Ecclesiastical Court, (the Presbytery of New Brunswick) and have deferred answering your repeated requests until all things should be accomplished, (the decision of the prosecution against bim.) It seemeth good to me also, having perfect understanding of all things from the very first, Luke i. 3. that is, I am well acquainted with the conduct of Mr. Barclay, as I have lived near bim ever since he came into the county of Sussex; although it is a laborious task. Ye see how large a Jetter I have written unto you with mine own hand, Gal. vi. 11. Well knowing thy great zeal in matters of religion; for thy zeal is according to knowledge. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, Prov. xxii, 20, 21. When the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions, at Jerusalem. And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart; and when the Queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom. Howbeit, I believed not their words until I came, and mine eyes had seen it; and, bebold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom, was not told me, for thou exceedeth the fame that I heard, 2 Chron. ix. 6. Although you have heard a great deal of this man who is the subject of this communication, yet the half has not been

told you.

The English and Germans in the township of Knolton, in the County of Sussex, and State of New Jersey, agreed to throw aside local prejudice, and form themselves into a congregation, designated by the name of « The first English and German Congregation in Knolton." -They were then a flock without a Shepherd; they were duly organized, and put themselves under the care of the Presbytery of New Brunswick; at this time the Rev. David Barclay was Pastor of the Boundbrook Congregation : in consequence of some uneasiness as to his conduct, in which his character, and the prosperity of the church, were deeply interested, eventually, the Presbytery was convened -a public trial was had ; the Presbytery determined that the clarge, or charges, were not proved agreeably to the form of process, in the constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.- No crime shall be con. sidered as established by a single witness.”—Page 429. Chap. i. Sec. 7. Therefore, guilty, or not guilty, the Presbytery could not do otherwise, but acquit bim, as there was but one pointed and positive witness against him.

Knolton, Oxford, and Mount-Bethel congregations were all vacant ; they had not yet formed a union nor applied for a minister, when Mr. Bar. clay came of his own accord unto us, saying, I am the good Shepherd, the good Shepherd giveth his life for the Sheep, St. John X. 21. He preached among the people, and told them many fine things, which were believed, and his preaching was approved; consequently, he was thought to be somebody. For before these days, rose up Theudas, boasting himself to-be somebody.--Acts v. 36. The Boundbrook Congregation being a great distance from their congregations, the people consequently were not acquainted with the particulars of the charge, evidence, nor general standing of Mr. Barclay, at Boundbrook; and presumed, that he was an innocent and injured man, by his

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