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1 Free Meetings Advoc. (n.s.) 1 (1828-1829)

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NO. I.]   AUBURN, CAYUGA. CO. (N. Y.) NtJ.,ll; ,,lt ii, 18128.   [VOL. I.
'wel v 1kinhers dhvvird to village
sbcriberi- for one dol lar, paid in ailvaie.
Orders anld conimuncutions (onlitS r
TO    'IHE PUBLIL'.          remittaces, et ed not be ost pod ;tll ot-
TaE dayhasarriv'd when, not only. pe-  i s poAt paid. Ati-huss ' . AN DREWi ,
eulative Free-Masonry is to be exisiiitd  Aulti o, tN. Y.)
to public view, and the systen staid or fill  'lhe iie Nv ting's Advocate nv Ue
by the merits or demerits it contains, but had and sbt-s.riptioris ri ceived at U. F.
when the dark and deceptive systers of l)oubleday's Uook  tore.
tpeculatire religion are to be made mani.  Editors ll,rting the above a few times
fest to all mea, and be tried by the same  will be entitled to twvclve nutbers of the
severe test ; to assist in dispermig the gro-s liork.
darkness which now rests upon the mindq
of the people, I propose to recommence the
Free Meetings Advocate.                 c Ta/i op the st ;iubling-block out
During the tirt attacks of truth against of *the rety (Y  y people.I-Isaiah
general and wide spreading error, indivils-  lvii. 14.
al 3acritice both of time and property, ifnot
Liberip and Life is unavoidable, under thl   T   above    e is not    te
expectation of the two former, I annoolnco          passa      n   quot
the publication of the Advocate.      with a view to explain the prophet's
But when the minds of men become in-  neaailig but as being language adapt-
fected with the same disposition that SNloses ed to my own present views, and no-
lelt when he sacrificed the treasures of E- tios.  1 consider we are kept back
gypt, we may expect iwportaut events to
follow,                               as a people, from a state or condition
In the Advocate, I propose to make man- to which it is our privilege and duty
ifest, that various religious denominations to arrive as it respects religion. And
of Christians, so chlled, under the cloak of the fir t part of the work that lies be-
religion, and under pretence of wor!shipjing fore us is to remove the hindrance
Godas they please, are carrying on systems
of deception against the civil and religious or stumbling blocks out of the way.
liberties of the people, and that many of There can be no doubt, I think, but
our leading men are aiready under the in- that the prophet alluded to a set of
fluence of arbitrary and despotic power.  men who had taken a position be-
But as it is dishonorable to accuse and
condemn any man, or number of men, with- tween God and the people (figurea-
out allowing liberty for defence in the same  tively speaking,) which set of men
place where the accusation is publicly  he called a stumbling-block.
made, I hereby offer equal privileges both  Just so the stumbling blocks of the
to the editing and proprietorship of the Ad- present day are a set of men, ,who
vocate, to any minister in Auburm or its
vicinity, opposed to liberty of speech in re- have taken a position abead of the
liigious meetings, or any other person hay- people, and like the stumbling-blocks
lug the consent of two such ministers. If of o14, preach for hire and divine
no such editor offers his service, I further  for money. , See Micah iii. 11.
propose to publish opposing articles, if of-  There are a numberof publications
tered, to the amount of half the paper ; and
if any dispute arise respecting the publish- now  in operation, describing  the
in of any article offered, it shall be refer- plans, schemes and tricks of the
red to two men-one chosen by me, and  priests ; and the priests themselves,
the other by the party aggrieved. This are occupied in describing each oth-
access to the columns is secured to any that  7  rs, mistakes and false doe-
may think themselves misrepresented or  er s erro
falsely accused.                      trines ; but I do not know of any
CONDITIONS.                publications that have plainly and
The first number early in November  avowedly attacked the position these
next in pamphlet form, containing sixteen  men occupy: For this purpose I
pages, and continued monthly,         have recommenced the Free Meet-

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