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The Reverend Consistory of Rochester
Solomon Sahler Esq
had called upon me with the letter of Revd. Mr. Nichols and requesting in your behalf my opinion and advice in regard to your affairs. I have read that letter and with some considerable alarm. The propositions it contains strike at the very root of your existence nad the supremacy of your venerable Constitution and it is much to be regret- ted that there should be among you “busy bodies in other men’s matters” attempting not only to “subvert govern- ments” but promising those “divisions and dissatisfactions” which have so long existed, instead of preaching peace and reconciliation to you in sincerity and truth.
If the propositions of this letter impress your minds as solemnly as they have impressed mine you will find it necessary to act promptly and with decision and more than ever will your ordination vows press upon you “to take the over- sight of the flock and guard against the wolves which may come into the sheepfold of Christ.” You are now sheep indeed without a shepherd, except the Great head of the Church and he has committed the interests of this flock into your hands. Be vigilant: for I fear you are in more danger than you apprehend. And it is an important question whether it is not your indispensable duty not only to orscountenance[sic] but to separate yourselves from those who may be the [promistery] of dissentions among you.. but above all adhere close- ly to your most excellent constitution and stand fast in the faith. Our church is beset on every side. Let her not fall a prey to her enemies.
My advice is that you have your certificates of incorporation filed. In the course of a week or two I trust it will be in my power (and
|Title||Letter from Hn. Roweyn to Consistory at Rochester|
|Contributors||Clark, Jasper (Transcriber)|
|Description||After the departure of Reverend Murphy from the Rochester, Wawarsing and Clove churches, Mr. Roweyn feared for the future of the leaderless congregation. He holds the women who he refers to as "busybodies" responsible for meddling into the "men's business" of church affairs, resulting in the risk of losing their charter.|
|Format.Original||handwritten manuscript : 2 pages|
|Publisher.Digital||Historic Huguenot Street|
|Digital.Collection||African American Presence in the Hudson Valley|
Historic Huguenot Street
88 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY
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