Letter from Austin Cowles, 13 March 1843

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Peterborough March 13 1843
Dear Brother Joseph a Communication from me though unexpected may not Be altogether unacceptable to you Inasmuch as it Embraces a matter that needs your Counsel and for Which I am authorised to Corrispond with you and Give you the Circumstances as they have fallen under my Observation you will have Learned E’er this Reaches you that there is no small Stir in Concerning this Sect that is Every where spoken against and as has Given me the privilege to write to you that you may know that he is willing to stay in that place if it Be your Counsel and also tell the Circumstances as under my Observation having had an Interview with him and List[e]ned to his Discourses Delivered to Crowded assemblies and the universal applause Bestowed on him from Every quarter I have no hesitation in saying that I Believe that No Elder in the Church Can at present fill his place in that that the access that he has to the people and the press: and acquaintance with Citizens gives him an Influence over the minds of the people that no minister Beside however able Can obtain But through much Labor this Communication I thought good to make to the Intent that you might [p. [1]]
Peterborough March 13 1843
Dear Brother Joseph a Communication from me though unexpected may not Be altogether unacceptable to you Inasmuch as it Embraces a matter that needs your Counsel and for Which I am authorised to Corrispond with you and Give you the Circumstances as they have fallen under my Observation you will have Learned E’er this Reaches you that there is no small Stir in Concerning this Sect that is Every where spoken against and as has Given me the privilege to write to you that you may know that he is willing to stay in that place if it Be your Counsel and also tell the Circumstances as under my Observation having had an Interview with him and Listened to his Discourses Delivered to Crowded assemblies and the universal applause Bestowed on him from Every quarter I have no hesitation in saying that I Believe that No Elder in the Church Can at present fill his place in that that the access that he has to the people and the press: and acquaintance with Citizens gives him an Influence over the minds of the people that no minister Beside however able Can obtain But through much Labor this Communication I thought good to make to the Intent that you might [p. [1]]
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