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American Darby Letterbook - Page: 134


reprinting, he must let me know, you can tell him so; I can then consider what the Lord would have me to do. I have looked them over, but I should do so again. I have no thought of entering into the strife of tongues; if forced to deal with the attacks, I should have to deal with them in a far different manner than controversy or defending myself, but I prefer peacefully leaving all this to God, noting, if it be called for, any desirable correction in the tracts. As to the substance I am perfectly satisfied that my adversaries and not myself are in the wrong. The case seems to me so sad a one on their part that I am glad to be silent and leave it to God. What may be needed to relieve brethren’s minds I will do. I believe to every willing mind my statements are blessed and edifying; some parts I suppose are difficult to be entered into by an unexercised mind. I believe the acceptance of their views would be partly error, partly a fatal principle (which is really Newton’s), or I would have withdrawn my papers for the sake of even these two brethren and peace, but I believe it would have been the acceptance of dishonor done to Christ, since the question was raised. I have a much more decided judgment than brethren are aware of in the matter, but waited clearness as to the Lord’s judgment, how I should deal with the matter, as it might have been leading the weak to doubtful disputations… [text left out of original] that was only what I feared might have been the evil of my original papers; when you print, it is for all necessarily. But so far am I from thinking there is error in what I meant, that, if I could, I would have the truth with brethren, if not, without them. I may wait anxiously to see the right way of dealing with the attack or the anxiety of brethren, or judge myself of the opportune-ness of the original publication, but the truth of the Lord’s sufferings I am not going to give up, nor what will edify me in adoringly inquiring into them. I have gained immensely and what I am not going to give up. The objections I had from Mr. Dorman and Mr. Hall by letter only proved to me their departure

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