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Distrią of Masachusetts, to wit : BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fourth day of Augufi, in the shirazatla year of the Independence of the United States of America, MANNING and LORING, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit : . Open Communion with all who keep the Ordinances as Christ delivered them to the Saints----Eight Letters on Open Commimion, addressed to RUFUS ANDERSON, A. M. By DANIEL MERRILL, A. M. Pastor of the Church of Christ in Sedgwick."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An A&t for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during ine Times therein mentioned ;" and also to an Act, entitled, An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned; and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical and other Prints."

N. GOODALE,{ Clerk of the Difrici : To the Reader.

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to the subject of the following Letters, either the Baptists or their opponents are in an error. This error relates to what is, or to what is not, pre-requisite to membership in the visible church.

We are agreed, or ought to be, after ņ faying, on each side, what we judge to the

purpose, to leave it with you to determine for yourself. But we think it duty to re

that your judgment will influence your practice, and that your practice will be examined, and the consequences of it will be yours, in eternity.

Two things we wish you to believe.One is, That truth will be honourable, when error shall be made ashamed. The other is, That truth embraced and truth practised is the road to heaven, and the wiseit course on earth.

mind you,

Reader, we do not ask you to believe us, we wish

you

to believe the truth. We ask you to read, and to read attentively ; to read for yourself. We wish you to read with that candour, that resolution, and with thať application, with which a rational creature should, with which an accountable creature should, and with which one should, who is bound to an everlasting state.

Should you be ashamed of Christ, and of his words, you may need his approbation, when it may not be granted you. Wishing you grace, wisdom and salvation,

I am, reader,
your willing servant
for the truth's fake,

THE AUTHOR.

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Letters on Open Communion. .

LETTER I.

Open Communion with all who keep the Ordinances

as Christ delivered them to the Saints.

BROTHER ANDERSON,

Why did you write on close coin. munion? Why not on open communion ? . Your brethren, the Baptists, against whoin you write, are as open cominunionists as are found among all the followers of the Lamb. Their communion is open and free to all who have respect to all God's commandments. They begin their open communion where Christ's forerunner began it, where Chrilt's disciples continued it, and where his apostles every where pursued it. Their communion is as open, free and liberal to all visible believers, as were the waters, the overflowing waters of Jordan, or the many or large waters of Enons Here is the place to begin visible communion with that kingdom which is not of this world. This is the communion door, nine-tenths of the Pædobaptists and Baptitis being judges.

There is no other way to become the visible and regular members of the kingdom of God, Jesus Christ being judge. John iii. 5. 'Except . a man be born of water, -he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.'

Now, my dear brother, had you begun where our Lord, his herald and followers began, you would have laid the axe at the root of the tree; and might have been consistent with truth, and deferved well of the church of our Lord.

Suppose a visible union among the friends of Christ, and their mutual fellowship at the Lord's table, be as desirable as you conceive it, why then not set an example of condescension, and urge your brethren to the same? Do not you know, and do not the Baptists, that your denomination, who teach the Baptifts to do the things which make for peace, and the things wherewith one may edify another, are the first to tranfgress the rule which they prefcribe to others ? Besides, suppose the Baptists violate the royal law of love, in refufing to commune with you, you without one juftifiable reason begin this violation : and thus, to say the least, afford the Baptists a very plausible justification; and, in their judgment, oblige them to refuse you to the second gospel ordinance, by your refusing to submit to the fir{t.

You, in direct violation of all the commands of Christ with respect to baptism, and contrary from all the precepts and practices of the apoltles on the subject, refuse communion in the first and introductory ordinance of baptism.

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