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Title:[Letter] 1839 Jul. 30, Lebanon [Tennessee] [to] [Finis] Ewing / Geo[rge] Donnell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Donnell, George

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Date: July 30, 1839
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from Rev. George Donnell to Rev. Finis Ewing, dated July 30, 1839. Donnell is updating Ewing on the progress of gaining subscribers for a new paper for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He mentions that another periodical is being formed as well. Donnell expresses fear that there is a split happening within the church. He does not think that it is appropriate for there to be conflict among Christians. Donnell writes that politics are the most popular diversion in his area.
Collection:Finis Ewing Papers
Box: I-A-4

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Lebanon July 30th 1839
Father Ewing

I have just received your letter, and hasten to answer it ___ The discrepency [discrepancy] between the minutes of convention & my letter, to which you allude, grew out of my being prematurly [prematurely] sanguine in relation to obtaining a sufficient list for the paper by the fall meetings of Presbyteries ___ During the setting of conventions the prevailing oppinion [opinion] was, that less than 3000 subscribers would not pay the expenses of publication of the paper ___; Since that time the commeettee [committee] has concluded that 2500 would cover all expenses __ I felt very confident, that if the presbyteries represented in convention, with those who were in favor of the enterprize would make any like a simultaneous effort during the camp-meeting season, that there could be no doubt of a sufficient list being obtained by october ___ with that sort of confidence I thought it would a good policy to save [added: a] second canvass of all the ground, for subscribers to send their money up to Presbytery __ I am now persuaded however, that I was to sanguine, and took too much responsibility on myself in the case ___ I have not sent such [unclear: in [gap] hutions ] generally, and when I have, they can easily be countermanded ____ My principle reason for thinking now that I was premature is found in the fact, that there will be what I suppose might be termed an opposition paper ___ Br [Brother] Smith has sold his list of subscribers to bro [brother] Rice Harris , who will shortly [unclear: commenssing ] the C [Cumberland] Presbyteries at Springfield Roberton City ___ That paper will of

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course prevent our getting a list as soon as we would otherwise have done, so we may expect nothing more by the meeting of Presbyteries than a list of names, without the money ___ I am obliged to you for your instruction and information ___ I will forward minutes and prospectus by the next mail ___ I have sent about 700 of each to points [unclear: seatered ] pretty much throughout our bounds; and so far as I have heard from them, they are doing well ___ At this post office there will be about 75 copies of the paper taken ___ I will send the minutes of convention & prospectus for our paper to Bro Harris so soon as he [unclear: commences issuing ] and request him to publish them to all his list ____ I am distrest [distressed] [added: with] fears of a division of the ranks in our beloved Church __ Of one part of the Church opposing the other, the feelings which ought never to be cherished in the bosoms of the deciples [disciples] of Christ. When I look back and see the union & brotherly love that prevailed only a few years since, and compare it with the present state of things, my heart sickens at the contrast ___ may the good Lord preserve that mutual confidence, and brotherly love which are so esential [essential] to success in the gospel of Christ Religion is at a low ebb here ___ Politicks precluding every thing else ___ when the [unclear: election is over ] we hope for better times ___ Father Ewing- pray for me, and give me all the instruction, that, at any time you may think I need ___

Yours most truly
Geo [George] Donnell

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