The True Wesleyan - 1845


An Advocate For Slavery
Rev. John B Goodnough of Watertown, N. Y., has sent us a long article, in which he unblushingly advocates the moral right of Negro Slavery. He commences by saying that he is sixty-two years old. We would ever respect gray hairs, and treat the experience of years with deference, but we must say, that we regard our correspondent as too old a man to advocate such sentiments. He ought to know better. He knows that we, as an individual, and the Wesleyan connection, over whose organ we preside, have no sympathy with such sentiments, and we say, as we must give an account at the last day, we could not, with a good conscience, publish the document, unless it be to refute it; and we do not know that our correspondent would desire of the subject. The sentiments he advocates are a disciplinary offence by our rules, and would exclude him from the Wesleyan connection, if he belonged to it.
Is this the man who has been preaching to a few who call themselves Wesleyans in Watertown. If so, he must repent, or they must get another preacher, or they cannot be Wesleyans. We are in earnest on this subject, and cannot and will not in any degree compromise our anti-slavery sentiments. We would just as soon have a man advocate theft, robbery, and pollution, for American Slavery involves them all, and much more. (The True Wesleyan, May 3, 1845 Vol. III No. 18)












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