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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Wanganui, Wesleyan Parsonage, 5th September, 1867

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Wanganui, Wesleyan Parsonage, 5th September, 1867.

Rev. Sir,—

Your note of the 2nd is to hand, and I beg to acknowledge the free expression of your views as more than I expected from one of a school usually remarkable for holding back from the clear and manly avowal of the church views which you have set out so promptly and so well.

Allow me yet a little further to incroach upon your attention, as I do not quite see in what point of view you place the leading terras in both your letters, and to ask you to say briefly what is your idea of "the church," and in what respects you desire to be understood as placing "the world" in opposition to the church.

Also the term "clergy," on what ground you confine the lot or appointment of God so as to exclude "dissenting teachers" from any part therein, and who do you compass under that title?

I am,

Rev. Sir,

Yours &c.,

Isaac Harding.