Excerpt from Of the Visit to the American Churches, Vol. 1 of 2: By the Deputation From the Congregational Union of England and Wales
One should have thought, that such a movement on the part of churches in different regions of the globe, could have been viewed only with unmixed satisfaction and joy. Yet the Deputation, on returning, have con' cern, if not surprise, to find that, in some quarters, and in the name of religion, their mission has been open to misrepresentation, and their motives to misconstrue tion. They trust, however, when it is found that their mission was as catholic as the religion they profess; that they had no political or party purposes to aecom plish; that their embassy was one of fraternal and Christian charity, - to express love and to invite love, - nothing more and nothing less - that justice will be done to a service which, apart from the manner of its execution, demands only the approbation of the gener ous and the good. Whatever may be the ultimate con elusion of those who have indulged in hasty, and per haps prejudiced objection, their judgment is fixed unalterably fixed. They have reason to regard it as one of the noblest acts to which the church, in recent times, has given herself; they are confident that, if rightly sustained, the consequences will be most felici tous; and they must regard it, in itself, as among the most cheering signs of the times, if, indeed, the union of the church is to anticipate the conversion of the world.
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