Trouble in the Church of the Puritans—Rev. Dr. Cheever’s

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    “Trouble in the Church of the Puritans—Rev. Dr. Cheever’s,” New York Daily Times, 19 May 1857, p. 4.
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    Trouble in the Church of the Puritans—Rev. Dr. Cheever’s

    On Sunday last Dr. Cheever stated in his pulpit that he had received a letter, signed by sixteen members of his church, including three deacons, requesting him to resign the pastoral charge. This step, which has been some little time in contemplation, was taken in consequence of the dissatisfaction felt by these parties, in common with some other members of the church, at the course lately taken by Dr. Cheevers, in preaching what they considered to be political sermons—referring, of course, to his courses previous to the late election, and on the recent decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred-Scott case. The letter sent to the reverend gentleman was as follows:

    New York, Monday April 27th, 1857

    Rev. G.B. Cheever, D.D.

    Dear Sir-The undersigned members of the Church and congregation of the Church of the Puritans, after prayerful consideration of the condition of the Church, and of its relation to yourself, are painfully convinced that the spiritual interests of both pastor and people, as well as the stability and perpetuity of the Society will be promoted by a dissolution of our connection.

    It is not without extreme reluctance, therefore, that we now suggest to you the expediency of a tender of your resignation of the pastorate. By the adoption of this course, pleasant recollections of our Christian fellowship will be maintained. A dissolution which seemed to us inevitable
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