Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Recommendation for Membership

From the pen of Jonathan Edwards to the Rev. Mr. Stephen Williams, pastor of the church in Long Meadow, recommending Rachel Parsons for membership, February 18, 1745/6, when transference of members “by letter” meant something.

This may certify you that Rachel Parsons (now Bliss) has been admitted a member of this church, in full communion; and so continued, in good standing and without offense during her continuance here. And she having, by the providence of God, been lately removed from hence to dwell at Longmeadow, I would hereby recommend her to be received to the same standing and privileges with you.

Jonathan Edwards: Letters and Personal Writings, edited by George S. Claghorn, vol. 16 in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Yale University Press, 1998, p. 198.

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