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District of New Jersey, ss.
BE it remembered, that on the fourteenth day of March, SEAL. in the thirty-eighth year of the Independence of the United
States of America, Jacob Kerr, of the said district. hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
* The trials of the Reverend David Barclay before the Presbytery of New-Brunswick, with their Judgment, at Oxford. An appeal to the Synod of New-York and New Jersey, with their Juclgment in the city of New-York. Remanded by the Synod to the Presbytery of New-Brunswick, with their Judgment, at Hackettstown: and a vote of censure on Jacob Kerr, one of the complainants. By Jacob Kerr. Son of man, prophesy agamst the shepherds of Israel ; prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds, wo be unto the shepherds of Israel, that do feed themselves; should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ezekiel xxxiv, 2. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love ; remem. ber therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation ii, 4, 5.
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, enti. tled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;' and also to the act entitled, 'An act supplementary to an act entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.'
ROBERT BOGGS, Clerk of the district of New Jersey
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WITH the greatest diffidence I submit the contents of this book to the Public, well knowing my great deficiency, both in talents and education, to render myselí an acceptable author : nor should I have published the work, unless it had become indispensably necessary, in order to correct and repel the many misrepresentations industriously circulated, the tendency of which were, to criminate and asperse my character, as well as the character of those connected with me, as complainants ;-and to correct the many falsities propagated against respectable persons, who bore testimony against the Rev. David Barclay, before the Presbytery of New Brunswick, by perverting the tes. timony into various shapes, to answer their own diabolical purposes. “For whilst one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos," 1 Cor. iii, 4, there will be misrepresentations, and divisions; and some individuals must suffer in reputation, unjustly. “ But there were false prophets also among you, and many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of," 2 Peter ii, 1,2; and above all, is to be considered the false gloss, and dark shade cast on the religion of Jesus. “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven giv. en, among men, whereby we must be saved.' Acts iv, 12.
I should have left this subject unnoticed, had the Presbytery of Hackettstown memory, acted with that kind of decorum by which great, dignified, and impartial judges should always be actuated.
And had it not been for the unjust vote of censuré on me, for stating Mr. Barclay's crimes in order before them, and also that many people are unenlightened as to this dark subject, and ignorant of the important nature of the charges--the evidence adduced--the partial conduct of several who sat on the judgment seat and the great porversion of truth slanderously and industriously circulated abroad, the affair should have rested. “But I will bring the blind by a way they know not, I will lead them in paths they have not known ; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.' Isaiah xlii, 16. Therefore I will manifest this dark, crooked, and truly mysteri. ous business (both new and old) by arranging in order before a candid public, all the facts, who may judge of thein as to their merit or de. merit, in an impartial manner. The author entertains a hope, that the reader will suspend his opinion, until he has a full view of the facts contained in the following pages. Then shall I stand acquitted by every honest heart, and reflecting mind, for prosecuting Mr. Barclay; and I humbly trust, I shall be justified at the bar of God, for the plain reason, that this cause is the cause of justice, and justice is the cause of Christ. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I deny before my Father, which is in Heaven.' Matt. 2, 33. The Presbytery should have given such a judgment, as would have done justice to the offended majesty of the Divine Law; by exemplary punishment on the shepherd, who by evil example, divided and scattered the sheep: 'As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock ; therefore O! ye shepherds; thus saith the Lord God, behold I am against the shepherds.' Ezek. xxxiv, 8, 9, 10.
It will be demonstrated in the following pages, that the shepherds, (the Presbytery) fed themselves, but did not feed the sheep of their pasture-that they divided and scattered them by their conduct, and brought the very cause they had pledged themselves to support, into disrepute-and caused it to be illy spoken of. “Thus saith the Lord God, it shall come to pass, that at the same time, shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought.” Ezek. xxxviii, 10. So evil were their thoughts, and so intent were they, on the de. livery of their brother David, that they resolved, and did vote, a vote of censurc on me, for the purpose, it would seem, of palliating and wiping away the stigma from their brother-one of their fold. As for me, behold I am in your hands do with me as seemeth good and