American Missionary Association:
Rooms, 53 John Street, New-York
Rev. George Whipple, N.Y. E. Ketchum, Esq., Treasurer, N.Y.
Rev. M.E. Strikey, N.Y. W.E. Whiting, Esq., Asst Tres., N.Y
Rev. J.R. Shipherd, Chicago Rev. E.P. Smith, Gen. Field Agent, N.Y.
REV. E. N. KIRK, D.D., Boston, Mass.
Rev. J. G. Fee. New York, May 11. 1868
My Dear Brother
Your favor of April 28. is
before me and has been read and reread with deep
interest. I am however, yet at a loss to understand it,
or rather what prompted it. You simply state that you
never said you “would adopt the Oberlin Creed save the
last two articles” but you give no reason for wishing
to place this denial on record before us. The most natural
inference is that the creed is so objectionable that you
cannot adopt it, or assent to it, even with the last two
articles expunged. I have not the Oberlin creed
before me, I do not remember it, and I have no
anxiety to secure its adoption by yourself, your
Church, or any other church!
But your letter suggest a duty the perform-
ance of which I can longer delay. Before coming
to it however, I want to remind you of the fact
that you are a practical living demonstration that
the American Missionary Association has no procrustean
bed to which it must stretch, or cut, every one, or
any one, of its appointees: it requires no impossible
shibboleth from any of them. It has however an