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cocted to retard their progress; even many who were
in civil authority raised their hands against them,
and inverted the law to persecute them.
It is a fact recorded in your law-books that on the
4th of June, 1768, three preachers and others were ar
rested in Spottsylvania Co. by the sheriff and carried
before three magistrates and bound over to the court
in the sum of £2000 for the testimony which they held.
These persons remained in jail several months and
preached the gospel to outstanding persons, who un¬
doubtedly came to take a peep at them for sport and
folly from behind the bars.
Having suffered thus, we to-day have every rea¬
son to stand fast; for to turn back or depart from
the faith would be disloyalty to truth and abuse to
the fidelity of our forefathers.
3. Because in the name, wisdom and strength of
our dear Redeemer we are succeeding.
There is no denomination upon the face of the
earth that has been the victim of as much cruelty as
the Baptists. " From the days of John the Baptist
until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,
and the violent take it by force,"—and yet in spite
of all the wickedness of the wicked we have suc¬
ceeded and are still moving on in triumph.
Let us see what has been the success of the Bap¬
tists in the United States since 1636. In 1636 Roger
Williams, a young Baptist preacher of the gospel,