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Title: The Clark Difficulty in the Church.
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FREE HALL, May 14, 1870. WHEREAS, From the best information, it is ascertained that Mary T. Clark, through the influence of A.L. Whitehall managed to get a hearing in the church of the Progessive Friends, at Osborn Prairie, Fountain County, Ind.,; and then and there obtained a spurious or false report, or indorsement of that orgainzation, in relation to the difficulty and separation between Mrs. Clark and Dr. Clark, without him having any notice of the action of the church in the matter until their report was published in the Attica Ledger. As a church indorsement of certain false publications, published by Mrs. Clark in said Ledger, against Dr. Clark; and further, when said church being called on by Dr. clark, at a special meeting held on the 7th day of May, 1870, to recind their prior action and allow the parties to go into a full hearing of the matter, the church refused to withdraw their prior action. Thereupon Dr. Clark withdrew his membership from said organization, and notified Mary T. Clark and A.L. Whitehall to appear at Free Hall, in Warren County , Indiana, on the 14th day of May, 1870, and have a hearing in the organization of the first Humanitarian Society of Spiritualists, they-the parties-all being members of said organization, and at the place where the difficulty occurred. FREE HALL, May 14-Meeting organized by John P. Hunter, President, and George Cameron, Secretary, pro tem. When the following resolutions were unanimously adopted: 1st. Resolved by this society, that in our view, the action of the society of self-styled Progessive Friends, it was premature and uncalled for, and manifested not the spirit of the progessive of the 19th century, but rather the days of the Roman Inquistion, when men were tried, condemned and executed unheard. 2d. Resolved, That we view with pitty, and regret the manifestation of that spirit, which seems to actuate Mrs. Clark and some of her Attica friends in their publication of falsehoods in the Attica Ledger. 3d. Resolved, That in the unfortunate difficulty which has occurred between Mary T. Clark and Dr. Clark, we feel that she was wholly actuated to do as she did from considerations to obtain a large amount of money from Dr. Clark. 4th. Resolved, That in Dr. Clark, this community, irrespective of religious opinion, have entire confidence, believing that uunder the most trying circumstances he has maintained the reputation of a just and upright man. 5th. Resolved, That this society claims no power to withdraw fellowship from any of its members, but must consider that the course pursued by Mrs. Clark and A.L. Whitehall worthy of condemnation. 6th. Resolved, That this society utterly repudiates the course pursued by many of its most popular and talented lecturers in regard to the light estimate they place upon the sacredness of the marriage vow. 7th. Resolved, that those who think that the 1st Society of Humanitarian Spiritualists is an illegal one, will please examine the Warren County Records at Williamsport, Indiana, page 164 and 165, of Miscellaneous Record, No. 1. 8th, Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be published in the WARREN REPUBLICAN. JOHN P. HUNTER, Pres't. GEORGE CAMERON, Sec'y. pro tem.

Date: 5/19/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00003085
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 3/22/2011
Collection: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbook
Entered By: WCHS

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