This RIGHT HERE was the problem.

In looking over Samuel Finley Breese Morse's, "Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States," I came across a note penned in the margin of the "RECOMMENDATIONS" section. It was in response to the following letter (underline ours)--

New-York, Jan. 1, 1835.

To Messrs. Leavitt, Lord & Co.,

          Gentlemen,--Learning that you are about to publish in a small volume, the articles, signed Brutus, (which recently appeared in the New-York Observer, shewing that a conspiracy is formed against the United States by the Papal powers of Europe,) the undersigned, who read those articles with interest, have great satisfaction in expressing their approbation of your undertaking. These articles are written by a gentleman of intelligence and candor, who has resided in the south of Europe, and enjoyed the best opportunities for acquaintance with the topics on which he writes.
          While we disapprove of harsh, denunciatory language towards Roman Catholics, their past history, and the fact that they every where act together, as if guided by one mind, admonish us to be jealous to be jealous of their influence, and to watch with unremitted care all their movements in relation to our free institutions. As this work is now to be published in a portable form, and with additional notes by the author, we hope it may obtain an extensive circulation and a careful perusal.
                              Yours, with friendly regard,
                                        JAMES MILNOR,
                                        THOMAS DE WITT,
                                        N. BANGS,
                                        JONATHAN GOING.

          ***The gentlemen who have signed the above letter represent four Protestant denominations, viz. the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist.

In the margin next to this letter is a note with an arrow pointing toward the above underlined portion-- "This RIGHT [double underline] HERE [double underline] was the problem. I've gotten my answer. Softie [soft] preachers would not come out and make known. You don't need to 'disapprove' of denunciatory language [1]. This is no gentleman's fight; THIS IS WAR [2]! The preachers KNEW AND WOULD NOT SAY. AFTER A GENERATION, NO ONE KNEW."

ENDNOTES

[1] The issue at hand is not about denouncing papists (followers of the pope), the issue is about denouncing Roman blasphemies against God's word and making the truth known. After seeing the truth, many deceived people wake up and leave their errors, just like I did. Nobody down here is perfect and perfect in knowledge. We all need help and knowledge and understanding ( And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 1 Corinthians 8:2). This is about telling the truth. By and large the preachers got silent and enjoyed church and not making waves and as a result of that, the truth is now fallen in the street--and it is time for those who know the truth to declare it and not stop declaring (and they need to tell it to their children, too and teach their children the importance of overtly/openly expressing all knowledge that does not need to be lost). Knowledge and skills must be expressed and not kept hidden under a cushy, convenient life. We should work, study, and express and hand down what is good and profitable. I read of one woman who was tasked with stirring the apple butter as a child, but as an adult, she did not know how to make apple butter. Truth, knowledge, and skills must be overtly/openly expressed.

[2] The weapons of our warfare are not carnal--we do not use sticks, stones, clubs, guns, drones, knives, etc.--but are spiritual. We are to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

We are to war against the corruptions that are within ourselves as we trust in the blood of the Lamb that was shed for us that we might be saved from the guilt and power of sin,

We are to confess the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

We are to live lives of obedience, and

We are to tell the truth by the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (ref. Ephesians 6:17).

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