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The Publishers being well aware of the importance of obtain 1 ing a full and correct report of this discussion, have spared nie pains nor expense to effect this object.
They employed two gentlemen well qualified as reporters. the
From the joint notes of these, they furnished each of the i parties with a copy of his part of the report for revision, with fle the express understanding, that nothing should be added or suby tracted to make their speeches different from what they were when originally delivered.
After being put in type, a proof sheet of all was sent to each, for his last corrections.
Believing, that by this means, the desideratum sought, ha 7 been obtained, this work, is now commended to an enquiring intelligent, and reading community.
To introduce the following report to the reader, we lay be fore him the correspondence of the parties, which immediatelt preceded the debate.
LETTER FROM MR. CAMPBELL.
• CINCINNATI, Jan. 11th, 1837. * Bishop Purcell— Respected Sir:
At two o'clock this morning, after a tedious and perilous journey ten days, I safely arrived in this city. The river having become innavig ble in consequence of the ice, I was compelled to leave it and take to tł woods, about two hundred miles above. By a zigzag course which ca ried me to Chillicothe and Columbus, sometimes on foot, sometimes on 1 sleigh, and finally by the mail stage, I accomplished a land tour of two hundred and forty miles, equal to the whole distance from Wheeling t Cincinnati.
After this my travel's history, I proceed to state, that it was with plea ure I received either from you or some of my friends, a copy of the Dail Gazette, on the 22d ult. intimating your fixed purpose of meeting me in public discussion of my propositions, or of the points at issue between Re. man Catholics and Protestants. This, together with your former declare tions in favor of full and free discussion, is not only in good keeping wi? the spirit of the age, and the genius of our institutions, but fully indicat. of a becoming confidence and sincerity in your own cause. This frank an manly course, permit me to add, greatly heightens my esteem for you.
Now, sir, that I am on the premises, I take the earliest opportunity od informing you of my arrival, and of requesting you to name the time an, place in which it may be most convenient for you to meet me for the pue pose of arranging the preliminaries. It has occurred to me, that it wou be useful and commendable to have an authentic copy of our discussion signed by our own hands, and published with our consent; and that might have all the authority and credit which are could give it, it would
expedient to sell to some of the publishers in this city, the copyright, and let them employ a stenographer or stenographers to report faithfully the whole matter.
It will also secure for such a work a more extensive reading, and consequently a wider range of usefulness, and I have no doubt, be most acceptable to our feelings, and every way reputable, to devote the profits, or the proceeds of the copyright, to some benevolent institution, on which we may both agree; or in case of a difference on a fitting institution, that we select each an object to which we can most conscientiously assign all the profits of such publication.
In order to these ends, it will be necessary, that we timously arrange all he preliminaries, and as many persons are now in waiting, I trust it may be every way practicable, during the day, to come to a full understanding. on the whole premises.
BISHOP PURCELL'S REPLY.
CINCINNATI, 11th JANUARY, 1837. Ir. Alexander Campbell—My Dear Sir: :: I sincerely sympathise with you on the tediousness and perils of your
journey, from Bethany to Cincinnati. This is truly a dreadful-time to - embark on our river, or to traverse our state. The sun's bright face I aave not seen for several days; I hope when the forth-coming discussion is once finished, our minds, like his orb, will be less dimmed by the clouds, ind radiate the light and vital warmth without which this world would be a desert waste.
If it meet your convenience, I shall be happy to meet you, at any time in the morning, or in the afternoon, at the Atheneum.
Your proposition respecting the sale of an authentic copy of the discuson to a publisher, and the proceeds, all expenses deducted, applied to the
efit of some charitable institution, or institutions, meets my hearty conurrence. And I propose that one half the avails of sale be given to the
Cincinnati Orphan Asylum," and the other half to the - St. Peter's female Orphan Asylum," corner of Third and Plum streets, Cincinnati.
With best wishes for your eternal welfare, and that of all those who sinerely seek for the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, I remain ,
Very respectfully yours,
Bishop of Cincinnati.
INTRODUCTION. The parties met in the Athenæum at 2 o'clock, P. M. of Jan. 11th., when after some debate on the question, Who shall be the respondent ? they finally agreed to the following
RULES OF DISCUSSION. 1. We agree that the copy-right of the discussion shall be sold to some bookseller, who shall have it taken down by a stenographer, and that all the avails of the copy-right shall be equally divided between two such public charities as Bishop Purcell and Mr. Campbell shall respectively designate. •
2. That the discussion shall take place in the Sycamore-street meeting house ; and it shall continue seven days, exclusive of Sunday, commencing to-day, (Friday, 13th) from half past 9 o'clock, A. M. to half past 12, and from 3 to 5 P. M., each day.
3. Mr. Campbell shall open the discussion each session, and Bishop Pur- at cell respond. During the morning session the first speech of each shall not exceed an hour, nor the second half an hour. In the afternoon each speaker shall occupy only half an hour.
4. This discussion shall be under the direction of a board of five moderators; of whom each party shall choose two, and these a fifth: any three of : whom shall constitute a quorum.
5. The duties of the moderators shall be to preserve order in the assem- 1 bly, and to keep the parties to the question.
+ JOHN B. PURCELL,
In order to meet, as far as possible, the arrangements entered th into for conducting the contemplated debate for seven days, Mr. Campbell, according to agreement, sent to bishop Purcell, on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, the following statement of the
POINTS AT ISSUE. 1. The Roman Catholic Institution, sometimes called the Holy, Apostotic, Catholic, Church,' is not now, nor was she ever, catholic, apostolic, or holy; but is a sect in the fair import of that word, older than any other sect now existing, not the Mother and Mistress of all Churches, but an n apostacy from the only true, holy, apostolic, and catholic church of Christ.” n
%. Her notion of apostolic succession is without any foundation in the Bible, in reason, or in fact ; an imposition of the most injurious consequences, built upon unscriptural and anti-scriptural traditions, resting wholly upon the opinions of interested and fallible men.
3. She is not uniform in her faith, or united in her members; but mutable and fallible, as any other sect of philosophy or religion Jewish, Turk.