1801 · Albany
The Presbytery of Albany asserts that it "justly deposed" M'Donald from his pulpit in late 1800, and that he was "fully deserving of his degradation." But the Presbytery of Montreal nevertheless "admitted him as a member of that Presbytery." Albany says Montreal's actions are "contrary to the known and certain order of the gospel, and to all the rules of Church government and Presbyterian discipline." M'Donald's downfall was triggered by his admitted "criminal and fated connexion with a young lady of my Congregation." M'Donald laments the "clerical rancor and unprovoked abuse" of which he is the victim, regrets the Albany Centinel's reporting of the matter, and writes these letters to the Albany Centinel in vindication; in turn, Coe is provoked to respond with some letters of his own.
AI 855 , 323 . (Inventory #: 25926)