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ers, left the Methodist Episcopal Church in North Carolina and Virginia. On Aug. 4, 1794, they agreed to be known as Christians, and should acknowledge no head over the church but Christ, and should have no creed or discipline but the Bible. Abner Jones, M. D., left the Baptists in New England, and preached similar principles. He established the first churches to have no name but Christian at Lyndon, Vt., in 1800; at Bradford, Vt., in 1802; at Piermont, N. H., and at Haverhill, Mass., in 180y disbanded and published a document called The last will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery, in which they ignored all doctrinal standards and denominational names. In 1802 Elias Smith, a Baptist minister at Portsmouth, N. H., met Abner Jones, and became converted to his views, and subsequently led his church over to the new movement. On Sept. 1, 1808, at Portsmouth, N. H., Smith started the publication of the Herald of Gospel liberty, which is now issued at Dayton, O., and is the