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[284] in proportion to the relative numbers of the two parties. After the separation in New-York, they renewed this offer, which had once been rejected; and the ‘Orthodox’ finally agreed to accept a stipulated sum for their interest in the property. The Friends called ‘Hicksites’ numbered in the whole more than seventy thousand.

Quakers in England generally took part against Elias Hicks and his friends. Some, who were styled ‘The Evangelical Party,’ went much beyond their brethren in conformity with the prevailing denominations of Christians called Orthodox. Many of them considered a knowledge of the letter of Scripture essential to salvation; and some even approved of baptism by water; a singular departure from the total abrogation of external rites, which characterized Quakerism from the beginning. William and Mary Howitt, the well known and highly popular English writers, were born members of this religious Society. In an article concerning the Hicksite controversy, written for the London Christian Advocate, the former says: ‘My opinion is, that Friends will see cause to repent the excision of that great portion of their own body, on the plea of heretical opinions. By sanctioning it, they are bound, if they act impartially and consistently, to expel others also for heterodox opinions. This copies of violating the sacred liberty of conscience; of allowing ourselves to ’

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