Mr. Brown wrote the following document as a circular letter to be distributed to the Baptist Churches constituting the Berks & West Middlesex Association. The occasion which instigated the letter was the annual meeting of the ministers and messengers of these churches assembled at Wallingford on the 1st and 2nd June 1852. A clear challenge on the principle, procedures and parameters of church discipline is provided for the maintenance of every church. Outline headings have been added to the document, but the content has otherwise been unchanged.
Beloved Christian Brethren,
The subject which has been elected for our Annual Letter is one of great interest and importance. The Discipline which our Lord established in His church, and by which He designed to promote the peace, purity, and prosperity of his people, can scarcely be . . .