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McDonald writes that their old friend, John McCoy, who built the first log cabin in Chillicothe, has died. He is writing a biography of McCoy for the Western Christian Advocate. The temperance cause in their area is holding its own. Many who have not signed the pledge are actually practicing temperance. McDonald has not joined the local Methodist Episcopal church because he does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity as held by the MEC. However, he attends church regularly, supports the church financially, and reads the Bible with great interest. He considers the doctrine of Original Sin (fall of man) to be allegorical. McDonald tactfully requests that Finley use better penmanship in future letters. The "crooked marks" are "hard to decipher." Abstract Number - 1162
Temperance Letters; John McCoy; Church Membership; Trinity; Original Sin; Bible; Penmanship
McDonald, John, "Letter from John McDonald to James B. Finley" (1844). Finley Letters. 1145.