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Blair has been expelled from the Society (Union Circuit). The charge against him was "imprudent conduct in being at the tavern and drinking too much cider." He pleaded guilty to the charge "and had previously made and exhibited all the marks of humiliation I was capable of without acting the hypocrite, but all would not suffice, although 3/4 of the Society expressed entire satisfaction to my face and I was assured by the class leader that they were all perfectly satisfied with me." However, the appointed preachers, Mr. Brooke (John C. Brooke, Finley's son-in-law) and Mr. Elliott (A.W. Elliott), rigged things so that the case was decided against him. He does not understand why John C. Brooke acts with such animosity towards him. He tells Finley-- "I am out but God still reigns." Abstract Number - 20
General Ministry; Church Court; Church Trial; Alcohol; Expulsion; John C. Brooke; A.W. Elliott; Union Circuit
Blair, William, "Letter from William Blair to James B. Finley" (1823). Finley Letters. 20.