called and ordained by His Church. You wish to test this proffering of grace from the Trinity. If you find error in such a profession show us in Christian love and lay before us that which is contrary to the Word of God. And if you find within the depths of God's Word a better path, let us know. We do not willfully desire to follow our own path but rather remain true to His domain. It is our greatest wish to return with you in holy communion when we can receive loving counsel from your lips, sincere remonstrance and words of comfort from God without fear. And it is my hope that the Lord, Jesus, will be the true shepherd, will show us His Love, will gather His sheep and His lambs together, and will care for us. Perhaps it was through His Grace that you were held back, so that He could alleviate your imprisoned condition. Should the Lord in His great Wisdom choose otherwise and lead a portion of his plagued and suppressed congregation across the great ocean while leaving another portion behind to suffer bitter difficulty, so He will protect you with greater and renewed strength. May His Will be done to us all. Amen.
" In loving remembrance and Christian prayer I commend myself and the whole church to you. Yours in Love
"Relay my petition to the beloved brothers in Breslau. Read the letter at the conference so that the brothers are aware of our plan to emigrate, above all else to alert them to unjust speculations and false reports so that the enemy may not use the circumstance to create discord and hatred, thus ensnaring us in its net. May the Lord Jesus preserve us all with His Grace whether we remain here or divide ourselves by the great ocean. We are united as members of the body in spirit, dependent on our Almighty Leader and Savior, Jesus Christ, remade in the blood of His Righteousness. May He help us through His Grace. Amen.
"I commend myself to the prayers of all Christian friends."
4. In the 3rd Synodal Letter of the Buffalo Synod it states on page 80:
"He was ordained a Lutheran minister by Dr. Scheibel in order to serve some of the persecuted Lutheran congregations in Silesia. For this reason he was transported under arrest to Erfurt by the United Church local government body, which did not recognize his ordination. Here they got to know him."
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5. Under "Sources" see Numbers 1 - 8 as well as Dr. Scheibel's Latest History and Current History of the Lutheran Church, Page 239. Further see page 244 of the Magdeburg congregation's petition to His Majesty Friedrich Wilhelm IV and His Cabinet.
6. Dr. Scheibel wrote in his book Development of the Lutheran Church, page 245:
7. Remarks from The Last Histories of the Lutheran Parish of Nuremberg, page 40. Also The Adversaries of the Lutheran Church, page 229.
8. Mr. Bierosch, the chairman of the Silesian Emigration Committee states clearly in the Letter in Self Defense, page 58, that Pastor Krause advised against the emigration to North America and exhorted the families who had signed the power of attorney to lay the groundwork for emigration to Australia. Very few were willing to give up the idea of going to North America. The congregation maintained its decision and Pastor Krause declared his willingness to travel to North America.
Further details can be found in "Letters to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from E.M. Bürger, Leipzig, 1846."
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9. In "Letters in Self Defense" Mr. Bierosch reported on page 59:
10. In the correspondence cited in footnote 2, page 55:
11. "It is not known whether the Silesians emigrated with Pastor Krause through tacit agreement at that time. Pastor Grabau was also emigrating with his congregation. The congregations left without permission. While the Silesians had waited for some time in Hamburg, Pastor Grabau arrived in Erfurt with his congregation." See Correspondence, page 55.
13. "Letters in Self
Defense", page 60:
16. The letter to Mr. Angas is in print with "Letters in Self Defense", page 65:
and we only have so many resources. We still ask whether it would be possible to make arrangements based on the number of people we have and our limited finances with a similar loan. Thus we will recognize that it is God's Will for us to go to Australia."
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17. "Letters in Self Defense", page 73, explains that Mr. Bierosch, chairman of the Silesian congregation, was induced by Pastor Grabau to write the letter; he was never able to find peace until the letter was written.
18. Pastor Grabau himself writes in his 3rd Synodal Report, page 80:
20. In "Letters in Self Defense", page 60:
21. In the 3rd Synodal Letter of the Buffalo Synod:
22. There were 72 souls, who separated from Pastor Grabau's church congregation. They told Pastor Krause the story and Pastor Krause promised to speak with Pastor Grabau about it. Before Pastor Grabau's arrival Pastor Krause had also given absolution and sacrament. After 12 days Chairman Bierosch traveled with 7 families from Buffalo to Illinois. They stayed there. After the 7 families had left, Pastor Krause secretly left Buffalo in order to travel to Germany. See Letter in Self Defense, pages 73 and 74.
"Letters in Self Defense", page 99:
23. In "Letters in Self Defense", page 113:
"...these were the first roots of a Lutheran congregation in this city."
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24. "Letters in Self Defense", page 109:
In No. 14:
In 3rd Synodal Letter of the Buffalo Synod, page 81:
25. Mr. Samuel Bindig, then a candidate for confirmation, reported that the confirmation ceremony was held 10 days after the Silesians' arrival and that one boy and 3 girls were confirmed. They were: Samuel Bindig, Helene Puscheck and two daughters of Mr. Heckwer, who soon after traveled with Mr. Bierosch out west.
26. In the 2nd Synodal Letter of the Buffalo Synod, page 42:
In another place (2nd Synodal Letter, page 42):
"Pastor Grabau assumed the ministry of the travelling Pastor Krause, who had taken his leave of him in New York, taking over the room rented by Krieg and Sieffert."
In "Letters of Self Defense", page 114:
It would be wrong to conclude that the Silesians had given up the right to become a self-sustaining congregation or that they had called Pastor Grabau to become their pastor."
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27. In "Letters in Self Defense", page 99:
28. In "Letters in Self Defense", page 74, the chairman of the Silesian congregation, Mr. Chr. Bierosch, related that Grabau had treated the Silesian Lutherans as excommunicants here as he had in Hamburg.
29. "Letters in Self Defense", page 94:
"Letters in Self Defense", page 81:
30. On Page 114 of "Letters in Self Defense" the editor wrote in a footnote:
*See "Letters in Self Defense", page 114; Correspondence, page 71.
33. In the 3rd Synodal Letter, page 81, Pastor Grabau wrote:
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