Fair trials and excommunication (Samuel Miller)

Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
[N]one ought to be suspended from the enjoyment of Church privileges but after a fair trial; and that none should be finally excommunicated from the covenanted family of Christ, without the most patient inquiry, and every suitable effort to bring them to repentance and reformation.

Samuel Miller, An Essay, on the Warrant, Nature and Duties of the Office of the Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (New York: Jonathan Leavitt, 1831), p. 173.