A society founded by Father Noyes in Oneida Creek. They take
St. Pàul for their law-giver, but read his epistles in a new light.
They reject all law, saying the guidance of the Spirit is superior to
all human codes. If they would know how to act in matters affecting
others, they consult “public opinion,” expressed by a committee; and
the “law of sympathy” so expressed is their law of action. In material
prosperity, this society is unmatched by all the societies of North
America. (W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, vii. 20, 21.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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