This is the text of the form — it fits on two sides of half-sized piece of paper — used by applicants for a letter of license in the Universalist Church. I pulled this from a filled-in example from 1920 in Indiana, but variant date back to the 1880s and forward to the 1950s.
To the Committee of Fellowship of the [State] Universalist Convention:
I desire to devote my life to the work of the Christian Ministry, in the Fellowship of the Universalist Church. I respectfully apply for a Letter of License to preach under its auspices. The motives are expressed on the other side of this paper. I cordially accept the essential principles of the Universalist Faith as follows:
The Universal Fatherhood of God;
The Spiritual Authority and Leadership of His Son Jesus Christ;
The Trustworthiness of the Bible as Containing a Revelation from God;
The Certainty of Just Retribution for Sin;
The Final Harmony of All Souls with God.
And I freely acknowledge the authority of the General Convention, and assent to its laws, promising to co-operate faithfully in all measures that may be devised by the General Convention, and by the State Convention with which I am connected, for the furtherance of the work and welfare of our Church.
I hereby certify that the above named [Name] is a member, in good standing, in the [Church name] Universalist Church.
Why do you desire to preach?
What led to this desire, and under what circumstances?
Why do you see to preach under the auspices of the Universalist Church?
What preparation have you had, or what experience in public address?
How long have you been a member of the church named on the other side?
What further references as to personal character can you give?
Have you applied for License to any other Committee? If so, to which, with what result?