John Dixon Long
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE CONFERENCE REPORT. The following extract is made from an address of the Philadelphia Annual Conference to the Societies under its care, dated Wilmington, Del., April 7, 1847: " If the plan of separation gives us the pastoral care of you, it remains to inquire whether we have done any thing, as a Conference, or as men, to forfeit your confidence and affection. We are not advised that, even in the great excitement which has distressed you for some months past, any one has impeached our moral conduct, or charged us with unsoundness in doctrine, or corruption or tyranny in the administration of Discipline. But we learn that the simple cause of the unhappy excitement among you is, that some suspect us, or affect to suspect us, of being abolitionists. Yet no particular act of the Conference, or any particular member thereof, is adduced as the ground of the erroneous and injurious suspicion. We would ask you, brethren, whether the conduct of our ministry among you for sixty years past ought not to be sufficient to protect us from this charge ? Whether the question we have been ac- 4 (41) customed, for a few years past, to put to candidates for admission among us, namely, Are you an abolitionist? and, without each one answered in the negative, he was not received, ought not to protect us from the charge ? Whether the action of the last Conference on, this particular matter ought not to satisfy any fair and candid mind that we are not, and do not desire to be, abolitionists ? We cannot see how we can be regarded as abolitionists, without the ministers of the M. E. Church South being considered in the same light. Wishing you all heavenly benedictions, we are, dear brethren, yours, in Christ Jesus, J. P. Durbin, ] J. Kennaday, . ] Ignatius T. Cooper, C...
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