However, it could not be denied that the Convention
which assembled for the second time at the Chardon-Street Chapel
on Tuesday, March 30, 1841, had met in1
pursuance of Mr. Garrison
's motion, at the previous session, to discuss the origin and authority of the Ministry.
The participants and combatants were much the same as before, and a preliminary skirmish again took place over a clerical attempt to restrict discussion within the lines and sanction of the Bible
The defeat of this movement was the only positive action of the Convention
, which then freely took sides individually for or against the proposition, ‘That the order of the ministry, as at present existing, is anti-scriptural and of human origin.’
In this discussion Mr. Garrison
appears to have said nothing, being unable to attend except for a few hours during the2
three days; but he forestalled fresh clerical misrepresentation of the Convention
by moving a committee to prepare resolutions explanatory of its nature and doings, and these resolutions were from his pen. He also prevented any notice being taken, by way of reply, of a Sabbatarian letter from Clarkson
, which Nathaniel Colver
had craftily procured, and introduced at the earliest moment.
The snare was too obviously meant—on the one hand for Mr. Garrison
himself, on the other for the3
Convention, whose members sought, as Emerson
well said, ‘something better and more satisfying than a vote or a definition.’
This peculiar body met once more and finally on the4
26th, 27th, and 28th of October, 1841, taking for its last topic the Church
Various causes kept away its main clerical antagonists, but they were represented by Phelps
, who found it as infidel as ever.
's resolutions are all of the proceedings that can be noticed here:
Resolved, That the true church is independent of all human5 organizations, creeds, or compacts.
Resolved, That it is not in the province of any man, or any body of men, to admit to or to exclude from that church any one who is created in the divine image.