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Proceedings of the Baltimore annual
Conference.
Second day.

Stauston, March. 14.
The religious exercises were conducted by the Rev. John Thrush. The journal of yesterday was read and .... Several page were referred to the ... Committee.

The parchments of Rev. .... Maybee were ordered to be restored.

The Presiding Elders were constituted a committee on Missions.

V. F. Ward was elected Assistant Secretary and Statistician.

Report of Publication Committee of Baltimore Advocate, and financial report of F. Ward of the Baltimore Advocate, were referred to the Committee on Baltimore Advocate

John Lanahan said that he had signed the report of the Publishing Committee as a business paper.

At 10 o'clock, on motion, the order of the day was taken up.

The time allowed for speaking on the slavery of marital was extended to 30 minutes.

The following questions were propounded by the Bishop, in writing, and answered by him in the same way:

‘ Sr. David Thomas — Is there anything in the new Discipline which would be a bar to the ordination of a local Preacher holding slaves?

Answer — There is not, in my judgment.

N. J. B. Morgan.--Is there anything in the Discipline to prevent the reception of slave holding members into the Church?

Answer — In my judgment, there is not

Rev. Mr. J. W. Start.--Is there anything in the Discipline to justify an administrator in arguing and expelling a slaveholder from the Church?

Answer — In my judgment, there is not.

By W. S. Edwards.--Is there any process associated in the Discipline, for trying and expelling a member who holds slaves for purpose of gain?

Answer — I know of no such process.

By W. T. D. Clemm — Is the new chapter to be regarded as containing the doctrine and belief of the Church on slavery?

Answer.--The new chapter contains admo and advice, and from its position in the church claims to be the doctrine of the on slavery.

By B. F. Brooke.--Is not every man a sinner against God and nature who holds a slave, by the sense of the new chapter on slavery in the Discipline?

Answer.--He is, in the sense of the Discipline whatever that sense is.

Cornelius.--Is not, under the Discipline the duty of each minister to engage in ..efforts for the abolition of slavery?

Answer.--Not more so under the present and under the former Discipline.

’ A Griffith said that the New Chapter was pronouns. It was passed to give offence to the South. The old Methodist preachers, their God chosen, but despised of men, built to the Church. Guided by the Methodist preacher's mark — a sapling at each bend in the road pulled down, and half the top broken to hang down and wither — they pursued their way. You young men have come into possession. You young men did not make it. It made you. We preached then to bond and . No quarrelling then. We never knew my doctrine then like that from Buffalo, that my holding is a sin. 'Twas not in our Bibles know me it. It is not there. God never put the mark there. I therefore repudiate it as false and here total in morals. I will not be governed by it. Yet I see none of the spirit of Jesus in trying to avenge ourselves. Let us descend by the landmarks of our fathers. There I shall stand, and there I shall die.

N. Wilson said that he wished to refer the Conference to the New Chapter, and to some revolutions of the Black River Conference of last year. Rev. S. S. Roszel read the Chapter and resolutions.

N. Wilson said that he had confidence in his brethren of the Baltimore Conference. A mania has seized the North. Many there denounce the Bible, unless it teach the doctrine of Abolitionism. I complain--

  1. 1. Of the doctrine of the New Chapter. Its doctrine and ours are antagonistic. He thought the circulation of the New Discipline in Virginia contrary to law. We cannot fraternize with a body of men which holds its sentiments.
  2. 2. Of the advice of the New Chapter. It is a rod held in terrorem over our heads. They want to fritter us away between two pressures, until we are annihilated. I am for separation, because I am an old-time Methodist preacher.
  3. 3. Of the fact that our Literature is all against us. It is firing on us all the time-- Since 1844, there has been no dividend from the Book Concern. The border of the M. E. Church is allowed no depository.
The Church is too large. There is a tendency to corruption in large bodies. It is death to us to forbear much longer. Separation in Church will even tend to arrest disruption in State.

A. Griffith desired to know whether brother W. intended to hold us responsible for Black Republican compromise resolutions?

Mr. W. said, (laughing) if men will mix with thieves, they may expect to share the penalty.

Mr. G, said that he repudiated the imputation as false.

Mr. Wilson said, that in giving the Black Republican compromise resolution he merely wanted to show the animus of the North.

The following questions were propounded to the Bishop, and answered in writing.

By Mr.--,--Is there anything in the Discipline which presents a barrier to the ordination of a traveling slaveholder?

Answer — No.

By J. N. Davis — Are the interpretations of the doctrine of the Church by the Bishops authoritative?

Answer.--Certainly not. I am not aware of having given any interpretation of Church doctrine.

By what constitutional power was the New Chapter introduced into the Discipline by the General Conference?

Answer — By the same power by which any other matter is introduced which is not contrary to the restrictive rules.

By Isaac Gibson.--Doesn't the New Chapter determine the moral position of the Church, and make it contrary to the law of God, etc., to hold slaves?

Answer.--It does so determine in regard to holding slaves as chattels, whatever that means.

E. P. Phelps was opposed to separation from the M. E. Church. He saw no sufficient reason for it. The New Chapter, as I view it, is not sufficient. I say 'tis not law. As I interpret it. it does not interfere with slave-holding in membership or preachers. If it made a test, I should be ready to go. I stand to defend our members in the South. I regard abolitionism as the greatest evil which could come on our country. To call us ‘"Methodist Church, North,"’ ‘"the companions of thieves,"’ and such names, is a common way of talking that has been refuted a thousand times. I can better combat abolitionism, with my face to the foe in the old Methodist Church, than out of it. The Digest of the Old School Presbyterian Church says harder things about slavery than our Discipline. Yet nobody suspects the members of that Church in the South. It increases. I honor that Church in the South. The South repudiates holding slaves as chattels. Dr. Smith and Professor Bledsoe repudiate the Northern meaning of ‘"chattel,"’ as applied to slaves. So do I. I can hold them as human beings. I am not to be driven, by the thunders of Yankeeism, out of the old M. E. Church.

Without concluding, he gave way to adjourn. The subject was postponed until tomorrow at 10 o'clock.

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