Proceedings of the Baltimore
Staunton, Va., March 16, 1861.
The Conference assembled at the usual hour.
Religious exercises by the Rev. J. Bromwell
Journal read and approved.
The class of the second year was examined by Bishop Scott
on qualification and religious experience.
The following were elected to Deacon
's orders: L. E. Johnson
, G. C. M. R. Kramer
, Shannon F. Butt
, Leopold Lenz
, J. W. Canter
, J. H. Swope
, Wm. Hedges
, Thos. Brurly
, J. A. H. Moore
, and Johnsey Leaf.
The Committee of Examination for the fourth year reported in favor of the following, who were elected to Elder
's orders: S. M. Dickson
. E. F. Heterick
, S. H. Cummings
, J. P. Chitlin
, John W. F. Graham
Rev. Nelson Head
, of the Virginia Conference
, was introduced to the Conference.
Dr. F. Howard
, of Rockville, Md.
: J. R. Carpenter
of Washington city
; John Woolfe
, of Londona, local preachers, were elected to Deacon
Also, Warner Cook
, of Md.
A letter from Henry Smith
to the Conference was read.
He is 97 years old; waits for his call to go home.
He implores his brethren to act carefully, in brotherly love.
The letter was referred to the Committee
on Necessary Cases.
The order of the day was taken up — the subject of division.
being entitled to the floor, remarked: His duty to God and the Conference urged him to speak.
He spoke for no party.
He believed that different sacrifices could be made to unite us. Like the camelion, the New Chapter has been the subject of much discussion. "Chattel" and "admonish" have divided some.
He gave definitions of chattel.
The General Conference has broken the fourth restrictive rule by introducing a new article of faith.
The Discipline makes it necessary for us to obey the authority of those over us-- i. e.,
the General Conference.
The pastoral address says that the New Chapter is the doctrine of the Church
(reading,) says, "from such withdraw themself
" He presented a plan looking to a demand for the commission of the subject of slavery to the Annual Conferences
W. O. Lumsden
addressed the Conference is favor of delay.
He entertained the crowded house with many amusing remarks, causing great laughter.
F. C. Tebbs
said that the time had come to . It was a matter of life and death with Virginia
The Conference had pledged itself to go under certain circumstances.
The time had come.
We should separate from an abolition body.
Yet we are asked to wait.
Yes, wait, and let the Church
go to pieces.
As a venerable Bishop
, now dead, said to me, "They will never rest (the Abolitionists) all they free every slave." At Boston
, years ago, for one remarks in General Conference, announcing slaveholding as a sin, a telegram was immediately sent from Baltimore
demanding a rebuke to be given to him who made it. When the horrible chapter was passed our delegates should have risen, rebuked them, and come home.
People cry a little more time to hug Abolitionism.
E. P. Phelps
.--Do you refer to me?
.--I say that any man who wants to hold on to the New Chapter and General Conference, wants to hug abolitionism.
[Great excitement, and demands to take back the offensive remark.]
disclaimed any intention to say that any man on the floor was an abolitionist.
E. P. Phelps
wanted the chapter out. He made some remarks in regard to the record against slavery in the O. S. Presbyterian Assembly's Digest, to show that it was law.
Conference adjourned by time.
preached on to-morrow morning in the Methodist Church. Rev. N. Head
, of the M. E. Church South
, in the Presbyterian Church.