--The Baptist General Association of Virginia convened in the First Baptist Church, of this city, yesterday evening at 4 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Ryland
, the President
, took the chair, and opened the meeting by reading the 621 chapter of Isaiah.
Prayer was then offered by Rev. Mr. Bernard
The first order of business was the election of officers.
Rev. Daniel Witt
and Lieut. Gov. R. L. Montague
were put in nomination for President
R. L. Montague
having received a majority of the votes, was declared to be elected.
While the committee was out comparing the result of the ballots for Vice President
, on motion, a committee of five was appointed to prepare and report an address on the state of the country and the duties of Christians in the present crisis.
The President appointed the following: Rev. Dr. Seely
, Rev. Dr. Jeter
, Rev. A. Broaddus
, Rev. David Shaver
, and James Alexander
The President on being conducted to the chair made a brief address.
The Committee on Election of Officers reported the election of four Vice Presidents
, viz: Elders.
Wm. F. Broaddue
, D. Witt
, T. Hume
, R. Ryland
A. P. Abell
, of Charlottesville
, was elected Secretary
, and J. B. Walkins
, of Richmond city
Rev. W. S. Perrick
was appointed Assistant Secretary
, who read the Constitution
and Rules of Order.
Rev. Dr. Ryland
presented the following resolution: That a committee of five be appointed to report a plan for the best method of instructing our slaves in the doctrines and duties of the Gospel.
On motion, a committee of five was appointed to prepare a list of the members of the Association.
Rev. Daniel Witt
, of Prince Edward, was appointed to preach the annual discourse to-night, in the absence of the Rev. F. M. Barker
, appointed at the last Association.
A Committee on Religious Exercises was appointed; also, a Committee on Business.
Adjourned to 8 P. M. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Wm. F. Broaddus