--At 9½ o'clock the association was called to order by the President
The opening religious exercises were conducted by Rev. T. Hume
The committee on the resolution to report "the best methods" of instructing our slaves was made to consist of Elders Wm. F. Broad
dus, T. Hume
, J. B. Taylor
, J. B. S. lomon, and T. W. Sydnor
read the proceedings of yesterday, which were approved.
Rev. J. B. Taylor
reported the following from the Committee
From 9 till 10 o'clock, miscellaneous business; till 10½ devotional exercises at 10½ o'clock, report of the Sunday School and Publication Board; adjourn at 4½ o'clock; afternoon, 4 o'clock, Foreign Mission reports, at night.
Board of Domestic and Indian Missions; Saturday, business till 10 o'clock; devotional exercises till 10½ report of the State Mission Board; afternoon, reports of committees; at night, report of Education and Bible Board.
Rev. C. Tyree
, Dr. Jeter
. Rev. J. B. Taylor
, Rev. G. W. Briggs
, Rev. A. Breadus
, of Greenville
, S. C; Rev. A. B. Smith
, took part in the special devotional exercises.
Fervent prayers were offered in behalf of the soldiers and for a speedy peace.
The brethren who exhorted urged that we should pray for our enemies, and especially that we should seek the blessing of God on our own soldiers.
Rev. A. E. Dickinson
of Colportage, read his report.
During the past year the work of the society has steadily grown $60,037.34 have been collected; eight Colporteurs and Evangeline have been sustained among the soldiers; 24,000,000 pages of tracts published and put in circulation; 25,000 bibles and testaments printed and circulated.
Besides many thousand copies of religious journals published in various portions of the South
are sent by the Board to the camps and hospitals.
This Board was the first in the Confederate States
to enter upon army colportage.
More than two years ago its trained band of colporteurs was sent into the army.
The report rejoices in the fact that other societies have been established, and expresses the hope that others may be called into being; for after every effort has been put forth by us all there will still be thousands of precious souls but scantily supplied with the means of grace.
, president of the Baptist
Female Institute, corresponding secretary of the Sunday School and Publication Board, read the annual report.
, the treasurer, also read his report.
At the conclusion of the reading of these reports, very interesting addresses, giving graphic and touching incidents in camp life, and the influence for good which the circulation and reading of tracts had effected among the soldiers, were made by Rev. Dr. W. F. Broadus
, Rev. T. Hume
, Rev. Wm. Huff Rev. John
. W. Jones
13th Va., represented that great revivals are spreading throughout the Potomac army, and hundreds had been converted.
This society had done a noble work.
Its colporteurs and tracts are to be found everywhere.
But much remains to be done.
Rev. A. Broadus
of S. C. Rev. Thos Dodson
, of N. C. Rev. Dr.
and Lieutenant Governor Montague
, also addressed the Association — the latter at some length, in fervent and eloquent strains, which found a responsive chord in the hearts of the audience.
The whole discussion was interesting, and facts were elicited which will have an influence on the future operations of the Society.
A sketch of the various speeches may be looked for in the next number of the Religious Herald
The reports on Colportage and of the Treasurer
were then unanimously adopted.
E. S. Taylor
offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the Sunday School and Publication Board be instructed to correspond with pastors suited to the work and endeavor to engage them to labor as voluntary evangelists in the army, and that the Board defray the expenses.
After prayer by Rev. B. Manly, Jr.
of S. C, the Association adjourned till 4 o'clock P. M.
The Association was opened with prayer by mider W. M. Young
The report of the Foreign Mission Board was read by N. P. Abell
Remarks were made by Elders W. R. McDowell
, E. Dodson
, B. Manly, Jr.
, W. M. Young
, and J. B. Taylor
, who, after stating the difficulties that existed in communicating with and transmitting funds to the Missionaries in China
, yet means had been sometimes afforded for doing so. Several of the Missionaries were engaged in business not inconsistent with their calling, which enabled them to procure the means of supplying their temporal wants.
At the end of the war it would no doubt be ascertained that the Board will be largely indebted to their brethren in the foreign field.
Rev. Mr. Taylor
read a letter from Rev. J. P. Boyce
, of S. C.
, relative to raising funds for the foreign mission cause.
He also proposed the following resolutions.
The last two had been adopted by the Biennial Southern Baptist Convention recently assembled in Augusta, Georgia
Resolved, That in accordance with the express resolve of the Southern Baptist Convention recommending the vigorous prosecution of funds to meet, immediately or in future, the wants of our Missionaries in foreign lands, it be urged upon the churches to make regular and liberal contributions to this object.
Resolved, That the condition of our Foreign Missionaries, separated from us as they are, calls upon us for a special share in our earnest, believing supplications.
Resolved, That we respectfully urge that the concert of prayer be regularly observed by our Churches.
Remarks were also made by Elders Solomon, Gresham
, and Dr. Gwathmey
, and Elder Penick
The Assistant Secretary
of the Association appealed to the members to continue the regular contribution of funds for our Foreign Missionaries, and make earnest special prayer to God in behalf of those missionaries.
Elder Young urged the necessity of giving, and regularly giving.
He had more confidence in that Church who gave regularly and systematically, without praying, than in a Church who prayed and never gave anything.
He further said that he always found that a man who never prayed never gave of his means to aid the gospel.
On the contrary, he found that a man who prayed always contributed of his means to missions.
The report and resolutions were then adopted.
A change in the order of business was made.
A mean meeting on Sunday School to be holden to-night at 8½ o'clock, and Rev. Mr. Turner
allowed to bring the subject of Indian and Domestic Missions before the Association to-morrow at 11 o'clock.
Rev. Dr. Burrows
made the following report from the Committee
on Religious Exercises, which was adopted.
Appointments for Preaching on Sabbath
June 7th, by Delegates
of the Virginia
First Baptist Church--Rev. B. Manly, Jr.
D. D, at 11 o'clock, and Rev. R. H. Bagby
at 8 o'clock.
Second Baptist Church--Rev. Wm. R. Breadus, D. D
, at 11 o'clock, and Rev. M. B. Wharton
at 5 o'clock.
Grace Street Baptist Church--Rev William Huff
at 11 o'clock, and Rev. Geo. T. Bagby
at 5 o'clock.
Leigh Street Baptist Church--Rev Wm. B. Young
at 11 o'clock, and Rev. Wm. A. Whitescarver
at 8 o'clock.
Baptist Church--Rev. J. R. Garlick
at 11 o'clock, and Rev. Wm. S. Penick
at 8 o'clock.
Baptist Church--Rev. J. J. D. Renfroe
at 11 o'clock, and Rev. Wm
State at 3 o'clock.
Sidney Baptist Chapel--Rev. A. E. Owens
at 11 o'clock.
First African Church--Rev. W. S. Fontaine
at 11o'clock, and Rev. J. B. Hardwicke
at 4 o'clock.
Second African Church.--Rev. J. Wm. Jones
at 11 o'clock, and Rev. John Land
at 4 o'clock.
Ebenezer African Church.--Rev. William S. Bland
at 11 o'clock, and andRev. E. Dodson
at 4 o'clock.
Adjourned with prayer by Rev. G. H. Bagby
, to meet at 8½ o'clock P. M.