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Baptist Association

--Evening Session, Friday.--There were eighty, not eight colporteurs and evangelists, as reported in Saturday's Dispatch, employed by the Colporteur Society during the last year in the army.

Rev. B. B Manly, Jr., formerly of this city, advocated the cause of the Sunday School Publication Society on Friday evening. He made quite an extended address, giving statistics to show that ignorance had increased in the Southern States for several of the last decades; there were upwards of one hundred thousand persons, 20 years of age, who could neither read nor write, and the state of the country had materially interfered with the common schools in the country. The Southern Baptist Convention, recently assembled in Savannah, Ga., had organized a new enterprise, which was to take the place, in a limited way of the American Sunday School Society. Five thousand dollars had already been obtained for this object in South Caroline, and he wanted three thousand dollars from Virginia. The boys and girls of 1863 are to be the men and women of 1880, and we want to educate them morally as well as mentally, or our Southern Confederacy would not be worth living in. Rev. Mr. Mainly's address was listened to with great attention by the whole audience.

Rev. Mr. Dickenson and Dr. Burrows followed, with short, piquant speeches, when she audience was appealed to for contributions. Ten persons soon gave $100 each, several $50, and a large collection was made by the congregation, and the sum asked for ($3,000) was obtained.

After prayer and singing the Doxology, the Association adjourned to to-morrow morning at 8 o'clock.


Saturday morning.

The President, R L. Montague, called the Association to order at 9¼ o'clock.

The opening religious exercises were conducted by Elder Dodson, of N. C.

The next session of the Association is to be held in the First Baptist Church in Richmond, on Thursday before the first Sabbath in June, 1864 at 4½ o'clock P. M. Elder A. Broaddus is to preach the introductory sermon; Elder W. E. Hatcher, alternate.

Rev. Dr. Ryland presided at the special religious exercises--Rev. T. W. Sydnor, Dr. Ryland, and C. Tyree, took part in these exercises.

Elder J. B. Taylor read the 39th report of the State Mission Board.

The work of the State Missions has been suspended since the breaking out of the war. The field of the labors of our missionaries is now in the possession of the enemy.

Two feeble churches in our lines having appealed for aid, the necessary funds were contributed by the First and Second Baptist Churches of the city of Richmond. Various resolutions were presented, when, on motion, a special committee of nine was appointed to consider all the resolutions offered relative to the State Mission Board, Dr. Jeter chairman of said committee. Dr. W. F. Broaddus read the report of the committee on the subject of the best methods of giving religious instruction to the colored people.

The committee refer to the manifest improvement which has been made in Virginia in the religious and moral condition of our colored people within the past thirty or forty years, instead of dreams and visions, as was formerly the case. We now hear from the colored people who join our churches an intelligent account of the work of grace in their hearts, accompanied with a clear view of the doctrines and duties of the Gospel. Reference is made to the course of many churches in the country in having special services held on the Lord's day for the preaching the Gospel to the colored people, and the committee recommend the pastors to engage in this special service, and that as much labor ought to be performed in preparing sermons for such congregations as for any other congregations in the land. Special reference is made to First African Baptist Church in Richmond as exhibiting the beneficial advantages of the system of organizations for the colored members in cities and towns into separate organizations. The committee say that Dr. R. Ryland, who for 20 years has been the voted himself with untiring zeal to the work, deserves well of all the brethren.

Rev. Dr. Seely read the report of the Committee on the Address to the Churches on the present state of the Country.

Dr. W. Broadus said he wished that all of the brethren who are not here, and all our soldiers in the army, should have an opportunity of reading that report.

Dr. Jeter made a few remarks and the report was adopted:

Dr. Burrows offered the following resolution:

‘ Resolved, That the Sunday School and Publication Board be instructed to inquire into the expediency, in connection with other Boards which may deem such a measure important for their interests, to visit Europe for the purpose of securing Bibles, books, tracts, and any other appliances that may aid the general welfare of such Board, and, if deemed expedient, to make arrangements therefore.

Dr. Burrows made a verbal report respecting the Education and Bible Board. Nothing had been done-- the young men were all in the army, and the colleges were all closed.

Dr. Ryland offered the following:

‘ Resolved, That we recommend to our brethren and fellow-citizens who produce all articles of necessary consumption, whether in agriculture of the mechanic arts, that in exposing such articles for sale they make an earnest effort to keep them out of the hands of speculators, and that they limit the prices to be placed on them by the commission merchants to some point which will secure to themselves ample remuneration for the cost of production and transportation.

A long debate ensued, and various resolutions were offered in reference to speculation and extortion, and the duty of Christians relative thereto, when the whole subject was indefinitely postponed.

The Sunday School papers, published in Georgia, was commended to the support and favor of the churches.

A verbal report was made respecting the Western Virginia Baptist Association.

Prayer by Rev. J. B Taylor. Adjourned to 4 o'clock P. M.


Saturday afternoon

The Association met at 4 o'clock P. M.

Rev. Dr. Jeter presented the following resolution:

Resolved, As the opinion of this body, that the State Mission Board shall resume its efforts to aid feeble churches and to supply destitute districts with the Gospel, leaving the army work to the Sunday School and Publication Board.

A resolution was adopted recommending the churches to make public collections to circulate the Religious Herald among the soldiers

Rev Dr. Broadus offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

‘ Resolved, That the thanks of this body be presented to the brethren and friends of Richmond for the generous hospitality extended to us during the session. Our impatience in being absent from our homes at this time of trouble and excitement has been greatly relieved by their exhibitions of fraternal kindness.


Saturday evening.

The Association reassembled at 8 o'clock P. M.

After prayer, the report recommending officers for the various Boards was adopted.

The reapportion Domestic and Indian Missions was taken up. Rev. Mr. Sumner, as agent for the Board at Marion, Alabama, gave an interesting account of the operations of the Board, and appealed for aid. Six hundred dollars were contributed, and public collections ordered to be taken up in the Baptist churches on to-morrow.

The closing prayer of the session was made by Rev. Dr. Jeter, and at 11 o'clock P. M. the Association adjourned.

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