Virginia Conference, M. E. Church, South--first day.
--This body convened in annual session at the Broad Street
Methodist Church in this city, yesterday morning.
The deliberations of the Conference are presided over by Bishop Pierce
, with Rev. P. Whitehead
, and Rev. P. A. Peterson
as Assistant Secretary
The Conference Committee were called, but not being prepared to report the Chair proceeded to call the Conference roll by districts, when each presiding elder reported upon the condition of his district, and the character of each minister within his bounds.
When the name of the Rev. Mr. Archer
, of the Mecklenburg circuit, was called, his presiding elder, Rev. Nelson Head
, rose and stated that in the early part of the year Bro. Archer
came under a serious charge, deeply affecting his character for morality.
He had been tried by a civil court and acquitted, and by a committee of the Church
, which also acquitted him. He had not been laboring on his circuit since April last.
His case was laid over until such time as he shall be present.
On motion of Rev. P. Whitehead
, Rev. Messrs. Doggett
were appointed a Committee on Missions.
The following preachers in the local relation were elected to deacons' orders, viz: Jas. R. Griffith
, Robert Hardie, Jr.
, John A Jefferson, Charles Collett
, Wm. Bartlow
, George Slaughter
, and John V. Crute
The following local deacons were elected to elders' orders, viz: Francis M. Edwards
and Heartwell T. Pryor
On motion of Rev. Nelson Head
, Rev. Jas. McAden
was re-admitted into the travelling connection and placed on the superannuated list.
The Conference adjourned for the day, with the benediction by the Bishop