Southern Baptist Convention.
This body assembled in Savannah
on the 10th inst., and was called to order by Dr. Richard Fuller
, who, it will be remembered, presided over its deliberations two years ago in Richmond
Revs. Wm. C. Crane
and Geo. B. Taylor
, were in attendance.-- Eleven States are represented in the Convention
The delegates from Virginia
are Rev, J. B. Taylor
, Rev. A. M. Poindexter, D. D.
, T. D. Toy
, Rev. Richard Fuller, D. D.
, Charles Stevenson
, Rev. G. W. Samson, D. D.
From North Carolina
, Rev J. L. Pritchard
, J. H. Ivey
, J. W. Williams
, A. T. M. Handy
, J. M. Russell
, E. W. Henderson
, W. Rives
. W. H. McIntosh
, Charles Manly, M. B. Harden
, H. S. Haynes
, S. A. Creath
, J. J. Cloud
, Rufus Figh
The following officers of the Convention
--Rev. Richard Fuller, D. D.
, of Maryland
--Messrs. B. Manly
, Senr., of Alabama
; Thomas Starks
, of Georgia
; R. B. C. Howell
, of Tennessee
; and P. H. Mell
, of Georgia
--Messrs. Wm. Carey Crane
, of Louisiana
, and Geo. B. Taylor
, of Virginia
Treasurer — W. Y. Leech
, of South Carolina
You require from me no expression of gratitude for the honor thus conferred upon me the second time.
Were it proper, I could say much, for my burthened heart would, I know, be cheered by your sympathies.
But there are times for brief speeches and vigorous action; and as I wish to impress the truth upon you, I will set the example.
Let me but utter this reflection, that as we are in the midst of perilous and most exasperating times, so we ought to give the more earnest heed to ourselves, lest at any moment we forget the spirit of Jesus, which ought to breathe in all our actions, and words, and feelings.
If any minor differences have unhappily insinuated themselves into this body, let the present strifes and hostilities around us calm and heal these discrepancies, and bind us more closely together.
The world has never seen-- Heaven has never wept over — a more mournful phenomenon than that now exhibited — I grieve to say it-- at the North
, where not only politicians and bad men, but Christian editors, and pastors and churches are breathing out slaughter, inciting to fury passions already terribly inflamed, and seemingly thirsting for fratricidal carnage.
Let us watch and pray, lest we forget the example and spirit of Him who has taught us to ‘"bless them that curse us,"’ and to ‘"do good to them that hate us and despitefully use us."’ As we hear the ministers and churches of the Prince
of Peace crying out for blood, let us exclaim: ‘"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,"’ let us say: ‘"Into their secret, my soul, enter not thou; unto their assemblies, mine honor, be thou not united."’
Above all, let these alarms and perturbations elevate our thoughts to that other world whither we are hastening, and with which we have much more to do than with this present evil world; let them inspire us with more earnest aspirations after that Rest which remains for the people of God, and into which we shall soon enter.
The Bible Board, through L. W. Allen
, Corresponding Secretary
, made their report.--The Board, whose duties are to distribute the Bible
and other religious books of the Publication Societies
throughout the South
, report that reasonable progress has been made by the Board with their important work in the States, Territories, and among the Creek
and Cherokee Indians
Like everything new, however, the Board have been much embarrassed, first by the indifference of friends; secondly, the confounding of the Board with other kindred enterprises, thereby diverting funds that might otherwise have been realized; and thirdly, by the revolutionary condition of the country, which has well night, for the present, paralyzed their labors.
The State Boards have done much in a similar work, and this Board hope that they may take the entire labor within the States upon themselves, leaving to the Southern Board the Territories
, Indian Tribes, and the semi-barbarous countries of Mexico
and Central America
The report was referred to a committee.
The Treasurer's report was then read by the Corresponding Secretary
That a committee be appointed to recommend such verbal changes in the Constitution
and Minutes as may be necessary, growing out of the recent formation of the Southern Confederacy.
The Board of Domestic Missions reported, through M. T. Sumner
, Corresponding Secretary
The report is very elaborate, embracing a vast amount of Christian labor and pecuniary expenditure.
This, like all other interests of the Church
, has suffered from the short crops throughout the South
, and existing political troubles.
The report was referred.
In the afternoon a letter was read from G. W. Samson
, delegate from the District of Columbia, regretting the impossibility of his attending, on account of the distressing political condition of his immediate section, which he fervently prayed God would overrule to the good of the people and His own glory.
The report of the Board of Foreign Missions was then read by Rev. J. P. Boyce
It represents most of the missions in a flourishing condition.
The Treasurer shows a receipt of $45,284.87, disbursements of $40,204,48. Balance on hand $4,990.39.
The Committee on Constitutional Changes reported as follows, through their Chairman
, Mr. Taylor
"The committee to recommend such verbal changes in the Constitution
and Minutes as may be necessary, growing out of the recent formation of the Southern Confederacy, report:
"In the preamble, for 'United States
,' substitute 'Southern States of North America
' In the Constitution
, Article H., for 'United States
,' substitute 'Confederate States
and other Southern States.' The reports to conform to the above changes.
George B. Taylor
Julius J. Fleming
R. B. C. Howell
Nothing else of importance occurred the first day.