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bytery of Philadelphia; Messrs. Archibald Whyte, jun. and Finlay McNaughtan, by the Presbytery of Cambridge; Joseph Clo, key, by the Presbytery of Chartiers; and Isaac Baggs, by the Presbytery of Ohio.
Mr. Adams informed the Synod that Mr, Kendall, of Xenia, who, about 12 years ago was appointed to be taken on trials for license, but had declined, had now
signified a willingness to proceed with his trials; thereupon-Resolved, that the Presbytery of Miami take Mr. Kendall on trials for license, if they in their judgment shall deem this measure expedient.
Resumed the consideration of the amendment left under discussion in the forenoon; and after long reasoning thereon, the question was put, agree to the amendment or not; and the votes being equal, the moderator decided in the negative. Another amendment was then proposed and seconded, viz. That while we see no reason to consider the Protesters as having relinquished those standards under which we were formerly united with them, still we judge it inexpedient and improper to enter upon the consideration of the lawfulness of that union against which they protested, and shall, as heretofore, cordially receive those, and ihose only, who shall express their adherence to the principles of a covenanted Reformation, as exhibited in the standards of this Synod: and also that this expression of adherence shall be before some one of the Presbyteries or the Synod. Before proceeding to the consideration of this amendment the Synod adjourned to meet again tomorrow morning at half past 8 o'clock. Closed with prayer.
Saturday, May 27. Synod met and was opened with prayer. Members present as above, except Mr. McAlister.
Read the minutes of last sitting.
Proceeded to consider the amendment offered at the close of last sitting. After long reasoning thereon, the question was put, agree to the amendment or not; and it was carried in the negative.
The Presbytery of Cambridge having, in their report, stated that they had referred a case of scandal against Mr. James Millar, member of said Presbytery, simpliciter to Synod. The Synod agreed to enter on the consideration of said case. The case was this, a certain woman, named Polly Thompson, had made oath before a magistrate that she was with child by Mr. Millar. Papers affecting the case were read, viz. extracts from the minutes of the Presbytery of Cambridge; the report of a committee of said Presbytery, appointed to examine evidence in the case of Mr. Millar and Polly Thompson; examination of Polly Thompson before Presbytery; affidavit of the physician who attended Polly Thompson in her illness. Before the case was disposed of, the Synod adjourned till 3 o'clock P. M. Closed with prayer.
3 o'clock P. M. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator. Read the minutes of last sitting.
Resumed the consideration of Mr. Millar's case. Mr. Millar was heard at length in asserting and vindicating his innocence. Members of Synod were likewise heard in the case, as stated in
the papers before them. Delayed further proceedings till next sederunt, and adjourned to meet on Monday at 9 o'clock A. M. Closed with prayer.
Monday, May 29. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator. Read the minutes of last sitting.
The case of Mr. Millar left undecided was resumed; and before coming to any decision on the subject, it was proposed and agreed to, that a committee be appointed to retire and deal privately with the conscience of Mr. Millar. Messrs. Pringle and Wm. Wilson were appointed said committee.
While the committee were withdrawn, the following preamble and resolutions were offer d and adopted, viz:
Whereas the Reformed Presbyterian Synod have misrepresented a variety of our acknowledged principles, and asserted that we have espoused certain tenets which we have not: And whereas these misrepresentations have distracted the opinions of some members of our church: And whereas misrepresentations of truth are injurious to all parties~
Resolved, That a friendly letter be addressed to the Reformed Presbyterian Synod, stating our disavowal of the errors they have imp:ited to us.
Messrs. Bullions and Gordon were appointed to prepare a draught of said letter.
The committee appointed to review the records of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, reported that they had examined the minutes of said Presbytery for the past year, and find them correct.
The following preamble and resolutions were offered and adopted, viz:
Whereas the publishers of the Religious Monitor, of Albany, have intimated to the public, that the profits of said work are to be appropriated to the funds of the Associate Synod. And whereas the Synod consider the aforesaid work as well calculated to promote the interests of truth and vital piety—therefore,
Resolved, That it be recommended, and it is recommended accordingly, that each member of this Synod make all the exertions in his power for the more extensive circulation of said work.
Resolved also, That the thanks of Synod be presented to the publishers of the Monitor, for their liberal offer.
Mr. Adams gave in a report of his mission to Missouri, which was accepted, and the thanks of Synod voted to Mr. Adams for the fidelity and zeal with which he has executed his commission.
The committee appointed to confer with Mr. Millar returned and reported that Mr. Millar adhered to his profession of innocence, and declared his readiness to purge himself by oath, if re
tence. Mr. Millar craved to have an opportunity granted him to offer a protestation against the sentence, if he shall see cause to give in one. Leave was given. It was then agreed, at Mr. Millar's desire, that he be transferred to the Presbytery of Chartiers for further proccedings in his case.
Synod returned to the consideration of the question concerning the Union in Scotland: the following amendment to the original motion was made and seconded-Resolved, That while this Synod are not fully satisfied that the Union of Seceders in Scotland is entirely scriptural, especially on the subject of covenanting, yet they do not think themselves in providence called to decide between the contending parties.
After some conversation on the motion, Synod adjourned till 3 o'clock P. M. Closed with prayer.
3 o'clock P. M. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator. Members present as above.
Read the minutes of last sitting.
Resumed the consideration of the motion left under discussion, and after further conversation on the subject, the question was put, agree to the amendinent or not; and it carried, not agree.
The original motion then recurred, to which the following amendment was moved and secondod - Whereas, in the judgment of this Synod, a majority of those formerly composing the General Associate Synod of Scotland have deserted some principles in those standards under which that Synod was formerly recognised by us as a sister church-therefore, Resolved, That we do hereby publicly declare that we do not consider ourselves in a state of union with that United Associate Synod formed by the union of the majority of the General Associate Synod and the Associate · Synod of Scotland. · After some debate the question was put, agree to the motion or not; and it carried, agree. Against this vote Messrs. Stark and Bullions protested, for reasons to be given, in; and Messrs. Pringle and Heron dissented from it.
The following resolution was also moved and seconded, That we do hereby testify against the said Union as a defection from a covenanted Reformation.
Before proceeding to take up this motion, it was moved and seconded to postpone the consideration of it till next meeting of Synod. The Synod then adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. Closed with prayer.
Tuesday, May 30. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator.Members present as above.
Read the minutes of last sitting. Read a paper respecting the proceedings of the Presbytery of Ohio in the case of a libel against Mr. T. McClintock, a minister of said Presbytery. It states that Mr. McClintock had protested against the decision of said Presbytery, suspending him, and had appealed to Synod; but that his circumstances were such that it was not in his power to attend, and he hoped his excuse would be sustained. The Synod sustained the excuse.
The committee to prepare a letter to the Reformed Presbyterian Synod, reported, and the report having been read, and accepted, was ordered to be directed to said Synod.
Mr. Irvine had leave of absence for the remainder of the day.
Mr. Millar appeared and gave in a protest against the decision of Synod in his case, and requested an extract of his protestation.
On motion, appointed Mr. Carson on a mission to Missouri, for five months, beginning with October, to take in his course, Indiana and Illinois, as Mr. Adams did, and that Mr. Beveridge supply Mr. Carson's pulpit during his absence.
The appointment was made after a brother had been employed in prayer for direction.
Resolved, That the expense of the mission be paid out of the Synod's funds; and also that compensation be made from the funds to Mr. Beveridge.
The committee of supplies reported, and the report was recommitted. Adjourned till 3 o'clock P. M. Closed with prayer.
3 o'clock P. M. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator.Members present as above, except Messrs. Gordon and Ferrier, absent without leave.
Read the minutes of last sitting. A paper was read containing Mr. Steela's resignation of the office of treasurer to Synod and to the Eastern Hall.
The comınittee to whom was referred the subject of devising a plan more effectually to secure funds for missionary purposes, reported, and the report being amended, was accepted, as follows: REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MISSIONARY PURPOSES.
The Committee, to whom was referred the subject of devising a plana more effectually to secure funds for missionary purposes, report as follows: That your Committee take it for granted that the appointment and direction of Missions properly belong to Synod, as a court of the Lord Jesus Christ, and constitute an important and interesting part of their official duties. As it cannot discharge them without the aid of funds which the churches may place at its disposal, it is of the greatest conseqnence that a general, efficient system, for securing a liberal and constant supply, be estabhished. The most obvious and approvable plan is, to obtain this by sub.. scriptions and collections. But the past failure of these modes evinces the necessity and propriety of having recourse to some expedient which may more effectually secure such subscriptions and collections. This failure your Committee would not ascribe to any indisposition in our churches, to contribute, but to a want of proper information on the importance of that specific object, to which the attention of Synod and the aid of the members of the church, by contributing a portion of their increase, are absolutely necessary:
Your Committee, therefore, recommend for your adoption the following temporary expedients:
1st. That ministers be instructed to bring this subject before their sessions and congregations, with all due fulness and plainness, and to form societies in their respective congregations, for aiding our exertions.
20. That there be, annually, in each congregation, a collection; or that each communicant be recommended to contribute one cent a month, to be collected in the mode sessions may think best; the whole proceeds of whiel shall be transmitted to Synod, to be employed as exigencies may require.
Synod then considered the motion to postpone the consideration of the resolution proposed respecting the Union, till next meeting; and the question having been put, postpone or not, it carried, not postpone.
The resolution in question was then, after some remarks, put to vote, agree to the resolution or not: and the votes being equal, the moderator decided, by the casting vote, in the affirmative.. Against this decision Mr. Stark protested.
Mr. Bullions gave in a paper containing reasons of protest against the resolution passed yesterday afternoon. Messrs. W. Wilson, Murray and Martin were appointed a committee to prepare answers to said reasons. Adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. Closed with prayer.
Wednesday, May 31. Synod met and was opened with prayer by the moderator.-Members present as above, except that Mr. R. Millikin attended instead of Mr. McAllister.
Read the minutes of last sitting.
On motion, the Synod agreed to express their disapprobation of the conduct of Mr. Gordon and Mr. Ferrier in absenting themselves without leave.
The committee of supplies reported, and the report was accepted; and the following distribution of preachers and ministers without charge, was made, viz:
Robert Laing, Presbytery of Cambridge till next meeting of Synod. A. Whyte, do. P. Bullions, Cambridge, June and July; Philadelphia Presbytery, August; and Cambridge, till next meeting of Synod. Thomas Beveridge, Philadelphia, June ; Cambridge, July and August ; Miami Presbytery, September, October, November, December, January, February and March; Muskingum Presbytery, April; Ohio Presbytery, May. Thomas Ferrier, Cambridge, June, July, August, September and October ; Allegheny Presbytery, November and December; Muskingum, January and February; Ohio, March, April and May, Alexander Gordon, Philadelphia, June, July and August; discretionary between Cambridge and Phila. till next meeting of Synod. J. Kennedy, Miami, till next meeting of Synod. J. Mushat, Presbytery of the Carolinas, till next meeting of Synod. James P. Miller, Philadelphia, June, July, August and September; Prezbytery of Chartiers, October; Muskingum, November; Piladelphia, till next meeting of Synod. Wm. M'Elwee, Carolinas, June, July, August, September, October and November; Miami, December, January and Febrnary ; Muskingum, March; Ohio, April ; Chartiers, May. Samuel MPLean, Ohio, June and July; Miami, August and September; Muskingum, October and November; Allegheny, December ; Ohio, January, February and March; Muskingum, April and May. Matthew Snodgrass, Ohio, June and July: Allegheny, August, September and October; Ohio, November, Deçenber and January; Muskingum, February and March ; Ohio, April and May. John Russell, Philadelphia, June, July, August, September and October ; Cambridge, November, December, January and February; Philadelphia, March, April and May. John G. Smart, Philadelphia, August, September and October; Carolinas, November, December, January and February Miami, March and April ; Muskingum, May. William Easton, Philadelphia, August and September; Cambridge, October; Philadelphia, November ; Carolinas, till next meeting of Synod. Archibald Whyte, jr. Cambridge, August and September; Philadelphia, October; Carolinas, till next meeting of Synodi. Finlay M'Naughtan, Cambridge, August, September and October ; Miami, November, December, January and February; Muskingum, Marcb; Char