Images de page
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

Saturday, May 26th.

The Synod met and was opened with prayer. Members present as above. The minutes of last sitting were read and approved.

Resumed the consideration of the subject left under consideration last evening. After a free discussion the previous question was moved and carried; and the question being put "adopt the resolutions under consideration or not?" it was carried "adopt," by the following vote:

Ayes-Dr. Ramsay, Messrs. A. Gordon, Anderson, Miller, Scroggs, Beveridge, Smart, McNaughtan, W. Easton, Hanna, Templeton, Wilson, Wallace, Kendall, Jno. Adams, D. Gordon, McGill, McElwee, Webster, McKee, Patterson, ministers; G. Robertson, McClelland, Darling, Martin, Wilson, Young, McCall, Taggart, Arthurs, Reid, A. Collins, Johnston, Bullock, McNary, Morris, ruling elders-36.

Noes-Mr. D. McLane, sen., Dr. Bruce, Messrs. Heron, D. Blair, France, Ferrier, Whyte, Thompson, T. Goodwillie, Pringle, Galbraith, D. Goodwillie, Rodgers, ministers; Gilkerson, Smith, Scott, Livingston, Mason, Bell, Gilliland, Bruce-ruling elders-21.

The Moderator craved to have it recorded that he voted in the affirmative.

[ocr errors]

Against the above decision, Messrs. Whyte, Heron, Ferrier, Thompson, France, Scott, Gilkerson, D. Goodwillie, Rodgers, McLane. Smith, T. Goodwillie, Mason, Pringle, Gilliland, Galbraith, D. Blair and Livingston, entered their protest.

Dr. Bruce gave notice that he craved the privilege of protesting, if he shall see cause.

Notice was then given by Mr Martin, as Clerk of the Presbytery of Albany, that said Presbytery had suspended Dr. P. Bullions from the office of the ministry, and Mr. Stark from a seat in Presbytery.

The following standing committees were appointed, viz:

Committee of Supplies-Messrs. S. Wilson, McElwee, Hanna, Martin, Scroggs, D. Goodwillie, D. McLane, sen., D. Gordon, W. Easton and Thompson.

Of Bills and Overtures-Messrs. A. Gordon, Hanna and Kendall.
On the Funds-Messrs. Miller and Morris.

On Appeals Messrs. Beveridge, McNaughton and Smart.

On Missions-Dr. Bruce, and Messrs. A. T. McGill and W. Easton.
To transcribe the Minutes-Messrs. D. Gordon and Smart.

On the Theological Seminary-Dr. Ramsay and Messrs. Beveridge and Rodgers.

Certain brethren of the Presbytery of Albany gave in a written protestation against the Synod's decision adopting the resolutions in reference to said Presbytery. This protestation was, on motion, laid on the table for the present.

Papers being called for, the following were given in and read, viz: No. 1. The Report of the Presbytery of Stamford, which was, on motion, referred to the committee of Supplies.

Report of the Presbytery of Stamford.

Our settled congregations appear to continue in their usual state. We were filled with joy by the appointment of Synod in making a liberal supply for our vacancies. It is with regret that we have to say, that, as on many former occasions, it was not realized to the extent intended or hoped. Mr. Banks failed to appear within our bounds. If the reasons which he has to assign may satisfy Synod, we cannot object; but we trust that in making any further appointment, such a selection will be made as to secure us as much as possible from a similar misfortune. Synod must be aware of the injury inflicted on our cause by such disappointments.

We did not receive the copies of the Testimony which Synod granted, and which were to be brought by Mr. Banks. This was an additional injury. The demand for them increases, and they are greatly needed among us.

We are happy to report that Mr. McGill came into our bounds in proper time, and that his services were highly acceptable, and we trust were likewise profitable. He preached four Sabbaths in Chinguacousey and Caledon, an in London, and the Fastday appointed by Synod.

In Chinguacousey where Mr. Coutts also has preached occasionally for a year past, a congregation has been organized. A petition has been presented from Caledon to be organized, and to receive supply. Our congregation in London still desires supply, and is willing to make every exertion to defray the expense. We are sorry to have to add, that from the want of adequate supply, some other places from which we have applications, and where good hope of success might be entertained, still remain unvisited by your missionaries. We therefore hope that Synod will consider our wants, and will be pleased to send on the supply that may be granted, as early in the season as possible. Indeed, it were desirable in our urgent necessity, if Synod could spare the supply, and if the expense were not too great, while there are other calls upon the bounty of our people, to have a permanent missionary among us throughout the year, or as much supply at certain seasons as might be equivalent to this.

We hope allowance will be made to Mr. McGill for the Fast day besides the rest of the balance, considering the expense to which he was subjected from his extensive travels. He received eight dollars in Chinguacousey and Caledon, thirty-six in London, and twelve from the Treasurer of our Presbytery.

JAMES STRANG, Moderator.

No. 2. The Report of the Presbytery of Muskingum, which was, on motion, referred to the committee of Bills and Overtures.

Report of the Presbytery of Muskingum.

In presenting to Synod our annual report, we have to record the loving kindness of the Lord, and his great goodness to this portion of our Israel. Peace, and a high degree of harmony in the maintainance of our witnessing profession, continues to prevail. Our congregations, generally, are increasing in numbers, and ordinances dispensed by us are not without some tokens of the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

Our expectations of additional ministerial aid in the settlement of Mr. Samuel Douthett among us, have been disappointed by his early removal from the church below. He died soon after the last meeting of Synod, without being permitted to visit the congregations whose call he had accepted. Mr. Joseph McKee was ordained and installed Pastor of the congregations of Wooster and Dover, in September last. The supply allotted us by Synod has been generally received, and seems to have been greatly blessed for encouraging our numerous vacancies. Several calls are now in readiness, which we wish disposed of as early as practicable, viz: One from the congregations of McMahan's Creek and Belmont, for Mr. Samuel McArthur, one from Truro, (formerly a part of Mr. Lindsay's charge,) for Mr. Robert Forrester, one from Clear Creek, Mohican and Killbuck for the same candidate, and one from Cambridge, Claysville and Clear Fork, for Mr. James McGill. These calls we submit to Synod with the request that they be presented to the candidates respectively, for acceptance.

Presbytery have had under consideration the overture of a book of discipline, and agreed to submit to Synod the following resolution respecting it :

Resolved, That said book of discipline be recommitted to the committee originally reporting it for further amendment.

As there is no definite geographical line between us and the Presbytery of Ohio, in consequence of which difficulties may arise between us, we respectfully ask the Synod to grant such a line as may appear to be just and equitable.

As our numbers have increased and the greater part of our vacancies are remote from the usual places of meeting, Presbytery agreed to ask the Synod for a division, and the erection of a new Presbytery, making the Tuscarawas and Muskingum rivers the line; and that all that part of this Presbytery lying west and north of these rivers, be organized into a new Presbytery to be called the Presbytery of Richland. By order, THOMAS HANNA, Presbytery Clerk. No. 3. The Report of the Presbytery of Miami, which was, on motion, referred to the committee of Bills and Overtures..

Report of the Presbytery of Miami.

In presenting our report we have doubtless something to record of the loving kindness of the Lord to this portion of our church, but mingled with much that calls for lamentation. Ordinances are generally, throughout our bounds, attended with an encouraging degree of punctuality, and we trust those committed to our care, are, under these means, advancing in holiness. But we have to lament that want of unanimity and harmony among both ministers and people, of which others of our brethren have so long complained. We would gratefully record our increase in ministerial aid since our last report. Mr. William Bruce, who accepted from Synod at its last meeting, a call from the Associate congregation of Bethel, was, after the usual trials being heard and sustained, solemnly ordained to the holy office of the gospel ministry on the 20th of July last, and installed pastor of said congregation on the 23d of October.

Two calls, one from the United Associate congregations of Poplar Ridge, Plainfield, Kenton and Roundhead, for Mr. James Dickson, and the other from the congregation of Racoon for the same candidate, having been received and sustained, were presented to Mr. Dickson, and that from Racoon accepted. After the usual trials being heard and sustained, Mr. Dickson was, the 9th of November last, solemnly ordained and installed Pastor of said congregation.

Notice has been duly given Presbytery by two of its members, the Messrs. Bruce, that they intend petitioning Synod to be erected into a distinct Presbytery. To the object of these brethren we do not object, but would represent that we believe the interests of our church in their bounds, require that their prayer be granted.

At a late meeting it was resolved also that Presbytery will, and they hereby accordingly do petition Synod for the erection of another distinct Presbytery, to be called the Presbytery of Indiana, and bounded by the boundary lines of the State of Indiana.

The subject of slavery still continues with us a subject of contention. Two ap. peals have been taken against decisions of Presbytery on this subject, since your last meeting. These appeals, together with the necessary accompanying documents, will be handed in in due time. The report of a committee of Massies Creek Session, to converse with the Fergusons, slaveholders, in whose case an appeal has been lying on your table since last meeting, was presented to Presbytery during the past season for the purpose of transmission to Synod, to appear with the other papers in the case of the above appeal. It is herewith forwarded accordingly.

The subject of occasional hearing was some time since brought up before Presbytery by three several memorials. These memorials, together with certain resolutions on the subject adopted by Presbytery, are herewith referred to Synod, with the urgent request that Synod will speedily take such measures as will be promotive of greater uniformity in practice throughout our church on this subject.

It having been ascertained that reports charging our brother, Rev. J. Adams, with the sin of intoxication, were in extensive circulation, Presbytery did, at its last meeting, resolve to investigate these charges, and that Mr. Adams be suspended from the exercise of the ministry and the communion of the church, until this investigation takes place. Against this decision, suspending him, Mr. Adams protested, and appealed to Synod The papers in this case will in due time be laid on your table

Appeals have been taken from a decision of Presbytery in the case of a complaint preferred against one of our number for marrying persons in our communion in the way of violating the Synod's rule respecting the publication of banns; also from a decision of Presbytery sustaining an appeal by Thomas White from a decision of the Session of Sugar Creek, adjudging him to censure for being married in the way of disregarding the above rule. An appeal has also been taken by Messrs. David Jackson and Archibald Collins, from a decision of Presbytery in a case of the former of these appellants, (D. Jackson.) These appeals with the accompanying papers, will in due time be presented.

The subject of foreign missions continues to engage the attention of Presbytery. A memorial on this subject to Synod from Presbytery, will be presented, to which the speedy attention of Synod is requested.

We have made some progress in examining the overture on the book of discipline, but still we are not prepared to report any definite amendments, owing to the small number of copies of the draft in our bounds. The report of a select committee of Presbytery on this subject, is herewith laid before you.

At a late meeting, the charge of Rev. T. S. Kendall was divided into two seperate charges. Fork Creek comprising one, and Pistol Creek and Big Spring the other pastoral charge. Mr. Kendall has been located in Fork Creek, and the other congregations are thrown on our hands as a vacancy.

[ocr errors]

We did not receive the copies of the Testimony which Synod granted, and which were to be brought by Mr. Banks. This was an additional injury. The demand for them increases, and they are greatly needed among us.

We are happy to report that Mr. McGill came into our bounds in proper time, and that his services were highly acceptable, and we trust were likewise profitable. He preached four Sabbaths in Chinguacousey and Caledon, and six in London, the Fastday appointed by Synod.

nd

In Chinguacousey where Mr. Coutts also has preached occasionally for a year past, a congregation has been organized. A petition has been presented from Caledon to be organized, and to receive supply. Our congregation in London still desires supply, and is willing to make every exertion to defray the expense. We are sorry to have to add, that from the want of adequate supply, some other places from which we have applications, and where good hope of success might be entertained, still remain unvisited by your missionaries. We therefore hope that Synod will consider our wants, and will be pleased to send on the supply that may be granted, as early in the season as possible. Indeed, it were desirable in our urgent necessity, if Synod could spare the supply, and if the expense were not too great, while there are other calls upon the bounty of our people, to have a permanent missionary among us throughout the year, or as much supply at certain seasons as might be equivalent to this.

We hope allowance will be made to Mr. McGill for the Fast day besides the rest of the balance, considering the expense to which he was subjected from his extensive travels. He received eight dollars in Chinguacousey and Caledon, thirty-six in London, and twelve from the Treasurer of our Presbytery.

JAMES STRANG, Moderator.

No. 2. The Report of the Presbytery of Muskingum, which was, on motion, referred to the committee of Bills and Overtures.

Report of the Presbytery of Muskingum.

In presenting to Synod our annual report, we have to record the loving kindness of the Lord, and his great goodness to this portion of our Israel. Peace, and a high degree of harmony in the maintainance of our witnessing profession, continues to prevail. Our congregations, generally, are increasing in numbers, and ordinances dispensed by us are not without some tokens of the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

Our expectations of additional ministerial aid in the settlement of Mr. Samuel Douthett among us, have been disappointed by his early removal from the church below. He died soon after the last meeting of Synod, without being permitted to visit the congregations whose call he had accepted. Mr. Joseph McKee was ordained and installed Pastor of the congregations of Wooster and Dover, in September last. The supply allotted us by Synod has been generally received, and seems to have been greatly blessed for encouraging our numerous vacancies. Several calls are now in readiness, which we wish disposed of as early as practicable, viz: One from the congregations of McMahan's Creek and Belmont, for Mr. Samuel McArthur, one from Truro, (formerly a part of Mr. Lindsay's charge,) for Mr. Robert Forrester, one from Clear Creek, Mohican and Killbuck for the same candidate, and one from Cambridge, Claysville and Clear Fork, for Mr. James McGill. These calls we submit to Synod with the request that they be presented to the candidates respectively, for acceptance.

Presbytery have had under consideration the overture of a book of discipline, and agreed to submit to Synod the following resolution respecting it:

Resolved, That said book of discipline be recommitted to the committee originally reporting it for further amendment.

As there is no definite geographical line between us and the Presbytery of Ohio, in consequence of which difficulties may arise between us, we respectfully ask the Synod to grant such a line as may appear to be just and equitable.

As our numbers have increased and the greater part of our vacancies are remote from the usual places of meeting, Presbytery agreed to ask the Synod for a division, and the erection of a new Presbytery, making the Tuscarawas and Muskingum rivers the line; and that all that part of this Presbytery lying west and north of these rivers, be organized into a new Presbytery to be called the Presbytery of Richland. THOMAS HANNA, Presbytery Clerk. No. 3. The Report of the Presbytery of Miami, which was, on motion, referred to the committee of Bills and Overtures.

By order,

Report of the Presbytery of Miami.

In presenting our report we have doubtless something to record of the loving kindness of the Lord to this portion of our church, but mingled with much that calls for lamentation. Ordinances are generally, throughout our bounds, attended with an encouraging degree of punctuality, and we trust those committed to our care, are, under these means, advancing in holiness. But we have to lament that want of unanimity and harmony among both ministers and people, of which others of our brethren have so long complained. We would gratefully record our increase in ministerial aid since our last report. Mr. William Bruce, who accepted from Synod at its last meeting, a call from the Associate congregation of Bethel, was, after the usual trials being heard and sustained, solemnly ordained to the holy office of the gospel ministry on the 20th of July last, and installed pastor of said congregation on the 23d of October,

Two calls, one from the United Associate congregations of Poplar Ridge, Plainfield, Kenton andRoundhead, for Mr. James Dickson, and the other from the congregation of Racoon for the same candidate, having been received and sustained, were presented to Mr. Dickson, and that from Racoon accepted. After the usual trials being heard and sustained, Mr. Dickson was, the 9th of November last, solemnly ordained and installed Pastor of said congregation.

Notice has been duly given Presbytery by two of its members, the Messrs. Bruce, that they intend petitioning Synod to be erected into a distinct Presbytery. To the object of these brethren we do not object, but would represent that we believe the interests of our church in their bounds, require that their prayer be granted.

At a late meeting it was resolved also that Presbytery will, and they hereby accordingly do petition Synod for the erection of another distinct Presbytery, to be called the-Presbytery of Indiana, and bounded by the boundary lines of the State of Indiana.

The subject of slavery still continues with us a subject of contention. Two ap. peals have been taken against decisions of Presbytery on this subject, since your last meeting. These appeals, together with the necessary accompanying documents, will be handed in in due time. The report of a committee of Massies Creek Session, to converse with the Fergusons, slaveholders, in whose case an appeal has been lying on your table since last meeting, was presented to Presbytery during the past season for the purpose of transmission to Synod, to appear with the other papers in the case of the above appeal. It is herewith forwarded accordingly.

The subject of occasional hearing was some time since brought up before Presbytery by three several memorials. These memorials, together with certain resolutions on the subject adopted by Presbytery, are herewith referred to Synod, with the urgent request that Synod will speedily take such measures as will be promotive of greater uniformity in practice throughout our church on this subject.

It having been ascertained that reports charging our brother, Rev. J. Adams, with the sin of intoxication, were in extensive circulation, Presbytery did, at its last meeting, resolve to investigate these charges, and that Mr. Adams be suspended from the exercise of the ministry and the communion of the church, until this investigation takes place. Against this decision, suspending him, Mr. Adams protested, and appealed to Synod The papers in this case will in due time be laid on your table Appeals have been taken from a decision of Presbytery in the case of a complaint preferred against one of our number for marrying persons in our communion in the way of violating the Synod's rule respecting the publication of banns; also from a decision of Presbytery sustaining an appeal by Thomas White from a decision of the Session of Sugar Creek, adjudging him to censure for being married in the way of disregarding the above rule. An appeal has also been taken by Messrs. David Jackson and Archibald Collins, from a decision of Presbytery in a case of the former of these appellants, (D. Jackson.) These appeals with the accompanying papers, will in due time be presented.

The subject of foreign missions continues to engage the attention of Presbytery. A memorial on this subject to Synod from Presbytery, will be presented, to which the speedy attention of Synod is requested.

We have made some progress in examining the overture on the book of discipline, but still we are not prepared to report any definite amendments, owing to the small number of copies of the draft in our bounds. The report of a select committee of Presbytery on this subject, is herewith laid before you.

At a late meeting, the charge of Rev. T. S. Kendall was divided into two seperate charges. Fork Creek comprising one, and Pistol Creek and Big Spring the other pastoral charge. Mr. Kendall has been located in Fork Creek, and the other congregations are thrown on our hands as a vacancy.

« PrécédentContinuer »