MINUTES OF THE GENERAL CONVENTION
INDEPENDENT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
YORKVILLE, S. C.
AUGUST 4th, 1847.
COLUMBIA, S. C.
PRINTED BY I. C. MORGAN.
Yorkville Church, August 4th, 1847.
The twenty-fourth session of the General Convention of the In-
dependent Presbyterian Church, met at Yorkville Church, as above,
according- to adjournment of previous session, and was opened by a
sermon by Rev. R. Y. Russel, from Matthew 16: 18: "And I say
also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build
my church ; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Mr. Alexander Wallace, in the Chair, the Convention was con-
stituted by prayer, and the delegates being called upon, handed in
their commissions, and took their seats. The churches were repre-
sented as follows :
T. H. Smith.
A. S. Wallace,
D. D. M'Callum,
W. J. Bo wen.
A. B. Cox.
Rev. R. Y. Russel,
W. W. Carothers.
Convention then proceeded to the election of Moderator and
Clerk. A. S. Wallace, was elected Moderator, and W. J. Bowen,
The Minutes of the last Convention were then read, and handed
over to the stated Clerk for record. On motion, Messrs. M'Callum,
Cox, and Smith, were appointed to arrange the order of public wor-
ship, and report to-morrow morning, at 8 o'clock. On motion,
Messrs. M'Callum, C. O'Daniel, D. M'Elmoyle, and R. Y. Russel,
were appointed a Committee of Overtures. Convention adjourned
until to-morrow morning, 9 o'clock. Thursday morning, 9 o'clock,
Convention met according to adjournment, and was constituted by-
prayer ; — a quorum present, the Minutes of yesterday were read, and
the house proceeded to business. The Committee to arrange the
order of public worship, reported as follows : Rev. W. W. Caroth-
ers, to preach on Thursday, at 10 o'clock, A. M. ; Rev. J. O'Daniel,
at 2 o'clock, P. M. Friday, Rev. W. W. Carothers, at 10 o'clock,
A. M. ; Rev. R. Y. Russel, at 2 o'clock, P. M. On Saturday, Rev.
J. O'Daniel, at 10 o'clock, A. M. ; R. Y. Russel, at 2 o'clock, P.
M. ; and on Sabbath, Rev. J. O'Daniel, at 10 o'clock, A. M.
A communication from the Rev. G. W. Davis, of Mississippi,
was read, and ordered to be laid on the table, until to-morrow
morning, 10 o'clock. The Librarian of the Clerical Library,
was called upon to report, and reported as follows : " The whole
number of volumes in the Library at the last General Convention,
was ----------- 77
Added by recent purchase, - - - 27
Whole number of volumes now be-
longing to to the Library, - - - 104 Of this number, there are
now in the hands of Rev. G. W.
In the hands of Rev. J. O'Daniel. - - 12 vols.
" « Rev. W. W. Carothers, 3
" " Mr. Wm. G. Leckey, 4
" " Mr. A. B. Cox, - - 2— 22, which taken from the
whole number, leaves 82 volumes, — all in good keeping, — S. Mel-
ton, Librarian. The Librarian, in charge of unsold books of Disci-
pline, was called upon, and reported that there have been no copies
sold since last Convention, and that 145 copies are still on hand."
Convention's Treasurer, reported that there are now in the Treas-
ury $7 45^: and that there is a claim against Convention for
publishing the Minutes of last Convention, yet unsettled. The
Committee appointed to expend the money on hand in the purchase
of books for the enlargement of the Clerical Library, reported that
since the last session they have procured twenty-seven volumes of
select works on theology, cost $30, leaving p balance of $22 un-
expended ; the books have been placed in charge of the Librarian.
Mr. John N. Whisenant, a delegate from Hopewell Church, ap-
peared, handed up his commission, and took his seat. Also, Mr. A.
F. Love, a delegate from Olivet Church, handed in his commission,
and took his seat.
The Committee on Funds for Education, were called on, and
through their Treasurer, made the following report :
" The Committee in charge of the funds raised for the assistance
of pious young men, in their preparatory course for the Ministry,
respectfully submit in report as follows:
The funds entrusted to your Committee for the above purpose,
amount to one hundred and forty-seven dollars and ten cents, and
agreeable to order of Convention, stands on interest under sufficient
securities. Your Committee further report, that since their disposal
of the funds in the manner above, an application from a young
man of respectable talents and undisputed piety, now prosecuting
his collegiate course, has been made to them for aid, which, as the
moneys are now employed, they were unable promptly to meet.
Presuming, however, on the liberality of the Convention, they have
given the applicant assurance, that the sum needed to enable him to
graduate will be furnished, as his liabilities require — so that he
need not pause in his progress from the lack of means, until he shall
have completed his education ; which, unless providentially pre-
vented, will be in about two years from this time. Your Committee
further ask leave to submit the following, viz : Contemplating
the state of our affairs, as a Christian people, we are led deeply to
feel the destitute condition of our church, as regards an efficient
Gospel Ministry; and resting on the Divine favor for success, we
are prompted to make an effort to bring into the service of the
church, such a number of well-qualified men, as will meet the wants
of the denomination, and as in the hand of God, may contribute
greatly to strengthen us as a people, and render us happily cooperative
with the sister churches of the land, in promoting the cause of Di-
vine truth and godliness in the world. Believing that the office of
the Gospel ministry, more than any other in which human energies
seek for employment, claims of those who would enter upon its
duties, the best literary and scientific attainments ; and that without
these, the ministry of any Christian church, however zealous, labo-
rious, and pious, must of necessity, in the midst of the improve-
ments of our age, fall reproachfully below that measure of holy
honor and spiritual usefulness, which it was the design of the
Great Head of the Church it should fill, and which it is the privi-
lege of the church to enjoy. Therefore,
Resolved, That this General Convention, actuated by these views
and opinions, earnestly recommend to the several churches and
congregations in our connexion, speedy and energetic action to re-
lieve our denomination from a destitution in ministerial strength,
which at this moment checks her progress, and embarrasses all her
interests. And further
Resolved, That to facilitate the accomplishment of the object in-
tended, each church in our connexion is hereby requested to open a
subscription as soon as practicable, for the purpose of procuring
funds to aid poor young men, of known piety and talents, in acquir-
ing an education preparatory to their entering into the Gospel Min-
istry ; and that in the prosecution of this business, every church
endeavor to obtain the services of one or more of its most energetic
members, whose duty it shall be to procure subscriptions, to collect
the moneys subscribed, and to forward the amount to the Treasurer
of the Committee on Education, accompanied with his report to
the next Convention, which collectors shall continue in office from
year to year. And further
Resolved, That every Minister of the Gospel among us, shall
bring this matter before each congregation under his care, and ear-
nestly endeavor to impress upon the people the utility and import-
ance of the enterprise, thereby opening the way for the raising of
subscriptions. And further
Resolved, That as the people have a right to know how their do-
nations are applied, the Standing Committee on Education, created
some time ago by the General Convention, shall make an accurate
report to the Convention annually, of the number of young men
receiving aid from the funds of the church, whether as a donation
or as a loan ; of the amount furnished each applicant, and of the
amount in the Treasury, and how employed ; which report shall be
published with the Minutes of Convention, for the satisfaction of all
concerned. And lastly,
Resolved, That the subscription to be presented to the churches,
for the purposes above, shall be headed in the following form, viz :
Aware of the importance of learning to the well-being of society at
large, and to the maintenance of soundness and purity in the Chris-
tian church in particular ; and glad of the opportunity to aid and
encourage with our patronage, the noble purposes of the pious and
talented youth, who dedicates himself to God and the church, as a
probationer for the Gospel Ministry, We, whose names are sub-
scribed, do therefore agree to pay to Mr. , Agent of the Gene-
ral Convention in congregation, the sums annexed to our
names, respectively, to assist in creating a fund for the education of
poor and pious young men for the Ministry, of which our subscrip-
tions are in evidence."
The Report of the Committee was sustained, and the preamble
and resolutions appended thereto, were unanimously adopted.
The churches were then called upon to report their votes on the
alteration of the Constitution, as proposed by the last Convention,
viz : that the sixth section and 20th chapter of our Constitution, be
altered to read as follows: " The General Convention shall meet
annually on the first Thursday in August, at whatever place they
may adjourn to from year to year." The alteration was unani-
mously adopted by the churches.
The general report of the several churches was called for, and
made as follows :
Salem Church, reported Rev. W. W. Carothers, Pastor: admis-
sion, none ; baptism, none ; excommunicated, none ; deaths, none ;
church members, 30.
Yorkville, reported Rev. R. Y. Russel, Pastor; admission, none;
dismission, none; suspension, none; restoration, none; deaths,
none ; adults baptized, none ; infants baptized, 5 ; church mem-
Harmony Church, reported Rev. R. Y. Russell, Pastor ; admis-
sions, 3 ; dismissions, none ; deaths, none ; suspensions, none ; adults
baptized, 2 ; infants baptized, 8 ; removals, 8 ; church members, 82;
Ruling Elders ordained, 2.
Tabor Church, no report.
Bethshiloh, reported R. Y. Russel, Pastor; admissions, none;
dismissions, none ; suspensions, none ; adults baptized, none ; infants
baptized, 11; church members, 121. Rev. G. W. Davies, their
former pastor, emigrated to the West in October last.
Bullock's Creek, no report.
Olney, reported Rev, J. O'Daniel, Pastor ; admissions, 1 ; dismis-
sions, 2 ; suspensions, none ; excommunications, none ; deaths, none ;
adults baptized, 1 ; infants baptized, 4 ; church members, 90.
Olivet, reported admissions, 4 ; dismissions, none ; adults baptized,
2; infants baptized, 13 ; Elders ordained, 2 ; deaths, 2; suspensions,
none ; restored, none ; excommunications, none ; church members,
Bethany Church, reported R. Y. Russel, Pastor ; admissions, 3 ;
adults baptized, 2; infants baptized, 3; suspensions, none; excom-
munications, none : deaths, 1 ; dismissions, 3 ; church members, 65.
Hopewell, reported Rev. W. VV. Carothers, Pastor ; admissions,
2 ; dismissions, none ; adults baptized, 1 ; infants baptized, 4 ; deaths,
none ; suspensions, none ; restorations, none ; excommunications,
none, church members, 40.
Hephzibah, reported Rev. J. O'Daniel, Pastor ; admissions, 1 ;
dismissions, none ; excommunicated, none ; deaths, 1 ; adults bapti-
zed, none ; infants baptized, 1 ; church members, 57.
The reports of the ex-officio Members, relative to their labors in
the churches, were then called for. and having been heard, the Con-
vention appointed Rev. Messrs. O'Daniel and Carothers, to make a
general report on the state of religion in the churches, at 3 o'clock,
P. M., on to-morrow.
Mr. A. F. Love, obtained leave of absence for the remainder of
A communication from the stated Clerk of the Presbytery of
Chattahoochee, Georgia, addressed to the Moderator of Convention,
was read, and on motion, handed to the Committee of Overtures, with
instructions to report thereon to-morrow evening, at 3 o'clock.
On motion, the House adjourned until to-morrrow morning, 8
Friday Morning, 8 o'clock.
Convention met according to adjournment, and was constituted
by prayer. A quorum present, the Minutes of yesterday were read.
The Treasurer of the Missionary Fund being called upon, re-
ported that the amount remaining in the Treasury, is $18 69|. On
Resolved, That the Missionary Fund remaining on hand, be paid
over to the Treasurer of the Committee on Education. On motion,
Resolved, That from two to three hundred copies of an Extract
from the Minutes of the present Convention be published, and that
the Moderator appoint a Committee to attend to that business. Rev.
R. Y. Russel, and Messrs. D. M'Callum, W. J. Bowen, and Dan'l.
M'Elmoyle, were appointed accordingly to extract and publish the
Minutes. On motion.
Resolved, That Rev. W. W. Carothers, preach the opening ser-
mon at the next Convention.
Rev. W. W. Carothers, obtained leave of absence for the remain-
der of the session.
At 3 o'clock, P. M., the Committee to make a general report on
the state of Religion, were called on, and reported as follows,
viz: "From the data furnished by the reports of the several
churches and the ex-ofRcio members, it appears that although the
Gospel is regularly preached and the ordinances administered in our
churches ; and although we have cause of thankfulness that God
has not left us without some token of his approbating presence, in
comforting and building up his people in their most holy faith, and
in some instances, in awakening amongst sinners an interested con-
cern on the subject of religion, yet upon the whole, we have great
reason to mourn on account of the sad declension of Zion, and to
exclaim, ' Oh, that it were with us as in days past, when the can-
dle of the Lord shone upon our heads.' Hence, we are most sol-
emnly admonished from the sad state of coldness and apathy but
too generally prevalent amongst us, to betake ourselves as a denomi-
nation and as individual churches, to greater diligence and activity
in the discharge of the duties of religion, and especially to give a
prayerful attention to the use of all those means by which God is
wont to bless his Zion, and to revive his work in the hearts of his
servants. ' Why stand ye here all the day idle,' ought to be the
warning voice heard and felt by every one of us in our daily re-
flections and exercises of heart ; until by the blessing of God, we
as a people are enabled to arise and go forth, active and efficient
laborers in the vineyard of our Lord and Master."
The report was approved. After a recess for sermon, Convention
resumed business, and called on the Committee of Overtures, to re-
port on the communication from Chattahoochee Presbytery, which
they did as follow*, viz: •■ The Committee of Overtures, to whom
the communication from Rev. Joseph M'Kee, appointed by the
Chattahoochee Presbytery of Georgia, to correspond with the Gene-
ral Convention, has been committed for consideration, suggest in
report, that a Committee be appointed by Convention to reply in
courteous and friendly terms to said communication, and in their
correspondence with Mr. M'Kee, to inquire into the special object
contemplated by his Presbytery, in delegating him to correspond
with the Convention. Submitted in behalf of Committee by their
The report was sustained, and a Committee appointed to corres-
pond with Mr. M'Kee. On motion,
Resolved, That Rev. J. O'Daniel reply to the communication of
Rev. G. W. Davis, of Mississippi.
On motion of Mr. D. M'Callum, the following resolution was
read and unanimously adopted, viz:
" Resolved, That any and every person drawing books from the
Clerical Library, shall be required to return such book or books, as
he may have drawn to the Librarian, before the annual meeting of
each Convention, that the Librarian may be able to report accu-
rately the condition of the books in his care ; and further
Resolved, That the same book or books, shall not be drawn twice
in succession by the same person, provided another individual wishes
the use of such book or books at the time the application is made."
On motion, Resolved, That the Clerical Librarian be, and is
hereby instructed to furnish each individual, having any of the
books of the Library in his possession, with a copy of the Extracts
of the Minutes of this Convention.
On motion, Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be ten-
dered to the citizens of this village, for their kind and hospitable
demeanor towards us during the sessions of Convention.
On motion, Convention adjourned to meet at Olney Church,
Gaston County, North Carolina, on the first Thursday in August,
A. D. 1848.
A. S. Wallace, Moderator,
VV. J. Bowen, Clerk.
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