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JOURNAL 



OF THE 



General Conference 



OF THE 



Methodist Episcopal Church, 



HELD IN 



NEW YORK, MAY d-3i 1888. 



EDITED BY 

REV. DAVID S. MONROE, D.D., 

Secretary of the Conference. 

. . .fThpf^'t.odJst Church 
Board ot ^.i.^.^i^^ pxj^r? V 

ATE IV YORK: PHILLIPS &= IIUMT. 
CLXCINNATI : CRANSTON &= STOWE. 

iSS8. 



ORDER OF GENERAL CONFERENCE. 



Resolved, That the Secretary of this Conference he instructed to have the 
Journal of this General Conference printed and hound and certified hy him 
to he correct; and that the printed copy so certified shall he the Official 
Journal of this General Conference. 



SECRETARY'S CERTIFICATE. 

I herehj certify that the following pa^es from 2 to 374 contain a correct 
report of the proceedings of the Ttoentieth Delegated General Conference of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, held in the city of Neio TorJc May first to 
May thirty-first, Anno Domini eighteen hundred and eighty-eight; and 
that the Appendixes I, 11, and III contain correct lists of Committees, He- 
ports, and other documents referred to in said p)roceedings. 

DAVID S. MONROE, 

Secretanj. 



LIST OF- DELEGATES BY CONFERENCES ELECTED TO 
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF 1888. 



1. Alahavna.— Ministerial : John D. Pierce. Reserve: James L. 
Freeman, 

Lap : Millard F. Parker. Reserve : Benijali Sheets. 

2. Ar'k.anseLS.— Ministerial : Thomas B. Ford. Reserve: George W. 
Gray. 

Lay: Absalom C. Phillips. Reserve: Ida J. Brooks, 

3. Anstin.— Ministerial : Edgar O. Mclntire. Reserve: Albinus A. 
Johnson. 

Lni/ : John S. Hetherington. Reserve : Risdon M. Moore. 

4. Baltilixore.— Ministerial : John Lanahan, William F. Speake, 
David H. Carroll, John F. Goucher. Reserves: John P. Newman, Green- 
leaf G. Baker. 

Lai/: Alexander Ashley, George W. Corner. Reserves: Benjamin F, 
Bennett, Francis M. Byrd. 

5. Bengal, — Ministerial: James M. Thoburn. Reserve: Dennis Os- 
borne. 

Lay : Roliert Laidlaw. Reserve : Anna J. Thoburn. 

6. Blue 'Ridge.—3Iinisterial: James D. Roberson. Reserve: Rufus 
M. Witt. 

Latj : Henry F. Ketron. Reserve : James W. Gibbs. 

7. Colifovnia..— Ministerial : Robert Bentley, William S. Urmy, El- 
bert R. Dille, Andrew J. Nelson. Reserves: William R. Gober, James 
N. Martin, .Tohn»D. Hammond. 

Laij: Chancellor Hartson, James A. Clayton. Reserves: James W. 
Whiting, Peter Bohl. 

8. Central Alahaxaa..— Ministerial : Alfred W. McKinney. Re- 
serve : Elbert B. McCauley. 

Lay : Washington G. Allen. Reserve: Richard S. Robinson. 

9. Central German. — Ministerial : Jacob Rothweiler, Henry J. 
Liebhart, Peter F. Schneider. Reserves: Jacob Krehbiel, Franz L. 
Nagler. « 

Lay : Jacob F. Schultz, Dietrich B. jNIeyer. Reserves: Gottlieb Colder, 
J. Charles Markert. 

10. Central Illinois. — Ministerial: Charles O. McCulloch, Peter A. 
Cool, George W. Gue, Benjamin W. Baker, William H. Hunter. Re- 
serves: James W. Haney, Joseph S. Gumming. 



•i List of Delegates by Conferences 

Lay: Isaac Bailey, James H. Buuu. Reserves: William B. Rickey, 
Melville C. Soule. 

11. Central Missouri. — Ministerial: William H. H. Biown. Re- 
serve: Jordan AV. Hughes. 

Laij : Charles S. Waldeu. Reserve: Willis Brown, 

12. Central New York. — Ministerial: Luke C. Queal, Edmund M. 
Mills, Charles N. Sims, Carlton C. Wilbor, Uriah S. Beebe. Reserves: 
William H. Anuable, Edwin J. Hermans. 

Lai/: Tlionias Jones, Thomas W. Dm-ston. Reserves: David Decker, 
George A. Guernsey. 

13. Central Ohio. — Ministerial : Elias D. Whitlock, Leroy A. Belt, 
Samuel L. Roberts, Gershom Lease. Reserves: David Rutledge, Loring 
C. Webster. 

Lay: William St. John, John B. Williams. Reserves: Edward T. 
Nelson, Henry F. Winders. 

14. Central Pennsylvania. — Ministerial: Martin L. Ganoe, Ed- 
ward J. Gray, David S. IMonroe, George Leidy, William A. Stephens. 
Reserves: Milton K. Foster, Hiles C. Pardoe. 

Lay: Thomas H. Murray, S. Wilson Murray. Reserves: Hiram E. 
Sutherland, David E. Robeson. 

15. Central Tennessee. — Ministerial: James W. McNeil. Reserve: 
Joseph M. Carter. 

Lay : Leonard S. Doolittle. Reserve : Charles H. Maynard. 

16. Chicag'O German. — Ministerial: Christian A. Loeber, Charles 
Hcdler. Reserves: John Schuell, Bartholomew Lampert. 

Lay: Henry Rieke, Gustave A. Seifeld. Reserves: Frederick W. 
W. Rueckheim, Christian F. Rinder. 

17. Cincinnati. — Ministerial: Charles H. Payne, Adna B. Leonard, 
Jeremiah H. Bayliss, Isaac W. Joyce. Reserves : Richard S. Rust, John 
Pearson. 

Lay: John E. Jones, John K. Pollard. Reserves: William R. War- 
nock, Andrew Coffmau. 

18. Colorado. — Ministerial: Earl Cranston, David H.Moore. Re- 
serves: John H. Merritt, Nathaniel A. Chamberlain. 

Lay: John W. Lacy, John Evans. Reserves: Charlotte E. Fisher, 
Ebenezer T. Ailing. 

19. Columbia "Rxver. — Ministerial : James H. Wilbur. Reserve: 
William S. Turner. 

Lay: William Mitchell. Reserve: John L. Reeser, 

20. Dakota. — MinisteriaU William Brush. Reserve: Abram D. 
Traveller. 

Ljay : D. William Diggs. Reserves: Isabella M. Hai-tsough, Charles 
H. Fowler. 

21. 'DelSi-weive.— Ministerial : William H. Coffey, William H. Thomas, 
Reserves : Isaac H. White, Wesley J. Parker. 



miected to the General Conference of 1888. 5 

Lay: Benjamin O. Bird, Elisha L. Biicldell. Reserves: "NVilliam F. 
Moi-gan, Emory Nicholas. 

22. Des Moines. — Ministerial: William T. Smith, William S. Hooker, 
Thomas McK. Stuart, Benjamin F. W. Cozier. Reserves: John W. Webb, 
Charles W. Blodgett. 

Lmj : David S. Sigler, Leslie M. Shaw. Reserves : Benjamin F. Clayton, 
John R. Kirk. 

23. Detroit. — Ministerial: Arthur Edwards, Lewis R. Fiske, Lewis 
P. Davis, Andrew J. Bigelow, Jacob Horton, James S. Smart. Reserves : 
"William H. Shier, Jesse Kilpatrick. 

Lay : Horace Hitchcock, Charles R. Brown. Reserves : Jennie Preston, 
William J. Cocker. 

24. East German. — Ministerial: Paul Quattlander. Reserve: George 
Abele. 

Lay: Frederick K. Keller. Reserve: Peter Blank. 

25. East lilLaivie.— Ministerial : James AV. Day, William T. Jewell. 
Reserves: Charles A. Plumer, George G. Wiuslow. 

Lay: Eben M. Tibbitts, Thomas H. Wentworth. Reserves: Nelson J. 
Hall, Elizabeth U. Yates. 

26. East Ohio. — Ministerial: Ernest A. Simons, John W. Toland, 
William L. Dixon, Louis Paine. Abraham H. Domcr. Reserves: James 
W. HoUingshead, William H. Locke. 

Lay: Silas J. Williams, Frank A. Arter. Reserves: John M. Stull, 
William B. Lindsay. 

27. East TeTxaessee.— Ministerial : Daniel W. Hayes. Reserve: 
Judson S. Hill. 

Lay : James P. Andrews. Reserve : John H. Walker. 

28. Erie. — Ministerial: Theodore L. Flood, Homer H. ]\roore, Alfred 
Wheeler, Robert S. Borland. Reserves: James T. Edwards, David 
Latshaw. 

Lay: George P. Hukill, Edward Appleyard. Reserves: James ]\L 
McCormick, ]\Iinor B. Dunham. 

29. Florida. — Ministerial: Samuel B. Darnell. Reserve: Peter 
Swearingen. 

Lay : Lawrence L. Chestnut. Reserve : Alonzo R. Jones. 

30. Foocho-W. — Ministerial: Sia Sek Ong. Reserve: George B. 
Smyth. 

Lay: (None elected). 

31. Genesee. — Ministerial: Sandford Hunt, John E. Williams, 
DeWitt C. Huntington, Samuel McGerald, George H. Dryer, John B. 
Wentworth. Reserves: Thomas J. Bissell, James E. Bills. 

Lay: Zachary P. Taylor, Jerome I. Stanton. Reserves: Eli Taylor, 
John Cline. 

32. Georgia. — Ministerial: Hugh Boyd. Reserve: Wm. E. Tarpley. 
Lay: John E. Bryant. Reserve: Newton Trimble. 



6 List of Delegates by Conferences 

33. Germany. — Ministerial: Clement A, C. Achaid. Reserve: Ernst 
H. Gebhardt. 

Lay: (None elected). 

34. Holston. — Ministerial: Thomas C. Carter, John F. Spence. Re- 
serves: James I. Robinette, Thomas S. Walker. 

Lay: Wiley M. Christian, Halbert B. Case. Reserves: George W. 
Hill, John W. Adams. 

35. Idaho. — Ministerial: Abraham Eads. Reserve: George M. Irwin. 
Lay: Samuel O. Swackhamer. Reserve: George D. Ellis. 

36. Illinois. — Ministerial: William H. Webster, William H. Wilder, 
Horace Reed, Matthias A. Ilewes, Marquis D. Hawes, William N. McElroy. 
Reserves: Daniel W. English, Preston Wood, Stephen H. AVhitlock. 

Lay: Enoch W. Moore, De Lafayette Musselman. Reserves: Philip 
G. Gillette, Clarissa M. Cleveland. 

37. Indiana. — Ministerial : Alexander Martin, Henry J. Talbott, 
William R. Halstead. Reserves: John H. Ketcham, William McK. 
Hester. 

Lay: David E. Beem, Moses L. B. Sefrit. Reserves: Newland T. 
DcPauvv, Thomas A. Goodwin. 

38. lOTVa. — Ministerial : J. Thomas McFarland, James C. W. Coxe, 
George N. Power. Reserves : Charles L. Stafford, Thomas J. Myers. 

Lay: Charles F. Craver, John Mahin. Reserves: David H. Emery, 
Dillon n. Payne. 

39. Italy. — Ministerial : Leroy M. Vernon. Reserve: William Burt. 
Lay: Giovanni Martini. Reserves: John M. Cornell, David H. 

Wheeler, Peter A. Welch. 

40. Japan. — Ministerial : Robert S. Maclay. Reserve : Irvin H. 
Con-ell. 

Lay: John O. Spencer. Reserve: Yoiten Honda. 

41. Kansas. — Ministeriul : Samuel E. Pendleton. James Marvin, 
George S. Dearborn. Reserves: Richard Wake, Hillary A. Gobin, 
William H. Underwood. 

Lay: Amanda C. Rippcy, Ira I. Taber. Reserves: Timothy B. Sweet, 
Morris L. Ritchie. 

42. Kentucky. — Ministerial: Amon Boreing, John D. Walsh. Re- 
serves: Elmon L. Shepard, Charles J. Howes. 

Lay : Amos Shinkle, Miles N. Hamilton. Reserves: Benjamin P. Tevis, 
William T. Atkinson. 

43. Lexington. — Ministerial: Daniel Jones, Edward W. S. Ham- 
mond. Reserves: Henry W. Tate, George A. Sissle. 

Lay : Thomas R. Fletcher, George L. Knox. Reserves : Robert L. 
Dickerson, William H. Garr. 

44. Liberia. — Ministerial : James H. Deputie. Reserve : Thomas A. 
Sims. 

Lay : John L. Fuller. Reserve : James M. Gross. 



Elected to the General Conference o/' 1888. 7 

45. Little Rock. — Ministerial: William R. R. Duncan. Reserve: 
William H. Crawford. 

Lay : C. Columbus Rilej\ Reserve : Americus M. Neely. 

46. Louisiana. — Miniderial : Joseph C. Hartzell, Aristicles E. P. 
Albert, .Julius F. Marshall. Reserves: Madison C. B. Mason, Ernest 
Lyon, George W. Wells. 

Lay : Graham Bell, Jason L. Jones. Reserves : Arthur A. Lacy, John 
A. Moton. 

47. Maine. — Ministerial : Charles J. Clark, EnosT. Adfyns. Reserves: 
Abel W. Pottle, Roscoe Sanderson, 

Lay: Washington L. Dagget, Jeremiah B. Donnell. Reserves: Syl- 
vanus D. Thomas, William H. H. McAllister. 

48. Mexico. — Ministerial: John W. Butler. Reserve: Simon Loza. 
Lay: John M. Phillips. Reserve: Doroteo Mendoza. 

49. Michigan. — Ministerial: Doctor F. Barnes, James H. Potts, 
John M. Reid, Washington Gardner, Wilbur I. Cogshall, John C. Floyd. 
Reserves : Aaron P. Moors, James Hamilton. 

Lay: Daniel Striker, Russell R. Pealer. Reserves: Mary T. Lathroj:), 
Hampton P. Rich. 

50. Minnesota. — Ministerial: Robert Forbes, George H. Bridgman, 
William W. Sattcrlee, John N. Liscomb. Reserves: James F. Chaffee, 
Charles N. Stowers. 

Lay : ]\[ary C. Nind, George H. PLizzard. Reserves: Harriet A. Ho- 
bart, Fiederick W. Hoyt. 

51. Mississippi. — Ministerial: Samuel A. Cowmen, James M. Shum- 
pert, John C. Eckles. Reserves : Warren McDonald, Jacob I. Garrett. 

Lay: Henry Avant, James P. Simms. Reserves: Eugene E. Pettebone, 
Joseph W. Longstreet. 

52. Missouri. — Ministerial : William F. Clayton, John Gillies. Re- 
serves: Jairus J. Bentley, Thomas J. Wheat. 

Ljay : Charles R. Combs, James M. Davis. Reserves: James W. Drey- 
fus, Daniel E. Wilson. 

53. Montana. — Ministerial: William A. Shannon. Reserve: Fran- 
cis A. Riggin. 

Jjiy : John E. Rickards. Reserve: Frederick Gamer. 

54. Nebraska. — Ministerial: Charles F. Creighton, John W. Stew- 
art, A. Clark Crosthwaite. Reserves: Wesley K. Beans, Stokely D. 
Roberts. 

LMy : Angle F. Newman, Manoah B. Reese. Reserves : Jlinerva E. 
Roberts, Ezra E. Howard. . 

55. Newark. — Ministerial: James N. FitzGerald, Henry A. Buttz, 
Daniel R. Lowrie, Sandford Van Benschoten, James I. Boswell. Re- 
serves: Charles R. Barnes, Alexander L. Brice. 

Lay : Hiram C. Clark, Robert R. Doherty. Reserves: Samuel Sterling, 
Richard Grant. 



8 List of Delegates hy Conferences 

56. New England. — MlrdsterUd: Samuel F. Uijliara, George S. 
Chadbourne, John W. Hamilton, CTOorge F. Eaton, Joseph H. Mansfield, 
Daniel Dorchester. Reserves: Stephen L. Baldwin, Lewis B. Bates. 

Lay: Alden Spcare, Lebbeus C. Smith. Reserves: Luman T. Jeffts, 
Loramus E. Hitchcock. 

57. New England Southern. — Ministerial : Charles W. Gallagher, 
Dwight A. Jordan, Stejiheu O. Benton, Edward Edson. Reserves : Dan- 
iel A. Whedou, Francis D. Blakeslee. 

Lay: William H. Phillips, Leavitt Bates. Reserves: Frank H. May- 
nard, Costello Lippitt. 

58. New Hampshire. — Ministerial: Jesse M. Durrell, Joseph E. 
Robins, George W. JJorris. Reserves: Daniel C. Kuowles, Daniel J. 
Smith. 

Lay: Erastus A. Crawford, William A. Heard. Reserves: Irah E. 
Chase, Ira Colby. 

59. New Jersey. — Ministerial : J. Leander Sooy, Jacob B. Graw, 
George B. Wight, George L. Dobbins. Reserves: Philip Cline, William 
W. Moffett. 

Lay: Clinton B. Fisk, William H. Skirm. Reserves: A. Emory 
Street, John W. Newlin. 

60. New York. — Ministerial: James M. King, .James R. Day, 
George S. Hare, Charles C. McCabe, John Miley, Frank J. Belcher. Re- 
serves: Benjamin H. Burch, Morris D'C. Crawford. 

Lay: John D. Slayback, Albert M. Card. Reserves: John M. Cornell, 
George McLaughlin. 

61. New York 'RsbSt.^- Minister ial : Daniel A. Goodsell, James M. 
Buckley, Ichabod Simmons, Jose^jh Pullman, Thomas H. Burch, J. Ora- 
mel Peck. Reserves: George P. Mains, Benjamin M. Adams, George E. 
Reed. 

Lay: Phineas C. Lounsbury, Henry W. Knight. Reserves: John 
Kerley, Chauncey Shaffer. 

62. North Carolina. — Ministerial: John E. Champliu. Reserve: 
Elias M. Collett. 

Lay: Willis M. Graves. Reserve: Dennis B. Yancey. 

63. North Dakota. — Ministerial: David C. Plannette. Reserve: 
Henry G. Bilbie. 

Lay : Sylvester J. Hill. Reserve : Samuel R. Smith. 

64. Northern New York. — Ministerial: James Coote, Horace ]\[. 
Danforth, Wilbur F. IMarkham, Alexander Bramley, Samuel Call. Re- 
serves: Gordon Moore, Isaac S. Bingham. 

Lay: Nathan L. Stone, Warner Miller. Reserves: Henry Lewis, Leb- 
beus E. Elmer. 

65. North German. — Ministerial: Frederick Kopp. Reserve: John 
G. Bauer. 

Lay: Henry H. Heius. Reserve: August Saudelmau. 



Elected to the General Conference of 1888. 9 

QQ. North India. — Ministerial: David W. Tliomas. Ecsci'vc: .Jo- 
soph H. Gill. 

Lay : Kobert E. Pattison. Reserve : William E. Blackstoue. 

67. North Indiana. — Ministerial: Charles G. Hudson, Franklin T. 
Simpson, Ciuirles W. Lynch, Enoch Holdstock. Reserves: Joshua E. 
Ervin, James Greer. 

Lay : Joseph S. Baker, Charles L. Henry. Reserves : Daniel L. Ovcr- 
holser, Robert W. McBride. 

68. North Nebraska. — Ministerial: John B. Maxfield, William ]M. 
Worley. Reserves : David Marquette, John W. Shank. 

Lay: Lucius H. Rogers, Newton R. Persinger. Reserves: Henrietta 
Hodgetts, Rose S. Harding, 

69. North Ohio. — Ministerial: James W. Mendenhall, Thompson F. 
Hildreth, William F. Whitlock, Elvero Persons. Reserves: Garettson A. 
Hughes, John Mitcliell. 

Lay : Joseph E. Stubbs, Calvin Whitney. Reserves : George W. Cary, 
William M. Bayne. 

70. North-west German. — Ministerial: Christoph Shulz. Re- 
serve: Edward E. Scluiette. 

Lay : Jacob Wernli. Reserve : Herman H. Klaus. 

71. North-"west Indiana. — Ministerial : Samuel P. Colvin, Russell 
D. Utter, William 11. Hickman. Reserves: Samuel Beck, James W. 
Greene. 

Lay: Abram R. Colborn, John C. Ridpath. Reserves: Isaac 11. C. 
Royse, Enoch G. Hogate. 

72. North-west Iowa. — Ministerial: Wilmot Whitfield, Bennett 
Mitchell. Reserves: Leonard H. Woodworth, Wilbur F. Gleason. 

Lay: Albert D. Peck, Harrison S. Vaughn. Reserves: Oscar P. JMi Her, 
Cyrus C. Carpenter. 

73. North-west Kansas. — Ministerial: Michael M. Stolz, John II. 
Lockwood. Reserves: Charles L. Shackelford, Henry G. Breed. 

Lay: Andrew P. Collins, Charles D. Jones. Reserves: John C. Pos- 
tlethwaite, Joseph P. Woods. 

74. North-west Swedish. — Ministerial: John Wigren. Iteserve: 
Alfred Anderson. 

Lay: John R. Lindgren. Reserve: Edward H. Ericson. 

75. Norway. — Ministerial : John H. Johnson. Reserve: Anders 
Olsen. 

iMy : (None elected.) 

76. Norw^egian and Danish. — Ministerial: Andrew Haagensen. 
Reserve: Ole P. Peterson. 

lAiy : Ole B. Jacobs. Reserve: Martin S. Field. 



10 List of Delegates by Conferences 

77. Ohio. — Ministerial : Joseiili ]\r. Trimble, .James M. Weir, James H. 
Gardner, Joliu C. Jackson, Jr., Isaac F. King. Reserves: John T. Miller, 
John W. Dillon. 

Lay: Samuel H. Hurst, Charles W. Super. Reserves: Morris Sharp, 
Alexander G. Pattou. 

78. Oregon. — Ministerial: William S. Harrington. Reserve: John 
T. Wolfe. 

Lay: Joseph Pearl. Reserve: John O. Booth. 

79. Philadelphia. — Ministerial : Thomas B. Keely, William Swindells, 
Samuel W. Thomas, Charles J. Little, William J. Paxton, John F. Crouch. 
Reserves: William L. McDowell, John F. Meredith. 

iMy : John B. Storm, James Gillinder. Reserves: John A. Wright, 
James Long. 

80. Pittsburg". — Ministerial : Charles W. Smith, Jesse F. Core, Noble 
G. Miller, William B. Watkius. Reserves: Theodore N. Eaton, James F. 
Jones. 

Lay: Lizzie D. Van Kirk, Josiah A. Strickler. Reserves: Butler C. 
Christy, Vachel Harding. 

81. Puget Sound. — Ministerial: David G. Le Sourd. Reserve: Isaac 
Dillon. 

Lay : David T. Denny. Reserve: John S. ^IcMillan. 

82. Rock River. — Ministerial : John H. Vincent, Charles G. Truesdell, 
Lewis Curts, Nathan H. Axtell, William A. Spencer, Frank M. Bristol. 
Reserves: Garrett R. Van Home, Joseph Cummings. 

Lay: Nathan E. Lyman, Frances E. Willard. Reserves: Joseph L. 
Whitlock, Oscar A. Oliver, 

83. Saint John's River. — Ministerial: Charles C. McLean. Re- 
serve: Joseph H. Stoney. 

Lay : George T. King. Reserve : James H. Burst. 

84. Saint Louis. — 3finisterial : Benjamin St. J. Fry, George W. 
Hughey. Reserves: Oliver M. Stewart, Francis S. Beggs. 

Lay : Seneca N. Taylor, William H. Craig. Reserves : Albert J. Black- 
ford, Henry C. Cowgill, 

85. Saint Louis German. — Ministerial : William Koeneke, Henry 
Schutz. Reserves: Charles Heidel, John Schlagenhauf. 

Lay: Herman H. Jacoby, Habbe Velde. Reserves: John H. Frick. 
Michael Adolph. 

86. Savannah. — Ministerial: Charles 0. Fisher, Seaborn C. Upshaw. 
Reserve: Aaron P. Melton. 

iMy : Thomas A. Fortson, William H. Crogman. Reserves: .John A. 
Kane, John T. King. 

87. South Carolina. — Ministerial : James B. IMiddleton, Joshua E. 
Wilson. Reserves : James W. White, Eugene 0. Brown. 



Elected to the General Conference of 1888. 11 

Lay: Eugene A. Webster, Silas Easterling. Reserves: Cornelius J. 
HoUoway, Nelson Davies. 

88. South-east Indiana.— 3/inisto-£aZ.- John S. Tevis, William R. 
Lathrop. Reserves: John G. Chafee, George L. Curtiss. 

Lcnj : Eli F. Ritter, Will Cumback. Reserves: James M. Wynn, John 
W. Ray. 

89. Southern California.— ^Tf^u's^eriaZ ; Robert W. C. Farnsworth, 
John B. Green; Reserves: Marion ]\I. Bovard, Marcus F. Colburn. 

Uaj: Watson Parrish, William H. Johnson. Reserves: James O. Byx- 
bie, Leslie F. Gay. 

90. Southern Q&s:xn.^Xi.—Minhterial: Henry Dietz. Reserve: 
William Pfaeffle. 

Lay : Fritz B. Blumberg. Reserve : Henry Wellman. 

91. Southern TiS.\n.o\S.—Minhterial: James L. Waller, John W. 
Locke, John Leeper. Reserves : John D. Gillhara, Owen H. Clark. 

Lay: Richard W. Lj'on, Samuel L. D wight. Reserves: Sallie Logan, 
Sallie L. Needles. 

92. South IndSs..— Ministerial : John E. Robinson. Reserve: Simon 
P. Jacobs. 

Lay: Stanley Murray. Reserve: Kate E. Stone. 

93. South Kafisas.— 3/i»i«fe7-?rtZ.- Bernard Kelly, J. Albert Hyd en. 
Hugh McBirney. Reserves: Edmund C. Boaz, Albert G. Robb, Herbert 
W. Chaffee. 

Lay: William H. Stout, D. Stewart Elliott. Reserves: M. Louise 
Potter, Robert N. Allen. 

94. South-west 'KaJOBO.^.— Ministerial : Jeremiah I). Botkin, Mar- 
tin L. Gates, Benjamin C. Swarts. Reserves: Augustus P. George, Cyrus 
A. King. 

Lay: Henry H. McAdams, William H. Mock. Reserves: Morris W. 
Miles, Isaac E. Page. 

95. ^^Q^&Q..— Ministerial : ]\L Frederick Ahgren. Reserve: Karl 
A. Jansson.- 

Lay : Jons Pehrsson. Reserve : Anders Nordstrom. 

96. Switzerland.— ifi/iisimaZ ; H.Jacob Breiter. Reserve: Hen- 
rich Nuelsen. 

Lay : (None elected.) 

97. Tennessee.— M?iiste?7"rtZ ; Calvin Pickett. Reserve : Henry W. 
Key. 

Lay : Thomas W. Johnson. Reserve : Daniel W. Fields. 

98. T&%zs,.— Ministerial : Isaiah B. Scott, Edward Lee. Reserves: 
George W. Smith, Robert H. Harbert. 

Lay: John H. Wilkins, John B. McCulloch. Reserves: James I. Gil- 
mour, Jacob E. Freeman. 



12 List of Delegates by Conferences 

99. Troy. — Ministerial : William GrifRn. " Joel W. Eaton, Homer 
Eaton, Aaron D. Heaxt, Henry Graham, David W. Gates. Reserves: 
John H. Coleman, John E. C. Sawyer. 

Lay : Alfred Guibord, Charles D. Hammond. Reserves : David Klock, 
Jr., Daniel W. Hays. 

100. Upper Iowa. — Ministerial: Alpha J. Kynett, William F. King, 
Harry H. Green, John T. Crippeu, George W. Brindell. Reserves: Will- 
iam F. Paxton, James H. Rhea. 

Lay : Edward A. Snyder, Jesse P. Farley. Reserves : Henry Egbert, 
Charles C. Crow ell. 

101. 'Vevva.ont.— Ministerial: Timothy P. Frost, Elisha W. Culver. 
Reserves: Joel O. Sherbourne, Richard Morgan. 

Ljay : Chauncey Temple, William A. Boyce. Reserves: Alden L. 
Bailey, Franklin P. Ball. 

102. Virginia. — Ministerial: Archibald J. Porter. Reserve: Samuel 
A. Ball. 

Lay: Chester C. Gaver. Reserve: Jacob M. Thorne. 

103. "Washington. — Ministerial: Edward W. S. Peck, John A. 
Holmes, Henry A. Carroll. Reserves: Richard A. Read, William P. 
Ryder, James W. Dansbury. 

Lay : George W. Hollinger, Samuel Tyler. Reserves : Thomas R. 
Ovelton, Sherman B. Downing. 

104. "West German. — Ministerial : Jacob Tanner. Reserve: Charles 
Ott. 

Lay: Philip W. Kost. Reserve: Conrad Kohl er. 

105. West Nebraska. — Ministerial: Porter C. Johnson. Reserve: 
William C. Wilson. 

Lay : Josiah L. Parrotte. Reserve: John I. Nesbitt. 

106. West Texas. — Ministerial: Henry Swann. Reserve: William 
H. Davis. 

Lay : Governor R. Townsend. Reserve : Benjamin J. Henry. 

107. West Virginia. — Ministerial: George E. Hite, James M. 
Warden, Jasper F. Chenoweth. Reserves : James A. Fullerton, William 
R. White. 

Lay: George W. Atkinson, Arthur I. Boreman. Reserves: John C. 
Bardall, Henry C. McWhorter. 

108. West Wisconsin. — Ministerial: Ephraim L. Eaton, Bert E. 
Wheeler, W. John McKay. Reserves: John Tresidder, Manning B. Balch. 

Lay : Edwin E. Bentley, Jerome B. Jones. Reserves : Peres J. Layne, 
James Spensley. 

109. Wilmington. — Miinsteridl: Jacob Todd, John A. B. Wilson, 
Nicholas M. Browne. Reserves: William S. Robinson, John France. 

Lay : Henry P. Cannon, Levin S. Melson. Reserves : Joseph Pyle, Ar- 
thur E. Sudler. 



Elected to the General Conference of 1888. 13 

110. Wisconsin.— 3//«is«ej7V<Z.- Bradford P. Raymond, William P. 
Stowe, Sabiu Halsey, Thomas Clitliero. Reserves : George W. Wells, 
Isaac S. Leavitt. 

Lay: George H. Foster, Edward L. Paine. Reserves: John H. Whor- 
ton, Luciuda S. Colman. 

HI. 'WYora.iug.— Ministerial : William H. Olin, John G. Eckman, 
Manley S. Hard, John C. Leacock, Dewitt C. Olmstead. Reserves: Rob- 
ert W. Van Schoick, Samuel Moore. 

iMy : George Reynolds, Elijah C. Wadhams. Reserves: Abram I. 
Decker, William Connell. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERIAL DELEGATES 

ELECTED. 



Delegates. Conferences. 

1 Achard, Clement A. C Germany. 

2 Adams, Enos T Maine. 

3 Ahgren, M. Frederick Sweden. 

4 Albert, Aristides E. P Louisiana. 

5 Axtell, Nathan H Rock River. 

6 Baker, Benjamin W Central Illinois. 

7 Barnes, Doctor F Michigan. 

8 Bayliss, Jeremiah H Cincinnati. 

9 Beebe, Uriah S Central New York. 

10 Belcher, Frank J New York. 

11 Belt, Leroy A Central Ohio. 

12 Bentley, Robert California. 

13 Benton, Stephen O New England Southern. 

14 Bigelow, Andrew J Detroit. 

15 Boreing, Amon Kentucky. 

16 Borland, Robert S Erie. 

17 Boswell, James I Newark. 

18 Botkin, Jeremiah D South-west Kansas. 

19 Boyd, Hugh Georgia. 

20 Bramley, Alexander Northern New York. 

21 Brieter, H. Jacob Switzerland. 

22 Bridgman, George H . ^ Minnesota. 

23 Brindell, George W Upper Iowa. 

24 Bristol, Frnnk M Rock River. 

25 Brown, William H. H Central Missouri. 



li Alpluibetlcal List of Ministerial Delegates. 

Dolegates. Conferences. 

26 Browne, Nicholas M Wilmington, 

27 Brush, William Dakota. 

28 Buckley, James M New York East. 

29 Burch, Thomas H New^ York East. 

30 Butler, John W Mexico. 

31 Buttz, Henry A Newark. 

32 Call, Samuel Nortliern New York. 

33 Carroll, David H Baltimore. 

34 Carroll, Henry A Washington, 

35 Carter, Thomas C Holston. 

36 Cliadbourne, George S New England. 

37 Champlin, John E North Carolina. 

38 Chenoweth, Jasper F West Virginia, 

39 Clark, Charles J Maine. 

40 Chxyton, William F Missouri. 

41 Clithero, Thomas Wisconsin. 

42 Coffey, AVilliam H Delaware. 

43 Cogshall, Wilbur I Michigan. 

44 Colvin, Samuel P North-west Indiana. 

45 Cool, Peter A Central Illinois. 

46 Coote, James Northern New York. 

47 Core, Jesse F Pittsburg. 

48 Cowan, Samuel A Mississippi. 

49 Coxe, James C. W. Iowa. 

50 Cozier, Benjamin F. W Des Moines. 

51 Cranston, Earl Colorado. 

52 Creigliton, Charles F Nebraska. 

53 Crippen, John T Upper Iowa, 

54 Crosthwaite, A. Clark Nebraska. 

55 Crouch, John F Philadelphia. 

56 Culver, Elisha W Vermont. 

57 Curts, Lewis Rock River. 

58 Danforth, Horace M Northern New York. 

59 Darnell, Samuel B Florida. 

60 Davis, Lewis P Detroit. 

61 Day, James R New York. 

62 Day, James W East Maine. 

6o Dearborn, George S Kansas. 

64 Deputie, James H Liberia. 

65 Dietz, Henry Southern German. 

66 Dille, Elbert R California. 

67 Dixon, William L East Ohio. 

68 Dobbins, George L New Jersey. 

69 Domer, Abraham H East Ohio. 

70 Dorchester, Daniel New England. 



Alphabetical List of Ministerial Delegates. 15 

Delegates. Conferences. 

71 Dryer, George H Genesee. 

72 Duncan, William R. R Little Rock. 

73 Diurell, Jesse M New Hampshire. 

74 Eads, Abraham Idaho. 

75 Eaton, Ephraim L West Wisconsin. 

76 Eaton, George F New England. 

77 Eaton, Joel W Troy. 

78 Eaton, Homer Troy. 

79 Eckles, John C Mississippi. 

80 Eckman, John G Wyoming. 

81 Edson, Edward New England Southern. 

83 Edwards, Arthur Detroit. 

83 Farnsworth, Robert W. C Southern California. 

84 Fisher, Charles O Savannah. 

85 Fiske, Lewis R Detroit. 

86 FitzGerald, James N Newark. 

87 Flood, Theodore L Erie. 

88 Floyd, John C Michigan. 

89 Forbes, Robert Minnesota. 

90 Ford, Thomas B Arkansas. 

91 Frost, Timothy P Vermont. 

93 Fry, Benjamin St. J Saint Louis. 

93 Gallagher, Charles W New England Southern. 

94 Ganoe, Martin L Central Pennsylvania. 

95 Gardner, James H Ohio. 

96 Gardner, Wa-^hington Michigan. 

97 Gates, David W Troy. 

98 Gates, Martin L South-west Kansas. 

99 Gillies, John Missouri. 

100 Goodsell, Daniel A Ncav York East. 

101 Gouchcr, John F Baltimore. 

103 Graham, Henry Troy. 

103 Graw, Jacob B New Jersey. 

104 Gray, Edwan 1 .1 Central Pennsylvania. 

105 Green, Harry \\ Upper Iowa. 

106 Green, John B Southern California. 

107 Griffin, Willi;nn Troy. 

108 Gue, George W Central Illinois. 

109 Hargenscn. Andrew NorAvegian and Danish. 

110 Halsey, Sabin Wisconsin. 

111 Halstcad, William R Indiana. 

1 13 Hamilton, Jolm W New England. 

113 Hammond. Edward W. S Lexington. 

114 Hard, Mauley S Wyoming. 



16 Alphabetical List of Ministerial Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

115 Hare, George S New York. 

116 Harrington, William S Oregon. 

117 Hartzell, Joseph C Louisiana. 

118 Hawes, Marquis D Illinois. 

119 Hays, Daniel W East Tennessee. 

120 Heaxt, Aaron D Troy. 

121 Hedler, Charles Chicago German. 

133 Hewes, Matthias A Illinois. 

123 Hickman, William H North-west Indiana. 

124 Hildreth, Thompson F , .North Ohio. 

125 Hite, George E West Virginia. 

126 Holdstock, Enoch North Indiana. 

127 Holmes, John A Washington. 

128 Hooker, William S Des Moines. 

129 Horton, Jacob Detroit. 

130 Hudson, Charles G North Indiana. 

131 Hughey, George W Saint Louis. 

132 Hunt, Sandford Genesee. 

133 Hunter, William H Central Illinois. 

134 Huntington. De Witt C '. Genesee. 

185 Hyden, J. Albert South Kansas. 

136 Jackson, Jr., John C Oliio. 

137 Jewell, William T East Maine. 

138 Johnson, John II Norway. 

139 Johnson, Porter C West Nebraska. 

140 Jones, Daniel Lexington. 

141 Jordan, Dwight A New England Southern, 

142 Joyce, Isaac W Cincinnati. 

143 Kelly, Bernard South Kansas. 

144 King, Isaac F Ohio. 

145 King, James M New York. 

146 King, William F Upper Iowa. 

147 Koeneke, William Saint Louis German, 

148 Kopp, Frederick North German. 

149 Kyuett, Alpha J Upper Iowa. 

150 Lanahau, John Baltimore. 

151 Lathrop, William R South-east Indiana. 

152 Leacock, John C Wyoming. 

153 Lease, Gershom Central Ohio. 

154 Lee, Edward Texas. 

155 Leeper, John Soiithern Illinois. 

156 Leidy, George Central Pennsylvania. 

157 Leonard. Adna B Cincinnati. 

158 Le Sourd, David G Puo-et Sound. 



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Delegates. Conferences. 

159 Liebhuit, f lenry J Central German. 

160 LiscoMib, John N Minnesota. 

161 Little, Charles J Philadelphia. 

162 Locke, John W Southern Illinois. 

103 Lockwood, John H North-west Kansas. 

164 Loeber, Christian A Cliicago German. 

165 Lowrie, Daniel II Newark. 

166 Lynch, Charles W North Indiana. 

167 Macliiy, Robert S Japan. 

168 Mansfield, Joseph H New England. 

169 Markham, Wilbur F Northern New York. 

170 Marshall, Julius F Louisiana. 

171 Martin, Alexander Indiana. 

172 Marvin, James Kansas, 

173 IVlixxfield, John B North Nebraska. 

174 McBirney, Hugh Soutii Kansas. 

175 McCabe, Charles C New York. 

176 McCullough, Charles O Central Illinois. 

177 McElroy, William N Illinois. 

178 McFarland, J. Thomas Iowa. 

179 McGerald, Samuel Genesee. 

180 Mclntire, ^Edgar O Austin. 

181 McKay, W. John West Wisconsin. 

182 McKinney, Alfred W Central Alabama. 

183 McLean, Charles C Saint John's River. 

184 McNeil, James W Central Tennessee. 

185 Mendenhall, James W North Ohio. 

186 Middleton, James B South Carolina. 

187 Miley, John New York. 

188 Miller, Noble G Pittsburg. 

189 Mills, Edmund M Central New York, 

190 Mitchell, Bennett North-west Iowa. 

191 Monroe, David S Central Pennsylvania. 

192 Moore, David H Colorado. 

193 Moore, Homer H Erie. 

194 Neely, Thomas B Philadelphia. 

195 Nelson, Andrew J California. 

196 Norris, George W New Hampshire. 

197 Ohn, William IT Wyoming. 

198 Olmstead, De Witt C Wyoming. 

199 Ong, Sia Sek Foochow. 

200 Paine, Louis East Ohio. 

201 Payne, Charles H Cincinnati. 

202 Paxson, William J Philadelphia. 

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18 Alphabetical List of Ministerial Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

203 Peck, Edward W. S Wasliington. 

204 Peck, J. Oramel New York East. 

205 Pendleton, Samuel E Kansas. 

206 Persons, Elvero North Ohio. 

207 Pickett, Calvin Tennessee. 

208 Pierce, John D Alabama. 

209 Plauuette, David C North Dakota. 

210 Porter, Archibald J Virginia. 

211 Potts, James H Michigan. 

212 Powder, George N Iowa. 

213 Pullman, Joseph New York East. 

214 Quattlander, Paul East German. 

215 Queal, Luke C Central New York. 

216 Raj-mond, Bradford P Wisconsin, 

217 Reed, Horace Illinois. 

218 Reid, John yi Michigan. 

219 Roberson, James B Blue Ridge. 

220 Roberts, Samuel L Central Ohio. 

221 Robins, Joseph E New Hampshire. 

222 Robinson, John E South India. 

223 Rothweiler, Jacob Central German. 

. 224 Satterlee, William W Minnesota. 

225 Schneider, Peter F Central German. 

226 Schutz, Henry Saint Louis German. 

227 Schulz, Christoph North-west German. 

228 Scott, Isaiah B Texas. 

229 Shannon, William A Montana. 

230 Shunipert, James M ^Mississippi. 

231 Simmons, Icliabod New York East. 

232 Simons, Ernest A East Ohio. 

233 Simpson, Franklin T North Indiana. 

234 Sims, Charles N Central New York. 

235 Smart, James S Detroit. 

236 Smith, Charles W Pittsburg. 

237 Smith, William T Des Moines. 

238 Sooy, J. Leander New Jersey. 

239 Speake, William F Baltimore. 

240 Spence, John F Ilolston. 

241 Spencer, William A Rock River. 

242 Stephens, William A Central Pennsylvania. 

243 Stewart, John W Nebraska. 

244 Stolz, Michael M North-west Kansas. 

245 Stowe, William P Wisconsin. 

246 Stuart, T. McKendree Des ]\Ioiues. 



Aljjhabetical List of 3Iinisterlal Delegates. 19 

Delegates. Conferences. 

247 Swann, Henry West Texas. 

248 Swarts, Benjamin C South-west Kansas. 

249 Swindells, William Philadelphia. 

250 Talbott, Heni'v J Indiana. 

251 Tanner, Jacob West German. 

252 Tevis, John S South-east Indiana. 

253 Thoburn, James M Bengal. 

254 Thomas, David W North India. 

255 Thomas, Samuel W Philadelphia. 

25G Thomas, William H Delaware. 

257 Todd, Jacob Wilmington. 

258 Toland, John W East Ohio. 

259 Trimble, Joseph M Ohio. 

260 Truesdell, Charles G Rock River. 

201 Upham, Samuel F New England. 

262 Upshaw, Seaborn W Savannah. 

263 Urmy, William S , . , California. 

264 Utter, Russell D North-west Indiana. 

265 Van Benschoten, Sandford Newark. 

260 Vernon, Leroy M Italy. 

267 Vincent, John H Rock River. 

268 Waller, James L Southern Illinois. 

209 Walsh, John D Kentucky. 

270 Warden, James M West Virginia. 

271 Watkins, William B Pittsburg. 

272 Webster, William H Illinois. 

273 Weir, James M Oliio. 

274 Wentworth, John B Genesee. 

275 Wheeler, Alfred Erie. 

270 Wheeler, Bert E West Wisconsin. 

277 Whitfield, Wilmot North-west Iowa. 

278 Whitlock, Elias D : Central Ohio. 

279 Wliitlock, William F North Ohio. 

280 Wight, George B New Jersey. 

281 Wigren, John North-west Swedish. 

282 Wiibor, Carlton C Central New York. 

283 Wilbur, John H Columbia River. 

284 Wilder. William H Illinois. 

285 Williams, John E Genesee. 

280 Wilson, .John A. B Wilmington. 

287 Wilson, Joshua E South Caiolina. 

288 Worley. William M North Nebraska. 



20 Alphabetical List of Lay Delegates. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF LAY DELEGATES ELECTED. 



Delegates. Conference. 

1 Allen, Washington G Central Alabama. 

2 Andrews, James P East Tennessee. 

3 Appleyard, Edward Erie. 

4 Alter, Frank A East Ohio. 

5 Ashley, Alexander Baltimore. 

6 Atkinson, George W West Virginia. 

7 Avant, Henry Mississippi. 

8 Bailey, Isaac. Central Illinois. 

9 Baker, Joseph S North Indiana. 

10 Bates, Leavitt New England Southern. 

11 Beem, David E Indiana. 

12 Bell, Graham Louisiana. 

13 Bentley, Edwin E West Wisconsin. 

14 Bird, Benjamin O Delaware. 

15 Blumberg. Fritz B Southern German. 

16 Boreman, Arthur I West Virginia. 

17 Boyce, William A Vermont. 

18 Briddell, Elisha L Delaware. 

19 Brown, Charles R Detroit. 

20 Bryant, John E Georgia. 

21 Bunn, James H Central Illinois. 

22 Cannon, Henry P Wilmington. 

23 Card, Albert M New York. 

24 Case, Halbert B Holston. 

25 Chestnut, Lawrence L Florida. 

26 Christian, Wiley M • • . .Holston. 

27 Clark, Hiram C Newark. 

28 Clayton, James A California. 

29 Colborn, Abram R North-west Indiana. 

30 Collins, Andrew P North-west Kansas. 

31 Combs, Charles R Missouri. 

32 Corner, George W Baltimore. 

33 Craig, Willam H Saint Louis. 

34 Craver, Charles F Iowa. 

35 Crawford, Erastus A New Hampshire. 

36 Crogman, William H Savannah. 

37 Cumback, Will South-east Indiana. 



Alphabetical LUt of Lay Delegates. 21 

Delegates. Conferences. 

38 Daggett, Washington L Elaine. 

39 Davis, James M Missouri. 

40 Denny, David T Puget Sound. 

41 Diggs, D. William Dakota. 

42 Dolierty, Robert R Newark. 

43 Dounell, Jeremiah B Maine. 

4i Doolittle, Leonard S Central Tennessee. 

4.'5 Durston, Thomas W Central New York. 

46 Dwight, Samuel L Southern Illinois. 

47 Easterliug, Silas South Carolina. 

48 Elliott, D. Stewart South Kansas. 

49 Evans, John Colorado. 

50 Farley, Jesse P Upper Iowa. 

51 Fisk, Clinton B New^ Jersey. 

53 Fletcher, Thomas R Lexington. 

53 Fortson, Thomas A Savannah. 

54 Foster, George H Wisconsin. 

55 Fuller, John L Liberia. 

56 Gaver, Chester C Virginia. 

57 Gillinder, James Philadelphia. 

58 Graves, Willis M North Carolina. 

59 Guibord, Alfred Troy. 

60 Hambleton, Miles N Kentucky. 

61 Hammond, Charles D Troy. 

62 Hartson, Chancellor California. 

63 Hazzard, George H Minnesota. 

64 Heard. William A New Hampshire. 

65 Heins, Henry H North German. 

66 Henry, Cliarles L North Indiana. 

67 Hetherington, John S Austin. 

68 Hill, Sylvester J North Dakota. 

no Hitchcock, Horace Detroit. 

70 Hollingen, George W Washington. 

71 Hukill, George P Erie. 

72 Hurst, Samuel H • Oliio. 

73 Jacobs, Ole B Norwegian and Danish. 

74 Jacoby, Herman H Saint Louis German. 

75 Johnson, Thomas W Tennessee. 

76 Johnson, William H Southern California. 

77 Jones, Charles D North-west Kansas. 

78 Jones, Jerome B West Wisconsin. 

79 Jones, Jason L Louisiana. 

80 Jones, John E Cincinnati. 

81 Jones, Thomas Central New York. 



22 Alphabetical List of Lay Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

82 Keller, Frederick K East German. 

83 Ketron, Henry F Blue Ridge. 

84 King, George T Saint John's River. 

85 Knight, Henry W New York East. 

86 Knox, George L Lexington. 

87 Kost, Philip W West German. 

88 Lacey, John W Colorado. 

89 Laidlavv, Robert Bengal. 

90 Lindgren, John R North-west Swedish. 

91 Lounsbury, Phineas C New York East. 

92 Lyman, Nathan E Rock River. 

93 Lyon, Richard W Southern Illinois. 

94 Mahin, John Iowa. 

95 Martini, Giovanni Italy. 

96 McAdanis, Henry H South-west Kansas. 

97 McCulloch. John B Texas. 

98 Melson, Levin S Wilmington. 

99 Meyer, Deitrich B Central German. 

100 Michell, William Columbia River. 

101 Miller, Warner . .Northern New York. 

102 Mock, William H South-west Kansas. 

103 Moore, Enoch W Illinois. 

104 Murray, Stanley South India. 

105 Murray, S. Wilson Central Pennsylvania. 

106 Murray, Thomas H Central Pennsylvania. 

107 Musselman, De Lafayette Illinois. 

108 Newman, Angle F Nebraska. 

109 Nind, Mary C Minnesota. 

110 Paine, Edward L Wisconsin. 

111 Parker, Millard F Alabama. 

112 Parrish, Watson Southern California. 

113 Parrotte, Josiah L West Nebraska. 

1 14 Pattison, Robert E North India. 

115 Pealer, Russell R. Michigan. 

116 Pearl, Joseph Oregon. 

117 Peck, Albert D North-west Iowa. 

118 Pehrsson, Jons Sweden. 

119 Persinger, Newton R North Nebraska. 

120 Phillips, Ahsolom C Arkansas. 

121 PhilHps, John M Mexico. 

122 Pliillips. William H New England Southern. 

123 Pollard, John K Cincinnati. 



Alphabetical List of Lay Delegates. 23 

Delegates. Conferences. 

124 Reese, Manoali B Nebraska. 

125 Reynolds, George Wyoming. 

126 Rickards, John E Montana. 

127 Ridpath, John C North-west Indiana. 

128 Rieke, Henry Chicago German. 

129 Riley, Christopher C Little Rock. 

130 Rippey, Amanda C Kansas. 

131 Ritter, Eli F South-east Indiana. 

132 Rogers, Lucius H North Nebraska. 

133 Schultz, Jacob F ■ -Central German. 

134 Sefrit, Moses L. B Indiana. 

135 Siefeld, Gustave A Chicago German. 

136 Shaw, Leslie M Des IMoines. 

137 Shiukle, Amos Kentucky. 

138 Sigler, David S Des Moines. 

139 Simms, James P Mississippi. 

140 Skirm, William H New Jersey. 

141 Slavback, John D New York. 

142 Smith, Lebbeus C New England. 

143 Snvder, Edward A Upper Iowa. 

144 Speare, Alden New England. 

145 Spencer, John O Japan. 

146 Stanton, Jerome I Genesee. 

147 St John, William Central Ohio. 

148 Stone, Nathan L Northern New York. 

149 Storm, John B Philadelphia. 

150 Stout. William H South Kansas. 

151 Strickler, Josiah A Pittsburg. 

152 Striker, Daniel Michigan. 

153 Stubbs, Joseph E North Ohio. 

154 Super, Charles W Ol^io- 

155 Swackhamer, Samuel O Idaho. 

156 Taber, Ira I Kansas. 

157 Taylor, Seneca N Saint Louis. 

158 Taylor, Zachary P Genesee. 

159 Temple, Chauncey Vermont. 

100 Tibbitts, Eben M East Maine. 

161 Townsen, Governor R West Texas. 

162 Tyler, Samuel Washington. 

163 Van Kirk, Lizzie D Pittsburg. 

164 Vaut-hn, Harrison S North-west Iowa. 

165 Velde, Ilabbc Saint Louis German. 



24 Alphabetical List of Lay Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

166 Wadhams, Elijah C Wyomino-. 

167 Walden, Charles S Central Missouri. 

168 Webster, Eugene A South Carolina. 

169 Wentwortli, Thomas H East Maine. 

170 Wernli, Jacob North-west German. 

171 Whitney, Calvin North Ohio. 

172 Wilkins, John H Texas. 

173 Willard, Frances E Rock River. 

174 Williams, John B Central Ohio. 

175 Williams, Silas J East Ohio. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF MINISTERIAL RESERVE 
DELEGATES ELECTED. 



Delegates. Conferences. 

1 Abele, George East German. 

2 Adams, Benjamin M New York East. 

3 Anderson, Alfred North-west Swedish, 

4 Annable, William H Central New York. 

5 Baker, Greenleaf G Baltimore. 

6 Balch, Manning B West Wisconsin. 

7 Baldwin, Stei)hen L New England. 

8 Ball, Samuel A Viro-inia. 

9 Barnes, Charles R Newark. 

10 Bates, Lewis B New England. 

11 Bauer, John G North German. 

12 Beans, Wesley K Nebraska. 

13 Beck, Samuel North-west Indiana. 

14 Beggs, Francis S Saint Louis, 

15 Beutley, Jairus J Missouri. 

16 Bilbie, Henry G North Dakota. 

17 Bills, James E Genesee. 

18 Bingham, Isaac S Northern New York. 

19 Bissell, Thomas J Genesee. 

20 Blakeslee, Francis D New England Southern. 

21 Blodgett, Charles W Des Moines. 

22 Boaz, Edward C South Kansas. 

23 Bovard, Marion M Southern California. 

24 Breed, Henry G North-west Kansas. 

25 Brice, Alexander L Newark. 

26 Brown, Eugene C South Carolina. 

27 Burch, Benjamin H New York. 

28 Burt, William Italv. 



Alphabetical List of Ministerial Reserve Delegates. 25 

Delegates. Conferences. 

29 Carter, Joseph M Central Tennessee. 

30 Chafee, John G South-east Indiana. 

31 Chaffee, Herbert W South Kansas. 

33 Chaffee, James F Minnesota. 

33 Chamberlain, Nathaniel A Colorado. 

34 Clarke, Owen H Southern Illinois. 

35 Cline, Philip New Jersej^ 

36 Colburn, Marcus F Southern California. 

37 Coleman, John H Troy. 

38 Collett, Elias M North Carolina, 

39 Correll, Irwin H . . .^^. Japan. 

40 Crawford, Morris JXlp New York. 

41 Crawford, William H Little Rock. 

43 Camming, Joseph S Central Illinois. 

43 Cummings, Joseph Rock River. 

44 Curtis, George L '. South-east Indiana. 

45 Dansbury, James W Washington. 

46 Davis, William H West Texas. 

47 Dillon, Isaac Puget Sound. 

48 Dillon John W Ohio. 

49 Eaton, Theodore N Pittsburg. 

50 Edw^nrds, James T Erie. 

51 English, Daniel W Illinois. 

52 Ervin, Joshua E North Indiana. 

53 Foster, Milton K Central Pennsylvania. 

54 France, John Wilmington. 

55 Freeman, James L Alabama. 

56 Fullerton, James A West Virginia. 

57 Garett, Jacol) I Mississippi. 

58 Gebhardt, Ernst H Germany. 

59 George, Augustus P South-west Kansas. 

60 Gillham, John D Southern Illinois. 

61 Gill, Joseph H North India. 

63 Gleason, Wilbur F North-west Iowa. 

63 Gober, William R California. 

64 Gobin, Hiliary A Kansas. 

65 Gray, George W Arkansas. 

60 Greene, James W North-Avest Indiana. 

07 Greer, James North Indiana. 

68 Hamilton, James Michigan. 

69 Hammond, John D California. 

70 Hancy, James W Central Illinois. 

71 Harbert, Robert H Texas. 



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26 Ali^hahetlcal List of Minister ial Reserve Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

73 Heidel, Charles Saint Louis German. 

73 Hermaus, Edwin J. Central New York. 

74 Hester, William McK Indiana. 

75 Hill, Jiidson S East Tennessee. 

76 HoUingshead. James W East Ohio. 

77 Howes, Charles J Kentucky. 

78 Hughes, Garrettson A North Ohio. 

79 Hughes, Jordan W Central Mssouri, 

80 Irwin, George M Idaho. _ 

81 Jacobs, Simon P South India. 

82 Jansson, Karl A Sweden. 

83 Johnson, Albinus A Austin. 

84 Jones, James F Pittsburg. 

85 Ketchani, John H Indiana. 

80 Key, Henry W Tennessee. 

87 Kilpatrick, Jesse Detroit. 

88 King, Cyrus A South-west Kansas. 

89 Knowles, Daniel C New Hampshire. 

90 Krehbiel, Jacob Central German. 

91 Lam pert, Barthol Chicago German. 

92 Latshaw, David Erie. 

93 Leavitt, Isaac S Wisconsin. 

94 Locke, William H East Ohio. 

95 Loza, Simon Mexico. 

9G Lyons, Earnest Louisiana. 

97 Mains, George P New York East. 

98 Marquette, David North Nebraska. 

99 Martin, James N California. 

100 j\Iason, Madison C. B Louisiana. 

101 ]\IcCauley, Elbert B Central Alabama. 

102 ]\IcDonald, Warren Mississippi. 

103 McDowell, William L Philadelphia. 

104 Melton, Aaron P Savannah. 

105 Meredith, John F Philadelphia. 

106 jMerritt, John H Colorado. 

107 Miller, John T Ohio. 

108 :Mitchell, John North Ohio. 

109 ]\IofIett, William W New Jersey. 

110 Moore, Gordon Northern New York. 

111 Moore, Samuel Wyoming. 

112 ;Moors, Aaron P Michigan. 

113 Morgan. Richard , Vermont. 

114 Myers, Thomas J Iowa. 



Alphabetical List of Ministerial Heserce Delegates. 27 

Del. {jatis. Conferences. 

1 lo Xagler, Franz L Ceutial Geimau. 

IIG Newman, John P Baltimore. 

117 Nuelson, Heimich Switzerland, 

118 Olsen, Anders Norway. 

119 Osborne, Dennis Bengal. 

120 Ott, Charles West German. 

121 Pardee, Hiles C Central Pennsylvania. 

122 Parker, Wesley J Delaware. 

123 Paxton, AVilliam F Upper Iowa. 

121 Pearson, John Cincinnati. 

125 Peterson, Ole P Norwegian and Danish. 

126 Pfaeffle, William Southern German. 

127 Plumer, Charles A East Maine. 

128 Pottle, Abel W Maine. 

129 Read, Richard A Washington. 

130 Reed, George E New York East. 

131 Rhea, James H Upper Iowa. 

132 Riggin, Francis A Montana. 

133 Robb, Albert G South Kansas. 

134 Roberts, Stokely D Nebraska. 

135 Robinette, James I Holston. 

136 Robinson, William S Wilmington. 

137 Rust, Richard S Cincinnati. 

138 Rutledge, David Central Ohio. 

139 Ryder, William P Washington. 

140 Sanderson, Roscoe Maine. 

141 Sawyer, John E. C Troy. 

142 Schnell, John Chicago German. 

H3 Schuotte, Edward E North-west German. 

144 Shackelford, Charles L North-west Kansas. 

145 Shank, John W North Nebraska. 

146 Shepard, Elmon L Kentuckj\ 

147 Sherborne, Joel O Vermont. 

148 Shier, William H Detroit. 

149 Sims, Thomas A Liberia. 

150 Sissle, George A Lexington. 

151 Slaugenhauf, John Saint Louis German. 

152 SmitI), Daniel J New Hampshire. 

153 Smith, George W Texas. 

154 Smyth, George B Foochow. 

155 Stafford, Charles L Iowa. 

156 Stewart, Oliver M Saint Louis. 

157 Stone}', Joseph A Saint John's River. 

158 Stowers, Charles N Minnesota. 

159 Sweariugeu, Peter Florida. 



28 Alphabetical List of Ministerial Reserve Delegates. 

DeU'jrates CnuforiTicos. 

160 Tate, Heuiy W Lexington. 

161 Tarpley, William E Georgia. 

162 Traveller, Abram D Dakota. 

163 Tresi elder, Joliu West Wisconsin. 

164 Turner, Williaui S Columbia River. 

165 Underwood, William H Kansas. 

166 Van Home, Garrett R Rock River. 

167 Van Schoick, Robert W Wyoming. 

168 Wake, Richard Kansas. 

169 Walker, Thomas S Holston. 

170 Webb, John W Des Moines. 

171 Webster, Loring Central Ohio. 

172 Welis, George W. Wisconsin. 

173 Wells, George W Louisiana. 

174 Wheat, Tiiomas J Missouri. 

175 Whedon, Daniel A Nev^r England Southern. 

176 White, Isaac H Delaware. 

177 Wliite, James W South Carolina. 

178 White, William R West Virginia. 

179 Whitlock, Stephen H Illinois. 

180 Wilson, William C West Nebraska. 

181 Winslow, George G East Maine. 

182 Witt, Rufus M Blue Ridge. 

183 Wolfe, John T Oregon. 

184 Wood, Preston Illinois. 

185 Woodworth, Leonard H North-west Iowa. 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF LAY RESERVE DELEGATES 

ELECTED. 



Delegates. Conferences. 

1 Adams, John W Holston. 

2 Adolph, Michael Saint Louis German. 

3 Allen, Robert N South Kansas. 

4 Ailing, Ebenezer T Colorado. 

5 Atkinson, William T Kentucky. 

6 Bailey, Alden L Vermont. 

7 Ball, Franklin P Vermont. 

8 Bardall, John C West Virginia. 

9 Bayne, William M North Ohio. 

10 Bennett, Benjamin F Baltimore, 



Alphahetical List of Lay Reserve Delegates. 29 

Delegates. Conferences. 

1 1 Blackford, Albert J Saint Louis. 

13 Blackstone, AVilliam E.'. Nortli India. 

13 Blank, Peter East German. 

14 Bolil, Peter California. 

l.j Booth, John O Oregon. 

16 Brooks, Ida J Arkansas. 

17 Brown, Willis Central IMissouri. 

18 Burst, James H Saint John's River. 

1 9 Byrd, Francis jVI Baltimore. 

30 Byxbie, James O Southern California. 

31 Carey, George W North Ohio. 

33 Carpenter. Cyrus C North-west Iowa. 

33 Chase, Irah E New Hampshire. 

34 Christy, Butler C Pittsburg. 

35 Clayton, Benjamin F Des Moines. 

36 Cleaveland, Clarissa M ' Illinois. 

37 Cline, John Genesee. 

38 Cocker, William J Detroit. 

39 Coflfman, Andrew Cincinnati, 

30 Colby, Ira New Hampshire. 

31 Colman, Lucinda S Wisconsin. 

33 Connell, William Wyoming. 

33 Cornell, John M Ncav York and Italy. 

34 Cowgill, Henry C - Saint Louis. 

35 Crowell, Charles C Upper Iowa. 

36 Davies, Nelson South Carolina. 

37 Decker, Abram I Wyoming. 

38 Decker, David Central New York. 

39 De Pauw, Newland T Indiana. 

40 Dickerson, Robert L . . . Lexington. 

41 Downing, Sherman B Washington. 

43 Dreyfus, James W ]\Iissouri. 

43 Dunham, Minor B Erie. 

44 Egbert, Henry Upper Iowa. 

45 Ellis, George D Idaho. 

46 Elmer, Lebbeus E Northern New York. 

47 Emery, David H Iowa. 

48 Ericson, Edward II North-west Swedish. 

49 Field, Martin S Norwegian and Danisl). 

50 Fields, Daniel W Tennessee. 

51 Fisher, Charlotte E Colorado. 

53 Fowler, Charles \\ Dakota. 

53 Freeman, Jacob E Texas. 

54 Frick, John H Saint Louis German. 



30 Alphabetical List of Lay Reserve Delegates. 

Delegates. Conferences. 

55 Gamer, Frederick Montana. 

56 Garr, William H Lexington. 

57 Gay, Leslie F Southern California. 

58 Gibbs, James W Blue Ridge. 

59 Gillette, Philip G Illinois. 

60 Gilmore, James I Textis. 

61 Golder, Gottlieb Central German. 

63 Goodwin, Thomas A Indiana. 

63 Grant, Richard Newark. 

64 Gross, James M Liberia. 

65 Guernsej^, George A Central New York. 

66 Hall, Nelson J • East Maine. 

67 Harding, Rose S North Nebraska. 

68 Harding, Vachel Pittsburg. 

69 Hartsough, Isabella M Dakota. 

70 Hays, Daniel W Troy. 

71 Henry, Benjamin J West Texas. 

72 Hill, George W Holston. 

73 Hitchcock, Loremus E New England. 

74 Hobart, Harriet A Minnesota. 

75 Hodgetts, Henrietta North Nebraska. 

76 Hogate, Enoch G North-west Indiana. 

77 Holloway, Cornelius J South Carolina. 

78 Honda, Yoiten Japan. 

79 Howard, Ezra E Nebraska. 

80 Hoy t, Frederick W Minnesota. 

81 JeiTts, Luman T New England. 

82 Jones, Alonzo R Florida. 

83 Kane Jolin A Savannah. 

84 Kerley, John New York East. 

85 King, John T Savannah. 

86 Kirk, John R Des jMoines. 

87 Klaus, Herman H North-west German. 

88 Klock, Daniel, Jr Troy. 

89 Kohler, Conrad "West German. 

90 Lacy, Arthur A Louisiana. 

91 Lathrop, Mary T Michigan. 

92 Layne, Peres J West Wisconsin. 

93 Lewis, Henry Northern New York. 

■94 Lindsay, William B East Ohio. 

95 Lippitt, Costello New England Southern. 

96 Logan, Sallie Southern Illinois. 

97 Long, James PhiladeliDhia. 

98 Longstreet, Joseph W Mississippi. 



Alphabetical List of Lay Reserve Delegates. 81 

Belegatps. Conferences. 

99 Markcrt, J. Charles Central German. 

100 Maynard, Charles H Central Tennessee. 

101 ]\Iaynarcl, Franklin H New England Southern. 

103 McAllister, William H. H Maine. 

103 McBride, Robert W North Indiana. 

104 McCormick, James M Erie. 

105 McLaughlin, George J New York. 

106 McMillan, John S Puget Sound. 

107 McWhorter, Henry C West Virginia. 

108 Mendoza, Doroteo Mexico. 

109 Miles, Morris W South-west Kansas. 

110 Miller, Oscar P North-west Iowa. 

111 Moore, Risdon M Austin. 

112 Morgan, William F Delaware. 

113 Moteu, John A Louisiana. 

114 Needles, Sallie L Southern Illinois. 

115 Neely, Americus M Little Rock. 

116 Nelson, Edward T Central Ohio. 

117 Nesbit, John J West Nebraska. 

118 Newlin, John W New Jersey. 

119 Nicholas, Emory Delaware. 

120 Nordstrom, Anders Sweden. 

121 Oliver. Oscar A Rock River. 

122 Ovelton, Thomas R Washington. 

123 Overholser, Daniel L North Indiana. 

124 Page, Isaac E South-west Kansas, 

125 Patton, Alexsmder G Ohio. 

126 Payne, Dillon H Iowa. 

127 Pettebone, Eugene C Mississippi. 

128 Postlethwaite, John C North-west Kansas. 

129 Potter, M. Louise South Kansas. 

130 Preston, Jennie , Detroit. 

131 Pyle, Josejih Wilmington. 

132 Ray, John W South-east Indiana. 

133 Reeser, John L Columbia River. 

134 Rich, Hampton P Michigan. 

135 Rickey, William B Central Illinois. 

136 Ritchie, Morris L Kansas. 

137 Rinder, Christian F Chicago German. 

133 Roberts, ISIinerva E Nebraska. 

139 Robeson, David E Central Pennsj'lvania. 

140 Robinson, Richard S Central Alabama. 

141 Royse, Isaac H. C North-west Indiana, 

142 Ruckheim, Frederick W Chicago German. 



82 Alphabetical List of Lay Reserve Delegates. 

Deli'g-ates. Conferences. 

143 Sandelman, August North German, 

144 Shatter, Chauneey New York East. 

145 Sharp, Morris Ohio. 

146 Sheets, Benijah Ahrbama. 

147 Smith, Samuel R North Dakota. 

148 Soule, Melville C Central Illinois. 

149 Spensely, James West Wisconsin. 

150 Sterling, Samuel Newark. 

151 Stone, Kate E South India. 

153 Street, A. Emory New Jersey. 

153 Stull, John M East Ohio. 

154 Sudler, Arthur E Wilmington. 

155 Sutherland, Hiram E Central Pennsylvania. 

156 Sweet, Timothy B Kansas. 

157 Taylor, Eli Genesee. 

158 Tevis, Benjnmin P Kentucky. 

159 Tholmrn, Ann;i J Bengal. 

160 Thomas, Sylvanus D Maine. 

161 Thorne, Jacob ^^ Virginia. 

162 Trimble, Newton Georgia. 

If'S Walker, John H East Tennessee. 

164 Warnock, William R Cincinnati. 

165 Welch, Peter A Italy. 

166 Wellman, Henry Southern German. 

167 Wlieeler, David H Italy. 

168 Whitlock, Joseph L Rock River. 

169 Whiting, James W California. 

170 Wliorton, John H Wisconsin. 

171 Wilson, Daniel E Missouri. 

173 Winders, Henry F Central Ohio. 

173 Woods, Joseph P North-west Kansas. 

174 Wright, John A Philadelphia. 

175 Wynn, James M South-east Indiana. 

176 Yancejr, Dennis B North Carolina. 

177 Yates, Elizabeth U East Maine. 



Ministerial Delegates elected 388 

Lay Delegates elected 175 

Total number 463 

Ministerial Reserve Delegates elected 185 

Lay Reserve Delegates elected 177 

Total number 363 



Address of the Jiishojys. 88 



ADDRESS OF THE BISHOPS. 



To THE Members of the Twentieth Delegated General 
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church : 

Dear Brethren : 

Your General Superintendents, charged with the oversight of tlie 
temporal and spiritual interests of the Church, extend to you, as 
fellow-workers in the kingdom of God, our most hearty greetings 
in the name of the Lord, and invoke in your behalf the gracious 
favor of Almighty God. We pray that the divine blessing may 
be upon each one of you during this quadrennial gathering, and 
that a kind Providence may protect your families and your 
charges while you are absent from them. 

We rejoice witli you, and thank God, first of all, in view of 
the manifold tokens of prosperity which abound in all the borders 
of our Zion. Gracious revivals of religion have attended the 
labors of our ministers in almost every section of our own country 
and in many places in foreign lands, witnessing to the world that 
our Gospel has lost none of its power when preached, as of old, 
with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. A careful estimate 
indicates that not less than 450,000 souls have been brought into 
the Church since the last General Conference, After the deduc- 
tions on account of death and other causes our numbers have gone 
up from 1,769,534 to 2,093,935. The improvements made in the 
seating capacity and in the architectural excellency of our church 
edifices afford special gratification. The educational work of 
the Church has made rapid progress, and our benevolences have 
advanced in a ratio nearly equal to our increase in membership. 
The general loyalty of our ministry to the doctrines and usages 
of Methodism is a source of pleasure, Avhile the spirituality and 
devotedness of our people, and their promptness in responding to 
the numerous drafts made on their liberality, challenge our ad- 
miration and create in us enlarging confidence for the future. 
Peace reigns throughout our borders, and while some questions 
of singular interest await your action we are happy to say that 
no serious agitation of a disturbing nature threatens the unity 
of the denomination. We, therefore, congratulate you, dear 
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84: Address of the Hishops. 

brethren, upon the favorable auspices under wliich you gather from 
your homes in every section of this great continent, and from 
Europe, and from Asia, and from Africa, even from the ends of the 
earth, to join in the fellowships and duties and responsibilities of 
this sacred convocation. We joy with you in God our Saviour, 
who hath made his grace to abound in us and in you, and take up 
the apostolic exultation, "Now thanks be unto God, which always 
causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor 
of his knowledge by us in every place." 

Deceased Bishops and Delegates, 

But our rejoicing to-day is tinged with sadness as memory, 
with unusual vividness, brings into our presence faces and forms 
familiar in the past ; honored servants of God whom we shall see 
no more till we stand with them in the general assembly and 
Church of the first-born, which are written in heaven. In thought 
we turn to the closing scene of the last General Conference. Who 
shall forget the solemnity of that hour ! Bishop Simpson made 
the closing address; Bishop Wiley offered the closing prayer; 
Bishop Harris presided, and announced the closing hymn. These, 
our late colleagues, have ceased to work and live. 

Bishop Simpson, our then venerated senior, died a few weeks 
after that memorable night of his last appearance in public. 
For half a century he served the Church as pastor, educator, editor, 
and Bishop, and by his purity of life, his tireless zeal, his sur- 
passing eloquence, his broad catholicity, his intense loyalty, and 
pronounced patriotism, acquired fame and influence seldom at- 
tained in the Christian ministry, and never exceeded in our de- 
nomination. 

Bishop Wiley began his public life as a medical missionary in 
China, but returned on account of shattered health and entered 
the pastorate, from which he was called, first to educational work, 
then to an ofiicial editorship, and finally to the Episcopacy. Of 
frail constitution, clear head, strong brain, and consecrated life, 
he did noble service wherever placed. He died in China, No- 
vember 22, 1884, in his sixtieth year, and was buried near the 
scene of his early missionary labor, in a place endeared to him by 
precious memories. 

Bishop Harris entered the itinerancy in 1837, and after a few 
years of pastornl service he was called into the educational work, 
and continued in it till 1860, when he was elected Assistant Corre- 
sponding Secretary of the Missionary Society, in which capacity he 



Address of the Bishops. 35 

served till 18'72, when he was chosen Bishop. In this office his 
almost unequaled power to work found ample scope. He visited 
all our Foreign Missions, except Liberia, and proved himself pre- 
eminently useful in superintending the Connectional affairs of 
Methodism — a workman that honored his Chui-ch. 

We leave the fuller characterization of these distinguished 
brethren, and the proper estimate of other ministers and laymen 
who have fallen, to a committee of your own to be charged with 
this duty, and with arrangements for suitable memorial services. 
We must, however, express our sense of the loss the Church has 
sustained in the death of two of the official editors chosen by the 
last General Conference. 

The venerable Rev. Daniel Curry, D.D., LL.D., Editor of the 
Methodist Review, filled a place in the eye of the Christian pub- 
lic and in the councils of Methodism which gave him rank with 
the most conspicuous men of his day. As a writer, debater, and 
adviser in all Connectional affairs, his ability was widely recog- 
nized. His record was honorable, his memory will long be 
cherished as that of one of God's noblemen, and his influence 
will not cease with the passing generation. 

The Rev. Marshall W. Taylor, D.D., editor of the South- 
western Christian Advocate, was a brilliant and gifted speaker, a 
writer of no mean ability, a man of blameless life, a credit to the 
Church, and an honor to his race. Born of an enslaved race, 
though not himself a slave, by his native energies he conquered 
his depressing environments and displayed those qualities of mind 
and heart which enabled him to do much for his fellow-men of 
dark complexion in inspiring them with the laudable aspirations 
which stimulated his own zeal in building up his people in 
knowledge, in virtue, and in the faith of the Gospel. 

Other noble specimens of Christian manhood who shared the 
labors of the last General Conference, both ministers and laymen, 
have gone from us, leaving us the heritage of honored names and 
the deep consciousness of great loss; yet we leave to your com- 
mittee the duty of mentioning them in tei'ms befitting their merits 
and the occasion. 

Episcopal Visits. 

During the quadrennium past we have been able to visit all 
the Conferences and Missions in the United States and Territories. 

Not a Conference or an Annual Meeting has been held without 
the presidency of a Bishop. By division of Conferences the St, 



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36 Address of the I^iskojys. 

John's River, the Central Missouri, the Bengal, the Switzerland, 
and the North German Conferences have been formed, and under 
the authority given in the form of enabling acts the Dakota, the 
North Dakota, the West Nebraska, and the Montana Missions 
have become Annual Conferences, increasing the number to one 
hundred and eleven, AYe have also met the requirement of the 
General Conference in visiting our foreign Conferences and 
Missions, giving adequate time to this work, so that no important 
interest of the Church has suffered by any lack of service in this 
regard. In all these visits we have sought and obtained valuable 
information which we freely impart to the churches, and which 
we shall be happy to place at your disposal, or at the disposal of 
your committees, as they may desire it. 

In 1884 Bishop Wiley went to Japan and held the first session 
of the Japan Annual Conference, which had been just constituted 
by the General Conference. From thence he went over to China 
and held the Annual Meeting of the North China Mission in 
Peking, and thence to Shanghai, where the members of the 
Central China Mission convened, and presided over their Annual 
Meeting, which proved to be his last work. From Shanghai he 
went to Foochow to meet the Annual Conference at that place, 
but was too ill to take any part in the proceedings of that body, 
and died surrounded by the members of the Conference, who 
became mourners at his funeral and bore him to his resting-place 
in the beautiful little cemetery in sight of the home he occupied 
when helping to lay the foundations of that Mission. That same 
year Bishop Hurst held the Conferences in Germany, Sweden, and 
Norway, and the Annual Meetings in Denmark and Bulgaria. 
He also visited India, and" presided over the North and South 
India Confei'ences, held the first session of the Delegated Central 
Conference of India, and made thorough inspection of the Mission- 
ary work in that country, after which he returned to Italy, where 
he presided over the Annual Conference and acquainted himself 
with the state of the work and its needs. In 1885-86 Bishop 
Fowler visited South America and held the Annual Meeting of 
that Mission, and made thorough investigation of the condition 
and wants of that field; and encouraging reports come to us of the 
good results of the partial reorganization which followed his 
visit. In 1886 Bishop Foss presided in all our European Confer- 
ences and held the Annual Meeting of the Denmark Mission, 
giving careful attention to all the interests of the Church 
wherever he went, and especially in Italy. He also worthily 



Address of the Bishops. 37 

represented our Church as fraternal delegate to the British 
Wesleyan Conference, where he was most cordially received. 
Bisliop Ninde went to India that same year, holding the Annual 
Meeting of the Bulgaria Mission on his way, and presided over 
the North India and the South India Conferences, the latter 
dividing, under General Conference authorization, and forming 
the Bengal Conference. He also presided in the Delegated 
Central Conference and made full and careful inspection of the 
work being done throughout the country. Returning, he held 
the Italy Conference and all the European Conferences and the 
Annual Meeting of the Denmark Mission, in 1887, before he 
sailed for home. In 1887 Bishop Warren made the tour of 
Eastern Asia and held the Annual Conference in Japan, made 
the first Episcopal visit to our Mission in Korea, and held the 
Annual Meetings for the North China and Central China Mis- 
sions, and presided over the Foochow Annual Conference. 
Besides these visits beyond the seas Bishops Harris, Foster, 
Hurst, and Bowman have successively presided over the Annual 
Conference in Mexico, giving annual visits to that country, as well 
as to Europe. Bishop Taylor, Missionary Bishop for Africa, has 
annually presided in the Liberia Conference — an arrangement 
which we understand to accord with the intention of the last 
General Conference. We content ourselves Avith this brief sum- 
mary of our work abroad, knowing that it conveys a meager 
idea of the labors involved in these visits and fails utterly to make 
an adequate showing of their beneficial results. From nearly 
every part of our widely-extended fields come I'eports of success- 
ful missionary work, filling our hearts with gladness. The door 
is wide open, calling for the multiplication of evangelizing agencies 
far beyond our ability to respond with the means at our com- 
mand. Every field under our supervision needs re-enforcements. 
The successes already achieved render enlargement indispensable, 
if we would not dash to the ground hopes begotten by what we 
have done or discourage the zeal of our converts, who reasonably 
expect us to stand by them in their trials and to pnsh for further 
conquests among their countrymen. 

This brief survey makes prominent the Connectional character 
of our government and institutions, and shadows forth the 
boundless possibilities of our denomination. In all lands we are 
one Church. Our "rules and regulations" are for all climes and 
for all classes of people. Our legislation must, therefore, be 
as broad and comprehensive as the unmeasured demands of 



38 Address of the Bishoj^s. 

this ever widening field. While local interests are duly con- 
sidered we must not forget our calling to move forward to the 
conquest of the nations as one grand army, with a Gospel free 
and full, and with institutions adapted to every nation, kindred, 
and people, freighted with equal benefits to high and low, to 
rich and poor, to the learned and ignorant, promising life to all 
that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

The Centennial Confekence. 

In pursuance of action taken by the last General Conference a 
meeting was held in Baltimore, Md., the last week of December, 
1884, in the form of a celebration of the Centennial of Episcopal 
Methodism, which was participated in by representatives of the 
several branches of the Methodist family in the United States and 
Canada whose government is Episcoj)al, resulting, as we believe, 
in a decided increase of the fraternal feeling Avhich has been 
growing among the churches for several yeais. It was an occasion 
of profound interest; not official, in any sense, but religious and 
fraternal, drawing together for consultation and fellowship many 
active workers in a common cause and calling forth sentiments 
of mutual respect and confidence which must be valuable in the 
future. 

Some correspondence has taken place with our brethren in 
England in relation to a i)roposed Ecumenical Conference of 
Methodism to be held in the United States in 1891. This cor- 
respondence has been somewhat delayed by the sickness and 
death of Bishop Harris, and is not in condition to justify a formal 
deliverance at this time; but after further communications with 
the representatives of British Methodism we hope to present 
something definite for your consideration and action before your 
final adjournment. 

CONNECTIONAL AgENCIES. 

Among our Connectional agencies our publishing houses East 
and West have a foremost place, and whatever relates to them will 
receive your careful consideration. The reports of the publishing 
agents and of the Book Committee will show that the adminis- 
tration of the several departments of the Book Concern has been 
eminently successful the past four years. The financial exhibit 
is exceedingly gratifying. The dividends distributed among the 
Conferences, and the proposed distribution of $100,000 the coming 
year — ;the centennial of the establishment — ought to remind us all 



Address of the I^ is hops. 89 

that every minister and every layman is interested in the pros- 
perity of these Concerns. With some needed improvements in 
the methods of pusliing the sales of our books and periodicals, and 
with the completion of the plans in hand for the new buildings 
in New York, our facilities for denominational publishing will 
stand not only unrivaled, but far in advance of those of any 
similar establishment in the country. The subject of encouraging 
non-official papers and houses, to the detriment of our Connectional 
interests, and also of giving Episcopal appointment to editors of 
non-official papers, deserves your attention ; and we need scarcely 
remind you of the importance of guarding sacredly the produce 
of the Book Concerns so that no diversion shall be permitted that 
will conflict with the vested rights of the traveling ministers. 

The trustees of the Chartered Fund will report the state of 
their trust. The Disciplinary provision for enlarging this fund 
has remained inoperative for many years, and whether it is wiser 
to abolish it or to devise some means for carrying it into effect 
is left to your judgment. Tlie Board could as easily control a 
larger fund, and distribute larger amounts to the Conferences. 
It is too large and too sacred to be despised, and too small to be 
creditable to the Church. 

The Board of Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in- 
corporated in the State of Ohio, is proving itself a useful agency 
in holding legacies, bequests, and special endowments for the 
benevolent societies of the Church. Its work is unpretentious, 
yet valuable, and worthy the fostering care of the General Con- 
ference. 

The Sunday-School Union and the Tract Society, under their 
respective managements, have prosecuted their work with encour- 
aging success. All that relates to their needs and methods will 
come before you through the proper channels, representing inter- 
ests which you will regard with paternal care, knowing that 
nothing is more vital to the welfare of the Church than the 
literature provided for the young; and you will do all you can 
to strengthen the hold of these two agencies on the kindly feel- 
ing of the Church, and to increase their power for good. 

The work of the Ijoard of Education has been conducted in har- 
mony with the ])urposes of its organization. A revision of the 
section of the Discipline relating to the collection and distribu- 
tion of its funds would remove some obscurities and secure 
greater uniformity in ihe practices of the Conferences in relation 
to the educational collections. The Corresponding Secretary, 



40 Address of the Bishops. 

the Rev. D. P. Kidder, D.D., whose labors have been so abun- 
dant and successful, found himself compelled by impaired health to 
resign his position the past year, and the services of the Rev. D. 
A. Goodsell, D.D., were secured till the meeting of the Board 
in November last, at which time he was unanimously chosen to lill 
the vacancy. The official report of the Board will show the 
state of the funds and acquaint you with its work. 

Ministerial Edlx'ation. 

Permit a word of enlargement. The chief purpose of this 
Board is the encouragement of ministerial education ; a subject 
which has received much attention in the past, and still deserves 
your wisest thought. Three considt-rations render it urgently 
necessary that the number of young men thoroughly equipped for 
the ministry be largely increased. P'ii'st, the demand for such 
men is quite in excess of the supply. Missions all over the world 
hunger for them, and the number of intelligent churches in the 
home field has increased more rapidly than the number of pas- 
tors well qualified to fill them. Second, the subtle and evei°- 
varying forms of skepticism rife in our times ; the transcendent 
conceit which puts its advocates almost beyond the reach of 
reason; the astounding self-assurance with which philosopliical 
vagaries, long since exploded, are dealt out as brilliant novelties ; 
the amazing efiirontery and flippancy with which all things 
serious are treated ; the perpetual dissemination of pernicious 
sentiments by the press, and a manifest loosening of the tradi- 
tional bonds of popular respect for the Sabbath, the Bible, and 
the Church, are startlingly suggestive of the qualifications for 
the ministry which the times demand. Third, the swift devel- 
opment of secular forces in this country, our unprecedented ma- 
terial prosperity, fraught with unknown possibilities of moral 
evil, the ominous mutterings of discontent from multitudes of the 
pool-, the grasping exactions and political power of the enor- 
mously rich, the elements of evil inseparable from so vast an influx 
of foreign populations, the rapid fixing of the trend of popular 
thought in Territories soon to blossom into States holding the 
balance of power in the republic — all these point to collisions of 
sentiment and culminations of forces sure to mark the closing 
decade of the century as an epoch, in our national history, of 
incalculable importance. What trained, consecrated lendership 
does the Church need in such a time ! Men of cultured intellect, 
and hearts aglow with the life and power of the IloU' Spirit and 



Address of the Blslioiys. 41 

the love of Jesus Christ ! We may be building wiser than we 
know by turning the steps of i^romising youth toward our 
scliools, colleges, and theological seminaries, 

hVithout her educational institutions Methodism would have 
lacked much of her influence. We have 12 theological semina- 
ries, 54 colleges, 120 seminaries and academies, with buildings, en- 
dowments and other property amounting to $25,000,000, The 
courses of study in some of these institutions have been raised, 
broadened, and carefidjy adapted to the advanced state of sci- 
entific knowledge; the foundations of many of them have been 
strengthened by increased endowments and ampler appliances, 
and on most of them God has set his seal in gracious^ revivals 
of religion^ Meanwhile new institutions have been established, 
with resources which give them at once commanding influence. 
vVhe munificent gifts of Gammon, De Pauw, and Maclay, for 
theological education, will enshrine these names in the heart of 
coming generations as benefactors indeed, i 

Fkeeumen's Aid Society. 

The history and work of the Freedmen's Aid Society are too 
well understood to need formal statement. The reports of the 
Board and of the ofticers of the Society will bring its field of 
operation and its methods into view and show reason for grati- 
tude to God for the good it has wrought. Under the authoriza- 
tion of former General Conferences the benefits of this Society 
have been extended to others than freedmen and their children, 
from which some friction has arisen, causing that which was well 
intended, and designed to meet an urgent want, to become a 
source of embarrassment to the Society. The causes of this 
friction are not entirely removed, and the feeling of uneasiness 
which at one time threatened its usefulness is still liable to hin- 
der the success of much of the work which the Society has in 
hand. The conditions existing will i-equire you to study again 
the question, in 'the light of experience, as to the feasibility of 
conducting schools for all classes under the auspices of this or- 
ganization. That the problem is somewhat vexed is not to be 
concealed ; and yet it should not be forgotten that the enlarge- 
ment of the operations of this Society so as to include school- 
work among the whites was in harmony with its original pui-pose 
and in obedience to the authority which governs it. There is 
no censure to be cast upon the Society because of the friction 
experienced in its effort to meet the requirements laid n\wn it; 



42 Address of the Bisho]ys. 

nor is it absolutely certain that any change of policy is essential 
to give it the success its friends liave hoped it might achieve. 
The situation challenges your largest wisdom, and we only care 
to say that the Freedmen's Aid Society ought to be preserved, 
and given the best form for the largest usefulness. Whether its 
name be retained or not is less important than that its life and 
spirit be maintained, and that the educational work which is its 
chief purpose be carried forward with increased efficiency. We 
lay it upon your hearts to do for it what you can to conserve its 
vitality, to free it from embarrassment, and to increase its power 
for good in its peculiar field. The schools among the i:)eople of 
color need and deserve the sympathy of the whole Church, and 
the Society which maintains them is entitled to your best endeav- 
ors to give it an open field for work and the unrestricted con- 
fidence of the friends of humanity. 

Tlie schools for the whites which this Society has founded are 
also on our hands and on our hearts, and, whatever jiolicy a wise 
expediency may dictate with reference to the Society itself, these 
schools cannot be abandoned. We have invested money in them, 
and pledged them our support, and created expectations which 
we cannot fail to make good without compromising the plighted 
faith of the Church. These schools are the jii'oduct of our white 
work in the South, and the most liopeful featui-e of that work, 
while their value as agencies for the elevation of the people in 
the future is above estimate. If Ave had not a church in all that 
section the education of the children of the poorer classes of the 
white people of the Southern States in the principles which our 
schools inculcate, and in the atmosphere which pervades them, 
would still be a patriotic and Christian duty. It would be more 
economical to maintain all our schools in the South under one 
organization ; but if that becomes impracticable let the Avork in 
which the Freedmen's Aid Society has been chiefly engaged be- 
come the dearer to the hearts of Christian philanthropists, and 
let the General Conference devise some more successful means, 
and make ample provision for supporting the schools which are 
now conducted for the white people of our Church in the South. 

Board of Church Extension. 

The Board of Church Extension makes an encouraging exhibit 
of its operations during the quadrennium, and shows itself one 
of our grandest church agencies. Perhaps no one of our Connec- 
tional benevolences encounters greater perplexities in adminis- 



Address of the Bishops. 43 

tratlon than this, mostly growing out of the vastness of its field 
and arising from the disproportion between its annual income 
and the demands made upon it for assistance to needy churches. 
Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year in donations would 
not meet the calls it is compelled to consider, but would make a 
nearer approach to satisfying the clamorous representations of 
ur<rent cases and bring the cause nearer to the hearts of our 
people than it has ever been. We are happy to note some in- 
crease in its receipts, and that it shows healthfulness in all the 
branches of its operations. Its Loan Fund has been an important 
feature, by which it has been able to relieve pressing wants and 
tide many churches over immediate embarrassment. It is hoped 
that the time is near when it will not be necessary to use this 
fund in any way to supplement the allowances to Conferences 
for donations, and when it may be administered by the Board 
with little or no reference to the apportionments or allowances to 
the Conferences, but to be used for relief or aid according to 
the judgment of those in charge of it. A large increase of the 
Donation Fund will bring this about and make possible the sim- 
plification of some of its methods, which will increase the love 
of the people toward this noble device for building houses of 
worship throughout the land. In its circumstances the adminis- 
tration is necessarily conservative, and we are glad to know that 
its integrity defies the scrutiny and challenges the criticism of 
the most captious. 

Missionary Society. 

The missionary work of the Church is the great benevo- 
lence. Whatever is done in this department is known to nil 
whose eyes are open to catch tokens of progress throughout the 
world. The notes of its triumph ring out in glad hosannas like 
the song of the angels at the Redeemer's birth. At no period in 
the past was so much done as is now being done for the evan- 
gelization of the nations, and never before did Methodism so 
clearly appreciate the greatness of her opportunities. Her heart 
has been touched anew with a live coal from God's altar and 
glows with a love for the perishing which is born of the Spirit's 
baptism. We stand expectantly at the threshold of a new era in 
Christian activity and rejoice in victoi'ies which the faith of a 
former day did not dare anticipate as near at hand. Already 
the income to our missionaiy treasury has exceeded a million dol- 
lars in a year, and the appropriations for the current year are 



44 Address of the Hishops. 

beyond twelve hundred thousand dollars. Much more is needed. 
We hold fields tentatively which ought to be occupied with 
strong force. The reasonably-expected growth in our fields 
abroad will develop the need of a million a year for our foreign 
work alone in the next four years, while the necessities of the 
work at home will call for a corresponding increase. We there- 
fore congratulate the Church most heartily in view of the ad- 
vance which has been made, and yet we " rejoice with trembling " 
because of the increasing responsibilities coming to ixs. The 
work yet to be done is so great that we dare not think of the 
past except as preparation for undertakings worthy the grace 
bestowed upon us. 

Our missionary organization is the residt of profound thought 
and embodies plans which have been tested by experience. It 
is coming to be understood by our people, and the better it is 
understood the more thoroughly it commands their confidence. 
Unity of organization for all the M'ork at home and abroad has 
been fundamental in our scheme, and to all suggestions, of de- 
parture from this principle we say, " Make haste slowly." The 
interests of this cause have reached such magnitude that the full 
time of three secretaries appears to us not an unreasonable pro- 
vision for the work to be done. Whether they should be of 
equal ofticial rank, and whether their duties should be distrib- 
uted in departments, will be determined by your wisdom. 

The recognition and encouragement heretofore given to the 
Woman's Foreign and Home Missionary Societies have been 
helpful to them, and the noble work done by them amply justi- 
fies your confidence. They are not rivals to each other, nor to 
the general missionary work of the Church, except in the sense of 
provoking one another to love and good works, but are working 
industriously in their respective fields as fellow-helpers in push- 
ing: forward the cause and king^dom of Jesus Christ. The needs 
which gave rise to these societies, instead of diminishing, seem- 
ingly become more urgent as they are partially supplied. We 
commend these societies to your godly consideration, with the 
simple suggestion that whatever is done with reference to them 
should be in the direction of strengthening them in their re- 
lations to the general work of the Church and within their 
chosen limitations, which have been found so needful to their 
success. 



Address of the Bishojys. 45 

SupERYisioisr OF Missions. 

The method of exercising supervision over our missions in for- 
eign countries Avill attract your attention, as it has done the 
attention of other General Conferences, and may excite discus- 
sion, as it is too broad a subject to be seen alike by all who 
approach it. vFor ourselves, we have no changes to recommend, 
and yet we expect to be in the future, as in the past, the dutiful 
servants of the Church in executing her commands and in car- 
rying out her policy to the best of our ability. There are 
advantages in the visits of the Bishops from this country to the 
foreign fields which should not be thrown away without positive 
assurance of sufficient gain to justify the sacrifice. They 
strengthen the bonds of sympathy between the Church at home 
and her workers abroad, and furnish useful suggestions from 
one field to another, making the experiences gained in one part 
of the world helpful in every other part. 

They unify the adininisti-ation in different countries, and serve 
in many ways to quicken the enthusiasm of the incipient churches 
and to keep alive the spirit of Methodism where its maintenance 
is difficult and yet essential to the fullest success. Besides all 
this, the intelligence gained in trustworthy form by these offi- 
cial visits, and diff'used through the churches at home, is of untold 
value to our people, and does as much as any one thing to keep 
fresh their interest in all that relates to the spi'cad of the Gospel 
throughout the world. But the greatest benefit is found in the 
General Committee meetings, Avhen tlie appropriations are being 
considered; for them it is of untold value to have present for 
consultation not one merely, but from two to five Bishops Avho 
have been upon the ground and have studied the situation in 
the several missions, nnd can speak intelligently. upon the rep- 
resentations made by the missionaries and by the one who last 
visited them. J The united judgment of several is better than that 
of one, M-ho may be supposed to be an advocate in some measure 
of the field which he officially represents. 

In connection with the agitation of this subject we have ob- 
served signs of growing sentiment in favor of the separation of 
some of our Foreign Missions from our jurisdiction at no distant 
day. It is thought that the growth of our Church in this country 
and abroad will soon give us a membership so large and varied 
in circumstances, with educational and benevolent institutions 
so numerous and vast, that we shall be unable to manage them 
efficiently under one jurisdiction; and it is hinted that the desire 



46 Address of the Bishops. 

foi* a workl-wide organization, Avith jurisdictional unity, is the 
offspring of denominational pride rather thau the outgrowth of 
an intelligent comprehension of the best relations of American 
Methodism to churches established in distant countries. It is 
also alleged that in some of our mission fields abroad there 
is found among the native populations a strong aversion to any 
thing like foreign control, which feeling is easil}' aroused in con- 
nection witli religious affairs. There is no motive that we can 
discover for ignoring the force of these or any other arguments 
in favor of the autonomy of the churches where the conditions 
require it; and all these will be topics for study Avhen we come 
to consider an ultimate policy for the Church; but we are not 
yet ready for an ultimate policy. AVhcn the child reaches man- 
hood it rightly begins independent life. When the fruit is ripe 
it may be taken from the parent stem, but premature plucking 
is liable to be disastrous. It will not be claimed that any one of 
our Foreign Missions is ready to assume the responsibility of 
self-support and self-government. They are all our children, the 
product of our ministry, and entitled to our sympathy and j^ro- 
tection, and Ave must provide government and supervision for 
them so long as they are subject to our laws and are supported 
in any good degree by the contributions of our people. If we 
meet our present obligations to them wisely we can afford to 
leave the future to the future. The iDlan of supervision which 
has hitherto given reasonable satisfaction ought not to be ex- 
changed for any theory which contains elements of doubt either 
as to its lawfulness or its efficiency. 

It should be understood, however, that retaining jurisdiction 
over our Foreign Missions does not hinder large-heartedness in 
adjustments to avoid needless divisions of Methodism among 
converts from heathenism. If one JMethodism is enough for 
India, China, Japan, Mexico, or Italy, Ave ought to acknoAvledge 
it, and shoAV the broadest liberality consistent with our obligations 
to our own people in arranging for the co-operation of all 
branches of Methodism Avherever it is needed. 

Missionary Bishops. 

It must not be forgotten, at this point, that the Church has 
already sanctioned, to some extent, the principle of supervising 
Foreign Missions by the appointment of a Missionary Bishop to a 
designated mission field, with jurisdiction limited thereto exclu- 
sively. Up to the present this seems to have been more of an 



Address of the Bishops. 47 

experiment than n fixed policy, and the experiment has been con- 
fined to Africa, although the law i:)roviding for it does not re- 
strict it to that country. The history of this experiment is very 
brief and instructive. In 1856 the Constitution was amended 
by due process so as to provide for the appointment of Mis- 
sionary Bishops, and tile new provision was carried into effect by 
tlie election and ordination of the Rev. Francis Burns as Mis- 
sionary Bishop for Africa. He served for a few years acceptably, 
and died, after which the Rev. J. W. Roberts was chosen and 
ordained as his successor. At the beginning of this experiment 
all necessary provision was made for the support, the amenability, 
and the government of the Missionary Bishop. He was required 
to live, with his family, in the district assigned him, without 
which he could not exercise his functions, and he wis to be sup- 
ported the same as other missionaries. The plan worked satis- 
factorily so long as the conditions continued which existed at its 
inception. lAt that time there were no Annual Conferences in 
foreign countries, but Mission Conferences, with limited powers, 
authorized to do ordinary Conference work, but not entitled to 
representation in the General Conference. The jMissionary 
Bishop was the superintendent of the mission and the president 
of the Mission Conference. This grade of Conferences was 
abolished in 1868, and the Liberia Mission Conference was consti- 
tuted an Annual Conference, with full powers, as were all the 
Mission Conferences in the foreign and home fields.; 

When Bishop Roberts died no successor was elected till 1884, 
when, without any new legislation, or any recognition of the 
changed conditions in Africa, in pursuance of a resolution re- 
ported from the Committee on Episcopacy, and adopted by the 
Conference, a Missionary Bishop for Africa was elected and or- 
dained, and left without any new regulation for his government 
or provision for his support. There was at that time no mission 
in Africa outside of Liberia, and Liberia was not a mission under 
a Missionary Superintendent, nor a Mission Conference, but an 
Annual Conference, with full powers, the peer of any Annual 
Conference in the Connection, under the general law of the 
Church as to its presidency and the supervision of the General 
Superintendents, whose jurisdiction could neither be abridged 
nor superseded in that Conference any more than in New York 
or Philadelphia. [While no serious question as to his Church 
relation or eligibility to the office has been raised, as he Avas not a 
member of any Annual Conference, nor under missionary appoint- 



48 Address of the Bishojys. 

ment of any kind, it is not strange that perplexing questions 
should arise touching his status, his amenability, his support, the 
scope of his duties, and his relation to the Missionary Society, 
through which alone the General Conference conducts its mis- 
sionary administration. To us it seems unfortunate that the 
General Conference which elected him did not anticipate some 
of these questions and make provisions accordingly; but it did 
not, and in the absence of any new action on these points the 
implication is inevitable that the regulations in force during the 
incumbency of those who had previously exercised the same 
office in Africa were binding as precedents, and were, therefore, 
the only regulations applicable to the case in hand. ' As we 
understand it, the Book Committee took this view of the subject 
when the Missionary Bishop appealed to it for his salary from the 
Episcopal Fund, and the General Missionary Committee con- 
curred when it appropriated missionary money for his support, 
and continued the appropriation from year to year. It will be 
the duty of this General Conference to supply any deficiencies it 
may find in the legislation in this case, as well as to correct any 
errors or omissions it may discover in the administration of those 
whose duty it has been to carry out the law as they found it. It 
will also be your duty to determine whether the design of the 
last General Conference has been met in the inauguration of a 
system of missionary organizations and agencies with corporate 
powers, which, without the sanction of the Bishops, or the Gen- 
eral Committee, or the Missionary Secretaries or Board, or any 
missionary authority in this country known to the General Con- 
ference, establishes an independent treasury, and appeals to the 
Church at large for contributions, and introduces new methods 
of appointing missionaries to different countries by committees 
not appointed under any law of the Church and having no oflicial 
responsibility to any ecclesiastical body. The entire subject is 
before you, and Ave are only solicitous that you study it thor- 
oughly and act upon it without bias.' 

With regard to the work done in^frica, the persons employed, 
the method of employing them, the financial plans adopted, the 
moneys expended, the rules of administration observed, the prog- 
ress made, and the outlook for the future. Bishop Taylor will 
make full report to yon ; and for all his representations we be- 
speak your most considerate judgment, and for himself person- 
ally that which you have already given with heartiness — your 
sympathy and your prayers. 



Address of the Blshojys. 49 

Ratio of Representation. 
Tlie subject of providing for the reduction of the number of 
ministerial delegates in the General Conference has been before 
ilie Church; as, in obedience to action taken four years ago, we 
submitted to the Annual Conferences, in the year 1887, the 
proposition to alter the Constitution so as to peimit a change of 
tlie ratio of representation. The proposition failed to receive 
the requisite majority, and, therefore, the change cannot now 
be made. The vote resulted: for the change, 1,629; against 
change, 5,226. This refusal on the part of the Annual Confer- 
ences to agree to the proposed moditication of the ratio of repre- 
sentation leaves the subject where it was four years ago, with the 
same necessity to do something to guard against the growth of 
the General Conference to unwieldy proportions. 

In connection with this vote we have noticed the sentiments 
which governed the action of the ministers in the Annual Con- 
ferences, and found them diversified. Some were opposed to any 
action till a i)lan shall be submitted to equalize the numbers of 
the lay ami ministerial delegates ; some opposed the change be- 
cause the reduction would tend to increase the relative power of 
• laymen in the body; and still others opposed it on the gi-ound 
that it would give undue influence to small Conferences just 
emerging from the status of missions and correspondingly dimin- 
ish the power of the older and larger Conferences which bear 
the burdens of our benevolences. The demand will be upon us, in 
the near future, to weigh every phase of the question and to seek 
such adjustment as the intelligence of the Church will approve as 
equitable. 

Since complaint is made that Conferences of less than a score 
of members have full representation by one layman and one 
minister, while larger Conferences must have seventy-five mem- 
bers in order to additional representation, it has been sug- 
gested that the fractional number which is the basis for an addi- 
tional delegate should be made the minimum number with which 
an Annual Conference can lawfully exist. We add the sugges- 
tion that the re-establishment of Mission Conferences, with limited 
powers, without the right of representation in the General Con- 
ference, might be the solution of this problem, and some others 
which you have in hand. 
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50 Address of the £ishoj)s. 

Voting by Orders. 

We also suggest that the constitutional provision for voting 
by orders might be made more serviceable than it has been in 
the past. This provision confers a right which is unassailable 
upon any ground of law or of expediency, and goes far toward 
equalizing the powers of the orders, notwithstanding the disparity 
of their numbers, besides serving as a check upon impulsive and 
inconsiderate action. Heretofore the call for the separate vote 
has been resorted to with manifest reluctance, and has been 
sometimes jjroductive of uneasiness unwarranted by the occasion. 
In our judgment the rules of the body should provide for taking 
the separate vote as readily as any other vote, and the call for it 
by any member of either order should excite as little feeling as 
any other lawful motion to dispose of a pending question. This 
conservative feature of the Constitution cannot accomplish its 
purpose till made operative Avithout the slightest friction. We 
therefore recommend the exercise of this right in all matters of 
importance concerning which there is divided sentiment in the 
Church, and especially in making changes in the Discipline be- 
yond merely verbal revisions. 

Question's of Eligibility. 

In order to the harmonious working of the General Conference 
it is indispensable that the dilFerent classes of delegates compos- 
ing it shall hold their places under distinct and unquestionable 
guarantees in the Constitution, in numbers prescribed by law, 
and relatively adjusted lo obviate objections on the ground of 
equity; and, also, that the rights of all the delegates be recog- 
nized and sacredly guarded. This is pre-eminently a constitu- 
tional body, with limited powers, distinguished from the con- 
vention, the mass-meeting, and the voluntary association. As its 
membership increases in numbers and variety, and as its work 
touches new interests, and reaches out to distant lands, and 
impresses itself more and more upon the intellect and hearts of 
Christian workers in this country, and in all countries, it be- 
comes more and more important to observe the restrictions uj^on 
its authority and to give most reverent heed to the letter and 
spirit of its organic law. 

All questions touching the eligibility of persons as represent- 
atives in this body should be decided after the maturest deliber- 
ation, not of the merits of the individuals, but of the law and 
the facts governing the cases. Heretofore the question as to 



Address of the Jiishops. 51 

whether a Lay Electoral Conference has the right to send as its 
representative a person who lias no membership in tlie bounds 
of the Conference represented has never been formally decided. 
It is a grave question, and deserves final settlement. Non-action 
upon this and kindred subjects might prove to be action as sig- 
nificant and far-reaching as would be the formulated result of 
your most deliberate judgment. 

For the first time in our history several " elect ladies " appear, 
regularly certified from Electoral Conferences, as lay delegates 
to this body. In taking the action which necessitates the con- 
sideration of the question of their eligibility the Electoral Con- 
ferences did not consult the Bishops as to the law in the case, 
nor do we understand it to be our duty to define the law for 
these Conferences; neither does it appear that any one is author- 
ized to decide questions of law in them. Tlie Electoral Confer- 
ences simply assumed the lawfulness of this action, being guided, 
as we are informed, by a declarative resolution of the General 
Conference of 1872, defining the scojie of the word ''laymen," 
in answer to a question touching the classification and rights of 
ordained local and located ministers. Of course the language of 
that resolution is carried beyond its original design when applied 
to a subject not before the body when it was adopted and not 
necessarily involved in the language itself. This also should be 
understood: that no definition of the word "laymen" settles the 
question of eligibility as to any class of persons, for many are 
classed as laymen for the jjurposes of lay representation, and 
have to do with it oflicially as laymen, who are themselves not 
eligible as delegates. Even laymen who are confessedly ineligi- 
ble, who ai'e not old enough to be delegates, or have not been 
members long enough, may be stewards, class-leaders, trustees, 
local preachers, and exhorters, and, as such, be members of the 
Quarterly Conference and vote for delegates to the Electoral 
Conference without themselves being eligible. 

The constitutitional qualifications for eligibility cannot be 
modified by a resolution of the General Conference, however 
sweeping, nor can the original meaning of the language be en- 
larged. If women were included in the original constitutional 
provision for lay delegates they are here by constitutional right. 
If they were not so included it is beyond the power of this 
body to give them membership law^fully except by the formal 
amendment of the Constitution, which cannot be effected Avithout 
the consent of the Annual Conferences. In extending to women 



52 Address of the Bishops. 

the highest spiritual privileges, in recognizing their gifts, .and in 
providing for them spheres of Christian activity, as well as in 
advancing them to positions of official responsibility, ours has 
been a leader of the Churches, and gratefully do we acknowledge 
the good results shown in their enlarged usefulness and in the 
wonderful development of their power to work for God, which 
we take as evidences of the divine approval of the high ground 
taken, "i In all reformatory and benevolent enterprises, espe- 
cially in the temperance, missionary, and Sunday-school depart- 
ments of church work, their success is marvelous, and challenges 
our highest admiration. Happily no question of competency or 
worthiness is involved in the question of their eligibility as del- 
egates. Hitherto the assumption underlying the legislation of 
the Church has been that they weie ineligible to official posi- 
tions, except by special provision of law. | In harmony with this 
assumption they have been made eligible, by special enactment, 
to the offices of steward, class-leader, and Sunday-school super- 
intendent, and naturally the question arsies as to whether the 
necessity for special legislation, in order to their eligibility to 
those specified offices, does not indicate similar necessity for 
special provision in order to their eligibility as delegates ; and 
if so it is further to be considered that the offices of steward, 
class-leader, and Sunday-school superintendent may be created 
and filled by simple enactments of the General Conference itself; 
but to enter the General Conference and form part of the law- 
making body of the Church requires special provision in the 
Constitution, and, therefore^ such provision as the General Con- 
ference alone cannot make^ J 

Constitution of the General Conference. 
Beyond all this, and perhaps as logically antecedent to several 
of the foregoing suggestions, another question has arisen winch 
is of paramount importance. It has reference to what consti- 
tutes the organic law of the General Conference. Have we any 
such thing as a constitution? If so, what paragraphs of the 
Discipline are included in it ? It is scarcely possible to think of 
this as an open question, yet it does exist, and because it exists 
we deem it wise to anticipate the possible contingencies of the 
future by seeking such a settlement of the question as will pre- 
clude doubt hereafter in a matter of such vital interest to the 
Church. When the General Conference was simply a general 
convention, consisting of all the elders who might attend, it 



Address of the Bisliops. 53 

possessed plenary power, and needed no formal or written con- 
stitution. It had power to make rules and regulations for the 
Church ; to fix terms of membership ; to make and unmake the 
Episcopacy ; to ordain, modify, or annul the General Rules, the 
itinerancy, or the Book Concern ; to prescribe doctrines and 
standards of doctrine, and to meet as often as it chose, and to 
do what it would. It was supreme, and its members represented 
oidy themselves. But when the Church grew to «uch magnitude 
that it became impraciicible for the whole body of the eldership 
to meet in convention a delegated body was declared a necessity, 
and then a written constitution, defining the composition and 
power of such a General Conference, became as indispensable as 
was the representative principle in the body itself. Such a con- 
stitution was ordained in 1808, and under its provisions the first 
delegated General Conference convened in 1812. The grant of 
power which the Church conveyed to the General Conference 
through that instrument was made in general terms, clothing the 
body organized in conformity to its requirements with full power 
to make rules and regulations for the Church — a grant so broad 
and liberal as to be subject only to the limitations specified in six 
restrictions, known as the "Restrictive Rules." These restrictions 
have always been accorded their true character, as of the nature 
and force of a constitution, but, very strangely, the other parts of 
the section containing them have been by some regarded as only 
of the nature of " rules " such as the General Conference is em- 
powered to enact, liable to amendment or repeal at the will of 
the majority of the body constituted under them. That this is 
erroneous, and capable of incalculable mischief, must be apparent 
to all who will closely examine the subject. It would give the 
General Conference power to make and unmake itself; to deter- 
mine its presidency, its quorum, its time of meeting, and ultimately 
its membership, and to change the provision for amending the re- 
strictions. The only tenable position is that the General Confer- 
ence, in order to have any right to "make rules and regulations 
for the Church," must first be constituted in exact conformity to 
the provisions of this entire section — that is, it must have dele- 
gates of the description herein specified as to numbers and quali- 
fications, the presidency and quorum mentioned, and be convened 
under this laAv as to time and place. When thus constituted, 
and only then, does the General Conference become the repository 
of (he legislative authority of the Church. It is not tlie Church, 
but it is the highest representative of the Church's organic life, 



54 Address of the Bishops. 

the formal expression of her Connectional unity, the agency of 
her power in controlling her forms of work and worship. 

Such a General Conference, and no other, can make rules and 
regulations for the Methodist Episcopal Church under the lim- 
itations of this Constitution ; but it cannot make a constitution 
for itself, nor can it change an item in the Constitution the Church 
has given it except as provided in the instrument itself. The 
conclusion is unavoidable that the entire section of the Discipline 
which prescribes for the General Conference its name, its member- 
ship, its quorum, its presidency, its time of meeting, and gives it 
its powers and its limitations, is of the form and force of a con- 
stitution, and must be so regarded, since it does for the General 
Conference precisely what a constitution always does for an or- 
ganized body. It is the Constitution under which the entire raem- 
bersliip of this body, Bishojjs and delegates, hold their places and 
exercise their rights. 

The provision for changing this Constitution, known as the "Re- 
strictive Rule Process," is a part of the Constitution, but not a 
]iart of any one of the restrictions ; yet it is so lelated to all of 
tliLin that it would be manifest unwisdom to think of altering 
it, whatever our views of its scope or of the power of the General 
Conference over it, except in the way prescribed for altering the 
restrictions. It is unfortunate that this provision for cliange ap- 
plies in terms only to the restrictions. It leaves the body of the 
Constitution witliout any provision for amendment. From this 
fact two antagonistic inferences have been drawn and defended, 
either of which leads to damaging results. 

The first is that all parts of the Constitution, except the restric- 
tions, are subject to change by a majority vote of the General 
Conference. This, as we have seen, would make the organic law a 
rope of sand, or nt least reduce it to the instability of a statutory 
rule. The other inference is that there is no possibility of amend- 
ing the Constitution outside of the Restrictive Rules except by 
invoking the power that ordained it — that is, the body of the 
chlership in convention assembled. While this position is more 
logical than the other, and strictly accords with the letter of the 
instrument, it has never been insisted upon as the intention of 
those who gave us the Constitution. We dislike the thought that 
this section is unalterable or incapable of modification by any 
possible method or process. The provision for altering the Re- 
strictive Rules ought to be sufficient to amend any part of it; and 
certainly neither jot nor tittle should be touched without that 



Address of the Bishops. 65 

process. The General Conference acted upon this assumption 
when it suspended or altered the Restrictive Rules in order to 
authorize the incorporation in the Constitution of the provision 
for lay representation. 

Believing it important to settle this principle beyond contro- 
versy, and to determine what is the Constitution and how it may 
be amended in any of its parts, excepting that which relates to 
the Articles of Religion, we respectfully submit to your considera- 
tion the expediency of taking the proper steps for modifying 
the provision for change found in 1" 72 of the DisciiDline, so that 
instead of reading as it now does: "Sliall suffice to alter any of 
the above restrictions excepting tlie first article," it shall read: 
"Sliall suffice to alter any of the provisions of this Constitution 
excepting the first restriction." 

This is a very simple change, yet its effects may be great and 
of incalculable value to the Church. We submit it to your godly 
consideration, yet refrain from argument in its support except as 
argument inheres in the statement that it will remove ambiguity 
from the law, extirpate doubt as to what is the Constitution, and 
obviate possible perplexing discussions in the future. We assume 
that it is of the highest importance that the organic law of this 
great body should be well understood, readily distinguished from 
the statutory enactments of the body itself, sufficiently flexible to 
meet the growing necessities of the Church, and yet firm enough 
to endure wliatever of turbulence or passion may be excited within 
as well as to withstand any adverse criticisms from without. Such 
a constitution maintained in its integrity will prove a bulwark 
against usurpation, a breakwater against immature innovation, 
a tower of strength to the confidence of all lovers of Methodism, 
commanding their reverence and esteem in the future more than 
in the past, even as our national Constitution, which is the charter 
of our liberties, and the flag of our country, command the in- 
creasing love and loyalty of the pati'iotic American. 

Time Limit. 

We doubt not that the restlessness which now and then appears 
in connection with the time-limit, in the plan of our itinerancy, 
Avill attract your attention as it has done that of other General 
Conferences. There is more or less of demand for an extension of 
the term, and while we are not convinced that the dominant 
sentiment of the Church favors any change, unless it be in excep- 
tional cases to meet emergencies, we do feel, as we have in the 



56 Address of the Bishops. 

past, that conditions occasionally arise in which a little more flexi- 
bility would be advantageous. We do not suppose that any dis- 
aster would come to the Church in consequence if properly- 
guarded provision were made for extending the term to four, or 
even five years, in cases manifestly exceptional. We are ready 
to welcome any feasible plan for improving the itinerancy by in- 
creasing its adaptability to the ever-varying needs of the churclies 
and for reducing its hardships to the minimum; but we arc not 
ready for the removal of the limit or the abandonment of the 
system. The arguments for the removal of the time-limit are 
marvelously similar to those offered against tlie itinerancy itself 
— a fact which is strikingly significant. 

Suggested Revisions. 

In the interest of uniformity of administration we wish to 
make a few suggestions. In cases of expelled preachers or of those 
permitted to withdraw under charges it would be wise for the 
General Conference to indicate the body to which the required 
confession, contrition, and reformation shall be "satisfactoiy " 
in order to regain church standing. It does not seem unreason- 
able that the " satisfaction " should be rendered to the Confer- 
ence from which the person withdrew or was ex])clled. In cases 
of located ministers seeking re-admission to the traveling con- 
nection after being located a year or more it would be a wise 
thing to require a recommendation from a District or Quarterly 
Conference. It will also be helpful to us if the General Confer- 
ence will define the scope and application of question 26, ^ 79. 
A considerate revision of ^ 164, touching the duties of the Bishops 
and their authority in making exceptional appointments, is 
desirable. Some of the items are obsolete, some are vague, and 
others are of questionable utility. It will also be observed that 
some are not in the list of exceptions to the three-years' limit, 
while usage warrants the claim for exception in all of them. 

In " traveling through the Connection at large " we often ex- 
perience enibari«assment upon discovering that we do not know 
how to conduct public worship in the congregation. We either 
sit as spectators, joining in the worship as best we can, Avhile 
the pastor leads the introductory service, or put ourselves under 
his instructions, or keep before us a written programme, and 
proceed with grave apprehension lest a blunder be j^erpetrated. 
The remedy is a form of public worship which shall be uniform 
and imperative in its essential features. Cultivated music and 



Address of the Bishops. 57 

responsive readings are not objectionable; but when they con- 
sume time needed for general hymns, prayer, and sermon, they 
become monotonous. 

A carefully-matured plan for securing a better support for the 
superannuated ministers of our Church seems to us to be greatly 
needed. Contributions by the people should continue to be the 
chief source of income for this purpose, but if some way can be 
devised to provide a Connectional fund which will extend its 
benefits to claimants in all the Conferences alike it will aid in 
overcoming a serious embarrassment to our work and promote 
the cause of genuine benevolence. We commend the subject 
to your consideration without adding a further suggestion or 
word of counsel. 

The increased multitudes of Romanists coming to our shores, 
to share our privileges and to rear their families under the inllu- 
ence of our institutions, have claims upon us for instruction and 
for special efforts for leading them into the purer light of our 
Gospel, which claims we have never fully appreciated. As an 
ecclesiastico-political power Romanism forces herself upon the at- 
tention of all patriotic and evangelical thinkers who know her 
history, and appreciate her greatness and her spirit, as a menace 
to our liberties and a snare to our people ; and yet the millions 
born within Iier pale and baptized at her altars are entitled to 
our sympathy and need our ministrations. We therefore ask 
your attention to the problem of evangelizing Romanists in this 
country. 

Labor Problem. 

An evil which has long existed in the countries beyond the 
seas, but which is comparatively new with us, h.T,s begun to show 
itself in our land, presenting problems to the Church, as well as 
to the nation, which are not of easy solution. ( No conflict between 
capital and labor will ever rise where employer and the employed 
are governed by the spirit of the gospel of Christ. The Golden 
Rule enthroned will prove an antidote to all the evils of the con- 
tact of rich and poor; but, alas! we confront a state of things in 
which the Golden Rule has little recognition. 'That millions of 
laborers compactly organized under leaderships liable to become 
unscrujjulous, chafing under real or fancied grievaruces, are an 
element of great power and no little danger is a fact too palpable 
to be concealed or overlooked. The entrance of this element into 
the political party strifes of this country adds to the perplexity 



68 Address of the BlsJioiys. 

and the peril of the situation. What is the true relation of the 
Church to the problem, and what can she do to solve it? 

With the financial and jDolitical asj^ects of the question we have 
little to do. / The Church is not a political organization. She 
neither commends nor censures the party affiliations of her 
members. Common prudence, as well as due regard to her divinely- 
appointed mission, restrains her ecclesiastical councils from parti- 
san utterances and from indorsing or condemning political parties, 
as such, whatever their principles or whatever the preference of 
individuals composing her assemblies. As Methodists we all 
sympathize with that antipathy which Americans feel toward the 
commingling of the aifairs of Church and State in official action, 
and heartily believe it essential to the permanency of our civil and 
religious liberties that the inviolability of the rights of con- 
science, the perfect freedom of the citizen in exercising his 
franchise, and the sacredness of the ballot-box, be forever main- 
tained above the range or reach of ecclesiastical censorship. 
Romanism may consistently dominate the political action of its 
adherents; but be it far from Methodism to give color to the 
siispicion of any such intention. 

IBut there is a spiritual side to this question which we cannot 
disregard. It is primarily the old question of the relation of the 
Churcli to the masses, especially to the poor. Are they drifting 
away from us ? Have we lost our love for them, or the aggressive 
spirit which carries the Gospel to their homes and hearts ? Have 
we forgotten our mission as we have increased in wealth? 
Nothing is more alarming to the philanthropist and tlie ])atriot 
than the alienation of the laboring people from the evangelical 
churches. Is this alienation a fact ? If so, what is its cause ? If 
we have given too much attention to the rich, or cherished too 
much regard for social position, or have in any wise neglected 
the poor, we have departed from the spirit of our callingj In the 
sanctuary of God, if nowhere else on earth, " the rich and the 
poor meet together" in brotherly fellowship, and that gracious God 
who becomes the Father of all that believe in Jesus Christ re- 
ceives alike their prayers and services. If fine churches are in 
the way they do not honor us, and it were better never to have 
them than that they should stand as monuments of unchurchly 
pride or as barriers between the Gospel of Christ and the poor 
for whom he gave his life. Of course our finest churches were 
not intended to exclude the poor, nor do our wealthiest peo])le 
desire the exclusion of any ; but good intentions weigh little 



Address of the Bishops. 59 

against the fact tliat many of the poor do not feel the welcome 
so kindly intended for them, and do not come into churches which 
appear to them intended for other classes. This fact reveals a 
portentous evil, and demands a remedy at whatever cost. 

Chief among the agencies to meet this demand are local mis- 
sionary organizations. In New York, Chicago, and other cities 
these are doing royal service, proving that the vigorous support 
of local enterprises is not hurtful but helpful to the Connectional 
ii^terest of the Church. Additional Disciplinary provision may 
not be needed, but General Conference lecognition and indorse- 
ment of these agencies will encourage those who have this work 
on their hearts. 

The use of evangelists with methods of work not usual in 
our churches has sometimes met with encouragement and done 
good, but we have declined appointing traveling ministers to 
such services. Their sphere of operation is lai'gely within the 
bounds of organized churches where the pastors are in full 
authority, and the appointment of evangelists to work in such 
fields under ofKcial sanction might introduce confusion if not 
unseemly conflicts of jurisdiction. We do not feel ourselves 
authorized to make such appointments, and are unable to see 
any ^x^y of giving them a place in our system without embar- 
rassment. 

The organization of voluntary societies in our churches in the 
form of alliances, leagues, unions, and associations, to a limited 
extent, is useful in promoting evanoelical work and in reaching 
classes of people not otherwise easily accessible, as well as in cul- 
tivating the social life of communities in a Christian way and in 
encouraging the young in the habit of useful reading. Some 
official supervision or limitation of their work may, hoAvever, 
become expedient, in order that they may continue to subserve 
only useful purposes and avoid collisions with the class-meetings, 
Sunday-schools, and other services of the Church. Methodism 
has never found an equivalent for the class-meeting. 

As necessary to the maintenance of the sinrituality of the 
Church, and to resist the influence of the loose thought of the 
times, which is often aggressive and industrious in pusliing its 
way into the evangelical pulpits, we deem it im])ortant to keep 
intact and to emphasize our doctrines relating to the experiences 
of believers in their struggles with sin in this world, and also those 
Avhicli ])oint to eternal retributions in the world to come. We 
would especially urge our ministers to make prominent the office 



60 Address of the Bishojys. 

and work of the Holy Spirit in renewing and sanctifj'ing the soul 
and attesting our filial relation to God, and also to stand fast by 
the scriptural standards in representing the terribleness of sin, 
the necessity of the atonement, the probational character of the 
l^resent life, the future judgment, and the final perdition of the 
ungodly. The alarming excesses of luxury ancl worldliness in 
the churches will crush out vital jjiety as surely as there is faltei*- 
ing in the pulpit in regard to these foundation-doctrines, and 
even the solid orthodoxy which we maintain and recommend Avill 
not withstand the inflowing tides of evil Avithout constant appli- 
cation of the truth in personal experience. 

In all of our Conferences we have urged upon the ministry in- 
creased attention to the doctrine and experience of Christian 
perfection as taught in our standards, and have done this con- 
scientiously, believing that in l.irge measure the efficiency of 
Methodism in evangelical work depends on adherence to the tes- 
timony she has always given to the belief that holiness is the 
privilege of all God's people on the earth. We are not aware 
of any serious departures from our theology on this subject, in 
our pulpits; yet there is urgent need for line upon line, and pre- 
cept upon precept, to keep the experience and jiractice of our 
people in line with our doctrinal teachings in relation to holy 
living. Methodism is " rooted and grounded " in this faith, and 
we accept it as our providential mission to " spi-ead scriptural 
holiness over these lands." The preaching of the word, the 
ordinances of the Church, the class-meetings, the love-feasts, the 
prayer-meetings, in a word, all the public and private means of 
grace, and all the services of the sanctuary, are for the promo- 
tion of holiness ; and we are not persuaded that any organi- 
zation, in the Church or out of it, can furnish facilities better 
adapted to the development of the Christian graces, or the ad- 
vancement of the soul in the knowledge and love of God, than 
those offered in the stated services of the Church. Christian 
perfection is perfection in love. It is only Avhen methods of 
questionable wisdom are adopted for giving it prominence that 
evil results attend its emphasis in the churches. 

Moral Questions. 

The moral questions which occupy public thought and deeply 
concern us as Methodists present aspects differing little, if any, 
from those which came before the General Conference four years 
ago. There is a lamentable disregard of the holy Sabbath all 



Address of the Bishops. 61 

over the land, and the agencies which tend to break it down as a 
sacred institution _jire multiplying an<l becoming more and 
more powerful. \ The incoming populations of Continental \ 
Europe, with their^ habits of making the Sabbath a day of 
amusement ; the growth of great corporations, controlling the 
labor of multitudes who depend for support on situations held on 
condition of working on Sunday ; the publication and patronage 
of Sunday papers in all our large cities, with large circulation 
throughout the country, together with the lax notions of nominal 
Christians touching the obligation to observe the day as holy unto 
the Lord, are the principal causes which render it difficult to 
keep alive a vigorous sentiment in favor of the sanctity of the 
day and to enforce wholesome discipline on the subject in the 
churchesT^ In the presence of the danger to the Sabbath which 
this state of things engenders the Church can do nothing less 
than bear ringing testimony, and hold unflinchingly to the divine 
teaching that all worldly business and labor are forbidden on that 
day except works of necessity and mercy. We shall expect your 
declarations of sentiment to accord with the high standard 
hitherto maintained, and make no concession to the grasping 
spirit of the times which would rob the laborer of his day of 
rest, nor yield a jot to that latitudinarianism which converts sacred 
time into opportunities for dissipation. 

'^ From the begiiniing Methodism has borne testimony against 
tippling-houses and dram-drinking. At an early day our Church 
took advanced ground in favor of total abstinence, and our 
preachers were among the first in the field contending for the legal 
suppression of the liquor traffic. It gives us pleasure to note 
that indications abotuid that our people occupy no doubtful 
position on this subject, and will hold no second place in the 
pendiniT struggles for constitutional prohibition. The liquor 
traffic is so pernicious in all its bearings, so inimical to the interests 
of honest trade, so repugnant to the moral sense, so injurious to 
the peace and order of society, so hurtful to the homes, to the 
Church, and to the body politic, and so utterly antagonistic to 
all tliat is precious in life, that the only proper attitude toward 
it for Christians is that of relentless hostility. It can never be 
legalized without sin. No temporary device for regulating it 
can become a substitute for pi'ohibition. License, high or low, is 
vicious in principle and powerless as a remedy. 

The blight of polygamy is still upon the land, taxing the in- 
genuity of statesmen to deal with its criminal bearings and 



62 Address of the Blsho^ys. 

puzzling the churches to grap23le with its immoralities. Our 
Church is face to face with the evil, doing what she can to rebuke 
the iniquity, working under discouraging conditions, yet not with- 
out fruit. Our Utah Mission is touching the Mormon population 
as never before. An outspoken testimony fiom this body will 
be helpful in keeping the public conscience awake to the enormity 
of the vile system. 

|_The last General Conference placed our Church upon advanced 
ground on the subject of divorce, from which there will be no 
recession. The facility with which divorces are secured in many 
of the States is a crying evil — nay, a burning shame to our 
civilization — giving edge to the sarcastic retorts of Mormons to 
our rebukes of their wickednesslTj Marriage is not a sacrament of 
the Church, but it is an institution of divine appointment, to be 
guarded with the utmost vigilance as the foundation of domestic 
and social order and the support of Christian morality, i If ad- 
ditional action is needed it is with reference to admitting 
unscripturally divorced persons to membership in the ChurcliT" 

Other evils afflict society against which increasing protests 
should go out from the churches till the moral sentiment of the 
nation is aroused to appreciate the dangers which beset us. 
iJThe earth groans beneath the burden of crimes which our civili- 
zation does not repress. Gambling, perjury, bribery, and 
licentiousness stalk forth in open day, casting their shadows upon 
our sanctuaries, upon the halls of legislation, and upon our courts 
of justice, and through the agency of a subservient press pouring 
their offensive odors into our family circles. The ancient lesson 
that " Righteousness exalteth a nation " needs re-assertion with 
emphasis. As the safeguard of liberty, and as the warrant for the 
ho])e of the progress to which our institutions point, the Church 
must develop a moriility which has nerve, and bone, and muscle, 
and fire in its hearty'. 

Beloved, you are here to plan and work for God as possessors 
of a priceless heritage. Your action will help or hinder the 
cause of God in this and in many lands. It will conserve the 
precious in our Methodism, give new direction to her mighty 
forces and new impulse to her inward life, stimulate the faith 
and zeal of our people, and send messages of joy to the ends of 
the earth, or it will dampen the ardor of multitudes who Avait 
for the salvation of God. Well may we tremble befoi'e the 
greatness of the work to be done, and because of our responsi- 
bility. The history of the past speaks to us with warning voice, 



Address of the J^ishops. 63 

and yet with words of cheer. The memory of the heroic dead 
bids lis onward. We are commissioned to capture the world 
for Christ and to fill the earth with gladness. The future 
beckons us to victory. Action is the law of life and the com- 
mand of God. To falter is to fail. Then, we beseech you, 
brethren, gird yourselves for conquest, and be not in haste nor be 
weary. The pillar of cloud and of fire goes before you, and the 
God of Jacob will be \ our refuge forever. 

As your fellow-laborers we joy in your joy and take pleasure 
in all the progress of Zion, In your deliberations we shall 
expect comfort, and in the good work which you do both angels 
and saints will rejoice forever. You are clothed with power to 
touch humanity, in all its varied conditions, with the greatest 
possible influence for good. You cannot be otherwise than 
seriously aifected in considering these things, and you will not 
forget that the eyes of millions are upon you — not only the eyes 
of Methodists and of Christians of other denominations, but 
those of the nation, and all who love our Lord are watching you 
with prayerful solicitude. In this Presence all personal strifes 
and ambitions should sink into forgetfulness and evciy heart 
move in unison with the supreme purpose to know nothing in 
this work but Jesus Christ and the good of the Church which 
he bought with his blood. We pray you, brethren, do all things 
as in the immediate presence of God, and may you have that 
supjjort and guidance which will lift you into a calm and loving 
spirit and make you strong for your great work ! 

Thomas Bowman, Cyrus D. Foss, 

Randolph S. Foster, John F. Hukst, 

Stephen M. Merrill, William X. Ninde, 

Edward G. Andrews, John M. Walden, 

Henry W. Warren, Willard F. Mallalieu, 

Charles H. Fowler. 
Mio YorJc, May 3, 1888. 



64 Rules of Order. 



RULES OF ORDER 

ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF li 



The following are the Rules of Order, as revised and adopted 
by the General Conference, May 5, 1888: 

1. The Conference shall meet at nine o'clock A. M. and ad- 
journ at one o'clock P. M., but may alter the time of meeting and 
adjournment at their discretion. 

2. The President shall take the chair precisely at the hour to 
which the Conference stood adjourned, and cause the same to be 
opened by the reading of the Scriptures, singing, and prayer, and 
on the appearance of a quorum shall have the Journal of the pre- 
ceding session read and approved, and the business of the Confer- 
ence shall proceed in the following order, namely: 

(1.) The roll of Conferences shall be called in alphabetical 
order for the presentation of apj)eals, resolutions, and miscella- 
neous business. 

(2.) Reports, first of the Standing and then of the Select 
Committees; Provided ^\\vajs> that each call severally shall have 
been completed before either preceding one shall be rej^eated. 

3. The President shall decide all questions of order, subject to 
an appeal to the Conference; but in case of such appeal the 
question shall be taken Avithout debate, except that the appellant 
may make a simple statement of the grounds of his appeal. 

4. The President shall appoint all committees unless otherwise 
specially ordered by the Conference. 

5. On assigning the floor to any member of the Conference 
the President shall distinctly announce the name of the member 
to whom it is assigned and the Annual Conference he represents. 

6. Resolutions shall be written and presented in duplicnte by 
the mover, and all motions, if the President, Secretary, or any 
two members request it. 



Rules of Order. 65 

7. When a motion is made and seconded, or a resolution intro- 
duced and seconded, or a report jDresented and read by the 
Secretary or stated by the President, it shall be deemed in pos- 
session of the Conference; but any motion or resolution may 
be withdrawn by the mover, with the consent of the Conference, 
at any time before amendment or decision. 

8. The motions to Lay on the Table, to Take from the Table, 
and for the Previous Question shall be taken without debate. 

9. No new motion or resolution shall be entertained until the 
one under consideration has been disposed of, which may be 
done by adoption or rejection, unless one of the following mo- 
tions should intervene, which shall have precedence in the order 
in which they are placed, namely: 

(1.) To fix the time to which the Conference shall adjourn; 
(2.) To ailjourn; 
(3.) To take a recess; 
(4.) To lay on the table; 
(5.) For the previous question; 
(6.) To postpone to a given time; 
(7.) To refer; 
(8.) Substitute; 
(9.) Amendment; 
(10.) To postpone indefinitely. 

An amendment to an amendment shall be in order, and if a 
substitute is accepted it shall replace the original proposition. 

10. When any member is about to speak in debate, or to deliver 
nny matter to the Conference, he shall arise and respectfully 
address the President, but shall not proceed until recognized by 
hira. 

11. No member shall be interrupted when speaking except by 
the President, to call him to order when he departs from the 
question or uses personalities or disrespectful language; but any 
member may call the attention of the President to the subject 
wiien he deems a speaker out of order, and any member may 
explain when he thinks himself misrepresented. 

12. When a member desires to speak to a question of privi- 
lege he shall briefly state the question ; but it shall not be in 
order for him to proceed until the Pi'esident shall have decided it 
a privileged question. 

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66 Rules of Order. 

13. No person shall speak more than twice on the same ques- 
tion, nor more than ten minutes at one time without leave of 
the Conference ; nor shall any person speak more than once until 
every member choosing to speak shall have spoken. Provided, 
however, that a committee making a repoi't shall through its 
chairman or one of its members selected by the committee or its 
chairman in all cases be entitled to ten minutes to close the 
debate, either to oppose the motion to lay the report on the 
table, or, this permission not having been used, to close the 
debate on the motion to adopt. The committee shall not be de- 
prived of its right to close the debate even after the previous 
question has been ordered. 

14. When any motion or resolution shall have been acted ujDon 
by the Conference it shall be in order for any member who 
voted with the prevailing side to move a reconsideration ; but a 
motion to reconsider a non-debatable motion shall be decided 
without debate. 

15. No member shall absent himself from the service of the 
Conference without leave, unless he is sick or unable to attend. 

16. No member shall be allowed to vote on any question who 
is not within the bar at the time when such question shall be 
put by the President, except by leave of the Conference when 
such member has been necessarily absent. 

17. Every member who is within the bar at the time a ques- 
tion is put shall give his vote, unless the Conference, for special 
reasons, excuse him. 

18. No resolution altering or rescinding any rule of Discipline 
shall be adopted until it shall have been in the possession of the 
Conference at least one day, and shall have been printed in The 
Daily Advocate. 

19. It shall be in order for any member to call for the yeas and 
nays on any question before the Conference, and if the call be 
sustained by 100 members present the vote thereon shall be taken 
by yeas and nays. If not sustained, members voting in the minor- 
ity, if the number voting in said minority is less than 100, may 
have their votes recorded by name. 

20. It shall be in order to move that the question be taken 
without further debate on any measure pending, except in cases 
in which character is involved ; nevertheless, it shall be in order 
under this rule to move to recommit, to divide, or to lay on the 



Rules of Order. 67 

table ; and if sustained by a vote of two thirds, the question shall 
be so taken. 

21. The motion to adjourn shall be taken without debate, and 
shall always be in order, except, (1) when a member has the Hoor; 

(2) when a question is actually put, or a vote is being taken; 

(3) when the question is pending on seconding the demand for 
the previous question; (4) when the pi-evious question has been 
called and sustained and is still pending, and (5) when a motion 
to adjourn has been negatived and no business or debate has 
intervened. 

22. Members presenting memorials, petitions, and other papers 
for reference, shall prepare the paper by writing in a plain hand 
on the back of it the following items, in the following order, 
namely : 

(1.) Name of the member presenting the paper. 

(2.) Conference from which it comes. 

(3.) Pastoral chai-ge of the Conference sending it. 

(4.) Subject to which it relates. 

(5.) First name on the petition. 

(6.) Number of other petitioners. 

(7.) The committee to which he desires it referred. 

Papers thus presented shall be delivered to the Secretary of 
the Conference, and by him sent to the committee, according to 
indorsement, and announced in the Journal of the day. 

23. When any member shall move the reference of any portion 
of the Journal of an Annual Conference to any committee he 
shall at the same time furnish a copy of the portion he wishes 
referred, prepared as already provided in the case of memorials. 

24. All resolutions contemplating verbal alterations of the Dis- 
cipline shall state the language of the paragraph and line pro- 
posed to be altered, and also the language proposed to be sub- 
stituted. 

25. All committees proposing changes of Discipline shall not 
only recite the paragraph and line proposed to be amended, but 
also the paragraph as amended complete. 

26. All Avvitten motions, reports, and communications to the 
Conference shall be passed to the Secretary, to be by him read 
to the Conference. 

27. All committees shall furnish duplicates of their reports. 



68 Belles of Order. 

28. A call for a vote by orders shall be made and seconded by 
members of the same order. 

29. When voting by orders the separation shall be merely in 
regard to the taking, announcing, deciding, and recording tlie 
vote of each order on the question on which the separate vote 
is " demanded." Any incidental matter bearing upon such vote 
shall be decided by the Conference acting " as one body." They 
shall vote separately whenever such separate vote shall be 
demanded by one third of each order. In taking a vote by 
orders it shall be by a count vote, first of the ministerial, and 
then of the lay, delegates ; but either order may call for the 
yeas and nays by one fourth of its members present and voting, 
and if the call is sustained the names of the delegates, first 
of the ministerial and then of the lay delegates, shall be called, 
and each member shall answer aye or no. 

30. Where a subject-matter has been received by the Confer- 
ence and referred to a committee, and a report thereon has been 
made to the Conference, it shall not be in order for another com- 
mittee to consider the same subject or for the Conference to 
entertain a report from committee on the said subject; but 
when any committee shall ascertain that a subject which has been 
referred to it has also been referred to another committee it 
shall promptly report the fact to the Conference, and the Confer- 
ence shall decide which committee shall have permanent charge 
of said subject. 

31. All demonstrations of approval or disapproval during the 
progress of debate shall be deemed a breach of order. 

32. These rules shall not be suspended except by a vote of 
two thirds of the members present and voting. 



j^ONFEI^ENCE ^FFICER^. 



PKESIDING BISHOPS. 



Thomas BoiATinan, 
Randolph S. Poster, 
Steplien M. Merrill, 
Edward G. Andrews, 
Henry W. V\Z"arren, 
Cyrtis D. Foss, 
Jolin P. Hurst, 
William X. Hinde, 



Jolin M. Walden, 
Willard P. Mallalieti, 
Charles H. Powler, 
John H. Vincent, 
Jam.es H. PitzG-erald, 
Isaac W. Joyce, 
John P. Hewman, 
Daniel A. Goodsell. 



MISSIONARY BISHOPS. 

William Taylor, ------- Africa. 

James M. Thohnrn, ----- India. 



SECRETARY. 

Dayid S. Monroe. 



ASSISTANT SECRETARIES. 



Sahin Halsey, 

Charles J. Clark, 
Manley S. Hard, 
William H. Crogman, 
Jacob Wernli. 



William S. Urmy, 
A. Clark Crosthwaite, 
Robert R. Doherty, 
Bert E. Wheeler, 
Carlton C. Wilhor, 



Ernest A. Simons. 



JOURNAL 



OF THE 



GENERAL CONFERENCE OF 1888, 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 1. ^J^.^y i. 

First Dav. 

The Twextieth Delegated Gexeral Con^ferexce J/'>r..i„.-. 
OF THE Methodist Episcopal Church convened in the the"'Genc.r'i 
Metropolitan Opera House, in the city of Xew York, *-'""''^'>^"^'^- 
on the first day of May, eighteen hundred and eighty- 
eight. 

B'mhops present : Thomas Boavmax, Randolph S. Bishops 
Foster, Stephen M. Merrill, Edward G. Andreavs, '"*^''""- 
Henry W. Warren, Cyrus D. Foss, John F. Hurst, 
Johx M. Walden, AVillard F. Mallalieu, and 
Charles H. Fowler. 

The Conference was called to order bv Bishop R'^^op 
Thomas Bowman, at nine o'clock A. M. pii"i'.i'. s. 

Bishop R. S. Foster read the One Hundred and Devotional 
Third Psalm. Bishop C. D. Foss announced hymn 1, '""''"" 
commencing — 

'• for a tlioiisand tongues, to sing," 

and AVilliam H. Olin, of the Wyoming Conference, led ' 
in prayer. Bishop J. M. Walden read the third chapter 
of the Epistle to the Ephesians. Bishop E. G. Andrews 
announced hymn 770, commencing — 

" I love thy kingdom, Lord,'' 

and Bishop H. W. Warren led in prayer. 

Bishop Bowman then read the following paper : 

Dear Brethren:: By tlie favor of a kind Providence we are liere Bishops' 

to organize Uie General Conference of tlie Methodist Episcopal Ciinrcli. th?-'^"i"<"to" 

For sucli organization there is no rule in tlie Discipline wt.icli pre- of'\Smiy 

scribes the successive steps to be taken, and custom, which some- "f delesrat.-s. 
times makes law, has been variable in the past, and fnrnislies no 
authoritative guide. We are at tliis hour in the presence of new 



72 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

IVIay 1. conditioiia — conditions which call for a brief statement of the views of 
First Day. the Bisliops toncliing the situation prior to tlie organization. 
Morniiiij. In tlie oarher General Confer ences the delegates-elect brought 

their certificates of election with tliem, and each man presented his 
credentials in person when the call was made, and was admitted. 
For a few sessions past, for the purpose of economizing time and fa- 
cilitating the organization, the jDractice has obtained of sending cer- 
tificates of election to the Secretarj' of the previous General Confer- 
ence, in order that a roll of delegates-elect might be prepared for the 
opening of the General Conf<_rence. Tins practice has received the 
sanction of the General Conference, and has been followed in the 
preparation for the organization about to be effected. 

In tills pieparatory work the duty of the Secretary of the previous 
General Conference is onlj' clerical, as lie sustains no official relation 
to the body about to be constituted. The only authority present to 
superintend the organization is the Episcopacy, represented by the 
General Superintendent who occupies the chair. He is in his place 
by virtue of his office, and upon him rests the responsibility of seeing 
tnat the organization is constitutionally effected. Befure him are 
the delegates-elect and the constitution of tlie General Conference — 
tlie latter being Ins sole guide in the duty of the hour. 

In ordinary cases, when no one is proposed for membership whose 
title is questioneu, the method of procedure is comparatively imma- 
terial. Sligiir informalities pass without question. All concerned are 
then animated by the single purpose to proceed with becoming 
solemnity and promptness to the point of readiness for business. 
But when information is in possession of the Bishops, in irustworthy 
form, that a nuinlier of persons whose names have been certified to 
the Secretary as delegates-elect are held to be ineligible, and that 
their title to be admitted as delegates will be challenged, the con- 
ditions are materially chai.ged, and greater caution and more rigid 
adherence to the form and substance of the law become necessary. 

The Bishops find names proposed for a place on the roll of the 
General Cnnference which belong to a class of persons never hereto- 
fore admitted to membership in that bod}, and whose light to be ad- 
mitted has never been determined, nor even considered, b}^ the 
supreme authority of the Church, so that neither the Church, nor 
the highest tribunal known lo her laws, has ever expressed a jiiug- 
meiit in relation to their eligibility. AVe also find some names of 
persons certified as elected by Electoral Conferences, in the bounds of 
which they neither reside nor nold membership. And, futhermore, we 
find that against the admission of all these persons protests, respon- 
sibly signed, and taking the form of challenges of their right to be 
admitted, have been prepared, and are lodged in our hands, to be 
pre.'--ented when the question of their admission comes before the 
Conference. 

In view of these facts the Bishops, fully sensible of the gravity of 
the issues involved, and feeling anxious that the subject be presented 
to the General Conference for act, on without prejudice to the rights 
of any party in the case, have agreed, after mature deliberation, first, 
that they have no jurisdiction in the matter of the eligibility of the 
classes ot persons in question ; and, second, that the General Confer- 
ence, which must pronounce upon the issues in the case, can only 
exercise its jurisdiction when duly organized. 

Therefore, in the nature of the case, there must be a General Con- 
ference, with a quorum of unchallenged delegates, before the claims 
of the parties thus challenged can be presented. Then, inasmuch as 
no right is put in jeopardy by tne omission from the preliminary roll- 
call of the names of persons whose eligibility is disputed, and no 
prejudice is created for or against their claims, and in order to the 
utmost fairness and impartiality in the issue to be presented to the 



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73 



Geuenl CoiiCerenci?, it lias been decided bytlie Bisliops— the aiithor- 
izeil interpreters of the law till the General Conferonce is organized— 
that tiie names of the parlies whose eligibility is challenged upon 
constitutional grounds shall not be called tiU after a constitutional 
quorum of unchallenged delegates shall have been ascertained to be 
present, and the body is duly organized for business. It will then be 
competent for the Conference to act upon the cases in question in 
such way as its sense of justice and rigiit shall dictate as lawful and 
expedient. 

In the meantime, dear bretliren, aware as we all are that we stand 
in tlie presence of several questions of grave importance and great 
delicacy, concerning which there are differences of opinion, we sug- 
gest the exercise of patience and moderation, ai.d urge upon you the 
duty of prayer for the presence and lielp of the divine Master, whose 
servants we are and whose Church we love. May the God of peace 
and love himself preside over us and illuminate and tianqudize our 
minds for the duties before us. 

It will be our pleasure, brethren, so soon as you shall signify your 
readiness, to submit our quadrennial address, which, we trust, will be 
helpful to your deliberations. 

The Secretary of the last General Conference will now call the roll 
prepared in conformity to the principles enunciated, and so soon as 
the Conference shall "have elected a Secretary to make record of its 
proceedings we will present the names requiring your deliberation. 

The Secretary of the last Conference, David S. Mon- 
roe, then called the roll of delegates, and the following 
members answered to their names : 
Alabama. 
Ministerial : John D. Pierce. 

Arkansas. 
Ministerial : Thomas B. Ford. 
Lay : Absalom C. Phillips. 

Baltimore. 
Ministerial: John Lanahan, William F. Speake, David H. 
Carroll, John F. Goucher. 

Lai/ : Alexander Ashley, George W. Corner. 



]VIay 1. 

FiRBT DaV. 

Morning. 



Ministerial : James M, 
Lay: Robert Laidlaw 

Ministerial: James D. 



Bengal. 

. Thoburn. 

Blue Ridge. 

Roberson. 



California. 
Ministerial: Robert Bentley, William S. Urmy, Elbert R. 
Dille, Andrew J. Nc,lson. 
Lay: Chancellor Hartson. 

Central Alabama. 
Ministerial: Alfred W. ]\IcKiuney. 
Lay: AVashiugtou G. Allen. 



Roll called. 



Mom hers 
present. 



74 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

'M.a.y 1. Central German. 

First Day • 

Morning' Ministerial: Jacob Rothweiler, Henry J. Liebhart, Peter 
F. Schneider. 
Lay : Dietrich B. Meyer. 

Central Illinois. 
Ministerial : Charles O. McCulloch, Peter A. Cool, George 
W. Gue, Benjamin W. Baker, William H. Hunter. 
Lay : Isaac Bailey, James H. Bunn. 

Central Missouri. 
Ministerial : William H. H. Brown. 
Lay: Charles S. Walden. 

Central New York. 
Ministerial : Luke C. Queal, Edmund ISl. Mills, Charles N. 
Sims, Carlton C. AVilbor, Uriah S. Beebe. 
Lay: Tliomas Jones, Thomas W. Durston. 

Central Ohio. 
Ministerial : Elias D. Whitlock, Leroy A. Belt, Samuel L. 
Roberts, Gcrshom Lease. 

Lay: William St. John, John B. Williams. 

Central Pennsylvania. 
Ministerial : Martin L. Ganoe, Edward J. Gray, David S. 
Monroe, George Leidy, William A. Stephens. 
Lay: Thomas H. Murray, S. Wilson Murray. 

Central Tennessee. 
Ministerial: James W. McNeil. 

Chicago German. 
Ministerial: Christian A. Loeber, Charles Hedler. 
Lay: Henry Rieke, Gustave A. Seifeld. 

Cincinnati. 
Ministerial: Charles H. Payne, Adna B. Leonard, Jeremiah 
H. Bayliss, Isaac W. .loyce. 

Lay : John E. Jones, John K. Pollard. 

Colorado. 
Ministerial : Earl Cranston, David H. Moore. 
Lay: John W. Lacey. 

Columbia River. 
Lay: William !Michell. 

Dakota. 

Ministerial: William Brush. 
Lay : D. AYilliam Diggs. 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 75 



Mo/nhig. 



Delaware. TMay 1. 

Ministerial : William H. Coffey, William H. Thomas. ■^""''' ^''''' 

Lay : Benjamin O. Bird, Elisha L. Biiddell. 

Des Moines. 
Ministerial: William T. Smith, William S. Hooker, Thomas 
McK. Stuart, Benjamin F. W. Cozier. 
Lay : David S. Sigler, Leslie M. Shaw. 

Detroit. 
Ministerial: Arthur Edwards, Lewis R. Fiske, Lewis P. 
Davis, Andrew J. Bigelow, Jacob Horton, James S. Smart. 
Lay: Horace Hitchcock, Charles R. Brown. 

East German. 
Ministerial: Paul Quattlander. 
Lay : Frederick K. Keller. 

East Maine. 
Ministerial : James W. Day, William T. Jewell. 
Lay : Eben M. Tibbitts, Thomas H. Wentworth. 

East Ohio. 
Ministerial: Ernest A. Simons, John W. Toland, William 
L. Dixon, Louis Paine, Abraham H. Domer. 
Lay : Silas J. Williams, Frank A. Arter. 

East Tennessee. 
Ministerial : Daniel W. Hayes. 
Lay : James P. Andrews. 

Erie. 
Ministerial: Theodore L. Flood, Homer H. Moore, Alfred 
Wheeler, Robert S. Borland. 
Lay : George P. Hukill, Edward Apijleyard. 

Florida, 

Ministerial : Samuel B. Darnell. 
Lay : Lawrence L. Chestnut. 

Foochow. 

Ministerial: Sia Sek Ong. 

Genesee. 

Ministerial : Sandford Hunt, .John E. Williams, DeWitt C. 
Huntington, Samuel McGerald, George H. Dryer, John B. 
Wentworth. 

Lay : Zachary P. Taylor, .Jerome I. Stanton. 

Georgia. 

Ministerial : Hugh Boyd. 
Lay: John E. Bryaut. 



76 Joianial of the General Coxfereiice. [1888. 

M:ay 1. Germany. 

Morning, Ministerial: Clemeat A. C. Acliard. 

Holston. 
Ministerial: Thomas C. Carter, John F. Spence. 
Lay : Halbert B. Case. 

Idaho. 
Ministerial : Abraham Eads. 
Lay: Samuel O. Swackhamer. 

Illinois. 
Ministerial: William H. Webster, William H. Wilder, Mat- 
thias A. Hewes, Marquis D. Hawes, William N. McElroy. 
Lay : Enoch W. Moore. 

Indiana. 

Ministerial : Alexander Martin, Henry J. Talbott, William 
R. Halstead. 

Lay : David E. Beem, Moses L. B. Sefrit. 

Iowa. 

Ministerial : J. Thomas McFarland, James C. W. Coxe, 
George N. Power. 

Lay : Charles F. Graver. 

Italy. 
Ministerial : Leroy M. Vernon. 

Japan. 
Ministerial : Robert S. Maclay. 
Lay : John O. Sjiencer. 

Kansas. 
Ministerial: Samuel E. Pendleton, James Marvin, George 
S. Dearborn. 

Lay : Ira I. Taber. 

Kentucky. 
Ministerial: Amon Boreing, John D. Walsh. 
Lay: Amos Shinkle. 

Lexington. 
Ministerial: Daniel Jones, Edward W. S. Hammond. 
Lay : Thomas R. Fletcher, George L. Knox. 

Liberia. 
Lay : John L. Fuller. 

Little Rock. 
Ministerial : William R. R. Duncan. 
Lay : C. Columbus Riley. 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 77 

Louisiana. May 1. 

Ministerial: Joseph C. Hartzell, Aristides E. P. Albert, doming. 
Julius F. Marshall. 
Lay : Graliam Bell. 

Maine. 
Ministerial: Charles J. Clark, Enos T. Adams. 
La]/: WashingtoQ L. Dagget, Jeremiah B. Donneil. 

Mexico. 
Ministerial : John W. Butler. 

Michigan. 
Ministerial: Doctor F. Barnes, James H. Potts, John M. 
Reid, Washington Gardner, Wilbur I. Cogshall, John C. 
Floyd. 

Lay: Daniel Striker. 

Minnesota. 
Ministerial: Robert Forbes, George H. Bridgman, William 
W. Satterlee, John N. Liscomb. 
Lay: George H. Hazzard. 

Mississippi. 

Ministerial: Samuel A. Cowen, James M. Shumpert, John 
C. Eckles. 
Lay : Heniy Avant, James P. Simms. 

Missouri. 

Ministerial : William F. Clayton, John Gillies. 
Lay : Charles R. Combs. 

Montana. 
Ministerial: William A. Shannon. 

Nebraska. 
Ministerial: Charles F. Creighton, John W. Stewart, A. 
Clark Crosthwaite. 
Lay : Manoah B. Reese. 

Newark. 
Ministerial: James N. FitzGerald, Henry A. Buttz, Daniel 
R. Lowrie, Sandford Van Benschoten, James I. Boswell. 
Lay : Hiram C. Clark, Robert R. Doherty. 

New England. 

Ministerial: Samuel F. Upham, George S. Chadbourne, 
John W. Hamilton, George F. Eaton, Joseph H. Mansfield, 
Daniel Dorchester. 

Lay : Alden Speare, Lebbeus C. Smith. 



78 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

Miay 1. New England Southern. 

FiKST Dav. 
Morning. Ministerial : Charles W. Gallagher, Dwight A. Jordan, 

Stephen O. Benton, Edward Edson. 

Lai/: William H. Phillips, Leavitt Bates. 

Nevr Hampshire. 
Ministerial: Jesse M. Durrell, Joseph E. Robins, George 
W. N orris. 

Lay: Erastus A. Crawford. 

New Jersey. 

Ministerial : J. Leander Sooy, Jacolj B. Graw, George B. 
Wight, George L. Dobbins. 

Laij: Clinton B. Fisk, William H. Skirm. 

New York. 

Ministerial: James M. King, James R. Day, George S. 
Hare, Charles C. McCabe, John Milcy, Frank J. Belcher. 
Lay: John D. Slayback, Albert M. Card. 

New York East. 

Ministei'ial : Daniel A. Goodsell, James M. Buckley, Ichabed 
Simmons, Josejih Pullman, Thomas H. Burch, J. Oramei 
Peck. 

L(ty: Phineas C. Lounsbury, Heniy W. Knight. 

North Carolina. 
Ministerial: John E. Chamjjliu. 
Lay: Willis M. Graves. 

North Dakota. 
Ministerial: David C. Plaunette. 
Lay : Sylvester J. Hill. 

Northern New York. 
Ministerial: James Coote, Horace M. Danforth, Wilbur F. 
Markham, Alexander Bramley, Samuel Call. 
Lay : Warner Miller. 

North German. 
Ministerial : Frederick Kopp. 
Lay : Henry H. Heins. 

North India. ' 

Ministerial : David W. Thomas. 

North Indiana. 
Ministerial: Charles G. Hudson, Franklin T. Simpson, Enoch 
Holdstock. 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 79 

North Nebraska. Mlay 1. 

First Dat. 
Ministerial : John B. Maxfield, William M. Morley. Morning. 

Lay: Lucius H. Rogers, Newton R. Persinger. 

North Ohio. 

Ministerial: James W. Mendculiall, Thompson F. Hildreth, 
William F. Whitlock,Elvero Persons. 
Lay : Joseph E. Stubbs. 

North-west German. 
Ministerial: Christoph Shulz. 
Lay: Jacob Wernli. 

North-west Indiana. 
Ministerial: Samuel P. Colvin, Russell D. Utter. William 
H. Hickman. 

Lay : Abram R. Colboru, John C. Ridpath. 

North-west Iowa. 
Ministerial : Wilmot Whitfield, Bennett Mitchell. 
Lay : Harrison S. Vaughn. 

North-w^est Kansas. 
Ministerial: Michael M. Stolz, John H. Lockwood. 
Lay : Andrew P. Collins, Charles D. Jones. 

North-west Swedish. 

Ministerial: John Wigren. 

Norway. 

Ministerial: .Jo^in IT. Johnson. 

Norwegian and Danish. 

Ministerial: Andrew Haagensen. 
Ljay : Ole B. Jacobs. 

Ohio. 
Ministerial: Joseph M.Trimble, James H. Gardner, John C, 
Jackson, Jr., Isaac F. King. 

Lay: Samuel H. Hurst, Charles W. Super. 

Oregon. 

Ministerial: William S. Harrington. 

Philadelphia. 

Ministerial : Thomas B. Neel\', William Swindells, Samuel 
W. Thomas, Charles J. Little, William J. Paxson, John F. 
Crouch. 



80 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

Miay I. Pittsburg. 

Morning. Ministerial: Charles W. Smith, Jesse F. Core, Noble G. Mil- 
ler, "William B. Watkins. 
Lay: Josiah A. Strickler. 

Puget Sound. 
Ministerial: David G. Le Sourd. 
Lay : David T. Denny. 

Rock River. 

Ministerial: John H. Vincent, Charles G. Truesdell, Lewis 
Cuits, Nathan H. Axtell, William A. Spencer, Frank M. 
Bristol. 

Lay: Nathan E. Lyman. 

Saint John's River. 
Ministerial: Charles C. McLean. 
Lay: George T. King. 

Saint Louis. 
Ministerial: Benjamin St. .T. Fry, George W. Hughey. 
Lay : Seneca N. Taylor, William H. Craig. 

Saint Louis German. 
Ministerial: William Koeneke, Henry Scluitz. 
Lj((y : Herman H. Jacoby. 

Savannah. 
Ministei'ial: Cliarles O. Fisher. Seaborn C. Upshaw. 
Ljay : Thomas A. Fortson, William H. Crogman. 

South Carolina. 
Ministerial : .James B. ^liddleton, Joshua E. Wilson. 
TMy : Eugene A. Webster. 

South-east Indiana. 
Ministerial: John S. Tevis. William R. Lathrop. 

Southern California. 
Ministerial : John B. Green. 
Lay: William H. Johnson. 

Southern German. 
Ministerial: Henry Dietz. 
Lay : Fritz B. Blumberg. 

Southern Illinois. 
Ministerial: James L. Wallar, John W. Locke. 
Lay: Richard W. Lyon, Samuel L. D wight. 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 81 

South India. IVIay 1. 

• ifmis^maZ.- John E. Robinson. First Day. 

MorniiKj. 

South Kansas. 

Ministerial: Bernard Kelly, J. Albert Hyden, Hugh Mc- 
Birney. 

Liiy: William H. Stout. 

South-west Kansas. 
Ministerial: Jeremiah D. Botkin, Martin L. Gates, Benjamin 
C. Swarts. 
. Lay: Henry H. McAdanis, William H. Mock. 

Sweden. 
Ministerial: M. Frederick Ahgren. 

Switzerland. 
Ministerial: H. Jacob Breiter. 

Tennessee. 
Ministerial: Calvin Pickett. 
Lay : Thomas W. Johnson. 

Texas. 

Ministerial: Isaiah B. Scott, Edward Lee. 
Lay: John H. Wllkins. 

Troy. 
Ministerial: William Griffin. .Joel W. Eaton, Homer Eaton, 
Aaron D. Heaxt, Henry Graham, David W. Gates. 
Lay: Alfred Guibord, Charles D. Hammond. 

Upper Iowa. 

Ministerial : Alpha J. Kynett. William F. King, Harry H. 
Green, John T. Crippen, George W. Brindell. 
Lay : Edward A. Snyder. 

Vermont. 

Ministerial : Timothy P. Frost, Elisha W. Culver. 
Lay: Chauncey Temple, William A. Boyce. 

Virginia. 
Ministerial: Archibald J. Porter. 
Lay: Chester C. Gaver. 

Washington. 

Ministerial: Edward W. S. Peck, .John A. Holmes, Henry 
A. Carroll. 

Lay: George W. Hollinger, Samuel Tyler. 
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82 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

]May 1. West German. 

^M^Hng' Ministerial : Jacob Tanner. 
Lay: Philip W. Kost. 

West Nebraska. 
Ministerial: Porter C. Johnson. 
Lay: Josiah L. Parrotte. 

West Texas. 

Ministerial: Henry Swann. 
Lay : Governor R. Townsen. 

West Virginia. 
Ministerial : George E. llite, James M. "Warden, Jasper F. 
Chenoweth. 

Lay: George W. Atlviuson, Arthur I. Boreman. 

West Wisconsin. 
Ministerial : Ephraim L. Eaton, Bert E. Wheeler, W. John 
McKay. 

Lay : Edwin E. Bentley. 

Wilmington. 
3finisterial: Jacob Todd, John A. B. Wilson, Nicholas M. 
Browne. 

Lay : Henry P. Cannon, Levin S. Melson. 

Wisconsin. 
Ministerial: Bradford P. Eaymond, William P. Stowe, 
Sabin Halsey. 
Lay : George H. Foster, Edward L. Paine. 

Wyoming. 
Ministerial: William H. Olin, IManley S. Hard, John C. 
Leacock, Dewitt C. Olmstcad. 

Lay: George Reynolds, Elijah C. Wadhams. 

D. 8 Monroe Qii motion of W. H. Oliii, seconded by Clinton B. 

elected ' V. 1 • 

Secretaiy. Fisk, Davld S. Monroe, of the Central Pennsylvania 

Conference, was, by acclamation, elected Secretary. 
Rules of John Lanahan moved the adoption of the Rules of 

Order governing the last General Conference, except 
that in Rule 13, limiting remarks, tlie time be made 
twenty minutes. 

T. L. Flood called for a division of the question. 

Sandford Hunt moved as a substitute the adoption of 
the Rules of Order governing the last General Confer- 
ence. 



Order. 



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J. M. Buckley moved to amend by striking out the 
word "ten" in Rule 13, and inserting "twenty." The 
motion prevailed, and the substitute as amended was 
accepted and adopted. 

J. W. Hamilton presented the following resolution, 
and moved its adoption : 

Resolved, Tliat two committees bo appointed, each consistino: of 
one delegate from each of the General Conference Districts and four 
delegates at large, to whom shall be referred respectively the eligi- 
bility of the delegates to this Conference who are women, and all 
otiiers whose right to membership has been challenged: 

And that the committee on the eligibility of the women be in- 
structed to report to the Conference at ten o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Bishop Bowman having stated that addresses of wel- 
come were to be delivered L. C. Queal moved to lay 
the resolution on the table until after the addresses of 
welcome. The motion did not prevail. 

W. J. Paxson having called for the names of all per- 
sons against whose admission protests have been pre- 
sented Bishop Bowman announced the names as follows: 
Amanda C. Rippey, Kansas Conference ; Mary C. Nind, 
Minnesota Conference ; Angle F. Newman, Nebraska 
Conference ; Lizzie D. Van Kirk, Pittsburg Confer- 
ence ; Frances E. Willard, Rock River Conference ; 
John M. Phillips, Mexico Conference ; Robert E. Pat- 
tison. North India Conference ; John E. Rickards, Mon- 
tana Conference. 

J. II. Bayliss moved as a substitute that instead of 
two committees there be but one, and that the commit- 
tee report at ten o'clock to morrow morning on such 
cases as involve mere constitutional questions. Laid on 
the table. 

D. H. Carroll moved that the second committee re- 
port at ten o'clock to-morrow morning on the eligibility 
of laymen representing Conferences within the bounds 
of which they do not reside. The motion was laid on 
the table and the original resolution was adopted. 

On motion of Sandford Hunt, the Secretary was ac- 
corded the privilege of nominating his assistants, where- 
upon he named the following, who were elected : 

Sabin Ilalsey, of the Wisconsin Conference ; Charles 
J. Clark, of the Maine Conference ; Manley S. Hard, of 
the Wyoming Conference ; William H. Crogman, of 
the Savannah Conference ; Jacob Wernli, of the North- 



IVIay 1. 

First Day. 
Morning. 
Adopted. 



Eligibility of 
delegates. 



Addre.'s of 
welcome. 



Names of 

claimants to 

stats. 



Committees 

on eli<rihility 

of di'li'^ates 

ordered. 



Assistant 

Secri-taiies 

electe.I. 



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IVTay 1. 

First Day. 
Muining. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Addresses 
of welcome 
delivered. 



Bishop 
Bowman 
responds. 



Afternoon 
session 
ordered. 



Vacancies 
and reserves. 



Choosing 
seats. 



Method of 
choosing. 



west German Conference ; William S. Urmy, of the 
California Conference; A. Clark Crosthwaite, of the 
Nebraska Conference ; Robert R. Doherty, of the New- 
ark Conference. 

Bishop Foster, rising to a question of privilege, 
stated that the Committee of Arrangements had pro- 
vided for addresses of welcome, and asked the pleasure 
of the Conference. 

William Swindells moved that we now hear the ad- 
dresses, and the motion prevailed. 

Bishop Bowman then introduced to the Conference 
Hon, Enoch L. Fancher, of New York, who, in behalf 
of the Churches, welcomed the Conference to the city. 

He was followed by the Rev. George S. Hare, ap- 
pointed by the New York Conference to extend the 
greetings of that Conference. 

Bishop Bowman replied in brief and fitting terms, 
and at his request the Conference rose in appreciation 
of the cordial welcome extended. 

T. L. Flood moved that when we adjourn it be to 
meet at three o'clock P. M. to select seats, and the 
motion prevailed. 

William Brush moved that all vacancies in delega- 
tions be filled by reserve delegates. 

J. B. Graw moved that the Secretary call the roll of 
absentees, and G. S. Plare moved to amend by adding 
the word "to-morrow." 

On motion of John Lanahan, the whole matter was 
laid on the table. 

W. F. Whitlock moved that the method of choosing 
seats adopted by the General Conference of 1884 be 
adopted by this Conference. 

T. B. Neely offered the following as a substitute, 

which was accepted : 

Resolved, That in the selection of seats the following orclei- be 
observed : 

1. That the part of the house to be occupied by the delegates be 
vacated, and the delegates occupy the aisles and the lobby until the 
seats be assigned. 

2. Tliat the names of the several Conferences shall be written on 
separate cards or slips of paper by the Secretary and placed in a hat 
or box, and the cards tlius prepared shall be mixed and drawn one by 
one by the Secretary and two other persons appointed by the chair. 

3. When the name of a Conference has been drawn and announced 
a delegate from the Conference shall select the requisite nimiber of 



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85 



contiguous seats and occup}' the same, and the chairman of the dele- 
gation shall announce the number of the seats selected. 

J. M. Buckley moved as an amendment that each 
delegation composed of five delegates or less be per- 
mitted to select one extra seat, and all over five choose 
two additional seats. 

A motion by E. J. Gi-ay, to lay the amendment on 
tlie table, was lost by a count vote of 115 for and 234 
ao-aiiist. 

Bernard Kelly moved that the extra seats be occu- 
pied by reserve delegates. 

On motion of L. C. Queal, both amendments were 
indefinitely postponed by a count vote of 214 for and 
116 against. 

G. S. Hare moved that the whole matter be referred 
to a committee of three, to report at three o'clock P. M. 
Laid o)i the table. 

G. S. Hare moved an extension of time, and the 
motion prevailed. 

L. C. Queal called for the previous question, and, 
being sustained, the resolution of T. B. Neely was, on 
motion, adopted. 

J. O. Spencer offered the following : 

Resolved, That all papers bearing on the question of contested 
seats be presented through tJie Secretarj^ to this body and after read- 
ing be referred to the respective committees ordered. 

Jacob Todd moved as a substitute : 

Resolved, That all papers relating to contested seats be referred to 
the committees appointed to investigate such cases. 

William Swindells submitted the following amend- 
ment to the substitute of Jacob Todd : 

Strike out ail after the word " resolved " and insert, " that the 
name of each delegate whose seat is contested be now called, and as 
each name is called all papers regularly indorsed and in possession 
of the chair be submitted to the Conference." 

The Bishop ruled the amendment out of order, when 
William Swindells appealed from the decision of the 
chair, and the chair was sustained. 

G. S. Hare moved that the Secretary now proceed to 
read the papers protesting against the admission of cer- 
tain delegates. 

The previous question was ordered. 

The substitute of Jacob Todd was lost and the orig- 
inal motion prevailed. 



]VIay 1. 

First Day. 
Morning. 



Time 
e.xteiHled. 



Papers on 

contesied 

seats. 



W. Suin- 

<U'lls' 

substitute. 



Cliair a;i- 
pealed fiuin. 



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IVIay 1. 

FitisT Day. 

Jlloriiiiii/. 

Protests 

read. 

Cimniiiltee 

on Elijj'ihility 

of Woiiifii. 



Bishops' 
Address. 



Meeting's of 
Cotniiiittees. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



The Secretary then read the protests in the hands 
of the Bishops, and they were referred to the commit- 
tees. 

Bishop Andrews then presented the names of the 
Committee on the Eligibility of Women. (See Ajy- 
pendix I, A, 15.) 

On motion of G. S. Hare, the reading of the Bishops' 
Address was made the order of the day for to-morrow 
morning, after the reading of the Journal and the per- 
fecting of the lloll. 

Sandford Hunt moved that the Committee on Enter- 
tainment be requested to publish in the Da'dij Advocate 
of to-morrow the times and places for the meetings of 
the several committees. The motion prevailed. 

On motion Conference adjourned. R. S. Maclay was 
appointed to conduct the devotional services at the 
afternoon session. The doxology was sung, and the 
benediction was pronounced by Bishop Merrill. 



May 1. 

First Day. 

Kftertwon. 
Bishop Fr,s- 
ler iiro>i(les. 

Devotional 
services. 



Seats cliosen. 



Second 
committoe 
iinnoiinced. 



Ailjourn- 
ment. 



TUESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 1. 

The Conference met at three o'clock P. M., pursuant 
to adjournment, Bishop R. S. Foster in the chair. 

Devotional services were conducted by R. S. ]Maclay, 
of Japan Conference. 

The order of the day — the selection of seats — was 
taken up. 

The Bishop appointed G. S. Hare and A. B. Leonard 
to assist the Secretary in drawing the slips upon which 
were written the names of the Conferences. 

After the delegations had chosen their seats Bishop 
Andrews announced the names of the second Committee, 
on Eligiltility to Seats. (See Appendix I, A, 16.) 

Alfred Wheeler moved to adjourn, but the motion 
did not prevail. 

The Committee on Entertainment reported as to 
times and places of committee meetings, after which 
Conference, on motion, adjourned. 

L. C. Queal was appointed to conduct the devotional 
services to-morrow morning. 

The do.xology was sung, and the benediction was 
pronounced by Bi-shop Andrews. 



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JMay 3. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 2. ^ofr 

Horning. 

The Conference was called to order at nine o'clock Bishop Mer- 
A. M., Bishop S. M. Merrill in the chair. '"^ p'"''*^''- 

The devotional services were conducted by L, C. ^gt>rvfcer' 
Queal, of the Central New York Conference. 

The Secretary was instructed to call the roll of ab- Roll called, 
sentees, and the following members responded to their 
names: 

Austin. 

Lay : Johu S. Hetherington. ^r?sent! 

Central German. 

Lay: Jacob F. Schultz. 

Iowa. 
Lay : Johu Mahin. 

Michigan. 

Lay: Russell R. Pealer. 

New Hampshire. 
Lay : William A. Heard. 

Northern New York. 
Lay : Nathan L. Stone. 

North Indiana. . 
Ministerial : Charles W. Lynch. 
Lay : Joseph S. Baker. 

North-west Iowa. 
Lay : Albert D. Peck. 

North-west Swedish. 
Lay: John R. Liudgren. 

Philadelphia. 
Lay: James Gillinder. 

South Carolina. 

Lay : Silas Easterling. 

South-east Indiana. 
Lay: Eli F. Ritter. 

Southern Illinois. 
Ministerial: John Leeper. 

Texas. 

iMy : John B. McCulloch. 

West Wisconsin. 
Lay: Jerome B. Jones. 

Wyoming. 
Ministerial : John G. Eckmau. 



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MiayS. 

Skcond 
Day. 

Morning. 
Keserves 

to be 
admitted. 



Keserves 
present. 



Minutes 
approved. 



Committee 
on Keecption 
of Fi-atenral 

Messengers 
ordered. 



Courtesy to 
Dr. Butler. 



Bishops' Ad- 
dress road. 



To be re- 
ferred to 
committees. 



Bisliop Mer- 
rill to dis- 
tribute it. 



On motion, the following was adopted : 

Rtsolved, That, if known any regular delegate will not be present, 
the reserve, if present, shall be admitted lo the seat. 

Thereupon the following reserve delegates were ad- 
mitted to seats: 

Austin. 
Ministerial: Albiuus A. Johnson, 

Columbia River. 

Ministerial: William S. Turuer. 

Colorado. 
Lay : Ebenezer T. Ailing. 

Oregon. 
Lay: John O. Booth. 

Pittsburg. 

Lay : Butler C. Christy. 

Southern California. 
Ministerial: Marion M. Bovard. 

South Kansas. 

Lay : Robert N. Allen. 

The minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

D. A. Goodsell moved that the Bishops at their earli- 
est convenience, appoint a committee of five on the 
Reception of Fraternal Messengers, and the motion 
prevailed. 

T. L. Flood moved that the Rev. William Butler, the 
founder of two missions, be invited to a seat on the 
platform during the sessions of the Conference. The 
motion prevailed. 

G. S. Hare called for the order of the day, the Ad- 
dress of the Bishops, whereupon Bishop Bowman took 
the chair and Bishop Merrill read the Address. (See 
pages 33 to 63.) 

After reading the Address Bishop Merrill resumed 
the chair. 

J. M. Buckley moved thnt such portions of the Ad- 
dress as appertain to subjects of which the Standing 
Committees have charge be referred to them, and sucli 
parts as relate to changes in fundamental law be referred 
to the Commitee on Judiciary. Carried. 

John Lanahan moved that the Secretary appoint two 
of his assistants, who, in connection with Bishop Merrill, 



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89 



IVLay 2. 

Skcond 

Day. 

Morning. 



Printing of 
the address. 



sliall distribute to the several Standing Conunittees ap- 

l^ropi-iate portions of the Address. The motion prevailed. 

C. H. Payne : 

Resolved, That we have listened with great satisfaction to the Ad- 
dress of the Bishops, as read by Bishop Merrill, and tiiat we hereby 
order that the same be primed in The Daily Christian Advocate, and 
ill the several papers under the control of the General Conference, 
and that G,000 copies of the Address be published in pamphlet form 
for gratuitous distribution. 

John Lanahan moved, as an amendment, that the 
Agents i)rint 2,500 copies, and that each delegate be fur- 
nished with five copies. 

J. B. Graw moved to amend the amendment by in- 
structing the Book Agents to publish 12,000 copies, and 
that one copy be sent to each traveling preacher. 

Lewis Curts moved to lay on the table every thing 
referring to the subject except that part of the resolu- 
tion relating to the publication of the Address in The 
Dailij Advocate and official papers. The motion pre- 
vailed. 

The resolution of C. H. Payne, as amended, was then 
adopted. 

J. M. Buckley moved that the Standing Committees 
as recorded in the General Conference Journal of 1884 
be ordered. Carried. He also presented the following : 

Resolved, That a committee of thirteen be appointed by the Bishops, 
one from eacli General Conference District, to bo called the Commit- 
tee on the .Judiciary, to which shall be referred all records of Judicial 
Conferences, appeals on points of law, all proposed changes in the 
ecclesiastical code, and all questions relating to our fundamental law. 

T. L. Flood moved that the resolution be laid on the 
table. The motion did not prevail, and the resolution 
was adopted. 

On motion of J. M. Reid, Bishop Taylor was requested Bishop Tay- 
to present to the Conference, at his earliest convenience, 
a written report of his work. 

T. L. Flood moved that the order of the day be taken 
up. The motion prevailed, and Amos Shinkle presented 
the Report of the Committee on the Eligibility of 
AVomen as delegates to the Conference. 

The Secretary having read the Report, Amos Shinkle 
moved its adoption. 

A. J. Kynett moved that the Report be laid on the ordor of tiie 
table, printed in IVie Daily Advocate, and be made the nionow. 



Ordered. 



Standing 

Committees 

Ordered. 



Committee 

on tlie 
Judiciary 
ordered. 



lor to report. 



Report on 
eliiiibility of 
women pre- 
sented. 



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]May G. 
Second 

Day. 
Morning. 



Manual to be 
publislietl. 



Bishops' Ad- 
dress to be 
published in 
the Manual. 



Subjects 
lei'crred to 
cuuiuiiltees. 



Coinniittee 
on Kules of 
Order to be 
ai)[)oinled. 



Bishop Mer- 
rill to edit the 
Discipline. 

Publication 

of the 

Bisliiijis' 

Address. 



order of the day for to-morrow, immediately after the 

reading of tlie Journal. The motion prevailed. 

C. W. Smith moved the adoption of the following 

resolution: 

Resolved, That the Secretary and Book Agents be aulliorized to 
publish a Manual for the use of the General Conference, containing 
the Rules of Order, list of Delegates and Reserves, Committees, a 
general Directory of the places of entertainment of the members in 
this city; also a diagram of such parts of this hall as are occupied by 
the Conference, and slicIi other matters as are usually published in 
such a Manual. 

J. C. Hartzell moved as an amendment that the Ad- 
dress of the Bishops be also published in the Manual. 

A motion to lay on the table was lost. 

The amendment and resolution as amended were 
then adopted. 

J. M. Buckley moved that any committee finding a 
subject referred to it which had been referred to an- 
other committee, the committee discovering the fact 
shall report the same to the Conference, and it shall be 
referred to the committee having jurisdiction over the 
subject. 

Saiidford Hunt moved as an amendment that a com- 
mittee of five be ap]iointed on Uules of Order, to which 
this resolution shall be I'eferred with instructions to 
rejDort to-morrow. The amendment being accepted, 
the motion as amended was carried. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the propriety of having 
a rule requiring speakers to occupy the platform or 
aisles while speaking was also referred to this com- 
mittee. 

.T. M. Shumpert presented the following, which was 

adopted : 

Rmilved. Tiiat Bishop Merrill be appointed to edit, with such assist- 
ance as he may see tit to employ, the edition of the Discipline of 1888. 

Washington Gardner moved that the subject of the 
publication of the liishops' Address in pamphlet form 
be taken from the table. Lost, by a count vote of 165 
for, 170 against. 

Homer Eaton moved that five copies of the Manual 
containing the Bishops' Address be furnished each 
member of the Conference. 

John Lanahan moved to lay the motion on the table. 
Lost. 



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J. S. Smart moved as a substitute that three instead 
of five copies be furnished. Laid on the table. 

L. C. Queal moved that five copies of the Bishops' 
Address be furnislied each delegate, and that the Ad- 
dress be omitted from the Manual, 

Tlie chair ruled, that inasmuch as the Address had 
been ordered to be printed in tlie Manual it could not 
be taken out except by a reconsideration of that action. 
Thereupon L. C. Queal withdrew the latter part of his 
motion and accepted an amendment offered by J. C. 
Hartzell, that the Agents publish so much of the Man- 
ual as contains the Bishops' Address and that five copies 
be furnished each member. 

J. M. Reid moved an extension of time. Lost, 

The Conference adjourned by limitation of time, 
notices were given, and G. S. Dearborn was appointed 
to lead the devotions to-morrow. The doxology was 
sung, and the benediction was pronounced by William 
Butler. 



Srcond 

Day. 

Morning. 



Adjourn- 
nient. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 3. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop E. G. Andrews in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by G. S. 
Dearborn, of the Kansas Conference. 

The Bishop announced the arrival of Bishop W. X. 
Ninde, and introduced him to the Conference. 

E. A. McLitire, of the Austin Conference, being pres- 
ent, lie was, on motion, seated in the place of A. A, 
Johnson, a reserve delegate. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, the Committee on Enter- 
tainment was instructed to furnish the reporters of the 
daily papers who are present one copy each of the 
Daihi Adoocate. 

William Swindells presented the following, which 
was adopted : 

Besolved. Tliat liercaftcr, as deleg-ates arrive, their names sliall be 
■\vrittpii oil a slip of paper by the ebairnian of tlie delo^Mtion of 
which they are memhors. then passed to the Secretary and by him 
announced to the Conference. 



IVIay li. 

Third Day. 

Moniiny, 
Bishop 
Andrews 
[HTsidcs. 
Devotional 
services. 



Bishop 
Ninde. 



E. A. Mcln- 
tire present. 



Minntps 
ap])roved. 



The A/?V//to 
the reporters. 



DelpjratPH 
aniviti"'. 



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iMay 3. g, E_ Penclleton moved the adoption of the following: 

Third Day. ^ * 

Mornin'j. He-solved, That all persons whose seats are held in question be in- 

Claiiriants vited to seats upon the Conference floor pending the discussion of 

to seats. tl^gij. riglits. 

Lewis Curts moved the adoption of the following as 
a substitute : 

Whereas, Certain persons are present claiming seats in this Con- 
ference, whose riglit is contested; therefore, 

Resolved, TJiat we recognize the riglit of said persons to a seat in 
this Conference until tlie question of their eligibility is settled. 

L. C. Queal moved to lay the substitute on the table. 
Order ofthe Peudiiiof this J. M. Reid called for the order of the 

day taken iij). ^. 

day, and it was taken up by a count vote of 206 for to 
•203 against. 
Courtesy to J3y consent the followinij brethren were invited to 

Dr. Tniiilile •' ■ 

ami others, seats on the platform : J. M. Ti-intble, of the Ohio Con- 
ference ; R. S. Rust, Coii'esponding Secretary of the 
Freedmen's Aid Society, and A. S. Hunt, Secretary of 
the American Bible Society. 

J. H. Potts. D. F. Barnes asked as a question of privilege that 
J. H. P(^tts, for reasons stated, be permitted at this 
time to address the Conference on the order of the day. 
The privilege was granted. 

The Secretar}' read the Re]tort of the Committee on 
the Eligibility of Women as deleuates. 

(•oinniittee Pendintr tlie discussion tlie Bishoi) announced the 

on I-iateriial ^ 1 ^ 

Messpufreis nahies of the Committee on the Reception of Fraternal 

appointed, • '■ 

Messengers. (See Appendix I, A, 30.) Also, the Com- 
mittee on Rules of Order. (See Appendix I, A, 29.) 
Afternoon Q, g^ Hare moved that when we adiourn it be to meet 

session. _ _ •' 

at three o'clock P. M., in the Washington Square Chiirch, 
for the organization of the Standing Committees. The 
motion prevailed. 
Report j^ Q Queal moved that the Report under discussion 

postponid. ' 

be postponed and made the order of the d;iy for to- 
morrow immediately after the reading of the Journal. 
Carried. 
Fraternal C. J. Little, Chairman of the Committee on the Re- 

nu'sseniri-rs _ ' 

iiitnKiiiced. ccption of Fraternal Messengers, requested the privilege 
of introducing Fraternal Messengers present. Consent 
having been given he presented to the Bishop, who in- 
troduced to the Conference, the Rev. Charles Henry 
Kellv, fraternal messenger from the British Confer- 



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ence, and the Rev. Wesley Guard, Fi-ateriial Messenger 
from the Irish Methodist Church. 

On motion of C. J. Little, tliey were granted the 
freedom of tlie platform and the house. 

Clinton B. Fisk moved the appointment of a com- 
mittee of five, who, in connection with our brethren 
from abroad, shall take into consideration the question 
of holding a Metliodist Ecumenical Conference in 1891, 
and the motion prevailed. 

D. C. Plannette moved that seats in the rear of the 
parquet not occupied by delegates be distributed by 
giving to each delegation a ticket for one extra seat to 
be used by them for a reserve delegate, or the wives of 
delegates who may be present. 

The Bishop announced that Conference was adjourned 
by expiration of time. Notices were given, W. H. 
Hunter was appointed to conduct devotional services 
this afternoon, the doxology was sung, and the bene- 
diction was pronounced by the Rev. Charles H. Kelly. 



IVIivy '.i. 

TiiiKD Day 
Jilorning. 
Courtt'sy 
exteiuleU. 



Ecumenical 
Cuntereiice. 



Extra seats. 



Adjouin- 
iiifiil. 



Devotional 
services. 



THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 3. t^^d^d?; 

Afternon'i. 

The Conference met pursuant to adjournment in Bishop 
Washington Square Methodist Episcopal Church, at laJsiae" 
three o'clock P. M., Bishop II. W. Warren in the 
chair. 

W. H. Hunter, of Central Illinois (Conference, con- 
ducted the devotional services, after which the order of 
the day — the organization of Standing Committees — 
was taken up. 

B. St. J. Fry moved that the Conference adopt ^I'l''- "<" 

^ . . . . Sianilin3 

the order of Standnig Committees as published in the Committees. 
Daibj Advocate of May 2. 

N. A. Axtell moved as a sul)stitute that the order as 
printed in the General Conference Journal of 1884 be 
the order of this Conference. 

J. H. Bayliss moved that one representative of each 
delegation, distributing on the plan as printed in the 
Daily Advocate, rise and be counted, and then one rep- 
resentative of each deleijation distributins according to 
the other plan rise and be counted. 



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[1888. 



Miay 3. 

Third Day. 
A/lenwon. 

Names 

called and 

m embers 

elected. 



Retire to 
organize. 



Oi'pnnizTlioti 
reported. 



This motion was laid on the table, and the substitute 
of N. A. Ax tell was adopted. 

On motion of W. J. Paxson, it was ordered that as 
the names of the members composing the respective 
Standing Committees are called they be elected. 

The names of the various committees were called, 
elected, and, accompanied by a Bishop and secretary 
for organization, retired in the following order : 

Committee on Episcopacy, Bishop Bowman, and 
W. S. Urmy, Secretary. (See Apjye/idix I, A, 1.) 

Committee on Itineranc\-, Bishop Merrill, and M. S. 
Hard, Secretary. (See Appendix I, A, 2.) 

Committee on Revisals, Bishop Andrews, and A. C. 
Crosthwaite, Secretary. (See Appe/idix I, A, 4.) 

Committee on Temporal Economy, Bishop Foss, and 
C. J, Clark, Secretary. (See Apj^eudix I, A, 5.) 

Committee on the State of the Church, Bishop Hurst, 
and W. M. Crogman, Secretary. (See yi2)pendlx I, A, 6.) 

Committee on Book Concern, Bishop Walden, and 
M. S. Hard, Secretary. (See Appendix I, A, 7.) 

Committee on Missions, Bishop Fowler, and W. S. 
Urmy, Secretary. (See Aj^j^endix I, A, 8.) 

Committee on Education, Bishop Bowman, and Jacob 
Wernli, Secretary. (See Appendix I, A, 0.) 

Committee on Church Extension, Bishop Merrill, and 
A C. Crosthwaite, Secretary. (See Appendix I, A, 10.) 

Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts, Bishop 
Andrews, and Jacob Wernli, Secretary. (See Apjyendix 
I, A, II.) 

Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work in the 
South, Bishop Foss, and C. J. Clark, Secretary, (See 
Appendix I, A, 12.) 

The names of the Committee on Boundaries were 
called and their nomination confirmed. (See Appendix 

Having returned, they reported their organization as 
follows : 

Kpiscopacy. — W. H. Olin. Chairman ; Arthur Edwards, Secretary. 

Itixeraxcy. — J. M. Buckley, Chairman; I. W. Joyce, Secretary; 
James Coote and G-. W. Hugliey, Assistant Secretaries. 

Revisals.— W. F. "\Vliitlock."Chairman ; C. C. Wilbor, Secretary; 
T. M'K. Stuart and Lewis Curts, Assistant Secretaries. 

Temporal I'^coxomy. — W. H. Craig, Chairman ; N. G. Miller, Sec- 
retary. 



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. 0. Peck, Chairman ; A. E. P. Albert, Sec- 



StaTE of THECnaRCH 
""^BuOK Concern.— Clinton B. Fisk, Chairman; A. W. McKinncy, Sec- 

Missioxs— J. M. Thoburn. Cliairman ; A. B. Leonard. Secretary. 
Education— C. H. Pavne, Chairman: B. St. J. Fry, Secretary 
Church Extension.— J. B. Graw. Chairman; J. C. Jackson, Jr., Sec- 

Sunday-School .\xd Tr.\cts.— J. W. Mendenhall, Chairman ; Rob- 
ert Forbes, Secretary. . 

Freedmkn's Aid and Work in the South.— J. M. King, Chair- 
man : E. W. S. Hammond, Secretary. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. Notices were 
jriven, H. J. Liebhart was appointed to conduct devo- 
tional services to-morrow morning, the doxology was 
sung, and Bishop Warren pronounced tbe benediction. 

FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 4. 

The Conference Avas called to order at nine o'clock 
A. M., Bishop C. D. Foss presiding. 

H. J. Liebhart conducted the devotional services. 

The Minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

Sandford Hunt moved a suspension of the rules for 
the purpose of hearing the Report of the Committee on 
Rules of Order. 

John Lanahan moved to lay the motion on the table, 
and it prevailed by a count vote of 163 for and 144 
against. 

The Secretary announced that Benijah Sheets, a re- 
serve delegate, Alabama Conference, was present in the 
place of M. F. Parker, who cannot attend. He was 
allowed to take his seat. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, the order of the day was 
taken up. 

T. B. Neely moved to amend the report by adding 

the following : 

But since there is great interest in this qnestion, and since the 
Church sjenerally shonld be consulted in regard to such an important 
matter, therefore. 

Resolved, That we submit to the Annual Conferences tlie propo- 
sition to amend the secnid Restrictive Rule by adding the \vords, 
"and sf>id delegates mav be men or women," after the words "two 
Lay Delegates for an Animal Conference :" so that it will read, "nor 
of more tlian two Lay Delegates for an Annual Conference, and said 
Del gates may be men or women." 

The Bishop announced the Conference adjourned by 
expiration of time, J. M. Buckley on the floor. 



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IVIny :*. 
Thuid D.w. 

Afteniooii. 



Adjourn- 
uieiit. 



Mlay 4. 

Fourth 

DAy. 

Morning. 

Bishop Fuss 

Jll■e^iditlg. 

Devolionsl 

services. 

Minutes 

approved. 



Rnlos of 
Order. 



Rfiiijah 
Sh'Ots 
present. 



Order of the 
dav. 



T. B. Neely's 
amendment. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



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'1888. 



FOURTU 

Day. 

Morning. 



J. E. Wilson was appointed to conduct the devotional 
services to-morrow morning. 

Notices were given, the doxology was sung, and 
Bishop Foss pronounced the benediction. 



Miay 5. 
Fifth Day, 
3Iorning. 

BishopHurst 
presiding. 

Devotional 
services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



J. M. Buck- 
ley's expla- 
nation. 



Rules of 

Order 

Considered. 



Report No. I. 

Coiniiiittee 
on Fraternal 

Messengers. 



Rules of 

Order 
adojjted. 



DelefratfS 
present. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 5, 

The Conference Avas called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop J. F, Hurst presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by J. E, 
Wilson, of the South Cai'olina Conference, 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

J, M. Buckley, after making an explanation, waived 
his right to the floor, 

William Swindells moved a suspension of the rules 
to take up the Report of the Committee on the Eligi- 
bility of Women. 

Sandford Hunt moved as a substitute that the rules be 
suspended for the purpose of receiving the Report of 
the Committee on Rules of Order. The substitute was 
adopted, 

C. J. Little, as a question of privilege, presented 
Report No 1 of the Couimitteeon the Reception of Fra- 
ternal Messengers. It was read and, on motion, adopt- 
ed. (See Appendix II, A, 1.) 

The Committee on Rules of Order presented its Re- 
port, which was read seriatim. 

Item 1 was read and adopted. Item 2 was read and 
adopted. Item 3 was read but not adopted. Item 4 
was read and, after amendment, was adopted. Item 5 
was read and adopted, 

T. B. Neely moved to insert after the word " shall," 
in Rule 13, the words, "through its cliairman or one of 
its members selected by the Committee or by its chair- 
man," and the motion prevailed. 

On motion the Report as a whole was then adopted. 
(See pages 64 to 68.) 

The following delegates were then announced as in 
their seats : 

Will Cumback, of the South-east Indiana, J, B. 



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Storm, of the Philadelphia, and J. M. Weir, of the 
Ohio delegations. 

D. T. Denny was granted leave of absence on account 
of the death of his daugliter. 

On motion of J. M, Buckley, the Secretary Avas re- 
quested to prepare resolutions of sympathy to be pre- 
sented for the action of the Conference. The motion 
j)revailed. 

C. C. Wilhor was granted leave of absence to attend 
a funeral. 

Bishop Andrews announced the committees on the 
Judiciary and on the Ecumenical Conference. (See 
Appendix I, A, 19, 22.) 

T. L. Flood moved a suspension of the Rules for the 
purpose of considering the Repoit of the Committee on 
the Eligibility of Women. The motion prev.iiled. 

D. H. Moore moved the adoption of the following : 

Whereas, Certain Lay Elpctoral Ci'iiferences liave in ffoocl faitli, and 
following- form prescribed li\' tlie Discipline, elected women as la}^ 
delegates, and certilicd llieir electiun to this General Conference; 
and 

Wltereas, The eli.a-ibility of these delefrates has been challenged on 
consiitutionjil grounds, and the discussion thus far liad indicates tliat 
the General Conference is nearly equally divided in opinion as to tlie 
elegibility of Avoinen as lay delegates; and 

Whereas, It is of the utmost importance liiat no doubt sliould re- 
main in regard to the constintionalilj'- of tlie introduction of women 
as delegates into ihe General Conference; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That without giviuL;- interpretation to tlie rule of the 
Church upon the subject of lay delegation witli reference to the con- 
stitutional right of women to sit as lay delegates, and disclaiming all 
riglit and intention of establisliinga precedent b}' the action now pro- 
posed, the following persons duly accredited as lay delegates to the 
General Conference are hereby admitted — namely, Amanda C. Rip- 
pey, Mary C. Xind, Angle F. Xewnian, Lizzie D. Van Kirk, and 
Frances K. "Willard. 

2. That during the month of October, 1S90, on any day except the 
Sabbath, tiie time to be determined by tiie preacher in charge, who 
shall give at least twenty days' notice thereof, there shall bo lield a 
general election in the seveial places of worship of Ihe Met'nodist 
Kpiscopal Church, at which all members in full connection, and not 
less than twenty-one years of age. shall be invited to vote by ballot 
"fur the admission of women as lay delegates" or "against tiie ad- 
mission of v.'omcti as lay delegates." 

This election shall bo luider the direction of the preacher in charge 
and two laymen, whosiiall be appointed by t. e Quarterly Conference, 
who shall superintend all the details of the election, and witliin ten 
days thereafter shall report the result of the election to the presiditig 
elder of the district, who in ttn-n shall report the same to the presid- 
ing Bishi'p of ihe ensuing Annual C'onfereuce, to be entered upon the 
Conforetice .roufiial. 

:{. That- the Bishops jirosiding at the «everal .Annual Conferences at 
their liist session after the above elections shall lay before .those 
7 



IMay r>. 

FiFMi Day. 
Morning. 

D. T. IVni.y 
firiiiiteil leave 
of atiseiK'u. 

K('!<()Iiitii>iis 
ofsyinp.itliy. 



('. ('. WiU.ci- 

granted lea', e 

of absPhfc. 

Coinmittees 
aniiduiiced. 



Eligibility of 
women. 



D.H.Moore's 
re.-olutioii. 



98 



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[1888. 



IMsiy S- 

FiFTH Day. 
Morning . 



The previous 

(jii('stii)ii not 

ordered. 



Adjourn- 
inent. 



Trial of 

accused 

Jiieiiibers. 



bodies tlie followinp: proposed amendment of Uie second Restrictive 
Paile, and sliall report the result to the next General Conference en- 
suing— nnmely, ia llie fifth paragraph, page 48, after the words, 'May 
delegates " insert tiic words, '"who may he men or women," so that 
as amended tht second Restrictive Rule shall read, ''§2. Tlie Gen- 
eral Conference shall not allow of more than one ministerial repre- 
sentative for every fourteen members of an Annual Conference, nor 
of a less number than one for every forty-five, nor of more than two 
lav delegates for an Annual Conference, who may be men or women; 
provided, nevertheless, that when tlicre siiall be in any Annual Con- 
ference a fraction of two tiiirds the numV^er which shall be fixed for 
the ratio of representa:ion, such Annual Conference shall be entitled 
to an additional delegate for .such fraction ; and provided, also, that 
HO Conference shall be denied the privilege of one ministerial and of 
one lay delegaie." 

4. Siiould a majority of the votes cast by tlie members of the 
church be in favor of the admission of women as lay delegates; and 
should tiu-ee fourths of all the members of the Annual Con'erence 
present, and voting tl ereou, vote in favor of the proposed change in 
the Constitution of the Church, then the General Conference, meet- 
ing in 1892, by a regular two-thirds vole, can complete the change, 
and any women who may have been previously elected lay delegates 
may then be admitted. 

S. E. Pendleton moved the previous question ; but the 
tlie call was not sustained. Count vote, 142 for, 187 
against. 

Clinton B. Fisk moved to postpone the further con- 
sideration of the Report until nine o'clock Monday 
morning. 

G. S. Hare moved to amend so that the consirleration 
be made the order of the day immediately after the 
reading of the Journal, and that the discussion close at 
twelve o'clock noon. 

A motion to lay on the table was lost. 

\V. J. Paxson moved to extend the time. 

A motion to lay on the table was lost, and pending 
discussion Conference adjourned by expiration of time. 

J. H. Johnson was appointed to conduct devotional 
services on Monday morning. 

Notices were given, the doxology was sung, and 
Bishop Hurst pronounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred as designated 
thereon : 

DELAWARE. 

W. H. Thomas presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

RvsoJved. Tliat ^ 2.^0 be amended by the insertion after the words 
"an accused member shall be brought to trial before a committee of 



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99 



not less than five, who shall not be members of the Quarterly Con- 
ference" these words, "of tlie circuit or station wliere the accused 
member Imlds his membership." 

The whole as amended will then read, "An accused member shall be 
brou<;ht to trial before a committee of not less than five, who shall 
not be members of the Quarterly Conference of the circuit or station 
where tlie accused member holds his membership, and if tlie preacher 
judge it necessary he may select tlie committee from any part of the 
district in the presence of the preacher in charge, who shall preside 
in ihe trial and cause exact minutes of tlie evidence and proceedings 
in the case to be taken. In the selection of the committee the parties 
may challenge for cause." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the some committee : 

Resolved, That ^ 102 of the Discipline of 1884, §§ 1, 2 and 3, 
which sections refer to tlie order of business to be done at the 
several Quarterly Conferences, after question 5, subdivision 2, this 
question shall be inserted, 3d From Exhorters. 

The whole will tlieu read — 

5. Are there any reports ? 

1. From the Pastor? 

2. From the Local Preachers? 

3. From the PIxhorters ? 

4. From the Class-leaders ? and thus on. 

lie also presented the following, which was referred 
to the same committee : 

Resolved, That ^ 198 be amended by the insertion after the words 
'• to all the sessions of the District and Quarterly Conferences" these 
words, and " to submit a report. of the work done by him during the 
quarter." 

The whole section as amended will then read, " The duties of 
exhorters, to hold meetings for prayer and exhortation whenever 
opportunity is afforded, subject to the direction of tlie preacher in 
charge, to at^tcnd all the sessions of the District and Quarterly Con- 
ferences, to be subject to an annual examination of character in the 
District or Quarterly Conference, and a renewal of license annually 
by the presiding elder or pi-eachcr having the charge if approved by 
the District or Quarterly Conference." 



IMay 5. 

Fifth Day. 
Morning. 



Exhorters. 



Exhorters' 
duties. 



Division of 

the 
Conference. 



LOUISIAN-A. 
Graham Bell presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Resolved, That the delegates to the General Conference be instructed 
to use tiieir influence to sef^nre an enabling act by which this Con- 
ference can divide into two Conferences. 

Tlie following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred as indicated 
thereon : 

BENGAL. 
J. M. Thoburn presented a memorial from the Bengal Mission in 

/-I „i? ... . . « Malaysia. 

Lonterence concerning the organization of a mission m 



100 



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[1888. 



Miay 5. 

Fifth Dav. 

Morning. 

Missionary 

work. 



Deaconess. 



East India. 



Missionary 
work. 



Episcopal 
supervision. 



Boundaries. 



Title or the 

Book 

Concern. 



Orpanic 
union. 



Bonk 
Depository. 



Malaysia, which was referred to the Committee on Mis- 
sions. 

Also one from the same Conference asking a separa- 
tion between the home and foreign mission work, which 
was refei-red to the same committee. 

Also one from the same Conference concerning the 
order of Deaconess, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Missions. 

Also one from the Lay Electoral Conference concern- 
ing a mission in East India. Referred to the Commit- 
tee on Missions. 

Also one from the same Conference asking a division 
of the missionary work into home and foreign. Referred 
to Committee on Missions. 

DP]LAWARE. 

W. H. Coffey presented a memorial from the 
Delaware Conference concerning Episcopal Supervision, 
which was referred to Committee on Episcopacy, signed 
by W. H. Thomas and others. 

He also presented a memorial from the Delaware 
Conference concerning the boundaries of the Delaware 
and Washington Conferences, which was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 

EAST MAIXE. 

E. M. Tibbitts presented a memorial from the East 
Maine Conference concerning the title "Methodist 
Book Concern," which was referred to the Committee 
on the Book Concern. 

JAPAN. 

R. S. Maclay presented a memorial from the Japan 
Conference concerning organic union of Methodism in 
Japan, signed by himself and others, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions. 

He also presented a memorial from the same Confer- 
ence concerning the establishment of a Book Depository 
in Tokio, Japan, signed as above, which was referred 
to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



NORTH INDIA. 
Boundaries. D. W. Thomas presented a memorial from the North 
India Conference concerning boumlaries, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions. 



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101 



Also one from the Lay Electoral Conference con- 
cerning the organization of mission work, which was 
referred to the same Committee. 

Also one from the same Conference concerning 
changes in the constitution of the Woman's Foreign 
Missionary Society, which was referred to the same 
Committee. 

Also one from the same Conference concerning Epis- 
copal visits, which was referred to the Committee on 
Episcopacy. 

Also one from the North India Annual Conference 
concerning the same subject, which was referred to the 
same Committee. 

Also one from the Lay Electoral Conference, con- 
cerning boundaries, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Missions. 



Miay 5. 

Fifth Day. 

M<irjuHg. 

Mission 
work. 

W. F. M. 

Society. 



Episcopal 

visits. 



Boundaries. 



NORTM-WEST GERMAN. 

Christoph Schulz presented a memorial from A. M. 
Brenner and others, in behalf of mission work among 
the Jews, which was referred to the Committee on Mis- 
sions. 

OREGON. 

W. S. Harrington presented a memorial from Eugene 
City District, signed by S. R. Wilson, concerning a 
Mission Conference, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Missions. 

He also presented a memorial from C. Eltzholtz and 
others, concerning a Norwegian and Danish District, 
wiiich was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Mission.ir)' 

worlc aiuoug 

the Jews. 



Mission 
Conference. 



Norwegian 

and Danish 

District. 



SOUTH INDIA. 

J. E. Robinson presented a memorial from the South 
India Conference regarding an Episcopal residence in 
India, which was referred to the Committee on Episco- 
pacy. 

WEST GERMAN. 

P. W. Kost presented a memorial from the West 
German Conference relating to Revisal of the Disci- 
pline, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 

visals. 



Episcopal 
residence. ^ 



Eevisal. 



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[1888. 



JMay r. 

Sixth Day. 

Moininrj. 

Bishop Ninde 
presiding. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 

Reception of 
inessenifers. 



Rule 22 
interpreted. 



Death of C. 

J. Clark and 

L. Bates. 



Committees 
appointed. 



Sympathy 

with 

D.T.Denny. 



Delegates 
present. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 7. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop W. X. Ninde presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by J. H. 
Johnson, of the Norway Conference. 

The Journal of Saturday's session was read and ajj- 
proved. 

Clinton B. Fisk asked consent to change the time for 
the reception of the Fraternal Messengers from the Brit- 
ish Conference and the Irish Methodist Conference 
from Tuesday evening, May 8, to Tuesday evening. May 
15. Consent was granted, and the change of time was an- 
nounced. 

W. J. Paxson moved that Rule 22 be so interpreted 
as that all appeals, memorials, and resolutions requiring 
a change in the Discipline be passed to the Secretary, 
and the motion prevailed. 

The Secretary, rising to a question of privilege, said : 

It is with profound sorrow that I anrioiince to tlie Conference that 
after a brief sickness one of my associate secretaries, Dr. C. J. Clark, 
a ministerial delefzate from tlie Maine Conference, died at 1.15 P. M. 
3'esterday. His wile and otliers left tiie city last night with his body 
for tlieir home. It is also my duty to annomice that Leavitt Bates, 
Esq., a hiydeleo-ate from tlie New England Southern Conference, also 
died at 5.45 P. M., and this morning his body was borne by his wife 
and friends to his home. 

I tiierefore move tiuit two committees, consisting of seven each, be 
appointed to prepare resolutions expressive of our sympathy, and re- 
port the same belbre adjournment this morning. Curried. 

Bishop Andrews announced the committees called for 
in the foregoing action. (See Appendix I, A, 25, 26.) 
The Secretary presented the following : 

Whereas, We have lifard with great sorrow that last night the 
daughter of the Hon. D. T. Denny, a lay delegate from Puget Sound 
Conference, died in tliis city; therefore. 

Resolved, Tiiat in tliis great sorrow which has come to'our brotlier 
and associate we offer liim our earnest sympathy and prayers: and 
as he brought his wliole family East for a month of pleasure and 
profit, but now takes up his dear dead and goes the width of our Con- 
tinent to bury, we sliall follow liirn and them witli mournful interest, 
and commend them to God and to the word of his grace. 

T. L. Flood moved that the paper be adopted and 
the Secretary directed to send a copy to the bereaved 
family. The motion prevailed by a rising vote. 

The following delegates reported as present : James 
H. Deputie, Liberia ; Daniel E. Wilson, reserve, in 



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place of James M. Davis, Missouri ; Leslie F. Gay, re- 
serve, in place of Watson Parrish, Southern California. 

On motion of W. J. Paxson the Rules were sus- 
pended for the further consideration of the Report on 
the Eligibility of Women. 

As a question of privilege the Secretary nominated 
and the Conference elected the following as assistant 
secretaries : Bert E. Wheeler, West Wisconsin Confer- 
ence ; Carlton C. Wilbor, Central New York Conference; 
Ernest A. Simons, East Ohio Conference. 

E. T. Adams, in behalf of the Committee appointed 
to prepare resolutions on the decease of C. J. Clark, 
and instructed to report at this morning's session, re- 
quested further time, and the request was granted. At 
Ills request Homer Eaton was added to the Committee. 

S. O. Benton, in behalf of the Committee appointed 
to prepare resolutions on the decease of 'Leavitt Bates, 
asked permission to retire. The request was not granted, 
but on motion of W. A. Spencer they were given fur- 
ther time to prepare their report. 

Consideration of the pending report was resumed, 
and Jolm Lanahan moved the previous question on the 
entire subject, and tlie motion prevailed. 

On motion of J. *M. Buckley the time was extended. 

A motion to acce})t the substitute offered by D. II. 
]\Ioore did not prevail. 

On the adoption of the amendment offered by T. B. 
Neely, Will Cumback, a layman, called for a vote by 
orders, but the call was not sustained. 

A. B. Leonard, a minister, called for a vote by or- 
ders, but the call was not sustained. 

J. W. Eaton called for the ayes and noes, but the 
call wasinot sustained. 

The amendment was adopted by a count vote of 249 
for, 173 against. 

On the adoption of the report as amended T. L. 
Flood, a minister, called for a vote by orders, but the 
call was not sustained. 

On behalf of the laymen Will Cuml)ack called for a 
vote by orders, and the call was sustained. 

A call for the ayes and noes was sustained, and the 
vote so ordered. 



IVTay '7. 
Sixth Day. 

Moridnrj. 

Eligibility of 

women 

dele''-;iles. 



Assistant 
Secretaries. 



Time of 
coimiiittees 
extended. 



Eligibility of 

women 

delegates. 



D.H.Moore's 

%ubstitule. 



Calls for vote 
by oi'ders 

and for ayes 
and noes. 



T. B. Neely's 

anji-ndment 

adopted. 



Calls for vot(! 

by orders 
and for ayes 

and noes. 



104 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

]May r. _4_ B_ Leonard moved a division of the question. 

Sixth Day. t/-i/^i t'i i • i 

Mvruiiig. L. Kj. C^ucal moved to lay the motion on the table. 
Carried. 

The Secretary called the roll Avitli the following re- 
sult : 

^%oit!'"' J//><^\s•?er^a^.— Ayes— Achard, Ahgren, Albert, Axtell, 
Barnes, Beebe, Belcher, Borland, Boswell, Hovard, Boyd, 
Bramley, Breiter, Bridgman, Bristol, Brown (\y. H. H.), 
Browne (N. M.), Buckley, Burch, Buttz, Call, Cliad- 
bouriie, Champlin, Chenoweth, Coffey, Clithero, Colvin, 
Cool, Coote, Core, Coxe, Cranston, Crosthwaite, Crouch, 
Danforth, Day (J. K.), Day (J. W.), Deitz, Dobbins, 
Dorchester, Duncan, Eaton (J. W.), Eaton (Homer), 
Eckman, Edson, ]{dwards. Ford, Gallagher, Ganoe, 
Gardner (W.), Gates (D. W.), Gates (M. L.), Goodsell, 
Graham, Graw, Gray, Green (J. B.), Griffin, Gue, 
Haagensen, llalsey, Halstead, Hammond, Hard, Hare, 
Harrington, Hartzell, Heaxt, Hedler, Hickman, Ilildreth 
Hite, Hunt, Hunter, Jewell, Johnson (J. H.), Jones, 
Joyce, King (J. M.), Koeneke, Kopp, Lanahan, Lathrop, 
Leacock, Lease, Leidy, Liebhart, Little, Locke, Loeber, 
Low rie, Maclay, Markham, IMarsliall, Martin, McCabe, 
McCulloch, McFarland, JNIcKay, McLean, Middleton, 
Miley, Miller, Mills, Monroe, 3Ioore (D. H.), Neely, 
Olin, Olmstead, Paxson, Peck (E W. S.), Persons, 
Pickett, Plannette, Porter, Power, Pullman, Quatt- 
lander, Queal, Raymond, Reed (Horace), Reid (J. M.), 
Robinson, Rothweiler, Schneider, Schutz, Schulz, Sim- 
mons, Sims, Smith (C. W.), Sooy, Speake, Stephens, 
Stowe, Stuart (T. ]McK.), Talbott, Tanner, Tevis, 
Thomas (D. W.), Todd, Toland, Trimble, Truesdell, 
Upham, Urmy, Utter, Van Benschoten, Vernon, Vin- 
cent, Walsh, Warden, Watkins, ^^''heeler (A.), AVheeler 
(B. E.), Whitlock (W. F.), AVight, Wigren, AVilder, 
Wilscm (J. E.).— 159. 

NoKS. — Adams, Baker, Bayliss, Belt, Bentlcy, Ben- 
ton, l)igelow, Boreing, Botkin, Brindell, Biush, Butler, 
Carroll (H. A.), Cnrter, Clayton, Cogshall, Cowan, 
Cozier, Creighton, Crippen, Culver, Curts, Darnell, 
Davis, Dearborn, Deputie, Dille, Dixon, Domer, Dryer, 
Durrell, Eads, Eaton (E. L.), Eaton (G. F.), Eckles, 
FiNher, Fiske, Fitz-Gerald, Flood, Floyd, Forbes, Frost, 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 105 

Fry, Gardner (J. 11.), Gillies, Green (II. II.), Hamilton, May ?-. 
Hawes, Hays, Ilewes, Ilohlstock, Holmes, Hooker, Hor- ^Tm/^r 
ton, Hudson, Iluuliey, Huntington, Hyden, Jackson, 
Johnson (P. C), Kelley, King"(I. F.), King (\V. F.), 
Kynett, Lee, Leeper, Leonard, Le Sourd, Liscomb, Lock- 
wood, Lynch, Mansfield, Marvin, Maxfield, McBirnej', 
McElroy, McGerald, Mclntire, McKinney, McNeil, 
Mendenhall, Mitchell, Moore (H. H.), Nelson, Norris, 
Payne (Louis), Payne (C. H.), Pendleton, Pierce, Potts, 
Roberson, lloberts, Robins, Satterlee, Scott, Shainion, 
Shunipert, Sia, Simons (E. O.), Simpson, Smart, Smith 
(\V. T.), Spence, Spencer, Stewart (J. W,), Stolz, 
Swann, Swarts, Swindells, Thoburn, Thomas (S. AV.), 
Thomas (W. H), Turner, Upshaw, Waller, Webster, 
Weil-, Wentworth, Whitfield, Whitlock (E. D.), Will- 
iams, Wilson (J. A. B.), Worley. — 122. 

Absent or not voting— Carroll (D. H.), Clark, 
Goucher, Jordan, Peck (J. O.), Wilbor — 6, 

Z(f/,y»?e??.— Ayes— Allen (W. G.), Ailing, Andrews, 
Appleyard, Ashley, Bardall, Bell, Bentley, Blumberg, 
Booth, Boyce, Briddell, Bunn, Cannon, Card, Chestnut, 
Christy, Clark, Colborn, Corner, Durston, Dwight, 
Easterling, Fletcher, Foster, Gaver, Gay, Guibord, 
Hammond, Heins, Hitchcock, Hukill, Jacobs, Jacoby, 
Johnson (W. H.), Jones (J. B.), Jones (Thomas), Keller, 
Ketron, Knight, Kost, Laidlaw, Lindgren, Lounsbury, 
McCulloch, Melson, IMeyer, Miller, Murray (S. W.), 
Peck, Peeler, Phillips (A. C), Pollard, Reynolds, ' 
Schultz, Sefrit, Seifeld, Shinkle, Sigler, Simras, Skirm, 
Slayback, Smith, Speare, Stone, Storm, Strickler, Striker, 
Stubbs, Taylor (S. N.), Tyler, Velde, Wadhams, Walden, 
Wentworth, Wernli, Wilkins, Williams (S. J.)— 78. 

Noes.— Allen (R. N.), Arter, Atkinson, Aran t, Bailey, 
Baker, Beem, Bird, Brown, Bryant, Case, Christian, 
Clayton, Collins, Combs, Craig, Craver, Crawford, Crog- 
man, Cumback, Denny, Diggs, Donnell, Doolittle, Fisk, 
Fortson, Fuller, Graves, Hartson, Hnzzard, Heard, 
Henry, Hetherington, Hill, Hollinger, Hurst, Jones 
(C. D.), Jones (J. E.), King, Knox, Lacey, Lyman, 
Lyon, Mahin, ]\IcAdams, jNIitchell, Mock, Moore, Mur- 
ray (T. H.), ]\Iu«sc'lman, Paine, Parrotte, Persinger, 
Reese, Ridpath, Rieke, Riley, Ritter, Rogers, Shaw, 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



1888. 



M:ay r. Sheets, Snyder, Spencer, Stanton, St. John, Stout, Super, 
Day. Swackhamer, Taber, Taylor (Z. P.), Tibbitts, Town- 
Morning. ^^^^^ Vaughn, Webster, Wilson, (D. E.), Williams, 
(J. B.).— 76. 

Absent or not voting — Bates, Daggett, Doherty, Far- 
ley, Gillinder, Hambleton, Johnson, Jones (T. W.), Jones 
(J. L.), Martini, Murray (S.), Phillips (W. H.), Temple, 
Pehrsson, Whitney. — 14. (See Apjyendlx I, B, 79.) 

On motion of J. M. Reid, the vute was verified by the 
Secretary calling the names and votes. 

The Bishop announced the Conference adjourned by 
expiiation of time. James Marvin was appointed to 
conduct the devotional services to-morrow, the dox- 
ology was sung, and Bibhop Ninde pronounced the 
benediction. 

The following Resolutions were ])assed to the Secre- 
tary under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thei-eon: 



Adjourn- 
Ulelit. 



Chrinjrc in 

Aposik's' 

Creed. 



Christian 
perfection. 



CALIFORNIA. 

W. S. Urmy presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereas. It is evident from the form of the ancient copies of the 
CBced :nid from the punctiuition of the same in our own DiseipHne 
tliat the plinise renihii'? "tlie communion of saints" is intended as a 
df-tiiiitiou (if tlie one that immediate;!}' precedes it, luuncly, "the holy 
Calliohc Chnrcli ; " and 

WliKveas^ Some stumble at this phrase, a fact recognized by ijie 
somewhat awkward insertion of a fool-uole iu the Discipline; 
therefore, 

Resolved. Tiiat the Committee on Revisals be respect full j' re- 
qnesied to take into consideration the propriety of alieriu<r paragraph 
402 liy the insertion of the phrase "that is" afier tlie words " Catli- 
olic Church," so that instead of reading, " And dost thou believe in 
the Holy Ghost, the holy Catliolic Church, the communion of saints," 
it shall read, " And dost thou believe in tlie Holy Ghost, the holy 
Catholic Church — that is. the communion of saints," and also dis- 
pense with the present foot-note. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the same Committee : 

Whereas, The syntax of ^157 might be improved by a shght 
change in tlie position of some of its questions; therefore. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be resDectfully reqnefted 
to take into consideration tlie propriety of so changing said paragrapli 
that instead of reading as it now does, ''2. Are you going on to per- 
fection? 3. Do yon expect to he made perfect in love in this life? 
4. Are you earnestly strivino: after it?" it shall read, '-2. Are j-oii 
goins; on to perfection? 3. Are you earnestl}' striving after it? 
4. Do you expect to be made perfect in love in this life?" 



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107 



EAST OHIO. 
J. W. Tolaml presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on E^jiscopacy : 

Whereas, Tlie cily of Clevelaiid, 0., is one of the great commercial 
and manufacturing centers of our country, witli a population of two 
hinidred and forty iliousaud, and siiuated as it is, on the banks of 
Liike Erie, is one of the most beautiful, healtliy, and delightful 23laces 
of residence: and, 

Whereas, It is a convenient cetiter for exercising supervision over 
all Oiiio, Western and Central Pennsylvania, Western New York, 
West Virginia, Michigan, and Indiana, witii interests as promising 
and varied as can be found anywheie in this country (Cleveland 
being one of the largest cuies in the country in which Methodism is 
not represented or benefited by either a publishing house. Church 
periodical, or F]pipcopal residence); and. 

Whereas, There comes up a recpiest from ministers and laymen 
voicing largely the seutiuient of Methodism within tlie bounds of the 
terriior}^ herem named, and asking for an Episcopal residence ia 
Cleveland; therefore, 

Eesolved, Tliat tlie Committee on the Episcopacy be requested, in 
the arranging of Episcopal residences, to locate one in Cleveland. 



IVIay r. 

Sixth Dav. 
Morning. 



Ejtiscopal 
residence in 
Cleveland. 



H. 



WASHINGTOX COXFEREXCE. 
A. Carroll presented the following, which was 



referred to the Committee on Ilevisals 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instruoted to inquire 
into the expediency of amending the Discipline, Paragraph 2;i4, in 
order to explain more fnhy whose duty it is to visit delinquent mem- 
l)ers, strike out the words, •' Let the elder, deacon, or preacher having 
charge visit him," etc., and insert, "Let the preacher in cliarge or 
the class-leader visit him." Also strike out the words " family and 
private prayer" and " searcliing the Scriptures." 

It will then read. " Wlien members of our Church habitually neglect 
any of tlie means of grace, such as the public wor.«hip of Godi the 
supper of tlie Lord, class-meetings, and pr.iyer-meetings, let the 
preacher in charge or the class-leader visit him," etc. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon: 



Delinquent 
members. 



CEXTR.\L GERMAN. 
Jacob Rothweiler presented a memorial from the Time limit. 
Central German Conference concerning tlie time limit, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



CEXTRAL NEW YORK. 

C. N. Sims presented a memorial signed by J. H. Time limit. 
^FcCarty and others, and relating to tlie time limit, 
MJiich was referred to the Committee on Itineranov. 

He also presented a memorial signed by G. F. Com- SisuicL^ 



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IVIay '?'. 

Sixth Day. 

Morning. 



Mission 
property. 



Periodicals. 



Cburch 

K.xtensiun. 



Ordin.ition 

of pre.ichers 

on trial. 



Boundaries. 



fort and others, concerning the districting of the 

Bi.shops, which was referred to the Committee on 

Ei^iscopacy. 

CENTRAL OHIO. 

L. A. Belt presented a memorial of himself and 
twenty-four others concerning the mission property of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church located at Upper San- 
dusky, O., which was referred to the Committee on 

Missions. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 

W. A. Stephens presented a memorial from the Cen- 
tral Pennsylvania Conference concerning the price of 
periodicals, which Avas referred to the Committee on 
the Book Concern. 

CHICAGO GERMAN. 

C. A. Loeber presented a memorial from the Chicago 
German Conference, relating to church extension, which 
Avas referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 

He also presented a memorial from the Chicago Ger- 
man Conference relating to the ordination of preachers 
received on trial, which was referred to the Committee 

on Itinerancy. 

COLORADO. 

D. II. Moore presented the memorial of S. W. Thorn- 
ton and seven others relating to a change of boundaries 
in New Mexico English Mission, which was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 

Earl Cranston presented a memorial signed by Thomas 
Harward and eighteen others relating to change of 
boundary in New Mexico Spanish Mission, etc., which 
was referred to the Comm_ittee on Boundaries. 



COLUMBIA RIVER. 

M^sion ^' ^- Turner presented a memorial and accompany- 

ing papers relating to the Dalles Mission claims, which 
were referred to the Committee on Missions. 



KENTUCKY. 

Sunday- J' ^- Walsh prescutcd a petition from the Cincinnati 

school paper. Pi-eachcrs' Meeting as to a weekly Sunday-school paper, 
signed by himself and four others, which was referred 
to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



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Joitrncd of the General Conference. 



109 



MEXICO. 

John W. Butler presented a memorial from the Mex- 
ico Annual Conference relating to Roman Catholic 
baptism, which was referred to the Committee on Ju- 
diciary. 

He also presented a memorial from the Mexico Con- 
ference on Article of Religion No. 23, which was re- 
referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

He also presented a petition from the Mexico Con- 
ference relating to the baptism of illegitimate children, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 

He also presented a petition from the Mexico Annual 
Conference relating to special studies* for missionaries, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 

He also presented a petition from the Mexico Confer- 
ence relating to the use of Book Concern illustrations, 
etc., which was referred to the Committee on Book 
Concern. 

MICHIGAN. 

D. F. Barnes presented a memorial on proposed work 
in Japan. Referred to the Committee on Missions. 

J. M. Reid presented a memorial signed by two 
others on matters referring to Conference claimants. 
Referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

A memorial was presented from the Michigan Con- 
ference on tobacco. Referred to the Committee on 
Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from the Denmark 
Mission relating to their organization into an Annual 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Missions. 

He also presented a memorial from W. R. Griffith 
and six others relating to the creation of a Welsh Dis- 
trict, which was referred to the Committee on ]Missions. 

W. I. Cogshall presented a memorial from Niles Dis- 
trict Conference signed by E. B. Patterson and forty 
others relating to elective presiding eldership, which 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



]VIay T. 
SiXTU Day. 

ildinirig. 

Roman 

Catholic 

Baplisnis. 



Marriage of 
ministers. 



Baptism of 
ctiildren. 



StinlifS or 
luissionaries. 



Book 
Concern. 



Work in 
Japan. 



Con fpi-ence 
claimants. 



Tobacco. 



Denmark 
Mission. 



Welsh 
District. 



Presiding 
elders. 



MINNESOTA. 



Robert Forbes presented a memorial from W. K. 
Marshall complaining of the administration of Bishop 



Administra- 
tion of 
J?ishop 
Fowler. 



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IMny ■?. 

Sixth Day. 
Morning. 
Time limit 



Change in 
Discipline. 



Tobacco. 



Time limit. 



Certifioatpof 
membcTSliip. 



Cheap paper. 



Conference 
claiuiants. 



Chnngo in 
Discipline. 



Tiiiio limit. 



C. H. Fowler, which was referred to the Committee on 
the Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from II, E. Chase and 
twenty-two others relating to the extension of the pas- 
toral term, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

NORTH CAROLINA. 

W. F. Steele presented a memorial relating to a 
change of the Discipline, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by D. B. Yancey, 
on tobacco. Referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

NORTHERN NEW YORK. 

James Coote presented a memorial signed by I. S. 
Bingham and M. R. Webster relating to the extension 
of pastoral terra, which Avas referred to the Commit- 
tee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial signed by himself and 
Plorace M. Danforth relating to a change in Discipline, 
paragraph 48, which was refen-ed to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial signed by himself and 
two others and relating to the publication of a cheap 
paper, which was referred to the Committee on the 
Book Concern. 

NORTH INDIANA. 
C. G. Hudson presented a memorial from the North 
Indiana Conference lelating to the 2^'>'^ rata support 
of Conference claimants, Avhich was referred to the 
Committee on Temporal Economy, 

NORTH-WEST GERMAN. 
Jacob Wernli presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference relatiner to a change in the Disci- 
pline, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

OHIO CONFERENCE. 
I, F, King presented a memorial from South Street 
Church, Zanesville, O., relating to the extension of 
the pastoral term, which was referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 



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Ill 



Sixth Day. 

Moi-niiiy. 
Autniioiiiy of 
MotlKxlisni. 



Election of 
eclitois. 



Time limit 



Missionary 
liisliops. 



PHIL A DELPHI A. 

J. F. Crouch presented a memorial from the Preacli- 
ers' Meeting of PhilacMphia concerning tlie autonomy 
of ]\Iethodism in Japan, which was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

Also one from Spring Garden Church Quarterly Con- 
ference, Philadelphia, relating to the election of editors 
and the number of collections, which was referred to 
the Committee on Book Concern and Revisals. 

Also one from the same Quarterly Conference, re- 
lating to the pastoral term, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

Also one from the same Quarterly Conference, relat- 
ing to Missionary Bishops, which was referred to the 
Committee on Episcopacy, 



SOUTH-EAST INDIANA. 

J, S. Tevis presented a memorial on change of Disci- Disc"ipiin". 
pline, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial of liimself relating 
to a change in section 4, paragraph 56, of the Disci- 
pline, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

SOUTH INDIA. 

J. E. Robinson presented a memorial concerning a 
Central Conference in India, whicli was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

He also presented his own memorial relating to 
Episcopal residence in India, which was referred to the 
Committee on Episcopacy. 



Singing 



Central 
Conference. 



Episcop.al 
reiSidcncp. 



Colored 
woik. 



SOUTH KANSAS. 
Bernard Kelly presented a memorial, signed bv James Preachers' 

J ' Aid Society 

Murray and R. H. Sparks, on Preachers' Aid Society. 
Referred to- the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial on reoriianization of 
colored work in Kansas, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

TROY CONFERENCE. 
C. D. Hammond presented a memorial concerning a organization 

, of L:iv 

better organization of the Lay Electoral Conference, conferences. 



112 

Sixth Day. 

Morning. 

Presiding 

elders. 



Education 
collections. 



Evangelists. 



Bishops. 



Missionary 
Bislioiis. 



IVtay 8. 

Bkvf.ntii 
Day. 

Miimhig. 
Bishop 
Walden 
pi-esidiiif,'. 
Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 



Vomen 
delegates' 
expenses. 



JoariHil of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Kate E. 
Stone. 



Courtesy to 

Dennis 

Osborne. 



signed by himself and A. Guibord, wliich was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

lie also presented a memorial from the Troy Con- 
ference relating to the election of presiding elders, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the Troy Con- 
ference relating to the education collection, which was 
referred to the Committee on Education. 

lie also presented a memorial from the same Confer- 
ence in refeience to Conference evangelists, wdiich was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same Confer- 
ence relating to Bishops, which was referred to the 
Committee on Episcopacy. 

J. AV. Eaton presented the action of the Troy Con- 
ference concerning resident Bishops for Foreign Mis- 
sions, which was ref ei-red to the Committee on Missions. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 8. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop J. M. Walden in the chair. 

James Marvin, of the Kansas Conference, conducted 
the devotional services. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

On motion, the rules were suspended and J. M. 
Buckley moved the adoption of the following : 

Wherea.% Five Electoral Conferences Lave in grood fnitli elected 
female membens of llio Clnircli laj- delegates to the General Confer- 
ence: and, 

Whereas, From various circumstances they had considerable 
reason to think their action legal, and that those whom they had 
chosen would be admitted; therefore, 

lA'solvcd, That the expenses of the persons referred to in coming 
to, remaining at, and returning to their lioiiies from the General Con- 
ference, be paid from tlie funds at its disposal for the expenses of 
delegates. 

J. M. Thoburn moved to amend by adding the name 
of Kate E. Stone, reserve delegate of the South India 
Conference. 

The amendment was laid on the table and the reso- 
lution was adopted. 

John Lanahan moved that Dennis Osborne be invited 
to a seat on the platform, and tlie motion prevailed. 



18SS. 



JouDKil of the General Conference. 



lin 



On motion of A. J. Kynett, the rules were further 
suspended and he presented the Report of the Commis- 
sion on the Unification and Reorganization of Church 
Benevolences, appointed by tlie General Conference of 
1884. (See Appendix III, 15.) 

He moved its reference to a special committee of two 
from each General Conference district, with four at 
large, to report on Friday morning, May 1 1, immedi- 
ately after tlie reading of the Journal. 

W. A. Spencer moved as a substitute that it be made 
the order of the day so soon as the report of the Com- 
mittee on Contested Seats shall be disposed of. 

J. M. Buckley moved to lay the substitute on the 
table. Lost by a count vote of 139 for and 153 
against. 

John Lanahan called for the previous question. It 
was ordered, the substitute was lost, and the resolution 
was adopted. 

A. J. Kynett presented the report of the General 
Committee, and also of the Board of Church p]xten- 
sion, and upon his motion they were referred to the 
Committee on Church Extension. (See Appendix III, 8.) 

Sandford Hunt moved the further suspension of the 
rules for the purpose of receiving the Report No. 
1 of the Second Committee on Contested Seats. The 
motion having prevailed the report was presented and 
read, as follows : 

In the case of tlie protest against the admission as la}' delegates to 
the General Conference of Messrs. John M. Phillips and R. K. Paiti- 
son, elected as such delegates by the Mexico and the North India 
Lu}' Electoral Conferences, wliicli protest was made npon the ground 
that the persons named do not reside witliin the limits of the Elec- 
toral Conferences by which they were chosen, we Hnd the following 
to be true: 

1. The law of the Church is silent regarding the residence of lay 
delegates as a condition of litness for the position. The only qnali- 
lications required by tlie Discipline to constitute eligibility as a lay 
delegate to the General Conference are found in ^ (56, as follows: 

'•No layman shall be chosen a delegate, cither io the i<]loctoral 
Conference or to the General Conference, who shall be under iwenty- 
t'.ve years of age, or who shall not have been a member of the 
Church in full connection fur the five consecutive years preceding the 
election." 

2. A precedent is found in the action of the General Conference of 
1884. in the admission to ihat Ijody, in the place of Guiseppe Variale. 
who failed to attend, of Mr. Stephen Pfirker, a resident and member 
of our Church in New York, who had been chosen reserve delegaie 
by ilie Lay Electoral Conference. 



IMay «. 

Sl.VENTll 

Day. 

Morniiiij. 
Church 
Benevo- 
lences 



Church 
extension. 



Contested 
seats. 



.M. Phillips 
.ind It. K. 
■Paliis'>n. 



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]VIay 8. 

Seventh 

L)av. 
JUoining. 



3. The protests in tliese cases do not come from members of the 
Electoral Conferences in question, or of any of tiie churches within 
their bounds. 

We tlierefore recommend tliat John M. Phillips and Robert E. Pal- 
tison be admitted to seals in the General Conterence, as lay delegates 
from the Mexico and the Xorlh India Lay Electoral Conferences re- 
spectively. 

Your Committee further recommend that this General Conference 
shall provide, by specific requirements of the Discipline, that, in 
future, all persons elected as lay delegates to the General Conference 
shall be memljers of the Church within the bounds of their constit- 
uent Conferences. 

C. W. Gallagher, 

C. Hartson, 

G. II. Bridgma\, 

J. C. Hartzell, 

W. J. Paxsox, 



Frank A. Arter. 



H. Hitchcock, 

¥,. \Y. Moore, 

W. H. Crog.man, 

D. W. C. HuxrixGTOX. 

John C. Ridpatii, 



Minority 
rejjort. 



Adopted. 



Contest!' 

SC.TI. 

v. A. IJixg 



Alfred Wheelei' presented a minority rejDOrt from 
the same Committee, and moved its adoption. 

J. W. Eaton called for the previous question, and it 
was ordered. 

Tlie minority report was accepted as a substitute for 
the report of the Committee. A call for the ayes and 
noes on the adoption of the substitute was not sus- 
tained, and it was adopted by a count vote of 303 for, 
116 against. (See Appendix I, B, 82.) 

Report No. 2 was presented as follows: 

In tlie second case referred to this Committee, in which F. A. Rii^- 
cfin contests the seat of W. A. Sliannon, ministerial delegate from the 
Montana Animal Conference, the followin<!j appear to be the facts on 
the best evidence which the Committee have been able to obtiiin. 

1. At the election of the Montana Mission into an Annual Conference 
in 1887 there were fifteen memljers present, thirteen of whom had 
been transferred fi'om Confei'cnces whose annual sessions had not 
been held, and two of whom had been transferred from tlie Colorado 
Conference wliicli liad been luld in July. Subseqnentlj-, six were 
received into full connection in the Conference, making ihe entire 
membership of the Conference twenty-one. Three of these weie 
absent at the lime of the taking of the first ballot. 

2. On tlie first ballot for delegate eighteen votes were cast, of 
which F. A. Riggin received nine. There were five other bnllots, on 
the fifih of which W. A. Shannon received a majority of all the votes 
cast, and was declared elected, with F. A. Riggin as reserve. 

3. On the first b;dlot. in which F. A. Riggin received nine votes. 
Wildner M. Xutting and M. J. Hall, transferred from the Colorado 
Conference after its Fcssion, which had been lield in the previous 
month of July, voted for others than F. A. Hiirgin; btit, having been 
counted in the basis of representation of the Colorado Conference in 
July, they were not entitled to vole in the Montana Conference, ac- 
cording to ^ 63 in the Discipline in the foot-note. Since, therefore, 
they voted for others than F. A. Riggin, and F. A. Riggin received 
nine legal votes, giving him a clear majority of votes cast, F. A. 
Riggin was legally elected. 



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115 



Your Committee, tlierefore, recommend that the seat or "W. A. 
Shannon be accorded to F. A. Riggin as tlie legally elected ministerial 
delegate from the Montana Gonlerence. 

The Committee also recommend that, in view of the good faith in 
which W. A. Sliaimon lias taken his seat, his expenses be paid out 
of the fund raised for General Conference expenses. 

C. W. Gallagher, W. J. Paxson, 
John C. Ridpatu, A. Wheeler, 
C. D. Jones, C G. Trusdell, 

Frank A. Arter, E. W. Moore, 
H. Hitchcock, J. B. Graw, 

W. H. Crogman. 

G. H. Bridgman presented a minority report and 
moved tliiit it be substituted for the report of the Com- 
mittee. 

On motion of G. S. Hare, the previous question vi^as 
ordered, the minority report was accepted and adopted. 
(See Appetidix I, B, 83.) 

John Lanahan moved that the Committee on Enter- 
tainment be instructed to pay the expenses of F. A. 
Riggin to and from the seat of the Conference. 

The previous question was ordered, and the motion 
of John Lanahan was carried. 

J. M. Buckley moved an extension of the time. Lost 
by a count vote of 132 for, 232 against. 

As a question of privilege E. T. Adams, in behalf of 
the Committee to prepare resolutions on the decease of 
C. J. Clark, presented their report. 

A motion by J. M. Buckley, to extend the time for 
the purpose of hearing the Report, prevailed. 

The resolutions presented by the Committee were 
then read. 

The Conference sang " Home, Sweet Home," and the 
resolutions were adopted, as follows : 

Whereas, Tn the inscrutable providence of God our dear brotlier, 
the Rev. Charles J. Clark, D.D., a delegate to this General Confer- 
ence from the Maine Annual Conference, passed suddenly away from 
earth to heaven in this city on May 16; and 

Whereas, This General Conference desires at this time to give suit- 
able utterance to its feeling in view of this sorrowful event and to its 
estimate of the life and character of our translated brother; be it 
therefore by ns 

Resolved, That while bowed and mourning under a deep sense of 
our great loss, we do yet rejoice in the conviction that wiiat is to us 
loss is to our brother infinite and eternal gain, and that while we 
cannot trace or understand tlieso mysterious dealings of God with 
us, we can nevertheless humbly submit to his decrees and fully trust 
his unerring wisdom and unfailing love. 

2. That in ilie character and services of our brother we recognize 
tiiose qualities that go to make the rare man ; they revealed them- 



IVTay 8. 

Seventh 

Day. 
Morning. 



Minority 
report. 



Adopted. 



Expenses of 
F. A. Uiggia 



Resolutions 
on death of 
C. J. Clark. 



116 Journal of the General Conference. [18S8. 



Miay S. selves in him as a friend, as a Ciiristian minister, and as a man of 

Seventh bnsiness and affairs in tlie councils and administrMtions of the Chiircii. 

^■^y- His friendsliips were not many, but were strong, true, and tender. 

Morning. jj^ ^^.j^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^.g taken into his confidence and affection was loved 

and trusted as men but rarel\' are. He drew friends to himself slowly 

and cautiously ; but, once drawn, he held them "as with liooks of 

steel." There are some in this body, and some not of it, with whom 

he was as was David and Jonathm ; his love for them seemed almost 

to su'pass the love of woman. On his resources of sj-mpathy and 

help these friends were allowed to draw as freely as they would, and 

never did the supply fail. But he made himself also the friend and 

helper of all who appealed to him. His sympathies were as broad 

as man's needs, and his help denied lo none. Like his Master, he 

was the servant of all. 

The circumstances attending his conversion and his call to the 
ministry were somewhat remarkable. He hesitated about acccpung 
his divine commission as a preacher, but having after a great strug- 
gle accepted it he entered upon its work, and pm-sued it with a zeal, 
tidelit}', and success not often seen. 

A large part of his life as a minister was spent in the city of Port- 
land, the place of his birth, and where his boyhood and youth were 
passed and where, also, he was converted to God. It is safe to say 
that few, if any, ministers whom that city has ever known drew to 
themselves a larger measure of general respect and affection liian did 
this good man. He thus fuinished a rare exception to that generally 
true saying, that "a prophet is not witliout honor, save in his own 
country and among liis own people." 

As a preacher he was earnest and forcible; often, also, eloquent 
and deeply impressive. The fact that his pastorate in one of the 
churches in his native city was repeated indicates his popularity and 
success as preacher and pastor. At tlie commencement of his career 
he took the prominent appointments of iiis Conference, and he con- 
tinued to receive them until the end. 

The best testimony to the sound judgment and business ability of 
our brother is found in those positions of Jionor and trust to which 
the voice of the Church called him. He held the office of presiding 
elder live years, leaving it at tlie end of the first year of his second 
term on account of failing health, and taking, as a less exacting po- 
sition, the agency of the Conference seminar}-. 

He was tiiree times elected a delegate to the General Conference, 
and each time at tiie head of the ticket. At the election of delegates 
to the present General Conference all but eleven members of his 
Conference voted for him. 

He was a member of the General Book Committee eight successive 
3'ear.s, and its secretary for the last four, and one of the secretaries 
of tiie General Conference at two of its sessions. He was at his post 
in the latter position when the last fatal illness seized liim, and so he 
ceased at once to labor and to live. In all ihe.se po.sitions our broth- 
er's reputation for clear and keen perception, sound judgment, and 
excellent business sagacity was equaled by few. periiaps surpassed 
by none. 

Wise and good men. his associates in office, and others sought his 
opinions and advice, generally followed them, and rarely had occa- 
sion to regret having done so. So carefully made up were his opin- 
ions, so clear and penetrating his judgment, so pure a'ld unsellish 
his conduct, that men felt they could trust him; and trust him they 
did in grave and important matters as but few are trusted. Sncli 
was he in all these relations and services, and as such we see in him 
the qualities of tlie rare man. 

;^. That while in tl>e closing hours of the life of oin- brother we 
find that which saddens and depresses us we also find much to in- 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 117 



spire, comfort, and slrengthen. His last sickness was brief, his ]VIa,y 8. 
departure most sudden and miexpected: but tlie tinal summons look Sevk.nth 
him not by surprise nor found him unprepared. For some lime it i>AY. 

had been evident to his ikmily and friends lliat lie was ripening in Juuinmg. 
tlie graces iliat make men meet for the iieavenl}' hfe. At ilie love- 
feast ot Ills Oonlerence, at iis last ses.sion, lie ^ave a testimony such 
as his brethren liad never before lieard from his lips. 

It excited no little conmient. It indicated a loosening of the bonds 
that held him to the eartli, and lighiening of lho.~e that drew him 
heavenward. In that state of mind his last illness found him. He 
was master of the situation ; not death, but he was conqueror. The 
physician who attended him said he was the bravest ujan whom he 
had ever served. 

To liis friend, Dr. J. R. Day, who said to liim ihat he hoped he 
would pull through, he replied, "If I don't pull throLigh it is all 
riglit." 

To another friend. Dr. Homer Eaton, who expressed the iiope that 
lie would soon recover, he ai:swered : " If God can he glorified by my 
death more than by my life I am ready and willing to go."' 

In tliis frame of soul, calm, resigned, smiling, and happj-, lie re- 
mained to the last. 

Over liis tinal moments we might perhaps wish to draw the veil. 
It is certainly a sad sigiit wliicli tiiey reveal. So sudden, so utterly 
luilooked-for, was his end tliat no one but the wife of his heart wa.s 
there at his side. Friends had but a few moments before left liim. 
not dreaming he would so soon be gone. Tlie3' returned shortly and 
the faithful, loving wifealnne knelt liy liis side, her arms about his 
lifeless body, lier face against his. Her hands alone closed his eyes 
and composed his limbs. God's good providence in an unusual man- 
ner had hastened her journe\' and brought her to his dying bed. 
For a little while husband and wife were together alone. She sug- 
gested prayer. He answered: "I have done with prayer." The 
wife knelt b}- his side, and with swelling heart and choking sob 
prayed. The prayer of his wife was the last he hoard upon earth. 
With its words in his ears he passed up to those who pray not. but 
praise forever. Jla^- not he be tirst to greet that wife on the celes- 
tial shores? For the Conmiittee, 

George S. Chadbourxe. 

The Committee appointed with reference to llie de- Deith of 

' '■ . Lf-nvitt 

cease of Leavitt Bates also presented their report, Bates. 

which was, on motion, adopted, as follows : 

Whereas, This Conference has been bereaved by the sudden de- 
cease of Leavitt Bates, a lay delegate from the Xew Kngland South- 
ern Conference, who was called hence May 6. 1888; therefore 

Revoked, 1. That while we acknowledge with reverent snljmission 
the wisdom and love of our heavenly Father, we do hereby give ex- 
pression to our profound sorrow under that inscrutable Providence 
which has permitted tlie removal from our number of one whose In- 
tel li.sifence, liberality. Christian zeal, and loyal devotion lo Metliodism 
rendered him a worthy representative of his brethren in this Confer- 
ence. 

2. That we tender the family of our deceased brother our heartfelt 
synipaihy in their attliction, wiili the assurance of our earnest 
prayers that the God of the widow and the fatherless may sustain 
ihcm with the abundant con«ol;itions nf his grace. 

S. 0. Bextok. J. W. Hamilton'. 

D. .N. GoonsKi.i,. T. P. KiiosT. 

CiiArxcEV Temit.k. .1. !<:. Hobixs. 

W. II. Phillips. Coinmitte:: 



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[1888. 



JNIay 8. 

Seventh 

Dav. 
Morning. 
Secretaries 

of 
committees. 



Adjonrn- 
ment. 



FuihI of the 
Fn-'edmen's 
Aid Society. 



D. S. Monroe presented the following resolution, 
which was adopted : 

Resolved, Tlial the secretaries of committees obtain from the Book 
Agents all slaiionery necessary to the work of the committees, in- 
cluding a blank book in permanent form for the Minutes, to be 
placed upon adjournment in tlie hands of the Secretary, that it may 
be used hereafter. 

T. B. Ford was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow. 

Notices were given, the doxology was sung, and 
Bishop Walden pronounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary under Rule 22, and by him leferred to committees 
as indicated thereon. 

ARKANSAS. 
T. B. Ford presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid Socieiy. 

Whereas, Tlie work of the Freedmen's Aid Society has greatly 
increased diu'ing the quadrennium ; and, 

Whereas, tliere i.« great necessil}' for the enlargement of ilie fund 
of this Societ}-, and for increased supervision of the schools under 
its control: therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Freedmen's Aid and "Work in the 
South be iiisiructed to inquire into the propriety of electing two cor- 
responding secretaries for said Socieiy. 



CALIFORNIA. 

W. S. Urmy presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Form of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be respectfully requested 

woi'sbii.. to hike into oousiderntion the propriety of altering paragraph 55 
of the Discipline, section 1, so that instead of reading, "Let the 
morning service consist of singing, prayer, the reading of a lesson 
from the Old Testament, and another from the New, and preaching," 
it shall read, '-Let the morning service be ordered, as far as possible, 
in the following manner: 

" 1. Singing one of the hymns of our hymn-book, the people stand- 
ing. 

" 2. Prayer, concluding with the Lord's Fra3-er, audibly repeated by 
tlie congregation, the people kneeling. 

"3. the reading of a lesson from the Old Testament and another 
from the New, either of which may be read responsively. 

"4. Singing another of our hymns, the people sitting. 

"5. Preaching. 

" 6. A short prayer for a blessing on the word. 

'•7. Singing, closing with a doxology, the people standing. 

"8. The pronouncing ol' the apostolic benediction." 

Also of altering section 2 of same paragraph, so that instend of 
rending as it now does, " Let the afternoon or evening service con- 
sist of singing, prayer, the reading of one or two Scripture lessons, 



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and projicliiiifi," it shall read, "Let the afternoon or eveninj,' service IMayS. 

follow tlie same order, except that either of the Scripture les.-ons may Skventu 

be omitted." ^^'^V 

ilornmy. 

Also of ulterin<>- section 3 of the same paragraph, so that uistoad of 
readirig as it now does, namel}% "On the days of adnnnisicrinii- tiie 
sacrament ot the Lord's Snpper the reading of the Scripture lessons 
maybe omitted," it shall read. "At the service daring which tlie 
sacraments are administered any of the items of the [ircceiling order 
may be omitted except singing, prayer, and the apostolic benedic- 
tion." 

CENTRAL OHIO. 

S. L. Roljeits presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals lie and it is hereby re- Clunch 
quested to recommend the General Conference to amend article 3, Mi-mbtn-sLip. 
paragrapli 48, on page 35 of Disciphne, by strii<ing out the words, 
'•At le;ist six moni.hs on trial." so Ihat it will read: 

" Let no one be received into full membership in the Cluncli until 
sncli person has been reconnnended by a Leaders and Stewards' 
Meeting, or, wiiere no such meeting is held, by tlie leader, and has 
been baiaized, and who shall, on examinaiion by the pre.icher in 
cliarge. belbre the churcli give saiisfactory assm-ances of the eorrect- 
nesH of his faith and the knowledge of the forgiveness of all sins, and 
ol his willingness to observe and keep the rnles of the Clinrcli. 

'■ Neveiilicless, if a member in good standing in any other oriiiodox 
evangelical church shall desire to uniie with us, such applicant, may, 
by giving satisfactory answers to the usual inquiries, be received at 
once into full membership." 

DETROIT. 

J. S. Smart presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on State of the Church : 

lieiolned. That the Committee on the State of the Church be reques- Defining the 
ted to inquire, and at an enrly day report to this body, just what pro- Constitution. 
visions or portions of tlie Discipline are included in the Constitution 
of the Chinch, which cannot be changed except l')y the coiiciuTent 
vote of two tliiids of tiio members of the General Conference and 
tiiree fourths of the members of the Annual Conference present and 
voting. 

KANSAS. 

S. E. Pendleton presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That llie Annual Ccmferences .shall nominate byi)allot ten r,.psi(iinir 
or more names from wliom the Bishops shall select the [(residing Eldors.' 
elders for the disiricis. 

He also presented the following, Avhich was referred 
to the Connnittee on Book Concern : 

Wlierens, Cincinnati, Cliicigo, St. Louis, and Topeka, siisiain about Drpo.Mory 
the same relation to each other as to distance; and at Toiieku. 

Wliereo'', Tdpeka is about centrally located between ("hicago and 
Denver, and St. Louis and J)en\-ei'. making it an impi)rtanl center for 
the disti iiiiitioii ol books and church reqiiisiies, it i)ossessiiig nire 



120 

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Seventh 

Day. 
Morniin/. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888, 



Comse of 
Study. 



Conference 

Clniuiaiits 

Society. 



Sonih-we^t- 

CIiriMan 
Advocate. 



advantaues for transportation in all directions, reaching Nebraska, 
Texas, Indian Territorj', Colorado, and Southern Iowa; and 

W/ze/rtw, Tiiere are 70.000 Methodisis in Kansas, true, loj-al, and 
aggressive in everj' church interest, who would hail with delight siicli 
an agency of information and culture ; therefore. 

L'evohed, That a branch depository should be established in the city 
of Topeka, Kansas. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Curainittee on Revisals : 

Add to ^ 158 the words: "Except such preacher shall be em- 
ployed in regular pastoral work and his examination in the Conference 
cour.se of study shall be under the supervision of tiie facidty where 
such student is enrolled and forwarded to his Conference when Jie 
shall be iniable to attend in person. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Whereas, The supjioit of the superannuated preachers and widows 
and orphans of deceased [)reachers of the Churcli is inadequate for a 
comfortable living; and, 

Whereas, Our present method of securing funds for their support 
fails to meet their needs; and, 

Wherea.s. Under our present system preachers in transferring from 
favored Conferences, where the majority of their years liave been 
spent, to jioorcrand less favored Conferences, must relinquish their 
claims upon the superannuate funds by such transfer, and be placed 
upon the rolls of Conference claimants where but few years have 
been given by them to the Clinrch, to lessen the dividends of those 
who have worn out upon the poorer Kelds of labor; and, 

W/ierea-s, There is a growing interest among llie laymen of the 
Church for the maintenance of the men and lamilies wlio served their 
fathers in the days of their iiealth and vigor, and are now waiting lur 
an organized cifort to make ample provision lor this society ; Ihcre- 
ibre. 

Resolved. That we are in favor of legislation by this General Con- 
ference that will give to the Church a connectional society for the 
supjiort of the churches dependent upon tlie same plan of our other 
connectional societies. 

LOUISIANA. 

J. F. Marshall j^resented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Book Concern: 

Resohed. That the Eastern Agents are hereViy directed to continue 
the publication of the Soiith-tvestern Christian Advocate at New Orleans, 
Ln., and that the smn of $2,500 a j-ear be appropriated to insure its 
publit-ation. And that, under the direction of tlie Book ('onuniltee, 
tlie Eastern Agents be autliorLied to furnish the white paper, if in 
their judgment they find it necessary. 



New 
Churches. 



MINNESOTA. 
Robert Forbes presented the following, which Avas re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resnlrfid, That the Committee on Revisals be and are liereby in- 
structed to report to this Conference a plan giving specitic informa- 



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121 



tion as to the miiuner of procedure in tlio orgiuiizution of new 
cliii relies. 

He also presented llie following, which was referred 
to tlie Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, Tliat tlie Comiiiiliee on lievisals be and are liereby in- 
Rtrnetcd to consider carefully the duties of stewards and trustees re- 
speeiively, and report to this Conference such changes iuihe language 
of_ the Discipline as shall hereafter save us fronrthe confusion and 
misunderstanding that now exist in many places. 

lie also presented the following, Avhich was referred 
to the Committee on llevisals: 

Whereas. The law of the Church makes it the duty of pastors to 
keep a record of baptized children ; therefore, 

Ei.-i-olved, That the Book Agents be and are liereby instructed to 
publish a Church Record having a department for this purpose. 
Such Record to be published witli the approval of the Bisliops. 

J. N, Liscomb presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Amendmeni to paragraph 406, being the ritual service for the burial 
of the dead : 

Jiesolred, That the Lord's Prayer in the ritual for the burial of the 
dead be stricken out. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 

Amendment to paragraph 184, section 14: 

Resolved, That the words, " He shall take care tliat a fast be held 
in every society in his charge on the Friday preceding every Quar- 
terly Meeting, and that a memorandum of it be written on" all the 
class papers," be stricken out. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Amendment to paragraph 171, section 5, concerning duties of pre- 
siding elders: 

After the words, "to see that all church property is well insured," 
insert, "to see that all church records are properlj' kept." 

He also presented the following, which Avas referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Amendment to paragraph ISU. section 10, in the form for pastors' 
reporis to the Quarterly Conference: 

Strike out the words, " Average attendance.' Number of scholars 
fifleen years of age and over," and insert in their place, •' Whole nmn- 
ber of teachers and scholars." So that it will then read, " State of 
Sunday-schools within the bounds of the charge. Whole number of 
teachers and scholars. Average attendance. I have pi-eaclied .... 
times," etc. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved. That paragraph 105, denominated "The Loaders and 
Stewards' Meeting-/' and paragraph 106, denominated " The Olficial 



IMay !*!. 

Skvkntu 

Day. 

Morning. 



Stcwni-ds 
and trustees. 



Record of 
BaiJlisuis. 



Burial of tlie 
(lead. 



Qiinrtorly 
fast. 



Chnveli 
records. 



Pastors' 
reports. 



122 



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[1888. 



JVLay 8. 

SlCVKNTH 

Day. 

Muruing. 



Bishops. 



Certificates 

of Plnl)a- 

tioiiers. 



Statistical 
lepuits. 



iMiiKlay- 
sciiouls. 



Board," be repealed, and the following be enacted in their place, 
namcij', 

Til le— The Official Board. 

■; l(i5 The preacher in charge shall organize all the members of 
the Quarterly Conference connected witli any regular appointment or 
place of preaching on his charge where there aie one or more organ- 
ized classes into an Official Board. The Board shall meet monthlj^ 
whenever practicable, and shall be presided over hj the preacher in 
ciiarge, or, in his absence, by a chairman p/o tempore elected by the 
meeting. It shall be the duty of the Board to inquire, 

1. Aie there any sick? 

2. Are there any requiring temporal relief? 

3. Aie tliei'e any wiio walk disorder!}- and will not be reproved? 

4. Are there any who willfully neglect the means of grace.? 

5. Are any cliaiigcs to be made in the classes? 

6. Are there any probationers to be recommended for reception into 
full membership? 

7. Arc there an}- probationers to be recommended to be discon- 
tinued? 

8. Arc there any members to be recommeuded for license to exhort 
or to pri ach? 

9. Is theie any other business? 

The Official Board may also devise and execute plans for providing 
for the finances of the clun-eh. and may discharge such other duiies 
as tiie Quarterly Conl'erence may commit to it, not otherwise provided 
for in the Discipline. The Board shall elect a treasurer, who shall 
report receipts and cxpeuchtures to each regular meeting, and a sec- 
retary, who shall kc^ep a caieJul recoid of all the proceedings of the 
Board, and submit the same for examination to the I'ourth Quarterly 
Conference. 

KobtM-t Forbes preseutod the following, whicli was 
referred to the Coininittee on the Episcopacy: 

To paragraph 1G2 add the words. "And in all cases Bishops shall 
be chosen from among the eifective elders." 

lie also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

To paragraph 48, section 5. add the words, " Probationers and bap- 
tized cliildieii may be transferred from one pastoral charge to another 
upon certilicale of the preacher in charge." Let care be taken to state 
in the prol)atiouer's certilicate tiie length of time the pi'r.->on has been 
on probation, and whether he or she has been baptized. 

The certiiicatcs in the case of baptized children shall be placed in 
the hands of iheir parents or guardians, or sent to the preacher iu 
charge of the church where thej^are to be received. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

liesolvi'd. That the committee having in charge the form of blanks 
for statistical reports be instructed to strike out the coliunn headed 
" Detlciencies" after " Pastors' Receipts." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Stinday-schools and Tracts : 

Resohir//, That the Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts be and 
are hercljy instructed to prepare and report to this Conference for its 



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123 



adoption u [laragraph for insertion in its proper place in the Discipline MiayH. 

giving pailiciilar and specilie intorniution regarding the method of Sevrntu 

organizing new Suudas'-schools. 

Morning. 



NORTH-WEST IOWA. 

Bennett Mitchell presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

I. That the Ciiurch may better provide for tlie support of its v/orn-oiit 
and disabled preachers and the widows and ciiildreu of deceased preach- 
ers there shall be u Board of Preacliers' Aid, consisting of thirty-two 
ministers and thirtj'^-lwo laymen elected by the General Conference 
on the nomination of tlie Bishops. Tlieir term of service shall begin 
on tlie tliird Wednesday in June following their election and con- 
tinue until the next ensuing General Conference, and until their suc- 
cessors sliall have been elected and have entered upon their duties, 
unless the General Conference shall order otherwise. The Bishops 
shall be ex-officio members of the Board. 

II. The Board shall be duly incorporated according to law, with 
such powers and prerogatives as may be needful for the accom- 
plishment of its objects, yet so that in all things it shall be subject 
to the control and direction of the General Conference. 

III. The ofBcers of the Board shall be a president, five vice-presi- 
dents, a corresponding secretary, a recording secretary, a treasurer, and 
anassistant treasurer, all of whom except the Corresponding Secretary 
shall be elected l:)y the Boaid at its first regular meeting in November of 
each year. The Corresponding Secretary shall be elected by the Gen- 
eral Conference, and he shall be exclusively employed in conducting 
the correspondence and in attending to the affairs of the Board and in 
promoting its general interests by traveling throughout the connec- 
tion and otherwise, being subject in all his official acts to the Board. 
An assistant corresponding secretnry may be appointed b}' the Gen- 
eral Committee. The Board shall fix and pay the salary of the Cor- 
responding Secretary and that of his assistant. 

IV. The Board shall have authority on the nomination of the 
Bishops to fill any vacancy that may occur in its membership during 
the interval between the sessions of the General Conference. Should 
a vacancy occur in tlie Corresponding Secretary's office the Board 
shall provide for the duties of th.o office until the General Committee 
shall fill the vacancy. 

V. The Board shall hold its meetings in the city of , and 

when convened thirteen members shall constitute a quorum, and it 
shall have authority to enact such by-laws as shall be needfnl for the 
regulation of its business, and to do all other things that shall be 
necessary and lawful in llie execution of its trusts. 

VI. The Board shall have authority to take and hold in trust for 
the Methodist Episcopal Church any real or .personal property, to 
dispose of and use tlie same for the benefit of the worn-out and dis- 
abled preachers and the widows and children of deceased preachers. 
And for the same purpose and use it shall have authoritj'- to provide 
for, raise, and administer a permanent fund, the accruing interest of 
which only shall be used. 

VII. The Board shall make to each General Conference a full re- 
port of all its proceedings during the preceding qiiadrennium ; and it 
shall also send to each session of the several Annual Conlerences a 
statement giving full information concerning its work and the con- 
dition of its funds. 



Conference 
Cluiinants' 

and 

Preachers' 

Aid Society. 



124: Journal of tlie General Conference. [1888. 



]May8. Vllf. In order time t!ie Board mny be nble to meet the claims tliat 
Seventh may be presented to it and allowed, every preaclicr shall make an 
^^" annual collection in every congreo-ation of his cliarge, and the monej' 

ormng. ^^ collected sliall be brought to the next ensning Annnal Conference 
unless sooner forwarded to the Treasurer of the Board. And the an- 
nual produce of the Chartered Fund, as divided among the several 
Annual Conferences, shall go into the treasury of tlie Board and be 
appUed with the above contributions, but so as not to militate 
against the rules of the Chartered Fimd, as shall also the anntial 
dividend arisiiig from the profits of llie Book Concern. 

TX. Each Annual Conference shall, on the nomination of the Pre- 
siding Bishop, appoint a Conference Board of Preachers' Aid com- 
posed of equal numbers of ministers and laymen, consisting of a 
president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, and not less than 
foiu- nor more than eight additional members so situated as that a 
quorum may be easily convened at any time. The Presiding Kiders 
shall be ex-officio members of the Conference Board. The Con- 
ference Secretary shall notify the Secretary of the Parent Board of 
the name and post-office address of each of the members of the Con- 
ference Board as soon after their appointment as may be. The 
Treastu'er of the Conference Board shall, as early as practicable, at 
least once in ev»ry three months, remit to the Treasurer of the Par- 
ent Board all fmids coming into his liands. 

X. The Conference Board, being a\ixiliary 1o the Parent Board, 
shall, imder its direction, have charge of all its interests and work 

^ within the Conference. It shall carefully examine each case of 
claimants reported to it from Quarterly Conferences, and make to the 
Parent Board a recommendation as to the amount that should be 
allowed in each case. Should the proper Quarterly Conference fail 
to report in the case of any claimant the Conference Board may sup- 
ply the necessary information and make to the Parent Board a recom- 
mendation as in other cases. All claims and allowances shall be 
finally acted upon by the Parent Board, but no allowance shall be 
made without concurring action upon the part of the Conference 
Board, except iti case of great emergency, and then only from a 
■ contingent fund tiiat may be provided for by the General Cora- 
inittee. 

XI. It shall bo the duty of the Q\iarterly Conference of each 
cliarge witliin whose bounds a claimant or claimants upon the Board 
may reside to appoint a committee whose duty it shall be to make 
an estimate as to the amount necessar}' to assist such claimant or 
claimants in obtaining a comfortable support: and such estimate, 
together with such information as may be provided for by blanks 
furnished by the Parent Board, shall Ije forwarded to the Conference 
Board in the Confrrence with which the claimant or claimants may 
be connected, and this report and iuformaiion shall be forwarded by 
the Conference Board, together with its recommendation in the case, 
to the Parent Board. 

XII. All superannuated preachers and the widows and children of 
deceased preachers shall be claimants upon the Board. A super- 
numerary preacher may, by vote of his Conference, be made a claim- 
ant, as may also an effective preacher who has not been able to ob- 
tain a support from the people among whom he has labored. And 
should any case of urgent need occur in any Annual Conference 
during the interim of its sessions, relief may be granted from the 
Contingent Fund by ijie Parent Board upon the recommendation of 
the Conference Board. 

XIII. The Presiding Elders in each Conference sliall be a com- 
mittee to apportion for collection the amount asked of the Confer- 



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ences amoiis Hie several districts and pastoral charges, witli due re- 
gard to their circumstances and ability to paj', and tlie_v sliall, early in 
the year, uoiify each pastor ia the Conference oF the amount, his 
charge will be expected to raise, and tliey sliall call in each Quarterly 
Conlerence special attention to this claim and insist that ii shall be 
luUy met. 

XIV. Tliere shall be a General Committee of Preachers' Aid com- 
l)0sed, 1. Of the Bishops, one of whom, as ihey shall from time to 
lime determine, shall be chairman. 2. Of the officers of the Board. 
3. Of one memlier from each of the General Conference Districts, 
elected by tlie General Conference on the nomination of the Delegates 
of each of the respective districts; and, 4. Of nine members appointed 
by the Board. The Recording Secretary of the Board shall be tlie 
Secretary of the General Committee. 

XV. This Committee shall meet annually in the city of on 

such day as the Corresponding Secretary may appoint in the month 
of Xovember, when it shall proceed to determine, 1. What amounts 
each Conference shall be asked to raise by collections for the use of 
the Board during the ensuing year. 2. What amotuits may be dis- 
bursed in the several Conferences during the ensuing year. 3. What 
amount may be used as a Contingent Fund for the relief of special 
cases of pressing need ; and, 4. What amounts may be used for gen- 
eral and particular purposes not included in the above. The Com- 
mittee sliall have autliorii.y to counsel and direct the Board in the 
general administration of its trust. The expenses of the Committee 
incurred while in the discharge of iis duly shall be paid by the 
Board. 

XVI. If the place in tlie Committee of anj' of the members elected 
by the General Conference shall become vacant by death, resigna- 
tion, removal from the district, or otherwise, the Bishops shall till it. 



Mifvy 8. 

Seventh 

Day. 
Horning, 



PHILADELPHIA. 

William Swindells presented the following, which 

was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Rtsolved, That Paragraph 164. Section .3, be amended by the ad- 
diiimi of the words, "or Recording Secretary" after the word "Sec- 
retaries " in the fifth and seventli lines, so that so mncli of this section 
as relates to this subject shall read, " Except the Presiding Elders, 
the Corresponding Seci'elai-ies, or Recording Secretary of the Mis- 
sionary Society, tlie Corresponding Secretary, Assistant Correspond- 
ing Secretaries, and Recording Secretary of the Board of Church 
Extension," etc. 



Recordins: 

Socrttary 

of the' 

Mission.iry 

Society. 



SOUTH CAROLINA. 

J. E, Wilson presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereas, Various forms of service are being used in different 
churches of our denomination: and, 

Wlieren.s, Such diversity of forms causes much embarrassment at 
times to strangers conducting services during the absence of the 
pastor; be it therefore 

R-'soJved, That tlie following " form of service " be adopted by this 
General Conference, and that the same be printed in the Discipline 
and be made a part of the Ritual : 



Fovin of 

public 
worsliip. 



126 Journal of the General Conference. [ISSS. 

]May8. Form of Service for the Metliodist Einscopal Churcli. 

Skvknth 

Day. 
Morning. O F" E ]S: I N G , 

Pastor. — "Ocome, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel 
before the Lord, our Maker." 

Silent Prayer — (Two Minutes.) 

Subject. — Acceptable Worship and God's Blessing on the Word. 

The minister shall then saj^: "The Lord bles.s thee and keep thee; 
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee and be gracious 
unto tiiee ; the Lord lift up liis countenance upon thee and give 
thee peace. Ameu." 

ClIAXT BY THE ChOIR. 

Opening Hymn. 

Apostles' Creed. — (To be said by the entire congregation:) 

I believe in God, the Father Almiglitj'^, Maker of heaven and earth ; 
and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord ; wlio was conceived by 
tlie Holy Giiost, born of the Virgin Marj' ; suff'ei'ed under Pontius 
Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the tliird daA^io rose from 
tlie dead; he ascended into lieaven, and sittetli on the riglit hand of 
God tiie Father Ahnigliiy ; from tiience he shall come to judge tlie 
quick and the dead; I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Oatliolic 
Church, the communion of saints; tlie forgiveness of sins ■ tlie resur- 
rection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 

Opexixg Prayer. 

voluntary hymn by tiie choir. 

Kkading Scriptures. 

Hymn. Sermon. Prayer. 

Choir. — Yoluntar}' hj'mn wliile the collection is being taken. 

Benediction. 

For Communion Services. 

General Confession. 

(To be repeated by all who are minded to receive the Holy Com- 
munion.) 

Almighty God, Fatlier of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all 
things. Judge of all men; we acknowledge and bewail our manifold 
sins and wickedness, whicli we from tune to time most grievously 
liave committed by tlniiglit, word, and deed, against th}' Divine 
Milje-ty. provokina- most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. 
We do carnesilj^ repent, and are heartiij' sorry for these our mis- 
doings; the remembnince of them Is grievous unto us. Have mere}' 
upon us, liave mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgi\-e us all that is past, and grant 
tliat we may ever hereafter serve and please tliee in newness of life, 
to the honor and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 



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127 



CiLoir. — Hymn No. 723. — (Cliant sofil}', people kneeling.) 



Saviour, when, in dust to tliee. 
Low we bentl tbe aUorins; knee; 
When, repentant, to the skies 
Scarce we lift our \veei)ing- eyes; 
O by all the pains and woe 
SulTered once fur man below, 
Bendinsr from thy throne on high. 
Hear our solemn litany ! 

By thine hour of dire despair ; 
By thine ayony of prayer ; 
By the cross, the nail, the thorn, 
PierciUK spear and torturing scorn ; 



By the gloom that veiled the skies 
O'er the dreadful sacrifice ; 
Listen to our tiumble cry. 
Hear our solemn litany ! 

By thy deep, expiring groan ; 
By the sad. .sepulchral stone ; 
By the vault whose dark abode 
Held in vain the rising tiod ; 
O from earth to heaven restored, . 
Mighty, re-ascended Lord, 
Listen, listen to the cry 
Of our solemn litany I 



Prayer. 
After all shall liave conimiiued 

Choir 

Will chant the followin":, all the people kneeling and joining in the 
same : 

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will toward 
men. We praise thee, we ble-^s thee, we worship thee, we glorify 
thee, we give thanks unto thee for thy great glorj-, Lord God, 
heavenly Kmg, God the Father Almighty. 

Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus Christ : Lord God, Lamb 
of God, Son of tlie Father, that takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy upon ns. Thou tliat takest away the sins of tlic world, 
have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, 
receive our prayer. Tliou that sitlcth at the right hand of God the 
Father, have mercy upon ns. For tiiou only art holy; thou only art 
the Lord; thou only, Ciirist, with ilie Holy Ghost, art most high 
in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Benediction. 

(The congregation kneeling.) 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Discipline be so cliangcd that on page 229, para- 
graph 404, after tlie word "Amen' in the general "Confession." 
insert the following: Then shall be sung: Hymn No. 723. Chant 
softly, the people kneeling. 

SOUTH-EAST INDIANA. 
Will Cumback presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy: 

WJinras, The Discipline of the Methodist Rpiscopal Church is silent 
as to tlie length of time a Bishop shall hold tliat office; and 

Whereof!, It has been decided by the General Conference of the 
Church that the position of Bishop is that of an office merely, and 
not an order in the ministry; therefore. 

Resolved, That all Bishops hereafier elected shall be chosen for a 
term of eight years. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

R'-snlred, That tlie Board of Stewards of any Station or Circuit may, 
ai the commencement of any Conference 3'ear, make an equitable ap- 



INIayS. 

Seventh 

Day. 
Morning. 



Gonfral 
confession. 



Bishops' 
Umtd of 
oflice. 



Asso.ssniflnt 
of nu'mbers. 



i-26 



Joiirnid of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Skvkntii 

Day. 
Morn ing. 



portionraent of the expenses for the year among the members and 
probationers of the Cliiircli. wliicli apportioniiienl, on the coii.pliiint 
of any membei-, ni^iy be revised and amended by tlie Quarterly Ct)n- 
fereuce held in said Station or Circuit, and when so corrected it shall 
stand as the amount each member is to pa^^ that j'ear. If anv mem- 
ber refuses to pay said sum, and fails to show to the last Quarteilj- 
Confeience of the year anj good reason for his refusal, he may be 
cited for trial for neglect of duty, and, if found guilty, may be dropped 
from the membership of the Church. Said apportionment, when 
made, shall be read to the members from the pulpit pnblicl3\ 



Time limit. 



Conference 
C'iainiant 
Society. 



SOUTH KAXSAS. 

Hugh McBirney presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

W/iereas, The term of Presiding Elders and our General Conference 
officers is now four j-ears; therefore be it 

Btsolced, That paragraph 1G4, section 3 of the Discipline, namel_y: 
"Provided lie shall not allow any preacher to remain in the same 
Station more than three j'ears successively," be changed so as to 
read: " Provided he shall not allow any preacher to remain in the 
same charge more than (bur years successively." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

SectfOxN' 1. A Conference Claimant Society shall be organized con- 
sisting of twelve ministers and eight laymen, to be chosen b}' the 
General Conference of the Methodist I'^piscopal Church. This Society 
shall be a body corporate, invested with such powers as are neces- 
sary for the transaction of all business relating to the Society. The 
Bisliops shall be ej>offi,rh) members of the Sociei}', and these, with the 
Corresponding Secretary, sliall constitute a Board of Control, with 
power to transact all business not otherwise specilied. 

Sec. 2. The terin of service of each member sh;dl commence the 
first Monday in June following the election by the (ieneral Confer- 
ence, or immediately if appointed by the Board cf Control, and con- 
tinue till their successors are elected and qualihed. Vacancies during 
the interval of General Conference may be filled by the Board. The 
officers may convene the Board when necessary. 

Sec. '^. The officers of said Board shall consist of a president, vice- 
president, secretary, treasurer, and a corresponding secretary. All 
of these officers shall be selected from the Board except the Corre- 
sponding Secretary, who shall be elected by the General Conference. 

Sec. 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall be directed by the Board 
in his official duties. He sliall condtict its correspondence and be 
responsilile for the faithful discharge of the duties of his assistants. 
He shall have the right to nominate liis assistants, the Board approv- 
ing and electing. He shall travel among the Annual Conferences or 
elsewhere in the interest of the Society under the direction of the 
Board, and be authorized to raise subscriptions, take collections, and 
receive donations to the fluids of this Society. 

Sec. 5. Each officer of this Society shall receive such salary as the 
board may determine. 

Sec. C. The fniuls of this Society shall be known as the Permanent 
Fund and the Disburs iig Fund. The Permanent Fund sliall consist 
of all colloctioiip, wills, grants, bequests, or other conveyance oi' 
property that the donors specially give to this fund. After paying 
the expenses of the Society the remainder is to bo properl}' invested 
and the interest disbursed by direction of the Board. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



129 



Sec. 7. The disbursing fund shall consist of all the collections made 
by the Annual Conferences or the Corresponding Secretary and not 
designated for tlie Pernjanent Fund, together with tlie amount from 
ihe Book Concern, the Charteied Fund, and all inieresc above the 
expenses of the Societ}' Irom tlie Permanent Fund. 

Sec. 8. In addition to the above sources of income all itinerant 
preaciiers, f rom the date of their admi.-sion as members of an Annual 
Conference, shall pay to tiiis Society the sum of ^10 per annum, to 
become part ot the Disbtu'sing Fund of tiie society. 

Sec. 9. The claimants on this Society shall be. 1, all superannuated 
preachers; 2, their widows, and childien under eighteen years of age. 
These chiiinants shall receive aid in proportion to the number of years 
in the effective work. 

Sec. 10. Eacii Annual Conference shall organize a Conference Claim- 
ant Society auxiliary to the General Conference Society, and shall 
report through its Secretary the names of all its Conference claimants, 
together with the 3'ears of effective work rendered by each superan- 
nuate. The Secretary of each auxiliary shall send to the Secretary of 
tlie General Conference Society the names of the officers of said 
auxiliary. If any preacher joins the Conference under a voluntary 
promise not to become a claimant he shall not be reported by his 
Conference Society. 

Sec. 11. The Board shall have power to grant honorary member- 
ship to any person giving at one time $100, allowing them a seat and 
voice in its deliberations, but not a vote. The Board shall have 
power to receive bequests or grants, givnig to such the name of the 
donors, the interest all going to the Disbursing Fund. 

Sec. 12. Tiie Board, through its Corresponding Secretarj', shall send 
a proper division of its funds to the presiding Bishop of each Annual 
Conference, to be distributed by the Conference Society or the Board 
of Conference Stewards. The division by the General Conference 
Society shall be made upon the Ist day of January and July of each 
year. 

Sec. 13. All funds raised by an Annual Conference shall be promptly 
paid to the General Society. All Preachers' Aid societies may luro 
over their available assets to the General Society to be kept as a spe- 
cial permanent fimd, and its proceeds given for the benefit of that 
Conference, provided that any Preachers' Aid society may continue as 
now if they so desire. 

Sec. 14. This form of constitution may be changed at any General 
Conference by a two-thirds vote. 



IMayS. 

Seventu 

Dat. 
Morning. 



SOUTH- U^EST KANSAS. 

M. L. Gates presented the folluwing, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That paragraph 66 in Discipline be so amended tlint the 
following be added: '-And such Delegate shall reside within the 
bounds of the Conference which elects him.' 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereas, The Methodist Episcopal Church holds the preacher in 
charge responsible for his Sunday-schools — the doctrines inculcated, 
the work done, and the meihods of doing it: and 

Whereas, He is often hindered, and even defeated, in carrying out 
right and proper plans to secure the highest degree of success and 
thorough organization of tjiis potent right arm of our beloved Church 
9 



Lav 

delegates. 



tennd-iy- 
.school 
superintend- 
ents. 



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[18SS. 



]VIay 8. 

Seventh 

Day. 
Morning. 



Composition 
ol' Quarterly 
Conferences. 



and make it ilie miglity Christianizing and metliodizing training school 
for our Church by incompetent, indifferent, and especially by disloyal 
superintendents ; tlierefore. 

Resolved, Thiit paragmph 263, section 3, and 2d line of the Dis- 
cipline be so revised as to read, "the Superintendent shall be nom- 
inated by liie preacher in charge" instead of "by the Sunday-school 
Board," as it now is. 

B. C. Swarts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be in.'Jtructed to consider 
the advisability of so changing p.iragrapli i)8 of the Discipline as to 
include in the composition of the Quarterly Conferences the Commit- 
tees on Missions, on Church Kxtension, on Education, on Church 
Records, and on Estimating Preachers' Salaries, so that the para- 
graph shall read as follows, namely: 

T[ 98. The Quarterly Conferences shall be composed of all tlie trav- 
ing and local preachers, e.xhorters. stewards, class-leaders, the Com- 
niiit(-es on Missions, on Church Extension, on Education, on Church 
Records, on Estimating the Preachers' salaries, the lirst superintend- 
ents of our Sunday-schools and trustees of the churches in our Cir- 
cuits and Stations being members of our Church, and the said 
trustees and superintendents being approved by the Quarterlj- Con- 
ference. 



UPPER IOWA. 

H. H. Green presented the following, Avhich was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

■Boundaries. Whereas, Our Church at East Dubuque, 111., now included within 

the bounds of Rock River Confeience. can be more readily served 
from Iowa ; 

Resolved, Tliat the Committee on Boundaries he requested to re- 
port such re-adjustment of Conference lines as shall place lllast Du- 
buque witliin the boimds of Upper Iowa Conference. 



WASHINGTON. 

PI. A. Carroll presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Time limit. Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of amending the third line of par.igraph 164, sec- 
tion 3, of the Discipline so as to read : That a Bishop shall not allow 
any preacher to remain in the same Circuit or Station more tiian live 
years successively; after which he shall not be appointed to the same 
Circuit or Station for five years. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Time limit. R^isolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to in- 
quire into tlie expediencj'^ of amending the Discipline, Paragraph 
170, so as to read: " A Bishop may allow an Elder to preside on the 
same district for any term not exceeding six years, after which he 
shall not be appointed to the same district for six years." 



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Journal of the General Conference, 



131 



WEST WISCONSIN. IVTjvyS. 

E. E. Bentley presented the following, which was re- i>av. 
ferred to the Coinmittee on Itinerancy : ormva- 

Resolved, Tlisit the Discipline be so amended as to allow the condi- Time limit, 
tional appointment of a pastor to the same charg-e for five years ia 
succession, and that ■^aid conditions be the unanimous rciiuost of the 
Quarterly Conference of said charge made in writing' and signed by a 
majority of the Quarterly Conference, and the unanimous approval of 
the Cabinet. 

W. J. McKay presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolred, Tliat when any member of the Church shall remove with- Chmch 
out a Certificate, unless he request the continuance of his member- membership, 
ship, giving the reasons for such request to the pastor in writing, 
his name, after the lapse of one year from the time of such re- 
moval, may be erased from the Record of Membership, and a state- 
ment of the reasons lor such erasure shall be recorded opposite the 
name so erased. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That the Discipline be so amended that the time of pro- Pi-obation- 
bation for members on trial be three months- instead of six months, ers. 

and that no persons be continued on trial for a longer period than 
one year from the time of admission on probation. 

J. B. Jones presented the following, -which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to considor Church 
tlie propriety of so amendina: the Di-ciphne that tlie names of those membership, 
who are members of the Church shall be reported to the fourth 
Quarterly Conference of each charge. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon. 



ARKANSAS. 
J. B. Ford presented a memorial from Arkansas Con- Episcop.ii 
ference relating to an Episcopal residence at Little 
Rock, which was referred to the Committee on the 
Episcopacy. 

BALTIMORE. 

W. F. Speake presented a memorial from George C. BomKian.s. 
Round concerning change of boundaries in the Balti- 
more Conference, wliich was referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

Alexander Ashley presented a memorial from the )av repr-- 
JDaltiraore Lay Electoral Conference concerning lay 



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[1888. 



]May 8. 

Skventii 

Day. 
Morning. 
Missionary 

Bishops. 



Church 
members. 



representation in the General Conference, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the same on status of William 
Taylor as Bishop, which was referred to the Committee 
on Episcopacy. 

Also a memorial from the Waugh Church, Washing- 
ton District, on the admission and dismissal of members, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



CENTRAL NEW YORK. 

Time Limit. E. M. Mills presented a memorial from the Auburn 
First Church Quarterly Conference relative to abolish- 
ing the time limit of the pastoral term, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the Canastola 
Methodist Episcopal Church asking for extension of the 
pastoral term, which was referred to the Committee on 
the Itinerancy. 



Imprudent 
conduct. 



Baptized 
children. 



Means of 
giace. 



Absent 
witnesses. 



Church 
Extension. 



Church 
Extension. 



CINCINNATI. 

I. W. Joyce presented the memorial of the Cincinnati 
Preachers' Meeting concerning imprudent and unchris- 
tian conduct, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

Also the memorial of the Cheviot Quarterly Confer- 
ence regarding the relation of baptized children to the 
Church, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

Also a memorial from the Cincinnati Preachers' 
Meeting relating to neglect of means of grace, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial signed by M. P. Zink and two 
others relating to taking the testimony of absent wit- 
nesses, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

Also the memorial of the Wesley Chapel Quarterly 
Conference relating to Church Extension, which was 
referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 

Also the memorial of the Cincinnati Preachers' 
Meeting relating to church extension, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Church Extension. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



133 



Seventh 
Day. 



DELAWARE. 

B. O. Bird presented a memorial from tlie Delaware jiiommg. 
Conference on the time limit, which was referred to the Time limit 
Committee on Itinerancy. 



DETROIT. 

L. R. Fiske presented a memorial from the Detroit 
Conference relating to Episcopal residence in Detroit, 
which was referred to the Committee on E[)iscopacy, 

He also presented a memorial from R. C, Welch and 
thirty-six others relating to the Conference studies, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

Arthur Edwards presented a memorial from the 
Detroit Conference concerning the division of the Con- 
ference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

Also a memorial from the same Conference concern- 
ing the appropriation of the profits of the Book Con- 
cern. 

EAST GERMAN. 

F. K. Keller presented a memorial from the East Time limit 
German Lay Electoral Conference, signed by Frederick 
K. Keller, Secretary, relating to the extension of the 
time limit, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

EAST OHIO. 

E. A. Simons presented a memorial signed by J. R. r>ivoice. 
Keys relating to additions to the rule of divorce, wdiich 
w^as referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



Conference 
Studies. 



Division of 
Confereuce. 



Book 
Concern. 



ERIE. 

R. S. Borland presented a memorial from the Erie 
Conference relating to temperance, which was I'eferred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the same Conference referring 
to editors of unofficial papers, wliich was referred to 
the Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the same Conference concern- 
ing the use of tobacco by Bishops, which was referred 
to the Committee on Re\ isals. 

Also a memorial from the same Conference relating 



Temjinr- 
ance. 



Unofficial 
papers. 



Tobacco. 



134 



Juuraal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Miay 8. to the use of tobacco by members of the Church, which 
Day. was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Morning. 



Locating 
preachers. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



Boundaries. 



ILLINOIS. 

W. H. Wilder presented a memorial from the Minis- 
terial Association, Decatur Disti'ict, concerning the law 
in reference to locating preachers without their con- 
sent, which was referred to the Committee on Judici- 
ary. 

ITALY. 

L. M.Vernon presented a memorial from the Italy Con- 
ference relating to an Episcopal residence in Europe, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Episco- 
pacy. 

LITTLE ROCK. 

W. R. R. Duncan presented a memorial asking that 
Texarkana be replaced in the Texas Conference, which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial asking for a change in 
the boundaries of the Little Rock Conference so as to in- 
clude work in the Indian Territory, which was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Christian 
unity. 



Boundanes. 



LOUISIANA. 
A. E. P. Albert presented a memorial from the Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church relating to Christian unity, 
which was referred to the Committee on the State of 
the Church. 

MICHIGAN. 
W. I. Cogshall presented a memorial relating to a 
proposed change of boundaries, which was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 



Boundaries. 



Presiding 
elders. 



Time limit. 



MINNESOTA. 

Robert Forbes presented a memori il from the Annual 
Conference relating to Conference boundaries, which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

Also a memorial from the St. Paul Ministers' Meeting 
relating to the office of presiding elder, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

Also a memorial asking the extension of the pastoral 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



185 



term, which was referred to the Committee on Itiner- May 8. 

' Seventh 

ancy. day. 

J, N. Liscomb presented a memorial on the time ■^'^'^*«fl'- 
limit, signed by J. F. Lewton, which was referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. 



NEWARK. 
A memorial from the Newark Conference presenting 
certain law questions was received and referred to the 
Committee on Judiciary. 

NEW ENGLAND SOUTHERN. 

C. W. Gallagher presented a memorial from the 
Annual Conference relating to the trial of accused 
members of Annual Conferences, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 



Law 
questions. 



Trial of 
preachers. 



NEW YORK. 

G. S. Hare presented a memorial on a question of 
law concerning the eligibility of certain local preachers 
to election to General Conference, which was referred 
to the Committee on Judiciary. 

J. M. King prei^ented a memorial from the New 
York Conference concerning the number of elections to 
General Conference offices, which was referred to the 
Committee on the State of the Church. 

Also a memorial fi-om Japan Conference, signed by 
C. W. Green, relating to a basis of nnion for the dif- 
ferent Methodist organizations of Japan, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 



Local 
preachers. 



General 

Conference 

offices. 



Methodist 
autonomy. 



NORTH CAROLINA. 

J. E. Champlin presented a petition from the New 
Hope Circuit, North Carolina Conference, for amission, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 



Mission. 



Form of 
reports. 



NORTHERN NEW YORK. 

James Coote presented a memorial from the Northern 
New Yoi'k Conference, relating to forms of reports, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisal.'*. 

He also presented a memorial fi"om the Noi-tliern Periodicals 
New York Conference, relating to church periodicals, 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



MiayS. 

Seventh 

Day. 

Morning. 
Form of 
reports. 

Periodicals. 



Sunday- 
School 
reports. 



Statistics. 



NORTHERN NEW YORK. 

James Coote presented a memorial from tlie Noriherii 
New York Conference, relating to forms of reports, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from the Northern 
New York Conference, relating to church periodicals, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the Northern 
New York Conference, relating to the Sunday-school 
reports, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

Also a memorial from the Northern New York Con- 
ference, relating to statistical tables, which was re- 
feri'ed to the Committee on Revisals. 



Conference 
clainaants. 



Time limit. 



Statistics. 



Tobacco. 



NORTH OHIO. 
J. W. Mendenhall presented the memorial of the Min- 
isterial Association of Gallon District relating to the 
support of superannuated preachers and other Confer- 
ence claimants, which was referred to the Committee 
on Temporal Economy. 

NORTH-WEST GERM.\N. 
Christoph Schultz presented a memorial from the 
District Association of Upper Iowa District concerning 
pastoral time limit, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 

NORTH-WEST IOWA. 
Wilmot Whitfield presented a memorial from the 
North-west Iowa Conference with reference to blanks 
for Conference statistics, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

NORWEGIAN AND DANISH. 
O. B. Jacobs presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference of the Norwegian and Danish 
Conference concerning the use of tobacco, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



OHIO. 

Probation- J. C. Jacksou, Jr., presented a memorial from Bal ti- 
ers. ... 

more Circuit, signed by D. Mann and twenty-six others. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



137 



relating to probationers, wbicli was referred to tlie 
Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the Columbus Preachers' Meet- 
ing, signed by II. W. Bennettt and fifteen others, relat- 
ing to the Episcopacy, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy. 

Also a memorial from the Columbus Preachers' 
Meeting relating to popular amusements and alcoholic 
and narcotic habits. It was signed by 11. W. Bennett 
and fifteen others, and was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the Columbus Preachers' 
Meeting, signed by H. W. Bennett and fifteen others, 
relating to probationers, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the Columbus Preachers' Meet- 
ing relating to presiding eldership, signed by H. W. 
Bennett and fifteen others, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

Also a memorial from the Columbus Preacliers' Meet- 
ing, signed by H. W. Bennett and fifteen others, relat- 
ing to the pastoral limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 



Miay 8. 

Sr.VENTU 

Day. 
Morning. 
Episcopacy. 



Amuse- 
uients. 



Probation- 
ers. 



Presiding 
elders. 



Time limit. 



Mission:iry 
bishops. 



City 
niispimis. 



PHILADELrHIA. 

W. J. Paxson presented the memorial of Philadelphia 
Conference referring to the status and support of the 
Missionary Bishop, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Episcopacy. 

T. B. Neely presented a memorial from the Phila- 
delphia Conference relating to the granting of Quarterly 
Conferences to city missions, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

, Also a memorial from the Philadelphia Conference certificates. 
relating to the certificates of church membership, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Also a memorial from the Philadelphia Conference 
referring to an elective presiding eldership, which was 
referred to the Committee on E|)iscopacy. 

Also a memorial from the Philadelphia Conference 
relating to the depriving of a minif^ter of membership 
in an Annual Conference without trial and rierht of 



Presiding 
elders. 



Locating 
preachers. 



138 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

]Ma.y8. appeal, which was referred to the Committee on Itiu- 

Seventh 

Day. erancy. 
Morm-ng. William Swiiidells presented a memorial from the 

Closed doors. . . *■ , 

Philadelphia Conference in favor of Annual Conferences 
sitting with closed doors when considering cases involv- 
ing character, which was refei'red to the Committee on 
Itinerancy, 
^^aerv^ce"^* S. W. Thomas presented a memorial from Joseph S. 
Cook and S. T. Kemble concerning the sacramental 
service, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 



ROCK RIVER. 



Butiudai'ies. 



N. IT. Axtell presented the minutes of the Joint 
Commission on the boundaries between the Rock River 
and Central Illinois Conferences, which was referred to 
the Committees on Boundaries. 

SOUTH-EAST INDIANA. 
Methodist E. F. Rittcr presented a memorial from the meeting 

alliance. J . ... 

of the Methodist Alliance, held in Indianapolis, Ind., 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. 
Bishop Tay- L. F. Gav presented a memorial from the Lny 

lor's work. j l ^ p -r-» • t 

Electoral Conference on the importance of Bishop 
William Taylor's work in Africa, which was referred 
to the Committee on Missions. 

Time limit. W. 11. Johnson presented one from the same Con- 
ference concerning the time limit, and also concerning 
the use of tobacco, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 

Enabiingact J B. Green presented a memorial from the Southern 
California Conference asking an enabling act, which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. 

Hymnal for John Lecpcr presented a memorial from the Olney 
District Conference asking for the publication of a 
Hymnal and Ritual for the use of the blind, which was 
referred to the Committee on Book Concern. 



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SOUTH KANSAS. 

Bernard Kelley presented a memorial, signed by 
James Murray and four others, relating to financial re- 
ports, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

Also a memorial from the Emporia Quarterly Con- 
ference, signed by J. G. Tray lor. Secretary, relerring to 
a Conference Claimants' Society, which was referred to 
the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

Hugh McBirney presented a memorial from South 
Kansas Conference relating to a Conference Claimants' 
Society, which was referred to the Committee on Tem- 
poral Economy, 

Also a memorial relating to the support of superan- 
nuated preachers, which was referred to the Committee 
on Temporal Economy. 

SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 
M. L. Gates presented a memorial touching church 
and parsonage insurance, signed by A. II. Parker, which 
was referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 



MinyS. 
Skvkntu 

Day 

Morning. 

Financial 

leports. 



Cimfereuce 
claimants. 



Cliurcli 
Insurance. 



ronfcrcnce 
claimants. 



Tennessee:. 

Calvin Pickett presented a memorial, signed by J. 
Braden and two others, relating to support of superan- 
nuates, which was referred to the Committee on Tem- 
poral Economy. 

UPPER 10 UM. 

H. H. Green presented a memorial of the members of Boundaiies. 
the East Dubuque Methodist Episcopal Church, 111., re- 
lating to boundaries, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 



TERMONT. 
T. P. Frost presented a memorial from the Vermont 
Conference relating to the appointment of Conference 
evangelists, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

WASHINGTON. 
II. A. Carroll presented a memorial from the Wash- 
ington Conference relating to division of Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Evangelists. 



Boundaries. 



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L1888. 



IMay 8. 

Seventh 
Day. 

Mormng. p^g^^j cliaiic^e of boundaries, which was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 



WEST GERMAN. 
Jacob Tanner presented a memorial relating to a pro- 



Boundaiies. 



WEST TEXAS. 
Henry Swann presented the joint memorial of West 
Texas and Texas Conferences, relating to the forma- 
tion of a new Annual Conference, which was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Conference 
claimants 



Time limit. 



WISCONSIN. 
E. L. Paine jiresented a memorial relating to the 
creation of an Endowment Fund for Conference Claim- 
ants, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 

WYOMING. 
M. S. Hard preaented a memorial from the Bing- 
hamton District Preachers' Meeting relating to the 
extension of time limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 



May 9. 

Eighth 

Day. 

Morning. 

Risliop 
Mallalien 
pi'csides. 

Devotional 
services. 



Minntps 
aiiprovetl. 



Rules sus- 

]>en(led. 
Report of 

Hook 
Committee. 



Committee 

on 

conference 

claimsints 

ordered. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 9. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour. Bishop W. F. Mallalieu in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by T. B. 
Ford, of the Arkansas Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

Amos Shinkle moved a suspension of the Rules to 
present the Report of the Book Committee. They were 
suspended. The report was presented and referred to 
the Committee on the Book Concern. (See Apj^endlx 
III, 1.) 

H. H. Green presented the following : 

Resolved. Tliat a committee consisting of one from each General 
Conference District, and two at larpre, tie appointed to take into con- 
sideration tlie necessities of superannuated members of onr Annual 
Conferences, and to devise and submit to tliis General Conference, at 
as earl}' a da,y as practicalile, some plan by whicli just and equitable 
provision sliall be made for the support of onr supeninnuates, and 
the widows and children of deceased preachers. 



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A motion to refer to the Committee on the State of 
the Church was lost, and the resohition was adopted. 

Ichabod Simmons, under suspension of the Rules, 
moved that a committee of one from each General 
Conference District be appointed to nominate trustees 
for old John Street Church, and other instiutions 
to which this Conference appoints trustees. Car- 
ried. 

By consent J. M. Trimble moved the appointment of 
a committee of five to arrange for and fix tiie time of 
Memorial Services. The motion prevailed. 

Robert Bentley moved a suspension of the Rules to 
present a resolution. They were suspended by a count 
vote of 142 for, 130 against. He then presented the 
following, which was adopted : 

Whereas^ The Commission on lay delej^ation appointed by tlie 
Bishops, according to the order of the last General Conference, have 
prepared and are ready to submit their report; therefore, 

Rasolved, That the report be received and printed in the Dally 
Christian Advocate, and its adoption be made the order of the day for 
Wednesday, the 16th, at 10 A. M. 

L. A. Belt by consent presented the following, which, 
after several ineffectual attempts to change it, was 
adopted : 

Resolved, That a committee of tlilrteen, and two at large, be ap- 
pointed, to whom the bounding of tJie General Conference Districts 
shall be referred. 

A. B. Leonard, the Rules being suspended, moved 
the appointment of a Committee on Temperance and 
the Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic, consisting of two 
from each General Conference District and three at 
large. 

T. A. Arter moved to strike out the words " Prohi- 
bition of the Liquor Traffic." Laid on the table, and 
the motion to appoint the Committee prevailed. 

By consent, Clinton B Fisk moved the appointment 
of a committee of one from each General Conference 
District on the American Bible Society. Carried. 

Under suspension of the Rules, J. W. Eaton moved 
that delegations be authorized to make necessni;^ 
changes in committees and send the same to the 
Seci-etary, who shall report them in the Journal. 
Carried. 



]VIayO. 

ElGUTU 

Day. 

Morning. 

Committee 

on rlotin St. 

Church 

oidered. 



Memorial 
services. 



Report of the 
Commission 
on Lay Rep- 
resentation 
presented. 



Committee 

on General 

(Conference 

Districts 

ordered. 

Committee 

on Tcmper- 

a-ee and 

Prohibition 

of the Liquor 

Traffic 

ordered. 



Committee 

oil the 

American 

Bilile Society 

ordered. 

Changes in 
committees. 



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ElOHTH 

Day. 

Morning. 



A.W. Pottle 
present. 



Conrte^y to 
J. M. Phil- 
lips. 



Ri'pnit of 

Committee 

oil Contested 

Se.its. 



William Swindells presented the following, which 

was adopted : 

Besolved, Tliat a committee of iliree be appointed to review the 
condition of the Chartered Fund, and to which shall be referred the 
report of tiie trustees of the above fund. 

Abel W. Pottle, a reserve delegate from the Maine 
Conference, was announced as present, and was assigned 
the seat of C. J, Clark, deceased. 

Sandford Hunt moved that J, M. Phillips, Treasurer 
of the Committee on Entertainment, be invited to a 
se.it in this body. 

D. S. Monroe moved as an amendment that he be ac- 
corded the freedom of the platform and the floor. The 
amendment was accepted and the motion adopted. 

As a question of privilege the Committee on Con- 
tested Seats jDresented Report No. 3, as follows : 

In the case of John PI Rickards, lay delegate from the Lay Elec- 
toral Corifei'ence of the Montana Annual Conference, your Committee 
find the following particulars: 

When ilie Montana Annual Conference was organized at tlie ses- 
sion of the Montana Mission Conference last preceding the (Jeneral 
Conference no delegates to the Lay Electoral Conference had been, 
or could have been, elected. The right of the Montana Conference to 
a lay delegate, T[ 71, § 2, in tlio Discipline, could not, therefore, have 
been secured. 

To meet this emergency the Annual Conference instructed the Pre- 
siding i'.ldcrs, at tlieir ne.xt Quarter!}- Conference, to have delegates 
ciiosen to a Lay Ehctoral Conference, to be convened on tiie first 
Tuesday after the first Siuulny in Xovembcr, nearly three months 
after the session of the Annual Conference. The Lay Electoral Con- 
ference did so convene, and in a proper manner elect Jolin E. Rick- 
ards lay delegate, and Fred. Gaver reserve. 

This was a plain violation of the law that requires that the Lay 
Electoral Conference shall meet at the seat of the Annual Conference 
on llie third day of its session; but it was done in the utmost good 
faith and under a stress of circumstances which could not have been 
foreseen, and for which no provision had been made b}- the General 
Conference. 

lu view of the foregoing facts, while the Committee recognize the 
violation of law in thf- case, and deprecate any repetition of it. they 
recommend that John E. Rickards lie admitted to a seat in this Gen- 
eral Conference as lay delegate from Montana Annual Conference, 
and that this General Conference make legal provisions for any simi- 
lar cases that maj' occur in the future. 

John C. Ridpath, 

W. J. Pa.xson, 

C. D. JON-ES, 

Ch. a. Loeber, 

FuAXK a. Arter, 

J. B. Graw, 



W. H. Crogman, 

C. Hartson, 

D. W. C. HUNTIXGTON, 
H. HiTCHCOCIC, 

G. H. Bridgman', 
J. K. Stubbs. 



Alfred Wheeler presented a minority report, which 



.Minority 
report . 

presented, he movcd as a substitute 



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L. C. Qaeal called for the previous question ; the call 
was sustained and the substitute was accepted by a count 
vote of 262 for and 127 against. 

On the motion to adopt the substitute F. A. Arter 
called for a vote by orders, but the call was not sus- 
tained, 26 voting for and 98 against. 

The minority report was then adopted. (See A2> 
pendix I, B, 84.) 

W. J. Paxson moved that the whole parquet be de- 
voted to the General Conference and reserve delegates. 
The motion prevailed. 

Bishop Andrews made the following announcements : 
Bishop Walden to preside over the Committee on Bound- 
aries ; J. C. Ilartzell was excused from the Committee 
on Judiciary and T. B. Ford appointed in his plat-e. 

He also announced the Committee on Benevolences. 
(See Appendix I, A, 14.) 

The Roll of Conferences was called for the presen- 
tation of resolutions. 

CALIFORNIA. 
Robert Bentley presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

Whereaf:, The connectional spirit of Methodism lias been greatly 
inteiisilied by the visit of our Bishops and tlie Corresponding Secre- 
taries of our various benevolent societies: and, 

Whpreas, The frontier work now in its formative period more es- 
pecially needs tlie connectional spirit, and therefore the help of the 
agencies that promote it; therefore, 

Ri'Sdlced, That inquiry be made by the Conference as to tlie feasi- 
biliiyof annual visits lo our Pacific Coast Conferences by at least one 
of the Corresponding Secretaries. 

By consent the Rules of Order were to be so inter- 
preted as that no resolution shall be received by the 
Conference or read by the Secretary unless accompanied 
by a duplicate. 

J. M. Buckley moved that all resolutions be sent to 
the Secretary, read and passed upon by the Conference 
or referred to proper committees. The motion pre- 
vailed. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 

M. L. Ganoe presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved. Tliat the Bisliops be respectfully requested to inform this 
Conference how many additional Bishops in tlicir judgment are 



143 



MiayO. 

Eighth 

Day. 
3f(ir)i ing. 
Accepted. 



Adopted. 



Parquet 
resc'i-ved. 



Committees. 



Call for 
resolutions. 



Visits of the 
Convspond- 

i'lff 
Secretju'ies. 



Interpreta- 
tion of tlie 
lJ\ile.s of 
Order. 



Resolutions 
to be read. 



Number of 
bishops. 



144 



JouDud of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



JVTay 9. necessary to be added to their number for the Episcopal work of the 

Eighth eiisiiiup; quadrennium. 
Day. ° ^ 

Afiernoon. 



Eiiisoopal 
districts. 



General 

Conference 

Journal. 



E, J. Gray presented the following : 

Whereas, Tiiere is a widespread and growing conviction among onr 
preacliers and people that the efficiency (if the Episcopacy would be 
greatly increased by the assiginnent of each Bishop to a prescribed 
territory for a period of years; and, 

Whereas, The general supervision of tlie whole work by the Bishops 
severally is practically impossible; therefore, 

Eesolred, 1. Tiiat a conunitlee of fifteen, to be styled the Committee 
on Episcopal Districts, shall be appointed, tiiirteeri of whom shall be 
selected by the delegates representing the General Conference Dis- 
tricts severally and two by the Bishops. 

2. That the Committee shall consider and report on or before the 
— day of Ma}-, upon the advisability of dividing tlie territory occupied 
by the Methodist Episcopal Clmrcii into as many episcopal districts 
as tliere are effective Bishops at the close of this General Conference, 
said districts to be composed, in so lar as practicable, of contiguous 
Conferences. 

3. That vviien sncli districts are formed the Bishops be instructed 
to so arrange their work as to give to the same Bishop the supervision 
of tlie same district and the same Conference during the period of four 
years. 

4. That if in the judcment of this Committee the Third Restrictive 
Rule and the formation of episcopal districts are in legal antagonism 
they shall report a plan for changing the Third Restrictive Rule, 
which, if adopted liy two thirds of the General Conference, sl:all be 
submiiied by the Bisliops to the first ensuing Annual Conferences; 
and, three fourths of the members of the Annual Conferences present 
and voting concurring in said plan, it shall take effect immediately, 
and be a law of the Methodist Episcopal Cliurch. 

John Lanalmn moved that it be referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Judiciary. Laid on the table. 

W. H. Webster moved its reference to the Commit- 
tee on Episcopacy, which was accepted. 

W. H. Hunter moved it be referred to a Special 
Committee. 

On motion of F. M. Bristol, the motion of W. H. 
Hunter was laid on the table. 

A. B, Leonard moved its reference to the Committee 
on the State of the Church. 

W. J. Pa.xson moved to lay this motion on the table. 
Carried. 

The previous question was ordered, and the i-esolution 
was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

E. J, Gray offered the following, Avhich was adopted : 

Resolved, 1. That the Secretary of this Conference be instructed to 
have the Journal of this General Conference printed and bound, and 
certified by him to be correct, and that the printed copy so certified 
shall be tlie official Journal of this General Conference. 

2. The Book Agents in New York are hereby directed to forward 



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by mail, or ollierwise, a copy of this Journal to each delegate of tliis 
(rcneral Conference, to e;icli of llie Bishops, and to each of Uic Fra- 
ternal Messengers to this General Conference. 

The Secretary presented an invitation from James 
McConaugliy, Secretary of tlie Younf^ Men's Christian 
Association of New York city, to visit their rooms, 
which was accepted, and a motion by Arthur Edwards 
was carried returning the thanks of the Conference. 

Under a suspension of tlie Rules, James Coote pre- 
sented the following : 

Resolved. That during tlie calling of the roll for resolntions and 
memorials the speeche.s shall be limited to three minutes, except in 
case a resolution or memorial is put on its passage. 

J. S. Smart moved as an amendment that resolutions 
of reference be referred without debate. Carried by a 
count vote of 261 for and 141 against. The resolution 
as amended was adopted. 

Conference adjourned by expiration of time. D. W. 
TIayes was appointed to conduct the devotional services 
to-morrow. Notices were given, the doxology was 
sung, and Bishop Mallalieu pronounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon. 



]May ». 

Eighth 
Dav. 

Mominy. 

T. M. C. A. 

invitation. 



Speeches to 
be limited. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



ARKANSAS. 
T. B. Ford presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

Whereas, Tn view of the death of three of our Bishops and the Number of 
growth of the Church din-ing the past quadrenniiini we cannot rea- bishops, 
soiiably expect tlie present number of Bisb.ops to give that degree of 
supervision to the work wliich is expected and needed; and, 

Wherecv;:, There is a difference of opinion as to the number of 
Bishops this General Conference should elect: therefore, 

Resolved. That the Committee on Episcopac_y be instructed to in- 
quire into and report to this Conference as soon as practicable upon 
ihe number of Bishops which in its judgment should be elected by 
this Conference. 

CALIFORXTA. 
W. S. Urmy presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas. It is important that the Discipline should contain infor- Freedmen's 
mation in regard to the organization and work of our benevolent so- Aid Society, 
cieties; and, 

Whereas, There is no such information therein presented in regard 
to the Freedmen's Aid Society as there is respecting the other socie- 
ties ; therefore, 
10 



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]May 9. 

Eighth 

Day. 
M'i)7iing. 



Resolved, That tlie Committee on Revisala be respectful!}' requested 
to take into consideration the propriety of inserting in paragraph 321 
a section containiiio; such information, said section to contain not 
more ilian 100 words, and to be written by the Corresponding Secre- 
tary of tlie Freedmen's Aid Society. 



Ortiftc.ites 
of removal. 



.'ins|iension 
of aroused 
inciiil>ers. 



CENTRAL PEXNSYLVAXIA. 
W. A. Stephens presented the following, which was 
refeired to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, Our present form of Certificate of Removal is by some 
so understood as lo include otiier than Churches of our own body, 

Tlierf-fore tlie Committee on Revisals are requested to strike out 
the word ''in," cominsr after ilie word "or," and to insert the words 
" Metliodist Episcopal " before the word " Church," so that the cer- 
tificate sliall read, "or any otlier Metliodist Episcopal Church to 
which he may present this certificate." 

M. L. Ganoe presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary: 

Whereas, E.xpnlsion is the only penalty of our Discipline for mem- 
bers tried for offense and found guilty ; and 

Whereas, A milder form of sentence migiil often save persons who 
by expulsion are finally lost to us; and 

' Whe7-eas, In Annual Conferences preachers are often suspended as 
a jienalty ; therefore, 

I'ef'oh'ed. That the Committee on the Judiciary be requested to pre- 
pare such change of our Discipline as will provide for suspension in 
less flagrant cases of offense. 



Course of 

stuflj' lor 

■ tlriss-leader.s. 



EAST OHIO. 
W. L. Dixon presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Episcopacy: 

Wlie7-ea.s, In p.iragraph 62 it is made the duty of the pastor to di- 
rect the leaders to such a course of study and reading as shall best 
qualify them for their work; and 

Wliereas, Many young pastors are inexperienced as leadei-s tliem- 
sclves, and are for'that "reason unadvised as lo tlie course of reading 
and study best suited to qualify leaders for their work; and 

Whereas, Much of tlie work served l)y young pastors has greatest 
need of tlie service of well-qualified leaders, and is least likely to 
receive it: therefore. 

Resolved. That the Committee on Episcopacy be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of the Bisliops publishing in the Discipline a 
suitable course of reading and studv for class-leaders. 



!?alaiy to 

ngents and 

others. 



KAXSAS. 
S. E. Pendleton presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Missions : 

The following section to be added to paragraph 294 and called 
Section 6 : 

All persons who shall be employed by this Society as agents, sec- 
retaries, or otherwise, having no other means of support, shall, in 



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addition to tlieir expenses, be allowed a reasonable salaiy for their 
services; the salary to be tixed by tlie Board and provided for by the 
Society. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals: 

To amend the Discipline respectino: District Conferences by the ad- 
dition of the foUowinf^ as paragraph 90 : 

Each presiding elder's district shall be organized into a District 
Conference. 

Amend Airther, by striking out all of paragraph 97. 



JNlay 9. 

Eighth 

Day. 

JUorning. 



District 
CDnfercnces. 



LOUISIANA. 
A. E. P. Albert pi'esented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Besolved, 1. That paragraph 79, Statistics Xo. Til. of the Discipline, 
last line, be so amended as to read: "No. of conversions in llie Sim- 
day-school. No. of conversions outride tJie Siindaj'-sciiool. Total." 

2. Tiiat these same items be inserted in Statistics .No. I, para- 
graph 79, section 4, after the word: " Scholars of all ages." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals: 

R-solved, That paragraph 190 of the Discipline be so amended as 
to insert as, "8. Number and name of official church papers taUen," 
iind tliat "Miscellaneous items" may be enumerated 9, so that after 
7 that paragraph shall read: " 8. Number and name of official clinrch 
papers taken ; 9. Miscellaneous items." 



Statistic^ 



MINNESOTA. 
J. N. Liscomb presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Church Extension : 

Proposition to amend paragraphs :?93 and 394 on pages 20G and Tnistclausc. 
207 of the Discipline: 

After tlie " trust clause " in each paragraph add the following, 
namely: Provided, that wiiere the laws of any State are such that to 
insert tlie above clause will affect or destroy the validity of the deed 
it may be omitted, or some form of clause substituted that will not 
invalidate the deed or conveyance. 

G. II. Ilazzard presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary : 

Wliereas, The Minutes of ih' ^linnesota La}- Electoral Conference 
read on page 92 (see Minutes, 1887): 

" Mrs. Hobart, being alternate for Mrs. Nind, and Hon. F. W. Hoyt, 
being alternate for George H. Hazzard : " can said Hoyt take Mrs. 
Nind's seat, and if so is said Hazzard excused, his alternate being 
seated ? 

NORTH NEBRASKA. 

N. R. Persinger presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Church Extension: 

Wlierfios, Our Church organization is the owner of pi'operties val- ''Mnroli 
lied at more tiian $120,000,000. upon whicii we pay an annual tribute "i»i'>-'"oc. 
of more than half a million of dollars; and 



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IMay t). 

Eighth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Journal of the General Conftrence. 



[1888. 



Conference 
cluim:int3. 



Wliereas, More than sixty per cent, of tlii<* amount is used in the 
expenses of the insurance companies and their profits, that could be 
legiLimately added to the funds so urgently needed by our Church 
Extension Society: therefore be it 

Rtsolved, That the Board of Church Extension be instructed to 
adopt and put in operation a plan tor insurance of the properties 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church and its co-operative branches 
only, against loss or damage by fire, lightning, and wind, storms, or 
cycloTies; and that the profits arising therefrom shall sacredly be 
held for the Church Extension Fund. 

ROCK RIVER. 
C. G. Trusdell presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

1. Strike out of paragraph 103 the words, "on estimating the 
amount necessary tor Conference claimants." 

2. Strike out of paragraph 187 the words, "together with an ac- 
count of the number and circumstances of his famil}', signed by the 
presiding elder of the District or the preacher in charge of the (lircuit 
or Station within whose bounds he may reside: without which the 
Conference shall not be required to allow his claim, and may locate 
liira without his consent." 

.3. Then insert tlie following: 

Who are Conference claimants? 1. All superannuated members of 
the Annual Conferences. 2. The supernumerary preachers who are 
temporarily disabled. 3. The effective members of the Annual Con- 
ferences who fail to receive a reasonable support from the charges 
they serve. 4. The widows of deceased members of the Annual Con- 
ferences whose husbands died in the work or were superannuated or 
supernumerary at the the time of their death; this does iioi, include 
widows of superannuates who married such ministers after tiieir super- 
annuation. 5. The ciiildren of deceased preachers who are under six- 
teen j^ears old. 

How shall the claims of the aforesaid claimants be regulated .' 1. 
All married preachers who are superannuated or supernumerary shall 
be entitled to a claim equal to one half the average support allowed 
the members of the Conference in the active service. 2. Unmarried 
superannuated and supernumerary preachers shall l)e entiiled to a claim 
equal to one tliird of the average amount allowed to eftective nnnis- 
ters. 3. The widows who are claimants shall be entitled to a claim 
equal to the claim of unmarried superannuated and supernumerary 
preachers. 4. The children of deceased preachers shall each be en- 
titled to a claim equal to one sixth of the average amount allowed to 
effective traveling preachers, or one half tlie amount of the claim of 
the superannuated or supernumerary unmarried preachers. 

How shall the foregoing claims be paid? 1. The Annual Confer- 
ence is authorized by'the Discipline of the Churcli to distinguish be- 
tween Conference claimants and Conference beneficiaries. It therefore 
determines who of the claimants shall become beneficiaries and to 
what extent their claims shall be paid. 2. Ail claimants shall report 
to the Conference, in person or by legal representative, their finan- 
cial condition, showing their income and resources for sell-support. 
3. Those who have an income equal to the amount of the claim above 
described are to be non-benofieiaries and receive nothing from the 
Conference fund. 4. Those whose income from other sources is less 
than the amount of the claim to which they are entitled shall be ben- 
eficiaries to the extent that their income may be supplemented out of 
the Conference fund, yet not so as to raise their income above the 
claim 5. Those who have no income aside from their Conference 



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claim shall be beueficinries to tbe full extent of iheir claim. 6. Wiiere 
there is not money enough in the hands of the stewards to pay ihe 
entire amount due to beneticiaries the stewards shall pay the same 
pro rata. 

In deierminins? who of the clainiauts are to be made beneficiariea 
the Conference sliall appoint a commiiiee on claims iipari from the 
Conference stewards, to which cominiilee sliall be referred all papers, 
documents, and Qnarterl}' Conference esiimaies and reports bearing 
on the subject, and the Committee on Clamis shall report iis conclu- 
!-ions to the Conference ; and this report sliall be adopted or amended 
or recommitted without debate; and this report, when adopted, shall 
be the final basis of payment. 



iM.ay 9. 

KiGlITII 

Day. 
Morning. 



Lewis Curts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 



Certificates 

of 

mc'inbersliii). 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to report 
upon the advisability of amending paragrapli 48 of the Discipline as 
follows: 

In section 3, after tlie word "us," in fourth line from top of page 
36, insert: " And shall present a letter of recommendai ion from said 
church." Strike out the clause: "By giving satisfactory answers to 
the usual inquiries," and add to the section the following: " By pub- 
licly giving satisfactory answers to the questions in our form for the 
r 'ception of Members. If no letter of recommendation is presented 
they may be received as though they had been with us si.K months on 
probation." 

In section 4 stril<e out all after tlie word "another," in tlie third 
line, and insert in lieu thereof, " shall notity the preacher in cliarge 
of the Circuit or Station to wliich they belong, who shall immediately 
forward by mail to the preacher in cliarge of the Circuit or Station 
to which the rnemlier wishes to remove a certificate in the following 
form: This certifies that (A. B.) is an acceptable member of tlie 
Methodist Episcopal Cliureh. At his (or her) own request iiis (or 

her) memV^ership is hereby transferred from the Methodist 

Episcopal church in to tlie Methodist Episcopal church 

in ." 

In section 5 strike out all after the word "District" at the end of 
third line. 

Strike out all of section 6 and insert in lieu tliereof: "Members in 
good standing may, if they desire it, be furnished with a traveling 
card, good for one .year, and signed l)y the preacher in charge, in 
lorm as lollows: • This introduces (A B) an acceptable member of the 
Metliodist Episcopal Church in .'" 

In section 7, line 5, after the word " Conference " insert the words 
" by name." 

N. E. Lyman presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That the Discipline be so changed that the presiding 
elders shall have concurrent authority with the Bishops in making 
appointments, and that uo Bishop shall make any appointment to 
whicli a majority of tlie presiding elders object. 

He also presented the following: 

Resolved, T!hst section 3. paragraph 164, of the niseiphne. be so Time limit, 
amended as to allow the Bishop to appoint a preacher to a charge for 
a longer lime than three years. 



Traveling 



Pro^iilinq 
EUUts. 



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IMay 9. 

Ekjuth 
Day. 

Moridng. 



Episcopal 
resilience. 



Official 
pajters. 



SOUTH CAROLINA. 
J. B. Middleton presented the following, wbicli was 
referred to the Curamittee on the Episcopacy : 

Wher&is^ The city of Cliarleston, S. C, bas a population of 60,000 
inliabitants, and is a liealiliy and delig-litful place of residence ; and 

Wlierens, It is a convenient center for exercisinp: supervision of the 
most promising and varied interests of the Church, and being so far 
removed froai convenient episcopal oversight and care, tiie nearest 
cue being between 600 and 700 miles; and 

Wlitrtas, Tlie presence of a Bishop among us would give new life 
to our growing work on tlie Soutli Atlantic coast; be it therefoi-e 

Rii^olvad, That the Committee on ti:e Kpiscopacy be directed to in- 
quire into the propriety of placing an Episcopal residence in the place 
above named. 

J. E. Wilson presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Book Concern : 

WUertafi, There is no official paper of the Methodist Episcopal 
Cluu-ch published within the territory known as the South Atlantic 
coast ; and 

WhtrtciH, A very large proportion of the membership of the Church 
is within tliat territory, and that it is strictly necessary for the proper 
development and advancement of otir work in the South that there 
be an othcial organ of our Cluirch published in tliat section; be it 
tlicrefore 

Resolved, That the Book Agents at Xew York be instructed to piib- 
lisii an official paper iit Cliarleston, S. C, to be known as tlie South- 
eastern Advocate, and to establish a brancli Depository in connection 
with the same. 



SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 

J. D, Botkin presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Evangelists. Whereas, There is an increasing number of self-constituted, irre- 
sponsible and unreliable evangelists traveling througli the countiy, 
disturbing the peace of the Chnrcii and antagonizing its constituted 
aiuhorities: and, 

Whemis, There is a legitimate and growing demand throughout 
the Church for the la'iors of such persons as are specially gifted in 
revival work; therefore, 

Resolved, That this General Conference siiould take such action as 
will am horize the special recognition and appointment of accredited 
persons to the evangehstic field. 

B, C. Swarts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ilevisals: 

Rite of Resolved, That paragraph 184, page 114 of the Discipline, defining 

matrimony, the duties of ''preacliers in ciiarge of circuits or stations." shall be 
amended by inserting after section 15 an additional section to be 
numbeied ^16. as follows, namely: 

" ^ 16. Unordained preacliers in charge of circuits or stations shall 
have aniliority to solemnize the rile of matrmiony. in the absence of 
a deacon (^r elder, in those Slates or Territories where the civil law 
will permit." 



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I 



Apostles' 
Creed. 



UPPER IOWA. M:ay9. 

. Eighth 

H. H. Green presented the following, winch was re- Uat. 

, „ .,, -r> • 1 Movnin^i. 

ferred to the Committee on Kevisals : 

Whereas^ In the judgment of tliis General Coufci-ence the time has Pi-oiiationary 
fully come when some modification is needed in the probationary system, 
system of the Church; therefore, 

" Resolved, Tliat tlie Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the expediency of amending paragraph 48, section 1, of the Disci- 
pline by inserting after tlie word "trial," in the second hue thereof, 
the words, "and into Full Membership." Also section 3 of para- 
graph 48 by strilcing out the words, " has been at least six montlis oq 
trial," in the second and third lines, and inserting the following: 
" Until sue!) person sh;ill have given satisfactory evidence of his fit- 
ness for membership." 

Amend paragraph 40:5 by striking out of " tJie minister's address to 
the conuregation " the words, "and have been under the care of 
proper leaders for six monihs on trial." 

Amend further, hy strii<ing out of "the minister's address to the 
applicants for admission," in the same paragraph, the words, "and 
that thus far you have run weU." 

WEST WISCONSIN. 
B. E. Wheeler presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to consider 
the propriety of eliminating the word "catholic" from paragraph 402 
of the Discipline, and elsewhere from the Apostles' Creed, so that in 
each and every place it shall read, "the holy Church," or "the holy 
Church universal ; " also, 

Resolved. That in the same paragrapli and elsewhere that portion 
of the Lord's Prayer which reads " forgive us our trespasses as we 
forgive them tliatirespass against us " be changed so as to read, " for- 
give us our debts as we forgive our debtors." 

J. B. Jones presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved. Tiiat the pastors' reports to the Annual Conference shall 
be audited by the Quarterly Conference and signed by the president 
and secretary of the Quarterly Conl'erenee as well as by the preacher 
in charge. 

W. J. McKay presented the following, which was 

referred to tlie Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to con- 
sider tue expediency of cli;mging paragraph 98 in the Discipline 
where the word "quarterly" occurs, inserting the word "semi- 
annual," and that wlierever "the term "Quarterly Conference" occurs 
it be substituted by the term " Semi-annual Conference." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That pangniph 186 of the Discipline be amended as fol- 
lows: alter the word "healih," in the second line, insert tlie words, 
" or f"r other reasons," .so that the amended sentence shall read : 

"A supcrnuinei-ary preachi r is one wlio, becauseof imi>air' d hi'alth 
or for other reasons, is temporarily unable to perform effective work." 



Pastors' 
reports. 



Semi-annual 
conference!*. 



Supernu- 

tncravy 

preachers. 



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MiayO. He also presented the follovviiifr, wliicli was referred 

ElGIITU ^ r^ ■ T-, • , 

Day. to the Committee on Kevisals : 

MorninQ. 

Electoral Resolved^ Tiiat the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 

conferences, into the advisabiluy of amendincj paragrapli 66 of the Diseipline by 
substituting for tlie word "hiymau" wlierever it occurs, the word 
"member," so tliat llie amended parngrapl) shall read: 

"The Klectoral Confer<^nce shall be composed of one member from 
each circuit or station within the bounds of the Annual Conference, 
such member to be chosen by the last Quarterly Conference preced- 
ing the time of the assembling of such Electoral Conference; and on 
assembling the Electoral Conference shall organize by electing a 
chairman and secretary of its own number; provided, that no member 
shall be chosen a delegate either to the Electoral Conference or to 
the General Conference who shall be under twenty-five yeai-s of age, 
or who shall not have been a member of the Chuich in full connec- 
tion for the five consecutive years preceding rlie election." 

E. L. Eaton presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the ConiMiittee on Missions: 

Rtsolvtd, That each member of the General Committees on Missions 
and Church Extension be required as far as practicable to visit, during 
its annual session, each Conference in the District he represents at 
least once in each quadrennium. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Missions: 

Resolved. That the Committee on Missions be requested to consider 
the question of establishing at an earlj' day a mission in Alaska. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Election of Resolved, That the Discipline be so amended that trustees (in States 

trustees and where the law permits it), stewards and class-leadeis shall be elected 

o ers. i^y. ji^g entire membership of the church, who are eighteen years of 

age, of the station or circuit, convened for iliat purpose annually; but 

that vacancies may be tilled by the Quarterlj- Conference at any 

regular session. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the conirait- 
tees as indicated thereon. 



General 
Missionary 
Committee. 



Mission In 
Alaska. 



Time limit. 



AUSTIX. 

E, O. McTntire pre.sented a memorial from himself 
and others concerning the time limit, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



Editors' 
election. 



BALTIMORE. 

Alexander Ashley presented a memorial from the 
Lay Electoral Conference relating to lay representation, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

W. F. Speake presented a memorial from Washing- 



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ton City Preachers' Meeting relating to tlie election of ^^ay $). 

-1 • 1 • 1 !• 1 1/1 • Eighth 

editors, etc., which was relerrecl to the Committee on Day. 
the State of the Church. Monung. 

He also presented a petition of Baltimore Confer- change of 

,. .^..,. i-i Discipline. 

ence relating to cliange ot Disc-ipline, whicli was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

CALIFORNIA. 

Robert Bentley presented a memorial from the Oak- Maimfactiu- 
land District Association, signed by D. Bellamy and liquois. 
others, relating to the manufacturing of wines, spirit- 
uous or malt liquors, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by J. H. Bel- QH'i'tpriy 

■1 7 0./^ coiiiereiices. 

lamy, on revision of paragraphs 104 and 106 of Disci- 
pline, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from the California Boundanes. 
Conference concerning a German Conference, which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



CENTRAL CHINA MISSION. 

D. S. Monroe, Secretary of the General Conference, Boundaries, 
presented a memorial of the Central China Conference 

in relation to boundaries, which was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

CENTRAL GERMAN. 
H. J. Liebhart presented the Quadrennial Report of Report of h. 
the German Assistant Secretary of the Sunday-School 
Union, which was referred to the Committee on Sunday- 
schools and Tracts. 

CENTRAL NEW YORK. 

E. M- Mills presented a memorial from the First Time limit. 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Auburn, N. Y., signed 

by O. A. Houghton and fifty-two others, asking the 
abolition of the time limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

C. C. Wilbor presented a memorial relating to the Proba- 

-t • • r !• cii 1 !• !•! tioners. 

admission of probationers to full membership, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

T. W. Durston presented a memorial relating to the iJ! japac! 



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Day. 

Morning. 
Dalles 
Mission. 



Time limit. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Pre.siding 

Elders. 



Trustees. 



Arbiters. 



Boundaries. 



organic uniou of Methodism in Japan, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions. 

He also presented a memorial and accompanying 
papers relating to the Dalles, Ore., Mission, which was 
referred to the Committee on Missions. 

L. C. Queal presented a memorial, signed by Ed- 
mund M. Mills and sixteen others, relating to the time 
limit, which was referred to tlie Committee on Itin- 
erancy. 

CENTRAL OHIO. 

E. D. Whitlock presented a memorial from the To- 
ledo Preachers' Association, asking certain changes in 
Discipline relating to the prerogatives of Presiding 
Elders, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 

T. H. Murray presented a memorial, signed by W. 
A. Houck, on powers and duties of trustees, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

The Secretary of the General Conference presented 
a memorial, signed by J. B. Thompson and five 
others, relating to the qualifications of arbiters, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from the Maine Con- 
ference, relating to Conference boundaries, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Independent 
Methodist 
Church. 



Evangelists. 



Lord's 
Supper. 



Self-snpport- 
inj? missions. 



CINCINNATL 

A. B. Leonard presented a memorial, signed by Rev. 
M. Dustin and nine others, relating to an Independent 
Methodist Church, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Missions. 

He also presented a petition from the Ministerial 
Association of Dayton District, Cincinnati Conference, 
relating to evangelists, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by L. W. Fil- 
lebrown and twenty-seven others, asking for authority 
to use water in the place of wune in the Lord's 
Supper, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

He also presented a memorial from A. Lowrey and 



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Church 
extension. 



seventeen others relating to self-supporting missions, MayO. 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. day. 

He also presented a report from a Commission on ^^<"'""'c- 

. , I. , 1 /^ • Boundaries. 

Boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

I. W. Joyce presented a memorial of the Wesley 
Chapel Quarterly Conference relating to church exten- 
sion, which was referred to the Committee on Church 
Extension. 

He also presented a memorial from the Cincinnati Local church 
Methodist Preachers' Meeting asking the amendment 
of the Discipline in order to provide local Church Ex- 
tension Societies in large cities, which was referred to 
the Committee on Church Extension. 



DES MOINES. 
T. McK. Stuart presented a memorial asking the 
General Conference to define the duties of Quarterly 
Conferences acting as courts of appeals, and praying 
for relief in the case of John Scott, which was referred 
to the Committee on Judiciary. 



Quarterly 
Conferences. 



DETROIT. 
A. J. Bigelow presented the memorial of C. W. '^apan 

• 1 • c T nr T Methodism. 

Green, relating to the union of Japan Methodism, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 



EAST OHIO. 

J. W. Toland presented a memorial, signed by E. Boundaries. 
Persons, on proceedings of Boundary Commission, 
wliich was referred to Committee on Boundaries. 

E. A. Simons presented a memorial, signed by D. H. 
Mullen and forty-four others, asking the abolition of the 
time limit, which was referred to the Committee on 
Kevisals. 

W. L. Dixon presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and others, relating to class leaders, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Kevisals. 



Time limit. 



CIa.ss- 
leaders. 



GEXESEE. 
D. W. C. Huntington presented a memorial from the Readmis- 
Amnial Conference asking for the enactment of a law preachers. 
relating to the re-admission of members of Annual 



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JMay 9. 

Eighth 

Day. 

Morning. 

Order of 

worship. 



Accused 
members. 



Reception of 
members. 



Time limit. 



Monthly 
magazine. 



Conferences who have withdrawn under charges, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to the order of public worship, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
concerning the time within which members may be 
held to answer to charges, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to the reception of members from other evan- 
gelical Cliurches, which was referred to the Committee 
on Judiciary, 

G. H. Dryer presented a memorial of the Genesee 
Conference relating to the extension of the pastoral 
term, which was referred to the Committee on Itin- 
erancy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by himself and 
five others, relating to the publication of an illustrated 
monthly magazine, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern. 



Colored 
Conference. 



Kan. 'as 
Conference. 



KANSAS. 

S, E, Pendleton ])resented a memorial, signed by 
A. W. White and four others, relating to the crea- 
tion of a colored Conference in Kansas, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy, 

G. S. Dearborn presented a memorial from the 
Kansas Conference, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 



Christian 
Unity. 



LOUISIANA. 

A. E. P. Albert presented a memorial, signed by 
Rev, J, Anketell, relating to Christian unity, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 



Mannal. 



Presiding 
Klders. 



MICHIGAN. 

J. II, Potts presented a memorial relating to the 
Mamial, signed by James H, Potts and fifteen others, 
which was referred to the Committee on Book Concern. 

Washington Gardner presented a memorial of Albion 
District of the Michigan Conference rclatinsr to the 



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on Itinerancy. 



Presidinor Elders, which was referred to tlie Committee ^iVEayO. 

° Eighth 

Day. 

MINNESOTA. Morning. 

W. W. Satterlee presented a memorial relating to the Dalies 

.^, ,^ \-i«i. . 1-1 c T 1 Mission. 

Dalles (Oregon) Mission, which was reterred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

. MISSOURI. 
John Gillies presented a memorial from the Missouri Conference 

^ „ A « , . 1-1 ft claimants. 

Conference on Conference claimants, which was reterred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 



NEWARK. 

D. R. Lowrie presented a memorial signed by Alex- 
ander Craig and others on law questions, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

J. N. FitzGerald presented a memorial for the ap- 
pointment of a National Sabbath Committee, signed by 
Hon. E. L. Fancher, Miss Frances E. Willard, and six 
hundred others, which was referred to the Committee 
on State of the Church. 



Law 

questions. 



National 

Sabbath 

Committee. 



NEW ENGLAND SOUTHERN. 
C. W. Gallagher presented a memorial in behalf of 
the Kew England Southern Conference relating to a 
change of Discipline of paragraph 393, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Church 
property 



NEW JERSEY. 
G. B. Wight presented a memorial from the New Tirae limit. 
Jersey Annual Conference petitioning against any 
change in the Discipline affecting the time limit and 
probation, which was referred to the Committee on 
Kevisals. 

NORTH GERMAN. 

Bishop C. 11. Fowler presented a memorial, signed Time limit. 
by Gustave E. Hiller, on extension of pastoral term to 
four years, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

NORTH NEBR.XSKA. 

L. IT. Rogers presented a memorial from Weedsport Time limit. 
Methodist Episcopal Church on abolition of time limit 



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]VIay9. 

Eighth 

Dav. 

Morning. 

Superannua- 
ted preach'rs 



Missionary 
Bishops. 



Status of 
women. 



Puperannua- 
led pieacli'rs 



Tobacco. 



Question of 
law. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



Chureli 
union. 



Superannua- 
ted preacii'rs 



to pastoral term, which was referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 

J. B. Maxfield presented a memorial of the Lay 
Electoral Conference of the North Nebraska Confer- 
ence on support of worn-out preachers, signed by N. R. 
Persinger, which was referred to the Committee on 
Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a niemoiial, signed by J. B. Priest, 
concerning status of Bishop Taylor, which was referred 
to the Comimttee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by T. C. Clen- 
denning and others, on the status of women in our 
Church, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by J. W. Bover 
and othei-s, on support of superamiuated preachers, which 
was referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by J. R. Gortner 
and others, on the use of tobacco, which was referred to 
the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from Ponca Quarterly 
Conference, Noriblk District, on question of law, which 
was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

He also presented a memorial-, signed by T. C. Clen- 
deiining and others, on Episcopal residence, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a raerhorial, signed by T. C. Clen- 
denning and others, on union of the INIethodist Episcopal 
Church and the Methodist Church, South, which was 
referred to the Committee on State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial of the North Nebraska 
Conference in relation to superannuates, signed by 
J. W. Boall and foui- others, whicli was referred to the 
Committee on Temporal Economy. 



NORTH OHIO. 
Snnday-sch'i J. W. jVIcndenhall presented a memorial, signed by 

literature k, , ^ -, ■> i ■, • -i • '^ • p 

instniciioii. himself and twelve others, relating to the circulation oi 
our Sunday-school literature and to the securing of 
uniformity of instruction in our Sunday-schools, which 
was referred to the Committee on Sunday-schools and 
Tracts. 



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NORWEGIAN AXD DANISH. May O. 

Eighth 

Andrew Haagensen presented a memorial of the Dav. 
Norwegian and Danish Annual Conference relating to g^^'^j^^^g 
a change of boundaries, which was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body christeifge 
relating to the publication of the Norwegian Aveekly 
paper, Den Christelege Talsmand, which was referred 
to the Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body Time limit, 
relating to the time limit, asking that there be no 
change of Discipline, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 

OREGON. 

W, S. Harrington presented a memorial from Grace lUntrancy. 
Church, Portland, signed by R. C. Houghton and 
forty-two othei-s, relating to the itinerancy, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by H. P. Webb fjjj'^^Svs 
and others, relating to superannuated preachers, which 
was referred to tlie Committee on Temporal Economy. 



ROCK RIVER. 

C. G. Trusdell presented a memorial of the Meth- 
odist Social Union, of Chicago and vicinity, asking for 
the next quadrennial session of the General Conference 
to be held in that city, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Temporal Economy. 



NextGpnPiM 
ConlVieiice. 



SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 

J. D. Botkin presented a memorial, signed by G, 
Lowther and one other, relating to the organization of 
a board for Conference claimants, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed Wy himself and 
one other, relating to colored work in Kansas, which 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by A. H. 
Parker and two others, relating to church insurance, 
which was referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy. 



Confi^reiice 
claimants. 



Colored 
work. 



Church 
insurance. 



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M:ay 9. UPPER IOWA. 

ElGHTU » T 

Day. a. J. Kynett presented a memorial, signed by B. C. 

Chap'iainaes Hammond and others, relating to chaplaincies in the 
inU.s.Aiiny United States Army, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 



Boundaries. 



Methodism 
in Japan. 



Boundaries. 



Election of 
Bishops. 



Absentee 
members. 



Communion 
wine. 



Time limit. 



Episcopacy. 



WEST NEBRASKA. 

P. C. Johnson presented a memorial of the Minis- 
terial Association of the Kearney District, West Ne- 
braska Conference, concerning the division of said 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial of Rev. E. R. Fulker- 
son, of Japan, relating to the organic union of Method- 
ism in Japan, which was referred to the Committee on 
]\[ission.s. 

He also presented a memorial from the West 
Nebraska Conference asking for an adjustment of 
boundaries between the West Nebraska and Coloi-ado 
Conferences, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

WISCONSIN. 

B. P. Raymond presented a memorial of the Minis- 
terial Association of the Janesville District relating to 
the election of Bishops for a limited term, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 
tion, relating to the status of absentee members, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial of the Milwaukee 
Preachers' Meeting relating to the status of absent 
church members, which was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

He al>-:o presented a memorial of the Milwaukee Dis- 
trict Ministerial Association relating to revisal of the 
Discipline on communion wine, which Avas leferred to 
the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 
tion relating to the extension of the pastoral term, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 



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tion relating to limited episcopal term, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Association 
relating to the election of Presiding Elders, which was 
referred to the Committee on lievisals. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 
tion concerning the forfeiture of Church membership, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 
tion relating to the title lo church property, which 
was refei'red to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the Janesville Dis. 
trict Preachers' Meeting concerning the extension of 
the pastoral term, which was referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the Janesville Dis- 
trict Ministerial Association relating to the election of 
Presiding Elders, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the same Associa- 
tion relating to the election of General Conference 
officers, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial fiom the Milwaukee 
District Preachers' Meeting relating to a union of 
Methodist Churches, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 



IMfiy 9. 

KlCillTH 

Day. 

Morning. 
Presiding 
Kldcis. 



Cliuich 

nieniUrshii) 



Church 
piopirty. 



Time limit. 



Piesidiiig 
Elders. 



General 

Ci>nfere/ice 

officers. 



Chnrcl> 
union.. 



WYOMIXG. 



M. S. Hard presented a report of the Book Commit- Bonk 
tee, which was referred to the Committee on Book ^"'""""''«- 
Concern. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 10. 

Tlie Conference met at the usual hour, Bishop C. H. 
Fowler in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by D. W, 
Hayes, of the East Tennessee C-'onference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 
11 



Miay lO 

KiNTii Day. 
Morning. 

Bishop 
Fowler 
[treside.s. 

Devotional 
. services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



162 

May lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Molding. 

Committee's 
Announced. 
Suiieianiiiia- 
tert ministers 

Trustees of 
institutions. 

Memorial 

services. 

General 
Conference 
Diotricts. 

Temi)erance. 



Bible Society 



Chartered 
Fund. 

ra-porl of 

Fraternal 

Messengers. 



Fraternal 
^liSsenRers 
introdiiccil. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



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Miinniil. 



ItecoMSideia- 

lion of vote 

on superan- 

nu.ated 

preachers. 



Bisliop Andrews announced the following commit- 
tees : 

On Support of Superannuated Ministers. (See Ap- 
2)eitdixl, A, 18.) 

To Nominate Trustees of Church Institutions. (See 
Appendix I, A, 21.) 

To Arrange for Memorial Services. (See Ap2nndlx 
I, A, 33.) . , 

To Arrange Plan of General Conference Districts. 
(See Appe)idix I, A, 17.) 

On Temperance and the Prohibition of the Liquor 
Traffic. (See A2n^endix I, A, 13.) 

On the American Bible Society. (See Aiypendix I, 
A, 20.) 

On the Chartered Fund. (See Ai^pendlx I, A, 34.) 

By consent Bishop Foss presented and read the Re- 
port of the Fraternal Messengers to the British and the 
Irish Methodist Conferences. It Avas received, to be 
published in the Journal. (See Appendix II, A, 2, 6.) 

C. J. Little, Chairman of the Committee on Fraternal 
Delegates, introduced the Rev. E. A. Stafford, Fra- 
ternal Messenger from the Methodist Church of Canada, 
lie was presented by Bishop Fowler, and granted the 
privilege of the platform. 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, the action of the Book 
Agents in reference to the Ifannal was approved. 

J. M, Buckley moved a reconsideration of the vote 
by which a special committee on the support of Super- 
annuated Preachers was ordered. The Rules were sus- 
pended to entertain the motion, and the vote was re- 
considered. 

S. N. Taylor moved as a substitute that all matters 
relating to 'the subject of Conference claimants be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

G. S, Hare moved as an amendment that ^le Special 
Committee be dissolved, which was accepted. 

L. C. Queal moved to lay on the table the motion for 
a Special Committee, and also the substitute and 
amendment, and the motion prevailed by a count vote 
of 238 for and 98 against. 

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superannuated ministers be referred to the Committee ^Mayio 



on Temporal Economy. Carried. 

D. A. Goodsell presented the Report of the Board of 
Education, whicli was, on motion, referred to the Com- 
mittee on Education. (See Appendix III, 12.) 

The nishop called the roll of Conferences for the 
presentation of resolutions. 

CENTRAL ALABAMA. 
A. W. McKinney offered the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

W/ieras, Tlie Soutli is an inviting field, wliich. we believe, God has 
culled tlie Methodist Episcopal Church to enter; and, 

W/iemis, The fosterinir of our schools and strens^tlienino- of our 
membership, now 200,0i)0 in iliat field, demand it; therefore, 

Resolved, That tlie Committee on Episcopacy be instructed'to con- 
sider the propriet}- of having four Episcopal residences in the South 
during the ensuing quadrennium. 

CINCINNATL 
J. H. Bayliss presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary: 

Wlierea.% There is no universally accepted theory as to what con- 
stiliites the Constitution of the Metliodist Episcopal Church; and, 

WlLerea,% It is of great importance tJiat this question be settled' so 
that there shall be no doubt as to what is embraced in our fundamen- 
tal law; therefore. 

Resolved, Tiiat tlie Committee on Judiciary be requested to report a 
plan lor the settlement of this quesiioii. 

Pie also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Resolved, Tiiat the Committee on the State of the Church be re- 
quested to consider with great care the question of city evangeliza- 
tion, and to report a plan, if practicable, by which this work sluiU be 
more generally and effectively prosecuted. 

COLORADO. 
J. W. Lacey presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Resolved, 1. That the Wyomin? Territorv Mission is hereby con- 
stituted, and said Mission shall include all of the Territory of Wyom- 



Ninth Day. 
Murnijig. 

Kepoit (if 
Board of 

Educatioc. 



Episcopal 
I'esidence. 



Constitution 



City evan- 
gelization. 



Wyominjf 
Territory. 



2. That the Wyoming Territory Mission may, during the next four 
years, by a vote of a majority of its members present and voting, 
with tlie approval of the Bishop presidina;, be organized as an Annual 
Conference. 

DAKOT-A. 

William Brush presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Education : 

Wheieos, The great "West, which constitutes more tlian two thirds Education in 
01 our national domain, has new States and vast Territories yet to be ^^^ ^'«st. 



164 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

IMaylO. developed, and millions of native and foreign population are rapidly 

Ninth Day. lilJing up that portion of our country; and, 
Muiuing. Whertas, Missionary and Church Kxtension Funds are appropriated 

to meet the wauts of the people in these directions, and no provision 
lias been made in our econoin}- to aid in founding and susiaining in- 
stitutions of learning, as in llie other great denominations of thcland ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this General Conference that our 
educational policy should be so broadened as to provide for the urgent 
needs of the new and opening fields of the West, as well as other 
parts of the country. 

DETROIT. 

L. R. Fiske presented the following, and, on his 
motion, it was adopted : 

Utah as a Resolved, That, wholly distrusting the recent professions of some of 

^^^^^- the leaders of the Mormon Cinircii of a willingness to comply with 
the requirements of tiie civil institutions of this country, we earnestly 
protest against the admission of Utah, as a State, into the American 
Union until conclusive evidence is afforded that polygamy, or plural 
marriage, is not practiced or tolerated by her people. 

J. S. Smart presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Specific Whereas. There was a confessed want of specific rules for the or- 

niles. ganization of the present General Conference under its peculiar cir- 
cumstances : and, 

WIie7-eas, It is desirable, in order to avoid confusion and mistakes 
in future General Conferences, tliat we liave clear and explicit rules 
for tlie guidance of such as may be concerned in their organization; 
therefore. 

Resolved, 1. That the Judiciary Committee be requested to examine 
and report to this body upon the following quesiions, namely', 1. In 
the organization of a General Conference, whose duty it shall be to 
make up and call the roll of members? 2. If a challenge against the 
occupancy of a seat in the General Conference b.y any person duly 
certified and enrolled as a member is to be made, to whom should 
such challenge be addressed, and by whom sliould it be considered 
and acted upon ? 3. Has the presiding Bishop any power or juris- 
diction over the roll of members of a General Conference, so that he 
may lawfully forbid the calling of the names, or any oftiiem, enrolled 
by the proper officer, or for any cause set them aside, and thus de- 
prive persons bearing certificates of election from Annual or Lay 
Electoral Conferences of their seats ? 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Whereas, There seems to be no little confusion in the minds of our 
people as to wliat is Constitution and what the statutorj' law of the 
Church ; and, 

W/ie7-eas, It is of great importance that there should be a settle- 
ment of tliis question by the General Conference, the only body that 
can speak witli autliority upon the subject; therefore, 

Resolved. Tliat the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to in- 
quire, and at an early day report to tiiis body, as to just wfiat pro- 
visions or portions of the Discipline are included in the Constitution 
of the Church, and cannot be changed except by the concurrent vote 



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of two tliiids of Uie members of tlie General Conference and iliree ]MaylO. 
fonrths of all tbe members of the Annual Conferences present and Ninth Day. 
voting. Morning. 

He also presented tlie following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Church Extension : 

Whereas. lu cliurche.s and parsonages the Methodist ?]piscopal Church 
Clinrch in the Slate of Michigan owns properlj' valued at between property. 
$:i.000,000 and $4,000,000. To tliis we are rapidly adding. Our 
ministers are tlie legal patrons of the pulpits of these churches, and 
these parsonages are their homes. We must, therefore, have a pro- 
found interest in the validitv of the titles by which the property is 
held. 

We have had one ca.se, tlie Xewark Ciiurcli. in Lapeer County, in 
which the title of the church was contested. After fourteen years of 
possession that church was lost to the Methodist Society because of 
an informality in its organization and a corresponding imperfection in 
its deed. All legal authorities unite in tiie opinion that had this so- 
ciety lieeu regularl}^ incorporated, transacted its business as a corpo- 
ration, receiving its propert\' in its corporate name, by a regular 
warranty deed, without the trust clause contained in tlie Discipline, the 
title of the church would have been perfect. 

We have paid our money to prosecute this as a test case before the 
liiglipst judicial ti'ibunal of the Stale. Having done so it would be 
absurd, if not criminal, for us to refuse to profit by the lesson it 
leaches. 

In view of the importance and gravitj- of the question we liave 
taken great pains to consult and ascertain theopinious of the higlie-t 
legal authorities accessible to us. We submit the following as the 
result of our inquiries : 

1. All cluu'ch societies .should be incorporated and do business in 
their corporate names. The "corporate name" is the one specified 
in the certificate of organization recorded in the office of the Coiuitv 
Clerk. 

2. A deed to an ecclesiastical society ought to come to it in its 
corporate name and without naming the trustees. 

3. There is no beneficial purpose to be accomplished hy creating a 
trust, and it is a mistake to create one. Oiu- Legislature, many years 
ago, undertook to abolisli trusts in every case where they are lui- 
necessar}'. The case* of a chtu'ch society is eminently one in whicli a 
trust is entirely' useless. Property ought to be held b}- incorporated 
societies and not by individuals for them. A deed to a cliui-eh cor- 
lK)ratioii does not need to reciie the rights of the church to be 
guarded. Tf a clear title is given to the corporation, as in a regular 
warranty deed, it muse convey tlie pi'operty subject to all the rules, 
usages, and regulations of the church represented by the corporation, 
whether it is so stated in the deed or not. 

If real estate is held in trust it is subject to contingencies to witich 
titles ought not to be exposed, e.xcept when some di.-^tinct good is to 
be accomplislied thereby. There is always great d.nnger of any at- 
tempted creation of a trust proving illegal. 

In conclusion, we most earnestly urge our societies to incorporate 
themselves according to the law of the Stale, and, hereafter, to be 
parlicidar to have their deeds of properly nm to the corporations by 
their corporate names ; therefore. 

Resolved, That we urge upon our pastors and presiding elders tlie 
importance of giving immediate and constant attention to this mailer, 
using all proper intlueuce and care to correct any mistake* of the past, 
and to secure in tlie futtue legal incorporations of our societies and 



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]MaylO. sucli conveyances of property as beyond all doubt will be valid ac- 
NiNTii Day. coiding lo the law of the State, uamely, warranty deeds to the socie- 
Movning. ties by tlieir corporate names, withoui naming- the trustees, and with- 
out the trust clause contained in the Discipline. 

EAST OHIO. 
Louis Paine presented the following, which was re- 
fened to the Committee on Revisals. 



Quarterly Kf.solved, That ^ 102 of the Discipline, pertaining to the order of 

(_ oiiieieiice business m Quarterly Conferences, be amended as follows: Inseriino' 
alter Quesuon 5 and subdivision (2) in questions asked at each Quar- 
terly CJoiifereuce these woids: '•From exhoriers," hence requiring 
exhorters to report, as well as local preachers, and others. Also that 
I'roin questions asked in tlie first Quarterly Conference, Question 8, 
reading, '' ]Ja\'e the directions of the Discipline for raising supplies," 
etc., be omitied, as being iinuecessaiy in the first Quarterly Confer- 
ence. Also that from tlie questions asked at the second, tliird, and 
fourth Quarterly Conferences, the question, "What is the financial 
plan adopted by the stewards" be stricken out as unnecessary, hav- 
ing been asked and determined at the first Quarterly Conference. 
Also that where the question occurs, ''Have tlie directions of the 
Discipline {\^r I'aising supplies fur tiie sup[iort of the miuistiy been 
carried out?" it sliall be amended so as to read, "Have the financial 
plans adopted bj' the stewards for raising supiilies for the support of 
the ministry been carried oui ? " Also that there be inserted afier 
Qncsuon 14, asked in the fourtli Quarierly Conference, these ques- 
lions: "Who shall lie tlie District class-leader?" "Who shall be the 
District Snuday-school superintendent?" 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts : 

Resolved, Tliat T[ 263. subdivision 2, referring to the composition of 
the Sunday-school Board, be so amended as to include chorisier and 
organist. 

A. H. Domer presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Puty of Whereas. We believe that portion of the Discipline contained in 

pieachers. «t^ 122-136 inclusive lo be no longer of ain' practical utility; there- 
fore. 

Resolved. That the above pnragraphs be omitted from the forth- 
coming edition of tlie Discipline. 

W. L. Dixon presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, The duties of exhorters imply literarj- and biblical qual" 
ificatiou'i; and 

Whereafi, a given standard of literary and biblical qualifications will 
promote the efficiency of exho'-ters ; iherefore. 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to consider 
the propriety of the Bishops publisliing in the Discipline a suitable 
course of study for exhorters. 

2. That they be subject to an annual examination hy tlie Presiding 
Elder, openly in the second Quarterly Conference, and that the ap- 
proval of the Quarierlj' Confei-ence shall be necessary to their ad- 
vancement in the conr.se of study. 



Siinilay- 
solidol Board. 



Duty of 
exhorters. 



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GENESEE. 



J. B. Wentwortli presented the following to be put 
upon its passage : 



IMay lO. 

Ninth Day. 

Morning. 



Orgiinization 
of the 
General 



Eesolved, 1. That llie delegates chosen by the Annual and Lay 
Electoral Cunfereuces, in the ways, and with the qualiticatious, speci- 
fied in the Discipline, are the sole and only members of the General Confei-eiice. 
Conference. 

2. That when these delegates, thus chosen, are a.ssembled in quad- 
rennial (-cssion, on tlie fir.-it day of May, in the place and at the hour 
fixed by tlie preceding General Conference or by a committee or com- 
mission appointed for tliat purpose by the last General Conference, 
and being duly called to order, are a legal General Conference. 

3. That the General Conference thus assembled has unrestricted 
right in itself, in the absence of any rules upon the subject enacted by 
its predecessors, to fi.x its own rules for deiermining all matters re- 
lating to the perfecting of its •' organi'.4ation," and for detining its 
methods of procedure in the transaction of business. 

4. That the enunciation and practical enforcement of the doctrine 
by tlie Episcopal Board at the opening of this General Conference, 
that in the Bishops as the interpreters of law for the Church inheres 
the autiiority to prescribe and dictate to the General Conference prior 
to tlie ctJinpletion of its " organization " the steps it shall take iu 
reaching that result, including, among other tilings, the arrogaiion of 
authority on their part ta hear and decide upon the present effect of 
challenges to the right of seats in this lOTdj% and to say whose names 
on the roll of members shall be omitted and whose called, is unpre- 
cedented in our history, alarming in its nature, and revolutionary in 
its effects. 

5. That in order, for tlie future, to prevent any misunder.standing 
with reference to this subject, we do hereby ordain : 

(1.) That tlie secretaries of tlie several Annual and Lay Electoral 
Conferences shall send to the Secretary of tlie last (ieneral Conlerence, 
and also fiiniish, personally, to the delegates and reserve delegates 
elect, certificates of election of said delei.;ates and reserves as soon 
after their election as practicable, so that a roll of members and re- 
serves may lie prepared for the opening of the next General Confer- 
ence; and said Secretary shall act as Secretary of the next General 
Conference, and shall have the sole guardi mship of the certificates of 
its members until said Conference sludl have elected its own Secre- 
tary. 

(2.) In calling the roll at the opening of a General Conference the 
name of every delegate whose election sliall have been thus regularly 
certified to shall be called: and no challenges of the right of members 
to their seats shall \)Q entertained unless sucli cliallenges are pre- 
sented in writing in open session, properly signed by the challengers. 

(3.) No challenge of a member as to the legality of his election 
shall be deemed to have invalidated the claim of said member to his 
seat luitil afrer due consideration of his case and a decision against 
hinr shall have been reached by the Conference; but in no instance 
sh;ill a challenged memlior lie idlowed to vote upon the decision of his 
own title to membership in tliis body. 

6. That the editor of the next edition of the Discipline be hereby 
instrticti'd to insert the provisions contained in the last preceding 
resolution in their .appropriate placs in the Discipline. 

On motion it was referred to the Committee on the 
Judiciary. 



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Miay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

Press to be 

furnished 

copies of 

Reports, etc. 



T. L. Flood. 



T, L. Flood moved that the Secretary be requested 
to furnish the Associated Press with copies of imjior- 
tant committees appointed and reports presented. 

J. M. Buckley moved to amend by empowering the 
Secretary to nominate an assistant for this purpose. 

The previous question was oidered, the amendment 
was adopted, and the motion as amended was adojjted. 

The Secretary nominated and the Conference elected 
T. L. Flood as such assistant. 



Institutions 
of learning. 



HOLSTON. 

J. F. Spence presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Fi-eedmen's Aid, etc. 

Wlitrtas, It has been for years the policy of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church to establish and conduct schools under the direction and 
control of the Conferences within whose bounds tliey are located; and 

Wliertus, The law of the Church (see Discipline. Tf 262) recom- 
mends and directs that such schools shall be esiablished under said 
direction whenever and wlierever practicable; therefore, 

Resolved, That in extending aid to the institutions of learning in 
the Sdutli bj'' the various great benevolences of the Metliodist Epis- 
copal Church tlie Geu'^ral Conference does not assume that tl:e control 
of such institutions must necessarily be removed from the Confer- 
ences to which they belong. 



Businessdis- 
agreeinents. 



Chnrpli 
properly. 



ILLINOIS. 

W. N. McElroy presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

L'csolred, That the Committee on Revisals inquire into the expe- 
diency of amending paragraph 230 of the Discipline, bj' striking out 
the words, "Consisting of two arbiters chosen by one party and two 
chosen by the other party, wliich four abiters so chosen shall nomi- 
nate a fifth, the five arbiters being members of our Churcli," and in- 
sert instead the following: "Consisting of five arbiters to be cliosen 
by the parties, who shall mutuallj' concur in the selection of all the 
arbiters, tlie five arbiters being members of our Church," making the 
paragraph read as follows; 

T[ 2."5G: "On anj' disagreement between two or more members of 
onr Church concerning business transactions, which cannot be settled 
by the parties, the preacher in charge shall inquire into the circum- 
stances of the case and shall recommend to the parties a reference, 
consisting of five arbiters to be chosen bj'^ the parties, who shall mu- 
tually concur in the selection of all the arbiters, the five arbiters 
being members of our Clturcli. The preacher in charge shall preside 
and the disciplinary forms of trial shall be observed." 

He nlso presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whei-ens. The laws in the various States and Territories concerning 
religious corporations and how to form or constitute them differ very 
widely; and 



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■ WheJ'eas, Like differences exist as to the nature of execiUing deeds 
and making titles to ciiurcli property and perpetuating the same; and 

Whereas, Few lawyers and even judges of courts concur as to what 
constitutes and renders a deed or title siifficient in our Cliurcii : and 

Whereas, Comparatively few meuibevs or boards of trustees liave 
definite knowledge and skill in interpretation of the laws now existing 
or their rights under them; therefore, 

He-solved, That the General Conference order the appointment by 
the Bishops of a Board on Church Titles in each State and Territory, 
who shall put in form and publish and provide suitable forms for no- 
tices of election of trustees, certiticafes of incorporation, deeds, notes, 
and mortgages, in accordance with the Discipline of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church and the laws of the respective Slates and Territories, 
to which ministers, boards and committees might apply for reliable 
forms, papers and directions. 

Horace Reed presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Episcopacy be requested to inquire 
into the wisdom of the so-called rule of the Bishops, loosely enforced 
bysome and rigidly by otliers, declining to appoint a preacher to the 
Presiding Eldership for more than four consecutive years. 

W. H. Wilder presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on State of the Church : 

Whereas, This General Conference voted to submit to the Annual 
Conferences the proposition to so amend the Second Restrictive Rule 
as to make women eligible as lay delegatrs in this body ; and 

Whereas, The will ofall our people should be heard upon so important 
a matter ; therefore, 

Hesolved, Tliat during the months of October and November, in the 
year of our Lord 1890, on any day except the Sabbatli, the time to be 
determined by the preachers in charge, who sliall give at least twenty 
days' notice thereof, there shall be held a general election in tlie sev- 
eral places of worship of tlie Metliodist Episcopal Cliurcii, at which 
all members in full connection, and not under twenty-one years of 
age, shall be invited to vote by ballot " for the amendment," or 
"against the amendment." Said election shall be hold under the 
direction of the preacher in charge and two ]a3'men cliosen bj' the 
Quarterly Conference or Official Board, who sh:ill superintend the de- 
tails of the election, and within ten days tliereafter shall report the 
result of the election to the Presiding Elder of the District, who shall 
report the same to tlie Presiding Bisiiop of the ensuing Annual Con- 
ference, to be entered upon the Conference Journal. 



ISIixy lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Moniiny. 



Pivsidiiig 
Eldew. 



Eligibility of 
women 

delefrates. 



INDIANA. 
W. R. Halstead presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revi.sals : 

Whereas, It is known that only in exceptional cases is the pastor 
able to make a full report on tlie benevolences as required by the 
form under the order of business for the fourth Quarterlj'^ Confer- 
ence; and 

Whereas, The answers to be given under question 9, ^ .3, article 
102, are principally intended to preserve in the Quarterly Con- 
ference records of ilie benevolent contributions of the churches: and 

Whereas. This can seldom be known at the fourth Quarterly Confer- 
ence of an\' current j^ear for that year; therefore, 



Beiipvolent 
Collecliijiis. 



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JMay lO. Resolved, That question 9, T[ 3, article 102, wliicli reads: "What 
Ninth Day. amounts have been asked and raised for benevolent purposes this 
Morning, year," be clianged so as to read: "What amounts were asked and 
raised for benevolent purposes last year?" And that llie said ques- 
tion, with the enumerations under it from one to ten inclusive, be 
changed to a place in the order of business for the first Quarterl3'' 
Conference. 

LEXINGTON. 

Danic4 Jones presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Election of Whereas, The question of a proper representation of all the diver- 

Bishops, sified elements of our growing Church in the Episcopal Board has 
been agitated from lime to time in our General Conferences; there- 
fore, 

Resolved, That the Committe'^ on Episcopacy be most respectfully 
requested to consider, and. if it meet its approval, embodj- in iis re- 
port to the General Conference, a recommendation that the wisli of 
the entire Church be consitlered in the selection of those who are to 
be elected to seats on the Episcopal bench at this session of the 
General Conference. 



Duties of 
E.xhorters. 



Election to 

General 
Coiil'tTeuce. 



LOUISIANA. 

J. F. Marshall piesonted the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That paragraph 198 of the Discipline, relating to the 
duties of exhorters, be amended so as to read: "Tiie duties of ex- 
lioriers are: to hold meetings for [irayer and exhortation wherever 
opportunity is afforded, and report to the Quarteily Conference, sub- 
ject to the direction of the preacher in cliargf." etc. 

And that paragraph 102, section 1, item 5, be amended so as to 
insert after subdivision 2, "From exhorters." 

J. C. Hartzell presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary: 

Resolved. That the Committee on Judiciary be instructed to formu- 
late and report the necessary legislation to provide that ministerial 
and laj' delegates to the General Conference must have their mem- 
bership within the territorial bounds of the Conferences they repre- 
sent. 



Church 
insuniuce. 



MICHIGAN. 

J. C. Floyd presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Whereas, The importance of insurance of our church and parsonage 
property is hj all recognized : and 

Wliereas, Much difficultj' is often had in persuading the people in 
some charges to insure their church property; and 

Wliereas. Tiie publishing of the fact of insiu-ance in the Conference 
Minu'es would tend to facilitate the insurance of all our church and 
parsonage property; tlierefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Temporal Economy be directed 
to con.sider the advisability of introducing a column for the report of 



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the iii.siii'aiiee of cliurch and parsoiiai;e property' iiilo llie slalislical ^lay lO 
table, said coluiuii to stand next ai'ier the coltmiu sliowiug- the value Ninth Day. 
of cliurch aud parsonage properly. Morning. 

J. M. Keid presented the Report of the Woman's Keportofthe 

'■ _ _ •■ Woman s 

Home Missionary Society, wliieh was referred to the Home Mis- 

•^ "^ siunai'y Sjoc. 

Committee on Missions. (See A2)2^endix III, 14.) 

MINNESOTA. 

J. N. Liscomb presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Judiciary: 

Resolved, That paragraph 65 be amended by the addition of the 
following words, namely: " Provided, that wlieuever an Annual Con- 
ference is organized within one year preceding the meeting of the 
General Conference then the first Lay Electoral Conference may be 
held at a time fixed by the Annual Conference oi'ganized." 

Also to amend puragraph 66. 

liesolved, That after the words, "shall organize by electing a 
chairman and secretary of its own number," insert the following, 
namely: ^^ Prodded, tliat in case of the organization of an Ainiual 
Conference within one year preceding the meeting of the General 
Conference the la3'men may be chosen to the first Lay Electoral 
Conference by the first Quarterly Conference held after such Annual 
Conference is organized; and provided further that no layman," etc. 



L;iy 

E lee I oral 

Conferences. 



NEBRASKA. 

A. C. Crosthwaite presented the following resolu- 
tion, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, Tiiat paragraph 101, section 4, be amended hj inserting 
after the word "board." in seventii line from the top, "provided 
such nominee is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Ciuirch," and 
striking out, beginninji- in tlie third line fi-om the bottom, "and al<o 
as members of tlie Quarterly Conference," so that as amended tlie 
entire section will read: 

. "To have supervision of all the Simday-schools within the bounds 
of the circuit or station: and to inquire into tlie condition of each ; 
to approve trustees not elected by the Quarterly Conference; to con- 
firm Sunday-school snperinieiidenls upon the nomination of the 
Sunday scliool Board, provided such noininee is a member of the 
Jlelhodist Episcopal Church; and to remove any superintendent who 
may prove unworthy or inefficient. 

Also the following: 

Resolved, That paragraph lOG be amended by striking out, begin- 
ning at the fifth line from tlie lop. " including all the trustees and 
sucji Sunday-school superintendents as are not members of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church." 

The paragraph as amended will rend: 

" Whenever the Quarterly Conference of any charge shall desire it 
it may organize and continue during its pleasure an official board, to 
be composed of all tlio members of tlie Quarterly Conference. Tlie 
official l)onrd may iiold its meeingsat sucii times as it may determine, 
and shall be presided over by the preacher in charge," etc. 



Sunday- 
.'*cliool 
Bo.inls. 



Omridl 
Boaiils, 



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[1888. 



]VIay lO. 

Ninth Day. 

Morning. 
Meinber.s of 

Quarterly 
Conferences. 



Solemniza- 
tion of 
luuti'iuioiiy. 



He also presented the folio wing, which was referred 
to the Committee on Kevisals: 

Jiesohed, That in para<>raph 98, next to the last Hue, the words 
'■ and .suuenutcudcnts " be sLriuken out. Tlie paragraph as amended 
will read : 

"The Quarterh' Conference shall be composed of all the travelin<r 
and local preachers, exiiorters, stewards, class-leadois, and trustees 
of the chuichus in the circuits or stations, and tlic lirst s\iperiniend- 
ents of our Snnday-schuols; said trustees being members of our 
Cliurcli and approved by the Quarterly Conference. 

J. W. Stewart presented the following resolution, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinei'ancy: 

Whertas, In very manj- instances our preachers are put at a dis- 
advantage and suffer loss bj' being ur.able to solemnize matrimony 
because tliey are luiordaiued ; therefore, 

Jievolvtd, Tliat the law of the Discipline be so changed that all 
])reachers, who are pastors of charges, inider appointment bj- a 
Bishop or presiding elder, shall be authorized to solemnize marriage, 
wliethfer the}' be in orders or not. 



Sunday- 
school super- 
intendents. 



Rishop 

Taylor's 
Atklress. 



NEW JERSRY. 
J. L. Sooy presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereas, There is much confusion rc>pecting the meaning of the 
word '• coufirnied " \n that part of the Discipline relating to the 
election of Sunday-school superintendents: and 

Whereas, It was the intention of the (iencral Conference of 1884 
to so amend the Discipline fiiat the Sunday-school Board should 
nominate, and the Quarterly Conference elect the superiniendent; 
tiiei'efore, 

Resolved, That tlie Committee on Rcvisals be requested to amend 
paragraph 26H. section 3, page 149 of the Discipline by striking out 
the word "conlinncd" wherever it occurs, and inserting the word 
"elected." Also, in paragraph 102, section 1, quest'on 2; section 2. 
question 2; and section o, question 2, so it shall read in each case: 
"Are there any Sundaj'-sehool superintendents to lie elected?" 
Also, paragraph 101, section 4, page OG. strike out the words "to 
cnntii-m," and insert the words " to elect," so it siiall rca<l: "to elect 
Sunday-scliool superintendents," etc. Also Appendix, page 346, 
Article IV. of Constitution for a Sunday-scliool. insert the word 
"elected" in place of the word "confirmed" where it occiu'S. 

He also moved that the address of Bishop Taylor to 
this Conference be made the order of the day for 
Saturday next, immediately after the apjaroval of the 
Journal. The motion prevailed. 



Lay 

Kl(>Ptoral 

Conferences. 



NKW YORK. 

G, S. Hare presented the following, and moved its 

reference to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved. Tliat pnrairrapli GO of tlie Discipline, which now reads, after 
the word " provided "" — printed in italics — '• that no layman shall be 
chosen a delegate either to the Electoral Conference or the General 



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Conference wlio shall be under 25 years; of a^e, or who shall not ]VIiiy lO. 
have been a member of the Church in full connection for the five Ninth Day. 
consecuiive years preceding the election," shall be so altered as to Morning. 
read: "That no layman shall be chosen a delegate either to the 
Electoral Conference or to the General Conference who shall be 
under 25 years of age, or who shall not have been a lay member of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church in full connection for the live con- 
secutive years preceding the election." 

After several motions to refer to other committees 
had been laid on the table the previous question was 
ordered, and the original motion was adopted. 



Time limit. 



Church 
membership. 



NEW YORK EAST. 

J. M. Buckley presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy: 

Resolved, That the Discipline, paragraph 164, section 3, line 4, be 
altered by adding after the word "successively" the following 
words: ''Except that, on a request of a majority of the Official 
Board and with the unanimous recommendation of the presiding 
elders, the Bisliop may appoint a preacher to the same station for a 
fourth and fifth consecutive year. 

D. A. Goodsell offered the following resolution, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Itinerancy be instructed to 
report for insertion in the Discipline explicit provisions indicating, 

1. The location of the ciiiu'cli membership of a minister deposed 
from the ministry, but not expelled from the Church. 

2. The loc.ition of the church memljership of a minister withdraw- 
ing from the ministry but not witlidi'awing I'rom the Church. 

3. The Quarterly Conference relations of a member or probationer 
in an Annual Conference left without appointment to attend one of 
our schools. 

Joseph Pullman also presented the following, which 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That the first sentence of paragraph 186 of the Discipline 
on supernumerary preachers be amended Viy substituting for the 
words, "is temporarily unable to perform effective work," the words 
"or for other reasons satisfactory to his Conference, is excused from 
effective work," so that it shall read, "a supernumerary preacher 
is one who. because of impaired health or for other reasons satisfac- 
tory to his Conference, is excused from effective work." 

The remaining portion of the paragraph to contnue as now in the 
Discipline. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Whenever a traveling preacher in good and regular standing in Withdran-M 
his Conference at his own request witlidraws from tiie ministry he of traveling; 
shall receive fiom ihe Secretary of tlie Con.erence a certificate of preachers, 
withdrawal, which certificate sliall entitl" him to membership in the 
Methodist Episcopal Church where he resides. 



S 11 pern n- 

inerary 

pi-eacliers. 



174 

IVIay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

Unac- 
ceptable 
preachers. 



Journal of lite General Conference. 



[1888. 



Reference of 
papers. 



Lay 
delegation. 



He also presented the following, wliicli was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church: 

The foUowinpT rule on Locatinor or Disposinp: of Unacceptable 
Preachers is pioposed as a substilu.e for paragraph 1S8 of the Disci- 
phne : 

1. Tliere shall be a standinp; committee in every Annual Confer- 
ence on unacceptable preachers, vvhicli sliall be appointed annually, 
and shall be known as the Committee on Unacceptable Preachers. 

2. When an efl'eclive preacher is so unacceptable, inefficient, or 
secular as to be no longer useful in his work the case of said preacher 
siiall be referred to the Committee on Unacceptable Preachers, who 
shall irivestig-ate the case, and before whom the accused shall have a 
hearing. On recotiuiiendalion o. the Committee the Cunference may 
retire the accused to ihe list of the supernumerary or superannuated 
preachers. But should the Committee recommend that the accused be 
located, the Conference shall appoint a select number before whom 
he sliall be tried according to tlie usages of the courts of the Ch'.ircli. 

3. A preacher who lias been located under this law shall hold his 
membership where he resides. 

J. O. Peck, chairman of the Committee on the State 
of the Church, moved the reference of certain papers 
now in the hands of the Committee to other com- 
mittees, and the motion prevailed. 

W. J. Paxson moved to reconsider the action by 
which all jiapers relating to lay delegation were referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

The motion prevailed, and on his motion all such 
papers were referred to the Committee on the State of 
the Church. 

The call was resumed. 



NORTIIERiSr NEW YORK. 
W. F. Markham offered the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

District Whereas, The District Conference is inefficient and crippled be- 

Conferences. cause optional and uncertain ; and 

Whffvea'i. The work of the District Stewards' Convention, in any 
case, could more properly and justly be done by the District Confer- 
ence, if there were such a Conference: therefore, 

Eesolved, 1. That the District Conference be made obligator}^ in 
every presiding elder's district. 

2. Tliat tiie Distiict Stewards' Convention be abolished and its 
work be comniitt'-(l to the District Cnnference. 

.3. That the langiia.Lze of the Discipline bo so adjusted as to conform 
to the above clianges. 

Alexander Bramley presented the following, which 

was referred to the (committee on Itinerancy : 

Matrimony. Whereas, Many unordained men are appointed to take charge of 
circuits and stations, and. 

Whereas, Tl e rules of our Church do not permit such to solemnize 
matrimony, thereby often subjecting the parlies who desire to be 



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175 



married to .ure.it inconvenience, and, in the ej-es of uninformed men, 
deiructing Irom the character of the minister, and also depriving him 
of whatever renmneration he migiil receive from the performance of 
the marriage ; tiiei'efore, 

Besolved, Tliat the Discipline be so clianged as to permit any pi'op- 
erlj' licensed preaclier, in charge of a circuit or station, to solemnize 
matrimonj'. 

He also presented the following, \vhich was referred 
to the Committee on Episcopacy: 

Whereas, The Methodist Episcopal Church has always recognized 
but two ordei-s in tiie ministry, and has always regarded the Episco- 
pacy as an office and not as an order; and, 

Whereas, The tenure of the episcopal office, as regards its duration, 
is out of liarmony with every other office in the Ciuu'ch, and con- 
trary to the spirit and genius of Methodism, and opposed lo the 
greatest unity and highest efficiency of the Churcli; therefore. 

Resolved, That in tlio future a Bisliop shall be elected to hold liis 
office for a term of eight years, and at the expiration of his term may 
or may not be re-elected. 

NORTH INDIA. 

T>. AV. Thomas presented the following resolution, 

Avliich was rend and referred to the Committee on 

Missions : 

Resolved, That paragraph 296 of tlie Discipline be so amended as 
to strike out ail refoience to "other forms of Methodism." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That tlie Bishops be lequested to keep duplicate copies of 
all Ordination Ceit'ficates issued l)y them, and that the said duplicate 
copies be deposited witli the official records of the College of Bishops, 
in order that any original certificate lost or destroyed by accident 
may be replaced by these duplicates. 



IVIay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 



Election of 
Bishops. 



Central 

Mission 

Coiifeivnee. 



Ordin.ation 
certilicati-s. 



NORTH NEBRASKA. 
J. B. Max field presented the following, which was 
read and referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy: 

To the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to he held 

in the city of Neiv York : 

May 1. 1888. 

Dear Fathers and Brethren: The North Nebraska Annual Con- 
ference most cordially invites you to select liie city of Omaha, Neb., 
for the session of 1892. 



Next 

General 

Conference. 



NORTH-WEST INDIANA. 
S. P. Colvin presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries: 

Re/folved, Tliat in paragraph 481 of the Discipline the words. " ex- Boundaries, 
copt Logansport," in line six. be stricken out, so vhat the paragraph 
shall read, "•[fSOl (66). Northwest Indiana Conlerenco shall be 



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1888. 



jVIay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 



bounded on the Nor-tli b}' Lake Michioran and tlie State line, on the 
east hy tlie Saint Josepli River and the Michi.oraii Road, on tiie 
soulli by the Indiana Conference, on tJie west by Illinois, includinjr 
all tlie towns ou the Michigan Road and all ilie towns on the 
sonthern boundary, including Locust Street C[iaro:e in Greencastio." 



Women 
deleg^ates. 



NORTH-WEST IOWA. 
Bennett Mitchell iDresented the following, -which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Wherea% This General Conference has decided adversely to 
women's riglils to seals in the body, and now sends round to the 
Annual Conferences for their approval a proposition to amend the 
Second Restrictive Rule by adding thereto the words, '• who may be 
men or women ; " and, 

Wherea.% It is most desirable to have the voice of the wliole 
Churcli upon the proposed change before it is finally acted upon; 
therefoie, 

Hesdlml, 1. That in the months of June and July, 1889, there 
shall be held in every place of worship of the Jlethollist Kpiscop.-d 
Church an election, at whicli every member in full coiniection, who 
is not less than 21 years of age. shall be asked to cast a bal- 
lot '• for tlie admission of women as lay delegates," or ''against the 
admission of women as laj- delegates." 

2. The preacher in charge, together with two other persons chosen 
by the Quarterly Conference, sliall have charge df tlie elect'on 
and <;ive direction in all its details. They shall give public nctice 
tliercof at least twenty days before the election is held, distinctly 
settinir forth the object and the time and place of the election. And 
within two weeks after the election is completed on liis charge each 
pastor shall report to his Presiding Elder tlie result. The Presiding 
f]lders shall report to the presiding Bishop at the next eiusuing An- 
nual Conference the result of the vole in the several cliarees in their 
respective districts, and the.se reports shall be entered upon the 
Join-nals of the Conference. The Bishops shall report to the ne.Yt 
General Conference the result of the vote as returned to tlie several 
Annual Conferences. 

The Secretary said that certain papers have been 
sent to him by mail which he desired should be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions, and by general 
consent they were referred. 



Wy.inrlotte 
liidi.ius. 



Revision 

of tlie 

Discii)line. 



OHIO. 

J. M. Trimble presented the report of the Committee 
appointed by the last General Conference concerning 
the Wyandotte Indians, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Missions: 

S. H. Hurst presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church: 

Whereas, Tlie book of Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church is largely the accumnlalive record of the orgnnizntion, lifo, 
and work of the Church during its first centur}'. eacli General Con- 
ference adding something to the volume; and, 



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lF/«frea«, By reason of lliese miscellaneous additions to the ori<j:i- IMay lO. 
nal Discipline of the Cliurch, tiiere is great want of nieiliod or lojrical Ninth Day. 
arrangement of the subjects and niaieriaj of the Discipline in its MoinUig, 
present form, mingling, as it does, doctriiies, polity, general rules, 
organization, government, constitution, law, restrictions, resolutions, 
adjudications, etc., with great indiscrimination tlirongh us pagvS; 
therefore. 

Rejoiced, 1. Tliat a Special Comniatee on Revision of the Discipline 
he selected and organized during the s-ession of this General Confer- 
ence, which said Connnittee shall be composed of one Bishop, lobe 
n()niinate<l by the I'^piscopal Board, live ministers, to be nominated by 
liie ministerial delegation of this General Conference, and two lay- 
men, to be nominated by the lay delegation of this General Confer- 
ence. 

2. Said Committee shall, during the quadrennial period, revise and 
re-arrange tlie material in our book of Discipline into a logical, me- 
thodical and compact volume, classifying and arranging in their proper 
order the seciions which set forth, 

(1.) The History of the Church. 

(2.) Our Articles of Religion. 

(3.) The Doctrines of the Church. 

(4.) The Government of the Churcli. 

(5.) Tiie Constitution and Laws of the Church and the adjudication 
of our courts. 

((1.) The office, succession, and authority of the Episcopacy of the 
Church. 

(7.) The ordination, authority, and work of the ministry of the 
Cluu'ch. 

(8.) The rights and duties of the membership of tlie Clunx'h. 

(9.) The constitutional, legislative, and judicial powers of the Gen- 
eral Conference. 

(10.) The composition, powers, and duties of the Annual. Lay. and 
Quarterly Conferences. And that the sections pertaining to the mis- 
sion work, the Frcedmen's Aid Society, tlie Church Extension So- 
ciety, the Sunday-scliool work, the publication of our peiiodicals, and 
the operation of our Book Concern, and all other benevolent or busi- 
ness interests of the Church, shall be separately arranged and set 
forth in successive chapters. 

3. That, for the more logical arrangement and clear and concise 
statement of all the material in our book of Discipline said Com- 
mittee shall have atithority to make such verl)al. and even syntacti- 
cal changes therein as shall in their judgment the belter exjiress the 
thought and will of the Church, without materially changing the 
meaning ;ind force of the section thus treated. 

4. That said Committee shall report the result of their laliors in 
unbound printed form to the next General Conference, and. after 
consideration by said body and approval by a two-thirds vt)te of 
said General Conference, said report shall he submitted to the An- 
nual Conferences at the ne.xt session thereof. And when approved 
by two thirds of said Annual Conferences it shall liecome and be de- 
clared to be the Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Ciunch. 

I. F. King presented the followinor, whicli was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Re-tolved, That the Committee on Revisals inquire into the expe- Church 
diency of adding, " and of parsonage " in paragrapli 98 after the words property, 
'•trustees of chnrclies," so as to read, " ti'uslees ol the churches and of 
the parsonages in the circuit or stations." 
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178 



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[1888. 



INIaylO. 

Ninth Da/. 
Mdininy. 



Org.inization 

of the 

Geneial 

C'oiili-reuce. 



Time limit. 



Eiiscnp.il 
<listricts. 



Presiding 
Klders. 



Annual 

Ci)nference 

■orfranization. 



PHILADELPHIA. 
T, B. Neely presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Whereas, Tlie General Conference is the onl_y bod\' that can de- 
termine the eligibiUly of those elected as delegates by the several 
Confereuces : and, 

Whereas, Decision in regard to tlie eligibility of persons retnrncd 
as elected cannot bo readied until the General Conference has been 
organized; therefore, 

Resdloed, That the Discipline be amended hy inserting between tlie 
present cliapler on the General Conference and the chapter en ilie 
Anunal Conferences the follnwing paragraph, to be entitled "The or- 
ganization of the General Conference: " ''Tlie Secretary of the next 
preceiUng General Conference sliaU make up the roll of the (General 
Conference from the certilicates of election returned by the Annual 
and Lay Klecloral Confertnces, entering thereon the names of all 
l^ersons properly ceriificd as liaving been dnlj- elected. Said roll 
shall be called by said Secretary at tiie opening of tlie General Con- 
ference, and after the election of a Secretary it shall be in order for 
the Conference to consider contested cases or objections based on 
an allegation of ineligibility'. If it be impossible for the Ibrmer Sec- 
retary to act, tlie first Assistant Secretary of the next preceding Gen- 
eral Conference shall prepare the roll in tlie manner before mentioned ; 
but if it be impossible for either of those Secrctai'ies to act the Gen- 
eral Superintendents shall select a competent person to jierforrn 
the -work of making up and calling the roll as above. Persons 
whose eligibilitj' or right to a seat in the General Conference is 
rcgulai'ly challenged slndl not vote upon their own cases, or upon 
anj' collateral question involving the riglit to scats in the General 
Conference. 

lie also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, Tlint the Committee on Itinerancy consider whether the 
law in regard to the pastoral term should be modified so that a 
pastor may be continued from year to 3'ear, according to the neces- 
sities of the case. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Episcopacy consider the propriety 
of assigning the Bishops to specified districts, composed of contigu- 
ous Conferences. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy : 

7?efo?wd That the Committee on Itinerancy consider the question 
of so amending the Discipline that an Annual Conference may elect 
its Presiding Elders. 

W. J. Paxson offered the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Whereas, The General Conference of 1880 did enact, by resolution 
of their body, tlie rule found printed in the Appendix to the Disci- 
pline,- edition of 1880, paragraph 570, to wit: "Xo Annual Confer- 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



179 



euce, other than in foreign mission fields, shall be organized with less 
than fifteen effective members: " and, 

Whtrtus, The said number of fitteen is only one third of the ratio 
of representation of tlie Annual Conference in tiie General Conference, 
wiiile two thirds of said ratio, or thirt}- additional members, are neces- 
sary toeniitle an Annual Conference having one or more delegates 
to an additional delegate, wliicii number of thirty members must be 
in excess of the said ratio of forty-five members ; therefore, to remedy 
this obvious ineqnalitj% be it 

Resolved, That liereafier no Annual Conference, other than in for- 
eign mission fields, shall be organized witli fewer than thirty effective 
members in full connection. 

William Swindells presented the following, which 

was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary : 

Whereas, The relative status of a Missionary Bishop in onr Board 
of Bishops has been the subject of wide difl'erences of opinion in our 
Church during the last four years; and, 

Wliereas, It is highly important that all questions of rank, duties, 
and jurisdiction among our Bishops shall be authoritatively deter- 
mined b}^ tliis General Conference; tlierefore. 

Resolved, That the following questions be referred to the Judiciary 
Committee for tlieir prompt and careful consideration: 1. To what 
extent have the constitutional powers of the General Conference over 
"the Episcopacy" and "the plan of our itinerant general snperin- 
tendency " been enlarged by the alteration of tlie Third Restrictive 
Rule, as made by the concurrent action of the General and Annual 
Conferences of 1856 and 1857? 2. Is the jurisdiction of a Mission- 
ary Bishop, appointed to a foreign mission imder that altered rule, 
exclusive of the jurisdiction of tlie other Bishops of the Churcli, or 
co-ordinate with theirs? 3. Do the discipliiary provisions for '■ the 
support of Bishops" include Missionarj^ Bisliops ? 4. Does the dis- 
ciplinary provision, making it the duty of a Bishop to pre-ide over 
Conferences make it the duty of a Missionary Bishop to preside in 
turn with the other Bishops over the General Conference ? 

ROCK RIVER. 

J. H. Vincent presented the report of the Corre- 
sponding Secretary of the Sunday-School Union, and 
asked that it be referred to the Committee on Sunday- 
schools; also the report of the Corresponding Secretary 
of the Tract Society, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts. (See A})- 
pendlx III, 10, 11.) 

N. H. Axtell presented the following, Avhich Avas re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Resolved, That a general system of caring for onr siipeiannnnted 
preacliers should be inaugurated at this General Conference. 

For tJiis purpose we recommend that a plan be formed very similar 
to that of the Methodist Church of Canada, or of the New York East 
Conference. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That paragraph 164. section .3. be changed by omitting 
all that follows "provided." etc., and adding, so that it sliall read, 



INIay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 



Status of a 

Missionary 

Bishoj). 



Kepoit of 

S. S. Union 

and Tract 

Society. 



Superan- 

n natecl 

preacluTS. 



Appoint- 
ment of 
lireacliers. 



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[1888. 



MiaylO. "§ 3, To fix the appointments of the preachers with the concurrence 
Ninth Day. of the Presiding Elders." 
iforning. 

Lewis Curts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Book Concern : 



Quarterly 
Conference 
reports. 



Resolved, That the editor of the Discipline for 1888 be instructed 
to put into the Appendix of the Discipline blank forms for all the 
reports required b}' the Discipline to be made to the Quarterly Con- 
ferences, and that the Book Afjents be required to print iiivconvenient 
form, and keep iu slock, a sufficient supply of all such blanks. 

Also the following, referred to the Committee on 
Revisals : 



Committee Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to report 

on siuging. xipon the advisability of amending paragraph 56 of the Discipline, as 

follows: In section 4. third line, between the words "more" and 

"who," insert: "Of which committee the preacher in charge shall 

be chairman." 



Quarterly 
Conlerence 
business. 



Also the following, referred to the Committee on 
Revisals : 

Resolved, That tlie Committee on Revisals report upon the advisa- 
bilitj' of amending paragraph 94 of the Discipline by inserting after 
the word " meeting " in line 13 of section 4 the words: "or Official 
Board." Al.'^o pan graph 101, section 2, fii'st line of page 66, after 
the word "meeting" insert "or Official Board." Also, paragraph 
102, by omitting from the order of business of first, second, third, 
and foiu'th Quarterly Confei'ences tiie question, "Are the Church 
records properl_v kept?" And in the order of business for fourth 
Quarterly Conference, inider the head of "A'e there an}' reports?" 
put the question, "From Committee on Church Records." Also, add 
to paragraph 104, "The Connnittee shall report to the fourth Quar- 
terlj' Conference according to form fotmd in Appendix." Also 
amend paragraph 106 by striking out all of the sentence after the 
word " meeting" at the end of line 14. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals : 



Love-fe.ists 

and watch- 

, nights. 



Names of 
members. 



Estimating 
Committee. 



Supernu- 
merary 
preachers. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to report the 
following amendments to paragraphs 18.3-187 of the Discipline: 

In section 4 of paragraph 183, after the word "nights" insert 
" yeavly." 

And after the word "feasts" insert the word '■^ quarterly y 

Amend form of Quarterly Report in section 10 so that in harmony 
with section 11 it will call for the '■■names'^ of all changes in mem- 
bership. 

Insert a new section as follows: " To call a meeting of the Esti- 
mating Committee before the time of the meeting of the first Quar- 
terly Meeting." 

Amend paragraph 184 by striking out all of section 14. 

Amend paragraph 186 bj- in.serting at the proper place "He shall 
report to the fotirth Quarterly Conference all marriages solemnized 
and all baptisms administered within the bounds of the charge." 

Amend paragraph 187 the same as paragraph 186. 



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181 



SAVANNAH. Miay lO. 

. Ninth Day. 

T. A. Fortson presented the following, which was re- Morning. 
f erred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereas, It is the practice of ministers, in the baptism of adults 
and in the reception of members, to read the answers to tlie candi- 
dates, thereby lessening the probabilit}'- of the full consideration of 
the questions theie to be answered, and perhaps in many cases caus- 
injr no exercise of thought as to tlie import of said questions ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the answers to all questions of paragraph 402 and 
paragraph 403 of the Discipline be stricken out, so that the candi- 
dates shall answer in their own words. 



Administra- 
tion of 
Baptism. 



SAINT LOUIS. 

G. W. Hughey presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

We respectfully request the General Conference to strike out the 
following words from paragraph 106, page 75, lines 15 and Ifi, which 
are as follows: " E.xcept the special duties pointed out in questions 3 
to 8 inclusive in paragraph 105 of Discipline. The sentence will 
then read: 'When so organized the Official Board may discharge the 
duties belonging to the Leaders' and Stewards meeting.' " 



Official 
Boards. 



SOUTH-EAST INDIANA. 

Will Cnmback presented the following, which was 

adopted : 

Resolved, That on Thursday, May 17, at ten o'clock A. M., the 
special order of the day shall be the election of Bishops and other 
General Conference officers, and no other business shall be in order, 
except to adjourn, until such officers are chosen, unless otherwise 
ordered. 

SOUTH KANSAS. 
J. A. Hyden presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas, Tlie relation of our Bishops to the Church is not clearly 
defined and settled by the Discipline ; and 

Wliereas, It is not a crime to be elected to the chief pastorate of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church — for an apostle says: "If a man 
desireth the office of a Bishop lie desireth a good work " — so, for tlie 
purpose of settling this important question, and defining their relation 
to tlie Church; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That our Bishops retain their membership in the An- 
nual Conference where thej' had it when elected to the Episcopacy. 

2. That they may cliauge their membership to any other Confer- 
ence, when necessary or desirable, upon the granting of their ap- 
plication by vote ol the Conference lo which they niaj' desire to 
attach themselves. 

A. B. Leonard moved a suspension of the rules for 
the purpose of recalling a paper jiresented yesterday. 

The rules were suspended, and jjermission was given 
to withdraw the paper. 



General 
Conference 
elections. 



Bishops as 
members of 
an Annual 
Conference. 



182 



Journal of the General Conference, 



[1888. 



Miay lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

General 
Conference 
Journals. 



Reports of 
Committee 
on Missions 
No. I and II. 



Bishop 
Taylor. 



Bouudaries. 



By consent M. B. Reese presented the following, 

which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Secretary be and Is hereby directed to furnish 
for tlie use of the Committee on t!ie Judiciar}^ Vohmies I to X of 
the Journals of the General Conference; said volumes to be returned 
to tlie Secretary at the close of each session of the General Confer- 
ence, and be by him retauied for the use of said Committee dining 
the subsequent sessions of said Conference. 

J. M. Thobiivn presented reports of the Committee 
on Missions, Xos. I. and 11. 

R. II. Allen presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That we are in hearty sympathy with Bishop William 
Taylor in his work for God in Africa, and we request the ileneral 
Conference to give him such aid and support as shall be needed to 
carry on his work. 

SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 

B. C. S warts piesented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Whereas, Tliere is a district of country adjoining the State of Kan- 
sas on the souili known as "No Man's Land,'' not now embraced 
within tlie described boundaries of any Annual Conference; and 

Wlierecs, Said disiricl of countrj' is now supplied largely b3- pastors 
of the South-west Kansas Conference, and can be as conveniently 
served b}' said Conference as by any other; tlierefore. 

Resolved,, 1. That said district of conntr}' shall be embraced within 
the said South-west Kansas Conference. 

2. That tlie DiscipHue shall be amended by adding the words, "and 
it shall embrace all that district of country known as ' No Man's 
Land,' " so that it shall read as follows, namely: 

"South-west Kansas Conference shall include all that part of the 
State of Kansas lying south of the soutii line of Township 16, and 
west of a line beginning at the south-east corner of Cowley Coutiiy, 
thence north to tlie south line of Chase Comity, thence west to tlie 
soulli-west comer of said Cliase County, tlieuce north lo the soutli 
line of Town.sliip IG. And it shall also embrace all that district of 
cotinliy known as ' No Man's Land.' " 



Board of 
Conference 
Claiiaauts. 



TENNESSEE. 
T. W. Johnson presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Whereas, The inequality existing between tlie older and richer, and 
younger and poorer Conferences, in the ability to care for the super- 
annuaied ministers, their widows and orphans, has grown out of the 
fact that the CiU-e of these dependent ones lias been tliiown on ijic 
Conferences, and not on tlie Church as a whole : and 

Whereas, This method works its special hardships on those who 
toil in the ]ioorer Conferences, with very small allowances for their 
support while effective, and scarcely any income when laid aside from 
age iir other infirmity; and 

Whereas. The Scripture rule is that the strong .should bear the hi- 
firmilies ol' tlie weak, and Viear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill 
the law of Christ; therefnre. 



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183 



Amuse- 
ments. 



Resolved, That tlie General Conference shall establish a Board of Mlay lO. 
Conference Claimants, similar to the Board of Church Extension, or Ninth Day. 
other Boards of general benevolences, and that the collections for Morning. 
Conference claimants be paid into the treasury of the Board, and by- 
it disiributed lo tiie Annual Conferences, under such restrictions as 
the General Conference may establish, in order to secure equal justice 
to all superannuated ministers, their widows and orphans, regardless 
of Couferouce boundaries. 

TEXAS. 
J. B. McCulloch offered the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Itinerancy : 

Rfisolved, Tliat this General Conference prepare a plan for the ad- Lay repre- 
mission of laymen into the Annual Conferences. sentation. 

TROY. 
J. W. Eaton presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resvlved, That parao;raph 233 of the Discipline be amended by strik- 
ing; out all that panicularly specifies what are sinful amusements, 
so'^that that portion of it shall read, " or taking: such ainusemeats as 
are obviously of misleading or questionable moral tendency." 

UPPER IOWA. 

H. H. Green presented the following, which was re- 

feried to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolued, Tiial the form called Statistics No. 1, in paragraph 79, 
section 29, of Discipline be so changed as to provide under the cap- 
tion " Otlier collections," //i/ee blank columns, that pastors may be able 
10 designate, by writing tlierein, tlie object for wliich special collec- 
tions were taken. 

A. E. Snyder presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Book Concern : 

W/iereas, The interests of our Church would be greatly augmented 
by an increase in tlie circulation of our church papers; therefore, 

" Rtsolced, That the advisability of a reduction in tlie price of our 
church papers be carefully considered by the Committee on Book 
Concern. 

WASHINGTON. 

H, A. Carroll presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Whereas. There are so many irregularities as it regards the inter- 
pretation of the laws of our Church and Discipline; and 

Whereas, It is of the greatest importance that we slionld be shielded 
from misleading tendencies in the administration of discipline l)y iiav- 
ing some authority in detiuiug the law and Discipline of oiu- Church; 
therefore be it 

Resolved, That the General Conference do adopt "Bi.shop Merrill's 
Digest " as the standard anihority on the law and Discipline of the 
Methcidist Episcopal Cliuivh, and he is hereby authorized to define 
whatever additional law and rules may be made to our Discipline in 
a new etlition of liis valuable work. 



Statistics. 



Clinrcii 
papers. 



Bishop 
Men-ill's Di- 
yent of Law. 



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[1888. 



]May lO. 

Ninth Dav. 
Morning. 



Next 

General 

Conference. 



Tinae limit. 



WEST NEBRASKA. 
P. C. Johnson presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

To the General Conference assembled in New York : 

May 1 , 1 888. 
Fathers and Brethren: You are most respectfully invited to hold 
your next session of General Conference, 189:i, in Omalia (the Gate 
City of the West), and yon will be royally entertained in good West- 
ern style. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 

G. W. Atkinson presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Eesolred, Tliat in our judgment the time has arrived in the history 
of the Methodist Episcopal Cliurch wlieu the time limit of its pastors 
should be removed, and that hereafter each pastor should be ap- 
pointed bysthe presidino: Bishop for the term of one year, and such 
appointments may be renewed from year to year for as long a period 
as, in his judgment, it is deemed wise and proper so to do. 



Time limit. 



Missionary 
collections. 



WILMINGTON. 

J. A. B. Wilson presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That in T[ 164, § 3, line 4, after the word "successively," 
be added, "excepting- in cases of special emergency, when, upon the 
annual request of tin-ee (burtiis of the Quarterly Contci-ence, witli the 
concurrence of lliiee fourths of the Annual Conference, and the 
unanimous concurrence of the presidmg elders, the Bisliops may con- 
tinue to re-appoint a jjastor from 3-ear to 3"ear initil the emergency is 
met." 

By the same, the following resolution, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions : 

\Vlierea.% The present disciplinarj^ plan for the support of missions 
is not generally practicable; therefore, 

Kepolred, That the Committee on Missions be requested to revise, 
simplifr. and classify the chapter, ^^ 270 and 21'.>, and to provide 
tiie nieihod of raising funds for districting the charges into collection 
districts of convenient size, and for a complete census of each district, 
the same to be kept in permanent records. 



WISCONSIN. 

B. P. Raymond presented the following, which was 

read and referred to the Committee on Education: 

Educational Whereas, The educalional work of our Church is acknowledged to 

institutions, be essential to the vigorous growth of each and all departments; and, 
Whereas, In the past there has been great loss of time and waste 
of money, arising from the fact tliat institutions have been unfortu- 
nately located, tlie location having been determined by purely local 
interests; and. 

Whereas:, Tlie strug:gle of tliese insiitntions for existence has not 
only been discouraging to benevolence, but alto productive of bitter 
strife and unhealthy rivalries ; and, 



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185 



Whereas, Tlie organization of our Kducaiional Board and llie ap- 
pointment or a Secretary to this work were designed to nnify the 
edneatioual work, and to so bring it before tlie Churcii as to give it 
thatconiiectiooal significance which the other great societies of tlie 
Church enjoy ; therefore, 

Resolved, That tiie Committee on Edncation be requested to lake 
tliis whole matter into consideration, and to report to ihis General 
Conference at the earhest possible moment a plan for the more effi- 
cient supervision of all interests involved, and that shall enable tlie 
Chiu-ch to bring its coniributions to bear upon the development of 
such educational centers as ouglit to be developed for the largest suc- 
cess of the Church during the next live hundred years. 

The Secretary presented the portions of the Bisliops' 
Address relative to the work of the several standing 
committees, and they were referred to them resjiectively, 
according to the action of the General Confereaice. 

The Report of the John Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, with nominations for Trustees of the same, 
was presented, and referred to the Special Committee 
on John Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Charles H. Kelly, Fraternal Messenger from the Wes- 
leyan Methodist Conference, presented, through the Sec- 
retary, a memorial relating to native African races and 
the liquor traffic, which was referred to the Committee 
on Temperance and Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic. 

By consent the following persons were gfanted seats 
on the platform : Dr. Willetts, B. F. Crary, of the Cal- 
ifornia Conference, and Moses Hill, of the East Ohio 
Conference. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. 

E. R. Dille was appointed to conduct the devotional 
services to-morrow. Notices were given, the doxology 
was sung, and Bishop Fowler pronounced the bene- 
diction. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon. 

The Secretary presented the following memorials re- 
ceived by mail from the Pliiladelphia Local Preachers' 
Association, the Rockford, III, Methodist Episcopal 
(Church, Kansas City Methodist Episcopal Church, J. 
G. Browne, B. S. Taylor, and others, relating to the 
prerogatives and authority of Missionary Bishops, which 
were referred to the Committee on Missions. 

He also presented memorials from the Philadelphia 



]VIay lO. 

NiN'TH Day. 
Morning. 



Bishops' 
Address. 



John Street 
Cliurcli. 



Liquor 
traffic. 



Coiirtfsifs 
extended. 



Adjourn- 
iiient. 



Memorials. 



Accused 
preachers. 



186 



Journo.l of the General Confereiice. 



[1888. 



May lO. 

Ninth Day. 
Muriiiiiij. 



Conference 
claiumnts. 



Lay 

Electoi-al 

Conferences. 



Conference 

Claiuiauts. 



Imprudent 
conduct. 



Local Preachers' Association and others relating to a 
proposed change of section 5, paragraph 214, of the 
Discipline, which was referred to the Committee on 
Temporal Economy. 

CALIFORNIA. 

E. R. Dille presented a memorial on making support 
of Conference claimants a pro rata claim npon amount 
raised for ministerial support, which was referred to 
the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial on mode of electing 
delegates to Lay Electoral Conferences, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial on Conference claim- 
ants, which was referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy. 

CKXTRAL GERMAN. 

D. B. Meyer presented a memorial from the German 
Preachers' Meetin*,' of Cincinnati, signed by L. Nip- 
l^ert, President, and H. Grentzenberg, Secretary, relat- 
ing to change of Discipline in regard to imprudent and 
unchristian conduct, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



Support of 
Bisliop 
Taylor. 



-Mission 
Conference. 



Lay repie- 
sciitation. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 
George Leidy presented a memorial from the Cen- 
tral Pennsylvania Conference on the support of IJishop 
Taylor, Avhich was referred to the Committee on 
Temporal Economy. 

COLORADO. 
J. W. Lacey presented memorials from five Quarterly 
Conferences of the Colorado Conference, namely. 
Lander, Evanston, Cheyenne, Laramie and Rawlins, re- 
lating to the creation of a Mission Conference, which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

DELAWARE. 

E. L. Briddell presented a memorial from the Dela- 
ware Lay Electoral Conference, signed by William 
Perkins, Chairman, and S. G. Waters, Secretary, relating 
to lay representation, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 



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Journal of the Geiicral Conference. 



18 



, DETROIT. 
J. S. Smart presented a memorial from the Detroit 
Conference of 1886 on church deeds. Which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Church Extension. 



IMaylO. 

Ninth Day. 
Moruiny. 

Church 
deeds. 



ERIE. 

Alfred Wheeler presented a petition, signed by C. M. 
Morse, relating to a change in paragraph 32 of the Dis- 
cipline, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 

visals. 

FOOCHOW. 

Sia Sek Ong presented a memorial, signed by R. S. 

Maclay and J. M. Thoburn, on change of Discipline, 

which was referred to the Committee on State of the 

Church. 

GEXESEE. 

Z. p. Taylor presented a memorial from the Genesee 
Lay Electoral Conference, referring to reduction in the 
price of our church periodicals, which was referred to 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
referring to extension of time limit, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the Lay Electoral 
Conference to provide for the expense of P'rank Street 
Church litigation with John J. Landers, which was re- 
ferred to the Commiitee on Book Concern. 

D. W. C. Huntington presented a memorial, signed by 
Rev. Wm. Armstrong, asking for a revision of the Rit- 
ual, which was referred to. the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a resolution of the Genesee Confer- 
ence relating to the costs of the suit at law between 
J. J. Landers and the Frank Street Church at Roches- 
ter, which was referred to the Committee on Book Con- 
cern. 

J. B. Wentworth presented a memorial from Genesee 
Conference relating to Northern Christian Advocate, 
which was referred to the Committee on Book Concern. 



General 
Kulea. 



Change of 
Discipline. 



Periodicals. 



Time limit. 



Frank Street 
Church. 



Ritual. 



Frank Street 
Church. 



North em 
ChriMan 
Advocate. 



MICHIGAN. 



J. M. Reid presented a petition of the Board of Man- Missionary 
ao-ers of the Missionary Society, asking for three corre- 



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[1888. 



Miay lO. 

Ninth Dat. 
Morn ing. 
Local in 2 
preachers. 



sponding secretaries instead of two, which w^as referred 
to the Committee on Missions. 

J. H. Potts presented a memorial, signed by himself 
and three others, relating to locating traveling preachers, 
which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 



Boundaries. 



Episcopal 
residences. 



Probationers 



Report of 
W. F. M. 
Society. 



American 

Bible 
Societv. 



Time limit. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



Bishop Taj-- 
lor'g missions 



NEBRASKA. 
C. F. Creighton presented a memorial, signed by 
D. K. Tindall and others, on division of West Nebraska 
Conference, M'hich was referred to Committee on Bound- 
aries. 

NEW ENGLAND. 

* S, F. Upham presented a memorial of the New En- 
gland Conference in relation to Episcopal residences, 
which was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from the New England 
Conference concerning a form of receiving probationers, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from J, H. Mansfield 
and others concerning Conference studies, which was 
referred to the Committee on Education. 

Daniel Dorchester presented a memorial, signed by 
Mrs. H B. Skidmore and others, containing a report of 
the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, which was 
referred to the Committee on Missions. (See Appendix 
HI, 13.) 

NEW JERSEY. 

Clinton B. Fisk presented a memorial, signed by A. 
S. Hunt, relating to the American Bible Society, which 
was referred to the Committee on the American Bible 
Society. 

NEW YORK EAST. 

H. W. Knight presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference relating to the extension of the 
time limit, which was referred to the Committee on the 
Itinerancy. 

He also presented the memorial of the Lay Electoral 
Conference relating to lay representation, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

He alsopi'esented a memorial from the Lay Electoral 
Conference relating to the harmony between Bishop 
Taylor's self-supporting missions and the Missionary 



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189 



Society, which was referred to the Committee on Mis- ^'^^Y lo. 

Ninth Day. 
SlOnS. Morning. 

Joseph Pullman presented a memorial, signed by 
Richard Wheatley and otiiers, relating to the obligatory 
attendance of witnesses at church trials who are mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciaiy. 

J. M. Buckley presented a memorial, signed by I. 
Simmons, on extension of time limit, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



Witnesses at 
church triuls. 



Time limit. 



XORTHERX XEW YORK. 

n. M. Dan forth presented a memorial from Northern Temperance. 
New York Conference on Temperance, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temperance. 

N. L. Stone presented a memorial of J. W. Wilson 
and twenty-four others, relating to Episcopal districts, 
which was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 



Episcopal 
ilislricis. 



NO'RTH XEBRASKA. 



J. B. Maxfield presented a memorial, signed by J. 
G. Prichard, on support of widows of traveling 
preachers, which was referred to the Committee on 
Temporal Economy. 



Preachers 
widows. 



Official 
members. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



XORTH OHIO. 

J. E. Stubbs presented a memorial from the Lay Elec- 
toral Conference concerning the election of official 
members, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial of the Lay Elec- 
toral Conference asking for lay representation in the 
Annual Conferences and equal lay representation in the 
General Conference, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on State of the Church. 

J. AV. Mendenhall presented a memorial from Gallon Ecclesiastical 
Di.strict Ministerial Association relating to changes in 
the Ecclesiastical Code, which was referred to the 
Committee on Judiciary. 

NORTH-WEST IXDTAXA. 
W. PL Hickman presented a memorial, signed by Tobacco. 



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[1888. 



IMaylO. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 



Statistics. 



Rev. Dr. A. Rodgers, and relating to question on to- 
bacco, ^ 403, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

NORTH-WEST IOWA. 

Wilmot Whitfield presented a memorial of the 
North-west Iowa Conference asking additional space 
in blank reports to the Annual Conference, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Colored 
MisbiuD. 



Lay 

Conferences. 



Uliper 
Sandusky 
cemetery. 



Army 
chaplains. 



NORTH-WEST KANSAS. 
J. H. Lockwood presented a memorial, signed by J. 
D. Evans and fifteen others, relating to colored mission 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Missions. 

OHIO. 

I. F. King presented a memorial, signed by S. R. Porter 
and thirty others, relating to Lay Electoral Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

J. M. Trimble presented a report of the commission 
on condition of the cemetery at Upper Sandusky, O., 
signed by himself and others, which was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

The delegation of the Ohio Conference presented a 
memorial in relation to the establishment of a corps of 
army chaplains, which was referred to the Committee 
on the State of the Church. 



(;our*e of 

Study. 



(Jhartorcd 
Fund. 



Mission 
training 
school. 



PHILADELPHIA. 

William Swindells jiresented a memorial, signed by 
Professor Charles F. Heimes and others, relating to a 
coui'se of study for ministers, which was referred to 
the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented the Report of the Trustees of the 
Chartered Fund, which was referred to tlie Committee 
on Chartered Fund. {See A])pendix III, 18.) 

ROCK RIVER. 

C. G. Trusdell presented a memorial from Chicago 
Preachers' Meeting concerning the Chicago Training 
School for City, Home and Foreign Missions and 
Deaconness Home, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Missions. 



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191 



Morning. 
Church 
union. 



He also presented a memorial from the same body ^lay lo. 
concerning the union of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, which was 
referred to the Committee on State of the Church. 

He also presented a memori.il of the Chicago Time limit. 
Preachers' Meeting on extension of the time of pastoral 
service, which was referred to the Committee on Itin- 
erancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the Rock River ciassieadeis. 
Conference concerning a change in the method of ap- 
pointing class-leaders, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



SOUTH KANSAS. 
R. N. Allen presented a memorial of the South Kansas Conference 
Lay Conference requesting the organization of a general Society. 
Conference Claimant Society, which was referred to the 
Committee on Temporal Economy. 



TEXAS, 

J. B. McCulIoch presented a memorial of the Texas Boundaries. 
Annual Conference relating to the boundaries of their 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

I. B. Scott presented a memorial of the Texas and 
West Texns Conference concerning the formation of a 
new Conference, which was referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

TROY. 

D. W. Gates presented a memorial of the Official 
Board of Saratoga Springs referring to District nssess- 
ments, which was referred to the Committee on Tem- 
poral Economy. 

UPPER TOWA. 

IT. IT. Green presented a memorial from Epworth, la., 
signed by R. F. Hurlburt and ten others, relating to 
probationary membership, which Avas referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



Assess- 
ments. 



Proba- 
ti' >ners. 



WASHINGTON. 
E. W. S. Peck presented a petition, signed by W. T. ^;.^^TJuY- 
Harris and twelve others, in relation to removal of re- 



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iVLay to. gtriction from Bislioii Taylor, which was referred to 

Ninth Day. , ^>, . t-i • •' ' 

Morning the Committee on Episcopacy. 



Boundaries. 



Conference 
claimuuts. 



WEST NEBRASKA. 
J. L. Parrotte presented a memorial, signed by D. K. 
Tindall and two others, relating to Conference bound- 
aries, which was referred to the. Committee on Bound- 
aries. 

WEST WISCONSIN. 

E. L. Eaton presented a memorial of the West Wis- 
consin Conference asking for a Board of Conference 
Claimants, which was referred to the Committee on 
Temporal Economy. 

B. E. Wheeler presented a memorial asking for the 
oganization of a Boai'd of Conference Claimants, and 
signed by James Lawson and four others, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temj)oral Economy. 

WILMINGTON. 
J. A. B. Wilson presented a memorial of the Annual 
Conference and of the District Stewards of the Eastern 
District and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of 
the meeting, John Fiance, Presiding Elder, and John 
F. Dawson, Secretary, requesting a modification in the 
law regarding the term of Presiding Elders, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy, 

WISCONSIN. 
Mission w. P. Stowe presented a memorial of W. D. Atwater 

Conferences. _ ' _ 

and James Williams relating to Mission Conferences, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 



Presiding 
Eldei-s. 



Onv Youth. 



S.abbath 
observance. 



Romanism. 



WYOMING. 

]M. S. Plard presented a memorial, signed by J. E. 
Price and A. Austin, concerning the continuance of the 
publication of Oar Youth, which was referred to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by E. A. Bald- 
win and M. R. Kerr, relating to the observance of the 
Sabbath, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 

J. G. Eckman presented a memorial of the Wyoming 
Conference relating to Romanism, which was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church. 



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FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 11. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop Thomas Bowman presiding. 

"The devotional services were conducted by E. R. 
Uille, of the California Conference. 

The minutes of yesterday's session were read and ap- 
proved. 

The following Delegates Avere announced as present 
and in their seats: 

William T. Atkinson, a reserve, of the Kentucky 
Conference, in place of Miles N. Hambleton, who can- 
not attend ; Jason L. Jones, of the Louisiana Confer- 
ence. 

E. W. Culver was granted leave of absence for three 
days, to attend a funeral. 

J. M. Buckley moved that when a reserve takes the 
seat of a member it shall be permanent, and a member 
surrendering his seat shall surrender it permanently. 
Carried. 

A. J. Kynett, as a question of privilege, moved that 
the brother having charge of the pages be instructed to 
recover as far as possible certain documents distributed 
to the Conference. The motion prevailed. 

W. A. Spencer, in behalf of the Committee on Con- 
solidation of Benevolent Societies, reported progress, 
and asked further time, with the privilege of reporting 
at any day. The request was granted. 

J. B. Graw moved a suspension of the Rules for the 
purpose of presenting the Report of the Commission 
appointed by the last General Conference on methods 
of the Book Concern. The motion prevailed, and the 
Report was referred to the Committee on the Book Con- 
cern. (See A2)peiidix III, 2.) 

The Bishop called the list of Committees for the pre- 
sentation of reports. 

W. H. Craig asked instruction concerning certain 
papers. The contents were indicated, and they were 
referred to appropriate committees. 

On motion of J. B. Graw, all papers having ref- 
erence to the insurance of church property were 
13 



IVIay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morning. 

Bishop 
Bowman 

presides. 

Di'Vdlional 

services. 



Minutes 
appioveil. 



Delegates 
arrived. 



Leave of 
absence. 



Seating 

reserve 

(lelofrates. 



Committee 
on Benevo- 
lences. 



Commission 
on methods 
of Book Con- 
cern report. 



Presentation 
of reports. 

Instructions 
to com- 
mittees. 



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]VIay II. 

Tbstu Day. 
Morning. 



Report on 

Missions 

No. 11^ III. 



Judiciary 
EeportNo.I. 



Ecumenical 
C'nnl'erence 
ReiMirtNo.I. 



Eev. Dr. 
S. A. Su-fl. 



Memorial 
services. 



Call for 
resolutions. 



Work in the 
South. 



directed to 'be referred to the Committee on Church 
Extension. 

A, W. McKinney, Secretary of the Committee on the 
Book Concern, asked instructions concerning certain 
papers in his hands. The contents were stated, and 
they were referred to proper committees. 

The Report No. II of the Committee on Missions 
was read and adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 41.) 

Report No. I of the same Committee was read, 
amended, and adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 40.) 

Report No. I of the Committee on Judiciary was 
read and adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 72.) 

Report No. I of the Committee on the Ecumenical 
Conference Avas read. 

J. B. "Walsh moved that the delegates to be appor- 
tioned to the Annual Conferences be selected by them. 

J. M, Buckley moved, as a substitute, that the method 
of selecting delegates be referred to the Committee 
already appointed, to devise and report a plan. The 
previous question was ordered and the motion prevailed. 

The report as amended was then adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 79.) 

C. J. Little, Chairman of the Committee on the Re- 
ception of Fraternal Messengers, by consent, presented 
Rev. S. A. Steel, D.D., Fraternal Messenger from the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 

The Bishop introduced him to the Conference, and 
he was granted the privilege of the platform. 

J. M. Trimble requested the Conference to fix a day 
for holding Memorial Services. 

L. C. Queal moved that next Wednesday, at eleven 
o'clock A. M., be the time, and the motion prevailed. 

The Bishop called the Conferences for resolutions. 

AUSTIN. 
E. O. Mclntire presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work 
in the South : 

Wheitas, The Freedmen's Aid Society was designed by its founders 
to aid tlie colored people ; and 

Whertas, There is great objection on the part of the colored people 
10 tlic change of name as proposed by the Board of Managers of said 
Society; therefore, 

Jiesoived, 1. That tiie name " Freedmen's .4.id Society " be continued 



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Union of 
MetbodiMin. 



and the Society be especially instructed to raise funds and expend IMay II. 
them in aiding colored schools only. Tenth Day. 

2. Tliat the wliite educational work in the South be hereb}' trans- Morning. 
ferred to the Board of Kducalion. and that the charter of said Society 
be so enlarged as to give that Society power to organize, raise funds, 
and aid white schools in the South. 

E. O. Mclntire also presented the following, which 
was read and referred to the Committee on the State 
of the Church: 

Whereas, The two great bodies of Christians known as the Metho- 
dist p]piscopal Cluirch and th.e Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 
are nearly identical in their "faith and practice," organization, and 
methods of work ; and 

Wherea.'i. Tliese bodies were divided by causes which liave long 
since ceased to exist ; and 

Whereafs, These Churches are now in fraternal relations, and occupy 
the same territorj' throughout a large part of this country and have 
missions in some of the same foreign lands ; and 

Whereas, Mucli cost attends the administration of their work, 
which would be obviated by a union ; therefore. 

Resolved, That this General Conference, believing the time has 
come for organic uDion of these Churclies, do hereliy instruct the 
Bishops to appoint, within one j'ear from date, acominiitee oftiiirteen 
men, seven to be ministers and six laymen, to meet a similar commit- 
tee, should the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, appoint such, 
whose joint duty it shall be to arrange a basis of union and report 
to tlie next ensuing General Conferences of said Churches. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy: 

Whereas, Tliere are four Conferences in Texas, and the following Episcopfil 
Conferences are contiguous, namely, Mexico, New Mexico Spanish residence. 
Mission, Xew Mexico English Mission, Arkansas, and Little Rock, 
thus naturally forming a General Conference District; therefore, 

Resolved, That an Episcopal residence be fixed in the State of 
Texas, and the Bishop be authorized to select any point for residence 
he mav choose within the State. 



Fscof 
churches. 



BALTIMORE. 

Alexander Ashley presented the following, which 
was referred to the Committee on the State of the 
Church : 

In the list of questions to be asked by the presiding elder at the 
fourth Quarterly Meeting add the following after the twenty-fourth 
question, section ."5, paragraph 102, page .3, of the Discipline: 

" Has the church (or churches) been kept sacred for the worship 
of God and the moral and religious instruction of the people? " 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

At the end of section 3, paragraph 48. pa-.'C .36 of the Discipline, ^JIJ^^^^^"' 
add the words " provided the application shall liave been brought be- 
fore the leaders and stewards, and shall have received the approval 



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]May It. of a majority of that body; " so tliat the last sentence of said section 

Tenth Dav. shall read, 
Morning. " Nevertheless, if a member in good standing in any orthodox 

evangelical Church shall desire to unite with us, such applicant may, 
by giving satisfactory answers to the usual inquiries, be received at 
once into full membersliip, provided the application shall have been 
brought before the Leaders and Stewards' Meeting, and shall have re- 
ceived the approval of a majority of that body." 

Alter the words "preacher in charge" in tirst line, section 6, para- 
graph 48, page 37, of the DiscipUne, and the words " with the con- 
currence of the leaders and stewards," so that the sentence will read 
as follows: 

" Certificate of removal must be signed by the preacher in charge, 
with the concurrence of the Leaders and Stewards' Meeting, or, if 
there be no preacher in cliarge, by the presiding elder of the District, 
and shall be in the following form," etc. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

After the word certificate, in the third and fourth lines of section 
4, paragraph 48, page 36, of the Discipline, add the words: " Provided 
they have met all financial obligations of the church up to the date 
of said certificate, or shall have satisfied the leaders and stewards 
that they are unable to do so," so that the first sentence sliall read : 
"All acceptable members of the church, desiring to remove their 
membership from one circuit or station to another, are entitled to a 
certificate, provided they have met all financial obligations to the 
church up to the date of said certificate, or shall have satisfied tlie 
Leaders and Stewards' Meeting that they were unable to do so." 

D. H. Carroll presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Church Extension: 

As tlie trust clause for the holding of church or parsonage prop- 
erty as given in the Discipline, paragraph 393, and which is required 
to be inserted in all deeds, has been declared by the Court of Ap- 
peals of Maryland '' too vague and indefinite to be sustained by the 
courts of the State." some provision should be made bj' which the 
Annual Conferences sliould be permitted to so modify the trust clar.se 
as to conform to the law of the State, while at the same time preserv- 
ing, as far as legal, the disciplinarj"^ provision ; therefore 

Resolved, That the trust clause in the Discipline be so changed as 
to read : 

" Each Annual Conference is authorized to make such modifica- 
tions in the forms prescribed for holding church and parsonage 
property as shall be deemed necessary to conform to the laws of the 
States or Territories, and i-o as to secure the property as far as possi- 
ble, in accordance with the true intent and meaning of the Discipline 
iij paragraphs 393 and 394." 

CALIFORNIA. 

E. R, Dille offered the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Bpnevolent Whereafy, There is often much unbusiness-lil<e confusion in the 
collections, methods adopted in the Annual Conferences for the handling and dis- 
position of the collections for tlie various benevolences; and 
Whereas, A uniform method is desirable; therefore. 
Resolved, 1. That each Annual Conference shall, on the first day of 



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its session, appoint or elect a Conference Treasurer, to whom the IMay 11. 
pastors shall pay all amounts collected for the various benevolences", Tenth Day. 
and in wliose iiands all receipts and vouchers for benevolent money Moi-ning. 
shall be placed, the said pastors takinj;: the Confererence Treasurer's 
receipt for the money and vouchers turned over to him. 

2. That said Conference Treasurer shall pay all collections coming 
into his hands to the Treasurer of the various benevolences (except 
moneys for Conference claimunls, which shall be paid to the Confer- 
ence Stewards, or on their order to the claimants), and shall turn 
over to said treasurers all vouchers siifned by them, said vouchers 
being a requisition upon the treasurers for funds in ilieir hands, and 
sliall take receipts from said treasurers for the total collection for 
each benevolence respectively. 

3. That the Conference Treasurer of each Annual Conference shall 
open an account with eacli charge in a book prepared for that pur- 
pose, said book to be kept in the archives of the Cou'ert-nce. He 
shall also make a report, at each Conference session, of all moneys 
and vouchers passing through his hands, said report to be a part of 
the Journal of said Conference. 

4. That it shall be the duty of the Auditing Cummitlee of each 
Conference to audit the Treasurer's books and accounts and compare 
them with the statistical tables, provided that the financial statistics 
§iiall not be approved until they agree with the Treasurer's accounts 
with the several charges. 

He also presented the following, wliich was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be asked to reccommend 
the addition to section 5 of paragraph 48 of the Discipline of the fol- 
lowing : 

"When a member is recommended to another church of our de- 
nomination by a certificate the pastor giving such certificate shall 
notify the pastor of the clinrch to wiiich the letter is addressed, and 
upon the reception of a member by letter the p;istor receiving shall 
notify tlie pastor of the church giving the letter, and tlien (and not 
before) the said member's name shall be stricken from the rolls of 
the dismissing church." 



Chiucli 
cei'tificites. 



"VV. S. Urmy presented the following, which was read 
and referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

« 

This certifies that the California Conference, at its last session, Seat of the 
held in Monterey, Ausust 30 to September 5, took the following next General 
action : ^ Conference. 

"On motion of George Clifford, a cordial and unanimous invitation 
was extended to the General Conference of 1892 to meet in San Fran- 
cisco." 

Resolved, In view of the above action, that this General Conference 
fix the place of holding the next General Conference in San Fran- 
cisco. 



CENTRAL GERMAN. 

Jacob Rothweiler presented the following, which was 
read and adopted : 

Resolved, That the editors of Christian Apolo'jist and Hons und Herd 
shall be a committee to edit the German Discipline of 1888. 



(Serman 
Discipline. 



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May 11. CENTRAL MISSOURI. 

Tksth Day. . ^ • ■• 

Morning. W. H. H. Bi'own presented tlie following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Conference Boundaries : 



Extension of 
boundaries. 



Whereas, la tlie States of Kansas and Iowa there are found broad 
and promising fields for the propagation of tlie Methodist Episcopal 
Cliurch among our people, many of wliom were members of this 
Church iu Southern States, from which they have immigrated in re- 
cent years; and 

Whertas, There is comparatively little work being done in estab- 
hshing the Methodist Episcopal Church for our people in these Slates, 
thereby failing lo supply a long-felt want; and 

Wlii^rtus, It is the earnest desire of the people to be placed under 
the territorial jurisdiction of this Conference; therelbre, 

Besolved, That we respectfully petition tlio General Conference to 
include witliin the boundary' of the Central Missouri Conference the 
States of Kansas and Iowa. 



Presiding 
elders' term. 



Time limit. 



Amuse- 
ments. 



CENTRAL NEW YORK. 

L. C. Qiieal presented the following, which Avas read 

and referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Rfsohed, That ^ 170 of the Discipline be changed in third line to 
six years instead of four, so as to read: "A Bishop maj' allow an 
Elder to preside in the same District for an}' term not exceeding six 
years, after which he shall not be appointed to the same District for 
six years." 

He also presented the following, which was read and 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Rtsolvnd, That ^ 164, § 8. of the Discipline be changed in third 
line to read five instead of three 3'ears, so it siiall bo read: "To fix 
tlie appointments of the preachers, provided he shall not allow any 
preacher to remain in the same station more tlian five j^ears suc- 
cessivel}'." 

A motion to dispense with the reading of resolutions 
by the Secretary was, on motion of L. C. Queal, laid on 
the table. 

C. C. Wilbor presented the following, v/hich was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereiis, The specification of particular amusements in ^ 233 in- 
volves us in unnecessary difficulties in administraiion upon our 
charges, from the fact tliat such specification leaves nothing to the 
discretion of the members themselves, and also from tlie fact that 
nian}' amusements equallj- sinful remain unsjlecilied, thereby seeming 
bj'' such discrimination to favor, in the eyes of many people, such 
things unspecified : tlierefore, 

Resolvtd, That T[ 233 be so changed as to strike out the following 
words, namely, " dancing, plajnng at games of cliance, attending thea- 
ters, liorse-races, circuses, duncing parties, or patronizing dancing 
schools," also the word '"otlier,'' so that the paragraph will read: 

"In case of neglect of duties of any kind, imprudent conduct, in- 
dulging sinful tempers or words, the buying, selhng, or using intox- 
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licenses for the sale of intoxicaiii.g liquors, becoming bondsmen for 
persons engaged in snch traffic, renting property as a i;l^'^'« '" -^^ °" 
which to manufacture or sell intoxicating .liquors, oi taking sncl 
amusements as are obviously of misleading "••^''^^["^I'f J, "l";,! 
tendency, or disobedience to the order and discipline ot the thuicU, 

6tC. 

CENTRAL OHIO. 

E. D. Whitlock presented the ioUowing, wliicli -svas 

referred to the Committee on Kevisals : 

i?es.?«'<i, That we respectfully ask the General Conference to so 
•unend the rules of the Cliurdi that the tune necessary fcnpeison;, 
seekin- admission into the Church to become fully qiialihed lor mem- 
"berslii'p shall be left to tlio judgment of the Official Board. 

S. L. Roberts presented the followhig, which was 
referred to tlie Committee on Revisals : 

RoMved, That the Committee on Revisals be, and it is |iereby re- 
Quested to recommend the General Conference to amend H Oi'. P"Se 
64 of the Discipline by adding after the word cl.urclies, m the fourth 
line, tlie words, '-and parsonages," thereby making parsonage trus- 
tees members of the Quarterly Conference. 

L. A. Belt presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resohed, That the buying, selling or using of i^fo-^','^^^"'? ';['''•;.;" 
be no longer considered by the Discipline as a simple '"'l' 'dence, 
aud that the Discipline be so amended that these words shall dis- 
appear from the Chapter on Imprudences. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANL\. 

M. L. Ganoe presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas The sacrament of the Lord's Supper, observed frequently 
and regulai'ly, is a means of grace to our people, as well as a solemn 

''"feerei. Through neglect of pastors congregations are deprived 
nf ir tor too lou"' a lime; theiefuie. 

iiS tLu the Committee ou Revisals bo respectfully requested 
to consider the importance of adding the following section to Ij 18.. 
of tJe Discipline (page 183) on - the duties of preachers •'> charge of 
c ronits and stations,"" namely, ■' Wherever practicable, o see that tie 
saciiment of the Lord's Supper be administered at all Ins appoint- 
ments at least once in two months." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the same Committee : 

Wierea.% The Discipline requires pastors to see tl'^t stewards pro- 
vide unferinenled wine for the communion service ^;; .^"<^^ ^ l^' 
recllv bind the stewards to the performance of that dui> il'^''eto'e 
R^hed That the Committee on Revisals be respect.ully requested 
to amend 1 202 of the Disciphne. p.ge 12. on the duties of stewards, 
bv i^i^ertino- after tlie words. " Lord'-s Supper." lu the eighteenth line 
Ueods'^- seeing speciallv that .he wine u^ed bo not fermented: 
so tlrU he whole clause siiall read, "To provide the elements lor the 
Loi^'Spi^.- seeing specially tuat the wine u.sed be untermcnted. 



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]Mfvy H. 

Tk.ntii Day. 
Jluiniiiy. 



Probation. 



Trustees. 



Intoxicatiii; 
liquors. 



Lord's 
Sui>i>fr. 



UnfeniVTU- 
eil wine 



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Miay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morning, 

Expenses of 
delegates. 



General 
Conference 
Juuinals. 



C. C. Crowell 
present. 



Evangelists. 



E\ nngelists. 



E. J. Gray presented the following, which, on motion 

of L. A. Belt, was laid on the table : 

Resolved, That a commiitce of five on Expenses of General Con- 
ference Delegates be appointed by the Bishops, to whom shall be paid 
and by wjioni shall be distributed all moneys collet-ted for the expenses 
of delegates, j)rovidtd tliat the.y shall not allow more than the ex- 
penses of one complete delegation without the consent of this General 
Conference. 

He also presented the following, which was read and 
adopted : 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents at Xew York, with the ap- 
proval of the local Book Committee, be authorized to send by mail or 
otherwise one copy of the General Conference Journal of 1888 to each 
of the literary institutions under our patronage and control that may 
apply for it. 

2, That they be authorized to furnish such institutions Journals of 
preceding General Conferences at cost of publication. 

Cliailes C. Crowell, a reserve delegate from Upper 
Iowa Conference, was announced as present, and his 
name was placed on the roll in jjlace of J. P. Farley, 
who cannot attend. 

COLUMBIA RIVER. 
W. S. Turner, of the Columbia River Conference, 
presented the following, whicli was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy: 

Whereas, It is believed by many in the Methodist Episcopal Church 
that evangelists can be employed witii good effect; and, 

Whertiis, There are serious disadvantages attending the labors of 
manj^ evangelists, who come without due authority as sucii, and often 
injure our cause; tiierefore, 

Resolved. That the General Conference carefully consider the pro- 
priety of providing a plan for appointing capable and judicious men 
as evangelists in the Annual Conferences. 

DES MOINES. 

T. McK. Stuart presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, Tiie present custom and usage of the Church at large 
recognizes the necessity for the employment of evangelists to assist 
pastors in special revivalistic work : and 

Whereas, Tiiere are manv persons who, without any proper author- 
ity and wholly irresponsiliie, are engaged in evangelistic woik, for 
whom the Church in public opinion is nevertheless held responsible; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That we recognize the office and calling of evangelists by 
amending paragraph 164. section 3, Book of Discipline, so as to read 
after the words '-and otlier Benevolent Institutions," '■'also one or 
more evayigelists." 

And after paragraph 198 insert a paragraph to read as follows ; to 
wit, 

"Whenever a local preacher or exhorter shall desire to enter upon 
special evangelistic work he shall procure from his pastor and Pre- 



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siding Elder a certificate of his qiuilitication for such work, wiihoiil ]May 11. 
wliich it shall be improper for any pastor to recognize him in his Tknth Day. 
work. Morning. 

•'Sec. 2. Whenever any woman in the Church sludl feel called to 
enter upon the work of an evangelist she shall procure from tlie 
Quarterly Conference of the charge to which she belongs a ceriilicate 
of her good standing in the Ciiurch and qualilicaUon for such work. 
Such certiticate must be signed for and in behalf of the Quarterlj'- 
Conference by the Secretary, and indorsed in a similar manner by the 
Presiding- Elder and preacher in charge. 

"Sec. 3. Evangelists shall, while working in the bounds of any 
pastoral charge, be under the control of the pastor of such charge." 

Also the following, wliich was referred to the same 
Committee : 

Resoloed, That our book of Discipline be so changed that nn- Marriage 
ordained preachers in charge shall be authorized to solemnize mar- ceremony, 
riage. 

After paragraph 181 insert a paragraph to read as follows, to wit: 
" Whenever a preacher on trial, or a local preacher, shall have 
charge of a circuit or staiion he shall be authorized to solemnize 
marriage so long as he shall be continued in pastoral charge." 



DETROIT. 

Arthur Edwards jjresented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That it is the judgment of this General Conference that 
the interests of the Church would be promoted by making Detroit a 
place of Episcopal residence. 

2. That if the next General Conference shall designate Detroit as a 
place of residence for one of our Bishops we will unite witli the peo- 
ple of Detroit in providing a dwelling lor such residence as will com- 
port with the dignity of the office and the wants of the Church. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



EAST OHIO. 

VV„ L. Dixon presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals, 

Whereas, Class-leaders are members of Quarterly Conferences, with ciassleaders. 
full power as such, and yet are not amenable to the same for their 
official conduct, as are all other members, and 

Whereas, Pastors may, by multiplying the number of class-leaders, 
control the action of Quarterly Conferences and thereby defeat the 
design of such action : therefore. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to consider 
tiie propriety of constituting class-leaders members of Quarterly Con- 
ferences by a majority vote of the same, and thereby make them 
amenable to the Quarterlj- Conference for their official conduct. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Church Extension : 

Whereas, It is made the duty of the Presiding Elder " to see that 
all church property is well insured; and 

Whereas, A general plan for procuring imiform and common rates 
of insurance for church property throughout the country from respou- 



Church 
insurance. 



202 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IMay 11. 

Tentu Day. 
Morning, 



Trial of local 
preaciiers. 



fiible companies would greatly facilitate the effort of the Presiding 
Elder in this part of his work; and, 

Whtrms, Tlie Church Hxtension Society, liaving to do wholly with 
cli'irch property, could best command such rates and work such plan; 
therefore, 

Resolved, Tliat the Committee on Church Extension be asked to 
devise a plan by which uniform and common rates throughout the 
country may be secured by our people in reliable insurance compa- 
nies througli the Church Extension Society. 

E. A. Simons presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, It is frequently impracticable to conduct the trial of a 
local preacher in the presence of all the members of ihe District 
Conference; therefore. 

Resolved, Tliat paragraph 225 of tlie Discipline be amended by the 
addition of the following words: 

"But should the District Conference judge it expedient to try the 
accused local preacher by a select number it may appoint not less 
than nine nor more tliau fifteen of its members for that purpose, the 
accused liaving the right to challenge for cause, which select number, 
in the presence of the Presiding Elder or of a ciiairmau appointed by 
him. and one or more of the secretaries of the Conference, shall liave 
full power to consider and determine the case according to the rules 
which govern District Conferences in such proceedings; and they 
shall make a faithful report of their doings to the Secretary of the 
(conference in wriiing, and deliver up to him the bill of charges, the 
evidence taken, and the decision rendered, with all other dociunents 
brought into tlie trial, which record shall be a part of the proceeduigs 
of the District Conference. 



Lay repre- 
sentatiun. 



GENESEE. 

Z. p. Taylor presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, Tliat the time lias come when the laity should have eonal 
representation with the ministry in the General Conference. 



Work in 
the South. 



GEORGIA. 

Hugh Boyd presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work 
in the South : 

Resolved, 1. That the name of the Freedmen's Aid Society be 
changed to the Southern Educational Societ}'-, and that thirty percent. 
of all funds collected be applied to white schools already in existence. 

2. That no school be established in our white Conferences in the 
South without a majority of the Annual Conference in whicli such 
school is to be erected consenting. 



HOLSTOiSr. 

J. F. Spence presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Education : 



Journal of the General Conference. 



1888.] 

Wherea,'^ The educational work of the Metho.iist Episcopal 
Cluu-ch has o-rowu to sncli magnitude and importance as to attrac 
no o ly 'e^atention of the large publishing houses n. on. • great 
cente s but to awaken an interest a.noug onr c-ntu-e c.t,zenslup ; a d 

W/ ««., The unity a.,d el!ectiveness of our scliools n.ay be greatly 
incrolsed by establishing a uniform curric-nhun u. our universities, 
couT'es and seminaries so that students can read.ly pass from one 
sSl to another without change of text-books : theretore, 
" ^Jvel 1. That this Conference appoint a commatee whose duty 
it shall b^to carefully consider the practicability ot p.epaiing a 
uniform system of text-books for all our schools. 

9 That we do further recommend that the publication of said 
te^t-booil be awarded to our own publishiog houses, and thereby 
increase the revenues of our church treasury. 

H. B. Case presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Book Concern : 

Whereas The Methodist Advocate, edited and punished by the Rev 
T. C. cTrtek D.D., is acconphshing a great and necessitous work for 
.-.I'lr \fpthodism in the Central South; and _ 

W/ S «t The financial condition of the masses in that section of the 
country makes it impossible to publish such a paper without great 

^"'JLolrJ^St the Agents of the Western Methodist Book Concera 
beTvithoHzed and directed to render aid to the support of said Meth- 
odTlZcate\o the amount of $2,000 per year during the next 
quadrennium. 

ILLINOIS. 
W N McElroy,of the Illinois Conference, presented 
the following, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee «" I^^^i^f|;"^"'';^ j'^ecursl'ite'r" 
diencv of striking out of the Discipline, 1 186, al that occurs alter 
tl^e word "reside," in the fifteenth line, and insert m p ace thereof tlio 
follo7v?n- ''0 i' his residence be near the boundary nie of his own 
Confl ence ancl convenient to a church in it, he may elect to hold Im 
men bersS there. But in case his membership is held beyond the 
Wds of his own Conference he shall lorward annually a certihcate 
similar to that required of a superannuated preacher. 

IOWA. 
G. N. Power presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Wherec'^ The Cliurch in her ministry and membership sl.ould move 
on a p In^ above that of tlie world, and in governmental affairs there 
■ is a oTowiu- sentiment in favor of civil service relorm; and 

XZ^lhe impression prevails to some extent (^^ /'-^^l^,;;'^ " 
fully or not that there is an increasing tendency m our Church towad 
o£" ovS and office-seeking, even in a delegateship to the Gene, al 
Sonfe enceTand that the methods often employed are upon tjie com- 
mon level of those of the politician, consequently damaging to the 

"^RmT'^^ the General Conference should so legislate as to 
remS ineiioible to membership in the General Confe.vnce all per.sons 
10 dii>' office directly or remotely under the General Conle.-ence-, but 



203 

]May 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morning. 

Educational 
work. 



Methodist 
Advocate. 



Membership 
of preaclier. 



General 

Coiifei-eiice 

ofticers. 



204 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Miay 11. that such office-holders be given the right to seats, and to speak once, 
Tbntii Day. at least, on matters pertaining to their administration. 
Moini7iy. 2. That a member elected to office under the General Conference 
shall at once vacate his seat, and the alternate be called to the seat 
vacated by such election. We believe these to be just, proper, and 
useful measures, wiUiout regard to the evil above referred to, for the 
Iblhiwiug reasons: (1) Bishops as soon as ordained cease to have a 
vote in tlic General Conference; (2) the Constitution of ilie United 
States excludes from membership in Congress all office-holders. And 
likewise most, if not all, the States forbid admiuistraiive officers of 
the Stales sitting in the General Assembly to enact laws. Yet our 
General Conferenee has not only legislative powers and duties, but 
judicial and executive as well, especially through its own conmiiliee ; 
(3) we see also in every General Conference office-holders serving on 
committees constituted for tlie purpose of examining and criticising 
(if need be) the work of tho.se very officers done during the preced- 
ing four years, and in some cases acting as chairmen of the com- 
mittee; (4) the office-holders (members of the General Conference) 
may vote for their own election, and for the committee or board 
which fix tlieir salaries. This is not true, in the same sense, in any 
of our civil governments; (5) in the management of the immen.se 
business and financial interests of our Church — Book Concern, Mis- 
sions, Churcli Extension, Freedmen's Aid Society, etc., is it not 
possible, if nothing more, tliat serious mistakes of administration may 
be perpetuated through many quadrenniums? Whereas, if the mem- 
bers of the General Conference could, witliout embarrassment, review 
the past and plan for the future, they might correct errors ; (6) it has 
been said that one tenth of the last General Conference, ministers 
and laymen, ht'ld, at the lime, offices under the Conference. Many ia 
the Church think this should not be. 



Intoxicating 
liquors. 



John Maliin presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That as the Church should not be behind the State in its 
moral code, but in advance of it, and as a number of States in this 
Union make the selling of intoxicating liquors as a beverage a crime, 
^ 230 and ^ 238 of the Discipline should be so amended as to 
classify such selling by a church member as '"immoral conduct," 
instead of " imprudent conduct." 



Women's 
Work. 



Local 
pi-eacliers' 
j'eports. 



He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Resolved, Tliat the time has come in the history of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church when all legal or other imposed disabilities lo the 
usefulness of women in the work of the Church should be removed, 
and full opportunity and eligibility should be accorded to them to en- 
ter any service of trust or iionor in tlie gift of the Church for which 
their endowments of "grace, gift, and fruits," in the language of the 
Discipline, may qualify them. 

LEXINGTON. 

T. R. Fletcher presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, The form of local preachers' report, under the head of 
Reports to the District Conferences, found in T[ 95 of the Discipline, 
in which reference is made to T[ 190 as a form of their report; and 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



205 



Whereas, Such form is so complex as to include several topics Jl^y *»• 

not essential to their report, and as such topics are someumes so ^knt D-. 

consirued as to authorize a local preacher to perform functions other- Mo,mug. 
wise provided for, and to be performed by members ol the highei 

""'l^'ier That ' the Committee on Revisals be and are hereby 
reouested to take into consideration the subject herein cited, and 
pTsent with their report to the General Conference for adoption a 
noditied list of the several reports, containing the f^^^J^^ « to be 
reported upon Ht tlie District Conferences, and that said form be pub- 
lished in the Discipline of 1888. 



MEXICO. 
J. W. Butler presented tlie following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Resolved, That tlie Mexico Conference shall include all the Re- 
cublic of Mexico save the territory of Lower California and such ot 
fhe northern frontier Stales of Mexico as onr Coi.ferences or Mis- 
sions in the South-west may wish to reach. 



Boundaries. 



MICHIGAN. 
J, H. Potts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Whereas Tiie Fifth Restrictive Rule provides that the General 
Conference shall not do away the privileges of our ministers or 
preachers of trial by a committee and of an appeal; and _ 

Whereas, Paragraph 188 provides for the location of certain t avel- 
ing preachers without their consent, and without formal trial; there- 

^'''^ Resolved Tliat the Committee on the Judiciary be requested to con- 
sider and Report to this body whether H 188 is not an infringement 
npon the rights of onr traveling preachers under the Constitution ot 
the Church. 

W. I. Cogshall presented the following, whioh was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Resolved That in conformity with a resolution of Michigan Confer- 
ence passed at its last session (See Journal Michigan Con erence, 
1887 paoe%4). an enabling act be granted Michigan Ccmference, 
allowing "said Conference to divide its territory and organize a new 
Conference wholly within its present bounds, the pres.dmg B.^hop 
concurring. 

MINNESOTA. 
J. N. Liscomb presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Book Concern : 

Whereas It is very important that complete and perfect records of 
our church membership be kept; therefore „,„^ ,„ 

rIm That the Agents of the Book Concern be requested to 
di^criinue t e sale of cheap and in.pcr'cct Church Records, and 
niake and sell nothing less perfect and complete than the Comprehen- 
sive Church Record. 



Locatinff 
travtiling 
preachers. 



Division 

of tlie 

Conference. 



Chnitsh 

Kecurds. 



206 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IVEay 11. 
Tkntii Day. 

JJoimhifj. 



Seats of 
members. 



Business dis- 
agreement. 



Election of 
trustees. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



Whereas, Many of our preachers utlerlj'' fail to keep correct 
records, even in complete record books; therefore, 

Eesolved. Tlint the Board of Bishops be requested to provide for 
stud}' and examinaiion in keeping our church records in the course 
of study, il' practicable. 

G. H. Ilazzard presented the following, wliich was 
referred to the Committee on Rules : 

Resolved, That our rules be so far changed as to make it necessary 
for a member to be in a seat assigned to the delegation to which lie 
belongs in order to address the Cliair and secure the Hoor. 

G. II. Bridgman presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That in place of \ T[ 236, 2.37. and 238 in the Discipline, 
relating- to "disagreements in business and non-paj^meut of debts," 
be substituted the following: 

"On any disagreement between two or more members of our 
Chiu'ch concerning imsiness transactions, which cannot be settled by 
the parties, tlie preacher in chaige shall inquire into the circumstances 
of the case, and, if lie deem it advisable, shall recommend to the 
parties a reference consisting of two arbiters chosen by one party, 
and two chosen by the other party, wiiicii four arbiters so chosen 
shall nomituite a fifth, the five arbiters being members of our Church. 
In such cases the preacher in charge shall preside, and the disci- 
plinary form of trial shall be observed." 

Robert Forbes presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, It is the custom of many of our churches, especially in 
the Western Slates and Territories, to elect trustees of our church 
properly by the Quarterly Cotiferenccs; and 

Wltereus, It is desirable tliat our people shall have a voice in 
electing trustees of chtirch property; and 

Whereas, It is desir.ible to have otu- practice uniform, as far as 
possible, througlioiit the cotintr_y ; and 

Whereas, The law in some of the iStatfs and Territories "provides 
for," but does not absolutely require a specified mode of election ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That 1[ 386 be amended, so that where it now reads, " In 
all cases where tlie law of the Slate or Territory requires a specified 
mode of election," etc., it shall read: " In all cases where the law of 
the Stale or Territory provides for a sjiecified mode of election tliat 
mode shall be observed." And in ^ 387 substituie the word "pro- 
vision" for "specific requirement," so that where it now reads, 
" W^iere no such specific requirement is made," etc., it shall read : 
"Where no such provision is made, the trustees shall be elected 
aiuiiiall}'," etc. 

And also the following, referred to the same Com- 
mittee : 

Whereas, Lay representation in the General Conference should be 
a repivsentatioii of the Church, and not simpl}' of the officiary of the 
Ciiurch ; therefore, 

Resolved, That T[ 66 be amended so that where it now reads, 
"The Lav Electoral Conference shall be composed of one layman 
from each circuit or station within the bounds of the Annual Con- 
ference, such laymen shall be chosen by the last Quarterly Confer- 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 207 

ence," etc., it shall re:id, "Such laymen shall be chosen at a meetins^ IMay 11. 
of the Cliurcli, wliicii meeting shall be called b}' tte preacher in Tkntii Day. 
charjie at a lime lo be fixed by him (notice beinpr given for two sue- Moruiny. 
cessive Sabliailis immediately preceding) not more ihan sixty nor ie>s 
tliau ten days before the date li.\ed for the opening of tlie Annual 
Coulerence session next preceding the General Conference. The 
prcaciier in charge shall preside in said meeting, aiul in iiis absence 
tiie meeting sliall elect a chairman. All members of the Church in 
full couneciioii, 21 3-ears of age, shall have tiie right to vote. The 
vote shall be by ballot, witiiont nomination and without debate. The 
per on elected shall receive a certificate of election signed by the 
ehan-man and secretary of tlie meeting, and on assembling," etc. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals : 

Resolved, Tiiat the Committee liaving charge of the form of blanks Statistics, 
for statistical reports be instructed to strike out the column headed 
" Deficiencies after Pastor's Receipts." 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts : 

Resolved, Tliat tlie Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts be ami Or^iuiizing 
are hereby instructed to prepare and report to this General Confur- new Sunday, 
ence for its action a paragraph for insertion in its proper place in tiio 
Discipline, giving p^irlicuiar and specific information regarding the 
method of organizing new Sunday-schools. 

NEBRASKA. 
M. B. Reese presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Ri'solred. That •[ GG of the Discipline be amended by adding thereto LftvElcctoral 
the following; Conference. 

"Provided further, That wiierea Conference is created during the 
year preceding the session of the (ieneral Conl'erence, so that no ses- 
sion of the Lay KlecUiral Conlerence can be held during the session 
of the Annual Conferenc, it shall be tiie duty of the Bishop presid- 
ing over the Annual Confereiic- to call a session of the Lay Electoral 
Conference, fixing the time and place of meetiiig; audit shall be the 
duty of the presiding elder of each district in such Conference to call 
special sessions of ihe ynarterly Conferences in liis district for the 
purpose of electing delegates thereto. The Electoral Conference, 
when convened, sliall elect such number of la)' delegates to the Gen- 
eral Conference as it may be entitled to. and the president and secre- 
tary thereof shall certify sucii election to the Secretary of the 
Annual Conference, and he shall certify tlie same to the Secretary of the 
General Conference in the same manner as if such Lay Electoral 
Conference had been held at the same time and place as the Annual 
Conference. 

NEW ENGLAND SOUTHERN. 

C. W. Gallagher presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, The Recording Steward is nowhere in the Discipline tii7^'i!,'':I^i'^,j[',f 
expressly declared to be the Treasurer of the Board of Stewards ; and stewards. 



208 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IMay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morning. 



Wliereas, By implication paragraphs 371 and 372 recognize him to 
be the Treasurer of tlie Board of Stewiirds ; therefore, 

Resolved^ That the office be cleiuly defined in tiie Discipline to 
embrace the duties of Treasurer of the Board of Stewards by insert- 
ing at the close of paragraph 202 the following, or something similar : 
The Recordiug Steward shall be the Treasurer of the Board of 
Stewards, and perform the duties specified in paragraphs 100 and 109. 



Local 
preachers. 



NEW YORK EAST. 

H. W. Knight presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on State of the Church : 

Whtreas, Of all the lay workers in our Cliurch there are none of 
which so mucii is required in the form of examinations and reports 
as of local preachers: therefore, Vje it 

Jiesolvtd, Thai the Coramiiiee on the State of the Church be 
instructed to inquire concerning a field of labor, and liow the same 
may be provided that local preachers and exhorters can statedly labor 
therein. 



Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to either 
define the meaning of the words, '• witiiin the bounds," etc., in T[ 214. 
§ 5, of Discipline of 1884, or to change the wording so that a local 
or other preacher may not be liable to penal law every time he at- 
tempts to exerci>^e ihe duties of his office wlicro, in his judgment, the 
opportunity is afforded him, and where at tiie time it may be no 
other Methodist preacher is doing worl< as such. 



Supernu- 
merary 
preachers. 



Joseph Pullman presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That the first sentence of T[ 186 of Discipline on super- 
numerary preachers i)e amended by sulDstituting for the words, "is 
temporarily unable to perform effective work, " the words, "or for 
other reasons satisfactory to his Conference, is excused from effeciive 
work," so that it shall read, "a supernumerary preacher is one who, 
because of impaired health, or for otiier reasons satisfactory to his 
Conference, is excused from effective woik." The remaining por- 
tion of the paragraph to continue as now in tlie Discipline. 



Lord's 
Prayer. 



NORTH DAKOTA. 

D. C. Plannette and S. J, Hill presented the following, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, The present usage of many of our ministers and ciiurches 
is out of harmony with ^ 55, g 5, in iis relation to the scriptural 
attitude in prayer; therefore. 

Resolved, That said paragrapli be amended by striking out the 
words, "in the scriptural attitude of kneeling," so tiiat said para- 
graph as amended shall read, " secondly, in prayer by the repetition 
of the Lord's Prayer." 



1888.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



209 



NORTH NKBRASKA. 

J. B. Maxfield offered the following, which was 

adopted : 

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to act in conjunction 
Willi a similar coinuiittee appoinieil by tlie Presbyterian General 
Assembly of 1887, to lay before ilie proper commiltees of Congress 
tiie facts in regard to ilie present want of relisjious instrnction at our 
army posts, and respec fully petition lliem to provide cliaplains in 
sulficieut number to meet this want. 



]Mfiy 11. 

Tenth Day, 
Muininy. 



Army 
chajjlains. 



OHIO. 

I. F. King presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals inquire into tiie expedi- 
ency of adding "and of parsonages" in T[ 98; alter the words, 
"Trustees of churches" so as to read Trustees of the chuiches and 
of the parsonages in the circuits or stations. 



Trustees. 



SAINT LOUIS. 

G. W. Hughey presented the following, which was 
referred to tlie Committee on Revisals : 

We respectfully request the General Conference to strike out the 
following words from ^ 106, page 75, lines 15 and 16, wlii';!h are as 
follows :" Except the special duties pointed out in questions 3 to 8 
inclusive, in T[ 105 of the Discipline." The sentence so changed 
will read: " When so organized the Official Board may discharge 
the duties belonging to the Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting." 



Official 
boards. 



SAVANNAH. 

C. O. Fisher presented the following, which 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 



was 



Wliereas, The District Conferences, as now authorized by the Dis- 
cipline, are a source of great inconvenience and unnecessary expense; 
and. 

Whereas, All business now legitimately transacted by the District 
Conference can, with greater facility and advantage, be transacted 
by the Quarterly Conference ; therefore, 

Resoloed, That tlie Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the advisability of abolishing the District Conference, and to 
report to this body by resolution or otiierwise. 



District 
Conferences. 



SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 

M. L. Gates presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That ^ 66 in Discipline be so amended that the follow- 
ing be added: " And such delegate shall reside within the bounds of 
the Conference which elects him." 

14 



Lar 

delegates. 



210 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IMay 11. 

Tenth Day 



General 

CoriR'ivnce 

1S92. 



Ttestrictive 
Kules. 



WEST NEBRASKA. 
B. C. Johnson presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

To the General Conference Assembled in New York, 1888. 

Deak Fathkks and Brethren: You are respectfully invited to 
hold tlie session ol" the General Conference for 1892 in the city of 
Omaha; ample accommodation will be aflbrded. 

R. D. Utter presented a paper which was referred to 

the Committee on the Judiciary : 

Resolved, Tliat tlie Connnittee on Judiciary be and the same is 
hereby iiistrucled to report to tjiis Conference, at as early a day as 
practicable, not later than next Tuesday, whether in the judgment of 
said committee the Discipline may be so changed, without resort to tlie 
restrictive process, as: 

1. To authorize the election of presiding ciders by the Annual Con- 
ferences. 

2. 'I'o give the presiding elders co-ordinate authority with the 
Bishops in fixing the appointments of tiie preachers. 

3. To restrict the tenure of the Episcopal office to a term of years. 

4. To assign the Bishops quadrennially to Episcopal districts. 

The Secretary announced the changes that have 
been made in Committees, to wit : 



ITINERANCY. 



Oliaiiges in 
Coiiiinittees. 



Mexico — J. "W. Butler. 

BOUNDARIES. 

Kentucky — W. T. Atkinson, vice A. Shinkle. 
Montana — W. A. Shannon. 

New England— G. F. Eaton, vice J. H. Mansfield. 
Newark — Sanforu Van Benschoten, vice R. R. Doherty. 
Upper Iowa — E. A. Sn3'der, vice J. P. Farley. 

REVISALS. 

Kentucky — W. T. Atkinson, vice Amon Borcing. 

Mexico — J. W. Butler. 

NoKTH West Indiana — W. H. Hickman, vice R. D. Utter. 

STATE OF THE CHURCH. 

Erie — .Alfred Wlieeler, vice H. H. Moore. 
Newark— R. R. Doheity, vice J. I. Boswell. 

MISSIONS. 
Mexico — J. W. Butler. 

EDUCATION. 
Kentucky — W. T. Atkinson, vice J. D. Walsh. 



FREEDMEN'S AID AND WORK IN THE SOUTH. 

Erik — H. H. Moore, vice Alfred Wheeler. 
Ohio— J. M. Weir, vice J. H. Gardener. 



1888.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



on 



Missions presented Report 



The Committee 

No. III. 

Conference adjourned by expiration of tmie. Alex- 
ander Martin was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow. The doxology was sung, and 
Bishop Bowman pronounced the benediction. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to Committees 
as indicated thereon: 

D. S. Monroe, Secretary of the General Conference, 
presented a memorial sent him by mail, concerning 
taking restrictions from Bishop Taylor, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 



211 



]May 1«. 

Tenth Day. 

Morning. 

Report ou 

Missions. 

Adjourn- 

luenU 



Memorials 
presented. 



Bishop 

Tiiylor's 

status. 



BALTIMORE. 
D. IT. Carroll presented a memorial of the Baltimore Ministerial 
Conference relating to ministerial relief, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 



CALIFORNIA. 

Chancellor Ilartson and J. A. Clayton presented a 
memorial from the California Lay Electoral Conference 
against change in time limit, which was referred to 
the Committee on Itinerancy. 

They also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to the liquor traffic, which was referred U) 
the Committee on Temperance and Prohibition of the 
Liquor Traffic. 

They also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to tobacco, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy. 

They also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to lay representation in General and Annual 
Confei^nces, which was referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 

They also presented a memorial from the same body 
relating to the appropriation for support of the Cali- 
fornia Christian Advocate, which was referred to the 
Committee on the Book Concern. 

The delegation also presented the memorial of the 
Conference asking that the next General Conference 



Time limit. 



Liqnnr 
tnittic 



Tobacco. 



I<ny repre- 
sentation. 



California 
C/iristiiiu 
Advocutt. 



Generiil 

Conference 

1892. 



212 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

Miay 11. 'be held in San Francisco, which was referred to the 
ENTH AT. (^Qi^jQJ^^gg Qn Temporal Economy. 

Morning. r J 

Nevada E. R. DiUe presented a memorial from members of 

the Nevada Mission requesting an enabling act for 
the erection of said Mission into an Annual Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Missions. 

CENTRAL GERMAN. 
Time limit. D, B, Meyer presented a memorial from the Lay- 
Electoral Conference on the pastoral term, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 
German Hq also presented a memorial from Lay Electoral 

periodicals. ^ _ _ •' 

Conference on publication of Gorman periodicals, which 
was referred to the Committee on Book Concern. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS. 

SpuVe" ^^- ^^- Hunter presented a memorial from M. V. B. 
White, relating to changes in Discipline, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Episcopal He also presented a memorial, sisrned by H. Richey 

District. . ^ s j j 

and three others, relating to Episcopal Districts, which 
was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 



Couferences. 



Time limit. 



CENTRAL NEW YORK. 
District L. C. Queal presented a memorial from the Syracuse 

District Conference concerning District Conferences, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

E. M. Mills presented a memorial from the Quarterly 
Conference of the South Onondaga Charge, praying for 
the removal of the time limit to the pustor.il term, and 
signed by Samuel Pinckney and eight others, which 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 
Proba- E. J. Gray presented a memorial, signed by Wm. A. 

tioners. •' ' _ ' o j 

Houck and others, on reception of probationers, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

COLORADO. 
Arizona . J), JJ, Moore presented a memorial asking an en- 
abling act for the Arizona Mission, which was referred 
tc the Committee on Boundaries. 



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213 



DES MOINES. 

W. T. Smith presented a memorial from the Pre- 
siding Elders of Iowa respecting the seat of the next 
General Conference, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
asking for a change in the Constitution of the Mis- 
sionary Society, by which its annual Board meetings 
can be held elsewhere than in New York city. 

T. McK. Stuart presented a memorial from the 
Quarterly Conference of Monroe relating to boundaries, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

L. M. Shaw presented a memorial, signed by himself 
and others, relating to the salary of pastors, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

B. F. W. Cozier presented a memorial from the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church in Des Moines, signed by 
Thomas Gatchell and eighty others, relating to class- 
leaders' conventions, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 

D. S. Sigler presented a memorial from himself and 
others on lay representation, which was referred to the 
Committee on the State of the Church. 



IMay 11. 

Tknth Day. 

Morning. 

General 

Conference 

1S92. 



Missionary 
Society. 



Boundaries. 



Pastor's 
Salary. 



Class leaders' 
conventions. 



Lay repre- 
sebtation. 



EAST OHIO. 

E. A. Simons presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference, duly signed, relating to Sabbath 
observance, which was referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body on 
the use and sale of intoxicants, which was referred to 
the Committee on Temperance and Constitutional Pro- 
hibition of the Liquor Traffic. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
ao-aiust chan<ye in time limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
asking for equal representation of ministers and lay- 
men in the General Conference, which was referred to 
the Committee on the Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
asking that there be no change in the presiding elder- 

♦ 



Sabbath 
observance. 



Intoxicants. 



Time limit 



Lay repi-e- 
resentation. 



Presiding 
elders. 



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Joxirnal of the General Coiiference. 



[1888. 



Miay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morninff. 

LayElecloral 
Conferences. 



Lay repre- 
seutatioD. 



ship, which was referred to the Committee on the 
Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the East Ohio 
Annual Conference, asking lor new provision as to 
time and place of meeting of Lay Electoral Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy. 

GENESEE. 
Z. P. Taylor presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference relating to equal lay and rainis- 
teiial representation, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Stale of the Church. 



Sunday- 
school super- 
intendents. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



Church 
union. 



ILLINOIS. 

M. A. Hewes presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and others, relating to the nomination of Sunday- 
school superintendent, which was referred to the 
Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts. 

E. W. Moore presented a memorial from the Lay 
Electoral Conference relating to the ratio of lay rep- 
resentation, which was referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body relating to union with the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South, which was referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 



Rom.ini,sm. 



Church in- 
surance. 



IOWA. 

C. F. Craver presented a memorial, signed by Rev, 
D, Murphy and others, relating to a mission among the 
Roman Catholics in the United States, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions. 

G, N. Power presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and others, relating to chuich insurance, which 
was referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 



Colportage. 



Baptism of 

infants and 

adults. 



KANSAS. 

G. S. Dearborn presented a memorial from his dele- 
gation relating to colportage, which was referred to 
the Committee on Book Concern. 

S. E. Pendleton presented a memorial relating to 



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215 



the amendment of paraG;raph 401 of the Discipline, ^^"•yj*- 

^ ^ . T-» ■ 1 Tenth Day. 



Morning. 
Biiplisms. 



Lord's 

Supper. 



which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

James Marvin presented a petition, signed by the 
delegation, for the changing of paragraph 402 of the 
Discipline, which Avas referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

G. S. Dearborn presented a memorial, signed by the 
delegation, relating to a change in the invitation to the 
Lord's Snpper, which was referred to the Committee on 
Kevisals. 

MAINE. 

E. T. Adams presented a joint memorial from the Boundmies. 
Maine and East Maine Conferences, signed by Geo. C. 
Andrews and J. II. W. Wharflf, Secretaries, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



MICHIGAN. 



J. M. Reid presented a petition from the Board of ^^^^^^^"J^-'J" 
Managers of the Missionary Committee for a change in 
its Constitution, which was referred to the Committee 
on Missions. 



MINNESOTA. 



Conference 

Claimants 

Society. 



Women. 



G. H. Ilazzard presented a memorial asking for a 
Board of Conference Claimants, which was referred to 
the Committee on Temporal Economy. 

He also presented a memorial from Lay Electoral 
Conference asking that women have equal rights with 
men, Avhich was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from Lay Electoral Time limit. 
Conference on time limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from Lay Electornl 
Conference, requesting that there be no change of rules 
with regard to amusements, which was referred to 
the Committee on State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from Lay Electoral 
Conference asking for equal lay representation, which 
was referred to the Committee on State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from Lay Electoral lusunmce 



Amiise- 
monts. 



I,ny repre- 
sentiilion. 



216 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



May ti. Conference relatinj^ to insurance, which was referred 

Tenth Day. ^ r\ • 

Morning, to the Committee on Church Extension, 



Boundaries. 



Division of 
Conference. 



MISSISSIPPI. 

S. A. Cowan presented a memorial relating to the 
action of the Mississippi Conference, which was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

J. M. Shumpert i)resented a memorial from the 
Mississippi Conference relating to the action of the 
Conference on the question of division, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



New 
mission. 



Judicial 
Conference. 



Conference 
Claimants. 



.Appoint- 
ment of 
preachers. 



Swedisli 
churclies. 



MONTANA. 
W. A. Sliannon presented a memorial from the Mon- 
tana Confeieiice asking for the establishment of a new 
mission, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

NEBRASKA. 

' A. C. Crosthwaite presented a memorial from the 

Nebiaska Conference relating to expenses of counsel 

for the Church to a Judicial Conference, which was 

referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

He also presented a memorial from the Nebraska 
Conference relating to a Board of Conference Claim- 
ants, which Avas referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy. 

NEW p:ngland. 

J. W. Hamilton presented a memorial from the 
Social Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church re- 
lating to the annual meeting of the Missionary Com- 
mittee, which was referred to the Committee on 
Missions. 

Alden Speare presented the memorial of Saratoga 
Street and other Methodist Episcopal churches in 
Boston relating to the appointment of ju-eachers, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

G. S. Chadbourne presented a memorial from the Swed- 
ish ministers and others of the Swedish Churches in the 
New England and New England Southern Conferences, 
asking that they be put into one district and given a 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



217 



Swedish presiding elder, wliicb was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

S. F. UjDham presented the memorial of the Con- 
ference relating to the use of tobacco by Bishops, 
which was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

lie also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning our schools of theology, which was 
referred to the Committee on Education. 

He also presented another memorial from tbe same 
body concerning a form for the reception of probation- 
ers, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning Conference Evangelists, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning the statistical tables, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning Episcopal residences, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning a course of study for class leaders, 
which was referred to Committee on State of the 
Church. 



IMrty 1 I. 
Tkntii Day. 

Movn'niy. 

Tobacco. 



Theological 
scLdo.s. 



Priibiition- 
ers. 



Evangelists. 



Statistics. 



Episcopal 
residences. 



Class 
leadi'is. 



NEW YORK EAST. 

J. O. Peck presented the report of the divorce case 
of Rev. S. W. Dike, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 



Divorce. 



NORTH INDIANA. 

C. G. Hudson presented a memorial of the North Boundaries. 
Indiana Annual Conference against the change of 
boundaries of said Conference, and signed by its Secre- 
tary, which was referred to the Committee on Bound- 
aries. 

F. T. Simj^son presented a memorial of the Akron Boundaries. 
Quarterly Conference of the North Indiana Conference 
against the change of the boundaries of the Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from Broadway, Boundaries. 
Logansport Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, and 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IVtay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Morning. 

Cimndaries. 



Boumlaries. 



Boundaries. 



Receiving 
meinbeis. 



Boundaries. 



Boundaries. 



Bciundaries. 



Boundaries. 



signed by a committee of three, again.st a change of 
Conference Ijoundaries, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from the Goldsmith 
and Circleville Quarterly Conferences, North Indiana, 
signed by the officers thereof, against any change of 
Ccjnference boundaries, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

Enoch Holdstock presented a memorial of the Boui*- 
bon Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, against the 
change of the Conference boundaries, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memoiial from the Tipton 
Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, signed by J. E. 
Ervin and two others, against the change of the Con- 
ference boundaries, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by himself 
and others, in relation to a change of the Discipline 
on receiving members into the Church, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Kevisals. 

C. W. Lynch presented a memorial of the Macy 
Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, signed by the 
otlicers thereof, against a change of the Conference 
boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from the Sharp- 
ville Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, against any 
changes of Conference boundaries, which was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

J. S. Baker presented a memorial from the Inwood 
Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, signed by the 
officei's thereof, against a change of the Conference 
boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

C. L. Henry presented a memorial from the North 
Indiana Lay Electoral Conference, signed by the Secre- 
tary thereof, against a change of the Conference 
boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from the New Britain 
Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, signed by nine 



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Lay repre- 
sentation. 



219 

isss 

members, against any change of the Conference ^ay^iK 
boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on Moming. 

Boundaries. p Boundaries. 

J S Baker presented a memorial fiom the iciu 
Quarterly Conference, North Indiana, signed ^1 f- ^■ 
Armitaoe and twelve others, against change of Con- 
ference boundaries, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. l?„^.io Boundaries. 
C G Hudson presented a memorial from the Kussia- 

viUe Quarterly Conference, North Indiana signed by A. 
T Payne and eleven others, against any change of the 
Conference boundaries, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

NORTH-WEST GERMAN. 
Jacob Wernli presented a memorial of the Lay 
Electoral Conference of the North-west German Con- 
ference asking for lay representation in the Annual 
Conference, and equality of lay to mmisterial repi-e- 
sentation in the General Conference, which was refened 
to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the Nor h-west 
German Lay Electoral Conference petitioning that the 
tobacco habit may be made an impediment to conse- 
cration to the office of a Bishop, which was refened to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. North-west Ti»e.i..it. 

He also presented a memorial of the P^oitnwes^ 
German Lay Electoral Conference relating to pastoral 
time limit, which was referred to the Committee on 

Itinerancy. 

NORTH-WEST SWEDISH. 

John Wigren presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and others, concerning the extension of the pastoral 
term, which was referred to the Committee on Itin- 

erancy. 

PHILADELPHIA. 

J F Crouch presented a memorial from the Spring 
Garden Quarterly Conference relating to the election 
of editors, which was referred to the Committee on 

Book Concern. 

PUOET SOUND. 
D. G. Le Sou,a presented a memorial relating to the B™»e„.«. 



Tobacco. 



Time limit. 



Editors. 



220 



Journal of the General Confereiice. 



[1888. 



]VIay 11. 

Tenth Day. 
Mvining. 



employment of evangelists, which was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy, 

ROCK RIVER. 

J. H. Vincent presented a memorial, signed by Fred. 
H. Hermans and two hundred and eight others, from 
students of Methodist Episcopal colleges and semina- 
ries concerning Conference studies, which was referred 
to tiie Committee on Itinerancy. 

C. G. Truesdell, on behalf of John H. Vincent, 
Arthur Edwards, and others, presented certain me- 
morials of the Chicago Evangelical Alliance upon th*e 
observance of the Sabbath, which Avere referred to the 
Committee on the State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from the Rock River 
Conference asking that the next quadrennial session of 
the General Conference be held in Chicago, Illinois, 
which was referred to the Committee on Temporal 
Economy. 

ST. LOUIS GERMAN. 
II. H. Jacoby presented a memorial from the St. 
Louis German Lay Electoral Conference relating to 
tlie time limit, which was referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. . 

SAVAXXAH. 
Boumiaiies. Q O. Fisher ]iresented, as a memorial, the action of 
the Savannah Conference, in lelation to its boundaries, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Conference 
studies. 



Observ.mce 

of the 

Sabbath. 



General 

Conference 

iS92. 



Time limit. 



Swedish 
Hvmnal. 



Division. 



Manassas. 



SWEDEN CONFEREXCE. 

M. Frederick Ahgren presented a memorial, signed by 
himself and two others, concerning the Swedish Hymn- 
book, which was referred to the Committee on Book 
Concern. 

He also presented a memorial on the division of the 
Sweden Conference, signed by William Henschen and 
two others, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

YIRGIXIA. 
A. J. Porter presented a memorial from George C. 
Rounds relatina: to a chanjje of Conference relation of 



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221 



Manassas Charge, which was referred to the Judicial ^Miay u. 

° Tknth Day. 



Committee, 

WEST WISCONSIN. 
E. L. Eaton presented a memorial on the tobacco 
habit and the Bishops, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Episcopacy, 



Morn ing. 



Tobacco. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 12. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop R. S. Foster presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by Alexander 
Martin, of the Indiana Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

Under a suspension of the rules the Committee on 
Judiciary presented Report No. II, which was read and 
adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 73.) 

W. A. Spencer asked consent to present the Report 
of the General Conference Commission on Consolida- 
tion, Unification, and Reorganization of Church Benev- 
olences, and moved that it be printed. The motion 
prevailed. 

W. H. Hunter moved a suspension of the rules to 
take up the order of the day — the report of Bishop 
Taylor. 

The rules were suspended, and Bishop Taylor read 
his address and presented his report. 

G. W. Gue moved the appointment of a Special Com- 
mittee, consisting of one minister and one layman from 
each General Conference District and three at large, to 
which the report of Bishop Taylor's work shall be re- 
ferred, with instructions to report to the Conference at 
their earliest convenience. 

W. J. Paxson moved, as an amendment, that all mat- 
ters referring to the work of Bishop Tnylor now in the 
hands of committees be referred to this Special Com- 
mittee, and the amendment was accepted. 

T. B. Neely moved as a substitute that so much of 
the Report as relates to the Episcopacy be referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy, and so much as relates 



IVTay IS. 

Elevkntii. 
Day. 

Morning. 

BLsliop 

Foster 

piusidus. 

Devotional' 
sorvici-s. 



Minutes 
approved. 



Judiciary 
Report 
No. II. 



Clnircli be- 
nevolences. 



Bishop Tay- 
lor's report 
and address. 



Bishop T.iy- 
lor's woik. 



222 

]VIa,y IQ. 

Eleventh 

Day. 
Morning. 

Paper of 
E. D. Utter. 



Resolutions 
presented. 



Journal of the General Conftvence. 



[1SS8. 



t(< liis work be referred to the Committee on Missions. 
The previous question Avas ordered, and the substitute 
was adopted. 

R. D. Utter called up a paj^er presented by him yes- 
terday, and moved its adoption. After discussion it 
was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

The call of Conferences for resolutions was resumed. 



NORTH-WEST INDIANA. 

J. C. Ridpath presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

LayElectoral In case of the erection of a iSission into an Annual Conference, if 
Confertnces. [\^q same happens in the year preceding the session of the General 
Conference, the Lay Electoral Conference may be held at a time sub- 
sequent to that named in paragraph 65 of tlie Discipline. 



License to 
preach. 



Norwesjian 

and Danisii 

Hymnal. 



NORTH-WEST IOWA. 

Bennett Mitchell presented the following, Avhich was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whereaa, God has raised up and wonderfully blessed as evangelists 
and preachers numerous women who are without a formal license ; 
and 

WlLerea-i, Such lay preaching is in perfect accord with the spirit of 
the Gospel, and in exact agreement with the early history of Method- 
ism ; now, therefore, in order tluit we may not appear to hinder those 
•whom God has manifestly thrust out into this work, and in order that 
we may be consistent with ourselves in inviting siicli pcrfons into 
our pulpits and engaging them to lielp in our revival meetings, there- 
fore, 

Resolved., That the words, " No member of the Church shall be at 
liberty- to preach without such license," shall be stricken out of para- 
graph 185 of the Discipline. 

NORWAY. 

J. H. Johnson presented the following, which was 
read and adopted : 

Whereas, The brethren of the Norway, the Norwegian and Danish 
Conferences, and the Mission in Denmark, have fur a long time felt 
the need of a hymn-book that could be us( d as the authorized book 
in Norway, Denmark, and among the Norwegian and Danish Meth- 
odists in this country ; and 

Whereas, The said brethren have already taken some steps toward 
the preparation of such a hymn-book; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Bishops be instructed to appoint a committee 
of nine, three from the different countries named, to take this matter 
in hand and report the result of its work to the next General Con- 
ference. 

2. That if said hymn-book should be ready before the next session 
of the General Conference, and ajiproved by the Bishops, it may, after 
such action, be put in use at any time. 



]S8S.] Journal of the General Conference. 

OREGON. 

W. S. Han-ington presented the following, which was 

ref erred to the Committee on Episcopacy: 

WherecL^ Tlie Pacific Coast, owing to its remoteness in the West 
hasTeaUv' lacked in i':piscopal supervision, and own>g to our raj^d 
eimv h in our intelligent and enterp.ising popnlal.on therefore we 
£\rnestlv and respectfully ask for a resident Bishop at Portland, Ore., 
or somewhere in the North-west. 

PHILADELPHIA. 

William Swindells presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That paragraph 171, section 4, be amended by striking 
ouf the word '^as" in the first line, and the words "as far as prac- 
Sbe"and "all," in the second line, and the uisert,o„ of the ol- 
owh' words: "And shall attend the second and th.rd o.dy at h.s 
ri^scedon except when requested to be present by the precedmg 
QrarSy'CunfeVence or the p.eacher in charge," so that the section 

'''"§4^1 shall also be his duty to be present at the Quarterly Meet- 
i„.,^;neciallv the first and fourth, and shaU attend the second and 
third o V at his discretion, except when requested to be P'esen by 
tlrpiecediug Quarterly Conference or the preacher ni charge, etc. 

S. W. Thomas presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas. The const-tutional "restriction" upon the powers of the 
Genera Conference over the " episcopacy " and "the plan of o.i 
Itinemt General Snperintendency " was removed by tl'O cona.rren 
ac onof the General CouTerence of 1856, wuh that of the .\unual 
Serences of 185G-57, so far as to give to the General Conference. 
nnoitvTo' appoint a Missionary Bishop, or Snpcrnucndent. for 
ally of our Foreign Missions," with jurisdiction limUed to the same; 

therefore, , .• „f „ u xriocinnnrv 

R.solv< 1. That in the election and consecration of a Missionary 
Bishop for Africa" the General Conference of 1884 avaded itself o 
S Zint of power: and in assigning to Bishop T.i>lor the iMnscopal 
isd Jtion o?er our Cluirch in Africa the General Conference d.yu ed 
ii.e general superintendency of the Church between h.m and the 

''^TThatUie jurisdiction of a Missionary Bishop is exclusive of that 
of the other Bishops, or coordinate with them m h.s appointed held, 
as the General Conference may determine. 

3. That a Missionary Bishop, under the new rule, « ^ ,^ "P^^ 
the disciplinarv sense of that word, and entiti. d to all the "?^^^ •^"'^ 
preroear ves of the office as existing in our polity since tl'O ou.-im. - 
Ln of the Church, unless as expressly excepted by the General Lon- 

"TThat the claim of a Missionary Bishop, as a BisboP of U.e Church, 
upon the Episcopal Fund, is as vahd as that of any othe. Bi.hop. 
. He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

The presiding elder shall constitute societies in the following man- 
ner and under the following restrictions: 



223 

May 12. 

Ei.Kvr.Nin 

Day. 
Morning. 



Episcop.il 
rc-sideiice. 



Presiding 
elders. 



Mission.iry 
Bi^ibops. 



Orsiinizino 
Socii-ties. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



M;ay IQ. 

Eleventh 

Day. 
JUornuig. 



Paptois' 
reports. 



Church 
union. 



The persons desiring to unite with tlie society to bo organized shall 
present a petition to the presiding elder in the following form: We 
ihe undersigned, being members or prob;itioners in liie Methodist 
Episcopal Cliurcli, request the presiding elder to accept our several 
certificates and organize us into a society. 

The petition shall be submitted to a committee selected by the pro- 
siding elder, consisting of three traveling elders and three laymen, 
tlie presiding elder being ex-officio chairman of said committee. If 
this committee approve of the request made by the petitioners the 
presiding elder sliall call them together. The presiding elder sliall 
preside at this meeting for organization. A secretary shall be elected. 
There shall also be elected bj^ these petitioners, who are twentj''-one 
years of age, a board of trustees, who shall serve for one year. 
Should vacancies occur the trustees shall fill such vacancies until 
the next annual election. In case no election is held at tlie time 
fi.xed then the trustees in office shall continue in office until their 
successors are elected by the Quarterly Conference or otlierwise. If 
uo pastor shall be appointed, tiion, iti that case, the presiding elder 
shall appoint a leader or leaders for the class or classes he may form. 
If the presiding elder cannot be present at the meeting for organiza- 
tion of the society he shall appoint a traveling elder to act for him, 
and he shall report to the presiding elder on the action taken. 

W. J. Paxson presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Whe7-eas, The form for the statistical reports from preachers in 
charge to the Annual Conference is thouglit by many to be uuneces- 
saril}' complex, causing an increased liability to errors in various re- 
spects, which errors do. in fact, frequently occur; therefore, 

Ktsulved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into and report upon tlie expediency of simplifying the form for pas- 
toral reports to the Annual Conferences, so as to avoid unnecessary 
dni)lication3 and to secure greater accuracy in said reports. 

B. T. Neely presented the following, and moved its 
adoption: 

Whereas, The question of Church union is attracting public atten- 
tion in a marked degree; and 

Whereas, The Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the 
representatives of other Churches have made deliverances on this im- 
portant subject ; therefore, 

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed to take 
under consideration the propriety of an expression from this body on 
the question of Church union. 

F. M. Bristol moved its reference to the Committee 
on the State of the Church, and the motion prevailed. 



PITTSBURG. 



C. W. Smith presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Election of Resolved, That the Committee on the Episcopacy be instructed to 
officers. report an order for the election of Bishops and other General Confer- 
ence officers. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



99;' 



Mission in 
A Inska. 



PUGET SOUND. May lt2. 

El.KVKNTU 

D. G. Le Sourd presented the followinor which was ^*^- 

r 1 \ r^ • -nr- . Morning. 

vol erred to the Committee on Missions: 

Whereas. The Melliodist Episcopal Cliiirch has been tlie pioneer 
denomination in all parts of the United States except Ahiska ; and 

Whereas, That Territory lias great natural resources and coinnier- 
cial advantages that are atlracling thither emigrants from the Slates ; 
and 

Whereas, Tlie United States Government sustains schools among 
the natives of said Territory, and has invited our Cliurciito furnish 
teachers for some of these schools — an arrangement whicii would en- 
able tliem to support themselves and do missionarj' work also; there- 
fore, 

Resolved, That the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal 
f'hurch should establish a mission in Alaska at as early a day as 
practicable. 



ROCK RIVER. 

N. E. Lyman presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

In view of tlie fact that a large number of evangelist.s, both male 
and female, are knocking at the doors of our Church to work for the 
conversion of souls; therefore, 

Resolved, That a board, consisting of tlie presiding elders of each 
Annual Conference, sliall have under their charge and direction all 
evangelists of the Melliodist Episcopal Ciuirch, both male and female, 
within the bounds of their respective Conferences. 

Lewis Curts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 



Evangelists. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals report upon the follow- 
ing proposed amendments to the Discipline: 

Amend paragraph 190, iiem 6, by adding, "and the names and 
ages of tlie persons baptized, that they may be entered by the 
preaclier in charge upon the church records." 

Amend paragraph ;J92 by adding an item numbered 9, as follows: 
"Annual rental value of parsonage." 

W. A. Spencer presented the following, and moved 
its adoption. Carried. 

Resolved, That the report of the Committee on Consolidation of Be- 
nevolences be printed in the Daily Adnocate of Monday, and be made 
the special order of the day for Monday at ten o'clock A. M. 

Y. M. Bristol presented the following, which was 
reCerred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Temporal Kcotionn- be instructed 
to devise some plan to pa}' ihe expenses of Judicial ("()uf(>rences, the 
expenses of fraternal messenircrs to oilier bodies, and otlior general 
expenses of the Church, without encroaching upon the profits of the 
Book Concern, wliich, according to the law of the Churcli, should be 
devoted exclusively to the benefit of Conference claimants. 
15 



Chanffps in 
Discipline. 



Consolida- 
tion of be- 
nevolences. 



Expenses of 

.ludicla! 
Conferences. 



226 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Miay 13. 

Eleventh 
Day 

Morning. 
Tobacco. 



Constitution 
of the 
Gentral 

Conference. 



General 

'Conference 

of 1892. 



General Con- 
ference com- 
missions. 



ST. JOHN'S RIVER. 

C. C. McLean presented the following, and it was 

read: 

Rtsnlved, Tliat no one be consecrated to the Episcopacy wlio will 
not pledge liinisflf to forever abstain I'roni the use of tobacco. 

The previous question was called for, ana the resolu- 
tion was not adopted. 

ST. LOUIS. 
B. St. J. Fry presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Judiciary: 

Wltereaf!, There are differences of opinion in regard to the legisla- 
tion required to make clianges in certain portions of tlie chapter of 
the Discipline relating to tiie General Conference: therefore, 

tltsolvtd, That the Judiciary Committee consider and report on tlie 
propriety of inserting an additional paragraj)!! in the said chapter, 
wiiich sliall read as ft)llo\vs: 

^ 73. All parts of tliis chapter referringto the General Conference, 
not included in tlie Restrictive Rules and the preceding paragraph, 
may be changed b\' the concurrent vote of a majority of the members 
of the General Conference and a majority of all the members of the 
several Conferences present and voting, on the recommendation of 
the Genera! Cuuference. 

S. N. Taylor presented the following, whicli was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Whereas, Tlie General Conference has never held a session west 
of the Mississippi River, and it is due to that part of the Chin'ch 
west of said river to enjo}^ the benetits accruing from the pi'esence 
ol" such a body ; and 

Wlteieas, The St. Louis Annual and the Missouri Annual Confer- 
ences liave both memorialized this General Confeicnce to hold its 
next quadrennial session in the city of St. Louis; then fore, 

Resolved, That the next quadrennial session of the General Confer- 
ence of the Methodist Episcopal Church shall bo iield in the cilj- of 
St. Louis, beginning on the 1st da}'^ of Ma}', 1892. 

B. St. J. Fry presented the following and moved its 
adoption : 

Whereas, Tlie last General Conference appointed various commis- 
sions to consider matte: s of importance, and some of these commis- 
sions have incurred necessary expenses in the performance of their 
duties ; therefore, 

Resolved, Ti at stich members make out a detailed statement of 
these expenses to the Agents of the Book Concern, who shall ex- 
amine it, and, if found correct, paj' the same. 

J. S. Smart moved to lay the resolution on the table, 
but the motion did not prevail. 

B. St. J. Fry moved as an amendment that the ex- 
penses be paid out of the funds for General Conference 
expenses. 



1888.J Journal of the General Conference. 227 

The previous questioji was ordered, the amendment ^i^y la. 

1 111- 1 3 EUKVKNTU 

was lost, and the resolution was adopted. day. 

J. H, Lock wood presented the following, and moved Momiug. 
its adoption : 

Wliereas, The subject of temperance and prohibition of the liquor Tempernnce 
traffic is one of paramoimt importance, and is at present receivin'-,- ^e^tfL ' 
more uttention than any oilier question of moral reform; and 

Whfvvos, The General Conference at its last session, in 1884, de- 
voted no time specially to the subject more than to pass strong resolu- 
tions without remarks; and 

WlivvMs, The atteuiion not only of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, but of all good people, is now attracted to the deliberations; 
therefore, 

Unsolved, 1. Thnt a mass-meeting, without reference to any parly, 
on the subject of temperance and prohiljition of the liquor traffic pure 
and simple, be held durini: the session of this General Conference. 

2. That the time, place, and programme of exercises be arranged 
by the Special Committee on Temperance and Prohibition of the 
Liquor Traffic. 

S. L, Roberts moved to strike out the words " with- 
out reference to any party." 

On motion of John Lanahan, this motion was laid on 
the table. 

J. S. Smart moved to refer to the Committee on 
Temperance and the Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic. 

A motion to lay this on the table was lost by a count 
vote of 93 for and 123 against. 

The motion to refer was adopted. 

J. M. Trimble, by consent, presented the report of Report of 

' . -VT T 1 ■ 1 Coiniiiutce 

the Committee on Memorial Services No. 1, whicli was on Mein.niai 

_ \ Services 

adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 95.) 

C J. Little presented the report of the Committee commiueo 
on Fraternal Messengers No. 11, and it was adopted. Messengerb 
(See Appendix II, A, 10.) 

The Secretary presented the credentials of the ^^^';[J?^jf'^^J^ 
Fraternal Messenger from the Methodist Churcli of canad.i. 
Canada. It was read and referred to the Committee 
on Fraternal Messengers. (See Appendix II, A, 15.) 

Earl Cranston presented the report of the Treasurer Trustees of 

„,',,-. T^. , the Method- 

and Board of Trustees of the Methodist Epi.scopal ut Episcop i 

. , » -1 1 /'i • ^ A^v Church. 

('hurch, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church and ordered to be printed. (See 
Appendix III, 19.) 

Sandford Hunt presented the following, which was 

adopted: New Book 

' Concern 

Eexvlred, That a special committee of five be appointed to arrange Building. 



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[1888. 



Eleventh 

Day. 
Morning. 



for services connected with laying the corner-stone of the new build- 
ing for tlie use of the Book Coiiccrn and the Missionary Society. 

On motion, the Conference adjourned, L. A. Belt 
was appointed to conduct the devotional services to- 
morrow. 

The doxology was sung, and Bishop Foster pro- 
nounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon. 



Lay repre- 
sentaiion. 



CALIFORNIA. 
J. A. Clayton presented the following, which Avas 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church: 

Rtsolved, To amend the provlfion of the Discipline respecting the 
Annual Conference, that after section 74 the following shall be in- 
serted : 

"At the fourth Quarterly Meeting of each circuit or station of an 
Annual Conference, tliree weeks' notice having been given, all the 
members of the Church twentj'-one years old and upward shall be 
called together, and a delegate to the ensuing Annual Conference shall 
be elected by ballot. 

"Provided, that such delegate must be more tlian twent^'-five 
years of age and a member in good standing for the four preceding 
years. 

" Provided furtiier, that the lay delegates shall not sit or vote with 
the ministers iu the passage of tlie character of the ministers, in fixing 
tiieir relations, or in the reception of ministers on probation or into 
full connection with the Conference. 

"They shall not be eligible to sit on committees of investigation 
concerning ministers, or in courts of trial, or to vote on any purely 
ministerial matter, or to take part in the election of ministerial dele- 
gates to the General Conference. 

" In all other matters there shall be no distinction between the 
privileges and duties of the lay delegates and tiie ministerial members 
of the Annual Conference. 

"The lay delegates of the Annual Conference preceding each 
General Conference sliall sit separately to elect lay delegates to the 
General Conference, as provided in sections 64, 65 and 66, provided 
these sections shall be revised in harmony with the above pro- 
visions." 



Episcopal 
residences. 



CENTRAL ALABAMA. 
A. W. McKinney presented the following, which 
was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas The South is an inviting field wliich we believe God has 
called the Methodist P>piscopal Chtu'cii to enter; and whereas, the fos- 
tering of our schools and strengtliening of our membership, now 
200.000 in that field, demand it; "therefore, 

Besolved, That tlie committee be lierebj' instructed to consider the 
propriety of having four Episcopal residences in the South during the 
ensuing quadriennium. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



229 



DAKOTA. Miay 13. 

Eleventh 

D. W. Diggs presented the following, which was ^'^^ 

, , 1 /-^ • -r> • 1 Morning. 

releiTed to the Committee on KeviJ^als: 

Resolved, Tliat paragrapli 4-8 of the Discipline he revised so as to Ceriificatc* 
provide more dutiiiitel}' I'or the dismissal of members who fail to ask for "l' inetiil)ur». 
letters oil removal, as follows, uamelj': " A member entitled to a letter 
of dismissal having removed without asking for tlie same, tne preacher 
in ciiarge, as soon as he has been appiised or the fact, if he shall know 
to wiiat charge h^ has removed, shall setid a lei.ter of dismissal to 
tiie preacher in charge of such charge, or in ilie event that the 
residence of such member is iinknovvri to him, he sliall, prior to 
the fourth Quarterly Conference ut-xt succeeding the expiration 
of one j'ear from the removal, issue a letter to the membership, 
stating thit at the time of such removal he tucis a member in good 
staiiiiing, whicii letter shall be held sul)jeci to delivery if called for 
within the lime pi-ovided in paragraph 48, section 6, and the record 
shall be marked in pencil 'dismissed by letter — uncalled for,' and 
when the letter is delivered the latter sentence shall be erased ; pro- 
vided, that no member who is under pecuniar}' obligaiions to the 
church shall receive a certificate until such obligations are dis- 
charged." 



DELAWARE. 

W. IT. Coffey presented tho following, signed by 
AV. II. Thomas and others, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals: 



Res-ohed, That paragraph 363 of Discipline of 1884 be so amended Parsuna^-es. 
tiiat the district stewards shall rent or build a comfortable parson- 
age for the use of the presiding elder on the district. 

W. II. Coffey presented the following, signed by W. 
11. Thomas and others, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on General Conference Districts : 

Resolved, That the arrangement of General Conference Districts be Genoml 
such tliat no district shall contain less than four nor more than six Conferonce 
contiguous Anuual Conferences. Districts. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 



Resolved, That paragraph 102, section 1. of the Discipline of 1884, 
be amended by the insertion after que>tion 5. subdivision 5, of this 
question. " Do the local preachers, exhorters, and cla-s-leaders en- 
courage the Benevolent Collections?" The whole as amended will 
then read : 

'•.')ih. Are there an}' Reports. 

1. From the Pastf)r? 

2. From the Local Preachers? 

3. From the Sunday-School Superintendents? 

4. From the Class-Leaders ? 

5. From U.e Committees? 

6. Do the Local I'reachers, Exhorters, and Class-leaders encourage 
the Benevolent Collections ? " 



QiifirtPrly 
Confi'i'ence 
questions. 



230 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



]May 12. 

Elkventu 

Day. 
Morning. 



DETROIT. 
Jacob Hovton presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 



Division of T-VAejeas, Both the Detroit and Micliigan Conferences have asked 
t'lmtVieiice. for an '" enabling act," aiitliorizing llieni to divide during tlie qnad- 

renniiim on such hnes as may be mntuall.v satisfactory; therefore, 
RtsoLvtd, That no cliange in boundary hnes is either desirable or 

expedient at tliis present time. 



Supernu- 
merary 
preachers. 



Apostles' 
Creed. 



Financial 
plan. 



EAST OHIO. 

Louis Paine presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Htsolved, Tluit paragraph 186, relating to supernumerary preachers, 
be so changed as to read: " A Supernumerary Preacher is one wiio, 
while retaining ail the privileg-s of membersiiip in the Annual Con- 
ference, is, because ot'im[)aired health or oilier cause, by vote of the 
Conference temporarily e.xcuscd from pastoral work ; but shall have 
no claim on the beneficiary funds of the Cliurcli e.xcept by vote of 
Conft-rence. He shall have a seal in the Quarterly Conference and 
all ihe privileges of membership in the place where he may reside. 
In case he lives beyond tiie bounds of liis Conference he shall for- 
ward annually a certihcate similar to that required of a superannuated 
preacher. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved. That in the questions asked of each adult person to be 
baptized tiie words, "the holy cailiolic Cliurch" be changed to ^' ihe 
holy Christian Church.''^ 

W. L. Dixon presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Resohed. That the Committee on Tem.poral Economy be a?ked to 
consider the feasibility of the following as a part of the financial plan 
of the Church : 

1. The quarterly dues of members being determined by assessment 
or otherwise, the same sliall be collected each quarter. If any part 
or the whole of the Hrsl quarter's dues remain unpaid after the close 
of the quarter, the amount shall be added to the quarterly dues of 
second quarter, and together they shall consiiinte the claim, and in 
like manner through the year. 

2. If any part or all the claim of said year remain unpa'd at the 
close of Hie _yoar it shall be added to the ont- funrili of a like annual 
claim, and together they shall constiuiie the chum of the lirst (luarler 
of said year. The proceedings shall be from year to year as in the 
above specified. 

3. If at any time any member sliall be delinquent an amount equal 
to the claim of one ye;ir and si.x months, the preacher in cliaige sliall 
proceed to try such member according to paragraph 240. 

4. That paragraph 240 be soclianged as to include the words, "or 
are delinquent in ilieir dues to the church." so that said paragraph 
sliall read: " To prevent scandal when any of our members fail in 
business or coiilrnct debts which the}- are not able to paj', or are 
delinquent in tiieir dues to the church, let two or three judicious 
members of the Church inspect such accounts and claims," etc. 



1888.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



231 



J. W. 1 oland presented the following, which was ^lay i-^ 

,. -, 1 y^ • -r» • 1 Elkventii 

reterred to the Committee on Kevisals : 



Whereas, In many States and sections of our country there is a 
manifesil}' growing- tendency to treat with indifference the solenui 
obligations oF tlie marriage vow and secure divorce on frivolous 
grounds, not warranted in tlie word of God or tiie Discipline of our 
Ciim-ch ; and 

Wheieas, Many persons iiaving secured such divorce are exerting 
a bad inHuence upon the sacredness of ciiurch membership, some of 
whom hold membership in our Church; therefore, 

Resolved, That rule 46, page 3;! of the Dscipllne, be so amended as 
to prevent such persons from holding membership in our Church. 



Day. 

Morn hi g. 
Divorce. 



NEWARK. 
R. R. Doherty presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Whe)-eas, Of all the lay agencies in early Methodism to spread 
al)road the Gospel none were more useful than local preachers, 
e.\horters, and prayer leaders; and 

Whereas, For some lime past these several agencies have been dis- 
continued in large measure, and in part, exist in name only; and 

Whereas, Xotwithsiauding all tliis, examinations, reports, and for- 
biddances tend to reduce ilicir numbers and limit their usefulness; 
therefore, 

Rtsoiued, That the Committee on the State of the Church be licreby 
instructed to niquire into and report as to the advisability of forming 
local preachers and exhorters into oiganizatirms. under proper disci- 
plinary regulations, looking to their being utilized as an evangelistic 
agency to v/ork amona: the lower classes according to their several 
otHces. and to meet what seems to be a felt need in the towns and 
ciiies of our land ; and of allowing letters of license to be given only 
to such as are willing to engage in such work as they may be called 
upon to perforin in connection with such organization. 



Local 
preachers. 



NEW YORK EAST. 
Joseph Pullman presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, The form for receiving probationers into full membership 
in paragra|>li 403 of the Discipline asks lor belief in the Articles of Relig- 
ion of the Church ; and 

Whereas, Thnse articles were originally designed as a test for the 
nuni>try and not for the laity, and are above the capacity of multi- 
tuiies of the young people whom we receive into the Church; there- 
fore, 

Resolved, Tiiat we a«k ihe General Conference to modify the 
"Form for reception of members" so as to pledge applieanis for 
admission to sueli cardinal doctrines of Chri^iianity as are contained 
in the Apostles' Creed, and to exclude such details as are found in 
our Articles of Religion. ^ 

J. M. Buckley presented tlie following, which was 

referred to the Conimiltee on the State of the Church : 

In order that our Church may share with oilier denominalions in 
caring for those wlio need Jiospital treatment it is recommended that 



Probation- 
ers. 



■Metlindist 
Hospital. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



]May IQ. 

Elevkxth 

Day. 
Morning. 



the last SabbiHli in December be annually and eveiy-where observed 
as Hospital Sniiclay, and that a collection be then taken in all our 
churches for the benefit of hospitals. 

All moneys thus obt<iined shall, unless otlierwise desi,s;uated bv 
their elvers, be sent lo our Book Ajrents in New York, and by them 
divided, on the basis of " free days," among sucli hospitals as may ai 
the time be in operation under the auspices of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Ciinrch. It shall be the duty of the preaclier in charge to diffuse 
hilbriniition on ihis subject and to call the attention of our wealthy 
members and friends to the duty of making liberal donations and 
beqi.ests for tlie furtherance of tiiis work. It shall be the duty of 
each presiding elder to bring this subject before tlie fourth Quarterly 
Conference of each year, and said Quarterly Conference shall appoint 
a committee to co-operate with the pastor in this matter. 



Sundry 
collections. 



NORTH-WEST KANSAS. 

M. M. Stolz presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern : 

WJureaa, There is often a difficulty in ascertaining the amoimts 
paid by charges for special purposes, such as General Conference 
PIxpenses, f]piscopal residences, and other special causes. There- 
fore we respectfully petition that the B<K)k Agents be instructed, in 
preparing blank forms for statistical reports for Annual Conferences, 
lo arrange blank colunnis inider the head of other colleciions, so as 
to give more n om to report in detail all special collections. 

Tiie blanks as now furnished give oulj- one column for other 
collections, when it is often the case that a number of collections are 
to be reported. 



SAVANNAH. 

C. O. Fisher presented the following, signed by T. 
A. Fortson and twenty-eight others, which was referred 
to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid. 

Whereas. There is now an effort to change the name of the Freed- 
Freedinen's men's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and 
Aid Society. Whereas, We believe that said Society should remain a monument 
to tlie colored people for wluim it was organized, and that its name is 
a stimulus in taking collections for it; and 

Whereas, we believe that a change of the name of the Freedmen's 
Aid Society is a step that will finally lead to the destruction of 
said So iety ; therefore. 

Rewired, Tlutt the name of the Freedmen's Aid Society remain as 
it now is. 



Appe.il from 
8. S. Bull. 



The following Memorials wei-e passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the 
committers as indicated thereon : 

Bi.shop J. F. Hurst presented a memorial, signed by 
William L. Strobert et al, bring an appeal from de- 
cisions of Samuel S. Ball, Presiding Elder, which was 
referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 



1888.] Journal of the General Confere}ice. 233 

CENTRAL NEW YORK. Miay \'^. 

Elkventh 

E. M. Mills presented a memorial from the Central ,r^*^- 

1 Mum 111 g. 

New York Conlerenee, relating to the removal of the Time Umii. 
time limit, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body Evangelists. 
relating to the appointment of Conference evangelists, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body Northern 

... * •' Chrintian 

protesting aganist discontinuance of the Nortliern Advocate. 
Christian Advocate as a General Conference paper, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body, Publications. 
asking for the prices of our publications to be lowered, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern. 

DAKOTA. 
D. W. Diggs presented a memorial of the Dakota Superan- 

„ „ . 1 r- 1 nuated 

Conference concerning a plan for the support of pieachers. 
superannuated preachers, which was referred to the 
Committee on Temporal Economy. 



IOWA. 

J, T. McFarland presented a memorial from the Probation- 
Quarterly Conference of the First Methodist Episcapal 
Church in Fairfield, Iowa, relating to a form for receiv- 
ing probationers into the Church, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body insurance. 
relating to the insurance of church property, which was 
referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body ^i<'"'i>ei-ship. 
relating to membership in General C-onference, which 
was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 



ITALY. 

L. M, Vernon presented a memorial on missions Mission to 
among Italians resident in the United States, which 
was referred to the Committee on Missions. 



234 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



May 13. 

Klevkntii 
Kay. 

Morning. 
Election of 

Bishops. 



MAINE. 

E. T. Adams presented a memorial from the Annual 
Conference concerning the election of Bishops and 
other changes in the Discipline, which was referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. 



Trustee.s. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



Local 

preaeliei-s & 

exhoi'ters. 



NEBRASKA. 

A. C. Crosthwaite presented a memorial, signed by 
W. R. Jones, pre.-^iding elder of Hastings district, 
relating to a change of paragraph 387 of the Discipline, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

C. F. Creighton presented a memorial of the 
Nebraska Conference concerning an Episcopal resi- 
dence, which was referred to the Committee on Epis- 
copacy. 

NEWARK. 

R. R. Doherty presented a memorial, signed by 
William Twiddy and others, asking to organize local 
preachers and exhorters, which was referred to the 
Committee on State of the Church. 



Trustees and 

Stewards. 



NEW ENGLAND SOUTHERN. 
W. H. Phillips presented a memorial of the Lay 
Electoral Conference relating to a change of the Dis- 
cipline, to define the duties of the Board of Trustees 
and the Board of Stewards respectively, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Mission to 
Indians. 



iisliop T.iy- 
jor's status. 



NORTH CAROLINA. 
J. E. Cham))liii presented a memorial from the Wil- 
mington District concerning a mission among persons 
of Indian descent, which was referred to the Committee 
on JVIissions. 

PITTSBURG. 
C. W. Smith presented a petition of the Pittsburg 
Conference relating to Bishop Taylor's status, which 
was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 



ST. JOHN'S RIVER. 
C. C. McLean presented a memorial, signed by H. J. 
districts. Walker and twenty-eight others, on change of General 



Gener.il 
Conference 



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235 



Conference Districts, which was referred to the Com- ^^^^ J,~- 
niittee on General Conference Districts. Oav. 

Morning. 
SOUTH-EASL' INDIANA. 
E. F. Ritter presented a memorial asking a change Educaiion. 
in paragraph 262 of the Discipline, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 

SOUTH KANSAS. 
R. K Allen presented a memorial of the South BouuUanes. 
Kansas Lay Electoral Conference concerning the 
boundaries of the Conference, which was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 

UPPER IOWA. 
II. H. Green presented a memorial, signed by W. D. M'^'""'""^- 
I^Iabry and three others, relating to the authorization 
of preachers in charge of a circuit to solemnize mar- 
riages and to administer the sacrament of baptism, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



WEST NEBRASKA. 

P. C. Johnson presented a memorial, signed by Leslie ™XTncl 
Stevens, Presi.ling Elder, and others, petitioning and 
protesting againsi: a division of the West Nebraska 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

He also presented a petition of Chadron District 
Ministerial Conference, signed by T. C. Webster, 
Presiding Elder, and others, asking for a division of the 
West Nebraska Conference, which was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

WYOMING. 
J. C. Leacock presented a memorial, signed by Time limit. 
George M. Colville and three others, relating to time 
limit,''which was referred to the Committee on Itiner- 

'"'hc also presented a memorial, signed by L. W. Peck ^-tifi-tes. 
and two others, relating to certificates of church mem- 
bership, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



MONDAY MORNING. MAY 14. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop S. M. Merrill presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by L. A. 
Belt, of ihe Central Oliio Conference. 

The Minutes of Saturday's session were read and 
approved. 

Daniel A. Wheedon, New England Southern, was an- 
nounced as present in place of Edward Edson, excused, 
and he was allowed his seat. 

The Bishop resumed the call of the Conferences. 



Smid.iy- 
scliodl 
bofii'ds. 



EAST OHIO. 

A. H. Domer presented ihe following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas^ Tlie certificate of membership, which is intended only 
for mcml.iers of the Cinircli tr;iiisftTi'iii<j thi ir nienibersliip from one 
Methodist Episcopal Church to another, is defective and misleading 
as published in the Discipline, T[ 48, §5 ; therefore, 

kesdlvi-d. That the clause in said section and paragraph, readinpf, 
"Affectionately commended to the fellowship of the Methodist 

Episcopal Churcli in or in anj' otiier Church," be so 

chan<r('d as to read. " Affoctionatelj' commended to the fellowsliip of 

the Methodist Kpiscopal Chnrcli in or to any other 

Methodist Episcopal Cluirch,'" etc. 

W. L. Dix'on presented the following report, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas^ Upon large circuity, with societies distant from each 
other, it is impossible to place the several Sunday-schools under the 
supervision of a single Sunday-School Board, as constituted accord- 
ing to paragraph 268 ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals consider the following 
change of said paragraph 2Q)?>: In section 2 insert, after tlie word 
"Board," in the first line, "of each Snndaj'-school." And after the 
word "Conference," in the fourth line, "for each Sunday-school ;" so 
that the section as amended may read: "The Siinday-sclioo! Board 
of each Siniday-school shall consist of the preacher in charge, who 
shall be ex-officin chairman, the Sunda3--school committees appointed 
by the Quanerly Couftrence for each Sunday-school, the superin- 
tendent," etc. 

To iiarmonize with the aliove, that they consider also the propriety 
of pluralizing the words Siuiday-school Boards, found in the fifth 
line of paragraph 104, so that the entire paragraph 104 maj' read. 
"Itsiiallbe the duty of the Committee on Church Records to see 
that the records of membership, the records of the Leaders' and 
Stewards Meeting, of the Official Board, of the Suiiday-school 
Boards," etc. 



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NEW YORK. 

G. S. Hare presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That paragraph 98 of llic Discipline shall be changed, in 
the first line, so as to read " Parish " Coniereiice, instead of " Quar- 
terly " Conference, and that wherever the words "Quarterly Confer- 
ence" or "Quarterly Meeting" occur in the Discipline the word 
"Parish" shall be substituted for " Quarterly." Also, that there 
shall be added to paragraph 99 these woids: " Tiie Presiding Klder 
shall appoint, and, if practicable, attend two Parish Conferences for 
each year, in every charge or group of charges ; tlie first to occur as 
soon as practicable after each session of his Annual Conference, and 
the others as nearly as practicable to, but before, the next session of 
his Animal Conference, and that he shall appoint such other Parish 
Conferences as he may deem expedient. 

He also pi'esented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Whereas, The Discipline formerlj'- allowed a presiding elder to 
preside in the same district twice as long as it allowed a preaclier to 
remain in the same charge; and 

Whereas, The late enlargement of presiding elders' districts renders 
it possible formany presiding elders to preach onlj' once aj'ear in each 
charge, and limits their op[>ortnnity to become acquainted with the 
necessities of the charges; and 

Wliereas, An extension of the time limit for presiding elders would 
give them a far better opportunity to contribute to the efficiency of 
the work iu their districts ; therefore. 

Resolved, That wliatever time limit shall be left in the Discipline at 
the close of this General Conference for preachers shall be doubled 
by that accorded to presiding elders. 



IMay 14. 

Twelfth 

Uay. 
3/o>-nin{f. 



Quarterly 
Coul'ereiices. 



Time limit. 



NORTH NEBRASKA. 
J. B. Maxfield presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern : 

Whereas, The city of Omaha, Neb., lies five Inindred miles west 
of Chicago, and about the same distance north of St. Louis; and 

Whe?-ea^, There is no otlier place of supply for our books and period- 
icals further west and north than in the cities above named, and as 
the vast district of coiuitry, in the locality above named, is rapidly 
filling up with a dense population ; therefore. 

Resolved, That our Book Agents be instructed to establish a de- 
pository in the city of Omaha for the sale of our books and periodicals. 



Book 
deposiiory. 



SOUTH-EAST IXDIANA. 

Will Cumhack presented the following, and moved 
its adoption: 

Resolved. Tliat the Committee on Episcopacy be requested to Kleotion df 
report on Tuesday, the 15th, their action on tlie resolution to elect Uishoii:*. 
Bishops for the term of eight years. 

B. C, Christy moved to amend hy referring it to the 
Committee on Episcopacy. Carried. (^onsoiida- 

W. H. Hunter moved that the report of the Committee nevoieuces. 



238 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

]Viayi4. 0,-1 Consolidation of Benevolences be made the order of 
Day. the day for to-morrow, at 10 o'clock A. M., instead of 
Morning, jq: 30 A. M. to-dav, and the motion i^revailed. 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. 

R. W. Lyon presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Licenses, Etsolved. Tliat paragraph 189 of the Discipline, wliich reads as 

follows: '-The Quarterly Conference shall have authority to license 
proper persons to preach, to examine them hi such course of study 
as the Bishops shall prescribe, and to renew their licenses annually 
when, in the judgment of said Conference, their gifts, grace, and 
usefulness warrant such renewal," etc., be so amended as to read as 
follows: " Provided that anyone so licensed, having failed to exercise 
those gifts (or a period of one 3'ear. without a valid reason for such 
neglect, this license sliall not be renewed." Also, that paragraph 198 
be amended by adding at the close of the paragraph the following 
words: "But no exhorlcr shall be recommended for reuewal of 
license who for a period of one year shall have failed to exercise his 
gifts, without a valid reason be given for such neglect." 

He also presented the following, which Avas referred 
to the Committee on Book Concern : 

Epworth We most liparlily indorse the action of the last General Confer- 

Hymnal. ence in autiiorising the publication of the Sunday-school liymu-book 

known as Epivorth Hymnal, and would urge upon our pastors and 

Sunday school superintendents the importance of its introduction 

into all our schools; and 

Whereas, In many of the schools where it has been introduced 
there has been serious complaint as to the quality of the binding of 
the edition of said book' which is in most general use, and which is 
the one best ailapted for Siuiday-scJiool iisf, namely, the edition con- 
taining the hymns and tunes, wliich is sold in quantities at thirty 
cents each ; and 

Wliereas, Because of the unserviceable character of said binding 
there is serious danger of schools, where the}-^ have been introduced, 
discarding them and substituting others, and that others will be de- 
terred from adopting them: and 

Whereas, We believe that by an improvement being made in the 
character of the binding the sales will be very materially increased; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the Book Agents or Book Committee be requested to 
take into consideration the publication of an edition of said Ejnuorlh 
Hymnal, in a plain, serviceable binding, to be sold at, or as near as 
the price hereinbefore named as ma}' be possible. 

SOUTH KANSAS. 

J. A. Hyden presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Members JResolved, That on the recommendation of the preacher in charge 

reuioviug. j^j^g Quarterly Conference shall have power to drop from the roll of 

membership such members as have removed witliont letters and 

members that repeatedly and willfully neglect the means of grace and 

refuse to meet the obligations of the Church they have taken upon 



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239 



themselves. Ncvertlieless all such dropped members sliall have the 
right to refer their cases to tlio next Quarterly Conference, and if it 
sliall be siiovvn that injustice lius been dune to sucli menil^ers the Quar- 
terly Conference shall have power to restore them to membership. 

Bernard Kelley presented the following, which was 
referred to tlie Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas, Experience lias demonstrated that tlie local work of a 
districi. can be more effectually done in <a District Conference than 
in tlie several Quarterly Conferences of the district; and 

Wliertits, It is desirable that greater efficiency be given to our 
pre.seut plan by a uniform oiganizaiion of District Conferences 
ihrougliont all the districts of the Church, and by closer supervision 
of their work by tlie members of the Board of Bishops; therefore, 

Eesolued, 1. Tiiat paiagrapli97 of the Discipline, that reads: ''The 
provision for District Conferences shall be of force and binding only 
in those districts in which the Quarterly Conferences of a majority of 
the circuits and stations shall liave approved tiie same by asking the 
presiding elder to convene a District Conference as herein provided. 
A District Conference maj' be discontinued by a majority' of tlie 
members present at any regular session, notice thereof havuig been 
given at a previous session, and with the concurrence of a majority 
of the Quarterly Conferences in the district,"' be stricken out. so as 
to make the holding of District Conferences in eacli district imper- 
ative. That the remaining part of tlie paragraph, that reads: "In 
those districts in which District Conferences shall be held, the 
powers given to the District Conlerences shall not be exercised by 
the Quarterly Conferences. In ail other cases the powers of the 
Quarterl}'- Conferences shall remain as hereinafter provided," be 
amendetl so as to read : " In all districts D, strict Conferences sliall 
be held, and the powers given to the District Conferences shall not 
be exercised by the Quarterly Conferences. In all oiher cases the 
powers of the Quarterly Conferences sliall remain as hereinafter 
provided." 

2. That the Bishops, in the arrangement of tlieir plan of episcopal 
visitaiion, be requested to group the Annual Conferences and to 
assign a B shop to each group annuall}'',' thus materially reducing the 
amount of travel b}' ihe Bishops and giving them more time for the 
business of the Annual Conferences and to preside at the District 
Conferences contiguous to their homes. 

Hugh McBirney presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Whereas. "Woman is, through tlie liberating power of Christianit}', 
taking lier place in our schools and colleges, and in literary work, and 
in the professions and arts b)^ the side of her husband and brother ; and 

Whereas, God has called noble, consecrated women to preach the 
Gospel, and has evidenced the same by imparting gifts, grace, and 
fruit; therefore, 

Resolved, That we will license those whom God thus calls, and 
send them forih bearing the sanction of the Churcli. 



:Mayl 1. 

TwiM.FTIl 

Day. 

Afio-nooii. 



District 
Conturi-aci-s. 



Bishops. 



Licensiii;; 
women. 



TENNESSEE. 

Calvin Pickett presented the following, signed by 

T. W. Johnson, which was referred to the Committee 

on the State of the Church : 

Whereas, The Central Tennessee College, located at Nashville, 
Tenn., under the auspices of tlie Freedmen's Aid Society, did, on the 



A fficnn 

Tiwiiinjr- 

School. 



240 



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[1888. 



31ay 14. 

Twelfth 

Day. 
Morning. 



2lRt da}' of March, 1888, organize a department known as tlie 
African Training-Sciiool, vvitli an enrollment of 100 students and a 
collection for same of $400, for tiie purpose of furnishing missionaries 
to labor in Africa ; therefore, 

Resolved, that the General Conference take cognizance of the same 
and do all that it can for its success. 



Bl.iir Ediioa- 
lional Bill. 



Superan- 
nuated 
preachei-8. 



PresMinfi 
elders. 



TEXAS. 

J. B. McCulloch, of the Texas Conference, presented 
the following, wliich he desired read and put upon its 

passage : 

Resolved, Tliat this General Conference favor the passage of the 
Blair Educational bill now pending in Congress. 

On motion it was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Cluirch. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Resolved, Tliat the Committee on Temporal Eeonom}- are instructed 
to report a plan for securing a better support for the superannuated 
preachers ot our Church. 

J. II. Wilkins presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Whereas, Tiicre is great need of perfecting the appointments of 
presiding elders; therefore. 

Resolved, That tlie presiding Bisliop shall nominate the presiding 
ciders at the Aiuiual Conference in session, subject to confirmation of 
the Conlerence. 



Quarterly 
Conlerence 
business 



TROY. ■ 

A. D. Heaxt presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

^ylllr('a^\ The order of business for Quartorlj' Conferences as found 
in paragraph 102 of the Discipline contains, after the question, 
" What amounts have been received for tlie support of the ministrj^ 
this quarter, and liow have ihey been applied?" several items num- 
bered rcspectiveh'^, 1, 2, 3, etc., which are whollj- unnecessary and 
seldom used, some of them never, and as a little change in said order 
of business will both simplify and perfect the financial leport; 
tlierefurc, 

Resolved, That tlie items in the order of business for Quarterly 
Conferences, as contained in paragraph 102 and following the ques- 
tion, " What amounts have been received for the support of the 
ministry this quarter, and liow have thej' been applied?'' be stricken 
out, and tliat the following be inserted instead : " 1. Balance on hand 
last quarter. 2. Received dining tlie quarter. Total." And that 
after the word "applied " there shall be added to the items as now 
printed, showing the disbursements, this additional item, '• Balance 
on hand.-' By this simple method an exact account of all money 
raised for ministerial support is kept in the records of the Quarterly 
Conference. 



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2il 



He also presented the following, which was referred M;a,yi4. 
to the Committee on Revisals : 



Wliereas, Paragraph 52 of the Disciphne directs that " tlie 
preacher in char^ie shall organize the baptized children of the 
Church " into classes for religious instruction and appoint leaders for 
said classes; and 

WItereas, In paragraph 266 preachers in charge are required " to 
form classes, wherever they can, for the instruction of the larger 
children, youth, and adults, in the word of God;" and 

Whereas, In a majority of our charges, and especially on circuits 
where the congregations are widely scattered, it is found to be 
wholly impracticable to form the classes required by both the sec- 
tions named ; and 

Whereafi, Section 5 of paragraph 171 makes it the duty of the 
presiding elder "to report to the Annual Couference the names of 
all the traveling preachers within his district who shall neglect to 
observe those rules," thus suljjecting said preachers to a public 
arraignment for not doing iliat which, in a majority of cases, is im- 
possible to be done ; therefore, 

jResolved, 1. That paragraph 52 be amended by inserting the words, 
"wherever practicable," after the word "shall," in tlie first line, so 
that said paragraph 52 will read: "The preaclier in ciiarge shall, 
wiierever practicable, organize the baptized children of the Clmrcii," 
etc. 

2. That section 5 of paragraph 171 be amended by siriking out all 
of said section 5 after the word "observed," in the eighteentli line, 
the portion to be striken out reading as follows: "And to report to 
the Annual Conference the names of all traveling preachers within 
bis district who shall neglect to observe those rules." 



Day. 
Morning. 

Baptized 
children. 



UPPER IOWA. 
A. J. Kynett presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Consolidation of Church 
Benevolences : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Consolidating Church Benevolences 
be instructed to inquire into and report on tlie expediency of amend- 
ing the Discipline as follows : 

The Agents of the Book Concern at New Yoi'k shall publish a 
monthly magazine to be devoted to the benevolent work of ihe 
Church, and to be called ChristianUy in Earnest. An editor shall be 
chosen by ihe General Conference, or by the Book Committee, on 
the nomination of the Bishop, as the General Conference shall deter- 
mine. The corresponding secretaries of our several benevolent 
societies and boards shall constitute an advisory commitee, with 
authority to act jointly witli the Book Committee in determining the 
size, form, and price of said magazine, and in fixing the salarj' of the 
editor and providing for the pajmient of tlie s;mie. Also to amend 
paragraph 339 by inserting after tiie " Editor of the Books of the 
General Catalogue," in the fifth line of ihe paragraph, the words, 
"Editor of Christianity in Earnest." 

He also j^resented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Church Extension : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Church Extension be instructed 
to inquire and report what action, if any, is necessary in reference to 
the tenure of church property in the various Stales and Territories. 
16 



Monthly 
inatfazine. 



Church 
proptTty. 



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[1888. 



IMay 1^. 

twklktii 
Day. 

Morning. 

Meinber- 

ship. 



Quarterly 
Coufereiices. 



J. T. Crippcn presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Besolved, Parafrraph 537. In the tliird line strike out the words 
•'does not," and add the letter "s" to the word "exchide." And 
in the fonrtl) line snbslitiiie the word -'and "for " Imt," so that it 
will read as follows: "The decision excludes the member so received 
and restores the member so expelled." 

E. A. Snyder presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That the Discipline should be so changed as to provide 
for semi-annual in the place of quarterly visits by the presiding elders, 
to the end that the districts may be enlarged. That this should at 
least be made apply to the stronger appointments and lo admit of 
fuller attention to the weaker. 



Amfrican 

Sundav- 

School 

Union. 



Financial 

plan. 



G. W. Brindell presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts: 

Whereas, From numerous sources, and especially from several of 
the Western States, word reaches ns that agents of the American 
Sunday-School Union, in some cases indorsed by State Sunday-school 
associaiions, claim the Methodist P2piscopal Cinirch as on'.- of their 
union, and in their zeal make questionable statements and employ nn- 
fratcrnal means for substitiuing union Stmday-sciiools for those 
already organized for the Methodist Kpiscopal Church; and. 

Whereas. Many of our members and not a few of our younger min- 
istrj' are uninformed as to the true status ()f the two unions, and 
cannot tell why we liave our own Sunda\--School Union as distinct 
from the American Sundaj'-School Union; therelore. 

Resolved, That in the interest of truth and fraterniiy the General 
Conference give a clear and autiioritative statement concerning the re- 
lation of our Church to the work of our sister organization, the 
American Sunday-Sciiool Union. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That paragraph HTO of the Discipline be changed so as to 
read as follows: "To raise the ainoimt necessary to meet the above- 
mentioned allowances of the effective preachers, let the stewards, 
near the close of the Conference year, estimate as nearly as practic- 
able tiie amount needed lor the ensuing year, and apportion the same 
to the members in weekly amoimts, according to the ability of each, 
to be paid weekly. Let said apportionment be submitted to the 
members for their acceptance or modilication." 

Paragraph 371. '"Let the sums then assinned be entered by the 
recording steward in a book which he shall keep as treasurer of the 
Board of Stewards. Let the stewards then adopt a system whereby 
each member slwU have opportunity to confibute through envelopes 
' upon the first day of the week ' the amoiuit of his or her weekly 
subscriptimi. Let the society be divided into financial classes of 
about twelve members each and a collector. The collectors shall 
meet the recording steward once a month and receive from him the 
names of anj' who are delinquent in their payments and wait upon 
them for the same." 



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248 



IVIay 14-. 

TWF.LKTU 

Day. 

MiuninQ. 

Superannu- 
ated 
preachers. 



WASHINGTON. 
H, A. Carroll presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Commitlee on Temporal Economy : 

Whereas, We liave ministers wlio have labored in the ministry of 
tlie Metliodi^t Kpiscopal Cliiircli fixim youth to old age: and, 

Wliere(i-% Diirinif tlieir ministry they have iiad poor cliarges and 
large families, and tlie ciiarges they have iiad have rendered it im- 
possible for tiiem to accumulats tneans necessary to give them a com- 
fortable support; and, 

Whereas, Such ministers are in want of the necessary means of 
life, and it is the important duty of the Church to relieve them from 
suffering; therefore, 

Resolotd, That the Committee on Superannuated Preachers" Sup- 
port take into consideralion the necessity of recommending such 
legislation as will raise the present ;3)-o 9ata for superannuated preach- 
ers a hundred per cent. 

WEST NEBRASKA. 
J. L. Parrotte presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Sunday-schools : 

Resolved, That all our Sunday-school superintendents shall be 
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved. That the time limit be extended for traveling preachers Time limit 
to (5) five years, and for presiding elders to (6) six years. 

WEST TEXAS. 
Henry Swann presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Book Concern: 

Whereas, The South-western Christian Advocate, pudlished in New g.w chrls- 

Orleaus, is ihe chief organ of our work in the South; therefore, tian Advo- 

Resolved, That this General Conference continue tiie paper and ''"'*• 
appropriate a sufficient amount of money to insure its publication. 



Sunday- 
school supei^ 
intendents. 



WEST WISCONSIN. 
E. L. Eaton presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Book Concern: 

Whereas, It is our impression that the paper. Onr Youth, established Ow YoiUk. 
since the last General Conference, is destined to supply a great need 
among the youth of our Ciiurcli : and. 

Whereas, We believe that its future is most promising in usefulness 
as well as in financial p.osperit}^; therefore. 

Resolved, That we recommend its coniinnan(!e along the same pro- 
gressive lines that have chai'aclerized it in the past. 

W. J. McKay presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary : 

Resolved, 1. That when an ordained minister in good standing Withdrawn 
withdraws from our Church and joins an evangelical body of another pi"eachers. 



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TWKLFTH 

Day. 
Morning. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Centenary 

of the Book 

Concern. 



Committees 
announced. 



Army 
chaplains 



D. D. Whe- 
don. 



J. Miley's 
report. 



I.W. Joyce's 
report. 



denomination it is contrary to the Scriptures and to the spirit of 
Church union to request the return of his ordination papers. 

2. Tliat so long as tlie hfe and conduct of a brotlier are in keeping 
therewith he is entitled to retain his parclimenls as au ordained min- 
ister of the Gospel. 



WISCONSIiSr. 



W. p. Stowe moved the adoption of the following: 

Whereas, The Methodist Book Concern will in the year 1889 com- 
plete a century of marvelous lustorj', advancing from a borrowed 
capital of S'>00 to nearly $2,500,000 of net capital, and has grown in 
magnitiide and usefulness until its possibilities for good are second 
only to the preaching of the Gospel, and in point of achievement 
stands in the front rank of the religious publishing houses of the 
world ; and, 

Whereas, We deem it fitting to commemorate its centennial with 
such services as shall best express our gratitude to God for his 
benediction upon our publishing interests, and more fully to call 
the attention of our [ eople to the practical workings and benefits of 
this institution: therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on tlie Book Concern be instructed 
to report to tlie General Conference a plan for the celebration of the 
Book Concern during the year 1889. 

A motion to refer to the Committee on Book Con- 
cern was laid on the table, and the resolution was 
adopted. 

Bishop Andi-ews announced the Committees on Lay- 
ing the Corner-stone of the New Publishing and Mis- 
sion House and on Chaplaincies in the Army. (See 
Appendix I, A, 28, 32.) 

On motion of A. J. Kynett it was ordered that all 
papers relating to army chaplains heretofore referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church be re- 
turned to the Conference and referred to the Com- 
mittee just appointed. 

Under a question of privilege J. M. Buckley moved 
that the Committee on Memorial Services be requested 
to provide for a proper recognition of the life and 
services of Rev. D. D. Whedon, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

John Miley jiresented his report as Fraternal Messen- 
ger to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It was 
received and ordered to be printed in the Daily Advo- 
cate. (See Appendix II, A, 11.) 

I. W. Joyce presented his report as Fraternal Messen- 
ger to the Methodist Church in Canada, and on motion 
it was received and ordered to be ]irinted in the Daily 
Advocate. {See Appendix II, A, 15.) 



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14. 

;lftu 
Day. 

Mo7~ning. 
John A. 
Wright. 



Elections. 



Election 
Bishojis 



John A. Wright, Philadelphia, a reserve, was an- ^^^y 
nounced as present, and was permitted to occupy the 
seat of James Gillender, he having returned home. 

The rules were, on motion of C. W. Smith, suspended 
for the purpose of presenting the following: 

Resolved, Tliat the Committee on the Episcopacy be, and tliey are 
hereby instructed to report lo-morrow morning whether, in their 
judgment, tlie Conference can be ready to proceed with tlie election of 
Bishops and other oEBcers so early as Tliursday next. 

It was read. 

A motion to lay on the table w^as lost, and the reso- 
lution was adopted. 

Under suspension of the rules W. H. Hunter pre- 
sented the following: 

Whereas, The General Conference has ordered the Committee on 
the Episcopacy to provide an order for the election of General Con- 
ference officers ; and, , , • i 

Wherens, The election of suitable and competent men to the high 
office of Bishop, involving, as it does, responsibilities so far-reaching 
and weighty, is a matter of the greatest and most serious concern; , 

therefore, , • x , a ^ 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Episcopacy be mstructed to 
so arrange' the order of eleciitm as to provide for tlie balloting for one 
candidate at a time until the requisite number be elected. 

T. B. Neely moved to strike out so much as refers 
to instructing the Committee on Episcopacy, and that 
the question of voting be referred to that Committee. 

J. M. Buckley presented the following as a substi- 
tute for all that is before the house: 

Whereas, In the language of the Bishops' Address, the constitu- 
tional provision for voting by orders -'confers a right whicii is unas- 
sailable upon any ground of law or expediency, and goes far toward 
equalizino- the powers of the orders, notwithstanding the disparity of 
their uunrbers, besides serving as a check upon impulsive ai.d incon- 
siderate action ; " and, . 

Wherens, Said address wisely recommends the "exercise ot this 
right in all matters of importance concerning which there is divided 
se"ntiraent in the Church; " and,. 

Whereas, The election of Bishops is a matter of great importance 

to the Church; and, ,.,..,,„ ^ i <. 

Whereas, " The sentiment of the Church is divided as to what 
persons should be elected Bishops ; therefore. 

Resolved, Tliat in the judgment of this General Conference, in the 
election of Bishops tbe vote siiould be taken by orders, the ministerial 
and lay delagates voting separately. 

J. S. Smart moved to amend by adding, that in vot- 
ing for Bishop we vote for one at a time. 

Vill Cumback called for the previous question, and 
the call was sustained. 



To vote by 
orders. 



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Mlay 14. 

TwKLrTU 

Day. 

Morning. 

Mission Re- 
ports 

Nos. III. and 
IV. 



Fraternal 
Mfssungers 
introduced. 



Judiciary 

Ueports 

Nos. 3 and 4. 



Memoirs. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



Sabbath 
observance. 



N.)rtli China 
Mission. 



Temperance. 



The amendment to the substitute was not adopted; 
the substitute was not accepted; and the resolution 
presented by W. H. Hunter was not adopted. 

The Committee on Missions presented Report No. IV. 

Report No. Ill of the same Committee was read and 
adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 42.) 

C. J. Little, chairman of the Committee on Fraternal 
Messengers, requested permission to introduce the Fra- 
ternal Messengers from the Maryland Association of 
Independent Methodists, which being granted, he pre- 
sented the Rev. J. T. Wightman, D.D., and Charles 
J. Baker, Esq. 

The Committee on Judiciary presented Report No. 
JII, which was read, and on motion of W. J. Paxson 
was recommitted. 

Report No. IV of the same Committee was presented 
and read. 

J. M. Buckley moved that it be recommitted, and 
the motion prevailed. 

J. M. Trimble, fiom the Committee on Memorial 
Services, announced that arrangements have been made 
for memorial addresses on the life and character of 
Dr. D. D. Whedon, Dr. C. J. Clark and Lemuel Bates. 

On motion, the Conference adjourned. C. G. Trus- 
dell was appointed to conduct the devotional services 
to-morrow. The doxology was sung, and Bishop 
Merrill pronounced the benediction. 

The following Memorials were presented to the 
Secretary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the 
committees as indicated therein. 

Bishop Andrews presented a memorial from the Sub- 
Committee of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod i-elat- 
ing to the Sabbath, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from the North China 
Mission concerning an enal)ling act and time of meet- 
ing, which was referred to the Committee on Mis- 
sions. 

He also presented the report of a Committee on Tem- 
perance and Prohibitiou in England, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temperance and the 
Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic. 



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CIXCINXATl. 

J. K. Pollard presented a niemori.il relating to the 
division of parsonage property, signed by John Pearson, 
Springfield, O., which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

J. E. Jones presented a memorial relating to neglect 
of means of grace and repeal of paragraph on Otticial 
JJoards, signed by Rev. J. Pearson, of SpringfieM, O., 
which was referred to the Committee on llevisals. 

I. W. Joyce presented a memorial relating to a 
Missionary Bishop, signed by Rev. J. Pearson, of 
Springfield, O., Avhich was referred to the Comnutlee 
on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial relating to the order of 
business and reports in Quarterly Conferences, signed 
by Rev. J. Pearson, of Springfield, O., which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial in relation to pre- 
siding elders inspecting church records and forms for 
reports to the Annual Conference, signed by Rev. John 
Pearson, of the Cincinnati Conference, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial relating to holding 
service within the bounds of another charge, signed by 
Rev. J. Pearson, of Springfield, O., "which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 



]Mayl I. 

tvvklftii 

Dat. 
Morning. 
Parsonago 
luoperly. 



Means of 
grace. 



Missionary 
Bish..i). 



Qiiartt-rly 

CoiHVrenco 

bu&inesb. 



Church 
records. 



Public 
service.". 



FOOCHOW. 
Sia Sek Ong presented a memorial relating to Anglo 
Chinese College, Foochow, China, signed by Geo. B. 
Smythe and two others, which was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 



Chines? 
College. 



NEBRASKA. 
C. F. Creighton presented a petition, signed by him- 
self and four others, relating to eligibility of women as 
delegates to Lay Electoral Conferences, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary. 



Eligibility of 

women 

delegates. 



NEW JERSEY. 



The delectation pix'sented a memorial relating to the womaiv 

. "" C T U 

Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which was re- 



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[1888. 



M:ayi4. f erred to the Committee on Temperance and Prohibition 
Day. or the Liquor I rainc. 

Morning. 

XORTH-WEST SWEDISH. 
John Wigren presented a memorial of the North-west 
Swedish Conference, signed by John Wigren and an- 
other, relating to Conference boundaries, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on- Boundaries. 

He also presented a memorial from the Kansas- 
Nebraska District of the same Conference, signed by 
Oscar J. Swan and five others, relating to time limit, 
which wa« referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



Boundaries. 



Time limit. 



Presiding 
Elders. 



Appeal of W. 

E. Toinkin- 

sou. 



EpiDorfh 
Hymnal. 



PHILADELPHIA. 
T. B. Neely presented a memorial from the Pliila- 
delphia Conference relating to the election to presiding 
eldershij), which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

WILMIXGTON. 

N. M. Browne presented the appeal of W. E. Tom- 
kinson from the AVilmington Conference, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

He also presented another appeal from the Wilming- 
ton Conference, wliich was referred to the Judiciary 
Committee. 

WYOMIXG. 

J. C. Leacock presented a memorial of the Wyoming 
Conference, signed by himself and another, relating to 
the Epxoorth Hymnal, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Sunday-schools. 



INIay 15. 

TlIIRTEKNTH 

Day. 

Moiming. 

Bishop An- 
drews 
presides. 

Devotional 



Minutes 
nppioved. 



Education. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 15. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour. 
Bishop Edward G. Andrews in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by C. G. 
Trusdell, Rock River Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

By consent D. A. Goodsell called attention to the 



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249 



importance of educational institutions furnishing infor- 
mation to the Board of Education. , 

On motion of A. W. Pottle, a seat on the platform 
was granted to Rev. D. B. Randall, of the Maine Con- 
ference. 

Bishop Walden, by consent, called the attention of 
the Conference to certain questions concerning bound- 
aries. 

J. M. Reid moved that all matters referring to bound- 
aries in the home work be referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries, and all relating to the foreign work be 
referred to the Committee on Missions, and the motion 
prevailed. 

C D. Hammond, Troy Conference, was excused from 
further attendance, and Daniel Klock, Jr., a reserve, 
was granted his seat. 

Frank H. Maynard, New England Southern, a reserve, 
was announced as present to fill the seat of Lemuel 
Bates, deceased. 

Amos Shinkle moved that the further call of the 
Conferences for resolutions be dispensed with. 

J. M. Reid moved to amend by adding, " after another 
call ; " the amendment was accepted and the resolution 
was adopted. 



]Mfiy ir>. 

Thiktkknth 

DAy. 

Morniny. 

Courtesy to 
Dr. Kandall. 



Boundaries. 



Daniel 
Klock, Jr. 



F. H. May- 
iiai'd. 



Call for 
resolutions. 



ARKANSAS. 

T. B, Ford presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

Whereas, The subject of the organic union between tlie Methodist 
Episcopal Cluirch and the Methodist Episcopal Cliurcii. South, has 
been: proposed by a memorial presented to tliis General Conference, 
and referred to the Committee on ilie State of the Churcii ; and. 

Whereas, Tliere are other Metliodist bodies in lhi^^ country whioh 
hold to the episcopal form of government and are similar to the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church in doctrine and practice ; and 

Whereas, There are the same, and even greater, reasons for tlie 
union of all branches of Episcopal Methodism in tliis country in one 
body than there are for tlie union of any two of tliese: and. 

Wliercas, No proposed union would be just, complete, or sa'isfac- 
tory, that does not provide for all Episcopal Methodism? in the 
United States on the same terms, whether their membership be white 
or black, great or siuall ; tiierefore, 

Resolred, 1. That the Committee on the S'ate of the Clmrch be 
instructed to inquire into the propriety of the appointment of a 
commission by this General Conference of one from each General 
Conference district, whose duty sliall be to confer with similar cotii- 
missions which may be appointed by otlicr branches of Episcopal 
Methodism, and with them to arrange u basis of union that will be 



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Thirteektu 

Day. 

Morning. 



Freedmen's 
Aid bock'ly. 



IVIay 15. alike just and lionorable to all, and report the same to the next en- 
suing General Coufert-nce for its action. 

2. i'liat in the event the appointment of a commission be thought 
wise the said Conunittee be requested to report to this General Con- 
ference a plan for the creation and government of such Commission. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid Society : 

W/iertas, The work of the Methodist Kpiscopal Church in the 
South is of the s;reatest importance from the .stand-points of rchgion, 
education and moral reform ; and, 

Wliertas, The election of school buildings and the maintenance of 
scliools lor preparatory and liigher education, and especially for the 
training of preachers and teacliers for our Vv'(jrk, sustains such a vital 
relation to ihe successful prosecution of our mission iu the South; and, 

Wliereas. The separation of this educational work on the color line, 
and the putting of it imder two socieiies. both occupying the same 
groiuid and .seeking to do tiie same kind of work f(jr peoples whose 
conditions are essentially the same as to need, worthiness and prom- 
ise, though they differ in color, would unnecessarily increase ex- 
pense, tend to produce friction between administrations, and dignify 
, and make permanent the policy of exclusion on account of race; and, 

Wliereas, The Freedmen's Aid Societj- has under autlioritative in- 
terpretations of its charter, and the directions of the General Confer- 
ence, successfnilv laid the foundations ( f a mighty educational system 
for the whole South, and has liiis entire work uell in hand: iheie- 
fore. 

Resolved, 1. That, as far as practicable, all our educational work in 
the South should be Conneciional, and. as far as Connectioual, under 
one general n)anagenient. witii local boards to be appointed by the 
Am iial Conferences, in whose bounds institutions liave been, or may 
be located, with sncii powers as to the selecting of teachers and local 
management as may be agreed upon b\' such boards severally, and 
the parent Society. 

2. That in view of the great success of the Freedmen's Aid Society 
iu the past in raising funds and administering important trusts, and 
its hold upon the cmiscience and heart of the whole Church, no 
change shotdd be made by a transfer of any part of its responsibility 
and work to anj'^ other societj-. 

3. That now emphasis be given our work in the South by such 
legislation for increasing its efficiencj' and usefulness as the Com- 
mittee on Freedmen's Aid and Work in the South, may judge necessar.y, 
provided noc'iange of policy as to the rights of members of the Metli- 
odist Episcopal Ciuu-ch on account of race or color be implied. 

A. C. Phillips jn-esented the following, M'hich was 

referred to the Committee on l{i'vi>;als : 

Fesolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to consider 
the propriety of preparing, and having insetted in tiie Discipline a 
brief form for the reception of probationers into our Church, An- the 
purpose of making the reception of such person more impressive and 
the practice of our preachers more uniform. 

CENTRAL OHfO. 

Gershom Lease presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 

Resolved, That the Committee on the .ludiciary be respectfully re- 
quested to answer the following question of law, and report to this 



Proba- 
tioners. 



Vote by 
orders. 



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251 



CDiifercnce on Wednesday nioriiin<r, May 16: "Can a vote by orders, 
as provided lor by T[ 69 of ilio Discipline, be demanded in au clcclion 
for Bisiiops or otlier General Oonl'erence officers?" 

S. L. Roberts presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Whereas, Much time of this General Conference has been con- 
sumed, and large expense incurred, by unsuccessful contests tor seuts 
in this body ; tiierefore, 

Resolved, Tliat hereafter the expenses of parties contesting the seats 
of cerlified members elect will not be paid by the General Confer- 
ence, unless notice of manifest illegality of election with purpose to 
contest has been given such delegate in open Conference before its 
adjournment, and a copy of the notice sent to tlie Secretary of the 
General Conference, wliose duly it is to make and call the roll of the 
General Conference. 

Also the following, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be and it is hereby re- 
quested to recommend the General Conference to change § 3, ^ 203, 
page 149 of the Discipline, so as to read: 

"The superintendent shall be nominaled by the preacher iu cliarge 
and elected by the Quarterly Conference, and in case of a vacancj' the 
preacher in cliarge siiall superintend or secure thesuperinteudeiicy of 
the school inuil such time as a superintendent shall be elected by the 
Quarterly Conference." 



IVIay !.'>. 

TllIFtl KKNTII 

Day. 
Morning. 



Contested 
seuts. 



Suiiiliiy- 
sebool .super- 
ill lendeiits. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 

D. S. Monroe presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

In ^ 88 strike out the words, " signed by the President and," so as 
to read, " signed by the Secretary." 



CmiriTencp 
.)<)urn:ils. 



CINCINNATL 

J. H. Bayliss presented the following, and moved it:^ 
adoption, and the motion prevailed : 

Resolved, That a Special Committee of one from each General Con- Organization 
ference District be appointed to consider, and. if possible, to mariire a ^ "[ 
plan for the organization of the standing and all otlier committees of 
the General Conference, so that with desirable changes both orders 
of delegates shall be moie fully and equitably represented on these 
committees. 

He also presented the following, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the editor of the Dailij Christian Advocate be re- 
quested to publish in to-morrow's issue of ilie Daibj the aeiion ol'the 
General Missionary Commitloe concerning Bishop Taylor's .M'ssons 
in South America, and that llie Secrelares of tiie Missionary Society 
be requested to furnish tiie editor a copy of said action. 



Anion of the 
Mi-ssionnry 
Couiiiiittee. 



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IMay IS. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Sundry 
exijeuses. 



Sundry 
expenses. 



DETROIT. 

J. S. Smart presented the following, whicli was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Judiciary be requested to inquire 
and report to tliis body as to whether or not it be kiwful, under tt e 
Sixth Restrictive Rule, paragrapli 350 of the Discipline, to pay the 
expenses of Judicial Conferences and of various commissions cum- 
p()^ed of both ministers and laymen, and the exi^enses of hiynieu as 
members of the General Conlerence, or any part of said expenses, 
from the profits of the Book Concern. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Efsolved, That we are determined to prove ourselves worthy of the 
confidence expressed in the Episcopal Address, in which the Bishops 
say, 'J We need scarcely remind you of the importance of guardinor 
sacredly the produce of the Book Concerns, so that no diversion shall 
be permitted that will conflict with the vested rights of the traveling 
ministers." 

2. That the Committee on Temporal Economy be requested to 
inquire into the expediency of combining all the genei'al expenses of 
the Church, such as the expenses of Judicial Conferences, the ex- 
penses of the General Conference, and of the various cmmissions 
appointed by the General Conference with the Episcopal Fui d, so 
tiiat we may have one common fund for all these purposes, to be 
called "The Episcopal and Incideiual Fund," raised by an apportion- 
ment upon the churches according to their several ability, in order 
that the surplus profits of the Book Concerns maj'' be securely 
guarded and sent forward to the Annual Conferences for the benefit 
of the Conference claimants, as the law in paragraph 350 of the Dis- 
cipline directs. 



Lower 
California. 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. 

J. B. Green presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Mii^sions. 

Whereas, Tlie peninsula of Lower California now contains a large 
and rapidly-growing population of English-speaking people, furnishing 
ample material for the formation of numerous self-supporting ciiurches, 
several being already organized and supplied with jjastors from 
Southern California Conference ; and. 

Whereas, There is also a large population of Spanish-speaking 
people who are almost entirely' without Protestant evangelizing influ- 
ences; and, 

Whereas, The resources of that cotuitry are now being so rapidly 
developed, the achievements of our ministry there are of great value, 
and there are immediate possibilities of securing immense religious 
and educational advantages if our work in that country be wisely 
cared for, and we tliink tiie bf st wa.y to do this is by tiie organiz- 
ing of a Lower California Mission; therefore, be it 

Hesolved, That we hereby request the General Missionary Com- 
mittee to provide such oi'gauization :ind as-i<tance for that country 
as they may find expedient at the earliest possible daj-. 

W. A. Spencer moved that the order of the day be 
taken up, and the motion prevailed. 



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253 

IMay l.~. 

TlURTKENTII 

Day. 

Murtiiiig. 



Consolida- 
tion of Be- 
nevolences. 



he Committee on Consolidation of Benevolences 
presented report No. I, a part of which was read, as 
follows : J 

Tt appears, therefore, that ihe success of the various benevolent 
societies of the Church has thus far been increased by successive 
chano-es, and yet all vested rights have been carefully guarded and 
CQuaerved. 

4t seems to your Commission to have been the Judgment of the last 
General Conference that the time had come to mal<e further modifi- 
cations in our benevolent societies. As certain readjustments of 
charters will be necessary to accomplish this purpose, we therefore 
recommend the adoption of the following resolutions : 

Resolved, 1. That the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church be and is herel)y directed to obtain from the State of New York 
a new and amended act of incorporation, under the name of " The 
Board, of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church," 
preserving the identity of the corporation, or making the new cor- 
poration the legal successor of said Missionary Society of the 
Methodist l"'piscopal Ciiurch. 

2. That the Boaid of Cliurch Extension of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church be and is hereby directed to secure a new and amended act 
of incorporation from tlie State of Pennsylvania, under the corporate 
name, "The Board of Home Missions and Church Extension of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church," preserving the identity of the present 
corporation, or making the new the legal successor of the old cor- 
poration. 

3. That the Sunday-School Union and Tract Society of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church 15e and are hereby directed to obtain from the 
State of New York a new and anjended act of incorporation, con- 
solidating tiie two societies under the corporate name of "The Board 
of Sunday-School and Tract Publications of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church ;" said act of incorporation to preserve the identity of the 
present societies in the new corporation, or to make the new corpo- 
ration the legal successor of each and both the old corporations. 

4. That a commission, to consist of one of the Bishops and one 
minister and one layman from each General Conference District, be 
appointed by the Bishops, whose duty it sliall be to determine, at 
the earliest day possible, what property held for missionary purposes 
in this country, by the Missionary Society of the Metliodist Episco- 
pal Cliurch, shall be conveyed to the Board of Home Missions and 
Church Extension ; and also to make an cquit;ible division of the 
assets of said Missionar}' Society; and further, to provide for a suit- 
able division of moneys received in payment of bequests made in the 
name of the Missionary Society of the Metliodist Episcopal Church. 

5. That each of the above boards, wiien incorporated, shall assume 
and perform all obligations resting upon tiie corporation or corpo- 
rations of whicii it has become the successor, so that the purpose of 
tlie donors of moneys shall be sacredly regarded, and every trust 
faithfully performed. 

James Coote presented the following amendment : 

Resolved, That the Report of the Committee on Consolidation of Boanl of K.'- 

Benevolences be so amended as to consolidate the Board of Education "cation ;uiil 

, , _, , , , . , <^ . ^ Irecdnien .s 

and the Freedmen s Aid Societ}'. Aid Society. 

On motion of E. J. Gray, the previous question was 
ordered. 



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jVIay 15. 

'I'lIIRTKENTH 

Day. 

ilovning. 



IJeport not 

udoiiteil. 

Suite of the 

Chui-ch, Ke- 

jiort No. I. 



Time of 
elections. 



Rvening 
Session. 



Memoir. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



Alexander Ashley moved a vote by orders ; not 
sustained. 

A call for the ayes and noes was not sustained. 

The amendment was lost by a count vote of 156 for 
and 246 against. 

'J'he Report was then voted upon, but not adopted. 

On motion of J. O. Peck, the rules were suspended, 
and he presented Report No. I of the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 

It was read, and, on motion, adopted. (Aj'tj^endix I, B, 
26.) 

W. H. 01 in presented a report from the Committee 
on Episcopacy relating to the time of elections. 

On motion of Arthur Edwards, the rules Avere 
suspended and the Report was read. 

T. B. Neely moved the adoption of the Report. 

J. L. Sooy presented the following as a substitute. 
It was laid on the table : 

Whereas, This General Conference has fixed Thursday, the iVth 
insl., as tlie day for tlie election of Bishops and other General Con- 
ference officers ; thercrore, 

L'tsolved. 1. That \vc instruct the Committee on Episcopacy to 
prepare an order of election for that day. 

2. Tliat, since tlie Board of Bisliops iiave signified four as the 
number ol Bishops to be elected, we concur with the Bishops in this 
opinion, and elect four. 

The previous question was ordered. 

G. H. Foster moved a vote by orders, but the call 
was not sustained. 

The Report was then voted upon and adopted. (Ap- 
pendix I, B, 1.) 

L. C. Queal, under a question of privilege, moved 
that when we adjourn it be to meet at 7:30 P. M., for 
the purpose of receiving Fraternal Messengers. The 
motion prevailed. 

On motion, the Columbia River delegation was 
requested to prepare a memoir of J. II. Wilbur, and 
the Southern California to prepare a memoir of R. W. 
C. Farnsworth. 

On motion. Conference adjourned. 

Bennett Mitchell was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow morning. The doxology was sung, 
and the benediction was pronounced by Bishop An- 
drews. 



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255 



The following MilMorials were passed to tlie Secre- ^layis. 
taiy, under Rule 2-2, and b)^ him referred to the day. 
committees as indicated thereon. Mvmmg. 

D. S. Monroe, Secretary of the General Conference, 
presented a memorial, signed by W. J. Starr and 
twenty-four others, asking for change in Discipline, 
paragraph 214, section 5, which Avas referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 

He also presented a memorial from W. Armstrong 
relating to ritual revision, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from Omaha, signed 
by T. C. Glendenning, presiding elder of Omaha Dis- 
trict, North Nebraska Conference, inviting the General 
Conference to hold its next session in Omaha, which 
was referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. 



Public 
services. 



Ritutil. 



General 

Coiifiivnce 

of 1892. 



Enabling 
act. 



Baptized 
childi-en. 



CALIFORNIA. 

Robert Bentley presented a memorial from W. J. 
Sheldt and others asking an enabling act for the 
organization of a German Annual Conference in Cali- 
fornia, which was referred to the Committee on Bound- 
aries. 

CINCIXXATI. 

A memorial from the Cincinnati Lay Electoral Con- 
ference was presented relating to baptized children, 
which Avas referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

A. B. Leonard presented a memorial, signed by N. sunday- 

^ , . . school sui)er- 

A. Fulton and others, on election of assistant superin- intendents. 
tendent, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

He also presented a memorial on the legal relation of Prohibition, 
prohibition to the Church, which was referred to the 
Committee on Judiciary. 



DES MOINES. 
W. T. Smith presented a memorial, signed by him- Probationary 

svslcin 

self and four others, relating to the abolishment of our 
probationary system, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 

T. McK. Stuart presented a memorial from Villisca Chm-ch 

' . . inembersbifx 

Charge, signed by A. W. Armstrong and P. D. Minick, 



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Sunday- 
school 
Otticei'S. 



]May 15. relatiiisr to Church membership, which was referred to 

Thirteenth ^ t--, • t-> • i 

Day. the Committee on Kevisals. 

Morning. 

ERIE. 

H. H. Moore presented a memorial from the Town- 
ville Charge, Meadville District, Erie Conference, 
signed by T. P. Warner, relating to Sunday-school 
officers, which was referred to the Committee on 
Sunday-schools. 

IOWA. 

G. N. Power presented a memorial on solemnizing 
marriage by unordained preachers, which was referred 
to Committee on Itinerancy. 



Marriage. 



Training 
school. 



Trustees. 



Time limit. 



LEXIXGTON". 

E. W. S. Hammond presented a memorial relating 
to a training-school for Africa, Avliich was referred to 
the Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work in the 
South. 

MAINE. 

A. W. Pottle presented a memorial relating to pro- 
posed amendments of paragraphs 389 to 392 of the 
Discipline, concerning trustees, their duties and re- 
sponsibilities, which Avas referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

MICHIGAX. 

The delegation presented a memorial from the 
Garland Street Official Board, signed by the secretary 
thereof, relating to the extension of the pastoral term, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



General 

ConAieiice 

officers. 



Clerical 
representa- 
tion. 



Time limit. 



NEWARK. 

Sanford Van Benschoten presented a memorial from 
the Newark Conference relating to the election of 
General Conference officers, which was referred to the 
Committee on the State of the Church. 

H. C. Clark presented a memorial from the same 
body relating to inequality of clerical representation in 
the General Conference, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

J. I. Boswell presented a memorial from the Hack- 
ettstown Charge relating to non-extension of pastoral 



profits. 



Statistics. 



missionaries. 



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terras, which was referred to the Committee on Itin- ^layis. 

TlllUTEENTII 

erancy. Day. 

He also presented another memorial, signed by S. Moi-ning. 
Parsons and one other, relating to the appropriation of Cunccrn 
the Book Concern profits, wliich w.is referred to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by Rev. J. W. 
Young, relating to correction of eiTors in statistical 
tables, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

H. C. Clark presented a memorial fi-om the Newark T^br 
Lay Electoi-al Conference asking that the salary of 
Bishop Taylor be provided for from the Episcopal 
Fund, which was referred to the Committee on Epis- 
copacy. 

J. N. FitzGerald presented a memorial from the Ordination 
Board of Managers of the Missionary Society concern- 
ing candidates ordained under the missionary rule, which 
was referred to the Committee on Missions. 



NEW YORK EAST. 

J. O. Peck presented a memorial from the National liquor traffic. 
Temperance Society, signed by Theodore L. Cuyler, 
President, and J. N. Stearns, Corresponding Secretary, 
relating to the liquor traffic with Africa, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temperance and Prohi- 
bition of the Liquor Traffic. 



NORTH-WEST SWEDISH. 

John Wigren presented a memorial signed by Albeit '^'""' '""'*• 
Ericson and seven others, relating to extension of time 
limit, which was referred to the Committee on Itin- 
erancy. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by John A. "^'"'^ '""" 
Gabridrau and eight others, relating to the time limit, 
which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

PHILADELPHIA. 
T. B. Neelv presented a memorial from the Phila- Time limit, 
delphia Preachers' Meeting, signed by G. T. Hnrlock, 
President, and William D. Jones, Secretary, relating to 
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[1888. 



Thirteenth 

Day. 

Morninrj. 



Conference 
paper. 



Boundaries. 



Transfer. 



Probation. 



rnodification of pastoral time, which Avas referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

SOUTHKHN CALIFORNIA. 
M. M. Bovard presented a memorial of the Southern 
California Conference, signed by himself and John F, 
Green, relating to the establishment of a General Con- 
ference paper in their Conference, which was referred 
to the Committee on Book Concern. 

UPPER IOWA. 
A. J. Kynett presented a memorial, signed by Will- 
iam E. Wilson and nine others, relating to Conference 
boundaries, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

WASHINGTON. 
E. W. S. Peck presented a memorial of the Warren 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Pittsburg, Pa., relating 
to a transfer, which was referred to the Committee on 

Boundaries. 

WEST TEXAS. 

G. R. Townsen presented a memorial, signed by 
himself, relating to the six months' probation, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



IVTay IS. 

Thirteenth 
Day. 

Ei^' n ing. 

T)isliop 

Bowiiian 

iiresirles. 



Devotional 
services. 



Rev. C. H. 
Kelly. 



Address of 

British 
Conference. 



TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 15. 

Pursuant to adjournment Conference met and was 
called to order at eight o'clock P. M., Bishop Thomas 
BoAvman presiding. 

Hymn 797, beginning, 

" Blest be the tie that binds," 
was sung. 

Bishop Cyrus D, Foss led in prayer. 
Hymn 438, beginning, 

" Arise, my soul, arise," 
was then sung. 

The credentials of Charles H. Kell}^, Fraternal Mes- 
senger from tlie British Conference, were presented and 
read by the Secretary. (See Appendix II, A, 4.) 

C. J. Little, chairman of the Committee on the Re- 
ception of Fraternal Messengers, read the Address of 



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the British Conference of 1887 to this General Con- 
fei'ence. (See Appendix II, A, 3.) 

After reading tlie address he presented the Rev. 
Charles H. Kelly to tlie Bishop, mIio introduced him 
to the Conference. He was most cordially received, 
and addressed the Conference. (See Appendix II, A, 5.) 

The Address of the Irish Methodist Conference was 
read by D. H. Moore. (See Appendix II, A, 7.) 

After a few introductory remarks by Robert Bent- 
ley he presented the Rev. Wesley Guard, Fraternal 
Messenger from the Irish Conference. 

Having been introduced by Bishop Bowman and 
very cordially received he addressed the Conference. 
(See Appendix II, A, 8.) 

On motion. Conference adjourned. The doxology 
was sung, and the benediction was pronounced by the 
Rev. Charles H. Kelly. 



Thirteenth 

Day. 

Evening. 

Rev. Mr. 

Kelly 

introduced. 



Address of 

Irish 

Methodist 

Conference. 

Rev. Wesley 

Guanl. 



His address. 



Adjonrn- 
iiient. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 16. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop H. W. Warren in the chair. 

The devotional services were led by Bennett Mitchell, 
of the North-west Iowa Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

The Committee on Reception of Fraternal Messen- 
gers presented Report No. Ill, which was read and 
adopted. {A2y}')endlx II, A, 9.) 

On motion of J. S. Tevis, the rules were suspended, 
and a resolution was adopted that all speeches hereafter 
shall be limited to five minutes. 

Under suspension of the rules .T. C. Jackson, Jr., 
moved that the farther reading of resolutions be dis- 
pensed with, and the motion prevailed. 

The call of Conferences for resolutions was resumed. 



Miay 1«. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 

Morning. 
Bishop 
Warren 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 

Committee 

on Fraternal 

Messensrei-s 

Report 

No. HI. 

Speeches 
hmited. 



Readinfr res- 
olutions dis- 
pensed with. 



CALIFORXFA. 
E. R. Dille presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisnls be requested to provide 
an appropriate ritual for the administration of ilie Lord's Supper to 
the sick. 



Ritual. 



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IVEay lO. 

ForRTKF.NTII 

Day. 

Mornii g. 
Qualifica- 
tions of 
Bi^hol)S. 



W. S. Urray presented the following, which "was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Wliereas, Our Book of Discipline contains no information whatever 
in rep;ard to the qualifications of a Bishop; and 

W]ierea'-\ This omission might lead to the introduction of improper 
persons into this sacred office ; therefore. 

Reaolved, That tlie Committee on tlie Episcopacy take into consid- 
eration the propriety of inserting before paragraph 162 a paragraph 
reading somewliat as follows: 

•'A Bishop must be an elder who shall have traveled at least ten 
consecutive years after his admission into some Annual Conference, 
who shall be at least forty years of age, and who shall possess all 
thi se qualiticalions mentioned by the apostle Paul in his first epistle 
to Timothy." 

CINCINNATI. 

A. B. Leonard presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Tobacco. Resolved, Tliat the Committee on Revisals be and is hereby in- 

structed to consider tlie propriety of so amending the Discipline as to 
prohibit traveling ministers in our Cluirch from cultivating, bujMng, 
or selling tobacco. 

EAST OHIO. 

E. A. Simons presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolved, That paragraph 83 of the Discipline be so amended as to 
read as follows: 

•'^83. §1. Each Annual Conference shall appoint a Treasurer, 
who shall receive, receipt, and account for all moneys and vouchers 
from the several p;istoral charges of tlie Conference, duly handing 
over to the Board of Stewards and to the various benevolent socie- 
ties the funds belonsing to them. 

"§ 2. Each Anntial Conference sliall appoint an Auditing Commit- 
tee, whose dut)' it sliall be, 1. To examine tlic books of the Treasurer ; 
2. To compare the collections reported by the preachers with tie re- 
ceipts of the Conference Treasurer, that discrepancies, if any. may be 
corrected before the publication of the Minutes; 3. To report to the 
Conference. 

" § 3. The Conference Treasurer shall be the Treasurer of all the 
Conference benevolent societies connected witli the Ciunx-h at large." 

2. That question 9 be dropped from the list of questions in 
the fourth Quarterly Conference, and that question 10, in the first 
Quarter!}' Conference, read, " What was raised for benevolent pur- 
poses last year ? " when tlie receipt of tiie Conference Treasurer sliall 
be presented and recorded in the minutes of that Quarterly Con- 
ference. 

W. L. Dixon presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Pastor's Whereas, Reporting the rental value of parsonages in the same 

reports. column with the cash receipts on the pastor's salary is misleading ; 

therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals consider the importance 

of so changing the blanks for Pastors' Reports to Annual Confer- 



Conference 
Treasurer. 



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eiices 33 that the rental vaUie of the pnrsonage property sliall be re- 
ported in a column separate from the one iu which the cash receipts 
of the pastor are reported. 

Louis Paine presented the following, -which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Whereas, By the adoption of the present plan of supporting the 
General Conference tlie expense of the same is thrown largelj^ upon 
the Church at large ; and 

Wheyeas, Tlie expense should be reduced as much as is consistent 
with the convenience of such Conference: and 

Whereas, The holding of General Conferences iu opera-houses is 
incouveuieiit, on account of the interrupted use of such li(ftises; and 

Whereas, Such place of meeting is objectionable, in view of the at- 
titude and deliverances of our Cliurch upon the subject of question- 
able atnusenierits; therefore, 

Resolved, That a commission, consisting of one representative from 
each General Conference District, witli four at large, be appointed to take 
into consideration tlie selection of some central and convenient situa- 
tion for the location of a building for General Conference purposes, 
and report thereon to the General Couforence of A. D. 1892, together 
with plans and estimated cost of such building. 



M:ay 16, 

foukteentu 

Dav. 

Morning. 



Building: (or 

General 
Cimference 
puijioses. 



GENESEE. 

D. W. C, Huntington presented the following, and 
moved its adoption: 

Whereas, The election of men to the office of General Superintend- Election of 
ent in the Methodist Episcopal Church is of vital importance in its Bishops, 
bearing upon the higliest interests of both ministers and churches ; 
and 

Wliereas, The efficiency of the Episcopacy and the honor of the 
Churcli would be promoted by great care in the selection of men for 
this office and by tiie greatest possible degree of unanimity in their 
election ; therefoi'e. 

Resolved, That in the election of Bishops at this General Confer- 
ence it shall require a majorit}' of two thirds of all the votes cast at 
any given ballot to constiiite an election. 

On a motion to refer to the Committee on Episco- 
pacy the previous question was ordered, and the motion 
to refer did. not prevail. The resolution was adopted 
by a count vote of 202 for and 131 against. 

It was announced that D. L. Musselman, Illinois, hav- p.g r.iiiette 

T 1 -ni •!• r^ /-i-ii present. 

ing returned home, r hi lip (r. (jillette, a reserve, was 
present, and he was allowed to fill the seat. 

The order of the day, the report of the Commission 
on Lay Representation, was taken up. 

On motion of J. I. Boswell the further considera- 
tion of the report was postponed and made the order 
of the day for Friday next at ten o'clock A. M. 

The call of Conferences for resolutions was resumed. 



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]VIay 16. 

foukteenth 
Day. 



Bishops' 
paper. 



Corner- 
stone. 



The following was presented by J, B, Wentwortli : 

Whereas, The paper read by Bishop Bowman at the opening of tliis 
General Conlerence demands, both on account of the occasion of iU 
issuance and the claims to Episcopal prerogative it contains, careful 
analysis and consideration by this Conference; 

Resolved, That this paper be hereby referred to the Judiciary Com- 
mittee, to be examined by said committee, and by it to be reported 
upon to this body. 

A motion to lay it on the table did not prevail. 

T. B. Neely moved to strike out "Judiciary" and 
insert "Episcopacy." Laid on the table by a count 
vote of 139 for and 115 against. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the resolution was laid 
on the table by a count vote of 158 for and 142 against. 

Sandford Hunt moved that the Senior Bishop be re- 
quested to lay the corner-stone of the new Publishing 
and Mission House at such time as shall be decided 
upon. Carried. 

On motion of J. O. Peck, certain papers were received 
from the Committee on tlie State of the Church and re- 
ferred to other committees. 



Term of 
Bishops. 



General 

Conference 

of 1892. 



HOLSTON. 
H. B. Case presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Episcopacy: 

Whereas, The Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Ciiurch is silent 
upon tlie question oftlie length of time a Bishop shall hold his office; 
and 

Whereas, A limitation of the time during which all officials sliall 
hold office is in harmony witli the general polilj' of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church; and 

Wherecbs, It has been decided by the highest authority that the 
position of a Bisiiop is that of an office, elective by the General 
Conference ; therefore, 

Resolved, That all persons elected, or to be elected, including those 
elected at this session, by tliis General Conference, to the office of 
Bishop, shall iiold such office for the term of eight years and no 
longer, unless re-elected by tiie Genei'al Conference. This resolution 
shall in no way affect the tenure of office of those Bishops heretofore 
elected. 

ILLINOIS. 

W. N. McElroy presented the following, M^hich M'as 

referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy: 

Whereas, The General Conference for many years has held its ses- 
sions in large cities, and mosth' in tlie East; and 

Whereas, It would be greatly to the comfort of tlie General Con- 
ference to assemble in smaller cities, and also to the advantage of the 
Church at larire; and 

Whereas, The city of Springfield, 111., has, by the unanimous vote 



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1888.] 

of the Quarterly Conferences of its churches, invited the General 
Confeience of 1892 to hold its session in thnt city : ana 

WlZas, We have assurances that the hall of the House of Repre- 
sentatives in that city wiU be secured for the purpose: and 

wKJ, The hotel accomn,odatio.>s of Springfield are of the am- 
nlpst and of the best, and iis people most hospitable; aiid . 

^ Wrrl The expense of holding the session there will be greatly 
less than in a larger city; therefore, ,,,.nfforpd and 

Resolved That we accept the invitation so kuid y proffered and 
ordeT that the General Conference of 1892 be held lu the city of 
Spriugfleld, 111. 



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Mfvy lO. 

foukteknth 

Day. 

morning. 



INDIANA. 

H. J. Talbot presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas Indianapolis, in the State of Indiana, is .^o located as to be 
wit^'eS;^ reach of our' Methodism in all parts of the country, east, 
west, south, and north ; therefore, rpsidence 

Resolved, That Indianapolis be designated as a place of residence 
for one of our Bishops. 

D. E. Beeni presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Resolved That t^ 371 and 372 of the Discipline relating to the 
meU 7s for providing support for the ministers and preachers, and 
tie Bishops H^^cl presiding elders, should be stricken out, and the fol- 
lowing adopted instead thereof: . 

V 371 Let these sums, with the amount apportioned for the sup- 
por of the Bishops and the presiding elder, be entered b.V the record^ 
no- steward in a book which he shall keep as treasurer of the Board 
of'Stewards. If the total amount of these sums does not equal the 
anon t needed monthly let the s.ewards apportion the dehc.ency 
amono. alUhe members; setting down to each person the additional 
amount which they think he ought to pay mon.hly 

nr 372. Let the stewards then adopt and carry out a plan by ^1 ch 
eve y one, except such as prefer to make weekly contribntions thro gli 
U e r dass-leaders, shall have the opportunity of contnbuu.g monthly 
the sum wliich has been so pledged by and apportioned to him. Let 
Ih^slTourributions be paid^over to ^l-/<^-'-^'"f/ST'd? M t 
leader, and be brought up by him to the Leaders and ^tewc r s Meet 
inc. orOuarterlv Conference, as the case may be; and let he stew- 
"ds report to tL first Quarterly Conference o ejeh y..- the detad 
of the financial plan. The recording ^^eward shall keep an id 
vidnal account of all these pledges '^^^^ app'naionme ts. and sha^^^ 
ivxv over all moneys collected, under tiie direction of the stewards, to 
t S^per'o s antlK.i iz'.i to receive them. If any member shal fad or 
reLsrto pay tl,e amount so pledged by and apportioned to hun or 
he per od of three n.onths the recording steward shall notify h m 
to aSa? before a meeting of the Board of Stewards, and give his 
ease ns for snch non-payment, which shall be reported to the nex 
OuXlfcmife ence. If snch reasons are not satisfacory it shall 
S^ied-uty of U'e Quarterly Conference to direct t';e --din. Jejv- 
nrd to nrenare a char"-e against sucli member for disobedience to lue 
Ditiphne'or tl.e Clnn-c.,:%nd, if found guilty after due trial, let lum 
be expelled from the Church. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



Financial 
plan. 



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IMay 16. 

FuURTEENTlI 

Day. 
Morning. 

Transfers. 



Sundav- 
scliool \v..rk 
in tlieSoutli. 



Kpiscopal 
supervision. 



ronsolida- 
tion of Be- 
nevolences. 



Eemoval of 
uiembers. 



JAPAN. 

J. O. Spencer presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved. Tliat the Discipliue be amended bv adding the following. 
1 1 64, § 4 : 

Provided it shall be unlawful for any Bivshop to transfer a travel- 
ing preacher from one Confeience to another wlien said Bi.'^hop is in 
po>sessiou of ail}'' information against the moral cliaracter of said 
preaclier; but it shall be the duty of the Bishop to place a statement 
of the nature and soui'ce of the damaging rumors in the liands of the 
proper pi'osiding elder requesting the presiding elder to proceed with 
an investigation according to Discipline, paragrapli 214. and follow- 
ing. Further, it shall be unlawful tor a Bishop to transfer a travel- 
ing preacher in the interval of Annual Conference sessions wiiliout 
the consent of the presiding elder having charge of said traveling 
preacher. 

LOUISIANA. 
J. F. Marsliall jiresented the following, which -was 
referred to the Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts: 

Whereas., The Sunday-.'^chool work in the South is increasing in num- 
bers itnd interest, and is in need of more and closer supervision ; 
tlierefore, 

Resolved, That the Board of Simdav-School Union be directfd to 
look into the advisability of employing more field agents fbr the better 
development of the work. 

A. E. P. Albert presented the following, Avhich was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Whereas, In order to curtail the exjiensos, increase the efficiency 
of our Episcopacy, and to relieve oiu" Bishops of extraordinary strain 
upon their physical endurance, therefore. 

Resolved, That in their Plan of Episcopal Visitation the Bishops 
.«hall so arrange tlieir work that each one shall preside suceessivel}' 
over each of tlie General Conference Districts; provided that the 
foreign Conferences shall be considered as forming separate and dis- 
tinct Episcopal districts, over which tliey shall successively preside. 
Provided further, that in case of any impediment to such an arrange- 
ment they sliall e-xercise their discretion, so as to give the greatest 
possible prominence to these provisions. 

J. C. Hartzell presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the Consolidation of Be- 
nevolences : 

Resolved, That the Special Committtee on the Consolidation of Be- 
nevolences be iustrncied to consider the relation of our benevolent 
collections to each other, and to inquire whether any legislation is 
necessary to secure a more equitable presentation of tliem to the 
churches; and also to inquire whether, in the reports of these collec- 
tions to the Annual Conferences, each one is represented as its relative 
importance demands. 

MINNESOTA. 

J. N. Liscomb presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Amendment to paragraph 184, section 9. 



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265 



Tliird 

Restrictive 

liule. 



Add the following: " But wlien a member removes from a charfre, IMay lO. 

and remains away two years without asking for a certificate of nieui- Fouiitkentu 
bersliip, and his place of residence is unknown to the preacher in ,r"^^' 
charge, he shall be deemed as withdrawn from tlie church, and so ■^"'"""'»- 
recorded on the chuicli records." 

Robert Forbes presented tbe following, wliicb was 
referred to tbe Committee on Episcopacy ; 

Wliereas, The exact meaning of the Third Restrictive Rule is 
not pertectly clear, there existing doubt in the minds of many minis- 
ters and laymen as to the constitutional limitations touching the fol- 
lowing questions; and, 

Whereas, It is desirable that changes in the usage of the Clnireh 
should be made with great care, and to remove all doubt as to tlie 
constitutionality of tlie change, if a cliangd should be made: therefore. 

Resolved, That the General Superintendents be instructed to sulmiit 
to the Annual Conferences, during the year 1891, the following 
questions: 

1. Sliall the Third Restrictive Rule be so changed as to allow the 
Annual Conferences to elect presiding elders ? 

2. Shall tlie Third Restrictive Rule be so changed as to make the 
presiding elders legally tlie Bishop's cabinet, giving them co-ordinate 
authorih' ill lixing tlie appointments'? 

3. Shall the Third Restrictive Rule be so changed as to allow of 
the assigning of Bishops to districts by the General Conference ? 

4. Shall the Third Restrictive Rule be so changed as to allow of 
the election of Bishops for less than a life term ? 

Also tbe following, whicli was referred to tbe Com- 
mittee on Book Concern : 

Whereas, The cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are tlie commer- 
cial and ecclesiastical center of a vast region of our country ; and 

Wltereaa, It is desirable that onr Church be properly equipped in 
every respect for the great work that lies just before us in that great 
growing new North-west ; tlierefore. 

Resolved, 1. That the agents of the Western Book Concern be author- 
ized to establish a book depository in one of those cities. 

2. That they may be authorized to purchase the JMhodist Herald, 
a Methodist paper now published in Minneapolis, and conduct the 
same, making it one of the ofBcial papers of the Church. 

G. H. Hazzard presented tbe following, wbicb was 
referred to tbe Committee on Sunday- scbools and 
Tracts : 

Whereas, This General Conference has voted to keep the Stmday- 
school and Tract causes separate ; therefore. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts present 
some plan that shall revive the Tract Societ}- as an agency, and that 
said interest may be worked and presented to the Church by others 
than those over burdened with assemblv and other work. 



Book 
(le[)08itory. 



Tnict 
Society. 



MISSISSIPPI. 

J. M. Sburapert presented tbe following, wbicb was 
referred to tbe Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Woik 
in tbe Soutb : 

Freediiipn's 
Whereas, A proposition is made to change the name of the Freed- AiJ Society. 



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Day. 
Morning. 



Election of 
Bishops. 



]VIay 16. men's Aid Society to the Southern Educational Society of the Meth- 
FcuKTEicNTu odist Episcopal Cliurch ; and 

WJLereas, There is considerable opposition to the name Southern; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this body thac the name shall be the 
Freedmen's Aid and Educational Society of tlie Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

Henry Avant presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcoj^acy : 

Whereas, It has been decided by the General Conference of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church that the position of Bishop is that of an 
ofBce merely ; and 

Whereas, The time may come when our law should be definite as 
to the age of a person whom it is proposed to elect Bishoi) of the 
Methodist Episcopal Cliurch ; therefore, 

Renolved, That no person be elected to the bishopric of the Method- 
ist Episcopal Cliurcii who shall not have atiained to tlie age of thirty- 
five (35) years preceding his election. 

J. C. Eckles presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work 

in the South: 

Freedmen's Whereas, The Freedmen's Aid Society has done and is still doing a 

Aid Society, ^^-enl work for the people of the South; and 

Whereas, Anj' change in the policy of the suid Society would be 
detrimental to the interests <'f tiie society and would seriously de- 
range and embarrass our work in the South ; therefore, 

iief-nlred, Tliat no cliange be made in the present policy of the 
Freedmen's Aid Socieij'. 

MONTANA. 
W. A. Shannon presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Missions : 

Utah. WJiereas, The Utah Mission now has fifteen preachers wlio are 

members of Annual Conferences, witli a probable increase of fifteen 
or more within two or three j-enrs ; therefore, 

Eesolred., That it may orgnnize into an Annual Conference during 
the quadrennium, provided it may have the required number of preacli- 
ers, two thirds of wliom request the same, and the Bishop in charge 
concurring. 

NEBRASKA. 

M. B. Reese presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Slavery. Whereas, Slave-liolding, and the selling of slaves, is prohibited by 

the General Rules of the Church : and 

Whereas, Slavery no longer exists in the United States; therefore, 
Resolved, That paragraph 37 of the Discipline be amended by strik- 
ing out the last sentence thereof. 

NEW JERSEY. 
J. L. Sooy presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Tobacco. Retolved, That the Committee on Revisals be and is hereby in- 

structed to consider the propriety of so amending the Discipline as 



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Funds for 
missious. 



to proliibit traveling ministers iu our Church from cultivating, buy- MiaylG. 
ing, or selling tobacco. Fouktekntu 

J. B. Graw presented the following, which was re- doming. 

ferred to the Committee on Revivals : 

Resolved. That paragraph 102, page 70, question 9, of the Discipline, 
be changed so as to read: '-Have the directions of the Discipline for 
raising money for Missions in the Sunday-schools been carried out?" 
Also "that question 10, paragraph 102, page 72, be changed so as to 
read: "What amounts have been raised in the Sunday-schools for 
Missions during the past year?" 

NEW YORK EAST. 

Joseph Pullman presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That paragraph 48, section 1. be amended by adding to it 
the words : " All persons shall be received on probation publicly in 
presence of the Church." 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That we respectfully memorialize the General Conference 
to so change the language of tlie Discipline concerning supernumerary 
preachers as to correspond with the tullowing: 

"A supernumerary preacher is one who, while retaining all the 
privileges of membership in the Annual Conference, is by vote of tiie 
Conference temporarily excused from pastoral work. 

Ichabod Simmons presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That we respectfully memorialize the General Conference 
to so change paragraph 160, section I, of Discipline, that the recog- 
nition of such orders mentioned be relegated to tlie Annual Confer- 
ence on the recommendation of a Quarterly Conference. 

J. M. Buckley presented the following, which was 
adopted : 

Resolved, That under the operation of the previous questiim mo- 
tions to divide, to lay on the table, or to reconunit, may be made, but 
such motions must be taken without debate. 



Proba- 
tioners. 



Supernu- 

infi-ary 

preachers. 



Eecog-nition 
of orders. 



Rules of 
order. 



XORTH CAROLINA. 
J. E. Champlin presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Whereas, The East Tennessee Conference notified the last session 
of the North Carolina Conference that a change of boundary lines 
would be souglit at the General Conference; and, 

Wheveas, The North Carolina Conference unanimously opposed such 
changes; and. 

Whereas, The North Carolina Conference appointed its delegation 
a committee to guard its lines against any change wliatever; therefore, 

Resolved, That the entire boundary lines of the North Carolina 
Conference remain intact. 



Bound.iries. 



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Miay 10. 

fourteentu 

Day. 

Morning. 

Mission in 

Lower 
California. 



SOUTtI?:RN CALIFORNIA. 
J. B. Green presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions : 

Whereas, The peninsula of Lower California now contains a large 
and very rapidly-.yrowino: Enj^lish-speaking population, furnishino: am- 
ple material for tlie formation of numerous self-supporting churches, 
several being already organized and suj^plied with pastors from South- 
ern California Conterenue; and, 

Whereas, Tliere is also a large population of Spanish-speaking 
people wlio are almost entirely without Protestant evangelizing influ- 
ences; and, 

Whereas, The resources of that country are being so rapidly devel- 
oped, and the achievements of our ministry there are of great value, 
and there are immediate possibilities to us of securing immense re- 
ligious and educational advantages if our work in tliat country be 
properly cared for, and we think the best wa}^ to do this is by the 
organization of a Lower California Mission ; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That we hereby request the General Missionary Commit- 
tee to provide such organization and assistance for that country at 
the earliest possible day as thej^ find expedient. 



WILMINGTON. 

J. A. B. Wilson presented tlie following, which 

was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

General Plax of Church Finance. 

Financial 1- ^t the begiiuiing of each Conference year the charge shall be 

plan. districted. 

2. There shall be a compleie census taken of each district, includ- 
ing all families, and members of the same, of all members and adher- 
ents, the same to be kept in the permanent records of tlie Church. 
Tliere shall also be two books for each district containing a transcript 
of the permanent records for that district; one book to be in tlie 
hands of the stewards, the other to be in the hands of the pastor and 
Committee on Benevolence. 

3. Tliere shall be a Committee on Benevolence, of which the pastor 
shall be chairman ex officio, consisting of not less than nine nor more 
than forty-five, whose duty it shall be to inform themselves upon the 
interests to be served, to distribute information that maj'be furnished 
for the purpose, to make sentiment in their favor, and to aid in taking 
the collections, to the end that every one may be reached with infor- 
mal ion and oppormnity to contribute to each cause to be served. 

Pie also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Missionary Resolved, \. Thnt the duties, limitations and responsibilities of Mis- 
liishops. sionary Bishops should be clearly defined in a separate paragraph of 
the Discipline, as is now set forth for Bishops, Presiding Elders and 
pastors. 

2. That the Committee on Missions be and are herebj'- instructed to 
prepare such a statement for the consideration of the General Confer- 
ence. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Missions : 

Aid to Whereas, Many missionary fields are but slowly developing self-sup- 

missions, port and render but little aid to the Benevolences of the Church ; and, 



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Methodist 
unity. 



Tobacco. 



Assistant 
class-leaders 



Whereas, The necessity of goinpf into new fields and of strenjjthen- IMfvy 1<J. 
ing; the most promishig; ones, is so much greater than the ubihly of Fourteenth 
the Board to occupy; and, Uay. 

Whereas, Tlie largest and earliest development of self-help and help ^"'ni'ig- 
for others on the part of missions is tnost desirable; therefore. 

Resolved, That the method of " Grant in Aid " be adopted for all 
domestic missions of three years' standing, and in all foreign work 
when so requested by the missionaries, or when expedient in the 
judgment of the General Missionary Committee. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

Resolved, 1. That a pprmanent commission be appointed, which 
shall be known as tlie Commission on Methodist Unity. 

2. That tlie Commission consist of the Board of Bishops and two 
from each General Conference district, who shall be empowered to 
communicate with any similar commission of any otlier Methodist 
body in this country, to consider plans for organic union and report 
the same to the next General Conference. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That no one shall be licensed to preach, or be admitted on 
trial into the traveling connection, who uses tobacco. 

He also presented the following resolution, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Whereas, Our Church classes liave generally grown too large for 
pastoral attention on the part of the leaders; and, 

Whereas, The division of classes is often impracticable : therefore. 

Resolved, 1. That there be one assistant leader for every fifteen 
members or less, whose duly it shall be to keep a list of the company 
committed to him, and to visit weekly the absentees from the weekly 
meetings, and to make weekly reports to the leaders. 

2. Tiiat, wiien practicable, the teachers in the Sabbath-schools shall 
be assistant leaders, having in their companies the members of their 
Sabbath-school classes. 

J. M. Trimble moved to take up the order of the day, 
the Memorial Services, and the motion prevailed. 

Bishop Bowman, by request of Bishop Warren, took 
the chair, and the following order of services was car- 
ried out : 

Bishop Bowman announced Hymn 973, beginning, 
"Through sorrow's night and danger's path," 
which was sung. 

Prayer was offered by Bishop Foss. * 

Jacob Todd read the memorial of Bishop Matthew 
Simpson. (See Appendix II, B, 1.) 

I. W. Joyce read the memorial of Bishop Isaac W. 
Wiley. (See Appendix II, B, 2.) 

W. F. Whitlock read the memorial of Bishop William 
L. Harris. (See Ap2yendix II, B, 3.) 



Memorial 
services. 

Bishop 
Bowman 
presides. 



Devotional 
services. 



Bishop 

Sitniisoii. 



Bishop 
Wilfv. 



Bishop 
llanis. 



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IVtay 16. 

foltrteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 

Daniel 
Currj'. 

M. W. 
Taylor. 

D. D. 

Whedon. 



E. W. C. 

Farnswortb. 



Adjourn - 
inent. 



Trustees. 



Bishop Warren announced Hymn 991, beginning, 

"Servant of God, well done." 

Joseph Pullman read the memorial of Daniel Cuny, 
D.D. (See Appendix II, B, 4.) 

E. W. S. Hammond read the memorial of Marshall 
W. Taylor, D.D. (See Apjoendix II, B, 5.) 

J. M. Buckley read the memorial of Daniel D. 
Whedon, D.D. (See Appendix II, B, 6.) 

J. B. Green read the memorial of Robert W. C. 
Farnsworth, elected a delegate to this Conference. 
(See Appendix II, B, 7.) 

During the services, on motion of J. H. Bayliss, the 
time was extended. 

On motion, the further reading of memorials was 
postponed, and made the order of the day for to- 
morrow at twelve o'clock noon. 

Oscar A. Oliver, a reserve from Rock River Confer- 
ence, was announced as present, and was granted the 
seat of Frances E. Willard, declared ineligible. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. J. O. Peck was 
appointed to conduct devotional services to-morrow 
morning. Notices were given, the doxology was sung, 
and Bishop Bowman pronounced the benediction. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to commit- 
tees as indicated thereon : 

The Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
presented a memorial, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 

Bishop Bowman presented papers to be referred to 
the Committee on Judiciarv. 



Conference 
claimants. 



CALIFORNIA. 



A. J. Nelson presented a memorial, relating to super- 
annuated ministers, widows and orphans, signed by 
himself and another, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Temporal Economy. 



CEXTRAL NEW YORK. 
Episcopal Xj. C, Queal presented a memorial relating to the 

Districts. ^ ' . ° 

districting of Bishops, signed by E. L. Talmadge and 



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twenty-eight others, which was referred to the Comniit- JJj^yj^^,; 
tee on Episcopacy. ^J^^,;-^ 

C. C. Wilbor presented a memorial relating to a ^^,^^^„^-^,-, 
change in the Discipline, signed by William Armstrong, ^^^1;^,^^^ 
of Canton, Pa. which was referred to the Committee 

on Revisals. 

COLORADO. 

D. II. Moore presented a memorial against the re- 
baptism of converts, which was signed by Thomas 
Ilarwood, in behalf of nineteen elders and deacons of 
the New Mexico Mission, which was referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 



EAST OHIO. 
W. L. Dixon presented a memorial from W. D. 
Starkey relating to an appellate court, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals, 



Baptism. 



Appeals. 



ERIE. 

Alfred Wheeler presented a memorial relating to su- 
pernumeraries, which was referred to the Committee on 

Judiciary. 

GENESEE. 

J, E. Williams presented a memorial from the Frank 
Street Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by the pastor 
and official board, relating to Frank Street Methodist 
Episcopal Church, which was referred to the Committee 
on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from Asbury Methodist 
Episcopal Church, signed by the pastor and secretary, 
relating to Frank Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
which was referred to the Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the Cornhill 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Rochester, N. Y., signed 
by the pastor and official board, relating to Frank Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, which was referred to 
the Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by the pastor 
and official board of Alexander Street Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, Rochester, N. Y., relating to Frank Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Avhich was referred to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the North Street 



Supernu- 
merary 
preachers. 



Frank 

Street 

Church. 



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[1888. 



foctrteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Changes in 

the 
Discipline. 



Bishop 

Taylor's 

status. 



Term of 
Bishops. 



Tobacco. 



Time limit. 



Episcopal 
administra- 
tion. 



Conrse of 
study. 



Methodist Episcopal Church, Rochester, N. Y., signed 
by the pastor and official board, relating to Frank Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, which was referred to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memorial from the Epworth 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Rochester, N. Y., signed 
by the pastor and official board, relating to Frank Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, which was refen-ed to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

He also presented a memoi-ial from First Methodist 
Episcopal Church, Rochester, N. Y., signed by the 
pastor and official board, relating to Frank Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Avhich was referred to 
the Committee on Book Concern. 

IOWA. 
J. C. W. Coxe presented two memorials, each signed 
by himself and two others, and relating to changes in 
Discipline, both of which were referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

MAINE. 

W. L. Daggett presented a memorial from the Maine 
Lay Electoral Conference, relating to the recognition of 
Bishop Taylor, which was referred to the Committee 
on Elpiscopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body in 
favor of term service of Bishops, which was referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
against the election of Bishops, etc., who use tobacco, 
which was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial from the same body 
against the extension of pastoral term, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

MINNESOTA. 
Robei-t Forbes presented a memorial making com- 
plaint as to Episcopal administration, signed by A. W. 
Edwards, of Hamline, Minnesota, which was referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. 

NEW ENGLAND. 
S. F. Uphara presented a memorial from the An- 
nual Conference, relating to the course of ministerial 



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study, wliich Avas referred to the Committee on Edu- 
cation. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body rehilingto mission appropriations among seamen, 
which was referred to tlie Committee on Missions. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerTiing the Chinese Tieaty, wliicli was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

He also presented another memorial from the same 
body concerning superfluity of dress, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented another memorial, signed by D. 
Dorchester and others, concerning effective ministers 
who are connected with literary institutions and living 
without the bounds of tlieir respective Conferences, 
which was referred to the Committee on lievisals. 

J. W. Hamilton presented a memorial, signed by W. 
S. Allen, concerning the formation of Quarterly Con- 
ferences, wdiich was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

He also presented another memorial, signed by W. S. 
Allen, concerning the election of stewards, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial from W. F. Warren 
concerning theological schools and students, which 
was referred to the Committee on Education. 

He also presented another memorial from W. F. 
AVarren and seven others concerning a course of study 
for class-leaders, which was referred to the Committee 
on the State of the Church, 

He also presented another memorial, signed by W. 
S. Allen, concerning certiflcates of church membership, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



]May lO. 

FoUKTKKNTII 

Uay. 

Moryihitj. 

Missions 

and st'HMK'ii. 



Chinose 
ticiity. 



Dress. 



Preachers. 



Qnarfcrly 
Conferences. 



stewards. 



Theolofrical 
Schools. 



Clftss- 
leaders. 



Mi'inher- 
ship. 



NEW YORK. 

J. M. King presented a memorial relating to money 
willed to the Board of Church Extension by Susan H. 
Colborne, which was referred to the Committee on 
Church Extension. 

He also presented a memorial relating to changing the 
Conference relation of Saint Mark's Church from the 
New York to the Delaware Conference, signed by Cato 
18 



B"nid of 

Clnireli 

Ex'eii.sion. 



St. >fnrk's 
Church. 



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[188S. 



May lf>. B]ackl)orne and nine others, members of tlie official 
oiitTi.KMu i^Q^j.j q£ Saint oVIark's Church, which was referred to 



Morning, ^j^g Committee on Episcopacy. 



Local 

preachers 

unci 

evangelists. 



Election of 
eiUtors, etc. 



NEW YORK EAST. 

Ichahod Simmons presented a memorial from the 
New York East Conference, relating to local preachers 
and evangelists, which was referred to the Committee 
on the State of tlie Church. 

He also jjresented a memorial from the same Confer- 
ence, relating to the election of editors and secretaries 
of benevolent societies, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 



Adult 
liapUsm. 



XORTII-T\^EST TNDIAXA. 
W. IT. Hickman presented a memorial, signed by 
Rev. W. B. Slutz and seventeen others, relating to 
change in j^aragraph 402 of the Discipline, which v/as 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



NORTH-WEST SWEDISH. 
Tiiiio limit. John Wigren presented a memorial relating to time- 
limit, signed by A. R. Gustafson and five others, which 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



Christian 

l^'ace 
Society. 



Snnday- 

cclioiil 
unions. 



tBoiindaries. 



rniLADELPIITA. 
William Swindells presented a memorial, signed by 
George Dana Boardman, relating to the Christian Peace 
Society, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 

ROCK RIVER. 

J. II. Vincent presented a memorial relating to Sun- 
day-school and other unions, presented by himself and 
three others, which was referred to the Committee on 
Sunday-schools and Tracts. 

SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 
B. C. Swarts presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and three others, relating to a change of boundary 
between the North-west and South-west Kansas Con- 
ferences, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 



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UPPER IOWA. 
A. J. Kynett presented a memorial relating to army 
chaplaincies, signed by Orville J. Nave, of Omaha, Neb., 
which was referred to the special Committee on Array 
Chaplains. 

1 THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 17. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop C. D. Foss in the chair. 

J. O. Peck, New York East, conducted the devo- 
tional services. 

The Minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

By consent the following changes were announced : 
Hampton P. Rich, a reserve, in place of R. R. Pealer, 
Michigan, excused, and Loranus E. Hitchcock, a re- 
serve, in place of L. C. Smith, New England, excused, 
were allowed seats. W. T. Atkinson was excused on 
account of sickness. Daniel C. Knowles, a reserve, 
Avas, on motion, granted the seat of G. W. Norris, 
New Hampshire, excused. 

S. F. Upham presented Report No. V of the Com- 
mittee on Judiciary. A minority report was also pre- 
sented. On motion of J. M. Buckley, they were both 
laid on the table. 

C. J. Little moved that when we adjourn it be to 
meet at 7.30 P. M. for the purpose of receiving Fra- 
ternal Messengers, and the motion prevailed. 

William Swindells presented the following, which 

was adopted : 

Re-solved, That the rommittee on the Episcopacy is lierebv in- 
structed to report on the subject of districting the Bishops, and in 
rehition to Missionary Bisliops, not hiter than Saturday immediately 
after reading the Journal. 

The following, presented by C. W. Smith, was 

adopted : 

Ri^solved, That the Committee on the .Judiciary be relieved from tlie 
consideration of all abstract q\iestions of law referred to them, and 
that they shall report such matters only as are involved in actual 
cases submitted. 

On motion, the rules were suspended and Lewis Curts 

presented the following, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the Board of Bishops be respectfully requested to 



IVEay le. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 

Morning. 

Army 
chaplains. 



IVtay IT-. 

Fifteenth 
Day. 

Morning. 

Bishop Foss 
presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 

E.xcused. 



JiKliciary 

Conimittee 

Keport 

No. V. 



Evoning 
session. 



Episcopal 
districts. 



Abstract 
questions. 



Raymond'.'* 
Sy^temritic 
fhtology. 



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[1888. 



Mlay ir. 

Fifteenth 

Day. 
Morning. 



Memorials 
and resolu- 
tions not to 
be received. 



Constitution 
of tlie 
Church. 



Emancipa- 
tion in 
Brazil. 



Call of 
Conferences. 



take into consideration the propriety of substituting the Systematic 
Theology of Miner Raymond, D.D., for the works of Pope and Wat- 
son in the course of study for traveUng preachers. 

E. F. Ritter presented the followintr : 

Besolved, That all memorials and resolutions contemplating: any thing 
more than merely formal action must be presented on or before Mon- 
day, the 21st inst., and that after tnat date no memorial or resolu- 
tion will be received except such as are connected with or necessary 
to complete or perfect action upon other matters already before the 
Conference or in the hands of committees. 

J. M. Buckley moved to strike out " 21 " and insert 
« 28." 

On motion of A. B. Leonard, this was laid on the 
table. 

The previous question, on motion of Horace Reed, 
was ordered, and the resolution was adopted. 

Will Curaback presented the following: 

Fesolved, That a committee of five be appointed, three ministers 
and two laymen, to prepare and report a plan to the next General 
Conference for a commission to revise the Constitution of the Cliurch 
and to put in clear and detiuite shape the organic law of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church. 

On motion of G. S. Hare, it was laid on the table. 
On motion of L. C. Queal, the rules were suspended, 
and the following resolution was adopted: 

Eesolved, That a committee of five be appointed to report to this 
Conference a suitable expression of our approval of, gratitude and 
joy for, the banishment of slavery from Brazil. 

The call of Conferences was resumed for the presen- 
tation of resolutions. 



Quarterly 
Conference 
attendance. 



ARKANSAS. 

A. C. Phillips presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church: 

Whereas, There is great indifference manifested bj- the members of 
the Quarterly Conferences; and 

Whereas, It is of the greatest importance to the Church tliat all 
official members should be present at each Quarterly Conference held 
in their respective stations or circuits, and especially the local preach- 
ers, exhorters, class-leaders, and Sunday-school superintendents; 
therefore, 

Besolved, 1. That it shall be the duty of all local preachers, Sunday- 
school superintendents, class-leaders, and exhorters to attend each 
Quarterly Conference held in their respective circuits or stations, and 
make their reports, in writing, of all their work during the quarter. 

2. It shall be tllfeir duty to send in their report, if tliey cannot at- 
tend, in writing, together with their excuse for non-attendance. 

3. If any local preacher, class-leader, exhorter, or Sun"day-«chool 
superintendent shall willfully neglect or refuse to attend each Quar- 



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terly Conference held on their respective stations or circuits in whicli jMay 17. 
tliey hold their membersiiip and make their report as required by the Fifteenth 
above resolution, he sliall be deemed <;uiliy of neglect of dut}', and ^'^''■* 

it shall be the duty of tiie presidihj^ eider to instruct the secretary Morning. 
of the Quarterly Conlereuce to notify all who fail to comply with the 
above resolution to appear at the next Quarterly Conference and 
show why he did not attend or send in his report. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 

M. L. Ganoe presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, Instances of serious difficulty sometimes arise from the 
creation of improper church and parsonage charters through ignorant 
or indifferent methods of trustees and otiiers ; therefore, 

Rejoiced, That the Couimittee on Revisals be respectfully requested 
to consider the expediency of amending paragraph No. 395 of the 
Discipline (page 207) by adding the following to the hist clause, 

"Or in any way embarrass the property or membership by permit- 
ting articles of incorporation not in harmony with the provisions of 
the Discipline." 

T. H. Murray presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Wherea-i, The representation of lay delegates in our General Con- 
ference has been helpful and promotive of better co-operation Ijotween 
the laity and the clergy in the work of the Church; therefore, 

Bt-solced, That the appropriate conmiittee be directed to consider 
and mature a plan by which there may be such increase .in the num-- 
ber of lay delegates as will make them eq\ial in number to the clerical 
delegates. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Book Concern: 

Wherea-s, It is desirable that the Christian Adoocaie should be in- 
troduced into every Methodist family; ia order to further tliis pur- 
pose, be it 

Resolved, That the subscription price of the Advocate be reduced to 
the lowest hgure at whicli its present standard of ability and effi- 
ciency can be maintained. 

LEXINGTON. 
Daniel Jones presented the following, which was read 
and laid on the table: 

Whereas, We have in our midst a large number of brethren, mem- 
bers of this General Conference, who wore the blue and battled for 
human rights, and thus made it possible for us all to meet together 
here as Christian legislators in this the greatest ecclesiastical body 
in the world: and. 

Whereas, No class of men anywhere, next to the ministers of our 
Lorrl Jesus Christ, deserve to be honored, loved and respected more 
than tiiose who wore willing to sacrifice all they held dear in the in- 
terest of human liberty ; therefore. 

Resolved, That we hail with iinalloyod pleasure the advent among us 
of these loyal brethren who did so much to place this nation right on 
the record of a universal hiuuau brotherhood. 



Acts of 

incorpoia- 

tiuu. 



Lay repre- 
sentation. 



Union 
soldiers. 



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IMLay Vt. 

FlFTEENXa 

Day. 
Morning. 

Division. 



MISSISSIPPI. 

J. M. Shumpert presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Whereas, It is believed by a majority of the members of the Mis- 
sissippi Conlerenee that the work can be better served by dividing 
the ('oiifereiice; therefore, 

Resolved, That the General Conference pass an enabling act to allow 
the Mississippi Conterence to divide into two or more Annual Con- 
fereoces during the next four j-ears. 



Preachers 
uD trial. 



Time limit. 



Book 
depository. 



Olass- 
ineetiiigs. 



NEW YORK. 

C, C. McCabe presented the following resolution, 
which was referred to the Committee on Jitdiciary : 

Resolved, Tiiat preachers on trial >ie required, before their admission 
to Conference, to repeat from memory to the proper Examining Com- 
mittee of tlie second year the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' 
Creed, the General Confession, the Gloria in Excelsis, the Veni Crea- 
tor Spiritus. 

NORTH DAKOTA. 

D. C. Pianette presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Whereas. .\n effort is being made to extend the pastoral terra; and 
Wliereas, The Lay Electoral and Annual Conferences of North 
Dakota expressed an opinion adverse to any sucli extension; there- 
fore, 

. Reaolved, That we do not deem a change of Discipline on the time 
limit either expedient or advisable. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on the Book (^^oncern: 

Whereas. There has been a considerable growth in the Territorie.s 
of the Nortii-wf'st during tlie past quadrenuium, with a corresponding 
growth in Methodism; and 

Whereus, These Territories are from 500 to 1,000 miles and over 
from Cliicago; therefore. 

Resolved, That this General Conference authorize the location of a 
Depositorj' either in St. Paul or Minneapolis, as may be deemed most 
expedient. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Wliereas, Tlie class-meeting is an institution peculiarly Methodistic, 
and one wliich has proved helpful in the development of true piety 
and earnest Cliristian work; and 

Whereas. There is a disposition among some of our people to ignore 
and neglect tliis service to their own hurt and diminution of the spirit- 
ual life of tlie Cliurch ; and 

Whereus, Some of our preachers, for one cause and another, are 
not as earnest in the maintetiance of class-rneetuig as trie welfare of 
the Churcii demands ; therefore 

Resolved, 1. That, the General Conf'ereiioe expresses its unfaltering 
faith in the class-meeting as a means of grace needed here and now, 
as much as iu the past, for a.d m self-examination, encouragement, 
instruction, and the development of gifts and Cliristian character. 



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Resolved. That paragraph 256 of the Discipline be amended as* fol- 
lows: After the word "without," in the fourth line, strike out all that 
follows and insert: "unless recommended by the official board of the 
church with wliich he wi-^hes to nnite on probation." So that it shall 
read: "Paragraph 250. After a preacher shall have been regularly tried 
and expelled he shall have no privilege of society or sacraments in 
our Church, unless recommended by the official board of the church 
with which he wishes to unite on probation." 

He also jDvesented the followino;, which Avas referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Churcli : 

Resolved, "Yh-A.^ paragraph 46 of the Discipline be amended as fol- 
lows: After the word "adultery," in the tirst line, insert tnc words, 
"causeless and continued abandonment, " so that the paragraph shall 
read: 

"Paragraph 46. Xo divorce, except for adultery or causeless and 
continued abandonment, siiall be regarded by the Church as lawful," 
etc. 

NORWAY. 

J. H. Johnson presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Missions: 

Whereas. The mission in Norway has for the last three years done 
every thing in its power in order to establish a theological school in 
Christiania; 



Day. 
Morninij. 



2. That in order to present more clearly and forcibly the duties of IMay 17 
members, leaders, and pastors upon this question cliauges in D.scipline Fifteentu 
be made as tbllovvs : 

1. Amend paragraph 58, section 1. by inserting the words, "let 
the memljcrship of each church be divided into classes;" also, "the 
names and records of which sliall be placed upon a book to be kept 
by tlie leader," so that said paragraph shall read : " Let tlie member- 
ship of each church be divided into classes composed, wherever 
practicable, of not more than twenty persons, the names and record 
of which shall be placed upon a book to be kept by the leader, who 
shall repoit at each Quarterly Conference the condition of his class." 

3. Amend paragraph 18.3, section 2, by adding, "Whenever it shall 
be in)praelicable, from any caiise. to procure a leader or leaders, it 
shall be tlie duty of the preacher in cliarge to meet the clas.-^es regu- 
larly each week at such time as is most convenient, keeping the 
record, and making report as leader to the Quarterly Conference." 

4. Amend paragraph 171, section 5, by inserting the words, "The 
organization and maintenance of classes and the instruction of 
children have been faithfully observed, and to report to the Annual 
Conference the names of all traveling preacliers within his District 
who shall neglect to observe these rules." 

5. Amend paragraph 102, section 1, by inserting as ((uestion 15: 
" Have the rules respecting the organization and mainienance of 
classes been observed V " 

Also, in section 2 of same paragraph, as question 1:5: " Have the 
rules respecting the organization and maintenance of classes been 
observed ? " 

And again, as question 2."? in section 3, same paragraph : " Have 
the rules respecting the organization and maintenance of classes been 
observed? " 

NORTH-WEST INDIANA . 

S. P. Colvin presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church ; 



Tiial of a 
preacher. 



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school. 



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]May ir. 

FlFTEIt.NTH 

Day. 
Moiniwj. 



Whereas, Such a school is of the greatest importance for the suc- 
cessful prosecution of the growiusr mission work in this field; and 

Wherta.'i, Such au establishiiieuC ciinnot he well louudtd without 
liberal aid: therefore, 

Btsolvtd, That the General Conference recommend tliis important 
work to the favorable consideration of the general Missionary Com- 
mittee of our Church. 



Public 

woi-sbip. 



OHIO. 
J. C. Jackson, Jr., presented the following, whicli 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas. Reverence and decorum are indispensable elements of true 
worsbip, and should be manifesied outwardly as well as exist in the 
heart ; and, 

Whereas, All Protestant sects of other lands, as well as man}' of 
our own countr}', exhibit this spirit by the appropriate custom of bow- 
ing the head in prayer after entering the cliurch pew; therefore, 

Resolved, That we so amend paragmpli 5.5 of the Discipline as to 
have it read, after the words, "ilic Lord's day," at the clo.se of the 
first two lines, as follows: 

" We earnestly recommend that all of our members, immediately after 
taking their seals in church, i-hali bow the head in-silent invocation of 
G lid's blessing upon the services of tlie hour ; and in order to secure this 
full}' it shall be tlie duij' of the pastor occasionally to call attention 
to this recommendation, as the case may require." 



Missionary 
reei>r(liTig 
secretary. 



PHILADELPHIA. 

William Swindells presented the following, which 

was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Eesolved, That paragraph 164, section 3, be amended by inserting 
after the words "secretaries," in the fifth and sixth line, the words, 
"and recording secretary," so that the section shall read, "To 
fix the appointments of the preachers, [irovided he shall not allow 
any preacher to remain in the same station more tlian three years 
successively, except the presiding elders, tlie corresponding sec- 
retaries and recording secretary of the Missionar}- Society; the cor- 
responding .secretarj'. assistant corresponding secretaries and recording 
secretary of the Board of Church Extension," e;c. 



ROCK RIVER. 
Lewis Cnrts presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals: 

^'Whereas, There is no definite plan presented in the Discipline for 
c uic es. organizing a Methodist Episcopal Church, and electing members for a 
Quarterly Conference where no such an organization exists, tlie Com- 
mittee on Hevisals is hereby asked to present a plan to the General 
Conference for adoption that will meet tiie requirements of the case." 

SOUTH CAROLINA. 

J, B. Middloton presented the following, which Avas 

referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Conference Whereas, South Carolina is one of the original thirteen States, and 

of 1S92. has taken an important part in shaping the pol cy of our country ; and, 



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Whereas, Cliarleston is tlie metiopolis of tlie region embracing llie 
South Atlantic States: ami, 

Whereas, Charleston is Ix^aiitifuliy located on a peninsula tliat is 
rich in historic incidents; and, 

Whereas, The pcipulation of 60,000 is verv largely Protestant and 
Methodistic; and, 

WJiereas, The growth of our Chm-oli in the South has been phe- 
nomenal, and a visit of the General Conlerence to this section of the 
Souili would be an incentive to increased development and a better 
understanding of our Southern work ; therefore be it, 

Resohed, That it is the sense of tliis General Conference that the 
General Conference of 1892 shall be held in the city of Charleston, 
South Carolina. 

SOUTH-EAST TNDIAXA. 
J. S, Tevis presented the following, Avhich was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church : 

The Methodist Episcopal churches of Indianapolis, Indiana, ear- 
nestly request that tlie ne.xt session of the General Conference be held 
in that city. The churches asked for this in 1876, and now renew 
the invitation. 

Will Cumback presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Consolidation of Benevo- 
lences : 

Resolved. That the Sunday-School Union and the Tract Society be 
consolidated. 

SOUTH KANSAS. 

Hugh McBirney presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That form of Statistics No. 2 be amended by makino- 
pastor's salary and house rent two separate items. ° 

He also presented the following, which was referred 

to the Committee on Revisals : 

''Wliereas, The Discipline contains no form for making Snndav- 
scliool superintendents' reports ; and, " 

Wherecw, Such reports are called for quarterly; therefore, 
Resolced, 1. That the following form be inserted in paragraph 102. 
section 1, after the question, "From Sunday-scliool superintendent." 

1. Number of officers and teacliers enrolled. 

2. Average attendance of officers and teacliers. 

3. Number of scholars enrolled. 

4. Average attendance of scholars. 

5. Amount of collections. 

6. Expenses of tlie school. 

7. Number and kind of periodicals taken. 

8. Spiritual condition of the school. 

2. That any of the above items, except the last, appeariu"- in the 
form for pastor's report, be stricken out. ° 

SOUTH-WEST KANSAS. 
J. D. Botkin presented the following, wliich was re- 
ferred to the Gcmmittee on Boundaries : 

Whereas, There is a vast area of beautiful and fertile land in south- 



May ir. 

FlKTEENTIl 

Day. 
Morning. 



Genei-al 

Confirence 

of 1S9'2. 



Sunday- 

Soliodl 

Union and 

Tract 

Society. 



Statistics. 



Siindav- 

sciu).;i 

supciintcnd- 

cnts' 

reports. 



Mission 
work. 



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]May ir. 

Fifteenth 

Dav. 
Morning. 



western Louisiann, possessing many attractions of climate, lieaUhful- 
ness, and material resoui-ces; and, 

Whereas, Large nnmbers of Xorthern people, including many mem- 
bers and friends of the Metliodist Episcopal Church, are seeking per- 
manent homes in that region, and promising its speed}' development 
into a populous and wealthy community; and, 

Whereas. These people are already pleading for the organization of 
our Church among them ; and. 

Whereas, The importance of tliis field has in a small measure been 
recognized bj^ the appointment of a superintendent, and tlie appropri- 
ation of $500, which is wholly inadequate to the pressing demands; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the proper authorities of the Church be and they 
are hereby requested to take this maiter under consideration with the 
view of inaugurating at the earliest possible day an aggressive mission- 
ary work in the region of Lake Charles, South-western Louisiana. 



Missionary 
Bishop. 



SWITZERLAND. 
H. J, Breiter presented the following, signed by 
himself, C. A. Achard, J. H. Johnson and M. F. 
Ahgren, and moved its adoption : 

Resolced, That the Committee on Episcopacy be instructed not to 
propose in their report a Missionary Bishop, or a resident Bisliop for 
Europe. 

On motion of T. B. Neely, it was referred to the 
Committee on Episcoi^acy, 



TEXAS. 

J. B. McCulloch presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Education : 

Educational Whereas, Names of institutions are changed without notifying the 
institutions. Board of Education ; and 

Whereas, The grade is sometimes changed without elevation of 
curriculum ; and 

Wliereas, Some universities having preparatory departments give 
more aid than seminaries can which do equally good woi'k of tiie 
same class ; therefore, 

Resolved, Tliat the Committee on p]dncation be instructed to report 
a plan to obviate that trouble and others. 



Appoint- 
ments of 
preachers. 



TROY. 
William Griffin presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy: 

Whereas, We are informed by the Discipline of the Ifetliodist 
Episcopal Cliurch that it appertains to the "duties of a Bishop to fi.K 
the appointments of the preachers ; " and, 

Whereas, Usage associates with the Bishop in fixing the appoint- 
ments the presiding elders as an advisory council, which council or 
cabinet, as it is usually called, had its origin in the necessity of other 
and furtlicr inf<)rm:ition in regard to the condition and needs of the 
Church, and tlie qualifications and distinctive characteristics ol the 
preachers, tlian could be oV)ta'ned b}' the Bisliop during the bi-ief and 
infrequent visits to the Conference; and,' 



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Wliereas, It i.s understood thai the appointments are to be fixed in M.ay \'7. 
accordance with the representn ions to the aforesaid cabinet by the Fiftkkntu 
presiding elders — the accredited representatives of the preacliers and . • 

Ciuirehes — and not in pursuance of any cliance information or upon Morning. 
the representation of some outside and irresponsible party; and 

Whtreas, It is in pursuance of tliis understanding — this tacit 
agreement, — that the parties in interest, the preachers and cliurches, 
have consented to leave the determination of their cases to the afore- 
said cabinet; and, 

Whei-eas, Tliis unique method of adjusting the pastoral relation, so 
replete with beneficent results, is liable to work disaster if not well 
understood and wisely handled — alienating and driving from us both 
ministers and members, and imposing a most serious strain upon the 
loyalty of others who, though aggrieved, still adhere to the Church — 
it is manifest from unmistakable signs that the time has come when 
the Church should make some deliverance which shall serve as a 
guide to the administration and a guarantee to the preachers and 
cliurches; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Episcopacy be requested to con- 
sider and report to this Coulerence, 

1. Whether the association by long and established usage of the 
presiding elders with the Bishops, in fixing the appointments, and 
the common understanding of the churches and the preachers, that 
they are to be represented in the cabinet by and through the presid- 
ing elders, does not invest the representations of tlie presiding elders 
with authority which a Bishop should respect in making the appoint- 
ments. 

2. That the Committee consider and report whether a preacher has 
not a right to expect that his appointment will be fixed, so far as the 
circumstances will allow, in accordance with the regularly accredited 
representations of his case before the said cabinet in session. And 
if he has not just cause of complaint, if it shall appear that he was 
prejudiced in his reappointment by representations from without, of 
which he was apprised at the time and against which he was not 
given opportunity to protect himself 

3. That the Committee consider and report whether the power to 
fix the appointments of the preachers in the Methodist Kpiscopal 
Church is vested in the Bishops exclusivelj', without limitation or 
law, expressed or implied, or in the Bishops with the advice and 
approval of the presiding ehlers. 

Henry Graham presented the following and moved 

its adoption: 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this body that the question of Women 
admitting women to the General Conference be submitted to a vote deleg.ntes. 
of the membersiiip, botli men and women, and that the Committee on 
Itinerancy be instructed to present a plan for this purpose to this 
Conference at its earliest convenience. 

On motion, it was referred to the Committee on the 

State of the Church. 

UPPER IOWA. 
A. J. Kynett presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Consolidation of Ben- 
evolences: 

Resolved That the Committee on Consolidation of Benevolences be Benpvoicnt 
instructed to consider and report what changes of Discipline, if any, vm\. 



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JMay ir. 

FlFTRRNTlI 

Day. 

Morning. 



Organic law 
'of the 
Cburch. 



Prenchor's 
salary. 



relating to tlie benevolent work of the Chiircli proposed l)y the Com- 
mission on Consolidatiou of Benevolences should be made for the 
13iomotion of onr benevolent work as now organized. 

He also presented the following and moved it be laid 
over and printed, and the motion was adopted. 

Wlitreafi, The organic law of our Church is imperfectly defined, 
and important differences of opinion have therefore arisen concerning 
it; and, 

Whereas, Tlie present methods of constituting tiie General Con- 
ference, and of exercising the highest judicial functions are unsatis- 
factory ; therefore. 

Resolved, 1. That a commission on the Constitution of the Church 
be appointed bj' this General Conference, composed of one ministerial 
and one lay delegate from each General Conference District, with 
four delegates at large, and three of the Bisiiops, one of whom shall be 
the piesident of the Commission and shall fix tlie time and place of 
the first meeting. 

2. That paragraph 63 to paragraph 72 of the Discipline be referred 
to said Commission with instructions to revise the same as the Com- 
mission shall deem wise, and to report such revision to the Bishops 
before the first day of October, 1890. 

3. That the Bisiiops shall cause tiie proposed amended Constitution 
to be published in such manner as they sh;ill deem wise, and shall 
submit the same to all the Annual and Electoral Conferences at the 
session last preceding the General Conference of 1892, and shall call 
upon all the members present to vote "For the New Consiitution " 
or " Against the Xew Consiitution," and shall report the result to the 
General Conference of 1892. 

4. Tliat if it shall be found that three fourths of all the members 
of the seveial AiiuuhI Conferences present and voting, and a majority 
of all the members of the several Electoral Conferences present and 
voting, shall liavc voted for the Xew Constitution, then the General 
Conference may, by a majority of two thirds of all the members 
thereof present and voting, ratify and confirm the same, and it shall 
be the properlj- ordained Constitution of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

E. A. Snyder presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

1. Every charge shall furnish the presiding elder at the fourth 
Quarterly Conference with a report of the amount it will pay for the 
ensuing year. 

2. The presiding elder shall submit to the pastors he may have in 
view for the charges the amount sucli charges asree to paj', and no 
pastor shall be required to go to the charge imless satisfied with the 
amount proposed. 

3. The amount pledged to be a legal claim on the charge. 



VIRGINIA. 
A. J. Porter presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Boundaries. Resolved, Tliat the Committee on Boundaries be requested to so 
adjust the lines of the Baltimore and Virginia Conferences as that 
they shall not both embrace in their territory Hardy and Pendleton 
counties, W. Va., as tliey now appear in the Discipline of 1884, 
and say to which Conference they sliall belong. 



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WEST NEBRASKA. 
P, C. Johnson presented the following, which was 



referred to the Committee on Judiciary 

Resolved, That the Committee on Judiciarj- determine how much 
and what part of tlie Appendix is mandatory, and liow much and what 
part is advisory and sugg-estive only. 

Also, consider llie advisability oi putting the former part in tlie 
body of the Discipline, that great confusion may be avoided in tlie 
effort to distinguish between wliat has tiie force of law and wliat is 
only suggestion and advice. 



May ir. 

FiFTKENTU 

Day. 

Mum in (I. 



Appendix 

to the 
Discipline. 



WEST TEXAS. 

Henry Swann presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Wliereas, Texas represents a large part of the great Soutli-west; 
and, 

Whereas, There is an increasing demand for greater attention to 
the white and colored and German work : therefore, 

Eesolved, That it would greatly conduce to the prosperity and ex- 
tension of our church work in that Slate lo have an Episcopal 
residence within its bounds. 



Episcopal 
residence. 



WILMINGTON. 

Jacob Todd presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, 1. That the Discipline be so amended as to require the 
Bishop to appoint the presiding elder to a charge, giving him super- 
vision of a limited number of charges, with the same duties to per- 
form as at present, excepting that he shall only be required to hold 
two Quarterly Conferences in a year. 

2. That the presiding elders shall be elected annually by the Con- 
ference, and may be re-elected at the option of the Conference for 
four years. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That ?f 29, § 29, be so changed, whore it reads, "such a 
society is no other than a company of men liaving the form," etc., so 
that it will read, "such a company of men and women having the 
form," etc. 

J. A. B. Wilson presented the following, wdiich w^as 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That paragrnpli 571, in the Appendix to the Discipline, 
which now reads. "Tlie pronouns he. his, and him, when used in the 
Discipline with reference to stewards, class-leaders, and Sunday- 
school superintendents, shall not be so constructed as to exclude 
women from such offices," that it be so chansrod as to read: "The 
pronouns he, his, and hi»i, when used iii the Discipline, shall not be 
construed to exclude women from any Quarterly Conference office." 



Presiding 
Eldoi-s. 



General 

rules. 



Pronouns 
he, his, biiii. 



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[1888. 



M:ay ir. 

Fifteenth 
Day. 

Morning. 

Unsalable 
books. 



Episcopacy 
IJeport 
No. I. 



Adopted. 



General 
Conference 
committees. 



Memorial 
services. 



Devotional 
services. 



WISCONSIN". 
W. p. Stowe moved the adoption of the following, 
and the motion prevailed : 

Whereas, We Imve in the Soiitli and in our frontier work maiiy 
schools wiiich, wliile struggling in poverty, liave already become- 
useful, and give promise of becoming presently indispensable to oiu- 
progress in tiiose regions; and, 

Whereas; Such institutions are, for tlie most part, destitute of 
libraries; and 

Whereas, It must be that in the great business done by our Book 
Concern some books become, from various causes, so unsalable as to 
be practically dropped from tlie inventory; therefore, 

Rehdlved, That tlie Agents be authorized to make grants of such 
unsalable books to such scliools as those above named, tilling ap- 
plications in the order in which tliey are received, provided, that tlie 
Local Committee shall in ever}' case inspect the books selected /or 
this purpose and approve tiie donation of the same. 

Clinton B. Fisk made a statement concerning the 
issuance of tickets for vacant seats, which, on motion 
of J. IT. Bayliss, was approved. 

W. H, Olin presented Report No. I, Committee on 
Episcopacy, and moved it be adopted. 

John Lanahan moved to amend by striking out 
"five" and inserting "four," 

A call for the previous question was not sustained, 
and a motion to lay the report and amendment on the 
table was lost. 

J. F. Spence moved as a substitute that we elect 
seven. 

J. C Jackson, Jr., moved as an amendment to the 
substitute that the nimiber be six. 

The previous question was called for and sustained. 

The substitute and the proposed amendment thereto 
were laid on the table. 

On motion, the amendment offered by John Lanahan 
was laid on the table and the report was adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 2.) 

Bishop Andrews announced the Committee on Or- 
ganization of General Conference Committees. (See 
Apj^endlx I, A, 23.) 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the order of the day — 
the conclusion of Metiiorial Services — was taken up. 

Hymn 724, beginning, 

" Nearer, My God, to Thee," 
was sung. 

W. S. Turner read the memorial of James H. Wil- 



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bur, a delegate to this Conference. (See Ajypendlx II, '^}^^:^^J^l; 

Day. 

Moniing. 



Memoirs. 



Adjoui-n- 
ii'ient. 



B, 8.) 

A. W. Pottle read the memorial of Charles J. Clark, 
a delegate to this Conference. (See Appendix II, B, 9.) 

D. A. Jordan read the memorial of Leavitt Bates, a 
lay delegate to this Conference. (See Aiypendix II, 

B, 10.) 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the report of the Com- 
mittee was adopted. 

J. M. Buckley moved that the Secretary of the Con- 
ference have leave to abbreviate as may be necessary in 
publishing these memorials in the Journal, in all cases, 
excepting the one which was extracted from the news- 
paper, conferring with the writer, to secure his assist- 
ance, if necessary. The motion prevailed. 

On motion Conference adjourned. Bishop Mallalieu 
was appointed to conduct the devotional services this 
evening. The notices Avere given, the doxology was 
sung, and Bishop Foss pronounced the benediction. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to the Com- 
mittees as indicated thereon. 

BALTIMORE. 

Alexander Ashlev presented a memorial in reference 
to improvements in the Epworth Hi/nmal, signed by 
George V. Leech and others, which was referred to the 
Committee on Book Concern. 

CALIFORNIA. 

W. S. Harrington presented a memorial from the 

Pacific coast delegates, and signed by E. R. Dille, 

Chairman, relating to the Pacific Christian Advocate, 

which was referred to the Committee on the Book 

Concern. 

CENTRAL NEW YORK. 

E. M. Mills presented a memorial from the Oneida Time limit 

Methodist Episcopal Church, asking for removal of 

time limit, signed by C. T. Moss and nineteen others, 

which was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. 
D. S. Monroe presented a memorial, signed by James state^oMhc 
Reay, of Washington, D. C, relating to the state of the 



Epworth 
llymnal. 



Pacific 
Chrulifin 
Advocittf. 



288 Journal of tlie General Conference. [1888. 

May ir. countiy, which was referred to the Committee on tlie 
uay. otate of the Church. 

Morning. 

ILLINOIS. 

Reception of M. A. Hewes presented a memorial, sis'ned bv him- 

ministers. ^e ^ • i ' f J *'■' 

self, relating to the reception of ministers from other 
than Methodist Cluirches, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

INDIANA. 
Boundaries. W. R. Halstead presented a memorial praying that 
the boundaries between the Indiana and the North-west 
Indiana Conferences be more clearly defined, which was 
l-eferred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

IOWA, 
ciuiich G. N. Power i)resented a memorial from the Annual 

certificate. r^ r i- i • i c f ^ 

Conference, relating to a change in the form of Church 
certificate, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 
Eucharist. J. C. W. Coxe presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and two others, relating to change in paragrajih 
404 of Discipline, which was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 
^'meinbers^*^ He also presented a memorial from himself and two 
others concerning paragraph 403 of the Discipline, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

MICHIGAN. 

Time limit. W. I. Cogshall presented a memorial, signed by 
James W. Reed, of the Michigan Conference, in re- 
lation to the time limit, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

NEW JKRSKY. 
Rev. G. c. J. L. Sooy presented a memorial, signed by G. G. 

Haddock. _.-.-., -, • r t-» /~\ r^ 

Updike, relating to monument tor Rev. George C. 
Haddo(tk, who was murdered .it Sioux City, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temperance. 

NORTHERN NEW YORK. 

Change of N. L. Stoue presented a memorial of the Potsdam 
Sunday-school Board, Northern New York Conference, 



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relating to a change in the Discipline, Avhich was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Sunday-schools. 

He also presented a memorial from the Lay Electoral 
Conference of Northern New York relating to lay rep- 
resentation, which was referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church. 

He also presented a memorial from the Lay Electoral 
Conference, signed by Warner Miller, on lay represen- 
tation, which was referred to the Committee on the 
State of the Church. 



FlKTEENTII 

Day. 

Mornhvi. 
Lav rppi-e- 
si'iitiitiou. 



NORTH GERMAN. 

Frederick Kopp presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and another, relating to German Missions in Oregon 
and Washington Tei-ritories, which was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 



German 
Missions. 



NORTH-WEST IOWA. 
H. S. Vaughn i)resented a memorial relating to a ciianfre in 

I'^T-x--!- • 11 c^ ~r\ -\it \ 1 Disciijline. 

change in the Discipline, signed by S. V. Marsh and 
three others from Algona, la., which was refen-ed to 
the Committee on Revisals. 



NORWEGIAN AND DANISH. 
Andrew Haagensen presented a memorial, signed by 
P. A. H. Franklin, relating to a Norwegian and Danish 
Mission District in Utah, which was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

OHIO. 

J. C. Jackson, Jr., presented a memorial, signed by 
himself and two otheis, relating to Church letters, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

I. F. King presented a memorial, signed by himself 
and three others, relating to Episcopal support, which 
was referred to the Comm.ittee on Temporal Economy. 



Norvveartan 

ami Dnnisli 

Mi-sion 



Clinrcli 
ceitilicale. 



E|)i.so<i|ial 
sui)i)ort. 



PHILADELPHIA. 
J. F. Crouch presented a memorial from the Will- 
iamstown Quarterly Conference asking for a change 
in the time limit, which Avas referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 

S. W. Thomas presented a petition, signed by T. S. 
19 



Time limit. 



Missionary 
Bisliups. 



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Miay IT. 

Fifteenth 

Day. 
Morning. 
Financial 

plan. 



Thomas, relating to a Missionary Bishop, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

He also presented a memorial relating to change of 
Discipline, paragraphs 371 and 372, which was referred 
to the Committee on Judiciary. 



Sunday- 
school 
statistics. 



Traveling 
preachers. 



Freedmen's 
Aid Society. 



Statistics. 



Certiiieates 
•of removal. 



ROCK RIVKR. 

J. H. Vincent presented a memorial, signed by him- 
self and J, M. Freeman, relating to the omission of 
certain items in the Report of Sunday-school Statistics, 
which was referred to the Committee on Sunday-schools 
and Tracts. 

ST. JOHN'S RIVER. 

C. C. McLean presented a memorial of the St. John's 
River Conference relating to ministers and their rela- 
tion to the Annual Conference, which was referred to 
the Committee on Itinerancy. 

He also presented a memorial of the St, John's 
River Conference relating to the Freedmen's Aid So- 
ciety, which Avas referred to the Committee on Freed- 
men's Aid Society. 

TROY. 

A. D. Heaxt presented a memorial relating to a 
change of paragraph 79 of the Discipline under the 
head of Statistics, signed by himself, and referred to 
the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented a memorial, signed by himself, re- 
lating to a change of section 5 of paragraph 48 of the 
Discipline, which was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 



FlFTRENTH 

Day. 

Evening. 

Bishop 
Merrill 
presides. 



•Devotional 
services. 



THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 17. 

The Conference was called to order at eight o'clock 
P. M., Bishop S. M. Merrill in the chair. 
Hymn 770, beginning, 

" I love thj' kingdom, Lord," 

was sung, and prayer was offered by John Lanahan, of 
the Baltimore Conference. 



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Hymn 248, beginning, 

" All hail the power of Jesus' name ! " 
was sung. 

The Secretary of the Conference read the credentials 
of the Fraternal Messengers from tlie Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, South. {^^^ Appendix II, A, 12.) 

D. H. Moore presented to the IJishop, who intro- 
duced to the Conference, the Rev. Samuel A. Steel, 
D.D., who addressed the Conference. (See Appendix 
II, A, 13.) 

The Fraternal Address from the Methodist Church 
of Canada and the credentials of the Rev. E. A. Staf- 
ford, Fraternal j\[essenger from that Church, were read. 

C. F. Creighton presented to the Bishop, and he in- 
troduced to the Conference, the Rev. E. A. Stafford, 
M.A., who delivered an address. (See Appendix II, 
A, 16, 17, 18.) 

The Secretary read the credentials of the Rev. J. F. 
Wightman, D.D., and Charles J. Baker, Esq., Fraternal 
Messengers from the Maryland Association of Inde- 
pendent Methodist Churches. 

They were presented to the Bishop by C. J. Little, 
and introduced to the Conference, and Dr. Wightman 
delivered an address. (See Appendix II, A, 19, 20.) 

On motion the Conference adjourned. The doxology 
was sung, and the benediction was pronounced by the 
Rev. S. A. Steel, D.D. 



291 

]May ir. 

FiFTKKNTII 

Day. 

Evening. 



Methodi.st 
Episcoi):i| 

Cliiii-oli. 

Suulti. 

Adiirefs of 

Dr. S. A. 

SteeL 



Rev. E. A. 
Suaflbwl. 



Independent 
Methodi.st 
Churcb. 



Dr. J. F. 
Wisbtiniin 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 18. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop John F. Ilurst presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by W. F. 
Clayton, Missouri Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

C. J. Little presented the following, Avhicli was 
adopted : 

Resolved, Tliat one of onr Bishops and the Committee on Fraternal 
Messengers Ije appointed to send to the General Pi-esb3'terian .Assem- 
blies now in session in Philadelphia and Baltimore the fraternal 
Christian greetings of this body. 



M:.ay18. 

SlXTKEVTII 

Day. 

Morning. 

Bishop 

Hurst 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 



Minutes 
approve<l. 



Presbyterian 
Assembiii^s. 



292 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IMay 18. 

Sixteenth 
Day. 

Moinivg. 

Piriiliyteiian 
Social 
Union. 

Reports of 
Coujuiittees. 



Mission 
Kejiort 
No. IV. 



Ainend- 
inent. 



Leave of 
absence. 



Kinancipa- 
tion. 

Lay repre- 
seutation. 



On motion of Clinton B. Fisk, the following resolu- 
tion was adojjted: 

Resolved, That a delegation of two Bisliops, two ministerial, and 
two lay delegates be appointed to attend the Presbyterian Social 
Union, to be held at Dr. John Hall's CImrch. 

The List of Committees Avas called for the presenta- 
tion of reports, ;ind the following were presented: 

On Temporal Economy, Report No. 1. 

On Missions, Reports Nos. V, VI, and VII. 

On Itinerancy, Report No. I. 

Report No. IV of the Committee on Missions was 
taken up. 

J. D. Walsh offered the following amendment: 

That all that part providing for a Conference Board shall be 
stricken out, and the following inserted : That the deaconesses shall 
be brought into this oflSce, and be regulated in it in the same way as 
provided for local preachers. 

After considerable discussion it was, on motion, laid 
on the table. 

Will Cumback moved to postpone the further con- 
sideration and take up the order of the day. Lost. 

L. C. Queal moved the following as an amendment 

to the report : 

No person shall be licensed by the Board of Deaconesses except on 
the recommendation of a Quarterly Conference; and said Board of 
Deaconesses shall be appointed by the Annual Conference for such 
term of service as the Annual Conference shall decide; and said 
Board shall report the name and work of each deaconess annu- 
ally to the Annual Conference. The approval of the Annual Con- 
ference shall be necessary to the continuance of any deacones.*es in 
the work. 

A call for the previous question was sustained. 

A motion to recommit was lost. 

A motion to lay the amendment of L. C. Queal on 
the table was lost, and, on motion, the amendment was 
adopted ; and the report as amended was adopted. 
(See Ajypendlx I, B, 43.) 

A motion to reconsider was laid on the table by a 
count vote of 163 for, 149 against. 

A. E. P. Albert and J. E. Wilson were granted 
leave of absence to attend to duties assigned them as 
Fraternal Messengers. 

Bishop Andrews announced the Committee on Eman- 
cipation in Brazil. (See Appendix I, A, 31.) 

The order of the day was taken up, and the Secretary 



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read the Report of the Commission on Lay Represen- M^svy 18. 

SiSTKKNTU 

tation. Dav. 

L. C. Queal presented the following substitute : Mo7-ning. 

That a commission of one minister and one layman from each Gen- Lay repre- 
eral Conference District, to be presided over bj' one of tlie general seutation. 
snperintendents, shall be appointed, which commission shall consider 
and report to tiie next General Conference a plan for equalizing the 
representation as now existing, and in connection tlierewitli re^jort on 
the increase of lay representation in the General Conference. 

The previous question was ordered. 

William Swindells moved to lay the substitute on 
the table. 

A call for the ayes and noes was not sustained. 

F. A. Arter called for a vote by orders on the ac- 
ceptance of the substitute. It was not sustained. 

On the part of the laymen the ayes and noes were 
called for and sustained. 

Sandford Hunt moved an extension of the time for 
the purpose of completing the business before the 
house. The motion prevailed. 

The Secretary called the roll, with the following re- 
sult, on the acceptance of the substitute: 

Ministers. — Ayes — Achard, Ahgren, Axtell, Bay- ^°'^- 
liss, Beebe, Belchei-, Bigelow, Borland, Boswell, Botkin, 
Bovard, Boyd, Breiter, Briduman, Brindell, Bristol, 
Brown (N. M ), Buckley, Butler, Call, Carroll (D. H.), 
Carroll (H. A.), Chadbourne, Champlin, Chenoweth, 
Clayton, Coffey, Clithero, Cogshall, Colvin, Coote, 
Core, Cowan, Coxe, Crosthwaite, Danforth, Darnell, 
Davis, Day (J. R.), Day (J. W.), Dearborn, Deputie, 
Dietz, Dixon, Dobbins, Domer, Dorchester, Duncan, 
Durrell, Eaton (E. L.), Eaton (G. F.), Eaton (J. W.), 
Eaton (Homer), Eckles, Eckman, Edwards, Fisher, 
Fiske, Flood, Floyd, Forbes, Ford, Frost, Gallagher, 
Ganoe, Gardiner (J. H.), Gardner (W.), Gates (D.\v.), 
Gates ( M. L.), Gillies, Goucher, Graw, Gray, Green 
(J. B.), Griffin, Haagensen, Halsey, Hamilton, Hard, 
Harrington, Ilawes, Hayes, Heaxt, Hedler, Hildreth, 
Hite, Ilorton, Hudson, Hunt, Hunter, Huntington, Ily- 
den, Jewell, Johnson (J. H.), Jones, Jordan, Joyce, 
Kelley, King (I. F.), King (J. M.), Knowles, Koeneke, 
Kopp, Lanahaii, Lathrop, Leacock, Lease, Leeper, Leidy, 
Leonard, Liebhart, Lisconib, Locke, Lockwood, Loeber, 



294 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

M:ay 18. Lowrie, Maclay, Mansfiekl, Markliani, Marshall, Marvin, 
'^Day!™ McCabe, McCulIoch, McFarlaiul, McGerald, McKay, 
Morning. jyi^Leaii, McNeil, Mendenliall, Miley, Miller, Mills, Mon- 
roe, Neely, Nelson, Olin, Olrastead, Payne (L.), Peck 
(J. 0.), Persons, Pianette, Pottle, Porter, Potts, Power, 
Pullman, Quattlander, Queal, Raymond, Reid (J. M.), 
Roberson, Roberts, Robins, Robinson, Rothweiler, 
Schneider, Schutz, Se-hultz, Scott, Shannon, Shumpert, 
Sia, Simmons, Simons, Smart, Smith (C. W.), Sooy, 
Speake, Spencer, Stephens, Stewart (J. W.), Slolz, 
Stowe, Swann, Swarts, Tanner, Tevis, Thomas (D. AV.), 
Thomas (W. H.), Todd, Truesdell, Upham, Upshaw, 
Urmy, Van Benschoten, Vernon, Vincent, Waller, War- 
den, Watkins, Webster, Whedon, Wheeler (Alfred), 
Wheeler (B. E.), Whitlock (AV. F.), Wight, AVigren, 
Wilbor, AVilder, Williams— 200. 

Noes. — Adams, Baker, Barnes, Belt, Bentley, Bore- 
ing, Bramley, Brown (AA^. II. II.), Brush, Buttz, Carter, 
Cool, Cozier, Cranston, Crippen, Crouch, Culver, Curts, 
Dille, Dryer, Eads, FitzGerald, Fry, Goodsell, Graham, 
Green (11. II.), Gue, Ilalstead, Hammond, Hare, Hart- 
zell, Hewos, Hickman, Holdstock, Holmes, Hooker, 
Hughey, Johnson (P. C), King (W. F.), Kynett, Lee, 
Le Sourd, Little, Lynch, M.irtin, Maxfield, McBirney, 
McElrov, Mclntire, Middltton, Mitchell, Moore (D. IL), 
Moore (H. H.), Payne (C. H.), Paxson, Peck (E. W. S.), 
Pendleton, Pierce, Reed (Horace), Satterlee, Simpson, 
Smith (W. T.), Spence, Stewart (T. M.), Swindells, 
Talbott, Thomas (S. AA^.), Turner, Utter, AValsh, AVeir, 
AAliitfield, Whitlock (E. D.), AA^ilson (J. A. B.)— 74. 

Absent or not voting. — Albert, Benton, Burch, 
Creighton, Jackson, McKinney, Pickett, Sims, Thoburn, 
Toland, Trimble, Wentworth", AVilson (J. E.), Worley 
—14. 

Laymen. — Ayes — Allen (AA^ G.), Atkinson, Bentley, 
Bird, Blumberg, Cannon, Doherty, Durston, Dwight, 
Graves, Guibord, Hartson, Heins, Hoyt, Jacobs, Jones 
(J. B.), Jones (J. L.), Jones (Thomas), Keller, Klock, 
Lyon, Melson, Meyer, Phillips (A. C), Reynolds, Rich, 
Ritchie, Schultz, Skirm, Stout, Strickler, Striker, Taylor 
(S.N.), Velde, AVilson— 35. 

Noes. — Allen (R. N.), Ailing, Arter, Ashley, Avant, 



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295 



Bailey, Baker, Beem, Bell, Boyce, Briddell, Brown, l^i'^y i«- 
Bryant, Jiunn, Card, ('ase, Christian, Clark, Clayton, Day. 
Colborn, Collins, Combs, Comer, Craig, Craver, Craw- ^<^'•""'''• 
ford, Crogman, Crowell, Ciunback, Daggett, Diggs, 
Donnell, Doolittle, Easterling, Fisk, Fletcher, Fortson, 
Foster, Gaver, Gay, Gillette, Ilazzard, Henry, Ilether- 
ington. Hill, Hitchcock (Horace), Hitchcock (L. E.), 
Hukill, Jacoby, Johnson (T.W.), Johnson (\V. H.), Jones 
(C. D.), Jones (J. E.), Ketron, King, Knight, Knox, 
Kost, Lacey, Laidlaw, Lindgren, Lyman, Maliin, May- 
nard, McAdams, McCuUoch, Michell, Mock, Moore, 
Murray (S. W.), Murray (T. H.), Oliver, Parrotte, 
Peck, Persinger, Phillips (W. H.), Pollard, Ridpath, 
Rieke, Riley, Ritter, Rogers, Sefrit, Seifeld, Shaw, 
Sheets, Shinkle, Sigler, Simiiis, Slayback, Snyder, 
Speare, Spencer, Stanton, St. John, Stone, Storm, 
Stubbs, Sw.ickhamer, Taber, Taylor (Z. P.), Temple, 
Tibbitts, Townsen, Tyler, Vaughn, Webster, Went- 
worth, Wernli, Whitney, Wilkins, Williams (S. J.), 
Wright— 113. 

Absent or not voting. — Andrews, Appleyard, Atkin- 
son, Bardall (W. T.), Booth, Chestnut, Christy, Denny, 
Fuller, Heard, HoUinger, Hurst, Lounsbury, Martini, 
Miller, Murray, Paine, Pehrson, Reese, Super, Wad- 
hams, Walden, Williams (J. B.)— 23. 

On motion of T. B. Neely, Conference adjourned. 

Notices were given. J. H. Potts was appointed to 
conduct devotional services to-morrow. The doxology 
was sung, and Bishop Hurst pronounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and l)y him referred to the com- 
mittees as indicated thereon : 



AfljoiH'n- 
uieiit. 



NORTH NEBRASKA. 
N. R. Persinger, of Central City, presented the fol- 
lowing, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 

visals: 

Resolved, Tliat parao:rah 187, boGfiniiino: on the third hno after the 
word member, now rcaihnsi '-.sliall li.ivo a st^it in llio Quarterly Con- 
lerenco mid all llie privile<res of ineml)cr.'<]iip," etc., ,'^hall lie amended 
hy strikino- oni the words "shall liave a seat in the Qiwirterly Con- 
ference," so ih;it the p;irap;rapli when amended shall ro:id, "shall 
have all the privileges of membership," etc. 



Quarterly 
Cunferences. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



May 18. jjg also presented the followincr, whicli was referred 

SiXTEKNTH \ r^ • t-» • 

Day. to the Committee on Kevisals: 

RmAved, That paragraph 186 be amended by striking out the 
words "he shall have a seat in the Quarterly Conference," so the 
paragraph, wlien amended, shall read, '-in case he be lel't without 
appointment Le shall have all the privileges of membership," etc. 

He also j^resented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

Resolced, Tiiat paragraph 98, which now reads, " the Quarterly 
Conference shall be composed of all the traveling preaciiers. local 
preachers," etc., shall be amended so as to read, "the Quarterly Con- 
ference shall be composed of all the traveling preacheis, the ex- 
horters," etc. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals: 

District Rtwlvtcl, That paragraph 90, which now reads as follows: "The 

Confereuces. District Conference shall be composed of the traveling and local 
preachers," etc., be amended so as to read, "The District Conference 
shall be composed of the traveling preaciiers, the exhorters," etc. 

The following ]\rEMORiALS were passed to the Secre- 
tary, nnder Rule 22, and by him referred to tlie com- 
mittees as indicated thereon: 

CENTRAL NEW YORK. 
Stewards. C. C. Wilbor presented a memorial, signed by R. L. 
Still well, relating to boards of stewards, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Siinday- 
sfhool 
officers. 



Vincpnzo 
Kavi. 



GEXESEE. 

J. E. Williams presented a memorial, signed by D, D, 
Cook, relating to a ritual to be used in the introduction 
of officers and teachers of the Sunday-school to their 
office. 

NEW YORK EAST. 

Ichabod Simmons presented a ])etition of Vincenzo 
Ravi, of the Italy Conference, to be referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary, 



Gcnn.in 
Conference. 



NORTH-WEST GERMAN. 



Jacob Wernli presented a memorial of the Quarterly 
Conference of the German Methodist Episcopal Church 
of Le Mars, of the North-west German Conference, 
askino; for an enablina^ act to form an Iowa German 



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Conference duriiio' tlie next quadrennium, wlucli was M;ay IS. 

„ , 1/^1- 1 > 1 • SiXTEKNTH 

reievred to the Committee on Ijounuanes. Day. 

Mornhig. 
ROCK RIVER. 
F. M. Bristol presented a memorial from the faculty, Admission 

• 1 1 r 1 /-t !>•! !• 1 T • on tnal. 

alumni, and students oi tiie (jarrett Biblical Institute 
relating to the educational qualitications of candidates 
for admission to Annual Confeiences, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Education. 

VIRGINIA. 
C. C. Gaver presented a memorial of G. W. Rounds, Boundaries. 
with four exhibits, relating to change of boundary, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



MiaylO. 

Skvrn- 

TEKNTII 

Day. 

Mdinhig. 
ISisliop 

Niiiile 
l>ivsi<lcs. 

Di'Votion:iI 
services. 



Piililisliii 
bouse. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 19. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual 
hour, Bishop W. X. Ninde presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by J. H. 
Potts, of the Detroit Conference. 

Sandford Hunt, by consent, presented a Report of 
the Committee on laying the corner-stone of the new 
Publishing and Mission House, recommending Wednes- 
day, the 23d inst., at four o'clock P. M. 

It was, on motion, adopted. 

D. S. Monroe, by consent, presented the following, 

which was accepted : 

Brooklyn, May 15, 1888. 
Rev. Dr. Moxroe, Secretary, etc. 

Dear BrotJier: In lieliall" of the Anniversary Committee of the 
Brooklyn Sunday-School Union an invitation is liereby e.xtentled to 
the members of the Methodist Episcopal General Conference now in 
session in New York city to witness the parade of the Prospect 
Park Division of the Brooklyn Snnday-scliools at Prospect Park, 
Wednesday, May 2\ 1888, at'H:15 P. M. 

Please signify the pleasure of the Conference rofjarding the above 
by return mail, so that arrangements may be made to supply them 
with the requisite number of tickets to admit them within the 
reviewing lines. I remain. 

Yours vc>ry truly. 

Jamks S. Case, 
C/inirmi(n and Grand Marshal. 

Amos Shinkle moved a suspension of the rules for ^;^>\!;jP'j,'^' 
the purpose of completing the action under the pre- 
vious question pending at adjournment yesterday. 



Sund.ay- 
schoo'l 
parade. 



298 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

May lo. The motion was adopted. 
TEENTii The Report of the Commission on Lay Representation 

j/mti«^. was again taken up. 

J. W. Eaton, minister, called for a vote by orders, 
and the call was sustained. 

Amos Shinkle called for the ayes and noes, and tlie 
call was sustained. 

The Secretary called the roll, with the following 
result : 
Vote. Ministers. — Ayes— Achard, Adams, Ahgren, Ax- 

tell, Barnes, Bayliss, l>eebe. Belcher, Bentley, Benton, 
Boreing, Boswell, Botkin, Boyd, Bramley, Breiter, 
Brush, Buckley, Biirch, Butler, Bultz, Carroll (H. A.), 
Carter, Chadbourne, Champlin, Chenoweth, Clayton, 
Coo], Cozier, Cranston, Creighton, Crippen, Crouch, 
Culver, Curts, Darnell, Day (J. R.), Deputie, Dille, 
Dorchester, Duncan, Durrell, Eads, Eaton (G. F.), 
FitzGerald, Ford, Frost, Fry, Gallagher, Gardner (W.), 
Gates (M. L.), Gillies, Goodsell, Graham, Graw, Gue, 
Hamilton, Hammond, Hare, Harrington, Hartzell, 
Hayes, Hewcs, Hi(;kman, llildi-eth, Holdstock, Holmes, 
Hooker, Hudson, Hughey, Hunt, Hunter, Huntington, 
Jewell, Johnson (P. C), Jones, Joyce, King (I. F.), 
King (J. M.), King (W. F.), Kocneke, Kynett, Lease, 
Leonard, Le Sourd, Little, Locke, Lowrie, Lynch, 
Maclay, Mansfield, Marshall, ]\Iartin, McBirnoy, McEl- 
roy, McGerald, Mclntire, McLean, Mendenhall, Middle- 
ton, Miley, Mitchell, Monroe, Moore (D. H.), Moore 
(H. H.), Payne (C. H.), Paxson, Peck (J. O.), Pendle- 
ton, Persons, Pierce, Pottle, Porter, Pullman, Raymond, 
Reed (Horace), Reid (J. M.), Robins, Robinson, Satter- 
lee, Schutz, Sliannon, Sia, Simmons, Sims, Simpson, 
Smith (W. T.), Sooy, Spence, Spencer, Stewart (J. W.), 
Stowe, Stuart (T. McK.), Swartz, Swindells, Talbott, 
Thoburn, Thomas (S. W.), Todd, Toland, Turner, 
Upham, Van Benschoten, Vernon, Vincent, Walsh, 
Webster, Weir, Whitfield, Whitlock (W. F.), Wight, 
Wigren, Wilbor (C. C), Wilder, Williams, Wilson 
(J. A. B.), Worley— 157. 

Noes — Baker, Bolt, Bigelow, Boreland, Bovard, 
Bridgman, Brindell, Browne (N. M.), Call, Coffee, 
Clithero, Cogshall, Colvip, Coote, Core, Cowan, Coxe, 



1SS8.] Journal of the. General Conference. 299 

Crosthwaite, Daiiforth, Davis, Day (J. W.), Dearborn, Mnyio. 
Dietz, Dixon, Dobbins, Domer, Eaton (E. L.), Eaton tkknth 
(J. W.), Eaton (Homer), Eckles, Eckman, Edwards, Morning. 
Fisher, Fiske, Flood, Floyd, Forbes, Ganoe, Gard- 
ner (J.II.), Gates (D.VV.), Goucher, Gray, Green (H.H.), 
Green (J. B.), Griffin, Halsey, Hard, Hawes, Heaxt, 
Hedler, Horton, Hyden, Jackson, Johnson (J. H.), 
Jordan, Kelley, Kopp, Lanahan, Lathrop, Leacock, 
Lee, Leeper, Leidy, Liebhart, Liscomb, Lockwood, 
Loeber, Markham, Marvin, Maxfield, McCabe, McFar- 
land, McKay, Miller, Mills, Nelson, Olin, Olmstead, 
Paine (Louis), Peck (E.W. S.), Pickett, Pianette, Potts, 
Power, Qnattlander, Queal, lioberson, Roberts, Roth- 
weiler, Schneider, Schulz, Scott, Shunipert, Simons, 
Smart, Smith (C. W.), Speake, Stephens, Stolz, Swann, 
Tanner, Thomas (D. W.), Thomas (W. H.), Trimble, 
Trusdell, Upshaw, Urmy, Utter, Waller, Warden, 
Wheedon, Wheeler (Alfred), Wheeler (B. E.), AVhitlock 
(E. D.)— 114. 

Absent or not voting. — Albert, Bristol, Brown 
(W. H. H.), Carroll (D. H.), Dryer, ITaagensen, Hals- 
tead, Hite, Knowles, McCulloch, McKinney, McNeill, 
Neely, Tevis, Watkins, Wentworth, Wilson (J. E.) — 1 7. 

Laymen. — Ayes — Allen (R. N.), Allen (W. G.), 
Ailing, Andrews,' Arter, Ashley, Atkinson (G. W.), 
Avant, Baker, Beem, Bell, Boyce, Briddell, Brown, 
Bryant, Bnnn, Card, Chestnut, Christian, Clark, Clay- 
ton, Colborn, Collins, Combs, Corner, Craig, Crawford, 
Crogman, Cumback, Daggett, Diggs, Donnell, Durston, 
Easterling, Fisk, Fletcher, Fortson, Foster, Fuller, 
Gaver, Gay, Gillette, Graves, Hazzard, Heard, Henry, 
Hetherington, Hill, Hitchcock (H.), Hitchcock (L. E.), 
Hoyt, Hukill, Jacobs, Jacoby, Johnson (T. W.), John- 
son (W. H.), Jones (C. D.), Jones (J. E.), Jones (J. L.), 
Ketron, King, Knight, Knox, Kost, Lacy, Laidlaw, 
Lyman, Mahin, Maynard, McAdams, McCulloch, 
Melson, Michell, Mock, Moore, Murray (S. AV.), Oliver, 
Paine, Parrotte, Peck, Persinger, Pollard, Reese, 
Ridpath, Rieke, Riley, Ritter, Rogers, Sefrit, Shaw, 
Sheets, Shinkle, Sigler, Simms, Slayback, Snyder, 
Speare, Spencer, Stanton, St. John, Stone, Storm, 
Stout, Stubbs, Swackhamer, Taber, Taylor (S. N.), 



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]Mayi9. Taylor (Z. P.), Temple, Tibbits, Townsen, Tyler, 
TKBNTn Vaughn, Walden, Webster, Wentworth, Wernli, 
Morning. Wilkuis, Wilsoii, AVilliams (S. J.), Wright — 121. 

Noes — Bentley, Bird, Blumberg, Booth, Doherty, 
D wight, Giiibord, Heins, Hollinger, Jones (J. B.), 
Jones (Thomas), Klock, Lyon, Meyer, Phillips, (A. C), 
Reynolils, Ritch, Ritchie, Schultz, Strickler, Striker, 
Velde, Wadhams, Williams (J. B.)— 24. 

Absent or not voting. — Appjeyard, Atkinson (W. 
T.), Bailey, Bardall, Cannon, Case, Christy, Graver, 
Crowell, Denny, Doolittle, Hartson, Hurst, Keller, 
Lindgren, Lounsbury, Martini, Miller, Murray (Stan- 
ley), Murray (T. H.), Pehrsson, Phillips (W. H.), 
Seifeld, Skirm, Super, Whitney — 26. 
adoiRed ! ^^'^^ Chair announced that the Report was adopted, 
which sends it down to the Annual Conference, but 
does not adopt it by this Conference. {Appendix I, 
1 _ B, 90.) 
Organic law. Qn motion of A. J. Kynett, the rules were susj)ended, 
and he moved that a paper on the organic law of the 
Church, presented by him May 17, be referred to a 
committee of seven. 

Sandford Hunt moved as an amendment that the 
Committee report to the Conference a j^lan for the 
separation of the clerical and lay delegates of future 
General Conferences into separate houses. 

The amendment was adopted, and the resolution as 
amended was adopted. 
Episcopfloy W. H. Clin presented Report No. H of the Coramit- 
No. H. tee on P^piscopacy, and moved that it be considered 
seriatim, beginning with item 1, and adopted. 

Item 1 was read. 

Jacob Todd moved to strike out " missionary " and 
insert " scriptural." 

Laid on the table. 

The previous question on item 1 was ordered, and it 
was adopted. 

Item 2 was read, and, the previous question being 
ordered, it was adopted. 

Item 3 was read. 

A. B. Leonard moved tliat the following be adopted : 

After the word " superintendents " strike out " or 



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any one of them," and insert, " but co-ordinate with them ^if^y IJ>- 
in authority in tlie field to which he is appointed." tk'knth 

J. C. Jackson, Jr., called for the previous question, jitonuvn. 
and it was sustained. 

A motion to lay the amendment oh the table did not 
prevail, and it was adopted by a count vote of 197 for 
and 187 against. 

The item as amended was adopted. 

Item 4 was read and adopted. 

Item 5 was read. 

P. G. Gillette presented the following as a substitute: 
Amend so as to read, " A Missionary Bishop should 
receive his support from the Episcopal Fund." 

The previous question was ordered, the amendment 
was adopted, and the item as amended was adopted. 

On motion of Alexander Ashley, the time was 
extended. 

Item 6 was read and laid on the table. 

Items 7, 8, 9 and 10 were severally read and adopted. 

On motion of J, M. Buckley, the preamble was laid _ 

on the table. 

On motion, the report was adopted as a Avhole. (Ajy- v., 
pendix 1, B, 3.) 

T. B. Neelv moved to take the preamble from the Prenmhia 

1 ^ 11 • -111 1 • • re-coinmit- 

table, and the motion prevailed, and on his motion ud. 
it was recommitted. 

Conference adjourned by expiration of time. Notices ^Jlj"),"'"' 
were given. Samuel Call was appointed to conduct 
devotional services to-morrow morning. The doxology 
was sung, and Bishop Ninde pronounced the bene- 
diction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to Committees 
as indicated thereon : 

ROCK RIVER. 

J. II. Yincont presented the following, which was 

referred to the Committee on Sunday-schools and 

Tracts : 

Resolved, That tlie Sunday-School and Tract Committee be re- r.omi.^n 
quested to consider the propriety of makiiifj a German assistant secretary, 
secretary of the Sunday-School Union, also a German assistant 
secretary of the Tract Society. 



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DVIay 19. 

Seven- 
teenth 
Day. 
Morning. 

Business 

(li.sagiee- 

uient. 



ST. LOUIS GERMAN. 
IT. IT. Jacoby presented the following, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, Tluit paragraplis 236, 237 and 238 of the Discipline be 
amended as follows, namely : 

1. B}^ stril\in<i- out the word " shall " in lines 4, 5, and 9 of para- 
graph 236, ;uk1 inserting in lien thereof the word "maJ^" also after 
ihe word '■Cliurch," in tiie tenth line of said paragraph, insert the 
words: "If such arbitration be entered into," so that said paragraph 
as amended shall read: 

^ 236. On any disagreement between two or more members of 
onr Churcli concerning business transactions, wiiich cannot, be set- 
tled by the parties, the preacher in charge ma}' inquire into the 
circumstances of the case, and may recommend to tlie parties a 
reference consisting of two arbiters chosen by one party and two 
arblteis chosen by the other part}', wliich four arbiters as chosen maj- 
nominate a fifth — tlie five arbiters be ing members of onr Clnn-ch. If 
such arbitration be entered into, the pieacher in charge shall preside, 
and the disciplinary forms of trial shall be observed. 

2. After Die word "part}'," in the first line of paragraph 237, 
insert the words, "after submitting such transaction to arbitration 
shall," so that said paragraph a>> amended shall read: 

^ 237. If either party, after submitting such transaction to arbi- 
tration, shall refuse to abide the judgment of said arbiters, he shall be 
brouglit to trial, and if he fail to sliow suffic ent cause for such re- 
fusal he shall be expelled from the Church. 

3. Strike out all of paragraph 238, whicii reads as follows, to wit: 
"If any member of our Clnnch sliall refuse, in case of debt or other 
dispute, to refer the matter to arbitration when reconuncnded so 
to do by tlie preacher in charge, or shall enter into a lawsuit with 
anoilier member before the.se measures are taken, he shall be brouglit 
to trial, and if lie fail to show that the case is of sucli a nature as 
to require and justify a process at law lie shall be expelled," and 
insert in lieu thereof the following, so that said paragrapli shall read: 

^ 238. Any member of our Clinrch having a disagreement be- 
tween one or more otlicr members of our Ciiurcii concerning business 
transactions shall be in honor bound to make all reasonable efforts 
to settle tlie same without resorting to process of law, and failure to 
do so siiall be regarded as a breacli of duty on his part. 



The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to committees 
as indicated thei-eon. 



Book 
deiiository. 



DAKOT.\, 

D. W. Diggs presented a memorial, signed by himself 
and others, relating to the establishment of a book 
depository at St. Paul, Minn., which was referred to 
the Committee on Book Concern. 



MAIXE. 
Evangelists. -py^g delegation of Maine Conference presented a 
memorial relating to evangelists, signed by Rev. 



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C. Manger and six others, which was referred to the Miay lo. 

,^ . ' T • Skven- 

Committee on Itinerancy. 



MICHIGAN. 

D. F. Barnes presented a memorial from W. I. 
Thompson relating to ministers coming from other 
churches, which was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

lie also presented another memorial, signed by the 
same person, relating to the law in case of ministers 
coming from other churches, which was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



TEKNTII 

Day. 

Morniiig. 



Reception of 

10101810-8. 



NEW ENGLAND. 

J. H. Mansfield presented a memorial from a commit- 
tee of the Kew England Annual Conference, to revi.se 
Chapter III of Part V of the Discipline, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Chiircli 
property. 



NEW YORK. 
A. M. Card presented a memorial from the Lay Chri'^tian 
Electoral Conference in relation to price of The Chris- 
tian Advocate, which was referred to the Committee on 
Book Concern. 

NORTH OHIO. 
J. W. Mendenhall presented a memorial from the Ch.angresin 

. . . . Discijiline. 

Gallon district association concerning changes in Dis- 
cipline respecting trial of ministers ; referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



SOUTH KANSAS. 
Bernard Kelly presented a memorial relating to Epis- 
copal districts, which was referred to the Committee 
on Episcopacy. 

TROY. 

Homer Eaton presented the report of the Commission 
on General Conference Entertainment, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Temporal Economy. (See 
Ajjpendix III, 16.) 

D. S. Monroe, Secretary of the General Conference, 
presented a memorial relating to Conference Treasurers, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Episcopal 
districts. 



General 

Ciinfoi-eiice 

Entertain- 

incDU 



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]May SI. 

ElGUTEENTlI 

Day. 

Morning. 

Bishop 
Walden 
presides. 

Devotional 
Services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



A.G.Patton. 



Kev. Dr. 

Williams. 



Ratio of rep- 
resentation. 



J. W. Ray. 



Leave of 
absence. 



Reports 
presented. 



Two Houses. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 21. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop J M. Walden in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by S.imuel 
Call, of the Northern Xew York. 

The Minutes of Saturday's session were read and ap- 
proved. 

Alexander G. Patton, a reserve, was granted the seat 
of S. H. Hurst, Ohio, excuseil. 

On motion of G. II. Bridgman, Rev. John A. Will- 
iams, D.D., General Supeiiiitcndent of the Methodist 
Church of Canada, was invited to a seat on the plat- 
form. 

Amos Shinkle presented the following, which was 
read and ordered to be printed : 

Resolved, Tliat the Bisliops be instnieted to submit to the Annual 
Conference for tlieir ciii[)ioval or disapproval, durhi^ the year 1891, 
a proposal to change section 2 of paragraph 71 of the Discipline, so 
that it shall read as follows : 

"Tiie General Conference shall not allow of more than one ministe- 
rial representative for everv fourteen members of an Annual Confer- 
ence nor of a less number than one !or e\ery si.>:ty, nor of more tiiau 
two la}' delegates for an Annual Conference; provided, nevertheless, 
that when there shall be in any Annual Conference a fraction of two 
tliirds tiie number which shall be fixed for the ratio of representation 
such Annual Conference shall be entitled to an additional delegate 
for sncli fraction; and 2)rovii:ed, «/so, that no Conference shall be de- 
nied the privilege of one ministerial and one lay delegate." 

John W. Ray, a reserve, was granted the seat of 
Will Cumback, South-east Indiana, excused. 

W. H. H. Brown was excused on account of sickness. 
The following committees presented reports : 

On Episcopacy, Nos. Ill, IV, and V. 

On Itinerancy, No. II. 

On Revisals, Nos. I, II, III, and IV. 

On Education, Nos. I and II. 

On Missions, Nos. IX and X. 

On State of the Church, Nos. II, III, IV, and V. 

On Book Concern, Nos. I, II, III, IV, and V. 

On Freedmen's Aid and Work in the South, No. I. 

On Sunday-schools and Tracts, Nos. I, II, and III. 

Sandford Hunt was, by consent, granted leave to jjre- 
sent a resolution to allow the Report of the C'ommittee 



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on the separation of the General Conference into two 
houses, which was made to the General Conference in 
1880, and acted upon by that Conference, to be printed 
in the Daily Christkin Advocate and referred to the 
committee to which the subject is assigned. 

C. H. Payne presented report No. I of the Com- 
mittee on Education, and moved its adoption. 

S. F. Upham moved as an amendment that students 
of onr theological seminaries having a diploma be ex- 
cused from preliminary examinations on entering a Con- 
ference. 

On- motion of J. B. Maxfield, it was laid on the table, 
and the report was adopted. [Appendix^ I, B, 52.) 

The Committee on Judiciary presented Report No. Ill 
as revised ; it was read, and, on motion, adopted. {Ap- 
pendix, I, B, 7-1.) 

The same Committee presented Report No. VI, which 
was read. 

J. H. Bayliss moved to strike out all between the 
first and last clauses. 

On motion of F. M. Bristol, the previous question 
was ordered. 

R. D. Utter moved to lay the amendment of J. H. 
Bayliss on the table. Carried. 

J. I. Boswell moved to recommit the Report. On 
motion of J. S. Smart, this was laid on the table, and the 
Report was then adopted. (See Appendix, I, B, 75.) 

G. S. Hare moved a suspension of the rules, to pre- 
sent a paper. The motion did not prevail. 

The Committee on the Ecumenical Conference pre- 
sented Report No. II. 

C. N. Sims moved its adoption. 

J. D. Walsh moved to amend that no Annual Con- 
ference should have more than two representatives. 

T. L. Flood moved to lay the amendment on the ta- 
ble. Lost. 

Lewis Curts moved to amend the amendment by 
striking out "two" and inserting " one." Laid on the 
table. 

On motion of D. H. Carroll, the previous question 
was ordered. 

The amendment of J. D. Walsh was adopted, and the 
20 



IMay SI. 

ElGIlTEENTll 

Day. 
Morninrj. 



Eiliicatiuii 
Kei,„rt 
No. 1. 



Adopted. 



Judiciary 
Keport 
No. III. 



No. VI. 



Adopted. 



Eoumenicil 

Conference 

liepiirt 

No. II. 



Adopted. 



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General 

Conference 

districts. 



Election of 
officers. 



DVEay SI. Report as amended was adopted by a count vote of 152 

EiOI1TEi:NTII . /o « 7- T I-) \ 

Day. tor, 14G against, (bee Appendix., I, B, 80.) 
Morning. Sandfoi'd Hunt moved the adoption of the following : 

Resolved, That the General Conference, in its action in regard to the 
Ecunjenical Conference, does not tlierebj' assnme anj financial obliga- 
tions in regard to it. 

On motion of G. W. Gue, the previous question was 
ordered, and, on motion, the resolution was adopted. 
Adopted. D^ S. Monroe presented the following, which was 
adopted, by consent, as section 3 of the report of the 
Committee on Ecumenical Conference : 

Section 3. — Tiiat the Bishop be requested to present tjiis action to 
the Annual Conferences before July. 1890. 

The Committee on plan of General Conference Dis- 
tricts presented their report, which, on motion of W. 
A. Spencer, was ordered to lie over and be printed. 

John Lanahan presented a paper on the order of 
Election of General Conference Officers. 

W. H. Olin stated that the Committee on Episcopacy 
had before it a report on this subject. Thereupon W. 
J. Paxson moved that the C-ommittee on Episcopacy be 
discharged from the consideration of the subject, and 
that the ])aper of John Lanahan be accepted. The mo- 
tion prevailed. 

Jolin Lanahan then moved the adoption of the fol- 
lowing Order of Elections : 

Tlie elections shall be by ballot, and in tlie following order: 

1. Tlie Bishops, 

2. Book Agents at New York. 

3. Book Agents at Cincinnati. 

4. Corresponding Secretaries of the Missionary Society. 

5. Corresponding Secretary of tiie Board of Churcii E.xtension. 

6. Corresponding Secretary of the Freedraen's Aid Society. 

7. Corresponding Secretary of the Sunday-School Union and Tract 
Society. 

8. Editor of tlie Methodist Revievi. 

9. Editor of The Cliristian Advocate. 

10. Editor of the Western Christian Advocate. 

11. Editor of tlie North-western Christian Advocate. 

12. Editor of the Central Cliristian Advocate. 

13. Editor of ilie Pittsburg Christian! Advocate. 

14. Editor of the Northern Christian Advocate. 

15. E(]itor of tlie California Christian Advocate. 
IG. Editor of the South-western Christian Advocate. 
n. i'kliior of the Christiati Apologist. 
18. Editor of tlie Hai/.s und Herd. 
Nominations may be made in open Conference for all offices to be 

filled, excepting in the election of Bishops ; but such nominations 
shall be confined to the simple announcements of names. . 



Order of 
elections. 



Rnles to 

govern 

•elections. 



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Two sections of tellers sliiill be appointed, each section consisting M!fvy SI. 
of one from eucli General Conlereiice District, for the purpose of Eighteknth 
facilitatinp: the work of election. Mia. 

One section may cany forward its work in the absence of the other, Morning. 
but the tellers who may be out of the Conference enijaged in can- 
vassing a ballot may deposit their votes, in case a ballot is taken dur- 
ing their absence, in the presence of any two tellers and a Confer- 
ence Secretary. 

In case tiiere are more names on a ballot than persons to be elected 
the first name or names shall be counted until the required number is 
reached. The Conferences shall be called in alphabetical order, and 
each delegation shall arise and deposit their ballots, and no member, 
excepting the tellers, shall be allowed to vote unless in his place in 
his delegation. 

During the balloting the bar of the Conference shall be occupied 
by delegates only. 

On motion of Arthur Edwards, the following was 
adopted : 

No teller or secretary shall give information in regard to the results 
of a ballot until the same shall be announced by the presiding officer. 

J. H. Bayliss moved that, where more than one per- 
son of the same name in this body is voted for, his 
initials shall be written on the ballot. 

J. F. Crouch moved to amend by adding, " in every 
case." This was, on motion of J. H. Bayliss, laid on 
the table^ 

G. H. Hazzard moved the following as a substitute: 
That the persons voted for shall be identified either by 
their initials or by writing the name of their State or 
Conference. 

J. S. Smart moved that the substitute be laid on the 
table. Lost. 

J. H. Bayliss moved to recommit the paper, with in- 
structions to present a plan in regard to form of ballot. 
Laid on the table. 

A motion of A. B. Leonard to lay the substitute on 
the table did not prevail, and the paper as amended 
was adopted. 

L. C. Queal moved to suspend the rules to offer a reso- 
lution. They were suspended, and on his motion the 
following was adopted : 

Resolved, That the members of the Ecumenical Commission be Ecninenlc.il 
.ippoiutcd on the Ecumemical Conference and all the Bishops of the Commission. 
Methodist Kpiscopal Church be ex-offi.cio members of saidCouferenoe. 

E. J. Gray moved that the resolutions relating to Eiiiwop.ii 
Episcopal Districts, and i^ublished in the Daily Advo- 



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Miay SI. 

Eighteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 

Itinerancy 
Report 
No. I. 



Fraternal 

Messengers, 

Report 

No. IV. 

Missions, 

Reports 

Nos. XI and 

XII. 



Adjonrn- 
inent. 



cate of May 10, be referred to the Committee on Epis- 
copacy with instructions to report on Wednesday next. 
The motion prevailed. 

I. W. Joyce called up Report No. I of the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy and moved its adoption. 

On motion of W. PI. Olin, the words " other than 
foreign mission fields" were stricken out, and the Report 
as amended was adopted. {Appendix I, B, 8.) 

Clinton B. Fisk moved that we adjourn at 12:30 P. M. 
Carried. 

The Committee on Reception of Fraternal Messengers 
presented Reports Nos. IV and V, which were adopted. 
{Appendix II, A, 14.) 

The Committee on Missions presented Reports Nos. 
XI and XII, the former to be put on its passage and 
the latter to be printed. 

T. L. Flood moved that report No. XI be made the 
order of the day immediately after the reading of the 
Journal to-morrow morning. 

A. J. Kynett moved as a substitute that it be referred 
to the Committee on Episcopacy, with instruction to re- 
port immediately after the reading of the Journal 
to-morrow morning. 

S. L. Roberts moved that the substitute lie on the 
table, Avhich, by a count vote, did not prevail. 

The Chairman announced the Conference adjourned 
by expiration of time. Notices were given, D. C. Olra- 
stead was appointed to conduct devotional services to- 
morrow morning, the doxology was sung, and Rev. Dr. 
Williams pronounced the benediction. 

The following Resolutions were passed to the Sec- 
retary, under Rule 22, and by hira referred to commit- 
tees as indicated thereon. 



Conference 
claimants. 



CENTRAL OHIO. 

S. L. Roberts presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Temporal Economy : 

Wlxereas, The amount raised for tlie snperannnated preachers, the 
widows and children of tliose who have died in tlie work, is in- 
adeqnate to afford them a comfortable snpport; and, 

Whereas, this fund is now subject to all the uncertainty of an an- 
nual collection too often neglected ; therefore, 



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Day. 

Morning. 



Public 

entoitain- 

uient. 



Resolved, 1. Tliat the Committee on Temporal Economy be and it is Miay 31. 

lierebj' requested to recommond the General Conference to so change Eigiitkentu 
the Disciphne as to make the anionnt apportioned to each pastoral ^ 

cliaige lor superannuates, a claim that shall be paid pro-? ate with the 
claims of the stationed preachers, presiding elders and Bishops. 

2. That the amount allowed to claimants on the fund for Superan- 
n\iates shall be determined by their individual necessities and the 
number of years of effective service rendered. 

He also presented the following, which was referred 
to the Committee on the State v/f the Church. 

Whereas, In many localities, in raising funds to meet the current 
expenses of the church after including the sahiry of the pastor, our 
people resort to methods and public entertaii;menls which often grieve 
and afflict the more devout among us, and secularize and destroy tlie 
spiritualit}', and lower the dignity of the church in the eyes of the 
community; therefore, 

Rt^solvtd, 1. That the Committee on the State of the Church be and 
is hereby requested to recommend the General Conference to express 
its disapproval of raising money in the name of the Chnrcii by any 
methods or public entertainments of doubtful or misleading character. 

2. That the boards of trustees of our churches be urgently ad- 
monished of the impropriety of admitting into our houses of worship 
"money changers" or any secular entertainments that lend to destroy 
the sacredness of God's holy temples and altars of worship. 

The following Memorials were )Dassed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to commit- 
tees as indicated thereon : 

NEW YORK EAST. 
Ichabod Simmons presented a memorial, signed by 
himself and two others, relating to the spiritual inter- 
ests of the Church, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on State of the Church. 



Church. 



KORTH INDIANA. 
C. G. Hudson presented a memorial from the Ko- 
komo Official Board asking to submit to the Avhole 
Church the admission of women to the General Con- 
ference, which was referred to the Committee on State 
of the Church. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 22. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour. 
Bishop W. F. Mallnlieu in the chair. 

D. W. C. Olmstead, of the Wyoming Conference, led 
the devotions. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and ap- 
jiroved. 



Womon 
delegatts. 



IVIftySS. 

Nl.SETF.RNTH 

Day. 
Horning. 

Bishop 

M:illalii-u 
piv-idi'S. 

Devotional 
services. 

Miniitci* 
ajipi-ovcd. 



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IVLaySS. 

NlNRTEENTH 

Day. 

Morning. 

D. J. Smith. 

John Evans- 



Local 

Piea':hers'' 

Association. 



Mission 
Uei)oi-t 
No. XI. 



Older of 

Ihe (lay. 

Temperance 
lueeiing. 



Election of 
liishops. 



Eule. 



Votes 
necessary. 



J. M. Diirrell asked that D. C. Knowles, of New 
Hampshire Conference, be excused, and that Daniel J. 
Smith, alternate, be seated in his place. 

Earl Cranston stated that John Evans, of Colorado 
Conference, regular delegate, was now present, nnd 
that E. T. Ailing, alternate, had returned home, and 
asked that he be allowed to take his seat. Consent 
was given. 

J. F. Goucher moved that the order for twelve o'clock, 
noon, be the reception of representatives from the Na- 
tional Local Preachers' Association, and that the Com- 
mittee be given seats on the platform, and the motion 
was adopted. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, the consideration of Re- 
port No. XI of the Committee on Missions, pending at 
the time of adjournment yesterday, was resumed. 

On motion of E. J. Gray, the motion to refer was laid 
on the table. 

The hour for the order of the day having arrived, it 
was, on motion of J. M. Buckley, taken up. 

Clinton B. Fisk, as a question of privilege, moved 
that the Conference hold a session on Thursday evening 
next, and that the Committee on Temperance and the 
Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic be permitted to pre- 
sent their report as the order of the day at that time. 
The motion prevailed. 

He also moved that before the order of the day be 
taken uj) the senior Bishop be asked to lead in prayer ; 
and, being so requested, Bishop Bowman led the Con- 
ference in a fervent prayer. 

T. B. Neely presented the following, on the order of 

the day : 

Btsolved, Tliat vvl>.ere it was manifest for whom a ballot was in- 
tended tlie tellers shall count it for the person evident!}- intended; 
but where there is doubt, the ballot shall be reported for the decision 
of the Conference. 

The resolution was adopted. 

J. C. Jackson, Jr., offered the following amendment : 

Resolved, That in tlie election of Bishops each ballot shall contain 
the names of as many persons as are to be elected. 

A motion of W. J. Paxson to lay on the table did 
not prevail, and the resolution was adopted. 

W. M. Graves moved a reconsideration of the vote 



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811 



NiNKTEBN'IU 

Day. 

Morning. 



Tellers. 



Rules. 



requiring a two-tliirds majority in order to tbe election 
of a Bishop. 

On motion of William Swindells, this was laid on the 
table. 

Bishop Andrews announced the names of the tellers 
as follows, and they were assigned to their places, 
namely : 

Section I.— G. S. Chadbourne, E. M. Mills, II. W. 
Knight. 

Sp:ction II. — ^I. L. Ganoe, J. II. Johnson, Alexander 
Ashley. 

Section III.— W. II. Hickman, W. I. Cogshall, F. W. 
Iloyt. 

Section IV.— A. C. Phillips, (J. S. Walden, P. W. 
Kost. 

On the Platform. — J. B. Green. 
It was ordered that when the ballots are received the 
tellers retire, the ballots be counted by sections, and 
then combined. 

On motion of Sand ford Hunt, the tellers were in- 
structed that as each delegation voted they should re- 
spond, "voted." 

W. H. Olin moved that the ballots, after the count, 
be placed in a box or envelope by themselves. The 
motion prevailed. 

S. L. Roberts moved that ballots not having upon 
tliem the whole number of names be not counted. 

The previous question having, on motion of John 
Lanahan, been ordered, the resolution was lost by a 
count vote of 202 for and 212 against. 

The Secretary then called the roll of Conferences, Roll called 
and the vote was taken. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, P. C. Lounsbury, who 
was absent when the roll was called, was permitted to 
vote. 

The tellers then retired, accompanied by four of the 
assistant secretaries. 

G. H. Foster, as a question of privilege, asked that 
Sabin Halsey, who had returned home sick, be excused 
for the balance of the session, and the request was 

granted. 

A motion of J. M. Reid, that we proceed to the elec- 



Sabin 
llalsev. 



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NlNETEENTH 

Day. 

Moritinrj, 

Episcopacy 

Report 

No. II. 



Taken up. 



Episonpsjcy 
Report 
No. VI. 



Substituted. 



Laid over. 

Chartered 

Fund 

Committee 

Reports. 



tion of Book Agents, was, upon motion of J. M. Buck- 
ley, laid on the table. 

W. PI. Olin moved to suspend the rule to take u]) 
Report No. II of the Committee on the Episcopacy. 

J. M. Buckley moved, as a substitute, to amend the 
rules so that regular business could proceed during the 
elections, and the motion prevailed. 

On motion of W. H. Olin, Report No. II of the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy was taken up. 

T. B. Neely read that part of the Report w^hich was 
recommitted, and moved its adoption as amended, 

C. L. Henry moved to amend by striking out item G. 
Laid on the table. 

J. M. Buckley moved the indefinite postj^onement of 
item 6. 

On motion of C. G. Trusdell, the previous question 
was ordered. 

The motion of J. M. Buckley was laid on the table, 
and the Report was adopted. (See Reports, Ajyjoei^dix 
I, B, 3.) 

J. W. Eaton moved a suspension of the rules to con- 
sider a paper oftered by him, but the motion did not 
prevail. 

W. II. Olin moved to suspend the rules to consider 
Report No. VI of Committee on Episcopacy, which 
was carried. 

He then presented the Report and moved its adop- 
tion. 

E. J. Gray moved a substitute as follows : 

Eefsoived. Tlmt the Bisliops be instructed to submit to the Annual 
Conrpreiicos for tlieir approval or di.sapproval, during the j'ear 1891, a 
change of section 3, paragraph 71 of the Discipline, so it will read as 
follows: "Tlie General Conference shall not change nor alter any part 
or rule of our government so as to do a\va\- with Kpiscopac.y nor 
de.<-lroy tlie plan of our itinerant general superintendencj'^; but may 
divide the Annual Conferences and Missions into Episcopal districts, 
and at eadi Qu;idrctinial session assig.n t!ie Bishops to tlie same 
respectivly ; and furtlier, they may appoint a Missionnrv Bishop or 
Superintendent for any of our Foreign Missions, limiting his jurisdic- 
tion to the same respecti\ely." 

F. M. I'ristol moved that the Avhole matter be laid on 
the table. The motion did not prevail. 

On motion of G. S. Hare, the Report and the substi- 
tute were laid over and ordered to be printed. 

J. F. Crouch presented the Report of the Committee 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. • 313 

on the Chartered Fund, and, on motion of W. J. Pax- May-iS. 

, Ni.m:tkentii 

son, It was read and adopted, (bee Keports, A2)penaix day. 

I, B, 86.) Mcruwg. 

A. E. P. Albert, on a question of privilege, presented 
his Report as Fraternal Me.ssenger to the A. M. E. 
Zion Church, and the Fraternal Address from that 
Church ; the latter was read by the Secretary, and on 
motion of D. S. Monroe they were accepted and placed 
on file. (See Apioendlx II, A, 24, 25.) 

J. O. Peck presented certain papers from the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church, which, upon his sug- 
gestion, were referred to other Committees. 

Bishoo Andrews announced the Committees on Con- Committees 

1 _ _ nnnuunced, 

stitutional Commission and on Presbyterian Social 
Union. (See Appendix I, A, 24, 27.) 

Clinton B. Fisk moved that when we adjourn it be to Evening 

* session. 

meet at 7:30 P. M., and the motion prevailed. 

On motion, the time was extended by a count vote of 
204 for and 136 against. 

Twelve o'clock having arrived, the order of the day — p.^'^i;''' i 
the reception of representatives from the National Local Association. 
Preachers' Association — wns taken up. 

The Rev. C. C. Leiejh, President of the Association, Rev o. c. 

° _^ Leigh, etc. 

was introduced, and addressed the Conference. 

His associates, Dr. William R. M(niroe, of Baltimore 
city, and T. W. Evans, of Ocean Grove, were also in- 
troduced. 

On motion of J. W. Eaton, so much of the Address ^f^^^'^ 
as relates to a change in the status of local preachers 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

On motion of D. S. Monroe, it was ordered that the 
Address be printed in the Journal. (See Ajyj^endix II, 
A, 29.) 

D. F. Barnes moved the suspension of the rules, to 
present a paper. The motion prevailed, and the paper 
was referred to the Committee on the State of the 
Church. 

I. W. Jovce, of the Committee on Itinerancy, called itiiurnncy 

" , . , . IJeport 

up Report No, II, and moved its adoption. No. ii. 

G. II. Brid^man presented as a substitute a minority Minority 

* / . Kepoi-t. 

report, and moved its adoption. 

E. R. Dille moved that the subject lie over and be 



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]MayS3. 

Nineteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Fii-st ballot 
for Bishops. 



Revisals, 

Bepoi-i s Nos. 

V. VI. VII, 

and VIII. 

Adjimrn- 

uieut. 



Restrictive 
rules. 



Accused 
travilinpr 
preachers. 



Appeals. 



made a special order for to-morrow, immediately after 
the reading of the Journal. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, this was laid on the table. 

The tellers having returned, tlie i-esult of the tirst 
ballot for Bishops was announced as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast 447 

Necessary to a choice 298 

(See Appendix I, D, 1.) 

No one having received that number, the Bishop 
declared there was no election, and, on motion of 
F. A. Arter, another ballot was ordered, the votes re- 
ceived, and the teller.s retired. 

Tlie Committee on IJevisals ])icsented Reports No, 
V, VI, VII, VIII. 

On motion, Conference adjonnied. The doxology 
was sung, and Bi5.hop Malhilieu pronounced the bene- 
diction. 

The following Memorials were passed to the Secre- 
tary, under Rule 22, and by him referred to Commit- 
tees as indicated thereon. 

MICHIGAN'. 

D. F. Barnes presented a memorial fiom the Albion 
ministerial district, regarding a change in the Second 
Restrictive Rule, which was referred to Committee on 
Revisals. 

ST. LOUIS. 
S. N. Taylor presented the following, which Avas 
referred to the Committee on Revisals: 

Eeftolved, That pangraph 188 of the Discipline be stricken out and 
the IbllowiiiQ: insoned in its stead: 

"% 188. "Wlicnever a traveling preacher is accn.sed of being so un- 
acceptable, inefficient or secular as to be no longer useful in his work, 
through Ins own fault, it shall be the duty of ilie Presiding Klder to 
inquire into the case, and if there be (oinid sufficient cause lie shall 
admonish him ; and if, in a reasonable lime, he fail to show im)irove- 
nient, it shall tlien be the dut)' of the Presiding Elder to take with 
liim two or three ministers of tlie Conference and in their presence 
admonish him; and if he shall not improve he siiall be brought to 
trial before a committee of his Conference, and if found guilty he 
may be located; nevertheless, he shall have the right of appeal, as in 
other trials. 

He also ])resented the following, which was referred 

to the same Committee : 

\Vherens, The Restrictive Rules guarantee to members of the 
Church the right of appeal ; and, 



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315 



Whereas, Parngrapli HI, se'-liou 6, provides for an appeal on ques- J^^y^J 
tions of huv froni tl.o deci.i.ms of a presidincj elder ,n the District or Mn--ntu 
Quarterly Coulerence to the president of the Annual Conference ; and, j^^,^,. 

Wherta.'^ No method is provided by which the records of the Dis- 
trict or Quarterly Conference are to be transmitted to the appellate 
tribunals; therefore, , . „ , 

Resolved Tliat there be inserted at the end of section 6, parapaph 
ni the followin-: "It shall be the duty of the Presichng Klder to 
cause to bo entered on the records of the District or Quarterly Con- 
ference the decision appealed from, and also a minute ot tlie appeal 
taken, and the secretary of tlie District Conference or the recording 
'•tevvard of the circuit or station, as the case may be, shall furnish to 
Uic appellant certified copies of so much of the proceedings as con- 
cern the appeal, and the case shall be decided by tlie president of the 
Annual Conlerence upon the record and such argument as may be 
presented, and no testimony outside the record shah be admitted. It 
shall be the duty of llie Secretary of the Aumial Conference to for- 
ward the decisions of the president of the Annual Conference on said 
questions of law to the General Conference for review. 



TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 22. 

The Conference met pursuant to adjournment at 7:30 
P. M., Bishop C. H. Fowler presiding. 

G. F. Eaton, of the New England Conference, led the 
devotional services. 

J. B. Graw moved that the reading of the Minutes 
be postponed, to hear the result of the second ballot for 

Bishops. 

On motion of M. S. Hard, of Wyoming Conference, 

it was laid on the table. 

The Minutes were read and approved. 
The result of the second ballot for Bishops was an- 
nounced as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast 44-3 

Necessary to a choice 29^ 

(See Appendix I, D, 2.) 

No one having received the necessary number ot 
votes the Bishop declared there was no election. 

A third ballot was taken, the votes received, and the 
tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

G H Brid<mian was granted consent to insert m the 
minority report the words that section 3, paragraph 
164, of the Discipline be so changed as to strike out 
« three " and insert " five." 



Nineteenth 
Day. 

Evening. 
Bishoi) 
Fowlei 

fiiosides. 

Di'votional 
services 



Minutes 
approved 



Second ballot 
for Bishops. 



Report N">. 
II resumed. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



M:a.yS3. 

Nineteenth 

Day. 

Evening. 



Miiioi'ity 

report 

accepted. 



Third ballot 
for Bishojis. 



J. II. Vincent 

and .1. N. 

FitzGerald 

elected. 



Report 
No. II. 



Fourth ballot 
for Jjjsliops. 



On motion of G. W. Gue, the previous question was 
orrlered. 

A motion to lay the minority report on the table was 
lost by a count vote of 167 for and 249 against. 

The minority report was then accepted as a substitute 
by a couTit vote, 251 for and 159 against. 

13. C. Christy moved a call for the ayes and noes, 
which was lost. 

W. H. Mock called for a vote by orders, and the call 
was sustained. 

The tellers returned, and the Bishop announced the 
result of the third ballot. 

Whole number of votes cast 459 

Necessary to a choice 306 

John H. Vincent having received 311 votes, and James 
N. FitzGerald having received 310 votes, were declared 
elected Bishops. (See Appendix I, D, 3.) 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

A motion to call for the ayes and noes upon the 
adoption of the substitute prevailed. 

The tellers having returned, the Bishop announced 
the result of the fourth ballot : 

Whole number of votes cast 434 

Necessary to a choice 290 

(See Appendix I, D, 4.) 

No one having received the necessary number of 
votes the Bishop declared there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

The Secretary called tlie roll upon the motion to 
adopt the substitute for Report No. II, Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

It was adopted by the following vote: (See Appen- 
dix I, B, 9.) 

Ministers. — Ayes — Achard, Ahgren, Albert, Axtell, 
Baker, Barnes, Bayliss, Beebe, Belcher, Belt, Bentley, 
Benton, Bigolow, Boreing, Borland, Boswell, Botkin, 
Bovard, Boyd, Bramley, Breiter, Biidgman, Brinde]l, 
Bristol, Browne (N. M.), Brush, Buckley, Burch, Butler, 



1888. J Journal of the General Conference. 317 

Buttz, Call, Carroll (IT. A.), Carter, Clayton, Coffey, iMayi2--2. 

/-ll- 1 r-K 1 11 y, 1 /^ r^ /% i^ • NlNKTF.BNTll 

Clithero, ('ogsliall. Cool, Coole, Cowan, Coxe, Cozier, Dav. 
Cranston, Crippen, Croiuli, CurtSj Danforth, Darnell, ■^«"«<"^- 
Davis, Day (J. R,), Dearborn, Deputie, Dietz, Dille, 
Domer, Dorchester, Dryer, Duncan, Duriell, Eads, 
Eaton (E, L.), Eaton (C. F.), Eaton (J W.), Eaton 
(Homer), Eckles, Eckman, Edwards, Fisher, Fiske, 
Flood, Floyd, Forbes, Ford, Fry, Gallagher, Ganoe, 
Gardner (J. H.), Gardner (Wash.), Gates (D. W.), 
Gates (M. L.), Gillies, Goodsell, Green (H. H.), Griffin, 
Gue, Halstead, Hamilton, Hammond, Plard, Hare, 
Harrington, Hartzell, Hays, Hewes, Hickman, Hildreth, 
Hite, Horton, Hughey, Huntington, Hyden, Jackson, 
Jolmson (P. C), Jones, Jordan, Joyce, Kelley, King 
(I. F.), King (J. M.), King (W. F ), Koeneke, Kopp, 
Kynett, Leacock, Lease, Leonard, Le Sourd, Liebhart, 
Liscomb, Little, Loeber, Lowrie, Maclay, Mansfield, 
Markham, Marshall, Martin, Marvin, McBirney, McCabe, 
McFarland, McGerald, Nclntire, McLean, McNeill, 
Mendenhall, Miley, Miller, Mills, Mitchell, Moore 
(D. H.), Moore (H. H.), Neely, Nelson, Olin, Payne 
(C. H.), Paxson, Peck (E. W. S.), Peck (J. O.), Pen- 
dleton, Persons, Pierce, Potts, Pullman, Quattlander, 
Queal, Raymond, Heed (Horace), Reid (J. M.), Rober- 
son, Roberts, Robins, Robinson, Rothweiler, Satterlee, 
Schneider, Schutz, Shannon, Shumpert, Smart, Smith 
(C. W.), Smith (D. J.), Smith (W. T.), Spence, Spencer, 
Stewart (J. W.), Stolz, Stowe, Swann, Swindells, Tal- 
bott. Tanner, Thoburn, Thomas (D. W.), Thomas 
(S. W.), Tlioraas (W. H.), Todd, Turner, Truesdell, 
Upham, Upshaw, Van Benschoten, Vernon, Vincent, 
Walsh, Warden, Watkins, Webster, Weir, Whedon, 
Wheeler (Alfred), Wheeler (B. E.), Whitfield, Whit- 
lock (E. D.), Whitlock (W. F.), Wigren, Wilbor, 
Williams, Wilson (J. E.)— 209. 

Noes— Adams, Carroll (D. H.), Chadbourne, Colvin, 
Core, Creighton, Crosthwaite, Culver, Day (J. W.), 
Dixon, Dobbins, FitzGerald, Frost, Goucher, Graham, 
Graw, Gray, Green (J. B.), Haagensen, Hawes, Heaxt,^ 
Holdstock, Hooker, Hudson, Hunt, Hunter, Johnson 
(J-. H.), Lanahan, Lathrop, Lee, Leei)er, Leidy, Locke, 
Lockwood, Maxtield, McCulloch, McKinney, Middleton, 



318 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

iviayoo. Monroe, Olrastead, Paine (Louis), Pickett, Plannette, 

Nineteenth t->it> t-. r^ ■, ■, A 

Day. Pottle, I'orter, Power, Schulz, Scott, Sia, Simmons, 

Evening. Simons, Simpson, Sooy, Speake, Stephens, Stuart 

(T, McK.), Swaits, Tevis, Toland, Urray, Utter, 

Waller, Wentworth, Wight, Wilder, Wilson (J. A. B.), 

Worley— 67. 

Absent or not voting. — Brown (W. H. II.), Champ- 
lin, Chestnut, Ilalsey, Hedler, Holmes, Jewell, Lynch, 
McElroy, McKay, Sims, Trimble— 12. 

Z«y?>/e;<.,— Ayes— Andrews, Appleyard, Ashley, At- 
kinson (G. W.), Avant, Bailey, Bell, Bird, Blumberg, 
Boyce, Briddell, Brown, Bryant, Bunn, Card, Chestnut, 
Col born. Combs, Craig, Crawford, Crogman, Crowell, 
Diggs, Doherty, Doolittle, Durston, Easterling, Fisk, 
Fletcher, Fortson, Foster, Fuller, Gay, Gillette, Graves, 
Guibord, Heard, Hitchcock (Horace), Hoyt, Hukill, 
Jacoby, Johnson (T. W.), Jones (Thomas), Keller, King, 
Klock, Knight, Knox, Laidlaw, Lindgren, Loiinsbury, 
Lyman, Maynard, Michell, Miller, Murray (S. W.), 
Oliver, Parrotte, Patton, Reese, Rich, Rid path, Rieke, 
Riley, Ritchie, Ritter, Seifeld, Shinkle, Simras, Slay- 
back, Snyder, Speare, Spencer, St. John, Stone, Stout, 
Strickler, Striker, Stubbs, Swackhamer, Taboi-, Taylor 
(S. N.), Townsen, Tyler, Velde, Webster, Whitney, 
Wilson, Williams (J. B.)— 89. 

Noes— Allen (R. N.), Allen (W. G.), Arter, Baker, 
Beem, Bentley, Booth, Cannon, Case, Christian, Christy, 
Clark, Clayton, Collins, Corner, Craver, Daggett, Don- 
nell, D wight, Evans, Gaver. Hartson, Hazzard, Heins, 
Henry, Hetherington, Hill, Jacobs, Jones (C. B.), Jones 
(J. B.), Jones (J. E.), Ketron, Kost, Lacy, Lyon, Mahin, 
McCulloch, Melson, Meyer, Mock, Moore, Murray 
(T. H.), Peck, Persinger, Phillips (A. C), Phillips 
(W. H.), Pollard, Ray, Reynolds, Rogers, Schultz, 
Sefrit, Sigler, Skirm, Stanton, Taylor (Z. P.), Temple, 
Wadhams, Walden, Wentworth, Wernli, Wilkins, 
Williams (S. J.), Wright— 64. 

Absent or not voting — Atkinson (W. T.), Bardall, 
Denny, Hitchcock (L. E.), Hollinger, Johnson (W. II.), 
Jones (J. L.), Martini, McAdams, Murray (Stanley), 
Paine, Pehrsson, Shaw, Sheets, Storm, Super, Tibbitts, 
Vaughn — 18. 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 319 

On motion, Confei-ence adjourned. J. W. Ray was ^^Iny^a. 

, T T . , . NlNKTKENTH 

appointed to conduct devotional services to-morrow uay. 
morning. Notices were given, the doxology was sung, Adjounf- 
and Bishop Fowler pronounced the benediction. "'"''• 

WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 23. 



twkntikth 
Day. 

Morning. 

At the usual hour Conference was called to order, Bisiiop 

' Bow mull 

Bishop Thomas Bowman presidini!", ptt-siUes. 

John W. R;iy, South-east Indiana Conference, con- Dovotionai 
ducted the devotional exercises. 

The Minutes of yesterday evenincr's session were Minutrs 

'' "' ^ appioveil. 

read and approved. 

The tellers presented their report, and Bishop Bow- 
man announced the result of the fifih ballot as follows: 

Whole number of votes cast 449 /"']! i>/|"<" 

for Bishops. 

Necessary to a choice 300 

Isanc W. Joyce, having received 326 votes, was de- i- "^ J'jyc* 

•' ' ° , ' . elected. 

clared elected a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. (See Appendix I, D, 5.) 

On motion, another ballot was ordered, and the tellers, 
having received the votes, retired. 

S. N. Taylor moved to suspend the rules for the pur- 
pose of introducing a resolution, but the motion Avas 
laid on the table. 

The call for Reports from Conimittees was resumed. 

The Committee on Boundaries presented Report Bonnd.iries, 
Jso. 1 to be printed. No. i. 

Report No. I, Committee on Revisals, was taken up. Rcvisais, 

P. J. Cool moved its adoption. No. i. 

W. F. Whitlock moved its consideration seriatim, 
and the motion prevailed. 

J. W. Ray moved to amend item 1 by inserting, 
" The action of said committee shall in every respect 
be subject to the control of Quarterly Conference." 

W. II. Craig moved to lay the amendment on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. 

James Coote called for the previous question, which 
was ordered, and, on motion, item 1 was adopted. 

By consent, C. J. Little, as Chairman of the Committee r. h. Bos- 
on Reception of Fraternal Messengers, introduced the intn)a'iieed. 



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[1888. 



JMay 33. 

Twentieth 

Uav. 
Morning. 

Eevisals, 
Report 
No. I. 



Adopted. 



Eevisals, 
Report 
No. II. 



Sixtli ballot 
for Bishops. 



No. II 
resumed. 



Item 2 
.imended. 



^ 79 of the 
Discipliue. 



Rev. R. H. Bosworth, Fraternal Messenger from the 
Reformed Episcopal Church, and he was invited to a 
seat on the platform. 

Consideration of Report No. I being resumed, items 
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 were adopted, 

C, W. Smith moved to reconsider the vote by which 
item 1 was adopted. 

The motion was laid on the table, 

Elvero Persons moved a reconsideration of the vote 
by which item 7 was adopted; but the motion was laid 
on the table. 

The Report was then adopted as a whole. (See Ap- 
pend'ix I, B, 20.) 

Report No. II, same Committee, was taken up and 
read, and F. Whitlock moved its adoption. 

J. S. Smart moved to amend item 1, by striking out 
all that part relating to confession to the Conference 
from which expelled. 

On motion of J. C. Jackson, Jr,, the proposed amend- 
ment was laid on the table. 

The tellers having returned Bishop Bowman an- 
nounced the result of the sixth ballot: 

AVhole number of votes cast 437 

Necessary to a clioice 292 

(See Appendix I, D, 6.) 

No one having received the required number of votes 
the Bishop declared that there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, and after the Conference 
voted the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

An amendment offered by S. L. Roberts was, on mo- 
tion of A. B. Leonard, laid on the table. 

Item No. 1 Avas then adopted. 

Item No. 2 was read, and Joseph Pullman moved the 
adoption of the following amendment to Section 2 : 

'' And if withdrawn under complaints or charges of 
immorality, the relation to the Church of the preacher 
withdrawn shall be that of one who has been expelled." 

The amendment was adopted, and the item as amended 
was also adopted. 

On motion of C, C. Wilbor question 26 of paragraph 



1888.] Journal of the General Conference. 

79 of the Discipline was amended by adding " or com- 
plaints," after " chai-ges." 

The following committees presented Reports: 

On Sunday-schools and Tracts, Nos. IV, V, VI, VIT. 

On Revisals, No. IX. 

On Missions, No. VIII. 

On Itinerancy, Nos. IV and V. 

J. H. Bayliss, as a question of privilege, moved to 
suspend the rules to offer a resolution. The motion 
prevailed. He then moved that each committee have 
the privilege of presenting two reports on each call at 
one time, and that the call proceed in that way. Car- 
ried. 

Item 3 was then read. 

Pending this the tellers returned, and the Bishop an- 
nounced the result of the seventh ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 441 

Necessary to a choice 294 

(See Ap2yendix I, D, 7.) 

No one having received the requisite number of votes 
another ballot was ordered. 

The tellers presented two ballots from the former 
vote, which they did not count, and asked instructions. 

On motion of G. H. Hazzard, the action of the tellers 
was approved, and, on motion of T. L. Flood, they 
were instructed to report any similar vote if such should 
occur. 

The tellers received the votes of the eighth ballot 
and retired. 

By consent, William Swindells, Ichabod Simmons, 
and A. P. Collins presented memorials, which were re- 
ferred to appropriate committees. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

On motion of L. C. Queal, item 3 was recommitted, 
and, excepting this item, the Report was adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 21.) 

Robert Bentley, by general consent, presented the 
following, which was adopted: 

Whereas, There lias been an unwavering conviction among us that 
the Chinese residents in this country sliould be brought into the 
Church of Christ; and 

Whereas, Onr successCul Chinese Mission in San Francisco lias no 
church edifice ; therefore, 

21 



321 

JVIayaS. 

twentietu 

Bay. 
Morning. 

Coinniittees 
iieported. 



Seventh 
ballot Cor 
IJishops. 



Action of 

tl'lltTS 

approved. 



Memorials 

presentfJ. 



Report No. 
II. adopted. 



Chinese 
church. 



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[1888. 



M:ayS3. 

twrntiktii 

Day 

Morning 

Temporal 
Economy 

Keporc 

No. I. 



Basis of 
claims. 



Laid on 
table. 



Expenses of 
the General 
Conference. 



Ei?litli ballot 
for Bishops. 



Sundry 
expenses. 



Resolved, That the Corresponding Seeretaries be directed at the ear- 
liest pos-^ible date to brinjr before the General Missionary Committee 
the importance of securing such church edifice. 

The Committee on Temporal Economy called for the 

reading of Report No. I. 

James Coote moved the following amendment : 

Revived, That tlie claims for Bishops and presiding elders be nppor- 
tioned to tlie charges on ilie tbllowing basis; namely, one half ou mem- 
bership, one half ou amount raised lor pastoral support the preceding 
year. 

On motion of Lewis Curts, the Report and the pro- 
posed amendment were laid on the table. 

Clinton B. Fisk, as a question of privilege, moved 
the adoption of the following: 

Whereas, It appears from the Report of the Commission on Enter- 
tainment of the General Conference that the collections from tlie An- 
nual Conferences for the entertainment of this General Conference, as 
provided by the action of the General Conference of 1884, have not 
been sufficient ^o meet the expense; therefore, 

Resolved, That such deficiency shall now be met by a loan from the 
Book Concern — two thirds from New York and one third from Cin- 
cinnati — to the treasurer of the Commission, and the Book Com- 
mittee be instructed to apportion the loan among the Annual 
Conferences to meet the deficienc}', to be collected as soon as practi- 
cable, so that ultimately no item (if the expenses of this General Con- 
ference shall become an iiem of charge upon the Book Concern. The 
apportionment for said deficiency shall be made upon the basis ofdefi- 
ficit of each Aniuial Conference in responding to the apportionment 
hitherto made by the Commission on General Conference Entertain- 
ment. 

William Koeneke offered the following amendment, 

which was accepted: 

The amount to be apportioned among the Annual Conferences ac- 
cording to tiie deficit of the amount failed to be raised during the last 
quadrennium. 

Pending discussion the tellers returned and Bishop 
Bowman announced as the result of the eighth ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 441 

Necessary to a choice 294 

(See Aj)}}endix I, D, 8.) 

No person having received the number requisite to 
an election another ballot was ordered, and the tellers 
retired. 

Consideration of the resolution offered by Clinton B. 
Fisk was resumed, and .T. S. Smart presented the fol- 
lowing, which was accepted: 

Resolved, That the expenses of Judicial Conferences, the expenses 
of the various commissions, except such as are in the interest of the 



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323 



Book Concern, ordered by the Greneral Conference, and all tlie other 
general expenses, be apportioned on the Annual Conferences by the 
Book Committee, in order that no part of the Book Concern profits 
may be used for these purposes. 

James Coote move to lay that part of the resolution 
offered by J, S. Smart on the table; but the motion did 
not prevail. 

E. R. Dille moved to indefinitely postpone all that 
part relating to commissions. 

J. B. Maxfield moved to lay this on the table; but the 
motion did not prevail. 

The tellers returned and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ninth ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 439 

Necessary to a choice 293 

(See Appendix I, D, 9.) 

No one having received the requisite number of votes 
the Bishop declared that there was no election. 

The Conferences were again called, the votes re- 
ceived, and the tellers retired. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. Dennis Osborne 
was appointed to conduct devotional services to-mor- 
row, the doxology was sung, and Bishop Bowman pro- 
nounced the benediction. 



]VEay23. 

twentikth 

Bay. 

Morning. 



Ninth ballot 
for Bishops. 



Ailjourn- 
luent. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 24. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop R. S. Foster in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by Dennis 
Osborne, of the Bengal Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

Bishop Foster announced the result of the tenth bal- 
lot for Bishops, as follows: 

Whole number of votes cast 435 

Necessary to a choice 290 

(See A2?pe}icUx I, D, 10.) 

No one having received the requisite number the 
Bishop declared that there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes were taken, and 
the tellers retired. 

Bishop Bowman announced that Dr. William Nast 



]MayQJ. 

TWKNTY- 

FiRsi Day. 

Morning. 

Bislinp 

Bowman 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 



Minutes 
appi-oved. 



Tenth ballot 
for Bishops. 



Courtesy ; 

Dr. Wni 

NasU 



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[1888. 



]yiay34. 

Twenty- 
first 
Day. 

Morning. 



was in the audience, and asked consent that he sit on 
the platform, and, on motion of J. M. Reid, this was 
granted by a rising vote. 

The following reports were presented: 

Committee on Consolidation of Benevolences, Nos. II, 
III, IV, and Y. 

Committee on Itinerancy, No. Ill, 

By consent, N. H. Axtell presented a memorial from 
Peotone Church concerning the admission of women 
into the General Conference. 

The paper presented by Clinton B. Fisk and under 
consideration at adjournment yesterday was called up. 

J. S. Smart withdrew his amendment, and the paper 
was adopted. 

J. S. Smart offered the following, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That an estimate be made by the Book Committee of tlie 
expenses of the General Conference of 1892, and the expenses of the 
Judicial Conferences, and the various commissions ordered by this 
General Conference, except sucli as are in the Interest of the Book 
Concern, and that the amount be apportioned to the Annual Confer- 
ences in such manner as may be deemed wise and equitable, and that 
said Annual Conferences shall apportion said amount upon the 
churches according to tlieir several ability, that our people may have 
an opportunity to pay the same without encroaching upon the profits 
of the Book Concern, which, according to paragraph 350 of the Dis- 
cipline, should go tlie Animal Conferences for the benefit of Confer- 
ence claimants. 

On motion of Sandford Hunt, the rules were sus- 
pended, and he presented the following, which was 
adopted: 

Reports of Resolved, That in receiving reports of coramittees precedence be 
Committees, given to those which involve changes in the number of officers of the 
different societies. 



Reports 
presented. 



Women 

delegates. 



E.xpenses of 
the General 
Conference. 



Expenses of 
commis- 
sions, etc. 



State of the 
Church, 
Report 
No. II. 



Eleventh 
ballot for 
Bishops. 



Report No. II of the Committee on the State of the 
Church was read and adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 
27.) 

The tellers returned and Bishop Foster announced 
the result of the eleventh ballot : 

Whole number of votes cast 433 

Necessary to a choice 289 

(See Appendix I, D, 11.) 

No one having received the requisite number the 
Bishop declared that there was no election. 



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325 



Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

Bishop Foster introduced Bishop A. W. Wilson, of 
the Methodist Episcopal Churci), South. 

He briefly addressed the Conference, and, on motion, 
was invited to a seat on the platform. 

Report No. Ill of the Committee on the State of 
the Church was read and laid on the table. 

Report No. VI of the Committee on the Book 
Concern was read. 

Amos Shinkle presented a minority report favoring 
the publication of a weekly Sunday-school paper and 
moved its adoption as a substitute. 

The tellers returned, and Bishop Foster announced 
' the result of the twelfth ballot : 

Whole number of votes cast 441 

Necessary to a choice 294 

(See Appendix I, D, 12.) 

No one having received the requisite number of 
votes the Bishop declared that there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. VI was resumed. 

On motion of John Lanahan the minority report was 
laid on the table. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Foster announced 
the result of the thirteenth ballot : 

Whole number of votes cast 437 

Necessary to a choice 292 

(See Appendix I, D, 13.) 

No one having received the requisite number of 
votes the Bishop declared that there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. VI was resumed. 

B. C. Christy moved to strike out that part which 
suspends the publication of the Study. 

Laid on the table. 

F. M. Bristol called for the previous question ; the 
call was sustained and the report was adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 34.) 



M:ay34:. 

Twenty- 
first Day. 
Morning. 
Bisliop Wil- 
son, M. E. 
Church, 
South. 



State of the 
Church, Re- 
port No. III. 

Book Con- 
cern, Uenort 
No. VI. 

Minority 
report. 



Twelfth 
ballot for 
Bishops. 



Report 
No. VI. 



Thirteenth 
ballot for 
Bishops. 



Report 
No. VI. 



Adopted. 



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[1888. 



]VrayS4. 

TWBNTY- 

FIK8T Day. 
Morning. 
Book Con- 
cern, Report 
No. II. 
Missions, 
Report 
No. XI. 

Fourteenth 
ballot for 
Bishops. 

,T. P. New- 
man elected. 



Courtesy to 
the Bishops- 
elect. 



Fifteenth 
ballot for 
Bishops. 



Report 
No. XI. 



Sixteenth 
ballot for 
Bishops. 



Report No. II, of the same Committee, was read and 
adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 32.) 

On motion of A. B. Leonard, Report No. XI of the 
Committee on Missions was taken up and read. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Foster announced 
the result of the fourteenth ballot : 

Whole number of votes cast 4-38 

Necessary to a choice 292 

John P. Newman, having received 320 votes, was 
declared elected a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. (See Appemlix I, D, 14.) 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

M. M. Bovard moved that Bishop-elect Newman be^ 
invited to a seat on the platform. 

S. L. Roberts moved to amend by adding, " and all 
the BishojDS elected be seated on the platform." 

W. A. Spencer moved to amend the amendment by 
adding, " and that their reserves take the vacated seats." 

The amendment and the amendment to the amend- 
ment were laid on the table. 

T. B. Neely offered the following substitute, which 
was adopted : " That each person as he is elected a 
Bishop take his place on the platform and, if he is a 
member of this General Conference, his reserve take his 
place."- 

The tellers returned and Bishop Foster announced 
the result of the fifteenth ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 436 

Necessaiy to a choice 291 

(See Appendix I, D, 15.) 

No one having received the requisite number the 
Bishop declared that there was no election. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the time was extended. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. XI was resumeri. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Foster announced 
the result of the sixteenth ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 430 

Necessary to a choice 287 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



327 



Daniel A. Goodsell, having received 313 votes, was 
declared elected a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. (See Appendix. I, D, 16.) 

Consent was given for the presentation of the follow- 
ing reports: 

On Revisals Nos. X, XI, and XII. 

On Freedmeii's Aid and Work in the South No. II. 

On motion Conference adjourned. J. B. Graw was 
appointed to conduct the devotional services to-morrow 
morning. Notices were given, the doxology was sung, 
and Bishop Foster pronounced the benediction. 



]VIa,y34-. 

Twenty- 
first Day. 
Mdining. 
V>. A. Good-' 
sell elected. 



Reports 
presented. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 24. 

Pursuant to the action of May 22 the Conference 
met at 7:30 P. M., Bishop S. M. Merrill in the chair. 

J. B. Graw, of the New Jersey Conference, con- 
ducted the devotional services. 

The Minutes of this morning's session were read and 
approved. 

On motion, the order of the day was taken up, and 
the Report on Temperance and the Prohibition of 
the Liquor Traffic was read by the Chairman, Daniel 
Dorchester, who moved that it be adopted. 

Lewis Curts moved to amend Section VI, by adding 
thereto: "While we do not presume to dictate to our 
people as to their political affiliations we do exjjress the 
opinion that they should not permit themselves to be 
controlled by party organizations that are managed in 
the interest of the liquor traffic." 

On motion of James Coote, it was laid on the table 
by a count vote of 211 for and 152 against. 

J. C. Jackson, Jr., moved to insert the words "com- 
mercial patronage " before " suffrages " in Section V. 
It was accepted by the Committee. 

D. F. Barnes moved to amend Section X by strik- 
ing out two lines after the words "saloon." D, H. 
Moore moved as :in amendment thereto to strike out 
all after the M'ord " saloon." It was accepted by 
D. F. Barnes. 

The amendment was, on motion of Bernard Kelly, 



M:ayU4. 
Twenty- 
first Day. 
Ev.ning. 

Bishop 
Merrill 
presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 

Teinpernnce 
and Prohibi- 
tion of the 

Liquor 

Traffic 

Report 

No. I. 

Section VI. 



Section V. 



Section X. 



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[1888. 



May 34. laid on the table by a count vote of 118 for and 111 

Twenty- . "^ 

FIRST Day. asfamst. 



Evening. 



Preamble 
amended. 



Report 
adopted. 

z\djourn- 
luent. 



]May25, 

TWRNTY- 

skoondDay. 

Morning. 

Bishop 

Andrews 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
npproved. 

Dr. Mar- 
quette. 



t nn4, Ap- 
pendix to the 
Discipline. 



A. B. Leonard moved as a substitute for the pream- 
ble, the following: 

" Re-affirming all our former deliverances on total 
abstinence and the prohibition of the liquor traffic we 
submit for your consideration the following : " 

A call for the previous question was sustained. 

Horace Reed moved to recommit the report. Laid 
on the table. 

The report was adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 78.) 

On motion, Conference adjourned. George Leidy 
was appointed to conduct devotional ser%ices to-mor- 
row morning. Notices were given, the doxology was 
sung, and Bishop Merrill pronounced the benediction. 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 25. 

Conference met at the usual hour, Bishop E. G. An- 
drews in the chair. 

George Leid}-, of the Central Pennsylvania Confer- 
ence, conducted the devotional exercises. 

The Minutes of yesterday evening's session were 
read and approved. 

J. B. Ma.vfield announced that William M. Worley, 
North Nebraska Conference, was called home, and 
moved that David Marquette, a reserve, be assigned 
his seat. The motion prevailed. 

On motion of Lewis Curts, the rules were suspended, 

and he offered the following : 

Resolved, That ^ 554 in the Appendix to the Discipline of 1884 
be retained in the Appendix to tlie Discipline of 1888. 

G. S. Dearborn moved as a substitute that we pub- 
lish so much of the Report of the Committee on Tem- 
perance and the Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic in the 
Appendix to the Discipline as shall be agreed upon by 
the editor of the Discipline and the chaii-man of the 
said committee. 

A call by L. C. Queal for the previous question was 
sustained and the substitute was laid on the table by a 
count vote of 164 for and 139 against. 



1SS8.] Journal of the General Conference. 

A motion to lay the resolution on tlic table was lost 
by a count vote of 125 for and 160 against. 

L. M. Shaw moved that the vote be taken by ayes 
and noes. Lost. 

The resolution was adopted by a count vote of 207 
for and 140 against. 

P. C. Lounsbury moved to suspend the rules to re- 
consider the Report adopted last evening. The motion 
did not prevail. 

Consent was given G. W. Hughey to present and 
send a paper to the Committee on Boundaries. 

Also to A. J. Kynett to present and refer a paper to 
the Committee on the Book Concern. 

Also for the presentation of the following reports: 

On Church Extension, Nos. V and VI. 

On Sunday-schools and Tracts, No. VIII. 

On Freedmen's Aid and Work in the South, No. III. 

On State of the Church, Nos. VI, VII, VIII, IX and X. 

On motion of F. A. Arter, the order of the day— the 
election of General Conference oflicers — Avas taken up. 

Bishop Andrews announced the following as the sec- 
ond class of tellers : 



329 

M;n,yt2i">. 

TWKNTV- 

skcondDav. 
Morninij. 



J. M. Durrell, 
James Coote, 
D. R. Lowrie, 
G. F. Hite, 
J. B. Williams, 
G. F. King, 



W. R. Halstead 



L. P. Davis, 
D. C. Plannette, 
A. W. McKinnej^, 
M. A. Ilewes, 
H. II. Jacoby,. 
William Michell, 



Sandford Hunt, 
Thomas W. Durston. 



The following nominations were made for Book 
Agents at New York : 

John M. Phillips, 
Homer Eaton, 

One motion of J. M. Buckley, one regular second 
only was allowed to each nomination. 

On motion, nominations- were closed. 

The Secretary called the roll of Conferences, the 
votes were received, and the tellers retired. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, Conference proceeded 
to vote for Book Agents at Cincinnati. 

The following were placed in nomination: Earl 
Cranston, W. P. Stowe, D. S. Monroe, L. A. ]>elt, S. 



Eeports 
presented. 



Order of the 
day. 



Second class 
of tellers. 



Book Afrrnts 
at Xew 
York. 



Boiik Ajrents 

at Cincin- 

uati. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



Report re- 
considered. 



Missions 
Itcport 
No. XI. 



Mayas. H. Pye, D. F. Barnes, W. S. Harrington, J. D. Ham- 

Twenty- , , 

SECOND Day. mond, Robert Forbes, William Koeueke. 
Mornuig. q^^ motion, the nominations were closed. The Con- 
ferences were called, the first section of tellers re- 
ceived the votes and retired. Two of them went in 
charge of Bishop Warren to receive the votes of the 
second class of tellers. 

On motion of John Lanahan, the rules were sus- 
pended, and, on his motion, the Report of the Com- 
mittee on Temperance and the Prohibition of the Liquor 
Traffic was reconsidered. 

John Lanahan moved to amend by strikmg out the 
following sentence: "To deny the people this privi- 
lege, said a committee of United States Senators, 
is the very essence of despotism, and to unreason- 
ably refuse such demands is a just cause for revolu- 
tion." 

The amendment was adopted, and the Report as 
amended was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 78.) 

Report No. XI of the Committee on Missions was 
taken up. 

G. S. Hare moved a suspension of the rules to pre- 
sent a memorial. Lost. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Andrews an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Book Agents at 
New York: 

Whole number of votes cast 423 

Necessary to a choice 212 

John M. Phillips, having received 362 votes, and Sand- 
ford Hunt, having received 344 votes, were declared 
elected. [See Appendix I, D. 17.) 

The consideration of Report No. XI was resumed. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Andrews an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Agents of the 
Western Book Concern : 

Whole number of votes cast 362 

Necessary to a choice 182 

Earl Cranston, having received 333 votes, and W. P. 
Stowe, having received 183 votes, were declared elected. 
(See Appendix I, D, 18.) 

Consideration of Report No. XI was resumed. 



Book Af?ent3 
.It New 
• Yorlc. 

.r. M. Phil- 
lips and S. 
Hunt 
elected 



"Western 

Book 
Agents. 

E. Cranston 

and W. P. 

Stowe 

elected. 



Report 
No. XI. 



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331 



C. C. Wilbor offered the following as a substitute: 

Resolved, That tlie Bishops be requested to provide for an annual 
visitation to India, to spend as nuich time there as is necessary for 
the thorougli examination of the work. 

Sia Sek Ong was accorded the floor, and, on motion, 
Nathan Sites was permitted to interpret for him. 

C. H. Payne moved that he be given an indefinite 
length of time. Carried. 

T. L. Flood called for the previous question, and the 
call was sustained. A. B. Leonard moved to lay the 
substitute on the table. 

A call by John Lanahan for a vote by orders was 
not sustained. 

The substitute was laid on the table by a count vote 
of 265 for and 145 against. 

B. C. Christy, a layman, called for a vote by orders 
on the main question. It was not sustained, the count 
vote being 36 for and 88 against. 

B. C. Swarts, a minister, called for a vote by orders. 
Lost. 

B. C. Christy called for the ayes and noes. Lost. 

The Report was then adopted by a count vote of 
282 for and 151 against (See Aiyiyendix I, B, 47.) 

By consent, Homer Eaton presented the Report of 
the Treasurer of the Commission on Entertainment of 
the General Conference, to be printed. (See Appendix 

III, 17.) 

On motion of Alfred Wheeler, the Conference pro- 
ceeded to vote for a Missionary Bishop for India and 
Malaysia. 

The roll of Conferences was called, the votes re- 
ceived, and the tellers retired. 

J. E. Stubbs moved that the rules be suspended and 
that Ave proceed to vote for the Corresponding Secre- 
tary of the Board of Churcli Extension. Lost. 

Report No. IX of the Committee on Missions was 
taken up. 

Item 1 was read and adopted. 

By consent, Clinton B. Fisk moved that we fix on 
twelve o'clock, noon, next Tuesday, as the hour for the 
consecration of the Bishops elected. So ordered. 

G. S. Hare moved that the services take place in two 



]May 25. 

Twenty- 
second Dav. 
Morning. 



Substitute 

laid on ttie 

table. 



Report 
adopted. 

Report of 
Committee 
on Entertain- 
ment. 



Missionary 
Bisliop. 



Missions, 
Report 
No. IX. 



Consecration 
of Bishops. 



332 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



JVLaySS. 

TWENTV- 

SECOND Day. 

Movn iiig. 

lieport 

No. IX. 



Adopted. 



Correspond- 
ing Secre- 
taries of the 
Missionary 
Society. 



Missionary 
Bishop. 



J. M. Tlio- 
burn elected. 



Color line. 



Eevisals, 

Ueport 

No. XIII. 



of the principal churches of this city. Laid on the 
table. 

Consideration of Report No. IX resinned. Item 2 
was read and adopted. Item 3 was read. J. M. Reid 
moved to strike out the words, " Recording Secretary." 
Laid on the table. 

On motion, the Report was adopted. (See Aiyjyendix 
I, B. 45.) 

Bernard Kelly moved that we proceed to vote for 
Corresponding Secretaries of the Missionary Society. 
Carried. 

On motion of Alexander Ashley, the time was ex- 
tended. 

The following nominations were then made for Cor- 
responding Missionary Secretaries. 

T. B. Neely, C. C. McCabe, 

J. O. Peck, W. H. Olin, 

J. W. Hamilton, J. B. Graw, 

A. B. Leonard, W. A. Spencer, 

Jacob Todd, G. S. Hare, 

J. M. Reid, Robert. Bentley, 

Horace Reed. 

On motion of N. G, Miller, nominations were closed. 

The tellers having returned Bishop Andrews an- 
nounced the result of the ballot: 

Whole number of votes cast 410 

Necessary to a choice 206 

(See Appe7idix I, D, 19.) 

James M. Thoburn, having received 286 votes, was 
declared elected Missionary Bishop for India and Ma- 
laysia. 

The Conferences were called, the votes received for 
Corresponding Secretaries of the Missionary Society, 
and the tellers retired. 

On motion of J. M. Shumpert, the rules were sus- 
pended, and, on his motion, the following was adojited : 

Resolred, That tlie General Couference hereby confirms and reaf- 
firms tlie opinion previously expressed that color is no bar to anj^ 
riglit or privilege of office or membership in the. Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

By consent, the Committee on Revisals presented 
Report Xo. XIIL 



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333 



On motion, Conference adjourned. W. F. Speakc >iay3o. 
was appointed to conduct the devotional services to- second day. 
morrow morning. Notices were given, the doxology ^jjj^u"'if- 
was sung, and Bishop Andrews pronounced the bene- "lent. 
diction. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 26. 

The Conference assembled at the usual hour, Bishop 
H. W. Warren presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by W. F. 
Speake, of the Baltimore Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and 
approved. 

Bishop Warren stated that the Bishops desired the 
Conference to join with them in requesting Bishop- 
elect Thoburn to occupy a seat on the platform. 

On motion of L. C. Queal, the Conference joined in 
the request. 

Bishop Warren then announced that Missionary 
Bishop-elect Thoburn having resigned his seat in the 
Conference, consent was asked that Dennis Osborne, 
the reserve delegate from the Bengal Conference, be 
allowed to take his place. 

W. A. Spencer moved that Dennis Osborne be seated 
in the place J. M. Thoburn, and the motion prevailed. 

On motion, John H. Coleman, a reserve, was per- 
mitted to take the seat of William Griffin, Troy Con- 
ference, excused. 

J. S. Tevis moved to suspend the rules for the pur- 
pose of introducing a resolution. Lost. 

W. W. Satterlee, Minnesota, asked to be excused 
after this morning's session, and that Charles N. Stow- 
ers, a reserve, be seated. The request was granted. 

Bishop Warren announced the result of the ballot 
cast yesterday for Corresponding Secretaries of the 
Missionary Society: 

Whole number of votes cast 415 

Necessary to a choice 208 

Charles C. McCabe, having received 355 votes, was 
declared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 20.) 



IMaySB. 

TWENTY- 

TiiiKD Day. 

Morning. 

Ulshop 

Warren 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 



Courtesy to 

I5lslioi)-eli'Cl 

Tlioburu. 



Dennis 
Osborne. 



J. H. 

Coleman. 



W. W. Sat- 
terlee 
e.xcusetl. 



Secretaries 

Missionary 

Society. 



C. C. Mc- 
Cabe clecteJ. 



33i 



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[1888. 



JMayQC 

Twenty- 
third Day. 
Horning. 

Reports 
presented. 



Excused. 



Secretary 

Boarfl ojf 

Church 

Extension. 



Freednien's 

Aid and 

Work in the 

South. 



Minority 
report. 



Mission.iry 
Secretai'ies. 



Secretary 
Board of 
Cliurcli 
Extension. 
A. .1. Ky- 
nett elected. 



A ballot was ordei'ed for the two remaining Secre- 
taries. The Conferences Avere called, the votes re- 
ceived, and the tellers retired. 

By consent, the Committee on Revisals presented 
Reports Nos. XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, and 
XX. 

The following delegates were excused after to-day: 
S. J. Williams, East Ohio ; C. S. Walden, Central 
Missouri ; E. M. Tibbitts, East Maine ; G. L. Knox, 
Lexington ; Alexander Ashley, Baltimore. B, F. Ben- 
nett, a reserve, was given the seat of Alexander Ashley. 

T. L. Flood moved that we now proceed to vote for 
Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Church Ex- 
tension. Carried. 

The roll of Conferences was called, the votes re- 
ceived, and the tellers retired. 

P. G. Gillette moved to suspend the rules for the 
purpose of introducing a resolution. Lost. 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, Report No, II of the 
Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work in the South 
was taken up. 

Item ] was read. G, H, Foster moved to amend by 
striking out the word "two" and inserting "one," 

On motion of Amos Shinkle, it was laid on the table. 

A minority report was read and moved as a substitute. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 
the result of the second ballot for Corresponding Secre- 
taries of the Missionary Society: 

Whole number of votes cast 395 

Necessary to a choice 198 

(See Ap2)endix I, D, 21.) 

No one having received the requisite number of 
votes the Bishop declared that there was no election. 

Another ballot was taken and the tellers retired. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

The tellers returned and Bi.shop Warren announced 
the result of the ballot for Corresponding Secretary 
of the Board of Church Extension: 

Whole number of votes cast 383 

Necessary to a choice 192 

Alpha J. Kynett, having received 334 votes, was de- 
clared elected, {Appendix I, D, 23.) 



Journal of the General Conference. 



335 



On motion a ballot was ordered for Corresponding 
Secretary of the Sunday-School Union and Tract So- 
ciety. 

William Swindells, J. M. Freeman, J. L. Hurlbut, 
J. C. W. Coxe, J. E. Gilbert and T. P. Marsh were 
placed in nomination. 

The Conferences were called, the votes were re- 
ceived, and the tellers retired. 

Bishop Warren announced the result of the third 
ballot for Corresponding Secretaries of the Missionary 
Society: 

Whole number of votes cast 357 

Necessary to a choice 179 

J. Oramel Peck, having received 223 votes, and 
Adna B. Leonard, having received 184 votes, were de- 
clared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 22.) 

By consent, Clinton B. Fisk presented the following, 
which, on his motion, was adopted: 

Resolved, That Dr. John M. Reid bo made lionorary Secretary of 
the Missionary Societ_y, taking the same place as that which was 
given to Dr. John P. Durbin. 

By consent, Clinton B. Fisk was directed to have the 
above resolution put in form, properly engrossed, and 
presented to Dr. Keid. 

John Lanahan moved a suspension of the rules, to 
introduce a resolution. Lost. 

The order of elections was resumed, and the follow- 
ing placed in nomination for Editor of the Methodist 
Review: Charles J. Little, James W. Mendenhall, 
Homer H. Moore, Alfred Wheeler, Richard Wheatley, 
George Prentice, James H. Potts. 

The Conferences were called, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

S. L. Roberts offered the following: 

Resolved, That the Journal contain only the final vote received by 
such officers as are elected. 

On motion of M. S. Hard, it was laid on the table. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 

the first ballot for Corresponding Secretary of the 

Sunday-School Union and Tract Society: 

Whole number of votes cast 401 

Necessary to a choice 201 



]VIay30. 

TWENTY- 

Tniiu) Day. 

Morning, 

Suiidny- 

Scliool 

Union and 

Tr.'ict 

Society. 



Secretaries 

Missionary 

Society. 

J. O. Peck 

and A. B. 

Leonard 

elected. 



Dr. J. M. 
Eeid. 



Methodist 
Review. 



Ballots. 



Sundny- 

SclioDJlTnion 

and Tr.ict 

Society. 



836 



Journal of the General GonJ'erence. 



[1888. 



TWENTY- 

TiiiuD Day. 
Murnivg. 



Defective 
ballut. 



Votes 
received. 



Meihorlist 
Jievieic. 



Secretary 
Siinday- 
Sotiool 

Union and 

Tract 

Societj'. 

J. L. Hurl- 
but elected. 



Missionary 
Treasurer. 



No one having received the requisite number there 
Avas no election. (See Aj?iyendix I, D, 24.) 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

A ballot, obscure in writing and spelling, was re- 
turned by the tellers, who asked instructions from the 
Conference. 

On motion of D. H. Carroll, it was returned, with in- 
struction to use their judgment and decide as to its 
count. 

R. D. Utter moved that the Secretary be instructed 
to record in the Journal the entire vote given each 
candidate in the elections. 

John Lanahan moved to lay the motion on the table. 
Lost by a count vote of 144 for and 151 against. 

R. S. Borland moved as a substitute that only the 
names of candidates receiving twenty votes and up- 
ward be published. 

On motion of J. B. Graw, the previous question was 
ordered. 

The substitute was laid on the table and the resolu- 
tion was adopted. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 
the first ballot for Editor of the Methodist Review: 

Whole number of votes cast 406 

Necessary to a choice 204 

(Appe}idix I, D, 26.) 

No one having received the requisite number there 
was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes were received, 
and the tellers retired. 

Bishop Warren then announced the result of the 
second ballot for Corresponding Secretary of the 
Sunday -School Union and Tract Society: 

Whole number of votes cast 398 

Necessary to a choice 200 

J. L. Hurlbut, having received 234 votes, was de- 
clared elected. (See Ap2)endix I, D, 25.) 

J. M. Reid moved that John M. Phillips be elected 
Treasurer and Earl Cranston Assistant Treasurer of 
the Missionary Society. Carried. 



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337 



J. B. Went worth moved that Sandforcl Hunt be" 
elected Treasurer of the Episcopal Fund. Carried. 

T. C. Carter moved that W. P. Stowe be elected 
Assistant Treasurer of the Episcopal Fund. Carried. 

It was ordered that a ballot be taken for Editor of 
the Christian Advocate. 

J. M. Buckley and Miss Frances E. Willard were 
placed in nomination. The votes were received and 
the tellers retired. 

The tellers having returned Bishop Warren an- 
nounced the result of the second ballot for Editor of 
the Methodist Revieio. 



TWKNTY- 

TiHKi) Day. 
Morn hig. 

Episcofml 

Kiitid, S. 

lluiit, 

Tirasiin'r. 

W. P. Stowe, 

Assistant 

Treasurer. 

C'hristUtn 

Advocate. 



Whole number of votes cast 362 

Necessary to a choice 182 



Metlwdifit 
Review. 



James W. Mendenhall, having received 291 votes, 
was declared elected. {Ajipendix I, D, 27.) 

The Committee on Boundaries called up Report No. I 
which was read. 

J. F. Crouch moved to strike out the item that gives 
to Mission Conferences a dividend from the Charter 
Fund. 

Arthur Edwards moved as a substitute that the item 
be recommitted with instructions to report a paragraph 
preserving the rights of representation and of voting on 
constitutional questions of members of Mission Confer- 
ences. The substitute was accepted and the Report 
was recommitted. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 
the result of the ballot for Editor of the Christian 
Advocate : 



J. W. Men- 
denhall 
elected 
editor. 

Boundaries 
Report 
No. I. 



Reconi- 
tnitted. 



Whole number of votes cast 395 

Necessary to a choice 198 



Editor of 
ClifislUtn 
A'lvocaie. 



James M. Buckley, having received 284 votes, was J. m. Buck- 



declared elected. (See Appendix, I, D, 28.) 

A ballot was ordered for Editor of the Western 

Christian Advocate. J. H. Bayliss and Miss Frances 

E. Willard were placed in nomination. The votes were 

received and the tellers retii-ed. 

A ballot was ordered for Editor of the North-western 
22 



ley elected. 

Wfst'rit 
Chi-iHtiiin 
Advocate. 



North- 

Wexteni 

C/iri>.tian 

Advocate. 



338 

IVIayQe. 

TWKNTY- 

THiRD Day. 

Mo'iiivg. 

Reports 

presented. 



Journal of the General Conference, 



[1888. 



Western 
Ohristidn 
Advocate. 



J. H. Bay- 

liss elected 
et'-itor. 



Norih- 

Westfvn 

ChrUtlan 

Advaiate. 

A. Edwards 
elected 
editor. 



Sympathy 

with 
8. Halsey. 



Reports 
presented. 



Indian 

To'ritnry 
Mission. 



'Christian Advocate. Arthur Edwards was nominated. 
The votes were received and the tollers retired. 

The Committee on Missions presented Reports Nos. 
XIII, XIY, and XV. 

The Committee on Temporal Economy presented 
Reports Nos. Ill and IV. 

G, S. Hare presented certain papers, which Avere re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 
the following as the result of the ballot for Editor of 
the Western Christian Advocate : 

Whole number of votes cast 381 

Necessary to a choice 19] 

Jeremiah H. Bayliss, having received 341 votes, 
was declared elected. (See Appendix, I, D, 29.) 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. 

The tellers returned and Bishop Warren announced 
the result of the ballot for Editor of the North-western' 
Christian Advocate: 

Whole number of votes cast 359 

Necessary for a choice 180 

Arthur Edwards, having i-eccived 333 votes, was de- 
clared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 30.) 

A motion to adjourn was lost. 

L. C. Queal moved to extend the time. Carried. 

The Secretary presented the following, which was 
adopted, and, on motion of Arthur Edwards, tliat and 
a telegram were ordered to be sent to Brother Halsey: 

Resolved, Thai tins General Conference has heard witli deep sorrow 
of the serious illlness of the Rev. Dr. Sabiu Halsey, one of the secre- 
taries of tills body. We highly appreciate iiis courteous dilitrence as 
one of our officers, and follow him to his distant home witli our sym- 
patliy and praj'crs for his speed)' recovery. We sympatiiize wiili his 
family in their affliction and commend him and lliem to llie loving 
care of Ahnighty God. 

The Committee on Church Extension presented 
Report No. X. 

The Committee on the State of the Church presented 
Report No. XI. 

B. C. Swarts presented the following, which was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Resolved, That the Mission in the Indian Territory be granted an 



1888.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



339 



enabling act permilling it to orp:atiize a Mission Conference within 
the quadrenuiura under the usual conditions. 

J. M. Buckley presented a paper concerning collec- 
tions for Methodist Hospitals, and, on his motion, it 
was referred to the Committee on the State of the 
Church. 

Alexander Martin presented the Quadrennial Report 
of the School of Theology connected with DePauw 
University, which was referred to the Committee on 
Education. 

On motion, Conference adjourned, 

L. R. Fiske was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow morning. Notices were given, the 
doxology was sung, and Bishop Warren pronounced 
the benediction. 



TWRNTV- 

tiiiudDav. 

Mornhuj. 
Methodist 
Uos|(itals. 



De Pauw 

University. 



Adjourn- 
oient. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 28. 

The Conference was called to order at the usual hour, 
Bishop C. D. Foss in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by L. R. 
Fiske, of the Detroit Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday were read and approved. 

W. A. Spencer moved a suspension of the rules ; but 
the motion did not prevail. 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, consideration of Report 
No. II was resumed. 

By consent, C. J. Little, Chairman of the Committee 
on Reception of Fraternal Messengers, was permitted to 
report to the Bishops fraternal letters for the British 
Conference and the Irish Methodist Conference. 

G. E. Hite announced that J. F. Chenoweth, West 
Virginia, had returned home because of sickness, and 
moved that William R. White, a reserve, be allowed to 
take his place, and the motion was carried. 

Consideration of Report No. II was resumed. J. S. 
Smart moved the previous question, and it was or- 
dered. 

The minority report was read. 

W. H, Craig moved to lay it on the table. Lost. 

The minority report was accepted as a substitute and 



M:ay38. 

Twenty- 
fourth Da V. 

Morning. 

Bishop Fuss 
presides. 



Devotional 
services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



Iteport. 
No. II. 



Fraternal 
letters. 



W. R White. 



Report 
No. II. 



Minority :e- 
port adopted. 



340 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



MiaySS. 

Twenty- 
fourth Day. 
Morning. 



Freedmen's 
Aid and 
Soutliern 

Education 
Society. 



Committee 
»u Missions. 



B. F. 

Bennett. 



James Lena 



Central 
Christian 
Advocate. 



Education 
Report 
No. IV. 



Correspond- 
ing- Secre- 
tary Freed- 
men's Aid 

and 
Soutiiern 
Eilucatioa 
Society. 

■I. C. Hart- 

ze!l elected. 



K. S. Eust. 



adopted, and the Report, as amended, was adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 70.) 

T. L. Flood moved that the Conference proceed to 
elect General Conference officers. Carried. 

On motion of J. H, Bayliss the Conference balloted 
for Corresponding Secretaiy of the Freedmen's Aid and 
Southern Education Society. 

R. S. Rust, J. C. Hartzell, and J, A. B. Wilson were 
placed in nomination. 

G. S. Chadbourne, having been elected Chairman of 
the Committee on Missions in place of Bishop Thoburn, 
resigned, was excused as teller, and G, F. Eaton was 
appointed in his place. 

Alexander Ashley, another teller, having been ex- 
cused from the Conference, B. F. Bennett was ap- 
pointed in his place. 

The Conferences were called, the votes received, and 
the tellers retired. 

T. B. Neely announced that on account of sickness 
J. B. Storm, Philadelphia, had returned home, and James 
Long, a reserve, was present. By consent, he was given 
the seat. 

J. H. Bayliss moved that the Conference proceed to 
elect an Editor for the Central Christian Advocate. 
Carried. 

B. St. James Fry and W. T. Smith were placed in 
nomination. 

The second class of tellers was called. S. J. Will- 
iams, having been excused from the Conference, W. 
St. John was appointed in his place. The votes wei'e 
received and the tellers retired. 

C. H. Payne presented Report No. IV of the Com- 
mittee on Education. 

The tellers returned and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ballot for Corresponding Secretary of the 
Freedmen's Aid and Southern Education Society : 

Whole number of votes cast 392 

Necessary to a choice 197 

J. C. Hartzell, having received 2.42 votes, was declared 
elected. (See Appendix I, D, 31.) 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, Richard S. Rust was, by 



1888.1 



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341 



a rising vote, made honorary Secretary of the Freed- 
men's Aid and Southern Education Society. 

The tellers returned and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ballot for Editor of the Central Christian 
Advocate : 

Whole number of votes cast 372 

Necessary to a choice 187 

B. St. James Fry, having received 246 votes, was de- 
clared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 32.) 

Consideration of Report No. IV was resumed, and, on 
motion of W. H. Craig, it was laid upon the table to be 
printed. 

On motion of G. W. Gue, Conference proceeded to 
elect the Editor of the Pittsburg Christian Advocate. 

C. W. Smith was nominated. 

Clinton B. Fisk moved that as there was but one 
nomination the vote by ballot be dispensed with. Laid 
on the table. 

The votes were received and the tellers retired. 

On motion. Conference proceeded to vote for Editor 
of the Northern Christian Advocate. 

E. M. Mills, O. H. Warren, and G. L. Taylor were 
nominated. 

The votes were received and the tellers retired. 

W. H. Craig moved to suspend the rules to present 
a report from the Committee on Temi)oral Economy. 
Laid on the table. 

W. A. Spencer moved, to suspend the rules to present 
a report from the Committee on the Consolidation of 
Benevolences. Lost. 

On motion of C. H. Payne, Report No. II of the 
Committee on Education was called up. 

John Evans moved to postpone the consideration un- 
til Report No. IV was acted upon. Laid on the table. 

W. J. Paxson moved that the previous question be 
ordered. Carried. 

The Report was then adopted. (See Appendix I, 
B, 53.) 

The tellers returned, and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ballot for Editor of the Pittsburg Christian 
Advocate: 



TWKNTY- 

foukthDav. 
Mornihg 



Editor of tlic 

Central 

Chrixtiiin 

Advocate. 



B. St. J. Fry 

elected. 



Report 
No. IV. 



T'lttslnirg 
ClwixiUni 
Advocate. 



Northern 
Christian 
Advocate. 



Temporal 
Economy. 



Consolida- 
tion of Be- 
nevolences. 



Education 
Keport 
No. II. 



Adopted. 



Editor of 1 he 
Pil/sbiirg 
Ckriitian 
Advocate. 



342 



Joiirncd of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



TWKNTY- 
FOtTKTHDAY. 

Marning. 

C. W. Smith 

elected. 



Editor of the 
JSortliern 
Christian 
Advocate. 

O. H. War- 
ren elected. 



California 
Christian 
Advocate. 



South- 
western 
Christian 
Advocate. 



Reports 
presented. 



Afternoon 
session. 

Church 

Extension 

Keiiort 

No. VI. 



Adopted. 



Whole luimber of votes cast 366 

Necessary to a choice 184 

Charles W. Smith, having received 341 votes, was de- 
clared elected. (See Ap2)e)idix I, D, 33.) 

Bishop Foss also announced the result of the ballot 
for Editor of the Northern Christian Advocate : 

Whole number of votes cast 38? 

Necessary to a choice 192 

Otis H. Warren, having received 214 votes, was de- 
clared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 34.) 

On motion of J. A. Clayton, the Conference proceeded 
to elect the Editor of the California Chriatian Advocate. 

B. F. Crary was nominated. 

The votes were received and the tellers retired. 

On motion of J. C. Hartzell, the Conference proceeded 
to elect the Editor of the South-ivestern Christian Advo- 
cate. 

A. E. P. Albert was nominated. 

The votes were received and tlie tellers retired. 

The Committee on Missions presented Reports Nos. 
XVI, XVII, and XVIII. 

The Committee on Church Extension presented Re- 
ports Nos. I, II, III, IV, V, VIII, and IX. 

The Committee on Revisals presented Report No. 
XXI. 

On motion of Clinton B. Fisk, it was ordered that 
when we adjourn it be to meet at three o'clock P. M. 

J. B. Graw called up Report No. VI of the Commit- 
tee on Church Extension. 

On motion of William Swindells, that part of the Re- 
port amending j^aragraph 302 of the Discipline was 
adopted. 

J. A. B. Wilson moved to strike out that part refer- 
ring to paragraph 300 of the Discipline, relating to 
Treasurer. 

On motion of G. E. Hite, the previous question was 
ordered. 

W. J. Paxson moved to lay the amendment on the 
table. Lost. 

The amendment was adopted, and the Report, as 
amended, was then adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 60.) 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



343 



The tellers returned, and Bishop Foss announced the 
result of the ballot for editor of the California Chris- 
tian Advocate: 

Whole number of votes cast 309 

Necessary to a choice 155 

Benjamin F. Crary, having received 295 votes, Avas de- 
clared elected, (See Appendix I, I), 35.) 

Bishop Foss also announced the result of the ballot 
for Editor of the South-western Christian Advocate: 

Whole number of votes cast 286 

Necessary to a choice 144 

Aristides E. P. Albert, having received 261 votes, was 
declared elected. (See Appendix I, D, 36.) 

The Committee on the State of the Church presented 
Report No. XII. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. 

Robert Forbes was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow morning. Notices were given, the 
doxology was sung, and Bishop Foss pronounced the 
benediction. 



]VIay38. 

TWENTY- 

fouktuUay. 
Morning. 



Editor of the 
Ci(l>J'>rni(i 
C/iristinn 
Advucate. 

B. F. Crary 

elected. 



Editor of the 

South- 

WeHerii. 

Ckristidil 

All vacate. 

A. E. P. Al- 
bert elected. 

Report 
presented. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



MONDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 28. 

The Conference was called to order pursuant to ad- 
journment at three P. M., Bishop J. M. Walden in the 
chair. 

Robert Forbes, of the Minnesota Conference, con- 
ducted the devotional services. 

The Minutes of the morning session were read and 
approved. 

On motion of G. F. Eaton, the rules were suspended, 
and he called up the Report of the Committee on Plan 
of General Conference Districts, which was read. 

G. F. Eaton moved that the North-west Kansas Con- 
ference be transferred from the 10th to the 12th Dis- 
trict. 

D. II. Moore moved as a substitute that tlie South- 
west Kansas be changed from the 12th to the 10th 
District. 



M:ay28. 

TwENTY- 

fourtuDay. 
Afternoon. 

Bisho]) 
Wal(i.'U 
presides 



Devotional 
services. 

^Minutes 
approved. 

General 
Conference 
Districts. 



North-west 
Kansas. 



Soiith-wesi 
Kansas. 



su 



JVEayQS 

TWENTY- 

KouETii Day 
Afieinooii. 



North 
Dakota. 



Japan. 
Mexico. 



Presenting 
reports. 



Committee 
to nominate. 



Journal of the General Conference. [iss8. 

On motion of J. II. Lockwood, the substitute was laid 
on tne table. 

John Lanahan moved the previous question, which 
was oixlered, and the motion of G. F. Eaton was 
adopted. 

D. C Plannette moved that North Dakota be trans- 
ferred from the lOtli to the 9th District. 
^ C. S. Dearborn moved to recommit the Report with 
instructions. Laid on the table 

ord^erer''°" ""^ ^" ^' ^''^''''' '''' ^''"''^""^ ^"^'^^^^^ ^^'^^ 
The motion of D. C. Plannette was then adopted 
J. K Green moved that the Japan Conference be 
transferred from the Utl/to the 10th District. Carried 
J. VV Butler moved the transfer of the Mexico Con- 
ference from the 1st to the 11th District, and the mo- 
tion prevailed. 

I, b!" sfr'^ ''' amended was adopted. (See Appendix 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the rules were suspended, 
and he offered the following: 

shall be given to another committee. ' pnvilege 

J. n. Bayliss m6ved to lay the resolution on the ta- 
ule. Liost. 

The resolution was adopted by a count vote of 137 
for and 109 against. 

adopted'" ^' ^''^ ""^'"'^ '^'' following, which was 

i?«o?t;e^ That the Bisliops, together with thecliairmen of the Stand 
TrJ'^Tf''^'' '^" -^^''^'«"^' ^'^"^^h Extension, SuX schools anJ 
Tracts tdncation. and Freedmen's Aid and Work in hi ^o n^iK 
Comm.ttee to nominate Managers of the societies ^''' ^' ^ 



Missionary 
Bisliciiis. 



Sandford Hunt offered the follfiwing: 



tut'l'-^^' ^''''^^''^ Pi-esented the following as a substi- 

Ta.ior. Whereas, The General Missionary Committee has appropriated dur- 



Bishop 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



mg the past four j-ears $12,000 for the support of Bisliop WiUiam 
Taylor, and placed the same subject to his draft; and, 
Whereas, Bishop Taylor has not drawn tlie same: and 
Whereas, The General Conference has decided to provide for tlie 
support of the Missionary Bishop fiom the Episcopal Fund; therefore 
Resolved, That the Treasurer of the Missionary Society of tiie Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church be recommended to pav to the Treasurer of the 
Episc'pal Fund the amount placed subject to the draft of Bisliop Ta}-- 
lor, and immediately upon ils receipt liie Treasurer of the Episcopal 
Fund shall not.fy Bishop Taylor iJiat it is subject to his order. ' 

On motion of W, H. Ciaig, the previous question was 
ordered. 

W. J. Paxson moved that the substitute be laid on 
the table. Lost. 

The substitute was adopted. 

J. M. Buckley moved to lay on the table that part of 
Sandford Hunt's resolution which relates to the future. 
The motion prevailed, and, on motion, the remainder of 
the resolution was adopted. 

A motion of John Lanahan to suspend the rules to 
present a paper was, on motion of Jacob Rothweiler, 
laid on the table. 

Earl Cranston stated that William Nast had been 
Editor of the Christian Apologist for forty-nine years, 
and as a token of respect he moved tliat the Secretary 
be instructed to cast the ballot for his re-election. The 
motion was unanimously adopted. The Secretary cast 
the ballot, and Bishop Walden declared William Nast 
elected. 

John Lanahan moved a suspension of the rules so 
that H. J. Liebhart may be elected, viva voce. Editor of 
Halts und Herd. Lost. 

A ballot was ordered for Editor of Ilaufi und Herd. 
H. J. Liebhart %vas nominated. The votes were re- 
ceived and the tellers retired. 

A. J. Kynett presented the report of the Commit- 
tee on Constitutional Commission that it may be 
printed. 

J. B. Graw called up Reports Nos. T, II, III, IV, and 
VII, of the Committee on Church Extension, each of 
which was read and adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 56, 
57, 58, 59, and 61.) 

Clinton B. Fisk presented Report No. X of the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern, Avhich was read, and, on 
motion, adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 37.) 



345 

IMaySS. 

TWKNTY- 

fouktiiDav. 
Afternoon. 



Christian 

Ajjolt gist. 

W. Nast 

elected 

editor. 



Ill nix und 
Herd. 



Constitu- 
tional 
Commission. 



liopoits 
ado|)iiil. 



846 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

MiaySis. ^^ j_ Kynett presented a paper, which was referred 
foukthDat. to the Committee on the Consolidation of Benevo- 

Afttrnoon. lencCS. 

BookOon- Clinton B. Fisk presented Report Ko. XI of the 
No. XI. Committee on Book Concern, which was read. 

On motion of J. W. Eaton, the previous question was 
ordered, and the report was adopted. (See Appendix 
I, B, 38.) 
gHCh!ZTan ^l^ed Wheeler moved to proceed to elect an Editor 
Advucctte. of i\^Q CkattcDiooga Christian Advocate. 

G. S. Hare moved to reconsider the action by which 
Report No. XI of the Committee on the Book Concern 
was adopted. Laid on the table. 

John Lanahan moved to order the previous question. 
This, on motion of S. L. Roberts, was laid on the table. 
The tellers returned and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ballot for Editor of Ilaus wul Herd: 

Editoiof tiie Whole number of votes cast 298 

liaus una 



Herd. 



Necessary to a choice 150 



H J. Lieb- Henry J. Liebhart, having re»«ived 278 votes, was de- 

Jiart elected. . , 

clared elected. 
CJwUanoo- The followins: were placed in nomination for Editor 

ga Ciiriatian ^ y^ • 

Advocate, of the Chattunooga Christian Advocate : 

T. C. Carter, Lewis Curts, John Lanahan. The two 
latter declined. 

The votes were received and the tellers retired. 
Reports The Committee on Missions presented Report No. 

presented. -^r-iT- 

XX. 

The Committee on Itinerancy presented Report 
No. VI. 
Pnndfty- J. ^y. Mcndenhall called up Report No. I of the 

Schools, 1 • 1 

Report Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts, which was 
No. 1. ^ •' 

read. 

Adopted. S. L. Roberts moved to strike out all relating to other 

piiblieations than our own. The motion prevailed, and 
the Report, as amended, was adopted. (See Ajipendix 
I, B, 65.) 

J. M. Buckley moved to adjourn. Lost. 
Report J, M. King called up Report No. II of the Com- 

mittee on Freedmen's Aid and AYoi'k in the South. 
Part second was read. 



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J. L. Jones moved to strike out the words " Freed- 
men's Aid and " — 

J. M. King moved as a substitute that so mucli of the 
Report be adopted as does not refer to the name of the 
Society. Carried. 

Lewis Curts moved that the Report and amendment 
lie on the table until Report No. I shall be considered. 

The tellers returned and the Bishop announced the 
result of the ballot for Editor of the Methodist Advo- 
cate : 

Whole number of votes cast 802 

Necessary to a choice 152 

Thomas C. Carter, having received 217 votes, was 
declared elected. (See Appendix, I, D, 38.) 

The Committee on Boundaries presented Report 
No. II. 

The Committee on the Book Concern presented Re- 
ports Nos. VII, VIII, and IX. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. 

Notices were given. A. E. P. Albert was appointed 
to conduct the devotional services to-morrow morning, 
the doxology was sung, and Bishop Walden pronounced 
the benediction. 



Twenty- 
foukthUay. 
Afleniuon. 



Editor of tlie 
M'thoilixt 
Ailvoctite. 



T. C. Carter 
elected. 



Reports 
presented. 



Adjuurc- 
ment. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 29. 

The Conference met at the usual hour, Bishop J. F- 
Hurst in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by A. E. P. 
Albert, of the Louisiana Conference. 

The Minutes of yesterday afternoon's session were 
read and approved. 

W. A. Spencer moved to suspend the rules to con- 
sider Report No. IV of the Committee on the Con- 
solidation of Benevolences. On motion of J. H. Bayliss, 
the motion was laid on the table. 

Leave of absence for to-day was granted "William 
Brush, to attend a funeral. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, Report No. II of the 
Committee on Freedmen's Aid and Work in the Soutli 
was taken up. 



]May3». 

TWKNTY- 

riPTlI D^Y. 

Mornhig. 

Bishoji Hurst 

presides. 

Devotion.ll 
servici's. 



Minutes 
ajiproved. 

Gonsolida- 
lion of Be- 
nevolences. 



Leave of 
absence. 



Report 
M... II. 



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]VTay30. 

TWENTY- 

FiFTii Day. 
Moi niug. 



Minority 
report. 



Education 
Report 
No. IV. 



Adopted. 



Protest. 



J. H. Bayliss moved as an amendment that Report 
No. I of the same Committee he immediately acted 
upon. Carried. 

The Minority Report was read, and a motion was 
made to adopt it as a substitute for the Report before 

the Conference. 

On motion of John Lanahan, the previous question 
was ordered, and, on motion of J. E. Bryant, the Mi- 
nority Report was laid on the table by a count vote of 
186 for and 142 against. 

J. H. Bayliss moved to adopt item 1 of Report No. 
I. Carried. 

Item 2 was read, and J. H. Bayliss moved its adoption. 

J. D. Walsh moved as an amendment to add all of 
second item, Report No. II to Report No. I except the 
words: 

"At least once a j'ear the preacher in charge, with tlie Sunday- 
school Superintendent, shall have this work presented to each Suu- 
daj'-scliool in his charge. He shall report to the Annual Conference, 
at the same time he reports his missionur}'^ collection, tlie amount 
collected for this cause." 

G. S. Hare moved the previous question on the whole 
subject. 

T. A. Fortson, a layman, called for a vote by orders. 
The call was not sustained. 

The amendment of J. D. Walsh was adopted, and tl)e 
Reports, as amended, were then adopted. (See Appe)idix, 
I, B, 69, VO.) 

L. C. Queal moved a suspension of the rules, to pre- 
sent a resolution. Lost. 

On motion of C. H. Payne, Report No. VI of the 
Committee on Education was taken up by a count 'vote 
of 191 for and 84 against. 

C. H. Payne moved its adoption. 

F. M. Bristol moved to strike out all relating to the 
election of a Corresponding Secretary. 

On motion of G. W. Gue, the previous question was 
ordered. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, the amendment was laid on 
the table, and the motion to adopt the Report was car- 
ried. (See Appendix, I, B, 55.) 

The following paper was presented under Rule 19. 

Having called for a vote by orders on the adoption of Report No. I 



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CoiTOspond- 
ini,'8ecretary 
of the Board 
oi'Education. 



Nomina- 
tions. 



of tlie Frecdmen's Aid Society and "Work in the South, and tlic call IVIivyiiQ. 

not having been sustained, we wish to have our names recorded as Twknty- 

voting against the change of tlie name of said SocietJ^ fifth Day. 

T. A. FORTSOV, Movning. 

J. H. W ILK INS, 

C. C. Riley 

E. R. Dille moved to proceed to the election of a 
Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Education. 

J. W. Ray moved as a substitute that it be made 
the order of the day for to-morrow at ten A. M. 

On motion of J. S. Tevis, the substitute was laid on 
the table and a ballot was ordered. 

The following nominations were made : 

C. H. Payne, T. B. Neely, L. R. Fiske, W. F. Wliit- 
lock, G. W. Gray, James Marvin, Alexander Martin, 
E. W. S. Peck, D. W. Hayes, E. J. Gray, G. S. Hare, 
G. Strowbridge. 

The votes were received and the tellers retired. 

On motion of Clinton B. Fisk, it was ordered that a 
session be held at three P. M., and another at 7:30 
P. M., and that when we adjourn it be to meet at 
three P. M. 

Warner Miller moved that the Conference unite in 
Decoration Day services to-morrow at three P. M., at the 
grave of General U. S. Grant. 

H. W. Knight oifered the following as a substi- 
tute : 

Wftereas, The 30th of May is set apart as Memorial Day : there- 
fore, 

Resolved, That no session of tliis General Conference be held on 
that day. 

On motion of M. L. Ganoe, it was laid on the table. 
The motion of Warner Miller was then adopted. 

D. S. Monroe moved that the order of the day be Order or the 
taken up and a recess of ten minutes be had, that the 
platform may be placed in order. Carried. 

The following Reports were, by consent, presented. 

Committee on Revisals, Reports Nos. XXH, XXTH, 
XXIV, and XXV. 

Committee on Judiciaiy, Reports Nos. IX, X, and XI. 

Committee on Itinerancy, Reports Nos. VII, VIII, 
and IX. 

The order of the day, the consecration of the Bish- Conswrati-.n 

'' , of Isishoiis 

ops elect, was taken up and conducted in accordance elect. 



Adjourned 
sessions. 



Decoration 
Day. 



day. 



Reports 
presented. 



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[1SS8. 



M-aySO. with the Ritual, and the following progi-amme arranged 
FIFTH DAT. by the Bishoj^s : 

BISHOP BOW-MAX, PRESIDIXG. 

1. Hymn 808 — Read by Bisliop Bowman. 

2. Collect — Read' by Bishop Foster. 

3. The Eiiistle — Read by Thomas K. Burcli. 

4. The Gospel — Read by Alexander Martin. 

5. Presentation of Bishops elect. 

6. Call to prayer, by Bishop Merrill. 

7. Examination of those presented for consecration, by Bishop 
Bowman. 

8 Prayer by Bishop Bowman. 

9. Fera«, Creator Sp('rUus, by Bisliop Warren. 

10. Prayer, by Bishop Foss. 

11. Laying on of hands. 

(a) John Heyl Yincext — Bishops Bowman and Foster, and the 
Presenters, C G. Trnsdell and G. H. Brid.s:man. 

(b) James Newbury FitzGerald — Bishops Merrill and Andrews 
and the Presenters, H. A. Buttz and R. S. Maclay. 

(c) Isaac Wilsox' Joyce— Bishops Warren and Foss and the Pre- 
senters, R. S. Rust and Sia Sek Onpr. 

{d) John Philip Newman. — Bishops Hurst and Ninde and the 
Presenters, William Griffin and J. F. Marshall. 

(e) Daniel Ayres Goodsell. — Bishops Walden and Mallalieu and 
the Presenters, J. M. Buckley and C. A. Loeber. 

(/) James Miles Thoburn. — Bishops Fowler and Mallalieu and the 
Presenters, Dennis Osborne and J. M. Trimljle. 

Bishops Bowman and Foster, as senior Bishops, assisted in each con- 
secration. 

12. Prayer, by Bishop Tajior. 
1.3. Hynm 815 — Read by Bishop Hurst. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, Conference adjourned. 
Notices were given, and C. W. Smith was appointed to 
conduct devotional services at three o'clock P. M., the 
doxology was sung, and Bishop Bowman pronounced 
the benediction. 



Adjonrn- 
ment. 



Twenty- 
fifth Day. 
Afternoon. 
Bishop 
Ninde 
presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
approved. 



F. W. Hoyt 
excused. 



J. M. Reid. 



TUESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 29. 

The Confei'ence met pursuant to adjournment at three 
P. M., Bishop W. X. Ninde in the chair. 

C. W. Smith, of the Pittsburg Conference, led the 
devotional services. 

The Minutes of this morning's session were read and 
approved. 

Robert Forbes announced that F. "W. Hoyt had re- 
turned home on account of sickness, and he was, on 
motion, excused. 

On motion of Sandford Hunt the salary of J. M. Reid 



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was ordered to be continued for three nn)nths, unless 
otherwise employed by the Cliurch. 

J. H. Bayliss moved as an amendment to add the 
name of R. S. Rust, which was accepted. 

A motion to lay on the table was lust, and the resolu- 
tion prevailed. 

Bishop Ninde announced the result of the first ballot 
for Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Education: 

Whole number of votes oast 378 

Necessary to a choice 190 

(See Appendix^ I, D, 39.) 

No one having received the requisite number of votes 
there was no election. 

S. F. Upham, presented Report No, YIII of the Com- 
mittee on Judiciary, which was read and adopted. (See 
Ajjpendix, I, B, 76.) 

He also called up Report No. IX. 

On motion of J. C. Ridpath, the previous question 
was ordered, and the Report was adopted. (See Appen- 
dix, I, B, 77.) 

A second ballot Avas ordered for Corresponding Sec- 
retary of the Board of Education. The places of 
absent tellers were tilled, the votes received, and the 
tellers retired. 

On motion of W. P. Stowe, B. P. Raymond was ex- 
cused from further attendance upon the Conference. 

W. A. Spencer called up Report No. IV of the Com- 
mittee on Benevolences. 

After discussion it was, on motion of Sandford Hunt, 
laid on the table. 

G. P. Mains presented the following, which was 
adopted by a rising vote : 

The General Conference of tlie Methodist Episcopal Cliurch, having 
learned witli sorrow of the dangerous illness of Lieiitenant-Genoral 
Philip H. Slieridan, desires to place on record its liigii estimate of the 
abilitj', gallantry, and heroism with wliicli lie giive liimsclf to the 
cause of the Union during the civil war; to express its gratefid be- 
lief that he was one of tiiose great captains wliom God raised up to 
be a deliverer in a trying ordeal of his country's history; and it de- 
sires to express its sympathy with his family in their present anxious 
sorrow, and to assure them of its prayers that tlic iiusband and father 
may he spared, and that the illustrious soldier may long live to serve 
a peaceful country. 

Resolved, That the Secretary of this General Conference be liereby 



]May 29. 

TWKNTY- 

FUTii Day. 
A/teiniKin. 
U. S. Uust. 



Board of 
Kducaliun. 



Judiciary 
Ri-ports N<)8. 
VIII and IX 

addjited. 



Board of 
Kducation. 



B. P. Ray- 

niDiid 
excused. 

Committee 
on Benevo- 
lences. 



General 
Sheiidan. 



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[1888. 



TWENTY- 

FiFTir Day. 
Afternoon. 
American 

Bible 
Society. 



Board of 
Education. 



General 
Conference 
Committees. 



J. E. Wilson. 



Brazilian 
emancipa- 
tion. 



Army 
chaplains. 



Cnrrespond- 

iiigSecretary 

I'liard of 

Education. 

C. H. Payne 
elected. 



Constitii- 
tionil Com- 
mission. 



instructed to forward a copy of tliis resolution to the family of Gen- 
end Slieridan. 

L. M. Vernon jDvesented the Report of the Com- 
mittee on the American Bible Society, which was read 
and adopted. (See Appendix, I, B, 88.) 

The Bishop announced the result of the second ballot 
for Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Education : 

Whole number of votes cast 314 

Necessary to a choice 158 

(See Ap)pendix, I, D, 40.) 

No one having received the requisite number of votes 
there was no election. 

Another ballot was ordered, the votes were received, 
and the tellers retired. 

J. F. Core moved to suspend the rules to present a 
resolution. Lost. 

Bennett Mitcliell moved to susj)end the rules to pre- 
sent a resolution. Lost. 

The Committee on Plan of Organizing General Con- 
ference Committees presented their Report, which was 
read and adopted. (See App)endix^ I, B, 93.) 

J. E. AVilson presented his Report as Fraternal Messen- 
ger to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which 
was ordered to be printed. (See Appendix, II, A, 22.) 

L. C. Queal presented the Report of the Committee 
on Einancijjation of Slaves in Brazil, Avhich was read 
and adopted. (See Appendix, I, B, 89.) 

G. S. Hare presented the Report of the Committee 
on Army Chaplains, which was adopted. (See Appen- 
dix, 1, B, 94.) 

The Bishop announced the result of the third ballot 
for Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Education : 



Whole number of votes cast , 
Necessary to a choice 



.. . 307 
. . . 154 



Charles 11. Payne, having received 163 votes, was 
declared elected. (See Ap>pendix I, D, 41.) 

A. J. Kynett called up the Report on Constitutional 
Commission, and moved its adoption. 

Joseph Pullman offered the following amendment : 
" Strike out the last paragraj^h of the report and add 



1 888.] Journal of the General Conference. 853 

to the end of paragraph 2 the words 'and report to M:ayao. 

the General Conference of 1892.' " Fifth Day. 

The previous question was ordered. Aftento<m. 

On motion the substitute was accepted and adopted, J[^'','t"J,| 
and the Report, as amended, was then adopted. (See 
A2)pencUx I, B, 87.) 

John Lanahan announced that the Preachers' Meet- Goiu'nii 

. , ... , Coiil'iii'iice 

ing of \V ashington city has sent an juvitation to the oiis'ji. 
Conference to hold the next General Conference in 
that city. 

J. B. Green presented the Report of the Committee to N»mimue 
to Nominate Trustees for various institutions under the Tmsu-es. 
control of this Conference. It was read and adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 91.) 

W. H. Olin presented Reiiort No. X of the Commit- Episcpacy 
tee on Episcopacy, and it was read. No. x. 

G. H. Hazzard moved to lay it on the table. The Aiiopteii. 
motion did not prevail, and on motion of W. II. Olin, 
it was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 6.) 

Report No. XI of the same Committee was read, and, no.^xi. 
on motion of W. II. Olin, it was adopted. (See Ap- -^''"i"-'^'- 
pendix I, B, V.) 

The same Committee was permitted to withdraw n,','"i"ii 

Report No. III. ■nitlKlnuvn. 

Report No. IV of same Committee was taken up, i:«'i>"ri No. 

^ /^ • • ^ 1\ adopted. 

read, and, on motion of W. II. Olin, it was adopted, 
(See Appendix I, B, 4.) 

Report No. VII of the same Committee was i)re- J''^iJ?l', 

1 ^ No. \ II. 

sented and read, and W. 11. Olin moved that the 
items be read in the order in which presented. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the motion of W. II. 
Olin was laid on the table. 

T. B. Neely moved to amend by inserting Phila- 
delphia in place of Portland, Ore. 

L. R. Fiske moved to amend by substituting Detroit 
for Philadelphia. 

G. W. Gue moved the previous question, which w.is 
lost. 

After further discussion, on motion of G. S. Hare, 
the previous question w.as ordered. 

On motion of N. G. Miller, the substitute of L. R. 
Fiske was laid on the table. 
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[1888. 



MiayQQ. 

TWF.NTV- 

riiTu Day. 
Afternoon. 



Adjourn- 
uicnt. 



A motion to lay the amendment of T. B. Neely on 
the table was lost, and the amendment was adopted. 

J, W. Toland moved to strike out Cincinnati and 
insert Cleveland. 

J. W. Ray moved as a substitute that Greencastle 
be named instead of Cleveland. 

On motion of D. H. Carroll, the previous question 
was ordered. 

D. C. Pianette moved to lay the substitute on the 
table, and the motion prevailed. 

On motion, the amendment of J. AV. Toland was laid 
on the table. 

G. S. Hare moved to adjourn. Lost. 

AV. S. Harrington moved to substitute Portland for 
Texas. 

On motion of E. J. Gray, Conference adjourned. 

B, W. Baker was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow morning. Notices were given, the 
doxology was sung, and tiie benediction was pronounced 
by Bisliop Ninde. 



IVIaySO. 

TWKXTT- 

FiFTH Day. 

El'i nU\g. 

Bishop 

Mallalifu 

presides. 

Devotional 
services. 

Minutes 
.ipproved. 



Ti)iscopacy, 
Iteport 
No. VII. 



TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 29. 

The Conference met pursuant to adjournment at 7:30 
o'clock P. M., Bishop W. F. Mallalieu presiding. 

B. W. Baker, of the Central Illinois Conference, con- 
ducted the devotional services. 

The Minutes of the afternoon session were read and 
approved. 

Amos Shinkle moved a suspension of the rules to 
present a resolution. Lost. 

J. M. Reid made a similar motion, which Avas also 
lost. 

The consideration of Report No. VII of the Commit- 
tee on Episcopacy was resumed. 

F. A. Arter moved to amend the substitute by insert- 
ing Cleveland for Portland. 

On motion of Horace Reed, the amendment was laid 
on the table. 

I. B. Scott moved to lay the substitute on the table, 
and the motion prevailed. 



1888. J Journal of the General Conference. 855 

G. S. Hare moved to adopt the report. JMay-io. 

On motion of T. B. Ford the previous question was fifth Day. 
ordered and the report was adopted. (See Appendix ^''"'"'9- 
I, B, 5.) 

The Committee on Episcopacy presented Report Episcopacy, 

INO. lu\. jjo. IX. 

J. M. Buckley presented Reports Nos. XI, XIL and itinerancy, 

ATTTT i>ii/-i • T. ..-. Reports Nos. 

Alll ot tlie Committee on Itinenancy, which were sev- xi, xn,niKi 
erally rend, and, on his motion, were adopted. (See a<iopteU. 
Ajypendix I, B, 15, IG, 17.) 

Repoit No. Ill of same Committee was read, and xP'''',",'',' 

* ' JNo. ill. 

J. M. ]5ui'kley moved its adoption. ^ 

G. R. Townsen presented a Minority Report, wliich Mi'i"nty 
was read. 

T. B. Neely moved to substitute the Minority Report 
for that of the Committee. 

A. B. Leonard moved to amend the substitute by in- 
serting "fi\e" instead of "four." 

On motion of W. H. Craig, tlie previous question was 
ordered. 

T. L. Flood moved to lay the Minority Report on the Minority Rc- 
table, ana the motion prevailed. the table. 

J. S. Te\ is moved that the vote be taken by ayes and 
noes. Lost. 

F. M. Bristol, a minister, called for the vote by orders. 
Not sustained. 

John Evans, a layman, called for the vote by orders. 
Not sustained, 

C. L. Henry moved that the report be recommitted. 

T. L. Flood moved to lay this motion on the table. . 
Carried. 

The Report Avas then adopted. (See A2)pendix I, Report No. 

-.},„■> Ill adopted. 

W. J. Paxson, having voted for tlie Report, stated Reconsid- 
" that because of a misunderstanding upon the part of 
many of the brethren he moved its reconsideration," 
and the motion prevailed. 

C. L. Henry renewed the motion to recommit, with 
certain instructions. 

On motion of W. II. Olin, this was laid on the table. 

T. B. Neely moved to amend by striking out the 
words "the same" and insertinor "a." 



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IVIay 39. 

Twenty. 

FIFTH Dat. 

Evening, 

Adopted. 



Boundaries, 
Report 
No. II. 



Adopted. 



Book 
Concern 
Report 
No. XII. 
General 
Committee. 



Elected. 



Book Con- 
cern Report 
No. VIII. 



I). Denham. 



8. Hunt. 



Final ad- 
journment. 



On motion of "W. I. Cogshall, the previous question 
was ordered. 

Tlie amendment of T. B. Neely was laid on the table 
and the Report was adopted. 

Bishop Walden, Chairman of the Committee on 
Boundaries, requested consideration of part 2 of Re- 
port No. II. 

J. M. Buckley moved it be adopted without reading, 
and the motion prevailed. 

Bishop Walden then presented part I of the same 
Report relating to the boundaries of the Annual Con- 
ferences, and, on motion of J. M. Buckley, it was 
also adopted without reading. 

He then presented part 3, relating to enabling acts, 
which was read. 

C. C. McCabe moved its adoption. 

D. S. Monroe moved to amend by adding another 
section providing that they accept these provisions prior 
to July 1, 1891. 

A motion to lay this on the table was lost. 

On motion of R. S. Borland, the previous question 
was ordered, and the amendment was adopted. 

The Report, as a whole, was then adopted. (See 
Ajypendix I, B, 19.) 

The Committee on the Book Concern presented Re- 
port No. XII. 

Sand ford Hunt moved a suspension of the rules for 
the purpose of electing members of the Book Commit- 
tee and the General Committee on Missions and Church 
Extension. 

The rides were suspended, and, the Districts being 
called, the committees were elected. (See Appendix 
I, C,_6, 7.) 

Clinton B. Fisk moved the consideration of Report 
No. VIII of the Committee on the Book Concern. The 
motion prevailed, the Report was read, and, on motion of 
Clinton B. Fisk, it was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 36.) 

On motion of Sandford Hunt, Daniel Denham was 
elected Treasurer of the Sunday-school Union. 

On motion, Sandford Hunt was elected Treasurer of 
the Tract Society. 

T. L. Flood moved that the final hour of adjourn- 



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meiit be fixed as that of tlie close of to-morrow morn- ^Iay2»- 

TWKNTY- 

lllgS session. fifth Day. 

J. W. Ray moved to amend by inserting eleven Evening. 
o'clock P. M. Thursday. 

On motion of J. II. Bayliss, the amendment was laid 
on the table. 

On motion of E. J. Gray, the motion of T. L. Flood 
was laid on the table. 

W. P. Stowe moved that the hour of final adjourn- 
ment be one o'clock P. M. on Thursday. 

E. J. Gray moved to amend by adding " if the busi- 
ness be completed." 

On motion of B. C. Christy, the amendment was laid 
on the table. 

On motion of F. M. Bristol, the previous question was 
ordered, and the motion of W. P. Stowe was then adopted. 

J. M. Buckley moved that the chairman of each of ^bSis"^ 
the various committees, with a Bishop to preside, be 
appointed a special committee to select out of the re- 
ports presented for the action of the Conference such as 
are the most important. The motion prevailed. 

On motion of L. A. Belt, the following was adopted: 

Resolved That the Committee in presenting reports shall begin with 
the Standing Committee next in order and continue until each com- 
mittee lias had its turn. 

Bishop Andrews announced that Bishop Merrill was 
chosen to preside in the Committee just appointed. 

J. M. Buckley moved a suspension of the rules to 
present a resolution. Carried. 

J. M. Buckley moved that in further discussions each 
speaker be limited to three minutes. 

A motion to amend by striking out " three " and in- 
serting " two " was laid on the table, and the original 
motion prevailed. 

On motion of C, J. Little, the regular order was re- 
sumed. 

W. F. Whitlock called up Report No. Ill of the 
Committee on Revisals. The report was read. 

On motion of W. J. Paxson, Conference adjourned. 

Edward Lee was appointed to conduct the devotional 
services to-morrow morning. The doxology was sung, 
and Bishop Mallalieu pronounced the benediction. 



Bishop 

Merrill to 

preside. 



Speeches 
limited. 



Revisals, Re- 
port No. 111. 



Adjourn- 
ineiit. 



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[1888. 



MiaySO. 

Twenty- 
sixth Day. 
Moining. 
Bishop 
Fowler 
presides. 

Devotinnal 
services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



David 
Decker. 



Addition to 
Report No. 
II of Freed- 
111 en's Aid 
and South- 
ern Educa- 
tion Societv. 



Itevisals, 
Iteport 
No. III. 



Laid on the 
table. 



Explanatory 
resolution. 



Revisals, 
Report 
No. XII. 



Adopted. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 30. 

The Conference met at the usual hour, Bishop C. H. 
Fowler in the chair. 

Edward Lee, of the Texas Conference, conducted 
the devotional services. 

The Minutes of last evening's session were read and 
approved. 

L. C. Queal announced that T. W. Durston was called 
home on account of sickness, and moved that he be ex- 
cused, and David Decker, a reserve, be seated. The 
motion prevailed. 

The Secretary announced that a paper belonging to 
Report No. 11 of the Committee on Freedmen's Aid 
and Work in the South had been omitted by the Com- 
mittee, and asked consent to insert the same. Consent 
M'as given. 

Consideration of Report No. Ill of the Committee 
on Revisals was resumed. 

S. L. Roberts presented a substitute, Avhich, on mo- 
tion of M. L, Ganoe, was laid on the table. 

J. L. Sooy moved to strike out the last clause. 

M. S. Hard moved to lay the whole subject on the 
table, and the motion prevailed. 

Alfred Wheeler offered the following, and moved its 
adoption: 

Tlie new rule as to the term of pastoral service sliall be applied 
as follows: At the session of any Annual Conference next fol- 
lowing this General Conference a prewclier ma}- be appointed to 
a churcli wiiich he has not served for three years preceding, 
and be continued thereafter in said charge for five years, and a 
preacher now serving a charge wliieh he has not served for three 
j^ears preceding liis present pastorate maj' be continued in such 
charge to the fidl term of five year.'--. lu all other cases the rule of 
five years in ten shall be strictlj* applied. 

On motion of L. A. Belt, the previous question was 
ordered. 

G. E. Hite moved to lay the resolution on the table. 
Lost. 

The resolution was adopted. 

Report No. XII of the Committee on Revisals was 
read. 

C. C. Wilbor moved its adoption. 

W. S. Urmy moved an amendment, which was ac- 



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cepted by the Committee, and the Report, as amended, 
was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 22.) 

Report No. XXIII of the same Committee was read, 
and, on motion of W. F. Whitlock, it was adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 23.) 

W. H. Craig called up Report No. IV of the Com- 
mittee on Temporal Economy and moved its adoption. 

J. M. Durrell moved to lay the Report on the table. 
Lost. 

S. L. Roberts presented the following, which was 
laid on the table: 

Resolved, Tlint the Annual Conference shall diviilo among the pre- 
sidino- elders' districts according to membership and ability tiie sum 
necessary for a comfoitahle support of such superannuated preachers, 
and the widows and children of those who have died in tlie work, as 
may be designated as Conference claimants, which sum shall be ap- 
portioned to the charges by the district stewards, and shall be a 
pro roAa claim, with the claim of tlie stttioned preachers, presiding 
elders and Bishops, and in all cases liie allowance shall be determnied 
on the basis of individual necessities and number of years of service 
in the eflective work. 

D. S. Monroe presented the following as a substitute: 

Resolved, Thai the Book Committee, during the quadrennial, pre- 
pare a plan by which the profits of the Book Concern, the Chartered 
Fund, and collections for Conference claimants may be made the 
basis of a Suttentation Fund, and report to the next General Confer- 
ence. 

L. A. Belt moved to lay the substitute on the table. 
Lost. 

D. H. Carroll moved the previous question. The 
call was sustained. 

On motion of J. M, Buckley, the substitute was laid 
on the table. 

He also moved to lay the amendment on the table. 
The motion prevailed. 

J. M. Buckley moved to lay item 11 on the table, 
and the motion prevailed, 

J. L. Waller moved to lay item 6 on the table. On 
motion of S. E. I'endleton, this motion was laid on the 
table. 

The Report, as amended, was then adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 25.) 

By consent, C. J. Little, Chairman of the Committee 
on Reception of Fraternal Messengers, presented the 
credentials of Rev. C. T. Shaffer, Fraternal Messenger 



May 30. 

Twenty- 
sixth Day. 
Morning. 
Keporl No. 
XXIII 
adopted. 



Temporal 

KcoDomy, 

Keport 

No. IV. 



Adopted. 



Rev. C. T. 
Shaffer. 



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[1888. 



JMaySO. 

Twenty- 
sixth Day. 
Mornhig. 



Conference 
claiuants. 



Dr. D. P. 

Kidder. 



Temporal 
Ecoiiomy, 

Report 
No. III. 



Expenses of 

the General 

Conference 

of 1S92. 



from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. (See 
Appendix II, A, 23.) 

J. M. Buckley moved that, owing to the lateness of 
his arrival, and the great press of business, he be 
granted five minutes in which to address the Conference. 

J. E. Bryant moved to amend by making the time 
ten minutes. The amendment prevailed, and the mo- 
tion, as amended, was adopted. 

Bishop Fowler then introduced the Rev. Mr. Shaffer, 
and he addressed the Conference. (See Appendix II, 
A, 24.) 

S. E, Pendleton moved that a committee of three, 
which AV. H. Craig shall be chairman, be appointed to 
nominate and report a Board of Directors for the Board 
of Conference Claimants. Carried. 

S. E. Pendleton nominated St. Louis as the place of 
business of said Board. C. G. Trusdell moved to 
amend by substituting Chicago for St. Louis. J. M. 
Buckley moved to lay both nominations on the table. 
Lost by a count vote of 75 for and 134 against. 

D. H. Carroll nominated Baltimore. Robert Bentley 
nominated San Francisco. On motion, both nomina- 
tions were laid on the table. 

On motion of R. S. Boreland, the previous question 
was ordered. 

The nomination of C. G. Trusdell was adopted, and 
Chicago was chosen. 

On motion of C. J. Little, D. P. Kidder was elected 
Honorary Secretary of the Board of Education. 

Report No. Ill of the Committee on Temporal Econ- 
omy was presented and read, and W. H. Craig moved 
its adoption. 

J. M. Buckley moved to amend by inserting "seven" 
instead of "five," and the motion prevailed. 

Also, on his motion, the Bishops were requested to 
appoint the Commission. The Report was then adopted. 
See Appendix I, B, 24.) 

Sandford Hunt moved that the expenses of the next 
General Conference, to be apportioned to the Annual 
Conferences, be referred to the Book Committee, with 
power to act. Carried. 

T. B. Neely moved a reconsideration of the vote by 



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which Cliicago was fixed as the place of busuiess of 
the Board of Conference Claimants. 

On motion of C. G. Trusdell, this was laid on the 
table. 

J O. Peck called up Report No. IV of the Commit- 
tee on the State of the Church, and moved its adop- 
tion. 

W. S. Urmy moved to insert after the words Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, " in the United States." On 
motion of C. J. Little, this was laid on the table. 

J. M. Buckley moved to amend so as to have notice 
given at least two Sabbaths before the expiration of 
the thii'ty days. Carried. 

C. C. McLean moved to amend so that notice be 
given in every place of worship. Carried. 

The Report, as amended, was then adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 28.) 

J. O. Peck called up Report No. VIII of the same 
Committee, and moved its adoption. The motion pre- 
vailed. (See Appendix I, B, 29.) 

Report No. XI of the same Committee was read, and, 
on motion of J. O. Peck, it was adopted. (See Apjien- 
dix I, B, 30.) 

William Swindells moved that, as Bishop Taylor 
must leave the city this afternoon, the Report of the 
Committee on Missions referring to his work be 
taken up. 

J. M. Buckley moved that this motion lie on the 
table. Carried. 

Report No. XII of the same Committee was taken 
up and read. 

C. C. McCabe moved to amend by inserting the 
words "minister and" before people. Carried. 

W. S. Urmy presented a substitute for the Report, 
and moved its adoption, including the amendment of 
C. C. McCabe, just adopted. 

L. A. Belt moved that the matter be referred to the 
Bishops, to report to the next General Conference. 

E. J. Gray moved, as a substitute, to lay the whole 
subject on the table. Lost. 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the time was ex- 
tended. 



361 

][Ma.y30. 

TWKNTV- 

8IXT11 Day. 
Morning. 



Stale of the 
Cluircli, Uc- 
jioit No. IV. 



Amended. 



Adopted. 



Ee[>ort No. 

vni 

adopted. 



Report No. 
XI .adopted. 



Missions, 

Kepoi-t No. 

XVI. 



State of the 

Chnroh. 

Eeporl No. 

XII. 



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[1888. 



MiaySO. 

Twenty- 
sixth Day. 
Morning. 



Adopted. 



Evening 
Sessiun. 



Conference 
claimants. 



Pittshiirg 

Christian 
Advocate. 



Decoration 
Day. 



Ballots. 



Adjourn- 
ment. 



On motion of J. S. Smart, the amendment offered by 
L. A. Belt was laid on the table. 

A. J. Kynett called for the previous question, and it 
was ordered. 

The substitute was accepted and adopted and the Re- 
port, as amended, was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 31.) 

J. F. Crouch moved that when the Conference ad- 
journ it be to meet in St. Paul's Cliurch, at 7:30 P. M., 
and the motion prevailed. 

A. J. Kynett asked that H. II. Green be excused 
after this morning's session, but the request was not 
granted. 

Bishop Fowler named as the Committee to nominate 
the directors for the Board of Conference Claimants, W. 
H. Craig, chairman ; C. G. Truesdell and Arthur Ed- 
w^ards. 

C. W. Smith presented nominations for the Pub- 
lishing Committee of the Pittsburg Christian Adoo- 
cate, and they were confirmed. (See Appendix I, C, 9.) 

T. L. Flood moved that a committee of three be ap- 
pointed to draft resolutions appropriate to Decoration 
Day. The motion prevailed, and the following were 
appointed: T. L. Flood, Clinton B. Fisk, and Bernard 
Kelly. 

By consent, the Secretary was authorized to destroy 
all the ballots in his possession. 

On motion of M. L. Ganoe, Conference adjourned. 
M. L. Ganoe was appointed to conduct devotional ser- 
vices this evening. Notices were given, the doxology 
was sung, and Bishop Fowler pronounced the benedic- 
tion. 



IVIaySO. 

Twenty- 
sixth Day. 

Evening. 
Bisliop Vin- 
centpresides. 



Devotional 

services. 

Minutes 
approved. 
Book Con- 
cern Report 
No. Ill 
adopted. 



WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 30. 

The Conference met pursuant to adjournment, at 
7:30 P. M., in St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Bishop J. H. Vincent in the chair. 

The devotional services were conducted by M. L. 
Ganoe, of the Central Pennsvlvania Confei'ence. 

The Minutes of the morning session were read and 
approved. 

On motion of Clinton B. Fisk, Report No. Ill of 



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the Committee on ]>ook Concern was taken up, read 
and adopted. See [Appendix I, B, 33.) 

E. R. Dille presented nominations for the Publishing 
Committee of the (Jalifornia Christian Advocate, and 
they were confirmed. (See Appendix I, C, 10.) 

Reports Nos. VII and XII of the Committee on the 
Book Concern were taken up and read. On motion of 
Clinton B. Fisk, they were adopted. (See Appendix 
I, B, 35, 39.) 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, the rules were sus- 
pended. 

Alden Speare moved the adoption of the following : 

Resolved, That the Book Agents be and are hereby directed to 
disconthiiie the publication of the Manual. 

On motion of W. J. Paxson, the previous question 
was ordered, and the resolution was adopted. 

Report No. XVI of the Committee on Missions was 
taken up, and A. B. Leonard moved its adoption. 

G. W. Hughey offered the following amendment: 

Whereas, The plan of self-supporting mission work which has been 
inaugurated in South America and Africa by Bishop Taylor has 
elicited much enthusiasm in the Cliurcii, and deserves an opportunity 
for full development under the fostering care of the whole Church; 
and 

Whereas, There is no reason for antagonism between the two 
methods, if both are conducted under the same authorities: and 

Whereas, The Missionary Board and the General Missionary Com- 
mittee are sufficiently broad and flexible in their scope and purpose to 
embrace all departments and methods of missionary work, including, 
as auxiliary. Bishop Taylor's Transit and Building Fund Society, and 
all its resources, and all otlier young and genuine Methodist Episco- 
pal churches, wheresoever and by whomsoever God may give them 
lairth; and 

Whereas, The principle of self-support has long been recognized 
and cultivated in tlie regular mission work of the Churcli ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Missionary Bishop for Africa be and is here- 
by authorized to continue his efforts to extend the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Africa on the plan of self-supporting missions. 

2. That we direct that all properly acquired in the prosecution of 
the self-supporting missions plan be held by and for tlie Methodist 
Episcopal Church, as nearly as reliable Boards of Methodist Episcopal 
Trustees can be organized, and the laws of the dilTerent countries 
into which the work has been or may bo carried will permit the 
legal holding of property by boards of trustees of our Cluircli. 

3. That tlie Missionary Board be advised to appoint a Standing 
Committee on Solf-supporting missions, one half of tlie members of 
which shall be taken from tlie members of the Transit and Building 
Fund Society, who shall co-operate with Bishop Taylor in his self- 
supporting mission work. 

Also, to further amend by striking out the sixth, seventh, and 
eighth resolutions. 



MiaySO. 

TWKNTY- 

sixrii Dav. 
Evfning. 

CaliJ'orida 
Christian 
Advocate. 



Book Con- 
cern, Uei)orts 
Nos. VII 
and XII 
adopted. 



Manual. 



Missions, 

Report 

No. XVI. 



G. W. 

Iliiffliey's 
substitute. 



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[1888. 



MiayaO. 

TwENTV- 

8IXTH Bay. 

Evening. 



Items 
adopted. 



Enabling act. 



Report 
adopted. 



Dispatch of 
business. 



W. H. Craig moved as an amendment thereto that 
" we assume all the debts of the Transit Fund." 

J, S. Smart moved to lay the whole subject on the 
table. Lost. 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, the amendment of W. 
H. Craig was laid on the table. 

J. H. Bayliss moved as an amendment to the 
amendment that all relating to property be stricken 
out. 

J. F. Goucher moved to indefinitely postpone the 
whole subject. Laid on the table. 

W. H. Olin moved to lay all on the table except the 
Report. 

W. H. Olin called for the previous question. The 
call was not sustained. 

J. M. Buckley moved the following as a substitute 
for every thing before the body: 

Resolved, That we look with deepest interest upon, and with heart- 
felt hope for, the success of the self-supporting work of Bishop Taylor 
in Africa. 

E. D. Whitlock moved to lay the substitute on the 
table. Lost. 

On motion of T. C. Carter, the previous question was 
ordered. 

W. S. Urray moved to lay the substitute on the table. 
Carried by a count vote of 151 for and 75 against. 

J. M. Buckley moved to consider the Report item 
by item. Carried. 

Items 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 were severally read and 
adopted. 

Item 6 was read, "W. J. Paxson moved to amend 
as follows: 

^^ Resolved, That the Missions in South America be authorized to 
form an Animal Conference within the next four years by a vote of 
two thirds of its members present and voting, and with ths approval 
of the Bishop hnving Episcopal jurisdiction." 

The motion prevailed, and the item, as amended, was 
adopted. 

Items 7 and 8 were read and adopted. The Report, 
as amended, was then adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 
49.) 

On motion of J. M. Buckley, the Committee to ar- 
range the order in which reports shall be considered 



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was designated as the Committee to Dispatch Biisi 
ness. 

Report No. XV of the Committee on Missions was 
then taken up and read. 

A Minority Report was presented and read. 

Alfred Wheeler moved to adjourn. Lost. 

Sia Sek Ong was accorded the floor, and, on motion, 
Nathan Sites was permitted to intei-pret for him. Also, 
he was, on motion, allowed six minutes. 

Bishop Andrews presented the following nomina- 
tions: 

Boards of Managers of the Missionary Society, of the 
Board of Church Extension, of the Tract Society, of 
the Sunday-School Union, and of the Freedmen's Aid 
and Southern Education Society. 

On motion of William Swindells, the name of D. W. 
Hays was substituted for that of J. J. Manker on the 
last-named Board. The nominations were then con- 
firmed. (See Appendix I, C, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.) 

By consent, T. L. Flood presented the Report of 
the Committee on Decoration Day, and it was adopted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 92.) 

On motion. Conference adjourned. 

J. H. Bayliss was appointed to conduct devotional 
services to-morrow morning. The doxology was sung, 
and Bishop Vincent pronounced the benediction. 



365 



Twenty- 
sixth Day. 
Evening. 
Missions, 
Itcpoi't 
No. XV. 



Managers. 



Decoration 
Day. 



Adjourn- 
inc-iit. 



THURSDAY, MAY 31. 

The Conference met at the usual hour, Bishop J. N. 
FitzGerald presiding. 

The devotional services were conducted by J. 11. 
Bayliss, of the Cincinnati Conference. 

The Minutes of Wednesday evening's session were 
read and approved. 

On motion of A. J. Kynett, the Bishops were re- 
quested to appoint members of Commissions not already 
provided for. 

C. C. McCabe moved that the form for public wor- 



]May31. 

TWKNTY- 
8EVKNTH 

Day. 
Mm-nhii}. 

nishop 
Fitz'Gcriil I 
pivsides. 

Devotional 
services. 



Minutes 
approved. 



Coniinis- 

sioMS. 



Public 
worship. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



IMay 31. 

TWKNTY- 
SEVENTH 

Day. 

Morning. 
Missions, 

Report 
No. XV. 
Minority 

report. 



Laid on the 
taWe. 

Report 
ailopted. 



Boundaries. 



Missions. 



Conference 
ciniinants. 



Missions, 

Report 

No. XX. 



ship be published in the Hymnal and also in the Ritual. 
The motion prevailed. 

Consideration of Report No. XV, from the Com- 
mittee on Missions, was resumed. 

The reading of the Minority Report was called for, 
and H. J. Talbott moved that ii be substituted for the 
report of the majority. 

On motion of C. C. McCabe, R. S. Maclay was 
awarded the floor, and on motion of C. W. Smith he 
was awarded ten minutes in which to speak. 

J. 0. Spencer having obtained the floor he was also 
allowed ten minutes in which to speak. 

Bernard Kelly moved to lay the Minority Report on 
the table. Carried. 

On motion of C. C. McCabe, the previous question 
was ordered and the Report was adopted. (See Aj^ijen- 
dix I, B, 48.) 

Bishop Walden presented a paper from the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries and asked the action of the 
Conference. 

On motion of J. H. Bayliss, the paper was adopted, as 
follows : 

Section 20. A mission in tlie United States (Discipline, paragraphs 
85, 86) may, by a majority of its members present and voting, witli 
the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into a Mission 
Conference. 

Bishop Walden also presented Report No. I. of 
the same Committee, and asked the action of Confer- 
ence. 

D. C. Plannette moved a reconsideration of a similar 
paper acted upon heretofore. Carried. 

G. W. Gue moved its adoption as now amended by 
the Committee, and the motion prevailed. (See A2> 
pendix I, B, 18.) 

The Secretary read the Report of the Committee 
appointed to nominate members of the Board of Con- 
ference Claimants, and they were elected. (See Ap- 
pendix I, C, 8.) 

A motion by G. W. Gue to suspend the rules was 
lost by a count vote of 94 for and 98 against. 

Report No. XX of the Committee on Missions was 
taken up and read! 



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C. C, McCabe moved its adoption. 
On motion of J. B. Graw, the previous question was 
ordered and the Report was adopted. (See Apjiendix 
I, B, 51.) 

Report No. X of the same Committee was taken up 
and read. 

On motion of T. L. Flood, the previous question was 
ordered, and on motion of W. H. Craig, the Report was 
adopted. (See Ap^MJidix I, B, 46.) 

Report No. VI of the same Committee was read. 

S. L. Roberts moved the previous question. It was 
ordered, and, on motion of L. A. Belt, the Report was 
adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 44.) 

Report No. XVIII of the same Committee was read, 
and, on motion of D. S. Monroe, was adopted. (See 
Apjyendix I, B, 50.) 

William Swindells stated that as there was some 
misunderstanding concerning Bishop Taylor's Transit 
Fund, he moved a suspension of the lules in order to 
hear Bishop Taylor. Carried. 

On motion, Bishop Taylor Avas allowed ten minutes, 
and he addressed the Conference. 

By consent, Sand ford Hunt made a statement con- 
cerning railroad fares. 

On motion of A. J. Kynett, the rules were suspended, 
and he moved that paragraph 313 of the Discipline be 
so changed that in place of the words " in the city of 
Philadelphia " there be inserted, " in such place and." 

On motion of E. J. Gray, the previous question was 
ordered, and the motion of A. J. Kynett prevailed. 

C. H. Payne presented Report No. Ill of the Com- 
mittee on Education, and moved its adoption. 

R. D. Utter moved to amend by striking out so 
much as relates to expenses. This, on motion of S. 
N. Taylor, was laid on the table, and the Report was 
adopted. (See Apjjendix I, B, 54.) 

C. J. Little presented the following, which was, on 
motion, adopted : 

Resolved, That tlie Bisliops be requested to appoint Fraternal 
Messengers 

To the British Conference and Irish Methodist Conferences. 

To the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Cinirch, 
South. 



ISliiy 31. 

TWKNTY- 
SKVENTU 

Day. 
ilornivg. 
Adopted. 

Report 
No. X. 



Adopted. 



Kenort 
No." VI. 
Adopted. 



Report No. 
XV HI 

adopted. 



Bishop 
Taylor. 



Railroad 
fares. 



Church 
Extension 
Coniiuitiee. 



Education 
Report 
No. III. 

Adopted. 



Fratern.'il 
Messengers. 



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]May 31. 

Twenty- 
seventh 

Day. 
Morning. 



Church 

Extension, 

Uej.oit 
No. VllI 
adopted. 

Eeiiort 
No. IX. 



Adopted. 



Rpport No. 
X adopted. 



Sunday- 
schools and 
Tracts. Rp- 
port No. IV 

adopted. 

Report No. 
VI adopted. 

Report 
No. VHI 
adopted. 



Report 
No. IV. 



Freedmen's 

Aid and 
AVork in the 
South, Re- 
port No. Ill 
adopted. 

Episcopacy, 
Report 
No. VI. 



To the Methodist Church of Canada. 

To the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

To the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal 
Zion Church, and to such other Churches as are in fraternal relations 
to tliis body; also, that tliey provide for any fraternal correspondence 
made necessary by documents presented to this present General 
Conference. 

Report No. VIII of the Committee on Cburcli Ex- 
tension was taken up, read, and, on motion of J. B. 
Gi'aw, adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 62.) 

Report No. IX of the same Committee was taken up. 

W. H. Craig moved to amend by inserting after the 
word " committee," " with power to act." 

G. W. Que moved the previous question, and the call 
was sustained. 

On motion, the amendment was adopted, and also the 
Report, as amended, was adopted on motion of J. B. 
Graw. (See Appendix I, B, 63.) 

Report No. X of the same Committee was taken up, 
read, and, on motion of J. B. Graw, adopted. (See Ap- 
pendix I, B, 64.) 

Report No. IV of the Committee on Sunday-schools 
and Tracts was taken up, read, and, on motion of J. B. 
M(>ndenhall, it was adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 66.) 

Report No. VI of the same Committee was called up, 
read, and on motion adopted. (See Appendix I, B, 67.) 

Report No. VIII of the same Committee was taken 
up, read, and on motion of J. W. Mendenhall, adojDted. 
(See Appendix I, B, 68.) 

J. C. W. Coxe moved that the Editor of the Discipline 
be directed to have Report No. IV of the. Committee 
on Sunday-schools and Tracts inserted in the Appendix 
to )])e Discipline. The motion prevailed. 

Report No. Ill of the Committee on Freedmen's Aid 
and "Work in the South was taken up, read, and, on 
motion of J. H. Bayliss, it was adopted. (See Apjiendix 
I, B, 71.) .^ 

Report No. VI of the Committee on Episcopacy was 

read, and E. J. Gray moved that the following paper 

be sent to the Annual Conferences for concurrence : 

The General Conference shall not change or alter any part or rule 
of our government so as to do away with Episcopacy or to destroy 
the plan of our Itinerant General Superintendency, but may divide 
the Annual Conferences and Missions into Episcopal districts, and at 



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SEVENTH 

Dav. 
Alorning. 



restecdvelr"'"™ '''''"° ''"''^" '''' ^''^'"P' ^"^ ''^'^'" ^"^^'•''^'^ May 31. 

^ •'' TWKNTY- 

S. L. Roberts moved to lay the whole subject on the ^^^ 
table. Lost. 

Bernard Kelly offered the following as a substitute 
for both the amendment and the Report : 

Resolved, 1 Tliat the General Conference directs the Bishops to Gmnping 
ariangethe Annual and Mission Conferences in the United States Conferiuc^s. 
and Mexico, at the beginning of each quadrenninin, into gronps for 
tne purposes of their annual visitation, observing, so far as practi- 
cable, the following directions: 

., ^^' P!? ^'"^""P^ ^° ^^ "^^^^^^ classes— one of the Spring and one of 
the J^all Conferences— the number of groups in each class to be the 
same as the number of effective Bishops. 

(2.) Each group to be composed of contiguous Conferences and the 
groups to be subject to such modifications onlv durinsr tlie quad- 
rennium, in number and arrangement, as mav bo' found iieces-ar\' 

(3.) The Bishops to arrange their plan of "visitation by assigning 
one of their number to each group for one year, and that that order 
of holding tlie Conferences in each group be adopted wiiicli will 
require the least travel and secure to each Conference a full week for 
Its session, if needed and desired. 

(4.) During the absence of any one or more of the Bisliops from 
the country on Episcopal duties the other Bisliops to arrano-e for the 
visitation of the Conferences in the groups tliat would Jiave been 
assigned to tlie absentees. 

2. That the General Conference directs the Bisliops to arrange 
so far as practicable, for the visitation of the Districi Conference once 
a year, and tliat in order to facilitate tliisby saving tme nnd travel they 
visit Ihe District Conferences adjacent to their "respective residences 
and arrange them into groups for this purpose at the beginning of 
each quadrennium, the groups to be subject to such modifications as 
may be found necessary. 

On motion of W. H. Olin, the substitute was laid on 
the table. 

Jacob Todd moved to lay the whole subject on the 
table. Lost by a count vote of 102 for and 135 against. 

On motion of T. L, Flood, the previous question was 
ordered. 

F. A. Arter moved to lay the amendment on the 
table. The motion prevailed and the Report was 
adopted by a count vote of 143 for and 105 against, as 
follows: 

Your Committee report that we have carcfullv considered the 
papers referred to us on the suiiject of Episcopal Districts, and beg 
leave to report that this General Conference requests the Bishops to 
so arrange their work for the ensuing quadrennium tliat each Bi.^hop 
shall have charge of the Conferences contiguous to his residence. 

By consent, C. C. McCabe presented the Quadren- Report of 
nium Report of the Missionary Society, and it was or- % f^^y' 
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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



MisvySl. 

TWENTY- 
6KVF.NTH 

Day. 

Morning. 

Itinerancy, 

Kepoit No. 

XIV 

adoi)ted. 



Report 
No. VII. 



Adopted. 



Episcopacy, 
Report 
No. VI. 



Reconsid- 
ered. 



Laid on the 
table. 



Time 
extended. 



Itinerancy, 

Report 
No. VIII. 

Adopted. 



Itinerancy, 
Repoi-t No. 
X adopted. 



Representa- 
tion. 



Call of the 
house. 



dered to be printed in the Journal. (See Appendix 

III, 6.) 

Report No. XIV of the Committee on Itinerancy was 
presented. The last section only was read, and, on 
motion of John Lanahan, the Report was adopted. (See 
Appendix I, B, 17.) 

Report No. VII of the same Committee was taken 
up and read.' 

On motion of John Lanahan, the previous question 
was ordered and the Report was adopted. (See Ap- 
pendix I, B, 11.) 

Bishop Merrill, as a question of privilege, asked in- 
formation concerning Report No. VI of the Committee 
on Episcopacy. 

On motion of Arthur Edwards, the vote by which 
the Report was adopted was reconsidered. 

On motion of W. A. Spencer, the previous question 
was ordered, the motion to reconsider was adopted, and 
on motion of A. J. Kynett, the Report was laid on the 
table. 

A. J. Kynett moved that the time be extended 
thirty minutes, and moved the previous question. 

It was ordered, and the motion prevailed. 

Report No. VIII of the Committee on Itinerancy 
was taken up and J. M. Buckley moved its adoption. 

AVilliam Swindells moved to strike out "minister" 
and insert *' lay " before the word " member " in par- 
agraph 241 of the Discipline. The motion was laid on 
the table and the Report was adopted. (See Appendix 
I, B, 12.) 

Report No. X of the same Committee was taken u]i, 
read, and, on motion of W, A. Spencer, adopted, (See 
Appendix I, B, 13.) 

Amos Shinkle moved to take from the table a paper 
presented by him May 21, concerning the ratio of 
representation, and the motion prevailed. 

Alfred Wheeler moved to lay it on the table, 

F, A. Arter, a layman, called for a vote by orders. 

The call was not sustained, by a count vote of 20 for 
and 37 against. 

On motion of G, S. Hare, a call of the house was 
ordered, with a view to a final adjournment. 



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371 



TWKNTY- 

8EVKNT1I 

Day. 
Morning. 



Thanks. 



The Secretary called tlie roll. By consent, the time ]M[ay:{i 
was extended for its completion prior to the announce- 
ment of the result, and, by common consent the fol- 
lowing resolution, offered by J. H. Bayliss, was 
adopted: 

Resolved, That this General Conference hereby expresses its sincere 
tlianks to the railroad companies and otlier public conveyances 
whicli have favored us with special rates of transportation to and 
from tlie seat of this Conference ; to all private families and liotels 
whicli liave shown ns favor in tlie matter of entertainment: to the 
postmaster of New York wlio lias furnislied us witJi special accom- 
modations and polite service in the distribution of mail matlcr; to tlie 
daily papers, the Associated Press, and the Western Union Telegraph 
Company, which have shown us large and courteous attention; to 
the superintendent and otlier officials of the Metropolitan Opera 
House: and to our laborious and obliging secretaries for their faithful 
and accurate performance of their arduous duties. 



Attendance 
of dek'galus. 



Women's 

Teuiperancc 

Union. 



Judicial 

Conference 

Journal. 



John W. Ray offered a resolution relative to the 
attendance of delegates to the General Conference. It 
was laid on the table. 

A. B. Leonard presented a memorial from the Wo- 
men's National Temperance Union, with the request 
that the senior Bishop and the Secretary of this Gen- 
eral Conference sign it. On motion, the permission was 
given. 

By consent, the Secretary was authorized to return 
the proceedings of Judicial Conferences to the Annual 
Conferences interested, and to destroy other papers 
referred to committees ; he was also authorized to 
make such verbal corrections in the phraseology of the 
Journal as may be necessary to correctness and uni- 
formity, but so as not to destroy the meaning of any 
action of the Conference. 

Clinton B. Fisk gave notice that Mrs. General Grant 
would be glad to receive any of the delegates or 
visitors this afternoon from three to four o'clock. 

Arthur Edwards moved that after devotional serv- 
ices Conference adjourn sine die. The motion pre- 
vailed. 

The Secretary having reported, the Bishop announced 
the result of the call of the roll as follows, to wit : 

Ministerial delegates jyresent : 

Aligren. Albert, Axtell, Barnes (C. R.), Barnes (D. F.), 'Jj."!,"'^* 
Bayliss, Becbe, Belt, Bentloy. Benton, Boreinc;-, Borclaiul, 
Boswcll, Bovard, Boyd, Brindeil, Bristol, Bnisli, Bucklej', 



Mrs. General 
Grant. 



372 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

May 31, Burch, Butler, Buttz, Carroll (H. A.), Carter, Champlin, Cole- 
sEv^^TH man, Colvin, Cool, Coote, Core, Cowan, Coxe, Cozier, Crans- 
^■^'^' ton, Crippen, Crouch, Curts, Darnell, Davis, Day (J. R.), 
Dearborn, Deputie, Dale, Dixon, Domer, Dryer, Duncan, 
Durrell, Eads, Eaton (G. F.), Eaton (J. W.), Eaton (Homer), 
Eckles, Eckman, Edwards, Fislier, Fiske, Flood, Forbes, Ford, 
Frost, Fry, Gallagher, Gates (M. L.), Gillies, Goucher, Graw, 
Gray, Green (J. B.), Gue, Hamilton, Hammond, Hard, Hare, 
Harrington, Hartzell, Hawes, Heaxt, Hewes, Hickman, Horton, 
Hudson, Hughey, Hunt, Hunter, Hyden, Jewell, Jones, Jor- 
dan, Kelley, King (I. F.), King (J. M.), King (W. F.), Kynett, 
Leacock, Lease, Lee, Leeper, Leonard, Le Sourd, Liebhart, 
Liscomb, Little, Lock wood, Loeber, Lowrie, Lynch, Maclay, 
Mains, Mansfield, Markham, Marquette, Marshall, JNIartin, 
• Marvin, Maxfield, McBirney, McCabe, McElroy, McGerald, 
IVIcIntire, McKinnej', McLean, Mendenhall, Middleton, JMiley, 
Miller, Mills, Mitchell, Monroe, IMoore (D. H.), Neely, Nelson, 
Olin, Osborne, Paine (Louis), Payne (C. H.), Paxson, Peck 
(E. W. S.), Peck (J. O.), Pickett, Plannette, Pottle, Porter, 
Power, Pullman, Quattlander, Reed (Horace), Reid (J. M.), 
Roberson, Roberts, Robins, Robinson, RothAveiler, Rust, 
Schneider, Scott, Shannon, Shumpert, Sia, Simmons, Simons, 
Simpson, Smart, Smith (C. W.), Smith (D. J.), Sooy, Spencer, 
Stephens, Stowe, Stowers, Swann, Swindells, Tevis, Thomas 
(D. W.), Thomas (S. W.), Turner, Trimble, Truesdell, Upham, 
Urmy, Utter, Van Benschoten, Vernon, Walsh, Watkins,Whedon, 
Wheeler (Alfred), Wheeler (B. E.), White, Whitlock (E. D.), 
Whitlock (W. F.), Wight, Wigren, Wilbor (C. C), Wilder, 
Williams, Wilson (J. A. B.), Wilson (J. E.)— Total, 199. 

Minhter'ml delegates absent: 
Ministprs Achard, Adams, Baker, Belcher, Bigelow, Botkin, Bramley, 

Breiter, Bridgman, Brown (W. H. H.), Browne (N. M.), Call, 
Carroll (D. H.), Chadbourne, Clayton, Coffey, Clithero,Cogshall, 
Creighton, Crosthwaite, Culver, Dan forth. Day (J. W.), Dietz, 
Dobljins, Dorchester, Eaton (E. L.), Floyd, Ganoe, Gardner 
(J. H.), Gardner (W.), Gates (D. AV.), Graham, Green (H. H.), 
Haagensen, Halsey, Halstead, Hays, Hedler, Hildreth, Hite, 
Holdstock, Holmes, Hooker, Huntington, Jackson, Jr., Johnson 
(J. H.), Johnson (P. C), Koeneke, Kopp, Lanahan, Lathrop, 
Leidy, Locke, McCuUoch, McFarland, McKay, McNeil, Moore 
(H. H.), Olmstead, Pendleton, Persons, Pierce, Potts, Queal, 
Raymond, Schutz, Schuiz, Sims, Smith (W. T.), Speake, 
Speuce, Stewart (J. W.), Stolz, Stuart (T. McK.), Swarts, 
Talbott, Tanner, Thomas (W. H.), Todd, Toland, Upshaw, 
Van Home, Wallar, Warden, Webster, Weir, Wentworth, Whit- 
field— Total, 89. 



ibseiil. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



373 



Mayttl. 

TWENTY- 
8KVKNT11 

Day. 

3firr^n ivg. 
Laynu'ii 
present. 



Laymen 
abseiil. 



Lay delegates j)resent : 

Allen (W. G.)> Arter, Avant, Bailey, Bell, Bennett, Bryant, 
Card, Case, Chestnut, Christy, Clark, Colborn, Collins, Corner, 
Craig, Craver, Crawford, Crogman, Diggs, Doherty, Easterling, 
Evans, Fisk, Fletcher, Fuller, Gay, Graves, Hazzard, Henry, 
Hetheringtou, Hitchcock (L. E.), HoUinger, Jacoby, Johnson 
(T. W.), Johnson (W. H.), Jones (C. D.), Jones (J. E.), Keller, 
Ketron, Kost, Mahin, Melson, Michell, Mock, Murray (S. W.), 
Oliver, Parrotte, Persinger, Ray, Reese, Ridpath, Ritchie, 
Rogers, Sefrit, Shaw, Shinkle, Slayback, Speare, Spencer, 
St. John, Stone, Stout, Strickler, Swackhamer, Taber, Taylor 
(S. N.), Townseu, Tyler, Wadhams, Wentworth, Wilson 
(D. E.), Williams (J. B.), Wright— Total, 74. 

Lmj delegates absent : 

Allen (R. N.), Andrews, Appleyard, Atkinson (G. W.), Atkin- 
son (W. T.), Baker (J. S.), Bardall, Bentley (E, E.), Bird, 
Blumberg, Booth, Boyce, Briddell, Brown (C. R.), Bunn, 
Cannon, Christian, Clayton (J. A.), Combs, Crowell, Dag- 
gett, Decker, Denny, De Pauw, Donnell, Doolittle, Durston, 
Dwight, Fortson, Foster, Gaver, Gillete, Guibord, Hartson, 
Heard, Heins, Hill, Hitchcock (Hor.), Hoyt, Hukill, Jacobs, 
Jones (J. B.), Jones (J. L.), Jones (T.), King (G. T.), Klock, 
Knight, Knox, Lacey, Laidlaw, Lindgren, Long, Lounsbury, 
Lyman, Lyon, Martini, Maynard, McAdams, McCulloch (J.B.), 
Meyer, Miller (Warner), Moore (E. W.), Murray (Stanley), 
Murray (T. H.), Paine (E. L.), Patton, Peck (A. D.), Pehrsson 
(Jons), Phillips (A. C), Phillips (W. H.), Pollard, Reynolds, 
Rich, Rieke, Riley, Ritter, Schultz (J. F.), Seifeld, Sheets, 
Sigler, Simms (J. P.), Skirm, Snyder, Stanton, Striker, 
Stubbs, Super, Taylor (Z. P.), Temple, Tibbitts, Vaughn, 
Velde, Walden, Webster (E. A.), Wernli, Whitney, Wilkins, 
Williams (S. J.) -Total, 97. 

The Minutes were read and approved. ai-provwl 

Bishop Bowni;in, as senior Bishop, then took the 
chair and said: 

I shall not occupy your time but a moment, but. in belialf of ray 
colleasues, I wish to return liiauks to the citizens o-eneniUy here for 
their kindness and courtesy to us since we liave been here, and also 
to the General Conference "for llieir kindness and forbeanuice toward 
us. In all hnman probability we iiave tried to do our best. "We aim 
lo'do that always: to do onr very best for the Clinreh and for God. 
We are liable to make mistakes, as all other people are. We may 
have made some, and if we liavc we hope yon will forgive us. and 
onr good Father will also forgive us. There is no po.ssibility lh.it all 
of u^s will ever meet again in General Conference. Before the next 
four vears shall have passed, many who are p'-esent, here, perhaps 
your speaker amonsr them, will be in a better world. We most de- 
voutly pray God's blessing upon this entire body, and upon all that 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



SEVENTH 

Day. 
Morning. 



Mlay 31. you represent, and exprpps the hope that when we do get on the 
Twenty- other shore we may all have a happy meeting in the kingdom of 
God. May God's blessing be upon you and your families, and upon 
your work, and upon the great Church, and then may we be permit- 
ted all togeilier to eujo_v the glorious iiereafter. My colleagues sug- 
gest that I should express thanks to you for giving us five such 
colleagues as you liave, and for the two who though not directlv 
associated with us here, are yet in the same work elsewhere. God 
helping us, we will try to do our woik in the next four years quite as 
well as we have done it in the past, if we do not do it k little better. 
Bishop Foster will conduct the religious services. 

Bishop Foster announced HyniTi 171, beginning, 

"Guide me, thou great Jehovah," 

which was snng, after which he offered prayer. 
Adjourn- The doxolosfy was sixng, the benediction Avas pro- 

nient t-.- "i -r-» 

sine die. nouHced by bishop Bowman, and tlie General Confer- 



ence of 1888 adjourned without a day, 



DAVID S. MONROE, Secretary. 



THOMAS EOWMAN. 
RANDOLPH S. FOSTKR, 
STKPHEN M. MERHILL. 
EDWARD G. ANDREWS, 
HKNRY W. WARREN, 
CYRUS D. FOSS. 
JOHN F. HURST, 
WILLIAM X. NINDE, 
JOHN M. WALDKN, 
WILLARD F. MALLALIEU, 
CHARLES H. FOWLER. 
JOHN H. VINCExVT, 
JAMES N. FITZGERALD, 
ISAAC AV. JOYCE. 
JOHN P. NEWMAN, 
DANIEL A. GOODSELL, 



Assistant Secretaries. 
Sabin Halsey, William S. Urmy. 

Charles J. Clark, A. Clark Crosthwaite, 
Maxley S. Hard, Robkrt R. Doherty, 

William H. Crogman, Bert E. Wheeler, 
Jacob Wernli, Carlto.v C. Wilbor, 

Ernest A. Simons. 



APPENDIX I. 



A -COMMITTEES, 



B-REPORTS 



C.-MANAGERS AND TRUSTEES, 



D -BALLOTS. 



A. 

COMMITTEES. 



STANDING COMMITTEES. 

1. — On Episcopacy. Jouknal, page 94. 

W. H. Olin, Chairman; Arthur Edwards, Secretary. 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Aliibama J. D. Pierce 

Arkansas T. B. Ford 

Austin E. 0. Mclntire 

Baltimore John Lanalian 

Bengal J. M. Tlioburn 

Blue' Ridge J. D. Koberson 

California Kobt. Bentley 

Central Alabama A. W. McKinney 

Central German Jacob Kothweiler 

Central Illinois W. H. Hunter 

Central Missouri C. S. Walden 

Central New York L. C. Queal 

Central Oliio E. D. Wliitlock 

Central Peinisylvania M. L. Ganoe 

Central Tennessee J. W. McNeill 

Chicago German C. A. Loeber 

Cincinnati C. H. Payne 

Colorado Earl Cranston 

Columbia Kiver W. S. Turner 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware W. 11. Coffey 

Des Moines W. T. 8mitli 

Detroit Arthur Edwards 

East German Paul Quattlander 

East Maine J. W. Day 

East Ohio E. A. Simons 

East Tennessee D. W. Hays 

Erie T. L. Flood 

Florida S. B. Darnell 

Foochow Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee Sandford Hunt 

Georgia J. E. Bryant 

Germany C. A. C. Achard 

Holston! J. F. Spence 

Idaho Abraham Eads 

Illinois W. H. Webster 

Indiana W. K. Halstead 

Iowa J • F. McFarland 

Italy L. ^I. Vernon 

Japan J. <>■ Spencer 

Kansas S. E. Pendleton 

Kentucky Anion Boreing 

Lexington Daniel Jones 

Liberia J. H. Deputie 

Litile Kock W. R. K. Duncan 

Louisiana J. C. Hartzell 

Maine C. J. Clark 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan D. F. Barnea 

Minnesota Robert Forbes 

Mississippi S. A. Cowan 

Missouri John Gillies 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebraska C. F. (.'I'eiLditon 

Newark J. N. FitzGuruld 

New England .S. F. Uiiham 

New England Southern.. C. W. Gallagher 

New Hampshire J. M. Durrell 

New Jersey J. L. Sooy 

New York J. M. King 

New York East D. A. (Joodsell 

North Cai'olina J. E. Champlin 

North Dakota D. C. Plaiinette 

Northern New York H. M. Dant'orth 

North German Frederick Kopp 

North India D. W. Thomas 

North Indiana C. G. Hudson 

Nortli Nebraska J . B. Maxtield 

North Ohio J. W. Mcndcnhall 

North-west German Christojih Schulz 

North-west Indiana S. P. Colvin 

North-west Iowa Bennett Mitchell 

North-west Kansas M. iM. Stolz 

North-west Swedish John VVigren 

Norway J. H. Jolmson 

Norweg'n & Danish.. .Andrew HaaL'cnsen 

Ohio J. M. Trimble 

Oregon W. S. Ihirrington 

PhiTadelphia T. B. Ncely 

Pittsburg C. W. Smitli 

Put'et Sound D. G. Le Soiird 

Rock River C. G. Truesdell 

St. John's River C. C. McLean 

St. Louis B. St. J. Fry 

St. Louis German William KoeneUe 

Savannah CO. Fislier 

South Carolina J. E. Wilson 

South-east Indiana J. S. Tevis 

Southern California M. M. Bovard 

Southern German Henry Dietz 

Southern Illinois I. L. Wallar 

South India J. E. RoMnson 

South Kansas Bernard Kelly 

South-west Kansas J. D. Botkia 



378 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1888. 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Sweden M. F. Aligren 

Switzerland 11. J. Bieiter 

Tennessee Calvin Pickett 

Te.\:is Edw aiil Lee 

Troy William Griffin 

Upper Iowa A. J. Kynett 

Vermont T. P. Frost 

Virginia A. J. Porter 

Washington E. W. S. Peck 



. CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

West German Jacob Tanner 

Wust Nebraska K. C. Johnson 

West Te.xas Henry S wann 

West Virgmia G. E. Kite 

West Wisconsin E. L. Eaton 

Wihnington Jacob Todd 

Wisconsin B. P. Kaymond 

Wyoming W. H. Olin 



2. — On Itinerancy. Journal, page 94. 
J. M. Buckley, Chairman; I. W. Joyce, Secretary. 

James Coote, \ , ■ j. ^ c, ^ ■ 
„ „, ^^ > Assistant Secretaries. 

G. W. HUGHEY, S 



Alabama Benijah Sheets 

Arkansas A. C. Phillips 

Austin J. S. Hetherington 

Baltimore W. F. Speake 

Bengal J. M. Thoburn 

Blue Kidge J. D. Eoberson 

California E. R. DiUe 

Central Alabama A. W. McKinney 

Central German II. J. Liebliart 

Central Illinois B. W. Baker 

Central Missouri W. H. 11. Brown 

Central New York E. M. Mills 

Cential Ohio L. A. Belt 

Central Pennsylvania E. J. Gray 

Central Tennessee L. S. Doolitile 

CUiicago German Charles lledler 

Cincinnati I. W. Joyce 

Colorado D. II. Moore 

Columbia Kiver William Michell 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware W. II. Thomas 

Des Moines D. S. Sigler 

Detroit L. K. Fiske 

East German Paul Quattlander 

East Maine W. T. Jewell 

East Ohio W. L. Di.xon 

East Tennessee D. W. Hayes 

Erie II. II. Moore 

Florida L. L. Chestnut 

Foocho w Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee D. W. C. Huntington 

Georgia Hugh Boyd 

Germany C. A. C. Achard 

Holston W. M. Christian 

Idaho S. O. Swackhanier 

Illinois W. H. Wilder 

Indiana M. L. B. Sefrit 

Iowa G. N. Power 

Italy L. M. Vernon 

Japan K. S. Maclay 

Kansas 1. I. Taber 

Kentucky J. D. Walsh 

Lexington E. W. S. Hammond 

Liberia J. H. Deputie 

Little Kock C. C. Kiley 

Louisiana J. F. Marshall 

Maine E. T. Adams 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan Washington Gardner 



Minnesota G. H. Bridgman 

Mississippi J. C. Eckles 

Missouri John Gillies 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebraska J. W. Stewart 

Newark D. K. Lowrie 

New England Aklen Speare 

New England Southern S. O. Benton 

New Hampshire J. E. Robins 

New Jersey J . B. Graw 

New York'. J. R. Day 

New York East J. M. Buckley 

North Carolina J. E. Champlin 

North Dakota D. C. Plannette 

Nortiiern New Y'ork James Coote 

Norili German B'rederick Kopp 

Noi'th India 

North Indiana F. T. Simpson 

North Nebraska W. M. Worley 

North Ohio T. F. Ilildreth 

North-west German Jacob Wornli 

North-w(st Indiana R. D. Utter 

North-west Iowa Wilmot WJiittield 

North-west Kansas J. II. Lockwood 

North-west Swedish John Wigren 

Norway J. 11. Jolmson 

Norweg'n & Danish 0. B. Jacobs 

Ohio J. M. Weir 

Oregon W. S. Harrington 

Philadelphia William Swindells 

Pittsburg J. F. Core 

Puget Sound D. T. Denny 

Rock River N. E. Lyman 

St. John's River C. C. McLean 

St. Louis G. VV . Ilughey 

St. Louis German Henry Sehulz 

Savannah S. C. Upshaw 

South Carolina J. E. Wilson 

South-east Indiana W. R. Lathrop 

Southern California J. B. Green 

Southern German Hem-y Dietz 

Southern Illinois J. W. Locke 

South India J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas J. A. Hyclen 

South-west Kansas M. L. Gates 

Sweden M. F. Ahgren 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee T. W. Johnson 

Texas LB. Scott 



1888.1 



Slanding Com m ittees. 



379 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Troy 1. W. Eaton 

Upper Iowa 11. IJ. Green 

Venuoht E. W. Culver 

Virginia A. J. Porter 

Wii-shingtou H. A. Carroll 

West German Jacob Tanner 

West Nebraska P. C. Johnson 



CONFERENCE. nELEOATES. 

West Texas G. K. Townseu 

West Virj^'inia G. W. Atldnsoii 

West Wisconsin W.J. MeKav 

Wilmington J. A. B. Wilson 

Wisconsin Thomas Clithero 

Wyoming M. S. Hard 



3. — On Boundaries. Journal, page 94. 
Bishop J. M. Walden, Chairman; B. E. Wheeler, Secretary. 



Alabama J. D. Pierce 

Arkansas T. B. Ford 

Austin J. S. Uetherington 

Baltimore G. W. Corner 

Bengal Robert Laidlaw 

Blue Ridge H. F. Ketron 

California J. A. Clavton 

Central Alabama W. G. Allen 

Central German Jacob Rotlnveiler 

Central Illinois G. W. Gue 

Central Miss.iuri W. II. H. Brown 

Central New York U. S. Beebe 

Central Ohio Gershom Lease 

Central Pennsylvania W. A. Stephens 

Central Tennessee L. S. Doolittle 

Chieiigo German G. A. Seifelcl 

Cineimuiti A. B. Leonard 

Colorado J. W. Lacey 

Columbia River W. S. Turner 

Dakota D. W. Diggs 

Delaware W. II. Coffey 

Dcs Moines B. F. W. Cozier 

Detroit Jacob Horton 

East German F. K. Keller 

East Maine E. M. Tibhitts 

East Ohio J. W. Tojand 

East Tennessee D. W. Hays 

Erie R. S. Borland 

Florida S. B. Darnell 

Foocho w Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee J. B. Went worth 

Georgia J. E. Bryant 

Germany C. A. C. Achard 

Holston'. T. C;. Carter 

Idaho Abraham Eads 

Illinois M. D. Hawes 

Indiana W . R. Halstead 

Iowa C. F. Craver 

Italy 

Japan R. S. Maclay 

Kansas G. S. Dearborn 

Kentucky Amos Shinkle 

Lexington T. R. Fletcher 

Lilieria J. Ij. Fuller 

Little Rock W. R. R. Duncan 

Louisiana Graham Bell 

MMine C.J. Clark 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan W. I. Cogshall 

Minnesota W. W. Satterlee 

Mississippi Henry A vant 

Missouri J. M. Davis 



Montana 

Nebraska A. C. Crostliwaite 

Newark R. R. Dohertv 

New England J. 11. Manstiel'd 

New England Southern Leavitt Bates 

New Hampshire E. A. Crawford 

New Jersey G. B. Wight 

New. York J. D. Slav back 

New York East Icliabod Sinimons 

Nnrth Carolina J. E. Cliamplin 

North Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New York Samuel Call 

North Gernum Frederick Koiip 

North India 1). W. Thomas 

North Indiana Enoch Holdstock 

North Nebraska J. B. Maxfield 

North Ohio Ehero Persons 

North-west (ierman Christoph Sohulz 

North-west Indiana S. P. Calvin 

North-west Iowa A. D. Peck 

North-west Kansas \ P. Collins 

North-west Swedisli John Wiirren 

Norway J. II. Johnson 

Norweg'n & Danisli . . Andrew Ilaagensen 

Ohio 1. F. King 

Oregon J. O. Booth 

Philadelphia J. F. Croucii 

Pittsburg J. A. Strickler 

Puget Sound D. G. Le Sourd 

Rock River N. II. Axtcll 

St. John's River Geo. T. King 

St. Louis (;. W. llughcy 

St. Louis German IIenr\- Schutz 

Savannah C. R. Fisher 

South Carolina J. E. Wilson 

South-east Indiana E. F. Rittcr 

Southern California J. B. (ireen 

Southern German F. B. Blumberg 

Southern Illinois John Leeper 

South India I. E. Robinson 

South Kansas Hugh McBirncy 

South-west Kansas B. C. S warts 

Sweden M. F. Aligrcn 

Switzerland II. J. Breiter 

Tennessee T. W. Johnson 

Texas I. B. Scott 

Troy A. I). Ileaxt 

Upper Iowa J . P. Farley 

Vermont Cliauneey Temple 

Virginia C. C. (iavcr 

Washington J, A. Holmes 

West German Jacob Tanner 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

West Nebraska J. L. Parrotte 

West Texas Henry Swann 

West Virginia J. M." Waideii 

West Wisconsin E. L. Eaton 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Wilmington N. M. Browne 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming J. G. Ecliuiau 



4. — On ItEVISALS. JOUENAL, PAGE 94 

W. F. Whitlock, Chairman ; C. C. Wilbor, Secretary. 

T. McK. Stuart, ) . 

T -^ c Assistant Secretaries. 

Lewis Curts, ) 



Alabama Benijali Sheets 

Arkansas T. B. Ford 

Austin E. O. Mclntire 

Baltimore J. E. Goueher 

Bengal J. M. Thohurn 

Blue Ridge H. F. Ketron 

California W. S. Ui'niy 

Central Alabama A. W. McKenney 

Central German P. E. Schneider 

Central Illinois P. A. Cool 

Central Missouri C. S. Walden 

Central New York C. (.'. Willjor 

Central Ohic S. L. Koberts 

Central reiuisylvania T. II. Murray 

Central Tennessee J. W. McNeill 

Cliicago German Ciiarles llcdler 

Cincinnati J . K. Pollard 

Colorado E. T. Ailing 

Columbia River William Miehell 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware W. H. Thomas 

Dcs Moines T. McK. Stuart 

Detroit L. P. Davis 

East German Paul Quattlander 

E;ist Maine T. II. Wentworth 

East Oliio A. II. Donier 

Eavt Tennessee J. P. Andrews 

Erie G. P. Hukill 

Florida L. L. Chestnut 

Foochow Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee Samuel M cGerald 

Georgia Hugh Boyd 

Germany C. A. C. Acliard 

Holston II. B. Case 

Idaho S. O. Suackliamer 

Illinois M. A. Ilewes 

Indiana M. J. Talbott 

Iowa G. N. Power 

Italy 

Japan R. S. Maelay 

Kansas James Marvin 

Kentucky Amon Boreing 

Lexington G. L. Knox 

Liberia J. L. Fuller 

Little Eock W. K. R. Duncan 

Louisiana Graham Bell 

Maine J. B. Donnell 

Mexico 

Michigan J. H. Potts 

Minnesota J. N. Liscomb 

Mississippi J. M. Shumpert 

Missouri W. F. Clayton 

Montana \V. A. Shannon 

Nebraska A. C. Crostiivvaite 

Newark J. I. Boswell 

New England Daniel Dorchester 



New England Southern D. A. Jordan 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey G. L. Dobbins 

New York F. J. Belcher 

New York East.. Joseph Pullman 

North Carolina W. M. Graves 

Nortli Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New Y'ork W. F. Markham 

North German II. II. Heius 

North Imlia 

North Indiana C. W. Lynch 

North Nebraska N. R. Persinger 

North Ohio W. F. Whitlock 

North-west German Jacoi) Wernli 

Niirth-west Indiana R. D. Utter 

North-west Iowa II. S. Vaughn 

North-west Kansas M. M. Stolz 

Nonh-west Swedish John Wigren 

Norway J. H. Johnson 

Norweg'n & Danish. .Andrew Ilaagensen 

Ohio J. C. Jackson 

Oregon J. O. Booth 

PJiiladelphia S. W. Thomas 

Pittsburg W. B. Watkins 

Puget Sound D. T. Denny 

Rock Ri\ er Lewis Curts 

St. John's River C. C. McLean 

St. Louis B. St. J . Fry 

St. Louis German Habbe Velde 

Savaniiah T. A. Fortson 

South Carolina E. A. Webster 

South-east Indiana J. S. Tcvis 

Southern California J. B. Green 

Southern German Henry Dietz 

Southern Illinois J. L. Wallar 

South India J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas R. N. Allen 

South-west Kansas H. H. McAdams 

Sweden M. F. Ahgren 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee Calvin Pickett 

Te.xas J. H. Wilkins 

Troy Henry Graham 

Upper Iowa J. T. Crippin 

Vermont T. P. Frost 

Virginia C. C. Gavcr 

Washinffton G. W. Holliiiger 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska J. L. Parrotte 

West Texas G. R. Townsen 

West Virginia G. E. Hite 

West Wisconsin B. E. Wheeler 

Wilmington II. P. Cannon 

Wisconsin Sabin Halsey 

Wyoming D. W. C. Olmstead 



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5. — Ox Temporal Economy, Journal, pack 9-i. 
Wm. H. Ckaig, Chairman; N. G. Millek, Secretary. 



CONTERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Alabama J . D. Piurcu 

Arkansas A. C. Plnllips 

Austin J. S. Ik-tlierinKton 

Biiltiinore Alexander Ashley 

Bengal Kobeit LaiiUaw 

Blue Kidgo H. T. Ketron 

California Clianccllor Hartson 

Central Alabama W. G. Allun 

Central German J. F. Scliultz 

Central Illinois J. II. Bunn 

Central Mi-souri W. H. II. Brown 

Central New York Thomas Jones 

Central Ohio William St. John 

Centra! reunsylvania S. W. Murray 

Central Tennessee L. S. Doolittle 

Chicago German Henry Kieke 

Cincinnati J. l!. Jones 

Colorado J. W. Lacey 

Columbia Kiver William Michel! 

Dakota D. W. DiiTgs 

Delaware K. L. Briddell 

Des Moines L. M. Shaw 

Detroit Horace Hitelicock 

Kast (Tcrman F. K. Keller 

East Maine E. M. Tibbitts 

East Ohio Louis Paine 

East Tennessee J. P. Andrews 

Erie Edward Appleyard 

Florida L. L. Cliestnut 

Foocliow Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee J. I. Stanton 

(Georgia Hugh Boyd 

Germany C. A. C. Achard 

Ilolston W. M. Christian 

Idaho Abraliam Eads 

Illinois E. W. Moore 

Indiana D. E. Beem 

Iowa C. F. Craver 

italy 

Japan J . 0. Spencer 

Kansas S. E. Pendleton 

Kentucky Amon Horeing 

Lexington Daniel Jones 

Liberia J. L. Fuller 

Little Rock C. C. Riley 

Louismna A. E. P. Al bert 

Maine W. L. Dairafett 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan J. C. Floyd 

Minnesota G. H. Hazzard 

Mississippi J. P. Simnis 

Missouri C. R. Combs 

Montana 

Nebraska J. W. Stewart 

Newark H. A. Buttz 

New Enirland L. C. Smitii 



CONFERENCE. 

New Englantl Soutln 
New Ihimpshire. . . . 
New Jersey 



DELEGATES 

.W. H. Iliillip. 
. . G. W . Norri^ 
...W. Il.Skirn 



I 

New York A. M. Card 

New York East T. 11. Burch 

North Carolina W. M. (iraves 

Nortli Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New York N. L. Stone 

Nortli German 11. II. Ileins 

Norlli India D. W. Tliomas 

North Indiana J. S. Baker 

Nortli Nebraska L. II. Rogers 

Nortli Oliio Cahin Wliitney 

North- west German Christopli Scliulz 

Norih-west Indiana A. R. Colljorn 

North west Iowa Bennett Mitcliell 

North-west Kansas A. P. Collins 

North-west Swedish J. R. Lindgren 

Norway J. II. Johii.son 

Norwegian and Danish O. R. Jacobs 

Ohio C. W. Super 

Oregon W. S. llarringion 

Pliiladelphia James Gilleiider 

Pittsburg N. G. Miller 

Puget Sound D. T. Denny 

Rock River W. A. Spencer 

St. John's River Geo. T. Kinc 

St. Louis W. H. Craig 

St. Louis German II. II. Jacoby 

Savannah W. 11. Cro<rnian 

South Carolina Sdas Easterliiiir 

Soutli-east Imliana Will Cumliack 

Soutliern California W. II. Jolmson 

Southern German F. B. Blumberg 

Soutliern Illinois S. L. D wight 

Soutli India J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas Bernard Kelly 

South-west Kansas J. D. Botkin 

Sweden .VI. F. Ahgreu 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee T. W^. Johnson 

Texas Edward Lee 

Troy D. H. Gates 

Upper Iowa G. W. Brindell 

Vermont VV. A. Boycc 

Virginia A. J. Porter 

Washington Samuel Tyler 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska P. C. Johnson 

West Texas' Ilenrv Swaiin 

West Virginia J. C! Bardall 

West Wisconsin J. B. Jones 

Wilmington L. S. Melson 

W isconsi n 

Wyoming George Reynolds 



6. — On State of the Church. 
J. O. Peck, Chairman ; A. E. 



Journal, pages 94, 95. 
P. Albert. Secretnrtj. 



Alabama Benijah Slieets 

Arkansas \. C. Phillips 

Austin E. O. Mcliitire 

Baltimore Alexander Asliley 



Bengal J. M. TJioburn 

Blue Ri.ltre J. D. Roberson 

Catirornia A. J. Nelson 

Central Alabama W. G. Allen 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Central German D. B. Meyer 

Central Illinois C. O. McCulloch 

Central Missouri C. S. WaUlen 

Central New York £. M. Mills 

Central Ohio J. B. Williams 

Central Penn.sylvania M. L. Ganoe 

Central Tennessee L. S. Doolittle 

Cliicago German G. A. SeiteM 

Cincinnati J. H. Bayliss 

Colorado Earl Cranston 

Columbia Siver W. S. Turner 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware B. O. Bird 

Des Moines W. S. Hooker 

Detroit J. f^. Smart 

East German F. K. Keller 

East Maine W. T. Jewell 

East Ohio F. A. Arter 

East Tennessee J. P. Andrews 

Erie H. H. Moore 

Floriila L. L. Chestnut 

Fooehow Sia Sek Onj; 

Gencsei! Z. 1*. Taylor 

Georifia Hugh Boyd 

Gerniiinv C. A. C.Achard 

Ilolston" H. B. Case 

Idaiio S. O. Swackhamer 

Illinois M. D. Hawes 

Indiana D. E. Beein 

Iowa John Mahin 

Italy L. M. Vernon 

Jajiaii J. O. Spencer 

Kansas G. S. Dearborn 

Kentucky .J. D. Walsh 

Lexinccton E. W. S. Hammond 

Liberia J. H. Deputie 

Little Rock W. K. K. Duncan 

L<Miisiana A. E. P. Albert 

Miiine E. T. Adams 

Mexico 

Michigan Daniel Striker 

Minnesota 

Mississippi S. A. Cowan 

Missouri J. M. Davis 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebraska M. B. Reese 

Newark J. L Baswell 

New EnL'land J. W. Hamilton 

New Phigland Southern. . .Edward Edson 

New Hampshire W. k. Heard 

New Jersey Clinton B. Fisk 

New York*. John Miley 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

New York East J. 0. Peck 

North Carcrlina J. E. Champlin 

North Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New York Alex. Bramley 

North German H. H. Heins 

North In'iia 

North Indiana C. L. Henry 

North Nebraska .N. R. Persinsrer 

North Ohio J. E. Stnhlis 

North-west German Jacoii Wernli 

North-west Hidiaua J. C. Ridpath 

North-west Iowa Bennett Mitcliell 

North-west Kansas CD. Joi.es 

North-west Swedish John Wio-ren 

Norway J. H. Johnson 

Norwegian and Danish 0. B. Jacobs 

Ohio S. H. Hur-st 

Oregon J. O. Bootli 

Philadelphia J. B. Storm 

Pittsburg B. C. Christy 

Puget Sound D. G. Le Sour'd 

Rock River F. M. Bristol 

St. John's River C. C. McLean 

St. Louis S. N. Taylor 

St. Louis German William Koeiieke 

Savannah C. O. Fisher 

South Carolina E. A. Webster 

South-ea.st Indiana W. R. Lathrop 

Southern California W. H. Jolmson 

Southern German F. B. Bluniberg 

Southern Illinois R. W. Lyon 

South India J. E. Rubiison 

South Kansas W. H. Stout 

South-west Kan.sas W. H. Mock 

Sweden M. F. Ahgien 

Switzerland 11. J. Breiier 

Tennessee Calvin Pickett 

Texas J. H. Wilivins 

Troy Alfred Guibord 

Upper Iowa W. F. King 

Vermont Cliauncey Temple 

Virginia C. C. Gaver 

Washington H. A. Carroll 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska J. L. Parrotte 

West Texas G. R. Townsen 

West Virginia J. F. Cliennweth 

West Wisconsin E. E. Bentley 

Wilmington Jaeol) Todd 

Wisconsin G. H. Foster 

Wyoming E. C. Wadliains 



7. — Ox Book Concern. Journal, pages 94, 95. 
Clinton B. Fisk, Chairman; A. "W. McKinney, Sea'etary. 

Alabama J. D. Pierce ' Central Missouri C. S. Waklen 

Arkansas A. C. Phillips ! Central New York T. W. Duivton 

Austin J. S. Hetlierington ! Central Ohio L. A. Belt 

Baltimore D. H. Carroll : Central Pennsylvania D. S. ]\Ionroc 

Bengal Robert Laidlaw Central Tennesse J. W. ^SIcNeill 

Bine Ridge H. F. Ketron Chicago German C. A. Loeber 

California J. A. Clayton Cincinnati J. K. Pollard 

Central Alabama A. W. McKinney Colorado D. H. Moore 

Central German D. B. Meyer Columbia River William Jlichell 

Central Illinois Isaac Bailey . Dakota D. W. Diggs 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Dull! ware B. O. Bird 

Des Moines D. S. Sigler 

Detroit C. K. Brown 

East German F. K. Keller 

East Maine T. li. W'ent worth 

East Ohio S. J. Williams 

East Tennessee D. W. Haves 

Erie Alfred Wheeler 

Florida S. B. Darnell 

Foochow Sia Sek Onir 

Genesee .L Q. Wentwortli 

Georgia J. E. Bryant 

Germany . . . ■. C. A. C. Aciiartl 

Holston T. C. Carter 

Idaho Ahraliam Eads 

Illinois Horace Reed 

Indiana D. E. Beem 

Iowa J. C. W. Co.xe 

Italy 

Japan R. S. Maelay 

Kansas I. I. Taber 

Kentucky Amos Shinlde 

Lexington T. R. Fletcher 

Liberia J. II. Deputie 

Little Rock W. R. R. Duncan 

Louisiana A. E. P. Albert 

Maine C. J. Clark 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan D. i'. Barnes 

Minnesota G. II. Ilazzard 

Mississippi J. C. Pickles 

Missouri W. F. Clayton 

Montana 

Nebraska M. B. Reese 

Newark H. C. Clark 

New England Alden Speare 

New England Southern Leavitt Bates 

New Hampshire W. A. Heard 

New Jersey Clinton B. Fisk 

New York G. S. Hare 

New York East P. C. Lounsbury 

North Carolina . W. M. Graves 

North Dakota D. C. Plannette 

Northern New York ... Warner Miller 

North German Frederick Kopp 

North India D. W. Thomas 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

North Indiana C. (i. Hudson 

Noi til Nebraska L. II. Rotters 

North (Jnio W. F. Whitlock 

North- west German Cliristopli^ Sciiuiz 

North-west Indiana \V. II. Ilickmaii 

Noi th- West Iowa A. D. Peck 

Nortii-west Kansas C. D. Jones 

North-west Swedish J. R. Liiidgieii 

Norway J. II. Johii.son 

Xoiweg'n ife Danish. .Andrew Ilaagensen 

Ohio J. II. Gardner 

Oregon J. O. Booth 

Philadelphia S. \V. Thomas 

Pittsburg C. W. Smith 

Pu^et Sound D. T. Denny 

Rock River J. II. Vincent 

St. John's River G. T. King 

St. Louis S. N. Taylor 

St. Louis German II. 11. Jacoby 

Savannah W. 11. Crogmaii 

South Carolina E. A. Webster 

South-east Indiana Will Cuiiiback 

Southern Calit'ornia M. M. Bovard 

Southern German F. B. Biumberg 

Southern Illinois S. L. Dwight 

South India J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas W. 11. Stout 

South-west Kansas W. H. Mock 

Sweden M. F. Ahgieii 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee T. W. Johnson 

Te.xas I. B. Scott 

Troy 1 lomer Eaton 

Upper Iowa E. A. Snyder 

Vermont W. A. Boyce 

Virginia A. J. Porter 

Washington J. A. Holmes 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska P. C. Johnson 

West Texas Henry Swaiin 

West Virginia G. W. Atkinson 

West Wisconsin E. E. Bentley 

Wilmington 11. P. Caiinon 

Wisconsin E. L. Paine 

Wyoming E. C. Wadhams 



8. — On Missions. Journal, pages O-t, 05. 
J. M. Thoburn, G. S. Ciiadboukne, Chairmen ; A. B. Leonard, Secretary. 



Alabama J. D. Pierce 

Arkansa.s T. B. Ford 

Austin E. O. Melntire 

Baltimore W. F. Speake 

Bengal J. M. Thoburn 

Blue Ridge J. D. Rol lerson 

California .A. J. Nelson 

Central Alabama W. G. Allen 

Central German lacob Rotliw eiler 

Central lliiiH.is f". O. MeCulloch 

Central MisMniii W. II. H. Brown 

Central New York U.S. Beebe 

Central Ohio Gershoin Lease 

Central Pennsylvania. . .W. .\. Stephens 
Central Tennessee J. W. McNeill 



Chicago German Charles Hedler 

Cincinnati A. B. Leonard 

(Colorado Karl Cranston 

Columbia River W. S. Turner 

Dakota D. W. Di-trs 

Delaware W. H. Thomas 

Des Moines W. S. Ilo-ker 

Detroit A.J. Bigelow 

East German Paul Quattlander 

East .Maine ■'. W. Day 

East Ohio J. W. Tolaiid 

East Tennessee I >. W. 1 1 .ys 

Erie T. L. Fl I 

Florida S. B Danu-ll 

Foochow Sia Sek Oug 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Genesee J. E. Williams 

Georgia Hugh Boyd 

Germany C. A. C. Acliard 

Holston T. C. Carter 

Ijiaho S. O. S waekhamer 

Illinois W. N. McElroy 

Indiana H.J. Talbott 

Iowa C. F. Craver 

Italy L. M. Vernon 

Japan K. S. Maelay 

Kansas G. S. Dearborn 

Kentucky Amon Boreing 

Le.\ington G. L. Knox 

Liberia J. H. Denutie 

Little Rock C. C. Kiley 

Louisiana J. F. Marshall 

Maine E. T. Adams 

Me.\ico 

Michigan J. M. Reid 

Minnesota 

Mississippi Henry A vant 

Missouri C. R. Combs 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebraska 

Newark S. Van Benschoten 

New England G. S. Chadbourne 

New England Southern D. A. .Jordan 

New ilanipshire J. M. Durrell 

New Jersey J. L. Sooy 

New York". C. C. McCabe 

New York East H. W. Knight 

North Carolina J. E. Chaniiilin 

North Dakota D. C. Plannette 

Northern New York Samuel Call 

North Gerin;in H. H. Heins 

North India ... D. \V. TJiomas 

North Indiana F. T. Simpson 

North Nebraska W. M. Worley 

North Ohio Elvero Persons 

North-west German Clirisiopli Seliulz 

Niirth-west Indiana K. D. L'tter 



CONFEliENCE. DELEGATES. 

North-west Iowa Wilmot Wliitfield 

North-we-t Kansas J. H. Lookwood 

Nortli-west Swedish John Wigren 

Norway J. H. Johnson 

Norweir'n in Danish . ..Andrew Haaoensen 

Ohio..'. 1. F. King 

Oretfou VV. S. Harrington 

PJiiladelphia J. F. Cro'ich 

Pittsburg N. G. Miller 

Putret Sound D. T. Dunny 

Eock River N. H. Axtell 

St. John's River G. T. King 

St. Louis W. H. Craig 

St. Louis German William Koeneke 

Savannah S. C. Upshaw 

Soutli Carolina J. B. Middleton 

South-east Indiana E. F. Ritter 

Southern California J. B. Green 

Southern German Henry Dictz 

Soutliern Illinois J. W. Locke 

South India .'J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas Bernard Kelly 

South-west Kansas M. L. Gates 

Sweden M. F. Ahgren 

Switzerland 11. J. Breiter 

Tennessee Calvin Pickett 

Texas J. B. McCuUoch 

Troy C. D. Hammond 

Upper Iowa J. T. Cri]ipcn 

Vermont E. W. Culver 

Virarinia C. C. G;iver 

Washington E. W. S. Peck 

West German Jacob Tanner 

West Nebraska J. L. Parrotte 

West Texas G. R. Townsen 

West Virginia J. M. Wnrden 

West Wisconsin B. E. Wheeler 

Wilmington J. A . B. W iison 

Wisconsin G. H. Foster 

Wyoming J. G. Eckmaii 



9. — On Education. Journal, pages 94, 95, 
C. H. Payxe, Chairman ; B. St. J. Fky, Secretary. 



Alabama Benijah Sheets 

Arkansas A. C. Pliillips 

Austin E. O. Mclntire 

Baltimore Jolm Lanahan 

Benijal Robert ]..aidlaw 

Blue Ridge II. F. Ketron 

California Chancellor Hartson 

Central Alabama A. ^V. McKinney 

Central German P. F. Schneider 

Central Illinois B. W. Baker 

Central Missouri C. S. Walden 

Central New York C. N. Sims 

Central Ohio E. D. WHiitlock 

Central Pennsvlvania E. J. Grav 

Central Tennessee L. S. Doolittl'e 

Chicago German Henry Rieke 

Cincinnati C. H. Payne 

Colorado D. II. Moore 

Columbia River William Michell 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware E. L. Briddell 



Des Moines T. McK. Stuart 

Detroit L. R. Fiske 

East German Paul (^uattlander 

East Maine W. T. Jewell 

East Ohio Louis Paine 

East Tennessee J. P. Andrews 

Erie R. S. Borland 

Florida S. B. Darnell 

Foochow Sia Sek (Jng 

Genesee G. H. Dryer 

Georgia J. E. Bryant 

Germany < '. A. C. Achard 

Holston J. S. Spence 

Idaho Abraham Eads 

Illinois J), h. Musselman 

Indiana Alexander Martin 

Iowa J . T. AlcFarland 

Italy 

Japan I . <). Sjiencer 

Kansas .):;mes Marvin 

Kentuckv J. D. Walsh 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Lexington Daniel Jones 

Liberia J. L. Fuller 

Little KoeU C. C. Ki lev- 
Louisiana J. L. Jones 

Maine VV . L. Dairjrett 

Mexico J. W. Butk'i- 

Michigan Waslimgioii Gardner 

Minnesota G. IL Hridirnian 

Mississippi J. 1*. Simnis 

Missouri W. F. Clayton 

Montana 

Nebraska C F. Creigliton 

Newark H. A. Buttz 

New England S. F. Upliain 

New Eutrland Southern. .C. W. Galhiirlier 

New Hampshire J. E. KoWius 

New Jersey G. B. Wight 

New York". .'. J. R. D .v 

New York East D. A. Goodsell 

North Carolina VV. M. Graves 

North Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New York W. F. Markhain 

Nortli German Frederick Kopp 

North Lidia 

North Lidiana C. W. Lvnch 

N.^th Nebraska L. H. Kiirers 

North Ohio J. E. Stubbs 

North-we-t German Jacob Wernli 

North-west Luliana J. C. Ridpath 

North-west Iowa H. S. Vaughn 

North-west Kansas A. P. Collins 

North-west Swedish ..J. R. Lindgi-en 

Norway J. H. Johiison 

Norwegian & J)anish (J. B. Jacobs 

Ohio C. W. Super 



CONFEUENCE. DELEGATES. 

OreLTon 

I'hiladelphia C. J. Little 

Pittsburg B. C. Christy 

I'uget Sound D. G. Le Sourd 

Rock River 

St. John's River C. C. McLean 

St. Louis B. St. J. Fry 

St. Louis German Hal)l)e Velde 

Savannah T. A. Fortscjn 

South Carolina J. B. Midilleton 

South-east Indiana E. F. Ritter 

Southern California M. M. Bovard 

Southern Genu n F. B. Blumberg 

Southern Illinois J. W. Locke 

South India J. E. Robinson 

South Kansas R. N. Allen 

South-west Kansas H. H. Me Adams 

Sweden M. F. Ahgien 

Switzerland H. J. ih-eiter 

Tenne.'*.see T. W. Joimson 

Texas J. B. MeCuUoch 

Troy Henry (iiaham 

Upper Iowa W. F. King 

Vermont E. W. Culver 

Virginia A. J. I'orier 

Washington G. W. Hollinsrer 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska P. C. Johnson 

We-t Texas Henry Swann 

West Virginia J. F. Cheiioweth 

West Wisconsin W. J. .McKay 

Wilmington N. M. Brown 

Wisconsin B. P. Raymond 

Wyoming J. C. Leacock 



10. — On Chukch Extension. Journal, pages 94, 95. 
J. B. GuAW, Chairman; J. C. Jackson Jr., Secretary. 



Alabama L D. Pierce 

Arkansas T. B. Ford 

Austin J. S. Iletherington 

Baltimore J . F. Goueher 

Bengal . Robert Laidlaw 

Blue Ridge J. D. Roberson 

California Robert Bentley 

Central Alabama W. G. Allen 

Central Geruuxn J. F. Schultz 

Centra] Illinois G. W. Gue 

Central Missouri W. H. H. Brown 

Central Now York T. W. Durston 

Central Ohio William St. John 

Central Pennsylvania George Leidy 

Central Tennessee J. W. McNeill 

Chicago German C. A. Loeber 

(Mncinnati L W. Joyoe 

Colorado J . W. Laoey 

(Columbia River W. S. Tiu-ner 

Dakota D. W. Ditru's 

Delaware W. H. Cotfey 

Des Moines L. M. .Shaw 

Detroit Jacob Horton 

East (iernian F. K. Keller 

East Maine T. 11. Wentworth 

East Ohio W. L. Dixon 

Ea.st Tennessee J. P. Andrews 

25 



Erie G. P. Hukill 

Florida L. L. Chestnut 

Foocliow Sia Sek Ong 

(ienesee J. I. Sianton 

Georgia J . E. Bryant 

Germany C. A C. .\chard 

Holston H. B. Case 

Idaho S. f). Swaekiiamcr 

Hlinois W. H. Wilder 

Indiana M. L. B. Sefrit 

Iowa John Mahin 

Italy L. M. Vernon 

Japan J. O. Spencer 

Kansas 

Kentucky Amos Sliinkle 

Lexington (t. L. Knox 

Liberia J. H Deputie 

Little Rock W. R. R. Duncan 

Louisiana -I. L. Jones 

Maine J. B. Donnell 

Mexico 

.Michigan R. R. Pcnler 

Minnesota J. N. l/i^conib 

Mississippi I. C. Eckles 

Missouri John Gillies 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebra.sktt A. C. Cro-tliwaite 



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CONFEREXCE. DELEGATES. 

Newiirk J. N. FitzGerald 

Now England G. S. Chadbourne 

New England S..ut!icni. . . W. H. Pliillips 

New llamiishire E. A. Crawford 

New Jersey J. B. Graw 

New York J. 1). Slavback 

New York East T. II. Burcli 

Nortli Carolina W. M. Graves 

North Dakota D. C. I'lannette 

Northern New Yoik Ale.x. Braniley 

North German Frederick Kopp 

North India 

North Indiana Enoch Holdstock 

North Nebraska N. K. PersinjfL-r 

North (Jliio'. (./'olvin Whitney 

North west German Christopli 8cliulz 

Nortli- west Indiana A. K. Col born 

North-Wist Iowa H. S. Vaucrhn 

North-west Kansas M. M Stoiz 

Nortli-west Swedi.-li J. E. Lindgrcn 

Norway J. 11. Johnson 

Norweg'n <fe Danish. .Andicw Haajjensen 

Ohio ■ J. C.Jackson 

()rei:on W. S. Harrington 

Piiiladeliihia W. J. Paxson 

Pittsburg .]. A. Stricklcr 

Piijiet Sound D. G. Le Sourd 

Rock River C. G. Truesdcll 

St. John's River Geo. T. Kinor 



CONFEKENCE. DELEGATES. 

St. Louis S. N. Taylor 

St. Louis Gel man Henry Scliutz 

Savannah S. C. Upshaw 

South Caiolina Sihis Easterling 

South-east Indiana W. R. Lathrop 

Southern <'alit'oinia J. B. Green 

Southern Girman Henry Dietz 

Southern Illinois John Leeper 

South India J. E. Robin>on 

South K:iii.-as ...Hugh McBirney 

South-west Kansas ".B. C. Swarts 

S weden M. F. A hgren 

Sv\itzerland II. J. Breiter 

Teiine>si:e Calvin Pickett 

Texas Edward Lee 

Troy A. D. Heaxt 

Upper Iowa A. J. Kynett 

Vermont W. A. Boyce 

Virginia C. C. GaVer 

Washiuirton Samuel Tyler 

West German Jacol> Tanner 

West Nebraska P. C. Jolmson 

West Texa.s G. R. Tou nsen 

West Virginia G. E. Hite 

West Wisconsin E. L. Eaton 

Wilmington L. S. Melson 

Wisconsin E. L. Paine 

Wyoming George Reynolds 



1 1. Ox SUXDAY-SCHOOL AND TkACTS. JoURNAL, PAGES 94, 95. 

J. W. ]MEXDExir.\Li.. Chairman ; Robert Forbes, Secretary. 



Alabama Benijah Sheets 

Arkansas A. C. Phillips 

Aus*^in E. 0. Mclntire 

Baltimore G. W. Corner 

Bengal J. M. Thoburn 

Blue Ridge II. F. Ketron 

California W. S. Urmy 

Central Alabama \W G. Allen 

Central (German H. J. Liebhart 

Central Illinois J. H. Bunn 

Central Missouri W. H. II. Brown 

Central Now York Thomas Jones 

Central Ohio ,J. B. Williams 

Central Pennsylvania S. W. Murray 

Central Tcnni "ssce L. S. Doolittle 

Chicago German G. A. Seifeld 

Cincinnati T. E. Jones 

Colorado E. T. Ailing 

Colunil)ia River William Michell 

Dakota 1). W. Di^'irs 

Delaware E. L. Briddcl 1 

Dcs Moines B. W. F. Cozier 

Detroit Horace Hitchcock 

Ea-st German F. K. Keller 

East Maine E. M. Tibbitts 

East Ohio E. A. Simons 

East Tennessee J. P. Andrew s 

Erie Edward Apple yard 

Florida L. L. Chestnut 

Foochow Sia Sek Omr 

Genesee Samuel McG' raid 

Georgia Hugh Boyd 

"Germany C. A. Ci Achard 



Holston W. M. Christian 

Idaho Abraham Eads 

Illinois 1). L. Musselman 

Indiana W. R. llalstead 

Iowa J. C. W. Coxe 

Italy 

Jajian R. S. Maclay 

Kansas 

Kentucky J. D. WaMi 

Lexinytoii T. R. Fletcher 

Liberia J. L. Fuller 

Little Rock C. C. Rilev 

Loui>iaiia J. (.'. Hartzell 

Maine W. L. Daggett 

Mexico J. W. Butler 

Michigan W. I. Cogshall 

Minnesota Robert Forbes 

Mississippi S. A. Cowan 

Missouri C. R. C;ombs 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Newark R. R. Doheity 

New England J. W. Hamilton 

New England Southern. ..Edward Edson 

New Hampshire 

New Jersev W. II. Skirin 

New York." A. M. Card 

New York East Ichabod Simmons 

North Carolina W. M. Graves 

North Dakota S. J. Hill 

Northern New York James Coote 

North German H. H. Heins 

Nortli India D. W. Thomas 



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CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

North Indiana J. S. Baker 

Nortli NeurasKa W. M. VVorley 

North Ohio J. VV, Momlenliiill 

North-west German Jacob Wertili 

N'lrtli-wcst Indiana A. K. Colborn 

North-west Iowa A. D. I'eck 

North-west Kansas C. D. Jones 

North-west Swedish J. R. Lindifren 

Norway J. H. Johnson 

Norwegian & Danish O. B. Jacobs 

Ohio J. M. Trimble 

Oregon J. O. Booth 

Piiiladelphia James Gillinder 

Pittsburg W. B. Watkins 

Puget Sound D. T. Denny 

Rock River. . ." J. H. Vincent 

St. John's River Geo. T. King 

St. Louis \V. JI. Craig 

St Louis German Ilabbe VeMe 

Sa vann:di W. H. Crogman 

South Carolina Silas Easterling 

South-east Indiana J. S. Tevis 

Southern California W. H. Johnson 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Southern German F. B. Bluniberg 

Soutiiern Illinois S. L. Dwight 

South India J. E. Robin-ou 

South Kansas J. A. llyden 

Soutli-west Kansas M. L. Gates 

Sweden M. V. Ahgreti 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee J. W. Johnson 

Texas J. B. McCulloeh 

Troy D. W. Gates 

Upper Iowa G. W. Biindell 

Vermont Cliauncey Temple 

Virginia CO. Gaver 

Washincrton G. W. Hollintrer 

West German P. W. Kost 

Wi St Nebraska J. L. Parrotte 

West Texas Henry Swann 

West Viririnia J. C. Bardall 

West Wisconsin E. E. Bentley 

Wilmington L. S. Melsoii 

Wisconsin Thomas Clitliero 

Wyoming J. C. Leacoek 



12. — Ox Freedmen's Aid and Work in the South. 
NAL, PAGES 94, 95. 



JOUR- 



J. M. King, Chairman; E. 

Alabama Benijah Sheets 

Arkansas T. B. Ford 

Austin J. S. Hetherington 

Baltimore D. H. Carroll 

Bengal Robert Laidiaw 

Blue Ridge J. D. Eoberson 

California E. R. Dille 

Central Alabama A. W. McKinney 

Central German II. J. Liebhart 

Centi-al Illinois P. A. Cool 

Central Missouri '. . .C. S. Walden 

Central New York C. C. Wilbor 

Central Oliio S. L. Roberts 

Central Pennsylvania T. H. Murray 

Central Tennessee J. W. McNeill 

Cliicago (icrmau Henry Rieke 

Cincinnati J. H. "Bayliss 

Colorado E. T. Ailing 

Columbia River W. S. Turner 

Dakota William Brush 

Delaware B. O. Bird 

Des Moines W. T. Smith 

Detroit J. f^. Smart 

East German Paul Quattlander 

East Maine J. W. Day 

East Ohio A. H. Domer 

East Tennessee D. W. Hayes 

Erie Alfred Wheeler 

Florida S. B. Darnell 

Foochow Sia Sek Ong 

Genesee D. W. C. Huntington 

Georgia J. E. Bryant 

Gernuuiy C. A. C. Achard 

Ilolston ). F. Spence 

Idaho .S. O. Swaokliamer 

Illinois E. W. Moore 

Indiana Alex. Martin 

Iowa Jolin Maliin 



W. S. Hammond, kccrekwy. 

Italy L. M. Vernon 

Japan J. O. Spencer 

Kansas James M;irviu 

Kentucky Amos Shiid<le 

Lexington E. D. S. Hannuond 

Liberia J. II. Deputic 

Little Rock C. C. Riley 

Louisiana J. C. Ilartzcll 

Maine J. B. Donnell 

Mexico 

Michigan J. C. Floyd 

Minnesota W. W. Satterlee 

Mississippi J. M. Shumpert 

Missouri J. M. Davis 

Montana W. A. Shannon 

Nebraska 

Newark D. R. Lowrie 

New England E. F. Eaton 

New England Southern S. O. Benton 

New Hampshire G. VV^. Norris 

New Jersey G. L. Dobbins 

New York.' J. M. King 

New York East J. O. Peck 

North Carolina I. C. Champlin 

North Dakota D. C. Plannette 

Northern New York IJ. M. Danforth 

North German II. H. Heins 

North India 

North Indiana C. L. Henry 

North Nebraska I. B. .Maxficlil 

North Ohio T. F. Hildreth 

North-west (Jernuni Jacob Wernli 

North-west Indiana W. H. Hickman 

North-west Iowa Bennett Mitchell 

North west Kansas J. H. Lockwood 

North-west Swedish John Wigrcn 

Norway J. H. Jolin<"n 

Norwegian & Danisli 0. B. Jacobs 



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[1888. 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Ohio J. H. Gardner 

Oregon W. S. Harrinsjton 

Philadelphia William Swindells 

Pittsburj,' J. F. Core 

Putret Sound D. G. Le Sourd 

Hook River Lewis Curts 

St. Jolin's Kiver C. (). McLean 

St. Louis G. W. Hutrhey 

St. Louis German H. H. Jaeoby 

Savannah T. A. Fortson 

South Carolina J. B. Middleton 

South-east Indiana Will Cumback 

Southern California M. M. Bovard 

Southern Geiman Henry Dietz 

Soutliern Illinois R. W. Lyon 

South India J. E. Robinson 

Soutli Kansas J. A. Hyden 

South-west Kansas J. D. Botkin 



CONFERENCE. DELEGATES. 

Sweden M. F. Ahgrreu 

Switzerland H. J. Breiter 

Tennessee Calvin Pickett 

Texas J. H. Wilkins 

Troy Alfred Guibord 

Upper Iowa H. H. Green 

Vermont T. P. Frost 

Virjfinia A. J. Porter 

Washington H. A. Carroll 

West German P. W. Kost 

West Nebraska J. 1;. Parrotte 

West Te.xas G. R. Townsen 

West Virginia J. C. Bardall 

West Wisconsin J. B. Jones 

Wilmingrton J. A. B. Wilson 

Wisconsin -. W. P. Stowe 

Wyoming D. W. C. Olmstead 



SPECIAL COMMITTEES. 

13. — On Temperance and Legal Prohibition of the Liquor 
Traffic. Journal, pages 141, 1G2. 



DIST. NAMES. CONFERENCE. 

L A. W. Pottle Maine 

W. A. Bovce Vermont 

2. H. A. Butlz Newark 

A. M. Card New York 

3. W.F. Markhatn. .Northern New York 
Robert Laid law Bengal 

4. George Leidy. . .Central Pennsylvania 
G. P. Hukill Erie 

5. J. "D. Walsh Kentucky 

William St. John Central Ohio 

6. E. W. S. Puck Wasliington 

G. W. Corner Baltimore 

7. II. J. Talbott Indiana 

J. S. Baker North Lidiana 

8. F. M. Bristol Rock River 



DIST. NAMES. CONFERENCE. 

B. P. Raymond Wisconsin 

%. W. F. King Upper Iowa 

Wilmot Wl I itfield. . .North-west Iowa 

10. A. E. P. Albert Louisiana 

Benijali Sheets Alabama 

11. Bernard Kelley South Kan.sas 

J. D. Botkin South-west Kansa.s 

12. Chris. Schultz North-west German 

Henry Rieke Chicago German 

13. M. M. Bovard Southern California 

J. A. Clayton California 

At large, 

Clinton B. Fisk New Jersey 

Arthur Edwards Detroit 

Daniel Dorchester New England 



14:. — On Consolidation of Church Benevolences, 
nal, pages 113, 143. 



JOUR- 



1. J. H. Mansfield New England 

E. A. Crawford New Hamp.^hire 

2. D. A. Goodsell New York East 

R. R. Dohertv Newark 

3. T. W. Durstoh Central New York 

James Coote Northern New York 

4. T. L. Flood Erie 

S. W. Murray. .Central Pennsylvania 

5. L.A.Beit..". Central Illinois 

Elvero Persons Nortii Ohio 

6. J. F. Goucher Baltimore 

J. E. Wilson Soutli Carolina 

7. P. A. Cool Central Illinois 

C. L. Henry Nortli Indiana 

8. W. A. Spencer Rock River 

E. E. ^entley West Wisconsin 



9. W. T. Smith Des Moines 

Robert Forbes Minnesota 

10. D. W. Paves East Tennessee 

J. S. Hetlierington Austin 

11. llor.'ce Reed Illinois 

W. H. Craig St. Louis 

12. Paul Quattlander East German 

D. B. Mever Central German 

13. D. G. Le"Som-d Puget Sound 

Earl Cranston Colorado 

At large, 

S. W. Thomas . .Philadelphia 

B. St. J. Fry St. Louis 

T. C. Carter Holston 

J . C. Hartzell Louisiana 



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389 



15. — On Eligibility of Women. Journal, pages 83, 86. 



D18T. NAMES. CONFEKENCE. 

1. J. W. Hamilton New Eiiiclaiul 

2. J. M. Buckley New York East 

3. W. H. Olin Wyoiiiiiig 

4. T. H. Murray . .Ceiitnil Pennsylvania 

5. J. H. Bayliss Cincinnati 

6. John Lanalian Baltimore 

7. Alex. Martin Indiana 

8. Geo. II. Foster Wisconsin 

9. C. F. Graver Iowa 



DIST. NAMES. CONFERENCE. 

10. John H. Wilkins Te.\as 

11. Seneca N. Taylor St. Louis 

12. W. 8. Harrington Oregon 

At larire : 

Warner Miller. .Nortliem New York. 

C. D. Hannnond Trov 

G. W. Atkinson West Virtrinia 

Amos Shinkle Kentucky 



1 6; — On Eligibility of Others than Women. Journal, 

PAGES 83, SG. 



1. C. W. Gallagher N. E. Southern 

2. Jacob Gra w New Jersey 

3. De Witt C. Huntington Gentsee 

4. Alfred Wheeler Eric 

5. Joseph E. Stubbs North Ohio 

6. W. H. Crognian Savaniiali 

7. J. C. Ridpath North-west Indiana 

8. Horace Hitchcock Detroit 

9. G. H. Bridgmau Minnesota 



10. J. C. Hartzell Louisiana 

11. E. W. Moore Illinois 

12. C. W. Loeber Chicago German 

13. Chancellor liartson California 

At large : 

C. G. Trusdell Rock River 

C. D. Jones North-west Kansas 

W. J. Pa-\son Philadelphia 

F. A. Arter East Ohio 



17^ To Arrange the Plan of General Conference Dis- 
tricts. Journal, pages 141, 162. 



1 . G. F. Eaton New England 

2. G. B. Witrht New Jersey 

3. J. B. Wc-ntworth Genesee 

4. E. J. (Jray Central Pennsylvania 

5. A. B. Leonard Cincinnati 

6. C. C. McLean St. John's River 

1. R. D. Utter North-we>t Indiana 

8. D. F. Barnes Michig.m 



9. J. B. Maxfield North Nebraska 

10. J. C. Eckels Mississipi)i 

11. W. H. Wel)stcr Illinois 

12. Frederick Kopp North German 

13. A.J. Nelson California 

At large : 

E. D. Whitlock Central Ohio 

J. W. Builer Mexico 



13 On Support of Superannuated Preachers. 

nal. pages 140 162. 



JOUR- 



D. A . Jordan . . New England Southern 

S. Van Benschoten Newark 

U. S. Bcebci Central New York 

William Swindells Philadelphia 

Calvin Whitney North Ohio 

D. H. Carroll Baltimore 

G. W. Gue Central Illinois 

J. S. Smart Detroit 



9. J. C. W. Coxe Towa 

10. J. F. Marshall Louisiana 

11. W. N. McElroy Illinois 

12. C. A. C. Achard Switzerland 

13. E. R. Dille California 

At large: 

G. S. Hare New York 

N. G. .Miller Pittsburg 



e. , 



19 — Ox Judiciary. Journal, pages 89, 97 

1. S. F. Upliam New England 

2. John M I lev New York 

3. L. C. Quoal Central New York 

4! C. W. Smith Pittsburg 

5. 1. W. Joyce Cincinnati 

6. W. F. Speake Baltimore 

7. E. F. Ritter South-east Indiana 



8. L. R. Fish 

9. M. B. Kec 

10. T. B. Fonl 

11. J. W.L'K'ke 



Detroit 

Nebraska 

Arkansas 

Southern Illinois 



12. William Koeneke. .St. Louis Germiin 

13. J. W. Lacev Colorado. 



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20. — On American Bible Society. Journal, pages 
141, 162. 



DIST. NAMES. 



CONFERENCE. DIST. NAMES. 



1. L. M. Vernon Italy 

2. J. 1j. Sooy New Jersey 

3. Horace Duofortli.Noi-tliern New Yoi'k 

4. G. E. Hite West Virginia. 

5. J. W. Mendenlmll North Ohio 

6. J. A. B. Wilson Wiiming'ton 

7. E. W. S. Hammond Lexinfjtou 



CONFEKENCE. 



8. E. L. Paine Wisconsin 

9. John Wigreu North-west Swedish 

10. J. M. Shuinpert Mississippi 

11. S. E.Pendleton Kansas 

12. Henry Dietz Southern German 

13. J. O. Sjjencer Japan 



21.— To Nominate Trustees of Church Institutions. 
Journal, pages 141, 162. 



1. G. W. Norris New Hamnsliire 

2. William Griffin ". Troy 

3. D. W. C. Olmstead Wyoming 

4. W. B. WatUins Pittsburg 

5. Louis Paine East Ohio 

6. J. Y. Spence Holston 

7. C. W. Lynch Northern Indiana 



8. Washington (Gardner . . .Michigan 

9. W. W. Satterlee Minnesota 

10. Calvin Pickett Tennessee 

11. J. H. Lock wood. .North west Kansas 

12. Jacob Tanner West German 

13. J. B. Green Southern California 



22. — On Ecumenical Conference. Journal, pages 93, 97. 



1. Daniel Doichester ....New England 

2. J. N. FitzGerald Newark 

3. C. N. Sims Central New York 

4. T. B. Neely Philadelphia 

5. C. W. Super Ohio 

6. IL F. Ketron Blue Ridge 

7. J. H. Bunn Centra! Hlinois 



8. R. R. Pealer Michigan 

9. D. W. Uiggs Dakota 

10. J. H. Dei'Utie Liberia 

1 1 . James Marvin Kansas 

12. IL J. Liebhart! Central German 

13. R. S. Maclay Japan 



23. — On Plan for Organizing Standing Committees of 
General Conference. Journal, pages 251, 286. 



1. D. A. Wheedon K. E. Southern 

2. Joel W. Eaton...: Trov 

3. Elijah C. Wadhams Wyoming 

4. Edward Appleyard Erie 

5. Jeremiah H. Bayliss Cincinnati 

fi. Henry A. Carroll Washington 

7. Franklin T. Simpson. .North Indiana 



8. Nathan H. Axtell. ....... .Rock River 

9. T. McKendree Stuart Des Moines 

10. John D. Pierce Alabama 

11. John Gillies Missouri 

12. Peter F. Schneider. . .Central German 

13. Earl Ci'anston Colorado 



24. — On Constitutional Commission. Journal, pages 

300, 313. 

A. J. Kvnett Upper Iowa i J. W. Locke Southern Illinois 

L. E. Hitchcock New Englantl Jacob Todd Wilmington 

J. M. Buckley New York" East j R. N. Allen South Kansas 

C. J. Little Philadelphia : M. M. Bovard Southern California 

S. N. Taylor St. Louis i 



25. — On Memorial Notice Concerning Rey. C. J. Clark. 
Journal, pages 102, 115. 



F. T. Adams Maine 

J. B. Dnnnell Maine 

G. S. Chadbourne New England 

J. R. Day New York 



L. C. Smith New England 

J. W. Day East Maine 

M. S. Hard Wyoming 

Homer Eaton Troy 



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391 



26. — On Memorial Notice Concerning Leavitt Bates. 
Journal, pages 102, 115. 



NAMES. C< INFERENCE. 

>S. O. Benton New Eniflan<l Southern 

VV. H. Phillips.. .Now Eiighind Southern 

J. W. lluniilton New Eucrhiiid 

T. P. Frost Veriuout 



NAMES. CONFERENCE. 

D. A. Goodscll New York East 

J. E. liobiiis New Hampshire 

Chuuncey Temple Vermont 



27- — Deputation to the Presbyterian Centennial Re- 
union. Journal, pages 291, 313. 

Bishop R. S. Foster I Alexander Martin Indiana 

Bishop C. D. Foss Jolin Es-ans Colorado 

John Lanahan Baltimore Warner Miller Northern New York 



28. — On Laying Corner-Stoxe of Publishing and Mission 
House. Journal, pages 227, 211:. 

.]. M. Phillips l' (\ C. McCabe New York 

Sundtbrd Hunt Genesee I Clinton B. Fisk New Jersey 

J. M. £eid Micliigan | 

29. — On Rules of Order. Journal, pages 00, 92. 

Sandford Hunt Genesee ,' S. II. Ilurst Ohio 

Jacob Todd Wilmington M. M. Bovard Soutliern Californiii 

A. J. Kynctt Upper Iowa | 

30. — On Reception of Fraternal Messengers. Journal, 
PAGES 88, 92. 

( '. J. Little PliDadelphia ', Robert Bentley California 

J. D. Slay back New York 1 C. F. Creightou Nebraska 

D. H. Moore Colorado | 

31. — On Emancipation in Brazil. Journal, pages 

276, 292. 

L. C. Queal Central New York j J. G. Floyd Michigan 

AL. L. Ganoe . . .Central Pennsylvania W". H. Hunter Central Illinois 

.1. T. McFarland Iowa I 

32. — On Chaplaincies in the Army. Journal, pages 

208, 244. 

(4. S. Have New York ] Joseph Pullman New York East 

D. A. Jordan New England Southern D. H. Carroll Baltimore 

William Swindells Philadelphia | 

33. — Memorial Services. Journal, pages 141, 102. 

J. M. Trimble Ohio j T. H. Burch New York East 

J. H. Vincent Koek River Alden Speare New Englaud 

J. M. King New York | 

34. — On Chartered Fund. Journal, pages 142, 162. 

J. F. Crouch Pliiladelphia i E. L. Eaton West Wisconsin 

Thomas Jones Central New 1 ork | 



892 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 



B. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 



ON EPISCOPACY. 

1. — Report. Journal, page 254. 

The Committee on Episcopacy have considered the resolution 
referred to them as to the time for the election of Bishops and 
other officers, and report that in their judgment the Conference 
cannot be prepared for said elections before Tuesday, tlie twenty- 
second instant. 

2.— Report No. I. Journal, pages 300, 301, 312. 

Your Committee, in response to your order, respectfully report 
that the work of the general snperintendency requires the election 
of five new Bishops at the present session. 

3. — Report No. II. Journal, pages 301, 312. 

Your Committee, to which was referred various papers in re- 
gard to the status of a Missionary Bishop, beg leave to report as 
follows: 

1. The first questinn raised is whether a Missionary Bishop is a 
true Bisho]) ? In regard to this matter your Committee finds 
that a Missionary Bishop is more than what the Discipline de- 
nominates a Superintendent of Missions. Such a Superintendent 
of a Mission is a])pointed by " the Bishop having Episcopal super- 
vision " of the Mission, whereas a Missionary Bishop is elected or 
appointed by the votes of the General Conference, when in ses- 
sion, or in the interval of the sessions of the General Conference, 
in Avhatever way the General Conference may have directed. It 
is " the duty of the Superintendent, in the absence of a Bishop, to 
preside at the annual meeting of the Mission, to arrange the work 
and take general supervision of the entire Mission, and to repre- 
sent the state of the Mission and its needs to the Bishop having 
chai'ge and to the Corresponding Secretaries " (Discipline, 1 274); 
but a Missionary Bishop has Episcopal powers beyond those in- 
volved in the supervision of such a Superintendent, and this dis- 
tinction is seen especially in the matter of oi'dination — a power 
which has not been delegated to the Superintendent of Missions, 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Episcopacy. 393 

bin which is conferred upon and possessed bv a Missionary Bishop 
We conclude, therefoie, that a Missionary Bishop has all the 
powers of a Bishop and that lie is a irue Bishop. 

2. The second question raised is whether a Missionary Bishop 
IS what the Discipline terms a General Superintendent ? 

The title, General Superintendent, may be used in various 
senses, but the only one we cm consider is the technical sense in 
which the title is applied to the Bishops in the Discipline. 

We find that the first Bishops were originally called Superin- 
tendents, but that at an early day the title Bishop was used inter- 
changeably with that of Superintendent. In 1808, in the provision 
for the Delegated General Conference, which provision still stands 
in the Discipline, the General Conference introduced the title 
"General Superintendents" as applying to the Bishops of the 
Church at that time. No Missionary Bishops existed at that pe- 
riod, and, so far, it does not appear that the term General Su))er- 
intendent was intended to apply to an officer who did not then 
exist and who was not thought of. 

The history of the legislation shows that the title General 
Superintendent existed long before the creation of the Missionary 
Bishopric, and that the missionary bishopric was created as some- 
thing different from the general superintendency. The General 
Superintendents were for the work of the Church generally, 
while the Missionary Bishop was intended for work liinited to a 
specified foreign mission field. 

The Third Bestrictive Bule as passed in 1808 was as follows: 
"They shall not change or alter any part or rule of our gov- 
ernment so as to do away Episcopacy or destroy the plan of%ur 
itinerant general ^uperintendency; " but in 1856, when it was 
desired to have a Bishop who 'should be located in a forei<ni 
mission field and have his jurisdiction limited to said field, an 
amendment was proposed to the Third Restrictive Rule, and it 
was subsequently adopted as follows: "But may appoint a 
Missionary Bishop or Superintendent for any of *our foreign 
missions, limiting his jurisdiction to the same respectively." 
This makes a distinction between the general superintendency 
and the missionary bishopric, and, therefore, we conclude that 
while a Missionary Bishop is a true Bishop, wdth all the functions 
of a Bishop, he is not, in the meaning of the Discipline, a 
General Superintendent. 

^ 3. Another question raised is one asking what are the limita- 
tions of the power of a Missionary Bishop as compared w^ith a 
Bishop who is a General Superintendent ? 

The law, as contained in the Third Restrictive Rule, as 
amended, distinctly states th.it the General Conference " may 
appoint a Missionary Bishop or Superintendent for any ol our 
foreign missions, limiting liis jurisdiction to the same res])ec- 
tiyely." This makes the person selected a Bishop, but a Bishop 

with f:™:*"-5 4.,..:„.j:„..: — „_: i ^....:_j: .l:... i__:,. i- •. i . 

specia 



li limited jurisdiction, said jurisdiction being limited to the 
jial foreign mission field for which he was elected. The lira- 



394 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

itation, therefore, is territorial, and is not a limitation of his Epis- 
copal power within the bounds of the foreign territory over 
which he has jurisdiction. 

4. A fourth question is whether a Missionary Bishop is subor- 
dinate to the General Superintendents or any one of them? 

It is plain that a Superintendent of a Mission is subordinate to 
the " Bishop having charge " of said Mission, but said Superin- 
tendent is appointed by "the Bishop having Episcopal super- 
, vision of the same," whereas a Missionary Bishop is not appointed 
by the General Superintendents, or any of them, but is selected 
and assigned by tlie General Conference, which is the superior 
body. He is elected by the same power that elects a General 
Superintendent, and, as to the source of his authority, is equal to 
the General Superintendent. The General ('onference places the 
Missionary Bishop in a particular foreign mission field, electing 
him and assigning him in the same act, and gives him charge 
thereof. There is no law that gives a General Superintendent or 
the General Superintendents control over him, and we conclude 
that a Missionary Bishop, in his own field, where he has been as- 
signed jurisdiction by the General Conference, is not subordinate 
to other Bishops or General Superintendents, but is responsible to 
the General Conference for his Episcopal conduct, as a General 
Supoi-intendent was responsible for his conduct as a General 
Superintendent. 

5. A fifth question i-aised is whether a General Conference can, 
by resolution, take from a Missionary Bishop the qualifying word 
missionary, and leave him a Bisliop of the other class — that is to 
say, a General Superintendent? 

To this we answer that it is not possible fqr the General Con- 
ference to do this by mere resolution. 

Missionary Bishop is a compound title, indicating a distinct 
kind of Bishop, namely, a Bishop in a foreign mission field, with 
Episcopal jurisdiction limited to the same, and so is different 
from tlie class known as General Superintendents. Bishops of 
both classes are elected to their official positions. A Missionary 
Bishop is elected for a special foreign mission field, while a Gen- 
eral Superintendent is elected for Episcopal work for the Chui'ch 
generally. As, according to the Discipline, "a Bishop is to be 
(jonstituted by the election of the General Conference," it must 
appear that the General Conference cannot, by a mere motion, 
transform a Missionary Bishop into a General Superintendent. 
To accomplish this would require, not the adoption of a resolu- 
tion, but an Section by the General Conference. 

6. A sixth question is whether a Missionary Bishop should re- 
ceive his support from *' the Episcopal Fund " or from the funds 
of the Missionary Society ? 

The Missionary Bishops selected in 1858 and 1866 received 
their support from the Missionary Fund, as did all missionaries 
in the foreign mission fields. 

It has also been the usage to pay the expenses of General 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Episcopacy. 395 

Superintendents who visit the foreign mission fields from the 
treasury of the Missionary Society. 

All the precedents, therefore, favor the payment of all Bishops 
for service in the foreign mission fields from the funds raised to 
sustain the work of the Ohurch in said foreign fielils. 

That which is known as " The Episcopal Fund " was established 
in 1872, Avhen there was a Missionary Bishop, namely, the Rev. 
Bishop John Wright Roberts, Missionary Bishop for Africa; but 
he was not paid out of that fund, but from tlie funds of the Mis- 
sionary Society. We infer, therefore, that tlie understanding 
when " The Episcopal Fund " was established was that it was 
for the support of the Bishops who were General Superintendents 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of Amer- 
ic.i, and that the support of Missionary Bishops was to come from 
the treasury of the Missionary Society. 

There arc many prudential as well as legal reasons why the 
home and foreign work of the Churcli should be kept distinct, 
and this may be done, in part, by sustaining all work and w^orkers 
in the foreign mission fields from the funds raised for missionary 
work abroad. 

But this is a matter within the province of the General Con- 
ference to decide according to its own pleasure. 

7. It is further asked whether the paying of a Missionary 
Bishop from the Missionary Fund would affect his status as a 
Bishop ? 

In response to this we answer that the status of a Missionary 
Bishop is not fixed by the source of his salary, but by the pro- 
visions of the Discipline. An elder in China or India paid from 
the Missionary Fund is no less an elder than one in the United 
States who is supported from some other fund. So the status of 
a Bishop is not aff"ected by the source of his support. Neither 
would the taking of pay from the Missionaiy Fund bring a Mis- 
sionary Bishop under the control of the Missionary Society any 
more than Geneial Superintendents come under its control when 
they have their expenses in foreign mission fields paid from the 
missionary treasury. The Episcopal rank is fixed by the law in 
the Discipline, and not by the source of tlie salary. 

8. An eighth question is whether a Missionary Bishop should 
have any relation to the Missionary Society? 

The Missionary Board and the General Missionary Committee 
are created by the General Conference, and, w^ithin certain limita- 
tions, act for' the General Conference in the interim of its ses- 
sions. Through this Board and General Committee the General 
Conference directs its missionary operations, and all Avho are en- 
gaged in the missionary work of the Church should have some 
connection with the Missionary Society. A General Supenn- 
tendent who makes an Episcopal visit to a Foreign Mission field 
co-operates with the :Missionary Society without becoming subor- 
dinate to it in his Episcopal work, and so a Missionary IJishop, 
without becoming subordinate to the Missionary Society in the 



396 Jour)ial of the General Conference. [1888. 

performance of his Episcopal duties, should co-operate with said 
Society in its work, in the particular foreign mission field over 
wliich the General Conference has given him Episcopal jurisdic- 
tion. 

However, as the details of this adjustment belong properly to 
the Missionary Committee of this General Conference it will not 
be necessary for us to further consider that phase of the question. 
Your Committee, therefore, recommend the adoption of the fol- 
lowing: 

Resolved, 1. That a Missionary Bishop is a Bishop elected for 
a specified foreign mission field, with full Episcopal powers, but 
with Episcopal jurisdiction limited to the foreign mission field 
for which he was elected. 

2. That a Missionary Bishop is not, in the meaning of the Dis- 
cipline, a General Superintendent. 

3. That a Missionary Bishop is not subordinate to the Gen- 
eral Superintendents, but is co-ordinate with them in authority 
in the field to which he is appointed, and is amenable for 
his conduct to the General Conference, as is a General Superin- 
tendent. 

4. That the election of a Missionary Bishop carries with it the 
assignment to a specified foreign mission field, and that a Mis- 
sionary Bishop cannot be made a General Superintendent except 
by a distinct election to that office. 

5. That a Missionary Bishop should receive his support from 
the Episcopal Fund. 

6. That a Missionary Bishop should, in his field, co-operate 
with the Missionary Society of the Church in the same way that 
a General Superintendent co-operates in the foreign mission field 
over which he has Episcopal charge. 

7. That when a Missionary Bishop, by death or other cause, 
ceases to perform Episcopal duty for the foreign field to wHicli 
he was assigned by the General Conference, the General Super- 
intendents at once take supervision of said field. 

8. That in the matter of a transfer of a ])reacher from a field 
within the jurisdiction of a Missionary Bishop to a Conference 
under the Episcopal supervision of a General Superintendent, or 
from a Conference under the Episcojial supervision of a General 
Superintendent to a field within the jurisdiction of a Missionary 
Bishop, it shall require mutual agreement between the two 
Bishops, and a similar agreement shall be required between the 
two Bishops having charge, when the proposed transfer is be- 
tween two foreign fields over which there are Missionary 
Bishops. 

9. That in the matter of a complaint against or the trial of a 
Missionary Bishop the preliminary steps shall be as in the case 
of a General Superintendent; but the Missionary Bishop may 
be tried before a Judicial Conference in the United States of 
America. 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Episcopacy. 397 

4:. — Report No. IY. Journal, pages 304, 353. 

Yoiii- Committee, to which was referred several topics, report 
thus : 

1. The tobacco habit as related to the Episcopacy. 

2. Respecting the request that the Bishops preserve duplicates 
of ordination parchments. 

3. Giving the Bishops Annual Conference membership. 

4. Respect for the wish of the entire Church as to the selec- 
tion of Bishops to be elected at the present session. 

5. That Bishops should be elected for a term of years with the 
right of re-election. 

These papers have been carefully considered, and we report 
that we find no cause for further action. 

5. — Report No. YII. Journal, pages 353, 355. 

Your Committee, having considered the various memorials on 
the subject, report : 

1. That the method of selecting residences by the Bishops shall 
be, as in past quadrenniums, by seniority in office. 

2. That the following shall be the list of Episcopal residences in 
the United States; 1. New York city; 2. Boston; 3. Washing- 
ton city; 4. Buffalo; 5. Cincinnati or Covington; 6. Chattanooga ; 
V. New Orleans ; 8. Chicago; 9. Minneapolis or St. Paul; 10. St. 
Louis; 11. Topeka ; 12. De'nver; 13. San Francisco or Los Angeles; 
14. Omaha or Lincoln ; 15. Texas ; 16. Philadelphia. 

3. That after these residences have been chosen they shall not 
be changed during the quadrennium. 

6. — Report No. X. Journal, page 353. 

Your Committee on the Episcopacy reports that it has ex- 
amined the administration of all the Bishops during the past four 
years, that it approves the same, and therefore recommends that 
the said administration be approved and the characters of the 
Bishops be passed. 

7. — Report No. XL Journal, page 353. 

Your Committee has carefully considered the following com- 
plaints against the administration of the Bishops named below, 
and reports : 

1 . In the challenge of the administration of Bishop Fowler in the 
Minnesota Conference we have heard the complaint against the 
said administration, together with the statements of the dele- 
gates and others from said Conference, and of Bishop Fowler 
himself, and find no cause for complaint. It does not a])- 
pear that Bishop Fowler appointed S. G. Smith to the First 
Church, St. Paul, or that he made a nominal appointment with 
the intent that said Smith should become the pastor of said Chui ch, 



398 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

or that he at any time recognized said Smith as pastor of said 
Church in violation of tlie disciplinary limitation upon the terms 
of pastoral service. We therefore recommend that the admin- 
istration of Bishop Fowler in the matters complained of be 
approved. 

2. In the challenge of the administration of Bishop Mallalieu 
in the St. John's River Conference we find no cause for action, 
and recommend that the administration in that instance be 
approved. 

3. In the challenge of the administration of Bishop Foss in the 
Minnesota Conference we find no cause for action, and recom- 
mend that the administi-ation of said Bishop in said Conference 
be approved. 

4. In the matter of a challenge of the administration of Bishop 
Fowler, in a paper presented by memorialists from Eighteenth 
Street Church, in New York city, Ave find that the memorial con- 
tains no facts showing that Bishop Fowler exceeded his Episcopal 
authority, and that we find no cause for action. 



ITINERANCY. 



8.— Keport No. I. Journal, pages 292, 308. 

Concerning the memorials and resolutions concerning the num- 
ber of members necessary for the organization of new Annual 
Conferences we respectfully submit the following resolution for 
adoption : 

Resolved, That a new ])aragraph be inserted in the Discipline 
to follow paragrapli 73, and to be numbered 74. "No Annual 
Conference shall be organized with less than twenty effective 
members." 

9.— Report No. II. Journal, pages 304, 313, 316. 

W/iereas, The extension of the pastoial term by the addition 
of one year to the present limit does not meet the necessities of 
the work or the demands of the many who have petitioned for 
an extension of the pastoral term ; therefore. 

Resolved, That paragraph 164 in the Discipline ha amended by 
striking out the words "three years in six" in second line from the 
bottom of page 99, and inserting in their place the words '■\five years 
infe;^," so that it shall read : "Provided also, that, with the ex- 
ceptions above named, he shall not continue a preacher in the same 
appointment more than five years in ten." 

Also, amend i>aragraph 164, § 3, third line, by striking out 
the word " tiiree" and inserting " five," so as to read : "More 
than five years successively." 



1888.] Ileports of Committee on Itinerancy. 399 

10. — Report ISTo. III. Journal, pages 324, 355. 

Whereas, Memorials have been submitted to the General Con- 
ference asking for an extension of the term of the presiding 
eldership ; and, 

WhereaSj The jiossible term of the pastorate has already been 
extended ; therefore, 

Hesoloed, That paragraph 170 of the Discipline be amended by 
striking out the word " four," in the third line, and inserting 
instead thereof the word " six," so that it shall read : 

"•[[ 170. A Bishop may allow an elder to preside in the same 
district for any period not exceeding six years, after which he 
shall not be appointed to the same district for six years," etc. 

11.— Report No. VII. Journal, pages 349, 370. 

The Committee on Itinerancy recommend : 

That in paragraph 181, after the word "or," in the second line, 
insert " in charge of a remote field in any Conference," and after 
the word " Conference," in the seventh line, insert, "and a ma- 
jority of the presiding elders concurring," so that tlie paragraph 
will read : 

"Whenever a preacher on trial shall be appointed by a Bishop 
to a Mission or in charge of a remote field in any Conference, or 
a church in a foreign coimtry outside of a Mission or Conference, 
or to a chaplaincy in the army or navy, or to a reformatory, sani- 
tary, or charitable institution or prison, he may, if e]e(;ted by an 
Annual Conference, a majority of the presiding elders concur- 
ring, with the approbation of a Bishop, be ordained by him before 
his probation ends. 

12.— Report l<io. VIII. Journal, pages 349, 370. ** 

We recommend that paragra])h 241 be changed as follows : 

After the word " trial," in the first line, insert, "Let all wit- 
nesses be duly notified by the pastor." After the word, " testi- 
mony," in the ninth line, insert : " In case a member of the Church, 
after being duly notified, refuse to testify, without showing just 
cause, it shall be regarded as a violation of the order and Disci- 
pline of the Church, and he shall be dealt wdth accordingly." 
And after the word " any," at the end of the tenth line, insert, 
" minister or," so that the paragraph as amended will read as 
follows : 

"In nil the foregoing cases of trial let all witn( sses be duly noti- 
fied by the pastor. Witnesses from without shall not be rejected ; 
and the testimony of an absent witness may be taken before the 
jireacher in charge, or apre.tcher appointed l»y the presiding elder 
of the district within whicli such witness resides. 

Provided in every case sufficient notice has been given to the 
adverse party of the time and place of taking such testimony. In 
case a member of the Church, after being duly notified, refuse to 



400 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

testify without showing just cause it shall be regarded as a 
violation of the order and Discipline of the Church, and he 
shall be dealt with accordingly. The accused shall have the 
right to call to his assistance as counsel any minister or mem- 
ber in good and regular standing in the Methodist Episcopal 
Church." 

13. — Report No. X. Journal, page 370. 

We recommend as follows: 

In paragraph 160, section 1, fourth line, substitute " annual " 
instead of " quarterly," and after the word Conference, in fourth 
line, insert, "They having been duly recommended by a Quar- 
terly Conference," and from the thirteenth line strike out " by 
the Quarterly Conference," so as amended it will read: 

"1^ 160. § 1. If they come to us properly accredited from any 
branch of the Methodist Church they may be received, according 
to their credentials, as local deacons or elders by an Annual Con- 
ference, they having been duly recommended by a Quarterly 
Conference. Those of them who are duly certified as members 
in good standing in Annual Conferences, until the time of their 
dismissal therefrom, may be admitted by an Annual Conference 
either on trial or into full connection, with recognition of their 
orders, upon giving satisfaction as to their literary and other 
qualifications for the work of the ministry; and a previous 
reception of such ministers as local deacons or elders shall 
not be a bar to such admissron by the Annual Conference, 
provided that they are duly recommended by the Quarterly 
Conference." 

l^. — Report No. XI. Journal, page 355. 

Resolved, That the signatures of the Bishops presiding are 
essential to authenticate the Journals of the Annual Conferences, 
and that Journals not thus attested cannot be approved by the 
General Conference. 

15. — Report No. XII. Journal, page 355. 

Whereas, Much business of the greatest importance is referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy ; and, 

Whereas^ The Journals of the Annual Conferences are referred 
to the same Committee for examination, and the number of them 
in four years amounts to 445, and the distribution, examination 
and reporting upon them requires so much time and labor as to 
seriously interfere with the proper consideration of the business 
referred to ; therefore, " 

Resolved, That we recommend to the next General Conference 
to appoint a special committee upon the Journals of the Annual 
Conferences, and that this resolution be published in the Journals 
of this General Conference. 



1888.] Meports of Committee on Itinerancy. 401 

16.— Keport Ko, XIII. Journal, page 355. 

Whereas; An (examination of the Journals of certain Annual 
Conferenct/s shows that sessions have been held on the Saltbath, 
and that items of business have been transacted on that day; 
therefore, 

Eesoloed, That in the judgment of the General Conference 
Annual Conferences should not adjourn to meet on the Sabbath, 
not even to receive the appointments. 

17. — Report Xo. XIY. Journal, page 370. 

The Committee on Itinerancy, having examined the Journals 
of the Annual Conferences, respectfully submit the followino- 
repoit : 

The Journals of the following Conferences are correct in every 
particular, namely: Alabama, Arkansas, Baltimore, California, 
Central German, Central Illinois, Central New York, Central 
Ohio, Central Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Maine, 
East Ohio, East Tennessee, Genesee, Germany, Illinois, Indiana, 
Italy, Kansas, Kentucky, Liberia, Louisiana, Mexico, Minnesota, 
Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, New York East, 
North Carolina, North Dakota,*^ Noithern New York, North- 
west German, North India, North Indiana, Korth-west Indiana, 
North-west Iowa, North-west Swedish, Norway, Norwegian and 
Danish, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, St. Louis German, South 
Carolina, Southern Califoi'nia, Southern Illinois, South India, 
Sweden, Tennessee, Troy, Upper Iowa, Vermont, Washington, 
West German, West Virginia, West Wisconsin, AYilmington, 
Wisconsin and Wyoming. Also the Journal of the Central Dele- 
gated Conference of India. 

The Journals of the following Conferences are api)roved, 
except in the points hereinafter noted, namely: 

Austin lacks roll. 

Bengal has no roll or Secretary's certificate. 

Blue Ridge has no roil; is not signed by the presiding Bish- 
ops for four years. 

Central Alabama was not in the hands of the Committee. 

Central Missouri and Central Tennessee were not before the 
Committee. 

Chicago German does not contain the names of makers of 
motions. 

Columbia River was not received by the Committee. 

Dakota has no certiticate showing the records to be the Official 
Journal. 

Delaware contains extensive records of transactions that do 
not belong to the regular proceedings of an Annual Conference. 
It lacks the signatures of presidents and secretaries, marginal 
index and proper headings. The Minutes of 1885 are verv 
defective in chirography and orthogi-aphy, and lack propei- para- 
graphing throughout. The Minutes of 1888 are not in our hands. 
26 



402 Journal of the General Conference. [188S. 

Des Moines lacks the Secretary's certificate, the names of 
makers of motions and marginal indexes. 

Detroit lacks Secretary's cerliticate, and, though printed, is 
unbound. 

East Tennessee was not received. 

Florida is defective in orthography and typography; its statis- 
tical tables are printed on sheets much larger tlian the pages of 
the book and are folded and bound into tiie volume in such a 
way as to render them practically useless. 

Foo Chow, for 1884, is not signed by the President or Secre- 
tary, and is in no way certified to be the Ofiicial Journal. 

Georgia has no roll, no reports of committees, no statistical 
tables. It ha-* some erasures and interlineations; marginal in- 
dexes are insufficient. Names of makeis of motions are not 
given, and the disciplinary questions and answers are not ac- 
curately noted. 

Holston has some inaccuracies and interlineations and lacks 
Secretary's certificate. 

Idaho is not bound in one volume; it nowhere appears that 
the printed Minutes are the official records; Minutes of 1884 
to 188(3 inclusive have not proper headings of pages and 
lack names of makers of motions. The decisions of the presid- 
ing officer in 1886 on questions of law submitted to him are 
not shown in the record. The statistical tables are on folding 
sheets. 

Iowa lacks names of makers of motions ; it has erasures and 
interlineations on pages 73 and 74. Repaging of record of sec- 
ond session badly blurred. 

Japan. Tlie records of first and second sessions are not signed 
by the President, and names of movers of motions are omitted 
from records of first session. 

Lexington. A patent medicine advertisement is bound up with 
the Journal of the sixteenth session. The volume is not bound 
.as required. 

Maine lacks signatures of Presidini; Bishop and Secretary. 

Mississippi lacks certificate of Secretary. 

Missouri has not the Secretary's certificate ; it has no record of 
its adoption as an Official Journal ; it is also deficient in records 
■of trials and frequently omits names of movers of motions. 

Newark lacks signature of President for two years and is Avith- 
■out Secretarj^'s certificate. 

New England lacks signatures of President and Secretary for 
all the sessions of the quadrennial. There is no record showing 
its adoption by the Conference as an Official Journal. There are 
no names of makers of motions. Tl)e only record of reports 
made is: "Report received and adopted." 

New England Southern has no title-page and no general 
indexes. 

New Hampshire has no title-page, no statistical tables, and no 
reports. 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Itinerancy. 403 

North German. Statistical reports and names of makers of 
motions are omitted. 

North Nebraska. Session of 1885 has no reports, no statistics, 
and is not signed by the Secretary. Session of 1886 has no roll, 
no reports, no statistics, and is not signed by the Secretary. 

North Ohio. Partly written and partly printed; roll not 
given except for 1888. 

North-west Kansas. No marginal indexes for 1885, 1886, 1887. 
Reports of committees and resolutions usually omitted. Inter- 
lineations, erasures and crossed-out sentences frequently disfigure 
the pages. No statistical tables for 1888. Except in 1888 the 
penmanship is poor. 

Oregon. Record of session foi- 1887 does not show Report of 
Committee on Conference Relations, which, it is said, is verj- 
important. Also, the Journal fails to show the final disposition 
of a charge of maladministration. 

Puget Sound. Journal for 1885 and 1886 omits several of the 
disciplinary questions, and the records of 1884, 1885 and 1S86 
omit head-lines to all pages. 

Rock River. Printed volume for 1886 contains interlineations 
in ink and lacks .Secretary's certificate. Manuscript volume omits 
names of those presenting resolutions, and nearly all of those 
making motions, and omits reports of Standing Committees. 

St. Louis. Is not signed by the Presiding Bishop and the Sec- 
retary. 

Savannah. Frequently omits the names of makers of motions. 

South-east Indiana. Has interlineations, erasures, and pastings, 
and lacks Secretary's certificate. 

South Kansas. Lacks Conference roll for 1885. 

South-west Kansas. Has no marginal indexes and no certifi- 
cate that it is the Official Journal. 

Texas. Has no Conference roll except in 1887. 

Virginia. Was not received. 

West Nebraska. Was not received. 

West Texas. Signature of the Pi-esident is lacking in 1887; no 
reports of committees and no statistical tables. It also appears 
that persons not members of the Conference were peiinitted to 
preside at some of its sessions 

The Committee recommend that this report and the particulars 
necessary for correct Conference Journals, as specified in the Gen- 
eral Conference Journal for 1884, be reprinted in the Journal for 
1888, for the information of secretaries of Annual Conferences. 

Examination of Conference Journals. 

The examination of Annual Conference Journals by the Gen- 
eral Conference shall be upon the following points: 

§ 1. The Journal should be a copy of the record of the regu- 
lar proceedings of the Conference. 

§ 2. It should have the signatures of the President and Secre- 
tary to the Journal of each Annual Session. 



404 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

§ 3. The Journal must be in manuscript or printed, and sub- 
stantially bound. If the latter, in quadrennial volumes. 

§ 4. The Conference roll should be presented. 

§ 5. Reports of Committees sliould be given. 

§ 6. The Statistics sliould be shown. 

§ 7. The Appointments should appear. 

§ 8. If printed and bound there should be the Secretary's cer- 
tificate that the vplume is a correct and complete record of the 
])roceedings, and that it was adopted by the Conference as its 
Official Record. 

§ 9. There should be proper headings of pages, marginal in- 
dexes, and clearness and accuracy of statement of the business 
transacted. 

§ 10. Chirography, orthography, erasures, interlineations, past- 
ings, and the neat, business-like appearance of the page, should 
be noted, 

§ 11. Separate items of business should be in separate para- 
graphs. 

§ 12. The Journal should state where the sessions were held, 
the names of makers of motions, the findings of committees of 
trial, all the disciplinary questions properly noted, with their 
answers ; the action on a motion, a title-page, and decisions of 
Bishops on questions of law. 

§ 13. Any action adverse to the polity, the unity, or the purity 
of the Church, should be carefully noted. 

§ 14. The Annual Conference secretaries should prepare their 
Conference Records in view of such examinations. 



/BOUNDARIES. 
IS.-iKEPORT No. I. Journal, pages 319, 337, 366. 

(■§ 1. Any Mission established under the pr<n'isions of the Disci- 
}iKne may be constituted a Mission Conference by the General 
Conference. 

§ 2, A Mission Conference is authorized to exercise all the 
powers of an Annual Confeience (paragraphs 72-89 of the Dis- 
cipline), subject to the approval of the Presiding Bishop, and its 
members shall share pro rata in the proceeds of the Book Con- 
cern with members of the Annual Conferences, but shall not 
elect delegates to the General Conference nor vote on con- 
stitutional changes, paragraph 72, 

|§ 3. The Bishop having Episcopal supervision of a Mission 
Conference may appoint a superintendent who may also be the 
presiding elder of a district where there are two or more districts. 
It shall be the duty of the superintendent to take the general 



1888.] JRejyorfs of Committee on Boundaries. 405 

supervision of the entire Conference, and to represent the state 
of the work and iis needs to tlie Bishop liaving charge and to 
the corresponding secretaries of the Missionary Society. / 

§ 4. If there be no Bishop present at the annual nieeiing of a 
Mission Conference the superintendent shall preside; but if there 
be no superintendent present the presidency shall be determined 
as in an Annual Conference. 

1^ . Each Mission Conference at its annual session shall 

appoint a Standing Committee, whose duty it shall be, with the 
concurrence of the President of the Conference, to make an 
estimate of the amount necessary for the support of each pastoral 
charge or appointment in full or supplementary to the nmount 
raised by the chai-ge or appointment thus aided. Such estimates 
shall be subject to modification by I he Board of the Missionary 
Society, and, in the aggregate, shall not exceed the amount 
appropriated by the General Mission Committee; and the amount 
to be expended in a Mission Conference shall be paid in quarterly 
installments lo the superintendent, or presiding elders, where 
there is no superintendent. 

^ . Any charge or appointment Avithin a Mission Confer- 
ence may receive aid from the Missionary Society without having 
been designated in the estimates made by the Conference at its 
annual meeting. 



19. — Report No. II. Journal, pages 347, 356. 
Part I. 

1. Africa Conference shall include the whole of Africa. 

2. Alabama Conference shall include the work among the 
white people in the State of Alabama and that part of the State 
of Florida west of Apalachicola River. 

3. Arkansas Conlerence shall include the work among the 
white people in the State of Arkansas. 

4. Austin Conference shall include the State of Texas, except 
El Paso County. 

5. Baltimore Conference shall include the District of Colum- 
bia, the Western shore of Maryland, except that part of Gar- 
rett County lying west of the dividing ridge of the Allegheny 
Mountains; so much of the State of Pennsylvania as lies within 
the Hancock, Flintstone, Union Grove, and Hyndman circuits : 
tlie County of Frederick, in the State of Virginia, and the 
counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, jNIorgan, Hampshire, Mineral, 
and Grant, in the State of West Virginia. 

6. Bengal Conference shall include Bengal and Biirmah, and 
such portions of India as are not included by the North and 
South India Conferences. 

7. Blue Ridge Conference shall include the work among th" 
white people in the State of North Carolina; also the Croatan 
Indians. 



406 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

8. California Conference shall include that part of the State 
of California lying west of the summit of tlie Sierra Nevada 
Mountains and north of a line commencing at Carmel Bay, 
Monterey County, and running thence on a straight line to 
the intersection of Merced and Fresno Counties, and thence along 
the western and northern line of Merced County and the northern 
line of Mariposa County to the summit of the Sierra Nevada 
Mountains, leaving Salinas City in the California Conference; 
and it shall also include the Sandwich Islands. 

9. Central Alabama shall include the State of Alabama and 
that part of the State of Florida west of the Apalachicola 
River. 

10. Central German Conference shall comprise the German 
work within the States of Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, 
and Indiana, except those appointments belonging at present 
to the Chicago German Conference; also, the German work 
in Western Pennsylvania and in the Southern States not in- 
cluded in the East German, St. Louis German, and Southern 
German Conferences; and shall also include Golconda and 
Metropolis, in the State of Illinois. 

11. Central Illinois Conference shall embrace that part of 
the State of Illinois north of the Illinois Conference, and south 
of the following line, namely : Beginning on the Mississi;)pi 
River at the Meredosia ; thence down the Meredosia to its mouth ; 
thence easterly to Center School- house, so as to include Center 
Society ; thence to the mouth of 3Iud Creek ; thence up Gieen 
River to Coal Creek; thence up said creek to the Chicago, Rock 
Island & Pacific Kailroad ; thence along said railroad to 
Bureau Junction ; thence to the Illinois IJiver; thence up said 
river to the mouth of the Kankakee River, leaving Ottawa in 
the Rock River Conference and Bureau Junction in the Central 
Illinois Conference ; thence up the Kankakee River to a point 
directly west of the extreme north line of Kankakee County ; 
thence directly east to the Indiana line. 

12. Central Missouri Conference shall include the States of 
Missouri and Kansas. 

13. Central New York Conference shall be bounded on the 
west by the west lines of the towns of Williamson, Marion, 
and Palmyra, in Wayne County, and of the towns of Farm- 
iuGjton and Canandaigua, in Ontario County, and of Yates and 
Schuyler counties, and of the towns of Hornby and Caton, in 
Steuben County, and in the State of Pennsylvania by the rail- 
road running from Lawrenceville to Blossburg, including 
uNIansfield and Blossburg charges; on the south by Central 
Pennsylvania Conference; on tlie east by Wyoming and Northern 
New York Conferences; on the north by Northern New York 
Conference and Lake Ontario. 

14. Central Ohio Conference shall be bounded on the north 
by the north line of the State of Ohio ; on the east by the 
North Ohio Conference; on the south by the Springfield branch 



1888.] Beports of Committee on Boundaries. 407 

of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Kail- 
road to the west line of the Ohio Conference, yet so as to exclude 
Saint Paul's Charge in Delaware, and Milford, and to include 
Marysville; thence to the west line of the State of Ohio, by the 
north line of the Cincinnati Conference ; and on the w^est by the 
w^est line of the State of Ohio. 

15. Central Pennsylvania Conference shall be bounded as 
follows: On the south by the State line from the Susquehanna 
1 liver to the west boundary of Bedford County, excepting so 
much of the State of Pennsylvania as is included in the Balti- 
more Conference; on the west by the west line of Bedford, Blair, 
and Clearfield counties, including New Washington Cirt-uit, and 
excluding so much of Clearfield County as is embraced in the 
Erie Coiitetence, and a line from the north of Clearfield County 
to Saint Mary's; on the north by a line extending from Saint 
Mary's eastward to Eujporium; thence by the southern boundary 
of Potter and Tioga counties, including Wharton and Liberty 
Valley Ciicuit; thence through Sullivan County north of Laporte 
to the west line of Wyoming County; thence on the east by the 
present limits of the Wyoming Conference, being the east line of 
Sullivan County to the north line- of Columbia County; thence a 
line south-easterly tlnongh Luzerne County to the north line of 
the Philadelphia Conference, near White Haven ; thence on the 
south by the northern line of Carbon, Schuylkill, and Dauphin 
counties to the Susquehanna River, including Hickory Run, 
Weatherly, Beaver Meadow, and Ashland; and thence by the 
Susquehanna Kiver to the place of beginning, including Harris- 
burg. 

16. Central Tennessee Conference shall include the work 
among the white people in all that part of the State of Ten- 
nessee not included in the Holston Conference. 

17. Chicago German C'onference shall include the German 
work in the State of Wisconsin, except those appointments 
along the Mississippi River and in that part of the State of 
Illinois north of an east and west line passing along the north 
line of the city of Bloomington, excepting the territory now in 
the Saint Louis German Conlei-ence, and east of a north and 
s(uith line passing through the city of Freeport, and in that part 
of the State of Indiana west of the line between the counties of 
Saint Joseph and Elkhart, and north of the line between Stark 
and Pulaski counties. It shall also include Danville, in the State 
of Illinois. 

18. Cincinnati Conference shall be bounded on the north by 
a line commencing at Union City on the Indiana State line, 
running thence along the Dayton & Union Railroad to Green- 
ville, Darke County, Oiiio, including the railroad stations on 
the line of said raih-oad and Greenvilh% also; thence along 
the Pail Handle Railroad to jVIilford Center, excluding Gettys- 
burg, Bradford, Lockington, and St. Paris charges, and inclndmg 
the cities of Piqua and Urbana, and the Fremont City and Kings 



408 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

Creek cliarges; on the east by the Ohio Conference; on the south 
by tlie Ohio River; and on the west by the State of Indiana, but 
excluding Elizabeth, Hamilton County, Ohio, to the South-east 
Indiana Conference. 

19. Colorado Conference shall include the State of Colo- 
rado. 

20. Columbia River Conference shall include the counties 
of Wasco, Umatilla, Crook, Morrow, and Gilliam, in the State 

\ of Oregon; all of Washington Territory east of the summit of 
— ~*the Cascade Mountains; and all of the Territory of Idaho north 
of the Idaho Conference. 

21. Dakota Conference shall include that part of Dakota Ter- 
ritory lying south of the 46th parallel of north latitude and 
east of the meridian 101 degs. west longitude. 

22. Delaware Conference shall include that part of the State 
of New Jersey south of a line running from Camden to Ocean 
Grove, the State of Delaware, and all of the States of Maryland 
and Pennsylvania not included in the Washington Conference. 

23. Des Moines Conference shall include that part of the State 
of Iowa Avest and south of the following lines : Beginning 
at the south-east coi'ner of Wayne County; thence north to 
the south line of Marshall County, leaving Knoxvillein the Iowa 
Conference and the Monroe Charge in tlie Des JMoines Confer- 
ence ; thence west to the south-east corner of Story County; 
thence north to the north-east corner of Story County ; thence 
west to the north-east corner of Crawford County; thence south 
to the north line of township eighty -three ; thence west to the 
east line of Monona County ; thence south and west on the line 
of Monona County to the Missouri River, 

24. Detroit Conference shall include that part of the State 
of Michigan in the lower peninsula east of the principal me- 
ridian as far north as the southern boundary of Roscommon 
County; thence west to the south-west corner of said county; 
thence north to the southern boundary of Charlevoix County ; 
thence east to the south-east corner of said County of Charlevoix.; 
thence north to ihe Straits of M.-kckinaw; and it shall also include 
the upper peninsula. 

25. East German Conference shall embrace the German work 
cast of the Allegheny Mountains. 

26. East Maine Conference shall include that part of the State 
of Maine not included in the Maine Conference. 

27. East Ohio Conference shall be bounded by a line begin- 
ning at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and running east- 
erly to the Pennsylvania State line; thence along said line, 
leaving the Petersburg Society in the Erie Conference, to the 
Ohio River; thence down said river to the Muskingum River; 
thence up the Muskingum River to Dresden, excluding JVIarietta 
and Zanesville; from Dresden northward ah>ng the Muskingum 
River and the "^I'uscarawas River to its intersection with the 
Ohio Canal near Zoar; from this point along said Canal to Lake 



188S.J Reports of Comndttee on Boundaries, 409 

Erie, excluding Navarre and Clinton, and including Bolivar and 
Akron, and all the city of Cleveland lying east of the Cuyahoga 
River. ° 

^ 28. East Tennessee Conference shall include all of the State of 
Tennessee not in the Tennessee Conference, and that part of the 
State of Virginia west of and including the counties of Car- 
roll, Floyd, Montgomery, and Giles in said State. 

29, Erie Conference shall be bounded on the north by Lake 
Erie, on the east by a line commencing at the moutli of the 
Cattaraugus Creek ; thence up said creek to the village of 
Gowanda, leaving said village in the Genesee Conference ; 
thence to the Allegheny River at the mouth of the Tunungwant 
CVeek; thence up said creek southward, excluding the mty of 
Bi-adford on said cieek, to the ridge dividing between the waters 
of Clarion and Sinnemahoning creeks; thence southward to the 
Mahoning Creek; thence down said creek to the Alh-o-heny 
Ruer, excluding the Milton Society, but including Fiiiley Scfciety, 
111 the Punxutawney Circuit, and Putneyville, in the Bethlehem 
Circuit; thence across said river in a north-westerly direction to 
the south-west corner of Lawrence County, including VVampun and 
Petersburg ; thence along the State line to the place of beginning, 
including the State line appointment on the Jamestown Circuit 

30. Florida Conference shall include the State of Florida, 
except th;it portion lying west of the Apalachicola River. 

31. Foochow Conference shall include the Fokien Province 
in China. 

32. Genesee Conference shall include all that part of the 
State of New York lying west of the Central New York Con- 
ference excepting that part of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus 
counties now included in the Erie Conference. It shall also in- 
clude the villages of Gowanda and Corning, in the State of New 
York, and so much of Tioga County, including Tioga Charge, in 
the State of Pennsylvania, as is not "embraced in the CentrafNew 
York Conference; also so much of Potter County, in the said 
State of Pennsylvania, as is not included in Centraf Pennsylvania 
Conference; also including so much of McKean County, in said 
State of Pennsylvania, as is embraced in the Olean District, in- 
cluding the city of Bradford. 

33. Georgia Conference shall include the work among the white 
people in the State of Georgia. 

34. Germany Conference 'shall include the work in Germany. 

35. Holston Conference shall include all the State of Tennes- 
see east of and including the counties of ]\Larion, Grundy, Van 
Buren, Cumberland, and Fentress, in said State. 

36. Idaho Conference shall include the counties of Wallowa, 
Union, Baker, Grant, and jAIalheur, in the State of Oregon, and 
all that part of Td.iho Territory lying north of the State of Ne- 
vada and Avest and south of the Salmon River range of mount- 
ains. 

37. Illinois Conference shall include that part of the State of 



410 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

Illinois not within the Southern Illinois Conference, sonth of 
the following line, namely : Beginning at Warsaw, on the Mis- 
sissippi River ; thence to Vermont ; thence to the inoiith of the 
Spoon River ; thence up the Illinois River to the north- 
west corner of Mason County ; thence to the junction of the 
Central, and the Alton & Chicago railroads; thence to the 
south-west corner of Iroquois County ; thence east to the State 
of Indiana, leaving Bentley, Vermont, Maiiito, Mackinaw Circuit, 
and Normal in the Central Illinois, and Warsaw and Blooming- 
ton in the Illinois Conference. 

38. Indiana Conference shall be bounded on the north and 
east by a line beginning where the national road intersects 
the west line of the State of Indiana ; thence along said road to 
Ten-e Haute ; thence along Vandalia railroad to Belmont Street, 
West Indianapolis, including Locust Street Charge, in Green- 
castle ; thence north to Michigan Street ; tlience east to the Belt 
Railroad ; thence north and east along said railroad to a point 
due west of Ninth Street ; thence east to the Lafayette & 
Indianapolis railroa<l; tlience along said railroad to Third 
Street ; thence east hy Third Street and through to Meridian 
Street; thence south by Meridian Street, Madison Avenue, and 
Madison Pike to the southern limits of the city ; thence west to 
White River ; thence down said river to the west line of Johnson 
County ; thence south on the west line of Johnson, Brown, 
Jackson, Scott, and Clarke counties to the Ohio River ; on the 
south by the Ohio River, and on the west by the State of 
Illinois. 

39. Iowa Conference shall be bounded on the enst by the Mis- 
sissippi River; on tiie south by the iNIissouri State line; on 
the west and north by a line commencing at the south-west 
corner of Appanoose County ; thence north to INIarshall County, 
leaving Knoxville in the Iowa Conference and ]Monroe in the 
Des JNloines Conference ; thence on the south line of Marshall 
County due east to Iowa River ; thence down said river to Iowa 
City ; thence on the Chicasro, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad 
to Davenport, leaving Davenport and Iowa City in the Upper 
Iowa Conference, and all intermediate towns in the Iowa Con- 
ference. 

40. Italy Conference shall include the Kingdom of Italy and 
those parts of contiguous countries where the Italian language 
is spoken. 

41. Japan Conference shall include the Empire of Japan. 

42. Kansas Conference shall embrace that i)ortion of the State 
of Kansas lying east of the 6lh principal meridian, and north 
of the south line of township 16, including the town of Po- 
mona, lying south of said line, and Baldwin C'ity, but excluding 
Louisburg and Ottawa, lying north of said line, and Solomon 
City Circuit, lying east of the (Uh meridian, provided th;it Bald- 
win City shall remain in the South Kansas Conference until its 
session in 1889. 



.18S8.J Jiejyoris of Committee on JJoicndwies. 411 

43. Kentucky Conference shall include the State of Ken- 
tucky, 

44. Lexington Conference shall include the States of Ken- 
tucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. 

45. Little Rock Conference shall include the State of Ar- 
kansas. 

46. Louisiana Conference shall include the State of Louis- 
iana. 

47. Maine Conference shall include that part of the State of 
Maine west of Kennebec River, from its mouth to the great 
l)end below Skowhegan, and of a line running thence north 
to the State line, including Skowhegan and Augusta, and that 
part of the town of Winslow north of Sebasticuok River, and 
also that part of New Hami)shire east of the White Hills, and 
noith of the waters of Ossipee Lake and the town of Gorham. 

48. Mexico Conference shall include the Republic of Mexico, 
except the States of Chihuahua, Sonora, and Lower Califoi-nia. 

49. Michigan Conference shall include the State of Michigan 
in the Lower Peninsula west of the principal meridian as far 
north as the southern boundary of Roscommon County ; thence 
west to the south-west corner of said county ; thence north 
to the southern boundary of Charlevoix County ; thence east 
to the south-east corner of said county ; thence north to the 
Straits of Mackinaw, including Mackinaw City. 

50. Minnesota Conference sliall include tlie State of Minnesota. 

51. Mississippi Conference shall include the State of Missis- 
sippi. 

52. Missouri Conference shnll include so much of the State of 
Missouri as lies north of the Missouri River. 

53. Montana Conference sliall include the Territory of Mon- 
tana, the National Park, and so much of the territory of Idaho 
as lies directly north of the LTtah Mission, and the Foit Hall 
Indian Reservation. 

54. Nebraska Conference shall include all that part of the State 
of Nebraska lying south of the Platte River and east of the 
west line of range 12 west of the 6tli pi-incipal meridian. 

55. Newark Conference shall include that part of the State 
of New Jersey not included in the New Jersey Conference, 
Staten Island, in the State of New York, and so much of the 
States of New York and Pennsylvania as lies within the Jersey 
City and Paterson districts. 

56. New England Conference shall include all the State of 
AFassachusetts east of the Green Mountains not included in the 
New Hampshire and the New England Southern Conferences. 

57. New P^ngland Southern Conference shall include that 
part of the State of Connecticut lying east of Connecticut 
River ; the State of Rhode Island, with Millville and Blackstone 
in the State of Massachusetts, and also that part of the State of 
JMassachusetts south-east of a line diawn from the north-east corner 
of the State of Rhode Island to the mouth of Neponset River, 



412 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

leaving Walpole Station, Foxborough, and Quincy Point in 
the New England Conference. 

58. New Hampshire Conference shall include the State of 
New Haiiip.shire, except that part within the Maine Conference ; 
also tiiat part of the State of Massachusetts north-east of the 
Merrimac River. 

59. New Jersey Conference shall include that part of the 
State of New Jersey lying south of the following line, namely : 
Commencing at Raritan Bay ; thence up said bay and river to 
New Brunswick ; thence along the turnpike road to Lambertville 
on the Delaware, including the city of New Brunswick and 
Lambertville Station. 

60. New York Conference shall consist of the territory now 
in the New York, Poughkeepsie (including Gaylordsville), New- 
burg, and Kingston districts. 

61. New York East Conference shall include the New York, 
New York East, Brooklyn, and New Haven districts, includ- 
ing those charges in the city of New York east of a line 
running' through Third Avenue, Bowery, Chatham Street, Park 
Row, Broadway, and Whitehall Street to South Ferry. 

62. North Carolina Conference shall include the State of North 
Carolina. 

63. North Dakota Conference shall include that part of Dako- 
"^a territory lying north of the 46th par.illel of north latitude. 

64. Northern German Conference shall include the German 
work in the State of Miimesota, in the north half of the Ter- 
ritory of Dakota and in the Territory of Montana, and the 
appointments in the State of Wisconsin along the Mississippi 
River not included in the Chicago German Conference. 

65. Northern New York Conference shall include so much 
of the County of Franklin as is not within the Troy Confer- 
ence, and all of the counties of Saint Lawrence, Jefferson, 
Lewis, Oneida, and Herkimer, and all of Oswego County except 
Phoenix, and so much of the County of Madison as lies on the 
east of the New York & Midland Railroad, together with the 
Cherry Valley, Springfield, and Richfield Springs, in Otsego 
County, and Saint Johnsville, in Montgomery County. 

66. North Lidia Conference shall consist of the North-west 
Provinces and Oudh, excepting the territorial districts of Sa- 
harunpur and Dchra Dun and the AUahaljad English Cliurch. 

67. North Indiana Conference shall be hounded on the north 
by the State of Michigan ; on the east by the State of Ohio, 
including Union City ; on the south by the National Road 
from the State line west to Marion County'; thence north to the 
north-east corner of said county ; thence west to the Michigan 
Road ; on the west by said Michigan Road to South Bend, and 
the-ice by the Saint Joseph River to the Michigan State line, in- 
cluding Logansport and .-ill towns on the Natio^ial Road east of 
Imlianapolis. 

68. North Nebraska Conference shall include all that part 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Boundaries. 413 

of tlie State of Nebraska lying north of the Platti- River and 
east of the west line of range 12 west of tlie Gth ])rinei])al 
meridian. 

69. North Ohio Conference shall be bounded on the north by 
the Ohio State line ; on the east by the Oliio Canal to its 
intersection with the Tuscarawas River ; them'e by that river 
and the Muskingum River to Dresden ; on the south by Ohio 
Conference, excluding Dresden and including Utica, Homer, and 
Galena circuits, and excluding Stratford ; on the west by the 
main road passing through Delaware and Marion to Upper San- 
dusky and the Sandusky River, exchiding so much of the town 
of Delaware as lies west of the Olentangy River, and also ex- 
cluding the towns of Marion, Fremont, and Ui)per Sandusky, 
and including Tiffin. 

7U. North-west German Conference shall include the Germnn 
work in the south half of the Territory of Dakota and that 
part of the State of Iowa north of an east and west line ])ass- 
ing along the south line of the city of Clinton and that i)art 
of the State of Illinois lying west of the Chicago German 
Conterence. 

71. North-west Indiana Conference shall be bounded on the 
north by Lake Michigan and the State line; on the east by 
Saint Joseph River and the Michigan Road ; on the south by 
the Indiana Conference, and on the west by Illinois, including 
all the towns on the Michigan Road except Logansport, and all 
tlie towns on the southern boundary, excluding Locust Street 
Charge, in Greencastle. 

72. North-west Iowa Conference shall include that part of 
the State of Iowa west of the Upper Iowa and nortii of the 
Des Moines Conferences. 

7;5. North-west Kansas Conference shall include all that part 
of the State of Kans^as north of the south line of township 17 
and west of the 6th principal meridian, and shall include the 
Solomon City Circuit. 

74. North-west Swedish Conference shall include the Swedish 
Avork in the West and North- Avest ; also within the Erie Con- 
ference in the State of New Yoik, and Avithin the Pittsburg 
and Central New York Conferences in the State of Pennsyl- 
vania. 

75. NorAA'ay Conference shall embrace NorAvay. 

76. NorAvegian and Danish Conference shall include all the 
work among the Norwegians and Danes betAveen the Allegheny 
and the Rocky Mountains. 

77. Ohio Conference shall be bounded as follows: Commenc- 
ing on the jNIuskinguni River, north of Dresden ; thence down 
said river to the Ohio IJiver, including Zanesville and Ma- 
rietta ; thence down the Ohio River to the mouth of Ohio 
Brush Creek ; thence north to the south-east corner of F.iyette 
County; thence north-Avest to the Avest line of Fayette Couiitv ; 
thence north on the west line of Fayette and Madison counties 



■il-i Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

to the Springfield branch of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati 
& Indianapolis Raili-oad, leavinu' Vienna, Dunbarton, and Sink- 
ing Springs circuits west of said line ; thence east on the south- 
ern boundaries of Central Ohio and North Ohio Conferences to 
the place of beginning, including Milford and Stratford, and 
Saint Paul's Charge, in Delawnre. 

78. Oregon Conference shall include all that part of the State 
of Oregon not included in the Columbia River and Idaho Con- 
ferences. 

79. Philadelphia Conference shall be l)ounded fin the east by 
the Delaware River ; on the south by the Pennsylvania State 
line ; on the west by the Susquehanna River, excluding Har- 
risburg ; on the north by the north lines of Dauphin, Schuylkill, 
Carbon and Monroe counties, excepting Ashland and Beaver 
Meadow Circuit. 

80. Pittsburg Conference shall be bounded on the north by 
Erie Conference ; on the east by the Central Pennsylvania Con- 
Conference; on the south by the West Virginia Conference; on 
the west by the East Ohio Conference. 

81. Puget Sound Conference shall include all that part of 
Washington Territory lying west of the Cascade Mountains and 
north of the Columbia River. 

82. Rock River Conference shall include that part of the State 
of Illinois north of the Central Illinois Conference; this Confer- 
ference shall include the work among the Welsh people in the 
States of Illinois and Wisconsin. 

83. Saint John's River Conference shall include the work 
among the white people in the State of Florida, except that por- 
tion lyini>f west of the Apalachicola River. 

84. Saint Louis Conference shall include that part of the State 
of Missouri lying south of the Mi-soivi'i River. 

85. St. Louis German Conference shall include the German 
work in that part of the State of Illinois south of the Chicago 
German Conference and in the State of Iowa south of the 
North-west German Conference, and all the German work in the 
State of Missouri not within the West German Conference. 

86. Savannah Conference shall include the State of Georgia. 

87. South Carolina Conference shall include the State of South 
Carolina. 

88. South-east Indiana Conference shall be bounded as fol- 
lows, namely : Beginning at the crossing of Meridian and 
Third Streets, in the city of Indianapolis; thence west by said 
Third Street to the Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad ; thence 
north on said railroad to the Michigan Road ; thence on said 
road to the north line of Marion County; thence east on said 
county line to the north-east corner of said county ; thence south 
on the east line of said county to the National Road ; thence 
east on said road to the State line ; on the east by Ohio, including 
PZlizabeth, Hamilton County, Oliio; on the south by the Ohio 
River, and on the west by the Indiana Conference. 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Boundaries. 415 

89. Southern Cfilifornia Conference shall embrace that portion 
of the State of California lying south of the California Con- 
ference ; also that portion of the State east of the Sierra Nevada 
Mountains, and south of Inyo County. 

90. Southern German Conference shall include the German 
work in the States of Texas and l^ouisiana. 

91. Southern Illinois Conference shall include that part of 
the State of Illinois south of the following line, namely : Be- 
ginning at the mouth of the Illinois River ; thence up said 
river to tiie north-west corner of Jersey County, including Kane 
and Woodbury ; thence to Honey Point ; thence to Hillsborougli, 
leaving it in the Illint)is Conference ; thence east through P'ay- 
( tte and Etfingham counties to the north-west corner of Jasper 
County ; thence on the north line of Jasper and Crawford 
counties to the Wabash River, 

92. South India Conference shall include Sindh, Guzerat, 
the Bombay Presidency, and all of peninsular India south and 
west of a line drawn from Burhanpur, C. P., to Jabalpur, not 
including these stations; thence due east to Bengal, and along 
its south-west border to the Bay of Bengal. 

93. South Kansas Conference shall include that part of the 
State of Kansas lying east of the west line of Chautauqua, Elk, 
Greenwood, and Chase counties, and south ol' the south line 
of township 16, including Louisburg and Ottawa, lying north of 
the said line, and excluding Pomona, lying south of said line ; 
provided that Baldwin City shall remain in this Conference until 
tlie session of the Conference in 1889. 

94. South-west Kansas Conference shall include all that part 
of the State of Kansas not included in the Kansas, North-west 
Kansas, and South-east Kansas Conferences, and also the ter- 
ritory known as No ]\Ian's Land. 

95. Sweden Conference shall embrace Sweden and Finland, 
in Europe. 

96. Switzerland Conference shall include the work in Switzer- 
land and those portions of France where the German language 
is spoken. 

97. Tennessee Conference shall include that portion of the 
State of Tennessee west of and including the counties of Frank- 
lin, Coffee, Warren, White, Putnam, Overton, and Pickett, in 
said State. 

98. Texas Conference shall include so much of the State of 
Texas as lies east of a line beginning at the Gulf of Mexico on 
the east line of Matagorda County, and running along said line 
and the east line of Wharton and Colorado counties, to the north 
point of Colorado County ; thence north until it strikes the 
Central Railroad at Calvert ; thence along the line of said rail- 
road to the northern boundary of Texas, excluding Calvert and 
all the towns on the line of said road. 

99. Troy Conference shall include Troy, Albany, Saratoga, 
Plattsburg, and Burlington districts. 



416 Journal of the General Conference, [1888, 

100. Upper Iowa Conference shall be bounded as follcjws, 
namely: Beginning at the north east corner of the State of Iowa; 
thence down the Mississippi River to Davenport ; thence west 
on the north line of the Iowa Conference to the south-east 
corner of Story County ; thence north to tlie State line so as to 
include Iowa Falls ; thence east on said line to the place of be- 
ginning. 

101. Vermont Conference shall include the Saint Albans, Saint 
Johnsbury, Montpelier, and Springfield districts. 

102. Virginia Conference shall include all that part of the 
State of Virginia not embraced in the Baltimore and Wilming- 
ton Conferences, and also the counties of Pocahontas, Green 
Brier, Monroe, Pendleton, and Hardy, in the State of West 
Virginia. 

103. Washington Conference shall include Western Mary- 
land, the District of Columbia, the State of West Virginia, so 
much of the State of Pennsylvania as lies west of -the Susque- 
hanna River, including the to,wns on said river, and so much of 
the State of Virginia as is not included in the East Tennessee 
Conference. 

104. A\^est German Confereiice shall include the States of 
Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado, ajid so much of the State of 
Missouri as lies Avest of a line commencing at the south-east 
corner of the State of Kansas; thence direct to the south-east 
corner of Morgan County, Missouri ; thence north to the north- 
east corner of Charlton County, Missouri ; thence to the north 
east corner of AVorth County, Missouri. 

105. West Nebraska Conference shall include all that part of 
the State of Nebraska lying west of the west line of range 12 
Avest of the Oth principal meridian. 

106. West Texas Conference shall embrace so much of the 
State of Texas as is not included in the Texas Conference. 

107. West Virginia Conference shall be bounded as follows: 
Beginning at the south-west corner of the State of Pennsyl- 
vania; thence along the west line of Pennsylvania to the north- 
eist corner of Ohio County, West Virginia, so as to include 
Wheeling Creek Mission and Triadelphia Circuit; thence by the 
most direct way to Short Creek, so as to include Short Creek and 
Liberty Circuit ; thence down Short Creek to the Ohio River; 
thence down said river to the month of the Big Sandy River; on 
the west by the State line ; on the south and east by the Virginia 
and Baltimore Conferences to the Pennsylvania State line; thence 
westward along said line to the place of beginning. 

108. West Wisconsin Conference shall include that pnrt of the 
State of Wisconsin not embraced in the Wisconsin Conference. 

109. Wilmington Conference shall include the State of Dela- 
ware and the eastern shore of Maryland and of Virginia. 

110. Wisconsin Conference shall include all that part of the 
State of Wisconsin lying east and north of a line beginning 
at the south-east corner of Greene County, on the south line of 



1888.] Jieports of Committee on Boxuidaries. 417 

the State; thence north on tlie range line between ranges 9 and 
10 east, to tlie north line of town 20; thence west on the said line 
to the east line of range 3 ; thence north on said line to the 
Michigan State line. 

111. Wyoming Conference shall include the southern part of 
the State of New York not included in the New York, New 
York East, Newark, Central New York, and Genesee Con- 
ferences, and that part of the State of Pennsylvania bounded on 
the west by Central New York Conference, including the territory 
east of the Susquehanna River ; and on the south by the Central 
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Newark Conferences, including 
Nariowsburg; and on the east by the Newark and New York 
Conferences. 

Part II. — Boi-ndaries of Missions. Journal, Page 356. 

1. The Arizona Mission shall include the Territory of Arizona 
and the State of Sonora, Mexico. 

2. Black Hills Mission shall include all that part of Dakota 
south of the 46th parallel of t\orth latitude and west of the me- 
ridian 101 degrees west longitude. 

3. California German Mis-^ion shall include the German work 
within the State of California. 

4. The Indian Mission shall include the Indian Tenitory. 

5. Lower California Mission shall include the Territory of 
Lower California, in Mexico. 

6. Nevada Mission shall include the State of Nevada, and so 
much of the State of California as lies east of the west summit of 
the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

7. The New Mexico English Mission shall include the Terri- 
tory of New Mexico and the County of El Paso, Texas. 

8. The New Mexico Spanish Mission shall include the Teri-i- 
tory of New Mexico, El Paso, Texas ; and the State of Chihuahua, 
Mexico. 

9. North Pacific German Mission shall include the German 
work in the Stat_c^of Oregon and Washington Territory. 

10. North-Avest Norwegian and Danish Mission shall include 
the Norwegian and Danish work in the State of Oregon and 
^Vashington Territory and in Northern Idaho. 

1 1. The Utah Mission shall include the Territory of Utah and 
that i)art of the Territory of Idaho lying directly north of the 
Territory of Utah and south of parallel 43 of north latitude 
excluding the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. 

12. The Wyoming jNIission shall include all the Territory of 
Wyoming except the National Park. 

Part III.— Enabling Acts. Journal, Page 356. 

1. The Ariientine Republic, L^ruguay, the Southern Province 
of Brazil, Paraguay, and Chili, may, "during the quadrenniiim, 
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418 Journal of the General Conference. [1888. 

with the approval of the Bisliop, organize into an Annual Con- 
ference, to be called the Soutli American Annual Conference. 

2. The Arizona Mission may, dui-ing the next four years, by 
a vote of two thirds of the members present and voting," with'the 
approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into an Annual 
Conference. 

•3. The California German Mission may, during the next four 
years, by a vote of two thirds of the members present and voting, 
with the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into aii 
Annual Conference. 

4. The Central German Conference may, during the next four 
years, by a two-tliirds vote of the members present and voting, 
and the presiding Bishop concurring, divide into two Confer- 
ences. 

5. The Denmark Mission may organize into an Aimual Con- 
ference during the ensuing quadrenniura, the presiding Bishop 
concurring. ^ 

6. The Indiana and South-east Indiana Conferences are 
authorized to lift the boundary line between them wlienever, 
during the next four years, both Conferences shall vote so to do,' 
the presiding I^ishop or Bishops concurring. 

7. The Kansas and South Kansas Conferences are authorized 
to lift the boundary line between them whenever, durino- the 
next four years, both Conferences shall vote so to do, the' pre- 
siding Bishop oi- liishops concurrinf^. 

8. The Louisiana Conference may, during the next four 
years, by the vote of two thirds of the members present and 
voting, with the api)roval of the Bishop presiding, divide into 
two Conferences. 

9. The Micliigan nnd Detroit Conferences may, during the next 
four years, by a majority vote of the members of each Con- 
ference present and voting, with the approval of the Bishop or 
Bishops presiding, divide their territory, upon such lines as may 
be agreed upon, into not moi-e than four Annual Conferences. In 
case the 3Iichigan and Detroit Conferences should not divide 
in accordance with the foregoing Enabling Act then the Mich- 
igan Conference may, Avithin the next four years, by a vote 
of two thirds of the members present and voting, with the ap- 
proval of the Bishop presiding, divide into two Annual Confer- 
ences wholly within the present bounds of the Conference. 

10. Tlie Minnesota Conference may, during the next four years, 
by (he vote of two thirds of its members ])rescnt and voting, 
with the ai)proval of the Bishop presiding, divide into two Con- 
ferences. 

1 1. The Mississippi Conference may, during the next four years, 
by a vote of two thirds of tlie members present and voting, with 
the approval of the Bishop presiding, divide into two Annual 
Confei'ences. 

12. The Nevada Mission may, during the next four years, 
by a vote of two thirds of its members present and voting, with 



1888.] Reports of Committee on Boundaries. 419 

the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into an An- 
nual Conference. ^ • ^i, 

1,3 The New Mexico English Mission may, during the next 
four'vears by a vote of two thirds of the members present and 
voting, with tiie approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized 
into an Annual Conference. . , • ^i 

14 The New Mexico Spanish Mission may, within the next 
fourVears, by avoteof two thirds of its members present and 
voting, with the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized 
into an Annual Conference. 

15 Tlie Southern California Conference may, at any session 
during the next four years, by a vote of two thirds of the mem- 
bers present and voting, with the approval of the bishop presid- 
\\\cr, divide into two Annual Conferences. 

Ig The Sweden Annual Conference may, during the next tour 
vears, by a vote of two thirds of the members present and 
voting, with the approval of the Bishop presidmg, divide into 
two Annual Conferences. 

17 The Utah Mission mav, durinir the next lour years, by a 
vote" of two thirds of the members present and voting, with the 
approval of the Bishop presiding, divide into two Missions, 
separating the Norwegian and Danish work from the Enghsli 

work. . ■, t \ 

18. The Utah Mission mav, during the next four years, h^ 
a vote of two thirds of the members present and voting, Avith 
the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into an An- 
nual Conference. . , . 

19 The Washington Conference may, at any session during 
the next four years, by a vote of two thirds of the members 
present and votin- with the approval of the Bishop presiaing, 
be divided into two Annual Conferences. . 

20. West Nebraska Conference may, at any session during 
the next four years, by a vote of two thirds of the members 
present and voting, and with the approval of the bishop presid- 
ino-, divide upon s'uch lines as mav be agreed upon. 

21 The West Texas and Texas Conferences may, witlun the 
next" four years, by a vote of two thirds of the members in 
each Conference present nnd voting, with the approval of the 
Bishop presiding, divide their territory, upon such lines as may 
be agreed upon,'^into three Annual Conferences. 

22 The Wyomino- Mission may, during tlie next tour years 
by a'vote of two thir.ls of the members present and voting, and 
the approval of the Bishop presiding, be organized into an An- 
nual Conference under such name as may be adopted. 

93 A Mission in the United States may, by a majority vote o1 
its members present and voting, with the approval ot the Bishop 
nresidincT, be organized into a Mission Conlerence. 

24. The provisions of these acts, to be eflfective, must be ac- 
cepted prior to July 1, 1891. 



420 Journal of the General Conference. [1888, 

REVISALS. 
20. Report I^o. 1. Journal, Pages 304, 320. 

The Committee on Revisals recommend that the following 
changes be made in the book of Discipline : 

1. In paragraph 56, § 4, line 3, between the words " more " and 
"who" insert, "of which committee the preacher in charge shall 
be chairman," so that the section, as amended, shall read as follows: 
"Should the preacher in charge desire it, let the Quarterly Con- 
ference appoint annually a committee of three, or more, of which 
committee the preacher in charge shall be chairman, who, co- 
operating with him," etc. 

The action of said committee shall be, in every respect, sub- 
ject to the control of the Quai-terly Conference. 

2. In paragraph 183, § 4, strike off the letter " s " from the word 
" nights," and insert thereafter the words " meetings yearly," 
and after the word "feasts" add the word "quarterly," so that 
the section, as amended, shall read, " to hold watch-night meet- 
ings annually and love-feasts quarterly." 

3. In paragraph 183, § 10, amend the form of quarterly report so 
that in harmony with § 11, it will call for the uaines of all changes 
in membership. The parts thus amended would read as follows: 

Received into full membership the following, namely. . . 
Excluded from the Church . " " " \.. 

Received by Certificate " " "... 

Certificates given to " " "... 

Deceased during the quarter " " "... 

Withdrawn from the Church " " "... 

4. Amend paragraph 184 by striking out all of § 14. 

5. Amend paragraph 186 by inserting immediately before the 
last sentence the following: " He shall repoi t to the Fourth Quar- 
terly Conference and to the Preacher in Charge all marriages sol- 
emnized and all ba|)tisms administered," so that the part of the 
paragraph amended shall read as follows: "He shall have a seat 
in the Quarterly Conference, and all the privileges of membership, 
in the place where he may reside. He shall report to the Fourth 
Quarterly Conference and to the Preacher in Charge all mar- 
riages solemnized and all baptisms administered. In^se he lives 
beyond," etc. 

6. Amend paragraph 187 as follows: Stiike out the semicolon at 
the end of line 5 and insert a period. Also strike out the word 
" and " at the beginning of line 6, and insert, " He shall report 
to the Fourth Quarterly Confei-ence and to the Preacher in 
Charge all marriages solemnized and all baptisms administered." 
The i)art of the paragraph, as amended, will then read, "Shall 
have a seat in the Quarterly Conference, and all the privileges 
of membership in the church where he may reside. He shall "re- 
port to the Fourth Quarterly Conference and to the Preacher in