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OF THE 

Louisiana Conference, 

M. E. CHTOCH SOUTH, 



31st 



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ANNUAL SESSION, 



Trenton, La., December 13th-17th, 1876, 



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BISHOP WM. M, WIGHTMAN, Prmc/iVz^, 
SAMX H. 8CHR0EDER, Secretari/, 



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METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SOOTH. 

DecemlDer 13tli--17th, 1876. 



The Thirty-first "session of the Louisiana Annual Conference 
was held In the Methodist Church at Trenton, La., beginning on 
Wednesday, the Thirteenth day of December, Eighteen Hundred 
and Seventy-six,|Bishop W. M.^Wightman in the chair. 

The daily sessions were held from 9 o'clock A. M. to 2 o'clock 
P. M., and were opened with religious exercises conducted by the 
Bishop and various members of the Conference. 

SamL^H. Schroederwas elected Secretary, Jno. T. Sawyer, As- 
sistant Secretary, and J. W. Medlock Statistical Secretary. 

The following members were present during the session: 

Clekical. — Jos. B. Walker, D. D., Jno. Mathews, J. T. Sawyer, 
Linus Parker, D. D., Lewis A. Eeed, C. Keener, J. A. Ivy, C. W. 
Carter, E. S. Trippett, H. O. White, W. P. Owen, T. S. Kandle, 
N. S. CorneU, J. L. Wright, A. M. Wailes, G. T. Freeman, B. 
Clegg, Wm. Hart, T. H. McClendon, J. A. Miller, J. M. McKee, 
W. P. KimbaU, T. J. Upton, M. C. Manley, J. F. Patterson, C. 
W. Hodge, J. L. Borden, Eobt. Parvin, W. R. Whatley, F. G. 
Hocutt, J. W. Hearn, R. T. Parish, J. T. Daves, A. E. Goodwyn, 
R. Rrmdle, J. Pipes, J. M. Brown, J. S. White, Jesse Fulton, R. 
M. Crowson, Geo. M. Liverman, Ph. Allen, S. H. Cooper, J. W. 
Medlock, J. H. Stone, C. R. Godfrey, J. F. Wynn, J. E. Cobb, 
S. H. Schroeder, R. S. Isbell, R. A. Davis, B. F. White, 
J. F. Scurlock, A. E. Clay, J. J. BiUingsley, J. M. Johnston, 
J. D. Harper, E. B. Foust, J. S. Diivis, P. H. Diffenweirth, 
and J. C. Reid. 



2 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 

Lay.— H. P. WeUs, T. C. Standifer, T. B. Keneau, Jethro 
Moore, R. A. Smith, W. J. Lesley, J. W. Jones, W. D. Stayton, 
James Ford. 

After the introductory rehgious services, appropriate salutatory 
remarks were offered by Bishop Wightman, who touched particu- 
larly upon the peculiar duties, responsibilities and labors devolv- 
ing upon our chief superintendents, and the stii-ring demand in 
these troublous times when poHtical and social elements are so 
disturbed, for ministerial laborers of strong, robust christian 
character, and of uncompromising fidehty to the cause of Christ 
and humanity* 

The Presiding Elders were constituted a committee to nomi- 
nate members to fill the various committees required, and re- 
ported the following nominations, which were approved by the 

Conference, viz: 

Committee on Public Woeship. 

C. W. Carter, H. O. White, and R. S. Trippett. 

Committee on Sunday Schools. 
B. F. White, J. M. Brown, and James Ford. 

Committee on Education. 
Baxter Clegg, J. Lane Borden, and T. C. Standifer. 

Committee on Church Publications. 
Thomas J. Upton, W. P. Owen, and Thomas B. Reneau. 

Committee on Bible Cause. 
R. S. Trippett, Jos. H. Stone, and W. D. Stay ton. 

Committee on Temperance. 
John Pipes, Baxter Clegg, and Robert Parvin. 

President C. G. Andrews, of Centenary College, and President 
Thomas H. Armstrong, of Mansfield Female College, were pres- 
ent during the session representing the interests and claims of 
their respective institutions. 



The regular Disciplinary questions were then taken up, as follows : 

Question 1. Who are admitted on trial ? 

Answer. Shepherd Halsey Werlein, J. B. Cassity, T. Kenlock 
Faunt LeRoy, Thomas J. Hough and J. L. P. Sheppard. 

Q. 2. Who remain on trial ? 

A. D. A. Boddie and Abel Hoffpauir. 

Q. 3. Who are jdiscontinued ? 

A. D. M. Ward, at his own request. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 3 

Q. 4. Who are admitted into full connection ? 
A. John F. Patterson and George T. Freeman. 

Q. 5. Who are re-admitted ? 
A. W^ D. Stayton. 

Q. 6. Wha are received by transfer ? 

A. J. A. Parker, from Little Eock Conference; Phil. H. Moss, 
from Alalama Conference; James E. Bradley, from Columbia Con- 
ference; A. A. Corne'tt; from N. W. Texas Conference. 

Q. 7. Who are the deacons of one year ? 

A. W. E. Whatley, T. S. Eandle, J. W^ Hearn and A. M. 
Wailes. 

Q. 8. What traveling preachers are elected deacons ? 

A. John F. Patterson and Geo. T. Freeman. 

Q. 9. What traveling preachers are ordained deacons ? 

A. John F. Patterson and Geo. T. Freeman. 

Q. 10. What local preachers are elected deacons ? 

A. J. B. Cassity und J. L. P. Sheppard. 

Q. 11. What local preachers are ordained deacons ? 

A. J. B. Cassity, J. L. P. Sheppard and James W. Madison. 

Q. 12. What traveling preachers are elected elders ? 

A. All E. Clay, John T. Sawyer, J. Shelton White, James J. 
BiUingsley, Wm. Hart, Jacob D. Harper and Enos B. Foust. 

Q. 13. What travehng preachers are ordained elders ? 

A. A. E. Clay, John T. Sawyer, J. S. White, J. J. BiUingsley, 

Wm. Hart, J. D. Harper and E. B. Foust. 

Q, 14. What local preachers are elected elders ? 

A. None. 

Q. 15. Y/hat local preachers are ordained Ideers ?j 

A. None. 

Q. 16. Who are located this year ? 

A. None. 

Q. 17. Who are supernumeraries this year ? 

A. W. P. KimbaU, J. M. Franklin, Geo. Jackson and Patrick 
Lane. 

Q. 18. Who are superannuated ? 

A. H. C. Thweatt, J. S. Davis, W. E. Doty, E. W. Yancey, P. 

M. Goodwyn, Joel Saunders, P. H. Diifenweirth, J. C. Eeid and 
Jesse Fulton. 

Q. 19. What preachers have died this year ? 

A. None. 

Q. 20. Are all the preachers blameless in their lives and 
official administration ? 



4 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 


A. Their names were called one by one, and their characters 
were examined and passed. 

Q. 21. What is the number of local preachers and members 

in the several stations, circuits and missions of the Conference ? 

A. Local Preachers 81 

Last year 76 

Increase ^ 


Members 

Last year 

Increase. 


IIP. 

and m( 
the L 

ICT. 

MEMBERS 
.. 540 .. 

.. 401 .. 
.. 122 .. 
.. 120 .. 
.. 84 .. 
.. 124 .. 
.. 54 .. 
.. 183 .. 
.. 27 .. 


13,990 
13,437 


. 553 

jmbers in the 
ouisiana Con- 

LOCAL 
PREACHERS. 

2 

1 


MFMBERSF 


"What is the number of local preachers 
various Stations, Circuits and Missions of 
f erence ? 

NEW ORLEANS DISTR 

Caron del et Street 


Felicity Street, 

Moreau Street, 

St Charles Street, 

Louisiana Avenue 

Algiers, 

i Latourche, 

' Baton Rouge, 

Plaquemine and Grosse Tete .. 


3 

1 


DELHI DISTRICT. 

Monroe, 

Trenton, 

Bastrop, 

Lind Grove, 


1655 

MEMBERS 
.. 112 .. 

.. 144 . 
... 143 . 
.. 238 .. 
.. 80 .. 
.. 125 . 
.. 425 .. 
.. 71 .. 
.. 77 .. 
... 75 . 
.. 321 .. 


7 

LOCAL 
PREACHERS. 
1 

......'.'.'.'.'.'.'.*.'.*. 1 

1 

'.".*.'.'.'.','.'.".'.*.'.'.'.'. 1 

2 

'.'.'.*.*.*.'..'.".'.*.'.*.'.'. 1 
4 


Oak Ridge, 


, Rayville 

Winnsboro, 

"Waterproof and St. Joseph 

Tensas, , 

Delhi 


Floyd, 


1811 


11 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 5 




Homer, 


HOMER DISTRICT. 

MEMBERS. 

310 


LOCAL 
PREACHERS. 

4 

1 

2 

2 

2 

'..'.*.'.'.'.'.■.'.■.*. 1 

1 

4 






350 




Hayn esville, 


318 




Minden 


370 






..,,;^-. 259 




Arcadia 


318 






..,.. 490 




Indian Village, 

Lewisville, 


322 

165 




Downsville, 


495 




Farmer ville 

Shreveport 


340 




3737 

SHEEVEPOET DISTRICT. 

MEMBERS. 

154 


,21 

LOCAL 
PREACHERS. 

'.'.'.'.'.'.".'.'.'.*.'. 2 

!!!.'."!!!.'!' 2 

1 

7 

2 

2 




Caddo, 


161 




Mooringsport, 

DeSoto, 


77 

238 




Mansfield, 


' 132 




Pleasant Hill, 

Natchitoches .... 


435 

. "7 _ 




Natchitoches Ct., 125 

South Bossier, 204 

Anacoco and Leesville, 484 ..... 

North Bossier ,. . -- - 130 




Springville 


. . 212 




Webster, 


213 




Alexandria and Pii 
Rapides, 






. . - 2572 

ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT. 

MEMBERS. 

leville, 83 

352 


17 

LOCAL 

PREACHERS. 

.*.'.'.'.*'."*.'.*.*.'* 2 

1 

1 

1 

1 

3 




Montgomery 


325 




Colfax, 


153 




H'Burg and Sicily 
Centerville, 


Island, 105 




359 .... 




Columbia, 


170 




Caldwell, 


401 .... 




Saline , 


47 




Opelousas, 






1995 

OPELOUSAS DISTRICT. 

MEMBERS. 

100 


9 

LOCAL. 
PREACHERS. 

2 

'.*.*.'.*.r.!'.!!r. 4 

2 




Washington, 


122 




Vermillionville and Plaq Brulee 171 

Grand Coteau, 95 




Abbeville, 


460 




New Iberia 


232 




Franklin, 


; 95 




Patterson ville and 
Grand Cheniere, .. 


Morgan City 81 

[ 90 









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OPELOUSAS DISTHICT.-continued. 

LOCAL 

MEMBEES. PEEACHEES. 

Lake Charles, 75 

Bayou Boeuff , 70 1 

Spring Creek, 233 2 

Sugartown 170 3 

Evergreen, 145 

Calcasieu, 49 .. .. 1 

Simmsport, 32 

2220 16 



MEMBERS. 

New Orleans District, 1655 .., 

Delhi District 1811 .., 

Homer District, 3.37 .., 

Shreveport District, 2572 .., 

Alexandria District, 1995 .. 

Opelouflas District, 2220 .. 



Aggregate.... 13990 

Last year, 13437 



LOCAL 
PEEACHEES. 

7 

11 

21 

17 



16 



81 



Increase, 553 5 

NOTE. — The colored membership yet remaining with our churches are included in the aggre- 
gates of the several appointments with which they are associated. Being few and scattered, we have 
not provided a special column for them as heretofore. — Secretabt. 



BAPTISMS 



Questions 22 and 23. How many infants and adults have been 
baptized during the year? 



Answer: 

adults. intants. 

New Orleans District, 16 108 

Delhi District, 40 61 

Homer District, 306 87 

Shreveport District, 60 132 

Alexandria District, 187 112 

Opelousas District 85 195 

Total 694 695 



SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 



Questions 24, 25, 26. What is the number of Sunday Schools, 
teachers and scholars? 



Akswer: 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 



NEW OJILEANS DISTRICT. 



Carondelet Street, 

Felicity Street 

Moreaii Street 

St. Charles Street, 

Louisiana Avenue, 

Algiers 

Lafourche Mission, 

Baton Rouge, 

Plaquemine and (jrosse TetC; 



DELHI DISTRICT. 



Monroe, 

Trenton, 

Bastrop, 

Lind Grove, 

Oak Ridge, 

Rayville, No report 

Winnsboro , 

Waterproof and St. Joseph, , 

Tensas, '. No report 

Delhi, 

Floyd, 



HOMER DISTRICT. 



Homer, 

Lisbon, 

Haynesville, 

Minden, .... 

Sparta 

Arcadia, No report 

Vernon 

Indian Village, .No report 

Downeville 

LeWisvlUe, 

Farmerville, No report 



SHREVEPORT DISTRICT. 



Shreveport, 

Caddo, 

Mooringsport 

DeSoto, 

Mansfield, 

Pleasant Hill, 

Natchitoches, 

Natchitoches Ct 

Anacoco and Leesville, 

Springville, 

Webster, 

South Bossier 

North Bossier 



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510 



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97 00 

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125 00 

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31 00 



18 00 
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180 00 

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20 00 



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ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT. 



Alexandria and Pineville, 

Rapides, 

Montgomery 

Colfax 

Harrisonburg and Sicily Island, 

Centerville, 

Trinity no report 

Columbia 

CaldweU, 

Saline no report 



OFELOUSAS DISTRICT. 



Washington, 

Opelousas, 

Vermillionville and Plaq Brulee, 

Grand Coteau 

Abbeville, 

New Iberia, 

Franklin, 

Pattersonville and Morgan City 

Lake Charles, 

Grand Cheuiere, 

Bayou Bceufif, 

Spring Creek, 

Sugar town no report 

Evergreen, 

Calcasieu no report 

Simmsport, no report 



RECAPITULATION. 



New Orleans District 

Delhi District, 

Homer District, 

Shreveport District, . 
Alexandria Distinct, . 
Opelousas District, . . 

Aggregate 

Last year 

Increase 

Decrease 



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Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 9 



MINISTERIAL SUPPORT. 



Question 27. What amount is necessary for the superannuated 
preachers, and the widows and orphans of deceased preachers ? 

Answee. $2030. 

Q. 28. What has been collected on the foregoing accounts 
during the past year, and how has it been apphed ? 

A. $1820; applied as follows: . 

Mrs. Fielding Bell | 55 00 

Mrs. Uriah Whatley 70 00 

Mrs. Richmond Randle 80 00 

Mrs. John Wilkinson and orphans 205 00 

Mrs. J. D. Adams 225 00 

Mrs. R. R. Alexander and orphans 120 00 

Mrs. W. G. McGaughey 90 00 

Mrs. J. H. Waters 50 00 

Orphans of C. J Halberg 75 00 

JohnC. Reid 125 00 

E. W. Yancey 50 00 

P. H. Diffenweirth 150 00 

Joel Saunders 75 00 

H. C. Thweatt 110 00 

J. S. Davis 160 00 

P. M. Goodwyn 175 00 

11815 00 
bishops' claim. 

Amount apportioned to the Conference |800 00 

Amount collected 650 50 

Deficit $149 50 

i^LZBSorjXJTioisrs- 



Resolved, That the claims of the superannuated preachers, and widows and 
orphans be $3:580 for the ensuir.g year, and that the preachers pay five per 
cent of their total receipts in order to meet these claims, 

Resolved, That the Bishops' claim for the ensuing year be eight hundred 
dollars, and that it be apportioned to the several districts as follows, with 
instructions that the Presiding Elders divide the amount for their respective 
districts among the several circuits and stations of the same ; and that they 
take up collections to meet the amount as apportioned. 

APPORTIONMENT FOR 1877. 

New Orleans District $300 00 

Delhi District 100 00 

Homer District 166 66 

Shreveport District 100 00 

Alexandria District 66 67 

Opelousas District 66 67 

Total $800 00 

JOINT BOARD OF FINANCE FOR 1877. 

Clerical— John Mathews, T. H. McClendon, J. A. Parker, J. 
M. Brown, C. Keener, B. F. White. 

Lay— K. M. Walmsley, H. P. Wells, F. M. McCormack, R. W. 
Ford, R. J. Bowman, A. H. Moss. 





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Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 13 



MISSIONS, 



The Conference Missionary Anniversary was held in the church 
at Trenton, on Friday night, December 15th, 1876. 

The meeting was opened with religious exercises conducted 
by Rev. C. Gr. Andrews, of the Mississippi Conference. 

Rev. John Mathews, President of the Conference Board of Mis- 
sions, present and presiding. 

The speaker of the evening was Rev. Joseph B. Walker, D. D. 

Rev. Joel T. Daves, Secretary, and Rev. A. E. Goodwyn, Treas- 
urer, presented their Reports, as follows : 

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF 
MISSIONS OF THE LOUISIANA CONFERENCE. 



To the Bishop and Members of the Louisiana Annual Conference, M. E. 
Church South. 

Brethren: 

It is with no small degree of pleasure that we note a decided advance 
moveraent in our Missionary operations. This is seen perhaps more in an 
increased mission spirit than in. money given or work done. There can be no 
question that the intelligent spirit of the Church responded with a glad heart 
to the aggressive step taken by our General Mission Board last May. The 
appropriations were over |20,000 in excess of the year before. This was a 
step in the right direction. We trust it is to be followed by others. The 
Church throughout her boundaries felt the impetus given. She is willing, 
we believe, to follow her wise and godly leaders. 

But while we rejoice in and feel the inspiration of this timely forward 
movement, we are saddened as we behold the wide margin yet to be filled. 
There is much work to be done. The demands of the hour call for earnest, 
organized activity.. In delay there is danger at home and abroad. The 
heathen perish at our very doors, and we are dying in withholding from 
tJiem life and immortality. 

As a Church, we have long lingered by the way. We have wasted our' 
substance and frittered away our strength. In numbers and resources, other 
churches, far our inferiors, have moved forward to high places in the mission 
field. They have seized our crown. They are reaping golden harvests. 

With any sense of the religion of Jesus m our hearts, and with His Word 
in our hands, it seerns strange that we could either be ignorant of duty, or 
cold and inactive in this glorious enterprise. God meant all that He said m 
the solemn utterances, "Ye are the Light of the World — Ye are the Salt of 
the Earth. " In His dependence upon the Church for the spread of His 
name among men, God is literally helpless, Having exhausted His own 
resources in the work of human redemption — in planting the vine — He can 
only depend upon the branches for the fruit necessary to men. Having given 
us the theory of religion in His Word, He must rely upon the disciples for 
its practice — its demonstration — before the World, A7id so it must needs be. 
For the development and final salvation of the one to whom is committed 
the light, is suspended upon the full development and practice of the mission 
principle — the germ and basis of his own life. So the mission principle is the 
law of our religion^ being. Every thing depends upon it. It is the fountain 



14 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 



giving water to the stream. It is at once, the heart, the blood, and the 
spiritual brains of the Christian man or woman. This mission principle then, 
in the Church, is the highest expression of Divine power and of Divine 
benevolence. God spake Worlds into existence. From nothing, systems 
were flung out into space. But to save man he gave Himself in sacrifice. 
In the creation of vast orbs and burning suns, there were songs and shouts 
of gladness among the angels. But m the Divine travail,' harps were 
unstrung and silence reigned throughout the wondrous domains of eternity. 
Such agony alone, such throes only, were commensurate with the demands of 
the hour. Man was brought to the birth in the ripeness and fullness of 
Divme effort — in the ripeness and fullness of Divine anguish. 

As God gave Himself in sacrifice to give us life, the same spirit of sacrifice 
is to be in us, to maintain that life. The only true — the only real life is a 
life of sacrifice. The mission principle is just this spirit of self-abnegation — 
of self-immolation. The salt, in saving, is consumed -by the thing saved. The 
light, in giving light to others, feeds upon its own life. The Christian man 
or woman, in saving others, is himself sacrificed. The imperative, " Go into 
all the World," implies the same uncompromising obligation to soul into all 
the World. The "Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel," contains the 
same awful, unutterable "Woe" if I send not the Gospel. It i.s; not a 
matter of choice with us. It is a simply matter of life or death. 

God not only appeals to us by such logic as the above, but, as if He would 
leave no means untried, makes a recognition and practice of this principle 
the only means of safe temporal success The only true receptive condition 
is that of constant, unstinted giving. On the one hand, there is an inheritance of 
deep religious benedictions. ' For it is more blessed to give than to receive. " 
And on tlie other hand, there is an abundant increase in kind to follow the 
offerings made. "Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed 
down, and shaken together and running over, shall men give into your 
bosom. " With our tithes and offerings God invites and urges us to prove 
Him and see if He will not pour out such a blessing as that there will not be 
room enough to receive it. It is true, men sometimes succeed without anj'' 
recognition of God's claim upon their time or money. In such success, there 
is always a double defect. Without Heaven's benedictions resting upon 
them, earthly possessions are ever a curse — an eating cancer — destroying 
all life. In the very act of such acquiring there is inherent disqualification 
for possession or enjoyment. That whicli has a smiling face and large promise 
of friendship, inviting to pursuit, is the smile of deceit and the promise of all 
hollowness. 

So, apparently, even man's selfishness is made the minister to urge him 
to duty and to success. 

If our earthly success — if our heavenly inheritance — the life that now is, 
and that which is to come — depends upon a recognition and practice of this 
principle, is there not most consummate folly in withholding our substance 
or our lives, from God's altar? The question answers itself. 

And then, laying aside such considerations — appealing to every possible 
interest — humanity alone demands a just and exact response to duty in this 
direction. To man, even as a superior animal, the only rule of life is the 
golden rule of God. Having received the light ourselves — resting in the 
sunshine of happy hearts and smiling fac^s — listening enraptured to the 
tender tones of mother's love and wife's holy aflection — throbbing with a 
strange joy, welling up as a fountain of living waters, from the sweet prattle 
of children, and our lives crowned with God's ripest benedictions, is it not 
far beneath the dignity of our manhood to withhold like blessings from 
others? — not to desire to reach out the helping hand and crown the lives of 
others? " Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. " 

In the bounds of our Conference we have but little missionary ground in 
cultivation. There is a large territory to be occupied if we had the men and 
means. These we have not. You will see, from the appropriations of the 
Board, that, with only one or two partial missions, several weak charges 
have been supplemented, to give an actual bare support to the preachers sent. 
The lack of home work, it would seem, gives just now, special stress to true 
mission work — that of foreign fields. At home, the poorest have the precious 
Word of God. They are under the benign influences of the Gospel and 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 15 



religious civilization. The Church may possibly, in carmg for self, destroy 
her true vitality. Judaism gave birth to Christianity. Yet, doubtless, but 
for the mission work, m foreign fields, of that grandest of men and sublime 
type of a real missionary — Paul, the Apostle — she would have re-absorbed 
and destroyed her own child. The reflexive infiuence of mission work is 
more potent for good upon the Church of God than any or all direct home 
work. Charity, in this particular, does not begin at home. Light and Life 
and Strength come not from within.'^ut from without. 

God has given us a glorious inheritance of labor — mighty fields to cultivate. 
They lie stretched out before us in darkness and desolation. Upon them the 
sun never shines. Teeming millions sit in the shadow of death. To the God 
of our fathers their bitter cry goes up, " No man careth for my soul. " The 
man of Ma.cedonia stands by our side with pleading tongue. The anguished 
appeals of dying men are wafted to us upon every breeze. Like the despairing 
wails cf the lost, they come — rising and swelling, from over the far distant 
seas. To us they are committed. Shall we prove recreant to our holy trust? 
Shall our seven hundred thousand men and women longer sit with folded 
hands, at ease in Zion ? God forbid. 

We have organized important missions in China, in South America, in Cuba, 
in Mexico— poor, suffering Mexico — torn and bleeding and dying. These are 
lingering almost literally between life and death. They are weak and 
halting, when they ought now to put on the vigor of young life. Shall we 
let them die? Shall we let them die when even in our poverty and 
distress, we have our hands full of God's gold and silver, that ought to go, 
as upon angels' wings, to their relief? NO, a thousand times, NO. Let the 
response come from every heart that throbs with the hope of immortality, of 
that is moved by the common impulse of humanity. 



Respectfully submitted, 

JOEL T. DAVES, 

Missionary Secretary. 



Report of A. E. Goodwyn, Treasurer. 



NEW OELEANS DISTRICT. 

Foreign Domestic 

Missions. Missions. 

Carondelet Street, 207 65 86 00 

Carondelet Street Sunday School 360 00 

Felicity Street,(|20 for China fromMrs, J.B.Walker) 230 50 123 50 

Felicity Street Sunday School 180 30 

Moreau Street, 17 40 10 00 

Moreau Street Sunday School 86 03 

St Charles Avenue ....' 102 00 

Louisiana Avenue 105 90 

Algiers, 7 60 

Baton Rouge, 10 00 

Lafourche, 1 50 



20 00 

32 50 

3 65 

6 60 



1308 88 282 25 



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DELHI DISTRICT. 

Foreign 
Missions, 

Monroe 5 70 

Trenton, 

Waterproof and St- Joseph 19 45 

Oak Eidge, 

Bastrop 113 00 

Bastrop Sunday School 15 70 

Floyd... 35 00 

Tensas .- 4 25 

Delhi 12 00 

Lind Grove, 10 00 

Winnsboro 8 30 



Domestic 

Missions. 

10 00 

23 35 

6 55 

4 15 

7 50 

15 50 

8 00 

5 00 



223 10 

ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT. 

Foreign 
Missions. 

Alexandria and Pineville, 5 00 . 

Harrisonburg and Sicily Island, 8 00 , 

Columbia 7 50 . 

Centerville 1 00 . 

Caldwell 2 00 . 



23 50 



HOMER DISTRICT. 

Foreign 
Missions. 

Homer, 6 75 

Haynesville, 5 80 

Lisbon, 3" 00 

Minden, 51 00 

Minden Sunday School 13 00 

Downsville, 5 00 

Indian Village, 2 00 

Lewisville, 2 10 

Vernon, 20 00 

Sparta, 12 00 

147 65 



80 05 



Domestic 
Missions. 
3 55 
5 75 
7 50 
1 75 



18 55 



Domestic 

Missions. 

3 25 

3 00 

12 00 

5 00 

5 00 
1 00 

20 00 
10 00 



59 25 



SHREVEPORT DISTRICT. 

Foreign Domestic 

Missions. Missions. 

Shreveport 52 15 15 00 

Shreveport Sunday School 27 00 

Pleasant Hill '. 7 00 

Springville 

North Bossier, 10 00 

South Bossier 30 00 

Mooringsport 13 25 

Webster, 6 00 

Mansfield, 16 05 

Mansfield Sunday School 10 00 

DeSoto, 16 00 

Natchitoches Ct 1 00 

Caddo 18 00 



5 00 


5 00 


3 20 


10 00 


3 25 


7 00 


8 65 


1. 00 


7 50 



J06 45 



65 60 



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OPELOUSAS DISTEICT. 

Foreign Domestic 

Missions. Missions. 

Opelousas, 35 00 15 00 

Franklin, 21 95 11 90 

New Iberia, 27 60 24 00 

Bayou Bceuff .i. 5 00 

Spring Creek :.. 3 00 

Washington, 23 00 11 50 

Pattersonville and Morgan City 10 00 5 00 

Lake Charles.. ' 26 50 10 00 

Evergreen '15 00 10 00 

Abbeville, 10 25 

Vermillionville and Plaq Brulee 10 00 5 75 

Grand Coteau, 4 00 



186 30 98 15 



H E O A F I T XJ L A^ T I O IV - 

FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

New Orleans District, 1308 88 

Delhi District, 223 40 

Alexandria District, ; 23 50 

Homer District, ..." 147 65 

Shreveport District, 206 45 

Opelousas District, , 186 30 

One half of Anniversary Collection 136 55 

Total, 2232 73 

Credits on Foreign Missions' Account. 

By amount sent to China by Felicity Street Sunday School.. |180 30 ' 
do do do do Moreau Street Sunday School,, . 86 03 

do do do A. H. Bedford, Agent, as per receipt, 10 00 

By Drafts and Receipts for money in his hands 293 35 

By Amounts to J. C. Keener, as per receipts 315 90 

By Amount to R. J. Harp for A. H. Bedford, Agent 1347 15 



2232 73 



FOR DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 



New Orleans District $282 25 

Delhi District 80 05 

Alexandria District 18 55 

Homer District 59 25 

Shreveport District 65 60 

Opelousas District 98 15 

Total, $603 85 

Raid by J. F. Cobb, on pledge 10 00 

One Half of Anniversary Collection 136 55 

750 40 
Cash on hand at last Report 880 59 

• $1630 99 



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Credits on Domestic Missions' Account. 

By Amount Draft Opelousas District 100 00 

do do do Marion Mission 100 00 

do do do Lafourche Mission ....7. 250 00 

do do do For Conference Minutes 175 00 

do do do Cash on hand 1005 99 



-?1630 99 



Amount assessed the Louisiana Conference by the 

General Board (for Foreign Missions), for 1877. . .$3330 00 

Apportioned as Follows. 

New Orleans District ; 1250 00 

Delhi District 500 00 

Homer District 580 (>0 

Shreveport District 550 00 

Alexandria Diserict 200 00 

Opelousas District 300 00 

$3330 00 



Amount assessed the Conference for the Home 

work, (Domestic Missions), for 1877 $825 00 

Divided among the Districts as Follo^vs. 

New Orleans District , 350 00 

Delhi District 75 00 

Homer District 100 00 

Shreveport District 125 00 

Alexandria District 75 00 

Opelousas District •. 100 00 

$825 00 



The above Amount to be Appropriated as Follo'ws. 

New Orleans District — Lafourche Mission ?200 00 

Homer District — Expenses of Jas. E. Bradley returning from 

Oregon 150 00 

Alexandria Distri(?t — Evergreen 75 00 

Saline 50 00 

Opelousas District- -Calcasieu Mission 175 00 

For Printing Conference Minutes 175 00 

f825 00 

Approved : 

W. M. WIGHTMAN, Bishop Presiding. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 19 



CONSTITUTION 

OF. THE 

LOUISIANA ANNUAL CONFERENCE BOARD OF MISSIONS 

■OF THE 

METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SOUTH. 



Aeticle 1. This Board shall be denominated the Louisiana 
Annual Conference Board of Missions, auxiliary to the Board of 
Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. 

Art. 2. The Board shall consist of nine members, elected an- 
nually by the Conference, five of whom shall constitute a quorum 
for business. At their first meeting the Board shall elect from 
their number a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a 
Treasurer. The Board shall have power to fill all vacancies oc- 
curring by death, resignation or otherwise. 

Art. 3. The President, or in his absence, the Vice President, 
shall preside at all meetings of the Board. 

Art. 4. The Secretary shall keep full and complete records of 
all the proceedings of the Board, and prepare the annual report 
of the Board for the Louisiana Annual Conference, a copy of 
which report he shall forward to the Secretary of the Board of 
Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and perform 
such other duties as the Board may direct. 

Art. 5. The Treasurer shall take charge of all the funds and 
properties of the Board, subject to the orders of the Board, and 
shall make a full report annually of all the receipts and disburse- 
ments; and he shall transmit to the Treasurer of the General 
Board all moneys he may receive for general purposes. 

Art. 6. The Board shall regulate its own affairs. It shall have 
absolute control of the Missions it may establish, with the con- 
sent of the Preachers of the Conference, within its own bounds, 
and of the funds raised for their support. It shall hold a public 
Anniversary Missionary meeting at each session of the Confer- 
ence, the proceeds of which shall be equally divided between 



20 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference, 

the Conference Board and the General Board. It shall publish 
a full report of its operations every year in the Minutes of the 
Conference. It shall annually estimate the amount that may be 
necessary for the support of the Missions of the Conference, and 
apportion the same to the Presiding Elders' Districts for collec- 
tion; and it shall divide the apportionment of the General Board 
among the several Districts of the Conference. 

Art. 7. An annual collection shall be taken up in every con- 
gregation, by the President in charge, in aid of the Conference 
Missions, and another in aid of the Foreign ]\Iissions, the pro- 
ceeds of which shall be transmitted to the Treasurer of the 
Board. 

Art. 8. This Constitution may be altered and amended by a 
vote of a majority of the Conference at any of its annual sessions. 



OFFICERS OF THE BOARD FOR 1877. 

President JNO. MATHEWS. 

Vice President T. C. STANDIFER. 

Secretary JOEL T. DAVES. 

Treasurer A. E. GOODWYN. 

BOARD. 

Clerical. Lay. 

A. E. GOODWYN. T. C. STANDIFER. 

R. S. TRIPPETT. J. W. JONES. 

JNO. MATHEWS. JAS. FORD. 

JOEL T. DAVES. 
J. A. MILLER. 
N. S. CORNELL. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 



21 



Miscellaneous Collections and Church Property, 



MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS. 



NEW ORLEANS 
DISTRICT. 



Carondelet Street,. 

Felicity Street 

Moreau Street, 

St. Charles Street,. 
Louisiana Avenue. 

Algiers 

Lafourche 

Baton Eouge, 



DELHI DISTRICT. 



Monroe 

Trenton, 

Bastrop, 

Lind Grove, 

Oak Ridge, 

Rayville, 

Winnsboro, 

Waterproof and St. Joseph 

Tensas, 

Delhi 

Floyd, = . . . 



HOMER DISTRICT. 



Homer, 

Lisbon, 

HaynesviUe . . . 

Minden 

Sparta, 

Arcadia 

Vernon, 

Indian Village, 

LewisvlUe 

Downsville, . . . 
Farmerville . • . 



o u 

r-J C3 

o a 



$ 100 00 



475 00 
159' 67 



100 00 
145 00 



979 67 



$ 277 00 
400 00 



820 00 
200 00 



10 00 



1707 09 



$ 367 00 
500 00 



BHREVEPORT 
DISTRICT. 



Shreveport, 

Caddo, 

Mooringsport 

DeSoto, 

Mansfield, 

Pleasant HiU, 

Natchitoches, 

Natchitoches Ct 

South Bossier 

A acoco and Leeaville, 

North Bossier 

Springville , , 

Webster, ' 



867 00 



65 00 

65 00 

600 00 



$ 



360 00 



$32435 

200 00 

38 55 

280 00 



723 50 360 00 



$ 

375 66 



525 00 



$... 



35 00 

226 66 

"68'66 



8 00 



738 00 323 00 



* 

100 '66 



100 00 
50 00 



$.... 



50 00 



o 



73 05 



$14 25 
8 00 



50 00 



Ha 



84 30 



CHURCH PROPERTY. 



231^ 



$50000 

35,000 

20,000 

30,000 

6,000 

5,000 

6,000 

25,000 



177,000 



$ 5,700 
3,500 
5,000 
2,000 
2,500 



5,500 
1,000 
2,800 
500 
5,500 



1,000 



$ 2,700 
1,800 
2,000 
4,000 

772 
1,000 
1,500 

600 

600 
3,000 

800 

18,772 



$ 4,000 



1,900 

200 

4,000 



2,500 



2,100 

1,200 

500 



16,400 



100 



100 



$1000 



1200 
1000 



$30,000 



500 



3700 



600 



600 



$.... 



600 



1400 



300 

75 



$ 

500 
200 



700 



c ^ 






$80000 

35,000 

20,000 

30,000 

6,000 

5,000 

6,100 

25,000 



207,100 



6,700 
3,700 
6,200 
3,000 
2,530 

500 
5,500 
1,500 
2,800 

800 
5,575 



38,805 



^ 2,700 
2,300 
2,200 
4,000 

772 
1,000 
2,100 

600 

600 
3,000 

800 

20,072 



$ 4,000 



1,900 

200 

4,600 



2,400 

1,700 

500 

17,800 



22 



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Miscellaneous Collections and Church Property-Continued. 



MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS.! 



ALEXANDRIA DIST. 



Alexandria and Pineville, . 

Rapides, 

Montgomery, 

Colfax, 

Harrisoub'g & Sicilylsland 

Centervilie, 

Columbia 

CaldweU, 

Saline 






9 00 
100 00 



OPELOUSAS DIST. 



Washington, 

Opeloiisas 

Vermiirnville, Plaq Bnilee 

Grand Coteau, 

Aljbeville, 

New Ibnria, 

Franklin, 

Patters 'uville.Morgan City 

Grand Cbeuiei'e, 

Lake Charles, 

Bayou litcuff, 

Spring Creek, 

Sugar town, 

Evergreen, ( ' 

Calcasieu, 

Simmsport, 



50 00 
750 00 



260 00 



200 00 
300 00 



500 00 



25 00 



25 00 



20 00 



50 00 
25 00 



75 00 






^>A 



CHUECH PROPERTY. 



1 , 2,500 
10 3,000 
6 I 1,500 



2 3,000 
6 I 1,150 

3 3,400 
5 1.5U0 



78 50 86 GDI |268 25 



7 50 
'82*00 



310!) 50 



98 50 1 86 00 



33 I 16,050 



2,000 
3,500 
2,000 
400 
1,000 
7,600 
3,000 
1,200 



2,600 



400 

200 

2,500 



3,000 



20 \ 29,300 



600 

800 

1,100 



4,000 
1.500 



8,800 



$5,500 
3,300 
1,500 



3,000 

1,150 

3,400 

i 1,500 



2,600 
4,300 
3,100 
400 
1,000 
11,600 
4,600 
2,000 



2,500 



400 

200 

2,500 



3,000 



38.100 



RECAPITULATION. 



New Orleans District 

Delhi District 

Homer District, 

Shreveport District, . 
Alexandria District, . 
Opelousas District,.. 



979 67 
1707 00 
867 00 
738 00 
909 00 
3109 50 



723 50 
525 00 

323 00 
500 00 
98 00 



8310 17 2170 00 



360 00 
220 00 
200 00 
50 00 
25 00 
86 00 



915 95 
22 25 
50 00 

^75 00 



941 00 1063 20 352 55 



84 30 



268 25 



11 

23 ji 

38 

223=' 

33 

20 



148 



177.000 


1 


3i.000 


4 


18,772 


1 


16,400 


4 


16.050 


2 


29,300 


6 


291,522 


18 r 



100 30.000 



3,700 
600 , 
1,400 
3.300 I 
8,800 I 



18 fl7,W0, 31,805 



207,100 
38,805 
20.072 
17,8C0 
19,050 
38,100 

$340,927 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 23 



REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 



SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

The following resolutions were apperided to the report from 
the Committee on Sunday Schools and adopted. 

'Resolved, 1st. That the influence of the Sunday School in religious teaching 
and culture cannot be too highly estimated, but is not a substitute for 
either parental or pastoral instruction. 

2. That the true success and aim of all Sunday School instruction and work 
should be the conversion of the children, and bringing them into connection 
with the Church ss members. 

3d. That we will devote ourselves with renewed and consecrated effort in 
promoting the cause of "Sunday Schools, imploring the aid and blessing of the 
Holy Spirit on our labors. 

4th. That to further this end, we will endeavor to patronize and circulate 
the Sunday School periodicals and literature of our Church, as best calculated 
to teach and disseminate the doctrines and usages of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church South. 



B, F. WHITE, , ^ 

Com. 



J. M. BROWN, } 
CHURCH PUBLICATIONS. 

The report of the Committee on Church Publications was 
accompanied with the following resolutions, which were adopted 
by the Conference, viz: 

Resolved, 1st. That we will endeavor to assist Dr. Redford in liquidating 
the indebtedness of our Publishing House, by the purchase and sale of our 
publications. 

2d. That we will gndeavor to place the Nashville Christian Advocate 
in the families of our several charges after supplying them with our own 
Advocate. 

3d. That we consider the New Orleans Cheistiai^ Advocate in every 
respect worthy of our patronage and will endeavor to place it in every 
Methodist family m our charges. 

4th. That we heartily recommend our Sunday School periodicals to our 
Sunday Schools and people, and solicit their patronage. 

THOS. J. UPTON, 

T, B. RENEAU, ^Com. 

W. P. OWEN, 

EDUCATION, ^ 

The following re]3orts and resolutions submitted by the Com- 
mittee on Education were adopted. 

CENTENARY COLLEGE. 

Your Committee on Education respectfully report that Centenary College, 
as shown in the report of President Andrews, is progressing in the great work 
of E;lucation more satisfactorily than in the past years just preceding. 

The Faculty is full, "and the capacity of the Institution to do successful 
work, in the education of the sons of our people, seems fully estabHshed, 
We therefore recom_mend the adoption of the following resolution. 

Resolved, That we will recommend Centenary College to the patronage of 
the public and affectionately urge our people to educate their sons at our 
own schools. 



24 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 



MANSFIELD FEMALE COLLEGE. 

Reports from Mansfield Female College show it to be in a vigorous and 
growing condition under the direction of President Armsteo^s'g, assisted by a 
full corps of competent instructors. 

We cannot overestimate the value that shall attach to it in the field of 
operation which it occupies, when the projected Kail Road shall be completed 
and easy access obtained. Its past success, however great, will be excelled 
in the future. 

We respectfully submit the following resolutions. 

Resolved, 1st, That we, the Louisiana Conference, do most earnestly com- 
mend Mansfield Female College to the patronage of the public, with the 
clear conviction that it is worthy of full confidence. 

2d. That the Board of Managers for 1877 be Rev. John Pipes. Rev. Joel T, 
Daves, Rev. J. M. Brown, William Beynon and Israel Brown. 

PIERCE AND PAINE COLLEGE. 

This Institation is situated in the southern part of De Soto Parish, 
Louisii.na. 

The M. E. Church Soutli has here in land six hundred and forty acres, and 
a two story brick house 'n which a private school is conducted by Prof. J. 
W. Moss, a graduate of Cti.rf^nary College, and Mrs. M. Williams, a graduate 
of Mansfield Female Collegt-. 

This property is on the line of the projected Rail Road from New Orleans 
to Shreveport, by way of Red River. 

Resolved, 1st. That it is important that the Board of Trust be kept full and 
be published annually in the Conference Minutes, and that the property 1)6 
rented and proceeds expended in improvements, under the supervision of 
the local Board of Trust. 

2d. That the Board of Trust be constituted as follows : 

CLERICAL— Bishop J. C. Keener, J. M. Brown, J. A. Miller, R. J. Harp, 
B. F. Alexander, B. Clegg, A. E. Goodwyn, R. Parvin, John Pipes, Frederick 
White and J, M. Franklin. 

LAY.— H, J. Davis, Secretary, T. A. Armstrong, E. W. Jackson, N. C. 
Gibbs, W. D, Gooch, J. M. Gibbs, J. Porter, R. W, Freeman, H. S. Kennedy, 
J, C. Leopold and W. Hampton. 

OUACHITA COLLEGE. 

Resolved, That it is with no small degree of pleasure we learn thai Rev. J. 
Lane Borden has opened a Female School of high grade in Monroe. 

Resolved, That the co-operation of this Conference is hereby extended to 
Brother Borden in this most important enterprise. 

MAGRUDER'S INSTITUTE. 

Resolved, Tliat we do cordially recommend Prof. Magruder's Institution at 
Baton Rouge, to the patronage of those wishing boys educated and prepared 
for college. 

TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL. 

Whereas, R. A. Smith, Esq., one of the lay members of this Conference, is 
in charge of the Trenton High School, 

And, Whereas, said school, if properly conducted, will be of great advan- 
tage to the cause of education in that portion of the country, 

Resolved, That the Louisiana Conference will heartily co-operate with 
Brother Smith in his enterprise. 

VISITING COMMITTEES. . 

CENTENARY COLLEGE. 

Rev. Linus Parker, D. D., Rev, A. E. Goodwyn, W. H. N, Magruder. 

MANSFIELD COLLEGE. 

Rev. R. Randle, Rev. J. Pipes, B. S. McCutchin. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 25 



BIBLE CAUSE. 

Resolved, That we heartily co-operate with the South-Western Bible 
Society in the distribution of the Holy Scriptures in the various fields of labor 
to which we may be called. 

Resolved, further, That we will take up collections in behalf of the Bible 
Cause whenever practicable. 

TEMPERANCE CAUSE. 

Resolved, 1st. That we will endeavor clearly to establish the fact among 
our people that the law of the Church prohibits the manufacture of and traffic 
in intoxicating liquors, as well as its use as a beverage 

2d. That we will commend to our people temperance literature, as one of 
the most efficient means of promoting the Cause of Temperance, especially 
among the young. 

3d That we will endeavor to teach our people the great inconsistency of 
indulging in the use of intoxicating liquors while they remain in the Church. 



"FRATERNAL RELATIONS." 
Rev. Linus Parker, D. D., offered the following resolutions 
which were adopted : 

Whereas, A Joint Commission representing the M, E. Church and the 
M. E. Church South, met at Cape May in August last, and agreed upon 
principles and conditions for the settlement of questions pending between the 
two Churches, 

Resolved, 1st. That the adjustment, so unanimously and heartily effected 
by the Commissioners, is in our opinion, fair and honorable to both the 
contending parties. 

Resolved, 2d. That we regard the action of the Commissioners in the prem- 
ises as an authoritative and final settlement of the question at issue and bind- 
ing upon all the Ministers and Members of the two Churches represented, 
and that we cordially acquiesce in and will faithtfully abide by the same, 

Resolved, 3d That we, as a Conference, deeply regret the death, of Rev. 
E, H. Myers, D. D., Chairman of the Commissioners on Fraternity, to whom 
the Church is largely indebted for the happy results of the Cape May 
Conference. 

COMPLIMENTARY RESOLUTIONS. 

The foUow^ing resolutions were passed unanimously by a rising 

vote of the Conference. 

Resolved, That we tender to our beloved Bishop Wightman our thanks for 
his able and urbane Presidency over our Conference, and that we shall 
always hail with pleasure his return among us. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be and are hereby tendered 
to the citizens of Trenton for their generous and hospitable entertainment of 
fhe Conference. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be and are hereby tendered to 
Mr. D. B. Truesdale, Proprietor of the Monroe House, Monroe, La,, for his 
hospitable entertainment and kind attentions to the Brethren in passing to 
and from Monroe. 

Upon motion, a vote of thanks was tendered to the various Steamboats, 
Rail Roads and Stages, for favors granted, reduction of fare and kindnesses — 
and it was resolved that the Secretary be requested to furnish the Monroe 
Journal with a cbpy of these acknowledgments for publication. 



26 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 



COMMITTEES OE EXAMINATION, AND COURSE OE 

STUDY. 



FOR EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ADMISSION ON TRIAL. 

B. Clegg, C. W. Carter, Jno. E. Winn. 

Studies. — The Bible, in reference to doctrines generaUv; Wes- 
ley's Sermons on Justification by Eaitli, and on tiie "Witness of the 
Spirit; Book of Discipline; the or dinaiy branches of an Enghsh 
education. 

Committee — Clans of First Year — J. W. Medlock, H. O. White, 
Jno. a. Miller. 

Studies. — The Bible, in reference to its historical and I iograph- 
ical parts, and its chronology; Book of Discipline, ■with special 
reference to chapter 1, sections 1 and 2; Manual of Disx^ipline, 
cliaj)ters 1 and 2; Weslej^'s Sermons, vol. 1; Balston's Elements 
of Divinity; Watson's Institutes, part 4; Preacher's Manual; 
Redtord's History of the Organization of the M. E. Church South. 
Written Sermon on Repentance. 

Books of Reftrence — Watson's Biblical and Theological Diction- 
ary; Theological Compend; Fletcher's Works; Watson's Life of 
Wesley. 

Committee — Class of Secoi\d Yrar — John Mathews, B. F. 
White, J. M. Brown. 

Studies. — The Bible, in reference to its prophetical parts; 
Wesley's Sermons, vol. 2; Watson's Institutes, part 3; Smith's 
Elements of Divinity; Book of Discipline, -with special reference 
to chapters 2, 3 and 4; Manual of Discipline, chapters 3 and 4; 
Copx^ee's Rhetoric; Written Sermon on Justification by Faith. 

Books of Reference — Newton or Keith on the Prophecies, Angus 
Hand-Book of the Bible; Claude's Essay on the Composition of a 
Sermon; AVatson's Sermons; Bickersteth on the Spirit of Life, 
and Whateley's Rhetoric. 

Committee— (7/as8 of Third Year—V^. P. Oa\en, B. F. Alex- 
ander, C. Keener. 

Studies. — The Bible, in reference to the Life of Christ; Wes~ 
ley's Sermons, vol. 3; Watson's Institutes, part 2; Cop^Dee's Logic; 
Edgar's Variations of Popery; Book of Discipline, with spc^cial 
reference to chapter 5 to the end; Manual of Discipline, chapters 
5, 6 and 7; Rivers' Mental Philosophy, and Written Sermon on 
the Witness of the Spirit. 

Books of Reference — Young's Christ of History; Neander's Life 
of (Christ; Hickok's Mental Science; Yinet's Pastoral Theology; 
Stevens' History of Methodism; Paine's Life of McKendi'ee; 
D'Auligne's History of the Reformation; Whateley's Logic. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 27 



Committee — Glass of Fourth Year— J. B. Walker, T. J. Upton, 
Robert Randle. 

Studies.— The Bible, in reference to tlie Acts and Epistles, their 
analysis and design; Wesley's Sermons, vol. 4; Watson's Insti- 
tutes, part 1; Powell on Apostolical Succession; Hickok's Moral 
Science; Mosheim's Church History; Summers on Baptism: 
Book of Discipline, reviewed; Manual of Discipline, chapters 8 
and 9 ; Written Sermon on Regeneration. 

Boohs of Reference — -Butler's Analogy; Bingham's Antiquities; 
Rivers' Moral Philosophy; Hoppin's Homiletics; Wall on Infant 
Baptism; Litton's Ciiurcli of Christ; Neander's Church History; 
Liddon on the Divinity of Our Lord; Conybe^re and Howson's 
Life and Epistles of St. Paul. 

Commentaries.- — Clarke's, Watson's Exposition, Wesley's Notes, 
Summers on the Gospels, Stier's Words of the Lord Jesus, Lange 
on the New Testament, Olshausen on the New Testament, xilford 
on the New" Testament, Bloomlield on the New Testament, Mack- 
night on the Epistles, Henry's Exposition, Whitby's Commentar}^ 

Note. — The examination will be confined to the course of study. The books of reference 
are recommended to be read, and the commentaries to be consulted. 



UNDERGRADUATES. 

Class of Fiest Yeae S. H. AVerlein, 

T. J. Hough, 

T. K. Fount LeRoy, 

J. B. Cassity, 

J. L- P. Sheppard, 

A. Hoffpauir, 

D. A. Boddie. 

Class of Thikd Yeae • J. F. Patterson, 

G. T. Freeman, 
A. M.. Wailes, 
J. W. Hearn, 
Wm. R. Whatley. 

Class of Foueth Yeae T. S. Randle, 

Note. — The undergraduates and the committees Of examination are required, by reso- 
lution of Conference, to be present at 9 A. M., Tuesday, before Conference session. 

DISTRICT CONFERENCES— OF WHOM COMPOSED. 

The following is the rule respecting the organization of District 
Conferences : 

The District Conference shall be composed, first, of all the preachers, 
travehng and local, in the District; and, second, of one lay delegate for every 
forty members, or fractional part therof, withm the bounds of each Circuit, 
Station and Mission in the District. The lay members shall be elected by the 
several Quarterly Conferences, and no Quarterly Conference shall be denied 
two lay delegates. 

SEAT OF NEXT CONFERENCE. 

Question 30. "Where shall the next session of Conference be 
held? 



Answer. Opelousas, La. 



28 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference, 



APPOINTMENTS, 



Question 31. Where are the Preachers stationed this year ? 
Answer: 

NEW ORLEANS DISTRICT Linus Parker, P. E. 

Carondelet Street John Mathews. 

Felicity Street J. B. Walker. 

St. Charles Avenue To be supplied. 

Moreau Street S. H. Schroeder. 

Louisiana Avenue John T. Sawyer. 

Algiers S. H. Werlein, 

Lafourche Mission Lewis A. Reed. 

Plaquemme and Grosse Tete T. K Faunt Le Roy. 

Baton Rouge A. E. Goodwyn. 

Patrick Lane, Supernumerary. 

Editor New Orleans Christian Advocate Linus Parker. 

New Orleans Book Depository Robert J. Harp, Agent. 

South-Western Bible Society James A. Ivy. 

Centenary College 

Principal Preparatoiy Department A. G. Miller. 

DELHI DISTRICT James L. Wright. P. E. 

Monroe and Delhi *. Phil. H. Moss. 

J. Lane Borden. 

Trenton C. W. Carter. 

Bastrop , Henry 0. White. 

Lind Grove William. P. Owen. 

Oak Ridge N. S. Cornell. 

Rayville Thos. H. McClendon. 

Winnsboro T. S Randle. 

Oakley A. M. Wailes. 

Waterproof and St. Joseph Baxter Clegg. 

Tensas To be supplied. 

Floyd B. F. Alexander. 

Lake Providence and Pecan Grove R. S. Trippett. 

HOMER DISTRICT John A. Miller, P. E- 

Homer J. A. Parker. 

W. P. Kimball, Supernumerary. 

Lisbon Thos J, Upton. 

Ha-ynesville Josepli H. Stone. 

Mmden Jas. E. Bradley 

Sparta R M. Crowson. 

Arcadia J. F. Patterson, 

Vernon J. M. MeKee. 

Indian Village C. W. Hodge. 

Lewisville Wm. R. Whatley. 

Downsville F. G. Ho'^utt. 

Farmerville Robert T. Parish. 

Webster A. A. Cornett. 



Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 29 



SHREVEPORT DISTRICT , Robert Randle, P. E. 

Shreveport Joel T. Daves, 

Mooringsport Win. Hart. 

Caddo J. M. Johnston, 

Logansport Mission To be supplied. 

DeSoto John Pipes. 

Mansfield ,...J. M. Brown. 

Pleasant Hill ..,.;,:. J. B. Cassity. 

J. M. Franklin Supernumerary. 

Natchitoches and St. Maurice........ Thomas J. Hough. 

Natchitoches Circuit... | To be supplied. 

Anacoco and Leesville j ..^ To be supplied. 

Springville Ph. Allen. 

East Point and Lindsay's Chapel J. C. Reid, Supply. 

South Bossier J. W. Medlock. 

North Bossier G. M. Liverman. 

ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT S. H. Cooper, P. E. 

Alexandria and Pineville , C. Keener. 

Rapides. J. L. P. Sheppard. 

Montgomery ....J. W. Hearn. 

Harrisonbujg and Sicily Island C. R. Godfrey. 

Centerville D. A. Boddie. 

Columbia Jno. F. Wynn. 

Geo. Jackson, Supernumerary. 

Castor W. Biggs, Supply. 

Saline To be supplied. 

■ Colfax ...W. D. Stayton. 

Bayou Boeuff ....Frederick White. 

Evergreen Robert Parvin. 

Spring Creek J. F. Scurlock. 

OPELOUSAS DISTRICT James E. Cobb, P. E. 

Opelousas J. J. Billingsley. 

Washington ; R. S. Isbell. 

Vermillionville and Plaq Brulee Robert A. Davis, 

Grand Coteau.. '. J. V. Pointer. 

Abbeville Enos B. Foust. 

Pauperville '. Abel Hoffpauir. 

New Iberia M. C. Manley. 

Franklin B. F. White. 

Pattersonville and Morgan City A. E. Clay. 

Lake Charles J. D Harper. 

Grand Cheniere G. T. Freeman. 

Sugartown P. Galvin, Supply. 

Calcasieu Mission W. B. Pilley. 

Teansferred: — J. Shelton AVhite, to Memphis Conference; William E. Munsey, 
to St. Louis Conference. 

Superannuated; — H. C. Thwea^t, John S. Davis, W. E. Doty, E. W. Yancey, 
P. M. Goodwyn, Joel Saunders, Phil. M. Diffenweirth, J. C. Reid and Jesse Fulton. 



30 Minutes of the Louisiana Annual Conference. 

ACT OF INCORPORATION OF THE LOUISIANA ANNUAL 
CONFERENCE, M. E. CHURCH SOUTH. 

To Incorporate the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 

church South. 

Sectiojt 1 Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of 'Representatives of the 
State of Louisiana, in General Assembly ronvened, That John C Keener, 
H. N. iVLcTyeire, J. Saunders, R. flandle, J. B. Walker, S. J. Davies, L. Par- 
ker, Philo M. Goodwyn, and L. A. Pteed, and their associates and successors, 
such as the Louisiana Annual Conference may, from time to time, think 
proper to appoint, be and they are hereby created a body politic and corpo- 
rate, under the name and style of the " Louisiana Annual Conference of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church South, " and by which name and corporation 
shall have succession and be capable of suing and being sued, entering into 
contracts and receiving and holding property for educational purposes and 
such charitable uses as may, from time to time, be specified by the said Con- 
ference at its annual sessions, either by donation or purchase. 

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc.. That the domicile of said corporation 
shall be located in the City of New Orleans, and the affairs thereof shall l)e 
managed by nine trustees, to be appointed by the Louisiana Annual Confer- 
ence, one of whom shall be elected president. The president and four trustees 
shall form a quorum, and shall have power to appoint all other oflficers 
necessary for conducting its affairs, and make and adopt such rules, by-laws 
and regulations as they may deem proper for the management of said corpo- 
ration ; provided, that the same be in conformity with the laws and regula- 
tions of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and not repugnant to the 
laws of the State. 

JOHN M, SANDIDGE, 
Speaker of the Houne of Rcpresento:tives. 

ROBERT C. \"VICKLIFFE, 

Approved March 1"), LS5o: President of the Seiiafr. 

P. 0. HEBERT. 
A true copy: Governor of the State of Lovimma. 

ANDREW, S. HERRON. 

Secretory of State. 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LEGAL CONFERENCE. 

LINUS PARKER, President, PHILO M, GOODWYN, 

ROBERT J. HARP, R. S. TRIPPETT, 

J. 0. FUQUA, BENJ. F. ALEXANDER, 

JOHN MATHEWS, W. H. FOSTER. 
ALEX. E. GOODWYN, 

Resolved, That the Conference Board of Trustees be instructed to hold a 
meeting at every session of the Conference, and to make a report in due form 
to the Conference of their proceedings, and of all matter'^> in tneir charge. 

Resolved, That the Act of Incorporation be published annually in the 
printed minutes. 







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