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MINUTES



OF THE



SIXTEEJ^TH GEJ^ERAL ASSEMBLY



[rale£ pe^sleiiiatifctichof ||orih J^m^ruia,



AT ITS MEETING IN MONMOUTH, ILL., MAY 37th TO JUNE 3d, 1874.



VOL. IV.— No. 1.



PITTSBUBGH: : -: • ;. , -

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION..



PIOMTSD BY STBTBNSON * POSTKR, 83 AND 84 THIRD AYKNUB. -
1874.



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OFFICERS.



REV. J. G. BROWN, D. D., Modkbator,

Pittsburgh, Pa.

REV. J. T. COOPER, D. D., Principal Clerk,

Allegheny, Pa.

REV. A. G. WALLACE, Second Clerk,

New Brighton, Pa.

REV. H. H. HERVEY, Assistant Clerk,

Haitstown, Pa.

JAMES McCANDLESS, Treasurer,

PhUadelpbia, Pa.



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MINUTES



SIXTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



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United Presbyterian Church of North America,

▲T ITS MXKTINO IK MONMOUTH, ILL., MAT 27 TO JUKI 8, 1874.



First United Pr«ibyterian Church of Monmouth, Ills., \
Wednesday, May 27th, 1874, 7:80 P. M. /

The Sixteenth General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church
of North America convened at the above time and place. After
sermon by Rev. R. B. Ewing^ the alternate of the retiring Moderator,
on 1 Cor. xiii, 13, "And now abideth fidth, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity," the Assembly was by him con-
stituted with prayer.

The Committee on Credentials reported the roll of del^ates. The
reading of the Minutes of the last Assembly and the calling of the
Roll were, on motion, dispensed with.

A tel^ram from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church,
now holding its sessions in St. Louis, conveying the greetings of said
Assembly to this Assembly, was read.

A letter from Rev. James C. Bums, deputy of the Free Church of
Scotland to this Assembly, was read, and the hearing of him and his
associate deputy. Rev. James H. Wilson, was made the order of the
day for to-morrow morning, immediately after the organization.
Adjourned to meet to-morrow, at 9 A. M. Closed with the bene-
diction by Rev. J. T. Cooper.

THURSDAY.

9 o'clock A. M.

Assembly met. Opened with prayer by Rev. J. T. Cooper. The
roll was called and corrected as follows :

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iRmttes of Ghneral Aaaembly. [vol iv., no. 1.



PsuBTTmnL llDnatiii. Eldibs.

Albany J. A. Williamson BoVt Akins.

Allegheny W. H. McMiUen B. H. Knox.

J. S. Brandon James McGutcheon.

D. M. Thorn Benjamin Miller.

Argyle ..J. H. Andrew E. P. Wright.«'

W. E. Henning.* A. Lendrum.

W. P. Kane John Shiland.

Beaver Valley^.'R, A. Browne, D. D A. D. Gilliland.

8. Patterson ^ ^ Rob't Mehard.*

J. A. Wilson R. 8. Imbrie.

Big Spring J. A. McGill ..JohnRichey.

Blowningion»,».Z . V. Pringle J. T. Ralston.

John Harper. R. D. Murray.*

Boston Alex. Blaikie, D. D J. B. Lyell.*

BroohfilU^ M. 8. Telford RoVt Tweedy.

Butler W. H. Jamison Joseph Rosenberry.

J. 0. McElree Rob't McNight.

W. D. Swing Wm. Miller.

CaUdonia J. P. Sankey Oliver Allen.

H. W. Orabbe John Briggs.

Chartiera J. A. McKee Richard Patterson.

Josias Stevenson.. .......'.. ..Thos. Miller.

Alex. McLachlan., J. 8. Crawford.

Chicago Charles H. Mitohell Andrew Beveridge.

Odar i2a/>ui8... J. L. Bull Josiah Libby^

Chillieothe Jonathan Stewart W. B. Brown.

Cleveland W. G. Nevin John Park.*

Conemaxigh D. W. Collins.*. Wm. Rankin.

D. W. McClane ., John Robertson.

Delaware John D. Gibson ., Hector Cowan.

James Bruce D. L. Thompson.

Dea Moines C. T. MoCaughan « Wm. Barnes.

8. 0. Marshal J. R. Henderson.

Joseph Boyd J. R. Silliman.

Detroit D. H. Goodwillie John Donaldson.*

Thos. W. Monteith Jas. McKibben.*



Egypt James Barnett, D. D

Gulian Lansing, D. D

Frankfort Wm. M. McElwee, D. D Rob't Ramsey.*

D. P. Mustard Wm. Witherspoon.

Qamett J. H. Adair W. W. Kirkpatrick.

W. R. Hutchison * Wm. Hayes.

Indiana Moses Amott .James C. Askren.

Kansas P. H. Drennen A. McWhorter.»

J. McKelvey* J. L Larimer.



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MAY, 1874.] MmvJtes of General Assembly.

PltSSBYTEBnS. MlNISTBItS. ElOBSS. \

Keokuk. ...J. Lackey Jas. Dawson.

Kalph E. Wilkins R. M. Dihel.

LIf. Laughead Wm. Kennedy.

Lake. Jos. Presiley, D. D.» John Blair.

H. H. Hervey. - .. D. W. Bambo.

LeClaire D. Todd,. T. M. Hamilton.

Mansfield B. H. Pollock, D. D AUen McNeal. 4

J. T. Ashenhurst « Frank Hanna.

Mercer. R. T. MoGrea.... m ..Beigamin Mairs.*

Rob't McWatty Joseph Hutchison.*

Michigan. ,• John Anderson Joseph Wood.

Bilinnesota E. A. Brownlee

Monmouth J. A. Edie < John Mannon.

John Bcott, D. D ..T. J. Maxwell.

W. R. Erskine J. A.Wallace.

J. M. Henderson W. A. Elder.

Monongahela.... John G. Brown, D. D Wm. Sheridan.

JohnGailey Alex.Speer.

W. H. Andrew Alex. Wilson.

J. O, Boyd.l J. B. Herron.

Mu8kingum,...^j9meB Duncan Abram Armstrong.*

Darid Paul, D.D J. R. Moss.*

W. 0. 8omers.* John McDonald.

Nebraska R. J. McOready R. C. Murphy.

J. A. Shankland Jas. Pollock.

IsiNew For*.. .Rob't Armstrong James Brown.

2d New ForA;... Arch. Crawford Rob't Biggart

Isi Ohio .'...W. H. French Wm. A. Pinkerton.

J. H. Oooper James A. Brown.

Oregon

Philadelphia.. ..J. B. Dales, D. D • W. K.Carson.

W. 0. Jackson. Jas. McCandless.

Jas. C. Wilson Jas. A. Elliott.*

Princeton. -W. P. McNary John Blair.

A. S. Montgomery.*.. George Brockett.*

Rock Island. .....J. M. French........ Hugh Wamock.*

J. IT. McClanaban. John Brownlee.^

Stm Francisco..

Sealkote J. S. Barr



Sidney Benj. Waddle, D. D Samuel Stewart.

H. H. Thompson ^ Peter Dow.

S. lUinois J. H. Peacock W. Oolwell.

S.B. Moore S. B. Wilson.



Stamford...

SteubenviUe S. M. Coon George McGaasland.

J. 0. Taggart„ A.W.George.*

A. J. Allen James Crawford,



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Prasbytbkibs. MnasTSBS. Eldsm.

Tennessee J. W. Wait RoVt WeUh.*

Vermont A. Y. Houston.* Nathan Buckelder.*

Wabash J.D.Glenn Hugh R. Wiley.*

W, Missouri,, ., J. K. Martin H. M. Jamison.

J. P. Wright Walter Ck)wans.*

Westnuff'eland^^.A,. I. Young .....David Drennen.

W. R. Steyenson John Wylie.

J. Buff. Jackson D. N. Shaw.

Wheeling Marcus Ormond ..Thos. Sweeny.

D. B. Imbrie. Alex. Haverfield.

Wisconsin. James Dodds Wm. Campbell.*

Xenia W. A.GampbelL J. F. Stewart.

W. A. Bobb J. 0. McMillen.

• NoipnMDiaittMAMembly.

The minuteB of last session were read and approved.

The following persons were appointed a Committee to introduce
the del^ates of the Free Chorch of Scotland to the Assembly,
namely: Revs. Drs. J. B. Dales and B. A. Browne.

Proceeded to the election of a Moderator. Rev. J. G. Brown, D. D.,
was elected and took the Chair.

Proceeded to the order of the day, namely : The hearing of the
dd^ates firom the Free Church of Scotland. They were accordingly
introduced, and addressed the Assembly, and were responded to by the
Moderator.

Rev. H. H. Hervey was elected Assistant Clerk.

On motion of Dr. Dales, the officers of the Assembly were directed to
respond to the tel^ram received last evening firom the General Assem-
bly of the Presbyterian Church.

An invitation was extended to the Assembly to attend a Temperance
meeting of the citizens of thisplabe, to be held this evening. A
motion was offered by Rev. H. H. Thompson to accept the invitation.
The consideration of this motion was postponed.

Assembly adioumed to meet at 2 P. M. Closed with prayer
by Rev. J. C. iBums, of the Free Church of Scotland.

2 o'clock P. M.

Assembly met. Opened with prayer by the Moderator. Minutes
of the last session read and approved.

The following reports were presented, namely: Of the Trustees of
the General Assembly; of the Board of Foreign Missions, with accom-
panying documents ; of the Board of Freedmen's Missions ; of Church
Extension ; of Education ; of Ministerial Relief; also, the report of
the Treasurer of the Greneral Assembly's Fund; of the Board of
Foreign Missions ; of the Board of Freedmen's Missions ; of the Board
of Church Extension; of the Board of Ministerial Relief, and of the
Board of Home Missions. All these reports were respectively referred
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The credentials of the Rev. E. £. Boyoe, as a delegate from the
Aflsodate Reformed Synod of the South, were presented, and the hear-
ing of Mr. Boyoe was made the order of the day for to-morrow, at 10:30
A. M.

The Committee on Reduced Fares, appointed by the last Assembly,
presented a report, which was adopted, and is as rollows :



REPORT OF OOMMITTEE ON RBDUOED FARES.

Application was early made to the yarioiis railways over which delegates to
the Assembly wonld come, for reduced fare. Favorable answers were received
from the Pennsylvania Central ; the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago ; the
Pittsburgh, St. Louis & Cincinnati ; the Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western ;
the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy ; the Hannibal & St. Joseph ; the Bur-
lington, (>dar Kapids & Minnesota ; the Rockford, Rook Island & St. Louis,
and the Grand Trunk Railways. Some of them require del^ates to receive
certificates of attendance from the Clerk of the Assembly.

Your Committee recommend,

Ist. That the thanks of the Assembly be returned to the Railway com-
panies above mentioned, for the favors which have been granted hy them
severally.

2d. The Rev. C. H. Mitchell be appointed Railway Clerk, and that he be
mthorized to sign aU necessary certificates of attendance.

The report of the Permanent Committee on Narrative and State
of Religion, and the report of the Permanent Committee on Sabbath
Schools, were presented and referred to the appropriate Standing
Committees.

The Committee on the Snstentation and Del^ates' Fund presented
a report, which was referred to the Committee on Bills and Overtures,
to be appointed.

The standing rule making the oonsideration of Foreign Missions
the order of the day for Thursday evening was, on motion^ suspended^
and the time changed to 3 P. M., to-morrow.

Resamed the oonsideration of the motion to accept the invitation to
attend the Temperance meeting to be held this evening, in Union Hall.
The motion was carried.

Proceeded to fix the hours of meeting and adjournment. The
Assembly agreed to meet at 9 A. M. and 2 P. M., and to adjourn at
12 M. and 5 P.M.

A Memorial from the Synod of Illinois, on the subject of Temper-
ance, was presented and r^erred to a Special Committee, consisting of
Revs. J. A. Williamson, J. H. Andrew and J. H. Peacock, and
Messrs. John Park and H. M. Jamison.

Closed with prayer by Rev. J. D. Gibson.



FRIDAY.

9 o'clock A. M.

Assembly met. Opened with devotional exercises. Minutes of the
last session read and approved.
The following telegram from Pittsburgh, addressed to Rev. S. Col-



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lins, was read by Dr. R. H. Pollock, namely : "Women exonerated
by the Court, and restitution to be made. Glory to God in the
highest.'' The Assembly gave expression to their feelings by rising
and sineing the two last verses of the 72d Psalm.
The K)llowing Standing Ck)mmittees were appointed :

STANDING COMMITTEES.

Oh Bills and OyEBTURES.

Miniaiera: , G. Lansing, D. D., Wm. M. McElwee, D. D., D. Paul. D. D.. C. T.

McCaughan. Elders: John B. Herron, Thomas Sweeny, D. W. Rambo.
On Judiciabt.

MinUUra: D. W. Collins, R. A. Browne. D. D.. John Scott, D. D., Robert

McWatty. Elders: Jas. I. Larimer, Hugh Warnock, Oliver Allen.
Oh Nabbatite akd Statk of Religion.

MmUiers: J. P. Sankey, M. S. Telford, W. A. Campbell. EUler$: John

WyUe, W. Colwell.
Oh Fobbign Mibsiohs,

Ministers: Jas. Duncan, A. Blidkie, D. D., James S. Barr, G. Lansing, D. D.

Elders : David Drennen, W. K. Carson.
On Home Missions.

Ministers : J. C. B(^d, James Barnett, D. D., B. H. Pollock, D. D. Elders :

W. B, Brown, J. A. Wallace.
Oh Fbebdmsh's Mission.

Ministers : R. H. Pollock, D. D., W. A. Robb, John Galley. Elders: Wm.

Witherspoon, J. R. Moss.
Oh Chttbch Eztehbion.

Ministers : Jas. Bruce, J. P. Wright, P. H. Drennen. Elders : Jas. Brown,

Robert McNight.
Ob Publicatioh.

Ministers : D. H. Goodwillie, W. R. Hutchison, W. O. Jackson. Elders : Thos.

Sweeny, Rob't Biggart.
Ob Edxtoation.

Ministers: R. A. Browne, D. D., B. Waddle, D. D., a M. Coon« Elders:

Alex. Wilson, Jas. 0. Askren.
Oh Ministebial Rblibt.

Ministers : H. H. Thompsoni Rob't Armstrong, J. V. Pringle. Elders: W.

K. Oarson, Joseph Wood.
Oh Sabbath Schools.

Ministers: W. H. McMillen, Josias Stevenson, J. A. McGill. Elders : T.

M. Hamilton, R. H. Knox.
On Finance,

Elders : Jas. McCandless. A. D. Gilliland, Jas. Dawson, J. T. Ralston, Jas.

McCutcheon, Oliver Allen.
Oh Statistics.

Ministers: W. P. McNary, J. C. Taggart, J. 0. Wilson. Elders: B. 8. Im-

brie, John McDonald.
Oh Oobbbspondence.

Ministers: J. B. Dales, D. D., Moses Arnott, W. D. Bwing. Elders: D. N.

Shaw, W. Sheridan.
On Dbtotiohal Exebcisbb.

Ministers: J. A. Edie, W. R. Erskine, J. M. Henderson. Elders: W. Kirk-

patrick, F. Hanna.
Oh Revisioh.

Ministers : W. H. Andrew, W. R. Stevenson, R, J. McOready, Elders : R.

H. Knox, Joseph Libby.

Dr. Lansing was^ on motion, released, at his own request, from his
position as chairman of the Committee on Bills and Overtures. Dr.
Lansing was added to the Committee on Foreign Missions.



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The delegates of the Free Church of Scotland made each a parting
address to uie Assembly.

The committee appointed last year to revise the Constitutions of the
Boards of the Church, presentea a report, which was referred to the
Conmiittee on Finance.

Proceeded to the order of the day, namely : The hearing of Rev.
E. E. Boyce, the del^ate fix)m the Associate Reformed Synod of the
South. Mr. Boyce was introduced, and addressed the Assembly, and
was responded to by the Moderator.

A paper in i^^gturd to our relations to the Associate Reformed Synod
of the South, orared by Revs. Drs. McEIwee and Dales, was referred
to the Committee on Correspondence.

The credentials of the Rev. J. R. McDougall, as a delegate from the
Free Church in Italy were read, and referred to the Ck>mmittee on
Correspondence.

The report of the special committee, appointed by the last General
Assembly, cm the Boiffd of Publication, was presented, and referred to
the Committee on Publication.

A memorial firom the Presbytery of Caledonia, on the concentration
of the Foreign Mission Work of the Church, was presented, and referred
to the Committee on Foreign Missions.

Assembly adjourned. Closed with prayer by Rev. M. S. Telford.

2 o'clock P. M.

Assembly met Opened with prayer by Rev. J. A. McOill.
Minutes of the last session read ana approved.

A memorial fix)m the Presbytery of Michigan, asking the disomui-
izalion of said Presbytery, was presented, and referred to the Com-
mittee on Bills and Overtures.

A memorial from the session of Calcutta congr^ation, on the pay-
ment of subscriptions to pastors' salary, was presented, and referred
to the JudiciaiT Committee.

A memorial firom Rev. 6. D. Mathews, asking redress, was pre-
s^ted, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

A meiporial firom certain Patrons of Husbandry, touching the
action of the last Assembly on that Order, was presented^ and referred
to the Judiciary Committee.

The Conmiittee on Correspondence presented the following report,
which was unanimously adopted — ^the second resolution by a rising
vote:

COBSBBFOVDXKOX WITH THE A. B. 8YK0D.

The indications^are increasingly favorable, year by year, for a closer associ-
ation of the United Presbyterian and the Associate Reformed Chmx)h of the
South with each other in the common Mth and work of our Lord Jesns
Christ ; and there is a steady, increasing enoouragemeat for the prayer and the
hope that they may be drawn still more happily and nse^ly together in mutual
oonfidenoe, co-operation and love. Therefore,

Retohed^ That the Assembly has heard with deep interest the salutations
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delegate firom the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, and tender, through
him, our cordial greetings and good wishes to the Synod which he represents.

Resolved^ That in view of the sympathy that it is believed there is between
the Associate Reformed Synod of the South and the United Presbyterian
Church, in their principles, faith, and usages in the worship of Gt)d, and in
view of the work that it is also believed is opening up for these churches together,
in home and foreign fields, the Assembly deem it entirely desirable, and
indulge the hope that it is practicable, that they should be brought into an
organic union, as soon as the providence of Ood shall indicate that the time
has come for it.

Resolvedj That the Assembly will appoint delegates to attend the next
meeting of the Synod of that Church, and that these delegates be instructed
to act as divine Providence shall direct in regard to the propriety of proposing,
or acceding to the appointment of a committee of Assembly, to confer with a
simOar committee appointed by the Synod, on the whole subject of co-ope-
ration or organic union.

A memorial from Thomas Thompson, on the introduction of the
new version of the Psalms was presented, and referred to the Judiciary
Committee.

A memorial from the Presbytery of Gamett, on the per diem of the
Missionaries of the Board of Home Missions, was presented, and
referred to the Committee on Home Missions.

A memorial from the Greneral Assembly of the Presbyterian Church,
on the confederation of all the Presbyterian churches throughout the
world, was presented, and referred to the Committee on Bills and
Overtures.

Proceeded to the order of the day, namely : The consideration of
the subject of Foreign Missions. The Assembly went into Commit-
tee of me Whole, &v. H. H. Thompson in the chair.

The Committee rose and reportea the following resolutions, as
expressive of the mind of the Committee, whidi were adopted by the
Assembly, namely:

Resolved^ Ist. That the Committee have heard, with profound interest, the
statements of our del^ates from the Missionary Presbyteries of Egypt and
Sealkote.

2d. That the Committee on Foreign Missions be directed to report suitable
action looking toward the strengthening of our missionary forces in the
foreign field.

The Assembly agreed to meet this evening, at 7:30, the order of the
day being the consideration of the subject of Home Missions.

The Second Clerk presented a report, which was referred to the
Committee on Statistics.

Reports from various Presbyteries, on Narrative and State of
Religion, were presented, and referred to the Committee on Narrative
and State of Religion.

Assembly adjourned. Closed with prayer by Rev. J. U. Mo-
Clanahan.

7:30 o'clock P. M.

Assembly met. Opened with prayer by Rev, J, D. Glenn, Min-
ntes of the last session read and approved.

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Hie order of the day^ namely : The consideration of Home Mis-
soofiy was suspended, with the view of hearine Rev. Dr. Mo-
iWall, the del^ate firom the Free Christian Cnurch in Italy.
Dr. McDongall was accordingly introduced, and addressed the Ab-
aembly^ and was responded to by the Moderator.

Proceeded to the order of the day.

The Assembly, after an address from Dr. Brown, the Correspond-
ing Secretaiy of ^e Bocud of Home Missions, postponed the further
ooosideration of the subject until to-morrow, at 10 A. M.

A communication from W. 8. Young and George 8. Ferguson,
ftopowig to publish, free of cost to the Assembly, such 8abbath-
school lessons as may be prepared by a committee of the Assembly,
and asking the Assembly to appoint such committee, was presented,
and referred to the Committee on Sabbath-schools.

Reports of various Presbyteries, on charters and the tenure of prop-
erty, were presented, and referred to a special committee, consistine
of Revs. J. D. Glenn, W. P. McjNary and W. H. French, and
Messrs. Jame^ McCutcheonand J. I. Larimer.

The Minutes of the last Assembly, and of the 8ynods of Pittsburgh,
Illinois, and Iowa, were respectively presented, and referred to the
Committee on Revision.

A conununication from the Trustees of the congregation of 8an
Francisco, in relation to securing to the Assembly a title to their
efanrch property, was presented, and referred to the Committee on
Chnrdi Extension.

Assembly adjourned. Closed with prayer by Rev. B. Armstrong.



8ATUBDAY.

9 o'clock A. M,

Assembly met. Opened with prayer by the Moderator. Minutes
of the last session read and approved.

The committee appointed by the last Assembly to draft a paper on
the subject of CoU^iate Education, presented a report, the consideta-
tioD of which was made the order of the day for Monday, at 4 P. M.

The committee appointed last year to report to this Assembly on
the course and term of study in our Theological 8eminaries, presented
i report^ which was referred to a special committee of five, consisting
(rf* die following persons, namely : Bevs. B. A. Browne, D. D., D.
W. Collins, Alex. Blaikie, D. D., D. Paul, D. D., and J. A. Edie.

Proceeded to fix the time and place of the next meeting of the Gren-
enl Assembly. Invitations having been presented, Wooster, O., was



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