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CHICAGO, June 12th, 1871. 15. The Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M., in the Temple of the Chicago Society, on Adams Street.
16. The Vice-President took the Chair.
17. The session was opened by reading from the Word, and prayer, by the Rev. John Goddard, of Cincinnati.
18. The Roll was called, and the minutes of the session of Friday read and approved.
19. On motion of Mr. M. G. Williams, it was
Resolved, That J. B. Niles and William Niles be recognized as delegates from the Michigan and Northern Indiana Association.
20. The Vice-President read a communication from the President of the Convention, the Rev. Thomas Worcester, and also one from himself, as Vice-President.
21. Mr. M. G. Williams offered the following resolutions, which were adopted :
Resolved, That a Committee, to consist of three members from the Massachusetts Association, two from the Illinois Association, two from the New York Association, one from the Pennsylvania Association, two from the Ohio Association, and one each from the Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Minnesota, and Canada Associations, and one from the members at the Convention not belonging to any Association, be appointed to nominate the officers for the next year.
Resolved, That the election of the officers for the next year be the special order for Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock.
22. The Chair appointed the following persons as the Committee on Nominations : David L. Webster, Jeremiah Towle, and the Rev. Joseph Pettee, of the Massachusetts Association ; Hervey Lightner and Alexander Officer, of the Illinois Association ; Thomas Hitchcock and the Rev. Chas. H. Mann, of the New York Association; E. B. Warren, of the Pennsylvania Association; J. L. Wayne and C. H. Allen, of the Ohio Association; David Tucker, of the Maine Association ; Adolph Ahrens, of the Maryland Association; Lucien Putnam, of the Minnesota Association; R.
S. Canby, of the Missouri Association ; Christopher Doering, of the Canada Association; the Rev. E. C. Mitchell, of the Michigan and Northern Indiana Association, and E. R. Persons, of the Milwaukee Society.
23. On motion, the Pennsylvania Association was allowed to send in their Report to the Secretary of the Convention, not being ready to report at the present time.
24. Mr. Hitchcock offered the following resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That the Committee on Nominations be instructed to print, in the form of ballots, for the use of the Convention, 150 copies of the names of the candidates selected by them, leaving a blank line after each name.
25. The Committee on Nominations was then allowed to retire to prepare nominations.
26. The Report of the Philadelphia Second Society was read.
27. The Report of the Board of Trustees of the Theological School was read by the Rev. William B. Hayden.
28. On motion, the Rev. J. P. Stuart and Sampson Reed were elected Trustees of the Theological School for three years, to fill the vacancies in the Board.
29. The Superintendent of Missions then read his Report.
30. The Report of the New Church Tract Society was read by the Rev. Chauncey Giles.
31. The Committee on Ecclesiastical Affairs was allowed to withdraw their report for amendment, and immediately thereafter presented it again, amended.
32. The hour of noon having arrived, the business of the Convention was suspended until half-past two o'clock. The Rev. L. G. Jordan led in Divine service, and the Rev. T. 'F. Wright delivered a Discourse on Isaiah xlv. 9.
MONDAY, half-past 2, P. M. 33. The Vice-President took the Chair. The Committee on Nominations made a Report, submitting
a list of persons to be voted for as Officers of the Convention
The Vice-President appointed Messrs. Hitchcock and Lightner tellers.
34. Mr. Reed stated that the delegates from the Boston Society had been instructed to invite the Convention to meet in 1872 in the Temple of the Boston Society, and offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That when the Convention adjourns it adjourn to meet on the second Friday of June, 1872, in the Temple of the Boston Society on Bowdoin Street, at 10 o'clock, A. M. Adopted.
35. The Rev. W. H. Hinkley nominated Mr. Julien Shoemaker, of Philadelphia, as a member of the Convention. The nomination was referred, under the rules, to the Executive Committee.
36. The Report of the Executive Committee was then taken up, and the following action taken thereon :
37. The recommendation in reference to rescinding the Standing Resolution No. 12, Journal of 1869 (No. 11, 1870), and the amending of Rule 9, was adopted.
38. The recommendation of the Committee in reference to the Preamble was taken up. A motion was made that the recommendation be adopted. Mr. Reed offered as a substitute that only the words "rules of discipline or” be stricken out. Mr. Reed's substitute was not adopted. The recommendation of the Executive Committee was then adopted.
39. The recommendation to unite Sections 2 and 9 was adopted, and also the amendment of Section 1, in reference to the title of the Convention, and the amendment of Section 4, in reference to representation.
40. Section 10 was changed so that the words "twentyone" should read "twenty-three.”
41. The recommendation to amend Section 13 was adopted; also that in reference to Sections 19 and 22.
42. It was moved that the recommendation in reference to Section 25 be laid upon the table. Adopted.
43. The recommendation in reference to the Standing Resolution No. 6 was adopted. [These amendments are fully specified in the Report of the Executive Committee.]
44. Mr. Hitchcock moved that the words "Turner or” be stricken out of Section 16. The question was referred to Mr. Hitchcock, under the rules, as a Committee who reported in favor of the amendment, and the amendment was adopted.
45. The recommendation in reference to a vote of thanks to M Edward Wilder, and the Railroad Companies, was adopted.
46. An Address from the General Conference of the New Church in Great Britain, written by the Rev. Dr. J. Bayley, on behalf of the Conference, was read by the Secretary.
47. The Rev. Wm. B. Hayden, appointed by the President to address the General Conference, read an Address to that body.
48. The Rev. Mr. Pettee offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Rev. James Reed, now on a visit to England, be appointed a messenger from the General Convention to the General Conference of Great Britain, and that the Secretary be instructed to forward to Mr. Reed the resolution conferring upon him this appointment.
The resolution was referred to the Executive Committee. 49. The following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That the address to the General Conference of Great Britain, prepared by the Rev. Wm. B. Hayden, is approved by the Convention, and that the same be forwarded by the Secretary to the President of the Conference.
50. Mr. Reed offered the following resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That we have listened with pleasure to the communication from the General Conference of the New Church in Great Britain ; that we cordially reciprocate the kind and brotherly feelings therein contained, and that we trust that the members of the Church in the two countries may be drawn nearer together, and that they may coöperate efficiently in the promotion of the great uses in which they are engaged.
51. On motion, the Secretaries were authorized to unite the Standing Resolutions and By-Laws under the head of "By-Laws."
52. On motion, adjourned.
CHICAGO, June 13th, 1871. 53. The Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M., the VicePresident in the Chair.
54. The session was opened by reading from the Word, and prayer, by the Rev. Arthur 0. Brickman.
55. The Roll was called, and the Minutes of the Proceedings read and approved.
•56. The Executive Committee reported in favor of the election of Julien Shoemaker, and Mr. Shoemaker was unanimously elected a member of the Convention.
57. The same Committee reported that they had appointed the Rev. James Reed, of Boston, a messenger to the General Conference of the New Church in Great Britain.
58. The Report of the Committee on Swedenborg's Manuscripts was read by the Rev. William H. Benade.
59. On motion, the vote of yesterday, by which the number of the Executive Committee was fixed at twentythree, was reconsidered, and it was
Resolved, That Section 10 be amended, so that the words twenty-four" be substituted instead of "twenty-one."
60. The Vice-President read a communication on the subject of the work of the Committee on Swedenborg's Manuscripts, and the following resolutions, offered by the VicePresident, were adopted :
Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be rendered to the Rev. William H. Benade, the chief promoter in America of the measures taken to secure copies of the unpublished manuscripts of Swedenborg, for the indefatigable zeal and