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NASHVILLE, TENN.; Dallas, Tex.:
SMITH & LAMAR, AGENTS.
TO THE MEMORY OF MY
THE MELODY OF WHOSE VOICE
RAPTUROUS EXPERIENCE, SACRED SONG, OR PREVAILING PRAYER, JN LOVE-FEAST, CLASS-MEETING, AND REVIVAL SERVICE,
YET LINGERS, A HALLOWING INFLUENCE,
IN THE HEART OF
HER FIRST-BORN SON.
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.
The additions to this edition comprise Chapter XXIV., “The Eighth Delegated General Conference, 1840," and Chapter XXV., “ The General Conference of 1844: the Louisville Convention and the Organization of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South”; together with a series of Appendices, whose titles explain their nature. I have also rewritten a large portion of Chapter IX., on “The Doctrinal Standards of Ecumenical Methodism,” stating fully the evidence for an alternative view. The text throughout has been corrected and modified in many ways. Notice has been taken of relevant literature published since the issue of the first edition, and the footnotes have been often enlarged by the addition of older or better evidence. In some instances I have allowed matter to stand which does not with entire accuracy represent my present view; in the belief that, when taken in connection with modifications and additions elsewhere introduced, the author would not be seriously misrepresented nor the reader seriously misled. The result may be seen in detail by a comparison of the present with the former edition.
The main sources of additional light may be briefly summarized.
1. I have used a complete collection of the early Disciplines of the Church, a critical account of which is given in Appendix I.
2. For the early American Conferences I formerly had only the Minutes published in 1813. For this edition I have used, not only the first collected edition of 1795, but, by the kindness of the Rev. Dr. C. J. Little, the original contemporaneous Minutes, published in pamphlet form, of 1785, 1786, 1787, 1789, 1790, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, and later years.
I am indebted to the Rev. Dr. D. J. Waller for the opportunity to use the most recently and most intelligently edited collection of