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fure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” See also Matt. xii. 35:

Mark vii. 21, 22. “ From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blafphemy, pride, foolifhness.” Gal. v. 19-21. “ Now the works of the fleth are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, feditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Eph. v. 5–8.“ This ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. therefore partakers with them. For ye were fometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." Rev. xxi. 8. “ The fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and forcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” xxij. 14, 15. “ Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and forcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” For scripture references against divisions and fowing dissentions, see the notes on the 22d article of relja gion.

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Of Slavery, Queß. WHAT regulations shall be made for tlve extirpation of the crying evil of African Navery?

Answ. 1. We declare, that we are more than ever convinced of the great evil of the African slavery which still exists in these United States; and do moft earnestly reccommend to the yearly conferences, quarterly meetings, and to those who have the oversight of dittricts and circuits, to be exceedingly cautious what perfons they


admit to official stations in our church; and in the case of future admission to official stations, to require such security of those who hold Naves, for the emancipation of them, immediately or gradually, as the laws of the states respectively, and the circumstances of the case will admit: and we do fully authorise all the yearly conferences to make whatever regulations they judge proper, in the present case, respecting the admission of perfons to official stations in our church.

2. No flave-holder shall be received into fociety, till the preacher who has the oversight of the circuit, has spoken to him freely and faithfully on the subject of flavery.

3. Every member of the society who sells a slave, shall immediately, after full proof, be excluded the society. And if any member of our society purchase a flave, the ensuing quarterly meeting shall determine on the number of years, in which the slave so purchased would work out the price of his purchase. And the person so purchasing, fall immediately after such determination, execute a legal inftrument for the manumission of such slave, at the expiration of the term determined by the quarterly meeting. And in default of his executing such instrument of manumission, or on his refusal to submit his case to the judgment of the quarterly meeting, such member shall be excluded the foci

Provided alla, That in the case of a female slave, it shall be inserted in the aforesaid instrument of manumiffion, that all her children who shall be born during the years of her servitude, shall be free at the following times, namely-every female child at the age of twenty-one, and every male child at the age of twenty-five.--Nevertheless, if the member of our fo. ciety, executing the said instrument of manumiffion, judge it proper, he may fix the times of manumiffion of the children of the female flaves before mentioned, at an earlier age than that which is prescribed above.

4. The preachers and other members of our society are requested to consider the subject of negro-llavery

with deep attention, till the ensuing general conference;, and that they impart to the general conference, through the medium of the yearly conferences, or otherwise, any important thoughts upon the subject, that the conference may have full light, in order to take further steps towards the eradicating this enormous evil from that part of the church of God to which they are united.


Of the Sale and Use of Spirituous Liquors: Quł. W ing the fale and use of fpirituous liquors?

Answ. If any member of our society retail or give {pirituous liquors, and any thing disorderly be transacts ed under his roof on this account; the preacher who has the oversight of the circuit shall proceed against him as in the case of other immoralities; and the perfon accused shall be cleared, censured, suspended or excluded according to his conduct, as on other charges of immorality.


Far be it from us to wish or endeavour to intrude upon the prom per religious or civil liberty of any of our people. But the retail. ing of spirituous liquors, and giving drams to customers, when they call at the stores, are such prevalent customs at prefent, and are productive of so many evils, that we judge it our indispensable duty to form a regulation against them.--The cause of God, which we prefer to every other consideration under heaven, absolutely requires us to step forth with humble boldness in this respect.

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Of building Churches, and the Order to be oli

served therein. Queft. 1. 1. TS any thing advisable in regard to building?

Answ. 1. Let all plain and decent; but not more expensively than is ab. solutely unavoidable: otherwise the neceffity of raising money will make rich men necessary to us.

But if so, we muft be dependent on them, yea, and governed by them. And then farewell to Methodist-discipline, if not doctrine too. 2. No person shall be eligible as a trustee to any

of our churches or schools, who is not a regular member of our society.

3. No person who is a trustee, shall be ejected while he is in joint security for money, unless such relief be given him as is demanded, or the creditor will accept.

Quest. 2. Is there any exception to the rule, “ Let the men and women fit apart ?”

Answ. There is no exception. Let them fit apart-iir all our churches,

Quel. 3. Is there not a great indecency fometimes practised amongst us, viz. talking in the congregation before and after service? How shall this be cured ?

Antw. Let all the ministers and preachers join as one man, and enlarge on the impropriety of talking before or after service; and strongly exhort those that are con cerned, to do it no more. In three months, if we are in earneft, this vile practice will be banished out of every Methodist congregation. Let none stop till he has carried his point.

Quest. 4.. What shall be done for the security of our preaching-houses, and the premises belonging thereto?

Answ. Let the following plan of a deed of settlement, be brought into effect in all possible cases, and as far as the laws of the states respectively will admit of it, viz.

day of


in the year of our Lord one thousand
hundred, and

of the
in the state of

(if the grantor be married, insert the name of his wife) of the one part, and

trustees, in trust for the uses and purposes herein after-mentioned, all of the in the state of

aforesaid, of the other part, WITNESSETH, that the faid

(if married insert the name of his wife) for and in consideration of the sum of pounds, fpecie, to in hand paid, at and upon the sealing and delivery of these prefents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath (or have given, granted, bargained, fold, released, confirmed, and conveyed, and by these presents doth (or do) give, grant, bargain, sell, release, confirm, and convey unto them, the said and their successors (trustees, in trust for the uses and purposes herein after mentioned and declared) all the estate, right, title, interest, property, claim, and demand whatfoever, either in law or equity, which he the said

(if married, here insert the name of his wife) hath (or have) in, to, or upon all and fingular a certain lot or piece of ground, fituate, lying, and being in the

and state aforesaid, bounded and butted as follows, to wit, (here infert the several courfes and distances of the ground to the place of beginning) containing and laid out for acres of ground, together with all and fingular the houses, woods, waters, ways, privileges, and appurtenances thereto belonging,

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