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Answ. By the bishop, according to the united judgment of himself and the yearly conferences.

Queft. 6. In what manner shall the accounts of the general book-steward be examined ?

Answ. The Philadelphia conference shall from year to year appoint a committee, who shall examine quarterly his receipts and disbursements and other accounts.

Quest. 7. What mode shall be struck out for the recovery of bad or suspected book-debts?

Answ. 1. Let every yearly conference appoint a committee or committees for the examination of the accounts of the travelling book-stewards in their refpective districts.

2. Let every presiding elder, and every preacher who has the overhight of a circuit, do every thing in their power to recover all the debts in their circuit or district, and also all books which may remain in the hands of persons who shall have resigned, or been withdrawn from the office of a travelling book-steward.

Queft. 8. Shall any drafts be made on the book-fund before all its debts are discharged ?

Answ. There shall be none, till the debts are discharged, except in the case of distressed travelling preachers.

Quest. 9. What directions fhall be given concerning the regulation of our press?

Answ. The general book-steward shall print no books or tracts of any kind, without the consent of a bishop and two-thirds of the Philadelphia conference.

Queft. 10. Will the conference recommend, and engage to promote the publication of a Magazine, intitled The Methodist Magazine, which shall consist of compilations from the British magazines, and of original accounts of the experience of pious persons, and Thall be published in monthly numbers ?

Answ. The conference will recommend such a magazine, and defire that it may be printed.

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The propagation of religious knowledge by means of the press

, is next in importance to the preaching of the gospel. To supply the people, therefore, with the most pious and useful books, in order that they may fill up their leizure hours in the most profitable ways, is an object worthy the deepest attention of their pal

On this account we are determined to move in the most cautious manner in respect to our publications. We have a great esteem for our general book-steward, and are much obliged to him for his fidelity and usefulness in his important office: but we fhall in future fubmit our publications to the judgment of no fingle person. The books of infidelity and profaneness with which the states at present abound, demand our strongest exertions to counteract their pernicious influence : and every step fall be taken, which is consistent with our finances, ti furnish our riends, from time to time, with the most useful treat fes on every branch of religious knowledge. And the confideration that all the profits shall be lodged in our chartered fund for the benefit of the distressed preachers, both travelling and superannuated, will, we trust, prove a considerable additional inducement to our brethren, to purchase our books.“


The plan of Education recommended to all our

Seminaries of Learning.

To the Public, and to the Members of our Society in par.



HE first object we recommend, is to form the

minds of the youth, through Divine aid, to wildom and holiness; inftilling into their tender minds the principles of true religion, speculative, experimental, and practical, and training them in the ancient way, that they may be rational scriptural christians. For this purpose we recommend that not only the masters, but also our elders, deacons, and preachers, embrace every opportunity of instructing the students in the great branches of the christian religion.

It is also our particular defire, that all who shall be educatad in Methodist seminaries, be kept at the utmost distance, as from vice in general, fo in particular, Froni softness and effeminacy of manners.

The masters, therefore, should inflexibly insist on their rising early in the morning ; and we are convinced by constant observation and experience, that this is of vast importance both to body and mind. It is of admirable use, either for preserving a good, or improving a bad, constitution. It is of peculiar service in all neryous complaints, both in preventing and removing them. And by thus strengthening the various organs of the body, it enables the mind to put forth its utmost exertions.

On the same principle the mafters should prohibit play in the strongest terms; and in this we have the two greatest writers on the subject which perhaps any age has produced (Mr. Locke and Mr. Rousseau) of our sentiments; for though the latter was effentially miftaken in his religious fyftem, yet his wisdom in other respects, and extensive genius, are indisputably acknowledged. The employments which we would recommend. for the recreation of the students, are such as are of the greatest public utility, agriculture and archite&ture; studies more especially necessary for a new settled country; and of consequence the infructing of youth in all the practical branches of those important arts, will be an effectual method of rendering them more useful to their country. Agreeably to this idea, the greatest ftatesman that perhaps ever shone in the annals of history, Peter the Russian emperor, who was deservedly ftiled the Great, disdained. not to stoop to the employment of a fhip-carpenter. Nor was it rare, during the purest times of the Roman republic;" to see the conquerors of nati. ons and deliverers of their country, return with all fimplicity and cheerfulness to the exercife of the plough. In conformity to this sentiment, one of the completest poetic pieces of antiquity (the Georgics of Virgil) is


written on the subject of husbandry; by the perusal of which, and submillion to the above regulations, the students may delightfully unite the theory and the practice together. We say delightfully, for we are far from withing that these employments should be turned into drudgery or flavery, but into pleasing recreations for the mind and body,

In teaching the languages, care should be taken to read thofe authors, and those only, who join together the purity, the itrength, and the elegance of their fe. veral tongues. And the utmost caution should be used, that nothing immodest should be found in


of their books.

But this is not all. We should take care that the books be not only inoffensive, but useful; that they contain as much {trong sense, and as much genuine morality as poflible: As far, therefore, as is consistent with the foregoing observations, à chọice and universal library should be provided for the use of the students, according to their finances : and on this plan, we trust that our seminaries of learning will in time send forth men who will be blessings to their country in every laudable office and employment of life, thereby ụniting the two greatest ornaments of intelligent beings, which are too often separated, deep learning and genuine religi

The rules and regulations with which you are here prefented, have been weighed and digested in our conferences : But we also submit them to your judgment.

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GENERAL RULES proposed for the Methodif Semia

naries of Learning The tudents shall rise at five o'clock in the morning, fummer and winter, at the ringing of a bell

. 2. All the students shall assemble together at fix o'clock, for public prayer, except in cases of sickness; and on any omiffion, shall be responsible to the master.


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3: From morning prayer till seven, they shall be al: lowed to recreate themselves as is hereafter directed.

4. At seven they shall breakfast.

5. From eight till 'twelve, they are to be clofely, kept at their respective studies.

6. From twelve to three, they are to employ themfelves in recreation and dining-Dinner to be ready at one o'clock.

7. From three till fix, they are again to be kept closely to their studies.

8. At fix they shall sup.
9. At seven there shall be public prayer.

10. From evening prayer till bed-time, they fhall be allowed recreation.

11. They shall all be in bed at nine o'clock, without fail.

12. Their recreations shall be gardening, walking, riding, and bathing, without doors; and the carpenter's, joiner's, cabinet makers, or turner's business, within doors.

13. A large plot of land shall be appropriated for a garden, and a person killed in gardening be appointed to overlook the students when employed in that recreas, tion.

14. A convenient hath shall be made for bathing.

15. A master, or fome proper person by him appointed, shall be always present at the time, of bathing. Only one shall bathe at a time ; and no one shall remain in the water above a minute.

16. No student shall be allowed to bathe in the river.

17. A Taberna Lignariq* shall be provided on the premises, with all proper instruments and materials, and a skilful person be employed to overlook the students at this recreation.

18. The students shall be indulged with nothing which the world calls PLAY. Let this rule be observ. ed with the strictest nicety; for those who play when they are young, will play when they are old.

* A place for working in wood

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