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quarterly meeting conference, who may give him what relief they judge proper, after the allowance of the travelling preachers and of their wives, and all other regular allowances are discharged.
Of Slavery. Quest. What shall be done for the extirpa. tion of the evil of slavery ?
Answ. 1. We declare that we are as much as ever convinced of the great evil of slavery: therefore no slave holder shall be eligible to any official station in our church hereafter, where the laws of the state in which he lives will admit of emancipation, and permit the liberated slave to enjoy freedom.
2. When any travelling preacher becomes an owner of a slave or slaves, by any means, he shall forfeit his ministerial character in our church, unless he execute, if it be practicable, a legal emancipation of such slaves, conformably to the laws of the state in which he lives.
3. All our preachers shall prudently enforce upon our members the necessity of teaching their slaves to read the word of God; and to allow them time to attend upon the public
worship of God on our regular days of divine service.
4. Our coloured preachers and official members shall have all the privileges which are usual to others in the district and quarterly conferences, where the usages of the country do not forbid it. And the presiding elder may hold for them a separate district conference, where the number of coloured local preachers will justify it.
5. The annual conferences may employ coloured preachers to travel and preach where their services are judged necessary ; provided that no one shall be so employed without having been recommended according to the form of discipline.
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