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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.

SECTION IX.

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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CHAPTER I.

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Sec. 1. Of the Origin of the Methodist Episcopal Church 5
Sec. 2. Articles of Religion
Sec. 3. Of the General and Annual Conferences

19
Sec. 4. Of the Election and Consecration of Bishops and of

their Duty
Sec. 5. Of the Presiding Elders, and of their Duty

27
Sec. 6. Of the Election and Ordination of travelling Elders,
and of their Duty

30
Sec. 7. of the Election and Ordination of travelling Dea-
cons, and of their Duty

31
Sec. 8. Of the Method of receiving travelling preachers, and

of their Duty
Sec. 9. Of the Duties of those who have the charge of Cir-
cuits

38
Sec. 10. Of the Trial of those who think they are moved by

the Holy Ghost to preach
Sec. 11. Of the matter and manner of Preaching, and of

other public exercises
Sec. 12. of the Duty of Preachers to God, themselves, and
one another

46
Sec 13 Rules by which we should continue, or desist from
preaching at any place

49
Sec. 14 of visiting from house to house; guarding against

those things that are so common to Professors,
and enforcing Practical Religion

50
Sec. 15. Of the instruction of Children

57
Sec. 16. Of employing our time profitably when we are not
travelling, or engaged in public exercises

58
Sec. 17. Of the necessity of union among ourselves

60
Sec. 18. Of the method by which immoral travelling Minis-

ters or Preachers shall be brought w Trial, found
guilty, and reproved or suspended in the intervals
of the Conferences

61
Sec. 19. How to provide for the Circuits in time of Confer-

ence, and to preserve and increase the work of
God

64
Sec. 20. Of the Local Preachers

64
Sec. 21. Of Baptism

69
Hec. 22. Of the Lord's Supper

70
Sec. 33. Or Public Worship

70
Sec. 24. Of the Spirit and Truth of Singing

1

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81

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86

CHAPTER II.
Sec. 1. The nature, design, and general rules of our United

Societies.
Sec. 2. Of Class Meetings
Sec. 3. Of the Band Societies
Sec. 4. Of the privileges granted to serious persons who are

not of our Church
Sec. 5. Of Marriage
Sec. 6. Of Dress
Sec. 7. Of bringing to Trial, finding Guilty, and reproving,

suspending, or excluding disorderly persons from

Society and Church privileges
Sec. 8. Of the sale and use of spirituous liquors

CHAPTER III.

Sacramental Services, &c.
Sec. 1. The Order for the administration of the Lord's

Supper
Sec. 2. The administration of Baptism to infants

The ministration of Baptism to such as are of

riper years
Sec. 3. The

form of solemnization of Matrimony
Sec. 4. The order of the Burial of the Dead

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110
116

CHAPTER IV.
The form and manner of making and ordaining Bishops

Elders, and Deacons.
Sec. 1. The form and manner of making Deacons

119
Sec. 2. The form and manner of ordaining Elders

125
Sec. 3. The form of ordaining a Bishop

138
PART SECOND.
Sec. 1. Of the boundaries of the Annual Conferences, &c. 151
Sec. 2. Of building Churches, and the order to be observed
therein

156
Sec. 3. Of the qualifications, appointment, and duty of the
Stewards of Circuits

165
Sec. 4. Of the allowance

to the Ministers and Preachers,
and to their Wives, Widows, and Children 167
Sec. 5. Of raising annual supplies for the Propagation of

the Gospel, for the making up the allowance of
the Preachers, &c

169
Sec. 6. Of the Chartered Fund

179
Sec. 7. Of the Printing and Circulating of Books, and of
the Profits arising therefrom

181
Sec. 8. Local Preachers to have an allowance in given cases 186
Sec. 9. Of Slavery

187

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