BIG SPRING, Wilson county, State of Tennessee, March 19, 1811.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment.
Members present: The Rev. Messrs. Samuel
B. Porter, Robert
Bell, and David
Foster; Elders, James A. Lewis, Hugh Telford, Young Ewing,
and Chatham Ewing; Representatives, Samuel
McSpadin, from Big
Spring; John Travis, from Hopewell and Sandy; John Sloss,
from Gasper River and Drake's Creek; Godfrey Isbell, from Liberty
Congregation; and James Moore, from Harpeth Lick and Spring Creek.
Finis Ewing preached a sermon from Jeremiah xxiii. 28.
Presbytery opened with prayer. Mr.
Robert Bell as chosen Moderator, and Mr. Young Ewing,
Presbytery adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at half past eight o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present as on yesterday. Opened with prayer.
Mr. Hugh Bone, a representative from Smith's Fork, is come and took his seat; likewise Mr. Ezekiel Cloyd, a representative from Stoner's Creek, has come and took his seat.
The Rev. Ephraim McLean and Mr. McCorkle not attending, their names are ordered to be entered as absentees.
A letter from the Rev. L. Blackman, an Elder in the Methodist Society, in answer to a circular directed to him by our last Presbytery, was received, read, and appears satisfactory, and ordered to be inserted in our journals.
MARCH 10, 1811.
To the Rev. Finis Ewing, Moderator:
Dear Sir: I never received your communication till to-day. I regret that I have not more time. However, I trust the thoughts I am about the communicate to you, and through you to the Cumberland Presbytery, are not premature. As to a complete reciprocity of immunities, in the nature of things, it cannot be expected on either side; but as it respects sacramental union with regular churches, it is desirable, preacticable, of course expedient. It is what the Methodists, as a body, have contended for and practiced. The peculiar situation of Cumberland Presbytery has made us act with some caution towards them as a body, though we esteem many of them very highly in love for their works' sake, and wish them success in the common cause. As a confirmation of our attachment to that body, I am authorized to communicate the resolution of one of the most respectable Meeting Conferences in this country, viz., the Goose Creek, M.C.:
Resolved, That those who call themselves members of the Cumberland Presbytery are in such a state of accountability to each other, as will authorize us to admit individuals of that body, on examination, to the Lord's Supper with us. An examination we deem necessary to know whether they are regular members, etc.
I am yours in the bonds of a peaceful gospel,
N.B.--I conclude that "individuals" will, and it is designed to, include all that are not disaffected towards us. Such will not make application. L.B.
Hugh Kirkpatrick is now come and took his seat.
Agreeably to an order of last Presbytery, a motion was made and seconded to hear Mr. William McGee's defense respecting charges against him, as it respected the conduct of Mr. Miles Harper.
WHEREAS, It appears from the corroborating testimony of five witnesses, to wit, the Rev. Messrs. Samuel King and Thomas Calhoon, and Messrs. John Barnett, William Barnett, and James Stuart, Jr., whose integrity stands umimpeached, and who acted under the solemnity of an oath, that the facts that Mr. William McGee charged Mr. Miles Harper with, are substantially proven, relative to proselyting and violating certain articles of the union between the two Societies;
Resolved, therefore, That it is the unamimous opinion of this Presbytery that Mr. William McGee stands clear on the subject.
Ordered, that the ordained preachers meet this evening at Mr. Thomas Calhoon's, at candle-light, to attend to the examination of Mr. Calhoon precious to his ordination; likewise to attend to the examination of Messrs. Robert Donnell, Alexander Chapman, and William Harris on English grammar and divinity, previous to their licensure.
Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at half past eight o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Opened with prayer.
Messrs. Robert Donnell, Alexander Chapman, and William Harris each delivered a discourse from the subject assigned them at our last Presbytery, which were sustained.
The committee appointed last evening report that they met agreeably to the order of Presbytery, and examined Mr. Calhoon on English grammar, geography, natural and moral philosophy, Church history, and astronomy, which was sustained; likewise examined Messrs. Donnell, Chapman, and Harris on English grammar and divinity, which examination was sustained in part, viz., on divinity, and their popular sermons being also sustained by Presbytery, and though they cannot sustain their examination on grammar, yet recommend their licensure, on the express condition that they come prepared to stand a satisfactory examination on grammar at our next Presbytery. Unanimously concurred in by the Presbytery. Whereupon they were licensed to preach the gospel of Christ, agreeably to the rules of this Church. Mr. James B. Porter presided.
Mr. Thomas Calhoon preached a sermon from Romans iv. 25, preparatory to his ordination, agreeably to the appointment of last Presbytery, which was unanimously sustained. Mr. Robert Bell preached the ordination sermon. After sermon, the necessary questions in our Confession of Faith being proposed to Mr. Calhoon by the Rev. William McGee, and after Mr. Calhoon answered them in the affirmative, the Presbytery did, by the imposition of hands and solemn prayer, set him apart to the whole work of the ministry. Afterwards a solemn charge was given with respect to his duty, likewise the duty of the congregation.
The Presbytery had the petition from the mouth of Green River under consideration, and unanimously agree that Messrs. McLean, Harris, and Chapman, also whoever rides the lower circuit, do each one in his turn visit the said people once before our next Presbytery.
A committee was appointed to confer with several young men. They report that Mr. Solomon Reece be recommended to write a discourse, study English grammar, and bring a certificate of his moral character to our next Presbytery, in order to be examined by a full Presbytery on experimental religion and his call to the ministry; that Mr. Samuel McSpadin be recommended to exercise his gift in a way of public exhortation anywhere within our bounds; likewise that he be recommended to study English grammar and divinity; that Mr. Price be permitted publicly to exhort within the bounds of the societies where he is known, with the consent of the sessions of such societies; that Philip and James McDannell [sic: McDonnold] be recommended to go to school, and improve themselves in common English, study English grammar and other useful books, as far as they have an opportunity, and that they be recommended to attend Presbytery, hoping that in future they will be useful to the Church. Unanimously concurred in by Presbytery.
Resolved, That all our candidates be required henceforth to attend each stated Presbytery, in order to be examined on English grammar and divinity.
Resolved, That the Presbytery will henceforth license their candidates from time to time, so soon as they shall be satisfied with the examination of such candidates on the above particulars, the Presbytery reserving to themselves the power of denominating their trial sermons, previously assigned popular discourses.
Resolved, That all our licentiates be required to attend from time to time our stated Presbyteries, in order to be examined on the various branches of literature required in our circular letter.
Ordered, that Mr. Donnell ride one-half of his time on the Elk circuit, and the other half of his time on the Logan circuit; Mr. McLin, one-half of his time on the Elk and Nashville circuits, and one-half on the lower circuit; Mr. Bumpass one-half of his time on the Nashville and Elk circuits; Mr. Barnett is to ride on the upper circuit.
Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at half past eight o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Members present as on yesterday.
Messrs. William Bumpass, David McLin, William Barnett, and Samuel Donnell each delivered a discourse from the subjects assigned them at our last Presbytery, which were sustained.
Ordered, that Mr. Bumpass prepare a discourse from John iii. 14, 15, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
Ordered that Mr. McLin prepare a discourse from Luke xiii. 5, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
Ordered, that Mr. William Barnett prepare a discourse from Romans v. 9, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery.
Ordered, that Mr. Samuel Donnell prepare a discourse from Romans iii. 28, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
Ordered, that Mr. Foster supply Stoner's Creek Society with preaching.
Ordered, that Messrs. McLean and Kirkpatrick administer the Sacrament of the Supper on Little Muddy Creek, the second Sabbath in August next.
Ordered that Messrs. McGee, McLean, and Kirkpatrick administer the Sacrament of the Supper on Karr's Creek the last Sabbath in July.
Ordered, that Messrs. Finis Ewing, McLean, and McGee administer the Sacrament of the Supper on Muddy River the first Sabbath in October.
Ordered, that Messrs. Finis Ewing and Ephraim McLean administer the Sacrament of the Supper in Livingston on the fourth Sabbath in May.
Ordered, that Messrs. McGee, Foster, and Calhoon administer the Sacrament of the Supper at Falls Creek the third Sabbath in July.
Ordered, that Messrs. Ewing, McLean, and Kirkpatrick administer the Sacrament of the Supper at Gasper River the third Sabbath in July.
Ordered, that Messrs. Foster and Calhoon administer the Sacrament of the Supper at Smith's Fork the first Sabbath in August.
Resolved, That our next stated Presbytery be held at the Ridge meeting-house, on the second Wednesday in October, and that the Sacrament of the Supper be administered at that place the Sabbath following.
Resolved, by mutual consent, That each preacher, ordained and licentiate, and each candidate, at this time or at our next stated Presbytery, pay five dollars for the purpose of purchasing a library for the use of Presbytery, to be called and known by the name of the Cumberland Presbytery Library; and it is also requested that they and each of them, and all others, will make what collection they can for the above purpose, and make report to our next Presbytery.
The following persons paid the sums annexed to their names, viz., Messrs. Finis Ewing, five dollars; William McGee, five dollars; Thomas Calhoon, five dollars; William Barnett, two dollars; Alexander Chapman, one dollar; William Harris, four dollars; together with thirty-two dollars collected from individuals, which was put into the hands of Messrs. McGee and Ewing, to purchase books and make report to our next Presbytery. Total amount, fifty-four dollars.
Adjourned, by prayer, to meet at the Ridge meeting-house, on the second Wednesday in October next.
March 22, 1811 ROBERT BELL, Moderator.
YOUNG EWING, Clerk.