LEBANON, Tuesday, the 23d of October, 1810.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment.
Members present: The Rev.
Finis Ewing, Ephraim
McLean, and Hugh
Kirkpatrick; Elders Robert Guthrie, Chatham Ewing, and
Young Ewing; representatives David Baity, from McAdow and Karr's
Creek; Samuel Smith, from Sandy Creek, Piney
Fork, and Hopewell; and James Baker, from Big
Spring. The Rev.
Finis Ewing was appointed Moderator, and Mr. Young Ewing,
The Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick preached a sermon from John v. 39.
Presbytery opened by prayer. The minutes from the Intermediate Presbyteries, held on Elk River and Suggs' Creek, were received and read.
Presbytery adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment.
Members same as on yesterday. Opened with prayer. Other representatives
appeared and took their seats, viz.: Josiah Wilson, from Harpeth
Lick, Spring Creek, and Rutherford; Jacob Scott, from Casey's
Creek, Blooming Grove, and Means' Societies; and Robert Smith,
elder, from Fall Creek.
WHEREAS, The Rev. William McGee voluntarily suspended his operations as a preacher for a time, owing to some difficulties in his own mind--did not consider himself a proper member of Presbytery in that situation, but has since gotten his mind clear, and feels it a duty to preach again;
Resolved, therefore (he being present), That he be considered and recognized as a regular member of Cumberland Presbytery, and that he be invited to take his seat accordingly.
Concurred in unanimously. Wherefore he was invited to, and took his seat.
Messrs. McLean and Kirkpatrick assigned reasons why they did not administer the Lord's Supper on Karr's Creek, which were sustained.
Upon examination, the committee appointed at last Presbytery to draft a circular letter, have complied with the order.
Messrs. King and Calhoon complied with the order of Presbytery, in the administration of the Lord's Supper in the upper circuit.
Mr. Robert McCorkle's excuse was sustained for not being prepared with a discourse at this Presbytery as a part of trial.
Mr. McLean complied with the order of last Presbytery in the administration of the Lord's Supper in Livingston.
Mr. David McLin delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
Messrs. Robert Bell and David Foster, being present, and the minutes of their ordination being read, they were invited to and took their seats accordingly.
Mr. Ephraim Dickey, Mr. Bell's elder, is now come and took his seat in Presbytery.
Mr. Alexander Chapman delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present as on yesterday. Opened by prayer.
A letter to the different churches under the care of Presbytery was adopted, viz., our circular letter.
A letter to the Presiding Elder of the Methodist Society was adopted, as follows:
Having learned by Mr. Clements, that you have manifested not only
a willingness, but a wish, to come to a friendly understanding
with the Cumberland Presbytery, we have had the matter before
us, and have determined, agreeably to your wish, to appoint Mr.
McLean and Mr. William Clements to meet and confer with
you on that subject. As to former causes of umbrage, the Presbytery
is sorry they ever existed on either side, and wishes henceforth
that they should subside, and the effects produced in the mind
be buried in oblivion. Nevertheless, the Presbytery has ordered
that the Rev. William McGee, one of its own body, not only because
it is a matter of which our Methodist brethren complain, but because
they feel in effect the whole body (to which he belongs) is, in
a certain degree, affected with the charges against him respecting
Mr. Harper, make his defense before our next stated Presbytery
on that subject, of which time and place Mr.
McLean will inform you. But let that trial eventuate as
it may, the Presbytery does not wish it to affect the union between
the two general bodies or societies. Our commissioners will inform
you that the Presbytery is cordial and sincere in its profession
of friendship, but wishes it only to be on general and not particular
principles, viz., that each Society feels at perfect liberty to
preach its own sentiments and exercise its own discipline. As
to the subject of proselyting, the Presbytery condemns the principle,
but, notwithstanding, believes it would not be prudent to lay
any particular restrictions on that subject, but allow the members
of each Society to be at perfect liberty to join whom they please,
without jealousy or animadversion from any quarter. The Presbytery
would just add that if any individual preacher or member of either
Society acts improperly in the view of the other Society, that
such Society shall feel at perfect liberty to treat him accordingly,
by refusing to let him preach or commune with them, without extending
it to the body to which such member belongs. The Presbytery would
also suggest, in order to prevent future jealousy, that neither
body shall be considered inattentive because they may not always
attend the communions of the other that may be convenient, the
Presbytery having so great a proportion of societies to supply
for the number of their preachers, that they cannot always attend
the communions of other Societies when they would wish to do so,
but when the bodies accidentally or designedly meet, let them
be in union. You will see, sir, the above conditions are perfectly
equal. We hope, therefore, they will meet with your approbation
and that body over whom you preside.
FINIS EWING, Moderator.
YOUNG EWING, Clerk.
October 25th, 1810.
To L. BLACKMAN, P. E., M. S.
Ordered, that Rev.
Ephraim McLean and Mr. William Clements be a committee
to wait on the Elder with the foregoing letter.
Mr. William Harris delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
Mr. William Bumpass delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
Mr. Robert Donnell delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
Ordered, that Mr. Alexander Chapman prepare a popular discourse from Romans x. 4, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, in order to his licensure, and that he prepare to stand an examination of English grammar.
Ordered, that Mr. Harris prepare a popular discourse from 2 Corinthians v. 21, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, and that he stand an examination on English grammar at that time, preparatory to his licensure.
Ordered that Mr. Robert Donnell prepare a discourse from Romans v. 1, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, preparatory to his licensure, and that he prepare to stand an examination on English grammar.
Ordered, that Mr. Robert McCorkle prepare a discourse from Isaiah xlv. 22, as part of trial, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
Ordered, that Mr. Bumpass prepare a discourse, as part of trial, from Psalms cxxvi. 5, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
Ordered that Mr. McLin prepare a discourse, as part of trial, from Hebrews ii., and first part of the third verse, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery.
Ordered, that all the foregoing discourses be delivered in writing.
Ordered, that Messrs. Barnett and Bumpass supply the upper and Nashville circuits, and that Mr. Robert Donnell supply the Elk River circuit, until our next Presbytery.
Ordered, that Messrs. McLean, McCorkle, and McLin supply the Livingston circuit, including McAdow, until our next stated meeting.
Ordered, that Messrs. Chapman and Harris supply the societies in Warren, Logan, and Butler counties as often as convenient, and that Mr. Chapman ride once round the lower circuit.
A call was presented, through Presbytery, from the Big Spring congregation, in Wilson county, to Mr. Thomas Calhoon, which he accepted. Ordered, therefore, that he prepare a discourse from Romans iv. 25, to be exhibited at our next stated Presbytery, preparatory to his ordination. Mr. McLean is ordered to preach the ordination sermon, or Mr. Bell, in case of his absence or inability, etc.
Ordered, that our next stated Presbytery be held in Wilson county, at the Big Spring, to meet on the third Tuesday of March next.
Adjourned, by prayer, this 25th day of October, 1810.
FINIS EWING, Moderator.
YOUNG EWING, Clerk.