It appearing from the minutes that the members designated by the last general Cumberland Presbytery to constitute the Logan and Elk Presbyteries, did so constitute according to that order, and a majority of the members of the three Presbyteries being now present, do hereby agree, according to the order of the last general Cumberland Presbytery, after the necessary prerequisites, to constitute a Synod.
The Rev. William McGee, according to order, proceeded to preach a sermon from Romans, as preparatory, and then by prayer, constituted the Logan, Cumberland, and Elk Presbyteries into a Synod, to be known by the name of the Cumberland Synod.
At the Beech meeting-house in the county of Sumner, and State of Tennessee, this fifth day of October, and in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and thirteen, members present from Logan Presbytery, the Rev. Messrs. Finis Ewing, William Harris, William Barnett, and Alexander Chapman; from the Cumberland Presbytery, the Rev. Messrs. Hugh Kirkpatrick, Thomas Calhoon, David Foster, and David McLin; from the Elk Presbytery, the Rev. Messrs. William McGee, Samuel King, James B. Porter, and Robert Donnell, and Elder Michael Kenedy. Mr. William McGee was chosen moderator and Mr. Finis Ewing clerk.
Ordered, that the name of the Cumberland Presbytery be altered, and be hereafterward called by the name of the Nashville Presbytery.
Ordered, that Messrs. Barnett, Ewing, Harris, and Chapman be appointed a committee to examine the minutes of the Nashville Presbytery. Ordered, that Messrs, Kirkpatrick, Calhoon, Foster, and McLin be a committee to examine the minutes of the Elk Presbytery. Ordered, that Messrs. McGee, Porter, King, and Donnell be appointed a committee to examine the minutes of the Logan Presbytery.
The Synod adjourned to meet to-morrow morning at ten o'clock. Concluded by prayer.
Synod met agreeably to adjournment. Opened by prayer. Members present as on yesterday.
The several committees appointed for the purpose of examining the several Presbytery books, made report accordingly, in which they noticed some defects in all their minutes, which were ordered to be rectified.
The committee appointed by the last general Cumberland Presbytery, for that purpose, reported to the Synod a succinct account of the rise, doctrines, and progress of the Cumberland Presbyterians, which was approved and ordered to be printed in the third edition of Buck's Theological Dictionary.
Synod adjourned to meet to-morrow morning at ten o'clock. Concluded by prayer.
Synod met agreeably to adjournment. Constituted by prayer. Members present as yesterday, except Mr. Kirkpatrick and Mr. Kenedy, who got leave of absence.
After much deliberation, the Synod came to the following resolution, to-wit; The period having come when a distinct Confession of Faith, Catechism, and Discipline appear to be necessary for the distinct society of the Cumberland Presbyterians;
Resolved, therefore, That William McGee, Robert Donnell, Thomas Calhoon, and Finis Ewing be appointed a committee to draw up and prepare for the press a Confession, Catechism, and Discipline, in conformity to the avowed principles of this body, to be ready by the next Synod; and that the members composing each Presbytery endeavor to raise by contribution at last thirty-three dollars and thirty-three and one one-third cents, making in the whole one hundred dollars, for the purpose of remunerating the committee for their expenses and services.
Ordered, that each organized congregation in the bounds of the Synod, send to our next Synod one of their most experienced elders, for the particular purpose of assisting in deliberating on and adopting, if approved, the Confession, Catechism, and Discipline to be prepared by the aforementioned committee against that time.
Ordered, that a general fast throughout our religious connection be observed on the first day of next year, to ask God to aid and direct the committee in their attempts to select and compile a Confession of Faith, etc.
Ordered, that Finis Ewing open the next Synod by a sermon.
The Synod adjourns to meet at Suggs' Creek meeting-house on the first Tuesday in April next. Concluded with prayer.
WILLIAM McGEE, Moderator.
FINIS EWING, Clerk.