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May 19, 1803.
RESOLVED, That Dr. Green, Mr. Mille. doler and Mr. Irwin, be a Committee to select such parts of the minutes of the present Assembly, as they may judge proper for publication; that the permanent clerk make a copy thereof, with as full and correct a list of the Synods, Presbyteries, Churches, Licentiates and Vacancies, under the care of the General Assembly, as can be obtained; and cause 1500 copies to be published and distributed, according to the directions given, during the present sessions.
Resolved, That the said Committee be authoriz. ed and directed, to incorporate with, or add to, the extracts to be published, such parts of the reports. made to this house by the standing Committee of Missions, as to them shall seem proper, for the information of the churches, on the Missionary business: and that they add thereto, an abstract of the state of the funds, and of receipts and disbursements; to be derived from the accounts presented to this Assembly by the Treasurer of the Corporation.
Minutes of the General Assembly.
May 19th, 1803
THE General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America met, agreeably to appointment, in the first Presbyterian Church in the city of Philadelphia, at 11 o'clock, A. M. and was opened by the Rev. Dr. Azel 'Roe, the Moderator of last Assembly, with a sermon from Psalm cii: 16. " When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory."
It appeared that the following persons were appointed and attended as Commissioners to this Assembly, viz.
Of the Presbytery of Oneida. The Rev. Bethuel Dodd.
Of the Presbytery of Albany. The Rev. Simon Hofack.
Mr. Isaac Hutton, Elder. Of the Presbytery of Columbia. The Rev. Aaron J. Booge.
Of the Presbytery of Hudson. The Rev. John Clark.
Mr. Nathan Douglass, Elder. Of the Presbytery of New York. The Rev. Dr. Alexander M Whorter. Azel Roe :
Mr. Henry Rutgers:
Isaac Allen :
Elders. Nathl. Little. Of the Presbytery of Long-Island. The Rev. Joshua Hart:
Lyman Beecher : Mr. Nathaniel Hand, Elder.
Of the Presbytery of New Brunswick. The Rev. Dr. John Woodhul : Mr. John Bayard: The Rev. James F. Armstrong: Nathl. Burrowes: Elders. Robert Finley :
Of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
Elders. The Rev. Uriah Du Bois :
Of the Presbytery of New-Castle.
Mr. George M-Ilvaine, Elder.
Elders. The Rev. Samuel Waugh :
Matthew Dill :
Of the Presbytery of Baltimore.
Of the Presbytery of Lewis.
Of the Presbytery of Huntingdon.
Of the Presbytery of Winchester. The Rev. William Hill :
William Williamson : Mr. Lewis Stevens, Elder.
Of the Presbytery of Redstone. The Rev. William Speer.
Of the Presbytery of Ohio.
Thomas Marques :
Of the Presbytery of Hanover.
Of the Presbytery of Weft-Lexington, The Rev. James Welsh.
Of the Presbytery of Erit. The Rev. James Sattersfield.
Of the Presbytery of Orange. The Rev. William Paisley,
Of the Presbytery of Union. The Rev. Gideon Blackburn.
Of the Presbytery of Concord. The Rev. James Hall.
Of the second Presbytery of S. Carolina. The Rev. James Gilliland.
Delegates from the General Association of CONNECTICUT. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight : The Rev. Asahel Hooker. The Rev. James Hall, was chosen Moderator, and the Rev. Rar.
bert Cathcart, Temporary Clerk. The delegates from the Ġen. Assembly, to the last Gen. Association of Connecticut, Reported; that they all attended during the
felmon's of the association: were treated with great respect and cordiality by that body, and were much pleased with the attention to business, and fpirit of harmony which prevailed among them: that the Gen. Association have formed a plan of intercourse with the Gen. Convention of the clergy of the state of Vermont, similar to that which subsists between the Association and this Affembly: that the de legates perceived with great pleasure, the laudable attention given by the affociation to the Missionary business; their growing fuccefs therein, and the flourishing state of their funds for that purpose: that the Association have taken measures for obtaining a charter of incorporation for the aid and security of their missionary funds: and that the general state of religion within their limits, appeared, on the whole to be favourable.
The Assembly called on the Presbyteries, which have not heretofore reported on the 6th Section of the XI. chapter of the constitution, to exhibit their reports.
Whereupon the Presbyteries of Concord and of Union reported it as their opinion, that the alteration proposed ought to be made ; and they empower, on their part and behalf, the General Assembly to change the expreslion, Standing Rules, into Conftitutional Rules.
The Presbytery of Lewis reported it, as their opinion, that the change ought not to be made.
Resolved, that the Presbyteries which have not yet reported on this fubject, be careful to send forward their reports to the next Gen. Assembly.
The Presbyteries which have not exhibited histories of their re. fpective Presbyteries, agreeably to the order of Assembly in the year 1800, were called upon to produce the same; when a member of the Presbytery of New York, laid upon the table an historical account of that Presbytery : The other Presbyteries were not ready to report; but appeared generally, to have paid some attention to the subject. The Assembly therefore enjoined on the Presbyteries, which have not compleated their historical collections; to take the most prompt and effectual measures to finish the same, and forward them to the next Gen. Assembly.
Pursuant to orders given by several former Affemblies, the Synod of the Carolinas reported, that in their opinion, the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom will be most effe&ually promoted, by the said Synod continuing to conduct the missionary business in their vicinity, at least for the ensuing year. Accordingly the Assembly resolved, that the Synod of the Carolinas be authorized and requested, to continue to conduct, with their wonted zeal and diligence, the missionary business on their frontiers, and elsewhere at discretion, and report to next Affembly.
The southern Synods, who manage the missionary business in their separate capacity, were called upon to report to the Assembly on this subject. Whereupon the synod of Pittsburgh mad a verbal report, that they had fent out three missionaries in the course of the