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said premises, if the money due be not paid to the said trustees, or their successors, within one year after such notice given; and if such sale take place, the said trustees, or their successors, after paying the debt and other expenses which are due from the money arising from such sale, shall deposit the remainder of the money produced by the said sale in the hands of the Steward or Stewards of the society belonging to or attending divine service on said premises: which surplus of the produce of such sale, so deposited in the hands of the said Steward or Stewards, shall be at the disposal of the next Annual Conference authorized as aforesaid; which said Annual Conference shall dispose of the said money, according to the best of their judgment, for the use of the said society.
4. No person shall be eligible as a trustee to any of our houses, churches, or schools, who is not a regular member of our Church.
5. No person who is a trustee shall be ejected while he is in joint security for money, unless such relief be given him as is demanded, or the creditor will accept.
6. The Board of Trustees of every circuit or station shall be responsible to the Quarterly Conference of said circuit or station, and shall be required to present a report of its acts during the preceding year.
OF SUPPORT AND SUPPLIES.
Of the Support of Bishops.
Quest. WHAT shall be allowed for the support of a Bishop, and how shall it be raised?
Answ. 1. The annual allowance of a married Bishop shall be two hundred dollars, and his travelling expenses. The annual allowance of an unmarried bishop shall be one hundred dollars, and his travelling expenses.
2. Each child of a Bishop shall be allowed sixteen dollars annually to the age of seven years, and twenty-four dollars annually from the age of seven to fourteen years.
3. Each Annual Conference shall pay its proportionate part toward the allowance of the widows and orphans of Bishops.
4. Each Annual Conference in which a Bishop or Bishops may reside, shall annually appoint a committee of three or more, whose duty it shall be to estimate the amount necessary to furnish a house, fuel, and table expenses, for said Bishop or Bishops, subject to the action of the Conference, and they are authorized to draw on the funds of the Book Concern for said amount; and also for the amount of their quarterage and travelling expenses.
Of the Allowance to the Ministers and Preachers, and to their Wives, Widows, and Children.
1. The annual allowance of the married travelling, supernumerary, and superannuated preachers, shall be two hundred dollars, and their travelling expenses.
2. The annual allowance of the unmarried travelling, supernumerary, and superannuated preachers, shall be one hundred dollars, and their travelling expenses.
3. Each child of a travelling preacher shall be allowed sixteen dollars annually, to the age of seven years, and twenty-four dollars annually from the age of seven to fourteen years; and those preachers whose wives are dead shall be allowed for each child annually a sum sufficient to pay the board of such child or children during the above term of years: Nevertheless, this rule shall not apply to the children of preachers whose families are provided for by other means in their circuits respectively.
4. The annual allowance of the widows of travelling, superannuated, worn-out, and supernumerary preachers, and the Bishops, shall be one hundred dollars.
5. The orphans of travelling, supernumerary, superannuated, and worn-out preachers, and the Bishops, shall be allowed by the Annual Conferences, the same sums respect
ively which are allowed to the children of living preachers. And on the death of a preacher leaving a child or children without so much of worldly goods as should be necessary to his, her, or their support, the Annual Conference of which he was a member shall raise, in such manner as may be deemed best, a yearly sum for the subsistence and education of such orphan child or children, until he, she, or they, shall have arrived at fourteen years of age. The amount of which yearly sum shall be fixed by a committee of the Conference at each session in advance.
6. It shall be the duty of a committee appointed by the Quarterly Conference, who shall be members of our Church, to make an estimate of the amount necessary to furnish fuel and table expenses for the family or families of preachers stationed with them, which estimate shall be subject to the action of the Quarterly Conference; and the Stewards shall provide, by such means as they may devise, to meet such expenses, in money or otherwise: provided the Stewards shall not appropriate the moneys collected for the regular quarterly allowance of the preachers to the payment of family expenses.
Quest. How shall the Presiding Elders be supported?
Answ. 1. If there be a surplus of the public money in one or more circuits in his district, he shall receive such surplus; provided he do not receive more than his an
nual allowance. In case of a deficiency in his allowance, after such surplus is paid him, or if there be no surplus, he shall share with the preachers of his district in proportion with what they have respectively received, so that he receives no more than the amount of his allowance upon the whole he shall be accountable to the Annual Conference for what he receives as his allowance.
2. There shall be a meeting in every district, of one Steward from each station and circuit, to be selected from among the Stewards by the Quarterly Conference, whose duty it shall be, by and with the advice of the Presiding Elder, (who shall preside in such meeting,) to take into consideration the general state of the district in regard to temporalities, and to furnish a house, fuel, and table expenses, for the Presiding Elder, and to apportion his entire claim among the different circuits and stations in the district according to their several ability.
The more effectually to raise the amount necessary to meet the above-mentioned allowances, let there be made weekly class collections in all our societies where it is practicable and also for the support of missions and missionary schools under our care.
If the above allowances are not raised as provided for, the Church shall not be accountable for the deficiency, as in a case of debt.