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be proposed as shall be approved of by the trustees in Philadelphia; and the stock in which it is proposed to lodge the money be sufficiently productive to give satisfaction to the trustees.
Quest. 2. How shall vacancies in the board of trustees of the Chartered Fund be filled? Answ. The Board of Trustees shall have power to fill any vacancy or vacancies that may occur in their body by death, resignation, or otherwise, subject, however, to the approval of the first General Conference that may be held after such vacancy or vacancies shall have occurred.
PRINTING AND CIRCULATING OF BOOKS, TRACTS, AND PERIODICALS.
1. THE principal establishment of the Book Concern shall be in the city of NewYork; and there shall be such other establishments as the General Conference may deem expedient.
2. There shall be an Editor of the Methodist Quarterly Review and general books, and an Editor for the Christian Advocate and Journal, who, if chosen from among the travelling preachers, shall be members of such Conferences as they may, with the approbation of the Bishop, select. There shall be an Editor at New-York of Sundayschool publications, whose duty it shall be,
in connexion with the Book Agents, to superintend all such publications issued at our Book Room, and to have charge of the Sunday School Advocate or other Sundayschool periodicals, and he shall be subject to the same regulations and restrictions which govern the other Editors in New-York. The Editor of Sunday-school publications shall also be the Corresponding Secretary of our Sunday-School Union.
3. There shall be at New York an Editor of a Monthly Magazine and of Tracts, who shall be subject to the same regulations and restrictions which govern other Editors at New-York, and who shall also be the Corresponding Secretary of our Tract Society: as Editor of Tracts, he shall have charge of the publication of tracts in our own and foreign languages; as Corresponding Secretary of the Tract Society, it shall be his duty to raise funds in behalf of the Society, to promote the formation of Conference and other auxiliaries, to co-operate with the auxiliary societies, to make all proper efforts for the general diffusion of religious reading, and to make arrangements with the Book Agents for the cheap publication of any book or books, specially adapted to promote evangelical and practical religion.
4. There shall be an Agent and an Assistant Agent, both of whom shall be chosen from among the travelling preachers, and shall be members of such Conferences as they may, with the approbation of the Bishops, select.
5. The Agents shall have authority to regulate the publications and all other parts of the business of the Concern, except what belongs to the editorial departments, as the state of the finances will admit, and the demands may require. It shall be their duty to send an exhibit of the state of the Book Concern at New-York to each session of the Annual Conferences, and report quadrennially to the General Conference. They shall also inform the Conferences of any within their respective bounds who neglect to make payment, that measures may be taken to collect or secure such debts; and they shall not allow any claim to run beyond one year from the time it was due without reporting it to the Conference. They shall publish such books and tracts as are recommended by the General Conference, and may, if approved by the Editors, publish such as are recommended by the Book Committee at New-York, or recommended by an Annual Conference; and they may reprint any book or tract which has been once approved and published by us, when in their judgment, and in the judgment of the Editors, the same ought to be reprinted; or they may publish any new work which may be approved by the Editors.
6. The Book Committee at New-York shall consist of seven travelling ministers, to be chosen by the General Conference. During the intervals of the General Conference, they shall have power to fill any vacancy that may occur in their own body. It shall
be the duty of the Book Committee to examine into the condition of the Book Concern, to inspect the accounts of the Agents, and make a report thereof yearly to all the Annual Conferences, and to the General Conference. They shall also attend to such matters as may be referred to them by the Editors or Agents for their action or counsel. And they shall have power to suspend an Editor or Agent from his official relation as such, if they judge it necessary for the interests of the Church and the Concern. And a time shall be fixed, at as early a day as practicable, for the investigation of the official conduct of the said Editor or Agent, at which two or more of the Bishops shall be requested to attend; and by the concurrence of the Bishops present, and of the majority of the Committee, he may be removed from office in the interval of the General Conference. And in case a vacancy occurs in any of the agencies or editorial departments authorized by the General Conference, it shall be the duty of the Book Committee, and two or more of the General Superintendents, as soon as practicable, to provide for such vacancy until the next General Conference.
7. There shall be an Agent and an Assistant Agent to conduct the Book Concern in Cincinnati, to be chosen from among the travelling preachers, who shall manage the business in the western country, so as to cooperate with the Agents at New-York, and shall be members of such Conferences as
they may, with the approbation of the Bishops, select.
(1.) They shall have authority to publish any book or tract which has been previously published by the Agents at New-York, when in their judgment, and in the judgment of the Book Committee, the demand for such publication will justify, and the interests of the Church require it. Provided, they shall not reprint our large works, such as the Commentaries, quarto Bible, Wesley's and Fletcher's Works, or any other work containing more than seven hundred pages. And the Agents at New-York shall fill the orders for the Agents at Cincinnati for the plates of such books or tracts; and when the Agents at New-York are about to issue any new work of less than seven hundred pages, they shall, when practicable, give notice to the Agents at Cincinnati, and furnish, if ordered by them, duplicate plates, which, with the above, shall be at cost.
(2.) They shall publish such books and tracts as are recommended to them for publication by the General Conference; and they may publish any new work which shall be approved by the Editors; and may publish any work recommended by the Book Committee at Cincinnati, or by an Annual Conference, if approved by the Editors.
(3.) Printed sheets ordered by the Agents from New-York shall be sent at fifty per cent., and bound books of the General Catalogue at forty per cent., discount from the retail prices; and those ordered from Cin