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nor more than ten thousand dollars' worth at Boston. There shall also be a depository at Chicago, Ill., and one at St. Louis, Mo., to be supplied by the agents at Cincinnati. Depositories shall also be established at Buffalo and Auburn, N. Y., and at Washington, D. C., at the discretion of the NewYork Book Agents.

15. The expenses incident to the transportation, management, and sale of our books at these depositories, having been met out of the sales according to an arrangement with the agents at New-York, the net proceeds shall be forwarded to said agents as fast as possible.

16. Full statements shall be made to the agents at New-York semi-annually, at dates fixed by them, of the amount of sales, and of expenses; distinguishing cash sales from those on credit. And also, annual statements shall be made of the amount of stock.

17. If it shall appear to the agents at New-York that the business at either of the depositories is not well managed, or that remittances are not duly made, they shall give notice thereof to the committee or commissioners acting for the Annual Conference, or to the Annual Conference, who shall immediately correct the error complained of, or cause the affairs of the depository to be wound up.

18. The salaries for the support of editors and agents in all our book and periodical establishments, shall be fixed by the General

Conference, or by committees appointed by that body.

19. No books shall hereafter be issued on commission, either from New-York, Cincinnati, or any other depository or establishment under our direction.

20. The profits arising from the Book Concern, after a sufficient capital to carry on the business is retained, shall be regularly applied to the support of the deficient travelling preachers and their families, the widows and orphans of preachers, &c. The Book Agents shall every year send forward to each Annual Conference an account of the dividend which the several Annual Conferences may draw that year: and each Conference may draw for its proportionate part on any person who has book money in hands, and the drafts, with the receipt of the Conference thereon, shall be sent to the Book Agents, and be placed to the credit of the person who paid the same.

21. Any travelling preacher who may publish any work or book of his own, shall be responsible to his Conference for any obnoxious matter or doctrine therein contained.

22. No editor, agent, or clerk, employed in the Book Concern, or in any department belonging to it, shall be allowed in any case to publish or sell books as his own private property.



Quest. WHAT shall be done for the extirpation of the evil of slavery?

Ansu. 1. We declare that we are as much as ever convinced of the great evil of slavery: therefore no slaveholder shall be eligible to any official station in our Church hereafter, where the laws of the State in which he lives will admit of emancipation, and permit the liberated slave to enjoy freedom.

2. When any travelling preacher becomes an owner of a slave or slaves, by any means, he shall forfeit his ministerial character in our Church, unless he execute, if it be practicable, a legal emancipation of such slaves, conformably to the laws of the State in which he lives.

3. All our preachers shall prudently enforce upon our members the necessity of teaching their slaves to read the word of God; and to allow them time to attend upon the public worship of God on our regular days of divine service.

4. Our coloured preachers and official members shall have all the privileges which are usual to others in the district and Quarterly Conferences, where the usages of the country do not forbid it. And the Presiding Elder may hold for them a separate District Conference, where the number of coloured local preachers will justify it.

5. The Bishops may employ coloured preachers to travel and preach, when their services are judged necessary, provided that no one shall be so employed without having been recommended by a Quarterly Confer




Quest. 4. WHAT shall be done for the security of our preaching-houses, and the premises belonging thereto ?

Answ. Let the following plan of a deed of settlement be brought into effect in all possible cases, and as far as the laws of the states respectively will admit of it. But each annual conference is authorized to make such modification in the deeds as they may find the different usages and customs of law require in the different states and territories, so as to secure the premises firmly by deed, and permanently to the Methodist Episcopal Church, according to the true intent and meaning of the following form of a deed of settlement; anything in the said form to the contrary notwithstanding.

THIS INDENTURE, made this in the year of our Lord one thousand and

state of


of the

day of


in the

(if the grantor be married, insert the name of his wife) of the one part, and trustees, in trust for the uses and purposes hereinafter mentioned, all of the

state of

in the

aforesaid, of the other part,

WITNESSETH, that the said

specie to

(if married, insert the name of his wife) for and in consideration of the sum of in hand paid, at and upon the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath (or have) given, granted, bargained, sold, released, confirmed, and conveyed, and by these presents doth (or do) give, grant, bargain, sell, release, confirm, and convey unto them, the said and their successors, (trustees in trust

for the uses and purposes hereinafter mentioned and

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