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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
            STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.              73

delphia Pa.; Daniel Coker, Richard Williams, Henry Harden,  Ste-
phen Hill, Edward Williamson and Nicholas Gailliard, of Baltimore,
Md.; Peter  Spencer, of Wilmington, Del.; Jacob Marsh, Edward
Jackson and William Andrew, of Attleborough, Pa,; Peter Cuff,  of
Salem, N. J."
     Richard Allen was elected to preside over the body. Rev. Dan-
iel Coker was elected vice-chairman; Richard Allen, Jr., was elected
secretary.
    The convention resolved, that we will favor an independent
church organization.  The committee appointed for that purpose re-
ported the first Discipline of the church. It was the M. .E. Church
Doctrine and Government, except the Presiding Eldership.
    The convention elected, under the new form of government, two
Bishops--Richard Allen, Daniel Coker.   Richard Allen was not
present when the election took place, but the next morning when the
Journal was read he arose and informed the convention that he was
sensible of the honor conferred on him, as well as the duties that
would be expected of him, but with a sense of his duty to the church,
and the fitness of things, he was of the opinion that two Bishops were
too many for the organization to start with. One Bishop was enough
at this time, he said.  He stated that he would resign his office and
let the convention say which should hold over.
     This speech created some hard feeling on the part of the Baltimore
delegation, who were in favor of Daniel Coker.  The Philadelphians
were in favor of Richard Allen; so the whole matter relating to the
election of Bishops was reconsidered and a new election was held,
when Richard Allen was elected, and on the 11th day of April, 1816,
he was ordained by the imposition of the hands of five ordained Elders
in the Church of God. So says Bishop J. P. Campbell.
     An address to the Church and the public was published by Rich-
ard Allen, Daniel Coker and James Champion.
     The first Discipline was published in 1817 by Richard Allen and
Jacob Tapsico, as Book Stewards.
     It is gratifying to review the progress that has been made in that
line.  I hope every friend of the race will study them and see how
the work has prospered in the hands of His servants.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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