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

laborers, this movement, opened in South Carolina, was extended
through the Connection.  Missions were organized in all the Confer-
ences, and men carefully chosen for the work devoted their entire
time to the religious instruction of the slaves.  They assembled them
in congregations, baptized, and organized them into societies, admin-
istered the holy communion, visited and prayed with them in their
cabins, and buried their dead. In many places houses of worship
were built for their use, or when this was not done they used the same
house in which the white people worshipped. At camp, quarterly, or
protracted meetings religious service was carefully provided for the
colored people.  Their religious opportunities corresponded with those
enjoyed by the whites.  Many were licensed to preach and exhort,
and some exhibited such remarkable gifts that they attracted crowds of
white people to their services.  They were thus trained for the work
for which God was preparing them among their own people.
    While a great work was accomplished in behalf of the negro by
ministrations of pastors in their charges and by missionaries assigned
to this special work, thoughtful men realized that their provisions
failed to reach the negroes on the large sugar, cotton, and rice planta-
tions, especially when they were located in river valleys, where, owing
to malaria, but few white people made their homes.  Among those
who were deeply concerned in behalf of this class was Dr. (afterward
Bishop) Capers.  At length a way for the supply of this portion of
the negro population of the South was presented.  The attention of
a wealthy planter on the Santee River had been arrested by the good
results that had followed the efforts of a Methodist overseer on the
plantation of a friend in Georgia, and he was anxious to employ a man
of like qualification.  Knowing the interest Dr. Capers felt in the
religious welfare of the slaves, this gentleman called on him to learn
if he knew of a Methodist exhorter whom he could recommend as an
overseer.  Dr.  Capers was unable to name a suitable man, but sug-
gested that if he would allow him to make application at the approach-
ing Conference to the bishop and Mission Board a minister of unques-
tionable character could be sent to his plantation, whose time and
labors would be devoted to the religious instruction of his slaves.  The
suggestion was accepted.  Shortly after a similar request was made by
two planters on the Pon Pon and Combahee. The bishop and the
 Mission Board promptly met the call. Two men were chosen who




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


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