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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.              181

seemed specially suited to a work of such delicacy and importance.
The following account of the movement from the pen of Dr. (after-
ward Bishop) Wightman, copied by Bishop McTyeire in his "History
of Methodism," presents clearly the difficulties of the enterprise and
the success it achieved:
     "The first missionaries were the Rev. John Honour and the
Rev. John H. Massey.  As if to try the faith of the Church and test
its power of self-sacrifice, John Honour, although a native of low
countries took the billious fever through exposure in the swamps of
his field of labor, and in September ended his mortal life and glorious
work together and entered into his rest. The operations of the first
year gathered four hundred and seventeen Church-members. Foot-
hold was gained. The experiment, eyed with distrust by most of the
planters, denounced by many as a hurtful innovation upon the estab-
lished order of things, favored by very few, was commenced.
The noble-hearted gentlemen who went forward in the movement
were in advance of their time, and could not but feel that they had
assumed a heavy responsibility in indorsing for the beneficial results of
such an undertaking.  Of course they watched the development of
the affair with no small solicitude. As far as it went the first year it
was perfectly satisfactory. The second year the membership of these
missions more than doubled itself. Incredibly small, however, was
the treasure-chest of the Missionary Society.  The sum of two hun-
dred and sixty-one dollars was reported to the Annual Conference as
the aggregate of the collections for the year 1830. The following
year another of the ministers of the Conference was added to the
small but brave forlorn-hope.     The oral instruction of the little
negroes by catechism was commenced; two hundred and fifty of these
were placed under the care of the missionaries, and nine hundred and
seventy-two Church-members were reported. At the ensuing session
of the Conference, held at Darlington early in 1832, a decided and
memorable impulse was given to the missionary spirit, particularly
among the preachers, by a speech delivered at the anniversary of the
Missionary Society by the Rev. (now Bishop) James O. Andrew.
After the usual preparatory exercises, he was introduced to the meet-
ing, and read the following resolution: 'That, while we consider
false views of religion as being every way mischievous, and judge
from the past that much evil has resulted from that cause among the




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


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