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

slave population of this country, we are fully persuaded that it is not
only safe, but highly expedient to society at large to furnish the slaves
as fully as possible with the means of true scriptural instruction and
the worship of God.'  We have heard many good and clever speeches
in our time, a few withal that deserved to be called great, but fore-
most in our recollection stands the remarkable speech made by Bish-
op Andrew on that occasion.  He drew a picture of the irreligious,
neglected plantation negro, Claude-like in the depth of his tone and
color.  He pointed out his degradation, rendered but the deeper and
darker from the fitful and transient flashings up of desires which felt
after God--scintillations of the immortal, blood-bought spirit within
him,  which ever and  again  gleamed amidst the darkness of his
untutored mind.   He pointed out the adaptation of the gospel to the
extremest cases.  Its recovering power and provisions were adequate
to the task of saving from sin and hell all men of all conditions of life,
in all stages of civilization.  He pointed to the converted negro, the
noblest prize of the gospel, the most unanswerable proof of its effic-
iency.  There he was, mingling his morning song, with the matin
chorus of the birds, sending up his orisons to God under the light of
the evening star, contented with his lot, cheerful in his labors, sub-
missive for conscience's sake to plantation discipline, happy in life,
hopeful in death, and from his lowly cabin carried at last by the angels
to Abraham's bosom.  Who could resist such an appeal, in which
argumnent was fused in fervid eloquence?  The speech carried by
storm the whole assembly."  (McTyeire's "History of Methodism,"
pp. 585, 586. )
    The following extract from the report of the Board of Managers
at its anniversary, January, 1832, indicates the character of the work
and the progress it was making:
    "The mission on the Santee numbers upward of three hundred
members of the Church in regular and good standing. A consider-
able number of the slaves have been baptized during the past year.
There is an evident improvement among the negroes, both as regards
the number who attend the means of grace and the solemn attention
given to the word preached.
    "The negroes served on the Savannah River Mission [by the
Rev. James Dannelly] being found convenient to meeting-houses, it




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


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