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CONTAINING 4 SUMMARY OF THEIR USAGES IN CHURCH GOVERNMENT,
Written under the directions of their General Conference,
PUBLISHED BY DAVID MARKS,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
1883, (pril 20..
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1934, By David Marks, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of New Hampshire.
Repeated requests having been made for the publication of our views on Scripture doctrine, the subject was taken up by the General Conference in 1832, and, after carefully considering the pressing calls for such a work, and offering prayer to God for direction, the following conclusion was made.
"Agreed, that the exigency of the times: renders it necessary that we publish a Treatise, embracing all the leading points of the doctrine and practice of the Freewill Baptists, giving our scriptural reasons therefor; also, our reasons for taking the Holy Scriptures as our only rule of faith and practice.
A committee was then appointed to write a Treatise, and directions were given that the Publishing Committee examine the work when written, and present it to the next General Conference, with their report on the same. Accordingly a draft was made
and presented, though not sufficiently prepared for the press. Whereupon, the following measure was taken:
Agreed, 1. That this Conference, having heard the Treatise read several times, and having carefully considered it, approve of the sentiments therein contained, in connexion with certain amendments, and that we now commit the Treatise and the amendments to the Publishing Committee and Book Agent, with instructions to revise and abridge the same, as they may think proper, without changing the sentiments. 2. That a committee of five be raised, whose duty it shall be, when notified by the Publishing Committee, to sit with them and examine the work, give it another revision, if necessary, and certify that the sentiments contained in the Treatise and amendments have been retained by the Publishing Committee. 3. That Elders John Buzzell, Henry Hobbs, Enoch Place, Joseph White, and Hosea. Quinby be the above committee."