1823

 

MINUTES OF THE FOURTH

MUDDY RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION

Began and held at Ten Mile Church meeting House, Hamilton County, Illinois, Saturday before the Third Lord's Day in September, 1823, and days following.

Agreeable to appointment, Elder Herrin delivered the introductory sermon from Jeremiah 8th ch. and 22nd verse, "Is there no balm in Gilead" &.

The Association then convened, and being opened by prayer by Elder Carpenter, proceeded to business.

1st. Chose Elder Chester Carpenter Moderator, and Theophilus Sweet Clerk.

2nd. Letters from the following churches were read and their messengers names enrolled. (see end of page)

3rd. A letter of correspondence from Little River Association was called for, and no letter or messenger was presented.

4th. A letter of correspondence from Illinois association was called for, no letter and their messenger Elder Kinney took his seat.

5th. Requested Elder Wm. Rondeau to prepare a letter of correspondence with the Little River Association, and Bro. Theophilus Sweet to prepare a letter of correspondence with the Illinois Association.

6th. On motion, Brothers Lazarus Webb, Richard Cantril, Elder Carpenter, Joseph Newton and Archibald Harris were appointed a committee of Arrangement to report on Monday morning.

7th. Requested Elder Kinney, Brother Rondeau, and Elder Stilley, to occupy the Stand tomorrow, and meeting begin at 10 o'clock A.M. After prayer by the Moderator, adjourned till 9 o'clock A.M. Sunday worship was opened by Brother Rondeau from Ephesians 4th ch. & 5th v. "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." Elder Stilley from Joshua, ch. 3, 5th v. "And Joshua said unto the people, sanctify yourselves." Elder Kinney from Isaiah ch. 28, v. 16, "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, behold I lay in Zion for a foundation stone." Monday met according to adjournment & after prayer by the Moderator, proceeded to Business.

8th. Called for the Committee's arrangement, which was read, received, and the Committee dismissed.

9th. Called for the corresponding letter to the Little River Association, which was received, and Brother Wm. Rondeau, Elder Henderson, Elder Stilley, appointed corresponding messengers to bear the same.

10th. Called for the corresponding letter to the Illinois Association, which was received and Elder Isaac Herring, and Brother Theophilus Sweet appointed messengers to bear the same.

11th. The Circular Letter called for, & ordered to be connected to these minutes.

12th. This Association agrees that the Committee of Finance allow our members who correspond with the Little River & Illinois Associations, their expenses. Brother Theophilus Sweet, Lazarus Webb, and Archibald Harris, being appointed a committee of Finance, report that they have received from the Churches this year as their contributions: $26.50

(Contributions received from churches this year)

$26.50

Remaining in the Treasury

10.00

Remaining in the hands of Lemuel M. Wilson

4.00

Total

$40.50

Paid Elder Stilley for his expenses to L.R. Association

$7.00

Paid Elder Chester Carpenter for his expenses to Ill. Assn.

3.00

Total remaining in the Treasury

$30.50

13th. Requested the Secretary to call on the Treasurer for one dollar in Specie, or paper to that amount, and purchase a Book, wherein to record the proceedings of this Association.

14th. Request Brother William Rondeau to prepare a Circular letter for the next association.

15th. A letter from the Board of Foreign Missions was gladly received, and this Body voted their thanks to the Board for their information, and ordered that a copy of these, our present minutes, be forwarded to the Board by our Secretary.

16th. The next yearly meeting to be held at Big Mt. Prairie, Wayne County, to commence on Friday before the fourth Lord's Day in May, 1824, and that Elders Stilley, Henderson, Herring, Williams, Watkins and Carpenter, and Brothers Harris and Pierce be appointed to attend the same.

17th. Requested Brother Theophilus Sweet to prepare these minutes for the Press, and Brother Adam McCool to superintend the printing of the same, and have 250 copies struck. That he call on Lemuel L. Wilson, for four dollars that was left in his hands; Likewise to call on the Treasurer for twelve dollars, of which he is to pay for the printing the Minutes; also that he put 10 copies into the hands of our corresponding Brethren to the Little River Association, and 10 copies into the hands of our Corresponding Brethren to Illinois Association, and keep ten copies for this Association and distribute the residue among the Churches in this Association according to the number of members therein.

18th. We have to regret very much the Loss of our faithful and well-beloved Brother, John Wren, Elder, who has deceased since our last Association.

19th. Our next Association to be holden at the Middle Fork of Muddy River Church, Franklin County, to commence the Saturday before the third Lord's Day in September 1824, at 10 o'clock A. M. Appointed Elder Henderson to preach the introduction, in case of failure, Elder Williams.

20th. After Prayer by the Moderator, adjurned to the place and time appointed.

Chester Carpenter, Mod.

Test Theophilus Sweet, Clerk

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CIRCULAR LETTER

Dear Brethren,

Through Divine Providence. we have been once more permitted to meet in an Associated Capacity, and feel bound to address you on the evidences of Christianity. First as members of the visible kingdom of Christ, you are called upon, in th Gospel to examine yourselves for the purpose of knowing whether you profess the Faith once delivered to Saints. Here is the Criterian whereby you may know by this examination, if your faith is productive of good works, and living obedience, rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven; But if any man has a faith that is not evidenced by good works, and ardent desires after holiness, and a conformity to the Divine Image, that man's religion is vain, and from hense arises the necessity of giving all diligence to make our calling and election sure. That you may be perfect and wanting nothing. Secondly, though our obedience is not the efficient cause of our salvation, either before or after conversion, yet the wisdom of God has so joined together, that no man can put them asunder, for God hath created us in Christ Jesus unto good works, and ordained that we should walk in them, And for want of attention to this rule, many among us are sickly, and many sleep, and when we ought to be able to teach others, we have need to be taught ourselves, which are the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. Our Divine Saviour has not only saved us, and called us, but commanded us to let our light shine -- to occupy till he comes, and labor for that meat which is the life of his saints, to grow in grace and the knowledge of the truth. To abstain from every appearance of evil, and ever abound in the work of the Lord. Paul advises his son Timothy constantly to affirm that they which had believed be careful to maintain good works. Finally Brethren, as heirs of eternal inheritance, consider your high calling. Meditate much on the dignity of that sacred character, who has loved you and washed you from your sins, in his own blood, and as he who hath called you is holy, be ye also holy in all manner of conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting to the day of eternal deliverance, when you shall be admitted to Zion, the blessed society of the first born in the Heavens, and possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Amen.

1823

Note: Ordained ministers names are distinguished by O, and Licensed preachers by L.

Churches Messengers names Baptised Rec by letter Dis. by letter Restored Excluded Dead Total Contributions
Bigg Creek Stephen Stilley, O, Wm. Rondeau, L, John Williams

5

 

1

 

1

 

39

$2.00

E.F.M. River Isaac Herring, O, Elias Jordan, Richard Cantril

1

 

3

1

4

1

23

1.50

Bangstrons Fork Wilson Henderson, O, Joseph Newton

10

4

12

 

1

1

39

2.00

M.F.M. River Theophilus Sweet, L, John Lee, Sen., Lazarus Webb

13

3

1

 

1

1

50

3.00

Bethels Creek William Bennet, T__Thompson, Jacob Carns

1

 

2

     

16

1.50

Ten Mile Creek Chester Carpenter, O, Moses Shirley, John Dale

5

3

2

 

1

 

39

2.00

Mount Tabor Isaac Hix, Joseph Jordon, O. Morris

5

1

16

 

1

 

19

2.00

Hopewell Wm. Watkins, O, Stephen Williams, O, James Lock, L

3

5

20

1

   

47

2.50

Lick Creek Moses Pierce, L, Abel Rice

3

5

2

   

1

30

2.00

Island Ripple Adam McCool

2

1

   

2

2

17

1.00

Elk Prairie Archibald Harris, O, Hanson Dandy, James Albert

4

6

2

     

30

2.00

Hargrave Prairie Alexander Jones, Jus.Martin

6

9

       

19

1.50

N.F. Saline Daniel Powel, Wm. Gholson            

13

1.50

Big Mt. Prairie Tho. Lee, L, David Jones ___Armstrong

4

6

       

28

 
  TOTAL

62

43

61

2

11

6

406

$26.50