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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Conference of 1776

page 11

Conference of 1776.

"Q. Are there any objections to any of our Preachers?

"A. Yes. It is objected that some are utterly unqualified for the work; and that others do it negligently, as if they imagined they had nothing to do but to preach once or twice a day.

"In order to silence this objection for ever, which has been repeated ten times over, the Preachers were examined at large, especially those concerning whom there was the least doubt. The result was, that one was excluded for insufficiency; two, for misbehaviour: and we were thoroughly satisfied that all the rest had both grace and gifts for the work wherein they are engaged. I hope, therefore, we shall hear of this objection no more."*

* Minutes, vol. i., p. 122.