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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1


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The necessity for a more efficient mode than any which had hitherto been adopted for the settlement of the numerous chapels in the Methodist Connexion, having been long very generally felt and admitted, and a Plan having been proposed with a view to obviate, for the future, the inconvenience, expense, and insecurity to which Trustees of chapels and the Connexion at large had in many instances been exposed; the Conference held at Sheffield in the year 1829, appointed a Committee to inquire into its eligibility, with power, if they thought fit, to take such measures as might facilitate its execution.

This Committee met in London shortly after their appointment. That they might tread on sure ground, and be perfectly satisfied of the legal security of the proposed Plan, they directed a Case to be prepared and laid separately before four of the most eminent Counsel in London. The gentlemen selected were, Sir Edward Burtenshaw Sugden, His Majesty's Solicitor General; Mr. Bell, Mr. Brodie, and Mr. Atherley. The following "Case," in which the proposed Plan and its objects are detailed, and the questions thereupon framed, with a view to elicit any objection which might exist, or be urged, against it, was accordingly drawn, and four copies of it laid separately before them.