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ons are still at the porcoantry. Should the the burying-r! laid down their bare liable to be called upon deprecate and, indeed the bol
by the civil war now
llion is thoroughly sun
they were ready to
the Nation, and who, ia endeavoring to onrry ont their ne social, civil, and religious societies of all nations, (under a farious schemes, have deluged the land with blood and never before enjoyed measure of Heavenly favor,) and permultiplied widows and orphans in all our borders, should fected, in a never before known greatness ;-here, where, stand upon the page of history as a warning to conspirators through the help of God with a strong arm, thus wrested froin against the rights of men in all future ages.
the grasp of Despotism, consecrated with their own blood, In common with our fellow citizens we feel the burdens one of the best human governments tbat ever existed, and of this terrible struggle for national existence and the with it a country that should become a place of secure refrights of humanity. We enjoy no immunity from the uge for all the oppressed of the earth; but where Satan, perils it involves. Some of the preachers of our denomi- the arch enemy of God and man, planted the upas of luation have bravely led their men upon the field of battle, Slavery and man-brutalization, this excrescence of hell and and have nobly fallen in the sanguinary strife. Our bro- sum total of all meanness and villainy, and through the thers and our sons are still at the post of danger, or have poisonous curse to subvert this heritage of free men, to be laid down their lives for our beloved country. Should the made the stage of unheard-of abominations and suffering, war continne, we are liable to be called upon to follow the burying-place of pure religion, liberty, and civilization, tir: ir example, As Christians and as men we deprecate and, indeed the hopes of the world, and where further this great effnsion of blood, and we devoutly and unitedly | men who at the price of all higher motives and designs, prty for the return of poace. But we would have a peace driven by avarice and lust of power, for more than thirty that promises to be permanent in its character and benefi- years, worked according to a well laid plan for the subver. cial in its results: Therefore
sion of the Constitution, the dissolution of the Union, and Resolred, That as much as we deprecate the suffering the overthrow of the Governnient, until at last, on the caused by the civil war now raging in our land, we have no 12th day of April, 1861, by the first fire on the banner of d-sire to have it stop until the rebellion is thoroughly sub- the stars and stripes on Fort Sumter, made known that dued and Slavery, its guilty cause, is completely and they were ready to carry out their treasonable design. forever extinguished in all our borders.
In view of these facts, be it, by us, the delegates of the Resored, That while we keep ourselves aloof from all several annual conferences of the Evangelical Association, party strife, we do most cordially sustain the Government in General Conference assembled, on the 19th day of Octo in its efforts to subdue the rebellion, and especially in the ber, A. D., 1863, solemnly enancipation policy; and we trust it will go on in the Resoired, 1. That notwithstanding our conviction that same direction until all their rights as men are restored to war and bloodshed is a terriblo evil, and the extremely de the colorid race.
plorable consequence of sin, in opposition to the spirit of Resolred. That, while we do not believe in any unneces- Christianity, and its existence to be deeply deplored in our sary intermedding with the political opinions of individuals, so-called Christian land; but inasmuch as the present teryet we do not see how any who sympathize with slave rible war raging in our land, was caused by the insurrecholding and with the slave-holders' rebelliou can consist tion of a band of traitors and rebels, against the life and ently belong to the Free Methodist Church, or, indeed, to existence of the nation itself, whose chief object is the de any religious body professing to be governed by the princi-struction of liberty, the exaltation of a comparatively small ples of the New Testament.
class over the larger the laboring class, which constitutes Resolved, That we render devont thanksgiving to God the germ of the nation; the dishonoring of labor itself, for the recent victories he has given our armies, and we and the extension and perpetuation of slavery ;--in conwill devoutly pray the Lord of Hosts to continue His in sideration of these undeniable facts it is the imperative terpositions in behalf of our nation, and give success to our duty of our Government, to use the sword eutrusted to it arms, and restore peace and prosperity to our land, and of God, in defense of our rights, the execution of the laws, establish onr free institutions on the firm foundation of the protection of our free institutions, the maintenance of universal righteousness and justice.
our forever indissoluble and inseparable Urnion, in accordB. T. ROBERTS,
ance with the Constitutiou upon which it rests, and finally Chairman of Committee. to punish the rebels against our Government, and it is the
holiest duty of every citizen, faithfully to support the EVANGELICAL ASSOCIATION.
Government in the important duties devolving upon the
same. GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE EVANGELICAL 2. Resolved, That we cannot conceal the fact, that only
the prevalent deep moral and religious corruption, in all ASSOCIATION, 1863. .
the walks of life, made it possible to inaugurate its bloody October 1-The body met in Buffalo.
struggle; therefore we acknowledge the same as a well
merited chastisement of God, and rebuking admonition to October 19- The Committee on the State of
repentance and reformation, which applies particularly to the Country made two reports, as follows: the too worldly-minded church, and upon the heeding of MAJORITY REPORT.
which admonition depends the salvation of our country.
3. Kesolred, That a republican forin of Government can Your Committee has the bonor to lay the following re only exist where the principles of the Christian religion port on the State of the Country before the Conference for are deeply rooted in common life, and constitute the pre@nsideration:
dominant element, where it is the mission, especially of the The great truth that God governs the world, and in his Christian ministry, to watch over the Christian religion, providence presides over the destinies of man, is not only that it inay not become the handmaid of unscrupulous founded on his Being and attributes, but it also stands legi demagogues or that the free discussion of such questions as bly enstamped on every page of the History of the Iluman relate to the temporal welfare of the people may not be Race, and it cannot be misrepresented that the Supreme prejudiced, but on the contrary, that the life of the wholo Roler has, in all the alternations, in the struggle raging be nation be pervaded by the spirit an essence of Christianity. thern the powers of light and darkness, ever since the Fall, 1 4. Resolred, That we consider the fact, that the peacertso directed the course of events, that each of them brought ble occupations in the Northern States have made undis man nearer the great end of his destination, viz: the eman turbed progress, and rejoice in an extraordinary advance, cipation from the dominion of evil, and the investiture of all that the national prosperity and strength of our Governwith an equal title to the enjoyment of life, liberty and ment has attained a degree, which it did not reach in the bappiness.
long years of peace, as uniistakable evidences that it is The present inexcusable and unholy rebellion, that is God's gracious design and good will that our nation should Dox raging in our land, is nothing less than the expression como forth tried and purified, and that this Union of states, and the outward appearance of the great world-wide strug. established on the principles of the Bible, shall be continued, gle between the forever inalienable rights of mankind, on with increased liberties. the one band, and the unrighteousness of falsehood and ty. 5. Resolved, That in the midst of our pational concus. ranny on the other; in the status into which this world sion, we behold the indubitable proofs of the favor of God struggle, under the immediate righteous government of in the fact, that le has given us rulers who, by their able God, and the special elements of our national existence, statesmanship, have given their official acknowledgment bas entered, and where both antagonistic powers are more of the higher Government of God over them, and by their fuily expressed, and stand opposed to each other in a more well-tried probity and distinguished administration of the rugged form, than has been the case heretofore of the thea-Government, have shown themselves worthy of the unditre of history :bere, where for more than two hundred | vided confidence of the nation. years, Liberty has found an asylum in the wilderness 1 6. Resolred, That, as slavery is a social, moral, and civil agaitist the despotic oppression and papal persecutions of evil, and the great cause of the present rebellion, we deem Lurope-where the God-confiding Pilgrim Fathers, a com- its continuance as incompatible with the exalted mission pany of persecuted Protestant Christians, laid the corner of our nation; and hence look upon the efforts of the pres stone of this republic, and its glorious institutions of “Lib-lent administration to inaugurate measures for its ultimate erty and Equality, according to the principles of the extinction, as righteous and patriotic; and therefore recog Holy Scriptures, for futurity-here, where in later years, nize also the so-called Emancipation Proclamation of the the brave sons of these worthy ancestors, have laid this President, in his capacity of Commander-in-Chief of the divinely selected foundation stone, reared on it the ideal of Army and Navy of the United States, as well as the sun
pression of them
we will not omit, as becourt the Guro lion; wer
hat we disapprove of we ervressed in our
pension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, as constitutional and assure then of our prayers, while the patriotic dead and in the highest degree proper measures for the sup hul ever live fresh in our mentories. pression of the present insurrection.
Whereas Slavery is a great moral, social, and political 7. Resolved, That we will not omit, as becoming our office evil, one of the primary causes of this unreasonable rebel. and work, as preachers of the Gospel, to support the Gov- lion; therefore, ernment in every proper measure, which it may employ / Resolved, That we disapprove of the entire system of for the suppression of the rebellion, and the restoration of Slatery, and fully endorse the sentiments expressed in our peace, and that we earnestly exhort all our members, ac Church Discipline. cording to the doctrine of the Bible, and profession of re- Whereas much injury has been done in Christian comligion, to manifest toward the Government reverence, munities by undue participation in political party strife; fidelity, and obedience, and not to neglect to pray for the therefore, Bume and the welfare of our country.
Resolred, That we deeply regret that some perinit them8. Resolved. Thut we consider the political partisanism,- selves to be carried away by such party strife, and indulge where the interests of the country and religion are made in contemptuous epithets, and thereby ferment discord, of lees importance than party interests, and ar sacrificed and alienato brotherly feeling to such a degree that the inconsiderately-as entirely unworthy of a Christian citi interests of religion and the country become secundary zen; and therefore urgently admonish our preachers and matters and we hereby disapprove of such cop lucta members to abstain from all such folly.
highly culpable and unworthy a Christian and especially 9. Resolved. That we appreciate the patriotism and minister. bravery of our fellow-citizens, who have sacrificed the Whereas in God alone is our help and safety; therefore, comforts of domestic life, and took up arms in defense of Resolved, That we call upon al Christians, everywhere, their country, and heartily synipathize with them and to unite with us in giving thanks to our greatt Benefactor their families, and remember the sufferings and sacrifices for the many tokens of Good, which He in the midst of our which they have endured for the deliverance of the Union calamities manifests unto us, at the same time confessing and preservation of the Republic, or may yet endure, that before Gud our many national sins, deprecating His wrath, we will support them with word and deed, and will ever and with us call upon God to give wisdom to our Rulers remember them in our prayers.
and their legal advisers, discretion to our officers, and 10. Resolved. That we will not omit to call upon God, to courage to our soldiers; that le muy turn the bearta pour out His Spirit in an abundant measure upon the of the rebels from the errors of their ways; and upon the Church of our land, and upon the nation in general, that | whole, to direct the course of events that victory Day He will redeem our nation from its bin, erudicate its guilt, perch upon our banner, the tide of treason may flow backand speedily grant us a just and permanent peuce.
ward, rebellion be crushed, and the balmy days of peo J. J. ESTER,
and prosperity may soon return and smile upon us all, R. DUBS,
and the Star Spangled Banner wave over the entire land of
VOTE OF THE CONFERENCE.
FOR THE MAJORITY REPORT--Messrs. J. J. Esher, R. Dube
G. T. Haines, L. Snyder, Fr. Iloffman, F. Krecker, II.
Stetzel, E. Kohr, J. M. Young, C. F. Deininger, L. Mas, C.
Lindeman, A. Niebel, J. Rauk, J. G. Pleutler, J. L. W. SeiWhereas the majority report of the Committee on the
bert, S. B. Kring. L. Jacoby, J. D. Jeuui, M. Lehn, $ state of the country contains expressions which we cannot Weber, F. Herlan, G. F. Spreng, J. G. Zinser, John Drris conscientiously endorse; therefore we submit the follow-bach, C. M. Reinhold, John Walz, D. Strohman, G. Ilales, ing:
L. Sheuerman, C. A. Muuk, F. Krech, C. Cupp, S. A. TO Whereas a wicked and causeless rebellion is still raging bias, c. Hummel, C. Sbæle, Chr. Augeustein, E. Musselover a great pot of our country, threatening our civil and man, R. Rohland, Jos. Schneider, J. G. Esher, L. Bueller, religious liberties, imperiling the glorious Union of these
C. A. Schuake, S. Dickover, I. Kuter, J. Keipor, W. states, and aiming, as we bolieve, at the overthrow of our Steffey, Joseph Weber, A. B. Shaefer, G. G. Platz, and M. glorious Republic; and
Hoehn. 62 Whereas the Government of the United States, in its FOR THE MINORITY REPORT-J. Young, P. Wagner, 8. W. efforts to put down this wicked and gigantic insurrec- Seibert, aud M.J. Carothers. 4. tion, should have the undivided support of every citizen, who loves his country, and the heaven-born institutions
CATHOLIC. of freedom, bequeathed unto us by our fathers; and
Whereus we recognize the haud of God, in the destinies I have not been able to ascertain that any of all the nations of the earth; therefore,
council or body of the Church has made a de-. Resolred, That while we deeply deplore the existence of this fratricidal strife, and the necessity of bloodshed in the claration on the subject. Several of the Bishops maintenance of the Union, nevertueless we believe it to be have, on sunury occasions. Bishop Hughes the duty of the Government to use every legitimate and
| undertook a mission to Europe in the interest constitutional means to suppress the abominable spirit of treason, exterminate rebellion, and, by the blessing of God, of the Government. His successor, Bishop restoro peace and union to our' now distracted country. McCloskey, at the late ihanksgiving for victoResotret, That we conceive it to be the duty of all,
al ries, ordered a general observance of the day especially of every Christian, to sustain the Government in this hour of peril, by prayer, obedience, and every proper
proper in his diocese, with appropriate services in means, in its etforts to suppress this cruel rebellion, and to the churches. Bishop Wood, of Philadelphia, pray that God may graut wisdom to our rulers, and efli
issued this paper : ciency to our arms.
Resolved, That while we acknowledge God as the Su-To the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Philadelphia: preme Ruler of the universe, and the Dispenser of the Greeting: great events of nations, we, at the same time, acknowledge We cheerfully call your attention to the invitation of his these calamities to be a just chustisement for our national Excellency, the President of the United States, why, in ade Bius, oncli ne ingratitude, Sabbath-desecration, pride, revel-1 nouncing the recent successes of the Union arms, desire ry, protanity, infidelity, slavery, &c., and the present con- | that all should unite in thanksgiving, supplications and flict, a strungle between the spirit of liberty and despot- prayers to the Great Ruler of the destinies of nations. ism; therefore we humbly bow to the chastening rod of Let uy, therefore, send up our thanksgivings to God for the Alumighty, confess our sins as a nation, praying that the merciful dispositions of His Divine Providence in our He may in His wrath reineinber mercy, mitigato the regard, and pour forth our earnest supplications that His infliction of deserved punishunout, and overrule this com Divine blessing may descend upon us, and procure for us motion, that the nation may come forth purified, His the inestimable fruit of natioual harmony and fraterna name gloritied, and Ilis purposes accomplished.
union. Whereas this terrible struggle has been, and still is 1. We request the Reverend Pastors to recite for this intet fraught, with the loss of property, friends, health, life tion at the last Mass on Sunday, the Litany of the Saints, and limb, bringing distress, sorrow, and mourning into and tu add such devotions as they may deem appropriate to many families, while thousands of our brave fellow-citizens the occasion. are still undergoing the privations of soldier's life, there- Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum. fore,
Given at Philadelphia this 9th day of September, A. D. Resolned, That we deeply sympathize with them in their 1864.
+ JAMES F. WOOD, losses and privations, especially with the sick and wounded,
Bishop of Piuludelphia
Archbishop Kenrick, of Baltimore, September 1"powers" which the Apostle commands us to obey, and
thus presenting an undivided front to the enemy, re-estube 2, 1861, issued an address to the clergy of the
lish the Union, without which there can be no panacen, diocese of Baltimore, directing the use " on all present or prospective, for the ills they suffer. The South Sundays at the parochial Mass," of a prayer for Leholding us thus of one mind, will, we devoutly trust,
hasten to make peace, and we, on our side, will show them the President of the United States, and for the
that we are really and willing to make greater sacrifices
for peace and union with them than ever we made for wur. Carroll and prescribed in 1791.
The Reverend Clergy will please recite the Litany of the
Saints, in union with their beloved flock, before Mass, reArchbishop John B. Purcell, of Cincinnati,
peating three timeg the two prayers for peace, and the published this Address on a like occasion : prayer: 0 God, who by sin art offended, and by repentance
JOHN B. PURCELL, The President of the United States and the Governor of
Archbishop of Cincinnati. the State of Ohio having, in conformity with a most proper CINCINNATI, 13th Nov., 1864. ani a time-honored practice, appointed the fourth Thursday of November as a day of devout thanksgiving to the Almighty God for His mercies; of humiliation for oar sins;
FRIEND OR QUAKER. an of supplication for peace; we hereby ordain that the YEARLY MEETING FOR PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERCatholic congregations of this diocoso be earnestly exhorted
SEY, DELAWARE, AND EASTERN SHORE OF by their pastors to meet in their respective churches on the day above specified, and assist in becoming sentiments of MARYLAND, 1862. kratitude, penitence and prayer at the great Eucharistic,
This Address was adopted : expiatory and inpetratory Sacrifico of the New Law,
We, Catholics, buve largely shared in the blessings of To the President, Senate and House of Representatives of the health, al undant harvests and exemption from the ravages United States of America: of war which God has grant-d to the peoplo of the North.
| At the yearly meeting of Friends, held in Philadelphia, Our sins have as largely morited the chastisement which
for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Eastern has overtaken our erring brethren of tlie South, and which
Suoro of Maryland, by adjournment from the twelfth day has cost the life-blood of so many thousands of our own
of the fifth mouth to the sixteenth of the same, inclusive, brave soldiers who left their pleasant home to check the
Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, advance of the foe and confine the deadly strife to the bat.
The following minute was read, united with, directed to tle fields on which it madly originated. Our hopes of future
be signed by the clerks, and forwarded: hapiness on earth are vain if the peace, the prosperity, the
This meeting has been introduced into a deep concern progress in arts, sciences and religion which have distin
relative to the present condition of our country. Our guished as among all the nations of the earth for fourscore
minds have been directed to those who preside over our and eight years, and which, under the Divine blessing, are
National Government, and gratitude has been felt to the mainly attributable to our Constitution and Union, bo not
Great Ruler of Nations that he has so far moved the hearts continued by the maintenance of that Union and the clim
of these that they have decreed tho District of Columbia ination of those defects which Christian civilization and
free from slavery. We earnestly desire that the Chief our own experience bave shown as the Constitution con
Magistrate of the Nation aud our Congress may, in this tained. It therefore becomes our solemn duty to observe
season of deep trial, humbly seok Divine guidance, that with no ordinary fervor the National holiday; and as we
under this intluence they may act for the cause of justice cannot enjoy, and should not desire, peaco, happiness and
and mercy, in that wisdom which is pure, peaceable and independence except in the society of our fellow-citizens,
profitable to direct, and that the effusion of blood may be we should pray for and promote, by every means in our
stayed. power, their welfare as well as our own.
Sigued by direction and on behalf of the meeting afore We confess that it has greatly pained us to hear that
MARY S. LIPPINCOTT, certain rarh, irrererent and thonghtless men of our com
Clerk of the Women's Meeting. munion have denounced and abused the Government, the
WILLIAM GRISCOM, Adimninistration, and their abettors. Now, God commands
Clerk of the Men's Meeting. us to bless and curse not. And when bad men cursed the supporters of the Government, did they not reflect that
YEARLY MEETING, 1864. they cursed the more than hundreds of thousands of Catholic voters, and Catholic soldiers of our army who defend
The body adopted this address : that Government in the field? Did they not reflect that its To the President, Senate and House of Representatives of the downfall would be bailed with acclammation by our own United States: hereditary oppressors, across the ocean? Did they reflect This Memorial of the Representative Committee, or Meetthat if political salvation is ever to reach a far distant and ing for Sufferings of the Religious Society of Friends, beloved island, it must come to it from these United States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and adjacent which they would sever?
parts of Maryland, respectfully showeth, that There is no justifying cause or reason to curse the Govern We respect, honor and love this Government, which we ment or the Administration. They did not commence this believe Divine Wisdom has placed over us, and because of war. They could scarcely bring themselves to believe that this, we desire that it may, in no particular, be found strivit was seriously commenced, even when forts had fallen anding against God, or persecuting Ilis children, however hum
of our people was shed by the hands of the South. I ble in position or numbers they may be And when force had to be repelled by force, when armies Under the present law of Congress, every able-bodied had to be raised and, therefore, troops to be drafted to raise citizen within certain ages, in tinue of war, is liable to be the blockade of our rivers and stem the tide of aggression, called upon by the Government to bear arins in its defence. what more did our Government do than was done in the We represent a people who cannot comply with this law South? Where in the North was the draft, the conscrip-withont disobeying the command of God to them. tion, enforced as ruthlessly and as indiscriminately as in Neither can they furnish a substitute or pay any equivthe South? Where was the citizens' property confiscated alent or fine imposed for exemption from military service, without compensation for the alleged uses of the Govern- | because in so doing, they feel that they would implicate ment, as it was in the South? We have conversed with themselves in a violation of their conscieutivus scruples in Lish Catholic refugees froni Georgia, from Arkunsas, from this respect. Alabama and other Southern States, and we know how We hold, that the doctrine that human governments are they were stripped of their money and their clothes, and ordained of God, does not imply the infallibility of those Cast into prison when they refused to go into the ranks of who administer them, and gives them no right to require the Confederate army. Many an Irish laborer told us in us to violate our allegiance to the Almighty, who is soverthe hospitals here and elsewhere, that when the war brokeeign Lord of conscience, and whose right it is to rule and out in the South and the public works were suspended, reign in the hearts of His children. they were either violently conscripted, or had to enlist or For more than two hundred years our Society has bed starve.
the doctrine, that all wars and fightings were forbidden to We do not adduce these facts to excite unkind feelings them, as followers of Christ-iffering in this respect from against the South, but to put to share the journalists of nearly all other associations of men claiming the Christian the North, especially the Freeman's Journal and the Metro name. politan Record, of New York, who instigated our too con. For asserting and maintaining this, and other testimonies fiding people to evil words and deeds, and the people them- of the “Truth as it is in Jesus," they were brought under selves who patronized such journalists and were duped and cruel persecution, enduring the despoiling of their estates, deceived by their malignity.
incarceration in prisons and loathsome dungeons, and It is time, therefore, now that the election is past, that death. all should return to their sober second thought, and that Through this long season of darkness, their dependence ve should rally round the constituted authorities, the l was upon Divine Power, under which, their patient sufiur
Ing and earnest remonstrance obtained in some degree the santly add uncompromieingly advocated the favor of those in authority.
cause of Union and Freedom throughout the ReFor the free enjoyment of civil and religious liberty, they came to this land, to seek amongst the so-called savages of public. One of their ministers--Rev. Williama the wilderness, immunities and privileges denied them at Heury Channing-is Chaplain of the present the hands of a professed Christian nation. Here William Penn and his friends planted their infant colony, and proved
House of Representatives, 38th Congress. For the efficac, of the principle of Peace. The conflict of arms the subjoined interesting facts I am indebted was unknown, and history bears no record of strife between to Rev. A. Woodbury, of Providence, R. I. : the Indian and the Friend. We their descendants, now approach you, not alone with
One minister of the Unitarian Church has been a colonel a view to shield ourselves from suffering, but under a senso
of a colored regiment; one a lieutenant colonel of the same; of duty to God, to assert the sacred rights of conscience, to
one a captain aide-le-camp; two lieutenants in the Loe, raise the standard of the Prince of Peace before the nation,
one of whom was killed in battle; one a corporal and two and in His name to ask you to so modify the law, that it
privates. The Church has furnished forty (40) chaplains, shall not require those who administer it, to bring under
two of whom have been killed in action, and one died in
the service. One minister is a secretary in the office of the persecution innocent men for obeying IIis commands—“Yo are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you."
New England Educational Commission. Three have been " Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto
engaged in teaching the freedmen of South Carolina and you more than unto God, judge ye."
Mississippi, one of whom contracted a fatal disease in the In thus defining our position, we enter not into judg.
course of his labory. The Presidents of the United States meut or condemnation of those who differ from us. We
Sanitary Commission and the Western Sanitary Compuis appreciate the difficulties that surround those upon whom
sion are ministers of the Unitarian church. One is ass rests the responsibility of guiding the nation through the
ciate secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission; awful perily of civil war.
another is secretary of the Western Sanitary Commission,
and a considerable number have been engaged in missionary We appeal to you under a sense of suffering-afflictions and mourning surround us, and sorrow hath filled our
and Banitary labors at different times during the progres
of the war. hearts. Many of our young men, overcome by the spirit of war,
Since the commencement of the struggle nineteen tracte have rushed into the conflict, where some of them have
have been published, entitled as follows: The Soldier's found an early death; some have purchased their release
Companion (a book of songs and tunes :) The Man and from the draft by the payment of money; others have re
the Soldier; Tho Suldier of the Good Croes; The llome to mained teadfast to their faith in the hour of trial, thereby
the Camp; Liberty and Law, a poem for the hour; The
Camp and tho Field; The Home to the Hospital; a Letter subjecting themselves to the penalty for desertion. Trust.
to a Sick Soldier; An Enemy Within the Lines: Wounded ing in the mercy of our leavenly Father, we desire that
and in the lands of the Enemy; Traitors in Camp: A llo may so touch your hearts and understandings with His wisdom, that you may grant our petition.
Chango of Base; On Picket; The Rebel; To the Color;
The Recruit; A Few Words with the Convalescent; The Signed by the direction, and on behalf of the Committee.
Reconnoissanco, and The Reveille. Twelve of these were SAMUEL PARRY, Clerk.
written by Rev. J. F. W. Ware, and the residue liy Rev. Dr. PHILADELPHIA, 1st mo. 221, 1864.
Geo. Putnam, Rev. Messrs. Woodbury, Collyer and Winkles, and Messrs. Charles E. Norton and Elbridge J. Cutler. Of
these no lens than 496,000 copies had been distributed up UNITARIAN.
to July, 1864, at an expense of about $9,000. The Associ CONFERENCE OF THE WESTERN UNITARIAN AS90
ation has also sent out one missionary to the Army of tbs
Potomac, who was taken prisoner in the performance of his CIATION, HELD AT TOLEDO, OHIO, JUNE, 1863. duty, and, after two months' confinement, was released on
his parole. Other ministers have visited the camps and the June—The body met at Toledo, Ohio, and
hospitals at different times, and have done a faithful nuis adopted the following resolutions :
sionary work as opportunity and strength were given the Whereas our allegiance to the kingdom of God requires of Arrangements have recently been made for the more es us loyalty to every righteous authority on earth; there
tensive distribution of Unitarian publications among the fore,
armies of the Republic. To the amount of work performed Resolred, That we give to the President of the United
by the ministers of the Unitarian Church are to be added States, and to all who are charged with the guidance and
the toils and sacrifices of the laymen. The members of the defence of our nation in its present terrible struggle for
Church are to be found in all grades of the army, from the the preservation of liberty, public order, and Christian
drummer-boy to the major general, and among the officers civilization, aguinst the powerful wickedness of treason
and sailors of the nary of the United States. and rebeliion, the assurance of our cordial sympathy and steady support, and that we will cheerfully continue to share any and all needful burdens and sacrifices in the
UNITED BRETHREN. hoiy cause of our country. 2. That we hail with gratitude and hope the rapidly
EAST PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE OF UNITED growing conviction among the loyal masses of our coun
BRETHREN IN CHRIST, 1863. trymmen that the existence of human slavery is inconsistent with the national safety and honor, as it is inconsistent
March-The body adopted these resolutions: with natural right and justice, and that wo ask the Gov Whereas our beloved and prosperous country, by the erminent a thorongh and vigorous enforcement of the hellish intrignes of designing aspirants after power and policy of emancipation, as necessary alike to military gain, is now deluged by one of the most unholy and dialol yuccess, to lasting peace, and to the just supremacy of the ical rebellions that ever cursed our world, thereby endanConstitution over all the land.
gering the great, good principles of the Government, and These resolutions are in harmony with the
threatening to overthrow our free institutions, and the de
struction of our blood purchased and heaven-sanctified tone of Sermons, Addresses, and Discussions, liberties; at all the Annual and Semi-annual meetings of And wherens there appears no honorable or righteouse e Unitarians Since the war hero the element of power in our hands to put in force to rulduo
treason and crush rebellion but a resort to arme; and central body-the “ American Unitarian Asso- whereas an enlightened and christianized people may eml. cia
ploy physical force, even to the destroying of human life, stain from organized ecclesiastical action.
for the protection and preservation of its subjects and the
perpetuation of its own existence, as we have in the follow The general position of the denomination, ing quotation from the Scripture of Truth: * For there is however, is well known. With marked unn. no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of nimity, its leading societies and ministers have
" Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the powers resisteth to given their ernest support to the policy of the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive anto National Government respecting Uniop. Eman. / themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to od cipation, and Permanent Peace.
works but to tho evil." * . The accred
"For he is the minister of
God to those for good. But if thou do that which is eville ited organs of the denomination—the Christian afraid; for he beareth not the sword in rain, for be is the Examiner, a bi-monthly, the Monthly Journal, minister of God, a revenger to execute vengeance upon him the Religious Miscellany, the Christian Regis
that doeth evil." Therefore,
Resolred, 1. That we look upon the action of the so ter, and the Christian Inquirer-have inces- named “Southern Confederacy,” from first to last as
record of the most hellish inhumanity, anrighteousness
de lowing preamble and resolutions: to aid Southern miscreants in their nefarious work to over
Whereas our country is still afflicted by the bloody strife throw our Government, 29 beings unworthy the protection that has bee
I that has been precipitated upon us; and whereas we esteem of the Stars and Stripes, or the sympathy of any true, loyal
it the duty of every loyal citizen, especially those repro
senting the moral and Christian sentiment of the land, to 3. That we do most determinedly condemn the assertions
declare fealty to the Government, in this hour of its peril, of unholy, disloval, foul mouthed and designing politicians,
and to uphold the hands of those in authority over ns; that ministers of the Gospel are the cause of the present
Resolved, That while in onr judgment, we must accept 4. That our devout sympathies are with the thousands of 1,
as of the existing strite as the natural ard inevitable penalty our fellow-citizens who are enduring tho privations, suffer
of our national infidelity to our republican principles, and of ing and dangers of the army, and alsu for their families
our attempt to reconcile freedom and slavery (which are and friends at home, and that we will continue our earnest
essentially irreconcilable,) we renewedly express our faith petitions to God in their behalf.
in the justice of our cause and in the certainty of our final 5. That we believe God, in his divine providence, has put
triumph; and renewedly tender to the President and his Abraliam Lincoln, the proper man in the right place, tho
Constitutional advisers, tho assurance of our sympathies Presidenti: chuir, and that we endorse his every effort to
amidst the great responsibilities of their position; and of rid the country of the most heaven daring of all evils and
our hearty support in all proper and efficient efforts to sup eins--human slavery.
press this atrocious rebellion. 6. That we continue to offer to God our sincere prayers
Resolved, That we gratefully record our appreciation of for our President, that he may be sustained in his great
| the patriotism of our people, and of the valor and heroism and arduous duties by divine power, and that every loyal
of our soldiers; and that while we honor those who have heyrt may beat with warmest sympathies for him, and that
relinquished the charing of home, and offered life as a sacheaven may mercifully hold his heart in his almighty
rifice for our country, we invoke God's blessing upon them, band.
amidst the exposures of war, and ask Hlis comiorting grace 7. That we believe that the deep-seated, unnatural, in
for the homes that have thus been darkened, and for the human, anchristian, and causeless hatred to the colored
hearts that the casualties of battle have bereaved. race, should and must céuso to render our nation acceptable
Resolred, That we havo occasion, amidst the events to Goul.
through which we are passing, to be deeply impressed with 8. That we will endeavor to make judicious and Christian
the reality of God's moral rule, and to learn anew the let efforts in our different fields of labor. publicly and pri
son, that neither nations nor individuals can safely defy vately, to collect funds to send missionaries and teachers
Ilis law, nor hope to escape from the inexorable ordinance, among the now free, and yet to be freed, colored people.
that sinners must eat of the fruit of their doings. 9. That we approve heartily the course of Governor Curtin in his exertions to aid the General Goverument in sub Afternoon Session-Rev. T. T. Goodrich, of duins the present cursed rebellion, and in his efforts to New York, moved to strike out the words, “and save our State from the fierce, fiery tread of traitorous opprors and cut-throato; and that we hurl back with con of our attempt to reconcile freedom and slatempt the assailing of his actions by Northern rebels in very, (which are essentially irreconcilable);"the press or private conversation.
while was lost. 10. Thnt a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions be taken to President Lincoln, iy Bishop Markwood, On motion of Mr. L. J. Fletcher, the report keuring him that there is unwavering and deeply-rooted was re-cor loyalty glowing in the hearts of the members of this con
September 18-Rev. C. W. Biddle, of New ference, and the people whom they represent.
Jersey, offered the following:
Whereas our beloved country is still aficted with a
bloody civil war, and a determined foe is striving to usurp GESEBAL CONVENTION OF UNIVERSALISTS, 1861. the authority of the Central Government in a portion of
the land; and whereas, it is the duty of all loval citizens September 17- The body met in New York. and organizations to acknowledge the blessings of good September 19—The Report of the Committee
Government, and to support the rulers of the nation, and
whereas we are deeply interested in the present contest be on the State of the Country-Revs. L. C.
tween our country and its foes; therefore, Browne, A. St. John Chambre, and Mr. Dean Resolred, That we re-affirm our devotion to the cause of
the nation, in this hour of its pain and peril; that we reClapp-after being amended to read as follows,
gard as second only to the cross of Christ the glorious was unanimously adopted:
banner of the country; that we look on it, in this strife, as Whereas, Our country is now unfortunately involved in
the emblem of constitutional government and the symbol of a war occasioned by an unwarrantable and atrocious rebel
our national unity and life. lion against its government constitutionally chosen, and
Resolved, In the words of Washington, " That the unity the success of which would jeopardize the cause of civil
of government that constitutes us one people, is the main the success w h erhant the world: therefore. and religious freedom throughout the world; therefore,
pillar of our political independence and that the union of
pillar of our Poincarnat Resolred, That we hereby express our earnest sympathy
these States under one Constitution and Government, and
ion and Covernment and with our rulers in this their hour of trial; with our coun
the maintenance of our republic, is the hope of the optrymen in arms for the defence of our institutions, and
pressed of all nations;" that we find in dissolution, the with the ministers of our own and other Christian orders
seeds of future and indefinite conflict; and that the arm who are called, in the Providence of God, to administer
of the nation must be stretched forth till the rebellion is Christian admonition and consolation in the camp and on
put down. the field.
Resolred, That we tender to the President of the United 2. That we, as a denomination, pledge our earnest labors,
States our sympathy in his efforts to maintain the integrity
of the Government, and pray that by a vigorous exercise our pecuniary means, and our heartfelt prayers for the
of all the energies of the nation, victory may perch upon success of the Federal arms, tho defeat of this natural rebeliion, and the speedy return of an honorable peace,
our banner and peace be speedily restored to the land.
Resolved, That we implore the blessing of Almighty God and the prosperity that has crowned us as a United Nation in the past.
on our Army and Navy, that they may be preserved in time
of battle and triumph in every contest; and that we humbly A resolution offered by Rev. G. L. Demarest
pray, we may learn from these heavy chastisements under of Ohio-but not published in the Minutes which we are passing, that there is a God that judgeth in
the earth, and that only righteousness can exalt a nation. was discussed and tabled, and re-discussed and re-tabled.
Rev. J. T. Goodrich moved its adoption.
Rev. L. J. Fletcher moved as an amendment GENERAL CONVENTION OF UNIVERSALISTS, 1862.
“ the adoption of the preamble and first resoSeptember 16–Tbe body met at Chicago.- |lution. Rev. J. S. Dennis of lowa, Rev. C. W. Biddle of Hon, G. I. Parsons of Michigan moved to New Jersey, and Rev. A. W. Bruce of Massa-lay the report on the table; which was lostcbusetts, were appointed a Committee on Busi- yeas 9, nays 14. He then moved the substiDess.
iution of the preamble and resolutions of yeg.