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MINUTES OF THE OF THE FAIRFIELD BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, ' BELO AT EAST ENOSBURGH . . oa . WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 & 16, 1841. According to appointment, the Fairfield Baptist Association convened at East Enosborsb, Sept. 15, 1841, at 10 o'clock, A. M, and listened to the annual sermon by brother H. D. Hodge, of Fairfax, founded on Matt. 15, 16. The Association then organized by the appointment o A Sabin. Moderator. J. M. Beeman, Scribe, and A. Farnsworth Treasurer ztxtt which, IL D. Hodge, A. Stone and R. S. Palmer, were appointed Committee of Overtures. Appointed brethren Goodrich, Safford, and Hebbard, Committee on the State of the Treasury, and appraisers of goods also to enquire into the expediency of procuring the printing of the Minutes at some office in this County, and report to-morrow. Adjourned one hour. Prayer by brother Spauldiog. At 1 o'clock, P. the Moderator called the Association to order, and after prayer by brother Nichols, and singing, proceded to business. Invited visiting brethren to a seat with us. Brother Green of Col chester, and brethren Palmer and Huntley, of Onion River Association, aod brother Nichols of tie Danville . Association, accepted the invitation...- . "'.'', Attended to the reading of the Letters from the various Churches. CJ s n n ta Os s & 2? 3 tr of s: jo jj r i- J- 9 5 9 93 0 0 2 s 5 rg 5 Ceng's 4 V J -m rem. A 3 g E.'S. a 2 C9 a o ne-. o c S Sod srn- O 2 a - - 5-o -.""S.2. & - . 5-oS.f o?3 o o s sn n g . . I CO cl 7 $r 5S ft CJ Q o o a a o ... . n 5 S 3 5. I tnsudsq q -ppy; P38V3M(J m g S - o: go5oootii I- 2,2, a PP B same tne meaium larcuga wuicu wtuunj wm.v w -- for the various riuroojes designated by the donors. . our Committee further report that in their opinion the superintendence of the printing of the Minutes be commuted to the LIerfc:. : Heard and accepted the report of the Committee dn the next place of holding the Association, which was as follows That the Associa- tion be holden at S wanton, brother Stone to preacb, and A. faaoin suu- - - --- stitute. The first of the three additional meetings to be holden at uicn- ford, commencing 3d Wednesday ia Deceml er, the 2d at N. Fairfield, 1st Wednesdav in March, the 3d at Fletcher, 4th Wednesday ia June. . Heard and accepted the report of the Committee cn the Circular Leuer. The Letter was then read, adopted and ordered to be pnn.eu in the Minutes Appointed brethren D. Sabin, J. M. Beeman, A. Stoue, H. D. Hodge anil O. W. Babcock, delegates to the Slate Convention. The Committee on Resolutions further reported, whereupon the fol lowins resolutions were adopted : Whereas, The Lord seems in a special manner to be calling by bis nroTidpnpp. on ihp Bantists cf America to stve the Bible to tbe na tions of the earth, uncontaminated wiih the tiadiiions of men, there- Resolved, That the position we occupy in the chr'ntian world calls loudly for more deep and ardent piety in our churches, and more liberal contributions in aid of the American and Foreign Bible Society, and the Home and Foreign Missionary operation. IVhereas, at the recent Triennial Convention at Baltimore, there was an unholy compromise with the slave-holding churches at the South, which was dishonoring to the christian religion, and resulted in dropping several of the most efficient, acting members of the Boards of some of our benevolent societies, therefore Resolved, That we view the same with, feelings of deep regret and decided disapprobation, and that we request the Slate Convention at its next sitting to enter their protest againsi'it. Resolved, That the cause of Moral lleforra is wortnyot toe unuea and persevering efforts of every christian and philanthropist, and that all who withhold tneir innuence tnereirorn incur a Erreai amuuut wi sum. Resolved, Thit the Advocate of Moral Reform h wortuy ot our patronage, and that we recommend it to all our churche?. 1 Resolved, That it U in our opinion a violation of christian principle to admit to our communion or our pulpus any who noia . property iu man, or in any way designedly give their influence to sustain the sys tem of slavery. . . Resolved, That in our opinion Sabbath School instruction is one ot the most important means of advancing the Redeemers Singdora with which the Church at the present day is favored. Resolved, That it is the duty of the churches composing this Asso ciation to awake to a more becoming zeal on the subject, and that to secure an interest, it is the duty of the members of our churches both in middle life aud in advanced age, as well as those in childhood and youth themselves to be members of the Sabbath School. Suspended business to hear a sermon. Brother Sabin preached from Phil. 3: 1314; after which a contribution was taken up in aid of the Convention, amounting to $18. Adjourned one hour. Prayer by brother Green. At 1 o'clock, P. M. the. Association was called to order by the Mod erator. Prayer by brother Palmer. Heard and accepted the report of the Committee on the Constitution reporting no alterations but that a strict adherence to its rules be observed. Appointed J. M. Beeman, A. Sabin and H. D. Hodge, a committee to enquire whether any church in this 'Association is holding in fellow ship those who justify American Slavery, or are adherents to Free Masonry.'; Gave brethren Goodrich and Waller, of Georgia, leave of absence. Heard and accepted the report of the Committee on Missions that it is the duty of this Association to raise the present year for the bene fit of the Convention one hundred dollars or over. Appointed the persons composing the Committee on Missions, the Board of Trustees. Appointed brother A. Sabin to write the Circular Letter for next year. Suspended business to listen to a sermon. Brother J. M. Beeman preached from Rev. 5: 9. Adjourned. Prayer by the Moderator. A. SABIN, Moderator, James M. Beeman, Scribe. The church in Richford presenting a request to be restored to the Association, the request was granted, and its representation took a seat with the delegation. : t . The church in Stanbridge, L. C, requesting to be dismissed from the Association, to unite with tbe Ottowa Association, the request was granted. Q . The Committee of Overtures reported in part, whereupon the follow- icg Committees were appointed : On Resolutions, Brethren Green, H. D. Hodge and Nichols. To Examine the Circular Letter, Brethren Huntley and Stone. On the Place of holding the Association next year, R. A. Hodge and A. Sabin. ' . Delegated brethren A. Sabin, H. D. Hodge, and J. M. Beeman, to visit the church at Richford, as per request of the church Appointed Delegates to Corresponding Associations as follows : Onion River, J. M. Beeman, H. D. Hodge, A. Sabin and C. Ingra- bam. '. ' . ' Danville, II. D. Hodge, A. Sabin, O. W. Babcock. L.Cole and J. M. Beeman. Essex and Champlain, Ingrabam and Adreon. Addison County, Huntley and Green. Ottowa, (L. C.) J. M."Beeman, A. Stone and P. Chase. Directed the Clerk to send a copy of the Minutes to each the Mod erator and Clerk of tbe St. Lawrence Association. The Committee on Resolutions reported in part, whereupon the fol lowios resolutions were unanimously adopted: IVhereas a great general good has resulted from christian conference and association and whereas the present state of the churches in ihia A nint inn rail loudlv for renewed exertions therefore 7?.ii,prl. That this Association hold three additional meetings the ith the different churches of said A ssociation : and that all requests for said meetings be referred to the Committee appointed lce for holding the next meeting of the Association. ' Resolved, That the Tecent unprecedented triumphs of the cause of Temperance calls for the most devout gratitude of its friends, and en courages us to make more decided efforts to reclaim inebriates. ' Resolved, That the signs of the times call loudly on us to engage with new zeal in the enterprize, and not to cease our efforts till drunk ards are known only as things that were and are not. ; ' f ' ; . , Resolved, That it is inconsistent with a profession of the christian religion to manufacture, traffic in, or use intoxicating liquors as drinks; and in our opinion none ought to be received into our churches who are not willing to desist from all such practices. Appointed brethren Goodrich, Beeman and Ingrabam, a Committee to enquire into the expediency of amending the Constitution of the Association, and report to-morrow. t ? . ; Appointed C. Danforth, D. Waller, J. Robinson, I. Smith, T. Hen drick, D. Story, C.-Htbbard, A. Whitcomb, J. Spauiding, A. Martin dale, E. H. Sherman, L. Robins, S. S. Robinson and William Bliss, Committee on Missions. - 1 Adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. Prayer by brother Iograham. -.'I : , " . Thursday, 16th, 9 o'clock, A. M. Association called to order by the Moderator. Prayer by bro. Stone. Heard and accepted the report of the Committee on the State, of the Treasury, as follows: , , The Committee appointed to examine into the State of the Treasury 'beg leave to report, that wefind nothing in the hands of the Treasurer; and we recommend that there be raised for the printing of the Minutes the present fear, 1 1-2 cents on the member. - We also recommend that there appear in our Minutes a Treasurer's Report, giving the amount ef receipts and disbursements through the Treasury, from the various church, missionary societies, and individuals who choose to make tbe tegs CIRCULAR LETTER The Ministers and Messenger of the Fairfield Baptist Association to the churches they represent : Beloved Brethren : In addressing to you our annual epistle, we wish to call your attention to the subject ol Church Discipline not howev er to the whole order of the visible church, but to that part only,-. which relates to the mutual watch and care we are to exercise over each oih- er, and the coarse to be pursued toward tfferding number?. The present state of many of our churches gives us reason to lear, either that the subject is not sufficiently understood, or,; that there is great criminality 'in not attending thereto. Let us then call y our atten tion'.. I. To the mutual watch and care whic'j the gospel requires us to exercise over each other. The comoiand, Watch over one another in the love of God," is one of. vital interest to the order, and purity of the church ot Christ. It implies that we are to feel an interest for each other's welfare, and be helpers of each others joy. Like an ircorpora' ed company in earthly interests, the interests of one should be ci nsi J ered as the interests of all, and each member should consider himself af fected by whatever transpires in the body of which he is a member; and feel himself under obligation lo exercise a watch and care over the la pursuing a course ol labor witn our oueuuiu5 " . . . . . .t . L -r -i.:-- tr rid the church of the 01- ten eviaeni tnaiine cuiei oujecv iu cw i, . fender, rather than to restore him to a healthful state. , i ne unnoiy leet inr5 of our nature are too often awakned ; so that'we lose sight of the offending brother's spiritual interest, and only desire to see a Kino ot revenge for the injury done. This is especially the case where per sonal injuries have been committed, or when the ofience is ot an aggra vated kind. But the reflection, that some of the most eminent of God's servants in past times, have fallen into some of the most aggravated sins, should banish all such feelings from the heart, and encourage us to make the most decided and presevering efforts to reclaim the wan derer ; however far he may have strayed from the fold of God j or how ever aggravated may have been the effence. 3. Efforts to reclaim should be made at the first appearance of wan dering. Very much of the dificulty with which we meet in reclaiming wan derers, arises from too long neglect of the subject. For instance a brother begins to grow negligent of his covenant obligations, does not punctually attend the meetings of the church, and neglects the worship of God in his family ; but attends the worship of God on the sabbath, and pay s his proportion for the support of the gospel. At first, a gentle admonition from a spiritual brother might be successful in reclaiming him, but if neglected, his want of interest may soon result in an aliena tion from the church ; and very soon he is past recovery. Perhaps scarcely a church can be found, where this has not been felt in all its withering influence. The longer we indulge in any, habit, the stronger the cords which bind us to it, and the more the power requisite to separate us from if. Much less strength is necessary to extract the roots of a tender bush, than of a majestic oak, which has withstood the blasts of many winters. 4. All labor should be conducted with great tenderness, blended with christian faithfulness. The great object being to reclaim we should resort to those means which will be mostly likely to secure the end. We may usually expect that those who have done wrong will, at least in some degree be pos sessed of wrong feelings; and those wrong feelings will be overcome only by the law of kindness. That which is harsh or censorious, will only serve to irritate, and thus destroy all hope of success. Every expression of the countenance should be love ; and affection should sit on every word. There must be that in every appearance which will convince him that as soon as repentance is manifested, there is a heart ready still to embrace him as a christian brother, and joyfully welcome bim to the privileges of the church. This affection, however, must be blended wiih becoming faithfulness. There is a false affection which some times governs us, which leads us so much to regard the feelings of friends, that we do not faithfully point out their danger. This should be avoided, and his transgression be placed in the clearest light before his mind. The guilt which is actually resting upon him, should be made to bear in all its weight upon his conscience; while the ingrati tude of his course to that Savior who shed his blood that he might be saved, and on whose cause he has now turned his back, should be vividly placed before his mind. When such faithfulness is blended with such tenderness, it can scarcely fail to touch the heart of any one who has ever been born of God, however far he may have wanderod from him. 5. Great care is necessary to select those who are spiritually-minded to conduct all cases of labor. No one can be prepared to admonish another, while the fire burns low on tbe altar of bis own heart. From what has already been said, all must acknowledge that no one is competent for such a task, unless aided by the Holy Spirit. The unholy feelings of his own heart are liable to arise and misguide him continually. Oft times there is much to awaken such feelings, and he who does not possess a large share of the spirit of our blessed Master, can seldom keep such feelings in en tire subjection. Or were there no unholy feelings to be awakened, still, unless spiritually-minded, he will not have that lively sense of divine realities, which alone can give him a just sense of the interest involved in the labor in which he is engaged; or feel that anxious solicited for bis brother's welfare, and realize the ills which will be consequent on a failure to reclaim; nor can he clothe his appeals with that divine sweetness, and melting tenderness which alone can find access to a heart frozen by disobedience, and beginning to be bound by satan's 1 -It'. cnains. u h scarcely possiDie to oe too particular on this point. If 1 church has no spiritual members, she is indeed in a deplorable condi tion; but if ihere are any who are spiritual, they should in all cases be chosen to conduct the labors of the Church. 6. N ) partiality should be shown to people occupying different sta tions in life, bur, "all walk by the same rule, atd all mind the same otfnrltt In rwlalffl tinlp&A it Ko fn grant violation of christian principle, so that T honor of the church demands it. Yet hil bear with them, our efforts 10 reclaim should? untiring. lit T jt T-f o n nf If a tVio imnnttm. . r discipline. correct fts 1 rrw l-l v f A to Crt o Vvn r A o rt I - t ilia y vrc luvugut swuiwij utrv-treaary 10 Call attention to this part of the sumect : but tha L our great it may not be amiss. Were its importance realized, so many churches would not be in ? unhealthy state. We shall however only r.o'33 a few points, where its importance is most ciea seen. 1. Correct discipline is essentially necessarvt the union of the church. True christian union flows only from christian purity. If disrip! neglected the purity of the church is o0. aDl then we may as well expect to see perfect , when wheat and tares are sown promiscuous' to expect to find the true spirit of christian un cn The church immediately been Aiding interests, her beauty is marred, and i-r light becomes dim. Every member becomes de termined in his own way, irrespective of the voi. of the church, and scarcely a measure can U devised for its advancement, but it is onroH K some, and a scene of disorder pjesen s be'1' t every view. All obligation to abiJe bv ih- vg'-a of the church ceases, and most of htr memKers wish to act as independent of their brethren ?si' they were bound lo them by no cover.an? cbla lions. Where can the church be found whoa strength has not been greatly ei.f ebKd Ly ttis effect of her lax discipline? A thorough disci pine can alone preserve that beauty, and union in a church, which renders it the "li ht world," and the salt of the earth." 2 A neglect of discipline render? the travail of the church constantly fluctuating. If aught is done in the cause of Gcd, it s dew by momentary impulses; and nothing is dor.e un less something of an rxcitinrr nat-ire moves etoj the passions. A church whose discipline is r.?: lected cannot be found, which Is making s.tadr advancements in piety, and increasing n.on ad more in her labors ii the vineyard of the Lord. All that is done, is done by periodical exci:emer. So generally has this become the case, that ma think the times and the seasons hare so chanH. that God will not bless the means which he instituted fcr the promotion of his cause Mi.v of our churches have ceased lo expect the conv?r sion of sinners under the ordinary mean? of 2: Brethren, it is the neglect of whoit soa e discipiir;?. that has brought this lament ible state of thin.? upon us ! 3. A neglect of discipline is one nf ihe prk'i pai causes of the so frtq-ient backsliding cf tS younger members of the church. Verv many ol our revivals are under ih- .i ence of fluctuating excitement, with scurc- re appearance of permanence. Thus the first.;' which the young disciple f Jesus draws, is :r atmosphere impregnated with the effects of of the a it.- thing The word of God is definite on this point. See James 21 chapter. Yet plain as is the rule, it is too often broken in the discipline of the Church. While those who possess but litrle wealth, or whose influence is circumscribed within narrow limits, are faithfully admonished of every breach of their covenant obligations: those of greater wealth and more extensive influer.ee are unrebuked, though in many respects they setm wholly to disregard the order of God's house. Yet nothing can more effectually paralyze the moral -influence of a church. It drives the S-irit from their midst, and lays a fatal stumbling block in tbe way of the impenitent. Better, far belter, is the Church of God without the gold and the silver of the n'ch, or the favor of the wise of this world, than to purchase it 01 unholy principles. Surely their gold, and their favor, although of much worth when had on righteous principles, are not of as much wenh as the smiles of an approving God: nor are their frowns so much to be dreaded as those of an offended Savior. While we should duly regard the different stations which men occupy in soci ety, we can not be too cautious in abiding by tbe same rule in the dis cij line of the Church. We should constantly bear in mind ihm n a individual interests of ihe whole. It should not be done however, in a j are to give an account to God for the manner in which we obey the taw ne nas given lor the order oi his house. 7. Those who are called to conduct the labors of the church should not be forgotten by the church in their addresses to the throne 01 grace. x hen brethren have been chosen lo labor with those who arn UMnrlurinrr ik. k l fl 1 i ..-...,e, vwy Vl ine courcn too often feel that they have nointng more to do and throw off all the responsibility. But in- s.eac ot leel.ng that our work is done, our minds should be con uiuiij uAeu on toe otiendiog brother's spiritunl interest, and we snouia not cease our supplications at tbe throne of grace, till ihe wan.ierer is reclaimed, or all efforts have become fruitless. How encourasinrr to one in sn difficult c .u a...-. .1 . . - n ---- " ya.c ia iue rcnecuou, mat ne is oorr.e up on the prayers of his brethren. With a confidence which otherwise hecould not possess, he goes about the duty assigned him leaning cont.nuiiiy on God for wisdom to guide him. and for sue cess to crown his efforts. Jf he meets with .difficulties, the reflec i.vu uc is uoroe on tne prayers ot his brethren, gives him freh manner to give the impression that we desire 10 be fiords over God's heritage," nor yet that we possess a censorious, or fault finding spirit : for nothing can be more at variance wjth the spirit of the gospel. When a church indulges i such feelings, we soon find her rent wiih internal divisions, and Ichab A written upon her banners : her glory is forever departed, and her jealousies have consumed her beauty like a moth. It must be done in the tenderness of the gospel, with the heart fully exercised with brotherly love.- The only feeling which should govern us in this matter is, love to our Redeemer and to the sp'niiual interests of his flock. Were the churches of ChrUt generally thus to act, aad thus to feel, seldom should we have occasion lo labor with oflVndinir members, or be brought to the painful necessity of withdrawing fellowship from any of the professed disciples of our blessed Master. In the present disordered state of human society however, we often find thoe who violate the rules given by the great Head of the church, for its discipline : and are consequently brought to the painful duty of laboring with them. We will therefore, . II. Present a few thoughts in reference to the course lo be pursued to ward offending members. 1. Caution is necessary to distinguish between public and private of fences. By a private offence, we ondersund an offence committed against a member of Christ's church, by another member, or when an of fence is committed against the order of the church, and the offence is not known to the public. The course to be pursued in private offences, is clearly marked out in tbe 18th of Mat. By public offences, are implied such breaches of Christ'sjlaws as ,are known to a considerable extent iacomrnunity. When offences are public, it is not only right, but often necessary, that prompt and decid ed action be taken on the'subject, by the church as a body,withoutjany delay. If such offences be neglected, the cause of Christ often .suffers much froin the neglect. 2. The-object of all labor should be to reclaim the offender. vigor to surmount tbem ; while the Holy Spirit, in answer to prayer often descends ; melting the hearts of the most stubborn wanderers and restoring beauty and harmony to the church : while angels strike new notes of praise over those who were dead, and are alive again; who were lost and are found. - But the question may be asked, how long ought a church to bear with a ivanderiog brother without witdrawing their fellowship To this question no definite answer can be given. It depends much on the nature of the offence, and on attending ci.cumstances. If the trespass be o an aggravated character, the cause of God may re quire that fellowship may soon be withdrawn, while in other circum stances, it is.not only.right, but expedient that we bear longer with the offender Perhaps as good a rule as we canive, 4sNever to withdraw fellowship, while there is any prospect of success, in our wholesome discipline, and as soon as I.e tuk. place in the church, he finds himself in the mi of a scene ol disorder; where the covenant obi- gations of the church are broken, and noneirC: those who break them to an account ; he br;i . to walk in the same footsteps, till soon the fire 1h gins to burn low on the altar of his hea.t; ti .It nally devotion ceases. And now the church u; has been ihe murderer of her own child, b g'i to complain in bitterness, because it possibles oa the signs of life. Thus while the church is to Le a libt enr.r: her radiant oeams on the darkened uttlJ v.r?, which she is surrounded, beho'd her c or, : eclipsed, her brightness is faded, and her has become obscure. From a fVw of the r:? spiritual only does any light seem to er.-.anw,' that intercepted by the inconsistencies oft . rs; tiiude. The world judges religion n,t ly -most devoted of htr laborers, but by the ivul: ,tjjt of her professors. In conclusion, beloved brethren, lft us ere yn' minds onward to tha scone when we shall gu an account of our stewardship. lr, iV.a; hy must review the scenes of earth! Wi'.b v'.J emotions shall wethen lookback, on the sc-rC:-which are now transpiring before us, as we the rules given by the great Head of theth for its government, so frequently disre-a'deJ.f2-lain aside ? As we see the impenitent with we are now associated, ' and for whose si' we are now permitted Jo labor doorr ;hJ to -blackness of darkness forever: with what tions shall we contemplate the darkness r which they were enshrouded on earth ; a d rkc which the light of the church might have di: ed, but which was permitted to rather ar:J them undisturbed, till it has closed upon i' 3 an eternal night ? In the name of our blessed Mas'cr wee; ' -on you to awake to this important lut too 5 neglecttKl subject. To ihe discipline of the eh;' we entreat you faithfully lo attend; then - brighter era dawn on oiir churches ; tht-ir rj shall shine respVndf nt as the sun amid bis ro.' day glory, and the moral darknss uh eh shrouds a guilty world shall be dispel!. ttt'! the wilderness and solitary pl.jcesha!! bl-0 the rose. NOTICE The subscriber would inform b friends and the public generally, that he h recently purchased the Axe Manvfacturinz Es tablishment formerly owned bv OraDge Green, situated ia the East Village in Danbj, where h will manufacture warranted Cast Steel Axe0" superior quality. He is determined not to be outdone in excellence of workmanship, and ' 'ely on the citizens of Rutland County and 'else' where to sustain him by their patronage in tV business. Old polls new-Iajed on the shorte. notice, and in a style which can 1 ot fjil'f ei'r'S general satisfaction. HENRY HAXM-'M. Danby, Sept. I, 1841. 52:3m Tin, Copper, and Sheet-Iron 1fare Store, THE subscriber takes this method to infor the public that he has opened a Tin, Copl and Sheet Iron establisement in Braodon "S l'f two door east of Messrs. Conants' Store, where he intends to manufacture and keep on hand at tides usually called for in his line of busiaes Orr's celebrated Air Tight Stoves. Russia. Arrer" lean and English Pipe and Elbows, Flue Fende and Jappanese ware, Oven and Arch mouths ' sale at Brandon and Shoreham. Best PPf Pumps with patent brass boxes, foi sale at Shoi ham, where he will con'iane the Tin and Swf' business as usual. . All orders for Eave Troughs attended to wi despatch at sbort notice. CLARK R1CH Brandon. Sept. 1, 1841. W: JOB PRINTING NEATLY EXECrUP'