Friday, August 1, 2008

Michael Harshaw's Move to the United Presbyterians.

This reports the movement by most of the Western Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church to the United Presbyterians. I apologize for the omission of a couple of sentences--I'm still learning how to handle the Google books excerpting.

The Reformed Presbyterian magazine. Jan. 1855-July 1858, 1862-76:
"WESTERN PRESBYTERY OF AMERICAN GENERAL REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD UNION WITH UNITED PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD The Western Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church held a called meeting at Coulterville Illinois August 10 1870 to take action in the matter of union with the United Presbyterian Church All the ministerial members were present and elders from all but two congregations After hearing reports from the various congregations the following Paper was presented Whereas The General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church did at ita sessions in Cincinnati in May last reject the basis of union prepared by the Joint Committee of the United and Reformed  unite on the common principles of our Standards with a Church if not in letter yet in spirit identified with us in doctrine worship and order We therefore claim for the Presbytery the sessions the trustees and congregations with us all rights privileges and immunities secured to us by the Constitution of the Church and the law of the land 4 That when Presbytery adjourns it be to meet in Paxton Illinois on the 30th inst to meet the Illinois Synod of the United Presbyterian Church to carry out the preceding resolutions After discussion the vote was taken on this Paper resulting as follows Yeas Revs J M Master DD M Harshaw JK Martin WS Bratton and Messrs RM Munford David M Clure Thomas Kell Robert Wilson and JK Rainey 9 Nays Rev S Wylie DD and Messrs RW Marshall MD Robert James and John Boyle 4 Dr S Wylie for himself and others who might unit"

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