as a man, a Christian, and a minister, and is recommended to the faith¬
ful care and Christian attention of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
Gideon Blackburn, Moderator.
Joseph B. Lapsley, Clerk.
" Dated May 1st, 1810."
Whereupon, the Presbytery of Philadelphia
Resolved, That Mr. Gloucester be and he is hereby
received as a member of this Presbytery.
It is not to be understood that, during this time,
the interesting effort of organizing the church was in
any way abated or suffered to flag for the want of care
or attention from friends favorable to the movement.
In the proper place I shall shoAV that during the time
that intervened betAveen the action of the tAvo Presby¬
teries and the ordination of Mr. Gloucester, he not
only labored himself, assisted by the ministers of the
Presbytery, but that the infant church was raised, or¬
ganized, and progressing very encouragingly. I make
this digression from the regular record of proceeding in
the course of a history, from the fact that this case of
Mr. Gloucester, from its peculiarity, warrants it. His
peculiar condition prevents me from a regularity in re¬
cording much of his history, and the state of things at
that early time in relation to him, prevented the Pres¬
byteries from acting as they Avould in ordinary cases
coming before them; hence the seeming discrepancies
that appear in the narrative. In view of keeping this
record clear, I must refer back to Mr. Gloucester's case
from the time that it Avas first brought before the Gene¬
ral Assembly, in 1807, and sitting, as I have shown, in
In several of the general assemblies it was a matter
of considerable interest to many of the members as it
regards the religious training of colored people; it Avas