The subject of a Hymnal was before the General Conference at Indianapolis,
in 1888. The Bishop appointed a committee to whom was referred the whole
The said committee made the following report, May 28th,which was adopted;
The Committee on Hymnal reported as follows :
Your Committee to whom the subject of a new Hymnal for the A. M. E.
Church was referred, is of the opinion
I. That the growing intelligence of our church demands more uniformity in
our song worship.
II. That there are those who are fully able to do the work of getting out the
book or Hymnal aforesaid.
III. That our Hymn Book should be revised and a Hymnal compiled.
IV. That the bench of Bishops be the Committee to whom the new Hymnal
shall be submitted, and when the Bishops approve the work of the Committee on
Revision, they have power to submit the same to the church as the Hymnal of
the A. M. E. Church.
V. That the Committee on Revision be allowed actual expenses in goiDg to
and from the sittings of the Committee ; also while engaged in the work of
VI. That the prepared work of the Hymnal, after receiving the approval of
the Bishops, be turned over to the publication department for publication.
VII. That the money coming in from the sale of the Hymnal should go into
the treasury of the publishing department.
I. Your Committee would recommend that our present hymn book be cut
down to nine hundred hymns.
II. That the ceremonies now in the hymn book be retained.
Your Committee would also recommend that the business manager and editor
of the Christian Recorder be added to the Committee on Hymnal, from the
church at large.
III. That the Hymnal be separate and apart from our church hymn book.
B. F. Watson, Chairman, '
J. A. Johnson,
F. Savage, Committee
Jno. H. C. Austin, } on
L. J. Coppin,
J. W. Beckett,
S. H. Jefferson,
B. A. J. Nixon, Sec'y.
Report was adopted.