board or president would make a change during the
interval. The people of Yazoo City would be patient
and forbearing and invite the convention again.
They kept asking with that importunity which
always brings good results.
The convention was called to order by the Presi¬
dent, G. W. Gayles, and after devotional exercises
Eev. S. A. Anderson delivered a fervent welcome
address, which made each delegate feel that his
presence was desired and his stay should be as
pleasant as earnest hearts and faithful hands could
Eev. H. P, Jacobs made a very fitting and ap¬
Dr. J. W. Simmons, representing the A. B. H.
M. Society, was introduced by the president. Dr.
Simmons delivered an instructive and interesting ad¬
dress on the work of the society for the colored peo¬
ple. After which the convention recommended to
the churches to set apart one Sunday in each year to
lift a collection specially for the Home Mission Soci¬
ety of New York City.
Eev. S. D. Gibson, assisted by Eev. Geo. Clarke,
preached the Introductory sermon from Isaiah 9:5.
Eev. Gibson preached an animating sermon.
The subjeet of Union was being discussed in
both the General Association and General Baptist
Missionary Convention of Mississippi. Both sides
began to feel and see the importance of Union.
Eevs. J. H. Nichols, E. B. Topp, S. P. Martin,
N. T. Thomas, Drs. J. F. Boulden and H. W. Bowen,
all representatives of the General Association of
Mississippi, were present at this session of the con¬
vention ; each spoke encouragingly of the work of