the convention and laid great stress on the import¬
ance of the unification of the Baptists of Mississippi.
This portion of their speeches was cheered to the
echo, which gave them to Imow that the West was as
anxious as the East to take this most important and
advanced step for the future progress of the Bap¬
tists of Mississippi.
From this session on till 1890, when these two
organizations did unite, each body began to discuss
and formulate definite plans, among themselves,
for unification. Union! Union! Union! began to
be the topic of the day among the Baptists of
Mississippi. The president would speak of it in
his annual messages. Committees would recommend
it in their reports. Eesolutions would be adopted
looking to that end. Corresponding delegates from
each body would speak favorably of it. Nothing,
absolutely nothing, would satisfy the Baptists of
Mississippi but union. " The voice Of the people is
the voice of God." All the people, however, had
not as yet voiced their sentiments. God was not
yet ready for the union to be effected. Hence He
kept them apart a while longer. These representa¬
tives of the general association had already begun
to feel themselves at home in the general convention
and among their brethren of the West. The conven¬
tion expressed its friendly feelings for the general
association by appointing Eevs. G. W. Gayles, J.
Smothers, A. H. Davis, E. Pollard, O. E. Banks, S.
P. Watson and B. E. Bell as corresponding delegates
to meet the general association at Kosciusko, Miss.
and there, if needs be, continue the subject of union
which claimed the consideration and engaged the
minds of the Baptists of Mississippi at this period