ered the following address to the convention, which
was ordered to be printed in the Minutes:
To the Ministers and Messengers Composing This Body:
Dear Brethren: We have met together as a body of
Christians of the same faith and gospel order, for the pur¬
pose of concentrating and uniting all of our powers to¬
gether, that we may present a solid and unbroken front to
the enemy, let him come from what direction he may. To
be able to do this, brethren, we must have God about us—
that is, we must live and walk in Him. We are of that
despised class who believe that the Saviour and his disci¬
ples both taught and practiced immersion as the only
mode of Christian baptism, and no other. Therefore, in
consequence of our faith in, and our strict adherence to,
this doctrine, we are gainsaid and evil spoken, and some¬
times in consequence of not knowing our strength, some of
us are ready to grow weak and faint by the way. This
should not be the case even in our weakest condition; and
when we come together in this capacity, where we are
made to see how large our band is, and what we are
doing, we should feel strong in the Lord and in the power
of his might, and preach louder that good old doctrine of
"One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism."
Brethren, we have been working in our Master's vine¬
yard for the last five or six years, and we have known but
little about what was going on outside of our own border.
At first we were confined to our own church and neighbor¬
hood. But we soon got the idea of organizing associations.
This gave us more knowledge about what was being done
by us as a denomination. In this organization we know
but little of each other outside of our associational limits.
We for a long time did not even correspond with each
others associations. We, however, have felt the need of
getting closer together, and knowing more of each other's
affairs: and therefore of late we have been corresponding
with each other both by letter and delegates. This opened
up a new duty before us, and that is to concentrate all our
strength, and unite all our forces. Therefore, for this
purpose, we are assembled together in this convention to
take counsel of each other on the subject of having a gen¬
eral organization, to bind together the whole people.