destitution and great need of earnest, Christian mis¬
sion labor among the many who were deprived of the
blessing of the pure word of God. It was decided in
this meeting that a printing press was indispensable
to their well being, hence the association took imme¬
diate steps to obtain one. Subscriptions to the amount
of $245 was taken for the same and an agent was ap¬
pointed to canvass the associational district in the
behalf of obtaining a press. After completing the
work organizing the Association of Mississippi, the
Association installed their officers as such and ad¬
journed to meet at Jackson, Miss., with the Mt. Helm
Baptisit Church, Oct. 3, 1873. In this first session
there were represented 5 associations, 220 churches
and more than 21,000 members; 28 delegates; money
Rev. J. C. Brimson, Moderator.
Rev. J. W Muse, Clerk.
THE SECOND ANNUAL SESSION OF GENERAL BAP¬
TIST ASSOCIATION OF MISSISSIPPI.
The second annual session of the General Bap¬
tist Association of Mississippi convened with the Mt.
Helm Baptist Church, Oct 3d, 1873. After devotional
exercises, conducted by Rev. J. F. Boulden, Mr. Nel¬
son (white) of the Clinton Institute, was introduced
and addressed the association on the subject of Negro
Education. The delegates and visiting friends listened
to Bro. Nelson with breathless attention. His ad¬
dress was along the line and in the direction that the
brethren wanted him to pursue. They were glad to
hear him say: "Your cause is ours; our interest is
your interest." This captivated the brethren of the as¬
sociation and brought from many of them expressions
like this: "Thank the Lord for what we have heard