mieisters 144. Total membership of the association
29,524, money reported including amount collected
and reported on printing press, was 1440.90—1355.90
for press—number of delegates 41. The officers were
Elder J. C. Brinson, Moderator.
Elder H. Mayson, Clerk.
Elder J. F. Boulder, Corresponding Secretary.
Elder SrMacklen, Treasurer.
The association adjourned to meet with the Wes¬
son Baptist church, Oct. 22, 1874.
THE THIRD ANNUAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL
MISSIONARY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
The General Missionary Baptist Association of
Mississippi met in its third annual session at Winona,
Miss., Oct, 22, 1874. The moderator, Elder Brinson,
called the meeting to order. The morning session
was spent in devotional exercises because of the ab¬
sence of the preacher who was appointed to preach
the introductory sermon. On the suggestion of Dr.
Boulden the afternoon session was also used as a
prayer meeting which was opened by Dr. Boulden
with a talk to the ministers on "Holy Living."
One noticeable and commendable feature of this
body is very lengthy devotional exercises through
which they went before attempting to begin the busi¬
ness of the association.
How different it is now in many of our annual re¬
ligious bodies. After a form and custom we go into the
house, sing a hymn, read a few verses, pray one prayer
and then declare the house open for business; when
half or two-thirds of the delegates are still on the