held no fellowship, and I am glad to say some of them are
favorably disposed. I have also seen some of them in per¬
son and invited them to meet with us here, and I have
been led to think some of them would be here. Dear
brethren, if there has been any correspondence I have not
attended to, it has been because I have not known about it.
As your agent I have done but little; for right at the
close of our last meeting came the election, which caused
intense excitement all over ou State, and I felt it was al¬
most madness co attempt to do anytping like collecting.
I did, however, make one tour to Jackson; more to try to
cellect the money belonging to the association than to do
any general work, I thought, however, it was my duty to
get my expenses in my route, as near as possible, as well as
to attend to other business. I therefore stopped at the
following places, and received the amounts opposite their
names: Macon, Miss., $12.15, $10 of which Brother P.
Deupree collected through his agent, and $2.15 collected
in the church; from New Shiloh, J. N. James, $1.15; from
Lake Station, W. Banks, $6.10 : making in all $19.40. My
expenses in the same time were $21.20. My expenses were
$1.80 over what I coliected.
While in Jackson I got our bill of incoropration ap¬
proved by the governor, under the general law. I also
used every means to induce Mr. S. McLain to settle and
pay over the money that was due to the treasury, except
going to law, and that I could not well do as a Baptist,
before presenting the matter to his church, as that church
is associationally connected with this body. I succeeded,
however, in getting a note from him for the sum of $47,
signed jointly by him and his wife, payable two months
from date, which ended the 12th of June, 1876. Not re¬
ceiving the money nor any satisfaction from him, I pre¬
sented the matter to his church'and pastor. I have been
informed that the church called him to answer, and he
acknowledged the debt, and said he intended to pay it.
Brother N. Goff was the first treasurer of this body, and
owed the the treasury the sum of $13.10 over and above
what was drawn out when he was treasurer. He, how¬
ever, has promised to be here, and he can answer for him¬
self. Dear brethren, at your last meeting you passed an