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than freedom. This association had met from year
to year and had passed resolution after resolution
about establishing an institution of learning. God
knew we did not have the money, practical business
experience, nor the men qualified to run such an in¬
stitution as was needed among us; so He, who
who works in a mysterious way, instead of allowing
us to attempt it and make a discouraging failure for
all time, sent us an institution postpaid by the Ameri¬
can Baptist Home Mission Society and established it
at Natchez, Miss, under the administration of Eev.
C. Ayer, who was qualified in every sense of the term
to run such an institution at such critical times.
Compare the following resolution on education with
the one adopted in the last sitting of this association.
Eead it alongside of the report of the Committee on
Site for Institution, and see how God overules the
the actions of men for His glory.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIOE.
Brother Moderator and Brethren :—We, theCommit-
ee on Education, beg leave to report as follows: Where¬
as, an educated ministry is very much needed among
us, as Baptists, to defend the doctrines of Christ, as taught
in the New Testament; and, whereas the American Bap¬
tist Home Mission Society has reared an institution of
learning for that purpose at Natchez, Miss., Resolved,
therefore, that this General Association put forth every
effort possible to sustain the same, and recommend all
young brethren of this State, who are aspirants for the
ministry, to attend such school. 2. Be it futher resolved,
That we also recommend the Natchez College to all young
men and ladies who desire to be educated for teachers and
the various vocations of life. 3. We also ask that all
monies collected for educational purposes since last ses¬
sion be forwarded at once to Elder A. Goodwin, treasurer.
4. We further recommend that this body appoint a com-