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Rev. Robert D. Smith, a member of the Mississippi Methodist Episcopal Conference, does not want to remain in the south now that the southern states plan to secede from the MEC to form the Methodist Episcopal Church South (MECS). He considers himself to be part of the non-slaveholding or anti-slavery part of the church. Smith writes to Finley as "one of the old order of the itinerancy," hoping that the Ohio Conference will consider appointing him to a congregation within its bounds. The letter demonstrates the conflict experienced by anti-slavery preachers living in the south at the time of secession. Abstract Number - 801
Slavery Letters; Church South (MECS); Schism; Mississippi Conference; Ohio Conference
Smith, Robert D., "Letter from Robert D. Smith to James B. Finley" (1844). Finley Letters. 1305.