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Rev. Reece writes to Finley (Presiding Elder, Zanesville District) asking to become a member of the Ohio Conference. Slave-holding conferences (particularly Missouri Conference) are putting Methodist Episcopal members and preachers in an awkward position. These folks, himself included, cannot in good conscience remain members of slave-holding conferences. Many preachers have had to leave the Missouri Conference for this reason. Reece asks Finley if there are vacant appointments in the Zanesville District for which he might be considered. He sends a copy of his deacon certificate obtained from the Secretary of the Missouri Conference. Reece has not yet been admitted in full connection. Abstract Number - 814
Martinsburg, Knox County
Slavery Letters; Church South (MECS); Missouri Conference; Transfer Request; Ohio Conference
Reece, Joseph, "Letter from Joseph Reece to James B. Finley" (1846). Finley Letters. 1318.