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Rev. Edward H. Taylor writes to his old friend Finley to report that he is nearing the end of his itinerant travel. He is turning gray and his eyes are dim. He is currently traveling the Norwich Circuit, "a line circuit" (on the dividing line between the Pittsburgh and Ohio Conference). If there is a conference division in May, Taylor hopes that the Ohio Conference will take this territory back and give Marietta and Zanesville to the Pittsburgh Conference. Taylor then discusses the property issue related to the southern church. He opines that the General Conference of 1844 should have expelled Bishop Andrew and given no consent for the division of the church. The seceding south would then have shouldered the entire responsibility on their own. In closing, Taylor rants and raves about Freemasonry, which he argues is a '"Barbarous and Bloody System" and "all its oaths Profane." He is still astonished that Methodist preachers choose to join the Masons. Abstract Number - 631
Letters on Masonry; Church South (MECS); Freemasonry; Conference Realignment; Church Property Question; General Conference of 1844; Traveling Preacher; Norwich Circuit
Taylor, E.H., "Letter from E.H. Taylor to James B. Finley" (1847). Finley Letters. 727.