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Finley writes to Simpson (editor of Western Christian Advocate 1848-1852) concerning the appointing power of bishops. Date of letter is unknown (possibly between 1848-1852). The source of the controversy is not clear from the letter, but it appears that the notion of empowering annual conferences to interdict the bishop's responsibility to appoint preachers to circuits, stations, and districts has been raised. This is not an idea supported by Finley. He hopes that the next General Conference will pass some definite rule on the subject or explain the present one. Finley says he would like also to state his view on the subject in the Advocate. Abstract Number - 512
General Ministry; Appointing power of bishops; Episcopacy
Finley, James B., "Letter from James B. Finley to William Simpson" (1848). Finley Letters. 810.