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Elliott has written this letter concerning a book Finley has written, Memorial on Prison Life, and states that the has laid the book before the agents and he was asked to report the following: They thought well of the work but the General Conference was so near at hand that they did not feel at liberty to enter into a contract for a book which could not be used in their term. They had declined works of other authors. The Book Committee also felt that they would not be able to examine the book carefully until after General Conference, but there was no doubt but that the work would be taken on favorable terms. Elliott had conversed with Brother (Benjamin) Tefft (editor of the Ladies Repository and the Western Book Concern???) and he was favorable in the matter. Elliott has procured a pamphlet containing a decision of the Maysville Case and would like Finley to read it and write his views on it for publication. Elliott feels that it was one of the most dangerous assaults ever made on the Methodist Church as it robs her of her very existence and puts in her place an entity the Methodist Church South, and a non-entity the Methodist Church North. Elliott also has an article on the history of property question and follows it up with a protest to the General Conference on the division of the Church. D. Bond agreed in the division of the Book Concern. Elliott said his articles would not be directed against him, but he feared for some of Bond's plans. Abstract Number - 578
Book Agent Letters; Book Concern; Church South (MECS); Finley Writings
Elliott, Charles, "Letter from Charles Elliott to James B. Finley" (1848). Finley Letters. 874.