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In Buffalo, NY, the Methodist Annual Conference hears from its Committee on Slavery

Buffalo, New York, 1855, detail
05/16/1860
The Methodist bishops had been meeting in their annual conference in Buffalo.  The Committee on Slavery yielded both a majority and minority report on the controversial topic with the majority wishing to strengthen language to say that the very holding of slaves was a crime in the church, not just their sale or traffic.  The minority objected to any changes, saying the issue would make Methodism in the South impossible at an "excited time."  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
William D. Harris, Report of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Held in Buffalo, N.Y. 1860 (New York: Carlton and Porter, 1860), 404-417. 

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