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In Buffalo, NY, Methodist Annual Conference declines to make slave holding a crime of the church

Buffalo, New York, 1855, detail
05/29/1860
The Methodist bishops had been meeting in their annual conference in Buffalo.  The Committee on Slavery in its majority report recommended a rules change to make the very holding of slaves a crime in the church, not just their sale or traffic.  Opponents objected, saying the issue would make Methodist in the South impossible at an "excited time."  On a conference vote the new rule passed 138-74, less than the two thirds needed to adopt it.  (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), 244-246. 

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