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The Committee on Synodical Minutes reported, and their report was adopted, and is as follows:
The Committee on Synodical Minutes report, that on the Minutes of the last Meeting of the General Synod, they find on page 208 referring to their being called upon and not ready to report, it is 6 Resolved, That the Committee on the Widows' Fund be continued, and that they be directed to report at the next stated meeting of the Synod.”
On the Minutes of the Particular Synod of New-York, the following items are presented for consideration,--to wit:
1. A reference through them, from the Classis of Long Island, in the following words :~" To define the powers of their Board of Missions, and to adopt such measures as will more effectually guard our churches from future intrusion,” accompanied with an expression of the “ decided disapprobation made by said Classis of certain uncourteous and irregular proceedings,” with which they charge the Board of Managers of the Missionary Society of our Church of having been guilty, at two several times, within their bounds.
2. Also,'on page 22, an appeal appears to be taken by the Rev. Ava Neal, from a late resolution passed by the Particular Synod of New-York, not sustaining his appeal to them from the decision of the Classis of Bergen, suspending him from the ministerial office.
On page 20 of their Minutes, the Particular Synod of New-York unite with the Classis of Poughkeepsie in recommending, in compli-ance with a request of the Consistory of Kingston, (now connected with the Classis of Poughkeepsie, the transfer of the Church under the care of said Consistory, to the Classis of Ulster. The Committee recommend that this request be granted.
On the same page, they find a recommendation by the Classis of Poughkeepsie, of Samuel W. Gaylord, a Member in full communion of the Church of Hyde Park, for aid from the Van Benschoten, or other funds.
J. B. HARDENBERGH, Chairman.
Resolved, That so much of the above report as relates to the reference of the Classis of Long Island, on the subject of an alleged interference of the Board of Managers of the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church, be referred to the Committee on Missions.
Resolved, Tbat so much of the above report as relates to Mr. Samuel W. Gaylord, be referred to the Committee on the Professorate.
The Committee on Overtures reported, and their report was accepted and is as follows :
The Committee on Overtures report that nothing has been presented before them requiring the notice of Synod.
JAMES G. OGILVIE, Chairman.
The following Appeal taken by the Classis of Long Island from a decision of the Particular Synod of New York, was presented to Sy. nod, viz:
To the Reverend the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church
Resolved, unanimously, That Classis appeal from the act of Particular Synod of New York, transferring the congregation of Bushwick to the South Classis of New York, for the following reasons :
I. Because the arbitrary association of disconnected churches, in the formation of Classical Assemblies, directly contravenes the letter and spirit of the Constitution of the Reformed Dutch Church. From a careful inspection of the rules of Church Government adopted by the Synod of Dort, and revised by the American churches, with the articles explanatory of the same, it is evident to the mind of Classis that prejudices, preference, like or dislike, were never designed as a rule for the guidance of Particular Synod, in the organization or enlargement of these courts.
But on the contrary, it is found in all such cases that no other rule has been recognized than geographical contiguity, by the acknowledged standards of our churches. In Art. 41 of Church Order, it is expressly declared that “ classical assemblies shall be composed of neighboring churches, each of whom shall send