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delegate for such fraction: and provided, also, that no Conference shall be denied the privilege of two dele

gates, one clerical and one lay. (3) They shall not change or alter any part or rule of our government,

as to do away, episcopacy, or destroy the plan of our itinerant

general superintendency. (4) They shall not revoke or change

the General Rules of the United

Societies. (5) They shall not do away the priv

ileges of our ministers or preachers of trial hy a committee, and of an appeal; neither shall they do away the privileges of our members of trial before the Church, or by a com

mittee, and of an appeal. (6) They shall not appropriate the

produce of the Publishing House to any purpose other than for the benefit of the traveling, supernumerary, superannuated, and wornout preachers, their wives, widows, and children.

T 43. Provided, nevertheless, that upon the concurrent recommendation of three-fourths of all the members of the several Annual Conferences, who shall be present and vote on such recommendation, then a majority of twothirds of the General Conference succeeding shall suffice to alter any of the above restrictions, excepting the first article; and also, whenever such alteration or alterations shall have been first recommended by two-thirds of the General Conference, so soon as three-fourths of the members of all the Annual Conferences shall have concurred as aforesaid, such alteration or alterations shall take effect: provided, that when any rule or regulation is

adopted by the General Conference, which, in the opinion of the Bishops, is unconstitutional, the Bishops may present to the Conference which passed said rule or regulation their objections thereto, with their reasons, in writing; and if then the General Conference shall, by a two-thirds vote, adhere to its action on said rule or regulation, it shall then take the course prescribed for altering a Restrictive Rule, and if thus passed upon affirmatively, the Bishops shall announce that such rule or regulation takes effect from that time.


44. Ques. 1. Who shall compose an Annual Conference, and what are the regulations and powers belonging to it?

Ans. 1. All the traveling preachers in full connection with it, and four lay representatives--one of whom may be a local preacher—from each Presiding Elder's District.

Ans. 2. The lay members shall be chosen annually by the District Conferences: provided, that no one shall be a representative who is not twentyfive years of age, and who has not been for six years, next preceding his election, a member of the Church.

Ans. 3. The lay members shall participate in all the business of the Conference, except such as involves ministerial character.

Ans. 4. It shall be the duty of all the members of the Conference to attend its sessions, unless providentially hindered. All the preachers on trial, and those to be admitted on trial, shall also attend the session, but they shall not vote on any question, nor speak, unless by consent of the Conference.

45 Ques. 2. Who shall determine the number and boundaries of the Annual Conferences ?

Anw. The General Conference.

946 Quies. 3. Who shall appoint the times of holding the Annual Conferences?

Ans The Bishops but they shall allow every Annual Conference to sit a week at least.

9 47 Ques. 4. Who shall appoint the places of holding the Annual Conferences?

Ans. Each Annual Conference sha!! appoint the place of its own sitting; but should it become necessary, from any unforeseen cause, to change the place after it has been fixed by the Conference, a majority of the Presiding Elders, with the consent of the

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