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Missionary Purposes ;
HELD IN PHILADELPHIA,
IN MAY, 1814.
PRINTED FOR THE CONVENTION, BY ANN COLES,
WE the delegates from Missionary Societies, and other religious Bodies of the Baptist denomination, in various parts of the United States, met in Convention, in the City of Philadelphia, for the purpose of carrying into effect the benevolent Intentions of our Constituents, by organizing a plan for eliciting, combining, and directing the Energies of the whole Denomination in one sacred effort, for sending the glad tidings of Salvation to the Heathen, and to nations destitute of pure Gospel-light, DO AGREE to the following Rules or fundamental Principles, viz.
I. That this body shall be styled “The General Missionary "Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States " of America, for Foreign Missions.”
II. That a triennial Convention shall, hereafter, be held, consisting of Delegates, not exceeding two in number, from each of the several Missionary Societies, and other religious bodies of the Baptist Denomination, now existing, or which may hereafter be formed in the United States, and which shall each, regularly contribute to the general Missionary Fund, a sum, amounting, at least, to one hundred Dollars, per annum.
III. That for the necessary transaction and dispatch of business, during the recess of the said Convention, there shall be a Board of twenty-one Commissioners, who shall be members of the said Societies, Churches, or other religious bodies aforesaid, triennially appointed, by the said Convention, by ballot, to be called the “Baptist Board of Foreign Missions for the United States :" seven of whom shall be a quorum for the transaction of all business; and which Board shall continue in office until successors be duly appointed ; and shall have power to make and adopt by-laws for the government of the said Board, and for the furtherance of the general objects of the Institution.