"Stewards Book for the Port Gibson Circuit",
l84l-l853 (Item #1)
Contents: This volume discusses both financial matters and church government, as well as disciplinary measures. It includes two types of records, those concerning the Stewards meetings and the Quarterly meetings, the latter being irregular in the beginning of the volume. The financial matters discussed at the Stewards' meetings are: the minister's pay; the costs of keeping up the meeting house, parsonage, and land; pew rents and subscriptions; and the sale of church property. The matters of church government include the appointment of committees to deal with church business, the approval of lay preachers and exhorters, maintaining buildings, missionary activities, and Bible School decisions. The disciplinary matters are discussed in terms of a committee visiting a member, the member being called in to discuss his wrongs, or the expulsion of a member.
On October 23, 1843 the meeting decided the rules of order for meetings, e.g. point #11 - "Every member of this meeting in his debates shall have due regard to the feelings of his brethren and avoid all personalities."
On that same date (October 23, 1843), the questions asked by the President of the meeting - asked:
1. "Are there any sick who ought to be visited?
2. "Are there any who walk disorderly and will not be reproved?"
3. "Are there any who repeatedly, and wilfully neglect to meet in class?"
4. "Are there any poor who requires relief and comfort?" etc.
On September 1847 - they wrote of "our existing embarasments and difficulties" and Brother Mandeville's not returned as pastor.
In 1850 - towns mentioned on the circuit included Port Gibson, East Palmyra, Webster, Walworth, Pultney, Sodus, Pittsford, Fairville, Newark, Canandaigua, Palmyra, Manchester, Victor, Penfield, Rochester, Nos. 1,2,3.