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CENTENNIAL PAPERS

PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE

GENERAL CONFERENCE

OF THE

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES

OF

CONNECTICUT.

HARTFORD:

PRESS OF THE CASE, LOCKWOOD & BRAINARD COMPANY.

1877.

INTRODUCTION.

At the eighth annual meeting of the General Conference of the Congregational Churches of Connecticut, convened in Park church, Norwich, November 9, 1875, on the recommendation of ths Standing Committee, it was

Resolved, That at the General Conference of 1876, two historical discourses be delivered, on successive evenings, referring in part, at least, to the relations of the Congregational churches of Connecticut to the civil government, and to popular education and social reforms; one of these discourses to cover the period preceding the declaration of independence; the other, the period subsequent to that event.

Rev. Leonard Bacon was appointed to deliver the first of these discourses, and Rev. Myron N. Morris, the second.

At the ninth annual meeting of the General Conference, convened in the First church, New Haven, November 14, 1876, a committee of the General Association presented an overture relating to a paper on the ministers of Connecticut in the revolution, and it was

Resolved, That the General Conference will accept and publish the paper on the ministers of Connecticut in the revolution, prepared under the direction of the General Association, and offered to us by a committee of that body.

On Tuesday evening, November 14, Rev. Leonard Bacon delivered a historical discourse, and on Wednesday evening, November 15, Rev. Myron N. Morris delivered a historical discourse, thus fulfilling the appointments made for them by the General Conference in 1875.

On Thursday evening, November 16, the last evening of the annual meeting, by an arrangement of the Standing Committee, several brief addresses were given upon assigned topics, including one by Rev. Joseph Anderson, and one by Prof. Cyrus Northrop.

The printing committee, under instructions from the General Conference, decided to group, in one bound volume, the paper accepted from the General Association, the discourses of Messrs. Bacon and Morris, and the addresses of Messrs. Anderson and Northrop, with an index prepared by the Registrar of the General Conference, and to issue and distribute fifteen hundred copies of the book.

WILLIAM H. MOORE, Registrar. HARTFORD, June 15, 18772

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