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D I A R Y AND M A N U S C R I P T S
THOMAS BREVARD of Tennessee
Originals on file in the SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
Aletheia Schoolhouse August 25th, 1826.
P. Society met according to adjournment -- Roger Williams being duely called to the chair in lieu of John Mallard absent, & Thomas Brevard chosen Secry in lieu of Joseph Steele resigned. The society is now found to consist of 8 members, viz. Roger Williams 1, Thomas Brevard 2, Edward C. Lankford, 3. Alexr Blair 4, Joseph Steele 5, Strother Harris 6, Williams Steele 7, and John Mallard 8 -Loyd Richardson having removed, and Strother Harris a new member. The Pr having called to order & the Secry having read the queries for discussion; on motion, & reasons adduced, it was though advisable to postpone the discussion of the sd. queries until Friday next 4 o'clock P.M. to which time the society adjourned.
Roger Williams Pr. The Brevard secry.
Query 1st Has, or has not the making & sending of spirituous liquors been more otherwise, advantageous to mankind? E.G. Langford aff. Jo. Steele neg.
Query 2. Is, or is not, the spring more conducive than the autumn to the comfort & happiness of mankind? Mallard affirmative Alexr Blair neg. ----
Alethia. Sept. 1st 1820. 4 O'clock P.M.
P.S. Met according to adjournment. The secy having read the minutes of the last session R. Williams continued Pr. Littleton Rogers was recd as a new member. The society then went into the discussion of the first query viz. Is or is not the making & vending of spirituous liquor more than otherwise advantageous to mankind? After a tolerably animated debate, in which the members present (except the Pr.) all took a share A motion was made for decision by vote, which stands thus:
Affirmative. ) E. G. Langford 1 ) Littleton Rogers 2 ) Thomas Brevard 3)
Negative Joseph Steele 1 Andrew S. Harris 2 William Steele 3
On motion Society adj. until Friday evening 4 O'clock Sep. 8th, 1826, leaving the discussion of the Spring & Autumn question open for that day Tho. Brevard Secy Roger Williams Pr.
Alethia — Sept. 8th, 1826. A Constitutional majority for adj. being present, it was thought prudent to postpone going into any debates;- Camp meeting at Big-Spring commencing today. The Society therefore adjourned until friday 15th, 1826.
T Brevard Secy. R. Williams Pr.