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WHEREAS, In the last two issues of the Planet, have appeared two sets of resolutions reflecting upon us, as officials of the
Ebenezer Baptist Church, we have only this to say:
We have been entirely exonorated [sic] by Council and Committee, about a year ago, as the following resolutions show.
Rev. Hardy stated openly in the meeting held by the committee of three, sent by the Convention, that the church had not accused
the officials of misappropriation, but eleven months afterwards, it appears in resolution that they were accused of such.
Another new discovery: the chairman of committees on New Bodies at the Convention will remember that it was vehemently uttered,
three or four times, the officers were excluded one week before they went out. Last week's resolutions say that, "Did not
"Truth crushed to earth shall rise again, The eternal years of God are hers."
The delegation from Mt. Zion Church to our recognition Council, testified that Mt. Zion did not give the officials any hearing
whatever.- truth. We have written statements- verbatim, to prove this. Why is it that you did not tell the dear readers
who published the resolutions you disown brother? Are you afraid?
The following does not look much like misappropriation:
Read carefully: "The Committee appointed by the Virginia Baptist State Convention to endeavor to effect a reconciliation between
the Ebenezer and Mt. Zion Baptist Churches presented the following, which was accepted by the Churches as satisfactory:
1. WHEREAS, The members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church have no doubt given offense to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church by their
having taken some steps hastily and that they hereby acknowledge the same.
2. WHEREAS, The Ebenezer members have been publicly slandered by the accusation of having misappropriated funds belonging
to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, we the committee say unhesitantly, that they (the members of the Ebenezer) are entitled to
a full and fair investigation of the books before they surrender them.
The committee of investigation of the books was Rev. R.B. Hardy, Rev. A. Truatt, Isaiah Cash, B.E. Tonsler, and made the following
report: We, your committee, find that the receipts of the Mount Zion Church, were from the books, only $1,904.78 for the
ending January 15, 1892, instead of $3,036.895 as stated per circular, a difference of 1,132.115. We, the committee, endorse
the figures of the books because we have discovered the circular to be wrong.
The disbursements have been per vouchers, 1,811.85; balance in hand $33.63.
Signed by the committee: R.B. Hardy, pastor of Mt. Zion church; A. Truatt, pastor Ebenezer Church; B.E. Tonsler, clerk Ebenezer
Baptist Church, I. Cash, acting clerk Mt. Zion. R.H. Porter, R. Spiller, P.F. Morris, Committee from Convention, May 28th,
God claims our attention for the perfect peace and prosperity that He has given us, and were it not for properly informing
the readers of the PLANET on matters in controversy, last week's publication would receive no notice of this kind at our hands.
John Dickerson, Henry Brown, Henry Thompson, Cornelius Whitlock, Armistead Nelson, William Winn, Albert Hooker, Irving Fields,
Jesse H. Cary Tyler Dandridge, Deacons Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Summary of Article
The article discusses the dispute between the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Mt. Zion Church concerning a misappropriation
of funds by the former. The article indicates that the Ebenezer Baptist Church was exonerated of this charge by a formal
committee consisting of members of the church board