Society shall be styled the Tract Society of Athens.
object of the Society is the purchase and gratuitous distribution
of tracts on moral and religious subjects for the purpose of
moral and religious improvement.
person may become a member who shall pay one dollar into the
funds of the Society; and each member shall, so long as he continues
such, pay the sum of fifty Cents at every emiannual meeting.
member shall be entitled to receive a number of tracts equal
in value to half the amount of his entrance money and half yearly
contributions; as also of any donation which he may make to
officers of the Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall be elected annually by a
majority of members present.
shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a record of the proceedings
of the Society and conduct the correspondence.
Treasurer shall take charge of the funds and keep a regular
account of the receipts and expenditures.
Society shall meet Semiannually on the first Saturday in February,
and on the day of the annual meetings of the Franklin College
Bible Society, at which last meeting the officers are to be
President may call a meeting at any time; and in the case of
his absence, the Vice-President shall preside
committee of five members shall be chosen, of whom the President,
Secretary and Treasurer shall be three whose duty it shall be
to make arrangements for obtaining and istributing the Tracts.
They shall meet monthly or oftener if they think proper, and
shall make report of their proceedings to the Society at their
Constitution may be altered by the vote of two thirds of the
members present at any of the regular meetings.
the above named meeting and in conformity with the fifth Article
of the Constitution,. John R. Golding was chosen President, Asbury
Hull, Vice-Pres. Ebenezer Newton, Secretary, and James Camak,
Treasurer; which four gentlemen with Mr. Henning Constitute the
committee of arrangement.
Feby. 23rd, 1818
At a meeting of the Managers this evening present Mr. Golding,
Prest., Msrs. Camak, Hull & Newton. On motion it is resolved
that the Secretary transmit all the money collected, the sum of
twenty dollars forthwith to the Secretary of the Augusta Tract
Society, requesting him to forward to the Managers of this Society,
the amount of that Sum in Tracts.
Resolved; that, of the two hundred tracts presented to this Society
by Mrs. Findley, Fifty be assigned to each of the four Managers
present, to be distributed at their discretion.
Resolved unanimously, that the thanks of this Society be presented
to Mrs. Findley for the friendly & liberal donation which
she has made to it.
Resolved that the Secretary furnish Mrs. Findley with a copy of
the foregoing resolution.
John R. Golding, President
The Managers met this evening; present as above. The Secretary
then stated to the Managers that a number of Tracts had this day
been received from Augusta and awaited their disposal, but that
no communication from the Secretary of the Augusta Tract Society
accompanied them. Whereupon the Managers forthwith proceeded to
the division of them, as the Constitution directs when it appeared
that about seven hundred pages were assigned to each member, besides
the portion retained, to be entirely at the disposal of the Managers.
To distribute which they intend to avail themselves of at the
earliest opportunities, and in such manner as , if possible, to
obtain new Subscribers
The above Constitution and Minutes were a part of a gift of Manuscripts
given to the First Baptist Church by Lollie R. Hutchins, September,
1941 and are in the Archives there.