Editor's note: The problem of vendors attending the associational meetings of the Baptist Churches in Boone County, Kentucky is addressed in this statement by Middle Creek Baptist Church. It apparently had been an issue as these vendors set up their wagons and tables on the outskirts of the church property where the churches held their annual meetings. Some vendors sold food, clothing, and objectionable items - under cover. - Jim Duvall
Vendors at the Associational Meetings in Boone County, KY
A Statement by the Middle Creek Baptist Church
2nd Saturday in July, 1846
On motion of Bro. Wm Huey the Church took up the subject as it regards those waggons of pedling and traffic visiting our Afsociation and after some investigation the following resolution was unanimously adopted. Resolved that this Church deeply deplore and disapprobate the course of trafficking carried on at our annual Afsociations, and hope that our friends in future will desist from it, ordered that this resolution be inserted in the letter to the Afsociation.
[From the Middle Creek Baptist Churchbook, transcribed by Michael Capek.]
This was addressed in the association meeting: "When the first session at Big Bone was held in 1846, the body was grappling with outside disorder at its annual meetings, as 'the vending of spirituous liquor, beer, cider, melons, &c.'"
[From B. F. Swindler, "Brief Historical Sketch of the North Bend Association of Baptists: 1803-1903" (Fifth Decade), 1903. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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