Bishop Payne to Rev. George Whipple Ministerial Appointments in the Department of the South by the African Methodist Episcopal Church July 6, 1865
Wilberforce University Near Xenia O July 6th 1865
Rev George Whipple
It is just six days since I came home from the “Department of the South” It was important that I should attend the annual meeting of the Trustees of Wilberforce, and therefore I was constrained to leave the Steamer Fulton at Fortress Monroe, so as to make time; otherwise I would have come by way of New York, and reported to you in person.
I now state that we organized the South Carolina Conference on the 15th of May last, and after remaining in session about 5 days, we stationed eleven missionaries at as many different points. namely at
Charleston City – Rev. Richard H. Bain Charleston Circuit – Rev. Richard Vanderhorst Georgetown Circuit – Rev. John Graham Beaufort River Circuit Rev. Theophilus G. Stewart Hilton Head Circuit – Rev. James H. A. Josnson Edesto Island Circuit – Rev. Wm Bradwell
The above six are in the State of South Carolina. the following three are in the State of Georgia via viz: Savanah City Rev. Anthony L. Stanford Ogeechee River Circuit William Bentley Georgia State Mission – William Gaines
For the State of North Carolina we have appointed Rev. James A. Handy to Wilmington Rev George W. Broudie to Raleigh
Those stationed at Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort, Hilton-Head, Wilmington, and Raleigh will require about $700 each for support.
The others who are on Circuits which cover many plantations will need about $500 each for support.
Rev. R. H. Cain formerly of Brooklyn N. Y. is well known as an energetic and successful pastor, Rev Anthony L. Stanford and Rev. George W. Broudie are both Northern men of fair English Education; excellent preachers, and upright ?
Bentley and Joines are natives of Georgia though not – regularly educated, they are intelligent men of sound judgment, and unquestionable piety.
John Graham and Richard Vanderhart are natives of South Carolina, what are true of Bentley and Gaines are also of them.
If you can aid us in the support of these additional laborers, we shall be very thankful.
If I could have found men thoroughly educated, I should have preferred them provided their education was sustained by a deep toned piety, guided by common sense. May the Omnipotent Head of the Church, say unto them what He said unto Saint Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness.