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METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
PHILLIPS & HUNT.
WALDEN & STOWE.
PREFACE TO THE HYMNAL.
THE General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, on the thirtieth day of May, 1876, adopted the following report:
The Committee on the Revision of the
Hymn Book have carefully considered the various papers referred to them, and respectfully report to the General Conference that they are unanimously of the opinion that a thorough revision of the Hymn Book now in use is imperatively demanded. We therefore recommend
1. That the Board of Bishops be requested to appoint, as soon as practicable, a Committee of fifteen, to whom shall be committed the work of revision.
2. That this Committee be selected
with reference to convenience of location for division into three sections for working purposes.
3. That when the work of preparatory revision shall be completed by the several sections, the whole Committee shall be duly notified, and the work of each section shall be revised; and that no hymn now in use shall be excluded without a vote of two thirds of the Committee for its rejection, and that no hymn not now in the collection shall be admitted without a vote of two thirds of the Committee in its favor.