Excerpt from Annals of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Seymour, Conn., 1885
In commencing this work it was only intended to arrange and pre serve in convenient form for reference so many of the financial reports 3 lists of ofiicial members, Sunday-school reports, etc., as might be available, with a few such additional pages as should give a tolerably complete account when taken in connection with the sketch of the church in the History of Seymour, pages 173 to 183, and copied by permission in the History of Derby, pages 461 to 469, one of which is available to many of those interested. The occasional publications above mentioned, all of which have been printed at the record office, and many of them gratuitously, number over forty, and some of them are very rare. The plan was changed and all available mate rial was examined. Each of the surviving pastors now remaining in the conference was requested to assist in the work and several of them aided materially in the preparation of the following pages. Yet the work has been hastily done, owing to the very limited time which an editor could spare from his daily labors. Such as it is, he hopes it may be of some value to the church and interesting to the membership.
It has been said that we can judge of the future only by the past, and if in some respects the following pages seem to give too much of of detail, it is yet hoped they may prove useful. Especially in regard to legacies and property titles is full information needed, and not al ways available, even after long and patient research.
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