the state of southern universalism in 1850....
first this news:
Henry Clay's compromise slavery resolutions laid before the US Senate
Prussia and Denmark sign peace treaty.
Zachary Taylor dies, Millard Filmore becomes US President
California becomes a state
Browning has published her "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
Emerson (Unitarian) does the "Representive Man"
Hawthorn writes a "Scarlet Letter"
Jenny Lind tours USA under sponsorship of Universalist P.T. Barnum
population of US 23 million of which 3.2 million are slaves
SC has 668,507 (of which 393, 944 were black)
John C. Calhoun (Unitarian attendee) dies in March
2 conventions dealing with southern succession are held ---
listed in the Universalist Companion for 1850 (which actually came out in late 1849)
Kentucky 20 societies, 5 meeting houses, 18 preachers
Tennessee 1 society, 1 meeting house, 1 preacher
Virginia 5 societies, 4 meeting houses, 4 preachers and 2 lay preachers
Hope Bain and J.L.C. Griffin are in Virginia
North Carolina 2 Churches, 17 meeting houses, 1 preacher
Sampson county (the future Red Hill) 20 members; Hallsville (dormant)
Rev J. C. Burruss in Kinston
South Carolina 4 societies 9 meeting houses, 3 preachers
Salubrity, Steedman, Mountain Shoals are where the three preachers live
Georgia 2 societies, 5 meeting houses, 2 preachers
Alabama 4 meeting houses, 4 preachers, 1 periodical "Religious Investigator"
Mississippi 2 preachers - 1 church formed "last year" with 23 members