Minutes, 17 March 1842

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The motion was seconded by and unanimously carried, on the amendment by .
The then suggested that she would like an argument with on the words Relief and Benevolence.
Prest. J. Smith mov’d that the vote for amendment, be rescinded, which was carried—
Motion for adjournment by and objected by Prest. J. Smith.—
Prest. J. Smith— Benevolent is a popular term— and the term Relief is not known among popular Societies— Relief is more extended in its signification than Benevolent and might extend to the liberation of the culprit— and might be wrongly construed by our enemies to say that the was to relieve criminals from punishment &c. &c— to relieve a murderer, which would not be a benevolent act—
Prest. , said the popularity of the word benevolent is one great objection— no person can think of the word as associated with public Institutions, without thinking of the Washingtonian Benevolent Society which was one of the most corrupt Institutions of the day— do not wish to have it call’d after other Societies in the world—
Prest. J. Smith arose to state that he had no objection to the word Relief— that on question they ought to deliberate candidly and investigate all subjects.
arose to remark concerning the question before the house, that we should not regard [p. 11]
The motion was seconded by and unanimously carried, on the amendment by .
The then suggested that she would like an argument with on the words Relief and Benevolence.
Prest. J. Smith mov’d that the vote for amendment, be rescinded, which was carried—
Motion for adjournment by and objected by Prest. J. Smith.—
Prest. J. Smith— Benevolent is a popular term— and the term Relief is not known among popular Societies— Relief is more extended in its signification than Benevolent and might extend to the liberation of the culprit— and might be wrongly construed by our enemies to say that the was to relieve criminals from punishment &c. &c— to relieve a murderer, which would not be a benevolent act—
Prest. , said the popularity of the word benevolent is one great objection— no person can think of the word as associated with public Institutions, without thinking of the Washingtonian Benevolent Society which was one of the most corrupt Institutions of the day— do not wish to have it call’d after other Societies in the world—
Prest. J. Smith arose to state that he had no objection to the word Relief— that on question they ought to deliberate candidly and investigate all subjects.
arose to remark concerning the question before the house, that we should not regard [p. 11]
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