The motion was seconded by Counsellor Cleveland 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amendment, be rescinded, which was carried—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 Society was to
relieve criminals from punishment &c. &c— to relieve a murderer, which would not
be a benevo lent act—
Prest. , said the popularity of the word benevolent is one great objection— no
person can think of the word as associated with public Instit utions, 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.
Counsellor Cleveland arose to remark concerning the question before the
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