The formal record starts with the annual meeting of the Virginia Conference in Oxford, North Carolina, on February 24, 1825. On that day, the first of the session, After some discussion on the recommendation of the General Conference That each annual Conference establish a Seminary of Learning under its own regulations and patronage, A motion was made to refer the subject to a Committee of twelve to consist of six mem- bers of the Conference, the balance Local Preachers or laymen of our Church to consider and report the best method of establishing such a Seminary with suitable Constitutional Principles, Which motion prevailed. The term seminary here is a generic one for educational institution, not seminary in the modern sense of theological school. The clerical members, in order listed, were John Early of Lynchburg; Hezekiah Leigh of Petersburg; Caleb Leach of James River District; Charles Cooley of Brunswick (who, the reader may remember, was expelled later in the same session); and William Compton of Granville, Yadkin District.
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Reprinted from Professor James Scanlon's Randolph-Macon College: A Southern History 1825-1967