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From: Merle C Rummel <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Letters
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 07:08:33 -0400
Dale Ratcliffe wrote:
> Recently I received some meeting minutes from a COB church in Arizona. The
> minutes frequently referred to "letters." Could someone explain the use of
> letters? Were they used for transferring membership from one church to
> another and as proof of church business? Here are some examples:
> Bro. Peter Forney was granted a traveling letter.
> Bro. Isaac Forney also asked for his letter again but it was refused because
> he was not leaving.
> Letters were granted to Sister Bertha Gillett and Bro. Ezra Fike
> Letters received as follows: Ruben Young (Deacon) and wife Clara.
> Bro. J.G. Rarick and wife was granted letter of membership
> The following letters were received.
In the Church of the Brethren, these letters are almost entirely for
transfer of membership. It is normal to give a letter to families as
they move away. I have seen such letters going back to the early 1800s.
Merle C Rummel