Resolutions Passed by the East Texas Singing Convention
“From a survey of the past, we find that Lemonade stands and such like has been detrimental to our Convention in many ways, in confusion &c. and against the interest of the Community where we convene.
And as we claim our convention a part of the worship of the most high God, Therefore resolve 1st that we denounce Lemonade stands and such like as being detrimental to our Convention & against the interest of communities where we convene.
Resolve 2nd that we earnestly request trustees of church property to hold sacred the church grounds and not let or sell the same for Lemonade stands and such like. Also earnestly request trustees of school property not to let or sell grounds for Lemonade stands & such like and further request landowners whose land join church or school property where we convene not sell or let grounds for Lemonade stands and such like during the sitting of our Convention.
[This resolution is not dated and appears in the book on page six after the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules of Decorum. It evidently was adopted before 1907, when the constitution, etc. was copied into the new book.]
“Resolved: that it is the sense of the East Texas Singing Convention that all songs that are in the old edition of the Sacred Harp should be retained in the revised edition. And that all new songs that are added should be arranged in an appendix.
And we hereby memorialize the Revision Committee that they retain the old songs and arrange the new ones in an appendix as above suggested.
Resolved further that we ask the cooperation of each and every Convention of Texas to the end that these old songs that we love so well may be perpetuated through the instrumentality of the Sacred Harp.”
Minutes, Friday, July 25, 1913, pp. 38,39
“A Committee of the following brethren J. E. Gentry, Dennis Jones, F. M. Wylie & G. W. Wyatt were appointed by the Pres to correspond with the State Convention in order to try to get the Sacred Harp music broadcasted all over the World and the Committee were instructed to do all in their power to have the music broadcasted.”
Minutes, Friday, July 25, 1924, p. 77
“Bro. R. E. Bartlett and W. T. Coston offered a resolution to merge the Cooper, James, and White Sacred Harps into one book.
The Convention voted their consent.”
Minutes, Friday, July 22, 1932, p. 132
“In the wisdom of the Almighty God Who doeth all things well, He has seen fit to remove from our midst the spirit of our beloved brother J. E. Gentry, whom this convention shall greatly miss, as well as all Sacred Harp singers of Texas.
He began his work when only 14 years of age, and has taught many Sacred Harp Schools.
He has been a leader in the Sacred Harp cause, and was ever ready to assist the young people for the continuation of this work.
May the richest blessings rest upon his family and relatives who have lost a noble parent and friend.
He leaves a vacancy which will be hard to fill.
T. F. Lambert, a noted singer and leader of Sacred Harp music also began the work when a very young man.
God saw best to call Bro. Lambert to his eternal home.
He leaves a host of friends and loving family who mourn his going.
He was loved by all who knew him.
He did great work in the development of Sacred Harp music.
His happiest moments were spent while leading these old songs.
He will be greatly missed throughout the State."
Minutes, Friday, July 26, 1940, p. 193
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