Church Case in the
The long drawn out Jamestown church case of
Rev. J.R. Wallace against the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian
church of North America was heard in the Supreme Court at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Rev. Mr. Wallace was installed as pastor of the United Presbyterian
church at Jamestown in 1871, and he held that position until 1892, when he and
the session of his church began to disagree.
The result of this was that charges were preferred against Rev. Mr.
Wallace in Lake Presbytery. He was
accused of failing a proper respect to the session.
There was a division in the church, many of the members taking the side
of the pastor. The Presbytery
dismissed Rev. Mr. Wallace from his congregation and he took an appeal to the
Synod. The Synod reversed the
Presbytery and reinstated him, and the Presbytery took an appeal to the General
Assembly. The General Assembly
reversed the Synod. Rev. Mr.
Wallace was dismissed finally from his charge by this decision.
He filed a bill in equity against the General Assembly, asking that an
injunction issue restraining it from interfering with him in his pastoral duties
at the Jamestown church. The bill
was dismissed by the lower court and an appeal was taken by Rev. Mr. Wallace to
the Supreme Court, and was heard as above stated.
No decision has yet been rendered.
Herald, Nov 3, 1899