In the spring of 1899, the Ministers' and Deacons' meeting of New Salem Association, while in session at Cedar Creek Church, appointed a committee to memorialize Salem and New Salem Associations on the question of a History of the Baptists of this sec tion. The committee, from sickness and other causes, failed to do so. In the spring of 1900, at Grant (buena Vista Church), another like committee, consisting Of Elders T. J. Eastes, J. J. Carr, and J. H. Grime, was ap pointed. In the fall of 1900, the matter was presented to both bodies, and a joint committee appointed by the two Associations to get up a History and put it in permanent form. That committee, in connection with a mass meeting of brethren, held at Round Lick Church, in January, 1901, asked this author to prepare said History. This was concurred in by Enon and Wiseman Associations, and Deacon I. M. Williams was appointed to collect material for said work.