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APRIL, 1871. 

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idams, Rev. E., Articlo by, . 158 

Agricaltaral Prospecto, . 185 

American Home Missionaiy Society, 
49; Forty-fourth Anniversary, 
49; Officei8,51; Meeting of 
Board of Directors, 51 ; An- 
nual Beport of, 52 ; Sommary 
of Results, 53; Treasury, 54; 
General Comparative Results, 
55; Distribution of Mission- 
aries, 56, 57 ; Principal Auxil- 
iaries, 58. 
Among' the Lumbermen, . 78 

Anaheim, CaL, ... 8,284 
Angel Ministries, . . 120 

Another Gospel, . . . .170 
Answers to t^e Appeal, . . 244 
AK>eal for Help, .... 173 
Are Ministers Hirelings? . » 43 

Baldwin, Rev. Theron, D.D., De- 
cease of, 

Baldwin, Rev. Theron, Article by, 
Barbour, Prof. W. M., D.D., Article 


Barrows, Rev. William, D.D., Arti- 
cle by, 

Bees paying Church Debts, 

Beginning Anew, . * . 

Benton, Rev. J. A., D.D., Articles 

^ bjs 1, 

Bereayed, ..... 

Better Things, .... 

**Bewareof Dogs," . 

B% Meeting, 

Big Trees, . . . 

Blakeslee, Rev. S. V., Article 1^, . 

Books Wanted, .... 

Brethren of the Dispersion, 



















Bright Spots and Dark, 

Building, .... 

Building a Meetang-House, . 

BnBding for the Future, 

Burnt Over, .... 266 

By-Ways, 165 

CaMfOTnia, . 20, 45, 72 

Changes, 17 

Chinese Problem, ... 126 
Christian Union, . .248,289 

Church at Greeley, CoL, . . 185 
Church Edifice Completed, . . 142 


Churches, 209 

Church Home Wanted, ... 120 
Church of Age, ..... 293 
Church Organized, . . 169, 186 
Circuit-Riding, .... 76 
Colorado, Dakota and Wyoming, 72 
Comfort in Sorrow, . . .121 
Congregational Idea, ... 1 
Congregational Statistics, . 297 
Connecticut, .... 201 
Connecticut Home Missionary So- 
ciety, 61 

Contract, 2:)9 

Conversion, .... 284 

Conversion of our Country, . . 85 

Corey, A, W., Article by, . . 198 

Council, 259 

Country, 189 

Courageous and Grateful, . . 286 

Cramped, 244 

Curtis, Mra A. W., Articlo by, . 295 

Dana, Rev. M. M. G., Article by, 25 

Dancing before the Lord, . . 147 
Dark and Bright, ... 121 

Dark Look, 116 

Debt of the Country and the Age to 

the Churches of the Pilgrims, 229 
Death^s Doings, . . . .149 
Decease of Rev. G. C. Morse, 124 ; 

Benjamin Perkins, Esq., 197; 

Rev. P. C.'Pettibone, 171 ; Mrs. 

St. Clair, 194; Rev. Benjamin 

P. Btone, D.D., 223 ; Rev. S. J. 

Whiton, 104; Rev. G. L. Wood- 
. hull, 196. 
Dedication, ... 10, 78 

Deficiency, 221 

DiscoTiragements, . . . 184 
Distribution of Missionaries, . 56, 57 
Drinking in the Word, . . 143 
Dying Miner, 43 

Early Harvest, 
Employed Minister, . 
Enough Wheat, 

Features of the Country, . 
Field and Man, 
Financial Question, . 


First Impressions, 

First Service, . . . . 

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Five Years on the Frontier, . .188 

Flood, 288 

Fluctuations, . ... 141 
Footprints of the Pilgrims across 'the 

Continent, .... 277 

Foreign Work, .... 118 
Forty-Fourth Anniversary of the 
American Home Missionary So- 

deiy, 49 

Four Years and Graduated, . 37 

Fourteen Years, .... 33 

Four Years* Work, , . . 123 

Freedmen Looking Up, . . . 125 

From Dark to Light, ... 36 

From Home to Foreign, . . 38 

Fruit Gathered, ... 121 

Fruits of Eevival, .... 168 

Gain, 286 

Chithering and Building, . . 15 

Gathering the Fruit, . . . 169 

Gaylord, Rev. Reuben, ... 45 
Article by, 102; Resigns his 

Agency, .... 30 

General Comparative Results, . 55 

Qem^anWork, .... 77 

Getting Homes, .... 166 

Glimpses of Home Missionaiy Life, 205 

"Going West," .... 117 

Good Beginning, ... 261 

Greatness of the Work, ... 33 

Growth of the West, ... 125 

Had Never Heard of Christ, . . 288 

Happy Times in the Parsonage, . 295 

Hard Heads, 241 

Hard Times, .... 226 

Health-Seekers, .... 259 

Hearing Candidates, . . . 200 

Helpers Needed, .... 285 

Helper Wanted, . . . 117 

His Field, 186 

His First Quarter, ... 16 
His Home in Ashes, . . . 264 
His Home Work, ... 79 
His New Field, .... 76 
Hobart, Rev. L. S. , Visit to Virginia, 18 
Holmes, Rev. J. Milton, Article by, 105 
Holy Competition, ... 191 
Home Missionary Beginnings in Da- 
kota, 253 

Home Missionary Collegfe, . . 145 

Home of General Grant, . . 198 

Homework, .... 119 
Hooker, Rev. H.B., D.D., Articles 

by,. . . . 41,178,182 

How shall we get Ministers ? . 109 

Illinois, . . 45, 65, 116, 154, 224 

Improvement, . . . 218, 262 

Independent, 147 

Indiana, 64 

Indian Massacre, .... 32 

InfideKty Giving Way, . 293 

Ingatitiering, 77 

In His Father's Steps, . . 214 


Installation, 33 

Invading the '* Old Dominion," . 172 

Iowa, ., . . . .21, 68, 153 
Iowa, As it was and As it is, . . 158 
Itinerant Congr^^ationalists, . 169 

Itinerating, 33 

Joy in the Service, ... 12 

Just Starting, .... 237 

Kansas, . . . . 20, 45, 70 
Keeping Tavern and Hospital, . 239 

Labor and Recompense, . . 211 

Lack of Ministers, .... 296 
Large Contributions, ... 45 

Lay Sermon, 247 

Letters from Missionaries: F. W. 
Adams, 146 ; J. W. Allen, 154, 
218; F. Alley, 10, 286; B. M. 
Amsden, 215 ; R Andrus, 217 ; 
F. A. Armstrong, 15, 195; L 
W. Atherton, 141, 236; J. L. 
Atkinson, 120; A. A. Baker, 
239; Z. Baker, 20; R Barber, 
187; D. R. Barker, 145; J. S. 
Barris, 21 ; W. H. Barrows, 13 ; 
R M. Betts. 115, 258; J. M. 
Bowers, 81, 99 ; R T. Branch, 
15; C. C. Breed, 101; L. W. 
Brmtnall, 21 ; J. li. Burger, 
20; W. R. Butcher, 184; M. J. 
Callan; 243; O. P. Champlin, 
189; J. Chew, 261; W. J. 
Clarke, 20; O. P. Clinton, 217; 
J. T. Closson, 21 ; W. L. Cole- 
man, 192, 215 • D. W. Comstock, 
237; T. Condon, 75; A. Con- 
net, 31 ; J. Copeland, 287; F. 
Crang, 12, 291 ; M. K Cross, 
14; A. W. Curtis, 121, 154; W. 
A. Cutler, 212, 288; R P. 
Dada, 21, 166 ; J. F. Damon, 
282; J. A. Davies, 46; T. W. 
Davies, 16: J. D. Davis, 10, 
19, 165, 259 ; H. P. De Forest, 
101; F. B Doe, 240; S. R. 
Dole, 38, 148; J. W. Donald- 
son, 45; C. Doolittle, 45; A. 
Dresser, 166, 236; M. L. East- 
man, 265; J. R EUiott, 33 ; G. 
R. Ellis, 96, 165; P. Fay, 21 ; 
Z. R Feemster, 124, 242; J. 
W. Fitzmaurice, 169; A, H. 
Fletcher, 79; W. C. Foster, 20, 
290: H. T. Fuller, 78, 216; R. 
Gaylord, 20, 80, 45 ; R Geny, 
285- S. B. Goodenow, 144; A. 
M. Goodnough, 258 ; D. Gore, 
149; J. F. Graf, 77, 289; R. 
Graves, 184; C. Gray, 238; G. 
Griffiths, 219; S. N. Grout, 97; 
d. Hardy, 39 ; B. F. Haskins, 
154; R Hatch, 169; B. F. 
Haviland, 214; W. D. Henry, 
244; H. L. Higgins, 39, 147; 


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R. S. HilL 153; P. H. Hol- 
lister, 90, lo4, 193; Home Mis- 
Bionajry's Widow, 245; A. V. 
House, 191 ; G. A. Hoyt, 11 ; 
G. B. Hubbaid, 172; F. T. In- 
galls, 261; C. Irons, 46; I. 
Jacobus, 116, 188; A, P. John- 
son, 154 ; J. R. Johnston, 18 ; 
J. A. Jones, 78 ; T. Jones, 123 ; 
W. L. Jones, 76 ; W. W. Jones, 
153; F. W. Judiesch, 291; S. 
H. Kellogg, 32; A. Kidder, 
224; J, S. Kidder, 122; J. W. 
Kidder, 237; E. E. Kirkland, 
80; D. Lane, 145; A. C. La- 
tiuop, 262; M. M. Longley, 
220; H. D. Lowing, 37; J. M. 
McLain, 20; A. Manson, 33; 
J. T. Marsh, 88; M. M. Mar- 
tin, 193; C. H. Merrill, 263; 
R W. Merrill, 33; J. G. Mer- 
liU, 209; O. W. Merrill, 20, 
142, 209, 285 ; W. C. Merritt, 
235; O. H. Miles, 12; M. N. 
Miles, 260 ; Missionary, 14, 192, 
221, 222, 223, 244, 245 ; A. R. 
MitcheU, 243; J. G. Myers, 
147; J. F. Morgan, 116; L. P. 
NorcrosB, 266; G. B. Nutting, 
118, 289; A. A. Overton, 121; 
A. K Packard, 77; J. D. Par- 
ker, 211, 287; J. S. Pattengill, 
150 ; S. D. Peet, 248 ; S. Pen- 
field, 154; E. Perkins, 101 ; G. 
G. Pei^ins, 46, 123; L. M. 
Pierce, 36; A. J. Pike, 289; 

A. Pinkerton, 167 ; H. D. Piatt, 
154; L. H. Piatt, 238; J. 0. 
PXtunb, 188; 0. H. Pope, 20; 
A. H. Post, 214; J. Porter, 17, 
40; J. J. Powell, 116, 258; J. 
N. PoweU, 241; R N. Ray- 
mcHid, 80; A. L. Riggs, 38; J. 
G. Roberts, 293; S. R.,Rosboro, 
76 ; G. B. Rowley, 149, 171 ; R. 

C. Rowley, 45; A- St. Clair, 
194, 241 ; C. C. Salter, 100 ; J. 

D. Sands, 34, 264; L. J. Saw- 
yer, 211 ; J. Sootford, 148 : R. 
W. Seaver, 218; H. W. Shaw, 
117; C. B. Sheldon, 190, 288; 
S. Sheldon, 186, 260; G. 
Smith, 190; W. J. Smith, 213; 
W. W. Snell, 98; «. Spauld- 
ing, 85, 121: W. Spell, 18; J. 
G. Spencer, 220 ; £. R Stiles, 
153: S. D. Storrs, 286; C. 
Tmyior, 85 ; 0. A. Thomas, 31 ; 
A- M. Thome, 169; N. Thomp- 
aon, 129, 142, 185, 285; S. H. 
Thompson, 14, 122 ; J. D. Todd, 
119 ; R. Tohnan,266; J. Tomp- 
Idns, 129; R M. TmmeU, 262; 

B. B. Turner, 129; J. R. Up- 
ton, 98, 167: J. M- VanWag- 

r, 12; P. W.Wallace, 46; J. 


Ward, 97, 185 ; J. H. Warren, 
8, 30, 283 ; W. H. Warren, 16 ; 
C. L. Watson, 170; R R Web- 
ber, 153 ; M. Wells, 36, 168 ; F. 
Wheeler, 195; H. Willaid, 


119; W. Wilmott, 195 
Williams, 154; J. T. 
129,284; C.D.Wright, 

Liberal offer, . 

Life on the Frontier, 

Light Breaking in, 

Light Shines, 

Lions in the Way, . 

Looking for Eden, 

Los Angeles, Cal., . 




Maine Missionary Society, 

Making a Place, . 

Manley, Rev. Ira, Article by. 

Manning, Rev. J. M., D.D., 

Massadkusetts Home Missionaiy So- 
Material Blessings, 
Material House, 
Means to Stay, 
Meeting of t^ie Board, 
Mental Hunger, . 
Men Wanted, . 


Mingled Cup, . 

Ministerial Support, . 

Minnesota, .... 21 

Missouri, . . . .46, 66, 

Model Frontier, .... 

Money, Man and Horse Wanted, . 

Moral Swamp, .... 

Morse, Rev. G. C, Decease of, . 

Mrs. Porter's School, 

Must have a Bell, • . . . 

G. W. 




















Nebraska, . . . 20, 45, 71 

Nebraska's Opportunity and Need, 285 
Needs and Pr(»spects, . . 264 

New-Comers, .... 117 
New Experience, .... 21f6 
New Hampshire Missionaiy Society, 59 ' 
New Haven, Conn., Ladies^ Soc. of 

First Church, .... 245 
New House, .... 77 

New Man and New Field, . . 261 
Newport, Cal., .... 284 
New Territories, .... 19 
New York, .... 62 

Noble Example, . . . .224 
Not Dead Yet^ .... 115 
Not Discouraged Yet, . . . * 89 
Not on Another's Foundation, . 118 
Nourishing Mother, ... 98 

Obstacles, 266 

Of Judgments, .... 35 

Of Mercies, 86 

Ohio, 46, 63 

Old Story, 237 


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One GeimoQ Church off the 

One Year Ago, 

One Year and Goes Alone, 

One Year Closed, . 

Oa the Frontier, 

On the Pacific Road, 

On the Skirmish Line, 

Open Door, . 

(^)en-Handed, . 

Opening Field; 



Organize Churches, 

Oroville, Cai, . 

Our Church Fair, . 

Our Hopes, 

Our Nation^s Resources, . 

Our New Haven Helpers, 

Out in the Woods, . 

Outlook, . 







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. 193 

. 293 

20, 73, 201 
. 271 
. 116 
. 127 

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a Feeble 

Pacific Pilgrims, . 


Parting Words, 

Passages in the Histoiy of 

Past and Future, . 
** Pegging away " in Egypt, 
People, .... 
PerkiniB, Benj., Decease of, 
Pettibone, Eev. P. C, Decease of, 


Pilgrim Fathers of New Kngland, 

Pilgrim Memorial, 

Pioneer Experience, 

Pioneering in Dakota, 

Pleasant Incidents, 

Pleasant Reminiscence, 

Plenty of Work, . 

Plenty to Do, .... 

Plud^, . . . . 

Porter, Rev. Jeremiah, Article by. 

Precious Revival, . 

Prejudice against Color, . 

Principal Auxiliaries, 

Privilege of Woric, . 

Protracted Meetings, 

Quickening Spirit, 

Railroad Excitements,^ . 

Railroads Means of Grace, . 

Rejoicing, . . . 

Rejoicing in the Sanctuary, 

Relation of Home to Foreign Mis- 
sions, • . 

Reports Progress, 

Resigns his Agency, 


Review and Prospect, 

Revivals : Albany, Kan. , 81 ; Anoka, 
Minn., 87; Arena, la., 121; 
Augusta, Kan., 287; Blandens- 
viUe, Di, 45; Brookfield, Mo. 
100; Burlington, Kan., 287, 
Central City, la., 18; Cresoo', 
























la., 78; Franklin, la., 291; 
Glenwood, Mo. , 36 ; Greenville, 
HL, 220; Haipersfield, N. Y., 
38; Harvard, HL, 149; James- 
town, N. Y., 244; Kidder, Mo., 
46, 123; Manchester, la., 158; 
Mattawan, Mich., 128; Oak 
Grove, Wis., 86, 168; Osseo, 
Wis., 14; Percival, la., 290; 
Pinckney, Mich., 169; Quin- 
daro, Kan., 286; Rio Vista, 
Cal., 116, 258; Rochester Mills, 
HL, 46 ; St. Charles, Minn., 12; 
Salem, la., 21; Shirland, HI., 
154; Victoria, HI., 154; Weep- 
ing Water, Neb., 11; West 
MSlgrove, O., 46; Windsor, 
Mo., 81, 99; Winnebago City, 
Minn., 119; Woodstock, Hli, 
Revival Labors, .... 28T 

Rhode Island Home Missionary So- 
ciety, . . . . . 61 
Robbins, Rev. S. W., Attide by, 267 

Roy, Rev. J. E., D.D., Articles by, 

103, 152, 277 

Sad Bereavement, . . . * 
St. Clair, Mrs. A., Decease of. 
Saint Mary ^s, Kan., . 
Salter, Rev. William, D.D., Article 


San Bernardino, CaL, 

San Buenaventura, Cal., . . 9, 

Sanctuary, .... 

Santa Barbara, Cal, . .9, 

Sectarian Divisions, . 

Sectarianism, .... 

Self-Support, .... 

Shall they Build ? . 

Shipman, Rev. T. L., Article by. 

Sickness and Bereavement, . 

Signs of Good, .... 

Silver Lining, .... 

Slightly Healed, 

Some of our Hindrances, 

Sons of New England, 

Sorrow and Joy, .... 

Southern Trip, .... 

Southern Caliiiomia, 

Spiritism, ..... 

Spiritual Blessings, 

Spiritual Warfare, 

Starting Anew,*" .... 

Stone, Rev. Benj. P., D.D., Decease 


Stray Sheep, 

Struggling Along, 

Struggling to Build, 

Success of Missions, . 

Sunmiary Justice, .... 

Summary of Results, 

Sunday Picnics, .... 

Sunday School, .... 

Sunshine, . . . • ^ 

























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Sapplj, 222 

Sore Oorenant, .... 248 

Taking' Leave, .... 14 
Tappan, Arthur, Memoir of, by his 

Brother, .... 174 

" Teaching Prieets " Wanted, . . 164 

Temptationfi of Dependent Churches, 1 82 

Thankless Service, ... 192 

Thanks, 83 

That Welcome Barrel, 13 

The Home Work, .... 44 

The Land and its Needs, 1 

Then and Now, .... 217 

TheSouth, .... 73 

The Pbice and the Work, . > . 243 

lUck Cloud, .... 35 
Three Months' Growth, . . .144 

To Promote a Kevival, . 42 
Tour of Exploration, . .185 

Tiammg-Schools, ... 101 


54, 198, 221 

Under the Eod, .... 193 

Underwood, Rev. A., Article by, . 42 

Vennont, 201 

Vermont Domestio Missionaiy So- 
ciety, . ... 50, 197 

Yeteran's Overcoat, ... 246 

ViattotheLaterior, ... 260 

Walker, Alfred, Article by, 



Ward, Eev. Joseph, Article by, . 268 
Way to Build, .... 288 
Week of Prayer, . . . 285, 286 
Welcome Commission, . . 16 

What of To-morrow ? . . .267 
What has made New England ? . lOS 
Wheat for Nothing, ... 38 
Whiton, Rev. S. J., Decease of, . 104 

Wide Field, 184 

Widow's Prayers, ... 236 

Williams, Eev. F., Article by, . 104 

Wine and Wealth, ... 9 

Wisconsm, 45, 67, 156 

Woodhull, Rev. Georpe S., Decease 

of, ... . 196 
Work, . .238,282,280 
Work and Gratitude, ... 38 

Working Trip, .... 240 
Work in Kansas, . 200 

Work in Texas, . . • . 260 
Work of the Spirit, ... 290 
Wreck, 86 

Tale College and Home Missions, . 181 

Yankee Settlements, ... 18 

Yankees not Faded, . . 287 

Year in His New Field, . 97 

Year of Jubilee, .... 215 

Year of Planting, ... 214 

Year of Trial, .... 193 

Year's Work, . . .11, 119 

Year's Work in Illinois, ... 103 


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Boxei of Clothing, sent directly and witboot anj pardcultr detignatioii, to ih& offlo* 
of the Americen Home Mlssioiiary Society, will be forwarded to sodi miiwionariea aa are 
known to be most in need of them, with requesta from the Society to those who reoeife 
them, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respectife donors. 

Experience has shown as that^ when an indiridaal or association, intendteg to prepare 
a box, writes to the Societj to naye a particular missionary desi|^ted, and a detailed 
account of the dronmstances of hSs family giTen, the information is not always at hand, 
so that the letter can be promptly and satisfactorily answered. And when it is, it not 
nnfreqnently happens Uiat, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains for 
months nnsupphed, when, if it were not for this designatloii, he might be furnished 
with articles placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, while 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the misrionary from other sources, so thai 
when the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It is pr«ren«d, therefore, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
the special designation of the boxes of dothine that are not put up for any indiridnal in 
particular, shoiUd be left to the discretion of the officers of the Sodety, a/Hr thty reach 
tk$ ^fl€$. It is belieTed that they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
generoualy contribute them, better than in any other in which the B<Mlety can baTe aa 


1. Put indde the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a papet 
or letter oonta|ning a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated Talue of the whole^ 
with the name of Uie Indiridual or association from whom it comes, and the address of the 
Indiridual to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent 

2. A copy, in full, of the memorandum put inside of the box diould be sent In a lettet 
to the office of the Sodety. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what convey- 
anc& the box was forwarded ; in it should be indosed, also, such mon^ as is intended 
for toe payment of freight It is desirable that freight should be prorided for in all cases, 
if practicable. The freight and expenses on a box ? arr from $8 to $6, aooordbg to itf 
dae and the distance it is seat A harrd can be forwarded at less expense than a box ol 

8. The box should be fhlly and plainly mariced, amd the plaee from wkkk U eomM shoul# 
ALWAYS appear mi (A* cmtiUk^ so that there may be no necessity for opening it ai the 
office. It should be strong, ti^^t, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, ot 
otherwise friUy secured aninst the effects of hard usage on the way. 

4. Boxes may be aUreetd to dtiier of tiie Secretaries, BIMe House, Aitor FUce 


Bcaes of Clothing form no part of a misdonaiy's regular appropriation. The Sodetj 
needs the same amount of money, therefore, in order to meet promptiy its stipulations 
with Its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and It would be no faror to a 
missionary to recdTc a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that woul/ 
otherwise be sent him roust be proportiondly diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home MissicHiary, therefore, will ererywhere see to It tha^ 
they giTO none the less money, in consequence of thdr giring other things that are need- 
frU anid conyenient We hope, on the contrary, thdr sympa^ies will be so awakened in 
the preparation of the lesser fg^ that they wul fed it to be their pririlege, not only to 
continue, but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to what is to be put into the box, while dothfaiff of woollen or Ifaien fiMca, 
shoes, boots, writing paper, and books will be specially valuable, scarody any thbig in the 
ahape of plain, substantial wearing appard or bedding, or which is of common use in any 
form in a fiunily, will come amiss. KnlTcs and forks, spoons, a pdr of sdssors, a spool dr 
ootton, a skein of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dosen of buttons, a 
thimble, a tnmbler, a thi cop, a ddmmer, or a pepper box, need not be left out 

When artides of dotUng are not fitted to the members of tiie families to which boxeo 
are sent, missionaries are in the way of makhig such exchanges with each other thai 
almost Sffery thtaig which a box max contain is turned to good account 


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Miss Nellie I. Button, 
Westfisld, MaBB. 

PerkinB Oollection 


Go, Preach the Gospel. Mark xtL 15. 

How shall they preach exoept thej be bxiit f . ,Rom, z. 15. 

Vol Xlilll. MAY. 1870. No. 1. 


Bj Professor Joseph A. Bemtok, D.D., of San Frandsco, Califoroia. ^ " J 

[We gladly reproduce in these pages the sabstance of a Discourse preached By the 
Be?. Professor Benton in the Second Congregational church of San Franoisco, 
December 19tb, 1869, in commemoration of "Fore&thera' Day/' The Diocourse will be 
found worthy of a wider circle of readers than would be likely to see J%e Pac{fie, in which 
it was printed. It may also serve to remind our Home Missionary brethren of the reoom- 
mendation of the " Jubilee Committee,** *' that during the month of May every Gongrega- 
tional pastor set forth ttom the pulpit our obligations to the Pilgrim Fathers, the in- 
ftHoee oi their fidth and polity upon the character of the nation, and the duty we owe 
to the memory and principles of the Fathers, to maintain, enlarge and transmit the in- 
heritance we have received at their hands.*'] 

^'And when they ven come to JertfoUmy they were received of tlw church and of the 
epodiee and eldert, and they declared all thinfft that God had done with them,*^ — ^Acrs XT. 4. 

Thb text records the assembling of the first Oonnoil held by the Ohristian 
church, sabaeqaent to the planting of ohnrches of Christ beyond the limits of the 
Holy Land, and in vorioas parts of the. Boman empire, and among the gentile 
population. This conncil had a question of doctrine and daty to settle, as between 
some Jewish and some gentile converts. Its work was soon happily aocomplished, 
and it was formally adjonmed, because the q>ecial reason for its existence was 
nokoger in force. Yet it remains on record as the divinely sanctioned means 
of dJ^KWJDg of all chnroh questions, there being no record of any different 
method daring the life-time of the apostles, and the earlier Ohristian fjetthen. 

We hold that all the evidence we have concerning the Christian churches 
of the first oentnry of the Christian era, and a part of the second oentory, shows 
them to have beoi separate^ indepeodent, and self-^^emed bodies, hearing 
what gnidesi teachers and in^eaohers had to sAy and soggest^ and thenrprooeed- 
ing to the choice of <^oer8, teachers, deacons and agents, or to the administra- 
tkn oi discipline, by popolar vote, expressed by the uplifted hand ; although 
fhe mode of election schema not in all cases to have been uniform* In some way, 
howerer, positively or negatively, the believers all had a voice in the manage- 
BM&t of aifidrs, the use of discipline, and in the choice of officers, servants, pastors 
■nd teadiers. This order of proceedings in the house of the Lord continued 
where H was introduced, for .'a hundred years, without 'Imuoh* change. In the 


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latter half of the second century, we perceive here and there innoTations, and 
osarpations of authority, and exaltations of this man and that, who was the 
pastor of some groat city church, and especially of some church in which one of 
the great apostles had lahored, in the laying of its foundations. And abont the 
beginning of the third oentury we find that there were some who were called 
bishops and presbyters, somewhat in the modern sense. 

And then the Roman empire was fkUing upon its evil days. Its glory 
waned ; darkness crept in ; edacation was more than ever neglected ; the public 
morality degenerated ; faith faltered ; the churches grew cold and quarrelsome. 
Rulers patronized religion for the sake of the popularity it might bring; clergy • 
men grew ambitious of place and power ; Christianity, lifted into high places, 
was tainted with their corruption ; the world bowed down to it, and it, in turn, 
bowed down to the world. As piety went out, prelacy came in. Losing its 
holiness, the church lost its liberty. Ceasing to govern itself by the light of the 
divine wisdom, it became the victim of those who were only worldly wise. 

This gradual decay of piety, and encroachment of ignorance, and usurpation 
of power by ecclesiastics and rulers went on from the beginning of the fourth 
century, until it blackened out into the fearftd shadow of the papacy at Rome, 
for a part of the church, in the sixth and seventh centuries. " The gradations 
of ecclesiastical organization and church management in this backward and 
baleful movement, were from congregational to parochial, from parochial to 
diocesan, from diocesan to patnarchaJ, and from patriarchal to papal.^' With the 
papacy began what is distinctively Roman Catholicism. There were no Roman 
Catholics in the earlier centuries. The name does not appear in history till 
after the best ages of early Christianity had passed away. 

During all the primary centuries of the exbtence of the Christian church, 
that branch of it which existed in Europe was known as the Western or Latin 
church, in contradistinction from the Eastern or Grecian church. And during 
these early centuries the preeminence was largely with the churches of the East, 
even if it has not been so since. And when our pert Roman Catholics inquire 
of us where our Protestant churches were before the time of the Reformation, 
we can answer, by asking them whepe the Roman Catholic church was before 
the time of the Longobards ? We can answer, again, by saying that they were 
in the bosom of the Roman Catholic church, all the while protesting against its 
crimes and trying to reform its abases and to correct its errors. 

By the time the Roman Catholic church had become consolidi^ted under the 
papacy, in the seventh century, the Christian church elsewhere had fallen apart 
into various divinons, of a doctrinal or national origin. Most of these sections 
of the original church have survived all the changes of time and circumstance, 
and are found, in large or small numbers, in a more or less degenerated and 
nnscriptural condition, near the regions where they flonri^ed of old. These 
sections of nominal Christendom are, chiefly, the Ibllowing: The Roman oihurch, 
the Greek, the Armeoian, the Nestorian, the Syrian and the Coptic church. 
Of these, the Roman and Grecian l>ranche6 are muck the largest ; and either one 
of them is more numerons than dl the remaining four together. The Grecian 
chvroh differs from the Roman in some matters of organisation, ceremony^ 
ritual and practice, bnt not very essentially in doetrine. It claims to be tbk 
original and true churchy from which Romanism has separated itself sohlsmat- 
loally, and is therefore heretioal, in so to ae it differs fh>m itself and sets up 
claiiiB in opposition to itseUl In general^ it may be said that there is not mudi 
to choose hetween them and not much to choose in them, which oannot be found 


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elsewhere. They are intereetiog ; not for piety, beaotj, goodness and Christian 
bre; hot, as monuments of the past, studies of history, developments of human 
nature, instances of the vitality of the Christian ideal under the worst auapioea, 
and as warnings against the insidious errors of prelacy, and the ambitions of a 
titled and worldly priesthood. 

After the papacy had flourished three centuries, in its own bad way, admin* 
iitsring eodefiiaatieal affiurs as if they were political, and using church machinery 
to subjugate nations, and the Inquisition to enable it to set its foot on the necks 
of longs, and dreaming ambitious dreams of despotic sway over tributary con- 
tinents, the Mohammedan fanaticism, in wildness and ftiry surpassed its own, 
and the Saracens swept over Africa, Asia Central, Syria, Asia Minor, crossed 
over into Europe, and at length thundered at the gates of some of the proud 
cities of Romanism. These were dark ages indeed. There was no inward light 
nor outward visi(m. ^' Darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the 
people.^' The world swung out into chaos and night. The chill of death fell 
open the nations. But the'approach of danger aroused some, and the thought 
that the infidel and false prophet were in possession of the holy places of 
ehriftendom disturbed others ; and then the voice of Peter the Hermit broke 
the slumber of Europe, and the Crasaders, for two centuries, were doing their 
work of rescue and of failure. When all was over, and Saladin remained the 
lord of an nnbroken empire covering the great East, and tlie broken ranks of 
the Graaaders had straggled back to their homes, something had been gained, 
but not the precise thing sought Some new forms of knowledge, of science, 
of aequaiotance with the world, of facts of history, and store of classic books, 
euse to the mind of Europe with the returned Crusaders. 

Then, for three centuries, men wrote, and argued, and preached, and mul- 
tqilied copies of ancient writings. In the church arose new lights. The 
'^Belbrmers before the Reformation" fought their good fight and kept the faith. . 
The better part of the church could scarcely refrain from bursting out into 
lebelfion a^nst the growing corruptions and abuses at Rome. Finally, in the 
nzteenth century, the profligapy of the times, the efOrontery of power, and the 
public, wioked, and unblushing sale of indulgencof for the sake of raising 
BKMwy, led to the great Reformation under Luther, to the renewing of the 
JttteHeetnal, moral and spiritual l\fd of Europe, and to the changing of the des* 
tiey of mankind. The greater and the better half of Europe renounced the cor- 
raptioDs aod errors of Romanism, and retained whatever was good, and pro-^ 
teaUd against every thing evil which it could not remove. Romanism felt 
terrfldy the blow, from which it has never recovered, and never can. It called 
at ooee a grand Council, that of Trent, on purpose to meet and put down the 
BsioriBation. It met, time and again, fbr several years, but accomplished 
ahnost noChhug beyond sha]^ tiie attitude of Roman CathoScs toward Protest- 
aata, unleashing the hounds of persecution, kindling the fires of martyrdom, 
dsikeniog the dungeons of the Inquisition, and making havoc of God^s heritage. 

Kowy at length, after more than three cwtnries, the Roman church has 
calkd another grand Council of its forces, to resist and put down the schools 
of the age, the spirit of liberty, the spread of Protestantism, the advance of the 
wwrid ; to assert the snperiority of itself^ as it was a thousand years ago, and 
ise r ea itself infidlible, even in its changes— for, it has been chaDgIng, is changed, 
md Hves iadreadofftirtiier change. In animus, tn purpose, and in other t^egards, 
ilaay be always the same ; but, in how vmaf things is the Romw dknroh a 
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it powerfollj. That reaction has heen idtt in no period more powerfUly than 
doruig the last three years; nor has it heen seen at any time more manifestlx 
than in the altered relationiB of snoh powers as those of Austria and Spain — 
heretofore bigoted and blind in their deyotion. Bomanism can no longer b« 
what it has been in the world. It most be again severed, or reformed* The 
Council at Borne, now in session, may precipitate such a movemeot ; it can do 
nothing to hinder it. The very attempts it diall make to block the swift wheda 
of progress will bring the catastrophe down* P^re Hyaointhe is the mant 
cowrier, the forerunner, we trust, of the goodly number who ediall flee the errors 
they cannot support ; and fleeing, shall hasten the impending crisis, and make 
sure the grand upheaval 

As already intimated, our Protestantism has the same remote ancestry as 
Bomanism. It had the same history, after the first two centuries, down to the 
period of the Beformation. It was neither better nor worse than Bomanism 
till that time. It has existed always, but for many centuries in the bosom of 
the Boman church. It existed there just as liberty has existed through ages of 
despotism, in the hearts of thinkers, in the persons of the pure and prayerful, 
in the society of the few who could love and trust each other, and talk privately 
of their views, desires, aspirations and hopes. It has existed in that which is 
known as the church immble, in every age. It has waited, and watched, and 
never found its opportunity — existed even in times when it was thought to have 
no being. And when the secrets of the ages are unfolded, it will amaze most 
of us to learn how numerous have been the genuine protestants in every century 
and country against the abuses and errors of Bomanism — ^how many hundreds 
and thousands there have been who have not bowed the knee to Baal nor kissed 
their hand to the pope. 

That there is held by the Boman church a great deal of truth, that it holds 
most of the truths which are essential to salvation, that many pious and saintly 
souls have been reared within it, and that it has, at this day, valuable elements 
and worthy members, is not denied, but granted. But the full statement of the 
case is, that the truth is so much buried up in rubbish, overlaid with traditions, 
muffled with errors, and cdbcealed behind forms and ceremonies, as to be rarely 
perceived and slightly felt In some of the classic buildings of 'antiquity were 
walls that had been exquisitely painted. These, coming into the possession of 
ignorant monks and superstitious p(q>ists, were smeared over, washed over, 
plastered over, and painted over, time and again, with daubs of those ecclesiastic 
subjects fashionable in the middle ages. No one looking at such a wall could 
surmise what was underneath. Accident might lead to suspicion, and suspicion 
might lead to search, and search might, by the aid of chemistry and water, bring 
out the beauty of the original painting. Just so are the precious truths of the 
gospel held by the Boman church. They are held down so feu*, and are covered 
so deep, and are smeared over, and varnished over, and painted over, and cur- 
tained round, and so dimly lighted, that none suspect their existence who do not 
dig for them, and scrape for them, and wash them o£^ and thus bring them into 
the light 

Beautiful parchments have been found in monasteries and libraries, which 
were apparently covered with but the lucubrations of dreamy mystics, and writ- 
ten all over, and crosswise, with the fabled lives of imaginary saints and legends 
of *the times when the world was difOarent On examination, some of these 
parchments have given evidence of a previous use and of a former record, par- 
tially erased, or obliterated. Learning, skill, eoienoe and truth have taken hold 


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of them, obliterated the reoent wiitiDg, and brought ont the original — and, lot 
there is a beantiAil mannsoript of some renowned work of the claBsic Greek or 
Latin age. Just so with the soriptrntd doctrines of the Roman chnroh. One 
who is skilled can find tiiem ; the nnddlled cannot. They most be searched for 
andemeath all this modem writing. One mnst use chemicals, alcohol and water 
—must wash, rnb, obliterate, dean, and restore, before he can find the original 
and beantiAil troths of CSiristianitj on papal tablets. 

At this day Romanism is in yery mnch the condition in which Judaism 
was in the time of Christ : overloaded with glosses, and spoiled by traditions, and 
operated by the commandments of men. It has the Jesuits for its Scribes, the 
priesthood for its Pharisees, the educated laity for its Saddncees, and. the ascetics 
lor its Essenee. And it needs just as radical a cure, and Just as thorough a sup- 
banting as Christianity applied successfully to Judaism. 

At the time of the gp-eat Reformation, such a change was largely wrought 
vpon it — ^not to speak of other countries — in Great Britain. In one part of the 
leafan the reformed churches took on the Presbyterian form of organization, and 
in the other, the prelatical, or Ohurch of England form. After a generation 
or two, some persecuting papists came to the throne, and there were reactions 
toward Romanism. During one of these reactions, when the Ohurch of Eng- 
land authorities were demanding conformity to rules, dresses, and practices bor- 
rowed from the dark ages and the papal supremacy, a very large element of the 
best and noblest people in the then Ohurch of England, refused to conform to such 
roles and customs— so needless, useless and hurtful ; to measures so new, made out 
of material so old, and long ago fitly cast away. And these people— earlier 
called Puritans, and later non-conformists— compelled to leave the church in 
which they had been reared, and forced, for conscience' sake, out into the cold 
world, or driven into banishment, and refused the consolations of religion in their 
own parishes, and denied Christian burial in the sepulchres of their fathers, went 
by themselves — ^where they could — and united themselves together, in Christian 
love, with prayers and tears, in what was called " the coiigregational t^ay." The 
movement from under tl}e oppressiveness of the Church of England, in the time 
of Whitefield and the Wesleys, did not occur till a century and a half subsequent 
to this. 

Thus was Congregationalism revived, after a suspension of a thousand years. 
It has increased with every year, for the three centuries since its restoration, 
as a method for conducting church affairs. The churolies thus organized are 
lew, outside of the lands where the English language is spoken. In Great Brit- 
ain they have become numerous, prosperous and powerful. They are doing more 
than any other single infiuence toward reforming the English government, church 
and people. Their tendency is toward individual liberty, freedom of thought, 
and republican institutions. And all seers can see that another century will 
find churches of this style dominant in the father-land, and kings, princes, and 
aristocracies dismissed to private life. 

After the existence of Congregational churches for fifty years in England, 
and on the continent, their numbers all the while increasing, their trials and 
difilcnlties not rapidly, diminishing, there was a movement toward America 
on the part of many. A few were able, in 1620, to make good their escai>e, and 
to land on this continent, as religious exiles — two hundred and forty-nine years 
ago the preeent week. Year by year they came afterward, until colonies were 
plaated, fhim the bay of Fundy to the harbor of New Amsterdam. This re^on 
embraces what was afterward, and is still known as New England. Other settle- 


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mentB and colonies were founded in America, but by people of different views 
and practices in church organization. Of these others we liave nothing evil to 
say. Our attention is drawn most toward those in New England, where churches 
were ordered in 'UA<t eongregatUmal toay^^^ and all of whose civil institutions 
were moulded, as far as possible, after the model of the church. The early 
town of New England was a pure democracy, in which all laws and rules were 
enacted in an open meeting of the whole body of voters, after SOTmon,or prayer, 
or both ; the minister being simply a voter and citizen, like the rest. When 
the towns came to bo numerous, the commonwealth arose, and its officers 
must be chosen every year, and its legislators elected in open town-meeting, 
and no opportunity must be given for power to become too strong in high places 
— for corruptions, for extortions, for " rings," or any other fleecing combinations. 
This polity in the churches, and in the States, has been the salvation, strength 
and glory of New England. This polity has done much for the civil, social, 
moral and spiritual welfare of the Northern and Western States of the Union, 
and is now increasing as rapidly, at least, as any other polity on the broad conti- 

What is this Congregational idea, which is thus working itself out into insti- 
tutions. States, nations of freedom and power — ^whose motto is, " God and lib- 
erty," and whose purpose is the rehabilitation of mankind and the freedom of 
the world? 

The Congregational idea is: that every society of believers, united for wor- 
ship, edification and usefulness, is a church, competent to manage all its affairs, 
under Christ, choose its own officers, discipline its own members, and prescribe 
its own rules ; and that it depends on none but Christ for its existence. 

The Congregational idea is : that there is properly no priesthood in the Chris- 
tian church— or rather, that every believer is his own priest, offering himself a 
living sacrifice ; and that Christ is the great High Priest of his church. 

Consequently, the Congregational idea is : that pastors and teachers are only 
officially different from the other members of the church ; are made pastors and 
teachers by the action of the church itself; are on an equal footing before they 
are chosen, and are on an official footing of equality after they are chosen ; and 
are, in general, the servants and not the masters of the church. 

The Eoman, or prelatical idea is : that the clergy are priests ; that the clergy 
are the church, or make the church, and not the church them ; that the church 
is only a school, which they keep, and that the people have nothing to do but to 
submit themselves to be operated upon as the priesthood may please. How sla- 
vish this idea I How admirable, how inspiring, how exalting, the other I 

The Congregational idea is : that every church is a distinct, well-defined or- 
ganization, with established rights, among which are those of admitting or exclu- 
ding members, under the law of Christ, and of making their own officers, of every 
kind ; so many, of such qualifications, and for such periods, as they themselves 

The Congregational idea is : that every church shall be accustomed to meet in 
one well-known place ; shall hold and manage its own property, and shall be firee 
from all dictation from every source ; provided that the just laws of the land and 
the true rules of morality be not in any wise contravened. 

And the Congregational idea is: that every church, while independent of 
every other church in its local and internal affiurs, is nevertheless bound by the 
bonds of Christian amity, concord and fellowship, to consult the neighboring 
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beariog on the peace, prosperity and general wel&ro of tlioso neighboring 
churches, since the good of all the chnrches shonld bo dear to every one. 

Sach is the Congregational idea of a church, and such in substance we be- 
lieve to be the scriptural idea of a church. It has the grand advantage of being 
as nmple and as far removed from complication, intricacy and technicality, as 
any thing efficiently organized for power, progress and aggressive endeavor can 
be ; and more quickly susceptible of alteration, correction and amendment than 
any different sort of an organization can be. 

All people see and admit this simplicity and this ease of amendment ; and if 
human nature were not so imperfect, and if all Christians were as pure and holy 
as the he$t of them are, all people would say at once that the Congregational 
way was altogether the purest, freest, simplest aud best ; nothing better being 
practicable. But some people urge that the Congregational system is loose, weaik, 
ifl-defined, uncertain and wavering ; not firm enough for discipline, and not strong 
enough to keep out heresy. It may be freely admitted that this form of church 
government is not firm enough to administer discipline so as to satisfy all, nor 
strong enongh at all times to keep out of heresy ; nor is any oth&r form of church 
government able to do these things. It is human nature and men^s imperfections 
that are most at fault, and not the church polity. Among good, wise, holy 
Christians, any polity will work smoothly. Among the mixed people who con- 
stitute the mass of the churches, no form or polity works perfectly, and without 
friction. What we claim for the Congregational method is, that it has fewer 
faShngs and more advantages than any other ; and not that it works with abso- 
lute perfection on imperfect materials, and in rude societies. 

The same classes of objections which are made to Congregationalism are 
made to republics, and other free governments in the political world. But 
the world is learning that republics can live and thrive, and make their way 
through the storms of time, while tlie people's freedom remains. And every in- 
dication of freedom in the State, is a plea for Congregationalism in the church. 
And, on the other hand, the training of men to self-government in the churches, 
and to tbe notions of equality and brotherhood, is the best possible preparation 
of them for the maintenance of the rights and liberties of free men and free 

And so long as Congregational churches shall multiply, grow and flour- 
ish in the land, so long will righteousness have advocates, and freedom have de- 
fenders. These churches in our land have never taken the wrong side of a great 
moral question ; and, by their very form of existence, they must be arrayed against 
an the despotism, oppression, hardship, hoary wrong, the leagued wickedness, 
mocking infidelity, and gigantic crime of the world. And they deserve our 
confidence, our sympathy, our support, our encouragement, our cooperation, our 
good wishes, and our contributions ; our smiles and our cheers, our sacrifices, our 
prayers and our tears — evermore I And the noble organizations whose work it is 
to assist in the planting and nurture of such churches all over the continent, — let 
tiiem have fullest, heartiest support^ for the sake of Congregationalism, for the 
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I^rom Hev, J, JK Warrmy Affetit^ San 

A SoutllMn Trip. 

Two thiogs bare more recently- stim- 
ulated the filling up of Southern Oali- 
fomia :—fint^ the taxing of the large 
ranches at something .near the market 
value of the land, so compelling holders 
to sell quickl^r for tax-monej; and, 
second, the predestined railroad. The 
southern counties are alive to the ne- 
cessity of cheap and speedy communi- 
cation with the central markets; and 
just as soon as the railroad from Stock- 
ton, fyia Yisalia, to San Bernardino, is 
started— likely to be within sixty days 
— a movement will set that way which 
will call for our best efforts and most 
liberal appropriations. These railroads 
as they pash oat here and there keep 
your Agents on the move. I will give 
you some fects gained or confirmed by 
my recent southern trip. 

Iios Ansreles. 

In Los Angeles I was delighted to see 
the good work done by Rev. Mr. Ather- 
ton during the past year— a year of toil, 
self-denial, and happy growth. The Lord 
has blessed him exceedingly. The 
church and people are united in •him, 
and he is an earnest helper in all things 
that concern our general interests in 
that region. 

Los Angeles has now an estimated 
population of 12,000, with enough farm- 
ing country around it to sustain a larger 
State than Connecticut. It is connect- 
ed with its seaport, San Pedro, by rail, 
and otber railroads will reach it very 
soon. It is bound to be a metropolis, 
and much sooner than I supposed. It 
will not be long before the Congrega- 
tional church of Los Angeles will sit as 
a mother of churches and wield a power 
for good to be felt far and near. Though 
feeling very poor just now, they readily 

agreed to take up a collection for the 
new enterprise in Anaheim, on my tell- 
ing them the time would come when 
they would be called upon to help feeble, 
struggling churches, and they might as 
well begin now. 


I am glad the Germans failed to make 
money in wine. When I was there, 
many were so disgusted with the ex- 
periment that they were cutting up the 
vineyards into homestead lots. 

They ha^l no trouble in making wine, 
but the wine was such a drug it did not 
pay. It is a beautiful country; soil 
rich and fertile, adapted to wheat, bar- 
ley, oats, potatoes, also for the culture 
of the lemon, orange, olive, fig, mulber- 
ry, grape, etc., and especially good for 
corn. While the Germans had full con- 
trol of the country it seemed useless to 
undertake much in the way of our 
churches ; but for over a year land in 
small quantities has been in good de- 
mand, and tbere is now a more hopeful 
population to work for and with. Rev. 
Josiah Bates has been there some three 
months — ^the first pioneer preacher. He 
finds many families, just moved in, 
ready to do all in their power to estab- 
lish the ordinances of the gospel ; but 
they are poor ; most have spent dU their 
means in getting there, making first 
payments, and putting up a shanty. 
There they are — industrious, economi- 
cal, poor, but bound to prosper and be- 
come a strong community. Other de- 
nominations are moving, *' not for what 
Anaheim is," they say, " but for what 
it is going to be." It is our usual 
fortune to be so reinforced. The idea 
seems to be, that where the Congre- 
gationalists go there is something big 
ahead, and others must hurry. Kow 
we must do one of three things: not 
go ahead at all ; leave when others 
come; or stay and live where we da 
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Ton wUl see from Mr. BaWs report 
that he is driviog his stakes, and is not 
anjwajr disoounged bj the hardness 
of his field. In a few weeks we hope 
to report a CoDgregational ohnrch in 

Wine and Wealth. 

The history of Anaheim shows that 
a wine - growing, chorohless, godless 
ooloDj is a perfect failure. The picture 
drawn hj some, of its wealth and com- 
fort, is very far from true. The heavy 
mortgages on many of the vineyards, 
and the dull sale of wine, look more 
like rain to those concerned than '* com- 
fort and comparative wealth." All that 
has saved Anaheim is the sale of lands 
aroond it and the coming in of a new 
population. With this new population 
must come schools, churches, etc. The 
vines are being taken up in many of the 
vineyards, and orange and other trees 
sobstatated. All that is said of soil, 
dimate, prodnctions, is substantially 
troe. With a flourishing church in 
Anaheim, and two more within a circle 
of six or eight miles, the country can 
be made a x>crfect garden of the Lord. 

San Bernardino. 
I found the city very much improved 
in appearance, size, and perhaps in po- 
polation, as compared with two years 
ago. I preached in the Campbellite 
cborch to a good congregation, and 
fbund the church - members united in 
Ceding that the time has come to begin 
again. They have maintained their 
organization admirably, and can go 
ahead on call, or as soon as a good man 
can be found. We are to have no more 
^experiments^' with San Bernardino. 
There are over two thousand people in 
the city limits, and we count on twenty- 
one ikmilies ready to cooperate when 
we commence. 

San BuanATentnra. 

It was with no ordinary satisfaction 
that I attended the council in San Bue- 
naventura and shared in what must 

have been to some a great surprise^the 
organization of a Congregational church 
of twenty members. 

The council met in the unfinished 
church edifice of the Presbyterians. 
There was a fine congregation, includ- 
ing, with Bev. Messrs. Bristol and Har- 
rison, six Congregational ministers. The 
sermon was by Mr. Atherton, the prayer 
by Father Turner, the fellowship of the 
churches by your Agent, and the charge 
by Bev. Mr. Betts. It was a season of 
unusual interest and significance, giving 
many people a chance to know some- 
thing about our polity. The new church, 
and the way of doing it, was the talk of 
the place for a time at least. The 
church are at work with might and 
main on a commodious house of wor- 
ship, to be ready we hope in sixty days. 
At this same gathering '^ The Southern 
Association '' of ministers was formed, 
starting with the apostolic blessing of 
Father Turner. I shall look to it for 
much help in future operatious in that 

Santa Barbara. 

The church is prospering, temporally 
and spiritually. Thirteen have been 
added to the church since Mr. Betts has 
taken charge of it. He has been hold- 
ing meetings every evening, and quite 
an interest prevails. The prayer meet- 
ings have gjrown ftom three to thirty- 
eight or forty ; his Sunday school from 
twelve to sixty, and is increasing. He 
writes me that he has a young con- 
verts' meeting every Saturday after- 
noon. Their new church is a grand 
success, so far, and they hope it will so 


The church and its minister, Bev. 
Mr. Buchanan, are taking us rather by 
surprise. A good deal of hard work 
was done, in a John-the-Baptist fashion, 
by the Bev. Mr. Bates, now in Anaheim. 
The church has suddenly grown from 
two or three members to eighteen, with 
a goodly number to unite at the nejt 
communion. They find that with this 


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revived iuterest la sapporting the gos- 
pel In Oroville, it is comparatively easy 
to raise $700 or $800. When Mr. Bu- 
chaoan first went there, the prospect ef 
even $500 from the people was very 
douhtfiil. The successful reviving of 
that church makes us hopeful of others 
in like condition. 


From liev. J. J). Davis, Chej/cntu, 

The Dedication* 
You are already aware of the prin- 
cipal event of my last quarter, the ded- 
ication of our new church. Your 
missionary was all alone, save that the 
Lord was with us. Money enough was 
raised to cancel all indehtedness and 
ftirnish every thing needed, except a 
hell. One brother, who had but thirty 
dollars, gave twenty to the Lord that 
day. Since the dedication we have 
held regular services Sunday morning 
and evening, with a steadily growing 
congregation. We have also an in- 
creasing Sabbath school, and an inter- 
esting Bible class of 40 or 50 members. 

The PaxBonaee* 

Since my return in September I have 
built a parsonage with my own hands 
and means, placing it beside the church 
on the church lots, and secured so as 
to fdways be kept sacred for this pur- 

I have nearly completed a canvass 
of this city, and find that only about 
one in twenty of the people attend 
church regularly. Many of them have 
been in this wild West from &re to 
fifteen years, much of the time away 
from all church privileges, and the 
habit is formed of staying at home. I 
am rejoiced every Sabbath by seeing 
new faces in our little sanctuary. Our 
prayer meetings take a free, social 
form, and are very profitable. We 
have no special religious interest, and 
the most discouraging feature of the 
field is expressed in the reply of a 

business man, when asked to attend 
our church services : " We all think 
so much of the almighty dollar out 
here that we canmt get time to attend 
church." Our city is, however, rapidly 
improving in morals. The Sabbath is 
observed more generally, and good 
Ohristian families are coming in from 
the East every month. 

The Fire. 

Six weeks ago a fire laid two 
blocks of our city in ashes in two 
hours. In nearly all these buildings, 
however, liquor was sold and the 
Sabbath profaned ; and the result will 
be that substantial brick buildmgs will 
arise from their ashes in the spring. 
The Railroad Company will also go on 
in the spring to complete their exten- 
sive repair shops; and altogether w^e 
are encouraged and hopeful. The 
great need of our church is a baptism 
of the Holy Spirit, which will enable 
us to reach and win some of these 
thousands of souls who are in the broad 
road to death. This people are made 
up from almost every State in the 
Union and almost every nation in the 
world, and each month brings great 
changes in our population. Our own 
little fiock has so far remained intact. 
We now number 18, with the pro^>ect 
of others at the next communion. 


Ft-om Rev. F, Alley, Plattsmouth, Cats Co. 
Material Blessinflrs. 
The past quarter has been full of 
work, and the Lord has been blessing 
my field materially and spiritually. 
The material blessings are principally 
in Plattsmouth. The ehurch of six 
members, organized here last August, 
have erected a church building, 24 x 86, 
with vestibule, etc., costing about 
$1,400 when completed. Though not 
yet finished within, we have had it 
comfortable for use for the past two 
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the whole amouDt is ttill unprovided 
for ; bat we hope to have it idl finish- 
ed and paid for within a month or two. 
The membership is poor as well as few, 
and contributed altogether onl]rt220. 
We had to depend mainlj upon the 
citixens for means, and the Lord moved 
their hearts to give liberally. Our 
success is owing, in a great measure, to 
iht substantial aid of a good brother 
from Charlestown, Mass., connected 
▼ith the B. & M. railroad in Nebraska, 
whom the Lord seemed to send along 
just at the right time. Others are 
coming here who love our faith and 
polity, who will be glad to find a home 
among us and work with us in the name 
of the common Master. I am satisfied 
that the movement here was at the 
right time ; but in order to make this 
church the center of moral power that 
it should be, it will need one man's 
whole labor. 

flpirltoal Blessins*- 

At Weeping Water the Lord lias 
been blessing us spiritually. The week 
of prayer was unitedly observed by 
our church and the Methodists, with a 
good attendance and interest The 
meetings were continued the following 
week, with two, perhaps three, hope- 
ful conversions, and a marked increase 
of brotherly love in the community. 

Weeping Water has a very thrifty, 
enterprising, intelligent farming com- 
munity, and I think ought to be made 
a center of operations. The wheat 
crop last year was almost a failure, in 
tome instances only paying the ez- 
pernes of cultivation ; else I think we 
would have a church buUding there 
also this spring. We must bide the 
Lord's time, learning '* to labor and to 


From Jite.0, A, Jloj^ Hiawatha, Brown Co. 
Thm Tear's Work* 
Another missionary year is ended. 
We have not realized in it all our fond 

anticipations and resolutions ; many a 
fit word has been kept back, and many 
a deed left undone, but it has been a 
year of very hard labor, as we meant it 
should be. We feel sick and gloomy 
when not hard at work, and hope we 
shall never feel well in idleness. 

But what has been done? Every 
Sabbath but three has found me preach- 
ing, usually two and sometimes three 
times, as good sermons as I feel able to 

I have made a very large number of 
calls, acquainting me with the people, 
who usually return them, thus doubling 
the opportunity to speak a word for 
Christ. Many tracts and religious pa- 
pers have been distributed. Every body 
wants a paper, and we regard it a sin to 
waste a Congregatwnalkt and Recorder, 
an Advance^ a CJiristian Vnioriy or a 
Chriitian at WorJc, We take them out 
on our Sunday preaching tours and 
give them away. So there are ten 
times as many religious papers, to say 
nothing of otliers, taken in this county 
this year as ever before. The papers 
preach when we ore at home. 

We were told that Hiawatha would 
be a hard field, and found it so, labor- 
ing a full year and a half before results 
came. Help came at last as a most 
signal answer to prayer. The church 
is now in a healthy state, and we hope 
soon to be enabled to erect a lecture 
room. This new organization made 
work for us, and came near wearing us 

Another burdensome thing was the 
building of my dwelling house. It is 
only 16 by 20 feet, with 12 feet posts, 
but let a Home Missionary build such a 
house almost entirely alone, from bottom 
to top, without materially hindering his 
other duties, and he will find that one 
Job of that kind is quite enough for 
several years. 

Books Wanted. 
Books I — ^Howthe Home Missionary 
needs them-*laboring as he does, not 
among heathen, by any means. But a 


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takry which affords only a few of the 
oommoD neoeaaariet of Ibfo does ];u>t per- 
mit of maoh inveatment in even aach 
highly priced nAoMDm as Dr. Dale'a 
-watli on B(q>ti8m, or the New Cjol^^Md- 
dia of Biblical literature^ etc. We re- 
oeiye BOoreB of circulars of good wcHrka 
which, instead of helping, diaconrage na. 
Bat once in a while an ezeellent book 
will come, soch as Dr. Hawes^s Sennona, 
or Be7. Dr. Oowlea's Notes on Daniel 
and the Minor Prophets, or Dr. Thomp- 
Bon's " Man in Genesis and in Geology." 
These gifts make oar hardens lighter. 

Joy in the Serrioe. 
Well, with all its deprivations, this 
western, stirring home missionary life 
has very many CDJoyments, and I would 
not exchange it for any other. We are 
conscious of the Master^s approbation. 
We are working for Him. This is 
enough. Let come what may, Christ 
will care for U3U The reward of his 
presence and love is worth more to us 
than all the kingdoms of the world ! 

From JRef. J. M, Van Wapier^ Jfuseotahf 
Atchiwn Co. 

MalciTig a Place. 

My Sabbath appointmcDts have been 
permanently arranged — at Musootah, 
Effingham, Nettawaka, Oentralia and 
Wetmore, besides preaching during the 
week at several different points at some 
distance from the railroad, where there 
is great destitution of the means of 
grace. In all of these places the con- 
gregations are large and attentive, 
though as yet I can report no especial 
awakenings. I have recently been as- 
sisting the Bev. Mr. Thomas, of Albauy, 
Nemaha county, whose church is in the 
midst of a precious revival, extending 
far and wide. 

The church building in Mnscotah is 
enclosed and lathed, but not plastered, 
and is in no condition for holding con- 
tinuous meetings. How much good 
some wealthy man conld do here, with 
a few hundred dollars I 

Kanaaa is making ra^ stridea ki 
population and improyements, and era 
long many of these churches, planted 
by your Society, will become large and 
sel^oitaining, ezoiing their eonserra* 
tive influence upon our State for all 
time to come. 


Fi-oin Rev. G. H. Mile$^ St. Ch/trles^ Wi- 
nona Co. 


I am happy to report a blessed work 
of the Spirit. Christ has been passing 
through this place; he is even now 
with us, and souls are often heard aay- 
ing, "Sirs, we would see Jesus." In 
Saratoga, where I have been holding 
meetings for five or six weeks, 25 souls 
are rejoicing in a new hope in Christ. 
Last Sabbath five united with us, and 
numbers more expect to come. Chris- 
tians in St. Charles ^re encouraged also 
to hope and pray for a revival. We 
hold prayer meetings every evening, 
and the interest is increasing. Al- 
ready there have been conversions, and 
sinners daily are inquiring what they 
must do to be saved. Brethren, pray 
for us I 


From Ree. F, Crang, JhUch Creek, Wash- 
ington Co. 

Plenty of Work. 

This has been the most laborious 
quarter of my missionary service, with 
much to encourage, and some severe 
trials, from family sickness and priva- 
tions, pecuniary anxiety, etc. Severe 
toils have told upoa my own health 
and strength. But let me not dwell 
upon difficulties and discouragements. 

At the Sooth English church we 
have had five additions since my last 
report. This little church, of nx mem- 
bers when I began to preach there, now 
has 17. At Franklhi church we have 
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otibera ooming* The jroiisg people also 
hold Sabbath eveiuDg prajer meetiiigt 
witb a good deal of interest 

I bave now eiffht preaohiag s t atio M , 
80?ea to twelre milea diBtant from eadi 
other, at which I haye regular preach- 
ing. At some of these there ia a grow- 
ing interest, as in Scotland, Talleyrand, 
Webster, and East Lafl^rette. 

That "Welooiiie BarreL 

We have receiyed a barrel of outer 
dothing, overcoats, etc., which has not 
onlj remoyed mach anxiety but added 
yery much to our comfort — espedally 
my own, in my long cold rides. I can 
only say : " Bless the Lord, my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits ! '' Hy 
heart is fall of gratitude to the dear 
Mends who sent us these much-needed 
comforts, encouraging me to press on 
in the glorious work. 

When I find a whole school-district 
with not one professor of religion, and 
when I hear, as I lately did, an audience 
told that they could not be Christians 
without shouting — ^with not a word 
directing them to Christ— I long to go 
out still farther and bear the gospel 

Xental Hnnarer. * 

I must mention one great priyation : 
the want cfhooJa, I haye drawn very 
largely from supplies laid by in early 
days, and haye not means to keep up 
the brain-food from my scanty library, 
and am left with a longing desire for 
books, which I cannot satisfy. But 
•Crt)d'8 will be done! 

Trom Rev, W. H, Barrowif Ccm^ Jonu Co, 
A Tankee Settlament. 
I find here a nnlted, intelligent farm-, 
iqg oommnsitj; the people moetly 
.Americana from the Statea east of ua. 
An uraanally large proportion are 
dmrch^ng familieii^ free from intem- 
pvinoe and kindred yioen Intaxica> 
ting drinks aie not sold in the towA- 
ahip. Th* paople are aa indnatriooai 

morale and intelligent aa in ahnost any 
similar New England oommnnity. 

The church, numbering a little oyer 
fifty resident members, includes in 
many instances the parents and chil- 
dren, and in some cases the grandchil- 
dren. We haye a neat church edifice 
in the center of the township, with 
puUic services regularly upon the Bab- 
bath, morning and eyening, cheered by 
excellent singing, and an interesting 
Sabbath schooL 

An effort for a needed parsonage al- 

most succeeded, but the unexpected 

low prices of wheat (scarcely paying 

the cost of raising It) put off the happy 



From Rev, W, 8pell, Central Ot/y, Linn C; 
The Qoiokeninar Spirit. 

The Head of the church is with us 
in tokens of his love, in answer to 
prayer, and in the " word of faith " 
which we preach by his grace and 
Spirit. The church is greatly quick- 
ened, and is abiding in an intelligent 
faith and hope of the gospel. 

I trust some souls have been saved 
by divine grace, and will unite with us. 
There is great seriousness of attention 
to the me&ns of grace, especially the 
prayer meeting, among our young peo- 
ple. Our services are well attended at 
all points, and intimations of good up- 
lift the hearts of the brethren and my 
own. Tet I feel my weakness, and 
constant dependence on Him who has 
said, **I am with you alway.'' This 
thought cheers me when I sit alone 
with the divine Word, and when I face 
the wintry storm. The Home Mission- 
ary needs this assurance, **I am with 
you;'' and, dear brethren, how must 
yon need it, aa your eyes run over the 
yaat field, looking at the work, at the 
workmen, and at the treasory. Ton 
look at the past, and say, '^Hehasbeen 
with na;'' yon hear him say in hia 
Word, '*I will nevor leave yon," and 
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tare. Oh, may tiie <' wheels wlkhin tlw 
wheels '* roll on, and the liTing fire go 
witAi them I 

Fi-om Rev, M. K. Cross, Waverljf, Bremer 

Takinff I«eave. 

I have to report the oancellation of 
my last quarterly installment, by oar 
annual oolleotion of that amount. At 
the annual meeting of the ohuroh I 
read your appeal in the Home Mimon- 
ary and urged the duty of assaming 
henceforth Uie entire support of the 
minister. In due time action was taken, 
and I am happy to hand yon this as the 
resnlt : 

^^Besolced, That the sincere thanks 
of tliis church be returned to the Amer- 
ican Home Missionary Society for its 
timely aid in the days of our weakness ; 
and that, in taking onr leave of the So« 
oiety, we invoke the continued blessing 
of God opon it, and pledge our cordid 
support in its beneficent work of aiding 
feeble churches in the new settlements 
of the West." 

With this resolation I desire to add 
my own most grateful testimony to the 
ever cheerful and Christian sympathy 
which I have received fi-om the officers 
of the Society, during the twelve years 
that I have been partially dependent 
upon the Society for my salary. We 
shall hope to do something towards re- 
paying your favors, in years to come. 


From Rep, 8. M, Thompaom, Ossso^ Trempsa- 
leau Co, 

• Bevival. 

In one portion of my field we are in 
the midst of a most interesting and 
powerful revival of religion. The wi^ 
was pr«tNMd in part last mwHi %9r the 
•n^aniaation and malotebaBoe of a Sa¥- 
bath tchwd where no efther sMana of 
gn»e were aajoyed. leemaioneedttia* 
aionarf labor, and was deeply nwfed by 

the deirtUxition* The way was further 
(^>eDed by the ^nployment of one of 
my family to teach the distriot sohooL 
She was opposed by one of the tmneipal 
men of the plaee for her reading the 
Bible, singing and praying with her 
scholars; but being sustamed by ike 
district board she persevered,' with 
prayerful interest and personal effort. 
The result has been that a large majority 
of the school give evidence of conver- 
sion. In a neighborhood about four 
miles from thb school, I have for some 
time past preached once in two weeks, 
and have felt that the field was ripe for 
a precious harvest The whole valley 
of Elk creek, an extent of some twelve 
miles, is moved, and demands the 
work of harvest-men. I am invited to 
labor in " a special effort " four miles 
still farther down the valley, where God 
in a remarkable manner has prepared 
the way, and some are already hope* 
fuDy converted. The place is twenty 
miles from Osseo, at what I have con- 
sidered the extreme point in my mis- 
sionary field. My next report I hope 
may tell of precious souls gathered in. 


From a JiMonary, 
SUahtly Healed. 
When I read Dr. Bushnell^s sermon 
on the " Tendencies of Emigration," I 
thought it rather overdrawn. But I do 
not think so now. I have a practical 
demonstration of it continually before 
my eyes. It is aloKMt impossible to 
conceive the extent to which men will 
lose the sense of m<MiU and religioaa 
obligation, care for G^d, for the Savieur, 
and for the things of eternity. And yet 
this people hare had preaching, sudi as 
it was, moet of the time shice tiie set- 
tlement of this section. But from what 
I learn from others, and have heard my« 
self, It basnet been preadimg calculated 
to lusliftat, ^erata end save men. Its 
teodendei and resdtb are but too plainly 
vfffiile afl around lis. Bvery year or 


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two, and sometimes oftener, special 
meetiiigs baye been heM, and an exolte* 
ment got np that has raged witb all the 
fary of a tornado. Converts bave been 
oomtedbT'soores ; bot when tbe excite- 
mentfied away, their interest la religion 
died with it. To most people here the 
word "revival*' is synonymons with 
"excitement." There are meetings 
now in progress around us, of a charac- 
ter to awaken only disgust in the minds 
of intelligent x>^rBons, and that will 
probably leave blight and desolation 
bebind them. These things work a 
fearfol injury, the extent of which eter- 
nity only can reveal. 

for this state of thiogs I know of but 
one remedy — the glorious gospel of tbe 
8on of God ; the preaching of the truth 
09 it is in JeauSy in all its beauty and ful- 
ness, the distinguishing doctrines c^the 
cross. This I am endeavoring to do, 
especially in my Sabbath evening ser- 
vioee. A la.rge proportion of my con- 
gregation at that time are young people, 
and I am trying to nnfi>ld, in their rela- 
tion to eaob other, the doctrines of the 
go^ as held by ns ; and we have grow- 
ing evideace that our principles are 
taking root and spreading in tiie com- 


FnmRe9, E. T. JBrancJi, Maple Jie^pidSy 
Clinton Co, 

i}atli«rlnr and BnikUaff. 
Ihave held a searies of meetings in a 
ickodl-hoQae about two miles from Hbe 
TiB^ and preaehed each evening and 
tfcne times on the Babboth for five 
weeks. As the result, eighteen, all 
keaisof fismiliis, united witk the elinrch 
hem, and five with the Esses ehnreb. 

We tiiooght it best to try and build 
a house of worship — a great nnder^ 
taking finr nsL We conmenoed work 
H on the 9& of August The 
^ ki 05 hy SS, witik a basement, 
r one end, S9 by 80, and nine ibet 
ktteeisir. TfaMreoMisnotflDlsML 
Ov main room, 65 by 82, with a gal- 
hff MTost on4 end, we deOoiiled 

Jan. 16th, your Agent, Rev. W. B. Wil- 
liams, preaching the sermon. A foil 
share of the work came upon me, la- 
boring six days about the churchy 
and then preaching on the seventh. I 
feel rewarded, however, in having so 
tasteful and convenient a house to- 
worship in. We have pledges enough 
to cancel all indebtedness. 


From Jiet\ F, A, Armstrong^ Pleamnt Hilly 
Ca$8 Co, 

A Briirhter I<ook. 

I found tbe little church here in 
rather a discouraged condition, with- 
out preaching, far outnumbered by 
other churches, drawing from this con- 
gregation and Sabbath school till they 
presented but a feeble appearance. Ko w 
all looks brighter. The Sabbath school 
is decidedly stronger ; regular services 
are kept up morning and evening with 
fair attendance. Having planted onr 
artillery, we intend, the Lord willing, 
to keep firing until a breach is made. 
We have organized the members of 
the church and some of its friends into 
seven committees : 1. To welcome and 
introduce strangers, and secure names 
and residence for the pastor's list; 
2. To look after, relieve and report 
cases of sickness, etc; 8. On music; 
4. On social gatherings; 5. On mis- 
sionary work ; 6. On church Improve- 
ment'; 7. On Sabbath school visitation. 
These committees are appointed for 
three months, and report monthly. 
We are to take up collections for the 
six objects recommended by the gen- 
eral association, and once in two months 
a collection to defray inoidental ex- 
penses, and, if possible, generate a sink- 
ing ftmd to pay the church debt. 


A member, w^ acquainted with the 
managem^t of bees, pr<^N)ses to take 
care, free iji charge, of all that may be 
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the oboroh. When this ohnroh debt 
if in a fiur way of being pud, one 
stambling-blook will be removed. I 
have not been able to do mnoh yet for 
the benefit of the fireedmen, bnt hope in 
oomiDg months to be able to do more. 

Fnm Rev. W, H. Warrm^ JSUeardvUU^ 
SL LauuCo. 

Hia First Quarter. 

The Holy Spirit with his gentle in- 
fluences has been with ns. The re- 
sults thus for are apparent, not so much 
in the number of those who have re- 
cently determined to live for Christ, 
as in the increased respect which is 
manifested all through the community 
for the Sabbath and the institutions of 
religion. The number of attendauts 
upon Sabbath worship is constantly in- 
creasing. Men who have hardly been 
to church for years are regular attend- 
ants. To understand what an encour- 
agement this is, you must remember 
that of the upwards of 250,000 people 
in St Louis, it is estimated that only 
about 7,000 regularly attend Protestant 
worship. To those who have always 
lived in the East, one of the most 
striking features of St. Louis is its 
Sabbath desecration. Many places of 
business are open; draya and express 
wagons are transporting merchandise ; 
crowds are flocking to the theatres and 
places of amusement in the evening. 
Of course the amount of Sunday busi- 
ness is small compared with that on 
other days of the week. Still there is 
enough to enable all so disposed, to 
easily forget that it is the Lord's day. 

The increased interest in our pray- 
er meetings is another way in which 
God has blessed the labors of this 
little band. The attendance is nearly 
three quarters of the average Sabbath 
congregation. Men, women and chil- 
dren come to these meetings, be- 
cause they feel that it is good to be 
there. Often do I hear the remark, 
and from some who are not Christians, 

^ What a good prayer meeting we have 
had." The Holy Spirit is prompting 
na to a more entire consecration and 
greater earnestness. We feel sore that 
still richer blessings are in store for ns 
in the fiiture, and that Plymonth 
ohnrch is to be a grand power for good 
on the outskirts of this great city. 

From Bet, T. W, Dame^y Downy lAving9Um 

The Welcome Oommieaion. 
Knowing as you do that I have a 
wife and four children, ranging from 
fifteen to four years old, when I tell 
you that our expenses for moving hero 
and refitting will amount to nearly 
three hundred dollars, and that to meet 
these we have as yet received but 
eighteen dollars in money from the 
people, you can judge how eagerly and 
anxiously we waited for your commis- 
sion, and how our hearts were cheered 
by its coming. As your missionary in 
Ohio, I had learned what your commis- 
sion meant, and how certain your aid 
would be in this new country, where is 
such scarcity of money, and where 
every body seems engrossed with sec- 
ular interests. 

Beginning Anew. 

Whether I have done wisely in de- 
clining more attractive calls and com- 
ing into this comparatively unevangel 
ized State, time alone can show. I 
know that I followed the impulse of my 
heart; and I trust also the direction of 
divine Providenoe and of tiie Holy Spirit. 
When we came the ehnroh building 
was not half finished, and owing to 
some minmderstanding the work on it 
had ceased; there was no Sabbath 
school, no preaching, no regular Sab- 
bath worship. Now the building is 
made quite comfortable, and all the s^- 
vioea are resumed. Witii the aid of the 
Congregational Uaion we expeot to 
oompleto and dadioate the koose, free 
of debt 

Yesteiday afternoon we had the 


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largest congr^gatidn ever assemUed 
bere, Dearly fining the new ohorcb. I 
preached to them on *' the new family 
wMch Ohriat is gathering in the world, 
foimded on lore, aod made np of those 
vho do his will.'' There was evidence 
iliat hearts were moved, and I hope 
that a lasting impression was made. 
The atmosphere is beginning to be per- 
vaded with mntoal love, peace, sym- 
pathy, and the spirit of forgiveness. 
Bat as onr members are from different 
parts of this coontry, are of diverse 
character and comparatively strangers 
to each other, it will reqaire sagacity, 
wbdom and circmnspection, to keep 
them at work harnonioasly and effi- 
ciently. Your missionary feels the 
need of those excellent gifts, and asks 
yonr prayers in his behalt 

iVom Bt9. J, PorUr^ BrwmmUe, Cameron 

Oam Y— g Oloaad* 

A year's labor nnder commission of 
yoor noble Society has dosed. Some 
ef the hopes that snsftained ns in enter- 
ing tins fteld have been realised, and 
iome of the fears that made ns shrink 
hare proved nnneoessary. 

Onr ddef eatise of grkf has been the 
wide spread of error, delusion, and 
Clime; and the absence of the convino- 
ing, converting, and sonotiiyiog power 
of the Holy Spirit We think he has 
been tritli ns in Mrs. IPorter^s sohool, in 
oor prayer meetings, in onr Sabbath 
school, and In the honse of God from 
the day cf its dedication ; yet we have 
not seen the Inmdred, nor the sixty, 
nor even the thfrty-ibld ttcm &e seed 
sown, (hir eyei haft$ not $em. Q(A 
may see that the harvest Is ripening fcr 
t gnat afid not distant ingal^^ring. 

Oor Bomber of pEg^Fiag ones is so 
rednoed by army changes as to make 
some almost despondent Several pray- 

ing officers are gone, and five members 
of the ehnroh have removed, finding 
no means of snpport after the quarters 
of the troops were finished. These 
changes seem to be agi^nst ns. We had 
confidently hoped, if we could unite all 
Protestants in one religious society, we 
should have moral and pecuniary power 
to walk without the- sustaining hand of 
your Society at the dose of my first 
year of service here ; but that hope is 
disappointed. The town is growing 
very poor. The Mexicans, the mass of 
our population, are producers of nothing 
but garden vegetables. Our Catholic 
neighbors are as desponding as ourselves 
with regard to pecuniary prosperity, 
though the wealth of the plaoe Is chiefly 
with them. Mexico is so unsettled in 
its mutable government, that it sends 
no wealth to our side of the river. We - 
are now conscious of our weakness, 
and pray God to interpose for us, that 
our labors be not in vain. We have 
gone forth weeping, bearing precious 
seed, the word of life, believing that 
our hour of rejoicing will come. 

Onr citizens, waking up to the fact 
that our poverty is coming as an armed 
man, are turning their attention to agri- 
culture. Having the best lands on the 
continent for raising cotton, sugar-cane, 
the ramie plant, com, and the castor- 
bean, and having thousands of men 
unemployed, they have formed com- 
panies for farming, and have now much 
hope of restored prosperity. This is 
the one bright, redeeming feature in 
our sky. It is now a lltUe cloud, no 
bigger than a man's hand. The success 
of one gentleman in raising a fine crop 
of cotton and in sending the first bale 
of the yield in the United States of the 
year 1869, has given a great impulse to 

Xrs. Porter'a School. 

Mrs. Porter will still superintend 
the school, until she can safely leave it 
in other hands. She has entered on 
her second year with more than one 
hundred scholars on the roll, and de- 


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Totes, gratuitously, as mauy liours a 
day to teaching as she did when the 
first aud only lady-teacher in Chicago, 
thirty-six years ago. IXaving renewed 
her youth, she loves the work as sin- 
cerely as she did then, and as she did 
her four years' service in the army, not 
wishing to rest here, but looking to 
the rest that remaineth. 

In the school are children from six 
Protestant sects, from the families of 
Jews, Catholics, and Spiritualists — and 
of four or five nationalities. These all 
sing together of Christ our Lord, and 
listen daily to his precious words and 
to the voice of prayer. Some are ex- 
pressing an earnest desire to become 
l^liristians, praying in the teachers' 
prayer meeting, and a few seem really 
taught of the Spirit and begin to hope 
in Christ. 


Ff-wn Riv.J, R. JohnMs Hemitm^ Fairfaz 

Bev. Kr. Bobart'* Visit. 

Yonr Agent for New York, the Rev. 
L. S. Hobart, has spent a Sabbath with 
us, preaching one excellent sermon at 
Hemdon, and another in a private 
house near Guilford station. He visit- 
ed also Occoquan and other localities 
in the region. In the prayer meeting he 
gave us much encouragement His 
visit refreshed my soul and cheered us 
all who are laboring amid many obsta- 
cles. We hope that he can be spared 
from New York, to come and hold a 
series of meetings with us at Herndon 
and Guilford. The people are much 
interested by kia preaching. He will 
long be remembered in our pray- 

*' Beware of Dogs.*' 

I feel much inclined to understand 
this literally. Cross dogs hinder the 
progress of the gospel in Virginia. 
They often keep me away from fimiilies. 

When a southern family calls the dog 
away, or sends a servant to guard me 
against him, I feel assured that the 
truth is gaining. Some of the dogs 
were trained to hunt slaves, and such 
need mach '* reconstruction " before 
they will tolerate radical missionaries. 

Pleasant Inoidents. 

The people have made me a donation- 
visit. Thirty families were represented, 
twenty-eight of them being northern 
fiamilies. In cash we received about $80 ; 
provisions, etc., brought the amount to 
$70. The cheerfulness and good-will 
which were manifested much encour- 
aged me and my family. That several 
southern families shared in the giving 
is a matter of pleasant record. One 
southern farmer, who had been earnest 
in the rebellion, came several hours be- 
fore the company, on horse-back, with 
a bag of potatoes, apologizing for not 
giving cash. His two daughters were 
with the company, and urged my wife 
to visit them. Such events as these are 
our prominent way-marks. ' 

Our recent coming to the Lord's ta- 
ble was gladdened by the appropriate 
ftumiture which arrived the night pre- 
vious, a donation fh>m the Congrega- 
tional church of Medway, Mass., Bev. 
David Sanford pastor. One united 
with us by letter from a Congregation- 
al church in Maine ; another from the 
same church was prevented from attend- 
ing by ill health. 

Through your agency, also, the La- 
dies' Society of PhilUpiton, Mass., sent 
UB a barrel of clothing, which cheered 
the hearts of my wife and myselfl 

Feeling greatly the need of religiouB 
pi4>ers as an aid in my pastoral work, 
I sent a brief note to that effect to Tkt 
Oonffr^ationaUit. In response I have 
received from various quarters a liberal 
supply, which we have used, and can 
still use, to great advantage. For these 
fkvors I return hearty thanks to many 
known and unknown donors. 


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Tbe Hew Territoriei. 


I should do iojnstioe to this vast West, 
to oor Puritan polity, and to tbe cause 
of Christ, did I not speak of the fature, 
and the immediate wants, of this field. 
We cannot appreciate the vastness of 
oar West till we cross it ; nay, not then, 
iriuried 80 mfles an hour across an nn- 
nbdoed empire stretching from five to 
eight hundred miles north and south of 
m Ten States as large as Massachu- 
setts could be carved from this "Wy- 
omiog, with fhigments enough left for 
iboat two Rhode Islands. New Eng- 
hmd would have to be applied to the 
rtgion beyond the Mississippi more than 
thbtj-fiTO timea to cover it And 
it itqdres bo perilous ocean voyage or 
tedkras steam Journey to reach this West 
WW, The locomotive will place here 
tbe emigrant from either ocean in three 
dtji. Our own East is in motion to- 
wards US ; the millions of Europe and 
ef Asia have heard of our spare room 
nd our wealth, and are conung. To 
a^ nothing of the great belt of prairie, 
500 milea wide, which stretches from 
the ** New Dominion " to the Gulf; and 
which will yet be the garden of the 
Bition, here is another vast region, a 
mountain belt, 600 miles wide and 1200 
loag^ rich in every mineral. Gold is 
£Mmd almosi everywhere in it. Large 
Eiitern companies are forming to take 
possossitnof it in the spring. It is esti- 
mated that 10,000 people will be fitted 
out in Cheyenne, in the early spring, to 
go to the headwaters of the Missouri, 
in the Big Horn Mountains of Northern 
Wyoming, to dig fbr gold, which Indians 
ind soldiers say is there in fabulous 
ipxantities. This region is not to be set- 
tied slowly, as the States of the interior 
grew up. It is to reoeive hy iteam the 
surplus millions of Europe and Asia: 
" a nation will be bom in a day." And 

here is to be a great moral battle- 
ground. Christianity is here to grapple 
with superstition, paganism and infi- 
delity, and overcome them. And what is 
the duty of the hour ? What is the duty 
of our own Home Missionary Society '{ 
In the army, on the eve of battle, the 
hospitals were put in readiness to re- 
ceive the suflterers whom the long ambu- 
lance trains would soon unload at their 
doors. They did not wait till the trains 
arrived. Just so here, we know that 
millions of sick, perishing souls will 
soon fill these waste places. Shall we 
wait until the vast trains are unladen 
here, and then come and establish 
churches over the graves of the dead ? 
Shall we sit, with folded hands, till 
Romanism and her half-sister Ritualism 
get a foothold in every town-site in this 
vast empire ? Are our polity and min- 
istry unsuited to the millions who will 
soon be here from every nation ? Nay, 
these are beat of all adapted to the seek- 
ing out and bringing together of the 
Christiana in any new settlement And 
the people of the West, even in the 
rudest village or mine, are among the 
keenest, shrewdest minds in the nation. 
Many of them are men of Uberal educa- 
tion. They can appreciate the keenest 
logic, and the most profound argument, 
and they can be reached and held with 
no other style of preaching. Our great 
need is men, men of the best culture, 
men of energy and discretion, who, with 
Christ in their hearts, and love in their 
hands, will come here at onee and lay 
the foundations I 

The Sons of Hew England. 

The people of New England are a 
singularly unmixed race. There is, 
probably, not a county in England oc- 
cupied by a population of purer Eng- 
lish blood than theirs. It is a race still 
more especially to be characterized as^ 


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representiDg a peculiar type of the Eng- 
lishmen of the seventeenth century* 
A large mcjoritj of the early plant- 
ers were Paritans. Sequestered from 
foreign influences, the people thus 
constituted was forming a distinct char- 
acter by its own discipline, and was 
engaged at work within itself, (m its 
own problems, throngh a century and 
a hall 

This people, so isolated in its pupilage, 
has now diffused itself widely. In 
making an estimate of the numbers of 
this vast tribe of men, exactness is not 
attainable, bu^ it would, probably, be 
coming somewhere near the truth to 
divide the present white population of 
the United States into three equal ports 
-—one belonging to the New England 
stock ; one, the posterity of English who 
settled in the other Atlantic colonies; 
and another consisting of the aggregate 
of Irlshf Saptch, French, Dutch, Ger- 
man, Swedish, Spanish and other immi- 
grants and their descendants. The New 
England race has contributed largely to 
the population of the great State of New 
York, and makes a nugority in some of 
the new States farther west. We pre- 
sume there is one-third of the people of 
these United States, wherever now re- 
siding, of whom no individual could 
study the annals of New England with- 
out finding there the history of his 
own progenitors. "The principles of 
New England," says Be Tocqueville, 
" spread first to the neighboring States; 
then they passed, successively, to the 
more distant ones ; and at length 
they involved the whole confedera- 

We may conclude from this summary 
of statistics, which has been selected, widi 
some abridgment, from Dr. Palfrey's 
History, that the descendants of tiie 
New England forefathers are, at present, 
the most namerous of the various races 
which constitute the nation. They 
are clearly the dominant power in 
the United States.— iTew York Etening 

Miflcallaneout Items. 

Obegon.— Rev. "W. J. Clark reports 
the twenty-six members of the church 
of Astoria as holding on their way, 
amidst many obstacles, hoping for re- 
enforcements by the incoming of a more 
congenkd population. The Sabbath 
school numbers 100 scholars. 

Caufoenia.— The church in Clover- 
dale, Rev. J. S, Burger, have built and 
dedicated a neat, substantial house, 
50x82 feet, into which they gather in- 
creasing audiences. The people, being 
chiefly from the Southern States, had 
not before been generally drawn to the 
simple service of this church.. 

—Rev. C. H. Pope believes that this 
Society has been called on for its last ap- 
propriation to the church of Benicia, 
under his care. 

NsBBABKA.-— Rev. Reuben Gaylord, 
one of the Iowa pioneers, and for nearly 
SIX years agent of this Sodety in 
Nebraska, has been led by impiured 
health to resign the severe labors of the 
agency, though it is expected that he 
will continue to raider important aer- 
vioe to the Society and the churches of 
that State. 

Rev. O. W. Merrill, of Anamosa, 
Iowa, has been appointed Mr. Gaylord^s 
successor in the agency, and has ac- 
cepted the position. 

—Rev. W. C. Foster, late of Massa- 
chusetts, now laboring in Nebraska City, 
and his brotiier RosweQ, at Oamp Cre^ 
and out-stations, report themselves hap- 
py and hopefhl in their genuine mis- 
sionary work, laying foundations for 
generations to come. 

Kansajb.— Rev. Zebina Baker has re- 
signed his mission service in Waushara, 
and is to be succeeded by Rev. John 
Phillips, late of London, England. 

— Rev. J. M. McLain writes that his 
congregation in Burlington has tripled 
or qoadrnpled since entering the new 
sanctuary, the Sabbath school has more 
than doubled, a " temperance revival " 


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has changMl the bad bftbito of some, 
and a great rash of immigration is put- 
ting a new face upon things in that part 
of the State. 

MzsNBsoTA. — Eev. Prescott Fay, 
latel J £pom the hills of New Hampshire, 
writes cheerfoUj of his first quarter's 
experiences with the Vine street church 
in Jtfinneapolis, and of the realization of 
his long^herished desire to take part in 
"lajing foundations " at the WesL 

—The chnrdi in Mazeppa meets 
monthly with the pastor, Rev. E. F. 
Dada, when the corenant is read and 
renewed by each member. At the 
prajer meetings every member, male 
and female, takes part, if only by the 
repetition of some scriptnral warning, 
e^ortation, or promise. 

Iowa. — ^Bev. J. S. Harris, of Salem, 
Peary oonnty, at the age of 70, is re- 

joiiHng in " a good work that has been 
in progress alnoe the week of prayer." 
At the March communion 23 were re- 
ceived on profession of faith — the fathers 
and mothers|of four families, the mothers 
of fonr others, and twelve yoong persons 
from 18 to 20 years of age. 

—Rev. L. W. Brintnall, of Winthrop, 
reports the dedication of a house of 
worship on the 13th of February, when 
pledges were given to eaucel the entire 
indebtedness of $3,000, with aid ex- 
pected firom the " Union." 

—The ehorch in Fayette, Hev. J. T. 
Olosson, is bnilding a small $2,500 
house, at great sacrifioe. They have 
recently doubled in numbers, and more 
thaa doubled in influence. Their mis- 
sionary says, *'You will seldom find 
a people so united, ooble-hearted, 
and willing to straggle for the good 










Kol in C&mmitthn latt ywr, 
John W. BtiM^ Jr^ OiehiB Grtek Mid Wood- 
la. Bom- 
k/, Iowa. 


ThomM Coadon, DallM City, Oregon. 

Saancl L. Adair, Oidwatomio tad vkinitj, 


0«»fa A. BMkwitb, Olatha, Ean. 

John D. Bell, Bnpotla, Kan. 

Chflvlet L. Onnd, Cottonwood Falls nd Mid- 

• CMokfKaa. 

Oilman A. Hojt, Hiawatha and Walaat Creek, 


Bdward Bnnni, Hedfetd, Minn. 
Palnar Utta, Bprlng Yailoj, Mtan. 

BoT. Alfrad Mofse, Nevada and Bose Creek station, 

BeT. Orlando Clarke, Lansing, Iowa. 

Bar. Albert Maseoo, QoaeqaetoBtlowa. 

Bar. Edwin E. Webbar, Dorant, Iowa. 

Ber. John Cadwadedar, MUwaokeat Wle. 

Bev; John P. Chamberlain, New London, Wis. 

Ber. EHtba W. Cook, New Lisbon, Wia 

Bar. Bobert Bewell, Brooklyn, Win. 

Ber. J. HinsAdtley, Brady, Hlch. 

Ber. Joaeph IX MUkrd, Fkaauton and Tklnlty. 

Ber. DaaM MiUer, Glaa Arbor and foor oat-ala- 

Ber.Chariee 8. CaHIhtn, Wyaoonda and Prospect 

Gnre, Mo. 
Bev. Duitol B. MlUer, Pilot, Balina and Blair*s 

Bar. Ebeneser HalUday, Angola, Ind. 
Ber. Thonuis B. MoCormlck, Frandaco and 

MeehanlcaTille, Ind. . 
Ber. Cnrtls 0. Baldwin, SalUvan, Ohio. 
Ber. William Potter, OaxrettoyiUe and Maple 

GroTO, Ohla 
Bev. Samnel a Feemster, CMnmbns, Miss. 
Ber. George A. Bockwood, Benasdaer Fulls^ N. Y. 


The following ftatanent iododea tba amounts paid direetly Into tbe Treasury, together with thoee 
Mitsd by Aoxfllarlea, as expended in their fields dnrfng the last missionary year. 
Tbe same aiptnHed bf AvdUariea within tbeir booada are marked (*). 


Mdaa Miaaionary Boelety, •flS^ 09 

8oatb Freeporlt Ladlee, by Bar. 
H. Daley, 5 00 


New Hampshire Missionary Society, •|7,1S2 78 

Yermon^Dom. Missionary Society, *8,S56 00 


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B«nioii, Ezra Strong. tS 00 

Bnttleboro, Mrs. a H. Van Doom. 90 00 
CMtleton, Harrejr Orliwold, bj O. Bf. 

Wilkrd, 100 60 

Onfton, Mrs. 8. B. PetUngell, 4 00 
Poacbam, A Friend, to conat Jmdm B. 

KiaerBOD a L. BL, 80 00 

Stowe, R. A. 8aTaf^ U 00 
WelU Bl?er, Cong. Cb. and Boo.. $lSw00 ; 

A Friend, ISO, bj W. 8. Palmer, 4S 60 



Home Misstonary Sodetv, 
Home Mtoa. Boe^ bj Benjamlo 

Perkina, Trea&, 
Hampthire Mies. See., bj 
6oeben,Cong. Cb^ 
Bontbampton, Cong. Ok, 
Weathampton, Cong. Cb.^ 
Otber SOU! 

6,000 00 

119 00 
49 00 
69 00 
Utber souroea, 800 00 48T 00 

Maasacboaetta, From Tbree Friends^ 1,000 00 

PI vmontb, on acootnt of Legaej of Mrs. 

Nancy Darie, bj J. Harlow and A. L. 

Barnes, Esa, 1,486 81 

West Stookbridge, on aoeonnt of Iiegaoy 

of B. Ck>ne, by H. W. Taft and O. J. 

Tucker, Traateea. HX) 00 

Yarmontb, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by Ber. 

J. W. Dodge, 65 80 


Bbode Island Home Mlaaionary Soelety, 

^68,047 00 
Providence, Legacy of Dea. J. B. Nlchou, 

by Mrs. Mary A. Nlcbols, £xz.,leaB Qot. 

tax, 80900 


Conn. Home Mlaalonary Society, *|16,856 57 

Derby, WllUa Hotcbkiaa, by Tbomaa 
Oray, 10 00 

Edwin HaUook, . 4 60 

Uartfurd, on aoouant of Legacy of Mra. 
Mary A. Warborton, by K. Sblpman 
and H. A. Perklna, Eza., 6,825 00 

J. D. R, by Mra. M. Parker, 6 00 

Ledyard, Ladlea of tbe Cong. C3h. and 
Soc, by Mra. A. M. Cook, 1 OO 

Mlddletown. Fh^ Cong. Cb., by H. B. 
Sawyer, Trees,, T 50 

Mllford, First Cong. Cb. and Soc, by £. 
B. Piatt, Trees., 860 00 

Boxbory, Cong. Cli. and Soc, by A. W. 
Fenn, TreaSn to oonat. Mra. Ellxabetb 
Warner a L. M., 48 40 

Seymour, Cong. Ch., Mr. Armatrong, 
by Bev. H. P. Collin, 60 

Sbaron, Mrs. Ann M. B. Oowlca, In fbll to 
conat. MIsa Ada Dean a L. M., 10 00 

Stratford, Mrsw Lanrana North, to const 
Mrs. Antoinette N. Bicbarda a U M., 80 00 
Gen. G. Loomls, by O. B. Kingsbury, 8 SO 


BecelTcd by Ber. L. S. Hobart, 

Onondaga Valley, Preab. Cb., 14 50 

BaUTla, Mra. Harriet L. Tracy, 10 00 

Bellport« Cong. Cb., by Ber. J. Glbba, 4 70 

BerryTlUe, Cong. Ob., $3; Foreatburgh 

etotion, Cong. Cb., $1.78, by Ber. F. 

Kyte, 8 78 

Brooklyn, Plymovth Cong, Ch^ by O. 

B. Cooroea, Treaa., 497 48 

Puritan Cong, CL, by T. F. Stoddard, 08 53 
Candor, Ber. George A Pelton, 10 00 

Columbna, Legacy of Mra. Anna W. Bai^ 

rowB, by Anatin Barrowa, Ex., Icaa 

Got. tax, 94 00 

Deanayille, E. B. Barton, 800 00 

Eaat Pbarsaila, Cong. Cb., 89.04 ; Dea. 

Jonaa Herrick, dec, $10, by Her. C. 

W.Burt, ' 19 61 

Eaat Pitcaim, Cong. Cb., 85.06; Harrls> 

▼Ille, Oong. Cb., 111.55^ by B«t. A. L. 

Greene, ^ 16 61 

Hancock, Mra. W heeler, by Ber. J. D. 
Com wen, $6 00 

BCalone, on account of Legacy of Lyman 
8. Cotton, by €b O. Cotton, adm., 100 00 

New York City, Broadu>avJKb9rna<sl6 
Ch. (additional), L W. Bamnm, to 
const, bim aL. M., $80; James Taloott, 
to conat him a L.M., $80; I. 8. Caae, 
toeonatblmaL.M..$50. 110 00 

A Friend, $40: W.S. Carman, $5; A 
Lady,$8; ALadr,$5, 53 00 

Oawego, Oong. Ch., ny D. O. Fort, 09 8S 

Potadam Junction, First Cong. Cb., by. 
Ber. G. Hardy, 85 50 

Poogbkeepaie, Dennis Jonea, by Ber. F. 
B. Wheeler, 10 OO 

Bocbeiter, 8. D. Porter, by O. B. Kinga- 
bury, 50 03 

Saratoga Bpringa, Cong. Cb., by O. B. 
Flab. Treaa., 11 00 

West Newark, Cong. Cb., by Ber. W. 

Macnah, T 70 

WQmington and Upper Jay, Cong. Cha., 
byBer.T.Wataun, 5 82 


Cheater, Fiiat Oeog. Ch. and See., by J. 

H.Cramn, 18 00 

Eliaabethport, First Cong. Ch., by Ber. 

S. B. BoMAtor, 10 00 

Trenton, Third Presb. Cb., by J. G. 

Brearl^, 14 69 


Cheater, George Hood, 5 00 

Weat Spring Creak, Cung. Cb., by Ber. 
8. Bowland, 10 00 


Chantniy, Mr. SImpaon, $1: W. L. H. 
Kendriok, $1, br Ber. J. B. Johnaon. 3 00 

Cottage Grore, Eider Jaroea Smith and 
llunilr, by Ber. J. B. Johnaon, 1 80 

FarmrlucDarld Brinckorboli; by Ber. 
J. B. Johnaon, 8 00 

GuUford, a 8toy,81; Mijor E. Hart- 
well, dOc ; John Ely. $1 ; Two Frienda, 
SOo, by Ber. J. B. Johnaon, 8 00 

Herndon, B. B. Blanchard, $2: O. J. Gil- 
bert, $1; B. W. Clark, $1; A. £. 
Banka, 81 ; Dea. 0. Burton, $1 ; D. H. 
Famham, $1 ; H. Payne, $1 ; Three 
Frienda, $1.50: S. Hilfam, 81 ; Bev. J 
B. Johnaon, $1 ; Cash, $8, by Bor. J. 
B. Johnson, 14 50 


Beeelred by Ber. L. Kelsey. 
Aurora, Cong. Ch., by nvt, 

G. C. Bead, $8 25 

Berlin Heights, Cong. Ch., by 

Ber. J. OL Tbompaon, 15 00 

Clereland Helgbta, Cong. Oh., 

by Ber. T. B. Noble, 52 00 

Cincinnati, SwenihStrtei Cong. 
CJLy by C. L. F. Huntington, 
Treaa., 800 81 

Vm$ Orui Cong, CBL, by 
Ber.AH.Boa^ 180 00 

Cook*a Four Comera, Cong. 

Ob., 1^ O. B. Cook, 4 00 

Cuyahoga Falhi, Oong. Ch., by 

Lottie A Lawaon, 87 57 

Plain, Cong. Cb., by W. B. 

BUnton, 18 00 

Sylranla. Cong. Ch., by Ber. 

B. McCnne, 90 06 

Wayne, Cong: Oh., by Ber. E. 
Thompson, 90 00 545 18 

Delta, Cong. Oton hj Ber. J. Yttter, 8 60 

Elyria, ll€. Metcal( 86 00 

Lafltyette, Cong. Cb., B«r. J. M. Fraaer, 
to oonat Doa. Boewell WlUlama and 
Dea. Bben. Ohapin L. Ma., 60 00 

Madlaon, Flrat Cong. Ch., by Ber. J. a 
Bumell, 18 95 


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llsrUnibargb, Cong. Ch^ $35.50; Rer. E. 

F. Balrd, |5: Onmbter, Cons. Cb., 

I&SO. bj B^v. & F. Baird, 140 00 

UlMnl Bidge, Cong. Cb., byBev.D. 

TbomaM, XS 78 

PBinwTlUe. Lake Erie Fern. Sem., by 

Mary A. Evana, 20 00 


Beeeived bj Bev. H. D. Flatt, 

Beardstown, Oonff. Cb., to' 
taoML Samnel P. Dale aod 
Tbomaa W. Oatlln L. Ms., |T5 00 

JeffenooviUe, Q. Q. WakefMd, 5 00 
Atkinson, Conf. Ch., by Bov. J. T. Cook, 
Barry, Goog. Gh^ by Bev. A. A. Wbit- 

Big Bock, OoDf. Cb., 
Bada, FfaMt Cong. Ch., by Bev. B. A. 

Cantoii, Cong. Cb., by Bev. H. Bates, to 

toui. Amniattoe MeOutobeon aud Miss 

Sarah EL Beers L. Ms., 
Coal Talley, Thomas I. DaTlet, 
Creaton, Cong. Oh., by A. Barnain, 
Ciystal Lake, Cong. Ch., by Bev. B. Hay, 
Downer's Orove, Cong; Ch., by Rev. T. 

Elmore, Cong. Oh., 13.60 ; Victoria, Cong. 

Cb., $L&4, baL of oolL, by Bev. B. F. 

60 00 

15 00 
6 00 

15 40 

T6 00 
T 00 
6 00 

10 00 


enssec, i^i4 

dies* Mils. Circle, by Mrs. M. 

Geneva, Cons. Ch., to const Bev. H. M. 

Whitney a LwM^ 
OreenvlUe, Den. Burchested, by Bev. M. 

Bamfiton, Con^ Ch., by Bev. B. Ham- 
Kewaaee, Cong. Ch., nwm. eon., $89, an. 

coU., 966^ to const. Hiram Lay, Milo 

Doty and O. U. LoomU L Ms., 
U Harpe, Cong. CIl. by Bev. D. Gore, 
Lee Cenbe, Cong. Ch., by W. Wright, 
LUa, Goo^ Cb., by Bev. & F. Btratton, 
Lombard, Jamea Claflln. 
Omego^ Cong. Cb^ by Bev. D. J. Baldwin, 
PsTion, Cons. Cb., by B. Bobbins, in ftill 

to const Joseph Elfiutta L. D., and 

Daniels. Bobbins a L.M., 
Pn>vldenee, Cong. Cb., by Rev. D. Todd, 

to const George B. Cashing a L. M., 
Qaincy, Batata of Rev. A. Froweln, by 

Bev. C. £. Conrad, 
Bosevllle, Flrtt Cuog. Cb., by Bev. J. J>. 

Udlna. Fizst Cong. Cb., by Bev. C. M. 

4 84 

18 16 

88 41 



106 00 
88 00 

10 00 

11 86 
25 00 

, 18 76 

81 00 
S6 00 
16 CO 
16 00 

19 60 

Klddsi^^FlrsfCong. Ch., by Bev. 6. 6. 

Owk, Cong. Ch.. $2.50 ; Christian, Cong. 
Ql, $a00, by Bev. Z, X. f eemster, 


Beeelved hf Bev. W. B. WlUlams, 
Battle Creek, Cong. Ch., $14 58 

EstaU (/LndndaPerdval, S18 00 
Cbi^ea, Cong. Ch., 17 91 

Detroit, First Cong. Cb., an. eolL, 

$1!S8: mon. eon.,99S 18, SI5 18 
Batoo B«pid^ Cong. Cb. eoa, 

Innart, 1 00 

Port Baron, Cong: Ch., 17 80 438 67 

Beeelved by Bev. L Warren. 
CaanoMbnrgfa, Cong. Ob., bal. 

«f coD., 8 00 

Derr, Cong. Oh., 17 86 

Ahno, Flist Coag. Ch., by Bev. B. F. 

Almlta, (tons. Cb^ $4 81; BImwood, 
Goaf. Ch^HOO. by Bev. A. H. Dean, 

B«tt7and Bast OlUad. Union Cong. Obii; 
Hg^OrtuMi, Cong. Oh., $14, by Bev. 

19 86 
6 21 

80 85 

Cedar Bpringii. Rev. E. Booth, 

Dorr, Cong. Cb., bal. ot cqIL, by Bev. C. 

N. Conlter, 
East Johnstown, Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. 

W. Yoangs, 
EdwsrdsboKgb, Cong. Ch., by Bev. W. 

J. Trimble. 
Flat Book, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. C. 

Hopkins, Cong. Cb., by Bev. L. E. 8lkes, 
Itbaca, First Coug. Ch., by Bev. E. W. 

Flnekney, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. W. 

Ulloa, First Cong. Cb.. by Bev. W. 

Piatt to const Dea. John B. Chapman 


Beloit, John C. Neweomb, 

Green Bay, First Presb. Cb. and Soc, 

by W. H. Korris, Tress., 
Marion, German Evan. Cong. Cb., by 

New Chester, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. 

J. W. Perkins, 
Pleasant Hill, Pr. Ch., by Bar. A. Pink- 

riymoutb, Cong. Cb^ by Bev. S. H. 

Barteaa, to const Charles W. Wilder a 

L. M 
Stockbridge, Cong. Ch., by Bev. L. P. 

Tomah, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. B. S. 



Becelved by Bev. J. Gnerneey, 

Dnbnqae, Cung. Ch., to conct Monroe 
B. Amsden, James N. Foye, and 
Josephine E. Dorr, L. Ms., 
Davenport Ladies* 8ow. Circle of the 

German Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. F. 

Decorah, German Evan. Cong. Cb., by 

Bev. O. F. Veltz, 
Flint Creek, Ooog. Ch., by Bev. E. 

Gamavnio, Cong. Cb., by Bev. K A. 

GreenMonn tain, Cong. Ob., $18; Bev. B. 

Stoart, $7, by Bev. B. Staart 
Iowa Falls, First Cong. Cb., bal. of coll., 

by Bev. J. L. Atkinson, 
Keosaaqaa, Cocg. Ch., by Bev. J. P. 

Long Creek, Welsh Cong. Ch^ by Bev. 0. 

Mason City, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. 


Bocklbrd, Cong. Ob., by Bev. L. Warner, 
Balem, Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. S. Barris, 
Babula, Confc Ch., by Bey. O. Emerson, 

Wlnthrop, First Cong. Ch., baL of coll., 


Bnttemot Valley, Cone. Cb., $&60; He- 
bron, Cong. Oh., $8.07 ; Judson, Cong. 
Cb., $9168, by Bev. P. Perearine, 

Glenwood. Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. C. 


Burlington, First Cong. Oh., baL of colL, 

byBev.J. M.McLaro, 
Vienna, Cong. Cbn by Bev. A. Oonnet 
Waosbara, a Young Lady, by Bev. Z. 



Blair, Cong. Ch., by Bev. M. Tlngley, 
Milford. First Cong. Ch., by Ber. T. 

N. Skinner, 
Irving, Bev. E. B. Harlbat 

$3 50 
6 00 

87 00 

25 00 

8 42 

14 00 

80 00 

10 00 
70 17 
10 00 

4 00 

5 85 

82 00 
1 00 
5 00 

100 00 


7 30 
20 80 
10 00 
25 00 

6 00 

18 10 

12 50 

20 00 
17 00 

8 0() 
6 00 

5 S5 

11 50 
8 00 

10 00 


18 60 

18 17 
5 00 


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BenloU, Pint Cong.' Ch., bj Bev. C. H. 

Olajton, Cong. Ch., bj Ber. M. Hwkeri 
ll«f ward, Coog. CIl, by Bev. B. a. 

Loekeford, Cong. Ch., bj Ber. J. J. 

Unknown, n FilAnd to tbo CaiHe, 

Expended daring the rear hj 


10 00 

1 00 

81 IS 

) AnxUUries named. $61,77i 98 
B^eelved attbis office in Mareb, 
1870, 118,987 85 $88 768 88 

Donations of Clothima, «tc 

BrooklTD, N. T., Ladles* Benev. Boo. of the 
Soatb Cong. Cb., bj Mrs. C. H. Parsong, 
Sec, two boxes and a barrel, |485 87 

Chester, Vt, Ladies' Cong. Sew. Soe., bj 
Mrs. J. G. Hale, a half-barrel, 44 65 

Crown Point, N. Y., Ladles' Sew. Circle of 
the First Cong. Cb.. by Mrs. K. C 
IValker, a barrel of olotbing and a oom- 
munlon set, 160 00 

DoTer, N. H., Ladies' ITome Miss. Boo. of 
the First Cong.Ch^b7 Mias C. M. Pal- 
mer, a barrel, 168 00 

Farmington, Conn., Lsdlai, bj M» & a 
GewlM, a iMrrel, 100 00 

Ledjard, Conn. Ladles of the Cong. Cb. 
and Soe., bj Mra. A. M. Cook, a barrel 66 26 

Middletown, Conn., Lsdies' Home Mlia. So6. 
of the South Cong. Cbn by Mrs* John P. 
Taylor. Sec, a box, 925 61 

Monaon, Mass^ Ladles' Benev. Bocl, by Kn. 
W.N. Flint, a barrel, 80 00 

Monnt Camel Conn., Ladies* Soe^ by Lo^ 
W.lTSfl, a barrel, 148 00 

New Haren, Conn., Ladles' Home Miss. 
Soe. of the First Cb., by Misa £. North, 
Sec, eight boxes and two oommanion 
setf 1*660 28 

Ladles' Soe of the North Cb., by Mn. 

Henry Champion, a barrel, 188 00 

Ladies of CoUege st. Cb., by Bov. J. W. 

New York City, Ladles of th« Bni«dwa|p 
Tabemaele Ohl, by Mrs. Dr. J. P. Thomp> 
son, another trunk of olothing, etc., (five 
in all). 750 00 

Plymouth, Conn., a bnndle, 

Kldgefleld, Conn., Ladies' Beiiev. Soe., by 
M. J. Boyd, a barrel, 127 00 

Sooth Freeport. Ma., Ladles, by Ber. B. _ 

Hsley, a barrel, 64 68 

Westfleld, MaM.» LadM* Bener. Socw of the 
First Cong. Cli, by F. A. Cbadwiok,6ec, 
abox, •*."*'' 168 84 

ReeslpU </ the 3iattaekuutt» Rome UimUmary 
Soddy^ in February^ BxifJAiinr Pnkim, 2Wm. 

Andorer North, Cong. Ch. and Boe., $13 43 

Ashburnham, Cong. Ch. and Soei, 39 72 

Ashland, Cong Ch. and Boo., 8 00 

Boston, Essex st Ch. and Boo., an. eoll, 612 00 
Old South Ch. and Soe, an. ooll, 1,137 90 
Balance of Legapy of Oilnuux B. Lowe, by 

J. Field andJ. e. Cary, Bxs., 616 00 

A Friend, $20 ; a Frteod, $6, Si 00 
Brimfleld, Lenqr (inpart) of >ilsLwli» 
Homer, by Ira D. HaMl, Ex., ,l^KO 00 

Lesacy of Persis BUsa, $88 61 

Brookfleld, Cong. Cb. and Boc, bal of oolL* 10 
Boston Hlgbknde, Vina st Gong. Ch., moD. 

con., IS 10 

Cambridge, Bhepard Cb. and 8oc, 

E. W. Haynea, 
Chelsea, Ber. A. Burpee, 
Charlestown, John Stetson, 
Cobasset, Cong. Cb. and Soe., 
Dighton Nortb, Natban Ide, 
Dracnt West, Cong. Ch., 
Draeut, Centre Cbn 
Fall Birer, First Cong. Ch. and Soe., 
Freetown, Cong. Ch. and Soe:, 
Gloucester. Evan. Ch. and Boa, 
Great Barrlogton, Legacy o# tbd tote Hark 

Bosseter, by .Mrs. Boiseter, lew Got. 

Holland, Ladleij* Bener. Soo, 
Hopklnton, Cong. Cb. and Boc, 
Lincoln, Ladlo^ Miss. Boc, 
Littleton, Evan. Cong. Ch., 
Medford, Mrs. Galen James, 
Monson, A.W. Porter, Esq.. 
Newburyport, flrom the Estate of Miss 

Frances Banister. 
N< , tx 1869, 

$185 35 
80 00 

60 00 
85 26 

15 88 
13 87 
70 T5 
30 00 
144 50 

470 00 
80 0(1 
71 20 

125 00 
7 15 

125 OO 

300 00 

714 40 

822 87 

10 OO 

25 00 
904 65 

20 OO 

30 OO 

12 12 

129 85 

101 25 

26 00 
591 65 


$8,169 21 

Seeeiptt qf the Connecticut Borne MUeUmary 
Society^ in March, S. W. Paxsoxs, TWciil 

$8 50 

100 00 

22 94 

4 75 

58 00 




uid Bo^., 









.and Boe. 

umu %n ^Mi., 

Barkbamsted. Cong. Cb., 

BHdgeport, First Cong. Cb., by N. 8. 

wordin. Trees., 
East Bridgeport, Cong. Cb., by W. B. 

Smith, TSreaa., 
Falls Village, Cong. Cb., by Ber. H. B. 

Griswold, Cong. Ch., by BeT. B. F. Nor- 
Hartford, a Friend, $200; Bev. A. Winter, 

$1 20300 

Manchester, Omff. CH., 81 50 

J9eoond Cong, Ch.. by Dr. W. Scott, to 

const ' John O. Bpencer, Mrs. C. M. 

BpeneoL Alvab D. Noble and Mm J. B. 

Noble L. Ms., 140 65 

MlUbrd, Plymouth Ch., 50 00 

PoguonnocK, Cong. Cb., by Ber. N. G. 

Bonney, 8 85 

Preston, Conff. Cb., by W. Loring, 19 00 

Bouthbury, Cont^. &t^ to const Harrey 

Bronson and Mrs. E. H. Brown L. Ms. 64 83 
South KHUngly, Ber. W. W. Atwater, 8 75 

Stafford Springs, Cong. Ch., by B. Newton, 

Treasn 27 41 

Btonington, Second Cone. Gh^ by Be^.B. 

W. Gilman, to const Ellen Kirby, Mary 

F. Kirby and Martha £. Edwards L. 

Ms. ; of which $100 from S. B. Stone, to 

const Fannie B. Bnrgls, of Guilford, and 

Kate O. Btanton L. Ms., and $80 flrom 

Charlee P. WilBami, to const Xmily D. 

Breed ALlM., 280 00 

TmmboU, Cong; Cb., by BeT. N. "T. Mer- 

win, 20 65 

WethenfleM, Cong. Cb., by J. Lovelsnd, 11 50 
Westford, Cong. Cb., by C. Wblton, 18 00 

West Meriden, Oong. Cb.. by B. H. Oatlln, 

^eas., to const £11 J. Merriao) and Mn. 

Bnnloe Perkins L. Ms., 9418 

$1,109 01 


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R»T. DAVE) B. COE, D. D., 

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Secrdaries fcr Cwrtfiftmimot. 


Ejoovtitb Oosfiirrm— Mb. WILLIAM 6. LAMBEBT, Ckaiirman; Bit. WILLIAM PAT- 

TOK. D.D ; Ms. SIMEON a CHITTENDEN; Rbt. BICHARD 8. BT0BB8, Jb^ D. 1>.; Bbt. 



oOdo— Tfr: AUSTIN ABBOTT, £b^, Recording SeorMmrft ibji Tbbasvbbr, and the SBOBXTABm 

rw CoBBWOimBsoB. 



Bdatbg to tl.e bnsiDeflB of the Society genenllj, may be addressed to either of tlie Secre- 
taries tor Correfn[Kiiidence. 


hi Drafta, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-OiBoe Orders, if practicable, may be sent to the 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New Toric 

A paymeni of thir^ dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
ted dollars, (or a snm, which, in ad<Ution to a prerioos payment, makes one hundred 
doUars,) a Life Director. 


or THK 


Rer. SrapBSif Thurston, Secretary, Maine Misti. 8oe,^ Searsport, Me. 

Joshua Maxwkll, Esq., Treasurer, '* *' Portland, '* 

Rer. William Clark, Secretary, New Hampehire Mise. Soe.^ Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. BroHS, D.D., Treasurer, •♦ " " Concord, " 

Rer. C. & &irni, Secretary, VerrMtU Dcm, Mim. 8oc,^ Montpeller, Y t 

C. W. Srotas, Esq., Treasurer, ** " *• " 

R«fv. H. B. HooKKR, D.D., Sec, JTom. ff, M, Soe,^ 81 Washington st, Boston, Mass. 

BnuAMiii Pkrkihs, Esq., Treasurer, *' " *' *' ** 

Rer. Jamu G. Yosb, Secretary, JL I, Home Mies. 8oe.^ Providence, R. I. 

KowiM KmoBT, Esq., Treasurer, " " " '* •* 

ReT. WiLLLAX H. MooRi, Secretary, Conn, Home Miee. /Sbe., Berlin, Conn. 

B. W. Passohi, Esq., Treasurer, *' '' '* Hartford, <' 


Rer. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. T. 
Rer. LTBAHuni Relsrt, Columbus, 0. 
Rer. Natb*l a. Hti>i, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rer. JonrH E. Rot, Chicago, IlL 
Rer. Hurt D. Platt, Brighton, HL 
Rer. KnwiH B. Turxir, Hamiibal, Mo. 
Ber. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rer. Loot Warren, Ellc Rapids, Mich. 

Rer. Drztxr Clart, Beloit, Wis. 
Rer. Franklin B. Doe, Fond du Lac, Wis. 
Rer. Jesse Guernsey, Dubuque, la. 
Rer. Julius A. Rbed, Darenport, la. 
Rer. Richard Hall, St. Paul, Minn. 
Rer. HARrsT Jones, Wabaunsee, Kan. 
Rer. Reuben Gatlord, Omaha City, Neb. 
Rer. James H. Warren, San Franciseo,CaL 


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The Anniybbsabt Ssbmon of the American Home Missionary Society will 
be preached in the Broadway Tabernacle Church, corner of Sixth Avenue and 
84th street, by Rer. Jacob M. Mahnino, D.D., of Boston, Mass., on Sabbath 
evening. May 8, at 7f o'clock. 

The Annnal Meeting will be held at the rooms of the Society, in the Bible 
House, on Wednesday aiternoon. May 11, at 4 o^clock. 


Feeble congregations, desiring aid in supporting the Gospel, are requested, in their 
applications, to make full statements of their condition and prospects, and of the reasons 
for granting their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particulars, 
namely : 

The population of the place. 
. The name of the church or congregation. 

The number of communicant8,and the average number of attendants on public worship. 

The denomination and size of congregations immediately contiguous, with the distance 
to their places of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the arrange- 
ments that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expectcnl from any other source. 

The least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name infuJH and post-office address of the nunister for whom a commission is de- 

Bis credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the plaoe in iHiich he preaohcs, and is engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the church, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplated for his installment in the course of the year. 

The applications should be ngned by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the eccIeaiMtical body with which the church is connected have a ** Ck>mmittee of 
Missions '' lo act ia their behalf, the members of this committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such *^ Committee of 
Missions " exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neighbor- 
ing clergymen of the same deoorainaUon, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications, after being properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Agent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve months frwn. Hie daie of the appHea- 
Hen ; at the end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taiping all the particulars above stated, and indorsed and recommended in like manner. 
Each congregation applying for renevoed aid, $houid furnish^ oZw, the certificate of the 
mieeionary that they havefulfiUed their previoue pledges for hie support. 

The address of the Society *s Agents and the Secretaries of its Auxiliaries will be found 
on the cover of its reports and of the Home Miesionary, 


The Home Mimonary will be sent grattdtouely to the following classes of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

. To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of iis Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, during the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dollare collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the facilities offered 
above to introduce the Home Missionary among his people. 

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JUNE, 1870. 




CSalifomia.— From Rev. J. H, War- 
ms Agent— Southern California.. 30 

Hebras]ca.~Froni Hev. R. OayUyrd, 
Agent.— B«sigtiB his Agency 80 

TfH*^» — From Rev, O. A. Thoam», 

Albanv.— A Preclons Reviml 31 

From Rev. A, Connetf LouiiiTiUe.— 
Baint Kary*a 81 

Minnesota. ^From Bev. S. H, JTe^ 
hgg^ Oleuooe.— The Indian Maf ea- 

mcte 32 

From Rtc, E. W. Merrill^ Camion 
Falls. — Instnllatlon — Tho Great- 
ness of the Work— Thanks 83 

I lomu— From Rev. A, Manaon, Qoas- 
onetoo.— Foorteen Tears— Wheat 
for Nothing 33 

From Met, J, E. EUiott^ Lucas 

Orore.— Itinerating 83 

B'gXeeting 34 

From Bev, J, D, Sanda^ Belmond.— 

A Moral Swamp-Peripatetic 34 

Enongh Wheat 36 

From Ret. C. Thtylor, Algona.— Of 
Jodgmeota— Of Mercies 36 

Wifloonsin.— From Rev. O. Spal- 
ding^ Depere.— A Thiok Cloud.... 35 
Its Sliver Lining 30 


From Ren, M. Wetln, Oak Grove.— 
From Dark to Light 36 

MissouTl.— From Rev. L. M, Pierce^ 
Glenwood.— An Early Harvest. .. . 36 
From Ren. H, D, Lomng. Neosho.— 
Plenty to Do 87 

Illinois.- From Rev. L. H. Higgint^ 
Lanark.— Four Years and Graduat- 
ed 87 

From Rev. 8. R. DoU^ Morris.— 

Work and Gratitude 88 

From Rev. A, L. Rigge, Woodstock.^ 
From Home to Foreign 88 

New York,- From Rev, J. T. MartK, 

Harpvrsfield.— Better Things 38 

From Rev. Q, Hardy^ Potsdam Junc- 
tion.— Not Discouraged Tet 80 


Rbv. Thirov BALDwnr, D.D 80 

Plbabakt Rbmirisobhob 40 

Thb SncOBBS or Missions 40 

RBLinoN or Homb to Fo&bign Mis- 
sions 41 

To pROMOTB ▲ Rbvital 42 

Arb Ministebs HzrblimosT 43 

Thb DtikoMinbb 43 

Thb Homb Work 44 

MI80BU.A1IB0U8 ItbHS. 44 

Mianonary Appointments 46 

Aeknoteledgment ^Receipts 46 

Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

POSTAGE.— Tiotlv cent* a year^ in advance. 



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TeMb OQOgregationa, desiring aid b rapporting tlie Goipel, art requested, in their 
applieation^ to nuUce full ttatementt of their oondition and prospectf, and of the reasons 
for gnmting their requests. They are desired, also, to Airnish the following particuUra, 

The population of the place. 

The name of the church or congregation. 

The number of communicants, and the arerage number of attendants on public worship. 

The denomination and sixe of congregations immediately contiguous, with the di^anoe 
to their pUces of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the giten time, and the aixang*- 
ments that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that willl suffice from this Society. 

The name inJkU and post-office address of the minister for whom a commission is d«- 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he Is the pastor of the churdi, or if not, whether any artangements are made 
or oontempUted for his instalment in the course of the year. 

The applications should be signed by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected hsTe a " Committee of 
lOssioos ** to act in their behalf, the members of this committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church^ the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where hb scrrices are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such '* Committee of 
Missions ** exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neighbor- 
ing clergymen of the same denonii nation, acquainted with the factsi 

Applications, after being properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent totho 
Agent (or Secretary of the Auxiliiiry) lor the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve months from Uu dafs of th$ applwth 
ihn ; at Uie end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars above stated, and Indoraed and reconunended in like manner. 
Each congrtgaiion applying for renewed end, Mhould fumidi^ aUo, <A« ceri^/ieaU of tJk$ 
miMtkmarg iat thtg Mtw fulfiued their jntmou* pledget fcr ku tupport. 

The address of the Society's Agentt and the Secretaries of its Auxiliaries will be found 
on the cover of its reports and of the Home Mieeionarg, 


The Home Mietionary will be sent grahnUmdy to the following classes of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life l>irectors and Life Members of the Sodety. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
fvery year for the Society, or one of its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, durine the year. To everv Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, ofis copy for every Un doUart collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will eonfer a special iavor by availing himself of the facilities offered 
above to introduce the Home Jimionary among his peopfo. In notifying the Secretaries of 
his desire to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the name of 
) person to whom each copy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, In iruet, to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in the 
ci^ of New Tork, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to be applied to the 
charitable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its direction. 


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Gift of 
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WeBtfieid, MaBS. 

Perkins Collect i^-r. 


Go^ PaiACH the Gospil. Mark xtL 15. 

How ahall they preach except thej be skmt f . .Bom. x. 15. 

Vol XLIII. JUNE, 1870. No. 2. 


By Bey. M. M. G. Daka, of Norwich, Connecticat. 

These are eome doties which circnmatances may conspire to make of more 
immediate importance than any others, and which admit of no postponement. 
If not attended to at once, and thoronghly, they pass beyond recall, and leave to ns 
the sad consequences of oar neglect. Among such duties I place the Home Mis- 
sionary work. In the claims it has upon American churches, in the nrgency with 
which it appeals, in its inestimable importance, it has no rival.^ It does not admit 
of being moderately prosecuted, or of receiving only a fair support Its nature is 
such, the relations it sustains to the present development and future character of 
the eountry are such, that it must be pushed with a most determined energy, and 
nmA command the unparalleled benefactions of all Christians and patriots. It is, 
moreover, a work which cannot be left to the future, for what that future is to 
be, depends upon what the churches can be incited now to do in the home field. 
" Five hundred years of time in the process of this world's salvation may depend," 
said Professor Phelps, of Andover, "on tJie next twenty years of United States Ai9- 
tory.'*^ Therefore is it necessary to be in haste with such an enterprise as this, 
for the swelling tide of emigration is every day making more difficult the task of 
ifflboing the nation with Christian faith. If, through the spread of scepticism and 
tbe opspringing forms of irreligion, the newer States and Territories are preoccu- 
pied, then will tlie entrance and sway of a pure Christianity be] longer delayed, 
and the possession of them by the gospel of Christ be possibly prevented. A 
work which is to keep pace with the moral needs of a country like ours, which is 
to compete with the tireless energies of evil, must be urged onward with all the 
ipeed ever aogmenting laborers and means will permit. ** Opportunity is the flower 
of ttme,'* and if we would not see the devil drive his preemption stakes in our 
frontier settlements, and where young cities are starting into being, we must get 
before him with the institntions of religion. If we cannot with evangelizing 
iaflneoces keep abreast of the ^ Star of Empire " in its westward march, we shall 
be left behind, and the forces of sin will have time to consolidate and establish 
their sway in the new centres of trade and popnlation, before their position is 
aastiled by a gospel which should have gained first possession. It is for such 
reasons that this Home lOasionary work is urgent beyond every other, and lays 
datm to the largest servioe and support. It needs now more than ever before, 
every man and every dollar that can be consecrated to it. 


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The call is to take possession of the land in the name and for the sake of 
Christ : to organize a chnrch that shall publish the life-giving gospel in every 
town and village throughout the needy "West: to carry the Bible and 
its blessed hopes to every home, however remote or humble. There are broad 
wastes where as yet no Ohristian institutions have been established, and it is this 
virgin territory, now being thrown open for the occupancy of man, already filling 
with an eager, enterprising population, that we are summoned to enter with 
the influences of the gospel. Schools, colleges, churches must be thickly 
planted in all this newly-settled country. When we think what is driving into 
our Western and Southern fields, the various vices there rooting themselves, the 
systems of infidelity and false religions already flourishing, we can foresee the 
conflict which is before us, if ever Christianity is to possess the land. We can- 
not safely permit the foundations of great States to be laid, and not be present 
with gospel instrumentalities to nurture and shape these nascent empires. To 
leave entire districts without a preacher, and hamlets without the Sabbath school 
and church, is perilous in the extreme. The morals and opinions of the people 
will depend upon the evangelizing influences, which with omnipresent power we 
can set at work. As the eye sweeps over the wide-extended region which awaits 
the entrance of evangelical religion, the sight ought to kindle within us a new 
ardor to push on its conquest for the Lord. We ought not to be content till we 
know that our missionaries are visiting every district, itinerating through sparsely 
settled counties, threading the ravines of the Rocky mountains and Sierra Ne- 
vadas, stationed in the rising villages scattered along the great highway of inter* 
oceanic travel and penetrating into the gulches where the mining population lives 
in a destitution verging on barbarism. What a call comes to us from the fair do- 
main we have not as yet entered with the multiform agencies of our common 
Christianity I Have we risen to the grandeur of this work ? Are we praying 
and scheming over a duty so all-important ? Have we massed our forces with 
the aim of bringing the whole land under the dominion of Christ ? 


It is this which makes the Home Missionary work the paramount duty 
of the hour. The contest is for the Christian possession of the land ; and 
have we begun to realize its extent? Three hundred and sixty such c^nmion- 
wealths as Connecticut lie west of the Mississippi Thirty-flve times the 
area of all New England does not exhaust the territory stretching from the same 
river to the Pacific, and in this immense area, fast filling up with emigration from 
the Old World and the Eastern States, our churches have only about five hundred 
and seventy-five missionaries. You might place all New England in the single 
State of Minnesota, and have a quarter over ; its population is already reckoned 
at 450,000 ; and yet only forty-one of this Society's representatives are main- 
taining the conflict there. In like manner Missouri and Nebraska will each con- 
tain the whole of New England, the former having a million and a half of 
inhabitants, with but thirty-six missionaries sustained by us. 

California is three times the size of New England, and with the living stream 
of humanity pouring in from China, Japan, and the Pacific Isles, in the form of a 
semi-civilized heathenism, the very destiny of our whole Western elope seems to 
turn now on the question whether Christianity can get possession of that State. 
"There are sixteen counties," writes* an Agent for Iowa, "in which we havQ 


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neither minister nor charcb, and in which, so far as I know, there U no church 
edifice of any sort." And Tvhat shall he said for the Sooth, where li^e those 
latest bom into freedom's family, needing radimentary instruction through schools, 
and Christian training by means of Puritan churches ? Here is opened a field 
which every sense of honor and Christian love impels us to occupy. In the State of 
Arkansas, whose moral destitution is fearful to contemplate, with a population in 
1860 of 485,000, we have not a single missionary. Thus scattered throughout this 
unpoffiessed land, are teeming millions now open to gospel influences. Absorbed 
by the ambitions and hardships of their life, they are for the most part living 
without the restraining or fostering influences of vital religion. Error has gone 
ID, false forms of belief are seducing the credulous or careless, and thus some of 
the best portions of our national domain are but feebly held for Christ. These 
germs of States, arbiters of the nation's future, are not feeling as they should the 
shaping pressure of an aggressive Puritan faith. This question of occupancy is 
therefore a most serious one to every lover of the Master's kingdom. The inspi 
ration to a new advance in Home Missionary work comes from this immense 
unchristianized territory. It brings us face to face with a new epoch in evan- 
gelistic efifort. Can we raise an army of devoted Christian men, who will enter 
this field, conquer it with love, overcome it with the gospel, and unfurl over 
its vast extent the banner of the Prince of Peace ? On this question hinges the 
loss or possession of this continent for the Lord. 


It is through the American Home Missionary Society that we are to do this 
work ot christianizing our land. Home evangelization is its single aim. 
Through living churches, it would extend a free, pure Christianity. It exists 
for our country, it seeks her perfected development in whatever is just and noble. 
While preaching Chrigt, it has disseminated the principles of civil liberty, and 
proelahned the gospel of humanity. Its missionaries have been foremost in all 
good works. They have planted churches which have become the saving pow- 
er in populous communities. They have founded institutions of learning by which 
the intelligence and virtue of the people have been fostered. 

The staple argument from the first in behalf of this work has been, that the gos- 
pel alone can unify the diverse elements of our body politic ; only the gospel has 
power to fuse into one mass the various foreign nationalities among us. This con- 
viction led to the formation of the Society, whose province it should be to send the 
educated preacher into every new settlement. Thus was it hoped that no com- 
munity would long be without a Christian sanctuary, and all the moral and edu- 
cational influences which are the outcome of a vigorous church. The East with 
this riew took up the work, and now for forty-four years has this agency been 
operating, keeping Christian watch over our common country, and striving to 
accompany the advancing wave of population with the forces of pure religion. 
During this period, it has had hundreds of earnest, self-denying men, preaching 
the gospel statedly at every important centre, from the shores of I^e Erie to 
the Golden Gate. And over two thousand churches stand to-day, not to speak of 
other institutions, as blessed memorials of the fruitage of these years. Sim- 
ple in its constitution and method of working, this Society is able to continue its 
evangelizing efforts on a greatly extended scale. Instead of the nearly one thous- 
and laborers which it now employs, it could set double that number to work. If 
those forming its constituency will raise the men and the money, there is no 
reason why the growth of thoroughly Puritan churches shall not hereafter be com- 


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mensurate with tlie growth of population. There is now no portion of the knd that 
oar missionaries cannot enter. God Himself has been ao shaping events as to 
prepare the way for a vastly augmented field of usefalness for this Society. 
What has been achieved oagbt to be bnt the earnest of a far grander work. 
We have jast the agency needed to save our conntry, and on ns rests the solemn 
responsibility of seeing that its resources are made equal to the sublime work 
opening before it. Everything indicates that our religious future is to depend 
upon the earnestness and liberality with which this Home Missionary enterprise 
is prosecuted. 


Evidently it is not more machinery that is called for, but an immensely 
increased motive power to operate that which we already have. With all its 
opportunities and &cilities, it is but a comparatively limited work this Society 
can do, unlesi itt reioureei he increased. It needs more men and more money. On 
the unstinted supply of both depends its fullest efficiency for the ftitore. The 
time has come when the churches must recognise tbeir obligation to point their 
young men of promise and devoted piety to this work. An enthusiasm should be 
kindled in reference to it, like to that which kept the armies of our country full. 
A new and popular interest needs to be awakened in the cause of theological 
education, and a more generous support should be henceforth accorded to the 
youth, who, amid many embarrassments, are preparmg for the gospel ministry. 
How many of our churches have felt their responsibility in this matter, and with 
earnest prayer and loving benefactions turned to the colleges and seminaries, as 
the places whence must come the missionaries our country to-day is needing ? 
Where is the Christian public sentiment which should have made this work of 
Home Missions to be a privilege and au honor in the eyes of our young men I 
Had it been held up as the great heroic work of the times, into which none should 
be suffered to go without the warmest sympathy and ample support of the church- 
es, then would we have seen the Christian students from all our collegiate institu- 
tions hastening into it, and giving up the ignoble search for occupations of ease and 
pecuniary profit. The real heroes of the nation are our Home Missionaries. 
They are the men to whose toils we owe the Christian character of growing 
commonwealths. And we wait now for an army of such to enter through the 
open doors of present opportunity into these wide-reaching fields, and engage with 
consecrated ardor in this home^evangelizing effort. If the heart of the church 
is in this work, her sons will give themselves to it If Home Missions is made a 
subject of constant prayer, its progress anxiously watched, the Sabbath schools 
interested in it, then will be awakened a new desire on the part of the young to 
be dedicated to it, and more generous contributions will flow into the Society^s 
treasory. Let the churches pray for a quickened spirit of devotion to this sacred 
work, let them plead with our fathers^ God to summon into it a multitude of men 
and women, who will forego ease and wealth and wordly honor for the sake of 
the Master, and their native land : — ^the land which calls upon you, fathers and 
mothers, to give for its christianization, your choicest sons and daughters I The 
immediate want of the hour is young men of earnest piety and thorough culture, 
to shape the future of the country. Every unoccupied field in the West and 
South sends its appeal to the churches for devoted laborers. Every germinant 
community, as yet without the living preacher, calls to the Christian student to 
come and guide its moral growth, to found its institutions of learning and religion. 
Oh, what urgency there is in this cry borne to ns from these fields already white 
to the harvest! In such an emergency as this, can it be that our young men of 


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edacation are to be fonnd wanting? Have the pressing demands of this work 
beeo Bofficientlj presented to them, and have the churches united in urging and 
sustaining the claims of so lofty a service ? Not one of us, pastor or layman, is 
exempt from some share of responsibility as to this deficiency of tnen^ for a 
work upon whose energetic prosecution our national existence depends. 

The need of inerea^fed expenditures, if we are to enlarge our Home Missionary 
efforts, is also apparent. Unless there can be developed in our churches a 
more Inrge-hearted benevolence, this work of evangelizing our land, now grown 
to appaUing immensity, cannot be accomplished. The greatly extended field 
most, of course, necessitate larger outlays. Such resources as the exigency 
requires can be had only through that giving which has triumphed over the old 
retaining passion. The spirit of self-sacriflce should no longer be confined to 
those we send into the field, but be henceforth shared by those living in afflu- 
ence in the East. Whoever, as patriot or Ohristion, ciures for his country, and 
would do augbA to promote its troest prosperity, is now called upon to give with 
ooprecedented liberality. The annual income of this Society should not, in 
jastioe to the work providentially opening before it, be suffered to fall below 
half a million dollars. Nay, considering the importance of Christianizing 
America for the sake of the world, is not this sum far too small ? As respects 
onrselves, it is a struggle for all that we hold dear, — for our religion, our Chris- 
tian Sabbath, our national integrity. There is no appeal in magnitude and urgen- 
cy at all comparable to this made by the Home Missionary Society, to the Ohris- 
tian people of the land which its labors have hitherto so signally benefited. 
Its attitade on the great questions of the day, its advocacy of the principles of 
loyalty, its development of the spiritual energies of a living fkith, have made 
this organization a power on this continent ; and if we would feel its inflaence 
even more widely in the eventful years Just before us, we must give with a 
lavish bend. Money, money to flow in swelling streams into its treasury, will 
be the token that we appreciate its work, and that we are equal to the august 
opportunities of the hour. It is the money that lags; it is the church that £eiils 
to meet the cost of establishing the Master^s kingdom in her immediate vicinage. 
Would God that at least for this Society, in whose support is enlisted every 
pitriotio impulse, every philanthropic sentiment, every Ohristian feeling, there 
might never be needed the appeal for money ! False must he be to his country 
' tnd his Christ, who withholds from it his every benefaction. 

Le( us make this year, which recalls the coming to these shores of our Puri- 
tan ancestors, memorable by our contributions to this Home Missionary cause. 
Let Ds give with the intent to crucify our fiery greed for gain, embalming and 
Titaliang our gifts by the hearths sacrificing love. Let our estimate of the 
inboitanoe received from our fathers be shown, in the treasures we shall freely 
devote to enriching it, in the holy efforts we shall make to render it even more 
precious to the posterity to which we in turn bequeath it I Consecration to 
thif work of our substance and our sons, earnest unceasing prayer, an unswerv- 
ing faith in God and' fidelity to his gospel, these are the forces which are to 
save our land. Through these oau we bring all its commingled peoples under 
the sway oi Christian truth, under the control of Christ. 


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From Rev, J, H. Warren^ Ageivt, 

Southern Oalifomia. 

Mj recent visit to the southern part 

• of the State Las impressed me more 

than ever with a sense of the extent, 

wealth and power of the land that is 

and is to be. 

The rush in California just now is all 
that way. A large ocean steamer leaves 
San Francisco every four days, loaded 
with passengers and freight; but that 
is hardly sufficient for the immigration 
pressing in. A large proportion of it 
goes to San Diego. The growth of that 
place onsequently is rapid — too rapid 
indeed for the greatest good. It is 
mostly in anticipation of the railroad ; 
and unless the railroad is speedily com- 
menced, to give substance and sight to 
hope, many will see hard times. The 
growth of Santa Barbara, San Buena- 
ventura, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and 
San Bernardino is constant, healthful, 
and more and more promising. T^e 
occupancy and holding of all these 
places by the American Home Mission- 
ary Society gives us a foothold in South- 
ern California second to no denomina- 
tion in the State. 

The Master has opened a vast and 
wonderful field, and by a series of 
special providences pushed us into it. 
If we are wise and earnest, if we have 
faith in the day of small things, and 
zeal for the future, it becomes us to 
spare no cost to secure what is in itself 
an empire. Nothing could be more 
opposite to the old order of society, re- 
ligion, and civilization of that region 
than the New Testament Puritanism, 
that takes with it the Bible, the spell- 
ing-book, gang-plows, locomotives, and, 
lo! the solitary place is a city, and the 
wilderness buds and blossoms like the 
rose. The brethren here are under 
conviction in this matter, and we want 

all the churches in New England and 
the whole East to think of it, to give us 
warm-hearted prayers, quick and liberal 
responses in all that kind of aid that 
shall enable us and them to justify the 
faith and wisdom of our fathers. To 
read the statements of the pecuniary 
condition of the Society in the *' Home 
Missionary,^' and then look at the inter- 
ests imperiled by such a lack, is start- 
ling. To think of stopping when we 
have made a forward povement, and 
committed or pledged the good faith ot 
our Zion, — one may as well commit 
suicide. Brethren, this work cannot 
stop. "We are in it and must go for- 
ward. If all others fail us, we must 
trust in him unto whom all power in 
heaven and in earth is given, and who 
has promised " I am with you alway." 
I consider Dr. Todd's book, "The 
Sunset Land,^' a timely presentation of 
facts and argument in respect to the 
importance of California as to its pres- 
ent and future influence and position in 
the great conflict between the king- 
doms of this world and that of the 
Hedeemer of men. I commend it to 
ever/ Christian family, to every Sun- 
day school library ; and those chapters 
which connect this Golden State and 
Pacific Coast with the divine plans of ^ 
human redemption, to every Christian 
reader in the wide land. 


From Rev, R. Oaj/lordf Ageni, 

Beslffns hia Affenoy. 

I now resign my agency; not be- 
cause I am tired of the work, or have 
any less love for it than formerly. I 
commenced preaching in Iowa, at the 
age of twenty-six, Dec. 1st, 1838, un- 
der a commission from the American 
Home Missionary Society. After labor- 
ing seventeen years in that State, eleven 
of them as pastor of the church in Dan- 


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TiUd, which came up to self-support 
under mj ministry, I came to Nebraska 
and took up my abode in Omaha, then 
in its infancy. Here, under the foster- 
ing care of your Society, I organized 
the firi^t Congregational church in the 
Territory, (and others afterward), and 
labored with it nine years, until called 
to act as the Agent of the Society for 
Nebraska and Western Iowa. I came 
here in the prime of life, and with per- 
fect health, full of ardor for the good 
cause to which I had devoted my life, 
and entliusiastic with the idea of plant- 
ing a pure gospel in a new land. I 
began my work as your Agent in 
November, 1864, and have devoted my 
time, streDg^, and energy to the inter- 
ests of the Society, and what seemed the 
best good of the field, always refasing 
to mix with my work any kind of secu- 
lar business. I have the satisfaction of 
feeling that I share a good measure of 
the love and esteem of the people 
whose spiritual welfare I have tried 
to promote. As I now lay down my 
work, I look out upon a goodly family 
of churches, eighteen in number, the 
way to organize others preparing, and 
gospel influences extending more rapid- 
ly than ever before. I seem to have 
come to the end of a long path, with a 
wall before me, through which as yet I 
see no opening. I can only lay myself 
down at my Master^s feet, and wait his 
bidding. If he has no more work for 
me to do, I will try to be content. 

But I will close my communication, 
already too long. It is my prayer that 
Qod may bless the Society, and make 
it instrumental in accomplishing a much 
greater amount of good in the future 
than it has in the past 


From Rev, O, A, ThomoM^ AVbany^ Nenuiha 

A Fredonfl BevivaL 

The last quarter has been one of ab- 
sorbing interest. Reviving influences 

begnn with the week of prayer, and 
with one aocord we resolved to con- 
tinue in prayer and effort fur the salva- 
tion of souls. Preaching services and 
morning prayer meetings were estab- 
Ibhed, to which inquirers were invited. 
These were seasons of precious inter- 
est and Christian growth. Leading 
members of the church suspended 
nearly all business and gave them- 
selves to the work. Meetings of in- 
quiry were held, and soon nearly all 
our scholars were inquiring with tear- 
ful interest for the path of life. From 
the school the influence spread to the 
conmiunity, and our young men are 
nearly all won to Christ Several fam- 
ily altars have been erected. The un- 
converted in our community are fewer 
than the converted. Almost all the 
children of the school, we trust, have 
embraced Christ. 

One lady said that on looking over 
the community, she could not think of 
one who could be regarded as having 
been under the influence of the church 
for the last two years, who had not ex- 
pres^sed a Christian hope. Yet perhaps 
the greatest work has been done in 
the church itself, in the increases of 
brotherly attachment, and readiness for 
Christian labor. 

Our meetings continued over forty 
days. I was assisted by Bev. Messrs. 
Stewart, of Seneca, and Van Wagner, 
of Muscotah. "We have hardly dared 
to count numbers. About fifty have 
expressed a determination to commence 
the Christian life. 

From Bev, A, Connet^ Louisville^ PoUawa- 

tomie Co. 

Saint Uary'fl. 

St Mary's is a village of three or four 
hundred inhabitants, on the Kansas- 
Pacific railway, fifteen miles east of us. 
It is the seat of an old Romish mission 
among the Pottawatomie Indians and 
whites. I am the first Protestant minis- 
ter, so far as I know, that ever preached 
there regularly. I find a goodly num- 


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ber of professors of religion and more 
of Protestant proclivities, anxious to 
have regular preaching. My heart has 
been deeply moved for these ^^ sheep 
having no shepherd." I have been ad- 
vised to discontinue the appointment, 
and had even consented, but when the 
time came to dismiss the congregation, 
I could not see them separate without 
hope of meeting again to hear God's 
word. The audiences have been growing 
in numbers, attention and seriousness. 
A prayer meeting has also been started. 
The services have been held mostly 
in a hall over a liquor and billiard 
saloon — the saloon-keeper furnishing us 
the hall, warmed and lighted, free. 
Steps are being taken for the erection 
of a public school-house. (There has 
never been a school there except the 
Oatholic.) When this is completed, it 
will be open for Protestant worship. 
The Bomanists have decided to make 
St. Mary's the seat of one of their great 
Western colleges, and expect to begin 
some of their buildings this year. The 
town is growing rapidly, having more 
than doubled in size in the last ten 
months. Protestants are constantly 
coming in, and the need of a Protestant 
church there cannot be doubted. I ex- 
ect to organize one soon. The (Quaker) 
Indian Agent for the Pottawatomie 
tribe, located at St. Mary's, is a zealous 
Christian, and seconds all my efforts. 


From fiev, 8. J7. Kellogg, Oleneoe, McLeod 

The Indian SCassacre. 

I must say a word or two, that you 
may better appreciate the spiritual and 
temporal condition of my congrega- 

Following close upon the heels of 
the first settlements west of the ^^ big 
woods," came the Indian raid, or mas- 
sacre, in 1862. Of the two villages in 
the county, one was burned by the In- 

dians, and the other is that occupied by 
your missionary. 

Nearly every able-bodied man went 
into the army, and the homesteads were 
left to the care of the chUdren and their 
mothers. In August of that year came 
the Indians, yelling, stealing, capturuig, 
shooting and scalping. The helpless wo- 
men and children were compelled to flee. 
Roads to the towns and villages east of 
us were thronged with footmen and 
vehicles of every description. They 
left their stock, harvest, homes, all 
their living, to be wasted and burned, 
if not by the savage, by the relentless 
prairie fires and the inevitable tooth of 
time. Some were sick and died ; others 
yet live tortured by diseases resulting 
from the fatigue, fright, and night ex- 
posures of that double war of the rebel 
and the savage. 

The prospects of this church were 
nearly destroyed. The edifice was giv- 
en up to the soldiers, her men were in 
the army, and her women had fled. 
Many never returned. Judging from 
the records, this church and congrega* 
tion have not recovered their numbers, 
strength or pecuniary ability. 

The people generally are (»f New 
England origin, intelligent, refined in 
feeling; but (largely owing to the 
losses of this two-edged sword of war), 
destitute of comfortable houses, out- 
buildings, fhmitQre and clothing. In 
many houses I find only stools, or 
an old broken chair or two, to which I 
am invited, while the rest occupy ^^ the 

Some children and some parents are 
kept from Sabbath school and meeting 
because tbey have no decent garments ; 
yet the most go, though in clothes that 
would not be^pronounced decent by 
Eastern people, even for a log school- 
house. I could particularize and draw 
tears ; perhaps could get money to re- 
lieve the pressing wants of the sons 
and daughters of dear New Eng- 
land. You might thereby be disposed 
to send a ^'box " to the people as weU 


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u the nnasioDary. But I forbear. 
The coontrj, with lU fine pranrie and 
hwTj timber, is destined to be a rich 
land, and its ehnr<^es independent. 
Bat, for the Home Missionary Society 
to withdraw its helping hand now* 
would be death. My family reoeived a 
choice trank of vataable articles for 
onr comfort and cheer, from the Broad- 
way Tabernacle Chnroh, New York. 
May the Lord bless them ! 

F)tm JU9. Jg, W. Merrill, Cannon FaU$, 
; Ooodhve Co. 

At the noanimons wish of this chnrch 
and society, a council of the neighbor- 
iog chnrches, Feb. 23d, installed me as 
pastor. I hope it will be for the inter- 
est of the chnrch and of Ohrist's cause 
in this place. For two years and a half 
oor strength has been constantly in- 
creasing, and I think I can safely say 
oor influence is now preeminent in this 

The OreatneM of th« Work. 

This chnrch will slall, for a while, be 
dependent on yoor Society, bnt we look 
forward to the time, as not &r off, 
when we shall contribute to your fimds, 
imtetd of being beneficiaries. Though 
•0 often told, and by such a cloud of wit- 
oetMs, it is impossible for you to fully re- 
ili» the amount of good the Home Mis- 
Aonary Society is doing here in the 
West, or the loving estimate in which it 
is here held. The seal of the Lord's ap- 
probation, in the triumphs of the gospel 
here, most be your best evidence of the 
greatness of Uie work. 

A oopy of Dr. Thompson's ** Man in 
Genesis and in Geology '' has been re- 
ceived, and also the '^ Congregational 
Qoartorly,'* for '69, for which I am truly 
thankfbl. How many good books lie 
ws e l esB in Eastern homes, that here 
woold be prized more than our neces- 


From Rev, A, Manton, Qitiuqudon^ Bu- 
chanan Co, 

Foorteen Tears. 

This day completes the fourteenth 
year of service under your commission, 
though nearly sixteen years have been 
spent in pioneer labor. As I look back 
upon those years of privation and toil, 
(I never said suffn'ing), my heart is fill- 
ed with tbanksgiviog to Qod that I have 
been permitted to labor so long. And un- 
der God, we owe mudi to your Society. 
But for its work and influence, how dif- 
ferent a home would Iowa be ! 

Wheat fox Nothing. 

The quarter has been one of peculiar 
trials. This is a wheat-producing coun- 
try ; and wheat is the principal depend- 
enoe of the people. Sinoe harvest, the 
prioe has ranged about fifty cents per 
bushel ; and the wages of harvest la- 
borers have been about three dollars a 
day, leaving the producer but a small 
income from his labor. In every new 
settlement in the West, the beginner 
must raise wheat ; no other crop does 
as well for the first years. Almost 
every man in our ohnroh and society 
depends upon' wheat. Disappointed 
and crippled in resources, they will 
have much diflSculty in sustaining the 
gospel the present and coming year, 
without reducing the amount asked of 
your Society. 

Our hunger is for the bread of life, 
not for bread of wheat Woold that 
our benefactors could have our wheat 
at the prices we sell at ! The transpor- 
tation monopolies grind us severely, yet 
we are thankful that it is not famine. 

From Rev, J, E, FUiott, Lucas Grove, 2iu$» 


This church, Ave miles west of Mus- 
catine, is an ofisboot of Dr. Bobbins' 
church, and has been tenderly cared for 


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by him and his people. The friendship 
of that dear pastor and his people is a 
great joy to ns. 

During the past year, besides oar 
home senrioes, I have been preaching 
once aod sometimes twice on the Sab- 
bath, in school-honses from three to 
eight mUes distant, and have risited 
places fifteen and twenty miles away, to 
preach. At Grand View, in Lonisa 
Oonnty, I have preached in the German 
Gongregrational ohnrch, at the request 
of your Agent. 

At present I am preaching at Oolnm- 
bus Oity once a month, my people re- 
leasing me every fourth Sabbath for that 
purpose. I have just returned from my 
third visit to that place. That church, 
two years ago, was apparently strong 
and flourishing, but unhappily was 
broken down, and I am caring for the 
fragments. Lest Saturday morning, it 
being too cold to attempt the journey of 
twenty-two miles on horseback, with 
the uncertainties of getting across the 
Iowa river, I walked to Muscatine, five 
miles, took the oars to Clifton, twenty 
miles, and completed the journey on 
foot, three miles further. My congre- 
gation the next mornmg numbered eighty 
the severe weather keepiog people at 

I walked home with a brother after 
church, three miles, took dinner, and 
walked some distance further to spend 
the night. Monday evening, preached 
to a full congregation in a school-house, 
and walked some six miles fhrther, on 
Tuesday morning, to visit and preach in 
another school-house in the evening. I 
would gladly have spent the whole 
week thus, but an invalid wife made it 
necessary for me to return. I was 
kindly carried to the depot, there to be 
left by the train, with others. 

Biff Kaetiziff. 

Walking three miles to the next sta- 
tion, I found my way accidentally to a 
church where a "big meeting'' was in 
progress. I was astonished at the noise 

and excitement, but being invited to 
join, did what I could under tlie circum- 
stances. Taking my seat by the side of 
one of the ^* mourners,'' and putting 
some questions to him, I learned that 
the confusion was such that he was be- 
wildered. Said he, " when I am alooe 
I can think, but here I know nothing." 
At a similar meeting held nearer my 
home, one preacher said to another who 
was attempting to sing: "Shut up, 
brother 0- — , and go to shouting ; we 
can do more at tliat." Are we not 
called to preach the gospel f 

From Rev. J, D, 8and», Bdmoitd, WrigJU 

JL Xoral Swamp. 

Six have united with this little church. 
The Sabbath services, Sunday school, 
and prayer meetings are better attend- 
ed; morals are somewhat improving; 
yet I feel that we are on the edge of a 
^^ moral swamp," and sometimes I fear 
I shall get the ''spiritual chills;" but so 
far I have not had them, and if a few 
more good Eastern people will come in 
next spring, as we expect, we shall be 
able to drain the swamp, and make 
good firm land. 


At Amsterdam the house will scarce- 
ly hold those who come; yet this is 
but a "picket-post," where we keep 
guard over the enemy's forces. The 
same is true of Hickory, in a part of 
the, county fast filling up. At Clarion, 
or " the Center," I have made a per- 
manent preaching place. As the coun- 
ty seat, this must soon be an important 
point At Liberty I found a few Con- 
gregational families, very anxious that 
I make this a point also. I intend to 
do so. The only difliculty is, that there 
are about seventeen miles of prairie, 
with never a house between Bel- 
mond and Liberty, and in some of our 
storms I dare not cross such a prairie. 

It is my intention to preach in every 
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present spring — ^there are about twen- 
ty-seyen organized districts. I have 
fdready commeoced the work. 

Enoufirlx Wheat. 

You kDow tliat our people have lost 
fearfollj ia their grain-raising. We get 
eooagh to eat, for wheat is only thirty 
cents a bushel here; bnt we have no 
potatoes, as their price i^ above oar 
reach. Enough wheat has been given 
me to last my family till next fall. I 
have received in goods all that the 
people promised to give me for the 
year oow closing. 

FfomReu. C, Taylor^ Algona^ KomUh Co, 
Of Jndsx&ents. 

The last few months have been a 
period of Jadment to this people. Two 
men have been mangled in threshing- 
maehines so that they died in a few 
hours. One of them was one of my 
rapporters, his wife and most of his 
friends being members of our church. 
Two men have been killed on the rail- 
road. Another perished on the prairie 
in one of oar severe storms. He had 
lesB than a mUe to go, and it was not 
night when he set out, but he lost the 
track, probably became conftised, and 
finilly perished only aboat half a mile 
from where he started. Persons who 
have not experieaced it can form no 
idea of the difficulty and danger of 
travernng these prairies in one of our 
•evere storms, especially in the night. 

Sidkuess has been very general * here 
and in all the sorroonding regions for 
two or three months past, and now a 
kind of influenza has effected almost 
every one. 

Of XeroiM. 

For ourselves we have occasion to 
sing of mercies. While we have not 
been well much of tiie winter, and 
sometimes prospects have been rather 
dark, pecuniarily, stUl our Father has 
given us assurance that he knows what 
are needed. The Obristmas ship, which 

we rigged here instead of a tree, mostly 
for the interest of the Sabbath school, 
was found to be well laden with good 
things for the pastor and his wife, in- 
cluding some *^ tender notes" which, 
Uncle Bam says, (and he ought to know), 
are legal any where. Then came a 
barrel well filled with clothing from the 
Asylum HiU church, Hartford, Conn., 
containing almost every article of 
clothing which man or woman can 
need, bedding, raw material, stationery, 
and money. I should be a poor hand 
to estimate the value in dollars and 
cents, and as a token of sympathy, I 
know of no standard of comparison. 
There came a check for $5, contributed 

by Rev. , and last, but not least, 

a draft for $20, a present from Dr. 
Todd's Sabbath school, in Pittsfield, 
Mass. While I have never intended to 
represent or authorize any one to repre- 
sent that I suffered peculiar hardships 
here, pecuniarily, still it is often true 
that the prospects are rather dark, and 
I do not see how I could have got 
along comfortably and honorably with- 
out the aid that these gifts afforded. 
The Lord often anticipates my wants 
and answers me before I call, and thus, 
instead of prayers, I have occasion for 


Fn>m Rev, G. Bpalding^ Depere^ Brown Co, 

JL Tlilok doiuL 

A shadow has come over my house- 
hold. Our very dear oldest daughter, 
the stay and staff of her mother in all 
household duties, and in the care of five 
younger ones, is very low with con- 
sumption. We had not suspected this 
disease till the beginning of winter, 
when rapidly failing strength indicated 
some organic difficulty, and an examina- 
tion showed tubercular deposit and a 
cavity in the left lung. She can sit up 
but part of the day, and requires much 
of our attention. She understands her 
condition, and quietly tinists in Jesus. 


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God is her refage, and the eyerlasting 
arms are nnderneath her. 

Its Silver Lining. 

We reoeived a verj touching token of 
sympathy from oar recent £aa Olaire 
people. Upon hearing of our daughter's 
ilbiessy a few of them made np a pnrse 
of $65, and sent a young lady, a mem- 
ber of the church, and a friend of my 
daughters, to express to us their Chris- 
tian sympathy and continued interest in 
our welfare ; the amount above her tra- 
veling expenses being a present to our 
daughter. The young lady — ^the daugh* 
ter of your misdonary at Mondovi, but 
residing at West Eau Claire — ^is still 
with us, and is a great comfort I feel 
that a church that thus send a delegate 
nearly across the breadth of the State 
of Wisconsin, in mid-winter, to express 
its Christian sympathy with the af- 
flicted family of a pastor who has left 
them, deserve to have this spoken " in 
remembrance" of them. The world 
needs to know of such a firuit of Chris- 
tian love. 

You wish to know both the trials and 
the joys of yoar missionaries ; I there- 
fore mention these personal matters, as- 
sured of your Christian sympathy. 

From JRev, M. WtU%, Oak Orove^ Dodge Co. 
From Dark to Ziiffht. 
My labors with the Oak Grove church 
commenced with great fear and tremb- 
ling from phymcal weakness. For two 
years, as you know, I had been wholly 
laid aside from ministerial labor, and re- 
sumed it rather as an experiment. For 
a number of years this little church has 
been struggling against great difficulties. 
They had settled down almost into des- 
pair. With the darkness oame unbelief, 
so that they sometimes felt that God^s 
arm even would not save them. They 
had seriously thought of disposing of 
their house of worship and disbanding. 
At that juncture God met them in the 
fulfilment of the promise : *' I will make 

darimess light before them, and crooked 
things straight. These things will I do 
unto them, and n^tfMtdke themJ*^ 

They took encouragement. They re- 
pented of their unbelief. A series of 
meetings was commenced on tiie first 
Sabbath of the year, continuing till Feb. 
22d. God came down in great power 
by his Spirit, and at least fifty, as we 
hope, have embraced Christ. The sa- 
cramental occasion, last Sabbath, was 
the most solemn and impressive ever 
witnessed in the place. Thirty converts 
were baptized, thirty-eight entered into 
fellowship with the church, and all but 
one received for the first time the tokens 
of their acceptance of the covenant of 
grace. Of these thirty-eight, seventeen 
were heads of families, fifteen were 
youth between the ages of sixteen and 
twenty-four, and the remainder were 
children. A number of family altars 
have been erected. There is great se- 
riousness yet upon the minds of many, 
and we are confidently hoping to see 
other conversions. 


From Rev, X. M» Fierce, CHemooody Sehuy- 

An Barly Harvest. 

The last quarter has brought a great 
blessing to the church and community. 
I had thought that I had the most diffi- 
cult field imaginable. Almost faithleds, 
I labored on. The congregation wos 
attentive, but none seemed to be moved. 
I learned that the people expected to be 
converted in protracted efifbrts, and saw 
no way but to adapt the work to the 
state of affidrs. A few of the church 
met with me for three successive even- 
ings, and talked and prayed over the 
matter. Then we commenced a series 
of meetings— prayer meetings in the 
afternoon, and preaching at night Our 
good Inrother Bowers, of Macon, came 
to our help. The Methodists were in- 
vited te cooperate. The meetings con- 
tinued for sixteen days. Our unfinished 


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hall was crowded, often to overflowing. 
Tbere was a qniet, tboughtfcd attention. 
Abont 50 arose for prayers. Of tbis 
namber 30 have already united wilh the 
two ohnrdies. The work was largely 
coofloed to the young people. A ball 
bad been arranged to take place before 
the meetings were over, droulars 
were printed ; bat the revival made 
great inroads upon tbe list of managers. 
Hie remainder met, and ^< out of defer- 
ence to the meeting/' postponed the 
baH Nearly every eligible yonng lady 
was converted, and the few remaining 
managers for the dance met, and ad- 
journed 9ine die. 

The revival has made great impres- 
son apon the whole oommnnity. The 
churches are greatly cheered. Our lit- 
tle band will be about doubled. The 
tide of interest reached out to our little 
prairie church, three miles away. We 
hope to build the coming season. The 
town proprietors have given us a lot, and 
about $1,400 are subscribed. 

iVwi Ra, H. D. Lowing^ Neoshoy Newton 

Plenty to Do. 

To-day I returned from Newtonia, 
wb^e Bev. Mr. Shattuck and I have 
occupied an academy building on the 
fi^ Sabbath of the month, for the last 
two years. I preached Saturday, Sun 
day, Monday and Tuesday evenings to 
a crowded house, and much interest was 
manifiMt Some twenty or more rose 
for pn^er, and quite a number ex- 
prmc d a determination to give up the 
world and follow Christ It baa not 
bam thought advisable to move for a 
dmrch organisation yet» ^ough I think 
that^ at nodiatantday, it will be neces- 

I do not fM at liberty to be diverted 
from my ministerial labors in the least 
in this field. I have seven stated ap- 
pointments ootside of Neosho now, and 
we have arranged, for three Sabbaths in 
a month, for two servioes each Sabbath 

at the new church. " As much as in me 
is, I am ready to preach the gospel,^' and 
am sorry there is no more in me ; for 
surely here is a great field, and it is 
white for the harvest. 


From Bev, i. If, HigginB, Lanark^ CarroU 

Four Tears and Oraduated. 

On the fourth anniversary of my pas- 
torate, I preached an historical dis- 
course, reviewing the history of the 
church through her ten years' expe- 
rience. In these last four years, 27 
have been added to the church ; the 
Sabbath school has increased from 80 to ' 
160 ; and over $8,000 have been raised 
for church and charitable purposes. It 
seems a remarkable providence, that 
during these four years but one adult 
out of the church and congregation has 

Last year, as you know, your Society 
aided us $100, the' people raising $700. 
At the close of the sermon, I appealed 
to those present to celebrate the occa- 
sion, by declaring the churches inde- 
pendence of missionary aid, and thus 
virtually giving $100, ttirough your So- 
ciety, to some more needy church. The 
appeal " took." A meeting was called 
to take action in the matter, and it was 
voted not only to assume self-support, 
but also to increase the pastor's salary. 

At a fair and festrval held during the 
winter, a sufficient amount was raised 
to paint the outside of the church, fur- 
nish blinds, carpets, sc^ for the desk, 
new lamps, etc ; so that in view of the 
whole ten years, and especially the last 
four, we have abundant ocoaaion to 
say, *' Hitherto hath the Lord helped 
ua.'* Profoundly grateM for the help- 
ing hand extended us by your Society, 
through seven years of weakness, we 
hope in the future not only to go alone, 
but also to aid other churches in reach- 
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From Rev. S. R, DoU, Morris^ Grundy Co, 
Work and Qratltud*. 

The past three months have been Ml 
of labor. I have lathed and plastered 
the upper part of onr house, making the 
mortar, carrying It, and patting it on ; 
have dog a cistern, laid the brick, and 
plastered it, with the help of a man to 
bring the brick and mortar. This, with 
the thousand and one cares of a family 
of five small children and a wife by no 
means strong, has kept me from pastoral 
visitation and almost entirely from my 
study. There has been a good deal of 
anxiety also about paying for the parson- 
age. The total failure of the corn crop 
(the roainAtay in this region), and the 
almost total failure of the wheat and 
oat crops have made it almost impossible 
to raise money. But by great sacrifice 
the debt has been reduced to less than 
$100, and we breathe easier. 

As a family, we have reason to thank 
God for the evidence of his gracious 
care. A few weeks ago we received a 
large box, well packed with clothing of 
all kinds mostly new, from the ladies of 
the First Congregational church of 
Westfield, Mass., and seldom does a 
larger box packed with better clothing 
enter a Home Missionary family, and 
not often is such a family made happier 
by the reception of a box than was ours 
when we opened that. You can under- 
stand this better when I tell you that, 
out of my salary, (which you know is 
$500 this year), I have had to pay $250 
for my horse, buggy and cow. If we 
had not had some help from personal 
friends, we could not have got through 
the year without running largely in 
debt. The church, also, has had a 
generous gift from the Congregational 
church of Springfield, Vt, of a com- 
munion service. What is better still, 
we have good evidence that the Lord is 
at work in our Sabbath school. Some, 
we trust, have given their hearts to the 
Saviour, and others still are anxious. 
There is more of a spirit of prayer 

among Ohristians here than ever before. 
All of which we take as indications of 
our Father^s gracious presence among 
us, and an earnest of yet .greater dis- 
plays of his power to save souls. 

From Rev. A. L. RiggB^ Woodstock^ Mc- 

Henry Co. 

From. Home to Forei«:n. 

I found the church weakened and 
disheartened. Instead of the increase 
they had good reason to look for when 
they organized, they had grown weak- 
er. A number of the best families 
were about to move away and the 
finances had run behind. But we close 
the year in much better condition than 
we began it. Those who were going 
have gone, and we miss them sadly, 
tliough we know that they are doing 
good elsewhere. The ch uroh has rallied 
its courage, borne the burdens of tho 
year, and paid up most of the past de- 
ficiences, raising in all over $1,100. 
They own their house of worship, a 
beautiful building, free from debt. The 
Sabbath school is in good condition, 
and there is considerable interest in a 
portion of the congregation in spiritual 

Being now under appointment of 
the American Board to go to the Dakota 
mission, my work here most soon end. 


From Rev. J. T. Marth, Harptr^fieldy Dela- 
ware Co. 
Better Things. 

I think I may truly say that there is 
a better state of things among us now, 
than there was three months ago. As 
the week of prayer approached, I made 
arrangements for union services, and 
during that week the Spirit was poured 
out upon us so mercifully that, at its 
close, one of the Methodist brethren 
rose and moved that union services be 
continued for a few weeks. It was 
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oongregatioD cising) and ever since these 
meetings have been maintained. I think 
we can see that their effect, both on the 
ooQunonity and the two ohnrches, has 
been excellent in the main. Christians 
are waking up and beginning to feel the 
power of nnited prayer; and some of 
the unconyerted are coming in to see 
what it is that so draws these Obris- 
Uans together. 

In tbe yonng people^s meeting I have 
beard some open their lips for the first 
time to speak a word for Jesns. The 
aged members of onr chnroh are pass- 
ing away, and we must have recruits 
from among the yonng. There has 
recently been an awakening in the 
ndgfaboring village of Stamford, and 
sereral members of the Sabbath school 
there hare been hopefally converted. 
We are hoping that good influences 
from that neighborhood may be wafted 

Frvm Rev. ff, Bardy^ Potsdam Junction^ 
8t, Lawrtnce Co. 

Not Discotiraared Tet. 

Afl I think of the feeble, vacant 
churches in this region, and of onr own 

great losses within a short time, I have 
a sad feeling that is getting almost 
chronic. tYet there are gleams of hope 
here at home. We have some faithful, 
earnest ones, more than would hav» 
saved Sodom if they had been there. 
Some old troubles in the church are 
healing. A debt that has been resting 
on the society, the larger part incurred 
in building the pai*sonage, seems likely 
to be canceled this Jubilee year. At 
the annual meeting one man offered to 
take half the debt, if within the year 
the rest would take the other half. 
This is moving them to see what can be 

There are other minor hopes and 
fears, encouragements and discourage- 
ments, but as yet the burden has not 
been greater than the strength. I 
think that God will lead us out, in 
his own good time and way. Thus 
far, I have had light to take the step 
which was just before me. The dark- 
ness seems to be greatest in reference to 
steps some time in the future. I am 
trying to learn to walk in the light I 
have, and believe that more will be 
given, just when it is a present need. 


Eer. Theron Baldwin, D.D. 

Bev. Thkrox Baldwut, D.D., Oor- 
reipondiiig Secretary of the Society for 
the Promotion of Collegiate and Theo- 
logical Education at the West, died in 
Onoge, N. J., April lOfti, 1870, in the 
Wtk year of his age. Dr. Baldwin sus- 
tained intimate relations to the cause of 
Home Missions during the whole period 
of his profiMsional life, and it is proper 
that some reference to his services 
should ^pear on the pages of the Home 
Mimionary, While he was a student in 
Theology at New Haven, Conn., he be- 
came deeply interested in this enter- 

prise, and read a dissertation on Chris- 
tian Evangelism before the Society of 
Inquiry in the Theological Seminary, 
which brought other students into 
sympathy and cooperation with himself. 
Early in 1829, seven young men, stu- 
dents in the Seminary, formed the 
^^ Illinois Association," pledging them- 
selves to the service of Home Missions 
and Christian education in Illinois. 
For a particular account of the labors 
of these, yocmg men, and of those who 
soon followed them, we must refer our 
readers to an article by Rev. Dr. Roy, 
in the Home Mmionary for December, 
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the General Agent of this Society for 
Illinois and Missouri, and for four jears 
performed the ardaoas daties of that 
offioe, amid manifold privations and 
perilfl, and with a wisdom, zeal, and 
heroism, for which he is still held in 
honor over the wide regions which he 
traversed, and hy tens of thousands who 
never saw his &oe nor heard his voice. 
Of his services in securing the estab- 
lishment and endowment of Illinois 
College, in founding and superintend- 
ing Mooticello Female Seminary, and in 
administering the affairs of the Western 
Oollege Society for more than a quarter 
of a century, we cannot speak in this 
brief notice. Duriog aU these years his 
interest in the Home Missionary work 
never abated. By his voice, his pen, 
and his prayers, he ever sought its ad- 
vancement. A few weeks before his 
death he commenced a series of articles 
in this magazine, containing reminis- 
cences of his missionary experience in 
Illinois. Only a single number had 
been prepared when his hand was 
arrested by death. His contributions 
to these pages, commenced more than 
forty years ago, are ended, ttid they 
will contain no further record of his 
missionary services ; but his mem6rial in 
the churches and institutions of learn- 
ing, for whose planting and nurture he 
so faithfully toiled, will remain to be 
read by a great clond of witnesses on 
earth and in heaven. 

Pleasant Beminiicence. 


I have spoken to you of our friend, 
Captain King, residing now near Corpus 
Christi, who had given towards the pay- 
ment of our church debt $600 in coin. 
A pleasant Home Missionary reminis- 
cence is suggested by the mention of 
Captain King. He married here, some 
fifteen years ago, the oldest daughter of 
Bev. Hiram Chamberlain. Mr. C. and 
the Bev. Augustus Pomeroy went as the 
first missionaries of the American Home 

Missionary Society, (then just formed), 
over the Mississippi river, in 1829. 
Rev. Salqaon Qiddings had gone to 
Missouri seven years earlier, sent by the 
Connecticut Missionary Society. The 
freezing of the Ohio river before these 
two missionaries reached, it on their 
way to Missouri, so delayed them that 
they did not enter that field until the 
following spring. China is, in time, 
nearer your o£3ce now, than St Louis 
was, that winter. Mr. Pomeroy, after 
years of successful labor at the West, is 
is now living in Western Kew York. Mr. 
Chamberlain came by degrees south- 
ward, formed the Presbyterian church 
here in 1882, and labored (except 
during the war, when he was a Confed- 
erate chaplain), till his death in 1866. 
Having heard of his missionary labors, 
while I was a student at Andover Semi- 
nary, in 1826, it gave me pleasure to 
mention the fact when I met him, forty 
years save one afterwards. Captain 
King, his son-in-law, has brought three 
children and left them in Mrs. Porter's 
care. So we have the privilege of 
helping to train in the love of Christ 
these precious grandchildren of one of 
your earliest Home Missionaries. These, 
with two children of Mr. Chamberlidn, 
were the nucleus of this first Protestant 
school opened here, after the war, four 
years ago, by Mrs. Porter. The same 
five children are now in the school. 

The Snceeis of Xiisions. 

The world's future, as well as the fVi- 
ture of British North America, depends 
upon the success of missions. The sal- 
vation of the hdman race depends upon 
it. The health and prosperity of the 
churches depend upon it. The rescue 
of the degraded slaves of superstition ; 
the elevation of millions of human be- 
ings fhnn the lowest intellectual, social, 
and moral condition ; the preservation 
of society in civilized lands from cor- 
raption, anarchy, and ruin; the right 
direction of politics, education, and pro- 


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gressi?e cirilization ; yes, the temporal 
as well as the eternal fatare of haman- 
ity depends cliiefly on the progress of 
the gospel in the world. There is now 
nothing else beside the gospel whioh 
ean ^g^ten, inspire, or control man- 
kind ; there are no other individnals or 
commnnities that are now proposing 
anj plans, or are engaged in anj enter- 
prises fbr the regeneration and welfare 
of man, temporal or eternal. And, in 
onr own yonng oonntry, there are no 
foundations that can be laid for the fa- 
tore, that are worthy of confidence, or 
tiiat afford any security, except the 
prineiplee of Uie religion of Christ. 
Let this be borne in mind; to the 
friends of mismons belongs the distin- 
goished honor of being the only trae 
philanthropists ; they are the only people 
who are aiming at the amendment, 
eonTersion, and eleyation of mankind. 
^Toronto Owtrdian, 

Belatioii of Home to Foreign His- 

1^0 man can question that God has 
aheady made this nation an instrument 
in difinsing the principles of ciyil lib- 
erty in the world. Slow has been the 
growth of these principles anywhere, 
bat greater has been the growth, and 
more abundant the fruit here, than in 
any other land. And the spectacle of 
their progress here, has sown the good 
seed in many lands. These principles 
hare been suoh an exposition of the 
rights of men — have so exhibited the 
tne nature of civil government — ^so 
ttimolated all the activities of men, by 
Mooring their rights in the lawful pur- 
soits of life— have so advanced the 
otoae of religion, morality, social order, 
«nd every other element of human hap- 
piness, that our country has presented 
» powerfol attraction to the needy and 
QfipreflBed in many lands, and from all 
^larters of the globe have they come to 
find their homes among us. 

But we cannot doubt that richer 

blessings than even those that civil 
freedom confers, we are to bestow upon 
the nations. It does not seem doubtful 
that this country is designed to be one 
of the leading nations in the great work 
of evangeliziDg the world. If we regard 
its geographical position, as confronting 
in the West the most populoas of the 
pagan nations, and the countless isles 
of the sea— if we regard its wonderful 
growth in all the elements of national 
power — the activity and energy so 
characteristic of the American people, 
eminently fitting them for missionary 
work— the power abready gained by the 
gospel in the land, and the great and 
rapidly inoreasbg spirit of missionary 
enterprise, and its great results in many 
lands— in view of such facts, it is not 
unreasonable to believe, that God is 
making our nation, the offer of standing 
in the fore-front in that great spiritual 
warfare, by which the whole earth b to 
be subdued to Christ. 

There is, therefore, a most intimate 
and important relation between the 
evangelization of our own land, and 
that of the heathen world — between 
the Home and Foreign work. 

1. The Foreign Missionary work of 
gospel times began with the Home 
work. The Great Missionary from 
heaven and Divine Founder of the 
church, gave direction that the apos- 
tles should be his witnesses, ^^ both in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts 
of the earth." But they must begin at 
Jerusalem. The Foreign "Work would 
naturally and certainly issue out of the 
Home Work. The great apostle must 
be first a Home Missionary among his 
own countrymen — ^to the Jews first — 
which would fit him for a wider sphere, 
in that the growing benevolence of his 
heart would press him into the great 
foreign field. The apostles were to 
begin evangelizing where they were — 
operate on the field actually before 
them— and as a supplement to that 
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circle till the ends of the earth were 

2. The relation of the Home to the 
ForeigQ work is that of streams to their 
fonptain. Whence oame the three han« 
dred missionaries we have located, and 
are sastaining in heathen lands ? They 
came firom a land already in an impor- 
tant degree christianized. It has been 
the power of the gospel npon the 
Christian commnnities where they once 
lived, that has created the sense of 
ohligation to engage in the missionary 
work. Onr missionaries would never 
have gone to the heathen, had not their 
own homes and their own hearts heen 
evangelized. They are streams from 
the fountain which the gospel has 
opened in this Christian land. 

3. The Foreign Misdonary spirit in 
this country was eminently the result 
of the spirit of benevolence which 
Home Missionary labors had. begotten. 
The most intelligent and energetic of 
the eminent men, by whom the Amer- 
ican Board of Commissioners for Foreign 
Missions was brought into existence, 
were the very men, who for years be- 
fore had been consulting and acting in 
the great work of the evangelization of 
our own country. '* I speak advisedly. 
Wherever was the birth-place of Foreign 
Missions, and whatever their aliment 
in their infancy, they were dandled on 
the knees of the Massachusetts and Con- 
necticut Missionary Societies, while 
they themselves were yet feeble. The 
directors and executive officers of the 
Foreign Board were chosen from among 
those whose wisdom and experience 
had ripened into maturity under the 
teachings of the Home Missionary 
spirit; its plans and movements were 
devised by those who, like Worcester 
and Evarts, had taken their lessons in 
the Home MlssioDary school, and its 
successful labors have been accom- 
plished by men whose earliest philan- 
thropic emotions were inspired by the 
genius of Home Missions." 

4. Our power to sustain our labors, 

and enlarge their operations on tlie 
Foreign field, depends npon the moral 
power generated by the faithftil cultiva- 
tion of the Home field. Our miseiona- 
ries are the advanoe of those great 
spritnal forces, by which ^the sacra- 
mental host of God^s elect " are to con- 
quer the world in the name of and £or 
the glory of the Great Captain of Sal- 
vation. We put them forward, but we 
can sustain them and augment their 
strength and numbers only as we in- 
crease the strength of Hon at home. 
With abundant spiritual and matmal 
resources, with fervent prayer and 
living faith and glowing benevolence 
and earnest zeal at home, we give 
conrage and hope to those who go for 
ns to enlighten the heathen. With the 
oonsoionsness of powerful reserves, onr 
spiritual soldiers go into the conflict 
with boldness and confidence, assuring 
themselves that ample snccor is at hand. 
The triumph of the Home work makes 
it sure that the Foreign shall not fail. — 
Rev. ff. B, HooJcer, D.D, 

To Promote a Beviyal. 

So far as means are concerned, the 
thing-most needed is the concentration 
of interest. There is often interest 
enough in a church to produce the hap- 
piest results, if you can only bring it to- 

The late Dr. Taylor of New Haven, 
Conn., told me, some years ago, how he 
effected this. It was a time of general 
declension in his church. He invited 
three of his brethren to come to his 
house one evening for prayer and con- 
sultation. They came and spent the 
time in prayer and conference. Before 
they separated they agreed to invite 
others to come with them on the same 
evening of the following week. Some 
twenty were present, and before they 
separated they agreed to invite others 
to attend the next meeting. When 
they came together again at his honse, 
the parlor was more than filled. At 


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tbeir aezt meeting, the paiior, dining- 
room, and kitchen were all filled to 
OTerflowiig. AJl this interest lay in 
the breasts of Christians before, bat it 
needed eoneentrating to render it op- 
eratire. They then moved to the yes- 
trj for their next meeting. A general 
vork ef graee followed and many were 
oonTerted. The mass was moved by 
first moving the individaols that eom- 

lamyowA congregation at Fongh- 
ke^e, I sQoceeded in accomplishing 
the same ia the following manner: 
There were sereral yonths who were in 
a very impressible state. Some of them 
I knsw to be thonghtf qL I called npon 
them and invited them to meet me at 
ow Isetore-room for religions converse- 
tioB. At onr first meeting there were 
•ix or eight. Another meeting was ap- 
pobted for the next week. Several 
more were present. As soon as Ohris- 
tiaos ase^tained the state of thmgs, 
there was a general manifestation of in- 
teraBt, and we appointed meetings, night 
after lig^ for months. The honse be- 
came thronged, and mqre than a hon- 
drad professed to be born again. It 
vaa the social element which was here 
Qied to eonoentrate the interest and 
reoder it effeetnal in saving sonls. It 
gsaerally adds to one^s interest to know 
that others are simikriy affected. The 
Bungling together of awakened sym- 
pithies exdtes the flame of interest to a 
greater intennty. 

At other times the interest has been 
soooeotrated by the appointment of 
eootinaons prayer meetings, as in the 
jean '57 and ^58, when sach mnltitades 
v«e converted. The Holy Ghost 
worked throngh this channel and de- 
■QBStrated his power to save. — Eev. A. 
Underwood, in Ths Advance. 

Are Kiniitan HireUngs I 

"Are you the man we've hired to 
preach for ns ! " * 
** No, sir, I am not" 

** I beg pardon. Are you not the 
minister t " 

** Yes, sir; I am pastor of the church 
here. Bat, do yon really think I have 
been hired to preach for you ? " 

** Why, yes, sir ; I was at the meeting 
when the vote was taken to raise the 
money. Did you not come here, ex- 
pecting to receive a salary! " 

^ Certainly ; so does the Governor of 
this State enter upon his duties expect- 
ing to receive a salary ; but would you 
say that he is hired to govern the 

"Not exactly," 

^ And the reason is exactly this : the 
Gbvemor is elected to fill a certain of- 
fice, and when you speak of him, you 
think more of his office than yon do of 
his salary. You do not hire him to do 
whatever you may wish to set him at; 
but you 6lect him to an office fixed be- 
forehand, and expressly defined by the 
constitution, and then you fix a salary, 
that he may attend 'to his duties with- 
out embarrassment. The same is true 
Qf a pastor. You do not hire him to do 
a job of preaching for you. You elect 
him to an office ordamed by Christ, and 
defined in the constitution of the church, 
and then you affix a salary, that he may 
give himself wholly to the duties of his 

'* Your theory appears very well ; but 
what practical difference does it make! " 

'* Just this. When you hire a man, 
you expect him to do oi you say. When 
you elect a man to an office, you ex- 
pect him to do what the constitution 
says." — BaptUt Tidings. 

The Dying Miiier. 

Being invited to visit a dying young 
man at Atlantic City, Idaho, I found him 
in a small log cabin. It was a room 
perhaps eight by twelve feet, without 
any floor or window. A door occupied 
one end, and a small fireplace was at the 
other. Four small poles had been driv- 
en into the ground. From these were 


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nailed cross-bars to the logs in the 
side of the building. Small poles laid 
apon these and covered with armj 
blankets made the bed. There were 
two of these along one side of the 
room. A table and a conple of trunks 
occupied the other side, leaving a nar- 
row way through the center of the 
room. The young man had received a 
college education, and all the culture 
and refinement that the upper walks of 
Eastern society ksould give ; for his father 
is wealtliy. But here he lay dying, far 
from home, without any comforts what- 
ever. A companion that sat watching 
him, and wiping from him the dampi< 
of death, was reading a low novel. He 
felt its unsnitableness, and as my eye 
fell upon it, apologized, saying '*he 
could obtain no other reading." And 
it was true, as far as the book -stores of 
the village were concerned. Standing 
by that dying man, and preaching Je- 
sus, I knew those &r-distant Ohristian 
parents would cheerfully give a thousand 
dollars, if need be, to secure their dying 
son Ohristian attentions. But if, in the 
place of an annual contribution of 
tfventy-ftve, fifty, or a hundred dollars 
even, to Home Missions, they had con- 
tributed one thousand dollars, which 
they could have done, and if others had 
done likewise, there would probably 
have been a minister to care for their 
son in both temporal and spiritual 
things ; and ministers in other destitute 
settlements to care for the living and 
dying children of other Ohristian pa- 
rents. No Bible there for his companions 
to read to him ; no Ohristian instruction, 
for when I met him his mind was 
clouded. And thus he passed away. 
But how about the living t 

Shall the hundreds in the Sweet Wa- 
ter mines have a preached gospel! 
And there are hundreds of other set- 
tlements similarly situated. Shall tJ^eif 
have the gospel? Or most your chil- 
dren (for the mining population is very 
largely American), that come to the Far 
West, be compelled to live and die 

without the gospel, and probably per- 
ish in their sins?-— i2^. 8. Jaek$on. 

The Home Work. 

When we consider how God views 
things, the grandeur or nobleness of an 
object does not depend so much on onr 
location, on the multitudes that may be 
embraced in a given diameter around 
us, on our acting immediately for a 
sparse or dense population, for great 
numbers of our fellow-mortals or few, 
as on our deliberate aim to serve God. 
In some instances, God views him as a 
more devoted Ohristian, and as aiming 
at nobler objects^ who toils unremit- 
tingly in an obscure parish, or as a 
domestic missionary in some of our 
mountain tracts, than he who excites 
the world's gaze, while he traverses 
the mighty ocean, ^and labors to pro- 
mote the welfare of the most populous 
kingdoms. While I hold in high es- 
timation the missionary character, I 
suppose it IB not certain but that a man 
may possess as pure a mind and as 
warm a heart, — as much self-denial, as 
much devotedness to God, and as much 
desire to have the gospel preached to 
" every creature," who, contented to be 
unknown but by his flock, and to live 
on a small salary, while he serves two 
parishes in a sparse population, climbs 
our cliffs and buffets our winter storms, 
to save men who are a part of the 
human family, as he who sits down 
amidst the millions of India. And it is 
not certain but that some, who appear 
to meet the admired self-denial of the 
latter condition with a happy frame, 
would absolutely shrink from the un- 
commended self-denial of the former. 

The idea of distributing ministers 
equally through the world, which is 
sometimes urged adversely to our 
domestic interests, is so preposterous 
that no discreet man, whatever he 
might urge in its favor, would do it, 
had he power. Ko Foreign Mission 
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in distrilfctiDg their missionariefl. It 
would hardly consist with sending forth 
ministers two and two ; and, if taken 
in connection with the maxim, that it 
is our daty to go to those who have 
not heard of the gospel, would snatoh 
avaj every foreign missionary from the 
most promising fields, as soon as he had 
msde known to his hearers the grand 
•obeme of redemption. To say that a 
minister will do more good abroad than 
at home, is a mere assumption of the 
iwj point to be proved. Were it an 
estabfished fact, it would evince that 
ereiy pastor, and every clerical Agent 
for Foreign Missions in the land had 
shrank from their duty, and become 
recreant to their Master's interests. — 
Vmmni Chronicle. 

Miscellaiieoiis Items. 

Bev. Bbtjben Gaylobd, who has re- 
cently resigned his office as Agent of 
this Society for Nebraska, has been 
onployed by the Executive Committee 
to make a reconnoiesance of the region 
traTcrsed bj the Union Pacific Railway, 
and to prepare the way for the perma- 
nent occupancy of such fields as de- 
mand the attention of the Society. He 
entered upon his work early in May. 

LiBOE CoNTEiBunoNS. — The Treas- 
orer acknowledges the receipt of $6,887 
in the month of April, from Norwich, 
Conn. Of this amount the Second 
Church and Society, Rev. M. M. G. 
Dana, pastor, contributes |5,402 ($5,000 
being the gift of Mr. J. F. Slater), 
and $935 are from the Broadway church. 
Her. D. Merriman, pastor. These lib- 
eral gifts are peculiarly acceptable, as 
the Society, with diminished resources, 
has just ventured upon enlarged ex- 
penditures. Other churches **will 
please copy." 

OxurossiA. — The Pac\fie^ rejoicing 
orer Rev. Dr. Stone's return to his 
people, says that he not only secured 
for the Theological Seminary the $25,- 

000 whidi he came Ea^t to raise, but 
that he has pledges which it is hoped 
will endow a second professorship with 
a like sum. May the hope be realized 1 

— It also reports an extensive revival 
in Lockeford. 

l^RASKA. — Rev. Charles Little has 
resigned his charge of the church in 
Lincoln. During the two years of 
his service, twenty-nine have been ad- 
ded to the eight members of the church 
whom he found there. 

Kansas. — After two years' service, 
Rev. 0. Gray leaves the church of 
Grasshopper Falls, increased in num- 
bers, its house repaired, a successful 
mission school, with 50 scholars at work 
in the suburbs, and a fair prospect for 
some working successor. 

— Rev. J. M. McLain has been obliged 
by ill health to leave Burlington. 

Wisconsin. — Rev. J. W. Donaldson, 
of Wautoma, writes : " If you know of 
a church that has laid aside the Church 
Psalmist, please ask for twelve copies 
for a Home Missionary to carry 
in his satchel, from place to place.'' 
The remains of the feeble church in 
Richford have united with the church 
of Wautoma, and share Mr. Donaldson's 
services, whose mission field he thinks 
is pretty wide — his nearest neighbors 
being 18 miles distant in one direction, 
and 45 in another. 

MioHiGAN. — Rev. C, Doolittle, of La- 
mont, preaches uniformly three times 
each Sabbath, riding from 12 to 18 
miles to do it. With this, the care of 
three Sabbath schools, and his many 
labors through the week, he says he is 
often very weary, but eiyoys the hard 
work as never before, and is seeing 
some of the good fruits. 

Illinois. — ^Rev. R. C. Rowley, of 
Blaudensville, writes : *^ The Lord has 
been very gracious to us the last quar- 
ter, manifesting his presence in the con- 
version of some 20 souls, and in the 
refreshing and comforting of this little 


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—Rev. P. W. Wallace, of Rochester 
Mills, also reports increased religions 
iaterert, and the union of six to the 
cbareh, five of them heads of fami- 

MissouBi. — Rev. G. G. Perkins re- 
ports a religions awakening in Kidder — 
abont SO seriooslj inquiring aft0r the 
way of life, and some trusting that thej 
have found it. 

— At Hamilton, his other .station, a 
chapel has been built, and matters there 
have a hopeful aspect 

Ohio. — ^Rev. Charles IronslJ of West 
Millgrove, writes of ^*a dee^^ revival 
interest commencing with the week of 
prayer," as the first-fruits of which ten 
persons have already united with the 

— From Siloam, as a center, Rev. J. 
A. Davies still works among the people 
of several nations and many creeds, 
preaching and conducting Sabbath 
schools and prayer meetings, "with 
some tokens of spiritnal refreshing." 


Not in Commiuiion last year. 

Bav. Alexander Parker, Nevada City, CaL 

Rer. B. M. Tannell, Wamego, Kan. 

Ber. Thomas A. Wadswortb, Waseca, Minn. 

Ber. M. Henry Gyr, Sberrlirs Meant. Iowa. 

Ber. Wllllain W. Jones, Qlendale, Klroy, Lemon- 

iretr and Wrights, Wis. 
Bev. wnUam IC Campbell, Vernon, MIoh. 
Ber. WUItam G!dd{ng% Whitehall, MIoh. 
Be?. N. Dimie Glldden, Grand Ledge, MIeh. 
BeT. John L. Maile, East Johnstown, Mich. 
Ker. David J. Baldwin. Kokomo. Ind. 
BeT. Asa W. Banders, Amboj, Ohio. 

BeT. Phares Harrteoo, San Boen«Tentara and Santa 

Clara. Gal. 
Be?. William L. Jones, Booth Ban Joan, Oal. 
Ber. Nathan Thompson, Bonlder City, Col. 
Rev. Jacob F. Guy ton, LooisviUe and rielnity, 

Be?. Ozro A. Thomas, Albany, Kan. 
Be?. Nahnm W. Gro?er, Mantorrille^ Minn. 
Be?. William W. Bnell, Bosbford, Minn. 
Be?. Orson C. Dickerson. Garden Prairie, Iowa. 
Be?. Cyras H. Eaton, Prairie City and yicinlty, 


Be?. Bmtth B. Goodenow, Grand Junction, Iowa. 

Be?. Henr? Hess, Fort Atkinson and three out- 
ststions, Iowa. 

Be?. Christopher J. Switxer, Maqnoketa, Iowa. 

Be?. MontflOUMiy M. Wakeman, Farmenborg, Na- 
tional, Windsor, Elkader and Boberts. Iowa. 

Be?. John N. Williams, Parkersbarg, Iowa. 

Be?. Dan a Curtiss, Fort Howard, Wis. 

Be?. Henry A. Gonld, Hammond and Kinniekin- 

Be?. Moses M. MaiUn, Btonghton, Wla. 

Be?. Lanson P. Noroross, Oakfleld. Wis. 

Bet. James Armstrong, Wayland, Mich. 

Re?. Philander H. HoTlister, Hancock, Mich. 

Be?. Haxel Lucas. (Vienna) Pine Bun, Mich. 

Re?. Edward N. Baymond, Mtddle?ille, Mich. 

Be?. Alanson St. Clair, Hart and Shelby. Mich. 

Be?. Charles Bpettigne, Boyal Oak, Mich. 

Be?. James H. Bar wood, Bprlngtield, Mo. 

Ber. William S. HUls, Be?ler, Mo. 

Be?. James T. Hanning, Utica, IlL 

Be?. Bei^amin F. Haskins, Elmore, (Bochester), 
and Victoria, lU. 

Be?. Moses M. Longley. Greenville, TW, 

Be?. John 0. M?ers, Monee, 111. 

Be?. Marshall W. Diggs, Plsffah. Ohio. 

Be?. Felix Kyte, Lumberland and Barryville, 
N. T. 



Kennebonk^isB Lacy Bewail, 
Portland, a Friend, 

Yarmonth, Ladiee of the Central Ch., by 
Mrs. 0. Chaadlsf , 


West Hempstead, a few Friends, by S. P. 


Chelsea. Dea. Saroael Donglasa, by J. C. 

Hongbton, Jr., to eonst Mrs. Polly 

Wect Hartford. Be?. A. Hemmenwa?, 
Westminster, Jaoob Chapin, 986 ; F. X. 

Woodstock, on aceoant of Lsgaey of Mrs. 

Ann C. Bumell, by C. Marsh, adm., 




80 00 

85 00 

800 00 


Mass. Home Miss. Soc, by Benjamin 
Perkins, Treasi, $8,000 00 

LMsaey of Mies Mary Heard, by J. 

« „%*^» •?•• 1<^ <^v- 1»^ ♦*>» *TO 00 

Fan Bi?er, New Boston Sab. School, by 

av. B.Bemington, 
Hadley, First Pwbh Ladles' Sew. Grde, 

by MfB. Edwin Smith, to const Mm 

Lather Barstow a L. M., 
Lndlow, on account of Legacy of Pa- 

melia Bikes, by Elisha Parsons. Ex., 150 00 
MiUbory, Leaacy of Susanna Holmei, by 

N.Stone, Ex., ^ 

Newburyport, a Friend, |5 ; Mis. J. H. 

Spring, W ^ ' 85 00 

Newton Oeatr^ Mrs. Mary Ward, to 

eonst. Samuel Ward a L. M., 67 00 

North Brookfleld, First Cong. Ch., raon. 

con., by J. Porter, Treas., 17 8T 

10 00 

87 00 

100 00 


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PbiUiHton, on Mcoant of Legaoy of 
Mhs Nabby Hajbew, br Jaaon Goald- 
log. Ex, $1S2 23 

»atb ~ 

GoBtb SgroDont, Gong. Cb., by C. W. 
Beojaimii. to eonft Ber. Hortee S. 
Sbarpldgh and Mrs. 8. Emma B. Tail 

Boatb Hadlejr, ML Hoh-oke Fern. Sons., 

b/MlM Helen M. French. 
UzSridge, on aoooant of JLtgaer of MUs 

Sarah Jaqaitb, by A. Chapin, £z^ 


CoDnectieat, a Friend, to conat Dea. Nel- 

Clbiton, CoD||^ Cbiby W. E. Brooki, to 

eonit Mrs. Sllaa w. Wellman a L. M., 
Daobory, First Cong. Ch. and Soc., by 

B. A. Bonedlet, Treas.. 
Harwiflton, Oodk. Cb^ by Ber. O Cnr- 

til, to eonat. .0ea. Martin L. Qoodwin 

MidiMW, First Ecdedastleal Cb. and 

Soe.. by Dea. J. T. Lee, Treas., 
Ifaaflleld Gentre, Flnt Cong. Cb., by 

B. P. Barrows, Treas., 
mUbfd, Miaa M. A. Marshall, 
K«w London, Second Cong. Cb., by C. 

Butler, pf wb. $80, to const. Mrs. Jane 

Harrison a L. IL, 
Norwich, Second Cong. Ch, and Soo., 

br Eb Learned, Treas^ of wh. 6*001 J, 

r. Slater, |9J)00 ; Charles Johnson, to 

eoDst Mlas Bf ary M. Johnson a L. M., 

e); Mrs. William WlUiains, to const. 
T. Samnel C. Damon a L. M., $30; 

from the missionary box, $50. 
Broadway Cong, Ch., by S. B. Bishop, 

Old I^me, First Cong. Ch., by Mrs. J. 

A. Bowland, 
Spngne. Uanorer Cong. Ch., by J. E. 

Tcrmidge, to const Eva Bingham 

Strstford, Oen. O. Loomls, by O. B. 



Btrkshire, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, by 
ILP. Belcher, Treas., 

BrwUts. K. T» SoM Cong, O., bal. 
timSL, by J. CroweD, Tcsaa., 
Lewis Chichester, 

Coonty Line, Mre. Amanda Foote. to 
eoDst J. Chester Foote a L. M., 

Oown Point, Ladies* Sew. Circle of the 
Tint Cong. Cb., by Birs. E. C. Walker, 

Sist Bloomlleld, on aeoonnt of Legacy of 
UrlBeaeh, by O. Bice, Ex., 

MoraTla, Cong. Ch., by Ber. E. Bene- 

Hew York City, JJartom Ccng. Ch,, 
■on. coo, by W. W. Ferrler, Treaa, 
On aeeoont of Legacy of Benjamin F. 
Bntler, by WiBiam Allen Bntler, 
MiiL JoUlaF. Hayes, $100; W. C. Ban- 
ter, $61, 

KorJbUc FIftt Cong. Cb., coll. and mon. 

61 30 
218 00 
000 00 

100 00 

57 T5 
100 00 

45 85 

42 83 

25 00 
10 00 

818 18 

6,402 70 

$85 00 

40 00 

81 18 

27 88 

100 00 

80 00 


60 00 

22 00 

15 60 

160 00 

106 00 

88 48 

11 60 

30 88 

- , 10 00 

Wadbama Mills, Tonth^ Mtoii Boa, by 
W.F.WhItBey, 12 00 


Bewsik, on aeeDnnt of Legscy of Darld 
Hajea, by A. B. Hnbbell, Ex., 1,064 18 

DsTid A. Hayes, to const. Howard 
W.HafesaL.M., 80 00 

Orasfi^ Becood Prssb. Cb., George W. 

60 00 

eon., $88 IB; Bmsondville, Cong. Ch., 

$M0, byBoT. W. W ^ 


W. Warner, 
Cong. Cb. of Chippewa 

street, by Rot. 
Cswen^ Bab. Bcfa. of the Cong. Ch., by 

H.C/Dei>ton, Treas., 
BcbenectadT, A. Brown, by Ber. J.T. 


Meadrllle. Legacy of Bov. Bradford 
Marsh, by Derrlckson and Brawiey, $1S8 33 


Avon. on aceonnt of Legacy ot ElUab 

Otbbs, bj Joshaa Brooks, adm., 560 00 

B^_..._ ^ ^.« ^^^ 

J r. W. 

1 28 00 

Es 10 00 

Gi ^tber 

12 00 

Le ktVal- 



Fry, 80 61 


Becelred by Bat. N. A Hyde, 
Indianapolis, Mayflower Cong. Cb.. 8 05 

Hart Township. Cong. Ch., $12.50: Mont- 
gomery, Cong. Cb., $7.75, by Bev. L. 
Wilson, 20 25 

Ontario, Cong. Ch., by Ber. £. Halllday, 11 00 


Amboy, Cong. Ch. to const Bf r. G. 

Huntington Wells a L. D.. and James 

Bosebrngh and J. Henry Ires L. Ms., 
Brighton, BcT. H. D. Piatt, 
Champaign, Cone. Cb., 
Chicago 500. of Inqniry la Beml&ary, 
Crete, First Cong. Ch., by B«r. 8. Porter, 
Elmwood, Xk>ng. Ch., to const. Bev. W. 

G. Pierce s L. D^ 
Qslesborgh, First Cone. Ch., to const. A. 

G. Bears snd Elisba Jenney, Jr. L. Ms., 
GalTa, Cong. Ch., bal. of coll., 
Garden Prairie, Cong. Ch., $5.86; Union 

Cong. Ch., $8.65, by Ber. £. G. 

Lockport, Cong. Ch., by Ber. H. C. 

Loda, Cong. Ch« by Ber. a L. Watson, 
Holine, Gone. Cb., in full to const, ^y, 

Henry B., Barnes aL. D., 
Ottawa, First Cong. Ch., to const. 8. B. 

Qrldley a L. M., 
PAlnfleld, Cong. Cb., by J. Hagar, 
Sandwich, Cong. Cb., mon. con.. 
Teuton, Cong. Cb. , by Ber. B. L. McCord, 

175 00 
5 GO 

17 52 

18 00 

100 00 

8S 00 
2 80 


20 '00 
14 20 

92 00 

45 00 
10 00 
21 17 


Cbesterfleld and New Haren, First 
Cons. Cbs., by Ber. & D. Breed, 6 85 

€k>odricb, Cong. Ch., by Ber. A. Sander- 
son. ^$ 00 

Hlnsdsle, Cong. Cb., by Ber. F. Bascom, 
D.D., • • ' * 17 65 

Lealle, Cong. Cb., by Ber. J. W. Allen, 7 00 


Becelred by Ber. F* B. Doe, 

Friendship, Cong. Ch., $2^; Sheboy- 
gan Falb, Cong. Cb., $11, 18 80 
Qnlncy, Cong Cb^ by Ber. J. H. M. 

Cbesney, 4 21 

Johnstown, Cong. Ch«, by Ber. N. G. 

Goodhue, 10 00 

Princeton, Cong. Cb., by Ber. W. M. 

Bicbaids, 4 75 

BextonTlUe and Willow Creek, First 

Gong. Cbs., by Ber. 8. Spyker, 8 75 


Boeeired by Ber. J. W. Pickett, 
Agency City, Cong. Ch., $8 40 

Tabor, Cong. Ch., 16 00 24 40 


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June, 1870. 

Amof, First Cong. Cb., bj Eer. A. A. 

AtlantJc, CJorg. Ch.,by Rev. E. 8. HIM, 
Owa Towxwhip, Cong. Ch., by E«7. W. 

H. Barrotra, 
Golesbarg and Yankeo Settlement, Cong. 

Cba., by Eer. L. P. Mathews, 
Eldora, Cong. Ch., by Bev. C. F. Boyn- 

Fort Atkinson, First Cong. Ch. by Ber. 

J. Hnrlbat, 
Keokuk, Cong. Oh,, by L. C. Ingenoll, 

Lewis, Cong. Cb., by Rer. B. F. HatI- 

Nevinvllle, First Cong. Ch., by Rer. P. 

Postville, Cong. Cb., by Rer. G. F. 

Slont City, Cong. Ch., by Bey. J. H. 

Wankon, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. "W. 

F. Rose, 


Gleneoe, A Teaober, 

Monticello, Cong. Cb., by Rer. 0. M. 

Qalnoy, Cong. Ch., Rer. J. E. Barbank, 


Bnrllngame, Cong. Cb., by Bev. L. J. 

Barlington, Rev. J. M. McLaln, 


Fremont, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. B. 
Chase, Jr., 


Tankton, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. 


Oakland, Second Cong. Cb., by Rev. D. 

B. Gray, 
Peaoadero, First Cong. Cb., by Eey. G. 

B. Ellis, 
Stockton, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. A. 



Albany, Rev. W. R. Bntcber, 
Portland, First Gong. Cb., by Rev. G. H. 
Atkinson, D.D., 


•1 00 
15 00 

20 00 

25 00 

20 00 

6 00 

89 90 

22 50 

40 00 

21 00 

87 80 



12 00 
8 00 

12 00 

60 00 

5 75 

7 76 
25 00 

10 00 
28 56 

$16,712 ^ 

Donations of Clothing, ate. 

Black Bock, Conn., Ladies* Soc. of the 
Cone. Cb., by Mrs. Sarah J. Bartram, 
two barrels, $286 00 

Brooklyn, N. Y., Sewine Olrde of Ply- 
moatb Cbnrcb, by Mrs. J. W. Hayes, two 
boxea, 818 00 

Hnntington, Mass., Legacy of Miss Jolia 
Taylor, by G. Mnnson, Sz., two boxesi 151 88 

New Britain, Conn., Ladies of the 'South 
Cong. Benev. 6oc» by Mrs. I. 8. Lee, 
Sec., a barrel, 140 00 

. Norwich, Conn., Ladles* Sewing Cirde, by 

Miss £. a Woodbol), a box^ 275 00 

Racine, Wis., Presh. Cb., by Bev. W. 8. 
Alexander, a box. 

West Haven, Conn., Yovne Ladies of the 
Cong. Oh., by Mrs. E. O. Kimball, clothing 
and cash, 126 50 

Yarmonth, Me., Ladles of the Central Ch., 
by Mrs. Charles Chandler, a box. 

B^eipta qf ihs MasaaehutetU Boms MisHonary 

JSooUtjf, in March, Bbmjjluiv Pbsxins, Treas. 

Ameebary and Salisbarr, Union Cb. and Soc., 99 65 
Andover, Sonth Cb. and Soc, mon. con., 167 5S 
Theo Seminary Ch., colL, 79 46 
Andover, North, Cong. Clj.,bRLof colL, 5 00 
Ascutneyvllle, Vt, Rev. 8. 8. Arnold, 10 00 
Ashbnm ham North, Cong. Cb., 4 11 
Athol, Cong. Ch. and Soci, 86 90 
Ballard vale, Con|L Cb. and Soc, 8Q 00 
Boston, PblUips Ch. and Soc., mon. con^ 50 00 
A Friend, to const Mrs. Lovanla R. Up- 
hamaUM., 80 00 
Boston Highlands, Vine St. Ch., mon. con., 11 00 
Braintree, Dr. Storrs^s Cb., quarterly coll., 17 00 
Brimfleld,.Cong. Cb. and Soc^ 101 76 
Burlington, Mra Townsend, 1 6U 
Carlisle, Cong. Ch. and Sue, 16 80 
Dorchester, iSecond Cong. Ch., Sabbath 
School, 4 00 
Village Cb. and Soe., 55 45 
yiUftge Ladles' Home Miss. Soc^ 49 55 
East Douglass, Cong. Ch. and Sua, 80 00 
Enfield, Cong. Cb. and Soc, 214 00 
Franklin, Legacy of Miss Esther Ware, dec'., 50 00 
Grsfton, Mr. Force, 2 00 
Harwich, First Cong. Cb. and Soc, 10 00 
Ipswich, Linebrook Parish, Ladies' Homo 
Miss. Soc, 6 85 . 
Linebrook Parish, oontribatioo, 5 55 
Lynnfield Hotel, Cong. Cb., 8 50 
Mansfield, Cong. Ch. and Soc 20 20 
Milford, First Parish, Female Prayer Meet- 
ing, 5 60 
NewtenvilIe,Cong. Ch. and Soc, 96 20 
Phillipston, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 100 00 
Salem, Soath Ch. and Soc, for 1869, 491 10 
Somerset, Cong. Cb., 6 00 
SoathviUe, Cong. Ch. and Boc, 4 20 
Walpole, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 45 00 
Ware, East Conf. Ch., bal orcoIL, 5 00 
Warren, Cong. Cb. and Soc, 188 82 
Weston, Mrs. M. A. W. Bigelow, 80 00 
Westport, Cong. Cb. and Soc, $88; Sab. 

School, penny coll., $21.86, 68 86 

Worcester, Central Ch. and Soc, 306 17 

2,889 01 

Receipts iff the Oonnectieut Boms Missionary 
SooUty, in April, S. W. Pabsovs, Treas. 

Ansonla, Cong. Cb., by W. D. McGiffert, 
Treaa., $08 40 

Colchest«r, Miss Eliza Day, by Rev. 8. G. 
WUlard, to const Fannie A. Day a L. M., 80 00 

East Avon, Cong. Cb., by Rev. A. N. 
Thompson, to const Rev. H. £. Marshall 

85 00 

18 80 

East Hampton, Union, by Rer. H. E. Hart, 
Fairfield, Cong. Cb., by Rev. E. E. Rankin, 

to const Miss Mary A. Osborn a I<. M., 

and $80fh>m O. B. Jennings, to const 

Abby Nichols a L. M., 181 00 

Mlddlebory, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by M. De 

Forest, Jr., 46 95 

Mobegan, Cong. Ch., by Bev. C. F. Muzzy. 8 81 
New London, First Cong. Cb., by Rial 

Chancy, of wh. $80 fh>m J. C. Learned, 

to const. Mrs. Louisa A. Tate a L. M., 742 1 1 
Plantsvine, Cong. Ch., by E. P. Hotcbklss, 86 48 
Poqoannock, Cong. Ch., by Eev. N. G. 

Bonner, 11 09 

Sonth Glastenbnry, Cong. Cb. and Soc, by 

H. D. Hale, 17 81 

Sonth Windsor, Second Cong. Oh., by W. 

Vinton, 27 00 

Waterbury, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, by 

F. B. Hoadley, Tr., S86 95 

West Hartland, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by 

Rer. C. G. Goddard, 25 00 

Wlllington, Cong. Cb. and Soc, by Dea. 

Griswold, 14 00 

Windsor, Ooog. Oh. and Soc, by L. T. Frls- 

bie, 76 00 

$1,578 85 


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BosM of Clothing, sent directly and without any particular designation, to the offloo 
of the American Home MissionaTy Society, will be forwarded to such missionaries as are 
known to be most in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who reoeiye 
Ibem, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respectiTO donors. 

Ezpeiienee has shown us that^ when an indiridual or association, intending to prepare 
a box, writes to the Sodety to have a particular missionary dedgnated, and a detailed 
aeooont ol the drcumstances of his family given, the information is not always at hand, 
so thai the letter can be promptly and satisfactonly answered. And when It is, it not 
nn&equently happens that, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains for 
iDODlhs misapplied, when, if it were not for this designation, he might be furnished 
with artides placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, while 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary fit>m other sources, so that 
when the box is ready, this nussionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It Is prefernBd, therdbre, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
Ibe special designation of the boxes of dothins that are not put up for any indiTidual fai 
parlioBlar, shoiud be left to the discretion of the officers of the Sodety, m/Ur thmf rmek 
Urn ^/U9. It is bdicTed that they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
f ea ai o na ly contribate them, better than in any other in which the Society can hare an 


1. Pot inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a papet 
er letter containing a Ust of the artides in the box, and the estimated Talue of the whole^ 
with the name of uie indiyidual or assodation from whom it comes, and the address of the 
incBfidiial to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent 

S. A copy, in (hU, of the monorandum put inside of the box should be sentfai a lettei 
■• the ofllce <^ the Sodety. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what convey* 
aaoe, tiie box was forwarded ; in it should be Indosed, also, such money as is intended 
kt the payment of freight. It is desu«ble that frei^^t should be provided for in all casea^ 
if piacaeable. The freight and expenses on a box vary from $8 to $6, according to iti 
ibe and the distance it is sent A barrel can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 

t. The box should be fhlly and plainly marked, and thepUee from vhieh ii eomet shouU 
ALWAYS appear oit tht ouUide, so that there may be no necessity for openine it at thi 
iflfee. It shoold be strong, tight, wdl nailed, and, when huge, should be hooped, « 
tthawiso fully secured aninst the effects of hard usage on the way. . 

4. Boxes may be adaruMd to dther of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place 


Bc<es of nothing form no part of a missionary's reguhir appropriation. The Society 
seeds the ssme amount of money, therefore, in order to meet promptiy its stipulations 
with Its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no favor to a 
Busrionary to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that woul^ 
eCherwise be sent him roust be proportionally diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it tba« 
they give iMoe the less money, in consequence of their giidng other things that are need- 
fU aad convenient; We hope, on the contrary, their sympathies will be so awakened in 
Ike prepsrmtioa of the lesser gift, that they will fed it to be tiieir privilege, not only to 
csntinse, but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to wlut is to be put Into the box, while dothing of woollen or linen fabrics, 
shoes, boots, wiitbg paper, and books will be spedally valuable, scaredy any thing in the 
ihape of plain, sobMuitial wearing appard or bedding, or which is of common use In any 
fHm in a family, will come amiss. Knives and forks, spoons, a pair of sdssors, a spool of 
sottOB, a skdn of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dosen of buttons, a 
fh i sibli, a tarobler, a tin cup, a skimmer, or a pepper box, need not be left out. 

When articles of dothing are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
Sfs sent, misdonaries are in the way of making such exchanges witii each other that 
* \ sirery thing which a box may contain is turned to good account 


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JTJNK. 1870. 




ER, D. D., 1 

, D. D., V SecreUtries for Correspondence. 

>N CLAPP, D.D.,) 


ExsouTtTS CoiiMrrTn.~Mm. WILLIAM O. LAMBERT. Chairman; Etr. "WILLIAM PAT- 
TON, D. D.; Mb. SIMEON B. CHITTENDEN; R«v. RICHARD 8.«TORR8. .!».. D. D.: Ret. 
offlcio— vis.: AUSTIN ABBOTT, Es^, Beeording Secretary, the Tebasubbr, mod the SBOBBTABm 



Relating to the bosioess of the Society generally, may be addressed to~ either of tlie Secre- 
taries ior Correspondence. 


In Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-Office Orders, if practicable, may be sent to tbe 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one himdred 

dollars,) a Life Director. 



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Rev. Stkphek Thurston, D.D., Secretary, Maine Mistt. Soc,, Searsport, Me. 

Joshua Maxwell, Esq., Trea.««urer, ** " Portland, ** 

Rev. William Clark, Secretary, J^'ew Hampshire Mite. Soc.y Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stone, D.D., Treasurer, " " " - Concord, " 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermont Dom, Mist, Soc,, Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Storrs, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** " 

Rev. H. B. Hooker, D.D., Sec., Mass. H, M, Soe.^ 31 Washington st, Boston, Mass. 

Benjamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, ** " *' *' ** 

Rev. James 0. Vosi, Secretary, Jt I. Home Miss, Soc.y Providence, R. I. 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, " " " " ** 

Rev. William H. Moore, Secretary, Conn, Home Miss. Soc,y Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Parsons, Esq., Treasurer, " " " Hartford, " 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Ltsandbr Kelsbt, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath'l a. Htde, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph £.Ror,D.D., Chicago, 111. 
Rev. Henrt D. Platt, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwvn B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W,B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rev. Lerot Warren, Pentwater, Mich. 
Rev. Dkxter Clart, Beloit, Wis. 

Rev. Franklin B. Dob, Fond du Lac, Wis. 
Rev. Jesse Guernsey, Dubuque, la. 
Rev. Joseph W. Pickett, Des Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Hall, St. Paul, Minn. 
Rev. James G. Merrill, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. Orvillk W. Mer- 
rill, Omaha City, Neb. 
Rev. James H. Warbbn, San Francisco, Cal 


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lf«etliur of the Board 61 


Sommaiy of Results. 53 

The Treacnrj.... 54 

Ctoneral Oomparatiye Results 55 

DUtrfbation of Missionaries, No. 1. . . . 66 
IHstribiition of Missionaries, No. 2.... 67 


Maine Missionary Society. 58 

New Hampshire Missionary Society. . . 59 
VennOBt Domestic Missionary Socivty. 59 
MaaaftoiiasettB Home Mlssionury So- 
ciety 60 

Rhode Island Home Missionary Society 61 
Conoectfeut Home Miesionary Scciety. 61 

1 Nev York 62 

1 Oiiio 63 

Indlanaw 64 

DUnoia. 65 

MlflMmrL....... >•.... 66 

Michigan 67 

' Wi«5onBin 67 

Iowa 68 

Minnesota*. 60 

uua& 70 

' Nebcaska 71 

Colorado. DakoU and Wyoming 72 

California 72 

Oregon 78 

Xte South. 78 

Conclusion 74 



Oregon.— From Ren. T, Cbndon^ 
Dalles.— Means to Stay 75 

California.— From Rev. W. L. Jones^ 
South San Juan.— His New Field.. 78 
From Rev. 8. R, Rosboro^ Lincoln.— 
Circuit Riding... 76 

Minnesota. ^Frorn Rev. A. K. Pack- 
ard^ Anoka.— The New House- 
Ingathering. 77 

Iowa.— From Rev. J. F. Qrafy Daven- 
port—The German Work 77 

From Rev. J. A, Jonea^ Cresco.— 
Dedication— Revival ! 78 

Wisconsin. —From Rtv. H. T PttUer, 
Pe^htigo.— Among the Lumbermen 78 
His Home Work 7tf 

Michigan.— From Rev. A. BL Ftet- 

Cher. Frankfort— Bereaved 79 

Shall they Build? 80 

From Rev. E. N. Raymorut^ Mlddlo- 
vilc 80 

From Rev. E. E. Kirklandi Homo- 
stead.— A Wreck 80 

Signs of Good 91 


MissonrL— From Rev. J. M. Bowers^ 
Windsor.— Works of Grace 81 

Miteionary Appomtments 82 

AckmncledgmeiU tf Receipts 82 

Bible flonae, Aator Place, New York. 

FOST.\GK.— Ttoelvs cerUe a year^ in advance. 





Fc«b1e congregations, desiriDg M io supporting the Gospel, are requested, In their 
application^ to make full statements of their oondition and prospects, and of the reasons 
for granting their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particulars, 
namely : 

The population of the place. 

The name of the church or congregation. 

The number of communicants, and the average number of attendants on public worship. 

The denomination and size of congregaUons immediately contiguous, with liie distance 
to their places of worship. 

The total amount of sahury which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the arrange- 
ments that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that wilU suffice from this Society. 

The name in/uU and poslroffice address of the minister for whom a commission is de- 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the church, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplated for his instalment in the course of ibe year. 

The applications should be signed by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected have a " Committee of 
Missions " to act in their behalf, the members of this committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are desired ; and the appUcation should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such '* Committee of 
MissionB " exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neighbor- 
ing clergymen of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

AppUcations, after being properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent te the 
Agent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve months from Uu daU of the mppUcth 
Uon : at uie end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all tlie parUculars above stated, and indorsed and reconunended in like manner. 
Each congregation applying for renewed atd, §houid furnish, also, the eert\ficai€ of the 
missionary that they nave fuljaled their previous pledges for his support. 

The address of the Society^s Agents and the Secretaries of its Auxiliaries will be found 
on the cover of its reports and of the ffome Missionary, 


The Home Missionary will be sent gratuitously to the following classes of individuals^ 
nnless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Missionaries .of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, durine the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dollars collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
ef any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the facilities offered 
alcove to introduce the Home Missionary among his people. In notifying the Secretaries of 
bis desire to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the name of 
some person to whom eaclT copy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in trust, to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in the 

city of New York, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to be applied to the 

.haritable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its direction. 


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No-, cl .:o;l3 
Gift of 
MiSS Nellie 1. Butrtxjn, 
WeBtfiela, LiasB. 

Perkins OoUectiDii 


Go, Pkuch tb« GosPKl Markifi. IS. 

How shall tbey preach except they be SBin t. .Bom. x. 16. 

Vol XLIII. JULY, 1870. No. 8. 




PuBuo services were held on Sabbath evening, Maj 8th, 1870, in the^ 
BMidwaj Tabernacle Ghnrch. 

Prayer i^as offered, and a statement of the work of the Society, daring the^ 
jwr, was given by Rev. David B. Ck)E, D. D., one of the Secretaries. 

k Sennon was preached by Hev. Jacob M. Manning, D. D., of Boston^ l^^es., 
from Isaiah Ix. 18 : '' Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor - 
dastmction within thy borders, bat thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and Ihy 
» Praise." 

On Wednesday, May 11th, the Society met at their Booms, in the Bible Hoitse, . 
It 4 o^dock, p. M. 

Saicukl Holmbs, Esq., one of the Vice-Presidents, occupied the chair. 

Prayer was offered by Bev. Henbt M. Stoebs, D.D., of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

The Treasurer's Report was read by Rev. A. Huntington Olapp, D. D., one 
of the Secretaries. 

An Abstract of the Annual Report of the Executive Committee was presented 
by the Secretaries, whereapon it was 

J?«oJMtf— That the Beports now presented be adopted and published under the directfea . 
•f the Executive Committee. 

On the Report of a Committee of Nomination, tne following officers weve 
elected for the ensuing year ; and after prayer by Rev. Rat Palmes, B. B., pf 
Kew York, the Society adjourned. 


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Rev. THEODORE D. WOOLSEY, D. D., LL D., of Kew Haren, Ot. 


Rev. Geoegb E. Adams, D. D., Orange, N. J, 

Rev. Leonabd Bacon, D. D., New Haven, Ot 

Rev. Albebt Barnes, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Rev. Nathan S. S. Beman, D. D., LL. D., Oarbondale, HI. 

Hon. Marshall S. Bidwbll, LL. B., New York. 

Rev. Nathaniel Bouton, D. D., Concord, N. H. 

Hon. William A. Buokingham, LL. D., Norwich, Ot. 

Hon. Jacob Butler, Muscatine, Iowa. 

Rev. John P. Oleaveland. D. D., Ipswich, Mass. 

Rev. Samuel H. Oox, D. D., LL. D., New York, 

Hoo. William Darling, Reading, Pa. 

Hon. Edward Dickinson, LL. D., Amherst, Mass. 

Hon. Charles G. Hammond, Omaha, Neb. 

Samuel Holmes, Esq., Mont Clair, N. J. * 

Rev. Mare Hopkins, D. D., LL. D., President of Williams College, Mass. 

Rev. Harvey D. Kitohel, D. D., President of Middleburj College, Vt 

Rev. Nathan Lord, D. D., Hanover, N. H. 

Rev. Simeon North, D. D., LL. D., Clinton, N. Y. 

Rev. Edwards A. Park, D. D., Theological Seminary, Andover, Mass. 

Rev. George E. Pieroe, D. D., Hudson, O. 

Rev. Enoch Pond, D. D., Theological Seminary, Bangor, Me. 

Douglas Putnam, Esq., Harmar, O. 

Rev. Samuel S. Sohbcucker, D. D., Gettysburg, Pa. 

Rev. Thomas H. Skinner, D. D., LL. D., New York. 

Rev. Asa D. Smith, D. D., LL. D., President of Dartmouth College, N. H. 

Rev. WiLLL&M A. Stearns, D. D., LL. D., President of Amherst Coll., Mass. 

Rev. Andrew L. Stone, D. D., San Francisco, Cal. 

Rev. Richard S. Stores, D. D., Braintree, Mass. 

Rev. Seth Sweetser, D. D., Worcester, Mass. 

John Tappan, Esq., ^Boston, Mass. 

Hon. Henry W. Taylor, LL. D., Canandaigua, N. Y. 

Rev. Joseph P. Thompson, D. D., LL. D., New York. 

Rev. Mark Tucker, D. D., Wethersfield, Ct 

Rev. Charles Walker, D. D., Pittsford, Vt 

Gen. William Williams, Norwich, Ot. 

J. Payson WiLLisTON, Esq., Northampton, Mass. 

Rev. William Wisner, D. D., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Hon. Bradford R. Wood, Albany, N. Y. 


Rev. WiLUAM Adams, D. D., New York. 

Rev. Israel W. Andrews, D. D., President of Marietta College, O. 

Rev. Zedekiah S. Barstow, D. D., Keene, N. H. 

Rev. Samuel C. Bartlett, D. D., Theological Seminary, Chicago, III. 

Rev. Flavel Bascom, D. D., Hinsdale, 111. 

Rev. Alvan Bond, D. D., Norwich, Ot 

Rev. Edward Beechsr, D. D., Galesburg, 111. 

Rev. Constantine Blodqett, D. D., Pawtucket, R. I. 

Rev. Horatio N. Brinsmade, D. D., Newark, N. J. 

Rev. Samuel G. Buckingham, D. D., Springfield, Mass. 

Rev. William Carter, Pittsfield, lU. 

Rev. Aaron L. Chapin, D. D., President of Beloit College, Wis. 

Rev. George B. Cheever, D. D., New York. 

Rev. Oliver E. Daggett, D. D., Yde College, New Haven, Ot. 

Rev. William T. Eustis, Jr., Springfield, Mass. 


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Rev. James H. Faibohild, President of Oberlin College, 0. 

Bev. Edwakd TV. Oilman, Stonington, Ot. 

Kev. AiBEBT Hale, Springfield, 111. 

R«v. Edwin Hall, D. D., Theol. Bern., Auburn, K Y. 

J«v. GoHDON Hall, D. D., Northampton, Mass. 

Samuel Hamilton, 'Esq,, Rochester, K Y. 

Bey. Edwabd Haweb, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Bev. Hbnbt L. HrroHoocK, D. D., President of Western Reserve College, 0. 

Bev. John 0. Holbbook, D. D., Homer, N. Y. 

Ber. Henby B. Hookeb, D. D., Boston, Mass. 

Be?. Kanoius S. Hutton, D. D., New York. 

WmiAM J. King, Esq., Providence, R. I. 

Bev. Benjamin Lababee, D. D., LL. D., Hyde Park, Mass. 

Bev. Jacob M Manning, D. D., Boston, Mass. 

VK0B6B Mebbiam, Eso., Springfield, Mass. 

Bev. John J. Miter, D. D., Beaver Dam, Wis. 

Bev, Rat Palmee, D. D., New York. 

Bey. Joel Pabkee, D. D., New York. 

Bey. William W. Patton, D. D., Chicago, HI. 

BnrjAMiN PsBKiNS, Esq., Boston, Mass. 

Ai^BBT H. Pobtek, Esq., Niagara Falls, N. Y. 

Bey. Tbuman M. Post, D. D., St. Louis, Mo. 

JUCUEL H. Potteb, Esq., Terre Haute, Ind. 

Bey. WnjjAM Salteb, D. D., Burlington, Iowa. 

Bey. Henby Smith, D. D., Lane Sem., Cincinnati, C. 

Bey. Benjamin P. Stone, B. D., Concord, N. H. 

Bey. Henby M. Stobbs, D. D., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Bey. RioHABD S. Stobbs, Jr., D. D., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Bey. Julian M. Stubtevant, D. D., President of Hlinois College. 

Bey. Asa Tubneb, Santa Barbara, Cal. 

Bev. Bobebt G. Vebmilte, D. D., Theo. List., Hartford, Ct. 

Boo. Ohablbs I. Walksb, Detroit, Mich. 

Bev. Samuel H. Whxet, San Francisco, Cal. 

Bev. Samuel Woloott, D. D., Cleveland, O. 

Edwabd J. Woolset, Esq., New York. 

Mr. William Henbt Smith. 

Mr. Geobge S. Coe. 


Rev. Milton Badoeb, D. D. 

Rev. David B. Cob, D. D. 

Rev. A. Huntington Clapp, D. D. 

Austin Abbott, Esq. 


The Board of Directors met on Wednesday, May 11th, at the Society's Rooms, 
Bible HoDje, Astor Place, and appointed the members who, in connection with 
tbi ofiBcers designated by the Constitntion, compose the 


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Mr. WiLUAic 6. Lambkbt, Chairman, 
Mr. Ohbibtofhxb R. Bobbbt. 
Mr. Simeon B. Chittendbit. 
Rev. RioHABD S. Stobbs, Jr., D.D. 
Rev. William I. BuDinaTON, D.D. 
Mr. Calvin 0. Woolwobth. 
Mr. Chables Abebnbtht. 
Mr. John B. Hutchinson. 
Rev. Hbnbt M. Stobbs, D.D. 

Mr. William Hsnby Smith, Treasurer. 

Rev. Milton Badgbb, D.D., 

Rev. David B. Cob, D.D., r ^ snxmdenee. 

Rev. A. Huntington Olapp, D.D., ) eaponacnce. 

Austin Abbott, Esq., Eeeording Secretary. 

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Each returning Anniversary of this Society reminds ns of the breaches which 
death is making in the oirde of its counselors and patrons ; and our rejoicings 
over the work accomplished are tempered with grief for the loss of the compan- 
ions of our toil. Since the year began. Rev. Absalom Peters, D.D., one of the 
Vice-Presidents of the Society, and Rev. Abatus Kent, one of its Directors, 
have been removed by death. 

Dr. Petebs was one of the founders of the Society. Previous to its organi- 
zation, be was the CorrespondiDg Secretary of the United Domestic Missionary 
Society, and took a prominent part in the measures which led to the formation 
of the National Institution. He was elected its first Secretary for Correspond- 
ence, and discharged the duties of that office with signal ability and success for 
nearly twelve years. To bis wisdom and sagacity the Society is largely indebted 
for the adoption of those principles and methods which subsequent experience 
has approved, and for the favor with God and his people which it at once se- 
cured, and has ever since enjoyed. On his resignation of this office, in 1837, he 
was elected a member of the Executive Committee, and continued to participate 
in its deliberations, acting, during a part of this period, as its Chairman, till hi« 
removal from the city in 1846. He was then elected one of the Vioe-Presidente 
of the Society, and continued in this relation till his death. He ever cherished 
the warmest interest in its welfare, sharing in its counsels, frequently presiding 
at its anniversaries, advocating its claims, and rejoicing in its triumphs. 

Mr. Kent gave his whole ministerial life to the cause of Home Missions. He 
was engaged in missionary service in Western New York and Ohio for several 
years before this Society was formed. He received his first commission to labor 
in its service, in its second year. Early in 1829, he was stationed as a missionary 
at Galena, III., then a small mining settlement on the Northwestern frontier, and 
for several years he was the only missionary of the Society in Northern Hlinois. 
In 1848 he was appointed its Agent for that part of the State, and performed the 
arduous duties of this office with great wisdom, assiduity and succets for fourteen 


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joan. Not oulj the hoDdreda of sonls whom he had begotten in the gospel, bnt 
multitodet of chorches that were indebted to him for their exiatence and earlj 
Dortore, as well as the institntions of learning in whose estabUshment he took a 
leading part, delighted to honor him as their ^^ Father/' He rests from his 
labors ; bnt the streams which he opened in the desert will continue to flow, In 
erer increasing volume, to the end of time. 

Six of the missionaries of the Bocietj have died within the year : Rev. Me- 
LAiroTHOH G. Wheklbb and Rev. Thomas N. Jonbs, in Massachusetts; Rev. 
Javbs Loxtohead, in Hlinois ; Rev. Osristopher C. Oadwell, in Missouri ; Rev. 
WnxiAM W. Crane, in Michigan ; and Rev. Watson W. Tobbet, in Iowa. 


The number of ministers of the gospel in the service of the Society, the last 
year, whose names are found in the General Table of the full Report, together 
with those engaged in superintending the work, is 944. 

Of these, 698 were in commission at the date of the last Report, and 246 
bave been since appointed. 

They have been distributed in 29 different States and Territories, as follows : 
h Maine, 89; New Hampshire, 42; Vermont, 65; Massachusetts, 74; Rhode 
iBlaod, 6 ; Connecticut, 84 ; New York, 65 ; New Jersey, 7 ; Pennsylvania, 9 ; 
Yirginia, 8; Mississippi, 1; Louisiana, 1; Texaa, 1; Tennessee, 1; Ohio, 84; 
Indiana, 9; Hlinois, 72; Missouri, 86; Michigan, 77; Wisconsin, 76; Iowa, 124; 
Minnesota, 41 ; Kansas, 89 ; Nebraska, 14 ; Colorado, 1 ; Dakota, 1 ; Wyoming, 
1 ; California, 26 ; Oregon, 5. 

This distribution gives to the New England States, 811 ; Middle States, 71 ; 
Southern States, 6 ; Western States and Territories, including 81 on the Pacific 

Of the whole number in commission, 556 have been pa$tor$ or stated sup- 
fUm of single congregations ; 257 have ministered to two or three congregations 
mA ; and 181 have extended their labors over still wider fields. 

The aggregate of miniiterial labor performed, is 698 years. 

The number of c<mgregatio7is and miseionarp dUtrieti which have been fully 
Applied, or where the go^l has been preached at stated intervals, is 1,886. 

fWe tnmioTiaria have been in commission as pastors or stated supplies of 
eoBgregations of colored people, and 48 have preached in foreign languages; — 
tt to Weleh congregations ; 17 to German congregations ; two to congregations 
of ^edet^ and one to a congregation of Bohmniane. 

The number of Sabbath school and Bible class scholars is not far from 75,750.' 

The contributions to benevolent objects, reported by 574 missionaries, amount 
to 186,158.70. 

Ssventy-tkree missionaries make mention of revivals of religion during the 
yetr, in some of which there have been 50, 60, 75, and in one case 95, hopeful 
coBTertions. The number of conversions reported by 420 missionaries is 8,470. 

The additions to the churches, as nearly as can be ascertained, have been 
6,404, namely: — 8,322 on profession of their faith, and 8,082 by letters from 
«ther churches. 

Sesenty-si* churches have been organised, in connection with the labors of 
tka oisstoiiAries, during the year, and fifty-ttDO have assumed the entire sup- 
port of their own gospel ordinanees. 

Forty 'three houses of worship have been completed : one hundred and thir- 
teen repaired or improved ; and the building of twenty-thres others oommeneed. 


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Eighty-four young men, in cozmeotion with the missionarj churches, are reported 
as in different stages of preparation for the gospel ministry. 


Resoubobs.— The balance in the Treasmy, April 1, 1869, was $8,882.91. The 
reeeipta for the succeeding twelve months have been $283,102.87 — making the 
reflonroes of the year, $291,995.78. 

LiABELiTiKs. — There was due to missionaries, at the close of the last year^ 
$15,911.49. There has since become due, $269,216.73 — ^making the total of lia- 
bilities, $285,128.22. 

PATMINT8. — Of this sum, $270,927.58 have been paid, leaving $14,200.64 
still due to the missionaries for labor performed. In addition to these past dues, 
appropriations already made and daily becoming due, amount to $187,588.85, 
making the total of pledges $151,788.99, toward canceling which there is a hal- 
ovnce in the Treasury of $21,008.20. 

These statements show that, in some important particulars, there has been a 
gratifying advance in the work of the Society, in comparison with the preceding 
year. The number of laborers has, indeed, been less by twenty-eight ; but this 
diminution is principally in the Eastern and Middle States, while in some por- 
tions of the West, especially in those regions where the greatest destitution ex- 
ists, there has been a considerable increase. There has, also, been an increase in 
the number of churches organized, of children instructed in Sabbath schools, 
and of souls converted to Christ under missionary labor ; and in other respects 
the results are greater, in proportion to the number of laborers employed, thnn 
in the previous year. The amount received into the Treasury exceeds that of 
(my former year in the history of the Society, by $88,711, and the expenditures 
are greater than in any year, except the last, by $16,258. Though the receipts 
^oeed the expenditures by more than $12,000, the Oonmiittee have been embar- 
rassed, during a large part of the year, by the lack of funds to meet the demanda 
upon the Treasury. At the dose of the previous finanoial year, the balance at 
their disposal was insufficient to cancel their obligations ta the missionaries for 
labor already performed, while the current expenditures were largely in exoesa 
of the income. The Committee, therefore, in apprehension of serious embar- 
rassment, reduced the seale of their appropriations, though at the risk of involv- 
ing the missionaries and their families in pecuniary difficulty and distress. They 
ecercised the utmost caution and the most rigid economy in all their operations. 
Plans of enlargement in their work, whith they had under consideration, were 
postponed ; inviting fields, white already unto harvest, remdned unoccupied ; 
and to many of the most urgent appeals for aid, no encouraging response could 
be made. Yet, with all this caution and effort to retrench, the Committee failed 
to reduce their expenditures to the level of their income, and before the close of 
the autumn, the Treasury was entirely exhausted. 

These facts were laid before the churches, and an urgent appeal was made for 
the means to supply the wants of the missionaries, and to oarry forward the 
work of the Society as the providence of God plainly demanded. Some generous 
responses to this appeal were received from churches and individual friends of 
the Society among the living ; but the relief which it is out privilege to rep<^ 
came chiefly from the gifts of the departed. The income from legacies largely 
increased, and the total amount received from this source during the year, is 
greater by about $86,000 than in any previous year. The Committee were thus 


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enabled to redeem their pledget to the miasionaries as thej matured, an^ an 
available ■orpins of $6,807 remained at their disposal at the close of the finaooial 

But 60 large an income from legacies is not to be expected daring the coming 
jear, and the Conmiittee contemplate the prospect before them with deep solici- 
tode ; jet thej do not purpose to pause in their work. Confiding in the caro-of 
bim whose servants tliej are, and in the liberality of the churches whose bonnlr 
they distribute, they are preparing to occupy the new fields that are opening be- 
fore them. They hope to send large reinforcements, during the present year, 
into Southern Missouri, and into those parta of Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska, 
where their work is scarcely begun. They have entered upon the ezploratiDn 
of the r^on trayersed by the Pacific Railway, and design to do their full shave 
toward the erection of a cordon of spiritual fortresses along the line of that gi^at 
highway across the Continent They are also maturiug other plans of enlarge- 
meot in their work, which will involve greatly increased expenditure. And mey 
they not expect that the churches of the Pilgrim faith, which have sastaiDcd 
tham 80 generously hitherto, will signalize this, their year of Jubilee, by lai^er 
gifts than they have ever before made to establish the institutions and propagate 
the principles of the Pilgrims from ocean to ocean ? 



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17,849 22 









•7 81 

26.814 96 











42,429 60 










24 73 

47.847 60 










32 12 

52,808 89 









27 17 

66,277 96 











80,015 76 










63 22 

88,a»4 28 










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98,188 94 









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66,066 96 










64 68 

82,666 64 










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78,688 89 










13 84 

84,864 06 










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94,800 14 










12 34 

98,216 11 










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1 4628 

118,860 13 










1 24 70 

198,198 16 










1 17 94 

119,170 40 










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130,283 84 










1 2891 

143.771 67 










1 60 78 

146,466 09 










1 4025 

168,817 90 










1 63 25 

162,831 14 









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174,489 24 










1 09 07 

184.036 76 










1 8660 

177,717 84 










] 48 87 

186^11 03 









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] 6068 

180.660 44 










1 7187 

190,786 70 










1 8929 

187,084 41 










1 16 17 

193.787 69 










1 6180 

188,762 70 










1 63 61 

166,886 88 










] 1499 

188,848 89 










1 87 89 

149,836 58 









18 1884 86 

1 6760 

189,966 89 










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227,908 97 










S 77 36 

264.668 66 










] 6096 

274,082 56 










i 0287 

270,927 68 










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Bemarli.—l. The total of receipts for forty-three years, is $5,788,816.51. 

2. The total of years of labor is 27,188. 

8. The whole number of additions to the churches is 211,660. 

4. The average ezpenditnre for a year of missionary labor includes the entire 
it to the Society of obtaining the missionary, defraying his expenses to his 
fieid, and sustaining him on it, as well as the average proportion of all the ex- 
peoies in conducting the Institution. 


The following Table gives the number of missionaries, each year of the Sooi- 
^tfs operations, in the geographical divisions of Eattem, Middle^ Southern and 
WtiUm States ; and also in Canada.' 

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B 80 






5 122 






2 145 






) 166 






J 185 



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) 169 






5 187 






I 191 






I 195 






) 166 






} 160 






5 167 






5 169 






5 222 






r 291 






) 865 






5 897 






} 417 





) 483 





J 456 





S 463 





5 488 





$ 515 





i 530 





I 547 





L 530 





) 587 





) 504 





5 506 





J 521 

















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I 451 





t 467 





{ 491 





r 521 





I 564 





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Rev. GiOROi E. Adams, D. D., Prendent; Joshua Maxwell, Etq,, Treasurer; Rtv. 
Stephin Thurston, D. D., Searsport, Secretary. 

The receiptf of this Society for the year ending March 1st, were $28,848.^4. 
Of this amount $18,122.75 were the avails of legacies. The sum sent from this 
State to the Treasury of the American Home Missionary Society, during its 
financial year was $597,20, making the entire contributions to the cause of 
Home Missions, $28,945.54. This exceeds the amount raised in the preceding 
year by $10,057.44. The expendiPurei within the State were $18,506.69. 

The number of mi»i(marie$ under commission during the year is eighty- 
nine. This exceeds by four the number sustained in the previous year. " Last 
year," says the Secretary, "an effort was made to induce young men, just 
completing their preparatory studies for the ministry, to spend the first year of 
their ministerial labor on missionary ground. Five young men of this class have 
been thus engaged during the year just closed. If a goodly number from the 
successive classes leaving the Theological Seminaries can be persuaded to do like- 
wise, many of our feeble churches would approximate as near to a permanent 
supply as can be expected for a long time to come." We trust this effort will 
be continued, and we suggest that the same experiment be tried in the other 
New England States, for the mutual advantage of the laborers employed and of 
the churches served. The year has not been distinguished by revivals of relig- 
ion, yet several churches have been spiritually refreshed, two ehurches have 
been organized, one has become self-BUstaining, and two houses of worship havo 
been erected. 

The Trustees again call the attention of the churches to the urgent want of 
more laborers. " This want presses harder, year after year. More might have 
been accomplished, the past year, in our missionary work, if we had had more 
men. The fact that eighteen less than two years since, have been found for our 
needy fields, ought to wake the churches to fervent prayer to the Lord of the 
harvest. Why should not the want of men be now felt as well as when the 
country was in peril ? Then the cry rung through all the land for men, men — 
more men, till it echoed from every hill-top, and a million rushed to the rescue. 
Mothers gave up their sons, wives their husbands, young maidens their lovers, 
and with the blessing of God on their labors and sacrifices, the nation was saved. 
As, in civil government, rebellion is quelled and crushed by the aid of the loyal, 
90 the great moral rebellion against God, of which this world is the theatre, is to 
•be overcome by the blessing of Heaven on the labors of men, — men first reoov- 
ered to allegiance and loyalty. The demand for such in the ministry is so urgent 
that every church, every Christian, should be impressed with the duty of fervent 
prayer and earnest effort to bring into the work young men of fervid piety and 
of suitable gifts and culture, who shall be willing to go into our broad fields, and 
eount not their lives dear unto them, that they may win souls and finish their 
coarse with joy." 


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Ber. Asa D. Smith, D.D., LL.D., President ; Rev. William Clark, Secretary ; Bev. 
Benjamin P. Stonb, D.D., Treasurer. Office in Concord. 

The receipts of this Auxiliary dnring the year en ding March 1st, were 
$7,978.48, of which $1,299.77' were designed for the American Home Missionary 
Society, and were remitted to its Treasury. There were also sent directly to the 
Parent Society dnring its financial year, in payment of legacies $1,158.49, and hy 
iodividoals and congregations $1,548.45, in all $2,701.94, making the whole 
amoont contributed in the State to Home Missions $10,680.42, which is less by 
$14,172.27 than was reused for this purpose in the previous year. The expen- 
diturei within the State amounted to $7,182,78, and $4,001.71 were placed at 
the disposal of the Parent Society for its general work. 

The number of mimonaries who have been in service within the year ib forty - 
two. Thirty-six of them have labored through the year, and the others for 
periods Tarying from two to six months. Sixteen churches report about one 
hundred hopeM conversions, and seventeen churches report eighty-four additiouB 
to their membership — sixty-five by profession of faith. Six of the missionary 
churches have enjoyed seasons of special religious interest. One missionary has 
been called from his labors to his reward on high. 

In relation to the importance of this enterprise in New Hampshire and 
throughout the country, the Trustees speak as foUows: ^^ Much home missionary 
vork needs yet to bo done in our own little State. Indeed, its necessities are 
Dot much less to-day than when our New Hampshire Missionary Society was first 
organized. But New Hampshire is less than one four hundredth part of our 
national territory ; more than three-fourths of which is missionary ground, 
l^ly one thousand missionaries, under the care of the American Home Mis- 
doDtry Society, are sowing in this field the seeds of piety, morality, good order, 
edocation, obedience to law, benevolence, patriotism, philanthrophy. Conser- 
Tstives are they and the churches which they organize, and to which they min- 
uter, of whatsoever things are loyely and of good report in the domestic and 
social relations, in civil government, in national existence. More than all, in- 
itnimentally they are preparing untold multitudes for a glorious immortality. 
Ko finite mind can estimate the value of the Home Missionary enterprise to the 
present and to the future millions of our countrymen. Let this enterprise then 
take strong hold of our hearts ; let it stimulate us to more pray erf q1, earnest 
«ffi>rt for its success." 


I W. HiCKOK, Esq., President ; C. TV. Storbs, Esq., Treasurer ; Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary. 

Office in Montpelier. 

The receipts of this Society for the year ending March 1st, were $10,031. 
There was also received into the Treasury of the National Society, during its 
financial year, in payment of legacies $97, from congregations and individuals 
$1,030.90, in all $1,127.90, making the whole amount raised for Home Missions 
in the State $11,158.90, which is less by $1,293.45 than was contributed in the 
preceding year. The expenditures within this State were $8,256. 

Sixty-flee missionaries have been employed during the whole or a part of the 
jetr. They have preached in seventy fields, and have performed forty-eight 
jears of service. One church has been organized, four have become self-sustain- 


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ing, one missionary has been removed bj death, three have been installed as 
pastors, one has been dismissed, three chnrch edifices have been repaired, and 
four parsonages have been bnilt or parchased. Ko eztendve reyivals have been 
reported, but the gentle dews of grace have refreshed several of the chnrchea. 
*^ Our work," says tbe Secretary, ^' has been somewhat hindered by a lack of 
efficient laborers. Several of the chnrohes have had no preaching, during tbe 
winter, for the reason that no men could be found to minister to them. Tbe 
West has not only taken away a large namber of our sons and daughters, but has 
also attracted to its enterprising towns our ministers and the young men leaving 
the Theological Seminaries, so that some of our churches have been as sheep 
without a shepherd," 

"There are also," say the Directors, "quite a number of towns skirting tbe 
Green Mountains, where the population is scattered and many of the people poor, 
in which they have almost no religion^ privileges. In some of these we have, 
from time to time, sent students for a few weeks or months in the summer. We 
see no way to meet the wants of such places except by county missionaries going 
from house to house, talking with the people on religious subjects, gathering 
them together for prayer and instruction in private houses, school-houses, and 
diurches, where they have them, and to follow up this method. To do this 
work, much patience and self-denial will be requisite. No rapid and astonishing 
results can be expected in such fields. But the seed oast upon these barrens, and 
in the gravelly soil of these mountain slopea, will some of it take root downward 
and bear fruit to the glory of God." 


Rev. William A. Stkarns, D. D., LL. D., President; Bsmjamin Perkins, Esq., Treas- 
urer; Rev. HsNRT B. HooKSB, D. D;, Secretary. Office inBottoiL 

The receipts of this Auxiliary daring the year ending March Istj were $61,- 
816.15, of which $7,636.80 were the avails of legacies. The expenditures within 
the State were $17,426.49, and the amount forwarded to the Treasury of the 
National Society daring its financial year was $81,000. There were also received 
by the Parent Society, from this State, in payment of legacies, $20,887.02 ; from 
the Hampshire Missionary Society, $8,176.61 ; from congregations and individuals, 
$6,227.60 — in all, $80,290.18 ; making the whole amount raised for the cause, 
daring the year, $81,606.28, which exceeds the sum contributed in the previous 
year by $20,848.64. The amount placed at the disposal of the National Society 
was $61,290.18. 

Secenty-four missiona/ries have been in commission during the year, minister- 
ing to seventy-five churches. Six of these ministers have been installed, and two 
have been called to their rest. One church has completed a house of worship, 
and one has reached the condition of self-support 

In reviewing the seventieth year of the Society^s labors, the Trustees say : 
*^ Though we are not privileged to speak of any marked and dbtinguished events 
in the past year, yet we are not to undervalue the happy influence of those means 
of grace which have been employed during this period. The fervent and earnest 
work of sixty faithful Christian ministers, in seeking the best welfare of men, in 
all the diversified ministrations of the gospel, has been an ageney of great power 
for good — so many sermons — so many prayers — so many personal appeals, touch- 
ing the welfare of the soul. Such labors have not been in vain, for they have 
been employed to build up and beautify sixty Christian churches, each of them a 


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di?iD6 lostitation — each of tbem a pillar and ground of the tmth— each of them, 
to a greater or lees extent, atestimoDj of the power of the gospel, and charged 
with the high responsibilitj of extending the spiritual power of that gospel on 
fiH sides arennd them.'' 

^The ministrations we have thus sustained have reached not less than ten 
thoiuaod people, who otherwise would have heard few or no gospel appeals ; 
tnd more than five thousand children and youths have been instructed in the 
right ways of the Lord, and not less than one hundred and fifty persons have 
hopeftilly experienced the grace of God. The sixty churches we have tlds year 
aided, are scattered throughout the Oommonwealth. They are found in the rural 
valley— <m the bleak mountain-top— amid the din of the manufacturing village— 
or down on the shores of the sea. They are stars of greater or feebler radiance, 
tedng in wide or narrow spheres, but all of them ports of the visible kingdom of 
theBedeemer, and oodperatlng — the weak with the strong — ^in promoting the 
^ory and besuty of Zion." 


Hoo. William W. Hoppiic, President ; Edwin Knight, Esq., Providence^ Treasurer 
Rev. James G. Vosi, Providence, S^cretarj. 

The reeeipti of this Society for the year ending March 1st, were $2,050.90. 
There were also received into the Treasury of the American Home Missionary 
Society, during its financial year, in legacies, $1,889 ; f^om congregations and in- 
diriduals, $819.28; in sll, $1,658.28 ; making the total for the cause, $3,709.23 ; 
which is $1,409.03 mere than in the preceding year. The expenditures within 
tlk^tate were $2,047.50. 

The number of mimonaries in commission has been m, one of them minister- 
ing to a congregation of colored people. One church lately organized has bnilt 
a commodious chapel, and gives promise of rapid growth and early independence. 
Others, after many years of faithful missionary culture, continue feeble, and some 
of them are probably destined to decline rather than to increase in strength. 
'^Bot they are worth sll the expense bestowed npon them, and other States, and 
natknis, eyen, reap the benefit of their existence." 

*^ It is a pleashig fact," say the Directors, ** that one chnrch, which was for- 
merlj a beneficiary, is now a generous contributor. Less than ten years ago it 
received $300 a year toward its support. It is now in a very prosperous con- 
dition, and has within the past year contdbuted the sum of $88.96 to this Soci- 
etj. Meanwhile, there ought to be new claimants upon our resources. There 
ire several places in our State where the Congregational brotherhood of Ohristians 
CH^ to be at work, building new churches or fostering the life of such as are 
feeble. There is every motive, therefore, for increased effort for our own State, 
while we do not forget the wants of the Parent Society. That Society demands 
cor affection and our support, and eyery contribution to the destitute churches 
in our State should be accompanied by renewed liberality toward the churches 
of the great West and South. Let every church offer, according to its ability, 
mdClod win surely add his blessing." 


Bev. William H. Moobe, Secretary ; Edwabd W. Pabsons, Esq., Treasurer. 
Office in Hartford. 

The rteeipU of this Society f<v the year ending March 1st, were $19,241.99 ; 
and the npendiPurei within the State were $16,855.57. The amount forwarded 


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from the Anziliarx to the Treasnrj of the Parent Society, daring its financial 
year, was $6,500. There were also forwarded direotiy to the Treasury of the 
National Society, from congregations and individnals, $10,819.04; in payment 
of legacies, $57,264.69— in all, $68,083.73 ; making the total for the canse ^87,- 
825.72, which exceeds the amount riused in the preceding year hy $55,757.45. 
The amount put at the disposal of the National Iiistitution was $74,583.73. 

The number of misn&fumes in commission during the year has heen thirty- 
four. One of them has been installed pastor of the church he serves ; one 
church has assumed the support of its minister, and another that had become self- 
sustaining has been compelled to apply for missionary aid. 

The last Beport of the Directors states that, *^ since 1864, the number of 
churches receiving aid has been reduced more than one quarter, and the average 
salary of their ministers has been increased more than one third ; the number of 
churches giving to this Society has increased yearly, and has nearly doubled ; on 
an average, 70 churches yearly give nothing to either Society ; the receipts of 
this Society have more than doubled ; the amount granted to aided churches bas 
increased nearly one quarter ; the amount spent in Connecticut has increased 
about one-third, and the amount sent by this Society yearly to the American 
Home Missionary Society has averaged for the last four years, $6,375.^' 

^' The Directors have a growing conviction of the magnitude and importanee 
of the service in which the State Missionaries are engaged. At least 200,000 of 
the citizens of this commonwealth are not yet reached by the preaching of 
the gospel in our Protestant sanctuaries, and they will be effectually benefited 
only by a concerted movement on the part of the churches to reach them at 
their homes. And to keep this duty constantly before the ohurches, and to be 
ever bringing forward facts and considerations that will kindle into a glow their 
interest in these thousands, and also in the more destitute millions in other parts 
of our land, is a work which cannot be overestimated.*' 

The total of receipts from New England is, $208,083.98 ; which is more than 
the amount of the preceding year by $64,209.58. Of this, $64,774.98 were ex- 
pended within its own bounds, and $143,258.95 forwarded to the National Inati- 
tntion for its general work. 


Rer. L. Smith Hobabt, Syracuse, Superintendent 

The number of miasionariea under appointment in this State, during the year, 
isJifty-Jwe. They have ministered, statedly, to seventy churches and at twenty- 
four out-stations. One church has been organized, two have become independ- 
ent of missionary aid, and four have been quickened and strengthened by the 
outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The amount contributed within the State to the 
Treasury of the Society is $34,749.95. 

But these statistics are a very imperfect exponent of the fruit of the yearns 
labors. In the language of the Superintendent, " the value of the Home Mis- 
sionary work done among the churches in this State, is not to be judged by the 
results which appear at once, and in the immediate loeaUtiee where it is wrought. 
Many of them, by reason of the migration constantly flowing Westward from 
the conmmnities where they exist, are kept small and pecuniarily weak. They 
live and are often replenished— Sometimes largely ; but this constant depletion 
prevents their attaining permanent enlargement and strength. This has been to 


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them a source of discouragement, and sometimes has awakened the inqairj 
whether their continued existence was not maintained at too great a cost. Bat 
the case of these churches has another aspect— one of wider range and brighter 
promise. We may well believe that what we see occurring in their historj, is a 
proTidential indication of the manner in which they most effectuallj advance the 
Christian cause. We maj assume that, besides the ordinary church-functions, 
thej are called of God to a special service. Their mission is to gather in the 
jomig, instruct them in religious troth, win them to Ohrist, teach them how to 
be workers in the Master's vineyard, and then dismiss them to the new settle- 
ments of the "West, there, as intelligent and active Ohristians, to aid in the for- 
mation of new and efficient churches; or, entering those already formed, to 
bring hope and help and new life to these weak and struggling bands of disciples. 
Under this view, it may be regarded as more than probable that some of these 
Home IGssionary churches among us, reluctantly asking aid, always small, con- 
itantly losiiig their acquisitions, and kept weak by the removal of their young 
nd enterprising members, are nevertheless making most valuable contributions 
toward the evangelization of the^West. Indeed, it can hardly be doubted that 
they are every year accomplishing more for this object— more toward building 
up Christian society — more toward founding Christian institutions in our new 
States and Territories, than is accomplished by an equal number of our self-sns- 
taming and strong churches that make only their annual contribution of large 
rams of money. 

We have in this State fifty or more of these small churches requiring help 
to maintain the ministry of the gospel, and keep themselves in a condition to 
oontinue their invaluable contributions to the Christian material of the West 
Some of them have existed for half a century and over. They were once large 
tod independent, and generous in helping forward the causes of Christian benev- 
olence. Their earlier history presents a worthy record in this respect. But in 
flie providence of God a change has occurred. Now a different service is re- 
quired of them. In this they should be encouraged, and the needed assistance 
•bonld be cheerfully rendered — not for the good they hate done, as we give a 
pension to a disabled and worn-out soldier — but for the work they have in hand, 
and are now doing. They should be aided, not mainly that these little compa- 
nies of Christians may remain in the enjoyment of church privileges — not chiefly 
to secure the conversion of the impenitent in their immediate neighborhoods — ^not 
merely to maintain intelligence, morality, and good order in the conmiunities 
aboat them ; but because of the great and indispensable work of training young 
ChristianB for the varied service of Christ in the newer portions of our land, in 
which they are engaged ; and because of the important relation which they thus 
■istaio to the perpetuation of our civil and religious freedom, and to the con- 
▼ersion of the world. 

Rev. Lysandeb Eilset, Columbus, Superintendent. 

The number of tnmionariee sustained in Ohio during the year is thirty-fottr, 
Thej have supplied regularly forty-four churches and missionary districts, 
frequently extending their labors over a wide territory. Five churches have 
eojoyed revivals of religion, and several others have had tokens of the Spirit's 
presence in the conversion of souls. Two houses of worship are now in pro- 
oesi of erection, four others have been repaired, and two churches have been 
organised. The avumntpaid into the Treasury from this State is $10,639.56, of 
which $6,659.55 were the avails of legacies. 


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Of the one hnndred and eightj-nine Ooogregational churches in Ohio, only 
ftboat one-third are self-Bustaining, and many of these are not strong ;. yet in 
some cases, by uniting two or three churches in the support of the same nunl»- 
ter, they are enabled to dispense with missionary aid. Thirty-five churches ave 
nearly extinct, and unless self-denying laborers can be found, who are willing to 
bear to them the gospel message, they will soon cease to exist. The Committee 
will do what they can to furnish and sustain such laborers in rebuilding these 
decaying altars, and in keeping alive upon them the fame of spiritual worship. 

The SuperintendeDt speaks of " two large sections of Ohio that possess pecu- 
liar interest as fields of missionary culture — ^the iron and coal regions, between 
the Scioto and Muskingum rivers, and the valley of the Maumee in the north- 
western part of the State. In the latter section, a Oonference of Oongregational 
churches was formed two years ago, conmsting of four churches. It now com- 
prises nine churches. In October last, a Oonference was formed in north-western 
Ohio, combining the scattered churches of Trumbull and Mahoning counties, and 
providing the means for .their acquaintance, fellowship, and co5peration. Its b^ 
ginning is small, but its prospects of growth and enlarged useftdness are flattering. 
The work of organization is not yet completed, but the churches are becomipg 
more uniform and methodical in their action, and increanng from year to year in 
strength and efficiency. The Master is blessing the missionary band with health, 
inspiring them with sincere devotion to their work, and cenfirmmg the words 
which they proclaim, with signs following— the salvation of souls. Grateful fat 
what has been done by the help of the American Home Missionary Society — ^mosft 
of which must have ever remained undone without its aid— we will press toward 
the mark which lies before us, until this gredt State shall be permeated with a 
pure and free Christianity." 


Rev. Nathaioxl A. Htdi, Indianapolis, Superintendent 

Since the last Annual Report, nijM mimana/nei have held commissions to 
labor in Indiana. They have ministered, statedly, to nineteen congregations, 
and have performed occasional service at other points on their respective fields. 
Two of these laborers have been installed pastors of the flocks they serve. Four 
churches have been orgamzed— one at the capital of the State, and the other at 
an important county seat. Four churches have been visited with the special 
influences of the Holy Spirit, and others have enjoyed a heaithfhl growth. 
Three of those recently formed are preparing to erect houses of worship during 
the coming year. A district Association has been formed within the year, in the 
northern part of the State, which promises to be useftd in uniting and strength- 
ening the efforts that are employed to establish gospel institutions in that region. 
Though the results of the year's labors are not large, compared with tiiose 
realized In some other States, they are more encouraging than those which we 
have ordinarily been permitted to report, and warrant the expectation of more 
rapid progress in years to come. The pecuniary contributioni to Home Missions, 
by the churches of the State, during the year, amounted to $270.29. 

One interesting feature of the Society's work is presented in the Superin- 
tendent's report, as foUows : Among the difficulties encountered on this field, 
none is greater, perhaps, than that which arises from the multiplication of sects. 
Communities are so divided from this cause, that it is impossible for any religions 
order to supply the stated preaching of the gospel It must be gratifying to the 
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through ifs agency. The principles of Bpiritnal Christianity and the self-govern- 
ment in church management which its missionaries represent, bo commend them- 
iel?es, that Christians of different denominational connections have been organized 
for maintaining gospel ordinances, who could not be united on any other basis/* 
The Superintendent has great difficulty in finding laborers to occupy the fields 
that demand immediate culture. He says : ^* I cannot but think that a grave 
mistake is made by candidates for ministerial service at the West, in overlooking 
the claims of this older portion of the missionary field. The destitution can 
scarcely be greater on the frontier than it is in some of the villages and rural 
districts of thb interior ^tate ; and no field opens a wider door of inflaence and 
Qsefalness to an earnest and consecrated ministry. In all the elements of ma- 
terial prosperity, Indiana is making rapid progress. Located in the very center 
of the nation, its forests and prairies are being crossed in all directions by lines 
of railway. In the last few years its educational institutions have made great 
advancement. The next census will probably show a population of nearly, if not 
quite 2,000,000, thus placing it among the foremost States, as to its political and 
moral influence. Can we then plead in its behalf too earnestly for Christian 


Bit. Josi^h E. Roy, D. D., Chicago, Superintendent for Northern Illinois; Rev. Henbt 
B. Platt, Brighton, Superintendent for Southern Illinois. 

Setenty-two missionaries have been under commission in Illinois since the 
last Report, preaching statedly to ninety-two churches, and at a large number 
of stations where no churches exist. The contributions of the churches to the 
Treasury of the Society amount to $5,842.67. 

In Northern Illinois sixty-four laborers have been under commission, 
ministering to eighfy-two churches, and at ten out-stations. Seven churches 
have been gathered, nine have become self-supporting, seven have erected houses 
of worship, and one has been afflicted in the removal of its minister by death. 
Several congregations have been visited by revival influences, and nearly all of 
them, though they have sufiered pecuniarily from the partial failure of the crops, 
have made progress toward self-support. 

Eight missionaries have labored in Southern Illinois, and have preached stated- 
Ij to ten congregations. Four of these congregations have experienced revivals 
cf religion, and all the others are enjoying a healthful gro w th. One church has re- 
iDoved a heavy debt, and two others have made important improvements in their 
chnrch edifices. Two churches, however, that have been assisted to maintain 
the ordinances of the gospel in past years have discontinued public worship, and 
one of them has sold its house of worship and disbanded. "As to the general 
<wtlook," says the Superintendent, " I have become better acquainted with' the 
field than I have been hitherto, but I still find few who, by education and 
previous associations, are in sympathy with our polity, and those few are either 
■0 scattered that they cannot be gathered into churches of our order, or they 
have already been brought into other ecclesiastical relations. Some places which 
• year ago seemed to promise church organizations, have not yielded the fruit 
that was anticipated; There is need enough of preaching, but, in many places, 
it would not be sufficiently appreciated to lead the people to fiive anything to 
■nstain it, while the religious forces already in the field would be found in active 
^JpOiitioB. In such a region, rapid progress in our work is not to be expected 

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Yet, if we compare the condition of Southern Illinois with what it yeas forty 
years ago, we find a wonderful improvement Each new railroad crossing the 
State farther to the south than the preceding ones, hecomes the north line of 
" Egypt." Formerly it was in the latitude of Springfield ; next it was the 
line of the road from Terre Haute to Alton ; now it is the line of the Ohio and 
Mississippi Railroad, running eastward from St Lonis; and soon it most be 
pushed still farther southward. Among the evangelizing forces that have co- 
operated with secular enterprise, to produce this result, none have been more 
effective than Home Missions." 

This Society has planted, or aided in t)ie support of, abont 870 churches in 
Illinois, at an expense of about $460,000. Of these churches, about 230 are in 
the Congregational connection, and embrace all but twenty-one of the existing 
Congregational churches of the State. In view of these facts, the General Asso- 
elation, at its last meeting, expressed its grateful acknowledgments to the So- 
ciety for its liberal aid, and adopted measures to induce the churches to assume, 
at the earliest possible period, the entire burden of the missionary work in the 
State. Among the resolutions adopted was the following: " That the year 1875 
be the point fixed in or before which independence shall be declared, and beyond 
which the Society shall be recommended to make no more appropriations to 
Illinois. Thus the year 1876 will be the centenary of our national life,- the year 
of jubilee for the ^i^erican Home Missionary Society, and our first year of Con- 
gregational manhood." 


Rev. Edwin B, Turner, Hannibal, Supermtendent 

There have been thirty-six mimon<irie8 aided by the Society in Missonri 
within the year. These have ministered to fifty-two congregations, in which 
fourteen revivals of religion have been enjoyed. Nine churches have been organ- 
ized, seven houses of worship have been dedicated, and eight are in process of 
erection. One missionary pastor has been installed, and one has died. One 
aided church has assumed self-support, and several have made good progress in 
the payment of debts. The aided churches contributed to this Society during 
the year, $317.85, to which other churches added $928.55 ; making tlie receipts 
from the State, $1,246.40. 

Many of the churches have been blessed with a marked increase of spiritu- 
ality, and nearly or quite two hundred members have been added as the fruit of 
revivals, in the last six months. The material progress and increase of popula- 
tion have been unprecedented ; the vast coal and iron mines are rapidly develop- 
ing ; over 360 miles of railroad (nearly as many as in four years previous), have 
been built ; 1,085 miles are in process of construction, and many other roads are 
projected, which are giving rise to new towns and imparting fresh life to the 
older. Millions of acres have been purchased, and are being dotted with the 
homes of new settlers. 

" The general aspect of the missionary cause in this State," says the Super- 
intendent, "was never more encouraging, and the calls for increase of labor are 
numerous and imperative. A score of earnest, self-denying men could find room, 
work and encouragement, at as many points, where, with the growth of towns, 
strong churches might be established. And no time should be lost, for error in 
^very form stands ready to preoccupy the soil. 

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this wide State, see something of its prospective greatness, and take into account 
the Tasfc popalation that in a very few years must occupy these inviting regions, 
they would regard its spiritual interests as second to no other. In the natural 
highway between the oceans, closely allied in history and destiny with the South, 
its moral and religious character must materially affect the States around it. 
Conld we have ten or fifteen efficient men added to our missionary corps, and 
conld the Treasury furnish them a support, with what could be raised in their 
fields, the Society would begin in some just raeasare to meet the opportunities 
open to her in this State." 


ReF. WoLCOTP B. WiLLiuis, Charlotte, Superintendent for Southern and Eastern Michi- 
gan ; Rev. Lkboy Wabbkn» Pentwatcr, Superintendent for Northwestern Michigan. 

In Michigan, during the year now under review, the Society has aided in the 
rapport of ieventy-seven mimonaries^ supplying regularly more than one hundred 
congregations, and preaching often with good results in places without the stated 
means of grace. One missionary has died. Nine churches have been organized, 
nine have oome to self-support, two houses of worship have been completed and 
dedicated, seven are in process of building, two have been thoroughly repaired, 
three parsonages have been buiit or purchased. The contributions from the 
SUte have been $2,818.83. 

In the Southern District, eleven churches have eiyoyed revivals of consider- 
ihle power. The character of many communities in this portion of the State is 
gradually changing, by the incoming of foreigners, whose sentiments and habits 
are uncongenial to American ideas and institutions. One church has become 
extinct from this cause, and others are weakened. Still others are enfeebled 
by the change of centers of p6pulation, consequent upon the location of railroads 
opening through the State, which roads are, however, adding daily to the wealth 
and population. 

The Superintendent, speaking of feeble churches without pastors, says : " If 
etmest, self-denying men could be found willing to endure hardships for a few 
jears, laboring in such fields, they might do a glorioas work in building up these 
enterprises to a state of self-support. 

The Superintendent for the Northern District has made a complete exploration 
of the Lower Peninsula, where, for lack of suitable men, many needy towns are 
nnsnpplied with preaching. He says, however, that " most of the churches have 
grown in nombers and influence, and there are fewer vacancies than there were a 
year ago. But our chief want still is men adapted to the missionary work, and 
willing to undertake it. There are six vacant churches within twenty miles of 
the city of Grand Rapids, and in the newer portions of the State the need is still 
greater. Mnst our calls continue to bring forth so feeble responses ? " 


ficT. DcxTiB Clart, Beloit, Superintendent for Southern Wisconsin ; Rev. Fbanklin B. 
Doe, Fond du Lac, Superintendent for Northern Wisconsin. 

Se^enty-nx mimonaries have been aided by the Society in Wisconsin within 
tlie year now reported, supplying statedly one hundred and ^yq churches, and 
aixty-eight oongrtgations where churches have not been organized. Eight 
Biinisters have been ordained and five installed, five churches have been organ- 
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others are in process of building, ten or more have been enlarged and repaired, 
two parsonages have been built. Twenty churches in the Southern District, and 
perhaps as many in the Northern, have enjoyed revivals, some of which are si ill 
in progress. Received into the Treasury from Wisconsin, $3,223.34. 

The venerable " Father Clary " reports among the labors of this twentieth 
year of his agency, 6,095 miles of travel, forty-two sermons and twenty-five 
addresses delivered, twelve conventions and cooncils attended, $3,000 distributed 
in clothing and other gifts, 800 letters written, etc. Twelve additional laborers 
have entered the District under his care, and of the thirty-two now in service, 
fourteen have each the charge of two or more fields. The low price of grain, the 
emigration of Americans, and the incoming of an uncongenial foreign population, 
are among the trials of the churches. Mr. Clary speaks of the general deepening 
of spiritual feeling among ministers and Christians, unanimity of sentiment, con- 
solidating of religious influence, progress in Sabbath school work, temperance and 
other reforms, and concludes ; " On the whole, with all the wickedness that pre- 
vails, and the opposition from error and worldliness, it seems to me that the 
night is far spent and the morning cometh, when Zion shall look forth fair as the 
moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." 

In the Northern District, as the fruits of revivals, 350 have been added to 
the churches. The Superintendent has traveled 8,276 miles in the survey of his 
field, and as a result, is " convinced that our missionary gain must come from a 
closer working of the material already on the ground." Emigration to the 
Southwest, to Missouri, Kansas and California, will take from the churches more 
than they will gain by new comers. Yet every church planted on the prairie or 
in the wilderness becomes a leavening force to the foreign as well as the American 

Here, as everywhere, the great want is men. Says Mr. Doe, " The old diffi- 
culty is still upon us, of finding the right men. We need a higher style of minis- 
ters, abler and better; but where are they? We need aggressive workers, heroic 
generals who shall lead the Lord's hosts to victory. We need ministers who 
shall be fishermen, not waiting for souls, but going after them ; willing to preach 
anywhere — in a city pulpit, if they must ; in a log school-house, on a dry -goods 
box, or a stump, if they can ; men of such patience of hope as to despair of none ; 
pious, able, consecrated men. Sach men the Home Missionary work needs; such 
men it is fitted to produce." 


Rev. Jesse Gcbrnsey, Dubuque, Superintendent for Northern Iowa; Rev. Joseph W. 
Pickett, Dcs Moines, Superintendent for Southern Iowa. 

The number of missionaries commissioned by the Society in Iowa within the 
year is one hundred and twenty-four. Of these, thirteen bore their first com- 
missions in Iowa ; sixty-six have labored through the entire year ; the aggregate 
of service has. been eighty-eight years; fourteen have left the State, and one has 
died. Seventy-six have given their labor chiefly to single congregations, thirty-nine 
have served two to four congregations each, eight have extended their labor over 
fields ranging from two to four towns to as many counties. Eleven have minis- 
tered to German, and seven to Welsh churches. Not less than two hundred and 
eighty-five congregations have been regularly ministered to, and many more have 
occasionally enjoyed missionary service. Eleven churches have been organized, 
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with revivals ; thirteeo church edifices have been completed, at a cost of more 
tbaa $80,000, eight are in process of building, six have been thoroughly repairetl. 
The amount received into the Treasury from the State, is $2,785.56. 

Of the congregations in the Northern District, forty-four have raised for the 
support of their missionaries $2,675 more than in the previous year, and have 
asked $2,175 less from the Society ; twenty-eight have increased their subscrip- 
tions from $25 to $400 each; thirty-one have reduced their applications for aid 
from $25 to $200 each. More churches have made an advance in subscriptions, 
and more have lessened the amount asked, than in any previous year. 

The railroad from Dubuque to Sioux City is to be completed by July. That 
from Calmar to Des Moines is in process. These will open within the year hun- 
dreds of miles of country. The lately completed Des Moines Valley road is to 
be carried northwest to the Minnesota line. Vhese will open a region larger 
than any New England State except Maine, in which scarcely a beginning of 
misaonary work has been made. Is there need of men ? For the older, more 
developed fields, for churches which can pay salaries of $800 to $1,000, Mr. 
Guernsey answers, No ; but " for the frontier, where beginnings are to be made 
amid privations, and where labor will in due time bring abundant rewards,. Yes! 
In all our history as a State there was never more room for men able and willing 
to do fouqdation work for Christ and his cause in a new country. Send us such, 
if you can : send all that the churches by their contributions will sustain." 

In the sunmier of 1869, Rev. Julius A. Reed was compelled by ill health to 
resign the agency of the Southern District, which he had efficiently administered 
since 1862 — having previously for twelve years served the Society, with singular 
zeal and fidelity, as Agent for the entire State. He was succeeded by Rev. 
Joseph W. Pickett, of Mount Pleasant, who has been by personal visitation ac- 
quainting himself with his field, its needs, its opportunities, and its workers. 

"A marked characteristic of the labors of the missionaries during the year," 
he writes, " has been their desire to reach out into regions beyond their imme- 
diate centers, thus greatly extending their usefulness and stimulating the zeal of 
the churches. I believe that the world offers no nobler field for Christian effort 
than Iowa presents to-day. Three lines of railway now pass westward through 
my District, crowded with passengers, some of them seeking homes here, while 
others pass across the continent. Towns are springing up with marvelous rapid- 
ity. The proximity of Southern Iowa to a former slave State no longer militates 
against the planting of churches of the Pilgrims' faith, whose principles are 
coming to be better understood. The field is full of promise ; and by God's 
Wasing, this year should witness greater results than any that has gone before it. 

Rev. RiCHABO Hall, Saint Paul, Superintendent. 

There have been under commission in Minnesota, since the last report, forty- 
^M mimonariesy who have statedly supplied fifty-six congregations and eleven 
oat'ftations. Nine missionaries hare come into the State within the year ; two 
have been installed. Three churches have been organized, two have come to 
•elf-fupport. One house of worship has been built, one is building.' The contri- 
hitioTis to this Society, for the yeai, were $623.98. 

Of the sixty-eight Congregational churches in the State, thirty-five have 
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8i'x have settled pastors, six are without preaching, thirteen will this year be 
self-supporting. The year has not been one of special religious interest, yet 
seyeral churches have rejoiced in the converting presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Of the estimated population of the State (470,000), 275,000 are Americans, 
90,000 Germans, 65,000 Scandinavians, 46,000 Irish ; about one-sixth are Ro- 
manists. Within the year 783 miles of railway have been completed, being 
224 miles more than Kist year. Work has been commenced on the Northern Pa- 
cific, which traversing the northern portion of the State, is to bo intersected by 
at least three important lines already radiating from Saint Paul. Unprecedented 
as has been the growth of Minnesota, the immediate construction of these roads 
promises to secure even an increased ratio of advance in population and all ma- 
terial interests. To keep pace with this advance, a Continually increasing mis- 
sionary expenditure will be indispensable. Minnesota is highly favored in the 
character of its population — few^States having among their native citizens so 
large a proportion of New England origin, and among those of foreign birth so 
many from the hardy, industrious Protestants of Northern Europe. An increased 
interest is awakened among the pastors and churches of the State, for extending 
the Home Missionary work throughout all its borders. May the men and money 
be forthcoming to occupy the fields which God's providence is so rapidly open- 


Bev. James G. Merrill, Topeka, Superintendent. 

Thirty-nine missionaries have been under commission within the year, being 
seven more than in the previous year. These have cared for fifty -two churches 
and fifty-eight out-stations. Five churches have been organized ; three report 
revivals. Five church edifices have been built; six are in process or about com- 
mencing ; four have been thoroughly repaired. The receipts from Kansas into 
the Treasury have been $794.75 ; more than double those of the previous year. 

Rev.* Harvey Jones, at the close of the year, resigned the agency in which 
he has faithfully served the Society since 1866, and Rev. James G. Mebbill, of 
Topeka, has already entered upon duty as his successor. 

Nearly every church has advanced upon the pledges of previous years for the 
support of the ministry, though none has reached the condition of self-support. 
The five substantial church edifices built during the year make the number now 
in the State twenty-seven — " some of them commodious and beautiful, all of 
them comfortable and in good repair, and built at a cost of not less than $150,- 
000. In every one of them the gospel is preached every Sabbath, and each is a 
monument of the wisdom and economy of Home Missions." Mr. Jones pleads 
earnestly in behalf of the feeble churches unable to build : " "With only a hall or 
a school-house, often small and uncomfortable, used in common by several de- 
nominations, and for all kinds of meetings," he says, " it is well nigh impossible « 
for a little church to make headway, or secure the attendance of the people ; and 
yet the toil and sacrifice of such a work, often falling mainly on the missionary, 
our Eastern friends can hardly conceive. A brother recently said to me ' that 
church building has made me seven years older and turned my hair prematurely 
gray.' " 

As to the supply of ministers, Mr. Jones says : " Every one of our organized 
churches has stated preaching and pastoral oversight ; and if we had a score of 
flourishing churches, with houses built, in thriving railroad towns, we could get 
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make their places— men ombitioas to go to the regions beyond, where Christ is 
not named — that is quite another thing/' And he adds : ^^ We are relatively 
losing ground in onr attempts to evangelize the State. We have, indeed, gained 
seren ministers, five new churches, and probably twenty per cent, in church 
membership ; but we do not keep pace with the growth of population. It is 
believed that in each of the last two years, 100,000 people have made homes in 
Kansas, and the influx for the coming year will probably be as great. Within 
the year two railroads will reach the southern line of the State, on their way 
to the Gulf; two others are pushing south and southwest; one is nearly com- 
pleted to the north lino of the State; four are building or built, cutting the 
State east and west. From twenty to fifty new towns have been started within 
a year, some of them sure to become centers of trade and influence. Of these 
we have been able to occupy five or six ; some are cared for by others ; some are 
yet unoccupied. It is the day of opportunity fw: Kjyisas, and if the brethren of 
the Eastern churches could see these things as we see them, surely it would not 
be for leant o/ money if the Society should fail to take possession of these prairies 
for Christ But money cannot buy a spirit of self-sacrifice and zeal for the 
establishment and extension of Christ^s kingdom. Only the Lord of the harvest 
can send forth devoted and successful laborers into his harvest. May he send 
them in numbers equal to our need ! " 


Rev. Obtillb W. Herrill, Omaha, Superintendent. 

The number of missionaries commissioned by the Society in Nebraska, within 
the year, preaching to twenty-five congregations, is fourteen^ of whom nine 
were already in the field ; three have left the State, one has charge of a self- 
nstaining church, and one, without aid from the Society, ministers in destitute 
communities as he has opportunity. Seven churches have been organized, two 
hive assumed self-support, one young church has never been aided by the So- 
ciety — ^making three self-supporting churches in the State. Three houses of wor- 
ship have been completed. The contributions from Nebraska for this Society 
have been $154.82. 

Stimulated by the ofier of State aid in lands, six new railroads have been 
oommenoed, and the lands through which they pass are being rapidly settled. 
Two or three men who have gone into these new settlements to preach the gos- 
pel, find themselves taxed beyond their strength, and beg for reinforcements. 
Far up the Elkhorn valley, some of the good New England stock are finding 
bodies, and calling for educated ministers for themselves and their children. 
Everything indicates a large immigration this season, and consequent demand for 
lasKfied laborers. " Notwithstanding the increase of laborers during the period 
Wider review," says Mr. Gaylord, " the call is for men — such men as can adapt 
themselves to the new fields that are opening on every hand. There remaineth 
yet much land to be possessed, and in view of the present outlook of this fron- 
tia field, I earnestly hope tljat the resonrces of the Society will enable it to enter 
and occupy the new openings for the gospel and that are constantly coming to 
our knowledge.^' 

With the close of the year Rev. Reuben Gatlobd resigned the Agency, to which 
for six years he has devoted himself with the earnestness and zeal that have 
marked all his life-long service in the West. Rev. 0. W. Mebbill, of Anamosa, 
Iowa, was appointed to succeed him, and is already entering on his work. 


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There has been little, if any, improvement in the business of Colorado since 
the last Report, and for a part of the year the single missionary aided by this 
Society, in Boalder, has been the only resident member of the " Rocky Moun- 
tain Association." Even he has had to blend with pastoral duty the oversight of 
the germ of a future college. The chnrehes of Boulder and Denver have so 
nearly completed their houses of worship as to be able to occupy them. It is 
expected that at least two of the vacant pulpits will be shortly supplied, and 
with the looked-for revival of business activity, there will, doubtless, be other 
reinforcements and an advance in spiritual things. 

The church in Yankton, Dakota, grown to 80 members, have completed their 
church edifice, regularly contribute to Home and Foreign Missions, and cheer- 
fully work with their pastor in preliminary efforts for planting churches in the 
regions about and beyond them. They are also interesting themselves for the 
education of their children. " By next October,'* writes Mr. Ward, " we expect 
to have a good school building, and two or more teachers. This school will 
soon grow into an academy, and then comes the college I '' 

On the 24th of May, 1869, Rev. J. D. Davis, whose bravery and persistence 
had been proved as a color-bearer in the war of the Rebellion, and who had just 
completed his studies in the Chicago Theological Seminary, was commissioned to 
labor in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the 13th of June, he organized a church of 
thirteen members (since increased to twenty-one), and on the 19th of December, 
their completed house of worship was dedicated. Four hundred miles to the east, 
or twelve hundred miles to the west, this church must go to find another of like 
faith and polity. In the Home Missionary for May, 1870, Mr. Davis appeals for re- 
enforoements in Wyoming, and other opening Territories along the line of the 
Pacific Railroad. The Rev. R. Gaylord, late Superintendent in Nebraska, has 
undertaken a survey of the field, and the Committee hope to occupy other points 
at the eaj-liest possible day. 


Rev. James II. Warren, San Francisco, Superintendent. 

Ttcenty-Bix missionaries have been aided during the whole or a part of the 
year, ministering to thirty-six congregations. Three churches have undertaken 
the entire support of their ministers. No extensive revivals are reported, but 
ten or more of the churches have had more than usual religious interest, result- 
ing in considerable numbers added to their membership. Two missionaries have 
been installed as pnstorg, and two others ordained. One has died. Six churches 
have been organized, with an aggregate of 86 members. Seven church edifices, 
the value of which is $19,600, have been dedicated, free of debt, except about 
$2,000. Five other churches are nearly completed, to cost $20,200. One par- 
sonage has been built The contributions from California to the Society's Treas* 
ury are $1,664.62. 

Since the opening of the Pacific Railroad, twenty ministers have been added 
to the force ; three have left, and one has died, leaving a net gain of sixteen. In 
the new Theological Seminary are five men, " who bid fair to endure burdens, 
to go out and maJce fields, such men as Califomia wants and will want for the 
next twenty years." 

" I almost despair," says Mr. Warren, " of giving you an idea of our condition, 
want?, openings and prospects. I thank God for what has been doiie, but agon- 


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ize at the prospect—the extent of the work, the kingdoms spaced off for it, the 
forces gathering to carry awaj the prize, the despatch with which this terrible 
battle must be fonght. " From Sacramento the rail is aiming for Oregon on tlie 
north and San Diego on the south. From this stem will branch off scores of 
local roads. The agricultural region through which this central road will run, 
is of immense extent and incalculable fertility. Towns will spring up as if by 
magie. What will the religion of this population be ? "What is to be the force of 
Obristianity on the Chinese race ? There are signs of cheering activity among 
the various divisions of the Redeemer's hosts. We can occupy the lending place 
in the grand army, if the Society is supplied and strengthened to venture on a 
scale of work twice as great as the present. Instead of $9,000 or $10,000 a year 
for California, after this fifth jubilee of the Pilgrim Fathers' dedication of this 
continent * to Christ and his Church,' the Society should be enabled to devote at 
iMst $20,000 a year to the evangelization of this State, until the kingdom of our 
Lord shall be fally established." 


The difBcuUy of securing qualified men for this distant State, still embarrasses 
the CoBimitlee. Bat one has been sent from the East by the Society within the 
year— Rev. William J. Claim:, from the Chicago Theological Seminary, who enter- 
ed on his work at Astoria in November. One of the young men from the same 
Seminary, appointed a year ago decided to labor in Kansas. Another labo/er who 
VIS sent in January, 1867, into one of the most important positions in the State, 
vas compelled by the utter fail are of his health to return to the East. Ill health has 
also caused the resignation and removal to California of one of the older mission- 
ariea, leaving^r^ as the number who have borne the Society's commission during 
the year — an increase of only gne upon the year previous. The Committee have 
had, grataitously, the counsel and aid of the older brethren in locating the young 
mtn lately sent, and it is beyond question that these, with the pastors before on 
the ground, hold the most important positions in the State. Yet othtr fields 
equally promising are constantly urged upon the notice of the Committee, which 
they will gladly snpply as fast as proper men for the work can be found. But 
it will avail little for indifferent men to seek that distant coast where, as one of 
the missionaries says, " people have no conscientious scruples in favor of church- 
going; and will attend only where they are interested." He adds, '* The men 
Oregon needs, might be called regenerated popular preachers — men who can 
preach the truth with such life as shall compel the unconverted to come and hear." 

There has been within the year a renewal of interest previously manifested 
for carrying the work of the Society into Washington Teuritory ; and steps have 
been taken to secure, by personal survey, such trustworthy information as may 
1^ to the early occupation of a few of its most hopeful points. 


The two missionaries who have been sustained since the close of the war in 
Fairfax and Prince William counties, Virginia, continue to minister to those 
•hnrches and to such scattered Christians as they can reach, hoping to form 
other churches as these groups shall be increased by Northern immigration. It 
has not seemed wise to continue the outlay for a missionary at Occoquan, and 
fi>r a part of the year that little church has had such temporary service as could 
be procured. 

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faithful brethren bearing testimony for Christ Strong opposition from without 
is one of the indications that their influence is reaching a wider circle than here- 

. The church in Memphis, Tennessee, has been weakened by emigration conr 
sequent upon business depression, and — Rev. Mr. Bliss having felt it necessary to 
change his sphere of labor — ^is temporarily without a pastor. Others besides the 
church, however, are more and more convinced that such an organization has an 
important mission, and the members are confident of attaining to self-snpport at 
no very distant day. 

Since October, 1869, the church in Few Orleans, now under the pastoral 
charge of Key. M. W. Reed, has been sustaining its operations without aid from 
this Society. Its growing influence as a permament pbwer for good in the com- 
munity, amply justifies the outlay called for during its forming period. 

The church in Brownsville, Texas, has been weakened by the removal of the 
garrison, taking some of its most intelligent and active workers, yet under the 
leadership of the ever-fresh veteran. Porter, the church is full of faith and zeal, 
and with the school of Mrs. Porter, to train recruits from among the young, there 
seems every prospect that spiritual victories shall reward this self-denying effort. 

It becomes more evident, year by year, that the hope of planting efficient 
churches of the Pilgrim faith and polity at the South, depends under God mainly 
npon the modifying of the Southern spirit by the large incoming of the Northern 
element. At a few points, and only a few, this process has commenced. In due 
time such points will be occupied ; but with the vastly more numerous and hope- 
ful openings at the West, and the more liberal supply of Southern fields by other 
evangelical denominations, it has not thus far, appeared to the Committee the 
part of Christian wisdom to divert largely of men and money to a general move- 
ment in the Southern States. It is believed thatw the time will come for such a 
movement, and that the patrons of the Society will not be slow to improve it. 


The Executive Committee cannot close this brief record of the Society's 
doings for another year without giving thanks anew to God. That work, thoagli 
so much less than the needs of the country and the good of the giving churches 
have called for, has been greatly prospered. 

And now the Committee call upon their faithful helpers to forget the things 
that are behind, and to take up the greater burden laid upon them. Each year 
brings a growing sense of the vastness of the field, the spirituality of the work, 
the preciousness of the interests at stake, the urgency of the call for labor on a 
grander scale than ever. Every worker in the older States makes room and 
wakens the desire for others. Immense new Territories, specially those opened 
by the Pacific Railroad, are calling for more men and much larger outlay. 

This summons to advance comes at a time not unlike that when Israel was 
told to "go forward," while before them was only the sea. The Treasnry is 
nearly empty. Not for years has there been such dullness in business circles, 
such fear to enter on new enterprises, or to expand the old. Liberal givers find 
themselves straitened. The dearth of fit men for the work still continues. The 
Committee have called — ^the Superintendents, the Eastern Auxiliaries, the re- 
ligious press, pastors, teachers, friends of the cause have called for men ; but 
those who have answered are at a drop in the ocean of need. Death and disease 
have taken from our counsels and our work some wh<) have long been foremost 
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more than can be told. Yet there is no occasion to lose heart or hope. Men 
fail) bat the Master lives, and his good work can never cease till all its ends are 
gained. The young men are his, the silver and gold are his, and nothing is so 
sore as the folfillment of his purposes of mercy. 

This " Jubilee Year " the churches acting with the Society have resolved — 
^^ without diminishing their offerings to the Christian causes which mahe their an' 
nual appeal to the benevolent ^^ — ^to make memorable by noble deeds and gener- 
ous gifts in honor of the Pilgrim Fathers. Among those *•' Christian causes,'' is 
there one so directly in the line of the memorial oferiug as this of the American 
Home Missionary Society ? How can such honor be shown to the memory of 
the Pilgrim Fathers, as by widening the reach of their ideas, by planting and 
training churches of the faith and polity they loved? Surely the land for whose 
welfare they gave their lives had never greater need of their principles and their 
institutions. How short the time, since the nation was on her knees, begging 
God to make bare his arm in her extremity. He heard, he came, the Rebellion 
was crushed, the nation's head was lifted from its bloody baptism. Shall it so 
soon be said of any of her people, shall it ever be said of the mass of them, 
^They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the 
enemy ? " Shall the. thousands fleeing hither from the ignorance, supei*stition 
and despotinn of the Old World, find in the New a people given up to unbelief, 
materialism, mammon-worship, immorality in high places and low ? Shall they 
come to find a State without God, churches without spirituality, schools without 
the Bible, homes without piety ? It can not, must not be, that a nation with 
such an origin, such a history, and such possibilities as ours, shall be left to guide 
its course by dancing lights from the graves of dead systems or the marshes of 
infidelity, while overhead are shining evermore Heaven's serene, eternal stars. 
Nay, rather, of all peoples shall not this most fully realize the word of the Lord, 
"Thou shaxt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah, fob the Lobd 


In behalf of the Executive Committee, 

Milton Badges, 

David B. Cob, 

A. Huntington Clapp, 

Secretaries for Correspondence, 



^rtm Rev. T. Condon^ Dalles^ Wasco Co, 
Means to Stay. 

I have continued my labors with this 
church, preaching twice on the Sabbath 
ftnd taking charge of the Bible class at 
iKMMi, with tlio usual attendance. The 
pnyer meeting is well sustained; the 
Sabbath school full of activity and lively 
interest. We received, at our last com- 
mnnion,four new members to the church 

on profession of their faith. The last 
quarterly report of the Superintendent 
of our Sabbath school shows a roll of 
273 scholars and teachers, and an aver- 
age attendance of 216. We have no im- 
provement in the j)rospect3 of our town 
to report. The population is slowly mov- 
ing away, leaving a county town with 
county buildings and business behind. 
My work grows harder, but has so many 
enoouragements that I find no discon- 
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ing alone would keep me at the Dalles ; 
our Sabbath school alone would keep 
me at the Dalles; our Sabbath congre- 
gation would keep me contentedly 
laboring here ; and all three combined 
give me so many assurances of our 
Master^s approval and blessing, that I 
find my faith more constant with each 
year of service. 


From Rev. W. L. Jones^ South San Juan^ 
Monterey Co, 

His New Field. 

Since my last report we have done 
the usual things belonging to new fields. 
"We have had a Sabbath school concert^ 
largely attended, the first of .the kind 
in the tovm ; have raised money and 
bought a cabinet organ for church and 
Sabbath school, and have proved that 
some things can be done here which are 
not done by the Romanists. Our congre- 
gations are good, and the Sabbath school 
is flourishing. 

I noticed in a report of this place that 
other denominations are called "con- 
tiguous," which I do not see. They may 
be sometime, but there is no congrega- 
tion out of town nearer than eight or 
nine miles, and in town the only minis- 
terial labor performed, except by your 
missionary, is by a Baptist minister, who 
comes twelve miles once a month and 
preaches to my congregation, and a 
Methodist who preaches now and then 
in the evening, but who lives nine miles 
off, and has neither church, class nor 
building. So you see that their ideas 
of contiguity difier from mine some- 

But the " Southern Pacific Railroad " 
is to reach us this summer, and as it 
passes at once through the mountains 
before going down the coast, it will make 
this place a sort of terminus, and by 
common consent, the most important 
place in this section of country. Then 
we shall have "other denominations 
contiguous.^' There is more work in 

this field that I saw at first, and it is in- 
creasing. We are about to organize a 
church, small but good. I learn from old 
neighbors that Eureka has nearly 
doubled its population since I left it, and 
a San Francisco man told me the other 
day it was the smartest town in this 
State. I am glad the old church is not 
80 lonesome now as it was in the days 
when I made the personal acquaintance 
of almost every stick of timber in it, 
and looked many a time from its tower 
upon a dense forest, where now, they 
tell me, are graded streets, sidewalks 
and occupied houses. I would like to go 
back and look at the place in company 
with the hear that I used sometimes to 
frighten from the trail on my way out 
from our forest home to church. Was 
I born too soon, or bom for a certain 
kind of work? 

From Rev. 8. R, Rosboro^ Lirtcoln, Placer 

Circuit Bidinff. 

At the desire of persons connected 
with the respective communities, I have 
consented to occupy two other places — 
Sheridan, eight miles northwest from 
here, and Roseville, twelve miles south 
— preaching at those places on alternate 
Sabbaths in the afternoon. This arrange- 
ment imposes upon me some labor — 
having to preach three times every 
Sabbath, and to travel from sixteen to 
twenty -five miles. Say, e, (/., that I 
preach here on the first Sabbath fore- 
noon ; ride twelve miles and preach in 
Roseville at three o'clock; then ride 
five miles, and preach at Rocklin in the 
evening ; after which, for want of other 
than hotel and livery stable accommo- 
dations, I ride eight miles to Lincoln. 
The next Sabbath I preach here in the 
morning, ride eight miles to Sheridan, 
and preach at three ; then return and 
preach here again in the evening. Be- 
sides all this, I have an immense amount 
of travel and visiting during the week. 
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keep a good liorse and buggj, which ia- 
7oI?es considerable expense. I regard 
this as tbe most promising Home Mis- 
sionary field I ever had, were it not for 
the flactuatiDg, transitory condition of 
eocietj. This trouble is growing less as 
the conn try grows older, and the people 
learn that tbey have to live in Califor- 
nia, as in other countries, by their 
honest iudnstry. 


Fi-om Rev. A. K. Packard^ Anoka^ Anoka 

The New House. 

We have just dedicated our house of 
vorship. It is not completed, but 
Te have the pews in, and the outside is 
Nearly finished. The exterior is very 
h^dsome, the architect having followed 
directions to make it handsome, not by 
ornamentation, but by beauty of pro- 
portions and the fitness of the parts 
to each other and their use. The spire 
is pronounced the finest in State ; tbe 
inside, too, is very pleasant, though the 
walls and some other parts are unfin- 

Our dedication service was an oc- 
casion of great interest. Tbe house 
was beautifully decorated with ever- 
green wreaths of flowers, bouquets and 
flowering plants. Minneapolis friends 
sent ns, for this occasion, and for the 
commnnion service of the following 
Sabbath, elegant contributions of rare 
«Dd beaatiful flowers. Prof. Campbell, 
of the State University preached 
"Christ the chief Corner-stone;" a 
most eloquent sermon, full of learning 
indof the right spirit ; a masterly argu- 
ment for the divinity of Christ. 


At our communion, yesterday, we re- 
ceived twenty-one to the church, on 
profession of faith. The addition 
more than equaled a third of the pre- 
vious membership. One was a boy 

twelve years old, most of the others were 
young men and women. There are 
four pillars under the arches at the 
pulpit end of the church. Two of these, 
given by friends at the East, stand as 
memorials of the aid received from 
there ; another, standing between the 
pulpit and the organ, was raised by the 
young converts as a memorial of their 
church vow, and the fourth, being be- 
tween the pulpit and library case, by 
the church, as a thank-offering and a 
memorial. The latter was yesterday 
crowned with a wreath of oak, evergreen 
and amaranthineflowers; and the young 
converts' pillar, with a beatiful wreath 
of pure white blossoms of fruit-trees 
and other white flowers. At the con- 
clusion a charming little bouquet of 
flowers, furnished to the pastor by a 
lady of Minneapolis for this purpose, was 
presented to each of those received to 
the church. The interest of these two 
occasions has never been equaled in the 
previous liistory of the cburclj. 


From Rev. J. F. Grafy Davenport^ Scott Co, 

The Oerman Work. 

Tbe work among the Germans, espe- 
cially in our congregation, gets on a 
firmer foundation; and although some 
of our countrymen say that we have 
fallen off from the faith (rather forms) 
of our fathers, by becoming Congrega- 
tionalists, our denomination is getting 
strength, and will gain in numbers. In 
a fQVf weeks we shall get some help by 
a tract in German, perhaps the first 
published in the German language on 
Congregationalism, which I translated 
into German : " Congregationalism : 
what is it?" There will be printed 
2,500 copies, which will soon be spread 
over the land. It is a small beginning, 
but who shall despise the day of small 
things ? With such a help, we hope that 
much misunderstanding can be removed 
from the minds of the Germans. This 


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small tract will soon be followed by a 
larger one published by the Congrega- 
tional Publication Society. Our mem- 
bers are more diligent in work for 
Christ; teaching on Sabbath morning 
the children in German, and in the after- 
noon in the English langnage. An addi- 
tion of 18x26 feet has been bnilt to ac- 
commodate the smaller children, for 
which some sixty or seventy dollars 
were raised by oar members. 

One thing more: I have to express 
my gratitnde for the clothing which we 
got through your Society. It brought 
joy into our family, and many needful 
things filled our (so-called) bureau, 
which is no bureau, but something that 
answers for one. I am thankful that 
your Society remembers our necessities. 

communion, and as many are expected 
to join at our next. The Lord hath 
done great things for us, whereof we 
are glad. 


PeshiigOy Oconto 

From Rev. H. T, Fuller^ 

AznonfiT the liumbennezu 

From Rev. J. A. Jones^ CretcOj Howard Co. 


Our Church edifice at Florence has at 
last been dedicated. Rev. Superintend- 
ent Guernsey preached the sermon, and 
the other services were shared by Rev. 
E. Adams, of Decorah, and Rev. J. "W. 
Windsor, of Cresco. The church is 
42x82 feet ; is of wood, with a steeple 
and bell; will seat 250 persons, and 
cost $3,600, to which add for window 
curtains, chandelier, pulpit furnishing, 
and an organ, $270. Five persons 
joined the church at the dedication. 


We were blessed in the winter with a 
precious outpourmg of the Holy Spirit 
On the first Sabbath in January I 
preached on the person and work of the 
Holy Spirit, and we observed the week 
of prayer. On Wednesday evening 
parents were moved to earnest prayer 
for the salvation of their children, and 
on the next evening those children 
came forward. We held meetings 
nearly every evening for five weeks, 
and God glorified his grace in the con- 
version of about thirty souls. Thirteen 
persons joined our church at the last 

Our hope of a church edifice was 
almost given up, so dull was business in 
the winter. Most said it was of no use 
to try to build. But having previously 
gained the promise of a lot and lumber 
from the Peshtigo Company, just before 
the log-cutting in the forest ceased, I ac- 
cepted an invitation from the superin- 
tendent of that part of the work, to 
visit with him the camps "up the 
riv€r." For six days we traveled nearly 
one hundred miles, walking much of it 
through deep snow or on the hard 
crust. At these camps I solicited aid 
for the meeting-house. The wages had 
been small, with frequent contributions 
for sick and broken-limbed men, so that 
many gave nothing, and no one more 
than five dollars; but the end of the 
trip found $250 pledged, and secured by 
being charged at the Company^s ofiSce. 
On another paper here we have about 
$1,000 either paid or securely pledged. 
With this we propose to go forward. 
The Company generously offer us two 
lots, for church and parsonage, from 
any vacant corner not needed for their 
own business purposes. We hope to 
build without calling on Eastern friends 
for assistance, and to be ready for dedi- 
cation before the end of the year. That 
tour among the lumber camps was full 
of interest, though generaUy of a sad 
sort. Among over 200 men, I find but 
one member of a Protestant church. A 
good Methodist brother, formerly living 
in the Maine pineries, was a " light " 
not " hid under a bushel." And yet he 
seemed disacouraged in his efforts for the 
Master, among those rough men. He 


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said tbat half a truDk-full of tracts had 
been sent him for distribntion, but he 
found them useless. The men would 
hardlj look at them, much less read 
theuL My own experience in all this 
region is like his. Tracts are not read, 
except by Christians and inquirers. I 
haye used Bamell's cards with some 
profit, but papers, like the American 
Mettenger^ Eterybody^a Paper^ and 
Eeaoenly Tidings, are the best printed 
weapons of a small sort. I had only 
one or two opportunities for preaching, 
bat held religious conversation with 
maoj. A score or more were from 
Christian families. Nearly one-half were 
foreigners and Romanists, who gave 
more liberally than some calling them- 
lelvea Protestants. Most of the re- 
mainder came from Canada. Only now 
and then did I meet a Yankee. Most 
of these lumbermen spend their winter's 
wages for liquor in a very few days 
ifter they come from the woods. Some- 
times men in three dajs. squander in 
l}illiards and whiskey the earnings of 
four months. By many the " spring 
spree '' is anticipated with the glee with 
which a child looks forward to his 
Christmas toys. In one camp a dozen 
men pledged themselves not to drink 
this year, but after they had been in the 
▼iUage twenty-four hours, not one of 
them was sober. A lumberman's life 
it like a sailor's. 

His Hom« Work. 

Oar permanent population is increas- 
ing. The prospect of the railroad from 
Green Bay, this Summer, is putting up 
real estate and favoring the speedy 
settlement of our farming lands. Our 
people number now about 1,600, hardly 
oue-fourth of them Romanists. I preach 
at four out-stations, each once in four 
weeks, and ride every Sabbath from 
eight to sixteen miles, besides preaching 
three times. I have nearly 200 families 
to visit, and two or three hundred 
nogle men employed in tlie miUs and 
wooden-ware factory to care for. Too 

many here are what John Foster calls 
"practical atheists," "without God in 
the world." Some of these are of good 
moral habits, and in all neighborly and 
social relations above intent to do the 
slightest harm. But duties to God are 
neglected, and by too many his precepts 
practically discarded. 

Calling in the vicinity, I found a man 
who represents a large number here- 
abouts, only he is outspoken. The 
Bible, he said, was no better than any 
other book. It contradicted itself, 
countenanced inmiorality, etc. I asked 
him to mention the contradictions and 
verify his other assertions, all of which 
were far from the truth. " His memory 
was poor." I then proposed a reference 
to his Bible. This brought out the fact 
that he had none, that all his objections 
were second hand, and that he had but 
little better idea of the Scriptures than 
of Sanscrit. Then he plumed himself 
on his morality, and said that he had 
done but one or two things in his life 
th at he was sorry for. I mistrusted tjiat 
he ought to be sorry for more, and on 
departing left him some hints on sins 
that would " find us out." I afterwards 
learned that he had repeatedly broken 
nearly every precept of the decalogue, 
and was dead to the common instincts 
of humanity. 


Fi-am Kev, A. B, Fletcher^ Frankfort, 
Benzie Co, 


The great event of the"" last quarter, 
for us, is our sad bereavement Our 
el4est daughter died on the 19th of 
March, of consumption. She had been 
for six months gradually failing, though 
she passed away quite suddenly and un- 
expectedly at the last. She was twenty- 
four years and five days old, While 
deeply afflicted, we are greatly com- 
forted, for she was the Lord's, and he 
took her to his own bright, beautiful 


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borne. She Lad been a Cbristian for six 

You are aware tbat we were formerly 
missionaries of the American Board in 
Ceylon. She was born on the Indian 
ocean, in the ship Malabar, Oapt. 
Freeman, about two weeks before our 
arrival at Madras. She was baptized 
by the late Rev. H. R. Hoisington, in 
the mission church at Batticota. In the 
MinsioThary Herald^ for March, is an ex- 
cellent picture of the church. The 
number reached us a few days before 
her death, and she was much gratified 
at being shown the place where she 
was consecrated to the Lord by baptism. 

ShaU they BuildP 

Our Sabbath congregation Las in- 
creased, so that the school-house is too 
small, and either we must arise and 
build, or fail of that progress which all 
desire. But, somehow, it seems diflBcult 
to get flt it. The school-house can be 
had for nothing ; and it answers after a 
fashion ; and to build will cost some- 
thing in money, time and labor. The 
church has been formed over two years, 
and still there is no movement towards 
getting a home. This has a bad 
look for the future. It is our principal 
discouragement. There is a good degree 
of religious interest all the time, and 
perfect union in the church and society. 
May God come and breathe upon us all, 
and show us our duty I 

the Spirit of God used as a net to catch 
him. At his own request, a sermon on 
the Object of Prayer, and two on the 
Person of Chrbt were preached. On 
Monday, after the last sermon, he called 
me to his house, and opened his mind. 
He looked and acted like one in despair. 
He sought a controversy, but seeing that 
he could not have it, said : ^' You have 
made a fool of me long enough. All 
my 18709 seem to jump before me as toads 
out of a spring, and I feel now that I 
have nothing more to rely on. I am in 
great trouble of mind, and you are the 
cause of it." After an hour or two I 
went to see him again. We both fell 
on our knees, and having prayed to God 
for his Spirit upon him, \ said, " My 
brother, begin now to pray for yourself," 
which he did in the following manner: 
"Father, here is a child, desiring the 
sincere milk of the truth; I believe, 
help thou mine unbelief ; for Christ's 
sake, Amen." It was a desperate 
effort, but he arose from his humble 
position, confessed Christ, asked for ad- 
mission into his church, was baptized 
and received. Thus he was caught ; his 
wife followed him, and others with her. 
That was a precious day to us all. 
These converts are to this day living 
epistles of Jesus Christ. 

From Rev. E. JV. Raymond^ MiddUvilley 
Barry Co, 

"We rejoice that our Father has blessed 
us with quite an addition to his church 
here. Among all the wonders he has 
wrought, let me note one. A gentleman 
came to our village, with a mind full of 
ckepticism. He had been an atheist, a 
pantheist, a Universalist, and I know not 
what. Drawn to the sanctuary by a 
series of lectures on the first chapter of 
Genesis, he became attached to our 
mode of instruction and worship. These 

Frcfni Rev, E, 

E, Kirkland, 
Benzie Co. 

A Wreck. 


In my pastoral visits I have found an 
old man who appears to be a wreck in 
soul and body. In the early part of his 
life, he thought for a while that he was 
a Christian, but says he became an infi- 
del "by reading the Bible." He has 
been a bold blasphemer, denying even 
the existence of God. Last fall he was 
taken with paralysis, and has since been 
unable to use his left limbs. 

His prospects for this life and the life 
to come are all dark. When I pressed 
upon him the importance of coming to 
Christ for b'ght and life, he wonld say : 


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**I oan't belieye ; if there is a God he 
has BO made me that I can't believe. I 
wish I conld believe as Christians do, and 
have hope for the future, but I canH." 
He weeps often in view of his dark pros- 
pects, and sometimes makes remarks, 
implyiog that he believes in the exis- 
tence of a Ood. In some of his remarks 
there even appears conviction of sin. 
He did not object to my praying with 
him, and in my visits seemed much 
affected by prayer. I would not limit 
the Almighty ; it is possible he mny yet 
repent and be saved. ^ 

SisnB of Gk>od. 

I have reason to believe that one has 
been led to Ohrist during the last quar- 
ter, and in i>6rsonal conversation with 
others, have found some degree of in- 
terest, that led me to hope that ere long 
they would yield to the Saviour. We 
greatly need a general outpouring of 
the Spirit, to awaken the church and 
bring them to feel the importance of 
laboring for the salvation of sinners. 


Ffm. Rev, J. if. Botoert, Windaor, Henry 

Works of Qrace. 

During the past three months God 
has smiled upon us in a precious work 
of grace. Neighborhood prayer meet- 

ings, with additional preaching during 
the week, were continued for four or 
five weeks. Christians were quickened 
and consecrated themselves anew ; the 
impenitent were awakened, and at least 
ten have been hopefuUy converted, five 
of whom have already united with our 
church. Others await our next commun- 
ion. The work was quiet, deep, 
thorough, and we believe will be lasting. 
Our extra meetings were held indif- 
ferent neighborhoods in the country, in 
the dwelliugs of our brethren, and a few 
in a school- house. God was pleased to 
hear and answer prayer, and I find the 
neighborhood prayer meeting one of the 
best means of grace and revival, reach- 
ing some that can scarcely be reached 
by any other means. The converted 
are mostly young people ; two are heads 
of families. The first Sabbath in March 
was a good day to this little church. 
Sixteen joined us on that day. Of those 
who united by letter, ten came from 
a Presbyterian church in Ohio. They 
could not go with the disloyal party, 
and tliere being no church of their 
own they have cast in their lots with us, 
and seem to feel much at home. Thirty 
have united with this church since my 
coming here, six months ago, making 
our present membership 68. God is 
prospering us much, and I pray that we 
may feel that our responsibility grows 
with the increase of our members. 

The Saperintendents. 

For many years the annnal reports have 
Kited that '* this Society has in its employ 
■0 mtrtly collecting agentSy nor any whose 
Krrices are not required for other purposes 
in tbe region where they labor." In most 
of tbe States and Territories where its work 
ii carried oo, one or two general mission- 
■riet are employed, to ascertain, by corre- 
spondence and pecsonal visitation, the wants 
of destitute communities in their districts; 
to gather and preach to the people thus des- 
titDte ; to advise and help them in forming 
drarcbes and securing missionary pastors; 
to iatroduce them to the fellowship of neigh- 
boring Christians ; to present to this Society 

the facts bearing on their applications for 
aid ; and to exercise a general supervision 
over the work in their several districts, that 
there may be unity of plan and action ; that 
good men may be secured for the service, 
and improper men kept out ; that there may 
be both economy and a just proportion in 
the use of men and money ; and, in a word, 
that the Sodety^s one work — of founding and 
aiding churches — may be prosecuted intelli- 
gently and eflSciently. 

Their quarterly reports show that, beside 
the great amount of correspondence and 
office-work these general missionaries per- 
form, most of them do more than the aver- 
age amount of preaching and visitation done 
by pastors, East or West; while, in the 


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newer fields, this work is rendered to those 
who otherwise would have no ministerial 
care whateyer. 

Such men obyionsly are not " agents," in 
the ordinary use of that name by religious 
and other organizations — describing those 
whose chief work is the gathering of money. 
On the fields of some of the busiest of these 
general missionaries there is almost no money 
to collect Their chief oflBce is to prepare 
the way for the most judicious expenditure 
of money and labor, and to see that each 
brings the largest posMble returns. They 
are superintending missionaries. 

To avoid misapprehension, therefore, and 

to indicate more nearly their real serrice, 
the Society's " agents " will henceforth be 
called SuperifUendents, Their names and 
post-ofiSce addresses are gLven on the coyer 
of the Home Miuionary ; and either of 
them will cheerfiilly answer inquiries con- 
coming openings for missionary labor, etc., 
in his district. 

— ^A change in the Kansas district will be 
noticed. Rev. Harvey Jones having resign- 
ed the ofiBcc in which, since 1866, he has 
acceptably served the Society with great 
zeal and self-denial. Rev. James 6. Merrill, 
of Topeka, has been appomted Superinten- 


Sot in Oommisfion la^t year. 

Bey. George B. Nattlng. Mower City, Browns- 

dale and Waltham, Minn. 
Bev. Leroy 8. Hand, wayoe and CrawfordsyiUe. 

Bev. J. 8. Taft, Exira and Oakfleld, Iowa. 
Rev. Samael P. Barker, Sharon, Wit. 
Bev. W. C. Hioks, fiig Spring and Briggeville, 

Rev. Alva D. Roe, Preaoott, WU. 
Boy. John lb Granger, Altona, III. 
Rev. Mortimer Smith, Ciinfleld, Ohio. 
Rev. Richard Tolman, Hampton, Va. 
Rev. P. Z. Baaton, Comao, Brentwood and the 

Rev. Hiram W. Lee, MannsvUle, N. Y. 


Rev. William R. Batcher, Alhany. Or. 

Rev. £11 Corwlo, San Franolsoo, Cal. 

Bev. Algernon M. Goodnougb, South Yallejo, 

Rev. Thomas Donglaai, Fontenelle, Neh. 
Rev. Robert 8. Armstrong, Hamilton, Minn. 
Rev. Loren W. Brintnall, WInthrop, Iowa. 
Rev. Merritt F. Piatt, Pacific City, Iowa. 
Rev. Reed Wilkinson, Toledct; Iowa. 
Rev. Orson P. Clinton, Hortonviile, Hortonia, 

Ellington, Oreenvllle and Dale, Wis. 

Rev. Asher "W. Curtis, Elk Grove, Bashford, 

Jenkinsville and Belmont, Wis. 
Rev. Horace H. HInman, Reodsbarg, Oak Hill 

and Ironton, Wis. 
Rev. Beriah King, Oak Creek and CaledonU, Wit. 
Rev. A. A. Overton, Arena, Wis. 
Rer. Arthur H. Dean, Almira, West Elmwood 

and Kaeson Township, Mich. 
Rev. Charies Doollttle, Eastmanville and 

Coopersvllle, Mich. 
Rev. N. Dimic GUdden, Grand Ledge, Waconsta 

and Delta, Mich. 
Rev. Alon«> Sanderson, Goodrich, Mich. 
Rer. Gay C. Strong, Berlin, Mloh. 
Rev. William B. Atkinson, Waterloo, Ma 
Rev. Zenas £. Feemater, Christian and Ozark 

Counties, Ma 
Rev. John T. Hason, Bedford and Stakes Mound, 

Rev. Henry G. Pendleton, Chenoa, HI. 
Rev. Samael Porter, Crete and Matteson, HI. 
Rev. Clarendon M. Sanders, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Winiam Irons, Bowling Green and Centre, 

Rev. John R. Williams, Chapmanville and vioin- 

Bev. William C. Sexton, Paterson, N. J. 
Rev. John A. Farrar. Centre Lisle, N. Y. 
Bev. Edward N. Raddook, Parma and Greeee, 

Rev. Cicero C. Stevens, Ciown Point, N". Y. 



Received byRev. B. P. Stone, D.D., 

Tres8.N.H.M. 8., 
Henniker, Cong Ch. and Soc, flOO 00 

Pembroke, A Friend, 1 00 

Winchester, Ladies* Home Miss. Soc., 

Mrs. Alfred Willis, Treas., to const. 

Mrs. E. L. Putnam and Mrt. Caroline 

C. Burbank L. Ms., 82 00 


Franklii), Cong. Ch., bv Charles Felton, 12 00 
Grafton, Caroline B. Aiken, 10 00 

St. Albans, Mis. Mary Gorham, by C. B. 
Swift, to const Miss Nellie M. Flet- 
cher a L. M., 80 00 
Woodstock, on aocoont of Legsoy of 
Mrs. Ann C. Bornell, by C. Marsh, 
i Adm., 28 67 


Mass. Home Min. Soe., by Beitjamln 

Perkins, Treas., $5,600 00 

Amherst, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, by 

D.H. Kellogg, ^126 70 

Bozford, Lenipy of Mre. Sarah Sawyer, 

by Moses Dorman, Ex., lessgov. tax, 9i 00 
Cambridge, Legaoy of Elisa Tyler, by 

JohnM. Tyler jfix., fiOO 00 

Florence, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by A. L. 

Willleton, 68 50 

^onson, Dea. R Homer, by E. F. Mor- 
^ ri«f . 6 00 

Springfield, «* TTnabridged,»» 1,000 00 

Worthington, W. Padoud, 1 00 


Kingston, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. H. Wells, 12 00 
Providence, Anthony B Arnold, in fUl, 
to const. Anthony B. Day a L.D., 60 00 


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ABMwia, a C. Blair. 

Bridgeport, Seoood Cong. Ch., by H. 

Colombia, Cong. Ch. and Boo., by F. 

D. Avery, 

Coimectioat,"D. L.," 

£ul Caoaan, Coii|r. Ch., by T. Elton, 

Treai., to cooat. L. T. Adanu a L. If., 40 15 
Salt Haddam. First Cong. Cb., by Bey. 

a V. BobHjia, 
Fair HaveD, FIrat Cong. Ch., by W. 

Hemingvay, Jr., 
Oilead, Cong. Ch., by Rev. A. W. Clark, 
CoUfonL First Cong. Ch., A Taloott, 
Harti)rd, Legacy of Ellaha Sage, by E. 

B.8age, Ex., 
Kniinffworth, Home Miaa. 8o&, by J. 

Boetl Treaa, to const. Mrs. Hannah 

Nev Haven, Centre CTk., A Friend, 

Norwalk, John Hamphrey, 

M. Darfing, 
Northfleld, Cong. Ch. and Soo., by J. H. 

Hopklna, Treas., 
North GnilforA, Legacy of Miss Jalla 

C. Dudley, by John Bossiter, Ex., 
North Stamford, Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. 

Bidgefield, First Cong. Ch., by E Jones, 

Tk^aa., to eonat. Rev. P. Steel Boyd 

and Hannah A. Bmlth L. Ma., 
Scotland, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by J. Bniw 

SoothBritain, Cong. Ch., by Bev. H. S. 

Stratford, Home Miss. Soc. of the Cong. 

Ch., by Miss E. N. Hawes, Treas.. to 

eonat. Mrs. Mabel Falrohild, Miss 

OiiTla R. Sheldon and Mias Eliza M. 

Hawea L. Msl, 

Qen. G. Loomis, 
Waterbory, Second Cong. Ch., by D. F, 

Mattby, Treas., 
Watertown. Cong; Ch. and Soc, by Eli 

Cutia, of wh. $100 fh>ni John Be 

Forest, to const. Bev. Stephen Fenn 

a LB., 


Hill, Cong. Oh., by Bev. L. 

Irkport, J. P. Cas^ by O. B. Eings- 

Centsr Llale, Cong: Ch., by Bev. J. A. 

Candor, Cong; Ch. and Boc., by J. B. 

Hart, to const Emily Ada Stnrgea a 

Detp River, Cong. Ch., by E. L. Hnl- 

Iden and North CoUlns, Cong Chs., by 

Bev. W. I. Hnnt, 
Franklin, First Cong. Ch., by E. O. 

Bmitb, Treas., to const. Bo v. J. J. 

Bongfa and Silas Smith L. Ma., 
QainesTlUe, Cong Oh., by Bev. P. Camp. 
Otnera, Mrs. iT P. Sqalcr, 
Oailford, First Cong. Ch.. B. A. Ires, 

S? ; E. M. Whltney,|2, by C. bI 
Samllton, Second Cong. Oh., Bev. O. 

lide, Cong. Ch., by C. Coy, Treas., to 
^eoMt. :^Mn N. Whitney a L. M., 
Middle Oraavllle, Cong. Ch., $5; 

£amesT{ll«, Cong. Ch., Ift.lS, by Bev. 

New York Clty^Harlem Cong. Ch., 

»•«. coo^ by w. W. Ferrler, Treaa., 

2? lAwrence, Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. 
'»*«hogue, Cong. Ch., by Bev. F. Mnn- 


•6 00 

172 00 

25 00 
80 00 

40 15 

50 00 

08 47 
22 78 
25 00 

500 00 

80 78 

10 00 


1 26 


46 00 

507 50 

50 00 

76 00 

87 60 

27 00 

110 00 

187 84 

150 00 

10 00 





7 70 

60 70 
6 47 

22 00 


85 00 

10 12 

17 40 

SO 00 

16 17 
15 06 

West Brook, Plymouth Cong. Ch« by 
T. 8. Hoyt, Treas., ' 


VineUnd. First Presb. Ch., by J. In- 
gram, Treaa., 


BundaiT, Bethel Welsh Cong. Ch., by 
Rev. E. Jenkins, to const. Samuel 
Owens a Xi. M., 

Baltimore, Adella and Annie Tail's 
Miss, box, by Mrs. H. N. VaU, 

Beoelved by Rev. L. Eelsey, 
Amherst North, Cong. Ch., 
^ $9.48 ; Rev. J. E. Todd, $6, 14 42 
Amherst Sonth, Cong. Ch., 

•7.68; J. B. Clark, 14.50, 12 18 
Ashtabula, Cong. Ch., by H. 

Faaaett, 20 75 

Cleveland, First Cong. Ch., 

by W. Newton, 68 60 

Columbus, John Bavies, 

$1.50: W. Richards, 50c. 2 00 

F*mr Comers, Cong. Oh., 

$9.50; Sabbath School, $150, 12 00 
Hartford, Cong; Ch., by L. 
,Bos©. 20 00 

Johnston, Cong. Ch., by Rev. 

J. B. Bavlaon, lo 00 

Mecca, Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. 

B. Davison. 15 00 

Newark, Wetoh Cong. Ch., 8 94 

Oberlin, Finl Oong. Ch., by 

E. J. Goodrich, 115 10 

Second Cong. Ch., by E. P. 
Johnaon, Treaa., 42 18 

Olive G-reen, Cong. Ch., by 

L. C.Meeker, 24 00 

Parkman, Cong. Ch., H. A. 

Converse, $8 ; Mrs. H. Ford, 

•2.50; Mrs. Parkman. |2.60; 

Mr. and Mrs. Richards, 62 > 

Mrs. Harris, |1 ; Mrs. Pit- 

ner, 50c ; Mrs. Barling, 25o ; 

Mrs. £. Freeman, 25c, by L. 

M. Burt, Treas. 

12 00 
9 10 
16 00 
51 80 
20 25 

Baybrook, Cong. Oh,, by Bev. 

H. Geor, 
Btorra. Cong. Oh., by Rev. H. 

Wakeman, Oong. Ch., by Rev. 

J. Edwards, 
York, Cong. Ch., by Rev. S. 
Bryant, _ 

Alliance, Welsh Cong. Ch., by Rev. L. 

R. Powell, 
East Cleveland, Cong. Ch., by H. Ford, 
Jerome, Cong. Ch., by Rev. A. N. Ham- 
Nelson, Cong. Ch., bv Rev. H. Mataon, 
Rootstown, Oong. Oh., 820 : Bea G. 

Case, ISO, by a a Sanford, Treas., 
Tallmadge, Mrs. Almira Scott, 


Received by Rev. N. A. Hyde, 
Terre Haute, Cong. Cb., 


Anrora, New England Ch., by Rev. T. 
N. Haskell, 

Chicago, First Oong. Ch., to const B. 
Lewis B. Speare a L.B., 

Galesburgh, First Cong. Ch., bal. of 

LamolUe, Cong. Ch., by Rev. T. Light- 

Malta, Cong. Oh., 

New Rutland, Cong. Oh., by F. H. 

Nora, Cong. Ob., by Bev. A. M. Bizon, 

•8 00 

18 00 

47 40 


483 27 

18 OO 
87 00 


50 00 
10 00 

85 12 

40 00 

222 16 

12 00 

18 01 
3 00 

26 80 
18 8« 


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July, 1870. 

Ottawa, First Cong. Ch., bal. of coll^ |2 00 
Pecatonlca, Cong. Ch., Dy Rev. J. G. 

Sabin, ft 20 

Poplar GroTO, Cong. Ch., by Rev. L. 

Wheaton, , 12 W 

RoBOTiUe, Cong. Oh., Rev. A. L. 

Pennoyer, _ ^ „ ^, ^ ^ ^ 

Seward, Cong. Ch., by Rev. CO. 

Adams, ** W 

Bterllng, Cong. Ch., by Rev. M. Poet, 62 89 
Toulon, Cong. Ch., baL of coll., 6 00 

Turner, Cong. Cb„ by W, J. Wilson, 18 66 
Wethersfleld, A. B. Kellogg, $8; Belah 

Loomis,.$2, 6 00 

Winnebago, Cong. Oh., by Rev. H. M. 

Daniels, 21 00 


Alexandria, Cong. Ch., by Rev. R. 

Everta, 2 40 

HemphiB. Cong. Ch., $30 ; Union Grove, 

Cong. Ob., $20, by Rev. A. M. Thome, 60 00 
New Cambria, Cong Ch., to: Valley. 

Cong. Ch., $10.60, by Rev. G. Griffith, 15 60 
Welleville, Firat Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. 

S. Rounce, 7 00 


Adrian, on account of Legacy of D. 

Garragus, by R. R. Beeohcr, Esq., 
Port Huron, H. A. Bench, 
Richland, First Pr. Ch., by W. Doo- 



Plymouth^Cong. Ch., bal. of coll.. 


627 90 
2 00 

23 62 

Received by Rov. D. 
Firtt Cong. 

CA., by 

Beloit, o'tf** ^ 

Prof. Porter, 
Second Cong. Ck,, by O. E 

Merrill, Treas., 
Emerald Grove, Cong. Ch., 

by Rev. G. 8. Shattuck, 
Lancaster, Cong. Ch., by Rev. 

a W. Eaton, 
Madison, Cong. Ch., by F. L 

Lamb, Treas., 
Mitwaukie, Plymouth Cong. 

Ch., by 'T, S. Hayden, 


$165 50 
67 82 
10 00 
16 00 

60 92 

. J. D. Mason, 

SherrilPs Mount. German Evan. Cong. 

Ch., by Rev. H. Gyr, 
Wilton, Cong. Ch., by. Rev. A Clark, 


Received by Rev. R. Hall, 
Northfield, Cong. Ch., $10 75 

St . Paul, Plymouth Cong. 
Ch., mon coo.*, 8 10 

Fairbault, Plymouth Ch., 

Hamilton, Cong. Oh., bal. df coll., by 
Rev. R. S. Armstrong, 


Emporla, Second Welsh Cong. Ch., by 

Rev. H. Rees, 
Eureka, Cong. Oh., $16; Elk River, 

Cong Ch., $5.26. by Rev. L. H. Piatt, 
Leavenworth, Filth Avenue Mission 

Ch., by Maggie J. Douglass, 
Quindaro, Cong. Ch., by Rev. 6. D. 

Seneca, First Cong. Ch., f! ; Valley 

Township, Plymouth Cong. Oh., 
$6.50, by Rev. W. 0. Stewart, 


Elmore, Cong. Ch., baL of ooll., by 
Rev. S. N. Grout, ^ 


Porest Grove, Cong. Ch., mon. con., by 
Rev. 8, H. Marsh, DJ>., 


$6 00 

16 00 
16 00 

18 86 
24 45 


30 00 

20 26 


10 00 

12 60 


13 60 

$12,860 U 

846 74 
14 60 
7 16 

114 00 

Windsor, Cong. Ch., by Rev. F. B. Doe, 
Albany, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. Jameson, 
Beloit, on account of Legacy of Edward 

Big Spring and Briggsville, Cong. Chs., 

bal. of coll., $1.50; Rev. J. M. Hayes, 

$6, hj Rev. J. M. Hayes, 6 60 

Bloomfield, Cong. Ch., by Rev. F. J. 

Douglass, 5 00 

BoscobeL Cong. Ch., by Rev. W. Slod- 

dart, 20 00 

La Crosse, First Cong. Ch., by W. H. 

Jones, Treas., 40 00 

Royalton, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. M. 

L. Eastman, 18 00 


Received by Rev. J. Guernsey, 

Anamosa, Cong. Ch., baL of 
ooU., $ 6 00 

Marlon, Cong. Oh., 108 10 114 10 

Central City, Cong. Oh., by Rev. W. 

Spell, •''*•'•' . 1 25 

Enterprise Cong Ch., $18 75; Given 

Sation. $1.25, by Rev. D. R. Lewis, 20 00 
. Fort Dodge, Second Cong. Ch., by Rev. 

D. Wirt, 13 00 

Jamestown, Cong. Ch., $9; "Wentworth, 

Cong. Obi, $2 25, by Rev. O. S. Marw 
vlS, 11 25 

Jasper City, Cong. Ob., by Rev. A. Ly- 
man, 26 26 
Muscatine, German Evan. Cong. Ch., 

by Rev. J. Reuth, 16 00 

Otho, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. A. V. 

House, 24 06 

Pa'rkersburgh, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. 

N. WUUams, 10 00 

DonatioM of,Clothinat s^ 

Boston, Mass., a Ladv, a box, $289 00 

Brooklyn, N. T., Ladies' Benev. Soc. of 

the South Cong. Ch.. by Mrs. iX H. 

Parsons, See., a barrel, 85 00 

Granby, Mass., a barrel, 
Hartford, Conn., Ladies of Center Ch., 

a box, 860 00 

Hoi lis, N. H., Female Reading and 

Char. Soa, by Mrs. Joseph E. Smith, 

a bundle, 37 48 

BecHpU of the MoMocKuHtU JSotM Mimionary 
JSooUtv, in April, Bbmjauin Pxsuns, Trtat. 

Boston, Legacy of Jabes O. Howe, dec, 
by G. O. Hovey and 8. Johnson, Exs.. 
less U.S. tax, $2,820 00 

Essex St. Ch. and Soc., balance of coll., 15 00 
Boston Highlands, Vine St. Ch., mon. 

10 00 

112 00 
9 00 
43 00 
12 60 
61 61 

275 36 
28 87 
15 00 

26 60 

80 00 

100 00 

27 36 
5 00 

000 00 
69 46 
10 00 

Braintree, Ladiea' Home Miss. Soc, 

First Parish, 
Bridgewater East; Oong. Ch., 
Hadley, Russell Cong. Soc, 
Halifax, Cong. Oh., 
Haydensville, Cong. Ch. and Soo., 
Leicester, First Cong. Oh. and Soc, 
Newburyport, Whitefield Cong. Ch., 
New Salem, Oong. Ch. and Soc, 
-^ — 

Frescott, Cong. 
Salisbury, a Me 

. and Socv 

fember of Rocky Hill Oh., 

Shrewsl>ttry, Cong. Ch. and Soc, mon. 
• con., 
Southbrtdge, Samuel M. Lane, to const. 

him a L. D., 
Templeton, Coi^. Ch, andSoe^mtau 


A Friend, _ ^,^ ^ 

Woburn Confsrenoe Home Miss. Soc, 

by J. R. E^mball, Treas., 
Worcester, First Cong. Oh. and Soc, 
Wrentham, Mrs. J. v. Markham, 

$4,678 23 


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Boxes of CIothiDg, sent directly and without any particular designation, to the office 
of the American Home Missionary Society, will be forwarded to such missionaries as are 
known to be mo0t in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who receiT# 
them, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respective donors. 

Experience has shown us that, when an individual or association, intending to prepare 
a box, writes to the Society to have a particular missionary designated, and a detailed 
account of the circmnstances of his family given, the informadon is not always at hand, 
ID that the letter can be promptly and satisfactorily answered. And when it is, it not 
onfreqnently happens that, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains for 
months nnsupplied, when, if it were not for this designation, he might be furnished 
with articles placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, wb^g 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary from other sources, so that 
vben the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It is preferred, therefore, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
the special desiCTation of the boxes of clothing that are not put up for any individual in 
particular, shomd be left to the discretion of the officers of the Society, after they reach 
tin ^ffiee. It is believed that they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
gfoeronsly contribute them, better than in any other in which the Sc^ety can have an 


1. Pot inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a paper 
or letter containing a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated value of the whole, 
viih the name of the individual or association from whom it comes, and the address of the 
infividoal to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent 

1 A copy, in fall, of the memorandum put inside of the box should be sent in a letter 
to the office of the Society. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what convey- 
UMe, the box was forwarded ; in it should be inclosed, also, such money as is intended 
for the payment of frdght. It is desirable that freight should be provided for in all cases, 
if pcMdcable. The freight and expenses on a box vary from |3 to |6, according to its 
■ai iod the distance it is sent A barrel can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 

S. The box should be fblly and plainly marked, and the place from tehich U comee should 
ALWATB appear on the ouUide, so that Uiere may be no necessity for opening it at the 
office. It shoold be strong, tight, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, or 
odwrwise fully secured against the elTects of hard usage on the way. 

4. Boxes may be addreued to either of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place, 


Boxes of Clothing form no part of a missionary's regular appropriation. The Society 
Meds the same amount of money, therefore, in order to meet promptly its stipulations 
vidk its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no favor to a 
■isBioaary to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money ^at would 
i^erwise be sent him must be proportionaJly diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it that 
(l^give none the less money, in consequence of their giving other things that are need- 
fid and convenient We hope, on the contrary, their sympathies will be so r wakened in 
^•preparation of the lesser gift, that they will feel it to be their privilege, not only to 
MB^oue, hot also to enlarge the greater. 


^h regard to what is to be put into the box, while clothing of woollen or linen fabrics, 
'■oei, boots, writing paper, and books will be specially valuable, scarcely any thing in the 
■Mpe of pbin, substantial wearing apparel or biedding, or which is of common use in any 
nm Id a Cunily, will come amiss. Knives and forks, spoons, a pair of scissors, a spool of 
Moo, a skein of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dozen of buttons, a 
tfcnble, a tumbler, a tin cup, a skinimer, or a pepper box, need not be left out 

When articles of clothii^ are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
ve sent, missionariefl are in the way of making such exchanges with each other that 
'* t every thing which a box m"v contain is turned to good account 


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JXJi:.Y, 1870. 





Rkv. DAVID B. COE, D. D., }► Secretaries for Correi^jtondence. 



"ExmavrttM CoMMirrmi— Mb. WILLIAM G. LAMBEBT, Cfutirman : Mr. 0. R. BOBERT ; 
Mb. SIMEON B. CHITrENDEN ; Kbv. BICUAUD 8. 8'1H>HKH. .Ir., I>. 1>.: Kbt. WIL- 
NETHY; Mb. JOHN B. HUTCHINSON; Rky. HENKY M. BTOUH8, D.D.; with l!ie inenibera 
«x-offlcio— viz. : AUBTIN ABBOIT, Esq., Becording SeoreUiry^ the Tbbabukkk, aad the ttvoBB- 




Relating to the bui<iDe8s of the Society generally, may be addressed to either of tlie Secre- 
taries for OorreHpondcnce. 


In Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or FostpOflSce Orders, if practicable, may be sent to the 

Treasarer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one himdrcd 
dollars,) a Life Du-ector. 


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Rev. Stiphrn Thurston, D.D., Secretary, Mmru AftM. See., Searsport, Me. 

Joshua Maxwell, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** Portland, 

Rev. William Clark, Secretary, liew Hampshire Miss. Soc.j Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stonr, D.D., Treasurer, ** " " Concord, " 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermont Dom, Miss. Soe.y Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Storrs, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** ** 

Rev. H. B. HooKKR, D.D., Sec., Mass, H. M. Soc,, 31 Washington st, Boston, Mass. 

Benjamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, ** ^" ** 

Rev. James G. VosK,^ecretary, IL I. Home Miss, Soe.y Providence, R I. 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, ** " " " 

Rev. William H. Moore, Secretarv, Conn, Home Misn. Soc^ Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Parsons, Esq., Treasurer, * " " ** Hartford, " 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Lysander Kklsey, Columbus, O. 
Rev. Nath'l a. Hyde, Indianapolis, Ind, 
Rev. Joseph E.RoY,D.D., Chicago, III. 
Rev. Henry D. Platt, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rev. Leroy Warren, Pentwatcr, Mich. 

Rev. Dexter Clary, Beloit, Wis, 
Rev. Franklin B. Dob, Fond du Lac, Wis. 
Rev. Jesse Guernsey, Dubuque, la. 
Rev. Joseph W. Pickett, Des Moines, la 
Rev. Richard Hall,. St. Paul, Minn. 
Rev. James G. Merrill, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. 0. W. Merrill, Omaha, Neb. 
Rev. Jamks U. Warren, San Francisco, Cal 


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Oalifonila.~Froro RtM. G. R. EUis^ 
Pescadero.— Somo of our Illn- 


Oar Hopes 

Dakota. — From Bee, J. Ward, 
Tan kton.— Money, Man and Hone 
Wanted 97 

Hebra8ka.->Frora Rtv. S. N, Grout, 
Klmore.— A Year in bis Now 
Field 97 

llixinesota.— From Jiev. W. W. 
SneU, Biuhford.— The NonrUblng 

Iowa.— From Xev. J, R DpUmy Oko- 
bojL—Ploneer Experience 98 

Michigan.— From JHev. P. A ffoU 
Uai/ar, Hancock.— On the Fron. 
tier » 99 

Missouri.— From jR«v.j;^.Bot£vr«, ^ 
Windwr.— The House BoiU and 
Blessed 99 

From JUv, C. C, SdUer, Brookfleld. ""^ 
—Results 100 

Illinois.— From Jiev, C. C. Breed, ^ 
East Paw Paw. — The Pilgrim 

Memorial lox 

From Rev. H. P. De Foreut, Chicago. 
One Year and God Alone 101 

New York.— From Rev, E. Per- 
kin$, Phcenix,— Tralning-Schools. 101 

Bible House, Aster Place, New York. 


POSTAGE.— TicelP€ cents a year, in advance. 



Oh thb Pacific Boad 102 . 

A Ykar's Work ni Illinois 103 

Dbcbasr op Rbt. 8. J. Wuiton 104 

What hashadbNewEnolajio 106 ' 

Miaaionanj Appointmenta 106 

Acknoteledgment of Receipt* 107 < 


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Feeblo congregations, desiring lud in supporting the gospel, are requested, in thdr 
applications, to malce full statements of their condition and prospects, and of the reasons 
for granting their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particulars, 
namely : 

The population of the place. 

The name of the church or congregation. 

The number of communicants, aud the average number of attendants on public worship. 

The denomination and size of congregations immediately contiguous, with the distance 
to th^ places of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The poftion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the arrangements 
that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name in full and post-office address of the minister for whom a commission is de- 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other ciilling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the church, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplated for his Installment in the course of the year. 

The application should be ^gned by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected have a *^ Committee of 
Missions " to act in their behalf, the membei-s of this Committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. "V^Tiere no such ** Committee of 
Missions '* exists, the application should receive the indortrement of two or more neigh- 
boring clergymen, of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications, after being properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Agent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) fur the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropiiations are for twelve months from the dale of the appliea- 
tion; at the end of vvhich, if further aid be needed, a new appliciition must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars above stated, and indorsed and recommended in like manner. 
Each congregation avplying for renewed aid, should furnish, aUoy the cerAficcUe of the 
mimonary that they Mtveful/illed their previous pledges for his support. 

The address of the Society's Agents and the Secretaries of its Auxiliaries will be found 
on the cover of its reports aud of the Home Missionary, 


The Some Missionary will be sent gratuitously to the following classes of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, during the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dollars collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the facilities offered 
above to introduce the Home Missionary among his people. In notifying the Secretaries 
of his desire to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the namjt 
of some person to whom each copy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in trusty to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act' as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in the 
city of New York, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to be applied to the 
charitable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its direction. 


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Harvai - - - ^ ry 

No .l.,V^10 

Gift of 

Miss We Hie I. Button, 

Weetfield, Maes. 

Perkins OoUection 


QOy Pbxach the Gospel Mark xti. 15. 

How shall they preach except they be bsmt?. ,R<mL x. 15. 

Vol XUn. AUGUST, 1870. No. 4. 


A Sennon in behalf of the AmericaD Home Misrionary Society, preached iD the 
Broadway Tabernacle Church, New York, Hay 8, 1870, by Rev. J. M. Manning, D. D., of 
Boston, Mass. 

IiAiiH Ix. 18 : Violenct thaU no more be heard in thy land, woMiinp nor dettrueH&n wUh 
in thy borders ; but thou ehalt call thy walls salvalion, and thy gates praise. 

^'The 6eM is the world.** I do not forget these gjreat words of Christ, 
though now limitiog your Tiew, as the occasion requires, to what we fondly call 
oor own country. If American Christianity means any thing, it means that 
America is to be given to Christ — to be conquered in his name and incorpomted 
iQio his kingdom. All our loyal Chri^iian efforts, however concentrated or 
diffused, whether acting through tlie churches, or through voluntary societies, 
itand for this idea ; just as the Federal armies, in the late war, stood for the idea 
of a restored and vindicated Union. We. may not always keep in mind the ob- 
ject of our struggles — may forget their more general purpose, while toilmg tor 
the local church, and for the souls in our own neighborhoods — as the Union 
■oidier did not always have before him the real object of his campaigns; but, 
when we pause a moment in our labors, when we withdraw to the serene 
heights, and there read the commission Christ has given us, looking northward 
and southward and eastward and westward, as far as our lines have fallen, then 
Uie mighty fact begins to be revealed to us. It is no trifling issue to which we 
are moving forward. Wherever our special lot may be cast, the widow with 
fatr two mites and tlie rich men with their treasures, the traveling missionary 
and the settled pastor, in the clof»et or on the street, before the Sabbath school 
class or at the prayer meeting, our names are enrolled under a single Leader. 
We are the army of the Living God for this continent. We are the sacramental 
ho<4 of Christ; entered into the la^rs of his elect, to whom he unveiled this 
New World, not yet three centuriis ago. The temtory which we are to subdue, 
a narrow strip of sea-coast at first, has been steadily broadening. Every square 
mile of surface added to the Republic has given us a larger responsibility. The 
banner of the Croas pressing hard after that of the nation, or going in advance 
of it, in to float in triumph over the wliole vast area. This is the work which 
we« by the terms of our discipleship, have undertaken to do. We have enlisted 
fiMT life. And not only our persons, but our possessions, are pledged. The pos- 
nbility of failure we dare not admit ; and the assurance of success makes us 
itrong both to struggle and to wait. These swarming millions shall be evange- 
lised. Christ, lifted up before their eyes, shall draw them unto him. The salt 


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Bhall not lose its savor. The light ahall sbJDe till each dark place is illamiDed. 
This migtity mass of hnrryinfiT and seething life shall be leavened. Everv knee 
shall bow t() Ohrist, and every tongue confess that he is Lord. We have nailed 
this purpose to onr standards. Our heralds proclaim it in city ai>d forest., along 
either shore of the embracing sea, beneath the Northern Anroni and the South- 
em Cross ; in the vnlley, on the monntain, all over the lakes, and beside the 
streams of water. Whether the Christians of America are awake t«» the fact or 
not, yet such is the work committed to them in their own country, and which 
God will require at their hands. We undertake no more than we are respon- 
sible for. in proclaiming that this whole people shall be converted to Christ. It 
may be a progressive work ; it may not be visibly and triumphantly finished in 
our day ; but it is the work which God has given American Christians to do. 
We are guilty of no self-laudation, but only rise to the level of our responsibility, 
when we dare to address every sonl of onr people, from the center all around 
and outward to the remotest verge, in the language of the pr«»phet to Israel, 
declaring it as our pnrpose, and the work to which we are committed, that 
" violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destrnctinn within 
thy borders ; but thou shaltcall thy walls Salvation, and thy c^fttes Praise.^' 

Let me first ask your attention to a few facts in the past, going to show that 
the conversion of our country t«» Christ, though so great a work, is not vij'i<»nary 
or impracticable. I might infer the sncoess of our undertaking, on the ground 
that every people gradually adopts some religion. A nation or race of men with- 
out a religion nowhere exists. Each one has its faith and worship, prevailing 
over local or temporary tendencies, and becoming at length universal. What the 
rising faith and worship have been in this country, does not a<lmit of question. 
In our origin we were emphatically a Christian people ; we have been such in 
our history. The religion that must go on increasing among us until it is the 
acknowledged faith of the nation, can be no other than Christianity. It would 
be interesting t<i trace the proof of this conclu^on, from the beginning forward 
thronghout all our growth as a people. But yon are not unfamiliar with the 
record. We will come to events in the near past — to changes and victories wit- 
nessed by many of us, which indicate that the day of the Lord, however remote, 
is surely coming. 

These signs of the progress of Christ^s kingdom in our land are partly internal 
and partly external. 

Among the internal, we may notice, first, the attitude which different de- 
nominations of Christians are takinsr toward each other. There is a deep and 
widespread desire to combine, to oo6v>erate, to make more of that in which we 
agree, and less of that in which we differ ; to exalt '' Christ and him crucified *' 
over all our human preferences, and to value our peculiarities only as they help 
in giving Christ the kingdom. The origin of the denomination, and its true 
place and uses, are beginning to be clear. He is not abreast with the Christian 
thought of the times, who holds that any denomination has exclusively a scrip- 
tural basis. God did not see fit to make tliis a subject of revelation. He opened 
a fountain of cleansing, whose waters, flowing forth, wear their own channels. 
You may be a Oongregationalist, a Presbyterian, a Baptist, an Episcopalian, or 
a Methodist. But, if you carry either of these theories of church order to the 
Bible, yon do not find its source there. You read it into^ rather than in, the 
sacred pages. Its source is in yourself, your individuality, your traininsr, your 
surroundings, your culture, the social atmosphere you breathe. Let any man, 
who has no preconceived notion of the Cliurch, read the Bible through, keeping 


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hU raind to the great trnths which are revealerl, and he would come away from 
that rending as UDdenon inational as he went t<> it. For him there would be 
but one Name under heaven, given among men; and if he should assume any 
other name, this would erow out of something in himself or his circumstances. 
Tlie zealot, seeking to buUd np one denomination and tear down nil others, 
tbro^ himself into the Hidj Word. His interpretation, being under the con- 
trol of his own strong bias, distort^ the mind of the Spirit. He can find notices 
of the ftpost^dio Church, and insulated texts here and there, which may give him 
a quasi warrant, whatever his theory. Seizins hold of these, and stretching 
them npon lii-« Procrustean b^'d, while he forgets the grand purpose of revelation, 
be may persnade himi»elf that God has taught a special system of ecclesiastical 
order. Thus it is, no donbt, that the spirit of sectarianism hns grown up, and 
wrontrht »uch mischief in pa^^t times. Men have pearched the Scriptures for 
their favorite theories, till they have found there little besides those theories. 
And these, being deemed so import»int, have been arrayed against each other, 
all of them struggling to see which should be greatest; while the poor world 
lying in wickedness, instead of listening to the sweet notes of redemption, has 
beard a confused noise and shouting. 

But the^e battles of ecclesiasticlsm wonld seem to be pretty nearly fought out. 
Their din is receding. They do not mock lost men, and dishonor the Gross, as 
tbey once did. Christians are massing themselves under their Divine Ca^tnin. 
If they still cling to some relic of hig»»try — brethrt^n shutting brethren away from 
Ohrist^s table, <»r Christian ministers closing their pulpits against other ChrHtian 
mmisters — ^yet they speak less and less openly of these bars to a common fellow- 
ship, sometimes even confessing that they are painful blemishes, and striving for 
lome method by which to pnt them away. This desire that all should be one, 
their diff^-^rences not hindering Christ's kingdom, but helping them work to- 
getfier in extending it, is seen in the longing of Episcopal ministers for a more 
open pulpit, and in the brenklng away of mnltitndt'S of Baptists from the nnfra- 
temal dogma of dose communion. The ri^e and spread of the Evangelical Al- 
hanoe, too, and the deeper interest It is awakening in all Prote!>tant 1 mds every 
year, is a notable sign. Biblical Christianity, supreme over all the peonrmrities 
of Christtan sects, is its motto. It hnd only to proclaim its spirit, and forthwith, 
out of every sect in Christendom, the representative men of the churches came 
flocking together, greeting each other with open arms, seated day after day on a 
common plntform, speaking to one another in love, and often in tears, concerning 
the kingdom which is to be given to Christ. This Alliance may not be perfect as 
now constituted, and may lack the aggressive spirit of the gospel ; but as a sign of 
the longing of all Christians to be one, and tosnbordinate their peculiarities to the 
glory of the Cross, it shows that a brighter day Is dawning nponu*. The que-'tlon 
has been raised, f» the Romish Church as well as out of it,whether even papal Chris- 
tianity cannot be made to o« 'Operate with the other branches of the Church Univer- 
•il in tlie great work committed to God's people.* The errors of R< »me, however 

• Frfdrrika Brcnier frives the following convemation betwwn her^lf »nd Pope Plnn th« Ninth:— 
** ToQ tre a Gbtbollo?** asked the Pope — *Not a Rttman Catholic.**— ** Then yno mnat biKy'ine one.**— 
"•"WTB y«ior UalfoeM permit me to aak a qn<>aUon 7''-»* 'Jea; aak It**—" I love, with my wb«»le heart, our 
L«r4 and MnMer Jeaoa Chri»t. I believe In htn divinity. In hie n^eemf ng efficacy ; I will obey and servo 
him alime Will yimr Holinet« not acknowledge me tor a Chrlrtlan ? *»— P. ** For a Cbrhtlan I nio»t cer- 

Waly. But ^— F B. "And a» a member of the Chnrch «if Cbrirtf "— P.*'T-€a, In acertMn ^enae 

het. then, people most teknowledte as trae every thine the Chnrob aaye and ei^oinsw Ton nnght not, in 
the MMin time, to believe that the P«>pe sende to bell all who do m>t believe in the InftllibiHiy of the 
Gatbnile Cborcb. No; I believe many persons of other creeds may be saved by living Mccordlng to the 
tmh wbtefa tbey acknowledge— I believe so, most certainly .7— P. B. <' It delighto me infinitely to hear 


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deeply emVdded in her traditions, are jet no essential part o{ ilie faith she 
originaUy beM. They have been added, one after fln(»tber, by ambitiiras men 
daring her long history, or are the resnlt of surrounding inflaenoes which have 
been hronght to bear npon her. There tire mnltitndes of sincere Ohri>tiftns wirhin 
her communion. In the essentials of the Christian faith, her creed is not only 
the eqnal, but the mf>del of all otiiers. Thonsands of sermons are preached in her 
pulpits every week, which any of onr congregations might be the better for hear- 
ing. We may well doubt if the maj^ses of the people, whonr< she now reaches, 
would he henefitt'd by lier sndden overthrow and extinction. Is it reasonable to 
hold that fthe mast be destroyed, a^d Protestantism, in its present forms, prevail 
throughout the world, before the Millennium can come f May she not, even yet, 
be ref<»rm(*d ? May she not throw off the snperf^ ions by which she is now over* 
grown, cease to dream of a single visible Ohnrrh under a hnman leader, return to 
her first lf>ve, and come with ns — spatting her shoulder to the wheels of Ohrist^s 
chariot, thfit it alone maybe rolled forward! Lnther did not wish to leave her; 
bat that was the age of her blindness, and she cast him oat. Father Hyacinthe 
is a loyal Oatholic, yet he welcomes to his fellowsiiip h11 who serve Christ; nor 
is it likely that he will be treated as Luther was. Are the scales beginning to fall 
from Rome's eyes ? There was n time when the infallibility of the Pope might 
have been safely decreed. Bat that time is long past. Now, each a decree 
divides the Church, (ir ftdls dead to the ground. The power of the priesthood 
over the laity today, is not snch as it once was. In this oonntry es(>ecia]ly, on 
which we are now looking, the gf-neral Intel igfuce. love of pers<tnal freedom, 
and republican ideas, are proving too strong for the pHpacy. Its ancient daims 
are overborne. It is obliged t<» loosen its grasp on the individual conscience, to 
barter the reality for the setnhlance of dominion. And a great many earnest 
Catholics are secretly glad of this. A few dare speak their joy openly. We do 
not know, but we hope. And, whatever we may find to tlie contrary here and 
there, the general drift of events strengthens our liope. How the reunion is to be 
brought about, we see not now. It is enough that so many are longing for it. 
A goodly number of both Catholics and Protestants are together in the mount. 
They have beheld Christ transfigured before them. . They are beginnhig to say, 
with one voice, ** It is good for us to be here ; '' and they see no manf but Jesus 
only. We have only to foster this mighty longing, and await the result. It will 
work itself out in some way yet to be revealed. We shall reap in due time, if we 
faint not. 

Some of us may still be living when the line between the Church and the de- 
nondnations shall be clearly drawn ; when Rome shall confess that even she is 
but a denomination ; when not only she, but all others, shaU own, and be glad to 
own, that they are members of one body. Then it nhall be deemed no wrong, 
but to the conmnou advantage, that each Christian should be in the sect best 
suited to him. Pro^elytism wi'l cease. David m-iy fight with his sling and stones, 
and Saul's mighty men in their heavy armor. Ephraim and Jndah shall not vex 
or envy each other. All the members shall supply to the several members that 
which they lack ; and so the whole body, the one Catholic Church, growing up 
together into Christ its Head, shall make increase to the edifying of itself in love. 
Let us not put this blessed day too far In the fbture. Already, on the mountain- 
top, there is light God is bringing the nations of the earth ti>gether. We know 

your Uolinf*Cf mj so, for other CtthoUct fj. ' Yoa are not a ChrtatUn ; yon ouinot be Mvod, if yoa do 
not believe as we and oar Cbarcb d«>.* '*— P. " Thia U vgrp forong.^ [" Two Yeara In bwitxt»rland and 
Italy ^'^ vol. a, p. 145; London, 16«1.] 


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what is done on the other side of the globe, sooner than onr fathers knew what 
was done in their own neighborhood. China and Japan are in the highways of 
oomnieroe. The infidelities of the Comtean philosophy are pushing hard afttr ns, 
and before us a host of idol- worshipers is swarming. Onr honse is ceHsing to 
hive any temptation to be divided against itself. Something of more solemn im- 
port than onr internal differences engages our attention. We are coming face to 
face with a common peril. Ful>e religions are confronting the Christianity which 
is dear to os all. It is not our shibboletlis, but i be sword of the Lord, on which 
we most now rely. The sacred symbol of the cros«, which we all carry, is 
threatened. That is the royal standard, which we are lifting higher and higher; 
girding ouraelves for the conflict with anti-Chrii^t, and caring not who is leant or 
greatest in tlie kingdom, if only our land may be EmmanuePs laud, a mountain 
of holinesfs the dwelling-place of righteousness. 

Much that I have now said of denominations, might be said as well of theolo- 
gical systems in the Chrisiian Church. These, too, are finding their proper place, 
as we have had noble prtK>f uf late. The coming together of the two branches of 
the Presbyterian Church is not an event by itsel£ It indicates a general wish 
and tendency, fast ripening into a purpose, if not grown to that already. To be 
tore, the reunion just brought about had to overcome other than theological ob- 
stacles. Yet these seem to have been the last to succumb. They were buttressed 
by learned faonlties, by publishing societies, by able reviews and newspapers, by 
libraries of standard works, by far-reaching interests in which the glory or sliame 
of many proud polemics was bound up. But all these mighty barriers have been 
forced to yield. Tliey are overmastered. They are lifted from their foundations, 
and flc-ited oat of the way. This school of theology, or that school, is no longer 
the watchword and rallying point. The pupils of one seminary are not trained 
to vaDqui:(b those of another. Nor are their teachers expected to be men of war, 
glowering at each other through the loop-holes of their fortresses^ or letting off a 
ednmbiad whenever they see a shadow. Their only rivalry now must be in 
isodiDg forth men who shall stand shoulder to shoulder in the common cause. 
The cr*tm is to be lifted up more, and speculative opinions kept down. Each one 
may go into the theological armory, and choose his own coat of mail. The most 
iinportanc thing, so far as the metaphysical basis of belief is concerned, is that 
etery minister ctf Christ should suit himself. Some were made to be Old School, 
others to be New SehooL This man must be an lingnstinian, and that one a 
Hopkinsian, or neither of them can be at rest If my brother chooses to wear a 
tbedogioal hair shirt, what is that to me, so long as we have both put on Christ, 
vbo isover all, blessed forever? Ye can discern the face of the sky ; how is it 
that ye do not discern this time? That which has happened is but a hint of 
what wiUts for manifestation. All around ns the creature is not willingly made 
nbjeet to vanity ; and this restiveness shows that the day of redemption draweth 
ni|^. The word has gone forth : speculative views^for private comfort, the 
Cross and its salvation alone to be pressed upon others. High be our hope, and 
fitr from ns the fear that our land may not be given to Christ, when we see such 
nomistakable mgns that he is coming in his kingdom. Let this closing up of 
ranks which has begun, go on, as we believe it must, till churdi polities and sys- 
tems of doctrine serve but to mark the various regiments or brigades in onr one 
great army ; and soon, from forest and prairie and ocean, the shout shall go up, 
"Thou art worthy, for thou hast redeemed ns by thy blo<^^." 

But let ns extend our views somewhat. Beyond ecclesiastical Ihnits, as 
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What we call *^ the religious worM,^' is not 80 distinct as we sometimes think, 
from the oatljing world of basineai and political affairs. These two worlds 
embrace each others— their lines crossing and interblending at all points. When 
the State separated from the Ohnrch, nearly two centuries ago, it did not escape 
from the Ohrii»tian conscience of the country. Tboagh leaving tlilngis spiritual, 
and claiming only to deal with things temporal, it was not brought under a 
new law. The law of Christ, ^* thou shalt do right^'' was supreme in secular, 
as in religious affairs. However sadly departed fVom, this has been ihe standard, 
more and m*»re owned as the final appeal to which all «>ur legislation onmes 
sooner or later. Whatsoever would go upon our statute-books, must at least 
seero t«» pass this test; and if it does not prove to be what it seem* d, it is sure 
to be cast out. It was to this tribunal, which Ohristianity has erectid, that 
the institution of American hluvery came. That iniquity would not be instruct- 
ed. It did not kiss the Son ; and therefore it perished when his anger was 
kindled. Christ has wielded the policy of our country in this whole matter. 
The stone cut out of tlie mountain, which smote the image, was his kingdom. 
Slavery was unchristian, and for this reason tho conscience of the nation de- 
clared that it should not stand. Could there be a clearer proof that the law 
of Christ is recognized as supreme even in civil relation** ? It judges all other 
laws. What it condemns periithes, and that which it approves prevails. Any 
selfish or oppressive scheme cowers in the focus of public sentiment. Each 
forward step of our nation in regard to the blacks, from the repeal of the 
Fugitive Slave Law to the adoption of the Fitteenth Amendment, has been 
another bowing of the knee to Christ. Clearer and clearer the great fact has 
shone forth, that he sits among the counselors, dashing in pieces all their phms 
which op(K)se his will. Emancipation, enfranchineroent, reconstruction, show in 
all their progress that the ftioe of this people is set Zionward. It is a recog- 
nized maxim with our legislators, that ^* nothing is seitlvd which is not right." 
**Thou shalt love tiiy neighbor as thyhclf," is the princit>le moulding our public 
action m<»re and more every year. The paying of the national debt must not 
be evaded, since it would be an immoral act. England and America mu>t not 
go to war over any grievance, however bitter, lest a check be put to the ^'rowth 
of Chrisi^s kingdonu Our commerce with the world most appn»ach the point 
of free trade as fast as it safely can, for this is what Christianity requires. A 
heatlienish institution plants itself midway between the Atlantic and the Pacific, 
and the firmt h>comotive that goes screaming pnst it is a warning to it to be 
off with itself. Certain wo nen, deeming themselves kept oat of their natural 
rights, brbig their case to the gospel rule ; and that rule will render the final 
verdict, whichever way. There is an indignant outcry ^from all parts of the 
land, witen the poor Indians are slaaghtered, or cheated out of their ju8t duea. 
A State-street " irregularity," or a Wall-Street " hwindle," is denounced in the 
name of Christ. Let no man say, then, that Christiinity, even where it touches 
earthly interents, is a thing of the past. The world has not outgrown i^ but is 
every year gr'»wing toward ir. It is the ideal to which our civiliz ition looks. 
Its banner waves at the head of the column. Whether worldly men know it or 
not, thi-y are preparing the way of the Lord. This overturning and overturning 
and overturning is the ferment of the new wine of the gospel. Every vidley 
shall be exalted, and every hill brought low. Men are straightening the paths, 
and m.ikitig the rough pi toes smooth. He that shall come, will come, nor shall 
any heart refuse him a welcome. ^' How beauti ul upon the mountains are the 
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good tidings of good, that poblisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God 

Such are a few of the signs that Christ is sorely snbdning onr land to his 
peaoefal reign. Hot I wonld not overstate the ca:^. There is another side of 
the pictare. We need to shift the scene. Enough has been done to awaken 
high hope, bnt not enough to dull the edge of our Christian activity. We are 
grievtKisiy mistaken, if we sit down satisfied, as though nothing still demanded 
oar zeal and devotion. The Oanaanite still dwells among us. Much laud re- 
ULtins to be possessed. Christ is exalted, but we see not all things put under 

It cannot escape the eye of the keen observer of events, that many things, 
even in the line of this Christian progress, yet lack the real spirit of the gospel. 
The reunion of parties m the Churcb may be due si»mewhat to the desire of 
aggrandizement. The lull in the scholastic war may be succeeded by another 
outbreak, siiould circumstances favor. Uow far movements for Christian uuiun 
are iiispired ot' God, and how far due to lower motives, is still a question. The 
papacy may exchange the silken gh>ve for its old glove of steel, should the 
oppurtuniry at any time serve. Ivor ctm the fact be overlooked, that muchH)f 
oar legislaii<}n, even while embodying principles of the gospel, is yet by no 
means the frnit of disinterested love. We have formulated our rights rather 
than our duties— have not legislated what we owe to others, so much as what 
thvy owe to us. The doctrine of equality, put into the Declaration of lode- 
petiilenoe, was the cbild of self-interest. We know how it has returned to 
plague its inventors, as it ever must, t'dl we love each man his brother as his 
own life. Not Christ-like love alone, but concern for our own safety as well, 
moved us to let the oppressed go free. We needed the freedmau^s ballot to 
aeeure the objects of the war. We pay our debt lest we shonld be unable to 
borrow again. Those who denounce " rings " in business, and gigantic frauds, 
have need to pray themselves, ^* Lead us not into temptation." That holiness 
to the I^rd, which they would see on other men's horse-bells, is not written on 
their own. Justice is not pressed beyond the limit of self interest. Our ful- 
laioations against the abuses of the Indian are idle thunderbolts, save as his 
welfare is bound up with ours. Great reforms are carried through, by powerful 
parties demanding their own rights, not from a higii sense of duty to other men. 
Our pnblH) ftinciionaries, though called '' Sv rvants " of tlie people, are more 
eager to shear the flock than to lay down their lives tor it. They reverse the 
Ghriftian rule. They come to be ministered unto, not to minister. Instead of 
girdiog themselves with the towel, and taking the basin, they expect others 
to wash their feet. Justice is bought and sold. Such, notwithstimdiug all the 
progress made, is still, to a sad degree, our condition. We are the most self- 
eondenined nation on the face of ihe eanh. Our principles shame our conduct. 
Oor practice belies our iqrofeasit>ns. The good we would do. we do not; and 
the evil we would not, that we do. The public reason is enlightened, and the 
MOaKnence right, but the will is not yet thoroughly persuaded. We would see 
6<kI'« kingdom come, his will done on earth as in heaven ; but the cup ot self- 
ttcrifice which he puts to onr own lips, we refuse to drink. This is the lack in 
our national character yet to be supplied. The work can be df»ne. It ciin be, 
for all acknowledge that it ought to be. We have nnmbered our forces, and 
among them we find the reason antl conscience of the whole land. Every man 
who withstands na, is a boose divided against himself. The better part of him 
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their oonrses fight for us. The central springs of society are issuing into a 
sin^cle current, on which our cause shall triumphantly ride. The nation has 
shown tliat it cannot he at pence with it«elf till it is an unselfish nation. 
Nothing hut the halni of Gilead can heal the hurt which it confesses with shatoe. 
Christ is the physician for whom its weary heart sighs. The tipevangelized 
masses are groping after him. lie <Hily can give them rest. It 16 the washing 
of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, that shall make all our 
people righteous. Herein is the miglity lack. Let this come, and onr walls 
shall indeed he ^^ Salvation,*' and our gates '* Praise." Alm<»st'all but this is 
even now accomplished. This remains to us to fill up of the suflferings of Christ 
When all the people of our land l<»ve righteousness and hate ihiquity — when 
their life is as pure as they confess it should be — when all preach the Sermon 
on the Mount through their daily conduct, as now in theory— then only may we 
furl onr banners and return to Zion, coming with the joy of victory on our heads. 

And here the question presses, How shall this moral and spiritUHl regenera- 
tion of our people be accomplished ? — bow shall it reach the people of the land 
through us, that is f for we all confess that its source is in the Father of the 
spirits of men. In him is life ; and of that lift* the Son partakes ; and he is the 
life of the world. Christ sends the regenerating Spirit. That Spirit hovers 
about the broad land, broods upon each lost soul, to convince of sin and lead into 
the way of rest How shall we best codperate to make this longing of the 
blessed Trinity effectual? How shall we make channels for the river of the wa» 
ter of life, through which it may send its streams, till every tiiirsty soul through- 
out all onr vast territory shall be induced to drink ? 

Some would recommend a grand organization, with a central directory, em- 
bracing and controlling all Chrit^tian effort By this means, it is thought, the 
people 4if God might be kept from crowding together too much into favored 
localities. The enture country would often pass under impartial review, and 
laborers be sent forth from the already evangelized centers to the destitute places. 
But this theory forgets that no one can be a good missionary withont the impulse ; 
and if any man have the impulse, God will direct him. He does not need human 
masters, but only helpers — the greatest po.'isible facilities, with the least possible 
management Besides, a vast organization is too apt to become an idol, after a 
little. *^ They sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag.*' A 
grand National Church tends to be regarded aa an end in itself, rather tha& 
simply an instrumentality. Its very greatness becomes dazzling. It offers strong 
temptations to the ambitious and the vain. Its members may begin to say, *' The 
temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these ; " seeking honor one of 
another, and forgetting the honor which comes from Qod. Human pride, lifted 
up in its weakness, cannot repress the boast, ** Is not this great Babylon, that I 
have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the 
honor of my mi^esty f ^' There must be system and cooperation in our work, or 
the whole land wiXL not be given to Christ ; but these must grow up incidentally 
— not be etjipnaiized and doted upon, but unconsciously used by the Spirit which 
works through tdem — ^in ord^ to help, and not hinder, in the effort to evange- 
lize our people. 

Nor will it do for us to rely too much on voluntary societies. Christian col- 
leges, and divinity schools. These may contemplate a great work for Christ, 
but they are powerless in themselves ; they can do nothing save aa God's people 
pour an energizing life into them. The Home Missionary Society represents to 
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obrudanixed. Bat what is it, apart from our gifts, and prayers, and personal 
agency ? The factory is nothing when there is no longer any water to drive its 
machinery. In vain do we moltiply our mills, after the motive power is used 
up; vain is our hope that they will do any thing, if we havo drawn off the 
power ti> other uses. Yet this is the way we are tempted to treat organizations 
which are not strictly and formally a part of the Church. We make them an 
excuse for perstmal neglect We treat them as though they could make bricks 
withiiot straw ; as though they had realized the dream of a perpetual motion, 
tod could run on inde£nitely, doing the great work they represent by virtue of 
lone inherent energy. Thus do they become but castles in the air. Tlicy do 
Boi house the ungathered maltitndes. Our neglect converts them into a cheat- 
iog mirage. We sit taking our ease, drawing water for our own flocks out of the 
wells we have digged, Hnd point the thirsty caravan, forerer mardiiug past us, 
to a priimise which is not fulfilled. 

There is but a single course open to us, if we would see the day of the Lord 
hiftened on. Penonal eon$eer(Uum to the great work is that on which it<t final 
trioniph depend!^. Chri^t waits for a hoi, pe«>ple— for a purified and devoted 
Obnrch. Those whom he is not ashamed to call his brethren, must present their 
bodies a living sacrifice. Like him, they most be about their Father's business ; 
fisd their meat and drink, as he did, in doing that Father's will, and finishing his 
werL When John was in Patmos, he heard ^* the voice of a great mdltitnde, as 
the voiee of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thnnderings, saying, 
AUdaial for the L<trd Ood omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, 
ad give honor t«> him : for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath 
■ade hereelf ready .'* His wife hath made herself ready : a conseorated church, 
tD ChriKt's people spending and spent, denying themselves and devoting them- 
Mhes, face to face witii the great work, and straitened in soul till it be accom- 
plidied ; this is the | reparation before which the gates of the morning are lifted 
vp, ami the King of Gl«>ry rides into his dominion amid welcoming hosannas. 
It was jnst an well that the disciples should tarry in Jerusalem till endued with 
power from on high ; but when that power came upon them, making them feel 
poionally res|>onsib1e for Ohrist's kingdom, they spoke with tongnes ; nor were 
»y able to resist the wisdom and spirit which were in them ; and the Wf>rd of 
God grew and was multiplied, till at length the Gross towered above the eagles 
of Borae. We have nf> such barbarism to meet as they met The consciences 
ofthis people are convinced; their own hearts condemn them; and their wills 
oaaoot but be persuaded, when they see ua living such lives as Christ and the 
aposdes lived. All schemes for saving our country must fail, save as tliey are 
wielded by this individual consecration. Tliis is the living spirit within the 
wheels, in obedience to which they are lifted up, and go whithersoever ir directs, 
but hi want of which they must be powerless, however high and dreadful. This 
devotion to the work, in your heart and mine, is that out of which all else that 
we deem important must come. This in ns, like the force of gravitation in a 
tniverse of diffbsed matter, will gather ns into masses, and fix our orbits, and 
laanbal ns as the Lord hath need, till the glory of God shall be declared, not 
amid colliding systems, but in that serene and orderly shining which no sonl can 
withstand. Ye are God^s husbandry. Ye are Qod^s bnflding. Ye are the salt 
of the earth. Ye are the light of the world. Ye are builded together for an 
habitation of God through the Spirit Ye are that body of Christ, the living 
temple in which he dwells; and if any man defile God's temple. Mm will God 
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hibors of Paul 1 Bat the oaase of his mftrvelons achievements is " an open secret ^^ 
Faal was a consecrated man. ** God forbid that I should glory, save Id the cross 
of onr Lord Jesus Christ, by which I am crucified to the world, and the world 
to me.'* Hear his record: **In labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, 
in prisons more freqnent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews ^re times received I forty 
stripes save one, thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suf- 
fered shipwreck, a night and n day have I been in the deep ; in joumeyings ofren, 
in perilH of waters, in perils of rolibers, in perils by mine own countrxmen, in 
peril:* by the heathen, in perils in the dty, in perils in the wilderness, in perils 
in the sea, in perils among false brethren ; in wenriness and painfulness, in watch- 
ings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.*' Let 
all the ChrisMans of America show such devotion as this; let them drink this 
eup, and be baptized with this baptism, and the effect could not but be corres- 
pondiiigl> great. " Words, money, all things else," says a living writer,* *' are 
comparatively easy to give away ; but when a man makes a gift of his daily life 
and practice, it is plain that the truth has taken possession of him. From that 
sincerity hin words gain the force and pertinency of deeds; and his money is no 
Ibnger the pale drudge 'twixi man and man, but, by a beautiful magic, what 
erewhile bore tlfe image and superscription of Osd^utr, seems now to bear the 
image and superscription of God.*' This offering up of ourselves, this personal 
consecration, whereby we bear about daily in our bodies the dying of the Lord 
Jesus, is that which causes the Hie also of Christ to be manifested not only in us, 
but thr(>u<;h us, even upon as many as the Lord our God shall call. This fellow- 
ship (»f living devotion, in the great work committed to our hands, is that alone 
which answers the blessed prayer : *^ Holy Father, keep through thine own 
name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.'* 
*^ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me 
through th^ir word; that they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I 
in thee, that they also may be one in us ; that the worid may know that thou 
bast sent me.'* 

Tlie motives to this consecration are very strong. The conversion of our 
country to Ohrist is, in itself, so sublime a work, that it ought to call forth all 
the hidden energies of our natures. We, who are the children of light, may well 
take a lesson from the children of this world. Think of the thousands who have 
laid doA'n their lives to preserve our civil rights, to extend the area of freedom, 
to f.Ifil the hopes of the Republic. Yet we struggle in a grander caut^ than tiiat 
to which they gave all. Did we hazard so much, and load the present and future 
with such burdens, to gain a temporal good? But what is the brief human do- 
minion, to the government of which there shall be no end ? Think of the artists, 
the invent rs, the authors, who risk health, money, and life, in enthnsiastic devo- 
tion to their several ends : and shall we, who have an everlasting kingdom to 
win, deem any service too hard or any sacrifice too great 9 Think of the ambi- 
tious princes who, to gain the prize of sovereignty, venture all they have, and 
bathe whole C(»ntinent8 in blood. Tet they do it to gain a corruptible crown. 
What is their hope, to the kingdom and greatness of the kingdom, which shall be 
given to the people of the saints of the Most High God ? It is no national vanity 
in us, but the simple truth, when we say, thai our country is the last battle- 
ground of Christiaally. Here the fate of the world is to be decided. There is 
■o other West toward which the star of empire can take its way — no other wil- 
derness into Wbicfa the woman that bore the man-child can flee. All races are 

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concentrating here. The work of foreign missions must be done on onr own 
sLores. Let America be oliristianized, and the gospel will be victorioas around 
the globe. ShMll we, then, be idle ? Shall we grudge the last farthing, or oonnt 
onr lives dear? What a victory it is to be I Look at our land ; wnsbed by two 
ooeans for many a &ir league ; lying along between the two borders of the an- 
cient world ; warmed by the breezes of the tropics, and cooled with polar icei 
sending the thrill of a mighty life outward on either hand; holding the balance 
in whioh £nn>pe and AsIh are to be weighed against each other. It shall be 
giTen to Christ ! He shall wield it Its glory nnd power shall be laid at hia 
feet : all the hidden wealth which the vast banin of the Mississippi is yielding 
forth ; the great cities on either coast, which the iron road is bringing to each 
otlier's door ; the abundance of that mighty sea, stretching between Japan and 
the Golden Gate, over which the leviathans of trade are building their highway. 
Tea, even the electric wires running under that sea shall be his ; and through 
tbein the heart of China, Bussia, and India, shall be made to feel the pulse of hia 
all-oonquering love. 

Great is the gift in itself. Yet, what is it, compared with him to whom it 
sfaAlI be given ? It is to the Lord who bought us that we devote this land. And 
bow poor the offering seems, rich as we may deem it, when lai^on the altar by 
vbich it is sanctified I Christ bids us subdue this people to him. Thin is a mo- 
tiTs before whioh all others fade away. Ko h«»pe can be so dear to us, as the 
hope of doing something for him. Jonathan Edwards was keenly alive to tlie 
beauties of the natural world ; but when God opened his spiritual eye, so that 
be beheld the glories pf the Lamb in the midst of the throne, a new rapture 
mzed him. To spread abn>ad the name of that wonderful Bedet-mer, to exalt 
bii honor, was all the joy of the new-born soul. The kingdoms of the world j 
nd their glory, were nothing to that transfigured Saviour. It was so with Paul| 
ifter he had seen the vision of Christ. Whether in the body or out of the body^ 
be oi>uld not tell ; but he had been caught up into the third heaven, and seen 
nch glories in Christ as are too wonderful to be spoken: Hence the unquencha- 
ble flame in his souL It was Christ for him to live ; and nothing should separate 
bim from the love of Christ ; for Christ he was ready to be offered ; and he 
lotiged for nothing so much as to depart and be with Christ The glory of the 
S«leemer is that which gives to the Revelation of John its great power. ^^ And 
I tnroed to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven 
gulden candlesticks : and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto 
tbe Son of miin, clothed with a garment down to tlie foot^ and girt about the 
ptps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white 
*> 'now ; and his eyes were as a fiaine of fire ; and his feet like unto fine brasBj 
<• if they bameJ in a furnace ; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And 
be had in his ri^ht hand seven stars : and out of his mouth went a sharp two- 
^Sed sword : and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.'' Thi% 
kretliren, is the adorable mijesty of our divine and exalted Lord, whose king- 
^ is the New Jerusalem eoming down out of heaven from God, adorned as a 
bride Itr her husband. And he shall set up the throne of his kingdom in our 
Ittd, if we are faithful to prepare the way before him ; and he shall dwell with 
^ and shall be onr Q<»d, and we shall be his people* and our sorrow and sighing 
*Ull flee away. He will do this for us, while we yield ourselves to hjs will ; for 
bath be not already done even greater things? He loved us, and gave himbelf 
^ oa. Thougli he was rich, yet for our »akea he became poor, that we through 
bit poverty might be rich. He laid infinite glories aside, and wrappecT himself in 


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feeble day, that he might die for yon and me. Have we any thing good enough 
to be given to him « Yes, thanks to God who made us in his own image, onr 
goals are an olTering which Christ wiU not despise. His own blessed lips have 
told OS, that the least of these is worth more than the whole material world. 
All other offerings are a vdn ..blation ; but let ns toy owr heart* on the service 
and sacrlflce which we bring, and even whUo the smolce U going np from the 
altar, the shout, "Lol thy King cometh," shaU teaoh «s how God hears and 
answers prayer. 



From Rev. Q. R Ellis, PeMcackro, San Mateo 

Bom* of o«r HindnunoaB. 

These are not temporal privations and 
sufferings, snch as otten attend mission- 
:iry labor in foreign lan«ls, but rather 
those which try the sonl and teat the 
moral endurance. The California mis- 
aVonary does not dwell among a barbar- 
ous people, nor announce the word of 
life to those who have never before 
heard it. His is the duty, often more 
difficult, to preach the gospel to those 
\^ho regard it as a worn-out tale ; those 
who have become callous to its appeals 
and insensible to its claims; men who 
for twenty years may have been doing 
their utmost to throw off the restraints 
of early Christian associations and teach- 
ings, and to stifle the voice of conscience. 

Snch apostates are a grievous hin- 
drance, not only reftising to hear the 
word themselves, but doing all they can 
to prevent others from hearing it. Hav- 
ing taken to themselves " seven other 
spirits more wicked than themselve*, 
their last state is worse than the first." 
Such a man may have once been an ac- 
tive member of an Eastern church ; his 
name may still stand on its roll, while 
be is here profane, godless, hardened. 

Social cohesion, too, is greatly want- 
ng here. Califomians hail from every 
State and country on earth, with all 
varieties o( habits, tastes, and prejju- 
dlces. There ia ryx common bond of 

sympatliy and interest to unite them in 
efforts for the general good. 

We have also local causes of disagree- 
ment, such as disputed land claicns, 
squatter quarrels, etc., which occasion 
great bitterness and contention. 

Another indirect hindrance to relig- 
ious improvement, is the fact that much 
of the best landx>f the State is owned by 
a few men, who will not sell in mode- 
rate lors, to practical farmers of limited 
means, but rent to migratory parties for 
a short time, or cultivate it thercselves 
with transient help. Hence in a con- 
.siderahle population the number of 
familiei will be comparatively small. 

The intemperate sectarian zeal of va- 
rious denominations, crowding two or 
three clmrch enterpriste up«»n little 
places which cannot well support more 
than one, is not the least of our evils. 
And the heterogeneous materials of 
these churches is a frequent occasion of 
internal trouble and discord. In organ- 
izing new churches our covenjint often 
includes professors from various evan- 
gelical denominations, who unite with 
us, but still retain their preferences, and 
sometimes display them in a practical 
way, when occasion invites. Many 
church troubles have so arisen. These 
uncongenial elements, with unworthy 
members admitted upon very meagre 
evidences of conversion or fitness, are a 
standing reproach to many of our 
churches, and hinder their growth. 

Add to this long list the devil ip the 
guise of rnm and Sunday traffic ; stores 
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seldom without large (x^ngregationB ; 
their proprietors, perhaps, rich and in- 
fluential men — and yon can understiuid 
the circamstanoes under which some of 
your miasioBiiries labor here. Many 
pretty and hopefal things have been 
justly said in reference to this ** Sanset 
Land," and the sonny side has been 
pretty well set forth. It may he well 
now and then to look at the shady side, 
though I would not write in a mournful 
or discouraging strain. 

Our Hopes. 

God is able to make these dry bones 
fire; to diithe these barren wastes wiih 
^ joy and beauty of his presence. 
Kerer did a Christian land cry out more 
loudly for the reyiving presence and 
power of the Lord than this, and never 
WIS there a time when Christian hero- 
ism and f .ithfnlness were so imperative- 
ly demanded aa now. We labor and 
pray hi h^pe of God's coming, and mean 
to hold up the banner of our great Cap- 
tiin steadily and unflinchingly in the 
line of a godless generation. My own 
litart b being blessed and quickened, 
and I hope and pray that these precious 
drops of grace may increase to a copi* 
ofB, all-refreshing shower. 


Fnm Rev, J, Ward, Yankton, Yankton 


■oney, Man and fiorsa Wanted. 

There has not been quite the progress 
I had hoped for dnring the year just 
•oded, "We have been so busy with 
"wiDg money for our church that we 
tft tired in body and mind, and our 
bcarta have not kept a« warm as they 
■boQld. I hod hoped to say, in this last 
report for the year, that we Khould not 
«11 npon yon for further aid. The 
people have been expecting to asstune 
My whole support, even though we 
^^ a hu^, debt on our house. But 
^^tte is almost no money in the Terri- 
tory, and many persons who have pro- 

perty, cannot get money to pay what 
they have subscribed for the year. 
Still worse; S4»me of our people lest 
largely in the storm which was upon us 
three weeks ago, lasting with terrible 
fury for three days and nights. One 
man over 60 head of cattle. This 
makes them feel poor. The amount 
asked, however, will be less by fifty per 
cent. tliMu lost year. We are going bo 
call on you for another missionary be- 
fore long. How good it will seem when 
I can have a neighbor nearer than 65 

As the spring opens, and families ore 
pouring in, the question comes again ; 
Ckin I get a horse, to be my colleague 
in the missionary work ? I mtut have 
one. If y<»u know of a way to save me 
from stealing one, tell me quick, for I 
must have a horse, and that very soon! 

jFVojh Jiev. 8, N. Orout, Elmore, Richard 

Bon Co, 

A Year in Hia New Field. 

My first year in Nebraska has been 
one of trials, of varied labors, of sweet 
privileges and unusual mercies. Never 
befiire have we been so kindly remem- 
bered by Christian friends, filling our 
hearts with grateful surp ise that our 
wants sliould be so comprehended and 
cared for by those far away. May he 
whose paternal eye has been so kindly 
watchful of all our neceesities in thiil 
our new fit Id, abundantly reward each 
one who has contributed to our comfort 
during the year, whether in clothing, 
religious papers, tracts, hooks, money or 
prayers. It is a privilege to preach the 
gospel with my hands thus staved up by 
Christian sympathy, and no hing gives 
roe such solid pleasure as thus waiting 
before God ami endeavoring to proclnim 
His truth. Our trials are those incident 
to a field where the few church mem* 
hers have beeti crippled by the ravage* 
of the grasshoppers, and drought for 
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wet, ns during the last season, nr by the 
cost of moving to this place with niiioh 
of their property kept back by the fail- 
ure or tardiness of pnrchaj^rs in Iowa 
fknd Wisconsin. Some have been kept 
li*om hasiness by protracted sickness. 
In their necessities we hNve sympathized 
with them, of^^n not knowing where 
our next supplies were to come from. 

H.iving taken cold while preaching, 
I had long fever, was quite sick, so that 
I stayed at home for three Sabbaths. 
I had no relapse, as others, but have 
regaitied my health and strength so that 
i can endare as mnch as before, and I 
trnst the sweet experiences of the word 
and love of God daring my sickness, 
will not be lost npon me, or upon the 


From Rev, W, W, Snell, Hush/ard, FVl- 
more Co, 

The Nonriahinar.llother. 

The religions interest continues in a 
few individaal cnses, but there have been 
no recent conversions. Onr Sabbath 
•obool is fall and enconraging ; and, we 
trnst, is acoumplisliing much good. 

For your renewal of my commission 
we are very gratefoL Wliat would 
our little churches do without the aid 
of the Home Missionary Society? I 
am sore that very many of them could 
not live. And as to the minister, he 
looks to your drafts as the only regular 
8(»urce of supplies. My people sre very 
good to pay what they promise, but it 
mostly C(»mes in the la^^ few months of 
the year ; very little being handed in in 
the summer. 

I have jost received a letter from the 
church in Pr«>vtdence, to which you so 
kindly presented our case, sayinir that 
they have forwarded a box of supplies 
for our use. We await it with much 
interest, as our childreii are greatly in 
need of decent clothing. Here, again, we 
feel our dependence upon Eastern Chris- 
tian friends, without whose help life 

would be still more burdensome on the 
Home Missionary field. We recognize 
the g(»od hand of God in moving the 
hearts of his children to this benevolent 
w«>rk for our comfort and relief; espe- 
cially as the mother, though able to be 
Hbout a part of the time, is too feeble 
for work. ' 


From Rev. J. R, Upton, Okobcji, JHck- 
in»on Co, 

Pioneer Experienoa. 

About a year ago your Superintend- 
ent stated in TAe Advance that there 
were fifteen counties in the northeast 
corner of this State in which we had 
no church or minister. This deter- 
mined me to seek a field of labor in 
them. Accordingly I commenced a 
work of exploring nine of these counties, 
and found almost everywhere new set- 
tlements forming, mo>t of them scarcely 
three months old. Nearly all were 
upon homesteads, given on condition of 
five years' residence and improvements. 
I found neighborhoods where improve- 
ments were begun, and the men had 
gone back to their families. Now they 
have returned, and are raiding on their 
homesteads, but the number is very 
small, who can be said to possess many 
of the conditions of comforts Yet all 
appear cheerful, itnd hopeful of a bright- 
er future. The climate and foil are 
excellent. Scarcity of timber and fear 
of Indians in years past delnyed settle- 
ment These obstacles are now not 
set ions. The red man is far removed, 
so that he cannot repeat his outrages. 
Several thousand acres of timber, rich 
peat beds, and, net far ofif, the best coal 
region of the State ; with a railroad 
nearly completed, three others on their 
way, and another to pas? near — all this, 
added to cheapness of land, is cauhing 
the country to be settled with almost 
unprecedented rapidity. The cla-s of 
^ettiers here is of a much better charac- 
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of the Sfcate, so far as do little travel 
lod eighteen years* aoqnaintanoe enable 
me to jadge. Thej are largely Ameri- 
can and Protestant. My labors bave 
been mostly confined to tbree ranges of 
eonnties lying in the valley of the Little 
Sioux river, one of the finest in Iowa. 
In Cherokee, Clay and Dickinson coun- 
ties, I find at fonr important points 
materials sufficient for organizing a 
chorcli, and have evidence that at other 
points missiftnary labor will be needed 
soon, and churches should be organized. 
I meet with a cordial reception, and 
ba?e full, attentive audiences. The 
time is not distant, when several more 
laborers will be needed in these conn- 
ties but at present, very little support 
coold be raised, and the permanent cen- 
ters are not established. Three coun- 
ties are my field, and several others 
depend on me for an occasional visit. 
So (ar as I knnw, I am the only minis- 
ter ctf our order on a territory eighty 
miles sqnare. I am separated from my 
^%i by the most feasible route, a 
distance of two hundred and fifty miles, 
yet I feel joy in my work, in the full 
belief that God has sent me here, and is 
jpTing me great opportunity to be nse- 
foL I think any of my brethren might 
well covet stfch a work, and trust that 
some will be ready to refund when God 
calls them to come and share it with me. 
Some part of my entertainment is 
foniished me by the settlers, but I have 
to provide fnany things or fare hard. 
Often I have to go many miles for a 
place to lay my head at night. Many 
ftmilies cannot keep me or my horse at 
all. Some are living in sod hduses, in 
shanties covered with hay, and others 
ia caverns dug into the sides of hills 
roof«d over with turf. Log cabins are 
alm*t8t palatial compared with other 
dwellings. Railroads will bring pine 
Umber and houses will then be built. 
Kj purpose is to start an Academy in 
this oonnty as soon as building materials 
eoroe nearer. This will invite the best 
class of settlers. 


From Rev, P. R, HoUitUr, Hancock^ Houpk- 

ton Co, 

On the Frontier. 

We have received to-day our first 
mail for something over a week, and 
the first papers we have received for 
more than two weeks. During the 
period between the dose of the winter 
staging and the opening of the summer 
navigation, our mails are very uncer- 
tain. Those that we have are brought 
through the woods, on the backs of 
men, 100 miles. 

Our new church edifice is nearly com- 
pleted, and will probably be dedicated 
on the first Sabbath in June. Our Sab- 
bath school is increasing in interest, 
and numbers about 180. Besides a 
teachers' meeting, we have two praye 
meetings during the week, though a 
prayet" meeting has never before been 
maintained for any length of time at 
the church. Our people have very 
kindly undertaken to expend $100 in 
repairs upon the parsonage, which it 
sadly needed, but I did not feel like 
asking them to do it, with all the 
other burdens We very much need a 
bell fi)r our church, and I am going to 
make an effort at the dedication to raise 
the money for it. 

It seems to me that one more good 
man might be employed to advantage 
here. Duluth, at the head of the lake, 
the terminus of the St. Paul and Lake 
Superior railway, should have a church 
before long. It is a point of considera- 
ble consequence, and in view of the 
openiuir of that Great Northwest coun- 
try by the Northern Pacific railroad, 
an early occupation is very desirable. 


From Rev, J, It, Bower$, Windsor^ Henry 

The Honae Bnilt and Blessed. 

I can plainly see that my labors in> 
the Lord have not been in vain here. 


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On my arrival £1*0111 Sedalia, I found the 
new house of worship bj no means fin- 
ished. It appeared to he fast in a diffi- 
cult plioe, and would go no farther. 
Some one was needed to give it a lift 
and ^et a little more life into its builders. 
In a few weeks the house was made very 
comfortable and the people filled it on 
Sond)iys wich such glad hearts as onlj 
they have, who have been without a 
hou«4e of worship for months and years. 
(Many of the people themselves live in 
small, temporary, unfinishe<l houses, 
which people of the East would hardly 
think fit f«>r their nnimals.) Meeting hud 
been held in the chnrch for weeks, be- 

re it was pi istered or had a chimney, 
the stove-pipe being put out of the win- 
dow. It is now a neat, comfortable little 
house, 24x86 feet, and will hold about 
175, when crowded, as it often is. 

After our h<»use of worship was done, 

1 went to work with earnestness and 
prayer upon the spiritual house. The 
Lord has been with us. We have had 
good congregations, and when the 
weather and the roads have admitted, 
our house has been crowded with intel- 
ligent and Attentive hearers. I fear it 
will not hold all who would like to wor- 
ship with us, and that we shall have to 
add to it, or build a larger house. 

In the last three months four'een 
have united with the church. We are 
holding neighborhood prayer meetings 
in the houses of our brethren scattered 
on the prairies, and the Spirit has been 
present in them. All our meetings are 
attended with interest. There is a good 
state of feeling in the church and I am 
expecting a large work of grace. Sev- 
eral have askei an interest in our pray- 
ers; others nppear to be ready to c«>me 
to him. I have strong hopes that this 
church will very soon be self-supporting. 

F^rwn Rev. C, C. SalUr, Brookfidd, Linn 
As a result of the ^Hhree weeks' 

union meetings ^^ held here, probably 
forty have united with the churches. 
The impression left was g«M)d, although 
there was not a irreat number f>f conver- 
sions in our congregation. Six adults, 
who might not have been reached by 
other means, were *' brought out '^ <m the 
side of Christ. These with four others 
have joined our ranks. Of these one 
was a merchant who had a well patron- 
ized bar. The signs ^^ liquors and 
Wines" were removed. The change 
was an amazing one to all, and skeptics 
predicted a speedy downfall. Another 
is the first (»fficer of the division of the 
"Brotherhood of Locomotive Engin- 
eers," organized here. 

The congregation is steadily increas- 
ing—one hundred and twenty-five to 
one hundred and fifty being the usual 
average. The evening audience is 
largely made up of young men. Much 
of the stren;^ of the congregation is 
unstable ; yet I hf»pe that the time is 
near when at least a considerable part 
of the present burden can be lifted from 
the Society's shoulders. 

Three miles south of the rAilroad is a 
new school- h(»use, where we expect to 
have a good Sunday schooL I find the 
people hungry for it. A preliminary 
meeting resulted in thirteeu dollars, and 
a committee t- > collect more for a library, 
and in the purpose to organize. A man 
of large influence said that he was not 
willing that his children should grow up 
ignorant of the scriptures, and that they 
would come to the school. I have writ- 
ten for a floating library to be used 
there, and in another school ten miles 
to the north of us, which a Oongrega- 
tional brother is sustaining. 

I had the joy of seeing a brother of 
Rev. H. N. come out of a most settled 
opposition, and then out of as settled 
despair, unt-o perfect peace. ^^The 
promises,'* he says, *" are for me^ His 
life is rapidly ebbing in a long decline ; 
but we r^'oice in the assurance that 
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Frwn Rn. C. C. Breed, Batt Paw Paw, Be 
Kalb Co. 

The Pilsiim Xemorlal. 

The " Memorial Convention '* at Chi- 
cago, 80 notable for nnmbers, for char- 
acter, and for its excellent spirit, was 
most instmotive and refreshing to me, 
straggling with a feeble band of Pil- 
grim representatives, amid adverse and 
rival interests. The prayers and ad- 
dresses—indeed the whole tenor of the 
proceedings, aroused new interest in 
those funndation principles which made 
our (athers what they were, and our 
country what it is. Sometimes it has 
seemed almost useless here to contend 
against snch odds — institutions and or- 
ganizations so firmly intrenched, with 
so little sympathy and encouragement ; 
and were it not for an occasional indi- 
cation of an under-current of good at 
work, the heart would fail and the ef- 
fort ceasei 

Bat I rejoice in the accumulating 
eridences, gathered at these social 
anions, that the views of our Pilgrim 
aocestors as to the true church or- 
der and faith are winning their way. 
I know that out of weakness our God 
derelopes strength, and that the feeblest 
of these churches, that is true to prin- 
ciple, is exerting a moulding influence 
on present and future generations — a 
liberalizing influence which in time shall 
root out all centralized, domineering, 
de^tic orders in church or civil life. 
The true Christian life is so simple, so 
contrary to all that is lordly or self- 
derived, that where it prevails, the 
ntn-exalting systems must go down. 
The two systems cannot long flourish 
*ide by side. The one unifies the race, 
tbe other exalts $el/. This is why I 
love oar polity, and am willing to stand 
by the stuflT; to take an oversight of 
the fbgments, to try and keep alive the 
sparks, hoping to gather new fuel, to 
•how a brighter light, to add heat, 
power, vitality, to doctrine and life— so 

to widen the influence of the church 
for good. 

From Rev. H. P. De Forest, Chicago, 
One Year, and Qoes Alone. 

To-day closes the year of my service 
under your commission. 

The church has, with unusual prompt- 
ness, redeemed its pecuniary pledges. 
At the annual meeting there was found 
to be a deficit of $600 in the current ex- 
penses of the year, and it was all sub- 
scribed by those present, although it 
was so stormy a night that few were 
out, and although we have not a rich 
man among us. It came from young 
men, almost wholly, and, as I know^ at 
a personal sacrifice. 

I feel sure that the condition of the 
church is healthy, and that the promise 
of the future, though it may be delayed, 
is not uncertain. In the parish work 
we are trying to reach as many as pos- 
sible, and have divided the parish into 
six sections, with a committee not 
publicly appointed, but under pastoral 
guidance, who superintend the visita- 
tion in these districts. 

We shall hereafter depend upon our- 
selves, mainly or wholly, for pecuniary 
support. Our regular monthly income 
from subscriptions has gained at least 
one third over that of last year, and we 
hope it will soon equal the expenses. 

We shall try to keep bright the 
memory of your assistance during the 
pa^t year by regular contributions to 
your treasury; and I hope the time 
may soon come when we shall be able 
to render efficient help in the grand 
work of keeping the gospel abreast of 
the advancing civilization. 


From Rev. E. Perkiti$, Phemix, Oswego Co. 


Though something more than one 

third of the entire membership has been 

added to the church since my oonnec- 


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tion with it, for two years only, and 
though many of them were young men, 
we are very little strengthened pecu- 
niarily. Our village can afford em- 
ployment to only a limited number of 
its young men, and seeking business 
they leave us. Our young women also 
marry and go elsewhere. Yet we are 
not discouraged. These young people 
are somewhere in the Master's vineyard, 
and it is of more importance that they 

trorjfc, than they work just here. This 
lays upon us the urgent duty of labor, 
ing the more faithfully to rouse up 
others to fill their places ; and who 
will, in their turn, do as their predeces- 
sors have done, " go We$V^ And what 
is true here, is probably true else- 
where ; so that many of our churches 
are in a sense training echooU for 
churches in other places. May God 
enable us to do our work well ! 


On the Pacific Boad. 

[From the " Notes by the Way" of Rev. 
Reuben Gaylord, who is making a tour of ex- 
ploration along the Pacific Railroad, in be- 
half of this Society, we present the following 
extracts :] 

Leaving Omaha on the 2Ctli of May, 
I came at once to the end of the Union 
Pacific Railroad, and propose to work 
towards home. I reached Ogden, more 
than 1,000 miles from Omaha, in a little 
over two days. The scenery in the Black 
Hills, a spur of the Rocky Mountains, 
and in the Wasatch, another range, is 
grand in the extreme. The road may 
well be called one of the wonders of the 
world. In places, solid masses of rock 
rise almost perpendicularly to the height 
of 150 feet on either side of the track, 
their summits covered with snow. To 
build a railroad through such a coun- 
try was a herculean undertaking. HiUs 
are cut down or tunneled, valleys filled 
up or spanned by bridges, and the train 
goes thundering down as if hurried on 
by fate. It makes one shudder to think 
of the consequences, if by any means a 
train should fly the track. Ogden I 
found to be over 20 years old, instead 
of a new town, as I supposed. It is 
settled mostly by Mormons. The Taber- 
nacle, a large structure, is the only 
place of worship in the city, and there 
is no other religious organization here 

Its importance at the present time arises 
mainly from its being the junction of 
the Union and the Central Pacific roads. 
A branch railway leaves here for Salt 
Lake City. 

Finding no place to preach on the 
Sabbath, I went to the Tabernacle to 
hear the Mormons set forth their doc- 
trine. They all seem, so ief as I can 
learn, to have a stereotyped line of dis- 
course, dwelling largely upon the per- 
secutions they claim to suffer, deducing 
therefrom an argument for their being 
the children of God; claiming divine 
authority for polygamy, and exhorting 
the saints to live faithful, and thus illus- 
trate their doctrines. They warn the 
saints to guard against the inroads of 
civilization, and call upon heads of fam- 
ilies to watch their wives and daugh- 
ters. These were the leading topics of 
the discourse I heard. There seems to 
be no religious element here, outside of 
the Mormons. There is a Gentile popu- 
lation, but not much hopefulness among 
them as to the future. I understand that a 
new junction point is to be made a few 
miles west, which will take away all 
the railroad business, and, I should 
judge, largely the business of this place. 
There is quite a population there, 
mostly Mormonized. 

I took the train to run down to Co- 
rinne, 80 miles west, on the Central 
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in Utah. It is a point of considerable 
life and bosiDess activity. It is the 
shipping-point for freight for Montana 
and Idaho, and reminds me of early 
days in Omaha, before the railroad was 
boilt. I found there a Presbyterian 
minister aboat organizing with 16 or 
18 members. The Methodists and Epis- 
eopalians are on the ground also. I 
fonnd only one Congregationalist there. 

Betoming, I went yesterday to Salt 
Lake City. I met there some who 
were associated with Mr. McLeod in 
his work, though not church members. 
It is hard for Gentiles to live there and 
do bosinees, the Mormons passing them 
bj to trade with their own people. 
The permanent Gentile popolation is 
diminishing gradually. The Episco- 
palians and Methodists are trying to 
boild up an interest there. There are 
two grounds of hope for that place: 
the dissensions of the Mormons, and 
the mining interests of the region. The 
latter, it is thought, will bring in a Gen- 
tQe emigration. 

I had a feeling of sadness as I thought 
of this large territory, so rich in min- 
erals of all kinds, with agricultural re- 
worces of great value, with a popula- 
tion of 100,000, all under Mormon 
influence ; and if this should disappear, 
only opening the way for infidelity ; and 
the question arose, Can nothing be 
done ? I wish the way could be open- 
ed for sustaining the right man in the 
citj of Salt Lake, and making it a radi- 
ating point for gospel influences. One 
is Sbtoniahed to see what has been ac- 
complished in a material way in this 
barren waste within a few years. There 
tre long business streets^ large stores, 
private residences and gardens that 
would attract attention in our eastern 
cities. Brigham Young lives like a 
lord. He has his telegraph office, with 
lines through his dominions. The Tem- 
ple square is enclosed with a wall not 
kea than ten feet high. Within this en- 
doflore is the old and the new Taber- 
nacle. The foundations of the temple, 

of hewed granite, hauled 80 miles, are in 
round numbers 100 by 200 feet in extent. 

The new junction which I spoke of, 
when operations are commenced, I 
should judge, will be as favorable a pcnnt 
for a minister as any in all this region. 
I shall be in a situation to learn the 
facts about this more fully. It is the 
only point of real encouragement I dis- 
cover here as yet. 

I am happy to report my health good. 
I find quite a change in climate, and 
a good coal fire is comfortable in these 
June days, with snow on the hills above 
us in full view. 

A Tear's Work in niinois. 

[The followmg items are condensed from 
the report made to the General Association, 
at its last meeting, by Rev. Dr. R07, Super- 
intendent for Northern and Central IlUnols. 
The year embraced in his report is that of 
the Association, differing somewhat from 
that covered by the Annual Report of this 
Society :] 

During this year fifty-eight mission- 
ary laborers have been employed in the 
Northern District of Hlinois, and seven 
in the Southern, — sixty-five in all. In 
the Northern, eighty-two churches and 
ten out-stations have been served ; in the 
Southern, eight During the year elev- 
en churches have become self-support- 
ing ; eleven churches h^ve been organ- 
ized, all but two of which were devel- 
oped under Home Missionary auspices ; 
seven missionary churches have dedi; 
cated houses of worship. Three pastors 
have been installed in missionary 
churches. Twelve churches, besides 
those that have become self* supporting, 
have asked less aid this year than last. 

The average missionary salary in Illi- 
nois, this year, has been $684 ; in Ver- 
mont, $589.60; Michigan, $661.10; 
Iowa, $638 ; Massachusetts, $790 ; 
New Hampshire, $650; Maine, $600; 
making the average missionary salary 
in these seven States, $659. 

Of the 235 churches in the State, 103 


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are Belf-sapportiog ; 90 have mieslonary 
aid; 42 are unable to go alone, bat 
unite witb other churches in the sup- 
port of the ministry, or are unsupplied, 
or in suspense. The contributions of 
the churches amount to $5,736.12. The 
appropriations by the American Home 
Missionary Society to the State, this 
year, amount to $17,165. 

The Soperintendent for Southern Dli- 
nois, whose field, though embracing 
only the Southern Association, covers 
nearly one half of the territory of the 
State, besides looking after the minis- 
terial supply and the applications of the 
missionary churches, has given himself 
to a general missionary work. But the 
want of congeniality with our system 
in that region, the rigidity of sectarian 
feeling, and the want of Puritan ele- 
ment in quantity large enough even to 
be a leaven, are felt by him as only 
they can understand who come into 
practical contact with these obstacles. 
Still, the work will be pushed with pa- 
tience and fidelity, and every practicable 
opening will be occupied. 

[The Association by vote recommended 
that, wherever practicable, two churches be 
united in the support of one minister, and 
that aided churches reduce the amount asked 
for as fast as possible. The Association 
also voted to put the subject of Home Mis- 
sions upon the docket of each meeting for 
reports and discussions, until the time 
comes for the organization of a State Home 
Missionary Society, whose regular anniver- 
sary exercises will occur in connection with 
the meetings of the Association.] 

Decease of Sev. & J. Whiten. 

[Seldom has this Society been called to 
part with so devoted, self-sacrificing a mis- 
sionary as was he whose name heads this 
notice. He literally gave bis life to the 
work . Others, beside his bereaved flocks 
in Iowa, will be interested in these extracts 
from the funeral sermon by Rev. F. Wil- 
liams, preached in Westford, Conn., where 
Mr, Whiton was born and died.] 

Rev. S. J. Whiton was bom in West- 
ford, Conn., September 11th, 1839. He 
was the son of Dea. Ohaunoey and Lu- 
cinda M. Whiton. Given to the Lord 
in baptism in his infancy, he became 
the child of prayer and of constant re- 
ligions training. Retiring, studions, 
meditative, he gathered books, geologi- 
cal specimens, and the prodnctions of 
the sea and of foreign lands, and became 
familiar with works of nature and of 
art. His prose and poetic productions 
were frequently published. He taught 
with much enthusiasm and success. 
When eight years old his parents think 
he gave his heart to God, but in 1859 
he came ont decidedly for Jesus, and 
ever after manifested great interest in 
his cause. He soon wished to carry 
the gospel to the heathen, and went to 
the Mendi mission. West Africa, in May, 

1862. lie returned with impaired 
health the next fall ; rallied, and retcrned 
to his chosen field of labor in June, 

1863. He was married in Freetown, 
Sierra Leone, July 6th, to Miss Lydia 
0. Danforthy of Oberlin, O., who was 
on her way to the same mission. She 
died in Nov. 1864, and in February, 
prostrated with the African fever, he 
left- for home, was nearly shipwrecked, 
and took a cold that settled on his lungs. 
When raised from his long illness, one 
lung was entirely useless. Unable to 
return to Africa, he went south in the 
fall of 1865, spending a year at Fortress 
Monroe, Va., and a winter at Beaufort, 
N. 0. 

He went to Iowa in the spring of 
1867 (under commission from this So- 
ciety), and labored with the Wittemberg 
church, Newton, for two years. For 
the last year and a half revival influ- 
ences were constant among his people, 
forty uniting at one time, and about 
one hundred and forty during His min- 
istry there. Thi? seemed no longer a 
field to which he felt called, and much 
against the wishes of his people, he left 
them, saying, ^^ I think I can do more 
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field." JoDe 9, 1869, he married Miss 
Emilj Pitkin, who survives to mourn 
hifl early deatJi. He had not yet relin- 
qnished the hope of going back to Afri- 
ca ; bat his plans were not to be car- 
ried out He had an attack of hemor- 
rbage of the Inngs, but so far recovered 
that he preached at Monroe, Iowa, 
during a part of the last winter. Ev- 
ery sermon was followed by utter ex- 
haustion. In February he preached his 
last sermon from the text, ^^ Come unto 
me, all ye that labor and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest." How 
tppropriate for the last sermon to his 
people, himself^ and his friends soon to 
be bereaved I 

Gathering up bis remaining strength, 
with his loved and loving companion, 
be came to the welcome paternal home. 
Words of cheer and hope were often 
open his lips. His end was peace, and 
bis passage over the river quiet as a 
sommer evening. 

On the Sabbath, May 22d, at the 
early age of thirty, our brother dosed 
bis labors upon earth, and we doubt 
not 'rests from lus loved employments 
bere, to share in those far higher and 
nobler in heaven. 

What has made New England? 

Ju9T previous to the great eruption 
oftbe civil war it was my fortune to 
dhnb a hill of vision in one of the cen- 
tral counties of Virginia. Far along 
from north to south, like a huge wall 
boilded by the giants and flanked witli 
dreamy towers and buttresses of purple, 
ran the line of the Blue Ridge. On the 
distant slopes and crags the solemn old 
forests slombered and nodded to the 
viod of May. Far to the eastward was 
the white winding ribbon of the James 
river, and nearer, the broad but turbid 
current of the Rapidan. A single town 
was visible upon the horizon; the re- 
mainder of the scene was composed of 
broad plantations. On these the young 

crops of wheat and tobacco displayed 
their verdant leafage. The peach trees 
wore their rosy bloom; the air was 
musical with the songs of free and hap- 
py bird?, and fragrant with the wealth 
of unnumbered tribes of forest-flowers. 
Thus did nature lavish her fairest charms 
around 'that well-worn hill of Monti- 
cello, the resting place of Jefferson. 

But how different were the moral as- 
pects of the scene from a New England 
prospect I The dearth of villages re- 
vealed the lack of enterprise. The 
absence of school-houses betrayed the 
deeper lack of education. Those plan- 
tations, so rich and ample, spoke of 
thousands of wretched human beings 
driven to ceaseless toil, like oxen, with 
the lash. In those aristocratic man- 
sions, rising up proudly out of the 
squalid huts of worse than paupers, the 
pampered owners were even then, on 
that sweet May morning of 1860, plot- 
ting the blackest crime, save one, which 
ever stained the page of history — the 
crime of assassinating the accumulated 
freedom of all the ages, that human 
bondage might be eternal. What made 
that moral picture 90 different from the 
bright proepect of New England? 

The Virginians came with all their 
laws and institutions shut up in a box, 
by order of King James, with strict or- 
ders not to open it till they landed, and 
lo! when it was opened not a single 
element of popular liberty was to be 
found in it. The Pilgrims fashioned 
their own institutions, and had provided 
for their civil and religious rights before 
they left the cabin of the Mayflower, 
not in the name of the king, but in the 
name of God. The Virginians came 
across the ocean to chase the mirage of 
wealth — the gorgeous dream of the 

But, on the other hand, the Pilgrims 
came with the loftiest purpose recorded 
in the annals of the race. Inspired 
with an undying love for liberty, mind- 
ful of the welfare of posterity, and with 
souls conscious of a sublime destiny un- 


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der the favor of the great Leader 
whom they served, thej soiled to these 

This glorious aspiration brought them 
across the stormy ocean, and when thej 
landed on the enow-clad rocks, their 
first act was to kneel down and take 
possession of the continent in the name 
and for the sake of Christ. No sooner 
'had the Pilgrims constituted their 
church and built its house of worship, 
than they founded the Free School, to 
be the tower of education. 

A governor of Virginia is recorded 
to have uttered his thanksgiving to Grod 
that in that commonwealth there were 
no printing presses nor free schools. 

John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians, 
in a prayer before the General Court of 
Massachusette, in 1645, thus reversed 
the desire of Berkeley : " Lord ! for 
schools everywhere among usl That 
our schools may flourish." 

These, then, are the institutions of 
New England — the free church, the 
free school, and the free commonwealth. 
These are the strong towers, the lofty 
bulwarks of the Zion which the Pil- 
grims builded for the generations fol- 
lowing, beautiful for situation, the joy 
of the whole earth. These are the 
New England institutions. Are they 
worth preserving f Are they worth ex- 
tending f — Bet>. /. Milton Holmes, 


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Kev. John Pbillips, Waushara an<l Wilmington 
Township, Kan. 

Rev. John Scotford, Neosho Falls, Kan. 

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Rev. B. M. Amsden, Belle vue, Iowa. 

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Rev. Svlvesler D. Storrs, Qalnda'o, Kan. 

Bev. Edwin H. Alden, Afion and lAkeland, Minn. 

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Minn. '' 

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and Grove Lake, Minn. 

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ley, Minn. 

Bev. Charles B. Sheldon, Esoelsior and Chanhas- 
sen, Minn. 

Rev. Je?8e G. D. Stearns, Clear Water, Minn. 

Bev. Asa S. Allen, Clear Lake, Forest City, Elling- 
t«m and Concord, Iowa. 

Rev. Charles F. Boynton, Eldora, New Providence 
and vicinitv, Iowa. 

Rev. Phllo Canfleld, Washington, Iowa. 

Rev. Allen Clark, Wilton, Iowa. 

Bev. Herman Flcke, Dnbuooe, Iowa. 
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Bev.^lbert V. House, Yatesville, Pomeroy, Mai- 

bone and the Junction, Iowa. 
Bev. H. Henry Sallenbach. Lansing Ridge. Iowa. 
Rev. Gottlieb Sclieuerle, Llgin and Robert's Creek, 

Rev. Cliauncey Taylor, Algr»na, Iowa. 
Rev. David Wirt, Fort Dod^e. Iowa. 
Rev. Benjamin S. Baxter, Hale, Arcadia and Burn- 

sld«», Wis. 
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Earth, Wis. 
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Wheatland. Wis. 
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Fulton, Mich. 
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Rev. Kdwio W. Shaw, Ithaca, Mich. 
Rev. Levi P. Spelman, Portland, Mich. 
Rev. Jamee F. Tavlor, Saugatnck, Mich. 
Rev. Griffith Griffiths, New Cambria, Mo. 
Rev. Henry D. Lowing, Neoaho and vicinity, Mo. 
Rev. George W. Williams, West Hartford, Mo. 
Rev. Charles M Bingham, Udina,Ill. 
Rev. Smith B. Goodenow, Coroo, HI. 
Kev. Darius Gore, La Harpe, III. 
Rev. Charles Hibbard, Piano, 111. 
Rev. Alfred P. Johnson, Woodst/Kxk. 111. 
Rev. George B. Rowley, Harvard, III. 
Rev. Alexander R. Thain, Turner Junction, 111. 
Rev. Levi Wheaton, Poplar Grove, HI. 
Rev. Lewis Wilson, Montgomery and Hart Town- 
ship, Ind. 
Bev. Enoch F. Baird, Martlnsbnrg and Gambier, 

Rev. George V. Fry, Lexington, Washington and 

Paint Valley, Ohio. 
Rev. Heman Geer, Monroe, Ohio. 
Kev. Austin N. Hamlin, New Albany, Jerome and 

Providence, Ohio. 
Rev. Jeremiah Porter, Brownsville, Texas. 
Rev. Joseph K. Johnson, Chantilly and Fartnwell 

Station, Va. 
Rev. John Williams, West Bansor, Pa. 
Rev. John T. Marsh, Harpersflold, N. T. 
Kev. Rev. Edgar Perliina, Phoenix, N. Y. 


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Beceived by Rev. B. P. Stone, D.D., 
Ttms. N. Ii> At. o.^ 

Holiis, Cong. Cb. and Soc., f41 73 
TroT, Cong. Oh. and 8oc., 22 86 64 OS 

Nev London, Latber M. Trtueell, 5 00 


Amber«t, LeavlU Halloek, Avails of a 
lot of land, by Profa Tyler and Snell. 
lo const Rev. Prof. W. 8. Tyler, Prot 

E. S. SnelU Miss Maiy L. Snell, Rev. 
W. A. Hallock, Rev. Leavltt H. Hal- 
lock, Rev. T. U. Rouse, Rev. U. M. 
HazeiUoe, Rev. Tbomas S. Bmitb, 

L. Ms., 600 00 

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consta. biiD a L. D., 1,500 00 

HorthaniptoD, On account of Legacy of 

Miss Sarah Dwigbt, by Harvey Kirk- 

Isnd, Ex., 850 00 


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Mrs. Betsey C. Sort, by W. G. Hal- 
lock, Adm., leas Gov. tax, 696 58 
Chester, Samuel Siiliman, 10 00 
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UibbanL 52 00 

Bvtfurd, On aeconnt of Legncy of Alfred 
, Smith, by H. A. Perkins, Fjc., 2,800 00 

Lskevllle, Mrs. Mary A. Holley, 20 00 

MIddletown, Ladies^ Home Miss. Soc. of 
Uie North Cong. Ch., by Miss 0. M. 
Bacon, In full to oonst Rev. A. W. 
Hszen a L. M^ 20 00 

Middletown, F. H. M. Soc, North Cong. 

Ch., by Miss C. M. Bacon, 5 00 

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to conat. Rev. James H. Warren a 
^L.M., 30 00 

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»»y, 70 00 

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by tin. M. Bbipman, Treas., 66 00 

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tu, to oonst Samuel Beebe Sterling, 
Mr*. Emily Weaver and Mrs Cyrus 
Sterling L. Ms., 94 00 

wsningfonl. Ladles* Benev. Soa, by Miss 

Jolla Beedle, Sec, 8 00 

West KlUin^riy, Cong. Ch. and Soa, by 

6eo. Dsniebon, Treas., 120 30 

woloott, Cong. Cb., by 8. L. Holchklsa, 
T««.» 15 15 


C-ong. Ob., by Rev. B. Bnmap, SO 00 
_ iton, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by Rev. 
UttiryWickea, 6100 

Brooklyn, Ch. of the Cotenant, by Rev. 

F. Noble, 15 00 
^ BH FUue Cong, Ch. , by John A vila, 40 00 
OisUe Creek, Fanny Wmmiok, $3; D. 
^'^'Jitl, 6 00 
"« Athford, Cong, Ch., by Rev. J. 

Johnston, 10 00 

mnklinvUle, Presb. Ch., by J. S. Skld- 
,■»«■«♦ 25 55 

Jerome, Union Cong. Ch., by Rev. 8. Or- 
^•^ 10 00 

■nniisTnie, Cong. Ch., by Rev. H. W. 
• ^ 10 00 

■•w York City, Mr^ Hannah Ireland, 50 00 
"*S»» CHy. First Cong. Ch., by R^v. 

A. 8. Wood, 16 00 

Norwich, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, by J. 
Hammond, Treas., to const Mrs. C. 
M. Barnette, Mrs. C. Mltoholi and Wil- 
liam Sutton L. Ms., |185 23 

Port Leyden, Cong. Ch., by Rev. G. A. 
Miller, 13 75 

Potsdam Junction, First Cong. Ch., |16; 
. Hopklnton, Cong. Ch., |21 25, by Rov. 
O. Hardy, 35 26 


East Orange, Grove Street Cong. Ch.,by 

U. D. Weeks, to const him a L. M., 80 00 
Jersey City. MUs Mary A. Huntington, 50 

Newark, Mrs. Margsret C. IngaHs, to 
const, her a L. M., by Kev. H. W. 
Brinsmade, 30 00 


Farmwell, G. W. Finch, 25 

Herndon, Mrs. Baker, 23c ; Miss Baker, 

25c ; V. G. Sears, $2, by Rev. J. r! 

Johnson, 2 50 


Atwater, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by H. E. 
Brush, Treas., In fUll to oonst Rev. 8. 
B. Shipman a L. M., 29 05 

Cleveland, Plymouth Cong. Ch.. by G. 
W. Billings. Treas., <.f wh. $80 from 
Miss Ellxft Hardy, to const her a L. M., 122 00 
Elyria, First Presb. Ch., of wh. from 
Herman Ely, $50; T. L. Nelson, $20, 
by H.Ely, 180 00 

Freedom, Cong. Ch., by L. Bryant IT 86 

Poland, H. J. Clark, 6 00 

Richfield, Cong. Ch., of wh. from N. 
Hammond, |10 , by Rev. J. A. Mo- 
Klnstry, 83 81 


Liber, Cong. Cb., by Rev. H. Hoddle, 1 1 00 


Reoeived by Rev. H. D. Piatt 
ChandervIIle, Cong. On., $22 00 

Rosemond, Cong. Oh., 16 50 ' 88 60 

Chesterfield, Cong. Ai.. by Rev. H. N. Bald- 
win, 17 45 
Lyman, First Conff. Ch., by Rev. L.Wlloox, 9 00 
Ontario, £. Shedd, 20 00 
Plymouth, Mrs. Mary Holton, by Rev. H. 

Jones, 4 00 

Port Byron, Cong. Ch., by Rev. A. Harper, 7 60 
Woodbury, A. L. Sturgea, 15 00 


P^«ivej by Rev. W. B. Williams, 
Almont Cong. Ch., to const Rev. Horace 

R. Willlnms a L. M., $41 00 

Alpona, Cong. Ch., 50 00 

Augusta, Cong. Ch., 18 25 

De.\ter, Oon^ Ob., coll. In part 9 90 
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Mrs Swift, 15 00 

Hopkins, Cons. Ch , 8 86 

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Ransom, Cong. Ch., 16 60 

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Coulter, 1 00 

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way, 2 10 

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Bonghton, 9 OO • 

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J. C. Sherwin. 16 00 

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\Vaawat<«a, Cong. Cb , $17 10; Sab. 

School, $6 »0. by J. H. Warren, 23 00 


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A Friend, 3 UO 18 00 

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UiUaboro, John W. Hammond. 
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B. Bull, 
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to const Rev. Tbomaa Tenney a L. M., 


10 00 

5 OU 
16 00 
20 00 

6 00 
8 00 

16 86 

16 00 
26 00 


Cannon Fallt, Cong. Cb., by Rev. £. W. 

Merrill. 11 80 

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L. C. Gilbert, 1« 60 

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Cnnnifigbam. 41 20 

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J. Pike, 6 60 


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J. Clark, 6 00 

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Lyman, 6 00 

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Torringford, Conn., Ladles* Social Union, 
by .Mrs. Hopkins Barber, a barrel, 

Yergennes, Yt., Ladles* Sewing Circle, 
by Mary J. Strong, Sec, a box, 160 00 

Wallincrford, Conn., Ladies' Benev. Soc, 
by Miss Julia Beadle, Sec, a barrel, U8 63 

VVinsted, C<»nn., Ladies* Sew Soc. of the 
First Cong. Ch., by Lucy C Alvord, 
Sec, a barrel, 128 00 

lieceiptt of tiis ConnsdiotU Homo MisHonmy 
SooUty^ in May, £. W. Parsoxs, Troas. 

Brooklyn, Fint Cong. Ch., by E. Robinson, $69 74 
Buckingham . Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. Ordway, 7 00 
Burlington, Oong. Ch., by G. W. Henry, 10 40 
Chester, Ctmg. Ch., by W. D. Morton, 60 00 

Ellington, Cong. Ch , by E. U. Dillingham, 48 10 
Green's Farms, Cong. Ch., by B. Beers, 2S 90 

Greenville, Cimff.Ch., by F. W. Carey, 46 93 

Hartford, First Cong. Ck,hy A.K. S., 856 89 

Psarl Stru€ Oong. Ch, by J. B. Eld- 
ridge, Treas., to const Helen Gage, L.M^ 410 96 
Hnrtland, Cong. Cb., by C. H. B., 12 00 

Jewett aty, Cong. Ch., by Rev. T. L. Ship- 
man, 10 00 
Mt. Carmel, C<*ng. Cb., by E. B. Bowdltch, 44 50 
New Haven, Fir^t Ch , by J. Bitter, Treas., 660 00 
PlantsviUe, Cong. Cb., 66 46 
South Norwalk, Cong. Ch., by Rev. H. N. 

Dunning, 50 00 

Union, Cong. Ch., in Aill, to const. Dca. E. 

N. Lswwm, and Miss Adaieni Paul, L.M8., 46 1$ 
Unionvllle, Ch. and Soc. by K N. Gibbs, 60 uu 
Waterbury, First Cong. Ch.,by F. B. Hoad- 

ley. Tress.. 28 80 

Windsor. Cong. Cb., by L. T. Frlsble, to 

conAt. H. A. Bidwell aL. M., 126 42 

Woodstock, First Cong. Ch., by J. T. Morse, SO 60 

$2,686 66 

JUeoipts in Junt, 1870. 

Bethsny. Cong. Cb., by Rev. 8. W. Bamnm. $8 68 
Hinnlngham, Cong. cL, by Q. W. Shelton, 208 17 
Canton Centre, Cong. Cb.. to const. Wsrren 
C. Humphrey, and G. M. Cnse, L.Ms., 
of which $80 fVom Mrs. A. Shepard, to 
const. Rev. A. Gardner a L. H., 00 00 

Cheshire, Cong. Ch., by G. Keeler, Treas., 54 68 
EaglevlUe, Cong. Cb., by Rev. W. A. Bene- 

diet, 18 41 

General Association, 10 00 

GIsAteobary, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. Mr. 

KIttredge, 171 50 

Go»ben, Cong. Ch., by Rev. W. T. Double- 

day, 100 00 

Hartford, First Cong. Oh., bal. of coll., by 

A. It. S., 175 00 

Higganum, Cong. Ch., by S. Gladwin, 26 66 

Lebanon, Cong. Oh., mon. con., $89 85 ; 

an. coll., $67 05, by O. D. H., 106 90 

New Haven, First Cb^ by J. RiUer. Treas., 2S5 39 
North Greenwich, Cong. Cb., by S. Uusted, 

Trfas., 42 00 

North Haven, Rev. W. T. Reynolds, to 
const. Mb« Ennloe A. Linsley a L.M., 80 00 

L. MA., 7 00 

Rlverton, Cong. Ch., by H. C. Smlth.Treas., 16 00 
RIdgefleid, Rer. A. Alford. 10 00 

Say brook, Second Cong. Cb., by Rev. W. 

Dennlson, 16 60 

Southington, Cong. Ch.. by Dea. T. Hig- 
gins, to const. Miss Elixa W. Barnes a 
L M., 216 00 

Taftville^ Cong. Cb., by Rev. W. A. Bene- 
dict, 4 40 
Westport, Cong. Ch.. by E. W. Taylor, 84 60 
Wllllmantlc, Cong. Ch., by J E. Cashman, 45 60 
Wilton, Cong. Cb., by B. Gilbert, 106 03 

$1,767 82 


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Boxes of Clothing, sent directly and without any particular designation, to the office 
of the American Home Missionary Society, will be forwarded to such missionaries as are 
known to be most in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who rcceiye 
then, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respective donors. 

Experience has shown us that, when an individual or association, inteudiog to prepare 
1 box, writes to the Society to have a particular missionary designated, and a detailed 
account of the circumstances of his family given, the information is not always at hand. 
80 that the letter can be promptly and satismctorily answered. And when it is, it not; 
nofrequently happens thtft, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains foi 
moDths nnsupplied, when, if it were not for this designation, he might be furnished 
with artides placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, while 
tbe box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary from other sources, so that 
when the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It is preferred, therefore, when there is no objection on the, part of the donors, that 
the special designation of the boxes of clothing that are not put up for any individual in 
particiilar, shomd be left to the discretion of the officers of the Society, after Uity reach 
iht ofice. It is believed that they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
generously contribute them, better than in any other in which the Society can have an 


1. Pat inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a paper 
or letter containing a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated value of the whole, 
with the name of Sie individual or association from whom it comes, and the address of the 
iadividnal to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent 

1 A copy, in full, of the memorandum put inside of the box should be sent in a letter 
to the (rfBce of the Society. In this letter it ahould be stated when, and by what convey- 
uce, tbe box was forwarded ; in it should be inclosed, also, such money as is intended 
far the payment of freight. It is desirable that freight should be provided for in all cases, 
if pracUcable. The freight and expenses on a box vary from |8 to $6, according to its 
ne and the distance it is sent. A barrel can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 

Z, The box should be fully and plainly marked, and the place from which it comes should 
UVATB appear en the outride^ so that l^ere may be no necessity for opening it at the 
dfice. It should be strong, tight, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, or 
otherwise fully secured against the effects of hard u^e on the way. 

4. Boxes may be addreued to either of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place, 
Kew York, 


Boxes of Clothing form no part of a missionary's regular appropriation. The Society 
aecdi tbe same amount of money, therefore, in order to meet promptly its stipulations 
vitb its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no favor to a 
■JMiouiiy to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that would 
otherwise be sent him must be proportionally diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it that 
t^fire noae the less money, in consequence of their giidng other things that are need- 
Ad ud conveoieBt. We hope, on the contrary, their sympathies will be so awakened in 
tbe preparation of the lesser gift, that they will feel it to be their privilege, not only to 
coa^soe, but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to what is to be put into the box, while clothing of woollen or linen fabrics, 
iboes, boots, writing paper, and books will be spedally valuable, scarcely any thing in the 
■hape of plain, substantial wearing apparel or bedding, or which is of common u^e in any 
font in a fitmHy, will come amiss. Kidves and forks, spoons, a pair of scissors, a spool of 
cotton, a skein of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dozen of buttons, a 
thiable, a tnmbler, a tin cup, a skunmer, or a pepper box^ need not be left out 

When articles of clothing are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
ve Sfloi, missionaries are in the way of making such exchanges with each other that 
'^ \ every thing which a box may contam is turned to good account. 


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Rkv. DAVID B. COE, D. P., I Secretaries for Correspondence. 

Rkv. a. HUNTINGTON CI.APP, D. D., ) 


ExeruTiTK CoMMirrrK.— Mr WILLIAM G. LAMBKRT, Chairman; Mr. C. R. ROBERT; 
Mb. SIMEON B rUlTTKNDKN ; Kev. lilCIIAKI) 8. STOUK8, .Ie.. D. U : Kkt. WIL- 
NETHY; Mr. JOHN B. irUTl'IIINSON; Kkv. HENKY M. STORKS, D.D.; with the uuniber* 
ex-ufllclo— vJz : AUBTIN ABBOTT, E8<j., Hecordhm Secrttai-y^ the Tkrasukkk, and the 8»c«e- 


♦•♦ »— 


RelalJDg to the bu>iuc8S of the Society generally, may be addressed to either of Uie Secre- 
taries for Oorre.«ipondence. 


In Drafts, (feriificates of Deposit, or Poot-Office Orders, if practicable, may be sent to U»e 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one hundred 
dollars,) a Life Director. 



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Rev. Stephen Thurston, D.D., Secretary, Maine Mist. Soc.^ Searsport, Me. 

Joshua Maxwell, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** Portland, 

Rev. William Clark, Secretary, ^ew Hampshire Miss. Soc.j Amherst, N. H. 

Jiev. B. P. Stone, D.D.. Treasurer, " ** " Concord, ** 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermont Dom. Miss. Soc., Montpelier, Vt. 

C. W. Storks, Esq., Treasurer, " " " ** 

Rev. H. B. HooKKR, D.D., Sec, Mass. If. M. Soc.y 31 Washington st., Boston. Majis. 

Bk:njamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, " " •» 

Rev. James G*. Vose, Secretary, E. I. Home Miss, Soc.^ Providence, R. I. 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, " " *' ** 

Rev. William H. Moore, SecreiarA', Conn. Hotne Mis*. Soc.^ Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Parsons, Esq., Treasurer, * " ** " Hartford, •* 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Lysandkr Kklsey, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath*l a. Hyde, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph E.RoY,D.D., Chicago, 111. 
Rev. Henry D. Platt, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich 

Rev. Dexter Clary, Beloit, Wis. 
Rev. Franklin B. Doe, Fond du I^ac, Wis. 
Rev. Jksse Guernsry, Dubuque, la. 
Rev. Joseph W. Pickett, Des Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Hall, St, Paul, Minn. 
Rev. James G. MkRuiuL, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. O. W. Mkri:ii.l, Omalia, Neb. 

Rev. Leroy Warren, Pentwater, Mich. . Rev. Jamks H. Warken, San Francisco, CaL 

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California.— From i?et>. E, M. Setts, 
Snnxii Bai-bara.— Not Dead Yet... 115 
From Ji$v.J. J. PotceUj Rio Vleta.— 
Oar Church Fair— Protracted 
MeetingB 116 

Xanfias.— From Rev. J. F. Morgan, 
N<»rih I^wrcnce.— ADark Look 
-Brighter 116 

From Rev. I. Jacobus, Junctiou City. 

— lUnesft 116 

New Comers 117 

From Rev. H. W, Shaw, White 
Cload. — Building — «*Going 
Wesr—Hclpcr Wanted 117 

Minnesota.— From Rev. O. R. Kut- 
th%g. Mower City.— Not on An- 
other's FouDdaiion— The Foreign 

Work 118 

—The Home Work 119 

From Rev. H. WiUard, Plalnvlcw. 

—Sorrow and Joy 119 

From Rev. J. D. Todd^ Winnebago 

C^ty.— The Year»« Work 110 

A' gel Miniatries— Church Home 
Wanted 120 

Iowa.— From Rev. J. L. Atkinson, 
loTea Fall*. — SuuHhine — The 
Field and the Man 120 


Wisconsin.— From Rev. O. SpatUd- 
ing, Depere.— Cumlort in Bor- 
row 121 

From Rev. A. A, Overton^ Arena.— 
Fruit Gathered 121 

From Rev. A. W. Ci/rtM.Belniont.— 
Dark and Bricht 121 

From Rev. S. H. Thompson, Oaeeo. 
—Sectarian Divisions 122 

Michifiran. — From Rev. J. 8. Kidder, 
Rocliester.— A Sad Bereavement. 122 
From Rev. T. Jones, Maitawan.— 
Revival 123 

Missouri. — From Rev. O. G. Per- 
kins. Kidder —Four Years' Work 123 
From Rev. Z. E. Feemster, Gaines- 
ville.— Out in the Woods 124 

Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

POST.\GE.— T^oelve cents a year^ In advonce. 


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Deceasb op Rev. G. C. Mobse 124 

Growth of tdb West 123 ^ 

The Chinese Problem 126* 

Our Nation's Resources 127 

MiscEiJ^NEOUS Items 128 

Missionary Appointmenis 129 

A cknouledgmmt qf Receipts 130 


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Feeble congregaUons, desiring aid in supporting the gospel, are requested, in their 
applications, to make full statements of their condition and prospects, and of the reasoni 
^r granting their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particulars, 

The population of the place. 

The name of the diurch or congregation. 

The number of communicants, and the average number of attendants on public worship. 

The d^omination and size of congregations immediately contiguous, wiUi the distance 
to thdr places of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the arrangements 
that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name in full and post-office address of the minister for whom a commiadon is de- 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the church, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplated for his installment in the course of the year. 

The application should be ragned by the officers of the dmrch, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected have a ** Committee of 
Missions " to act in their behalf, the members of this Committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such ** Committee of 
Missions" exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neigh- 
ftoring clergymen, of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications, after being properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Superintendent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve months from the date of the applica- 
tion; at the end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars above stated, and indorsed and reconmiended in like manner. 
Each congregation applying for renewed aidy should furnish, also^ the certificate of the 
misslonarjf that they have fulfilled their previoxis pledges for his snjjport. 

The address of the Society's Superintendents and the Secreta ies of its Auxiliaries will 
be found on the cover of its reports and of the Home Missionary, 


The Home Missionary will be sent gratuitously to the following classes of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Mis^onaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of its Auxiliaries, To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, during the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dollars collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the facilitieB offered 
above to introduce the Home Missionary among his people. In notifying the Secretaries 
of his desbe to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the nami 
of some person to whom each copy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in trust, to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Mis^onary Society, formed in th« 
city of New York, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to he applied to th» 
charitable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its direction. 


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Harvarc . ^ . ., . - >- 

Miss NelJie I, Butter, 
Weetfiek:, lyiaefa 

Perkins Oollecti-r 


Go, Pbeach the Gospel Mark xti. 16. 

How shall they preach except they be sent?. .Bom. x. 16. 

Vol. XT.m, SEPTEMBER, 1870. No. 6. 


[The G^eral Conference of Maine, at its session in 1869, was pressed, as all our reli- 
gioDS bodies are pressed, with the question, *^ How shall the needAil supply of young men 
for the Ck)ngr^ational pulpits of the State be secured f '' 

The matter was referred to a Committee, Rcy. Frof.W. M. Barbour, D.D., of Bangor Theo- 
logical Seminary, and Bey. John 0. Fiske, D.D., of Bath, who reported to the Conference at 
iti session in June last Their report, as printed in the Ckriitian Mirror^ is adapted to any 
latitode, and we here present the substance of it to our readers, asking for it the prayerful 
consideration of parents, pastors, teachers, and young men in the schools and churches of 
all parts of the country :] 

Thkeb is no hiding the fact that there is a falling off in tbe numbers of those 
desirous to become ministers of Christ. With oar inctreasing population there 
should bo a steadily increasing proportion of men devoted to the care of sools. 
Bat this is not so. For ten years, none of our Seminaries or ministerial Associa- 
tioDs report a steady increase of young preachers. And not only so : it is diffi- 
€dt to persoade men to undertake the work, and after they are persuaded to 
begin, it is with difficulty that they are supported ; partly through tbe uncertainty 
cf hicome for them, and partly because tif their increased demand for personal 
eomforts. Modes of living, to which the mcgority of the ministers of this Oon- 
ftrenoe never aspired, are counted essentials. Who of the servants of Ohrist 
receiving this report, lamented the want of carpeted roomd, and fashionable 
dothiog, and sumptuous fare while prosecuting their studies ? 

Tour committee think they neither detract from thd good, whose zeal m 
pressing into the ministry is shown by enduring hardships that the world knows 
Boio^ nor slander the indifferent who seem to be willing to be borne into the 
ministry, when they say, that at present the heroic is not in the ascendant 
imoiig the young soldiers of the cross. And not of oor own denomination alone 
do we speak. Our Presbyterian friends (our twin-brothers rather), say the same- 
thing; they miss the chivalrous self-denials of a less wealthy age. Other times- 
tlkio ours must claim the fulfillment of the beautiful promise to Ohrist: "Thy 
peo^ shall be wlunteen in the day of thy power. . . • thou hast tlie dew 
of thy youth," 

Tet yoor committee do not come before you in despair, nor with any lack of 
fiuth in the stability of Christian institutions, especially in the preaching of the 
gospel Christ, they believe, was not speaking at hap-hazard when he said^ 
**! will he with yon in this work till the end of the world." They do* not coont 



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the present listlessness other than a common development, or rather the recur- 
rence of a well developed want in the church militant. As she began, the 
chnroh goes on. '' I have no man like-minded who will naturally care for your 
state," was Paul's expression on the scarcity of young men like Timothy for the 
apostolic churches.*' This is an ^' act of the apostles,'' then, to lament that we 
need men who will naturally care for the spiritual state of the churches. In 
the hope and confidence that this is but a temporary experience, your commit- 
tee call attention to what seems incumbent upon the churches, the present 
ministry, and the younger membership of our congregations, in order tiiat the 
work of the Lord may'have numerous and competent workmen. 

Your committee with all humility report the urgent necessity of prayer to Ood, 
First of all your committee urge this, because in their judgment it not only ranks 
first in importance but is the foundation of every other means. Our Lord him- 
self says : " Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth— literally 
thrust forth, drive forth — ^laborers into his harvest" It is usual to introduce 
prayer at the close of a report, because it seems courteous, after all the business 
is discussed, to allude to human dependence, and jbo gracefully close with some 
lofty duty that will glorify the whole. But in our judgment, prayer is in this case 
the main business ; and certainly the first business. And since we are ever facing 
the white fields, it was evidently intended by Christ to be a continuous business 
of his disciples, to pray for the laborer's place, and the laborer's company. "Were 
we not so used to some of Christ's sayings, this among others, wo should be 
startled at their boldness and confused by their strangeness. Certainly this is a 
strange saying, that dose by fields white to the harvest, the Lord of that harvest 
should pause, before he allowed even a few workers to begin— pause until prayer 
is made to himself to send them, and send others, to reap. Evidently men are 
not to be hired to go ; those who can be hired are not wanted ; men are not to 
be taken who of their own selves desire to go ; nor those urged by their personal 
friends to go ; nor those who fail in getting any thing else to do, and think they 
may as well go as be idle ; — ^no, they must be men bom of prayer ; out of and 
after prayer they must be sent, and that by the Lord of the harvest. Plainly 
Christ was in the secret of Providence in this strange declaration ; for from the 
sending of the twelve, till the last ordination of a true minister, only from prayer 
and because of prayer to the Lord of the harvest, have the true laborers come. 
Lords many of the harvest have offered themselves, plenty of men for a piece of 
bread have been in the field, but laborers serving in the burden and heat of the 
day, where have they been found except when sent by the Lord ? By the way 
they have worked, doing his work and not their own, they have shown that by 
his sending they came in. 

This, then, so far as Scripture and fact go, settles that there is no raising, of 
men to the pulpit, by a dead lift of omnipotence ; tiiat they must come sent of 
God after prayer on the church's part. Were we enforcing truth for the winning 
of souls, instead of reporting it to souls already won, it would be our delight to 
show how wise it is in God to leave room for a prayerful expression of interest 
in the bringing of men forward to preach the gospel. The Loi-d of all — the 
owner of the field, which is the world, of the seed which is his Word, of the 
harvest, and the laborers, still he is desirous that a ministry of that Word be 
prayed for. And this, we judge, because he wishes to share with man the 
blessedness of effort, and because he has made man, like himself, capable of being 
prayed to undertake the work of saving others ; and farther because, as we are 
made, no blessing is counted worth much that does not follow a need which rises 


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into an agonj of prayer to God. But looking in the most common way at prayer 
for the sending of men, it is the best thing that can be done to get the right 
snpply ; for the connsel simply is this : Pray that you may live by the words of 
life ; pray that you may hear the right things by the right men, sent from the 
right source. 

Is it an invented fear, then, that we have not had enough of men for want of 
enough of asking? Everyone that asketh receiveth, especially when a certain 
thing is put down to be specially asked. From the fact that our Seminary classes 
invariably fill up after revivals of religion, and thin out as revivals decline, we 
have a standing evidence that the more prayer there is for salvation, the more 
men are sent to preach it. 

Without suggesting any reproach under which they do not place themselves, 
without charging fault on those conscious of no neglect to pray for this end, 
without daring to say that there is no other cause for a decline of interest in the 
ministry, your committee are very decidedly of opinion that more fervent and 
effectual prayer must be offered in church and house and closet, before the Lord 
of the harvest sends the abundance of laborers required. If a true apostolic 
sicceesion of preachers is to be continued, it can only be by apostolic methods 
6f continuance. And how fully the apostles kept up this their first duty, we find 
in their letters and addresses to the churches : Pray that the Word may have free 
coarse; pray that I may come and preach; pray that a door of entrance be 
given; pray that the fullness of the blessing of tlie gospel of Christ may come 
with ns ; brethren pray for us I Do not these words show that they remembered 
the words of the Lord Je^us ? And can toe afford to forget them ? 

Bntthattheir report may not be open to the charge of one-sidedness, and 
ffliy be free from all mystical and fanatical notions, your committee venture to 
«sy that an irwreoM cf imtruetion upon the divine method of securing men for the 
^i^Mtry is another great need. 

Redemption is what the word says it is— a remedy; if so it is a remedy for 

s»n, a getting of him back from where he actually is, to where he originaUy 

▼as. hi such a work, since the way of man's loss has been largely by men's in- 

henoe upon one another, it is but natural to suppose that the recovery will be 

^ the influence of bieu upon one another. And it is so. God uses one man to 

tetch aaother— one saved man to save another. He ever employs truth to com- 

^errpr; love to conquer hate. He simply uses the wisest means to gain his 

ead. This should be explained in the public teaching of God's word. He ought 

to he heard in his own behalf calling: Who will stand for me against the evil 

^•ers! Who will go for me? Who is on the Lord's side? The youth of the 

chorch should frequently be reminded that God is ever calling men to leave 

t^ own plans and work, and help him out with his plans and work. Men 

ihoold be taught that to this day Christ comes to the school-house and to the work 

Whes, to the boats and to the counting desks, saying to this Peter and that 

Matthew, ^, Follow mo." And likewise should they be taught that he does well 

vho arises and follows Christ in the preaching of the word. Merchants who 

have young men in their employment, workmen who discern in others talents for 

preadung ; we, their companions, pastors, and Babbath school teachers should 

fiHten vpon men for Christ, and teach them to open their ears to his call. One 

Buaister ia known to your committee who has gained over forty ministers, in this 

v^ay of looking for them, speaking to them, and inducing them to undertake the 

work. Our ohnrohes are specially jealous of an unconverted ministry ; they recoil 

UMtiiietively from a ministry that is a profession like the law or the army or medi* 


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cine. They hold it to be a career, a public consecration of the life to Christ and to 
his glory in the gospePs service. This needs to be held boldly forth, so that those 
who have spent part of their lives in a profession, at their conversion may not 
withhold themselves from giving their redeemed years to this way of serving their 
Lord. Especially should all heads of ^families be free in their teaching, that all 
souls are the Lord^s, that the pareut is not responsible for the child, nor the child 
for the parent, when consecration to a given work is divinely pressed on the soul. 

To the churches and ministers is suggested the propriety of honoring their 
own prayers and consecration to Christ, by an adequate eupport of the minietry 
on tJie one hand ; and contentment with an adequate support, on the other. This 
grows out of a natural necessity. Human beings, who retain their human modes 
of existence, cannot preach the gospel and care for hundreds of sonls, and work 
for their daily bread at the same time. Nor does the Master intend they shall. 
The laborer— msTk the emphasis I the laborer, not the OTerseer, nor the schemer, 
nor the one called a laborer, but the genuine workman, is worthy of all he gets 
—his hire, no matter how much the Lord in his providence may grants No real 
laborer gets too much ; many get too little. ** The laborer is worthy of his 
hire " — ^that protects the faithful from envy, and saves fear to the churches lest 
they overpay the servants of Christ " Let him that is taught in the Word, 
communicate to him that teacheth in all good things," is, as we understand it^ 
instruction to the churches to adequately support their ministers. And promis- 
es, older than the new covenant, affirm that he who trusts in the Lord and d.>es 
good — surely no one is more fairly under that description than a faithftil min- 
ister—he shall dwell in the land, and certainly he shall be fed. 

These and the like Scriptures counsel the churches not to prevent the Lord 
from keeping his word. His plan is to have his laborers supported ; comfort- 
ably if they can be, uncomfortable if it must be, but supported according to the 
churches' ability. And very few would be deterred from entering the ministry 
on the score of support, did the churches identify the minister's interest with 
their own. Very gladly are the losses of farms and business shared by those 
who are made partakers of success in farm and merchandise. A tithing of wipit 
will be taken, when want is the chief abundance of the year. What many of 
those looking to the ministry feel most keenly is, the people's expectation of a 
ministry rich in thought and culture when nothing to foster them is attainable. 
The main question seems to be, '* Can a minister live, that is, keep his household 
in food and clothing upon the support granted him? " Suppose it can be ooqd ted 
up that he can and does live— if his salary Just covers that, no more ought to be 
expected, than that the man shaU live in the parish, preach to the living and 
bury the dead ; in fact, do the routine of a pastor's work. Where and upon 
what is a man to grow ? How many generous emotions are his, when he has 
no means of generosity ? How is he likely to inspire his people with the joy of 
giving, when an opportunity to give by his own hands must come like ^ mirac- 
ulous dispensation, if it come ot all ! The means of mental growth, books, trftrel, 
occasional rest and intercourse with the learned being denied, as man is made 
there can be no advance in mental culture nor productiveness. Treat the breath- 
less dust of the earth so, and it will not produce more than one crop. Strange 
if our Maker has put less dignity on dust into which he breathed the breath of 
life, and made a living soul. Man cannot live by bread alone ; he must have 
truth, he must have the Word of God. Especially if other souls are to live on a 
man's explanations of that Word, it is requisite that he have implements by 
which to secure these explanations. And over-against this, it must be allowed. 


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that it will farther an entrance npon the work of preaching, if the coming men 
will make their minda np to he contented with an adequate support. And it 
will also aid them if those who are decently cared for, will confess that thej are 
so. It is the tnisfortnne of the ministry, that so many of their losing men are so 
ready to bear testimony to their losses, and that their prosperous men are gen- 
erally 80 averse to publishing themselves, that they do not rush into print even 
with tlieir happiness. To their credit as a company of self-denying men be it 
told, that the mass of ministers are sorely tried by the pnblio discussion of their 
salaries. We hare always thought that it was a trial to the apostle Paul to 
tbank the Philippians for their collections, and to beg of the churches to be 
nundfal of the duty of giving. Yet even he had to do it ; and we all know that 
he was not a discontented minister, nor a worldly man. But, when opportunity 
offers to give Christ and his people credit for fairly supporting their servants, 
we have fallen npon such evil times of detraction that it becomes those who 
have dwelt in the land and have been fed, to testify to those coming forward 
that they have not been left to want, nor have their children begged their 

And this Is all the testimony needed ; because no man need come in among 
08 to make money, to make fame, to make comfort or worldly influence — any 
thing bat work. The ministry is a good work — not a good banking enterprise ; in 
fact, if any ministers have found that from tlie proceeds of their preaching 
they have a bank acoonnt growing like a merchant^ they would from that very 
fict have reason to doubt that they were ministers of Christ. An adequate sup- 
port, your committee say, is what the ministry should content itself with : and 
an adequate support the churches are bound to furnish, if men with growing 
niods are to be their ministers. 

The only remaining aid to the getting of men that yonr committee can dwell 
ttpon, is a more general exaUation of the ministerial office ; and as various parties 
have eacii their own way of doing this, the report will close by a detail of ways 
and means of the desired exaltation. 

The miniitry should magnify its own office, if it wonld see itself well supplied. 
For the end before ns, it is a good thing to preach as if one liked to preach ; it is 
A better to preach joyously because one does like it ; best of all is it for ministers 
to constantly declare that it is the best work they have ever done, or desire to do. 
It b said that every man owes a debt to his profession ; and in our judgment, 
vhat the ministers owe to the pulpit, they should pay in the form of love for it, 
and commendation of it Young men will soon find out whether a place is to be 
coveted or not by the air of him who holds it. That was a most injudicious 
method of recruiting adopted in Pennsylvania, in 1864, when a recruiting office 
WS8 opened dose by a military hospital, where the groaning of the wounded was 
tbe only music that reminded them of the glory of battle. Needless was it to say 
that the true patriot would enlist, whatever lay before him. That might be, but 
oa just principles of securing a free being's consent, that was an unwbe experi- 
ment The greatest apparent good was not presented. And smce ministers know 
how to make an application on a mere hint, let us hint that it will be well for those 
woanded in their ministerial oampdgns to suppress their groans, while the young 
are hearing. When nurses and surgeons are near there is liberty to moan ; but it 
is a needless and a hurtful expenditure of breath to cry out when those looking 
to the service are, by such sounds, likely to be prejudiced against it. 

Granting that many strong men have been cut down in it, many solid men 
worn out in it, many young men killed outriglit in it, there is no more glori- 


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114 THE HOME MI8SI0NAEY. September, 

ojUB work than the preachiDg of Christ He had the true preacher's spirit who re- 
cently said in reply to an offer of a stranger to preach for him, " you might as 
well ask to eat my food for me ; '' a homely way of following him who said '' it is 
my meat and drink to do the will of my Father in heaven." " Gladly," said 
Philip Henry, '^ would I beg my bread six days of the week, to be allowed to 
preach on the seventh.'* 

The acknowledged poverty of the ministeiial class is an honor, and should be 
maintained as such. That a class of men are willing to forego what almost 
all other men make the great strife of their lives ; that neither money, nor com- 
fort, nor social distinction, nor political power, nor literary fame will win them from 
their work of explaining and enforcing Chrbtian truths — this certainly is some- 
thing of which every man in the ministry may glory. When this world is down- 
side up as it will soon be to most of us, when the unseen and spiritual state is 
better appreciated because more clearly seen — who is the rich man and who the 
poor, who is the honorable and who the vile, will be more thoroughly settled than 
it is now. And the glory of those who dared to be poor in the flesh that they 
might make many rich in the spirit, eye hath not seen nor ear heard, nor do we 
now conceive. He puts his office high in human esteem who lives as if he be- 
lieved this. 

The household has a noble opportunity of exalting the ministry of Christ 
History is constantly repeating itself in this, that out of families where conversa- 
tion on divine things is intermixed with jests and vulgar remarks, few converts to 
Christ come. Especially so in respect to the children becoming ministers. Find 
a household which adjourns from the church to " take off" the peculiarities of the 
preacher, and criticise his style of leading the devotions and preaching tlie Word, 
and you will find one barren of those bom for the ministry. 8ee how the hon- 
oring of the office at home has resulted in the numerous and faithful ministerial 
families, thinking of nothing but the honoring of Christ by preaching him. See 
the missionary families — the Scndders, the Schaufflers, the Gulicks; the pastoral 
families — ^the Beechers, the Duffields, the Tyngs, and the Alexanders, besides 
many of the honored living who have two and even three generations preaching 
together. It does not all " run in the blood," for we are expressly told that not of 
blood or descent are men called, but it runs largely in the training. Train the 
child and he will go. Prayer, precept and example rarely fail to make a son 
what his father and mother desire. In your committee's judgment, the house- 
hold is before the church and college and seminary too, as the mental and spirit- 
ual and professional birthplace of the true minister. 

To be comprehensive in their deliverance, your committee venture with all 
modesty to suggest an elevation of the office in eonneetion toith our process qf 
ministerial training, A great evil has come on the Christian ministry by the 
multiplication and the competition of Theological Seminaries. Too great eager- 
ness to secure numbers, has tempted those who manage these institutions to 
lower the grade of qualification for entrance — ^in fact, in some instances, to abol- 
ish all inquiries about qualification, and, unlike the apostle Paul, to snatch at 
novices and make them bishops. 

While all due facility should await those ready for professional training, in 
your committee's opinion, the Seminary should be a place, which it is worth 
some effort to enter. To use it as an infirmary for the mentally halt, lame, and 
blind, instead of a directing, bracing, stimulating and testing place, for those 
wiih the main part of their culture secured before entry, is to rob it of its honor 


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and its power, and to farnish the ohorolies with men who confess to themselyes 
that) as thej go out, they ought to have only been thinking of coming in. 

It is significant that Christ had no young preachers whom he sent ont from 
a shorter coarse ; that he kept them all by his side for three fall years. And 
bat one — and it was the falsity of his heart, and not the want of competent 
teaching that ailed him — ^bat one of those staying all their time with the Mas- 
ter, was a poor preacher. When any one with any kind of training is made a 
minister, how can it be expected that a landable and Christian ooTeting of one 
of the best gifts, the gift of preaching, is possible among our young men ? 

And yet again, there is need of a revival of the heroic in connection toith mwii- 
tmalmcrifiee among our young people. The days of suffering in the flesh are 
about over ; but the scourging, and mocking, and the sawing asunder of the sou] 
can be endared for Christ Christ was a minister, is now a minister, of the 
aanctuary which the Lord pitched, and not man. Christ still has a reproach ; 
he is no philosopher ; his gospel is foolishness. *' Where is the promise of his 
coming^" is still the taunt ; law has the supremacy ; all things go on as from the 
beginning. The question is, Who will bear that reproach, go out with him, 
itaod by him, be called fools instead of philosophers, mad instead of sane, poor 
instead of rich, yet amid all be blessed? " For, Blessed are ye when men shall 
revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you fedsely 
for my sake." 

Can our youth more surely gain the name and the place of heroes, than by 
joining the ranks of those wise to win sonls ? Shall a dread of hardship, or 
the 8com of men, rob them of the reward of those who turn many to righteous- 



Fnm Rev. B. Af. BetU, Santa Barbara^ Santa 
Barbara Co, 

Not Dead Tet. 

A year ago our church was generally 
believed to bo dead. Its membership 
had been redaced to thirteen, its Sab- 
bath school was almost broken up, and 
many were ready to attend its fnneraL 
Had it not been for your Superintendent, 
and the aid of your Society, it doubtless 
wonld not have revived. We fo^ how- 
ever, that results have justified all that 
yon have done for us. Eighteen have 
been received into the church, ten by 
letter, and eight on profession of faith. 
The Sabbath school now numbers 75, 
and the congregation nearly 200. 

This has been a year of re-action, and 
particnlarly a hard one for California. 
A partial dronth has added to its se- 

verity. Money has been hard to get for 
any purpose, and especially for church 
building ; yet our people, few in num- 
ber, and of slender means, felt that God 
would help them, and determined to 
build. As a result, we have just dedi- 
cated to the Lord, free of debt, a beau- 
tiful house of worship, which has cost 
over $8,000. Many noble sacrifices 
have been made, but as a church we 
feel that we are all the stronger for 

Thirty miles below us is an important 
field for Christian labor. It is the out- 
let of the Santa Clara valley. This val- 
ley already produces largely, but in a 
few years it wiU yield enough to feed 
the State. It is being settled by Chris- 
tian families. A Congregational church 
of 18 i^embers was organized there 
last fall, but they have no pastor. A 
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weleomed to a deligbtfnl and most im- 
portant field. 

From Rev, J. J. Powdl, Rio Vuta^ Solano 


Oar Olraroh Fair, 

It was opened on Taesdaj eyening, 
and held throa^ Wednesday and Thars- 
daj. All the articles were made by the 
ladies of the ohorch and congregation, 
few in number, who deserve great 
credit for their conrage, good judgment, 
hard work and perfect management 
The managers determined to hare no 
"post-offices," "grab-bags," "scales of 
justice and beauty," "loss-tree," or 
other tree of suspicious character. The 
whole affair was carried out on strictly 
Christian principles, and proved that a 
church fair can be made profitable 
without any of Satan's modern inven- 
tions. The receipts were about $600, 
and we breathe freely, because the bur- 
den of debt has been removed. More- 
over, we have bought a new steel 
amalgam bell, and one of Mason & 
Hamlin's organs, which aids the singing 
of our excellent voluntary choir, all of 
whom are members of our church. 

Protracted ICeetinffs. 

A week ago last Sabbath we opened 
our batteries on the enemy's fortifica- 
tions, and have been shelling them for 
ten days without intermission. They 
are strong, but must yield. The feeling 
is increasing daily, and a few have ex- 
perienced a change of heart. We are 
determined to fight on, until the whole 
place is regenerated by the power of 
the Holy Spirit. 


From Riv. J, F, Morgan^ North Lawrenety 
Douglas Co, 

A Dark Look. 

Since my first year's labor yihere has 
been much to discourage Cnristian ef- 
fort. Local questions have constantly 

disturbed the peace of the community 
with strife and discord. So many have 
desired to rule, that we have had no 
rule at all, except the destructive power 
of whiskey. This has neutralized our 
efforts for good. It has prevented the 
growth of our town ; few but the god- 
lees and immoral wishing to stop here. 
Not a single Congregational family has 
settled here during the past two years. 
1 have many tiroes thonght that I co«ld 
hold out under these circumstances no 
longer; that many other fields were 
much more inviting ; but having labored 
so hard to secure a church edifice, I 
could not bear to see this enterprise go 
down, and have clung to it. I have be- 
lieved there was never a day so dark 
but that the clouds were scattered; 
never a night so long but that the morn- 
ing dawned ; so I have labored on in 
hope of this brighter day. 

Changes have occurred during the 
past three months which lead us to be- 
lieve that this long expected day is near 
at hand. "The morning seems to dawn." 
One quite important change is the con- 
solidation of this town with the city of 
Lawrence. We feel that we shall no 
longer be at the mercy of whiskey. 
Though it has been but a week since 
this was consummated, we already be- 
gin to see its effect. Business in every 
branch has received an impetus; streets 
are being opened and graded; houses 
are going up ; and we now hope to see 
a different class of people casting in 
their lot with us. One family from the 
Plymouth Congregational church, Chi- 
cago, has already gladdened our hearts. 
May the Lord send many such, to cheer 
us and lighten our burdens I 

Jf^om Rev, I, Jacobus, Junction City, 
Davis Co, 

For a x>ortion of the last quarter I 
have been laid upon the stocks for re- 


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paira. My lungs were so weakened by 
a siege of the whooping cough that I 
was compelled to suspend labor for a 
few Sabbaths. From my own experi- 
ence, I could not conscientiously recom- 
mend the whooping cough to adults, 
and would most heartily advise all 
mimtm to submit to it when they are 
yonng. I have been most fortunate, 
however, in securing help every Sunday 
of my illness. Brothers Parker, Cord- 
ley, Merrill, Butterfield and Tnnnell, 
have each given me a Sabbath, so that 
80 far as feeding the flock is concerned, 
my church have fared far better and 
been led in greener pastures than if 
their regular under-shepherd had not 
become lame. 

The valuable assistance of these bre- 
thren has done us all good. While it 
has toned us up and invigorated us, it 
has generated a keener sympathy on 
I tteir part for our struggling church. 

K«w Oomen. 
Our congregations have increased so 
liTgely of late, that on some occasions 
it has been difficult to seat all. Thb 
comes of the heavy immigration into 
onr place. Many of these are from 
England; a good sprinkling of them 
members of the " Independent church." 
j Hike these English Christians. Their 

type of piety is of a higher order than 
that of some of our weak-kneed bre- 
thren on the border. It stands trans- 
portation and sea-sickness. A niece of 
ReT. Thomas Bmney, of London, and 
her husband, are soon to present their 
letters and give us their valuable 

The city is building up rapidly; we 
oount the new buildings by scores. 
Many of our order come in, but as yet 
few remain. Our old members move on, 
but we hope to keep our number good. 
We have a more encouraging outlook 
BOW than ever before. A deep interest 
appears to pervade our congregations. 
Hiy God breathe upon us the breath 

From Rev. H. W, Shaw, WhiU aaitd, 
Doniphan Co* 

During the quarter there has been 
much to encourage us ; not that any 
thing has been accomplished in the way 
of outward growth, but there has been 
a very decided increase of earnestness 
and courage. The incipient effort to- 
wards building a church this season has 
infused new life and animation into all 
the membership. All the various expe- 
dients for raising means are being put 
into requisition. The money for an or- 
gan was raised without difficulty during 
the winter, and to-morrow the women 
of the church organize for the raising 
of funds to furnish the church when 
completed. Perfect harmony and good 
feeling prevail. Our services are more 
fully attended than ever, though I do 
not know that there is any especial re- 
ligions interest. 

•• aolnff West." 

Next Sabbath is to be our communion 
season at Highland, and it is expected 
that a few will be received, both by let- 
ter and confession. These, however, 
will only fill the places of some who 
have recently removed to " the West ; " 
for, strange as it may seem, in this, al- 
most the Ultima Thule of civilization 
and of regions fitted by nature to be the 
home of an agricultural people, the ten- 
dency of all the unsatisfied ones is to- 
wards the West 1 

Helper Wanted. 
If these two churches are to be sup- 
plied by one man, he needs greater 
powers of physical endurance than I 
possess, to work such a field efficiently 
and satisfactorily to the church and to 
himself. Each is extremely desirous of 
obtaining the entire services of a minis- 
ter : Highland, because of the church's 
relation to denominational influences ; 
and Whi(ip Cloud, because of the build- 
ing task it has assumed for this year, 
and because of burdens that in its pres- 


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ent weak state will be nnavoidable. 
Each charob wishes to engross my whole 
time, and I am in a strait betwixt two. 


From Rev. O. B. Nutting^ Mower CUy^ 

Mower Oounfy, 

Not on Another's Foundation. 

I came here with my family, because 
there was no minister of any denomina- 
tion living either in this or the adjoin- 
ing towns north and east. I had been 
informed that a Baptist minister, ten 
miles distant, who had preached here 
once in two weeks, did not intend to 
continne; but I came without invita- 
tion from any one, or commission, save 
that general one in the last verses of 

This settlement was commenced about 
fourteen years ago. There have been, 
in succession, four different church or- 
ganizations, viz., Methodist, free-will 
Baptist, Oampbellite, and close-com- 
munion Baptist. The lasf only sur- 
vives, having been in existence two 
years, and numbering twelve members, 
of whom five are men. My first service 
was in a school-house on the prairie, 
two miles east, where I have preached 
once each Sabbath since. I hold a 
preaching service, every alternate Sab- 
bath, in Waltham, the town north of us. 
I have also preached regularly every 
Sabbath once in the school-house here. 
The m^ority of the village population, 
although mostly of New England ori- 
gin, have not, for years, been in the 
habit of attending public worship. I 
am glad, however, to see that some of 
that class have recently commenced at* 
tending regularly. 

The Foreiam Work. 

You know I was from Jan., 1858, 
until Aug., 1868, missionary of the A. 
B. C. F. M., in central Turkey. In ex- 
tent of territory and population, this is 
much smaller than my former field, 
which covered an area of 10,000 square 

miles, and had a population of more 
than 200,000. We have here, as there, 
the same corrupt human nature with 
which to deal, the same remedy by 
which to seek its recovery, and the 
same promise of the Holy Spirit, to 
make our labors effectual. Yet, in some 
important respects, the difficulties to be 
contended with here seem much greater 
than they were there. Somewhat less 
than one eighth of the population of my 
former field were nominal Christians, 
our work was directly among them, and 
indirectly, through them, upon the 
Moslems and heathen. Though descend- 
ed from Christians of the first century, 
they had retained only the name with- 
out the life of Christianity, and needed 
to be converted in order to be true wit- 
nesses for Christ, to the Moslem and 
heathen around them. But the Bible 
was acknowledged by them to be of d!* 
vine authority, though for centuries it 
had been kept froni them. And when 
convineed of our sincere benevolence in 
coming among them, they were more 
than willing to listen to us while we 
" reasoned with them out of the Scrip- 
tures,'* and taught them ^concern- 
ing the kingdom of the Lord Jesus 
Christ." The few who could read, 
bought and searched the Bible, and 
those who could not, applied themselves 
earnestly to learn, that they might find 
out for themselves whether what we 
taught them was true. ^* Therefore, 
many of them believed." 

Their facilities and opportunities for 
the acquisition of this world's goods 
being small, they did not grudge the 
time necessary for attending the public 
services of instruction and worship. 
Besides the two sermons, and Sabbath 
school on the Lord's day, and two 
weekly evening services, they were 
ready to come together to a daily ex-> 
pository service, whenever we had time 
and strength to hold one, either in the 
evenings of winter, or at sunrise in sum- 
mer. *'In season and out of season," 
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thej seemed to hunger for instructioD, 
comfort, exhortatioD, or reproof out of 
the Word, and loved to *' speak often 
one to another " of the things they had 
heard or read. 

The Home Work. 

But here the whole strength and 
energy of every one seems to he ab- 
sorbed in an agonizing pursuit of this 
world's goods, so that it is quite impos- 
sible for them also to ^* agonize to enter 
in at the strait gate.'' Many do not 
hesitate to continue their work through 
every day of the seven, and the most of 
those who cease from ordinary work on 
the Sabbath, are so exhausted by the 
week's labors as to have no strength or 
heart for any thing but sleep, or amuse- 
ment and mere physical recreation. A 
proposal to meet together at sunrise, or 
on week-day evenings, for religious in- 
struction and prayer, they would con- 
sider evidence of insanity in the pro- 

Another great diflSculty here, from 
which we were there exempt, is the 
spirit of sectarianism. Let a minister 
of any denomination commence labor 
in an unoccupied field, even if sincerely 
desirous to waive all denominational 
peculiarities and unite all who love the 
Lord Jesus Christ, immediately others 
will come in to preach and make divi- 
sioD, in the interest of their own denomi- 


f^rom Rev, K WUlard, Plainmeio, Waha- 
thaw Co, 

Sorrow and Joy. 

The last Sabbatl^ of the quarter I was 
Absent, called by the sickness of my 
brother who died in Troy, N. Y. I 
trost the sad experience will fit me bet- 
ter for the work which the Lord has for 
XD6 to do in this place. 

We have been made to rcyoice by the 
iocession to oar numbers of seventeen 
P^sons, mainly on profession of their 
faith, about equally divided between 

adults and young persons. Among 
those who united with us was a former 
minister of another denomination, who 
has already found a field of labor in one 
of our churches in this State. 

We are much crowded for room in 
the uninviting place of worship we now 
occupy; and the last payments have 
been made on a $600 lot, for a church 
edifice. Stone is being drawn for the 
foundation, but the church will proba- 
bly not be completed before next year. 

From Rw. J, D, Todd, Wirmehago Cify^ 

The Tear's Work. 

My year of labor under your commis- 
sion has been one of hope and fears 
and toil ; of some discouragements from 
" sight," and much encouragement by 
" faith." I have planned and counseled, 
firtudied, preached and pleaded for Christ, 
and for the polity of the Pilgrims, of 
which there seems to be a strange igno- 
rance in these parts. I have preached 
one hundred and forty times ; have re- 
ceived into the Winnebago City church 
twenty-nine members — ^almost half on 
profession of their faith — and to the 
Woodland Mills church, two on profes- 
sion ; have held an extra meeting of four 
days with church at Fairmount, the 
county seat west of us, and in doing 
this, have traveled twelve hundred and 
fifty miles. A union meeting here, of 
great and quiet power, from the week 
of prayer till near the first of March, 
resulted in the hopeful conversion or 
reclamation of sixty souls. At Wood- 
land Mills a nine days' meeting, in which 
I was alone with the church, was blessed 
to the bringing in from the world of 
seven souls, while five or six who had 
been interested for months, were 
brought to a foil decision for Ohrist. 
The family of a leading infidel, eight in 
number, have expressed hope in Christ, 
so that he is left alone, and has himself 
said he " wished he could see as Chris- 
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The Spirit of God has been wonderfolly 
poared out in all this field, and we 
greatly rejoice in him. 

Anffel Ministries. 

Mintsteriog angels have visited, sur- 
prised and cheered us. What a box 
that was! Large, rich, full, minute ; 
over-clothes under-clothes, thick, solid 
garments for the winter's cold ; clothes 
for the study, clothes for father, moth- 
er, and each child. Opened in the mid- 
dle of the sitting-room, there were 
cheers, almost shouts, eyes opening 
with wonder and gratitude, as each ar- 
ticle came to the new light of a Minne- 
sota mission cottage I Then those rich 
letters : one from Father -: — , 77 years 
of age, and desirous to help fit up our 
little home ; another from a boy of elev- 
en years, who, interested by reading an 
extract in the ffome Mimonaryy had 
saved and sent his spending money for 
the children ; and yet another, by post, 
from Baltimore, Md., from an unnamed 
angel, whose initi^ only were given. 
God ble«)s that dear old man, and the 
boy, and the kind ministering unknown 
one ! None but ourselves can ever know 
the comfort afforded by their gifts. 

Churoh Home Wanted. 
The church in Winnebago City needs 
a house 'of worship immediately — ^hav- 
ing to hold service in the public school 
room, which may be dosed, leaving no 
place but the small Baptist house, in 
which the Methodists also worship. 
This is soon to be a railroad town ; the 
growth will be very rapid, and it is im- 
perative that foundations be laid now, 
if we would build up successfully. Who 
of God^s stewards will make an offering 
of $500 as an anniversary memorial gift ? 


Ihmi Rev. J, JL AUnnaon^ Itnpa FaU$^ 

Hardin Co, 


Here closes my first year of labor as 

a Home Missionary. The year has been 

one of sunshine and shadow — ^the sun- 
shine, however, predominating. Within 
the year, 27 have united with the 
churoh, eight of them on profession of 
their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
During several months, considerable in- 
terest was felt in spiritual things, both 
by the church and congregation. As a 
result of special meetings, a few sepa- 
rated themselves from the world and 
entered the church. 

Pecuniarily we ere little better off 
than last year. Business is dull, partly 
because this is no longer the railroad 
terminus, and partly because farmers' 
produce, especially wheat, brought but 
little. The prospect for a good wheat 
crop fbr this year is also poor, on ac- 
count of the drought These things com- 
bine to lengthen faces and tighten 
pocket-books. Still, suhscriptions for 
your missionary's salary have been paid, 
and a larger amount than in previous 
years has been contributed to various 
benevolent causes. 

The Field and The Kan. 

My labors have mostly been confined 
to this place, though I have preached a 
few times at a village two miles distant, 
when I could endure three services. I 
intend soon to visit a few places of 
which I hear contradictory reports. 
Two of these places are eleven raUes 
from here. One of them, with from 
200 to 800 people, is called a " hard 
city," in great need of the gospel. An- 
other is called ^* respectable,'' and is the 
centre of a farming community. If 
these places are open, they will furnish 
a grand field for some self-denying, hard- 
working minister, and I think I have 
the man. A member of our church, 
who united by profession this year, has 
concluded to prepare for that sort of 
work. He is about thirty, is married, 
has a good English education; thinks 
he cannot go to the Seminary, but says 
he will study with me, beginning his 
studies this fUl. We all think he will 
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/Vom Rev, Q, Spauldinff^ Depere^ Brown do* 

Ck)znfort In Sorrow. 

When this report was due, I was ab- 
sent with our oldest daughter, of whose 
sickness I wrote jou. [See Home Mu^ 
nonary for June.] We had hardly the 
£untest hope, but thought it possible, 
that she might temporarilj rally by a 
' trip to the sea-shore. She lived but ten 
dsjs after reaching our Eastern friends. 

We feel that the Lord^s mercies have 
been very great in this affliction : — so 
numy kindnesses all through our 
daaghter*8 sickness ; the love and sym- 
psthj of relatives and Christian friends; 
the unexpected provision for our jour- 
ney to the East with her ; the kind 
conrtesies, in traveling, from conduo- 
tora and even hackmen towards an in- 
valid stranger ; her meeting, on the 
roQte, with friends she greatly desired 
to see; the few days by the sea-shore 
among relatives; the seclusion and 
quietness of her grandmother's home, 
in Lowell, for tiie last days ; the grate- 
fnl recognition by the weary one of all 
these mercies from the heavenly 
Father's hand ; her ever-trusting spirit 
and beaotifnl simplicity of faith ; the 
gratification of all her earUily wishes; 
the feeling that every thing had been 
done for her that could be done ; the 
brave and quiet patience with which she 
waited for the last of earth ; and, when 
flbe felt the wing of the death-angel, 
the happy smile, the light of victory in 
ber eye, and her '^ please, Jesus, come 
quickly ; *> and finally her burial in the 
ipot she had chosen. Though we miss 
her more than words can tell, we can 
but say. How good is the Lord ! 

Then, too, the manner in which thb 
afllktion was received by the remaining 
diildren comforts U8» The only brother, 
next to her in age, says, ** She has only 
pme a little before, to wait for us 
there." The next sister, of fifteen, "I 
did not think that Lottie, could die, I 
opected to see her again, bu| she is 

well and strong now." Said the 
youngest, of nine years, when we had 
come home and gathered about our 
table for the first time without the 
loved one, " Let us not cry, we shall all 
of us see her again." 

Our mercies are greater than our 
affliction, and our joy greater than our 
sorrow. We will sing of the goodness 
of the Lord. We bless Him for the 
faith he has given to our children, so 
early that they know not when it was 
not in exercise. 

Jf^om Rev, A, A. Overton, Arena, loufa Co, 
Fruit Oath^red. 

In my last I spoke of cheering 
signs of a special work of the Holy 
Spirit. The Lord has made us glad 
with the great things he hath done 
for us. We count twenty-six conver- 
sions; but I am confident there are 
more who savingly believe in Jesus. 
Several of our new converts are heads 
of families. 

I have had no assistance from. any 
evangelist or any brother from another 
field. With the exception of Saturday, 
I preached every evening for six weeks. 
Our Sabbath school is still increasing in 
numbers and in love for the study of 
the Word. This I superhitend, and 
give the scholars each Sabbath a short 

I^om Rev. A, W. CurHe, Belmont, La. 
fayette Co. 

Dark and Bright. 

Some of our most efficient and best 
paying members have sold out to Ger- 
mans and left, and this noble church, 
generously respodsive to every good ob- 
ject, has been sadly broken up of late, 
both because of these removals, and of 
the ill-health of their late pastor— finally 
compelled to give up labor. The church 
has been reduced in number from 98 to 
8S daring the ptlst year, and others 
have left who have not yet taken let- 


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ters. Two were added at the last com- 
munion, by profession, both recent con- 
verts. We have had no special pro- 
tracted meeting, but a good degree of 
interest for some time past. Last night, 
through storm and mad, a man came to 
the prayer meeting, and lifted his voice 
to God with strong crying and suppli- 
cation, who but a few weeks ago was 
exceedingly profane, and unapproach- 
able on the subject of religion. His 
wife is a praying woman, and little by 
little he has been induced to come to 
church, and finaUy to the prayer meet- 
ing. The stormiest day we had thb 
year, he came to my house with hands 
BO full of gifts from his wife, that he 
could not protect his face, and both 
ears were frosted. But after thawing 
out, he acceded bo readily to my invita- 
tion to the study, that I was astonished; 
and yet more to find his errand was to 
get me to pray with him, and to tell me 
that he desired to follow Jesus. 

The daughter of our belove d Warner 
who was the means of building up this 
church, who finally died in the harness, 
worn out with over-work, now lies at 
the point of death in the last stages of 
consumption, but preaching most elo- 
quent sermons by her patient suffering 
for Christ, 

From JUv, S, ff, Thompton^ Osseo, Trempeo' 
Uau Co, 

Sectarian Divisions. 

The people are too poor to support 
one minister, yet are disposed to multi- 
ply churches and ministers — difibring 
more as to polity than doctrine. Should 
we retire, as we are strongly inclined to 
do for the sake of avoiding coUisionj 
others would soon retire for the want 
of adequate support, and shortly we fear 
the field would be abandoned. Such 
results we have seen to our sorrow. 
Quite a number have been hopefdlly 
converted. Classes have been formed. 
Others stand aloof. To organize them 
into a Congregational church would 

make a third organization. This would 
seem to hinder rather than promote 
Christian unity. Yet Congregational- 
ists were first in labor, and appropriate- 
ly should be first in organization. But 
established "isms" emphatically say 
"JTo/ meekly and modestly coalesce 
or retire." What shall be done ? Shall 
not Oongregationalists, having the sim- 
ple republican, Puritan, Bible polity, , 
stand their ground ? We have been too 
retiring, too much afraid of sectarian 
zeal. Thus other sects, with their 
adapted machinery, boldness and tact — 
sometii»es perhaps disregarding Chris- 
tian comity — ^have multiplied and mo- 
nopolized, under the name of true 
Christian zeal. 

In much that is good and commend- 
able we would rejoice, while yet we are 
zealous of the better way. We shall 
probably soon form a Congregational 
church at Elk Creek, where numbers 
are anxious for it. 


From Rev, J, S. Kidder ^ Rochester^ Oakland 

A Sad Bereavement. 

On the second of May last, at our 
morning devotions, we read the history 
of Job's great afflictions and his trust- 
ftd assurance, " The Lord gave and the 
Lord hath taken away, and blessed be 
the name of the Lord." Then, leading 
my horse to the well for water, I hand- 
ed the halter to my little boy, Freddie, 
to hold while the horse ate for a few 
minutes. To make sure of his hold, the 
little fellow fastened the halter around 
his waist. Something startling the 
horse, he ran with my boy hanging by 
the halter, until the strap broke, and 
my child was left on the grass, dead. 
Then the language of Job became ap- 
propriate for me, and I trust that its 
sentiment found a lodgment in my 
heart. The boy was eight years old, 
my youngest of six children. It is the 


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first break in our little family circle. 
God, my heavenly Father, seeras nearer 
and dearer to me than ever hefore, and 
I can 666 that I needed the discipline. 

From Rev, T. JoneSy MaUawan, Van Buren 


You have been informed that this 
dmrch, so lately distracted and nearly 
ready to disband, was in the midst of 
a glorions work of grace. It continued 
in the winter, nor is it yet done. We 
have received 87, and there are several 
more to come in. Our church is well 
filled on Lord^s day ; our Sabbath school 
numbers 140, and we are all in union 
among ourselves. I trust that your 
ttoble Society will not have cause to re- 
gret the means expended here. Three 
or four young men, poor though they 
are, have given their individnal notes 
for the debt of the new church, and 
nov are struggling hard to pay them. 
We trust that this little church has 
brigbter days before it. To the blessed 
Ulster be aJl the praise I 


Frm Rev. G. G. Perkins, Kidder, Cold- 
KH^ Co, 

Pour Team' Work. 

Four years ago I found here a church 
«f seven members, a small Sunday 
lehool, and a congregation of about 
fifty. Under the auspices of your So- 
ciety, I turned my back on my hooae 
md labor in Massachusetts, set my face 
westward, and with wife and five child- 
ren reached this point, ** drove my 
rtike,'' and by God's abounding mercy 
we have continued till this present 
thoe, all living, and one added to the 
•nmber. Some of my Eastern friends 
thoo^t I was insane, to take my young 
and numerous family to this distant 
nd ^soni-civilized'* section, as some 
regarded it; but, '* Hitherto bath the 

Lord helped us," and blessed be his 

I have met with disappointments 
and trials ; sickness has visited me and 
my family ; but there has been joy in 
the service of the Master, good seed is 
sown, and good results are already 
realized. The seven has been increased 
more than ten-fold, the congregation 
has become regular in attendance, the 
Sunday school is a power, the cause of 
Temperance is so prospered that there 
cannot be even a licensed saloon in the 
place, the public school is brought up 
from two months in the year to nine or 
ten months ; and in all this I have been do something. 

Last winter, and during this quarter 
we have enjoyed a glorious revival ; 
bringing thirty or more hopefhlly to 
Christ. Twenty have united with the 
church during this quarter, making 
nearly fifty, in fifteen months. 

I have been disappointed in the slo^ 
growth of this village. The country 
around has settled up considerably, but 
immigration hither is not large just 
now. The high price of land and other 
reasons have operated to ssend it else- 

The college building, incomplete, 
has been standing still for several months 
of these '*hard times ; " but though the 
extravagant expectations of some will 
not be realized, I believe it will succeed. 
It has not had enough either of time or 
money to give it a fair start I have 
been disappointed too in not having a 
house of worship ere this, but the plea 
has always been, " wait till the college 
comes I " The people are now realiz- 
ing, that it will not serve them for a 
church even when completed, located 
at such a distance from the centre of 
the village. 

As yon know, I have served the 
church at Hamilton the past six months, 
preaching here in the morning and 
there in Uie afternoon, and often visiting 
Hamilton during the week. They have 
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of worship, which, by the aid of the 
" Union," is free from debt 

From Rev, Z, E, FeemtUr^ OainuviUe^ 
Oxark Co, 

Out In the Woods. 
After an absence of abont three 
months, for removing my family from 
Mississippi, I am again at my ministeri- 
al labors in Ozark, Douglass, and Chris- 
tian connties, filling appointments in 
eight different places, mostly nnder un- 
favorable circumstances. The state of 
religious feeling had declined during my 
absence. The weather has been unfav- 
orable for meetings held generally in 
dwellings and school-houses, small and 

not very comfortable. My family, 
without a house, have tented out in the 
open woods. My time has been mnch 
taken up in providing for the temporal 
wants of my family. Provisions and 
materials for houses had to be secured, 
and as necessary help could not be ob- 
tained, much had to be done with my 
own hands. Some others were depend- 
ing upon me to assist them in getting 
homes, and as several of the places I had 
selected for that purpose were tnken up 
by others, we were subject to disap- 
pointment and perplexity, and our colo- 
ny is scattered over a wider space than 
was desired; but we hope it will prove 
to be for the best. 


. Decease of Bev. 0. C. Mone. 

Wk hare the sad duty of recordmg the 
sadden and painful death of this devoted 
missionary, at Emporia, Lyon Co., Kansas, 
on the Idth of July. 

About t^ sell his tittle homestead, that 
he might enter on a new field of labor, he 
thought to increase its value by digging a 
well, and to save expense took on himself 
the oversight of the work. Attempting to 
descend mto the well too soon after a blast, 
he was overcome by the foul air, and called 
to the man at the windlass to raise him. 
This man, a Qerman, did not understand 
the order, and Mr. Morse fell several feet 
upon the sharp rocks. It was an hour or 
more before he could be reached, when it 
was found that his thigh was broken, his 
head so bruised that he was unconscious ; 
and though several skillful physicians used 
their best efforts to restore him, he died in 
a few hours. A wife and three young 
children are left to mourn their sudden 
and terrible bereavement. We know that 
thousands of praying ones, who read this 
notice, will bear them with Christian affec- 
tion and sympathy to the Qod of the widow 
and the fatherless. 
Mr. Morse was bom in Aoworth, N. H., 

April 19, 1827; was converted in Dart- 
mouth College, where he graduated in 
1864 ; studied three years in Andover Theo- 
logical] Seminary, and in July, 1857, waa 
commissioned for Kansas by ihis Society, 
with his classmates. Rev. Messrs. R. Cordley, 
S. D. Storrs and R. D. Parker, who are atUl 
working in that Stote, and Rev. Wm. Wind- 
sor, who chose Iowa for his field. 

Mr. Morse settled in Emporia, a com- 
munity then presenting many discourage- 
ments. Through his efforts a church was 
organized, a house of worship built, and, 
Uter, a Normal School established, through 
his connection with which Mr. Morse has 
exerted a great and beneficial influence on 
the educational mterests of the State. 

After ten and a half years' service at 
Emporia, he took charge for two years of 
the church in Grasshopper Falls; bat im- 
pressed with the need of pioneer work 
in the newly opening southern portion of 
Kansas, at the request of the Superintend- 
ent, he made an exploring tour in Wilson 
and the ac^'oining counties. It was with a 
view to laboring in these new counties that 
Mr. Morse undertook the work which cost 
him his life. 

He had previously visited, as he wrote 
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Kansafl, snppljiog Bibles and organizing 
Sandaj schools. Going in with the first 
setUen, when aU was new and wild, he had 
been called to great priration ; had '* seen 
famine, war, and every drawback ever 
known to the first settlers of a country." 
During the war, but one male member of 
bis dmrch remained at home. . 

Two yean ago Hr. Morse wrote, <' My ex- 
perience will be worth a great deal in going 
to I new field ; but the wear and tear of 
inch a crowded life is beginnlDg to tell 
upon my energies, and I need rest. I have 
endued ten times what I supposed possible 
when I left the East Though aU has not 
been tceomplished that we desired, yet 
foundations have been laid, upon which I 
hope others will bidld with greater success.'' 
Eren amid the sadness of such a death, there 
B comfort in the thought that on these 
foondttioQa worthy successors are grandly 
tod sorely building. Together they shall 
bATe their eternal reward. 

Growth of the West 

It is cnrions to observe Low slow the 
people of the East are to understand the 
tdrtntages of the West. "Oh," say 
bimdreds of young men in the old towns 
ereryday, "if I had only come here 
when my father did, and bought some 
of this land, how rich I would have been I 
Then it sold for a few dollars, now it is 
worth many thousands." So the young 
fcnner of the East eomplains : " Land 
11 ao high I can never own a farm. 
^Hien my father bought here it was onl/ 
worth $10 and $20 per acre, but now it 
MQt for $50 and $100, and were I to 
W> I oould not pay the interest on the 
pvchase money, much less ever pay for 
the land." Every one seems to think that 
^ day for speculations is past, and they 
f^gr^t a hundred times a year that they 
were not bom fifty years sooner. Do 
not be discouraged ; for what has been oc- 
wring for two hundred years in the East 
M now occurring every day in the West. 
^^^ the old men bought the houses 
•nd lands they now own, there were 
few if any railroads, and immigration was 

exceedingly slow. Their property was 
forty or fiffcy years in reaching its pres- 
ent value. Now railroads are every- 
where, and ten, or at the most twenty 
years, will do what it took them fifty to 
accomplish. Millions of people are 
pouring westward ; and, go where you 
may, you will soon find yourself sur- 
rounded by neighbors, not by twos and 
threes, as were your fathers when they 
settled in the East, but by hundreds and 

The growth of the West is miraculous, 
and yet it is not to be wondered at ; for, 
not counting the thousands of our native 
population that come west annually, the 
Old World is every year throwing vast 
multitudes of people upon our shores. 
During the past year three hundred and 
ninety thousand immigrants landed at 
New York alone. Add to this one hun- 
dred thousand Chinese and other immi- 
grants who landed at San Francisco, 
and to these again the immigrants ftom 
Oanada and those who landed at New 
Orleans, Portland, Oregon and other 
ports, and the foreign immigration to 
this country must have been something 
over one million souls in twelvemonths. 
At the present time about one thousand 
five hundred foreigners land upon our 
shores daily. Next year it is estimated 
that not less than three million immi- 
grants will come to this country. Is it 
any wonder, then, that the West is rap- 
idly settling up ? This vast accession to 
our population (an accession nearly equal 
every year to half the population of the 
United States when we achieved our 
independence), find homes in the West. 
That this inmiigration will not only con- 
tinue, but increase, is altogether proba- 

And the result of all this will be, 
what ? The settlement of the West and 
the trebling of our population. Young 
men who have already polled a vote, I 
believe, will live to see the day when 
there will be a hundred millions of peo- 
ple in America. It might be curious 
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crease of population would have upon 
the form of government nnder which 
we live ; bnt I prefer not to discuss that 
subject, not being jet firmly couvinced 
of the indefinite expansive power of re- 

There will soon be no West. Several 
lines of immigration have already pene- 
trated all the way to the Pacific coast, 
and civilization is rapidly spreading from 
the right and left of them until they in- 
tersect each other. And when the 
West is settled, what then ? Then in- 
deed may young men say, "If I had 
only been bom thirty years ago I might 
have been rich.'' There will then be no 
unoccupied lands, no homestead law, no 
West to go to. The country will be one 
vast sea of farms from ocean to ocean. 
Who shall live to see it that is now 
bom? Perhaps not many; but thou- 
sands of poor men, at present toiling in 
the East without homes or land, will 
live to see the day when these prairies, 
now to be had for living upon them, 
will bring forty or fifty dollars per acre. 
They will live to see towns and cities 
spring up upon them, and beantifhl 
houses spread all over them. Here yet is 
land for the landless, but it is going, go- 
ing very fast, and soon all will be gone. 
The very best of farm land may yet be 
had in the West for $2, $4 and |10 per 
acre, and those who are not able to buy 
land at all, can go a little fturther and 
take up two or three hundred acres, 
under the homestead law, and, if they 
will but live upon it for five years, it is 
theirs forever. — Oct, Chicago TribuM. 

The Cadneae Problem. 

[The eeonomie view of this problem we 
have seldom seen presented in so dear and 
forcible style as in the ensuing article, from 
the commercial columns of The PaciJU, the 
organ of the CongregaUonalists of Califor- 
nia, published In San Francisco :] 

It is within the memory of the pres- 
ent generation, that when machinery 

for spinning cotton and weaving wool- 
en fabrics was introduced in England, 
the spinners and weavers arose en mat$e 
and bunded or destroyed the machi- 
nery. In their blind and ignorant rage 
they conceived that the introduction 
of machinery would deprive them of 
employment The Government was 
compelled to subdue those mad people 
by the exercise of force, and they have 
since discovered that machinery was, 
in reality, their best friend, cheapening 
the cost of manufactured articles, in- 
creasing their consumption, and inde- 
finitely expanding their field of employ- 
ment. The Ohinese are just so many 
human machines, which can be utilized 
in the prosecution of many occupations 
quite distasteful to the white races, but 
nevertheless of determined importance 
and prime necessity. They can afford 
to work for less than other jieople, 
because they are more firugal and eco- 
nomical in their manner of living. They 
waste no time in nonsensical discus- 
sions of subjects in which they hare no 
real interest We never see the Chi- 
nese collected in large numbers, idly 
looking on for hours to see a safe hoist- 
ed into a window, or a pavement laid 
down. They do not patronize saloons, 
nor support lager beer cellars. They 
do not crowd our police court for half 
the day or more. They do not want 
all the offices, nor clamor for the ex- 
clusive possession of every privilege. 
They do not form organizations to 
bring us into conflict with other na- 
tions. They do not fit out filibustering 
expeditions. But they dig, delve, labor, 
multiply the products of our country ; 
engage in mining, fishing and agricul- 
tural employments ; enable white peo- 
ple to live with more independence ; 
unfold the resources of the State ; add 
largely to our reyennes, and by the 
comparative cheapness of their labor 
are encouraging enterprises that would 
never have been undertaken without 
them. They are enabling this State to 
compete with others of the Union, and 

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sa?iog for home use the money that 
would otherwise be sent away from 
home for the purchase of manufactur- 
ed articles. They are increasing the 
market for consumption, and enlarging 
the field of production, thereby open- 
ing a door for the employment of skill- 
ed white labor. Properly utilized, they 
form an element of strength and mate- 
rial wealth to our entire community. 

It only requires judicious manage- 
ment to realize these benefits from their 
presence, and their cheerful, uncom- 
pltining docility. We never see them 
bullying gentlemen who are endeavor- 
ing to impart useful information. They 
do not crowd the lecture-room and in- 
sult those who are teaching them valu- 
able troths. Kearly every one we meet 
is busy doing something, no matter 
bow trivial it may appear. There are 
few drones among them. . Each is con- 
tributing something to the public weal 
—each adding his drop to the ocean 
of production and consumption. The 
land is broad and long: its resources 
are boundless. It depends upon Eu- 
rope and other foreign countries for 
fomr hundred millions of dollars' worth 
of goods every year. .It pays that 
amooot amiually for the cheap labor 
of other countries. It supports mil- 
fioDs of foreign manufacturers and 
laborers, and employs thousands of 
fore^n vessels to transport their pro- 
dnctfl to this country. Instead of be- 
^ BO dependent— instead of paying 
iQchvast sums to other people— why 
M save them by manufactnrmg for 
o'onelves, at prioes that will insure 
ooDsumption ? Is there any thing gain- 
^ by paying so much money out of 
tbe country, when it can be kept at 
borne? With low cost of production, 
tbe expense of living is correspond- 
^Ij reduced. The man who receives 
fi^e dollars per day for his labor, and 
n compelled to pay four for his sup- 
port, is no better off than he who gains 
but one dollar a day and maintains 
^^fawelf equally well for seventy-five 

cents. If twenty-five cents wiU, at one 
time, buy as much as a dollar at an- 
other, then they are equally as valu- 
able, for they have the same purchasing 
power. It is not the number of dol- 
lars a man may possess which makes 
him rich, but it is the quantity and 
utility of the articles he can purchase 
for his money which denotes his wealth. 
Suppose one person to own a hundred 
dollars and another one fifty ; then.Jthat 
the first is compelled to pay his hun- 
dred for a suit of clothes, and the 
second buys an equally good outfit 
with his fifty; is not the second in 
reality as rich as the first? There is 
no sense in being tributary to other 
nations, when, by the proper use and 
appreciation of the means at our dis- 
posal, we can become independent. 

Our Ni^tion'a Besourcea 

We are, undeniably, a boastful peo- 
ple ; but it is equally undeniable that 
we have much to boast of. No nation 
ever had more favorable auspices; to 
none have nature and nature's God been 
more bountiful. The material interests 
and progress of the country are almost 
boundless. Stated a priori at any pre- 
ceding decade they would have seemed 
t-o be incredible. We can hardly be- 
lieve the facts to be sober truths when 
we put them in mathematical or statis- 
tical statements under our eyes, as far 
as they are ascertainable in current re- 
sults ; and, as to their potential or fu- 
ture meaning, we are almost afraid of 
extravagance when we figure them up, 
however reticently. Our territory has 
expanded firom less than 900,000 square 
miles to more than 8,500,000 ; our pop- 
ulation from 8 or 4,000,000 to 40,000,- 
000 ; in both territory and population 
we shall be equal to Europe within the 
life-time of some thousands of our chil- 
dren. Our shore line (including Alaska) 
is equal to the entire circumference of 
the planet; we have a river, lake and 
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of dollars per year, and a railroad traffic 
of from 6 to 6,000,000,000; our yearly 
domestic ezchaoges reach nearly $10,- 
000,000,000 ; there are invested in onr 
raanufactoring, mining, and mechanical 
business more than $2,000,000,000 ; our 
agricultural crops are estimated at more 
than $8,000,000,000, and we have land 
enough, if settled as densely as Belgium, 
to subsist a people equal to all the pres- 
ent population of the globe. Our pop- 
ulation doubles every generation ; our 
wealth doubles every ten or twelve 
years. With these advantdges we have 
the greater blessings of civilization, 
freedom, the common school, and the 
Christian church. How could a nation 
be more blessed? Who can say that 
the people cannot take care of them- 
selves — that popular government is not 
the best social system ? 

And tbese grand devislopments and 
resources of the Republic are fall of 
gratifying significance for the church. 
We have an immense church work yet 
to do for the moral safety of the coun- 
try, and we evidently have the fiscal 
means for all of it. Ohurch building 
must go on at a greater rate than ever, 
for we are thus fortifying the nation 
with its best possible defences. Our 
educational institutions must be vastly 
enlarged in their very foundations. All 
our Christian and philanthropic ma- 
chinery must be extended on the right 
and on the left. The rich men of the 
nation, and especially of the church, 
most become public workmen in laying 
its charitable foundations. No Chris- 
tian citizen should feel that he can 
^* live unto himself.'' In no land has 
there ever before been such opportuni- 
ties, in none such responsibilities. — C%r. 

Miscellaneoiis Items. 

Bbitibh Benevolenos. — The aggre- 
gate incomes of the benevolent societies 
that held their anniversaries in London 
in May last, is £1,480,980, nearly seven 

and a half million dollars; for foreign 
missions, £059,470; for home missiona, 
£286,688; for educational purposes, 
£164,866 ; for missions to the Jews, the 
colonies and the continent of Europe, 
£225,126. The total is not much more 
than equal to one penny in the pound 
of government income tax. The largest 
income is that of the Bible Society, 
£182,265. The largest missionary in- 
come is of the Weeleyan Society, £145,- 
761 ; next are the two Episcopal socie- 
ties. Church mission, £141,828, and 
Propagation of the Gospel, £106,484; 
then the London society, £104,670. 

Foreign Missions. — In connection 
with Protestant evangelical churches, 
there is now in the missionary field a 
grand aggregate of 8,500 ordained mis- 
sionaries, foreign and native, 6,600 as- 
sistant missionaries, foreign and native, 
820,000 communicants, and 225,000 
scholars in the mission schools. Here 
are more than a quarter of a million of 
souls reclaimed from idolatry, added to 
the church of Christ, and standing as 
living witnesses of the power of his 

CoNGBKGATiONALiSM. — ^lu reply to the 
charge that Congregationalism is dying 
out in New England, the Congregation- 
aliit shows that since 1831 that denomi- 
nation hasjn Massachusetts added to 
its force 218 new churches and over 
42,000 members, thus nearly doubling 
its ministry and more thui doubling its 
membership in the last 40 years. This 
is somewhat better than the increase 
in the population of the State. 

Pbesbttbkiamism. — ^The Interior says 
that over one-half of the Presbyterian 
churches of the country (2671) are 
found in the four States — ^New York, 
Pennsylvania, Ohio, and lUinoiB. New 
York has 730, Pennsylvania 712, Ohio 
680, Illinois 446, Indiana 810, Iowa 
286, New Jersey 214, Missouri 168, and 
Michigan 160; making, with smaller 
amounts, a total of 4,100. Of the cities, 
Philadelphia has 63, New York 89, 


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Brooklyn 23, Chicago 16, Newark 16, 
Cincinnati 16, Baltimore and San Fran- 
cisco 11 each, and Washington and 
Pittoborgh 10 each. 

Oauforioa. — Rev. J. T. Wills, of Eu- 
reka (Humboldt Bay), calls his "a zea- 
loos people, worthy of much praise." 
They have built and furnished a parson- 
tge, costing about $1,400, and have 
speot $800 in repairing and painting 
the church; and this amidst great de- 
pression of the lumber trade, on which 
the town mainly depends. 

—From Oroville, Rev. Mr. Buchanan 
writes, with the thermometer standing 
it above 100^, that his people have gone 
to the mountains and the bay, but he 
itfll gets around to his four preaching 
stations, with an occasional trip to his 
scattered flock upon the hills. 

—Rev. I. Jacobus, of Junction City, 
is in high spirits over the purchase of a 
bell, church carpets, pulpit chairs, etc., 
dkiefly through the efforts of the ladies 
of his church. 

Ck^LORADo. — The house of worship in 
Boulder, on which Rev. N. Thompson 
tod his people have laid out so much 
labor, money and care, has been com- 
I^ted, and was dedicated, July 8d, 
Rev. R. Gaylord and Rev. G. D. A. 
Hebard assisting Mr. T. in the services. 
The church have unanimously invited 

Mr. Thompson to settle as their perma- 
nent pastor. He has labored with them 
since Oct. 15, 1865. 

MiwNBsoTA. — ^Rev. J. Tompkins, clos- 
ing a year's service in St. Cloud, reports 
12 additions to the church, and progress 
made toward independence of '" the 
alma mater of the New Testament 

Iowa. — Churches have been formed 
at Avoca and Anita, in Pottawatomie 
Co., under the care of Rev. C. D. 
Wright, late of Ezira, who expresses 
great hope of usefulness in his new field. 

MissouBL— The Society's indefatiga- 
ble Superintendent in Missouri lately 
ceased work for a day, and, with his 
wife, celebrated their "silver wedding." 
Gifts flowed in freely, from the Hannibal 
church, from guests from St. Louis, from 
personal and fiamily friends, — ^among 
the rest, a silver ice pitcher and goblets, 
** a love-token from the missionaries of 
North Missouri,"— a grateful recogni- 
tion of Mr. Turner's services in the 
organization of more than 50 churches 
in the State within less than six years. 
The best thing about the presents is, 
that they were richly deserved. We 
hope the future of the recipients will 
be as happy and useful as their past has 


Mot in Commimion last year. 
J«v. in>ioB H. JohiuoD, Antioob, CaL 
i«». J«eob H. BtroDf, Boqael, Ctl. 
i^' A. W. 8«A>nI, WiobV Kad. 
{•v.D. B. Seoit Almii ud Newborj, Kan. 
lOT.GmMrtT. Holoombe, Princeton. Minn. 
••». j[iliu H. Dixon, Ag«ooj CItj, Iow». 
• S?**I» ®- PoH^I^ogM, Iowa. 
«». J. H. Powell, PljmoaUi and Qlenbealab, 

i> ^ 

{•». John O. Tarlor, Vlroqaa, Wis. 
I«T. WUliuD B. SMTor, SMUlte, Mo. 
■^> Hmiy Johnaon, Berea, Ohio. 

«T?* Plaroe, Alleganj Indian Beservatlon, 

J»- f odah Bataa. Aoaheli 

■^. Ltumn W. Winalow, fljdaevllla, BobnarriUe 

. M Farndale, CaL 

elm, Oal. 
• rredatMrAHeTrplattsnioatb, Neb. 

5^' {mm» W. Kidder, Norfolk ani Tidolty, Neb. 
■^- lJ«Ma H. Oanfleld, Mound Vallej and 
yVmuff Kan. 

Bev. Jostln E. Barbanl^Quiney, Minn. 

Bey. Lnman C. Gilbert, East PrairleTiUe, Minn. 

Bev. James D. Todd, Winnebago City and Wood- 
land Milli, Minn. 

Ber. John L. Atkinson, Iowa Falls, Iowa. 

Ber. Bobert Hunter, NevinvlIIe, Iowa. 

Bev. WlUam J. Smith, Alden, Iowa. 

Be7. Christopher J. Swltzor, Maquoketa, Iowa. 

Bev. Thomas Tennej, StaoyTiile, Iowa. 

Bev. Chaonoej D. Wright, ATOca and Anita, 

Ber. Elisha W. Cook, New Lisbon, Wis. 

BoT. William H. Cnna, Tomah, Wis. 

Ubv. Frands J. Dooglasa, BloomAeld, Wia^ and 
Bichmond, III. 

Ber. Smith Norton, HarUand and Pewankee, Wle- 

Bev. William M. BIcharda, Princeton, Wis. 

Bey. J. Wine Allen, Leslie and oat-siatlon, Mich. 

Bey. James lu Crane, Somerset and North Adams, 

Bey. Edmnnd Dyer, Dandee and London, Mieh. 

Bey. John W. Fitzmanrice. Pinckney, Mloh. 

Bey. William Glddings, Whitehall, Mich. 


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Rev. Benben Hateh, Traterte Cit/, Micb. 

Rev. Obarlea Maobio, Flat Rock, Micb. 

Rev. Joaeph T. Cook, Brenckenridse, Mo. 

Kev. Oeorge G-. Perkloa, Kidder. Mo. 

Rev. Joaepb 8. Gravea. Koaooe, IiL 

Rev. Henry JacobSi Wayne and Mayne Station, 

Rev. Edward P. Wblting, Bowenabarfr, Dl 
Rev. Henry Hoddle, Liber and Portland, Ind. 

Rev. Wlllard Bnrr, Brighton and Boobeater, Obio. 
Rev. John M. Tbomaa, Ironton and Baal Irooton, 

Rev. 'William D. Henry, Oambrldgeboro, Pa. 
Rev. Walter E. O. Wrigbt, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Rev. Merit 8. PlaU, Franklinville, Newflekl and 

North Vlneland. N. J. 
Rer. Georce A. Miller, Port Leyden, N. Y. 
Rev. Cbarlea Strong, Angola, N. T. 



Received by Rev. B. P. Stone, 

D.D., Treaa. N. H. M. 800. 

Ck>neord, First Cong. Cb. and 
80c., to const Cbarlea Robin • 
son and Mrs. John A. West 
L.Ma., 1^5 58 

Beerfleld. Cong. Cb. and Soc, 25 00 

Berry, First Cong. Cb. and 
800., to const Lemael Floyd 
a L. M., CO 00 

Francestown, Joseph Kings- 
bury, 40 00 

Pelbam, Cong. Cb. and Soc, 2S 00 

Seabrook and Hampton Falls, 
Cong. Cb. and Soc., 12 00 S40 58 

Hampton, Mrs. Oorotby Ward, 3 00 


St Albans, Ladlee^ Sew. Soc, by Mrs. 
A. J. Samaon, 7 60 


Mass. Home Miss. Soc, by fi. Perkins, 
Trees., 2,000 00 

Boston, Legacy of Louisa Grosvenor, by 
G. M. Brooks, Ex., 500 00 

LesacT of Mrs. Mary A. Habbard, by 
J. M. Pinkerton, adm., lesa Gov. tax, 470 00 

Charlemont, Cong; Cb., by Rev. B. 
W. Pond, 8 14 

Hampehire Miss. So&, B. WIU 

Eaat Hampton, First Pariah, |46 10 
Granby, Cong. Cb., 56 50 

Hadley, First Parish, 45 02 

Northampton, First Pariah, 855 65 
North Hadley, Cong. Cb., 17 00 

Southampton, Cong. Cb., baL 
of coll., 10 00 680 27 

Hatfield, Cong; Cb. and Soc, by J. A. 
Billings, Treaa. 96 65 

Hnntington, Leffaoy of Miss Jnlla Tay- 
lor, by G. Manaon, Ex., leaa Go?, 
tax, 2 S20 00 

Lenox, on account of Legacy of B. Cone, 
lesa Gov. tax, by H. W. Taft and G. J. 
Tacker, Exs.. 68 00 

North Brookfield, First Cong. Cb., by J. 
E. Porter, Treas., 17 00 

Sheffield, Mrs. Cbarlea Spnr, 6 00 

South Hadley Falla, Mrs. H. B. Avery, 50 

Springfield, Galen Ames, to const him 
a L. M., 80 00 


Bridgeport, Sab. School of the South 

Cong. Cb., bv Edward Sterling, 75 00 

Colchester, a Friend, 1 OO 

Cromwell, by Mrs. Crocker and Miss 

Porter, 7 00 

Guilford, Mrs. Joel Tuttle, to const Rev. 

C. L. Kitchen a L. D., 100 00 

Hartford, a Friend, to const Rev. E. N. 

Kirk, D. D., a L. D., 162 86 

Middletown, First Cong. Cb., mon. con., 

by H. R Sawyer, Treas., 8 68 

New London, Mra C. L. Ames, 5 00 

Norwalk, Firat Cong. Cb. and Soc. by 

C. 8. Lockwood, of which $80 ^om . 

Rev. 8. B. 8. Bitsell, to const R. 

Havana Biasell a L. M., 153 80 

South BriUin, Cyrus Mitchell, CO 00 

Southport, C-ong. Cb., by Rev. G. E. 

Hill, . 19 00 

Stratford, Gen. G. Loomis, by R. O 

Kingsbury, 6 00 

Waablngton, Cong. Cb., by C. L. Hickox, 

Treaa., ' * » ^ ' 157 75 


Received by Rev. L. 8. Hobart, 
Homer, collection, |S8 10; Ladiee* 
800,170 ; Mra. B.Boot, |S0, |208 10 
Ottsco, Cong. Cb., 85 66 888 75 

Allegany, Misaion Cb., by Rev. D. B. 
Jimeson, 6 00 

Antwerp, Cons. Ch., by J. A. Oanfield, 85 00 

Astoria, R J. Woolsey, 500 00 

Ballston Spa, a Friend, aged 81 yean, 
by T. M. Mitchell, 85 00 

Brooklyn, Ch. of tbe Pilgrims, by 8. P. 
Pbelpa. Treas., Coll. $4d4 61; S. B. 
Cbittenden, 11,000 ; R. P. Buck, |800 ; 
S. F. Pbelpa, $100 ; a Adams, $50 ; 
J. H. Prentiss, $60 : A. F. Goodnow, 
$50; J. H. Stow, $25: W. F. Merrill, 
$25; H. D. Atwater, $26 ; J. P. Dyke, 
$25 ; M. D. Thomas. $20; C. Dun- 
ning, $20; J. P. Robinson, $20; A. C. 
Brownell, $10, 8,054 61 

Crown Point, Second Cong. Ch., by Rev. 
a C- Stevens, is ^ 

Fairport, Cong. Ch., by J. R. and W. 
Howard, 25 00 

Hopkinton, Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. W. 
Grush, 81 25 

KeeaevUle, Mr. and Mrs. Cyras An- 
drews, 1 50 

Madrid, Cong. Ch., by Rev. D. H. 
Gould, 16 30 

Halone, on account of Legacy of Lyman 
8. Cotton, by G. O. Cotton, Ex., 275 00 

New York City, Broadway Tab. Cb., 
David Bliss Dudley, to const himself 
a L. M., $40 ; Dr. Thomas Bitter, $^ 65 00 

Riohford. Cong. Ch., by Rev. G. Porter, 17 00 

Speedsville, Dea. Freeman and wife, by 
Rev. W. Maonab, 1 qq 

Walton, First Cong. Ch., bvG. W. Fitch, 
Treaa., to const Rev. B. J. White a 
L. M., 66 14 

Watertown, E. M. Mack, to const Delia 
A. Mack a L. M., 80 00 


Madison, a Friend, ^ 590 

Newark, Bellville Avenue Cong. Ch., by 
W. T. Roe, Treaa., to const AUie 
Weeks and Frank H. Strieby L. Msw, 77 61 

Philadelphia, Mrs. Enuna Sutler, 5 00 


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Seeelred by Ber. L. Kelsey, 
AkroD, Cong. Cb., by D. A. 

Hibbtfd, $76 62 

Austin biBrgb, Oong^ Cb., bj 

8. Reed, 29 60 

Bellevae, Cong. Cb.,b7Bev. 

8 B. SberriU, 50 00 

Colamboa, Cods. Cb., by Bev. 

G. W. PhlfflpB, 116 6T 

Conneant Cong. Cb., $14 50; 

8«b. School, JlT, by Eev. E. 

M. Keyet, 81 60 

Bnntsborgb, Cong. Cb., by 

Rev. J. a Bnrrdl, 24 80 

Medina, Coog. Cb., by W. P. 

Clark, •• •» -^ 100 

Nortb Amberst, Cong Cb., 

by Bev. J. Todd, 60 

Plerpont, Cong. Cb., by Bey. 

H. Oeer, 60 

Saybrook, Cong. Cb., by Bev. 

S. Cole, • 1 00 

SprinKfleld, Cong. Cb., by B. 

C. Woodward, 61 67 

StrongsTllle, Cong Cb., by 

B«T. O. W. Wblte, 7 67 

Twinebnrgh, Cong. Cb., by 

Rev. A. Sbarpe. 36 00 

Wayne, Cong. Cb., by Ber. 

KThotnpeon, 12 40 488 28 

Chagrin Falla, Cong. Cb.,by Bev. O. 

^Walker, "^ ' 35 qq 

Elyri*, First Freab. Cb., bal. of eoU., by 

Heman Sly, 11 26 

Hannar, Cong. Cb., mon. con., by D. 

Pntnam, 22 70 

Kent, Pint Coog: Cb., by J. 8. Cooke, 

TreML, 34 07 

PiinetvtUe, T^Mben and PnpfU of Lake 

Brie Fem. Bern., by Mary A. Evans, 

toeonst.MiasL.8. PreacottaL. M. 80 00 

Kandolph, M. J. Dlckinevn, 2 60 

WlMlbam, Cong. Cb., by T. Wales, Trees., 80 71 

Terre Hante, Cong. Cb., by Bev. N. A. 
Hyde, 81 25 


Aledo, Cong. Cb., by Bev. P. F. Warner, 20 00 
Cbteafo, Park Cong. Ch., by Bev. W. B. 

Hdyoke^ 9 00 

namimtk Cong, CK, to const. C. W. 

Hewtoo a L. It, 49 96 

Mark Skinner, dO 00 

Dandee, Cong. Ch., by Rev. D. D. HilJL 18 70 
IraMtofi, Coni^ Cb., to const Bev. X. 

M. Paokftrd and John M. Williams 

L. Ms., 60 38 

FirmlagtoB, Coog. Cb., to const G. W. 

Little, Andrew Bobb, Mia. Clara L. 

GbldwenL.Jfa., 98 00 

Oeaeseo. Cong. Cb., by E. P. Van Yal- 

keaben, 8180 

U Sale^ Coog. Cb., by Bev. N. A. Pren- 
tiss, i060 
Usboo, OoB|^ Ob., bj J. Bnahnell, 

Twas.,^^ 17 20 

MoBtebeUo. Coog. Ch. by J. Morse, 5 00 

fsxtoB, Coag. Cb., by Rev. L Bmodage, 90 00 
ntlBleld, Bev. W. darter, 5 00 

BbsOald, Cong. Cb., by A. W. BOTdeo, 90 00 
TiSBODt, CoBi.Cb., by Bev. G. L. Bob- 

•rti, 18 00 

Sola,OoBg.Ch.,byBev.A.B.MitcbeIl, 10 00 
Wibasb Co., Coog. Cb., by Bev. P. W. 

WaUaee, 10 25 

WaBkcfw, First Coog. Cb., by Bev. M. 

H Cdbam, 44 00 

WstkeiBSeld, Cong. Cb., by Bev. Mr. El- 

dridgaT^ 10 25 


Onasroo, FInt Coog. Cb., by Bev, W. 
A, Watennaa, 85 86 

Carthage. Con«. Ch., bv Bev. H. B. Fry, 11 00 
Kneardvllle, Plymouth Cong. Cb., by 
Bev. W. H. Warren, 15 00 


Chesterfield and New Haven. Cong. Chs., 

bal. of coll., by Bev. S. D. Breed. 1 75 

Homestead, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. £. 

E. Eirkland, 6 60 

Leiand, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. G. 

Thompson, 19 16 

Newaygo, Coog. Ch., by Bev. M. B. An- 

gell, 10 00 

Victor and LalngBborg, Cong. Chs., by 

Bev. W. Mulder, 20 00 


Beceived by Bev. P. B. Doe, 
Milwaukee, Spring tt Cong. 

CK, ' ^ ^ ^ $88 81 

Wdsh Cong. CK, 10 00 

Sheboygan, Cong. Cb., 29 00 72 81 

Depere, First Cong Cb., by Bev. G. 

Spanlding, 20 00 

Elk Grove, Cong. Cb., by Bev. A. W. 

Curtis, 18 85 

Kenosha, a Friend, by Bev. H. C. H., 8 00 

New Bichmond, Cong Cb.,by Bev. W. 

W. Norton, 
Pine B{?er, Cong. Cb., $5;. Bev. D. 

' - ■ II. $5; •- ' "■ - 

8 09 

A. Campbell, $6; Union, Coni;. Ch., ' 

$6; Anroraville, Cong. Ch., $5; by 

Bev. D. A. Campbell. 20 00 

Princeton, Cong. Ch., by Bev. W. M. 
Bichards, 6 00 

Sextonville and Willow Creek, First 
Cong. Chs., bal. of coll., by Bev. 8. 
Spyker, 25 


Belle Blaine, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. D. 

Lane, 28 00 

Monona, Cong. Cb., by Bey. J. M. Smith, 10 60 
Monroe. Cong; Cb., by Rev. P. F Walker, 18 05 
Ogden BUtion, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. 

G. W. Palmer, 3S 00 

Poetville. Cong. Cb., bal. of coll., by Bev. 

G. F. Bronson, 2 00 


Anoka, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. A. K. 
Packard, 18 60 

Beaver, Cong. Cb., $3 85: Plainview, 
Cong. Cb., $10 85; Smithfield, Cong 
Cb., $5 80, by Bev. H. WiUard, 20 00 

Glencoe, Cong Ch., by Bev. 8. U. Kel- 
logg, 6 00 

St Cloud, First Cong Cb., by Bev. J. 
Tompkins, 10 25 


Geneva, First Cong Ch., by Bev. C. 

Gray, 9 00 

Junction City, First Cong Cb., by Bev. 

L Jacobua, 12 00 


Calbs Cong Ch., by Bev. M. N. MUes, 10 00 
Irvington, Coog. Cb- by Bev. E. B. 
Huflbnt, • •» -^ 12 50 


Yankton, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. 
Ward, •■ « ' j^ 


DizoD, Cong Cb., by Bev. J. W. Brier, 12 60 
Eureka, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. T. 

WUls, 88 00 

Oakland, Second Cong. Cb., by Bev. D. 

B.Gray, 18 65 


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September, 1870. 

OroTilla, Cong. Ch., |90; Sab. Bobool, 
$9, by B«v. P. G. Baobanui, 29 00 

Santo Babara, First Cong. Ch., by Bey. 
B. M, Betts, -•• » ^ j^ g^ 


Portland, First Cong. Ch., bj Bev. 0. 
H. Atkinson, D.D., 



10 75 

$12,770 13 

Donations of ClotMnff^ etc 

Cletsland, Ohio, Plymouth Confc Ch. 
Benev. Assoc., by L. A. Lewis, a bar- 
rel, $tS 40 

New Haren, Conn., Ladies^ 8o& of North 
Ch., by Mrsw H. Champion, Sea, two 
barrels, 83t 00 

Do.t CoUeire Street Chnroh, Bey. Sam- 
uel W. Bamnm, two copies of Smith 
and Bamniii's Dictionary of the Bible, 1% 00 

BeM^)t$ of fhi MoMoehutetta Some MiatUnarp 
Societff in June, Bbxjamix PssKUft, Dreae. 

Ameebnry and Sallsbary, Union Ch., 
Anbumdale, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Boston Uighhuids,J?I<ot C%.,bal. of coll.. 
Vine Street Ch., mon. 




r support 


Upton, Mrs. Bnth C. Flsk, 
Uzbridge, Cong. Ch. and Soe., 
West Boylslon, Cong. Ch. and Soci, 
Westford. Cong. Ch. and Soo., 
'Wobnm, Ladies* C. B. Soo., 

i2see<pte In July, 1870. 

Ameobury and Salisbury, MHIs Tillage 

Andoyer, M. E. H^ 

Boston, Mt Yemon Ch., bal. of oolU 

$8 00 

866 00 

10 00 

10 00 
16 00 
15 41 
10 25 
78 12 
85 00 
85 00 
24 18 
52 00 
110 05 
48 05 
52 00 
50 OO 

6 00 
45 00 

7 00 
6 00 

900 00 
26 00 

100 00 

219 25 

105 00 
15 26 
18 57 
30 00 

$1,690 12 

$14 86 

6 00 

100 00 

04 00 




12 00 

60 00 


60 00 

200 00 

Ludlow, Legacy of Pamelia Sikea, by 

B. T. Parsons. Bx., 479 88 

HatchriUe, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 6 00 

Hinsdale, N. H., Hlel Proctor, 80 00 

LaDoaster, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 22 00 

LlttletoUijCong. Ch. and Soc, S8 09 

London. England, Miss £. H. Bopes, 10 00 * 

.MjBllford, Cring. Ch. and Soc, 48 42 

Keedham, Mrs. Bullen, 10 00 

Bandolph, Firet Cong. Ck. and Soe.^ 88 89 

Aiherton Wales, for support of a West- 
ern Missionary, 100 00 
Bowley, Evang. Cong. Ch. and Soc, 43 25 
Townsend, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 17 75 
Washington, D. C, Mm Annie S. Bam- 

field, 40 00 

Wellesley, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 108 92 

Weymouth, 8««ond Cong. Ch. and Boc, 20 00 

Whateley, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 7 00 

Wrentham, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 27 00 

$1,622 10 

Receipts qf the Oonaiectieut Home Missionary 
SocMy, in July, £. W. Pabsoxs, TYeae, 

Brldgewater, Cong. Ch., by Bey. W. H. 
Dean, $28 

Bristol, Ladles' Assoc, by L. 
Beokwlih, $75 25 

Gent's. Assoc, by A. Morton, 114 36 160 
Cfb., by J. - 

. Stevens, to 

844 81 

Cromwell, Cong ' 

const Sarah E. Waters and Mrs. Lnella 

8. Niles L. Ms., 
Coventry, A Friend, 
East Hartford, Cong. Ch., by E. A. Wll- 

lUms, of wh. $80, fh>m Walter Pitkin, 

to const Nellie C. Stanley a L. M., 
Farmlngton, Cong. Ch., of wh. $100 from 

H. D. Hawley. to const B. A. Bsr- 

rows, of Plain ville, L. I., a L. M., 
Hartford, A Friend, 

South CK, by W. Blatohley, 
Morris, Cong. Ch., by Bey. D. D. T. 

New Britahi, South Ch , by Bev. C. L. 

GoodelL to const Isaac 8. Carlton and 

Dr. A. P. Meglert L. Da., E. A. Kim- 

ball, Orrin Slate, O. Jonea, Jr., J. L. 

Dowd. Eli H. Porter, W. H. Lee, W. 

C. WiUiams, H. E. Hsrt, Mrs. G. M. 

Sanders, Mrs. G. Hinsdale and Mrs. W. 

Binghsm L. Ms., 1,428 

New Haven, Howard Avenue Ch^ by G. 

W. Haiel, to const C. W. Foots a 

L. M., 
Norfolk, Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. Eldridge, 

Phanville, Cong. Ch., by T. H. Darrow, 

to const. Bobert C Usher, Nelson 

Goodale and Mrs. J. Hough L. Ms., 
Prospect, Cong. Ch., by Bey. T. W. 

BockviUe, Second Cong. Ch., by 0. H. 

Bocky Hill, Cong. Oh., by T. D. Wil- 
liams, to const uattte Ulckok a L. BL, 
South Meriden, Cong. Ch., by A. M. 

Uniooyille, Cong. Ch., byJB. N. Gibbs, 


23 25 


80 00 



12 00 
276 00 


Vernon, Cong. Ch., by G H. Dillingham, 
Wallingford, Bey. E. B. Gilbert, 
Windsor Locks, Mrs. Uayden, to const 
Bev. W. Beach a LM., 

116 96 

$8,472 27 

iteeefpte in coin, of Ceisifvn^ Ageney^ hy J. W. 
Clau, M.D., Fim/anwial Agmt. 

Oakland. First Cong. Ch., mon. con., 
Bedwood City, Cong. Ch., 
Sacramento, Cong. Ch., 
San FranoiMO^ Beoond Cong. Ch., 

$800 00 
10 00 
46 16 

$867 16 


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Boxes of Clothing, sent direcdj and without anj particular designation, to the offlc% 
of the American Home Missionary Society, will be forwarded to such missionaries as are 
known to be most in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who reccita 
than, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respective donors. 

Experience has shown us that, when an individual or association, intending to prepare 
I box, writes to the Society to have a particular missionary desi^ated, and a detailed 
icoonnt of the circumstances of his family given, the inforn^ation is not always at hand« 
■0 that the letter can be promptly and satisfactorily answered. And when it is, it not 
unfrequently happens that, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains fo? 
iDooths unsnpplied, when, if it were not for this designation, he might be furnished 
with articles placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, while 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary from other sources, so thai 
vhen the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It is preferred, therefore, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
the special designation of the boxes of clothing that are not put up for any individual in 
particular, should be left to the discretion of the officers of the Society, after they reach 
tie i^ke. It is believed that they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
generotttly contribute them, better than in any other in which the Society can have an 


1. Put inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a paper 
or letter containing a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated value of the whole, 
with the name of the individual or association from whom it comes, and the address of the 
iafiiidQal to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent. 

1 A copy, in full, of the memorandum put inside of the box should be sent in a letter 
to the office of the Society. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what convey- 
moe, the box was forwarded ; in it should be inclosed, also, such money as is intended 
for the payment of frdght. It is desirable that freight ehould be provided for in all cases, 
if pracdcable. The freight and expenses on a box vary from $3 to $6, according to its 
■xe and the distance it is sent A barrel can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 
the aune size. 

3. The box should be fully and plainly marked, and the place from which it comes should 
AI.WAT8 appear en the outnde^ so that there may be no necessity for opening it at the 
office. It should be strong, tight, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, or 
otherwise fully secured againist the effects of hard usage on the way. 

4. Boxes may be addressed to dther of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place, 


Boxes of Clothing form no part of a missionary's regular appropriation. The Society 
needs the same amount of moa^^y, therefore, in order to meet promptly its stipulations 
with its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no favor to a 
■uaaoviary to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that would 
otherwise be sent him roust be proportiomdly diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it that 
they give none the less money, in consequence of their giving other things that are need- 
ful and convenient We hope, on the contrary, their sympathies will be so awakened in 
the preparation of the lesser gift, that they will feel it to be their privilege, not only to 
contmiie, but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to what is to be put into the box, while clothing of woollen or linen fabrics, 
■Imcs, boots, writing paper, and books will be specially valuable, scarcely any thing in the 
>h*pe of plain, substantial wearing apparel or bedding, or which is of common use in any 
mm in a ftmily, will come amiss. Knives and forks, spoons, a pair of scissors, a spool of 
^0^^ a sk^ of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dozen of buttons, a 
thimble, a tnmbler, a tin cup, .a slununer, or a pepper box, need not be^ left out 

When articles of clothing are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
■re lent, mi»onariee are in the way of making such exchanges with each other that 
•Imcst erery thing which a box may contain is turned to good account 


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Rbt. DAVID B. COE, D. D., 

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Steretariet fcT Correspondence. 

Mr. WnXIAM HENRY SMITH, Tiewmrer. 

ExvouTiTB CoHmrmL— Mb. WILLIAM G. LAMBEBT, Chairman; Mr. C. E. ROBERT; 
NETHY; Mb. JOHN B. HUTCHINSON; Rbv. HENRY M. 8TORR8, D.D.; with the memben 
«x-officIo— viz.: AUSTIN ABBOTT, Eb^, lUoordlng Secretary ^ the Trbasusxr, and the Sborb* 


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Relating to the business of the Society generally, may be addressed to either of the Secre- 
taries for Correspondence. 


In Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-Office Orders, if practicable, may be sent to the 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a preyious payment, mAkes one hundred 
dollars,) a Life Durector. 


or THE 


Rev. Stephen Thxtroton, D.D., Secretary, Maine JHue. Soe.^ Searaport, Me. 

Joshua Mazweli^ Esq., Treasurer, " " " Portland, 

Rev. William Clark, Secretary, J^ew Hampshire Miss, Sac., Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stone, D.D., Treasurer, " " " Concord, " 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermont Dom, Miss, See., Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Stores, Esq., Treasurer, «* " " " 

Rev. H. B. Hooker, D.D., Sec, Mass. Jff, M. Soc.y 81 Washington st., Boston, Mass. 

Bekjamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, t< 4i ci 

Rev. James G. Vo3e, Secretary, 72. /. Ifome Miss, See., Providence, R. I. 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, " " " " 

Rev. William H. Moore, Secretary, Conn, Home Miss, Soc^ Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Parsons, Esq., Treasurer, " " " Hartford, " 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Ltsandee Kelset, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath'l a. Htds, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph £.RoT,D.D., Chicago, 111. 
Rev. Henrt D, Platt, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rev. Leroy Warren, Pentwater, Mich. 

Rev. Dexter Clary, Beloit, Wis. 
Rev. Franklin B. Dob, Fond du Lac, Wis, 
Rev. J. Guernsey, D.D., Dubuque, la. 
Rev. Joseph W. Pickett, Des Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Hall, St, Paul, Minn. 
Rev. James G. Merrill, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. 0. W. Merrill, Omaha, Neb. 
Rev. James H. Warren, San Francisco, CaL 


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Fe^le ooDgregations, demring aid in supporUn^ the goeptH, are requested, in thcff 
applications, to make full Btatements of their condition and proepects, and of the reaaons 
or granting their reqaesta. They are deiired, also, to famish the following particolan, 

The population of the place. 

The name of the church or congregation. 

The nmober of communicants, aud the average number of attendants on pablio worsUp^ 

The denomination and size of congregations mmiediately contiguous, with the distance 
to their places of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the amngementi 
that are made for securing it 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

Hie least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name in full and post^ffice address of the n^nister for whom a commisskm is d»> 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other culling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the diurch, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplatcKl for his installment in the course of the year. 

The application should be signed by the officers of the diuroh, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congregation. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected have a "Committee of 
Missions " to act in their behalf, the member^ of this Committee are the proper persons to 
certify the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such ** Committee of 
Missions " exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neigh- 
boring clergymen, of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications, after bemg properly indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Superintendent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve mouths from the date of the appliea- 
tion; at the end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars above stated, and indorsed and recommended in like manner. 
Each congregation applyivg for renewed aid^ should fumiehy aUo^ the certificate of the 
mistiotiarif that they have fulfilled their previou* pledgee for hie sfipport. 

The address of the Society's Superintendents and the Secret a ies of its Auxiliaries will 
be found on the cover of its reports aud of the Home Miteionarff, 


The Home Mienonary will be sent gratuitously to the following classes of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of its Auxilianes. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, during the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dollars collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the fadlitieB offered 
above to introduce the Hom4 Missionary among his people. In notifying the Secretariei 
of his desire to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the nami 
of some person to whom each oopy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in trust, to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in ths 
city of New York, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to be -applied to tb» 
chi^ritable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its direction, 


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Gift of 
MiBB Neihe i. ButtoL, 
Weatfield, Mass. 

Parkins OoUection 


Qo, Prbach the Gospel Mat'k xtI. 15. 

How shall thej preach except they be sikt ?. ,Rom. x. 15. 

Vol. XT.m. :. OCTOBER 1870. No. 6. 

By Rev. William Saltsb, D.D., of BurliDgton, Iowa. 

Thk Ret. Dk. Salter has rendered a good service to pastors and churches of the 
FOgrim £uth and order, by his faithful *' redaction of the second and third chapters of 
tbe first book of Cotton Kather*8 Magnolia ChrUti Americana^^* printed in the Congrega- 
tkmal Quarterfyf for Julj, 1870. 

We are very sure 'that many of our Home Missionary brethren and other readers, 
Mho may not see the Quarterly, and who during this Memorial Year are giving special 
attention to the early history of New England, will thank us for transferriog so valuable 
in article to these pages. 

L — ^Thk Voyage to New England. 

1. A NFMBEB of devoat and serions ChristiaDs in the north of England, find- 
log tbe reformation of the church in that nation, according to the word of God, 
and the design of many among the first Reformers, to labor under hopeless re- 
tardation, entered, in the year 1602, into a covenant, wherein, expressing them- 
•elres desirous not only to attend the worship of our Lord Jesus Christ with 
freedom from human inventions and additions, bat also to enjoy all the evangeli- 
cal institutions of that worship, they gave themselves up, like those Macedonians, 
that are therefore by the apostle Paul commended, " first unto God, and then to 
006 another." These pious people, finding that their brethren and neighbors in 
tbe Cbnrch of England, as then established by law, took offence at their endeav- 
on alter a scriptural reformation, and being loath to live in the continual vexa- 
tions ariiing from nonconformity to things their consciences accounted supersti- 
tioos and unwarrantable, peaceably and willingly embraced a banishment into 
the Netherlands, where they settled at the citj of Leyden, about seven or eight 
7Mr8 after their first combination. In that city this people sojourned, a holy 
ditffch of tbe blessed Jesus, for several years under the pastoral care of John 
Robinson, who had for his help in the government of the church a most wise, 
grare, good man, — ^William Brewster, the ruling elder. 

2. The church had not been very long at Leyden before they found them- 
•elf es enconntered with many inconveniences. They felt that {hey were neither 
fot health, nor purse, nor language, well accommodated ; but the concern they 
most of all had was for their posterity. They saw that, whatever banks the 
I>ntch had against tho inroads of the sea, they had not st^cient ones agdnat a 
flood of manifold profaneneis. They conld not bring their ndghbora particularly 



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to ao J suitable obserration of the Lord^s Daj ; without which, thej knew that 
all practical religion mast wither miserably. They beheld some of their children, 
by the temptations of the place, drawn into dangerous extravagances. Moreover, 
they were loath to lose their interest in the English nation ; but were desiroos 
rather to enlarge their king's dominions. They found themselves, also, under a 
very strong disposition of zeal to attempt the establishment of Congregational 
churches in the remote parts of the world, hoping that the ecclesiastics who had 
driven them out of the kingdom for nothing but nonconformity to certain rites, 
by the imposers confessed indifferent, would be ashamed to persecute them with 
farther molestations, at the distance of a thousand leagues. These reasons were 
deeply considered by the church ; and after many deliberations, accompanied 
with solemn humiliation and supplication before God, they took up a resolution, 
under tlie conduct of Heaven, to remove into America, the opened regions 
whereof had now filled all Europe with reports. It was resolved that part of 
the church — ^the minor part of younger and stronger men — should go before their 
brethren to prepare a place for the rest; the pastor to stay with the m^or till 
they should see cause to follow. Nor was there any occasion for this resolve, in 
any weariness which the States of Holland had of their company, as was whis- 
pered by their adversaries ; for the magistrates of Leyden gave this testimony : 
*' These have lived now ten years among us, and we never had any aoousation 
against one of them." 

8. These good people were satisfied they had as plain command of Heaven to 
attempt a removal as Abraham had for leaving Chaldea ; and nothing but such 
a satisfaction could have carried them through the otherwise insuperable diffi- 
culties they met with. In this removal, their destination was not yet resolved 
upon. Guiana flattered them with promises of a perpetual spring, and a thou- 
sand other comfortable entertainments. But the probable disagreement of so 
torrid a climate, and the more dangerous vicinity of the Spaniards, made them 
fear that country would be too hot for them. They propounded some country 
bordering upon Virginia, and to this purpose sent agents over to England, who 
treated not only with the Virginia Company, but with several great persons 
about the Court, to whom they made evident their agreement with the French 
Eeformed churches in all things whatsoever, except a few small accidental 
points. After many delays they obtained a patent for a quiet settlement in those 
territories, and the Archbishop of Canterbury gave them some expectations that 
tbey should never be disturbed in that exercise of religion at which they aimed. 
Notwithstanding, they never made use of that patent; but, being informed of 
New England, diverted their design thither, induced by several reasons, particu- 
larly by this : that, the coast being well circumstanced for fishing, they might 
have immediate assistance against the hardships of their first encounters. Their 
Agents, again sent over to England, concluded articles between them and such 
^wiventnrers as would be concerned in their undertaking, — articles sufficiently 
hard for those poor men that were now to transplant themselves into a wilder- 
ness. The diversion of their enterprise caused an unhappy division, and many 
fell off. But the removers, having sold their estates to put the money into a com- 
mon stock for the welfare of the whole, and their stock, as well as time, spend- 
ing fast, despatched the best agreements they could, and came away furnished 
with a resolution for a tract of land in the southwest part of New England. 

4. All things being in some readiness, and a couple of ships— one the Speed- 
well, the other the May-Flower — ^being hired for their transportation, they set 
apart a day for ftisting and prayer, wherein their pastor preached unto them 


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updn Ezraviii. 21 : "I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahara, that we might 
aflBict^ifrselves hefore our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our 
little ones, aodfor all oar substance.'' 

After the ferVent snpplications of this day, accpompanied by their friends, they 
took leave of the pleasant city where they had been pilgrims and strangers for 
eleven years. Delfl- Haven was the town where they went aboard one of their 
ships, and had snch a mournful parting irom their brethren, as even drowned the 
Dutch spectators standing on the shore in tears. Their pastor, on his knees, by 
the sea-side, poured out their mutual petitions unto God ; and having wept in 
one another's arms, as long as wind and tide would permit, they bade adieu. 
Sailing to Southampton, in England, they found the other ship come from Lon- 
don with their friends that were to be the corapanious of the voyage. This was 
on Jnlj 2, 1620. The faithful pastor of this people sent after them a pastoral 
letter, filled with holy counsels to settle their peace with God in their own con- 
sciences, by an exact repentance of all sin, that they might more easily bear all 
the difficulties that w6re before them, to maintain a good peace with one anbther, 
ind beware of giving or taking offences, and to avoid a touchy humor, but use 
much brotherly forbearance ; as also to take heed of a private spirit, and all re- 
tiredness of mind in each man for his own private advantage ; and likewise to be 
carefol that the house of God, which they were, be not shaken with unnecessary 
novelties or oppositions: which letter produced most happy fruits among them. 

6. On Angnst 6th they set sail from Southampton ; but heart-breaking disas- 
ters befell the beginning of their undertaking. They were twice beaten back 
by bad weather before they came to the Land's End. They were forced to dis- 
miss the lesser ship. Being all stowed into one ship, they put to sea September 
6th. They met with such terrible storms, that the principal persons had serious 
deliberations upon returning. However, after long beating upon the Atlantic 
ocean, they fell in with the land at Cape Cod, about the 9th of November, where, 
going on shore, they fell upon their knees with hearty praises unto God, who had 
been their assurance when afar off upon the sea, and was to be further so, now 
that they were come to the ends of the earth. 

But here was not the port they intended. There was a wonderful providence 
of God over a pious and praying people in this disappointment. 

6. Their design was to have sat down about Hudson river. But some of 
their neighbors in HoUand, having a mind to settle a plantation there, contracted 
witk the master of the ship to put a trick upon them. In pursuance of this 
Hot, not only the goods, but also the lives of all on board, were hazarded among 
the shoals of Cape Cod, so that the company broke off their intention of going 
Cuther. And yet this false dealing proved a safe dealing for the people against 
whom it was used. Had they been carried to Hudson river, the Indians in those 
pwts were so many and mighty, that, in probability, this little number of Chris- 
ty had been massacred, as, not long after, some were ; whereas the good hand 
of God now brought them to a country prepared for them by a sweeping mor- 
tality that had lately been among the natives. " We have heard with our ears, 
God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times 
of old ; how thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst 
them ; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out." The Indians in 
these parts had, a year or two before, been visited with a pestilence, whereby 
they were consumed in vast multitudes. 

7. Inexpressible the hardships to which they were now exposed. Our 
Saviour directed his disciples to deprecate a flight in the winter ; but these disci- 


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pies were now arrived at a very cold conntry, in the beginniog of a ron^ and 
bleak winter. If Abraham, called out of Ur, had been directed to the deeerta 
of Arabia, instead of the land flowing with milk and honey, the trial of hia faith, 
had been greater than it was ; bat such was the trial of faith in these holy men 
who followed the call of God into deserts. All this they cheerfully underwent 
in hope that they shoald settle the worship and order of the gospel, and the 
kingdom of onr Lord Jesns Christ in these regions ; and that enlarging the 
dominion, they slionld merit the protection of the crown of England, as to be 
never abandoned nnto further persecntions from any party of their fellow-sab- 
jects for thdr conscientions regards nnto the Reformation. 

8. Finding what other powers they had made useless by the undesigned 
place of their arrival, they did as the light of nature directed, immediately in 
the harbor, sign an instrument as a foundation of their future and needful gov- 
ernment, wherein declaring themselves the loyal subjects of the crown of Eng- 
land, they did combine into a body politic, and solemnly engage submission and 
obedience to the laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and officers, that from Ume 
to time should be thought most convenient for the general good oi the colony. 
This was done on November 11, 1620, and they chose Mr. John Carver, a inoua 
and prudent man, their governor. 

Hereupon they sent two expeditions to look a convenient seat for habitation, 
which however prospered little more than to bring occasions of doubtful debate 
where they should fix their stakes. Yet this smile of Heaven was on them, that 
they met with some Indian com that served for seed the spring following, which 
else they had not been seasonably furnished with; so that it proved in effect 
their deliverance from famine. 

0. The month of November being spent in many supplioationa to God, and. 
consultations with one another about the direction of their course, at last, on 
December 6, they manned the shallop with eighteen or twenty hands, and went 
upon a third discovery. Bitterly cold was the season, yet they kept cruising about 
the bay of Cai>e Cod, and that night they got safe down the bay. There they . 
landed, and tarried that night Unsuccessfully ranging about all the next day 
(December 7), at night they made a little barricade of boughs and logs, wherein 
the most weary slept. The next morning (December 8), after prayers, they sud- 
denly were surrounded with Indians, who let fly a shower of arrows among 
them, but fled at a discharge of muskets. Hence they coasted along till a 
storm arose, when they got under the lee of a small island where they kindled 
fires for their succor against the wet and cold ; it was the morning (December 9X 
before they found it was an island, whereupon they rendered their praises to him 
that hitherto had helped them. The difficulties upon them did not hinder them 
from spending the day following, which was the Lord's day (Decenlber lOX in 
the devout and pious exercises of sacred rest- The next day (December 11, — 
21st, new style), they sounded the harbor and found it fit for shipping. They 
visited the mainland also, and found pleasant fields and brooks, and resolved 
that they would pitch their tents here. This was Plymouth, by the Indians 
called Patuxet. On the 25th of December they began to erect the first house, yet 
it was not long before an unhappy accident burnt it to the ground. After this 
they soon went upon the building of more little cottages, and upon the settling 
of good laws. 

10. The rest of the melancholy winter, besides the exercises of religion, with 
other work, there was the care of the sick to take up no little of their time. 
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to remind them that they were bnt pilgrims. The hardships they enoonotered 
were prodactive of deadly sicknesses, which in two or three months carried off 
more than Iialf their oompany. There died sometimea two, and sometimes 
three in a day, till scarce fifty were left alive ; and of those, sometimes there 
were scarce five well at a time to look after the dck. Yet their profonad sab- 
mission to the will of God, their Christian readiness to help one another, accom- 
panied with a joyfnl assurance of another and better world, carried them cheer- 
folly through the sorrows of this mortality ; nor was there heard among them a 
nrarranr against those who had by unreasonable impositions driven them into 
these distresses. There was this further in the circumstances, that if disease 
had not taken so many to heaven, a famine would probably have destroyed them 
dl before their expeeted supplies from England arrived. 
- 11. The doleful winter broke up sooner than usual. But our planters were 
not more comforted with the early advance of spring than they were surprised 
vith ^e appearance of two Indians, who in broken English bade them Welcome, 
EiigUAmeA ! One of these Indians, Sqnanto, did them much service. He 
brought Masi^asoit, the chief sachem of the Indians within many miles, to make 
ow people a kind visit, the issue of which was that Massasoit entered into a firm 
4^greeroent of peace with the English. Squanto also assisted them in trading 
with th'e Indians to the northward, and before his death he desired tliem to pray 
for him, that he might go to the Englishman's God in heaven. 

n.— The Difficulties and Delivebaj^oes through which the Plantation 
OP Kew Plymouth ajbbiyed unto the Oonsistenot of a. Colony. 

1. Setting aside the grief of our planters for the death of their excellent 
gorersor, who was succeeded by the worthy Mr. Bradford, early in the spring 
(W21), tbey spent their summer somewhat comfortably. On the day twelve- 
nwoth after the first arrival, a good number of old friends from Holland arrived ; 
bit as they brought not a sufficient stock of provisions, they rather weakened 
thai strengthened the plantation. Such was the scarcity, with the dispropor- 
tion of the inhabitants to the provisions, that for two or three months together 
tkcy bad no kind of corn. They were often upon the very point of starving. 
Bnt in their extremity Heaven always furnished them with some sudden reliefe, 
bjeausing vessels of strangers to look in upon them, or putting them in a way to 
catch fish, or by some surprising accidents^ for which they rendered solemn 
thanks unto Heaven. They kept in such good working case that, besides build- 
ing, planting, and fishing, they formed a fort, wherein they kept a nightly watch 
for security against treachery of the IndiaLS, being awakened thereunto by a 
iMrrible massacre lately in Virginia. 

S. In one of the first summers a drought threatened the ruin of all their 
Ina^dry. From about the middle of May to the middle of July a hot sun beat 
^n their fields, without rain. In this distress they set apart a day for* fasting 
ttd prayer, in the morning of which there was no sign of rain ; but before 
•▼ening the p ky was overcast witli clouds^ and gentle, yet plentiful, showers xe- 
^fA a great part of their corn for a comfortable harvest The Indians took 
Botiee al this answer from Heaven to the supplications of tliis devout people, 
•od one of tliem said, " Now I see that the Englishman's God is a good God ; 
for he hath heard you, and sent you rain, without such tempest and thunder as 
venae to have with our rain, which, after our powwowing for i{, breaks down 
the com ; whereas your corn standa whole and good." The harvest which God 


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thus gave to this people caused them to set apart another day for solemn thaoka- 
giviog to the Hearer of prayer. 

8. Another wonderfal preservation was vonohiafed. Mr. Weston, a merchant 
of good note, interested at first in the Plymouth design, afterwards deserted it, 
and in 1622 sent over two ships with about sixty men to begin a plantation in 
Massachneetts Bay. Being well refreshed at Plymouth, they traveled north to 
a place since known as Weymouth. These Westonians, who were Chnreh-of- 
England men, did not approve themselves like the Piymouthians, — a pious, hon- 
est, industrious people, — ^but followed bad oourees. By idleness bri>ught to pen- 
ury, they stole corn from the Indians, and in many other ways provoked tliem. 
The Indians, far and near, entered into a conspiracy to cut them off, and, lest the 
inhabitants of Plymouth should revenge it, to murder them also. But the plot 
was discovered in the nick of time,— Massasoit, who had been solicited to enter 
into tlie bloody combination, confessing it to good Mr. Winslow, — and some <^ 
the chief among these Indians were killed by Ci^)tain Standish and his little army 
of eight men. The peace of Plymouth was preserved, and the Westonian plan- 
tation broke up, and came to nothing. It was much wished by the holy Robin- 
son that some of the poor heathen had been converted before any had been 

4. A gentleman (if nothing in the story contradict that name), was employed 
in obtaining from the Grand Oouncil of Plymouth and England a patent, in the 
name of these planters, for a convenient quantity of the oountry. This man, 
speaking one word for them and two for himself, surreptitiously procured the 
patent in his own name, reserving for himself and his heirs a huge tract of the 
land, intending the Piymouthians to hold the rest as tenants under him. He 
took on board above a hundred passengers, with their goods ; but the ship 
sprung a leak, and disaster and storm drove tliem home to England agsin. And 
this man, by all his tumbling backward and forward, growth sick of his patent, 
assigned it over to the company ; but they obtained another, under which they 
could more effectually carry on their affairs. The passengers went over in another 
vessel ; and quickly after another vessel of passengers arrived, namely, in 1623. 
Among these passengers were divers worthy and usefnl men, who were come to 
seek the welfare of this little Israel ; though at their coming they were as di- 
versely affected as the rebuilders of the temple of Jerusalem ; some were grieved 
when they saw how bad the circumstances of their friends were, and others 
were glad that they were no worse. 

5. The immature death of Mr. Robinson in Holland, with many disasters, 
hindered a great part of the English congregation at Leyden fro>m coming 
over. Hence, although this remnant of that church were blessed with an 
elder so apt to teach, that he attended all the other works of a minister, yet they 
had not a pastor to dispense the sacraments among them till 1629, when Mr. 
Ralph Smith undertook the pastoral charge. But before that, in 1624, the ad- 
ventufers in England sent over a minister, who did them no good^ but used 
malignant endeavors to make factions among them. The first neat cattle ever 
brought into this land — three heifers and a bull coming with him— did the 
land better service than was ever done by him. Being convicted of wicked and 
lying accusations against the people, and sentenced to be expelled the plantation, 
he expressed repentance, and confessed the censure of the Church less than he 
deserved, and they permitted him to preach again. But, after two months, he 
so notoriously r<^newed the miscarriages he had bewailed, that he was banished, 
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tion. He went into Virginia, where he shortly after ended his own life. Qnicklj 
after these difficulties, the company of adventorcrs for the support of this plan- 
tation became rather adversaries to it, or at least a Be ye warmed and filled; 
a few good worda were all the help tbey afforded it. They broke to pieces, but 
the God of heaven still supported it. 

6. After these many difficulties were thus a little surmounted, the inhabitants 
of this colony prosecuted their affairs at so vigorous and successful a rate, that 
they not only fell into a comfortable way both of planting and trading, but also 
in a few years there was a notable number of towns to be seen settled among 
them, and very considerable churches, walking so far as they had attained, in the 
faith and order of the gospel. Their churches flourished so considerably, that in 
1642 there were above a dozen ministers, and some were stars of the first mag- 
nitode, shining in their several orbs among them. And as they proceeded in 
the evangelical worship and service of our Lord Jesus Christ, so they prospered 
ia their secular concerns. When they began to divide their lands, tbey wisely 
eontrived the division so that they might keep close together for their mutual 
defence ; and then their condition was like that of the Bomans in the time of 
Bomolos, when every man contented himself with two acres of land. But since 
then their condition is marvelously altered and amended ; great farms are now 
seen ; and in fishing, from catching cod and less fish, they are passed to the 
catching of whaler, whose oil is become a staple commodity of the country. So 
does the good God here give his people to suck the abundance of the seas. 

7. If my reader woiild have the religion of these planters more exactly de- 
scribed, — after I have told him that many hundreds of holy souls, having been 
ripened for heaven under the ordinances of God in this colony, and having left 
an example of wonderful prayerfulness, watchfulness, tliankfulness, useful* 
ness, exact conacientiousnesa, piety, charity, weanedness from the things of this 
world, and affection to the things that are above, are now at rest with the blessed 
Jesus, whose names, though not recorded in this book, are yet entered in the 
Book of Life ; and I hope there are still many hundreds of their children, even 
of the third and fourth generations, resolving to follow them as they followed 
Christ, — I must refer him to an account given thereof by the right worshipful 
Edwin Winslow, Esq., who was for some time (1638, 1636, 1644) governor of 
the colony. He gives us to understand that they are entirely of the same faith 
with the reformed churches in Europe, only in their church government they 
are endeavorers after a reformation more tliorough than what is in many of them, 
yet without any uncharitable separation from them. He gives instance of tljeir 
admitting to communion among them communicants of the French, the Dutch, 
the Scotch churches, merely by virtue of tJieir being so ; and says, " We ever 
phu^ a large difference between those that grounded their practice on the word 
cf God (though differing frpn^ us in the exposition and understanding of it) and 
those that hated such reformers and reformation, and went on in antichristiaik 
opposition to it and persecution of it. True, we profess and desjire to practise a. 
iepara.tion from the world, and the works of the world. And as the churches 
d Christ are all saints by calling, so we desire to see the grace of God shining- 
^th (at least seemingly, leaving secret things to God), in all we admit into 
church fellowship, and to keep off such as openly wallow in the mire of their- 
sins ; that neither the holy things of God, nor the communion of saints, may be- 
leavened or polluted thereby. And if any joining to us formerly, either when 
we lived at Leyden, in Holland, or since we came to New England, have with 
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separation from the Chnrch of England, I baye divers limes, both in the one 
place and the other, heard either Mr. Robinson oar pastor, or Mr. Brewster oor 
elder, stop them forthwith, showing them that we required no snch things at 
their hands, bnt on]}r to hold forth faith in Christ Jesns, holiness in the fear of 
God, and submission to every ordinance and appointment of God.^ 

It is time there have been some varieties among this people, bnt the bod 7 of 
them do with integrity espouse and maintain the principles upon which they 
were first established. However, I mnst express my fear that the leaven of that 
rigid thing they call Brownism has prevailed sometimes a little. There was an 
hour of temptation, wherein the fondness of the people for prophesyings of the 
brethren, that is, the preachments of those whom they called gifted brethren, 
produced those discouragements unto their ministers that almost all the minist^v 
left the colony, apprehending themselves driven away by neglect and contempt 
This eclipse upon the light of the gospel in the churches continued until their 
humiliation and reformation before the great Shepherd, who hath since blessed 
them with a succession of worthy ministers. Moreover, there has been ona 
church that has questioned and omitted the use of infant baptism ; nevertheless, 
there being many good men among those of this persuasion, I do not know that 
they have been persecuted with any harder means than kind conferences to re- 
claim them. There have also been Quakers, Seekers, and other sectaries who have 
given ugly disturbance to these good-spirited men in their temple-work ; but 
they have not prevailed unto the subversion of the first interest. 

Some little controversies, likewise, have now and then arisen in the adminis- 
tration of discipline; but synods, regularly called, have usually put into joint uil 
that was apprehended out 

Their chief hazard and symptom of degeneracy is in the verification of that 
old observation : Religio ptperit dwittM, etfilia decoravit matrem^ — " Religion 
brought forth prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother." One would 
expect that, as they grew in their estates, they would grow in the payment of 
their quit-rents unto God, who gives power to get wealth, by more liberally 
supporting his ministers and ordinances among them, — the most likely way to 
save them from miserable apostasy. Nevertheless, there is danger lest the 
enchantments of this world make them forget their errand into the wilderness; 
and some woful villagers in the skirts of the colony, beginning to live without 
the means of grace among them, are still more ominous intimations of the 
danger. May the God of New England preserve them fi-om so great a death ! 

8. I shall repeat the counsel which their faithful Robinson gave the first 
planters of the colony, at their parting from him in Holland. Said he (to this 
purpose) : — 

^^ Brethren: We are now quickly to part from one another; and whether I 
may live to see your faces on earth any more, the God of heaven only knows. 
But whetlier the Lord has appointed that or no, I charge you before God, and be- 
fore his blessed angels, that you follow me no farther than you have seen me 
follow the Lord Jesus Christ. 

" If God reveal any thing to you, by any other instrument of his, be as ready 
to receive it as ever you were to receive any truth by my ministry ; for I am verily 
persuaded, I am very confident, the Lord hath more truth yet to break forth out 
of his holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of the 
Reformed churches, who are come to a period in religion, and will go at present 
no further than the instruments of their first reformation. The Lutherans can- 
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good God has imparted and revealed unto Calvin, tliey will rather die than em- 
brace it. And the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that 
great man of God, who yet saw not all things. 

'^This is a misery much to be lamented; for though they were burning and 
shiniDg lights in their times, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of 
God, but were they now living they would be as willing to embrace further light 
as that which they first received. I beseech you to remember it is an article of 
your church covenant, * That you will be ready to receive whatever truth shall 
be made known unto you from the written word of God.' Eemember that, and 
ereiy other article of your sacred covenant But I must exhort you to take heed 
what yon receive as truth ; examine it, consider it, compare it with other Scrip- 
tores of troth, before yon do receive it For it is not possible the Christian 
vorid should come so lately out of such thick antichristian darkness, and that 
perfection of knowledge^ should break forth at once. I must also advise you to 
abandon, aToid^ and shake off the name of Brownist ; it is a mere nickname, 
and a brand for making religion and the professors of it odious to the Christian 
world. To this end I should be glad if some godly minister would go with you, 
or come to you, before my coming. For there will be no difference between the 
unemfarmdble ministers and you, when you come to the practice of evangelical 
ordinances out of the kingdom. And I would wish you, by all means, to close 
with the godly people of England ; study union with them in all things, wherein 
700 can have it without sin, rather than in the least measure affect division or 
separation from them. Neither would I have you loath to take another pastor 
beddes myself; inasmuch as a flock that hath two shepherds is not thereby 
endangered, but secured.'^ 

Adding some other things of great consequence, he concluded most affection- 
ately, commending his departing flock unto the grace of God, which now I also 
do the ofibpring of that holy flock. 



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At the last communion, three persons 
^i&ited with us; and at the next we 
•h«H have an addition, we hope, of at 
^•••t four OP Ave. The congregations 
*^ still good, and the Sabbath school 
Fromiaing and hopefuL At one time, 
^Dg to the dry season and hard 
^iBM9, and the removal of some persons 
upon whom we relied, the pecuniary 
o«tlook was unfavorable ; but, in one 
^«y and another, help has providen- 
tially been provided, and at the present 

time all, in this respect, is as hopeful 
as usual. 

We are in the midst of a dry season. 
The crops are short Money is scarce, 
and can hardly be obtained, even for a 
short time, at ruinous rates 6f interest. 
Yet improvements are all tlie while 
going on. Buildings of all kinds are 
constantly being erected. A new first- 
class hotel has just been opened ; sev- 
eral fine stores just completed ; others 
projected or iu process of erection; 
dwelling-houses going up; and so, 
withal, there is life and stir — the sound 
of the hammer and the ring of the an- 
vil. Strayers from the East — persons 
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means — keep dropping in here, and 
tarrj* for awhile at onr hotels and pri- 
vate boarding- honses. A few of them 
remain permanent! j. Near]/ all of the 
rest are pleased, especiallj with onr 
fine climate. At no distant daj, many 
of them will be back again, to cast in 
their lot with ns as citizens. Let them 
come; the sooner the better. We 
need them. Especially do we need 
them in oar churches and schools, and 
in every department where the leaven 
of intelligence and virtue can be felt 
(oh 1 how great the need !) as a power 
for good. 

In general, every man from the East 
is a missionary. He need not wait for 
a commission. He has it already in 
what he is, and is capable of doing. Let 
liiro, then, take the steamer or the rail- 
road and come ; but let him oome ex- 
pecting plenty of hard work, and many 
a disappointment in respect to quick 
fortunes and piles of money. 

pastor. It is a pleaaore to me to re- 
ceive it A few weeks since, the ladies 
began a weekly prayer meeting, and it 
is doing us all good. We also bow 
have a Sabbath evening prayer meet- 
ing at the church, led by the brethren. 


From Rev, -AT. Thompson^ BotUder^ Boulder 

Olmroh Bdiiloe Completed. 

I am thankful that our labor of love 
is ended. Onr little church edifice is 
finished, and last Sabbath we dedicated 
it to Christian worship. We extended 
invitations to the pastors of surround- 
ing churches to be with ui and assist 
us. But, for various reasons, none 
came. I was in imminent danger of 
being alone. But Saturday evening 
brought Rev. Mr. Gajlord, of Omaha, 
and Kev. Mr. Hebard, of Oskaloosa, 

Dedication day was a peculiarly hap- 
py one to me, as it was also to all our 
people. The church takes new resolu- 
tion and new courage. They feel 
stronger to-day than ever before. The 
sympathies and interests of the people 
are more with us. They have extended 
to mo a unanimous call to become their 

From Rev, 0. W, Merrill^ Superintendent. 

Rev. Mr. Merrill, who has been appointed 
Superintendent of the Sodetj's woric in Ne- 
bradKO, has been oconpied during the sum- 
mer in surveying his field of labor. In his 
first qvarteriy report he presents the billow- 
ing as 

The Outlook. 

This is such as to produce a most 
profound oonviction of the great and 
growing necessities of onr Home Mis- 
sionary field. This one State, one of 
many, larger by one fifth than all New 
England ; lying in the very heart of the 
cx>ntinent, having a salubrious olimate, 
and soil unsurpassed in f<;rtility, is capa- 
ble of supporting a population of 
6,000,000. Already the incoming tide 
lias reached 200,000. Having railroad 
facilities possessed by no other State, in 
its early settlement, we must look for a 
proportionally rapid settlement and 

The southeastern portion of the State 
already begins to wear the appear- 
ance of an old-settled country — farms 
fenced with Osage orange, farm-houses^ 
groves and orchards on every side. 
Going out from Nebraska City to the 
south, jou will pass through miles of 
farms thus improved, and continuing 
your course to the southern border of 
the State, your way will lie through a 
weU-settled country. In 1866, your 
Agent estimated seven of these coun- 
ties as having each a population of 
10,000, yet for these 70,000 souls we 
had but one feeble church. For the 
now increased population we have but 
seven, and only four of these have pas- 


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Two handred thousand souls t What 
hAve we to anawer to the great moral 
want? TweDt^-fiye churches have a 
name to live, though some of them are 
nigh Qoto i>erishing. There are also 
eighteen oot-statioos, where occasion- 
all/ the Word is proclaimed. Three 
points, where no church or minister is, 
have Sabbath schools ; and for all these 
we baT6 eleven preachers in active ser- 
Tice. Eight churches are to-day pas- 
torleea. At a dozen points we have 
material for the beginnings of churches. 
Nor is the demand better supplied by 
o&er denomioations. If we would 
coflserre this goodly heritage for Christ, 
we wuit hate more men at once ; men 
practica], energetic, and consecrated, to 
take huld of this organizing work. The 
field of redemption has never opened 
op a more hopeful work than this. 
Toong. intelligent, energetic men see 
here a field in which ambition for 
wealth may realize its golden dream, 
and they pour in by thousands to gain 
the advantages of a new country. The 
same advantages in the work of Christ 
are here for him who, from small be- 
ginnings, would look for great redeem- 
ing reaAilts. 

Thousands, moved by a desire of gain, 
eheerfoUy endure the hardships incident 
to t new country ; why should not the 
motive of gains in the department of 
ipiritual wealth move the minister of 
Christ to endure the same hardships 
for the far higher end ? As between 
minister and people, the hardship is not 
greater for the minister, except as the 
miniiter is educated away fh>m the 
People in his tastes and demands. I 
look put upon this great harvest-field of 
•oola^ ahready Hpe and going back to 
the ground, and my heart utters a great 
cry to God, and to our young men in 
^ ministry, for help. 

The immediate want here is ldborer$, 
A dozen men for this foundation-work, 
fcr tills now ripe harvest, we need, to- 
^yt snd we shall need more to*morrow. 
We btTe in I^ebraska more than fifty 

railroad stations, around which are be- 
ginning to gather towns where no 
church of our order is found. These 
points will soon be centers of influence, 
and, one by one, they will oome to 
need the church and the living teacher. 
Then the vast farming population— who 
sliall care for them ? I wish I could 
place the wants and the h&pejulnesi of 
this field before such men as can come 
over and help us. 


FrwnRev, J, Seot/ard, Neotho FoUm^ Wood- 
ion Co, 

IMnking in the Word. 

At my appointment, six miles out in 
the country, I noticed an old lady who 
seemed to drink in every word I ut- 
tered. When, after the service, she was 
introduced to me, she inquired what 
church I belonged to. I told her I was 
a Congregationalist. She replied, "I* 
nimost knew yon was." " How did you 
know it ? " I inquired. " You preach 
like one," was her reply. She was a 
member of a Congregational church in 
Wisconsin, and was greatly rejoiced to 
learn the prospect of the organization 
of a church so near to her, with which 
she could unite. I have found that 
some fourteen or fifteen at least will 
unite in it. 

Importance of the Field. 

I think this village a place of much 
importance, prospectively. It is grow- 
ing very fast. Buildings have been 
erected at the rate of three each week, 
since I came here, in the latter pnrt of 
April, and the population has increased 
from 200 to 800 within the last year. 
It is in the best wooded part of Kansas, 
on the Neosho river, with a fine water- 
power and ample natural £icilities for 
manufacturing. The river is one of the 
finest in the State — rapid, the water 
pure, more like the streams of New 
England than any other stream that I 
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of two bandred feet span, and to cost 
about $16,000, is being built at tbig 
place. Tbe Sedalia and Fort Scott 
Railroad is being bnilt, and is to have 
one of its termini at this place ; so that 
the village cannot faXi to be one of im- 
portance at no distant day. It seems, 
therefore, highly important that we 
maintain a foothold here, and labor to 
grow with the growth of the place. 
Oan yon send ns good men who, while 
securing for themselves a home and a 
business, may also aid in building up 
the kingdom of Christ? 


F^m Rev. 8, B. Goodenow^ Jefferaon, 
Green Co, 

A Three SConths* Orowth. 

Tiie new labor I undertook the past 
winter, forms a forcible illustration of 
, the rapid movement of things in the 
West. We here see towns and cities 
growing up as if by magic; and Chris- 
tian people must be on the alert to keep 
pace in their religious enterprises with 
the worldly institutions around them. 
If a nation is not literally born in a day, 
a city often seems almost to be built 
in a night It has been so at Grand 

With watchful mind ond eye, I last 
summer heard the rumors of the coming 
railroad (the Des Moines Valley Rail- 
road), which was to cross our great 
Chicago and Northwestern Railway, 
they 9aidy only seven miles from this 
my old field at the county seat With 
interest I noted the prophecies of a 
great town to spring up there. In 
August of last year I went upon the 
designated ground— out upon the wide, 
uninhabited prairie, to see if I could 
find any stakes driven, where a railroad 
or a settlement was to be. Amid the 
tall grass of the wide-spreading swales 
and glades, I sauntered **out of sight of 
land,'' that is, with no sign of human 
existence, no building, no fence, no 

shmb, no pathway to be seen in any 
direction — nothing save one broad, roll- 
ing sea ci untamed verdnre ; and there> 
in mid- prairie, \ found at last the little 
pine sticks driven down in a long van- 
ishing line, which told where the com- 
merce of distant regions was soon to .roll 
along its iron way; where, in a few 
weeks, the busUe of business should 
hum through numerous streets. I conld 
not see it then ; but I see it now. 

My other duties ocoapied me for 
three months, and it was not till Ko- 
Tember that I went again to note what 
had meanwhile been done. And lof 
I found a thriving town, and the 
prancing steam-steeds careering in every 
direction, streets all laid out, many 
stores occupied and driving a flourbb- 
ing business, two fine hotels bnilt and 
guests in plenty, a great number of 
dwelling-houses full of people, a great 
railroad ronnd-house of brick finished 
and occupied, a bank in process of erec- 
tion, and numerous other signs of pro- 
gress. The '' old settlers '' of the place 
were already beginning to put on airs 
before the green new-oomers; and I, 
who three months before had roved 
those untrodden slopes, seemed to the 
citizens only as one of the aborigines 
of the realm left over from the prime- 
val times. 

•* A GhMpel Head-Z<i8:ht" 

It was Saturday. I found to my sar- 
prise that there had not been as yet any 
such thing as a Sabbath service, or indeed 
any preaching service in the place ; and 
these hundreds of busy people were 
literally without the gospel. What a 
wonder that sectarism could have held 
itself back so long, and that a half 
dozen preachers of as many orders had 
not already driven their stake, as nsaal, 
along with a dozen doctors, and a score 
of lawyers, all anxious to hold the 
ground ^^in advance of all others! ^' 
Sorely, here was a call for labor, and 
a chance to build on no mau*s fonoda* 
tions. So I bestirred myself, got per* 


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minioii of the mason, and eommenoed 
arrangements for Sunday preaohiDg in 
the large and elegant, but yet unfinished 
station-honse of the rdilrond. The mor- 
tar and shavings were shoved back, the 
stage planking arranged on nail-kegs, a 
work-bench adjusted for a pulpit, and 
then I proceeded to " ring the bell." 

An Iowa church bell — you know what 
that is? It is a personal invitation by 
the preacher to every body in town. 
Into shops, stores, and houses, af front 
doors, and back doors, and cellar doors, 
op-stairs and down-stairs, over fences 
and behind wood-piles, everywhere a 
call, a few kind words, and a welcome 
for young and old to the dedication of 
depot and town to God. They were all 
there. It was a success. And then, 
again, at a later hour. And so also a 
fortnight afterward at my dedication of 
the new school-house. Thus, beginning 
from Thanksgiving, I have kept up full 
aervices every second Sunday, with a 
Snnday school set up and in successful 
operation every Sunday. And so was 
established the first religious enterprise 
at Grand Junction, with no other enter- 
prise, for all the long winter, to com- 
pete with it. 

That is now a city rapidly growing, 
with established institutions, a large 
newspaper, the ^' Grand Junction Head- 
Light ^' — emblem of the engine-lights to 
be seen coming from all four directions, 
a dozen miles away. Let God be praised 
that, at that important center, we have 
been privileged to set up the Gospel 
Head-Light by a " pre-emption " daim, 
to shine, we hope, for all ooming time. 

/Ww lUv, D, R. Barker^ College Springe^ 
Page Co. 

Ecjolclnff in the Sanotuary. 

The third quarter of my missionary 
Itbor in this field has been one of severe 
trial While laboring last fall to get 
the meeting-honse plastered and warm- 
^ ao that w« oould use it during the 
winter, I over-worked and exposed my- 

self, and the result was a rheumatic 
fever. I suffered much for four or Hy^ 
weeks, and have not been able to speak 
for ten weeks. During my sickness, 
wifti aid pledged from the Congrega- 
tional Union, the house was finbhed. 
Last Sabbath it was ready to be used, 
and I was able to preach. That it was 
a joyftil day for us I need not say. The 
house was fdll. It seats 850. Our 
friends and neighbors, who met with 
us, were happy. The Sabbath school 
children were happy, and we were all 
as happy as we well could be. 

Without a house we were almost 
nothing. With the house we have a 
place and position in the community 
worth having. How kind the Lord has 
been to us I Fifteen have recently been 
added to the church, and some others 
are waiting for an opportunity to unite. 

From Rev, D, Lane^ BeUe Plaine^ Benton 

A Home Hlsaionary OoUeffe. 

I have just returned from Grinnell, 
where we enjoyed a richer intellectual 
feast than in any previous year in the 
history of the college. The examina- 
tiona and the performances of the stu- 
dents in the public exercises were all of 
a high order. 

The day is not far distant when Iowa 
College will be to us what Amherst is 
to Massachusetts, and what Tale is to 
Connecticut. Money, the blessing of 
Qod, and the right men in the Faculty, 
will do it The. institution will be one 
glorious monument of Ho^e Missions. 
I trust and pray, more than all, that it 
may always be a monument of the grace 
of God. 

We have made arrangements for can- 
vaaaing the State in behalf of the col- 
lege. We are aiming to raise some 
$60,000 or $70,000 in our own State be- 
fore the dose of this memorial year. I 
am not without hope that we shall ac- 
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** Dedicated and Paid For.'» 

Since my last qaartcrly report oar 
honse of worship has been dedicated 
and pud for, and fifteen persona united 
with the church on the day of dedica- 
tion. On the evening of the same day, 
a collection for Home Missions was 
taken, anioanting to $28. We have a 
good andieoce. When the weather is 
faTorable the honse is qnite fall. There 
are 180 seats, and nearly all are occa- 


Frcm Rev. F. W, Adanu, Lathrop^ Clinton 

First Impressions. 

When, in answer to the letter that I 
wrote y on while I was in Ma^achasetts, 
last winter, yon gave me yoar advice 
respecting my coming to this place, I 
had no conception of the real condition 
of this country as missionary ground. 
From correspondence with one of the 
church members here, and the Super- 
intendent for this State, I learned that, 
by reason of its rapid growth, the char- 
acter of its citizens, and its availability 
for bnsiness purposes, it was a promis- 
ing and desirable field for ministerial 
labor. But I find that the half had not 
been told me. 

Encouraged by your generous pledge 
of needful assistance, in the prosecution 
of my work, and your interesting state- 
ment concerning the wonderful work 
that is now being efiioiently carried 
forward for Christ, in this State, I 
came. Thus far I have had no reason 
to regret my determination, and if my 
interest in the work increases in the 
future, as it has since I came, I never 
shall regret it. For, no one whose real 
desire is to find opportunities where 
his time and talents can be so nsed for 
the Master as to produce the largest 
results, could desire a better field than 
this State furnishes; 

Tli6 Oliiiroh. 

When I came here, three months 
since, I found a membership of ten per- 
sons who, some six months pre v ions, 
had been organized into a Congrega- 
tional church by a Council. 

We have secured a fine lot, the gift 
of the Railroad Company, and are al- 
ready engaged in erecting a honse of 
worship. Thns far every thing promises 
well. ♦We hope, within a year or two, 
to be self-supporting, and then to be 
one of the tributaries to the stream that 
is fiowing into the treasury of yoar 
Society, instead of being necessitated 
to receive aid from it. We can assure 
yoa that your present help will not be 
soon forgotten. Without that help we 
could not snstain our organization, and 
this would also be the case with many 
very promising churches in this part 
of the State, which, although at present 
bat little bands of Christ's disciples, 
will, in a few years, become centers of 
the largest Christian infiuence. 

Ths Town. 

Every day that I am here I am addi- 
tionally impressed with thewiddom and 
Christian foresight that the Home Mis- 
sionary Society has evinced in pre- 
empting this field, as a point for estab- 
lishing churches representing the polity 
of the Pilgrim fathers. 

Two and a half years ago there were 
but two or three houses near the site 
which this village now occupies. About 
that time, two or three far-seeing busi- 
ness men, passing through this country, 
were impressed with the very attract- 
ive appearance of this fine rolling prairie 
and the pleasant location for a town. 
They decided to secure homes here, and 
erected places for basiness. Since that 
time, a popalation of about 1,000 have 
made homes, and are engaged in bnsiness 
here. Another railroad has been built 
through the place, and we have a fair 
prospect of securing still another. The 
longer I remain here, the more am I 
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of this country as a borne for the peo- 
ple; and the more do I wonder that 
theyhave not funnd it out before. 

Ko BeU. 

All the means we can raise will be 
devoted to finishing onr house of wor- 
ship. When the house is finished we 
shall need a bell. There is none in the 
community. Often do I hear the re- 
mark made by members of my congre- 
gation, who have left pleasant homes in 
Kew England to come here, ** If we 
coold only get a bell, how home-like it 
would be I " I have thought that if I 
were to mention this fact, perhaps some 
of the disciples of the Master, who are 
living within the sound of Sabbath bell 
that calls them to the house of God, 
would like to avail themselves of the 
opportunity that is now ofiered them to 
present us with one suitable to our ne- 
cessities. To us it would be an invalua- 
ble gift; and I am certain that never 
should we hear its sound, without call- 
ing to mind the name of the generous 
donor, for whom our grateful hearts 
would pray. 

our lips form themselves to ask God^s 
blessing on the kind ladies of Br. 
Todd's church in Pittsfield, Mass. 


Fnm Rev. J. C, Myert, Monee^ Will Co, 
Danoiofi: before the Lord. 

A few weeks ago, you ought to have 
been able to look in upon us. You 
woold no doubt have thought us all be- 
ode ourselves ; but we might have ez- 
pUined it all to your satisfaction by 
pointing yon to the clothes that were 
mattered all over the house. The chil- 
dren danced — and will you pardon me if 
I confess to having been guilty of like ac- 
tion, as well as the poor wife ? Bat, you 
most remember, before you excommu- 
nicate me, that one greater than I set 
iQd an example. I read that David 
"danced before the Lord," and ours 
was something like it. The only music 
we had was that pf the heart, and it 
^tt sweet. Even now we hear it, and 

From Rev, L. H, Higgine^ Lancark^ Carroll 


On the fourth anniversary of my pas- 
torate here, I preached an historical 
discourse (text, 1 Sam. vii. 12), review- 
ing the ten years of this church's exist- 
ence. During my connection with the 
church, twenty-seven have united with 
it; the Sabbath school has increased 
from 80 to 160 ; over $8,000 have been 
contributed for church and charitable 
purposes; and, what seems like a re- 
markable providence, during this time 
but one adults out of the church or con- 
gregation, has died. 

At the close of my discourse, I ap- 
pealed to those present, as earnestly as 
I could, to celebrate the occasion by de- 
claring their independence of the Amer- 
ican Home Missionary Society, and thus 
virtually give $100 to some more needy 
church. The appeal had the desired 
efiect A meeting was held, the fol- 
lowing evening, at which it was voted 
not only to assume self-support, but also 
to increase the pastor's salary to $1,000. 
I have but little expectation that my 
people will be able to raise this amount, 
yet it serves to indicate their good-will 
in the case, and any increase of salary 
will be appreciated, as, in not one of the 
four years of my labor here have I 
been able *' to make the ends meet.*' 

As a church and people, in view of 
the past we have abundant occasion to 
say, " Hitherto hath the I-K)rd helped 
us." I think I may safely assert that, 
had it not been for the aid and encour- 
agement received fVom you, this church 
would not now be among ** the things 
that are." Hence, profoundly grateful 
for the encouraging, helping hand of 
the Society, through seven years of its 
weakness, we pray that '• the Lord of 
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this cause, proportionate to the demands 
of the fields which are now white unto 
the harvest, and that we may ever prove 
a child worthy of each a foster-mother, 
and manifest oar gratitade, in part, by 
helping other churches, through this 
agency, to reach the condition of self- 


From Rev, 8, R» Ddt, Waupontie^ Qrundy 

Btiildiaff a Ueeting^houso. 

You will perhaps be interested to 
know that our people are straggling 
desperately to build a meeting-house 
this year, and to know the ways and 
means that are being employed to do it 

One yeor ago lost spring, our people 
said, ^^As soon as we can raise one more 
crop, we will build a meeting-house.'* 
Most of our leading men are paying for 
their farms, and have no money ahead. 
They were waiting to get one more crop 
to give them a start But there was al- 
most an entire failure of crops, last year, 
and this discouraged them so much that 
they gave up all idea of building a 
meeting-house this year. But our ne- 
cessity was great There was bitter 
opposition to our worshiping in the 
school-house, and something must be 
done. This our ladies felt most keenly, 
and one of them, who possesses a great 
deal of the old Puritan spirit of "^(? 
ahead^^^ said, ^^ Something tihall be done 
toward building a meeting-house this 
memorial year." Then all the rest of the 
ladies seemed to be of the same mind. 
Accordingly, in March, they met at the 
parsonage and organized themselves 
into a Ladies^ Memorial Society, some 
pledging themselves to *give a penny a 
day, and some a penny a week, accord- 
ing to their circumstances, and each 
pledging one half- day's work each 
week, the avails of which should go to- 
ward building the house. 

Out of Cabbages and Onions. 
Then the President conceived the 

plan of getting the Sabbath school 
scholars to do something. Accordingly, 
she wrote to a wholesale garden-seed 
dealer, and asked him how he would 
fhrnish garden seeds, the avails of which 
should go toward building a house of 
worship. He replied that he would 
give them. So now our Sabbath school 
children are raising cabbages, onions, 
squashes, pop-corn, eta, for the church. 

And Korway Oats. 

Then she thought to get the farmers 
to do something in a similar way, and 
wrote to a roan dealing in Norway oats, 
asking him on what terms he would 
furnish oats, to responsible farmers, and 
take hb pay when the oats were har- 
vested, telling him, at the same time, 
her object. He replied, by sending a 
bushel, as a present to the Ladies^ Me- 
morial Society. But she took that as 
an earnest of something better, and 
wrote again, asking if he would famish 
ten or twelve bushels, to responsible 
farmers, and take Lis pay out of the 
crop that was raised from them. He 
replied that he would like to see the 
President of that society. Accordingly 
she went to see him, and after hearing 
her story he was interested, and told 
her that if she would take forty bushels 
of the oats, he would give her $100 of 
the purchase-money, and she could take 
her time to pay the balance. To this 
she agreed. He then paid all her ex- 
penses, and gave her a written pledge 
to take the entire crop and pay the 
highest price for it 

On her way home, she stopped in 
Morris, the county-seat, and a friend 
was so well pleased |rith her enterprise, 
that he drew up a subscription paper 
and headed it with $20, and told her 
to go around in Morris and raise money 
enough to pay for the oats. It was 
done ; so that now we have forty acres 
of Norway oats growing, the entire 
avails of which are going toward paying 
for a meeting-house. 


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Thm ICarket Price. 
Wliile I was at the East, I told this 
storj at a prajer meeting, and at the 
close two ladies and a gentleman came 
to me, saying thej wanted a sack of 
those Norway oats, and gave me $20 to 
bring to onr ladies. While I was in 
Newark, N. J., I told the Sahhath school 
children of the Roseville Preshyterian 
choreb, that onr Sabbath school chil- 
dren were raising cabbages and onions 
to help bnild a meetiog-honse. After- 
wsrd Uie pastor of that ehnrch told me 
that he wanted one of onr cabbages, 
and he would give ns $5 for it, and the 
next rooming a lady sent me another 
$5 for a cabbage. There are a few 
more for sale at that price, and some 
smaller ones for less. 

From Rev, G. B, Rowley^ Harvard^ M6- 
Henry Co, 

Qda Tear Aco. 

We came here a year ago, with mnoh 
trembling, feeling that it was duty, and 
yet not knowing what might befall ns. 
The clinroh was snouill ; it had changed 
ministers often ; it was feeble and dis- 
cooraged; sectarianism was rampant; 
the apparent means of bailding np were 
noalL Some said, "Harvard is a hard 
place— Satan's seat ; infidelity and irre- 
Bgion are overpowering; good men 
bare tried the field and failed, and it 
will be of little use for you to try." I 
thoQgfat ni a growing fitmily to be edn- 
etted and cared fbr; of wider fields, 
tad cfanrdiet with ampler means of snp* 
port, and leea wear and tear of nervous 
•nd mental constitution ; but as 1 
preached, stray beams broke through 
the darkness, hearts began to open, my 
sympathies were aroused and, by and 
hy, tbe united voice of the church and 
PMpIe seemed to me as tbe voice of 
God, laying, ** Gome! ^ And I came; 
trembling, yet hoping— almost as when 
** Abraham went out not knowing 
whither he went" 



I have been in tbe ministry more 
than twenty-five years, sometimes a 
missionary, at others ministering to 
larger and abler churches, but I have 
never enjoyed a field of labor more than 
this. Despondency has given way to 
hope and courage; Christian activity 
and enterprise have come in the place of 
dormant Tife. The congregation, Sabbath 
school and Bible class have increased ; 
the prayer meetings are more spirited ; 
eleven united with us at our last com- 
munion, all from the older and more 
substantial part of the community. The 
revival has left a heavenly influence 
which we hope will long remain. Next 
year we hope to lessen the amount of 
aid from your Society by $50, and so on 
until we can swing clear, and, like a 
strong and healthy child, begin to run 
alone, trusting only in Grod for grace to 
help in time of need. 

Pray for us that the coming year may 
be more abundant in all the fruits of 
Christian labor. 

FnmRev, D. Chre^ La Hearpe^ Hancock Co, 

Death's Boince. 

Death has removed two of our num- 
ber ; one, a veteran of 98 years, who 
had long watched and prayed for the 
prosperity of this church— our old- 
est member, and, indeed, the oldest 
citizen in this region. The other was a 
young lady of eighteen years, amiable, 
gifted with great musical talents, cnl- 
turedf refined, in every way full of 
promise. These providences severely 
try us ; but we bow to tbem as the ap- 
pointment of our heavenly Father, who 
does all things welL 


In several respects we have been 
prospered ; fourteen new members have 
been received; an old troublesome 
debt of twelve years' standing has 
been removed ; the interior of the sanc- 
tuary has been improved by repainting, 


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graining, etc. ; we are hopefnlly trying 
to build a parsonage for the mioister's 
family, free of rent ; and snch a spirit 
of hopefolness is awakened, that the 
chnrch is now pressing forward the 
-effort to become self-sustaining. For 
this we are shaping all our plans and 
•efforts. We shall ask for a little less 
this year than the last, and ^^ less and 
less" shall be our motto till we attain 
to iudopendenoe. 


From Rev. J. 8. PaiUngUl^ Bainbridge^ 
Chenango Co. 

A Parting Word. 

During the year a parsonage bas 
been purchased, which has now cost 
mearly $2,000, and must cost $800 more 
to fit it np. Nearly half is paid, and 
the rest is provided for. The church 
was never more hbpeful than now, and 
never made greater exertions than 
daring tbe past year. . Tlys has been 
a result of your aid and our self-denial. 

I have been under the necessity of 
tithing to the church my stipulated 
salary, and without your aid I ahall be 
obliged to leave or do more this year. 
They have done so nobly and beyond 
my expectation, that I cannot leave 
them. Did not your nilea forbid help, 
it would be called for. As it is, I have 
arranged to make up the deficiency 
with the labor of my hands. This is 
apostolic, though out of fashion* Bat 
neoemty is a rigid master. I must live, 
and the church must be saved, and Grod 
will aid our mutual efforts. As 700 
promised aid but for a single year, we 
give our thanks at parting. l£ay God 
bless yon in helping other needy dinrob- 
es t We will take up our burdens with- 
out your help, trusting in God for suc- 
cess. Next Sabbath I am to give a 
history of the church daring the 77 
years of its existence. During these 
years it has had 24 ministers, and has 
been 12 years in succession without a 
minister. There must have been some 
tenacity of life to have stood so many 
miniaters and so long desolations I 


Passages in the History of a Feeble 


Eablt in the Spring of 1858 1 started, 
on Sabbath morning, to spend the day at 
**Liiie Meeting-House — so called from 
its position on the line between two 
towns. Sterling and Voluntown, Oonn. 
I bad gone bat a short distance when it 
began to snow, and I. was tempted to 
relinquish my purpose. Indeed, I once 
more ihan half turned my horse^s 
head toward home^ but something 
within seemed to eay '*Goon." As I 
approached the hill on which the old 
meeting-house stood, Istriuned my eyes 
to see whether any smoke was issuing 
from the chimney, but I could perceive 

none. Coming up to tbe church, I found 
the door closed, and I passed on to the 
house just beyond^ where I had often 
stopped. I found the good brother, now 
one of the deacons of the church, in his 
every-day attire. The morning was so 
unpromising that they had not opened 
the house. We talked over the dealings 
of God with them in past years. 

Since the^ death of Rev. Jao<^ Allen, 
which occurred nearly two years before, 
they had been without a pastor. They 
had, however, met regularly for public 
worship, and the attendance had spoken 
well for their love for the sanctuary; 
but they were growing faint-hearted. 1 
suggested Qt was a sudden thought; 
whence was it?) that if they would 
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more, and with $200 ttom the Home 
MuBiourj Society, wbioh I had bo 
doubt would be oheerfall j appropriated, 
the/ might aoetain stated preaching. 

Toward noon the son broke out, and 
pretty looa we saw Deaeon W. ap- 
proaching from the aonth; mj host 
went oat and informed hlro that I was 
in the honte, and woald preach in tlie 
afternoon if a congregation conld be 
gadiered. These brethren went, one 
soath and the other north, and at tlie 
moal hour I preached to a congregation 
of tbirtj. At the close of the service I 
appointed a meeting for the eyeniog, 
Id a neighborhood where, despite all 
tbe disadvantages nnder which they 
labored, there was special religions in- 
terest, and where, within a few weeks, 
there had been several hopeful conyer- 

Tbis was, it will be remembered, in 
the Spring of 1858, that season so re- 
Darkable for the ontponrings of the 
Holy Spirit I stayed with Deacon W. 
Tbe next morning, as I waa about leav- 
iag, bis sister, who had moyed qnietly 
about, attending to her domestic duties, 
md saying Tery little, followed me to 
tbe door, and, with tears in her eyes, 
nid: ^ Mr. S., can't yon come again 
next Sabbath ? What will become of 
these fBw sheep in the wilderness ? " I 
tald her I would come. Daring the 
week I received a letter from a yonng 
lieeotiate, Mr. Charles L, Ayer, saying 
tittt he proposed to spend the next Sab- 
bath at ^' the Line." I was happy to 
give place to him. He went, entered 
•t QQee into an engagement with them, 
«t at work, and on the 6th of January, 
18M,it was my happiness to be present 
It a twofold service — the ordination of 
t ptBtor and the dedication of a new 
dwreb edifice. In the same year a 
pi«aiaot parsonage had been erected 
vitbin a few rods of the new church 
edifice. All this bad been aocomplished 
^ a people feeble in number and of 
Baderate means, but who had shown 
* a mind to woi4 ; " not, howcTcr, with- 

out help from abroad ; for friends in 
neighboring towns responded to solioita* 
tions with seasonable and generous aid. 

Since tliat time they have ei\joyed the 
preaching of the gospel, with slight in- 
terruptions. An interesting event in 
their recent history is, the settlement of 
Rot. Joseph Ayer, the father of the 
young minister whose labors were so 
much blessed. His installation took 
place on the 11th of May last, at tbe 
ripe age of ieventy'Seven years^ lachiaitg 
eight day$. He has entered upon his 
work with a freshness of strength which 
promises years of earnest and successfial 

I sat in the pulpit, a year since, with 
the Secretary of the Connecticut Home 
Missionary Society, on his annual visit 
to this people, and my heart reaponded 
(I could hardly repress the outward ex- 
pression, amen I) to his words of com- 
mendation and cheer, *^ My friends, this 
church is bound to outlive you. It is a ' 
power in tbe earth ; and it will make 
itself felt long after you are dead." 

Yale Cdllego and Home Miaaiona. 

At the laying of tbe coraer-stone of the 
new Divinity Hull m Yale College, the late 
Dr. TnxBON Baldwin made a statement re* 
specting tbe connecdon of that SeminaTy 
with Home Missioua We have room for 
only the following paragraphs : 

Thb first two students — Xenophon 
Betts and Chester Birge — who went to 
the West from this seminary, were com- 
missioned by the American Home Mis- 
sionary Society for Ohio, in 1828. In 
November of the same year a disscita- 
tion was read in the Society of Inquiry 
respecting missicms, the design of which 
was to awaken in the mind of every 
student the inquiry : *^ What can I as an 
individual do?" and that, by showing 
what some of the leading spirits of the 
race had accomplished, and that the 
present state of the world was favorable 
to great individual results. 

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revolviDg the above inqairj in bis own 
mind. It distorbed the slnmben of the 
night, bnt the conception was reached 
of forming an association of students, 
who should select for their field of labor 
some one of the new States of the West, 
and bring into operation within its 
limits all the olTilizing and Christian- 
izing agencies of society. Illinois was 
selected as the field, by reason of its 
amazing nndereloped resources, its posi- 
tion in the sisterhood of States, and its 
prospectiye greatness. 

The " Illinois Association " was form- 
ed, and seven of us put our names to a 
written document, pledging ourselves to 
this work on certain conditions. The 
Academical and Theological Faculties 
cordially endorsed the ^terprise, and 
in the fkll of 1829 Julian M. Sturtevant 
and myself left for Illinois, as pioneers of 
the Association. At about the same time, 
and through t£e interest excited in that 
field. Stiles Hawley and Charles P. 
Grosvenor went to Hlinois as Sunday 
school missionaries. In the month of 
January following, the devoted Hawley, 
while prosecuting his mission, was 
drowned in the Kaskaskia river. Eleven 
weeks after, we took him from his 
watery bed, constructed a rude coffin 
and buried him on the wild banks of 
that stream. * * • ♦ 

The sympathy and aid of the Amer- 
ican Home Missionary Society was 
given to the movement in its inception, 
and in all its progress ; indeed, a com- 
munication in the Home Mmionary for 
December, 1828, from the pen of Rev. 
J. M. Ellis, then at Jaclcsonville, 111., 
had much to do with the selection of 
that State as a field. 

The Association, in the meantime, 
was enlarged by the addition of others 
to the original seven, and in succession, 
as they completed their theological 
course, they took their departure for 
Illinois. ♦ * ♦ » ♦ 

As a result of the interest awakened 
at New Hayeo, this Seminary has had, 
first and last, no less than forty repre- 

sentatives in Illinois, making that State 
its special field. Ohio, however, was 
not far behind, having bad some thirfy 
Yale Seminary students within its 
bounds, and I wish some Ohio man 
were present to speak for tiiat State. 
Four dumni of the Seminary also fonnd 
their' way to Indiana, four to Wiscon- 
sion, and ^Jt to Iowa. Some five-uxths 
of the whole number went to the West 
under commissions from the American 
Home Missionary Society, and the other 
sixth as teachers, or as pastors of 
churches by which they were sup- 
ported : but all may be appropriately 
brought into the great Home Missionary 

Pioneering in Dakota. 

Tex Congregational enterprise in 
Tankton, and in the Territory,was start- 
ed by a lady missionary in Turkey, Mrs. 
C. H. Wheeler, who wrote to her brother 
here. Judge Brookings, urging steps for 
such a church. He wrote to the head- 
quarters in New York. The telegraph 
was put into requisition, and Rev. E. W. 
Cook of Ripon, Wis., was sent <». He 
found, two years ago, an Episeopid so- 
ciety, in a small house of worship, under 
Dr. Hoyt as rector, and also Baptist 
and Methodist beginnings. Gathering 
a church at once, he led it on f<Mr a few 
months, until, in November, 1868, Rev. 
Joseph Ward, recently firom Andover, 
with his wife, came on to assume the 
permanent pastorate. The administra- 
tion of Mr. Ward has been a great suc- 
cess, both as respects this churdi and 
the interests of religion in the Territory. 
Universal respect has been won ; every 
communion has witnessed addi^ons ; the 
church has assured to itself a high posi- 
tion ; and the great work has been ac- 
complished of building, finishing, and 
paying for, a house of worship. It is 
82 X 56, of gothio style, with a symme- 
trical spire. Its cost was a little over 
six thousand dollars. The lumber was 
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blen them, catobing the inspiration of 
their sister in Torkej, raised by festi- 
Tab and oUierwiae, $1,130 50. The 
Congregational Union pnt in fitimnlas at 
the beginning of the work, courage in 
the midst, and five hundred dollars at 
iha end/ The Home Missionary So- 
ciety has lifted heavily these first two 
jears, and now the Union prospectively 
Dfts the chnrch off from its hands. Was 
there ever a wiser adaptation of mutual 
help? The Baptist church is in sus- 
pense, and the Methodist worships in a 

Yesterday the church was dedicated 
with much joyfulness* The deficit of 
$1,800 was raised, and now the happy 
pastor and happy people leare the wan- 
dering home to enter this sanctuary of 
rest and of work. 

Yet it is wonderful how with all this 
■train of home-work, which has most of 
it been upon the pastor, he has acted as 
Bishop for the Territory. As the result of 
this oversight, yesterday. Rev. Stewart 
Sheldon, his brother-in-law, who had 
been brought to the Territory, partly 
by the necessities of health, and partly 
by the missionary call, organized a 
church at Richland, in the valley of the 
Sioox, and preached in the afternoon at 
Elk Point, a county seat on the Missouri 
river, and in the evening at Vermillion, 
another county seat on the Missouri. 
In both of these county seats he is soon 
to organize. To this trio of churches, 
Mr. Sheldon, whose health has become 
ragged, will minister, under commis- 
sion of the Bodety. Up the river 
twenty miles, at Bonhomme, another 
county seat, where Mr. Ward has had 
a monthly appointment, he is soon to 
organize; and also at Springfield, ten 
miles farther up, the location of the 
new land-office, he will organize, follow- 
ing his first sermon in the place, in the 
first and only house then built in the 
town. Over the river, in Nebraska, he 
has bad an sftemoon appointment for 
•ome time, and there the material is 
showing the rudiments of organic life. 

At Bonhomme and Springfield, the right 
man (and only the right man will an- 
swer) is needed at once. At two other 
important points, exploration warrants 
immediate action. I think the most 
enthusiastic home missionary friends 
will be satisfied with the eloitieity of this 
policy and work, and the most conserva- 
tive will be assured that this style of 
laying early the foundations of the State, 
is the true one. 

One of the classmates of Mr. Ward 
took a church at Norwich, Oonn., and 
others took important positions. But 
to no one of them was gi^en more of 
privilege and honor than to this home 
missionary, who with his own hands 
constructed the desk upon which I 
write, the easy-chair upon which I sit, 
the table at which I eat, and the lounge 
upon which I recline, in this sweet 
home ordered by the wifely taste and 
culture, which would adA*n society any- 
where, and which is an inspiring influ- 
ence in this newly forming life of a 
Capital. — " Pi^r/fn," in The drngrega- 



Hiscellaneona Itema. 

Iowa. — The church in Durant, Cedar 
Co. (Rev. E. E. Webber), has received 
thirty members sioce Jan. 1st. Though 
the house was enlarged only a year ago, 
changes have been necessary to increase 
its capacity still further. 

—Rev. E. S. Hill, of Atlantic, Cass 
Co., reports the completion of the 
church building, *' with bell, organ and 
every thing in working order ; " thirty 
substantial members, a congregation of 
100 to 160, favor in the eyes of the 
people, and hope of still better things. 

— ^The church in Manchester (Rev. 
£. R. Stiles), has been increased, at a 
recent communion season, by ^hirty- 
three members, twenty-four of them 
heads of fi&milies. 

WisooNsnr.— Rev. W. W. Jones, of 
Qlendale, reports the organization of 
two small churches in Ellroy and 


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Wright's 8chool-hoiii«, with fair pros- 
pect of growth. 

— The church in Belmont, Rev. A. 
W. Curtis, have made two years' pay- 
ments on a $500 memorial scholarship 
in Beloit College, in lienor of their first 
missionary pastor. Rev. Calvin Warner. 

Michigan. — Rev. J. W. Allen, of 
Leslie, who entered on his work with 
tome misgiving, now writes, ^^ a nobler 
band of workers than are some here, is 
not to be found. I love to be a Home 
Missionary. I thought it would be 
hard; but it has opened np to us, 
friends and correspondents that have 
greatly euriched us. What precious 
eonls the Lord Jesus has, hid away, I 
was going to say, everywhere 1 " 

— The church in Hancock (Rev. P. 
H. HoUister), have finished and dedica- 
ted their house of worship — a conveni- 
ent, tasteful buildiug, costing $9,000. 
They rejoice also in a steady growth of 
spiritual interest. 

MiseoTJBi.— Says Rev. Q, W. Williams, 
of West Hartford, " I have plenty to do, 
and an open field; am very cordially 

received even by some who were in 
the rebel service. For the first time, I 
am laboring with a chnrch of which 
all the members give or pay till th$y 

Illikois. — Rev. A. P. Johnson, lately 
of Kansas, is gathering in the frnits of 
the revival nnder Mr. Riggs' ministry 
in Woodstock. He reports eighteen 
additions to the church and a great in- 
crease of the spirit of Christian nnion. 

—Rev. H. D. Piatt, Superintendent, 
reports that all the churches of the 
Southern Association, with perhaps one 
exception, are for once supplied with 
the stated ministry of the Word. 

—Rev. 8. Penfield, of Shirland, writes 
of a revival among his people, reclaim- 
ing backsliders, reconciling the alion- 
ated, and resulting as is hoped, in the 
conversion of about sixty-five persons, 
twenty-three of them heads of fami- 

—Rev. B. F. Haskins, of Victoria, 
also rejoices in a good work in that 
place and in Elmore, largely adding to 
the material and spiritnal strength of 
these struggling churches. 


Not in CommUtion hut year, 

Uer. William R. Jojilln, togn to Oreiron. 
Rer. TbtMniis H. Ruu«e, dan Mateo, Cal. 
Bar. Btowart Slielduo, t.Vn Puiot and Vermillion, 

UeT. Thiimaa Bell. PaUlej, PaImjra,Kon«ryUiU 

and vlclnitj. Neb. ' 

Rev. Ellbn Barber, Ellgworth, Kan. 
Bar. Davillu W. Comatock, Hiawatha and TlcinitT. 

Rer. John B. Parker, Barllngton, Kan. 
BeT. 0. A. Hampton. Prinoetun, Minn. 
Bar. Nathani.! K. Bvarta, Codv'a Millf, ParU and 

Bev. Jobn B :!arage, Canandaiffaa, MIeh. 
Bar. Lewis P. Atwood, De Kalb, 111. 
Bar. Cephas F. Clapp, WarrenTiHa, 111. 
Bey. Mjron W. Piiikerton, Crescent, IlL 
Bar. Nowton H. B«11. Wlncbeeter, Ind. 
BeT. Harvey Miles, Prentit^vale and vleinltj, Pa. 
Bav. Alraon T. ( Invke, Nowcoinb (Adirondack 

Wlldarncsa), N. Y. 


Bar. S. A. Hall, Parker, Kan, 

Kav. Leieeeter J. Sawver, Bnrlingame, Kan. 

Bev. Lewie E. dikes, Vienna and vicinity, Kaa. 

Bav. Obarlea H. Merrill, Mankato. Minn. 

Bav. Abel K. Packanl, Anoka, Minn. 

Bar. Gaorra 8. Blaeoa, Tipton, Iowa. 

Bey. John A. Crozan, Bvr Oak, Iowa, and Laaofa, 

Bev. M. Henry Oyr, Sherriirs Moont, Inwa. 
Rer. Qaorga D. Marsh, Altoona and yiciuity, Iow«. 
Bav. James D. Mason, Nora Springs and Bball 

Bock Falla. Iowa. 
Bay. John W. Windsor, Creeco, Inwa. 
Rev. James Jameson, Avnca and Mnseoda, Wis. 
Bav. Jamaa W. Parkins, New Ch«starand yioinitj, 

Ray. Jobn O. Bherwtn, MeDomonea, Wia. 

Bev. Cyrenlos N. Coalter, Dorr and two ont-sta- 

Bay. Jobn Hoi way. Grand Bapida, Mich. 
Bev. Gny C. Strong, Booth Boatoa and Berlin, 

Bav. George Thompson, Leland, Concord and 

Bev. Jamea Harrison, Chicago, TI. 
Bev. Charlea E. Mar^h, Summer Hill, III. 
Hoy. John A. Palmer, Nebrsftka and Gridley, III 
Bey. Lumond Wilonx, Lyman, IlL 
Bev. J4»bn Tetter, Plain, Ohio. 
Bev. Frederick A. Bauer, Uawley, Pnrdyvllla and 

Laekawaxen, Pa. 
Bev. Samuel Bowland, West Spring Greek and 

Spring Creek Station. Pa. 
Bev. Charlea W. Burt, Union Center, N. T. 
Bay. Thomas Wataon, Wilmington, Upi»er Jay and 

Keena, N. T. 
B rr. Abel S. Wood, Niagara City, N. T. 


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Portland, WlUUoi Ozn«rd, $5 00 


BeeclT<4 bj E«v. B. P. Stone, D.D- 

Tttm. N. H. M. 8«c 

Bufcaven, Bcqaest of little 
Willie, to const IiIb mot liar. 
Mm AtraettoBmltb, a L.M., $80 00 

Groton, Legacj of Henry 
CammlDfs, bj Mrs. Bttsej 
C. F. Cntimiinn, Ex.. 60 00 

PelliAin, lCr«. H. C. Wrmwi, 
by Mr«. K. M. Tyler, SO 00 100 00 

Danbarton, Cong. Oli. and So&, by G. 

Kimball, of wh. ftvm U. IL Parker. 

15; JoLn Kimball, $10, 

29 00 

S 00 

80 00 

1 00 


1ft 60 


Brattleboro, A. Tan Doom, 
FalrhaTen, t>»iijr. Ch., by C. lUed, 
Mtddlebiiiy, J. W.B., 
St. Albana, B. B. Nelson, by 0. B. Swift, 
Wella River, Cong. Cb. and Soo , by W. 
8. Palmer, 


Mast. Home U\m. Soo., by B. Perkins, 

Trei*, 1,000 00 

Beteliertown, Cong: Ch. and Soc, br E. 

M*»ntagQ«, Treas., to oonat. lira. 

CkrisM Adams a L. M., 64 00 

Manaebaseits Three Friends. 750 00 

PlUaSeld, Soatb Cong. Ob., by J. Wilson, 

Trees., 68 Tl 

riymoflih. On acoonnt of Legacy of Mrc. 

iTaney Davie, by J. Harlow and A. 

Barnes, Bxa., 889 70 

epcoecr, A Friend, 8 00 

Bpetagllrkl, *" Unabridged,'* 1,166 66 

AFitead, 7 80 


Cooi. Haum MLm. Soe^ by K W. Par- 
sons, Tresa., 8,000 00 

Oiaabj, Cong. Ch. and Soe., by J. 0. 
Bartb«lomew, Treasw, 

Griiwuld, First Cong. Cb., by Joel Bat* 

Hw?ord, A Friend, In ftdl to eonat Bar. 

1.CL JooesaL.'D., 
Ob aceosut of Legacy of Mrs. Mary A. 

WartNirtoD, bj K. Sbipman and H. A 

Perkins, Kza^ 825 00 

Kew Canaan, CoBg. Cb. and SoOn by& 

Hickok. . _ _ 80 19 

88 60 
8 08 

88 S9 

Bcw Falrfleld, Cong. Cb. and Soei, by 

Kev. a B. Dye, to ooast. BlU*b P. 

Brown a LM., 
Hew Hafea, Kobert Crane, M.D., In fall, 

to eunst. Angastln ATsriil Crane a 

L.M^ ^ 
Bew biodnD, Second Cong. Cb. and Soc, 

Pntnain, A Friend, 
Boaibport Cong. Cb., by Bar. O. E. 

HUl, to «onat; Bev. Oeorge B. Hill, 

Ueivy G««don UUl and Laiira Porter 


8«rBt8«d. Oen. O. Loomis, by O. B. 

T h e o i aatu n, Cong. Cb. and Soc., by P. 

86 26 

16 00 

208 00 
1 00 

116 08 


WdHtnaniic, Mm 0. Robioaoa, 


Bsedved by Ber. L. t. Hobart, 
Ctoaada^oa, Cong. Cb., $888 60 

MaesdoB, Mrs. Blackmoo, 8 00 886 60 

Brooklyn, R. D., New Englnnd Cong. 

Ch., tiy J. W. Skinner, Treat., to 

oonst Kev. John H. Brodt a L. M., f40 00 
Candor, Bev. Oeorge A. Pelton, 10 00 

Comack, Cong. Ch., by Rer. P. Z. £a»ton, 17 48 
Hancock, Firat Cong. Cb., by Rev. I. D. 

Corn well. 20 00 

Fsirport, Mrs. Hnldab Ayraair, in full to 

oonst ber a L. M., 85 00 

Malone, On account of Legacy of L. S. 

CoUon, by O. 0. Cotton, Adm., 125 00 

North Walton, Cong. Ch. and Boo., by 

P.ev. S. N. Robinson, 81 8S 

Ponghkeefnie. Firnt Cong. Ch., by A. 

Wlltoif, Treits., 81 00 

Woodhaven, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. W". 

James, 6 gl 


Bloomfleld, Lather Clark, 880; Huldsb 
Coe, »10. 40 00 

Hadson City, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. 
L. BarUett, lo 44 


Great Bend, Mm E. B. Baldwin, by Rev. 
G. C.Jndsoa, 


St Augastine, Preab. Cb., 


Received by Rev. L. Kelsey, 
Brookfleld, Welsh Cong. Cb., 
by E. J. Evans, |]8 00 


100 09 

Four Cornerfl, Cong. Cb., by 

C. B. Cook, 
HsmpUen, Cong. Cb., by M. L. 

Newbnry. Cong. Ch., by Rev. 


11 25 

16 60 

288 40 

16 00 

8 10 

D. Witter, 
Paloesville, Cong. Cb., by C. 

R. Stone, 
Sandusky. Cong. Cb., by J. B. 

Byraense, Welih Cong. Clu, by 
T. Mainvaing, 8 10 846 76 

Brownbulm, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
0. Perry, 14 j0 

Bdinbnrgli, Flr»t Cong. Ch., by Bev. O. 

F.Ladd, 27 q^ 

Elvria, On account of Legacy of Lather 
Lane, by John 8. Coon, Ex., 600 00 

Lower Lawrence, Mrs. Betsey McOnIre, 6 00 

New Albany, C^g. Cb., by Bev. A. N. 
Hamlin, 3 go 

Rome, H. Arnold. 26 00 

Bnllivan,Cong. Cb., by Rev. C. C. Bald- 
win, 18 00 

Tallmsdge, Tallmadge Benev. Assoc., by 
L. H. Asbanun, Treaa., of wh. from 
Elijah Lyman, $20 : Mrs. Scott, $5, and 
wh. const Mrs. Elijah Lyman and 
Edward Chandler L. Ms., 75 10 

Toledo, First Cong. Cb., Edann Allen, 10 00 

West Millgrove, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. 
a Irons, 16 OO 

Plymouth, H. Hervey, 5 00 


Allen'a Grove, Cong. Ch., 815.50 ; East 
Paw Paw, Cong. Ch., 88.60 : Individ- 
uals, 18.60, by Rev. a 0. Breed, 22 50 

Brickton, Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. H. Laird, 10 00 
Cambridge, Cong; Ch., by Rev. J. Grant, 20 60 
Forest, Cong. Cb., 82A ; Oswego, Cong. 
Ch., 12.60; Sannamtn, Coug. Cb., 
IsiO, by Bev. W. B. CaUio, 86 00 

Lisbon, Cong. Ch., by J. Buahnell, Treat., 1 9 76 


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Oak Park, Ind. Cong. Oh., to eontl B«t. 

O. Hnntinston aL. 11., $57 OS 

PiitifleW, OoDf. Ch., bj Ber. W. W. 

Rose, i4 00 

8an<^wlch, Cong. Cb^ bj C. tt Pratt, 

Treaa., OS 09 

Waakegan. FIrat Ckuig. Cb., bal. of coll., 

bjr B«v. M. It Colburn. t 00 

Woodbarn, Cong; Cb. and Soe., bj J. A. 

Bcaob, Treaa., S9 95 


Brookfleld, Cong. Cb., bj Bar. a a 
Baiter, 7 80 

Lamar, W. H. C, 00 

Maoon, First Oong^i Cb., bj Bar. A. 
Bowera, 00 

ByraenM, Flrat Cong. Cb., bjBar. L. 
Newoonib, 2 00 


Baealred by Rer. D. Clarj, 
Colunlbu^ lira. Foater, $2 00 

DelaTan, Oung. Ch., ooIL ia 

part, by L. fiddy. Treaa., 44 68 

Geneva. Presb. Cb-, by SUw, i 

£. G. Miner, M 70 

Plauvtlie, Cong. Cb., by Rer. 

J.Bw Pond, SO 00 

ShulkboTf . Cong. Cb., by Bar. 

J. U. Wllliama, 8 00 108 33 

Beeelved by Ber. F. B. Doe, 
Afpleton, a>ng. Cb., |00 00 

Fond da Lae, Cong. Ch., to 

const. Ber. Arthur Little a 

Henasbis, Cong. Cb., 49 78 

Oabkoab, Cong. Cb., 01 09 

Sheboygan, Cong. Ch., UtI. of 
^K 10 00 870 07 

Kenoaba, First Cong: Cb., mon. con., by 

L.O. Merrill, Trie., 8 28 

Ofseoi Cong. Ch., by Ber. fi. H. 

Thotnpaon, 5 qq 

Peshtlgii, Cong: Ch., by Her. H, T. 

Fuller, 9 50 

Salem, Cong. Ch., flO; Wllmot, Cong: 

Ch, 8TJH), by Ber. B. B. Snow, •^ 17 00 
Waterloo, Cong. Ch., by Ber. A. O. 

Wright. g 0(1 

W«ati»ma, Cong. Ch^ by Ber. J. W. 

Donaldson, a ak 

Wanwatoaa, Cong. Ch., Mrs. 8. Green. 

by Ber. L. Clapp, q 00 

Amitf. Flrat Cong. Cb., by Ber. D. B. 

Clar.Bab'bath School elata, by Mrs. T. a 

Florence, Flrat Cong. Oh., by Ber. J. A. 

Grandrleir, German Bran. Cone. Ch . 

byRer.Aw.Jadleach, *^ * 

Iowa City, B. Talbot, by Ber. J. W. 




October, 1870. 

S4 20 

10 00 
00 00 


Monnd City, Cong. Ch., by Ber. II. P. 

OUitlie, First Cong. Ch., by Ber. G. A. 

Osawatomie, First Cong: Cb., by Ber. 8. 

L. Adair, 


Clorerdale, Flrat Cong. Ch., by Ber. J. 

8. Burger, 
San Boenarentara, Cong. Ch., by Ber. 

P. Uarrison, 


Oregon City. First Cong. Cb. and Soc« 
by Ber. B. Gerry, 


«30 00 
12 00 
90 08 

7 00 
6 00 

10 08 
17 00 
$10,637 91 

Lucas Qrore,Goag. Ch., by Ber. J. E. 
Elliott, to const. John L. Potter a L. M.. 37 80 

WlllUmabnrg, WeUh Cong. Cb., by ^97, 
D. Price, 


Becelred by Ber. B. Hall, 
Marine Mills, L. A. Paddock, 
Northfleld. Cong. Ch., 
St. Paul, Plymoath Cong. Ch., 

mon. con., 
Sank Baplds, Cong: Ch., 
Winona, Cong. Ch., ,* ^ 

MantorvlUe, First Cong. Ch. and Soc- by 
Ber.N. W. Grorer, . ' 

MMenpa, Flrat Cong. Ch., Ber. X. P. 

^Jfy^ •S? ^^ Cbarlea. Flrat Cong. 
Ch8,byBer. G. H.MIlea, ^ 

10 00 

38 70 

41 00 

91 18 
10 00 
12 00 
82 00 

J>OHaUotu of ClotJUng^ etc 

Grlswold. Conn., First Cong. Cb., by Joel 

Button, a box, communion set 
Plttsflold, MsM., Ladlea' Free Will Soc of 

Dr. Tiidd'a Ch., by Mrs. J. C. West,Sec, 

a box. 
West BntUnd, Vt., Ber. J. B. BoQm^ n 

bundle of books. 
Woodbury, Conn., Ladles, by Mra. S. T. 

Abernethr. a barrel, m 08 

Worcester, Masa.. Salem street Sew. arde. 

by Mlas M. Loalse Jenka, a box. 
Wasbingtt>n, Conn.. Ladiea, by Mra. A. J. 

Galpin, a barrel. 

neeHptt pf tJu Omnteticut Boms Mitlonmry 
aociety, in August, K W. PABMva, Tr^te. 

Bridgeport, First Cong. Ch., by N. 8. Woiw 
^("t $185 00 

Broadbrook, Cong. Ch., by Ber. L, T. 
Spanlding, — 

Bolton, Cong. Ch., by Eer. & B Moore, 

BMt Lyme, Cong. Ch., by G. GrUwdd, 

Falrflelj, Legacy of Mis^Sarab K. More- 

house, to const George Morehouse a 

L. M., 
Hartford, Asrlam Hill Ch., of irh. $100 

fh>m 8. Colt, to const Henry Blodgett. 

Joseph G. Colt and Mrs. Sarah Colt 

L. Ma., 
Kensington, C-ong. Ch., to' const N. A. 

Moore a L. M., 
MlUlngton, Cong. Ch., by Ber. A. C. 

Montvllle, Cong. Ch., by Ber. W. N. 

New Haren, College street Cb.. of wh. $80 

from Mrs. 8. Merwin, to const Thoroaa 

G. Merwin and HatUe N. Gray L. Ma., 

alao William B. Gnerneey and Charles S. 

Gray L. Ms:, 
New Mllford, Cong. Ch., by G. H. Whittle. 

North Corentnr, Cong. Ch., to const Zenaa 

Poqnonnock. Cong. Ch., 
Bofkrllle, Flrat Cong. Ch.. by C H. Dll- 

llngham, Treaa^ to const MIsa Jennie R. 

SUekney and Mn. Boaanna M. OUeott 

I^'Ms.* 85 25 

Wauregan, Com. Ch., by G. H. FeHowfL lo 0$ 
West 8u«>rd7eong. Ch.. by Ira PettibJne, 88 2T 
Weat Suffleld, Cong. Ch., to const Cyrus H. 

King* L. M., 
West Wlnsted, Second Cong. Ch- by J. 

85 $0 
14 71 


100 00 

OSS 50 

45 80 

16 00 

80 00 

167 48 

107 4T 

48 00 


Wolcottville, Cong. Ch., by G. P. Boberts, 

42 95 

07 57 
82 75 

$1,009 88 


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Boxes of ClothiDg, sent directly and without any particular dengnation, to the offloa 
of the American Home Missicnary Society, will be forwarded to such miasionarieB as are 
known to be most in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who receiTe 
them, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respective donoi-s. 

Eiperience has shown us that, when an IndiTiduol or association, intending to prepare 
a box, writes to the Society to have a particular mi8sionai7 designated, and a detdled 
account of the circumstances of his family given, the information is not always at hand, 
•0 that the letter can be promptly and satisfactorily answered. And when it is, it not 
onfrequently happens that, while the box is preparing, the missionary remains foi 
moDthB unsopplied, when, if it were not for this designation, he might be furnished 
with articles placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, while 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary from other sources, so thai 
when the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It 18 preferred, therefore, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
the special designation of the boxes of clothing that are not put up for any individual in 
particular, should be left to the discretion of the officers of the Society, afier Hiey reach 
the office. It is believed tliat they will, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
generously contribute them, better than in any other in which the Society can have an 


1. Put inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a paper 
or letter contiining a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated value of the whole, 
with the oame of the individual or association from whom it comes, and the address of the 
individual to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent 

2. A copy, in full, of the memorandum put inside of the box should be sent in a letter 
to the office of the Society. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what oonvey- 
aoee, the box was forwarded ; in it should be inclosed, also, such money as is intended 
for the payment of freight. It is desirable that freight should be provided for in all cases, 
if practicable. The freight and expenses on a box vary from $8 to $6, according to its 
Mze and the distance it is sent A barrel can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 
the same size. 

8. The box should be fully and plainly marked, and the place from which U comes should 
ALWAYS appear en the outtide^ so that there may be no necessity for opening it at the 
office. It should be strong, tight, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, or 
oCherwiee fully secured against the effects of hard usage on the way. 

i. Boxes may be addreued to either of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place, 


Boxes of Clothing form no part of a missionary's regular appropriation. The Society 
eds the same amount of mon^y, therefore, in order to meet promptly its stipulations 
with its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no favor to a 
auasionaiy to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that would 
otherwise be sent him must be proportionally diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it that 
they give none the less money, in consequence of their giving other things that are need- 
ful and convenient We hope, on the contrary, theur sympathies will be so awakened in 
the preparation of the lesser gilt, that they will feel it to be their privilege, not only to 
eontin ui g, but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to what is to be put into the box, while clothing of woollen or linen fabrioSi 
•hoes, boots, writing paper, and books will be specially valuable, scarcely any thing in the 
•htpe of plain, substantial wearing apparel or bedding, or which is of common u^e in any 
fonn in a fanoily, will come amiss. Knives and forks, spoons, a pair of scissors, a spool of 
cotton, a skein of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake of wax, a dozen of buttons, a 
thimble, a tumbler, a tin cup, a skimmer, or a pepper box, need not be left out 

When articles of clothing are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
ire sent, missiooaries are in the way of making such exchanges with each other thai 
•hnoit every thing which a box may contain is turned to good account. 


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OOXOBKR. 1870. 




Rkv. DAVID B. COE, D. D., }. Secretaries far Carrttpondm^, 



Mb. WnXUM HENRY SMITH. Treamrer. 

NKTHY; M». JOHN B. HUTCHINSON; Key. HENRY M. STORKS, D.D.; with tbe members 
cjr-ufiicio—vir: AUSTIN ABBOTT, Eft<|., Recording Seoretatyt th« Trbasukbk, »nd the 8ku- 



R«latiog to the business of the Society generally, may be addresBed to either of tbe'Seore- 
taries for Con-eepondence. 


Id Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-Office Orders, if practicable, may be sent to the 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time cuustitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one hundred 

dollars,) a Life Director. 





Rev. Stephkn THURstOM, D.D., Secretary, Maine Miu. See., Searsport, tfe. 

Joshua Maxwell Esq., Treasurer, " " " Portland, 

Rev. William Clark, Secretary, A>to Uampthire Mm. jSoc., Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stone, D.D., Treasurer, ** " ** Cpncord, " 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermoni Dom. Mm. Soc., Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Storrs, Esq., Treasurer, " ** ** *' 

Rev. H. B. UooKKR, D.D., Sec, Mass. H, M. 8oc., 81 Wasluugton st, Boston, Mass. 

Bknjamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, ** " ** 

Rev. James G. Yose, Secretary, H. /. Borne Mies. Soc.^ Providence, R. I. 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, " " " " 

Rev. William H. Moore, Secretary, Conn, Home Miu, Boc.^ Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Pbrsons, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** Hartford, " 


Rev. L. Smith Hobakt, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Lybandbr Kelsey, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath*l a. Htde, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph £.RoT,D.l)., Chicago, IIL 
Rev. Henrt D. Platt, Brighton, lU. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rev. LsROT Wa&ren, Pentwater, Mich. 

Rev. Dexter Clart, Beloit, Wis. 
Rev. Franklin B. Doe, Fond du Lac, Wis. 
Rev. J. GcKRNSET, D.D., Dubuque, la. 
Rev. JosEPu W. (ickett, Des Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Hall, St. Paul, Miim. 
Rev. Jamks G. Mkarill, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. 0. W. Merrill, Omaha, Neb. 
Rev. James U. Warren, San Francisoo, CaL 


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Feeble oODgregationa, desiring aid in supporting ibe gospel, are requested, in theff 
«ppUoalions, to make fall statements of thdr condition and prospects, and of the reasons 
or granting their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particolara, 
. The population of the place. 

The name of the church or congregation. 

The number of oommunicantfi, aud the averace number of attendants on pubUo worship. 

The denomination and size of congregations immediately contiguous, with the distance 
to thdr places of worship. 

The total amount of salary which the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the given time, and the amngeoients 
that are made for securing it. 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name inftM and post-office address of the minister for whom a commission is de- 

Ills credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the place in which he preaches, and b engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the diurch, or if not, whether any arnmgements are made 
or contemplated for his installment in the course of the year. 

The application should be signed by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a committee of the congreffadon. 

If the ecclesiastical body with which the church is connected have a **€rommittee of 
Missions ** to act in their behalf, the members of this Ck>mmittee are the proper pen>ona to 
certifT Uie statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his senrices are desSed ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such ** Committee of 
Missions '* exists, the application should reoeiye the indorsement of two or more neigh- 
boring clergymen, of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications, after being properiy indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Superintendent (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelre months from the date of the appHeO' 
tion; at Uie end of which, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars above stated, and indorsed and recommended m like manner. 
£aeh cotigregatum applying for renewed aid^ ehould fumiahy also^ the certificate of the 
misiiotiary that they have fulfilled their preeiove pledgee for hie etipporL 

The address of the Socie^*8 Superintendents and the Secreta ies of its Auxiliaries will 
be found on the oorer of its reports and of the Borne Jiiimonary. 


The Home Mienonary will be sent gralmtoutly to the following rlnffim of individuals, 
unless they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Directors and Life Members of the Society. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clergyman in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
every year for the Society, or one of its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contribute 
ten dollars, or upward, durine the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congiega- 
tion, one copy for every ten dotlare collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a special favor by availing himself of the fadlitles ofl^red 
above to introduce the Home Mieeionary among his people. In notifying the Secretaries 
of his desire to have the work sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the netnei 
of some person to whom each copy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in truaty to pay ovv 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in the 
city of New York, in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-six, to be applied to the 
f buritable uses and purposes of said Society^ and under its direotioo. 


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How shall they preach except they be sent ?. .Rom- x. 16. 

Vol. XUn. NOVEMBER, 1870. No. 7. 

By Rev. f^PHRAiM Adams, of Decorab, Iowa. 

[The eosuing article is a chapter from " The Iowa Band^^^ a Yolume of 184 pages, 
racently iswied by The Congregational Publishing Society, Boston. It was a wise and 
pleasant thought of one of the devoted company who left Andovcr Seminary in 1848, to 
celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their entrance on that unbroken field, by such a 
▼olome. In his dedication to the Rev. Asa Tu&nkr (*' Father Turner," whose loving face 
QMSt appropriately graces the opening leaf), the author says, **In this little book, as a 
Home Missionary offering in honor of that noble Society which we dl love, there is given 
fnt, a brief history of the Band, followed by a few facts and scenes from out our com- 
BOQ efforts; with such reflections in passing, as by a review of our quarter-century labors 
ue naturally suggested.'* 

This purpose, so very modestly announced, is more than fulfilled by the author. 
Hiding himself as much as possible behind his brethren and their common service, he 
tnoes the movement which has made **The Iowa Band" dear to all who love the mis- 
aooary work and workers, from its *' germ -thought " and *' suggestion," through the 
i&oooligbt prayer meeting In the Seminary library, the forming of the Band, the maturing 
of their plans, their westward journey, ordination, getting to work, on to the Results— > 
Ksolts set forth with unaffected sunplicity, but which none can read without admiration 
^ the men who wrought them, and devout gratitude to God who raised them up and 
ned them for so grand a work. A spice of something like self-complacency might have 
becD looked for (but it does not appear), in chapters like that on Iowa College, or that oa 
''The Iowa Association," starting in 1840 with three churches and now numbering 189» 
Whh DO ornaments of style, the story by its own attraction takes the reader on from the 
Iowa of 1843, with 60,000 people on the west bank of the Mississippi, to the Iowa of to- 
day, with ks 1,200,000 or more stretching on to the Missouri ; shows us how States are 
■Mde, and how all beneficent Institutions may be made to grow up with them, if there 
sre those to plant them in the virgin soil 

In the "Diary ** and the chapter of " Fragments," one may find touches of humor that 
t^t a hmt aa to how the rough places of pioneer experience are smoothed ; that ** rare 
chapter and short ^ on missionary wives, and that '^in memoriam" of some of the be« 
loved dead, can hardly fail to reaoh the fount of tears. 

The entire volume is at once an illustration of Home Missionary life and a con- 

^Mng aignroeDt for Home Missionary work, and we shall hereafUr make further draft* 

ttpoo its interesting pages. Meanwhile, we commend it to all who love Home Missions ; 

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suppi J of " The Iowa Band '* upon their list, they may be sure of conferring at once 
pleasure and profit] 

It is by no means proposed, in what follows, to give a connected history 
either of the Iowa Band or Iowa Missions for the last twenty-five years. "We 
seek only to review a scene here and there, and pnt on record a few facts, which, 
while of interest to parties concerned, may stand to the credit of the great Home 
Missionary work. If but a glimpse of home missionary life can be presented, 
especially of its inner view, with its joys yet not without its sorrows, our young 
men preparing for or entering the ministry, we are sore, will be attracted rather 
than repelled by it. If w« can hold up a few clusters gathered as the fruits of 
Home Missions in Iowa, it may encourage and stimulate all workers in this noble 
cause to push it onward with increasing vigor wherever there remaineth land 
yet to be possessed. 

As preparatory to what is now proposed, nothing perhaps will serve better 
than to contrast the Iowa of twenty -five years ago with the Iowa of to-day. By 
this view of the '^ then and now," unfolding, as it must, the nature of the field 
occupied and the changes wrought^ we can better appreciate the causes at work. 
But going back twenty- five years brings us co near the beginning of all Iowa 
history, that a word or two of the prior period may not be amiss. 

From 1848, we go back but ten years to find the first settlement of the State. 
This was June 1, 1833. Before that date, no white man had resided within its 
limits, except the Indian traders and their dependents, and a few who crossed 
the Mississippi in defiance of all treaties. 

Of those who have labored here in the gospel, probably the first Congrega- 
tional minister whose privilege it was to look over into this promised land was 
the Rev. J. A. Reed. He saw it as early as May, 1838. His point of observation 
was a town-site in IllinoiSj called Commerce, consisting then of one log cabin 
and a cornfield, since known as Nauvoo. His eye could just distinguish blufBi 
^nd prairie, with timber-skirted streams. Gazing on the prospect, his reflection 
^as, that the land before him, all the way to the Pacific, was the abode only of 
.-savages. All seemed buried, as for ages, in the silence and sleep of savage life. 

During the first ten years of Iowa history, between 1888 and 1848, the only 
iportion of the State open for settlement was a strip of country about forty miles 
twide, and two hundred miles long, on the western bank of the Mississippi. So 
far out was this on the frontier, on the very borders of the Indian country, and 
so much good land was there unoccupied and easier of access between it and the 
older settlements of what was then the West, that its population at first increased 
but slowly. In 1838, ^vq years after its settlement began, the population of the 
Territory numbered but 22,859. Prior to July 4, 1839, Iowa was included in the 
territorial government, first of Michigan, and then of Wisconsin. At this date, 
its own government was established, embracing in its limits the most of what is 
[now Minnesota and Dakota. Its present boundaries were established when it 
was admitted into the Union as a State, in 1846. In 1840, its population had 
reached 42,500. In these first years, the country was but little developed. Pio- 
neer hardships and privations were the common ezperieneo of the people. These 
were times in whicb the brethren tell of letters lying in the post-office for want 
•of money possessed, or to be borrowed, with which to pay postage. 

The religious condition of the people near the close of this first ten years, as 
I near as August, 1842, is indicated by the statements of a writer in " The B&tm 
.Mitsianary " of that period. He puts down the number of ministers in the Ter- 
irito?y,of all denominations, as 42, and the number of professing Christians as 


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S,133. ^ Sappose," he says, '* that ten times this number, or 21,880, come nnder 
the stated or tradTsient inflnenee of the preached gospel, yon have yet the as- 
tounding &ct, that there are 88,070 sonls in the Territory destitute of the means 
of grace, a large portion of whom are under tl)e withering blight of all sorts of 
pernicious error/' 

Among the errors allnded to was Mormonism. Its headquarters were at 
Kanvoo, III. The town-site with its one log cabin of ten years ngo had now be- 
come a city of Latter-day Saints, claiming from 16,000 to 18,000 people. All the 
males were under military drill, the men in one division, and the boys in an- 
other, to the number, it was said, of 8,000. There was not a school in the place. 
About this time Mormonism was sanguine. Its apostles were everywhere, 
trtversiag the new settlements with a zeal and suc^sess at once astonishing and 
alanning. Infidelity, too, was presenting a bold front under the leadership of 
Abner Eneeland, first known in Vermont as a Universalist minister, afterwards 
m Boston as an atheist. He had settled with a band of his followers, male and 
female, upon the banks of the Des Moines, to mould, if possible, the fiiith of the 
new settlers by " substituting," as one has sold, " P«ne*s *Age of Beason ' for 
the fiunily Bible, the dance for the prayer meeting, and the holiday for the Sab- 
bath." Of the minraters and Christians spoken of as in the Territory near the 
dose of the first ten years, a rery few only were of the Congregational order. 

The first Congregational ministers that explored this field were the Rev. Asa 
Turner and the Rev. William Kirby. This they did in May, 1836. They found, 
M the principal settlements. Fort Madison, Burlington, Farmington, Yellow 
Springy Davenport, and Pleasant Valley. Had they continued their tour north- 
ward fiur enough, they would have found Dubuque, with some other little settle- 
ments scattered here and there. The first resident Congregational minister In 
fte State was the Rev. W. A. Apt^orp, who came in th« fall of 1886. He 
preached for a year or two, mostly at Fort Madison and Denmark. At Den- 
mark, the first Congregational church in Iowa was formed, May 5, 1888. The 
ministers present were Messrs. Turner, Reed, and Apthorp. Denmark was then 
about two years old, with a few log cabins and a frame building, 20 by 24, which 
served as a school-house and meeting-house, partly finished. The church was 
organized with thirty- two members. Every New-England State but one was 
represented in it Immediately on the organization of the church, Mr. Tnrner 
was invited to take charge of it ; and the Invitation was, after a few weeks, ac- 
cepted. Mr. Apthorp was soon called to Illinois, and Mr. Turner was left the 
only Congregational minister in the State. So intimately connected with the 
history of onr churches in after years did the church at Denmark and its pastor 
beenuM, that Denrowrk is regarded as the cradle of Congregationalism in Iowa ; 
»d to the revered pastor who so long labored there, the Iowa ministry have 
given, by common consent, the appellation of '* Father Turner.*' He did not 
Isng stand alone. Others came to his help, bnt not enough to supply the wants 
of even the slowly-developing country around them. In a few years, the popu- 
lation began to increase more rapidly. The openings ibr labor became m<Mre nu- 
acTDns, but. the men to occupy the new fields eame not These were weary 
ytars, in which the few brethren here explored the field, reported its wants, and 
tSiem labored on without re-enforcement This they did till hope deferred not 
coly made the heart sick, but made them almost despur. But at last, as we 
have teen, help came. 

Twcniy-five years ngo, what is now the State of Iowa was a Territoty, whose 
chattered settlements were mostly confined to the narrow strip of country before 


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mentioiiecl. The northern and western portions of it were still in the possession 
of the Indians. It was only a little farther west, abont to the &ntre of the State, 
that the Indian title was eztingnished in October, 1848. Now the State stretches 
from the Mississippi to the Missouri, taking in a belt of land measuring from 
north to sonth nearly 800 miles. Traversing the eastern portion of it are five 
noble rivers, nearly equidistant from and parallel to each other, running in a 
south-easterly direction to the Mississippi ; while on the western slope of the 
State are other rivers, with their tributaries, tending to the Missouri With this 
area of 55,000 square miles, situated in the very heart of our oountry, embracing 
a variety of climate, bounded and intersected by the noblest rivers of the 
continent, Iowa is equal to any of her sister States in the richness of her soil, and 
more favored than some of them in the extent of her forests. Her water-courses 
abound with facilities for the manufacturer. Her mines of lead and coal, and 
her quarries of marble, are exhaustless sources of wealth. It is indeed a goodly 
land : so the thousands who have found a home on its soil have esteemed it. 

The growth of its population, though slow at first, has in later years been 
truly wonderful. In 1848, there were but about Y0,000 people in the State ; 
now there are over 1,000,000. In cities where then there were but a few hun- 
dreds, now there are thousands, and in some oases tens of thonsanda. Twenty- 
five years ago, a father in the ministry was calling with one of the Band on a 
family in the field of his labor. Wishing to impress both the family and the 
youthful minister with the grandeur of the Christian work in a new country, he 
remarked on this wise : *' I have no doubt that the day will come, some time, 
that, within a region of ten mUes aroupd the place where we now stand, there 
will be as many as 10,000 people.'^ The prophecy at the time seemed almost 
startling. But that family is still living where they then were ; and, within the 
region alluded to, the people now are numbered by more than three times tea 
thousand, while the two ministers are still living, the older and the younger be- 
holding in wonder the advancing growth. Meantime, as might be expected, the 
development of the State as a whole has been wonderful. The Iowa of to-day 
rivals many an older State in agricultural and mechanical productions ; while 
her coal-beds and her quarries are proving souroes of unexpected wealth, and her 
mines of lead show no signs of exhaustion. Her advance in all the arts and 
achievements of civilized life has been rapid. There is no better index, perhaps, 
of the development of a country than its facilities of travel, and, especially in 
these latter days, the number and location of its railroads. A glance shows how 
marked has been the progress in this respect. 

Twenty -five years ago, the nearest approach by rail from the East was the 
city of Buffalo. Travelers that would see the then Far West, just opening on this 
the farther side of the Mismssippi, were compelled, for the most part, to cro» 
over in skifb, fiat-boats, or horse-boats. At one point only was there a steam- 
ferry. The mode of travel then was mostly on foot or horseback, guided often 
by Indian trails or blazed trees. Bridgeless streams and sometimes bottomless 
slonghs were to be crossed. , 

Many are the incidents and adventures which the members of the Band and 
the older ministers have to recount to their children and to one another of the 
days in one sense so recent, in another so long ago, as they apeak of their eoxlj 
explorations in looking over their fields and hunting up the people. But these 
things have passed. Bailroads have come. No less than five railroad bridges 
aeross the Mississippi are or are being o<mstructed, over which the iron horse 
comes to find here a fresh pasture-ground for his wide roaming. From these 


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five points starfc five main roads, crossing tlie State from east to west. Like her 
five prinoipal rivers, thej are abont equi-distant from, and in the main parallel 
to, eaoii otJier. Two of them already form the Iowa links in the great Pacifip 
Bonte, and others are pressing on. Meantime, from north to south, roads are 
projected, and parts of them completed ; girlng promise, at no distant day, of a 
railroad system at once complete and adequate. In the aggregate, about 1,400 
miles of railroad are already in operation, — an extent nearly if not quite equal to 
idl the raflroads in the whole country twenty-five years ago. The whistle of 
the engine is &st becomiii^ a familiar sound to the children of Iowa. 

The rivers, of course, have been bridged, and carriage-roads have been made, a» 
the necessities of the people have required. Twenty^five years ago, the only public 
buildings of Iowa were a rickety penitentiary and a very ordinary State House : 
now, aU over the State are scattered her public institutions of all sorts, — ^homes 
for the orphan, asylums for the blind, the insane, and the deaf and dumb. Her 
present Oapitol stands in a city claiming a population of 15,000, where, at the 
ooming of the Band, there was but a fort, seldom reached, so far was it in the 
betrt of the Indian country. In ad^tion to her State University, whose annual 
income exceeds $25,000, her Agricultural College generously endowed, and a 
ijitem (tf common schools munificently provided for, there are, among her 
citizens, schools and colleges established by Christian enterprise, already standing 
high among the best institutions of the land. Thus, as by magic, in a few years 
hts the wilderness been peopled. That profound sleep in which, when the first 
Congregational minister gazed upon it, the whole region seemed wrapped, has 
been broken. Towns, villages, cities, have sprung up, where, but a little while 
igo, no trace of civilization was visible. With all this growth, giving life and 
vitality to it, hare sprung up churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will not 
speak of these now ; but, when in the proper place we do, we shall find that here 
tke tens have given place to hundreds, and hundreds to thousands. 

Twenty-five years ago, Iowa was almost unknown, and its character a blank : 
now its finme is at once world-wide and enviable. Then it was only a frontier 
Territory, containing, in the eye of the nation, but a few scattered homes of wild 
adventurers : now it is a State ; and a State, too, of no mean rank in the cluster 
of States. Welcoming, from the fii'st, to her soil the principles of education, 
liberty, and religion, that have traveled westward from tJie land of the Pilgrims; 
sending them, in due time, to the opening plains of Kansas and Nebraska ; say- 
ing to the dark spirit of the South, t^at was ever struggling to press its way 
northward, '* Thus far and no fiirther;'' joining hands, in the mean time, with 
her sister States of the North and the Northwest In a friendly rivalry to develop 
«id protect every noble interest and true,— she stands forth with the proud in- 
wri[rtion already on her brow, '^The Massachusetts of the West, "—an inscription 
pUoed there, not as in self-glorying, by her own sons, but by friends abroad, as 
tbey have seen the freedom of her people, her schools, and her churches, watched 
the integrity and wisdom of her legislators, felt her power in the councils of the 
Mtion, and especially as they have marked her noble record in the hour of the 
Aation*8 peril. She was ever prompt with her fall quota of men and means, and 
^» mindfiil of her soldiers in the field and their families at home. Of all her 
ristdt States, none were more lavish in these respects than she ; and yet she was 
the only one of them all to come ont at the close of the war with her liabilities 
canceled, and free of debt. Nor has she since been untrue to the character then 
Mmed: she has made the path of fireedom broad enough to include all her citl- 
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nounoe upon aoj of the issues of the times, she has stood shoulder to shoulder 
OQ the side of progress with the noblest of them all. Such is the Iowa of to-daj. 
Looking at things as thej now are, we can hardly believe that thej are &e out- 
growth of the things few and feeble of twenty-five years ago. But so it is. There 
have been causes for this. Where and what are they ? 

The growth of a State, free and mighty, as are those <^ the Northwest, is a 
grand event. It stands forth as the result, not of one cause, but of a thousand. 
Prominent among them, to say the least, is the go^el of Jesus Christ, the mes- 
sage of God to man by his Son, It is the preaching of this gospel, with the in- 
fluences and institutions it includes, that, entering into the individual, domestic, 
social, and civil life, gives (^aracter and prosperity to the State. To prove a 
proposition like this is no part of the present object ; nor, with the history of our 
country before us, is it needful It is to the preachers, teachers, and upholders 
of the gospel in Iowa, we are bold to affirm, that she is in co small degree in- 
debted for what she is. 

Somewhat i^ominent among these are the Congregational ministers and 
churches of the State. With here and there an exception, these ehnrches have 
all felt the ISostering care of the American Home Missionary Sodety,-*-a Society 
which is more than its President, its Executive Committee, and its Secr^ariea. 
Be it ours, then, in this chapter, to set Ibrth the workers here ; not the Home 
Missionaries only, but their helpers also, — all who have given or prayed in aid of 
thb work, or sympathized with them in it If Home Missions can show a re- 
cord of honor in Iowa, let the honor be shared by all who should participate in 
it, and let the joys of it be wide-spread and mutual. 

The grand central figure, however, around which the picture must be drawn, 
is the Home Missionary himself. Look at him as he is, or rather as he was, 
twenty-fire years ago. We have a young man without family, and, with possibly 
here and there an exception, without friends, in the new Territory to which he 
has come. His property inventories a fsw books, the clothes he wears^ hb trusty 
horse, and a debt at the Seminary. On a beautifnl morning, as beautiful as the 
light, which b glorious, and the air, which is bracing, oan make it^ he is riding 
out from his home, over the prairies, into the surrounding settlements. He is in 
the ardor of youth; yet all things just now seem neither very bright, beautifU, 
nor hopeful. The prairies, at first so fascinating in their novelty, by fiuniliarity 
have grown tame and unattractive. They are now actnaUy dreary, with their 
verdure stifened by the frosta of autumn, or burned to blackness by autumnal 

The poetry of Western lifSs and home missionao^y labor is Hat changing to 
fact. The fires of a new experience are passing over him. What wonder now 
if his ride be somewhat lonely, and his thoughts fiow in a serious, almost sad- 
dened mood, as he queries with himself: ^^What do I here? I came here to 
preach; but tiiere are no meeting-houses and no churches. But few people care 
about my commg, going, or staying. Among them all, who is there to lean 
upon? Nothing is organized. The materials are heterogeneotis and discordant 
There are no counselors near, no precedents, no established cu^ms. With 
some denominations there are set rules and directions ; the way is marked out : 
this is of some advantage, at least. Some ^nominations, too, are popular : mine 
is not; is, indeed, bnt little known, and many are prejudiced against it I am 
to work here alone. In case of sickness, or general failure of health, what tbeu ? 
Poreign Missionsries are provided for in this respect, but Home Missionaries are 
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pat so much upon liis self-reliance f And on whom does the whole work in which 
be is engaged so hang? And now, an inexperienced yonth, what do I here? 
What IS my life-work to he f " 

Oh, from the depths of how many hearts hare these questions come up here 
in Iowa, and in all tlie newer missionary fields of the West 1 How often, haying 
left home and friends, church-steeples, and the soand of churoh-goiDg bells, be- 
Imid him, and gcme towards the setting snn till he found himself single-handed 
sad alone on the very firontiors of dvilization, has the Home Missionary in per- 
I^exity asked, ''What do I here?" And how often has the question found an 
answer in some moment of loneliness and sadness, when, in the absence of all 
haman stays and sympathies, t'he sonl has been thrown upon God, and, for the 
time, the whole being, the whole world eyen, has become as the holy of holies, 
filled with the XHrine presence! 

Then it is seen that there is wotk enough anywhere ; and there is faith and 
courage to do it. It is thus that to the lonely missionary rider there springs up a 
light, and Tisions brighter than the brightness of the morning. Qod never 
seemed in his fullness to fill all things more than now in the surrounding soli- 
tudes. In a few years he sees that the Tirgin soil around him, with as yet no 
trace upon it save here and there a bridle-path, is to take on the fraits of hus- 
baidry and toil ; homes are soon to cover it; the silent forest is to be peopled, 
and the rirers^ banks are to be thronged with artisans. For the people's need, 
for the glory of God, and that the land may be Ohrist's, he sees that spiritual 
seed must here be sown, and spiritual harvests reaped. "• Here," he exclaims, 
"is my work I With God for my counselor, and taking the customs, precedents, 
and rules of his Word for my guide, here will I live and labor, and here will 
I die." 

Tes, noble Iowa, nlany are the germs of life-labor that thus have been set 
within thee I Out of them, many are the years of patient toil and work that 
have been given thee by those who brought salvation on their tongues, whose 
feet trod the rude dwellings of thy pioneerSi who, in the ruder school-houses, 
first gathered thy children together to teach them the ways of the Lord, and 
whose very lives have fiowed out into the industry, the thrift, the virtue, and 
the integrity of thy people. When as a young man thou r^oicest in thy strength, 
forget not by what powers thy sinews have been knit ; from whom, in a measure 
at least, the currents of tfay life have been fed. 

Iowa owes a debt even to the humble Home Missionary ; but not to him 
alone; for with him, in him, and through him, she has felt the power of thou- 
aaads besides^ That miaskmary entered upon his work with a commission, — a 
bosbeas-like doenment, sending him out, perhaps, to find a field, or a place in 
which to make one; drawing out, somewhat in detail, the nature of the duties 
e^^oiaed, with the requisition of quarterly reports to be made, and the promise 
of peouiary aid in a certain sum stipulated : all duly signed by accredited agents 
^-the Secretaries of the Homa Missionary Society. Accordingly, laboring 
tlooQgh the months of the first quarter, hunting up the lost sheep of the bonse of 
larael, sowing seed as he may beside all waters, with somewhat of trembling at 
the little accomplished, he makes his first report, and labors on. 

In due time, by the trl- weekly or bi-weddy mall, there comes to him a letter 
with the Society ^s hnprint,— the first from New York. The twenty-five cents of 
P<^*^ are paid, and tiie seal broken. There before him is his first missionary 
^^—good, in the old times, as so much gold. It seems to him as almost sacred ; 
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how the old folks at home, the fietthera and the mothers, the brothers and the 
sisters too, are prajing and giving for the West; and now he is here, a receiver 
of their bonnties. Throngh him is the answer of their prajers to find a chan- 
nel; a new tie is felt between him and them. These are allies in the work, re- 
cognized now as never before. He must be faithfol at his post, to the duties of 
which he commits himself with a new consecration. This is not alL That first 
letter is no mere off-hand bnsiness note, with the simple anthoritj- to draw so 
much money. There is appended a message of cheer, of warm Christian greet- 
ing and encouragement That message by the Secretary's own pen is as the 
hand-grasp of a ifriend. By it, henceforth, the yonthfnl laborer feels that there 
are indeed loving human sympathies with him, as he stands in this holy brother* 
hood of the mission work. He is a Home Missionary, the Secretaries, the patrons 
of the Society, those who give and pray, — all are as one, and in one work. 

Yes, ye donors,— ye men of wealth who have given your thousands, ye 
widows in Israel who have bronght your two mites, all ye who have given or 
prayed, — ^in all the fruits of Home Missiims at the West, you are sharers. 

And you who with noble hearts have stood between the giv«rs and the 
workers, — allow us who once were young, and now look back upon our quarter- 
century labors, to give expression to the debt of gratitude we owe to you^ 
and especially to the Senior among you, then in the prime of his life, and still 
fSuthfnl at his post. Could his brief messages of cheer in missionary correa* 
pondence, scattered all over Iowa in her ea]ilerday8,be gathered together, what 
a volume they would make t Could it but be seen what courage and energy they 
inspired, how rich a reward would there be in it for him ! Nor Will we forget 
his noble colleague of the earlier days, now gone to his reward. Gk) on, then, 
brethren at the Home Missionary Rooms, in these words of your cheer ! You 
little know what power there is in them sometimes in the hearts and homes 
of those at the outposts of home missionary toil. 



Frwn Rev. W, L, Jonea^ SotOh San Juan, 
Monieriy Co, 

*' Teaohinff Frteirta '» WantmL 

It is difiScult for one whose life has 
been spent in our New England congre- 
gations to appreciate the disadvantages 
under which Home Missionaries often 
labor. In my earlier work in this State, 
I found many in my congregations, from 
some parts of our own and from other 
lands, who had had very little religious 
instruction. It did not take long to 
learn that some things which elsewhere 
we might assume to be known, needed 
to be stated, as if new, in the plain- 

est and fdllest terms. The *^ teaching 
priest ^ mentioned in the IGth chapter 
of 2d Cbron., and not t^e preaching 
priest, for whom there is so much de- 
mand, is what is wanted, after all. 

I med to wonder, when a boy, at 
Peter's sermon, in Acts, telling at euoh 
length what every body was supposed to 
know. I thought oar modem preaobert 
were far before him. I now wonder 
that more sermons have not been made 
after the same model 

But there is another trouble. People 
who have lived in Christian communi- 
ties, and have been regular attendants 
at church, have stall very vague or 
erroneous ideas of religion. For^gn 

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munonaries saj that often their hearers 
have a rery different idea belonging to 
the word they hare taught, so that their 
exhortations only confirm them in evil. 
Home missioDaries have the same tron- 
Ue sometimes. They hear men say they 
oljeot to religion; when they only 
otject to certain wordy rhapsodies that 
hare no control oyer the life. They 
know no other meaning to the term. 
Peq>]e say they haye, or often have had^ 
reUgion, when they have only had a 
sort of intermittent habit which made 
tiiem come np like whales to the snrface, 
to roll and " blow " awhile, and then 
descend to pass long periods in tin- 
known depth?. 

for the '' teaching priest ^ of old, to 
give people oorrect definitions as well 
IS fervid appeals ; to pot them on the 
track before they get np steam. The 
ladL of this all over car land makes 
dow work ibr onr frontier dmrohes. 

From Hev, G, jB. JSUis, Peicadero, San 
Mateo Co. 

Building tor the Future. 

We are enconraged to labor here, not 
•0 mnch for what it, as for what it to 

This charming valley, and the region 
roond abont it, is one of the most fertile 
under the snn. It is capable of sustain- 
bg, and most eventnally have, many 
times its present population. It is com- 
paratively near onr great commercial 
ceoter , has a most salnbrions climate, 
and only one obatade between it ;and 
tba hi^^ieat degree of prosperity— that 
presented by the ^Ooast Range; '' and 
ev«n this is likely, before long, to be 
overcome. When this result is aooom- 
pHsbed, and these rich fiuming and 
graalng lands are offered fbr sale, as 
they moat be eventually, then I tmst it 
win appear that theae yeara of patient 
working and waiting have not been in 
vtfn. I am inclined to think that onr 
ample and oommodiooa ohnrch bnild- 
isg wta erected in antidpatkm of this 

time, and in this respect we are well 
prepared for any anticipated increase 
of population. 

The By-ways. 

There are several isolated districts 
lying within a radius of ten or twelve 
miles around Pescadero, which are, to 
a great extent, deprived of the ordi- 
nances of the gospel. It seems to me 
exactly in accordance with the design 
of our missionary work to carry the 
word of life to them. I have of late, 
and as far as practicable, acted in ac« 
cordance with this conviction, and, in 
the several localities which I have 
visited, have found the people attentive 
listeners, and eager to have regular 
preaching among them. In one place 
they have taken steps to put up a suita- 
ble building, in which to hold public 
services, and think it will be easy to 
accomplish the plan, provided I can 
preach for them at regular intervals. 
I thank God that there is a call for 
the gospel in these by-ways ; and may 
the divine Spirit accompany it to these 
remote places with life and salvation ! 


From Riv. J, D, Davii^ Cheytmne, 
Xuet Hare a BeU. 

We need a bell for our church. We 
do not know how to get along without 
it. There nner was a place before that 
needed a bell so much I There is only 
one bell in town — a small affair hnng 
on a frame. It has not rung on the 
same time twice in two months. It 
never rings unless the Episcopalians 
have service. 

This people do need a bell to remind 
them, when Sabbath oomes, that there 
is a house for the worship of (Jod. We 
must have a bell. We have two kinds 
of time here — ^railroad or Omaha time, 
on which all the trains and hotels are 
run, and city time, 86 minutes slower ; 
and the timepieces in town range all the 
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ooDgregation don't know when tbej 
are ponctnal. Part of them eome every 
Sabbath morning and evening, half ao 
hour too early, and part half an hour 
too late ! With the Sabbath school and 
prayer meetings it is abont the same. 
It 13 almost beyond endurance. Yes, 
we must have a bell. 

It is absolutely impossible to raise 
any thing at present here for a bell, out- 
side of our own weak band, who have 
lifted so heavily the last year. The 
other church edifices which have been 
crowded in here this summer have 
drawn on every body, until it seems as 
if one-half the men here will stoear if 
church is mentioned to them. We need 
a 600 lb. Troy bell. It will take over 
$300 to lay it down here. I had rather 
go to work and earn that money than to 
try to beg it Can you not find some 
friend or friends, some church or 
churches, who can send us a Memorial 
Offering of a bell, which shall take up 
the peals of New England and bear them 
over to the Pacific? A bell we must 
have I 


From Rev. A. Drener^ Linwood, Butler 

The Ziiffht ShixiM. 

At a late church meeting there was 
present a teacher from another State, 
whose parents reside here. She thus 
expressed her joy in finding what Grod 
had done: ** Tears ago there was no 
Sabhath school here, no Sabbath, no 
family altar, no Toice of prayer ; all was 
dark. Kow I find a light here and a 
light there; the Sabbath school, the 
stated ordinanees of the church, a min- 
ister of the gospel residing among yon, 
my sister and my adopted brother now 
about to take the vows of Qod upon 
them, and the family altar erected at 
home t Your light shines. I heard the 
good news far, fox away, and my soul 

exulting exclaims, *^What hath Gk>d 
wrought I" 

Getting' Homes. 

The population is ocMutantly increse- 
ing, but the homesteads are usually 
taken by those who never had a home, 
and as a general thing their all Is spent 
in getting to and securing their land. 
It is marvelous to see what inoonvan- 
ienoe they will subject themselves to, 
what deprivations th^ will endure, in 
hope of a home ! Frequently days and 
weeks are spent in a covered wagon or 
a cloth-tent, till a house can be reared 
or dug out; and then one nnacoustomed 
to Western prairie life would never 
imagine that these piles of logs covered 
with prairie grass, or those heaps of 
earth or sods, could be the tenements of 
the heirs of €k)d and jointrheirs with 
Jeans Christ. Surely there is a contrast 
between these and the Bible descrip- 
tions of the " home beyond the grave." 
Ought not this readiness to endure in 
securing an earthly home, to put to 
shame all murmurings at hardships en- 
dured in the service of Him who be- 
came homeless that we might have a 
home ! 


From Rw, E, P. Dada^ Maz^ipa, Wa^ 
Ixuhaw Co, 

A KlBgled Gap. 

The quarter has been one of mingled 
joy and sorrow : of Joy, because Christ 
seems more precious than ever, as the 
sun appears more brilliant coming from 
hehind the dark dond; of sorrow, 
because of death in our h(ane. My 
wiki*a mother, Mrs. £li£a M. Taggard, 
died on tiie 0th of July, aged 75 yean. 
Her relig^n was eminently of a misnon- 
ary character. Thirty-eight years ago, 
after listening to one of yovr miaston- 
ariet on the snhjeot of missions, she felt 
ao deeply that she gave all that shs had. 
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her onlj thM^ a daagbter, three jears 
of age. She then and there asked God 
to cofiTert her, and prepare her for 
labor in his kiDgdom. God accepted 
the gift) and that daughter is a faithful 
laborer in this field. Her death was 
one of peace and joy. Oar home is 
lonely, but we are happy in Christ 

We like our field, and God blesses 
our kbors. The interest does not abate. 
The attendance on church and Sabbath 
school is good. 


f^cm Rev. J. R, Upton^ Okobcji^ I>icJcin$on 

The Tint Servloe. 
Yesterday I preached the first ser- 
mon ever preached in this new village, 
in the fireight-room of a dommodions 
and elegant depot, seven miles west of 
Cherokee. There were some thirty or 
forty In sttendanoe, and at the close 
several brethren held a meeting to con- 
sider the expediency of organizing a 
^ordi at Cherokee, which it was voted 
to do. Three important railroad points 
wHl be embraced within its bounds. 
It win start with a goodly number, and 
has many reasons to ezpeet an nnnsn- 
illy rapid growth, should it soon se- 
eare the services of an able and de- 
voted minister. Such a minister win 
reeeive a hearty weloome and find a 
field of much promise. 

VMktnres of the Ooontry. 

The whole region is one of great 
beauty and containa sure elements of 
wealth. It is very healtbyi and most 
•ooQ be densely populated. I have been 
in nearly half of the oonntiea of this 
Bute, and know of none saperior to 
t^ The general deficiency of timber 
ift all these northwestern counties can^ 
^1 the help of railroads, coal, peat and 
pUM Inmber, be got along with. Live 
i^nces and groves will soon be started, 
^ving to the landscape new charms. 
The present want of timber I consider 

far more than compensated in the char- 
acter of the people. They have aagacit/ 
and enterprise sufficient to contend 
with an obstacle formidable in the eyes 
of those who are timid, irresolote and 
desirous of ease. Some of these coun^ 
ties are settling up almost entirely with 
families that are of Americau and Pro- 
testant birth. Settlements are multiply- 
iog very rapidly, and several important 
railroads are soon to be completed 
through the connties which I travel 
over. I hope soon to be permitted to 
welcome more missionary laborers into 
this most interesting portion of this 
great Statew I expect soon to organize 
two or three other churches within the 
limits of my field. I am separated some 
two hundred and fifty miles, by usual 
routes of travel, from my family, and 
have not seen the dear ones at home 
for seven long months ; but I hope to 
locate them in a new home, in the 
neighborhood of the beautiful lakes in 
Dickinson county, before another win- 
ter. The weight of fish caught the pre- 
sent season, in the outlet of Lake Okobo- 
ji, has been estimated at two hundred 
tons ! I do not doubt the accuracy of 
this estimate. 


From Rew, A, Pinkerion, Orwn^ Richland 

An Employed Hinister. 

Early in June our little meetiog-houae 
was oom^ted at Bird^s Creek, and that 
small church, of only four male mem- 
bers, had evidence <^ the truth of the 
M^uig, ^'Yon don't koow how much 
you can do until you try.*^ It is a little 
*^ picket-post," where a few tru^-hearted 
Christians, in spite of manifold oppo^ 
tions, are holding the ground for Christ. 
One of its members has walked six 
miles every Sabbath morning, to super- 
intend a Sunday school, in a still darker 
corner of the woods, where I trust we 
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Grod^s promise to his anoient Israel, that 
"wherever their feet should tread wonld 
be given them for a possession, we will 
hold it, and press still farther in the ene- 
my's territory. There is so mnch land 
to be possessed that, were I moltiplied 
by six or ten, I could find abundant em- 
ployment. I read about " unemployed 
ministers," and naturally suppose they 
are ministers who think a snug parson- 
age (of coarse very convenient to 
church), and a nice salary, and good, 
refined society are essentials — else, why 
should they be unemployed? I fancy 
that any man fbll of faith and the Holy 
Ghost, with God's promises and the 
American Home Missionary Society to 
back him, could find all the preaching 
that one pair of lungs could stand. Oh, 
we want just such preachers. There 
are plenty of sthcalled preachers among 
us, that preach when they can have 
some big excitement. But this steady 
hang-on, in summer's heat and winter^s 
cold, in spite of all discouragements, 
teaching in Sabbath schools, leading 
prayer meetings, "being all things," 
preacher, precentor, sexton, if by any 
means he might save some — ah, this is 
too much for 9ome sorts of poor human 

nature I 

And a Happy One. 

I am one of the happiest men in "Wis- 
consin. I aspire to nothing more than I 
now possess — ^health and strength to 
preach Jesus. And my wife — I wish 
some of you newspaper and magazine 
writers would write a hymn, a song, or 
at least a first-rate article, in praise of 
Home Missionaries' wives — stays at 
home with the stufl^ and every encour- 
agement that a wife can give a husband 
I have from her. Were she to write a 
report, she could tell of many lonesome 
days and nights, of many " chores " at- 
tended to, evening and morning, that 
usually fall to the husband's lot, of 
household duties hurried over, or laid 
aside for a time; of children hushed 
and coaxed to silence, that the tired 
husband may have a few quiet hours to 

read and study. Tes, thank God for 

such helpmeeta ! We should work with 

heavy hearts, indeed, bnt for their aid 

and cheer. 


From Rev. M, Wells, Oak Grotfe, Dodge Co. 
Fruits of BevlvaL 
The revival has been more fruitfal in 
its results than we had anticipated. A 
larger proportion than is usual of those 
professing a change, prove to be genuine 
converts. More have been added to the 
church, in all 42 since the awakening. 
These all eeem to be good, zealoas 
Christians. They have entered their 
Master's service, apparently, with a 
right good will. A few others I think 
will come hereafter. 

Sunday School Work. 

We have organized a Sunday school 
at Minnesota Junction, numbering about 
40 teachers and children. With a few 
books and children's pikers, I am quite 
sure we might increase that nomber 
considerably. We have full congrega- 
tions there and attentive listeners, the 
larger proportion of whom are youths, 
and therefore more hopeful. A num- 
ber of Christians there, of various de- 
nominations, all give me a hearty wel- 
come ; I hope for fruit there. 

At Clyman, a[town foar miles south 
of Oak Grove, I go next Sabbath, with 
a corps of teachers from my young con- 
verts, to organize a Sunday school. 
One young man of ability and promise, 
living in that neighborhood, converted 
in our revival, consents to serve as su- 
perintendent if others will assist as 
teachers; and this they have promised. 
Thus we are enabled at once to bring 
our converts into active Christian ser- 
vice ; and that is what thej need, to be 
Christians of any value. I propose also 
immediately to organize a Sunday school 
in a dbtrict three miles west of Oak 
Grove. Its teachers will also have to 
be supplied mainly if not wholly from 
our church, aa they have no profBSsing 
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Frwi Bev. J. W. -PUtmaurice^ Pinekney, 
lAmngtion Co, 

Oatherinff the Trait. 

Our chnrch have been baptized from 
on high, and knit together in love. We 
hare made no special effort since the 
" week of prayer," when but one was 
eooTerted, and y^t the Lord is blessing 
09. We had five additions on profes- 
son three weeks ago, aU influential 
hetds of families. Upon yiaiting among 
the people, I find others earnestly say- 
ing, *^ Sirs, we would see Jesus ; '' and 
sweet is the work to point such to the 
Lamb of God. 

I called upon a man far adyanced in 
oonsumption. My heart bled, to find 
him unaware of his danger, and with- 
out a Christian hope. I strove to point 
him to the cross, but he felt no neces- 
rity for Christ as set forth in the gos- 
pel. B^inning at Moses and the 
Prophets, I labored to show that Christ 
must needs suffer. His attention was 
arrested, his soul was touched, and with 
tears he told me to call again, saying, 
"How plain all thnt seems; I never 
heard the gospel in such simplicity 

For three weeks I continued to visit 
him, and after sore rendings and tear* 
ings the evil spirit left him seated at 
the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his 
right mind. He asked for Christian 
baptism ; and calling a meeting in his 
bedroom, composed of Baptists, Metho- 
diata and CongregatioDallsts, we ex- 
anuned him touching the hope within 
him; and, no one forbidding water, bap- 
tized him. The next week he died, 
dinging to the crosa of Christ. The 
week following I buried his child. His 
broken-hearted widow, three weeks ago, 
gava herself and her household to the 

This 18 one of many precious experi* 
«Doea God has given me here, and with 
th« eye of a gardener for Christ, I can 
look forward from present blossoms and 

buds to future fruit now developing and 
soon to ripen. 

From Rev. R, ffatch, Traverse City^ Orand 
7}raverH Co. 

Ohuroh Organised. 

I returned home last evening from a 
journey of about ninety miles through 
the woods to Hersey, with Mr, Warren, 
to assist in the organization of a Con- 
gregational church there. "We went 
with my horse and baggy, lunched by 
the side of a brook at noon, slept in log 
shanties at night, and had such a time 
as only pioneers can have. I suffered 
much from heat, and when our journey^s 
end was reached, I had just time to 
wash up and take to the bed prostrated 
with fever. Mr. Warren's mission to 
Hei-sey was an entire success ; a little 
church of eight members was formed 
with most hopeful prospects. 

Ken Wanted. 

Can nothing be done to give us more 
ministeri for this north country? Are 
all the ministers of the great East in the 
harness ? We are in great distress up 
here for more men. I own that the 
self-denial of coming into these back- 
woods is great — ^in some respects great- 
er than we like to tell of. But it is the 
Master's work, and his reward is sure 
to all faithful laborers. 


FVom Rev, A. M, Thome^ Memphis^ Scot- 
land Co, 

Itinerant Oonffresationaliats. 

During the first three months of the 
present year, oar churches were called 
to give up their ministers, in turn, every 
other Sabbath, to go to the county next 
west of us. The reports of the churches 
gathered at Glenwood and Pleasant 
Ridge, give the results of that labor. 
And labor it was«-owing to ihe exces- 
sive rains and oppressive heat Let the 
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required in an "itinerant Congrega- 
tion alist" 

About the middle of last Septem- 
ber, I rode twenty-five miles east to 
attend ministerial Association in Olark 
countj. Left on Friday afternoon, rode 
home the same night, and slept four or 
five honrs — wife sitting up to waken 
me. With a fresh horse, started for 
Glen wood, thirty miles distant. Found 
the streams all over the bottom, bridges 
nearly all gone, and the road well-nigh 
impassable. On and on we went, until 
toward sundown, when we brought up 
at an angry, foaming little creek that 
was "on a rampage,*' from a young 
water-spout that had emptied into it a 
few hours before. Had to retrace two 
miles, stayed all night, rose at four, leav- 
ing^^ household fast asleep, bridled 
andvlddled the horse, and struck out 
for Glenwood. The horse was a long- 
legged broken- winded fellow, but a 
very " staver." He just naturally loved 
to go, and I quite as naturally loved to 
keep up with him, and together we 
made " a go-team," for certain. We 
reached Gleowood at six o'clock. 
After breakfasting and a little rest, 
preached at eleven ; rode four miles and 
preached at three ; then back again and 
preached in the evening. Of all this is 
the sum: ^'Hitherto bath the Lord 
helped us." 

The churches here have felt and 
borne the loss of regular Sabbath min- 
istrations. For four years, scarcely 
more than a Sabbath a year had they 
been without their minister. And, as 
of old, while men slept, the enemy 
sowed tares. The second three months 
our meetings were resumed, the interest 
revived, the eongregations increased, 
and the candle of the Lord again shone 
upon US. Toward the close of the year, 
a festival yielded ns a beautiful organ. 
We began the year with the blessing of 
the Lord upon the church at Union 
Grove, in adding twelve members to it 
The incoming peoples are calling for 
out-shining graces and power. Breth- 

ren, pray for us, that the word of God 
may have free course and be glorified. 


Fh>m Rev, C, L, Wattan^ Loda^ IroquoU 

"Another CkMipeL** 

We have beeu through a great excite- 
ment A young preacher of the heretical 

sect known as , came among us and 

held forth his *• reformed gospel " for 
nearly three weeks, including three Sab- 
baths. He was a ready and vehement 
speaker, and bis resources of dogmatism, 
impudence and affectation of learning, 
were ample. At first he was all bland- 
ness; greatly deprecated dissensions 
among Ohristians ; said he never inter- 
fered with other denominations, and 
hoped that all who loved the Lord Jesus 
Christ would co-operate with him in hia 
efforts to promote the cause of religion. 
His first effort was to prove the Bible a 
divine revelation. Fext he preach- 
ed two unexceptionable sermons on 
" faitl)," and ^* seeking Gk>d with all the 
heart." Then, by a great display of 
Latin, Greek and Hebrew, he under- 
took to show that almost every thing 
connected with the plan of salvation 
was falsely translated in the authorized 
version of the English Bible. He ex- 
plained " conversion " as a simple turn- 
ing from evil to good, in which the 
Holy Spirit had nothing to do; asserted 
that man in his first moral character 
was a lover of truth and purity, and 
though afterwards corrupted by evil 
example and instruction, never became 
totally depraved ; said " regeneration " 
meant going back again to the prinolples 
and purity of a former age; and ex- 
pliuned being ^' bom again " as immer- 
sion for the remission of sins. He taught 
that, after this process of believing that 
Jesus Ohrist is the Son of €k>d, reform- 
ing the life, and having the sins washed 
away by baptism, the Holy Spirit would 
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niled the Westminster Confession of 
Faith with great fory ; eulled scraps of 
sentenoes ending at commas, and pot 
ipon them an utterly ftlse constniction 
to 8Qit his purpose, and declared that 
having traveled extensively in the great 
Vest, be had fonnd everywhere that 
those who taught such doctrine had 
oomipted the hearts of the people and 
closed them against the trath. He de- 
■opnced sudden conversions; spoke 
eootemptaously of anxious-seats and 
the prayers there oflfered in hehalf of 
persons under conviction uf dn ; declared 
tbat God had never promised to hear 
SQch prayers ; that the work to be done 
was the business only of the inquirers 
themselves ; and that if they would not 
do it, God was not able to save them ; 
that uu'il they should purify their own 
hearts and make them a fit residence 
hr the Holy Spirit, he would have no 
hitercoorse with them. He ridiculed 
"theoloiry," and profesned to teach the 
Word of God, and spoke facetiously of 
doctors of divinity, as men who thought 
themselves competent to doctor Gotl's 

Skeptics and scorners, who never at- 
tend the services of the sanctuary, heard 
him with deh'ght— ruot because they re- 
oeived his doctrines, for this they were 
oarefol to disclaim — but evidently be- 
cause they hoped he might bring evan- 
Celicai religion into disrepute. He made 
only two converts, women who had re- 
cently oome into the place ; yet such 
moltitodes flocked to hear him as were 
never before drawn together in this 

The result of this excitement is yet in 
the fbtore ; I hope it will be favorable. 
The torpid minds of the people have 
been aroused, and I am quietly preach- 
ing a series of sermons on Regeneration 
•od kindred themes, which I trust are 
being heard profitably. Without allu- 
iioDs to the heretical preacher, I set 
forth, as clearly as I can^ the foundation 
truths of the gospel, which are the po w- 
^ God onto salvation. 

From Rev. G, B. Rowley^ Harvard^ McHwry 

Decease of Bev. P. O. Pettibone. 
The quarter has been made sad to me 
by the severe illness and death of a very 
dear brother in the ministry. Rev. Philo 
0. Pettibone, the newly appointed finan- 
cial agent of our Theological Seminary 
in Chicago, late agent of Beloit College, 
and formerly for years one of the Com- 
mittee of Home Missions for the Con- 
sociation of St. Lawrence County, N. Y. 
He was greatly beloved, and of wide, 
enduring influence. His warm piety, 
earnest labor, kind yet pointed pre- 
Fcntation of the great truths of life, 
death, and immortality, won for him 
the warm regard of the best hearts 
wherever he labored, whether ns pas- 
tor, evangelist, or agent. He was fifty- 
five years old, and had been, I think, 
about thirty years in the ministry. 
Thus the standard-bearers, one after an- 
other, are falling at their posts. It 
seems as if we cannot spare snch noble 
spirits from the wa^ls and the vineyard. 
But the Lord sees not as we see ; his 
ways are not as our ways. The brother's 
works, well done, will follow him. For 
the College he secured about $60,000, 
and gave that institution a place in the 
Christian mind and heart such as it 
never had before. During its seasons 
of refreshing, which come every year, 
none wore more active and untiring in 
their efforts to win the young men to 
Christ. For the Seminary he had 
preached lut one sermon^ and went from 
the pulpit never to return. This loss 
almost unmans me. We had been so 
intimate, had labored bo long side by 
side, had depended so much upon each 
other in times of refreshing, and our 
hearts were so knit into each other, that 
parting was like severing the dearest 
ties of nature. Oh, that it may serve to 
make me a more faithful minister, and 
a more useful man! The lesson is one 
of warning, and yet one of great en- 
couragement. His success cs a minis- 


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ter, hie fidelitj in everj datj, sndj hb 
triamphant death, mingle joys with the 
tears wbieh I oannot withhold. The 
voice of this providence says, " Be ye 
also ready." 

He died at his son^s in Chicago ; and 
on Sunday, Sept. 11th, his faoeral was 
attended in Beloit, where his family re- 
side. He leaves an estimable wife and 
five children, who deeply monm his 
loss, bat not as those without hope. Of 
the large circle of adolt moorners pres- 
ent at his funeral, I hear that but one was 
without Christ, and he the son of a bro- 
ther-minister, now we trust in heaven. 
May he meet that father there ! 

From Rev, G, B, Hubhard^ Atlanta^ Logan 

Sunday Pionios. 
Daring the warm weather we have 
had to contend with a diverting influ- 
ence which has proved to be no small 
evil The Universalists on the one side, 
and the Freethinkers on the other, have 
been appointing their meetings in the 
groves on the Sabbath, advertising them 
as " basket " or "picnic meetings." A 
sermon or lecture is delivered in the 
morning, after which the company en 
tertain themselves with their picnic din- 
ner and social eigoyment. The device 
has had its intended effect. The multi- 
tudes from all the surrounding region 
are attracted. Forsaking the churches 
and the worship befitting the day, they 
go to the groves to be amused and to 
ei\joy themselves. Kext to a prevailing 
apathy in matters of religion, this is the 
especial hindrance with which we have 
to contend just now. 


From Rev, R, Tolman^ Hampton^ Elizabeth 
City Co, 

Invading the '* Old Dominion." 

I began to preach in the chapel of 
the Normal school, the last Sabbath in 
ApriL Having preached there two 

Sabbaths, it was thought that the in- 
terest among those not connected with 
the school might be deepened and ex- 
tended, if we should worship in the 
pleasant and oommodioas church edifice 
near by, called Bethesda cbapeL Ac- 
cordingly, I preached there from the 
second Sabbath in May nntil my return 
to the North, the last of June. Besides 
the members of the Normal school, 
numbering about seventy, there were 
gathered into our Sabbath assembly be- 
tween thirty and forty of the Northern 
whites, resident there, many of whom 
had been long absent from the sanctu- 
ary. I became deeply interested in 
my work while there, though too fee- 
ble to do much pastoral labor. I have 
now occasion for thanksgiving to God 
that, after most of my friends had ut- 
terly despaired of my recovery, my 
health is decidedly better, and I have 
the joyful prospect of going back to my 
new field of labor, greatly strengthened 
for the Master's service. 

Importance of the Field. 

This appears from the fact that there 
are many Northern people residing 
here, who cannot easily be gathered 
into Southern churches. There is so 
much of the old Southern feeling and 
prejudice, still remaining in these 
churches, that Northerners do not feel 
at home in them. Unless, therefore, 
we would leave the Northern element 
of the population — ^that element possess- 
ing so much energy and enterprise, — 
without the blessed influences of tlie 
sanctuary, it seems of the highest con- 
sequence to plant a Northern church on 
this Southern soil, and thus difltise here 
the savor of that gospel which has made 
New England such a power for good, 
in the land and the world. 

Another consideration, showing the 
importance of Hampton as a missionar j 
field, is, that here is located a large and 
flourishing Normal School, which, from 
the new accommodations that have been 
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jear, about one hundred and thirty pn- 
pUs. All these are to be tanght in spir- 
itnal things by the missionary here, 
and to come under his pastoral watch 
and care. And this surely is a precious 
opportunity for good. To endeavor to 
train for Christ and his service these 

young men and women who are to go 
forth as teachers all over the South, and 
thus seek to impress the truth as it is in 
Jesus upon multitudes, who might not 
otherwise come under its salutary and 
saving influence, is a work worthy of 
an angel's powers. 

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The American Home Missionary So- 
ciety is compelled to appeal to its 
friends and patrons for the immediate 
sapply of its empty Treasury. 

The work is one that cannot be sta- 
tionary. Every missionary's success 
makes room and work for others. Not 
to go forward is to retreat. Obeying 
what they believed to be an imperative 
can of God's providence and Spirit, 
and relying on the churches that have 
long and faithfully acted through this 
Society, the Executive Committee have 
been steadily increasing the number of 
its missionaries in nearly all its fields. 
For years, scarcely a qualified laborer, 
willing to give himself to the work, has 
£uled to be commissioned, until on its 
liat are nearly 960 men, supplying 
afanost 2,000 stations— not a few of 
them on distant frontiers, where living 
is expensive, and the resources of the 
people are small. 

The outlay for the last year was 
DMtfly $271,000, and should be still 
greater for the present year. But " the 
dullness of business," " countless other 
preaeing calls," " plans for special oflfer- 
iaga in this Memorial Year," are among 
the reasons that have been 'given for 

withholding from its Treasury, so that 
its receipts for the six months now 
closing have been but |68,600, while 
its payments have been $99,460 — com- 
pletely exhausting the balance with 
which the year commenced. 

This Society borrows no money. Its 
pledges are, by the terms of each com- 
mission, payable as soon after labor is 
reported as the state of the Treasury 
will justify the forwarding of its draft. 

Money is now due to missionaries, 
and the amount is daily increasing, /(?r 
which drafts cannot le sent, until our 
friends provide for their payment. 
Meanwhile the missionaries must wait 
for remittances which they have earn- 
ed, and which they have learned to ex- 
pect at once on the rendering of their 
quarterly reports. Those who know 
any thing of the inside of Home Mis- 
sionary life, need not be told what 
inconvenience to all, what actuU suf- 
fering to many of these worthy breth- 
ren, is caused by even a brief delay of 
their appropriations. 

Shall such a band of Ohristian work- 
ers be left to suffer, while in the homes 
of any of their brethren there is bread 
enough and to spare ? 

And shall the great work of founding 
spiritual ohurches, and helping to ans- 


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tain faithful preachers of Ohiist craci- 
fied, in which the Society has been 
80 blessed of Qod for these forty-five 
years, be crippled now, at the very 
time of its grandest success and richest 
promise; now, when so many doors 
are open ; now, when the calls for a 
marked advance in all its fields-— espe- 
cially in the newly-settliug portions of 
Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska and Mis- 
souri—are more urgent than at any 
previous time in the Society's history ? 

The respozisibility of answering these 
qnettions, we must lay upon yon who 
read these lines. Pastor, with your 
inflnence in your eougregation ; Chris- 
tian, with property intrusted to yon 
as a steward of God ; humblest mem- 
ber of Christ's body, with your two 
mites ; every one who believes that in 
the prevalence of true Religion is the 
hope of our country— what will you do 
for this cause? 

Shall we have your answer? shall 
we have it at once? such an answer as 
will be pleasing to IIdc, who for onr 
sakes became poor, that we through his 
poverty might be rich? With intense 
anxiety we wait for that answer — ^toub 
answer— and can take no further step 
till we receive it. The Home Mission- 
aries, with winter before them, wait 
for that answer. What shall it be ? 

Arthur Tappan. 

Ik the history of Christian beneficence 
and reform in this country, no name 
holds a more honorable place than that 
of Aethub Tappan. During the latter 
portion of his life, he was chiefly dis- 
tinguished as the uncompromising 
champion of human freedom, and as 

the object of persecution and obloquy 
on that account But in his earlier 
years, he took a leading part in the 
organization of nearly all our national 
institutions of benevolence, and by his 
far-seeing enterprise and his munificent 
gifts, he did more, perhaps, than any 
other man, to set them forward in their 
beneficent career. The cause of Home 
Missions, with others, was greatly in- 
debted to hb counsels and his pecuniary 
support He aided liberally in sustain- 
ing the institutions which preceded and 
were merged in the American Home 
Missionary Society, and at its organiza- 
tion he was appointed its Anditor, 
which office he held for thirteen years. 
During the period of his mercantile 
pro^>erity he contributed largely to its 
funds, and ever manifested the warmest 
interest in its welfare. Indeed, the 
record of his beneficent activities forms 
no inconsiderable part of the history of 
our national systems of benevolence, 
and we rejoice that such a record has 
been presented to the public. 

His brother, Mr. LeWis Tappan, in 
t?ie eighty-second year of his age — a time 
of life when most men, even practiced 
authors, have laid aside their pens — 
was i>ersuaded to undertake this task ; 
and he has executed it with admir- 
able discretion, fidelity, and charity. 
Though he has traversed fields on 
which, for thirty years, the fires of a 
fierce controversy raged, he has not 
sought to fan the slumbering embers ; 
and, however the reader may differ in 
opinion from the author and the sub- 
ject of the memoir, in regard to fMOi- 
ures of reform, he cannot fail to admire 
the character portrayed on these pages. 
We doubt not they will be read by 
thousands with pleasore and profit. 
The princely gifts, in money, which were 
made by Arthur Tappan to different 
objects of benevolence, at a period when 
such gifts, in this country, were almost 
unknown, were of far less value to the 
cause of Christ than is the story of his 
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MJaine IGBsionary Society. 

TniB efficient Anxiliary still enjoys 
the service of Rev. Stephen Thueston, 
D.D., as Secretary. Rev. Dr. Samuel 
HiBEB, President of Bowdoin College, 
has been chosen President, in place of 
Rev. Dr. Adahs, who acceptably filled 
the office for nine years, and has re- 
moved to Kow Jersey. Hon. Geobqe 
F. Patten, long the Vice-President, 
and a most liberal donor, has died within 
the year. His place is filled by Rev. 
Dr. FiSKE, of Bath. 

At the 63d anniversary, a stirring 
and pongent sermon was preached by 
Rev. J. K. Ma80k, of Thomaston, from 
Jeremiah xii. 5— subject : ** A religion 
of principle, as possessing characteris- 
tics adapting it to this time, and to all 

The number of missionaries employed 
the last year was 89, doing 56 years' 
service in 81 mission fields, containing 93 
chnrehes and about 100 stated preaching 
places, with others served irregularly. 
Of the preachers, 60 were ordained, and 
89 licentiates. Revivals have not been 
nnmerous, though 205 hopeful conver- 
soDfl are reported — 69 more than in 
the previous year. Members of the 
missionary churches, 4,166, of whom 
257 were added during the year. In 
Sabbath schools, about 6,000. Average 
number in the congregations, 8,784. 
Two churches have been formed, and 
two houses of worship built. 

The Treasurer's receipts were f 17,- 
876, of which from the ordinary annual 
oootributions of the churches, only 
t6,515^1e8s than the previous year by 
more than $4,000. 

The Secretary says, ^ Maine is em- 
inently missionary ground, not as well 
nipplied with the ordinances of religion 
ts most of the Western States; suck is 
the opinion of those acquainted both in 
the East and the West. The last re- 
port of the A. H. M. Society shows that 
more mlsnonarles are employed in 
Maine than in any other State to which 

they send laborers, save Iowa. Yet not 
all our needy fields are supplied. Only 
about 100 of our churches are self-sup- 
porting, leaving 140 dependent Of 
these about 25 have little prospect of 
growth or long life. Besides these 
feeble churches to be nursed, various 
places in which no churches exist need 
the gospel, and are accessible to the 
feet of him who bringeth good tidings. 
Such is the field : where are the labor- 

" Tlie great need of the ministry is 
a vast increase of primitive piety, such 
as led the great apostle to count not 
his life dear to him. To meet the 
necessities of our rural districts, we 
need a class of ministers willing to 
adopt more inexpensive habits of living, 
whose love of souls shall prompt them 
to a cheerful self-denial, and the earnest 
consecration of their powers to the 
work of winning and saving them. 
Oh, when Grod shall baptize the rising 
ministry generally with such a spirit, 
they will not shrink, as often now, 
from hard and difficult fields! " 

MfunaohiiBetts Home Missionary 

The 71st Annual Report of the 
Massachusetts Home Missionary Society 
shows that, though one of the oldest 
benevolent institutions in the land, it is 
losing none of its early vigor. Nearly 
200 churches have by its aid been 
raised to self-support, some of which 
are now among the strongest in the 
country. During the year it has aid- 
ed 60 missionaries, ministering to 62 
churches, with more than 2,500 mem- 
bers, bringing more than 10,000 people 
under the influence of the Word, and 
4,500 children and youth into Sabbath 
schools. Six missionaries have been 
" settled " within the year. The number 
of reported conversions is 180. 

The receipts, by donations, legacies, 
etc, were $50,953.88, an increase over 


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the last jear of $7,874. Sent directly 
to the treasury of the National Society, 
f 19,241, making the Home Missionary 
contributioDs of the State, $70,203, 
more than $12,000 greater than those 
of any previous year of the Society, 
with one exception. 

The Beport embodies a valaable and 
timely article on the " Temptations of 
Dependent Churches,'' which we intend 
to present la some future number ; one 
on " The Pastoral OflSce in Dependent 
Churches," in which—after stating that 
of the sixty missionaries two-thirds are 
hired by the year, and among these 
twenty changes had occurred in the 
twelvemonth — ^Dr. Hooker makes a 
sensible and earnest plea for ^^ settled " 
pastorates, urging that such a course 
fixes a minister's own mind in reference 
to permanency; incites and helps to 
settled, permanent plans of labor; 
saves from temptation' to anxious 
thought and care as to a new location ; 
has a good effect upon the people ; ex- 
alts and honors the pastoral office, and 
secures greater confidence in its moral 
value and power. " It is therefore earn- 
estly urged upon the dependent church- 
es, when seeldng to fill the vacant minis- 
terial office, to make it an express 
object, and as a vital point, to secure a 
regularly settled pastor; and this is 
urged in the deep conviction that the 
best interests of the churches require 
it, and that missionary funds are so 
most likely to accomplish the ends for 
which they are given." 

Rev. D. P. Noyes's report on Home 
Evangelization follows. He ppeaks of 
progress among pastors, churches and 
conferences, in reducing to practice the 
home evangelization idea, 'Uhat the 
work of popular Christtanization is the 
toorJc of the churcTies^ and a work that 
can be prosecuted, successfully only 
when it is prosecuted all the time." 
The "out-districts" reported by the 
several conferences, number a little 
more than 200. The reported " neglect- 
ers of the aanctnary " range from 12 

per cent, to 89 per cent, of the popula- 
tion, in different parts of the State. 
" On the whole, they may be considered 
as constituting not over one-third, 
perhaps not more than a fourth, of the 

As prominent causes of this neglect, 
Mr. Noyes names the influence of une- 
vangelical denominations in dimlnifthing 
confidence in the Bible, weakemng the 
sense of the saoredness of the Sabbath, 
and of the importance of religion ; more 
acrid forms of unbelief; large floating 
populations; failure to maintain stable 
pastorates, and intemperance. The re- 
sults have been far less than they 
should be, because of want of perma- 
nency in the pastoral office ; yet, on the 
whole, the year's experience affords 
encouragement to faith. 

Brethren of the Difperdon. 


Foe twenty-one years I have labored, 
most of the time, on this Padfic coast, 
and have most earnestly and heartily 
sympathized with you, as I do now, 
praying ever for your increasing success. 
My work has taken me, many years, 
through 7,000 miles of travel, and led me 
to talk personally with, I think, 20,000 
persons each year. What I am contin- 
ually seeing impels me to write you. 

My object will appear from this ex- 
ample : I have just left a fine farming 
valley in the mountains. It lies central 
in the Sierras, east of the highest ridge ; 
is forty miles or more long, twelve or 
fifteen wide, beautifully watered, and 
romantically situated. Here perma- 
nently reside some 200 families. In 
eight years I have visited them and 
preached to them I think fiY^ times. 
Each time they urge their request for a 
Congregational minister. In one of 
the villages, persons called ministers 
have done what they called preaching, 
perhaps a third of the time. One of 
these always speaks of the Atlantic 


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States as the,^dantic States, and in 
reading from the hjmn, " What timor- 
ous worms," emphasizing the word, he 
reads " tremendtiovs worms I " This is 
one of the worst specimens, to be sure ; 
jet the lest are not nearlj equal to a 
good New England farmer's Christian 
talk, while a large portion conld not 
teach a oommon school. Good Con- 
gregationalists here say they are not 
benefited, but are often shocked, by 
sodi preaching. The " world's people '' 
are more and more disgusted. Ee- 
ligion is not honored, religious effort is 
diminished, and religious principle is 
likely to die out of the people. 

In this place ten names were sub- 
scribed to a proposal to unite in a Con- 
gregational ohurch, and there were, 
perhaps, as many more who were not 

The question is, what shall these 
sheep of Congregational folds, scattered 
all over our land, as in this place, do? 
They are now the strength and support, 
to a great extent, of those who so 
wretchedly supply them, that often 
they " run all religion out." They feel 
tlone, they are few at the best, they 
often are the only Christians in the 
place; and the earnest exhorter says to 
them, " We are here and will preach to 
70a ; join us, and you may go to your 
own church, if there evfer is one.'' But 
if one of our ministers comes into the 
region, every effort is used to keep 
theee sheep in the other fold. *^ He is 
not needed ; " " the field is supplied ; " 
" there is no room for two minbters ; " 
"he it trying to divide Christ's flock ; " 
" he will not stay long, and there is no 
we in withdrawing from us to join 
bun." And if he is still like to come, 
(we have known no exceptions), a 
stronger man Is sent to compete with 
the minister, and retain hold of the 
people till ho shall leave,, or there 
•re years of struggling to outdo one an. 

My earnest proposal is this: Where- 
"Wrwr three or Hve or more are found, 

who feel moved to honor God as Con- 
gregational professors, let them be 
decidedly encouraged to unite as a 
visible church of Christ, iDithovt a 
minister, as the nucleus of a church, to 
toil together, and gather in others as 
they come into the place, or are there 
converted to Christ. Let them wor- 
ship with others if they see best, hut he 
a church themselteB, Let them be 
earnestly encouraged to hold public 
worship, to read sermons, to toil on, 
trust Christ, and expect to abide, as a 
permanent church, perhaps, greatly to 
increase, tiU they can have their own 
stated pastor. Thus the way is ever 
open for an acceptable minister to set- 
tle without opposition ; and if he mu^t 
leave them, they do not vanish to 
nothing, as so often now. With us, 
unlike most other organizations, the 
minister is regarded only as an important 
instrument, appointed of God, and to 
be had if possible ; but the church is the 
lody of Christ, Let Christians be thus 
encouraged to unite as " The Church of 

Chrbf'in , to hold up the light of 

the gospel, and would not the w^rk of 
salvation there be hastened ? As it is, 
the sheep waiting for a shepherd, and 
no shepherd coming till they become 
numerous, are a prey to all sorts of 
sectarians, and to worldliness. Let 
them unite early, and they would draw 
to themselves, and not be drawn from ; 
and ministers would find good support 
where now they cannot go' at all. And 
even if the visilU church does die out of a 
place, from emigration or otherwise, its 
organization has done no harm. If the 
church at Jerusalem had all been 
scattered by persecution, it would have 
done no hurt that they had there once 
united. If Christians must wait to see 
if a church is to be permanent, they 
may wait for evej*. Let them unite, 
and God will take care of their future. 
As, at Philippi, Lydia and a few believ- 
ers held publio worship together till 
Paul could come to them, so rtow wher- 
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as a churcb, hold public worship, and 
when God sends them a Paal, thej are 
ready for him. That little lone church 
at Philippi brought Paul there, I be- 
lieve, while without it no Macedonian 
call would have been made. Let us go 
and do likewise. 

The Past and the Future. 
This Jubilee year, as it calls up pre- 
cious memories of the Christian patriot- 
ism of our fathers, and reminds us of 
sacrifice and service done to evangelize 
the land, by the same precious memo- 
ries calls us also to a similar devotion to 
the same great end. Two hundred and 
fifty year?, as they have witnessed the 
marvelous advances of the land in every 
form of national growth, — as they have 
seen the infant colonies of those early 
years becoming forty-five millions of 
people, and have seen all our history 
marked with kindest divine providences, 
and the nation rising to be among the 
foremost of the nations, so these years, 
and all this progress, have seen the 
accumulation of the motives and the 
deepening of our obligation to carry out 
the benevolent purposes of God, as 
they seem combining to make a great 
Christian people. And, if the Pilgrim 
Fathers had such care for the moral and 
spiritual welfare of the then compara- 
tively few inhabitants of the land, with 
what force does every motive that in- 
spired them, bear down upon us, now 

that we have covered the whole conti- 
nent with States, and have risen to be 
among the foremost of the nations. If 
the little company of the Mayflower 
entertained and were cheered with the 
grand idea that they had come here 
** for the glory of God and the advance- 
ment of his kingdom/' and girded them- 
selves to toil and sacrifice under such an 
inspiration, when every thing was so 
dark and cheerless, how intense should 
be our emotions, and strong our pur- 
poses, to make this a Christian people, 
now tliat the little nil has become the 
swelling of Jordan, and that a conti- 
nent is the sphere opened to our labors, 
and millions of people are the objects 
of our spiritual care. 

Our fathers saw the dim outlines of 
those great realities among which we 
move. They could not repress the idea 
that they were incipient workers in an 
enterprise which only ages could con- 
summate, and were conversant with 
principles which were to have a vast ex- 
pansion in the unfolding future. And 
if they acted eminently worthy of their 
dim vision of the future, and were an- 
imated chiefly by faith and hope, how 
elevated and fervent should be our 
minds, now that the fathers' feith has 
become the children's vision, and what 
was faint conception two and a half 
centuries ago, has become in us mo- 
mentous realities. — Bev, K B. JBooker, 


Not in Cammittion hut ytar, 

Rgt. William B. Bishop, Lookeford, Cal. 
Bey. Roswell (ihravee, DouglM Flat, CaU 
Rev. John Price, Nortonvule, Cal. 
Rev. Walter M. Barrows, Osage City, Kan. 
Rev. B. P. iDglesoll, Hilford and vicinity, Kan. 
Rev. Harvey Jones, Grasshopper Falls, Kan. 
Rev. William M. Weld, Marine, Minn. 
Rev. Aurelfan H. Post, Boooesboro, Iowa. 
Rev. John H. Cameron, Markesan. Wis. 
Rev. H. M. Case, Allen's Grove, wis. 
Rev. Elizur Andrus, Pentwater, Mich. 
Rev. Elam Branch, Alamo Center, Mich. 
Rev. George A. Paddock, Lebanon, Ma 
Rev. A. B. Tracy, Marshfield and vidnity, Mo. 
Rev. Frank D. Kelsey, Olive Green and Lock, 

Rev. Ebenezer S. Jordan, Ilemdon, Va. 
Rev. Samuel N. Robinson, West Brook and North 
Walton, N. Y. 


Rev. Jofiiah Bates, San Bernardino, Anaheim 

and Santa Anna, Gal. 
Rev. £11 Corwin, San Franolaoo, CaL 
Rev. David B. Gray, Oakland, CaL 
Rev. Mifflin Barker, Clayton, Oal. 
Rev. Samuel R. Rosboro, Woodland, Cal. 
Rev. Marshall Tingley, Blair and two outstatlons, 

Rev. S. D. Storrs, Quindaro, Kan. 
Rev. Reuben Bverta. Alexandria, Minn. 
Rev. Benjamin A. Dean, Gamavillo. Iowa. 
Rev. OziM Littlefleld, Seneca, Azmstxang^ 

Grove and Greenwood, Iowa. 


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Ber. James IC. SmitL, Monona and Lncna, Iowa. 
Rer. William Bpell, Durango nnd Conoord, lo^ra. 
fiev. Chiiitian F. Yells, Locust Lane and De- 

oorab, Iowa. 
Ber. Lyman Warner, Rookford, Iowa. 
RdT. Lewis Bridraiao, Aufrosta, Wis. 
Ber. Sidney B. Demarest, Windsor and Leeds, 

Rer. James H. HoCfhesner, Qninoy, Friendship 

and Easton, Wis. 
Bev. Nldiolaa Mayno, PotosI, Waterloo and 

vidnity. Wis. 
Rev. Simon Spylcor, Sextonvllle and Willow 

Creek, Wis. 

Rev. John B. Kidder, Avon (Rochester), Mich. 

Bev. Joseph S. Ronnoe, Wellsville. Mo. 

Rev. Arthur M. Thome, Memphis and Union 

Grove, Mo. 
Rev. Alfred A. Whitnoore, Kahoka and vicinity, 

Rev. John Blood, Hoyleton, III. 
Rev. Charles C. Breed, Esst Paw Paw and 

vicinity, SL 
Bev. Patterson W. Wsllace, Wabash Co., III. 
Rev. Cyrus L. Watson, Loda, 111. 
Rev. George Pierce, Jr^ Paterson, N. J. 
Rev. Albro L. Greene, Rlchford, N. Y. 
Rev. William Macnab, West Newark, N. T. 



Maine, •• Krro," $10 CO 

South Berwick, Cong. Ch. and I^arisb, 
by John Plnmer, 44 88 


Received by Rer. B. P. Stone, D.D , ' 

TreasL N. H. M. S. ! 

Brookline, Am Betterly, 5 00 


Bddport, on aocoont of Legacy of Mre. 
Sally AUia, by L. M. Rockvood Adm., 
to const* >lora AlUs Strong a L. M., 
less gov. tax, 94 00 


Msss. Home Mlsa. Soc., by B. Perkins, 
Trsa^, 2,000 00 

Ballon, Cong. Ch. and Soc., by Dea. A. 
Brown, to const. Joel W. Bardln and 
Mn. Porter Mitchell L. Ms., 60 10 

Oeorgetown, Women's Henev. Soc. of 
the Memorial Ch., 1^ Mrs. C. P. 
Pslmer, Treaa., 00 

Hampshire Hiss See., by E. WUUams, 

EasthamptoD, a K. Clark, |8 60 
Ooaben, Coog. Ch. and Soc, 69 00 
Other Source^ 860 00 422 50 

Lee. Richard B. Cogswell, 10 00 

Walpole, Ladles' Benev. Soc, hj Mary 
P. Stetson, Treas.. 3 CO 

W««tboro, Ladies' Sew. Circle of the 
Evan. Ol, by Miss Sosan M. Hardy, 6 00 


Bridgeport^ Lowla Jackson, 75 

Derby. Firrt Cong. Ch., by L. D. San- 

ferd, Treaa., 66 00 

Qreenwieh, StUlson Benev. Soc of the 

Saoond Cong. Ch., by Mrs. Edward 
Mead, to eonst Mra. Charles Tim- 

, Mn^ Dea. Jonas Mead, Mrs. 
Mrs. Henry W. Mead, Mrs. 

ge Ray, Mrs. Caleb Holmes and 

1 Bnulik L. Ma., 
Beeood Cong. Ch., I7 L. P. Hub- 
bard, Trees., 



Hvtfsrd, on account of Legacy of Mrs. 

Mary A. Warbnrton, by K. SI 

aod a A. Pttrkias, ExV, 
Ifibe&oo, James M. Peokham, 
lUiMfleia Centre, Ladie# Sew. Soc, by 

Mrs. E.T. Sailer, 
■ff^Bddge, Cong. Ch., by H. C. 

Kew Vatrfleld, Coac. Cb. and Soc, baL 

Worth Woodstook, C<mg. Ch., by J. W. 



Korwalk, Albert Hatchinson, 
Plymouth, Mins Phebe Beach, 
SouUiport, F. Marquaud, 
Sumferd, First Presh. Ch., by Wells 

R. Ritch, 
West Chester, Cong. Ch., by S. Brown, 

West Hartford, Ladles' Sew. Soc, 

West street, by Mrs. L. W. Selden, 



Adams, Mrs. L. Kellogtr, 60c : Mrs. L. 

Wright, ftl, by Mrs. L. Kellogg, 
Baiting Hollow, CoDg. Ch., by Ifev. W. 

$1 25 

5 00 
70 00 

75 00 

26 69 

6 00 

1 60 

East Bloomfleld, Josiah Porter, 
Franklin, Legacy of Clarissa Loveland, 

by Beriah Bowers, Ex., 
Frewsborgb, Cong. Ch., by Rov. A. 

New LotU, First Cong. Ch., by G. L. 

Thatford, Treas., 
New York City, Harlem, Cong. Ch. 

ann. sub., |67.10; mon. con., $0.28, 

by W. W. Ferrler, Treas., 
Potsdam Jonctlon, First Cong. Ch., 

by Rev, G. Hardy, 
Warsaw, Cong; Ch., by H. A. Motoalf, 

Warwarsing, Legacy of Mrs. Oliver 

Schuita, by L. S. ward, Esq., Troas. 

A. B. C. F. M., 


Newark, a Friend, 
Plainfleld, John Peterson, 


Chapmanville, Welsh Cong. Ch., by 

Rev. J. R. WiUiams, 
Danville Welsh Cong. Ch., by Rov. J. 



Avon, on acoonnt of Legacy of Elijah 

Gibbs, by Joshaa Brooks, Adm., 
Granville, Welsh Cong. Ch., by R. 

Greenwich, M. £. Mead, 
Roggles, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by P. G. 

Southlngton, Silas H. Griffin, 
Tallmadge, L. P. "Wolcott, by L. H. 



Ladlow, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. O. 

Pavson. CoDg. Ch. and Soc, by D. 

7 50 
S6 00 

108 86 

10 00 

20 00 

68 38 

16 60 

S7 20 

200 00 

1 00 
1 00 

20 00 

617 00 

17 60 
2 60 

46 00 
6 00 

1 00 

20 80 


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Pleasant Monnt, First Gong. Cfa., by 

Rov. A. H. Missildine, $11 45 

Utic*, Cong. Ch., by Rev. I. Oarloton, 4 00 


Received by Rev. W. B. Wil- 

Yermontville, Cong. Ch., $16 29 

KeUey Bushnell, $5; Mr. 

Foster, 50c, 6 50 

Franklin, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. B. 

Muskegon, Cong. Ch., by Rev. L. 



Beetown, R. A. Kilboum, by Rev. N. 

Belolt, Miss. M. L. Newcorab, 
Berlin, Union Cong. Ch., by J. a Dod- 

Bon, Treas., 
Bird's Creek, Cong. Ch., by Rev. A. 

Depere, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. G. 

Vlrooua, ^rst Cong. Cb., by Rov. J. 
G. Taylor, 


Agency City, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. H. 

Dixon, , ^„ 

Boonsboro, First Cong. Ch., by J. W. 

Bambart, thro. Rev. J. Guemsoy, 
Burr Oak, First Cong. Ch^ by Rov. J. 

A. Crozan, 
Calmar, Cong. Ch., |5 68; Madison, 

Cong. Ch., |6 87, by Rev. C. Han- 
Clear Creek, Cong. Ch., by Rev, A, 8. 

Deep Creek and Watcrford, Cong. 

Chs., |14-, Elk River, Cong. Ch., 

f 10, oy Rev. O. Emerson, 
Dewitt, Cong. Ch., by J. Van Antwerp, 
Earlville, Cong. Cb., by Rev. C. Glbbs, 
Mt. Pleasant, Cong. Ch., by Rev. W. 

H. Barnard, 
Onawa City, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. 

G. L. VToodhull, 
Salem, Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. a Barrls, 
Sterling, Cong. Ch^ by Rev. O. Emer- 
Webster City, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. 

W. F. Harvey, 
West Spring Creek, First Cong. Cb., 

by Rev. 8. Rowland 


Farlbauit, Plymouth Cong. Ch., by 

Rev.J. W. Strong, 
Granville, Cong. Ch., bal. of colL, by 

Rov. E. W. Merrill, 


Albam-, First Cong. Ch., by Rov. O. 

A Thomas, 
Diamond Creek, Cong. Cb.. #11 iO ; 

Council Grove, Cong. Ch., |18 80, by 

Rev. I* Harlow, 
Louisville, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. 

F. Guyton, 
Rosevllle. Cong. Ch., $4 ; St. Mary's, 

Union Cong. Ch.,|6, by Rev. A. Con- 
Tonganoxie, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. 

H. B. "Woodcock, 
Wvandotte, Jesse Cooper, to const 

himself a L. D., 

21 7» 
23 00 

4 00 
80 00 



14 00 

10 00 

12 00 
14 00 
12 00 

12 40 
8 15 

24 00 
17 00 
10 00 

12 00 

10 00 
7 00 

5 00 

23 00 

5 00 

17 63 

25 00 

26 00 
12 00 

10 00 

12 75 

100 00 

Nebrajika City, First Cong. Ch., by 

Rev, W. C. Foster, #4 00 

Weeping Water, Cong. Ch., by Rev. F. 
Alley, 1« 00 


$6,818 44 

Zhnatimu tif Clothing, etc. 

Georgetown, Mass., Women's Bene v. 

Soc, of the-Memorial Ch., by Mrs. C. 

P. Palmer, a barrel. $110 80 

Lowell, Mass., Ladies' Benev. Boo. of the 

Kirk street Ch., by MUs Sarah H. Stiok- 

ney, a barrel. 10100 

Mansfield Centre, Conn., "a broken up 

Homstead," by Mrs. B. T. Salter. 60 00 

North Cornwell, Conn., Ijadtes' Benev. 

Boa, by Mrs. C. E. Baldwin, a box. 81 22 

Vernon, Conn., Ladies' Charitable Soc, 

by Miss a E. Batler, Sec, a box. 
Walpole, Mass., Ladies* Benev. Soc, by 

Mary P. Stetson, a barrel. 94 59 

Westboro, Mass.. tiadies* Sew. Circle of 

the Evan. Ch^ oy Miss Sasan M. Hardy, 

Treas., a barrel. HO CO 

West Hsrtford, Conn., Ladies' Sew. Soo., 

West street, by Mrs. L. W. Selden, 

Sec.', a barrel. 70 06 

lUceipU <^ 1h€ Oonneotieta Bams MisHonaty 
JSocMy, in Septeniber, E. W. PABSon, Treas. 

Bethlehem, Cong. Ch., by H. R. Colt, 
Treas. to const. Dea. T. Bird a L. M., 

Colchester, First Cong. Ch., by E. Ran- 
som, Treas., 

Easton, Cong. Ch., by Rev. M. Dadley, 

Enfield, H. B. Kingsbury, 

Fair Haven, Second Cong. Ch., by F. T. 

Falls VUlage, Cong. Ch., by U. H. Minor, 

Franklin, Cong. Ch,, by.W; B. Hyde, 

Middletown, South Cong..Ch.,by J. Dan- 
fortb, Treas., 

f42 05 

223 19 
27 00 
10 00 

60 60 
13 53 
62 50 

126 50 
Orange, Cong.'Ch., by Rev. C. H. B., 28 00 

Pomfret, Cong. Ch.,by G.JJ. Matthewson, 48 60 


Poquonock, Cong. Ch., by Rev.N. G. Bon- 
West Hartford, Cong. Ch., by T. Brace, 
of which |100 from Charles Boswell, to 
const. MUs Mary E. Bos well, Chester 
Colton and Geonco Carrlr.gton L. Ms., 
Willi iigton, Rev. J. B. Grlswold, 

274 47 
6 00 

$011 10 

$23 00 
640 OU 
40 60 

10 00 
20 60 
20 60 
150 95 

627 46 

Receipts o/ the Massaclttisetts Home Missionary 

Society y in August, Benjamin PeRKINB, Trtas, 
Amherst, South Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Andover, South Ch. and Soc, 
Ashby, Cong. Cb. and Soc, 
Boston Highlands, Vine st. Ch., Mon. 

Centreville, Cong. Ch.and Soc, 
Chelsea, North, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Dedham, Allin Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Franklin Co. H. M. Soc, D. a Bammis, 

Great Barrington, First Cong. Ch. and 

Groton JancUoo, Oong. Ch. and Soc, 
Huntington, Miss Julia Taylor, dec, 
Lowell, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Lynn, Central Ch. and Soc, 

Chesnut st Oh. and Soc, 
Petersham, Cong. Ch. and. Boc, 
Royalston, Cong. Ch. and Boc, 
Scituate, North, Cong. Soc, 
SomervlUe, East. E. Stone, 
Southboro, Pilgrim Ch. and Soc, 
Starling, First Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Wlnohenden, North Cong. Oh. and Soo., 



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APF, D.D.,) 


RxT. DAYID B. C0£, D. D^, [ SecntariMfor Corretpondmet. 


Mr. WnXUM HENRT SMITH, TreoKurer. 

ExitouTiTB CoMMirm.— Mb. WILLIAM O. LAMBERT, Chairman: Mb. C. £. ROBERT; 
Mb. BIMEON R. CHITTENDEN; Kbv. KrCUAKO 8. 8Tl>KR8, Jb., D.D.: Rbt. WIL- 
NKTUY; Mb. JOHN B. HUTCHINSON; Riv. HENRY M. 8TORE8, D.D.; with tbe m^mbert 
ex-offlcio— viz. : AUtiTIN ABBOTT, Esq., Rtoprding Secretary^ the Tbbasdbbb, and the SaoBK- 



C M M U N I C A T 1 H 8 

Relating to tbe busiDeas of tbe Society generally, may be addresBed tQ either of the Secre- 
taries for Correspondence. 


In Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-Office Orders, if practicable, may be sent to tlie 

Treasurer, Bible House, Astor Place, New York. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time coustitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one hundred 
dollars,) a Life Dureotor. 


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Rev. Stiphsk Thurston, D.D., Secretary, Maine 3iis». See., Searsport, Me. 

JosHUi. Mjjlweu., Esq., Treasurer, " " " Portland, 

Rev. William Clare, Secretary, New HanipafUre Afiaa. Soc.j Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stone, D.D., Treasurer, ** " ** Concord, " 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, VermorU Dam. Miu, 8oc,, Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Storrs, Esq., Treasurer, " " " ** 

Rev. H. B. HooKKR, D.D., Sec, Mass, H. J/. Soc,, 81 Washington st, Boaton, Mass. 

Bknjamin Perkins, Esq., Treasurer, " " " 

Rev. James G. Vosk, Secretary, JL L Home Miss. Soc.^ Providence, R. L 

Edwin Knight, Esq., Treasurer, " " " " 

Rev. William H. Moore, Secretary, Conn. Home Miss. 8oe., Berlin, Conn. 

E. W. Parsons, Esq., Treasurer, " " ** Hartford, " . 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Rev. Ltbandkr Kelset, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath'l a. Htde, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph E.RoY,D.D., Chicago, III 
Rev. Henry D. Platt, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turner, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 

Rev. Dexter Clary, Bdoit, Wis. 
Rev. Franklin B. Doe, Fond du Lac, Wisi 
Rev. J. Guernsey, D.D., Dubuque, la. 
Rev. Joseph W. Pickett, Des Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Haix, St. Paul, Minn. 
Rev. Jamp^ G. Merrill, Topeka, Kan. 
Rev. 0. W. Merrill, Nebraska City, Neb. 

Rev. Leroy Warren, Pentwater, Mich. ' Rev. Jamks U. Warren, Son Frandsoo, CaL 


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Qre»m«~Fioin Jiev, W. R. Butcher, 
Albany.— DiBCouragementB 184 

Oaliibmia.— From Rev. R. Grwe», 
IfokdimmeHiU.—A Wide Field. 184 
« The Big Tree«.'» 186 

OoIomdo.'^Froai Jiw. JT. Thomp&mj 
Boulder.— AgricultmtU Fioepeoti 
— Chordiat Greeley 186 

Dakota.— From Rev. J. Wardj Tank- 

Um.— A Tour of Exploration 185 

Cbvrch Oxgaoized 186 

From Rev. & Shddm, Elk Point.— 
His Field 188 

Kansas.— From Rev. S. Barbery 
KlBWorllL— Light Breaking In.. 187 
From Rev. J*. C. Piumbj Fort Soott. 

—Stniirgllnff to Build 188 

From .Rio. /. Jaeobue^ Junction 
City.— Ftre Tears on the Fron- 
tier 188 

FraatierFoDOTala 188 

Xlmieflota. — From Rev, 0, P. 
ChampHn, Fairmonnt. — The 
Ooontry-Tbe People 188 

Firom At. C B, Skman, Sieoelator. 

—The Material Honae. 190 

lofwa.— Fkom Rev. O. Bmitht Big 

Book.— Self-Support 190 

How We Reached It 191 

From Rev, A. V. H<mee, Yateeville. 
— '*Holy Competition"— Unahel- 

tered 191 

Penererance 192 

From a MteeUmarv in Nwrthem 
lowm.'^A ThankleM Servlee— A 
Day'i Work 192 

From Rev. Wvl L. Coleman, Mltch- 

ell.--A Tear of Trial 192 

Memorial Eilbrt 193 

Wiaoongjii. — From Rev. M. M. 
Martin, Mazomanle.— Under tho 
Rod 198 

HKioMeBJi.— From Rev. P. H. HoUie- 

ter, Hancock An Open Poor.. . . 193 

From Rev. A, 8L Clair, Hart.— 
DeeeaaeofMn.St. Clair 194 

Kiaocmri.— From Rev. F. A. Arm- 
etrong, Pleasant Hill.— ^eedmen 

Looking Up. 195 

From Rev. W. WUmatL Gallatin.— 
The Sonday Bchool — Breaking 
Down 195 

niinola.— From Rev. F. Wlmler. 

South Pi 
In Egypt, 

."Pegging Away'^ 




Dbcbabx or Buy. G. L. Woodhull.. 196 


YaBMOHT DoMBario Mibsionabt So- 

OIETT 197 

Thx Hon OF Genbxlll Qbakt 19^ 


Misoau.ASBOut Itkms 200 

Mieeionary Affpoimtwunte 201 

Aeknoteledgment qT Reeeipte 202 


Bible House, Astor Plaoe, New York. 


FOSTAOliL— Tioeive oente a year. In sdvanes. 




Feeble ooDgngatlon8. deeiring aid in aupportipg the gospel, are requested, in their 
ippUeatioDB, to make ftill statements of their condition and prospects, and of the reasons 
lot gracing their requests. Th^ are desired, also, to funish the following partioQlasi, 

The population of the place. 

The name of the ohnrdi or congregation. 

The number of communicants, and the aTerage number of attendants on public worsh^. 

The denomination and size of congregations unmediately contigoous, witn the d i staooe 
to their places of worship. 

The total amount of salaiy which the wplicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary whidi they {riedge for the giTonthne, and the amiigemeDiti 
thai are made for securing it 

Whether aid is expected from any other sourcei 

The least amount that will suffice from this Society. 

The name tn/wtf and post^ffico address of the nunister for whom a oommMon is de- 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a resident of the plaoe In which he preaches, and is engaged in any 
other calling than that of the ministry. 

Whether he is the pastor of the churob, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or oontemplated for his installment in the course of the year. 

The application should be signed by the offioen of the church, and by the traateee or 
a committee of the congregation. 

U the eccleejaatical body with which the church is connected have a ''Committee of 
ip ^irio ng '* to act in their behalf, the members of this Committee are the proper persons to 
oertHV the statements of the church, the standing of the minister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his services are de^ed ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such ''Committee of 
Ifissions ** exists, the application should receiTe the indorsement of two or more neigh- 
boring deigymen, of the same denomination, acquainted with the facts. 

AppUcations. after bdng properly Indorsed uid recommoided, should be sent to tiie 
Superintaident (or Secretary of the Auxiliary) for the region where the applicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelye months from the date of the appUea- 
tUm; at uie end of which, if ftirther aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
taining all the particulars aboTo staged, and indorsed and recommended in like manner. 
JCach congreaaHon applying for reneioed aid^ ehould fumiek, aUo^ the eertifieaie of the 
mimMory that they have fulfilled their premom pledgee for hie eupport 

The address of the Sodety's Superintendents and the Secretaries d its AuxHiariee wID 
be found on the cover of its reports and of the Home Mietionary. 


The ffame Jliietionary will be sent grahdtouefy to the following dasses of individuals, 
less they prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Life Direotors and life Members of the Society. To Missionaries of the Society 
and its Auxiliaries. To every clermnan in whose congregation a collection is taken up 
eveiy year for the Sodety, or one of Its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributes 
ten dollars, or upward, durine the year. To every Auxiliary, Association, or Congrega- 
tion, one copy for every tern dman collected and paid into the Treasury of the Society, or 
of any Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a gsedal fitvor by availing himself of the fadlitiee oflbred 
above to introduce the Home Jflnionartf among his people. In notifying the Secr«tariei 
ef his desire to have the work sent on these tenms, he is requested to mentkm the meem 
ef some person to whom each oopy shall be addressed. 


I bequeath to my ezaeuton the sum of doUars, in truety to pay over 

the seme in after my decease, to the person who, when the same Is 

payable, shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society, formed in the 
d^ (tf New Toik. in the year eishteen hundred and twenty-six, to be iq>plled to tin 
dMfUaUe usee and purposes of mA Sodety* and under itp direction. 


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Go, Pbiach the Gospsl Mark zvi. 16. 

How shall thejr preach except they be sent ?. ,Ji<nn. x. 15. 

Tol. XLm. DECEMBER, 1870. No. 8. 


In the present financial embarracsment of this Societj, its beneficiaries, as well as its 
patrons, can contribute to its relief. Erery missiimarj church that assumes the whole, 
or an increased portion, of its minister*s support, lightens, by so much, the burden upon 
the Treasury, and contributes to the succor of those more destitute and dependent than 
ttsdC Moet of the churches aided by this Society are struggling nobly to attain self 
rapport at the earliest possible moment ; but some, we fear, hare yielded to the tempta- 
tkns incident to their dependent condition, and are thus doing a wrong to themselres 
snd the cause which has berriended them. To such churches and their ministers we 
oommend the following Umely suggestions, which we find in the last Report of the Ma»: 
■Kboseitfl Home Missionary Society : 

1. Not a few mismonarj charches are tempted to make too low on estimate of* 
tiieir own ability to support the gospel. Where the number of its friends is small^. 
there most, of course, be more or less of burden in raising a minister's sitpporti. 
There mast be a strain somewhere, and somebody mnst feel it. And it is a verj 
natnrtl issue of human selfishness, to get clear of what is bnrdensone; It i» 
eiij to assume, withoat an easiest search, or a fair trial, that there is a positive 
■oeewity for foreign aid. It is easy to get a false impression of poverty. It is 
iMuiied that the cboroh most have help or perish, when tlie assumption is a 
histy one, and not the result of proper deliberation, and an energetic- and. per- 
■•▼eriqg attempt to do without aid. Help can be obtained, it is eomfortable to 
think, ea^r than by a more stringent self-denial of their own. Now, so far. 
from this easy assumption of their certain ruin without aid, this conclusion 
should be the last to be reached, and should be reaohed only when really anxioua 
inquiry and their own fair trial had closed every other door. 

8. Loog-continoed aid tempts to the persnasion that it is an easy matter for a 
Missionary Sooiety to bestow relief, and the applicants may make an easy mat- 
ter of applying. Some chorches seem to have beoome so accustomed to seek 
for and fiind help, that it seems to them that it is a matter of course that aid 
should be asked and granted. And not a few of these, for years and years, have, 
aade no progress in strength, and are as weak and dependent to-day, as they- 
were the day they received the first graut These people apparently forget, that 
what they have so long enjoyed, and what they so confidently ask for, costs^ 
■say of the donors severe self-deniaL And they seem to forget that what they. 
kave so long received, has been so mnoh kept from bestowment on locations^ 
vhere there would have beeUi in human view, far more important results. 

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182 THE HOME inSSIONARY. December, 

What a Toice of appeal is made to these churches, which have had mission- 
ary aid for a quarter and a third of a centnrj, that they ehonld make the most 
heroic self-sacrifice rather than be longer a burden on the benevolence of sister 
churches I 

3. Pependfnt ohniicheft ape tem^d to lose sight of Ihe solemn ol]3igatl6n to 
cease to call for aid at the earliest possible moment, 'the aid they receive comes 
from the strong sympathy of the benevolent in other churches. It is the good- 
will of the strong toward tire weak. The missionary funds are gathered in sister 
churches and communities, often with much labor, and often with more or less 
self-denial. Many a disciple casts the hard earnings of poverty into the Lord's 
treasury, accompanied with many prayers that these earnings may relieve the 
needy, and advance the kingdom of God. These are therefore sacred f^nds — 
eminently the Lord's, as they are tokens of the love of his followers for him and 
his cause. And they are given, with the understanding that they should be touch- 
ed only by the hand of absolute aeed« They are to be used only where there is 
the most pressing necessity. 

Hence Uiere ought to be tiie tttoiost rduotanoe in calling for these saered 
fsnds^ and only when the last e0»t in other directions has iiiikd. And mosi 
certainly the call for aid shocild cease at the earliest possiUe moment The day 
«f independence — ^the day of assuming self-support-should be looked forward to 
by the church with eager hope, and sternest, strongest purpose to bring it as 
speedily as possible. 

But there is a strong temptation to let the day of self-support linger, eren 

>when it would be perfectly safe, and most honorable, to be dependent no 

: longer. Churches should not forget that they are treading on hallowed ground 
when they enter the treasury of the Lord and seek to appropriate what his saints 

: have lakL upon his altar «nd consecrated to him^— gifts which more poYCrty- 
stridden penons than Uiemselves hav« laid at the Saviour's feet, and oonsecratod 
ta htm with prayers and tears. The church that is still callhig for aid when ib» 

. orisis^if its own peril is passed, and reastmsible self-sacrifice en its part would 
make.itMlf^eupportiiig, camiot but ofibnd the Saviour, dishonor its ovm saered 
name, ant peril its future* Such a church, haBgii% upon the skirts of a misskm- 

. ary society from year to year, does much to discourage the fiiends and patrons 
of mis^ona, and lessen freedom and cheerfulness $n the contribution of fbnds. 

4. Kcrt a Ibw churches are tempted to feel that it is no dishonor to be Hefpeit- 
dent, and to hare misiionary aid. This depends entirely on what oauses the 

« dependence. If the people harv« the means of gospel support, and a reasonablo 
amount of setf^aoriflce would cause them to live without 'aid, tiken their call fbt 
aid is a sin and a shame. The star^ beggar, whose own hidustry would supplx 
his wants, knocking at the door Ibr aid, is not a more repukire spectacle^ than a 
(Aurch Is^ng liurdens en others, which it could itself carry without harmftil 
self-sacrifice. Depend^ce, that no common, and nothing short <^ ruinous sacri- 
fice could pramnt) is ir> shame. Bnt the people that are every year adding to 
their investments, or are free in cestly pleasures and indulgences, yet gmd|^g 
gospel support, ^tnd askteg others to bear the burden for them, do bring ^esi- 
selves under a righteous condemnation. Hie idea of dependenee riiould bo a 
burden, and tt is the dictate of a justifiable pride, and of true Ohristian masil^ 
ness, to end it at ihe earliest posdble date. The native, pastor in a foreign mio- 
stonary field struck the right note when he said, *' Long enoogh have ire recelyM. 
. aid f^om others. It Is time fi>r us to take care of ourselves. We too dioald be 
. good men and Ohristiaas* How long shall we be in subjection to the benefieeiioo 


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im. THB HQIME MISffiOlTl^r. ISft 

4if otiMKBf " Some dependent ohorobes in that land give three and fire, and ef^Mi 
seTen per cent., not of income, but of tbe assessed TaUie of their properly to 8a|>* 
port the foepeL What wonld b^tlie effect of snob a oonrse bjr the dependent 
ehonhes ia Maeaachoietts? It wooid give ns the sight of a whole fleet, no longer 
bilf-wndBed aad creeping feebl j along, bnt in fbll sul on tbe (^>en oea of tbe 
highest Obriitiaaproflperitx. 

0. Dependent obarohes are tempted to nndervalne their own poaition aa^ 
ptrt of the ohardi of God. 80 weak as to need sjnnpatfaj and aid fsom abroad, 
lad io few in wunbers as to prevent any oonsoioosness of atreagtb in that qnafltv 
ter, and feeing, thereA»re^ that they are little ones among tbe thooaandaof Iseta], 
tbcre- ia a tendeno/ to that despondency whiob oondndes tbem to he of little 
•oooaDt, any way, in the kingdom of God; a atate of mind nnfuFOCidde for any 
Tigoions and earnest efforts to promote that ktogdom. 

But the grace and proyidence of God soleoasly and decidedly rebnkea saeh 
despondence. Every star has not tbe same size and lustre ; bat each has its own 
plioe, and contributes its share to the glory of tbe firmament So the weakest 
and feeblest church in Zion has a place to fill, a measure of power, and a respon- 
sibility therefore to bear. And the Great Head has given to all such churches 
some of the most deligbtfbl testiiaonies that they aye dear to bim, that be^bas a 
work for them to do ; and be has so blest many of these little bands of believers 
11 to pot shame on the assumption that tbey may regard themaelves as of small 
•ocoont in Zion, and as having, therefore, little or nothing to do. From a rural 
town in Kew England, and largely through tbe influence of a little missionary 
ehveh for forty years dependent, has gone forth a president of one of the most 
diitingfHsbed New England colleges, for thirty years a metropolitan pastor; a 
gnremor of a New England State ; a senattn: from tbe some State in Oongress ; a 
Ittge Bomber of eminent Ohristian ministers, lawyers and merchant princes of oar 
eiUss, and others of high standing, of great infl«enoe and osefdlness in the variow 
wafts of life. Some of the most disUngaii^d of oar missionaries in the foreigoa 
ield rsoeived their first spintaal impalses under the gospel, as admiaistered in 
the feeble chnrcbes in Massachnsetts. And by each display of his sov^Breign 
lower and grace, does Infinite Love send a cheering voice of enconragement • 

Each of these little churches has a special sphere assigned it of God. It is 
an integral part of his great kingdom on earth. It has no right to one moment's 
despondency, or to entertain for an instant tbe idea that it is to have little or no 
part i|i q»reading the gospel through tbe world. Every saeb charob baa a right 
to cherish, and ia bound to dierish, the delightful eonviotion that it has as really 
^ kind and loving regard of the Great Head of tbe Oburch, as the strongest an 
ZioB, and that he is as ready to accept and Uess its labors as theirs. 

S. Some of the dependent churches are tempted to feel, that because they 
need and receive foreign aid, there is no claim on them £or oontribatlons to spnoad 
tbe go^l in the world. They reason that^ being so poer that tliey cannot sup* 
port the gospel among themselves without help, tbey are justly excused from 
giviag any thing to charity outside of themselves. Bat no snob inference shoold 
he made. Personal activity in spreading tbe gospel throaj^i tbe world, ia an 
inH^erioaa obligation upon every member of the Ohristian Obarob, and even the 
nost poverty-stricken, with smtable care, can Ukt some part in it This dirty 
has the divine sanction— is one of tbe moirt natoval and important fmita of the 
fipUit-HNie of the evidenoes that the gospel baa prodaced true OhEristian bene- 
^ > wo8 in the heart The early OhrisUaaa made no snob plea against tbe eill 
te peaoniary dferiiigs. Indeed, some c^ the noblest examples of aaoh offering 


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wtre to be found, tnd with highest iipoetolio oommendatioD, among ebnrohet 
characterized bj ^ deep poTcrtj." 

So far from the known Uberalitj of dependent chnrchet in spreading the 
gospel in the world, operating upon the patrons of the Missionarj Society to 
leisen their sjmpaihj with, and aid to, thete churches, the very reverse is cer- 
tain. Such liberality proves that the gospel is producing some of its most im- 
portant aod Taluable fruits, and that these dependent but liberal churches are 
answering the eod for which the friends of missions are praying and giving. The 
Missionary Society requires at least one offering a year to its funds, from all its 
aided churches, and is cheered in its work of aiding, by what it sees of the spirit 
of giving to aid in all direction?, the growing kingdom of God in the world. And 
it would be a strong reason for denying aid to any church which wraps itself in 
that mantle of selBshness which considers a pka of poverty, as hindering actiTe 
seal in sending the gospel through the worid. 



From JRew, W. R, Butcher, Albany, 
lAnn Co. 


I have ministered to this people for 
a year, and see little if any improve- 
ment. My congregations are mostly 
made np of those who are here today, 
next Sunday at some other church, ac- 
cording as inclination or some novelty 
calls them ; so thst my ministrations are 
truly drawing a bow at a venture. 

Dodring the quarter jnst closed, my 
wife and I have both been sick, at the 
same time, with fever and ague, and, 
being obliged to be about as much as 
possible, it was some time before we 
began to recover. I was unable to 
preach during the month of September. 
This is a very unhealthy locality, fevers 
of all kinds, especially intermittents, 
being very common. 

Let me give you an inddent to show 
what kind of people we have to deal 
with. A gentleman recently from 
Ohio has charge of our public school. 
He opened his school with prayer ; and 
in consequence of such a course, toward 
the dose of his first week two of the 
three directors visited him and inform- 

ed him that he must either give up 
praying in school, or give up his po- 
sition. They generously allowed him 
two days to decide. He concluded to 
do neither ; and, the third director hint- 
ing to the others that they might hare 
to pay him for his time if they turned 
him off on such a pretext, tlie matter 
was dropped. But one of the directors 
and some other parties in the city took 
their children out of school, and our 
teacher still prays. This is an out- 
growth not of Roman Catholicism, but 
of spiritualism and general ungodliness. 
It is very difficult for us to approach 
those who are either non-attendants or 
only casual church-goers, as they feel 
that instead of our offering a privilege 
to them, we are really asking a favor of 
them, when we invite them to the 
house of God. 


Frmn Rtv. R. Graven, Mokehtnme SVi, 
Calaveras Oo, 

A Wide Field. 
I have preached regularly during the 
quarter at the villages of Mdcelnnuie 
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Ff«t aod Marphy'B. At Kok^lamne 
Hill eight persona have been received 
into the ohnrch, and there is a prospect 
ofattili greater ingathering. Calaye- 
na oonntj has not far from 18,000 in- 
habitanta, and I am the onl j Protestant 
minister in the oountj. Bot this ap- 
parent neglect is largely owing to the 
babitaal indifference of the people to 
the olaima of the gospel 

** The Bl« Trees." 

Within the bounds of my mission 
fiald are situated the world-renowned 
" big trees " of California. The valley 
in which this grove is situated contaios 
Dtnety- three of the sequoya trees. 
There are also hundreds of sugar pines 
of astonishing proportions, reaching the 
height of about 275 feet, and having a 
diameter of ten or eleven feet The 
grofe contains ten trees, each of which 
is thirty feet in diameter, and over sev- 
entj that are between fifteen and thirty 
feet in diameter. One of the trees, which 
luB fallen—" The father of the forest" 
—mo$<t have been four hundred and fifty 
ibst high, and forty feet in diameter. In 
1853, one of the largest trees, ninety-two 
feet in circumference, and over three 
hwidred feet high, was out down. 
Five men worked twenty-five days 
in felling it, using large augers. . The 
stump of this tree has been smoothed 
off; and on it has beea reared a beauti- 
ful little building, to be used as occasion 
requires, either as a church or a dance- 
house. I think it would comfortably 
aett one hundred persons. 


^rom JU9» If. ThompBon^ B<mlder^ 


Affrionltiuntl Pzoapeote. 

The harvests are nearly past The 
imurs have received fair rewards for 
their labors. Oonsiderable attention is 
Mm given to fniit«cn1tnre of all kinds. 
Toe know that Oalifomia is taking a 
IMding podtion as a firoit-gro wing State. 

Hitherto, the few efforts that have been 
made here have succeeded but pooiiy ; 
and our open winters, high winds, and 
great altitude, have made many doubt. 
But thousands of apple, pear, peach, 
plum, apricot, fig and quince trees, with 
all vines and shrubs, are beiog brought 
from the California slopes of about the 
same climate and soil as our own ; and 
we oonfid^itly expect that these Bocky 
mountain slopes will yet be bearing 
abundantly all manner of fruits. 

Church at Greeley. 

I was at Greeley, on the fifteenth of 
September, where the "bishops" of 
Wyoming and Colorado met in council 
and assisted in the organization of the 
sixth Congregational church in Colo- 
rado. Twenty-nine members came to- 
gether, and more are soon to join them, 
about forty in all. Ton will need to 
send them a minister. If they have 
" the right kind of a man," an " able 
minister of the New Testament," I 
think they will at once take a long 
stride toward self-support. Greeley is 
a. colony of seven hundred people, on 
the Denver Pacific Railway, about half 
way between Denver and Cheyenne. 
It allows no whiskey shops within its 
limits. Within six months, they have 
done more in building and preparing to 
live and do basiness, than many other 
places have done in ten years. 


IVom Rev, J. Ward^ YankU^n^ 
TanJOon Co, 

A Tour of Bzploration. 

I have but just returned from a trip 
of 200 miles with one of my parishion- 
ers, Mr. Bray, who oflfered to take me, 
with his team, though at considerable 
inconvenience and expense to himself. 
Our wives accompanied us. The main 
object of the trip was to organize a 
church at Canton ; but I also wanted to 
see some other parts of the country, and 
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throtigli Bloomingdak, a litU* town 
Josfc slaorting on the YarmilioB river, 
ten miles from Yermilion, irkere ICr. 
Sheldon hai organized a cbnroh. Milting 
oor waj, we were delayed an boar or 
more, nnd thereby gained oar first 
knowledge of Lodi, of which I had not 
even heard nntil that daj. Indeed, it 
baa taken to itself a name cn\j within 
a few weeks. Throagh this same de- 
lay we were unable to reach Oanton 
before night, and so found a little 
Swedish honse, half nnder ground, and 
altogether too small to hold us ; bnt we 
were prepared for that, and quickly 
b&d our blankets spread under the 
wagon between two haystacks, where 
we passed a comfortable night. The 
woman gare us good coffee to eke out 
our cold lunch, and of course hay in 
plenty and stable-room for the horses. 
She would take no pay for this, having 
found in some way that I was a 
" priest," as she called me. **For more 
tlinn a year,** she said, " they had not 
heard the Word of God." What she 
gave us was, I verily believe, "for the 
sake of Ohrist;'* so that, when she 
brought a little blank-book and her Tes- 
tament, with the request that I would 
write some verse, with my name and the 
date, I was not at a loss what verse to 
select; for, will not a cup of hot coifee 
claim the blessing, as well as a cup of 
cold water? 

We reached Canton the next day 
(Friday) about noon, find spent the af- 
ternoon in getting rested and laying 
plans for the next day. Saturday was 
spent in driving out to the homes of 
those who were on the prairie, and tell- 
ing them of our plans. 

Oh«roh Oxaaaiaed. 

Sabbath morning a good audience 
met in a log^building. A short sermon, 
a brief explanation of the method of 
forming a chureh, and then eight per- 
sons signed a paper declaring that they 
thus united themselves as the Congre- 
gational church of Canton, adopting 

the Oonitiltatkm, Conftsrion of Faith, 
and Covenant given in tlie Manual pre- 
pared by Dr. B(^. They then elected a 
clerk and diose two deacons. The dea- 
eons were ordained by prayer and the 
laying on of hands. Every one remarked 
the impressiveness of the ceremmiy. 

Then Mr. Bray, acting as delegate 
from the church in Yankton, gave the 
right hand of fellowship to th» new 
church in Canton. After that we ad- 
ministered the sacrameni One woman, 
who had not been present at snch a 
ceremony for years, was affected to 
tears by it, and was moved to ask that 
she might join them at the next com- 
munion. Several others, who were ab- 
sent temporarily from the place, will 
Join soon, and a company of ten or more 
families, expected now every day, will 
briog still more additions. 

I had sent notice, the day before, Ihat 
I would preaofa at Sioux Falls in the 
evening, and so, in the afternoon, we 
drove thither, twenty miles— found a 
room prepared in the old barracks, and 
a good audience for the place. The 
time has hardly come to organize a 
ehurch there, though the people are 
very anxious to have ne come and 
preach to them. 

Monday afternoon we started home- 
ward. Not finding a good stopping 
place, even at a haystack, we drove all 
night, getting home Tuesday morning, 
just after sunrise ; rather tired, quite 
cold, and very sleepy, but also happy. 

From Rev, 8. Sheldon^ JSlk PoitU^ 
Union Co. 

His Field. 

In making my first quarterly report, 
it gives me pleasure to say that much 
more has been accomplished than I had 
reason to expect in so short a tiaie. 
Six miles from Elk Point there waa 
just MS yoong man, a Congregationa^t, 
who was anxioaa tluit I should vi«t hia 
town, Mofalond, and hold services on 
the Sabbath. I ^d so, and found several 


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Goo^regationalists. Tbej wer^ all anx- 
iooa, 18 wore othera, that I should oome 
^ain, ood I maoaged to preach there 
leveral times; and the result was that 
we organized a chnroh with three zaem- 
Uru Several, at the time of the orgaa- 
iation, failed to present themselTCS, 
tiumgh thej will doobtless vxite here- 
aftsr. These members are from the 
moft inflaeDtial families in that com* 
■ffiiitj, and of coarse they bring manj 
to the place of worship, and give char- 
soUr to the important work, Thej 
hsTs formed a Sabbath sohool, and 
•torted a weeklj prajer meeting. Two 
new members, just Irom Iowa, will 
toon o&ite with Uiem. Since the or- 
gsaization of the chnroh thej have 
aommenced a nice large schooL-hoase, 
which will make a comfortable plaee 
l»r cor meetings. There is now talk of 
aiailroad throogh this plaee, and parties 
have already been on the ground to 
make a surrey* The field is an import- 
ut and hopeful one^ and the one man 
Sid two wonen connected with the 
ckaroh are working wiUi tea-fold more 
<ieianeytha& before the organization 
of the church. Already we see blessed 
lesuks, and the Ibture wiU undoubtedly 
•bow better things, I am now trying 
to preach to them CTery Sabbath after- 
noon. It is pleasant to preach to them, 
thty receive the gospel so eagerly and 

Last fiabbath I hdped to organize at 
£Ik Point a ohureh of six members. 
We expected three more, but they were 
uaavoidably hindered. They wUl unite 
toon. This will give us a nbemberahip 
of nine to begin with. At this place 
€M of the members gives the use of a 
^eassBt hall over his store, and we 
have aecored a mdodeon, which is 
piay ed by a young lady, a member of 
the church, an exeelleat Ohristian 
woman. They wiH start a church 
■oeiahle and prayer meeting very coon. 
The town is growing, and grading for 
the railroad haa already commenced. 

At Vermilion we have aecured a 

hall f<^ oar services, and raised by suV 
scription nearly $75 for the purchase of 
a melodeon, which we expect will be 
sent as soon as possible, liText Sabbath 
evening is the time set for the organ- 
ization of a church which we now ex- 
pect will start oW with nine members, 
while several others are talking of 

Thus the work goes on, and you will 
see that my hands and my heart sr^ full 
My great anxiety is with reference to 
bow I shall psy for my missionary ont- 
fit*-a horse and wagon which I pur- 
chased on truit, that I might make my 
weekly round of over 100 miles, to feed 
th^sse scattered oaes of the flock of 
Obriflt with the bread of life, and estab- 
lish churohes. If I shall be compelled 
to give up this work, because of inabililor 
to meet this payment, it wiU be a great 
disappointment to me, though it mi^t 
lead me into some less laborious field 
not demanding the use of a horse and 
carriage. But I mean to hold on as 
long as possible. 


J5Vom Jiev, K Barber^ EtUworth^ £lIswor(h 
JA^ht Breaking In^ 
I amtroliy grateful that the Lord has 
put it iuto the hearts of some of his 
stewards to reader aid to a fseble chi;reh 
that has j ust begun to breathe the breath 
of life, and is reaching forth its hand to 
the blessed work of planting the Cross 
in the midst of the destitute. Ells- 
worth is quite on the frontier. It is on 
the Kansas-Padfic Railway. A few 
miles west of it we enter the neighbor- 
hood of the buffalo, and but a very 
short time has elapsed since the wild ' 
Indian roamed all around us. There is 
little beyond us in the way of civilized 
habitations, exc^t railway stations, un- 
til we readi Denver, in Odorado. By 
aome wise providence I am here. I 
came into the State for the first time ^ 
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a farm. This mfttter being attended 
to, I oondnded that if the Lord Lad 
any thing for me to do here, I would 
remaiD. I Lave entered npon the first 
field that presented itself^ without in- 
stituting a single ioquirj as to the ease 
or hardness of the work to be done, feel- 
ing that if I was in the way of duty, tbe 
Master would take care of the results. 
This place, in the past, has rank- 
ed among tbe most wicked places on 
the frontier. Intemperance, debauch- 
ery, gambliog, profknity, Sabbath-break- 
ing, and almost erery other sin in the 
catalogue, haye here had unrestrained 
license. As a consequence, murder and 
lynching ha^e been the order of the 
day. But a better star seems to be 
rising. There are a few who have 
mourned over these abominations, and 
have prayed the Lord to send relief. 
They have felt that these beautiful 
prairies were destined to a better use 
than to afford a home to those whose 
only work seemed to be to blasi^eme 
the name and day of Him who made 
them thus beautifuL During the three 
months that I have been here, there 
has been a frightful list of casualties. 
One cliild has been killed; one man 
has been killed by the kick of a horse ; 
another by riding against a post in the 
evening; three men have been killed 
on the railroad; two men have been 
shot in saloons— one fatally. Bad as 
every thing appears in the past, all 
speak of the signs of the ftiture as hope- 
ful. A burden seems to be moved 
from the hearts of the few who love 
' God. The Incorrigibly wicked are seek- 
ing a more congenial atmosphere. The 
light is breaking in. 

I^wn Rev, J, C. Plumb^ FoH SeoU^ Bour- 
bon Co, 

StroffcllBc to Build. 

I haro to report that there is more 

^encouragement in this field than at any 

time heretofore. Our audiences are 

•steadily increasing, so that our present 

room is too small, and there is great 
need of getting our new building up. 
We feel confident that we can douUe 
our usefulness when we are in our 
church. The town is improving rapidly ; 
our secdnd raflroad will be open next 
month, and quite a number of Oongre- 
gationalists have come in since my last 
report But, more than all, there seems 
to be a growing interest in religion and 
a tenderness in the community that 
makes our hearts rejoice. 

I never had so much to do ; never 
preached so much in the out-districts, 
and never knew so well what a task it 
is to build a church. 

I should entirely mislead you if I 
should convey the idea that the church* 
walls will go forward to completion, 
certainly and speedily, and by the aid 
of our own people. The fact is, that 
unless we get help for this work frcmi 
the Oongregaticmal Union, and from 
other Ariends and churches, I am much 
afVaid the work will linger along so 
that we shall be seriously crippled. 
Our people are doing generously and 
nobly ; and if the denomination would 
but help at this nerve-centre, as ita im* 
portance demands, we should greatly 
multiply our influenoe. 

From Rev, I, J<icobuSy Junction C^y, Davd 

Fire Tears on the Fxontlar. 

This date closes my year, and marks 
a period of five years in this field. 
Eventful years have they been to ns — 
years to which we did not look for- 
ward, when we left home to come out 
as missionaries. The reality has proT* 
ed far different from the prospect The 
novelty and the romance of pioneer- 
life seem quite inviting at the first out- 
look. To be one of those who are 
dearing away, and laying foundations, 
and shaping institutions, seems a yery 
nice thing before tbe experiment is 
made; but to pass day after day, month 
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tnal work, wrings oct all the romanoe, 
•nd throws oTor it a &r different oolor- 

These have been years of hard work, 
work of a nature that a minister of the 
gospel shonld be ftee from; bat in snob 
a place, and nnder snob oircamstanoefi, 
amioiBter mnst ''serve tables " nntil at 
least there is safflcient material from 
which to obtain helpers. 

The retrospect is not withont com- 
fort The contrast between our present 
•ooommodations for worship and those 
afforded when we first came, is striking. 
Then we had to take onr turn with 
others, in a hall or any room we could 
•ecnre f »r the purpose ; now we have 
oar own neat church-edifice, which is all 
paid for and fitted up in a. very inviting 
marner. Almost every dollar has been 
raised hy myself. Besides this. I have 
had to build my own house, besides 
preaching as occasion required. 

I presched a more effectual sermon to 
them, in these acts of kindness, than I 
could preach from the desk. 


From Rev, O, P, Champlin^ Fairmount, 
Martin Co, 

Frontiar Fanerahi. 
There has been a fearful mortality 
here daring the past summer. Several 
English families have lost one or more of 
their children ; and it has been particu- 
larij trying to them, strangers as they 
ire in a strange land. And these ooca- 
•ions afford another iUostration of tlie 
^Tersitjr of a missionary's labors. I was 
CiDed upon recently to bury four chil- 
^0 in the space of a little more than 

• week, and two of these I literally 
haried witli my own hands. The pa- 
reats knew of no one to call upon, and 
it became necessary for me to hant np 

• gr.'ve-digger, order the coflSn, and 
•wew down the ooffln-lid. In two in- 
*«ces I put the little coffin into my 
own boggy, took the father beside me, 
rode out to tlie grave-yard, and filled 
»P the grave rayseld These were the 
■aallest funerals I ever attended. The 
^■MQies had been unfortunate and could 
^^ tflford to hire the hearse or car- 
'^w* This seems quite foreign to 

The Conntry. 

This is truly a beautiftil spot on the 
prairie. The face of the country in this 
region is quite diversified. Oar pleasant 
village is situated on one of the lakes 
which compose the famous Chain Lakes 
of thb county, and is considerably ele- 
vated above the surrounding country. 
We are not visionary at all, when we 
say that, at no distant day, this will be 
the resort of pleasure-seekers, tourists, 
and those in search of health. These 
lakes are filled with a great variety of 
fish, and their waters are thickly dot- 
ted with docks. Prairie-chickens, sand- 
liill cranes, geese and swans abound. 
Along these lakes there is considerable 
timber ; but nway from them, out on 
the prairie, there is hardly any. This 
is the greatest drawback to the growth 
of the place. There is not sufficient 
timber for fencing or for fuel, to say 
nothing of bnilding; bnt tliis maybe 
offset by two or three considerations. 
Large quantities of peat have recently 
been discovered on the different farms 
about here, which will take the place of 
wood for faeL Timber of all kinds 
grows very rapidly, so that, even now, 
there are not a few good groves, and 
these with others will furnish the need- 
ed fencing. There is reasonable hope 
of railroad communications, not far 
from us, at no distant day. Thus, in 
the course of time, the difficulty arising 
from the scarcity of timber will be ob- 

Tlxa People. 

The people about here rank high, in- 
tellectually and morally, bnt pecuni- 

«• iegitlmate work of a mioister of arily, they are like all other frontiers- 
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the land wbkh Qhj wtrk; aad in 
manjr iosUnoefl this it beavil/ mori- 
gaged. The mahi rdianoe of the people 
ifl thehr crops ; but these are Qocertain, 
and io many cases are more than con- 
sumed before thej are grown. This 
year has been bad for them. Wheat is 
Terj poor ; oats are not much, if any, 
better ; com, which bid fair at one time 
to do well, will not yield largely ; po- 
tatoes are few in number, small in size, 
and of very poor qnality. The farmers 
begin to realize that they mnst do some- 
thing besides grain-raising, for a livbg. 

I^rom Rev, 0. B, Sheldon, Sxcelnor, Hen- 
nepin Co. 
The Material House. 

We are now fully embarked in the 
work of ereotlDg our house of worship. 
Something was done a year ago toward 
this object. Subscriptions were ob- 
tained, a building committee appointed, 
a lot secured, a plan adopted, and some 
lumber drawn to the place. But there 
the work lagged. The bnildiog com- 
mittee complained that they had no 
money with which to proceed. A large 
proportion ^ the subscriptions were 
made payable in labor, and no one seem* 
ed to hare the time or disposition to 
call out, organize and direct this labor. 
There was also oonsiderable dissaUs&o- 
tion as to the site aeleoted. 

Becoming oonvineed that the whole 
enterprise was in danger of falling 
through, unleas some one should derote 
hiniself to the work of crowding, or 
rather leading it on, and as there seemed 
to be no one but myself to do so, I 
offered my serviees some two months 
since to the .buildiDg eommitftee fior this 
purpose. The question of the site was 
re-opened,' and after a few meetings of 
the subscribers a change was effected, 
which seems to give general eatisfac- 
tioQ. The next thing was to procure 
stone for the foundation. 'W'e are 
obliged to depend, far such purposes, 
upon the boulders found around the 

slKires of our lake, lliese are brought 
in a barge, towed by our little steaiaeff^ 
to a convenient point of the shore, and 
ooareyed thenee to the {dace in wagons. 
I went fkt and near» and invited the 
people, until I had eagaged haads 
enough to man the barge, and teama ta 
draw the stone liratn the landing. In 
tlus way we have obtained three barge 
loads, or more than a hundred wa^oA 
loate of stone— enough, it is ihou^t, 
to ooMplete the base. In a similar 
manner the neeessaiy «zoavation hat 
been made, $»d the laying of the stima 

It is sometimes difficult to get bands 
when needed. But the people respond 
well to the ealls, and sometimes aid is 
obtained fSrom unexpected quartan. Ja 
the steamer, with its barge and orew, 
was leaving the landing one morning, 
to get a load of stone, a young man, 
coming in a row-boat from the other 
side, invited them to his father's part 
of the shore, where there was a good 
supply of stone. Hia father, who is an 
infid^ and sever attended public wov- 
riiip, had said to him that morning— 
** ICy son, if you ever expect to be seen 
inside of that meeting-house, go and 
take them to our sh<fl^, and help them 
get that load of stone." K the people 
conUnue to have ^ a mind to work," I 
see no reason why we cannot get up 
the house this fall, and finish it io the 
course of the winter and spring, so as 
to be ready for Oeoapaacy when the 
meh of summer vliitors oomes next 


FV<m JRev, G, Smith, Bip JRoch, ScoU O. 

I have delayed writing yon, that I 
might be able to report the result of 
our effort to become self-supportiAg. 
That efif<Mrt has been suoceeafdL I have 
new been your missionary for three 
years, oa this field, and my coonectMii 


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with jon in this relaUoA naw c (w w p , al 
kKt for the present. 

WJmb I came here, I preaehed in 
•ofaool^honses at each of roj appoiot- 
nents ; now we h«76 at eacli place a 
«iiiiroh edifioe. Their oott was about 
$3,600 eafch, and they are free from 
Mt At Big Rook, daring the last 
ymty we have seonred the erection of a 
ptnonage whieh will be a palatial man- 
riea oompared with oar conventenoes 
heretofore. It is 22 x 28 feet, two stories 
bigfa, and eontains nine rooms. Its oo^t 
wifl be not far from one thonsand dol- 
lan, the larger part of whio)i is pro- 
Tided for. 

How We Seaohed It. 

It is not hf added strength from in- 
creased numbers that we become self- 
•apporting, this year, but by increased 
self-denial and liberality on the part of 
both minister and people. I have tried 
to talk self-support into my people from 
my first coming here. The condition 
ef yonr treasury and the necessities of 
the regions beyond induced me lately 
to tell my people, that I would make 
my salary $600 instead of $700, if they 
would become self-supporting. Two of 
our most liberal men began by donbling 
their sabscription, and the result of a 
little effort is that the amount is secured. 
The endeavor has shown us that a few 
of the Lord's professed stewards would 
rather continue to hold on to the skirts 
of the Ilome Missionary Society than, 
oat of their abundance, give an addi- 
tional dollar for the support of the gos- 
pel. Bat we have been gratified to see 
the larger number disposed to give with 
oheerfolnesfl^ and in the exercise of self- 
toisl. The Lord grant them soul- 
PW«perity for their liberality I 

The church at Big Rock voted that 
^ ttnder to the Home Misdoaary 8o- 
^^ oir smoere and hearty thaaks fiir 
te oaifonBly kind responses to our re- 
<l«*aU for help, daring the last fourteen 
y%n%f and that we pledge onrselTes to 
bs viidfid in the fiitmre of tiie inter- 

ests of the Society, according to our 

Fi-om JUv, A. V, Motm, YatmUle, Calhom 

*' Bdy Oompetitlon.*' 

It is with astonishment that I see the 
gospel spreading over these prairies, 
through the efforts of tlie friends of 
Home Missions, even in advance of the 
Methodists, who ore proverbial for their 
spirit of pioneering. I once heard Rev. 
Mr. Todd, of Tabor, say, while showing 
the adaptation of Congregationalism 
to the West, that he was the first gospel 
minister on the Missouri slope. Suid he : 
^' I was ahead even of the Methodists ; '* 
and I felt a glow of gratification, which, 
perhaps, so good a man as he is would 
not have sympathized with, that he had 
excelled in tliis holy competiiion. I 
have grown older since then ; years full 
of toil, care and many sorrows, lighten- 
ed to be sure by some few exceeding 
joys, have tempered that fiery competi- 
tive ardor which once, possibly, was a 
fault with me ; but I am still glad that 
I have had the privilege of preaching 
the first gospel sermons at this new 


How primitive we all appeared last 
Sabbath, when gathered for religious 
worship t Hardly half of the congrega- 
tion coukl get into the little scbod- 
houae. The remainder seated them- 
selves on the grass to listen to the same 
story, so old and so new, that they used 
to hear In their pleasant Eastern homes« 
Unlike many of onr Western settle- 
ments, ours is composed of intelligent 
Eastern people; and they are aU won- 
dering what we shall do when the 
storms of winter are upon u!*, and our 
public assemblies must either be dimin- 
ished in 8f26, or else we must provide a 
shelter where we may invite these 
heme-eidc ones to enjoy at least one 
privilege that has hitherto been denied 
them in this new country. 


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Oar people nre brave and determined 
and perseyering, as 70a will say after I 
relate a little of their history. Fonr 
years ago they came out here, took up 
their homesteads, broke np the prairie, 
and prepared to raise their crops the 
following year. 

In the meantime, they had to go 
twenty -five miles for their fuel, lumber, 
and most of their provisions. Many of 
them had little or no money, and were 
obliged to go to Fort Dodge, Ocho, and 
other places, to work and earn food for 
their fEtmiliea. But hope was strong 
within them that next year their troub- 
les would be at an end. The long, 
hard, first winter was at last at an end, 
and in high hope they planted their 
fields, and the grasshoppers took alL 
Another year, and the same destructive 
little insects came, in overwhelming 
armies, and destroyed every thing. The 
third year, they thought — surely no dis- 
aster will be visited upon us this year. 
They planted ; crops looked beautiful ; 
but the blackbirds, that ever hover 
about Western ^settlemeuts, did them 
great damage. But they have not lost 
heart. They are cheerful, hopeful and 
generous. One brother who has lived, 
all this time, in a hay-house, signed 
fifteen dollars for my support, and has 
already more than paid his subscription. 
I find them all very helpful, and much 
in sympathy with the work I hftve in 
hand. They all have planted large 
groves, and their farms are well culti- 
vated, and in a few years they will 
probably have every thing in the way 
of beauty and convenience that labor, 
combined with intelligence and virtue, 


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JPhmi a MMonary Ut Northern lowa^ 

A Thankless Servioa. 

Here is a man worth over $25,000. 
I have been to see him three times, over 
fueA a road t There are seventeen big, 
steep hills in two miles. He has had 

sickness and death in his family. It 
took me three-fourths of a day to at- 
tend the funeraL I broke the springs to 
ray IwifKr hi going. A few days aftear 
he sent for me to come and baptise his 
child, who was sick and was expected to 
die. I went; the doctor came while I 
was there, stayed a short time, and 
was paid twenty dollars for his trip. 
After he was gone, I asked this dmr 
Iroth&r in the Chureh to let me have 
some oats for my horse. He very 
coldly told me that he had not any to 
spare. At the tame time he had not 
room enough for his grain ; and a car- 
penter was at work putting up another 

A Day's Work. 

Let me now describe to you my work 
on the Sabbath. I go eight miles over 
a very rough road ; one steep hill is half 
a mile long; turn round the high bluff; 
cross a stream ; go through a piece of 
woods; find a stone church a mile from 
any house ; tie my horse to a tree, with 
a little bundle of hay before him that I 
have brought in my buggy ; go into the 
church ; I find a Sabbath school and a 
man who has come ten miles to super- 
intend it, and ha$ done so for over twenty 
yean ! When the service is over I go 
back to 0. There is no place for din- 
ner for me or my horse. I tie my 
horse to another tree ; go into church, 
find another Sabbath school, and, after 
meeting, go a mile and a half to my 
home. This is the hardest work I. ever 
did, but I am encouraged, and believe 
the Lord has a work here for me to do, 
and souls to be saved. 

From Rev. Wm, L. Colernany MUeheU^ 


ATearof TriaL 

The last year has been one of great 
affliction in my family— my deor 00m* 
panion being sick in Angnst and part d 
September, 1869, and dying on the 9th 
of the last-named month. Now, in 
August and September, 1670, thre^e of 


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my fnmilx — all except myself who were 
at borne — h&Ye been prostrated at one 
time. Kaj these afSictions be sanctified 
to oar good, fitting ns for better service 
for Christ I 

Memorial Effort. 

I told my church recently that I 
thought we ODght to signalize this me- 
morial jear by assuming self-sapport, 
thus lifting the burden from the Amer- 
ican Home Missionary Society. Preva- 
lent sickness has prcYented decisive 
action as yet, and one of our best fami- 
lies is about to remore from us, re- 
ducing our pecuniary strength. Prof. 
Back, of Iowa Oollege, has also been 
here, recently, and induced us to lift 
very heavily for the endowment of the 
College. With all these things before 
us, I cannot tell whether the church 
will now become self-supporting. But 
whether I am to labor as your mission- 
ary, hereafter, or not, I shall carry 
with me, through life, an abiding, sweet 
remembrance of the fraternal sympathy, 
wise Christian counsel, and ever-ready 
and prompt aid I have received from 
the Executiye Committee and loved 
Seeretariea of your Society. Your kind- 
nest and brotherly regard have been 
among tlie brightest things that have 
been appointed of our gracious Lord, to 
cheer and support us in all the trials of 
home missionary life and work, during 
the twenty-three years that I have been 
in this blessed service in Iowa. 

that he is just, and wise, and good. He 
alone knows what such things cost us; 
as he only knows what they will one 
day work out for us. My affliction has 
had this effect upon me, at least — earth 
never was so little, heaven never was 
so much to me before. If my work 
were only done, it would not be hard to 
go ; but it is not done, and I believe I 
am ready to labor on and wait. And 
it is my prayer that my labor may not 
be in vain in the Lord. 

Mrs. Martin had a strong desire to live 
and labor for the Master, if it were his 
will, butphe was ready and even anxious 
to depart, if her work was done. Her 
only hope was in her Saviour ; and her 
theology at the last had resolved itself 
into these two promises: *^ The blood 
of Jesus Christ oleanses from all uo,** 
and " whosoever will may come.** 


f^Ri9, M, M, Martin, Mmomanie^ Dane 

Under the Bod. 
God*a hand has been very heavy upon 
nie since I made my last report. My 
^ companion hat gone from me for- 
^Wf and I am alone. Firsts the ohild 
▼M taken, and in a little more than a 


From Ren, P. K HoUitter, Hancock^ Hougk- 
ion Co, 

An Open Door. 

About five weeks since. Rev. Mr. 
Warren, your Superintendent in North- 
em Michigan, viuted ns, and we made 
a visit to Calumet and the regions be- 
yond. At the first-named place we 
found the way fully open fur the organi- 
zation of a Congregational church, and 
since he left I have succeeded iu main- 
taining preaching there every Sabbath. 
Only the man is wanted to develop a 
good church there. There is a popula- 
tion of 8,000 people within a radius of 
two miles, and a man witii the right 
qualifications oould soon have a good 
congregation. There is a good room, 
in the second story of the school build- 
ing^ which will seat 800, and which can 
be procured free of rent for the use of 
the chdroh, until it shall seem best to 
build* I am very anxious that this field 
should be occupied at once. Probably 

y«e the mother followed. IknowGod ^ 

^ dealt with me in kindness; and I over |600 could be raised by the peo- 
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been eabscribed tlreedy. For any one 
who has the spirit of work^ and lataw 
how to ky IfouidAtiiOBS) there tr# few 
more hopeful openiags in the eouatry. 

jFVom Hev, A. 8t, dairy Hart, Oceana Co, 
Baoease of Kre. St. Olair. 

Mrs. Eliza S. St Glaur died at Hart^ 
September 24th, 1870, at Oie age of 67 
years and 10 montha. She waa bom 
in Portland, Me.; removed to Kassa- 
ehnsetta in the spring of 1888 ; thence 
to Kew Hampshire in the aommer 
of 1840; thenee to Yermont in the 
amnmer of 1842 ; thenee to Nev York 
in the antamn of 1844; thence to Illi- 
nois in the antamn of 1845 ; thence to 
Iowa in the antnmn of 1847; tbenoe 
back to niinoia in liie autnmn of 
1848, and theaee to Michigan in the 
spring of 1856, where she resided to 
the time of her death. 

In the year 1835 she commenced to 
read anti-slavery literature, became 
deeply interested in the condition, and 
anxioQS for the emancipation, of the en- 
slaved negroes. She immediately espous- 
ed their cause, entered zealously into ev- 
ery thing which waa adapted to promote 
their welfare, cheerfully consented to the 
eontmual absence of her husband, and 
axged and Peered kim on to lecture and 
write for their freedom, when she knew 
that, owing to the unpc^arity of their 
principles and intense hatred of the 
negro, they were liable any hour to for- 
feit the friendship and hospHalify of most 
professed Christians on the one hand, 
and incur the peltings of thcTmob on the 
other. As her husband was called &om 
State to State to employ his pea and 
'^ open his mouth for the dumb," ahe 
never interposed an ol^jeotion, but moat 
eheerftilly Uft any brief heme, for a new 
abode among atrangers. To cheer his 
hours of labor^she has aooompanled him 
thousands of miles over the fknieen, snow* 
clad hills of New England and praiiieB 
of theWest^ and stood between Mm and 
daoger when the pro-slareiy polt^ctana 

and their drunken rowdiei were thint* 
iog far his blood. When her husband 
became involved in debt, by publishing 
an anti^dsvery paper, she brought ool 
and delivered up, with her own hands, 
her last article of household furniture, 
including her carpet, feather-bed and 
few chairs, in order to save the horse 
and buggy, that he might be able to 
travel and lecture ; and with him betook 
herself to the buggy, and traveled with 
him above two years, in a state of 
poverty too stringent to admit of fur- 
nishing a room to live in. 

Up to the present year, she continued 
to retain the same high sense of duty 
and spirit of self-sacrifice; and when 
asked whether she felt willing to leave 
a comfortable house in Whitehall, where 
she had expected to end her days, she 
briefly replied, ** Husband, if you think 
it is your duty to go to Hart and Shelby, 
I am willing to go with you." After 
her last removal, though she had left 
behind her a beloved daughter and a 
large portion of her domestic conveni- 
ences, she was never heard to murmur, 
or to refer to the sacrifice with regret J 
but seemed deeply impressed with the 
conviction that her sojourn here was to 
be brief. To any proposition to pur- 
chase a house, or to exchange for one, 
ours left empty at Whitehall, she always 
replied, " it will be unwise, for we shall 
not need it" 

During her last nineteen memorable 
days of sickness, so intense as to call 
for two nurses every hour, and for three 
daily visits each, from two physicians, 
she was a personification of mingled 
patience and suffering. Her faith at 
first seemed weak and wavering; but 
it gradually brightened up into a clear, 
burning flame, and her last audible ut- 
terance was, "Jesus is nemr and pre» 

Hai^y are they who end a lifo so 
usefal wit^ a deatii ao happy, and leave 
to loving survivors a memory to Ihh 


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J^rwn Rav. F, A, Arfnttrong^ PUoMont Sitt^ 
Cau Co, 
Freedmon I«CK>klnfir XXp. 
I have been encouraged by the re- 
ports from the little churches at the 
meeting of the Association. In one as- 
pect it did seem a small hnsiness, min- 
istering to sach little flocks, bat when 
we remember how wide has been the 
inflaence of the little church at Scrooby, 
it pots a new face on the whole thing. 
I finished the proposed course of twenty- 
fimr leasoBB to mj eolored Bible elass, 
and then invited, through the papers, 
all interested in the 8olati(Hi of the 
problem, '^ How to teach large classes 
to read the Bible in the shortest possi- 
ble time,^' to meet at the church on 
Monday evening. I wanted to stir up 
the other churohes to help them. We 
had an unusually large attendsnoe; 
most, however, were freedmen. After 
hearrog the class read and sing for an 
hour or more, a Presbyterian brother 
eame forward, and said he considered 
H a marked success, and that it was a 
great pity the work could not be con 
turned. His son said that he felt that 
his sufferings in the army had not been 
in vain. A large mi^rity of the eom- 
monity were either secessionista or 
^mpathixers with the rebellion; yet 
naoy of them will tay, for substance, 
"^Poor oreetures, tomebody ought to 
Up them." 

Oh that a few good families would 
come to our aid, for we are bnt a feeble 
band. This beautlM country belongs 
to our Lord Jesus Ghrist, and shonld be 
taken possession of for him. 

Sunday schools of the Oongregaitional 
ohnrohes of Durham and Conoord, N. H«, 
through whose kindness we have been, 
fiimished with a good library and 8lBg«> 
ing-bodES for the school. Our monthly 
oncerts are hymning to be looked toe 
as occasions of interest, both by the 
people and the children, and we have 
been amply repaid for the labor of 
teaching the children to sing for Jesus 
at these gatherings. 

. Brealdngr Down. 
Bnt amid all this improvement and 
success, we are sorry to report that the 
health of your missionary has signally 
f^Ued during the season. The incessant 
toil <fi the past two and a half yean, ia 
which he h^s endeavored to supply this 
church and build up a church in Hamil- 
ton, has been vely prostrating. The 
indications of Providence seem to be 
that he may lay aside the workman, but 
carry on his work ; to which we desire 
to bow in humble submission, and pray 
that he may abundantly bless the labors 
of his servant, and pour out his Spirit in 
a large ingathering of souls into the fold 
of Christ 

Fnm IU9. W, WUnwU^ CMlaim^ Damm 


The Siuday SohooL 

Car Sabbath sohool has been kept up 
wftboat a single Intermission, and has 
Wen a ioeoeas all through the season. 
We desire particularly to return thanks 
to Ber. Drs. Tobey and Bouton, and the 


Fnm Rev. F. WheeUr, South Fam, Vniom. 

*' Pegffina Away" ia Bgypt. 

" Peggmg away " wonld seem to ex* 
press tiie operations of the past four 
months— no special result, but a steady 
growth. At both places my congrega- 
tions are very decidedly larger and seem 
to be very mudi interested. 

«^ Oongregfttionalism " is a new word 
in the ii^gyptian vocabulary ; it brings 
to the surface new ideas, and so excites 
the prejudice and dislike of many here, 
but we are getting over this somewhaU 
People aae finding out that we are not 
Free-lovers, nor Spirttualista, nor infi- 
dels, and are beginning to perceive Uie 
difference between us and other denomi- 
nations, and some are regarding our 
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this is that there are in either oharoh men 
▼bo by their daily walk commend oar 
. polity, as they would any with which 
they were conoected— men of intelli- 
gent faith and. consistent lives, whose 
lights shine to some purpose. 

At onr last communion we received 
five at Makanda, all on profession, and 
the little band of disciples are very 
much encouraged. There is light in 



The "Appeal for Help," printed in 
oar November namber, is beginning to 
call forth cheering responses. Receipts 
to the amount of over $28,000 since it 
was issued, have enabled 'as to send 
drafts to a large proportion of the 
waiting missionaries who had reported 
service. Of this sam, however, nearly 
one half was the avails of a legacy now 
paid in full. We have no knowledge 
of income soon to be realized from 
similar sources, and are depending 
wholly upon individual and church 
contributions, to meet daily-maturing 
engagements to missionaries. Of their 
pressing needs, and of the safferiug to 
which a delay of their drafts will ex- 
pose many of them daring the coming 
winter, a visit jast made to Wisconsin, 
Minnesota, and Missouri, has given as 
painful evidence. 

Can the friends of Home Missions 
fail to share the burdens of these faith- 
Ail, self-denying brethren? 

The receipts for the first seren months 
of the Society's financial year have 
fallen more than $18,000 below the 
altogether inadequate income of the 
same months of the last year. Must the 
Executive Committee retrenehy when 
the calls are so argent for an advance 
all along the lines of the Society^s 

operations? Shall such grand oppor- 
tunities be lost, for lack of money, whOe 
the ooflfers of so many of Christ's pro- 
fessed followers are full to overflowing? 
We lift ap again our cry for ihmbdi- 


Decease of Bey. 0. L. WoodliiilL 

**Dna>, at Onawa, Iowa, on Saturday 
evening, October 1st, 1870, at 8 o'clock, 
Rev. George L. Woodhall, aged thirty- 
seven years, eleven months and twenty- 
eight days." 

Such were the sad tidings brought to us by 
a copy of the SUniz City Journal^ before we 
had heard of the sickness of this faithfbl 
brother. His last letter, like all we recdv- 
ed from him, was f^II of courage and hope. 
It seems but yesterday that he was in these 
rooms, full of hisiwork, r^joichig over the 
prospect of completing his ohurch-edifioe^ 
and with the remembrance of that earnest 
face before us, we ** cannot make him 
dead." Nor i$ he dead — joined, rather, 
unto the great company of those who live 

Mr. Woodhull was bom and spent his 
youth on Long Island, graduated at Tale 
College, 1862, and Tale Theotogical Sem- 
inary, 1865. While preaching as a Home 
Missionary In Hartland, Gt, &e became 
interested in the new opening for missioD- 
ary labor in Western Iowa, and was com- 
missioned for Onawa, Monona county, in 
May, 1866, where be was ordained on the 
18Ui of July following, and served the chureh 
until his death. On the 28th of August, 
1867, he married Miss Eleanor Bristol, who 
has been his fidthful helper. 
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bilioia intermittent ferer, and seemed to 
be recoTering, when (on the Ist of October) 
tjphoid pnenmoDia set in, and be rapidlj 
&Ued ; was at times deUrious, bat conscious 
at the last, expressed his readiness for death, 
and left man j precious messages to his wife 
and people. 

A writer in the Journal trulj says of 

**is a pastor, Mr. W. accomplished a 

Seat work amid great difficulties. In his 
bbath school, where he was an enrnest 
vorker, ho effected much. The children 
of Onawa haTe lost their best fiiend. He 
etriy laid plans for erecting a place of 
wordiip, but was delayed from lack of 
means. In the summer of 1869 enough 
money was pledged to warrant a commence- 
BMot, but the work of buildini: progressed 
•lowly from lack of funds. Mr. W. super- 
intended the work, performingmnch of the 
labor with his own hands. He raised at 
the East, by personal effort, $2,600. 

** He was a man of very decided convic- 
tioes, and of thorough rdigipus priodple. 
When he knew his duty he did not hesi- 
tate for a moment. He would have gone 
to the stake for his principles. He made 
the fanpresakm upon men of being just what 
he professed to be. There is a universal 
tidneas in Onawa at his death, which is 
tbe best tribute a pastor could desire from 
his people. Every one feels that he has 
kit a fnend. The writer feels, what others 
hare said, that Mr. W..has done more for 
Onawa than any other man. The beautiful 
€imrch upon which he labored, and whose 
MOBpletkHi he was not permitted to see, 
will be bis fittmg monument ; and as in the 
fttnre years it points its spire heavenward, 
viB ronind bis people of tbe truths which 
he preached and to which his life gave con- 

Deoease of Bei^. Perldiui, Esq. 

Tv death of Bkmjamih PnuuifS, Esq., of 
Boston, on the 18th of October, takes from 
the eoonsels and active service of this So- 
OHj one of its long-tried and faithful 
fricids. His name has appeared in our 
Publications as a Director since 1867, and 
iioce 1832 as Treasurer of the Massachu- 
ietts Auxiliary, on which this Society has 
^peuded for a large share of its resources. 
IH these years of frequent correspondence 
ttd personal Intercoorse have Uught us to 
^itc«Bi Mr. Perkins very highly as a true 
frind, a wiee ooonselor, and an efBoient 


There is but the simplest justice in these • 
words of 7^ Congreg<UumdlUt : 

**The finandnl affairs of the Ma.«sachU'< 
setts Home Missionary Society, of which Mp. 
Perkins was Treasurer, were conducted bv 
him with great wisdom, skill and faithful- - 
ness, through a period of thirty-nine years ; 
and as a member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of this Society for twenty-two years 
he was always promptly at his post, and was • 
ever a wise and esteemed counselor. He • 
died at the ripe age of seventy-three, and ' 
leaves a precious memory, having an honor- 
ed name in reference to all bis relations andi 
duties in life, and as a sincere and devout 4 

Vermont Domeftio Huudonary 

DuRiNo the 52d year of thb Auxiliarj, 
its receipts were $7,873.24, which with 
balance from last year made its resonri' 
ces $9,892.81; its expenditures were* 
$8,951.22, leaving a balance in tbe 
Treasury of $441.09. It has some 
$10,000 of invested property. 

Forty churches were aided (nine 
less than in the previons year), gath- 
ering 8,228 persons into their congrega- 
tions, and 1,758 teacheni and scholara 
into Sabbath schools. Of these 
churches 18 have received no additioni 
by profession, and nnmber 20 less than 
they did a year ago. The reported 
conversions number 184; received to 
the churches, 128. One aided chnrch 
organized. There liaye been changes 
of ministers in 18 of the aided churches^ 
greatly to the injury of some of them. 

In **the itinerant department'' 22 
laborers — theological students and 
others — have been employed in 26 dif* 
ferent fields, in several of which souls 
have been hopefully brought to Ohrist 
In one of these fields— apparently a 
most barren one— as the result of five < 
years* labor, 20 persons have been coBr 
verted, one of whom Is the -wife .of at 
foreign missionary. In this work^. 
wrniatCi faith and zeal find an appropri- 
ate sphere, and are made eminently 
helpfuL ''In one case a widow- ladyj. 
of small income, not only asked. foisft 


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miBoonary, but took him into her own 
familj and boarded him for three 
months at a time, at her own expense, 
because no one in the community cared 
enough for gospel privileges to help 
her.*' An earnest and efficient Chris- 
tian ladj has consented to take the 
oversight of the ** Cent Society " plan, 
which has been found so helpful in 
New Hampshire. 

The following truthM words of the 
Secretary, Rev. C. S. Smith, we com- 
mend to all, everywhere, whom they 
may concern : 

*' It requires self-denial and much of the 
spirit of him who was anointed to preach 
the gospel to the poor, to lead earnest and 
efficient men to go and labor in our email 
countrj parishes. And it shonld be said 
to the honor of ssTeral of the missionaries, 
who are devoting the strength of their man- 
hood to this work, that, with ereat cost to 
themselves and their families, they oonscien- 
tiooslj stay from year to year where thej 
are, for Ohrist*s sake, although more at- 
tracdve fields invite them away. The 
canse of Domestic Missions in Vermont 
owes more to the volnntary self-denials and 
gifts of some of her Home Missionaries, 
than it does to the contributions of her 
wealthier churches. 

"• Our ablest churches tUnk that they do 
ffeneronsly if, of their abundance, they sim- 
ply give $160 or $200 a year to promote this 
cause, yet there are several missionaries, of 
rare gifts of mind and heart, who are pa- 
tiently toiling in our feeble churches, who 
really, in what they resign, ^ve more than 
that amount every year to this object. 
They deny themselves the bo<^ and the 
vacations they need; they perform their 
parish work on foot, because they cannot 
Siirord the luxury of a horse ; they do with- 
out help in their families, to their own dis- 
comfort and to the injury of the health of 
irife and mother ; they close their ears to 
calls from more inviting fields, enforced by 
tiie promise of— what they so mudi need — 
a competent salary, out of deep sympathy 
for the little flocks whom they lead into the 
rich pastures of heavenly truth, and who, 
if deserted by them, might be left with 
none to feed or fold Uiem. 

'* The sacrifices which these men make, 
put to shame all the fancied generosity of 
the stronger ehurohsB. What is $20, $50 
or $100 a year, given by a man who is 
dobg a remunerative business, in compar- 
ison with what the missionary gives, who 
consents to labor for the smallest sum upon 
which^ with the strictest economy, he can 
supply his family with the bare necessaries 
of Ufe ? Blessed is the feeble ehnich that 

has such a man for its pastor, and appre- 
ciates his worth. Blessed are the men who 
have sudi a measure of the spirit of their 
Master as leads them thus to preach the 
gospel to the poor. Is there enough of this 
spirit in the church and ministry at the pres- 
ent day ? 

*^ Does Christ call his ministers only to 
pleasant parilhes and to large salaries, or 
does he invito them to fMlow him into the 
wilderness and desert places, and amid 
setf-denicUa to preach the gospel to the 
poor? While we earnestly maintain the 
piineipU that the laborer is worthy of 
his hire, and that it is the duty of the 
churches to give a competent support to 
those who minister to them in spiritual 
thing!!, let us not lose sight of the fact that 
Christ himself^ in preaching the gospel to 
the poor, cheerfully endured privations, and 
that in all ages since, he'has given his dis- 
ciples the primleg^ of following bis exam- 
ple in this respect, and made it the duty of 
some to do 60, In carrying out his command, 
to preach the gospel to every creature.** 

Tha Home of General Giant 

SoMB forty years ago, a young man 
applied to the Secretary of the Home 
Missionary Society in New York for a 
commission to labor at the Far West, 
among the new settlers. ^ If;^ said he, 
"there is any place so hard and un- 
promising that nobody else can be in- 
duced to go to it to preach, 9mi tns 
there,^^ This he said, not ftom txnj feel- 
ing of self-sufiSciency, as though he was 
able to succeed where others could not, 
but fh)m an nnafifected humility — a 
feeling that he was unfit for any more 
important place. The Secretary, after 
some reflection, told him that GiUena 
was a place that answered the descrip- 
tion. "Well," said he, "I'll go to 
Galena then." 

Just before leavbg the city, he caHed 
upon the writer of this report, then 
the local agent of the American Sunday 
School Union in this city, to learn some- 
thing of the great movement, that had 
jQst been inaugurated by the Society, to 
establish a Sunday school in every 
neighborhood in the valley of the MIbp 
sisaippi. He pledged himself fully to 
the work, and depoeited with me — to 
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work^ $50, all the sarplas funds he Lad, 
rweiTiog barel j enough to eany him to 
hif distant field. 

Seventeen years rolled awaj, and I 
foottd myself in the midst of the scenes 
of this devoted missionary's labors — 
worsbipiog with "the flock of God," 
which he had gathered in the wilderness. 
From his own lips, I heard the history 
of his adventures and labors, since we 
had parted in New York, seventeen 
yean before. 

He found the place no better than it 
bad been represented. Intemperance 
aod profanity, Sabbath-breaking, gam- 
bling and Tiolence — ^a legion of evil 
^irits dwelt there, and held their infer- 
nal orgies. Kone were found who feared 
God, or had respect to his conmiand- 
ments, except one or two, who were as 
iheep among wolves. Some mocked, 
iome put their fingers in their ears, and 
refused to hear. None believed or obey- 
ed, or cared for any of these things. The 
nan of God wept, and prayed for those 
vbo would not pray for themselves. 
They knew not the things that belonged 
to their peace, for they were hidden 
from their eyes. 

He thenceforth sought to gather in the 
iofli&t—tbe young in years, and young in 
iin, whose hearts were not so ^' fnlly set" 
to evil, if perchance npon them the truth 
might make its impress, and the claims 
of God be felt. The missionary labored 
two fiiU years before he oonld organize 
a ebCTch of nx members^ one of whom 
lived 15, and another 40 miles off. In 
1646, the year I was there, that church 
•ondited of 250 members, after having 
teoi off a colony to organize a $econd 
tlrardi and school. 

Bis first school was established in a 
#>»yMo p, because no more suitable 
place coidd be found for it. For several 
years, he was, himself; superintendent^ 
ad labored with nntiring aasidnity, to 
futbar in the children, not. only that 
tkdr souk might he saved, but that 
Ihcy mi^ be qualified to labor with 
Wpa In t]|g go^h And now, after 

long years of toil and prayer, he had 
attained the desire of his heart. A 
most interesting feature of the cliurch 
and scliool was its efforts in behalf of 
the destitute region round about Galena. 
They had for years, during the summer 
secison, sustained from eight to ten mis- 
sion schools. The brethren would go 
out, two and two, sometimes ten miles 
to a school in the morning, and from 
thence five miles to another school in 
the afternoon, and thence ten miles 
home in the evening — making their 
Sabbath day's journey to do good 
tvoenty-Jlve miles. Few of them having 
a conveyance of their own, they would 
hire a horse and baggy at a livery 
stable, at a cost of $2 per day. And 
some members, who could not them- 
selves go, would pay for the horse and 
carriage for those who went. By these 
operations, the seeds of the gospel were 
planted through all the mining regions. 

A year afterward, when I was there 
again, a third church had been organ- 
ized, and I aided in the organization of 
a third Sunday schooL Besides these, 
the Baptists, Ifethodists, and Episco- 
palians all had their churches and 
schools. And now, after a lapse of forty 
years, there is, probably, no city in all 
the West where the religious advan- 
tages of the people are greater, or more 
highlyprized than in Galena. And it is 
perfectly clear that the little Sunday 
school which the good missionary, with 
so much toil and prayer, established 
forty years ago, in the end of that grog- 
shop, was the little spark from which 
all these blessed results have followed^ 
'* Behold how great a matter a little fire 

This good missionary. Rev. Aratus 
Kent, has within a few months been 
called to his rest. Besides his labors in 
Galena, he has-been instrumental, prolH 
ably, in organizing more churches in 
the Northwest during these years, than 
any other man* When he went to ^a^ 
lena there was not a Protestant chnrch 
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Qalena is now as well supplied with 
- ehardies and religions influence as any 

• other Ecotion of the West From his 

• own month I learned that nearly all 
the churches which he had aoy agCDCj 
in organizing, as well as most others, 
were brought into existence bj the same 

1 process as the one he first started in 
iJGlalcna.— ul. W. Corey, 

Hearing Candidatei. 

Tbb first was too old ; he wonld not 
enit the yonng folks. The second, just 
•nt of the seminary, was too yonng ; the 
old folks said he had not experience. 
The third had been in a parish three 
years. He was still yonng, with the 
elastic hopes and strong enthusiasm of 
youth, but he was a bachelor. The 
people pretty universally declared that 
the minister should have a wife 
and a house. The women all said 
there must be somebody to organize the 
sewing circles and to lead the female 
prayer meetings. The fourth was mar- 
ried, but he had three or four children. 
We could not support him. It seemed 
to be no longer true that '* Blessed is he 
whose quiver is full of them." Tlie 
fifth was a most learned man, who told 
na the original Greek or Hebrew of his 
textS) and, morning or evening, never 
came nearer to America than Eome un- 
der Augustus Cflosar. He was dulL 
The sixth afforded us a most brilliant 
pyrotechnic display. He spluttered, and 
fizzed, and banged, as though Fourth of 
July himself had taken orders and gone 
to preaching. The young people were 
carried away. But the old folks all 
said he was sensational. Then, besides 
those we have heard, there is tbe Bey. 
Hr. 0., who has the reputation of being 
A most excellent pastor. He is inde- 
fl&tigable in visiting the sick, in com* 
forting.the afflicted, in dealing with the 
recreant. and oncouTerted. But Hr. 
Wheaton says emphatically he will ner- 
tr do for our people. 

'* He is no preacher, Mr. Laicns,'* says 
he ; *' and our people demand first-rate 
preaching. Ton must remember that 
in the summer we have between two 
and three thousand New York men 
here ; men who know what a good ser- 
mon is. We must have a man that will 
draw them, sir ; a man as good as they 
have in New York." 

We talked over Mr. K. He is a rare 
preacher, by all accounts. I understand 
that his health has suffered somewhat 
by excessive study, and that he would 
like another parish, a quieter one, where 
he can have more time to study, and 
can use his old sermons. He preached 
once or twice in exchange with our old 
pastor before he left. But Deacon B. 
and Elder Kay will not hear him. '* He 
is not social," says Deacon 8. ''He 
does not know half the people in Higb- 
kirk, where he has been settled for over 
five years. He often passes his beat 
friend without noticing him, on the 
street. " Never would do," says Elder 
E. '^ He only visits his people once a 
year. I want to know my miniater. 
We want a man who will run in and 
out as though he cared for us. Preach- 
ing is all very well, but we don*t want 
a minister who is all talk." — Chri$Uan 

MiBceUaneoos Items. 

Mains. — ^The 44th annual report of 
the General Conference gives as the 
number of Congregational churobea, 
244 ; of these 140 receive missionary 
aid. There are supplied, with pastors, 
62 ; stated preachers, 85 ; licentiates, 19 
—a total of 166, learing 78 Taoant. 
There are 188 names in the list of min- 
isters, and 42 in that of licentiates. 
Number of church members, 19,840, of 
whom 5,967 are males, and 8,580 are 
reported as absent. Admitted, within 
the year, 742, of whom on profession^ 
494; remoyed, by death, dismission, 
etc, 701, leaidng a gain of 41. Kom- 
ber of inflEmt bi^tisms, 150 ; adnlt Im^ 


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tkmBf 882. In Sabbath schools, 22,- 
417. Reported contributions, Incla- 
diog legacies, $42,800. No minister in 
•ctire serylce has died. 

ViBafosT. — ^From the 75th annual 
report of the General Oiinventlon wo 
g}ean tlie following statistics : number 
of cbarche9, 199, of which 86 are 
without pastors or supplies; ministers, 
213, of whom 74 are pastors, 83 are 
acting pastors, and 56 are without 
charge. There are also employed seven 
TiceDtiates. Charch members, 18,756, 
of whom 6,244 are males, and 8,117 
are^'absent.** Of the members 8,414 
are nnder 80 years of age. Received 
dnring the year, 1,228, of whom 789 
came on profession of faith ; removed, 
779. Baptisms, 465 adults, and 269 
infimts. In Sabbath schools, 20,219; 
average congregations, 22,070, repre- 
aentiog 11,854 families. Benevolent 
contribntions reported, $48,154.79. 
Pastors dismissed, 14, installed, 9, died, 
1 Churches organized, 8. Of the 
ministers in active service in 1865, one 
half have removed from tlie State. In 
these five years there have been added 
to the churches 7,049, and the net gain 
in ehnrch membership has been about 
1,600, or ten per oent. The gain in 
Sabbath school members has been 28 
ptf cent, and in benevolent contribu- 
tioDS, 15 per cent. Of the churches, 

40 receive missionary aid, and 25 com- 
munities without chnrchea enjoy mis- 
sionary labor. 

CoNNEOTTouT. — The minutes of the 
second annual meeting of the General 
Conference, taking the place of the 
General Association, now in its 161st 
year, give these statistics: churches, 
290, of which 155 have pastors, 77 
stated preachers, and 58 are without 
stated preaching. Ministers residing in 
the State, 809 ; licentiates, 86. Church 
members, 49,189, of whom 16,445 are 
males and 82,744 females; 4,791 are 
"absent." Added in the year, 2,594, 
of whom by profession, 1.250 ; re- 
moved, 2,880. Baptized, 886 infants, 
583 adults. In Sabbath schools, 48,- 
576. Families represented in churches, 
29,088. Benevolent contribudons re- 
ported, $228,488.86— averaging $4,54 
to each church member. Ministers or- 
dained, 18; installed, 16; dismissed, 
28; died, 8. 

Oregon.— This State has eight Con- 
gregational churches — seven of which 
are aided by this Society — with seven 
ministers. Number of church-members, 
465; additions within the year, 62; 
removals, 24 ; baptisms, 12 infants, 8 
adults. The Sabbath-schools, 779; 
average attendance on public worship, 


Slat imOommimtmkut pear. 
Mm. TboBM O. JooM. Anronia, Kmo. 

amlUi, &«b6wa and Danby, 

B«T. n. Uener, ChOlleotbe, Mo. 
Bev. ▲. A, Hard, Anaawas, 111. 
B«T. A. IL BaU, Qrand loland, N. T. 

K«v. Wm v. Batti, Saoto Barbara, CaL 
laT^WiUtom o. Harritt, Ban Baenaveutara and 

■•■ta Oaca, OaL 
5«^. John T. Wllla, Soiaka, 
«•»• HmoD Banuwa. Waml 


^ „ Banuwa, "Wtptag Watar, Neb. 

S*v- R«M7 BaMjBmporiiCjSin. 

S^ UonitolTBiai^While Okmd. Kao. 

Ear. WilUam O. Biawart, Seneca, Kao. 

UcT. Henry B. Underwood, Baxter Bpringa and 

Petemvllla. Kan. 
Bev. Elijah W. Merrill, Cannon Falls, Minn. 
Ker. DfTTit B. Barker, Amity, Iowa. 
KeT. Willliun H. Hayward, Magnolia, Iowa. 
Rev. Edwin & Hill, Atlantic. Iowa. 
Itev. Joaepb Hurlboft, Fort Atklnion, Iowa. 
Rev. LutberP. Mathewe, Coleaborg and Tan* 

keo Bettlement, Iowa. 
Rev. J. W. Donaidaon, Wantoma, Riobford and 

Deerfield, Wit. 
R«T. Stanley B. Letbrop, Tlroqna, Wie. 
Rev. Porter B. Parrey, llereey, Mich. 
Rev. William A. Waterman, Oameron, Ma 
Rer. Pliny F. Warner, Aledo. IIU 
Rev. Stoaly R. Roasiter, Bllzabetbnort, N. J. 
Rev. Henry U Doi, Qaaport, K. T. 
Rer. Otforge Hardy, Potaoam Jnnctkm, N. Y. 
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Bamror, A Friend, $100 00 
Halloiwrll, Ladlet* Cent Boo., by Mrt. 

L. M. Bmmoiu, Beo., 10 60 
Konnebank, Union Cong. Cb., by W. 

hi. DM-lIni, 61 72 

Portland. William Oznard, 5 00 

Upper OlouoMter, Bot. B. a Jordan, 15 00 


Derry. First Oonff. Oh^ Mrs. M. C. 

PlUbary. 8 00 

Dover, Ladiee* Home MIh. 8oo. of the 

Flrsl Cong. Ch., bylClaa 0. M. Palmer, S 00 
BopkintoD, Ladiee of the Cong. Cb. 

and Soa, by Mrs. Sophia Bailer, 8 00 

Nashna, Legacy of Mrt. Fanny Fisher, 

leaa Gov. tax, by J. Spalding. Ex., 236 00 

New Ipswich, Ghfldren's Fiur, by W. 

D. Locke, 
Peiham, A Friend, 

Pituaald, J. W. Johnston, 


Kast Windsor, A Friend, 
Springfield, A Friend, 

7 00 
20 00 
10 00 

10 00 

110 00 
100 00 

10 00 

UMision i;oiig. uunron ana 
. Bartelleu Treas., to const. 
. Spring/Dr. D. B. Whit. 
»ea. J. A. Conn L. Ms., 


Mass. Home Miss. Soc., by Stephen T. 

Farwell, Trees., 1,700 00 

Amherst, CoU^e Ch.^ by W. E. Esty, 120 62 

Bev. J. H. Seelye, D. D., $100; R. Q. 

JesBup, %h ; Unknown, $5, 
Boston, A Friend, 
Boylston Centre, Ladies* Sew. Circle, 

Chioopee, A Friend, 
Fltcbborg, Rollston Cong. Ohnroh and 

Soc., by D. Bart< " "* 

Rev.L.W. Sp" 

tier and lien. «* .a* ^i/uua aj. '■b., 
Hampshire Miss. Soc, by E. WU- 

liams. Treas., other sources, 
Hampshire Co, A Friend, 1,000 00 

UaTerhill, A Frieod, to const. An- 

Sustos Haseltlnea L. M., $30: Mrs. 
lary H. Smith, |6: Miss 0. M. 

Smith, $6, by Matilda Smith, 
Honsatonle, Cong. Ch. and Soc , by S. 

A. Hason, 
Lawrence, A FHend, 
Lowell, E. B. Adams, $20; Rer. Gea 

Spaoldlng, $6.10, 
Massaohusetu •« M. N..** 
Newbnryport. Mrs. T. C. IVIer, to 

oonsu Misa Sarah Lyon a L. M., $30 : 

A Friend, $20, 
Korthampten, Flormot Cong. Ch., by 


Mrs. David Sanders, by J. C. Ueed, 

$16; ♦'X.,'.»$60, 
Pern, First Cong. Ch. and Soo., byS. 

8. Bo won, 
Uxbridge, on acconnt of Legacy of 

Miss Sarah Jaqnith,by A.X;bapln, 


Salem, Ber. J. H. Towne, D. D., to 
const. Mrs. B. C. Towne a L; M., 

Sheffield, J. B., 

Sonth Egremont, Andrew Bacon, 
: Springfield, fl. M, 

Btookbridge, Le«aey of Mia. SophU 
Perry, by Thomas Wells, Ex., leas 
QoT. tax. 1,806 06 

Snnderlsnd, Ladles, by Mrs. C. B. 
Ttow. 5 00 

West Brookfleld, Home Misa Sew. 
oiroie, by Mra Lewis Gleason, Treas., 8 00 

Worthlngtcm, Mr. L. P. Porter, $3; 
Mrs.aErwllbnr,$2. 6 00 

102 00 
271 21 

40 00 

40 00 
60 00 

25 10 
600 00 

60 00 
60 00 

66 00 
10 67 

627 86 

80 00 

•6 00 

12 00 

100 00 


ProTidence, Free Evan. Cong. Ch., by 
!«. B. Darling, Treaa^ to const. Dea. 
B. F. aridley a L. M., $30 00 

Tiverton Four Comers. Bev. A. L. 
Whitman, $16; Mrs. N. B. Dorfee, 
$10, by Rev. A. L. Whlunan, 25 00 


Conn. Home Miss. Soc, by E. W. Par- 
sons, Treas., 1,000 00 

Branford, Cong. Ch., by Rev. E. C. 
Baldwin, to const. Samuel Beach a 
L. M., 41 03 

Bridgeport, John Newoomb, 1 00 

Oolchester, Cong. Sew. Boa, by Mrs. 
Fanny a Curtis, Sea, 2 00 

Colllnsvillo, Ladies, by Mrs. L. A. 
BcnUey, 8 60 

Darien, Mrs. W. Whitnejr, $2 ; Mrs. J. 
O. Miner, $2, by J. H. Whitney, 4 00 

Fairfield, Mrs. A. H. Kelloef, 16 00 

F^rmington, on aoconat of Legacy of 
Ira Bowen, by Julius Oay, Ex., 

Goshen, Ladles* Bener. Soc. of the 
Cong. Ch., by Mrs. F. M. Donblr^ay, 

Hartford, on account of Legacy of Mrs. 
Mary A Warbnrton, by N. a Ship- 
mail and H. A. Perkins. Exs., 10,906 

Lebanon, Exeter Cong. Oh. and Soc, 
by Rev. John Avery, 

Mlddletown, I^ndles* Home Mis9. Soo. 
of the FiKt Cong. Ch., by MissC. M. 

Mrs. Lucy A. WHcex, by Bev. E. T. 
Hooker, $6.; Ralph Dunning. $20; 
Mrs. Julius Yale, $1, 26 00 

New Haven, Chapel St. Cong. Ch., by 
J. M. Augur. 184 70 

Rev. William Patton, D.D.,$50; a 
Friend, $10. 60 00 

New London, Robert Colt, 100 00 

New Mllford, Ladies' Mite Soc, by 


12 00 

6 00 

Miss Gratia M. Merwln, 49 00 

Bequest of Mrs. Hannah Roberts, by 

Mrs. C. Hlne, 82 62 

New Preston, Cong. Ch., by S. J. Aver* 

ill,Tr., 14 00 

Norwich Town, « M. S. G." 90 00 

Old Saybrook, Ladles* Soo, by Mrs. 

Mabeil Shipman, 6 00 

Plainville, U H. Carter, 100 00 

Plymouth, Ladies* Benev. Soc, by 

Mrs. G. LAngdon, 4 00 

Ridgebury, D. a Raymond, 1 00 

South port. Ladies of the Cong. Ch., 

by Miss Virginia Tompkins. 
Sumeld, Ladies* Sew. Boo. of the First 

Cong. Oh., by Mrs. W. h. Loomis, 

Talco&vine, Ladies* Benev. Boa, by 

Mra C. D. Tslcott, Sec, 
Terryville, Cong. Ch., men. con., by 

Thompson, Ladies of the Cong. Ch., 

by Miss jBllen D. Lamed, 
Trumbull, Bab. Sch. of Cong. Ch., by 

Rev. N. T. Merwin, 
Yemon, Ladles, by Misa 8. G. Butler, 
West Hartford, Ladies' Sew. Soc. in the 

Center District, by Misa M. C. Buck- 

hmd^Seo., 6 00 

West KilUngly, Israel Simmons, $6; 

John D. Bigeiow, $80t to coast. Mrs. 

Lyman D. Adams a L. M., by John 

D. BIgelow, 3« 00 

Woodbrldge, Ckmff. CI, by Rev. a P. 

Marvin, to oonst. W. Tomlinson, 

Charles a Walker, and Dwight N. 

Clark K Ms., 105 00 

Ladies of the Cong. Oh. and Soa, by 

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Uroodbnrr.^grt^CbfM. est, '^L/ $90 00 

Mn. C. P. CiiarchUl, 5 00 

Eeoeived b/ Eor. L. 8. Hobart, 

CanandoigiUL Cong. Ch., baL of 

ooIU ^^ ^ 110 00 

£\«n«. Mm Emfly Quley, 1 00 

Ortnbr, Almon Breircr, 5 00 

Lockport, Cong. Ch, 43 09 

BrooklTD, a Friend, by Rer. B. S. Storrs, 

Jr., D. D., $150 ; Lewis Tappaiu $100 ; 

S. ThomiMoo, to const Mn. Harriet 

^'ew«U Thompson a L. M., |M; W. 

DobVs Kerry, a Friend» 
Bmi Bloomfleld, First Cong. Cb. nnd 

So(x, 190 48; Ladies' Home MIse. 

See., 170, hy Josiah Porter, Treas., 

to con«t. McB Worrall, and Alice Bg- 

gleiton. L. Ms., 
Oaloes, Cong. Ch., by R. 8. Bgleston, 
Hamilton, becond Cong. Cb. and Soc., 

by J. Fbote, 
Banmbal, Mrs. H. B. Bronson, by 

a W. Brewster, 
Kiaotoiic, Cong. Ch. and Boc, by Ber. 

K. C. Hall, 
Lima, Mm. Mary Spragae, 
Lamberland, Plrst Cong. Ch., by Ber. 

ManncTllle, » Friend, to oonst. Miss 

Anne J. Maynard a L. M., 
Hotra, First Oong. Ch., by Ber. 8. H. 

Ktw Haren. Cong. Ob., 
Hew York City, Harlem Ckmg. Ch,, mon. 

c«L, by W. W. Ferrler, Treas., 

Mr«. Maxy Parker^ |50 ; a Friend, flO, 
Perry, a Friend, 

PMt Blohmond. T. B, Goodwin, 
Riverbead. Azel Downs, 
flobeneeiaay. First Cong. Ch., by Ber.. 

J. O. Coidell, 
Tanytown, a Friend, 
WMertown, Miss P. F. Hnbbard, 
W«t Bloomfield, Cong. Ch., by AT4en 

Wbitn<>re Polotk Ladies' Miss. 8oe. of 

the Cong. Ch., by W. G-. Bhnarty 


BlooBfleld, M B. Coe, 

Vewtrk, Sooth Park Prasb. Cb., a 

Orange Valley, Cong. Ch., by A. Car- 
ter, Jr., 

Bahvay, Thomas Morris, 


Philadelpbia, J. M. Van Harlingen, 


Washington, First Cong. Ch. and Boc, 
by H. T. White, Treas., 

Okatham, Cong. Ch., Ber. 8. D. Peet. 
Best Cleveland, Cong. Ch., col. in ptrt, 

by H. Ftjrd, 
Foot Comers. W. Bt John, 
HartfuH, Cong. Ch., $19 66; a Addle 

DarisoBL |ft/bj Ber. J. B. Davison, 
Badeon, nm Cong. Ch.,by K. Measer, 

Inodale, 0. P. Brans, to oonst David 

Murvui aad &. O. Blohards, L. Ms., 
PalnesTlile, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. 

H.C. Haydn, 
F^^ Ci^ Ch.» by Ber. M. W. 

BOeS^David C. Anen,byBeT. J. B. 

BMdmky, If. 8. Wright, 
Wesi FarmlBgtea, A. Wilder, by Ber. 

J. B. Darison, 

58 00 

820 00 

106 48 
26 00 

17 67 


10 60 

6 00 

8 26 
81 50 

11 18 
81 75 

12 45 
6U 00 


10 00 
I 00 

11 50 
20 00 
10 00 

65 00 

7 75 

2 00 

06 11 
10 00 

60 00 

126 00 



24 65 

87 75 

87 00 

68 00 

10 00 



Franolaoo, Master h, Ziglar, $1 ; Me- 
ehaniosviUe, Cong. Ch., 60 oto : Be- 
theada, Cong.ChM.|2 30 ; Page Bcliool 
HoQse, $2 2a ; Woods* tioboul Houae, 
|2, by Bev. T. B. McConnick, 

Beceived by Bev. D. H. Piatt. 
Brighton, Cong. Ch., to const. Bev. 
L W. Tboinba a L. M., ^Vi 00 

Mendon, Dea. J. Piatt, 10 00 

Montioello, Ch. of Christ, to 
const. Bev. J. O. Bankin a 
L. M^ 48 06 

Springfield, Cong. Cb., to oonst, 

Bev. J. K. McLean a L M., 
Uppar Alton, Friends, 
waveriy, Cong. Cli., ooH. In 
Chicago, South Cong. Cli. 


47 65 

40 00 

178 20 
72 74 

80 06 
10 00 
7 50 

29 86 

:<0 2o 

28 03 

50 00 


15 09 

LeaviU $treH Cong. Ch.^ by N. 

Oakwood Avtnue Cong, Ch,^ 

Society o/ Inquiry. TIao. S4m.<, 
aaleebnrgh, Ftrst Ch. of Chrlat, by N. 

A. Bancroft. 
Oalva, Cong. B. B. Gnlld, 
Geneva. Cong. Ch., by C. B. Wells, 
Qriggtvillej Cong. Oh., by C. W. 

Jackeonville, Lncy B. Stnrtevant, 
Lee Centre, Cong. Ch., 
Mnkanda, Cong. Ch.. 89.25; Sonth 

Pass, Cong. Ch., 815.25, by Bev. F. 

Whieler, 24 60 

Mendon, Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. B. 

CampbeU, 40 00 

Pilot. First Cong. Ch., by Bev. D. B. 

Miller, 5 00 

Bantonl, First Cong. Oh., by Bev. A 

Doremus, 9 41 

Bichvlew, Bev. C. B. Barton, 6 00 

Sycamore, Cong. Ch., by E. Bose, 21 26 

Tonica, Cone. Ch., by Rev. J. W. West. 25 80 
Tonlon, A. M. Cutcheon, 6 00 

Wanpun«ie Grove, Cong. Ch., by Rev, 

a R. Dole, IS 10 

Wyanct, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. £. 

H. Baker, 10 00 

Breckenridge, Bev. J. T. Cook, 11 00 

Dawn, Welsh Cong. Cb., by Bev. T. 

W. Davle^ 10 50 

Gnllfttin, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. W. 

Wilmott, 10 60 

Qlenwood, Cong. Ch.. |3 : Mra 8. B. 

Foraha, $2, by Rev. L. M. Pierce, 6 00 

Greenwood, Cong. Ch., by Rev. B. G. 

Page, 14 00 

Laelvde, Cong. Cb., |4> St. Catharine, 

Cong. Ch., 12, by Bev. J. Allender, 6 00 
Pleasant Hill, Cong. Ch., by Rev. F. 

A. Armstrone, 10 00 

St. Joseph, Tabemacla Cong. Ch., by 

Henry K. White, 20 00 

Allegan, First Cong. Ch., by O. K 

Avon, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. a Kid- 
East Saginaw, Mrs. Peabody Pratt, 
Leonidas and Sherwood, Cong Chs., by 

Bev. J. T. ilnstcd, 
Pinckney, First Cong. Cb., $10; Rev. J. 

W. FiUroanrioe, |^, by Rev. J. W. 

Pleasanton, Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. D. 

Sangatnck, First Cong. Ch.,by Rev. J. 

F. T*ylor, 

Beoeived by Bav. F. B. Doe, 
Ripon,Cong.Ch., $40 86 

Trempealean, Cong. Olu, 19 40 

16 00 

10 65 
10 00 


15 00 
9 50 
18 60 

60 76 


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Deoember, 1870. 

Pftlmym, Flrit Cong. Ch., by Rev. B. 

Uoioa tirove, Cong Ch., by J. Watts, 


Cbapln aod Hampton, Cong. Cbs., by 

Rev. W. P. Avery, 
Fontoiielle, Grand River and Unooln, 

Cong. Cbt., by Rev. J. W. Feet, 
Manchester, Cong. Ch^ by Rev. B. R. 



Brownavllle. Mrs. S. M. MoIIote. 
Faribault, Plymouth Cong. Ch 


Rev. J. W. Strong, 
Hamilton, First C<iug; Ch., eoH in part 

by Rev. R. &. Armstrong, 

Lake City, Cong. Ch., by Rer. W. a 

Dada, _ 

Medford, Cong. Ch., by Rev. B. Brown, 
Nevada, First Cung. Ch., by Eev. A. 

Morse, ^ „ 

Owomnna, Cong. Ch., by Rev. C. C. 



Fort Scott, Firrt Cong. Ch., Rev. J. C. 


Avoca, H. C. Wolph, t5: Nebmslca 
City, 11. R. Church, $1,60, by Rev. 

83 00 

30 00 


20 71 


40 25 

6 50 

13 00 

City, II. J 


Yankton, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. J. 

10 00 
15 89 

15 00 


7 45 


Oaklnnd, Second Conff. Ch., by Rer. 

D. B. Gray, 10 40 

San FrHurisoo. Fourth Cong. Ch., by 

Rev. £. Curwin, 14 00 


15 60 

$23,280 40 

DonatUmt qf Clothing^ €te, 

Colohcster, Conn., Cong. Sew. Soo.. by 

Mrs. Fanny S. Curtis, Sec., a barrel, |81 00 
Collinfivilie, Conn., Ladies, by Mrs. L. 

A. Bentley. a barrel, 70 26 

Concord, N. f I., Sooth Cong. Ch., by Mrs. 

E w7w«iodward, a btirrel, 1T7 02 

Dover, N. 11., Ladies* Home Miss. Soe. 

of the Flr»t Cong. Ch., by Miss O. M. 

Palmer, a barrel, 158 64 

EnOeld. Mass., Ladles* Sew. Sotf., by Mrs. 

Mary C. Potter, Sec., a barrel, 185 00 

Oo^hon, Conn., Ladies' Benev. Soo. of 

the Cong- Ob., by Mrs. F. M. Double- 
day, a barn I, 76 00 
Hopkiuton, N. H., Ladles of the Cong. 

cJb. and 6oc., by Mist Sophia Bailey, a 

barrel 82 88 

Friends of the Missionary Cause, by 
Mrs S. B. Cnioks, a hHrrel, 88 20 

Lima, N. Y., Mm. Mary Spragne, a bundle. 
Lyme, N. H., Female Benev. Soc., by 

ICrs. L. A. Churchill, Sec., a box, 87 60 

Middletown, Conn., Ladioa' Home Miss. 

Soc. of the First Cong. Ch.,by Miss. C. 

M. Bacon, a barrel. 186 00 

Milford, Mass., Ladies' Benev. Soc, a 

Norwich, Conn., a bundle. 
Old Say brook. Conn., Ladies' Soc, by 

Mrs. Mab<-ll Q. Shipman, a box, 184 48 

Plymouth, Conn., LadiesP Benev. Soo, by 

Mrs. 0. Langdon, a box, ISO 73 

Bouthport, CouUm Ladl«« of the Cong. 

Ch., by ML«s Virginia Tompkins, a 

barrel 1126 OD 

South Royalston, Mass» Ladles' Benev. 

Assoa, by Mrs. Matte A. C. Adams, 53 60 
Soffleldi^Conn , Ladies' Sew. Boo. of the 

First Cong. Ch., by Mrs. W. L. Lewis, a 

Sunderland. Mana, Dorcas Soc, by Mrs. 

aB.Trow,abnrrel 66 86 

Talcottville. ConiiM Ladles' Benev. Soc, 

by Mra C. D. Taloott, Sec, a barrel 

and box, • 1«T O 

ThompMn. Conn., Coufr. Ch., by Miss 

Ellen D. Lamed, a barrel, 72 18 

Vumon Centre. Conn., LediesP Charitable 

Soc. by Miss 8. G. Butler, a box, 60 00 

West BruokHeld, Mass., Ihone Miss. Sew. 

cirde. by Mrs. Lewis Oleason, Sec, a 

barrel, 60 13 

West Hartford, Conn^ Ladles' Sew. Soc 

of Centre District, by Miss Mary C. _ 

Buck land, Sec, a barrel. » 16 

Woodbridge, Coim., Ladle«' Sew. Boo., 

by Mlsa N. M. EU wood, a barrel, lU 00 

EeceipU <(f Vu MauachuutU Home MUtimarr 

Society, in SepUmber, Stsphsh T. FJlBWKLIi» 

Boston, a Friend, fiO OS 

Boston UigblNnds, Tine et Ch., 10 00 

Bmlntree, Dr. Storrs' Ch. and Boe., quar- 

lerly coll., 21 68 

Clinton, First Cone. Ch., and Soc, 100 00 

Franklin Co. H. M. Boc, 35 82 

Grafton. Cong. Ch. and Hoc, 00 00 

Harvard. Cong. Ch. and Soc, 12 72 

Haverhill, Centre Cong. Ch. and Hoc, 72 00 
Hingharo, Evan. Cong. Ch. and Soc, 6 60 

Leominster, Evan. C<mg. Ch^ M 16 

Manchester, Cung. Ch. and Soc, 138 05 

MaMschusetts, D. G. D., 805 00 

Miltord, First Cong. Ch. and Boe^ 80 20 

New Braintree, Lectaey of & MIxter. 1,000 00 
Newburvport, BttMUe Cong. Ch. and Soc, 343 85 
Firti Parish Woman'i H M. Soc, "" *" 

Iforth Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
WhiUfield, Cong, Ch. and Soc, 
Newbury, First Parish, 
Orange Morih, Cong. Ch. and Boc, 
Rockport, First Cong. Ch. and Boc, 
BnuRUs, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
Shut esbury. Cong. Ch. and Soc, 
8«>uth Franklin, Cong. Ch., 
Southburo, Conir. Ch., bal of col., 
Btoughton. First C<ing. Ch. and Soc, 
Topuleld, Ctmg. Ch. and Soc^ 
Wsrtt Roxbury, South Evan. Cong. Ch. 

and Soc 
WhttinsviUe, Cong. Ch. and Soc, 

$4,800 87 

BeceipU </ Ou Commutieui Home Mieeionarg S^ 
detg, in October, E. W. Pabsohs, Tnaa, 

to 00 
15 00 
15 00 

Bolton, a Friend, 

Bristol, Cong. Ch., mon. eon., 

Buckingham. Cong. Ch. and Soc, 

Rev. J. Ordway, 
Canterbury, Mrs. K. H. Leavens, by Rev. 

O. P. C 
£a^tf>>rd, Cong. Ch. and Soc, by Rev. & 

Clark, to const Samuel D. Boawortb, a 

Enlleld, First Cong. Ch., to eonet 

Charles M. Abbe, n L. M., 
Hartford North Consociation, by C. H. B., 
Litehfleld, Cong. Ch. and Boc, by H. R.C., 
Mansfield, Cong. Ch^ to const. Lyman 

Barrows, a U M., by Rev. M. Weld, 
New Haven, Mrs. Lois Chaplain, 
Portlaiid, Cong. Ch., 
South Windsor, Cong. Ch. and Boo., by 

B. E. Clapp, 

6 00 


68 7t 


188 00 

88 25 

100 00 


85 08 

•508 88 


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Boxes of Clothing, sent directly and withont any partioular designation, to the offiea 
of the American Home Missionary Society, will be forwarded to such missionariea as art 
known to be mo£|^ in need of them, with requests from the Society to those who receire 
them, to address letters of acknowledgment to the respective donors. 

Experience has shown us that, when an individual or association, intending to prepare 
a box, writes to the Society to nave a particnlar missionary desisted, and a detailed 
aoooont of the circumstances of his family given, the information is not always at hftnd» 
80 that the letter can be promptly and satisfactorily answered. And when it is, it not 
imfrequently happens that, while the box is preparmg, the missionary remains fot 
BonthB nnsnppUed, when, if it were not for this desi^ation, he might be furnished 
with articles placed in the mean time at the disposal of the Society. In other cases, whfle 
the box is in preparation, supplies are sent to the missionary from other sources, so thai 
when the box is ready, this missionary is not so much in want as many others. 

It is preferred, therefore, when there is no objection on the part of the donors, that 
the q>eoial designation of the boxes of clothing that are not put up for any individual in 
ptrticnlar, shoiSd be left to the discretion dr the officers of^the Society, aflw ihejf reach 
th$ offlc*. It is believed that they wiD, in this way, answer the designs of those who 
gCDerooily contribute them, better than in any other hn which the Society can have an 


L Pot inside the box, where it will be readily seen when the box is opened, a paper 
or letter containing a list of the articles in the box, and the estimated value of the iriiole^ 
wi& the name of ue individual or association from whom it comes, and the address of ttie 
iofividua] to whom a letter of acknowledgment may be sent. 

1 A copy, in full, of the memorandum put inside of the box' should be sent in a letter 
to the <^ce of the Society. In this letter it should be stated when, and by what convey- 
mee: the box was forwarded ; in it should be indosed, also, such money as Is intended 
for the payment of frdght. It is desirable that freight should be provided for in all cases, 
if pracacable. The freight and expenses on a box vary fVom $8 to |6, according to its 
ne ai^ the distance it is sent A horrd can be forwarded at less expense than a box of 
theMme size. 

8. The box should be fully and pUunly maikeid, and theplaeejromvfhieh it annei should 
11.WAT8 appear en the culeide^ so that Uiere may be no necessity for opening it at the 
oAoe. It should be strong, ti^t, well nailed, and, when large, should be hooped, or 
olherwise fully secured antinst the effects of hard usage on the way. 

4. Boxes may be adSreeeed to either of the Secretaries, Bible House, Astor Place, 


Boxee of Clothing form no part of a missionary's regular appropriation. The Society 
eds the same amount of moa^y, therefore, in order to meet promptly its stipulations 
whh its missionaries, as if no boxes were forwarded ; and it would be no &vor to a 
miinonaiy to receive a box, if, as a consequence of it, the amount of money that would 
olherwise be sent him roost be proportionidly diminished. 

We trust the friends of the Home Missionary, therefore, will everywhere see to it that 
they give none the less money, in consequence of their gi^hig other things that are need* 
fbl and convenient We hope, on the contrary, their svmpathies will be so awakened in 
the preparation of the lesser gift, that they will feel tt to be their privilege, not only to 
conti m i e , but also to enlarge the greater. 


In regard to what is to be put into the bos, while dothhig of woollen or linen ftbrki, 
dMMs, boots, writing paper, and books will be specially valuable, scarcely any thing in tiie 
shape of plain, substantial wearing apparel or bedding, or whidb is of common use in any 
ibrm in a &mUy, wiD come amiss. Knives and fo^ spoons, a pair of scissors, a spool of 
cotton, a akem of yam or silk, a paper of needles, a cake dt wax, a dozen of buttons, a 
thimble, a tumbler, a thi cup, a skimmer, or a pepper box, need not be left out 

When articles of dothbg are not fitted to the members of the families to which boxes 
art sent, ntiasionaries are hi the way of making such exchanges with each other that 
ilBott every thing which a box may contain is turned to good account 


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Rev. DAVID B. COK, D. D., 


Secretaries for Correspondence, 


BzsouTnrx OoMimm.— Mb. WILLIAM O. LA.MBEBT, Chairman: Ms. C. S. SOBSBT; 
NKTHY; Mb. JOHN B. HUTCHINSON; Rkt. HENEY M. 8TOEE8, D.D.; with the member* 
ex-offleio— Tlz. : AUBTIN ABBOTT, Esq., Beeording Aeretery, the TBBisrnwB, bbA the Sboib- 


4 »» 


Relating to the busineas of the Sooietj generally, may be addreeeed to either of the Seece- 
taries for Gorrespondenoe. 


In Drafts, Certificates of Deposit, or Post-Office Orders, if praotioable, may be sent to tbe 

Treasurer, BRde House, Astor Place, Nevr Tork. 

A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member ; and of one hun- 
dred dollars, (or a sum, which, in addition to a previous payment, makes one hundred 
dollars,) a Life Director. 


or THB 


Her. SriFHSif Thumtos, D.D., Secretary, Maine MisB, 8oe., Searsport, Me. 

Joshua Maxwell, Esq^ Treasurer, ** ** ^ Portland, 

Rev. William (^ark, Secretary, JSTew Hampshire Miss. Soc.y Amherst, N. H. 

Rev. B. P. Stowb, D.D., Treasurer, " " " Concord, ** 

Rev. C. S. Smith, Secretary, Vermont Bom. Miss. Soe.^ Montpelier, Vt 

C. W. Storks, Esq., Treasurer, « " " ** 

Rev. H. B. Hooker, D.D., Sec, Jfa»«. ff. M. 5bc., 31 Washington st, Boston. 

Stephbn T. Farwkll, Esq., Treasurer, " " ^* 

Rev. Jambs G. Vose, Secretary, Ji, L Home Miss. Soe.^ Providence, R. I. 

Enwm Kmiobt, Esq., Treasurer, " ** " " 

Rev. William H. Moork, Secretaiy, Conn. Home Miss, /8bc, Berlin, Conn. 

B. W. Pabsomb, Esq., Treasurer, " " " Hartford, ** 


Rev. L. Smith Hobart, Syracuse, N. T. 
Rev. Ltbaitder Kelsbt, Columbus, 0. 
Rev. Nath'l a. Htdb^ Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rev. Joseph £.RoT,D.D., Chicago, III 
Rev. Hbnrt D. Plar, Brighton, 111. 
Rev. Edwin B. Turnbb, Hannibal, Mo. 
Rev. W. B. Williams, Charlotte, Mich. 
Rev. Lbrot Wabrbm, Pentwater, Mich. 

Rev. DixTER Clabt, Bek>it, Wis. 
Rev. Franklin B. Dob, Fond du Lac, Wk 
Rev. J. Gdkrnset, D.D., Dubuque, la. 
Rev. JosEPB W.PioKBTT, Dos Moines, la. 
Rev. Richard Hall, St. Paul, Mlon* 
Rev. Jambs G. Mkrrill, Topeka, SLan. . 
Rev. 0. W. Merrill, Nebraska City^ Neb. 
Rev. Jambs H. Warrbb, San Franoiioo,Oi 


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Vebraska.— From Rn, O. W, Mer- 
riO.— The Churches— More Men 
and Money 209 

Xanaas.— From Rev, J. O. Merrill 
—The Work In Kansas— Towns 

Premstnreljr Old SC9 

Fever and Afrue Tovrns—Towns 
Health fuV and VisorouB — Infant 
Enterprises— The Opportunity.... 210 

From Rev. L. J. Sawyer, BurHn- 
gamc— Labor and Becompense... 211 

From Rev. J, D. Parker ^ Barllngton. 

— Ballrond Eicitementa. 211 

Lotisis — Lectures— Dedication. ... %li 

Klnnesota.— From Rev. W, A, Cut- 
ler, Bolle Pruirio.— Lions In the 

Way 213 

Northern Lights... ^ 213 

Iowa.~From Rev. W. J. Smithy AV 
dexL— Bejuicing — Sorrowing. • • . . . 218 

From Rev. A. H. Poet, Boonsboro — 
In His Father's Steps— His Now 
rield and Work 214 

From Rev, R, F. Haviland, Lewls.^ 
A Tear of Planting 214 

From Rev. W. L, Coleman^ Mitchell. 
—The Year of Jubilee 216 

From Rev. R. 3f. Ameden. BelleTne. 

— Railroads Moans of Grace.. 215 

CtioosJng tiie Good Part 216 


Wlaconsin.— From Rev. B. T. Ful- 
ler ^ Peahtlpo.— A New Experience 
—In tho Clearings — The Ger- 
mans 210 

From Rev, 0. P. Clinton, Horton- 
ville.— Starting Anew— Wearing 
Out 217 

Michifiran.— From Rev. E. Andrve, 
Pentwater. — Then and Now — 

Outside Work 217 

From Rev. J. W. Allen, Leslie 218 

Miasoturi.— From Rev.R. W. Scarer, 

Sodalla. — ^ImproTc^tncnt 218 

Ever Changing— Invitation 219 

From Rev. O. OriJ/Uhe, Now Cam- 
bris^— The Spiritual War&re 219 

Illinois.— From Rev. M. M. Lonffley, 
Greenville. — Revival — Marked 

Change— The Brightest Spot 220 

From Rev. J. O. Speneer, Hlllsboro. 
—Plucky 220 


Thb Treasubt '.—The Deficiency. . . 221 
The Supply 222 

8tokz,P.I> 223 


MiwcfJT.T.swEoug Items.. 2^4 

Mieeionary AppoinimenU 225 < 

AcTcnotelfdgnent tf Receipte 225 

Bible Hoose, Astor Place, New York. 

F03TA0E. 'Tioehe cerUe a year, \n advaucs. 


Feel4e oongregadoDB. detfiing tid !ii supporting the gospel, are requested, in their 
•ppUoatfons, to make fai statements of th^ condition and prospects, and of the reasonB 
for graining their requests. They are desired, also, to furnish the following particulan, 

The population of the place. 

The name of the churdi or congregation. 

The number of communicants, and the average number of attendants on public worship. 

The denomination and nse of congregaticms immediately contiguous, with the distance 
to thdr places of wotAip. 

The total amount of salary wUch the applicants propose to make up. 

The portion of that salary which they pledge for the giren time, and the anangemcntfl 
thai art made for aeeurlng it 

Whether aid is expected from any other source. 

The least amount that wQl suffice torn this Society. 

The name inAdl and post^ffice address of the minister for whom a oomx^ission is d^ 

His credentials. 

Whether he is a nesident of the place hi which he preaches, and is engaged in my 
oflier oaUbg than that of Uie ministrr. 

WheUier he is the pastor of the diuroh, or if not, whether any arrangements are made 
or contemplated for his installment hn the course of the year. 

The application should be dgned by the officers of the church, and by the trustees or 
a onnmittee of the congreeation. 

If the ecderiastioal body with which the church is connected have a "Conmiittes of 
Missions " to act in their l>ehalf, the members of this Committee are the proper persons to 
oerti^r the statements of the church, the standing of the mhiister, and his prospects of 
usefulness in the place where his serrices are desired ; and the application should be sent 
to them for their indorsement and recommendation. Where no such ^Committee of 
Missions ** exists, the application should receive the indorsement of two or more neigh- 
boring dergymen, of the same denommation, acquainted with the facts. 

Applications^ after being property indorsed and recommended, should be sent to the 
Superintendent (or Secretary.of the Auxiliary) for the region where the i^plicants reside. 

As a general rule, appropriations are for twelve months from the daU of the applica- 
turn; at we end of whi(£, if further aid be needed, a new application must be made, con- 
t^hig aU the particulars above stated, and indorsed and recommended in Uke manner. 
Each eongrtgation tLjaplying for renewed aid^ thould fumuh^ aUo, the eertifieaU of On 
mietionarv that they have fulfilled their previoue pledgee for hie eupjxnt, 

The address of the Sode^s Superintendents and the Secretaiies of iti Auxiliaiies wUl 
be firand on the cover of its reports and of the Heme Miencmeary. 


The Home Miaionarg will be sent gratwUnuely to the following dasses of individuals, 
unless ther prefer to take it as subscribers : 

To Lifo birectors and Life Members of the Sodety. To Missionaries of the Sodety 
and its Auxiliaries. To every der^grman in whose congregation a collection la taken up 
every year for the Sodetv, or one of its Auxiliaries. To every individual who contributei 
ten dollazs, or upward, during the year. To every Ausdliary, Assodation, or Gongrega* 
don, ofis eofnjfoT every (m doUare collected and paid into the Treasury of the Sodety, or 
of sny Auxiliary. 

Every pastor will confer a spcdal favor by availing hhnself of the fadlities offered 
above to introduce the Home Mtesionarv among his people. In notifying the Secretaries 
of his desire to have the woric sent on these terms, he is requested to mention the noffw 
of some person to whom eadi eopy shall be addressed. 

I bequeath to my executors the sum of dollars, in truet^ to pay over 

the same in after my decease, to the person who, when the same is 

payable^ shall act as Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Sodety, formed in the 
d^ Of New York, in the year dghteen hundred and twenty-six, to be applied to the 
obaritable uses and purposes of said Sodety, and under its direction. 


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Vol. XLHL JANUARY, 1871. No. 9. 


By Alfred Walkbr, Esq., of New Haven, Ct. 

[Deacon Alfred Walker, of the First Church, New Haven, for many years a faitfa- 
fnl friend of Home Missions, having occasion to spend a portion of the last year in 
Oregon and Washington Territory, kindly consented to gratuitously serve the Society, in 
coBectiog such facts as are needful for its work. It is not easy to get information that 
can be implicitly relied on, concerning the more distant fields ; and the Society is under 
great obligations to our friend for his service. 

Hr. Walker's inquiries brought him into intimate communication with Home Mission- 
ary families on the frontier, and rightly judging that a knowledge of the evetj-daj life of 
these faithful workers cannot but interest the friends of the cause, he has thrown together • 
a few results of his mcidental observations in the following paper, which we are glad to . 
present to the readers of the Home Missionary, 

It is oar aim, in this periodical, to give the simple facts of Home Missionary life — so > 
to mingle its lights and shades as they appear in the unreserved communications of the 
misnooaries (seldom written with a thought of the printer), that our patrons shall know 
•ometfahig of the men they are uding, and of their actual work, with its trials and iti 
ncccMes. We have also ever in mind the double object of keeping back from the work 
those whom difficulties would dishearten, and of attracting to it those " good soldiers ^* ' 
whose faith and zeal are only the more stunulated by the prospect of some temporary 
** hardness ** to be endured in the Master's service.] 

The most effectual way of learning the geography of a conntry is to travel 
over it The only way of getting an adequate impression of Nature's stupeudoas 
feats is to go and see them. It is almost as necessary for the philanthropist, if. 
he would understand the privations of frontier life, to see something of them 
with his own eyes. 

After all that has been written to set forth the trials and difficulties of the 
Home MissioDary work, especially in the more destitute parts of our country, 
1k>w inadequate are the reader's conceptions of their true nature and degree!: 
A brave, true missionary reloctantly tells to others the details of his privations. 
Christian heroism vaunteth not itself^ otherwise it is not heroism. If, for his 
greater influence, or to impart useful information to others, he is compelled to 
tptik of his trials, he will yet leave much to be inferred, or he will speak of 
tbem as transmuted by the great good Alchemist into blessings, so that the 
i^^ener quite forgets that the case calls for sympathy at all. 


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We sit at ease and read the letters of the Home Missionarj from month to 
month ; bis disappointments and failures we account as so much labor lost^ bis 
floccess we rejoice in, and say, perhaps, " these men are the salvation of onr 
country, God bless theml " But how about the missionary himself, his wife and 
children ? Have we considered him in his loneliness, among scoffers and infidels, 
in pent-up apartments, without a libraiy, without society, living poorly and 
scantily? Have we stood by him in sickness, or witnessed his anxiety in the 
sickness of wife or child, with no accessible physician ? Did our hearts ache 
with his when he was compelled to write ^^no man hath believed oar re- 

Leaving for a time our finely-furnished houses, our good physicians, schook, 
and churches, our parents^ graves and tbe hearts tbat beat with ours, let us take 
a ride among tbe Home Missionaries. Soon we have left cities and towns be- 
hind us, and from tbe car- windows we begin to see the broad desolation that 
seems interminable. But here the earth grows greener, bushes and small trees 
are seen in spots, and yonder is a human dwelling. We rush along, and another 
appears, and then another. Around them we discover a few cattle, and nearer 
the little one story domicile is a patch of com, and, perhaps, a few small fruit- 
trees. And if we could get nearer still, we might discover a small garden with 
vegetables growing ; ay, and flowers whose seeds were brought from home. On 
this vast, dreary prairie, where tbe sun shines in his strength, and tbe storms 
sweep unimpeded, where unbounded desolation is relieved only by a score of 

•widely-scattered, humble dwellings, is the abode of a Home Missionary. As yet 

lao house of worship rises among them. There is very little use for Andover 
sermons here. His pulpit is co-extensive with his parish— twenty to fifty miles 
square. If he have a horse, he will be able to ride his circuit frequently ; if not, 

^<^ will have the more occasion to be often and long absent from home. How 

'does his wife spend those lonely days and nights of his absence ? Brave, trustfiil 
woman^ in whose care is she? She left many fiiends at home ; perhaps she has 

tjoany friends here, ministering to her faith, which our dull eyes fail to see. 
But w« will not stop here. Sleeping on the beams is not quite the thing for yoo, 

tmy friend, and me; a *^ Pullman^* is better for us, and a good ^^ square meal" is 
more conducive to health. Alternate sections of sudi land as we are paauog 

^over will aot make a railroad company rich. But here and there villages will 

rrise, and men will gather in them from all the kingdoms of the earth. Whatevff 
induces this heterogeneous immigration, one thing certainly does not— it is not 
the spirit of the Pilgrims. In tbe settlement which we are approaching we 

'.count a large number of one- story buildings, a suflScient number of which are 
devoted to whiskey-selling and gambling. There is a small theatre and a small 

< church, the former of which is much more easily and frequently filled than \h^ 
latter. How does the Home Missionary succeed here ? He finds his work more 

» concentrated, but it is dreadfully hard. He has no human pillars for his support, 
and his nearest ministerial brother is a hundred miles distant. If he be plain 

-and faithful, he will attract notice, and may expect tbat some bold scofi^irwill 
challenge him to discuss *^ Calvinism." If he accept, he must meet his opponent 
with an arrayof backers to applaud his coarse jokes and profanity, and the Mis- 
sionary will come off well if the crowd does not go off in a roar of laughter, 
leaving him alone and discomfited. So long as he says nothing against grog- 
selling and drinking, against low theatricals and gambling, and against their 
almost universal profanity ; in short, so long as he does not grapple with the 
work which he came here to do, he may live in peace. Only a few of those who 


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professed religion ia their distant homes stand hj him. Among the others are 
some of his bitterest opponents. 

Bat we go on. As the long train starts slowly, we notice in that little cot- 
tage that stands by itself, a gentle woman reading a letter. * She seems to weep. 
What is it? By clairroyance we discover tliat it is a letter from the office of the 
Home Missionary Society to her husband. It announces that his over-due salary 
"cannot be paid at present — no funds." "Dear soul, that ought not to be, such 
trials could be avoided 1 " Yes, my friend, if iss were more considerate. No 
wonder she weeps at the thought of our forgetful ness. No wonder she weeps 
at the necessity of asking credit of those, perhaps, who would gladly see them 
starved out. 

There, on' the bank of the Missouri, is a self-denying man, laboring success- 
ftilly as a minister. He was for eight years a teacher. He entered the array as 
t lieutenant, and was disabled by three several bullet-wounds. On his recovery 
he was appointed and ordained to the chaplaincy of his regiment He afterward 
received a call to a dependent church, which soon rose to self-support. After- 
ward, he was called to his present charge, which was also receiviog aid fVora the 
Home Missionary Society, and in turn became self-supporting. He had not the 
advantage of a college education ; and as his name is not found on the catalogue 
of any theological seminary, the inference is that he must have studied theology 
in Arabia. 

And now we are coming to a settlement which represents a large number of 
places. It is a placer-mining town. It contains about two hundred people in 
the dry season, and a thousand when the miners are at work. They have no 
organized church, no minister, and no day of holy rest. Mrs. B. and Mrs. B. 
have not forgotten their first love. They gather into one of their houses every 
Sabbath about sixty children, and teach them as they were wont to do in Sun- 
diiy schools at home. May God prosper them I Is there no young minister who 
b willing to go among that people, counting all things but loss for Christ? 

Far on beyond these mountains we shall find a man, once a Home Missionary, 
hot now the pastor of a vigorous church. He is laboring too hard. He preaches 
to his own people every Sunday morning, conducts a Bible dass at noon, walks 
from two to four miles, and preaches in one of his three mission stations, and 
returns to preach in his own church in the evening. He would be glad to divide 
his labors, if some one could be found to aid him. A nice chapel, built mainly 
through the energetic labor of one poor man, waits for a regular incumbent 
How long must it wait? 

At another place, we shall find a Home Missionary, as happy a man as 
breathes. He has eight children, takes the papers, and keeps abreast with all 
that is going on in the world ; tramps ofiT, in his vacations, hundreds of miles, 
coUeeting specimens of rare interest to men of science ; labors faithfully and euc- 
cessfoUy in his church and fiourishing Sunday school, and makes his influence 
Wt over a very broad space. 

There we might quite recently have seen an Episcopal bishop, who divides 
his pulpit. labors among several churches. Often he goes on the Sabbath to 
preach at Y. By water, it is twenty miles, but across a tongue of land it is but 
three to where a row-boat will take him across the grand river of the west coast. 
Bat there ia no road over the three miles, and he goes on foot At times he 
finds the streams he has to cross swollen, and when he cannot wade them be 
iwims. And then, if he finds that his flock, all nice and dry, has been kept 
waiting, he begs thehr pardon for the delay. A man who is called of God to 


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minister in that and similar regions, is not daunted " by perils of water, nor of 
robbers, nor of the wilderness." Thank God, Paul does not stand altogether 
alone in Christian heroism. 

In view of this and other things we saw, my quasi traveling companion declar- 
ed that if he ever endowed a professorship in a theological seminary, it would 
be, of swimming and roughing it in the hush. Seriously, it is their greatest need. 

And there is Elder H., riding his circuit He has one beat of ninety milea, 
with no intervening church. It lies through heavy woods, over a mountain-road, 
the most execrable of all that are called roads. But, as we see him, two lively 
ponies are taking his wagon, with himself, wife, and two chUdren, over the 
ground at a rapid pace. If night overtakes him he can camp out ; if a tree has 
fallen across the road he can cut it out, or dimb over, or get around it ; if there 
are no bridges over the creeks he dashes in, and somehow gets through. Having 
visited and comforted all his little flocks, he returns. His journey by land and 
water of four hundred miles is performed, and just now you may see them land- 
ing from a steamboat on the Columbia river, where the bank is so steep and high 
that all hands are required to haul them up to the summit Brave little mim, 
there must be more like you, if the wilderness is ever to blossom ! 

The churches on the frontier, with few exceptions, are small. Two or three 
male members, and the usual proportion of females, constitute a good beginning. 
Tlie people generally are not interested in religious instrumentalities. Among 
them are usually some intellectual men ; some perhaps are apostates from an early 
religious training, or from church membership, and will listen only to a man of 
strength. Even then they do not care what doctrine he preaches, so that he 
gives them " something fresh.^* But ordinarily the minister is not above the 
average talent of the profession. For him to reach such men is not, at first, cer- 
tainly, through the pulpit, but by his life and daily intercourse. If that is manly, 
and breathes the spirit of Christ, his ministry is established. There is a limit to 
his power in the pulpit; he cannot rise above himself, and he is soon rated at 
his worth ; but the power of a godly life, a loving soul, a pdnstaking, benevolent 
heart, cannot be measured, nor wholly resisted. 

The man is well-nigh a fool who objects to a collegiate and theological tnun- 
ing. But is it not possible to impart more practical instruction to those who are 
about to enter the ministry ? To fix their eyes less intently on the pulpit, and 
magnify before them the importance of a Jtfe of earnest sympathy and helpful- 

How is it, young men in the seminaries, that these distant, destitute fields of 
labor do not attract you ? Do you love father and mother more ? — " But would 
you have me bury my talents ampng the sage-brush of the mountains, or the 
atumps of some new settlement?" Certainly not. If the talents are yours^ it 
is not worth while to go so far to bury them. — '^But those fields are hard and 
lonely, and there is nothing congenial in them ; sickness might come, and death." 
True, Henry Martyn found it so ; and death actually slew him in a strange land. 
There were some at an earlier day who were warned of violence in their path ; 
some who knew that stripes and imprisonment awaited them. Have Christian 
heroes no more place on earth ? 

Do the churches of our faith hnaw that there are hundreds of communities in 
our land without the gospel ? Have they thought of the condition of these com- 
munities one by one, and put themselves in their place ? We do not here plead 
specially for those places where the Home Missionary is established in his work, 
but for those more destitute— /<>»• souls perishing without the gospek 


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From Rev, O, W. MerrUiy Superintendent 

The Clitirclies. 

I Lave this qaarter to report less of 
travel and exploration, and more of 
direct work with the churches. The 
church at Lincoln has heen passing 
through trouble, but matters there are 
now happily adjusted. Their new min- 
ister, Rev. L. B. Fifield, begins his labors 
onder favorable auspices. This is one 
of our most important fields, and may 
require heavy outlay the present year. 

The church at Columbus, another im- 
portant field, including several out- 
stations, has also secured a pastor, Rev. 
J. E. Elliott These, with Mr. Bell, of 
Palmyra and adjacent fields, and Mr. 
Barrowp, of Weeping Water, add four 
good men to our working force since I 
came to the State. 

We however lose and Iowa gains Rev. 
W. C. Foster. His brother, Rev. R. 
Foster, takes his place, giving one ser- 
vice here and one at Camp Creek, which 
▼ill probably, next spring, have a sister 
chorcb, some seven miles from her, and 
the two will unite in the support of a 

Kore Ken and Koney. 

We still very much need three or four 
yoQDg men for small churches and large 
fields. These would only provide for 
tbe beginnings that we already have. 
Then what for the regions beyond, fill- 
ing with lettlement i^ter settlement of 
homesteaders, moneyless but energetic, 
U)d needing the gospel. These hold 
•one very promising points. 

How loud is the call of Christ, for 
coDsecrated men and money I Alas, 
the lean treasury 1 Must it be ? Must 
We stand and see this fair heritage 
given over to infidelity and a Christless 
aviliiation ? So it seems, unless the 
churches respond to your appeal. 


I^om Rev, J. G, Merrill^ Superintendent, 
The Work in Kansas. 

It is difficult for Eastern friends, who 
furnish the money for missions in Kan- 
sas, to understand the demands and the 
hopes of her various church enterprises. 
To gratify the desire of such persons for 
information in this direction, I will 
classify our difierent stations and de- 
scribe each class; beginning with those 
which demand the least help and have 
the most uncertain future, and going on 
to those most hopeful and needy. 

Towns Prematurely Old. 

Churches and places with this pecu- 
liarity are decidedly Western. To look 
upon them causes much the same sensa- 
tion as does the sight of wrinkles on n 
baby. In most cases these towns are 
complete illustrations of the famous lines 
of Whittier : 

** Of all sad words of tonguo or pen, 
The saddest are these—* it might have been.* '* 

Ten years ago corner lots were in 
great demand at high figures, now they 
are a part of the common. Built mainly 
of hard lumber, and destitute of paint, 
the towns look older than the Pilgrim 
Fathers, and yet here is a needy and 
deserving church to be maintained. To 
neglect the true-hearted ones who com- 
pose it, would be of a piece with the 
custom of those barbarians who kill all 
their old men and women. No man 
needs more help from God and Chris- 
tians thnn does the pastor of a prema- 
turely old town, surrounded with suc- 
cessful villages and even cities which 
had their birth much later in tlie his- 
tory of the State. 

Fortunately, the number of these 
towns in which we have planted churches 
is very small, and not many men are 
called to endure the double hardship 
of meagre pay and hopeless labor. And 


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even of these it may be said that there 
is slow growth, from the filling np of 
the country, as actual settlers come in 
possession of the farms which specu- 
lators had boDght to boild their country 
seats upon in sight of the cities that 
were to be. 

Fever and Ague Towns. 

By this term I would designate those 
places which have regularly in alterna- 
tion growth and stagnation. To-day the 
flush is on, and all is hope ; six months 
later comes the chill, and despond- 
ency prevails. The pastor of a church 
in one of these towns writes a quarterly 
report which is published in the Home 
Mimonary, By the time he reads it in 
print, he is astonished at its statements. 
The number of towns and churches of 
this class is also small. Their peculiar 
condition is owing mainly to the move- 
ments of railroad companies, or to the 
influx of immigration and the lack of 
these influences. The railroad officials 
determine upon some temporary work ; 
men are sent to do it; rents imme- 
diately advance ; buildings are at once 
erected ; mechanics are therefore plenty. 
Grocers and drygoods-men come in 
swarms, and thrive. Soon the work is 
done ; the traders fall to eating one an- 
other ; the town is depleted. The same 
effect is produced by the vast trains 
which pass through, with their white 
covered wagons filled with families from 
every State and all countries. 

On the whole there is growtli, and 
the day is not far in the future when 
sufficient strength will be developed in 
the town to withstand the evils of pros- 
perity as well as adversity. 

Towns Healthful and Yigrorons. 

These are at once most desirable and 
most discouraging, most hopeful and 
most difficult. Success tends to irre- 
ligion. I heard it once affirmed that 
the decline of a town was certain, be- 
cause men in the bar-room of the place 
were talking about religion. That the 
death-bed causes serious consideration 

of matters which had been the jest of 
health, is as true of towns as of indi- 

Public spirit will build a church to 
save a decaying village, when the pas- 
tor of a thriving town appeals in vain 
for funds. Notwithstanding all, the 
church inevitably enlarges with the 
town, if it is well manned. There is a 
greater proportion of religious men in 
each succeeding year's immigration. 
For the stable members of churches are 
more ready to move Westward, when 
they can have hope of religious infln- 
ences for their families. It is therefore 
no miracle for a man under God to 
gather a church here in ten years, which 
will rival in every particular the most 
desirable parish in New England. Of 
this class, many are more or less de- 
pendent upon the Society for aid. Each 
year growing stronger, unless crippled 
by local disaster, many of them in a 
few years will be transferred from the 
list of beneficiaries to that of benefac- 

Infiant Enterprises. 

No one can tell but that the boy in 
the cradle is a future President of the 
United States. This feeling is kindred 
to the hope inspired by the work, at 
once the most arduous and the most in- 
spiring in our State. The frontier is 
the post of hardship and the arena of 

Horace Greeley, in a letter from To- 
peka a few days since, declared that the 
child is born who will see Kansas the 
fourth, perhaps the third State in the 
Union, in population and material ad- 
vancement. Railroad men have built 
within our borders 1,000 miles of road 
in three years, and a mile of track each 
day will be laid during 1870. States- 
men and capitalists appreciate our 
future, and lead us to regard with some 
degree of pride our rapid development. 

The Opportunity. 

All this growth is taking place before 
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the opportUDity now given ns to shape 
the destiny of an empire. This oppor- 
tonitj is fast passing by. Last year 
there were 6,000,000 acres of land unin- 
habited, which now are being entered 
as homesteads or bonght for a trifle. 
Next year, free homes will be found 
only on inferior land. Towns of six 
months* age build a home each day. 

To gain adequate influence in these 
teeming counties and rapidly forming 
centers, a year's labor now is worth 
ten years' effort in the next quarter of 
a century. The immigrant, if met by 
the minister and reminded of his vows 
in the peculiarly tender moments of first 
frontier experience, will retain his rey 
ligioQS life. If Sunday is neglected the 
first year in the State, it is also neglect- 
ed in the last. The West is a vast 
** graveyard of professions made in the 
East,'' and mainly because there was no 
spiritual watchman to fan the sparks of 
religious life. 

Yet these new fields are as expensive 
as they are important and hopeful. 
The settlers on the lands are poor ; they 
live in houses which the cattle of New 
England could not inhabit and survive 
the winter, lliey have faces pinched 
with hunger, for the first crop is not yet 
raised ; there is constant call for money 
to spend, and no income. The traders 
in the towns are pushed beyond their 
means by the demands of an enlarging 
business, and the absolute necessity for 
credit traffio. 

Id the midst of this penury lives the 
nifiionary. House-rents are high, pro- 
visions cost Eastern prices with freight 
tad profits added, sickness is imminent. 
Certainly in such fields, while the 
church needs men, the men none the 
lasB need the church — even the aid of 
all oar churches. 

iV«» Jiev, L, J, Sawyer^ Burlingame, 
Osage Co, 

Labor and SACompensa. 
The List three months have seen our 
village in a conmiotion over railroad 

projects. Matters of local political in- 
terest have engrossed so much thought, 
and awakened so much rivalry, that re- 
ligion has scarcely gained a hearing 
with the multitude. Still the church 
has more than held her own, and the 
Sunday school has increased in interest 
to a degree quite encouraging. 

To lay the foundations of a truly 
Christian society in the villages of the 
West is, in many respects, a delightful 
task, but far more arduous than it might 
seem at first. Sometimes thinking of 
the continual struggles through which 
a church must pass, makes the prospect 
appear disheartening. When we look 
for rest, behold trouble and anxiety are 
our portion. Truly, nothing but the 
assurance of an immortality of blessed- 
ness for the disciples of Jesus, and a 
deep sense of the religious wants of the 
world, would be sufficient motives to 
justify the self-denial and earnestness 
required to evangelize the West. 

Most cheering to the heart of the 
lonely Home Missionary is the sympathy 
which Eastern Christians express in a 
very substantial way, by assisting our 
weak churches to support their minis- 


From Rev, J, D, Parker ^ Burlington^ Coffey 

Ballroad Exoitements. 

Every thing here is feverish and un- 
certain. This is one of the objective 
railroad points of Southern Kansas. The 
proposition to vote bonds for two more 
roads, which has just been carried, has 
kept our people in a state of excite- 
ment Until this was determined, sec- 
ular and religious matters would not 
crystallize. Now that these two new 
railroads are to come here, a heavy im- 
migration begins to flow in and we 
shall soon put on the aspects of a west- 
em city. These ideal railroads seem 
to lie scattered over our prairies ready 
to wind round a town, almost in any 
numbers, for a consideration in the way 
of bonds. And the settlement and de- 


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velopment of the whole country seem 
to be bound up in their magic coils. 

All of these things have an influence 
on the spiritual growth of our church, 
which, notwithstanding, seems to be 
going steadily forward. There w^re 
five additions the last quarter, and more 
are expected. 

I know of no place in Kansas more 

desirable for settlement. Can you not 

send ns some Christian families from 

the over-crowded churches of the East, 

to help us lay the foundations of the 

Redeemer's kingdom in these western 

plains ? 


One of our oldest members has been 
gathered home to rest ; and our faithful 
Sabbath school superintendent, lately 
from the mission work in New York, 
has lost both of the " olive-plants" from 
around his table. It was a touching 
scene. One child died and was buried 
in New England, while his wife was 
preparing to rejoin her husband, and 
we tenderly buried the other, a few 
weeks after her arrival here. They 
were borne up by a strong faith amidst 
the deep waters, and could both say, 
"Even so. Father.'' 

Iiectureis. Dedication. 

Feeling the want of intellectual stim- 
ulus, I arranged a course of home- 
lectures during the autumn and winter, 
and have given the first of the course, 
•on "The Antiquity of Man on the 
American Continent," embracing a de- 
scription of the mound-builders. 

"Within this quarter we have dedi- 

• cated our new church, free from debt, 
to the service of God, Rev. Richard 

• Oordley, of Lawrence, preaching the 

I have endeavored to preach the pure 
gospel faithfully; I have cast bread 
upon the waters, hoping to find it after 
many days. God must have good spi- 
ritual things in store for us. May he 
not long delay his coming I We wait 
for the promised Spirit. 


From Rev. W. A, Cutler, Belle Prairie, 
Morrison Co. 

liions in the Way. 

Let me tell you some of the lions in 
the way of our pioneer work. One is 
Popery, The mass of the people are 
Romanists. They have churches at 
Little Falls and Belle Prairie, while we 
have none. The priest, a Jesuit, is 
eager to make converts. He invites 
Protestant children into his house to 
see pictures and hear music, and gives 
them presents, such as slates and pen- 
cils, and dancing images. He has re- 
cently purchased a house for a nun- 
nery. But the Lord is on our side, and 
the most intelligent of these French 
people sympathize with Protestantism, 
and at times attend our meetings. 

Another lion in the way is Intemper- 
ance. Young men are falling into his 
clutches. One in the prime of life con- 
fessed that the habit of drinking was 
killing him. He says he expects to die 
within a year from its effects, but can- 
not give it up. Yet Temperance has 
its triumphs. A saloon-keeper has 
given up his business, and one evening 
poured out his liquor upon the pave- 
ment, saying to an acquaintance who 
came up, " If you want liquor, there it 
is on the ground." 

Lawlessness is a roaring lion in this 
upper country. Riding with a man to 
Crow Wing, I was talking with him 
about prairie-chickens, when he pro- 
duced a revolver, saying that was the 
thing for them, and added, " I am carry- 
ing this to shoot a man." I learned 
that he had had a quarrel with a half- 
breed, and was ready, in case the other 
assaulted him, to take his life. The law 
for this region is, with too many, the 
bullet and the tomahawk. 

The last lion which I will mention is 
Poverty. The supporters of religion 
have little of this world's goods, but 
are self-sacrificing and do what they 
can. One young man subscribed fonr 


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dozen of eggs for my support. A little 
girl, 8€ven years oUl, gave ten cents. 
A boy, three years old, hearing his 
parents talking about raising money for 
preaching, said, "I've got some ^ve 
cent pieces, and I'm going to give one 
to the minister." Wlien the question 
of continuing preacliing came up in 
meeting, one man said, *' I know we are 
poor ; we are too poor to afford to be 
without the gospel. I am willing to 
drink less tea and coffee if we can only 
hive preaching." 

Though we are at the ends of the 
earth, the next station to the north 
pole, thongh we are thirty-five miles 
from a Protestant church, and encircled 
by wily foe?, yet, looking to Jesus, we 
shall go forward. "We have organized 
t little church of four members, with 
five others ready to join. This is a day 
of small things, but not to be despised. 

Northern l4ig:]its. 
Not long ago we were treated to a 
finedisplay of northern lights; old set- 
tler* say, the most brilliant they have 
ever seen. About nine o'clock in the 
evening, jets of light began to shoot up- 
ward along the northern horizon, then 
in a marvellous manner from all points 
of the compass, meeting in the zenith, 
and forming a bright canopy, whose 
centre was continually throbbing and 
changing, and pouring down a silver 
flood of light as clear as day. In much 
this way has Oongregationalism grown 
amongst us. At first the religious 
prospect was dark as night. By and 
bj rays of gospel light began to gleam, 
brightening more and more, until they 
culminated in the organization of our 
little church, which, we hope, will be 
a Congregational aurora, all its mem- 
bers Northern Lights. 


From Rev. W. J. Smith, Aldm, Hardin Co, 
VThen I see a large and apparently 
intereatAd audience on the Sabbath; 

when I am assisted from above in the 
delivery of my message ; when I go from 
the house of worship feeling that the 
Spirit of the Lord was with us ; when I 
see evident tokens of prosperity in the 
Sabbath school ; and when I know, as 
I think I do, that some are inquiring the 
way to Zion, I rejoice and reproach my- 
self for any want of hopefulness or 
coarage in the great and good work. 


On other accounts we are sorrowful. 
The standard of practical, working reli- 
gion is low ; systematic contributions 
for the promotion of the various Chris- 
tian causes are deficient ; the times are 
hard ; people are in debt ; drought has 
cut down the harvest to a third or a 
quarter of its usual amount, and we are 
all poor. But this is not the wont of 
our case. Too many love to plead this 
state of things, to shirk responsibility. 
There is a pinched and shrivelled con> 
dition of the soul, worse in its effects 
than outward poverty. This is our 
calamity : we cannot 9M how it is that 
the *' liberal soul shall be made fat ; " 
how he that watereth shall be watered 
also himself. I find it painful to write 
thns. If we must speak of difficulties, 
we like to speak of them as conquered ; 
if of trials, we like to refer to them as 
sanctified. But we have not been 
crowned victors yet. 

"We have another trial : our town is 
not improving, business is dull, and a 
number of our good people are leaving 
us ; among them one of our few " pil- 
lars." Others are ill at ease, would like 
to go if they oould ; and one's useful- 
ness ends when he becomes restless and 
anxious to get away. These things try 
us, yet we pray that they may not be 
lost upon us. I wish my letter con- 
tained more oxygen, and hope my next 
will have more of the bright and less of 
the somber. The ingathering of here 
and there one keeps alive our fidth and 


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I^•om Rev, A. H, Pott, JBoanaboro, Boom 

In His Father's Steps. 

This my first report leads my thoughts 
back to the early Home Missionary 
labors of my father in Indiana, more 
than forty years ago. How mach 
greater then the disadvantages, how 
much fewer the facilities I In the ex- 
ternal, physical features, the points of 
contrast between pioneer work at that 
day and the present are more numeroas 
than those of similarity. The business 
itself, however, is one requiring ever the 
same earnestness and patience, the same 
type of Ohrist-like and apostolic con- 
secration. I hope to have some of that 
spirit which, amid no slight sacrifices 
and privations, has kept my beloved 
father for so many years in one place, 
faitliful to his calling. 

His ZTew Field and Work. 

Finding here a field urgently needing 
Christian effort, and being nnanimonsly 
invited by the church, immediately I 
conferred not with flesh and Wood, but 
cam^ hither. It was mid-summer,- a 
time of general lethargy of soul and 
body,. the most unpropitious season for 
kindling an interest in any moral enter- 
prise. The more than usually intense 
heat wafl followed by almost incessant 
rain — ^most unfavorable to the pastoral 
visiting so necessary in our newer 
Western towns. Although the man of 
God is to be instant in season and out 
of season^ ho finds that spiritual,like secu- 
lar avocations, are not a little afiected 
by the state of the sky and the roads. 

Another drawback has been sickness 
in my family, wit^ little intermission, 
since we moved to Iowa. For six weeks 
our little boy, nearly three years old, 
required constant care, and gave us 
much anxiety. Shortly after his re- 
covery, my wife was prostrated with 
typhoid fever. She is now slowly gain- 
ing, but without relief from house- 
hold burdens cannot soon recover her 
strength. She was worn out, and the 

way prepared for her illness, by the care 
of the children, the fatigues of breaking 
up and traveling in the hot weather, 
and the discomforts of our temporary 
domestic arrangemenU — such that we 
could make no provision for needed 
belp, after the disease set in. The 
house we were to occupy for the year 
was vacated a month later than was 
promised ; and I was obliged to have it 
made ready for us without my wife's as- 
sistance, as soon as I could leave her 
bedside. "We moved in, a few days 
since, and are rejoicing in the change. 

I find formidable hindrances in this 
new country, with which I was little 
acquainted in Illinois and Wisconsia 
But I am not discouraged. I want to 
put all my energies into God's service 
the coming winter, and hope with his 
blessing to be more efficient than ever 
before. The church and congregation 
have been much weakened by removals. 
For more than three months after my 
predecessor left, the sanctuary was 
closed ; the society scattered ; unstable 
members strayed, and spiritual demoral- 
ization ensued. 

It will be no light labor to instruct, 
confirm, establish the brotherhood, and 
bring it into real oneness. The congre- 
gation and Sabbath scbool are increas- 
ing, and I am led to believe that, though 
not as strong numerically as a year or 
two since, our organization is coming 
into a healthier condition than ever be- 
fore. I pray that we may speedily re- 
ceive the rich dews of God's grace to 
enliven and intensify the energies of 
Christians, that they may go forth to 
gather in an abundant harvest. 

IVom Rev. B. F, ffavUand, Lewu, Cau Co. 
A Tear of Planting. 
Our first year with this church and 
people has been one of much anxiety and 
effort, and of substantial results. Though 
we cannot record the copious showers, 
yet we have enjoyed the gentle distilla- 
tions of God's love. It has been a time 


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of planting, not of harvest The fallow 
groand must be broken np, the weeds 
and thistles of error rooted out, the 
rocks removed; acd then cometh the 
harvest : ^' first the blade, then the ear, 
after that the full com in the ear J' 

There have been additions to the 
church at every communion but one 
during the year, so that in moral force 
we are as strong again as we were a 
year ago. Hearers have steadily in- 
creased, until we gather now two large 
congregations on the Sabbath ; Sabbath 
school and Bible classes are -well at- 
tended ; repairs and improvements have 
been mado on the church, at an expense 
of nearly $400. Aside from the mis- 
sionary's support, the church and so- 
oiety have raised for home and foreign 
purposes, during the year, $6251 A 
truly gratifying fact, when we remem- 
ber how feeble was our condition at the 
commencement of the year. 

Our educational facilities are attract- 
log the better class of people ; we hope 
by early spring to report the certainty 
of one or more railroads ; in which case 
oors will be one of the most desirable 
and prombing localities in southwestern 
Iowa. The outlook for the com ing year 
is exceedingly hopefuL The same unan- 
imity, concert of action, generous spirit, 
panctuality, effort, prayers and faith, 
blessed of God, will make us ere long a 
great power for good to this whole 
community and county. For the pres- 
ent, however, after lifting to onr utmost, 
we shall be compelled to lean upon your 



Fnm Rev. TF. L. Coleman, MUeheU, Mitchell 

The Tear of Jubilee. 

This church has unanimously adopted, 
and ordered to be forwarded to you, the 
ibllowing resolutions : 

** That we cherish a grateful sense of 
our obligations to God, for enabling us 
as a church, after along period of weak- 
ness and struggle, to assume the entire 

snpport of our pastor, who has labored 
among us for nine years past. 

'* That we tender our hearty thanks to 
the American Home Mission^y Society 
for all its fostering care and timely aid, 
given from par organization till August 
1st, 1870; and that. Divine grace as- 
sisting us, we will in future remember 
both in our prayers and contributions 
this noble Society ; and will seek to co- 
operate with it in its glorious planting 
and harvest, till our whole land shall be 

It was hard for the church to take 
this position, but they now are glad of 
it. It is all they can well do in their 
weakness, though my salary is only 
$700, and I help them raise that. But 
we wanted to put no more burden on 
your shoulders this " Memorial Year." 

In ceasing to be your missionary, I 
cease not to cherish the sweet remem- 
brance of your nniform kindness, 
promptness to aid, and ever-ready 
brotherly sympathy and wise counsel. 
I feel like a child on first leaving homo. 
May a rich endowment of Divine grace 
and blessing ever be yours, officially 
and personally 1 

Still you will pray for us, and we for 
you and the noble c^use and Society 
you serve. 

IVom JRev. B. M, Amsden, Bellevue, Jackson 

BailrockU Ueans of Grace. 

It is now pretty certain that arrange- 
ments have been perfected so that Belle- 
vue is to have a railroad ; in the bene- 
fits of which we hope our church will 
share. We may not look for railroads 
to convert sinners, but sometimes they 
induce Christian business men to set- 
tle in a place where they otherwise 
would not go. The people here are 
largely German Catholics and Luther- 
ans. We greatly need a few Christian 
business men and their families, and 
look to the riulroad to bring them. 
They cannot come too soon. 


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Choomisig the Gk>od PskXt. 

Since my last report, two yonng 
ladies belonging to families in onr soci- 
ety have started in the Christian life 
— one of them on her eighteenth birth- 
day. The day she was her own, she 
gave herself to Christ The other had 
been attending school at Rockford, 111., 
bnt was at home on a vacation when 
she chose the good part that another 
Mary chose, and which shall never be 
taken from her. She has returned to 
her school — but before she went, at the 
prayer meeting she reminded her friends 
that she was going back to hor yonng 
associates, and requested Christians to 
remember her in their prayers. 

May many others A)llow the example 
of these two, and may these prove to be 
as drops before a plentiful shower ! 


From Bev, H. T, Fuller, Peshiigo, Oconto 

A New Experience. 

• This year has been one of new expe- 
rience to me. One cradled, bred, and 
taught his vocation at the East, finds 
that he has something yet to learn when 
he girds himself for work in a pinery on 
the frontier. I hope I have not been a 
very dull scholar during the twelve 
months past, yet I doubt not that a 
multitude of other lessons are to be 
given in the future. Less has been ac- 
complished than I could have desired, 
yet the end of the year sees some de- 
sirable changes. First, it is settled that 
we are soon to have a house of wor- 
ship, in capacity and dignity beyond the 
school-houses we now use. Obstacles, 
many and vexatious, delayed the begin- 
ning of our church-building till near the 
middle of September; Since that time 
the work has been vigorously prose- 
cuted. The exterior is now nearly 
ready for painting ; the interior is partly 
lathed, and the plastering waits only 
for stoves and windows. Whether the 

house will be ready this winter, depends 
on the securing of funds. I have de- 
voted much time to labor upon or about 
the new house, and have thus neglected 
my proper work more than I wished ; 
but it seemed necessary. Besides so- 
liciting and collecting subscriptions, 1 
have hired and paid the workmen ; at- 
tended to the procuring of most of the 
materials and to getting them on the 
ground ; have driven team, shingled, 
lathed, and done a little of almost every 
thing else. The trustees have freely 
advised and acsisted as far as they were 
able, but none of them were at liberty 
to give much personal attention to the 


In the Olearinsrs. 

Most of the people scattered io the 
clearings up the river desire preaching. 
One settlement, nine miles away, where 
I have preached once or twice, have 
just erected a school-house. Two men, 
scoflFers, had given out their intention 
that no minister should ever hold ser- 
vice in it. But when the election of 
trustees came, the question was dis- 
cussed, and officers were chosen who 
desired that I should occupy the house 
as often as possible. A young man, 
crushed by a falling tree, now lies in 
that clearing at the point of death, and 
it is probable that the first use of that 
school-house will be for a funeral ser- 
vice. Outside of the village I can see 
an improvement in the habits of the 
people. There is less Sunday work and 
Sunday visiting than there was, and yet 
there is too much of both. 

The Germans. 
In September a Lutheran minister 
came hither, almost direct from Prus- 
sia, and after seeing the needs of the 
German people, of whom there are 
nearly fifty families in town — very few 
understanding English preaching — con- 
cluded to remain. His people are build- 
ing a parsonage for him in the Lower 
Bush, four miles from this place, and in 
the spring his family will come over 


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from Germany. He was educated at 
Berlin, is a man of superior talent and 
acqaisition, and ivitbal, as far as I can 
judge, of devoted pietj. He is trying to 
break up Sondaj work and Sunday re- 
creation among his people, and he 
seems desirous of co-operating in every 
good work. 

From Rev, O. P. Clinton, HortonmHe, Ouia- 
gamie Co. 

Starting Anew. 

Oiroumstances have seemed to de- 
mand *a partial change in my field. The 
little church at Osborn have been mak- 
ing sacrifices to build a church edifice, 
and had come to feel that they could 
not go forward farther without minis- 
terial labor. On consultation, it seemed 
my duty to drop a part of my former 
field and go to Osboru every alternate 
Sabbath, which I have done regularly, 
when ahle to endure the long ride over 
rough roads. By this arrangement the 
church have been much encouraged, 
and are pushing on their enterprise with 
fresh energy. 

Wearing Out. 

I hope to hold out in this extra work 
until the close of my year, when I 
think I must resign the missionary 
work of Outagamie county to younger 
and abler hands. Returning, in June, 
from a missionary tour, I had a partial 
sun-stroke, the effects of which have 
compelled me since to use great caution. 
Besides thip, I have been suffering 
much with rheumatism, which seems to 
indicate that my itinerant missionary 
work is nearly at an end. This trouble 
n doubtless the result of past labor and 
exposure to storms, cold and fatigue. 
Yet how little have I really aooom- 
plisbed I It is trying to be called to 
lay off the harness when so much re- 
mains to be done. But the good Lord 
of the harvest will send forth laborers 
into his field. Pray for me that my 
strength fail not. 


From Rev. E. Andrus, Pentxoater, Oetana 

Then and Now. 

When I reached this field, last spring, 
I found ^VQ female and two male mem* 
hers residents of the village, two deacons 
and their wives, one six miles and the 
other nine miles from town. Other 
members were out of the State. The 
services had been necessarily so irregu- 
lar, that but few cared to attend church, 
and the Sabbath school, including 
teachers, numbered about forty. The 
surroundings of the church edifice sug- 
gested Nehemiah's *' rubbish," and the 
work he had to do for Zion. The hope 
that faithful labor in the gospel would 
change all for the better, I am glad to 
say, has not been disappointed. 

The interior of our edifice has been 
much improved by kalsomining, chang- 
ing the location of the choir and of the 
pulpit, procuring shades for the win- 
dows, etc. Our lot has been graded 
and fenced, and a side-walk has been 
laid, ^he Sabbath, school has been re- 
organized, and has steadily risen to an 
average attendance of 100. My Bible 
class of young people has increased so 
that a division has been necessary. 
Our house is respectably filled in fair 
weather, and old residents say that 
there is a very apparent change in the 
tone of public sentiment as respects at- 
tending church and properly obsendng 
the Lord^s day. At the last communion 
season we received ten members, all 
adults except one, five males and five 

Outside Work. 

I have visited two points a few miles 
from here, in each of which the people 
desire to have a Congregational church. 
The two would make a good field for 
an energetic and self-denying man ; but 
where diall we find the man, and how 
can he be supported ? The people would 
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do all, and yet they need the gospel 
more than I can tell. 

I have also been to Pere Marquette, a 
lake-shore town of about 1,000 inhabi- 
tants, fifteen miles north, and organized 
a church of nine members, which prom- 
ises to exert a strong moulding influ- 
ence there. One of the ablest lawyers 
in this part of the State superintends 
their Sabbath school of sixty or more 
members. They meet in a large hall, 
well seated, have a good cabinet organ, 
maintain reading meetings, will baild a 
fine church edifice within two years, 
and want a live minbter now, who will 
go there and build them up. 

I find my hands so full of work in my 
own field, that there is little time for 
going beyond, and no time for vacation. 
Constant labor and watchfulness are 
conditions of success in these new and 
growing villages, with their changing 

From Rev, J, W, AUeru, Zealify Ingham Co. 

I mourn that I cannot cheer you with 
special tidings of grace, but you live 
ittoe ** stand fast." Last year was one 
of strain and tug, beyond duty, and be- 
yond prudence as I believe now ; and, 
like tiie bow too long bent, the little 
church is saffering for want of elasr 
ticity. She is under a natural reaction. 
So far as support is concerned, she is 
better off than last year, and has no 
ugly gaps to guard, such as then ha- 
rassed us. 

My soul longs and hopes for a speedy 
turning of the tide. We have had rest ; 
now come, Lord, and prosper the 
work of our hands I "We have tried to 
do all and to stand. I have thought 
there could hardly be another enter- 
prise, taking all the circumstances to- 
gether, so peculiarly tried as this ; yet 
perhaps no strange thing has happened 
unto us. 

Two things especially try the pastor : 
we have few experienced praying Chris- 
tians — mostly new ; and, being a small. 

struggling church, the loose material 
gravitates elsewhere. Time only can 
help us; we must tarry at Jericho 
awhile ; but the Lord hos a blessing in 
reserve. It eannot he that so much 
Mthful outpouring can be lost. 

Meanwhile how greatly are we indebt- 
ed to our mother dear, the A. H. M. 8. 
Whatever may be the ability of other 
churches, this church must have sunk 
but for your material help. One sito- 
ated like myself said, " It is good to 
work in a missionary church on one ac- 
count: there is one day comes round 
when you can oovnt on & certain amount 
of money.*' All other engagements to 
us bide tiieir time — " as it is this day" 
with your servant. 


From Rev. R. W, Seaver, Sedalia^ FeUii 


I found this church poor, socially un- 
influential, in a bad condition spirit- 
ually, and about $1,200 in debt, with a 
house and property worth perhaps 
$5,000. Within the past six months 
the house has been repaired, painted, 
and put in attractive condition, and we 
expect this Jubilee Tear to reduce the 
debt at least one half, if we do not 
wipe it out entirely. We could, with a 
little assistance from abroad, and if 
business is good we shall perhaps, do It 
alone. Oar congregation has folly 
quadrapled since last March, and by 
the addition of several Congregational 
families to our community we have 
been materiidly strengthened. Our 
prayer meetings and Sabbath school 
are interesting and well attended, but 
we have no special religious interest. 
Our hope is in Qod who hears prayer, 
and we have some earnest faithful souls 
among us who can take no rest till 
GK>d sends his blessmg in the conver- 
sion of souls. May he hasten it in his 

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Sver ClianKlner. 
The ever-changing character of our 
population prevents our hecoming 
" settled down," like some Eastern 
churches. Ours are largely young peo- 
ple who come West to make money, 
who are struggling to acquire a home 
and competency ; and if the prospects. 
do not suit them here, they sell out and 
move CD, and the minister as well as the 
hunter has often to " shoot flying," if 
he would do any good. If we wait for 
people to settle down, they are often 
gone before we know it. A pastor is 
continually looking after new-comers, 
and oftentimes an acquaintance is hard- 
ly formed before they are on their way 
farther West. All this hinders perma- 
nent spiritual growth among us, yet 
we have some who stay, and who show 
a will to maintain the institutions of 
the gospel Our people have nobly met 
their pledges for my support, and 
though we have no persons of wealth 
among us, several I am sure pay more 
than a tenth of their income towards 
the support of the ministry. Houses 
are scarce, rents very high, and the ex- 
pense of living is greater than in our 
large cities. 

The tide of emigration is now setting 
strongly towards Missouri ; new fields 
of labor are continually opening, and 
calls to enter in and possess the land 
for the Lord are heard on every side. 
Prejudices which heretofore have been 
very strong against Eastern and North- 
em men are gp'adually dying out, and 
the way is opening forhopefal mission- 
ary labor. In many sections of this 
State the people have a very inaperfect 
idea of what a Congregational church 
is, or what we teaoh and believe. It 
seems to be a prevalent idea that Con- 
gregationalism may moan any thing or 
nothing, and that there is not much to 
it any way. Without the Society's aid 
many of these towns, and cities even, 
would be destitute of the preaching of 

the gospel. With it, churches are 
permanently established, become a 
power for good in the land, and soon 
will assist in carrying the gospel to 
other destitute places. Ours is a beau- 
tiful young city, in a fertile, healthy 
State, has a fine climate, and probably 
offers as many and great indacements 
to those seeking new homes as any 
place in the Union. We earnestly hope 
and pray that among these new-comers 
may be found many of God's people, 
who will bring their religion with 
them, and help build up Christ's king- 
dom. To earnest, faithful, Christian 
men and women, we will give a hearty 


♦♦• ■ ' ' 

From Rev. O, Oriffitks^ New Cambria^ Ma- 
eon Co, 
The Spiritual Warfttre. 

This, I believe, is my first report 
from this place which did not record 
additions to our number by hopeful 
conversion. There are not many among 
onr Welsh population who are not pro- 
fessors of religion ; but we should not 
become weary in well-doing while there 
are any souls in danger whom we can 
reach and help. My parishioners come 
regularly, with scarcely an exception, 
to hear the word of God, but I feel that 
my preaching does not receive that 
hearty practical support which is in- 
dispensable to render it effectual in 
building up our Zion. This sorely tries 
me; yet, "I magnify my office," and 
would not exchange it for the most lu- 
crative that the world has to bestow 
upon its votaries. Whilst warriors 
pant for honors stained with blood, for 
glory and renown in deeds of arms, the 
Christian soldier has a far nobler mis- 
sion. His, like his Divine Master's, is 
not to destroy men's lives, but to save 
them. How glorious, therefore, the 
work in which we are engaged I But 
experience teaches us that great firm- 
ness, intrepidity, perseverance, and, 
above all, a constant dependence upon 
God are necessary to success in it. 


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This is the secret of the apostle^s sac- 
cess: doing every thing throvgh Christ 
itrengthening him. 


From Rev, M. M. Longley^ OreenviUi^ Bond 


The reyival has filled all hearts with 
joy. Last year was given to what 
seemed pioneer labor, and the work of 
grace was far less general than it has 
been this year. Yet perhaps God's favor 
was never more marked ; for while the 
church, the men especially, were "busy 
here and there," twenty were born of 
the Spirit, in connection with our meet- 
ing held after the close of a union eflfort, 
not very successful. But few of them 
joined oar church. 

This year, in its opening, found the 
Methodists engaged in meeting. The 
other denominations united and con- 
tinued this union meeting Ibur weeks ; 
during the time, and long after, holding 
a daily afternoon prayer meeting at the 
room of the Yonng People's Christian 
Association. Conversions have been 
mostly among the young, and more than 
175 persons have joined the various 
churches by profession and by letter, of 
whom fifteen came with us. With this 
addition, our church has more than 
doubled in my two years of missionary 

Harked Ohanere. 

Fourteen months ago, we had the 
only young people's prayer meeting, 
which was the germ of the Young Peo- 
ple's Association, Kow there are four 
weekly young people's meetings, besides 
that of the Association, held on Sab- 
bath afternoon. The change in the place 
is very great, and with overflowing joy 
in such gathering, we trust that our 
labor is not in vain. There are some 
deeply interesting cases in our circle ; 
one of deliverance from the power of 
strong drink. With a deep sense of un- j 

worthiness, the pastor records God'» 
goodness in gathering to the fold all of 
our children, three in number, in age 
from 20 to 13 years. 

Tha Briflrhtest Spot. 

There is no brighter spot among m 
than the prayer meeting! Instead of 
five, eight, twelve, we often namber 
thirty. And there is a manifest spirit 
of penitence, of faith and of work— spe- 
cially marked in the young people's 
meeting. As, with Bible in hand, each 
reads a verse npon a given topic, as e. g^ 
" How shall we be living, active Chris- 
tians?" the picture is of a class of 
pupils, unwilling to be dismissed at the 
hour's close. I feel certain that founda- 
tions are being laid, and that in time, no- 
der somebody, a snperstructure will be 
reared, precious and honored. 

From Rev, J. Q, Spencer, miitboro^ Mont- 
gomery Co. 


We have paid during the year $960 
toward canceling a debt of $2,400, be- 
sides keeping up the orflinary church ex- 
penses, and hope that the remainder will 
be forthcoming by the first of January. 
Eight members have been added to the 
church, with an increased attendance 
upon public worship. Still the outlook 
is gloomy, especially so to a man of 
Eastern views and feelings. The in- 
habitants are mostly from the South, 
have brought their political and reli- 
gious prejudices with them, and seem 
determined to hold on to them even in 
the face of God's marked designs in 
placing their peculiar institution in the 
past as a record of His disfavor. 

The place is old, and has probably its 
growth. The material now in the field, 
to be built into Congregational propor- 
tions, would require a straight-edge 
that wonld conform to crooks. Whether 
God would have a man spend his time 
in such a field, when there are so many 
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a qnestioE that I must refer to Eim 
who has promised to direct. My peo- 
ple have done oohly by roe, and still 
stand by, willing to give and to do for 
their pastor, bnt they/<5^ terribly sore 
under the pressure of so much ignorant 
and bitter prejudice. 

Do not ^think, from my thus stating 
sober facts, that I am about to flee to 
Tinbish. I am willing to stand by the 

ship so long as its timbers will float. 
But though the burden of support has 
fallen v&ry heavily upon the brethren, 
they are determined not to ask another 
cent above the present grant of your 
generous Society. Of course I say 
amen to that. And they have even 
raised for you this present quarter $20 ; 
which, if you knew their circumstan- 
ces, yon would say was HberaL 



Hbsponsbs to the "Appeal for Help" 
have thus far kept back the realization 
of our worst fears. It is hoped that 
few of the missionaries haye as yet suf- 
fered from actual want, though many 
tieputtoserioasinconyenience. With- 
out fkr more liberal contributions, there 
must be real soffering in missionary 
homes, at winter deepens in seyerity. 

The receipts do not yet allow of the 
immediate sending of drafts for report- 
ed labor ; much less of that advance for 
which^ in many fields— paiiicnlarly in 
Kiisas, Missouri and Minnesota— this 
is the golden opportunity. The Execu- 
tire Committee cannot turn a deaf ear 
to their appeals for larger outlay. Will 
not the churches enable the Committee 
to respond to these calls with something 
more substantial than good wbhes and 
words of sympathy ? 

^e append a few extracts from com- 
minieations, such as are daily causing 
^ to alternate between anxiety over 
the d«floi«n<7 in the Treasury and 0ad- 
>Ms in its partial supply : 

Hie Deficiency. 

* IhND ny refort for the Itit quarter 

I have heard nothing, and noticing the 
Appeal, I write to inquire. By the 
Home Missionaries of the frontier, the 
only money which can be relied on for 
an emergency is that which comes from 
the Society. Without that it would 
be impossible to live. The amount 
due me I have already used, having 
pledged payment by the 20th of this 
month. When this is paid, I shall have 
to still get hold of more money to make 
ready for winter, which is fast coming 

^^If my people were not themselves 
distressed for money I would apply to 
them for help, but short crops and hard 
times bear very heavily upon those 
who would gladly assist me if they 
could. It is said that money has not 
been so hard to get hold of since 1860J' 

From a MUtumary in TFucofutn. 

'^ Please remit draft for the quarter's 
does at once, if yon can. We are in 
clear and unquestionable need. Yon 
remember our fire, and know of the 
fedlure of our expected box. The fire 
destroyed the greater part of our house* 
hold goods, which were not insured, 
and were all our earthly estate. We 
have no resources whatever, except my 
salary — which you are aware is scarcely 
enough for close and carefial li'dng. It 
leaves nothing to repiur losses, much 
leas to ftimidi an empify hootfe.^ 


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From a MiuUmaty in Michigan, 
" BeceiTing no retarns from my re- 
port, I fear that it has not reached jou, 
or that joiir draft has been intercepted. 
I should not be uneasy at delay, were it 
not nnusual. ICy creditors are equally 
interested with myself to know the 
facts. Here I am tempted to add an 
appendix to my report. iExoepting 
fruit, we have not a dollar^s worth of 
provisions in oar honse; nor has my 
horse seen a handful of hay for two 
weeks, except when away from home ; 
nor can I get the money to buy with, 
though I haye asked for it repeatedly. 
Good farmers who have an abundance 
of produce in the gamer refuse to sell 
it, on credit, at the market price. For 
example, oats are worth thirty cents a 
bushel, but a subscriber insists that if I 
want them I must pay half a dollar- 
Potatoes are forty cents in market. I 
could buy wagon-loads of them at my 
door for that, if I had the money ; but 
of my parishioners I can have them for 
f fty cents, and so on, ad infinitum. 
Hence I am without many of the com- 
forts of life. I hope the grace of God 
will oreroome some of these wrongs, 
and prepare the way to the hearts of us 
all for the Spirit of his Son.'' 

From « Mi»tii9Mttry in Missouri, 
" I am sorry to aay that I am yery 
greatly in need of money. Wioter is 
at hand, and our scanty stores must be 
replenished. It pained me very much 
to learn that your Treasury was empty. 
But God will provide. He has said; ^I 
will neyer ieaye thee, nor forsake 
thee.' " 

From a MUHonary in JUiaoiSj recovering 
from severe illneet, 

*' I need the money more than I can 
tell yon, for my aicknesa has greatly in- 
<sreased our expenses. I am gaining, 
and get about a littie on crutches, but I 
feel it will be some weeks before I can 
be in the pulpit. My wife has not only 
•Tery thing to see to» but every thing to 

provide — ^not an easy task when the 
purse is entirely empty. Oar ftmdi 
have been kind, during my sickoess, bnt 
very slack of late in raising monej." 

From a Missionary in Illinois. 
/' Knowing the reduced state of your 
Treasury, I am very sorry not to be 
able to say that we will excuse joi 
from paying the last quarter's appro- 
priation. But duty to myself and fiwnilj 
demands that I state modestlj our 
needs, and throw ourselves upon the 
gifts of liberal souls. Thanking yon for 
former kindness to me and mine, in 
prompt remittances, I pray the Lord 
to give me opportunity to pay back ten- 
fold what I have borrowed of bis gen- 
erous stewards who have minbtered to 
my necessities." 

From Attother in Illinois, 
'^I cannot express the gratitude I 
feel for your kindness in forwarding a 
draft. I began to feel eondderable 
anxiety, not knowing what I sbonld do. 
Debts had accumulated so that my 
credit was almost gone. I was ashamed 
to ask for any thing at the store. Our 
people have had but little to turn off for 
cash, this fall, and I have not been paid 
very well, and have b^n much In seed 
of many things. We all wjdced and 
gave thanks when the draft came. An 
invalid daughter has come home to li^ 
adding to my expenses $100 a year." 

The Supply. 

From a Pastor in Connecticut 
" Though our annual collection for 
Home Missions is taken in July, and 
this year amounted to about $400, yet 
the church, of their own accordj b 
view of the present destitution of somt 
of the missionaries, have collected this 
additional $150, as a special contriba- 
tion for immediate and pressing v^^ 
of the more needy. 
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that many sooh special. gifts maj come 
from the Christian oonsiderateness of 
maoj of oar churobeB at the present 

[There are many churches of greater pe- 
eoniarj ability than this. Are not some of 
them waiting for a word from their Pastors 
»wfao are this Society's <mly collecting 
agents— to make, not a *' special oontribu- 
tioa,'* Kke this efaurch, bat their/ri< Home 
Missionary ooUeetion for the year, or for 
iSTeral years?] 

From an old Friend in Brooklyn. 
**I have jnst read the appeal of the 
Seeretaries for additional funds, and 
oot of my scanty means send yon a 
ebeck for $100, wishing that I could 
make it $1,000 or more." 

From Another, in MataaehitsetU, 
^^I enclose a check for $500, which 
please enter as follows : M. N., Massa- 

From Lawrence, Matt, 
^I enclose $50, in answer to your 
appeal ; from one who trusts for to- 
morrow in the Lord Jesus Ohrist." 

From an Illinoie Pastor. 
At the close of a business note, he 
says, ** I eoolose— a trifle, I was going 
to sty, but I vill take a collection for 
the 8oeietj in our new Cborch^which 
win be better." 
[Wm oot many other pastors do likewise ?] 

A Superintendent in Wisconsin receiTed 
(roQ a minister the following note, with 
one dollar inclosed: 

" I notice that the A. H. M. a makes 
t tpeeial appeal for contributions. 
Plaise find one dollar inclosed. I don't 
know bow to spare even that little, but 
it is good to trust in the Lord for it 
My contribntion for this year was 
nude some months ago/' 

[The Seperintendent says, ''Tills good 
brother is poor. I forward his little note 
fog the good fpiiU manifiBsted in it. If the 

appeal should awaken the same spirit in all 
our churches, there would be no trouble for 

From a Mimonary in Michigan, 
** Our people are not wealthy, and 
our contribution to your Treasury was 
but small when eompared with the 
volome of my good wishes. This led 
me to supplement our annual collection 
with a trifle from my own family. 
Both appeared in the Home Missionary, 
Judge of my surprise to find in my 
mail to-day, this note, enclosing tv^ 
dollars, * to cancel the personal in the 
Home Missionary contribution. Con- 

'* It came just in time to fill an empty 
pocket-book. Now yon, at smdry 
times and in dirers places, have given 
me far more than this, and I can still 
trust my Master with present and fu- 
ture necessities ; so give ^ Conscience ' 
credit for the amount, and charge it to 
me. It may serve for * ground bait ' in 
other places. Where is the next case 
of conscience ? " 

[We do not propose to frustrate the 
donor's generous design of relieving the 
worthy missionary, and so decline this offer ; 
but we pot his proposal on record, to 
" serve as ground bait " where it will.] 

Decease of Bey. Beig. P. Stone, D.D. 

In the December number we had the sad 
duty of announcing the death pf Benjamin 
Perkins, Esq., Treasurer of the Uassachu- 
setts Home Missionary Society. We have 
now to record a similar loss, in the decease 
of the Treasurer of the New Hampshire 
Auxiliary, Benjajum Pkhkuis Stonb, D.D., 
who died suddenly in Concord, N. H., on 
the 26th of November, In his 70th year. 

Dr. Stone was bom in Reading, Vt; 
graduated at Middlebory College; studied 
theology In Andover, in the class of 1881, 
with Prof. Park, President Steams, and 
others; was a pastor for six years; then, 
from 1837 to 1869, was Secretary— part of 
the time Treasurer, also— of the New Hamp- 
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he traveled 66,000 milefl. Since 1861 his 
name has appeared in oar Bq>orta as Treas- 
urer of that Society, and to his faithfulness 
has been due much of its efficiency. Since 
1862 as a director, and for many previous 
years as a confidential adviser, he has aided 
the American Home Missionary Society by 
his liberality and Christian wisdom. Oth- 
er organizations in his own State and else- 
where will sadly miss his diligence, his sa- 
gacious counsels, and generous help. Of the 
General Association of New Hampshire he 
missed, in forty years, but a single meeting. 
As an editor and judicious contributor to 
the reUgious press, also, he filled a niche 
from which many another could be better 
spared. • 

The CongrtgcUionalift says of him : ** He 
sustained a good rank as a theologian and a 
writer ; his executive abilities were reputed 
as remarkable ; his Judgment was excellent ; 
he was courteous and aflkble in private, and 
greatly esteemed as a oitizen.^' 

A IToUe Example. 

Last Sabbath was a preolons day to 
one of oar missionary chorohes, or I 
might almost say mine^ as I have 
preached to it tbe past year on mj own 
acoonnt ; I mean tbe church at Mondo- 
Vu I solicited the aid of your super- 
intendent, Bev. F, B. Doe, in tbe dedi- 
cation of a }iouse of worship which 
that church has been building the past 
season. Those few members have ex- 
hibited a heroism iu the work which is 
seldom seen. When, a little less than a 
year since, they resolved to try and 
bnild, other denominations seemed to 
say, " What do these feeble Jews ? " In 
the winter they prepared the materials, 
drawing most of the lumber 86 or 40 
miles. In the spring a subscription 
was started, one man heading it with 
$800, two following with $400 each, 
and the whole amount of the subscrip- 
tion of eight or ten men was $2,800. They 
commenced the work with the deter- 
mination to see it done and paid for. I 
think its size is 84 z 56 ; it is finely pro- 
portioned, has a good spire, is finii^xed 

inside with butternut and has a beauti- 
ful pulpit, and a basement for heating. 

Your superintendent preached tbe 
sermon of dedication, and we took up a 
subscription amounting to $800. This, 
with tbe expected aid from the Congre- 
gational Union, the ladies^ fond, and a 
subscription previously started for a bell, 
secures that and the honse neatly hxik- 
iBhed, all paid for/ The two farmers 
who subscribed $400 each, gave up 
building barns, the past year, and pat 
the funds into the church, and tbe 
man who gave $800 gave also much 
time to superintending the work. It 
is one of the noblest examples of Chris- 
tian enterprise I have ever seen. 

There will probably be three Congre- 
gational churches built and dedicated in 
this valley the current year. This is to 
be one of the most rapidly growing 
parts of the State. 

Though I am not now a missionary 
of your Society, I have a great interest 
in the cause in this region, having bro- 
ken ground here just fonrteen years 
ago, when the whole was a wilderness, 
and now this place has a population of ' 
over 6,000. What hath God wronglit 
in this time ! — Eev. A, Kidder. 

Kisoftllaneonfl Items. 

Illinois. — From the minutes of tbe 
General Association w« gather the fol- 
lowing items : number of Congrega- 
tional churches in the State, 244— an 
increase of 8 within the year. Of 
these 179 are supplied with ministers, 
12 supplied in part, 66 unsopplied. The 
number of ministers is 217, of whom 
71 are without charge. Kumber of 
church members, 17,689, of whom 6,- 
677 are males. Admissions for the 
year, 2,870 ; removals, 1,194— a gain 
of 268. Infant baptisms, 471 ; adalt, 
880. Members of Sabbath schools, 24^* 
467. Eeported contributions to benevo- 
lent objects for the year, $429,000. Six- 
ty-five missionaries of this Society have 
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JM im C b i mnto ion Uut pear. 

R»T. Warren Norton, Elk River and two outsta- 
UoDt. Eao. 

R«T. Gilbert T. Holoombe, Eldn, Minn. 

Bev. Henry Millt, Bt Olond, Minn. 

lUt. W. P. Bennett, Maeon City, Iowa. 

Ber. a W. Cluixnplin, (^noso«^, Wis. 

B«T. Frrderio W. Falrtield, Ulo aod Wyocena, 

Rev. John P. Haire, Fox Lake, Wis. 

B«T. C. W. Hlomao, Lincoln and Black Brook, 

B«T. J. K. Powell^lenbenlah, Wis. 

Ber. George W. Walnwrlgbt, Chippewa Falls, 

BsT. Robert Fumees, Croton and Big Prairie, 

Rer. A. E. Everest, Lodlow, III. 

Ber. Robert W. Logan, Brnnswlck and Hinck- 
ley, Ohio 

Bar. Beqjamin F. Faraons, Indiana, Pa. 


BsT. Elbridq^e Gerry, Oregon City, Or. 

Rot. Philander G. Bachsnan, Oro^llo, CaL 

Bev. George R. Elliii, Peecadero, OaL 

Ber. John E. Elliott, Oolumhus, BUrer Creak 

sad PaaruM Reaerratlon, Neb. 
Ber. Lebbeus B. Fifield. Llnooln, NoU 
BvT.Ovoige A. Beckwitb, Wilson County, Kfn. 
BsT. Jared W. Fox, Ridgeway, Carboudule and 

I^ndon. Kan. 
B«T. John F. Morgan, Oswego, Enn. 
Ber. WilUam A. Ootler, Belle Prairie, little 

Pklls and Green Prairie. Minn. 
Bar. George H. Miles, Bu Charles and Saratoga, 

Rev. Ariel A. Baker, Ames, Towa. _.., ^ 
Rev. Josepb a Barris, Salem and Hillsboro, 

Rev. William H. Barrows, Cnss, Iowa. 
Rev. George F. Bronson. l'o«tviU<*. Iowa. 
Rev. Frederick Crang, Franklin. Talleyrand and 

South English, Iowa. 
Rev. William O. Foster, CivU Bend and vicinity, 

Rev. Charles GIbbs, Cedar Falls, Iowa. 
Rev. Charles Hancock, DyeravlUe, Iowa. 
Rev. John A. Jones, Florence, Foreaton and 

Nichols. Iowa. 
Rev. P«*ter Weidmann, Grove Hill, Iowa. 
Rev. Reed Wilkinson, Wooster, Iowa. 
Rev. Morgan L. Easiroao, Royalton, WI*. 
Rev. Adam Ptnkerton, Pleasant Bill, Bird's 

Creek and Knapp's Creek. Wis. 
Rev. Bamuel H. Thompson, Oaseo, Humbird and 

Alma, Wis. 
Rev. Peter Valentine. Monnt Sterling, Wis, 
Rev. Marona 8. Angell, Newaygo, Mich. 
Rev. John R. Bonney, Bronaon and Matteson, 

Rev. William Irons, Hnbbardston, Mich. 
Rev. WilUam Mulder, Laingsburg and Victor, 

Rev. Samoel Phillips, Orion, Mich. 
Rev. Holland B. F^, Carthage, Mo. 
Rev. William H. Warren, ElTeardville, M<k - 
Rev. Flavel Bascom, D.D., Hinsdale, IIL 
Rev. Alvin M. Dixon. Nora. Ul. 
Rev. Judtton O. Spencer, HilUboro, III. 
Rev. Charles Iroiu*. Bowling Green, Center, Un* 

darwood and HoaBeholaer's Comers, Ohio. 
Rev. George W. Walker, ChagHn Falla. Ohio. 
Rev. Otis Holmes, New Village and Farming- 

vlUe, N. Y. 
Rev. David Jones', Rlohvillo, N. Y. 



Bsagor, A FHen<^, |2ft : A Friend, $10, |3S 00 
Bast Maehtaa. Ooog. Oh. and Boo., by 

Mrs. M. 8. Hoyt, to const. Mrs. Sa« 

s>*nT. BateaaL.M., 

HallowelL Ladles of the South Cong. 

Ctw.)rrMisa8.fl. Agry, 
Mluot, Rev. J. K. Devring, 


BMeived br Bev. B. P. Stone, D.D., 

Treap. N.H M. Soe., 
Cotteord, A Friend in the South Ch., 
BoUi^ Cong. Cb., mon. oou., by Rev, 
^D. Perry, 
Pambroke. Rev. E. A. Putnam and 

Mrs. F. H. Putnam, 


40 00 

8 00 
1 00 

^ , J. Kent, 

Q«orgia, Ladies' Sew. Soe., by Mrs. 

MaryJ. JaekMo, 
St. Albana, ~ ' 

90 00 

17 00 




8 00 

—V Uullea of the Cong. Ob^ 
„ by lira A. J. Samson, 
agriDgfleld, A Friend, 
WUU^tOD, Lacy Ann Clark, 


Masa Berne Mlaa. Boe., by & T. Far- 
^ well. Trees., 4,000 00 

Aahbv, Indies, by Miss Nellie Ha> ward, 8 00 
lenay, Ladles^ Bmmt. 8m. of the 

Dane St. Cong. Ch. and Boo., by Miss 

S. W. ClftrkTSoc. |4 50 

Boston, Legacy of M!ss Martha A. 
Quincy. by T. D. Qulncy, Ex., 289 45 

Boatun Higiilands, Lcgaoy of Ciev. W. 
W. Diivenirart, by Henry Davenport, 
Ex., less Gov. Ux, 141 00 

Chesterfield, Mra. Richard Clarke, 6 00 

Cnmmlngton, Ladles' Benuv. Asso., by 
Mrs. Sarah B. Orcutt. Treas., to 
const. Rev. W. M. Gaiy a L. M., 89 75 

Dunatable, Cong. Oh., by Rev. £. P. 
Kingsbury. 22 00 

Fitchburg, icollston Cong. Cb., mon. 
con., $15 60 ; Aaa Beiterloy, $5, by 
U. Boutellv, Treea, 90 60 

Florence, Mrs. A. L. WiUlston. 100 00 

Newburyport, Mrs. H, C. Tyler, to 
ounst. ilev. J. Puwrll and Rev. W. 
A. Rand L. D*., by H. H. Tyler, 200 00 

Northampton, Mi-e. David Banders, by 
Mrs. L. B. Sanderson, tO 

North Brookfield, Cong. Ch., by J. £. 
Porter, Treas., 22 81 

Boyalston. Mrs. Emily B. Ripley, 2 00 

South Hadley Falls, Cong. Cb. and 
Boo., bv John Gaylord, Treas.. 122 25 

South lloyalston. Ladies* Benev. 
Assoc, by Mrs. Maria A. C. Adams, 4 00 

Springfield. ^ Unabridged,'' 1,000 00 

Mrs. M. K. Lombard, $5 ; W. C. Lom- 
bard, #5. 10 00 

Stock bridge, Cong. Ch. and Soe., by G. 
P. Bradley, 58 80 

Whateley, Legacy of W. Merriam, by 
I^ Merriam, Ex., 2R0 78 

Woroeater, T. Whipple, 00 00 


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Yarmooth, Fint Oong. Oh., by Ber. 
J. W. Dodga, 144 00 

ProTldenoe, MIm MsrU Eddy, tS 00 


Bethlehem, Cong. Ch,, moo. oon^ hj 

Rev. G. W, Banke, 18 00 

Dea. Theo. Bird, U; Re?. O. W. 

BHnki, #6. by Rev. O. W. Banki, 10 00 

Birmingham, Ladlea of the Cong. Oh., 

by Rev. J. WlUard, ft 00 

Bloomlield, Ladlea of the Cooff. Ob. 

and Soe., by MIm 8. OllleU, 4 00 

Bristol, Ladlea' H. BL 8oc. by Mn. A. 

L. Atwood, 3 60 

Barrvllle, Henry Colt, 10 00 

Darlen Depot, A Friend, 6 00 

Eaat Bridgeport, Oong. Oh. and Boo., 

by F. W. Storre, Treat. , to conet. Dea. 

J. P. Biahop A L. M.. 49 00 

Enfield, a few Frienda, by Miaa A. E. 

Johnson, 6 00 

Fairfield. Ladlea of the Oong. Oh., by 

Mlsa O. M. Beers, 6 00 

Franklin, "W. B. Hyde, i2; Mrs. Bally 

Oreenwioh, a few Friends, by Mrs. Z. 

6 00 

7 00 
Haddam. First Oong. Oh. and Soo., by 

G. a Bralnard. Tr^aa., 35 00 

Hartford, Vinoent Moses, |6; Salmon 

Orossett,|6. 10 00 

Madison, Ladies* Cent Soc., by Mies 
Sarah E. Grave, Treas., to const. Mrs. 
AJva O. Wlloox and Mrs. Heman Ty« 
ler L Ms., 00 00 

Mtddlefield, Oong. Ch. and Boo., by 
Rev. A. O. Denison, to const. Mrs. 
Alma L>man. I>ea.FhinehasM. An- 
gnr, and W. Bailey L. Ms., 100 00 

New Britain, ««A FamUy Offering,'' 
by Rev. L. Perrin, 80 00 

New Haven, Rev. Joel Mann, 10 00 

New London, A Lady of the First Cong. 
Oh„ 20 00 

New Mnford, A Friend, 2 00 

Northfield. Oong. Oh. and Soo., by 
Rev. H. N. Gates, 82 00 

Norwich Town, Lenoy of Dr. W. W. 
Cutler, by H. P. Haven and H. Dav- 
enport, Ess., 1,000 00 
E. A. Huntington. M; Mrs. N. a 
Boswell, $5, by E. A. Huntington, 10 00 

Salisbury, Lucy S. Blake, 5 00 

South Manchester, Rev. J. B. Gris- 6 00 
' wold, 6 00 

'Stimtford, Gen. G. Loomls, by O. R. 

Kingsbnry, 9 60 

Thompson, A Friend, 6 00 

Thomaston, Oong. Oh., baL of colL, by 
P. Darrow, to oonst. J . M. Miner and ' 

J. E. Bishop L. Ms., 160 00 

West Hartford, Ladles' Sew. Soa, East ^ 

District, by Mrs. J. P. Oarrington, 
Sec.. 5 00 

Ladies' Benev. Soc, South District, 
by Mrs. O. Boswell, 5 00 

Windsor Looks, On account of Leeaoy 
of Mrs. B. H. BarUett, by J. H. Hay- 
den. Adm., 500 00 

"Woodbury, On account of Legacy of 
Henry 8. Ourtiaa, by D. a Bull, Ex., 12 60 


Alblon, First Pwab. Oh., by V. V. Bui- 
lock. Treaa., 

Brooklyn, Clinton Avenue Cong, C*., 
by C. Bardwell. Treaa., coll. in part, 
$558.82; A. a BarnM. $100 ; Julius 
Davenport, $100 ; W. O, Dunton, 
$50; W. W. Fessenden, $50; J. 
Howard Foote, In full, to oonst. 
Mra Emily J. Gardner and Mlsa 
G. T. Gardner L. Ms., $40; B. H. 
Marsh, $25; Rev. B. F. Millard, to 

60 00 

const, hhnself and Mra. Frances E. 
Millard L. Ms., $00 ; B. S. Roberts, 
$25 ; T. F. Tracy, $;i6; O. a Wool- 
worth, $100. $1,182 12 

Jfeto England Cong. €%., E: D.* by J. 
W. Skinner, Treaa., to oonst^ Rev. 
Simeon 8. Joeelyn a L. M., $0 00 

PlynunOh Cong. CK, J. W. Hayea, 96 00 
South Cong. Ch., an. colL, by J. 
Crowell, Trea^, 868 « 

Orown Point, First Oong. Oh. and Soo., 
by Rev. W. Child, 66 M 

Bllfnfl:ton, Oong. Oh., $14 : Rev. A. D. 
Ol£, $1, by Rev. A. D. Olda, U 00 

Qouvemeur, Rev. Stephen Johnson, $5; 
Mrs. H. D. Smith, $5; P. ShaUnek. 
$5; W. Thompson, $6; Mra. S. 
Thrall, $2 ; other frienda, $8, by Rev. 
a Johnson, -^ * ' ^^ 

- Henrietta, Oong. Ch., by Rev. H. M. 

Haseltine, 6 08 

Howella, Oong. Oh., by Amzl Mapes, 
to 6onst William E. Mapea a L. m7 PO 8S 

Irvington, Mrs. Rachel W. Lambdin, 6 00 

Mooers, Miss J. G. Bircbard, 6 00 

MorrisviOe, Oong. Ch., by L. D. Dan% 22 80 

New Lebanon, Oong. OL, by Rev. J. 
McVev, 17 M 

New yillage, Oong. Oh., by E. R. How- 
ell. Treas »00 

Paris, Oong. Oh. and Soc, by Rev. £. 
F. Brooks, 20 00 

Plerrepont, Mrs. C. a Pangbom, by 
O. A. Howard, 60 00 

Rochester, IHywioulh Cong. CK, by P. 
W. Handy, Treas., to oonst. Mlsa 
Ruth M. Booth, F. Van Doom, and 
Newell A. Stone L. Ms.. 1S8 00 

Mrs. Sally Gillett, by W. Hodflea, to 
const Roza Jane Hodgea a L. M., 80 00 

Rome. Welah Cong. Oh., by Rev. D. 
E. Prtohard, 18 04 

West Bloomfield, Oong. Ch., baL of 
coll., by A. Woodruff. 8 00 

West Groton, Cong. Ok, by Rev. W. 
O. Baldwin, 16 00 

Westport, Mrs. A. M. Spencer, by J. 
Ken^ 8 00 


Jersey Olty, First Oong. Oh., by W. 
Ames. Treas., 988 67 


PottervlUe, Oong. Oh., by Rev. H. R 
GUber^ 26 06 


Baltimore, Sabbath School of the First 
Oong. Oh., by Rev. L. W. Baoon, 60 00 

. H.B.J., 1000 

OHIO— ^ ^ "^ 

Received by Rev. L Eolsay, 

Akron, Mn. L. Benjamin, $6: Mrs. 
H. S. Abbey, $57Mxb. A. Bloat, $1, 
byD.A.Htbbard, $1100 

Oolumbos, Rev. L. Kelsey, to 
oonst. Oarrie D. Kelsey a L. M., 80 00 

Dover, Oeng. Oh., by Rev. C W. 
Torrey, 12 00 

Four Comers, Oong. Oh., by O. B. 
Oook, ^ 8 86 

Greenfield, Oong. Oh., by Rev. T. 
0. Tbemaa, 11 80 

North Falrileld, Oong. Oh., by 
Rev. T. O. Thomas, t 20 

Banduaky, by Rev. H. N. Bur- 
ton, 10 { 

Gustavus. Elam Llnsley, 
Ironton, Rev. J. M. Thomss, 
Lawrence, Mrs. Betsy MoGuire, 
New Albany, Cong. Oh., by Rev. A N. 

Oberiin, R. Theodore Oroas, to oonst 

Mrs. Emma B. Croaa a L. M., 




89 00 


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PainMTina, First Cong, Ch^hBl of 
oolL. bf lev. H. O. Hsydo, |21 00 

TeaolMZB and Fnplis of Lake Erie 
SendnarT, bj Bllen OL Parsons, £& 00 

Poland, a. J. Clark, 10 00 

Vermilium. First Oong. Ch., by Bttr. 
M. K. Paaoo, 10 00 

Werreonth, First Cong. Ch., by Ber. 
W. H. Brinkerhofl; 25 00 


Anoawan, Gong. Cb., 7 20 

Atlanta, Cong. 1%., |25: MoLean, Cong. 

Cb., $10; by Ber. O. B. Hnbbard, 85 00 

Burlington, Cong. Cb., by Bev. E. 

Walker, -^ -^ ^^ 

CUeagq, .F^<< Oma. OIL, moo. con., by 

H.B. Hills, ^ ' 80 32 

XtfwolM Park Chna, Ch., 14 00 

Prof, a C. Baraett,D.D.,|5; Mrs. 

8. a BarUen, |5 : Mrs. ProC F. W. 

3R«k,|6. ^' 16 00 

Crrstal Lake, Cong. Cb., by Be?. B. 

Hay, * ' 2T41 

Bjnrers, First Cong. Oh., by Bev. O.W. 

Phlnney, 10 60 

Des Plaiues, Cong. Ch., by Ber. J. H. 

laird, ^ • » ' ^q qq 

Ftemont, Cong. Cb., by Ber. A.K. Fox, 26 00 
Oalssbnig, First Cb. of Christ, bal. of 

eolL, by A. N. Banoroft, 04 18 

QeneTa, Cone. Cb., baL of coll. in full, 

to const. Thomas Brooks a L. M., 16 00 

HUlsborongb, Central Cong. Cb., by 

Bev. J. G. Spencer 20 00 

UoTleton, Cong. Ch., by Ber. J. 

Blood, 8000 

La Salle, Cong. Ch., in part, 2 70 

LronsTlIle, Cong. Ch., 12 00 

Monee, First Cong. Ch., by Bct. J. C. 
^Myera, 10 00 

Pern, Cong. Oh., by Bev. C. B Thomas, 24 00 
Princeton, Friends, 3 00 

Hoekfiyrd, Second Otma Ch,, byT.D. 

Bobertson, 428 10 

^A Friend, 200 00 

Boaemond, Ber. C. T. Derlng, by Bev. 
^ a D. PUtt, 10 00 

Sandwich, Cong. Ch., mon. con., by C. 

H. Prat^ TreasL, 8 71 


Bedford and Stakes* Moond, Coog. 
Chs., by Rev. J. T. Hnson, 10 00 

La Grange. German Evan. Cong. Ch., 
by Bev. J. Sohaerer, 16 00 

St. Loois, PUgrfm Cong. Cb., by J. E. 
Kaiae. Traas., 400 00 

Windsor Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. M. Bow- 
era, 12 00 


Ann Arbor, rini Cong, Ch^ |20 27; 

Mary Hnnter. |20 ; J. Austin Scott^ 
. •»; by »•▼. H. L. Hnbbell. 46 27 

Annsta, First Cong. Ch.,byBev.W. 

H. Osbom, 17 26 

Bedford, Cong. Ch., by Bev.M. Q. Mo- 

Fsilaiid, 16 00 

Brldgebampton, Cong. Ch., |8 23 ; Port 

Sudlftc, Cong. Ch., $14 28; by Bev. 

Celnmbns, ilrst Cong. Ch., by Bev. 8. 

^O. Bryan^ 18 00 

CoopervUle, Cong. Ch., $18 66 ; Bast* 

manville. Cong. Ch., |]1 00 ; Lament 

Cong. Cb., $16 26; by Rev. a l>oo- 

linle, 46 40 

Detroit, Second Cong. Cfau, by D. O. 

Penfleld, 100 00 

Dexter, Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. 8. Ked- 

sie, to const James £. Field a L.M, 80 00 
Dmidee, Cong. Ch., $7 87; London, 

Cong. Ch., |0 28; by Bev. £. Dyer, 16 66 
Frankl»rk First Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. 

H.FIetober, 19 00 

Maple Bapids, Cong. Cb., by Bev. E. 

T. Branch, 
Memphis, Cong. Ch., by Bev. TV. P. 

Wayland, First Cong. Ch., by Bev. J. 



Beoeived by Rev. F. B. Doe, 

Appleton, Cong. Ch., #100 00 

Sun Prairie, Bev. H. KBoard- 

man, M. D., 1 00 

Allen'rt Orove, Cong: Ch., by Bev. H. 

M. CaM, 
Arena, Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. A. Over- 
Bloomer, First Cong. Ch., $6.71 : Cook's 

Valley, Cong. Ch., $4.26, by Rev. H. 

A. Weutx, 
Boscobel, Cong. Ch., by Rev. TV. Stod- 

Brodhead, Cong. Ch., by Rev. W. D. 

Center, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. E. 

Hartland, Cong. Ck, $6.88 ; Pewaakee, 

Cone; Cb., $10.88, by Rev. a Norton, 
Kenoi*na, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. L, 

G. MerHll,TreasM 
Leon, First Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. Hall, 
Mt. Sterling, Cong. Oh., by Rey. P. 

Oak Grove, Cong. Ch., by Rev. M. 

Plymouth, A Friend, 


Received by Rev. J. Guernsey, D. D., 

Monticello, Cong. Ch., in full, 
to const. Kev. W. Leavltt a 
L. M., $22 96 

Ortord, Cong. Ch^ 20 16 

Waverly, Cong. Ch., by Rev. 
M. K. CroDs, 26 86 

Belmond, Cong. Cb., by Bev. J. D. 

Bradford, Cong. Ch., by Bev. A. 

Clay, ' David E. Draper^s Sabbath 

School Class, by Bev. T. H. Holmes, 
Davenport, German Cong. Cb., by Rev. 

T p Graf 
Eldora,* First' Cong. Ch., by Rev. C. F. 

Fairfax. First Cong. Ch., by Bev. D. J. 

Farmersburgb, Cong. Ch., by Bev. M. 

M. Wakeman, 
Lansing BIdge, German Evan. Cong. 

Cb.. by Rev. H. H. Sallenbach, 
Muscatine, German Evan. Cong. Ch., 

by Bev. J. Beuth, 


Maseppa, First Cong. Ch., bal. Of coll., 

bv Rev. E. P. Dada. 
Minneapolis, Plymouth Cong. Ch., bal. 

of col., by Bev. H. A.^Stimson, 
Bnshfbrd, Cong. Ch., by Bev. W. W. 

Waseca, Cong, Ch., by Bev. T. A. 



Becelved by Bev. J. G. Metrffl, 
Kansas, ^'X," $80 00 

Topeka, Mrs. M. & Sheldon, 10 00 

Arvonia, Welsh Union Cong. Cb., by 
Rev. W. Thomas, 

Emporia. First Cong. Cb., by Rev. J. 

MUford, First Cong. Ch., by Rev. E. 

P. Ingfrsoll, 
Mound City, Cong. Ch., by Rev. H. P. 


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20 00 

25 00 

12 00 

16 76 

8 11 
2 10 

8 69 

20 00 
18 00 

68 86 

16 60 

19 00 


40 00 

12 60 

44 10 

10 00 

28 00 

20 00 


67 60 


10 00 

40 00 

6 00 


81 00 

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Wabauiwee, First Oh. of Ohritt, by J. 
y. Wlllard, Treas., coll. In part, 


Barltngton First Cong. Ch., by Bev. 

V, Knowles. (corrected), $10.50. 
Botler Co., First CoDg. Cb., by Rot. 

A. Dresser, 
Blmwood, Cong. Cb., 18.00 ; Salt Creek, 

Congr. Oh., $2.60, by Rev, D. 

Font^^nelle, First Cong. Cb., by Bev. T. 

Horfolk, First Cong. Cb., by Bot. J. 

W. Kidder, 


Soqnel, Cong. Cb., by Ber. J. H. 


Sberbrooke, Frov. Quebeo, ThomM 8. 
Horey, by W. E. Whiting, 


150 00 


ao 00 
20 00 

10 00 

7 50 

$14,040 20 

DonaUoM qf Ckthinfft dc 

Ashby, Mass.. Ladies, by Miss Nellie 

Hayward, abox, 
Beverly, Maas., Ladies* Benev. Soo. of 

the Dano St. Conir. Cb. and Soo., by 

Mi»s 8. W. Ulark, Sec. a bctx, 
Birmingham, Conn^ Ladles of the Cong. 

Ch., by Bev. J. Wlllard, a box. 
Bloomfleld, Conn., Ladies uf the Cong. 

Soo., by Miss S. Gillette, a box, 
Boylsti>n Center, Mass., Ladies* Sev* 

ing Circle, by Mrs. N. J. Blgelow, a 

Bridgeport, Oonn., Sabbnth School of the 

SoQtb Cong. Cb.. by Mrs. B. Sierllng, 

Sec., a barrel and a half barrel, 
Bristol, Conn., Ladies' Home Miss. Soc, 

by Mrs. A. L. Atwood, Treas., a bar- 
Dover, N. J., Ladles' Sew. Soo. of tbe 

Presb. Cb., by Mrs. Dr. King, Sec., a