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days by the Rev. Mr. Merwin and the Rev. The following additions to permanent funds, of Baxter Dickinson; and was closed with
which the interest only can be expended, have been
made within the year past, víz. prayer by Dr. McAuley.
The annual sermon before the Board was To the Permanent Fund: preached on Wednesday evening in the
Gain on birk stock sold,
To the Permanent Fund for supBrick Presbyterian church. At the same
port of Ojicers: time three other missionary sermons were From an individual,
4 20 preached in other parts of the city, by re For profits of the Missionary quest of the Prudential Committee-by Dr.
Herald, received duriug the
year, McAuley, in the Reformed Dutch church
Interest, in part, on this fund, 1,062 463,003 BI
Committees appointed. byterian church.
A public meeting was held in the Chat Drs. McMurray and Spring and Mr.
Lord were appointed a committee of arrange-
Dr. Porter, Mr. Strong, and Dr. Cos the Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, and were appointed a committee to report a Dr. Beecher. Collection $236.
suitable notice of the death of the late CorOn Friday, at four P. M., the members responding Secretary, Dr. Cornelius, to be of the Board united with many of their entered on the records of the Board. brethren in the celebration of the Lord's
A communication being made to the supper, in the Murray-street church. The
Board by a committee appointed by the ministers who presided on the occasion General Synod of the Reformed Dutch were Drs. McAuley, De Witt, Hillyer, and Church to confer with a similar committee Beecher, and the Rev. Mr. Mortimer of the
appointed by the Board on the subject of United Brethren. The elders of the Mur
foreign missions, Drs. Miller and Edwards, ray-street church were assisted in the dis
Judge Platt, Mr. Lewis, and Mr. Anderson tribution of the elements by elders and
were appointed a committee for such purdeacons from among the members of the
Drs. Miller, McAuley, Woods, Cox, and
Fay, Gen. Van Rensselaer, and Mr. Hill
were appointed a committee to consider and
report in what manner that part of the exThe Treasurer's accounts, as certified by ecutive business of the Board, which rethe Auditors, were read, and were approv lates to the department of correspondence, ed by the Board.
can be best performed, and to nominate the The following is a summary view of the necessary officers for that department. receipts and expenditures of the Board dur
Drs. Woods, Alexander, Cuyler, Allen, ing the year ending Aug. 31, 1832.
and Edwards, Judge Howell, and Mr. Tap
pan, were appointed a committee to consider RECEIPTS:Donations,
the subject of electing additional members Legacies,
of the Board and of the Prudential Comluterest of permanent fund,
2,340 48 mittee, and to nominate suitable persons, Interest on temporary loang,
should they report in favor of making such
That part of the Report of the Prudential
Committee, which relates to home proceedmeet the current charges of the
ings, was referred to Mr. Strong, Rev. various missions and operations of
Mr. Merwin, and Rev. Isaac Lewis. The Board, were
120,954 95 Su for which the Board was in
The part relating to Bombay, Ceylon, and dehted at the last meeting,
2,941 53 southeastern Asia, to Rev. Mr. Beman, Balance to the credit of the Board,
Rev. Mr. Savage, and Rev. Mr. Smith. carried to new account, September 1, 1832,*
6,677 61 The part relating to the Mediterranean,
to Drs. Alexander and Livingston, and Mr. 8130,574 12
Wilder. * When it is considered, thue no less than fiftcen Islands, to Dr. McAuley, Rev. Mr. Carroll,
The part relating to the Sandwich preachers of the gospel, and tro printers, are under
and Rev. Mr. Patten, commission to go forth among the heathen within no long line, and most of them to distant fields, it
The part relating to the Indians east of will be seen that this balance will soon be consum ed. The necessary expenses of the existing system
the Mississippi, to Drs. Allen and Matfor the next year, including the sending forth of thews, and Rev. Mr. Van Veckten. the nucli farger surm night be very usefully expend the Mississippi, together with the nortoni
The part relating to the Indians west of ed in extending and improving the schooling system in the missions generally.
western Indians, and those in the state of
New York, to Gen. Van Rensselaer, Rev. Resolved, That it be recommended to the
Prudential Committee to consider the expeJudge Platt, Mr. Frelinghuysen, and Dr. ll diency of introducing into the Missionary McAuley were appointed a committee 10 Herald such abstracts of missionary intelexamine the revised Laws and Regulations ligence, and such interesting hints, or of the Board, reported by the Prudential topics for discussion, as may suitably be Committee pursuant to directions given at communicated to the churches at their conthe last annual meeting.
cert for prayer on the first Monday in every A report made by the Prudential Com- month; and of causing the work, if possimittee in reference to the salaries of mis- ble, to be so early distributed, that each sionaries, was referred to Judge Platt, Mr. | number of it may be thus communicated Strong, Dr. Allen, Mr. Lewis, and Mr. during the month for which it is issued. Lord.
Resolved, That it be recommended to the The Recording Secretary was appointed members and patrons of the Board to aid a committee to present the thanks of the in the establishment of suitable libraries at Board to Dr. Allen for his sermon, and to our various missionary stations, by such request a copy to be placed in the hands of donation of books as may conveniently be the Prudential Committee for publication; Il spared, fiom time to time, from their priand also to present the thanks of the Board
vate collections. to Dr. McAuley, Mr. Beman, and Dr.
The committee to whom was referred Skinner, for their sermons preached in be
that part of the Report of the Prudential half of the missionary cause, and to request a copy of each to be placed in the Committee, which relates to the missions hands of the Prudential Committee for pub- the northwestern part of the United
west of the Mississippi, and the missions in lication. Mr. Lewis, Dr. Edwards, and Dr. Wood- l States, reported, as matter for special grati
tude, that among the moral improvements bridge were appointed a committee to ex
which have followed the revivals of religion amine a correspondence, which has taken place, in the course of the past year, be
in the Indian tribes, it appears to be a settween the Prudential Committee and the
tled and uniform principle, that total absti
nence from the use and traffic in intoxicat-
tian character and conduct.
The committees on the missions in India,
west of the Mississippi, the northwestern during the present session upon the expe- Indians, and the Indians in the state of diency of having a meeting in behalf of New York, recommended the acceptance foreign missions in the city of New York, of the Report, with only slight amendduring the week of religious anniversaries. The Hon. Samuel Hubbard, John Tap.
The Report as a whole was approved, pan, Esq., and Messrs. John'c. Proctor, 1) and ordered to be printed, in the usual Daniel Noyes, and John Sullivan were ap- manner, by the Prudential Committee. pointed a committee to consider and recom Laws and Regulations of the Board. mend to the Prudential Committee the The Prudential Committee reported a code amount of salary, which each of the officers of laws and regulations, agreeably to inat the Missionary Rooms shall be authoris-structions given them a year ago. The ed to receive during the year.
special committee, to whom these laws and Dr. Wisner, Mi. Lord, and Rev. Mr. regulations were then referred, subsequentDickinson were appointed a committee to ly made the following report. report a time and place for the next Annual The committee, to whom was referred Meeting of the Board, with instructions to the code of laws and regulations for the use nominate a preacher for the same and his of the Board and its officers, recommend, substitute.
that the same, with the exception of a sin.
gle article, be accepted and approved. This Reports of Committees and Proceedings report was adopted, and the recommenda. thereon.
tion complied with by the Board,
Notice of Dr. Cornelius.—The committee Annual Report.--The Report of the Pru- | appointed to report a suitable notice of the dential Committee was read on Wednes- late Corresponding Secretary, reported the day. The different parts of it were then following, which was adopted; viz. placed in the hands of committees, as above
While the American Board remains, and stated.
its history is read by future generations, the The committee on the home proceedings Secretaries, who have conducted its corresof the Board proposed certain amendmenis, | pondence by their wisdom and untiring which were adopted, and the two follow- zeal and successful labors, will never be ing resolutions, which were also adopted; forgotten. The names of Worcester and
Evarts are precious in our memories,
Rarely, if ever, has the Board been called || Professor in the Union Theological Semito experience deeper sorrow, than by the nary, Virginia; and Rev. James Hoge, mysterious providence of God in the sud-D.D., of Ohio. den death of Dr. Cornelius. We had JAMES Farish, Esq.. of Bombay, India, mourned over the venerable Worcester, and was elected a corresponding member of the scarcely had we wiped away the tears occa Doard. rioned by the death of the able and distin. Officers for the year. The committee guished Evarts, when the wound was laid appointed to consider and report in what open and made to bleed afresh in the unex inanner that part of the executive business pected removal of Cornelius. These men of the Board can best be performed, which need no eulogium or praises of ours, nobelongs to the department of correspondmonument of marble to tell of their excel
ence, and also to nominate the necessary lence. They are engraved on our hearts, officers for that department, reported;—that never to be obliterated till we die. To say they unanimously recommend to the Board less than that they were men of comprehen- the choice of three Secretaries, and the sive minds, and rare spirits, and eminently election of the Rev. Benjamin B. Wisner, qualified for a high and wide sphere of ac D. D., Rev. Rufus Anderson, and Mr. tion, would be saying too little. Public David Greene, as Secretaries of the Board. opinion renders commendation from us, if
The following persons were elected offiever called for, on the present occasion un
cers of the Board for the year ensuing:necessary. In the death of Dr. Cornelius Joux Cotton Smith, LL. D., President; we have a perfect comment on the words, STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, LL. D., Vice “My ways are not your ways, nor my President; thoughts your thoughts.” One year ago, Rev. Calvin Chapir, D. D., Recording this beloved man was with us. Many eyes
Secretary; were upon him as the very person to fill the Hon. William REED, place, for which he was deemed eminently | Rev. Leonard Woods, D. D. fitted. Our expectations were raised, and we almost realised the successful results of || Rev. WARREN FAY, D. D.
SAMUEL HUBBARD, LL. D. his operations. But God saw otherwise. Rev. BENJAMIN B. WISNER, D.D. He had another place for him, concealed from mortal vision, of more elevated action. Mr. Charles STODDARD,
SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG, Esq. And it is for us to be still; it is as it should
Rev. BENJAMIN B. WINNER,) Secretaries be. The church, and every missionary Rev. Rufus Asperson, and for Corresand every friend of Zion, sympathised in Mr. David GREENE,
pondence; our grief. Not for his sake do we sorrow,
Henry Hill, Esq. Treasurer; We would not bring him back; we would Joun TAPPAN, Esq., and not break him off from the song of the ransomed, which, we think, he is raising in
Joint committee of conference respecting the upper kingdom to the glory of God. the missimary operations of the Reformed God has grieved us, but it is for our profit, Dutch Church. The committee of confer. that we might partake more largely of his holiness. Cornelius yet speaks. The the Reformed Dutch Church and the Amer
ence, appointed by the General Synod of Savior speaks, “Work while it is day.” ican Board of Commissioners for Foreign Let no moment be lost, no effort withheld, Missions, having considered the important no zeal abated, no enterprise for Christ and subject referred to them, beg leave to report the conversion of the world fail by any
as follows: thing left undone within the compass of The selection of missionaries, and the our individual and united power, knowing | particular direction of missions, are; that though weak in ourselves, yet through laws and regulations of the Board, inade Christ strengthening us, we can do all the specific duty of the Prudential Commit things,
That Committee has made it an insa. Election of members. The committee on riable rule hitherto, to give appointments the expediency of adding to the number of as missionaries to all suitable preachers of corporate members reported, and the follow the gospel belonging to the Reformed ing persons were elected; viz. Rev. Enocul Dutch, the Presbyterian, the Associate POND, Professor in the Theological Semi-Reformed, and the Congregational churchnary in Bangor, Me.; Rev. Natuan Lord, I es, who have expressed to them a willing D. V., President of Dartmouth College, ness to devote their lives to missionary las N. H. SAMUEL T. Armstrong, Esq., Rev., bors among the heathen. Acting on this Rufus Anderson, Mr. David GREENE, rule, every reasonable facility will be furand Mr. CHARLES Stoddard, of Boston, nished to ministers and candidates in these Mass.; Rev. Noau Porter, D. D., of Con- several denominations, for becoming misnecticut; Rev. CORNELIUS C. Cuyler, sionaries in heathen lands. The joint com D. D., ŽEcuarian Lewis, Esq., and Or- mittee see no way in which it is possible RIN Day, Esq., of the state of New York; | for the Synod to render it easier for the Rey. John McDowell, D. D., and missionary candidates in their church to the Hon. PETER D. Vroom, of New-avail themselves of the experience and Jersey; Rev. GEORGE A. Baxter, D. D., || patronage of the Board of Missions. The
WILLIAM J. HUBBARD, Esq.} Auditors.
joint committee would recommend, as the Missions among the southwestern Indian
Resolved, That the Board approve the The joint committee are informed that measures adopted, under the sanction of the the Prudential Committee intend inviting Prudential Committee, by the Rev. Samuel Mr. Abeel to visit this country, partły with A. Worcester and Doct. Elizur Butler, a view to his performing an agency in the missionaries of the Board, now confined in denomination to which he belongs. It is the penitentiary of the state of Georgia, for understood also, that if Mr. Abeel should bringing their case before the Supreme on his return find young men in the Re- Court of the United States; and that the formed Dutch Church, possessing the re
Board express their satisfaction in view of quisite qualifications for missionaries, and
the decision of that high tribunal, and also willing to accompany him to the East, the
that the Prudential Committee be instructa Prudential Committee will gladly give themed to adopt such other measures as they an appointment, and send them forth as may think expedient for protecting the permissionaries of the Board. Nor will there sons and rights of these missionaries. be any objection to their forming a new and Resolved, That the Board express their distinct mission, with an ecclesiastical or
continued confidence in the missionaries ganization and public worship according to
named in the preceding resolutions, and their own views and wishes, as has inva- || their fraternal sympathy with them in the riably been the case with the missionaries painful separation from Christian privileges, under the superintendence of the Board. their families, and their missionary labors, And should the friends of missions in that and in the protracted and illegal imprison. church prefer appropriating their contribu- ment, to which these servants of Christ tions to this, or any other mission, or object | have been subjected for more than a year; within the proper scope of the Board, and and that the Board commend them and should it be practicable to expend those their bereaved families to the prayers of contributions wisely upon that mission or
the friends of missions throughout the object, there can be no objection to such country. appropriations, and the wishes of the donors It was also moved and ordered, that the will be sacredly regarded. Should there be Prudential Committee prepare and publish any excess in the receipts from the Reform
at such time as they shall deem the most ed Dutch Church above the proper ex- expedient, a concise statement of facts repenses of the missionaries from that church, I specting the missions established by the the balance will of course go for the general Board among the south western tribes of objects of the Board. Should it at any time Indians, in conformity to the resolution on be expedient to increase the number of that subject which was adopted at the last missionaries in the missions commenced by
Annual Meeting, and with which circummissionaries from the Reformed Durchstances have hitherto prevented a comChurch, and should suitable men in this pliance. church offer their services, and prefer going mittee to whom' was referred the report of
On salaries of missionaries.—The comto those missions, they would have the preference of others.
the Prudential Committee in reference to These views, if sanctioned by the Board, the salaries of missionaries, reported that, place it within the power of the friends of upon consideration of this difficult subject, missions in the Reformed Dutch Church to and feeling great respect for the wisdom employ the Board and its Committee as and long experience of the Prudential Comtheir almoners and agents in conducting mittee, the committee recommend
that the missions among the leathen; and, at the arrangement reported by the Prudential same time, have the satisfaction of support-Committee in respect to the Bombay mising missionaries from their own church. sion, be approved, as a useful and imporThe ecclesiastical relations and responsibil
tant experiment. The report was accepted. ities of missionaries are not at all affected by their coming under the direction of the
Grants from the American Bible Society This report was accepted and unani were acknowledged in the following resomously adopted.
Resolved, That this Board acknowledges || would respectfully and earnestly commend with lively sensibility the donations of five this institution to the liberal charities of the thousand dollars for printing and circulat community. They also cordially approve ing the Holy Scriptures and parts thereof, of the determination of the Prudential in the Mahratta language, by the mission Committee to send ont, by divine permisat Bombay, and five thousand dollars for sion, an associate for Mr. Poor in the inthe like object in the language of the Sand-struction of the seminary. wich Islands, voted by the Board of Mana
Encouragements of the past year.-Regers of the American Bible Society in the solved, That the Board notice with gratimonth of November last.
lude to God the strong and cheering interResolved, That the Prudential Commit- il est, which auxiliaries, associations, and intee be instructed to communicate the above dividuals in different parts of the country resolution to the Managers of the American feel in the prosperity of the missions under Bible Society, together with such informa- the superintendence of the Board; who tion as the Committee possess relative to have, by their prompt and liberal pecuniary the progress which has been made in print- | contributions, enabled the Prudential Com. ing the Scriptures, under the encourage-mittee to send forth a greater number of ment derived from the timely and liberal missionaries than usual, with the means of grants above mentioned;—a reference to the exerting a Christian influence among the period within which the expenditures for heathen, and so have greatly eng
encouraged these objects will render it desirable to re the Board, its officers, agents, and missionceive the sums granted, or portions thereof; || aries in their work. -a notice of the existing facilities and calls for further expenditure for like objects, in | country.--Resolved, that the Board approve
General Agents for particular districts of connection with the missions of this Board of the appointment of General Agents in the course of the ensuing year;—and an expression of the fervent desire and hope particular districts, and with its executive
co-operate with the friends of missions in entertained by this Board, that the National officers, in measures for promoting a misBible Society may be enabled, in connection with its other foreign operations, to duty of members of the Board to encourage
sionary spirit, and that it be considered the supply.the growing demands for the Holy and assist these agents in the several fields Scriptures at all our missionary stations.
of their labor. Acknowledgment of grants from the Amer
The Prudential Committee encouraged to ican Tract Society. -Resolved, That the prosecute their labors without fear.-Re.
of thanks of the Board be presented to the solved, That the Board cordially approve o American Tract Society, for the liberal do the disposition of the Prudential Committee nation of two thousand six hundred dollars to search out and obtain precise and accufor the printing and distribution of religious rate information concerning the unevan. tracts in connection with the missions of gelized portions of the earth, and to send the Board in Bombay, Ceylon, southeastern forth all the suitable missionaries to the Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Sandwich heathen, who can be procured; and the Islands; and that the Prudential Committee Board would encourage the Committee to be instructed to make a respectful applica- go forward in this work without fear, trusttion and statement to the Executive Com- ling in the power and grace of Christ
, who mittee of that Society, with a view to ob-has commanded that the gospel taining further aid in the great departmented to every creature, and promised to be of Christian charity, which belongs appro- | formance of this duty with humble confi
with his servants who engage in the perpriately to that institution.
dence in him. High School at the Sandwich Islands.
Auriliaries in New York and PhiladelResolved, That the Board have heard with phia.—Resolved, That the Prudential Com. much satisfaction of the establishment of a
mittee be instructed to confer with the High School at the Sandwich Islands, for Auxiliary Society of New York and Brooke accelerating the progress of education and lyn, on the subject of holding a public religious knowledge among the islanders, meeting in behalf of foreign missions in the tial Committee to foster the infant
seminary religious anniversaries in May; and also with great care, and to take all proper op- | with the Auxiliary Society in Philadelphia portunities for introducing it to the favorable regard and patronage of the Christian in that city during the week of religions
on the subject of holding a similar meeting community.
anniversaries there in the same month. Missionary Seminary in Ceylon.-- Re. solved, That the Board regard with great A resolution was introduced relating 10 interest the missionary seminary at Batti- | persons desirous of being connected with cotta, in Ceylon, believing it to be a very missionary stations under the direction of important means of diffusing a knowledge the Board, and yet able and willing to sup: of Christianity among the people in Ceylon, 1 port themselves, and was referred to the and the southern part of peninsular India Prudential Committee, to report at the nest speaking the Tamul language; 'and they II meeting of the Board.