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For the convenience of the readers of the Missionary Herald who may not have ready access to the Annual Report, this number will be principally occupied with a brief view of the organization of the Board, and of its proceedings during the past year, together with the present condition of the missions under its care and their prospects.
ORGANIZATION AND OFFICERS OF SAMUEL HUBBARD, LL. D.,
WARREN FAY, D. D.,
Hon. SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG, The Board is composed of corporate CHARLES STODDARD, Esq., members, who are elected under the act JOHN TAPPAN, Esq., of incorporation, corresponding members, | DANIEL Noyes, Esq., also elected, and honorary members, con
Prudential Committee; stituted such by the contribution at one time, of one hundred dollars, if laymen, | Rev. Rufus ANDERSON, and fifty dollars, if ministers.
Rev. David GREENE,
Rov. WILLIAM J. ARMSTRONG, Corporate Members,
Secretaries for Correspondence; In Maine,
14 In New Hampshire,
Henry Hill, Esq., Treasurer; In Vermont,
WILLIAM J. HUBBARD, Esq., In Massachusetts, 18
CHARLES SCUDDER, Esq., In Connecticut,
7 In New York,
18 In New Jersey,
6 In Pennsylvania,
Rev. RICHARD C. HAND, at Concord, In District of Columbia,
N. H., for Maine, New Hampshire, and In Virginia,
Vermont. In North Carolina,
Rev. HORATIO BARDWELL, at Oxford, In South Carolina,
Mass., for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and In Georgia,
Connecticut. In Tennessee,
Rev. CHAUNCEY EDDY, at Saratoga In Ohio,
4 In Illinois,
Springs, and Rev. FREDERIC E. CANNON,
1 -87 Corresponding Members;
at Geneva, N. Y., for the State of New
York. In the United States,
Rev. David MAGIE, at Elizabethtown, In Foreign Parts,
N. J., for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, DelaHonorary Members;
ware, and Maryland.
Rev. HARVEY COE, at Hudson, Ohio, for Total,
the Western Reserve and Michigan Ter
ritory. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD.
Rev. ARTEMAS BULLARD, at Cincinnati, John Cotton SMITH, LL. D., President; Ohio, for the Western States. STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, LL. D., Vice Rev. JACOB D. MITCHELL, Richmond, President;
Va., for Virginia, North Carolina, and DisCalvin CHAPIN, D. D., Recording Sec'ry; trict of Columbia. CHARLES STODDARD, Esq., Assistant Re
for South cording Secretary.
Carolina, Georgia, and East Tennessee. VOL. XXXIII.
ABRIDGMENT OF THE ANNUAL REPORT.
ONE corporate member of the Board, Rev. William Nevins, D. D., and one male and seven female assistant missionaries, have deceased during the past year. DOMESTIC OPERATIONS. || er, by several thousand dollars, than in
former year. AGENCIES.—The Rev. Mr. Bardwell, It was stated in the last report, that who has filled the agency for the south- the Rev. D. Magie had consented to act ern district of New England with much as the permanent agent of the Board in acceptance for some years, made a com the field embracing the States of New munication to the Committee in March Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and last, in which he expressed his belief Maryland, retaining his pastoral charge that the churches in his agency, and and devoting three months in each year their pastors, were prepared to sustain exclusively to the duties of his agency. the cause of foreign missions without the Subsequently to the meeting of the constant labors of an agent. At the Board, Mr. M. was able to give but a same time, he proposed to take the pas- small portion of his time to the agency, toral care of a church in the central part and early in the spring he signified to of the district, where he might still re the Committee his purpose to resign, extain his agency, correspond with minis- | pressing at the same time his readiness ters, attend the annual meetings of aux to let his name stand on the list of iliary societies, and exercise a general | agents, and to do such service for the supervision of the work in the churches cause as he might find consistent with among which he has been accustomed to other duties, until a successor could be travel for the promotion of that object. | obtained. As it has ever been the purpose of the Since that time the Committee have Committee to dispense with the labors of diligently sought a suitable person to agents so soon as the state of missionary | fill that important agency. feeling and effort in the churches will At the annual meeting of the Central permit
; and as the churches in the south- Board of Foreign Missions at Prince Edern district of New England, having ward co., Va., in October last, the Rev. been organized for this work more fully J. D. Mitchell was elected corresponding and at an earlier period, are probably secretary of that Board. Soon after, he better prepared to do their duty in it, was appointed general agent of this without the labors of an agent, than any Board for the States of Virginia and other body of churches connected with North Carolina and the District of Cothe Board, the Committee approved of lumbia, in conformity with a provision in Mr. Bardwell's plan, and consented to the constitution of the Central Board, by the proposed arrangement.
which it co-operates with the American In the northern district of New Eng- || Board of Commissioners for Foreign land, the Rev. R. C. Hand has prosecut-Missions. Mr. Mitchell has found much ed the labors of his agency as heretofore. I encouragement in the arduous duties of He states, in a late communication, that his office. As a pleasing illustration of he has every where been kindly receiv- | the missionary feeling in that quarter, at ed by the churches; that in most cases the meeting just referred to, nearly three they have cheerfully contributed a great-thousand dollars were contributed, in er amount this year than the last; and sums of fifty and one hundred dollars that the spirit of inquiry as to the duty each, by a spontaneous and wholly unof personal consecration to the work of looked for movement of individuals preforeign missions, is aroused and extend- || sent at the meeting. ed among the churches, more than he The Rev. Edwin Holt, who, at the has ever known it to be before.
date of the last Report, filled the office In the State of New York, the Rev. l of secretary of the Southern Board of Chauncey Eddy, general agent of the Foreign Missions, and general agent of Board, and his associate, the Rev. F. E. this Board for South Carolina, Georgia, Cannon, have pursued their work during and East Tennessee, resigned these apthe year with diligence and success. pointments in May last, having accepted The amount paid into the treasury of the a call to a pastoral charge. Though the Board from that agency has been great-Il post of secretary and agent has been va
cant so many months, the amount of con- || many more will offer their services to the tributions from that Board during the Board, during the ensuing year, than year, has been twice as great as during have in that which has just closed; unboth the previous years of its existence. less, indeed, the failure of the churches
The Foreign Missionary Society of to furnish the funds necessary to send the Valley of the Mississippi has pur- out those already appointed, should dissued its work during the year with zeal courage those who are looking forward and success. Its secretary, who is also with fond anticipations to the hour when the general agent of the Board for that they shall be prepared to say to the field, the Rev. A. Bullard, has been very Committee, 'Here are we, send us. Such successful in exciting an interest in for a failure would be disastrous indeed. eign missions in the principal semina- But, when the friends of this cause have ries of learning of different grades, and so long mourned over the fewness of the for both sexes, throughout that wide re- laborers, and besought the Lord of the gion. In many of these institutions so- | harvest that He would thrust them forth, cieties for inquiry on the subject of mis can we believe there will be tedious and sions have been happily organized, and embarrassing delay in providing means valuable missionary libraries have been to send out those whom the Lord has obtained for them. During the last win- thrust forth, and who are waiting to go ter and spring, Mr. B. made an exten- | “far bence to the Gentiles." sive tour through the south and south PUBLICATIONS.—In diffusing informawest. Every where he was kindly re tion on the subject of unissions, through ceived. In many places liberal contri- the press, during the year, about 21,000 butions were made to the cause. The copies of the Missionary Herald have same increasing interest in the cause of been put into circulation. Three thoumissions, and readiness to contribute to sand five hundred copies of the last its support, have been evinced in the Annual Report of the Board, together synod of the Western Reserve, and in the with the Annual Sermon, have been pubTerritory of Michigan, where the Rev. lished. In addition to these, 20,000 Harvey Coe has been associated with copies of the Quarterly Papers, with enMr. Bullard, and in Illinois and Missouri, gravings, and 30,000 of the Missionary where he has been aided by Rev. Mr. Papers have been printed, and a much Kimball.
larger number of both widely distriFrom all our agents, in every part of buted. the country from which the resources of TREASURY.—The receipts of the Board the Board are derived, we continue to during the year ending July 31st, from receive assurances of the readiness of the the ordinary sources of revenue, have churches to contribute far more to this amounted to $176,232 15, exceeding those cause than they have done. It will be of the preceding year by $12,891 96. seen from the sequel of this report, that It ought, however, to be remarked here, the time has come when the soundness that the financial year which closed July of these views, and the correctness of 31, 1835, comprised but eleven months, such anticipations, must be put to the so that in fact it cannot be said with test.
propriety that there is any increase of the Our fellow laborers of the Board of receipts of the Board during the year. Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church The expenditures during the same pehave co-operated with us during the riod have amounted to $210,407 54, exyear with greatly increased energy and iceeding those of the last year by more zeal. They have furnished nine of the than $47,000, and leaving a deficit laborers who have gone out to the work, | against the treasury, including the debt and have contributed almost nine thou- of last year, of $38,866 57. Where this sand dollars to the treasury of the large increase of expenditure has occurBoard.
red, and whence it has arisen, will be CANDIDATES.--The past year has given distinctly seen in the sequel of this report. increasing evidence that there are in the For the printing and distribution of the churches, and especially among the Scriptures in foreign languages, under young men preparing for the ministry, a the direction of the missionaries of the rapidly augmenting number who have Board, the treasurer has received the folconsecrated themselves to the Lord as lowing appropriations from various sociemissionaries to the heathen. The num ties: ber now under appointment is nearly
From the American Bible Society, $19,000 twice as great as it was at the last meet
Philadelphia Bible Society,
Connecticut Bible Society, ing of ti. Board; and information al
1,000 ready shpino, warrants the belief that
And for the printing and distribution || tions, to be sent out during the coming of tracts in like manner, the following year, twenty-four missionaries, of whom sums have been received:
one is a physician; three other physicians,
fourteen male and twenty-three female From the American Tract Society, $16,400
assistant missionaries; in all sixty-fourThe whole amount received from so a number twice as great as have ever cieties is $37,900; and the sum total ex been waiting to embark, at any previous pended by the Board for the propagation meeting of the Board.* of the gospel during the past year is $248,307 54.
Since the last Report, the Committee
WEST AFRICA. have dismissed at their own request from the service of the Board on account
MISSION AT CAPE PALMAS. of health, changes in the missions, and other causes, three ordained missiona
Fair HOPE.-John Leighton Wilson, Missionary, ries, and four male and nine female as and wife. sistant missionaries, in all sixteen. To
(1 station, 1 missionary, and I female assistant these add one male and seven female as
missionary.) sistant missionaries removed by death during the year, and it appears that
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson enjoy good twenty-four laborers who were in the health. A boarding-school, which it is service of the Board at the close of the hoped may grow into a seminary for nalast year, have since been withdrawn tive teachers and preachers, has been from it.
commenced with fifteen boys and four Within the same period, the Commit- | girls. Mrs. Wilson has also opened a tee have appointed twenty-seven mis- school. Common elementary schools, sionaries, of whom one is also a physi- however, cannot be multiplied until nacian, three other physicians, and fifteen tive teachers are provided. The preachmale and thirty-three married and un-ing of the gospel will of course be commarried female assistant missionaries; in menced as soon as the language of the all seventy-eight.
natives is acquired. Mr. Wilson has And they have sent out to the several | made progress enough in it to prepare a fields of labor enumerated, the following small elementary school-book, which was
printed at Monrovia during a visit made
by himself and Mrs. Wilson in DecemRev. Robert 0. Dwight and wife,
ber. Rev. M. Winslow,
For the purpose of introducing the Rev. William C. Jackson and wife, Trebizond. gospel into the kingdom of the AshanRev. James I.. Thompson, Rev. John F. Lannenu,
tees, the greatest of the west African Rev. Story Hebard, and Syria.
States, the Committee, at the suggestion Miss Betsey Tilden,
of Mr. Wilson, have resolved upon sendRev. Henry Spaulding and wife, Doct. Benedict Satteriee and wifi,
ing a mission to Cape Coast Castle, with Mr Abner D. Jones and wife,
the leave of Providence, as soon as they Mrs. Whitman, wife of Dr. Whitman Mr. Grenville T. Sproat,
can obtain suitable men for the pur
N. A. Indians. Mr. William H. Gray,
pose. Mrs. Ely,
The late voyage of Doct. Hall up the Mrs. Allis, Mrs. Town,
Cavally river, which pours into the sea Miss L. G. Smith,
about fifteen or twenty miles eastward of Rev. Elihu Doty and wife, Rev. Jacob Ennis and wife,
Cape Palmas, has given increased interRev. Elbert Nevius and wite,
Indian est to our present mission. He found Rev. Williain Youngblood and wife, Archipelago. that river navigable for fifty miles, into a. Rev. Samuel P. Robbins and wife, Miss A. C. Condit,
mountainous and populous region of Rev. Joseph S. Travelli and wife,
country.t Rev. Matthew B. Hope,
* Since the annual meeting of the Board some of Rev. Nathan Benjamin and wife, Greece.
the persons referred to abovo have been sent forth,
aod tive other missionaries, three mule assistant misFifteen ordained inissionaries, two sionaries, and ir-n temales have offered their services, physicians, three other male and twenty- 1 of the Board shall be such as to warrant thuir being
and have been appointed on condition that the funds two married and unmarried female as seot forth. sistant missionaries, in all forty-two. | Rev. David White and his wife and Mr. P. V. R. And there are now under appointment, James, colored man, to act ns printer, embarked for
Cape Palmas October 31st, taking a printing press and most c: them desigpaied to their siu with them.
Mies Catharine inslow, wife of Tamul Mission.
the point of commencing their journey in
wagons to the field of their future laMARITIME
200- || bors.
MISSION AMONG THE
Allen Grout and George Champion, Missionaries; Newton Adams, M. D., Physician; Mrs. Champion and Mrs. Adams.
Daniel Lindley, Alexunder E. Wilson, M. D., and (2 missionaries, 1 missionary physician, and 2 fe Henry J. Venable, Missionaries, and their wives. male assistant missionaries.)
(3 missionaries,-one a physician,--and 3 female
assistant missionarios.) The prospect of a successful entrance into the field to which these brethren
These brethren reached Griqua Town had been destined, was at one time so on the 16th of May, fifty-eight days afdubious that some of their friends at the ter leaving Cape Town.
In the hospitaCape were ready to believe that Provi- || ble families of the two resident missionadence directed their course into the interies at this place, Messrs. Wright and rior; but they did not feel themselves at | Hughes, they remained five months, and liberty to turn aside from the course pre: another station of the London Missionary
then proceeded onward to Kuruman, scribed for them without having first made the actual experiment of what could Society, 110 miles northward of Griqua be done.
Town. Our brethren were strongly adIn December, having an opportunity to vised by Messrs. Wright and Hughes to go to Port Natal in the Dove, a vessel remain at Griqua Town till they had which plies between Algoa Bay and that I gained some acquaintance with the port, Messrs. Grout, °Champion, and Sichuana, that they might not be wholly Adams determined on a visit to the at the mercy of their interpreter, and country of Dingaan, leaving their
wives miglit the sooner commence the direct, under the kind care of their missionary | While here, they prepared a small spel
independent preaching of the gospel. friends at Bethelsdorp and Port Elizabeth. They reached Port Natal on the ling-book of Sitebeli words, which they 20th, after a tedious struggle with cur
resolved to print at Kuruman in the form
of cards. rents and head winds, and remained in
Mosalekatsi's residence is about two the country till the 5th of February. Their arrival was at the close of the degrees south of the tropic of Capricorn.
The latest date from this mission is Feb. rainy season; and the month of January, 28th. Messrs. Lindley and Venable which they spent in travelling, is esteemed the hottest in the year. The country journey to Mosalekatsi
, to make them
were then on the point of commencing a appears to be blessed with a salubrious selves and their object known to him. climate. A fortnight brought them to Dingaan, meanwhile remain at Kuruman. They
Doct. Wilson and their wives would who gave them a hospitable reception, and treated them with much attention expected to be four months on this tour, and respect. The chief consented to
and confidently anticipating the presence their coming into his country, but influ- of the Lord and Savior at whose comenced by that jealousy and apprehension wilds, they cherished no fears of an un
mand they were traversing those African of white men which with too much reason is prevalent in South Africa, he pro
civil reception from the barbarian chief. posed that at first they should build their
EUROPE. house and make their home at Port Natal, until he had time to see the effect of a school they were at liberty to open at his place of residence.
ATHENS.- Jonas King, D. D., Missionary, and wife. It was deterniined to leave Mr. Cham
Aroos.- Elias Riggs, Missionary, and wife. pion behind, to take care of the wagon, etc., and that he might erect a house for
Nathan Benjamin, Missionary, and wife; on their their families and make other necessary arrangements at Port Natal, while the
(2 stations, 3 missionaries, and 3 female assistant
missionaries.) other two brethren returned for their families and effects.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin sailed from At the latest date, which was March Boston, July 16th, destined either to 22d, the brethren having made arrange- | Athens or Argos. ments for sending their stores and heavier The prospects of substantial usefuleffects to Port Natal by water, were on ness in this mission were perhaps never
MISSION TO GREECE.
way to the mission.