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The anniversary of the American Baptist of $22,850.55 applicable to the deficiency of Home Mission Society was held in Buffalo, the previous year, reducing it to $30,136.17. N. Y., May 26th. The Hon. Samuel A. In addition to the receipts reported above, gifts Crozer presided. The report showed that the have been made to the Union to be founded, receipts of the society for the year ending and gifts in the nature of annuities, sufficient April 1st for missions and educational pur- to swell the total of recipts to $258,678.03. poses had been $175,534.38, or about $25,000 Fourteen new missionaries had been sent out less than the receipts of the previous year. under the auspices of the Union and the two Report was made of the seven freedmen Woman's Baptist Missionary Societies. The schools: Wayland Seminary, Washington, Rev. San-Pan Kau-too, a Karen, educated in D. C., 92 pupils; Richmond Institute, Rich- this country, had been sent back to labor for mond, Va., 79 pupils; Shaw University, Ra- his people. One other missionary was under leigh, N. O., 236 pupils; Benedict Institute, appointment of the Woman's Society for BurColuunbia, s. o., 115 pupils; Augusta Insti- mah. Six missionaries, now in the United tute, Augusta, Ga., 95 pupils; Nashville In- States, were expecting to return to their posts stitute, Nashville, Tenn., 112 pupils; Leland within the year, and several missionaries had University, New Orleans, La., 119 pupils. A retired from their posts for a vacation. report was presented on Indian missions, A correspondence was recommended with showing that among the tribes of the Indian the Baptist Missionary Board of the South, Territory there were three Baptist associa- and with the Colored Baptist Conventions of tions, 84 churches, and nearly 5,000 members. the United States, for the purpose of agreeing A delegate was present from the Consolidated upon some policy of agency in which all the American Baptist Missionary Convention (col- Baptists of the United States may unite in the ored), who presented resolutions which had support of missions to Africa. A delegation been adopted by that convention in acknowl- was received from the Southern Baptist Conedgment of the value of the work of the so- vention. ciety among the colored people, and express The following is a summary of the statistical ing readiness to coöperate with it. In return reports of the mission-fields: a resolution was adopted, “That this society extend to the American Baptist Consolidated Convention our expression of fraternal fellowship, and desire to coöperate as far as practicable in their most laudable attempt to conduct Burmah (nine stations).
19,671 missionary and educational work under their Teloogoos, India (six
8,887 own management and support.” A resolution Assam (five stations)... was also adopted, “That we cordially and ur- China (four stations)..
Japan (two stations).... gently invite our brethren of the entire South, and particularly the ministers and members of
25,082 Southern Baptist churches, to coöperate with our teachers and our board, even more earnestly than ever before, in the building up and strengthening of these schools for educating colored preachers and teachers."
10,495 The anniversary of the American Baptist Germany
19,997 Educational Commission was held in Buffalo,
Spain N. Y., May 24th. The report discussed the Greece relations of the Baptist denomination to edu
410 81,247 The fortieth annual meeting of the Ameri- Total for all the missions
779 66,829 can and Foreign Bible Society was held in New York City, May 16th. The treasurer re The missions in Sweden, France, and Gerported that there was a balance in the treasu- many are carried on entirely by native agencies. ry May 1, 1875, of $4,506.33; that the recipts The fifth annual meeting of the Woman's during the year had been $8,725.77, and the Baptist Missionary Society of the East was expenditures had been $10,466.16, leaving a held in Boston, Mass., April 18th and 19th. balance of $2,765.94.
The treasurer reported that the total receipts The anniversary of the American Baptist of the society for the year had been $35,801.-Vissionary Union was held in Buffalo, N. Y., 91, and the total expenditures, $34,157.62. May 23d. The Rev. Barnas Sears, D.D., LL.D., Five new missionaries had been appointed, presided. According to the financial statement two of whom had gone to Burmah, two tó in the report, the total receipts of the Union Japan, and one was under appointment to for the fiscal year ending March 31st, appli- Maulmain. More than 800 auxiliary circles, cable to the work in hand, were $245, 997.23. 90 children's bands and young ladies societies, The total of liabilities for the missionary year and 90 associational secretaries were reported in the foreign field, ending September 30, as connected with the society. In the foreign 1876, were $223,176.68. This left a balance work the society supported 18 missionaries,
19 16 18 6
5 11 8
670 889 15
besides a Karen assistant at Rangoon and a ordained native pastors, 2; native assistants, Eurasian at Nellore. These missionaries were 15; out-stations, 6; churches, 5; baptisms, laboring among the Burmans, the Karens, the 37; memberships, 350. The missions were at Eurasians, and in Japan. Twenty schools were Fung-Chow, Shanghai, and Canton, that at aided or supported, of which four had been Chefoo having been closed. At Canton an begun during the year. In them were 51 na- average attendance of 91 pupils was reported tive teachers and 1,420 pupils.
for all the schools, and a highest attendance The fifth annual meeting of the Woman's of 121. Baptist Missionary Society of the West was Italian Missions.—Stations at Rome, La held in Chicago, Ill., April 11th and 12th. Tour, Milan, Modena, San Capri, and PorsidoThe treasurer reported that the total receipts nio, Lodi, Cività Vecchia, and Bari, with the for the year had been $13,744.02. The sum Rev. G. B. Taylor as American missionary suof $11,816.93 had been spent in the foreign perintendent, and seven Italian ministers. The work, and $1,467.43 had been applied to the Vatican adult school, under the care of the “home expenses” of the society. The joint Rev. Mr. Van Meter, of 75 or 100 pupils, was annual meeting of the two societies was held addressed weekly by the Italian minister in in Buffalo, N. Y., May 24th.
Rome. Twenty-one thousand dollars had been The annual meeting of the American Baptist secured toward the projected fund of $40,000 Historical Society was held in Philadelphia, for the church in Rome. The Northern BapMay 28th. The Rev. Dr. Malcolm, who had tists had undertaken to raise $20,000 of this long served the society as president, having sum, but had as yet failed to do so. The conretired in consequence of age and infirmity, vention decided that the publication of the was chosen honorary president for life. The Foreign Mission Journal should be resumed as Rev. Dr. Cathcart was chosen president. The soon as practicable, and that the Home Mission report stated that the society had now in its Board should enjoy equal privileges and recollection 4,264 bound volumes, besides a large sponsibilities. The treasurer of the Home body of valuable pamphlets and manuscripts. Mission Board reported that the board was in
Social unions have been organized in many debt to the amonnt of $6,483.44. On account of the Baptist churches of the United States, of this incumbrance, it had not enlarged its as voluntary societies for social and literary in- work. Its work among the Indian tribes was tercourse. A general convention of these so of a very interesting and profitable nature. It cial unions was held in Philadelphia, May 29th. gave much attention to the colored people of Mr. J. P. Townsend, of New York, presided. the South, with results of great promise.
The Southern Baptist Convention met at Twenty-six missionaries had labored under its Richmond, Va., May 11th. The Rev. J. P. direction during the year, who reported 284 Boyce, D. D., of Kentucky, was chosen presi- baptisms. The board was requested by the dent. The treasurer of the Foreign Mission convention to employ to the fullest extent Board reported that his receipts had been practicable any voluntary agents to collect about $45,000. This sum was stated to be money, and, as soon as it may be done without about $13,000 above the average collections, violation of present contracts, to dispense with exclusive of the Rome chapel-fund-of the paid agents, except in States where it shall be three past years; and some $23,000, or 100 found impracticable to do without them. per cent., above the average of the six years The report on the missions among the Inprevious. The women of Georgia and Vir- dian tribes spoke of the importance of this ginia had contributed $2,491.60 for the Moon work, and declared that it had reached a crisis. house (so called after the Misses Moon, mis- Special efforts were recommended to provide sionaries), in Fung-Chow, China, and the wom- the Indians with educational facilities. The en of South Carolina $1,343.41 for the mis- Creek nation had made provision to give land sionary-house at Canton. Women in other for schools and for farms connected with them, States had also helped these objects. The to- $70 per capita for scholars, to those who tal amount of $8,726.27 had been raised for would go and establish schools among them. the house at Canton, and the expenditure for The Delawares and Shawnees were calling for this purpose was limited to $10,000. Reports religious and educational advantages. The were made of missionary operations, of which convention resolved that the agency of the the following is a summary:
Home Mission Board is an imperative necessity African Missions.--Foreign missionaries, 2; to meet the pressing wants of our own people native assistants, 3; churches, 3; baptized, and of the Indian tribes." 26; total membership, 58. The Rev. W. J. The president, Dr. Boyce, who is also presiDavid had visited the Vey people, north of dent of that institution, reported of the SouthLiberia, and had been impressed with the fa- ern Baptist Theological Seminary that during vorable opening for missionary effort. He the next year the contribution of the Baptists afterward decided to establish himself at Ton- of Kentucky of $300,000 to its endowment chea. The convention recommended that ap- would be completed. The $200,000 which proved colored ministers be advised to go to were to be raised in the other States must be this field.
secured within the next two years, else the China Missions.-Foreign missionaries, 15; funds for the support of the professors would
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be exhausted, and the seminary would have to preceding year of four quarterly meetings, 118 be closed. A resolution was passed, express- ministers, 2,523 members, and 65 churches. ing the interest of the convention in the semi- The Register accompanies its statistical reports nary, and recommending efforts among the with the statement that “there are a number people to complete the endowment before the of associations of Baptists in America which, end of 1876. Eight visitors were appointed to in doctrine and polity, are in general agreeattend the Northern Baptist anniversaries to ment with the Free Will Baptists. No specific be held in Buffalo, N. Y. New Orleans was reports have been received from these assoappointed the place for the next meeting of ciations, but, from the best information rethe convention,
ceived, the inference is that they number in The twenty-seventh anniversary of the the aggregate not less than 25,000.” At the American Bible Union was held in Brooklyn, Free-Will Baptist Printing Establishment, DoN. Y., November 16th. The report showed ver, N. H., are published the Morning Star, that the expenditures for the year had been the weekly newspaper organ of the denomina$3,084.69, this sum including donations amount- tion; the Little Star and the Myrtle, semiing to $3,232.17. The whole amount had been monthly Sunday-school papers; Lessons for met by receipts during the same period. The Sunday-schools, and a variety of denominafollowing books of the Old Testament were tional books. Among the Benevolent Institurevised and ready for the press, awaiting the tions of the Free-Will Baptists, the Register means to publish them: the books of Joshua, names the Foreign Mission Society, the Home Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah. Mission Society, the Education Society, the
SabII. FREE-WILL BAPTIST CHURCH.—The fol- bath-School Union, the Temperance Society, lowing is a summary of the statistics of the the Central Association, the Kansas Free-Will Free-Will Baptist Church, as they are given in Baptist Home Mission Society, the Free BapThe Free - Will Baptist Register for 1877: tist Woman's Mission Society, and the New
Hampshire Charitable Society.—The Register gives the following list of Free-Will Baptist literary institutions: Bates College, Lewiston, Me., Rev. Oren B. Cheney, D. Ď., president,
and ten professors; Nicholas Latin School, New Hampshire..
8,809 Lewiston, Me., four teachers; Hillsdale ColMaine, Western.
4,650 lege, Hillsdale, Mich., Rev. D. W. O. Durgin, Maine, Central Penobscot..
434 D. D., president, and eighteen professors and
3,017 instructors; New Hampton Institution, New Massachusetts and Rhode Island..
6,851 Hampton, N. H., eight teachers; Austin AcadHolland Parchase.. Genesee..
1,408 emy, Centre Strafford, N. H.; Lapham InstiSasquehanna.
22 1,887 tute, North Scituate, R. I., four teachers; New York and Pennsylvania..
1,89Whitestown Seminary, Whitestown, N. Y.,
670 nine teachers; Pike Seminary, Pike, Wyoming Central New York.
2,018 County, N. Y., eight teachers; Atwood InstiPennsylvania.. Ohlo and Pennsylvania.
1,626 tute, Albany, Athens County, Ohio; West Central Ohio..
1,455 Virginia College, Flemington, West Va., Rev. Ohio. Ohio River..
W. Colegrove, A. M., president, and four Indiana...
267 teachers in the literary department; RidgeSerthern Indiana.
783 ville College, Ridgeville Ind. ; Rochester SemSt Joseph's Valley.
881 inary, Rochester, Wis.; Wilton Collegiate Inlinois
1,400 stitute, Wilton, Iowa, four teachers; Stover Boothera Illinois.
8,810 Central Illinois.
723 College, Harper's Ferry, West Va., normal 2,195 and academic departments in operation, seven
teachers; Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Minnesota, Southern.
1,304 Me., six teachers; Parsonsfield Seminary, North lown, Northern
1,252 Parsonsfield, Me.; Green Mountain Seminary, Virginia F. B. Association.
754 Waterbury Centre, Vt. ; Randall Academy,
898 Berlin Cross - Roads, Ohio; Evansville SemiOntario, P.Q. Bengal and Orissa.
411 nary, Evansville, Wis.; Lyndon Literary and Liberty Association.
1,256 Biblical Institution, Lyndon Centre, Vt.; WalShelby Association..
sey College, Peach Grove, Tenn. American Association. Tnion Association.
The anniversaries of the Free-Will Baptist Carterly meetings not connected with a yearly meeting.;
Benevolent Societies were held in Saco, Me.,
1,603 Churches not connected with a
beginning October 9th. A plan was adopted yearly meeting..
for retrenchment of the expenses of collecting Otter churches (in Missouri).
555 the funds for the several societies. It provided Total, 58 yearly meetings... 168 1,464 1,295 74,631 that the Home Missionary, Foreign Missionary,
and Educational Societies should employ one The number of licensed preachers is given at and the same agent for collecting funds. The 126. The tables show an increase from the corresponding secretary of the Sunday-School
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Union reported that there had been during the operations should be enlarged; that the "Sabyear an increase of 8,000 scholars and 2,000 bath reform" work had been greatly extended teachers, and that about 2,000 conversions had during the year, and that the Sabbatb-school taken place among the children.
work had everywhere become greatly strengthIII. SEVENTH-DAY BAPTISTS.—The Execu- ened. One hundred dollars, contributed for tive Board of the Seventh-day Baptist Educa- that purpose, had been received, and bestowed tion Society, in their thirty-first annual re- by the committee having the matter in charge port, for 1876, made the following statements upon young men preparing for the ministry at of the condition of the several literary insti- schools of the Church. The trustees of the tutions of the denomination-Alfred Univer- "Seventh-day Baptist Memorial Fund" resity, Alfred Centre, N. Y.: endowment fund, ported that they had just received the deed of $95,746.10; grounds, buildings, library, cab- a valuable property in Cattaraugus County, inets, and apparatus fund, income from 1836 N. Y., the gift of Mr. Delos O. Burdick and to 1876, $145,076; teaching and incidental his wife, of Pardee, Kan., constituting the fund, income from 1836 to 1876, $211,574.38; largest gift yet made to the fund. The income revenue and expenditure account for the year of the fund had been considerably larger than ending July 5, 1876, $9,088.46; number of during any previous year, so that a balance of teachers, 19; whole number of students during $251.89 was left after paying all appropriations the year, 388. Wilton College, Wilton, Wis., and expenses. The Executive Committee of value of lands and buildings $34,450; amount the Sabbath-School Department reported that of endowment fund and notes, $6,000; value there were under their care 58 schools, with of cabinets, apparatus, furniture, paintings, and 489 teachers and 4,519 pupils. One hundred libraries, $5,600; value of other articles, esti- and eighty-two baptisms had taken place in mated, $300; total assets, $46,350; number of the Sunday-schools. A normal institute had students during the year-in the college classes, been held at Westerly, R. I., in Novem67; in the academic classes, 175: total, 242; ber, 1875, with good results. The interwhole number of graduates from the begin- change of courtesies with the Seventh-day Adning, 131, 98 of whom were in the academic ventists was commended, and its continuance classes and 33 in the college. Albion Acade- advised, but a resolution was adopted in conmy: value of property, $50,000; indebtedness, nection with this subject to the effect that between $2,000 and $3,000; number of teach: "while the Seventh-day Adventists and Ser. ers, 10; whole number of students during the enth-day Baptists cherish in common a sacred
regard for the Sabbath of the Lord, and will At the thirty-third session of the Seventh- still continue kindly Christian intercourse, day Baptist Tract Society, held at Walworth, nothing good to the cause of Christ would Wis., October 1st, the Executive Board were come of any measure looking to a consolidainstructed to pass over the work of the so- tion of the two bodies, while holding such ciety to the General Conference as soon as diverse and opposing views on important Chrisit could be safely and legally done. The board tian doctrine. Varnum Hull was appointed to were advised, also, to take "early and efficient” prepare a paper or tract on the difference now measures to procure the publication of tracts existing between the Seventh-day Baptists and in large quantities, “ bearing on every aspect of the Seventh-day Adventists,” to be presented the Sabbath controversy, together with larger to the next session of the Conference for action works containing more elaborate and extensive upon it. treatises on the same general topics, and a good IV. BAPTISTS IN THE DOMINION OF CANADA. commentary on all the passages of Scripture – The first Baptist Conference of Ontario and bearing, or supposed to bear, on the Sabbath.” Quebec was held at Toronto, Ont., October
The sixty-second session of the Seventh-day 15th. Papers were read on subjects pertaining Baptist General Conference was held at Wal- to the interests of Baptist Churches in the worth, Wis., beginning September 27th. Letters Provinces. The twenty-fifth annual meeting were read from thirty-nine churches, repre- of the Baptist Missionary Convention of Onsenting the Eastern, Central, Western, and tario was held in Toronto, Ont., October Northwestern Associations. D. E. Maxson 16th. The report of the secretary showed that was chosen president. Report was made by the income for the year had been $6,100. the Executive Board that, in accordance with Forty-six missionaries had labored in the misinstructions received at the previous session, & sion-fields, who had conducted services at 103 charter had been procured for the General stations, and administered baptism to 584 conConference, bearing date July 4, 1876. The verts. Ten associations, of which the convenvarious societies were invited to become con- tion is composed, reported an increase in memstituent members of the General Conference, bership of the churches of 2,391 by baptism. without loss of their legal rights or preroga The Baptist Convention of Nova Scotia, New tives as societies. The report on the state of Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, met at the Church represented that the educational Sackville, N. B., August 26th. Avard Longwork of the Church was in a prosperous con- ley, Esq., of Paradise, N. S., was chosen presidition at every point; that the missionary work dent for the year. The convention has charge was in good condition, but that its field of of Acadia College and the foreign mission in
terests of the Baptist churches of the three nually raised by Baptists for denominational Provinces. The most important business of the purposes. present meeting was the consideration of a The anniversary of the Baptist Missionary proposition to incorporate Acadia College in Society was held April 27th. It was reported the scheme of the university at Halifax, which that the entire receipts for the year had been had been established by the Governient of £44,762 18. 10d. ; but there had been a falling Nova Scotia as an examining university. Most off of more than £2,000 in the contributions, of the other denominational institutions of and an increase of £2,081 138. 4d. in expendithe Province had associated themselves with tures : there was, therefore, a balance due to this university, and the Government had ap- the treasurer of £4,354 128. Five new mispointed five gentlemen to represent the Bap- sionaries had been engaged in the service of tist denomination in its senate. The conven- the society; six missionaries had returned tion unanimously decided that Acadia College home for their health, and three had died. should not comply with the enactments of the About 99,000 copies of parts of the Scripture bill establishing the University of Halifax. It had been published from the mission press in also resolved that, in order to enable the col. Calcutta, in the Bengali, Hindi, and Geno lege to maintain an independent position under languages. Selections from the Scriptures had the circumstances, an appeal should be made to also been prepared for popular use, in attracthe members of the churches to give it a new en- tive forms, with engravings. In Rome the dowment of $100,000. A resolution was passed work of the missionaries had been prosecuted expressing confidence in the fidelity of the Bap- with vigor and success. Many thousand copies tist brethren who had been appointed on the of the New Testament and of religious tracts senate of the university, but declaring that had been circulated. while no infringement was intended on their The thirty-sixth annual meeting of the Bible individual rights, it must be distinctly under- Translation Society was held April 24th. The stood that their acceptance of office “must not income for the year had been £3,165. The be interpreted to indicate affiliation, direct or work of translating, printing, and distributing indirect, of Acadia College with the University the Bible was actively carried on in the various of Halifax."
mission-fields. A report was adopted protesting against the The autumnal meetings of the English Bapdesecration of the Christian Sabbath by the tist Union were held at Birmingham, beginrunning of railway-trains and the consequent ning October 2d. About 950 ministers and employment of men in connection therewith, delegates from all parts of the kingdom atand calling the attention of the Government tended its deliberations. A resolution was to the subject.
adopted condemning the Elementary EducaV. BAPTISTS IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND.- tion act of 1876 as unjust to nonconformThe anniversaries of the British Baptist So- ists, and prejudicial to the interests of nacieties began in London, on the 20th of April
, tional education, "inasmuch as it shows great when the fifty-first annual meeting of the favor to denominational schools, which are Baptist Building Fund was held. The reports almost wholly in the hands and under the showed that the annual contributions bad in- control of the clergy of the Established creased, and several legacies had been left the Church; tends to demoralize parents by enfund, the contributions of the year amounting couraging them to seek pecuniary help, eren to £1,700. The annual meeting of the Bap- at the sacrifice of their conscientious convictist Union was held April 24th. The report tions, for the education of their children; gives stated that during the year 20 new churches had the management of schools, with power to been formed, 30 new chapels had been built, compel attendance, to the guardians of the 8,371 new members and 20,318 new Sunday- poor and others not elected with reference to scholars had been received. The sum of £58,804 such duties, and not properly responsible for had been spent in building chapels. Ninety, the discharge of them; prepares the way for three brethren had entered the ministry, and the dissolution of existing school boards; and, 55 ministers had died. The following amounts generally, is calculated to retard instead of adhad been received for benevolent schemes: vancing the establishment of a sound system of For the Home Mission Fund, £15,435; for the national elementary education. : • . For these augmentation of ministers' incomes, £2,670 ; reasons," the resolutions continue, “the asfor ministers' widows and children, £15,161. sembly cannot accept the act of 1876 as a For foreign missions, the Particular Baptists satisfactory settlement of the principles on had raised £52,871, and the General Baptists, which the elementary education of this coun£9,471: altogether, £62,342; for the nine try shall be permanently based ; and, having colleges, £15,655. Adding to these contribu- little confidence in the effectual working of tions the amounts raised for ministerial sup- any conscience clause, anticipates the continual port (estimated at £170,000), the offertories recurrence of cases of oppression toward the at the communion (estimated at £20,000), th nonconformists, and recommends the immecontributions for Sunday-schools, Dorcas so- diate formation of vigilance committees in concieties, and incidental objects, it was thought nection with every county association." that between £600,000 and £700,000 were an The annual ineetings of the Baptist Union and