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Oct. 10. In Brimfield, Ms., Rev. CHARLES Nov. 18. In Durango, lowa, Rev. ALFRED
M. HYDE, to Miss MARY T. KNIGHT, WRIGHT, aged 62 years.
18. In Newbury, Vt., Rev. SAMUEL A. Nov. 1. In Amherst, Ms., Rev. DANIEL W. BENTON, of Anamoso, lowa, aged 58
FOX, of Newtown, Ct., to Miss ABBIE years.
30. In No. Wrentham, Ms., Rev. JOHN
10. In Byfield, Ms., Rev. MOSES C. 2. In Ripon, Wis., Rev. SHERLOCK
SEABLE, aged 68 years.
17. In Mavsville, Mo., Rev. GEORGE
Ministers' wives Deceased.
BEEBEE, wife of Rev. HENRY S. KELDec. 20. In Newburyport, Ms., Rev. E. COR- SEY, aged 25 years.
NELIUS HOOKER, of Nashua, N. H., to 15. In Rosendale, Wis., MRS. SARAH
E., wife of Rev. ISAAC N. CUNDALL. 28. In Cambridge, Ms., Rev. GEORGE
20. In Lancaster, Ms., Mrs. ANN MA. A. TEWKSBURY, of Portland, Me., to RIA CROCKER, wife of Rev. AMOS E. Miss KATE D. NEWMAN, of C.
LAWRENCE, aged 44 years. 31. In Plymouth, Ms., Rev. DANIEL H.
27. In Gloucester, Ms., Mrs. MARY C. BABCOCK, of Berkley, to Miss ABBIE wife of Rev. ISAIAH C. THACHER, S. BLACKMER, of P.
aged 37 years.
ER, aged 29 years.
Sept. 9. In Cameron, Mo., Mrs. ELIZABETH, Aug. 6. In Albany, N. Y., Rev. MOODY HAR- wife of Rev. MARVIN LEFFING WELL, RINGTON, aged 68 years.
late of Hooksett, N. H., aged 53 years. Sept. 6. In Cold Springs, C. W., Rev. WIL- 18. In Gorham N. H., Mrs. EMMA B., LIAM HAYDEN, aged 76 years.
wise of Rev. THOMAS T. MERRY. 28. In Blairstown, Iowa, Rev. OZRO Oct. 9. In Union, Me., Mrs. MARTHA M., FRENCH, aged 58 years.
wife of Rev. FLAVIUS V. NORCROSS,
aged 33 years. 29. In Southboro', Ms., Rev. RODNEY G. DENNIS, aged 74 years.
Nov. 8. In So. Wilbraham, Ms., Mrs. CLARA
J., wife of. Rev. JOHN WHITEHILL. Oct. 5. In Millbury, Ms., Rev. CHARLES H. PEIRCE, aged 42 years.
16. In Stratford, Ct., Mrs. ELIZA BOYN
TON, wife of Rev. LOUIS E. CHARPIOT, 22. In Andover, Ms., Rev. WILLIAM T.
aged 25 years. DWIGHT, D. D., formerly of Portland, Dec. 4. In Brookfield, Vt., Mrs. HULDAH Me., aged 70 years.
WASHBURNE, wife of Rev. DANIEL Nov.5. In Central City, Col., Rev. EDWIN WILD, aged 61 years. DIMOCK, aged 37 years.
11. In Lake Forest, III., Mrs. BETHIA, 17. In Otis, Ms., Rev. HENRY W. wife of Rev. WASHINGTON A. NICHLEONARD, aged 62 years.
OLS, aged 50 years.
American Congregational Union.
TAE anxiously and hopefully looked for 17th of December, 1865 has come and gone. Its transactions are now history, not prophecy. The former, however, is not yet so revealed that it can be written out. So far as its items are known, they reveal the fact that the churches that observed the day according to the recommendation of the National Council, have as a whole, done fully their share of the great work proposed to be done. Full one-half of the amount – $200,000 — has been raised by one third of the churches which might be reasonably expected to give. Those reported, doubtless, embrace the larger portion of our abler churches. But there still remain quite SIXTEEN HUNDRED CoxGREGATIONAL CHURCHES IN THE UNITED STATEs, which certainly want a share in this great and pressing work, of whose doings, in this direction, the public is yet to informed. That some of them intend to take collections is known, and that some bave taken them already, but have not forwarded them, is quite probable. But it is more than feared that, for various reasons, not a few havo made no arrangements even yet, to have any part or lot in this matter.
Will such churches consider, that the sum proposed, large as it is, will not meet the wants of applicants already before the trustees of the Union, if anything like the amounts asked for and seemingly needed shall be granted ? Wc cannot enter into the small but hopeful opening for our polity and principles at Richmond, Savannah, Mobile, New Orleans, Chattanooga, New Berne, Nashville, &c. &c., without large expenditures ; and failing to enter in, we fail to do the great work expected of us by the National Council,-nay, we fail to do what the Master most plainly calls upon us, as a denomination, now to do, and we fail to do what the present most urgent needs of our country hold us responsible for doing. Let it not be feared that so large a sum would be “wasted ” if put into our hands. Every case is carefully scrutinized by personal observation. In all cases of large appropriation, a deed of the entire property will be taken and held in trust for a Congregational Church, until such time as is deemed safe to release it and such amounts shall be refunded as is deemed just. The large sum named is as sure to be wisely and economically invested, as the much larger amounts, which are intrusted to equally irresponsible Boards. No care or work will be spared to disburse these funds West, South, North, and East, in such a way as to bring the greatest relief and help to the greatest number of our needy churches.
But the disaster and distress that will necessarily ensue upon a failure of securing this entire sum should be considered. Many a little church will be discouraged and be compelled to disband. Scores of true and loyal men in destitute communities, struggling against fearful opposition to truth and loyalty, will lose heart and abandon fondly cherished hopes of complete success by our timely and expected help. Only yesterday I received a letter from the agent of the American Home Missionary Society in Missouri, containing a remittance of eight dollars from a little Congregational band of Welshmen, in which he says, “I do hope you will raise the entire $200,000. Eighteen Congregational churches in this state alone, will want your help to build next summer.” This estimate does not include Kansas City, nor Kansas proper, nor Minnesota, nor Iowa, nor Wisconsin, nor Michigan, to say nothing of Colorado, Nebraska, California, Utah, &c. Brethren, there is a GREAT WORK before us, on us, and we cannot do it without your coöperation. Our financial year closes with the first day of May ensuing. Immediately thereafter our annual report will be issued, giving the name of every contributing church, and single contributions from individuals to this fund. We do not want to leave out a single church, large or small. The record will be important and interesting to the present and coming generations. Let the churches which have not arranged a contribution before May 1st, 1866, now consider whether it cannot be done. Pastors are kindly but urgently entreated to look after this matter, each in his own church. And there is surely many an individual who will wish to take liberally of this richly paying stock beyond what the Church may incline to do. Let such remit without delay, any amount his conscience and ability may suggest, and God will reward the cheerful, liberal giver.
We have paid last bills since last reports, as follows:Edwards Congregational Church, Davenport, Iowa, $500 - St. Paul's Congregational Church (colored), Flatbush, New York, $100 — Congregational Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, $300 First Congregational Church, Dewitt, Iowa, $500 — First Congregational Church, Blue Island, Illinois, $400 — Congregational Church, Bloomfield, Wisconsin, $400 — Congregational Church, Grand Ledge, Michigan, $250 — Congregational Church, Rumford, Maine, $400 Congregational Church, Patten, Maino, $500 Congregational Church, Keeler, Michigan, $300 Congregational Church, Lawrence, Michigan. $500 - Congregational Church, Presque Isle, Maine, $350 — Congregational Church, Prairie City, Illinois, $500 — Congregational Church, Lewis, Iowa, $500 — Congregational Church, Cache Creek, California, $400 - Congregational Church, Paxton, Illinois, $500 - Welsh Congregational Church, Jamesville, New York, $150 — Congregational Church, Grand Rapids, Wisc. (Loan) $100 Congregational Church, Grand Island, New York, $400 — Congregational Church, Somerset, Ms., $450 - Congegational Church, Princeton, Wisconsin, $100. Total $7,900.
ISAAC P. LANGWORTHY, BOSTON, 23 Chauncy St., Room No. 10.
American Congregational Association.
We did confidently hope that in this issue, and at the beginning of this new year, we should be able to announce to our readers, the pleasing fuct that a “Home” for Congregationalism had at last been provided ; or, at least, the means mainly secured speedily to provide one. But such is not our privilege. With the best that the Rev. Mr. Marvin has been able to do, but a little more than thirty-five thousand dollars have been pledged, — and this upon the condition that fifty thousand shall be secured. Vigorous efforts have been made in Boston, and no inconsiderable canvassing in neighboring cities and larger towns of the Commonwealth. Other and pressing calls seem to have preoccupied the available ground to a very large extent, and it is difficult to foresee a time, from present indications, when the coast will be clear.
The simple fact in the case is this :- Our good and giving people do not APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OBJECT. Could they for a few days take my position, and see what we have in our, but begun, library, pertaining to our early history, doctrines, and polity, and work as well, indeed, - that which is so difficult to obtain, and yet of such priceless value and could not be replaced if destroyed, and yet exposed in an un-fire-proof building; if they could see what we have not got and cannot get without a secure place in which to keep it, and much of it we cannot get without money to pay for it with, and yet this is fast going beyond our reach ; if they could see how many come now to seek supplies from our limited resources, valuing much and using what they find, and wondering why we have not what they expect to find, - coming from the far West and from the far East, not in large numbers, but for large purposes ; let these things be seen and felt, as I am obliged to see and feel them, by our noble, princely givers of Boston, of Massachusetts, they would begin at once to vie with each other which ALONE, should endow the Asssociation, making it his pet heir. He would see here a want second to no other in all Christendom for a permanent investment, to furnish by one royal gift, perpetual sources and streams of unvarying good. These precious books will never teach heresy. They will never “ deny the Lord that bought" and sanctified their authors, And they will attract to themselves the thousands of other books, sermons, minutes, treatises, &c., &c., which are scattered here and there, now useless, then making a part of a great whole, always completing, though never complete ; always useful, but always increasing its own usefulness.
But the importance of this object is greatly enhanced by the “Home” quality it has in itself, as well as by the “ Library” provisions. As now we go forth to “nationalize” our polity, more than ever do we deeply want a center, or rather a rallying point, a starting place, a place of reference; a place where the fathers may be consulted, and the brethren may be seen ; a place to which ministers and Christian men may resort when they visit the birthplace of our polity and principles and feel themselves at HOME; a place where may be found what shall teach and all that shall teach what we believe is the New Testament church-polity so nearly as that book teaches any. Let Boston men, Massachusetts men, New England men, any. where, whose eyes may fall upon these lines, which give but hints, consider if here is not such an opportunity for any one of them, or any number of them to bless themselves and bless posterity as may never be again offered them. He will be long remembered who shall bring the topmost stone of such a structure to its place, and that the more tenderly and enduringly the sooner it is done.
We add slowly to our shelves valuable books, and are gathering still of valuable pamphlets. We have ample room for either, and no kinds or sorts come amiss; we have not room here to specify particular wants, but in general we say, send us all you do not wish to keep; burn or send to the “grinders "nothing that is perfect in itself - send it as below, at my expense.
ISAAC P. LANG WORTHY.
23 Chauncy Street, Boston, Mass.
SAMUEL WILLIAM SOUTHMAYD profession of his faith in Christ and DUTTON, son of Rev. Aaron and Dor- joined the college church in 1802. He cas (Southmayd) Dutton, was born in was settled in the ministry at Guilford, the town of Guilford, Ct., March 14th, Ct., December 10th, 1806. His mar1814. He was the second son and riage occurred during the same year. fourth child in a family of eight chil- His ministry in this place continued dren. He received his name from his until 1842, nearly thirty-six years, maternal uncle, - his mother's only when he was dismissed. He died in brother,- Samuel William Southmayd, the city of New Haven in 1849. His a lawyer by profession.
wife, Dorcas Southmayd, was the His ancestry on both sides, so far back daughter of Samuel Southmayd, of as we have traced it, has been distin- Watertown, Ct. She was of a family guished for piety and substantial intel- of eight children, seven daughters and ligence; and especially for attachment one son. She died in 1841, the year to the simple faith and order of Puri- before her husband's dismission. tan worship. His great-grandfather, We shall not attempt to trace back Thomas Dutton, had ten children, two farther the line of maternal ancestry, of whom died in early life. The others lest these details should become burwere all members of churches, and densome. Suffice it to say, that there four of them filled the office of deacon. is on this side the same evidence of He lived to the advanced age of ninety- piety, intelligence, and worth, as on the three.
other. Almost all the members of One of his sons was Deacon Thomas both families, for several generations, Dutton of Watertown, Ct., who died who have lived to years of underin the year 1806, at the age of seventy- standing, have been communicants in one. His family numbered nine chil- Congregational churches. dren, the youngest of whom was The town of Guilford is one of the Aaron.
ancient towns of Connecticut. In the Rev. Aaron Dutton, the father of year 1639, one year after the settlethe subject of this memoir, was born ment at New Haven, a colony from at Watertown, May 1st, 1780. He en- Kent and Sussex, in England, estabtered Yale College at the age of nine- lished itself at this place. The head teen, and graduated in 1803. He made of this colony was Rev. Henry Whit
field, a minister of wealth, and intel- look away to other places to find the lectual distinction. The stone house forms and fashions of life, - how they built by him on his arrival (and which should traffic and build, or how they was in some sense a fort, as well as a should think and act. They took these house, being fortified and arranged to things as they seemed good unto themrepel the attacks of the Indians), is selves, and as a kind of natural outstill standing, and is an object of great growth from the seeds planted in the curiosity to visitors. The town lies on past. There was consequently a large the southern shore of the State, fifteen individuality, - a native originality of miles east from New Haven; with a character, sometimes developing itself level, sunny, and open aspect, in that in unattractive forms, but helping conpart bordering upon Long Island tinually to give strength and characterSound, but rising on the north into istic features to society. Fitz Greene rough hills and wild scenery. It is Halleck, a native of Guilford, doubtthe place where Dr. Lyman Beecher, less had in his mind's eye the men and though a native of New Haven, spent women, among whom his early life the early years of his life, on the farm was passed, when he wrote his poem, of his uncle, Job Berton, and in the “ Connecticut:"“ Autobiography and Correspondence," "Tis a rough land of earth and stone and tree, the spot is thus described:
Where breathes no castled lord or cabined slave ;
Where thoughts, and tongues, and hands, are bold “ The town of Guilford was laid out, like
and free, that of New Haven, around a central square,
And friends will find a welcome, foes a grave; on which were placed the church and its sur
And where none kneel save when to Heaven they rounding home for the dead. The settlers
Nor even then, unless in their own way. at first clustered around this center, but soon their farms extended on every side. . . The
"They love their land because it is their own, country around consists of rocky hills and
And scorn to give aught other reason why; valleys, gradually rising to where Old Bluff Would shake hands with a king upon his throne, Head lifts its wooded summit four hundred And think it kindness to his majesty ; feet, and then descends precipitous and bare,
A stubborn race, fearing and flattering none, to a beautiful lake embowered in thick woods.
Such are they nurtured, such they live and die. From these heights descend the clear troutbrooks, now tinkling and glancing up from
At home, where all their worth and pride is placed ;
And there their hospitable fires burn clear, deep ravines by the road, and then dancing
And there the lowliest farm-house hearth is graced over white pebbles along the country paths, With manly hearts, in piety sincere." lined with billows of rosy laurel.”
Within the last seventy-five years, a The colony that established itself kind of blight has come over many upon this spot, in the year 1639, was the old towns of New England. They one of great intelligence and dignity of have lost not a little of their early digcharacter, possessing also an unusual nity and respectability. These ancient share of wealth, so that it was able municipalities, planted among the hills, from the first to build its institutions – organized around a church of the upon a large and substantial basis. living God, which was their center and The style of life which these founders heart, – the nurseries of culture, of introduced, the policy which they set freedom, of piety, have many of them in motion continued through many gradually declined before the changgenerations. There was an evident re- ing civilization of these modern days. spectability about the old town. There “The gods of the valleys” are prewas a tenacity in holding on to the an- vailing over "the gods of the hills.” cient customs. People did not need to Business and population locate them
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