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consider, whether it is expedient for
That this Address to the commuthis Convention to adopt any mea- nity, on the subject of war, be resure, or measures, and, if any, what committed to Lr. Worcester, Mr. to correct the publick mind on the Packard, of Marlborough, and Presubject of war, made a report, and sident Kirkland, to be by them reread an address to the publick, vised and published, as containing which the Committee recommended the sentiments of this Convention. to be published.--Whereupon vo- A true copy from the records, ted,
JÕUN PIERCE, Scribe.
Report of the Executive Committee of the Bible Society of Massachu
setts, prepared for the Anniversary of the Society, June 6, 1818.
The Executive Committee of exists. There is reason to hope, the Bible Society of Massachu- that the benevolent concern setts respectfully report, that which has been expressed for the their operations during the last destitute condition of these exyear have been as extensive as tensive and newly settled regions the funds of the Society will per- is awakening in the inhabitants mit. A larger number of Bibles a solicitude and zeal for the suphas been distributed than in any ply of their own spiritual necespreceding year; and as a proof sities; and a more animating re that this charity is needed, your ward cannot be desired. Committee would observe, that The remainder of the Bibles they have not been compelled to have been distributed chiefly seek opportunities of distribution, within the limits of this Combut have continually received monwealth, and generally by the application in behalf of the des- agency of the ministers of relititute, from individuals, whose gion. Your Committee have characters afford every security every reason for believing, that of a faithful and judicious atten- proper objects have been selecttion to the objects of the Society. ed for your bounty. They have
Your Committee have distri- understood, however, that in buted during the last year, some instances poor families, by 186 large Bibles,
making application to different 2475 Common Bibles,
individuals, have received a 556 Testaments.
greater number of Bibles than
they needed; and this inconve3217 whole number.
nience has been particularly exof this number, seven hundred perienced in this metropolis, have been committed by special where the distribution is necesorder of the Trustees to Messrs. sarily made by numerous hands. Daniel Smith and Cyrus Kings- Whilst it is earnestly desired that bury, missionaries, to be distri- liberal principles may be adopted buted in the western states, where in communicating the Word of a deplorable want of Bibles still God to the poor, it is also hoped Vol. IV. No. 7.
that this charity may not be ceptance of the Bible by the brought into discredit by any poor. In a letter from the Disabuses, which a proper care may trict of Maine, it is observed, prevent.
“ The Massachusetts Bible SoIn some towns of the District ciety has added much to the of Maine, associations have been triumphs of the gospel, carrying formed for the purpose of ascer- the word of life to the dwellings taining the number of families of the poor. Some who had lived destitute of the scriptures, and of for years without a Bible in their making joint application for their families, have become, as I have relief. A similar method might reason to believe, fond of reading usefully be extended to other it, and make it a book for family parts of the Commonwealth. use. A number of aged people Christians should every where have been peculiarly benefitted remember, that their Master by the large octavo Bibles. preached his gospel to the poor, Many, in this part of the counand has particularly commit- try, have expressed to me their ted this suffering class of fel- gratitude to heaven for your low-beings to their kindness and bounty.” In another letter from care.
Plymouth county, it is observed, The members of this Society “ The large Bibles were given to will expect no recital of any sud- the aged poor, whose hearts apden or astonishing effects pro- peared to be made glad on reduced by the Bibles which they ceiving the invaluable treasure. have distributed. The influence It has been gratifying, to convey of the scriptures is seen among the Bible, containing divine conthe poor as among the rich, not solation, to a number of poor in a miraculous transformation, afflicted widows, left with a numbut in a silent and gradual im- ber of fatherless children. The provement of the character. It consideration that others have is enough to know, that a Bible had new Bibles has induced some has been thankfully received by who were able, but had neglecta destitute family. The precious ed it, to purchase a large family gift can hardly be unavailing. Bible.” Thus the benefits of our In hours of leisure, and especi- Institution extend to those who ally on the Christian sabbath, its are not the immediate objects of pages will be opened. It will be its bounty. A deeper sense of a resource in trouble and in de- the importance of the Scriptures clining life. It will attract the is communicated to many by attention of the child; and we whom our efforts are observed. trust that, though often disregard- It should be a subject of sincere ed, it will plead successfully, gratitude, that we are permitted with some who read it, the cause to contribute to the noblest and of God and eternity.
most benevolent purposes of God, We continue to receive assu- to participate in the work of enrances of the very grateful ac lightening the world, and of car
rying to the obscure retreats of rated by language, climate, manwant and wo the glad tidings of ners, and oceans, forgetting their forgiveness and immortality. distinctions, and conspiring as
The institution of Bible So brethren in the work of illumicieties forms an era in the history nating the world. Perhaps human of the church. It is the chief history affords no example of glory of our age; and it sheds a such extensive co-operation for purer and more enduring splen- the good of mankind. dour on the nation in which it From such institutions, founde originated, than all her victories. ed by the inost illustrious men, We rejoice in being able to report patronized by sovereigns, endowto you the continued and increas- ed by opulence, and inspired and ing efforts of the British and Fo- sanctified by ardent love of God reign Bible Society, to which and mankind, are we not authorthe honour belongs, of leading the ized to hope a melioration of the way in this career of godlike moral and religious condition of philanthropy. It is not the least society ? May we not anticipate of the merits of that Institution, a more extensive and glorious that, by awakening inquiry, it manifestation of the power of has discovered the great and Christianity on the hearts of men? almost incredible want of Bibles May we not especially hope, in the Christian world. Who that Christian nations, being among us had imagined, that, in · thus united under the peaceful extensive districts of Europe, standard of the cross, and labouscarcely a copy of the Scrip- ring and triumphing together in tures could be found, and that to the cause of their common Lord, some who bore the name of will drink more largely into his Christians, the meaning of the spirit, will exchange their aniword Bible was unknown? The mosities for love, and will shrink dishonour which these facts have with horrour from the thought of thrown on Christians, has been, devoting each other to slaughter in some measure, effaced by the and desolation. zeal which has every where been In contributing to the great kindled to scatter this darkuess, object, which is interesting to so and to supply the destitute of all many hearts, it is hoped that we nations with the word of God. of this Society shall not be unThis spirit is not confined to the faithful. Belonging as we do to a country in which it first broke growing and prosperous commuforth. The flame has spread nity, it will be no light reproach over Europe. Never before was if we withhold our support from a 80 generous an impulse commu- work, which will associate us nicated to so many hearts. Never with the best men who have liv'since the first promulgation of ed before us, and with the purest Christianity, has so sublime a and most illustrious characters of spectacle been exhibited, as that the present age. which we now witness, of Chris. By the Executive Committee. tians, in both hemispheres, sepa
Donations for the past year.
Rev. Thos. B. Gannet $3 Rev. Jas. Flint
$2 Mr. Jonathan Osgood 10 Ladies of Cobasset
1 50 A Lady, by Rev. Ch. Lowell 2 Rev. Mr. Homer for 4 Bibles 5 Mr. Aaron Sawyer
1 Rev. E. Dexter for a friend 1 Mrs. Nancy Cook
50 25 Seamen for 25 Bibles 6 25 Persons in Hanover, N. H. Mr. Ashur Benjamin, one dofor Bibles
zen Testaments A collection in Newbury port 2 50 Rev. John Pierce, cent conMiss Coftin
tributions in Brookline 33 39 Mr. John Odin
Mr. James Leeds, Brookline Rev. E. Dexter for a Bible
Mr. Darius Smith Mr. Joseph Goddard
Six Bibles sold
5 25 Rev. E. Chapin
Samuel Salisbury, Esq. 50 Bristol Bible Society for Bi- Caleb Bingham, Esq. an orbles
der on State Treasurer for Rev. Jas. Flint by Mr. Chan
his fees as director of State
50 Mr. Edward Phillips
50 A Lady, by Rev. Mr. Stetson 8 Rev. Henry Colman,
5 50 Rev. William E. Channing 5
Life subscriptions the past year.
Mr. John Grew
Mr. Amos Lawrence
Statement of receipts and expenditures of the Massachusetts Bible Sa
ciety, from June, 1815, to June, 1816. 1815.
1815. June, Balance on hand from
June, Cash paid Rev. J. Mills' 1631 49
expenses of transportBalance on hand from
ing 600 Bibles over last year, omitted 33 75
land during the War, Collection after Anni
to the Western coun-
46 Dividends on Shares in
Paid for Bibles and Tes-
taments the past year.2712 76
26 81 From 306 Annual
and Freight, &c. 8 12 From 3 Life Sub
Second Instalment on scribers 150
Mechanicks' Bank $3646 53 Shares
375 Paid J. Simonds for collecting
Paid J. Eliot for print
titute widows and children of Coning
70 gregational Ministers, held their Paid expenses of ship
annual meeting, and chose officers. ping Bibles
3 50 His Hon. William Phillips, Pres.
David Osgood, D. D. Vice-Pres.
3280 92 Eliphalet Porter, D. D. Treas. To balance in the Trea
Rev. Jos. M.Kean, LL. D. Sec. sury, June 6; 1816 365 61 Council. Hon. George Cabot,
Rev.Joseph Dana, D.D. Rev. Abiel 3646 53 Holmes, D. D. Rev. William Shaw,
D. D. Rev. John Prince, LL. D. Boston, June 6, 1816.
Rev. Henry Ware, D. D. Samuel Errours Excepted,
Parkman, Esq. The Rev. Dr. PearJOHN TAPPAN, Treasurer. son was elected member of the SoJOHN GREW, As. Treas. ciety, in the place of Dr. Lathrop,
and Hon. Josiah Quincy, in the place of Hon. Stephen Choate.
RECENT ANNUAL MEETINGS IN BOSTON.
The Humane Society of Massúchusetts held their Annual Meeting
The New England Tract Society on Tuesday, the 14th of May. The elected its officers the same day. annual discourse was delivered by
Wm. Bartlett, Esq. President, John Gorham, M. D. The officers
Jed. Morse, D. D. Vice-President, for the present year are, Aaron
Rev. John Codman, Cor. Sec'ry. Dexter, M. D. President, Hon. Tho
Rev. Joshua Huntington, R, Sec. Dawes, 1st Vice-President,
Jeremiah Evarts, Esq. Treasurer. William Spooner, M. D. 2d Vice
Henry Homes, Auditor. President, Samuel Cobh, Esq. Frea- H. Church, Rev. Leo. Woods, D.D.
Jedediah Morse, D. D. Rev. Jno. surer, Rev. Charles Lowell, Cor. responding Secretary, Chas. Davis,
Şaml. Farrar, Esq. Mr. Johạ Adams, Esq. Recording Secretary, Trus
Executive Committee. tees, Samuel Parkman, Esq. Joseph Coolidge, Esq. Samuel Bradford, Esq. Benjamin Rich, Esq. Ephraim On Tuesday, 28th of May, the Eliot, Esq. Jonathan Amory, Jun. Episcopal Convention met in Trinity Esq.
Church. The Rev. Titus Strong, of The annual meeting of the Society Greenfield, preached the annual for the religious and moral improve- sermon from Exodus isi. 2. “And ment of Seamen was held on Wed- the angel of the Lord appeared unto. nesday, the 15th of May. The offi- him in a flame of fire, out of the cers ehosen for the present year, are midst of a bush,' &c.
Gamaliel Bradford, Esq. Pres.
Rev. Jos. Tuckerman, Secry.
At four o'clock, P. M. the Rey. Charles Lowell, Rey. Samuel C.
Charles Lowell delivered the ninth Thacher, Rev. Francis Parkman,
annual sermon before The Society Hon. Richard Sullivan, and Hender: for promoting Christian knowledge, son Inches, Esq. Executive Commit- piety, and charity, in the First tee.ofFor the An. Report, see p. 190.) Church, from Deut. i. 27, and part
of the three following verses. On Monday, the 27th of May, The Officers of the Society. Massachusetts Congregational Cha- Eliphalet Porter, D.D. Pres. rilable Society, for the relief of des- Samuel Parkman, Esq. V. Pres