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request of the Minister's Conference, to pay the expense of printing the journal of that body for 1870. Various matters, which had been referred to this Committee by the Convention, were considered and referred to SubCommittees, and, where definite results have been arrived at, they have been einbodied in subsequent portions of this report.
At the meetings in New York the following action was taken : The whole subject of the management and editing of the New Jerusalem Messenger was fully and freely discussed, and the following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Ager be requested and authorized to act as supervising editor of the Messenger until the first of July, next, and Mr. Giles and Mr. Hitchcock be desired to assist in the editorship of the paper.
Resolved, That, in the opinion of this Committee, it is desirable to employ an editor of the Messenger, who shall devote his whole time and energy to the duties of his office, and who shall be paid a suitable sum for his services as soon as satisfactory arrangements can be made, and that a committee of three be appointed to have the subject of an editor in charge, and to report at a future meeting of this Committee.
The Sub-Committee have as yet made no report.
The Sub-Committee on Publications for New York reported that Mr. Joseph R. Putnam resigned his position as Manager of the Book-Room his resignation to take effect on first of January, 1881. The resignation was accepted, and the Committee authorized to pay his salary to that date. The appointment of his successor was left in the hands of the Sub-Committee.
It was resolved, “ that the Secretaries of the Convention be requested to draft the report to be presented to the next meeting of the Convention on behalf of this Committee, and that they be requested to prepare and insert in that draft a detailed estimate of the amount of money required to carry on the operations of the Convention until its meeting in 1872.”
The Secretaries have complied with this request, the report having first been submitted to the Committee for approval, and with the aid of the Treasurer, whose report will be submitted to the Convention, they have prepared an estimate, which will accompany this report.
The Sub-Committee, appointed by this Committee to consider whether any amendments to the Constitution were important, or necessary to be made [See Report of Ex. Com. Journal, 1870, p. 135], to whom all proposed amendments were referred, have reported the result of their deliberations to this Committee, and it is recommended that the following alterations and amendments be adopted by the Convention:
AMENDMENTS. In the Preamble, strike out the words from “ They adopt,” line 10, to the word “ publican,” inclusive in the twentieth line. [Adopted.]
Sect. 1 shall be changed to read as follows: “ This body shall be called the General Convention of the New Jerusalem in the United States of America, and it shall meet annually or otherwise at such times and places as may be determined by the Convention itself, or by its Executive Committee.” [Adopted.]
Sections 2 and 9 united. [Adopted.]
Section 4 changed so as to read as follows: “Every Association, or other collective body of the Church belonging to this Convention, shall be entitled to two delegates, and an additional delegate for every twenty-five members, or fraction of fifteen members.” [Adopted.]
Section 10, change “twenty-one” to “twenty-two.” [Adopted.]
In Section 13 strike out the word “ general," and the words from “ specific contributions " to "purposes.” [Adopted.)
At the end of Section 19 add the words : 6 And at the discretion of an Association or the Convention, may be ordained.” [Adopted.]
The first part of Section 22 to be amended so as to read: “A candidate for the office of pastor or missionary must be a good and orderly member of some Association or Society of the New Church, and shall bring a certificate of this fact from the body to which he belongs." Also strike out the words : “ He must have been previously licensed, and must have officiated under a license for a period not less than one year.” [Adopted.]
From Section 25 strike out the words: “The authority” to the word " and " inclusive.
In compliance with the request of the General Convention, several of the Associations have taken action on the resolution asking for an expression of opinion by them as to the time of the meetings of the Convention, whether they ought to be annual, biennial, or triennial, and official notice has been received of such action from the following Associations, namely, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, New York, and Missouri. All of these bodies declared themselves in favor of Annual Meetings. The Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Associations did not act on the resolution.
At the meeting in Philadelphia, the subject of railroad and steamboat travel was referred to Mr. Edward Wiļder, who has attended to the duty assigned to him, procuring a reduction of fare from several companies, and publishing a schedule in the New Jerusalem Messenger, for the benefit of delegates and visitors to this meeting of the Convention. It is recommended that the thanks of the Convention be returned to Mr. Wilder for his attention to this business, and to the railroad companies for the privileges granted.
The Sub-Committee on Publications in New York report their doings for the year ending May 1, 1871, as follows: Mr. J. R. Putnam continued to be the manager of the Book-Room until the first of November last, when he resigned, and was succeeded by Mr. E. H. Swinney, who still occupies the position. The salary of the Manager is $1,800 per annum.
No new books have been published during the year. New editions have been printed of “ The True Christian Religion,” 250 copies; of “Divine Providence,” 250 copies; of “The Four Leading Doctrines,” 250 copies; of the Convention's Liturgy, 500 copies ; Giles's “Nature of Spirit,” 500 copies; total, 1,750 copies. Besides these, there have been printed 1,200 copies of the Convention (formerly Ohio) tracts. The sales of merchandise have amounted to $8,815. The expenses charged to merchandise account for rent, salaries, etc., have been $3,770.94. The net loss in this department has been $1,232.08. This is to be accounted for by the fact that the gross profits have been nearly $1,000 less than they were the previous year, the sales having been both $2,000 less in amount, and composed, to a less extent, of our own publications, on which the largest profits are made. The expenses have been $400 greater, owing, among other things, to the payment to Mr. Putnam of two months' salary, amounting to $300, after the engagement of Mr. Swinney, in order to retain his services while Mr. Swinney was acquainting himself with the business.
The New Jerusalem Messenger remained under the charge of an Editorial Committee, consisting of Messrs. Giles, Ager, Hayden, Scammon, and Hitchcock, Mr. Hitchcock being Editor-in-Chief until October 1st, when the Rev. J. C. Ager was authorized to act as Supervising Editor, with the assistance of Messrs. Giles and Hitchcock, and he will continue to act in that capacity until the first of July next. For the two months prior to July 1, 1870, Messrs. Giles and Ager were each paid for their services at the rate of $250 per annum, and Mr. Ager has been paid, since October 1, 1870, $12 per week. These are the only regular salaries which have been paid for editorial services, but a small additional sum has been expended for contributions. The receipts on account of the paper have been, for the year: Subscriptions, $6,406.27; advertisements, $344; - $6,750.27. The expenses have been: Editorial salaries and articles, $699.31; composition, press-work, folding, sewing, and mailing, $3,490.49; paper, $2,248.02; rent of editorial and composing-rooms, and other publication expenses, $2,088.70; fixtures, type, etc., $171.15; total, 88,697.67; showing a loss of $1,947.40. The receipts from subscriptions have been $395 less than last year, owing to losses of money sent through the mails, and the neglect to make prompt collections. The amount due for unpaid subscriptions, on May 1, 1871, was $3,021, or $675 more than on May 1, 1870. The expenses have been increased by using, since January last, a better quality of paper than heretofore, and by stitching and cutting the paper instead of merely folding it. These improvements were so urgently called for, that it was thought advisable to make them, though they add to the cost of the paper about $20 per week. This will account for a large part of the increase of the year's expenses.
The circulation of the Messenger on May 1, 1871, was 2,924 copies, against 2,928 copies on May 1, 1870; a loss of four copies. Of these 2,924 copies, 2,680 are sent to paying subscribers, 166 are free, and 78 exchanges.
The Children's Magazine has continued to be edited by the Rev. Chauncey Giles. He receives a salary of $250 a year for his services. The receipts on account of the magazine have been, for the year: Subscriptions, $1,509.49; sales of back numbers, $111.85; total, $1,621.34. The expenses have been: Editorial salary and articles paid for, $336.25; cuts, $103.50; composition, press-work, binding and mailing, $916.52; paper, $493.15; rent and publication expenses, $604.75; total, $2,454.17; showing a loss of $832.38.
On the first of January last the subscription price of the magazine was reduced from $1.75 to $1.50 per year. At the same time the printing of the covers in colors was discontinued, and plain covers substituted. The circu. lation on May 1, 1871, was $1,262 copies, a loss of one copy since May 1,
1870. Of these 1,252 copies, 42 are free, 12 are exchanges, and 1,198 are paid for.
It appears from the foregoing particulars that the total loss on the publishing operations in New York for the year has been $1,011.86. The sum of $2,000, appropriated by the Executive Committee in June last for the use of the New York Sub-Committee, having been exhausted, and there being pressing demands for money which could not otherwise be met, the SubCommittee directed the Treasurer to advance from the Rice Interest Fund so much as might be required for immediate use. This he had done on the first of May, 1871, to the amount of $500, and expected to pay in a few days $750 more, making the total amount advanced by him for the publishing business of the Convention in New York during the year, $1,250. There are, in addition, debts, which ought to be paid at once, to the amount of $3,000. To maintain the Publishing House in New York as it has heretofore been maintained, it will therefore be necessary to provide immediately the sum of $4,250, and for the probable deficiency of the coming year, supposing it to be the same as that of last year, $4,000 more. If, as ought to be done, an editor is engaged for the Messenger, his salary will have to be added to these two amounts.
The following is an abstract of the accounts of the Publishing House as they appeared on the ledger May 1, 1871:
The Sub-Committee on Publications in Boston make the following report of the management of the New Jerusalem Magazine : Receipts - cash on hand, $31.20; subscriptions and advertisements, $1,645.17; different Associations, printing journals, $518.77; J. Y. Scammon, Treasurer, printing History of Theological School, $48.93; Thomas Hitchcock, Treasurer, printing journals, $350.92; received from the Rotch Legacy, $1,036.80; total, $3,631.79. Expenditures – printing, $2,003.88; binding, $118.77; paper, $1.009.56; contributions, $146.59; running exp ses, $89.24; publishing, $260; cash on hand, $3.75; total, $3,631.79.
The Magazine was published for the first ten months of the year by S. C. Drew; for the remaining time, by Richard Ward, and has been issued from the rooms of the New Church Union during the whole year.
It has been edited by C. H. Drew, Esq., with an advisory committee, as beretofore. The whole number of subscribers on the books of the Magazine is 800. Of these, about 60 are on the free list and exchanges. The amount bow due the Magazine from subscriptions is $1,000. The amount paid for paper includes $284 of the year before. There is due from the Ohio Association, for printing journals in the December number, $73.51, and from the Maryland Association, for printing journals in the February number, $70.98.
The amount due from subscribers being the same this year as last, if we deduct the amounts due from the Ohio and Maryland Associations, $144.49, together with the amount paid for paper, which should have come into last year's account, $284, amounting together to $128.49, from the sum received from the Rotch Legacy, $1,036.80, it will leave the debt properly chargeable to this year, $608.81.
The Sub-Committee on Publications in Philadelphia report: That the “Little Messenger” has been published regularly twice a month, during the past year, under the editorial management of the Rev. Willard H. Hinkley. Nothing has been paid for editorial services or for contributions; the expenses have been mainly for printing and mailing. Since the first of April, 1871, the publication office of the paper has been changed to the Book-Room recently established in Philadelphia at 809 Chestnut Street. The following is a statement of its financial condition : Balance on hand at date of last report, 1870, $12.76; receipts to this date, May 2, for subscriptions and donations, $1,041.65; appropriation of General Convention, $300; total, $1,354.41; expenditures, $1,319.35; balance, $35.06; subscriptions unpaiļl, 8316.50. There is a balance of $87.46 due J. B. Rodgers & Co., Printers. The number of copies circulated is 2,287, being an increase of 90 during the past year. The Committee ask for an appropriation for the coming year.
It is recommended that no further action be taken by the Convention on the resolutions of the Rev. Mr. Jordan, No. 129, Journal 1867, on the resolution of the Rev. Mr. Mann, No. 162, Journal 1870, or on Mr. Hitchcock's proposed addition to the By-Laws, No. 129, Journal 1869.
The Board of Publications, to whom was referred the proposition of the Rev. Mr. Stuart to reprint the early journals of the Convention, are of opinion that the condition of the funds of the Convention does not justify any expenditures not demanded by present necessities, and they have, therefore, decided to take no further action upon the subject at the present time.
It is recommended that Standing Resolution No. 6 be amended so as to read: “ There shall be a Superintendent of Missions, whose duty shall be to provide for the inissionary wants of the Church in such places as are not provided for by the several Associations:” Estimate of the Amount of Money required to carry on the Operations of
the General Convention until its Meeting in 1872: Outstanding liabilities .
$4,250 00 The Rev. Mr. Brickman's paper
300 00 The Little Messenger”
600 00 The New Jerusalem Magazine
800 00 Editor of the New Jerusalem Messenger
2,000 00 Publishing House