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MISSION ARY HERALD:
THE PROCEEDINGS AT LARGE OF THE
amtritan isoard of commissioners for fortign suissions,
In commencing a new volume of this work, a brief account will be given of the organization of the Board, its executive officers and their duties, and the several departments of business; which will be followed by an abridgment of the ANNUAL REpoRT of the Prudential Committee, read at the annual meeting held in the city of Utica, State of New York, in October last. This abridgment will contain all the important facts and statements found in the original REpoRT, and for the purpose of reference may be used as a substitute for that document. Such additions or modifications will be made, in respect to each mission, as may be required by the intelligence which has been received since the publication of the
The original members of the Board were appointed by the General Association of Massachusetts, convened at Bradford, in June 1810. The Board was organized in Farmington, in the State of Connecticut, in the following September, and was incorporated by the legislature of Massachusetts in June, 1812. In September, 1826, the United Foreign Missionary Society was identified with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. The Board now consists of 85 members, elected according to the Act of Incorporation, residing in 17 of the States of the Union; of whom 31 are laymen, 14 are presidents of Colleges, and 11 are professors in Theologi&al Seminaries: 46 are connected with the Presbyterian, 31 with the Congregational, seven with the Reformed Dutch, and one with the Associate Reformed Church.
The number of Corresponding Members is 22, of whom six reside in this country and 16 in foreign parts. There are also 1,262 Honorary Members, constituted such, if laymen, by the payment of $100, and if ministers, of $50 each, at one time.
week, and oftener, if circumstances require; give directions respecting the more important correspondence; appoint missionaries, assistant missionaries, and agents; assign them their fields of labor; direct as to the investment of funds; anthorize expenditures; examine the treasurer's accounts; receive reports from the secretaries, treasurer, agents, and missionaries; and annually make a report to the Board of their own proceedings, and of the general state and prospects of the missions. Duties of the Secretaries.—On the Secretaries devolves the correspondence, foreign and domestic, (except what relates to the pecuniary concerns of the Board;) the editing of the Missionary Herald; the preparation of the Annual Report, Missionary Papers, Instructions to Missionaries, and other public documents; the general superintendence of missions; the obtaining and directing of missionaries and agents; the collecting of information which shall lead to the establishment of new missions and the enlargement of those already established; the preparation of business for the Prudential Committee—together with the constant, necessary personal intercourse with the friends of missions from all parts of the country.—The Secretaries are, also, often called from the Missionary Rooms to transact business of the Board in different places, and to visit missionary stations. Duties of the Treasurer.—On the Treasurer is devolved the correspondence relating to the pecuniary concerns of the Board; keeping the accounts; purchasing, and forwarding all supplies for the several stations; giving directions for sending the Missionary Herald and Reports of the Board to societies and donors; sending publications to missionaries and foreign correspondents, the preparation of the monthly lists of donations, with various other duties of a similar nature. Duties of General Agents.—They will visit as often as practicable the several portions of their respective fields, diffusing information on the subject of missions to the heathen, by preaching and addresses, conversation, distri
bution of Missionary Papers and other publio, organizing associations and auxiliaries, and attending their annual meetings, and in various other ways co-operating with the pastors of churches, with the agents of other societies, with ecclesiastical bodies, with the offirers of the Board and of auxiliaries, and with the friends of the cause generally, in efforts to augment the number of missionaries, and the amount of pecuniary means for diffusing the knowledge and influence of the gospe) throughout the world. There are now five General Agents. Publications.—During the past yearthere have been published by the Board, of the Annual Report 1,500 copies; Abridgment of the Annual Report 6,000; First Ten Annual Reports [in one volume], 1,000; Organization of the Board, 5,000; Annual Sermon, 1,000; Missionary Papers, 74,000; Quarterly Papers, 158,000; Missionary Herald Vol. xxx, 18,000; [monthly numbers, 215,000); making the whole number of copies of publications printed, and most of them put into circulation, during the year, all designed to diffuse information on missionary subjects and promote a missionary spirit, 264,500; containing 11,788,200 pages. The receipts of the year ending Sept. 1, 1834, were S152,386 10; which added to S2,616 14, the balance in the treasury at the beginning of the year, gave $155,002 24 the amount of funds at the disposal of the Committee during the year. There were also received from the American Bible Society S15,000, and from the Philadelphia Bible Society $500 for printing and circulating Bibles in heathen lands; from the American Tract Society for printing and circulating tracts, $18,800; and from the American Sunday School Union for books for the missions of the Board, $500; in all $34,800; making the whole amount of disposable funds $189,802 24. The expenditures of the Board at home and abroad were 159,779 61; adding the amount expended for the other societies just named, $194,579 61.
ABRIDGMENT OF THE ANNUAL REPORT.
AFTER mentioning the decease of the Hon. Jonas Platt, a member of the board, one ordained missionary, and one male and one female assistant missionary; to which are now to be added another ordained missionary and two female assistants; the Report proceeds with the
This Board has been constituted, by the Providence of God and the choice and confidence of his people, the principal agency for conducting the work of Foreign Missions in behalf of several Christian denominations in this country, coinciding in their views of doctrine, and not materially differing in ecclesiastical order and discipline. One important
step towards constituting this Board such an agency was taken when the Board, in 1830, recommended to the Prudential Committee to employ, in different sections of the country, general and permanent agents. A still more important step, of the same bearing, was taken when, in 1831, the plan of co-operation in the work of Foreign Missions, so happily subsisting between this Board and the Reformed Dutch Church, was adopt