The American Missionary — Volume 41, No. 12, December, 1887
The American Missionary
|This Number Portland Meeting,||335|
|Subscribers for the “Missionary,”||336|
|More About the John Brown Song,||339|
|Mississippi Convict System,||341|
|Proceedings of Annual Meeting,||343|
|Summary of Treasurer’s Report,||352|
|Reports of Committees,||354|
|Dr. Buckingham’s Memorial Address,||361|
|The Missionary Influence of a Life, and the Life of a Missionary Influence. By Secretary Beard,||365|
|The Brotherhood of Man. By Secretary Strieby,||372|
|Need of Intelligence in Benevolence. By Secretary Powell,||379|
|BUREAU OF WOMAN’S WORK.|
|Report of Secretary,||387|
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American Missionary Association.
President, —— ——
|Rev. A. J. F. Behrends, D.D., N.Y.||Rev. Alex. McKenzie, D.D., Mass.|
|Rev. F. A. Noble, D.D., Ill.||Rev. D. O. Mears, D.D., Mass.|
|Rev. Henry Hopkins, D.D., Mo.|
Rev. M. E. Strieby, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. James Powell, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. A. F. Beard, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
H. W. Hubbard, Esq., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
|Peter McCartee.||Chas. P. Peirce.|
|John H. Washburn, Chairman.||A. P. Foster, Secretary.|
|For Three Years.||For Two Years.||For One Year.|
|Lyman Abbott,||S. B. Halliday,||J. E. Rankin,|
|A. S. Barnes,||Samuel Holmes,||Wm. H. Ward,|
|J. R. Danforth,||Samuel S. Marples,||J. W. Cooper,|
|Clinton B. Fisk,||Charles L. Mead,||John H. Washburn,|
|A. P. Foster,||Elbert B. Monroe,||Edmund L. Champlin.|
Rev. C. L. Woodworth, D.D., 21 Cong’l House, Boston.
Rev. J. E. Roy, D.D., 151 Washington Street, Chicago.
|Financial Secretary for Indian Missions.||Field Superintendent.|
|Rev. Chas. W. Shelton.||Rev. C. J. Ryder.|
Bureau of Woman’s Work.
Secretary, Miss D. E. Emerson, 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Relating to the work of the Association may be addressed to theCorresponding Secretaries; those relating to the collecting fields,to Rev. James Powell, D.D., or to the District Secretaries; lettersfor “The American Missionary,” to the Editor, at the NewYork Office.
DONATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
In drafts, checks, registered letters or post-office orders, maybe sent to H. W. Hubbard, Treasurer, 56 Reade Street, New York,or, when more convenient, to either of the Branch Offices, 21Congregational House, Boston, Mass., or 151 Washington Street,Chicago, Ill. A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes aLife Member.
FORM OF A BEQUEST.
“I bequeath to my executor (or executors) the sum of ——dollars, in trust, to pay the same in —— days after my decease tothe person who, when the same is payable, shall act as Treasurerof the ‘American Missionary Association,’ of New York City, to beapplied, under the direction of the Executive Committee of theAssociation, to its charitable uses and purposes.” The Will shouldbe attested by three witnesses.
American Missionary Association.
This is the Annual Meeting number of The Missionary. Itis twice the usual size, and more than twice the usual value.Addresses omitted for lack of space will appear in subsequentnumbers. Dr. Behrends’s sermon will be printed in the Annual Report.
The Portland Meeting was one of the best in the history ofthe Association. The intellectual and spiritual power of all thesessions was marked and sustained throughout. The attendance waslarge. The churches provided right royally for those who attended.The ministers and those associated with them worked night and day.They anticipated every want. They made themselves the servants ofall. We cannot thank them as we ought. We cannot reward them asthey deserve. They have done the cause a noble service.
An enthusiastic, profitable, inspiring meeting was anticipated,and that expectation was more than fulfilled. There was no debt tomourn over, and no question of administration to dispute about.The one object in coming together was to get a bird’s-eye view ofthe field, and to crystalize the aroused enthusiasm in the form ofincreased contributions, exertions and prayers for the society’swork.
Never did the magnitude of its field and the complex characterof its labors appear in such startling lines. Either one of thefour principal departments of labor demands the money and theforce which is distributed among all. But, in the providence ofGod, this society is called upon to prosecute this fourfold work.It cannot abandon a single field, and it must not be asked to.It can do in the next five years a work for Christianity and forCongregationalism in the South and West which will tell on thecoming century. As Christians, and as Congregational Christians,we must see that it be not obliged to pinch its workers, and toturn away from promising openings in order to keep free from debtthe coming year.
In two respects the deliberations are likely to issue in actionwhich will affect the other societies as well. The strong sentimentin favor of a consolidation of the missionary publications willprobably take form in some definite action ere long, and thefrequent and prolonged laments over the scanty gifts of Christiansfor missionary operations indicate a determined effort on the partof pastors and leaders to induce a revival of giving.
The American Missionary Association has a united constituency atits back, and a boundless field before its face. In the solving ofthe problems which confront American Christianity, it is to have aglorious share.
Rev. Dr. Roy, our Western District Secretary, has secureda number of stereopticon-views illustrative of our work in allits departments. By aid of the stereopticon he tells his story ina way that keeps both eyes and ears of his audience engaged. Theventure is highly praised. The overflow meeting, Wednesday evening,in Portland, were treated to a part of the lecture and exhibition.People who say missionary meetings are dull, make themselvesconspicuously scarce when Dr. Roy comes round.
Now is a good time to induce our friends, not subscribers, tosubscribe for The American Missionary. With January a newvolume of the magazine begins. The price is only 50 cents. Thereading matter will be found interesting and profitable. Thereis a prejudice against missionary literature. It is unjust. Willour friends aid us by trying to destroy that prejudice? We cannotoffer premiums to induce formation of clubs. It is a missionarymagazine that we publish. We invite missionary effort to enlargeits paying circulation.
That word paying makes us think. We have a large number of lifemembers, to all of whom we send The Missionary free.We also send it to pastors and Sunday-school superintendents ofcontributing churches free. By so doing we do not mean to debarthem from the privilege of paying. Many of these, knowing that theywill receive the magazine anyway, put their subscription into theirannual donations. Better send the subscriptions separately. Itwould enable us, by entering the subscriptions upon our books wherethey belong, to lower the expense of publication. Of course, inthe result it is as broad as it is long. We have so much receiptsand so much expenses, but it is well to give credit where creditis due, and our magazine should have its credits acknowledged.[Pg 337]Where subscriptions are put in with the general contribution, theygo into the general treasury. They do not appear in the specificmagazine account, and we have no means of knowing exactly what themagazine costs the general treasury. It is very certain it costsno where near what we are obliged to report. We respectfully askthe attention of our friends to this point.
A pastor writes us: “If pastors would take a little painsto have The American Missionary sent to carefully selectedpersons in their communities, it would bring large returns, I amsure.” This is a very important statement, if true. We believe itis true. What have pastors to say about it? They are most earnestlyrequested to express their opinions. The question is open.
This is the way the editor of a colored religious paper in theSouth puts it to the ministers:
“If the Lord called you to preach, he also calls you to subscribefor our paper, so that you may be cut and qualified to preach. Itis just so, and you had better believe it. Send in your money.”
And then he goes for delinquents after this fashion:
“How can you call yourself honest while you are indebted for yourpaper? The Lord will not hold you guiltless unless you pay what youowe. Pay up! Pay up!! Pay up!!!”
We hasten to add, we were not thinking of subscriptions for TheAmerican Missionary when we made the above clippings.
The special attention of pastors is called to the resolutionpresented by the Committee on Secretary Powell’s paper andadopted by the Annual Meeting. Will they please see to it thatthis resolution is brought to the notice of the local conferenceswith which they are connected. Nothing goes in this world unlessthere are earnest souls behind it pushing. If that resolution istranslated into action by all the local conferences, it will bringthousands of dollars into our treasury.
The Georgia Legislature has adjourned