The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 12, December, 1882
DOUBLE NUMBER. SEE FOURTH PAGE COVER.
|Abstract of Proceedings at the Annual Meeting.||354|
|Summary of the Annual Report of The Treasurer.||357|
|Report of Committee on Educational Work.||369|
|Higher Education of the Negro. Pres. E. M. Cravath.||370|
|Report of Committee on Church Work.||372|
|Remarks of Rev. C. O. Brown.||374|
|Report of the Committee.||375|
|Report of the Committee on Proposed Exchange of Missions.||376|
|Report of the Committee.||377|
|Work and Duty in the East. Gen. S. C. Armstrong.||378|
|Report of the Committee.||380|
|Address of Rev. James Brand, D.D.||381|
|Report of the Committee on Finance.||383|
|Petition of President Ware and Others.||384|
|Exchange of Missions. By Secretary Strieby.||385|
|ADDRESSES AT THE ANNUAL MEETING.|
|President Hays’ Address.||391|
|Address of President A. D. White.||395|
|Address of Rev. A. G. Haygood, D.D.||399|
|From Address of Gen. C. B. Fisk.||406|
|From Address of Rev. A. J. F. Behrends.||407|
|Relation of the A. M. A. To Civilization, By Rev. F. L. Kenyon.||409|
|Dedication of Livingstone Missionary Hall.||410|
American Missionary Association,
56 READE STREET, NEW YORK.
President, Hon. WM. B. WASHBURN, Mass.
Rev. M. E. STRIEBY. D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
H. W. HUBBARD, Esq., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. C. L. Woodworth, Boston. Rev. G. D. Pike, D.D., New York.
Rev. James Powell, Chicago.
relating To the work of the Association may be addressed to theCorresponding Secretary; those Relating To the collecting fields,to the District Secretaries; letters for the Editor of the“American Missionary,” to Rev. G. D. Pike, D.D., at the New YorkOffice.
DONATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
may be sent to H. W. Hubbard, Treasurer, 56 Reade Street, New York,or, when more convenient, to either of the Branch Offices, Rev. C.L. Woodworth, Dist. Sec., 21 Congregational House, Boston, Mass.,or Rev. James Powell, Dist. Sec., 112 West Washington Street,Chicago, Ill. A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes aLife Member. Letters relating to boxes and barrels of clothing maybe addressed to the persons above named.
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.
The Annual Report of the A. M. A. contains the Constitution of theAssociation and By-Laws of the Executive Committee. A copy will besent free on application.
American Missionary Association.
The annual meeting of this Association was held in Plymouth Church,Cleveland, O., Oct. 24–26, and was one of great interest. In thisnumber of the Missionary we have endeavored to give aglimpse of what was said and done. For want of space, almostnothing is published entire except the reports of the committees.
For Dr. Goodell’s sermon on “More Power from Christ for the World’sLarger Needs,” Dr. Ward’s paper on “Caste in Education,” Dr.Noble’s on “God’s Way of Vindicating Brotherhood” and Dr. Roy’s on“The New South,” we must for the present refer our readers to TheAdvance of November 2d.
The papers read before the Women’s Meeting by Mrs. Andrews, MissCahill and Miss Hamilton are reserved for mention in the JanuaryMissionary.
The addresses given by Dr. Gregory, Dr. Rust and Mr. Beard,representing the Baptist, the Methodist and the Society of Friendsmay be used in compiling a pamphlet relating to the work doneamong the freedmen. Other addresses or papers may also be given inpamphlet form.
THE FINANCIAL OUTLOOK.
That part of the report of the Committee on Finances at ourAnnual Meeting which says: “More ample facilities for church andeducational work bring with them larger demands for funds, so thatsimply to preserve its efficiency in fields already occupied, theAssociation requires an annual increase in contributions,” will bereadily appreciated by all who are accustomed to study the laws ofgrowth. Every new building either for school or church purposes;every additional scholar, whether among the Negroes, Indians orChinese; every church and school organized, calls for enlargedexpenditures. The recommendation at Cleveland that $50,000 be addedto the current income of the Association for general uses duringthe next fiscal year is based on sound business principles. It isnot one dollar more than will be required to give the greatestefficiency to our operations. As in the past, so in the future wemust have, if we do what is pressing to be done, money for specialpurposes.
1. The church work, that has grown so steadily under our care,requires $10,000 for enlargement the coming year.
2. The work contemplated among the Indians, in addition to thatcarried on by us during the past year, will also require at least$20,000.
3. We have purchased fourteen acres of land at Little Rock, Ark.,for a site for the Edward Smith college, and need $25,000 inaddition to the amount pledged to provide the buildings needful.
4. We need a new dormitory at Austin, Tex. Allen Hall was crowdedto its utmost the day the present school year was opened, and amongthe first duties of the teachers was the painful one of turningneedy students away.
The committee at Cleveland, in urging that $375,000 be raised forthe coming year, observes that, “While the receipts for the pasttwo years have been more than $100,000 larger than in the two yearsnext preceding them, the expense of raising and disbursing thesefunds and managing the affairs of the Association has increasedless than $400 per annum, thus showing that the Association isfully equipped for a much larger work without additional costfor the machinery of administration.” We never were in such goodcondition to do the work we have in hand so economically, wiselyand successfully as at present, and there never was a time when thewelfare of the nation and the cause of Christ were more fruitfulwith promise. The voice of the whole people, North, South, East andWest, is calling upon us to go forward with renewed strength. Shallwe have the means needful?
ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING.
The thirty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American MissionaryAssociation was held in Plymouth Church, Cleveland, Ohio, onTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 24th to 26th, 1882.
Promptly at three o’clock Tuesday afternoon, the meeting of theAssociation was called to order by the President, Hon. William B.Washburn, of Massachusetts. Devotional services were conductedby Prof. John Morgan, of Oberlin, after which Gov. Washburn, onassuming the chair for the first time, said:
“I appear before you on this occasion with feelings of a mixedcharacter; partly painful, partly pleasing—painful when Ireflect that your expectations in regard to the presiding officerwhom you have lately selected probably never will be realized;pleasing—doubly pleasing—to remember that I have received thesupport of so distinguished an organization as has invited me topreside over its deliberations.
“Let me, then, first of all, thank you for the honor conferred,and assure you that no effort of mine shall be wanting to meet thedemands of the occasion.
“I know full well the many trials and difficulties which thisSociety has been called upon to pass through in the past. Yourlabors have been for the most part among the neglected and despisedraces of our country. Society rests upon selfish principles.Men respect the honored and the elevated, not the despised andthe down-trodden. Hence a great portion of the labors of thisorganization has been unknown and uncared-for by the great majorityof mankind; and yet it is in the midst of such degradation thatwe get the brightest glimpses of Christianity, the widest andbroadest views of humanity. The aspect to-day which we witnessof endeavoring to raise even the lowest masses of mankind intointellectual, moral and spiritual dignity, never was broader thanat the present hour. Take courage, then, and feel that your laborshave not been in vain. The success which has attended your effortsduring the past year, the wonderful increase of the means whichhave been provided this organization by an enlarged constituency,the bright aspect of the future, ought to strengthen the hands andencourage the hearts of all who are interested in this organizationto make greater sacrifices, if need be, in the future than haveever been made in the past.
“Every true citizen, every real patriot ought to feel to-day aspecial interest in the prosperity and the success of this Society.
“It has been well said that essential to the perpetuity of ourrepublican institutions are two conditions: Popular intelligenceand popular morality. In other words, in order that freeinstitutions may be preserved, there must be general intelligenceand sound morals. Hence, two institutions are essential—schoolsand Christian churches. Free institutions without intelligence canexist only in name. It is moral, not physical ills which we have tofear. While the people themselves remain pure no human force canprevail against them.
“When four millions of slaves were suddenly set free the greatproblem to solve was, what shall we do with them? To-day each voteof those