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FIVE members of the Board have been removed by death, since the last meeting, viz. William Bartlet, Esq., one of the number appointed by the General Association of Massachusetts in 1810, Zachariah Lewis, Esq., Rev. George A. Baxter, D. D., Rev. Elihu W. Baldwin, D. D., and Gerrit Wendel, Esq.
Two missionaries, Rev. N. S. Benham and Rev. Story Hebard, and three assistant missionaries, Mrs. Nancy W. Barnes, Mrs. H. J. Van Lennep, and Mrs. S. N. Castle, have in like manner ceased from their labors.
No important change has occurred among the officers of the Board, or in the arrangements at the Missionary House.
Ten missionaries and assistant missionaries have been released from their connection with the Board, through failure of health, changes in the missions, and other causes.
Five, who had received appointments but had not gone forth, have also been released, at their own request, from their connection with the Board.
Thirty-four missionaries and assistant missionaries have been appointed.
Twenty-nine have been sent out to various missions, and five, who had previously returned to this country, have resumed their labors.
Twenty-four remain under appoint
The Rev. William Clark has labored as the General Agent of the Board in the northern district of New England, and the Rev. Chauncey Eddy, in the southern district of New England and the eastern part of New York. Mr.
Eddy has been assisted during the year, by the Rev. Orson Cowles.
The Rev. F. E. Cannon has continued his labors as General Agent of the Board in northern, central, and western New York. He has been aided by the Rev. David Malin.
The Rev. W. M. Hall continued to labor as the General Agent of the Board in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, till near the close of the year, when he resigned his agency and received the thanks of the Prudential Committee for his faithful services. No successor to Mr. Hall has been appointed.
The southern agency is still vacant. The Rev. James Knox performed a temporary agency on the sea-board during the last winter.
The Rev. Harvey Curtis was appointed General Agent of the Board for the Western States, soon after the last meeting, and entered upon his duties at Cincinnati in the month of January.
The Michigan agency has been united again to that of the Western Reserve, and the Rev. Harvey Coe has charge of the whole agency.
The contributions through the Board of Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church are somewhat less than they were last year.
From the Board of Foreign Missions of the German Reformed Church one thousand dollars have been received, besides contributions from several churches of that denomination, which have not passed through the treasury of that Board.
Progress has been made in collecting missionary statistics by the officers and agents of the Board. 1
The plan of making collections by means of collectors in each church and congregation, who invite all persons, not known to be unfriendly to the cause, to aid in its support, has been more extensively adopted during the year, and with very happy effects.
The circulation of the Missionary Herald has gradually increased during the year. Twenty-four thousand copies are now published monthly.
The Prudential Committee have recently commenced the publication of a small monthly paper called the "Dayspring." Fifty thousand copies of the first number were published in August.
Four thousand five hundred copies of the last Annual Report have been published, together with Dr. Beman's sermon at the last annual meeting.
Twenty-six thousand copies of missionary and quarterly papers have been printed, and a large number put into circulation.
The receipts of the Board have again fallen short of the amount needed to sustain the present system of missionary operations, on the scale of rigid economy, to which they have been reduced.
The whole amount received during the year ending July 31st, was $235,189,30, being $6,501,74 less than the receipts of the previous year.
The whole amount of expenditures for the same period was $268,914,79, exceeding those of the previous year $22,313,42, and exceeding the receipts $33,725,49. The debt of the Board, which on the 31st of July, 1840, was $24,083,42, had increased on the 31st of July 1841, to $57,808,91.
The increased expenditure of the last year, has been owing partly to an increase in the number of missionaries sent out; and partly to unexpected occurrences in connection with several of the missions, which have compelled them to exceed in their actual expenses, the estimates previously made.
ATHENS-Jonas King, D. D., and Nathan Benjamin, Missionaries; Mrs. King and Mrs. Benjamin. AREOPOLIS, on the most southern promontory of the Peloponnesus.-George W. Leyburn, Missionary, and Mrs. Leyburn.-Three native helpers.
In this country.-Samuel R. Houston, Missionary. (2 stations; 4 missionaries, 3 female assistant missionaries, and 3 native helpers;—total, 10.)
MISSION TO TURKEY.
Such are the present attitude and prospects of many of the missions, that if the present system of operation is prosecuted during the year which has commenced, the expenditures of the Board will inevitably be greater than in that which has just closed. Without a considerable increase of receipts, the missions cannot therefore be sustained. This increase may, it is thought, be readily obtained, if pastors of churches co-operating with the Board and the active friends of the cause in every part of the country will adopt and execute the plan of systematic contribution by Hamlin, Missionaries; Mrs. Goodell, Mrs. Dwight,
SMYRNA Daniel Temple, Elias Riggs, John B. Adger, and Henry J. Van Lennep, Missionaries; Mrs. Temple, Mrs. Riggs, and Mrs. Adger.-Five native helpers.
BROOSA-Benjamin Schneider and Henry A. Homes, Missionaries; Mrs. Schneider and Mrs.
CONSTANTINOPLE.-William Goodell, Harrison G. O. Dwight, William G. Schauffler, and Cyrus
Mrs. Schauffler, and Mrs. Hamlin.-Five native helpers.
TRERIZOND.-Thomas P. Johnston, Missionary, and Mrs. Johnston.-One native helper.
TRZEROOM.-William C. Jackson and Josiah Peabody, Missionaries: Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Peabody. One native helper.
LARNICA, on the island of Cyprus.-Daniel Ladd and James L. Thompson, Missionaries; Mrs. Ladd. In this country.-Philander O. Powers, Missionary: Homan Hallock, Printer; Mrs. Powers, Mrs. Hallock, and Mrs. Pease.
(6 stations; 16 missionaries, 1 printer, 16 female assistant missionaries, and 12 native helpers;total, 45.)
MISSION TO SYRIA.
BEYROOT-Eli Smith, William M. Thomson, Nathaniel A. Keyes, and Leander Thomson, Missionaries; George C. Hurter, Printer; Mrs. Smith, Mrs. W. M. Thomson, Mrs. Keyes, Mrs. L. Thomson, Mrs. Hurter, and Miss Betsey Tilden, Teacher. -Two native helpers.
JERUSALEM.-George B. Whiting and Charles S. Sherman, Missionaries; Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Sherman. One native helper.
DEIR EL KAMER, among the Druzes.-Samuel Wolcott, Missionary; C. V. A. Van Dyck, M. D., Physician; Mrs. Wolcott.
ALEPPO.-E. R. Beadle, Missionary, and Mrs. Beadle.
In this country-Isaac Bird and John F. Lanneau, Missionaries; Mrs. Bird.
MADURA MISSION, IN SOUTHERN INDIA.
MADURA. Daniel Poor and Ferdinand D. W. Ward, Missionaries; John Steele, M. D., Physician; Mrs. Poor, Mrs. Ward, and Mrs. Steele.-Thirteen native helpers.
DINDIGUL, thirty-eight miles northwest of Madura.-Robert O. Dwight and John J. Lawrence, Missionaries; Mrs. Dwight and Mrs. Lawrence.One native preacher, and ten native helpers.
TERUPUVANUM, twelve miles southeast of Madura.-Nathaniel M. Crane, Missionary, and Mrs. Crane.-Four native helpers.
SEVAGUNGA, twenty-seven miles southeast of Madura.-Henry Cherry, Missionary, and Mrs. Cherry. Three native helpers.
TERUMUNGALUM, twelve miles southwest of Madura.-Clarendon F. Muzzy and William Tracy, Missionaries; Mrs. Muzzy and Mrs. Tracy.-Seven native helpers.
(5 stations; 8 missionaries, 1 physician, 9 female assistant missionaries, I native preacher, and 37 native helpers; -total, 56.)
TILLIPALLY.-James Read Eckard, Missionary, and Mrs. Eckard.-Eleven native helpers.
BATTICOTTA.-Henry R. Hoisington and Richard Cope, Missionaries; Nathan Ward, M. D., Physician; Mrs. Hoisington, Mrs. Cope, and Mrs. Ward.Two native preachers, and sixteen native helpers.
OODOOVILLE.-Levi Spaulding, Missionary; Mrs. Spaulding, and Miss Eliza Agnew, Teacher.Eight native helpers.
MANEPY.-Samuel Hutchings, Missionary; Eastman S. Minor, Printer; Mrs. Hutchings and Mrs. Minor.-Five native helpers.
PANDITERIPO.-(Vacant.)-Four native helpers. CHAVAGACHERRY.-(Vacant.)-One native preacher, and two native helpers.
VARANY.-George H. Apthorp, Missionary, and Mrs. Apthorp.-Three native assistants.
In this country.-Benjamin C. Meigs, Missionary;* Mrs. Meigs, and Miss Sarah F. Brown, Teacher. Three OUT-STATIONS, With three native helpers.
(7 stations and 3 out-stations; 7 missionaries, 1 physician, 1 printer, 11 female assistant missionaries, 3 native preachers, and 52 native helpers;total, 75.)
*Rev. B. C. Meigs, also Rev. Messrs. S. G. Whittelsey, Robert Wyman and J. C. Smith and their wives have recently embarked for Ceylon.
WATALUA.-John S. Emerson, Missionary; Edwin Locke, Teacher; Mrs. Emerson and Mrs. Locke.
KANEOHE.-Benjamin W. Parker, Missionary, and Mrs. Parker.-Miss Marcia M. Smith, Teacher. ISLAND OF KAUAI,
WAIMEA.-Samuel Whitney, Missionary, and Mrs. Whitney.
KOLOA.-Peter J. Gulick, Missionary, and Mrs. Gulick.
WAIOLI.-William P. Alexander, Missionary; Edward Johnson, Teacher; Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Johnson.
On their way to the Islands.-Daniel Dole and Elias Bond, Missionaries; Mrs. Dole and Mrs. Bond, In this country-Hiram Bingham, Missionary; Mrs. Bingham and Mrs. Thurston.
(17 stations; 25 missionaries-one a physician, 2 physicians, 2 secular superintendents, 7 teachers, 2 printers, 1 bookbinder, cnd 40 female assistant missionaries;-total, 79.)
The number of missions in this department is 17; of stations 61; of ordained missionaries 115, five of whom are also physicians; of physicians 7; of teachers 8; of secular superintendents 2; of printers 11; of bookbinders 1; of female helpers married and unmarried 141;-making a total of laborers beyond sea from this country, of 287. To these add 4 native preachers, and 135 other native helpers, and the number of laborers, who are employed and supported by the Board in the missions beyond sea, is 426.
gregation at Umlazi on the Sabbath numbers about five hundred, and there is a Sabbath-school of two hundred. The political state of the country is not settled, and doubts have arisen as to the propriety of continuing the mission, especially as there are English missionary societies which stand ready to occupy the ground, should the Board retire from it. In that case our labors will not be lost.
MISSION ΤΟ THE GREBOS IN WEST
Doct. Wilson commenced a station at Fishtown a year ago. The town contains three thousand inhabitants, and has a fine healthful situation on the seashore, ten miles from Fair Hope, with a good landing. Rocktown, between Fair Hope and Fishtown, has a larger population than either of those places. Schools exist there, and also at Sarekeh, twelve miles in the interior. It is said that the practice of praying morning and evening is more or less prevalent in all the native communities around, where the gospel has been preached, even where there is no manifest desire to conform to any other requirement of the gospel.
The seminary at Fair Hope contains 54 pupils. The number in the missionschools is 125. Twelve natives are members of the church. At six places there is stated preaching. One third of the more influential native men are thought to have discarded their greegrees. The feteishmen are losing their power over the minds of the people, and are often treated with disrespect. It is not true, however, that the gospel occupics all the ground thus lost by superstition. More than a million of pages were printed the past year. New laborers are needed for this mission, and there are many openings for missionaries along the coast eastward. There is a prospect, too, that the immense and populous interior will soon be accessible along the great high-way of the Niger.
MISSION TO GREECE.
Of all the branches of the oriental church, the Greek appears to be the most difficult to engraft with an evangelical faith and influence. This may be owing in part to the character and position of the Greek mind; and it may be that the Greek church comes nearer than the others to the exclusive, sectarian spirit
of the church of Rome. One thing is certain, the Greek church pronounces anathemas equally upon all protestant sects without exception; and those protestant missionaries, therefore, will labor most usefully in it, who put the least stress upon forms, and, with most of the meekness, gentleness, and love of Christ, are most single in their endeavors to fix attention upon the fundamental principles of the gospel.
It should encourage our hopes, that some of the best Greek minds have imbibed the spirit of free religious inquiry, and come out with great boldness through the press; and, notwithstanding many adverse appearances, it may be doubted whether it will be found possible to build up a religious despotism in that kingdom. The people are perhaps in greater danger from infidelity and its demoralizing influences.
The station at Areopolis, in Mane, continues to prosper. The Maniotes are a brave, free people, and have long been accustomed, in their rocky defences, to think and act for themselves. The highschool at this station has about thirty pupils, and the Lancasterian a hundred. The mission has printed nearly 3,000,000 of pages during the year. The printing is done at Athens. Dr. King continues his exegetical class. What Greece needs above all things is an educated, pious priesthood, which shall preach the gospel in the churches from Sabbath to Sabbath. This is beginning to be felt, and a few promising men have commenced preaching.
MISSION TO TURKEY.
The printing establishment of this mission is at Smyrna, and here the amount of printing during the year, was about 1,340,000 pages in the Armenian language, about 3,860,000 in ArmenoTurkish, and about 1,780,000 in modern Greek; or nearly 8,000,000 in the whole. Mr. Adger has completed his revised version of Zohrab's modern Armenian New Testament. The Greek and Armenian monthly magazines increase in popularity. Mrs. Van Lennep departed this life just as the Board closed its last annual meeting.
When the Committee began to think it time for the preachers of the gospel stationed at Broosa to retire from that city, on account of the protracted and obstinate refusal of the people to hear, there began to be indications of the pre