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able to aid it. Too much has already been brary the past year has been more in the done, and too great interests are involved in quality of the books secured, and in the order its realization, to think of suffering it longer that is beginning to obtain in its general to languish. Now, though it has a small arrangement, than in the number of volumes capital in the building where our library is, procured. Still we can report progress in it is not and cannot be self-sustaining or this respect.
Our last report gave four largely useful without a speedy increase of thousand and ninety-eight bound volumes, resources.
and three hundred and twenty duplicates, Our Corresponding Secretary has given making a total of four thousand four hundred much time to the library in gathering val- and twenty-eight volumes, an increase of six uable books and pamphlets; and now by the hundred and sixty-seven volumes over the help of a valuable assistant in the rooms, previous year. A more close examination of who gives her whole time to this service, the our books has brought to light quite a num. hitherto reigning chaos among our increasing ber of before unknown duplicates. These collection of serials, sermons, reports, essays,
have been passed over to the duplicate deand the like, is giving place to order and sys- partment. A careful count gives us now four tem, and our garnered memorials are becom- thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven vol. ing accessible, and hence more useful. Our umes, and four hundred and ninety-one dupligreat wants are room, ROOM, ROOM, and cates, affording a total of five thousand two money enough to bind more than seven hun- hundred and fifty-eight bound volumes; and dred volumes now suffering to be bound, and of unbound but valuable pamphlets, over also to secure by thorough search and pur- fifty thousand. chase the thousands upon thousands of the There are wanting now only a few dollars yet surviving works on our polity and our from comparatively a few individuals to history; the books which illustrate New Eng- cause this beginning of a suitable monument land work, New England character, New to the memory of our Pilgrim Fathers to England institutions; embracing our period. rise and be an honor to them and to us, and ical literature, the richest in the language, an inestimable blessing to posterity. Boston but nowhere found in any one library; em- Congregationalists cannot afford to let this bracing local histories, especially of New golden opportunity pass of making in this England cities, towns, and churches; em- city, the only really fitting place, and now, bracing the proceedings of all our great the best time that can be looked for, a Conbenevolent societies and the minutes of all gregational home, center, “Exchange," which our State associations and conferences, etc.,
would be an invaluable help to the present etc. Church histories are more easily obtained, and all coming generations. Massachusetts and, with a comparatively small outlay, this Congregationalists cannot afford to let the could be made the richest library in the coun- treasures already secured here, and within try in ecclesiastical literature, now a great reasonable command, be scattered and lost; want; embracing not only the forms, polity, nor can they afford to fail of having at last and principles of the different churches at an inviting and accessible resort in this cendifferent periods of the world, but their work ter of their faith and Church polity, at this as well. Something has been already accom- the Jerusalem of our brotherhood. A resort plished in these different directions, but noth- suited to the purposes of rest, of the freest, ing compared with what is possible with largest intercourse one with another; where suitable rooms and sufficient means for filling our Church principles and practices may be them. Many a private library, of careful studied; where our common trials, duties, selection and of great value, waits the evi- and hopes, and plans, may be talked over, dence of our future life, and a secure fire- and measures devised for more extended proof building, to be freely donated immedi- Christian action; where the stranger, who ately, as a testamentary gift. Our librarian should want to know more of the faith and is assured on all sides, that, when a suitable order of those churches which have made building is erected to receive these waiting New England the moral garden of the world, gifts, they will be forthcoming.
might be invited and enlightened. New EngDuring the last year there have been placed land, nay, American Congregationalists, canupon our shelves some books of great value, not afford longer to be without a place to the direct gift of generous friends, or by pur- which they may go and find not only a home, chase from a few dollars bestowed for that and rest, and social greetings, but instruction purpose, or arising from the sale of duplicates, in all those points of doctrine and ecclesiasor by exchanges. The increase of the Li- tical usage which were adopted by the Fathers, and which are or are not received by traits and relics of the past; and to do whatever their children living in and around the old
else - within the limits of its charter - shall homestead. The pioneer ministers, the fron
serve to illustrate Congregational history, and tier churches, the missionaries, home and
promote the general interests of the Congrega.
tional churches. foreign, very much want and must have
ART. III. This Association shall be composed of these helps, available in no other way, and
members of Orthodox Congregational churches,from no other source. The Directors are
paying each one dollar, or more, into its Treasury, persuaded that an object so important, and ART. IV. The officers of this Association shall now seemingly so easily secured, will not be be a President, such a number of Vice-Presi. suffered to elude our grasp. They can but dents as the Association may from year to year urge upon pastors a duty in this matter. If elect, a Corresponding and Recording Secrethey will take it in hand, and bring it before
tary, a Librarian, Treasurer, and an Auditor. their people, and invite contributions, the ob
These Secretaries, Librarian, and Treasurer, with
ten others, shall be a Board of Directors, charged ject will be attained. It must be that out of
with the general interests of the Association, five our three thousand Congregational churches
of whom shall constitute a quorum for the transthere are, at least, one thousand which could
action of business. These officers shall be chosen easily raise, on an average, one hundred
by ballot at the Annual Meetings. dollars each. It must be that out of our Art. V. The Annual Meetings for the choice three hundred thousand Church members, at of officers, and for the other business appropriate least one in three thousand would give one to such meetings, shall be held in Boston, on the thousand dollars each to secure an object so
Tuesday preceding the last Wednesday in May, important, so eminently desirable every way.
in each year, at twelve o'clock, M. Special meet.
ings may be called at any time by the Board of This whole subject is herewith submitted, in
Directors. The Annual and all special meetings hope that measures will be speedily adopted
must be called by published notice in the Orthowhich will secure the long-wished for, prayed
dox Congregational weekly newspapers of Bosfor object, -a CONGREGATIONAL HOUSE, se
ton, at least one week previous. cure from fire, and worthy of the city of Bos. ART. VI. This Constitution may be altered at ton and of the denomination, and in the any Annual Meeting by a vote of two-thirds of securing of which there shall be found abun- the members present, public notice having been dant occasion for devout thanksgiving to
given of the nature of the proposed alteration, in Almighty God.
the call for the meeting; but the third article shall be unalterable.
BY-LAWS. AGREEABLY to notice in the Congrega- ART. I. The exercises of the Annual Meeting tionalist and Recorder, the Twelfth Annual shall be prayer, hearing the report of the DirectMeeting of the American Congregational
ors, and other officers having reports to make;
action upon the same; the election of officers; Association was held in the Old South Chapel,
and the performance of such other business as in Boston, on Tuesday, May 30, 1865; the
shall properly come before the meeting. President, Rev. W. T. Dwight, D. D., in the
Art. II. The Directors shall prescribe their chair. Prayer was offered by Rev. Alonzo
own times of meeting, as their judgment of the H. Quint. The minutes of the last annual best interests of the Association may suggest, meeting were read by the Recording Secre- and the method of calling the same. All their tary, and adopted by the Association. The meetings shall be opened with prayer. They working of the first By-law for the present
shall also have power to appoint, and order, any meeting was suspended. The Board of Di
public meeting of the Association for anniversary rectors presented a new draft of the Consti
purposes, which they may think fit.
ART. III. At the first Directors' meeting after tution and By-laws, which were adopted as
their appointment, a chairman shall be chosen by follows:
ballot, and a Finance Committee and Library ComCONSTITUTION.
mittee by nomination, (each of three members,)
to serve respectively for the year. Immediately ART. I. The name of this body shall be the
after the opening of each meeting, the minutes AMERICAN CONGREGATIONAL ASSOCIATION.
of the previous meeting shall be read, and a ART. II. The object of this Association shall
docket of business, prepared by the Correspond. be to secure the erection, in this city of Boston, ing Secretary and Librarian, shall be presented of a CONGREGATIONAL HOUSE for the meetings
to the Board for action, to which any member of the body, the accommodation of its library,
may add other items. and for the furtherance of its general purposes; Art. IV. The Directors shall make a Report to found and perpetuate a library of books, pam- of their doings for the year at each Annual Meetphlets, and manuscripts, and a collection of por. ing of the Association, and suggest such measures
for the action of the body as in their judgment its welfare requires.
Art. V. The Corresponding Secretary shall discharge the duties ordinarily belonging to that office.
ART. VI. The Recording Secretary shall make a full record of whatever business is transacted in the meetings, both of the Association and of the Board of Directors, in a book provided for that purpose, and kept at the rooms of the Association.
ART. VII. The Treasurer shall have charge of all moneys belonging to the Association, and hold the same at the disposal of the Directors, – pay. ing only such bills as have the certified approval of at least two members of the Finance Committee. He shall report the state of the Treasury to the Association at their Annual Meetings, and to the Directors whenever desired by them to do so.
ART. VIII. The Librarian shall keep a complete catalogue of all books, pamphlets, manu. scripts, periodicals, portraits, and other articles of interest belonging to the Association, with the names of their donors annexed; and shall have the general charge of the same under the Library Committee.
ART. IX. Previously to each Annual Meeting, the Library Committee shall examine the Library and all the property of the Association, and report its condition to the Board, who shall embody that statement in their Annual Report.
ART. X. No book, pamphlet, manuscript, or periodical, shall be taken from the Library, except on such terms, and for such time, as the Library Committee shall prescribe; nor shall visitors be permitted to make extracts from manuscripts, without the knowledge and consent of the Librarian,
Art. XI. These By-laws may be amended, at any regularly called meeting of the Association, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
The above were adopted in whole, and in detail, by the Association, and all others were repealed by unanimous vote.
The Corresponding Secretary read the Annual Report of the Board of Directors, which was adopted.
The Treasurer's Report was read and accepted.
The following officers were chosen by ballot for the ensuing year, viz.:
Hon. A. C. BARSTOW, Providence, R. I.
E. L. CLEVELAND, D. D., New Haven, Ct. Hon. WILLIAM A. BUCKINGHAM, Norwich, Ct. Rev. J. P. THOMPSON, D. D., New York City.
RAY PALMER, D. D., Albany, N. Y.
N. Y. “ N. A. HYDE, Indianapolis, Ind. " I. W. ANDREWS, D. D., Marietta, 0. " SAMUEL WOLCOTT, D.D., Cleveland, O.
J. M. STURTEVANT, D. D., Jacksonville, Ill.
S. C. BARTLETT, D. D., Chicago, Ill.
T. M. Post, D. D., St. Louis, Mo.
GEO. MOOAR, Oakland, Cal.
A. C. THOMPSON, D. D., Roxbury.
WILLIAM BARROWS, Reading. " A. H. QUINT, New Bedford.
'Corresponding Secretary and Librarian," Rev. ISAAC P. LANGWORTHY, Chelsea.
President. EDWARD S. TOBEY, Esq., Boston.
Vice Presidents. Rev. GEORGE E. ADAMS, D.D., Brunswick, Me. Hon. WILLIAM W. THOMAS, Portland, Me. Rev. N. BOUTON, D. D., Concord, N. H. Hon. WILLIAM C. CLARKE, Manchester, N. H. Rev. SILAS AIKEN, D, D., Rutland, Vt. " John A. ALBRO, D. D., Cambridge, Ms.
JACOB IDE, D, D., Medway, Ms.
SETH SWEETSER, D.D., Worcester, Ms. Hon. SAMUEL WILLISTON, Easthampton, Ms. Rev. Thomas SHEPARD, D, D., Bristol, R. I.
It was Resolved, That upon the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Dwight, by his own action, from the position of President of this Association, which he has so long filled, the Association tenders him its hearty thanks for his faithful service.
It was Resolved, That the Directors be instructed to bring the objects of this Association before the National Congregational Council, in the manner best fitted to interest that body, and to secure the coöperation of its members on their return to the churches which they represent.
It was Resolved, That the Directors be requested to inquire whether it be expedient that this association should establish a National Commission for the promotion of Popular Christianization ; and also whether it is expedient that it should appoint a standing committee on new churches, and to take such action thereon as they may deem expedient. After prayer by Rev. Dr. Dwight, adjourned.
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INDEX OF NAMES.
NOTE: - This Index includes all the names of persons mentioned in this volume, except the names of
The reader is reminded that a given name may occur more than once on the same page.
A full Index of the proceedings of the National Council will be found in the Table of Contents, under the
Abbott, 125, 138, 224, 442.
Barrows, 126, 311, 411, 439, 450.
391, 410, 450.
Bristed, 14, 293.
Brook way, 411.
Bascom, 47, 49, 50, 126, 221, 261, Broughton, 127.
Brown, 21, 47, 126, 127, 130, 221.
Bryant, 184, 243, 292, 363, 391.
Buckingham, 50, 243, 261, 310, 348,
364, 367, 369, 384, 385, 400, 411,
242, 243, 264, 293, 304, 311, 827,
418, 439, 441, 450.
334, 364, 375, 377, 400, 405, 409, Buckminster, 133.
411, 416, 441.
Budington, 47, 48, 221, 263, 311,
327, 355, 357, 375, 384, 438, 439,
Burr, 196, 293, 311, 394.
Bart, 130, 348, 411, 415.
Bushnell, 57, 58, 126, 163, 222, 223,
Butler, 47, 221, 359, 407.
Byington, 17, 811, 411.
Cady, 359, 407.
Calkins, 127, 225, 439, 442, 444.
Calvin, 177, 178.
Camp, 130, 223, 433.
Blanchard, 223, 411, 432.
Blodgett, 47, 48, 220, 348, 409, 410. Carpenter, 130, 223, 263, 348, 364,
Bodwell, 311, 347, 439.
Carter, 51, 311, 357, 891, 411.
Chamberlain, 126, 348, 369, 439.
Chandler, 127, 208, 222, 419, 421,
Channing, 133, 188, 140, 153.
Chapin, 52, 440.
Chesebrough, 348, 415.
Bradford, 50, 215.
Child, 243, 370.
Clapp, 47, 220, 222, 223, 425, 426.
Clark, 55, 210, 218, 375, 430, 439,
440, 441, 450.
Clary, 311, 367.
Dutton, 243, 264, 311, 365, 367, 390, Gray, 130.
Dwight, 125, 183, 191, 210, 243, 364, Gregory, 19.
440, 449, 450.
Griffin, 143, 321, 439.
Eaton, 57, 136, 440.
Edwards, 4, 31, 143, 178, 223, 224, | Grosvenor. 441.
237, 409, 426, 442, 447.
Eldridge, 125, 221, 292, 400, 439.
394, 418, 439, 450.
Gulick, 125, 440.
Gulliver, 47, 48, 50, 125, 221, 243,
293, 327, 304, 400, 411, 416, 442.
Hadley, 16, 59.
Hall, 125, 211, 223, 811, 375, 411,
Halliday, 439, 440.
Hammond, 47, 48, 50, 221, 243, 304,
Everett, 52, 157, 196.
320, 364, 382, 384, 385, 411, 418,
Fairbanks, 60, 440.
Hanbury, 265, 396.
Harris, 126, 130, 208, 220, 264, 292,
293, 310, 363, 394, 411.
Hart, 47, 221, 222, 293, 391.
Fisher, 50, 212, 223, 267, 293, 363, Hatch, 182, 183, 442.
Haven, 126, 184, 310, 348, 364, 369,
293, 327, 380, 419, 420, 421, 441.
Hawes, 47, 48, 126, 221, 222, 292,
311, 363, 391, 440.
Hayes, 52, 440.
Hayward, 182, 183.
Foster, 184, 223.
Hazen, 125, 439.
Healy, 223, 311.
Henry IV., 12.
Henry VIII., 434.
Hidden, 126, 223.
Hiii, 26, 50, 220, 417, 439.
Gaylord, 49, 130, 243, 303, 311, 391, Hitchcock, 222.
Hobart, 47, 48, 130, 221, 311, 391,
Gibbs, 32, 33.
Gillett, Gillott, 140, 151, 213, 215, Holbrook, 183, 184, 263, 891, 411,
Holmes, 31, 50, 133, 182, 223, 243,
292, 310, 311, 348, 363, 364, 391,
400, 402, 415, 442.
Holion, 292, 359, 363, 385, 411.
Homer, 130, 224.
424, 427, 442.
Gookin, 31, 441.
Hopkins, 4, 191, 377, 411, 441.
Houghton, 431, 432.
Howard, 126, 182–4, 223.