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N. Brookfield, 1st Cong. Ch. &


45 00 Union Cong. Ch.

and Soc., 10 25 Housatonic, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 7 45 Springfield, No.

270 25 So.

182 43 W. Springfield, 1st Cong. Ch. &


20 45 Walpole, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 14 47 Warren,

17 60 Westfield, C. A. Jessup, 10 00

1st Cong. Ch. & Soc., 10 00 Newton, Eliot Ch. and Soc., 176 45 Leominster, Cong. Ch. & Soc., 48 75 Marlboro',

12 00 Northampton, 1st Cong. Ch. &


149 30 Edwards Cong.

Ch. and Soc., 34 33 8. Hadley, 1st Cong. Ch. & Soc., 36 31 Ware,

17 01 East Ware,

71 25 Lowell, Appleton st. Ch. & Soc., 10 86 E. Hampton, Hon. Sam'I Wil.


500 00 Lincoln, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 15 86 Newburyport, No. Cong. Ch.

90 12 Bellville Cong.

Ch. & Soc., 67 27 S. Deerfield, Monument Ch. & Soc.,

11 00 Chelsea, Winnisimmet Ch, & Soc.,

117 35 Rufus S. Frost, Esq., 200 00 Rev. Isaac P. Lang. worthy,

200 00 Worcester, David Whitcomb, Esq.,

400 00 Anonymous, 432 00 New Bedford, North Cong. Ch.

and Soc.,

127 56 Stockbridge, Cong. Ch. & Soc. 25 00 Groton, Union

100 00 Monson,

13 62 Lawrence, Central Cong. Ch. and Soc.,

43 00 Newton Center, Wm. H. Ward,


1,000 00

Waterbury, 18t Cong. Ch. and

100 50 S. Mansfield, Cong. Ch. & Soc., 28 00 E. Lyme, Rev. Joseph Ayer, 10 00 Rockville, 2d Cong. Ch. & Soc., 229 01 Chaplin,

8 00 Milton, Rev. George Harrison, 3 00 New Haven, a friend,

10 00 1st Cong. Ch. & Soc.,

170 00 No. Cong. Ch. * Soc.,

149 00 College st. Cong.

Ch. & Soc., 117 65 Chapel st. Cong.

Ch. & Soc., 400 00 E. Windsor, Cong. Ch. & Soc., 14 80 Deep River,

7 10 New Britain, Center st. Cong.

Ch. & Soc., 21 00
So. Cong. Chi &

55 00 Griswold,

26 00 Lebanon,

50 00 Suffield, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 321 50 Hartford, No.“

229 06 B. P. S.,

10 00 Hon, Calvin Day, 50 00 Windsor Locks, Cong. Ch. &


51 95 North Stonington,

30 00 Somers, Est. of Emory Pease, 126 33 Bridgport, 1st Cong. Ch. and Soc.,

72 88 2d Cong. Ch. and Soc.,

70 00 Bristol, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 62 65 Plainville,

64 00 Greenville,

20 34 New Hartford, So. Cong. Ch. &


30 56 Stratford, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 25 00

and Soc.,

3,246 69

5,767 20

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By contributions from New York:
Brooklyn, Clinton Av. Ch. &

424 22
Ch. of the Pilgrims, 507 41
Plymouth Church, 66 42
So. Cong. Ch. and

255 00 Henrietta, Cong. Ch. & Soc., 15 00 Mannsville,

7 70 Canandaigua,

69 43 Hon. H. W. Taylor,

25 00 Flashing, Rev. H. H. McFarland,

1 00 Albany, 1st Cong. Ch. & Soc., 90 00 New York, Broadway Taberna

cle Ch. & Soc., 689 65 Barryville, Cong. Chi & Soc., 2 15 Howells,

4 50 Baiting Hollow,“

4 00 Pulaski,

16 50 Warsaw,

71 76

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By contributions from Wisconsin :

Evansville, Cong. Ch. and Soc., 5 35 Westfield,

6 00 Warren,

3 00

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By contributions from Kansas :

Lawrence, Plymouth Ch. & Soc., 18 85 Atchison, C. S. Blake,

3 00 Topeka, Cong. Ch, and Soc., 23 00 Teandale, sale of Ch. building, 58 25 Wyandotte, 1st Cong. Ch. & Soc.,

7 00 Leavenworth,

35 50 Waubaunsee,

16 25 Ossawattomie,

2 00

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By contributions from Illinois :

Payson, Cong. Ch, and Soc., 23 30 Newark,

21 00 Barry,

12 35 Reuben Shipman, Esq., 60 00 Rockford, 1st Cong. Ch. & Soc., 25 35 Galva,

5 25 St. Charles,

10 00 Galesburg, 1st

12 70 Farmington,

15 00 Seward,

10 00 Waukegan,

5 00 Montebello,

8 95 Hamilton,

3 55 Woodburn,

27 00 Ottowa, Plymouth“

15 55 Chicago, 1st

150 00 Albion, Trinity

7 10 Clifton,

7 50 Naperville,

3 00 Wayne, Rev. S. H. Kellogg, 1 00 Lawn Ridge, Cong. Ch. & Soc., 18 25 Quincy,

30 00 Lincoln,

10 75 Chandlerville,

700 Chesterfield,

7 50 New Rutland,

10 00 Lamoille,

5 00 Genesee,

22 40

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American Congregational Union in account with N. A. Calkins, Treasurer.


500 00

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May 1, 1865. To appropriations paid since May 1,

1864, to aid in completing houses of worship, as

follows, viz.: To Cong. Ch. at Gorham, Me. [in full],

$150 00 " Penataquit, N. Y. 500 00 “ Wauseon, Ohio,

300 00 “ Hancock, Mich. $500 00 " Vernon,

300 00 " St. John's,“ 500 00 “ Allegan,

500 00

1,075 00

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400 00


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To Cong. Ch. at Huntley, Ill. 450 00

To signs and incidentals,

15 50 " Atkinson, “ 450 00

“ printing annual reports, Dunleith, " 400 00

circulars, & binding Year “ Sandwich,“ 400 00


66 60
" Union,
400 00

“ subscriptions to Cong. Quar. 90 00
" Morrison, 500 00

" filling up Life Members' Cer. 3,650 00 tificates,

11 75 “ Hannibal, Mo.

400 00 expenses of meeting in BosNevada City, Cal. 500 00


4 50 " Redwood City,

3,553 3L Cal. 500 00

Total disbursements for the year, 12,928 31

1,000 00 Amount of appropriati'ns pledged Total paid to twenty-four churches, 9,375 00 to twenty-seven churches,

10,850 00 To salary Cor. Secretary,

2,500 00

Balance in Treasury not appropri“ travelling expenses,

334 51

2,180 81 “ stationery, postage & rev. enue stamps, 27 42

825,959 12 rent of rooms and salary of clerk,

503 00 New York, May 8, 1865. We have examined the above account, and find it correct.

WM. G. LAMBEET; } Auditors.


The Trustees of the American Congrega- ly and widely, that assurance. And this tional Union herewith present their Twelfth amount can be disbursed very properly if it Annual Report. The first five months of is made reasonably certain, without one dolthe past year were so overburdened by extra lar additional expense to the treasury; and, calls upon OUR CHURCHES for additional con- if contributed, would make this organization tributions to old and cherished objects, or one of the most economical its workings for new and seemingly important ones, that and immediately useful in its results of any our Corresponding Secretary often found it in the sisterhood of our benevolent societies. impossible to secure a hearing or a dollar's And the new and important fields that are aid, where he had every reason to expect a opening for our occupancy not only invite cordial welcome and a generous contribution. but they demand more general and liberal Hence, the receipts to our treasury during contributions. It has been more than intithose months were threateningly small. The mated in previous reports that our conquerlast seven months have been much more "ing, and now, thanks be to Almighty God, fruitful in their returns, though they have completely victorious army, was opening failed to bring our receipts quite up to the new fields for Congregational churches. On amount received last year, and not nearly up the way towards the great South three Conto the amount which should be received gregational churches were recognized in every year. This Congregational Union, to Philadelphia in June last. A Congregational meet the rightful expectations of our depend- Church was formed in November last, at ent and struggling churches, now existing Canterbury, in Delaware, which is now seekand coming into existence with unexampled ing aid to build a house of worship. A Conrapidity, ought to receive, must receive, on an gregational Church, under very hopeful auaverage, fifty thousand dollars a year; and spices, is about to be organized in Baltimore; this with a certainty, that would warrant the so that where the first blood in the defence Trustees in arranging their plans of work of the great principle of Christian and civil upon that annual amount. Now they dare liberty was shed, there the martyr-seed is not, beforehand, assure our churches exist springing up and bearing its own legitimate ing, our communities where there is the fruit. Washington, Nashville, New Orleans, material for a Church in each, that they are and many other places wait only the ministers in funds to aid every needy, hopeful, well- and the pecuniary means to sustain the preachrecommended Church in building a sanc- ing and build the places to preach in, to tuary. And let the giving® know that this gather and make effective for good, to the “Union” can never approximate its highest cause of Christ and to our government, usefulness until it can have and give, public churches that always carry with them the school-house, the academy, the college, and the last twelve months, have been thirteen thouguarantee of equal rights; the churches that sand nine hundred seventy-seven dollars and have in themselves the elements of a higher and thirty-five cents. We have paid, in last bills better cirilization.

on twenty-four houses of worship, nine thouNot less than fifty thousand dollars a year sand three hundred and seventy-five dollars. ought to be made certain to our treasury to Our disbursements for room, fuel, stationery, meet our present and prospective wants. postage, printing, travelling expenses, and The pastor of the Congregational Church at salary of the Corresponding Secretary, have Memphis, in Tennessee, writes, “You are been three thousand five hundred fifty-three doing a great and good work by aiding our dollars and thirty-one cents. We now stand feeble churches in the West to build their pledged to twenty-seven churches, which are places of worship. You must be prepared being erected, in the sum of ten thousand to come this way, not with hundreds merely, eight hundred and fifty dollars. There is an but with thousands, to help in erecting sanc- unappropriated balance in hand of two thoutuaries on both sides of the Mississippi, from sand one hundred eighty dollars and fiftyhere to New Orleans." That there will be one cents. For this and very much more loud and pressing calls from these newly many a little Church is struggling to meet gained regions, there can be no question. our conditions. And it is certain that larger appropriations The Trustees made their first appropriamust be made to infant churches there than tions for Church building April 7, 1857. we have been in the habit of making in other Since that time they have examined the places, not only because materials and labor claims of and pledged aid to two hundred are so high, but because these new regions and one churches, eighteen of which have have been so greatly impoverished by the been dropped, or their work deferred. One iron heel of war. Other evangelical denomi- hundred and fifty-four have been completed nations will have the advantage of houses and paid for, and three of these have been already erected, but vacated by their former rebuilt; of these, two were in Kansas, dedisloyal occupants, and now confiscated by stroyed by the infamous Quantrell; and one the government to their loyal brethren. in California, which was burned. During

To us, however, there will be the great these eight years they have kept an open advantage of a clean record in the matter of room in the city, as a resting-place for our this monstrous iniquity which inspired, and, sojourning brethren, and a center of correindeed, perpetuated the rebellion, until it spondence; they have published the Ameristung itself to death. We shall, therefore, can Congregational Year Book for the years be compelled to raise and use money largely, 1857, 58, and '59, large editions, and widely and send our membership freely into these circulated them. They have published reg. new fields of the South, if we occupy them, ular annual reports; also appeals, statements, as evidently the great head of the Church and various communications in our denomiwould have us do, just as we are now occupy- national papers, and in the Congregational ing the great West. We have the means, Quarterly, with the view of keeping their being more highly favored than any other wants and their work before the public. The people in the world in this respect; and we Corresponding Secretary has visited the State can spare and send the men. God is saying associations and conferences this side the to us as he said to the tribe of Naphtali, mountains, and some of them a number of “O Naphtali, satisfied with favor and full times; also local associations, conventions, of the blessing of the Lord, possess thou the and public meetings. He has made, on an West and the South.” This our Congrega- average, not less than one hundred public tional churches are abundantly competent to

addresses on our especial work, in each of do, so far as it is required of them; sending the eight years he has been in this service, a ministry and the needed helps in securing and has travelled, for this purpose, between educational and religious privileges. For sixty and seventy thousand miles. Besides this we must give, Give, and pray and sacri- these more tangible results, not a little has fice as never before. And to this higher been effected in the way of stimulating and standard of Christian life God has been edu- encouraging churches to pay off onerous and cating us by the terrible experiences of the embarrassing debts; also in greatly strengthlast four years. Happy will it be for us and ening the ties that bind the West and the the world if this fearful lesson shall not need East in closer Christian and civil bonds; and to be repeated!

'in awakening denominational self-respect, Our receipts from all sources, during the and in dissipating, to some degree, the al. most universal feeling that it was sectarian, 17, 1864, and resulted in a unanimous vote to and hence sinful, to provide for our own, call a National Council of the Congregational even those of our own fold.

Churches of the United States and TerritoAnd it should be remembered that our ries, to meet at Boston, June 14, 1865. It is Church-building work was begun amid great expected that the Church-building work of prejudice and indifference, and, indeed, not the “Union” will be brought before that a little open opposition. It has been prose- Council, in an able essay, by the Rev. J. E. cuted, however, along with other objects Roy, of Chicago, Ill., Agent of the American whose name is legion, and which, having the Home Missionary Society, who has seen precedence in age, and all of them good, has much of the want and worth of the service greatly increased the difficulty of securing we are seeking to render to our needy sympathy in its behalf. But it has gained for churches. The best results are looked for itself a place, and it is now confidently be- from this presentation and the action of that lieved that our churches will give it room Council. annually, or on alternate years, upon their With peace secured, slavery dead, leading calendar, and that collections will be for- traitors banished or hung, business in its warded in such numbers and amounts as will legitimate channels fluent, public spirit buoyenable the Trustees to prosecute their work ant, old animosities dying out, the Holy One without future embarrassment.

working wondrously in the churches and in This Board was invited by an informal the army as well, and the star of hope irradimeeting, held in New Haven, Ct., in July, ating our immediate future; with all this 1864, of a number of the State committees, realized, or in fair prospect, the Trustees, to convene a preliminary conference with with re-assured confidence in God and in his reference to the calling and work of a Na- people, address themselves to the onerous tional Congregational Council. They re- but pleasant work before them for the coming sponded to the overture, and that conference year. was held in this city (New York), Nov. 16 and In behalf of the istees.

ISAAC P. LANGWORTHY, Cor. Secretary.

Imerican Congregational Association.

TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT. ciated with him, deserve the cordial thanks

of this association for the time and labor, as THE Directors of the American Congrega- well as the generous subscriptions, they have tional Association herewith present their so freely given to this object. The money, Twelfth Annual Report. At the last annual however, does not yet come in sums sufficient meeting, votes were passed expressive of the to insure success. Only twenty thousand importance of raising the sum of one hun- dollars have as yet been positively pledged. dred thousand dollars for the purposes of The Directors are persuaded that a financial this association; and the Directors were in- agent must be employed and paid, who can structed to employ a financial agent to solicit give his whole time to this most important this amount. Preliminary measures to this and now most pressing object. He must end were soon adopted, and two meetings enter upon and keep at this work, until the were held in the Old South Chapel, of gen- one hundred thousand dollars are not only tlemen interested in the plans and object pledged, but paid. They are also persuaded contemplated; and after very free and full that a matter so important, and already too discussions it was unanimously voted, That long neglected, will be sustained, when its the sum of one hundred thousand dollars merits are understood by the churches for should be raised; subscriptions binding when whose benefit it is intended. The Directors fifty thousand dollars should be reliably recommend, therefore, that some measures pledged. Henry Edwards, Esq., of this city, be adopted at this meeting by which this had generously offered to give this object all object shall be brought in the most favorable the time he could command, and was pre- manner to the notice of our churches, espepared to commence canvassing the field. A cially in Massachusetts; and also before the commiteee of three was appointed to co-op- National Council, soon to meet in this city, erate with him in securing an amount at once for some such action as will recognize its sufficient at least to commence our work. national importance, and commend it to the Both Mr. Edwards, and the gentlemen asso- sympathy and benevolence of those who are



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