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respect, estimation, and love, cherished by the people toward him. Mr. Thomas says: “We have prevailed on some to attend our meetings who have not entered the house of God for the past eleven years. Others that have absented themselves for four years. Still, coming to church is not coming to Christ,' and this we lament much. It is our conviction that the Cross' will draw wandering hearts to the Redeemer."
19. Kensington.—Our faithful missionary reports: “Our people have painted their church at an expense of some $70. Ours is the only church in town which has regular preaching through the year, and we believe its influence is felt in the town and neighborhood in advancing the cause of temperance, preventing profaneness and Sabbath-breaking, and inducing a higher and better state of morals. We believe the Church and Society command the respect of all classes.” The pastor adds: “We have one son preparing for the ministry, expecting to graduate at Amherst College in a few days. Another son is at the Agricultural College, in Hanover, who professes piety, and we hope will eventually enter the ministry.”
20. Kingston.—This town contains a population of 1040, of whom an average of 85 attend the ministrations of our missionary. A Methodist Society in the place draws, perhaps, as many to its house of worship. Some hopeful conversions are reported; five additions to the church by profession; two infant baptisms, five adult. Number in the Sabbath school, 80. We are expecting a young man and his wife to connect themselves with the church the first Sabbath in July.
21. Langdon.—Mr. W. H. Cobb, from Princeton Seminary, was laboring here at our last anniversary. On his departure the church employed Mr. Hinkley, a minister of the Christian Baptist order, a good man and instructive preacher, who serves the church and people for the use of the parsonage and what means they can raise among themselves.
22. Lempster.—Rev. J. LeBosquet, for five years last past our missionary in Danbury, commenced his services here May 1st. This church and society, independent for nearly 100 years, has become, by deaths and removals, greatly reduced. Belonging to the congregation are but 13 ratable polls, and 16 families, in a population of 678. Average audience, about 60. Church members: male, 19; female, 30; total, 49; of whom 19 are absent, leaving but thirty resident members. Scholars in Sabbath school, 55. Mr. LeBosquet states: “Two were received to the church last Sabbath, one of them my youngest son.” This is a hard field. Great opposition to evangelical truth prevails in it. “Spiritualism” is rife. The Sabbath greatly desecrated.
23. Merrimack, South.-A year ago Mr. C. M. Des Islets, student in the Princeton Seminary, was ministering to this church. During most of the winter it was supplied by the Secretary, who, in consequence of the sickness of his wife, who died in April, could not be for a long time away from his home. Since the last of April, Mr. D. K. Campbell, from the above named Seminary, has been our missionary here, serving the little church faithfully and acceptably. It is greatly reduced in numbers; only 2 male members remaining, and but 12 female. The meeting-house is situated in the corner of four towns, Amherst, Hollis, Nashua, and Merrimack, amidst a population that can be much better convened here than in the centers of their respective towns. Average congregation, 65. Sabbath school numbers 40. One hopeful conversion. Two dismissions from the church.
24. Meredith Village.-Rev. C. Burnham, our missionary here for some fifteen years, was dismissed from his pastoral relation to the church at his own request, May 1st. Since then, no preaching. Church and Society are about to enlarge their house of worship and make other extensive repairs. This church has been aided in the support of the gospel since 1815, fifty-six years. It is to be hoped they will henceforth sustain their own gospel ministry.
25. Milton Mills.-Rev. C. F. Page, our missionary in this place four years, left at the expiration of his commission in September last. As there is no Congregational church there, it is doubtful whether further aid will be solicited by the few Congregationalists remaining, in support of preaching of our order. Baptists—Calvanistic and Free-will-are the prevailing denominations in the village.
26. Neumarket, South.—This has been, and will be, in coming time, the “ Memorial Year” to this church. After much anxious thought and long continued consultation, in regard to enlargement of their house of worship, they have engaged in earnest in the enterprise to be shortly completed. In various ways they have raised more than $1,500 for the object, and will need to obtain $500 more for its completion. Mr. Bartlett writes : “ The house has been raised so as to admit a vestry under it; moved back from the street and enlarged by the addition of more than half its former number of pews. We hope to get back into our house in the course of three or four weeks."
27. Newington. Mr. Davis reports; “The N. H. Missionary Society has aided in doing a good work in this place. The progress has been slow, scarcely perceptible, from one year to another, yet steady, and during the almost nine years I have occupied the field, marked, if we compare the present state of things with that existing at my coming here. On the whole, I think Congregationalism is growing in favor with this people, and the house of the Lord and ordinances of religion are more and more respected.” Proof of this is seen in the resuscitation of the church formed in 1715—twice reduced to only two members, and these females-by aid of a council, Sept. 7, 1870. At this time 14 were added to the remaining members, making 16, with the addition of one since. “Occasional visits of members of the Young Men's Christian Association, of Portsmouth, have increased the interest in our prayer meetings and resulted in good.”
28. Ossipee Center.-Rev. Mr. Hibbard closed his labors here the last of December, and has become our missionary at Wentworth. Mr. Jotham Sewall, of Fryeburg, Me., great grandson of “Father Jotham Sewall,” the “ Apostle of Maine," member of Union Theological Seminary, is now performing a mission of three months at Ossipee. Death and emigration have greatly reduced this church and society. With the latter only 25 families are connected, and 18 ratable polls. The church contains 19 males and 41 females, one third of whom are absentees, leaving but 40 resident members. Ossipee has a population of 2000. Beside the Congregational, there are three other evangelical churches in the town; in all of which attendance on
public worship is small. Our church there, though few in number and means, is sound in the faith, and still exerts, as it bas done for nearly fifty years, a very salutary moral and religious influence on the surrounding community, and should be sustained.
29. Plainfield. Mr. J. W. Boal, of Princeton Seminary, was our missionary here a year since. Present incumbent, Mr. James B. Tyler, of the Theological Seminary, New Haven, Conn. This church has become greatly reduced, having at this time but 5 male members, and 23 female; total, 28; of whom nine are non-resident. In a population of 1589 in the town, only 20 families are represented in the Congregational Society, and but 15 ratable polls. Great indifference to public worship prevails in the town, in which are three other religious societies, but thinly attended.
30. Roxbury.-Rev. H. H. Colburn closed his labors here April 1st, and has gone to Washington. At present the church has no regular preaching. Like many others, it has become greatly weakened by death and removals, embracing at the present time only 17 members, only 5 of whom are males. Entire population of the town but 174, a decrease of 32 since 1860. Two young men belonging to the church are in course of education for the ministry. The church edifice has been painted outside the past year. During Mr. Colburn's ministry of three years, the Sabbath audience averaged about 50, a much larger proportion to the whole population than resort to the sanctuary in most of our towns.
31. Seabrook, South.–Our missionary in this very hard, difficult field, Rev. William A. Rand, continues his energetic course in faith and hope, amid many and great discouragements. He says: “The past year has been full of results, and prospects were never better. We are hoping great things from the children who are now growing up. One very discouraging fact is the indifference of the people to improving the facilities for education. Not more than half the children of the place, containing some 500 people, attend school. We are now looking forward to agitation on the subject, and shall leave no method untried to secure our desires. A spirit of progress and im
provement is manifesting itself in many ways, giving great satisfaction to those who have the welfare of the place at heart. But the adversary is constantly exerting his power, and we meet constant opposition. We trust only in His strong arm whose right it is to rule.” Average congregation, 150. Members of church, 28, of whom 16 are male. Sabbath school, 150.
32. Shelburne.—Mr. J. R. Atkins commenced his services in this town July 15, 1870. Months of labor performed, 1. Average attendance, 1.
33. Stoddard.—Mr. Rickett commenced his ministry in this town July 30, 1870. This is another of our decaying churches; greatly reduced in numbers and strength within a few years. Not strange, for the population of the town has diminished in the last decade from 944 to 667–difference 277. Missionary's salary, $500, of which $200 is from our Missionary Society. It is doubtful whether the church will long be able to have continuous preaching, even with missionary aid.
34. Washington. Rev. Wm. Claggett, our missionary in this place in 1870, died early in August of that year. The church, after his decease, had but little preaching till May last, when Rev. H. H. Colburn, our missionary at Roxbury, several years, commenced service here. This church has become very feeble; only 3 male members, 17 female. But for one man it is very doubtful whether preaching would be maintained at all, as he gives about one third of all raised in the placə for this purpose. In the town are 889 inhabitants. In the east part of it there is a small Baptist church. The Congregational church is the only one in the center, around which is a large portion of the people of the town, making it very desirable that the ordinances of the gospel be constantly maintained. Mr. Colburn writes : “We have got our Sabbath school and prayer meetings started. Religion is low here. I have begun to preach at one out place four miles off; been there once; had 50 hearers, most of whom go no where else. If I find encouragement, shall preach there once in two or three Sabbaths, at 5 o'clock P. M.
35. Wentworth.—This church, after having sustained gospel ordinances several years, has come back again to our Missionary Society for aid in their support. Rev. D. S. Hibbard, three