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That the correspondence by delegates of this body with Ecclesiastical Bodies out of the State, be discontinued ; provided that the Secretary may, in special cases, at his discretion, furnish credentials to any member, entitling him to act as its representative at the meeting of such bodies ; and anything in the Constitution and Rules of the Association, inconsistent with this vote, is hereby repealed.
The report was accepted and adopted.
A collection was taken for the Ministers' and Widows' Charitable Fund, amounting to $151.
Rev. C. E. Milliken, of Littleton, read an essay. Subject--The relation of the Churches to Moral Education in the State.
After singing, Committee of Arrangement reported in part.
The Subject of the Essay was discussed by Rev. C. Seccombe, E. Jenkins, Rev. H. M. Stone, Rev. W. J. Tucker, Rer. Dr. Savage, Rev. Jacob Chapman, and Rev. Dr. Barrows.
After singing the Doxology, benediction was pronounced, and the Association adjourned to 9 o'clock, Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY MORNING. Devotional meeting from 8 to 9 o'clock. Presided over by Rev. W. J. Tucker.
At 9 o'clock business was resumed by the Association, the Moderator in the chair.
The Committee on Nominations reported in part as follows:
Preacher before the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, Primary---Rev. F. Alvord. Substitute-Rev. G. R. W. Scott.
Committee of Arrangements---Rev. E. H. Greeley and Rev. C. Richardson. Delegate to Andover Seminary, Primary--Rev. J. K. Young,
Substitute---Rev. W.J. Tucker. Report accepted.
Committee on change of time of holding the meeting of the Association, reported, recommending the change to the Tuesday following the second Sabbath in September. The report was accepted and adopted.
Committee on State paper, reported asking for further time for consideration of the Subject.
Voted, That the Pastors and Laymen of the Congregational Churches, are earnestly requestsd to canvass the parishes under their care, or in which they reside, and report within two months to the Chairman of the Committee, Rev. Silas Ketchum, Bristol, what they can do for the encouragement of a State Congregational Paper.
Committee of Inquiry reported as follows:
Essay-The future everlasting punishment of the wicked ; its position in the Christian system of doctrines.
Essayist-Rev. S. P. Leeds, D. D. Substitute-Rev. A. B. Rich, D. D.
Question---How shall we secure “the essential object of the Association, to promote brotherly intercourse and co-operation with other similar institutions."
Disputants---Rev. J. G. Davis, D. D., Rev. E. H. Greeley.
[For this question another was afterwards substituted, by permission of the Association. See page 3.]
Discussion of question---How shall the church and congregation be induced to consecrate their wealth to the service of the Lord ?
Disputants---Rev. Silas Ketchum, Rev. Cyrus Richardson.
10 A. M.
Addresses by delegates from foreign bodies : Rev. G. J. Abbott, from N. H. Yearly Meeting of the Free Will Baptists.
Rev. Newall Culver, from Methodist Annual Conference;
Rev. C. A. Towle, of Illinois, being present, gave a report from the Congregational Churches of Ill.
Rev. C. Cushing, D. D., Addressed the Association in behalf of the Congregational Union.
Rev. W. R. Jewett, Secretary of the Ministers’and Widows' Charitable Fund, read his report. The report was accepted.
11 A. M. Discussion of question-Duty of the stronger to the feebler churches.
Opened by W. A. Rand and F. H. Bartlett.
Remarks were made by Dea. C. W. Harvey, Rer. C. A. Towle, W. S. Child, Rev. W. J. Tucker, Rev. Dr. Davis, Geo. E. Jenks, Rev. A. B. Peabody, Rev. C. Cushing, D. D., Rev. Silas Ketchum.
Voted to lay the subject on the table until 3 o'clock.
The following resolution, introduced by Rev. Geo. Dustav, was adopted :
Resolved, That the office of Sabbath School Secretary be abolished; and that the Committee of Inquiry be instructed to report a question pertaining to Sabbath School interests for discussion, and appoint disputants on the question.
Rev. H. S. Huntington was re-elected Statistical Secretary: He declined, and was excused. A vote of thanks for the abili. ty and fidelity of his services was passed.
Voted, That a Committee of three be chosen, to consider the matter of systematic benevolence in our churches, and report what methods may be used in promoting the same.
Committee of Inquiry reported a question for discussion--What means can be employed to bring our congregations generally into the Sabbath School? Disputants---Dea. W. G. Brown, Rev. S. L. Gerould.
2 P. M. Anniversary of N. H. Education Society. Dr. Tobey in the chair.
Rev. S. H. Riddel offered prayer. Rev. S. P. Leeds, D. D., Secretary, made his report.
Addresses were made by Rev. C. A. Towle of Illinois, and Rev. H. Q. Butterfleld, Secretary of Western Coll. Society.
The present officers of the Society were re-elected. 3 P. M.
Renewed discussion of the question of the morning. The following resolution was discussed and adopted :
Resolved, That we recommend to the stronger churches, that they organize their lay forces under direction of their pastors, for labor among destitute places, and with pastorless churches, with a view of awaking such interest in the hearts of such peo
ple, as to put them within reach of the N. H. Missionary Society, or other religious influences.
Rev. H. S. Huntington, Rev. W. J. Tucker, and Dea. A. McFarland, were nominated and chosen Committee to report on systematic benevolence.
4 P. M. Children's meeting was held.
Addresses were made by Rev. John Bragdon, Dea. Geo. S. Dean, Rev. H. M. Stone.
Singing was interspersed.
Poted, That the Association, when it adjourns, adjourn to 7 P. M.
Voted to omit the praise meeting Thursday morning, and have a business meeting at that hour, that the meeting may close before 2 o'clock.
WEDNESDAY EVENING. 7 P. M... Business meeting.
Committee of Arrangements reported, and the following change in the Constitution was adopted :
Business, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 8 to 9.
Committee on Nominations reported Rev. H. A. Hazen, of Pittsfield, for Statistical Secretary, and he was elected for three years.
74 P. M. Public meeting. Prayer offered by Rev. W. T. Savage, D. D.
Rev. J. P. Langworthy addressed the Association in behalf of the Congregational House.
Discussion of question- What is the best method of securing special religious interest in the churches?
Opened by Rev. N. F. Carter and Rev. V. J. Hartshorne.
Remarks were made Hon. Milan Harris, E. Jenkins, Dea. John L. Fitts, Dea. J. D. Hills, Rev. S. Bowker, Rev. S. L. Gerould, Rev. S. L. Blake, Rev. Geo. Dustan, Dea. C. W. Harvey.
Voted to spend 15 minutes in prayer.
Voted to meet at 73 o'clock Thursday morning for a praise meeting of one half hour.
THURSDAY MORNING. 71 A. M. Praise meeting of one half hour. Led by Rev. W. Rand.
8 A. M. Meeting called to order by the Moderator.
Resolved, That the Association has heard with pleasure the report of its Delegates to the National Council ; that we regard with satisfaction the permanent organization of this body, and look with hope to its influence in the future in promoting the fellowship of our churches, and in stimulating and shaping our labors for Christ and the world.
Rev. H. M. Stone, Primary, Rev. A. B. Peabody, Substitute, were chosen delegates to the Yearly Meeting, Free Will Baptist.
Rev. G. R. W. Scott, Primary, Rev. Geo. Dustan, Substitute, chosen delegates to Methodist Annual Conference.
Voted to recommend the churches to raise $275 for yearly expenses.
Rev. M. T. Runnels was chosen Delegate to the Baptist General Conference, and Rev. S. S. Morrill, Substitute.
Voted, That 1500 copies of the Minutes be printed as last year.
Voted to leave the matter of the contributions to the Ministers' and Widows' Charitable Fund to the same persons as last year.
A communication was received from Rev. J. B. Miles, Secretary of American Peace Society, and referred to next year.
Voted to leave the assignment of the place for next meeting of the Association with the Secretary, Rev. F. D. Ayer.