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Monroe Association—This band of disciples were permit. ted the privilege of sitting together in an heavenly place in Christ Jesus during their last session. A peculiar harmony pervaded their councils and decisions, while the pleasing fact that two hundred and nineteen praying souls, who had been baptized into Christ and put on Christ, were added to their number, was hailed as a pledge that the Lord still remember. ed Zion. Although they were disappointed in not furnishing all the means to aid the Convention they had designed, yet they paid nearly $500, and resolved to raise at least $900 for the coming year.
“ The New York Association, although not directly an aux. iliary, are nevertheless engaged, to a very interesting extent, in the same blessed work. They have aided a number of feeble churches belonging to the Association, located on Long Island, and in New Jersey, with one at Newburgh. In these labors of love they have expended $650, and have furnished $100 for Indian reform. They report the pleasing fact that two hundred and forty-seven have been added to the churches by baptism, and evince their determination to participate in the labor of sustaining all the good works of the day.
“ Niagara Association. This portion of the sacramental host, though not permitted to exult in the victories of grace achieved among them as in former years, yet they are deter. mined to hold on their way, do their duty, and pray God to give the increase. They recommend to the churches they represent, to aid the funds of the Convention, not only at the rate heretofore recommended, but with a liberal increase of the bounty. They report an addition of sixty by baptism; and as the Association extends over two counties, they recommend the formation of a Bible society in each county, auxiliary to the • American & Foreign Bible Society.'
“ The Oneida Association report one hundred and thirty. four baptized; in their corresponding letter, however, they say, Two or three churches only have enjoyed refreshings, and on some others a few mercy-drops have fallen, while the majority have remained quite stationary. There is good reason for this : less has been done in the churches for the salvation of sinners the year past, than in former years, and the result is accordingly. Although, when the liberalities of the churches were counted, it was found that the pledge of last year was not redeemed, yet the delegates more than made up the defficiency on the spot.
“ Onondaga Association. The report of this Association, though less fraught with incidents expressive of the victories of Zion's King than at some other sessions, is nevertheless most interesting in its details, as it exhibits those traits of Christian character which tend to promote the glory of God. They have not, however, been passed by of the Master in the dispensing of his favors, for they report fifty-four baptized and added to the church the past year. And while they are favored in the providence of God, with an amount of means equal to any other Association in central New York, they have determined not to be behind their brethren in sustain. ing the cause of benevolence. They promptly redeemed the pledge they gave to the Convention last year, and resolved to attempt to raise at least $600 the current year, while the claims of kindred institutions are responded to with a becoming liberality.
6 Ontario Association has been much refreshed the past year. Several of the churches have enjoyed the visits of Zion's King, who has multiplied the victories of his grace among them. They report an addition of one hundred and twentysix joyful converts, who, having believed through grace, have been baptized. They feel themselves enlisted in every enterprise which is designed to fill the earth with the knowl. edge and the glory of the Lord.
“ The Oswego Association, although of but four years' standing, are nevertheless desirous to assume their full share of responsibility in carrying out the great commission to disciple the nations. Their recent session was one of great harmony, and was attended with marked expressions of the presence of the Lord. They have resolved to sustain a missionary in the county, and are persuaded that an additional laborer would find much land which can not by the one employed be cultivated. The past year has not been to them like some which preceded it, when each of the reapers brought his sheaves with him; yet they hope the good seed has taken root, and will soon invite the reaper's sickle. They report an addition of eighteen by baptism.
Otsego Association. In their corresponding letter they say,
• The present session of the Association has been one of great harmony and Christian affection. Several of the churches have during the year enjoyed seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and the interest felt in the benevolent operations of the day exceeds what has ever before appeared.' They report the baptism of two hundred and fifteen, to whom the Lord has granted repentance unto life—the redemption of the pledge of $500 given the Convention the last year, with an additional sum, $120—and the recommendation to the churches to raise at least $600 to aid the cause of home missions the current year. This is the oldest Association in western New York, and they appear desirous of setting an example worthy to be imitated by the rest.
“ Rensselaerville Association are still determined to hold up the light of life, and to contribute their prayers and alms for the conversion of the world. During the past year the Lord has appeared in the midst of several churches, and enabled them to exult in the victories of his grace. They report one hundred and fifty-seven lovely disciples, who, having gladly received the word, were baptized and added to the churches.
“ The Saratoga Association, although they have suffered a diminution of nearly two hundred, and have parted with several valuable ministering brethren, most of whom have emigrated to the far west, yet they are determined not to be discouraged; fully confident that the cause is the Lord's and he will not suffer it to fail. A few of the churches have re. ceived a visit from the King of saints, who made the place of his feet glorious in their midst. The whole number baptized in the Association is one hundred and eleven. They furnish about $400 for the Convention, and resolved to raise at least $500 the current year.
“ The Seneca Association say, “At our present session we have enjoyed a season of unusual interest. We have among us some things to deplore and some things to approve : among the former, are, a want of zealous attention to religious duties and privileges, and to a small extent an opposition to benevolent institutions ; among the latter, a general stead. fastness in the faith, and an increased liberality in aiding our benevolent institutions." The number baptized was seventy-nine. They were enabled to do more than redeem their pledge of $500 the past year, and recommended to the churches to raise their proportion of $800 the current year.
6 Steuben. This Association has been somewhat reduced by the organization of the Canisteo River Association. They say, • The past has been less a season of harvest than of sow. ing the seed. They report but twenty-six baptized in the whole Association. Though they have not been increased with men as a flock, yet they have not relaxed their efforts to do good: upwards of $200 were contributed by the churches for home missions, and with their diminished strength they have recommended at least $200 for the current year.
“ The St. Lawrence Association say, ' We are not able to cheer your
hearts with information of the general outpour. ings of God's Spirit upon our churches; yet we rejoice that some few mercy-drops have fallen upon our thirsty Zion. Our present session has been one of deep interest, harmony, and love.' They report one hundred and twelve added to the churches by baptism, and they are resolved to engage in every good word and work.
“ The Washington Union Association say, We have oc. casion to mourn and weep over the languishing state of our churches in general. Very few have been baptized (fortysix) into the fellowship of the churches composing this body, within the past year, while deaths, exclusions, and emigra. tions to the west, are rapidly diminishing our numbers. The general tone of piety is indeed low; and consequently the amount of benevolent effort is by far too small.' add, . Still, we would hope that the cause of God has a per. manent hold on the affections of the members of this Asso. ciation.' Asan evidence of their confidence in the Convention, they resolved to make an effort to raise $500 the year to come to aid its funds.
“ The Worcester Association, although less numerous than some other divisions of the sacramental host of God's elect, are, notwithstanding, determined to assme their full share of responsibility in giving the gospel to the destitute wherever they may be found. Their last session was one of thrilling interest. They redeemed eir pledge of $300, by an extra effort, and resolved to attempt to secure the like sum from the churches at the next session. But one of the churches was favored with a special revival ; yet to several others the King of Zion gave pledges of his love. They report sixty. five baptized and added to the Zion of God among them.”
NEW YORK BAPTIST REGISTER.
In the year 1824 a few brethren, residing in the vicinity of Utica, impressed with the necessity and importance of stated religious intelligence, commenced the publication of a small sheet, weekly, entitled the “ Baptist Register.” It was printed at Utica, and edited by Elds. Galusha and Willey. The circulation was not extensive, but it brought before the public the subject of periodical intelligence, and prepared the way for a more enlarged and permanent action. In the fall, at the annual meeting, the subject was proposed, of establishing a religious paper, to be under the patronage and direction of the Convention. An offer was made to them of the Baptist Register then published, and arrangements were made to commence the next year with an enlarged sheet and a competent editor, who was required to devote his whole time to make the paper, as far as possible, adequate to the wants of the denomination. An editor was secured in the person of Br. Alexander M. Beebee, then residing in the county of Onondaga, who removed to Utica with his family, and commenced his responsible, and thus far permanent and successful, labors. The mechanical execution of the paper was under the direction of Br. Cephas Bennett, who con. tinued to print the paper nearly five years, until convinced that the Lord called him to a foreign field of moral labor. The first paper published by the Convention was issued March 4, 1825, and a circulation the first year was secured of about 2,000. The following extracts from the first num. ber will show the plan and general principles which it was designed to accomplish and extend :