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TOUR OF ELD. JOHN UPFOLD.

To the President and Directors of the Hamilton Baptist Missionary Society :

DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN-Agreeably to a previous appointment, I have lately performed a mission of three weeks. I left home May 19th, and traveled northward as far as Lake Ontario, preaching in nearly all the destitute settlements I could find in my way. My opportunities of preaching were as follows, viz. Twice in Manlius, four times in Camillus, seven times in Lysander, six times in Hannibal, once in Volney, once at Oswego Falls, and six times in Cicero; making in the whole twenty-seven sermons which I delivered to a very destitute people. During my mission I generally preached with freedom of mind, and my hearers appeared solemn, and in some instances to receive the word gladly. I believe that a people more destitute of gospel preaching will scarcely be found in America; nor, perhaps, a people that will treat the missionaries with greater respect than those to whom I have been preaching; and such are my feelings for them, that I am willing to make them another missionary visit, if God in his providence will permit. I remain, dear brethren, yours, very sincerely,

JOHN UPFQLD. FABIUS, June 17, 1813.

At the eighth annual meeting of the Society, holden at Hamilton, Sept., 1814, the reports of the missionaries were so pleasing, that the Board thanked God, and, taking courage, appointed missionaries for forty weeks.

It had been for a long time considered highly important that a religious paper should be established for the benefit of the Baptist denomination. Several resolutions had been passed by the Otsego Association for the purpose. But no efficient measures were adopted to effect so desirable an object until April, 1814, when Elds. Peter P. Root, Daniel Hascall

, John Lawton, and John Peck, upon their own responsibility, commenced the publication of a magazine of forty-eight pages duodecimo, three times a year, entitled “ The Vehicle. The first number was published in May,

1814; the second in August. At the meeting of the Society, Sept., 1814, the proprietors of the magazine, considering that the avails of the publication might be of advantage to the funds, made an offer of the same to the Society, to be published under their patronage, when the following preamble and resolution were passed :

“Whereas, the proprietors of The Vehicle' have made an offer of the same to the Society, so that the avails may accrue to the funds, therefore,

“ Resolved, unanimously, That this Society accept of said offer."

The Society then appointed Elds. John Lawton, John Peck, and Daniel Hascall

, editors, (subsequently Elds. N. Kendrick, T. Purinton, and A. Bennett, were associated with them,) and Eld. J. Peck general agent. This work was continued through four volumes, consisting of forty-five numbers, when, at the union of the Society with the Convention, it was merged in the Register.

At the close of the first volume the title was altered to the “ Western Baptist Magazine," and published quarterly. The benefits of the publication, in communicating religious knowledge, kindling a missionary spirit, and shedding light upon the movements of the Christian world, are too well known to need any comment.

The eighth annual meeting of the Hamilton Baptist Mis. sionary Society was held at Morrisville, Sept., 1815. The secretary and treasurer presented their reports. It appeared the Lord had so blessed the operations and increased the funds of the Society, that they were induced to appoint missionaries for forty weeks. It was resolved that the Board be directed to make application to the Legislature for an act of incorporation. It was further resolved that the Board be instructed to

pay its missionaries five dollars per week for their services. At this meeting Eld. John M. Peck, as an agent from Eld. Luther Rice, met the Society, and solicited aid for the Board of Foreign Missions. The brethren had previously been informed of the change of views of Br. Judson and wife, and also of Br. Rice, in relation to the mode and subjects of baptism. They had learned that Br. Judson and wife were gone to Burmah, and that Br. Rice had returned to solicit funds to support the mission; and also that a general convention had been formed for the purpose of sustaining missions among the heathen. It was with pleasure that a number of brethren formed themselves into a Society, to be known by the name of the “Madison Society, auxiliary to the Baptist Convention of the United States for Foreign Missions.” About the same time the Utica Foreign Mission Society was formed, which has done much for the support of the great cause of foreign missions.

But, notwithstanding the ardent zeal enkindled in the breasts of the brethren for evangelizing the heathen, yet their ardor for supplying the destitute at home was not abated, but increased. They believed then, as experience has since taught, that these precious interests are only parts of one vast field, which the great Head of the church has embraced in one commission, whose influence on each other is recipro. cally beneficial. Home is the foundation of foreign operations, and foreign prosperity kindles up expansive desires and noble energy at home. It becomes, therefore, all the saints to see to it that the high responsibilities attached to each are faithfully discharged. The Lord has given ample treasure to his people to meet all the claims he makes upon them for those great interests, and the saints more and more perceive and feel it. Of what benefit would be all the wealth which God is pouring into the coffers of his children, if he did not provide these blessed ways for its expenditure! It would certainly ruin them; they would be fearfully exposed to the consumption of it on their appetites and lusts.

The ninth annual meeting of the Hamilton Baptist Mis. sionary Society was held at Cazenovia, Sept. 10, 1816. The report of the Board was received, by which it appeared, that they had employed missionaries, from whom they received accounts of the performance of fifty-one weeks' service the year past. The reports were exceedingly cheering, and greatly encouraged the Society to go forward in their labor. They then proceeded to the choice of officers, as follows:

Eld. John Peck, Pres. John Lawton, Sec. Daniel Lath. rop, Treas. Elds. Joseph Coley, Nathan Baker, and Brn. Ebenezer Wakely, John Keep, Samuel Torrey, Jonathan Olmsted, Joseph Card, Thomas Cox, Directors. The President, Secretary, and Treasurer, were continued in their respective offices until the union of the two bodies : in 1825, also, Eld. John Peck general agent. The following brethren, at different periods, were subsequently elected members of the Board : Elds. Nathan Peck, Frederick Freeman, Daniel Hascall, Alfred Bennett, 0. Warren, Thomas Purinton, Nathaniel Cole, Nathaniel J. Gilbert, Philander Kelsey, Robert Powell, John S. King, and Brn. James Nickerson, Isaac Rindge, and Charles W. Hull. Brn. Wakeley and Olmsted, being members of the Legislature, were appointed to present to that body the petition for an act of incorporation, and conduct the matter as agents of the Society. The Board, at their subsequent meetings, appointed missionaries for the term of eighty weeks for the year ensuing.

The tenth annual meeting of the Society was held at North Norwich, Sept. 9, 1817. An interesting report of the Board was read, by which it appeared that the Lord still smiled on their labors, and blessed the efforts of their mis. sionaries in preaching to the destitute. These cheering results served greatly to strengthen their hands and encourage their hearts to persevere in their laudable work. At this meeting the act of incorporation was received, and read as follows:

CHARTER.

An Act to incorporate the Hamilton Baptist Missionary Society. (Passed March 28, 1817.)

Whereas, John Peck, and certain other persons, have formed

themselves into a Society by the name and style of the “ Hamilton Baptist Missionary Society,” for the purpose of propagating the gospel among the destitute, and have prayed to be incorporated, the better to promote their bene. volent design, therefore,

Be it enacted, by the People of the State of New York, represented in the Senate and Assembly, That all such persons as now are, or hereafter may become, members of said Society, according to such rules as they may agree upon or establish, shall be, and hereby are, ordained, constituted, and appointed, a body politic and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of the "Hamilton Baptist Missionary Society.” And by that name they, and their successors, shall and may have succes. sion, and shall be persons, in law, capable of suing, and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, in all courts and places whatsoever, in all manner of action and actions, suits, matters, causes, and complaints, whatsoever. And that they and their successors may have a common seal, and may change and alter the same at pleasure. And also that they and their successors, by the name of the “ Hamilton Baptist Missionary Society,” shall be, in law, capable of purchasing, holding, and conveying, any estate, real or personal, for the use of said Society ; provided always that such real or personal estate shall not at any time exceed the annual value of two thousand dollars.

82. And be it further enacted, That, for the better carrying into effect the objects of the said Society, the officers of the same shall consist of eleven directors, to wit: a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and eight other directors, who shall hold their office for one year, or until others are chosen in their stead, and shall be elected on the second Tuesday in September, in each year, or at such other time, and at such place, as the corporation shall from time to time appoint. And that every election shall be by ballot, by a majority of the members pres. ent at such meeting.

1 $ 3. Be it further enacted, That the following persons shal be the first directors of the said Society, to wit : John Peck, first President; John Lawton, first Secretary ; Daniel Lathrop, first Treasurer; and Joseph Coley, Nathan Baker, John Keep, Thomas Cox, Samuel Torrey, Joseph Card, Alfred Bennett, and Samuel Payne, other Directors of said Society ; all of which Directors shall hold their office respectively until the second Tuesday of next September, or until others be chosen in their stead.

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That, at every meeting of the Directors of the said Society, when six Directors are met, they shall be a quorum for transacting any business concerning said Society which may come before them, or may adjourn from time to time, as circumstances may require.

$ 5. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation, and their successors, shall have full power to make, constitute, ordain, and establish, such bye-laws, rules, and regulations, as they from time to time shall judge proper for the management, well-being, and regulating, the said Society, provided always

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