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—OF— lowa Yearly Meeting —OF FRIENDS. 1 871). At lowa Yearly Meeting of Emends, held at Osktr loosa, commencing tHli niontli, 10th, LS7R. 1. By reports received from tlit* (Quarterly Meetings, it appears the following representatives to this meeting have been appointed. They are present except twelve*: Salem. Jonathan Ozlnin, David Coulson, Milton J. Hampton, Jonathan Votaw, John M. Corsbie, Dorson Trueblood. Pleasant Plain. Thomas Charles, John Frazier, Ezra W.Jlinshaw, Moses Mendenhall, Benjamin C. Andrews. Springdale. John Pearson, Clarkson T. Penrose, Dilworth Sehooley, Cilhert P. Smith, James P. Pinkham, Charles L. Peasley. Bangor. William O. Thompson, Henry Pemberton, Hiram HamJ mond, Isom P. Wooton. Ackworth. Henry C. Lewis, John Michener,*Ehvood Stanley, Moses Stanley, Jacob Moon. Oakaloosa Cyrus Beede, Jeptlia W. Morgan, William Pickerel!, Wil liam P. Sopher, Henry Cope, Isaiah Picketed. Winneablek. ’ Moses (Jove, Nicholas Battey, George E. Dillingham, Wil liam Cook. Lynn Grove. Jesse B. Jessup, Samuel Jieals, Borden C. White, Isaac McCollum, Hiram Ellis. Bear Croek. Jesse W. Kenworthy, Alistus W. Lewis, James Hadley, B. B. Hiatt, William P. Smith. Honey^Creok. Elias Jessup, Seneca Wildman, John S. Bond, Robert S. Titus. Minneapolis. William Pettit, Alfred H. Lindley, Richard I). Beede, Na than IT. Knowles, Silas Mottit, Josiali Hall. List of Caretakers. 2. The following (who are present except lb) are the caretakers appointed by tin* Quarterly Meetings: lloclvi*on Lamb, David Crew, Stephen Moshier, John IST. Smith Trueblood, Joseph Ozbnn, Win. Ilillerman, P. Honeycutt, lY;I\ Ifry, Isaac N. Miles, Lindsey Jessup, Win. Joseph Unthank, Saimrtflton, Win. Marshall, Marion George, Dillingham, Richard IT. Batte^ al b Thomas Cook, George E. rell, John 1). Yocum, John R. Hoov?P, YN diets, 3latthew l er- Paxon, Elisha C. Jones, Abel Roberts, NoM r 1 Vi 1 ’ Joel C. P. Hiatt, Clark Roberts,Chas. Earquhar, ° 1,1 3. Minutes have been read for Friends in with us from other Yearly Meetings as follows: George J. Bartlett, a minister, Ohio Yearly Meeting. Margaret Ballinger, Julia Ann McCool, Sarah I*. Morri son, Sarah C. Coate, Lindley M. Jackson, ministers, Indiana Yearly meeting. Libbie J. Bogue, companion to Margaret Ballinger. Willis Kenworthy, a minister, accompanied by his wife, Naomi Kenworthy; Jefferson Jackson, a minister; Elizabeth 11. Mendenhall, an elder, Western Yearly Meeting. Catherine Hammer, El wood Haworth, Albert A. Bailey, ministers, Kansas Yearly Meeting. Eliza S. Thompson, companion to Catherine Hammer. A welcome has been extended to these Friends, and to others without minutes, in atUa^ 1 ~! , ‘ n ‘ 'V.,. s * I. The London - Epistle ot this year has been read «^ t,slactlol b an<l a W‘-pnnt of 3000 copies or a«'redTor our members. The same number of copies of the minutes of this meeting is directed to be printed and for warded to the Quarterly Meetings in their respective propor tions. To attend to this service we appoint as a Printing Committee. Charles E. Tcbbetts, Jeptlia W. Morgan, Cyrus Beede, John H. Green, and Clarkson T. Penrose. J. Acceptable epistles have been received and read from our brethren of London, Ireland, New England, New York, Baltimore, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Western, Canada, and Kansas Yearly Meetings; and one from friends in Norway of last year. It is concluded to send this year one epistle in reply to all the Yearly Meetings with which we correspond, the prepa ration of which is entrusted to the following Committee on Correspondence. (>. David Hunt, Lawrie Tatum, A. W. Lewis, Win. E. Har vey, A. H. Lindley, Benjamin Trueblood, Elisha Smith, Israel Negus, Thomas Charles, Isom P. Wooton, Wm. Pettit, C. T. Penrose,) El wood Stanley, Levi Roberts, Joseph Arnold, Elka nah S. Craven, B. C. Andrews, Ilerinon I). Williams, John Coflin and Joel Bean. 7. The following committees have also been appointed: Committee on Returning Minutes. David Hunt, Jesse W. Ken worthy, J. W. Morgan, Dil worth Sehooley, John M. Corsbie, Caleb Baldwin, Elias Jes sup, Aaron Symons, DavWPJones, Tristram Coggsliell, Reuben 11. Hartley. * Messengers. Benjamin C. Andrews, Thomas Terrell. S. It will be expected of tin* representatives, in accord ance with discipline, and regulations adopted in former years, Ist. lopropose to next sitting a clerk and two assist ants lor the ensuing year. 2d. l o settle with the treasurer, propose a sum to he raised lor the use of the meeting, and to nominate a treasurer. . I o name an auditing committee and to adjust the apport loniucnt. b. Adjourned to meet at 10 o’clock to-morrow morning. AI , .. P,F ™ Day Morning, oth Mo., 11th. Mel according to adjournment. „. K|l . l |‘, n ( \vnw Beede, oil behalf of the representatives, pro f. a) 1 jmehman for clerk, and Elias Jessup and Si f S ° l, 0r assistants. They were united with and appointed accordiugly. wciJilnr * ,,m “ wpreßentntivcs were ill attendance 10-da.\ who " 0,0 11 or present yesterday. frnnim’u. read and answers thereto 1 aitcrly meetings, ot which the following is a Summary. 1. Our regular established meetings have been kept up, with sonic excep tions, and several omissions in four quarters. Two reports mention a want of punctuality to the hour, and nearly all notice unbecoming behavior In meetings. 2. Tale-bearing and detraction are discouraged, but not wholly avoided. Seven quarters report a lack of Christian love; the others sav» Friends arc mostly preserved in Christian love. 3* Friends appear to be generally concerned to train their children and those under their care, m the knowledge of the precepts and the promises of the gospel. The reports note deficiency in guarding cflcctually against evil company, and corrupt conversation ; and nearly all in teaching that conforming to the vain fashions and customs of the world are inconsistent with the Christ ian religion. 4. A lack ol promptness in dealing with transgressors is acknowledged bv ten of the yearly meetings. ° * 5. A row exceptions to the proper observance of the first day of the week in most of the quarters, by engaging in unnecessary manual labor, or secular business. P>. The poor are assisted as inquired after. 7. A lew instances of a breach of our testimony against war- -i few of judicial swearing; eight of the unnecessary use or intoxicatin'/ liquors• and one of the traffic therein. s. Every family appears to be furnished with a copy of the hoiv scrint ures. They are read daily in families as below: Salem quarter, f;4 families• Pleasant Plain, fifi; Springdale, 169; Bangor, 10.1; Ack-orth, Oskaloosa 118; Winneshiek, '.fi; Lynn Grove, 79; Bear Creek, 128: Honey’creek, 103’• Minneapolis, , r »7. NEW MEETINGS SETTLED. 9. A meeting for worship and preparative, named Carlton, live miles north-east of Lc Grand, in Bangor quarter. A preparative and meeting for worship in Des Moines in Ackworth quarter. A meeting for worship nmE pre parative, name North River, in Adair county, three miles south-west of Stew art, in Bear Creek quarter. MEETINGS DISCON TINTED. Oak Ridge in Salem quarter. A meeting for worship and preparative in Honey Creek quarter. MINISTERS RECORDED AND NUMBER OK MINISTERS. Salem, none, ministers 9: Pleasant Plain, none, ministers 1; Springdale, none, ministers 17; Bangor, none, ministers, 17; Ackworth, Phebc Stanley of Smyrna, and Amy L. Trueblood of Waveland, ministers 1G; Oskaloosa, none, ministers, 19; Winneshiek, Sarah E. Edmonds and Richard Satterly, ministers, 11; Lynn Grove, Elisha ll.JJaneway, ministers, 8; Bear Creek, Uriah Comp ton, and Reuben 11. Hartley, ministers, 13; Honey Creek, Elijah C. Green, and William F. llarvey, ministers, 19; Minneapolis, none, ministers, 8. Whole number, 133. 11. Statistics of Membership. : ; ; j : : Increase. Decrease. oc : £ | 4 S £ .2 • garters. I f! • ! S f | I If-* a <2(2 ! a s £ *g f a i Salem 99 73 817 315 032 13 15.... 7| 13 0~20 Pleasant main 119 75 325 341 666 15 4 2 fi 11 40 Spinxdale 198 150 554 023 1177 10 10 3 3 12 13 10 Ilanxor 20S 107 508 686 1154 50 31 10 4 5 821 Oskitloosr 208 07 550 560 1122 13 10 15 lo! 3 14 29 Winneshiek. 81 70 202 200 522 27 13 1 0 8 Lynn Grove 117 60 330 224 500 s 13 3 I o 8 Hear Creek 152 69 470 440 910 ! 40 27 8 1 7 010 Honey Creek 193 108 500 617 1107 ; 41 14 38 1 810 Minneapolis. I _56 48 136 107 303; 1 4 5 1; 3 3 Total 1151 879 4130 4436188 S0 1 231 17s| 10(l[ 3s[ Cl| 92?a^l Answer 13. No. Using Tobacco. ~ —— %3 No. who Coi gn arters. tlvate or ~ , _ , -t Manulacture Males. females. c Salem , I 60 II o jj Pleasant Plain.. . 33 li j <, Springdale.... ! 62 7 lo o Hangor 54 4 5 0 Ackworth 52 20 0 u Oskaloosa 77 fc i 0 Winneshiek 23 * 2 1 Lynn Grove ** 8 1 4 Hear Creek ,£ 0 1 Honey Creek 8 1 Minneapolis M “ 0 0 Total 1 I I>H I 21 f~ 7 CHANGES OK CORRESPONDENTS. Dorson Trueblood in place ot Matthew Trueblood, Cedar Creek monthly meeting; Salem quarterly. Address, Salem, Henry county, lowa. The following changes have been made in the time and place of holding meetings: Le Grand monthly meeting, for 9th month of each year, to 7th day following the 2d Ist day in that month. The time of holding Honey Creek quarterly meeting at lowa Falls is changed from the 7th to the 10th month of wlacli year gSinyrna monthly meeting, Ackworth quarter, is held at 10 o’clock in of 11 as heretofore. Minute on the State of Society. The State Society having been brought before us by the reading of the answers to the interesting remarks were made by various friends. We were particularly oxlion. e d to avoid talc-bearing and detraction. No one if inquired of would at all approve of them, but would give a decided sentiment against them, and yet many ih.iui.re therein partly from the force of habit. The grace of God in the heart, and Walking in obedience to His will, are the best remedies for the breaking up of bad habits. As parents indulge in tale-bearin and detraction before their children, an influence is exerted on their characters which can but be prejudicial to their best welfare. This habit which the grace of God would remove has been the means of leanness to their own souls and fathers have wondered why they have not attained to greater spiritual growl when it may be that some of these little things that have become habits, have been the means of keeping up this leanness as l ° ,™ hat il is to deal with offenders seasonably. Is it disgrace upon sStVo'fThief't? d ° llC somet I hi,,g to , I,rin « to deal with them ? Is it not rathe? to So- and tlßn soever there is reason to suppose they are in .in,! t l0,n „ a spuit of love when strengthen them to resist the beginuhi- of cvnln*!?! endeavoring to shall fall into open transgression. ” ’ wto#d ° waiting until they The taking of legal oaths, or judicial swearing was grant, manifest, and altogether unnecessary breach of the commAfwn J 1 c our Lord and Savior. The law gives us our choice either to sT-w- Tm 3 01 and where friends so violate our discipline as to take an oath nJ t™’ should be extended. Our truthfulness should be such that m-ith, 0 ™ n Cai ° affirmation should be required to attest it. May Chrirt-iini L ,oi£ c f v oath ~or standard of truth that their yea shall be yea, and their nav navA? 6 the g , ospel with the Savior’s commandment. na} ’ na - v > in accordance It was suggested that the love of God in the heart k remedy for a want of Christian love toward each other ? ffcctllal also for Sabbath breaking. It is c4 U ,n of moumlrm »hoV „ talc-bean.,-, and should violate the commaudment, “Rcinembtu u... c., 1 ?. tl our members Knowing that every blessing that we receive, both sy,. J ia ?» to * ue P *t holy.” bestowed upon us by the God and Father of all our sure our accountability to Him, and remembering that He can blast as can we expect H\s blessing to rest upon us while engaged In tho violation of any of his commandments? Let us remember that a man’s life conslsteth not in the abundance of the things which he posscsscth; and that where our tresis ure is there will our hearts be also. The Christian church lias two general duties to perform : Ist. To discinle all nations; to bring them not only to the church, but to Christ. >d To teach them all things whatsoever the Lord lias commanded. The object of answering the queries is not merely that our deficiencies mav be brought to view, but that these deficiencies may as far as practicable be removed. 13. A satisfactory report was received from our printing committee. 14. By the report from our Quarters on Pastoral care it appears that labor lias been extended in Pleasant Plain and Springdale Quarterly meetings; that in Bangor seventy-four families have been visited ; in Ackworth about half of their members; in Oskaloosa, one hundred and two families; in Winneshiek, forty-five families; in Bear Creek nearly all of their families visited, and a number of meetings held; 'in Min neapolis, thirty families visited, and meetings held under flu 1 eare of the eommittee. 15. Adjourned fill to-morrow morning at ten o’clock. Sixth Day Morning, Pth Mo., 12th. The meeting convened according to adjournment. 10. The committee on Indian Affairs report as follows: They are continued, and the meeting unites in raising our pro portion of S2OO as proposed. Our treasurer is authorized to pay the amount appropriated last year. Report of Committee on Indian Affairs. The Osage Agency has been assigned by the Associated Executive Commit tee on Indian Affairs to lowa Yearly Meeting. The agent, Laban J Miles appears to be an efficient officer in his business affairs, as well as an earnest Christian, desiring to do what he can to advance the religious work anion- the Indians of that agency. Benjamin and Elizabeth B. Miles have charge of the Osage school. Durin the past year it has averaged one hundred and forty scholars, and they had ten employes to assist them in the school. The government furnishes the provis ions and material for clothing, which lias to be made, washed and kept in repair by the school force, as well as the cooking for that large number. The ehil dron could render them but little help. It is the aim, however, to tench the children to do all kinds of work necessary for carrying on such an institution The religious work of the school is carefully attended to, in various w-ivs which will also apply to the Kaw school, of si\ty-dve scholars, In cliar-ei.r Mali lon Stubbs. There are many of the half breeds and some of the full bloods in this agency who appear anxious to know more about Christ and His religion. There is lit tle hope of civilization being of much benefit to the Indians without the Chris tian religion. Therefore it should be the prominent feature in the work among the aborigines. A missionary among the Osages, as well as at some other points, would probably be of vast benefit to them. The Associated Executive Committee has thought of obtaining, if practicable, three or four missionaries to reside among the Indians, if sustained in this action by the various Ytar’y Meetings. We recommend that the Yearly Meeting pay its quota of $2000.00 as ICCoHl mended by said committee. On behalf of the committee, 17. An interesting report was read in regard to Whit ties College, in Salem Quarter; also one in regard to Pleasant Plain Academy. The attendance for the last year has been one hundred and thirty-four, and the progress of the majority has been considered satisfactory, both morally and mentally. Though tuition and other receipts did not suffice to repay our expenses, as could hardly be expected, yet by the kindness of friends the Insti tution is able to meet all demands, something of which few institntions of higher learning, can at the present hard times enjoy. This, thanks to the kind ness of an all-wise Providence, and the energy of the members of the Board. We are looking toward a better future of our Institution and although man}' of its Alumni are already doing good work in teaching and other associa tions of life wo confidently expect to increase our already large sphere of use fulness, we pray that many may be directed to Whittier College that they may enjoy its advantages. Religious meetings for the moral advancement of the students arc regularly sustained by them, and are liberally attended, even by those who do not already belong to some denomination, and many times the 'oice of praise is heard from those who in these meetings first learned that Lhnst was their Savior. Often it has been said by our best citizens that the good moral tone of our community is largely due to the influence of Whittier wn ii The Board have secured for the Faculty the following teachers: J. w. Coltrain, A. 8., President, a graduate of Trinity College; C. F. Wahrcr, M. B <>hd» M. S., both graduates of Whittier College, and other ueces s.uy instructors in the common branches are secured. John 11. Pickering, President of the Board. XjKVI Gukgouy, See. ~, , David Coulson, Cor. Sec. ) ,Salera > lowa - Report of Pleasant PlainlAcademy. . Bth Mo., 15th, 1879. h f® l )( ‘ en ll » successful operation the past year, with Nathan Cpa ’ and Lizzl ° Grcen ’ Asslstant ; the winter terra having fho e n -.m!!Tn« nt i, of f ? y ‘!£ VCD students. The Board has secured the services or the same teachers for the next year. The fall term to open 9th mo., Bth, next. James Harvey, President. B. C. Andrews, Secretary. Adjourned for one hour to meet in joint'se&sion in the lower room. Met in joint session. vr concern hliza W atson, a member of Spring dale Monthly Meeting, to visit in gospel love Denmark, parts of Aor way and Sweden, the mission field of Friends in Syria, sonic places in llussia and 1 ranee, and also to attend the Yearly Meeting of Friends in London, having been laid liefore this meeting, claimed its serious and prayerful consideration. Much sympathy and unity was felt and expressed with our dear friend in the extensive and arduous service to which -he is called, and believing the call to be of the Lord, we liberate her to attend thereto, commending her to the care of Israeli unslumbering shepherd. We appoint Joel Bean, Hannah Bean, Mary if. Tebbetts and Mary Andrews to prepare a cer tificate for her. Iff. The subject of the appointment of a Missionary Board, as proposed in a minute received from Ohio Yearly Meeting, having been considered bv us, full unity was expressed therewith. Jonathan Votaw, Jane B. Votaw, Ben jamin Andrews, Mary Andrews, Lawrie Tatum, Melvin a Peaslcy, Isom 1\ Wooton, Sarah D. Pemberton, John M. Coffin, Amy Trueblood, Jeptha W. Morgan, Sarah 11. Mor gan, William Cook, Lydia C. Cook, Calvin Macv, Martha Cook, Alistus W. Lewis, Martha Williams, John S. Bond, Matilda Baldwin, Abby G. Mendenhall and William Pettit, arc appointed to propose to a future sitting the names of five Friends to represent this meeting in said Board. A communication addressed to this meeting upon tin* above subject from our friend Stanley Pumphrey, was read and directed to be printed with our minutes. Ihe funds for the use of said board are to be raised in accordance with the following proposition : ‘•That the work be sustained by voluntary contributions, and that a cor responding secretary be appointed in and by every Quarterly Meeting, to col lect subscriptions, and act in other respects as the recognized agent of the 7o loic a Yearly Meeting of Friends: I)kau Fiukxds. —As it will not be my privilege to meet with you this year, i ask to 1)0 allowed to bring before you in writing a few thoughts in connection iuth the proposal you are receiving from Ohio Yearly Meeting, for the forma tion of nil American Friends’ Missionary Board. When I attended your Yearly Meeting in 1877 a somewhat similar proposal came from Indiana, which met a large amount of sympathy from your members, but in the precise shape in Which it came you were not prepared to take action upon it. I believe the proposition now brought before you will be found to be free from the obliga tions which weighed most strongly against the one you considered two years ago. Oi the duty resting upon us to do nil in our power to spread the knowledge ol t lie gospel where it is either not known at all, or known but very imperfectly, l need not say much. We have our “marching orders”: “Go teach all nations,” is the parting message of our Lord. 80 faithfully was that command obeyed, so earnest was the missionary spirit of the early church, that Paul, when writ ing about thirty years after Pentecost was able to say that the message of the gospel had come into all the world and was bearing fruit. This missionary spirit continued to characterize the church to a greater or less extent for sev eral centuries, but the “dark ages” came, and the decline of evangelizing zeal accompanied the increase of ecclesiastical corruptions. It has not been sulHciently remarked that the early Friends, pioueers in so many good reforms, were pioneers in this. Within ten or fifteen years from the time Geo. Fox began to preach we find Quaker missionaries in almost all Christian, and in some Mohamedan countries, in every continent, and in the islands of the se». How deep and general was the interest among Friends in tids work is shown by the fact that the collection taken up at Scalehousc in ror the work of the Lord beyond the sea amounted to a sum which could hardly be represented in our currency by less than fifteen thousand dollars. After Geo. Fox’s own visit to America and the West India islands, in 1(171, his interest deepened, and lie writes most earnestly to Friends to preach the gos pel to blacks, Indians, and all others, telling them that they must bo found doing it, if they are true Clnistians. It would not be fitting hat I should occupy your time in tracing either the decline or the revival of the nissionary spirit among friends. That it Is reviv ing I rejoice to know. OuiFriends’ Foreign Mission Association in England was established In 1805. We ire now raising over thirty thousand dollars annu ally to support the missions .vc are carrying ou in India, Madagascar and in the mountains of Lebanon. During the same period American Friends have done a large amount of work anong the colored people of the South, among the Indians of the Central Supcriitendency, in Mexico, and in Syria; and I may also instance the work of l)r. Gtrdncr among the mountaineers of Tennessee as being of the true missionary type. All these missions want sustaining and extending, and much more is needing to be done. The work is of that import ance that it calls for the united strength of all the Yearly Meetings ou the con tinent, and lam convinced that the time has come for all to undertake It. The Ohio proposal may, perhaps, be found to require some modification and its details will need filling up when the representatives from the different Yearly Meetings come together; but it is a safe basis to start upon, and the larger the number of Yearly Meetings that join at the outset, the more likely will it be that a plan will be agreed upon satisfactory to the whole. When the secretary of the London Friends’ Mission Association wrote to this country a lew months ago, suggesting the formation of a Missionary Board lor all the Yearly Meetings of America, he pointed out, that at present, in con sequence of there being no such organization to which they can apply, your members arc applying to us in England, and he showed conclusively that it would be better, both for them and for you, that your own churches should have the privilege of aiding them. This, though one of the most important, is far from being the only reason, for the formation of such a board. I have heard Friends in dillerent Yearly Meetings when suffering from a temporary, and per haps not altogether general financial depression, advocate the relinquishment of important missionary work; and I have seen the anxiety and embarassment of workers, as appropriations, already too small, were cut down to a scale incon sistent with maiutainancc of efficiency. Every worker should be able to feel that he lias the whole of the Society of Friends at his back, and every member of the Society of Friends slumld feel that he has an interest in every worker. A board that has the oversight of many missions gaius experience broader, and therefore more valuable, than that of those that have only the oversight or one. The broad basis of the Ohio proposition strikes me very favorably. 1 should not be at all surprised if for some time the board finds the principal field for its operations within the limits of the United States; and if a part of its efforts are directed to districts where there is a special opening for Friends to work and to establish meetings, as I believe to now be the case in Tennessee North Carolina and Kansas, it would seem to me a legitimate and wise applica tion of some of the means, energy, and spiritual force, that I hope to see brought into the field. Another feature that I like in the proposar is that it puts the work on the voluntary system. We ought not to wish to take money for such a purpose except when given cheerfully, and as unto the Lord. We need to learn more of the privilege of giving to Hia cause. Carrying out the Report of Whittier College. Lawrie Tatum.