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ANNUAL REPORT

PRESENTED BY

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

OF THE

BIBLE SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS,

AT THEIR ANNUAL MEETING,

BOSTON,

MAY 22, 1853, BEING THE XLIV. ANNIVERSARY.

Published by Order of the Trustees.

BOSTON:
PRESS OF T. R. MARVIN, 42 CONGRESS ST.

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OFFICERS

OF THE

MASSACHUSETTS BIBLE SOCIETY FOR 1853-4.

President.

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Hox. SIMON GREENLEAF, LL. D.,
REV. NATHANIEL L. FROTHINGHAM, D. D.,
Rev. GEORGE W. BLAGDEN, D. D., •
Rev. DANIEL BUTLER,
GEORGE R. SAMPSON, Esq.,
SAMUEL MAY, Esq.,

Vice President.
Cor. Secretary
Rec. Secretary.
Treasurer.

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Auditor.

TRUSTEES.

Rev. WILLIAN JENKS, D. D.
Rev. CHARLES LOWELL, D. D.
Rev. DANIEL SHARP, D. D.
Right Rev. MANTON EASTBURN, D. D.
Rey. GEORGE RICHARDS.
Rev. Joux S. STONE, D. D.
JOHN TAPPAN,
WILLIAM WORTHINGTON,
ALBERT FEARING,

HEMAN LINCOLN,
SAMUEL MAY,
Amos A. LAWRENCE,
JACOB SLEEPER,
CHARLES T. RUSSELL,
Francis O. WATIS,
T. R. MARVIN,
STEPHEN FAIRBANKS,
WILLIAM APPLETON, Esqs.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE,

To whom applications are to be made for Bibles.

Rev. GEORGE RICHARDS, GEORGE R. SAMPSON, Esq., and

ALBERT FEARING, Esq.

OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY FROM 1809 to 1853.

PRESIDENTS.

Hon. William Phillips,

1809—27 1 Rev. John Pierce, D. D. Hon. Simon Greenleaf, LL. D.

1828–49 1849

VICE PRESIDENTS. Rev. John Lathrop, D. D.

1809-16 Hon. Simon Greenleaf, LL. D. 1818_49 Rev. John T. Kirkland, D. D. 1816-28 Rev. Francis Parkman, D. D. 1819–52 Rev. Henry Ware, D. D.

1828-44 Rev. N. L. Frothingham, D. D.. 1853 Rev. John Codman, D. D. . 1841-48

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RECORDING SEORETARIES, Rev. John Pierce, D. D.

1809-28 Rev. George W. Blagden, D. D. Rev. Daniel Sharp, D. D.

1828_30 Rev. William M. Rogers, Rev. Cyrus P. Grosvenor, . 1830-31 Rev. George W. Blagden, D. D. Rev. James D. Knowles,

1831-32 Rev. George Richards, . Rev. William Jenks, D. D. 1832-39 Rev. Daniel Butler,

1839—44 1811445 1815—49 181952 1852

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES. Rev. William Channing, D. D. . 1809-18 Charles Tappan, Esq. Ilon. Jonathan Phillips,

1803-16 Rev. Francis Parkman, D. D. Stephen Higginson, Esq.

1809-15 Rev. George W. Blagden, D. D. Rev. Irancis Parkman, D. D. 1815-18 Henry Edwards, Esq. Edward Tuckerman, Esq. ·

1816-30 Rev. George Richards, Rev. Henry Ware, Jr., D. D. 1818-30 George R. Sampson, Esq. Rev. Benjamin B. Wisner, D. D. 1821—35 Albert Fearing, Esq. . Rev. John G. Palfrey, D.D. LL.D. 1830-32

1830-40
1832-53
1835-49
1810-19
1819
1819
1853

REPORT.

The Report of the last year began with kindly and respectful mention of officers and friends of the Society deceased since the previous Anniversary. Another twelvemonth has elapsed, and the hand that penned that Report is cold, the voice that read it is mute, the mind and heart that indited it, are transferred to other and higher scenes. Rev. FRANCIS PARKMAN, D. D., through a period of five-and-thirty years, occupied posts of honor and usefulness in this Association. From 1818 to 1849 he was its Corresponding Secretary. From 1849 to the date of his decease, he was its Vice President. In 1832 he became a member of its Executive Committee, and soon after its Chairman. Those of us who have been associated with him in these duties can bear witness to his zeal, his promptness, his punctuality, the keen zest which he brought to their discharge, and bis uniform courtesy and urbanity. Those who have attended these anniversary occasions, must have listened with interest to the Reports of your Committee, ordinarily written and read by him,

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