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Messrs. Editors,

Believing that many of the readers of your paper would be interested in having some account of the Anniversaries of the Franklin Co. Benevolent Societies, which were held the past week at South Deerfield, I have subjoined an imperfect sketch for publication.

The respective Benevolent Societies held their annual meetings on Wednesday the 11 inst. Gen. Asa Howland presided. The exercises were commenced with prayer by Rev. Burr Baldwin. The following officers were appointed for the year, viz.

Foreign Missions.

Rev. Bancroft Fowler, President.
Vice Presidents.- Rev. Benjamin Holmes, Rev. Theophilus Packard, D.D., Rev. Moses Miller, Rev. Tyler Thacher, Hon. Joshua Green, Hon Elijah Paine, Hon. George Grennell, jr. Mr. Sylvester Maxwell.
John Clary, Secretary and Gen. Agent.
Franklin Ripley, Esq. Treasurer,
Sylvester Maxwell, jr., Auditor.

Home Missions.

Rev. Amariah Chandler, President.
Rev. Burr Baldwin, Vice President.
Rev. William M. Richards, Secretary,
Charles J. J. Ingersoll, Treasurer,
William Elliot, jr., Auditor.

Bible Society.

Gen Asa Howland, President, Hon George Grennell, jr., Vice President, Rev. Melaneton G. Wheeler, Secretary, Richardson Hall, Treasurer and Depository, William Elliot, jr., Auditor. Rev. Amariah Chandler, Rev. Theophilus Packard, jr., Franklin Ripley, Esq.;, Rev. Burr Baldwin, Rev. Reuben Ransom, Directors.

Education Society.

Hon Sylvester Maxwell, President. Joseph Avery, Esq., Vice President, Rev. Benjamin F. Clarke, Secretary, Sylvester Maxwell, jr., Treasurer, Col Ansel Phelps, Auditor, Rev. Moses Miller, Rev. M. G. Wheeler, Directors.

Tract Society.

Rev. Burr Baldwin, President, Dea. Rodolphus Bardwell, Vice President, Rev Solomon B. Ingram, Secretary, William Elliot, jr., Treasurer, Franklin Ripley, Esq., Auditor.

Sabbath School Society.

Gen. Thomas Longley, President, Joseph Hubbard, Vice President, Rev. Samuel Washburn, Secretary, Col Roger Leavitt, Treasurer, Hon Sylvester Maxwell, Auditor.

A committee, consisting of Richardson Hall and Gen Asa Howland, was appointed to settle with the former Depository. A vote was passed, requesting the respective Treasurers of the several Societies to pay to the Parent Societies what monies should be in their hands at the close of three months after the appointed time for collecting the same.

The Reports of the Treasurers show the collections during the past year to have been as follows, viz. Foreign Missions $__, (Increase or decrease) since the preceding year $__, Home Missions, $__, Decrease $__, Bible Society $__, Decrease $__, Education Society $__, Increase $__, Tract Society $__, Total raised by the five societies $__, (Increase or decrease)) since the preceding year $_5.

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Many types of social reform movements took shape in the first half of the 19th century. There were Protestant religious movements, which were anti-Catholic. In Franklin County, Massachusetts, there were Mission, Bible, Tract, Education and Sunday School societies. These societies held their annual meetings on October 11, 1837 to appoint officers and get financial reports. All the officers elected were men, though women played a large role in the organization of the societies as well as the day to day activities. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.


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"For the Gazette and Mercury" article on missions for the newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
date   Oct 17, 1837
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   3.0"
height   10.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
accession #   #L05.025

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