FOR THE GAZETTE AND MERCURY.
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.
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.
Rev. Amariah Chandler, President.
Rev. Burr Baldwin, Vice President.
Rev. William M. Richards, Secretary,
Charles J. J. Ingersoll, Treasurer,
William Elliot, jr., Auditor.
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.
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.
Rev. Burr Baldwin, President, Dea. Rodolphus Bardwell, Vice President, Rev
Solomon B. Ingram, Secretary, William Elliot, jr., Treasurer, Franklin Ripley,
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