Commission addressed to Varnum Noyes

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Commission addressed to Varnum Noyes

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Clergy; Missionaries; Boards of directors; Presbyterian Church; Files (Records); Powers and duties

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This official document appoints Varnum to preach in Guilford Ohio starting on April 1, 1840, for a period of 12 months. It also outlines other instructions, a plan of correspondence, the form of a devise or bequest, and a notice to applicants for aid. This is all on behalf of the Board of Missions, connected to the Presbytery.

Creator

The Board of Missions

Source

Loose, The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

c. 1840

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Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

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PDF

Language

eng (English)

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Text

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noyes_c_misc_950

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[Note: Appears to be the address on an envelope]
ansom Street
Rev. Varnum Noyes
Guilford
Ohio

COMMISSION.
THE BOARD OF MISSIONS, acting under the authority and by the order of the GENERAL AS-
SEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, confiding very much in
your piety, prudence, diligence, zeal, and fidelity, have appointed, and by these presents do appoint
you Varnum Noyes [?their?] Missionary to preach
the Gospel & to dispense its ordinances at
Guilford
Ohio
In this service you are to spend twelve months from April 1, 1840
and to be governed by such instructions as you shall receive from this Board from time to time.
Your compensation will be One hundred dollars for the time.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have caused the signature of the President, and the attestation of our
Secretary, to be hereunto subscribed at Philadelphia, on the 18th day of May
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Forty
Ashbel Green
President
Attest,
William A. McDowell
Cor. Secretary

INSTRUCTIONS
To each Missionary appointed in the service, and under the au-
thority of the Board of Missions of the General Assembly of
the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
Dear Sir,
The great object of the Board, under which you have received the
foregoing commission, is to supply destitute places in our country,
and particularly in our own connexion, with stated preachers and
pastors, who shall be instrumental in building up the Redeemer’s
kingdom. To accomplish this object, congregations are to be collec.
ted and organized in the Presbyterian form; elders and deacons are
to be ordained and installed; suitable persons are to be baptized; and
the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper administered.
In the region assigned to you in your commission, we expeet you
to perform all the duties of a faithful missionary, so far as you shall
have strength and ability. Preach the Gospel; visit the sick; instruct
the ignorant in private conversation as well as from the pulpit; cate-
chise children in families and schools; promote Sabbath Schools,
and Bible classes, and classes for catechetical instruction; and en-
deavour, by all scriptural means, to win souls for Christ.
For the establishment of Sabbath Schools, Bible classes, and classes
for catechetical instruction in every neighbourhood within your dis-
trict, you will be expected to make very special and persevering ex-
ertions.
Avoid all unprofitable controversy; abstain from unfriendly reflec-
tions upon other denominations of Christians; never become a politi:
cal partizan; but let your meekness, zeal, diligence, prudence, and
ardent love for the souls of men, commend you to the consciences of
all persons with whom you may have intercourse.
Thankfully receive any donations that may: be‘ given you for the
Board of Missions; and do what you can to excite, and cherish
among the people a missionary spirit ; wisely use your influence, in
favour of all the benevolent institutions of the Church, and encourage
every scriptural plan for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. Es.
pecially forget not the interests of your own Board. In each congre-
gation under your charge let the subject of Domestic Missions be
presented to the people, and their contributions for this Board be re-
ceived—however small may be the annual amount.
You are directed to furnish our Corresponding Seerctary a full
report of your services, once in three months, and take special pains
to render these quarterly reports concise, perspicuous, and suitable
for publication. Let them embody as many interesting facts as pos-
sible, in reference to the moral condition and wants of the people,
and the necessity, utility, and success of missionary labours, and
other benevolent operations, not only im your own particular field,
but also in the surrounding country. In dating your communica-

tion you will be careful to designate the state, county, and township,
in which you reside, and your Post-office address.
On the first day of April in each year, you are required, without
fail, io forward to the Corresponding Secretary, a special report of
your labours, from the date of your commission, up to the last day of
March. A blank form of this report will be forwarded to you. Lest
this should not reach you in season, the items are here given, and
the order in which they should be arranged. An accurate statement
of the precise amount of missionary service performed; the number
of congregations and missionary stations supplied; the names of
each; within what presbytery ; number of families; additions on ex-
amination; additions on certificate; total in communion; No. of
baptisms; churches organized; houses of worship erected; No. of
Sabbath Schools; No. of Teachers in do.; No. of Scholars; No. of
Catechetical and Bible Classes; No. of learners in do.; No. of Bible
Societies ; No. of Tract Societeis; No. of Missionary Societies; No.
of Education Societies; No. of Temperance Societies; No. of Mem-
bers of do.; amount raised for Foreign Missions; do. do. for Board of
Missions; No. of Auxiliary Missionary Societies ; No. of sermons
preached; No. of Monthly Concerts attended; No. of prayer meetings
established or continued; No. of families visited; amount pledged by
your people towards your support; observance of the Sabbath, whe-
ther, good, bad, or indifferent; state of the population, whether in-
creasing, diminishing, or stationary; attendance on public worship,
whether good, bad, or indifferent.
After your mission is completed, return your commission, if you
have a private conveyance; and if not, destroy it. Your pay will be
remitted to you in a draft, after your report of each quarter’s service
is received, if desired: but you will be careful to state the amount
which you have received, the balance due, and the Post-office to
which you would desire the remittance to be sent.
If you should collect more than sufficient to satisfy your own
claims for compensation, remit the surplus to the Corresponding Se-
cretary.
By order, and in behalf, of the Board of Missions.

William A. McDowell
Cor. Secretary.

[?Ashbel?] Green
President.

PLAN OF CORRESPONDENCE
Between the several Presbyteries and the Board of Missions of
the General Assembly.
The Board propose that each Presbytery shall annually appoint
from their own body, a small “ Corresponding Executive Committee,”
on Missions, to be invested with the following powers: viz.
1. To receive, generally, applications for aid from feeble congre-
gations (within the bounds of the Presbytery) which have Pastors, or
stated supplies, and to recommend the same to the Executive Com-
mittee of the Board of Missions.
2. To devise and execute plans for raising funds in the several con-
gregations within their hounds, which funds shall be reported to the
Treasurer of the Assembly’s Board, and be held subject to the orders
of said Board.
3. To select and recommend to the Executive Committee of the
Board of Missions, Missionary fields, and Missionary labourers, and
also, to locate such Missionaries as may be sent to them by the Board
for specific instructions.
4. To suggest the amount of aid which they may deem indispen-
sably necessary to be afforded to each congregation, which they shall
recommend to the attention of the Board.

FORM OF A DEVISE OR BEQUEST.
Persons making bequests to the Board, are requested to be care-
ful in adopting one of the following forms:
To the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church in the United States of America, and to their successors and
assigns, I give and bequeath the sum of-------, or I devise a certain
messuage, and tract of land, &c., to be applied, under the direction of
the Board of Missions of the General Assembly of said Church, for
the support of Missionaries, appointed by said Board.
In some cases Testators may devise to have their bequests go at
once to the Board of Missions, without the delay that, may be occa-
sioned by passing through the Board of Trustees, as the latter Board
have but few meetings. To meet the wishes of such, the following
form is recommended.
I give and bequeath the sum of----to my Executors, to be by
them paid over to the Treasurer, for the time being, of the Board of
Missions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States of America, for the support of Missionaries appointed
by said Board.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR AID.
Applicants for Missionaries and Missionary aid, are requested
to pay particular attention to the following notice.
Applications to the Board for Missionary Appointments and pecuni-
ary aid; and also for the reappointment of Missionaries, should al-
ways be made by the Elders of the Church, through the Correspond-
ing Executive Commitice of the Presbytery to which the Church ap-
plying for assistance belongs—-accompanied with a recommendation,
from said Committee, of the Missionary to be appointed, and a speci-
fication of the amount of aid indispensably necessary.
If there be no Corresponding Executive Committee in the Presby-
tery, the application must be fully sanctioned by two neighbouring
Ministers, connected with the Presbytery to which the Church be-
longs.



[注:似乎是信封上的地址]
安森街
牧师 Varnum Noyes
吉尔福德
俄亥俄州

委员会。
任务委员会,在总干事的授权和命令下行事-
美利坚合众国长老会代表,非常信任
你的虔诚、审慎、勤奋、热心和忠诚,已经任命,并通过这些礼物任命
你 Varnum Noyes 他们的传教士传教
福音和分发其教仪
吉尔福德
俄亥俄州
从 1840 年 4 月 1 日起,你将在这项服务中度过十二个月
并受您不时从本委员会收到的指示的约束。
你的赔偿将是一百美元的时间。
兹证明,我们已引起总统的签名,以及我们的证明
秘书,将于 5 月 18 日在费城认购
在我们主一千八百四十年
阿什贝尔格林
总统
证明,
威廉·A·麦克道尔
肺心病。秘书

指示
致在服务中被任命并在总会传教委员会授权下的每一位传教士
美利坚合众国的长老会。
尊敬的先生,
董事会的伟大目标,根据该目标,您已收到
上述佣金,是为了供应我们国家的贫困地区,
尤其是在我们自己的联系中,与知名的传教士和
牧师,他们将有助于建立救赎主的
王国。为了达到这个目的,会众要以长老会的形式聚集和组织;长老和执事是
被任命和安装;合适的人受洗;和
圣餐的圣礼被执行。
在您的委托中分配给您的地区,我们期待您
尽你所能履行忠实传教士的所有职责
有实力和能力。传福音;探望病人;指导
在私人谈话中以及在讲坛上的无知者;在家庭和学校对儿童进行传教;推广安息日学,
和圣经班,以及教理教学班;和恩-
竭尽全力为基督赢得灵魂。
为建立安息日学、圣经班、班
在您所在地区的每个社区进行教理指导
trict,你会被期望做出非常特别和坚持不懈的前任
错误。
避免所有无利可图的争议;避免对基督徒的其他教派产生不友好的看法;永远不要成为政客:
加州党派;但让你的温柔,热心,勤奋,谨慎,和
对人类灵魂的热切爱,将你推荐给人类的良心
所有可能与您发生性关系的人。
谢天谢地,收到任何可能的捐款:
任务委员会;尽你所能去兴奋和珍惜
在人民中传教士精神;明智地利用你的影响力,在
支持教会的所有慈善机构,并鼓励
推进基督国度的每一个圣经计划。尤其不要忘记自己董事会的利益。在每个大会
由你负责的门让国内使命的主题是
提交给人们,并收到他们对该委员会的捐款——无论每年的金额多么小。
你被指示为我们的相应的Serctary提供一个完整的
您的服务报告,每三个月一次,并采取特别的努力
使这些季度报告简洁、清晰和合适
出版。让它们体现尽可能多的有趣事实,涉及人们的道德状况和需求,
以及传教工作的必要性、效用和成功,以及
其他仁慈的操作,不仅是你自己的特定领域,
而且在周边国家。在确定您的通信的日期时,您将仔细指定州、县和乡镇,
您居住的地方,以及您的邮局地址。
每年四月的第一天,您需要,无需
失败,转交通讯秘书,特别报告
你的劳动,从你的委托之日起,直到最后一天
行进。此报告的空白表格将转发给您。免得
这不应该在季节到达您,这里提供了物品,并且
它们应该排列的顺序。准确的陈述
传教服务的准确数量;号码
提供的会众和传教站;的名字
每个;在什么长老会内;家庭数量;考试补充;证书的补充;共融;数量
洗礼;教会组织;建造礼拜堂;数量
安息日学;教师人数;学者人数;数量
教理和圣经课程;学习者的数量。圣经编号
社团; Tract Societeis 的编号;传教团体数目;不。
教育协会;禁酒协会的数量;内存号-
做事的人。为外国使团筹集的金额;做。做。对于董事会
任务;辅助传教会的数目;布道次数
宣讲;每月参加音乐会的次数;祷告会次数
成立或继续;探访的家庭数量;承诺的金额
你的人对你的支持;遵守安息日,无论是好的、坏的或无关紧要的;人口的状态,无论是增加、减少还是静止;参加公共礼拜,
不管是好是坏,还是无动于衷。
任务完成后,返还您的佣金,如果您
有私人交通工具;如果没有,就销毁它。你的工资将是
在您报告每个季度的服务之后,以草稿形式汇给您
收到,如果需要:但你会小心地说明金额
您收到的金额、应付余额以及邮局
您希望汇款。
如果你应该收集足够多的东西来满足你自己
索赔,将剩余部分汇给通讯秘书。
由传道部命令并代表传道部。

威廉·A·麦克道尔
肺心病。秘书。

阿什贝尔格林
总统。

通信计划
在几个长老会和宣道会之间
大会。
执董会建议每个区会应每年任命
从他们自己身上,一个小小的“对应执行委员会”,
在任务上,被赋予以下权力:即。
1. 一般来说,接收来自有牧师的弱会众(在长老会范围内)的援助申请,或
规定的供应品,并向差会执行委员会推荐。
2. 制定并执行筹资计划
他们的猎犬内的教会,这些资金应报告给
大会董事会的财务主管,并受命令约束
的董事会。
3. 遴选并向本会执行委员会推荐
宣教委员会、宣教领域和宣教工人,以及
此外,寻找委员会可能派给他们的传教士
具体说明。
4. 建议他们认为独立的援助数量
非常必要地提供给每个会众,他们应
建议董事会注意。

设计或遗赠的形式。
向董事会进行遗赠的人,请注意-
充分采用下列形式之一:
致长老会大会受托人
美利坚合众国的教会,以及他们的继任者和
分配,我给予并遗赠--------的总和,或者我设计一个特定的
消息和土地等,将在以下指导下应用
上述教会大会的传道部,为
由上述委员会任命的传教士的支持。
在某些情况下,遗嘱人可能会设计让他们的遗赠去
一次提交给任务委员会,不得延误,通过董事会,因为后者的董事会
很少开会。为了满足这样的愿望,以下
推荐表格。
我给予并遗赠——给我的执行者,由
他们暂时支付给董事会的财务主管
长老会总会的使命
美利坚合众国,支持被任命的传教士
由上述董事会。
援助申请者须知。
请求传教士和传教士援助的申请人
要特别注意以下通知。
向委员会申请传教士任命和金钱援助;并且对于传教士的重新任命,应始终由教会的长老通过教会任命的长老会的相应执行委员会作出
寻求帮助属于-伴随着推荐,
来自该委员会的传教士的任命,以及必不可少的援助金额的说明。
如果区会没有相应的执行委员会,申请必须得到两个相邻的
牧师,与教会所属的长老会有关。

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The Board of Missions, “Commission addressed to Varnum Noyes,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed January 31, 2023, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/1061.

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