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RELIGIOUS, LITERARY, AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES. 145

thereof without note or comment.1 Auxiliary to the American Bible Society are numerous county
and local societies, through which the greater part of the funds are raised.2
Tlie American Tract Society was instituted in 1825, by the several evangelical de¬
nominations, for the purpose of disseminating tracts and books upon moral and religious subjects.3
Several of the religious denominations have tract societies of their own.
^lie American Hoard of Commissioners for Foreign Missions was formed
in 1809, for the purpose of supporting missions in foreign lands. Its central office is in Boston;
but it has auxiliary societies throughout this State. It is chiefly supported by the Congregational

and New School Presbyterian societies.4

1 Ihe first society within the State for the gratuitous distribu¬
tion of the Scriptures was the N. Y. Bible and Common Prayer
Book Society, formed in 1809. A large number of co. societies
was formed within the next fiv« years. The present society,
formed in 1816, has gradually increased in wealth and influence,
until its operations have extended to almost every section of
the globe. It has a Bible house in New York,—one of the most
extensive publishing houses in the world. Its books are gra¬
tuitously distributed, or sold-at cost; and -the total number of
volumes issued up to May, 1858, was 12,804,014. These are
produced in great varieties of style and in upward of forty
different languages. The society has also published the Bible in
English with raised characters for the blind.

The Baptist and Protestant Episcopal denominations have
separate societies for publishing the Scriptures, although many
members belonging to both of these co-operate with the Ameri¬
can Bible Society.

2 The following table gives the names of these societies, the
date of their organization, and the amount of their donations
and remittances up to May, 1858:—

Name.

Date.

Donations.

Remit¬

tances/or

BibUs.

Albany Co.....................

May, 1816

$19,621.00

$16,385.20

Allegany Co..................

April, 1825

1,526.49

3,326.92

Amity Female...............

Sept. 1816

329.15

- 130.85

Ausable Valley...............

Dec. 1845

370.04

804.05

Brooklyn City................

Feb. 1849

5,683.76

10,054.75

Uroome Co.....................

Feb. 1817

1,960.01

5,171.46

Buffalo City...................

Nov. 1847

2,339.91

5,329.05

Caledonia......................

April, 1818

3,366.72 ■

111.28

Caledonia»Female...........

May, 1817

1,673.97

. 232.50

Carlton.........................

Jan. 1855

91.53

Cattaraugus Co..............

Aug. 1829

127.06

1.879.62

Cavuga Co.....................

June, 1817
April, 1820

3,738.99

7,807.61

Chautauqua Co...............

1,397.13

7,547.60

Chemung Co..................

July, 1828

2,949.35

3,404.26

Chenango Co..................

Nov. 1826

5,538.99

6,634.34

Clinton Co....................

April, 1821

718.56

4,291.26

Cold Spring...................

Aug. 1838

101.01

324.39

Columbia Co..................

Oct. 1817

10.835.30

6,131.77

Cortland Co..................

Aug. 1816

4,320.90

5,830.78

Delaware Co..................

July, 1816

1,450.75

5,341.42

Dutchess Co. Female.......

Oct. 1817

4,754.87

. 3,985.20

Dutchess Co...................

Oct. 1839

15,930.45

5,355.39

Erie Co..........................

April, 1848

698.06

4,163.76

Essex Co........................

Jan. 1817

909.14

4,244.35

Floyd and Western Welsh

April, 1854

50.30

81.70

Franklin Co.,................

June, 1821

381.95

3,385.60

Fulton & Hamilton Co....

Dec. 1816

21.182.49

11,237.37

Geneva..........................

April, 1846

1.117.86

2,280.75

.Genesee Co.....................

July, 1818

3,169.47

6,950.40

Genoa...........................

April, 1825

972.15

1,072.20

Greene Co.....................

Sept. 1816

6,477.23

5,746.56

Greene..........................

Mar. 1855

25.00

175.00

Herkimer Co..................

May, 1817

3,268.27

4,699.15

Hudson Female.............;

Oct. 1816

1,970.50

805.32

Aug. 1855
Jan. 1817

87.00

12,274.47

Jefferson Co...................

3,936.37

Lewis Co.......................

April, 1828

544.51

2,997.44

Lewis Co. Welsh............

May, 1850

341.66

147.65

Livingston Co................

May, 1824

6,542.59

5,482.53

Long Island..................

Sept. 1817

20,786.70

30,785.72

Madison Co....................

Oct. 1816

5,701.51

6,814.87

Montgomery Co..............

Dec. 1816

390.00

1,345.11

Monroe Co.....................

Oct. 1821

22.828.47

19,282.30

Newburgh.....................

Sept. 1818

3.784.74

3,768.00

New York Female..........

New York Calvinistic

June, 1816

102,926.12

17,369.47

Welsh.......................

Sept. 1844

546.23

72.86

Feb. 1817

6,043.89

264,911.73

New York.....................

Mar. 1829

42.091.43

Niagara Co....................

May, 1830

2,457.41

5,401.51

North Brooklyn............

May, 1816

1.726.16

1,726.20

North Seneca.................

July, 1852

582.19

767.73

Nyack Ref. D. Ch. Female

May, 1842

74.80

7.20

Oneida Co,.....................

Jan. 1817

15,226.06

20,521.48

Onondaga Co.................

April, 1832

7,594.00

12.805.50

Name.

Date.

Donations.

JRemit¬
tances for
Bibles_.

Ontario Cot....................

Mar.

1817

$ 8.405.15

$ 4.870.93

Orange Co.....................

June

July,

1816

24,141.22

6,426.71

Orleans Co.....................

1830

3.230.82

4,058.68

Oswego Co.....................

Mar.

1826

2,488.15

7,286.94

Otsego Co......................

, une,

1816

3,116.79

7,573.77

Peekskill F’emale............

Feb.

1817-

713.59

166.76

Poughkeepsie Fern. Union

Sept.

1850

1,080.81

Putnam Co....................

Remsen Steuben Welsh

May,

1828

120.00

316.16

and Vicinity...............

Jan.

1817

3,893.68

2.141.06

Rensselaer Co...........i.....

June,

July,

1816

35,452.61

22.289.21

Rockland Co..................

Sandy Hill and Fort Ed¬

18x6

1,985.72

2,289.64

ward..........................

Nov.

1848

164.64

243.93

Saratoga Co...................

July,

1816

12,779.61

7,277.96

Schenectady Co..............

May,

1823

2,741.56

4.454.40

Schoharie Co.................

Jan.

1817

3,934.40

3,982.19

Schuyler Co...................

Feb.

1856

358.50

513.23

Seneca Associate Ref......

May,

1846

319.71

16.08

South Seneca.................

Feb.

1846

1,735.67

1,077.02

South Steuben...............

June,

1848

1,267.85

1.264.36

Steuben Co....................

Feb.

1817

2,085.38

5,201.34

St. Lawrence Co.............

April

1820

2,115.40

14.193.70 '

Sullivan Co....................

Aug.

1826

2,388.90

3.156.15* ‘

Tioga Co........................

June,

1823

4,272;81

5,373.82

Tompkins Co.................

May,

1828

4,044.04

6.249.34

Ulster Co.......................

Nov.

1816

XI,145.91

2,191.24

Utica Welsh and Vic......

Jan.

1817

4,479 71

2.450.12,

W arren Co.....................

Sept.

1821

194 44

2,300.38

Washington Co...............

Mar.

1817

19,092.11

3,720.58

7,458.51

Watervliet.....................

Jan.

1849

2.117.34

Wayne County...............

April

1847

3,731,43

4,775.31

Welsh B. S. of Nelson......

Sept.

1856

12.00

53.35

Welsh B. S. of Rome......

Welsh B. S. of Holland

Mar.

1855

228.08

132.73

Patdnt........................

May,

1855

184.48

77.40

Westchester Co..............

Aug.

1827

19,614.17

6.977.71

Wyoming Co..................

Feb.

1850

2,31082

4.634.73 .

Yates Co......:.................

Dec.

1827

4,372.10

3,468.60

8 This society has a large property vested in a publishing
house and grounds, corner of Nassau and Spruce Streets, New
York, and in the stock, machinery, and materials used in tho
manufacture of books and tracts. Its fiscal affairs are managed
by a finance committee. It lias 31 auxiliaries in tho State of
New York. The receipts up to May, 1858, were $5,356,711.05,—
about three-fifths of which were derived from sales, and the re¬
mainder from donations. Previous to May, 1858, this society
had circulated 13,098,013 volumes, 188,971,408 publications,
4,753,741,573 pages; including 149,761 volumes (9,831 sets) of
the Evangelical Family Library, 94,026 volumes (2,085 sets) of
the Christian Library, 48,638 volumes (1,990 sets) of the Reli
gious or Pastor’s Library, 319.323 volumes (4,557 sets) of the
Youth’s Library, and 160,921 volumes{20,044 sets) of the Youth’s
Scripture Biography. The society publishes an Almanac, the
American Messenger, (in English and German,) and Child’s
Paper, in large editions; and issues books and tracts in the Eng¬
lish, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Welsh,
Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and Hungarian languages. It operates
through branch and auxiliary societies, general agents and su¬
perintendents, and paid and volunteer colporteurs. The Ameri¬
can Tract Society of Boston, which formerly co-operated with
this, is now a distinct organization.

Societies of kindred character were formed in the State pre¬
vious to this,—tte more important of which was the New York
Religious Tract Society, formed in 1812, with auxiliaries in vari¬
ous parts of the country.

4 This society has established 27 missions, 121 stations, and
101 out stations in Africa, Greece, Western and Southern Asia,
China, Sandwich Islands, Micronesia, and among the North
American Indian Tribes. It employs 373 missionaries and as¬
sistants, and 524 native pastors and assistants, has 8 printing
presses, and up to 1858 had issued 1,080,481,083 pages of tracts
and religious books. These missions numbered 318 churches,
and 27,740 members; and the educational department embraced



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