FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS PEACE SOCIETY.

ALL human institutions are stamped with imperfection; and the best of them are capable of being improved by time and experience. Considering the circumstances under which the Massachusetts Peace Society originated, the smalluess of its funds, and the powerful prepossessions it had to encounter, it was not to be expected that the first Report of its officers, would contain a list of facts either very numerous, splendid, or interesting. Such an institution, like a child in its infancy, requires time to grow up and come to maturity. Its first efforts will naturally be feeble, and often display the want of that wisdom which experience alone can give. Some inconvenience appears to have resulted from the want of a matured system of operation; and a consequent delay of distributing publications according to the directions of the board. Excepting the Circular Letter, the distribution of pamphlet§ was of a date so recent, that little information of their effect could be expected at this time. Still, something has

and effects produced . Channiug. and some information has been received favourable to the objects of the society. one copy of a Solemn Review of the Custom of War. Some copies have been sent to Europe. to the half dollar to be refunded. and some to the neighbouring British Provinces. at the wholesale price. some impression has been made. has been printed at the expense of the society. In compliance with the vote of the board. of No. by the Rev. An edition of two thousand copies of the Sermon on War. the committee have . amounted.been done in the course of the year. The six pamphlets. In refunding the half of the annual subscription. precisely. it was the aim of the committee to furnish each member with two copies of the Sermon on War. 4. and the greater part of them have been distributed in the United States. including what had been received by many of the members. Two thousand and five hundred copies of a Circular Letter were printed. and three numbers of the Friend of Peace. Mr.

some copies of the Solemn Review. gratuitously.sent to the several Colleges in New-England. and of the Friend of Peace have been gent to members. the Solemn Review. in distant places. for the purpose of procuring additional subscribers. without becoming members. as agents. namely. " known to have a Library. and a few to gentlemen of reputation and influence. but they are gentlemen whom the society would gladly acknowledge as members. and exciting attention to the objects of the society." A set of all the publications. should it be their pleasure to give their names for that purpose. six numbers of the Friend of Peace. the Circular Letter. . except the Circular Letter. One set was assigned to each College Library. has been presented to several gentlemen who had contributed to the funds of the society. and the Sermon on War. and one to each literary society in the several Colleges. In addition to what has been done by distributing the Sermon on War. thirtyeight complete sets of all the publications. which have been circulated by the society.

and that they severally use their influence to induce .The following is intended as a correct statement of the distributions which have been made. 590 The copies sent to agents for procuring subscribers.. which were procured by copies thus distributed. 232 different Numbers of the Friend of Peace. Several names have already been reported. " that the members of this Convention become members of the society . doubtless. by vote. . approved the object of the society. That impressions have been made. or. including the distribution to the members of the society : Of the Circular Letter. . 1403 In all. instead of them. 4320 There is now in the hands of the Executive Committee: Of the Circular Letter. may appear from the following facts:— The Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers have. favourable to the objects of the society.925 Sermon on War.2260 Solemn Review. the names of subscribers to the society. will. 240 Sermon on War. and by an interesting address to the publick. be returned. and effects produced. and recommended.

" The united testimony of two such respectable bodies of the Ministers of religion. of which more than fifty are ministers of religion. have spoken of Peace Societies. and . is one hundred and seventythree. as the influence of such societies. and to promote the formation of Auxiliary Peace Societies in their respective vicinities.•considerable number are Laymen of high standing. and who would be an honour to any society. communicated to the churches." The General Association of Massachusetts Proper. those .others to become members. Had no other facts come to our knowledge. must naturally make a powerful impression and lead many to reflect. These are the words of the Address:—" Should Peace Societies be extended. in language sufficiently respectful. in a Pastoral Address to the churches. they will be handmaids. Since the formation of the society. to other benevolent institutions. The present number of members. or rather guardian ingels. more than one hundred and thirty respectable members have been added. already reported. No means seems so likely to produce universal peace.

which have been mentioned might well encourage the heart of every friend of peace. Information has been received. which affords still further ground for rejoicing in hope. But information has been received from different sections of the United States. and to exert themselves for the abolition of this tremendous scourge of man. For it clearly appears. . that the Peace Society in New-York is in a growing state . to reflect on the barbarous and anlichristian character of war. in various parts of the world. and that the principles of peace are rapidly gaining ground in different parts of the country. that the wonder-working God has been exciting his children. that a Peace Society has been formed in Ohio. and from foreign countries.