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I have preached but seldom during the last six months. The services of the chapel within this time have been performed by a few of my friends, to whom I wish that I could make any better return than an assurance of my hearty gratitude. Whether these services can be continued as they have been, I know not. I am compelled, however, to say, that I cannot preach. If any gentleman can be found, who is disposed to cooperate with me in my work and whom you shall approve, the charge of the chapel might devolve on him; and to do what I can to obtain the services of such an orie,
I beg leave to say, that whenever you may be pleased to make the appointment, I will relinquish to my colleague any part or the whole of the salary which I receive from you; and will fail in no endeavor to aid him in the most efficient discharge of his duties. From the date of my last Report I had no check in my service, till the close of February; when I was suddenly taken off from it by an illness, which confined me for five weeks. I have however, as I think, passed a very useful winter. The weather during a part of the time was very severe; and large numbers of the poor were wholly unable to obtain the employment, by which to provide for their families. But I am not aware that there has been any extraordinary suffering among us.
There was a large demand for private benevolence, and it was largely answered. The benefactors of my poor's purse, old and young, known and unknown, may be assured that I have the strongest sense of their kindness; and that a very great extent of want has been relieved by it. Very respectfully
JOSEPH TUCKERMAN, Boston, May 5th, 1831.
Mr Tuckerman began his ministry for the poor in Boston on the 5th of November, 1826. Four quarterly reports were printed in the first year of his ministry, and six semiannual reports have since been published. The general topics of the preceding semiannual reports have been, -The importance of a permanent ministry for the poor of cities; and of the employment of a sufficient number in this ministry, to secure a moral charge of the families, which cannot be brought under the pastoral care of the ministers of the churches of any city.' – The qualifications to 'e required in ministers for the poor.' – The claims and benefits of this ministry; and, the wages given to the poor.'— The causes of the number of the poor in Boston, and the means which will be most effectual for relieving their wants.' --' The classes and conditions of the poor; the kinds and degrees of poverty.' -- And, •The tendency of cities to an accumulation of poverty and vice; and the importance of an enlightened public sentiment on this subject, as the best means by which to remedy, and to prevent, the growth of these evils. The subject of poverty, in these reports, has been treated with a particular reference to Boston. But it is believed, that a more than usual interest is now felt in many parts of our country upon all the questions which relate to poverty and crime; and, under this conviction, it is thought that Mr Tuckerman's reports may be acceptable beyond the limits of our city. The Executive Committee of the American Unitarian Association have therefore determined, in future to publish these reports as parts of their first series of tracts. Though the objects of Mr Tuckerman's ministry are of a local character, yet as this ministry is under the patronage of the Association, it is thought that it will not be improper to avail ourselves of this means of calling forth a more extended and active sympathy, in the cause of improving the character and condition of the less prospered classes of our fellow beings.
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MAY 24, 1831.
Price 6 Cents.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE have determined to publish the Annual Reports in the first series of tracts. The delay in the present instance, has been occasioned by disappointment in not receiving a report of the speeches made at the Anniversary, from a person who took notes at the time. After an interval of weeks, a brief sketch only, of the Addresses could be prepared.
This explanation is due both to the gentlemen who spoke, and to the members of the Association,
The American Unitarian Association celebrated their sixth anniversary on Tuesday evening, May 24, 1831, The meeting was opened in the Berry street Vestry, at half past six o'clock, Dr Bancroft, the President, in the chair.
The records of the last anniversary having been read, the Treasurer's annual Statement of Receipts and Expenditures was read and accepted.
Boston, May 24,-1831. To the Executive Committee of the
American Unitarian Association.
GENTLEMEN,— As Treasurer of the Association, I herewith submit my annual Account, and a statement of the Receipts and Expenditures of the Association for the past year. The balance in the Treasury this day is $729 78; of which sum $501 19 belongs to the fund for the support of a Missionary to the poor of this city, and the balance $228 59 to the general funds of the Association, and can be appropriated in such manner as you may direct.