Imatges de pàgina

To koop a rocord, and to roport annually.

4. The Directors shall keep a fair record of their proceedings, and annually make report of their transactions to the Society.



General Duties.

To examine Candidates in special cases.

To exercise a pastoral supervision.

1. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence ; keep the records of the Board and of the Executive Committee; take measures for increasing the funds; and do what he can to promote the highest prosperity and usefulness of the Society.

2. The Secretary shall pay particular attention to the character and qualifications of applicants for aid, and for this purpose he shall be authorized to take part with Examining Committees, whenever he can be present, in the examination of candidates, as the official representative of this Board, and in special cases to conduct examinations separately.

3. The Secretary shall be required to exercise, so far as he shall be able, pastoral supervision over all who are under the patronage of the Society ; by visiting them at the places where they reside, and conversing and praying with them individually or collectively; by correspondence with them, and with their instructors; and by any other means calculated to excite them to effort, and to encourage them to seek an elevated spirit of piety.

4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to see that the ciaries are regu- stated or other accounts of beneficiaries, under the patronlarly returned.

age either of the Parent Society or of its Branches, are made out conformably to rule, and returned to the general office in season to be reported to the Board at each quarterly meeting. He shall also give notice of all appropriations made by the General Society, or its Branches, to young men under patronage, and direct them how, and

where to apply for the same. To notify Meets 5. The Secretary shall notify all meetings of the Board, ings.

and when it can be done, make an orderly arrangement of the business to be transacted.

6. Such assistance shall be allowed the Secretary in his department, as the Board shall judge to be necessary.

To see that accounts of Benefi

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ments with the concurrence of the Financial

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1. The Treasurer shall take charge of the funds belonging to the Society, and keep an accurate account of the same, showing the sources from which they have been derived, and the purposes for which they have been given. He shall open a separate account with each Branch Society, with the Scholarship and other permanent funds, and with each Beneficiary of the Parent Society, and of the Branches.

2. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to invest the To make investfunds of the Society in the safest and most productive forms; but no permanent investments shall be made, or Committee. changed by him, without the concurrence of the Financial Committee.

3. No money shall be paid by the Treasurer from the To make no payfunds of the Society, without a written order from the Di- written order. rectors. The following shall be the form in which the payments of accounts shall be directed.

“ The within (or above] account allowed by the Directors, and payment ordered [adding the date] A B-, Clerk.

D-, Treasurer." 4. The Treasurer shall receive and take charge of all To take charge notes of young men assisted by the Parent Society and of Beneficiaries. its branches. Whenever, in his judgment, it may be important to have the notes deposited for safe keeping, at the places where they are given, he shall have the power of appointing such persons as he shall judge proper, for this purpose, and of giving them the necessary instructions, as his agents. When the notes thus given shall become due, it shall be his duty to give seasonable notice thereof to the persons by whom they have been given, unless they shall have been previously cancelled, or otherwise disposed of by the Board.

5. The Treasurer shall receive and take charge of do- To receive and nations in clothing, and shall distribute the same agreeably tions in clothto directions given by the Secretary, or such other person

ing. or persons as the Executive Committee of the Board shall appoint for this purpose.

6. At each quarterly meeting of the Directors, the To report the Treasurer shall make a report in writing on the state of funds. the funds, mentioning, particularly, what amount there is

state of the

in the treasury at the time, subject to the immediate disposal of the Directors. He shall, also, furnish for publication quarterly, or oftener, if requested, a complete list of all donations to the Parent Society, and to its several

Branches. To report annu- 7. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to make a writally to the society. ten Report to the Society, at each annual meeting, of all

receipts and expenditures within the year; of the amount of the funds, and the manner of their investment; which report shall be previously examined, and proved in writing, by an Auditing Committee, chosen by the So

ciety. To give Bonds. 8. The Treasurer shall be bound for the faithful dis

charge of his duties, with sufficient sureties, in a reasonable sum, to be determined by the Directors.



Committoon to
be few.

Mode of exam-

1. The Board of Directors shall appoint such number of Examining Committees in different parts of the country, to examine and recommend candidates for patronage, as the convenience of applicants, and the interests of the Society, may require. But, as the duties to be performed are of a highly sacred and responsible nature, the undue multiplication of such committees is to be studiously avoided. Where no special reasons exist* for a larger number, each Committee shall consist of three persons.

2. When a candidate for patronage applies for examination, it shall be the duty of the Examining Committee, to whom the application is made, to institute a personal and faithful inquiry respecting his testimonials, his studies, his religious character ; his motives in seeking an education for the Christian ministry, and his willingness to conform to the rules of the American Education Society. If, after serious and full examination, the committee shall be satisfied that the applicant possesses the character and qualifications required of beneficiaries by the Constitution and rules of the Society, it shall be their duty to recommend him for patronage to the Board of Directors of the Parent Society, or of one of its Branches if the applicant reside

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within the limits of a Branch Society. In their recommendation, the Committee shall state very particularly, the name, age, residence, occupation, place of education, church connection, and other important facts connected with the history or character of the applicant, together with an account of the testimonials furnished, and the names of the persons by whom they were furnished.

3. If, after examining a candidate, the Committee shall Doubtful casen. have doubts respecting his character and qualifications, while yet they are so far satisfied as to be unwilling to reject the application, they may state the grounds of their doubts, and recommend the applicant on condition of reexamination after a suitable period.

4. It shall be the duty of the several Examining Com- Applicants to be mittees, to endeavor to impress the minds of those who nature of their

undertaking.. apply for patronage with a deep sense of the momentous and solemn nature of their undertaking, to explain to them the principles upon which appropriations are made by this Society, and to apprize them of the necessity, which the rules of the Society lay upon them, of making vigorous efforts to sustain themselves. It is recommended that every examination of candidates be introduced and closed

with prayer.


5. Certificates and testimonials furnished any Examin- Testimonials to ing Committee shall be regarded as the property of the called for by the Board of Directors of the Parent Society and shall be carefully preserved till called for by them or their lawful agent; except, that in case an applicant shall not be received on trial, his papers may, if he requests it, be returned to him.



1. No person shall be considered a candidate for as- Who are to be sistance, who has not pursued classical studies, and has earded as cannot been a professor of religion for at least six months, and who has not attained to fourteen

of 2. No person shall be patronized who does not furnish satisfactory evidence of promising talents, decided piety, and who is not in the way of obtaining a thorough classi



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cal and theological education, that is, either preparing to
enter college ; or a member of some regularly constituted
College, where a thorough classical course is pursued ; or
engaged in Theological studies with the design of taking

a regular three years' course.
Steps to be taken 3. When a young man wishes to apply for patronage,
by applicants in
obtaining pat- he must pursue the following steps. First. He must ob-

tain unequivocal testimonials from three or more serious
and respectable persons best acquainted with him and his
circumstances, (e. g.) his minister, instructor, a magis-
trate, or some other principal man in the vicinity, stating
his age, place of residence, indigence, moral and religious
character, including his church connection, talents, previ-
ous education, and serious desire to devote his life to the
Christian ministry. These testimonials should be sealed
papers, that the writers of them may speak freely, con-
cerning the character of the applicants. Secondly. Hav-
ing obtained these testimonials, the applicant must present
his request for examination and recommendation to some
Examining Committee in his neighborhood, or within the
portion of the country to which he belongs. If no such
Committee is known to have been appointed, the applicant
or his friends may write, for information, to the Secretary
of the Parent Society; or if he resides within the limits

of a branch Society, to the Secretary of that Branch.
Applicants ad- 4. Whenever a young man has taken the above course,
mitted on trial.

and been examined and recommended by an authorized
Committee, to the Board of Directors of the Parent Soci-
ety, or of one of its Branches, he may be admitted on
trial, at the discretion of the Board, for a period of three

5. Every young man admitted on trial, or regularly re-
ceived in the manner hereinafter mentioned,

shall renew his application, and make his returns to the Board quarterly, in season for each quarterly meeting, unless for special reasons a longer period shall have been granted by the Board of the Parent Society, and he shall do the same, with scrupulous exactness, according to the following form or schedule—which shall be regularly and punctually returned by all under the patronage of the Society, or of its Branches, in every stage of their education.

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