This letter was written by Rev. Edmund Garland (1799-1886), the son of Samuel Garland (1771-1855) and Mary Batchelder (1775-1833). Edmund graduated Dartmuth College in 1828 and the Andover Theological Seminary in 1831. He was acting pastor, Stony Creek and Liberty, Ohio, 1831-2; New Richmond, Ohio, 1833-4; principal of select school, Granville, Ohio, 1835-8; also acting pastor, St. Albans and Hartford, Ohio, 1835-7; Unity and New Lexington, Ohio, 1837., 1837-40; Watertown, Ohio, 1840; Baltimore, Ohio, 1841-9; teacher, Central College, Ohio, 1849-51, acting pastor, Johnstown, Ohio, 1851-62; res. there to 1867; then at Granville, Ohio, till decease. He married (1) Sept. 13, 1831, Mary Sewall of Kennebunk, Maine, who d. Mar. 17, 1872; (2) Aug. 11, 1874, Lucretia Wallingford Dorrance of Portland, Maine, who d. Nov. 29, 1882. He died in Granville, Ohio, Apr. 3, 1886, of old age.
Addressed to Rev. Milton Badger, Sec. American Home Missionary Society, New York City, New York
Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio
March 28, 1842
Rev. M. Badger
The time is near for the annual report from your Missionaries. My situation is such that I hardly know whether a report would be expected from me or not. I labored six months after my last annual report under a commission from your society at Watertown, Washington County, Ohio. But little occurred during that time at that place worthy of being reported. I came here the 25 February & have been laboring here since, with a small church in this place & another at Walnut Creek five miles distant. The Lord has come among us & we think is still among us. Several who were indulging a hope before have been roused up & have come to the determination to publicly espouse the cause of Christ. A few others are indulging the hope that they have yielded their hearts to the Savior. Many more are very serious. There is a good state of feeling among the members of the church, & we hope that the Lord will remain with us for a long time & that what we have received will be only a few drops before a plentiful shower.
These churches have made application for aid from your society but I have not yet received a commission. But viewing all the circumstances, I thought it might be desirable for me to make a report. As I have not a commission, it will be unnecessary for me to report the facts in relation to these churches required in your commission. In regard to the Waterrtown Church, perhaps I ought to report some facts which I must do from memory as my books, papers, & family are all yet in Watertown. These statements will be near the exact truth.
No. of members in the church [at Watertown] — 78
Admitted (since last April) of profession — 1
Admitted (ditto) on certificate — 2
No. of scholars in Sabbath Schools — 100
No. of members in the Temperance Society connected with that congregation — 100
Given to Benevolent objects during the year that I labored there — $100
And the contributions, except 8 or ten dollars, for the Bible Society were raised without agents.
They received $100 from your society. We expect to take up a contribution for your society this year. I have for several years given $10 to your society & intend to continue the practice — at least as long as I receive a commission from you. The Home Missionary was sent to me ay Watertown. I wish it might be sent to this place instead of that.
At the close of the year of my commission terminating October 1, 1840, there was due me from your society $20.00. During the last year I had no convenient opportunity to send for it. I have given Mr. Peters an order on you for three dollars which he has probably presented before this. The remainder I shall send for as soon as I have an opportunity.
Yours &c., — Edmund Garland