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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
                   MISCELLANEOUS.                      867
  The inquiry will be broad enough in scope to embrace every
religious body, of whatever name or creed, however few or many
its churches and members, and it will be conducted with the
utmost fairness and impartiality. The information sought will
be arranged under five heads: (1) Organizations or societies; (2)
Church edifices; (3) Seating capacity; (4) Value of church prop-
erty; (5)Conununicants.  This is as much, in my judgment, as
it will be wise to undertake in this direction for the Eleventh
Cenisus.
  In order to prosecute this plan successfully and to make the
results so thorough and accurate that they cannot be im-
peached, the government will have to count largely on the
prompt and generous co-operation of those in each denomination
who are in a position to furnish the information desired.  This
inforimation cannot be gathered by the enumerators.  They are
already fully burdened; and the appropriations available for the
Census will not admit of the appointment of special enumera-
tors for this work. It is necessary, therefore, to make Church
Statistics a special inquiry, and they must be gathered chiefly
by schedules placed in the hands of some competent person in
each of the minor ecclesiastical sub-divisions of the various
churches.
  The conduct of this special inquiry has been committed to a
gentleman whose qualifications for the work will, I am sure, be
instantly recognized. H.K. Carroll, LL.D., editor of "The Inde-
pendent," of New York, has consented to assume the duties of
the position. Dr. Carroll is now engaged in preparing plans for
such a division of the territory of each denomination as will
make it comparatively easy for those to whom his inquiries will
be addressed to give a prompt and faithful response. I ask for
him, and I am sure you will heartily second me, such cheerful
and generous assistance as he may require from officers of the
denomination you represent
                           Very respectfully,
                               ROBERT P. PORTER,
                                    Superintendent of Census


  Among the features which will interest colored readers in Mr.
Alfred R. Conkling's forthcoming book, concerning his distin-
guished brother, is the following communication:
                          United States Senate Chamber,
                            Washington, September 21, 1879.
  My Dear Sir: When I came to Washington, four years ago,
to take my seat in the Senate, I was an utter stranger not only
to the members of that body, but to the duties devolving upon
me in such a station. I was hopeful of no more than the assur-
ance from the general body of its membership that the novelty
of the event would embarrass them less than myself. A radical
change in our politics had just occurred; the protection of the
freedman at the South had become unpopular at the North; the




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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