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MR. FRED A. WELLS CHAIRMAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL

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Minutes Addresses of Welcome and Responses-Presenta-

tion of Reynold's Picture-Greetings-Resolutions.

V. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION..

Report of the Executive Committee-The Report of the

General Secretary-Statistics-Report of Rev. W. C. Merritt.

X. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION..

Report of Teacher Training Department-Report of Com-

mission on Education-The Sunday School as an Educational
Institution-The College and the Sunday School-The Next
Things in Religious Education-Teacher Training Confer-

ences.

Report of Visitation Department-Report of the Home

Department-Religious Education in the Home-Chicago's
Home Visitation from the Standpoint of a Layman-The By-
Products of House Visitation-Home Visitation Conferences
-The New Movement in the Home Department-Home De-
partment Conferences.

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Report of the Department-Temperance in the Sunday

School-The Federal Government and the Liquor Traffic-Our
Attitude Toward the Temperance Reform-A New Patriotism.

Open Parliament of Sunday School Superintendents-The

Pastor's Place in the Sunday School-From the Layman's
Point of View-Pastors' Open Parliament.

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HISTORICAL

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

At a conference of friends of Sunday-schools, held in Philadelphia during the anniversary of the American Sunday-School Union and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, May 23, 1832, thirteen states and two territories, numbers suggesting the beginning of our national independence, were represented. A resolution was adopted recommending the superintendents and teachers throughout the country to convene to consider the duties and obligations of officers of Sundayschools, and the best plans of organizing, instructing and managing a Sunday-school. A committee was appointed to prepare lists of questions covering the Sunday-school effort as then understood, to be sent to Sunday-school workers over the land. The committee prepared seventyeight questions on thirteen different sections as follows: Schools, organization, discipline, visiting, modes of instruction, union question books, other question books, libraries, other means of success, superintendents, Bible classes, adult classes and miscellaneous. Three hundred answers were received, many of them copious, and the collection is preserved in a quarto volume of twenty-four hundred pages, in the library of the American Sunday-school Union, Philadelphia.

FIRST NATIONAL CONVENTION

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The first national convention was held in New York, in the Chatham Street Chapel, October 3, 1832, as a result of the Philadelphia conferHon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, one of the eminent men of the time, was chosen president, and two hundred and twenty delegates were present, representing fourteen of the twenty-four States and four Territories of the Union. Hon. Gerritt Smith was one of the vice-presidents, and the body was a notable one, including many of the religious leaders of the day, both clergymen and laymen. Among the topics considered were: Infant Sunday-school Organization; Qualifying Scholars to become Teachers; Organization of County and other Unions; and the Propriety of having more than One Session a Day. The sessions of the convention were continued through three days. "The novelty of the occasion, the stimulus of large audiences, the sub

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