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The following literary institutions are more or less under the patronage of the Troy Conference.
THE TROY CONFERENCE ACADEMY at West Poultney, Vt., is more fully under the influence of the conference than any other institution. It was founded soon after our organization, and although it has been greatly em. barrassed by a heavy debt, it has annually performed a noble work in behalf of our youth. It has been the scene of numerous revivals of religion. There some of the younger members of the Troy Conference were made partakers of the grace of life, and numbers of them received an important part of their early intellectual training within its walls. Its location is healthful, pleasant and accessible; its instruction is thorough, and its terms are moderate. Rev. J. F. Walker, A, M., is now its accomplished principal.
THE BAKERSFIELD ACADEMY is also under our patronage. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the conference, at Bakersfield, Franklin county, Vt., and is every way worthy of public confidence. It is under the superintendance of Rev. J. H. Moore, A. M.
JONESVILLE ACADEMY at Jonesville, Saratoga county, N. Y., is another excellent institution of a similar char. acter. Its principal, H. A. Wilson, A. M., is a man of ability and experience. Its location is delightful. It is
a noble monument of the enlightened liberality of its proprietor, Hon. R. R. Kennedy, whose only object in its establishment seems to have been the public good.
THE RICHMONDVILLE UNION SEMINARY AND FEMALE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE is located at Richmondville, Schoharie county, N. Y. During its first term, the buildings of this new and extensive institution were destroyed by fire. They have been reconstructed, and are capacious, well arranged, and elegant. It is under the presidency of Rev. J. L. G. McKown, and commences its career with the most flattering prospects. This institution is not denominational. As a people, however, we fairly represented in its board of trustees, and faculty. It receives a board of visitors from the Troy Conference.
In all the above seminaries, the moral and religious, as well as the intellectual training of the young are cared for.
In addition to the above, which are all within our bounds, the Troy Conference patronizes to some extent the WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY at Middletown, Conn., and the METHODIST GENERAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE at Concord, N. H. The latter is devoted exclusively to the training of young men for the ministry. It is a noble seminary, thoroughly Methodistic. The late Bishop Hedding was its president, and showed his estimation of it by a donation of one thousand dollars, and by bequeathing to it bis library.
Time and Place of the several Sessions of the Troy Annual Conference, with the Names of the Presiding
Bishops and Secretaries.
August 28, 1833.
31, 1837. June
21, 1851. June
16, 1852. May 11, 1853.
Troy, N. Y.
J. B. Houghtaling.
Presiding Elders of the several Districts of Troy Conference from 1832 to 1854.
Troy District. Saratoga District. Middlebury Distt. Plattsburgh Distt. Albany District. Poultney District. Burlington District.
S. D. Ferguson.
S. D. Ferguson. 1835-6.. Buel Goodsell..
John M. Wever.
Peter C. Oakley. Sherman Minor.
John M. Wever.. Peter C. Oakley... She nan Minor.
Peter C. Oakley... Sherman Minor... John M. Wever. Merritt Bates.
J.M. Wever...... Charles Sherman.. Benj. Marvin..
J. M. Wever...... Charles Sherman.. Benj. Marvin.....
J. M. Wever...... Charles Sherman. . T. Seymour..... Merritt Bates.
J. M. Wever.....
Charles Sherman. . T. Seymour.
Ephraim Goss..... T. Seymour.. 1843-4. J. B. Stratton. J. M. Wever
C.P Clarke. Ephraim Goss.. T. Seymour
J. M. Wever ...
B. M. Hall.
John Clark. 1846-7.. John Clark. Ephraim Goss.. Hiram Meeker.... D. Starks..... John Lindsey ...
B. M. Hall.
Joseph Ayres 1847-8. John Clark Ephraim Goss... Hiram Meeker.... D. Starks.. John Lindsey
B. M. Hall.
Joseph Ayres 1848-9. Z. Phillips Ephraim Goss.. Hiram Meeker. D. Starks.
Joseph Ayres 1949-50... Z. Phillips Ephraim Goss.. S. D. Brown...... J.M.Wever. John Lindsey
T. Seymour L Potter
The Saratoga district was merged in the other districts in 1835 and reorganized in 1842. The Middlebury district was merged in the other districts in 1837.