Description: On April 16, 1823, "sundry of the inhabitants of the town of Lisle met... for the purpose of forming a society to be known by the name of the Second Congregational Society..." This manuscript record book, written in from 1840 to 1884, was passed from Society clerk to Society clerk over the years; it begins with a copy of the Society's formation document, as recorded in the book of Broome County Special Records on May 20, 1823. The Town of Triangle was formed from the Town of Lisle in 1831, and the name of the Society was clearly changed to reflect that, although that name change is not detailed here.
There are minutes of all the annual meetings from 1840 to 1884, and of several special meetings scattered between. The style and length of the entries varies depending on who was clerk each year, but each generally includes a note that the moderator (usually the pastor/minister) opened the meeting with a prayer, and records the names of any Trustees who were elected for three-year terms (or to fill a partial term, and the clerk who was elected for a one-year term. Any discussion of finances, fundraising, the hiring and releasing of pastors/ministers, and maintenance of the church and parsonage were often recorded as well, in varying levels of detail (mid-century clerk John Moss had one of the more detailed and conversational styles, including the wry note, "...the Society learned a lesson against running in debt, which perhaps we may be wise enough to remember." -- Later entries suggest the lesson unfortunately required some re-learning.) Also included in the book are a couple of lists of members of the Society over the years.
A bound account book, "manufactured and sold by Williams & Hunt, Oxford, NY, 1832," this record book has blue boards, inked with printed advertising for the manufacturer, and a red-brown leather spine; the interior pages are lightly ruled, in traditional blue and pink. Octavo (measures approximately 8" x 6.4"). Item #AM00192.
Condition: Boards are worn, especially at the extremities.The interior hinges are cracked and the first two pages are hanging by a thread, but the rest of the text block is otherwise sound. There is some soil and staining, as well as toning near the edges of the pages. In good condition overall, and provides a quality record of the administration of a religious society in 19th century New York.