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Denominations. Number of Supposed number of
Congregations. each denomination. Congregationalists, .
. 58,296 Episcopalians,
11,104 Friends or Quakers,
694 Total 515
357,410 In this statement it is supposed that all the inhabitants in the state consider themselves as belonging to one or the other of the religious denomi. nations mentioned ; and that each religious society, of every denomination, is composed of an equal number of fouis; that is, each is supposed to contain 694, which, if we reckon the number of inhabitants in the ftate al 357,511, will be the proportion for each congregation. Although this may not be an exact apportionment of the different sects, yet it is perhaps as accurate as the nature of the subject will allow, and sufficient to give a general idea of the proportion which the several denominations bear to each other.
The number of congregational churches in 1749 was 250. In 1760, the number of inhabitants in this itate, was about 268,850. The proportion of the fecis then was nearly as follows, viz. Sects. Congregations. Supposed number of
fouls of each feci. Congregationalists,
225,426 Friends meetings,
20 • • 14,723 Elpiscopalians,
268,850 The congregational ministers in this state, have an annual meeting at Boston, the Thursday following the lait Wednesday in May, on which occasion a fermon is preached, and a collection made for the relief and support of such of their society as are in needy circumstances. This collection is chiefly applied to the support of the widows of deceased ministers.
Civil Divisions. The commonwealth of Massachusetts is divided into fourteen counties, and sub-divided into 355 townships. The following table exhibits a comparative view of the population-agricultural improvements--military Itrength, &c. of the several counties, together with their fea-ports and principal trading towns,
| 3551 400 1841 31 1
Population, Character, Sc.] The above table exbibits an accurate account of the population of this state. The most populous parts of the ftatc are included between the sea coast, and a line drawn parallel to it at the distance of ten or twelve miles; and between two lines drawn parallel to Connecticut river on each side, at the distance of five or fix miles,
Character, &c. fee Vow-England.