October 21, 1795.  David Irish established the first Baptist church in Cayuga County, New York, in the Finger Lakes area.  He was sent out by the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society.  This was a frontier area at the time, and pastors like Irish helped settle and expand our nation.  The Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine, published by the society, published a letter from Rev. Irish in the December, 1812, issue.   The MBMM became the Baptist Missionary Magazine,  which eventually evolved to the American Baptist.  ABHS has a complete set of all the issues of these magazines.

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