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PRESBYTERIAN ~LIA:I)ER-. • :,4 ',t' '"ADVOCATE.
Presbyterian Banner, Vol. iro No. 16.
prosbyterian Advocate, Vol. XLIG, N 0.11.1
DAVID MeKINNEY, Editor and Proprietor.
New Metrical Version.
Lord, how my foes are multiplied,
Many againstme do arise ;
How many do my soul deride,
And say the Lord will him despise.
But thou, 0 Lord, like a great shield,
Art round me for protection , spread;
My glory art thou now revealed,
Uplifting my desponding head.
Unto the. Lord my pray'r I'll make,
He hears me from his holy hill ;
I laid me down and slept—l waked,
Because the Lord sustain'd me still.
I will not e'en ten thousand fedr,
Who set against me round about ;
Arise, 0 Lord, and save me here,
Who didst my foes aforetime rout.
Thou all my enemies didet smite, •
Upon the cheek-bone in thy might;
The teeth of the ungodly foe,
Thou, too, hest broken with thy blow,
Salvation to the Lord belongs,
E'en, my deliv'ranoe from their wrongs;
And thus my pray'r shall ever be,
Thy blessing may thy people see.
Nor the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate.
[Tastes, habits, fashions, are all liable to
run into extremes. To correct these ten
dencies, a little ridicule, ludicrously applied,
is excellent. Even in serious things it may
be used. Our correspondent would apply it
to the fever which is now becoming so
prevalent, for short sermons.—En.]
A man must have a good deal of impu
dence to think that he can entertain an, in
telligent audience twice every week with
sermons half an hour long, said a fashion
able young man, in a drawing rc.om at one
of our fashionable watering-places. A man '
must have a good opinion of his own abili
ties, who will undertake to preach half an
hour to a polite congregation, said a fashion
able young lady, who was .a communioanfin
a fashionable church. Mr. A. would, never
suit us; he preaches such " long sermons"
that he would drive all the rich and fashion
able families from our congregation, says in
elder in one of our fashionable churches.
0, the length of it / the length of it, says a
ministerial oritio, after listening to a Synod
laid sermon that was not shaped after the
twenty-five minute rule. Editors show that
they have been troubled on this subject.
Writers in our religious journal& fulmi
nate against this tlairig, ae against a
crying sin. TheOloginal Professors warn
their students to beware of dogs, to
beware of evil workers, but especially of
long sermons. Congregations will tolerate
a sermon so weak that it is in danger, of
fainting, if it is only short. It may be
grandiloquently empty, if it is only short.
A preacher may wander from his text, from
his subject, from sense; he may wander' so
far as never to get back, and still all wilt be
pardoned if it is only short.
I once heard of a man who was preach
ing on the parable of the Prodigal Son.
And, in order to carry out the figure fully,
and to make the description as effective as
possible, he laid the home scene in Penn
sylvania. And when the young man had
received the portion, of goods that fell to
him, the preacher started him for Califok
nia, by way of the plains, giving a graphic
account of hie adventures by the way. But,
in order to suit the occasion, he did not
leave him there long. Soon poverty and
some of its disagreeable concomitants over
took him. Then, in the midst of his ek
tretuities, he started him on his way back to
Pennsylvania; portraying the escapes and
sufferings of the road, until he got him as
far as Louisville, Ky. And whilst he had
him there, he found that his sermon had at
tained the fashionable length, and leaving
the young man to take care of himself,
he closed the services, much to the edifica
tion of the congregation.
Now, you might suppose that a habit Con
demned by this great ,laudation of its oppo
site, must be very injurious to the Church;
the habit of ignorant men; the growth of
the dark ages; luxuriating in religions de
clension the attendant of heretical no
tions. But, instead of this, some good men,
orthodox, zealous,, great; inspired men, have
preached long sermons; and that, too, when
letters were reviving, when the kingdom of
Christ was advancing, when the Holy Spirit
was being poured out without measure.
There were men in Scotland in the days
of Knox, and' a little after, that had the
"impudence" to preach not only half an hour,
or a whole hour, but two or three hours. Such
men as were: bard to surpass, in all that char
acterizes a faithful minister of Jesus Chriat.
They could not give all the fashionable' in
tonations of the modern pulpit; said little
about " Objective" and "Subjective." But
they were not wanting in mental ability,
in literary or theological attainments; they
were men full of faith• and of the Holy'
Ghost, who sued in jeopardy every .hour'
for the kingdom of God's peke. And they
preached to , men and women of unusual
religious development. They stood unpro
tected from the chilling blasts of Winter;
with their lives in their hands, pleased and
benefitted throughout the entire service . .
Simple souls If they had only known some
of the advantages of modern improvement
they would soon have dismissed these mar
tyr-spirited old men, and procured in their
stead a man , after the model of our fifteen
minute-essay-men. Then they would have
escaped many a chilling blast; many a p ro .
tracted stand, many a,surprise from the cruel
soldiery. And what is most remarkable is,
that notwithstanding all the crying out
against long sermons" that is made:: now,
then: these long-winded preachers and ,these
long-standing congregations, filled the land,
so mightily did the Word of God prosper
Then there was Augustine, and Clement,
Ignatius aadtPolyearp, men of some note in
their day, and'sven, yet respected by some
of the old conservatives in theology. 'They
wielded amightrinfinence in the Ohurch at
very important periods of her history,' They
were quite , as siteneseful in the ministas
many of the reformers of the presentigaj.
But they were most unfashionably long
Then there was Paul, who had the " im
pudence," the ungentility to stand in the
midst of Mars Hill, and preach to Athe
nians a long sermon; •and on another woe
sion to preach all night. Row vulgar , to
countenance a .man in
,perpetrating such an
outrage upon gentility !
But have not things altered very much ?
Would'net the sermons of Knox or Paul be
very unsuitable at the present day : ? lam
afraid they would. They•were attended by a
state of things that has passed away. But
has a better state of things succeeded ? If I
would judge from the prevalence of short
sermons, I should say no. Whenever piety
has declined extensively,; whenever form
has supplanted faith; whenever error has
Prevailed over truth:; then short sermons
have been fashionable. On the eontrary,,in
times of world-wide revivals, when truth
has held empire, and vital godliness has
characterized the Church,long sermons have
From the days of Constantine, vital piety
began to decline; and this declension pro
gressed century after century, until Anti-
Christ acquired the title of Blasphemy.
And as a. sequence, preaching was superseded
more and more by form. Sermons became
shorter and shorter, until they were entirely
abandoned in many places, as a regular
means of grace. And who leads the cry now,
against long sermons; Paul, or Apollo!, or
Cephas, or Christ ? No,; it is Anti-Christ.
Does' Calvin, Luther, Knox ? No; 't is
Tractarianism. Rome has built altars with
great most and care, and none of these want
for ittendants and protracted ceremony.
But her pulpits are built , upon wheels
Oxford has not yet attained full stature but
is a promising child.. And so far as
length of sermons goes, she might be taken
for her mother. And if we are to, admire
and imitate the apostate and arch-apostate
in this thing, it may come to the wheels at
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate
OR, LETTERS TO A FRIEND ON•VIE DOCTRINES AND
DUTIES Off THE BIBLE.
The substance of these letters, was first
delivered in an . Inquiry; Meeting. A com
pany-of youthful inquirers met weekly at my
house for: instruction, and what- is, 'here
written was, in: substance communicated to
them in conversations and addresses. Sub
sequently, an amiable young lady of my
charge was taken sick, and thus cut off from
the Sabbath Scheel, which she greatly
prized, and from the house of God. For
her benefit, what had before been spoken
was written wit, with additions, in • the form
of letters for her perusal; and these letters
are now offered to the readers of Oils paper.
There are 'in them. some repetitions.
This results from two causes : one, the cir
cumstances under which they were written;
the other and mainly, of design, to keep in
view and impress more deeply some im
portant points which come under considera
tion. Hence this is really deemed an
portant feature of the work, and it is hoped
will render it the more acceptable and use
ful. For precept must be upon precept,
precept upon precept; line upon line, line
upon line; here a little, and there a little.
—lsa. xxviii : 10. We are slow of heart to
learn, and hence repetition is necessary.
Designed as they are for the young, - and
especially for those who are prevented 'by
sickness from regular attendance at the
house of God, it is hoped these letters may
be useful to such, and, perhaps also to others,
especially as they contain a practical view of
some of the .more• important doctrines and
duties of the Bible. The use of doctrines
is to regulate the . heart and the life ; and
hence doctrines should be presented prac
tically, and duties doctrinally. Such is the
aim in, these letters, and may the effort be
owned of God to the salvation of the per
Come now and let us reason together, saitb. the
Lord.—lsa. i : 18.
MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND :-I hope this
letter will not surprise you. I feel, as you
know, a deep interest in your welfare; and
I have thought a few brief letters might
perhaps be useful to you.
Several considerations induce me to write.
One of these is the present state of your
health. Disease has laid its hand upon you;
and it is very possible` you may never re
cover. I fear you may not. But whether
you recover or not, you are not able now to
visit the house of God, nor to attend the
Sabbath School. You must spend your
Sabbaths at home; and this I know to be a
great trial to you. Few have been more
regular and punctual than you in the Sab
bath School and in the place of worship.
Of these means of grace you are:. mow de
prived, and hence you may now and then
like to read a line from your friend. This
is one reason why I write. , •
In regard to your disease, no one can yet
tell its final result. That I :wouldhave you
commit entirely to , God. Be not anxious
about it. Try to be composed, cheerful, re
signed: It is right to use means for the re
covery of health; right to look to God for
his blessing on these means; and having
done this, it is right, and a duty, to commit
ourselves entirely to God's disposal. Try to
do so; and to > Say from your heart, Thy
will, 0 God,
.be done l—Matt. vi 9-18;
and xxvi: 39-42..
Another reason why ,I write is because of
the preciousness of your soul. My dear
friend, though you must die, as your present
sickness admonishes you, yet you are im
mortal. Your soul can never die ; it must
live for ever; and it must be. happy or
miserable .forever. If I could say a word
to benefit your soul—a word which God
would bless to your salvation—how greatly
should I rejoice I And angels, too, would
be glad !--i-Luke xv : 1.
1 have another reason for writing. You
have long been serious and thoughtful; you
are even now seeking. the way of salvation.
Hence I know you will read with prayerful
attention the words written to you. You
will read, and ponder, and pray over what I
say ; I know you. will. Surely this is a
sufficient encouragement, and it leads me to
hopu.that I may, with. God's blessing, be
u seful to you. The Lord grant it may be
so ! He hears prayer; he will grant it
As .you,,have been thoroughly instructed
in the ,syste* of .truth taught in our. " ex
cellent OtitctaiOn;', you will . appreciate *hat
"ONE THING IS NEEDFUL :" "ONE THING HAVE I
PUBLICATION OFFICE, GAZETTE BUILDING, FIFTH
FOR trIE WEEK ENDING SA
may be said on the doctrines and duties of
the Bible. You will, look out and examine
the texts of Scripture referred to, and also
the ! potations from the Cateehism and con
fession of Faith, as well as the references to
these' and other' works. 'Doctrines are the
basis on which duties rest;; and whatever I
may say of. a doctrinal nature, I, shall en
deavor to present in a practical manner; for
my aim is to lead you to Chriat, that you
may be made Wise unto salvation.-2. Tim.-
My letters, shall, for the most part, be brief,
so as not to weary you in your Weakness. But
let me beseech you to give,your attention now
to'the great subject of religion, and to be
gin at once and with earnestness 'to seek the
salvation of your soul ; for, behold, now is
the accepted time : ; behold, now is the day
of salvation.--2. Cor. vi : 2. Life is short'
and uncertain, and death may be near.
Prepare to meet it, and be ready for, it.
Read Matt. 25th chapter.
Please write to me. Tel toe just how
you feel ; let me know :-your: exercises, your
thoughts arid difficulties, and ; propose any
questions that you like. It will afford me
pleasure to ilopart to You any information
and instruction that I maybe able. Hesi
tate not to express your mind 'fully ; and
in return I will_be full and frank in address
ing you. Praying, for your . tkealth and sal.
nation, I am .xoug FRIEND.
Nor the,Preebytertan Banner mid Advocate.
According to agreement, the Synods of
Ohio and Cincinnati, (0. 5.,) met in the
First Presbyterian church in Columbus, on
Tuesday evening December 23d, to deter
mine the location of the " University,"
which they had resolved to establish under
their joint control.
There were present at this Convention
about two hundred and thirty-five minis
ters and eleven elders•as delegates, from the
various churches, besides a great many
others, not officially, who. took a deep inter
est in all the doings of the assedably:
The Synods first met in: a separate capaci
ty, for the formation of their rolls, and then.
resolved to meet each other in Convention.
The two streams hence flowed together, and
mingled into one. They made quite an im
posing appearance, and were doubtless the
largest Presbyterian body ever convened in
Ohio—the meetings of the General'AsSem
bly in Cincinnati,ln 1845 and in 1850, not
The following resolutions were offered im
mediately after the formation of the Con
vention, and pissed unanimously for Its di
Resolved That the Moderators of the Synods
shalt jointly preside ; and the Temporary Clerks
of each. Synod shall recopl. the, Minutes Of the
Convention_ for -their . Synods .severally. - If-any
diversity of-opinion shall occur between the Mod
erators on a point of order, it shall be submitted
to the Convention. ,
Resolved,. After the organization of the Conven
tion, the proposals for the location of the Univer
sity shall all be banded to the Clerks, and read
oonseputively,, before any discussion shall be al
Resolved, The rules and order adopted and re
commended by 'the General Assembly, shall be ob
served in all the proceedings of the Convention.
Resolved, The final vote-shall be taken by call
ing the roll , ; and a majority of all the members of
the Convention shall be necessary, to determine
the location of the University.
After the passage of these resolutions,
the Convention spent the remainder of the
evening in prayer and conference.
Adjourned4ill tomorrow morning, at nine
WEDNESDAY MORNING, 9 O'Clook
Convention met, and was opened with
prayer. The roll was called, after which
propositions from the following places, com
peting for the location of the Institution,
were read, viz.:
Cleveland, offers $30,000 in land and
Central . College, $20,000, in land and
Chillicothe, $llO,OOO, in land, buildings,
apparatus, and cash.
ffillsboro', $30,000,,in cask
Springfield, $35,000„ in land and cash.
Bellefontaine, $50,000; inland; buildings,
West Liberty ) $35,000; principally in
After the reading of these proposals, the
following resolution was offered by Dr.
Resolved, That whatever be the decision of the
Convention, flail]. the location of the University,
we will cheerfully acquiesce in the result; and
we do hereby covenant with each other to secure
the complete endowment of the Institution.
Remarks being called for on this resolu
tion, Dr. Plumer, of the Western 'Theologi
cal Seminary, who was present as a visitor,
being urged, arose, walked forward to the
Speaker's stand, ani said, "It is good to be
here—it is good to be here. When I was a
boy large enough to go a deer-hunting, in
Washington County, Ohio, you could not
have got together twenty Presbyterian min
isters, if you had ransacked the whole State.
Behold, how God• has blessed you! See
what he hath wrought ! The resolution be
fore you, deserves your serious attention.
Some of you here have to be very much dis
appointed. Your strength is in your union.
United, you can establish a great College—
one worthy of you, and 'the cause you have
at heart. If you are going to put up a poor
little Institution, I wish you would not es
tablish any.. And such I know you will
found if you are not harmonious. Thomas
Jefferson, when the members of the old
Congress-were criticising the Declaration of
Independence, said, We must all hang to
gether.' ' Yes,' responded Dr. Franklin,
4 or we will all hang separately.' So it will
be with you. Charles of England, said
of Presbyterians, They are isrod's silly
people; and can easily be divided, by fling
ing a bone or two 'of contention among
then.'" Let this not be the calk with the
members of this Convention. Keep out
differences. These are the bones which, if
you commence to gnaw, will soon bring di
visions among you, to the total ruin of this
" I ought, perhaps, to have remained in
my seat ; but being invited to speak, I could
not forbear saying what I have said. May
the great Read. of the Church smile upon'
you, and crown your deliberations with com
,plete success: . The Hebrews 'said, 'Mercy
be with- ou.' The Greeks said, 'Grace be
yours.;'. and the Romans Peace be
on you." W4h , Ping, leap, tiitineei zoom
and peace be with y(
and from the Lord Jet.
These remarks of :Dr.
pression on all present.
The. Moderators then
resentatives of the co
remarks on the above
Gen. S. Mason, .of
could find it in his
resblation. He would
feelings, patriotistd, and
tion of the Institution•
would co-operate with ,
establishment of the,
He • confessed it went
the grain, to give si
but he had no hesitation
selves. The carrying Or
he said, was absolutely
istence and prosperity
He felt that the people
be cordial in their
Mr. Glover, of West
-he was a little " selfish
had the honor to re
would slay, if this G
tion, and he would col
ever it may go. If
better site in our bat
location, than West Li
it there. The people t
in their hearts to resist
hearts were in the mitt.
Dr. Stanton, of Ch
bound to co-operate wi'
Convention. This wag
and it would be to the
Rev. F. T. Drown,
some very fine rem?
advantages of that oil
he did not like to pre
place, lest he might tl
distract the minds of
Father Dickey w ,
choice. Ile would
decision of the Con -
said, his " poor Mill
should be put forth
and perpetuation of 1
decision he would
Rev. Mr. Raffens]
Said his people had
quiesce in the decisii
Dr. Steel, of Hill
of the resolution;
the same amount
other place, that he
This was not to bi
doubted not they we
what they would do,
Rev. Mr. West, of
Certain remarks „mac
bers, saying that the
succeed, unless if --
such places. Under. God, he said, these
Synods were able to establish and endow an
Institution of the kind proposed anywhere.
The reSolution was
The remainder of "the'dayiwati taken up
in.hearing speecheS froth the representatives
of the above places, as to their ppeuliar
advantages for the location of ,the :proposed
All these were exceedinglyinteresting,and,
taken as a whole, were the beat - speeches we
ever listened to.• We never heard them equal
led in courtesy, wit, diction, .eloquence, and
power; and some of us, Mr. Aditor, will
never forget the superior excellences (4' the
places so graphically • But I ne
glected to take notes for even a resume for
Wednesday night, seven o'clock, we com
menced voting. On first ballot, Chilficethe
got one hundred votes; West Liberty, one
hundred and ten; Springfield, seven;'Hills.
boro', three.; Bellefontaine, five: No plea°
having a majority of •all the votes cast, is
second ballot resulted ,the: same. as above,
with a loss of three votes to Chillicothe, and
a gain'of two to West Liberty. A third
ballot gave West Liberty one' hundred and
nineteen; Springfield, sixty,eight; Chilli
cothe, twenty-nine; and Hillsboro", ten.
West Liberty hating a nisjority of all the
votes, was declared chosen as the site of the
proposed University; The' Convention then
,adjourned till to-morrow warning, at nine
Christmas morning, Convention met, was
opened With prayer. A resolution was
passed, confirming a previous resolution of
the Synods, that the buildings of thelnsti
tution should not be commenced till $200,-
000 were actually raised.
The Rev. Henry Hervey offered a Aeries
of resolatiens, which were adopted, the im
port of •which was, that Biblical literature
should be made more common in all'Col
leges, even in those not strictly denomina
tional; and that in.• the College aborit: to be
founded, Biblical Geography and 'History,
Jewish Antiquities, Genius of , the Hebrew
Commonwealth, Science, of Scripture Sym
bols and Types, Hebrew Language, And the
Greek of the Old and New -Testantents,
should find a place in ':the College Otrri
culum. Also, that Lectures on the
deuces, doctrines, and duties• of -the Chris
tian religion, in tlie order of the West
minster Catechism, be Incorporated in the,
course of stridy. -
On motion, the Convention was then dis
solved, the Synods returning , to separate
rooms, andadjourning in regular form.
Thus ended one of the most interesting
ecelesiaStical meetings we ever. attended.
May God bless the:enterprise now COM
menced ; and may we all drop any local or
sectional feelings we may have: entertained,
and carry out to, the letter the resolution for
which all voted, viz., t/lat we would ALL
CHEERFULLY ACQUIESCE in the decision of
the Convention, wherever it might locate
the • Institution.
I had thought ,Mr. Editor, to have had
room in , this letter, to give you a description ;
of Columbus, the great
the Eleemosynary Instititions of our State
there ; but I forbear. I may notice these
things again. W. X F.
PRINCIPAL THING WANTED.—It is holi
ness we want above everything else ; holy
principles, holy ministers, holy discipline,
holy tempers, holy sermons and prayers, !icly
habits and conduct. Nothing will compen
sate for this; If the cliurdlies are not advanc
ing in, holiness, we cannot be !surprifieit that'
there are few eonyersionsu-littlegatituillife:
'ED OF THE LORD :" " THIS ONE THING I DO."
, ABOVE SMITHFIELD, PITTSBURGH, PA.
AY,- JANUAUY 10, 1857.
te a deep im
poik die rep- -
td, ~.said he
vote for the
!tt.t for ilhe
About one hundred years ago, A. W.
emigrated from Lancaster County, Pa., to
German Township, Fayette County, Pa., and
Fettled on the waters of Middle_ Run, as a
farmer, where he raised eight children, five
of whom are yet alive, whose ages, added
together, make four hundred and five years.
The, eldest is nearly ,ninety,-seven, years
of, age; and his memory is equal to a histo
ry for the Test eighty years. He gives an
account of all the first settlers'if that sec
tion of the county, and narrates many in
cidents of great interest. A. W. and wife
died at the advanced age of eighty-five and
This family were not only remarkable for
long life, but were blessed in other wa s.
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'_o. Th lioiterrty' liow ntiMber*Orte
three hdifed, and are nearly all members
of that branch of Christ's Church known as
I was present not long since, at the church
at M., when one of the fourth generation
of this family was baptized by the Rev.
S. W. The father and mother of the sub
ject; the grandfather and grandmother,
great-grandfather and great-grandmother,
were all precept; and all belonged • to the
same pastoral charge.
In temporal things, they have been also
greatly favored. Although now numbering
near three hundred, theyall who have arrived
at the .age of twentylifive years, own real
estate, more or i lesA•r.E. l -In 'short,• they all have
been blessed in basket and store. For such
distinguishing kindnesses, many thatiks are
due to the great Giver of all good:
ig, that this
the place he
but this he
,o located the
to love it artier
' bad offered a
synods, for its
then let us put
place had it not
le, felt himself
decision of the
isition at first ;
, veland, made
, claims of that
- ire and 'more
m of the Con-
We Will ' hive Forever.
,dark and'dismal vale of death,
there is an ocean whose depth no line can
fathom, and whosikeirpanse is inunentairible.
That ocean is--Eternity. Awhile we tread
the earth, and live. and move amid terres=
trial things, and seem, like them, to bloom,
to ripen, and to +lie. Yet there is that
within whiCh makes us shudder and recoil
when the thought arises of 'sinking to noth
ingness. Oar body' may decay, our pulse
relax, and our heart stop throbbing, yet, we
cannot bear the thought, that we shall cease
to think. The breath of God, the vital
spark that animates this tenement of Clay,
the soul of man, • shall> never die.
Again we> start and tremble. Another
thought arises, of vaster importance, still.
What shall be our after state? WS shrink
from non-exi,§tence, and long for immertal
ity; yet welear to tread the great unknown.
We dreall the phantom Death, the severing
of gielnystie,threßd that, hindsitogether, soul
,Where shall, be our dwelling
place when our cold and lifeless forms "lie
silent in the grave"?"`"Where - shall the
spirit ,fly ? There is a world of light, and
one of woe,. beyond the bounds of time and
space, where the eternal waves roll amuse
less on. Them xn one of thre,,phall the
soul dwell foretref. ' No wonder that sinful
man fears to latineh out on the broad ocean
of eternity. There are,so many doubts that
rise, which world be shall-inliabit 7 -whether
heaven or hell. Yet the first great cause of
all things, the mighty Ged has prepared an
agency on earth, to teach main how to direet
his course, to enter in the golden gates; and
to warn him of the path that leadi.to the
dark depths of, eternal-woe. Awhile on
earth we live . probationers for eternity., , The
Word', ;the finger-post of God, points out the
way to heaven, and is the beacon-light by
which we may steer safely past the roeki
and shoals of sin . , and avoid, the-maelstrom. .
of . ,
We will live forever ; and we make our
own eternity I The warnings have 'Wen
giVen; the directions 'laid down ; and shall
we choose a-life of endless bliss, or one of
endless woe ? LEVITES.
urge bia own
submit to the
the voice of
d - oordially se
fed the spirit
' not promise
tion for any
for hie own.
d. Yet he
A meeting of ,the.colNregsktipn of Calvar
ry church was held' last .evening, to take
some action With reference to the resignation
of Dr. Scott. On motion, Col. R. McKee
was called to thee. Chair and:Mr. McComb
appobited Secretary. ~ i hen, the objects of
the Meeting were stated, the Clerk read the
To the Eideri and Trustees of Catvary
Preslyterian , Church of San Praneiseo :
You are aware that no Ecclesiastibal 'rela
tion has ever been established between us.
The, call for my . pastoral services has never
been aecaptect It has not, in fact, ever been
put into my hands' by the Presbytery of
Louisiana. " I .prestime its is still in their
keeping. But as far as I can: do so; Know'
return that call to you" ) and desire that.you
will act as freely aa , .if it had neverimen
Made And in consequence of my resign : .
ing, hereby all claims 'to the pulpit by virtue
of that call, you will be pleased to consider
it vacant, and' take such , measures: as you
may deem best to obtain a supply. -
It is now perfectly clear. to me, that there
are divisions among yon, and considerable
dissatisfaction with me and my labors in the
pulpit, ou account' of my welllnown
of the Vigilance : Committee,. which has so
unhappily agitated this community for the
last several months. Both in my regular
reading and preaching of the Word of God,
just in the same manner that I hive <always
done, and in using, as I sometimes do,t an
old discourse, a sermon written ten, or, more
rani ago, I find myself hindered and fet
tered, And often times, though wholly ;moon-,
scions of Making any "' flings"' or`alliisibnit
to thelate-lobil troubles, yet 'I /arsenal:in:
,derstood as that great oferthe is taken at my
preaching and expounding the Holy Scrip T
,light of my conscience and
principles, I cannot understand the Word of
God nor preach - it in any other way than I
have done; and, with the underitanding of
the Bible, and of the Constitution arollatm
of our country that I have, it is impossible
for me ever to approve of the organization
and doings of the Vigilance Comm4tee:
Thinking, therefore, that the peace and
prosperity of the 'congregation, which we
all have so much at heart, may be Better
secured by my withdrawal ,from its do ,
hereby decline to act,. ox , lieconsidexed any
longer . na'aseer elect. , ,
In taking my'dfibial leave of YOU, gentle-'
men, allowino tO rettithry l inirnYireirainliere
thailkelot 211416 kindness you have 'how
For the Prealuterian Banner and Advocate
-'lt, Remarkable Family.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate
Meeting of Dr. Scott's Church.
'LETTER' FROM 'DR. EICOtT.
me and mine on the part of yourselves and
thecongregation ever since 'I came to the
Pacific. Coast. ior your officialmiiiiieration
I also thank you. Personally, I entertain
high respect for yourselves and. thelcongre
cation, as far as they are known tome,;.;and
I shallt` never cease to pray for.e advance
merit of true religion'in'this country `and' in.
this city. May -every blesiing rest on you
caeli,ot you,,and on, every ,soullin:the;con
now and for ever, more; : through
our Lord Jesus Christ, to, whom, be glory,
world viitliont'encl. Amen. • ..
To- Col. McKee, tr;B: Roheiti4, andiitheis,
the Elders'and Tinifees; etc.
'Study of Calvarg iehlarch,
NovemberSth 1856. 1
At the conclusion of the: reading, Mr.
W. H. i sto ~t
yoiee : , .
'rft'itii4tieil, That this °Mir& and doiigi.44 l
tion have heard, with very aioti ingie r t;itbe
letter addressed to their Rlders.and
tees, by the Rev. Dr. Scott, under date of
Sth instant. •
Resolved, That While we appreciate the
motives of honor and delicacy which hat*
induced Dr. Scott to tender his resignation,
we beg to assure him, that however much
many of us may differ with him in opinion
concerning local events, we feel united to
him by an attachment too sincere'littcl too
strong to be dissolved, with our consent, by
any differeucestthat have yet occurred ; and
we take this,opportunjty publicly, to express
our very great confidence in, and affectionate
regard for him.
Resolved, That we deeply feel the — greas
indignity which was offered to him on the
morning of the sth tilt., and have no lan
guage to . express our utter detestation of its:
baseness - that we deem an insult to our
pastor', te to ourselves.
Rest' , that out*" warmest gratitude is:
due Dr. Scott, for his veiy Mile and'faithful'
labors among - us, and above all, to the Head
of the dhurch, for that blessing which has
crowned his instrumentality with ap much•
honor and success. ' 74,..,
Resolved, That our past eiferierice Of
the labors of Dr. Scott, has-impressed us,
with their importance; and that in. our de
sire for him to remain, we are not influenced
by personal. Considerations only, but feel that
his' withdrawal from the city' would be ii,
Resolved ; 'That the Elders and Trustees
of , this churchhe, and they are-hereby au
thorized, to acquaint Dr. Scott with-our most
earnest desire, that he will not leave us:;
that renew tOliini the " call" oiiginally
made by this ohurah and emigteg,atioii, as no
less expressive of *our wishes new than it
ever hits been; and ,that they diligently,pros:
acute the same in the use of all . appropriate
means, urging him to accept, if nokincon
sistent with his own' iiiihe's itid 'Beige of
duty; and to become duly installed as our
pastor at an,early, clay. - -
Resaved, That a copy of the foregoing
resolutions be handed to Dr. •Scott as early
as praeticable an Tuesday morning; and that
the prayersuf this church be now .offered to
Almighty God, that he will guide both hiii
and, us in ,the path of duty, helping usto do
that which shall be most for the glory, of
our Redeemer, and the welfare of eurfellow
men, in time and for eternity.--San .rci.ii,
else° paper. ' , • -
To the Memory of ,Dr. t'. B. Smith,
And Resolution., pertaining to Railroad Regulations ,
by the Studente and Teacheie of' Aft.` Tinian Semi-
Having organized a Physiological Class,
embracing sixty-eight of the students and
teachers of Mt. Union Sethinary, 'end em
ployed Dr. Smith, of Alliance; to deliier a
series of forty lectures, and to dissect a sub
ject obtained from the City Authorities of
Cleveland, for the purpose of aequiring a
more thorough and practical knowledge of 'the
condition of Health and the Taws of our
being; the Docter during the progreiti of
these lectures, being suddenly killed with his
wife and six Other pemons, by that terrible
collision of the oars , at Alai:ten, Stark Coun
ty 0., on the sth hist.---therefore we Re
solve the follOWing : '
Ist. That, we feel actively 011ie, and
deeply bereaved,fin centre= with all good eft' ,
zees, of the vicinity, in consequence of, the horri-i
ble slaughter and wounds of our fellows, and
neighbors, we do feel peattliarlY sensitive and un
feignedly afilicted, ; upon the-unnatural death. of
our generous, talented and beloved Instructor, in
that science which teaches xis hoiv't6 preserve
health, and which exhibits so .Much of the'wis
dem, goodness, and skill, of the "Framer of our
bodies, and' the Father of our spirits."
_3d. As some of us have for years been inti
mately aequainted , with Dr. Smith, and. ph is
and companion, we have th e e fullest
confidence their pithily profiiiion of eligiou;
and their ,worthy standing in the , ,Presbyterian
Chtlich, and do devoutly trust, that their conge„
nialepirits are transplaritedto a More congenial
clime, where' they will , together forever expand
and bloom in beetle fight.
3d. • That While iiithis instance we arentit dis-
Pined unduly to censure the officers of the trains,
or the :Railroad Companies, for the
striation of eight' baticable lives; and 't he incurable
wounds, physical and mental, of so many ortite
living.; yet we do feel that the various ; nterests of
our country (when so Many valiable lives ,, and
useful men arid women` ; ere - dell,* travilifif in the
ears, and thronging torneot their; friends...at the
stations;) do .imperatively demand, of ~Railroad
Companies 'to 'ad ofit in'ArCe' the most
judicious system of regulations, and -, to employ.
as engineer, conduotor, agent or hand, no care
less, paitsionate, intemperate, pinfinti;
'LW:Outing - orselfish man; libtseek.-for theaeEre
sponsible positions, wherenot onlyprePertX,,bat'
innocent and 'are at stake, „
gent and Christian men of Arita' Skill; integritY,
patience and promptitude.
4th. That the public good absolutely requires
not Cady. .the". most efficient Code of legrl' enact~'
manta, lint Also a disposition of ; the :peopleAt,,:
large to - AfOrce' thein.witli the same promptriels
as. any other lavrrie the State - ; in order not - oily
to, dispense peace to, loth the, girilWandinno-;
cent, but also to guarantee, in the future, a„ pre
tection to those who may travel, in thilifituren- -
jo l meat of 4, life, liberty and, the.pursuit
sth. That whiletviir speak' en. emphatically
Railroad Companies,, and persons in their
ployment; ire do not wish to call attention "frointhe
dangers, :responsibilities, and negleCts, ineiderit
to other vocations.;, and from pp.A rge nt 4T 1400 0 ,
site of more intelligent; honest, unselfish And en
ergetic wcirkmew in the -various
b o y, aocult,nral, mechanical, •eonuneiniet,! doj
mestid, andprofessional, ,
6th. That we solicit almiliettton of these res.
and the AlliOspeseal ' , • • .
W deli ritm:
‘ , l AIIIITITUritita/M4 ) 1361111 *"'
.tunir eV?. i1 77, 1 4 4r t
By Nail, or at the Mahe; pe earl' BI Delivered in the Oity , '1.75 . " ` 44 'PRINTECTUS.
Tor the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate
Philadelphia, 27 South Teuth,•Stieet, "below tiettnut
ittif an 5, figg
• TIM &IRMO MIND 0041051EItret :"="-frliicioft
mercies of God will break,the miAirko of
An hird'heOrVis not so soon broken, as a
broken heart is bound , up.
, If is beitil. to ktvesgeodconseimp, and
bhOenstire4; - 04'to a. ,lhave alial tine and be
A word from; God; kldolulfidiniCilrist; a
t° l wh'fron,l. t.he,BPi*.l,ol. l -4 1 514.0. tbe -hart.
A PASTORAL' LETTEit.ithS i folliziiitii ) is
PRA rinvifitOCieetiabansthatiretei 4ta
autho#ty nnqnektienable, ;3 StPil , it; And
vides were heeded, the most desirable results
world follow: ,
"We beseech yonhrethriiih to know thim
which labor among yon, and Over'yott in the
Lord, and admonish. you; .and to esteem
them very highly , in love , for ,their-, work's
sake. And be at peace amonoyonrselves."
DANCING.—A. young lawyer of Bangor,
when Mr. Looutialwisvnaohing there, as a
candidate, called - on: " him to, know what his
views were about danding,,tl46 ,IPeißgn
favorite amusement with hith,';dia he ; being
an influential member of 'the enngiegiqn.
The young minister calmly reified to his in
quiTy=" MT. M--, Ithink that nll things
are not eattally, important, and that some
have'ptioi anduTgent upon our at
tention. Now, seems to 'ine that the most
important thing for you ie tic Wenn:le-a true
Christian. I would advine4en to - attend Tto
that immediately, and afterwards 'yen can
dans as laugh asMOlak proper.". The
lawyer took the advice k .and 9001 1 baaamei a
worthy member' r the - ehuinit, and 'min*
gave np dancing.
,HOUGSTS.--Be trial* does , not
love the violet!"
Be emu& to' nt ; to,rdadetletie alto ickon
wrecked! • . • -3±14
Be provident; the, ants anticipate the
Be i4d l strious;Jtees, th9ML 44eY sxe
never idle, Dail ding r:: ;
Be faithful the needle inspires trust!
Be true ;' the The 'best
loved ! - "
Pe religious.; < your oivn, heart -is' witness
0 3 soul immortal
usiftd; Oud cheet.ful
The most ' effectual Adele ilgainst, the
blows of unkindness; is an acknowledged
amiability and Ts.efldneh 4 .‘ •; =
As the heart glows,. ep.,the 40,1 W-shine.
One of t6:berit lessoneto teach ajouth
that he shoWs'eende not eOndeseinsiOn
-by being commonplace': _ -
, . • .• • •
PAUL'S ESTIMATE ,OF IfIC4VX4f!IT - In
speaking of the gloties of the etern a l
the rapture of the Apotifle ddetl nits etunipe
,bitn: as a sally the idagination; /as a
thought awakened by the sudden glance of
r the pbject; he does not enrtsa yjingelf:at
itindOm frtim the sudden impulse of thane
'tient, in'the toiia'of 'oalody Lion.
.Attlecikon "'he says,
Ibipolpirin:al;arithmetic, "I rodeo," lifter
f p. s 4lne esti mate of. ,their ,comparative
tlitetbe sufferings of i the.p . paeut th.ll!),Alre
not worthy to be comlatied with the glory
that shall be revealed ii na,..„".
No man "aei. illaiidlibialitlefd to make
this : estimate. : .Of tireiiinfferingslotthViiiea
,y . cr . orl4 he And, shared Anon largely l th i n
jukT Su. ne,44,)),krd l the, ,i4 l 6.torda4
vtiittlelni the rihe,, A tu
tie Mutt . ofnee !Val,
Vitt ;he desired to eaCiape . filißi , t o itio c ar
tears • that he was iinpatientstOvrestiviistlA
.celestial vision, pagpr to perpetpatif,tboanans
inelitary foretaste of the giNeoc.of
r#ISCIPLINE Is OULDwoolx—Young . peo
pie who have been lb : * „greiii4ed .it! all
their desires, will Pit"ori nierk; "infito O,IR
capricious desires, but • MOO t: it
more amiss•when 'the iebliiikiiiirgitt Wl'
otheri3 Teqtke.,tjst they sbnuld [Beth wasted,
thin. ; i . hose jrigokqebeenpractioally,trained
#,o thelaint.ot tllbtli i 4ing and restraining
them; arid'isotieoently 4811, in general,
sacrifice ftlie,happindie•of others to their own
selfish, indulgence. TO What else is the Bel
fulhnesa,of ,princogus and othetgreat people to
be atiribUto.? , 4184 vain to think of out
tivatink inriiilipletY af,generorl4y ,ntni b enefi
°elle& by , iVerecexhottiiition sad i•asoning.
Nothing , but :the ; piraetibal hibit'dt bierown
ingl nor ownieelfishnella,'And'ot fsimilislrly eit
rtOng,prj3litions antirdiecoinfort. on - : se
corint of otters, will evg, enable us to ;do A
*hen restinlied. And there?tirn 2 AA.w firm
persuaded that indhrVe ilifi,ffibl y Pro
duces selfishriesifinAllazdnegifie heart, and
that nothing hire - trig:4V severe discipline
and control aim hkrthi'forniaation Of imag
ThelathlW ithale~.49to t u gh le g ' so
deeply that,h,:*9 lo !UiW•tfOr • domestic
duties arid ploranrl, L tnik wbßiso I only inter
with hrsAniaren iiiiiists in a brief
word of authority, or Viiiii7 lamentatign
over their ia tolerable bAktifirilAsi:'taiii, ie errially
to be pitied,as to behibihmeiL ',Mit den
has, he to deifl4 o 1 5 9i14 11 ,nparsaita:the time
, which chat", ONtliwi.to this ohildjta ? . Nor
.. ii l it l iii' eioise to iiiiiit; ILS,9aiinflpuipxort
' kiii4sinilylii thisii . .p6ent 5641 . ; o T Mang
witholibithiS effort,l••• 't oak by Wiiiifafglit,Oin
Itia 414,3' demand :Wive in •wmoskiset which
1 r•ifip_ u tr, i ii ll b if_ i ttrO tef ,, 4a - ..m oat WO* and
, impo ant out ; Ewan it, an excuse to
iiiY &lit Ile 'irliditis iinaiire:tlien a oompe
' teszoei Is ihti utitlgr fiiiiliOltOilt,o' leave tiala
that competence wiliciir heitifier Illeali
I.• ati yaritig o. to be , relieved fpm : the necessity
of ISbOr ? Besides, ; if , money the ottly.daifir
able 'bequest' whinlk sjather can leve,to his
i ohildrdn? SiAli,well-cultivatedliiielle*
i heartli•aenaible ta'aofd'eitiet affectiOn ; Aiding)
; Of Parkas, , ind'biothers, and' gPltati V 4 tiC.
.4.me taifirgl ; habits;.of: o ide r p i e ga ,•
.• Pflift u t;;.., l 9FiriFYi, , ,.44 l l4 I.44•Cmitsl paid
' nei. us i/i , in; ap4 fi hv,elut4bilitc4Q,,,fe
err. efiblltincleof v Virtiltie r . its valuable ',leg
, *mas!lcol 3 turdwitingitV plOtiti-Irmilo
. , ~
• Rotikyl2purchassam preen bifeni sit '' t!iety"
bit which would zopisf lihs,raimitti' •
' I—Waylancni Moral &sews.