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IILAIRsVILLE FEMALE SEMINARY. — The
'Catalogue, just issued, gives us the names of
one hundred and ten young ladies, pupils in
Institution. It is well conducted by
Rev. Samuel H. Shepley and Lady, with a
corps of assistant teachem.
NUMMI& XL, on Baptism, which may be
foUnd on our first page, is, one of, the most
comprehensive and lucid essays on the his
tory of that rite. It shows, conclusively,
that immersionists appeal to the Church as
vainly as they do to the=Scriptures. The
Church, .during her long , days, of. darkness,
and the prevalence of superstition, ADDRD
many things to the simplicity of the Gospel
ritual ; but that ritual, mostly, she ever pre
serve& The real baptism was by affusion.
Associate Theological Seminary.
The Catalogue for December, 1856, shows
4m, attendance of twenty-eight young men,
at this Institutiom Its present location is
Xenia, Ohio. The Faculty are : Rev. Thos.
Beveridge, MD., Professor of Biblical, Lit
erature and Ecclesiastical Tristory, and Rev.
Samuel Wilson, D.D., Professor of Hebrew
and Theology. Our Associate brethren
early the 'date of their Seminary back far
beyond our own history in that line. In
1778, 'the Rev. John Smith was the author
ised teacher of Theology for the body. The
measure was, however, discontinued in
1782; but it was resuscitated in 1794,
when Rev. John Anderson, D.D., was ap
lointed Professor, and Divinity Hall was lo
cated at Service Creek, Beaver County, Pa.
A library of eight hundred volumes was col
lected ; and it is claimed that thus, in the
woods of Western Pennsylvania, was found
ed the "fist Protestant Theological Semi
nary on the Western Continent!'
In 1821, Rev. James Ramsey, D.D., of
Canonsburg, , Pa., succeeded Dr. Anderson,
as Professor. Dr. Beveridge was associated
with Dr. Ramsey in 1835. Dr. Ramsey re
signed in 1841, and Ins chair has been since
filled by Dr. James Martin, Dr. Abraham
Anderson, Rev. S. B. Clark, and now by Dr.
Wilson, named above.
With the Catalogue is an able Address,
by Dr. Wilson an " The Distinctive Mission
.of the .Associate Presbyterian Church."
Columbia Theological Seminary.
This Institution is under the care of the
'Synods of South Carolina and Georgia. It
wai founded in 1828, and has eijoyed the
labors of the following Professors: Thomas
Goulding, D.D, George Howe, D.D., A. W.
:Leland; D.D., Charles Colcock Jones, D.D.,
Alex. T. McGill, D.D., B. M. Palmer, D.D.,
.J. H. Thornwell, D.D., and J. B. Adger, D.D.
The Faculty at present embraces Ths. Howe,
Leland, Thornwell, and Adger, and Rev.
James Cohen as teacher in Hebrew. '
The Catalogue for 1857 gives the num
bers thus': Alumni, 221; Deceased, 27 ;
l'oreiou Missionaries, 1.1; now in the Semi
:nary, 34. Of the Alumni there are, labor
ing in the South 129, in the South-West
.27, in the North 9, in the North-West 2.
We are pleased to see , something of a dis
persion of Students, from each of our Semi
naries, whether Assembly's or Synodical,
throughout the land. There is a fitness in
having the youth of a large section of coun
try, destined to labor within its bounds,
trained therein, But there 'are also great
advantages flowing from a frequent accession
of men, of, varied habits and diversified
modes I of, education. And, hippily for our.
Church and country, extended as are our
boundaries, and 'different as may be our
people in some aspects, there is with us
sued► a unity of sentiment, so much of
Christian love, and so ardent a denomina
tional attachment, that good men, wherever
grown; and wherever educated, axe Welcome
in al places. 'May the bendebe at,rength
ellied, soil. the affection, become more and_
Our Young Neu--Their Dangers—Their
Great importance has always been attached
to the properAraining.up of young men ;,to
the formation of their characters, and to the
influence they are deitined to exert. The
propriety of this is recognized in both the
Old and New Testaments, in every well
regulated Government, and in every feasible
project for the improvement of mankind.
That our 'young men should be intelligent,
upright, honorable, and pure, is demanded
by the necessities' of - social life, and by all
the requirements of enlarged and successful
enterprise. And the well-being of society,
the stability of the State, and the ,perma
pence and growth of the Church, together
with every humane and Christianscheme for
the alleviation and removal •of the miseries
of men, are deeply involved in the moral
and religious character they will bear,
It - is readily admitted that our young men
are exposed to many and momentous perils
from the native depravity of their own
hearts, from unbelief, from the fascinations
of vice, from an ungodly world, from the en
grossing cares of this life, and from wicked
companions. To protect them and save them
to the Church and the world, is worthy'
the utmost care, the most unceasing vigi
lance, and the most untiring efforts on the
part of the'philanthropist 'and the Christian.
Of late, a wide-spread: intereSChas been
awakened in their behalf Schools and
Seminaries of learning have been established,
suited, as far as possible, to the circum
stances and capacities of all. Newspapers
employing a high order of varied •talent—
though it must be confessed, not always em
ployed to the best advantage - of those, for
whorn , they are intended—are printed in great
abundance, one, or more of which is received
by almost every family. Books, entertaining
and "useful, historical and literary, scientific
and religious, for the young „as well as for
the more mature, are within the red& and
the means of all. Lyceum's and lecturesare
common. Nor has the . Church, in her dis
tinctive capacity been . idle ; on the contrary,
she has manifested much activity. She , has
sent.the 'blessed Bible every Where'; she has
her Christian homes, and her open sanctua
ries;' she has the preached Gospel, and her
meetings for prayer ; she has her Sabbath
Schools and Bible Classes; she has' courses
of sermons to young men, and Christian As
sociations ; she has her religious weeklies,
menthlies, and quarterlies. All these.,dircr
ent means of good , are intended to impart in
formation:; to-restrain evil passions; to pro
tect from low, grovelling, and unholy 'in
fluences ; to develop every. noble trait of
character, and to excite to high aims. The
machinery for effecting the purposes intend
ed, appears complete; scarcely any thing
But notwithstanding all the sprightliness,
loveliness, and high promise of youth;'not
withstanding all that has been done by care•
ful parents, by philanthropic and Christian
men, and by a watchful
‘ Church, for i their pres
ent and eternal benefit--;-fond anticipations are
not realized ; the present course of many, if
not the greater part of our young men;is
not hopeful:" Nor is the discouragement
found only in those of a debased or woldly.
parentage ; the, ,unhappy tendencito',follow
the vain world, to sit unmoved under the
appeals of the Gospel, and' t to caStA' entire
ly the fear 'of. God, is seem in many who
have been blessed with -godly pare*. The
temptations are many and powerful, and they
easily yield to the embrace of sinful , and
worldly charnas, while vice is eve : i f prepared
to seize Upon them and devour them.
bath-breaking, profanity, intemperance, lewd
ness, violence, forgery, and attempts at un
lawful gain; yea, evendestruction , by 'their
own hands, moments of drunken frenzy
or unhallowed, passion, have ,become ,so com
mon as to hardly awaken, wonder among the
unthinking and 'hurried crowd: In every
city, in almost every village and neighbor
hood, can be found, among the young men
from whom so much betier , things might be
expected, evidences in, confirmation of: what
we have lust written. Society is diseased ;-
there 2 is a feaXful malady at'work, - and' sad
consequences are apprehended
It is not strange that thinking men should
be alarmed ,• that the most hopeful should be
gin to despair; that the believing should be
staggered, and that loving parents should
dread to commit the children for 'whom they
have cared so tenderly, over whom they have
prayed so fervently, and to whom their very
souls so strongly cling, to such a world. as
,this. Nor is it to be wondered at, that'the
inquiry should be often made, whence are
to come our men , of successful and'honorable
business, our legislators, our AeneherS; nur
pious elders; and our godly ministry, for the
next generation ? W can look upon so
many, in the morning of life, physically de
bilitated, mentally neglected,,. and morally,
depraved, without the mostpainful emotions ?
So many whose gait, manner of address, hp
pearance, and associations, ate' sadly indica
tive of their preference for an ungodly ffe;
provided it be : gay, and fashionable for a
time 1 Who can avoid the anticipation that
their final course will be rapid advance hi
the downward road
To write these things is not agreeable; to
think of them is most unpleasant; to - look
forward to the final result fills'tis with terror.
But to •surest needful remedies, and *the
proper mode of application, is eceedingly.
difficult. No single specific, save the Gospel ,
of our Lord Jesus Christ, in all its varibus
and effectual applications can be:totally suc
cessful. An ,entire change in l the teMper
and spirit of, our life, from the cradle to the
grave, is demanded. There is here opened
a large and fruitful field of thought, inquiry•
and suggestion, to enter upon fully; at
present, is not ourpUrpose.: lloweVer, there
are some obvious, suggestions, of a highly'
practical and important character, which Must
not be omitted. .
It is high time far men to "xonaidai. ;the
dangerous tendencies to themselves, their
,and future generations;
devotion'to worldly andlnaterial interests'; of
that spirit which considers nothing valuable
i7 l " , f T A -IN -I- ,gr
THE ; E SBT - TvrdAll. B,
ER ANA A.0 1 :00" - Ar
but as it
,enhance the iralu.' ~of - real
estate, incr6so their stock-'.dividends, or
enable them to occupy a palatial residence,i
keep a superb carriages-and-deck-their wives ,
and daughters in the stiffest ,crinoline, ; the
richest furs, and the most costly silk's: This
spirit in the fathers will become stronger,
more Sordid; .:and: ;More injurions,' -as' it
descends to the children. The natural
course of excessive worldliness is to degra
vii: ifr -,, =Ex, r
dation, cviclousnessand .opewprOwarcy•
,religion must assume
importance. The gentle, loving, and faith
ful graces, of Christian, parents, must impress,
the household with the—excellence and at:
tractiveness of a pious life } with >the value of
an interest in Christ, and the suprexiM' iM
portande of the salvation of the soul.'
family Sitai. must not be allowed to fall doWn
where it has been erected, and it must ,be
reared where it has never 'been before: ; We
hope such instances as' that of the coildiin
tious elder, with re rd to family 'Woislaip
mentioned lately, are few that ,there,
should be, any, is matter of great regret.
And it is for parents_ to feel that they are
to train their children for God-:—for honor,
glory, andinamortality. • How seldom is this
slutY felt in its full force ? Too, often, they
are trained merely. as a tree, in 'our gardens,:
to be• as fruitful as possible for a few years,
and then the away, and be no' more 'forever.'
Parental author 44 and
laid aside too soon; too often it seems as if
parents were anxious , to free themselves 'as
quickly as possible from all the reSpansibili
ties of the relation which GOd has made
theni to occupy.
A , more intimate. and kindly - fellowship
should subsist between the• Parents and the
children; there should 'be a greater mutual
confidence: The separation between Yining
men ; and parents is unnatural,,, in their,,pur
suits, in their associations,: inn their amuse
ments, and in their moments of leisure.. As
it now is, every opporturiityis given to break
away from the restraints of home, to cast
aside parental, counsel, to give loose rein ;to
ardent, youthful passion. ,And there is, an
open door to every enemy, every, temptation,
every vice. While but little is:done at home,
in many cases, to cultivate tme, manliness of
character, . awake high aspirations, •or im
plant the fear and love of 'God: •'
The :,Troubles atCanton, China,
ThroUgh the kindness of oupfriend, Rev.
Dr. Happer,,"ol the'Canton Mission, but
now in, this, city, we are enabled to presCnt
,to our readers an account of Chiriesc affairs )
more graphic and 'accurate 'far, than We
could have done by:our own'unaided reading
of the!, public .journals , ,
Full accounts of events at .oanton have
been received to, January
.15,th, and tele
graphic dispatches to 'Janitary 30th. . The
following detaila haVe 'been carefUlly com
_from' the'britisY:PaPers, fiont loCal
newspapers received front:Hong-Kong; and
from private letters.. : .., •
After the .bombardment of the residence
of 'the Chinese Governor General on'the 28th
and 29th of October, and the subsequent
taking: and dismantling of all the,forts
the Canton 'river, from its mouth to, the
,city, the 13ritish Admiral
,toolt up his quar
ters in the residence, of a, British merchant,
intending =notetcr- proceedito , further aggres
sive measures, but to hold his positiOn; pend
ing instructions frorn the firitishGoiern
meta., -The foreign ; merchants
,had a)1 re-'
rn oved , fropa :.Canton,:;conveying ther_hooks
-and treasure •with 'there. 7 = The Admiral thOk
'Careful . reeisures to guard the' foreign 'real.
de noes from attacks
.of:' the Chinese.
yhese residences were very,compactly built
on the "North-batik :of Ahe Canton river, a
short distance from'the South: West torner,
'of the brickiirall which enctoses
deiiceS ofabot orie-half the popifaiiiitr of
the city. A public garden, beautifully laid
Out with walks treek shrubbery. and "flow
ers several acres between' the
houses and the river ; and in the midst of
the trees, a beautiful little church Was om
bowered. These residences were separated
from Chinese 'warehouses on the- Illast, 'by a
canal. Ott the North they were boUnded : by
a street, thatruns parallel 'with the river.
A high brick' wall, on the South side of this
street; prevented any' access to them except
'through two gateWayi. The botindary on
the West was not sn,defined, as there were
•Chinese.houses and shops intermingled, with
the residences of the foreigners. order to
guard from fire, 'theßritish Admiral Itad:de
strayed the Chinese houses and'shops adjacent
to these boundaries, and had a military guard
to prevent any-ingress to the Chinese.. Not
withstanding alittliese precautions; on.' Sab
'bath 'niglit, — Dee': ':rthotit 11 o'clock
fire broke' out at ; several 'points, and
all efforts tol, subdue tlie.fiatnesjivere futile,
until all wererconiumed, except one house,
the.church; and a.public building that , 'Was
built partly over the water; Many of the
houses were owned ,by Chinese, but a great
many by foreiguers. ; The loss to 'foreign
merchants anust exceed
_•a million.,anda half
of dollars. • • • ,
After this Untoward event, the British
Admiral e,ntrenched`bimself`in the garden,
and in a fort in the river, half:
the garden, known as , Ditch4olly fort, from
which =he could qshell" - the' - city:, The
river'divides Ulittle', distance West of'the
garden ; one branch flows . pest'the city, and
the other flows to. the: South, and, they, join
again Above; Whampoa. The land:. opposite
, the city, eneloseds by the two, , branches, is,
called' Behan Island. The'` branch, Mil it
flows past the . *Fat end of this jeland,
called, the ," * Alacap, passage" , There; is a
fort; on .each side of it. .The . British i held:
these forte, and lad. two vessels :of wae.an
chored in this'- - part of the river; and two
near the North shore, about half a
West of, the, garden, and some Were an
at Wharopoa. After,their slipcase in
burning the: foreign .residences, the Chinese . :
were emboldened to 'Make an attack:Upon!
-the vessels of -war: -no ‘ . l%ide a well::
!concerted attacli Upon the vessels in , the,
i rive,k ...above garden; z.ralich,wasoleary,
suooessful in destroying some of them.
•Suehrvigor, didthe Chinekli , displaY , in their
; - 4 .
:attacks, and so formidable,were their prepa
rations, that the Admiraffelt it necessary to
from putch.-folly. , !There were a large,num,,
ber of warehouse's on the isla:nd, tilled with
British-owned goods. These were being
plundcred",.4ta,the - -Admiral was flint 1 - able to
extend protection to them.
Whampoa is twelve miles East of Canton.'
Phis is h ' e ii1;14110 oft foiiiiil4 l hyping.
There were a good many British and Ameri
cans resident there, engaged in various call
ings. _ They resided in, floating vessels,
`fitted up as houses. There were physicians
and merchants for the supply of ,the foreign
shipping,: the' British < Vice Consul, a Sea
'Bethel', belonging . ' to'the' American
Seamen's Friend Society, and a very exten-
Sive doclr-yard,, for the building and repair-
Ling of Vessels. As :"the, British ,could_ not
afford 'protection, ihis anchorage had to' be
abandoned, the fleatino—reisidences'and the
,Bethel havingheen towed td„ Hong-Kong.
There ,were,a number of small; steamers
that plied on the river i between Hong-Kong
-and Canton, as post:boats: One of-these
, was treacherously cul t off by Chinese Sol
diers, who took passagg on and after
wards, burned4t. also, hadtwo British
coasters andf one American cutter, leen , cut
:off on the river. •Andisuchweethe number
Ohinde'Variela of all 'Sizes' on the
t.l'; . -
river; that cormatuntestton , with Canton was
unsafe, except by heavily, armed steamers.
There are some four. , or five hundred such
Chinese , vessels' the - river,' the 'greater
part of the piratical fleet having made their
peace,withlh! governaent, and
- joined_ the
imperial vessels against ~,the, The
'Chinese were , en gaged. it g --vessels, in
narrow channels to, obstruct the navigation
the river, and there were serious fears
'that they would succeed carrying in their
threats into., force,., to r oirive . the ; , British
entirely= ent of" the, river. All this 'shows
the exasperated state of the 'feeling; of the
Chinese population , and their determination
to.resist the demands of the English...
these temporary successes:will greatlyincrease
their Self-confidence. in the subsequent con
flicts.' They have carried their aggressions
also to Hong-Kong. Hong-Kong' being a
a barren island, its 3 inhabitants, some
seventy-thousand, depend , on the adjacent
country' for SuPplies' of , proviSions. The
Chinese Officers 'have foihidden the Chinese
to carry provisions to the ; British' colony,
and required all their 'people to leave ,the
employ' of theEoglish. ' , The irthabitants , of
the colony are fearful 'if incendiaries and
of poisonings. The, French and American
vessels of. war unite in ! guarding the island
from the insidious attacks; of the Chinese.
The 'British Admiralii in retaliation of
Vide successive attacks of 'the, Chinese, on
the I.2th of January landed a foree in' the
.Western suburbs., of Canton, and. burned
some three thousand ..houses in: that popu
lons anirwealthy part' of %he city. Such is
effort by the' - belligerents to'inflict
the greatest mutual injury : These things
,will render, the adjustment.
,•of, the, diffictil
-ties Very tedious. Though the House of
Cormitionehad paised a resolution "declaring
the proceedings of their officers in' China
unwarranted; the British Ministry have ap
proved their. acts. - And the, Prime. Minister
declared in Parliament, after the ,vote of
'eenstire, - that he Would continue the same
policy, and protect the lives and property' of
,countrymen; and that he, hoped, Fith
the co-operation of the French_and Ameri
can 'Groiernments, =to place4theii- intercourse
with Satisfactory footing.
The last intelligence is, that, Liild Elgin,
formerly GOvernor 'of Canada had. accepted
the.appointment,of special. Commissioner to
Chine,to condiet the negotiations :to effect
Macao, being a PortiglieS Colony,, has
not.been molested: and it is .a secure rest
deuce 'to -Amerieans4 , and up to the latest
date's coinniereenndlriendlyintereouse pro r
ceeded gni usual di thp"other ports; notwith
standing that it has been publlahed from
French papers, that the,Emperor of China
has forbidden his subjects to-trade with. tie
British,'and - -placed these'ports in's' state of
The statement thatthe GoN.'exatuent
at'Peking was in a state of dissolution and
bankruptcy, which...is copied ftom a ,French
paper, as coming overland through Russia,
is 'equally 'unauthenticate& For later ad-
FiCeS from Peking haVe'been received via
Shanghai,which do not' confirm the state
ment, and ;the iOgorous proceedings, of the
Chinese' at Canton • contradict it; Similar
statements ha. , )ebeen } rnade4epeatedly within
the last five years, and yet the Chinese ov
ernment continueslo exist.
While regretting this complete interruption
of` Mistionarplaboriat , Cantow, and this fear
ful leiti`of life rind property Oie can only wait
the de*lopnients' of ;His 'providence "who
doeth all things we11., 1 !, ~May He # so overrule
theie eventaCas to prepare a highway Tor the
coming of His kingdom.- We expect to
givei‘the' roostarecentr details .:.frein,_ the in
surgents at Nanking, in our next issue.
American 'Home , Missionary- Society.
This Society was constituted at a meet
ing held , in •the , Session-Room of the.,Old
Brick chureb,in the city Of. I , feirYork, on
.the 14th of May,1826. It. was estahlished
by the joint action of the' Directors of an
Association formed at Boston in, the begin
nieg of that year, for, the promotion of Do
mestie.Missions; and of theiDirectors. of the
"United Domestic Missionary Society," or-.
ganized in the city of New , „Yollrion the,
9th of 'Mai, tOgether` with other
friends of this great movement„
Dr. Ashhel'Green, in his;history;of,i)res
byterian* Miisions,- •says: "This Society ,
connisted, when organized,of Various dis!
tine,t ,eaclesiastical bodies,' or associations,
three-fourths, Of, which were ?act Presbyte
rian? operate harmoniously with a Six-,
'ciety so eonstitutedilias considered impos
sible .ht:the 'Pfetibiteliart , church;" and;
( therefore, inalWw as ;passed'
2 ' Maori; f. •
bYthe 4 :9 I r I PrI4"AMT-042 1
_ , reFen9l i iqgi
that it should "cease to operate within our
churches" However, the'''New4School
branch of the Presbyterian Churnlaiias re
tained a connexion with that Society until
-the4resent-Aime. ,, ltecentlyoravion&causes:
,have concurred to disturhili t eirhnimony,
On the 22d of December , the . gxecutiVe
Committee of this Society, passed a resolu-
Ytion freior db/drAW tf con
taining slaveholding members, unless evi
dence be furnished that the relation is such
till ble for the time being, in the peculiar
circumstances in which it exists." As
might be, expected, this action in disap
proved, and , strongly
. condeurned by the va
rious newspapers of the New School branch
of our Church, with a single excep
tion. To the many irticles written in op
position, a reply on the part of this 'Com
mittee, has been made by the Rev Dr.:Asa
In -this communication he as
serts his attachment to tlint branch of the
Presbyterian Church, and that the Stated
Clerk of its Assembly approves tii f e action
taken; that it will ;not - be reversed; that
the Committee is = nots, bound absolutely-by
its past acts or declarations and that- the
sentiments of. the . majority of" the patrons
of the Societyre,preeented by` the 'Commit
tee, as. Nell.-as the pressure; from without,
demanded such action.
To ,thisit is replied on the other side,
. • ti • P
that . the, Ceminittee is too irresponsible, and
regulated by rules:, not published abroad;
that this resolution of the Committee' was
intended to be kept' secret; that 'for several
weeks it Wds :not Inown to some of 'the
leadiiig pastors of the Venominations,in New
York ;, and that at , last it only leaked : out
throughe the`` Chiettgo Herald; n' tCongrega
tional paper; and that this rule' or assump
tion on the part of the Cointnittee comes
in , direct conflict with the Constitution of
the Presbyterian Church. , The; New York
Evangelist, Christian : Observer, Genesee
Evangelist; 'Presbyterian,' Wiinees, and
American .Preikyterian,' condemn, the' ieso
lution ;, while the Cincinnati Herald six's
tains it. All „these papers belong to the
NeW-School Presbyterians: The •Hew York
independent' and the Chicago Herald, in
the Congregational interest,, are delighted
with, the : movement • • .
Rev. John M'Donald, Missionary of the
Free •Chureh, at Calcutta, and formerly
ministerin London, thus writes in his Diary,
on the subject of Infant - Baptism,' irt con,
nexion with`' the ,dedication of his first
c 4 Oh, what a privilege is it f I trust I haie bad
communion with the Lord in this died, if ever I
had it. Many encouragements' have I had, and
no misgivingsns to infant . baptism in its faithful
form. Yea, I praise God for such an, ordinance.
I know God's, willingness to bless infants, , I
know, that be did of, old receive them into cove
nant by - seal ; know, also, that infants are
capable of enjoying- the covenant of grace,. and
that the want of faith in those vihd 'are incapable
of faith, is just as applicable to salvation as.to bap
tism, and, therefore constitutes no argument against
" I believe that the seal -of- the covenant' will
be just as' valid to the child when it afterwards
believes, .as if baptized when .adult-,-that: it is
a great.privilege , to have it , externally united
with the, Church, and. for a parent' ".6,, say,
g This, My child. boa - been solerailly publicly
given God .'"'lt is federally hely.' ••• •
"I believe that the 'communion of Cbrist in
cluded the children ,of believers„and, that the
Apostles baptized such; ,and,.l know, that, the
holiest men in all ages have had, communion;with
God in this' ordinance." But' why enlarge'? 9,
my - tord! rbless'theo for eitvieg'me frdm falling
into the cold and , forbidding )thictrine,s of anti;
pedobaplisna I" _ • _
Our London 'Correspondent, in sending Us
the extract, adds
", And yet this man was no bigot. His
catholicity was tested in the case, of. one
baptized in infancy, a member of hie church,
whose conscience urged her to'be baptized
at Calcutta, on ber - diri profession of faith.
Mr. M9Yonald; 'while still maintaining that
infant baptism is, as-well as adult baptism,
acceptable, 'threw no
way, and exprelised his read
iness, as a pastor, to retain - t 4 , Party' as a
member of his flock. .To a Baptist brother,
he-deolared that I : the
.was far more agitated than ; important, „and
his .cordiality never was ruffled. , Vrc..can
well afford to be•thus,cordial, and,the
of. God .teaehes, our brethren ; to. be ,so too.
But their- system, and their very name puts
them and their pepple,,into an atitagonistic
attitude„ and makes them cherish aproselyti
zing spirit .l.
" The London Baptisciliggazke, for r this
„mOntb,,glories over the ,statements fiom the
United', States, as ,tothe, n,, , egiepe otAnfent
Baptism.' Let ministers and 'people look p
,it, that the. reproach, rimy be t,aken Away."
- It would• be but justicei in .the Baptist
:Magazine,' to note that the Sournals.`Of the,
Preshyterian 'Chinch in United - Stlts
have shown conclusively, that BaPtisin is by
no means neglected to, the , degree stated, by
some hasty reprovers.
Itission at. Wapanueka, Creek Natio,n
We have a letter from Miss M. C. Green
leaf, of this Mission; not direCted to us for
publication, but an extract from which'we
.venture to lay before our readers. It pie
sents,to ms the efforts of our Board toward
the Tivilizing, as well as the Christianizing,
of the Indianslabors tending to their
present cenifort, as well as their'friture joy
—,a,wise Care 'for, these things which tend
to the perpetuity•af the race; as well as for
what •belongs to - the immortal, happy exist
`ence 'of the individuhl. 'lt is in view of
,the civil and social influence of the Missiona
among -the Indians, that Gpvernmen con
tributes to their sustentation. In our pur
chases of 'lands from them, it is always an
arrangement that 'part of 'the purchase
money shall be apprepriated annually to
• their education; and experience has con
vinced both the 'Government and the Indian
people,' that the :riatist-econnitical, pleasant
and effective mode of spending the annuity
.is, through, the agency of the' Missions. ".
Miss-Greenleaf passed through our, city,
in June last, in company, With Miss Morri
son and Mr. Young, who were on'their Way
to Spencer Anademyr, She says
This Institution, a's
is, designed to acorn
moditte onti hundred
girls., For their,. accommodation, large
t,4ree, ; skury buqing,.
,abounds:inthis ; region, was erected in 1,861.
sitting-rooms for tie girls out of I°l6l.
; i. :.',.-•,!
Wlislf we have a full celps of laborers, three:!
,ladies' pi, each school, three others take
•Carenf themaut of satool; and , oner assists •
the Superintendent's wife in the care of the
in turn, perfornt the labor there. Owing to I
:alack ofilabeirere'rWe have but two schools I
now, and, for some reasons, not quite one I
hundred scholars. My department is the
care of girls out of school, which includes I
the cutting and fitting their garments, i
teaching them to make them, and also to
mend them; instructing them in personal I
cleanliness, the care of their sleeping and
_ sittinvooms, and ironing; also. _nursing
them when ill, and imparting daily such I
mere' and religious instruction as, with the
Divine blessing, may 'qualify them for use
' fulness in this life, and for .'happiness in tlie
life to come;
..to which must be added con- I
stant discipline. I have not had More than
twenty-nine at once, under raj , care; but
.they are- enough to occupy me closely all
day, as. you May suppose; for would not ,
;any mother, with half , that nuniber, be' com
pletely engrossed with Sher cares4and' labors ?
Yet 1 have been favoreil with uninterrupted
health, and have , had much enjoyment-in ,
these humble labdrs for these , children;
hoping the' constraining motive is I 10 - ve to
Rim "'who, though =he was rich, for' our
sakes became poor,' and gave his life a ran
som for US." At.our' communion in.-Octo
ber, two 'of our:eldest scholaral(seienteenor
eighteen years did,) were :admitted to the
church, and we• have ,heard recently 'that
ti ree of the former pupils have' joined the
Methodist Church; but the generality are
thoughtless and unconeerned; Their•'ages
. vary, ,frozn eight :to eighteen years;' most of
.mine are under. twelve. Some7of them. are
verrinteresting_; and, often, in, play-hours,
when I am in my own room, they tap at my
door, -and,--with-smiling feces, want,to 'come
in for a little-while; • and then- they amuse
themselves' with examiningeverything- in
the room. Several are new - scholars, who
..understand little English y hitt: they learn
quickly, and are, generallA. mire easily gov
erned than white children although all of
them show plainly' that they belong to our
fallen race. Our hope - that "God • has
many here whom he will make:'"
in the"-day of his' power," to ' , believe in
Christ; and so we labor in faith and hope.
We have had some quite* cold Weather;
snow on the ground for hearlythree weeks.
It was only four :or five inches in depth;
but a cold rain on the top formed a crust,
and , the neighboring creek was =frozen so
that the girls could -slide - on • it. Now, the
8110 W is'gone, and the weather is mild and
pleasant. We have fine rural' prospects
I here—the house standing. on -an elevation—
I a small prairie in front, and, beyond, woods;
then-a, large, prairie is seen asf .at the brow
of, ahill, beyond which forests, : and hills are
seen, at the distance of several, miles.- Not
a, habitation in sight ,and, we travel miles
. the road, sometimes, without seeing one;
for the Indians live, out of sight,,and.bridle
. paths lead to their homes._ ;
SALT LAKE AND UTAIL—A letter issjuSt
received from. Mr. C. IL Van Binan, :Agent
of the American' Bible Society, in ;Mali
Territory. It is dated at Salt Lake City,
Oct 31st, 1856; and: hence has had a te
dious passage---fullfive months. •111 r. Van
Bruin speaks of his beitivreceiied with
kind feeling, and high '"regard: t. He • had
quite pleasant' interview with President
Young and his Council, 'who manifested a
deep interest in his, mission, and ,prorn'sed
all help and encouragement. It will gratify
us greatly if we shall leant that the prom
ises have been kept.
CHANCELLOR joHNs, of , ; Delaware, a dim
tinguished. Elder hi the Presbyterian Church,
died on the 28th ult.; :in the,66th year of
NEW ENGLANE IN GENERA.
Notwithstandii4 the fluctuations and many
changes of opinion, iind'the fiercer` excitement of
politics,: the deseendants bf thiiTuritaris not only
2cdiserve their time-honored custom , of the: Annual
Thanksgiving,. bat also, the .no less =ancient or
necessary- annual day of, humiliation, fasting,tind
prayer.) The Governors of Termont and Maine
have issued their proclamations for the latter'ob
servance ; in the firstmentioned Shit° :It will. be
-on the 12th' of April, and in: tha 'second on 'the
It la mentioned as evidence' of an•lNGEEasin
RELIGIOUS Firma:oin Maine;that .rnany in-
stances social parties and accid4ital gatherings
are, by common consent, converted into prayer
meetings. The revival in the State prison. 'of
Rhode Island still continues, it has now been in;
progress for six months. The result lids' been the
hopeful conversion of twentY: five, inclUding pll
the members of the Bible Classes taught by the
Rev. Dr. Wayland and Rev.Mr:
The Evangelical Christians of 'Boston_ naturally
feel solicitous for the , success of the Rev. E. N.'
•Kirk„inhis field of labor in Paris, since he la
sbored long and• successfully in their .04. ; Nor
,vis.thia solicitude confined : to thent,,,but is ,felty.in
..sothe degree, "by- ; all interested in the- spiritual
...welfare .of the many ,Atneritans; that ,-visit
the French Capital: The church, in , the:Aue
d'Agasseau; in possession .of the English rest
- dents, has not been pupchased, -NBA re..
ported, on aceotint the,oppogtion . itrpst& of
them. Bat ' a location las been lieettred heat. the
-"Chanips Elysees; wliered lurk 'edifice 411 V be
itnmediately 'erected.. In 'the. niastitiinei'Divine
service 'will be Corulneted ina'snitablelhait. ' # Tire
Correspondent - of the - New Yoi* Bxpras giiis a
notice of this enterprise not aeall' creditalile to
onr:Minister, Mason, or his , family,: and
reflectiiik severely on ..the character of 'many
- Antericarer , viiiiing-Paria He , gays r' -
"We heard' 'an - excellent • sermon on Sunday.
None of the Msons were there, as they stimilld
have been, to sustain the -national character, of,
the, enterprise; but there was .a presentation at'
court the settle day, and twenty Ainericans' were
presented: I think it is a disgrace to the' country
that; Americans Will go in such 'crovids'on Sunclay.•
It .is said ,that the Emperor adopted. the Sabhath
day in hope, of getting rid of ,the swarm ,of ,Amer
leans ; and there was no ;sender he, Should wish
to; but le his riot suecieded." ; ' ' j"- •
- 4 is but too true that many of tfieAmerioans
Who, go abroad not only leaye behindlhateier of
religionnicharacter may cave` had, but, alio
Make themselves, innentialyiridieniona byt. their
• efforts for admission too- imperial and royal:wee
•ences. , Nor,. do we; believe! , that,„the!cenduci of
Mr., Mason, :in prostitnting, by ;h ll3 Snbbath Pre l ,
sentations.at Court,. a day held.sacraddn. his ; Own
land; meets With the approbation of gislat Mt:
tom he .pepresents. ' • •
. • Much interest is still manifestedlto learn: the
theological..position of•Pnor. - 11tetirritsno w men
' tiened 'in 'orte last. The Professor ;seenis e'xceed
•iney 'anxious to , heal- the .breac lietween the
Orthodox and the' • 1;?•ti it arlatlC Attlf? p urit an Re:
cordei Chargetiliirnwith phbliS rfa `in his jour:
real, sermons-of the O. rtliodoxAintano ing nothing
ohAietionahle,'lo Utittarlinif 'While the sermons published oit
the othirthifde; ii4; , verY strd B B l 3 l '
TTnitaiiate The 4 sitinS‘' 1 1. 1.. • 4
0 , 1 jtaper •a, so emerges ..unn
Vita acekuig a' aconlPielluaiiiiiii"'
M. C. GREEN La?
in- sulh eonnexion,) by endeavoring to
over the orthodox to his own views, and ll,t
gang to them.
'There has been mnch speculation as to the p m
cise age of the " BUICK Cuuncti."
nutter is now settled by discovering, on the hit , '
slab over the front door, an inscription which %,
serts, that it was erected in 176 . 7. It was opub
for Divine worship on the ist day of January, 17..
The sermon was preached by the first pastor, I L..
Bev. Dr. Rodgers, from these words of thepropl-,,,,.
of Haggai : " I will ill this house with my glor;,
saith the Lord of Hosts." The first sale of p m
Was held on the fourth day of the same moni.
During the Revolution this church was used i
the British ; first; as a prison, and afterward s
a Hospital. At the time of the restoration (z
peace in 1783, there was no Presbyterian elm:C.
in the city, owing to the uses to which they L.,
been put by the invaders, in a suitable eonditi:
for the assembling of a congregation. j .)7
Rodgers' famous Thanksgiving sermon, on t 5,:
occasion; was delivered . in St. Paul's, an Episety,.
church. • Neuy hearts will be made sad, upon
visiting New York, to see the church where thti
-fatherS long' worshipped, laid in the dust-,.
rather; that the place which knew it, now kno-
I it no more. • '
The Armin]. TRAIDE BAB of Books has be , p
well attended this season, and the bidding
The Common. Council, of, 13*,00KLYN has gittt
yermission to the City Car Company to run their
cars in the city on the Sabbath, but has not r ,
quired it ; the responsibility is thrown upon the
Company. The Christian portion of the com
intlitity'greatly regret that such permission ha.:
• A REVIVAL is reported in progress in th•
church of the -Re*. Henry Ward Beecher ; severe:
have been hopefully converted, and prayer -meet
ings are held every morning at . eight o.'clock.
. tnagnificent projects of, the "NEW YEE
SIO;USTS " of the Bible, have at last dwindled to
a very small affair. The whole matter has been
committed to two men—the Old Testament to one,
and thEvNew to another.
A bill to renew the LICENSE SYSTEM of NV'
York, with regard to the sale of spirituoos
liquors, has passed the Assembly, though act
without being vigorously opposed by the friends
of prohibition. The bill provides that upon 1.4
application of thirty freeholders, a license ni
be granted. An attempt was made to have
added, that upon the remonstrance of forty a
license might be refused; but this was defeated.
ThelirmonisTs have already secured in em 1.,
and negotiable notes, the sum of. $215,009, f_r
their University at Troy; and it is intended 1.•
iiffeieiLSe thiA arnOunt 'to $500,000. The buildin:
is now being, erected;..it will be in the Byzantin,
style, two hundred and twenty-five feet front, ar.:
fifty-five feet in depth; four stories high, witl
four towers, and wilt toss $60,000.
The CATHOLICS are to build an immense ad
splendid cathedral on Fifth Avenue, New Ter . ::
City. ;. This new edifice, it is expected, ail.
'be the finest on this continent, and ani.y be sun
passed in the old world by St. Pant's, at Lander,.
and St. Peter's, in some. The towers will t:
one hundred feethigher than the spire of TriniK;
:The Pumsrini.esita. CONFEWCE of the Meths
dist Episcopal Church met in Wilmington, Del,.
,on the : 25th of March. Bishops Waugh and Scott
presided. This Conference, like the Old Synod
of -Philadelphia, embraces a large extent of ter
ritory. The number of "Itinerants " on its list
is tw,o hundred and , eleven. During the last year
the Tract Society of ,this Conference distribute:
$lB,OOO worth-of tracts.
The Managers -of the Apr REIM/ICES' LranAar
Company.have Made their. Annual_ Report This
seeins to he a very 'useful institution, and to be
well.and "energetically managed. It• is intended
for , bettrhoys and girls,' the collections for the two
se'seeybeing • separate. '!Within the year there
have-I:men ' loaned" front, the Boyel library 18,717
- and 'front- the - Oirle - 16,-253: The groes
number of volumes in - the library is 13,28.
Over $50;000 have been contributed ` for the we
Of this library Private rinniatenCe.
The Oman 11 . 14 Presbyterian church (New .
School) is receiving a gracious visitation frtm Or
High. Retween.sixty and seventy persons are re
o converts. The prolect of a. Pret.4l3-te
rian- Church in*eskCireen Street is 'warmly adro
tarted. by many.; That, district of the city is in
provieg, - rapidly,ancl many af. the, residents are
anxious for 'the, establishment . of, an Old Soho&
-chprolt in the locality. necessity for o
:moVement ,of t ,this kind, in several , districts of
:Pittsburgh, and Allegheny, is apparent to all, and
confesied by hatwe' are not aware that ac
tibn is Itappettiu to be avers
difficult matter to lead ourpeople to realize their
responsibilityin the matter.of- - Church Extension.
We Isope for better days.
Mocutt's Post; Office address '1
'clianoid from 'Newthan's Mills, Indiana
Co., Pa..,to , Nilliamsburg; Blair Co., R..
Rav- tTAmEs tILFLAND was installed a:
Oswegatehie Yon the nth of 31a.rch
REV- P. 'CA.7sP's Post Office address
°hinged from Canton, Bradford County.
APAlisterville, Juniata Co., l';=
Correspondents; will please notice the
REV,. I). -ll.Axi, having removed to ti country;: asks ,
eorreapondents to acltire, ,
him at Adams, Armstrong County,
instead of Ruady's 'Bend, Pa:, as hen:-
fore: : -
.P‘ENc„S. : C. LorrAzi of Constantine, - Mel ,
gam,. has beeu to the' Fifth churcl. ,
REV: ata: MICTNLEY - , of Petersburg, JIL.
has ..reocited and": accepted a call to the
ehareh in Middletown, 111.
1 1 :11.Tv - 1.:G. ll.' W. PETRIE, of Marietta, G . a..
"hai'aeCipted a can froin'the Presbyten l ::
Montuomery Ala 2
8•, ,P 71
.;:estyt B eria K n. -FA'qmxalps"bo President
llegeatGr 'f Gras='
bore', Ga.., has .been: 'Called tQ Marietz;.
ltslt. N M.I)ON.A.I.D's Post Office address
X changed ;from St. Paul's, N. C., to
etville, N. C.,
.MR. F.." PE: RUTHERFORD, of Danville Ser . :
been called to the church-
P.14.u. died at, his residence, in .3!"'
S. C., on the 12th of Feb., aged
Pew the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate.
- PITTSBURGH, Tod., April ath,l , 7--" .
REV. DR. Mclinormr.---Deorßre.:—Permit r " .
through your:. paper to return niy grateful 5 . ";
knowledgments to the members of , the
Presbyterian Church in this city. for the
hind umnifestation of tihristian affection, int:—
generous donathin of one hundred and ferry
dollars, and also a -handsome and very i's l " l -
addition, to my•litmary, donated by Capt.
,FeloCandless„ and A. W. Foster,
For these benefactions, I.,feel
Viols are iinposed mien pie t h at 1. can n ever
pay; .- That Aimee kind and generous friends to.ki,
be ahmidantly, rewarded with heaven's Tidl'
-,_biessi!llK_Auring their pilgrimage on earth?
'F.9 . 9 1 4 1, t- 41 Vn 'inheritance incorruptible,und et .
_and thaeifadeili not: eivay, is my earnest and Ft
'cireiVaWit ' dos. p. Gospo.