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Atanitru OF WASHINGTON COLLEGE , -
The proceedings of the Annual Meeting ar
rived too late for insertion.- They will op
pear nexeweek. .
Tiiu Ancuumik Tram Socrzrz finds it
self greatly embarrassed in its operations, by
the action of the meeting last Spring. For
an important declaration of purpose, see our
WEIMLIBERTY UNIVERSITY.—The Semi.
Annual Meeting of the Board of TruEtees
Will he held'at Hamilton, Ohio; on Tuesday,
the 29th inst., at 7 o'clock P. M. A fall
attendance is earnestly solicited.
E. B. BAFFENSPERGER, Secretary.
THE PROCIUDINGS of the Directors of
the Seminary of the
.North-West, will be
found in anotben.part of 'this paper. The
meeting was. one of - deep 'interest. We
have no question, at present before our
'Church, of 'moie importance than that
which relates to the character and success
of this institution:
A to Pray.*
Tho;o . ondtiOn,Cf our missionary brethren
in ,India was • alarming, at last accounts.
-.foretell -the continuance of
distress,,nor the result. But God oontrols
all, and he;is thi hearer of prayer, See
the. 4 /liiirtrite of the Executive Committee"
of our Foreign Board.
Our New Tallies.
We Wow isauti,the flist number of Volume
VI., of the .Pres4terian Aanner, and are
permitted to acknowledge the good hand of
the Lord upon ue. We, thank our brethren
for their steady eo-operation r and hope that
they will - .trier' continue and abound.
Promptitude in renevraliAs a great con-
Nenieuce. We issue copies enough this
week for at OUT old Subicribers and . for
some now ones..
• _ ,
donefetatiOnilisin in Illinois.
grotii the Minutes of 'the last qeneral
Association , Of ihe following 'statis
tics are gathered
There are fookk Loca4 Assoeiations, em
bracing one, Undred anithirty-eight minis
ters. Of these, twenty-five are settled pas
tors, fifty-fair are stateUsupplies, and the
.remainder liii4eceither no charge, or their
relatioWle i a (Amish is net noted.
thentunlir of ohurOhes one hundred
and fifty-sixi and of communicants eight
thousand ninei. hundred and thirty seven.
1 Qu estion &lowered.
Ba nor on pays . It appears
that, at last,cwe have an Qld School fresby
teriantirrarch Petruit. This, however,,
not"by agency or liberality of our
own:,..ne.gernd,Chureti (N. S.) has. di
nd this'. conservative portion with.
Rev. lien4Neill, their pliatiir, have organized
a church, "intending to lie in our connex
ion. They *ill be,weloCiiie?
" Wonder if the Bonsai; and Adiocate
would hid otir United Synod "as cordiid a wel
come 1"'--4.Pieibiterian, *Wanes.i.
Certainly,* t we will. We ;receive all who
come ipus.. We measure' not Christians by
lines, but by the rule of faith.,
; theUn't d Synod"
e. will come to us,.
bringing, n its fullneis; virity, and love,
tlie:asine•Gospel which we have received,
we will welcome them, man by man, and
chirch by' church, each is the evidence of
&meter sentiment 'shall be presented..
Our Missionaries in - India.
There . is an intense feeling relative to the
condition 'of our missionaries in India.
Slime of them Were exceedingly exposed to
danger. Very much mission property was
deitroYed, and probably some lives were lost;
but still there is *rooarf to hope for their
By the courtesy of the conductors of the
Presbyterian, we last week received an ad
vance slip; reached. ati just after our,
paper was sent to the press. We now give
from that sheet, a statement of the position
of quite a number of our brethren which
indicates that they are in positions of safety :
We may here state the situation of the
missionaries, so far as known. Mr. Lowell.
that, at Peshawar, where the British are
, in strong position ; Mr., Morrison and his
family are in the hills near Rawal Pindi ;
DriAtiwton and, his family are at"Sabatbu ;
;Carleton and his family are at Sus
sc,i4,,it,,the bills near Sabatha ; Dr Camp-
Mesirs. Janvier, Oaldbrwood,
and their families, and Mrs. Scott, of Agra,
Mrs. WOodoide, and Mrs. Heron, are all
at .Sandonr, in the bills,• and Me-srs
Wadable and Heron 'it' their station at
Dare; which is brit a few hours distant
• frOi.Lindour—these hill seations being all
botisidered as not exposed to immediate
diingici; Messrs. Forman and Barnes, and
and Mr. Orbison,of Ainbala,
rOitifizo. with the Seceder missionaries of
• ' Sealliote;:are all in the fort at Labor; Mr.
• `Cloloknatit' was at his station at Jalandar ;
) Messrs. Scott, Fullerton, Williams, and
Utlinann, and Mrs:Fullerton and Mrs.
03 - man, are in the fort it Agra; Messrs. Oweb
81 bs, and the fifthly of the hitter, were
s'L. 4 ;''diity'expeeted at Oaleutti, , where, Mrs Owen
'would arrive from iiihreoultri'atimit the
drat of October.
Contiges—Commeneement Week at Wash
The Commencement exercises of Wash
ington College, Pa., were held during the
last week. We had the pleasure of but a
very brief intercourse with the Literati on
the occasion. What we bad was delightful;
and our means of information as to the whole
fete, with all the performances, were such,
that we are enabled to speak of it with some
minuteness, and with very great confidence
in the' accuracy of our statements.
- These.• annual.• festivals of our American
Colleges are ever seasons of great interest to
all good citizens. But they are, in regard
to most of them, especially interesting to the
friends of religion. With hardly an excep
tion, our Colleges have been established to
raise up a learned and able ministry for
Christianity. That the country may enjoy
the blessings attendant upon revealed reli
gion, and the masses obtain the knowledge
which is able to save the soul; through the
efficiency of Divine grace, is the paramount
end of their institution. They are,=there
fore, in • a peculiar and pre-eminent sense,
the property of the Church. They have
been founded, and are maintained, by the
contributions of Christiana. They are water
ed, and made to flourish, by, the prayers of
God's people. They are guided and:con•
trolled by the wisdom of those who are them
selves taught of God. They are 'Under the
tuition of Zion's best sons. They evi r have
been, and may still be, to agreat extent, Schools
of the Prophets. The power which thy
wield is legitimate and prodigioui. It is a
power over mind—over the rising, and
soon to be the controlling mind of the whole
This power is now in the hands >of the
Church, and dark and porteatous will be the
day, when she relinquishesit The Church
must retain this power. She must never
permit the institutions of learning to pass
from her hands. She needs them, and she
is competent to , use them. Her ministry
must ever be well provided with intellectual
furniture. She must have able pastors. On
this condition only can the local churches
become centres of, light, On this,condition
only can the ministry acquire and maintain
that pervading influence which' properly, be
longs to Christ's servants, and. which is ever
pregnant with blessings to' the Masses of
Moreover, the College, whatever may be
said or thought to the-contrary, is a popular
institution. 'lt' is as truly so as the Common
School None can think more highly, of
common schools than we do.• -The mass
of the •people must always be educated
in them. They cannot, therefore; be too
highly prized, or too carefully fostered.,
Yet the College is as truly institution for
the common people as is the common school
itself-;' Indeed, the existence of the former
is essential to the existence of the - latter.
How ;long would the rivers flow .without
the ocean to feed them ? The poor man,
equally with the rich, enjoys the bright sun
shine, and feels the genial warmth of these
institutions: Probably three-fourths of the
graduates of all our. Collekei belong to fam
ilies of small means. Ws say, then, without
hesitation, and without fear of contradiction,
the College is a popular . institution. Its
benefits are common .benefits ; They belong
to no party, no sect, and no class exclu
The influence of your Colleges, for weal ,
woe, is prodigious. They give tone and
character to our literature. They are the '
mould, = into which are , cast the minde of
statesmen, judges, lawyers, physicians legis-
Wets and ministers. The educated men of
every profession and pnrsuit 'are fashioned
by .their influence. And ,every educated
man beconies,' in turn, an educator.- His
example and_ his 'opinions 'are !'contagions
'His ideas, his tastes, his habits, 'his princii
pies, his manners, 'are- insensibly cominuni
cated to his neighbors. C,thers catch his
" . sympethies, kindle with enthusitism,
think his thoughts,-and'rp enact his actions:
In short, he in himself practical School ;
and his type of character, whatever it may
be, is perpetually reprld.u.eing itselfin those
Who are about him. ' '
But we are wandering.' We took up the
pen to give some account of Commencement
Week, at Washington, and we, find: ourselves
insensibly'drawarinto a dissertation on Col
legis in general_ AttractiVe and important',
as the theme is, we withdraw the hand, and
return to ourteriginal purpose.
The Baccalaureate Sermon to the Senior
Class, wad' preached by the President, Dr.
Scott, erg. Sabbath morning, the 'l3th. It
was an able and instinctive exhibition of the
charal4r of the4Po4le Pa'ul,vrhoj was Add,'
up tsethe young gentlemen as a model for,
theit imitation. Id the evening, the Rev
A 8. Mac Master, D ,-'of Poland, Ohio
delivered an -eloquent discourSe.,before ' the
Society of Religious Inquiry, from .Luke
AO, 11. Ilia subject *iias the Idcarnation of
the Sonef•Chitt;'aidbis special object was to
develop the causes of joy wrapped up in
this event:;:, Ile showed, in a graphic and
forcible manner, thatwe have reason to re
joice in this mystery; because F it was the ful
filment of, ancient prophecies, promises, and
hopes; beeause, thereby, 'heaven and earth
were united, the Divine and human' natures
became one, because, herein the love of
God to our race was signally and illustriously
displayed; because it broke down the mid
dle *all of partition between Gentile and.
Jew, and admitted the former to all the priv
ilegesef the latter; and because, in the days of
Messiah, the Gospel was, to have a universal
diffusion. These points,-from the accounts,
given us, must have been opened with.clear
ness and power,' and the practical application
of the whole have been exceedinely beauti
i ful and effective.
The two Literary SOOleties of the College
—the Washington and the Union—held
their joint annual festival on Tuesday even.
ing, and were addressed' by' the Rev. William
H. MeGuffey D Dthe
of U iversity of Vir
gmia. Dr. <McGnffey .is. one of : the post
distinguished . and honored .of eons of
Wuhington, and well did he, on this oece
THE. PRESBYTERIAN BANNER AND ADVOCATE
sion, sustain his high reputation as' a deep
thinker, a vigorous writer, and an eloquent
Divine. Eirery tongue spoke of 'the dis
course with admiration. His theme was
the Educational Mum:lees of Frerdom..
These influences were developed with clear
ness and force. Dr. McGulley's style is di
rect and simple, with no straining after ef
fect; no attempt at what is oalled 'fine writ.
ing ; but his thoughts are massive, compact,
and vigorous; his logic close and convincing ;-
and his philosophy' , profound;'coMprehensiVa'
and genial. The impression which he makes•
upon his audience is, that he is speaking,
not for ae talk's sake, but , because he has
something to communicate from the well.di
gested stores of his own mind.•
The exercises on Wednesday attracted an
immense concourse of citizens and. strangers.
The large , hall of the. College was crowded at
an early hour with beauty and intelligence.
Among the, distinguished gentlemen who
graced the occasion, were the Rev, Drs. El
liott and Plumer, of the Western Seminary;
the , Rev. Dr. McGuffey ; the Rev. Mr.
Speer, of the California Mission ; the Hon.
John L. Dawson, of Pennsylvania; Capt.
Howard Stansbury, of the United. States Ar
my; and the veteran Congressional Reporter,
A, J. Stansbury, Esq , with many others.
Ten of the young gentlemen. composing_ the
graduating claw, delivered addresses. These
brief spechnens of - their improvement, and
skill in the 'difficult arts of composition and
elocution, gave unmixed gratification to, the
large and intelligent audience in attendance.
There was nothing flashy, no bombast, no
mere • declamation. The orations evinced
thought; many of them 'close, vigorous, earn-.
est thought., Naturalness and promptness
of manner, both
. in their writing and deliv
ery, Flowed that mind, and not memory alone,
had been under the discipline of patient care
and skill. From the high encomiums passed,
and the universal satisfaction exhibited, - we
may congratulate the Truaees and Faculty of.
Washington College oh the eminent success
of their efforts to elevate the standard of
scholarship in this institution; We trust
that this success will wily stimulate them - to
sill greater efforts in the future, and that
they will go on unto perfection.
Progress is the purpose of the Board.
They •are enlarging the means of instruction,
by increasing the corps of instructors.. Two
of the' , inembers of the graduating /class, Mr.
Frederick H. Wines, who received the first
honor of his class, and Mr, John Acheson,
who had a very high position in it for schol
arship, have been appointed Tutors. These
gentlemen are spoken of as possessing high
qualifications for the duties of,their appoint'
merit. They will have,' charge of the Pre ,
paratory Department,' and will also . aid in
the instruction of the College classes. Their
services in the College proper, are expected
to be equivalent to the services of an 'addi
tional Professor. *ashington College: has
already, under her new regime, reached a
high - position in Jespect of scholarship, and.
wise and efficient discipline; and her star, we
doubt not, is destined to peer yet higher.
The degree of A. B. was conferred on,
eighteen young gentlemen,. the greater part
orwhom, as we were informed, have, the Gos
pel 'ministry in view. •
The hqziortuy , degree of D. D. was con
ferred or: the, Rev. Frederick Monod, of
France; -the Rev. Algernon-Sydney
Master, of Poland, Ohio; Rev. Benj. Chase;
of Natchez; and, Rev. J. Price Stafford, of
Frankfort, K r .
Let us cherish our Colleges. We speak
not:of one, but all. Especially, let'us guard
and cherish the.religious influences connect
ed with them. A pure moral atmosphere,
and a strong' religious sentiment pervading
our seats of learning, ;will be like a well of
water springing up into everlasting life. But
let infidelity and vice once gain an ascendency
there; and' the moral contagion iisuit g from,
them would be more to be dreaded than the
deadliest exhalations'of a stagnant lake HoW
important that they be under a continued
Divine influence Let but the Spirit of God
.dwell in them, and breathe his influence on
all connected with them, 'and we are safe!
We shall have a Christian literature. We
shall• have an open. Bible. We shall have,
just laivs. We shall have rulers fearing God,'
and' doing right. We shall have the profes
sions filled with men. to :whom the cross of
Christ is precious. We shall have a country
covered all over with spiritual bloom, and
freshness, and fertility—a moral Eden, love
ly as the budding Spring, fruitful as the
teeming Summer. Surely then, our Col
leges should lie warm on the, heart of the
Church; they should breathe in her sympa
thies,-and live in her prayers.
The accounts received .from India detail
the most shocking scenes of cruelty which
we have ever heard described. They far ex
teed the horrors connected with savage war
fare, at the early settlement of our own court
- We quote not the worst of them.
They are such as should not be read in our
families. From among the inultitudes of
narrations before us, we select two or three,
as they:are given by Dr. Duff , :
An eye-witness to the brutal conduct of
the mutinous Sepoys at Allahabad, who
himself had a narrow escape from their ruth
less hen,* thus writes :--" A next-doof
English neighbor of mine was visited one
night by a gang of upwards of two dozen
Sepoys, fully equipped with destructive
arms. On the hue and cry being given, I
went up to the terrace of my house, and
saw with My own eyes the rascals cutting
into two an infant boy of two or three years
of age, while playing with his mother : next,.
they hacked into. pieces the lady; and sub•
sapiently, most shockingly and horridly, the
husband." The writer Made his escape by
a back-door, and, by means of a baniboo, he
managed to' cross the Ganges, and make
his -way, through multiplied difficulties, to
At one of the stations, a lady, in panic
terror, bad hidden herself in an obscure cor
ner of the house. Through a chink or crev
ice in the partition, she saw the bleeding
head of one of her children rolled as a ball
across the floor;
,and'on emerging from her
hiding place, beheld the fragments of aneth
`er-scatteredabout her I
Here is another variety of incident in !the
terrible tragedy now enacting in the North.
West, as related by an eye-witness An
officer and hiS wife were attacked by many
spwars, or mutineers of native cavalry. The
brave, officer,: iingly shot dead seven of them,
on the spot, and at last was overcome by a
Dumber of the - rebels. ,Instead, however, of
allowing himself to be disgraced by the
scoundrels, under the pressure of the awful
emergency, he first killed his wife, and then'
put an end to his own life 1
Outrages far worse than these, and em
bracitm,large numbers of both sexes and all
ages, have b'een enacted. They show the
horrors - of heathenism; and provoke an awful
revenge. But God says, " Vengeance is
mine: I will repay." It will be well if
Christian England shall not enact heathen
ish scenes upon the murderers, in the day of
The Southern Presbyterian Review
for July, bala just reached us. Whether_ it
was behind time in its being issued, or de
tained by mail, we know not. The subjects
treated are, I. Miracles ;IL Vindication of
the Scriptural Messianic Interpretation of
Isaiah ; 111. The. Teachings of the
Dead ; IV. The General Assembly of 1857;
V. Critical Notices.
The article on Miracles is excellent; that
on the Assembly displays more of crabbed
ness, party feeling and,sectionalism than we
bad tripposed was cherished by any Member
of that harmonious collection of Christiaos.
We were not aware of any conflicts there
waged, on the principles upon which our
benevolent operations are conducted, . and
hence are no little surprised at seeing triumphs
The Review is ably ccnducted, and'should
circulate much more extensively than it
does. Reading and crhioising, the same
journals, in the, differentand fardistant sec
tions of the land, has a:mighty influence in
rounding Of asperities and in forming a
homogeneous public. sentiment.
E A TIEN BUM - M
A R Y
BOSTON AND NEW ENGLAND.'
No other city in the Union can present
so many objeCts connected with the 'Early
History and Revolutionar,y Struggle of this
great nation, as Boston. Here they can
point you, to the harbor in which the obnox
ious tea was destroyed ; to Bunker Hill,
where British regulars were first
feel the power_resting in the impetuous valor
and deter Mined daring of American militia;
to the Elm tree, in an excellent state of pre
servation, under which Washington took
command of the American; army; to the
house occupied as his head quarters, for
many years the dwelling place of the p-et,
Longfellow ; to the spot where .John Han
cock lived in baronial sumptuousness; and
to old Faneuil Hall, where the voices of the
greatest orators and statesmen of Massachu
setts have been so often heard:
Nor are the reminiscences of the Piety of
Former Days devoid of interest. > Precious
are= the of Elliot, of the Mayliews,
of the Mathers, and many other worthies.
Oh, that all: the ministers in this wide land
had their sincere piety and glowing zeal I
Intimately.connects d -with the religious
history, not only of Boston, but also of New
England, is the Old South (Sunk on
Washington Street. The first building was'
erected in 1670, but the edifice has remained
in its present form ever since 1730. The
parsonage, and the ancient land marks, have
been swept away by the imperious demands
of trade, but there stands the same old I
ehutith, in outward appearance, as when
erected one hundred and twenty-seven years
ago. The refitting of the interior for the
greater convenience of a worshipping assent
blY, but without any material alteration of
the original plan, has been completed:
Neither the sounding board nor the, chande
lier have been removed • 'there they halm
as in former;.days. This congregation has
'begun to receive : a large income from its
property, and hati set itself about dispersing,
with a liberal band, for the spiritual benefit
of the city. A Free Chapel has been .open
ed a destitute part, and the Rev. Jacob
Manning has been associated, as cb-pastor
with the able and . beloved Rev. Dr. Hag
den, who was installed pastor in 1836 At
the' installation of Mr Manning, the sermon
was preacheaby Professor Parke, of Ando
ver, on the harmony of the Divine character,
as manifested' in the works of God. with the
doctrines of his"revealed Word. The charge
to the new pasiar was given by President
Stearns, of Amherst College. • " The Right
hand of Fellowship" was most cordially and
affectionately given by the senior colleague,
Dr. Blagden, and the charge to the people
by the Rev. Dr. Nehemiah Adams. This
church remains strongly attached to the
fifth of the early Puritans. Long may it
remain to defend and perpetuate the truth,
as it is in Jesus'!
The'edifice; itself, is connected withmany
important events in the history of Revelu
tionary times. This . was a rallying point in
the excitement caused by the Stamp-Act.
Here the anniversary of the noted " King
Street Tragedy," was held until the Deets
ration of Indepoidence, and among the era
tors were Adams, Otis, and-Warren.
New England has many men still true to
the Old Westminster Doctrines, and who
have been long regretting the downward
tendency visible in the teachings of many
of their brethren, and who have been hoping
and praying for a return, to sound doctrines,
and for the removal of the unhallowed lati
tudinarianism that has crept into many of
the churches. These men have at length
determined upon the undertaking of some
proper and. united action for bringing the
minds of professing Christians back to the
ancient land marks. A circular has been
addressed, to the orthodox ministers, stating
that " a plan" has been " devised by a few
friends of truth in Boston and vicinity, for
an alliance and amoperation - to resist the in
coming of new and false doctrines." The
object seems to be to call a meeting of the
friends- of the old orthodox Standards, at
some -convenient , for an interchange
of views, and to devise ways and means for
future operations. The call is in these
a oras :
6 g We, the subscribers, hereby express our
conviction, that there is occasion for those
'Who' adhere to the doerines - of the `Assembly's
Catechism, to associate and co.operate for
the purpose of resisting the relaxing and cor
rupting tendencies of the times, and our
wish, that, at a suitable time, not distant,
there may be a meeting of such friends of
truth, to confer together, and fix upon some
plan of association and action!'
We are not sufficiently acquainted with
the authors and design of this movement,
to hazard an opinion on its extent or influ
ence; but its beginning and progress, if
any should be made, will be watched with
great interest by many, throughout the en
tire land. Error has had its day; it is time
for truth to assert her inalienable rights.
The Evangelical Churches of New England
owe a debt of lasting gra,titude to the Puri
tan Recorder, for its able, untiring, and
fearless defence of the 4g old paths," against
both open and covert attacks from errorists
of all shades of opinion, and 'for the en
larged benevolence and earnest piety which
it has inculcated. .
All the painters to whom Washington sat
for.his portrait have passed away, save the
venerable Rembrandt Peale, now in his,
eightieth year. He has been sojourning for
some time in. Boston and vicinity, though
Philadelphia is his home, as well as the
place of his birth. His first visit to Europe
was in 1809, where he painted the distin
Another week of severe Pressure in the
Money Market, has passed. The rates of
discount have been exceedingly high, and a,
great degree of uncertainty prevails. Many
well informed in financial matters, suppose
that the crisis has been reached, and that
more favorable state of things will be
brought about in a short time. The banks
have on hands. at least $1.6,000,000 in
Specie, and the government payments are
affording much assistance. And merchants
are waking all possible efforts tO meet their
liabilities, and secure their debts. To in
sure greater promptness, they are beginning
to insist on_ the payment of the notes of cus
tomers at the banks. Notwithstanding all
this, the list of failures and, assignments is
very long, for the week.
General Jackson- bequeathed a Gold
&ruff Box to the most valiant New Yorker,
in the defence of his country. Some time
ago, the Common Council of New York took
the matter up, and made itself sufficiently
ridiculous in its efforts to discover the
"bravest of the brave," who would be en
titled to the distingUished honor: At
length, after frequent meetings, much..dis
cussion, many hard words, and canvassing
the claims of Many asp Ants—for it is as
tonishing how many heroes appear after the
din of the conflict has died away, and all
danger from steel and lead has ceased—the
vote , wati in favor of Major Dyckmin. And
the Council forthwith dispatched a special
..mbssailor, one. Mr.. Van Line, all the way
to Nashville, to receive the coveted legacy.
But Mr. Jackson, thu adopted son of the
old hero, in whose possession it is, positively
refusek to deliver it np, until there shall he
greater unanimity in public opinion as to
the one entitled to receive it; thus telling
the Common Council that he did not con
sider it to represent the majority of the peo
of the State. The friends otthe Major
are greatly incensed, against Mr. Jackson,
whilst the press and the public genertlly
applaud, his course.
ilkyor Wood is not easily silenced ; he
does _not understand an art carefully cul
tivated by astute politicians—he cannot die
gracefully. The course of this man should
be an-instruntive warning to , the American
people, against entrusting power to a schem
ing politician. It will require years to re
move.the evils - of a few months official
daring and neglect, in any , position of trust
or honor. ;It is the Auty of all• good citi
zens every where, but especially of Chris
tian men, to take= a firm stand in social
affairs, and demand a higher standard of
character from those who ask their suffrages
and support, than has been usual.
The religious press, and Christian people
generally, are beginning to be much dissat
isfied with the course pursued by the three
Leading Secular Journals, whose influence
is powerful and widely felt. They are ably
conducted, seeking every means of informa
tion, and employing correspondents in all
parts of the land and the world. Not only
do they give the secular news, but also much
religious news—for which they would be
entitled to the thanks of the churches, if in
their selections they would separate the
precious from the vile. But unfortunately
along with the good is a large mixture of
evil. They strongly advocate the theatre and
the race.courie. They make ungracious
flings at the Church and Christian men, and
thruste at the sanctity of the Sabbath.
Their sentiments are often deeply at variance
with the spirit of the Gospel. Nor is this'
all. In the rage for news, the dens of
shame and degradation are exposed, sand
crimes, the mention of which flushes the
cheek of modesty, are reported in the
minutest particulars, and with the most dis
gusting details. Too often, to carry home
our largest and ablest journals, is to convey
pollution and poison to our families. It
certainly might be sufficient to report facts
horrible in themselves, without giving a se
ries of loathsome details.
The Evangelist comes out in a new dress,
The American and Foreign, Christian
Union has appointed Rev. E E. Adams its
Secretary in Philadelphia. The Union em
braces all Evangelical denominations. It
has been eight years in existence, and its
usefulness is extensive.
The Mormon Newspaper in New York, is
suspended:" The 'Mormons have now, we
believe, but two newspapers, in the :United
States, the Standard at San Francisco
and: the .Deseret, News, at Salt Lake. City
The authorities of New York have seized
a°2!)Teat number of Obscene Publications.
The authors and publishers are to be prose
elated. They are represented as being aw
fully vile. 'We are sorry that they should
agents in thiS city; and cannot but
hope that they will be restrained.
Rev. Ar=ANDER SINCLAIR, pastor of the
Presbyterian church of Sharpsburg, Al
legheny Co , Pa., has received a unani
.: moos call from the Presbyterian church
of Charlotte, North Carolina, which he
intends to accept.
Rev. W. P. HICKMAN was installed pastor
of the Presbyterian church of Blacks
burg, Va., by the Presbytery of Mont
gomery, on the 13th of June.
Rev. JOHN S. GRASTY has been installed
pastor of the churches of Fincastle and
Mountain Union, Va.
Rev. R. A BROWN'S Post Office address is
changed from Chicago, Illinois, to No.
1526, Wallace Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
Rev. JAMES N. Lawfs has been installed
pastor of the Wytheville Presbyterian
Rev. ELKANAH D. MACKEY has accepted
a call from• the churches of Snow Hill
and Pitt's Creek, Maryland, and will
commence his labors there about the first
Rev. JOSEPH Roams has received and ac.
ceptPda unanimous call to the churches
of Frenchtown and Kingwood, New
Rev. JAMES Gusires Post Office address
is changed from St. Louis, Missouri, to
Providence, R. I.
Mr. A. Pay.wriss DE VErtvE, a licentiate
of the Presbytery of New York, and late
of Princeton Theological Seminary, has
been invited to take the pastoral charge
of the Presbyterian church of Ewing,
Rev Dr. JONATHAN EDWARD'S Post Office
address is changed from Fort Wayne,
Indiana, to Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Wax. HOUSE, a graduate of the last
class at Princeton, has accepted a call to
the Preabyterian church in Londonderry,
N. H., Where correspondents, will please
Mr. WM. P. KOUTZ was licensed to preach
the Gospel, by the Presbytery of Logans
port, on the let nit.
Rev. JOSEPH R. WILsoN, of Staunton, Va.,
has had conferred on him, by Oglethorpe
University, G-a., the degree of D.D.
Messrs. JOHN Ef. DAVIS and MALCOM W.
WOODWuRTII were ordained to the ful
work of the Gospel ministry, by the
: Presbytery of Winchester; on the 2d ult.
Rev. T. F. CORTELYOW was installed pastor
Of the. WillLuisburg church, Clermont
Co., Ohio, by the Presbytery of Cincin
nati, on Friday, the 4th inst.
Rev. JoHN >PHILLIPS was, after the neces
sary examination, received from the "Uni
ted Brethren," by the Presbytery of Win
chester, at its late meeting.
Rev. J. C. McNAnt has removed from St.
Paula, North Carolina, to Edinburgh,
Rev. J. G. ItsAsEa's Post Office address is
changed : from Danville, Ky., to Harrods
burg, Ky. -
Rev. LOWMAN ILawEs has declined the
call from the First Presbyterian church,
Madison, Indiana, Presbytery having re
fused to release him from his present
charge at Bloomington, Indiana.
The Presbytery of Miami ) at their late see
sion, at Xenia, Ohio, refused to place the
call of the Second Presbyterian church,
of Louisville, in the - bands of the Rev.
James 11 Brooks, of the First church,
Dayton, Ohio •
A Minute of the Executive Committee
Coneernin the Missions bi India.
-At a Special Meeting of the Executive
Committee, held at,the Mission House Sep
tember 18, 1857
Letters from several missionaries in India,
relating to the disturbed condition of public
affairs in that country, and the interruption
of the missionary work, were again taken
into consideration,.and the following Minute
In the view-of the present state of things
in Upper India—the overthrow of public
order, the lamentable loss of human life,.
the dreadful atrocities perpetrated. by the
native yoldiers, and the general suspension
of the work of missions in these provinces
as conducted by several branches of the
And also in view of the calamities which
have fallen upon[ the missions of the Pres
byterian Church—the distressing apprehen
sion that four missionary families have met
with a violent death, the necessity laid upon
seven others to take refuge in military forts,
and the flight of most of the rest from their
stations; the exposure and sufferings of the
native missionary laborers and native converts,
and their being subject to peculiar tempta
tions in maintaining their Christian profes
sion; and the destruction of mission church
es, school buildings, dwelling houses, and
printing presses, with a large stock of the
Holy Scriptures and Tracts, the pecuniary
loss already reported being more than one
hundred thousand dollars
And in the view particularly of the eir
cutustanees of danger and suffering to which
the missionaries and the native converts are
still exposed, and which there is reason to
fear may become even more serious and
"alarming, unless deliverance be vouchsafed
from on high :
The Committee * therefore, consider that
these things should be regarded as a call to
deep humiliation and prayer. And this call
is commended to the hearts of all the mem
bers of our Church, by the earnest and ten
der sympathy which they feel for our mis
sionary brethren and their native converts.
It is enforced, moreover, -by the r most
weighty motives. While a sense-of great
unfaithfulness in seeking the salvation of
the heathen, and the need of a holier zeal
in the missionary cause, should be impressed
on the hearts of Christians by these solemn
events, it is at the same time their privilege
to believe that the Lord reigns, to boat' , •in
submission to his holy will, to look to his
arm alone for help, to rejoice in his power
to bring good out of evil, and to plead for
his gracious interposition in this time of
need, under the assurance that tha'" Lord's
arm is not shortened that it cannot save; nei
ther his ear heavy that it cannot hear ;" but
." the heathen rage and 'the people
imagine a vain thing," yet the promise to
our blessed Lord is sure, in answer to
prayer, tc Ask of me, and I will give thee
the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the-earth for tby posses
. In the view of these events ) the Commit
tee agreed to ref/nest our churches in this
Lity - to hold a united =meeting of prayer on
.neat -Lord's day evening. The Committee
also agreed to suggest that the services of
the next monthly concert prayer int f ,
all the churches at our body, shoulj
special reference to the mis,iom i ;, ,
And they further :Treed to Eur ,, e,t
consideration of Presbjteries and,
which are soon to hold their Fail o
whether it would not be expedien t
some order for the observance of a
fasting and prayer by the churehc
their respective bounds
And the Committee directed
to be published, as a means of
subject to the consideration of their u,
WM. W. PHILLIPS, Chai ra .,„.
J C. Lowrie, Secretaric , ,
J. Leighton Wilson,
NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 1857.
DR, MCKINN,EY :—I noticed in any •
recent letters, the death of Rev A ;. 7 ,
Church, of Princeton, Illinois, andpn}r,i,"
to give your readers a somewhat n
tended account of his life and &pat , :
This I now attempt, in nearly the
of a lady, who was much with BrY!:.
Church in his last illness, and why knee„
loved him well.
Aaron B. Church was born in AaiLir e
Mass , June 20th, 1797, and was
quently, at the time of his death, which
cured April 23d, 1757, nearly sixty 1( , ,,
of age. He spent the early years of
in his native place; and many ioeidi.r.its
related of this period, indicating the e.tr'7
development of a most decided cbarae,;,:
and of qualities of mind of a high order.
is not exactly known how early in life
found peace in bis Saviour, and praf ts
him before men; bat it is believed that LE
took bis stand upon the Lord's side at an ear
age, and resolved to devote his strength
the upbnilding of his kingdom. With ths
end in view, he entered Middlebury
Vermont, where, after a course of proli t ,iiw .
study, he graduated in 1822 From
dlebury he went to Andover, where he
a full course of theological studies un.
der the learned and orthodox Profs
then connected with that institution, cad
whilst there, ranked among the first in l.'s
cla=s. His first place of preaching was Dili.
nysville, Maine, where he labored with much
acceptance and usefulness, as stated sum
to the Congregational church, for twoyedr,;
and it is stated, that to this day, the nibe
of Mr. Church awakens peculiarly pleasi
emotions in that community. He triaiic,
here, full proof of his ministry, and the sci;
of his hearers were blessed.
He then received a call from the chard:
at Calais, and circumstances seeming t r,
make it his duty, he accepted, and labucei
as pastor "of the church about six se r.
During this time, the Lord seemed gre,t;
to bless his labors; the church increased it
numbers, and a great and salutary ehar.:e
was wrought upon the society mud
There being, at this time, much talk of fti
West, and the openings for usefulness in itt,
and many from New England leaving the
ruggedness of their native towns to Kik
more fruitful locations in the opening valiF,t
upon the Father of Waters, Mr. Church-•
solved to emigrate. -He came to Illinois -..
1836; . and after visiting several lonation,,
he finally settled at - Princet n, Bum
County. Here he commenced preaching
and soon organized a Congregational clauret
After laboring for some time in this CLUS:''
it became apparent to Brother C., that it
Congregationalism of the West was not tee
Congregationalism of New England, or
he understood that to be. On this accnu::
he had some difficulty with the chute:
around; and after some years of trial.::
call the difficulties by no severer natty h.
resolved to- look for what he regarded
purity of doctrine, and a consequent
life, in the bosom of another communi.:
While hesitating where to look, he it--
with Ithamar Pillsbury, ori,eirphri
Congregationalist, but now an Old Se:.
Presbyterian minister; and after a full 4.
free - interchange of views, Brother Cilia::
resolved to unite with the Presbyter;
which Mr. Pillsbury was a member. L.
decision being approved by the church wit
which Brirther C. labored, they went
tily with him';'and so far arf known,
have never expressed a regret at the
Brother Church continued to labor f
many years in connexion with the at/real:
Princeton ; but at length, from inip-rt--
health and bodily infirmity, resolved t , -
sign his charge. This he did, but continue.:
to labor in vacant fields, preaching occri-i r;
ally in his old charge, as his strength ga l
allow. For the last four years of his
served-the people of Bureau County fir
frilly and wisely, as their County Coth' . -- -
sioner of Common Schools; and I driuhr r"
had his life and health been spared, bar t
would have been continued as the inetraib-'-'
of the office. In this, as in every other
lation of life, he made it his chief c kjektt':
impress upon the mind the great tr.c.
bearing upon the soul's destiny. 8r..- ,7
Church never forgot that he was a serviti
of Jesus Christ, and minister of the G
Brother Church was married but sac.
Miss Anna Topliff, of Robbinstoo, 31„.[:.
December sth, 1827. Miss T. was LIJ 7 -
tel : of Samuel Topliff, formerly of D
ter, Mass. He had two sons, one
viving him. The other, Francis 11.. (1, - =
while pursuing his studies in Ambi , ..rt
lege. He was a young-man of litlCcL 2 '' -
ability and of decided piety, and na.nirk , ' .
beloved. He went to his Fathers it
above, while yet in his minority. The
ow still lives to mourn her loss, and t.! t,.=
upward in anticipation of a happy u
beyond the grave.
Brother Church was distinauisue, f
possessing a decided taste for met
discussion. Such was the character u'
mind, that he must reasordeeply sad
ally. His serruoas• were arpument:.:. -, .
He loved to grapple with subjects
which most men might be disposed to 4..1rf.
and he never failed'to enlighten where
auditors had the skill to follow him.
this reason, perhaps, be was not I.Nrev'.
regarded as a popular preacher; hat
great sincerity and blamelessness
characterized him, ever made him
as a man, whilst there were still some t , t t'
ery community, to whom his pulpit cic'
cues were invaluable.
' Bei published, so far an known to
writer, but two sermons—one on the e'rt . :
aster of Christ, written and published
yet a young man; the other, entitled
School Theology," preached before the
od of Illinois, and published by the'r °.
quest. These are both sound and a ble
ductions, calculated to do good; and C Y
be regarded as safe guides upon the
of which they treat. I may be able tet:':
your readers extracts from them at
in his last illness, Bro. Church
greatly, but suffered cheerfully. He 10"-."
death calmly in the face; literally =qt
house in order, striving. until the la,t
weeks of his life to do soniethiog to rrw ,
himself of .use to his family. Alaioz.y-
last words were in reply to the qa , , , rt": . l
a 'Da4ou put your trust in Christ t
have no other trust," and added, "If 1-