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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church in the United States of America will hold
its next meeting in the First Presbyterian church,
New Orleans, at 11 o'olooll,A. M., on Thursday,
the Bth of May next, and will be ,opened with a
sermon by the Rev. Courtland Van Rensselaer,
D.D., Moderathr of the last Assembly.
iler The Committee of Commissions will meet
in the Lecture room'of the church, on the Wednes
day evening •preceding, at' 8 o'clock, to. receive
ommissions, and ! on Thursday, morning, the day
of the meeting, at 9 o'clock, for the same purpose.
JOHN LZYBURN ' Stated Clerk,
ALS2CANDBIt T.MoGna., Permanent Clerk.
P. B.—Stated Clerks of Presbyteries are re
spectfully requested to make out their lists of per.
nag entitled t 4 the'Viinutes on a separate- sheet s
and to send that together 'with moneys, for the
Minutes, to G. H. VAN, GELDER, Hau g Philadel
phia, Treasurer of the General Assembly.,,
ACILNOWLEDGMENT.—+We ill);00• received
from "A Friend," and paid over to Disabled
Ministers' Fund, $l.
KISHACOQUILLAS SEMINAUY.—This In
stitution, as shown by the"Catalogue, just
published / has an attendance of thirtylour
young ladies and thirty-nine young gentle
POETRY.—We get vastly more of this
article than we can use. We thank our
friends for good intentions, and'ask them -to
excuse us when their contributions do not
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of the West
ern Theological Seminary will meet in the
Leotnic-Room'of the First ,Presbyterian
Wednesday,. April 28th, at 10
o'clock A. M.
FRANCIS G. BhJ=Y, President
LET ALL ATTEND.—We regret to bear of
some Presbyteries as not likely to be fully
represented at the coming Assembly. Every
Commissioner should be present. We know
of no great question on which there is likely
to be any seriouslidivided sentiment; but
still, a fall House is desirable.
LETTERS EXPEOTED.-pur occasional and
lively correspondent,-": W. M. F.," expects
to attend'ihe coming General Assembly, at
New Orleans; and will probably extend his
visit to Cuba. Oitr raiders May expect
from his pen mnob instruction and enter
BOARD or Covroupitar..—The Semi-
Annual Meeting of the Board of Colportage
tsf the Synods of Pittsburgh and Allegheny,
will be held at 2* o'clock P. M. f on Wednes
day, the 21st April, instead of the 14th as
previously announced.. .
W liAltrutra., Secretary.,
Ti SECOND , BLESBYTERIAN - CHURCH
edifice, in this oity, to be removed.
A. treaty is in progrees to dispose "of the lot
to "the Allegheny Bank. If this shall be
Aiompleted, the congregation will purchase a
lot more eligible and erect a still superior
CoMmistioneri to the General Assembly.
The, appointments ,for the next General
Assembly being mostly made out of the usual
time, we are unable to announce them as
was our ettstorn. We are informed of afew:
Presbyteries. Nisis` ters. Eiders.
PlilluAelPidai 41:1)V11,11fr"9'DX., O SPAliater,
' - .1. B. Itheirsbeat.
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Allegheny City, 'D. A. Ounningliam,. 'K. 31'.Kniglit..
Hu i t i n i don, ~ „f Hoses Floyd, • . , , •
D. X. junkiu, D.D.
alitriville, " - ' George Rill, ." , ` .:..M.r. Stuart.. f -
OAR!, 8...11. Morrow,
Otelteeteri, . P. M. Semple, Wii..A.leaander.
Marian, :G. IL Perkins, . ... ,H. , A. True, M.D.
Leuirtille, ' L. J. Halsey, D.D, ' Samuel Cassidsty.
Zanesville, W. M. Grimes, , 'J. K. Caldwell.
New Brunswick, A. T. !Mill, D.D. , .
The Southern Presbytarian Review.
The number of this Quarterly for April,
has just arrived. We hive not had 'time yet
to examine the artioles., The Subjects are
vastly, important. They arey 1., Tile Relit
tion of ! Baptized hildren to the Church;
.II ! , Review'of Cummings' Theory Respect.
ing %the 'Conversion of the World;
The Trinity of the tiodheid the Doet`rine of
the Scriptures ;Tbe Burden of Egypt;
V., Review of Reports to the Legislature of
'South Carolinit on the revival of the Slave
1 . Trade, VI., 'Standard Edition of the
English Bible ;.,V11.,, Critical, ; Notices. z.
We may differ: with the Writers . of 'some
of these articles, but still we expect benefit
in their perusal.
Western Theological' Seminary.
The Board, of Directorm of. the Western
Theological Seminary, will nteetin the Lee
tureiloom of 'the First Presbyteriarechnroh,
Pittsburgh;' on,Tuesday, April 27th; at 2
o'clock P. 31,
The ComMittea of Examination, viz., Dr.
Howard, Rev. J. Kerr, Rev. H. G. Coming°,
and Messrs. L Platterrind Alex. Cameron,
will Meet at the Seminary ohlMorulay, April
26th, at 9 o i olpoic A. 31.
Sermon befOre the Society of Inquiry,"
by Prof. ,Charles Elliott; of Mani Univer
sity, Ohio, , onMOnday evening.
The Inauguration of Prof. Wilson will
take place on TuesdaY evening, in the First
church, Pittsburgh. Dr. MoFarren will
deliver the charge to the Professor.
Addresses by, the graduating Ohl% and a:
farewell address by one of tbe• Professors, :
'on Wednesday evening.
W. B. *hyena, Bei.
The liniUtd Synod
The organization of this body—the New
Sohool, South—was accomplished at Knox
ville, Tenn., on the Ist inst. The opening
sermon was preached by Rev. J. D. Mitchell,
from Matt. xxviii : 20.
The following Commissioners were in at
SYNOD OF VIRGINIA.
.Presbyteries. Ministers. Elders.
Hanover, Chas. H. Read, 1) D., Dr. W. P. Gaines.
Winchester,. A. U. I. Boyd, 8.D., William Engle. •
ipieBmonfyMitchell, neg. L. Leftwich.
•rtsli i; ;SYNOD OP, TENNESSEE.
Nclw Wei; Geolgi; Painter, Theophiloi P. Clapp.
Holston, A. A. Blair. Samuel Rhea, Hsg..
' -- "BideoWS 'Math; • Daniel' Meek-.
Kingston, JN. Bradshaw. Hon. A. D. Keys.
SYNOD OP WEST TENNESSEE.
Richland, George E. Eagletoxi, Dr. T. J. Kennedy
N. Alabama, F. A. Ross, D.D., Dr. O. N. Ordway.
SYNOD OF MISSIOSIPPI.
°Linton, Consider Parish. John Montgomery
Lexington, John MeCampbell.
Newton, Robert McLain. •
In all, twelbe ministers and tem elders,
repreiseating twelve Presbyteries, all of which
Rev. Dr. Read was chosen Moderator, and
Rev. Robert McLean and Rev. J. N. Brad
The name' adopted formally for the body
is, " THE UNITED SYNOD OF THE PRESET
TERIAN CHURCH in the United States of
Dr. Boyd, from the Committee of Bills
and Overtures reported a , Declaration of
Principles. These had not been finally
acted upon, but there is room for but little
doubt of their adoption. The' first, which
is by far the most important, is as follows
1. We declare our agreement in, and approba
tion of, the Westminster Confession ofFaith,with
the Larger and Shorter Catechisms of the West
minster Assembly, as containing the system of
doctrine +aught in +he Holy Scripttires
out:adherence to the Form of Government and
Book at Discipline of the Presbyterian Church in
these ;United Btatee.
In.thus adopting the Westminster Confession of
Faith as containing the system of doctrine taught
in the Holy Scriptures, We adopt it in the sense
in which we believe the Fathers of the American
Presbyterian Church received it, to wit: not as
requiring an agreement in sentiment with every
opinion expressed.in said Confession, but a belief
in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and
in the doctrines which distinguish the Calvinistic
system from the Pelagian, Socinian, Arminian,
and other systems of Theology. his system we
understand to include the following doetrines,
namely, the Trinity; the Incarnation and Supreme
Deity of Christ; the Fall and Original Sin Atone.
meet; Justification by Faith; Perional Eleetion;
Effectuar ; Perseverance of the Saints;
Eternal Happiness of the Righteous, and Eternal
Punishment of the Wicked. Whilst various modes
of stating and explaining these truths may be
adopted, yet when they are received according to
the usual way of interpreting language, and as
they'haVe been understood by the . great body of
the Presbyterian Church Intl& country, from the
perioof the adoption of the Westminster from ,
i.;11 1729 to the present day, the requisitions
of the Confession of Faith are complied with, and
all an& persons are to be regarded as having
received as their doctrinal creed this system of
doctrines taught inthe Holy Scriptures.
This can hardly be regarded otherwise
'than as a very'lax adoption—a loose binding
of themselves to and by the doctrines.of the
Presbyterian Church. They do not say, as
in the. Form of Government for ordination ;
we " sincerely receive and adopt ;" it is only
"we declare our agreement in and approba
tion of," leaving themselves immense, lati
tude for constructive expositions, philosophi
cal explanations, and the rejection of parts
which may not be in accordance with an in
dividual's taste, or his understanding of the
Scriptures. And, as though' the altered
phraseology-in the receiving of the: Confes
sion.. were not enough,
,they affirm distinctly
that • they 'do not so take the system "as
reqttiring_art_agreemerkt_io.—”outimout , - With
every opinion expressed in said Confession,
but a belief in the fundamental doctrines of
Such being the fintAimental LAXITY of
their principles,,the importance, of the Old
School's determinedly refusing to admit them
as a body, and of rigidly adhering to the
rule of an examination of each individual
applicant, is most manifest.
The report affirms that none can • be °en
mired witho u t ' '
trial . ; that the Church has no
legislative power; that judicatories have no
power to bearlestimony against judicatories,
or ministers, or private' members of the
Church, for teaching heretical sentiments,
or' practising immoralities ;" that nothing
pan be made - the basis of discipline which is
not specsfictigy• referred to in the Constitu
tion; that hence =slaveholding cannot be
made the basis of discipline; that the subject
of slavery should not be discussed in Church
courts; 'entlit says: "Entertaining the above
views, and disclaiming, all responsibility for
and endorsement of the actions, resolutions
and testimonies of past General Assemblies
of the . Presbyterian Church, whereby sus
picionli and doubts• of, the good standing and
,equal. rights and privileges of the slave
holding members of the Church, or implicit
qeils or charges against their Christian
aster, have been either implied or expressed
this United Synod is organized."
The Witness, in reporting the Conversation
, on Religion, Ores the statement of an elder
which. vie regard ai not an isolated 'fact and
which details, a procedure that cannot but
be read' ith, interest. - The Witness' says:
Dr. W. F. Gaines, of the same Presbyterjr, (Han
over; Va.,rgaire a' deeply interesting statement in
reference to the Colored Sabbath' Schools in his
vicinity. ; Some one asked Dr. G. to state his plan
of oierations on his own plantation. Dr. G. re
plied that his'plan was simple but effective.
1. His servants are'-all called together every
Sabbath , morning rafter 'breakfaet.-- , He deems it
his duty to use his .4W/saran •in the matter—he
commands them ,
fo come .He does;this because
hefeels that his duty, as a, master, just as plain
and imperative as hie duty as a parent,. The rule
of plantation is authorized just as the rule of
the family is ; and he makes it one of the rules of
the plantation that his servants shall all come to=
gether for religious instruction, every • Sabbath
2. While the . servants are collecting, they en=
gage in singing.'
3. After' all are in, he proceeds to catechise
the*, orally,,,using the 'admirable Catechism pre.
pared byrßev„. C. C. Jones. - •
4. They then engage hi l devetiopal exercises;
in reading the Scriptures, singing , and prayer.
He often 'asks 'the • Bervantis to lead in prayer
which they readily do, often with great effect ! .
For eight years, he has maned this course; and
many of his servants have acquired a degree of
Biblical knowledge which is perfectly astonishing.
As a general. thing, they are slow to learn to read,
though he urges them to do so; and several read
remarkably well. A prize A° the person answer.
ing the largest number of questions, is sometimes
offered, by way of stimuihthig them to diligence;
and the plan works admirably. These meetings
are interesting and profitable. Many have been
brought t o Qui s t by this i ns t r umentality, ,and
have made a public profession of their faith.
Dr. Gaines would say to all Southern slavehold
ere: 'Teech your servants to read. Learn them
to read the Bible, Instruct them thoroughly in
the doctrines, precepts, and promises of the Goo
paint Jesus Christ. • Brethren,if you are masters,
instruct - y.4w servants in theprinciples of Presby
terianism.; No danger is to be apprehended from
this if •therei•viere danger, stint
[HE PRESBYTERIAN BAN
would be duty. There is no danger ; it will make
them better servants, to instruct them thoroughly.
Once I feared to learn my servants to read. I
fear no longer. They are my friends, not my en
emies; I look upon them as my life-guard. After
our children, our servants have the next olaim
upon us. My servants, since I began this course
with them, are ten-fold more obedient and indus
trious than they ever were before.
Some ask "Do you teach them the whole Gos
pel 1" Yes, the, whole Gospel. Mr. Jones' Cate
chism is very clear and 'explicit as to the duty of
masters as well as aervante, and I keep nothing
Such a course, pursued in the proper
spirit,.Musilasiike a comaticnity'of intelligent
servants, and, _though they may still be in
bonds, yet, by the Word and Spirit, they
will become the Lord's freemen.
We shall look with interest for the con
clusion of the Synod's proceedings.
PITTSBIIRGIL—There is still a pleasing
attention, with Much: interest, in several
churches, upon the means of grace. The
noon-day prayer-meeting is held in Lafayette
Hall and conducted by laymen. Many
attend. ' A daily morning, meeting is held in
the Third church. In several , places even
ing meetings are continued. ' •
MERCER, PA.—The revival in this place
continues. One hundred and thirteen mem
bers have been added to the communion:
Others are still inquiring. '
SHARON AND VALLEY; PENNA.—These
churches, under pasteral care of Rev. S. C.
Jennings, have had an accession of forty'-
three members on examination.
UNION, PA.—At a communion, last Sab
bath, twenly-fivi persons were added. Thee*
were no extra services. The Spirit made
the ordinary ministrations of the sanctuary
WINTERSVIME, 011.10.—We learn that
in the pastoral charge of Rev. D. R. Camp
bell, forty-five persons have recently been
received into , the communion of the church;
eight of whom came in on certificate, and
thirtyseven on examination. God's, people
ale awake .and praying, and the religions
interest in that whole community is at this
time, such as mast rejoice the heart of all
who feel an interest in the welfare of Zion.
DAVIDSON COLLEGE, N. o.—This insti
tution is enjoying a revival of religion.
Large additions to the church are eicpected.
ZArtzsviram PRESBTTERT.-A member
writes : "We had the most glorihns 'meet
ing of Presbytery we ever had. The num
ber of additions was three times as many as
we ever had -before. Our Presbytery is
Route to the Assembly.
In answer to many inqiirers, we give in
formation as full, and as nearly reliable, as
From PHILADELPHIA to Pittsburgh, the
Pennsylvania Road will 'give Exeursion
Tickets to members. These Will entitle the
bearer, whoever he may, be, to return by the
road. 80, at least, we are informed.
From PriTsnunns, we have no hope,
now, of a steamer, to answer the purpose of
members. We must take the cars to Louis-,
vine, $1.2.75,, or to St. Louis .or tc) Cairo,
$19.50. The Pittsburgh; Fort Wayne and
Chicago Boad_wiltallow_members who rad.
iii - gOing, to return free, so far as their road
may be used. For the other roads we can
not speak. Passengers may take that road
to Crestline, or to Fort Wayne. Some do
so; others take the route, via Steuben.
.there are packets to
Memphis,,and there are;trading boats, some
of them splendid, very frequent to 'New Or
leans. The fare varies from $2O to $35. A
disadvantage is, if you stop off any place be
low Memphis, (and you need to be below
that to reach New Orleans from Monday till
Thursday,) you pay full fare; and then have
to pay balf-fare on shipping again for New
From ST. Lours the Line steamers run
on alternate days, (the even days in April
and May„ that is, 26th, 28th, ite.,) at 10
o'clock A. M. Fare for members to the
Assembly, $l5. Time,- about six days.
From CAIRO, the same Line steamers
leave at 4 F. M. on the day after starting
from St. Louis, (the odd days in April and
May.) Fa're also $l5 to members.
WhOther this Line would allow na to'stop
off on Saturday, and take the next boat, on?
Monday, without an increase of charge, we
axe not snformed.
Leaving St. Louis .on Monday the 26th,
and Cairo-on Tuesday the 27th, members
would probably reach New Orleans on Sat
urday night. This would allow them time
to' take a good view of the city before the
Assembly would organize..
There are trading, boats, some very fine,
for New Orleans, touching at Cairo almost
daily;' an - ll:sometimes there are several in al
, Members who stop off for the Sabbath,
may expect an expense of 85 to $B, besides
the additional fare thence to New Orleans.
may This operate ai ininducement to get
on the Line boat which leaves Cairo at 4
P. M. on Tuesday, (27th,) or, on a trading
boat, on Monday. •
From these' data, members can make their
calculations for time and expense with :a
tolerable degree of probability.
Union Efforts.—No Progress.
The Convention, at Columbia, S. C., of
Ministers and Elders of the Associate Re
formed and the Presbyterian Churches, held
on the 23d nit seems to have been a pleasant
gathering, but not productive of union fruit.
The meeting was small. It was opened by
a sermon from Dt Smyth, of Charleston. Dr.
Edgar presided. The meeting resolved it-
Self into two 'Cemmitiees, each branch of
the familY fanning one.
Two letters, by each Committee, were
pasied. The Presbyterians:proposed to take
their brethren, just as they are. The Asso
ciate Reformed wished to have the Peal
mody question 'adjusted, proposing a new
translation of the Psalms, to take the piece
of Watts and of Rouse, and be used in, the
united Church, leaving any who chose to
addihereto' it judicioui -selection, of -P.art
phrases and Hymns. To this , e Pres ir
terians assented, 'as they uiid. stood it.
But the Associate Reformed • .po ded
with an explanation, that the yo to must
not only have a place in the Book, )t must
be used. The correspondence ~. here
Much time was spent in. joint -notional
exercises, which are represente on' both
sides, as having been delightful. he " Se
lections,"- i irt our Book , of Praise ere alone
used. " Here .. " .:' .. c a d • - An '
was a pract um , . as
semblage of Ministers from the
two bodies, commingl and night,
preaching, praying, e: id' singing
praises together; in harmony.
Why then stand divide y, when a
practical union is so Why not
permit, yea, and room people to
unite, since the office' trnal inter
course to be so sweet ,k another
Book of Praise, as a
what is already in use
approved by both ?
We woidd rejoioe to
with all brethren whi
with us, and co•operai
of the Spirit in the
would not have the A,
nod, 'por a Presbytery,
deprive itself of Christ
a gap, in its Soriptro
sake of any accessions
ed. .Whatever ineret
the body; let it be of m
geneons, preserving or
/rig good our defences.
The Old and New Fi..} eel in Texas.
The report that the N ti l School Presby
tery of Texas was receii, last Fall, by
the Synod of Texas,' Was not . correct. A
conditional offer was mad by the Presby
tery, and assented to by t Synod.
A Texas correspondentiof the St. Louis
PresAyterian, alluding tx an •objection to
receiving that Presbyter 3, says of the ob
jector : ' ,
" He supposes thein t , be ultra-slavery
men of the Rose type. ' Ncw, the true reason
why they wish to unite wits the Old School,
as declared to "myself at Syziod, by one of these
ministers is because "sill not belong to a
bhurch." 'I qulte bis own words.
They. are opposed to Rois t and his views, as
are ail our own ministers. i Ross & Co., find
about as much opposition here as they do
elsewhere. I know of none who have any
sytnpathy for 6 agitators,' either in the North
ic The ,Synod of Tend his not received
the , New School Presbytery as yet. The
arrangement' was a provisional one, in ease
the General Assembly, next May, receives
the New School Synod as a body. They
(the New School) at that time, hoped that
something would be done. In ease there is
nothing done by the General Assembly, the
action of our Synod effects nothing, except
that in feeling the Old and New School
ministers are much nearer than before."
From all indication's, thus far, it is pretty
evident that nothing will be done in eccle
siastical Union, such as was contemplated.
But there may be, to a great extent, a union
in spirit and effort Each may cause the
evidenv.--a.sonship to' shine so distinctly,
that they, canna — Dui - raognire each:iiither
as brethren, and dwell together in loin, and
labor for their Lord in peace, lending, as oc
casion may occur, a helping hand.
The American Tract Society.
A contest, relative to the duty and exile-.
dienoy of this Society's issuing Tracts on
the subject of Slavery, has existed for some
two years; and it is still , fiercely waged.
Much precious time is consumed, expenses
are incurred, the feelings of brother against
brother are embittered, the, Society is im
peded in its facilities for labor, and the cause
of Evangelism suffers. These are existing
evils incident to the strife. What the results
for good may be, are matters for the future.
The controversy involves some great prin
ciples, but fltey are principles which, so far
as our branch, of the Churoh is practically
concerned,, have been long decided. The
matter does not hence seintimately concern
our readers, that they would wish us to,
occupy scores of oiolumns with its considers,
'Hon; and for this reason we have declined
many lcmg and ably written ayticles. A
crisis is likely to be reached next, month, at
the Annual meeting of the Society:
Those who desire to see the "position of
the. Society and its officers ably set forth and
defended, are referred to a: large pamphlet
containing :the Letters of Rev. Seth Bliss,
Secretary of the Boston Branch.
A . ,
pamphlet just issued by the Pirblishing
Committee of Society, seta fprth very
clearly, their duty- under the • Constitution,
and that the instructions given at the last
Annual meeting, under the principles then
recognized, have been fairly interpreted and
Next to Evangelism, nationality is the
prominent feature of the Society. Both
these features should 'be preserved; Each
is indispensable to the highest degree of
usefulness. Men who regard ,their own
peculiarities as being of more importance
than the general principles of religious truth,
or who think -that truth cannot exert its
proper influenceoinless it shall 'exhibit on
its forehead their peculiarities, should 'band
together by themselvem, leaving the National
SocietY untrammeled, to do its great and
The American Bible Society.
The return of the Bible Society to the
good;old English Bible, having former mis
prints, &0 ., corrected, is hailed extensively by
the Churches, with delight. Bat there are
personal controversies springing from the
attempted emendation of the Version, and
the failure of success. These are
but, 'sues things were to be expected.
Man's ambition, through his unsanctited
nature, Will show its sensitiveness, when die
appointment comes. This controversy has its
most unpleasant manifestation in the columns
of the Independent, where a portion of the
late Committee on Versions assail the senior
Secretary of the Socieiy.
The exhibition - made by some' of the gen-
ER ANP ADVOCATE.
tlemen of the Committee, taken in connexion
with the reasons they gave for resigning,
had convinced us that the changes contem
plated by them were far more radical and
extensive than we had imagined; and that
those accomplished were only a beginning
of the execution of a purpose. It was well
that the attention of the Churches was
awaked, and that they acted with 'prompti
tude and energy. The attempt to excite
odium against Old School Presbyterians, for
the part'they took in reclaiming the 'Society,
has signally failed—has failed, so far as to
redound to their honor.
BOSTON AND NEW ENGLAND.
Every movement of a public character,
awakens attention and excites discussion.
This has been the case for the last few days
with, regard to the Removal of the Boston
Post Office from State Street, where the ac
commodations have been found insufficient,
to Summer Street. A lot has been pur
chased here by parties who have contracted
with the Government to put up a suitable
building, to be:rented to, the Government
fora term of years. The old buildings are
being removed to make way for the new
structure, which will be commenced forth-
With. Many of the merchants have been
taken by surprise, and do not like the move
ment; arid - meetings have been held to pro
test against it. But the opposition is too ,
late, for the eontract has been closed. This
will add materially to the value of the,prop
erty held by the Congregational Library
Asseciation, which is in the innitediate vi
cinity of the new locatibn.
The American Board of Foreign Nis
dons, whose headquarters are in this city,
expresses serious apprehensions of want of
ftinds to meet the demands of the current
year. , The patrons of this Board are earn
estly called upon for increased contributions
and efforts in its behalf. Without this is
done, a large debt will be incurred before
the end of the year, and the operations of
the Board be curtailed. The fear of such
a calamity should be dispelled at once. It
is hoped that 'the present revival, among
other fruits, will result in some prompt and
effectual aid`from the churches of New Eng,
land and,other patrons of , this Board,
Harvard is still viewed with anxions'eyes
by many"who look, and long, and pray for
the restoration of the faith of its founders
within its walls. =lt is, therefore, with no,
small interest that we read, " new vigor has
been infused into the course of religious in
struction in our ancient University.' A
list of subjects of a practical character, to,
be considered in a course of Wednesday
evening meetings for religious conversation
and 'worship, has been published. The list
of subjects is very proper for such assem
blages. But no clue is given to the doc
trinal basis on which the instructions am
based, nor do we know how, numerously the
meetings are attended, or what impression
is made on the general mind of the institu
.e; but we
tor any: Sy
may be to
Theodore Parker has also been delivering
"ac . , lilmourge -against the "revival" in his
own particular veuy Cridlii - a — inanifer such
as Might be expected from one who has re
nounced all the distinctive ,tenets of our
holy religion. Such attacks as these are
rather hopeful signs. If the work is of
God, opposition must be expected froin the
enemies of his truth,, though there is yet
far less of this than is common on such oe-
The demands of business at this 'Way sea.
son of the year, do not occupy almost ex
clusively the minds of the people, as `in
former years. But the Praiter-3fietin'gs are
well attended every day, and new places for
prayer have`been opened. . : One of these is
in a large manufacturing establishment,
where :eighty hands are employed, and
another is in the attic of one of the most
the clerks, some of whom have'been hope
extensive dry goods' stores, for the benefit of
fully converted. The Rev. Mr. Finney has
left for Oberlin, after having labored zeal
ously, in his own way, dnring the Winter,
but without attracting much notice. The
religious feeling has been so common, and
so wide:spread, that , particular individuals
have not had much prominence in the
blessed work. How different the state of
things now from what it was when Deacon
Cutler came to this city fifty-eight years ago,
when it contained twenty-two thousand in
habitants I At - that time none of the
Churches had any meetings on week days,
except a small society of Methodists. But
there was a small society of praying females
connected with the Old South church; that'
had been in existence ever since the great
awakening in 1740. In 1802 there was a
revival in the two Baptist churches and Dr.
Eckley, pastor of the Old South, made an
effort to `establish "Sabbath Evening Lee
tures." But the congregation refused to
open thh church for " night meetings." 4
small private . room was obtained for prayer'
and conference, then a larger room, and at
length the congregation fitted up a wooden
building for the purpose, on the ground
where the ehapel of the Old South now
stands. The morning prayermeetink now
held in this church, was commenced seven
years igo, and has been continued = ever
since, with the most happy results.
Powerful Revivals are in progress in
Yale College, New Haven, and in Brown
University; Providence, 'Rhode Island, and
in all the most important towns in New
The Money =Market continues easy, and
the rates of interest are unusually low.
While the stock has continued dull, and
does not give much hope of speedy improve
ment. The opening of the canals and lakes
is expected to bring large quantities of
breadstuffs into market, and to add material
ly to the amount of business now transacted.
It is said that there are three millions bush, :
els of wheat on the Western shore of Lake
Michigan, awaiting the means of conveyance
to' this market. The foreign trade is marked
by some improvement, both as to imports
and exports, although the former especially
is far below that of last year.
A new building has been in process of
erection for some time on Park Row, on the
former site of the old brick church, to be
occupied by the Daily Times, to which it
will be removed about the Ist of May. The
proprietors are now fitting up new steam
boilers and engines, and Hoe's Ten Cylinder
Presses in the vaults, and as soon as these
are ready the removal will take place. Ad
ditions and improvements are promised in
the management of the Times, which have
been heretofore prevented by the want of
space and other facilities. T.he Times is a
large and ably conducted newspaper, with a
circulation constantly increasing and an im
mense advertising patronage; while its gen
eral character and tone, in a moral and re
ligious point of view, has beenedecidedly
superior to some of its competitors. The
new building is perfectly fire-proof, being
composed of atone, brick, and iron from bot
tom to top. Altogether it will be the finest
newspaper establishment in the world.
Last Fall, the Halyard Benevolent Society
was formed for the express purpose of sup
plying the destitute poor with bread. Some
time afterwards the name of the Society was
changed to that of the "Hunter Wood's
Benevolent Society," in honor of the noble
Mayor of Norfolk who lost his life in at
tending upon the sick and dying during the
prevalence of yellow fever in that doomed
city. Through the Winter, the Society die
tributed bread tickets, as it does now, and
in this way relieved much suffering. But a
short time ago a grand military, civic, and
fancy ball was announced in the Crystal
Palace, which came off on the evening of
Thursday, the. Bth inst. At• least twenty
thousand people were present, as the' Times
says, "to dance, flirt, promenade, and enjoy
themselves." All classes and characters, in
all manner of attire, , refined, gaudy, gro
tesque, and ridieulouS, were represented
there. The receipts amounted to about
$B,OOO. But about three o'clock, in the
morning, a tremendous row occurred from
some drunken rowdies attempting to force
::their way into the room reserved forCthe
cloaks, bonnets; &c., of the ladies. Soon
the fight became general in that quarter;
one man: was badly stabbed. The shrieking,
of the women was indescriba.ble.. At least
three hundred women left without the cloaks,
shawls, &e., they had brought - along with
them.; while some remained until six o'clock
in the morning, seeking to recover their
property. This finale to the affair. will prob
ably make, it a long time hefore the proprie
tors will venture such another undertaking.
Charity requires no such devices. The
poor and sick are not to be permanently
benefitted by those taking the most active
part in enterprises such as, this. The whole
affair was wrong in ,manners, sinfal in con
duct, and 'disgraceful in termination. •It
was' an outrage on the truly philanthropic
and Christian sentiment of the people.
Many Episcopalians have rejoiced along
with others, that the time to favor Zion had
zgain come, and have co-operated in the
work in different ways. But the Church-
man, true to its native instincts, has uni
formly opposed the, whole movement"- Yet
we were not prepared to hear that the Rev.
Morgan Dix, of the Episcopal Church, had
the boldness to stand up, in even old Trin
ity, "before the provisional bishop and a
large congregation,"" and oppose and de
nounce the whole,thing because it did not
originate in the Episcopal Church, and be
cause that Church was sufficiently alive
without it! According to Mr. Dix, the
whole movement is confined to those who are
without Episcopal order and Government,
and is not needed by'thoie who are invested
with this appendage. We cannot believe
that the speaker expressed the sentiments
of either the bishop or a majority, of the
'large congregation present. Such declara
tions can only injure the Church from which
'they come. And zealous and godly Epiece
palians will not be easily led to - abandon the
cause they have espoused, by such teachings.
In the meantime the work goes on, and
if it be of God, the efforts of all adversaries
will be in vain. The prayer-meetings con
tinue, anti'the churches are crowded. Drs.
Spring, Krebs, Alexander, Potts, Phillips,
and others of our. Church, are preaching the
,good old triths of the Gospel, most search
a.nd with powerful effect. While al
most every lEvangeliaal pastor labors and
preaches with far more than usual earnest
True have been found against Thom
as Allibone, late President, and; Thoinas
Newhall, late Director of the Bank of Patin
sylvania, for conspiracy to defraud that In r .
The people of Philadelphia are anxious to
have the reputation , of a Great Commercial,
as , well as, of a great manufacturing city.
Accordingly, several meetings have been
held to devise ways and means for purohas-,
ing the boiling steamers, and establishing a
line to Europe.
This city has lost one of its celebrities, in
the death of Dr. John K. Mitchell, for many
years a Professor of the practice and theory
of Medicine, in the Jefferson Medical
School, a-man of ready and versatile talents,
of sprightly wit, of wonderful! tact, and of
elegant manners. There Were not many
branches of knowledge to Which he had not
given some attention.
Girard College has; at' present, three
hundred and fifty-five Pupils, all of whom are
orphans, born in the city of Philadelphia.
The Anniireriary of the Americas Sun
day School Union, will be held, this year,
one week sooner than usual The Annual
Sermon will be preached by the Rev. Town--
ley 'Crane, D. D., on the evening of the first
Sabbath in. May, and the Anniversary proper
will' be held on the evening of the fourth of
The Young lien's Christian Association
is - having a tent capable — of 'holding fair
thousand persons, constructed at Norristown,
to be occupied as a place of preaching during
the Summer. The first sermon in this tent
will be preached about the first of May, by
the Rev. John Chambers.
The Work of .Grace still makes progress;
almost every Church feels its influence.
Mr. WM. B. Mc'FrrE was ordained an Evan.
gelist by the Presbytery of Allegheny
City, on the evening of the sth inst. fl
destination is Bayfteld, Wisconsin, in th e
Lake Superior Region, to supply the pla[e
made vacant by the death of the lamented.
Mr. PEanis was licensed to preach the G os .
pel by the Presbytery of Allegheny City,
- on the evening of the Bth inst.
Rev. B. T. LACEY, of Salem, Va., has re.
ceived a call from the church in Frank
Rev. J. B. HADDEN'S Post Office address i s
changed from Farmer's Creek, lowa, to
Andrew, Jackson County, lowa.
Rev. A. M. COWAN has returned to the
United States from his visit to Siberia.
His address is Frankfort, Ky.
R. JAMES FLEMING wishes correspondents
to address him at West Alexander, Pa.,
instead of Dallas, Va.
Rev. JOHN B. GRAHAM'S Post Office ad.
dress is changed from Fairview, Guernsey
County, Ohio, to Morristown, Belmont
Rev. Dr. A. 0. PA.TTERSON'S Post Office
address is changed from Oxford, Ohio, to
Messrs. Thos. C. CAMPBELL and JOHN W.
SMITH were licensed to preach the Gospel
by the Presbytery of Ohio, on the ith
Messrs. GEO. W. SLOAN and CALVIN BARE
were ordained as Evangelists, by the Pres.
bytery of Ohio, on the 7th inst.
Rev. 0. IL MILLER'S pastoral relation to
the church of Lebanon was dissolved by
the Presbytery of Ohio, on the 6th inst.
Messrs. Er E m AN H. Ar.T.EN and E. S. WM.
BON, students of Danville Theological
Seminary, were licensed to preach the
Gospel by the Presbytery of Louisville,
on the let inst.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate.
Presbytery of Ohio.—Abstract of Proceed.
The Presbytery of Ohio met in the Fourth Pres
, byterian church, Pittsburgh, April 6th, and was
constituted with prayer by the Rev. Samuel Find
ley, the last Moderator.
The Rev. David McKinney, D. D., was chosen
Moderator, and the Rev. R. McPherson, Clerk.
There . rere in attendance about fifty members.
The Committee appointed to organize a church
in the edifice of the Fifth church, reported that on
the 10th day of February they had organized a
church, under very favorable auspices, whichwas
designated the Central Presbyterian Church of
Pittsburgh. And that since its organization, there
was quite an accession to its numbers.
The_pastoral relation of the Rev. 0. H. Miller
and the church of Lebanon, which had existed for
about ten. years, was dissolved. Brother Miller
Is going to, labor in lowa.
Thomas C. Canipbell,,andJohn W. Smith, were
licensed to preach: the .Gospel, as probationers for
the holy ministry; and George W. Sloan, and
Calvin Barr, were ordained'as Evangelists. The
former goes to. labor in Washington Territory,
under' commission from the Board of Missions;
the latter, to a destitute region of Virginia. In
the ordination' services of these brethren, the
Moderator presided, and offered up the prayer,
and 'Dr. William smith delivered the charge.
The services wire of a very solemn and impressive
character. I The venerable father's charge will
not soon be forgotten by those who heard it;
and after the prayer, there could be seen, through
the assembly, the manifestation of very deep feel
The'Statistical Reports show that the benevo
,lent, operations of the Church are cherished by
our people, with increasing liberality. May the
Lord lead them to experience still more, the bles
sedness of,giving, above that of receiving..
The Rev. John Rlen, D. D., was dismissed, to
connect himself with the Presbytery of Cedar,
lowa : and Wm. B. Keeling, a licentiate under the
care of this Presbytery, was dismissed, to place
himself under the care of the Presbytery of Wash
The churches of Lebanon, Long Island, and
Mt. Carmel, obtained leave to procure their own
supplies till the next meeting of Presbytery.
The following supplies were appointed for
Raccoon :—Dr. William Smith, First Sabbath
in May. Rev. C. G. Braddock, Second Sabbath
in May. Rev. Wm_ Hunter, Third Sabbath in
May. Rev. LN. McKinney, Fourth Sabbath in
May. Rev. Robert McPherson, First Sabbath in
The followirii Memorial to the General Assem ,
bly, on - the subject of Temperance, was presented,
accepted, 'and adopted, and the Clerk directed to
forward ittto the General Assembly:
"The Presbytery of Ohio, feeling the urgent
necessity of concerted and unanimous action In
the whble Chnrch, to further the suppression of
the manufacture, sale, and use of intoxicating
drinks, as a beverage, invoke the aid of the Gen
" While it 'is the duty of State Legisialnres
to legislate, this Presbytery thinks each civil or
political action does not become a reason why the
Church should cease her efforts; for the objects
which . she and the State should promote, are
inter woven that they cannot be entirely separated.
Both may and should, apart, promote morality.
If it be as it has been, that while one acts, the
other is dormant, the emperance Reformation is
not thorough, and the floods of this iniquity roll
back upon the land, , and successive generations
are ruined for this life, and multitudes carried to
the eternal punishment of the drunkard.
" We pray - yon, therefore, to take such action
as might secure the more constant cooperation
of tdl,our Churches, and religious newspapers, and,
with the blessing of God, crown the efforts that
have ,been made, with complete success."
Theßeports from the different churches in the
bounds of the Presbytery, show that the past
year has been one of SPiritual refreshment. The
following Narrative, which was adopted, and di
rected to be forwarded to the General Assembly,
will be read with interest:
"Religion:being 'tbe most important thing, it s
present condition should he, to a people, a matter
of the deepest interest; and its advancement
should be a subject of intense desire.
" The state of religion in the Presbytery of Ohio,
if measured by the standard of a perfect Chris
tianity, is lamentably defective; but if contrasted
with heathenism, or with infidelity, it shines bril
liantly ; and if compared with itself, in past
years, it shows a considerable progress.
" The attendance upon the ordinances of worship
is very good. Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes, and
Academies conducted on Christian principles, for
the youth of both sexes, receive much attention
from ministers, elders, and people. Our churches
all enjoy, statedly, the means of grace, and nearly
all base settled pastors. Peace and good order
reign in our congregations,Nvith scarcely an ex
ception. Great good health has been enjoyed by
our pastors and people '
and the liberality of the
churches has abounded over the financial difficul
ties of the times, so, hat our contributions are an
increase upomthe average of former years, while
the means oftinstentation to the ministry has not
diminished. - Truly, we are a people whom the
Lord hath-blessed; in the general dispensations of