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AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.—
The 'thirtylourth Annual Report of this
excellent Institution, is rblished, contain.
iog abstracts of addresses, and much valu
ANNOUNCEMENT.—The Eclectio College
of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, announces
its Faculty, Course of Stud), &e. The In
stitution is highly recommended: The Sea•
sion commences October 13th.
THE GULF AND HAVANA.—The Ed
itor having once. sailed to Cuba, (before
the steamers' time on that route,) and hav
ing spent three weeks in Havana, can ap
preciate W. M. F.'s description, in his letter
on our fourth page.
IMMERSIOIq.—The discussion of the ques
tion of Baptism, is exciting great -attention
at Louisville. The Episcopal, Methodist,
and Campbellite churches are the principal
disputstnts, although tarn sermons have been
promised on the subject by one of the Pres
byterian pastors, Rev. J. H. Rice.
itsv. JACOB J. JANEWAY,. D. D.—This
venerable father in the ministry, died at his
residence in New Brunswick, •N. J., on the
27th ult., in the 84th year of his age. He
was many years ago pastor of the Second
Presbyterian church, Philadelphia, at that
time one of the largest in the city. Be re
signed his charge to become Professor of
Theology in the Western Theological Semi
nary, at Allegheny city, Pa.
PITTSBURGH FEMALE COLLEGE —This
flourishing Institution is under the care
of the Methodist Conference. The late ex
aminations are spoken of with much favor.
The Catalogue for 1857—'8 shows an attend-
ance of, in the Collegiate Department 37; in
Preparatory Department 125, in Primary
Department 20 ; total 182. Rev. L. D.
Barrows, A. M., is the President
Allegheny City College.
This institution for the education of both
sexes, has closed its exercises preparatory
to the Summer vacation. Last Monday eve
ning, was occupied with an exhibition, in
Mr. Sproul's church, by the young met!, in
select and original orations, essays, and a
debate. And the evening following by the
young ladies, in essays, colloquies, and mu
sic. These various exercises were highly
creditable to pupils and teachers, and were
attended by large audiences.
Own Cortimirrrow.L---Rev. 3. B. Watt,
pastor of the Steele Creek Associate Reformed
church in Mecklenburg County, N. C., has
resigned his pastoral charge, and will ask a
dimuisson from that body, on account of its
adherence to ".close communion" views;
excluding from the Lord's table members of
all other Evangelical denominations. Mr.
Watt is one of the editors of the Due West
Telescope, the organ of the Associate Re
formed Church in the South.
JEFFERSON CoLLEGE.—We have not yet
received the Catalogue for 1857—'8, but we
learn from those who have, that the number
of Seniors is eighty seven, of Juniors seven•
ty eight, of Sophomores fifty.one, and of
Freshmen thirty•three ; making a total of
two hundred and fifty in the College . classes.
As usual, all parts of the country have their
representatives here; even Oregon sends
one of its eons. We are glad to be able to
present suoh a record of the prosperity of
Presbytery of Ohio.
DAVID Molitstrair, D.D. 7.—Dear
Sir :—As Moderator of the Presbytery of
Ohio, and at the request of Rev. A. 0.
Rockwell; you are hereby requested to call
a special meeting of that body at the earliest
practicable period, for the pi:upon of taking
action upon the resignation of brother
Rockwell, of the pastoral charge of the con
gregation of. Mingo, as tendered to Presby
tery at their last meeting.
Miniatera. Elders. -
George Marshall, Jameson Beatty,
William M. Paxton, Thomas Biddoo.
Bethel, June 28th 1858.
In compliance with the above, a meeting
of Presbytery will be held in the Lecture
Room of the - First Presbyterian church,
Pittsburgh, on the Bth of July, instant, at
2 o'clock P.
Fourth of July.
It will be remembered that a paper was
presented to our last General Assembly, by
Dr. Wm. H. Awl, stConrrissioner from the
Presbytery of Colunbus, Ohio, recommend
ing that since the Fourth of tinly, thi s
year, occurred . on the Sabbath, one hour,
from ten to eleven of that day, be spent in
special prayer to God, by Christians through
out the United States, and the recommen
dation was adopted. The churches of Co
umbus, Ohio, have determined to hold a
Union prayer-meeting on next Sabbath (to
morrow,) and the- venerable Dr: Hoge has
been chosen to preside. No doubt similar
meetings will be held in other places, and
much earne s t prayer will'go up from all our
churches, and from many of the dwellings
of the people, for the blessing of God upon
our Nation, for the forgivenerer of our sins,
and for the conversion of all the people.
Sound Doctrine.hood grows familiar, and are led off to Uni-
Paul was the great Apostle to the Gen- I venal= on one side, and Popery on the
tiles, wondrously endowed by nature and other; or, more degrading and ruinous still,
grace for the work appointed him. Well to Socinus, Swedenborg, familiar spirits, or
did he know how to wield the sword of the the Mormons. We have not been laborious
Spirit that it might be mighty through God. and careful for the perpetuity of the truth.
And abundantly competent washe to instruct We have multitudes among us who are losing
others how to preach the Gospel, and to every impression of their infancy, becoming
commend the truth to every man's con- latitudinarian in their creed, relaxed in their
science. His Epistles to Timothy and Titus morals, and tendin'toward the world from
constitute a great system of pastoral theology whom their fathers came out."
that has never been equalled. Not only can We feel that if this article has only the
it be studied with great advantage by him effect of calling the attention of ministers
who declares the unsearchable riches of and , people to the weighty thoughts presented'
Christ, but by all who hear, that they may in this extract, it will not be written in vain.
know what they ought to hear and what The time has certainly come for "
profit they should derive therefrom. For it `doctrine" in the pulpit, in the Sabbath
cannot be denied that there is a sad want of t School, and in the family circle. Too long
knowledge and consideration among the have the denunciations of doctrines and
people at large concerning the great themes creeds been heeded, and disastrous has been
of pulpit discourse, the manner in which the effects of the suppression of doctrines in
they should be presented, and the personal many churches and Sabbath Schools, even
attention that should be given them. It is when no heresy was actually taught. A
a great mistake to suppose that the pulpit
,return to the Scriptural method will impart
alone is interested in the matter and manner new vigor to the public ministrations of the
of public discourse. An ability to appreciate sanctuary, new force to the instructions of
what is spoken end to see and know its ap- the parent and the Sabbath Sohool teacher,
pligAtion, is no less necessary on the part of and a higher tone to our piety. Timothy
the.hearer than is the power of presenting was assured by the Apostle, " the time will
and elucidating the subjects of the Gospel come when they will not endure sound doe.
on the part of the speaker. Among other trine; but after their own lusts shall they
directions given by Paul to Titus it is said, heap to themselves teachers, having itching
"Speak thou the things which become sound ears; and they shall turn away their ears
doctrine." The Bible is an exhaustless from the truth, and shall be turned unto
treasure of truth; .but this truth is to be fables." But even in such a state of things
brought ont, exhibited to the intellect, and it was commanded, "Preach the Word; be
pressed on the heart and conscience in its instant in season, out of season; reprove,
proper connexions. Otherwise', although rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and
great effort may be made, there can be no doctrine." And so it is now; the want of
solid foundation laid, no consistent and sym- a relish for sound doctrine or even opposition
metrical structure reared. The whole char- to it, is not to be allowed to silence it.
acter will be distorted; the due proportion
of the parts will be wanting, and permanence
and vigor will be impossible. So that it is
not only the duty of ministers to preach
"sound doctrine "—to set forth clearly and
distinctly the distinguishing peculiarities of
the great system of salvation by grace; but
it is also the duty of the people to long for
such exhibitions of Divine truth, and to
demand them, that they may be "nourished
up in the words of faith and of good doc
trine." The soul will grow lean and feeble
upon mere declamation, word•painting,
poetical rhapsodies, and such like. They
convey no food to the hungry, nn strength
to the weak; they give no armor to the
assaulted wherewith to turn back the enemy.
These reflections have been suggested by
paragraphs we have occasionally noticed in
some of the secular: papers, concerning the
manner of preaohing during the late revival.
In some of these it has been' affirmed that
there has been a remarkable absence of doc
trinal discussion in most of the discourses
during the progress of the " awakening."
If this statement could be borne out' by the
facts, it would be a matter of deep regret.
But,.we believe, that the very reverse is
true; indeed it has been remarkably so as
far as our own observation . has extended.
And this has been.necessary from the nature
of the ease. In times of. revival, when mul
titudes are crying, " What must we do to
be saved ?" no earnest and conscientious
man can preach the Gospel '
in a vague and
indefinite style, as when all are indifferent
around him. There is an object before
him an earnest inquiry is to be answered;
the Gospel method of salvation, and no other
is to be applied. The native depravity of
the heart, its estrangement from God, the
guilt and power of sin, the love of God, the
compassion of Jesus and regeneration by
the Holy Spirit, are to be Urged; and the
sinner is to be shown how he is to be brought
into union with. Christ to the saving and
sanctification of his soul. What need, then,
to declare the distinguishing tenets of the
Gospel, that the inquirer may be properly
directed; that believers may be confirmed;
that adversaries may be silenced, and that
glory may be given to God 7 . He that ex
hibits " sound doctrine" in this way most
skilfully, is the one that will be most suc
cessful in the end, in winning souls to Christ
and in feeding the flock over which the
Holy Ghost has made him overseer. And
the Church, blessed with such a ministry as
this, is the one that will be most healthful,
meet free from hurtful errors and practices,
and where the Holy Ghost will delight to
dwell. For Christians are to be sanctified
through the truth—real truth, not imaginary
—Gospel truth, and not merely scientific
or philosophical truth. Now is the time to
sow and receive the seed of sound doctrine;
the fallow ground has been broken up ; the
soil has been prepared; men's attention has
been aroused, and many will now gladly hear
that to .which formerly they would not listen;
and the enemy will be on the alert; tares
will be sown in abundance. And they can
only be kept from hurtful growth by 'a plen
tiful sowing of the good seed of the Word
Oar Church never gained anything, nor
has any true Church of Jesus Christ, by
holding in abeyance the distinctive doctrines
of the Gospel. In" a volume recently issued,
entitled, " The Hew York Pulpit in the
Revival of 1858," is a sermon by the Rev.
J. W. Alexander, D.D., in which this lan
guage, that should be p )ndered by every
minister of the Gospel and every Christian
parent, occurs : " We have not been faithful
to the deposit with which we are intrusted.
From the absurd attempt to keep up religion
without doctrine, a large part of the present
generation has grown up already with no
proper safeguard against soul destroying
lerror. Not only have they no tests to dia
-1 tinguish Pelagianism from Gospel grace, but
they even learn to treat with indifference
the heresies which deny the atonement and
the Godhead of Jesus. That charity which
believeth all things but God's truth, opens
the door to a fatal religious literature ; in
which, by a sort of universal solvent, all the
doctrinal bones of theology are reduced to
a gelatinous mass of ambiguous seniiment.
The consequenie is easily predicted. In
stupid dread of the Catechism and the des•
nitions - of the Church, these people and their
children lose all sense of diversities of creeds,
become looser and more ignorant as false-
ruE PRESBYTERIAN BANNER AND ADVOCATE.
Church Debts Again.
Just as we were closing our remarks on
the evil of Church Debts, which appeared
in our last week's issue, we received a letter
from an excellent friend, and a valuable,
laborious pastor, intimating the melancholy
fact that he saw no prospect before him but
the resignation of his charge, because of the
pressure of a church debt. This is deplore.
ble. If the brother to whose case we refer
were a week.minded man, a feeble preacher,
of indolent habits, or one whose heart was
not in the work, the breaking up of the
pastimel relation would be the less to be
mourned over. He is one who has 'heartily
given himself to his work; but the fevr is
that in this case, and in many others like it,
while the pastor was laboring with zeal in
the spiritual department, the members of
the church and those who held office among
them, little anticipated the evil effects of an
incambrance banging over them for a consid
erable time. They got their church opened,
and then they rested. They hoped that
their debt could be managed, but they did
not make provision for it; and at the end of
the year they had no funds except what the
pastor brought in for the ordinary support of
the ohurch. These funds were at hand,
quite available, then why not use them ?
Yes, use them, and thus leave your pastor
without support; without the support which
he has actually raised ! Do this unjust, un
wise, and cruel thing, and then, when you
are left without a shepherd, pause and think
of the blinding effect of this great evil, the
church debt, for which you did not provide,
and which you have thus allowed to thrust
your minister out from among you!
Surely the time has come when all faith
ful Presbyteries will inquire, at least once a
year, on the amount of debt remaining on
alt the churches under their care, and ascer
tain what steps have been adopted to re
move them. No subject comes more legiti
mately before a Presbytery, than Ws.
Charters and church debts demand, and
must receive more due attention, if our
watchmen on the walls of Zion will dis
charge all their duty.
We learn from the Presbyterian of the
West, that the new edifice of the Central
Presbyterian church of Cincinnati, of which
the Rev. N. West, Jr., is pastor, was opened
for public , worship last Sabbath week. The
dedicatory prayer was offered by the Rev.
Dr. Plumer, of the Western Theological
Seminary. And the sermon was preached
by the pastor, from Psalm lxxxvii : 3,
" Glorious things are spoken of thee, 0 city
of God." Atter an extended introduction
in which it was shown that the city of God
here mentioned was the Church, and the
spirituality . of its charaeter, and that it con•
sisted of those united to Christ by individual
faith, the preacher set forth that the
Church was glorious : Ist. in its organiza
tion; because Divinely founded, Divinely
regulated and defended, Divinely supplied
and sustained, and because the birth place
of nations and individual& 2d. Glorious
in the character of its mission; because,
illuminative, redemptive, conservative, and
aggressive. 3d. Glorious in the termination
of its career ; first on earth, and second in
heaven. At the conclusion, the Church was
formally dedicated to the service of God in
the name of the Father, and of the. Son, and
of the Holy Ghost. The following descrip
tion of the new edifice we copy from the
Daily Gazette of Saturday :
"The new building is 62 feet wide by
115 deep, from out to out. The style is
Gothic. The plan consists of a tower and
spire (not yet completed) on the S E angle;
a Lecture Room, 38 by 58 feet; a Sunday
School Room, .36 by 24 feet; a Young
Men's Room,' 20 by 36 feet; a Ladies'
Sewing Room, or Missionary Room,' 20
by 26 feet ; a Trustees' Room, and a Study
for the accommodation of the pastor. Each
of these rooms has an independent approach
from the outside of the building. The pas
tor's room also communicates by a private
stairway directly with the rear of the pul•
Not only does this church give evidence
of temporal prosperity, but also of the pres
ence and power of the Holy Spirit. During
the last year from seventy to eighty persons
have united with it on profession of faith,
and also a large number by certificate. Sep
arate` Societies of the ladies and young men
meet weekly for religious exercises in addi
tion to the regular services. And the young
men of the congregation sustain two Mission
Sabbath Schools in destitute parts of the
The United Synod
The Presbyterian Witness says that the
forthcoming Minutes of this body, will show
that the New School Presbyterians who have
entered into this organization in the South,
comprise over ten thoUsand members, one
hundred and sixty-seven churches, and
ninety six ministers. The Presbyteries of
the District of Columbia, Shiloh, West Ten.
nessee ; and the.. Synods of Kentucky and
Missouri, have not united with them, and
also the churches of Kingsport and Green
ville, in the Holston Presbytery. Of the
Synods that have formed the United Synod,
the Synod of Virginia embraces two thou
sand nine hundred and forty&ght members;
the Synod of Tennessee, five thousand three
hundred and ninety-nine; the Synod of
West Tennessee, six hundred and seventy
six; the Synod of Mississippi, one thousand
one hundred and eighty-two.. Total, ten
thousand two huttdred and five. The larg
est Presbytery is Union, which reports two
thousand three hundred and eighty-one
A Synod Dissolved.
The New &boot Synod of Kentucky de
clined to unite with their brethren who now
compose the United Synod. But at the late
meeting, just closed, and which was com
posed of seven ministers, and a great num
her of ruling eldera, it was determined to
dissolve the Synod, and organize in its stead
the United Synod& Kentucky, and to this
new body all the property of the Synod was
transferred. With respect to its future we
have seen two reports, but are unable to tell
which is the true one. One report is, that
these brethren intend to labor on as now
organized, until the providence of God
shows them more clearly another path of
duty. The other is, that a committee has
been appointed to confer with the Old School
Synod of Kentucky, as to the , terms, on
which their ministers and churches can be
received by that body. In addition to this,
a statement has gone abroad that all the
ministers except two, are favorable to a union
with the Old School. ,
New School 'Presbyterians.
The General Assembly of this branch of
the Presbyterian family, has a Committee
on Statistics, by which information.valuable
to the Church is collected. From the Se
vin of this Committee for the present year,
it appears that this Church is not free from
the evil of stated supplies; and, what is
worse, of unemployed ministers. Of the
whole body there are four hundred and
ninety-nine settled ministers, about the same
number of stated sipplies, nearly one hun
dred editors and professors, and not less than
three hundred without charge of any kind.
New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and New
Jersey, contain two:thirds of the member
ship, and one-half of the ministry. •
Western University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Annual Examinations at this Institu•
tion took place last week, to the great suds
faetion of the Trustees and patrons of the
institution. The students were examined
on the ordinary English studies, Mathemat
ics, chemistry, Virgil, Juvenal, Asebylus,
and Mental Philosophy. Messrs. Thomas
Lawrence and S. C. George, having com
pleted the prescribed course of studies, re
ceived the degree of A. B. The Institu
tion, though permitted to languish for sev
eral years, has greatly revived under the
sidenoy of Dr. McLaren, whose attention
to its interests, along with the other instruc
tors, has been unremitting.
It will be gratifying to our readers, and
encouraging to all who labor in word and
doctrine, to know that the gracious work
begun in the churches last Winter, has not
ceased. From almost every quarter of the
land reports come of God's gracious visits.
tion. In many places the work seems only
begun, while in others there is but little
cessation. Surely there was never greater
encouragement to preach the Gospel faith
fully—for believing prayer, and earnest,
personal effort for the salvation of souls.
Nor has a more auspicious day dawned upon
those who would be saved in these latter
This institution, located at Galesburg, 1.11.,
has been for some time a subject of great
disprite between Congregationalists and New
School Presbyterians, with respect to its
Presidency and control, though it was
mainly endowed by the latter. Bat the
Rev. Dr. Curtis, pastor of the First New
School Presbyterian church in Chicago, has
been at length elected to the Presidency,
which it is understood he will accept. Dr.
Curtis was greatly beloved and respected as
a pastor in Chicago, and high hopes of sue
cess in his new sphere are entertained.
For the Preabyterian Banner and Advocate.
Tribute of Regard.
At a meeting of the Presbyterian congre
gation of Monaghan, held in the church at
Dillsburg, Pa., June 14th, 1858, D. Bailey,
EFq., Chairman, and R Clark, Secretary, a
letter from the pastor was read, asking the
congregation to unite with him in an appli
cation to Presbytery to have the pastoral
relation dissolved; and the Presbyterial cita
tion in such cases having been received and
read, the following minute was presented
and unanimously adopted.
• WHEREAS . , The Rev. J. A. Murray, our
beloved pastor, has, in consequence of Iw.
paired health, desired us to unite with him
in an application to the next meeting of the
Carlisle Presbytery, to have the pastoral re
lation dissolved between him and this church,
in which desire the congregation feel con
strained to acquiesce yet cannot but express
our deep and heartfelt regret that the cir
eurnstames are such as to require the imp.
The relation* between the Rev. Mr. Mur
ray and this people, existing now for nearly
seventeen years, has been most happy and
agreeable. In him, we have had an able,
faithful, persevering, and successful minis
ter; a kind, attentive, and sympathizing
pastor ; a public spirited citizen ; and an
upright, honorable, and high-minded man.
In parting with him, he will bear with
him the kindest and warmest wishes of this
whole community for his welfare, and we
would affectionately commend him to the
kind and merciful care of our covenant
keeping God, humbly praying that he may
be again reared to his accustomed health
and vigor, and long be permitted to proclaim
the glorious Gospel of the Son of God.
On motion, Mr. J. B Hurst was appoint.
ted Commissioner to Presbytery, and the
foregoing proceedings ordered to be publish
ed in the Banner.
BOSTON AND NEW ENGLAND.
Great disappointment begins to be felt at the
results of many of the Taint Stock Manufacturing
Companies. Many of them seem to have been
conducted with the moat lavish expenditures of
money ; others have suffered from the evident in
capacity or dishonesty of the persons with whom
the business of the concern had been intrusted';
and in the case of others there is great fear en
tertained that to compete with the manufactur
ers of the old. world, under the present tariff, is
For the last few years the attention of Enter
prising Young lien has been directed to the West,
where visions of untold wealth welcomed them.
As a matter of course, many have been sadly
disappointed, and discouragement has overtaken
them; especially aim the revulsions of last
Fall, the effects of which are now more sorely
felt at the West than ever before. Consequently
many have turned their steps homeward, having
abandoned all hope of success in the West, at
present. But here, too, they will find business
stagnant, manufactories idle, and multitudes in
search of employment. A little longer continu
ance in their new home, might have brought to
tbem a brighter day.
Boston still feels proud of being the birthplace
of Benjamin Franklin, although his grave is in
Philadelphia, the princifial scene of his labors
and business. Therefore, the people have been
highly gratified at the announcement that the
Hon: Edward Brooke, just returned from Europe,
has brought with him a valuable '
trait, painted by the eminent French painter Du
plesee, in 1779, which be will present to the , city,
to be placed in the Public Library Building.
The original possespor was Consul General Bar
nett, and Mr. Brooks obtained it from a French
man, in whose possession it bad been for twenty
two years, and who expressed great pleasure that
it would become the property of Franklin's native
Apprehensions have been entertained for some
time, that notwithstanding his many refusals,
Prof Agassiz, might be won over to accept the
directorship of the Museum of Natural • History
of the Jardins des Plantes, at Paris. Years ago,
Louis Napoleon made his acquaintance in Switz
erland, the Professor's native country. The
offer, both as a tribute to scientific merit and in
point of emolument, is certainly tempting. The
salary is twenty five thousand francs, to which
the Emperor luta added, an, immediate senatorship
which would bring thirty thousand francs more.
And the report had gone abroad• that he bad at
last consented to go over to Paris to have a verbal
'and personal negotiation on the subject. But it
is now said that nothing will induce the Professor
to leave Cambridge and the studies to which his
life is devoted ; that he cannot even consent to a
respite in order to visit his aged mother.
It has been known for-some time past that the
Rev. J. T. Coolidge, pastor of the Thirteenth Uni
tarian Society, had been gradually drawing nearer
to the Orthodox in his sentiments and sermons.
Indeed, in a sermon lately published, there was
anal a recognition of the Supreme Divinity of
the Lord. Jesus Christ and of faith in him, that
consistency would require him to abandon at once
the denomination with which he has heretofore
been connected. Accordingly, he sent in his
resignation and it was accepted, and the an •
nouncement has gone abroad that the-separation
was caused , by his sympathy " with the views
held by the Orthodox Churches."
The visit of the Turkish Admiral seems to have
exercised, somewhat, Theodore Parker. The an
ticipations of this Reformer as to the future, are
very rose colored, except with regard to the subject
of religion; according to hini there has been but
little improvement in religion for ten centuries.
He says : " The Tarkish Admiral, on a visit to
Boston, will learn many things from our improve
ments in the arts, and in civilization, but he will
learn and adopt no religion; did he, he would
take a step backward." In his careless use of
language, does not Mr. Parker admit that if the
Turk should adopt his (Mr. Parker's) views on
religion, he would take a step backwards ?
The Universalist Convention, at Quincy, Mass.,
a short time ago, pronounced alaveholding a sin
per se. Now it strikes us that as Universalism
offers unlimited indulgence for all sins, past, pres
ent, and to come, for it to declare anything a sin
per as, is a very mild denunciation, not followed
by any great danger.
The American Oriental Society, instituted in
1848, for the encouragement and promotion of
Oriental learning, and the most select of all our
learned Societies, held its Annual Meeting in Bos
ton, on the 18th of June. Papers 'on Oriental
subjects were presented by the following members
of the Society, and read by the Corresponding Sec
retary, viz.: Drs. Pickering, of Boston; Hadley,
of New Haven ; Pott, of Halle, Germany ; Alger,
of Boston ; Merrick, of Kentucky Whitney, of
Harvard University; and Burgess, of Massachu
setts. Among the new members elected, were the
Rev. Dr. Schaff, of the Theological Seminary of the
German &formed Church, at Mercersburg, Pa. ;
Rev. Thos. Smythe, D. D., pastor of the Second
Presbyterian church, of Charleston, S. C. ; and the
Rev. M. W. Jacobus, D.D., a Professor in the West
ern Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian
Church, at Allegheny City,-Pa. The Library con
tains two thousand volumes and pamphlets, de
voted to Oriental learning and research. The
Rev. Edward Robinson, D.A., L.L.D., of New
York, is President.
The Students of Williams College, lately held a
meeting to discuss and decide that point of honor
so often mooted in CoWee circles, 'whether it
should be considered dishonorable to give testi
mony against delinquents charged by the Faculty
with the destruction of College;property, and t.,e
violation of College rules. After a protracted dis
cussion, it was decided not to be dishonorable to
give such evidence, by a vote of eighty-five to
A gentleman in Brooklyn, N. Y., has purchased
eighty copies of the Life of the celebrated Amer.
lean Missionary, David Brainard, to be given to
the graduates of Yale, Williams, and Amherst Col
leges, at the approachihg Commencements, who
have made a profession of religion within the
This city was visited with a severe and De
dructive Storm, one day last week, which did much
injury to the shipping, blew down some houses,
unroofed many others, and laid a new Episcopal
church level with the ground. Several lives
were lost, and much property destroyed. The
church coat some $15,000, which bad been col
lected with great toil and self-denial by the pas
tor, the Rev. Ralph Hoyt, with the intention of
making it a "free church."
The Red Republican Social's are becoming very
numerous ; the prime movers in them being gen
erally men of dangerous sentiments and desperate
fortunes, few of them making any pretensions to
Evangelical religion. The members of these as
sociations are pledged to one another under most
awful sanctions. Their avowed object is the pro
mulgation of liberty in Europe and throughout
the world, according to their own views. How
ever, we may sympathize with the victims of tyr
anny and oppression, it cannot be disguised that
many of the persons of whom we are writing, are
dangerous to any community.
Last week, we noticed the fact that Archbishop
Hughea had made application before the Grand
Jury of Albany, for an indictment for libel against
the editor of the Albany Staietonan, Mr. James B.
Swain, and that the complaint had been dismissed
on the ground that New York City was the proper
place to enter it. And the Archbishop did return
to New York, and has since had Mr. Swain
arrested on account of an alleged libel on a Soci•
ety called the " Circle of Jesus."
The jury on the third trial of the Italian, Can
semi, for the murder of policeman Anderson, has
at length brought in a. verdict of guilty. The
progress of these trials have revealed some of the
dangers and uncertainties to which, our Courts
are exposed. It appeared that large sums bad
been offered for the purpose of corrupting jurors,
of eliciting false testimony, and of inducing im
portant witnesses to leave the country. Nor can
any one tell the extent to which such things are
carried to defeat the ends of justice. It is a mis
take, however, to suppose that all the ignorance
and violence are confined to foreigners; for, in-
deed, much of it has grown up in the midst of our
schools and churches. Because one has been born
and reared in a Christian and Protestant land, it
is not certain that humanizing and Christian in
fluences have been brought to bear upon him.
This was indeed apparent a few days ago, in a
criminal trial in this city. One of the witnesses,
of respectable appearance, who was born in a
Christian community, and always lived within
sound of church-going bells, testified that be was
born in Albany, and was thirty-Fix years old;
that he could not read writing ; that he had never
read the Lord's prayer, and did'not knuw what it
was ; that he had never read a chapter in the.
Bible, though he had once held that book in his
hand; that he had no particular occupation, but
gambled generally for a living. Certainly care
should be taken immediately. to prevent any more
heathen, such as, this man, from growing up in the
very midst of such advantages as we now possess
for moral and religious efforts. A great work
still remains to be done, before all the people even
in this land 'will be made acquainted with the
Word of God.
The descent of the police upon the Free Love
Society in the hall above Taylor's saloon on
Broadway, in 1855, has sot been forgotten. Yet
it is not to be supposed that that demonstration
changed the sentiments of the members of the
Society, or dispersed them hopelessly. They are
still found in the city and suburbs, and whenever
occasion offers, they are eager to make known
their peculiar views, but still they act in a very
quiet and cautious manner, so as to avoid being
broken up again by the city authorities. The
Times gives the following account of their present
operations, which we publish that our readers
may see some of the great depths of iniquity into
which man have fallen under plea of superior
"The headquarters is at the "Unitary House
hold," a large brick house, four stories high, on
Stuyvesant Street. It lies close under the shadow
of St. Mark's Church, is not far removed from
the great City Libraries—the Astor, Historical,
and Mercantile—is within whispering distance of
the Bible House, and altogether occupies a posi
tion nearly as central as though located on Broad
way. About twenty of the members live here on
the Fourier plan, and the evening meetings of
the Society are held here, where general subjects
of reform are proposed. Politics, religion and
morality are all declared to be in a decayed state."
It is said that from eighty to ninety persons
attend the weekly meetings of these infatuated
people. The business man of the establishment
has even the effrontery to proclaim his own shame
in a letter giving his peculiar sentiments.
The old ceremony of the coronation of a Por
trait of the' Blessed Virgin was performed last
week, in St. litary's Roman Catholic church,
Hoboken. The portrait was one presented to the
pastor of the church by' the late Duke of Genoa.
The officiating prelate was Bishop Bayley, of New
Jersey, who preached a sermon, in which he
endeavored to show that Protestants did not,
would not, and could not understand the rites and
doctrines of the Romish Church, and, consequent
ly, that no heed was to be given to their arguments
in opposition. A very summary method, indeed,
of settling the Popish controversy ! But it would
have been well for Rome if all her advocates in
this country had acted in this way; they would
Lave escaped the utter defeats to which ea many
of them have been subjected.
The Hicksite Quakers of this vicinity have held
their yearly meeting, at which Rachel Barker, of
Philadelphia, rose and delivered a discourse ex
ceeding one hour in length. She, in common
with this branch of the Quakers, adopted the
ultra-Unitarian view of Jesus Christ, and con
tended that his object was not that of a Saviour
as interpreted by Evangelical theologians, but
that of a great reformer. The natural effect of
such views as these is to lead rapidly this division
to open infidelity.
The Churchman rarely permits a week to pass
without making known some of Its peculiarities,
though now in a manner somewhat less offensive
than formerly. Last week it declared that
the Catechism of the Episcopal Church clearly
and unequivocally taught the doctrine of bap
tismal regeneration; the doctrine of the real
presence of Christ in the holy communion;
and the doctrine of a regular and continued
transmission, of ministerial authority in the
succession of Bishops from the Apostles to
the..preeent time; and that these are the views
which it holds.
The Report on the State of Religion in the
Reformed Dutch Church, made to the late General
Synod, for the last year, is full of encouragement.
The aggregate of contributions to benevolent and
religious objects has been $102,388.16, less by
$7,622.28 than for the previous year. There has
been a gain to the membership, by profession, of
four thousand two hundred and sixty, being an
excess over the gain of last year of one thousand
six hundred and ninety. The whole number of
Sabbath School scholars reported is forty thou
sand two hundred and eighty two. The Cate
chisms of the Church are generally taught in the
Sabbath Schools. Death has been unusually
active in this denomination for the last twelve
months. Seven hundred and ninety-four of its
members have fallen asleep in Jesus, and some of
its ablest and most honored ministers have gone
to their reward. Among these are Drs. John
Ludlow, Abraham Polhemus, and John Knox,
The Weather has been unusually hot for several
days. Indeed it rarely happens that so much
complaint is made of suffering from extreme heat;
as just now.
This oily has been called to mourn the Death
of two more of her Distingaished Citizeria; Hon.
Job R. Tyson, and Judge Conrad. Tyson
was a lawyer by profession, bat greatly attached
to literary and'irtiistier puikts. He took adev
interest in the affairs of the Whole commonwealth,
but especial!; in the prosperity of Phila
delphia, for whose welfare he labored most
assiduously. Re was elected to Congress . in
1854, and served his immediate constituents
and the whole country with marked ability.
Judge Conrad occupied a conspicuous place as a
lawyer and politician, and ably filled in succes
sion, the offices of Recorder of the Northern
Liberties, Judge of the Criminal Court, Mayor of
the City, and Judge of the Court of Quarter fies.
thous. By nature he was gifted with very high
powers, which were improved by extensive and
various culture. He wag well known throughout
the country as editor of the North American for
several years, as a writer for various magazines,
and as a poet, some of whose minor production s
hold now and will continue to bold a hiell place
among the gems of unadulterated English poetry.
The North American seems to be alive to the
interests of this city, and is reviving the discus
sion of a protective tariff, with all its accustomed
Pennsylvania;College has for some time held a
'very-respectable rank among the other medirai
institutions of Philadelphia; and Dr. J. IL El
M'Clellan has been appointed to the Chair or
Anatomy. lie is a native of the city, and a son
of the late Dr. George M'Clellan, whose fame as
a surgeon was great, both in this country and in
Europe, by whom he was trained from an early
age for the profession of which he is now one of
Bishop Potter is, with his family, at Malvern,
in Somersetshire, about one hundred and twenty
miles from London, where his friends hope the
combined influences of new scenes, pure air, and
entire rest from mental labor, will bring about
his restoration. But late accounts do not encour
age any hope of a speedy recovery.
The first class of the Training School for the
Diocese of Pennsylvania, under' the care and in
struction of the Rev. Dr. S. E. Hare, has just
graduoted. We have frequently spoken of this
School, and at present the friends of the enter
prise seem greatly encouraged.
The Rev. Mr. Sawtelle, of Haven, writes to the
Christian ob . server in behalf of Dr. Konotfs
Church ire Paris, and recommends that twenty
five thousand of the new converts in the Ameri
can Churches contribute $1 00 each to this ob
ject, or that Live thousand of them give $5 00
each ; and thus a great work will be accomplished
for true religion in that ungodly city.
The Work of Grave seems tontove forward, ac
complishing great results in this city ; no dimi
nution of interest is reported. There is a prayer.
meeting at sunrise in the large tent; one at half
pest seven in Mr. Shepherd's church ; at twelve
there are meetings for prayer in the Stumm
Street church, and in the Handel and Hayden
Halls ; at five, one in the Diligent Engine Home;
and at eight in the tent, and in several of the en
gine houses. The American Presbyterian says:
Independently of the regular services in the
various churches, there are daily engaged in the
union prayer meetings from four to five thousand
persons; many of them those who have never en
tered such a thing as a prayer meeting in their
lives before. How rapidly the process of "evaa
gelizatton" must go on in such circumstances as
these, it is easy to imagine.
Mr. D. H. BAauoN, late of the Western
Theological Seminary, was ordained and
installed at Mt. Pleasant, Pa., by the
Presbytery of Redstone, on the 13th ult.
Rev. C. C. Riggs preached the sermon;
Rev. Dr. Patterson presided, and deliv
ered the charge to the pastor ; and Rev.
Dr. Smith the charge to the people. Mr.
Barron enters upon this field of labor
with a flattering prospect of usefulness and
Mr. J. P. KENNEDY,' a licentiate of the
Presbytery of Blairsville, has received and
accepted a unanimous call to Cherry-Tree
church. Correspondents are requested to
address him at Newman's Mills, Indiana
Rev. R. W. MAnquis haa received' and ac•
cepted a call from the church of
for one-third his time, and a committee of
the Presbytery of Coshocton has been ap-
pointed to install him, at discretion.
Mr. j. C. TJDBALL was licensed to preach
the Gospel by the Presbytery of Coshoc
ton, at its recent meeting.
Rev. F. P. CUMMINS' pastoral relation to
the First church, La Porte, Indiana, has
been dissolved by the Presbytery of Lake.
Rev. I) AMES TIENNY'S Post Office ad
dress is changed from Jersey City, New
Jersey, to New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Rev. G. W. NEArELL'S Post Mee address
is changed from Orangeville, Columbia
County, to Blue Ball, Lancaster Canty)
Rev. M. W. STAPLES has resigned the
charge of the church in Janesville, Wis•
consin, and femoved to Darlington, in the
Rev. B. L. 8E9.T.1 was installed pastor of
the church of Fishino Creek, in Chaster
District, S. C.., on the 15th alt.
For the Preabiterion Banner and Advocate.
The new and commodious Presbyterian
church of Island Creek, Jefferson County,
Ohio; was dedicated to the worship of Al
mighty God,•on Friday, the 25th inst. On
this, occasion .the Rev. Dr. Plumer preached
one of his excellent and characteristic ser
mons, from Isaiah lxi::.l=3. The 11ev. Dr.
Beatty offered the 'dedicatory prayer; and
other parts of the service were performed by
the Rev. Messrs. 'S. and L Grier, Chapin,
and the pastor Mr. Parkinson. The house
was crowded by an attentive congregation
of the neighboring farmers and their fam
Some time ago their house of worshipos
so greatly damaged by a severe storm of
wind, that it was necessary to make a new
erection, which was done on the old site, ell•
tirely in the country, but-beautiful and com
manding. This fine brick building bas jait
been completed, in an enlarged form, and
handsomely furnished, to the.great credit of
the congregation, at an expense ofabout
four thousand dollars. This congrePti n
has, during the Winter, largely Aged in
the effusions of God's Spirit, and we trus t
that, in the new church, they may "P e.
rience still more of the Divine power.
For thoPresbyterf an Banner and Adtonate.
Tribute of Seeped.
At a meeting of the congregation of the
Presbyterian church at Petersburg, Pennsyl
vania, held on the 24th ult., the following
preamble and r esolutions were u nanimously
, Theev. J. A. Murray, our
beloved pastor, has tendered his r esignation
as pastor of this church, and desires this
congregation to unite with him in an appli
cation to the Presbytery of Carlisle, to dig
'solve the pastoral relation now existing, and
has been influenced so to do by the enfee
bled state of - his health, which requires him
to retire from the active duties of the minis
terial office ) in order to recuperate from the