Presbyterian banner & advocate. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 1855-1860, August 07, 1858, Image 2

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

anntr atilt A.bboratt.
Tignakso 6 i .ludo, iiMl/14,iiiieips or in ChM.
$1.5151 or, dollvorod at resldoneso of Subeeri•
bows, 111.75. See IPraapeetuat Tkilad F i ala
RRNEVITAI.,II elaeual awasseet. a lattic
eakße phi ions apiaries tkaill we was
Rake Mall wereageweats fora Rudy supply.
TRIM RED WRAPPER e kaßleateetthat wa
dloarkk.44 - 4044;04a. koweveeoa eke *milt
•1 Williego this Oval 'should bo weafited. we
kepi maw Orland* yap. attliket, ifergetwa
RICI/VIVANOS4I.--Send payment by .*f.
bande. when convenient. Or, used by nediy
witb ailnialarY cern. end troubling
nobody witicar knowledge or what you' ore
&clam Per a WWI SILESEITUSI4 sand a Draft...)
largo notoli. nor oneorrwo papersomend Sold
or sunk!. endow
iPO 11 0411 tigNANOII. lend pos tag e stoup,/
or better etilli, mad for atore, payers' say sit
air See inety entlibers, or al row Thirtysitlenn.
°IRMO" all &otters and Coanneunicatioin
tO:11141nr. iPlittsburgb.
*bitrityivrancraiwirr.—The Librarian, Mr
Cilbaieon,.acknowledgaa the following con.
tributiong to. the Board of Co'portage Slate
lick congregation, Allegheny Preebytiry,
$3B 48, Freeport Gong., Allegheny - Preali,
$8,68. ' '
PRE/36M BENS& -OD our first page,
we give - the article noticed meet week; re
speoting:lliberia and the French Etnigration
efforM:' tt_ is hard for a feeble State to
get ju4iect at the hands of , one most power
ful, when the/interests of the latterare con:
muted. iPkesident , Benson probably did all
bele'efild'io; or dared attempt, in the case.
A letterfrout Texas, under date' of July
I2th, says : Recently there were fotir
members 'aiderto the Milford church on,
examination. We have bad no extensive
revivalm ofwrelition in the bounds of our'
Presbytery; (Onntral Texas,) since I have
been ionieetedivitl it , ewe hs e're
ye v ason
to think the standard of piety among the
Membere-iaigood. , We have here a weekly
prayer4teeting, well attended, and a flour.
ishing Sabbath School" , ,
Christians , ' take Ain interest in the whole ,
Country; land'xejoice to know that the work
of the Lord advances- , ;seed pint be sown:
before it caubFing ‘ fruit, and, in many cases,
years revnlve before a large harvest:is col..
lected. Ilut r always, there are the smeller
results, more npeedy, which rejoice the hus.
bandtrutn,An4 enable him to 'labor , ip hope.
Boy. Dr. McLean.
We 'are glid-to learn' that the Rev. Dr.,
McLean,lite 'President Lafayette pol
lege, Pennsylvania, is now it) far convales
cent that he expects to leave 'for Louden' in
the couramoLtermer.three , daysi.preparatory=
to his early return to America. Dr. Me-
Lean visited t Edinbuikthforpaps,purpose
tikell'lnt,inis - be General As
sembly °file Free Church, and his deeply
interesting addressee in the Amenably con.
owning the revival of religion in America,
must he Irish in•n the rememhranee of our .
readers: 'Thineaddiesse,s. were delivered
upon the only hio liecnisions on which - the
state of his health permitted the exertion,•
for almost tramediately on his arrival in Ed
inburgh; Dr. Meiean was attacked with vio
lent Inflammatory rheumatism in his right
hand and• Wrist,' from - which, although' en
joying the benefitiof the beat 'medical skill
in Edinburgh, he hasinffered"sentely until
within therbet ten , 'days On Sabbath last
Dr. McLesio 'was- solar recovered ' as to be
able to 'preach for Dr. Brcice 'tlie atter
noon ; linden Monday evening he addressed
the Union raja" meeting in a Most hetwea;
sive and touching manner.' Edinburgh'
(Scotland) Witnem.
Th. Indiana eonvektion.
A short itinie, ago, we .gave i brief but
favoralill'untiee of this 'highly interesting
meeting of: ministe a and elders. . '
friendly intercourse ,of Presbyterians, and •
United, ,PreThyteriens, is ~to _he eipected,.
from their similarity in doctrinal sentiments,
and their partaking of kindred' spirit. ; " We
meek :figret that Some brother did not. give
us a condensed; statement; for the benefit of
distant readers; The extended report, tio.
onpying a'whole page in the Indians'incle-
P endi n t tilekNitY inform all the churches :
in the .regio4 represented.' We Inow . give
the nerolutielashlidopted, on the occasion:
They may both guide and encourage others
in the.lrolding Otaimilirrineetings:
Resoleedi.:That "With joy 'and
thank ful nowt° .Gedihn pretint' encouraging
aspect ofaffairs' in the , religions world, in the
conversion of the revival` religion
in theheartecof 'God's 0416, so obvions
from a variety but Sipe
daily in tbeiineresteaiTinoreised ahead
epee upon' ~
meetings for , 'sada 'prayer,, and
the increase of-brotherly love- 1 -411er charac
teristics of thoresent dayv ,
Resolved, That regaid God, by the
present indiCailoins of 'his providence, as
calling fondly upon 'the churches for
zeal, eaergy,:aitiviti o oaerifiee, and, self-de
nial, in building up the close of God at,
home, and extending the boundaries of the
Redeemer's kingilom.
Res/ved, That ire , recommend the esteb
lishment of union prayer -me etings where it
can he done without the, violation of icon
soientiouS dokrictions:
Resole:dr:That we deplore the greai want
of brotherly 104, k a t hu prevailed - in, times
that are pait,lniii eirtiestl 7 recommend the
cultivation of brotherly love and = mutual
forbearance, and Ibe !esroidance of every '
thing that would sow diocord *met g brethren,-
or alienation among those whO aka nuit e -d 'i n
the maintenanop,of tthe ' , greet 4100triaes of
our holy reggion.
Resolved, That That we recommend,ithe
ten, elders, and laityrof&the= oburobesubera
represented, to spend one ,houraxeerSatie:
day evening, Irom nine to ten o' olc`oTst in
wrestling with ,tiockin prayerlor the' reviial ,
of religion in their own 'heartsoind in 'the.
Wounurnii We` hive during the sittings .
of this Convention, `been highly gratified,
and, we trust, 'iplici4idified by our
communion andiell4inilifil with brethren Of,
different denominaticilikireelising'-ti some
extent how gait and , it is ffit
brethren - to dielluetaiii unity; there
Itesoleed, ThaC Ociiventien be
held in the Prrebytetiatt eibutehl,l3qte-,
Vag on the Int Wedeeede") , Chatob l efiteAt t
at 2 ceoktak P. 11.."
At present, it is Awr, rather' than Liters
tura, properly so callid, which ,engages the
regards of our London public. These twain,
however, are steadfast allies, if not blood
relations, and therefore I feel J am' hardly
stepping out of my Way, if I begin by asking
your literary readers to come with me to
gaze on the most recent productions of Art.
Of Art it has been said. that ct it belongs to
man only. In Art there is no divided era
pire." So sings Schiller.:
In diligent toil, thy master is the bee:
In craft mechanical, the worm that creeps
Through. earth its dexterous way, may tutor thee;
In knowledge (could'st thou fathom all its depths, )
All to the Seraph are already known:
But ihine. 0 Man, is Art—thipe, wholly and
alone !"
This time twelve months, London taste
and fashion precipitated itself on Manches
ter, which, in spite`of utilitarian calicoes and
fustian', has among its merchant princes real
lovers of art and learning. The "Art
Treasure" Exhibition of . the united King.
401 n, in 1857, will - live in many hearts in
many lands, long after it has been broken
up, as, alas l it has been. The Ceuntless
treasures of our old mansions and of our
newer palatial houses, there, were gloriously
concentrated, as the cynosure of the world's
admiration :and• history, theology false and
true, the visions of the poet minds of the
past and of "tile Present, all received magnifi
cent and appropriate illustratioa. And
therefore, when I betake myself to the Ex
hibition of the Royal. Academy of Arts, for
1858, and linger a while, first in the dark
Sculpture Rom!, and then pass through the
five apartmentewhichreentain modern Paint
ings, in , oil and grater colors, I confess to the
feeling : " Oh, what a falling off is here I"
On the other side of the wall indeed, behind
.the Sculpture Gallery, is the real bona Ns
4cNational•Gallery," 'free to the masses, and
where, hung on rather dingy walls, and in
'rooms not , worthy.of them, look dawn on the
',:irorking men and their families in unehang
ing glory, some of the noblest and best pin.
tures Of ancient and Modern Masters, in the
world. Bet the " Exhibition" is an An
nual affair, and. it powerfully contributes to
a cultivated taste for Art, among the upper
and middle classes. No artist is allowed to ,
exhibit more than eight different works—
Honorary. Exhititors are limited to one.
Those actually' ,exhibited, must first have
heen approved of by the Council, and there is
a " Hinging Committee," 'which often
, puts
the novitiate artists' pictures in such an ob
scure place, or such a bad light, that he is
Other so irate as to have a sudden penchant
forhanging the Comutittee,,or so despondent
as; but for thinking better.of it, of hanging
himself !
Quarterly Review of Art, Science, and
Literate, e.
LONDON, July ifjssB.
Some one has said that to our datop cli
mate, our leaden or weeping skies, both
Literature and Theology are largely indebted.
Many a tome in the old Puritan times pro
gressed in learning and solidity, as the stu
dent had all temptations removed to wander
by babbling brooks aid over green fields, by
the advent of NoVember's rains, by the
frosts of cold January and February, or by
those biting East winds of March and April,
which make 'a " Winter in' the lap of
Spring." And thus, I suppose, we are to
imagine our English authors to have been
busy since November last, but Comparatively
idle now. Or if they are busy, Still they are
only like the bees autism Hytnettus, gathering
fresh honey ti:om thelowering head for fu
ture stores. May the bee and the honey,
without the sting of the malignant wit, or
the venom of infidel scorn `I
The Royal Academy of Arts in London is
an Asiooiated"Body, with its "flonoriry
Members," itq " Academicism " its " Acad.
entioian -Engravers," its " Profeesdrs " - of
Painting, Sculpture,Architecture and Per
speeitivii; " Associates," (a lower , degree,
than tre Aeademicians,) and Associate
Engravers." Its Honorary_membership in
cludes the Bishop of Oxford, whose duties
" Chaplain" are limited ''to "'saying of
grace", it the Academy dinners;
and Lord Macaulay, the Historians;; Earl
Stanhope, (late Lord Mabon,) an eminent
Antiquary; and - Sir George Staunton, an
other patron of Art, who acts as SeeretifY
for Piaui& Correspondence Aram% the
leadeinieistia, tke names of Bally,, Gibson,
Macdowell, and Westmacott, as great Scalp.
this; and of Cooper, Watson Gordon, Les-
Landseer, Mulready, Mediae, Pickers.
gill, Stanfield, Roberta, and Smirke, will he
familiar to the American . puhlio. And
right gloriously do some of these great men
come ant int this year's Exhibition, *bile
younger and list; kixiiin artists have Pre-
.seated growing claims—seme of them coin
mending claims—to admiration and emi
nence. Roberts. is great in the interior of
churches; Stanfield', 'the eminent scene
painter,' gives, in his own style, " Coblentz
and Ehrenbreitetein from the Moselle " - the
'original of which, once men , at sunset's :
liour—as I can teatify—lingirs long on the
,memory of Abe imagination,' and Ithe heart.
Your own' Longfe l low finds an artist in
Gale, to depict "The sorrowful .days of
Evingeline l " El-Sorge Harvey, of Edin
burgh, (well known for other fine pictures
:identified with the ."11illing times " of
Seotland,) has 'a " ' Sabbath'in the Glen,"
in which Dr:Guthrie is the open-air preach,
er and Lord Panmure Scottish ladies and
Highland peasants, are the hearers. Thio
is fine picture, sure to be engraved and
widely known.
4 " The Huguenot Conventicle Suppressed,"
limns the days of Louis XVI: and the
: ,101gg011aded; and " Flora Macdonaldifare
well to Charles' Ediards," reminds Us of a
woman's ,noblest qualities and endurance,
devoted 04 cause and-a man whose success
would lave been a aurae to itainkind. Sir
E. landoeSlis in delicate health I beliave
and therifire, besides his glorious picture of
"-Deer Stalking," " Highland Nurses,"
alder" Landseer, (his bro.
titer)) presenting olouple of does and 11,
WieUitain 4was, : lumina us forcibly-4d
powerfully of the great Master of Sbottish
animal painting, himself.
There are; here portraits in 'plenty, hut
many of them having merely a local or con.
ventional interest. There aie exceptions,
such as in , the likeness of Sheridan Knowles,
or that of Professor Simpson, of Edinburgh
There are also pictures painted by. Rqyal
" Command," such as 14 The Investiture of
Napoleon M..with the Order of the Bath,"
in the grouping of, which, the: ItanAtnme ,
Eugenie -is , frrotniitentOttil obriehow one'
does, not like to see such a true and good
woman as Victoria putting the star of the
Order on the breast of a man who has'blood
on his hands, and I fear alsO has the heart
of a roue.
"The Coronation of William the Con . "
queror," presents a scene most striking,
when the Normans, mistaking the loud
shouts of The English and French' for hostile
tumult, fire the English houses nearest West
minster Abbey... William, though alarmed
and left almost alone, refuses to postpone
the celebration, and " holds the crown of
England in Lis grip, as though no mortal
hind sbonld ever wrest it from him."
Rumor is not wanting , here, especially in
one drawing by Gray, enamelled'" after
Wilkie," the subject--
tleeoh'd, and Duncan pray'd,
Ha, ha. the , wooing o' t,
Meg was deaf asAnsa Craig,
Ha, ha, the wooirig, o' t.'
Only two other pictures shall I allude to,
omitting for want of space, notices of the
Sculpture Romn,,altogether—the first a per
fert marvel of *beauty and expression
" The Wheat field," by Leonel, so natural,
that yen are ready to grasp those golden
ears, ripe for the sickle, and long to sit yon
der among the sheaves in the light of the
setting sun,
.or to stroll ,onward - to the die
tent woodland through yonder pathway,
right through the corn. The secpnd, is
"The Derby Day," by Frith, the best inn
tation of llogarth's best style, that modern,
Art has produced, mirroring, in 'the most
grotesque and graphic way, the "grand
stand" and its occupants, the thimble rigger
and his victims, and all the follies of a sea
son Which seems to drive London out of
itself, (for it is half empty, ) and out of its
propriety, - -"The Derby day."
I was greatly gratified, bY a visit paid this,
It stands on an estate punhased by the Gov.
eminent, and is about .to be supplemented
by a new and extensive building, It owesits
existence mainly to the Great Exhibition of
1851, which led to au extension of the
School ef Design into the present Science
and Art Department. A nucleus of a per:.
,manent Museum of works of art was formed
and deposited at Marlborough House, (for
inerly the residence of Queen Adelaide,)
and now forum part of the various collections
exhibited at Kensington. It is in fact a De-1
partment of Government, and its epecial
jeots are--1. To train male and female
teachers to give instruction in Art, to cer.
tify them when qualified, and to make them
annual fixed payments, varying according to;
their acquirements, 2. To aid and assist
Committees in the provinces, desirous of
estabiishing Schools of Art. 3. To hold
public inspections and examinations, and to
award, medals and prizes. 4 To collect to.
gether ,works of art, pictures, &c., in the
central museum, and books and engravings
from the Library. ' 5. To circulate among
the Schools of Art, objects from the Museum,
and books and engravings from the Library.
The stimulus thus given to artistic talent
has been very great. It acts all over the
Kingdom. The provincial Schools of Art
number sixty eight. The number of per
sons under Art Instruction were, by last re.
turn, thirty-one thousand four hundred and
forty.five. Only, four years ago, the number
was but three thousand two hundred and
ninety six. The improvements in Orna.
mental Art are strikingly illustrated by an
exhibition of articles, consisting , of Carvings
in all materials, Furniture, Decorations,
Metal Workings of all kinds, Jewelry and
Goldsmithe Work, Pottery, Glass, and all
kinds of Decorative Woven Fabrics.
There is also open, now—and with this
department I was greatly Pleased—The An
nual Exhibition Of the Prize Works of Stu
dents (male and female,) of • Art of the
United Kingdom. - -
The education of National taste &ft, is
an ohjeat not unworthy of an age like the
present. Models and plaster casts Trom an
dent sculpture; specimens' of architecture
in the Greek and Roman styles; Speciniens
of. carving, terracotta work, `gliall painting,
enamels, 'pettery and porcelain, arms, and
armor; also extanples of ancient illumina.
tion, drawings, engravings, Am., present
themseives, on entrance, to, the spectator,
and form "The Museum of Othamental
Then come "The EducationalCone°-
tons, f) containing Apparatus, Diagrams, and
Books, of which last there is a library for
reference, of eight thousani volumes. In
this department are objects of household
economy, collections of Botanical specimens,
as also of Mineralogy and Geology, and
models of extinct animals. There is also a
magnificent collection of maps from Ger
many, France, America, and England.
There is, in front of the maps, the Astrono
mer Royal's full sized model of the Frank
Circle of the Greenwich Observatory.. The
last division in the Xducational Museum is
allotted to Mechanics, including : hydraulics,
pneumatics, hydrostatics, &o.
" The Commissioners of Patents' Mu
seum," consists of a selection of Patents,
varying from 1787 to the present day. The
object is to illustrate the progress of invert
dons. Those of the progress of the steam
engine are the roost complete. The por
traits of eminent engineers and Mechanics
"adorn the wills. I look With reverence
upon many of these.great men, whom God
had raised= up' toSpeed on hie beneficent de
signs in - connexion with the grand scheme
of Redemption. There is also "Models of
Beildinge," in which Wren's
,first design
for St. Peas Cethedrel, (different from the
present, and the enforced alteration of which,
it is said, drew tears from him,) is an object
most suggestive. I shall simply name
"The Collection of Animal Products,"
"The Food , Museum," and• the - 44 Arabitec
tural Museum," and pass on into the cele
brated ." Gallery of British Fine Art," eon
taining two hundred and thirty-four oil
paintings, and many sketches, drawings, and
etchings, all the works of British artists.
The - Whole of these were , preelintedby Mr.
Sheepshanks; an enthusiastic and generous
patron of Att. Here you see seine of Wil
kie's, Landeeer's, M already's, and Turner's
choicest and earliest pictures. " Studies "
for some of the pictures, containing sketches
of figures, or as in. Wilkie's painting of the
library in the breakfatit parlor, in his "Let
ter of Introduction," are very curious.
The visitors to the Kensington. Museum,
in less.- thin ten 'months, amounted to four
; hundred and , thirty nine thousand nine bun•
dred and ninety seven. The various Metro
politan Museums and exhibitions in London,
Dublin, and Edinburgh, (besides that at
Konsingtok) were last , year visited by
five hundrl! and fifty-three thousand eight
hundred and fifty three persons- A " Circu
lating Art Museum," has been sent to six
.large towns, and thirty six thousand and
twenty.four •persons have consulted it.
I have trespassed, pelhaps, too far on the
'space which I' have been wont in these
quarterly notices to give to literature. But
I have done it deliberately, because I'think
that not to Literature only, but to Art and
Science also, should attention be directed
I might add much more on these two last
subject's but refrain for the present. What
I hive Fit together with some trouble and
pains, will suffiaiently prove that rapid ad
vance is being made in both. I may add
that in the • Kensington Museum is now
placed the famous Soulage's Collection,
which was the cynOsure of all eyes in the
'Manchester Exhibition of 1857.
Among lintmoPorm lately deceased, are
Moxon, of London, and Whyte, of Edin
burgh. - Morton was the companion of Cule
ridge, Lamb, Iberia, aud Rogers; a poet
of no mean order, a refined and accom
plished man, and a pnblisher of many works
of taste and excellence. Mr. Whyte grew
rich by book selling, anti his bequests proved
that he regarded his gains as consecrated
things. Amongst them were 45,000 for the
building, and £2,000 for the endowao tit of
a Free Church at Congate Head; £1 500
for die foundation of bursaries in the New :
College, Edinburgh, and a like sum for the
benefit of native converts in India.
The recent lists of NEW PEBLICIA'TIONS,
inalude Christmas' Preachers and Preach
ing ; Translations of the. Gospels in Syriac;
Caird's Sermons ; The Gospel by St.
Matthew, in 'Anglo, Saxon and Northam-
Wan ; Confessions of a Catholic Priest;
Dale's Clergyman's Legal Eland Botk, (a
zit cessity for a State Clergy;) the First
Soles of Poniatowksi's Antique Gems;
Browns's North West Postage, and Search
for Franklin ; , and several books of Travels.
A curious book, Wykoirs "New Yorker
in the Foieign Office; '. relates' how the au ,
thor, an American, was employed by
Pahnerston on secret diplomatic ser
vice on the Continent, and bow his services
were afterwards dispensed with The author
thinks himself wronged, bui his revelations,
while giving some insight into the mysteries
of .diplomacy, seem .to involve :a Violation of
confidence such as is not usual in these days.
The 'plea doubtless is injustice done, and
valeat quantum. Some people say, perhaps
truly, that diplomacy is tie cause of all
national wars and complications. It is
hard to be a statesman, DanieLlike and up
right, tr., to coin a word, uncrooked,)
and to keep the hadds unstained.
Among recent French publications of
interest, will be found a History of the First
Three Centuries of the Christian Church,
by M Pressense, Editor , of the Revue
Chretieunore. It is, interesting to know that
the upper classes in Bessie are getting sick
of French novels, and eagerly peruse the
translations of Dickens' wotks. In fact
Dickens is very popular in Russia—more so
by far than ; Thackeray ; and whatever <his
defects, one thing is certain, be never is ob
scene, even by insinuation, and has nothing
in his writings of that native vileness which
infuses itself into the French novel, and
which, in spite of parfumerze, reminds one
of •the foul smells of the city of Cologne,
foul and oppressive in spite of its six-and
twenty depots fur le plus veritable Eau de
In German literature, we have'reoently' a
History of Assail and Babel, since the .time
of Phul, by a son of the celebrated
bur; also, Nineveh and the Excavations
made in'
. Mesopotamia by M. Weissenborn,
a resume of Layard's discoveries, and the,
third, volume of Uhleman's Manual of Egyp
tian Antiquities.
Among the recent LIBRARY SALES in
Vondon, his been that of a portion of the
collection Y of an Irish Church dignitary,
which brought very high prices. It' eon.
tamed a collection of bisck•letter editionif of
the Holy Scriptures, liturgies, and early
theological literatrye. The great attraction
of the' sale was the first Latin Bible sup
posed to have been printed at Mentz, be
tween the years 1450 and 1455, and executed
to resemble a manuscript, for which the
typographer intended, no doubt, to sell each
°Nay. It sold for the enormous scat of
£595.. The late Duke of Sussex was a great
Bible Collentor, and this identical copy bad
belonged . to him, and after his death was
sold tor £lO5 Among the other Bibies,
was the first edition of the Vulgate, issued
by Pope Sixtus V., but suppressed by his
successor, Gregory IClV.—£ , the
first edition 'of the ScriPtires in English, by
Myles Coverdale, (imperfect copy,)--,-1186
10s. Also the first edition of the Bishop's
Bible,. printed in 1568, fair copy; but title
defaced-423; the first edition of the Bible
printed in Scotland, (iinperfect,)-412.
There was also a curious collection of
tracts on the "Surplice - Oontrororey," or
concerning the "Habits" which Jewel
and other Reformers • protested against--
£lO 10. To these may be added the first
pryner of Henry VIII., +1 that of Ed
witrd VI., (preparatives for devotion,) £97
and £2O, respectively. There were also, the
first edition of the Liturgy in Irish, and the
first edition of 'the New Testament in Irish,
(the first book printed in the Irish character
in Ireland) the prices being £lO
,10s., and
£25 I shall only mention further, the first,
edition of Knox's historic of the Church
of Scotland, (suppressed' by Archbishop
Whitgift,)--£l3 10; and NOuveaie Testa
ment par les Theologiens de LouvainPs ; an
edition suppressed by its authors, when it
wassdiscovered to the world that they had
fraudulently introduced "la Mesas," and
"le feu de Purgatoire," into the sacred
text itself—X62. (R ,me only suppresses
lies when she finds them detected by
Thotestants; not always, however; as Car
dintd 'Wiseman's brazen effrontery in retain
ing in one of his works a detected forgery
The Literary Gazette, so long edited by .
William Jerdan, has changed hands as to
proprietorship. It it now in possession of
Messrs. Bradbury, the well known publishers
of Thackeray's and Dickens' serials. Thank
era), himself is likely to be one of the new
contributors; and with Shirley Brooks and
Peter Cunningham as active managers, it
will probably be restored to its pristine fame,
and prove a formidable rival to the Athe
',team This last alwa3s sneers at Evangel
ism ; the Unitarian virus, or something
Worse, if possible, comes out strongly in
connexion with religion. .
Literary men have never yet enjoyed the
highest reputation for the practical recogni
tion of religion and morality. Nevertheless,
as a class, the present race of literati are in
advance, in this respect, of their predeces
sors of the last_ century, to say nothing of
the days of Byron and Shelley. Charles
Dickens hos lately voluntarily come before
the public with a statement, the .publication
of which, I have reason to know, was
earnestly deprecated' by some of his warmest
friends, but, which, after stopping the press,
he persisted in. It appeared one morning,
about three weeks ago, in all the papers, and
quite startled both town and country. It .
was in effect, first, a contradlction of certain
vile rumors (darkly hinted at,) in reference
to his life and conduct as a husband, in
which contradiction his wife distinctly
joined. That rumor, I believe, was malig
nant and false,. ben it proclaimed that
the husband's infidelity had led to a separa
tion. But, secondly, there was the admis
sion and recegnition of an " arrangement,"
mutually agreed on. The truth is, there
hax been always an " incompatibility" be
tween Dickens and his- wife. She is said
to have been ,extravagant. His sister has
been for some years the director of the
establishment, and probably a. vife's impru
dences may have kept the great author poor,
(as -probably he still is.) in sidle of his
amazing success, and his vast annual literary
gains. A son sides with the Mother, and
retires with her ; tne &righters cleave to
the father. It is sad to hear of all this.
Genius and peace have' rarely been united,
and " uneasy hee l " net only "the head
that wears the crown" of empire, but that
head, also, around whose temples is wreathed
the garland of literary Lane. J.W.
Davidson. College, N C.
The Annual Commencement, in this Insti
tution, took place on Thursday, July. 3.5 th.
The report in the Noith Cernboa P l age.
rian is highly favorable. There Were nine,
young gentlemen who tett the lust degree
in the Mts. On tbe day preceding the com
mencement, the corner stone of a new Col
lege building was laid. It is to be a sub
stantial and imposing structure, tiro hundred
and ninety six feet by one bundted and forty
feet. Dr,. Thornwell, of Columbia, S C.,
was present. and took part with the Presi
dent, Dr. Lacy, and others, in the Com
mencement exercises.
Every reader of the Boston papers must
have been struck with the character of the
communications from all parts of the coun
try, and especially from the West. They
contain much valuable information, and are
generally exceedingly well written. Bat
most of them exhibit* an amiable self satis
faction with the influence of New England
Educaeon, thought, and habits upon all
men. Indeed the self complaisance of not
a few of them is so genial, so unaffected,
and so free from any consciousness of boast
ing that it is rather amusing than otherwise.
Nb doubt_the influence. of this part of our
country has been very .great on all the other
parts. But there is a common American
feeling, and there are common American in
licences 'operating upon all sections, that
should not be lost sight of in estimating the
influence exerted from any particular lo
- -
Boston is the great Shoe /farket in this
country, and though the trade has been
quite dull for some time, much activity is
now manifested. The number of balers is
considerable, but prices are so irregular that
purchases are made very cautiously,
The Public Grammar Schools of this
city have long been held in justly high re
pute, and their late exhibitions were
th - roofed with the parents and friends of
the pupils, and also by citizens and straw.
gars. The performances were highly cred
itable, and the usual med ds were di, t ib.
rated to the more meriterioni. The "City.
Fathers" formerly gave a least at the close
of the yearlY sessions of these schools, in
Faneuil Hall; but this year a higher order
of festival was introduced. Speeches were
made by Hon. R. C. Winthrop, Gov. Banks,
Rev. Dr. Robbins, and others. And twelve
hundred pupils engaged in singing.
We previously stated that the Rev. T.
Starr Slag bad delivered two sermons in
reply to the one of Dr. Mame en the end
less punishment of the Wicked. Mr. King
is a Unitarian, avowedly, although minister
ing to a Universalist Society. And although
he seems to lean toward Universalism, he
manifests great distrust as to the Scriptural
authority for one of their doctrines at least.
He thus expresses himself :
I do not find the doctrine of the ultimate Balm
tion of all souls clearly stated in soy text or in
any discourse that has been reported from the
lips of Christ. I&I not think that we can fairly
maintain that the find restoration of all m-n is n
prominent and explicit doctrine of the four
As might be expected, thin is not very
palatable to his Universalist friends, and
they do not at all please Dr. Whittemore,
editor of the Universalist Trumpet. Be
makes known his views of Mr. King's can
did admission in this way :
We express our deli lerate conviction that there
can be no union between Unitarians and Thrive?.
salists on the ground indicated by Mr. King in
the two disonurwes before us. The Universelists
never in our judgment can be brought on tofthat
ground, and there seems to be small prospects
that there will ever be a need of the connecting
link between Chang and Eng, to which it will be
reoollected that Mr. Ring in his late speech at
Fanenil Hall desired to be compared.
The Religious Services on the "Corn
mon " are still attended every Sabbath even
ing, by from fifteen hundred to two thousand
people. But most of those within 'the en.-
closure are generally attendants at some of
the churches, while this project was under
taken for the special benefit of those who do
not attend any of the regular sanctuaries.
As to them, however, the object is defeated,
whatever may be the cause.
Sonia) weeks ago the defection of the Rev.
J T. Coolidge from Unitarianism, was
noticed His farewell ,sermon has been
published at the request of his former con
gregation. It is free from ostentation, kind,
and breathes a spirit distinctively Evangel
ical. In it the process is stated by which
the author's mind passed from its former
convictions to a full and hearty recognition
of the Scriptural idea of the Divinity of the
Lord Jesus Christ. At the same time he
declares his firm belief that Ueitarianism is
highly injurious to the cause of sound mor
als and pure religion. To his people be bad
been strongly attached, and to him they bad
been indulgent and generous, yet his high
sense of "duty compelled him to the course
he had taken. It is not yet known to what
denomination be will attach himself.
Dr. Cleveland, of New Haven, has- just
completed the twenty fifth year of his pas.
torate over his present charge. During
that period he and his people have not been
without their trials. Out of New Haven he
would be considered rather progressive, but
here he has always been considered intensely
conservative. Contrary to the course of
many pastors around bird, he has always
kept aloof from political and secular matters,
and had devoted himself most assiduonsly
to the spiritual interests of his flock. The
result is, that from small beginnings they
have now the finsst church edifice in the
city and five hundred communicants. Faith
fulness in preaching, and in the pastorate,
never fails of its reward.
The one hundred and fety eighth com
mencement at Yale alive, was held on the
28th inst. The graduating class numbered
ninety nine, of 'whom ftfty.six had appoint.
ments, and rank in the Brat list in point of
merit. Of the class, only twenty two were
from Connecticut; the remainder were from
twenty. other States and• territories, with the
exception of two from Europe. The address
to the Alumni was delivered by P. A.. P.
Barnard, LL D , President of the Univer
sity of Miss., on 'l The Duties and Respon
sibilities of Educated Men to the Cause of
J.lusiness still continues very dull. Ex
perienced merchants say they do not remem
ber a time when se littlo business was trans.
acted. The ,importations continue to fall
baow those of last year. Country buyers
are beginning to come in, but their purchases
have 'not relieved appreciably, the general
&intim. At , the same time there is abut).-
Aance of money, and but a limited demand
for it.
One of the items of interest in this
metropolis every year, is The Fair of the
American Institute,= the thirtieth of twbich
will be held this year, in the Crystal Palace,
from the 15th of September to the 29th of
The Rev. Dr. Hackett has gone to Greece,
for the purpose of becoming acquainted
with' the Greek language as a living
tongue, under the auspices of the Bible
Union Board, now engaged in Drepariug a
Baptist translation of the Scriptures. The
time thus spent abroad will have reference
to the revision of the New Testament, en
which he is now engaged. Though Dr.
Hackett is already an accomplished scholar,
no one will have any objection to urge
against a still farther improvement in his
knowledge of . Greek, but something more
than this will be required before his New
Testament will displace the one now in
general use.
The Christian inielligeneerlaments the,
falling off in 'the contributions of the :Re•
fornied Dutch churches to Domestic Missions,
and the Cliurehman discovers the cause in
the " revival system," against which its
wrath has been frequently aronsed, and in
the doefirine of " faith only," which Ins
never, been pleasing to it,, and contrasts it
with the Episcopal doetrine, us held by the
aturehman, of " faith and works." To
which tbe Intelligence,. gives this Significant
This is comforting to us. We fall short in
contributions, but, thank God, we do not betray
precious truth. The good old doctrine of justifi
cation by faith only is preached in all enrpuipits.
True, if wolka were preached, more money might
be raised. Multitudes are willing to give, hun
dreds and thousands, if this will buy peace or
immunity ; but we have not so learned Christ
Nor does the Churchman look upon the
Public Schools with a friendly eye. It
would much rather have them under the
eiclusive - control of High Churchmen.
In the Meantime, The Freeman's Journal
ha= been devoting half a column (!) to
" Education in America," and asp : " We
know of but one system, of hot on e
ence, competent to'struggle with eomenen,
Lou a question. We can find' no hope ; i f
we'd() not la it in. Catholicity and i n i t ,
So that our educational' intereefe mast b e
emanated to the care &ad power of &w all.
ism 'before they can be crowned with sae,
Ary stbdeni of Church, History known
the difficulties connected with its study,
owing to tfie mass of material laid before
him with Out proper classification. Brame;
henry B. Smith, of the Union Theoinei ee i
Seminary, fine it work in the press of '3lr,
Scribner, designed to aid in acquiring a D e i
retaining the great facts connected with, th e
history of the Christian Church,
benefit of students and niinisters, we give t,
description 'of the plan and objects of the
work, taken from the Evangelist
It will be in fifteen tables; presenting in par
allel co' (uns a ssuopsis of theezternal ani
it er.
oa t hisitoov of the Church, from the birth ofehrist
to A. B. 1858 Each table contains twelve sync
(*tropistic columns, viz., three upon the gener a .,
characteristics, the contemporaneous hilt , ry, and
the state of Culture and Philosophy in each pert.
od; three upon the external history, an d s i x
upon the internal history, under the heads of
Church literature, polity, worship, discipline and
doctrines and controversy. heresies and
schisms. One table will be devoted to the hißtory
of the Church in this country; alphabetical and
chronological lists of Councils, Popes, and Patri
archs, with a full index, will be appended. This
work differs from other chronological tables in
aiming at a scientific digest of the materials,
rather than a mere collection of ram and dates.
The divisions into periods and tables are mad e ,
not by centuries, but by signal historic epochs.
It will be pahliAhed in a folio volume of about
eighty pages, in the highest style of typography.
This city continues to ba Disgraced wish
Quarrels, reneontres, and murders, to an
alarming degree. And, as usual, these are
generally connected, in some way or othrr,
with drinking, or drinking houses For the
large liberty given by our last Legislature,
with regard to Foaming houses for the sal.;
of ardent spirit.% has been largely taken ad
vantage of here, and moat deplorable results
are following.
The Gold Fever bas again broken out
here, and - many young men are about leaving
for tbe - Frazer River diggings, each one ea
pecting to return possessed of his tens of
thousands. .
Mr. Wilson, a publisher of this city, is
abiart to publish for the members of the
United Synod in the South, An Almanac,
giving "a brief view of the condition and
progress of all branches of the Presbyterian
Church, with lists of Ministers, the acts and
resolutions passed by the Assemblies, Syn
ods, &o. The work will contain a historical
sketch of the United Synod, as to its origin,.
members, &a., with a portrait oc its first
Moderator, Rev. Charles H. Read, P.D."
Rev. THOMAS of Cincinnati,
Ohio, has accepted a call to the Willow
Creek church,. in the Pteatntery of Chi
Rev. T. B NEILL's Post Office address is
changed from Charleston, S. C., to Ra
leigh, N. C.
Rev. R. A. M ICICLE was instilled pastor of
the iburch in Griffin, Gs, by the Pres.
bytery of Flint River, on the 25th of
Rev. L. U. P.a.u.soxs has removed from
Rasueville, Ala, to Bradford, Coosa Co,,
Mr. Ditrernn D. Stmm, late of Princeton
Theological Seminary, was ordained and
installed pastor of the church of Red
Batik, N J , by the Presbytery of New
Brunswick, on the 20th ult.
Rev. HENRY KENDALL, pastor of the Third
Presbyterian church (N. S.) io this city,
has had conferred on him, by Ramiltort
Allege, N. Y., the degree of D.D.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advoests.
That< Celebration at Tarentam.
EDITOR:—In your pater of Ibe 24th lost,
is an article headed "Babbatb School Celebration
of Tarentum," to which we, as the Session and
Sebbath School Superintendent of the Presbyterian
church, of Tarentum, feel duty demands us to
The article above named is an entire and gross
misstatement of the facts of the case, by which,
we, as a church, feel great injugice is done M.
We bad no desire to parade our celebration,
though one of great intermit, before the public.
The facts of the case are these: The Sabbath
Schools of Tarentum and ,vicinity, in accordance
with previous arrangements, assembled on Sab
bath morning. the Fourth of July, at 9 o'clock, in
their respective school rooms, and quietly and or
derly proceeded to the Presbyterian church, aod
then beard two " consecutive sermons," and one
lecture; one by Bev. J. Grant, of the Methodist
'Epimeipol church, from Matthew :xi: and
Jesus said unto them,Yea, have ye never read,
out of the mouth o babes and sucklings then
bast perfected praise ?" in which he beautifully
pointed out to the youth acme of the ways in
which they might fulfill this prophecy now, and
the importance of all interested in religion, aiding
and encouraging the children in this work as one
of the highest iniportance. The other was to the
older part of the audience, by Rev. W 0. Taylor,
from John viii: 32—" Ye shall know the bath,
and the until shall make von free," in which
there was an unusual amount of information ran
deneed, and argumentative power displayed, in
clearly glowing, to a deeply interested audience,
the historic and logical relation of the Ilibie to
civil sod religious liberty, and deducicg therefrom
the obligation of parents, Sabbath School teach
ers, and ministers, to secure the early training of
our youth, in a thorough and extensive knowledge
of the Bible, as the only sure means of perpetu
ating civil and religious liberty.
The day was waim, and the church densely
crowded ; but we have. rarely seen (even in an
audience exclusively of adults.) better order or
closer attention, though the services were long.
Before the address of .Mr. Swiber, in German, to
the German Lutheran School, the opportunity was
given, fur any who felt they could not remain to
the close, to retire, yet there were but some half
dozen, who quietly and respectfully retired.
From the expreseioa of opinion we have beard,
from thoee qualified to judge, we have no doom.
but that the audience were gratified and highly
ed.fied, notwithstanding the arrangements of the
Committee &Wired them, to hear two "consecu
live sermons," and a "lecture." We will not dis
pute the position of those self styled "friends of
the cause," that one ammo), or lecture, or even a
few mattered remarks are as much as their men
tal calibre can bear, and their weak apparatus
digest. 'Neither will we dispute that they have
" demenstrated " to themselves that they can
spend a day pleaeantly and profitably together,
agreeable to the dictates of nature' without bklllloll
or lecture. We hope that the "golden link " in
their chain may, not pore to be a new link in
their fetters of brass. The services upon t he
Sabbath, (Fourth of July.) is the only Sabbath
School crletwation in which *the Sabbath School
of the Presbyterian church of Tarentum, par
ticipated in any way.
What, theo ' was the origin of the article above
alluded to? It was a mere expression of ill feel
ing on the part of it few disappointed aspirants
for leadership. The M. E Church Sabbath
School. bad, at a regular meeting of those con
cerned in the Sabbath School, who, for wise rea
sone, resolved that they would have no other
bration than that of the Sabbath services; this
they informed the. Committee of the Presbyterian