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MELLEIC ACADEMY --This Institution,
under the care of Bev. J. E. Alexander,
sends forth its Annual Catalogue ; pupils,
CHESTNUT LEVEL, PA., presents an ex
cellent opening for a minister, or other Chris
tian scholar, who would wish to take charge
of a literary institution. See advertisement
of Rev. Lindley C. Rutter.
UNITED Blom= IN. CHRIST.—The
Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Mis.-
glans or this religions denomination is before
us. The missionary spirit seems to prevail
largely. A summary of the agents employed
and the work done, &0., would be an im
provement to the doortment.
AN IwyrrAilow.—The Session of the
Presbyterian church of Marion, through
Rev. Alex. S., Marshall, present their ear
nest desire that the members of the Synod
of lam meet on Wednesday, at 7 o'clock
P. M., in order to spend a day in confer
ence and prayer with the congregation, pre
vious to the stated meeting of Synod.
STRONG LANGUAGE.—The article on first
page, over the signature of gl A." is timely.
Let writers and speakers, as well in comer
nation as in public, and those also who lead
in pritier, heed it." Extravagance in theruse
of words, is rapidly making our language to
beeome a very indefinite medium of thought,
and is even, by misappropriation, depriv
ing its of terms .by which to express the re
ally great and grand.
A elm TO THE PEOPLE.-" lOTA " asks
that all the churches in the Synod of lowa,
engage in , prayer on the evening of• the
Synod', meeting, to pray. Doubtless the re
quest will be heeded. And may not the
suggestion be made as extensive as the call
for the 'meetings of Synods twenty-four
hours in advance of their appointed time T
Let all the people pray. This will be a
Scripture 'Baptism. •
We are pleased to learn that the first edi
tion of two thousand copies of Fairchild on
Baptism, has been already sold, and , that a
new edition is in progress. We should be
pleased to hear of the sale of a similar num
bar eveiy.eix months, for a. long time to
come. The work is worthy.
The Board of Publication have also, we
understand; ordered the "Great Supper,"
by the same author, to be translated into
German. This is a judicious movement, for
Which many will calf the Board blessed.
:Seminary- of the North West.
By the Constitution of the Presbyterian
Theological Seminary for the North West )
the Board of Directors is required to meet
prior to ,the -annual meeting of ,the several
Synods. The Board is, therefore, called to
meet . in the city of Chicago, on Tuesday,
the 14th day 'of September, at 9 A. M.;
No. 19 Portland Block. A full_ attendance
is requested. ,S. T. WILSON,
4 Important Notice.
One nember after the present, will ter
minate the sixth year of the Presbyterian
Banner. , Many subscriptions will then ter
minate. A prompt renewal, a full renewal,
ands large increase are vastly important.
Our brethren; the pastors and elders, are
most earnestly -requested to make up large
lists, and to forward - them without 'delay.
Where they hold thethselves responsible for
the , payment shortly, we cheerfully , send at
their request, to part or even to all the
names in their list.
Western Theological Seminary.
The Bdard of Directors of the Western
Theological Siminary, will meet in the Lec
ture-Boom of the First Church, Pittsburgh,
an Thursday the 23d day of September
next, at two o'clock P. M. '
W. B. MitLvainx, Secretary.
The Board of Trustees of the Western
Theolqieal Seminary; will meet in the Leo.
ture•Room of the First•Preabyterian °Maul),
Pitteburghi on Thuniday, the 23d day of
September niat,,at two o'clock P. M.
FRAI4O/8 Q. sdl L EY, President.
Upon consultation with a number of breth.
raw connected with -this, and the adjoining
Synods of Northern Indiana and Cincin
nati, in , behalf of the church of Richmond,
I take the liberty to invite the brethren of
those Synods to meet in the Presbyterian
chureh of this place, on Wednesday evening
preeeding the meeting of Synod, for the
purpose of prayer and - conference in regard
s revival of religion in all our churches.
3S:-.Brethren,upon arriving in the city, will
Emma go immediately to the church, on
Fifth. Street, one square. South of Mein,
•wbaiwiltheywfßiind a committee in waiting,
*stsassign them suitable lodging plices,
r. F. Small Pastor.
Riallassiii, la., Sas. sth, Id&
A few weeks ago, we drew the attention
of our clerical readers to the 'character of
the publications of the Messrs T. and T.
Clark, of Edinburgh; and according to proin
ise we return to this subject again, with the
view of commending the great work of Ben
gel, which has now been rendered into Bog
- issued by this judicious and enter
prising firm. " It is leell known, that not
withstanding the great amount of rationalism
and downright skepticism which abounds
among professedly theological writers in Ger
many, still the literature of the German
Church is rich in the possession of sterling
works of an Evangelical character, which
may be used not only with 'safety, but with
great advantage, because of the wondrous
amount of information which they contain,
and their great auggestiveness. The Ger
mani mind s not superficial. The literary
men and theologians of that land do not
hurry all their everyday thinking into print.
They are toilsome and patient in the collec
tion of materials, and with an untiring in
dustry they will plod along, arranging their
matte, and adding to it, from all available
sources, until generally all information that
can be collected on their subjects, will find
its place either in the text, or in the annota=
tions of their works. This characterific of
German.writers is not a mere modern growth.
It is an obvious trait in their productions,
from the Reformation downwards. Con
joined with this - remarkable patience in re
search, the older German writers often die
played an'unusual power of condensation; so
much, indeed, was this brevity of expression
and accuracy of terms sought after, that in
writers like Bengel, a short sentence, a
clause, and even a word, was made to convey
a large amount of information. The great
object of the Edinburgh publishers is to
make such judicious selections from the
modernliterature of the Continent as shall
give the mere English reader the really valu
able and safe productions of the, Evangelical
mind of Germany, and in order to afford an
opportunity of procuring the best of the\
older Continental works on criticism, the
celebrated " Gnomon" of the renowned
Bengel, is now issued from the press.
This Critical Commentary on the New
Testament, was originally published in A.
D., 1742, and ever since it has been grow
ing in the estimation of the learned. Not
withstanding modern scholarship has been
exceedingly industrious in the department
of Exegesis, yet Bengel still stands forth in
the front rank, and in seine respects he is
superior to all his compeers. His brevity is
only equalled by his perspicuity, and as a
modern writer observes,. be "condenses
more matter into a line than can be extract.
ed from pages of other writers." Hence
modern readers are required to watch his
sentences under the conviction that neither
clauses nor words are introdueed.to round a
period. He was deeply imbued with a de
vont reverence for the Written Word of
God, and his object throughout all the work,
was to educe the true meaning of the in-
President of Board.
spired authors. On certain passages his
leanings were to the side of an Arminian
interpretation; but the present edition is
from the hands of a learned and accurate
Editor, who rejects the doctrines of Armin
ians, and consequently if there were any
danger to which a reader would be exposed
by the criticisms of Bengel himself, the
bane is counteracted by the accompanying
antidote. After all, we attach no more im
portance to the few passages in these vol
umes that savor of Arminianism, than we
do to the paragraphs in the work of Hackett
on the Acts of the Apostles,, in which he
sustains the views of the Baptists. We are
quite sure that the latter work will never
convert any of ourintelligent ministers or
licentiates to the eystem of Anti-Pedobap
tism, and we are equally confident that the
interpretations of Bengel 4111 the subject of
freewill are not likely to lead any students
to reject the proposition that Goa had a sov
ereign purpose in the kingdom of grace as
well as in the kingdom of nature, and that
his sovereignty, is not equally supreme in
The necessity for the present edition arises
from the fact, that many ministers and oth
ers who might be greatly profited by this
work,' are not able to read Latin fluently, and
even when, after tedious labor and applica
tion, such persons gather up his meaning in
a general manner, still they miss the accu
racy of his statements, and lose the point of
his judicious criticisms. The publishers
have laid all such pereons, and indeed the
religious public generally, under a great
obligation; by their preparation and issue of
this, magnifieent work'. Three able scholars,
distinguished alike for their theological and
classical learning, in addition to the learned
Editor, have been engaged on the transla
tion. The Rev. J. Bandinel, M. A., of
Wadham College, Oxford, translated the
Preface, and the Notes on St. Matthew.
The Rev. J. 13ryce, late of Aberdeen, in
Scotland, translated from .Romans to He
brews, inclusive ; and the Rev. Dr. Fletch
er, Trom James to Revelations, inclu
sive.;' while the Editor, the Rev. Andrew
R. lausset, M. A. of -Trinity College, Dub
lin, translated from 'Mark to Acts, inclu- ,
sive. Mr. Faueset also revised the la
labors of his associates, and holds himself
responsible for. - the substance of the whole
work. His qualifications for undertaking
such a task are of a high order. Any man
who, like him, passed through the whole
classical curriculum of Dublin University,
who gained a, Scholarship, and who rose to
the rank of Senior Classical Moderator,
who made himself known a*. a successful
• * GNOMON OF THE' NEW TESTAMENT. By John
Albert Banged. According to the Edition origin
ally brought out. by his son,
M. Ernest Bawd ;
sad subsequently completed by J. - C. P. Mended.
With . Corrections and Additions from the . Ed.
Secunds of 1759.
'Vol. 1., 'containing Preface and Notes on Mat.
thew, translated by Bee. James Bandinel, AL A.,
of Wadhant. College; Oxford;-and the -Notes on
Mark, - translatid by the Editor, the Rev. -Andrew
R. ,Faursrt;eM., A. T. O. .0.„ Curate
Middleham, Durham % Esp., - pp. - 577. - Edin
burgh : T. ft T. Clark : Philadelphia
Bing/irk it CO. 1859.
I • I 6, • I AND ADVOC A. 7 El.
Editor of Terence, Homer, and Livy, will
be esteemed . by those who know any thing
of the Dublin University course, as a pro
found' and accurate Master of Classical Sci
ence. Mr. Fausset has conferred an addi
tional value on this edition, by annexing
Notes explanatory of Bengel's meaning,
where his brevity is likely to leave his
meaning obscure. Where Ben gel differs
from the received Text, the Editor has, in
such passages, given the authorities, viz, :
MSS., Versions and Fathers on both sides,
leaving the decision to the reader, except
where the probabilities are obviously on one
side. Then again a yalnable claw of Notes
have been added on the differences'of Greek
Synonyms, in which Mr. Fausset gives the
true distinctions and meaning, and the Appa
vitas at the end of the work contains a great
mass of learning connected with the MSS.
and Vf l ersions used in constructing the Text,
and with the .quotations of the Fathers of
the first four centuries, which bear on the
We have only to add, tbat the paper and
printing of this great work, which occupies
five volumes, are alike creditable to the fame
of the Messrs. Clark. The American Agents
are Smith, English & Co., of Philadelphia,
who are prepared to supply the American
market with this learned Commentary, on
the most reasonable terms, and we trust
that its circulation in 'our country may be
commensurate with its well•deserved and
"The Action Approved."
Under this caption, the .Presbyteriatt
says : ,
44 The newspapers of our Church have
all spoken on the late action of the Board, of Do
mestic Missions, and, with but one exception,
have approved the decision to retain the office of
'Well, the newspapers do not always ex.
press the sentiments of the churches; and
it is something if there is even one journal
through which the, mind of pastors and
elders, as put kith by the General Assem
bly, can still find utterance,. and in which
the rights of the churches are advocated.
But the fact is, that, since the first effect of
the Presbyterian's very partial report of
Board's proceedings, and since the send..
ments of ministers and people have come to.
be somewhat known, the papers have said but
very little on the subject. It will, then, be
time enough for the Presbyterian to declare
the opinions of the newspapers, when they
shall, themselves, have uttered them.
Oar contemporary says, further
" The largest donors to the Board are the
strongest advocates of continuing the office. The
churches in New York are the most liberal givers,
and yet the greater part, if not all the pastors
there, strongly disapprove of:the efforts to oust
the Assistant Secretary; and. in these views we
know the New York laymen sympathize."
Now, the Presbyterian's access to . the
sources of information, as to matters in New
York, is much more easy than ours; but
Still, we doubt the correctness of the state
ment. We are informed, on credible author
ity, that some of the largest•giving pastors
and churches in New York sustain the As
sembly and the Executive Committee,` in
their efforts at retrenchment. And why
should they not? They wish their gifts to be
effective for good, anti they have confidence
in the Committee's judgment, expressed by
their vote, that the office is not needed.
And they have no idea of sustaining a sine
cure, or forcing upon the churches 'a meas
ure after it shall be known to. be unaccept
And farther ; it is not always wise to de
fer to the largest givers, for they sometimes
know the least about an effective practical use
or their gifts; and sometimes it would even
lj far better to want their donations than to
abide by their advice. But, happily, this
class of benefactors are oft'times the least
disposed,.of all men, to dictate. They give
to the cause without prescribing to the
thousands of minor donors, and without
trammeling the dispensers of their bounty.
The' Presbyterian • wrongfully charges the
"largest donors," regarded as a class.
And we cannot but think that our contem
porary's whole statement is a mistake.' It
seems to be•of apiece'with its late "question
whether there be a dozen ministers in the
Church" who approve of our course; when
have known that, really, there
were a dozen, if not twenty ministers just in
its own city, whose strong.desire is to accom
plish the end at which we aim. The Pres.
kyterian is so deeply self interested in this
matter, its conductors drawing their thou-
Kinds, annually, from one ,of the Boards,
,ought not even to venture its testi
mony. It may argne its cause with all its
ingenuity, but it should not attempt to take
the stand as a ititnese•bearer;
And further ; ,the boasted "personal in•
terconrse" kept up with the churches
through the Associate Secretary, possesses not
the great value whiCh is sometimes claimed
for it. On this question, look at facts. Ask
the Corresponding Secretary,' and the 'Ex.
ecutive Committee, what benefits have thus
resulted, during the three years of the office.
Examine the Records of the business twans•
actions, and search also the Rome and For
eign Record for the information`- deriVed
from this intercourse, and 'for the action
thence inaugurated, and for the fruits thence
resulting. Ab, there is nothing there to
satisfy. Ask, then, the six hundred and
ten missionaries, and the some fifteen hun
dred other pastors, and the three thousand
three hundred and twenty-four churches,
hoW many of them have been visited, and
what have been the happy results. An
occasional 'favorable word you may hear,
but, alas, what , a responsive silence; or stern
The Presbyterian's expression—" efforts
to oust the Assistant Secretary "—quoted
abode, is a very great misrepresentation.
The effort, by the Assembly, and under
direction, by the working portion' of the
Board, has been, not to:oust the man, but to
abolish the office, and that because the office
is not needed. It has been a practical sin-
Hence we may rationally hope that the
aetion"-whieh shall be tg approved," when
the subject shall have been fully investi
gated—approved by the wealthy as well as
by the poorer churches, and by the few
dozens of larger donors, as well as by the
many ten thousand smaller contributors, will
be' the action of the last Assembly, and
which was attempted to be carried out by
the business Board, and for which the one
journal still pleads.
The North Carolina Presbyterian.
This journal has a very able correspondr
ant, who urges upon it the fact that the As
sembly's proposition to the Board of Do
mode Missions, relative to the abolishing
of the Associate Secretaryship was an ex
.pression of the Assembly's will, which
should have been obeyed. The argument
is unanswerable. But the North Caro/Ina
tries to shelter itself thus:
The issue made between our correspond•
eat N. M. K , and the editors of the North
Carolina Presbyterian, is whether the res
olution of the Assembly was a command or
a suggestion. .It is entirely unnecessary foi
us to enter into an argument on the subject,
as we find the folloviing in the Presbyterian
of the 24th ult.::
.4 It the reports of the Assembly's proceedings
are not wholly false the editor of the Banner;
who was a member Of the body, expressly said
that the motion was by no means to abolish the
office, but fo refer the matter to the consideration
of the Board, for their judgment of the expediency
of dispensing with it."
We have examined the Banner to see if
this statement was denied by the editor.
As he has not done so, we hold it to be con
clusive on this point, be being the Chair
man of the committee which presented the
The Pr 4 sbyterian's remark we supposed
that we bad answered several times, not by
direct contradiction, but by a fair statement
of facts; which, to the candid mind, is al
ways more satisfactory. But we must ie
spon d again. •
The particular words we used in the ar
gument in the Assembly, we cannot recall.
They certainly were not those attributed, to
us above. We say certainly, because they
do not express the idea we endeavored to
convey; and we have the credit of com
monly speaking with much plainness. The
whole question was argued by us and others,
and toted on in the Assembly, on the ground
that the office was not needed as an agency
among the churches, the Systematic Scheme
having superseded it.
. Dr. Breckinridge then took the ground
that the work of the ob'lce (at Philadelphia;
as we understood him,) was too great for
any one man to perform. We responded
that it was not; that the work could be
done by one man, and had been done by
by one man, and well done; but that if the
Board thought that NOW the office-work could
not be done hy one man, the resolution was
not an injunction, and they could retain the
1 officer. - '
The ground taken in the Assembly, by the
advocates of the resolution, was most clear
'and distinct, that the i Secretaryship, as an,
Agency, was . not needed, and should not be
continued. This was a matter which the
Assembly, representing all the churches,
could well decide. The office-work they
could not so well judge OL . This matter
they left to the Board, though with a very
strong expression of •opinion, as is olear
from the resolution itself, and from the ar
guments used and the vote which followed,
that. even there, there was no need for a
second Secretary. The resolution, and the
arguments upon it, pro and con., left no
room for the shadow of a doubt, but that it
was the Assembly's will and wish thot the
office should be discontinued; unless, per
Wince, there was some indoor need, which
the Board might regard as important, but of
which the Assembly knew nothing. If
there was such need, the Assembly would
not be unreasonably imperative. This in
door need now confessedly does not exist.
Hence the Assembly's will should have been
executed, by dispe,nsing with the office.
The North ;Carolina, will be:so kind as to
set this matter right.
What Shall be Done
• A dissatisfaction with the expensiveness
of our Church Agencies, has existed- for
years. It is , a growing emotion, and it must
increase with every effort to enlarge the
amount of the collections!, and to multiply
the number of contributing churches. livery
sermon, and every address, and every tract,
and every circular and newspaper article,
urging the duty of giving; that giving is a
grace; that all must give who would perform
acceptable worship; that -the ,poorest must
give= ali thiti directs attention to the sacred
ness of the fund; mikes the multitude look
after it to see .What is accomplished, induces
prayer for its fpitfulness, and must certain
ly, if there is any ground to suspect waste
fulness in one channel, induce donors to
,either withhold or to direct their gifts into
another channel: The members of the last
General Assembly, many of them, observed
this feeling to grow just as they made efforts
to extend Systematin Benevolence, and; to
obviate the evils we have noted, as -well as
to discharge a sacred duty, they sent down
their proposition to the Board. Something
was needed to be done; and something
must be done. The churches are not to be
thwarted in their good purposes by those to
whom they.haVe committed a sacred trust.
Their feeling was long kept almost sup
pressed, as to its utterance, by a,pointed use
of the terms, " croakers," " fault finders,"
&a., &c., but it has become too, strong and
too well founded any longer to dread such
epithets: It put down the Traveling Agency
system ; and • now it demands that a need
less Secretaryship shall be abolished, whether
the officer shall travel as a collecting agent,
or as a supervisor of vacancies, missionaries,
pastors, or what not. Presbyterians have
been wont to regard the Presbyteries as the
supervisors, in all these respects; and they
Will not tolerate an innovation.
The Board' of ' Domestic Missions is
founded on the true Presbyterian principle.
The Presbyteries look up their own vacan
cies, fig the missionary circuit,: (it being One
congregation or more,) name the man to be
appointed, and suggest the amount of aid
desired, provided the state of the funds will
authorize its appropriation. This is their
work, in their own held ; and the mission
aries, as well as the mission churches, are
parts of themselves under their watch and
care. Whenever, then, the Board employs
a Secretary to look after these things, the
Presbyteries may justly complain; first, of
the interference, or the unauthorized sur
veillance; and next, of the waste of funds
in tbe way of salary and traveling expenses.
Feelings not uncommon, are expressed in
the following letter, intended for our col
umns, from a worthy pastor
DeAlt DOCTOR set out in my ministry with
a determination to do all that I could is order to
have my "people" give of their substance for
carrying on the operations of our Church through
the respective " Boaids." Personally, my inter
est in the Board of Domestic Missions has
always been lees than in the others—from what
I have been able to ascertain with reference•to
its operations; but I made no exception of this
Board in the determination referred to above.
The Minutes of the General Assembly will show
that thus far this determination has been car
But now .I am "in a strait." I wish to adhere
to this determination, and yet I am very unwil
ling to ask my people to contribute to the trees
sury of the Board of Domestic Missions, in the
face of the fact that no inconsiderable portion of
the funds contributed to that treasury must be
paid out to an officer who is declared to be um
; necessary by the Executive Committee of that
Board, and for whose services, in his present po
isaint', I verily belleie there is no oall. Can my
, self and- church do this : contribute to the funds of
I that Board, with the distinct understanding that
the contribution is to be used for the purposes of the
Board other than that of paying the salary or
expenses of the Associate Secretary T Is the Board
required to regard the designation of the donors,
or do you think it would regard such designation?
If you can confidently answer " Yes," to these
questions, it will, I am persuaded,- relieve more
than one pastor and church from a difficulty.
The feeling in this region is very strongly against
the action of the Board in continuing Dr. Hap
peraett, and 'I am afraid will lessen the contribu
tions. Your argument about " giving a little
more because of the leak hole," is not appre
ciated. Wishing you success in. your attempts to
lighten the Board of its Associate Secretaryship,
I am, Yours, truly, CENTRAI. 01110:
This feeling exists very extensively; and
the effort to brave it out, by the Presbyterian.
newspaper, and by " the largest donors,"
(we have, in another column, expressed the
opinion, that "the largest donors" and the
"liberal churches" are misrepresented by
the Presbytertan,) is very unwise. It
- should be heeded. It should be obviated.
The expense should be curtailed. It doubt
less will be, ere long, if the churches shall
urge their demand. Let, then, the Board be
enabled, by the Church's liberality, fully to
sustain all the missionaries, while she uses
theriruly legitimate means for effecting the
To the inquiry of Central Ohio," we
reply that, there is no reagon for the slightest
doubt but that the Board will religiously re
gard the daignation' of the donors, in the
appropriation of any funds entrusted to
We conclude by suggesting that the rich
ministers and rich elders, who insist so
strenuously upon retaining the office of As.
sedate Secretary, shall give an extra' dona-
tion to the Board, equal to the amount of
the incumbent's salary and expenses') and
shall let the fact of their bounty be known,
'without delay. They will thus obviate one
great hindrance to .a liberal, and cheerful,
and general contribution to the Board's
Home and Foreign Record.
The September number of the Record,
contains the concluding pert of this Board's
Annual Report. This Report should 'be
read extensively. It contains not only wl:at
the Board has done for the year, but it pre
sents many thoughts of vast importance to
the (trident carrying on of this great work
of the Church.
This Board sends out but very few mis
sionaries, on its own motion ; and the few it
does send, are only to new settlements, where
Presbyteries are not yet organized. Wire
a country is embraced fairly in the supervis
ion of a Presbytery, there the Board sends a
missionary only under the Presbytery's call,
and on an appropriation of the Presbytery's
suggestion. Hence it is utterly unjust to
say, as the True Witness, did recently, that
the Board neglects the South-West. 'There
are Presbyteries in Mississippi, Louisiana,
and Texas, and the Board rejoice to receive
recommendations from those Presbyteries,
and to commission their.nominees, and they
vote larger appropriations there than they
do for the• Middle or Western States. The
Board has not Diocesan powers, to ,send,
and to bid receive, and to recall.
The remarks in the Report, on aid receiv
ing but non progressive churches, are excel
lent. Presbyteries are boned to look into
this matter. Help the feeble, and cherish
them -Iraq strength. Plant new churches
and nurture them; and then plant more.
The table showing the amount contributed
to, and drawn from, the Board, by the dif
ferent Presbyteries; is suggestive. Inter
esting comparisons might be made, tending
to provoke to good works. For instance,
the wealthy city Presbytery of Philadelphia
paid.-in, last year, $3,065, and drew • out
$2,666,- leaving but $399 for the extension
of the Gospel in our immense new States
and Territories; while 'Huntingdon, .which
lies in the mountain ranges, gave $1,917,
sad drew but $179, leaving $1,738 for the
,of the Band. (She,• by
extra contributions, supported a traveling
missionary to supply destitute places) How
was this ? Philadelphia needed, doubtless, all
she drew, but she did, not pay in the half of
what she should have paid. An examina
tion of the table is commended to the minis
ters and elders. Let us live in *the light,
and be benefited by the light.
RICEIPTS in July: at Philadelphia, $6,497; of
which $B,OOO was'a legacy of• M-za Elizabeth
Gelstork, of New York ; at Louisville, $604.
The Board continue their article on the
Causes of Anxiety to Young Men in - Refer
ence to the Work of the Ministry. There
is also a good article on The Ministry we
RRCRIPTS in July: at Philadelphia, $3,506; at
Pittsburgh, $392 ; at Louisville, $45.
IN - 4TAN Mlssuins.---The reports froutthe
missionaries among • the Aborigines of the
country, are more encouraging than usual.
Several persons, at different stations, have
united with the Church. These. Missions
are less hopeful for the number of converts,
than any which are conducted by the Board,
but the duty of sustaining them is most im
AFRICA —A church edifice at Sinou is
nearly completed, and eight persons have
been received to membership since January.
CHINA.—Rev. Henry V. Martin and
party had arrived out. There are some 'en
couraging facts, though the work progresses
but slowly. Much more is hoped for. The
Missions need to - be further strengthened.
Rev. Samuel N. Martin- and family, return
ing from China, - arrived in New York on the
11th ult., after a pleasant voyage of one
hundred and twenty days, from Shanghai,
and all in health improved by the voyage.
INDIA.--The missionary work is not yet
fully resumed, but, in places, the laborers
are engaged, and prospects brighten. Mr.
Fullerton, writing from Futtehgurb, says :
" We have large and interesting congregations,
and some eighteen or twenty inquirers. Scarcely a
tiny passes that we do not hear of some new ones.
Since I commenced writing this sentence. .a fine
looking Mohammedan has just come in from the
city, professedly to ask what he must do to be
saved. Some of our inquirers are very prom
ising, 'whilst others are less so, but upon the
whole, we- feel greatly encouraged. It is, I
think, the Filmost universal opinion that the late
outbreak has furthered the cause of Christianity.
We hear of •men all around us, who say that they
are ready to embrace Christianity. We make
allOwance for the fears of the community; still,
aside from this, many are sincere inquirers."
RECEIPTS in July, $7,542.
The Colportage fund, which was greatly
overdrawn last Winter, is now gradually ina•
proving. Mr. Keith's labors, in Florida,
Georgia, and South Carolina, are spoken of
with much favor. Eleven colporteurs were
commissioned during the month. The Sab
bath School Library is being improved by
additions to the Catalogue. The Almanac
for 1859 is issued. 'We have not been fa
vored with a oopy for notice;but the Record
tells us that it is excellent.
RECEIPTS,: Donations for Colportage, July 14th
to August 14th, $1,420; for books sold,
Every church which is organized needs a
house where to meet, and every missionary
sent, and pastor installed, needs a house
where to preach. Without a church edifice,
ministers and - organizations are of but little
use. And one of the hardest tasks, for a
poor people, is to obtain this accommodation.
if only they bad a comfortable church,
they could obtain and keep a pastor. Help
them to this.
RECEIPTS in July, $1,1.66.
Kighland University, Kansas
This institution was commenced as the,
Presbyterial Academy of Highland; but
afterwards obtained a charter as a Univer
sity. A tender has been made to the Trus
tees, of a number of valuable lots in - the
town, and some acres of land adjoining, on
condition that a. building worth $6,000
shall be erected in a reasonable time. To
aid in the accomplishing of this, Rev.
James Campbell, President of the Board of
Trustees, is . now in our city.,
The church and congregation of High
land, made-very strenuous exertions to helpi
themselves and lay the foundations of the
Church, and the educational cause, before
venturing abroad to seek Ldp. They paid
and raised on subscription, during the last
year, $4,200. •
The end aimed at by our Kansas breth
ren, is worthy of all praise. It meets, ex
tensively, the approbation of Presbyterians,
who have examined into its merits_ A few
brethren met Mr. Campbell at the Seminary
in Allegheny, last !Thursday, and adopted
the following paper, viz
Resolved, That the pastors and ministers,
whose names are hereunto annexed, having
heard the statement of the Rev. James
Campbell on the subject of his agency on
behalf of the University of Highland, in
the Territory of Kansas, do hereby express
their cordial approbation of the object 'of the
agency, and recommend it to the liberal'
patronage of the friends of education
whom - h may apply .for aid.
Resolved, That the pastors of the differ
ent churches in the cities of Pittsburgh and
Allegheny, be requested to give notice to
their respective congregations, that Mr.
Campbell will remain, for a short, time in
these cities, in the prosecution of his agen
cy, and will call upon individuals at their
houses, or places of business, to solicit their
West Hanover Presbytery.
This Presbytery, at its meeting in Au
gust, appointed a Committee to prepare, and
present at the next meeting, a paper adverse
to the proposed CoMmentary.
It also i'efused to rescind its expressed
purpose to apply for a divialon, at the next
meeting of Synod.
The Overture sent down from the last
General Assembly, relative to the demilsian
of the ministerial office, was affirmed; pro
vided the words, "Except advice of the
Synod," be stricken out of the 17th and
Forty-two members were in attendance;
and the Central Presbyterian informs us
that there was preaehitig every day, to large
and attentive congregations.
The church at Chestnut Level, Pa., un
der the pastoral care of Rev. Lindley C.
Rutter, has been enjoying a. gracious re_
freshing from on high. There has been,
during the last three months, an,ingather
ing offifty persons. It is hoped that some
of these will give themselves to the Lord,
specially for the work of
-the miniskry, and
become the laborers for gathering in others.
" Go ye:also into the vineyard."
Rev. JOHN MASON GALLOWAY,
stalled Raster of the church at Clearfield,
Va., by a:Committee of the. Huntingdon
Presbytery, on the 26th of August.
A. D. CAMPBELL,
WM S. PLUMER,
M. W. JACOBUS,
WM. M. PAXTON,
S. J. WILSON,
W. D. HOWARD.
BOSTON ANto NEW 'ENGLAND.
TICKNOR AND FIELDS have in cress, a nd
will shortly issue, a new work that will be
read with avidity by multitudes, if its matter
and style be at all•in keeping with the esti.
mation in which its subject is held. For it
is the Life of that distinguished friend of
liberty, of whom the admiration of Le rr ?
Brooke was so high, that the highest ttib.
me to his fame requested from pesteritv,
was to inscribe on his tomb, " Mere lies the
friend of SIR PHILIP SIDNEY."
THEODORE PARKER has managed to once.
py public attention very much ; but his pow.
ers for evil are on the wane. Appearance s
indicate that his race as a public lecturer and
orator at College Commencements, is nearly
run. For he seems to take special pleasure
in declaring his views and uttering his
blasphemies concerning the Lord Jesus
Christ and the Christian religion, whenever
Evangelical Christians are present, and
when 'common, gentlemanly courtesy, to p
no farther, should restrain from woundine,
unnecessarily...the tenderest feelings of which
the human heart is susceptible. At the
late Commencement of Union College, New
York, be took occasion to present himelf
and his monstrosities, in the most offensive
manner possible. But for him, this is th e
hist time in that locality. So outraged is
public sentiment, and so anxious are the
Trustees and Patrons of the Institution for
the preservation of its good name, that the
Faculty has taken the appointment of the
Annual Orator out of the hands of the etre
The veteran editor of the Boston Recorder,
REV. PARSONS Coox, D.D., has been spend
ing several weeks at Saratoga, for the ben
efit of his speaking organs, which have bqn
sadly debilitated for some time. In the
mean time his eyes and ears have been open,
and he has employed himself in giving his
readers the benefit of some of his observe
tiorm. While there, he bas been a worship.
per in the Presbyterian church, where many
of the most noted clerical visitors are emus.
tomed to officiate during the " Watering
Season," to some of whom be administers
the following pointed rebuke, equally appli
cable to those of the same class in other
places. He says:
We have here a representation of the worst
preaching, because the nature of the audience is
such as to tempt the ambitious to seek it as a
fitting. race-grourid. It is well known that the
thirst for popular applause has Badly prevailed
and corrupted one stratum of our ministry. Awl
those ministers in-whom this passion is largely
developed, often turn up here. They are usually
not overmuch restrained by their modesty. And
though many better men are available to occupy
the pulpit, the forth putting of ambition often
secures for them an invitation to preach. Some
-times they actually invite themselves, by sending
a letter to the pastor of the church, requesting a
place in the pulpit. Sometimes they cause it to
be given out in advance, that they will he here on
such a Saturday, and ready to preach if needed.
And when some of Ilts class of preachers succeed
in securing an invitation, it happens in special
cases that placards are found on the doors of the
hotels, where church•goers are to be found oa
Sabbath morning, both without and within the
house, and all over it, notifying the great event,
that the Rev. Mr. or Dr. such a one, is to preach
.at such a church.
The following account of an Om BIBLE,
taken from the Journal of Commerce, will
be read with interest by those of our readers
from whom the remembrance of the New
England Primer has not deputed. The
writer says :*
Speaking of old Bibles, there is one now in the
city of New London, Coma., which is remarkable
not only for its antiquity, but for its earls history.
It claims to be the identical book that Rev. John
Rogers, the martyr, owned ; and after the perse
cution of Mary, concealed in a bed to keep it from
being destroyed by the minions of Gardiner and
Bonner. The Martyr, who was burned three hun
dred and three years ago, gave it to his oldest
sun. The posterity of that son removed to America
in 1635, bringing the Martyr's Bible with them.
In this wilderness it was kept as an amulet to
keep off the devil and the Indians. When iti
owner, James .Rogers, traveled, he wore it in his
bosom, and when he slept at night, it was his pil.
low. It was the light of his log cabin and the
instructor of his children. It descended from
James, through three generations of the same
.name, to Judith Rogers, who married Thomas
Potter, of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, and has now
been in possession of the Potter family about one
hundred years. This family claim also the dirtct
Rogers descent through Judith Rogers, wife of
Thomas. Its present owner lives at Potter Hill,
R. I. ; but the Bible is, fur a time, in the hands
of Daniel Rogers, Esq ,of New London. It can•
tains the New Testament, Psalms, and part of the
Liturgy of the English Church in the reign of
Edward VI. It is not divided into verses, not its
division into chapters differs from King Jam? , '
Translation. It is Matthew's or Cranmer's Rink.
Several years ago a devoted missionary,
who had been quietly performing his duties,
for many years, at Green Bay, Wisconsin,
under the name of the REV. ELEAEER WIL
LIAMS, was brought into public notice by
an article in Putnam's ilfagozine, endear•
oring to establish his right to the Throne of
France, as the long-lost Dauphin, who had
so mysteriously disappeared. For a time,
the controversy was animated, and :qr.
hams became the• subject of roach notoriety.
The advocates of his claims supposed airy
had been established unanswerably, tel;lie
they were treated as the most absurd pre
tensions by others. But the effect Ilion
Mr. Williams was only to disturb the here
tofore quiet tenor of his life, and to fill hits
with anticipations never to be realized. For
he disci in an obscure place, and i a
mach destitution, at Hogaosburg Se 7.
York, on the morning of the 28th of
August. Thus has passed from earth one
who, for many long years, supposed that ts
carried in his, veins a large admixture of
Indian blood, and was happy in the quiet
discharge of , thity, but who, in lattr years'
looked back to a long line of Kegs as his
ancestors, and to the throne of Cbarleniasse
as his legal seat, and was disquieted asd
sad, and,died in poverty_and neglect.
The great topic of last week, was the eel•
ebration, on the Ist instant, of Tss
ING. OF THE ATLANTIC TF.LEGEAFIL Bue.
iness was suspended, and the whole city 'so
astir. The procession wss one of the freest
ever seen in the city. Trinity c hurch Iry
ornamented in honor of the scent, the 7 4
Deism was chanted, and the siesin of the
100th Psalm by the whole cOrgregotioa,
led by a choir of five bundled voices, was 6
marked feiture of the occasion. The nirbr
op of New Jersey delivered an able Bed IP'
proprtate discourse. At the Crystal Pelacel