Presbyterian banner & advocate. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 1855-1860, September 18, 1858, Image 2

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hope our friends will still not forgoing.
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dotage ' Worn largo anunint, send a,Drait t eir.
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or bsttsr seliteend for eases papilil lei til
er dirreiltinitlebeino eir Skier Wilirty*Ouree ,
IMAM , sit Astern And CommiiiplkeanoiLks,
so ADV. DAVID# NaKIENDIN Vittibaurgh
OAKNEED, recent conunrui
ion in the church at ibis plane, ,oeven per.
none were received to. the ordinknee•
Feet!, are obeering.
OBITUARLKS.-4Ve~li yc sOverill iotiees
on band, and part of thein type. Neit,
week we shall :try to present all, that ,may
have been forwarded in—shall occupy apace
on the fourthlage for the purPosce:
PIII3BYPEiIY oP Zeizsvara--Brethren
propoßing to attend the meeting of thithPres
bytery, at Seitecavilla, the evening of the
21st inst., and wholexpect to travel .by Ufa
Central Ohio Railroad, are requested to
take the 1 o'clock Express .from
to Campbell's Station, where- conveyances
will be ready: to tilt! t hem
PEINtIZTON Tiqoy)oloAL BEAmtsay.-,7
The year foi inetrnotion opened, in this Sem
inary, on ibeid inst. Neio Toth Ob
server states that over sixty new Andante
entered. This is the largest accession
which has been made in any o*rar, and
it indicates a speed); increase of laborers in
the. Lord's, virteyani.
—Theft -are of vast importance,' both for
the bushiest; transacted, and the epiiit with
which they are: attended.' "Pilgrim "in
another column, makes some pointed re.
marks. His ,-age, and his devotedness to
Christ, entitia:,him . k to speak, those of us
who 'feel that •wa. are reproved, should
meekly aid zialously'refoim.t
Aka losenibly'sgeoinieritary.
We transfer •to our first, page, from; the
Prig eton Review, some_ excellent, remarks,
on this abject, apposed - to proceed. from
the pen of Dr Hodge: A 'Next . week we pur
pose to give, the raponse of Dr 'preekin
ridge. oxircown views we gave, somewhat
briefly, sooneufter the Assembly. We may
add something next wick, or befOreiong,i
on the subject It important, if practi
cable; and if impracticable, the Church
should avoid the folly of wasting her ener
gies on the attempt:. e
Western Theological Be.rainery.
The` Board`` or Directors of the 'Western
Theologieal SiMinery, will meet in the Lee
ture•Room of , the Piret Chinch; Pittsburgh,
on Thu ay the 2311. day, o_ September
next, at two o'clock P. M.
W. B. tfelrifrAxisz,- Se'eretary.
The Boar& of Trosteii of theMeatern
Theelogi?al erna7ll meetinth
e en
tura-iooofte First Presbyterian Chunk
Pittsburgh, on Thursday, fthe 23d. der of .
September next, at two M.
Fission G. BAI610; President.,
Znd of Volume Sixth.
This number the
~S iith Volume of
the Pr'estyterta 14 - 4/Zit i : ' How , rapidly
time flies But revolving year
its -dude sammetirnes.:- a_ new, dity, ,but,
mostly? if not always, =. repetition. 'of that'
which was done before This' farmer Bind
sow o:llotieiftmAiitti;
the itonseholdar:,iiol4 fq04,„4101141%,*9.1
fuel and Ist the' Taster Amtd,,ulders, _need,
yearly 'to encourage and help'lthe families
of theiNhatgito a renew4:ofv.,engitgernent
to supply damn/Avec with tie religious
Protatit renelvals, and mew, Hate, ;re
respietfully requestido -
Opening 'of the W!Nitern TheologicakSeinv
Thee Western Theological 'Seminary; at ,
Allegheny, `opened 'on : 4 Atondity, ' with i: .
larger nocemion than ever befoTe in the hii-^
tory. of
~ this . Intititation. Several, , have.
joined the new fourth class, for an additional'
yearnf study, and -.the increase:altogether:
of tilos; who have matriculated, „and , who
have ir4lie'ateki' ibeir purPose sO to Ail; will
sereP l 4 tei9v,er/ fifty ; .: t • . ,
' Rev. De:' , Elliottopencd . with a 'ver7 in..
strdotive and , able liectureion =the reqUisitis
forin terial usefulness ;; ` touching upen
mai% *tu 4 wllieh. only snob large ' 64,6.
ig n
rienee,,,:end accurate Oriel-v5...49n; anhis could
bring out. The classes seem full ofrenthu
siasm, and the promise is 0f,..a. Session rich
in all the finite of 'study and of ',piety:
He it Education=- in Kansas. .
Revz Mr. Campbell, President of- High=
buntvl7i4irjiisity,'lE e news;:has - been obliged;
ise !!1, suspend is b'
signOnY in. th is n!ginntiniAil,P ) Ptitution:
He ~leaves with tie ~ths-Jellotring mote, to
*bleb we would , rejoice to find many liberal
reclionies : .
AW:eoineof 'the met rteacant ' ecintrihu.
done to.,aqtke brethren a t II; Kangas,
in 144 the* foindations of the Church and
the edueatippal cause there, hav,a,been sent in,
wii bout • a personal application, w ith ' the ie r
!no tk; " wish ' to have a atone Or* nail in
ihst:enterilliee," *ore SAY be others in the
bounds where the ' ilanSei circulates,, who
*Ovid' esteem unkaaitegt,
ti t ,itid that work of. Clod;this;thollute of
Atm?, ;ng need. „Any ACE oil` hive their
!"ordetbji us, and we Unit,
Loally*God;ly sending them ' to„ Re v d
tidd MeEinney, D. D., Pittaburgl4 2 l4.'
Yours truly, J. CAXPBILL.
Xeeping - up the iiebition-.A Principle
Agitation is, to some extent, both need
fir and pleasini. Sernetimes, holviver, it
becomes exoeedingly painful;, buti, even
then, it may be an indispensable to life's
best interests.
The Presbieerian, under date of Septem
ber llth, says : .fc The Presbyterian . Banner
anl;/..A.depeate,still keeps up the agitation in
relation ,te :the ;Board !of. Missions." Well,
.p,ossibly,„if the charge be true, tbe ; Banner
may yet be doing a good service to the
Church. It-is- kertainly ,doing what multi
tudes•desire it, to do. We wonder if the
Presbyterian'ahine has the right. to speak I
Must . we be at its bidding ? And
must g all theS ministers and anl elders wh0,451
not think with. it, : be.(eilent /t,made the
first report of the Board's' act, when >the
:Ekteretierysiiip was retained, regardless of the
proposition of the'Assembly. It sUppressed
the grand fact , ,, that the working Board
heartily wished:: to obey the Assembly, as
therknevv- thk -effiee • to-be needless and
,the fait that; a large -nilinber of habitually
non attendants at the Board's, basin* meet
lugs had been called: in to. wit : vote the
others; and the fact-that 'after ail this, the
office had beeitr sustained , bra 'majority <of
-but One " •
We, thnnixt week pliblisted the correct'
statement; and: ceased, speaking, purposing
to leave the mattetwith,the churches. But
ive were' not permittedito remain in quietude.
Dr. Krebi called 'us out. We responded.
Then the Prethyierian assailed use person
ally, 'malignantly. We were, put on ,out
defence; still keeping in view the Church
',questions - The Preabi ferias -has continued ,
the hattle upon' us, weekly Shall we not
continue to defend our (noise Y And most
the voice of friends-01- of thorn
who do not choose to take our contemporary
as 'their oraele—inust they all be huihed ?
iWit think not. •
Tke Preskideriem. exceedingly-annoyed
bynnr 'correspond:ads. , One, who made no
eifort, tep'ciroulate.the Iteports of , the , Boards
and >the Ronli and Foreign Record, lest
theifrOptstions might be injuxiOuti, it cen
sures as a "Pope!" But perhaps in this
our correspondent• has sinned, if this ; use of
his discretion ,was a sin, with many-of his
brethren' Haar himself oWthat subject, in
an'other'neluren. And not;only . 01' tOrs,"hni
even , editors, - also,sometimes use their dm
action, and withhold , things - which. Amy
'concreivelvould be hurtful.:. We -wot one
wfid.not only'Cometimes keepa entirely silent,
but who, even , when professing to give tke
transactions An a Board'e meeting, kept buck
frnm„ c whole Church, solar as in him
flay, the Very parts and features which gave
to the result its character, and s the want of
which , made the result to, seem a very
different thing from what it really was. ,He
feared ihat if he' should ion the whole
'truth,' it do .an:.injury. • And the
same editor, too, by hiniself and his cm.-
respondents, has, in this present ditenssion,
very freelicensured us for a want, of this
discretion. Our revelations have been too
daring, too 'full, too• honest. This the.
.very head and front of Our offending. If
we - only' had kept some things'imoli—kept
haek-,what .oOntemporary tried to sup
preeswe had beeit good-enough.
Thefiesson to be • learned: from our cor
respondent s remark—a-lesson Werth far
more than all the time and space occupied
in **eating W 748 this Let those who
conduct our, Church institutions, so,-manage
her. affairs; 'that pastors • may let their Chris
tian people know eve r y thing that is done,
and be able to justify it all. , -
Anothe'r, Of our correspendentO worries
the sPresbyterian, Imshowing that ,thaisvord
interior,'? as used bi it, means:something
different from Western Penneyavenie. 'lt
.43 •
" One of these article; AUSists.thaf:we schnowl-,
edged, editorially ; thit Sur cortesPondent,
ern Peiziejltaniti ' did` ifot'Seside in the'Weitern
part of thelState: and notwithstanding our denial
of any. enoltmdmission,- furnishes the proof in our•
declaration, that the writer, did not meside .‘ in
Pidisfle)phht, hut in .th e' interior P ~, This : strikes
us 'Ss pMt`of. - "Phiradeiphia oiMiPies
the Eastern border of the State, and %SAS - nit:on;
between that and the ex treme Western border,
ineardiinfto :air =notion `is the itteriar.- Pmin
Pitteludgh,•fu a Philadelphian; might .prilpirly
be regarded as • being" hi,. ,the , interior,• or we-are •
mistaken Ist .our,.notions .of 'definition s hoWeie r , F ls exceedingly affair, and we
are sf i rpOled'at'the Stress uPse #."
ao then; the mare* West
ern border " • ac of the Mte " is its interior !
We Pitteburghers, andell:West of us, even
toftbe extretneftiorder;..iive =in in the interior
of Pennsylvania! If the - Presbyter)an
wishes,hereafter,o be tinderstOod' it must
:,... 4 , -
fiend Ant -its,clll4
sary, or else must append
foottnotes,;giving iti.,'.flnotione of definition."
Untilitfahall do=so, people will'understand
it as tieing tdrins in thefr ordinarY acc'ePtit
hon. But this defining is evidently an
after-tbought.. We bad •doebted,,the real- ; ;
deice of ,its correspondent, -in Western
and 'intimated the ~thought
that iviteteio he livid; he'likely had inter
course with `Philadelphia. The'Presbyte
ricps does . not affirm his residence in West
ern. I.ennejaienia, a thing,which would
haVe been very etuty •if truthful. But it
says, ; , #'iscttn Philadelphia;, but in the inte
rior." We; then, and our , correspondent,-
we're both entitle&to the:conelnsionu---" NOT
in 'Welke* PennsylVenia." The-Pre/byterian howeyer, calls this recklissness
firms that it said no such, thing; denies any"
'such admission thinks we•'use ;singular
proof.' These thitigs bring , forcibly & our
Mind as incidentof our early yOuth. We
once ,
,bear&efather say :"My: son, never
tell a• story
,;.• for, it you do, ,you have ; to, ;
tell ten more: to screen 'yourself, and: then
yon •Wityet . he foto& out"
'But We r are'teld'iliat " this is an eine&
ingly small affair." - It so , Why , does the
Presbyterian itself , lay so much "stress "
'uVort it? No ,there ; is "'involved` in it some
thing elibeedingliireinense—inithenie •as is
the' difference between : truth , and; falsehood.
The, vitter,o4llU,-,hituself Y. Western PeOnsyl-,
veabt.To4. l 4l does,- ; this ".evidentlyr„for.
effect to that Os:
ilikiiti*liiinPOrt ' 'lteliticife UAW Kai
opposed to us. r Now, if he resides, not in
at Stidte.
Western Pennaiivariin but in th itte;snr,.j
in the commowv.eesptation of the vrotd:--!,
say between Lancaster and the Allegheny .
Mountains- hig signatureis, lifaiselfOod---
designedly a falsehood—and this taints with. I
its own character, all his utterances. He is I
Unworthy of credit in every thing he says._
And the Preskyteiiiii thii; and
yet circulates it, and,. to give it foree,_eoin
meNds the man ; thus identif4ng itself.
14 •••-• •
With pits , ' l, corrlspondeisf,/ , lnid,'-niaking i self
responsible -for the, .whole!, .Nowonder it.
tries to conceal. Its reputation is at stake.
Now, this matter can be, fairly settled in
a very few.words. Does the PreAyte- 4 an's
correspondent reside in- Western Pennsylva
nia, as his, own proper home and the field of
.his labor ? Honesty and truth both require a
We fear-shat our correspondents,
Friend' of the Boarda,'' "*" and " Act
and Testimony," tid o week, will farther
trouble our , brethren, at Jlead-quarters.;
but we cannot help it. The• Subject ex
pand& lt,is i not yet, near being fully
cussed.. Presbyterianism must ibeaustained
against. Prelatical encroachment& Ecclesi
astical control must he maintained over`in
dtvidnal grasnings at place, power, and ben
efit. The Eoard&nrust hp kept-worthy.the
affections 0f,,-the whole I .Church,, in ler- far
extended and •poorer, but more ` numerous
sections, as well MS in those more - .eentral
'and more wealthy , , .for: only: in her cent!'
deuce ; and love, can they live and flourish.
kinisters and elder& amen who burseldam
write, - but-who at iMportant crisis in
Presbiterian 'effaiii-41vis• point of ' confliot
between an gOOLES4aticat and ,an
Tlllll.lcL ,cotitrel over our:benevolent.opera
tions—wish to give their opinion, , must,
sortie extent at least, be ' , heard.'" In'this
conflict, the old gunid, the
. Act' and Testi;
mony:men, the men of principle aria :cour
agetnmst notrbe silenced-especially, not by
,'men ;.who then -stoo&nentral----fitood• ready
to join'the stronger parti,- after 'the battle
was W 011:
Now why ?—we ask, why, m Et matter of
common. sense, 'and right, ,an,d courtesy—
mightlnotlhe churches be gratified in their
- desire for economy and etfibieney'eonjoined?
Why not, at" their suggestion, quietly and
peacefully dispense with a needless _office ?
It was a small matter that the churches
asked : :--small as - to the individual who might
be affected as , to%his salary, for - he had but
to take a pastorate, and live and labor as do
ftherisands Of his brethren L-small it was,.
• but not.quite, so small as the.once proposed
tax of 2d. per pound on tea. But small
though it= be, there is a..principle aestake.
'Shall the Church govern - her, Own °emu.
, tuted agencies ? Shall her charities be
taxed, against her will, even two per cent.
per annum,= to support a sinecure ?- No, no,
say the many. This dereliction .of prinoi
plc would be but the beginning of evil.
The amount to follow none can tell.
Now, when shall the agitation 'cease ? It
willaubside when encroachments' upon the
rights of the churches shall cease; and the
determining of the period is a matter for
the Presbyterian, and for those 'with whom
and tor .whom it acts.
Another Minister Illine'to his Reward.
he Rev. Andrew'W. Black, D.D., of the
Reformed ; Presbyterian Church (new side,)
died at his residence, in Bewlcklei, ,Pa., on
Friday, the 10th inst., aged fifty years.
Re Was a son of the late Rev. John
Black, D. D, 'one of 'the finest classical
scholars in the West, 'for many years pastor
of. the Reformed Presbyterian church of this
city, and the patriarch .of that denomina.
Lion West of the Alleghenies.
Our dee.ealsed brothruv'was licensed to'
preach the Gospel 128, When scarcely
twenty one , years .of. age,, and, was suncese,,
ively, pastor ,of the Reformed Presbyterian
.churches' of Shenango, Pa.; New Castle,
Pa:, and Allegheny City During the Pas- =
torate of the last mentioned chnioh,,he was
also the 6, Moral Instructor}" in the
ern Penitentiary, the dude's of which he
disehergedwith ,great,faithfulneas and suc
cess. After resigning this charge, he was
for a' timcome of the agents 'of the Anieriz
can Bible Society, and fer the last yaar
acted as stated supply, -to tna church in Beaver.
County, and one, at Deer Creek, in this.
County. Ihr was one of the earliest advo++
oaten for the eetabliehment of the' ILouse of
Refuge in Western Pa., and he visited al
most-every County in the +Western ,, part of.
the 'State, "to , urge its claims to support'.
4ust year'he was udelegate to represent his
Church'at the meeting 3 of the Evingelieal
Allianoe in Beriin. And at the meeting'of,
'the _Synod last Spring, in 'Eden, Illinois, he
was +eleated - `one of the Professors in , its
Theological ' Seminary + at Philadelphia.
When making preparation 'to 'enter upon the
duties of this appoint*nt, he was etricke'n
down by disease. „
As a = man, , his„soeial, qualities • were of a
very high order; 'as a preacher, he was able
andaireetive ; as a pastor, he was faithful ; as a
Christian, his piety,was sincere and una.ffect
ed • and in labors, he was abundant. His
end was eminently calm andlopeful l That:
grace Which he had so often commended to
others, was his stay and support when leav
ing wife,. children, relatives, and ,warmly
attached friends, to be with Jesus. „
The Presb3kUtiaaat „Oman.
This Ann'vial of our Boird of Publizaiion,
for 1859, makes its appearance thus early,
for 'the accommodation of families through
out our /or extended botindaries. It con
tains, addition to the usual time tables
and- the various astronomical notationpFSitm-
Monies of the 'Reports-0111e Boards Form'
for Bequests to each' Board, a general'iiew
of the Preabyterian Church, a general view
of the SynOds;
Every` family should• have a copy of this -
Ali:mime. It maybe had at the Presbyte
nan Book Rooms, in this city. Ministers
asdiEldexerehmll4 kiliggpA to ip,soh!altl to
brlnt:ewritimelyzand for their
respetitlVO tt - olkargerof - . every s . :tiropor,
means to diffuse knowledge.
-t.• Candidates `for the Nfnistry.
- 4 4
The Board of Education, Or last Report
to the General Assiembly, have three hun
dred and eighty-five eundidateit for the min
'istry, under, their care. Ofjth,ese, one; hun
dred and twenty-two have entered upon their
theological coarse; the others are in Acad
dmies 'and Colleges.
The number received during the last year
was one hundred ,a.ild.thl:ee,,a.ed,the whole
from"nu bei the tfrigiiidf tiießoaitf,
is.,.two.Jhousand six_hundred, ,and
thirty. Some of these, doubtless, would
have found their way into the sacred office
without the Board, but so many would have
been obliged to pursue other callings, that
the Church would have greatly suffered for
lack of laborers. Presbyterians should cher
ish this institution.. It calls forth, encour
ages, and: prepares the men; by whose toil
the Church thrives. Occasionally it •is im
posed upon by an unworthy claimant for its
bounty, but what would beeome of the
calm, if not sustained by the hundreds of
worthy and devoted ministers whom it
•brinia into the vineyard I •
REy. Joan: MAR SHALT., .—An obituary
notice of this worthy brother, may be, found
on our first page. Doddsville, Illinois, his
late charge, desires, we are inforthed, a
new:lnstitution, located at Kittanning, Pa.
Gee Robert Ori iePresidefit of the Board
of Trustees,' and Rev. 3. B. Finlay, L.L. D.,
President of the Faculty. Euercises are _to
commence on the Ist or November.
'For the Freabyterlan Benner end 'Advocate
Sanie_Obvieuts Truths Plainly Uttered,
Itxv: D. Mo .irsisrEY, ,Svir
—ln "Act and teatimony days, a few
who loved the truth, • and were willing to
strive for it, determined to, the experi
ment,of establiahing a paper,. that could and
would maintain • it. . The result was, The
Presbyterian, of Philadelphia. This writer,
though ; then little more than a youth, and
surrounded:by New School influences of the
most.poierful kind, enlisted its
-behalf... Its, earliest files will. show this if
necessary. Years- rolled on;. the paper be
came.strong, and. with strength its earliest
friends have been too often pained to note the
'existence of other qualities not so desirable.
Butdet that pass for the present.
You proposed, several years ago, that the
whole Ofiurckshould have the advantage,
the inestimable advantage, of a cheaper
weekly paper, so that all might know what
Was transpiring in connexion with Christ's
kingdom in the world. You were system
atioally,, perseveringly,. and (as you well
.knew,multitufies thought,) ungenerously and
wrongfully opposed, in this laudable under
taking. There, was already, apparently, an
oligarchy, whose conservatism was not ex
actly of the kind most needed by the flock.
When;l. say a cheaper weekly paper, I use
the,phrase in its best sense; to indicate a,
good article, at a just value; but this was
not • allthe change the people of our republi
_,Church,desired. They wanted an un
trammeled press. A press contrqlled by
those ; who. could see and feel the necessities
of the churches and the multitudes as well
as heed. the
,dicta of. Seminaries, and Boards,.
and Agents. They wanted light on. the con
duct of all matters for which they, as a
Church, were responsible before the world.
Consequently, ,when you, with a just reli
ance upon, the intelligence of - the people,
turned, from the Judicatories to them, you
were cordially met, and I trust, adequately
sustained.. At all events, your generous ad
venture on. behalf of the Church, at your
own charges, made a wide, and deep, and
most' favorable impression. Great good to
her, has been the result; far greater, per
haps, in her far-,off borders, than you, your
self, are at all aware of. Many pious poor
are gladdened by the weekly appearance of
the Bariner now; but listory alone will do
the enterprise'full justice, this side of eter
,nity,.. . <
Your 0011T80 regarding the Associate Sec-'
retaryilip of the Board of Domestic Mil
sions, will be •more and more appreciated as
.time rolls on. Already the great rhass of
reading and in our Church,
las made up its verdict in your fatror.
coida those r ho oppose you so Virulently
and; so disingenuouely, only
,'reflect that
,nearly all the dwellers in this lad have had
more or less to do, ith politics and political
management; and know something of the,
workings of a " mutual benefit system " in
the way of making up- great men, and.keep
ing them in office . , 'for the sake of 'the coin
pensatien their positions Will enable them
' to return, they would surely,blush at their
own present predicament. Why, my dear
sir,- to the outside American people, this
game is is familiar as the alphabet,. It may
seem shrewd, and worth playing off, to those
who are uomparatiyely inexperienced, or who
have heretofore relied Dinah upon the sacred
ileBs of their calling as a guaranty for their
aosertions,:and a voucher for their charges;
but they may rest assured the artifice is far
too shallovi to deceive the experienced in
such Wei:A.'
It is but justice here to state that when
you first determined to afford• to the Presby
terian 'churches of this connirra'• cheaper
auk more independent periodical, I had no
personal 'acquaintance with you.; nor did. I
have for years afterward& Evennow; it is
very slight. I may suppese myself an hum
ble and obscure representative• of the aver-
Age 'reading -and =reflecting element' of our
*ell-beloved ` Church.- As suet; I saw the
advantages you proposed to bestow upon her,
and the growing necessity there was for
them. I therefore did what I could •to aid
yon , in extending the` circulation of =the
Battiter,sgall the time lamenting the arrogant
and ungracious attitude assumed by my ear
lier'fatioriteitoward yeti. -
Now, , when - you again do. battle for the
churehes and - their General Assembly,
againSt official haughtiness, against sine
cures, against extravagance and a misappli
caticin of funds, and against that rebellious
spirit - . which scorns to 'receive• or-obey in
structions from the source to= which -it owes.
its existence, I, as one of the people, am
still with you. Do the gentlemen in high
places think we are all so stupid that we
cannot, perceive their reliance ? Can we
not "observe indications so plain as those re
cently presented ? It would scarcely . re.
'quire a woodsman to uncover their tracks.
For instance, can any one at all conversant
With the shifts and expedients of political
life, mistake the attempt at brow beating
and intimidation by - likens of the ruffianism
of the wretched`scribbler who signs him
• self "' "Western Feiinsylvkaa'.' ?- can
any, knowing even the hornbobi of lournal
istii, fail to see ;the 'relation between your
" Wismsitzt •Pzisissmira
the Presbyterian of the 14th of August,
and the editerial:, article so proreinently
posted at th&bead
,of a7,-, column beside e
Atlantic Cable, in the same paper y _ anent
not., • Its English is just about this: Dr.
.111'.Kiiirieyi rill ado' minh his article! to
convince, the reading public that an Asso
ciate Secretary is not needed to stir up the
Presbyteries, 'churches and Sessions, and
that the General Assembly was right' in
recommending the abolishment of such an
office. Therefore ,doubts of the: efficiency
oUthe-plan itself, iand‘ of the Wisdom of the,
Assembly in .relying upon : the pastors and
people, Without the supervision; dictation,
and stimulus of a traveling Bishop, or, as our
Methodist brethren sometimes call him,
Superintendent, must be cautiously sug
gested. In fact, it would - much better
subserve the end in view to present this
fact, and to urge delinquents to compliance,
than to create the impression that the work
has been accomplished' "---[ Vide Presbyte-
Wan, August 14.] ,
How the Presbyterian ever came to ad
mit that article of "'Western Pennsylvania,"
is, to many of us, a wonder and a mystery.
Can possible that such a writer is' a
Presbyterian?:l sincerely hope not. His
friends are kind and considerate in conceal
ing both his name and residence. Let him
and his deeds be soon forgotten.
The whole course of the Presbyterian
toward the last General Assembly seems
disrespectful and captious, and may be the
result' of a rebuke administered .early in its
sessiOns, by a distinguished member, to one
of its representatives. At. the moment,
many thought the check severe and uncalled
for; but, like very many other' of the acts
of the same mentor, 'its wisdom becomes
subsequently evident. Doubtless a length
ened and careful observation had convinced
the venerable Defender, who administered
that reproof, of the necessity for it.
No*, Mr. Editor, as an old soldier, and
one Of the people, I tell you that the Pres
byterian Church will never cease to be a
lg FREE Cannon." She will never bow her
neck to a I?ressocracy any more than she
will to any other unseriptural form of human
'assumption. She never will submit to be
governed by the arbitrary will or partisan
schemes of her Orin servants. She never
will passively permit special superintending
or stimulating•bishops; or any other Trojan
.Horse, 'or any other form
,of Diocesan su
premacy, to enter her bosom, or exist by her
sanction and authority: The parity of the
ministry she is likely ever to maintain.
She loves the Presbyterian newspaper for
its history, but she does not like to see it
converted into a partizan sheet, or employed
to sustain , those who, for their own ease,
convenience, elevation, or • aggrandizement,
are ready to treat her , highest Judicatory as
an "advisory counsel " of quite inferior
merit. When you so far forget your high
position. as a Presbyter, and an exponent of
her - light, and truth, and love, as to ' brier
your Banner to any of these inferior powers,
she will regard you, too, with far less of
'favor than she does at present.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate
The ..**'s a Real : Existence,
MR. EDITOR See, 'by today's Presby-
terian, that my note to you of August 23d,
which, for want of room I suppose, you did
not publish till your issue of Sept 4th, has
called forth some quite characteristic edito
rial utterances. I confess I wrote under
the spirit stirred by reading the second num
ber of " Western Pennsylvania!' I may
have erred in -being a little too severe.
Yet I• should be glad, as I expect to shake
hands with many of the readers of the
Presbyterian, that the editors had copied
the whole letter, instead of saying it was
" by no means sparing of the'.,Presb,yierian
I think its many honest readers would look
at it in a more favorable light than when
under the inquisitorial pen of Dr. Leyburn.
I intend to measure swords with the Dr.,
.neither on the merits of this question, nor
,on personal character and position; but if
you,allow me ,a little ,space, I will try and
get him `to• look ,at himself in the' same glass
in which be looks at others; and -I cannot
help it, if some of his' neighbors take a
leek, too, while he stands there for ,inspec
I feel somewhat amused that my very ex
istence should be Aoubted by t the . editor of
the • Presbyterian.a I have been blamed with
the ;authorship here at home, because the,
style was mine, they said. But .the learned
editor can't see •this,4hough lie has
'dales from my pen before this one, butsays
"both communications have very much the
appearance of proceeding from the same
source!' I suppose if he: had-not " studi
ously withheld " what was the,very
nib of his pen,-we would.-haVe seen .the sen
sence filled-out by, ".as the editorials of:the
Banner." Well; iwe have this 'consolation,
that we are not charged •with plagiarism, as
Dr. B. was. But the 'editor evidently does
not believe his own insinuation, as to the
non-existence of a. .pastor Eastof-the moun
tains, who approves of .your•uourse forhe
aims ut stirring up the ire of his church to
give.hiin a "severe castigation ", for writing
that letter to you. He says i .. the ffadical
spirit of -the writer' may beflseen by the fol
lowing," and- quotes a single isentence, in
'which I State-that •I do not make an iffort
to circulate-the 'Reports of, the. Boards and
the Record. I hope the 'many readers, of
your paper.' will turn to , mY letter and:read
again, "not only this sentenee,`, hut the whole
letter, and I=think they will conclude, as he
quotes .only=-this one sentence, that he has
acted -"the Pope " to much greater perfee.
lion, than the •-poor country pastor,
thought it better that his'plain people should
not be told that this agent who has come to
collect money, gets $l,BOO a year, and trav
eling expenses, though your pastor• only gets
$600; that 'this Board 'costa ;.$lO,OOO, and
'that one $ll,OOO, and that the chief officers.
have salaries of $2,000 per annum..
But letus look at the charge. "He is
determined to keep his church indgnoranee,
a confession which, :if-'his church:•should
hear it, should subject him to a severe cas
tigation:" (I suppose he- does let .mean
flagellation r as this punishment is. not yet
much practiced in the nineteenth Century)
" What right has thus to act the Pope 7' -
My people are not ignorant: Many of them
get the Banner, with "its> summary- from
,the Record," which .the readers .of the
Prsebyterian, if my _memory is not at fault,
101 to obtain. But what more after4all,
has the mass of pastors'in the Preabyterian
Church done than I, for the circulation of
the Record. Only seventeen thousand five
hundred copies, one thousand five hundred
less than last year,. have been eireulated
the whole Church. Of these, several thou
sand are sent gratis, as • all ministers, life.
members, beneficiaries, etc., get °epics.
About two or three copim(aud this number
I believe are circulated , in , my charge) wnuld
be_the average - for a church of .the size of
Mine: I differ, then,' from many of -my
brethren, .only in AVOWING the reason!. say.
I.9nake fifortto• extend.the circulation of
the 4 Record. Does net =the ,Rresbyterian ! .
thus make little "Popes" out of the great
nisseyofstbkitasters, setitlekiM the country?
Two or three copies of the Presbyterian
find their way intp:iny field of labor. Many
Copies go into 'iihurches .where I -dosbt
Val - ether a copy of the Record can be found:
What a. thrust,, then, does the editor make
at all pastors who have not made efforts to
-have, their_peeple take the Record ! lam
sorry that so many of my brethren will have
to suffer with me ; and to save the innocent
from blame, if the Presbyterian will publish
my letters to you, without such notes as he
sometimes appends, I will let him append
my name in full !
s &word as to my "spirit of lofty exag
geration," when I said hundreds of minis
ters and diensands of laymen -approve your
course, and lam done. He asks, " Has he
- counted, or does he daringly guess at it ?"
I have often heard that a man will fight the
shadow of a fault in - another, which has per
sonality in himself. Now, after what I had
learned for years both - West and East of the
mountains, I believe my statement expressed
the truth, though of course I did not note
, down•the names of all I knew, and number
them. But let us look at a statement or two
of Dr. Leyburn'e. Did be count, or did be
daringly guess at it, when he said "be
questioned whether there was a dozen min
isters in the Church" who approved your
course ? Did he count, or did he daringly
guess at it, when be said to keep up personal
intercourse between the Board and mission
aries, etc , "it would be better to maintain
it at five times the present cost" ? The
Board of Domestic Missions costs the
Church over $lO,OOO. Five times this
would be $50,000. Fifty thousand dollars
to disburse (tor. the collecting is done by
pastors) a little over one hundred thousand
dollars ! ! By this time the Presbyteries
and churches would begin to do their own
disbursing with leas cost, by sending
their aid directly to the toiling missionary:
Now, Mr. Editor, if you give this hasty
note a corner in your paper, I will not
trouble -you or your readers again. I love
all the Boards, though I do believe them
somehow to be more expensive than snits
the feelings of us in the country; and I.
- will still try and aid them all to the best of
my ability, in doing the work of the Pres
byterian Church. I love the brethren, too t
who differ from me in the matters connected
with these Boards, and. I hope to give a
hearty shake of the hand to many of them,
and Dr. L. among the reet,lat the meeting
of our Synod. We ought to love each oth
er as brethren, with all our faults. **
Eastern Pa., Sort. 10, 1858.
Among the distinguished men of the past,
whose memory will not quickly die, is the late
Nathaniel Bowditch, L. L.D., of whom the people
of Boston feel justly proud. They delight to look
upon his portrait, to reflect upon his scientific
genius, to speak of his contributions to mathe
matical and nautical knowledge, and they have
placed his tomb in a conspicuous place in lovely
Mt. Auburn. His family have lately presented
his large and valuable collection of books, in its
particular department unsurpassed, and probably
unequalled in the United States, consisting of
two thousand five hundred volumes, to the "Free
Public Library," of the city. Of the character
of these books, the Boston Transcript says:
Many of the most rare and valuable works of
the Library were presents to Dr. Bowditch from
various Societies or authors in other countries—a
- circumstance which adds greatly to the interest
of the collection. There are some score of vol
umes in manuscript, which possess far higher
interest than soy of the rare and costly works
from Europe.. These written works are monu
ments of the great philosopher's early struggles,
his patient toil, his industry, and his zeal for
learning in his youth.
The Library presented to 'the city contains all
the volumes Dr. Bowditch habitually consulted
while preparing his Translation of the Jit - ecanique
Celeste, and 'also all the manuscript proofs of his
early industry. It will ever be regarded with the
highest interest by citizens and strangers, as, a
most interesting monument to the memory alike
of the " Ship Chandler's Apprentice, and the
Commentator upon La, Place.'
In this connexion it may be proper to state
that it has been. ascertained from most reliable
data, that the donations of the late Abbott Law
rence, to religious and charitable objects, during
his life-time, amounted to $689,000. He did not
retain his grasp upon his money until able to hold
it no longer, but expended it wisely while he was
able to make it reach the destinations intended.
Since Boston is in some sort the head-quarters
of the Baptist denomination in the United States,
we may properly give the Statistics of the body,
under, this head. -Their Almanac—for now almost
every; denomination in the land has its Almanac--
gives-the following succinct summary of the Reg
ular Baptists, which, , as a matter of course, ex
cludes the Catnpbellites and Hard Shells : Asso
ciations, 565 ; Churches, ;:11,600; Ordained
Ministers, 7,l4l;:Baptized in 1857, 68,506;
Total Number of Church Members, 923,198.
This is also'the principal seat of the operations
of the American Board of Foreign Missions, widch
has just held its Annual Meeting at Detroit the
Rev: Mark Hopkins, D.a, presided, and the ser
was preached by the Rev. George Shepard,
D.D., of Bangor, Me., from Luke xi : 41 The
entire expenditures for the year have been
$874,889.35; and the entire receipts, $834,018.48;
leaving,a deficit of $40,870.87; During the year,
thirty one missionaries have been sent out, twelve
of whom were returning to fields they had pre
viously occupied. And there are now under ap
pointment in this country, .twelve missionaries,
and four. female; assistant missionaries. Within
twelve months, two missionaries, and three as
sistant missionaries 'have , died. The number of
laborers sent out frem this country, including,
physicians, is 878.: of native helpers, 524 ; total,
897. The whole number of Church• members in
connexion witlrthe churches under the care of the
Board, including those la the - Sandwich Islands,
is 27,140, of which 1,532 have been added• in the
year: The whole number of pupils in the Semi
zanies and schools; including' those in' the'.3l2
free schoids supported by the Hawaian govern
merit.' which alone comprise 8,460, is 17,020.
Thanumber of pages printed last year was 45,-
898,346: 'The reports from the different stations
were highly encouraging'; many .of the discus
sions were deeply interesting;` and the results of
the meeting were most happyto all concerned.
Business, though not as active as could abe
wished,' seems to , promise better than was ex
peoted., Large sales of domestic goodet have
taken place; and'while the direct'importation of
Foreigmfabrics:is very small compared with BOMB
ether' years, yet • a`largo= amount of goods has
been taken from the bonded warehouses, showing
that luxury is still able to command its silks,_
laces, and other things 'of that sort.
The affairs of the Quarantine Grounds are still
the subject of, much discussion and angry feeling.
Warrants have been issued for the apprehension
of one hundredand . fifty of •the rioters, but only
a few of them have been taken. • Yet, among
,apprehended, are some men of wealth,
character, and, influence. And ,since the Gov
armor has declared. the county in which the oc
earrences-toolt,place in , a state of insurrection,
fears are. entertained by their ! -friends that they
may; have to undergo, the'eummary process of
conetimartial, ?instead of trial by jury. And the
people of Richmond.Countyaareinginningto re.:=
doktke akkola mattarpfocLthat willhaye
to make good the loss that has been occasioned.
Temporary buildings are being erected for the
accommodation of tkr patiea'is, and to pre vent
the spread of disease; while permanent bui 7 d_
ings of iron are about to be constructed at an
expense of $300,000.
Utica has been. the scene of the sayings and
doings of another Dfongreq Asscmblage, similar to
that which lately met at Rutland, Vi, and which
was pleased to- style itself the "Philanthropic
Convention." Its character can be easily ascer
tained from the fact that the leading spirits were,
Parker Pillsbury, and Henry C. Wright, of Mas
sachusetts ; Andrew Jackson Davis and wife, of
New York; and Julie. Branch._ The Times cor
respondent wrote : "A strong tone of Free-Love
ism is perceptible in all the speeches thus far,
and the Convention, if anything, smells stronger
of filth than the Rutland Convention."
Profesior korae, who arrived in Paris from the
United States the same day the news was received
of the successful laying of the Telegraph Cable,
was made the recipient of a public banquet from
the AmericanS then in that city. in the course
of the evening, Professor Morse made an addrese,
in which he gave a complete history of the pro
gress of the telegraphic discovery. Speeches
were also delivered by several eminent Americans.
Tao Rev. Abel Stephens, D. D., Editor of the
Christian Adootale and Journal, the great organ
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is about to
issue an elaborate History of Methodism in the
United States, on which he is said to have been
engaged for the last fifteen years. That the work
will be interesting cannot be doubted, for the
author is an able writer, and warmly devoted to
the interests of that Church. He is at the head
of a newspaper conducted, in general, with much
ability and great fairness, except when any thing
bordering on Calvinism comes in its way. Th en
Dr. Stephens prepares for immediate battle against
his grand -adversary, whom he so much abhors
that he imagines all evil things of him, and never
seems so well pleased as when as opportunity
offers for an attack. Indeed some of the Doctor's
efforts in this way remind' us stronly of an inei.
dent in the life of the celebrated John Randoph,
of Roanoke. He was a member of Congress dnr
ing a session in which the Tariff question was
discussed, as be Supposed, ad nauseam, and
among other things the claim of wool for protec
tion had been strongly urged by the Pearmylvania
members. So excited did the Virginia member
become, and so intolerable were his prejudices,
that he declared on his way home, that he could
go forty rods out of his road to give a kick to a
sheep. So we often think that a long polemic
service, and the many hard contests in which the
good Doctor has been engaged, have had the effect
of leading him to take special pleasure in giving
a blow to any thing savoring of Calvinism, even
though it should he necessary for him to go far
out .of his way to accomplish his object, and
though he should fail in the end.
The Methodist Sunday School Advocate • has
reached a circulation of one hundred and eighty
thousand copies. Every minister, local preacher,
steward, and class-leader, is expected to interest
himself in the circulation of this paper, and the
other periodicals of that Church. And the con
sequence is, that the people of no other denomina
tion in this country, give such a preference to
the publications of their own Church, as do our
Methodist brethren.
The Work of Grace continues to make progress.
The prayer meetings are as interesting as ever;
and the services of the Sabbath are well attended.
But a wonderful work is still to be done. In this
great city Satan has still many strongholds, of
different kinds. The workings of innate depravity
and of Satan, may be seen at every turn. Bat
the Lord reigns, and his enemies shall be sub
Last week the Germans held one of their large
festivals at Lemon Hill, for the purpose of pro
curing funds to aid in the erection of a monument
to the memory of Baron jleuben, who occupies a
conspicuous place in our Revolutionary :annals.
Re had been Aid-de-camp to Frederick the Great,
and Lieutenant General in the army of that great
Captain. At the time of the breaking out of the
Revolutionary War, he' was in the possession of
rank, honor, and emolument, but he relinquished
all these to become a volunteer officer in the
American army, in which he did more than all
our officers to improve its discipline. But his
great services and sacrifices were never fully re
warded. Still his name is dear to the American
The`Slavery Discussion between Parson Brown
low and Rev. Mr. Prynne, attracted some atten
tion; but by no means as much as was anticipated.
Mr. Brownlow. was suffering from bronchitis so
that his speeches, for the most part, were read by
another. .
The family of the Rev. Dudley A. Tyny, has
received the ineurance effected on his life, for
$5,000, in a London office.
The germane in this city have twenty-one reli
gious Sooleties : three Catholic; five Lutheran;
three German Reformed ; one Baptist; one Meth
odist; seven Jewish. Synagogues; and one Free
Thinkers' •Association.
A considerable degree of inquiry exists, just
now, among Some of the Jews. Between thirty
and forty youths of Jewish families 'visited the
Rev. Mr Bonbomme, during the last month, to
make inquiries and receive instruction on the
sulject of religion.
The North Americim has the following 1111fiee of
a New Church:
"The congregation attached to the Church of
Dr. Nevin=Alexander Presbyterian Church—as
is well knowb, sre abeut to erect for him a new
Church edifice. The giound for this purpose was
broken yesterday morning, with interesting cer
emonies..-.. The site for the Church is a fine lot at
Nineteenth and Green Streets, one of the finest
sections 'cif ibe city. The edifice will be thirty
six by eighty-four feet in dimensions, and Mutt of
'pressed brick, with' brown stone reliefs. The
services of breaking ground, yesterday, were Par"
ticipated in by about five hundred ladies and gen
tlemen. A very excellent address was made by
the ptistor, Rev: Dr. Nevin, followed by Rev. W.
E. Schenck. A hymn was then sung, when*
groundless broken by Col. W. T. Snodgrass. and
the,Superintendent of the Sunday School, I.°.
.Tabor, Esq., The next step was slightly amusing
—each lady and gentleman present successively
taking the shovel and scooping out a quantity of
soil: It was the first time we bad ever seen ladies
mabifestine their interest in Church building
.so demonstrative a manner. The Church will be
,completed by about New Year."
For tberresbyterian Bawer and Advocikte.
Death of a Brother.
At a regular meeting cf the Fayette City Ledge ,
No. 611, of I. O. O. F.,of Pennsylvania, held nt
their Hail, in Fayette City, Wednesday evening,
September Bth, 1868, the following resolutions
were adopted:
Wnsnzas, It has pleased an All-wise Creator,
in the dispensation of his providence, to remove
from time to eternity, our well heloved br,dber.
P. G., J. Crawford Cook, and whilst we humbly
bow in submission to his holy will, we deem it
compatible with the relationship heretofore existv
ing between us and our deceased brother, to gi
suitable expression to our feeling on this mourn
ful occasion. Therefore,
Resolved, That our heart-felt sympathies and
condolence, be tendered to his family and friends.
Resolved, That we, as a I,odge, truly mourn hi!
death, which is a loss not only to his fatufiT elved"t
Order, but the community in which he
knowing him to be honest and faithful to his
friends, 'tree to his country, and fraternal to his
fellow-man. übl.'shed
,Berotied, That thesebe Pmo
in-the Prabyteriari Banner and Advocate, of Pitts
burgh, and :Monongahela Repalican, and a copy
sent to the family of the deceased.
Br ORDSR OF THE C.0)00/1"'