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We give the,,Mlorring statement, respect
, gentleman from. the ..Presbyterian
''''; ' 44 l October. 28da
Rm. Renewaserri.—At the Meeting of the
Board of Domestic; Misaims, on the lith instant,
the Rev., R.r. ,Rappemett, the worthy Aisoolate
Seminary, permuted a written iiiighition of his
,A One of the Exam
, 'tiver i poiamittee it;ithe -mover, however,
stating that he made the motion only in order to
being tha embjeet before the Board. After an
interchange of opinion,, it was moved_to lay the
,merlon to accept on the Miele. ifildeh was agreed
to 'by a uninimons tote r including the'entire Ex..
This must appear '",exceedingly strange to
thme,who know the vote in the Board , ` June
28th, and Who regird the Presbyterian's
itatenients as reliable. • But let there be no
knit" tonelusionelltiwn. -We know enough
isAimoy to itax, iho43/ a part of th e truth
is;told. Our Ftw#erl.;pOy‘,ekpoot fuller in
' formation shortly,
We are edry'to We it to retard - , that
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the 'yellow fever etill'Rrevaile greatly in New
Orleans,, notwithatanag the abatement no.
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filird4Pi*BliYte hotAstieseing ; :and
aftkokid,''but fit rap i dly , ,
' ihitii l tri have to' anno unce that the Rev. Dr.
.the a Pt il 'ilif - Pres by terian church,.
• i f ri t t li eitev.,Dt. w a u t - ir; , the Presiding,
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tiiier:. IT u Y e- e - - 0 apprehensions are
, e 0 've veil light, an dn
entertained as to the re
sitit . Dr. - Mather
was `attacked in Batson Rouge, where, we
pticsmi, he. was sojourning. Our clergy
ail= a general rule, haic performed their
duties like brave -:soldiers, during the
' progrers of this epidemic, .and their labors
= will be appreciated = long after the scourge
ehelliutve passed away."
Synod of Itidiana.
Thii Synod, after much discussion, adopted
the overture, from the Synod of Cincinnati,
authorising a transfer of the Theological
Seminary of the North. West to the general
Assembly. The .Mtioilaster, Monfort, and
Wood, annlevs. J. 'W. Bly t he,L. Hawes,
and D. Stevenson, seem to have been the
principal speakers, on the occasion. ' The
overture was adopted, with but three or four
On Hanover College there was a long
and interesting report adopted. The
tntion.basi ate present, : no ,President. The
Vicinity 'Grantees fire Professors. There
, are,,one,hundred and thirty•two students,
of idiom :sixty-three are in the regular
, classes, Seventeen, of the young` men were
hopefully converted daring the' last year.
The'b'altu,ree sheet of finances appears well
iratexplanatione given show that there are
embarrassments. 'The Synod applies to the
testa of Edueation for aid to the College,
to the extent of $5OO, for the anent:year.
Tong Xen's Chrigian Associatbm.
r The regidsz monthly meeting was held
.Iklendey evening. The attendarnse, we
limn, was quite large. A number of ligh
ly encouraging reports were submitted.
The committees . appointed to meet• with the
Geodtatent and Neptune Fire Companies,
sod, organize meetings. among them, reported
that' their efforts, had been attended, so far,
with geed results, and much promise for the
fiture. 'Religions service is now held every
SalibathOin the Good Intent Hall, and no
euwienaily on week days. Meetings are held
regular* In Neptune, Hall, where there is
freaohing every Sabbath afternoon. A
meeting wits appointed in the Hall for Fri
day evening ) and the RV,. Dr. Howard to
A report was read recommending the appoint
ment of a City Missionary, to aid in carrying oat
the objects of the - Association: 'The subject was
referred to a special meeting, to be held in two ,
"I" Committees: Were appointed to, establish prayer
meeldsgs in ,the halls, of the Eagle„ffelief and
Vigilant Fire Companies.
A resolution was adopted, declaring" that there
is pressing warit'of a Daily linien PreYer Meet
ing, which shall he held in some central part of
the - city, ‘and be.directed by,4he pastors and lay
men of the different denominations. A Committee
of five was appointed to confer with the clergy
of the city, on the subject, and carry out the ob.
sect of the resolution. ROMs. Messrs. Kmuth,
Stewart, and Collier, who were tresent, expressed
their candid approval of the design.
( This Committee at °nix., entered , upon
ttair work, ifid a runiffilg the oinrgy and
okoors of the various chttrehes in our city
Ina caged to ,eonveile, ul the itioni Of the
Association, on ,r'riday,afternoon at 3 o'clock.
A full attendance is requested. Another
Plating is to be held in two weeks, for the
purpose of considering the propriety and
vracticability of establishing a City Mission.
Synod of Plitsboih.
This large and influential body met, ir A
Convention, at Blairsville, Pa., in the aft , Jr .
noon of Wedneaday, 'Ocfcber 20th, and ,
joyed, during the evening and the nor` day,
a delightful season of Spiritual raft. , ss hi ng .
The press upon our columns prey' ju t s an y
effort, at present, to spread before/our read•
era the addresses on the ocoasior 4 .
P. M. and evening, and Sabi ,
,ath, and the
evening of Monday, were n'4150 devoted to
preaching, exhortation, ptv,y er , an d pra i se .
On Sabbath, the &craw mt of the Lord's
Supper was administevea a very large num
ber of persons .particirdating, in connexion
with:the Synod. OrZthe afternoon of the
25th, the Synod w.ljourned. The meeting
was delightfully harmonious throughout.
A large numbex of the citizens attended,
and, during the times of the devotional
exercises, church was crowded.
The disciussion relative to the endowment
of• the IP'Airth Professorship, in the Western
Theolqical Seminary, occupied parts of two
dart It was earnest and fraternal. On the
propriety of effecting the endowment, there
vhi but one opinion. On the best means 'of
' accomplishing the desired end, there were a
variety of sentiments: An accommodating
spirit, hdwever , and a strong desire to see
the work done, led to a happy unanimity;
and the raising of this Syno'd's part of the
1325,000 needed, was commended to , the
ehurehes. The plan will appear when we
An excellent Paper on the subject „of
Temperance, was adopted
The snliject of s Receiving Agent in
Pitiebirgli, for the various objects of Be
nevolence, was, brought forward. The con
venience, and necessity of such an officer,
in this centre of a large dietriet, where funds
are liberally Contributed for various objects,
TM manifest , The office requires labor,
`judgment, and ability,, demanding, in all
righteousness, a compensation. The work
has been well done by the present Agent,
and for a very moderate reward; , and the
satisfaction,of Synod, in , the existing arrange
ment, was strongly expressed.
The,Bos# of Colportage of the Synods of
Pittsburgh and Allegheny, presented a re
port, showing that the institution is now in
a better *irking condition than at any pre
view; time. , The Board was cordially com
mended to the confidence and liberality
of the church& Greatly more funds than
have hitherto been 'contributed, could be
used to the immense benefit of the-oanse.
The increase in the number of Candidates
• for the BBrdstry, presented a subject for
great thankfulness. But, with the increase
in numbers comes an •increase in the de
mands ufion the funds 'of the Board of Edu
cation: Liberality, in this direction, Was
strongly recommended. •
In such circumstances, the question of
, economy these of, Ckgreh funds, could
not nsoape !Mention. A few remarks were
'minds on the general subject, but the diseits
sjini, !AM tientitmed•for'seyeral hours, and
was highly animated - and truly kind, was in
relation to the Associate Secretaryship, in
the Board of Domestic Missions.
The inquiry turned, first, on the propriety
of action, or 'no action • and next upon how
strong shoUld be' the explosion of opinion.
There, was not a single, proposition offered to
approve of the Board's retaining the office,
nor even an opinion expressed that the office
should be colitinued ) or that it was needful.
The sg no action " brethren were very few in
number. They thought, that, as the Board
was the creature of the Assembly, and re
sponsible to it, it might well be left in the
Assembly's hands. But the vast majority
regarded the Boards as the creatures, oar
vents, and helpers, of the churches, and re
sponsible to them ; and that hence the peo
ple had a right to know, and to express, in
an orderly manner, their opinions upon the
proceedings of these institutions. And to
concentrate their thoughts
,and wishes in
Presbyteries and• Synods, and, to utter and
publish them in the form of resolutions,
they believed to be strictly in accordance
with Presbyterian Church order.
Many of this majority were, for express
ing their opinions, as strongly as ;they felt
them--to be just. They, however, kindly
tendered to the minority the following
Resolved, That this* Bynod is strongly attached
to the Boards of our . Charch,,and has. full confi
dence, not only in the wisdom, but generally in
the economy with which they employ the
committed to them.
Resolved, That, as relates to the unhappy dif
ferences of opinion which have sprung up respect
ing the:Associate Secretaryship of the Board of
Domestic Missions; whilst, with the light which
we at present possess, we think that the office
might be 'dispensed end that those Presby
teries which acquiesce in this view, may, with great
propriety, instruct their representatives to the
next General Assembly to that effect, we leave it
to the Assembly to give such direction to the
Board on this subject as may then appear to be
required by the public sentiment of the Church,
and the greatest efficiency and usefulness of the
These resolutions were adopted unani
mously They show that this Synod, "strong,
ly attached," now, as ever, to, the Boards,
has" full confidence, not only in ,the wis
dom, but generally in the economy" of
their management; that what is, desired is,
to abolish an office which " might be dis
pensed with," and that this should be done
in the orderly way of action through
the duly• constituted Church Courts; that
is, through.the Presbyteries and the Assem
bly- Confirmed by this unanimous expres
sion of sentiment, we trust that contribu
tions to the Board will be more liberal than
ever. The churches see that theirministeri
and elders are wakeful and watchful, and
will not suffer contributions to the Lord's
cause to be wasted on a needless office.
Synod of Kentucky,
The Presbytery of Kentucky (N. 5.,)
made application to the Synod of Kentucky,
(O. 5.,) at the recent meeting, to know on
What terms the ministers and chnrches of
the Presbytery could be received as an in
tegral part of the Synod. The answer given
embraced several particulars, but it was,
substantially, that the Presbytery could not
be received as a body; that the ministers
and churches could be received into the
THE PRF,SBYTERIAN BANNER AND ADVOCATE•
Presbyteries in whose bounds they' were lo
cated, the ministers on an appro'ed exam_:
ination, and the churches on giving proper
evidence of orthedoxy snit Preabyteriariikek;!
and that all such ministers and chttrobei t asc.
were like minded with the gynod would' be
received most cordially.
The Synod passed resolutions approving'
of the course proposed at the last General
Assembly, for the obtaining of a Church
Synod of Wheeling.
The Synod of Wheeling met in Wash
ington, Pa., on Monday evening, October
18th, and continued in session till Friday
evening, the 22d. The first day was happily
spent in " Convention." It was our priv
ilege to be present during a portion of the
time. The addresses were animated and
the prayers fervent. All seemed to fefil
that it was good to be there.
The Synod organized on the evening 'of
the 20th; Rev. D. R. Campbell, Modera
tor; Rev. R. V. Dodge,' Permanent Clerk,
and Rev. T. A. Grove, Temporary ClOrk.
The sermon of the retiring Moderator, Rev.
J. B. Graham, was bea.i.d, by a large eon.
gregation, batereet A sermon,
plain, pointed andariletit, on the subject of
Domestic -Missions, was r preirched, on'Wed
nesday evening, by Rev' . J. S. Pomrop I
_Daring ‘the <business meeting; the subject
of the endowing of thelKiiirth PrOfeisoiship,
at Alloglidny - , - wag dieeiseed, - and this Synoit,
resolved, - with manifest -cordiality, t O - -4 0 the
portion,,as one of the four Synods -Wii3r.:s;
mediately ,concerned in the great work.
The plan adopted, was ;that recommended by
the Diiectors and Trustees of the Seminary;
that is - an effort in wick- church to 'a
sum equal at least:to fifty cents a metaber;
it being hoped that the wealthy chithhes
Will raise a much larger amount, so as to
make up the deficienoieg of their poorer
brethren. See resolutions in another col-
The College at Washington occupied a
portion of the. Synod's time. The reports
made were minute and endournging. They
affirmed an imirease in the umber of stu
dents, good order, wad high literary attain
ments. The subseriptions to the Endow
ment Fund had reached to nearly seventy
thousand dollars. co' this amount, seiren
teen thousand tiad been invested, with mort
gage securities. 'The residue _ remained
the , hands , of subscribers; on interest. A.
Mr. Brewer, a gentlen an very highly re
commended, was nominated to the , vacant
Chair' of Philosophy, and was duly elected
by - the 'Board of Trustees. From there -` ports and speeches in Synod, We shonid Sup
pose the condition. and prospects of tbe In
stitution to be in advance of former years.
On Thursday Riming we were obliged to
take our , departure i that we might be present
at the Synod of Pittsburgn. We have shine'
learned that on that day and the neit; several
;Appeal eases were heard.
Providing for phildnin.
Porthe supplying of the wants of chit :.
dren, after they shall have arrived at matu
rity, the best provision is, for the parent to
have taught them to provide for themselves.,
No amount of money an:stimulated is likely
tube exhaustless, if it is to be perpetually ,
drawn from ; while a small sum will be en
during to those who have been, from child
hood, accustomed to thrift. It is but sel
dom, in. this country,' where property does
not descend by entail,,that we see a large
`estate reach to the third generation. The
fathers acquire, the children expend, and'
t,he grand-children are destitute.
Solomon, however, says : " A good man
leaveth an inheritance to his children's chil
dren." The good man here, must be some
thing more than the pious, or regenerated
nian. Many men who, we have reason to
believe, are really pious, leave no inheri
tance even to their children, much less to
their children's children.' Eli is a marked
example of these. What, then, is the good
ness of which Solomon speaks ? The ques
tion is important, because all men have a
natural desire to acquire something which
they may leave, and which shall abide in
.their family; and this desire is mot incon
sistent with revealed religion. It embraces
.1. , The good man is one who is really and
truly pious. Such an one is in the covenant.
He is the friend of God. The promise is
to his children. The offspring are blessed
for the father's sake. Parental, prayers are
heard and answered. Piety is an, all-im
portant ingredient in goodness.
i 2. The good man is one who, like Abra
i ham " will command his children and his
household after him, and they shall keep
the way of the Lord, to do justice andjudg
ment." Those thus trained, are in the way
of the covenant. They are the proper re
cipients of blessings. A just and holy God
may, consistently with his character and his
Word, bestow his favors upon them.
3. A good man,is one whose love to his
offspring is wise and rational. He does not
habituate them to ease and indulgence. He
puts t pa, at a very early age, to the, sup
plyin of their own wants. He teaches
them to eat food.which has been earned, and'
to wear raiment which is already paid for;
'to always produce more than they consume,
and safely to dispose of their savings, that
they may be accumulative. That is, he
, teaches them thrift. They are not exto
' timers, for extortion brings God's curse
upon the ill , gotten gain. They are not
speculators, for speculation is a species of
gambling, and exposes the estate to ruin.
They are industrious, frugal, self-reliant,
always producing beyond their wants.
Their patrimony is hence uneonsumed. It
abides in safety. Its income increases their
store. And they have it all, with its
growth, to descend to, and be distributed
among their children. ,
Thus it is that " a good man leavedh an
inheritance to his children's children;" and
thus, men being such, loving God and keep
ing his commandments, from father to son
without a failure, God will show favor to
them for even a thousand generations.
Nord lEnfinence of Colleges.
The pninks pl e d by young men at lCol
lege, the deoeptio practised, the drinking,
gaintiliiiVriveliff , &c., 'whibh `take place,
and the many instances of utter moral wreck
wiliCh ocieur, are. exceedingly - alarming to
pious parents, in . oontemplating the educa
tion ; Of t iheir labia. , But, while we admit
these evils as fact I
o, and deprecate them, and
would do evecyihing , practicable to abate
them, we yet l tiNc. ;the Academy and the
College, as they i
re conducted in this coun
try, the safest p aces, beyond the parental
,roof, *here the , f young can be entrusted.
The ..Babbath observance, the preaching,
prayesineetings, 'Bible Classes, moral lec
tures,' and public advocacy of every thing
noble and rnarily) with the unceasing guar
,dian 'care of Christian teachers, who feel
that.they occu,py a position which imposes ,
'on them the responsibilities of the parent,
'the minister , Of Christ, and the conservator
of the public weal i cannot but have an im
mouse influence' for good. From our own
-experience, persbnal and family, and from
manyyears of Close observation, we say that
there'is'4io gitlacit, from home, where youths
as the literary institution, which is under
the mare of Chriiitian instructors.
.Professor Ty Bk .- in his Essayon Prayer
for Colleges,' after speaking of their import
-anee, and the advantages they afford, well
ilaY8:: , = i
''sg. These 41ausa's conspire to render College,
notwithatandinglts temptations and dangers,
a comparativelisafe place for young men.
We are :persuwied that parents, who are
obliged to..send i their sons from home, can
hardly send ,thehi to a safer. place. It is
;far' safer than tthe city or large village.
Boys are rained in far greater number and
proportion by being sent away to business.
One , in finr-1. - state it on the authority of
a Mayor of 'one pf our. great cities—one in
four .of the yoing men who go from the
country into the city- to engage in business,
:make shipwreck, not merely of business pies
pectsitbrit of character and happiness. Not
one in ten of those who enter College, so
Alegrade and destroy themselves; and a
hirgepart of these were effectually corrupted
before theyi left home."
Id these dayi there are separations as
well as ,unions.: The time was when Con
gregationtdists and Presbyterians were co•
operative, and phased from one connexion to
the other; alpostas though they were but
parts of oitif Eedleaiastical union. The eq
uation seemed o be . Geographical rather
than religious, Now the Congregationalists
are.sepirated from the Old School Presby
terians;pot onlrin Missionary and Educe,-
tonal oPerations; but the bodies do not even
keep' up an 'Ecclesiastical correspondence,
not BO much as, by an , annual letter.
And .a separation from the New School
hems to be rapidly advancing The Evan.
gelisc, (N. S.) saps :
"There can b no mistake about the fact
that large nu robe sof our more zealous Con
gregational frien s are anxious to put an end
to tbeluresent rpethod of eo operation with
'other trgrigninalims. In the report of the
General Association of New Hampshire, our
readers will have,notioed that , a Committee
of that body reperted in •favor• of discontinu
ing further co-operation with Presbyterians
in Home Missionary work."
• And :a Congregational Committee on the
subject of Education, say': .
"In the present state of the country, the
two denomination's can, without doubt, work
with more vigor, toward the one great, com
mon end—the prdmotion of the Redeemer's
kingdom=by separate _ action: It is there
fore better, probably, that the transition
period should be ftfl brief as possible. While
the name of.union, without the reality, lasts,
it will impede the operations of- each de
Por the Presbyteiten Banner and Advoaatet.
Convention at Blairsville. •
Agreeably to previous notice, -a Conven
tion of the Ministers, Licentiates, and Rul
ing Elders, in the
,bounds of the Synod of
Pittsburgh, assembled in 'Blairsville, on
'Wednesday, Oct. 20th, at 2. o'clock P. M.
The_ object of the meeting was fraternal and
social conference and prayer, in reference to
the revival of religion.
Rev. Samuel MoFarren, D. D., was ap.
pointed President, and 1 iev. S. Fulton and
- Rev. D. Meoay 1 Secretaries.
After enrolling the names of members,
the number of wil l m was large froM the
commencement, a , ommittee . consisting of
the Rev. A. 0. etterson, D. D., George
Marshall, D. D., N. H. Gillett, Jas. Mont
g,omem George Rill, and Elders, W. Moll-
Wayne, Wray, and Kincaid, was
appointed to report subjects' for the special
consideration of the conference.
The Committee having retired, the time
during their absence was employed in sing
ing, prayer, the reading of the Scriptures,
and an address from Rev., J. R. Hughes.
After whiefi, the Cpmmittee returned, and
reported foilhe conaidefatioilpf the, confer
ence, the following topics, viz-
Ist. The abundant's:taps° we have for thankful
ness, for what the Lord'hatit done for the churches
in our land, during thelast year. .-
2d. The characteristics of the present revival,
together with the means used to proniete it.
Bd. Why, are many revivals of short duration?
dth. The need of a :still more extended, and
permanent revival of God's work, and the duty
and encourageinent we have to labor and pray
for its promotion. •
sth.- That the exercises of the conference be
interspersed with singing and prayer, under the
direction of the Moderator.
6th. The Committee glee recommend, that the
members of the Conveition be free to express
their'views on any of tge topics that mays come
up for consideration, it being understood ..that
the speeches do not exceed ten minutes.
7th. What are the lest means of promoting
and increasing the pieti and usefulness of those
received into the Church, especially of Young
Bth. The place orposition which prayer oc
cupies in g. God's plan o Satin sinners; or, the
connexion between the e ectual fervent prayer of
the righteous, and the owing out of the Holy
Spirit for the building fup of the Church, and
the conversion of souls., 1
9th. What are the properties or chief requisites
of acceptable and prevailing prayer?
10th. Are there any instrumentalities, or spa.
Mal means of grace which this conference would
recommend to the pastors and churches for the
revival of God's work? t
On motion; the first topic was taken up
and discussed, in cminexion with singing
and prayer, till' a es ss was taken to 7
o'clock P. M.' t
Having convened'again, with increased
numbers, the exereit were continued as
before, in connexion 'lth the consideration
of the Second topic deported' by the Com
mittee. -A resolutioawas also passed, in
viting brethren fron. other Evangelical
churches and Synods, rho may be present,
to sit and take part with us in the exercises.
After enjoying a most interesting time,
adjourned till Thursday morning, at '9
On Thursday, the exercises of the confer
ence were continued as before, the number
in attendance still increasing, and the in
terest and preciousness of the exercises en
gaged in, becoming more and more decided.
The remaining topics were discussed, ex
cepting the last, and the exercises of the
conference postponed, in view of the meet
ing.of the Synod, till Saturday evening, at
On Saturday evening, the conference
again assembled. Dr. MoFarrell' being ab
sent, Dr. A. 0. Patterson was called to
The consideration of the last topic present
ed by the Committee was taken up, togritber
with the following, suggested by Rev. C. V.
McKaig, viz. :
" Why has the Lord's work not been revived, in
all our churches, as it has been in some of them,
especially where the same means have been
used?` On this occasion God was evidently pm; .
ent with us. The hearts of all seemed to .flow
together, and the feeling of every one was, glt is
good to be here.' "
On Monday evening, after the adjourn
ment of Synod, conference met, Dr. Patter•
eon in the chair. Rev. R. Lea was ap
pointed Secretary. The conference was ad.
dressed by Rev. Dr. Beatty, who urged the
importance of fervent prayer before labor.
A requert was handed to the President,
that the impenitent might be addressed.
Dr. McFarren was appointed, and immedi
ately responded in a solemn address to that
class. Dr. Campbell called for the Hymn,
"Come bumble sinner," &o.
Dr. Patterson spoke of the means to be
used for the revival of God's work, followed
by. Dr. Marshall.
By request, the 'Hymn, "How firm a
foundation, ye saints of• the Lord," was
Dr. Jennings spoke feelingly of the Fath
ers of Synod, now gone, to show that the
present members were passing, away.
Mr. Gillett, Dr. Campbell, and Mr.
McPherson, made brief addresses.
The singing was congregational, and ex
cellent; the prayers fervent and pointed.
With apparent reluctance the exereisen
were brought to a close, all appearing wil
ling to linger upon the spot where God had
met with, and blessed them.
Adjourned with singing, prayer, and
the Apostolic Benediction.
The Presbytery of Osage.
This Presbytery, till lately in connexion
with the New Sohool Synod of Missouri, at
a recent meeting, took the following action•:
WHEREAS, We see no good reason for
longer continuing our present relation with
the Independent Synod of Missouri, there
Resolved, That this Presbytery do now
withdraw from the Synod of Missouri, and
remain an independent Ptesbytery for six
Resolved, That with tit& unanimous con
sent of this Presbytery, each of its minis.
ters and churches may immediately hereafter
make such election of ecclesiastical connex
ion as may best accord with their, ponviction
of duty and the Word of God.
Resolved, That no reflections shall be cast
upon any church or brother, who may
choose under this act to seek: a connexion
with any other branch of the Church of .
Resolved, That in case any minister of
this Presbytery shall choose to change his
ecclesiastical relations before the next meet
ing of, Presbytery, the Stated Clerk shall.
have power, and is hereby ordered to give
such person or persons a certificate of good
and regular standing.
Resolved, That each church under the
care of this Presbytery is requested to hold
a church meeting and decide before the
next meeting of Preebytery, as to the par•
titular branch of the VliurCh to which they
may wish to attach themselves.
The American. Tract Society and the
Synod of New York.
We cheerfully gitr,e plaie to the following
unanimous action of the Synod of New York,
in session at Jamaica, L. 1., October 21st,
1858, on a subject of deep and general in
terest in the Christian community :
Resolved, That the Synod heartily approve the
stand taken by the American Tract Society, at
its last Anniversary, in refusing to depart from
its great work, the diffusion of the knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer of sin• .
net's—a work it. has prosecuted with singular
fidelity and success, for more than the third of a
century'; and Synod cordially commend that In-.
stitution, thus adhering to its constitution,-to the '
sympathies and prayers of our people, and as far ,
as consistent with other claims, to their enlarged
and liberal benefactions.
Synod of Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26, 1858. "
DEAD, BANNER :—Far some time, a notice
was seen going the rounds of the papers,
that a great - National Convention of Infidels
was about to assemble in, this city. A'great
assemblage was anticipated, great things
were to be said, great things were to be de
vised, and great results were to follow.
Well, the time came, and with it the arch
representatives of the many-headed monster
infidelity, from Maine to Mississippi. But
their coming excited no commotion; the
crowds moved along the streets at their
usual pace ; business was transacted as
usual; and at night, people slept with their
usual calmness. And when the Convention
so long heralded, assembled, as well as dur
ring the whole of its sittings, only about
fifty men, and .a few misguided women,
could be found to constitute an audience.
Never was a more fitting rebuke given ;
never did the popular mind give a more em
phatic expression of contempt for the cham
pions of modern infidelity; never did these
feel more acutely a repulse not to be for
gotten. After resolving "to go against , all
religions," the burden of their addresses
consisted of growlings against the people
for neglecting to come and hear them; be
cause they found it utterly impossible to
collect .a respectable audience, attracted by
curiosity or from any other motive.
Very different is the attention bestowed
on the honored representatives of the Church
of God, from whatever part of the world
they may come. This was well illustrated
in the Soiree, given last Tuesday evening,
in Sansom Street Hall, the place where the
infidel assemblage had met the week before,
to the Rev. Wm. McClure, of Londonderry,
and Rev. Prof. Gibson, of Belfast, the dep
utation from the Irish Presbyterian Church
to the Canadas and West Indies Between
six and seven hundred persons sat down to
supper at seven o'clock. On motion of
George Q. Stuart, Samuel 11. Perkins pre•
sided. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr.
Cooper. And addresses were made by Dre.
Leybnrn and McClure, Prof. Gibson, and
Dra. Boardman and Murray- - In there
speeches, there was a most genial inter
change of fraternal feelings, while the po
sition and character of the Scotch element
in this country, was duly acknowledged.
Frequent reference was made to the early
Sootch-Irish settlers in Pennsylvania, tl'e
Valley of Virginia, and North Carolina, the
six Irish signers of the Declaration of In
dependence, and to the ancestors of Gen
eral Jackson and other great men. For the
time, Plymouth Rook was undisturbed.
The ball bad been prepared with great
taste and elegance for this , entertainment,
which closed at a quarter after eleven
On the following day the greater part of
the members of the Old Mother Synod,
Philadelphia, assembled , accordingi to invi
tation, at 4 o'clock P. M., in the West Arch
Street church, for the purpose of prayer,
mutual con Terence, and exhortation,, pre
paratory 'to the meeting of Synod. The
course pursued in conducting, the services,
was not the same as at Pittsburgh, last Fall,
or at the similar meeting of the Synod in
Allegheny, where committees suggested
topics for remark and discussion, which were
taken up in regular order; .brit each speak.
er spoke upon any topic that pressed most
heavily upon his heart and mind at the time,
without reference to what had preceded, or
what was to follow. Very large congrega
tions were present at the opening exercises,
in the evening, and on the following morn
ing, listening with great interest to the re
citals of what the Lord has been doing in
many places, to the confessions of sin and
unfaithfulness, and to the exhortations to
greater earnestness, watchfulness, and prayer
fulness in the future.
On Thursday, at 12 o'clock, there was an
adjournment to visit the daily prayer meet
ing that has been remo . ved, for the present,
from Tayne's Hall to the Baptist Chapel, on
Sansom Street, where the New School Syn
od of Pennsylvania, then in session, also re
paired. Both Synods were welcomed by
Geo. H. Stewart, Bsq., to which suitable
and happy responses were given, by the Rev.
Dr. Brainerd, on the part of the New School
Synod, and the Rev. Dr. Leyburn, on the
part of the Old School Synod. A moat de
lightful spirit prevailed; and many laymen
expressed the opinion that this was one of
the happiest noonday prayer-meetings ever
yet enjoyed since their institution in this
city. It was, indeed, good to be there.
God was there.
At 4 o'clock the Synod was duly opened
with prayer, and the Rev. Dr. Gray, of
'Easton, Pa., was elected Moderator`by ac
clamation. In the evening, the opening
sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Jun
kin, of Hollidaysburg, from Rev. xvil : 14,
in which he set forth clearly and ably the
war waged against the Lamb, the certainty
of his final victory, and the means and
agencies by which this victory is to be se
cure& The sermon was heard with much
attention, and the impression made on the
hearts and minds of the auditors, was very
happy. Indeed, the services of the two
preceding days had brought the people to
wish to hear and see much of jeans. It
was agreed, the next morning, to spend the
last half of each se ion in devotional exer.
cises ; and truly these were seasons of melt
ing and refreshing. Never will we forget
the effect of the closing words of the aged
and venerable Dr. Neil, as he leaned on his
staff, and then sank down, overcome with
the deepest emotions.
, On Friday evening, Dr. Nevin preiched
on Systematic Benevolence. The sermon
was an earnest presentation of the duty of
pecuniary contributions to the Lord's cause,
as a part of Christian worship. This was
enforced by many striking illustrations.
During Saturday the • Synod was engaged
in the discussion of an overture to the Gen
eral Assembly, presented by Dr. Boardman,
asking the General Assembly to send to the
Presbyteries the article in " our bock" con
cerning the marriage of a deceased wife's
sister. The , principal speakers were Dr.
Boardman, and Revs.• Isaac. Grier, D. J.
Waller, and F. D. Ladd, in favor; and Drs.
Junkin and. Nevin, and Revs. Jardine and
Marr, in opposition. On Monday morning
the motion to, overture prevailed, by a vote
of sixty-seven to sixty. Thus this whole
matter, concerning which there was so much
discussion in time past, is i again before the
Church, and should certainly be settled;
either by, the strict enforcement`of the rule,'
which is now a practical nullity, or alter*.
At four P..M., Saturday, the Synod _vis
ited that philanthropic and admirably eon
duoted Institution, the Atiyhim for the Blind,
and witnessed the performances of the pu
pile in reading, writing, mathematics, and
music, with high gratification. After which
happy and spirited addresses were made by
Bevs. Messrs. Thompson, Gray, aunkin,
The body then repaired to the American
Inititute, now holding an exhibition, to
which they had been invited, and which was
filled with evidences of increased skill in
machinery and mechanical art. Every thing
was arranged most tastefully, and so as to
produce the happiest and most striking
In the evening a most able and impres
sive discourse was, delivered_ by the Rev.
Dr. Yeomans, of Danville, Pa., on the rela
tion of baptized children to the Church.
Though long, the.address seemed merely
skeleton of the thoights of the speaker as
they lay before him. And it is altogether
probable that this is merely the outline of a
somewhat extended work by ' the same an
thor. In general, we may say that, the sen
timents accorded for the most part, with
those of Dr. Atwater, as promulgated in the
Princeton Review, some months ago, and
which elicited much comment at the time:
By the way, we, understand that Dr. At
water's article, with the expressions qualified,
to.whielt objsetiOn Was midseis about to b e
republislied by onr Board of Publication.
Ou Sibhath evening, the Sacrament o r
the. LordluSupper was administered in the
West Al.clv Street ehnrch. The church,
capable of seating over twelve hundred pe r .
sons, was crowded to its utmost capacity,
while at least half that number were corn.
pelled to retire for want of room. The in.
trodootory address was made by the Mod
eratos, and he also distributed the elements.
Thin was folloive& by an a&dress to the corn
munieants, by Rev: 1)r. McPhail, Presi,
dent of Lafayette College, and to the non.
communicants, by. the Rev. G.. W. Thomp.
sou, a Tuscarora. This was the first ser
vice °lithe hind we have ever attended after
night, and it was very. solemn, indeed,
Never williwe forgetlhe solemastillness that
reigned throughout the vast assembly,
when all present were requested to engage
in silent prayer for three miautes previous
to the address to thei unconverted. blany
souls wrestled . with 0-nd; many. eyes. wer e
wet with• tears, and:many , hearts-were made
Among the interesting proceedings of
Monday, yew the oonsideration of the claims
of the Ashram/ Institute. Among others,
an address was delivered by Mr. Miller, a
colored man, who has just completed his
theologieali course at this Institution, in its
behalf,' aud•in behalf •of Africa. Mr. Nil.
ler was born i 4 North Carolina, where he
receive& the rudimentit of an English edu
cation, and• joined the Ptesbyterian Church.
Seven years age he went to Liberia, where
he completed' his literary course in• the Al
exander High School, and returnee to this
country two• years ago to undergo a thee.
logical training. In May next he expects
to return• as a missionary to Africa, to live
and die there. His address was modest,
but at the same time manly and effective.
With great: clearness did he set forth the
duties of our race to his, both at home and
abroad, and with much force did he present
the fact Mast owing to her position, no other
Church could; do as much as could ours.
It was impossible for the Moderator to sup.
press, altogether, the indications of applause
when he eat down.
This Institution, has several ,young men
almost prepared to labor among -their kin.
dred in the home and• foreign field. And
we realize more than ever before, the im
portanoe of the work it is doing:
The next meeting of this Synod' will be
held on the third Thursday of October,
1853, at Jersey. Shore.
Much attention was given to the proposed
Commentary, after the manner suggested by
Dr. Peeekinridge. It was- brought for.
,ward ~by Dr. Alfred Nevin, and supported
by him` in a speech of considerable length.
On the part of the opponents, speeches were
made by Dm. Leyburn and West, Rev, Job
Halsey, and others. The principal advo
cates were Drs. Junkin, Nevin, and Yeo
mans- The last mentioned gentleman made
a long, able, and telling speech in favor of
a new Commentary, which should set forth
the teachings of the Word of God, as un
derstood by Calvinists and Presbyterians.
But, according to the impression made on
Our mind, the speech was by no means in
support of the manner proposed by Dr.
Breekinridge, though the end was the same.
It was rather the advocacy of a Commentary
prepared under the supervision of the Board
of Publication that might bear its imprima
tar, as do the other books it issues, while, at
the same time, the wholiChurch would not
be made responsible for every thought and
word it might express. The vote has not
been taken up to the time of. writing.
The meeting on 314onday evening, for
devotional services, was one of the most
interesting meetings of the kind ever held
in this city. The house was crowded, and
a spirit of prayerful solemnity pervaded the
whole assembly. The more immediate sub
ject of prayer and address, was Roreign
Miisions. Thrilling allusions were made to
our martyred missionaries, by those who had
been their College and Seminary maven-
Many eyes unused to weeping,
were filled with tears when itewas stated
that if a place in a Christian family could
be_ obtained for the daughter of a missionary,
the mother• could accompany the father to
his distant field of labor, Futteltgurh, other
wise, she must remain behind.
The Rev. Job Halsey, formerly pastor of
the First church, Allegheny, at once arose
and said the. Lord had taken two of his
children to heaven, and that his family
should be the home of the tnissionary's
daughter. Thus Mr. and Mrs. Walsh go
back, leaving in this country.seven children
committed to the care and faith of the
Altogether, this has beena most delight
'ful meeting, long to be remembered. In
deed, many declared that there wers already
evidences of a fresh baptism from on high
upon its members. They will return to
their fields of labor greatly inVigorated, and
it is to be hoped that - yet greater blessings
will flow from their labors. The hospitality
of the people was unbounded, and every
member found at once a hearty welcome and
a genial Christian home. May the Old
Mother Synod have many such meetings.
New School ,Presbyterianisza itt the
In our late visit to Tennessee, we found
the subject of the union of the New School
churches and ministers with , the Old School
Presbyteries, in that region, the Subjf ct of
remark in every circle in- which we were
thrownr Three or four of the leading
churches in Middle Tennessee have united
with the Presbytery of Maury, via.: Warn
bia, Pulaski, Franklin; and others. Two of
their ministers have also been received, and
others are in a tranaition state From all
that we could gather, the tendency toward
the Knoxville -movementis not much atronr , c •er
in that region. than it is in Kentucky. In
East Tennessee, where New Schoolism has
hitherto had its most numerous adherents,
the disposition to go into the-United Synod
is by no means so strong as we had sup•
posed. One of our . Northern New School
exchanges - gives the following items in re.