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remedy. If the minister cannot speak to
his people about God, he may at all times
speak to God about them. The minister
might find, that after praying some time
over the special wants of his people, instead
of having to seek them •out, they would
come to seek him.." And then, "the man
who has prayed in earnest, will soon wish to
see whether his prayers have been of any
use. * * Preaching without visitation, is
like a carpenter driving nails with his eyes
All this is thoroughly Evangelical and
Apostolic, as opposed to the ultras of the
new Lutheran School, who say that the pas
tor should keep at a distance from the peo
ple, because, as pastor. Lobe (one of them,)
says, 44 medicine is bad food." It was Chal
mers that said, "If you want to get into a
man's heart, go into his house. The
Church Union adopted special resolutions,
strongly in favor of increased pastoral care.
To the remaining proceedings, I hope to
refer in•in nest. .
ram INDIA, Mr. Russell oontinnes to
write to the Times. He is still an invalid
(from lameness caused by the kick of a
home,) at Simla, in the hills. While we
would have all murderers of Europeans pun.
ished with death, be deprecates such a pen
alty, and even that of transportation, (re
garded with even greater horror, as a pun
ishment for rebellion.) He draws—and most
justlY—a 'wide distinction between,the mu.
tiny of the Sepoy troops and the insurrection
of landholders and their vassals, under real
or imaginary wrongs. He complains bitterly
of the imperfect and unsatisfactory working
of the Telegraph system in India, except in
conveying messages for the Government.
His suggestions as to the reorganization of
the Indian Army, and other subjects of
importancein future administration, are
weighty. He makes a very strong appeal,
also, for a large increase of Chaplains for the
English military in India, now so very
numerous. I believe that, but for the exer
tions of Tract and Bible Societies, the spirit
ual destitution of our soldiers in India would
be very great; and even as it is, it is enough
to sadden the hearth of all who have relatives,
officers or soldiers, in the army in India.
in reply to the secrst dispatch of Lord
Ellenborongh, have just been published.
They . display great dignity and self-posses.
sion in very trying circumstances, and their
appearance now will tend to amage the
Derby Cabinet, who supported Ellenborough
in his incendiary course as long they dare,
Mr. Disraeli proclaiming that. the Govern.
MOM disapproved of the Governor General's
dispatch, in every sense.
Tan GWALIOIL RBBELEI have•now retreat
ed from the frontiers of the Bombay Presi
dency, after several , defeats. A young offi
cer, out with a force in Rajpootana, in
pursuit of them, thus writes me : " They
march much more rapidly than we, as they
are, in great part, cavalry, and are little
encumbered with baggage. They left a
number of guns to Gen. Roberts. The
worst of it ie, that their maxim is, he who
lights and runs away,' &0., and they won't
stand to fight, but keep us running about
the country after them. They have ten
elephants laden with gold, silver ,
and jewels;
besides, every man , has about him a sum of
money in gold."
The hardships endured during service in
the field, either• in the hot or rainy weather,
are very great, and yet "the great ambition
and desire of every officer and regiment here,
is to be sentwn field service. You acquire,
thim, more prim:dial knowledge of your pro
feeder', than in ten 'years - in barracks."
Officers suffer terribly by lhieves, who, in
lipite'of all the guardswrid sentries, manage
to oreep iwand steal property from the tents.
"TIM fellows' are the most expert thieves in
the world, is know to my cost, and could
give lemons to `a London burglar. There
are whole races of people, who are avowedly
thieves by profession. The Government
does nothing to put it down, and, indeed, it
would be a Reroulean task." J.W.
Nor th•Preebyterian Banner and Advocate
Synod of Northern Indiana.
I do not know whether any other has given you
any account of the meeting of the Synod of
Northern Indiana. If not, I may say that this,
just closed on the 26th inst., has been the most
interesting session of Synod I ever attended.
Agreeably to the invitation so generally extended
throughout the Ohara, the members of Synod
came together for prayer and conference, twenty
four hours before the time for the opening of the
•Synod.. On the evening of the 20th inst., and on
the morning and afternoon of the 21st, exercises
of a devotional character were conducted.
The whole-exeroises were characterized by very
much of gratitude for 'the past, in its mercies,
mingled with lamentation for want of life, and
faith in.the promises of a covenant-keeping God;
and a good degree of confidence and hope of God's
blessing in the future.
On the afternoon of Thursday, the 21st, the
services were of a very free character, persons
being left free to offer remarks, engage in prayer,
or sing praises, as 'they chose. And I trust
there was an experience of the saying, where the
Spirit of the Lord. is, there is liberty. •
'think the feeling and conviction of every one was,
'that it was good to be there. I think our heart;
were enlarged to pray for the prosperity of Zion.
One feature adding solemnity to this service, is
this, and it was so regarded by all, that the eyes
of so many are directed to this season, during
which so many are waiting upon God, and'it is a
time of expectation to all.
Another thought, whioh should not be forgotten
by the churches, is this. Very many, outside the
risible Church, are regarding the Church as vir
tually, by these exercises, secepting the challenge
of God, ' , prove me-now herewith.' And the ao
oeptence of God's challenge is surely a matter of
no small solemnity. But farther, what will the
ministers, and elders, and people of God say, if
the Spirit should not be pourd upon us from on
high.- Ohl how can we hold-up our heads if
,God's name is not •honored, and hie Son glorified t
The world wilt not look upon the matter in its
true light. We always teach that God hears and
answers prayer. But if our own prayers are not
',Bewared, the world will say, =rely God has dis
-*pointed their hope! They called upon him in
H. the day of trouble, and he did not answer them.
, Oh, how should the jealous love of the Church
'for God, and her zeal for his honor and glory
° mill forth, at this crisis, the earnest, agonizing
'rivers and efforts of ctocii4 pvgple I
On the first day of the session of Synod. the
41 free conversation on the State of Religion,"
took much the same devotional turn. The whole
exercises of the occasion, including the Common.
lon service of the Sabbatb,under the conduct of Dr.
' Ma:Waster, and Dr. Blythe, of the Synod of In
diana, were very pleasant and sweet. . And though
• so much of the time of Synod was thus taken up,
yet, witheut hurry, or any evidence of improper
feeling, too apt to rise on such an occasion, the
Synod finished its business in -even less than its
usual time.
Yours, in Christ, • M.N.N.
T or the proollterfaxt Banner and Advocate.
~.To the Churches of the Presbytery of Ohio.
Martsrumn, Oct. 26, 1868.
' MaMartyr Dear Sr : Permit me,
" through the Banner and Advocate, to call the atten
• tlon of pesters and Sessions of the churches of
:the Ohio' Presbytery, to its action at Blairsville, reference to the Central church, Pitteburgh.
; At the time Presbytery transferred the Fifth
.churoh edifice to the Central church, the latter
and became responsible for - the
arestun ,payment
cf the' debt on the•property, with the understand
' durthat Presbytery. would pay Imo, the amount
of interest due at the time said transfer 'was
made, And which had accumulated during the
period Presbytery held the property. For the
purpose of liquidating this debt of three hundred
dallars,lt was resolved, that' the " subject " be re
ti to the pastors and Sessioni, to take such
. notion as they may deem best; to secure the neces
aary. amount as soon as convenient . ; and the
Clerk be directed to call their attention to this
action. R. McPurrasca, Clerk.
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While before the year expires, that we may
make full arrangements for a steady supply.
AIM RAD WRAPPER indleates that we
desire a renewal. If, however, In the haste
of this signal should be omitted, we
hops our Meads will still not forget us.
RtiSKI'VTANOEL—Send payment b' sate
Nandi* when enalranlent. Or, wind by wail.
enclosing with ordinary ears, and troubling
nobody with a knowladgo of what you ors
doing.' Fora largo amount, send a Draft, or
burgs itotak For one ortwo paper/4mnd Gold
or small notes,
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D/ILICOT a 0 Letters mad Communleatiosui
to RIM DAVID NeKEllNKlT.*Pittifiburglis
NOTIOB.—The new church edifice, at
Alliance, Ohio, will be dedicated on Thurs
day, 11th inst. Dr. Elliott is expected to
preach the sermon.
AOKNOWLEDGMBNT. - Mr. John Culbert,
son, Librarian, acknowledges the following
contributions to the Board of Colportage
Oct. 6th, Synod of Allegheny, Beaver Pres
bytery, Pulaski church, $2.00 ; Oct 7th,
Synod of Pittsburgh, Blairsville Pb'y, Lig
onier congregation Bible Class, 0.75.
the Board of Co!portage of the Synods of
Pittsburgh and Allegheny, will be held at
the Presbyterian Book Rooms, St. Clair
Street, Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, the I.7th
inst., at 2 o'clock P. M. A punctual attend
ance is requested. DAVID MOKINNZY,
THANKSGIVING. --The Governor of Penn
sylvania has appointed Thursday, Novem.
ber 18th, as a day of public Thanksgiving.
In New Jersey, the 18th of November is
In New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode
Island, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Missis
sippi, the 25th of November is named for
the celebration of this festival.
Theological Seminary of the North-West
The Board of Directors of the Theologi
cal Seminary for the North-West, having
failed to meet when called in September last,
is now, at the request of many members,
called to meet in • the city of Indianapolis,
(in Rev. Mr. Stevenson's church) on Tues
day, Nov. 16th, at 7 o'clock P. M., to at
tend to any and all matters of business
which may properly come before it.
A full meeting is greatly desired, as it is
hoped , such measures may now be devised.
as will secure the establishment of the
Seminary. S,T. WlLsolv,
The Pittsburgh Union Prayer-Meeting.
in accordance with the call which we no
tined last week, some thirty pastors met, on
Friday P. M., in the Rooms of the Young
Men's Christian ASsoeiation, to arrange for
the re-commencing of the Daily Union
Prayer-Meetings, in our city. After much
friendly intercourse, final action was deferred
till an adjourned meeting.
Digerencee of opinion, leading to a va
rious practice, on two points, were the sub
ject of remark, as interfering with entire
unity in commingled social worship. These
were, that a portion of the churches could
unite in praise only in the use of the Psalms
of David, and another portion insisted upon
kneeling as the only proper position in
The subject was committed to the follow
ing ministers :
Episcopal, Rev. Wm. Preston United
Presbyterian, Rev. J. G. Brown; Reformed
Presbyterian, Dr. Douglas; Methodist Epis
copal, President Barrows ; Old School Pres
byterian, Rev. Mr. Paxton; Lutheran,
Rev. Mr. Srauth ; New School Presbyterian,
Dr. Kendall; Methodist Protestant, Rev.
Wm. Collier; Baptist, Rev. Mr. Yerkee;
and report to an adjourned meeting to be
held on next' Monday, the Bth of November.
These are judicious brethren, partaking
largely of the spirit both of unity and truth,
and we trust that they will be divinely
We .do not bold it to be the duty of an
editor to repeat, at all times, all that he may
know; but when he does speak, be should
utter only words of truth. And not only
should he utter words of truth, but so utter
them, with attending and causative circum
stances, as to produce truthful impressions.
The /Vroras, Carolina Frasbyterian, of
Oct. 30th, speaking of the action of the
Church courts on the subject of the Asso
ciate Secretaryship, says :
At its recent meeting. the Synod of Allegheny
disapproved of the action of the Presbytery of
Erie, on the ground that the subject does not
properly belong, to the Presbyteries, but is in the
hands of the General Assembly.
Such a disapproving proposition was offer
ed in the Synod, and discussed. But it was
heartily rejected;' thus maintaining the
right of a Presbytery to express an opinion
on Church questions. The records of the
Presbytery were then approved, by a vote
.nearly unanimous. We heard the discus
sion, and noted the votes ; and we presented
the matter fairly in our issue of Oct. 16th.
The same journal has the following para
At the last monthly meeting of the Board, held
on the 11th inst., the Rev. Dr. liappereett re
signed the office of Associate Secretary. A mo
tion to accept, which was offered in order to bring
the question before the Board, was laid on the
table by a unanimous vote, including all the mem.
bars of the Executive Committee. This certainly
indicates that the Secretary possesses the confi
dence of his brethren in the Board and the Com
Our contemporary meant, beyond all ques
tion, to make a fair statement. But it was
only partially informed. When it shall know
the whole truth, and we trust it will seek to
know the facts and the opinions of the Ex
ecutive Committee from the best sources, it
may discover that its inference was unau
President of the Board
President of the Board
Corrections Needed.
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Home and Foreign Record.
The Record, for November, brings to us
the unpleasant fact that this Board, whose
wants and field of usefulness are ever in
creasing, has, thus far in the Ecclesiastical
year, received less by nearly $5,000 than
was received to the same period last year.
How is this ? One very important reason
is, the comparative scarcity , of money. In
the cities money has been plenty; so abun
dant as to seek investment at an interest of
even five per cent.; but in the country it
has been, and still is, extremely scarce. A
combination of a partial failure in the crops,
low prices of grain and' stook, and Eastern
debts to be paid, has rendered it impossible
for producers to draw money out of the
cities. Of such a state of affairs, the cause
of benevolence must necessarily feel the in
fluence. But we bad hoped for a counter
acting influence, in the increased devoted
ness of the churches to the Redeemer's
cause. A genuine revival must open the
heart of charity. Those who truly give
their bodies—themselves—a living sacrifice,
will devote all that they have to the same
service, and will draw from their stores as
the canoe shall have need.
We are happy to say that the region which
contributes through the receiving agency at
Pittsburgh, ig not chargable with any por
portion of the defection noted. Up to Oc
tober Ist, the contributions were in advance
of last year. The. " hard times" are felt,
but the Lord's cause is dear.
RIOCIZIPTS in September: at Philadelphia, $2,898;
at Louisville, $6lB.
Under this head, we have in excellent
article on " 11l Health, considered in its
Relation to the Gospel Ministry." Let
every minister read it, And every candidate,
and every person disposed to inquire whether
lie should become a candidate. We are
persuaded that a great deal of the ill-health
of ministers, as well as of other people, is
partially voluntary; that is, wisdom, pm
dence, self.denial, energy, might prevent it
or cure it. Its continuance is hence avoid
able, and, of course, sinful. For the min
istry we want a sound mind in a vigorous
body. The soul must have an adequate
instrument with which to operate. We do
not,: by this remark, wish to repel all from
the ministry, except men of an iron frame.
Some of the most eminently useful men
have been persoruk of a feeble frame.
What we mean is that men should duly con
sider, and, if. they undertake the work,
prosecute it wisely. We Say again, read the
article in the Record.
RECRIPTS in September: at Philadelphia, $1,614;
at Pittsburgh, $l9O ; at Lotdsville, $126.
CHTNA.—The latest dates are to July 20th.
Mr. Rankin, with the missionary party on the
N. B. Palmer, after a month's detention at Hong
Kong, was on the point of sailing for Shanghai on
the 15th of July. He makes grateful mention of
Rev. Mr. Ashmore, of the Baptist mission, at
whose house the ladies of the party were enter
tained during most of their stay at Hong Kong.
Dr. and Mrs. McCartee were in charge of the
girls' school at Ningpo. At Macao the sickness
had abated. Mr: French, speaking of the state
of things in Canton, says : " The city is desola
tion itself. The shops and houses are all closeg,
and scarcely any one is seen in the streets."
The brethren in China are anxious to occupy
new stations, now that the whole empit.e is open.
They call earnestly for men and means to follow
up the loadings of Providence.
INDlA.—Letters have been received to
August sth. Prospects are greatly encour
aging. (See letter of "J. H. 0.")
INDIAN Wiese, Sept. 25th.—Mr. Loughridge
mentions the recent admission of two men to the
Kowetah church. Mr. Frothingham, of Spencer
Academy, speaks of a very interesting meeting
held in September, at Nana-ma-Tubbi's preach
ing place, commencing on Saturday afternoon,
and closing on Sunday evening. Five persons
united with the churoh,,two of whom were bap
tized; and seven others came forward to signify
their desire to become Christians.
Rev. John J. Walsh, and Rev. Augustus
Brodhead and wife, who sailed from Boston
for Calcutta, September 17th, have returned,
their ship being seriously damaged in a gale.
Rev. L. G. flay, who returned from India
during the Sepoy troubles, has concluded to
remain in this country, being influenced
chiefly by the state of Mrs. Hay's health.
RECEIPTS in September, $9,630.
A letter from Griffin, Ga., speaks of great
good done in that State, by means of
portage. The following sentence we are
pleased to reprint: " In the last few months,
three hundred copies of Fairchild on Bap
tism have been sold in the State of Georgia,
and the demand for g The Great Supper,'
and Jacobus' Notes, is constant and in
Within the last two months, sixteen col
portenrs were commissioned. The New
Publications we note as they are sent to our
DONATIONS, September 14th to October 18th s
$7lO ; Sales, in September, $6,810.
The one page of the Record which is
allotted to this subject, is occupied with
Kansas. People are moving into
,the Ter
ritory, improvements are advancing, atteit-
Lion is being paid to education and morals,
some zealous laborers in the Gospel have
gone there, but still, the Secretary says,
"The chief wants of Kansas are, good
ministers, good schools, and good churches."
RECZIPTS in September: at St. Lonis, $142: at
Philadelphia, $214; at Pittsburgh, $l7B.
Jefferson College.
We are pleased to learn that this College
is now in a more prosperous condition than
at any previous time. Eighty-seven new stu
dents have entered its classes, a larger num
ber, we believe, than ever joined at any
previous session. The Telescope is an ac
quisition, and is in working order. The
new Chemical Laboratory is complete and in
use. A spirit of good order and industry,
we are told, pervades the College. The
income is small—quite too small—but, by
rigid economy, it is made to meet the
expenditure. Two professorships, at least,
ought yet to be endowed. The professors
then might receive an adequate compensa
tion, and further improvements might be
made. •
The ?Carriage Question.
The marriage of a man to the sister of a
deceased wife, is forbidden by our Standards.
But this prohibition does not so command
the faith of the Church, but that such mar
riages are contracted by our people, solemn
ized by our ministers, and sustained by our
Judicatories. Some Presbyteries censure
them. Some Synods sustain the censure,
and the General Assembly does not reverse
the decision. Some Presbyteries justify, or
tolerate such unions, and still the highest
Court does not interfere. Thus the article
is, with some, a nullity, while, with others,
it is a source of trouble. An attempt thor
oughly to enforce it, is not likely ever to be
carried out. It is, to a great extent, a nul
lity ; and yet it annoys.
The Overture from the Synod of Phila.
delphia to the Gerieral,Assembly, proposing
the abolition of the article ) brings the sub
ject before the churches. A few ably writ
ten articles on each side, might be profitable
to the people, and specially to our younger
ministers and candidates who have, as yet,
possibly not decided the question as an arti
cle of faith.
If we could arrive at such a stage of con
viction; and such an amount of unanimity,
that our theory, as laid, down in the gonfes
sion, and our practice in the administration
of discipline, would 'duly harmonize, it
would be to our credit.
Who is Guilty
A horrible transaction took place in West
Thirtieth Street, New York, on Tuesday
night, Oct. 26th. The eldest son of a re
tired merchant, named Gouldy, while la
boring under delirium tremens, took an axe
or hatchet, killed two of his younger broth
ers, aged nine-and twelve years, and butch
ered his father, mother, and two servant
girls so horribly, that death seemed inevita
ble. Having accomplished the horrid deed,
he took a pistol and blowed out his own
brains; thus speedily going to his final ret
Now, who is guilty.? It is said that
young Gouldy did not drink at a house
where he took oysters on that evening, but
the prevalent testimony is, that he was a
fast young man / and a habitual drinker.
And there is no probable reason alleged for
the commission of the terrible and unnatural
crime, but the maddening, and the reason
and affection.destroying influence of strong
drink. The young man was doubtless mad
when he performed the deed. Who made
him mad ? A combination did the evil.
There were three parties concerned. There
was, first, the civil community which per
mits, tolerates, sustains - and licenses the
liquor traffic--a traffic known to produce,
inevitably, wretchedness, infamy, murders,
and suicides. There is, secondly, the liquor
dealer who presents the temptation and fur.
niches the poison, he being aware of the cer
tain results—not that he can know, in ad
vance, who among his customers will become
the drunkards, maniacs, and murderers, but
assured by all experience, that a portion of
Mein will, by his business. And, thirdly,
there is the ,young man who yields to the
temptation, drinks, aequires the habit, loses
self-government, and rushes headlong in in
iquity. .
Civil society is then a participator in the
guilt. It has the authority and could pre
vent the evil, IF IT WOULD. ,
Church Dedication at Indiana, Pa.
The meetings of Synod afford, sometimes,
incidental opportunities for religious enjoy.
ment, as well as far the discharge of minis
terial duty. One of these,_ connected with
the late meeting of the Synod of Pittsburgh,
was a visit of a few brethren to Indiana, a
beautiful country town, some sixteen miles
from Blairsville, to unite with the pastor,
Rev. A. Malwaine, in the dedication of a
new church.
The church at Indiana had previously en
joyed the ministrations of Revs. Galbraith,
Reid, L. W. Williams, and J. B. Quay, all
of whom now rest from their labors. The
old edifice becoming too span, it was re
placed by a new, tasteful, and, most commo
dious building. An account of the dedica
tion of this house to the service of God, is
given in the following lines, from the pastor :
INDIANA PA., 27, Oct. 1858.
The Presbyterian church at Indiana, Pa.,
was opened for Divine service on Sabbath
last, the 24th inst. The attendance at each
service was large, especially in the morning,
when the house was filled to its uttoost ca
pacity. A 'sketch of She history of the con
gregation was read 'by the pastor, after
which the opening service was conducted by
the Rev. M. W. Jacobus, D. D., assisted by
the Rev. S. M. McClung. The discourse of
Dr. Jacobus was , founded on Phil. ii: 15,
16. The evening.service was conducted by
the Rev. D. McKinney, D. D., assisted by
the Rev. B. M. McClung, and Rev. James
Montgomery. His sermon was founded on
1. Cor. iii : 23. Both of these excellent
discourses were listened to with deep and
solemn interest, and were highly appreciated
by the people. During the afternoon a con
ference, with prayer and praise, was held in
the presence of a large and solemn audi
ence. Short addresses were made on the
necessity of a powerful revival of religion,
with special reference to youth and uncon
verted persons, by Drs. McKinney and Ja
cobus ; and on the encouragements to hope
for such a revival, by Rev. James Montgom
ery, of Clarion, Pa. The Rev. D. Kirkpat
rick, D.D., took part in these exercises.
The church edifice is of biick, after the
Doric order. It is ninety-one feet in length,
including the portico;' fifty-six feet wide;
with a steeple one hundred and forty-seven
feet high. The basement, which is eleven
feet high, has in it a Lecture•Roorn thirty
one by fifty-three feet, and a Sabbath School
room tweritylve by fifty.three feet. The
main audience room is fifty.three by seventy
seven feet; the ceiling is twenty. five feet
high. Including the, choir gallery, there
are, in all, one hundred and twenty-seven
pews, with cushions of curled hair and red
damask, seating about seven hundred per
sons. The house is heated with stove fur
naces, and furnished with a bell. The
whole building is completed, without and
within, in a beautiful and tasteful manner.
The cost, including every thing, is rising
$10.,000, all of which will be paid in a short
Galatia, N.C.
Rev. J. C. Sinclair, late of Allegheny
City, pastor elect of the church at Galatia,
has commenced his labors most encourag
ingly. At a Communion service, on the
24th ult., nine persons were added to the
church, on examination. The attendance
was very large. "The first table," says the
N. O. Presbyterian, " was served in Gaelic,
for the benefit of a large number of the
congregation who were unable to understand
the English language. The next service
was in English, and the communicants filled
the body of the house." We are pleased to
record this evidence of favor to a worthy
brother, recently a laborer for Christ in our
own cities.
Erie Gazette learns that Rev. J. F. Read,
of that city, has accepted a call to the New
School Presbyterian church, in our neigh
boring borcugh. It speaks in high terms
of Mr. Read. He will find, in the con
templated location, a large field for useful
Several months ago, the Messrs. Harpers, of
New York, forwarded, for literary notice in this
paper, the third volume of Grieseler's Church
History, and Atkinson's Travels in Oriental and
Western Siberia. To our great surprise and mor,
tiSeation, these volumes only reached us in time
for this explanatory notice, which we now pub.
lish. We have communicated with the party with
whom the delay occurred, and we trust that such
an instance of confusion or neglect may not take
place again
So far as Grieseler's History is concerned, the
mistake was of the less importance, because all
purohasers of the former volumes require no laud
atory review to induce them to procure this, the
concluding volume. In reference to this great
work, it only remains fo s r us to say, that in our
judgment, the principle on which it le construct
ed is eminently honest and candid. The narra
tive in the text is merely an enumeration of oc
currences in the history of the Church, while the
notes contain the actual words of Creeds, Coun
cils, or other documents to which the text refers.
The reader has, therefore, the real facts supplied,
and be is at liberty to theorize, or philosophize
for himself. How often, in reading a description
of what was done in a Council, has the intelli
gent reader wished that the author, instead of
writing long declamatory comments on the period
in question, bad just given the simple Deoree or
Canon, Because of this invaluable characteristic,
Gieseler will necessarily remain a Standard work
in Church History.
Atkinson's work fills a niche in modern litera
ture. Onrreaders may have observed that, during
theist° European and Asiatic wars, the Illustrated
Newspapers, the Magazines, and Reviews, made
us familiar with scenes, of which, but a few years
before, the great reading public were compara
tively uninformed. Thus every head-land, every
barber, and all the leading buildings and scenes
in the Baltic, the Crimea, and Turkey, were made
familiar to our fire-sides. No sooner was the
great contest closed in Europe, than the Atlases
were opened, and tourists and sketchers employed
to do alike service for the Gulf of Persia; and,
later still, the interior of India has been exhibited
to our gaze. The work before us performs a sim
ilar service for the great region of Siberia. The
provinces of Russia, especially the Asiatic terri
tories, are comparatively unknown to British and.
American .readers.. Here, then, we have, the ob
serVations of an intelligent traveler, who, .during
seven years, and after traversing nearly forty
thousand miles, brought home with him ample
descriptions and. numerous views of all that he
witnessed. Mr. Atkinson journeyed to the East
ern end of the Baikal, and as far South as the
Chinese town of Tohin-si, and thus he explored
the.mountain chain of Sian-Shan, never before
seen by an European. He has also illustrated the
Western part of Gobi, over which Genghish Khan
marched his wild hordes to the West. This is
unquestionably a work of travel as important, in
reference to Middle Asia, as. Barth's and Living
stone's are to Nor . theru and Southern Africa.
The Religious Feeling does not seem to have
diminished, in any appreciable degree. The daily
prayer-meeting continues, and the services have
not lost any of their attractiveness to the people.
True, indeed, some wbo only attended from curi
osity, or momentary impulse, have fallen off, but
their places have been supplied by those whose
impressions and interest are not transient. Re
quests for prayer for particular persons, or for
individuale in peculiar circumstances, coniinue to
be Bent; while reports of conversions to God are
made daily.
The Youth's Companion, the publication of
which began in 1826, still retains the name of
Nathaniel Willis, as Senior Editor, though now in
the seventy:ninth year of his age. This is the
same gentleman that claims to have been the
originator of the Boatcm Recorder, in 1816.
Theodore Parker has in his possession, what he
styles " The First Trophy of the Revolutionary
War." It is a musket made by Price, hi London,
in 1762, for the Forty-Third Regiment, and • was
taken from an English soldier at the battle of
Lexington, by Captain Parker, ancestor of the
present owner. p
Th Congre t qatfonad Library Association, for the
collection, preservation, and dissemination of the
ancient Puritan literature, so long neglected, and
of which so much has wasted away, now numbers
two thousand members. These are found in every
State of the American Union, where Congrega
tionalism has any recognized existence.
The Young Men's Christian Association is in a
most prosperous condition, and is actively engaged
in raising tondo wherewith to erect a suitable
building for its own use. A. Fair, in aid of this
object, will be held during the Christmas holi
A company of Thirty Colored rerBolB has been
formed in Boston, witlk,the intention of removing
to Liberia. A farewell meeting has been already
held, and in doe time they will leave for the home
of their fathers.
Students still flock to Old Harvard, from all
parts of the land. The total number now enrolled,
in all the different departments of the University,
is seven hundred sand thirty. Of these; 10 are
resident graduates, 23 Divinity students, 70 Sci
entific students, (exclusive of the resident gradu
ates and members of the other professional
schools, who attend the Scientifia lectures,) 107
Medical, and 111 Law students. The under.
graduates amount to 409, viz.: 92 Seniors, 114
Juniors, 94 Sophomores, and 109 Freshmen.
The Minutes of the Vermont General Convention
give the following exhibit of Congregationalism
in the State:
Churches 190, destitute 41 ; ministers 210, of
which, pastors 67, stated supplies 78, without
charge 50, licentiates 15 ; church members 16,-
977, of which, males 5,404, females 10,307.
There are also 2,476 absentees, which would in
crease the total to 19,453. Admissions for the
year, 715 by profession, 405 by' letter, total,
1,120; removals, 811; baptisms, 328 infant, 257
adults, total 595. Sabbath School members, 13,- cometry was issued in Philadelphia, on the 4th of
September, 1813, and was published afterwards
768 ; average congregation worshipping on the
Sabbath, 21,016 ; which, divided by 190 churches,
regularly, every Saturday. It was called the
gives the average of 111 to each. Christian Rernembrancer, and was commenced by
.Dartmouth College continues to flourish. The
a Printer of the name of John W. Scott, who
Annual Catalogue shows an attendance of three
afterwards become a Ruling Helder in the Third
hundred and fifty-four students, .of whom two
Presbyterian Church, of which the late Dr.
hundred and sixty are in the regular College
Archibald Alexander, was at one time pastor.
classes, fifty Medical students, and forty•four in
Subsequently this paper became the Phi/adelphian,
the Scientific course . Daniel Webster graduated
then the Philadelphia Observer, and at last the
at this Institution, in the class of 1801, number-
The Christian Observer, under which it is still issued.
ing thirty, of whom seven are still living.
oldest graduate was the noted Maine Missionary,
Rev. John Sawyer, D.D., who died a few days
ago at the advanced age of one hundred and
three. Yet, until within a very short time before
his death, he continued to preach the Gospel ably
and effectually. He was born at Hebron, Conn.,
Oct. 9, 1755. At the age of twenty-two, he en
tered the Revolutionary army, and was present
at the capture of Burgoyne. In 1785 he gradu
ated at Dartmouth College. In 1787 be was set
tled at Oxford, N. H., where he remained until
1795. For the last half century his field of labor
was in Bangor and vicinity. He was one of the
founders of Bangor Theological Seminary.
'Loud Complaints have been made, for several
years, concerning frauds practised by some of
the city officials, especially by those connected
with the Street Commissioner's Office. These
accusations have at length taken a definite form,
and have revealed an amount of corruption and
dishonesty,which the most suspicious did not sup
pose to have any existence. Indeed, so glaring
are the frauds that have been perpetrated, and so
many persons and implicated, that the Grand
Jury has been constrained to indict almost every
official who, at the time the alleged offences were
committed, had any thing whatever to do with the
execution of any municipal works. An average
of four bills have been found against every one
connected, in any degree, with the Street Corn
miesioner's Office, through which vast sums of the
public money pass every month. But notwith
standing this wholesale rascality, but little hope
of the conviction of the guilty ones, at present
is entertained. Mayor Tieroan has done much
toward the improVement of official morals, but
several years more under such a chief magistracy
will be required, before the work can be thor
oughly completed.
The late brutal Prize Fight between the Irish
bruisers, Moirissey and Heenan, has received
altogether too large a share of attention from the
reporters for the more respectable journals. It
is a sad thought that much of the reading of the
youth of these United States, for the past two
weeks, has been the rules, tactics, and slang of
the ring. And beastly as is the whole affair, it
is not at all improbable that others will strive to
acquire the prowess of the combatants, in the
same direction. Already several dangerous quar
rels have arisen among the friends of the princi
pals, and in due time other scenes of outrage and
blood will be chronicled.
A Great .Nuisance in this city, for many years,
has been the astrologers, fortune-tellers, and
others of the same reputation. Quite a number
of them have been arrested, and many others
have been seized with alarm, lest the strong arm
of the law should be laid upon them. It is said
that large sums of money are squandered an
nually upon such impostors, and that frightful
havoc is committed in the injury done to morals
and character, + through their influence. This
suggests the statistics of crime for the last year.
During that period, the police arrested, seventeen
thousand three hundred and twenty-eight per
sons charged with crime ; of whom two thousand
nine hundred and fay-four were natives of the
United States, ten thousand four hundred and
forty seven of Ireland, one thousand six hundred
and twenty-one of Germany, and six hundred and
sixty six of England. Of the whole number, no
less than twelve thousand and thirty-eight are
reported to have used intoxicating drinks to ex
cess. By far the largest part of these criminals
claim to belong to that Church of which Bishop
Hughes is the leader in this country, and the
claims of which he asserts so pertinaciously ;
and nearly every ease of hanging in this city is
from the same fold.
One of the most useful and enterprising In
stitutions of the low Church party in the Epis
copal Church in this country, is the Evangelical
Knowledge Society. Its head-quarters are in this
city, and the receipts . for the , year have been
$25,429.95; expenditures, $25,891.97. The num
ber of copies of the Society's publications issued
in the year, were one hundred and nine thousand
and forty-two, or fifteen millions two hundred and
twenty-three thousand, three hundred and twenty
two pages. Many of these rank with the best
and highest order of Evangelical' literature.
Sine the Ist of June; ten thousand five hundred
copies of the Book of Common Prayer have been
sold, and another edition of six thousand copies
is .now in press. When will Presbyterians be
found equally zealous in the circulation of their
unrivalled Confession of Faith? As a denomina
tion, we are sadly wanting in true denominational
A writer in the Protestant Churchman, reviews
the annual address of Bishop Potter, of New
York, with great force and pungency; but in ex
cellent spirit. He is altogether dissatisfied with
the narrow and sectarian views of the Bishop,
while at the same time he gives him great credit
for ability and piety. The reviewer says
We look in vain for that broad, catholic spirit.
which, 'while adhering to the Standards of our
own truly Protestant Church, yet clearly recog
nises the. great and blessed truth, that, over and
above all ecclesiastical lines, there is "one Lord,
one faith, one baptism," plainly revealed in : Holy
Scripture, and cementing a Divine union between
those who, by repentance and faith, are Chris
tians—making them " all one in Christ Jesus,"
whatever may be their outward divisions.
The existence of our orthodox brethren, as
sister Churches of ,Christ. seems to be quite ig
nored throughout the address. "The Church"
(1. e., the Protestant Episcopal Church,) is al
luded to repeatedly as the only sure refuge from
the flood of error and sin which surrounds her.
Surely it is high time lo be freed from such
exclusiveness as that which limits the grace of
God to the confines of any of the branches of the
great family of Christ.
1304 that will often be referred to in the
future, if no calainity should bring about its
destruction, is the large folio in which the re
quests for particular persons, are recorded, in the
upper room of the building in which the Fulton-
Street Prayer Meeting is held. There are utter
ances of the heart; many of them have been long
pent up, but now they have found expreesion.
These requests are as numerous and importunate
as ever, and the people still congregate there to
pray to God as in time past. Many/wrestle in
prayer, not only in public, but in secret. 0 for
more secret prayer every where.
The Hon. Win. B. Reed, of this city, has ae
quired a high place as a diplomatist, in the
treaty lately negotiated, with China, on such fa
vorable terms. He is about to leave the Celestial
Empire, and will return by the way of the Red
Sea and Enrope, not reaching his' home till some
time in the Spring.
The leading Business Men are making every
effort to restore 'this city to something like the
comparative eminence she once held in the com
mercial world, and to which they claim she is en
titled from her manufactures, and her position
both with respect to the sea and the interior.
The goods manufactured here amount to $175,-
000,000 annually.
The First Religious Newspaper this
The late meeting of the New School Synod of
Pennay/vania, was exceedingly pleasant. Among
other things, the attention of the Church was
called to the importance of supporting the reli
gions newspaper press, as an eminent means of
usefulness to the Church snd the world.
The Commentary question, on which the vote
had not been taken when our Philadelphia letter
of last week was written, was decided by an
overwhelming majority, probably five to one,
against the measure on the plan proposed by Dr.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Adveeete.
Synod of Ohio.
DELAWARE, October 28, 1858.
At your request, Mr. Editor, I tend you
a synopsis of the proceedings of our Synod,
that met in this place on Thursday evening
last, being the 21st inst.
Many of the brethren met on Wednesday
evening previous, to hold a Convention for
prayer. This was done agreeably to an in
vitation extended by the pastor and Session
of 'this church. It was indeed a precious
and profitable meeting—one that will long
be remembered by us all.
The Synod was full. Rev. F. T. Brown,
of Cleveland, was chosen Moderator, and
Revs. Caldwell and Woods, Clerks.
The greater part of Saturday was taken
up in hearing read Narratives of the State of
Religion in the various churches throughout
our bounds. These were in the highest de
gree encouraging. Almost all the churches
have been revived ; some of them greatly.
The fathers" in Synod said that they had
not heard such reports for thirty years. Dr.
who was present, .said publicly,
he hadnever heard before such blessed
news of the condition of any Synod, in his
life. The hearts of all the members were
made to rejoice. The good news brought
tears of gratitude to many eyes. The re
port of the Moderator, of the state of
things in his charge, was especially gratify
ing to ns all. About fifteen ,hundred per
sons have been received on a profession of
faith in Jesus, into our churches during the
Peace and harmony prevail among us to
a degree unprecedented before. Little or
no cause for judicial action was reported to
Synod. All the churches seem to be ex
pecting and praying for the outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.
The business before Synod was attended
to in the most Christian and fraternal man
ner possible. The American Bible Society
was most cordially commended to public fa
vor, and resolutions expressing unimpaired
confidence in its efficiency, were passed
The Western Theological Seudnary came
in for its, share of special attention, and the
brethren determined to make .a united effort
to raise our part of the proposed endow
ment for the Fourth Professorship.
After much fraternal discussion, it was
agreed to agree with the Synod of Cincin
nati, in suspending,operation for the present,
in regard to the proposed University at. West
A new Presbytery was formed, called the
Presbytery of the Western Reserve, in
cluding Cleveland, Sandusky, Tiffin, &c.
All the doings of Synod at this session,
were the most cordial possible. . •
Your correspondent has never seen more
true devotional feeling among the members
before. The elders were greatly stirred up
to a sense, of the responsibilities and duties
of their office. They held several meetings
of their own, and passed a paper of great
excellence, to be printed and sent down to
the - churches, on this subject.
Drs. Flamer and Monfort were present,
during most of the sessions, and added much
to. the interest of the occasion by their
presence, sermons, prayers, and speeches.
May God give us to see many more such
meetings 1
Synod adjourned late Monday night, to
meet next in Mansfield.
I have, much more to say. These I will
defer till I get home. Zen.
Ear the Presbyterian ' Banner and Advocate.
'lndia not Lost. ,
Notwithstanding the opinion expressed
by some of the newspapers in reference to
the aspect of affairs in India, permit me to
say, for the encouragement of the people of
God, that *the Rebellion is being'followed by
good and eheeling results. From personal
observation in India-Lfrom a knowledge of
English public opinion, both in Britain and
India—from the expressed opinion of a great
majority of the missionaries of twenty.four
different Societies, and from private letters
recently received, the writer has been able
to form, the deliberate and wellgrounded
opinion, that the cause of Missions in India
has been furthered, in a most"-remarkable
manner,' by the recent wonderful providence
of God. The country is quietly settling
down, and will be in a better Condition for
improvement than before.
The Government has already been -re
modeled, and must be stilt'more reformed in
compliance with the demands of the - British
Christian public. The condition-and status
of the native Christians has already been
improved. They were formerly ignored and
depressed by Government, but are now
sought out and received into favor. Official
docunients have Circulated among the
missionaries, expressing the change in the
views of the Government, and requesting
that native Christians be presented for ap
pointment to offices of trust and influence.
Gide, too, has received a 'heavy blow, and
the old bulwarks and battlements of Mo
hammedanism and Hindooism have begun
to tremble, as from some mighty shock
which has shaken both the heavens and the
earth. The great mass of the people are
losing confidence in their gods, and prophets,
and Moolahs, and Pundits, and Rajahs.
They begin to feel and say that it is their
Kismat, their Fate, to become Christians.
Timid inquirers are also getting courage to
come out boldly on the side of Christ. And
more encouraging than all, perhaps, the
Church in Christian lands has awakened,
some little at least, from her lethean sleep,
and has begun to remove the greatest ob
stacle, the greatest cause of discouragement,
namely, her own apathy, which, like some
great incubus, had' weighed upon her so
heavily, so alarmingly, that all her power
seemed palsied, =and her feeble efforts resem
bled the convulsive, unsatisfactory startings
and strugglings of one in nightmare.
But it is not the intention to enlarge upon
these topic& The pen was taken up to make
some extracts from letters recently received,
which should cheer and encourage the
friends of mission& The Christian heart in
India beats in sympathy with the Christian