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A SPECIAL KEETON' of the Trustees of
the Western Theological Seminary, will be
held on Tuesday, January 4th, at 2 P. M.,
in the Library of the Seminary. A full at•
tendanoe hi requested. By order,
F. G. BAILEY, President.
TEMPERANCE.- - A call has been issued
for a meeting of the, friends of Temperance,
in Allegheny County, tobeeheld at Masonic
Hall, to•day (Saturday,) at 10 o'clock A.
M. Among the signers to the call we notice
the names of those two veterans in the tem
perance cause, Revs. Drs. A. D. Campbell'and
J. T. Pressly.
New ORLEANS.—Vire learn from the
True Witness, that the Rev. B. M. Palmer,
D. D., who had been'prostrated by the yel
low fever, has resumed his pulpit labors,
and that the churches ,are open for public
worship as usual, the pastors being at their
journal of our Church has changed its name
to that of The Presbyter. The reasons
given by Dr. Monfort for the change, are,
that the paper is no longer in the " West,"
but in the " centre';" that the old name was
too long, and that the new name will be
both distinctive and ecclesiastically signifi
Foreign Mission&
We ask attention to the brief article, in
another column, on this subject. It will
be seen 'that, leaving legacies out of the
count, the contributions to the Board, this
year, to December Ist, fill short of those of
last year, $3,474; and deducting the spe
cial contributions for losses in India, the de.
felt is 46,232. This, in connexion with
the short payments to the Domestic Board,
suggests painful reflections ; and, the more
especially so, as this is a year of revivals.
Cannot liberality act, even at the expense of
Endowment at Allegheny and af Boma
On Sunday, the 12th, ult., collectione were
taken up in the dioceses of the provinces of Bal
timore and New York, for the purpose of endow
ing the iollege recently given by the Pope to the
Catholics of the United States. The collections
were, in some instances, we learn, er.ceedingly
This collection was for an American The
ological Semina ry at Rome, to be founded
for pupils from the United States, who will
thus be prepared for the Papal priesthood.
There is a zeal on this subject among the
Romanists of our, land. The very same day
was set apart, by the Synod 9f . Pittsburgh,
for completing the endowment of the Theo.
logical Seminary at Allegheny. We hope
to hear that these churches all respond
promptly and liberally. Do we value our
great Protestant Institutions for a succession
of Protestant ministers in our land, as we
ought? Let all the churches move at once,
and let none fail of their full share in this
undertaking. The young men who go. out
from this 'Seminary to the great West, and
establish churches yearly in the new Ter
ritories and rising States of the frontier, are
the hope of our Protestant country,
Young lien's Christian Associatim.
This , Association continues its career of
usefulness. Under its auspices, a course of
lectures is now in progress in the Central.
Presbyterian church, on Palestine, the Isles
of Greece, Mt. Lebanon, scenes in .Jaffa,
and other remin . iscenoes of Eastern travel,
by the Rev. J. J. Marks, of Illinois. Mr.
Marks is a native of this country, has trav
eled very extensively in the East, and is a
very pleasing and instructive lecturer.
At the monthly meeting of the Associa
tion, held on last Monday evening, the fol
ing officers' were elected for the ensuing
Fresident—W W. Mair..
First Trice .President—E. D. Jones.
,Second " " —Wm. G. Warden.
Recording Say—Henry A. Lav ely.
Corresponding Sec'y--Thos. H. Lane.
Treasurer—David Robinson.
Librarian—James R. Reed.
Historical Society of Western Penna.
This Society commences its existence
with much promise of usefulness. At a
meeting held on Monday evening, the fol
lowing nominations for officers to be elected
on the second Monday evening of January,
were made
For President—William 31. Darlington,
Neville B. Craig, Henry M. Brackenridge,
Dr. Wm. D.. Howard.
Vice PresidentsH-James Veech, Fayette
County; Edgar Cowan, Westmoreland;
Alfred H' uidekoper, Mercer; Daniel Agnew,
Beaver Co.; David X. Juukin, Hollidays 7
Robert Orr, Armstzong County
John L. Gow, Washington County; John
S. MoCalmont, Vensngo County; Dr. W.
D. Howard, Judge Williams, F. R. Brunot,
Robert McKnight, Pittsburgh.
Secretary—D. L. Eaton, James W. Bid
die, Greenville, Mercer County; Thos. F.
Treasurer john Harper, Nathaniel
Holmes, John D. Bally.
From these, one person for President,
five persons for Vice President, one for Sec
retary, and one ' for Treasurer, are to be
The New Year.
New Yetti's Day ! What associations does
it a w aken ! What memories does' it recall !
Wl* anticipations for the future does it ex
cite I One of the great periods by which
time is zaeasured•and.,life estimated, • is gone,
and another is just commencing. The
labors, the watchings, the anxieties, the
smiles, and the tears of twelve months more,
are ended; and the duties, the conflicts,
the disappointments, the hopes and fears,
the joys and sorrows of another year, rise up
before us. And what changes have taken
place since we were permitted to send our
greetings for the last new year, to our read
ers I Many prospects then bright, have been
blasted; many. expectations then fondly
cherished, have not been realized ; many
hearts then warm, are now cold in death.
Many of the loved, around whom our affec
tions olustered, over whom we carefully
watched, and to whom we ao often spake
with love and tenderness, have been taken
from tts. Their places in the family, the
social cirole, and the Church, are vacant;
voices that hailed the advent of the first of
the past year, are now silent
But there is also another side to the
picture. Many bright days hail, visited us.
Kind words have been spoken to. us. We
have felt the warm pressure of friendly
hands. The bounties of Providence have
been showered upon us. The delights of
home, the refinements of civilized and
Christian life, the: means of moral and intel
lectual improvement, and the hallowed
blessings of the faniily altar and the sancta
ary, have been ours. And how many dead
in trespasses and sins, one year ago, are now
rejoicing in - hope . of eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord ! If many to-day
mourn for the loved that are not, many are
rejoicing over the lost that have been found.
To-day, the young look forward with eager
eye and exulting hope, to the year that has
now dawned. And though an unconscious
sigh may escape the bosoms of the aged,
their faces are wreathed in mellowed smiles,
bemuse of the exultation and, happiness
around them, arid from gratitude that their
days have been lengthened out.
To all our readers we would give our
warmest greetings and our tenderest sympa
thies. We would weep with them that
weep, and rejoice with them that rejoice.
We would be glad with the young, and
cheerful with the old. The past is gone,
not to bp recalled. Let its lessons be pon
dered, its follies be avoided, and its blessings
be held in continual remembrance.
The year opens propitiously. We have
peace and plenty. The pestilence that walk
eth in darkness, and the destruction that
wasteth at noonday, are not abroad in the
land. Opportunities`for educating the mind,
disciplining the heart, exercising the Chris
tian virtues and graces, and doing good to
men, will be abundant. < There has been a
time of refreshing from the presence of the
Lord, and in many places,the gracious show
ers are still falling. Jesus of Nazareth is
passing by, ready to hear every cry, to al
ford all relief, and to bless all,. This is emi
nently the dispensation of the Spirit. Grieve
Him not. Quench Him not. Let us draw
near unto Godi and he will draw near unto
us._ It is for Christians to live near to
God, and to, keep their hearts with all dili
gence. Let parents be faithful to their
children, treating them with all kindness
and forbearance, and bringing them up in
the • nurture and admonition of -the Lord.
May the Elders that rule, rule well; and
may the Elders that preach, determine to
know nothing among their people but
Christ, and him crucified; May the prayer
of faith go up from pious hearts, from the
closet, from the family altar, from the social
meeting, and from the public congregation.
" The time is short." To each one of us
the Lord says, " Whatsoever thy" hand find
eth to do, do it with thy might; for • there
is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor
wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
To all of us, may the present year be one of
temporal and spiritual prosperity _ ; one of
earnest effort, of much prayer, and of great
grace. • He is faithful that has said, " Be
thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life." "The.night is far
spent, the day is at hand."
Allegheny Seminary—Practical Training.
The editor of the Presbyterian of the
West, lately paid' a visit of several days to
the Allegheny Theological Seminary, and
says (among other high encomiums :)
" There is one thing about this School of
the Prophets which has always interested
us. The. young men are not confined on the
Sa,,bbath to the Seminary. They worship in
regularly organized churches. They have
the best pastors and churches for models.
They have abundant work to do; and they
are not in a cloister, but in the midst of the
field to learn their future work, to keep up
their interest, and to`gather rich experience
for the future."
Our readers are not to suppose, from this,
that students in other Seminaries are con
futed to the building on the Sabbath. Those
at all the Seminaries hear much and labor
much. As an instance of the excellent
working of .the system at Allegheny, we
noticed that a band of the students had
lately gathered a Sabbath. School in a deed
tute region, numbering on the first day, one
hundred and ten scholar& They . have be
gun another, within a fortnight, in a needy
quarter of Pittsburgh, opening with forty.
five scholars. This is one advantage of
Theological training in the bounds of a city.
The students are constantly brought in contact
with the living world, and made to feel the
actual wants of the field.• They are set to
,work thus incidentally, and usefully, while
they are making professional preparation.
And this is the proper, way to prepare for
"popular preaching "—to learn, with the
popular wants in - view, like Paul, at Ath
ens, stirred in, spirit at seeing the city in its
various idolatries.
In the cities of Pittsburgh and Alle
gheny, there are thirty Presbyterian church
es of different kinds, besides leading
churches of other Evangelical denomina
tions, supplied by the best specimens of their
ministry. These are advantages to be ap•
preciated. They introduce the students to
much active work, in some of which they
Westminster Assembly.
The Church of Jesus Christ .ever rests
upon the same foundation, is the embodi
ment of the same truths, and is quickened
by the same spirit. But much in her de
fence, in the outgrowth of her principles,
and in the diffusion 'of her spirit is com
mitted to human agencies. Hence the• ne
cessity 'for conference, for comparison of
views, for adjudication, for a proper arrange
ment of forces against the enemies of the
truth and to effect new conquests, and for
mutual edification. And the great convo
cations of the Christian Church, not only
form eonspicuons chapters in her own his
tory, but also in the annals of the world.
In them, some of the, most important deliber
ations that ever interested the heart or oc
cupied the human, mind have been held, and
in them, proceedings have been initiated, the
effects of which will never cease. Each of
these great assemblages has had some marked
characteristic 'by which it is especially
known. The great work of the Couneil at
Jerusalem was to acknowledge the Gentile
converts as brethren, and to determine the
conditions on which they should be received
and what should be exacted from them.
And the Council of Moe in 325, gave its
formal deliverance in favor of the Supreme
Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The
most noted ecclesiastical assemblages of the
Protestant Church, have been the Diet of
Augsburg, followed by the solemn •Alliance
at Smalkald •in 1530, at which the Augs
burg Confession was agreed to; the Synod
of Dort, which convened in 1618, to oppose
the progress of Arminianism ; and the As
sembly, which met at Westminster, London,
on the Ist of July, 1643. Each of these
convocations met to determine controversies
which agitated the Church, and to settle
commotions which were upheaving society;
each was dignified by the presence of men
of great talent, powerful weight of charade;
and earnest piety; and each one was fol
lowed by momentous results.
But the supremacy in all these several
points, must be yielded to the last. So that
we feel that we cannot perform a more ac
ceptable service 'to our readers, at the be
ginning of the' new year, than to invite
their attention to it; to place before them
the circumstances in which it was called ;
to revive its memories; to speak to them of
the men who composed it, of the work they
accomplished, and of the effects which fol
lowed.- The remembrance of these things
should be ever sacredly cherished by every
true Presbyterian, and by every lover of
liberty and admirer of patriotic devotion.
The times were, indeed, threatening.
The early vigor of Prothstantism had been
weakened. The light that once glowed so
brightly had begun to fade. The old cham
pions for the truth had been 'gathered to
their fathers, and the re-action had fairly
set, in. In France, the genius of Richelieu
had repressed the growth of Protestantism,
and united the divisions of the Papacy.;
and though he was dead, yet his designs
were carefully carried out by Cardinal Maz.
arin and the youthful enemy of Louis XIV.
In Spain, under the lead of Olivarez, Rome
was rapidly recovering her shattered power.
Germany was still reeling under the “Thirty
Years' War." In Ireland, an insurrection
of the Papists had broken out, in whieh at
least forty thousand of the Protestant in
habitants had been slain. Scotland had
only just thrown off the yoke of a galling
Prelaey not many degrees removed from that
of Rome. And the King of England, mar
ried to Henrietta of France, was not greatly
indisposed to favor the pretensions of Rome.
Indeed, just at - this mpment the people of
England were engaged in a terrible struggle
to deliver their civil and religious liberties
from the grasp of a vacillating and despotic
king, and a semi-Popiih prelacy. While
in the distance, loomed the dissensions be
'tween the King and the Parliament; the
fierce and bloody conflicts between the peoe
ple and royalty; the execution of the King;
the protectorate of the mighty Oliver; the
restoration of Monarchy in the person of
the voluptuous Charles IL, surrounded with
his licentious Court; the expulsion of James,
a tyrant, and tool of Rome; and the final
triumph of Protestantism and liberty in the
accession of William and Mary.
Before the time of Archbishop Laud, the
great body of the clergy of the Church of
England had been . Calvinistic. But, during
his ascendancy, the object that lay nearest
his heart, was to destroy whatever of good
Protestantism had achieved, and to re in
state whatever of Popery could be endured
by the people, not from any particular love
that he bore to Popeey as a eystem in itself
considered, but from absolute hatred . to all
godliness as exhibited by a faithful ministry
and a consistent people. For, however
much be might delight in his book of sports,
or in the bowings and genuflexions of 'a
frigid ritualism; or in the infliction of cru
elty, by , cutting off noses, tearing out eyes,
and digging out ears, or by the fire and the
rope ; yet the great and moving cause of
his persecution, was hie inveterate opposi
tion to all genuine godliness. By his Ar
minianism, of which BO much is said in the
histories of his times, is not to be under
stood that system which is now generally
considered Anti- Calvinism, but Anti Evana
gelism. And / 4 the Puritans," to whom he
wai so bitterly opposed, and the very men
tion of whom, filled him with the greatest in
dignation, did not compose a sect of dis
senters in his day, as many now suppose.
They were the men of piety, faith, and
prayer—the Evangelical clergymen of the
Church of England. But at length the
call for a meeting of Parliament, so long
unheeded, was heard; the famous Long
Parliament met, and the hopes of civil and
religions liberty began to revive.
In 1641 Laud and. Strafford, the authors
of so much mfechief to the State, and of so
many evils to the Church, were committed
to the " rower " upon a charge of high
treason; and shortly afterwards they re
ceived the reward of their crimes on the
scaffold. In 1642 the whole fabric of Epis
copacy was leveled to the ground by an Act
of Parliament. And, on the 12th of June,
1643, the memorable ordinance went forth,
convening the Assembly of Divines at West
minster, to deliberate upon the form of
Church Government to be substituted in the
place of •that which had been destroyed.
This important document was entitled
" An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons
in Parliament, for the calling of an Assem
bly of learned and godly Divines, and oth
ers, to be consulted with by the Parlia
ment, for the settling of the Govern
ment and Liturgy of the Church of Eng_
land, and for Vindioating and Clearing of
the said Church from false Aspersions and
Interpretations." And this Assembly was
declared to be called for the purpose of "con
sulting and advising, that , such a govern
ment should be settled in the Church as
might be most agreeable to Goi's Holy
Word, and most apt to procure and preserve
the peace of the. Church at home, and nearer
agreement with the Church of Scotland and
other Reformed Churches abroad."
Who were the members of this Assefribly,
and what they did, will form the, subject of
our .next
Martyred Missionaries.
For a length of time Test we have been
waiting, with much expectancy, the appear
ance of a volume from the press of J. M.
Wilson,. of South Tenth. Street, Philadel
phia, on the melancholy catastrophe which
the great Head orthe Church permitted, as
a trial of our faith and patience, in the over
throw of our Mission at Futtehgurh, and the
martyrdom of the beloved and devoted band
who were laboring at that station. The
work has now been published, and we are
happy in learning that the first edition was
called for by purchasers before time
was, given to bring the book before the
public in the usual business manner. The
author, the Rev. J. Johnston Walsh, is the
sole surviving member of the Fattehgrirh
brethren ; and'as he had been intimately
associated with every member of the mis
sion, and was perfectly familiar with the
history of all the plans which had been pur
sued in their labors up until the mutiny
broke out, he was eminently qualified for
preparing this affecting narrative. The his
tory of the mission is given with great suc
cinctness and simplicity, and the biograph
ical department, in which Mr. Walsh traces
the lives of the beloved ones who witnessed
a faithful witness for their Lord and *Master
among the savage followers of the False
Prophet, is clothed with a touching and
melancholy interest. This book will no
doubt be extensively circulated. It deserves
a place in every family connected, with our
Church. The publisher has done his part
right nobly, sparing no expense to make.
the volume in every way worthy of the
momentous providence which it is its
aim to reecird. , Engravings, in the, very
highest style of art, are given from pho
tographs of all the martyred brethren,
male and female. Again and again have
we taken this volume into our hands,
and apart from the world, we have looked
face to face on the likenesses of those sainted
servants ; who are now on high, singing the
song of Moses and the Lamb. We have
thought of the Noble Army of martyrs who
counted' not their lives dear unto them,' but
who joyfully laid them down as witnesses of
their attachment to Him by whom they were
redeemed; and we thanked the great Head
•of the Church for that our Zion in this Wes
tern land has been, by this baptism of blood,
raised to the high position which, as a
faithful branch, we trust it shall always
oncupy, of bringing forth undying fruit to
the glory of God.
"The Centennial Thanksgivig---Otir Civil
and Ecclesiastical Heritage."
' This is the title of a sermon preached by
the Rev. Dr. Jacobus, in the Central Pres.
byterian, church, of our city, and pub
lished by request. The author gives a graph.
is amount of the great revival of 1858; a sum,
mary statement of the resources of our own
Commonwealth, and
. the trade of the United
States; a succinct account of the principles
upon which our Government is based, and
also the abuses to which they are liable ;
and then cicises by an exhibition of the
characteristics of Presbyterianism, as math.
fested in its history and its practical workings.
In the following extracts, he states facts
which Presbyterians should not lose sight of,
and which others Should know
The great Protestant Reformation in Eu
rope, out of which grew remotely the Colo
nies of this land, was essentially, as all,
know, a Presbyterian Movement. And it
resulted in all the Reformed Churches, ex
cepting the English Church, taking the
Presbyterian model. And, though the first
band of colonists were Independents, who
came to establish a Church State and 'a
State-Church- - and had good reason—as
sheep long hunted by wolves—for .trying to
keep out all others, and to be each a little
circle by themselves; yet this was not the
main element which, long after the first
colonies, gave the word for a Declaration
and a Constitution, and struck the blow for
the Revolutionary struggle. French Huge=
nets, Dutch Calvinists, Scotch Covenanters,
and Welsh colonists=all true
. and tried
Presbyterians—had come over by that time,
and had formed a prominent feature of the
population. * * * The Pastoral Letter
of " The Synod of New York and Philadel
phia," shows that the Presbyterian Church
were, the first to encourage the struggle of
Independe,nee; and the Presbytery of Han
over, in-Virginia, was the first to acknowl
edge the Declaration. That Instrument
which has become so sacred in our national
esteem, has been traced by a distinguished
civilian of New York, to the Scottish
League and Covenant. The' Presbytery of
Hanover, and not Mr. Jefferson, was the
first to propose and urge the separation of
Church and State, that so long prevailed in
New England. And with that Presbytery
the great idea arose of a voluntary support
of the Gospel. And in all the revolutionary
history, no names were more exalted and
honored than those of the Presbyterian
Witherspoon, in Congress, and such men as
Generals Morgan, Shelby, and Marion, on
the battle field. And it ougbt•to be known,
OD the authority of such as Chief Justice
Tilghman, that in determining the structure
of our national government, the framers of
the United States constitution borrowed
very much of the form of our Republic
from that Form of Church Government
found in the Constitution of the Presbyterian
Church of Scotland.
And with all these republican features of
our Church, which, as American citizens,
we ought to honor and love, bless God to.
day that we take no narrow, exclusive ground.
We hate never denied to the Baptist the
validity of his immersion ; nor to the Preia.
tist the validity of his ordination. We have
only claimed for our own forms the same
validity that we have conceded to theirs.
We have never denied to the Psalmodist the
right to sing the Old Testament Psalms.
We have only claimed to sing a New Testa
ment Psalmody, besides. We have never
said to any Evangelical Church, " You are
n, Church, because you adopt not our modes
of order and worship." No ! But our free
Church, like our free country, has invited
all to come in and share her liberties. We
have adopted no exclusive rites; but - we
have claimed, rather, to be an asylum for the
oppressed, of every name.
Princeton Theological Seminary.
The number of students in this Inatitution
41181, of whom. 49 are in the Senior Class,
48 in the Second Class, 82 in the Junior
Class; and two are resident graduates. They
are from the following States : Maine, 1;
New IlarePshire, 1; Vermont, 2; Massa
chusetts, 1; Connecticut, 2; New York,
44; New Jersey, 24; Pennsylvania, 48;
Maryland, 3; Virginia, 2 ; North Carolina,
2; South Carolina, 3; Georgia, 1; Missis•
sippi, 3; Tennessee, 3; Ohio, 9; Michigan,
3; Indiana, 10, Illinois, 4; Missouri, 5;
Wisconsin, 8; lowa, 1; Canada, 1; Nova
Scotia, 1 ; Ireland, 1.
,The large increase for the present year, in
no doubt owing greatly to the recent revivals
of religion in the churches. Many waste
places will rejoice at the prospect of being
'supplied with the means of grace .from the
large accessions to this and other Seminaries
of the land.
Our brethren, in their Catalogue, say :
" The course of instruction is finished in
three years. There is no study or exercise
reserved for a fourth year. But graduates
of the Institution, and of other Institutions,
are privileged to attend all the lectures and
exercises; and, in review of the whole
course, and preparation of sermons, may
spend a fourth year with great advantage!
Now, whether all that is needful in Theo
logical training can be acquired in three
years; and whether it is advisable to have a
fourth yeari voluntary; and to what studies
the fourth year should be 'appropriated, are
questions on which Doctors may differ. We,
however, advise young men, who have the
health and means, to occupy a fourth year
in study, whether in revising, as at Prince
ton, or in advancing, as at Allegheny.
The students of this institution have invited
the Eel Pr. Rice, of Chicago, to make the
address at the close of the present session.
The 22d of December, Forefather's Day,
the anniversary of the landing of the Pil
grims, is still held in fondly cherished re
membrance. The festal board is spread,
courtesies are exchanged, meetings are held,
and speeches are made. In .Boston, this
year, the day, was celebrated by the Massa
chusetts Historical Society.. The address
was delivered by the Hon. R. C. Winthrop,
and different gentlemen entertained the atL
dience with the recital of historical incidents
connected with the people, whose memory
this day so vividly recalls. At Plymouth, Mr.
Everett's oration on Washington, took the
place of the customary ceremonies. A
military company called the "Standish
Guards" was in attendance. The publica
tion of Longfellow's "Miles Standish'.'s
Courtship," has done much to revive his
name, and for some years it will be met with
more commonly than ever before.
It is not pleasing, however, to one who
admiree the heroism, and loves the faith of
the Old Puritans, to be told that the Pa
grime' Meeting Rouse is now occupied by a
Unitarian congregation, and that Elder
Brewster has given place to one who denies
the Divinity of that Saviour Brewster so
eloquently preached as God equal with the
Father. 0
The Quincy School House, of Boston,
erected in 1847, at a cost of $60;000, and
one of the finest buililings of• the kind in the
whole country, has been destroyed by fire.
It was capable of accommodating- one thou
sand three hundred pupils, but the average
attendance was about eight hundred.
- The Sonsof Harvard are continually heap
ing new favors, in various ways, upon their
Alma Mater; one of them, the Hon. Stephen
Salisbury, of Worcester, lies given $5,000,
the income of which is to be expended in the
purchase of works connected with classical
The History of New Hoagland, by Dr.
Palfrey, once a Unitarian clergyman, and•
some years ago a member of Congress, is
going through the press, and will be issued
in a few Weeks.
The Puritan Review, so long and so ranch
tallied of, is about to be launched and to try
its. fortune& The first number Will be
issued early in January, although definite
arrangements as to the permanent editoria
management, have not yet been made, It
will be published under the auspices of an
Association, .styled the "Puritan Review
Company," and is intended to represent the
conservative and strictly orthodox wing of
Congregationalism. It will advocate the
same views as the Boston Recorder, and
promises to be Conducted with much vigor
and ability. Probably the design of its pro
jeotors may be best stated by the following
extract from the first article of the Constitu
tion of the Company`:
Its object is to meet the demand, which has
l ong existed, of a Quarterly Review devoted to
the interests of the Orthodox churches and min
istry, and to meet the ever occurring occasions
for discussions, and for articles not adapted to the
lighter and more popular periodicals ; and also to
- promote and defend. the doctrines on which the
Congregational churches of New England were
founded, and in doing this, to counteract the ten
dencies to latitudinarianism and fusion with Uni
tarians, which now threaten the purity and safety
of our churches.
This object, kept steadily in view and
faithfully pursued, will receive the cordial
approbation of many Orthodox Christ:Ems
in other places. Prominent laymen are talc
keg an active part in the enterprise. For
the present it will be issued from the ogee
of the Recorder. The financial agent is the
Rev. Calvin Durfee.
It is a wonder that the repeated failures
at improvements on the Version, of the Eng
lish, Bible, does not deter men who should
know better, from making so many fruitless
attempts as are now put forth in that way.
We lately gave our readers some precious
spesimene of the new translation by Rev_
Leicester Sawyer, published by J. P. Jewett
& Co., styled, ambitiously, "An Improved
Version of the Scriptures." The Boston
Courier and _lnquirer concludes an elabor
rate article on the whole work, with the fol
lowing severe, but just remarks
If it had been the set purpose of Mr. Sawyer
to demean the language and tone of Scripture.
which we do not imagine, he could .hardly have
been more successful, acept by some such gen
erally gross perversion of its phraseology and
spirit as would have been defeated by the disgust
and contempt it excited. Its entire tendency is
to lessen the popular respect for the Bible; nor
can we conceive that any scholar could derive the
slightest advantage from his labors. His critical
emendations in general are equally trivial and
worthless; often grossly misjudged and imperti
nent. It is impossible to read the translation
with seriousness; no spirit could be awed by the
tone of . the Bible, as he has lowered its language.
Whatever want of grace it may betoken, we are
irresistibly compelled to a sort of indignant mirth
as we proceed, though more frequently Shocked
at such a humiliating exhibition oVincapacity and
If Mr. Sawyer has • spent twenty years, as
is reported, in this work, they have certainly
been employed to very little purpose. It
would have been much better for him, and
no loss to the; world, if he had continued to
preach the Gospel in the North church, New
The Congregational Journal gathers from
the Minutes of the several Congregational
Bodies in New England, the following sta
Ohs. Min. Mem.. Al,. .Add. Rem.
Maine 244 201 17,842 2,553 3,855 898
New Hampshire, 389 191 18,231 3,470 1,828 1,095
Vermont, 190 195 10,987 2.476 1,120 811
Ateueschnsetts, . 480 550 69.176 10,614' 5,020 3,171
Connecticut, 284 220 38,609 3,188 1,691 1,495
Rhode Island, 23 21 3,284
1,410 1,378 164,092 22,301 11,512 ' 7,470
By adding the absentees, the most of whom are
probably residing in New England, there is a
membership of 186.400, of, whom about 49,700
are melee. The additions were 4,042 more than
the removals. The statistics of all the States, ex
cept Vermont, are, for the present year closing
June, 1868. Those of Rhode Island are taken
from the last Year Book.
From this table, it will be seen that the
female members of the Congregational
churches in New England, are more than
c .lhree times as many as the male members.
To be Kept Clean, and to be Well- Gov.
erned, are two great requisites to city com
fort and prosperity. In neither of these
particulars can New York claim any great
pre-eminence; for many of the streets are
suffered to remain in the most filthy condi
tion, and many of her aldermen, judges,
and police officers, have failed to Require a
very high reputation for integrity and the
the faithful diieharge of their duties. But
if these conditions are not obtained, it is
certain that the outlay to secure them is
very great. The estimates of the Comp
troller for the tax of 1858, amount to $7,-
840,174.80; of which sum $1,246,000 are
set down to the common schools; $1,043,-
198.40 to the police ; $929,500 to the State
Tax; $736,800 to the almehouse and
$594,519.28 to salaries, &43., &o. To have
to pay all this, and then be compelled to
live in dirt and disorder, is too bad.
The amount of wealth in the
. possession
of W. B. Astor, Essr, is intimated from the
fact that the other day he paid his tax bill
to the Recorder, amounting to $85,000, of
which $25,000 was personal, and $60,000
on real estate.
The New York Herald has commenced
the publication of a 'Classffication of the
City Population, commencing with what it
terms the "Raney," or that part of the,
people that frequent race courses, pugilistic
encounters, the 'higher class of drinking
and gambling houses, Sze. It gives the
following statistics of this dangerous part of
the community :
.Superior pugilists, 100; inferior bruisers,
1,000; vagabond shoulder hitters, 2,500; gam
blers and touters, 2,000 ; keepers of houses of
bad repute, 1,600; men about town, 2,000 ;
thieves, swindlers and loafers, 6,000. Total,
15,000. -
Rather an ominous record.
Judge Edmonds, whose conversion' to
Spiritualism" some eight .years ago, at
tracted mulch attention, denies that he has
recanted, as some of the papers have re
ported. The Judge adheres to his views,
maintains their correctness, and says that he
has no idea of abandoning the position he
has taken. Well, the Judge is welcome to
remain where he is.- The world moves
much as it did before he embraced the
vagaries of Spiritualism. His opinions have
but little weight, and will certainly influ
ence but few.
The project of a .New York Observatory,
is again agitated. Men of means and enter
prise have held several conferences on the
subject, and the probability is, that the in
cipient steps will soon be taken for one of
the finest Observatories in the world.
The first of Mr. Everett's Mount Vernon
Papers has appeared in` the Ledger, occu
pying two columns and a half. This is 'a
general introduction to the series, giving an
account of the circumstances that have
prompted the movement in which the an
thor has borne so conspicuous a part, and
vindicating the present owner, Mr. John A.
Washington, from the censure so freely be
stowed on him for asking an extravagant
price for the Mt n Vernon property. Mr.
Everett suggests the propriety of each one
of the five hundred thousand readers of the
Ledger sending him fifty cents, or more, in,
aid of
. the enterprise. This series of paper s
is not to be conticed to Mount Vernon, but
will be made the medium of whatever will
set forth the history, character, and memo
rials of the. Father of his Gountry.
The twenty second was duly cetebrated at
the Astor Home, by a large number of the
Descendants of the Pilgrims, of whom
there are many in New York.
. The Appleton's have in press a now work,
styled " Christian Theology," by Prof.
Henry B. Smith, c f the Union Theological
Seminary. The seine house will also issue,
shortly, a work by that much-admired author,
Isaac Taylor, on " The Transmission of
Ancient Books to Modern Times."
The members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, in this vicinity, are exerting them
selves to extend the circulation of their
Quarterly. Bnt few other denominations
ire doing so much, just now, to support their
own institutions, and to diffuse denomina
tional peculiarities.
The Ch,urch, Journal, , of the Episc-pal
Church, does not seem to have a very high
idea of the present revival, or to be at all
favorably impressed with the manner in
which it is conducted, or the results to
Which it is tending. It discourses in this
The great " revival "
_of the past year affords
the crowning proof that the ecclesiastical organi
zations of the sects are effete, and rapidly be
coming ready to vanish away. For the ministers
—the leaders in all previous excitements of the
kind—the ministers have had comparatively lit
tle or nothing to do with it. Almost everywhere
the distinctive peculiarity of the movement is its
spontaneity and purely laical character. The
people of various denominations promiscuously
have taken the matter into their own hands.
Sectarian topics have been carefully excluded.
The general type has been that of the Tract
Society kind, which admits nothing that appears
to tell more in favor of any one sect than of
another. And therefore, though immense num
bers of converts have been made, who have
mostly joined some denomination or other,, yet
never has any one of those sects received a body
of new members so little imbued with its own
sectarian ideas or attachments. They have ac
quired bulk, not strength"; nay, the increase of
bulk, together with the decrease of cohesive power,
will only make them tumble to pieces faster than
The Academy of Natural Sciences, in
this city, has been examining an unknown
antediluvian reptile, of strange proportions
and great size. The bones were found at
liaddenfield, N. J., and have been classified
and reconstructed by scientific naturalists.
The result is an amphibious reptile, with
monstrous hind, legs, short fore legs, and a
motion somewhat like that of the kangaroo
or frog. It must have been at least twenty
five feet long. And . bones since found in
the same vicinity, indicate the existence at
one time of another reptile of the same
kind, at least fifty per cent. larger.
The Monument in Memory of Washing.
ton, in Independence Squs,re, is now in a
fair way of being erected. All of the origi
nal thirteen States, with the exception of
South Carolina, have already. committed
themselves to the work- The whole cost
will be $125,000, and the following appor
tionment, based on the census of 1850, has
been made :
New Hampshire, $3,000; Massachusetts, $14.-
000 ; Rhode Island, $2,000 ; Connecticut, $4,000;
New. York, $BB,OOO ; New Jersey, $5,000; Penn
sylvania, $26,000; Delaware, $1,000; Maryland.
$6,000.; Virginia, $12;000; North Carolina. $B,-
000; Georgia, $8,000; South Carolina, $6,000.
The Rev. Dr. Stevens is engaged in writ
ing a History of St. Andrew's Church, that
will also contain accounts of the character
and labors of its successive pastors, Rev.
Gregory T. Bedell, Rev. John A. Clark,
and Rev. Thomas M. Clark.
The; _Publication Committee of our breth
ren, of the New School, are greatly pressed
for want of funds to meet their January lia
bilities. Their last General Assembly deter
mined to raise $16,000 for this cause during
the year, and the action of the Synods en
dorsed the recommendation of the Assembly.
But, as yet, little has been done. _Surely
the churshes 'of that body will not permit
their Committee to be pressed any more;
they have the means of relief, and should
forward it'at once.
Rev. J. W. HANNA, of Canal Fulton, Ohio,
has removed to La Porte, la., where he
us, for the present, supplying the First
Presbyterian church. His Post Office ad
dress is changed , accordingly.
Rev. H. MosELY has taken charge of the
Palestine and Mound' Prairie churches,
in Texas. Correspondents and others are
requested to address him at Palestine,
Anderson County, Texan.
Rev. C. R. ITAIrGRAN's Post Office address
has been changed from Farmville Va to
Cub Creek, Charlotte County, Va.
Rev. T. M. HOPKINS, of Yellow Springs,
Ohio, las received and accepted a call to
the church of Bloomington, la., which is
also his. Post Office address.
Mr. 3. P. UONIKEY was ordained by the
Presbytery of Dubuque on the 25th ult.,
and installed pastor of the church of Belle
vue, lowa.
Rev. JA Arriis, a NA.HoN las received a call
from the ohurch at Shade Gap, Hunting
don Counq Pa.
Mr. SAMUEL T. Lowers was ordained by
the Presbytery of Huntingdon, on the
7th ult., and installed Pastor of the
church of Alexandria, Pa.
Rev. JAMES WUIMAMSON was installed
pastor of the church of. West Kishacoquil
las, by the . Presbytery of. Huntingdon, on
the 14th ult.
Rev. .R. B. WrrzrAmsox has been invited
to take charge of the church of 'Demopo
lis, Ala., where correspondents will please
address him.
Rev. J. C. STEWART'S Post Office address
is changed from Fancy Hill, N. C , to
Bridgewater, Burke County N. C.
Rev. ASA DONALDSON, of the Rockford
Association of the Congregational Church,
was received by the Presbytery of Rock
River, on the 17th
Rev G-. RiorrArtps having removed from
Ebenezer, to Liberty Hill, S. C., requests
editors and correspondents to address him
at the latter place. •
GRACEFUL manners are the outward form
of refinement in the mind ) and good affec
tions in the heart.