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PRESBYTERY Or ALLEGHENY
The Presbytery of Allegheny City directed
the pastors and Sessions of the churches
under its care, to take such action as might
be deemed best in each particular ease in
the observance of next week as a week of
prayer for the conversion of the world.
HANOVER COLLEGE, IND —The Trustees
have divided the collegiate year into two
terms, one to commence on Wednesday after
the 26th of August, and the other on Wed
nesday after the Ist of January. They
have also ordained an Adjunct Professorship
of Ancient Languages, and a Professorship
of Modern Languages. And they have au
thorized the President to employ Lecturer
on Natural Science. These are encouraging
indications of progress.
CINOINNATI —Notice has been given that
a new transcendental journal is about to be
established in this city, that will receive
active support from Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Furness, Longfellow, and other rationalists
and infidels of the same clam The tenth
is, these men, and others of kindred spirit,
have exhausted themselves and greatly
broken down their cause in the East, and
they are beginning to look Westward for a
suitable field for the dissemination of their
ruinous teaching on the subject of religion.
PLEASANT HILL, Mo.—A meeting of
twenty days was lately concluded at this
piles. Over fifty persons have united in
the oommunion'of the,Presbyterian church,
on profession; and ten or twelve with the
Methodist church. On one Sabbath, when
thirty persons stood up to ()entails Christ,
tweaty•two of them were males. And,
while sinners, numerously, have been con-
verted, Christians have been greatly re
freshed. We collect the information from
a letter of Rev. James T. Lapsley, in the
The Week of Prayer.
Pastors and churches will 'keep in mind
the Weik of Prayer, appointed by the last
General Assembly. It is the Second week
in January. The mode of its observance
will be determined in Sessional counsel. In
some cases there may be preaching daily;
but we trust that it will not be expiated of
pastors to do this work alone. No pastor
should attempt it.. Some, however, perhaps
many, can have aid. In cities it may be
easily so arranged. And where there can
not be preaching, there may be social prayer
meetings daily, in addition to fervent prayer
in the family and the closet, for the speedy
extension of Christ's kingdom throughout
The President's Message.
We give, as usual, the whole of this most
important State paper. Every man who
would pretend, by a vote or otherwise, to
take any part in public affairs, should read
it carefully. The people are really the
government. They ehould be intelligent
and well informed—all of them should be
so. Many readers will not approve of parte
of the document; but these are as much
.have accurate information, as
are any others. Such are bound, even
more.than others, to read and weigh. If
the President's eonnsels are to be oppoeed,
let opponents know what those counsels are.
In this remark we do not endorse the paper.
We leave approvals and disapprovale to our
fellow•oiti zeal', with the purpose, as citizens
ourselves, to use our social rights.
Synod of Mississippi.
This body met at Columbus, Mies., on
Wednesday, December 7th, and at till the
Monday following. There were present
forty:three ministers and elders. The True
Witness speaks of the meeting as very
pleasant, though there was not a very great
amount of business transacted, neither was
there manifest the ardent and all-pervading
spirituality which is desirable, when the
leaders of the people in spiritual things are
assembled in council.
Dr. Humphrey, of the Danville Theologi.
oil Seminary, was present; also, Dr.
Wilson of the Board of Foreign Missions.
Oakland College has the prospect of in
creased usefulness, and a hope is expressed
that Dr. Anderson will accept the Presi
dency. Foreign Missions were warmly .
commended. The South Western Advisory
Committee on Domestic Missions was
strongly endorsed. Danville and Columbia
Theological Seminaries were approved of.
And sundry matters of minor importance,
were harmoniously settled.
For the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate.
Female Prayer Meeting.
At the commencement of another year,
allow me to urge the claims of the female
prayer-meeting upon the female members of
our beloved churches.
A •little praying circle has met weekly, in
this city, without intermission, to pray for
the coming of Christ's kingdom, for sixteen
years•—and in reviewing the past, their
gratitude to God rises high, that so many
have been the answers to their humble peti
tions. They acknowledge also, that they
have themselves been refreshed and quick
ened in the path of duty, and they can
truly saff, " hitherto bath the Lord helped us."
Dear sisters in Christ, let me entreat you,
the coming week, which is to be one of in
tense interest to all who love our Lord
Jesus, to become members of a female
prayer-meeting, and , you will find it an im
portant means of grape to your souls.
A PASTOR'S Win.
New Raven, Conn., Jun. 1, 1860.
Bo t. Matthew B Ripe, Da
This= faithful servant of Jesus Christ
ceased from his labors and.entered into rest,
on the 17th of Deoember,lBs9. He died
at his own residence in -Princeton, N. J.,
after a few hours' ilium His health had
been delicate for many years. His bodily
frame was not at all equal to the ardor of
is spirit, so that in this sense, as well as
otherwise, " he.could not do the,things that
he would." But still, he was a very effec
tive laborer. He will be long honored at
the college of New Jersey, both as a teach
er, and as eminently instrumental in advert°.
ing the general interests of the Institution.
Many a son of Nissan Hall will bless his
memory. Many hereafter, who never saw
his face, but who will enjoy the benefit of
scholarships endowed through his instru
mentality, will gratefully think of the good
results of a wise and'active beneficence.
Dr. Hope had not the wealth which would
enable him to bestow largely, but he had the
spirit and the address which could win tkeir
way to the hearts of men, and thus he di
rected the abundance of many into useful
On the occurrence of the death, we an
nounced it briefly ; and then hoped that ere
this, we should have seen, from the pens of
those who had e ready access ; to facts , and
dates, fuller notices of the , departed. In
the absence of definite information / we make
a few' general remarks, mainly from our own'
Dr. Hope was about forty-six years of, age,
at the time of his death. He was the sett
of Richard Hope, Req., of Mifflin County,
Penna. We knew his fsther well, as one of
the eminently godly, exemplary and useful
of Christian people. And his mother was
it mother in Israel." Matthew was henee
child of the covenant, and was, trained in
the way in which he should go. The Lord
blessed the instrumentality. The promise was
sure. The ohildhad grace early, and supplies
constantly. In youth, manhood, at home,
abroad, in foreign lands, in retirement, and in
high places, always, he had the needful Su p:
plies of grace, so that be departed not from
the good way into which he had - been - early
We are not informed of the time from
which Dr. Hope dated his conitersion; but
the event occurred in his early life. He
was graduated at Jefferson College, studied
theology at Princeton Theological Seminary,
att ended a medical , course in the University
of Pennsylvania, and was ordained to the
Gospel ministry by the Presbytery of Arm
tingdon. The ordination took place with a
view to his departing mitt mission to China:
Itwas about the year DM. The event we
well remember, having aided in the ezami.
nations, and been entrusted with the deliv
ering of the charge. Trials more satisfactory
to a Presbytery, we cannot remember to
Dr. Hope's foreign location was Singtt
pore. In about two years, his health failed
utterly, and he returned honie emaciated
and almost lifeless. But he was , not lost to
the Church. He recovered partially his ,
strength, and engaged in the service of the
Board of Education,' first as Assistant, and
t hen as Secretary. In this labor he was
highly useful. The Board:flourished under
his adminisigstion. For the last fourteen
y ears of his life he was Professor of Belles
Letters in the College of New Jersey; a
position which, as, intimated above, he ;filled
with a high degree 'of usefulness, while he
contributed otherwise to the general and
lasting benefit of the Institution.
Sometime after his return from Singapore,,
he was married to a daughter of Matthew
L. Bevan, pig., of Philadelphia, in whom
he found a congenial spirit. She was a gift
to him from the Lord—an - •help meet, suoh
as the minister of Christ needs, to the fill-'
i ng up of the • measure of , his usefulness.
As a preacher, Dr. Hope ,was attractive
and instructive, in a very high degree; but
the condition of big health did not permit
him to enjoy extensively the luxury of serv
ing Christ and'tlie Church, in , the pulpit.
Ae a writer he ranked among the excellent.
Ae a Christian, a gentleman,. a husbild,
father, and friend, he had but few egnale.
His name end worth will be had in lasting
To every reflecting mind, the =entrance
upon the duties, responsibilities, triels, eor
rows, and joys of a new year, must be
attended with more or less interest An
other of .those periods by which time <is
measured, hae passed away. Its days,
weeks, and mouths will never return, and
t hey carry with them the "recordwe have
made, into eternity. We enter upon un
tried scenes, and look forward into a fti
tura that we cannot read. We cannot tell
whether the ensuing year is - to be one of
prodperity or adversity, of pleasure or of
pain. It is not strange then that some de
gree of thoughtfulness should spring up in
the most careless mind, or that the prudent
and earnest Christian should feel some-seri
ous and solemn anxiety.
But the same kind Fatherthat has With
erto watched over us, and provided ,for us,
will continue to care for those who put their
trust in him. Even the unthankful will
still continue to share in his goodness. The
Saviour that redeemed his people is still
their advooate—he ever liveth to *take inter
cession for us. The names of all his saints
are graven on the palms of his hands; and
not one of them shall be plucked from his
loving embrace. Moreover he is still able
and willing to save to the uttermost all that
come unto God by him. The Holy Spirit
dwells in the hearts of the pious, filling
them with joy unspeakable and full of g,lory.
The Holy Spirit is still etriving with those to
whom the Gospel comes, willing to make
them new creatures in Christ. Jesus. So
that by reason of the work accomplished by
our great and glorious Redeemer, and on
account of the relations we now sustain to
him, of his fullness may we all receive, and
grace for grace: • It is evident, then, that , it
is our duty to begin the year in the exercise
of living faith, that we may be able to meet
its issues in a proper spirit ; for.as time rolls
on, events increase in nuelber and import
1. We have additional experience. 'As
we move among Men and things, witness the
progrese 'around us, Aontemplate contending
opinions; and form cur judgments, inneh is
to be learned. For no one dwells in a place
so seeluded; or is employed in a position so
humble, as not to -have an , oPportunity for
learning much and for , connoting mud thatis
wrong in himself, and also for enlarging ilia
' I TERIAN BANNER AND ADVOCATE.
capacity for thought, action, influence ; and
2. We should have increased Piety. To
increase our personal holiness, and conse
quently our , personal happiness, is'one 'of
the purposes for which Christians are al
lowed •to remain in this world after they
have passed from death to life . ; and if our
faith is as feeble, our love as cold, and our
hope as dim, as they were one year ago, we
have mat reason to„frile., Disr„ opporty
nitiei MA been many and - prieiouk And
if the , providences of GA, ,the goodness of
God, the Church of God, the Word of God,
the. Spirit of God,..and •the inflnencce, of
God's people upon us; have been duly hi
proved, we are better prepared than ever
before for the toils, struggles, and rewards
of the future. • '
3. We have permission to continue to
labor for arid and the good of men.
What a privilege is this I What a high
honor I Alas I how forgetful are` we of the
high,distinotionc conferred on us 1 But the
time in. which we are , allowed to bear the
burden and heat of, the day'is ever growing ,
less. Boon we can endure hardness as good
soldiers of Jesus Christ no more. But
shortly the ruler and the citizen, the teacher
and his pupil, the pastor and his flock, the
parent and the child, the pious and the
ungodly, must go the' way whence they
cannot return. "It is high time to awake
out of sleep ; for now is our salvation nearer
than" when we believe& The night is far
spent, the day is at hand."
4. The claims of 'our country are many
and pressing. There remaineth yet much
land to be poseessed for the Lord- Jesus
Christ. And the mutterings of political
storms are all around ns. Before this year
has passed .away, the whole land will be
shaken from centre to circumference, by the
shock of contending parties,, each. seeking to
elevate its favorite to the first plum in the
nation. Never did the 'people` need ,more
wisdom, patriotism, and. piety, for the
proper discharge of their duties as citizens ;
5. The enemies of the truth'are still many
and violent Atheism, Infidelity, Universal
ism, liege and sensual Spiritualism, and error
in all its various forms, have still their de
moted adherents and detirmined adiacates.
They are in the pulpit and on the platform,
and they speak through the press. These are
not to be checked, turned back, and routed,
along with all the devices of Satan, by a
formal and lifeless Christianity. All the
faith, zeal, energy, and consecration of re
deemed and sinetified souls, given as living
sacrifices to Sid, will be required. And
this is a conflict, in which every one, what.
ever may be his station or .gifts, is to take
part, according to his ability and opportunity:
6. The scroll ;o f prophecy is unrolling.
We live in the last times. Whatever
a cheme of prophetical interpretation we may
adopt, great and wonderful changes loom up
not very far in the distance. It is for nate
stand in our lot, having nn the whole armor
of God, not being faithless, bOt believing.
7.' There is much to encourage. 'The
promises of God are yes , '.and amen. , This
world belong, to hie Son, and he will yet
take possession of it. His Word has had
free course and has been glorified, and it
will be so again. The showers of grace
have fallen upon us in former days, and
they will not now be withheld from the
prayer of faith. The agencies for good'are
many, and God is on our side. Let us then'
go forth to the labors and battlee of the
year, strong in the'Lord and in the power
of his might. Let us be earnest and per
severing in doing or in suffering, knowing
that though we die we shall live again, and
that when we fall, whether in obscurity or
in the.high places of the field, the victor's
crown will be ours.
Home and Foreign Reiord.
The first number of
. the new year evinces
a new interest in' this Church journal, on
the part of its conductors; and we trust
that the churches will show, on their part,
that progress' produce's' a growth hi
their piety, and especially an advancement
in the graces , of prayer, and of giving of
'the, knits of, their industry to' the cause of
Christ. The Record ought to be one of the
most welcome sheets that reaches the Chris
tian family. Why is it 'not so ? o,r, if it
is, why is not this shown by a very large in
crease of promptly 'paid subscriptions, and,
by a continually increasing liberality in the,
sustentation of the good works, whose seise
the Ream? pleads, and whose doings' it
heralds, in its monthly visits 7 •
We lately stated the action of the Board
relative to the South-Westerit Advisory
Committee. The call for increased Domes
tic efforts, is urged by the extent of land yet
to bepossessed in the country. The States
embrace an area of one million lour hundred
,and sixty-one thousand and ten square Miles,
and this but partially ocoupied by ministers
and churches; while the. Teritorries have
one million eight hundred and seven thou
sand square miles, beginning to be °coupled. :
What missionary force is needed, if the
Gospel shall be kept up with the extending
pout/intim I The country's welfare, civilly
ae well as
. religiously, depends greatly upon
,the Domestic Missionary cause. We hence
appeal to our people's hnmanity and patriot.
ism s as well as to their piety. Let nothing
prevent the =tented= of the Domestio
RIONIPTIIi in November : at Philadelphia, $8,728
at Louisville, $1,086; .at New .Orleans, $215.
Of the above, $8,609, were legacies.
This lies at the foundation of all our hopes
for the cause,of. Christ at home or abroad.
Christ's bidding to the Church was, to pray
for laborers. How ehall men hear without
a preacher? Train men for the work, and
commission them; men of the right spirit,
and well qualified, and work wilt be done—
will certainly be done, well done, and much
of it. Paul, and Barnabse, and• Biles, and
thousands of others did not wait till the
churches could raiselunda to send them out.
They: had . a spirit within them which*.
pelted them onward. They were called of
God, and they went everywhere preaching
the Word. - Must it not be so still, where
men are called of God, and feel that a die
peneation of the Gospel is committed 'to
them.? Then, only let us have the laborers,
and we have the first essential requisition,
instrumentally, , to ss stable and a growing
ChurOh. And God is calling many lo this,
service. 'How is it 'then that his people are
so reluctant to cooperate iri.his cause? Why
is tite Board of. Education kept - so very bare
of neans-yea, obliged to borrow money,
t• • *
to sustain' devotedAiandidates while they are •
being fitted to preach for Jest? We can
not but hope that this Board will yet, and
soon too, be appreciated more in accordance
wish its real worth. Funds are greatly
needed for the growing numbers. A soh&
arship, is, $l2O it year in the Seminary,
$lOO in College*, and $BO in an Academy.
ituOurrrs in November ; at Tbiladelphia, $2,258 ;
at Pittsburgh, $265 ; at Louisville, $24.
FOREIGN ' MIBSiONS.
Letters from the Indian Triba l Africa,
chine, and the Chinese Mission in Califor
nia, give"quite 'the usual amount of
From India, the call of the missionaries
to their patron o'hurches, to observe the
second week in January as a sewn of
prayer for the spread'of the Gospel, ie very
urgent and affectionate. ,They see an im
mense work before them, and have many
indications that it may be accomplished, and
yet feel that only by the effectual influence
of the r Holy Spirit working, in them and by
them, can they be succeseful. Hence their
earnest call to 'prayer.
lisomPre in. November, $14,586,
The Colportage Fund is atill,grestly defi
dent. The. Board is keeping up the work,
though the Fund is overdrawn to the extent
of near $10;000.
The Board is prepiring two books'for re
cording the business of the churches, Which
'will be very convenient,, and will serve to
keep a much` fuller notation of, affairs than
has been natal. • One• Of • these is called
" Minutes Of Sessions," and the other,
"Church Register." We 4111 gives faller
notice when we receive the books.
BACSISTS in Itov,exiiber , : Donations, $2,022;
Bales, $8,067. . •
Funds -still come in bit slowly for'. this
great .and good, cause. One reason of this
is, a great undervaluing of its iniportance ;
and another is, the frequeney with which
individual churches send their agents to the
more wealthy parts of our Zion, to absorb
the liberality , of donors. Those who have
something to give, - should not so exhaSet
themselves in answering personal calls, as
to be unable to , aid the general cause. The
Committee makes afar-more = extended dis
tribution. It reaches the more obscure and
the most needy, and is far more effective.
On individual applications, several thousand
dollars are often given to one Church ; while,
through the .
OOmmittee, 'a 'thousand dollars'
always affords substantial relief to several
ohurehes. Help should, be afforded in each
may. 4 •
RampTo in November: at 'Bt. Louie,' $1;600 ;
at Philadelphia, $1,008; at Louisville, $191;
at Pittsburgh, $216.
Boston and New England.
Wendell Phill42B seems to hive become alarmed
at the storm' raised around , him, in consequence
of his advocacy and defence' of John-Brown,
After having lauded him in terms such as' hould
be applied to no mere man, even having gone so
far as to urge others to """go and do likewise,"
hp now publishes publishesa card in which'he says that he
always 4 , discountenanced and , discouraged
Brown "in his plane. This looks 'very much as
if this infidel and fanatic was wanting in " pluck "
and " bactbone," to Maintain
,the position his
daring folly had led him to take.
The .Biti that passed the Legislature Of Massa
chtisetis, authorizing colored Amen to join `the
military companies, has been vetoed by Governor
Mr. _Everett is entitled to the credit of , having
contrib nted 'nearly $70,000 of the monerneees
eery for the purchase of ,Mount Vernon, which has
low been completed beyond a peradventure.- His
lectures netted over $60,000, and hie contribu
tions to the Ledger $10,000: , These sums, with
the interest,, go.; that has accumulated, in the
meantime, swelled his amount to $69,000,
Br. John E: Todd, son of the Rev. John Todd,
D.D., author of the "Student's „Manual" and
various Sabbath School and other popular works,
has received an invitation to become pastor of the
Winter' Street church, 'Bostan.
Eider tnapp, the Baptist revivalist, who sev
eral years ago, figured quite conspicuously in
various parts of the eountrYi in Pittsburgh, as
„ . as ill other plaete; - ,lins,been liolding meet
ings in Boston for several , weeks, but they have
been thinly attended.,
MasaaChusetts lost another of her old minis
ters, in the death; of Rev. Dr. Perry, at Grime
on the 16th of December. Be held,- for
many years, a 'very prominent position as a ruin-
'later and's citizen in the region where he dwelt.
The: Gloucester Massachusetts Fisheries yield,
nnnnally, about one hundred and fifty thousand
quintali of codfish, and from forty thousand to
`sixty thousand barrels of mackerel.; These are
generally; taken by vessels' , to the, New York
market. • '
The. Rev. Dr. Cooley, of, Granville, Mass.,
whose visitation of his flock in inch patriarchal
style we gave an account of some time ago, has
gone to his reward, at thevenerable , age of
eighty-seven. He as not merely a 'faithful
pastor, but, after the +=stein of the early minis
try of New England, was 'also a suceessful
educator of youth During his ministry, not
less thin eight Inindred youth were under his
instruction, of whom some sixty or seventy be
came ministers of the GOspel.'
' In 1670, Tea Clergymen met at Brandford,
Corm., each bringing a few books underlie. arm.
Placing these hooka on al.table in the study of the
'Rev. Mr. Perilous, each one said, solemnly, "I
give these for the founding of a College in this
Colony." Elihn "1",, London, was
ohief among the early,patrons, of this institution,'
and Yale College was rio nettled in' honer of him,
Its property, consisting of buildings, library,
cabinet, apparatus, stocks,' funds, &0., is now
supposed' to 'be worth'', bet Ween: sBoo,ooo' and
$400,000. But strenuous efforts are conaidered
necessary for, an increase of productive funds.
The Mineralogical and Geological Cabinet con
tains not less ' than forty thousand specimens.
The College and Societies' libraries have nearly
one hundred thousand volutnes. The library
building is an admirable one, being one hundred
and fifty-one feet in length..
A Call, numerously signefi by manufacturers
of Connecticut, is being oircuhated for.a meeting
to be held at. Meriden, on the 18th of. the present
month, for taking into Consideration what con
ciliatory measures should be adopted for restoring
peace and quietness to all portions of our' dia
-1 traoted country. Many manufacturers in New
England are apprehensive, that . the ,present ex
citement in the South will injure their business
in no emall degree:
Deep snows ' have prevailed all over Naw Bifg
land, and , the people have never entered with
greater zest into' tne excitement of sleighing.
The Dry Goods Business has been quite active
for several days, owing the presence of a large
rounVer of merchants from the far South, who
. come on much earlier to make purchases for the
,Tride,'than those from 'the North. This
arises partly from the distance goods have to be
taken, and the difficulty of transportation in some
- districts, and partly from the fact that the South
ern Spring trade !pensions before ours. i ...From
;present indications, it-is not probable, that; the
resolutions passed . at some of the meetings in the
Sim*, denouncing all.tradeArith the North, aid
recommending direct' importation: from Hampe r
are likely to have any trett effect upon the woes
of the business liken in theAmthern States. For
they have been buying as usual, without lug
thought of disunion.
The Prices of Proviaions have increased a little,
but.there is no tendency toward speculation in
this line, and the probabilities are, that while
theY , cOmmaid fair prices, the siorbitant
rates of former years will not be reached.
The Trade in some small articles in a great city
like this, is really enormous. It is estimated that
no less than six .hundred thousand. pairs of
skates bare been sold the present season in New
York alone. Poi skating has beconie quite spas.'
Edon since the opening of the Central Park, and
the inducements there held out to engage in this
kind of exercise. The sport is not confined to
boys, but:gentlemen, and even ladies, are parti
cipants. Hence, it is not unusual to 'see gentle
men wending their way in that direction with two
pairs of skates under one arm, and a delightful
bundle . of crinoline' and furs, surmounted by a
dainty hood, on the other.
The Arrival of Senator Reward from his trip to
Europe and the East, was quite an event last
week. He bad a public'reception at 'the City
Hall, and was welcomed in an 'address by Mayor
Tiernan. Large numbers called upon him, and
he was warmly greeted on all sides.
The Fire on Beekman Street last week, des.
troyed property to the amount of $500,000. The
greatest lose was in the paper warehouse of Cyrus
W. Field, of Telegraph fame, and cannot be less
than $lOO,OOO. However, upon this there is an
insurance of $BO,OOO.
The lion. Judge Mann, pf lowa, so p
with, inventors, when Commissioner of - Patents,
has become associated: with Nunn & Co , of , the
(Matt*: American, and the most popular and
Jsuccessfulpeent agents in the country. This
paper has completed , its first half year of the new
series with great credit and success, and enters
upon the new year with increased attractions.
The. New York Observer commends highly the
proposed new political party, which originated
in Washington, where a meeting composed of
members of the Senate and House;' and others,
for this purpose, was held some weeks ago.
Subsequently, a meeting was held in Philadel
phia, having In view the same object, and a Com
mittee of ten, of which Hon. J. J. Crittenden, is
Chairmen, was appointed to report some plan for
the formal inauguration of such a movement.
The Committee is expected to confer •with the
Executive Committee of the American Party,
the Executive Committee of the Whig Party, and
such other persons as may be disposed to unite
in the formation of allational Party on the basis
of the Union and Constitution. 'Whether this
pro ceeding will result in any thing effective, re
mains to be seen. But the 'Observer is evidently
disposed to give the Democratia and Republican
parties, as they now stand; the cold shoulder.
One of the Most Populai Writers of New York,
a few years ago, was Eldridge F. Paige, author of
the world-famed 4, Patent derma's," over the
signitare qf ".Dew, Jr.." At that time he was
possessed of affluence, and exerted considerable
social influence. But haring no fear of God be.
fore his eyes, in the early part of his careen he
established one of the Sunday journals, and by
his varied abilities, secured it a ride elm:dation.
Alter a short career. of prosperity in , this un
hallowed enterprise, reverses came, his wealth
departed, be took to the intoileath)g bowl to
drown his sorrows, and then rapidly sped on his
downward career. This man, once admired and
flattered, was shunned by. fonner companions;
expelled from circles 'of which •he was formerly
the delight, and became a homeless and ttapitied
outcast At length, he went to California, where
he died a few years ago, in a Wearable hovel, in
the most abject degradation, and:with his bottle
beside him. 4, The way of transgressors , is
Meet probably The Oldest' Bible now in the
eountry is in , the possession of a gentleman' of
Brooklyn. It is 'a fine copy of the Latin Vulgate
printed in the year 1484. Therefore it is three
huhdred arid seventrfive years old, and dates
back long before the Reformation, to the time
when Luther was only one year old, and about
twenty-four years after the art of printing was*
first diecovered. It isTrinted in tie black letter,
beautifully illuminated by hand. with large
.initial letters at the beginning' of - every - chapter,
alternately "red' and_blue. Many of these 111u
minated letters are distinguished by a shining
brightness, nearly four centuries hiving but
little effect in dimming their original lustre.
The book is of small , folio size, bound in hog'
skin, with clasps, and is in an excellent state of
Union. Theological .Seminary, of this city, under
the control. of New School Presbyterians, has
one hundred and fortysix students. The whole
number of Alumni, living and dead,. is five
hundred. and seven. The Professors are Rev.
Drs. Robinson; Skinner, Smith, and Hitchcock,
and Rev. Mr. Hadley. Many foreign missionaries
have gone out from this Seminary. i•
The Annual Report of the' state of the Metho
dist Church in the 'United States,'North, haitjust
been publishpd by Messrs. Carlton and Porter,
in an octave volume of nearly four hundred pages.
Fri= this it appears - that :this body , embraces
49 'conferences, 882,657 1 members, nearly 160,000
probationers; with an increase of the . entire mem
bershiP, during the last year, of 17,790: The
whole : number of Ministers amounts to 6,877
traveling, and 7,904 local preacher& The
churches number about 9;800.,
A Member of the congregation of which the
late Rev. James W. Alexander, was pastor,
presented one hundred and eightr copies of each
of the following works of his former '
distribution among the' students of Princeton
Theological Seminary, , viz.:'"Consolation,"
" Praotical Discourses," and " Sacrameittal Dis
courses ;" making in all five hundred and; forty
volumes. This venerable school of theology still
continues its career of unchecked prosperity.
Many resort to it from all quarters of the land,
to sit at the feet of its able, learned, and expe
The ,Secular Papers are very severe, on' the two
physicians through whose instrumentality some
of• the Southern students were induced to, leave
the noble medical colleges of this city. It is re
ported that several of those who left for Rieh
mond have returned, being deeply chagrined on
account of the folly of the step taken without
" any just cause or provocation."
After all, it seems that Water Gas is making
its way, notwithstanding foriner failures. The
Northern Liberties Gas Company has secured the
right to make and use this gas in district.
We condense from the sprightly, entertaining,
and able, daily, the Evening Journal, some. facts
connected with the History of Philadelphia, and
its present state, that will interest our 'readers.
The city itself was founded in 1682, by . William
Peng, with a company of English Friends or
Quakers. The land comprised within the prov
ince of Pennsylvania had been ceded to him by
Charles 11; in payment of a debt due his father
from the Government. Thnfirst printing press
in this oity, and the eeoond in the new world, was
set up in 1687. In 1689, Penn obtained a char.
ter for a High SchooL The University of Penn
sylvania sprang from a free school projected by
Dr. Franklin, in 1742. In 1765, the merchants
adopted a resolution not to buy or sell goods
from England, unless the " Stamp Act" was re
pealed.'The first Congress in America assembled
in 1774, in Carpenter's Lisll; on Chestnut Street,'
hetween'Third and Fourth Streets. On the 4th
of July, 1776, the Declaration of Independence
was read from a stand in the State Rouse yard.
The present Constitution of the United States
was framed by , a Convention in this city, in. May,
1787. The house occupied by General Washing
ton, when President, stood
on a lot now occupied
by Bennett?s clothing store, on Market Street.
The first Bank in this country was the. Bank of,
Pennsylvania, whieh was opened in , ,fhis city on ,
the 17th of July, 1780, p ith a capital.of $1,500,-
000;. its speelai obje ct was the sappy_ of the
American army with provisions.. In 1782-,;
Bank of North America went into operation, and
the United' States Bank in 1791. And in 1792,
the national mint was established in this city.
In 1793, the yellow fever nearly depopulated the
city, and it again became epidemic in 1798. The
Vigilant Fire El:4;Mo Company, still In existence,
and'elili efficient, was ;31itablisliee'oiriitirtd 'of
Cohen's New City Directory ennraerstets thiztept
daily newspapers, four tri-weekly, fiftrfive
weeklies; six Sunday, and forty-three monthly,
making the serial press in all, one hundred and
The Directory also gives the number of
churches at three hundred and ten, divided as
Baptist, 81; Bible Christian, 1; Christian. 1 ;
Church of the New Testament, 1; Disciples of
Christ, 1; Evangelical Assocation, 6; Friend's
Meeting Houses, 6; German' Reformed, 8; Inde
pendent, 2; Jewish Synagogues, 7; Lutheran,
'l5 ; Methodist Episcopal, 41; Methodist Prot
estant, 4; Moravian, 1; New Jerusalem, 8;
Presbyterian, (New School,) 18; . Presbyterian,
(Old School,) 82 ; Protestant Episcopal, 61; Re
formed Dutch, 4; Reformed Presbyterian, 8;
Roman Catholics, 8; Seamen's, 4; Second Ad
vent, 1 ; 'Unitarian, 1; United Presbyterian, 9 ;
Universalist, 8. Colored churches—Baptist, 4 ;
Methodist Episcopal, 11; Presbyterian, 8;
Protestant Episeopal, 1-19. Making a total of
A VAIAIBLI WILL LosT.—French papers relate
that the nephew of the late Sir Robert Feel, Sir
- Edward Egerton ' is at Cannes, in France, trying
to engage divers to search for a will which went
down in a steamer wrecked a few months ago.
The document, it is said, will put him imposses
aims of. £82,000,000 sterling (I) the property of
a lately deeeased relative, and he offers. . a reward
of £20,000 for its recovery. .
Vion Pizaminir BRZCIUMBIDGIO made a speech
at Frankfort, Ey., on 'Wednesday of last week.
He took strong ground against popular sovereign
ty, and skid that if the South finds the, present
laws:insufficient for the protection of slavery in
the Territories, then Congress should pass laws
that will be sufficient. He believed, however,
that existing laws gave all the protection needed.
He denounced ffilibustering and the re-opening of
the slave trade, as Southern "isms," which the
South should discount/mance before she com
plained of the " isms of tbe North.
Tna State of Arkansas has enacted a very .
1 stringent measure against free negroes,
will go into effect the Ist of January. All free
negroes found in the State at that period are to be
sold. into slavery. In Miesissippi, a law adopted
on the 7th inst., piovidee that free negroes shall
leave the State on or before the Ist of July, /860;
or, if they prefer to remain, that they shall be
sold into slavery, with a right of choice of mas
ters, at a price assessed by three disinterested
slaveholders, the proceeds to go into the treasury
of the county in•which the• provisions of the bill
may require it to be executed.
Norma -Wan TRADIL—The extensive trade car
ried on.upon the North-weds* lakes# gives em
ployment to over I,6oosteamers and sail vessels ,•
having a tonnage or nearly 450,000 tons, and
manned by from 18,000 t 014,000 seamen. These
vessels navigate over 5,000 miles of lake and
river coast, and annually transport merchandise
.to the value of from $600,000,000 to $700,000,-
A Vcrocrma BPRINa.--11 is stated that Colonel
Drake, of Titusville, Pa., is now pumping oil
from his spring at the rate or nearly a bar
rel an hour for twenty-four hours in the day, and
sometimes that amount is far exceeded. The net
profits, of this one spring are estimated at over.
$20,000 per month.
Tan population of Memphis, Tenn., by a cen
sus just completed, is twenty-five thousand, or
double the population if 1854, and Any times
larger than in 1850. The valuation of real es
tate in the city, is also put down at eighteen mil
lions. During the past season, fifteen hundred
houses were put up in the city, at an esti
mated cost of three millions of dollars.
A Rion Cator.—A company in St. ,Toseplt,
Michigan, raised.during last`year 210,000 bushels
of potatoes, from fourteen hundred acres of land,
averaging Ape hundred and fifty bushels to the
Suus NEnmtemt.r-Share are very raw
elavealess than a Sozen—living ;in Nebraska,
owned , u house servants by Southern office-hold
ers, and to prevent further encroachments of slave
property on free soil, a bill has been introduced
into the territorial legislature providing for its
abolition, which has passed to a third reading in
the Rouse, and been referred to a select com
Tan Baltimore Patriot talks in this style to the
Southern disunionists , t The declarations of Mr.
Crawford, of Georgia, the other day, have no
terrors for Maryland. Let who may be elected
President in 1860, according to the forms pre
scribed by the bore of the country, she for one
will submit to the election and stand by the
Union, even though the Congressional delegation
from Georgia, , as gravely announced by Mr. Craw
ford, shall seek to prevent the inauguration of the
new President. Nay, even though every State in
the Union North ; Smith East, and West, shall
repudiate the Clection, Maryland will insist on
obedience to the Federal Government, and rally
•to the flag of the Union." That is' bravely and
patriotically said. A few more such utterances,
both North and South, would soon make croak
ers and ftee-eaters, North and South, draw their
headi) into th • ea' shells .
Mr. ltionAßD J. EVANS, of the Western
- Theological Seminary, was ordained by
= the's Presbytery of Allegheny City, on
Wednesday the 4th inst. as an Evangel.
- ist. Mr. Evans is to \ sail on the sth of
February, in omitany with Messrs. Swan
and Spargrove, all missionaries to Wash
Mr. S. A. E. , SIMPSON Was ordained and
installed over the. Millersburg church,' by
the Presbytery of COshocton, (Revs. M.
W. Brown, R. W. Marquis, and Wm. E.
Runt, remectively, give the , charges to
the pastor and people, and preaching or
dination sernion, and making ordination
prayer) on the 27th of December, 1859.
Rev. W. •A. Hermison, of Gallatin, Tenn.,
has received and accepted a call from the
First chruch, Knoxville, Team, and re
moved to tha t
Rev annum NRAZICR was mstaneu pastor
of the chive!). in Newstead, Ky., for one
. half his time, on the 2d ult., by a com
mission of the Presbytery of Mulenburg.
Rev. Fi. V. D. NEVI[JB was installed pastor .
. of the church of Hopkinsville by it com
mission, of the Presbytery of duhlenbtirg,
on the 4th wit.
Rev. J. M. Molt= was installed pastor of
the church at 'Lane, 111., on, the 9th ult.,
by a commission Of the Presbytery of
Rev.. A, D. MiTonram rims removed from
Macon, Tent', to Greenville,.R.y., and ,
desires oorreapondente to addreee him at
Rev. 11.• M. KERR has removed from Pur
dy, Tenn. to Water Valley, Miss., „and
requests editors and corcespondents to
address him there.
Rev. W. F. GmzerTE has removed from
Denmark, Tenn., to Liberty,. Miss., and
desires to be addressed there.
Rev. 0. F. Romis of oamargo Mils has
been elected Principal of the Academy at
Verona Itiwamtin County, 'Mins., and has
Rev. E. W. BEDINGEB, was installed pastor
of the church in Paris, 'Ky., on Sabbath,
the 11th ult., by a committee of Ebenezer
Messrs. R. C. BuTsow and A. D. HAWN
were ordained by the Presbytery of Nor
thumberland, on the 30th of Nov.- At the
same time Mr. Bryson was installed pastor
over the united churches of Ashland.and
Gordon. Mr. HAWN was appointed to
labor as an Evangelist in a very interest=
lug field, including Shamokintown, Tray
erten, and Holland Run.
Rev. L N. HATS' Post 0111 cc address is
changed from Shippensburg, Pa., to Mid
die Spring, Cumberland County Pa. •
Mr. H., It DioxsoN was Ordained by , . the
Presbytery of Chatleston, on the 18th
nit', and installed pastor of the church of
Mr. ROBERT 13nermlY was ordained by the
Presbytery of Earn:l6y; on the ' 10th
inst., and installed pastor. of the churches
of White. Oak and Ron in Williaznabtag
District, B. O.
Mr. JA. ssi 0. Sxwwwpv, licentiate, was
ordained to,'the Work of the Gospel min
istry, and installit pastor of the churches
of Aimwell and Horeb, in Fairfield
District, South Carolina, by the Presbytery ,
of HlllMOlrly; . int rift:
Rev: L-'`G. GAitas' Po,st:Orboe: *aaress •ig •
changed from Cununinsville, Ohio, to
Rev- Aucrs's Post - Office 'address is
changed from West Liberty, Va., to
Ile,. S. 0. Pn.nx has declined the call
from the , church of Salisbury, N. C.
Rev. H. W. Arxxswpzu, son of the later
Dr. James W. Alexander, has received
and accepted a call to the church of Char
lotte Court House, Va., formerly served
by his father'and his grandfather.
For the Preabyterhaltanner end Advocate
A Church , Revived.
Mnssns. EDITORS :---TheLord has been
pleased graciously to revive his work in the
church of Upper Tuscarora . ; Pa:; within the
bounds of Huntingdon Preshytery, to which
it is my privilege to minieter. At our re
cent communion, ten were added to the
church, eight of whom were from the
world, and most of them beads of _families.
Our services, in connexion with this com
munion season, were protracted nearly "twos
weeks; in which we received essential ser
vice from the Rev. John H. Clark and the
Rev. Wm. A. West, of the Presbytery of
Carlisle, and the Rev. George M. Swin,late
of lowa. God was pleased to accompany
the word preached, with the efficacy of the
The church was aroused from her slum.
ben, and led to cry mightily to God. The
" effectual fervent prayer" of many right
eons, was offered at a throne of grace, with
earnest importunity. The house was filled
for successive days, with a large, solemn
and attentive audience. A general atten
tion to the subject of religion, seemed to be
awakened among all classes, through the ,
whole community. Many were , deeply con
victed of sin, and led to ; inquire for the
way of salvation through a ornafied Re
deemer. Ere our meetings closed, some
twenty-five were brought to rejoice in the,
preciousness of Christ as their Saviour, and
give thanks to God for the change wrought
in their souls. Several of these were heads ,
of families, and some far advanced in life,
but the greater portion were in their youth.
"Not unto us, 0 Lord, not unto us, hub
unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy,
and thy truth's sake." " Let the people
praise thee,o God, let all the people praise
thee." "My praise shall be of , thee in ther
great congiegation—enter into his gates
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with .
praise." G: VAN ASTBDALEN.'
Shade Gap; Pa., December 21.
for the Presbyterian ,Bannar and Advocate:
App r FOB AID.
This Board is now greatly in need of fundsi
and appeals to pastors, churches, and indi
vidual Christian-friends for aid.
I. For the Co7portage•Fund.—Sinae the
beginning of the current , year, the number
of colporteurs in the , iservioe,of the Board
has been largely increased. On the other
hand, the receipts have thus far been uot•
much in advance of those sent in during the
corresponding portion of list year. In con
siquenoe, the Colportage Fund is now' not :
only exhausted, but overdrawn in the sum
of $9,579. Applications from Presbyteries,
churches, and destitute fields for tlie services
of eolporteurs, were never more numerous or
urgent; and men, well recommended, are
every week aPplying for commissions. Will
not those who hive the rmer to do so;
without delay, furnish the Board with means
whereby to sustain and carry forward this
good work? Enlarged and , speedy mufti"
butions, are needed.
IL for its Distribution fund.- ! -From
this Fund the Board makes all grants' for the
libraries of mission Sabbath Schools, feeble
churches, and poor ministers, as well as for
gratuitous distribution by others 'that ool
porteurs. A number of earnest applications
are now waiting fora response, and others
are coming every week. But the bait dollar
of this fund has been expended. The Board
appeals to the'benevolent for means to meet
these applications Shall the appeal. be
made in indn
Any contributions for these, objectsmay
be directed to,Jsmes Dunlap, Esq., Treas.
urer of the Board, No. 821 Cheetnut Street,
Witmer& B. SOMINCK, COM ;690.
Nor the Presbyterian . Banner and.44vapite.
Letters-for -the,Xew -Yearnto -X Con "
gregetion. - -
4 ' Walk in wisdom, toward them that are
redeeming thetime."--CoL iv: 6.,
Wnitand, to day, looking out on. a New
Year. The,book of our life, for the twebie
monthe.gone, has been- all sealed up.
.day We, each in. our way, write the title
page of another volume. Twelve months
ago we didthe . same, and three hundred
and six4 fi ve pages have been written since,
-transcribed by the' Recording. Angel, and-the
record laid up-for the final:day; .when all
our lives shall be published -'ol,you
of that, when you began the past' year, that'
you were just beginning another of those
volumes, which, gathered together, some
sixty, .more or ,less, shall constitute your
pablisheil-life? Did-you think, as thought
after thought found its way into the unwritten
page, that you were composing for.eteroity,
writing for the eye of the Universe ?
We long for fame, and here is fame ! A
day will oome when, on the highest ram
parts - of Heaven, trumpet tongued, Fame
will stand and' herald our deeds to the uni
verse. Men are ambitious ;.of;authorehip.
We think it a notable thing to be ananthor.
I tell you, we all are authors. Morefamous,
too, than we wish. Our deedS stand out in
capitals >; and our sins,- alas, in- sign board
letters,,shall shine in the light of the Judg
ment, as though :written on the heavens,
with a pen allightning I We did not think
to be so conspicuous. Bat, ever in our life,
as the busy pen went dashing over the page,.
the Recording-Angel was copying the words
for the Great Day when the +" books shall be
And since but the title page has been
written of this volume, thrown off,
doubt,- hurriedly, without much , thought,
might it not be well, before we write fur
ther, to stop and consider what, We `are do
ing ? This first Sabbath of the New Year
seems eminently proper for: suchconsidering.
We seem all to stop, today, writing in our
private journals, and come together to write
a page in the new volume :of our Church
History.. And let us seriously ponder, to
day, what shall be the character of this yet
unwritten volume of our individual and.
church life. And as -we turn the unsoiled
leaves; wherenot a blot is yet, with what
trembling: solicitude should we begin -the
record; *hick alas, we know, shall cover the
page with blanks or blots, evidence against
ns of: criminal-neglect and strange-perverse
ness. - - , The record of 1859 is `sealed up.
We have nothing to do with it now. Much
as weans, regret the year, we may not live,
it overagain. The Put belongs to History.
Atture:belongs to God. The „Present
belongs to us; therefore the Apostle says,
" walk -in wisdom—redeeming the time,"
making,the most of the opportunity. Let
us do 80.
Wehave a Personal, a Representative,
and an Reclesiasti,cal 'character to sustain.
We have duties., as Inditricluals, as Members
of a, Communes!, and as 'Members of a
67iineli to discharge. Every position in
Which, we: are placed, in this three fold re-
Won, is an opportunity. Discharging