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    Vreshßterian c't3annex.
ilke Graduating Class of the late Com
mencement, at Danville Seminary, num
bered sixteen. The Herald speaks of the
examinations as having been highly satis
factory. Rev. B. M. HOBSON, of Lexington,
Mo., preached on the occasion. Dr. prl-
GAR, of 'Nashville, delivered the address.
Certificates,of a full course were given to
the graduates. The institution flourishes.
, The Trustees resolved upon effective ef
forts to erect suitable buildings for the ac
commodation of the students, for lecture
rooms, library, &c. They wish also to
erect Profess'ors' houses, and to found ad
ditional schola:iships.. For these purposes
they desire an addition of $lOO,OOO to
their funds.: They have appointed Rev.
Dr. PULLOCK' their agent, to visit the
ehurches and make colleCtions.
Li&, for many years the laborious and ef
ficient pastor of the church, in this place,
gave notice, a short time, ago, of his inten
tion to ask Presbytery for a dissolution
of, the, pastoral relation: Following this
announcement the largest congregational
meeting ever held in this church, with
great cordiality, asked Mr. LEA to re
consider his determination and remain with
his present charge. Mr. LEA ,has acqui
esced in the request of his people. We
are glad of this; for we cannot afford to
part jUst now with a brother so useful and
so greatly beloved.
EAST LIBERTY.—The Presbyterian
church of this rapidly growing place has
determined to erect a new house of wor
ship at an expense of $20,000. Brother
MartvAlNE has a wide and encouraging
field of usefulness before him.
gregation has purchased a lot for $4,400,
on which a neat and substantial, but plain
houie of Worship will be erected forthwith,
costing from $B,OOO to $lO,OOO.
OUr doctrines are established; our Form
of Government is, in general, the best and
most Scriptural held by any Church; and
our system of agencies for conservative and
aggreSsive effect, is admirably adapted for
its purposes. It is therefore evident that
we do not need any new constructions of
our system of faith, or any radical arenas
in our Form of Government, or in the ma
chinery of our Church operation's. Nor is
much new legislation , required; but few
cases can arise for which provision has not
been already made. Our Minutes are
already burdenedwith masses of legislation.
But the great want of our Church is the
infusion of new life, vigor, and activity,
into the pastorate, the eldership, the mem
bership, the Colleges and Theological Sem
inaries, and the Boards and Committees.
Let the: wealth, talent, influence, and piety
of our Church, be employed as earnestly as
men of the world exert themselves for the
accomplishment :'of their plans, and, under
the blessing of God, our. Church may ex
pect an expansion and increase such as no
other Church has ever had. Let us not be
content with boasting of the past; let us
seek success in the future, for the good of
man and the glory of God.
The North •Carolina Presbyterian quotes
oar correspondent's remarks, relative to the
nomination of Prof. DABNEY, of Virginia,
for a chair in the Seminary at Princeton,
and opposes it sirongly. We admit that there
is " something due to courtesy," and that
there are "rights which should be respect
ed." One of these rights, however, is that
of the LOrd to the services of all his people
in any situation in which he has need of
them; and another is that of his Church,
under him, to call• whom she will of her
sons to any service to which she may deem
him adapted. Seminaries have their
rights; brit no one has exclusive rights.
Each holds its right subservient, first to
Christ, and next to his Church. Hence it,
is not reasonable to say that a Professor
upon whpm' the Lord has bestowed the
bighest gifts shall be consigned, perpetu
ally, to the instruction of twenty students,
when he is needed to teach five or ten
times twenty. Let the Church appoint
the most gifted of her sons to work where
they, can serve her most usefully, and let
them heed her call.
If then the General Assembly shall judge,
with the Dlrectors at Princeton, that Prof.
DABNEY is the man adapted to fill a
vacant chair there, it is likely to say so;
and if it shall !o vote, the Professor, as a
good man, even at the cost of much self
denial, is not likely to say nay.
The Presbyterian, in noticing our re
mark, pleasantly uttered a week ago, that
we should have some little share in the
credit for the increased activity of the
Boards of Domestic MissiOns and Publica
tion, says:-
"The htsbyterian Banner, in referring
to the prosperity of these Boards attributes
it to the efforts made by that journal to
arouse the agencies or officials to activity,
-and to a due regard to the interests of the
Church. The Boards are certainly doing
well, but whether they are indebted to this
source for their prosperity, admits of a
very wide difference of opinion."
This is quite a progress in kindness to
ward us. The day was when our contem
porary ignored 118 utterly. After some
years, it began to, speak of us, but only as
evil in our influence toward Church, agen
cies. It now recognises the possibility
that we may be really useful. It says that
,the cpestion of these Boards' indebtedness
to us for their prosperity, " admits of a
very wide - difference of opinion." Of
course therqmust then be some very just
and very strong reasons in our favor, as
well as against us, to justify this "very
wide difference'.' " of opinion. We thank
our contemporary for. the admission; and
we are pleased that it and we can rejoice
together in o,,behefit, even though we may
differ• a littlein , our notions as to the prox
imate causes:'
When the'
,Presbyterian shall again speak
;We would respectfully urge that it Shall an
swer some of the.very important questions
on whiCh infornistliin is asked.
The extensive alteration in our Stand
ards, which is proposed , by the New Book
of Discipline, is to be pressed, it seems,
upon the General Assembly, this year,
with both ardor and- hope. Dr. TifoRN
WELL devotes to it another long article, in
the Southern Presbyterian lie4iezo, and ex
pects personally to urge it at Rochester.
He thus exults in' his ,prospects : "From
recent indications we are inclined to think
that the tide of prejudice 'which, at first,
set so violently against the Revised Book
of Discipline, has begun to ebb, and that
the now changing in its favor.
Objections are daily losing their • force,
misapprehensions quietly subsiding, and
the. Propriety of the changes becoming
more obvious." We had estimated the
matter differently. We, had, supposed that
the attempted change was met by the
churches, and opposed on principle, rather
than from .prejudice;" and that the quiet
ness attained was the,result of a confidence,
that fundamental truth Would not be un
dermined, and that the love of change
would not prevail. ' '
Some of the alterations suggested would
be improvements, if the people were fa
miliar with them; but this class are not of
such importance as to compensate for the
evils necessarily incident to changes in fun
damental laW. The Standards of a Church
ought to possess stability. They. may be
ever regarded as alterable, and as suscepti
ble of improvement; but no alteration
should be attempted' but where, in the
opinion of the people generally, there, is
an evil which may be thereby avoided,' and
a benefit be secured in its stead. ,
But our - main objection to the New Book,
as we intimated on its ,first being proposed,
is, that it alters and. subverts a .fundamen
tal principle in regard to the status of our
children. True, it admits • their right to
baptism, ,and that, henceforth, they are
members of the Church, entitled to its
privileges-and bound to the discharge of
all the duties which are incumbent en
members,,'but, strange inconsistency, it
makes them not subject to judicial process.
That is, they are members; and are yet not
to be treated as members; they are bound
to all duties, and yet are not to be subject
to discipline for 'the neglect of them ; they
are entitled to all privileges, and yet are
excluded from paternal chastisement, di
vinely adapted to work the peaceable fruits
of righteousness)
The status of our baptized children, Dr.
TnonriwaLL, in the article before 'us, ex
presses-in words and phrases such as these :
"Of the world and in the Church." The
Church is to treat them " precisely as she
treats all other impenitent and unbelieving
men; she is to exercise the power of the
keys and shut them out from the commun
ion of the saints. She is to debar them
from all the privileges of the inner sanctu
ary." " Dead 'in trespasses and sins."
" Their whole life a continued sin!' " Their
very righteousnesses abominable before
God." '" The whole state of-non-profess
ing members is unsound—let the. Church
consign them, by a single word, to the
position which universally attaches to im
penitence." "The baptized non-professor
is actually in the very position in relation
to the sacraments and communion of the
Church, in which ex-communication puts
the professing offender. The key is turned,
and both are shut out from the inner 'sanc
tuary." He also speaks of the children of
the saints, though they are. God's by cove
nant claim, and consecrated to hini in bap-'
tism, and trained with, his Teeple, as being'
" slaves ;" and. says, "their condition as
slaves, determines' their treatment"
This, as seems to us, is all wrong. Men
have no right so to speak of, the children
of the Church. They are born in the.fam
ily. They are the offspring of God's
handmaidens. He says of them: They
are mine. They have been , given • to God
in the way of his requirement, and with
.faith in his promises. He has set upon
them the visible seal of own proffered
covenant. He has begun to writehis name
in their foreheads; forming their judg
ment, impressing their .heart; ,and : guiding
their life. He haimade them to differ
from the mass of mankind.; in their rela
ticea to him, in their sentiments regarding
him, and their feelings and`conduct toward
him. They have' been educated -for him.
They read his Word, reverence his Sab
baths; associate with his People, sustain
his ordinances of worship, commune with
his children in prayer, praise, the 'hearing
of the Word, and the grace of giving.
They call themselves Christians. They
are Christians ; not heathens, not Jews,
not infidels. They believe with Christians,
they associate with Christians, they wor
ship with Christians. They acknowledge
sinfulness and helplessness,"but hope for
the mercy of God,. and ; that only in and
through the Lord Jesus Christ.. We speak
here not of all, for some, through parental
neglect and Church' unfaithfulness, have
grown up untrained for God 7 * in the world
and of the world. And yet, even of these
we would say, "Destroy them not, for a
blessing is in there" But we new 'speak
of -those, and they are many ; who have
enjoyed a•measure of parental faithfalness,
and a wise and diligent Church care:' And,
'Oh I if the Church would faithfully dis
xtharge her duty, what multitudes of, such
would there be 1 God would be• faithful on
his part. He •would be abundant in his
grace. Well, it is of such that we speak
theseborn,-baptised, and educated mem
bers. Now, wherein do these, in all the
visibilities of the Church, differ from other
members ? They do not come to the Lord's
They are disobedient to that dis
tinctive command, "This do." Why do
they decline? Is it from a deep• sense of
unworthiness; or because of a tender con
science.,6"or a morbid sensibility, or defec
tive instruction ? Do they wish to opine,
but stay away through fear ? Or, ,are they
careless about their sours salvation ? Or
are they hostile to Christ, and.,determined
that he shall 'not have them? The ChUrch
should know these things—know them
well—and direct her course accordingly.
• After all God's claim upon our offspring
- and their recognition general, so fully;
of, that clnim, are they to be disowned,
pudiated, treated as. slaves, as unbelievers,
as men of the world, as ex-oommunicated
persons; and - are they to be shut out, and to
have the key turned upon. then'? And
all this without a trial, without ge
titre; with'out a hearing ? No, mil we. If
they are to be, de /ciao, ex-Cornininicated,
turned' out, cut off from the Israel of God,
let' them knout why. : Give them hearing.
It is their right. Deal with' them as chil
dren, long, fiiithfully, kindly, before you
count them aliens. Cut them not off till
by a fair and full investigation, in which
they have had 'unrestricted opportunity to
defend themselves, you have proved 'them
to be reprobates.
We verily believe that a' neglect of our
members by birthright, is a crying
our Church. The neglect is not tOtal,hy
any means., Neither' are we sinners, above
all other men in, this aspect. But; still, we
are sinneis greatly. We have been sinners
against the Word of God and due Stand
ards; and now the effort is being made to
alter our Standards, so as to make them
conform to our sinful practice.. ,Better
far would it be, to change in the. other di
rection. Let us refOrm ourpraetice. Let
us teach our children that theY are Chris=
tians, educate them Christians, and \treat
them as Christians. Let us, with all fidel
ity, give • them the means of the covenant,
and trust 'God that he will give ;them
its benefit& We will then not be echn
pelled to mourn over divided 'families, or
lost sons and daughters ; but we , and ours
shall rejoice together; and our, Church
will be a brilliant light, shining in a dark
CLINE& • :,r
According to, custom, F the PresbYtery of
Louisville, appointed. Bev. W. L. BRbo.K.
INRIDGE, Moderator of the last General
Assembly, a Commissioner to the Assem- ,
bly of this year. It was his, duty, by the,
constitution of , the -Church, to open ~ t he
meeting with a sermon; and to preside Over
the ' oroanization of the lib Use, and till a
new 'Moderator should be chOsen. This
duty being recognized, it has been a Uni
versal custom to appoint the Moderator of
the preceding' Assembly as a Commissidn
er to.the next ; and a failUre to do so could
not but-be regarded-as a pointed disrespect
to the Assembly, and a discourtesy toward
the brother. The Louisville• Presbytery fol
lowed the custom, zn making the `appoint
ment, but they accompanied itwith instruc
tions which they knew Dr BuEcKnstitudi.
could not obey, and i thus they put him Uri
der the necessity of declining. The -mat
ter is to be regretted;, and the more espe
cially as it is Manifestly part of a plan "to
carry a new measure, changing the To' uei
pies and - policy of our Church, and possibly
involving a sectional issue:
The following, from Dr. BRECKIN- ,
RIDGE'S letter of deelinature, will show his
views of the case:
" The _Presbyterian Herald, of the 12th.'
inst., has brought me
,the proceedings of
our Presbytery, in session at Owensboro'
on the sth inst. They make knOwn to=
that I was chosen a' Commissioner' to the,
General Assembly; and, further, •tliat the:
, Presbytery heartily approves (and request'
the Commissioners to sustain) the action of
the General Assembly of 1859; and also
that 41848, on the subject of the relations
of. the .Church of Christ and voluntary So
cieties formed for the purposes of .Art, Lit
erature; and Secular Morality.' '
"In the report of the proceedings if is:
added, that this resobition called out
earnest and animated discussion, in which
its passage was advocated by Messrs. Rob
inson, Rice, and others, and opposed 'hY
Messrs. Matthews, Hopkins, Hill, and 'oth
ers. The motion was finally adopted with
out a count.'
"There is avery clear and wide distinc—
tion to, be taken 'between the action of the
Assembly of 1859, and that of the Assem-:
lily of 1848, cited by the Presbytery. The y
latter declares that the Church has no pew-:
er to require of its members the support,nfi
the Societies in question ; while it asserts
the right, and, on occasion, the• duty Of the:
Church to favor or oppose them, according:
to its judgment of ;their merits. This
view of the subject I do healtily approve.'
I trust that I shall be.ready at times to
defend and support it.
"But the action ofthe Assembly of 1859
denies to the Church all right to have any
thing; to do with such institutions. Bellev-,
ing this view of the,mibject to be false in
its principle, narrow in its spirit, and every
way hurtful irr its influence, I 'do heartily,
condemn . it, and I can do."nothing under
any circumstances: to;,Support 'it. It is,
plainly in conflict mith the 4erttiments and!
usages of our branch of the Church froin,
the beginning. ' I think it has been justly .
described as setting forth anew and 'start. ,
thig doctrine: I find no warrankfor it in,
the letter of the Divine Word; or in the
spirit of the:Gospel:: I believe' . that it was
inadvertently uttered by the,last , Assembly
without"arresting the attention &the body ;
and, now that it has fairly' engaged the
thoughts of the Church, I - do not doubt'
that it will be disavowed .by the coming
It is to be hoped that the Assembly at
Rochester, will take a firm hold of the sub
ject here presented. , We know 'that it is
sectional, and on that account we regret it
•the more deeply. But it is an aggreasioni
unprovoked, arid needless. 'Andit aims'
the deStruction of fundamental principles
of. Christian duty. We trust that it will
be put down byaiL overwhelming. vote. ,
This body is holding its quadrennial SeS
sion in the city :of BUffalo, New-York.
The attendance is very large, and its re
ports, discussions and conclusions, will be
looked for with lunch interest. Among
the subjects, of importance that will'recefie
much attention, are the, propoissa. rule s with
regard to the exclusion of ,slaveholders
from rnenibership, , the 4 introduction of lay
men to the Conferences, and the' Presiding
, • , . , • 1 ,
The address of the Bishops gave, some
interesting filets concerning ,the progress of
this Church : • -
The number' of members and probe,:
tioners .in '1855 (in the Chureh,) was
799,431, and of ministers 5,4081 the
former in 1859 numbered' 974;345, and the
latter 6,877 ; making an increase respeet
ively of .174,914, arid 1,469. The number
of church edifices is 9,305, and of parson,
ages 2,540; with' an' aggregate estimated
value 'of $21,341,624=-an increase in `-biro
years of 960 Churches, and 366 parsonages,
at a valuatiOn of $8,341,624.
The increase of the Sunday Schools is
alluded to with' much satisfaction, as the
catalogue of Sunday Scheel books, and the
number' of teachers and 'schelarS, are 'rapid
ly increasing:'' The- priblioations of 'the
'Church have' become , very numerous. -The
aggregate number of pages printed and
'circulated since the last 'General Confer
ence, in tracts„ bound volumes, 'and the
:monthly illustrated`tract, 'Good News, is
'51,170,900. .
The New-York Bet& Concern shows that
It pr , nts'lns
r a net capital in real estate,
cash, 'merchandiia, ng /printi offiee, and
and. notes materials, ,bindery'""-;: and. notes and book ac
counts of
. $540,721.01 arlirthat\tXo total
number of bOokai;ulilished'dUrinethe last
four years is 3,800,000, besides 27,802,000
pages of tracts. Total sales for the four
years $1,1.75,837, an increase of $175,133
over the previous four- years ; The debt of
BoeltiCoheerh iitlBs6;agl. 70,704, but
now only,amounts t0,,tfi1.,§09. The total
profits of the ooneern since 183 G are' set
down -at'51,171,584.1 '
*7 .
Pur 'Methodist brethreniditivn` not found
that .a full exhibit; the` - actual 'state ot
their BOOk Coneert(li4 inured, its pros
perity" n any way, ,They tlai people
what they have and' Whit they want; and
hencn they 6rijOy''''thei:ednfideden 'of the
A'country tikes its character, very much,
from its literary - ingtitutions; especially
frOrp. those'whi'eh 'are cataliiished
conducted cicrgetioally.„ It has ,been the
habit of Presbyterians,—it is an out-going
of their spirit,--to' carry literature with
them, and to Plant . soil,"and
to • cherish : it with assiduity. A. few of
them • penetrated Wisconsin: They. estab..
lished. Carroll College: :They-clin,g to ,it.
They are unable; alone, to wake it what it
Should be They ask help Let that help
be contributed. • •
We give the following satisfactory infor
mation : • •
This 'lnstitution, ender , the supervision
4if :the Presbyteria..`o - ,*nod, 'Of `Wis:consin,
ig 'locate& Wank7ha, fifteen . miles= West
cif' MilWinkie, en /the M.. and MisSissippi
Railroa.d, hasit beautiful and commodiouS
edifice for instructiVe. , purposes, on a site
of ten 'acres,' with adjoining lots, for.) the
purpose" of`' aeconiniodatingi the erection of
Profeseors' residences. It has been inine
cessful operatiOn, With a • full College' or=
nunizition for the last { six: years , aided. by
the Presbyterianßodrd ilf Education, while
its - endowinent; winch has; been 'as' yet-only
partially effected; is in progress ;T it has
graduated three'elasses succesSively during
the lest three yetirs, and has a senior: class
of six to graduate in' July next,' With low
er didsses to 'suceeed 'it in , regular progress:
The President and Fiscal Agent, is now
making - an appeal to the friendS of Chris
tian Education, in its 'behalf, to facilitate
the proseention of its , appropriate ;work;
withoutinterruptiOn While pissing a peen=
, b
niary crisis at the West,' - which , has`crippled
so many 'similar enterprises.' Any- special
hifoimation will be` 'cheerfully comMuni
cated by the Agent, to any and:all who - may
desire it,, and , will favor' him with an -inter-
View. •
The' following'testirnonialsare appended;
to assure those who ay .not:' , be acquainted
With the agent, that the character and:im
pertance Of 'the entePAsei'are'such . as to
invite their %confidence, cokiperation and
liberality. • JcarrA. SAVAGE, •
Presidktt and Piieal Agent.
The Presbyterian College, in 'Wisconsin,
at the head of whioh'is. , the'Reii. Dr. Sav
age, 'is one .of those infant institutions
which are indispensable,to_Church progress
in the new eountries...Those . ,who know
our histerias Presbyterians, lino* `that to
such scbooli, such pioneers, such humble;
earnest, efforts, we have owed the supply of
ministers.:`` My: is great, that if
this College I.l6'supported,it wilt do more
:for:sound Presbyterianism in the North-
Weit, than ten times the same outlay in
other ways, or, a hundred times the same
outlaya - few Years hebee.
Constant as are the 'demands 'made on
the beneficent among us,' I hesit‘te not to
Make an . , earnest Plea 'for this . enterprise,
at the'doors'ef those who love the Church;
of our Fathers.
1 1 4. p - i/ 1856.'
Allegheny City, Pa.,=.3farch 44, 1860.
I have been on the site of Carroll CoP
14-6,. seen, its officers' and Students, and eon
verged' with 'the brethren of that region.
have not d"doubt of the wisdom of fbund
ing and - 'snStaining that' institution, and
heartily commend it to the'friends of sound
Education' and. true reli ion
[Signed,]''''Wm. S. PLUMER.
, The General Assemblies.--One of the Edi
tord, is at, Rochester, as a Commissioner, an d
will faithfully report the , proceedings. The
other' vrill'briefly, note affairs in the
lily Wok Inects 'in, this city,
- 'AerditeB.--See . an interesting communi
cation in anal:ter-column: 7 '
GENRRAL BISTROOTNE, and the other. British
otheers;•together.with a portion ,of the; "privates,
captured byr General' Gates at Saratoga; were
afterwards quartered-. at ,Cambridge, ; Medford,
Charlestown; and Watertown, ,in the vicinity of
Boston. Mr. Charlesil. Morse; of this city, has
now in - his possession the original parole signed
by:Gen.- BUrgoyneland his officers;- and it is de
cidedir a long list , bf fighting men "—contain
ing-no less • than One hundred and , eighty-eight
names:lThe signitilre of Gen. Burgoyne was
uSually'firni and handipm, but 'in this= instance
it is ; Wiitten in a broken and 'tremulous' manner:
Here,•tOo; : is the naive of Gen. `William Phillips,
Written' 'by himself. This" is' theßritisher who
once *ate t.e General Washington' as "`"Ati.
Washington;" then as "George{ Washington,"
and ifteiwards as" General Waihington." •
as President of Harvard,College, will take place
op. Monday, the 20th •of the present month.. It
is intended to make , the ceremony quite an ire
posing,,one. !There will, be a long .procession _of
the,, E gorperation, : of the College, the . faculty',
ntudents; and citizens, generally, under the, direo 7
tionnfA,Chief Marshal. . , •
The eiristiaw.Examiner,' a UNITARIAN JOERNAI t
has':been- frequently of ate admitting that the
Orthodox faith is'not4dtbgether. a delusion; and
evenackneirledging some'tendencies in its own
convictions toward '"some-of the truths of the
Evangelibil nyitera have for the Most part
been repudiated by modern' Unitarians. But' in
its iide Charity it fs sslowto-acknowledge these
as essentials to the Christian In a' recent
notienraf-Prof: Hunton's of the Trinity,
that journal says •
With the'netion itself; the , Athanasia.n °omen-
Um- of the Godhead, we have no quarrel. As an
article ,ot ; speculative, theosophy, we have. not
only no,objectien to it, but are willing to eonfess
a speculative leaning toward' it; But when it is
thrustidegiehticelly forward, as one of the essen
tials of the Christian' faith, as binding authority,
and as Scripture doctrine, we feel it to -be„a
falsity'!, ll A un, otrSPee,. . • • • •• . ;
~.This admission is .certainly no very great ad-
Yanoe• , •• .
A PRESBYTERIAN CHUM* waiworganlied in
Bast •Boston in 4864, - .andoanited•srith the. 'Old
Schoel General ASeembly; itt:1858:; This visa the
first PreslVeirian chufch iirchiculeFlOn with our
Assembly, in Boaton, let; iiiiinty=fire year*" Or
since "'the Federal' Street left the' Generol':*-
Oembli: This church has 'completed . lee
erection of a handsome and hOuie of
worship, at* cost ab0id..511 . 3,000, This build'-
14 1 1,," 4 diali !! :I T the arteinoon
of P 14.491
made Ont.paspior, ~Tiev. ii 11..rohnlion, 'and . A
by -iiitt;. f
err. Y:frli 40' i : 8 ft was an able
produati on, - setting forth the *reasons *lty.G'ocl
took , 'pleasure in having' plebes erected for his
worship z, and tbafeelings of reverence, gratitude,
and attacbment.iiith'whieh men should regard
them. The-ehoiritiug.the beautiful Scotch ver
sion of the eighty-fourth psalm, and several ap
propriate hymns. 7:
Mr: genryfis-the;brottier-in-law of the pastor,
and waiTcirinetly paitoilof a church in Chicago,
but is .now colleague with Dr. McElroy, of the
Scotch Presbyterian church, New York. 13oth
of thesibretliren began the work of the ministry
in the.4asociatelteforineci Church ; both received
thSii . theological training in the Seminary, of
that Church at Allegheny, under the' :Re*: Dr.
T. 'Pressley ; and Mr; Henry is : •a 'naive of
'`'Allegheny County. ..
. humus. • EBQ.' . Senior editor of the
„ritittricid,S.unvurhich lie founded as long ago as
4890, 4i4 last week, at the venerable age of
~eighty-four. He was the oldest editor in the
Union. • .
.• •
• ' • , IVETV 2 IrORi.K. - 1 1 •
. , .
T)/e.M.l.tivreuz .A.m.DA.,mpous aTrAyed.lapt.:*94.4c,
but 4.!!linito l 4 . not 'O64M to appear..
.whore in pub3io previous, to: ,presentation to. the
President. They remained on the United States
steam frigate :R9anoke, until her departure-for
Norfolk, from' which place they will proceed di
irectly to Washington:. ,
'lThis city, last Week, lost one of itt oldeilt and
most 'distinguished. lawyers, in the *death of
Gronos Garyrix, ESQ. Whatever opinions
Might be entertained' concerning othei members
no one eyes; failed:: to place Mr.
among the very first. He was. of New
parentager., born ,'January 1778 ;
giailuated at Tale
,Goiiege, studied ,law with
,Indge Illuiler,l ref . Wytiming Pa • 'married the
sdangliter iof Poi. 2ebulon, Butler, vrhocommand
etN4 Westyoint,during the .Itevelutionary War,
and who defended his native place in the terrible
Indian massacre at. Wyoming ; and came to New
,York at the age of twenty-eight. Here , ho at once
took a very high, position, and was immediately
acknowledged•the equal in eloquence and legal
learning to Emmett; Wells, Hoffman, Pue . r,
r Jones, " Livingston, Wood; and others, who corn
posedA legal galaxy that has never been. , sur
- passed. 'He was a remarkable instance •of the
union of the most 'overpowering eloquence, the
closest logic, and: the most exact knowledge of
law. Manyisithis "speeches and arguments will
be models for succeeding generations, and extracts
from his aild7sisses have been declaimed in almost
every colleg e o and ace.acad emy , qftisp land. He was;
closely related to great rifeh,lsoili Collaterally and
in his own immediate'faMily." ;Many now living
remern* well - the glowing eloquence and fervid
appeals breii pulpit, of liiirlirother, the Rev.
'Edmund" Nil.' I Griffin; Pitido:lent"' of Williams
Ciallege;ind,one.of, the ltiniiieirieif.iif the Preg- .
liyterian~Church id'his ' idaf histois Griffin,
The elfifet ' . of thioige * Griffin •of great • '
pence as a laiiyer, anit'a ' man of most lovely,
otu io . and blameless character,die
1801. ';The Rev. Edzinnd' Griffin, another son,
diet Va t• the age of, twentY-onec after having given
bright promise of "eietraordinary ability- and
usefulness.: Charles;.nnothei son,. and a mem
ber of the same' profession Si" his father, died
last year. Most of his grandchildren are of full
age,. and some of them, of both sexes, give evi
„dence that they. inherit the talents of their an
cestor. Mr. Griffin was a zealous member of the
Presbyterian Church, and after his retirement
from the bar, devoted several years to the pro
ductko,n of two religious works of great ability,
eintgled " The
. Sufferings of our Saviour". and
•the'‘f Evidences of Christianity."
taili:WeCk was " ANNIVERSARY WEEK," and a
large number of strangers were in the city, for
the purpose of attending the annual meetings of
the different'Sodeties. But, as a general thing,
ibese meetings are not so well attended as in
former yearn: Residents of 'the 'city take but'
little interest in them, except when some special
emergency, irises, as in the case of the Tract'
Society; and persons from a distance hare
grown, weary of being entertained every year by
the same speakers. This ernPloyment of nearly
the same spoakere, every, year has been a groat
mistake; and our- General Assembly should take .
warning in time, and cease to confine its appoint--;
merits for Om
. annunl, sermons, in behalf of the.
Boards, to a few individuals, residing in peculiar.
1 ' • At"lthe. Apniversary; the' Aitant CAN •BiaLs.
Soozsgst the Hop. TheedOreTrelinghuysen pre
sided; and 'the Scriptures. Were reed and. prayer
offered by the Rev. DOiermilye. The Annual
Report gave the folloirAng summary :
Eighty-one new aexiliaries haVe been recog
nised: Of Life Directors, eiglity-eight have been
inade, andat Life Member's, one thousand five
'hundred and, 'thirty-two. The receipts of the
;year :amount to. $435,956.92, being an increase
•of $20,945.55 over the previous year. Of this
sum, $241,299.57 are from sales of Bibles and
Testamentif• and' $107;657.35 gratuitous. The
'number •of volumes issued is 753,772; since
the organization of :the Society, 14,278,881.
Grants of °books have been made to. auxiliaries,
benevolent Sobieties, and . individuals ; to. the
,amount of $47,
New Beoke—A. new German Bible, 12m4y., has
been published ;• a modern Armenian Bible; 8.v0.,
with references; a • nonpareil Testament . .and'
Psalms, 82m0.; a diamond Testaphigt.andP . salms,'
48m0.; and portions of the:Nest .Testiti):tant in
Cherokee, 24zna.,
'stniare . l6Faq;; a . mniferi
'lrithotit ireferevieda; , Maid • dad ;•.8 iliiniontßible,
same size,mithout aceedsories; for lews.; •a'pearl.
*-reference Bible, square:lBmo.; a pearl Bible;
without refer,ences, same size
. ; a Cherokee New
Testament, 12nio. ..4geets--There are forty-one
igents employed by the' Society, including one
in the Levant, one in Brazil, and one in Mexico.
.Gneral• Supply—This • work, commenced four
years since, is still in progress, with much en-,
couragement. ,Graitts Alaney—These have
`been made for publishing 'and circulating the
• Sdriptures in Spanish America, France, Germany,
Italy,' Turkey, Syria, India, China, Africa, and
,the Sandwich Islands, to the amount of •$88,259.
77, aside from the funds, expended in the Bible
House in printing foreign versions. Our ex
tended commerce, and ntui2erous Missionary
establishments abroad, are 'making increased
demands every year for means to piepare and
distribute s the Scriptures in different ;tongues.
of. thhi, we ) wilh not. complain, but. rather give
, thinks:to God,, who thus opening the way for
his 'Word alnottg' all nations.
• , .
Addresiei were made by the Rev. Dr.-Plumer,
of Allegheny City, Rev. Dr. Fisher, Rev. R. W.
Henry, and others. After the conclusion. of Dr.
Fisher's sppech,, a letter was•read from. the Earl
of• Shaftesbury, in response to an invitation to
attend the anniversary. He expressed his inabil
ity. to,come on account of the pressure of his pub
lic duties. The Acttdetuy of Musio,-where the
meeting was held, was not more than one-third
'The Thirty-filth Anniversary of 'the ADIZICAIir
TtutoT Stibtaix-itina Bold in Rev. Dr. Hutton's
"'Church; T . On''WedneadaY Morning of last week.
• In'the . abience of the President., Hon. Thomas
S. Williams, the meeting was called to order by
ilOn. Wm. C. Alexander; Vice President. Prayer
was offered by Rev. Dr. Burchard, of Rew-York.
It appeArs from the Annual Report, that
• during the year the Society's agents made 630,000
family visits, offered prayer in 425,000 of them,
• and,•circulated 443,000 volumes by sale, and
120,000 by grant... Since the commencement. of
this work the colporteurs have made nearly eight
millions of family visits, and offered prayer in
some' 'inillianS of habitations.'Th'e'y had cirau
lated by sale in nineteen years, 6,860,000 vol
umes, and beitoWed two millions on the poor
withogt money and without price. Foreign ap
propriations in cash for' the year, $12,000 ; since
its forination, $510,000. Of the publications
circulated during the year; there were' in the
Northern and 'Middle States, 12,350,000'pages,
value . $6,000. In. the Western and • North
western States, 6,500,000. pages, or $4,000. In
the South:western Statia;ls,B7l,ooo,.or $lO,OOO.
Of the six hundred rind' fortynitie colporteurs
and stddezits at work during the past year, two
hundred , and;twentptlime labored in the North
.ern : Staten,. one hundrrd and fifty-two: in ; on
34, este*; . §tates, and two hundred and .sixty-one
in the S9uthein States.
Printed ;during' the ,year, 731,700 . tolniness,
11;041,400' putlications, or 238,876,800 ;
final in thirty-five years; 15,778;529 volumes,
226,582,300 - publications, or 5,596,286,104 , pages.
gratuitous distribution for the year, in 3,040
Aliatinutzranys, 55,013,082 pages ; and 12,800,340
:pates to Inanberi 'and direotora ; iniduntineto
''• I • ' • • • •
Receiptranci .E . Tpenctiires.-I*eii , ed in clops,
!inns sind inn die's, $111i864.81.; wile i , $232;6Y6.-
.f ~%'~:
56 ; 'received on insurance and expended before
April 1, $32,718;91; making, with balance in
the treasury, $380;762.93. Expended—Manu
facturing and issuing, $226,058,67 ; colportage,
$79;616.20; coiporteur agencies and deposito
ries, $29,497.99; cash for foreign lands, $12,-
000 ; all other expenses, s3B,69o.o7—making
Speeches were , made by the R,ev.Tir:,Riddlel of
Jersey Pity,
.formerly, of Pittsburgh
Dodges, Esq., and the Rev. Dr. Wolcott, of-. Ch-
'cage. This last gentleman submitted the follow
ing resolutions, upon which he made an animated
speech : • , •• f'
WIFERMAS, 'This Society, in '1857, on recent--
mendation of the Committee of fifteen, adopted a
yesolution affirming that those moral duties which
grow out_of, I,IM existence of slavery; as well as
dose moral and evil vices which it is knoin to
premote, undoubtedly tio fall within the province
of this Society, and can and might to be discussed
.in its, publications,. and this declaration still
stands in full force ; therefore,
_Resolved, That the reasons which urge to such
disolissidn - still reinain, and now press upon the
• Society with aecumulative weight..
Whereas, This Society, at its last meeting, de
clared that "it has no doubt in relation to the
sin of 'the African slave trade, and the great
wickedness of recognizing that iniquitous system
in any form .}». and
'Whereas, During the past year evidence' has
accumulated until the fact has beconie notorious
and flagrant, that this, accursed traffic has been
•pursued by vessels sailing from various ,ports of
this country ; therefore,
Resolved, That the publication orrePublication
of suitable tracts,. setting forth the iniquity of
the African slave trade, would meet the warm
approbation of this Society. ,
At the conelusion of his speech, the Rev. Mr.
Lee, of Brooklyn, offered the follovaing,,evident
ly intended to cast ridicule on br. Wolcott's res
olutions :
Resohed, That in, the opinion of this Society,
the 'opening of German.lager beer gardens in
New York, on the Sabbath, is contrary to the law
and Gespel of God, and that there are many oth
.errpractices inNsw. York and 'Brooklyn, att.& in
,Tariotts parts of, New , England, which :are de
eervinw of our disapproVal and hearty condem
Relolved, That the , Executive Committee be di
,ieeted to publish against the evils:of abolition
.: : ,Whereuport a ,motion for adjournment: was
• made by the Hon. Greene C. Bronson, - which was
carried amid much confusion... To say the least,
• this was not, a - very dignified
f inale, on the part
•of a great.national Society: Nothing would have
-been lost by less haste, and a full' expression of
.opinion: After the adjournment, the Life Mem
'bers cleated the - old Committees by an overwhelm
ing majority. They are as follows :
Publishing Committee.--Rev. David Magic, D.
D -Elizabethtown N.J• Rev. Wm. R. Williams,
D.D.,, Rev. Wm. 'Adams, D.D., Rev. Benjamin C.
Cntle.r, D.D., Rev. Neh. Adams, D.D.', Boston,
.;:Mass:; Rev. Thomas Dewitt, D:D.
' Distributinr Committee.—Wm: Forrest, Alfred
I Id.• Treadwell, Alfred S. Barnes, Samuel S: Con
stant,, Dr. Wm. N. Blakeman. ,
!Mance Comstittea=Richard T. Haines, Moses
Allen, Thomas C. Doremus, Richard S. Fellowes,
George N. Titus, Esq., Oliver E. Wood.,
The head-quarters of the BOSTON, TRACT SOIN
ETY, is 'in "the metropolis, of New England, but
the first anniversary was held in Dr. Cheever's
church, in this city, last week. The.following is
a statement of the operatkins for the year;
"Whole nunitier of tracts published dining the
-year; fifty-four---copies printed, 4;129,650 ; whole
, niimber of; volumes published, sixty-sevem—
:copies, 151,6774 ,whole amount of printing done,
;(tracts and books,) 22,283,532,page5. The Soci
etypublishes two papers, called the Tract dro-urn
al and Clad at'Bowie, of which they have . print
ed; altogether:l,ll2,ooo copies. In addition : to
their own publications, the Society has purchased
and distributed $17,797.17 worth of matter pub
lished by other Societies and booksellers. They
have paid in aid of the Press atforeign_missionary
stations, $l,OOO. They have employed thirty
three colporteurs, of whom two were engaged in
the'ilaveholding Sta:es. The charitable distri
butions of the Society to hospitals, seamen, mis
sionary associatiChs, Sunday-Schools, &c. in
the way of:tracts and books, amount to $11,928.
06. The sales during the, year, including pub
lications in the, binds of colporteurs, amount to
$47,732.98. The finances.of the Society show a
balance'in the treasury of s9o2.Bo—the total re
frOm sales, legacies, hiving been
$67;600.86, and the total expenses, $66,698:06.
After the reading of the report, Dr. Tyng 'nude
`in able `and characteristic speech.
,MAYOR HENRY was duly inaugurated Mayor for
a second term, last w eek. In this ceremony Rev.
. ,
Dr. Brainard read a portion of the second chap
ter of first Timothy, with the ninty-ffist Psalm,
and offered prayer. Then the oath of office
was administered by Judge Oswald Thompson.
This, was, followed by an address from the
Mayor, in,,which he , pledged himself , to fulfill
the dutse.s.of his station faithfully, impartially,
and apcording to the best of his ability.
The Ptsv. D. R. Goonwrx, D.A., of Maine, has
been elected Provost of the University of Penn
sylvania: This - Office was made vacant, some'
time 'ago, by the resignation of Prof. Trethake. , '
Philadelphians take great interest in the Pon-
Lto ScnooLs of their city, and are proud of their
Continued success. The Philadelphia Ledger
• .
In the ,year 1850, the public school' system of
the city included 266 schools, 727 teachers; ‘inid
45,383 scholars. In 1859' it had reached 828
schools, I,o62leachers, and 61,745 scholars. In
1850 there was one teacher to every SiNty47o
Scholars. In 1859 there was one teacher to every
fifty-eight scholars. The proportion of scheols ,
Seas somewhat different.. InlBso there was one
school to one hundred and seventy-Seven
scholars. In 1859. there was one for every One
hundred and= ninety-one scholars. Thus, while
the number of teachers,in propertion to scholars
ha multiplied;the number of schools in propor
tion to scholars has not kept even pace.
brated its Thirty-Sixth Anniversary last week.,
John P. Crozier, ' sq.,< Vice-President, presid
ed. After the singing of a hymn, and a prayer,'
Rev. B. B. Westbrook, Secretary of Missions,
read the annual report. During the year the
number of new schools organized directly' by
missionaries, w,here none previously existed,
; teachers pledging themselves to conduct.
these Schools, 14,225; children enrolled at the
time of organization, 88,278; schools visited
and aided by the missionaries, 3,701; teachers
laboring in these schools, 30,355; scholars in at-.
tendanc,e, 215,168;,wh01e number of schools or
ganized and aided, 5,792; whole number .of
teachers, '44,580,• Whole number of scholars;
"298,446; volumes of religious books supplied' to
these schools directly by the missionaries, About.
224,000; making, in 18mo. pages, more than
The business of the Publication Department
has 'grown largely. The sales have increased
from $202,426.30 to $234,436.'82. The number
of new books issued'is larger than in any former
year, and they seem to be meeting very general
acceptance, and to, be doing a good work. The
Society has,now a large number of volumes in
various stages of, progress, and most of them,
ready for publication. ,
' Addresses were - delivered by- Rev. N. H.
Schenck, Rev. Hiram Eddy,' Rev., J. Hyatt
Smith, 'Rev..W. J. R. Taylor, and the exercises
closed with, a, benediction by Rev. Mr. -Cray-
For the Presbyterian Banner.
Our German Mission Churches.
lEssits. Enrrons :—Allow me to call
the attention of your readers :to the visita.:
tion of s Spirit, amongGod' the Germans of
Rochester and vicinity. Nearly three
months, ago, a little church consisting of
thirteen persons, was organized and placed
under the care of. Allegheny City. Presby
tery. Since then, whilst I was preaching
only 'every third week, the Lord has been
pleased to bless my feeble efforts 'there,to
the hopeful conversion of many. , On
Sabbath, the 29th day
,of April, we had
a most precious communion season in the
,of _tr other Cuurthightun, in Bridge
water. Twenty-one persons, among whom
the aged and the young were':feund, were,
on examination, admitted to the sealing or
dinance of the I f ord's Supper, and five in
fants were baptized.:, , •
The people feel very much encouraged,
and hope' for greater things,yef. In West
4ancheiter the work is, progressing some
what skiver, but elleeringlreneugh. On
last Sabbatlefour persons were received, in
to the church, and took tbeir'seats" at the
Lord's table;; Three .children were ap
tized. 711E1;6:dire nuMber of ,Germnp pres
llthrians belMiging to my charges . js sixty,
six, and the average attendance on Divine
worships nay he said to be seventy. To
the Lord be all the praise.
Yours respectfully,
West Manchester, May 8, 1860.
Poi the Presbyterian Banner.
Fall of Aerolites in Guernsey and Raskin
gum Counties, Ohio.
MESSRS. EDITORS :—The usual equan
imity of the good people of this portion of
'Ohio, Was much disturbed at noon on the
Ist inst., by a succession of tremendous ex
plosions in the heavens, at an angle of about
dirty-five"degrees from the earth. These
reports were heard over an area of from
-seventiftire to one hundred utiles square.
I.n parts' of Guernsey and. Muskingum
counties, the shocks were really terrible, so
Much so, as to'shake the largest buildings,
in a manner similar to the loudest thun
der--causing lam& alarm to some, and
wonder to all.
The soimd, to y m ear, was like that of a
large volume of steam passing through cold
water; as' may be heard, on a small scale,
when a railrcad engineer turns the steam
pipe of the locomotive in the water-box of the
"tender "..-the noise being low, and heavy,
with an occasional note of peculiar empha
sis. It seems the phenomenon was of a
meteoric character, as many great stones
fell near' the villacres' of
,New Concord,
Claysville, Point Preasant, and Hartford.
Some of these aerolites I have seen. The
one before one, foUnd by our townsman, Mr.
R. J. Clark, weighs nearly four pounds, is
cubical in form--sides smooth—corners
rounded off—has a dark iron-colored sur
face, exceptino *here one point was broken
,off in the fall, by striking against the root
of a tree. The texture of the stone is
granulated closely, resembling a common
fine-grit sand-stone, though somewhat heav
ier, its specific quality being about 3.45.
More than twenty of these specimens ara
now in the 'possession of persons in this
community. Some ', of these are much
larger than the one above described, but of the
same general appearance. The largest I
have heard of, weighs fifty-six pounds, and
was found on the farm of Mr.'Law ' West of
Cambridge. Messrs. Noble and Hines in
the same vicinity, have secured the next
largest. One of these weighs fifty-two
pounds, and the other over thirty-five
pounds. These gentlemen saw both these
stones fall; beingiu the field at the time of
the explosion, and - looking up they saw
theta coming to the ground with great ve
locity, attended with a whizzing sound.
One fell a few yards East, and the other a
like distanee West of them. They ran
immediately to the spot where the first fell,
and found it biiried in the earth to the
depth of near two feet 1 • They dug it out.
It was yet warm, and emitted a sulphurous
smell. The ether in its descent, struck a
fence, brealdng two rails, and sinking into
the ground about sixteen inches I
We know other parties that have speci
mens of great size, weighing forty-three
and a half; thirty-six, twenty-three, and six
teen pounds; and ahnoSt all weights down to
half a' pound. HI can procure a good spec
imen I may send it to you, Messrs. Edi
tors, as a, present, and for' your inspection.
Now, 'what I want is this, that sonic
scientific inns that reads this account, or
hears of this extraordinary meteoric shower,
will gii-e us and the world a iatisfactory ac
count of the origin of these stones, of their
peculiar shape, of • the'- cause of the sound
in their- descent,and -the reason' of their
tharnsish temperature immediately after
their fall. We do not ask a rehash of the
old :Cometary, /unary, or planetary theories.
These we know, and they are all unsatisfac
tory:'Nor will we listen to the asterodic
hypothesis. This is old and obsolete.
Notice ; the sound reached the earth before
the body. Many persons heard, then lcoked,
then'saw; so that to say that the sound was
the:result' of the explosion seems Unteni
ble, for the velocity of heavenly bodieS in
their 'orbits, as well as that of ponderous
bodies falling great distances through t'e
air, is kndWn to far exceed, that of sound, (?)
which is only eleven hundred- and Tciity
two feet per second. -
The temperature of theSe Stones, too,As
mysterious, Had they beet( red - hot we
might 'have accounted forthia high degree
of heat on atmospheric principles, 'but be
ing -only tvaraiiik when picked' up, five
seconds after the.* Struck the earth, explodes
this view ; Besides, had any them been
very hot we would have, doubtless, learned
of their setting ` fire to the leafea and other
dry and 'ecinibustible materials athong which
they fella 'No one of theta, that have seen,
has the slightest ap - pearance of, being a
fragment of a 'great rock any More than
the round, smooth pebbles on "tliesides of
river& -Itile; 'They ere,all?Wcated: with
and have • a cleari'Metallie ring, when
struck with aliammer:
The literati of our town have formed a
Society; to talk about and theorize on _this
and ; kindred topics—and `any light that
they can receive on the subject, will be
most thankfullrteceived: — The - whole
phenoinenon is singularly mysterious, one
worthy of 'the eonsidelatidn, of the philo
sophical world—and i,s t hoped that
our modern geologists will pause a naoment
in their zeal in and'boring the
solid earth, to get a; register to contradict
Scripture ; and pay their respects to these
meteoric strangers " Thii,'at least ; Rill at!.
ford variety in their - field& of observation.
Whether the - image of Diana, that was
so hal:Mimi:Mid worshipped at Ephesus,
and traditionedtO' have fallen from Jupi
ter, was an iieolite. found and'carved by
some cumungsculptoi to delude the lovers
of mysticism, knoW nOt, but ani inclined
to believe. For,' no theory Of the origin of
the.Se stones onght:tohe'reeei*e'd: that does
not account for their on , batural principles
founded on' secondary: causes :;• , atiperstition
may think otherwise, hut truer philos4 - ,pby
never-can. But enough for thezpresent.
Por this Presbyterian Brorm.r.
Of the:Twenty-thirdAnnual Report of the Board of
Fpreign ilMsions of the .Presbyterian Church in
the United Stade of America.
The:Board ,acknowledge their gratitude
to , Almighty God, for the many tokens of
his, favor s bestowed upon this great cause,
dining the year, both inits , home and, for
eign departments. -
The receipts from all sources ,have been
8237,582.28, being .an advance over those
of last year,,
of ~.$7,501.71. The expendi
tures have, een V 34 ;037.'73, jeuving a bal
ance in the Treasury of $3,5} ; .55, Whilst
the, aggregate adiance of ihareceipts of the
present over..thu previous, year have been
only $7,50171,- yet, the actnal increase -the, ordinary sources has been $2;l,-
544.18, there having been included in the
last year's statement $19,476 more of the
fund for repairing kisses in India, and of
Government' appropriations for Indian
Sbliools,than is contained in the account
of the'present.year: This advanee of $25,-
544.18 in the'contributions of:the churches,
Sabbath-Seheols, individual Christians and
le&aCies ihe'Board grate - fully acknowlethze
as evidence of .a growing:interest in this
gieat 'cause, as well as a Pledge of the con
tinned liberality of the Chtirch in sustain
i*g, •
1, no; number of nr7
--ssionary laborers sent
dung the yfar; has een forty-four,
'Which, with twenty-two .others' received, in
connexion' with that'bran"eh of the - Choctaw
mission formerlY under the
,care of the
American Boald.; innkes thee - whole number
added to the itnissionary:force. , sixty-six--
. 4ing malt , ;twice as IFLanyy, as have been
brought into the missionary Service" in any
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