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The Territe.test.—lt is said that Capt.
BuinDurex and seventeen men, of the
liferrin'yxte, were killed, by, the Cumberland's
shot, heibre she sunk. The shot penetrated
through the port - holes.
It is also said that the rebels have evac
uated Island No. 10.
- Crowded kt.—An excellent' letter on the
distribution Of Our Board's hooks in the
Army, and4ilso our Eastern Summary, are
emitted this week for want of room.
- Water" tilivergitf.-7The accession of
Rev. SAMUEL FINLEY to the Chair of
Rhetorio, in : this Institution, increases the
number -of. Professors to four—all actively
engaged. 'Pittsburghers should embrace
tilietfaverab/e , opportunity here offered, in
the •edtictition of their families. '
'1 :Minister's Son ,Taken Prisoner.--Lient.
Joint-J. NwvisT, of the Sewickley Guards,
Co. G, 28th Regiment Penna. Volunteers,
Gracar, was taken prisoner by the
zebels ? (eve day last week. He is the 'son
of the Rev. D. E. NEviar i of .Sewickley,
and an •excellent officer. '
Death ;if' a linlster at Fort Dodson.—
The Rev. DABNEY CARR HARRISON, son
of the Rev. PEYTON HARRISON, D.,D., of
Virginia; was killed at the taking of Fort
Dotielson. He was acting as a captain in
the reberservice. His brother; PEYTON
HARRISON, Jr., was killed at the battle of
Bull Run, and three cousins hive likewise
fallen in battle since the war began. He
was a brother-in-law of the Rev. Ws t. J.
Hoer, D. forme - rly colleague of Dr.
SPRIING, New-York, but now pastor of
the church in Charlottesville, Va.
TBE WIG TIDINGS.
Information from the Seat of War, along
our whole lines, with the exception of one
point, IS Cheering. We have neither time
mot' space to enter minutely . into details.
The Chrietian will, with the truest and
deepest gratitude, thank 'God for the •tidings.
The exception we note first-- 7 -the disaster
iu• Hampton Roads. The Merrimucovhich
did so much mischief, an a, first-elasi steam
frigate which was sunk at the grosport
Navy Yard, when the plebe was abandoned,
last Spring. The rebels raised her and
coated her with. iron plates totally imper
vious to all ordinary artillery. Our Gov
iernmer* negleeted too long to prepare
vessels & similar armor, to meet her. This
was the greatest dereliction of duty which
we have known in governmental manage
ment since, the war began. Happily the.
Monitor, a small iron-clad steamer, bnilt at
New-York, arrived is : time to save the
Minnesota, Roanoke, and St. Lawrence, all
of which must have been lost, only for this
The decisive battle in AIiKA.NSAS, an
nounced in the dispatch of Gen. HALLEOK,
was fought, mainly, on the 7th inst. The
enemy were the attaeking party, and had
, gmatly superior numbers. The rebel Gen
erals M'Curzoon and M'lnTo.sa are said
to have been Mortally wounded. Gen.
Outtsus has shown himself to be possessed
of•great ability, as well as bravery. Gen.
SIGEL was distinguished in the action.
The reports' of lOSSOS Vary. many fell, on
both sides. Our army captured many of
.ooLumnus'is fully in OUT possession, and
we daily expect to hear of the fall of New
Madrid 'and. Hickman; and the advance of
the ;Ife.et down the Mississippi, to Island
_No. 10, andihence to Randolph, Tenn.
GENS. BUELL and GRANT are preparing
their divisions :for advances. The former
anapbe expected soon to report progress to
ward -East Tennessee.
On the 'Potomac, the grand army is in
;motion, and the enemy flies.
Manassas, and their suburbs, are in the
possession , dr Gen, MCCLELLAN: Only a
few partiotdars of the grand event are yet
forwarded. The enemy is not likely to
make a stand, short of the Rappahannock,
and probably not short of Richmond, and
we think not even there; His retreat
from the whele State of 'Virginia, is now a
BURNEann's expeditiOn is in danger from
the retreating foe, but he is brave and cau
tions, and may retire, if pressed too hard,
under the protection of bis gunboats. If
he is able' to advanee and hold the railroads
from Norf4 4 and Richmond, South, the
enemy is May in'the trap. The'bastiness
.of the retreatinay, enable him to escape.
The expedition :kern Port Royal isan en
tire success:without a battle. The whole
seaboard, from. NOrtb.'Ediate, S.. Cs,„ to Fer
aiumiina, Fla., is now in our pdssession.
Bowling, Green, Columbus, and Kansa
ass, all fallen without the firing of a gun in
battle? Wonderful I See here the power
ef strategy, the success, the saving of hu
man life! 'While men were condemning
the Commander-in‘Chief, and trying „to
alienate frtiai the confidence of the
President, tho Secretary of, War and the
people, he patiently hears their mad 're
proaches, and carries out his plans to, rout
the enemy, and save„the lives of our brave
sons, husbands and brothers,,and make the
country to triumph. Thanks are due to
God; and 'prayers are still to be offered
that our rill:din May have wisdhreand zeal,
fortittuie and iticeess,, The .ue
peace, on pnnotpos of rectitude:..
THE CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION, TO BE
MAINTAINED ON CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES.
There are different views at the North re
lative to the results to be accomplished by
the war. There has been, and still is, and
we hope will be to the end, a wonderful
Unanimity so far as concerns the entire sup
, pression of the rebellion, and therewith
the restoration of the National authority,
the Constitution and the laWs, throughout
the whole country. There is to be no di
vision in the country, no loss of the right
of eminent domain, 110 loyal citizen left
under the hand of oppression. To make
this attainment to the full, is a National,
social, and Christian duty.
But when we come to discuss other ends
to be attained, or, more definitely, our se
curity for the future, there are , great differ
ences ; and these may yetcause much
trouble. There is a very general ,
merit in opinion, that slavery is, somehow,
the cause of the rebellion. Some regardit
XS the direct and primary cause. Others
regard aristocratic feeling and political am
bition as the cause, but still'admit that the
conspirators Could have accomplished noth
ing without the cry that slavery was in
danger. A few ascribe the 'dissensions
-which culminated in• secession and war, to
the fanaticism of Northern abolitionists.
These are doubtless deeply involved in the
producing of our Natierial troubles.' But
still whatever they may have done was call
ed forth by the existence of slavery; and
slavery rising up to repel theta, needlessly
and with wicked hand& initiated the war.
Thus, manifestly, slavery lies near the root
of the evil, and may be denominated the
cause. It was to protect and extendelavery,
and to preseive its dominance, that the war
Setting out then with this as an axiom,
the conclusion is regarded by some is 'most
obvious, that slavery must be abolished.
How would. you heal a disease but by re
moving its cause ? And if you should, by
mendicaments, effect a seeming cure, may
you not expect the disease to break, out
again, if the cause still abides in the sys
tem ? There is, of course, great - force in
such reasoning, and yet it might lead to
very unwise treatment. Sometimes the
cause of, bodily sufferings is, such that the
application of the knife would produce cer
tain and speedy death ; and sometimes it is
such, that violence and unskillful treatment
would be certain destruction, while mild
and judicious treatment would save the pa
tient's life, and would finally and fully-take
away even the cause of all his sufferings.
How is it then with our national calami
ties? Admitting slavery to be the cause,
how can itbe removedwith safety, or, which
amounts to the same thing nationally, - how
can it be -rendered inn oxious ?
Senator SUMNER may be regarded as the
exponent t of those who would remoVeslavery
Suddenly and' violently. He would .apply
the knife at once. It happens that the or
genic and , fundamental law of the nation
claim's no power over slavery. It receg
niaes slavery solely as a State institution,
and as being entirely under State .coutrol.
How the United States Government,finind
ed on this organic . law, can touch slavery,
is the difficulty. It would be an Assump
tion of ppwer. It would be a breach of
covenant -among the people who .made the
Constitution, and with the States - which
ratified it. It would be a violation of Hof&
cial. oath on the part of the President, the
Congressmen, Cie Judges, and every public
functionary who had anything to do in the
The difficulty is a serious one, but Mr.
SUMNER thinks he has a plan for its remov
al.. lie has accordingly laid on the table
of the Senate a preamble and resolutions,
which he desires to have the countryaippt
and execute. The paper is entirely too
long for the space we have to spare. The'
substauce of it is, that the seceded States,
by the act of Secession, committed a redo
de-se, a self-destruction, and have ceased to'
exist. He then resolves,:
"That slavery being a peculiar local in-'
stitution, derived from local laws, without'
any origin in the Constitution or in natural,
rights, is upheld by the sole and exclusive'
authority of the State,' and must, therefore,
cease to exist legally or Constitutionally,
'when the State on Which it depends no
longer exists'; for the'incident cannot sur
vive the principal." '
This slavery is annulled and abolished.'
And the. States being annihilated, all their ;
territory by right of eminent domain, be
longs to the United States; and every man
occupying 'United States territory is a free
man, and entitled to protection in all his
natural rights, and Congress is bound to
make provision for the proper government
of all the territory and all its inhabitants,
on terms of perfect equality. This is radi
cal, but would, it be just? Suppose ambi
tious and wicked men in Pennsylvania, infi
dels or " whiskey boys," if you please,
should get hold of the reins of power, de
dare secession and take up arms, would it
be, just in Congress to enact that Penn
sylvania had committed a fele-de-se, and
that all individual rights held under State
laws were abrogated—our rights to our
churches, to a quiet Sabbath, or to- our
lands, or to anything else that prejudice or
fancy Might choose to touch ? Would it not
rather be the duty`of Congress, under the
National compact, to, put down the, usurp
ers, and restore the State ?
We said that Mr. SUMNER laid his
paper on the table; and it is likely to lie
there,; or, if he shall call it up, it is likely
to -be consigned to a committee for inter
ment. Thera are not many of our states
men ithe are'ready for a measure so radical.
Most regard it as being utterly subversive
of the Constitution; tie deeply and eor
(dially as .they hate slavery, they could re
sort to no such-measure-for its removal.
As .an-;offset to Mr. SUMNER'S proposi
" RA-i*, of Kentucky presented. a
series pf l Aesolkl . t l ions declaring :that the Con
stitution.. .is the fundamental law ;of the
Goveinnient and the 'lights of the people
PRESBYTERIAN BANNER.--SATURDAY, MARCH 15 1862.
are fixed and immutable, and cannot be ab
"legated by any other power thin the Con
stitution, and any attempt to' abroante or
destroy the rights guaranteed by the Con
stitution is inhuman and unjust, and an
outrage on civilization; that there is no
- power in the Constitution to abrogate or
.destroy , any of the rights of the . people, and
any rights 'or privileges that may have keen
suspended by the existence of the war, will
be resumed on the close of the war as if
they had not been suspended; that no
State, by any vote or secession act, can ab
rogate her rights or obligations, or the ob
ligations of the United States to preserve
lier people in the enjoyment of all their
rights, and to guarantee to such Stite a re
publican form of -government; that, there
can be no confiscation of any property or
infringement of the rights of loyal citizens,
- unless for acts declared to be criminal;
that it is the duty of the Ilnited States `to
suppress the rebellion speedily, carrying
the Sword in one hand and Justice in the
other., and to restore the States' to their
This declaration will probably meet with
as few friends as the , other.. It comes
greatly short of what the public requires in
settling matters with , those engaged in the
President LINCOLN; in his inaugural
address, declared his purpose to re-possess
the forts and all the property of• the United
States, and to uphold, the Constitution and,
administer the laws, in the whole country;
and we have not seen any indica - tine that
he will stop short of this attainment, or
will seek any thing farther.,
Rebellion is the act of individuals; and,
Secession, though passed by a Legislature,
was an unconstitutional act, and hence
could not bind the people, nor render the
people personally criminal. And even when
the seceding act was passed by a conven
tion and ratified by a majority vote, it
could not bind the whole people of the
State. It being illegal, none can justly be
held responsible but those who voted for• it.
It would be 'unjust, and cruel, 'to lake
good Union men suffer loss in common
with the guilty, because their State Legis
lature was faithless, and their neighbors
traitors. And there are many good men in
all the States. In most of the States South,
a large majority of the people were ardently
Union men at the beginning of the trouble.
On a test vote, the Union majority in Ten
nessee was over fifty thousand. But the
power was in the hands of designing poli
ticians, who, by force, fraud, and falsehood,
It would hence be unconstitutional and
unreasonable to adopt any measure invok
ing the whole people of the States, loyal
and disloyal,.innocent and guilty, friends
of the Union and foes, in a common calam
ity. This objection lies against the propo
sition of Mr. SUMNER; and it is one which
cannot be surmounted, unless the nation
were brought to such, an extremity that its
life or death were involved. Such, hap
pily, is not, and is not likely to be, our
It'is, as we suppose, the 'purpose of the
President, Cabinet, majority, in Congress,
that is, of the law-making and a4lministra;
five power, to pursue a course between the
propositions of Mr. DAVIS and Mr. SUM
NER. The War is waged neither. for
the abolition nor 'for the, protection of
slavery. Slavery suffers from the war.
The death blow has fallen upon the cruel
institution. It must die perhaps die
slowly, but.die it ,must. This is an. inei
dent of the war. But the end aimed at by
the Government is the preservatlon of the
Union, and the enforcement of the' laws.
It will put, down the rebellion; and will
seek its security for the future, in the pun
ishment of the rebels. What that punish
ment shall be, must be determined by the
law. They are transgressors of law, and
justice requires that they shall 'bear the
law's penalty—death, or imprisonment, or
fothiture of property, or loss of political
rights, or all of these, according to each,
one's degree of criminality—always re
membering that mercy has her claims.
The Union must be preserved, the Con
stitution maintained and the laws -execu
ted ; and in doing this, private rights must
not be . violated. The protection of the
.loyal is as much a duty as is the suppres
-sion of the rebellion& There must'be nei
ther injustice nor, cruelty. The -nation
must have a conscience. If we would have
God on our side, we must do no iniquity,
while our magistrates " bear not the sword
in vain." They are "God's ministers,"
"to execute wrath," but it is to be only
-" on those who do, evil." Let us be Chris
tians, guided and restrained by God's
Word. Every private member of the
Church, every, minister of religion, and
every Christian editor has a duty to per
form, in the present einergeney." To do
this aright he needs Divine wisdOm. He
needs the Word: of God, and the Spirit of
God. He needs meekness with his cour
age, a docile mind and a praying soul
Lord teach 'us: Make the people to know
and love righteousness. And may,: the
right prevail, in, all our counsels. .
RELIGION IN CHIP.
,The Christian religion, and its ordi
nances, are adapted to man in every situa
tion in which he is
,pladed. We haver, e
fore us a letter from a chaplain in Camp
Johnston, in which he recounts some , of his
tlabors and experience. At a time of much
:sadness and discouragement, he received a
letter from the Christian Association in
Pittsburgh, authorizing him to purchase a
large tent for a house of worship, and draw
on them for a hundred dollars in payment.
He had the tent erected speedily, and on
the first Sabbath it ' was occupied he an
neuneed a purpose to attend to Sacramental
services on the next Sabbath. The week
was occupied in evening preaching, in vis
iting -the men in their tents, and talking
with them Wherever they could be met.
wae a season of, deep interest.
On the Saeramentrd Sabbath the meeting
tent vas crowded: ,) Cirie and fifty
nine persons were received in the army
church, forty-six of ~whore were on a first
profession, and of these six received bap
tism. Twenty'more afterwards gave in their
names: The Lord's name be praised.
The following are the Articles of Associ
ation in this band of brethren
"We who have associated ourselves as
Christians, the professed followers of Je
sus the ' Son ' of God and Saviour of the
world, do not desire this act should be un
derstood as breaking the tie .which bind us
to the churches of which we are members.
" But we thus associate for mutual edifi
cation. That we may know and watch over
each in the. Lord. That there may be re
ceived into Christian communion those
who wish to profess faith in Christ, and
that the Sacraments of baptism and the
Lord's Supper, may be dispensed amongst us_
" Believing that there is One Lord, one
faith, one Baptism,' and that the great fun
damental truths of.the Gospel are, held as
the most sacred of heritages by us all, we
in the unity of the Spirit, a little band by
love together knit, associate ourselves as
"But for our more perfect understand
ing and that those outside may have no
doubt in 'recrild td the . Christian doctrines
which we had in common and confess,
"1. We believe in 'the inspiration of the
Bible, that it eipresses 'the mind and will
of God in regard to man, and that it is the
only and, all-sufficient rule, of faith and
"2. We believe." iti the Supreme Di
vinity of our' Lord' and Saviour Jesus
`Christ, that he was ( God manifest in the
flesh,' and we worship him as God - over all,
and likewise in the'personality and, divinity
of the Holy Spirit—and we worship him
as the Comfarter—the healer, teacher, and
purifier of the human. soul.
" 3. We
,believe that from our first pa
rents we have inherited a nature corrupt
and prone to evil—and if left to ourselves
no one would ever attain to true righteous
ness—for there is gone good, no not one.
"4. That we are justified before God,
not by our tears of repentance,
or painful sacrifices, but by faith in the
Atonement of our Lord ort„the cross; that
he died the. just for the unjust.
"5. We belieVe likewise in the eternal
judgment, and'illat all of us must give ac
count for the deeds done in the body; and
that those ' , AO die in their sins shall depart
into everlastino. punishment • but the
righteous into life . eternal.
"On the basis of these principles of
faith, without dropping any of our denomi
national peculiarities, we associate as breth
ren in the Lord:
And we promise - to study each other's
good—to watch over each other—to pray
with and, for each other—to rebuke when
we go astray—to bear each other's burdens—
to speak often to one another of the Lord—
to be patient and gentle with each other-'—
to dwell together.in love—and to use ev
ery means in our power to advance the in
terests of religion in. the army.
" We promise likewise to honor our offi
cers, to submit to those in authority over
us, and as, far as possible to carry the Spir i p,
of christ into all our military life.",
HOINE AND. FOREIGN RECORD.
The Record gives us an interestingletter
from the missionary at Denver City,. Colo--
redo Territory. A chytch was organizell at
Denver, Dec. 15, enibTang eighteen mem
bers and two Eldcrs. This is a fair begin,
;ping, , but it should be followed up with'
great: energy. Colorado contains aunt
thirty thousand inhabitants. Churches'
should bu 'organized fimmediately. y The
oold diggings- concentrate the people; and
such fields are properly under the care of
the Board. The missionary should be al-
Malys found in new settlements. It is like
sowing seed, in 'the Spring season, when it
will take root and flourish. .
'RECEIPTS ; - in January, at Philadelphia, $lB 694 •
at. Louisville, $lB9. '
The Record gives two artieles•on the sub
ject of the ministry, one of which may;be
seen on our first page. -
RECTIPTSI in Philadelphia, $4,420; in Pitts:
There is nothing new from the INDIAN
TRIBES% Front SOUTir AMERICA we gave
the most recent intelligence a week or two
ago. At Corisco;•Africa,. Mr. Mior.A . Y.
"We have much that isinteresting:in
our work here, though we haie not the evi
.dence of an active work of grace as at some
previous times. The members of the mis
sion, are all in ordinary health, and are-all
engaged with interest in their work."
From INDIA there is nothing new.
In SIAM, Mrs.. MATTooN's health was
such 'as to render it uncertain whether she
could long - remain in Siam. She. had
been quite but was slowly recovering.
At the Communion on the first Sabbath in
November, a native, girl was , admitted to
In JAPAN, Dr. Ilzpourerr asks for help.
From China the nirivs is interesting. We
At Canton, Mr. RAPPER had the
pleasure of baptizing- a native woman, the
wife of a Chinese who was baptized some
years ago in New-York, and who has since
returned to China. Six other persons ap-,
plied for admission to the church, and it is
hoped they will be , received, after longer
trial. The two hospitals, and. the branCh
diipensary at' Fat- . shan, were doing 'a good
work. The latter-place will.be occupied as
a station as soon as the mission is rein-\
"Mr. CULBERTSON and his family had
returned to Shanghai. All the brethren la
ment the death of the Re 4. Dr. BRIDGE
MAN, at that city, -for thirty, years a faith
ful missionary of 'the American Board"in
China. Of late years,' he and Mr. CU
BERTSON have been closely connected to-'
gether in. the work of translating the
" At Ningpe," Mr. Donn was ordained by
the yreabytery on the 3d of November ;
Mr. GREEN preached the sermon, and. Mr.
RANKIN gave the charge usual in this ser
vice. At an, out-station, not far from
Ningpoan aged woman was baptized, No
vember'loth, and'four,others were examined,
by the Chtirch. Session, who will probably
soon be admitted to the church. -Another
hopeful convert had been imptized in the'
San-poh district In this district; a native
house had et length, after much difficulty,
been rented for one of the missionaries;
but the unsettled state of things, on ac
count of the.vicinity of an insurgent force,
led the brethren to postpone for awhile his
removal to that place. , ,The reportedlnva
sion of the insurgents was causing much
excitement among • the people. In the
midst'Of this, the brethren observed with
pleasure that the native. Christians did not
give way to the prevailing alarm, but rest
ed on the promise of God's care of his
children. Dr. and Mrs. MCOARTBE had
embarked for San Francisco in the barque
What Cheer, expecting to call at Kana
"At Tung-chow all was quiet, though
the banditti threaten to return in the
Spring. Mr. NEvius speaks of the little
room they occupy as a chapel being filled to
overflowing by Chinesehearers and a wo
man aged eighty-three years ljad applied
Reenivra ; in January, $18,707.
The Board is diligently occupied in pre
paring books for the soldiers and sailors,
and sending them to the full extent of their
means. Contributions in aid of this work
are faithfully applied, and profitable in re
sult& (See another column.)
RECEIPTS ; January, donations, $1,719; Sales,
The' fiscal year of this Board; closes the
let of April. Contributions received up to
that time will, be embraced in the Annual
Report. Sixty applications for aid are on
file. Much help is needed.
RECEIPTS, in January, $BBO.
Ite,Tival.—The congregation of Bethesda,
(New Lisbon. Presbytery,) has recently en
joked a precious . season of grace. A series
of meetings, conducted chiefly by Rev.
ROBERT HAYS, resulted in the , addi
tion of twenty persons to the church.
Others are inquiring. The pulpit has
been supplied for several months:• by D. M.
MALER of the Western Theological Sem
Bristol, Ohio,—At a recent communion
the Presbyterian church of this place,
Rev. C. B. DUNCAN, pastor, twenty per
sons were added, on examination, ten of
whom received the sacrament of baptism: :
The occasion was one of much solemnity,
and hopes of a continued blessing 'are en
Rev. FREARIOK T. BROWN having re
signed the charge of the Westminster
church, Cleveland, Ohio, and accepted a
call to the Biidge Street 'church, (late
Dr. Bocoek's,) Geofgetown,- D. C., de
sires to be addressed accordin6ly
Rev. SA.MUEL FINLEY, having accepted
the, Professorship of Rhetoric in the
Western University, has returned to
Pittsburgh. Correspondents will please
Rev. Mr. Birds' Springfield, Illinois.—
The name is G. W.,F.. Birch., and not G.
W. H. Burch, as printed a short time
Rev. EDGAR WOOIS pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, Columhus, Ohio,
has resigned his pastoral e,harge.
' Rev. SAMUEL HIBBEN has resigned the
pastoral charge of the Second Presbyte
rian church, Peoria; Illinois.
stay. JAMES H. UALLEN has' received a
unanimous call from the church at King
ston, New-Jersey, of which Dr. T. L.
janeway was formerly pastor.
RevreceivedCuALEs WOOD has receive d call
from the. Presbyterian„chureh, Absecon,
Mr. Jogs 5. STEWART was ordained by
the Prebytery of West Jersey, and in
stalled pastor of the church of Greenwich,
'or the Preehyterian Banner
IPAyA, F17.1702 , T C0 . :,1t.L.,
Ma. Eamon :—The Presbyterian church
in this place has, for some time past, been
enjoying a precious season of revival—as
the result of which, thus far—forty-two
persons have been added to our number
allon examination. About a year, ago we
enjoyed a precious revival in this church;
when twenty-four were added::.-A good state
of feeling continued through the Summer,
and, in the, early part of, the past Winter it
became iimnifest that the special influences
of, the Holy Spirit were again in our midst,
and .the result has been as ,stated above.
On the first ofJanuary, 1861., this church did
not number more than fifty members. Since
then sixty:seven new members have been
added, nearly all by profession. Thirty
eight of these are beads of fa.miliei, and
thirty-seven received the ordinance of bap
, tism. Thus in a little more than:a year this
church has considerably more than doubled
its membership. There lfis been no noisy
excitement—no efforts to get up. a revival.
But our meetings have been still and sol
emn; and full of tender interest. All have
felt that it was the work of the Lord—and
that these. great 'blessings have been ,
stowed in answer to the prayers of his peo
ple. "Truly the ,torcl has done great
things for us whereof we are glad," andwe
would magnify and bless his holy name.
Yours, &m. E. Quimarz.
Fer the Presbyterian Banner-
At a meeting of the Adisonian Literary
Society of Leechburg Institute, held-,Feb
ruary 21st, , the following ye,solutions rela
tive to the death, of SeTgeant P. Jack,
were unanimously adopted: , •
WHEREAS, In the inscrutable providence
of God, our esteemed fellow-student has
been called from time to eternity ; there
lore, . • ••
Resolved, That in his death we have lest
a companion endeared to us by his manly
virtues and noble spirit; one who was an
ornament to society, and who bade fair to
become the pride of his associates and a
blessing to his country.
Resolved, That while we mourn his
death, we yet believe that our loss is his
gain, ank that while
_responding to his
country's call, he became, a soldier for its
defence, he was also a faithful soldiez , ,of
the ,Cross. „
Reso/ved,, - That ,wet sincerely condole
withhis bereaved mother, brothers , and sis
' ters, in their afflictions, and pray God that
he may enable therm to. look up through
their , tears to Him who alone ean heal
their ; wounded heart, and sustain them•in'
their sorrows. •
Resolved, That - these •resolutions be pub..,
Hailed, and that a copy be sent to thelami-,
ly of the deceased. - " •
J WILSON, •
The Charge at
Roanoke island.—At the
battle of Roanoke, when the 9th New-Y ,, rk
Regiment, under the lead of CoL Hawl• ins
arid Lieut. Col. Betts, was pushing through'
the woods on the right, in the fla b nk - Move-
ment upon - the rebel battery,but one
two companies had advanced when -Pron.
Park ordered the regiment to charge the.
battery, taking the road in front,. The
charge was led by Major Kimball, and• the
movement was the brilliant feature of the
day. We copy the' following from the.
" One of the most brilliant charges dur
ing the war was that, of Major Kimball, at
the head of a small detachment of the New-
York 9th; in the hottest of the fight at
Roanoke island. li"rom the account it
would seem to have been the most daring
onset in that action, so fearfully crowded
:48 - it is with daring and splendid' deeds. It
Is regarded by one writer as the'turning
'point of the action. While the Massachu
setts 21st and the New-York 51st Charged
the, battery to the right, the left wing of
the New-York 9th, (Hawkins' Zonave,)
'with Major Kimball, charged up the road
in the face'of the works, at which the pan
ic-struck rebels fled, and the place was
taken, the Massachusets and New-Yolk
colors floating from the parapet, amid
cheers that shook the foiest
•" "Those who know Maj. Kimball need not
be told`how brave and undaunted a man he is
when the music is the roar of the battle.
It wa,s he who, as the captain of the Ver
merit company, in a former,Ninthinfantry,
(the Ninth United States or New-England
regiment during the Mexican' war) ascend
ed the suinmit of Chepultepec with Colonel
Seymour, of Connecticut,' and with , him
struck down the Mexican flag that floated
there, and planted the Stars and Stripes in
its place. It was a splendid act; and won
the admiration of the gallant soldiers who'
saw it, as it did the applause of the country
when it heard ~o f it. Captain Kimball
was brevetted with the rank of Major for
gallant services , in Mexico, and has not
been in service until the breaking out of
the rebellion. Democratic in politics, but
liberal; enlightened and tolerant, he was
for some years the printer (for printing is
his trade) and editor of the Woodstock, Vt.,
Age—which journal he left to raise a corn-.
pany in the late Col. Ransom's New-Eng,-
land' or 9th TJ..S. Regiment at the outbreak
of the war with Mexico During the ad
ministrations of Pierce and 13nehanan—we
believe both—he held an appointment'
the New-York Cuitom House, the duties
of which post he discharged with' faithful
ness and integrity.
Commodore David., D. Porter.--,--C9mmodore
David D. Porter, the officer in command of
the Mortar,Fleet whiph is soon to operate
against the enemy in ; some at present un
known,section, is a Pennsylvanian He en
tered the naval serviceof the. United States
as a Midshipman, February 2d, 1829,,rank
ing the second of the class,. He was com
missioned as Lieutenent Feb 27, 1841
He has seen nineteen years •of sea service,
eight years and.nine months of shore duty,
and out of thirty-two years service he has
been unemployed only fonr years, and nine
months. Such is his record 'of devotion
and industr y
Physically speaking, he is one of ,the
most powerful men in the navy, ,and , is
noted for his fearless courage and daring.
Being in the prime of life, having acknowl 7 -
edged abilities as an
„afficer, we expect Ake.
most perfect success -from his expedition.
He is a brother of Wm. D. Porter, ,com 7
mander of the. Essex, and latelyvery .
verely scalded in the engagement at. Fort
Henry., Commodore Porter, at,the_ earnest
solicitation of prominent. gentlexnen N ew-
Yard, took command of the steamer .Btcoe
of Georgia, plying between Ne T r-York and
Aspinwall. ; This, soon became ; the,, most
popular steamer on the line, being„noted
for good order and discipline. -
In,the year 1855,, lie was sent to.,..Smyr
na, in, command of the atoreshipSupply,
to bring to this country camels purchased
by our Government , for, the ,purpose of
army transportation. Ife performed-this
duty, to the entire satisfaction of . the GOV
ernment, and safely landed in Texas t49.8e
wanderers of the desert. During the visit
of the Japanese Embassy, Commodore
Porter, in conjunction with Qom. Dupont,
the flag-officer of the Atlantic squadron,,
and Captain Sidney Smith -Lee, brother
of the rebel General Lee, formed,- their
escort, and largely cotribilted,to the, com
fort and enjoyment of the Ambassadors.
The Mortar fleet_ will, be composed : of
twenty-five or thirty schooners, each armed
with mortars of the largest
cast at Pittsburgh. Besides tbese mortars,
each vessel' will have an effective armament
of rifled, cannon or 32-pounders.&
The country will honor Ger. Morton, of
Indiana, for appointing, as the successor to
Mr. Bright in the. Senate, Hon. Joseph A..
Wright. Mr. Wright is a native of Penn
sylvania, and has been a citizen of Indiana
for a number of years. Efe. served in Con
gress as_ a representative of that State from
1843 to 1845, was chosen Governor, for sev
eral terms, and was appointed by Mr. Bu
chanan Minister to Prussia in 1857 i-ret
iring with the Administration of, his chief.
Ht was a warm .supporter of the late 'Mr.
Douglas; and did not, hesitate, at all times,
to denennee the atrocities of ,which that
illustrious statesman was the-Victim.
At'the Prussian pourt
,he was eminent
for his discression and loyalty, and his in
fluence went far toward conciliating that -
Power, and defeating the'Machinations of
the rebel ambassador& On his ,return to
this 'country he placed himself in the ad
vance of the Union, sentiment in Indiana,
and has been bold and untiring in his sup
port' of the Administration in its war pol
Flag-Officer Farragat, who is to command
the. Western Division of the. Gulf squadron,
in the Hartford, , which recently sailed for
the Gulf from th 4 Virginia Capes, is by
birth a Tennessean,. - and the only surviving
officer of those who fought under Porter in
the frigate; .Essex, in the last war, when
that vessel was assailed by a superior ,Brit
ish force ut Valparaiso. He was a mid
shipman in that desperate, fight, and -is as
loyal,to the flag which he has, honoxed as
17, Gen. -Stone's , - antecedents are . "good, bad
and dubious. Ile is a native of 'Massachu
setts, a graduate and afterward a Professor
of Ethics, in West Point, served in the.,
Ordnance 'Corps, was a 'Lieutenant in com
mand of a battery at the siege of Vera
Ortiz, was breveted 'for gallant conduct at
Molino del Rey, and served on the 'entire
line of operations, from ' Vera Cruz to the
City of Nexice, under the eye of Generar
Scott, who always , expressed the highest'
confidence in his loyalty and military skill.
In 1856, he' retired from the arms and went
into civil - life. He became interested in
certain land':speculations known as the
Stone-IshiM `Firehase) in the States- uf
Northern ' Mexico,:Sonora, and Chihuahua,
but' charges of frand, if not -of fillibuSter
ing,'!ere lode against hini by the,Mexican
officials,. and, while engaged with a strew ,
party in. surveying his pretended purchase,
he was: driven from Mexico by the author
The PRESBYTERY OF BLOOMINGTON trill
meet at Mackinaw church, (Pleasant Hill,) OIL
Tuesday, April Bth, at 7 P. M.
R. CONOVER, Stated Clerk.
The PRESBYTERY OF CLARION will r ne ,
in Brookville, the First Tuesday of April nexr
at 11 o'clock A. U. D.
The PRESBYTERY OF FAIRFIELD will hold
its nest stated meeting at Eddyville, lowa, „ ti
the Third "Tuesday in April next, at 7 o'elocl
- M, .S. C. M'CUNE, Stated Clerk.
The PRESBYTERY OF SALTSBURG will
meet at Currie's Run church, on the Third Tile—
day (15th) of April, at 2 o'clock P. M.
Nirratives, Statistical Reports, Congregation a l
Settlements, and Sessional Records, will be ealle , l
for at this meeting. W. W. WStated COODEND,
The PRESBYTERY OF CEDAR will meet ar
Tipton, Tuesday, April Ist, at 7 P. M.
E. L. BELDEN, Stated Clerk.
The MISSOURI RLVJJ. PRESBYTERY (lair
the Council Bluffs and Omaha Presbyteries,) win
meet at Council Bluffs on the Friday before the
second Sabbath of April next, (11th,) at,
o'clock P. M. D. L. HUGHES,
The PRESBYTERY OF lOWA will hold I T ,
next stated meeting at Middletown, on the Fir. !
Tuesday of April, (Ist,) at 7 P. M.
Sessional Records and Statistical R e p or , s
must be presented; and the Assessments on die
churches paid. GEO. D. STEWART, S. C.
The PRESBYTERY OF ERIE will meet in Fl i p
Park church Erie, on the First TueEday (Ist day. ,
of April, at 7 o'clock P. M.
Sessional Recordi and Commissioners' Funcl!,
will be called for. S. J. M. EATON, S. C.
The :President transmitted to both Houses of
Congress, On the 6th`instant, the following Mes
1f ellow-Citizens of the Senate and House Represent
atives: . .
I recommend the adoption of a joint resolutio n
by your honorable bodies, which shall be sub
stantially as follows:
Resolved, That the United States ought to co
operate with any State which may adopt grad
ual abolishment of Slavery, giving to that State
pecuniary aid to be used by such State in its
discretion to compensate for the inconveniences,
public and private, produced by such change of
If the proposition contained in the resolution
does not meet with the approval of Congress and
the country, there is the end, but if it does com
mand such approval, I deem it of importance
that the States and people immediately interest
ed' should be at, once, distinctly notified of the
fact,' Bethel they begirt to consider whether
to accept or reject it. The Federal Govern
ment would find its. highest interest in such a
measure as one of the most efficient means of
self-preservation. The leaders of the existing
insurrection entertain the hope that this Gov
ernment 'Will ultiinately be forced to acknowledge
the independence of-some part of the disaffected
region, and .that all the slave States North of
such parts' will then say, the Union for which we
have s straggled being r tarmidy gone, we now
Choose to, go with the Southern section. To de-
Prire them of this hope substantially ends the
rebellion, and the initiation • of emancipation
completely deprives-them of it as to all States
initiating it. . The point isnot that all the States
tolerating ilavery would ver3r,„seon, if at all, ini
tiate emancipation but that,while the offer is
equally made to all, the more shall by
such initiation make it certain to the more South
ern, that in , no‘ event, will the lormer ever join
the latter in their, proposed - Confederacy. I say
initiation because in my judgment gradual and
not sudden emancipation is better for all. In
the merafinanCial or peCuniary view, any mem
ber of Congress, with the census :tables and
treasury, reports before hint, can readily see for
himself, how soon the current expenses of this
war, would.. purchase at _fair valuation all the
slaves iniury named State.' Such a pro
on the part of • the General Government sets up
no claim of :a right by Federalauthority to inter
fere with slavery within •Stateilimits, referring
' stall. dOes the absolute control Of the subject in
each ease to the State siii'ts:pepple immediately
interested; it is proposed' as 'a matter of perfectly
free choice with -
In, the annual, message last December, I
thought fit to say the' Union must be preserved,
and hence all indispensable means must be em
ployed. I said not hastily, hut deliberately.
War has been nuide, and continues to be an in
dispensable;.-meang to this end. Athletics' rehc
knowleclgment, of the national authority would
render:the waar unnecessary, anditwould at once
cease. If, however, resistance continues, the
war mist'also continue; and it is impossible to
foreseesall—the inoidents which' May attend and
all the ruinWhieh may folloir it. Such as may
seem indispensable or msy. obviously promise
great efficiency ; toward ending.the struggle, must
and will come. The proposition now made is an
offer Daly I hope it, may, be esteemed no of
fense to ask whether • the 'Pecuniary considera
tion tendered would not beef more value to the
States and:private persons and property in them,
than. in ,the present : aspect of affairs.
While it is true that the adoption of the pro
posedisielution would be merely initiatory and
not within' itself a practical measure, it is recom
mended the hope- that it would - soon lead to
importantpractical results... ,'!
In full .view of my great; responsibility to my
God and to my country, I earnestly, beg the at
tention sit,Congress and the people to the subject.
-" [Signed] ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
The resolution was passed in House by the
The Army of the 'Potolime.
The division of the army, of the Potomac into
Corps crArnage has taken Am.- , They number
eve, as follows:
FIRST CORPS---FOUr Divisions,lo be command
ed•by Major-General Mopoiiell.
SECOND ConDa—Three4Divisiom3,- commanded
by Brig.-General Sumner.
Tunic CORPS—Three Diviaimas, commanded
by Brfik.-Gen. ilehatzglman.
Foniczn ConPs---4bree Divisions, commanded
by Brig.-Gin, Keyes.
Punt Conps---Gen. Banks' and Gen. Shields'
commands;; to be Commanded by Gen. Banks.
The Burnside Expedition.
Gen. lurnside 13 at work once more in earnest,
and the rebels are in the utmost trepidation in
consequence` of bia movements. The commander
of, a French steamer at Fortress Monroe, who
came down from Norfolk on Friday, reports that
our troops had occupied Winton in force, and
were moving onto Suffolk, only a few miles from
Norfolk, and the
,first , station of importance on
the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad. There is
a turnpike road running from Winton to Suffolk,
passing through Reptoldson andlonierton, and
along. this road our troops were probably pro
ceeding. The rebels were concentrating a strong
force at Suffolk to check Gen., Burnside's progress,
biii,:notviithstanpag this precaution, Norfolk was
in state of, great excitement and dread. The
people, itis stated; fear the City will be destroyed
is 'case of attack--whether by our forces or by
their own, does not appear.
Fight in New Mexico.
llAnnes CITY, March If.t--A letter, dated Santa
Fe, the 28d, postscript the 24th, from a reliable
source;-.makes no )mention- of a battle at Val
On.the 16th, the enemy appeared within smile
and'a half of Fort showing a front of fif
teen hundred cavalry, with , a reserve of five huu
diekinfentrY, pitff six Plebes of artillery. Sev
eral shots ;Feral' esschanged, when the enemy re
tired in good,oscler. The, loss was one killed on
each side. .Seyeral small engagements occurred
d*.i.g the "week, which resulted in our forces
capturing senile - prisoners, and one of the enemy's
flags, which-`Was a United States flag with the
Aaetter, from Gov,„", Connolly stated that fight
ing was going on when the express left.
:Our foreekhad captured over a hundred of the
enemy's mules , th4 - ;principilWagon master, and
killed a great nuthlier of Texans.