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Pittsburgh Presbyterian Banner and Advocate (Newspaper) - February 12, 1859, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaThe presbyterian Banner and advocate Aratti a a spent att. David to Kinney. James Allison \ pro Puhto a. Stephen Little j Pittsburgh february 12, i860. Term , la a we or a Cly to pm or Dell quid it of , Moo pump atm of to Ltd Park Khz Kali Ronald a prompt a Lettl will. My a a to or a Tarm that a it a a in it re i 11 . For a Toady Rupply. Vhf red wrapper lady atm Una Arato in m Tim Wal if homr la the. Ihm of my Doc thu Nijail Bernia a of Altai a Hopa oar Flaada will a till not . Exist Vainor Laal pay Nara by Ufa hand Waka Yoav Talaat. Or ipad by a All a Clofay with Ord Lmary Aara Aad Tro Alta a obey with a a a owl it la of what Yoa Ara Ida via 1 a a amount a Aad a draft or Larga Ota. Foro Portwo papar�,.Aad a eld or a atlatl to Taal to m 4kb cbahc1b, sait Poi Tafa Ataa Apa or Hattar till Aad for Aora a a or 1 for a Harty Thrata incan ,. A dir1iov an i Attara Aad to David ski Iii if co., Flat Ahugh a. A the presbyterian witness. A this Organ of the United presbyterian Church Cincinnati Hie been changed from a semimonthly to a weekly Issue. This indicates Prosperity and Enterprise. Western theological there will be a meeting of the trustees of the Western theological Seminary held at the Seminary building on tuesday february 22d, at 2 of cloak p. M. F. G. Bailey president of Board of trustees. The United j journal previously Strong has been doubling its forces. The editors were Rev. David Kerr d.d., and Rev. D. H. A. Mclean. Associated with these now Are Rev. G. 0. Vincent and Rev. James Prestley. We wish them All Success. End or the ecclesiastical the boards of Domestic missions and education dose their Money accounts for the year with the last Day of february. We note this that pastors and churches May make their collections and Forward them in Doe time to be embraced in the annual reports to the general Assembly. Toledo is the capital of Tama county where there is a Young Shureb with Fine prospects. Rev. Luther informs us that there Are two other presbyterian churches in the county. The climate is healthful land Rich and cheap and Christiana reaching Forth willing arms to receive Brethren from the old settled and the love of souls. Read the article on our first Page. We think that from the Days of Paul the apostle to the present hour those receiving the system of doctrines which for distinction Sake is denominated calvinism have been As a body the most devoted labourers for Jesus in his work of saving men upon whom the Sun has shone. The system Calls for activity a and prompts to it. Labor in the redeemer a cause is one of its genuine and distinctive features. A thank offering. A pious lady aged and infirm having a Strong desire to enjoy Onoe More the Oom Munion of the saints on Earth in the lords sapper asked in prayer for strength adequate to the occasion. Her prayer was heard and her petition granted. She expresses her gratitude in a contribution of $20, which we have received and paid Over As follows Viz to Domestic missions $1, foreign missions $4, education $2, publication $1, Church Extension $3, disabled ministers $2, american Bible society $4. The example is instructive. The daily City press and ourselves. The late arrangement for conducting the Banner and advocate has been an occasion for on neighbors to pay a is some handsome compliments. We receive them with a cordial response. The Pittsburgh press is conducted on gentlemanly principles and is the steady advocate of Good morals an upright government and a free and enlightened christianity. The Good opinion of our fellow men is always an element of usefulness and to inform others of the estimation in which we Are held by those who have the Best opportunities of knowing us May sometimes be a duty or if regarded As a weakness May yet be pardoned. We give a few Brief quotations the a amp Kkt a and advocate a a change in the proprietorship of this excellent religious paper is announced in this weeks the Banner is As we have said a very excellent family paper. It is conducted in a truly Christian spirit and we Are glad to Kaow that it is meeting with abundant Success we tender a warm greeting to the new firm under. Whose eare the paper will we feel assured maintain its High character and deserved . To Are Well acquainted with or. Alllan who has been a contributor to the Banner and advocate for a considerable period. He is a very amiable gentleman As we a most excellent writer. Or. Little has been principal clerk in the office for some years Hab excellent business qualifications and is agreeable in manner. The new arrangement will no doubt prove advantageous in every respect while enabling or. Mckinney to Divide his heavy responsibility with his trustworthy partners and give still More interest to his ably Pond need . The advocate has heretofore been most deservedly reliable and popular and with its increased Talent must still farther extend the sphere of its a press. Or. Mckinney who has heretofore been the sole editor and proprietor of this paper has i Socia Ted with him As editor the Rev. James Allison and in the business department Stephen Little. These gentlemen will in Furfare conduct this paper which we Are Happy to la Ara Hab a very Large Ciron lation among the members of that denomination. This paper keeps fully up to the demands of the age in its literary religious and general intelligence and famished All the local re a Porta of presbyterian Church affairs. We regard their London correspondent As one of the Best posted and most careful letter writers of the Day and free from All invidious sectarianism. V a a a a. We congratulate our neighbors on their change and wish them abundant . Journal. The chronicle and the Lotf quote from car notice very favourably. Union . The revivals of the last year the fruits of which Are still in Many places happily enjoyed have done much for Christian Union. The people of god distinguished by subfamily peculiarities have been induced to look upon each other with a far More Friendly Eye than they had been wont to do and to participate unitedly in the exercises of worship with far More than former cordiality. Especially have professedly Union meetings been established and kept up beyond any thing heretofore experienced in the churches in later Day. This Union however is still not perfect. It is marred and christianity is blotted before the world by the rigid adherence of some to their one specific feature. The chief obstacle to Union which has been found in Pittsburgh and we believe in much of Western Pennsylvania is the exclusiveness of a portion of the advocates of rouses version of the psalms. We do not say the psalm singers for All go Sistiano sing psalms. For do we say the advocates of a scriptural Psalmody for All advocate such a Psalmody and no other. We say rouses version because of this being the practical truth. The opponents of the Union Are mainly those Honse this version alone and who would bring All others to its use As a term principle advocated by the Good Brethren referred to is that no Psalmody shall by used in the Praise of god in the Sanctuary but Only the psalms of David and these Only in a version As literal As practicable of which they regard Rouse As the Best specimen. On this principle they refuse to unite with presbyterians in social religions meetings. On this principle they refuse to commune with presbyterians and exclude presbyterians from the lords table As spread by them and they some of them go so far As to inflict the censures of the Charch upon their own members who shall worship on the lords Day with those who use in Praise any other psalms hymns or spiritual songs than those above specified. This seems to us like carrying matters very far. It makes an awful rent in the visible Chireh. It keeps up a serious schism. To justify such extreme measures there should be a very Olear and emphatic a thus Saith the Fow where is the Law ? we ask for gods injunction. Is there scripture to sustain our Brethren is there a Precept thus restricting the Church of god ? if so where is it ? a to the Law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no Light in surely in All this we make no unreasonable demand. An article of Frith should be based on dear revelation. That which is to rend the Church of Christ to such an extent that Che portion of the lords family shall repel from his table another portion of that family or shall refuse to unite with them in worship should not be a matter of Mere opinion nor of obscure inference nor of astute Oriti Oal interpretation. It should be something which is plainly revealed obvious the the common vision a thing so dear that a he who run Neth May read a path so Well marked that a a the wayfaring maj though a fool shall not err Fow where is the distinct declaration of the spirit of god either by Prophet or apostle limiting the Church and confining her for All time in her songs of Praise to the sole and alone use of the psalms of David ? we say again a a to the Law and to the give us gods word if so he that he hath spoken. Otherwise do not think hardly of us. We cannot receive the ordinances of men As though they were the commandments of god. We Are induced to notice this subject because of several requests from pastors who have found their efforts at United Christian activity my rred their Brethren have not Only refused All compromises for the Sake of joint and harmonious action in promoting revivals Bat have urged an entire compliance with them As though they were con so mentions and presbyterians had no con Soi Enoe on the subject. This imputation is sadly wrong and deeply injurious. It is True that we can and do without any sense of wrong sometimes join our Brethren in psalm singing in their Way. But still Psalmody is with us strictly a matter of conscience. We believe. In a Sori Tual Psalmody both in sentiment and spirit. We can tolerate no other. A the Christian s Book of Praise should be wholly scriptural truly evangelical using All the Light of scripture All the revelation that god has Given the full glory of the gospel As Well As the faint glimmering of a typical ritual and the Twilight of Distant Prophesy mrs if we May not in regard to the words Ana Mode of expression in Praise say with Paul a a i put away childish things a that is things which belong to the infancy of the Church we May yet he permitted to Praise god for the gifts promised that is for the Saviour and the spirit and the Light and Joy consequent in the Olear glowing and fully expressive language which records actual bestow ment of these gifts. In the position we take we would maintain a rational Liberty under gods word not submitting ourselves to a Yoke of bondage humanly imposed. We would use the teachings of Jesus and the revelations of Paul and the divinely recorded experiences of the new testament Sainto As Well As the utterances of David and the record of his com musings with god. In our worship now we have gospel Reading and gospel preaching and gospel prayer and we regard it As our privilege to have gospel Praise also. We cannot bind ourselves to exclude the new testament of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ its language its Light its experiences its consolations its promises its claim the restriction of the Church in All Ages to its Lone use. The prophets put in no exclusive claim for David. The apostles do not confine us to the one ancient Book. Why then should we bind ourselves or let uninspired men bind us we Ean joyously participate in a Union meeting for a Day or a week where none Bat the psalms of David a re Sung. But when a demand is made upon us that we shall do so and that demand urged by the allegation that Psalmody is Quot with us not a matter of conscience we feel that if it is not a reproach which should be repelled it is at least a mistake which should be corrected. And though we cheerfully yield to our Brethren on an occasion As a matter of fraternal love their whole. Psalmody being in reality Bat a part of ours yet conscience is still awake and her rights Are preserved and when As Paul would say . Ii 8�?5, men would a a bring us into subjection a then we cannot a give place no not for an hour.�?�. Hopes its adoration from our Book of Praise. We cannot bind ourselves to the Lone use of a Psalmody which will prevent us utterly and Ever from using the name of Jesus in sacred song. No we cannot. Our Saviour does not forbid us thus the use of hib name. The Book of psalms does no the presbyterian historical almanac. This is the most important work of a statistical character which has Ever been prepared in connexion with the presbyterian Church. Since the Era of the reformation in Scotland the form of polity adopted in i a hat country has been spreading from land to land and owing to the uprising of such controverted questions As Are Likely to separate men of free and Independent judgment history has been obliged to record the separation of the Church into various distinct ecclesiastical organizations. For a Long time in Scotland the Church remained entire hut since the period of the first secession in the Days of the Ersnes the popular mind has unfortunately become familiar with the idea of division. In Ireland the same parties were soon found to have a representation of their respective tenets quite is distinct As in the father land and so has it been in our own country. Among our in Ethren if they will allow us so to designate them of the episcopal Church very great difference of sentiment does not Lead to formal separation. High Church and Low Church evangelicals and Brood Church men manage to rub against each other and with quite As much bitterness As exists among the different parties of presbyterians. Episcopalians agree to differ and yer to maintain a species of armed and hostile Unity. The separation of the presbyterian bodies leads to the adoption of very diverse objects of thought and plans of usefulness. In Britain the churches that do any work or Lave any life in them aim at the spiritual welfare of their expatriated countrymen and hence in addition to jewish and foreign missions their contributions to the colonial Field form an important part of their expansive labors. We have no colonies but we have our indians to be cared for As Well As the claims of the Heathen in Africa in India and in China to be recognized. It becomes then an object of great interest to ail the intelligent minds of the churches in the old world and in the few to know the actual state of each Branch of the great presbyterian family. What is its magnitude its growth or to decay ? is it formal and asleep or is it heartily engaged As a living Branch of the living Vine in singing Forth fruit to the lord ? if thus occupied what form do its efforts assume ? in what manner is its machinery brought to Bear on the people so As to impel the body Forward in productive labor ? what portion of the churches is thus engaged in a Lively spirit of obedience recognizing duty and. Falling in with the regulations and expressed will of the constituted authorities and How Large a portion lies in. Deadness and rejects All control such questions and which they involve Are fraught with surpassing interest to All minds of comprehensive grasp. Hitherto however there has been a total want of any one reliable Means whereby these queries might be satisfactorily answered and the comparative state of the churches examined at one View. To or. Wilson the publisher in Philadelphia belongs the Honor of devising such a work and he has had the Energy and Zeal to carry it through to a most perfect completion. It is True that almanacs of an imperfect kind have been published for several years both in Scotland and in Ireland but so far As the great objects referred to Are concerned they were All imperfect. Irish and scotch almanacs contained Little More than lists of names while the churches on the american continent were ignored and the benevolent operations of the different sections were left unheeded. In these and in other respects the Book before us is All that we could desire. We see in it a record of All the american churches All the Brit ish churches together with those in the British provinces in the australian african Indian and South american Connexions. An abridgement is Given of the Dis courses of the moderators at the last meeting of the highest Church court and a Oon denied synopsis of the business transacted is also presented with exceedingly full tables of the various sums raised for missionary and Home work. These tables Are wondrously suggestive and As this work must find its Way into the hands of some nine or ten thousand owners m great Britain and her colonies and All Over the great Republic in which it has appeared and As it is to be continued from year to year it will act a a stimulus to awaken the sleepy and As a guide to inquirers and thus the Christian activity of the Church As a whole will be aroused. We have neither time nor space at present to enter into a detailed state ment of the frets revealed in these tables. We can Only Bay that whereas the Ameri can Church old school is by far the largest in our presbyterian fraternity the free Church of Scotland stands at the head in the matter of organization and in the obedience of her ministers and people to the injunctions of the Church court while very near to it and in close rivalry the presbyterian or free Church of Canada takes an honorable position. As a work of Art this volume possesses claims of no mean order. It is filled with Beautiful and artistically executed engravings of the portraits of the moderators of the assemblies for the year and of views of churches where the synods or assemblies met and in this department the Book is altogether unique the labor required for the compilation of such a work has been enormous and we Trust that the whole presbyterian Community on both sides of the Atlantic will not fail to recognize its surpassing value. There Are upwards of nine thousand ministers alone of whom a record is Given in this work and surely into the hands of All these either by their own Purchase or As a present from a wealthy hearer a copy will find its Way. The work has Only to be seen in order to be appreciated. For the presbyterian Banner and wanted. The following thoughts and inquiries Are startling. The writer is a gentleman of intelligence and his wonted Pride Noe is such that we feel confident he would not speak As he does without Good reasons. Wiir information however is Likely much less than his own and As he appeals to the editors of the presbyterian who Oan hardly be ignorant of what is being done and contemplated we join in the request that they will give the churches Light on the gentlemen a editors of papers Are believed by Many to be in correspondence with society in general and to possess the Means of knowing not Only the information which they publicly report but also much More which for Wise purposes they conceal. Permit me then to ask you is it True that any party connected with the late proceedings in the Board of Domestic Mission of is now engaged in an Effort to secure the attendance of members of the next general Assembly so As to reverse the proceedings of the Board or if that cannot be done then to induce the Assembly to appoint a Western brother to the office. Of corresponding Secretary and thus cast out the present occupant of that office ? reports have prevailed in this Region for some time list that an Effort is at present being made to pack the Assembly so Asho secure a representation from presbyteries willing to inflict a marked censure on the present corresponding Secretary. These reports vary from time to time. One form of the Rumor is that the Assembly is to be packed and instead of electing Brethren to fill the places of those who retire from the Board and then leave the Board to choose their Secretary As formerly the Assembly is to designate or appoint the Man. Chameleon like the report then changes and it is affirmed that the object is merely to secure the attendance of or. Happersett a friends in the Assembly and thus by their Means elect such a Board As will appoint him corresponding Secretary. What now is the truth in this matter ? should you not be in the counsel of those who Are manipulating our presbyteries As reported perhaps you could ascertain if the editors of the presbyterian or of some other papers in the South and West Are Able to East any Light on the subject. If any parties Are engaged in snob proceedings it is time that the Church should be made aware of the fact. Should neither or. Happersett nor any of his friends be engaged by letter writing or otherwise with a View of affecting the Constitution and action of the approaching Assembly the fact should be stated and Many who would regret to know that such an unworthy expedient was adopted by him or by them will rejoice together with your correspondent who is a Lover of fair and foreign record. The february number of this journal was received in time for a notice last week but our columns were full. There is nothing of presented for the steady working of on institutions is not a peculiarity of one month beyond others. .4 Domestic diminished contributions to this Board As. Well As others has been several times noticed. The main cause of this is the diminished income of the members of our churches. The year has been one of far More extensive failure of crops than usual and the lessened Quantity has not been made up by increased prices abroad for the yield of Grain in Europe was plentiful. But still the work. Of missions progresses and we Trust that a smaller balance in the Treasury than is usual at the end of the year will he the most serious difficulty to be reported that is if the contributions during the current month shall be As Liberal As become the euro in december at Philadelphia $8,054 at Louisville $784. Education. The Day of special prayer for the outpouring of the spirit on our colleges and seminaries of framing is drawing near. The recce devotes several columns to the subject. It always elicits feeling this year we Trust that the Observance will be More general than Ever and that prayer will be truly the expression of deep desire. The total number of candidates in All a. A a -1 a a i stages of their Progress is about four Hundred. The accessions of this year to the present time Are ninety one being thirty one above those for the same period last year. The boards proposition for a collection on the Day of prayer we gave two weeks ago. Receipts in december at Philadelphia $4,110 at Pittsburgh $181 at Louisville $58. Foreign missions. . Rankin writing from Ningpo makes some encouraging statements in relation to the condition and prospects of the Mission. Speaking of the changes that had taken place daring his absence he remarks a i looking at the present state of things As compared with the part to feel much encouraged. The native christians have generally grown in Grace and knowledge and new witnesses for Christ have appeared among them who when we left for America were As yet ignorant Heathen. There is much interest in religion in the girls school and one girl of much Promise has just been received by baptism into the Church. Or. Kerr from Hong Kong october 26th, announces his and mrs. Kerry a Safe arrival at that place after a voyage of ninety six Day from new York. Mrs. Kerr suffered much from sickness during the forepart of their voyage but had improved very much before their arrival at Hong Kong. A latest african letters Are dated Monrovia november 13th sinon november 4th and Oor Isoo october 15th. Or. Erakine gives an interesting account of the state of the churches at Clay Ashland and Caldwell. Five persons have recently been received to the communion of the two churches and fifteen or sixteen applications for baptism. _ letter from Fetteh Gerh mentions that fines had been imposed on All the villages that were engaged in plundering at the time of the great sepoy outbreak the proceeds of which were to be devoted mainly to repair the losses of the native christians who were the chief objects of plunder. Mention is made in the letter from Allahabad of the arrival of or. Williams at that place where he is hereafter to labor. Liberal provision has been made by in India for the support of the children of the martyred missionaries of butt Ehgurs. Indian accounts Aro generally favourable. A receipts in december $7,288. A publication. We recently published the boards request for Aid to the ool Portage fund. Favourable reports of the work ire Given. The new works and sew editions we have also noticed. The principal one is a re Issue of Baird a digest with additions. Receipts donations Deo. 14th to Jan. 14th, $3,019 sales in. December $5,452. Church. Extension. Much very much help is needed for this important Enterprise. It should share largely in the contributions of the churches. Help a poor people to a comfortable House of worship and you have almost enriched them. You have Given them a Home which will keep them together and where they will grow and thrive. Receipts in december at st. Lonis $165 at Philadelphia $429 at Pittsburgh $179 at Cincinnati $23 at Louisville in nine months $371. The Pittsburgh Young hens Bible society. This excellent society held its forty first anniversary on the evening of the 31st ult., or. James Robb in the chair. Of the original founders of the society As far As known but two Are now living or. A. D. Campbell and John Graham president of the Bank of Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Bible society was founded in 1808, the american in 1807, and the British and foreign in 1804. Twelve religious denominations unite in the Pittsburgh society. Two agents Are employed in collecting funds and supplying destitute families. These during the last year visited eleven thousand five Hundred and sixty seven families found one thousand two Hundred and seventy three persons destitute of the scriptures and collected $2,641. Zib bahian a report. Number of copies of scriptures sold 2,479 a a a a. A a donated 302 delivered to society a agents 946 whole number distributed by donation 1,248 value of bibles &e., sold $602.31 addresses were delivered by Rev. J. G. Brown Rev. I g. Pershing and Rev. Or. Kendall. A Rev. George b. Russell Rev. Or. Howard Rev. Or. Douglas Robt. S. Davor esq., e. D. Jones esq., and or. Frew took part in the proceedings. The meeting was Large. The treasurer reported including balance on hand from last year receipts to amount of $4,811. The following Are the respective subscriptions. Presbyterian churches United pres. A a m. Episcopal a a a lutheran a a Baptist. A a m. Protestant a a a ref. Presb no a Cumber a pres. A a prot. Episcopal a a Grace a a evangelical association protestant a a other sources books sold $1.490.23 741.50. 585.43 125 50 29.60 52.50 67.00 25.00 68 00 9.00 10.00 7.30 13.50 661.72southern sentiment the religious press and Many of the secular journals at the South Are taking a decided stand against the revival of the slave Trade. be greatly rejoiced to have evidence also that there were honest jury men and faithful executive officers adequate to the enforcing of the Lam but if the press is right we majr Hope that the people will not persevere in the wrong. The Central presbyterian says we Are glad to find in the telegraphic news of the past week the following item Viz a Rem oohs opposition to the slave Trade. A Avgusta ga., Jim. 6.�?the baptists of Edgefield District South Carolina Are moving sternly in opposition to the importation of africans into that this is a movement in which we think the Christian sentiment of the South will be firmly United. That sentiment we believe to be pretty Clear about two Points first that slavery As it exists among us is not a sin and secondly that Man stealing without which the slave Trade is impossible is a sin and one specifically condemned in the Bible. To press this Point is to aim a deadlier blow at slavery itself than any thing that abolitionism has Ever done. Revivals. We hear of gracious manifestations in different places. A few of them we Are permitted to note. Pastors in their desire to avoid the appearance of boating May be too silent relative to a a what the lord has done a for them and by them. Let gods gracious work be known to his Praise. New Hagerstown pastor Rev. A. Swaney writes a a there is an item of intelligence which i May communicate to Yon not for the purpose of drawing Public attention but for the Praise of god and the encouragement of his ministerial servants and the people. We have just concluded a series of meetings connected with our Winter communion which occurred on last Sabbath. The meeting has been one of very great interest. This was evinced by the excellent attendance notwithstanding the excessive badness of the roads by the spirit of prayer that prevailed by the flowing together of the affections of gods people by the Manifest presence of the holy spirit by the refreshing of Sain to and by the Awakening of sinners. Fourteen persons have been received on profession of their Faith and nearly As Many More have met the session some of them several times for counsel and prayer deeply convicted and solemnly inquiring the Way of life. I never witnessed meetings More solemn still and impressive. And the people of god Felt inclined to cry out a bless the lord o our souls and forget not All his a Armagh . Ross Stevenson expresses his thankfulness for a Blessing on his work. He says. _ _ a a it is cheering to All the ministers of Christ and Joyful to All the people of god to learn As from your last Issue that. God is again visiting his churches. I am Happy in being Able to inform you that the Chireh of Armagh in Indiana county has been once More blessed with another Tittle reviving. In connexion with a communion season Jan. Í6, Twenty five professed their Faith in the lord Jesus Christ. Many More Are under deep conviction and daily ate added to the Church such As shall be saved. Some Are for advanced in life others Heads of families but the majority Young men and Young women in All the prime of life. The lord hath done great things for us whereof we Are for to presbyterian Banner and theological Seminary. Receipts toward the endowment of the fourth pro a Fessor ship. It Washington Ohio pay $13 00 Temperanceville a a 11.50 Blairsville 77.11 Murraysville a 20.75 Cross Creek 59.00 Mckeesport _ 105.00 first p. Church Wheeling 32 13 contours a 70.00 Hilands 15 00 Gallipolis Ohio 20.00 Mcclellandtown 17.50 Little Beaver 20.00 Salem Ohio 16 35 Fairview 13.00 tent 25.70 Lithopolis 38.00 Milford Ohio 16 00 Sewickley Allegheny City pay 35.50 Leatherwood Clarion pay 117.00 Licking a a. 125.00 it. Hope Ohio % 16.60 Unity Redstone pay. 115.00 Laurel Hill a. 1915 Brownsville 34.00 total $1031.19 t. H. Nevin treasurer w. T. S. February 1st, 1,859. The contributions enumerated above a re Only in part from some of the congregations but those made by two of the churches Are worthy of special notice. We refer to the congregations of Leatherwood and Licking. They contribute $242, an amount largely beyond their proportion As recommended by the synods. An equal liberality on the part of churches much More favourably situated with respect to Money would soon Complete the . The Power of popular work by Rev. Or. Prime is offered by the publisher Charles Scribner fsg., new York at 70 ets. A copy by the dozen 65 ets. By the Hundred or $1, single postage . A. C. brother is invited to it. Pleasant Iowa and not to Burlington As was stated two weeks ago. And it was in the Church at it. Pleasant where the interesting meetings spoken of were held. Eastern summary. A Boston and new England. The shoe business is one of great magnitude in this City and is closely connected with the Prosperity of Many towns and villages throughout Massachusetts for in these the greater part of the shoes sold in Boston Are made. The season for this Trade has opened very auspiciously and the number of buyers from the West and South is unusually Large and the prices Are remunerative. Manufacturers complain of the High Price of Stock just now and hesitate about laying in a Large Supply at the present terms. The Public schools Are in successful operation and a deeper interest than Ever before seems to have been awakened with regard to the system throughout the state. It is quite probable that the Day is not very far Distant when a Large addition will be made to the fund already set apart to that purpose. A a the american almanac and repository of useful knowledge a consisting of three Hundred and eighty four pages has just been issued by Crosly Nichols amp co. This annual contains a vast amount of information on subjects which come under the notice of almost every person of Reading and intelligent Habito. The present is the thirtieth volume and it is said that it does not fall below any of its predecessors in fullness and completeness. It contains fall lists of the civil army and Navy service and also the members elected to the next Congress. So highly is this work valued that it is also published both in London and Paris. Quickly following the death of the historian Prescott is that of the eminent astronomer at Cambridge William c. Bond in the Seventieth year of his age. He was born at Portland me., and was Early apprenticed to a watch maker but astronomical studies were his Delight. In Dorchester mass., he established for his own use one of the first observatories in this country. He visited Europe in 1815, to inspect the foreign observatories and select astronomical instruments for an Observatory at Harvard. In 1888 he was appointed to conduct the meteorological and astronomical observations of the United states exploring expedition under Commodore Wilkes and in 1889 he received the appointment of director of the Cambridge Observatory in which position he remained until the time of his death. Some of the most important observations Ever taken in this country were under his direction and every year he made some new and important discoveries with regard to the heavenly bodies. He watched the first appearance and continued Progress of the late Comet with the utmost Assiduity. Edward Everett has Given to the world a glowing account of a night spent during the last autumn at the Cambridge Observatory in company with professor Bond and looking out upon the mysterious wanderer. It is reported that in All probability or. Gould lately connected with Dudley Observatory at Albany and concerning whom gush a fierce controversy has been raging for some time will be the successor of professor Bond. The Farewell better of Theodore Parker to her people was read to them by Ralph Waldo Emerson who afterwards proceeded to enlighten them on the subject of a a the a a society ins secured his services for a number of sabbaths. Or. Emerson a tried his hand Asa unitarian Prev Cher in the earlier part of his life without any great degree of Success and it is not probable that he will add much to his Fame in the present undertaking. The Boston City Mission has new Twenty three missionaries employed who hold fifty or More weekly prayer meetings and have under their care a number of Mission schools. This Mission has been very successful and probably stands next to the regular preaching of the gospel As an organized and effective instrumentality in converting souls. The Essex Street Church of which or. Nehemiah Adams is pastor is not Only the most prosperous but also the most Liberal in its contributions in the City. The late contribution for foreign missions exceeded six thousand dollars and this will still be largely increased. The 26th of March will be the Twenty fifth anniversary of the settlement of the present pastor and it will be celebrated with appropriate ceremonies. The Hon. Runs Choate who is a member of the congregation but not a communing member of the Church will deliver an address on the occasion. Last year the people of Massachusetts acted nobly toward the american Board of foreign missions their donations to this object amounted to $96,299 56, being More than one Quarter of the entire donations to the Board from All sources. The missionary spirit of former Days seems to have been awakened in Andover theological Seminary. No less than one third of the present senior class have devoted themselves to the work of preaching the gospel in Heathen lands. Daring the year 1858, thirty six congregational ministers died in the United states. The average age was sixty seven the oldest being father Sawyer of Maine who was one Hundred and three while the youngest was thirty. A the town of York in Maine received the first City charter held in this country. Its City name was Georgiana in Honor of George ii., by whom the charter was granted. And. The Churchi at this place was the most Easterly one visited by Whitefield whose Praise is still in All the churches in his last new England journey. New York. A a City of the size and importance of this great Metropolis must necessarily be subjected to great outlays and consequently heavy taxation. But the taxes have increased so enormously that property holders and men of business have become alarmed they know not what the end will be. The opportunities for speculation have been exceedingly numerous and the claims upon the Public Treasury Are so Many and so various that it is almost impossible for the tax payers to acquire or retain a knowledge of them. But in addition to thib the salaries of some of the City officers when the perquisites Are taken into account show the prodigal hand with which the Public funds Are lavished. The salary of the mayor is $5,000, a sum by no Means too Large for the responsibilities incurred and the duties required. Scarcely would any Man competent to the place both intellectually and morally Aoe ept it for such a remuneration were he not actuated either by a desire for the ally s Good As in the Case of the present incumbent or from a desire to Advance and grow Rich by plunder As is charged in the ease of some of his predecessors. But when we come to some of the other City officers we notice a quite different state of affairs. The counsel to the corporation receives $12,000 per annul besides a Large sum for rent incidentals and extra counsel fees which have within a few months amounted to $17,000. The annual fees and emoluments of the sheriff Are said to be Over $70,000. It is said that the fees of the county clerk Are $80,000, and those of the Register $10,000. It is not strange then that the a solid men of new York Are petitioning the legislature to limit the fees and salaries of county and pity officers so that the pay of no one of them shall exceed the present salary and that the tax Levy when it comes before the judiciary committee May be closely scrutinized for the purpose of cutting it Down if possible. The last of january was the one Hundred and Twenty second anniversary of the birthday of Tom Paine. And disreputable As greater part of his life was fearful As his end was destructive As his principles have been to Many yet still there Are found gome to cherish his memory espouse his sentiments and boast themselves his followers. At the late anniversary the times says a the Strong minded of the weaker and the weak minded of the stronger sex were gathered to the number of two the principal speakers were Oliver c Hull mrs. Ernestine Rose and Joseph Barker so Well known As the apostle of infidelity in Philadelphia and in Salem Ohio. Formerly the ministry were the principal subjects of attack on these occasions. But at this time the press and the pulpit were put in the same category and made the objects of the same aspersions. The press should regard this As a High Honor. And it is really True that however defective the press May be in some particulars yet scarcely any appreciable part of it has any sympathy with Paine his opinions or his deluded followers. Governor King such a wholesale business in the use of the pardoning Power that the attention of the. People of this City has been very naturally called to the subject. As some of the courts Are constituted to convict a criminal was difficult enough but after this had been done it was the easiest thing imaginable to interpose the clemency of the accommodating gov. King. Gov. Morgan has changed the method of application entirely requiring due Public notice the notification of the prosecuting attorney and the documents on which the conviction

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