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Pittsburgh Presbyterian Banner (Newspaper) - September 14, 1864, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaKesby Teky an ne��1 a. September 14. 1864. a at mtg. Flat Burih wednesday s1pt. 14, 1864. Remo al. The office of the a a banners has been removed to snob Rlyn a Butch nos no. 72 third Street Between Wood and Market near Market. A. A a to Quot commencement at Washington. Quot the exercises connected with the fifty eighth annual commencement of this honoured institution began with the baccalaureate Sermon of the president or. W. Scott in the a first presbyterian Church on Sabbath morning the 4th inst. It was founded on prov. Xvi 32, and was one of. The happiest efforts. The appropriate theme was a a in the evening the Rev. W. D. How Quot a a ., of Pittsburgh delivered a most a Able and eloquent Sermon to the society of religious inquiry upon a subject peculiarly suited to the times Viz a a the Domain of the the text was great commission itself Matt xxviii 18�?20. The Misti a of the Christian minister and the manner of fulfilling it were the leading Points of the discourse. The relations of the pulpit to the primary object of human salvation and also to the morals of society and tothe Mutual obligations of rulers and citizens in the state were thoroughly and profitably handled the Best. Compliment to the discourse is the Earnest desire for ifs publication which we understand is Likely to be gratified. The orator for the literary societies failed through ill health to be present. The eve Bing of tuesday a therefore occupied with the usual valid victories and responses Between the graduates and the societies. Messes. Weills and mealy represented the class the former of the Washington and the latter of the Union society a and they were severally replied to by messes. Snodgrass and Driver the diplomas of the societies were delivered to the graduating members together with an appropriate address by the Rev. R. V. Dodge. The following was the order of exercises on wednesday the commencement Day English Salut Atory John c. S. Weills Washington a. Greek and latin Salut Atory a. Perry Irwin Mercer a philosophical oration John to Oxtoby. Wheeling West a philosophical Ora Tiona John Mealy Claysville a meanness and Sublimity of human nature a. Newton Lodiana n. India necessity of trial Hervey b. Knight Newcastle Ohio. Our dread of misfortune Altir Phillips Uniontown a National dignity a. Cunningham Ros Traver a. Character the True gentleman a. 0. Peru Adena Ohio. Vale dietary oration the in fought Battles. Join a Moo Arrell Claysville a. In addition to the foregoing the following Young gentlemen received the degree of a. B., Viz a. A. Kuhn new Texas a. D. Stokes Marion 0. We. R. Thompson Taylorstown a. A t Moore Valley Grove w. A T. Watson and j. Wishart Wiley both of Washington. The addresses of the speakers generally were marked with Olear thought Happy style and Graceful and Earnest delivery. The Large and intelligent audience gave their undivided attention to the last. The degree of a. Was Given to the members of the class of 1861. The Rev. Robert b. W Alker of Plain Grove pa., received the title of . That of was conferred upon the Hon. Daniel a new of Beaver pa., judge of the supreme court of the state j and upon the Rev. Charles Hodge ., of Princeton . This College like most others has suffered in the Way of numbers from the War and the times hut its opportunities remain and its work is earnestly and faithfully done. The important a subject of Union with Jefferson College occupied the attention of the trustees who a adopted a paper upon the subject and ordered it for publication. The proceedings of the alumni on the too asian which we a also publish show in manner How deep and powerful a hold this subject has taken upon the friends of the colleges and the Public mind generally. The in beet has come to a solemn crisis and we cannot but Hope that whatever discouragements May exist All concerned will Rise to the responsibilities which now surround them. Action of the Board of trustees of Washington College. Whereas the Sabod of Wheeling with which Washington College is connect red and several other synods of the presbyterian Church in october last made a formal and Earnest proposition to the trustees of Jefferson and Washington colleges for the Union of these two institutions upon some equitable basis accompanying the said proposition with an offer pledged by a responsible person of fifty thousand Dol. Lart toward the endowment of the United College and further proposed that the question of the location of the College proper rendered difficult by local interests and feelings be left to the decision of a disinterested and impartial Board of arbitrators to be chosen jointly and whereas the Public mind seems now More than Ever not Only to approve but to demand such an unit a for the Sake and claims of education in this Region of country a a therefore this Board deem it due to themselves and to All concerned without the slightest design to reflect on any other party to make known the fact that at a meeting shortly subsequent to the reception of the proposition of the synods they by a unanimous vote accepted the said proposition with its conditions agreeing to abide by any decision of the question thus fairly made also to declare that after a conference of a. Committee appointed by this Board with a like committee of the Board of Jefferson College on the subject of the proposed Union which was fruitless of Success owing to the declared unwillingness of the Jefferson Board to submit the question of location to the judgment of any persons outside of their own body or in any Way to imperil the interests of canons Borg in regard to this question or even to negotiate at All except on the admitted condition that the College proper shall be located at that place we Are still As we have from the first been willing to adopt the proposal of disinterested arbitrage it As originally made and to join in asking such legislative Sanction of a settlement so made As the nature of the ease May re Juire and further to set it Forth As the deliberate judgment of this Board in Harmony with the Public voice that the inter ests of education As Well As of the state and the Church would be promoted by the proper Union of these two colleges. Resolved that in order that the attitude of this Board in regard to the question at Issue May not be misunderstood the Secretary be directed to report ibo foregoing statement to the Synod of Wheeling and also to publish the same in the presbyterian manner. Resolved that the Board approve the action of the faculty and local trustees in proposing to the faculty and local trustees of Jefferson College to unite in an Effort to obtain a portion 6f the stale Quot agricultural fund on condition of a Union of the col a Leges As calculated to facilitate that desirable end in the manner proposed by the synods. A. Proceedings of the alumni of Washington College. The annual meeting of the alumni association of Washington College convened in the College Hall sept. 7th, 1864, at 2 of clock a m., and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Or. Carothers of Indiana county a. A , the Secretary being absent in the army we. S. Moose was chosen Secretary poem. The election of officers being first in or Der on motion or. I Brownson was chosen1 president and or. John w. Wish Art Secretary for the ensuing year. 1 on motion of Rev. F. A. Hutchinson a committee of resident alumni consisting of or. Brownson David s. Wilson and win s. Moore was appointed to communicate with the class of 1840 relative to the procurement of a a speaker for the Quarter Century reunion of said class at the next annual commencement. On motion of Hon. John ii. Ewing the same committee was authorized to procure a speaker to deliver the next annual address to the association. T a r the Rev. Francis j. Collier of canons Burg appeared As one of a committee a of 0 used by the alumni association of Jefferson College and presented the following series of resolutions adopted by that body touching a Union of Washington and Jefferson colleges resolved that the Good of the Community the canse of education a the welfare of the country and the Best interests of the kingdom of Christ imperatively demand the Union of Washington and Jefferson colleges. Resolved that it is with profound gratification that we learn that a plan has been agreed upon by the officers of the colleges depending for its consummation upon the appropriation by the legislature of the a state of a Liberal portion of the fund for agricultural colleges and other us. Resolved that in View of the fact just stated we hereby respectfully and earnestly petition the legislature of the state to take Early an Liberal action in this behalf. So far As we can understand the Case Yus Tice does seem to demand that no Small part of the funds in the hands of the legislature for distribution ought to be appropriated for the Benefit of this part of the state. A Quot. Quot a. Resolved that a committee of three be appointed to present these resolutions to the alumni association of Washington College and in connection with a committee from that association to the boards of trustees of the colleges and to the legislature. Quot under the last Resolution the following gentlemen were appointed Rev. George p. Hays Baltimore . Rev. Francis j. Collier Canonsburg a. R. B Patterson esq., Greensburg. Or. Collier was he Ard at some length in explanation of the circumstances under which the resolutions were adopted stating that the action of the body he represented had been characterised by the utmost Harmony and unanimity and giving the most ample assurances of Friendly arid fraternal feeling of the part of the Jefferson alumni. These Friendly regards were most heartily reciprocated by All the alumni of Washington present and the most cordial concurrence was pledged in the project of Union on any fair and equitable terms. It was made apparent however by explanations and remarks of several gentlemen present who were fully cognizant of the whole subject that the alumni of Jefferson had Laboured under a misapprehension in declaring that a a a plan of Union has been agreed upon by the officers of the colleges Sec the True state of the ease being that a joint application was made to the legislature by some of the local trustees and faculty of each College for a por fion of the land donated by Congress to the state for agricultural colleges on condition of the Union of the colleges with simply the expressed opinion that by the Success of this application the Prospect of Union would be brightened. A free and Fult interchange of opinion having been had on the subject the follow ing preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted. Whereas at a meeting of the alumni of Jefferson College on the 3d of August last it was resolved a a that the Good of the Community the cause of education the welfare of the country and the by st inter ests of the kingdom of Christ imperatively demand the Union of Washington and Jefferson colleges and whereas it is understood that committees of the boards of trustees of the two colleges have lately been appointed to Confer on the subject of Union but after trial have failed thus far to agree upon a plan of Union and whereas a wish has been expressed at this meeting in behalf of the alumni of Jefferson College by one of their number acting As a member of a committee appointed for that purpose for our cooperation in efforts to bring about the desired consummation therefore resolved that inasmuch As a suggestion has been made through the papers of a convention of the alumni of both colleges to assemble at an Early Day in the City of Pittsburg for the consideration of the whole subject of the Union this association heartily approves such suggestion. Resolved that a committee consisting of or. James i. Brownson Hon. R. R Reed and we. 8. Moore be appointed to cooperate with the alumni of Jefferson College in Eal Wirig such a convention and to take such other action As in their judg Merit May be proper to further the proposed Ooi motion of a. W. Ache san Esq the i Rocey dings of the meeting Wen ordered to 1 e published in the presbyterian Banner j id in the several papers of this place. On motion of or. Ewing the meeting i journey. Quot closed with prayer by the Rev. Or. Col or. James i. Brownson press to. We. S. Moore Sec a pro Tern. Soldiers possess to the already ample provision made by the government for the health and Comfort of its enemies. Our own soldiers on the other hand captured for the most part whilst contending gallantly against Superior numbers and entitled to every attention which Brave but unfortunate men had a right to expect from foes who had been accustomed to plume themselves upon their a a chivalry a Are languishing and dying in Southern Bastile whose horrors baffle the Power of description and the brutalities of whose guards and keepers Are too revolting to admit of detail in our columns. Public attention has been directed anew to this painful subject by the recent publication of the 1 correspondence Between Gen. Butler and major pulp the respective commissioners of Exchange. The rebel authorities propose to Exchange Man for Man and officer for officer. Gen. Butler declines this proposal lir Iless coloured soldiers shall he embraced in it. The consequence of thi3 disagreement is that hundreds of our Brave soldiers have perished hundreds More Are now languishing and dying under the Rigours of confinement in Southern prisons. That All soldiers who enlist under our Flag Are entitled to its Protection is undeniable. Yet is the subject involved1 in Many difficulties. There Are Many who contend that our. Honor and dignity would not be compromised by acceding to the rebel propositions so far As White soldiers Are concerned. Our suffering Brethren would thus be released from All the untold and inconceivable horrors and brutalities under the effects of which they Are daily perishing. There would still remain in our hands a Large balance of rebel prisoners who would be As ample a Security As any we now possess for the proper treatment of of ored soldiers who have been captured by the enemy. But in the judgment of others this would be it an unwise precedent and would Sanction a discrimination against our coloured soldiers. The condition of the heroic defenders of our country whose treatment at the hands of the Confederate authorities will be one a of the blackest pages in All the history of this atrocious conspiracy to overthrow the Republic deserves the immediate consideration of our government and we Trust that measures to effect their release May be speedily adopted and successfully. Carried sighing of the pbis08eb. In nothing perhaps has the different i dirt which actuates the two parties to i in present War been More strikingly Dis a Ayed than in their treatment re spent Ely of the prisoners that have been takers h i each in the varying fortunes of the it a Flint. Rebel prisoners confined in .1 Northern Camps have been treated with it i Rory kindness and consideration that Huil Anity demanded and circumstances peril it Ted. Large License even has been ally wed to those who sympathize with trea to it a to add their contributions of luxuries ii id by has a Fione of our own bet buses a lectures. On the catechism. Some time ago we noticed the appearance of the first volume of the late dry Bethune so a expository lectures on the Heidelberg now we have before us the second volume Replete with the same research argumentation Fervour and pointed 1 application. The Brilliant platform orator whose spontaneous eloquence received the applause of vast popular assemblies is no less at Home in discussing the most abstruse doctrines or the plainest practical truths. These two. Volumes Are valuable bequests to the Church from one whom the Church loved and honoured while living. In them he being dead yet speak eth and he will speak to Distant generations. They a re a repository of theology from which most valuable stores can be drawn by the minister and the Layman who would be Well instructed in things pertaining to the kingdom of god. The Rule of the reformed dutch Church which makes it obligatory on pastors to expound the catechism containing its ays Tern of Faith to their people is a most excellent one which might be adopted with great advantage by other branches of the presbyterian family. If it were we Are persuaded there would be a better under standing of the word of god and greater soundness in doctrine than exist now. Doctrinal instruction and practical teachings might thus be harmoniously and Beruti fully blended and the effects would be most beneficial. A in this place it May. Not be improper to remark that we do not understand Why it is that on own a a confession of Faith a in Whoso Praise we so often speak is not a text Book in All our theological seminaries. Why is it that this Book containing our authorized exposition of the doctrines of the gospel and Church polity Sis made to give place to so stems of theology on which the imprimatur of the Church has never been placed. We would not by any Means make this the Only text Book on theology and Church government but it certainly should be made a text Book. We have known Young men who during their entire theological course had not so much As read the whole of on confession of Faith in the seminaries of the United presbyterian Church the confession of Faith is made a part of the regular studies and we Hope that the time is not far Distant when it will be so in our own Church expository Leot Bxs on the Hethel Bebe catechism. By Jorge a. Bethune . In two volumes i8b4. New Tork Sheluk a co. Pittsburgh Davis Clarke a co. ,. Still other examples. Our readers have not forgotten the ree Ord we made a few weeks ago of benefactions to colleges and theological seminaries. A few More instances have come under our Eye and Merit a place upon the list. Gordon Colby of Boston has Given 350,000 to water Ille College Alairie on the condition that f-100,000 More shall be raised and that a majority of the faculty shall hereafter be members of Baptist churches about $47,000 of the $100,000 has been already seeded. A permanent in do Wernent of the presidency of Dartmouth Cut allege n. H., has recently been raised by a subscription of $30,000 in new York and Over $17,000 has been secured to the College elsewhere by subscription. It. The corporation of Middlebury College vt., have voted to raise immediately one hundreds thousand dollars. A file Start has already been Given to the subscription upwards of $20,000 having been secured Anda few months will doubtless see the work completed and new life and vigor be Given to this most respected institution. Thus we Are provoked unto Good works by the examples count their mosey dearer to them than the inter ests of education and religion. These examples should have Especial influence now when the friends of education in Western Pennsylvania Eastern Ohio and Western Virginia Are called upon to consult for the establishment of an institution of the highest order to realize the wishes and to meet the demands of this populous Aud wealthy District. Others can give liberally shall not we Sandwich islands. We mentioned some time ago the introduction of Episcopacy to these islands through the influence of the King and the evil results Likely to follow. The Bishop sent out from England and the ministers accompanying him Are of the most Ultra High. Church stamp. They have studiously kept themselves aloof from the Ameri can missionaries by whom these islands have been delivered from heathenism. it begins to appear As if they had poisoned the mind of the King with regard to the political condition of his people and led him to attempt a revolution which May Lead to great strikes and calamities a constitutional convention had been called but the King and his advisers were not willing to wait for1 Iti action. The latest news from the islands is As follows a a King on the 13 the of August after a excited speech abrogated the it Sandwich islands Constitution of 1852, arid declared the constitutional convention dissolved. This arbitrary act is regarded As a regular coup do eat by the King and of submitted to by the hawaiian people will Render the kingdom nearly an absolute the resting upon those who have disturbed the peace of this people will be fearful. It will be remembered that Many of the Best men in the English establishment opposed strongly this incursion into a country for which Episcopacy had done Lothing and where it was not Likely to accomplish much Good. American Board of foreign missions. A the friends of foreign missions will re Joice to learn that. This Board will be Able to the annual meeting that the financial year has closed without debt and having a Small balance in the Treasury a fears were entertained some time ago that the year would close with a heavy balance against the boar a but the Gir Oular issued in july aroused tie patrons of the Board so As to produce the Happy result just now attained. The whole amount contributed to this Board in the year is a Little Over $500,000. This statement should stimulate and encourage orig two Churchea to increased efforts in behalf of the presbyterian Board of foreign missions. The outlay of the Board owing to the Price of Gold and the High rates of Exchange will necessarily be beyond All former precedent. But our1 Church is abundantly Able to meet and More than meet this increased expenditure and the general Assembly at its late meeting pledged the Church to sustain the Board in these trying times. Pastors and sessions will no doubt keep this in mind arid bring it before the people with More than usual earnestness. Fare to the meeting of the Synod of Allegheny. The Rev. Or. Reynolds writes us a a members of the Synod of Allegheny who May attend the meeting of said Synod to be held at Meadville on the 22d inst., by paying fall fare to Meadville Over the. Atlantic and great Western and Erie and Pitts Burgh Railroad will be returned Over said roads free of charge on presenting a certificate to the e effect above neared signed by the Moderator or one of the clerks of Synod. This arrangement extends no farther South tbs a Newcastle. Quot whether a like arrangement will by a made from Newcastle to Pitt Burgh and intermediate Points i do not know. A. A. Aaa a a members from South of West Greenville by taking the train Over the Erie and Pittsburgh Road which leaves the latter place at 5 of clock a m., May arrive in Sie Adville at 12 10 p. -m., by the mail train Over the a. And g. W. Toad which leaves West Greenville. At 10 50 o clock a. A or if they Eho oae to Dine at West Greenville May take the express train from Cleveland Ieav ipg West Greenville at -12 55 o Check a. A and arrive at Mead Ville at 1 45 Oclock p. Y a a a committee will be in attendance at the Church in which Synod is to meet from the time of the arrival of the express to direct members to the families by which they will be the alumni accordance with a suggestion made in our columns a Short Tim e ago a convention of the alumni of Jefferson and Washington colleges has been called to meet in the lecture room of the first presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh on the 27th of this month. The Call will be found in another column. We Hope the attendance will be Large and that some practicable plan to secure tee result so much desired Wili be proposed. Valuable edition of the Board of publication of the United presbyterian Church Fias issued a handsome edition of Bagster a polyglot this is the very Best reference Bible for general use Ever published. For Sale at the United presbyterian Book store third Street Pittsburgh a. Price $1 00. Heath of Rev. Charts Beatty this Young brother son of the late Rev. Thomas of Magill of Urbana pastor of the Church of Birmingham Iowa died on the 27 the of August. An appropriate obituary notice is in our hands which will appear next week. The of lord of co Portage will meet on tuesday the 20th inst at 2 of clock. James Caruthers press to. Por Tho prob Terian Banner. Editors of the Banner a i see by the minutes of the general Assembly Page 492, that the Synod of Pittsburgh is to meet on Friday october 28th. Is this Correct impression was that the meeting was to be on the 21st. Would it Neft be a Good idea to propose a meeting of the alumni of Jefferson and Washington colleges in Pittsburgh on thursday preceding the meeting of Synod ? inquirer f news of the churches and ministers. Presbyterian. Old school a the condition of our churches in new Orleans is deplorable. Cannot something be done to place in them Loyal pistons that the ministration of the gospel May be again enjoyed by the Loyal members that remain and also by the strangers who Are now beginning to crowd that City. Five of our churches there have been abandoned by disloyal pastors and All of these with the exception of one now occupied by the military authorities arc in charge of. Elders and trustees who though some of them have taken the oath of loyalty Are in an overwhelming majority sympathizers with the rebellion. A a letter from new Orleans says a a there Are still in these churches Many members of undoubted loyalty who Are anxious to have the churches opened to ministers of approved loyalty but All applications of this kind have been refused by the disloyal1 Church officers. The charter of each of these presbyterian churches expressly provides that these churches shall be governed by the doctrine discipline rules and regulations of the presbyterian Church of the United states and that the officers of the Church shall have no power1 to establish any by Laws and regulations inconsistent with the Constitution and Laws of the United states. On the strength of this charter the Loyal members of the churches demand the appointment of Loyal ministers who a re in connection with the general Assembly of the presbyterian Church of the United our Church of Harrison Avenue in the City of Boston so Long without a pastor. Has at length secured one and received a Large accession to its numbers As is evident from the following a a the Oak place congregational Church in Boston which has tor several years worshipped in the edifice formerly occupied by Rev h i Dexter congregation has disbanded its or nation and United with the presbyterian Churchjr Arris a Avenue and their tor Rev. P. Bixby is to become the pastor of the Harrison. Avenue Church he stated in his first Sermon to the United congregation about the Middle of August. That two thirds of hid theological instruct Tion had been presbyterian and one third congregational.�?�. The annual report of Calvary Church Francisco Rev. Or. Wadsworth Sas Given in the bulletin shows the receipts of last year to be $13,800. Six thousand a dollars were paid to the pastor As salary $2,084 for music. The present floating debt of the Church is $9,500. In the Esti mates of income for the coming year $10 704 were expected from Pew rents and $2,700 from collections. /. The Larkin Street presbyterian Church in san Francisco formerly connected with the new school has United with the old school. The Rev. Loyal Young ., of Butler pa., preached an Able Sermon on the National Day of humiliation aug. 4, which was published last week in the american citizen of that place. Bat few men have shown such Devotion to their country As or. Young in the gift of sons to its service in the army. A . We. R. Hutche son pastor of the United presbyterian Church of Middlesex Butler co., pa., has raised a company of 150 fur the heavy artillery service and has gone into Camp along with his men a lutheran. Notwithstanding the prevalence of War and the High prices of labor and materials the work of Church bin Idiner is going Forward briskly in the West and More particularly among the German lutheran Eon it Gregat ions. In the Wisconsin Syrios new and Beautiful Stone Church was recently dedicated in town 13, hear West Bend in the charge of Rev. Pastor Vor bergs while the Cofrin a Stone of another was Laid in he ref a re wis. Five or six other Are in Progress of ejection in the same state. In the fire branches of the joint Synod of Ohio there Are a number which will shortly be comp Etc a two were lately consecrated one in Findlay Hancock co., Ohio in the charge of Rev During Rind the other in Sharpsburg 1 Allegheny co pa., in the charge of Rev. Pm. Dethlefs. In the Synod of Missouri and adjacent states several have been re gently consecrated one in Laporte ind. In the charge of. Rev. F. W. Try this is a Beautiful Brick gothic Structure 45 by 84 feet in size with a Tower 120�?Tfeet High st. Peter�?Ts1 Church st. Louis co. ., of Rev. Pastor Schwenson one in Monroe county 111., under the care of Rev. A g. Bir Kuian and one at Yauip ton Rock Island county in charge of Rev f. Doescher. Baptist. A letter from Rev. E. Kincaid Baptist missionary in Burma dated pome May 12th,. 1864, acknowledges an appropriation of $500 for printing additional copies of the new testament in the Burma i language. The books will be he says of great service particularly to the numerous native assistants in travelling among the villages. He says. A a the number of our native preachers including pastors and evangelists Karen and Burman must be nearly two Hundred and besides these there Are a Large num her that May be called Lay preachers who spend More or less time in the course of a the year among their acquaintances and relatives Reading and teaching the things of the kingdom. All these As Well As the preachers should to supplied with a port Able new testament. Nearly All the Karen preachers read and Sheafe Burman fluently Many of them have often spoken to of the great importance to them of a Burman new testament. In View of All these facts we propose an edition of three thousand copies in the Small Type and probably Nve or six thousand in Large Type. A a a i have three schools one in the town and two in the country and have never had a Burman new testament and could not get1 of a to use in school. Among nine native preachers Only two have a copy of the new testament to Harry when they travel among the villages in their preaching Tours. But now we shall be supplied and Many hearts will be made thankful. A a it is a Noble offering for a Noble purpose. When i think of ail dear native land has been called to suffer and. Is now suffering and of the vast sums they Are contributing for the Relief of Siek and wounded soldiers and for the redeemed and suffering coloured race i am the More struck with the present efforts put Forth to Aid us in this far off Heathen the gratification which Aris from this announcement is mingled with feeling of wonder that the work of furnishing the christians of Burmah with a full Supply of bibles should have been so partially done at this late Day. If differences of opinion among our Baptist Brethren stand in the Way of efficient cooperation in this work we wish h might be taken up by the american Bible society. Surely it is not fitting that such a body of Christian churches and such a Host of zealous preachers should be left any longer to languish for the want of. The Bible. Episcopal. A curious Case is reported in the Bombay papers. The Episcopalian congregation of st. Johns at Colaba have no Steeple to their Church and a wealthy Parsee named cows fee Jeh Argeer an avowed Heathen for the Mere love of architectural fitness offers to put up a handsome Steeple at his own expense. Quot but a scruple has Arisen among the parishioners whether it is consistent for a Christian congregation to allow a Heathen to Bri ild their Steeple. The saturday review gently ridicules the excess of Escrupulo sity displayed. It says of this Parsee Steeple a a hard though it be of digest Jori the stomachs of christians in India a re not usually very Nice nor do we see Why a Church which has an established Bishop and an established clergy supported out of the Revenue paid by the Heathen population of the country can pretend to have any co Punctious visit ids of conscience when a wealthy Heathen offers to assist their poverty by putting a decent roof Over their Heads. After haying accepted churches and clergymen it is of no use raising difficulty about a. Bishop Stevens of Pennsylvania has been for some time dangerously ill Froia congestion of the brain. Roman Catholic. The1 Rev. Or. Keogh has been a relieved from the discharge of the duties of editing the Pittsburgh Catholic. Jar. Keogh will be always remembered by those who have come in Contact with him As a gentleman of kind and agreeable Man Nurs. A. In a pastoral letter to his diocese published in the Western new York Catholic of the 13th .ult., Bishop Timoria presents statistics worthy of serious attention. They evince great Energy and Devotion on the part of the papists in pushing Forward their Church enterprises. The Bishop says that when he came to his diocese he dared not estimate the number of a atolies at More than. 20,000. A a they had a he continues a a no institution of Charity except a then very Small orphan Asylum in Rochester. There were scarcely any Catholic schools and Only sixteen churches generally poor Aud , were to be found in the Dileece now we have seven orphan asylums several Noble hospitals a a a hts in convents very Many schools for children and 17,845 Catholic children leg ulary attending our Catholic schools some3,000 More occasionally attend making the whole of children in the Catholic schools of this diocese above 20,000. About 140 churches Many of them Noble and Beautiful Supply the place of sixteen generally poor Frame churches that existed when the diocese of Buffalo was created and a tour present pastor appointed its first Bishop. There Are now More than 200,000 catholics in this diocese though its total population has increased but very Little during the mighty Catholic ten fold in crease of the last sixteen years. It ought to be and can be if the representations and efforts Are made v have read of numerous and Large comi a ,6 tons to colleges and seminaries l East. Quot a sides Princeton has of late received smaller donations thirty Tiu us dollars trom mrs. Browd fifty tin a the e rejoice a institution example in from the messes. Stewards and thirty4 Bonsai d from or. Green. We a c this deserved liberality toward our a but will we not emulate the gifts to Allegheny her Are Means and we will not doubt the in also liberality. There has been of ate s great of wealth to Many of to presbyterians of Pittsburgh and the surrounding country. Let them present their thank offerings to the a it in this cause where it will be Pena Neutis useful. We have heard of two or three persons offering to give five thousand each on certain conditions and no doubt there Are others willing to do likewise win the i a Etsity is known and the Call made. L, such persons Send in their names to j / Nevin fhe treasurer. Let the proper t0-Licitations be made for it is important that this he done before the inauguration of the new professor. A Fri esd for the presbyterian Banner. Call for a convention to the alumni of Jefferson and Washington colleges. The undersigned representing jointly though unofficially the alumni of Jefferson and Washington colleges arid belie ving that they express a wish very common if not Universal among the sons of both collages do hereby invite their Brethren the alumni of both to meet in convention at the City of Pittsburgh on tuesday the 27th Day of september instant 4 of clock p. M., in the lecture room of the first presbyterian Church to take such action As May be deemed advisable to further the consolidation of the two colleges. It is earnestly hoped that All the alumni who possibly can will be present at the pro posed convention As it is believed that the question of Union will probably be decided within the next few weeks. In behalf of Jeff n behalf of Wash a cot. , Jjames i. Brownson Franeis j. Collier j Wui. S Moore Thomas Kennan Bozo Linn French Jas. Dicks of a. A Mclelland David Kinney Robert p. Nevin a a. Williams Thos Ewing j. P. Penney Jap. , Jacob h. Miller James p. Sterrett John Kennedy Jas. I. Kuhn w. Hawkins Ort. Bigham Algernon s. Bell David w. Bell James tech James Allison r. Patterson. The undersigned approve the object of the proposed convention and unite in the above Cali. W. Soott pres. Washington College. D. Riddle. We. Smith. Jno. Ewing w. Kennan S. Wilson a. To Baird. N. Ewing r. R Reed a Jas. Blaek. Marcus Wishart David Reed. Thos. C. Lazea Marcus w. Acheson j. Gallagher s. Wilson j. S. Morrison a. P. Morrison we. R Childs o. Miller. For the Prener Teriaz by Motif be Union of . A meeting in answer to a notice read is the general Assembly meeting in no Haik new Jersey a of the friends of the spi Edy it Union of the presbyterian a Burgh wag held in the Lee Tufe Toom or the thud pres. By Tel an Church of Newark May 26. 1864 at half past 2 of clock p. A. Rev. Or. Septimus Tustin was called to the chair., and Rev t. N. Haskell appointed so Ere tary. The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. Or. S. Cox Rev. Or Monfort of Cincinnati offered the following resolutions which were adopted unanimously 1. Resolved that we Are fully satisfied that the difficulties which divided the w�.8. By Terian cd Birch in 1838 have so far passed away and that the two branches Are Low so nearly one in doctrine in policy and in spirit that the time has come to discuss and initiate measures to promote an Organ in Union. 2. Resolved that a committee of five reappointed to prepare and report a paper on this subject f or adoption at an adjourned meeting Rev. Or. G., Monfort Rev. L. Merrill Miller Rev. T. N. Haskell or. A. G Candless and c. Falconer D a were appointed this committee. The friends of reunion met May 27.1s64, at 8 o clock a. M., according to adjournment in the a lecture room of the thud presbyterian Church. Rev. Or. Monfort on behalf of the committee appointed for the purpose reported the following paper which was unanimously adopted and the committee was directed to have it signed and published. The committee was also directed to Send a copy to the members of the Geneil Assembly in session at Dayton. The report is a follows for the Prea byte Banner. The Western theological Seminary. In the report of the trustees to the general Assemi y last Spring it was stated that provision had been made to raise necessary funds for extraordinary expenses to Grade and pave streets As also to supplement during these exper Sive times the salaries of the professors. The presbyterian of last week says that a a Sinee the meeting of the Assembly very Earnest efforts have been made to add to the funds of this Seminary and we Hope with great we Hope so too and we will not doubt that when these very Earnest efforts Are made they will be met with Success from the liberality of those whom the lord har so greatly blessed. But we have not yet hard of any such Effort having been made. It ought to be made without delay. There is need for promptness. And activity by those who have charge of this matter and of a Liberal response from All. Let the thing be done at once and done Effee timely this Seminary is in the midst of us. It has the Confidence and love of a i our churches and people and it is doing great Good. It ought to receive especially from the wealthy Large and generous benefactions. It has no agent to solicit or collect but let the Large hearted and willing come Forward and offer their gifts. This instil anti of has merely a fund to the inadequate salaries formerly promised to the professors. It has no resources to meet this now indispensable addition to the professors salaries and the occasional and contingent expenses for paving streets repairs taxes insurances amp a. C there is really needed for these and other necessary purposes an immediate addition to the funds of fifty thousand dollars. Cannot this be secured we believe that Newark n. J., May 27, 1864 the ministers and ruling elders of tie presbyterian Church represented by the general Assembly now in session in this City feel called upon to express their confident conviction that the time has come when measures should be initiated to promote the reunion of the two branches of the presbyterian Church which were separated in 1838. The questions Over which they differed and divided have mainly passed away. They adept the same views in opposition to slavery. There is now no difference of opinion in regard to the propriety of ecclesiastical supervision in conducting educational and missionary operations. After having been separated for More than a Quarter of a Century they adhere alike to the old Constitution. Their ministers and ruling elders receive and adopt the confession of Faith in the use of the same prescribed form. Whatever differences in doctrine May have existed at the time of separation there is reason to believe have mainly passed away. It is believed that the great majority in each Branch a sincerely receive and adopt the confession of Faith As containing the system of doctrine taught in the scriptures a and approve of the same government and discipline. On this basis we , mutually regarding and treating the office bearers and Church courts of each As coordinate elements in the reconstruction. There Are difficulties in the Way of repairing the breaches of Zion which must be met and Overes by Well considered methods and in a spirit of forbearance and prudence. Resin too cannot be accomplished nor is it to be desired without the restoration of a spirit of Unity and fraternity. We believe that this spirit exists and is constantly increasing. That which hound first engage the attention of the friends of let Nion should be to find out How far Unity of sentiment and kindness of feeling prevail. Where these exist they should be cherished and strengthened by meeting together for the purpose of interchanging views and using Means for final Union. By Way of ascertaining the views of the ministers Rny no elders and churches and of calling out organizing and concentrating Public sentiment so As to open the Way for organic Union As speedily As possible we propose the following measures 1. We recommend to presbyteries and synods the appointment of corresponding delegates to attend the presbyteries and synods of the other Branch As a measure adapted to develop and promote the spirit of Union. 2. We recommend Union meetings of presbyteries and synods of the two bodies wherever practicable such As were held by the presbyteries of st. Lawrence and Ogdensburg As furnishing the Best Means it of ascertaining How far a spirit of kindness and Confidence has been restored and to what extent a desire for reunion prevails. 3 we recommend that Church sessions presbyteries and synods that Are in favor of re Union take action on the subject and express and publish their views. 4. We recommend conventions of the friends of re Union at important Points to be composed of ministers ruling elders and others to consult together and to declare their views. 5 we respectfully request the conductors of the religious journals of the two churches to opera their columns to the publication of communications and reports of Church courts and other meetings in favor of re 6 we would recommend to All concerned to discourage the organization of weak churches of the two branches where Only one is needed arid can be supported and especially where missionary Aid is required to sustain them and we commend the Union of such churches where they exist 7. We recombine and in the language of the general Assembly of 1863 at Peoria a a that the ministers of the two branches of the. Hureh cultivate fraternal Intercourse the free interchange of views and in All suitable ways encourage mid Aid one another in the appropriate work of Tho. Ministry and that the members of the one or the other Branch connect themselves with existing congregations of either gather than give their influence and their Aid to bodies whose principles and form of government Are foreign to their 8. We earnestly recommend to All to seek by prayer to the Hoad of the Church that the divine Blessi Iju a a rest upon of eff

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