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Western Christian Advocate (Newspaper) - October 1, 1841, Cincinnati, OhioM Rel Western pub i shed by j. F. Wright and l. Swormstedt for the methodist episcopal Church a. Elliott editor. Ber 1, 1841. Whole number 388 Kook room 3i Corner of main and eighth Street Cincinnati k. P. Thompson f a inter. Tekm8.�?the West irk Christian Auto Cate in published weekly a the following terms $2 00 in and Vanem $2 50 within six months or $3 00 at the close of the year in All cases. Subscriptions paid within i no mtg Atler receiving the first number either to the publishers or to any of their authorized agents will be considered in Advance in any Case of discontinue ice the subscription Price to the dose of the subscription year must be paid with All arrears and pos Tsige of order. Communications designed solely for insertion should be addressed to the editors. Those on business or containing remittances should lie addressed to j. F. Wright and l. Swormstedt. The itinerant ministers and preachers of the methodist episcopal Church Are the duly authorized agents Jor the Western. Christian advocate to whom payment May be made. Agents having in hand ten dollars or More May remit by mail at our risk taking care always to Send the largest and most current notes or Good drafts and to state to which subscribers giving their names and Post offices remittances Are to be credited. In directing discontinuance or changes they should always be careful to give the Post oif ipe county and state As Well As the names of the subscribers. Correspondents and agents Are m nested to write their communications and make their rein Urt Acee in me letter wet a Horvei practicable a ring do sums not convenient to be remitted May be paid for us to any presiding biographies accounts of revivals and other matters involving facts must to accompanied with the proper names of the writers. All communications to the publishers or editor unless containing ten dollars or five new subscribers for the Western Christian advocate or an order for books must he Post subscribers will he understood As wishing to continue unless it is expressly stated otherwise. The ladies repository and t. A t h e 11 i n 1� s o f t h r w f. S tis published monthly at this office containing thirty two pages super Royal Octavo Price $2,00 per annul invariably in advance., not it subscription received for less than one entire volume. Western Christian advocate. For the w Estern Christian advocate. A few thoughts a comparing the present with the past lit the year 1798, the writer of this article Tyus sent by Bishop Asbury As a missionary to this Region of country then called the Northwestern territory now Ohio state to form a new circuit and Quot to Plaht the first principles of the gospel. In passing through the country lie found it almost in its native rude and uncultivated state. The inhabitants were settled in Small neighbourhoods and few and far Between and Little or no improvement about them. No sound of the everlasting gospel had As yet broken upon their ears or gladdened their hearts 110 House of worship was erected wherein Jehovah a name was recorded no joining the Assembly of the saints a or those who keep the holy Day but the a whole might with strict propriety be called a a a land of darkness and the Shadow of i a a where the sound of a Church going Bell those Vallies and rocks never heard never sighed at the sound of a Knell nor smiled when a Sabbath the site 011 which Cincinnati now stands was nearly a dense and uncultivated Forest. No improvement was to be seen but fort Washington which was built on the brow of the Hill and extended Down to the margin of the River around which was built a number of Cabins in which resided the first settlers of the place. This fortress was then under the command of general Larrison and was the great place of rendezvous for the Federal troops which were sent by the government to guard the frontiers., or to go Forth to War with the indians. In this state of things the writer left this country forty years ago and never saw or visited the state of Ohio till the 3d Day of july last at which time he came from aboard the Steamboat Bristol and walked through a considerable part of the of Cincinnati but lie has no language to express his reflections and the peculiarity of thoughts which rushed upon his mind while comparing the past state of things with the present. After passing from Street to Street and a from Square to Square for More than half a mile he came to the conclusion that no City in the Union could vie with it in Beauty and magnitude considering its Short growth. Having since arriving in Cincinnati travelled Over Many parts of his old missionary ground he finds a most astonishing change and improvement has taken place. Where formerly there Are indistinct paths sometimes Only Trees being blazed to direct our course from one House or settlement to another now there Are highly improved roads and turnpikes and every facility for Public conveyance. And where there stood unbroken forests now there Are numerous villages and Large towns numbering their Jiou Sands. The farms and farm houses Are equal in convenience Beauty and taste to any in the Union but the Best and most encouraging of All is to see a Large proportion of the inhabitants of the country both in villages and cities truly religious men and women who fear god and work righteousness. The writer of this article cannot help Here adverting to the time when he spread the first table for the sacrament of the lords supper that was spread Northwest of the Ohio. When the communicants were called to approach the table the number did not exceed Twenty five or thirty this was the sum total of All that were in the country. Now the minutes of the annual conferences of Ohio return 100,00q regular Church members so mightily hath the word of god run and prevailed where we once preached in log Cabins we now see stately churches a relied whose Spires Point towards heaven and whose solemn Hells announce the arrival of the Christian Sabbath and Call attention of the multitude to the House of cod. This is indeed the lords doing and a circumstance of the deepest regard to its original founder and he would Pray that this land May continue to be greatly blessed of the lord and continue to be a people with whom god May Delight to dwell. I should judge irom the locality of the country the Richness of the soil and the Industry of tie inhabitants that within a few years this state will be equal in wealth and number if not Superior to any of the Eastern states. The Church in her present Onward course is spreading a divine influence which deeply affects All states and conditions sects and orders of men. Look in any direction and you will see her rising up in All the Power and majesty of divine Grace the righteousness thereof going Forth with brightness and the salvation thereof like unto a lamp that Burneth. Dur Congress and legislative Halls have in them it or Obadiah so a goodly number who Are not a cone8s they fear the lord govern a the the it 8,t at be Heim of a cell de the destinies of our wide sin 4s a reproach to any but whence is this do Vine knowledge Tieric a ? certainly from tit Bible that Book jul Inch is sending Forth a f Ood of divine Light and truth into every department of Church and state. While we As ministers Ami members of the Church enjoy those invaluable privileges it is our duty to Lay them deeply to heart that we May duly appreciate and wisely improve them. \ our aged servant the writer of this article has been standing on the Walls of our Ion for fifty five years and while with unwearied vigilance he has been guarding and Labouring for the interests of the Church he has been making strict observations 011 circumstances and things con needed with the Church and from Long observation he Lias been fully convinced and of late More so than Ever a that it is the doctrine which we preach the discipline which we have exercised and the system by which As a Church we Are regulated that have produced those Happy results in the conversion and Sanctification of so Many thousands. Our doctrines Are first a free salvation so that wherever the minister meets his congregation be they Many or few he feels 110 hesitancy in offering salvation to every soul present and accordingly tells the a that Jesus Christ by the Grace of goo tasted death fur every secondly we preach a present salvation which is salvation by Faith alone As the condition and the Only condition of our justification before god. Thirdly the doctrine of holiness As the christians highest privilege and most indispensable duty St. Paul terms it a the Mark and prize of our High calling which is of god in Christ Jesus a and exhorts All believers to press to its attainment. To the doctrines of the everlasting gospel we owe All our spiritual achievements and As a people All that we have and Are. Our system of doctrine and discipline has been Well and Long tried. It has stood the fiery ordeal of one Century and has come Forth As Gold and As a a Silver tried in a Furnace of Earth and purified seven Here then i would say to our ministers and to the Church whereunto we have already attained a let us walk by the same rules let us mind the same things never lose sight of the spirit and practice of gospel holiness in All its Heights and Depths As the leading and essential qualification for the Christian ministry. The Herald of mercy and Grace May speak with the Tongue of angelic eloquence rather than men but if he lacks love the constraining principle 2 Cor. A 14 he will be Only As a a sounding brass or As a tinkling St. Paul Saith a a the love of Christ con Strain eth of who can Tell the Force the Power and the eloquence of constraining love this alone can carry fire to Frozen hearts and make the terrified Sainer to cry a a what must i do to be when one of those master spirits from the sacred desk draws the gospel Bow at a venture his Arm is nerved with an almighty Energy the arrows of the almighty will be Sharp and powerful in the hearts of the King s enemies whereby the people will fall under him. Dear Brethren in the ministry let us press to a higher state of holiness let 11s be a a men of one Book a studying closely the Bible men mighty in prayer having deep communion with god let 11s go from our Knees into the pulpit and there with enlarged hearts and open Mouths and losing All sight of self and every Shadow of self preach As a dying Man to dying men holding up the lord Jesus Christ As the great expedient for a lost and ruined world. Let holiness be in every composition and make a part of every Sermon. Blessed is that minister that shall be found so doing. Though his preaching abilities May be Small and lightly esteemed by a misjudging world yet Clad in gospel panoply c Complete an 1 having on the Armor of righteousness on the right hand and 011 the left he will a a turn Many to righteousness a and Shine As the stars for Ever and Ever. Let us not Only teach our Church publicly but from House to House visiting their families and encouraging and praying with them by which Means they will be strengthened and made to walk in the fear of god and in the comforts of the holy ghost. By this Means you will be instruments in a a strengthening the weak binding up that which was broken and bringing Back that which was driven meet the class if possible after preaching. In the Early stage of methodism the class meeting was our Bond of Union. Of with what warm hearts did the dear people go to the class room and there with sobbing hearts and flowing eyes would Tell Over their trials and what god had done for their souls and All this in such a melting Strain that Trie hardest heart could not remain unmoved. Of let 11s take heed to ourselves and to All the flock Over which the holy ghost hath made us overseers to feed the Church of god which he hath purchased with his own blood. As the Dew upon mount Fiermon and As the Dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion so May the lord command his Blessing upon his people even life for evermore. So prays your aged servant John Kobler. Avgust 23, 1841. The we 8ee Tiem m y awake to Tion that a i e Church under the convict a by of nees exal Teth a nation while front the lathes repository. Rev. George g. Cookman. The following communication regards a christain minister of so Many Ami such fair Virtues that we doubt not it will deeply interest our readers. There Are not Many in the land in whom vigor of intellect and unaffected piety a it re so happily blended. It will be recollected that no certain intelligence has yet been received of the steam ship president in which or. Cooker Nan was lost. Probably however the scene sketched by the a Riter s fancy at the close of this article is substantially True to . There seems now to be Little doubt that or. Cooker Nan and his fellow passengers on Board the president have been lost. This is a my Providence. We cannot comprehend it. But in this regard it is. Not singular. How Little do we know of the healings of Providence we see his footsteps but they Are often in the deep. That they Are taken in Wisdom we do not doubt and we must wait until he shall become his own interpreter in the Day of eternity. His dealings with us will then be explained and understood. We shall then see that Wisdom and mercy have been in All his ways. The Church will feel deeply feel the loss of this eminent and pious minister. Speaking after the manner of men his place cannot be supplied. He filled a Broad space in the Church and in the Public esteem. His talents were so diversified his manner so Peculiar and his eloquence so extraordinary that it is not probable his Superior will soon appear. Without going out of the Church to which or. Cooker Nan belonged ministers May be found who excelled him in Talent and acquirement a men of a stronger grasp and of a More comprehensive judgment but in the faculty of arresting the attention of his auditors and giving the deepest interest to his subject he was unsurpassed. It was said that or. Cooker Nan acquired his reputation for eloquence chiefly at Washington City a fire he was stationed two \ Alexandria where he labelled 11, la years of his time he acted As chaplain to Congress that his reputation was greatly increased b his labors in this important and trying station May be admitted but his merits prior to this time May not have been impartially considered. However this May be at Washington City and As chaplain to Congress he made a stronger impression than had been made by any other Man. Whether he preached in the Chapel or in the Hall of the House of representatives it was crowded with hearers without regard to the in it leniency of the weather. He was heard by the Learned and the unlearned. The profoundest statesmen jurists and orators were found in his congregations men who could not be carried away by the tricks of oratory or a superficial View of the subjects he discussed. And they heard him with increasing interest. The Hall of the House was As much crowded the last Sermon he preached there As it had been at any former time. In person or. Cooker Nan was below the Middle size. He was slender and Iti height did not exceed a five feet or nine inches his. Ii had not reached the Meridian of life. There was nothing remarkable in his appearance. His countenance gave no Strong indication of the Power lie possessed. Ilis forehead was Low his head not Large and though his Eye was expressive and his Mouth showed acuteness there was Little to be seen in his face of the soul that was within him. His dress conformed to the simplicity of methodism. No one could hear my cooker Nan read his hymn or a chapter in the Bible at the commencement of his service without feeling that he was no Ordinary Man. It is indeed a rare thing to meet with a Good Reader in the pulpit and it is matter of astonishment that this admirable attainment is not More common. You might have read the chapter or the hymn a thousand times and yet to hear it read by or. Cook Man would give it a freshness a Beauty and Power of which you had never been fully sensible. His prayer was fervid and by dependence and Faith. His language would sometimes approach to familiarity but never in mingled with the deepest reverence. His text taken or. Cooker Nan was never Long in reaching the body of his discourse. Long introductions a re Seldom interesting or useful. The text might be one with which his hearers were most familiar and which they had often a eard discussed. But not Only the Reading of it gave it a new aspect but the Mode of its Illus tation and enforcement was also new. There was nothing hackneyed nor common in his sermons. While method was not neglected it was not regarded As the chief Merit of the discourse. The rein was somewhat slackened and the inspiration of the moment led the speaker Onward and upward and lie never failed to carry his hearers along with him. Or. Cooker Nan had a fondness for figurative language. But his figures were animated beings full of life and Power. At his Call they clustered around him ready to do his bidding in imagination you could see their forms and hear them breathe. The Vitue the inst rents of mercy or of vengeance to the children of men. Who that heard him can Ever forget in one of his last sermons in the Capitol an apostrophe As eloquent As Ever fell from the lips of Man his subject was the mercy of god. He brought before Bis hearers in the strongest Light the disorder and crime of a ruined world. Its Beauty had been marred by sin. Man sought the life of his fellow. Desolation and death marked the course of ambition and revenge. Rapine and murder prevailed. Disease suffering and death covered the Earth. They were the common inheritance of All. The voice of mourning and sorrow was heard. Despair found a habitation on Earth. Many with eyes and hearts uplifted sought Consolation from on High. He stopped As though by some sudden impulse and lifting his eyes to heaven he saw the Angel of mercy As a comforter descending from above. She was clothed in White her form was heavenly and in he countenance shone Forth the god like attributes of love and compassion. A Halo of glory was around her. You saw her descending and was enraptured with her loveliness and divinity. Passing by the great and honorable of the Earth she came to the cottages of the poor and the afflicted and bound up the brokenhearted. She knocked for Entrance at the hearts of the weary and heavy Laden but she was no out Ruder. She must be made Welcome before she entered and she remained no longer than she was treated with the respect due to her heavenly origin. I can give not even a faint online of this Beautiful figure. Nor do i believe that any pen can give it. It was the inspiration of the moment and could Only have been produced by such an inspiration. On one occasion i heard him speak of the hand writing on the Wall. You saw before you Belshazzar and his guests and the luxuries of Babylon and you heard the voice of mirth and revelry. Of a sudden there was a pause a pause port envious of some awful event. Full of the subject and of the Conception a feeling of Awe came Over the preacher and the congregation. There was not one in the Assembly perhaps who had not read the Story a Hundred times yet All seemed to await the announcement of it with painful suspense at length in slow and tremulous accents you were pointed to the hand and the writing on the Wall. The effect was awful. On another occasion i heard him speak of Paul at Athens. File apostle was on mails Hill. The philosophers orators and great men of Athens were before him. Armed with the panoply of the gospel this bold and unflinching apostle met the dread array. He pointed his weapon against the concentrated prejudices of of this Learned and great nation with so much skill and effect that accompanied by the Power of god like the Force of electricity it produced a terrible Shock to his adversaries and secured a Triumph Over them. Or. C. Was less distinguished by his reasoning Powers than by his Power of combination mind did not Dion the new plan had succeeded to an extent Johp to fed new school theories is trivial tha and indeed could not put Forth its energies. But quite equal to what Mig Fri have been expected they 1? engaged in t War of words. Others when excited its Range seemed to be without during the first year of its adoption and that suppose that they Are completely Antipodes to a a lit. He explored the works of nature and there was eve cry reason to Hope it would in fun each Oiher that the new school theologians y i folded their richest beauties. On thei ruths of Ture years be yet More generally and adequate have wholly discarded the leading tenets of Cal 1y supported. V Viniam As set Forth in the Westminster Confes permission was granted to the trustees of Sion of Faith and other creeds of Kindred senti several chapels to erect organs on condition that ment and adopted with very few and almost no extra debt upon the trusts shall be incurred unnoticeable exceptions the doctrines of the by their erection. A methodists. The report 011 Chapel Al fails was read by the it is of the utmost importance to the cause of Rev. F. A. West. It appeared that the Condi truth that the latter impression be corrected and tons on which permission is Given to erect obviated. Methodism and new school Calvin chapels have not in All cases been complied with ism have no affinities for each other. There is and that Many chapels have been erected with decidedly less agreement Between them than out asking the consent of the committee. Sev there is Between methodism and old school eral resolutions on these Points were adopted. Calvinism and yet it cannot be denied that the the thanks of the conference were presented manner of preaching of new school divines to Geo. Heald esq., for having presented to especially during times of religious excitement the connection free of debt a Chapel near Liv and where the influence of methodism is not in Serpool on which he has expended about $2, considerable is strongly calculated to originate 000. And confirm that supposition. The next conference was appointed to be they assert that every Man is free to choose held in London on the last wednesday of july j life or death a that All May be saved if they 1842. Will a that god sincerely offers salvation to All car folded their richest beauties. On thei ruths of the gospel and the triumphs of Grace he showed great Power. When his subject required it his Art of persuasion was As soft and As Sweet As the music of the spheres. But he could portray with awful grandeur and effect the terrors of Sinai. The storm of his eloquence in burning words fell upon the sinner and filled him with dismay. From the Ocean he Drew much of his richest imagery. A senator distinguished for his eloquence and who was himself fond of illustrations from the same source after hearing or. Cook Man observed a a he has discouraged me in the use of my happiest figures. There is such a Richness Beauty and Force in his illustrations from the Ocean so far surpassing my reach that i know not that i shall Ever again attempt to use one Day in his Sermon he was speaking of Lenth. A a it is a said he a often compared to a ssr�4hath is n Long to Sefl upon the Oceana a communication from certain parties acting men a that All men have an ability to comply in behalf of a conference of ministers on the with the terms of the gospel, that every the question of the Corn Laws intended to be i Man determines his own final doom. These held in Manchester was read and the Confer propositions Are invested with All the importance Euce unanimously resolved that it did not con of leading and fundamental doctrines. They Sider itself called upon in its collective charac often constitute the main topics of sermons and ter to interfere with the question. Essays and exhortations and Are maintained other communications from various parties with elaborate argument and enforced by pow were stated by the president but the conference Erful persuasion. Declined to consider them. ? it is not uncommon for these preachers to As Friday August 13.�?the committee of Dis sail the opposite notions and be labor them with Tributino and the nomination committee occupied out mercy sometimes greatly to the offence of a considerable portion of the Forenoon. The More orthodox members and minister of the ministers assembled at five of clock to their own the record of their proceedings As inserted whether they intend to produce the belief that in the Journ Alaf the conference read and Tor by hold the doctrines of methodism in oppo affix the official signature of the president and son those of calvinism or not it is very the Secretary. This being done extensively produced. And one thing is certain the president briefly addressed the Confer-1lhat very Lille Ini if Are taken Bya retaken by a storm its sails torn tis seams opening by the violence of the Waves i is at last thrown into port a perfect wreck. 1 do not like the figure a said he a a that is not death. No. It is a vessel upon the stocks newly built and Complete in All its part3, its sails unfurled the braces being knocked away it glides majestically and gloriously into the bosom of the Ocean. This is death. It is the escape of the soul from tie ills of life to its own Placid no one who heard him can Ever forget his address at the conclusion of his Sermon to those who had heard him perhaps for the last time. Congress was to adjourn the next Day. He expressed his gratitude to heaven for the respect that had been paid to the gospel by the attendance at that place of so Many distinguished strangers. He told them that he had endeavoured to warn them faithfully and he was encouraged with the Hope that his labor had not been altogether in vain. As the minister of Christ be Felt himself authorized to propound to them for 1.0 a Grioua questions questions of the last import and which he hoped they Yould not readily forget. He would inquire of each As a traveler to eternity whither guest thou Art thou in the Pursuit of science Art thou endeavouring by labor night and Day to climb her rugged steeps ? i Tell you that an increase of knowledge will give no increase to happiness. Traveler whither guest thou ? Art thu in the Pursuit of Fame ? Art thou endeavouring by unwearied Effort to inscribe thy name highest on her column i Tell you that the foundation of that column is this Earth and that the time will come when this Earth shall reel to and fro As a Drunken Man and pass away for Ever. Traveler whither guest thou ? Art thou in the Pursuit of happiness ? Dost thou seek it in the painted Bowers of pleasure i Tell you there is a Serpent there which will sting you to death. Hearing of the Fate of this distinguished Ami pious Man i was irresistibly led to think of his frequent am i awful appeals to the loss of the Lex Iague immediately after that dreadful catastrophe. A a seemed to dwell much upon his mind and reference to it never failed to produce a thrilling effect on his hearers. Little did he think that a catastrophe scarcely less terrible on the same element should so soon terminate his own life. In imagination i see the fated vessel upon the surges of the deep at the hour of Midnight. The storm has lasted for Many hours it is now at its height. The blackness of darkness covers the heavens rendered More horrible by the liquid fire that shoots across the dreadful abyss the Waves in wildest fury dashing Over the sinking vessel. I see the pious cooker Nan on his Knees in the Cabin with his heart uplifted in mighty prayer and his fellow passengers prostrate around him also praying. Of god who can comprehend the awfulness of this hour. Into this narrow space is crowded All that is grand and terrific in nature All that is important in life and in death and All the realities of eternity. There is no Hope but in god. The parting Waves mighty chasm. The i1 cd. The voice of prayer and the pulse of life cease. Philander. Ence to the following effect a a they ought not to depart without thanksgivings to god for the very delightful and encouraging manifestations to remove it when it exists or to prevent it when it is Likely to take place. What then is the True state of the Case it is this a the new school calvinists hold As of his presence with which they had been Fa-1,. C 1. A. A. Tenaciously As do those of the old school the voted especially in their Public . Up. A a v in leading distinctive tenets of calvinism As exp in i hey ought to rejoice also that they had u 1, i4, i a a i bed in its standards. That a god from All Able to maintain and support the great principles a t. 1. Of their beloved methodism. He trusted that Ltd do by the ,m0stuse and to cd Tel ,. 1., of his own will freely and unchangeable or dam Thev would be assisted to assert and uphold ,. A a 4 a j1 1 whatsoever comes to pass that a a by the decree of god for the manifestation of his glory some men and Angels a re predestinated unto eve last u u 1 a. A 1 j l. Ling life and others foreordained to everlasting be hoped that they would have a very Prospera 5 1 ,. \ a j. Lyleath that a these Angels and men thus pre Ous year and that it would please god to pour ,. A c 1 a. .111. A o a a a i t Destin ated and foreordained Are particularly and out his spirit upon the connection at Large. In 1., \4 a 1 or. Amp. Unchangeable designer and their number is so respect to his own Public conduct it was too 11 r 4. A. 1. 1. C certain and Dennite Fiat it cannot be either in much to supposed he was too conscious of his. A., a. .1 .1 11. Creased or diminished. I hey Are equally own defects to supposed that he had secured 1,1 1 1 r us a. C ,. V rpm a. Pledged and concerned for the maintenance of the Good opinion of every one. 1 his he could \ 6aaffirm that he had not intentionally infringed Wilhem 5 Antl there 13 reason Quot a a it that they the same principles a id the same doctrines in their circuits identified As he believed them to be with those of their divine christianity i us pc i in a Vil ii licit 1.1 y lieu i ii it a c .1 a a. I a i Are equally anxious for their Universal Prev upon any mans rights or purposely irritated j 1 any Many a temper. _ if any of their debates had British conference. Concluded wednesday August 11.�?the affairs of the missions occupied a considerable portion of the Forenoon sitting. Resolutions were adopted of to flanks to the secretaries committee &e., and they were re appointed to their respective offices. A Long conversation occurred on the subject of an official visitation of the circuits with the View More especially to promote the permanent increase of the Mission funds. The proposed plan was adopted by the conference. A valuable report from the committee on education was presented by the Rev. R. Newstead from which it is highly Gratifying to find that the state of education is commanding the zealous attention of the conference and the connection. The report stated the completion of a a neral plan of education for the Wesleyan connection which was cordially and unanimously adopted and ordered to be inserted in the minutes. A highly interesting tabular View of the state of education among the Wesleyan was also presented which shows that they have under their care in great Britain 3,444 sunday schools and 131 Day and infant schools including a total of 390,627 children with about g4.250 teachers and nearly 1,000 school libraries. These numbers do not include the schools in several circuits from which no returns have yet been received by the committee. The report spoke highly of the Young men who have been trained for the society at the Glasgow Seminary a several of whom Are now employed in some of the Large towns in the kingdom. It is Evi Dent that this department of Wesleyan exertions for the Good of Mankind is in a growing and encouraging state. The report plan and tabular View were ordered to be printed and circulated under the direction of the London committee. Several miscellaneous matters were brought and description. His manner was eminently i under consideration of the conference with the dramatic without the smallest degree of View or promoting the spirituality of the Socie Tion. He would have been an eminent actor Progress of the work of god. Tragedy had he chosen the stage for his profession. A distinguished gentleman observed to the writer after hearing him preach that he would make a tragedian of the first order and that he should like to hear him act Macbeth. But there was nothing of the actor about him. He was full of his subject of the meekness simplicity and Power of the gospel and his manner was the action of nature. It was i admit excited nature but it was an excitement the most Noble and elevated of which human nature is susceptible. It was recommended that the twelve rules of a Helper with the minutes of the conference of j820 should be printed in a separate form and made the subject of serious conversation among the preachers at a preachers meeting to be held annually for the purpose shortly after each conference. Thursday August 12.�?the Rev. J. Scott presented a report of the new auxiliary fund for the better support of the worn out preachers and the widows of deceased preachers from which it appeared that throughout the connect partaken in the smallest degree of asperity or excited feeling he hoped they would have Grace to forgive each other. The Concord and Prosperity of the society much depended upon tie spirit by which they As its ministers were distinguished. Let them live and labor in the spirit of the holy religion they preached and thus most effectually promote the Unity peace and Large Prosperity of that portion of the Church of god committed to their pastoral Cate. Some before they next assembled would be called away. They never met but they had to mourn the absence of Brethren or of fathers who stood with them at their former meeting. He trusted they might so live As to be prepared for their summons from their scenes of a labor Here to meet again their beloved fathers in a brighter world and with them behold their Savior on the throne. He would conclude by expressing his most affectionate and cordial thanks for the kind support they had rendered him. He had entered upon his office with timidity and fear if he had been left to himself he should have sunk if he had been Able to conduct their proceedings aright it had not been by his own skill and capacity a but under the Blessing of god by the United skill counsel affection and firmness of those around him. He asked forgiveness for any weakness he might have shown and once More tendered his thanks for their kindness and the president then gave out the following Beautiful and affecting verses which were Sung with deep emotion a Jesus the Corner Stone a did first our hearts unite and still he keeps our spirits one who walk with him in White. O let us still proceed in Jesus work below and following our triumphant head to further conquests go. The Vineyard of their lord before his labourers lies and to we see the vast Reward which Waits us in the skies. 0 Happy Happy place where saints and Angels meet there we shall see each others face and All our Brethren Greet. The Church of the first born we shall with them be Blest and crowned with endless Joy return to our eternal lest. With Joy we shall behold in yonder Blest abode the patriarchs and prophets old and All the saints of god. To gather Home his own it a god shall his Angels Send and bid our Bliss on Earth begun in deathless Triumph at the conclusion of this very appropriate hymn the Rev. Or. Bunting and the sex presi Dent the Rev. Robert Newton were called upon to engage in prayer and the president pronounced the Benediction. The ministers then exchia Gintof their Friendly and fraternal Saluta nations immediately separated. Many a ability and Christ a atonement. The following remarks on natural ability and moral inability and the extent of Christ a atonement Are from a work entitled a an examination of the system of new divinity or new school theology a by the Rev. Francis Hodgson of the new York conference the publication of which work was requested by several of the annual conferences a notwithstanding All that has been said and written on the subject of new divinity within the last few years the question is frequently asked and it is one of increasing interest a a what Are the Peculiar tenets of the new school party a there is considerable anxiety to know wherein they differ from those which Are held by the old school party and also wherein they differ from methodism. Some Are of the opinion Alence. It is True they do not usually assert these doctrines in Public. They do not exhibit them plainly and distinctively in their sermons. They Are considered unprofitable topics for sermonizing and Laid aside under the pretext that preaching should be practical rather than doctrinal that preachers should be satisfied with exhibiting tiie git to Fabi Iff Christits Ravji world is to be converted by preaching not secary an but substantial christianity just As if the great head of the Church had revealed and attested great and fundamental doctrines which Liis ministers Are authorized to Label with the odious inscription a sectarian christianity a and keep out of sight in their preaching As unprofitable or pernicious. They Are reserved to be inculcated in Bible classes at the fire Side and in occasional discourses when it becomes necessary to offer up a sacrifice on the Tarof a jealous or offended orthodoxy. The new school men however have not been Peculiar in studiously keeping those doctrines out of sight in their Public ministrations. This has for years been the common policy. They have continued to constitute the basis of the discourses delivered from calvinistic pulpits but have been so expressed or implied As generally to escape the detection of the inexperienced observer. Some preachers of this class have \ succeeded so admirably in this work of concealment that Many of their hearers and members of their churches Are offended and indignant it is alleged that they hold calvinistic doctrines. This theory has its commencement in certain definitions and distinctions on the subject of ability. The reason of these definitions and distinctions is As follows a if men have not Power to repent and believe the gospel it is useless to offer salvation to them or to enjoin on them repentance and Faith and sinners Are in Possession of a valid and unanswerable excuse for living in i penitence and unbelief. It must therefore be allowed that All men have ability to perform these exercises and accept salvation. But if this be granted without some qualification what becomes of the doctrine of the eternal and unchangeable for ordination of every event that comes to pass will it not plainly follow that men have Power to act otherwise than As god ordained from All eternity and that doctrine be endangered or exploded what will become of a the doctrine to that god has elected a certain num her of Angels and of men to eternal life and that the number is so definite that it cannot be added to or diminished ? will it not follow that the non elect May accept the offer of salvation and be saved in despite of their non election and thus frustrate the immutable decrees of Sovereign and distinguishing Grace and Wrath the speculations to which we have referred Are designed to meet and obviate this difficulty. It is concluded that All men must be supposed to have ability in some sense to perform what is required of them in order to salvation. And yet there must be some insuperable difficulty in the Way of the reprobate portion of Mankind. We Are therefore notified that All men have a natural or physical ability but the Possession of this is supposed to be compatible with the absence of another kind of ability which is equally indispensable. The distinction of ability into natural and moral is resorted to and we Are told that All have the natural but All have not the moral ability. Or if the term a moral ability be rejected As it is by some there is supposed to be a disinclination which nothing but the special Grace of god Ever did or Ever can overcome. On the ground of natural ability they offer salvation to All urge on All the obligation to repent and believe the gospel and vindicate the Justice of the divine government in the condemnation and everlasting punishment of the impenitent. On the ground of the moral inability or the disinclination which none Ever did or can overcome without special Grace they erect the entire Structure of strict old fashioned methodism. That the difference Between the advocates of the i calvinism. No Man has the indispensable moral

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