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the common-place objection which is so ly procures a charge, settles down among often advanced against the seminary. It is a people not calculated perhaps by their whispered in every corner, and by a hun own superior intelligence, to give him any dred tongues, whenever the seminary is hint that he is not a perfect Solomon : and pointed at or spoken of, that it is a danger thus he continues through life the same ous innovation; a piece of extravagance; opinionated, self-important, dogmatical, that the edifice is quite too large, too ex bigotted creature, that he was at the bepensive, too elegant; better calculated to ginning. Study is dispensed with, either make mere scholars and fine gentlemen because he has never learned how to study than hardy soldiers of the cross. Then it is and acquired a taste for it, or because he usually added, that a more secluded, pri imagines he knows enough already. Hence vate, frugal course of instruction and of liv.



years, he grows in dulness : ing, would be much more likely to foster affects to despise learning, and most cona spirit of humility and industry; of meek scientiously opposes every liberal plan for ness, patience, temperance and devotion ; its advancement. This may be a caricaof enlightened views on religious sub ture, but it is a good likeness notwithstandjects, and of all those peculiar graces and ing. And I doubt not that some of my qualifications, without which the greatest hearers have seen more than one who has attainments in literature are useless or de. sat for the picture. trimental. Or, in plainer terms, that it “ All such men of course will be hostile would be much better for a young man to the seminary. And one secret motive who wishes to become a minister of the of their hostility, which I have not yet gospel, to go to some worthy, retired pas stated; which they certainly never avow, tor in the country : assist him in teaching and which they will not thank me for exhis school, or ploughing his fields, and posing, is jealousy! They are jealous of Feceive from him in return such aid in this new mode of making ministers. They reading Hopkins or Ridgley, as the good are afraid of being eclipsed by their juman may find leisure or inclination to af. niors who shall come forth from this insti. ford him.

tution well furnished for their master's “ Their whole scheme, however, I hesi service. They imagine that themselves tate not to denounce as unsupported by must sink in proportion as others rise. reason or by fact; as alike isliberal and

And rather than be subject to this mortiabsurd. I maintain fearlessly, though not fication, they labour to prevent the growth obstinately or fiercely, that the legitimate of an evil which they so much dread. tendency of all private education, and There is a great deal of real opposition especially of a system so contracted as from this vile source; whether men are the one just supposed, is, to cherish pride; conscious of it or not.” p. 16. to confirm prejudice ; to restrain a spirit of liberal inquiry; to contract the mind ; We shall extract but one parato concentrate its views to a few objects ;

graph more, and that probably is the to lead it into a narrow, partial track; to

most. obnoxious one in the whole mould it into the shape, and tinge it with the complexion of the master. I do not

Plea. say that these effects will always result; for a naturally vigorous, independent spi

“I tell you the fact, that the Theologirit will break the strongest fetters, and

cal Seminary of the Presbyterian church

has been, for seven years, a beggar before rise superior to any disadvantages; but that such a system is calculated to pro

the public; a solicitor of alms from one

end of the continent to the other : that it duce them, and most frequently does produce them. Hence you will generally

is a beggar still, without the means of find a young man thus brought up, think

completing an edifice, which, when com

pleted, will not accommodate a hundred ing on all subjects, on which he thinks at

students :* and without the means of perall, just as he has been taught to think. His master's dogmas and peculiarities be.

manently supporting a single professor: come his own. He is perfectly satisfied

is melancholy, humbling proof that our with his attainments, because they are as

countrymen are backward in giving to extensive as those of his venerated in

the Lord's treasury. It is proof that we,

in the immediate vicinity of this seminary, structer, who is at once his model and the stāndard by which he measures theologi

are peculiarly negligent and culpable. For cal wisdom and orthodoxy. He has never

I scruple not to affirm that there is wealth been brought into contact with his equals.

enough among the Presbyterians of New His strength has never been put to the

Jersey to have defrayed the whole extrial, and hence he flatters himself that

pense of establishing and endowing the

institution, without sensibly diminishing none are his superiors. With a little smattering of letters and with abundant selfcomplacency, he marches forth as a can * Not more than a hundred; the speakdidate among the vacant churches, speedi er should have said.

the revenues or the comforts of our citi. “ For it must be admitted after all, even zens generally. *And I think it was from by the professed apologist for the clergy, the beginning, and still is, peculiarly in that there are some selfish, intriguing, amcumbent on this state to extend a munifi bitious divines in the church, who care cent hand to this great work. Because for nothing but their own temporal ad. this state will derive all the pecuniary ad vancement. Who would fight for the sevantages which such an establishment minary if they supposed their own interest never fails to yield to any place where it would be promoted by it, and who would exists. Besides, the reputation which it fight against it for the same reason. Men, adds to our little community, the facilities who, under the guise of religion, of hofor theological education which it affords

nour, and friendship, can betray, and slanour pious youth, and the choice of pastors der, and lie; in order to compass a fawith which it favours our churches, ought vourite project, or to elevate themselves to be taken into the account.

or their partisans to posts of honour and “But on the presbytery of New Bruns profit. I tell you, there are such men ; wick, within whose bounds it is located, such ministers of the gospel! But with and under whose jurisdiction its profes these base creatures I have no fellowship. sors will ever remain, is surely imposed I never expect to meet them in heaven :an extraordinary obligation to spare no unless indeed a Judas may repent, or a pains for its welfare. Have we discharged Simon Magus be purified :-and I wish to our duty, brethren? Has every clergyman have as little to do with them on earth as bestowed his own mite, and exerted his possible." p. 25. influence with his flock and with the public in this behalf? It is not from a particu

If all authors of occasional serlar knowledge of the part which has been mons would write as elegantly, and acted in this matter by any individual, that tell the truth as plainly, and scatter I venture on these inquiries. You may

salt as freely, as Mr. Lindsly has have all done your duty faithfully and ho. nestly for aught I know. But there is

done, their sheets would never be fault somewhere : or the directors long sent as wrapping paper to the groago would have been obliged to announce cer's shop, for want of readers. to the people, that their treasury was

E. S. E. already full to overflowing, and to charge them to bring no more gifts for the sanctuary, as was done by Moses on a similar Heligious Intelligence. occasion.

“ It is possible that a portion of this blame may justly attach to ourselves. Is

Extract from a Letter addressed to there then a rich clergyman belonging to

James Stuart,esq. of Philadelphia, this body who has not given according to dated Lebanon (Con.), August 27, his abundance? Is there one possessed of 1821. thousands, who has not bestowed, at least hundreds, on the school of the prophets ? My dear Elder-It will give you joy to Is there an individual who has kept back learn, that in Exeter, a small and poor paaltogether, and refused even to speak to rish in the township of Lebanon, which is his people in its favour: who, so far from without a stated pastor, such a revival of taking an active part for it, has taken a religion has been experienced, that yesdecided stand against it? If there be such terday fifty persons were received to full an individual, let me ask him why he has communion. The Domestic Missionary done so ? Has he been influenced by any Society of Connecticut has sent them

supof the motives already suggested as some plies for a time, and this seems to be in times operating on the minds of the clergy part the fruit of their labours, in conjuncto the detriment of the seminary ? Or, is tion with those of a pious deacon, and a it the gall of disappointed ambition which few other aged Christians. What encourrankles in his bosom? Is it because he has agement does this present for Christians not been selected to fill some honourable to persevere in prayer and pious exerstation in the new institution that he thus tions for the salvation of their fellow sincoldly overlooks, or insidiously thwarts its ners! I pray you and the other members interests? Now, since we have examples of of our particular church not to be weary men in every period of the Christian

in well doing. church, who were actuated by a spirit as My heart's desire and prayer to God is, base as this; it will not, perhaps, be that every one of the people of my charge thought a breach of charity, barely to sug may be brought to a religious experience gest the possibility of its existence at pre similar to that of Indian Philip of Connecsent; and to ascribe to it a small portion ticut. You may rely on the truth of what of the opposition with which our church I shall now state concerning him, for my is infected.

grandfather knew him well. That abori.

ginal lived in the time of the great revival emotions of gratitude from my heart. And in this state, in 1740, and was thought by indeed, had I not an Almighty arm on himself, and others, to be a renewed man. which I could at all times rest, my situaBut the renowned Mr. Tennent, of our tion would still be more delicate; but in city, came this way, and after conversing the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. with Philip, feared that he put his trust How sweetly can I rest on the promise of in the pious frames of his own mind, made the Master's preserving power to the a Christ of them, and so was deceived. servant devoted to his cause. He has been Mr. Tennent therefore said to him, stern as the shadow of a great rock in a weary ly, “ Philip, unless Christ be in you, you land. His love and grace are infinite, and are a dead man,

," and then abruptly turn if fixed on me I need not fear. The proed away. This was the means of Philip's mises are so sure, that I can with the utexperiencing renewed and very pungent most safety draw the conclusion that his convictions of sin; which finally termi faithfulness will not fail. It will undoubtnated well. In relating his own views of edly be through many trials and great his past experience, subsequently to this, hardships that I shall enter the kingdom he said, that when he found comfort it of heaven: but the believer is so priviwas in this manner. He seemed to himself leged, that he may glory in all, knowing to be clinging to a pole with both his that they “work out for him a far more hands, and thus to be suspended over the exceeding and eternal weight of glory:" bottomless pit. He was keeping himself for whom he blesses with grace below, he out of hell by his own exertions. He will crown with glory above. How trifling tried to sustain himself, but soon one will all the privations and hardships aphand, from exhaustion of nature, let go its pear when admitted to behold his unuthold; and he hung fast by the other. terable glories! Then, after a little, one finger of that hand We enjoyed excellent health during relinquished its grasp, and then another, our journey to Pittsburgh, and were treatuntil he hung, for a second, by one finger

ed with the utmost kindness while on the alone. That failing, he seemed to be fall way. We stopped at Mr. Herron's, but ing, falling, down, down to hell; but the were soon again dispersed. During our first he knew, he was caught in the arms passage to Cincinnati, I was afflicted with of Jesus. So may my people despair of à severe headache, but at present my every thing in the matter of salvation but health is very good. The banks of the Christ; and when they seem to be sink beautiful Ohio presented, for the most part ing to endless ruin find, that the Re of the way, a scenery sufficiently variedeemer folds them to his arms.

gated to please the eye, and give exercise Yours, affectionately, to the imagination. E. S. ELY. We were agreeably entertained while

at Marietta and Cincinnati. We passed pleasantly down the river till we had

nearly reached Shawneetown, when a FROM THE RELIGIOUS REMEMBRANCER.

holy God saw fit to afflict us severely,

that he might more effectually lead us to GREAT OSAGE MISSION.

rest on him. On the third of May, one of Extract of a Letter from Miss Su

our boatmen fell into the water, and was san Comstock, of the Harmony

soon, we trust, received into a mansion in

glory. Mission Family, to a Clergyman But Jesus loves his people with a tenand his Wife, in this city.

derness which he only can describe. On

the 5th, Mrs. Newton's babe, four days Mission Boats, Mississippi River,

old, closed its eyes on terrestrial things. June 1, 1821.

The mother survived till the 6th, when My very dear Friends Since the mind

amidst the prayers and tears of the family, is prone to recal ideas of departed plea she closed her missionary labours, and sure, which is never more to return, think breathed her spirit into the arms of everit not strange, that in addition to the fan lasting love. Her precious remains are cied interviews which have taken place deposited in Shawneetown, quietly to rest since you bade us adieu, that your letter till the morning of the resurrection. is now nearly committed to memory,

We reached the Mississippi on the 9th, Besides the ties which cement the and with it commenced a laborious pashearts of Christians, the repeated tokens sage. We are now about fourteen miles of interest and affection of which I was from St. Louis; and all this distance, exmade the recipient while with you, have, cept a few miles, the boats have been and ever will bind you closely to my pulled or shoved up the stream. From heart.

the sawyers, planters, drift-wood and The interest you feel in my situation rocks, we are constantly in danger. The and future welfare, calls forth the warmest ropes have several times broken, and we

have been whirled round, and sometimes Through the faithfulness of our covecarried some distance down the current. nant God, we find ourselves almost to the But as yet we are preserved, and making consecrated ground. Thus far, I think we slow advances towards our destined home. may say, the presence and blessing of the For the first three days, the banks of this Master have been with us. In numerous river were covered with willows and a instances of immediate danger, his almighspecies of trees called cotton wood; but ty arm has been extended to save. since we have had an agreeable variety. When called to leave the precious reAt one time we pass little settlements mains of one of our little number in a land strongly marked with the hand of indus

of strangers, through the whole afflictive try; at another, the long forests wave scene his grace was made sufficient, and their lofty heads. Again, the imagination we were enabled silently to acquiesce. is brought into exercise by the most lofty His faithfulness has never for a moment piles of rocks, or rather precipices, deeply been withdrawn. Encouraged, therefore, shaded with primeval trees. The gran. by such marked success, we go forward, deur of these scenes surpasses description; looking futurity in the face, with a humble they appear at times, when at a distance, reliance on the Master's last promise, “LO, like ancient castles in ruins.

I am with you always." Since the chillThe grace of God, my dear sir, has ing regions of the north, and the burning been my support, since your gig turned climes of yon vertical sun, have expefrom us on the way. Never shall I forget rienced the genial influence of the Sun of the moments which I spent in your man Righteousness, may we not rationally hope sion. The young ladies are still as dear that our arrival there will be as the be. to my heart as ever, and are much on my ginning of days? 'And that a cloud of inmind; but dear little Mand CÍ valuable blessings is hanging over these Jove. Do teach them to remember me, western regions, whose precious drops that should I live, a few years hence they will ere long descend, and cause many an might write me. I shall pray much for immortal flower to blossom and bring forth them. I thank dear Miss M for her fruit an hundred fold? token of affection. I would write to her Upon the Rock of Ages we will build now, but as I am watching over the bed our hopes of future success, assured of his of my dear sister Weller, I have not time. gracious co-operation. His promises are I shall write them all when I arrive at my all yea and Amen. anticipated home. At present remember Apparently, my dear sisters, no soil in me affectionately to them, and please to which the Rose of Sharon has yet been inform them that the young ladies in Har planted, promises more bloom and beauty risburgh agreed to meet on Saturday even than this western wilderness. May our ing, to pray in concert with them.

prayers ascend in unison, that the Sun of Adieu! and ever write to, and pray for, the moral firmament will soon dispel the your affectionate sister,

night which has so long overwhelmed the SUSAN CONSTOCK. soul in more than Egyptian darkness, and

this western sky resume the tints of celestial

beauty in which it shone before the fall. The Letter addressed to a Young Lady principle which influences Christians to

in this City, from Miss Susan exertions for christianizing the world, we Comstock.

trust, is that which causes the redeemed Mission Boats, Osage River, July 26.

in glory unceasingly to articulate their alle

lujahs. Redeeming love-what a theme ! My dear Sisters in Jesus Christ-When Well may its trophies sacrifice a few earthI sit down to write, I feel so ready to con ly comforts, to publish its invaluable blessverse with you, that ere I am aware, I find ings to immortal souls, perishing for lack myself in your dear social circle, where of vision. Let it not be said then that the my last afternoon was spent, recounting to missionary makes a sacrifice, since with you the various scenes through which I angels he is privileged to proclaim peace have passed, during my long journey. and good will to men, and even to become This my time will not permit. The inte a co-worker with his divine Master. I resting interviews with which I was fa leave you to conceive of the mental darkvoured have indelibly engraven you on ness and stupidity of the inhabitants who my heart--the remembrance of which is are scattered along on the banks of those still sweet. Sweeter far will be our meet rivers which we have passed. Destitute ing in yon blissful world beyond the skies. of Bibles, and other means of grace, their What a rich feast will be found when ad. situation was truly affecting. Who can mitted into his unclouded presence! The reflect on these solitary places, and not ravished powers will expand to receive earnestly desire their salvation? O for the emanations of the Deity. From the more of the spirit of Christ, my master inexhaustible riches of his grace every ca more love to perishing souls--more heapacity will be filled.

venly-mindedness. Cultivate every be

any thing

nevolent feeling, my dear sisters, that ated on this side of the Delaware, while we are labouring to form the minds of these wild children of the forest, you

about 40 miles above Easton; and by your exertions at home may cause our

in Milford, a small town about 25 hearts to rejoice; whilst many of our

miles above the other, the seat of charge will arise and call you blessed. justice for Pike county; and in the Comparatively with the number of in.

region lying between them. This habitants in St. Louis, we found but few

mission, it is believed, has been atwho were sufficiently interested in our mission to do much; but those were a

tended with beneficial effects. The precious few indeed. Sweet are the

manner in which Mr. T. conducted bonds which unite the hearts of Christians his mission, as well as his success, in labours of love. The ladies went from will


from what he states in St. Louis to St. Charles in carriages. Governor Clark generously provided two.

regard to his labours in Smithfield Sister Weller, who was taken from the

and Milford. boats ill at St. Louis, with sister Jones and

“Perhaps novelty, more than myself, went from St. Louis to the house

else, drew numbers together, on my first of colonel Post on the Missouri, a distance of thirty miles by land, and seventy by

entrance among them. But in the course

of the time spent there, I visited them water, where we were kindly entertained till the arrival of the boats; so that I was

from house to house, expostulated with

them, exhorted and entreated them as they on land nearly two weeks. Nothing ma valued the favour of God and would avoid terial happened to impede our progress his displeasure, to avail themselves of this up the Missouri. We entered the Osage

day of his merciful visitation. The relion the 29th of June. Soon after we entered the river, the water became so low,

gious tracts I distributed, I found to be of

singular service, in introducing me to their that most on board expected to be under confidence, and arousing their attention to the necessity of stopping for the summer;

the calls of the word, so that before the but he who holds the waters in the hollow

conclusion of my labours among them, a of his hand, caused a sudden flow, so that

more than ordinary interest in these great we passed the rapids with a degree of

subjects discovered itself. I only mean ease; and we

have had plenty of water that there was an uncommon excitement. ever since. This interposition of Provi. There were, however, five or six whose dence was noticed even by the boatmen.

minds were deeply impressed, one or two O let us praise the Lord for his goodness, of whom were hoping that they had “passfor his wonderful works to the children of

ed from death unto life." I did not at first

appoint meeting more than twice between My dear Miss Mwill accept of my the Sabbaths; but as I discovered, as I grateful acknowledgments for her kind

thought, an increasing interest in these letter at Pittsburgh. The dear little hymn

things, I considered it my duty to increase has been sung with pleasure. Had my the means of attending to them, so that time permitted, I should have written to the last week I spent among them I preachMiss M and the other young ladies, ed every evening except one in some quarbut they will accept of this. Will you re ter of the congregation. But notwithstandmember me affectionately to my dear

ing their frequency, they were well attendfriends, Dr. E- and lady, with all who

ed, and by some every evening, let the disshall inquire after me. Wishing you the

tance or weather be what it might. These favourable presence of Almighty God, I things encouraged me to hope, that if more remain your sister in the best of bonds, labour could be expended here, a rich and SUSAN COMSTOCK. abundant harvest of souls might ensue.

“ Milford is the place I visited next,

which is the seat of justice for Pike counExtracts from the Report of the ty. It is a small town, situated near the

Board of Missions to the General Delaware, on elevated ground, and conAssembly in May last.

tains probably 30 or 40 families. Though

they have had occasional preaching for (Continued from page 427.) several years, yet no church has been or

the ganized, and but little or no fruit MR. JACOB TUTTLE

divine word appears among them. This Has reported the fulfilment of his little town, though in past years healthy missionary appointment for three even to a proverb, has been remarkably

visited for the last nine months, and about months, within the bounds of the

15 of its inhabitants have been called to presbytery of Newton. He laboured

the world of spirits. I concluded that I in Middle Smithfield, a place situ was authorized to interpret these dispenVol. I.

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