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One nf ilie favourite humbug* by
'Ontli you attempt to delude the people o'l ;
x irgiuia, is the allegation di.it th- object of
the friends of Judge White and General
Harrison in Virginia, in supporting the same
ticket of elector*} is to throw the presidential
election into the House of Representatives. I
M»y I he permitted to ask whether you '
yoursell ever for one moment believed that j
•• ueh \\ a- itie tact: I appeal now, sir, to your
better feelings. — I make the enquiry, not of
ihe partizau editor, but of the man—not of
the hackneyed retailer of the slang and slan- !
ders fit the Globe, but of Mr. "Ritchie— 1
the brother ol the late Col. Arch’d. Ritchie—
the individual who associates upon terms ol
equality w ith gentlemen of the first standing1
in Richmond. l)o you, sir, Relievo that (lie
friends of Judge White and General Harri
son have been influenced by any such mo- '
lives? I think I might safely rest this matter
ur own answer to the interrogatory; for
’.racier as a man i< too high to permit i
' lieve that your answer would be in
'll lo the conviction* of your n.md_
er words, untrue. Sir, you t annot
it. You may r.u.s/i to l.< lieve it ; but
.<es not depend on volition.' It is (he
observation and relied ion. It de
pon the facts, the evidence which is
. "1 to mind,and the dedui lions which
draws from that evidence.
, sir, w t: it are the facts in ihis case:
ads of Judge White and Gen. liar
iisoi, actuated by a comuior. opposition,
to '• an Burcn, aie yet unable to determine '
which cl the two shall be ion as the opposi
tion candidate. In the East, the friends ol
Judge NX' bit** predominate — in the. West the
tneeds of Gi’ii H in i-<>n are im st numerous.
In consequence of (his division these is a
strong probability of a >plit in (!,<• ranks .,|
site opposition, and that by reason of th.it
.■'ptit, .Mr. \ an Rurcti, the minority candi
date, may receive the electoral vote of Yir- i
gioia. lo this posture of all ms it is propos
cd that the two divisions ol the opposition
should compromise upon a fair democratic
ground, viz : that both parlies should vote
tor the same ticket, and in case ,it success,1
that ihe vote ol the state should i e given to
itie strongest n| the two. This plan is fully
explained and it is at on. e adopted by both
pa: ties, as the best mode, of reconciling theii
ditTereiices, and as ilie only means of detent* •
mg the common enemy, Mr. Van Huren.
Now, sir, I ask you to say where you find
in this course of these parties any evidence ol
a disposition to carry the election into the
House ol Icepi esentatives. 1 demand it, kii*,
us an act of justice to the gentlemen echo
composed the .Staunton Convention, and to
(he whole \\ hig party, that you should tur
nui; the evidence upon w hic h \ ou have '
grounded so foul a charge.
But, sir,Jet us look a little further into this
charge. V\ hat is the ccuilingencv upon
which the election can go into the House ol
Representatives.' It is <>:i!y in case no one id
the candidates slum hi receive a m.yoi it y of
the whole number of electoral votes —How
is the union of the I Run-on and White par
ties to lead to that result: I pray you, sir, to
explain. Ou the contrary, is not the union of
those parties calculated to defeat the very
put pose which you allege induced them to
adopt that course: Am not the electors ex
pressly instruct' ! to give (bo vote <>f the
State in such a manner as w ill prevent tho e
is'ciion from going into the House •>( Reprc
sentalives. '-’appose, sir, Iliere ha.l t’cen no
union of the t wo parties, am! the White elec
toral ticket had been chosen—suppose then,
lh.il n.iriisots and N an Huren had each re
cc.vei! 12b electoral votes, a»d Judge White
^;!:e remainder-- How vv<»uui ibe case have
' Stood? In this event it is plain that the vote,
<>l V irgiuia would turn the scale and cfleet
an election by the colleges, ,1 it was given
to either Harrison or Van Huren.- Rut if it
was giren to Judge \\ bile,then there would
he no election by the colleges, and the elec
tion must go into the House «.l Representa
tives! Do you not know, sir, that it was,
funong other things, (o guard against (hi*
* Very contingency that the union was adopt
ed? Now, sir, look at the practical operation
ol the plan. In 1 lie case supposed, it there
had been no union, and the \\ hite ticket on
fy had been run in Virginia and been elected,
the electors would have been compelled to
give the vole lo While. You well know,
air, that this would have been the case, and
you know that it they had not so given it,
you would have been the first to raise the
hue and erv ol violated instructions, and
popular will disregarded, Sec. Weil sir,
what would be the lesult? Would it not be
the defeat of an election by the people, and
the transfer of it to the House of Represen-'
y Satires? Bui on I lie other hand, look at the
effect of the union of the two parties. If
the union ticket is chosen, ri stands
Till: niM.ECES, AM) TO i’ltllVCXT ITS
x it a x st’mi To Tin; Hot si: or l?r.T*Ki;-j
SENT ati v es. A oil in (he case above sup ’
posed, the union electors would bo. found to'
give the vote of the Shite to Harrison, or it
V* hite should receive such a number of votes
as would, with the addition of the voles of
N irgiuia, elect him by the people, then thev
would be bound to give it to White. For
the correctness of this assertion I refer you
to the address of the Staunton (' •nrention.
Bui, sir, there is another reason for think
ing that you cannot believe that ihe charge
which you make upon the Whigs n true It
is this -You cannot believe that the Whig
party, embodying as it does a large portion
of the talent and intelligence of the Slate,
would wilfully adopt any course that must i
\ inevitably result in their own defeat. You i
yourself, sir, w ill not deny the correctness of
that position. Permit uia then, to ask of
you whether you Jo not know that Ihe innst
» \ effectual way of securing the election of Van
Burcn would be to carry the election into
the House of Representatives? l>o you not j
know, sir, that he has a majority of tiie state]
delegations n* obedient to his w ill as the slave
of Aladdcn’s lamp toils master? Do you (
• \ •«,
! not km.w, sir, that even il lie had not such «
majority at the commencement of the next
i session nl congress, that having in his pos
session the political lamp of A hidden — the
patronage nl (he government—he could very
teauily, l»v its potent influence, secure such
a majoiuy; \y..olive then could the
" hue (nr carrying their cause before
a tribunal which had prejudged it against
them, or for play ing a game w hen they knew
that the cards were so stocked that “knave”
would be turned upon them in the first deal?
I pray you, sir, to p mder upon these things
well. I cannot believe, if you would permit
your mind to be relaxed ti-niii the high tens
sion ol party excitement: that v ou would vvil
lingly calumniate a large portion ol your
fellow citizens try such charges as that above
re'erred to. Kemcmhcr, sir, l ho character
) tnuu enjovod, and (lie position in social \
which you once occupied. Con trust them
wilh your present standing. ! know, sir,
the rclrnspct t will he painful, for I trust you
have sensibility enough left to feel the loss of
-.he confidence and friendship of those whom
you were once proud to recognize as your
fin-nils Mini associates, and whom you now
continue, in the recesses of ymii In-art toes*
teem, at the very moment that stimulated
by the eufiii iated spirit ot parly, vou attempt
to overw In dm them w il h th-lamal ion ami a
bu*i*. | liuiul i\ tiust that tin: reminiscence
may not be unprofitable. Ii may be the
means of an cm ing you in your mail career.
Il may rekindle n gentler (lame, m that heart
"!dch your •ifipniinlnurcs of all parties wcic
wool to say glowed with every social viitue.
i repeal the exp!e**ioo of my humble hope
iliat such may be the tael, tor to my mind
there is no im.ro p linful special le than an old
"inn w ho has outlived the kind sympathies of
humanity', ami as the chilling sii nlows of llio
evening ol file advance upon him, and the
"'arm ailed ions ol Ids heart decay, is forced
lo supply (heir place by the artificial stimu
lus of party excitement or personal abuse
<:i:n krai, is a inn.sows i.hthk
" e publish I x-liuv a part .»((;t*nei a I II \ n
iuson’n letter to Geneial lim.h aii, writ
ten while he was Minist.-r .it Colombia, in
Keptiuibi-r, 1H-2T This was (him: at a tiini;
when lie could not have anticipated the posj.
• ion in which he now stands In-lore llu* A
meriran people ; so that the no st prejudiced
partisan must > e willing to allow it t«. have
been Ihe genuine prompting of » sincere
well wisher to the great cause ol human li
berty We have always declared, that how
ever distinguished weic the military serv i
ces ol General Harrison, it was not to
lucin alone that his (licmls looked, ;n select
ing him loi il.c promii.-i.t .-t..ti.... |,„
holds us candidate (or the Presidency ; hut
that hi< civ il acls, his know n and tried v irtue,
his cslim it ion ol the true and limited relation
occupied l>y a great military ( l.ieltain, enti
tled him to tiie higher consideration, and
gave him a just elevation above all his co
temporaries. The opinions expressed in
this letter are truly worthy of WASHING- j
TON,whom General 11 ah u max has con- i
staiilly ln-ld up to himself iis a model for ini- I
ituiion. lirave, generous,ai d magnanimous, I
Il.viiitisoN toiiglil the haltles of his country j
with heroic ardor, tempering the impetuosi
ty of chivalric feelings, by the cool dictates
ol judgment ; and when called to the coun
cils ol his country, lie exercised that tar
reaching genius which saw into the future,
and provided for the wants ol tinhorn mil
lions. Nuch has been General Harrison ; I
vv ho after performing the pmt of a Soldier,
and .1 Senator, to ihe glory ami honor ol his
country, retired a i*odk it; t iioxestjian j
to the plough that al >v ays dignifies the vir
tuous man who directs it. We mil on all i
true men to read this letter, and then say 1
which is llie more worthy the confidence ol j
a generous people, General Harrison' or
Martin \ a.x I»ui;i:n.
“To ynorseil, the advantage would be as
great iis to the country—like acts of metev,
the blessings would he reciprocal — your per
sonal li.ippiae.-s secured, and your lame ele
vated to a height which would leave hut a
single competition in the estimation of pos
terity. In bestowing (he palm of merit, the
w> i Id has I < come w jser than formerly. The
successful warrior is no longer regarded as
entitled to the first place in the temple ol
lame. I .denis ol this I, jnd hav e become too
common, ami too often used for mischievous j
purposes, to he regarded as they onto were. '
lo this enlightened age, the mereheioof the
licid, and ti e successful leader of armies,
may, for the moment, attract attention, lint
it will he such as is bestowed upon the pas
sing meteor, whose blaze is no longer seen,
l o be esteemed eminently great, il is neces
sary to he eminently good.—The qualities of
•he hero and the general must be devoted to
the Advantage of mankind, before he will be
permitted to assume (he title of their bene
factor ; atcl the situation which lie will hold
in their regard and affections will depend,
not upon the number and the splendor of his
victories, but upon the results and the use he
may make of the influence he acquires from
“lithe fame of our Washington depen
ded upon hi.-, militaiy achievements, would
the common consent of ihe world allow him
the preeminence he possesses.' The victories
at I renlon, INI on mouth ami York, bril
liant as they were,exhibiting as they ccr tuiri
Iv did, the. highest grade ol military talents,
are scarcely thought of. The source ol the
veneration and esteem which i- entertained
for bi< character by every description of po
liticians— the monarchist, aristocrat, as well
as tin- republican, is to be found in iiis un
deviating and exclusive devotedness to the
interests of his country. No selfish consid
eration was suffered lo intrude itself into his
mind. I or his country he conquered ; and
the onri vail* d and increasing prosperity of
that country is constantly adding liesh glorv
• o his name. General, the course which he
pursued is open to yon, and it depends upon
yourself to attain the eminence which he has
reached before you.
| “ l o tbe eyes of military men, (tie laurels
j you won or» the fields of Vargas, ifayaca,
and C arreboho, will he forever green; but
, will that content your Arc you willing
that votir name should descend to posterity
among the mass o! those w hose fame has heen
derived from shedding human blood, without
a single ad vantage to the human race? Or.
shall it ha united to that ol Washington, a?
the founder and father ol a great and h ippy
people? The choice is before you. The
liiemls of liberty throng bout the world, and
the people in the United States in particular,
are waiting with intense anxiety. .Alexan
der toiled and conquered to gain the applause
of the Athenians ; will you regard as noth
ing the opinions of a nation i\ liicli has evin
ced its superiority over that celebrated peo
ple, in the si ience most useful to man, by
having carried into actual practice a system
ol government, of which the wisest Alheni
aiis had but a glimpse in theory, and consid
ered as a blessing never to be realised, how
ever ardently to be desired; The place
w hich yi u are to occ upy in their esteem de
pends utain yourself. Farewell.”
W. || 11A UK ISON.
Poi.tTKA i. Dandyism.—“I wish,”
said an honest western Vast Korin man,
“that my candidate was less ol a dandy.”
“Ayr, ate,” said another, “I told him
t other day to shave oil bis big whiskers,
and leave his tings and gold chains, and
dress like a sedate man.” This reminds
us ol old Noble, of tile Senate, from In
diana. Air. Noble had a judiciary bill
of great interest to his State, before the
Senate, which he could not some how or
other get through. At a late period of
the session he called up the bill, but it
was opposed in consequence of the Chair
man ol the Judiciary Committee (Air.
\ an Kmeii,) being absent. “What am
I to do Mr. Chairman,” said Mr. Noble.
W hat am l to tell my constituents a- ,
bout this bill. All 1 can say is, that the '
hill v'ws put in charge of a little bald
hemfc'l old dandi/, who is eternally run
ning aUrr and { halting to the girls."
Now there is a great deal of truth in
this. 1 instead ofVan Huron being the
steady, sedate, sober minded man calcu
lated foi the head ol a great nation, and
thinking only of the public good, lie is
the “glass ot fashion and mirror of taste”
— prides himself upon the neatness and
exquisite style of his dress , his acquain
tance with Sussex, as he familiarly calls
the Duke, and other princes of the blood,
and reminds us of George the Fourth.
— *■ 1 he dandy ol sixty who bows with
grace, who is a judge of Perukes, ladies
tans and blond lace”—and yet Van Bu
reu, when here, tnes to pass oil as a
Democrat! !—Ac to York Star.
Dior ions Prospects if Den. Harrison in
Ohio.—’I'he Cincinnati AN li.g contains an
account of a political meeting held at Lan
caster, Fairfield county, on the 1.5th instant,
which was one of the most numerous assem
blages of the kind ever held in the interior of
that state. 'I'he friends ol Mr. N an Huron
were invited and attended. 'I'he court house
was so lull that the meeting was obliged to
| adjourn In an orchard. The meeting was
addressed in an eloquent stylo hy (he lion.
Thomas lowing and others, who called in
vain upon the Van Borenitcs to sustain their
calumnies upon (Jen. Harrison. As many
as 1,-500 were present, and among them Mcs
■ s|-<. Wiseman, Wells, and Hell, the Gcrair**
j iil’.v companions in arms under Wavne, and
: with Harrison at (he battle <>f the Thames.
[.V. 1. Star.
Kendall and Tom Moore, it is said, have
made $350,000 in land speculations. Where
did the money come from r
Major Raton has presented Col. Johnson
with a hickory stick cot from the. Hermitage.
M r. John Logan once made the Colonel a
similar present in the streets of Fiankfort.
— it was then thought that he had got hick
ory enough to last him his life time.— J.mi
isvillc Journal.
A Danoejiovs pRiscit’LE.— It ap
pears to us that a principle, fearfully dan
i gerous to tiie legal institutions and social or
der of every civilized community, and more
especially to those of u Republic, has lately
been advocated by a portion of our public
press, with an unexampled perversion ol
judgment and recklessness of feeling. It is,
\ Hull a real or pretended opinion of Hie ma
jority of the People should he the governing
iprinciple, even though it hi: in oim»o
srrio.N to their own uws. This prin
! ciple strikes at the root ol the constitutional
' sovereignly of the People themselves, as ves
1 ted in their delegated authorities, and is a
| frightful source id outrage, injustice, and an
j archy. We cordially subscribe to the prin
! ciple that the opinion of the numerical nia
| jorily of the People ought to govern, and with
our heart’s blood would wc defend it ; but
only when this opinion is collected through
the elective franchise, and expressed by the
votes of constitutional assemblies. Rvery
(other mode of collecting that opinion must he
I paitial and uncertain ; and no other mode of
expressing it is entitled to the respect of a
legal authority. To contend for the reverse
i> to advocate the reduction of our beautiful
ly organized and orderly systems ol demo
cracy down to the chaos of a formless and
fluctuating mobocracy. Destroy the obii
gations of a government of law s, and the el
ements of civilized society arc exposed to a
| far more dangerous liability ol destructive
convulsion than those ol savage life. "Let
| the People make (lie law s,” is the first priii
1 ciple of (Government, and " Let the Peopleo
1 hey the laws,” is the second, without which
i the act is worse than useless.—) ■ Sun.
Rv the report of the Secretary of the Trca
i miry, it appears that the surplus in the
Treasury, amounted on the 1st instant, to
I upwards of forty two millions of dollars. -
! It is probable ih.it the amount to be distri
' hided on the 1st of January will exceed all
! the calculations made it the time of thee
[nactmenlof the Distribution bill
j I' k.mai.k Ul'siiam).—T'litr Journal of
i Fommercc ralatcs a singular case from
I the police court of New York. It is
Itluil o! woman brought to the office for
(some offence, in male attire. Alter her
; si'x wa - discovered, another woman de
cently dressed called at the office and en
quired lor James Walker, the name by
j which the person called herself. Find
ing, however, that the sex of the prison
! c*r had been discovered, she refused to I
I speak to her and went oil in a passion. I
j I he prisoner upon further examination
stated that her true name was George
.Moore *\ ilson, that she was horn in Liv
erpool, where the name George is fre
quently given to females : that her pa
rents having died when she was voting :
she was ii! treated, and ran aw ay to Scot
land. putting on boy’s clothes, *.V entered j
: a factory at I'i years of age. She re
mained in the Factory still wearing hoys'
clothes, til she was nearly grown, when 1
she married Fliza (’ommings, and two
• lays afterwards, sailed with her foi Fa-1
riada. A few days after the marriage j
she revealed her sex to her companion :1
but still they lived together as husband j
an i wile from that time to the present,}
which is fifteen years. The sex of the I
husband was kept so profound a secret I
that it was not known to the wife's lath
er, who lived with them some vears. j
Such is the woman’s statement. It is ,
corroborated as well by a certificate of I
marriage found with her, as by the vex
ation ol the other woman at seeing that
her sex had been discovered.
Touchy Jioiiuintic.—The A'orlc
Advertiser has received a copy of tlie “Ai
genniae Zcitung,” a newspaper published
al \ lenna, which gives an account of the up* !
soiling ,,f pleasure boat, by which the !
Princess Adelaide Sophia was precipitated j
into the water, and would have drowned it it
had not been tor the exertion of Mr. Boll, a
young American gentleman, son of Dr. Bell,
ol ( harleston, S. (who, happening to lie j
near, in another pleasure boat, iiuiiiedialely !
plunged into the river, (without knowing i
the quality of the lady) ami rescued her from
a watery grave. lie was next day invited to I
•he imperial palace, where h>: was presented
by the Princess herself with a breastpin, ;'
studded with diamonds, and valued at (wen
ty thousand dollars. 3 oung Beilis remark
ably bauds me and intelligent.
■_____ i
n ciu// vj .»i (»o»o.uyyyu.— r ut 1
\ icksburg (Mi.) lleg. estimates the pre- j
sent cotton crop of that Stale atony hurt- j
died millions of pounds, and in value at
from fifteen to eighteen millions of dolls, j
The advance of tiie Mississippi in wealth
and population, during the last five j
years, is almost unparalleled. According’
to the Grand Gulf Advertiser, tiie last
has doubled, while the first has more
than quadrupled, during this period.
The population of the State is now said
to number 329,030 persons.
Paupers cud Prisoners.—The aims
house office is continually thronged with
applications for admission bv foreign pan -
p< is, most of them recently lauded on our
shores, and even now in the summer sea
son, when the alms house is usually
comparatively empty, there are I3S0 t
paupers there. In the penitentiary there
are 330 females and 237 male prisoners ;
• » >7 in all, sentenced le.r longer or shor-1
ter periods ; and in tin Bridewell, there
are on on average constantly 100 per* I
sons committed for trial, making of pau
pers and prisoners, convicted and uncon
victed, 2337 persons. From the rapidi
ty and increasing number of the appli
cations for admission into the alms house,
by foreign paupers, it is apprehended
that the present accommodations, will
not he half sufficient in the winter to j
contain all that will struggle for admis
sion, and tiie erection of more extensive j
buildings will he inevitably necessary.
.\. y . Courier.
A Peaceably City.—The subjoined
article, from a New Oilcans paper of
the 7th inst., presents a truly bonifying
spectacle of the state of morals in that
city, and the utter impunity with which
the most diabolical murders are commit
ted ; — owing, no doubt, in a great mea- ;
sure, to the mal-organ ization and U tlifir
of thw polit e :
“The police jury, at its last sitting,
reported the number of d- 'ilhs, during
the past year, Irom assassination hik! un
known causes, at one hundred and thir
ty! O fthis number, not oue third were
made known through the public prints.
We are not aware that it is the duty
of the Coroner to repo; t occurrences of
this kind. Blit the safety of the
community imperiously requires that be
' should do so.—Nor could viliians go at
large with impunity, increasing in har
dihood, if we had a more zealous police,
and a belter system.
\ Notwithstanding the strong, natural,
and praisowoithy antipathy, which is
felt against introducing Ktiropeati modes
; of action, in upholding the law, it must
; be confessed they have an advantage
| over us, in maintaining its supremacy.
Few murders ever take place in London
and Paris, but are quickly traced tothei:
j source, and punishment follows crimes
' with rapid certainty. Titus it is. with
j more elements ol mischief contained in
j their bosoms, the inhabitants of those
great cities are infinitely above us in
security Iroru personal aggression. Of
what use are laws, if they are not en
forced, then, is the question which for
cibly presents iisclI."
Of cases of suicide in Paris during
the last year, 7S were females. Suffoca
tion by the fumes of charcoal is the most
general mode used.
Slavers ca/ttarvd.—The Buzzard, a
British cruizer, captured another slaver
on the -1th ol June—the Portuguese brig
Mauilto, with two hundred and sixt)
eight slaves on board. This makes the
seventh vessel captured by the Buzzard
since the 17th December, 18*11, with a
total ol tiro thousand sir hundred and tc
venty three slaves.
\ esterd.iy, says a New York paper ol
the 1st instant, for the first time the Hag ol
Texas was seen floating in our harbor, and
Iroin the main peak ol a real Texian vessel
of war, the Brutus, captain Hurd, of 10
guns, Iroin Texas, via Key West. She is a
handsome schooner, and we learn sails re
markably la si. The object of her visit is not
About 00 Emigrants, men of family ami
respectability, arc about leaving the cit\ of
New \ ork lor Texas, to settle there.
'Ini: Gkxkbal Associatiox or ;:is:
k CCTICL'T, at their recent meeting adopted
the following resolutions concerning Agents
ami Evangelists. T hese resolutions, i; will
be seen, bear hard upon abolition reformers i
& such evangelists as go through the church- i
cs endeavoring to raise a great excitement
in order to promote the conversion of men.
1. Resolved, That whilo this General As
sociation appreciate and would maintain,
at all hazards, the unrestricted liberty ol
speech and ot the press ; and while thev ful
ly recognize their own and every man’s duty
to prove uli tilings, und their mui and every !
man’s responsibility to God in relation to the )
reception ot the truth ; they do not admit an
obligation upon the community to hear or
read ail that associations, or individuals may
volunteer to speak or print ; or an obligati, n
on the pastors at the churches to admit into
their pulpits all those preachers or speakers
w!io may desire to address the people, or in
any other ways directly or indirectly to fo
ol S'snfi ttienTs'/u' toi'dli1 are "ill' the if view, V)
an erroneous, or questionable character.
'2. Jiesolvcd, That the operations of itin
erant agents and lecturers,attempting to en
lighten the churches, in respect to particu
lar points of Christian doctrine, and at Chris
tian morals, and to control the religious sen
timent of the community, on topics which
fall most appropriately within tho sphere ol
pastoral instruction,and of pastoral direction,
•is to time and manner, without the advice
and consent oj the pastors and regul r < crla
sins tical bodies, are an unauthoi ized inter
ference with the rights, duties, and discre
tion ot the stated ministry; dangerous to the
influence ol the pastoral udice, and I.dal to
the peace and good order ol the churches.
3. Resolved, 1 hat the existence in iha
churches ol an order of itinerating evan
gelists, devoted especially , to the business ol
excitement, and to the j ■ i • mo»ion * (revivals,
cannot he reconciled with the rc-spur l and in
fluence which are indispensable iu the use
fulness and stability ol the stated ministry,
to the harmony ofccclcsiasticul action in the
churches, to ihe steady mid uccumulatiiu*
influence ol ihe gospel and its institutions^
and to purity in doctrine and discretion in
•1. Resolved, I hat regarding the present
as a critical period in relation to the peace,
purity and liberty of our churches, and the
efliciency ol the pastoral office, we d<« recom
mend to ministers and churches to discoun
tenance such innovations a» have been reler
led to in those resolutions, and we Consider
ourselves bound to sustain each other and
the churches in standing against all these
invasions on our ecclesiastical order.
These resolutions, (says the Hartford
Observer,) we regard, und (hey weio re
gardeil by tho members of the Association,
as the most important business to vv l.ich their
attention was turned. The resolutions were
Irecly and fully discussed, and ad .pu-d uu.tn
imously. The first resolution was thought
by oome to he unnecessary—containing on
ly a seif-evident truth, (hhersthourld this
its chiel excellence, .uni that the iemaining
lesolutions rest nppiepriately on this, a
science tests on sell-evident axioms,
1 he chiel objection to tho second rusulu
tion, as originally introduced, was, (h .t the
objects which it aims to exclude, m hi I .•
confounded with other objects whit h enjoy
the favor and pa Iron ago t>i our ecclesiastical
bodies, and ol the whole religious < <.mu.uni
ty. With explanations and modifications,
however, in the progress ol dobatv, it was
made acceptable to all the members <•! the
A ssociatiou.
in the course of llic discussion, ihe ques
tion was n^itated, ‘What is the dot) .t a
man w ho is in advance ot the age in wh h
he lives, and thinks he has discovert- ! light,
on moral subject-*, to which the r--«t ot'in
community mo blinded r ’ It was ansvver
! *0' ‘’"0,111 substance, lit it lie should spread
i his light before the regular ccch -ia-ti ii
| bodies, and belt re the pastors of the church
: individually-—and d both shut their eves
[against it, then lie is at liberty, act ount.-l-le
only (o God and his own cons, i-nce, t-> go
; into the strer-fo, an,! markets, ai-d other ' las
J ces ot public i a sort, and wherever he c.u
J gain attention, display Isis new !iv : I hi
■ ii-llovv-men.
Ariotner gave is different luiti to the qncs
I (ion.— Vv ht-n a man who thinks he h is got
new light, is wiser m In- own >-sti.ii.ition,
not only than rve;i men, hut than sevo -
! thousand men, ‘vvhtican render a reason,
. there is no remedy in his re.. but h* let him
l go forward and break his head •• i: . t a stone
wall W hen a man who, as ins thinks, is so
tar in advance ol his age, that he is entitled
to commence reformer, finds the General
Association of Connecticut, for example,
ami tho individual pastors in tho Stale, no
dull that they cannot apprehend his new wis
dom, or so destitute of! enevolence that they
.ire not vv illing to nave fnin imhI“ ! known
to their congregations, he ought to p.utso
and ask himseil w hellior he is indeed so much
wiser, and more holy and benevolent than
all these brethren united. This would save
a great deal oi denunciation and agitation.
Another ol the speakers granted that ca
ses may arise w he: e a man might lawfully,
ioiii at whatever sacrifice ol ecclesiastical or
der, carry on his purposes of reform. If ho
cannot find an entrance for his light, he may
make one u ithasdedge hammer. But, then,
tins is revolution—a desperate remedy for a
desperate disease, it is not a filing of com
mon occurrence—a procedure to lie adopted
on every light occasion. The case of Luther is
in point. Bui that is not the presc: t condi
tion ol things. 13very man, whatsoever lie
may think of himself, is nut a Luther,
raised up by heaven to accomplish a refor
mation such as the wot Id witnesses only once
or twice in ninny thousand years. Besides,
tho ministry of the present day arc not stu
pid, and igrioiant, and licentious monks, who
are indifferent or hostile to the light.
On too sub ject » f Evangelists, there was a
surprising degree ol harmony. All seemed
to unite in '.he sentiment that such an older
i f men, in the circumstances ol New Eng
land, is pernicious to the peace of the church
es, and dangerous in its inlluonco upon
the pastoral office. Dr. Beecliei remarked,
that'the ope rat ioa of this system, in trans
ferring influence, affection a:id confidence
from the pastor, \v ho is the natural centre of
the church around which they should clus
ter, ii like what would result from making
the sun, moon, and all the planets revolve
around tin eccentric comet.
G e give from the New lluvoit Intelligen
cer the folio w mg sketch of the remarks of
Lev. Air. lx irk and Dr. Beecher before the
Association, on the subject of the above reso
lutions, concerning Evangelists.
■Mr. Iviik observed that the effect ol the
hdiors of evangelists isolten most disastrous.
Once lie thought differently, but several
S--- ' me in. i ol - ivulion in i con
\inccd him oi i.,a mistake, Sometimes an
evangelist would go into a place and do much
good, and preserve the inlluence ot the set
tled pastor unimpaired ; but too often tho
iesult was different. JNIr. lx. described to
life low itinerating evangelists will make a
few sermons on a lew favorite exciting top
11 s.—IT into a place, produce excitement
people that their minister is a dull, cold
heat led man, St often he the means of break
ing him up. Thus they will do—dtsaffect
the people towards their own minister, and
render them anxious to get one like the won
derful evangelist ; when if the evangelist
himself should settle, iie could not stay a
1 he effect c| such labor is disastrous a
noiher way. It m ikes people feel that they
must t.ike hold and do up their work white
the evangelist is with them. \\ hen be*
leaves, thoexcitenicnl abates. — the work ss
an unioned. ; Ins i.i i.’.iul to tins interests ot
religion. !'. is as i! a tanner should make a
i t;: cnee a year to do tip all his work, and
then spend luo t> >t ol ids time in idleness
•<» hit would he lie: condition of lint man's
I mu : Vv ii.it v : in Id he his own condition r
i 11 > >d has made m rangetnenIs to have his peo
! i.ie cl mans atn>uiul mg in ihr work rj'lhc I .nr-1,
—to h.ne religion flourish continually. Kv
ety church should tie likor.n orange grove,
wnicii always presents to flit eye the verdant
font, the flower, the green and ripe fruit,
dul tins cannot lie while our regular system
:s interrupted by the movements of evange
lists, which ecu line to a particular period ail
j exhortation, prayer and effort; leaving all
! oilier seasons dreary as death.
Dr. Beecher began by raying ho wished to
conies.- his sin. Formerly he thought it a
fine thing to have ci ..ngclials to move among
the churches to assist settled pastors. But
he was wrong. 'j ho duty ol evangelists i»
logo into destitute places, and there gather
and build up churches. They have noplace
among settled pastors. Their labor among
f !a i:i l • fuli oi iii-j-icr.
1 Tho (. cling produced in churches, that
they must ho engaged only while the evan
gelist is among them, is fatal, it is as if a
man .should mi dow n and attempt to eat o
nnugli at once l>» ! i-l a whole year. This is
a l the way to get nutrition — promote tho
heal.'i ol tie body unit prepare it tor its du
ff. The system ol evangelism depreciates
(he ministry.
it > iuse-; iiu1 • lurches Ui look away iron)
i the I j c Ip winch God hath appointed. They
, .... abroad lor foreign nui. Now in the mit
I ‘■nil and moral world God hath ordained that
: there should be order and law lie hath
I placed the sun hi tho heavens, a;.d causes all
the other bodies to revolve vround it. But
what contusion, disorder and ruin would en
sue, if a flying comet were made the centre,
j and .»I! the universe should roll round it !
! .uuppu.-.: there were t wo moons,— one pulling
>.ie way, the other, li»c other What effect
| *• o lid they have on I lie tide 1 11' ;he chut cb
flic p istol i- the sun . if:? sonre- of light and
! centre of swel l rrifiuenre. 1 ids is (loti’ses
iliddtshed order td things Break up this,
j<*nu we have disorder and every evil work
! lie.) inffurticc of evangelist* is t > break up
j the eV.nbli ilir.l system and meet il Christ'*
. : 'tt One i« tie voted to one ohj.vt, another
If Piiidli w Thus they distract tho church,
I and destroy the ministry, ft is as if !cc
i turrr- diouhl go around .onoi.g farmers and
i tall them hoiv they should cultivate tlicir
: lands, mu) wliat they should raise. One says
— you must raise turnips —turnips aio the
b. *! tilings—there is nothing like turnips.
A n-.tle.r rccof: : end butkw heal, &.c. But.
f it hows v,— we want some oat* «'in.i corn
like w dm. They sat these, lecturers arc fooN.
I So t in with these, men wh > go about on
i their few fav< rite topics. At the west piib
! Iiu s<>ntinv.:iif •• 1 cc tning s'.rung and united
I -»<'•«ili*i them

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