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MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 19, 1869.
VOL. 2.
NO. 25.
ENOCH L. HARLAN,
aai MARKET STREET,
Formerly of tlic Firm of Harlan Bro.
DEALER IN
FINE GROCERIES, PROVISIONS,
Foreign Fruits,
DOMESTIC FRUITS,
GUNNING MATERIAL,
Fishing Tackle,
WOODEK WARE,
SAlLT, OILS,
Teas, &c.
W E are prepared to supply buyers from the
country with the above goods at the low
est prices. .
Our stock once tried will recommend itself, ns
great care has been used in its selection.
We respectfully solicit an examination.
ENOCH L. HARLAN,
Formerly of the firm of Harlan & Iiro.
Wilmington, Del.
^SB-Orders by mail promptly filled, and goods
delivered at any Depot, Steamboat or Express
Office free of charge.
May 22 —3mos.
NEW STOVE, TIN,
AND
HOUSE-FURNISHING STORE.
THOMAS II. BOTIIWEU.
Respectfully announces to the
Public that he has removed
his Store to his
NEW BUILDING,
North Side of Slain Street, 4 Buildings Weet
of Town Hall,
Middletown, Delaware.
Where he has constantly on hand, and is
prepared to manufacture
ALL KINDS OF TIN WARE,
At Short Notice.
ORDERS for ROOFING & SPOUTING
Respectfully Solicited and Promptly
attended to
STOVES, JAPANNED WARE, TIN
WARE, &c. &c.
Constantly on hand and at the
Lowest Cash Prices.
Mr. R. E. Knighton, well known
as a skilful workman, is our
Foreman, and will give his
personal attention to
the business.
The following Cook Stoves are
on sale anti recommended to the
Public:
THE IST^TIOISTAX,,
(Niagara Improved.)
THE TIMES, THE CHARM,
THE CONTINENTAL,
AND
THE PRIZE.
The first named is guaranteed
to give perfect satisfaction, and
it is believed the others will also.
The following Parlor Stoves are
offered to the Public, and believ
ed to he equal to any other
Stoves in the market :
THE UNION AIR-TIGHT,
THE GEM,
THE DIAL,
ELM BASE,
BOQUET BASE, and
THE BRILLIANT.
Orders will be received and promptly
(filled for any kind of Stovo that may be
tdedred.
Prompt attention to business, moderate
çrices, competent workmen, and a deter
mination to please, may at all times bo ex
pected by those who may favor him with
their cm tom.
May 1—ly
PATENT
INDIGO BLUEING BAG,
THE MOST ECONOMICAL,
CLEANLY & COMPLETE ARTICLE ever USED
Py thrifty Housekeepers and Laundresses.
E ACH Bag is provided with a Box so that it
can be put safely away as soon as used.
PRICE 20 Cta—HALF SIZE 10 Cts.
This blue contains no acid, and will not injure
the finest fabrics. One twenty cent bag will out
last eight two-ouncc vials of Liquid Blue, besides
giving a softer color and avoiding the danger and
annoyance of broken and nncQrked Bottles.
Patented Dec. 24, 1807, and for sale by
Plymouth Color Co. C. T. Raynolds k Co.
106 * 108 Pulton Street, N. Y.
Inquire for it at any Resjycctable Grocery.
April 3—3mos.
Fashionable Dressmaking.
MRS. ANNIE M. WYANT,
L ATE of Philadelphia, offers her services to
the Ladies of Middletown and vicinity,
kinds of Dress Making promptiy attended tp.
Dresses cut and fitted and an elegant fit guaran
teed. Patterns for sale. Lake street, five doors
cast of Broad, Middletown, Delaware.
8—tf
geirrt fJortnj.
THE SANCTUARY.
Not in the proud cathedral,
^ Where splendid thousands throng ;
Not in the faint and formal plaint,
The loud thanksgiving song ;
Not in the studied homily,
The doctrine vague and dim,
There comes that softening grace tome
That lifts my heart to Him.
I kneel in supplication,
Hut the truant thoughts will stray ;
The lips repeat the words, as meet,
But the heart is far away.
There comes no holy blessed gush,
No tender yearning there,
Till the head bends low. and the warm tears rush,
And the spirit melts in prayer.
But alone, alone with nature—
On the everlasting hill,
That proudly arose at the world's birth-throes,
.And stands unaltered still.
Down shady lanes where the wild-flowt
In forest depths untrod,
In still small accents faint and low,
I hear the voice of Cod.
grow,
A Remedy for a Cross Husband.
A GOOD STORY FOR WIVES.
"Bedlam let loose! Pandemonium in
rebellion! Chaos turned inside out! What
is the reason a man cannot be allowed to
sleep in tho morning without the everlast
ing racket raised about his ears? Chil
dren crying, doors slamming—I will know
the reason of all this uproar !"
Mr. Luke Darcy shut the door of his
bed-room with considerable emphasis, and
went straight to the breakfast parlor. All
was bright and quiet and pleasant there ;
the coai snapping and sparkling in the
grate, the china and silver neatly arranged
on the spotless damask cloth, and the
green parrot drowsily winking his yellow
eyes in tlie sunny glow of the eastern win
dow. Bedlam was not located just there,
and Mr. Darey went stormingly up stairs
to the nursery.
Ali ! the field of battle was reached at
last. Mrs. Darcy sat in her low chair try
ing to quiet the screams of an eight
month's old baby, scion of the house of
Darcy, while another—a rosy boy of five
years—lay on his back, prone on the floor,
kicking and crying in an ungovernable fit
of childish passion.
"Mrs. Darcy!" eunuciated Luke, with
loud and ominous precision, "may 1 in
quire what all this means? Are you aware
that it is fifteen minutes past nine o'clock?
Do you know that breakfast is waiting ?"
"I know, Luke—l know," said the per
plexed Mrs. Darcy, striving vainly to lift
the rebellious urchin up by one arm.
"Come, Freddy, you are going to be good
now, mamma is sure, and get up and be
washed."
"No-o-o!" roared Master Freddy, per
forming a brisk tattoo on tho carpet with
his heels, and clawing the air at a furious
rate.
Like an avenging vulture Mr. Darcy
pounced abruptly down on his son and
heir, carried him to the closet, and turned
the key on his screams.
"Now, sir, you can cry it out at your
leisure. Evelyn the nurse is waiting for
the baby. Wolll go down to breakfast."
"Rut, Luke," hesitated Mrs. Darcy,
"you won't leave Freddy there?"
"Won't? I'd like to know why not?
It's temper, and nothing else, that is at
the bottom of all these demonstrations, and
I'll conquer this temper, or I will know
the reason why. It ought to have been
checked long ago ; but you are so ridicu
lously indulgent. There is nothing I have
so little tolerance for as a had temper
nothing that ought to be so promptly and
severely dealt with."
"But if he'll say he's sorry, Luke ?"
Mr. Darcy rapped sharply at the panels
of the door.
"Aro you sorry for your naughtiness,
young man ?"
A fresh outburst of screams and a re
newal of the tattoo was the answer.
"I am sure he is very sorry, Luke,"
pleaded the all-extenuating mother, but
Mr, Daroy shook his head.
"Entire submission is the only thing I
will listen to," he said shortly. "I tell
you, Evelyn, I am determined to uproot
this temper."
Evelyn, with a dewy moisture shadow
ing her eyelashes and a dull ache at her
heart, followed her liege lord down to the
breakfast table, with as little appetite for
the coffee, toast and oggs as might he.
A tall, blue-eyed young lady, with a
profusion of bright, chestnut hair, and
oheeks like rose velvet, was already at the
table when they descended, by name Clara
Pruyn, by lineage Mrs. Darcy's sister. She
opened her blue eyes rather wide as the
two entered.
"Good graoious, Evy, what is the mat
ter?"
answered Luke, tartly.
Mrs. Darey, you appear to forget that I
have eaten no breakfast."
"Something is tho matter, though,"
said Clara, shrewdly. "What !b it, Eve
lyn ? IIs.s Luke had one of his tantrums ?"
Luke sat down his coffoc cup with a
click."
, use very peculiar expressions,
" Nothing,
irp "<
"You
Miss Pruyn."
"Very true ones," said Clara, saucily.
Evelyn smiled in spite of herself. "It's
only Freddy, who feels a little cross,
amf—•"
"A little cross!" interrupted the indig
nant husband. "I toll you, Evelyn, it's
quite timo that teinpor was checked. Oh !
that parrot ! What an intolerable scrcccb
ing the bird keeps up ! Mary, take that
bird into the kitehen, or I shall be tempt
ed to wring his neck. Strange that
can't have a little peace once in a while !
What does ail these eggs, Evelyn? I
thought I had asked you to sec that they
were boiled fit for Christians to eat."
Mr. Dgrcy gave his egg, shell and all,
a vindictive throw upon the grate. Eve
lyn's brown eyes sparkled dangerously as
she observed the maneuver, but she made
no remark.
"And the plates are as cold as stone,
when Iv'e implored, again and again, that
they might be warmed. Well, I shall eat
no breakfast this morning."
"Whom will you punish most?" deman
ded Miss Clara. "Evelyn, give me anoth
er cup of coffee—it is perfectly delightful."
Luke pushed his chair back with
geance, and took up his stand with his
back to the fire, both hands under his coat
tails.
a man
"Please sir," said the servant, depreca
tingly advancing, "the gas bill—the man
says would you settle it while—"
"No!" roared Luke, tempestuously,
"Tell the man to go about his business ;
I'll have no small bills this morning, and
won't be so persecuted."
Mary retreated precipitately. Clan rais
ed her long brown eye-lashes.
"Do you know, Luke," she said de
murely, "I think you would feel a great
deal better if you would do just as Freddy
does—lie flat down on tho floor and kick
your heels against the carpet for a while.
It's an excellent escape valvo when your
clioler g'ets the bettor of you."
Luke gave his mischievous sister-in-law
a glance that ought certainly to have an
nihilated her, and walked out of the room,
closing the door behind him witli a bang
that would bear no misinterpretation. Then
Clara came round to her sister, and buried
her pink face on Evelyn's neelc.
"Don't sculd me, Evy, please—I know
I have been very naughty to tease Luke
so !"
"You have spoken nothing hut the
truth," said Evelyn, quietly, with her cor
al lips compressed, and a scarlet spot bur
ning on cither cheek. "Clara, I some
times wonder how I can endure tho daily
cross of my husband's temper-"
"Temper!" said Clara, with a toss of
her chestnut brown hair. "And the poor
dear fellow hasn't tho least idea of how
disagreeable he makes himself."
"Only this morning," said Evelyn, "he
punished Freddy with unrelenting severi
ty for a fit of ill humor which he himself
has duplicated within the last- half hour.
I am not a moralist, but it strikes me that
tho fault is rather move to be censured iu
a full grown reasoning man than in a
child."
"Evelyn,
said Clara, gravely, "do
you suppose he is beyond tho power of
cure."
"I hope not: hut what can I do? Shut
him up, as he shut up little Freddy !"
Evelyn's merry, irresistible laugh was
cheeked by the arch, peculiar expression
in Clara's blue eyes.
"The remedy needs to he something
short and sharp," said Clara, "and the
dark closet system combines both requi
sites. Tears and hysterics were played
out long ago in matrimonial skirmishes you
know, Evy."
"Nonsense!" laughed Mrs. Darcy, ris
ing from the table iu obedience to her hus
band's summons from above stairs, while
Clara shrugged her shoulders and went to
look for her work basket.
Luke was standing in frout of his bu
reau drawer, flinging shirts, collars, cra
vats and stockings recklessly upon the bed
room floor.
"I'd like to know where my silk hand
kerchiefs are, Mrs. Darcy," fumed Luke.
Such a state as my bureau is in is enough
to drive a man crazy !"
"It's enough to driven woman crazy, I
think," said Evelyn, hopelessly, stooping
to pick up a few of the scattered articles.
"You were at the bureau last, Luke. It
is your own fault."
"My fault—of course it's my fault!"
snarled Luke, giving Mrs. Darcy's poodle
a kick that sent it howling toits mistress.
"Anythingbutawoman's retorting tongue.
Mrs. Darcy, I won't endure it any longer."
"Neither will I !" said Evelyn, resolute
ly advancing, as her husband plunged in
to tho closet for his business coat, and
promptly shutting and locking tho door.
"I think I have endured it quite loDg
enough, and here is an end of it!"
"Mrs. Darey, open the door," said
Luke, scarcely able to credit the evidence
of his own senses.
"I shall do no such thing!" said Mrs.
Darcy, oomposedly beginning to rearrange
shirts, stockings and flannel wrappers in
their appropriate reoeptacles.
"Mrs. Daroy !" roared Luke, at a fever
"what on earth do
heat of impotent rage,
you mean ?"
"I mean to keep you in that clothes
press, Mr. Darcy, until you have made up
your mind to come out in a more amiable
frame of mind. If the system succeeds
with Freddy, it certainly ought with you ;
and I am sure your temper is muoh more
intolerable than his."
There was a dead silence of fully sixty
seconds in the closot, then a sudden burst
of vocal wrath :
"Mrs. Darcy, open the door this in
stant, madame !"
But Evelyn went on humming a sauoy
little opera air, and arranging her clothes.
' ' Do you hear me ?"
" Yes I hear you."
" Will you obey me?"
" Not until you have solemnly promised
mo to put some sort of control on that
temper of yours; not until you pledge
yourself hereafter to treat your wife as a
lady should be treated, and not as a
menial."
" I won't!"
" No? Then in that case I hope you
don't find the atmosphere at all oppressive
there. I think it is probable you will re
main there some time."
Another sixty seconds of dead silence,
and then a sudden rain of heels and hands
against the wooden panels.
" Let me out, I say, Mrs. Darcy.
IIow dare you, madam, perpetrate this
monstrous piece of audacity ?
" My dear Luke, how strong you do
remind me of Freddy. You see there is
nothing I have so little tolerance for as a
bad temper. It ought to have been check
ed long ago, only you know I am so ri
diculously indulgent."
Mr. Darcy winced a little at the fa
miliar sound of bis own words.
Tap, tap, tap, came softly at the door.
Mrs. Darcy composedly opened it, and
saw his little office-boy.
" Please, mem, there's some gentlemen
at the office in a great hurry to see Mr.
Darcy. It's about the Appleton will
case."
Mrs. Darcy hesitated a moment ; there
was a triumphant rustle in the closet, and
her determination was taken.
" Tell the gentlemen that your master
has a had head-ache, and will not be down
this morning."
Luke gnashed his teeth audibly as soon
as the closing of the door admonished him
that ho might do so with safety.
" Mrs. Darcy, do you presume to in
terfere with tlie transaction of busincs that
is vitally important ma'am—vitally im
portant ?"
Mrs. Darcy nonchalantly took up the
little opera air where she had left it, let
ting the soft, Italian words ripple musi
cally off her tongue.
" Evelyn, dear."
" What is it, Luke?" she asked, mildly.
" Please let mo out. My dear, this
may bo a joke to you, hut—•"
" I assure you, Luke, it's nothing of
the kind ; it is the soberest of serious
matters to me. It is a question as to
whether my future life shall be miserable
or happy."
There was another brief interval of
silence.
" Evelyn," said Luke presently, in a
subdued voice, " will you open this
door ?"
" On one condition only."
" And what is that ?"
"Ah! all !" thought the little Licu
tenat General, " lie's beginning to enter
tain terms of capitulation, is he? On
conditions," she added, aloud, " that
you will break yourself of the habit of
speaking sharply and crossly to me, and
on all occasions keep your temper."
" My temper, indeed," sputtered Luke
" Just your temper," returned his wife,
sternly. " Will you promise?"
" Never, madam ?"
Mrs. Darcy quietly took up a pair of
hose that required mending, and prepared
to leave tho apartment. As the door
creaked on its hinges, however, a voice
came shrilly through tho oppose key-hole.
" Mrs. Darcy ! Evelyn 1 wife!"
" Yes."
"You aro not going down stairs to
leave mo in this place ?"
" I am."
" Well, look here—I promise."
" All and everything I require ?"
" Yes, all and everything that you re
quire— confound it all !"
Wisely deaf to the muttered sequel,
Mrs. Darcy opened the door, and Luke
stalked out, looking right over the top of
her shining brown hair.
Suddenly a little detaining hand was
laid on his coat sleeve.
" Luke, dear !"
" Well?"
" Won't you give me a kiss?"
And Mrs. Darcy hurst out crying on
her husband's shoulder.
" Well," ejaculated the puzzled Luke,
" if you aren't the greatest enigma going !
A kiss? Yes, a half-dozen of 'em, if you
want, you kind-hearted little turnkey.
Do not cry, pet; I'm not angry with you,
although I suppose I ought to be."
" And may I let Freddy out?"
"Yes, on the same terms that papa
was released. Evelyn, was I very in
tolerable ?"
"If you hadn't boon, Luke', I never
should have ventured upon such a violent
remedy."
" Did I make you very unhappy?"
' ' Very."
And the gush of warm, sparkling toars
supplied a dictionary full of words.
Luke Darcy buttoned up his overcoat,
put on his hat, shouldered his umbrella,
and went to the Applegate will ease, mu
sing, as he went, upon the new state of
affairs that had presented itself for his
consideration.
"Ry Jove!" ho ejaculated, "that lit
tle wife of mine is a bold woman, and a
plucky one !"
And thus he burst out laughing on the
steps. It is more than probable that he
loft his stook of bad temper at tho law
building that day, for Evelyn and Clara
never saw any more of it ; and Freddy is
4 lily getting tho better of the peppery
element iu his infantilo disposition.
Men, after all, are hut children
of lar
ger growth ; and so Mrs. Evelyn Darcy
had reasoned.
Fifteen quarts of milk will give one
pound of butter. This rule will hold
good as to ordinary cows. Many çows
will do better, some uot so well. •
LOVE-LIGHT.
" Go down to the meadow at break of day,
Go down to the meadow, son John,
And labor away 'mong the sweetest hay
That ever the sun shone on."
And John went down to the meadow-land,
Hut he saw not the clover sweet,
And the sky was dun, for he missed the sun,
Though it reddened his brow with heat.
lie missed the sun, and lie missed the light,
And the world seemed upside down,
Till he caught the sight of a smile so bright,
And a linsey-woolsey gown—
Till he caught the sight of a golden head,
And a fair and merry face,
When so bright and round, with a sudden bound,
The sun went up in its place ;
The sun went up and the light came down,
And the lield was all aglow,
While his heart kept timo to the merry rhyme
Of the reapers' song below.
And Mary, she laughed at her lover's mood,
As she turned from his fond caress,
Though the south wind blew from her lips so true
The sweet little answer, " Yes."
"Oh!
"Oh !
For the stor
That ever the sun shone on."
But John knçw nothing of rain or flood,
And nothing of ruined hay ;
For the flowers of Joy to the farmer's boy
Were scattered along the way.
And merry the wedding-bells rang out,
And merry the pipers did play,
At the golden dawn of the happy morn
That ushered the marriage day.
rhcreforc so glad?" said farmer Gray,
wherefore so glad,
to-day spoiled the sweetest hay
John?
Itttit and Humor.
Charging the Jury.
A Dutch judge in the western country
presided at a trial for murder, and on ris
ing to deliver the charge, observed that
tho prisoner was playing chequers with his
custodian, while the foreman of the jury
was fast asleep. Deplenishing tho ample
judicial chair with his broadcast person, he
thus addressed the jury :
"Misder voreman and t'oder jurymans :
Der brisoner, Hans Vieckter, is vinished
his game mit der sheriff, and has peat him,
but I shall dake care he don't peat me.
Hans has peon tried for murder before you,
and you must bring in dar vardiek, but it
must po 'cording to dor law. De man he
kill't wasn't kill't at all, as was broved he
was in jail for sheep stealing.
"Put dat isli no madder. Dor law says
veil dere ish a tou't you give 'em to der
brisoner, put hero dcro ish no tou't—so
you see dor brisoner ish guilty. Pesides,
he is a great loafer. I haf know'd him
vift.y year, and ho hasn't tone a sditch of
work iu all dat dimes, and dor is no one
debending ubon him for deir livin' and he
is no use to no poty. I diuk it would pe
a goot plans to hang him for do cxamble.
I dink Mr. Vorcmans, dat ho petter be
hung next fourt' of July, as der militia ish
goiu' to drain in anodcr gouuty, and dere
po no vun goin' on here."
A Good Ose. — A young blood resi
ding nota half-dozen miles from this place,
was the victim of rather a good joke one
Sunday night recently. He was trying to
be particularly " sweet" on a young lady
and had paid her a number of visits at
the residence of her parents,
folks had somehow got an idea into their
heads that tho children were most too
young to " keep company," and conveyed
tho desired hint by calling the girl out of
the room and sending her to bed at nine
o'clock, the lady of the house astouishing
the young gent by bringing into the par
lor a huge piece of bread and butter,
nicely spread with sugar, which slie pre
sented to him, saying, in her kindest man
ner, " There, Rubby, take this and run
home to your mother ; it's time little boys
wore in bed.
beau hasn't felt as though he wanted any
more sweetness from that source siucc.
The old
The would-bo gay young
Saved His Wmrpixa —A little ur
chin seven or eight years old, in one of
our schools where a miss Blodgett was
teacher, composed the following and wrote
it on his slate at prayer time, to the great
amusement of the boys :—
" A little mouse rail up the stairs,
To hear Miss Blodgett say her prayers."
The teacher discovered the rhyme, and
called out the culprit. For his pun
ishment she gave him his choice, to make
another rhyme in five minutes, or be whip
ped. So after thinking and blinking, and
scratching his head till his time was nearly
out, and the teacher was lifting the stick
iu^a threatening manner, at tho last mo
ment ho exclaimed—
" Here I stand before Miss Blodgett;
She's to strike, and I'm to dodge it."
He was sent to his seat.
A trunk arrived in Boston by steamer
recently marked thus: "Boatmaltakaptyu
hainsnoordamerikastateofwesconsincontry
Vontuleksitywoupuntenlto. II G.
of tho most skillful of tho Custom-House
officers, says the Journal, translated a por
tion of it as follows : "Boat Malta, Cap
taid Hains, North America, State of Wis
consin, in country, Fond-du-Lao City ;"
but what "Woupuntealto" means no one
has yot been able to make out.
One
It must ho a happy thought to a Jersey
lover that his blood and that of his sweet
heart mingle in the saino mosquito.
What kind of sweetmeats did they have
iu the ark ? Preserved pairs.
REUNION.
Report of tlio Committee of Conferci
tlie General Assemblies of tlie Presbyterian
Church Meeting In New York City, Thurs
day, May at), 1801).
of
Tho Committee of Conference appointed
by tho two General Assemblies have at
tended to the duty assigned to them ; and
after a very free interchange of views, witli
prayer to Almighty Cod for bis guidance,
arc unanimous in recommending to the
Assemblies for their consideration, and, if
they see fit, their adoption, the accompany
ing three papers, to wit :
1. Plan of Reunion of the Presbyterian
Church in tho United States of America ;
2. Concurrent Declarations of the Gen
eral Assemblies of 1809 ; and
3. Recommendation of a Day of Prayer.
William Adams, Chairman.
G. W. Musgrave,
A. G. Hall,
Lyman II. Atwater,
Willis Lord,
II. R. Wilson,
Robert Carter,
C. D. Drake,
Wm. M. Francis,
John C. Grier,
IIenhy Day, Secretary.
J. F. Stearns,
R. W. Patterson,
S. W. Fisher,
James B. Shaw,
W. Strong,
Daniel HaincS,
William E. Dodge,
J. S. Farrand,
John L. Knight,
PLAN OF REUNION
Of the Presbyterian Church in the United
States of America.
Believing that the interest of the Re
deemer's kingdom would be promoted by
the healing of our divisions, and that the
two bodies bearing the same name, having
the same Constitution, and each recogniz
ing the other as a sound and orthodox
body according to the principles of the
Confession common to both, cannot be
justified by any but tho most imperative
reasons in maintaining separate, and, in
some respects, rival organizations ; we
are now clearly of the opinion that the re
union of those bodies ought, as soon as the
necessary steps can be taken, to he accom
plished, upon the Basis hereinafter sot
forth :
1. Tho Presbyterian Churches in the
United States of America, namely, that
whose General Assembly convened in tlie
Brick Church in the city of New York, on
tho 20th day of May, 1899, and that whose
General Assembly met in the Church of
the Covenant in the said city on the same
day, shall be reunited as one Church, un
der the name and style of the Presbyterian
Church in the United States of America,
possessing all the legal and corporate
rights and powers pertaining to tho Church
previous to the division in 1838, and all
tho legal and corporate rights and powers
which the separate Churches now possess.
2. The reunion shall he effected on the
doctrinal and ecclesiastical basis of our
common Standards ; tho Scriptures of the
Old and New Testaments shall be ac
knowledged to bo the inspired word of
God, and the only infallible rule of faith
and practice ; tlie Confession of Faith
shall continue to ho sincerely received
and adopted as containing the system of
doctrine taught iu tho Holy Scriptures ;
and tho Government and Discipline of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States
shall be approved as containing the princi
ples and rules of our polity.
3. Each of the said Assemblies shall
submit the foregoing Basis to its Presby
teries, which shall be required to meet on
or before the löth day of October, 1809,
to express their approval or disapproval of
the same, by a categorioal answer to the
following question :
Do you approve of the reunion of the
two bodies now claiming the name and
rights of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States of America, on the follow
ing basis, namely: "The reunion to be
effected on the doctrinal and ecclesiastical
basis of our common Standards ; the Scrip
tures of the Old and New Testaments shall
be acknowledged to be tlie inspired word
of God, and the only infallible rule of faith
and practice ; the Confession of Faith
shall continue to bo sincerely received and
adopted as containing tho system of
doctrine taught in tho Holy Scriptures ;
and the Government and Discipline of the
Presbyterian Church iu the 1 T iiited States
shall he approved as containing tho princi
ples and rules of our polity ?"
Each Pr sbytery shall, beforo tho 1st
day of November, 1899, forward to tho
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly with
which it is connected, a statement of its
vote on the said Basis of Reunion.
4. The said Goneral Assemblies now
sitting shall, after finishing their business,
adjourn, to meet in the city of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, on tho second Wednesday
of November, 1809, at eleven o'clock, A.
M.
If the two General Assemblies shall then
find and declare that the above-named Ba
sis of Reunion has been approved by two
thirds of the Prosbyteries connected with
each branch of the Church, then the same
shall he of binding force, and the two As
semblies shall take action accordingly.
5. The said General Assemblies shall
then and thcro make provision for tho
meeting of tho General Assemblies of the
united Church on the third Thursday of
May, 1870. The Moderators of tho two
present Assemblies shall jointly preside at
the said Assemblies of 1870 until another
Moderator is chosen,
tho Assembly now sitting at the Brick
Church aforesaid, shall, if present, put all
votes, and deoide questions of order ; and
tho Moderator of the other Assembly shall,
if prosent, preach the opening sermon ;
find tho Stated Clerks of the present As
semblies shall act as Stated Clerks
Assembly of the united Church until a
Tho Moderator of
of the
Stated Clerk or Clerks shall have been
ohosen thereby ; and no Commission shall
have a right to voto or deliberate in said
Assembly until his name shall have been
enrolled by the said Clerks, and his com
mission examined and filed among the pa
pers of the Assembly.
0. Each Presbytery of the separate
Clnircho»shall be entitled to the same re
presentation in the Assembly of the united
Church in 1X70 as it is entitled to in the
Assembly with which it is now connected.
CONCURRENT DECLARATIONS
Of the General Assemblies of 1809.
As there are matters pertaining to tho
interests of the Church when it shall have
become reunited, which will manifestly re
quire adjustment on the coming together
of two bodies which have so long acted
separately, and concerning some of which
matters it is highly desirable that there
should he a previous good understanding,
the two Assemblies agree to adopt the fol
lowing declarations, uot as articles of com
pact or covenant, hut as in their judgment
proper and equitable arrangements, to
wit:
1. All the ministers and churches em
braced in the two bodies should be admit
ted to the same standing in the united
body, which they may have, held in their
respective connections, up to the cousunia
tion of the union.
2. Imperfectly organized churches aro
counselled and expected to become thor
oughly Presbyterian, as early within tlie
period of five years as may be permitted
by the highest interests to ho cousultcd ;
and no other such churches shall be here
after received.
3 The boundaries pf the several Pres
byteries and Snynods should be adjusted
by the General Assembly of the united
Church.
4. Tho official records of the two bran
ches of the Church for the period of sep
aration should be preserved and held as
making up the one history of the Church ;
and no rule or precedent which does not
stand approved by both the bodies, should
be of any authority until re-established in
the united body, except so far as such
rule or precedent may affect the rights of
property founded thereon.
5. Tho corporate rights now held liy
the two General Assemblies, and by their
Boards and Committees, should, as far as
practicable, be consolidated, and applied
for their several objects as defiued by law.
(1. There should be one set of Commit
tees or Boards for Home and Foreign Mis
sions and the other religious enterprises of
the Church ; which tho ohurches should
be encouraged to sustaiu, though free to
cast their contributions into otlior channels
if they desire to do so.
7. As soon as practicable after the union
shall have been effected, the General As
sembly should reconstruct and consolidate
the several Permanent Committees and
Boards which now belong to the two As
semblies, so as to represent, as far as pos
sible with impartiality, the views and
wishes of the two bodies constituting the
united Church.
8. Tlie publications of tho Board of
Publication and of the Publication Com
mittee should continue to be issued as at
present, leaving it to the Board of Publi
cation of the united Church to revise these
issues and perfect a catalogue for the uni
ted Church so ns to exclude invidious re
ferences to past controversies.
9. In order to a uniform system of ec
clesiastical supervision, those Theologicnl
Seminaries that are now under Assembly'
control may, if their Boards of Direction
so elect, be transferred to the watch and
care of one or more of the adjacent Synods ;
and tho other Seminaries are advised to
introduce, as far as may be, iDto their
Constitutions, the principle of Synodical or
Assembly supervision : in which case they
shall be entitled to an official recognition
and approbation on the part of the General
Assembly.
19. It should bo regarded as the duty
of all our judicatories, ministers, and peo
ple in the united Church, to study tho
things which make for peace, and to guard
against all needless and offensive refer
ences to the causes that have divided us ;
and in order to avoid the revival of past
issues liy the continuance of any usage in
cither branch of the Church, that has grown
out of former conflicts, it is earnestly re
commended to the lower judicatories of
tho Church that they conform their prac
tice in relation to all usages, as far as it is
consistent with their convictions of duty,
to the general customs of the Church prior
to the controversies that resulted in tho
separation.
Recommendation of a Day of Prayer.
That the councils of Iufinito Wisdom
may guide our decisions, and the blessings
of the Great Head of the Church rest upon
the result of our efforts for reunion, it is
earnestly recommended to the churches
throughout both branches of the Presby
terian Church, that they observe the sec
ond Sabbath in September, 1809, as a day
of fervent and united prayer to Almighty
God, that he would grant unto us all " the
spirit of council and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the Lord,"
and in the new relations now contemplated
enable us to " keep the uuity of the Spirit
iu the bonds of peaco."
"Do you think, Doctor," asked an an
xious mother, "that it would improve lit
tle Johnny's health to take him to the
springs and let him try the water?" " I
haven't a doubt of it, madam "^'hat
springs would you recommend, Doctor T*
"Any springs, madam, where-yrm find
pleuty of soap." , A

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