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BICHMOND, VIRGINIA, — Saturday, February 2, 1856. We invite the attention of our readers to the very admirable and instructive nar rative published in to-days issue-, entitled “ The Lily Among Thorns. ” It is the cream of a beautiful little volume, sent out by the Board of Publication. The esteemed friend who has condensed it into an article suitable for the columns of a newspaper, is himself a native of the land of “Jeanie,” the subject of the sketch. BACK NUMBERS. As the increase in our subscription list has been beyond our expectations, it will be impossible for us to supply new' subscri bers w ith back numbers of the paper from the beginning of the year, all of the first and second numbers being exhausted. If any of our- subscribers, who have received Nos. 1 and 3, do not desire to preserve them, we will be glad to have them sent to us, for the use of those to whom we are unabl^ to furnish them. We thank our friends for the efforts they have made to enlarge our list, and if these efforts are continued, we hope soon to present our readers with an enlarged sheet, and add such other improvements as to increase the interest and value of the paper. TO CORRESPONDENTS. It is a rule with editors, to which we call the attention of our correspondents, that all contributions must be accompanied with the real name of the author. This is a rea sonable rule, for no man should otter an article the authorship of which he is ashamed to avow to those whom he asks to take the responsibility of publishing it, and such avowals are always understood to be confi dential. If for special reasons we have not hitherto acted on this rule in all cases, we hope to have no occasion to depart from it hereafter. STORMY SABBATHS. We are not disposed to wrest e ery thing that happens in the world into a spe cial Providence, and give it a correspond ing interpretation. There is with some really devout minds a tendency to presump tion in this direction that needs to be re strained. God has not constituted 11s the interpreters of all the laws and events of his great kingdom, and we must beware of assuming such an office unbidden. Put on the other hand, we must beware of neg lecting to observe those unusual facts in His doings on earth, which if they are not specially designed to give us some particu lar instruction, are at least adapted to do so, and may be profitably so employed. One of these unusual facts is the remark able frequency of stormy Sabbaths during the present season. In one of the Northern cities there have been nearly twenty such Sabbaths in immediate succession, and in this locality, there have been almost half that number making a series that is without a parallel for many years. The fact is too remarkable for the thoughtful C hristiau to pass bv unnoticed, or unimproved. II e will not assert that this meteorological phenomenon was originally designed to instruct or to reprove men in any particular wav, for this would be to assume the pro vince of God’s interpretor, where he has not authorized a special interpretation, but we will assert that such a state of tacts con tains lessons that may usefully be pondered. The Psalmist in looking at the pheno mena of the natural world declared that “tire and hail, snow and vapors,” and the “stormy wind” all were “fulfilling his word.” This refers to these agencies a Providential purpose, which may be reverently traced, 1 especially when they are so remarkably presented. i Stormy Sabbaths are not without their obvious uses. 11 e will not speak of the Sabbath breaking that is thus prevented, of the multitudes who are forced to abstain from projected excursions, aud the dumb animals that are thus allowed to enjoy their rightful day of rest. Certain it is that had the Kailroads of Virginia been Sabbath keeping roads during this w inter, they would have been thousands of dollars richer to dav than they are. Ihe accidents and losses of the Sabbath trains during the last two months will swallow up all the Sabbath gains of many years. It will often be true, even in this world, that men make nothing by robbing God, and this lesson has been written in the balance sheet of many a Sabbath breaking company by the stormy Sabbaths of this winter. But they have another use. They are admirable touchstones. Persecution, it has often been observed, acts as a winnowing agent in separating the chaff from the wheat in the visible church. The same effect is produced on the worshipping as sembly by stormy Sabbaths. I hey sift the church, and test the real motives that bring us to the house of God. Vi e do not aver that it is the duty of every one, whatever be the state of his health to come to church, during any kind of weather. There are states of body, and of weather that would make it wrong for many persons to attend public worship. We have no desire to state the question of duty so as to ensnare tender consciences, or make attendance at church, on every service, a condition of salvation. But we have little fear of doing harm in that way if experience and obsen ation aie to be our instructors. The general con science is not at all morbid in that direc tion, and will bear a firm pressure. It is then very obvious that if persons attend church only to wile away an hour on the Sabbath; or because it is the custom of the community; or because it is a good place to exhibit a handsome dress; or because one can see and be seen; or for any reason apart from a desire to worship God and hear his word, a stormy Sabbath will re move the reason, and induce them to re main at home. Hence the congregation will be sifted, and most of this class of hearers be removed. This, if rightly used may induce such persons seriously to reflect on the motives that have led them to church, and remove that delusive impression which they often have, that they are really obeying God, in a meritorious manner, by coming to his house on the Sabbath. But they have also a use in leading those who art properly detained at home to prize the privileges of which they are thus de prived, and which they have estimated too lightly. The preached word becomes cheap when it is easily enjoyed, and is often un dervalued, until a temporary privation is thus endured. A congregation that has o ctntor] ministry. ran thus O J J « have some notion of what it must endure if God should remove the candlestick from its place, and leave the pulpit vacant. They may theu understand what David meant in those fervid longings that he breathes for the courts of God’s house, and the tabernacles of the Lord of hosts. Another lesson may be learned by minis ters as well as private Christians. AVe are all too much disposed to rely on means and human agencies, rather than on God. Hence when the minister prepares a sermon care fully, in the hope that it may reach some who have long been unmoved, he feels dis appointed when the stormy Sabbath comes and keeps such persons at home. And when the sermon is preached, many a Christian is regretting that such, and such a one was not there to Rear it. But this may be often a mere reliance on the arm of flesh, that needs to be rebuked. The sermon may touch a soul in the handful present, which would have felt itself lost, and undistinguished in a large congrega tion. It is said that a celebrated preacher of this country once preached to a single hearer, and that the sermon issued in the con version of that hearer and through him of a wide circle of usefulness. Mr. Tennent’s “dumb sermon,” as he called it, converted an infidel, who would perhaps have combated all the arguments he had so elaborately prepared. Hence we may learn the lesson by these stormy Sabbaths, to walk more by faith, and trust more in God, and to look forward more to that cloudless and endless Sabbath above, where all storms shall have fnrnVPlV DANVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. A writer in the Louisville Presbyterian Herald gives some intimation of an unquiet Feeling among those who are most nearly connected with this Seminary, in view of an illeged failure on the part of the General Assembly, or some other parties to meet their obligations to this Seminary, and in timates very significantly that unless some, hing is done to mei" the pledges that have t>een given, Drs. Breckinridge and Hum phrey iuhv resign. As this Seminary has attracted much attention, on account of the circumstances of its establishment, the char acter of its Professors, the peculiarities jf its plan of instruction, and its geographi cal position, every thing that seriously affects its prospects must have an interest For every well-wisher of the church. The w riter alluded to speak with no small ener gy, and indeed indignation, and although disavowing any authority to speak for any one but himself, he intimates more than once, that the feelings he expresses are not peculiar to himself, and that the continuance of the present Professors at their posts, may depend on the action taken by those who are pledged to support this Seminary He puts the case of the Seminary as it may stand in the minds of the Professors in looking at the termination of the first three years course, next May, in the following terms. “These are our labors—these are our pupils: 23 of them the first year; 37 the second year; 4o the third year; near 40 of them in the ministry, ami the whole mass of them scattered over half the States of this nation. Here we pause to consider our ways. On the one side, the hearts ol the young men of the Church, who ave look ing to the ministry, are deeply with us; we have no difficulty about students; more than we expected, more than we can do our duty by as we desire to do it, have come to us. And again: a part, a very small part of the Directors of the Seminary, have tried to aid us, in our great toil. And again, a portion of our brother ministers, and a still larger portion of our fellow Christians, have encouraged us, by kind words and good deeds, and helped us at the eternal throne. And again, some of the churches of the Synod of Kentucky, have given to the Seminary of their abundance, some of their poverty, all that was ever promised in their name; while some individuals, in Kentucky, have manifested a princely libe rality, and some, we grieve to add, a faith less meanness towards our Institution. On the other side: the General Assembly has confined itself wholly to promises, so far-as endowment was concerned; we are but one of its step-children, it has no child but Princeton. The Synods, all of them, except our own, have confined themselves to good wishes. We write, and get nothing; we send agents, and get enough sometimes, to cover the expenses of the agency. We cannot obtain the means of supporting more than two Professors and one assistant (Mr. Keasor.) We cannot provide suitable buildings; we cannot turn in any direction, without being hampered by poverty; all of which is contrary to the most positive pledges, which were made unreservedly and unqualifiedly, and which have not been kept. In the mean time, other Seminaries are being more and more richly endowed; and the Assembly itself, at its last session, some how found means to increase the sala ries of four Professors at Princeton, while it could find nothing for Danville, whose two Professors it paid less than it did the other four before it raised their salaries; although its pledges to Danville were as lull and explicit as its pledges to rnncewn. And again, while the utmost efforts are made to produce the largest effect in draw ing patronage to other Seminaries, and preventing it from helping Danville; efforts which go so high as to secure the ablest men in the church and the most important advantages of every kind; and sink so low as even to boast of gas-lights and baths— Danville, with innumerable pledges to her, is left in poverty and neglect, with two in experienced professors, and an inexperi enced assistant teacher to endure a endless amount of mortification, or to carry on a competition utterly carnal, and for which they are personally unfit; and as to means, destitute. Now, as the conclusion, is not this a fair point for us, the two professors, and the assistant, just with clean hands and a clear conscience, some small credit, and the fruits of killing toil on our brows, and the results of vast sacrifices upon our affairs— to turn over the institution to the Assembly, and turn ourselves to something ip tke^ wide world, where if we eudure much, we will escape enduring what seems palpably be fore us here l So might they meditate: so might they conclude. What would be the effect if they were to happen to do so? One single word more. Does anybody know, in the whole world, two men more likely to do such a thing,—if they felt called on, either by honor or conscience, to do it ? Now what is to be done—what ought to be done—what can bo done? There is but one honest alternative; nay, but one possi ble alternative. Endow the Seminary ade quately; or give it up, and let the gentle men who have been trepaned into it on false pretexts, go their way. Will the Synod of Nashville be so good as either to redeem its pledge to try to raise $^5,000, or will it retract that pledge and be done with it? Will the ministers of the Synod of Memphis cease to discourage all efforts to get at their people; or will their people do their share for this institution without permission of the ministers? Will the . , i « r. • , • _ J 1* •l.l. oynou oi Jiississippi carry ouim gwu lauu, its unanimous vote in favor of this Semina ry—or does it prefer to turn its patronage to Columbia, and let Danville fall 1 Will the Synod of Missouri content itself with • discussions and with compromises over this subject, or will it endorse the honest stand taken in the Assembly of 1853, by its min isters, when the St. Louis project was de feated? Will the Synods of Illinois, of Ohio, and of Cincinnati, repudiate the en gagements made in their name, for the sake of such hopes as New Albany offers them? and if they will, will the ministers, churches and people, in these important Synods— who take a different view of things—do nothing to put this institution on a proper footing? Are there no churches, no minis ters, no Christians even in the two Tndfaria Synods, who think men are bound by pledges, compacts and covenants, and who feel obliged to execute those made in their name, at the Assembly of 1853, and left unfulfilled ever since. Nay, to pass the rest over, does the General Assembly im agine that grace and glory both begin and end at Princeton, and that after endowing that Seminary, by the efforts of the whole church, for si whole generation, and with princely means; a little array of resolutions is all that any other seminary is entitled to expect? Once more, either endow the Seminary, or disband it. Let the men who have done everything, but entreat money from the clinched hand which was plighted to open and pour out that very money,—let them go in peace, having fully-done all they ever agreed to attempt.” This writer thep asserts that he does not believe that these pledges ever will be re deemed, and that if the Seminary is to be sustained, it must be by the Synod of Ken tucky alone, but as this must involve the raising of $40,000, in addition to the $00, 000 already subscribed, he thinks the pros pect is rather gloomy. We regret to see this noble young insti tution, that has made so gallant a launch, begin to falter in her course, and hope that she may soon be fully manned and equip ped, and pour many a heavy broadside in the heart of the King’s enemies. But this posture of facts should lead us to turn with more earnest affection to our own seminary, and seek to uphold the hands of our breth ren who are there, that whether Danville sinks or swims, Union may always keep the flag flying. Meanwhile it may encourage those who may have been troubled in re gard to our seminary, to know that the same afflictions are accomplished in their brethren that are felt by them, and hence that no strange thing has happened to them. No institution like this can be maintained, except at the expense of much patient effort and self-denial. REACTION IN OXEORD. It was predicted when the Oxford move ment appeared in England, that it was an impulse that could not be stationary, but must end, with every logical mind, either in Popery or Infidelity. The brothers New man illustrated this prediction in a few years, when one, (Francis), became openly infidel, and the other (John Henry), went over to the Church of Rome. This alarmed the Tractarian party, and the road to Rome was blocked up, but the current only turn ed with a stronger force to Germany, and now the reaction begins to appear. A High-Church and Tractarian correspondent of the Church Journal of New York, writ ing from Oxford,^ and dating his letter Christmas, (for he would be horrified to be guilty of the profanity of writing Dec. 2D,) speaks in rather a desponding tone of the state of things there, and makes the fol lowing statements. «- t x ii i r • i _ .. _ i "1 WISH limi 1 cuuiu sjiuntv ui !iiu:iii.u us well as external improvements in the Uni versity. But 1 cannot. The strength of the Latitudinarian or German party be comes more apparent, and with the spread of their principles, the religious *and the moral tone of the place becomes deterio rated. I spoke in a previous letter of Mr. Jowett’s Commentary. In this book the whole doctrine of the Atonement is argued away, the theory of a sacrifice—of the One Sacrifice—cast aside, original sin denied, and wo are left with a maze of words which may express some form of religion, but certainly not Christianity. Mr. Jowett is the man whom Lord Palmerston has select ed out of the whole University to honor with a Ilegius Professorship. Mr. Jowett is Ilegius Professor of Greek—not because he knows more of Greek than any other man who might have been selected at ran dom, but because lie Of a Liberal, not a Tractarian, and has sat upon some Govern ment Committee, and had to be paid for his work. Already the sycophantic folly of such as were willing to yield up our li berties has become apparent. The man is a more dangerous foe than the slug, and Government influence is and will be hostile to the Church. Mr. Jowett’s doctrines have, however, raised a feeling of antago nism which may issue in good. Honest hearted believers in the Creeds and the truths of Christianity feel that they hold common ground against an adversary, whe ther they are called High-Churchmen or Low-Churchmen, Tractarian or Evangelical. Two clergymen well known as belonging to the last named school denounced the offen sive doctrines to the Vice Chancellor. In doing so they carried the sympathies of High-Churchmen with them. The Vice Chancellor required Mr. Jowett to sign the Articles, and this he did at once in spite of Articles XV. and XXXI. In a ‘Tracta rian’ this would have been ‘Jesuitism,’ but Gorniftiiizors mav do as thev nlease as vet. When a sufficient number of souls lifts been wrecked upon the shore of unbelief, then ‘the public’ will come to see that it is time to leave off abusing ‘Tractarianism,’ and look to the effects of Germanism. At pre sent the followers of Dr. Arnold and M. Bunsen are in high favor, and have access to almost all the chief organs of opinion. The last Quarterly Review contained a spite ful article against Radley, written by Mr. Conybeare, the author of ‘Church Parties,’ which appeared some time ago in the Edin burgh Review. The Theology of the Quar terly is now quite untrustworthy.” To understand this state of facts it may be proper to say, that legal steps have been instituted in England by the Anti-Tracta rian party to compel those who are Anti Protestant at least to abandon their posi tions of influence and emolument in a professedly Protestant Church, and come out in their true colors. The case of Arch deacon Denison has been frozen up in the Arctic regions of the English courts, for some time, moving occasionally with the drift, and on the whole rather moving to ward the open sea, to the dismay of the Puseyite party. Another very celebrated case has just been decided in the Consis tory Court, by Sir S. Lushington, against the Tractarians. The case was that of the churches of St. Paul and St. Barnabas, that had been be-Puseyised as shockingly as the good people of Lystra tried to do to their illustrious namesakes, on one occasion, and which had Paul and Barnabas seen they would have rent their clothes with as solemn a protest as they did against the idolaters of Lycaonia. These movements have aroused the Tractarians, and they have determined to retaliate on their dis turbers, and have fiercely assailed the Ger manisers of Oxford. Among these are Prof. Baden Powell, and Jowett, the latter of whom is alluded to by this correspondent. Mr. Jowett published a work on the Epis tles of St. Paul, which scouted at their ple nary inspiration, and vilified the doctrine of the atonement and other doctrines, in very offensive terms. The Tractarians were aroused, but none of them had the pluck to attack Prof. Jowett, until Dr. McBride, of Magdalen Hall, and Dr. Golightly, of Oriel College, both evangelicals, took the initiative as related in the above extract, and called on the Vice-Chancellor to require Prof. J. to subscribe the Articles. In their statement, which the correspondence above does not give, they recite some of the Pro fessor’s errors in the following terms : “This work contains statements respect ing the doctrine of the Atonement, which appear to us to be open to grave exception. After maintaining (vol. ii., p. 400) that sa tisfaction is inconsistent with the divine attributes,’ lie asks, ‘In what did the satis faction of Christ consist ? Was it that God was angry and needed to be propitiated, like some heathen deity of old?—such a thought refutes itself by the very indigna tion which it calls up in the human bosom. Or, that as “he looked upon the face ol his Christ,” pity gradually took the place of wrath, and, like some conqueror, he was willing to include in the reversal of the sentence not only the hero, but all who were named after his name ?—human feel ings again revolt at the idea of attributing to the God in whom we live, and move, and have our being, the momentary clemency of a tyrant. Or, was it that there was a debt due to him, which must be paid ere its consequences could bo done away?—but even “a man’s” debt may be freely for given; nor could the after payment change our sense of the otiender’s wrong (we are arguing about what is moral and spiritual, wlisit is Wal. or more strict!v, from a shadow and figment of law). Or, that there were “some impossibilities in the na ture of things” which prevented God Irom doing other than he did ?—thus we intro duce a moral principle superior to God, just as in the Grecian mythology, fate and ne cessity are superior to J upiter. But we have not so learned the divine nature, be lieving that God, if he transcend our ideas of morality, can yet never be in any way contrary to them.’—(Tom. ii. p. 472.) “Again, he maintains that— “ ‘Not the sacrifice, nor the satisfaction, nor the ransom, but the greatest act ever done in this world,—the act, too, of one in our likeness,—is the assurance to us that God in Christ is reconciled to the world.— (Tom. ii. 481.) “These abstracts are from a separate Dissertation on the Atonement. In a com mentary on the Epistle to the Romans, he asserts that— “ ‘We are reconciled to God,” (2 Cor. v. 18,) or, “God reconciling us to himself through Jesus Christ,” or, “God in Christ reconciling the world unto himself,” are the modes of expression in Scripture used to describe the work of redemption. God is unchangeable; it is we who are reconciled to him, not he to us.’—(Vol. ii. p. 152.) “These passages appear to us to contain doctrine plainly contrary to that of the Church of England as set forth in her ‘Ar ticles of Religion,’ and Book of Common Prayer. “The second of the Thirty-nine Articles asserts that our Saviour ‘was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men;’ and the thirty-first article, that ‘the otter ing of Christ once made is that perfect re demption, jn'opitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both origi nal and actual; and there is none other sa tisfaction for sin but that alone.’ “In the Book of Common Prayer our Church maintains that our Saviour, ‘by his one oblation of himself once offered, made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, ob lation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.” Notwithstanding these heretical opinions, Mr. Jowett subscribed the Articles, greatly to the indignation of the Tractarians, who had supposed that such pious frauds were their peculiar prerogative. But now when they find that the Germanizers can check mate them at their own game, and practice the doctrine of “reserve” as dextrously as themselves, they are very indignant, and begin to give broad hints about honesty and sincerityin signing articles. To out siders like ourselves, there is something very amusing in this virtuous indignation of the Tractarians, and we are reminded of facts and persons to whom it would be thought very irreverent to allude in speak ing of these gentlemen, who affirm that they have obtained a monopoly of the Church in their adorable Anglican estab lishment. AVhat this Jowett dispute will end in. cannot now be foreseen. The two evange lical Doctors have lodged a complaint against the Professor’s book, and this matter is yet undecided. One thing is vc ry certain, that a powerful reaction has taken place. The Tractarians unloosed the moorings that held the English Church to I’rotestaiu Christianity, and as soon as it was found that the drift was toward Rome, a reaction commenced toward Germany, for the Eng lish people have an inborn hatred to Po perv. The responsibility of this state of things rests with those who cut the cables. O THE BROAD CHURCH. The phrase Broad Church is one that is coming into very general use, and is per haps not understood by some of our read ers. It had its currency from an article on Church Parties in the Edinburgh Review, October, 1853, written by Mr. Conybeare, one of the authors of the celebrated work on the Life and Epistles of St. Paul. In this article, which is able and witty, Mr. C. divides the 18 000 clergy of the Church of England as follows. t Anglican, 3,500. High Church, < Tractarian, 1,000. ( ‘High and Dry,’ 2,500. ( Evangelical, 3,300. Low Church, < Recordite, 2,500. ( ‘Low and Slow, 700. r> i r»i i (Theoretical, 1,000. Broad Church, | Anti.Thcoreticai, 2,500. The Broad Church is the Germanizing wing that is broad enough to cover Christ and anti-Christ, and to include we fear a portion of territory that was long ago de scribed as a “broad way,” that leadeth to destruction. MINISTERIAL. Rev. J. C. Patterson has removed from Lawrenceville, to Griffin, Ga. The Rev. John Howard, of Prince Ed ward, Va., has accepted the invitation to the churches of Woodstock and Strausburg, N. S. Rev. John Moore’s Post Office address is changed from East Liverpool, Ohio, to Par kersburg, Va. Rev. Robert McPherson, of Ohio, has received and accepted a call from the Pra irie church of Dubuque county. Iowa. Rev. B. D. Thomas has removed from Philadelphia, to De Kalb,* Kemper county, Miss. The Presbytery of Ebenezer met accord ing to adjournment, in the Second Church, Covington, and ordained to the gospel mi nistry, L. B. W. Shryock. Rev. A. C. Heaton was installed pastor of the churches of Monokin and Rehoboth, by the Presbytery of Baltimore, on Thurs day, 20th ult. Rev. C. J. Jenning, Burlington, has been called to Jackson, Miss. Rev. R. Price, of Rodney, Miss., has re ceived a call from the Presbyterian church, on Second Creek, near Natchez. Rev. W. H. Crane’s post office address is changed from Bainbridge, Georgia, to Tal lahassee, Florida. Rev. L. Hawes accepted a call from the Presbyterian church at Beloit to become their pastor. SOUVENIRS. We have the best reason to know that a brief editorial, entitled “Christmas Souve nirs,” published in the first number of this paper, was instrumental in awakening the generous sympathies of some of our read ers in the country, and their pastors reaped the practical advantage. There are many delicate ways of showing kindness to a pas tor, which are exceedingly grateful to his heart, even when the intrinsic value of the memorial is smau. At the beginning of the year in one of the villages of New York, the children of one of the Dutch Reformed churches pre sented their pastor two handsome volumes of Prescott’s History of Philip tl e Second. This was a small addition to his library in deed. The gift was not much, but the beautiful and touching note whieh accom panied it, was. “Dear Pastor,—We wish you a happy New-Year, rejoicing that it finds you among us to receive our kind wishes for the open ing year, and hoping that we may enjoy the privilege of renewing our congratulations for many to come. In asking your accept ance of our gift, we might have chosen a work on theology, but judging rrom your well-filled shelves that you have inough of that, we have selected one for your hours of recreation. Therefore again wishing you and yours a happy New-Year, with many thanks for vour faithful instructions, and earnest endeavors to lead us all to the fold of the good Shepherd, we remain The Youth of the Flock.” The Editors acknowledge the receipt of the following sums, viz: For Foreign Missions, Missionary box in family of S. W. R., $5 37£ For Domestic Missions, Children of S. W. B., and Julia Dickens, 3 37J For Church Extension, from same, 3 12A For Fund for Disabled Minis ters, from same, 3 12£ Also, of Mrs. Sarah E. A. B., of Sussex, for Domestic Missions, 8 50 For Board of Publication, 8 50 $31 75 Our filiations iritk England.— Washington, Jan. 14. A report is in circulation, which hears the impress of truth, that England, rather than engage in a war with t.ie United States on the Central American question, will recede from the assumed protectorate over the Hay Islands uni the Musquito Kingdom. It has been ncorrectly reported that the last despatches sent to England were sent through Mr. Crumpton. If any were seat, they went through the regular channel. The official despatch* s received by the Canada were of ho particular importance.