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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
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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
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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.
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"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.

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