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power to bring said work in circulation." The brethren present on the occasion, all of whom approved of the undertaking, are the following:John APPLEGATE,

Calvin SMITH,
William HAYDEN,

ELEazor Hover,

J. J. Moss.



John T. Smith,


ZEB RUDULPH. We are pleased to learn that this great desideratum has been well received by our best judges and masters of sacred music. It was indeed, what might have been expected from the Haydens, these great amateurs of sacred music. They are well known to the brethren of Ohio and New York, to many in Virginia and Pennsylvania, for their taste and talent in the melodies of Zion. Their labors in the gospel, and especially their prominence in the worshipping assemblies in leading its praises, are coeval with the commencement of the great work of reformation on the Western Reserve, almost a quarter of a century ago. This selection and adaptation of music to christian worship, is not got up after the Bostonian style-for singing choirs and instrumental devotions—but for worshipping assemblies, not by proxy, but in person, with their hearts and their voices, exalting together the praise of the Lord. If piety, science, and skill in music, theo. retical and practical, be qualifications for high service in this department. we doubt not that the labors of brother Hayden in this last great effort, will be crowned with abundant success, and will be regarded by all whose taste and spirit are evangelical, as worthy of universal patronage among the

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von CHRISTIAN INTELLIGENCER. This excellent Christian Journal is still published at Scottyterry, Albemarle county, Virginia, under the editorship of brother R. L. Coleman; but as brother Coleman is now engaged as Pastor of the Sycamure street Church in Richmond City, and has taken up his residence in that ity, for the present, all communications for him, either private or relating to the paper, should be directed to him at that place.

The Christian Intelligencer is conducted with its usual abimo, ank contains the same amount of matter as in former years, though the price is reduced to one half, being now only $1 per annum.



BLOOMINGTON, III., March 10, 1849. DEAR BROTHER:—In my report of Progress of Reform, published in the February number of the Harbinger, several mistakes were made, which please allow me to correct.

Instead of an addition of 76 to our congregation, it should have been 26. The congregation five miles off was Twin Grove, instead of Levin Grove,

Brethren Bowls and Linsay were assisted by J. T. Jones and A: Peeler, instead of S. Puler. Brother W. T. Major instead of W. S. Major. Yours truly,


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I was much interested by a communication in your Millennial Harbinger, I think in the March number, from your esteemed friend, J. Buchanan. Every age has its patriarchs. The “father of the faithful” has been exemplified before the eyes of every generation, so that God has not been without witnesses to declare his graciousness and to manifest the beauty of holiness. How refreshing to the pilgrim, to meet with spirits like his own, nurtured from the same exhaustless fountain of holiness and truth, and journeying, under like hopes, to the same land of promise and bliss ! A fellow. pilgrim, walking as though seeing things invisible, and conversing, amidst the din and hum of busy, eager, grasping worldliness, about things which are above, where Christ sitteth. I could not but feel the contrast between the warm mutual greetings of this “ father in Israel” and yourself, and the angry and self-conceited irreverence and impertinence of some young stripplings among us, who seem to fancy that they alone have the string and the pebble for Goliath, and that good sense and good breeding were not only born, but must die with them! Alas, for the times upon which we are fallen! I subscribe to a number of periodicals because they are ours, and when the mail brings them to me, I look into them for the refreshing thoughts of a refined spiritual heart—the breathings of holy natures—the lofty and ennobling ideas of minds imbued with the grandeur and sublimity of things heavenly and divine, but instead of finding what my soul thirsteth for, in too many instances I meet with little else than abortive efforts to be smart, and blotched reproductions of pictures drawn by greater masters, and already long familiar, in their true colors and native beauty. A kind of backwoods rudeness is mistaken for the wellbehaved virtue of independence, and the Bowie knife of a carnalized strife, brandished about our heads under the pretence, and perhaps the honest conceit, that SERIES HI.-VOL. VI.


it is the veritable Sword of the Spirit. Through all the fustian and froth of sophistry and rant, the one sole motive can be seen peering out through the all pervading “ 1," and the heart of the reader, intent only for the good and the beautiful, both in nature and grace, grows sick of the dose, and turns away in sorrow or disgust, to purer or sweeter fountains. So at least we have felt, at reading, not all, indeed, but some of the productions coming to us under cover of more promising and holy names.

Are we not privileged, my brother, to remonstrate against such abuses of the religious press, and to tell those who write for us, that such a spirit and such a style are not only uncongenial to a cultivated and refined Christian taste, but derogatory to our cause, and a reproach upon our people ? Some of my most esteemed brethren and friends deplore with me, the want in our journals of a more elevated style, a more sanctified spirit, a more scriptora} languagem yet they say it is a delicate matter to speak about these things publicly, and rather fear, lest it may give offence. But what is to be done? We feel it to be our duty to censure every other species of injurious influence, and why not this ? Shall our scribes be wholly self-constituted and responsible not even to Christian criticism ! Are we to stand by and see conceit stalking it in stilts over modesty and good breeding, reviling good men, and not only nurturing and cherishing a depraved taste, but by a narrow and contracted view of some of the great topics of the Christian system, actually teaching crrors dangerous and pernicious, and yet answer not a word, lest we should hurt somebody's feelings, or cross a devoted Editor in the object of his devotions? And when we do venture to speak, shal} we be put under the ban of personal hostility, and have the edge taken off all that we say, no matter how much truth and good sense there may be in it, merely by the imputation of an unfriendly motive, or a disposition to injure? If an Editor is criticised, why can he not stand or fall upon the merits of the criticism, just as any other writer? There is no more propriety in his crying out malice, personal hostility, envy, jealousy, than there would be in Macaulay's objecting to the criticism of his great history upon the same ground. But no more of this at present. I only intended, when I commenced these remarks, to notice the kindly style of the true Christian gentleman, and then to pass on to the consideration of the interesting subjects of his essay.

Memory and conscience will doubtless play a conspicuous. part in the great day of final accounts. God has given us no more irrefuta. ble internal evidence of our own immortality, than is to be found in

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