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At a meeting of Presbytery, held on the 21st inst., the Rev. P. Bullions was suspended from the exercise of the ministry and from the fellowship of the church, on P. CAMPBELL, Moderator. the grounds exhibited in the accompanying papers.

JAMES MARTIN, Presbytery Clerk.

No. 9. The Report of the Board of Managers of the Theological Seminary, which was, on motion, laid on the table.

Report of Board of Managers of the Theological Seminary.

The annual meeting of the Board took place on the 29th of March last, at the Theological Seminary. The number of students in attendance during the last session was 24. Their names and grades respectively are as follows, viz. :-Joseph T. Cooper, J. W. Harsha, James Law, Isaac N. Lawhead, John L. McLane, and Wm. H. Walker, of the 4th year. Messrs. Thomas Gilkerson, James Hawthorn, Wm. Smith, and David R. Imbrie, of the 3d year. Messrs. John Bryan, John M. French, Isaac Law, Daniel H. A. McLean, Archibald Reid and George C. Vincent, of the 2d year. Messrs. David Bullions, Wm. J. Cleland, James R. Doig, James W. Logue, John Patrick, John Todd, and Thomas B. Walker, of the 1st year. Mr. Ambrose Bancroft also attended during the latter part of the session.

Discourses were delivered by all the students, excepting two, of the 2d, 3d, and 4th years, which were generally highly approven as specimens of Theological attainments. All the classes were examined on the system of Theology, Hebrew Bible, Church History, and the evidences of the Christian Religion, in which they acquitted themselves to the satisfaction of the Board. Those of the 4th year were also examined on the distinguishing principles of the Secession Church, and are hereby recommended to Synod to be taken on trials for license.

The Board would take the liberty of stating to Synod, that contributions have been made for several years past, particularly by one very liberal member of our communion, and also by the Female Benevolent Society of the Congregation of Philadelphia, for the aid of several students of Theology. These contributions, amounting to several hundred dollars, have been received by the Professors, and appropriated as directed. As there are usually a number of students who stand in need of pecuniary aid, and as the Board confidently believe there are many members of our communion who only need to be made acquainted with the fact to induce similar contribu tions, they have appointed the Rev. Professor Beveridge their Treasurer to receive Although the Synod has a fund for the aid of students, any donations of this kind. yet it has been the practice to loan out of that fund, on which account but few have availed themselves of it, by which they would subject themselves to a burden of debt. It is not thought necessary to dwell on the circumstances of most young men who are pursuing their studies with a view to the ministry. Nearly one half are obliged chiefly, on entering, to depend on their own resources; several of them enter the study of theology deeply in debt for their collegiate education; nor will the Board enlarge on the reasons why liberality should be manifested in aiding such, until they find this call disregarded.

In conclusion, the Board express their high gratification at the prosperous condition of this Seminary, and trust, that, through the blessing of the Churchs' Head,. many will here be qualified to enter as faithful laborers the Lord's vineyard. All which is respectfully submitted.

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By order of the Board,

THOMAS HANNA, Secretary.

T. H. P. S. According to the late organization of the Board by Synod, the term of service of Messrs. French and Murray will expire at this meeting.

No. 10. The Report of Dr. Houston, Treasurer, which was, on motion, referred to the committee on the Funds.

Report of Daniel Houston, Treasurer.

Erie land,..
Daniel Houston in account with Associate Synod. Dr. April 1, Cash, interest from D. Houston, on
1837.

May 31, To balance in treasury,......
June 13, Cash from South Buffalo Cong.

$404 66

contribution,.

Oct. 9, Cash received, interest,..
31, Cash from interest,
Nov. 3, Cash from interest,..
1838.
Mar. 29, Cash from interest,.

...

800 120 00 33 00

24. 00

20 00

184 80

100 00 39 60 10 00 24.00

10 00

$978 06

12, Rent of Seminary and lots,

May 2, Cash from
'3, Cash from
13, Cash from Chartier's Cong. contr..
15, Cash from Sugar Creek Cong.contr.

interest,.
interest,.

his apprehension that a faithful discharge of ministerial duty might not be consistent with his personal safety, has employed his time in our bounds for some months past. This supply, owing to the destitute condition of our vacancies, has been very seasonable and acceptable.

A call from the Associate congregation of Allegheny, for Rev. James Rodgers, one of our members, was presented to him at our meeting in March, agreeably to a request of the Presbytery of Allegheny. As Mr. Rodgers declined making a decision between said congregation and his present charge, the Presbytery agreed to refer said call for decision to the Synod.

Messrs. James W. Logue, of Guinston, York Co. Pennsylvania, James R. Doig, of Washington Co., New-York, together with Messrs. John Todd and John Patrick, graduates of Jefferson College, Pa., were examined and admitted to the study of theology, and have attended at the Hall during the winter.

T. BEVERIDGE, Moderator.

JAMES RAMSAY, Clerk.

No. 8. The Report of the Presbytery of Albany, which was, on motion, laid on the table.

Report of the Presbytery of Albany.

Since our last annual communication to the Synod, the cause for which we appear as witnesses seems to have declined within our Presbyterial jurisdiction. This we attribute chiefly to the nature and character of certain decisions, to which the Synod came at its last meeting, in the case of Mr. Stark. Erroneous decisions on the part of the supreme court of any church, cannot fail to prove disastrous in their consequences to the interests of the profession made in that church. Impartiality, integrity and firmness ought to characterize all judicial deeds, and especially those which emanate from the highest judicatory in the church. But it is with the deepest regret that we feel bound to say, that these qualities seem to have been lost sight of at the last meeting of the Synod; and to this cause we attribute the unhappy state of things presently existing among us. And we would earnestly but submissively entreat the Synod, in some way consistent with its dignity and honor, its love of truth and good order, and its high regard for the interests of religion, to counteract the injurious tendency of the decisions of which we complain, and whose pestilential effects we have so sadly experienced.

At a meeting of Presbytery in June last, Mr. Stark appeared and claimed the privilege of resuming his seat in Presbytery. This, however, was denied him, because 1st. The Synod had just left him under conviction for the sin of insubordination, which scandal was not purged: because, 2d.-The Synod, after removing his suspension, had again laid him under process for scandal: and because, 3d.-He refused to withdraw his former declinature, in which he had not only declined to be tried by the Presbytery, but in which, also, he had lampooned and slandered the members composing it. But against this decision certain brethren protested and appealed to Synod. Their Reasons, together with the Presbytery's Answers, are herewith transmitted to Synod, in case they should be called for; although Presbytery has received an informal notice that the protesters have concluded not to prosecute the case any further.

In the month of July, Mr. James Williamson, a preacher from the Associate Synod of Original Seceders in Scotland, was, upon application, admitted by this Presbytery in the same capacity; and has since been employed, the greater part of the time, in supplying the vacancies under the care of Presbytery.

A congregation has been organized, by order of Presbytery, at Fall River, Mass., but owing to the pressure of the times, the prospect there is not so flattering as formerly.

At a meeting of Presbytery in September, the Rev. D. R. Defreest was restored to the exercise of the ministry; but owing to his peculiar circumstances, he has not been employed in supplying any of our vacancies.

At the same meeting Rev. J. G. Smart demitted his charge of the congregation of Johnstown, which demission, much to the regret of the Presbytery, was accepted. That congregation has since made out a call for Mr. Williamson.

Against a decision of Presbytery, ordering Mr. Stark to be supplied with a copy of all the testimony taken on the trial of Mr. Webster, a member protested and appealed to Synod; but the committee into whose hands the Reasons of Protest were placed for Answers, not having reported, the Presbytery is under the necessity of letting the matter lie over for the present.

The Synodical Fast was observed in the Congregations of Florida, Albany and Bovina.

At a meeting of Presbytery, held on the 21st inst., the Rev. P. Bullions was suspended from the exercise of the ministry and from the fellowship of the church, on the grounds exhibited in the accompanying papers. P. CAMPBELL, Moderator.

JAMES MARTIN, Presbytery Clerk.

No. 9. The Report of the Board of Managers of the Theological Seminary, which was, on motion, laid on the table.

Report of Board of Managers of the Theological Seminary.

The annual meeting of the Board took place on the 29th of March last, at the Theological Seminary. The number of students in attendance during the last session was 24. Their names and grades respectively are as follows, viz. :-Joseph T. Cooper, J. W. Harsha, James Law, Isaac N. Lawhead, John L. McLane, and Wm. H. Walker, of the 4th year. Messrs. Thomas Gilkerson, James Hawthorn, Wm. Smith, and David R. Imbrie, of the 3d year. Messrs. John Bryan, John M. French, Isaac Law, Daniel H. A. McLean, Archibald Reid and George C. Vincent, of the 2d year. Messrs. David Bullions, Wm. J. Cleland, James R. Doig, James W. Logue, John Patrick, John Todd, and Thomas B. Walker, of the 1st year. Mr. Ambrose Bancroft also attended during the latter part of the session.

Discourses were delivered by all the students, excepting two, of the 2d, 3d, and 4th years, which were generally highly approven as specimens of Theological attainments. All the classes were examined on the system of Theology, Hebrew Bible, Church History, and the evidences of the Christian Religion, in which they acquitted themselves to the satisfaction of the Board. Those of the 4th year were also examined on the distinguishing principles of the Secession Church, and are hereby recommended to Synod to be taken on trials for license.

The Board would take the liberty of stating to Synod, that contributions have been made for several years past, particularly by one very liberal member of our communion, and also by the Female Benevolent Society of the Congregation of Philadelphia, for the aid of several students of Theology. These contributions, amounting to several hundred dollars, have been received by the Professors, and appropriated as directed. As there are usually a number of students who stand in need of pecuniary aid, and as the Board confidently believe there are many members of our communion who only need to be made acquainted with the fact to induce similar contribu tions, they have appointed the Rev. Professor Beveridge their Treasurer to receive any donations of this kind. Although the Synod has a fund for the aid of students, yet it has been the practice to loan out of that fund, on which account but few have availed themselves of it, by which they would subject themselves to a burden of debt. It is not thought necessary to dwell on the circumstances of most young men who are pursuing their studies with a view to the ministry. Nearly one half are obliged chiefly, on entering, to depend on their own resources; several of them enter the study of theology deeply in debt for their collegiate education; nor will the Board enlarge on the reasons why liberality should be manifested in aiding such, until they find this call disregarded.

In conclusion, the Board express their high gratification at the prosperous condition of this Seminary, and trust, that, through the blessing of the Churchs' Head,. many will here be qualified to enter as faithful laborers the Lord's vineyard. All which is respectfully submitted.

By order of the Board,

THOMAS HANNA, Secretary.

P. S. According to the late organization of the Board by Synod, the term of service of Messrs. French and Murray will expire at this meeting. T. H.

No. 10. The Report of Dr. Houston, Treasurer, which was, on motion, referred to the committee on the Funds.

Report of Daniel Houston, Treasurer.

Daniel Houston in account with Associate Synod. Dr. April 1, Cash, interest from D. Houston, on
Erie land,..

1837.

$404 66

.....

May 31, To balance in treasury,...
June 13, Cash from South Buffalo Cong.

contribution,.

Oct. 9, Cash received, interest,. 31, Cash from interest,.

Nov. 3, Cash from interest,. . 1838.

Mar. 29, Cash from interest,. . . .

8. 00 120 00

33 00

24 00

20 00

12, Rent of Seminary and lots,. May 2, Cash from

'3, Cash from

interest,.
interest,..

13, Cash from Chartier's Cong. contr..
15, Cash from Sugar Creek Cong.contr.

184 80

100 00 39 60 10 00

24 00

10 00

$978 06

1

Contra,

Treasurer claims credit for the following payments : 1837.

June 6, By cash paid T. T. McKennan, attorney's fees,..

13, Cash paid William Anderson, planting locust trees,.. Sep. 11, Cash paid D. Guivy, for locust

15, Cash paid John L. Gaw, for wri-
ting deed,.
30, Cash paid William Anderson,
for coal,.

$10 00 April 12, Cash paid William Anderson,
room rent for students,....
Cash paid J. Cochran, for brick,
4, Cash paid Rev. T. Beveridge,
books for library,.

10 00

May

3. 25

7, Cash paid Rev. T. Beveridge,
salary,..

6:00

250 00

......

8, Cash paid repairs on plaster of
seminary,
15, Cash paid James Ramsay, D. D.
salary,

....

trees,..

16, Cash paid Small & Giffin, repairs
on Seminary,.

Oct. 10, Cash paid Rev. T. Beveridge,
Semi-ann.

Nov.10, Cash paid Hugh Sloan, for door
handles,.

Dec. 8, Cush paid John Watson, for fen-
ders, &c...

1838. Cash paid postage;.
Mar. 12, Cash paid John Enos, painting
seminary,

3 381

9 36

62 Balance in treasury May 15th, 1838, the
greater part of which is now at interest,

5.00

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DANIEL HOUSTON, Treasurer.

The undersigned, committee of the Board of Trustees of the Theological Seminary, have examined the above account of the treasurer, with the accompanying vouchers, up to this date, and find it correct. May 15, 1838.

JAMES RAMSAY,
D. S. STEVENSON.

No. 11. A memorial and complaint from the Rev. D. Stalker, which was, on motion, laid on the table.

Adjourned till the usual hour. Closed with prayer.

3 o'clock, P. M.

The Synod met and was opened with prayer. Members present as above. The minutes of the forenoon sitting were read and approved.

The following papers were given in and read, viz:

No. 12. A memorial from the congregation of N. Argyle, remonstrating against the proceedings of the Presbytery of Cambridge, in the case of their Pastor the Rev. Duncan Stalker.

No. 13. Complaint and memorial from the congregation of Cambridge, in relation to the proceedings of the Presbytery of Cambridge, in the case of their Pastor Dr. A. Bullions.

No. 14. A memorial from a minority of said congregation of Cambridge in relation to the same subject.

No. 15. A complaint and petition from the congregation of Ryegate, in relation to the proceedings of the Presbytery of Cambridge, in the above mentioned cases.

All these papers were, on motion, laid on the table.

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No. 16. The Report of the Presbytery of Ohio, which was, on motion, laid on the table.

Report of the Presbytery of Ohio.

At our meeting in July last, a call from the congregation of Cross-roads, for a part of the time, of the Rev. William Douthett, which had been transferred to us from the Presbytery of Shenango, was presented and accepted, by which his charge has been greatly enlarged.

At our meeting in September last, Mr. James Patterson was ordained to the office of the holy ministry, and installed in the united congregations of Yellow-creek, Scroggsfield and Glade-Run. By this means, three of our principal vacancies have been settled. Last fall, Mr. William Cleland was examined and admitted to the study of Theology, and has attended the last session at the Seminary. We would take this opportunity of respectfully suggesting to Synod the necessity of taking some means to encourage young men of piety and talents to devote themselves to the ministry of the gospel. It must be evident to all, that the present number of candidates for the ministry is insufficient to supply the increasing wants of our church. Ever since our existence in this country as a church, the demands for faithful men labor in the vineyard of Christ, have been numerous and urgent, and which we have never been able adequately to supply. Of late years, these calls

have greatly increased, and have come from every section of our church, especially from the missionary field. The few, who are licensed every year, are soon settled in the larger vacancies, the smaller are left to languish; and many petitions for supply from remote parts are entirely neglected. Does not this subject demand our most serious attention? Our Zion is greatly increased and extended, but there are few comparatively to guide her among all the sons, whom she hath brought forth. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few, and while we pray the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth laborers into his vineyard, should we not use the means which he will bless? We also request as liberal a distribution of the public funds as may be consistent with other important objects, to the students of divinity under the care of Synod, that all may be able to attend the seminary regularly and without embarrassment.

The Book of Church Government and Discipline, submitted to the several Presbyteries at your last meeting, has been under our consideration: and while we regard it as preferable in many respects to the one now in use, we could not acquiesce in its adoption as a substitute without some amendments. On those subjects upon which it treats, it is full and explicit, and affords a much clearer light to church courts in the disposal of business, which may come before them, than they have hitherto enjoyed. Yet in the omission of the offences mentioned in our Book of Discipline, as grounds of church censure, we regard it as defective. There is in our view no impropriety in having such offences particularly specified as grounds of censure in the discipline, though this be virtually done in our Confession and Testimony, and at present to strike out some of these offences would materially weaken the hands of church courts in maintaining our witnessing profession. We refer particularly to the practice of occasional hearing mentioned in our present Book of Discipline as ground of censure. This we admit is virtually condemned in the Testimony, but deprive your courts of the authority which the present Book of Discipline affords them, and their future efforts in restraining this practice, will doubtless be weak and ineffectual. We would deprecate the idea of diminishing in any degree the authority under which your office bearers act in endeavoring to restrain this practice; a practice entirely at variance with our witnessing profession, and if any change be made, let such authority be increased. We would also suggest the propriety of retaining the forms appended to our present Book of Discipline and would desire to have them enlarged by adding to them forms in administering censure.

At our meeting in April last, Mr. Scroggs resigned the pastoral charge of WestBeaver, and the whole of his labors are now confined to West-Union and Fourmile, we therefore request as liberal a portion of supply as may in some measure meet our present and rising vacancies.

As to the observance of Synod's fast, Presbytery report, that so far as ascertained, it was observed by our members.

DAVID GOODWILLIE, Presbytery Clerk.`

No. 17. A complaint and petition from the congregation of Barnet, in reference to the proceedings of the Presbytery of Cambridge, in the above mentioned cases. This paper was, on motion, laid on the table.

No. 18. The Report of the Presbytery of Alleghany, which was, on motion, laid on the table,

Report of the Presbytery of Alleghany.

The Presbytery of Alleghany reports that Mr. McCarrel has been released from his charge, an event which the Synod will be prepared to expect from our report of last year. A call has since been presented by those congregations to Mr. McAuley, which we have reason to hope will be accepted. The demand for supplies continues unabated, and we are the more anxious to obtain our full share, this year, as the supply of last year almost entirely failed, owing to various providential circumstances. A call was some time since sustained by our Presbytery for the Rev. J. Rodgers, which has been transmitted to the Presbytery of Chartiers, to whose report the Synod are respectfully referred. On the overture of a Book of Discipline received, we have only to state that we have made some progress in examining it, but are prepared to report nothing decisive or particular.

J. SCROGGS, Clerk pro tem. No. 19. A paper by the Rev. James Adams, relative to his case as presented in the report of the Presbytery of Miami. This paper was

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