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was then made to postpone this by every member who so voted, motion, with a view to take
the that he would not so much as confollowing, viz.-Resolved, that the sider a proposition to reappoint present Board of Missions be re- the old board—This, we think, is appointed. After considerable dis- undeniable. Now, when the Mocussion the vote was taken; and derator made his selection of memthe yeas and nays being called for, bers to constitute this nominating the vote stood as follows, viz.”' &c. committee, he took every man of Here the names of all the voters that committee from the nays, on are given—The yeas 87, the nays the question of postponement; that 109. And of course "The mo- is, every man of the committee tion for postponement was de- was selected from those who had clared to be lost.” This was on voted against even considering a the morning of the 1st of June. proposition to reappoint the old In the afternoon of the same day, board. Yet he says, “ The comthe minutes state—“The motion mittee appointed to nominate a to appoint a committee to nominate Board of Missions was, in every persons to constitute the Board of respect, a fair and discreet comMissions for the ensuing year was
mittee.' We maintain the conresumed; when it was resolved to trary. For although it was deappoint such a committee. Dr. cided that a new Board should be Hillyer, Mr. Riddle, Mr. Chase, appointed, yet, agreeably to all Mr. Bronson, Mr. Garrison, Mr. correct usage, the minority-and Jessup, and Mr. W. Anderson, especially a minority of no less were appointed."
than 87 voters, when the majority The discussion which ensued, was only 22-ought to have had, on first on the motion to appoint a a committee of seven, at least two committee to nominate a members. But it had not one; board, and afterward, on the mo- and yet this is affirmed by the tion for a postponement of that Moderator to have been “ á fair motion, in order to reappoint the and discreet committee!” if it old board, was ardent and consi- was, we cannot tell how an unfair derably protracted. It brought or indiscreet committee could be out the sentiments of the opposite appointed. Was it likely-for this parties fully; and as we stated in is the single point on which the our last number, those who voted truth of our statement turns-was against the postponement express- it likely that a friend and advocate ed their wish to change the old of the inculpated board, would be
as clearly as if this had found on this committee? We been the formal object of their have said that it was not likely ; vote.” If the motion for post- and let the impartial decide beponement had been made, without tween our statement and that of clearly expressing its design, we ad- the Moderator. The Moderator mit that it would not, in itself, have asks, “Did not Dr. Green know been a test of the views and feelings that the Rev. Mr. Bronson, a of the members, in relation to the re- member of this committee, was appointment of the old board. But one of their own missionaries?” when the whole design of the mo- We answer, that Dr. Green knows tion for postponement was expli- full well, that although the Board citly declared in writing, to be the of Missions to which he belongs, introduction of a resolution “that has been opprobriously represent the present Board of Missions be ed as composed of exclusionists, reappointed”-to vote, in these cir- they have, in more instances than cumstances, against the postpone- one, appointed men as missionament, was virtually a declaration, ries, who they had good reason to. Ch. Adv.-Vol. X.
believe were not friendly either to not, we maintain that the minority them or their operations; and he had a right to be represented knows too, that Mr. Bronson's there, and they were not reprename is among the nays, on the sented; and thus our charge question of postponement. Again; against the Moderator, of unfairthe Moderator asks“Can the ness in the appointment of this Doctor fix on one act, that shows committee, is fully sustained-and that Mr. Riddle, of Virginia, en- our allegation is strictly verified, tertained any hostility to the As- that there was not an individual of sembly's Board? If so, let him this committee, who was likely to tell us what it is." Well, since act the part of a friend and advothe Moderator commands, we will cate of the inculpated board. obey, and “ fix on one act,” that, as The second point to which we we think, shows that Mr. Riddle, have referred in the passage of our of Virginia, entertained some hos- third number quoted above, is tility to the Assembly's Board. It found in these words—“A few, was this—After the matter had and but a few, of the members of been settled by compromise in the the existing board, were not disAssembly, or while it was in train placed on the expectation, we for a settlement, Mr. Riddle was doubt not, that they would volunan invited guest to a dinner party tarily resign, as we are confident in Philadelphia; and in a com- they would have done, when they pany, of which a member of the should see the complexion of the old board, with his wife, made a board entirely changed, and renpart, Mr. Riddle indulged open- dered subservient to the American ly, with great freedom, and at con- Home Missionary Society.” This siderable length, in censures of the is the sentence to which we reold Board, as consisting of exclu- ferred in our last number, when sives, as he called them, who ought we said, that in our statement of to be displaced. We have this facts we had seen nothing to corfrom the member of the old board rect, “beyond one verbal inaccuwho heard it; and who was at racy—if indeed it be an inacculength constrained to say some- racy-no way affecting the subthing in favour of the Board to stance of our statement.” The which he belonged. Now, we do supposed inaccuracy lies in the think that Mr. Riddle, to say the clause, “A few, and but a few, of least, was not likely to act the part the members of the existing board of a friend and advocate of the were not displaced.” The Modeboard which he himself openly rator and the Stated Clerk have and severely inculpated: and yet both affirmed, that it is so far from the Moderator
to have being true that only a few mempitched on him, as that individual bers of the existing board were of the committee to whom no pos- not displaced, that a very consisible objection could be made. derable majority of them were not We say
then-Ex uno disce omnes. displaced; and they both have Let the man the Moderator has made a statement of numbers to selected, be taken as a sample of the sustain their allegations. whole committee. Had there been The Stated Clerk, on the 21st a suitable representation of the of October last, published in the minority on this committee, possi- religious newspaper, edited by bly it might have been the means himself, in reply to an article with of giving some modification to the the signature « Many ENQUIRERS,' report, so as to have lessened its the following paragraph. offensive character. 'But whether
“ I have examined the original report of it would have had this effect or the Committee who nominated a Board of
Missions for the year 1831, and I find, that in hope that the influential memof the 171 persons named on the same, 99 bers who are thus placed on the were members of the board for the year 1830, and 72 were not members. These Board, will, as they have oppor99 were Dr. Green's few of the existing tunity, favour its plans and operaboard that were not displaced;' and they tions. But of this nominated Board, prove to be most of the persons who are not a fourth part ever have been, now members of the board. If this state. ment is denied, or doubted, the names of
or are ever likely to be, present at the whole nomination shall be printed in any one meeting of the Board. the Philadelphian."
Such of them as happen to be
members of the General AssemAs the numbers given by the bly, for the current year, attend, if Moderator and Clerk are the same, they choose, those meetings of the we suppose they have communi- Board which occur while the As. cated on this subject; or perhaps sembly is sitting; and they genethe Moderator took a copy for his rally attend the meeting which
At any rate, they, we takes place at the rising of the Asbelieve, are the only depositories sembly, when the officers of the of the precious document in ques. board for the ensuing year, with tion; and hitherto they have cho- the executive committee, and the sen to keep it to themselves, al- Corresponding Secretary and Gethough a publick demand has been neral Agent, receive their appointmade on the Stated Clerk to ments. But only those members give it publicity. We know not of the board who reside in the city how many have “doubted or de- of Philadelphia and its vicinity, nied" the accuracy of his state- constitute the active board through ment; but we are satisfied, that the year, after the dispersion of the not a few have not merely doubted, members of the Assembly. This but believed, that if the whole do- limited board has monthly meetcument were fairly published, a ings, at which the minutes of the use would be made of it which Executive Committee for the past the Stated Clerk wishes should month are read throughout, for not be made; and that this is the the approval or correction of the reason for its being withheld. We board. The board also gives adhave looked for its publication, vice and direction to the Execuever since it was demanded; and tive Committee, in important conwe were prepared to acknowledge cerns-In a word, the Committee oúr inaccuracy, if it should ap- is under the direction and control pear, by an authentick document, of this board; and we do not rethat we really were chargeable collect since the reorganization in with it. We did think it most pro- 1828, more than about half a do. hable that we had committed a ver- zen members, beyond the limits of bal error; and such, on the whole, Philadelphia and its vicinity, who, is our present impression. But at different times, have attended we still maintain, and think we the board at its monthly or special shall show, to the satisfaction of meetings. Now as the whole real every candid reader, that the free efficiency of the Board of Missions, admission of this error, does not after the members of the Assemaffect the substance of our state- bly leave the city, rests with this ment. The case is this—The en- board, we confess it engrossed our tire Board of Missions, consisting, attention, when we said that “a say of 171 members, is formed of few, and but a few of the members some taken from every Synod with- of the existing board were not disin the bounds of the General As. placed;" and such we now fully sembly. This is done out of re- believe would appear to be the spect to the several Synods, and fact, if the report of the nomina
ting committee were fairly and ful- error. But even with this admisly before the publick. We have sion, the substance of our state little doubt that in reference to the ment remains perfectly true; and whole nominated board, there were it has been the usual course of our more than a few, who were not dis- opponents—and it always indicates placed; probably because the most a bad cause-to fix on some cirof them were such as the nomi- cumstance, or some verbal error, and nating Committee knew had opi- by dwelling with apparent triumph nions and feelings like their own- on this, to endeavour to hide the One excellent man, however, in real merits of the case entirely the western country, was ejected, from the reader.* and one less excellent půt in his What is the substance of our place; and this drew from a mem- statement? Let any one attentiveber from Kentucky, who knew the ly read our quotation, and he will parties, a very earnest and pointed see it to be this, that the Nomiremonstrance. But we still be- nating Committee “ actually did lieve, that in regard to the efficient report a nomination of a activé board through the year, “a board, most decidedly friendly to few, and but a few of the members the American Home Missionary were not displeased.” Till, then, Society, and hostile to the existthe Stated Clerk shall publish the ing board of the General Assemreport of the Nominating Committee, we shall believe that the
* We think the foregoing statement amount of our error is this—that given in a more condensed form, as follows.
may be useful to the publick, by being our language, when applied to the The General Assembly's Board of Misnominal board is erroneous; but' sions may be considered as in fact three when, applied to the board which is fold (1) The entire board, composed of
members from every Synod.—(2) The permanently efficient, it is correct. board which is formed at the meeting of Now, on this inadvertence, in not the Assembly--by some members from a distinguishing the nominal from the distance, with those of the city and viciefficient board for such, and no- nity—(3) The permanent active board, thing more, it was—the Moderator the city. It may be truly said, that the
composed of members resident in and near and Stated Clerk have endeavoured board, viewed under the first of these to convict us of falsehood-with a aspects, never acts; that is, it never acts pretty broad intimation that it was by a majority, or even a fourth part of its wilful falsehood. May the God of numbers--- Viewed under the second as
pect, the board acts once a year, at the truth, and an impartial publick, meeting of the General Assembly, when judge between us!
the officers of the board, the Executive If this report of the Committee Committee for the year, and the General of nomination had been published, Agent and Corresponding Secretary, are as we wished and expected it to be, pect, the board is efficient through the in November last, and it had ap- year-meets monthly—and directs and peared that we were erroneous, controls the Executive Committee. It even in regard to the effective an
was the manifest purpose of the New nual board, we would immediately finding they had a majority, to change the
School members in the last Assembly, have confessed and corrected our character of the board in the second and error-And if the report shall yet third of these aspects, where the whole efbe published, and it shall appear ficiency of the board does, in fact, reside that more than a few of the effec
-As to the board, viewed under the first tive board were not displaced
aspect, they had little solicitude ; for in
this capacity they knew the board never meaning by more than a few, such did and never could act; and, therefore, a number as not to leave them, in although the Nominating Committee all probable occurrences, a decided changed a few individuals, here they
could still leave 99 untouched, without afminority-then we now admit, that fecting the efficiency of the board in any we have, in this instance, been in degree whatever.
bly;" and that those who were left such was the notorious fact. We on the board, (meaning the effi- have already referred to one incient board of members residing stance, mentioned by a member in Philadelphia and its vicinity,) from Kentucky, in which“ “ would voluntarily resign-when was made on all equity and prothey should see the complexion of priety.” We will mention one the board entirely changed, and more, and it is one which we rendered subservient to the Home stated in the Assembly, at the time Missionary Society;" and that we of the controversy. A member of had “not a doubt, that this was the old board, the minister of a expected by the Nominating Com- large and wealthy congregation, mittee and their friends.” We cer- that had then contributed, and is tainly knew the state of our own still contributing, very liberally, mind, that we had not a doubt as both to the A. H. M. S., and to the to the expectation mentioned; and American Board of Education, but we spoke what we well knew to be had never contributed any thing, the fact, when we affirmed that as a congregation, and not more the result we mentioned would than three or four small donations, have taken place-We knew that from perhaps the same number of the members of the old board its individual members, to the who were retained, would never Missionary Board of the Assembly have consented to hold a standing this minister was retained in the in a board whose measures they new pomination, and on what we disliked, for no other purpose but have called the efficient board: And the unworthy one of embarrassing another member of the old board, the majority, by incessant objections, the minister of a congregation in and abortive attempts at counterac- Philadelphia, that had, according tion. As to the former part of to its means, contributed more liwhat we have shown was the sub- berally, both to the Missionary stance of our statement, its verity and Education Boards of the Asis vouched by the well known facts sembly, than any other congregaof the case. The whole design of tion within its whole bounds—this the appointment of the nominating minister was, in the new nominaCommittee was, to change the ex- tion, displaced and left out of the isting board, and the nomination board altogether. Now, if, in this did change it most effectually contrast of cases, there was not That the new board, as nominated, “a war made on all equity and prowas so constituted, that of the priety," we wish the Moderator members who could be present to would tell us how such a war can vote, in organizing the annual ef- be waged. The truth is, the real ficient board at the rising of the friends of the ecclesiastical order Assembly, there should be a de- and institutions of the Presbytecided majority “friendly to the H. rian church, felt that they were M. S., and hostile to the existing called to contend FOR EXISTENCE, board of the General Assembly, with those who seemed determined was the very exciting cause of to sacrifice them all to voluntary the confusion which ensued. The associations, and congregational atModerator has tried to gainsay our tachments: and under the blessing declaration, that “this report was of heaven they contended successso flagrantly at war with all equity fully. and propriety, that it produced We had said in our second numcriminations and recriminations, ber, in a note, that “ The Modewhich issued in a complete disre- rator once requested to be allowed gard of the Moderator, and of all to leave the chair and speak to a order.” But deny it whoever may, subject under debate. The re