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of the original as the same remains filed in the suit mentioned in the caption thereof. Given, &c. 25th August, 1812.

JNO. JAS. KEY, Clerk.” The question is not the right or the wrong, the truth or the falsehood of the tenets between the Baptists and us; but is the above testimony a true and fair presentation of our views and character? I question not the sincerity or conscientiousness of the deponent; but I ask, Has he given such a representation of us as accords with either public opinion or the facts of the case? Credat Judæus Apella, non Ego. A. C.

MEETING OF PREACHERS. A MEETING was held in Warrensville on Monday, July 11th, 1843, at which the following brethren were present:—William Hayden, J. P. Robinson, S. E. Adams, and A. S. Hayden.

The object of the meeting, as stated by brother William Hayden, was to take into consideration the necessity of concert in our joint abors for the gospel.

It was agreed, after much conversation with regard to the necessity of having a mulual interest and efficient arrangements in this work, that, in the interval between this and the next meeting, we lay the subject before the brethren.

Brother A. S. Hayden was appointed Secretary to keep a record of the meetings.

Adjourned to meet at brother Robison's, on Monday, August 15th, at 9 o'clock A. M.

Met pursuant to adjournment on the 15th of August. The brethren present made report of the state of feeling discoverable on presenting the subject to the brethren, and proceeded to deliberate on the nature of the organization most proper for these meetings to assume; when the following Preamble, Resolution, and Constitution were unanimously adopted:

Whereas a great and grievous departure has occurred from the simple and perfect organization of the Apostles, and there is obviously yet a great deficiency, and a want of better order and more systematic measures to bring the churches to the perfection of the New Testament model; and particularly a want of more concert and discipline in the teachers and leaders of the congregations-Therefore,

Be it resolved, That we hold voluntary meetings of the teaching brethren, the object of which shall be the mutual improvement of the members in regard to the knowledge of things to be taught, and the best manner of teaching; and also to consult on measures to be urged in the churches for their increase and perfection.

CONSTITUTION.

Article I. The officers of these meetings shall be a Chairman and a Secretary

Art. II. The decision or adoption of measures and resolutions shall be by a plurality of voices.

Art. III. These meetings shall be held semi-annually, on the last Wednesday of May and of November.

Art. IV. All breihren friendly to the objects expressed in the above resolution, shall be invited to attend with us.

Art. V. We disclaim all intention of exercising any authority, legislative, judicial, or executive, over the churches.

Art. VI. This Constitution may altered or amended by the concurrence of iwo-thirds of the members present at any of the regular meetings.

Adjourned to meet at Bedford at the time of the annual meeting.

Met at Bedford, September 5th, 1842, pursuant to last adjournment. Brethren present, Adamson Bentley, William Hayden, John Henry, Wesley Lanphier, J. H. Jones, A. B. Green, J. P. Robison, J. J. Moss, William Collins, Washington O'Conner, and A. S. Hayden.

On motion, brother W. F. M. Arny, of Bethany, (who was present) was requested to act as Chairman,

There was a happy unanimity in regard to the necessity of an effort to restore better order and discipline to the churches, and also as to the necessity of some mutual consultation in order to effect a unison and harmony of procedure among the teaching and ruling brethren.Whereupon it was,

Ist. Unanimously resolved, 'That we pledge ourselves in the name of the Lord to each oiher, that we will labor in all the churches whither we go, to set them

in order according to the apostolic plan. 2d. Resolved, That we hold our next meeting at Aurora, on the last Wednesday of November next, at 9 o'clock A. M.; at which time and place all the speaking brethren of the Western Reserve be affectionately invited to attend.

Resolved, That this meeting and invitation be made known through the Millennial Harbinger. Adjourned to meet at Aurora as above.

A. S. HAYDEN, Secretary.

BETHANY COLLEGE. As there seems to be a misap reliension of the By-Lavs of Bethany College in regard to the length of the session, we publish beiow several Resolutions passed at the last annual meeting of the Board of Trustees; from which it will appear that all students who enter the College, unless under special contract, are bound for the expenses of the whole session of ten inonthis, and that even wien permitted to leave before the session shall have expired, they will still be bound for the tuition fees; with the privilege, how. ever, of attending lectures at a subsequent session for the time paid for and unexpired at the time of leaving:

On motion of Dr Andrews, the following Resolutions were adopted by the Board of Trustees, at their meeting, May 251h, 1812, as explanatory of existing laws:

4. Resolved, That no Student shall be permitted to matriculate in this Institution, unless his hoarding and luition fees are duly paid.

2. That when a student leaves the Institution without consent of the Faculty of the College, bie shall forfeit all boarding and tuition fees to the end of the session in which his departure shall occur-Provided nevertheless, that being sent back by his parents or guardians and received by the Faculty, he shall be permitted to continue in the Institution to the end of the session, in the same manner as if he had not left the College--no deduction being made in any case for absence

3. When a Student shall, from any cause, which may he satisfactory to the Faculty, 80 as to procure their consent beforehand, leave the College, the boarding for the time unex.

pired shall be refunded; but no part of the tuition fee shall be returned. Should, howover, any Student, thus absenting himself, return at any subsequent time, he shall be permitted to attend lectures for the time paid for and unexpired ai the time of such absence, free of charge for tuition.

4. That when a Student incurs the punishment of rustication, he shall be chargeable with all expenses created in consequence.

5. That when a Student incurs the punishment of dismission or expulsion, no dedue. tion shall be made for the time of the session unexpired either for boarding or ruition.

6. That in case of the death of a Student while in attendance at the Institution, the boarding expenses for the unexpired part of the session shall be refunded.

7. That those who occupy any room in the Stewa 's m, the College, or Family Mansion, shall be responsilile for all damages done to said room, or to its furniture, except when tbey can show to the Faculty who have been the authors of the injury.

W. F. M. ARNY Sec'ry,

NEWS FROM THE CHURCHES.

Richmond, Virginia, Septemher 19, 1842. I have been to Deep Run preaching, Friday and Saturday. The Baptisis forbade Their people bearing, but it was all in vain. On Saturday I baptized five by the Lord's authority-four men and one lady. Yesterday I baptizer a la! y in our ciiy. Brother Ware wrote nie of the great success of the word at the Rappahanneck, in Essex, last week. Brother Du Val held a two or three days' meeting, and brought in twenty-five hy baptism. The Baptisis, too, are baptizing numbers in the lower country, but they have to receive any on a scriptural confession merely. So much for the infiuence of our principles!

JAMES DENSHALL.

Georgetown, Kentucky, September 22, 1842. I have just returned hodie from Providence, where, in conjunction with our esteemed brethren L. l. Finkerion and William Norton we held a meeting of six days, which re. sulted in 33 accessions to the good cause. l'e had a niost delighiful merling with the brethren. All hearts seenied to beat in unison for the good of tie cause; and I trust the subject of evangelizing will not be forgotten by theu.

J. T. JOHNSON, Evangelist.

Lexington, Kentucky, Sepleuder 19, 1842.
The second Lord's day of September I spent at Bethel, in Madison county, with brothers
Pool and Rowzee. Eight addisjuns were gained in two days; but owing to a fine shower
of rain we were compelled to desist.

I leave in a few days for Tojokinsville, in the southern part of our stair, having promised to labor for the church there the coming yrar.

GEORGE W. ELLEY.

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OBITUARY.

PITTSPURG, October 3, 1542. Dear brother Campbell - How true is the saying, that "in the midst o: life we are in drain!” “We know hol what a day will bring forth.” When I last bad the pleasure of seeing you, we conversed together about the death or sister Catharine Ni Vay, and sympathized deeply with brother M•Vay in the jo-s he and his lamily had sustained.Little did I then suppose ihat I would so soon be called opon to inform your of the death of brother M.VAY himself. He expired in peace and in the bioprofimooria!ily on yester. day morning, at half past 2 o'clock, altor a very violent attack of bilinus lever, which lasted iwo werks. We have jus! retired from depositing his wortal na mailis in heir last, resting place, where they will quietly repose unui a Wikesi ny lhe voice of ihe arch. engel and the trump of God.

in the death of brother Jonning T M Vay}iis large lanıily of almost infant children have lost a kind, a careful, and a flertionate father; the curch of Christin inis ciry has been deprived of a prominent, useful, and very intuential Elder; and the Conny is com pelied to mourn the joss of one of its best businessmen whose example is well werthy of imitation by all. His reparture froin us at this time is deeply afflicting. The dispensa. tion appeared dark and misterious. But we dust not mouril. "The Lord gave and the Lord has takun away Blessed here name of th. Loid!"

Brother M.Vay prei's roonent io perpetuate his memory. The rememlirance of his many virtues will long live in the basis of those who have known him through life. A man of a more noble leartani generous soul never lived. He was nilich respected hy men of all parties in this cry.and by horars of community more thanibebiumhle poor, whore wants it was always his pleasure to fupriy to the full extent of his means. His funeral is sailly wany to have been the largest that was ever known in this place. I pray that the death of brother N· Vay, in the 34th year of his active and useful life, and only two months after that of his amiable wife, may so faclius lo number our cays that we may apply our hearts udio wisdom!

-Yours in Christ,

WARRICK MARTIN.

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From the Louisville Journal.

THE RAINBOW.
| SOMETIMES have thoughts, in my loneliest hours,
Thaille on my heart like the dew on the flowers,
Of a ramble I look one bright afternoon,
When my heart wa-aslighit as a blossom in June;
The gr.-en earth was moist with the tale fallen showers,
The brerze fluttered down and blew open the flowers,
While a single while cloud to its havrni of rest,
On the white wing of peace, floated off in the Wesl.
As I threw hack my fresses to catch the cool breeze,
That salier'd the rain drops and dimpled the seas,
Farop ile blue sky a lair rainbow unrolld
lis soft.linted pinions of purple and gold;
"Twas born in a moment; yet, quick as jis birth,
It had sireteliit to the ulteriosi ends of the earth;
And, fair as an angel, it floalut :all free,
With a wing on tbe earth, and a wing on the sea.
How calm was the ocean! how gentle iis swell!
Like a woman's soft hosom il rose and it fel,
While iis night sparkling waves, stealing laughingly n'er,
When they saw the fair rainbow knelt down on the shore;
No sweel lytun ascended, no murmur of prayer,
Yet I felt that the spirit of worship was there,
And lent my young head orion and love,
'Neath the form of the angel that floated above.
How wide was the sweep of its beautiful wings!
How boundless its circle! how radiant jis rings!
If I looked on the sky, 'twas suspended in air;
If I lookeil on ihe ocean, the rainbow was there;
Thus forming a girdle as forilliant and whole
As the thoughts of the rainbow that circled my soul-
Like the wing of the Deity, calmly unfurlu,
It bent from the cloud and encircled the world.
There are moments, I think, when the spirit receives
Whole volumes of thought on its unwritten leaves,
When the folds of the heart in a moment unclose
Like the intermost leaves from the heart of a rose;
And thus, when the rainbow hall pass d from the sky,
The thonghts it awoke were too deep to pass by:
It left my full soul like the wing of a dove,
All fluttering with pleasure, and fluttering with love.
I know that each moment of rapture or pain
But shorteos the links in life's mystical chain;
I know that my forin, like that bow from the wave,
Must pass from The parih and lie cold in the gravr;
Yet, ol! when death's shallows my hosom enelond,
When I shrink from the thought of the coffin and shroud,
May Hope, like the rainbow, my spirit enfold
lo her beautiful pinions of purple and golul

AMELIA,

FAMILY TESTAMENT. A PORTION of a very handsome octavo edition of this work, so much appreciated as one of the best helps to understand the Christian revelation, awaits the orders of the publie. The claims of i his work on the attention of the hearls of fami'ies and private Cbristians, are regarded by those who have most carefuliy read and compared it, as paramount to any other version in our language It bas passed through a severe ordeal both in Europe and America, and, despite of all that envy, detraction, and partizan spirit have done to impede its progress, its march is onward, and the muinber ofits friends and admirers are still on the increase. With its prefaces and various tabular expositions, it is often assert ed that it does more than any popular comorentary to facilitate an accurate and cempre. bensive knowledge of the sacrell writings We shall be glad to furnish a copy for every family that is not supplied with it. Orders can be filled immediately,

THE

MILLENNIAL HARBINGER.

NEW SERIES.

Vol. VI.

BETHANY, VA. DECEMBER, 1842. No. XII.

CONVERTING INFLUENCE.

L. to E. HAVING spoken of the immediate, or visible agencies, employed 10 Temove obstacles to conversion, I come now to the question, Who employs these agencies? As already intimated, I regard them all as proceeding directly or indirectly from God. It is he who induces his people to carry the gospel to foreign lands, and to translate the Bible into foreign languages. It is he who controls the affairs of nations so that they become prepared for the proclamation of the gospel, or the means of throwing open other nations to its influence. He shuts and none can open. He opens and none can shut. By the secret workings of his inscrutable providence, he melts the obdurate heart of the sinner, and brings him to the hearing of the gospel under such favorable circumstances that he submits to its power. He directs the steps of his people aright, so that they fulfil his pleasure, and even the efforts of his enemies are so adroitly circumvented that they only serve to the furtherance of the gospel. No one can evade his scrutiny; no one can escape from his power. He doeth as it pleaseth him in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth.'

It would be unnecessary, as it is obviously impossible, to detail the various means employed by the Divine Being for the accomplishment of his will in the conversion of men. Human

agency

is often used; and often, as already observed in the case of the rich, there is an immediate “visitation of God' required, before the hindrance to conversion can be removed. It matters not, however, whether the agency be direct or indirect, it is equally of God. The divine attributes are displayed no less in the connected chain of many separate links by which the sinner is at length secured from the storms and tempests of human life, and safely moored in the harbor of peace, than they would be if he were suddenly by miracle transported beyond their power. There is no proposition more easily demonstrated thao this;—that God is

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