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ment of some Presbyteries, as has indications of a similar kind, there occurred in a few cases, of mem- is good reason to believe that this bers of standing committees to be practice has been pretty general, members of the General Assem- for a number of years past; and bly, is inexpedient and of ques- that there was a number-although tionable constitutionality, and none but themselves can tell what therefore ought not, in future, to the number was--of mere church be made.” Against this resolu- members, on the floor of the last tion the New School members pro
Again: It tested; and assigned as a reason, cannot be denied, that all the mere that “this Assembly, on the first church members who ever came day of its session, when full, did, into the Assembly, entered it under by a large majority, decide this cover of “ The Plan of Union bequestion, by admitting a member tween Presbyterians and Congreof the Standing Committee to a gationalists in the new settlements, seat in the house." Here are the adopted in 1801, [See Digest, p. facts—And now, because mere 297] by which it was agreed, that church members are not specified a Committee man
may have the in the records, and were not, as right to sit and act in the Presbywe are ready to admit, pleaded tery, as a ruling elder of the Presfor, under this designation, by the byterian church.” This right of New School members in debate, a committee man to sit in a Preswe are charged with making á bytery, was construed to extend to. statement, without one particle the right of such a man to sit also of evidence to support it,” in say, in the General Assembly; and for ing that “a large proportion” of the equity and propriety of such a the Low Church, approved of ad- construction, the New School men mitting them to a seat in the As- did contend most earnestly, and sembly. But there are two unde- when they were overruled, they niable facts, which will show that protested as earnestly, against the we had many particles of evidence resolution of the Assembly above to bear out the truth and correct- recited. Now we ask, if men ness of our statement; and that plead, and vote, and protest, as if what the Moderator says, is no
their dearest interests were thing better than an evasion. The stake, in favour of an arrangefirst fact is, that an unknown num- ment, through which mere church ber, yet certainly a considerable members have notoriously come number, of mere church members into the Assembly, for years in suchave come up to the Assembly, cession, and some of whom, in all commissioned as ruling elders, and probability, were then on the floor have taken their seats accordingly. of the house-can it be said, beOne case of this kind is on record, cause they were not mentioned by in the minutes of the Assembly name, that in no “shape or manfor 1826. Nor let it be said, that ner” there was manifested an “apthis is a solitary case. We have probation of admitting" them? evidence, to which, if necessary, The New School men would have we can refer, that two individuals, acted with a stupidity with which now ministers of the gospel, and we have never charged them, if worthy of their office, have stated, they had avoweilly pleaded for the since the last meeting of the As- right of mere church members to sembly, that while they were yet sit in the Assembly—this would mere church members, they came to
have ruined their cause at once. the Assembly commissioned as But it was in their usual course to ruling elders, and took their seats plead for something more plausiaccordingly. From this, and other ble, which they knew would quite
as effectually secure their object- confess the following language did would leave the door wide open, surprise us. as for years in succession it had
" Just as the question, on commitment, been left, for the admission of in the case of Mr. Barnes, was to be as many mere church members taken, Dr. Green commenced certain reas they and their Presbyteries marks, which had a bearing on the mode should choose to commission as of appointing the committee in question ;
and which led the Moderator to call him ruling elders. In this way, ac
to order; and Dr. Ely, one of the comcordingly, the New School men plainants, to observe, that if the Commitdid make every exertion that their tee of Reference were not appointed in ingenuity could devise; and we the usual way, that is, by the chair, the did them no injustice, in repre- acquiesced; but as soon as the question
case would not be referred. Dr. Green senting this, as showing their ap
was decided in favour of referring the probation of the admission of case, and the house had ordered that the mere church members into the As- committee should consist of eleven memsembly. Who can say,
bers, the Doctor handed me a slip of paevasion, that those who did all in per, containing five names (not quite half
the number of the whole committee), and their power to defeat the only mea remarked very pleasantly,. 'If you will sure that could keep them out of put these on, I care not who the others the Assembly, did not manifest are.'” plainly a willingness and desire
Now, before we offer one word that they should come into the of comment, we ask any impartial Assembly? Here is the point person, and especially those who without disguise; and let every have been frequently in the Asreader decide it for himself
. sembly, where was the criminality But the Moderator says again, of what the Moderator says was that no act was passed to keep done on this occasion by Dr. mere church members out of the Green? Yet the Moderator insiAssembly. Here is just another nuates, that here was an “attempt, quibble—That is, because no act secretly to touch the very main was passed, that mentioned mere spring of motion, by endeavourchurch members by name, it may ing to make an interest with the be asserted that no act was passed Moderator, and through him to to keep them out; although an act secure some additional weight in was passed which had for a princi- the committee, in favour of his pal object, in the minds of those side of the question.” And in rewho voted for it, the effectual curring to this matter in his sumkeeping of them out. If commit
says tee men were to be excluded, the Old School men knew, that mere
". The interference of Dr. Green, in church members, would inevitably tor, in the appointment of the committee,
trying SECRETLY to influence the Moderabe excluded-And to exclude them in the case of Mr. Barnes, accounts for effectually and forever, was, we re
all his conscientious difficulties in relation peat, one chief object of the reso
to the appointment of Mr. Bacon on that
committee; and at the same time tells lution.- for an antagonist, if we
somewhat worse in the publick ear, than must have one, who will not mysti-, the tale, that the Moderator acted, in this fy the point in issue, by a play upon instance, as all other moderators have words, or by pleading the want done before him. And this interference of certain words, when the matter of Dr. Green, is known, both to High
Church and Low Church, to be in perintended is as clear as a sunbeam, fect keeping with that uniform prompter
We thought we were prepared ship, which he has exercised toward Mo. not to be surprised at any thing derators of the General Assembly, ever the Moderator could utter; but we
since the Assembly was constituted.” had not duly estimated Dr. Be We have given the Mcderator's man's astonishing powers. We language thus extensively, because
we greatly mistake, if it does not whole, of a committee. But I exhibit a spirit in the writer, that would not, said the member, for will prove an effectual antidote I knew him too well. Dr. Green to the mischief he intended to ef did not know him so well then as fect. It is not for us to tell how he knows him now, or he too any honourable man, any man of would have been on his guard. conscious integrity, any man that
But he did know him well enough feels himself incapable of base de- then, not, consciously, to do even a sign and sinister action, could questionable act in his Jresence. have put the construction which For the same reason that Dr. Green the Moderator did, on what he would not put his head in a lion's says was said and done by us, mouth, he would not then, or now, on the occasion to which he ad- knowingly, put it in Dr. Beman's verts. We shall not make a long power to stain his character. But defence. The whole occurrence in the alleged transaction, he had lo which he refers had completely no conception that what he did passed from our mind, till we was capable of any construction read his review; nor can we now to his disadvantage. If he had say that we recollect the half of done, what was done by the Mowhat he affirms took place: we derator's friend, the Stated Clerk, could not, if our life depended on and when not a member of the house it, tell, otherwise than by conjec--if, after the Moderator had ture, a single name that was on the formed a committee, and written paper which he says we presented down the name of every member, to him. But let his statement he had urged the Moderator to stand for an accurate exhibition of withdraw one name, and to insert facts: and then Dr. Green declares another, there might have been most unequivocally, that if he some colour for the charge of obever performed an innocent action trusive interference; but even in in his life, and one too of very lit this case, a corrupt motive ought tle importance, he thought he did not to be imputed. But what Dr. so, when he handed the paper and Green did, was only what he verily uttered the words, which the Mo- believes has been done, as to the derator affirms that he handed and substance of the thing, at every uttered. What he did he knew General Assembly that has met was of the same character with for many years past; and done what had been done in scores of without any imputation of a sinisinstances, without any suspicion, ter design. But then it is to be ever known to him, of an attempt remembered, that the Assembly to corrupt the Moderator, or to use never before had such a Moderaany improper influence with him. tor as it had at the last meeting It has always been perfectly under- -May it never have such anostood, that the Moderator would ther!--As to what the Moderator use his own judgment in appoint- has thrown out about promptership, ing committees, whatever sugges- we have only to say, that if Dr. tions might be made by others— Green, in his whole life, has and hence suggestions have been prompted Moderators half as often and freely made. Hence much as Dr. Beman, from the Moderators themselves have often Moderator's chair, prompted his solicited them-The writer cer- friends on the floor of the house, at tainly did it, when he was in the the last Assembly, it must be acchair; and a member of the last As- knowledged that Dr. Green has sembly told us, a few days since, that done a very improper thing—But Dr. Benian wished and even urged this he does not admit. him to nominate a part, or the
We have now done with Dr.
Beman, at least for the present; it, the little influence which by a and we sincerely wish, and we sus- long life spent in serving, or at pect our readers wish it too, that least in trying to serve, the Preswe may never have occasion to byterian church, we had, by the mention his name again. It would blessing of God, obtained. What not have appeared, as it has done, success they have had, time will in our pages, if it had not been disclose. But in the mean time, necessary to characterize the ma we are willing they should know, jority of the last Assembly. But and we wish our friends to know, in his person, they elevated Mur- that they have not greatly disturbdockism and Finnyism to the Mo- ed our personal peace. Our coderator's chair, and his conduct in venant God has sustained us, and the chair had their approval; a good conscience before Him has and hence what he was and did, comforted and cheered us. If now seems necessary to be told, in and then a poisoned arrow has giving a true view of the present annoyed us a little, it has made no state of the Presbyterian church. lasting or very troublesome wound. Yet-we speak it reverently— The holy oracle says, “if ye God forbid that we should hate suffer for righteousness sake, this man, or wish him any evil happy are ye. Our experience -We have solemnly charged has verified the oracle-We have our heart, in reliance on divine been truly happy, and for us pecuaid, not to do it. To defend the liarly so, amidst all the calumny church, and to defend ourselves, that has been heaped upon us. Blesswe have thought it right-and af- ed God and Saviour! to Thee the ter many and serious reviews, we praise is wholly due, and to Thee still think it right-that his mis we would humbly ascribe it all. deeds should be exposed. But he What is yet in reserve for the has had, and with the Lord's help, Presbyterian church, we know not. he shall still have, our poor but In its present state, it is palpably sincere prayers, that he may be evident, it cannot long remain. forgiven-that he may see, repent The next General Assembly will of, and forsake his errors; and probably decide, whether its exthat, through the grace of our isting organization can continue. Lord Jesus Christ, he may obtain -We hope that every true friend eternal life.
of the church will be at his post. In the whole series of essays, of Plans are proposed for a new orwhich this is the last, we have, if ganization, which seem to us to we know our own heart at all, been militate irreconcilably with the viinfluenced by a sincere desire, to tal principles of Presbyterianism. serve, in the best manner we could, We know not how much, or how the church in which we were born little countenance, these plans are and educated, in which we have likely to receive. For ourselves, ministered in the gospel of Christ we protest against them. We are for five-and-forty years; and whose in favour of every degree of acinterests and prosperity-indisso- commodation with our brethren, lubly connected with its purity and which will consist with a sacred peace-ought to be dearer to us regard to our publick Standards, than life itself. We knew, when both doctrinal and governmental, we commenced this series of pa as they now stand; and with a repers, that we should probably turn to the exercise of discipline draw on ourselves the vitupera- in our church, agreeably to the tions of tlrose whom we opposed; tenour and provisions of those and they have not disappointed us. Standards. To any thing short of They have done all in their power this, we cannot in conscience to destroy our character, and with agree; and we are. prepared to
take our lot, whatever it may be, humble hope that a prayer-hearwith those, be they few or many, ing and prayer-answering God, the who are of this mind. We hope God of our fathers, and of his peothere will be much and fervent ple in every age, will hear in merprayer for the divine guidance of cy; and yet interpose for the prethe Assembly, in all the delibera- servation of our beloved church, tions and decisions of the coming in the full integrity of its scriptusession. And we do cherish an ral creed and ecclesiastical order.
BY A LADY OF UNION TOWN, PA.
In thy reckless speed and might;
And sleep off thy terrors to-night.
At the high behest of the Lord;
But I must fulfil his word!”
With the tempest's ardent force ;
But I could not tell its course.
And the thunder crash was done,
Like the harp's expiring tone.
Like a lone bird seeking its nest,
Before it retires to rest.
“ I can sleep to the coming morn;
Till the earliest dawn is born.
Far over the seas' blue space;
Young childhood's tiny face.
I curl the mist on its brow,
As I sweep o'er the meadow below.
And heighten their lovely bloom;
And sigh o'er her grassy tomb.
Await my changeful breath;
Or horl them down to death.
I heed no voice but One,
Regarding that voice alone.