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REMARKS ON THE PRECEDING.
Your favor of Augnst 10th fell into my hand to-day, on a file long since put in order for notice. It is not too late to say that Frey and Hinton, who quote not always from the right authorities, sometimes quote inaccurately. Calvin's words are truly quoted by me, book and section, in my debate with M.Calla or Walker, and are identically the same you have above quoted.
MORMONISM. MORMONISM has got into Fredericksburg, Va. A distinguished Lawyer and many others have become proselytes. It prevails most among the Campbellite Baptists.
West. State Journal. The above compliment is not thankfully acknowledged. So far as known to me,
it wants the grand essential-truth. Mormonism, indeed, owes its success to the speciosity of its appeals to primitive Christianity and the prophecies concerning the Jews; both of which it professes to take from the Bible alone: consequently it would most likely prepossess in its favor those who exclusively appeal to the book without understanding what is in the book. But the recent efforts to propagate Mormonism amongst the Disciples of Christ have been singularly unsuccessful. To this county they have sent their most specious and ingenious men, amongst whom was their Missionary to England and. Jerusalem; and after numerous efforts, they have not a proselyte in the county. They have recently assailed Pittsburg, and were most triumphantly exposed and refuted by brother Church, the only preacher in the city, so far as known to us, who had courage and philanthropy enough to meet them before the public and put them to silence. These instances are in the general a fair specimen of their success amongst the brethren known as the Disciples of Christ, or Christians, wherever they are apprized of their attempts to seduce the unsuspecting and unwary.
OUR COLLEGES. From notices of Bacon College, lately observed in brother Crihfield's Family Library, Harrodsburg, Ky., we are pleased to learn that that Institution, ander the care of our excellent and highly accomplished brother, President Shannon, is greatly improving in all respects, and now advancing in public esteem. It would appear that a change of its localities has been a change for the better. Much is said of the larotable associations around Harrodsburg—of the strict morality and
and Christian decorum of that whole vicinity; and that many of the Students are eminently pious and most exemplary in all respects.This is just as it ought to be; and it is to be hoped that it will not only continue, but abound more and more.
We are doing well at Bethany too, and have succeeded in greatly improving the manners and customs of many of our Siudents; and under the divine blessing, and with the firm support of the true-hearted friends of the Institution, we can meet public expectation. Without that, we cannot maintain our position. All acquainted with our Institution concur in opinion that a greater change, or a more decided improvement, has rarely been witnessed in any institution, effected in so short a time. We are happy to announce the arrival of Professor Eaton, from the city of St. John, to take charge of the English department of the Institution.
AN IMPOSTOR. Spencer K. Milton, alias Scuylor R. Milion, alias Lemuel M. King.
A MAN who calls bimself LEMUEL M KING, has heen, since the spring of 1820, in the central parts of Ohio, mostly in or about 2.1 nesville; sometimes at Mrigs' Creek and Connellsville, and lately in Licking county; prosessing to be at minister of the church or Christ, or a Disciple; has been employed as a tear ber and an Evangelist, and commonly passes himself as an Evangelist and Botanic Phisician; professes to understand the Worthington, Carter, Tompsonian, and common systers of practice.
Many reports to the disadvantage of his moral character were in circulation-one par. ticularly. that he was the person who has been advertised in the Darbinger, new series, vol. jii., No. 1, pp 47, 286, 38.3. To clear himself of the charges he requested the Elders of the neighboring churches of Elizabethtowni and Brushy Fork 10 examine and ascer. tain the truth or falsehood of the reports We liave attended to this business with all the diligence the importance of the of the subject temanded. Mr King allended with us twice; but at our final sitling on this day he failed 10 allend; owing, we presunie, to his knowledge of the evidence before us. We have examined ibe evidence, and no reasona. ble doubt is left on our minds that he is the same spencer K Milton and that he wrote sundry letters nver the signature of Schuylor R milion that Spencer K. Milton was dead: ard after that, al Fort Madison, in lowa Territory, be assilined the name of King; and that certain certificates of character and standing from Cloughf Amos of Warren Ferry, Buckingham county, Virginia, imust have been forged, no such man liaving lived there or near there at the date of the certificate, nor any such man as King having ever lived there. King has been much inclined to make debts in this country without any apparent means or intention of paying, and they remain u.paid. The description of his person in the Harbinger is as good as we can give, exrept that he has placed a wig on his bald head. We would add to that descriptioni, lo wit: His height is about 5 feet, 7 inches; pronounces the word mercy as if written massy; is said to handle a shoe-knife very well; he has a wife living in Campbell county, Kentucky; she being unable to sup. pori herself, is supported by the county; and, without being divorced, married a wise in Zanesville, Ohio, whose maiden name was Flower, She is left with iwo children entire. ly dependent. We have heard of him a few days since at Wheeling, Va. He stated he was going South. Please to republish his description, together with the above statement, or so much as may be necessary to put thc public on their guard against the imposture. He has by this time, perhaps, some other bome. Respectfully yours,
Elders of the Church at Brushy Fork.
Elders of the Church at Elizabethtoron
OBITUARY. Died, at his late residence, one mile east of Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois, on the 19th day of February, 1842, HEŽEKIAH DAVIDSON, in his 70th year. He was severely afflicted for eighteen months before his death with an eating cancer on his left leg; but in all his afflictions was never heard to murmur at the dealings of God towards him. He died as he had lived for many years, in the full assurance of a blissful immortality.
From the Hingham Gaselte
THE GRAVE-FAITH AND HOPE.
BY MARY L, GARDNER.
Graves are but mountain peaks of a new and distant world.
BEAUTIFUL, most beautiful this thonght! It
O, Faith!- why is
Come with thy twin sister
To bask in light around the throne or God.
“TIL HARVEST IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE RIAPERS ARE FEW." Much corn in the fields; but few reapers. What is to be done? Harvest time is short. The crop not gathered, and it is lost forever! What is to be done? Pray for reapers! Is that enough? Is that all the Saviour intended? Rather let us ask, To whom did he address this precepi? This settled, and a frequent misapplication of the words will be apparent to all.
The speaker himself was not merely praying for laborers; but, besides this, was constantly laboring to save the crop. Moreover, the persons whom he commanded to pray for reapers were the very persons whom in the next breath he commissioned and sent into the field. The supplicants for reapers were, therefore, themselves reapers. This was the case so far as all the circumstances connected with it indicate.Now that it becomes the privilege of all to pray for help, who are themselves helpers, is most evident; but that the prayers of those who can otherwise help, and do not, will be of any value, is not ascertain. able from all the premises before us. We should rather infer that it was not. Those, indeed, who can only pray, and would do more if they could, are not in our premises; and, therefore, they come not into our conclusions.
But a question may arise of some importance to the conscientious, viz.- Is there any way of helping to reap the harvest but by actually going into the field? I think we are warranted to say, that there is one way, at least, in which the friends of the Lord of the harvest may help to reap it, who are themselves disqualified from using the sickle or gathering the sheaves. There is the raising of funds to furnish reapers. And reapers are to be furnished first by employing those who are already competent to reap, or by raising up and qualifying for the work
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those who, but for such qualification, would never be adequate to the task.
Now the last is the point which immediately presses upon my attention. To say nothing of other countries, one thousand and more reapers are wanting in our own country, to go into the American fields now white and waiting for the sickle: I mean more than a thousand in addition to all that are either fit for the work, or that can be induced to undertake it. And what are we doing? Waiting on Providence and praying for reapers! So did not the Saviour of the world, or the churches of the Apostles. He, and, after him, his Apostles, educated and trained select persons for this grand and most philanthropic enterprize. They took out of the schools, of the synagogues, and from the academies of the Greeks, men of some natural and acquired fitness, and gave them such lessons and such a training as they supposed prerequisite to extended usefulness. . For special reasons the original Twelve were Galilean ishermen, with one or two exceptions; and they, in some three or four years' education and training, were, in his judgment, accomplished for the work. Bat this office required a “power from on high," as well as an education in the school of the Messiah himself.
But we need none of that class. We need, however, very many of another class. Men who can read, write, and speak occasionally and intelligibly our vernacular, and who are measurably furnished with biblical knowledge and a quantum sufficit of church education and training. We want, too, a few well learned in all the literature and science of the simes, so long as there are so many of this class, real or pretended, now fighting for their old parties against the cause of primitive Christianity and general reformation.
Penetrated with this idea from years of observation and experience, I have concluded to spend a portion of my time with a special reference to this object, believing that I could in this way do more for the Lord of the harvest than by simply wielding a single sickle in the field.
With a reference to this object, among others of great importance, we have been actively engaged for two years in getting up a College, and other schools connected with it, devoted to the great cause of civilization and human redemption, through the instruinentality of literature, science, and the gospel.
We are now fairly getting into operation, and see a large field of usefulness opening to our view. But in order to that wide extended and long continuous system, of public utility in one department of our labors, at which we aim, we need a special co-operation on the part of those Christian communities that are pledged to the Lord of the