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much of the political partizan'? on tirely inculpable in bringing af. the other side, for they are the fairs to that crisis. The con. following ;- another act, in viction suill remains with me, that which he proved himself to be less there was a disposition to hunt regardful of the public partiali. up offences against Mr. Brainerd. ties and prejudices, tban of what What he said of M.. Whittlesey, he conceived to be the public was uttered to two or three of good, was the ratification of his intimate friends, who were the British treaty."

alone with him in the hall. A Your remark upon the asser. freshman overheard the expres. tion of the probability, that an sion, though he heard no name. attempt was made by the British to He informed a woman, and she bribe Mr. Adams, I think is carried the wonderful story to

ust. What is quoted from the rector, that Mr. B. had de. Hutchinson only shows with clared of somebody, "he has no certainty, that the proffer would more grace than this chair.” The have been readily made, if the subject was pursued, and the character of Mr. Adams had not name of Mr. W. was extorted been such, as repressed all hope from Mr. B.'s friends. For the a. of success..

bove words, uttered in privatecon. In your remarks upon the arti. versation he was required to makea cle, Brainerd, there seems to have public confession before the whole been some misapprehension. college. This proceeding I found You quote the words, which re. it difficult entirely to justify; for late to his confessing himself to though Mr. B. was uncharitable have been indiscreet, and con. and sinful, and this he afterwards sider them as a conclusion from acknowledged, yet surely every facts, before stated, which con. uncharitable word is not subject clusion those facts do not justify. to collegial discipline. Besides, But they do not relate to what would it not bring all authority precedes, but to what follows. It into contempt, to require a schol. had been said, that before his ar to divuige the improper exexpulsion he refused to make a pressions, which he has heard in confession. After some general the confidence of social and observations it is added, "it was friendly intercourse with his comnot so strange, that a young man panions ? should have been indiscreet, as Under the article, Tappan, I that he should confess himself to think there has also been some have been so." The very next sen. misapprehension. You had de. tence then speaks of the ackoowl. clared, gentlemen, in the first edgment, which he afterwards volume of the Panoplist, in re. made, and it is to this acknowl, lation to this excelient man, that edgment, that the above quoted “if in some instances he was too words refer with respect to Mr. careful to accommodate himself Brainerd's expulsion, which you to opinions, which he disapprov. contend was perfectly just, I ed, and to prejudices, which he myself declared, that it was per believed pernicious, it was no haps necessary as things existed," greater failing, than has, alas, though I could not perceive, that been found in the best of mortals." the collegial authority was en. This I understood, and I believe Voe. II. New Series.

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all will understand, as conveying sentence to his remarkable humil. full as much in its meaning, as an ity, and meekness, and aoxiety attirination would have conveyed to do good; and this sentence On your authority I alluded to was added for the express purpose this trait in the character of Dr. of explaining and of preventing Tappan. Io quoting your words the perversion of the preceding I indeed couverted he hypothet. one. In saying, that the benerical into an affirmative sentence; oleot spirit, which animated the though it is still possible, that professor of theology, sometimes the expression was softened. received from his keen sensibility Your words are, 6 if he was too and extreme meekoess a direction, oareful to accommodate himself, which would not have been taken &c." while the Biographical by a man of greater hardihood Dictionary says, “it was thought of temper, I could not conceive, that his usefulness would have that I was bringing against Dr. been increased, if he had been T. a charge either of questiona. bess careful to accommodate him. ble truth, or which ought to ex. self, &c.The idea being pre. cite any uneasiness on the part cisely the same, it is of little im. of his friends. Much more would portance to decide which expres. have been added in relation to sion partakes in the greater de. his excellent character, had it not gree of mildness. In both there been for the necessity of abridg. is an apparent severity, which is ment, which was felt in compil. left in all its furce without ex. ing the latter part of the Bio. planation in the Panoplist. In graphical Dictionary. the Biographical Dictionary how. I ain, Gentlemen, ever, this accommodation of Dr.

Yours respectfully, T. is attributed in the very next

W. ALLEN:

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

The General Association of New Hampshire met, according to ap. pointment, at the Rev, Samuel Wood's in Boscawen, Sept. 20, 1809, at io o'clock, A.M.

The Rev. Elisha Thayer, D. D. chosen Moderator, and the Rev. John H. Church, Scribe..

Present the following Delegates, viz.
The Rev. Elisha Thayer, D, D. ?
The Rev. Jesse Remington

From the Deerfield Association.
The Rev. Samuel Wood
The Rev. Thomas Worcester

Hopkinton Association.
The Rev. Jobn Kelly
The Rev. John H. Church

Haverhill Association, Northern Branch. The Rev. Moses Bradford

Monadnock Association. The Rev. William Rolfe

3 Plymouth Association, The Rev. William F. Rowland, admitted as a member by a former vote.

As no delegation appeared from the Orange Association, the Rev. Abijak Wines was requested to sit and act as their representative.

The business of the meeting was introduced with prayer by the Moderator. The Delegates appointed to attend the meeting of the General Associa. tion of Massachusetts Proper, and form a connexion with that body, made a report of their proceedings by exhibiting the following extracts from the minutes of the said Association, viz.

[See the terms of union as adopted in the General Association of Massachusetts, in the Panoplist and Missionary Magazine for August, page 144.)

“ Whereas the Rev. Messrs. Asa M'Farland and William F. Rowland, Delegates from the General Association of the state of New Hampshire, have been empowered to propose and establish on their part such an union with the General Association of Massachusetts, as may be judged most ex. pedient, and for the advancement of evangelical truth; and whereas from documents exhibited, it appears that the principles, on which that body is constituted, are the same, substantially, with those of this body; this body contemplating with delight the good, which may result to the intereste of the Redeemer's kingdom from an extended union of his Ministers on evangelical principles :

"Voted, that the proposed connexion meets the cordial approbation of this General Association.

Voted, unanimously, that the following rules be adopted for its establish. ment and regulation, the same which have been adopted to regulate the connexion between this body and the General Association of Connecticut, yiz.

1. The General Association of Massachusetts proper, and the General Association of New Hampshire, shall annually appoint each two Delegates to the other.

2. The Delegates shall be admitted in each body to the same rights of sitting, debating, and voting, with their own members respectively,

3. It shall be understood that the articles of agreement and connexion between the two bodies may be, at any time, varied by their mutual consent.

Accordingly the union was completed ; and the Rev. William F. Rowland, and the Rey. Asa M'Farland were received as Delegates from the General Association in New Hampshire.

A true copy, attest, LEONARD Woods, Scribe of the

General Association of Massachusetts.” The above being read, a vote of approbation passed in the Association.

The Rev. Jonathan Allen then exhibited his credentials, and was received as a Delegate from the General Association of Massachusetts.

Voted, to raise a Committee of three to draught and report principles and rules for the regulation of this body.

The Rev. Messrs. J. Allen, W. F. Rowland, and John H. Church were chosen.

The printed report of the General Association of Massachusetts was read.

The Association then heard narratives of the state of religion, until the time of adjournment.

At 2 o'clock, P. M. the Association attended public worship. Sermon by the Scribe.

The meeting being again opened, the narratives of the state of religion were concluded.

The committee appointed to draught principles and rules for the regula. tion of this Association, made the following report, viz.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES. It is ever to be understood that the system of Scripture doctrines contained in the Assembly's Shorter Catechism is the basis of our union in this General Association. Hence every Association in this state, receiving their doctrines as the christian faith, is invited to unite in this body.

This General Association " wholly disclaims ecclesiastical power or au. thority over the churches, or the opinions of individuals.”

The essential objects of this General Association are the following : “ To promote brotherly intercourse and harmony, and our mutual animation, asDistance, and wsefulness as ministers of Christ; to obtain religious information relative to the state of our particular churches, and the general state of the christian church in this country, and through the christian world ; and to cooperate with other similar institutions in the most eligible measures for building up the cause of truth and holiness.”

REGULATIONS. 1. The Minister of the place, where the Association may convene, shall, when the hour of meeting has arrived, call the Association to the choice of a Moderator by ballot.

2. It shall be the duty of the Moderator next to call the Association to the choice of a Scribe, and, if necessary, an assistant Scribe, by ballot.

3. The certificates of Delegates shall then be laid upon the table and read by the Scribe.'

4. It shall be'the duty of the Moderator to open the meeting of the Association, and to introduce the session of each day by prayer.

5. As soon as the Association is opened,a Committee of overtures shall be chosen to prepare business for the Association.

6. Every motion, if requested by the Moderator, shall be reduced to writing:

7. No member of the Association shall be allowed to speak more than twice to the merits of the question, unless he obtain leave of the Association.

8. T'he Moderator shall not be permitted to speak to the merits of the question, but by leaving the chair, and placing the Scribe in it, to moderate while he speaks.

9. Every Speaker shall address himself to the chair, and be subject to no needless interruption, while speaking

10. At the beginning of every morning and evening session, the Moderator shall take the chair, and the Scribe call over the roll of the members. Those who are tardy shall be called on to give a reason for delay.

11. When it shall be judged convenient, the sessions of the Association may be held in public.

12. At each meeting, Delegates shall be chosen, by ballot, to attend the General Association of Massachusetts..

13. No member shall leave the Association during the session, but by leave of the Moderator.

14. It shall be required of the members of this Association to give an account of the state of religion within the compass of their respective Associations, the number of churches, and of the members of each.church.

15. There shall be a committee chosen to take minutes of the accounts given of the state of religion, and make a report.

16. A Committee shall be annually appointed to certify the regular standing of ministers and candidates, who wish to journey.

The above report being read, and maturely considered, in separate articles; voted to adopt it as the principles and regulations of this General Association,

Voted, that there be a Corresponding Secretary, chosen by ballot, who shall keep the records aud papers of the Association, and continue in office, till another is chosen.

Voted, that at every annual meeting, when the hour of meeting arrives, the Secretary or the Minister, where the Association may meet, shall read the standing regulations, as an introduction to the business of the meeting.

Voted, that the annual meeting of this Association be on the third Wednes, day of September at 10 o'clock, A. M.

Voted, that the next annual meeting of this Association be at Rev. W.F. Rowland's in Exeter.

Voted, that the Orange Association be requested to furnish a Preacher for the next meeting.

Chose, by ballot, Rev. John H. Church, Corresponding Secretary.

Voied, that a Committee of three be chosen to prepare the minutes of this me ting, with an ddress, for publication.

Rev Dr. Thayer, and Rey. Messrs. Rowland and Church were chosen ac, cording y.

Voted, that our Delegates to the next meeting of the General Association of Massachusetts, use their influence to have measures adopted by the unit. ad body to prevent the profanation of the Sabbath,

Voted, that the Minister, where the Association may meet, be a member of that meeting, without any appointment of the Association, to which he be. longs.

Chose, by ballot, the Rev. Abijah Wines, and the Rev. Samuel Wood, as Delegates to the next meeting of the General Association of Massachusetts.*

Adjourned till Thursday morning, 6 o'clock. Thursday morning-Met according to adjournment. Rev. Dr. Thayer, and Rev. Messrs. Abijah Wines and Asa M'Farland were chosen to certify the regular standing of Ministers and Candidates, who wish to journey.

After singing a Psalm, the business of the meeting was closed with prayer, by Rev T. Worcester.

ADDRESS. THE General Association would now affectionately address the Churches, in their connexion, on the state of religion. Brethren, beloved in the Lord ;

It gives us much satisfaction to meet in General association, and inquire into the welfare of the churches. We rejoice in Zion's prosperity and enlargement. We behold increasing evidence that Zion dwells on the heart of everlasting love. This is the kingdom of Jehovah. It will prosper ; its final triumph will be great and glorious. From divers parts of Massachu. setts and Connecticut, we receive animating intelligence Churches are favored with effusions of the Holy Spirit. Converts to righteousness are multiplied ; and saints are inspired with new energy, with joy and gladness. The Seats of Science are, in some instances, blessed with the Redeemer's presence ; and young men, of promising talents, are forming pious, as well as literary, characters. In the Seminary in Andover, the number of Students in Theology much exceeds the expectations of its Friends. In this State, there are some favorable appearances. There has been a work of the Holy Spirit in Alstead. Saints bave there enjoyed a precious time of refresh. ing from the presence of the Lord ; and a goodly number have been added to the kingdom.-In some other places, there appears very pleasing atten. tion to the means of grace. And, as far as we learn, the members of our churches are generally walking in the faith and order of the gospel. For these manifestations of divine favor to Zion, let us abound in thanksgiving and praise.

But while we rejoice and give thanks, we see much to humble, to grieve, and to fill us with fearful apprehensions. ,In many places, the ways of Zion mourn, because so few come to her solemn feasts How awfully are her Sabbaths profaned, and her ordinances despised! How much do error and delusion, vice and impiety prevail! How affecting the sight, to behold such multitudes neglecting the great salvation, despising the Savior's love, and, with great speed, pursuing the downward road to endless destruction ! Can we contemplate the value of the soul, the preciousness of Christ, and the glory of God, and yet refrain from weeping?' Surely, if we are Christians indeed, we must sigh and cry that iniquity so abounds to the dishonor of God, to the injury of Christ's cause, and the ruin of immortal souls. But shall we indulge sloth and despondency ? Shall we say, There is a lion in the way; or that nothing can be done. Our professions and engagements, our hopes and fears, all forbid it. We must arise and shake off our sloth and slumbers; we must trim our lamps, and prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom. We have much reason to conclude that the Lord will soon appear in his

* Commissioners were chosen to wait on the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, the General Association of Connecticut, and the General Convention of Vermont, and propose connexions with them, respectively

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