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few days. The success of the cause in that place was, he remarks, owing to the remarkable Christian circumspection of a single family, which com. posed a large part of the congregation.
Petit Oh10.–Bro. Wm. Hays, of Mt. Vernon, under date of November 11th, reports 7 additions in a late visit to the brethren in Harrison county. One of the persons who confessed the Lord was an aged father, 77 years old, who, he says, was won to the Lord by fire-side preaching-by courteous expostulation and entreaty-Bro. A. G. Hayden, of Salem, under date of November 11th, reports the result of a meeting held by Bro. Harmon Reeves, which commenced on the 31st ult. and ended on the 10th inst. The public mind appeared to have been disabused of much prejudice; the brethren were stirred up to greater zeal, and 12 persons, mostly in the bloom of youth, confessed the Lord, were buried with Him in baptism, and were united to the church. Bro. B. F. Perky, of l'reedom, Portage county, under date of September 26th, thus writes: “On the 8th inst., in company with Bro. Newcombe, I left Wooster for Camden, Loráine county, to attend the last of our annual meetings for the current year. Our meeting was small, compared with those you attended. Some 400 persons were als we had in attendance. The number of speakers was proportionally small. Bros. Philander Green, T. Newcombe, and your humble servant, were all who addressed the public. Still we had a very happy, and, I trust, profitable time-14 having been added to the saved, 12 by immersion, 1 reclaimed, and 1 from the Methodists. This, like some of the other meetings, should have been protracted, but previous engagements forbade our longer stay, and accordingly, on Wednesday morning, we took the parting peculiarly delightful. If I have been correctly informed, there have been added to the saved, in all, more than 200; and of this number, about 185 new converts. To the Lord be all the praise!”
Texas.--Bro. Randolph Fugate gives us cheering news from Eastern Texas. Under date of October 23d, he reports 242 additions in Rusk county. Bro. C. Kendrick and Bro. Henderson, were the chief laborers. The people of this flourishing and fruitful section of our Union, appear to hear the truth with great interest. The field is large, and of good soil, but the laborers are few. Let us, brethren, pray the Lord of the harvest, that he may open our hearts and dispose us to improve the bounties of His providence, by sending laborers into his vineyard. Can we, as stewards, withhold the means the goods—the talents--so abundantly bestowed upon us and be faithful to our Master, the Lord of the Vineyard? Has he not told us, by way of admonition, that the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light? While the former, by their industry, are gaining for themselves wealth, friends, and influence, ought not the latter learn a lesson therefrom, to use and so improve the products of their industry as to gain for themselves friends, who shall receive them, at length, into the everlasting mansions. HKENTUCKY.-Bro. Jeptha C. Brite, under date of September, reports 22 or 23 additions to the church at Eminence, the result of a visit made by Bro. Thornbury.--Under date of November 15th, Bro. J. T. Johnson reports the success of his labors for the last twelve months: “Of the last twolve months, half my time has been spent in the South, and the remainder in Kentucky. I had many pleasant meetings in conjunction with other evangelists, and formed many friendships, which are a source of great gratification. The result has been upwards of 100 additions in the South, and about 150 in Kentucky-making, in all, about 250. The Lord be praised for all his goodness! Including the sum pledged at Mt. Sterling, I have obtained subscriptions amounting to about $3,000, in Kentucky, for the Female Orphan School at Midway. of this sum, between $400 and $500 have been collected and paid to the Treasurer.*: SERINS IV.-VOLL
PENNSYLVANIA.-Bro. Festus Tibbot, of Ebensburg, under date of November 10th, reports 3 additions at their annual meeting. Bros. Loos and M'Dougal were present.
[Bro. J. T. Johnson, under date of November 15th, reports the following adjudication and adjustment of the late difficulties that have existed in the church at Mt. Sterling:]
Whereas, the Church of Christ at Mt. Sterling, and Bros. John Smith, Charles E. Williams, and D. Hazlerigg, have been afflicted with difficulties for the last eighteen months, to their great annoyance and unhappiness, and to the detriment of the best interests of the cause of Christ. And whereas, the parties inspired with the deepest solicitude to restore harmony, and the sincerest Christian affection and fellowship, and to remove all causes of offence between all the parties concerned in this difficulty, have had full, free, and unreserved intercourse with Elders John T. Johnson and Wm. Morton, in reference thereto. And the parties, influenced by their own desires and judgments, and the advice of said Johnson and Morton, do hereby most cheerfully and unreservedly withdraw and bury in oblivion, all these difficulties, with the causes of difference between the said parties. And further, that all writings in reference thereto are deposited with said Johnson and Morton, to be kept by them safe from the inspection of all parties.
And the parties esteem and feel it a privilege, to withdraw and bury in oblivion all harsh, unkind, and unchristian expressions that may have been indulged in by any one; and further, that any allusions to this adjustment, or the matters involved in it, to the prejudice of any of the said parties, shall be considered and treated as covenant breaking.
WM. MITCHELL, In behalf of the
FREEDOM, Portage county, O., September 26, 1851. Brother Campbell: Enclosed I send you two scholarships for Bethany College. These were the only blanks I had on hand. Could I have remained in the same region a week longer, and publicly presented the advantages of scholarships, I feel sanguine that I could have sold at least a half dozen more. One of these which I send you is yet defective $10. This deficit was occasioned by a heavy rain on the last evening of our meeting, which prevented the attendance of a brother who had agreed to sign $10. But Bro. Wood, whose name is first, pledged himself to see it paid whenever called for. He is both able and willing. Moreover, to secure a scholarship, it must be done, and, as Yankees, they know their interest too well to neglect it.
Permit me now to offer, for your consideration, a suggestion which is not original with me, viz: That if you could spend some two or three months on the Western Reserve, sometime during 1852, in lecturing on education, the evidences of Christianity, and Primitive Christianity, we will raise you 150 scholarships.
The growing city of Cleaveland very much needs a thorough course of lectures on the evidences of Christianity. Oberlin is much in need of instruction on the subject of Primitive Apostolic Christianity. On my way home through Oberlin, I was pained to learn from a brother residing there, that on last Lord's day some 200 young men and women were at the "anxious seat," earnestly inquiring what they must do to be saved. I was told that I conld have a hearing there by the public, and was solicited to remain and preach for them a season; and had I possessed the tongues of
Pentocost, or even half the literature of Bro. Campbell, I would have remained, maugre previous engagements. I was likewise informed by somo one there, that their large and commodious chapel would be opened to you at any time, reserving only the privilege of replying to you. The suggestion to have you come and spend sometime in North-Eastern Ohio, comes from Bro. J. H. Jones, with the promise that he will act as solicitor; thai whom you could not possibly obtain a more efficient one, except it be Dr. Robinson, who would, of course, be on hand to do what he could, and the rest of us would throw in our mites, and thus acting in unison, be successful.
Please inform me, at your earliest convenience, what you think of the practicability of the above suggestion; of the probability of your accepting it; and should you report favorably, I will then lay the matter before our more prominent speakers, and we will make all necessary arrangements.
Meanwhile, send me a few more blanks, and I will see what I can do in the way of obtaining scholarships, while attending to my appointments during the winter.
With the best wishes for your present and eternal welfare, I have the honor to be, my venerable brother, yours in the kingdom and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ. My wife joins with me in sending Christian love to Sister Campbell and family.
B. F. PERKY.
BROTHER B. F. PERKY--My Dear Sir: You have in your favor, made a very generous proposition-one worthy of yourself and of the brethren with whom you have conferred, and one which demands a corresponding consideration on my part, and on the part of those whose interest, in one point of view, I may be said to represent. Bethany College is with me, as an individual, a very small consideration. It has been, is now, and while I live, as far as I can foresee, will continue to be, a very onerous, and, as far as pecuniary considerations are contemplated, a very unprofitable concern-a perpetual incubus and trouble. But as a public interest to the cause of education, literature, science and religion-an alliance never to be bro. ken--it was in its conception, is now in its existence, and will ever be in its fortunes, identified with the cause of the Reformation, and essential to its progress and prosperity. And unless to try my faith, and prove my patience, I cannot comprehend the comparative apathy or indifference with which its announcement was received and its claims have been met. It has, indeed, been responded to by a few hundreds, and generously congratulated and aided by probably one or two hundred persons of considerable means, with many small contributions from hearts as generous as theirs, but stewards of less estates.
It is no State institution-no provincial affair. It grasps the North and the South, the East and the West, of this great American family of nations or sovereign States, and that with a single eye to the progress and prosperity of the greatest cause, in our esteem, plead by man.
We want thousand able preachers at this moment, of good hearts, clear understandings, and well furnished for the field. It is no theological school. It is a literary and scientific institution, built on the Bible-on sacred history-free from any indirect or sectarian influence. Christianity can be taught in all its catholicity as a matter of history. Sectarianism is not Christianity. It is speculative, philosophical, political and artistic.
We can more easily build ships than man them, and put to sea with more gallantry than make successful voyages to safe and profitable havens. My motto is, to follow the example of Him who did all things well. One thing at a time, and well done, is twice done. Bethany College could educate two or three hundred students better than one, and for half, or one-fourth of the present rates, and not a Christian steward of God's bounties live or die less happily or honorably for it. And we could furnish many gifted and promising Christian young men with gratuitous education; young men of good minds and good hearts, that would make themselves tell well, and much to the honor of many generous hearts in the day of the Lord. It remains with the brethren to say whether this great work shall pine away and die, or go forth, like a strong man, to run his race of glory, honor, and immortality.
But to this point the experiment is in progress, and has been for ten years. We appeal to its fruits. Our brethren are working, or seeming to work, after the flesh, from State pride, State policy, or local interest, and are squandering their means in matters local, transient and inefficient, or withholding them from the Lord, His cause, and people. But I will not detail those matters. They will make other abortive efforts. For if they do not thoroughly establish and sustain Bethany College, they will not, in this our day, establish any one. I must, Bro. Perky, say that your proposition is generous and Christian like, and I will, at present, presume to say, that it will be accepted. But as to the time and other matters, we shall not now say any thing. Yours, in the hope of immortality,
OBITUARY. I WAS sorry to hear, the other day, of the death of Dr. ANDREW WYLIE, late President of Bloomington University, Indiana, formerly President of Jefferson and then of Washington College. He and myself, some thirty years ago, had some newspaper discussions on moral subjects. But time and experience brought us more together. I enjoyed his hospi
tality, and much of his society, during my short visit to Bloomington last year. Mr. Wylie was a distinguished man by nature, education, and public confidence, and in his last days enjoyed broader and higher views of Christianity than suited the taste of Scotch Presbyterianism.
FAYETTE, Mo., September 5, 1851. Died, on the 29th ult., in Boonville, Mo., in the 27th year of her age, Sister MARY SUSAN COOKE, consort of Geo. W. Cooke, and eldest daughter of Bro. Wm. T. Mallory, of this place.
Sister Cooke was, by nature, lovely, affable, and kind; and without an effort on her part, gained the esteem of all with whom she mingled. But the crowning excellence of her character was the spotless purity of her Christian life. Intelligent, zealous and benevolent, her efforts were felt in the church and community for good, and her loss will be deeply felt. Sister C. leaves a bereaved and sorrowing husband, with two small children, to feel and suffer her loss; aged parents, sisters and relations, by whom she was tenderly loved. But living and dying as she did, in the love and service of Christ, they can but feel that their loss is her gain; that she is but removed from earth, that Christ may bestow upon her the blessings of an eternal life.
B. On the 18th of October, at his late residence in Knox county, O., died Bro. BENJAMIN BELL, aged 69 years. Some 24 years ago he had made the good confession in which he lived and died triumphantly. In his last moments he thus bore testimony to the truth. When asked by a Presby. terian minister, "What is the ground of your hope?" he thus replied, "If the promises of God in Christ are sure and faithful, I am safe; if they are not true, I am lost. I have believed in Christ and have obeyed Him; and he that believes in Him and obeys Him, shall be saved.” Bro. Bell was a faithful disciple, and very benevolent to the poor, and was ever ready to aid in sustaining the proclamation of the ancient gospel.
Bro. J. Jones being present at his death, says: I never witnessed a more calm and triumphant death. He bade his family farewell with great composure of mind, and commended them to God and the word of his grace, and then fell asleep in the hope of the resurrection. “How sweet to die with Jesus nigh-the Rock of our Salvation."
Fell asleep in Jesus, on the 13th of May, Sister ELIZABETH BEECHER, late of Lancaster, Ohio, aged 74 years. Sister Beecher had been a constant reader of our writings for more than twenty years. She often spoke of having derived much pleasure and comfort from their perusal. Her constant desire appeared always to have been, that she might know and do the will of God.
Departed this life on the 7th of July, in his 47th year, Bro. R. S. LOWE, late of Macomb, Ill. In the spring of 1849 he made the good confession, and two months prior to his death was chosen an elder of the congregation at Macomb. From the time of his confession he lived a devoted Christian, and died in the full assurance of a resurrection with the just.
Our well-beloved Sister MELINDA SWAYZE, (consort of our excel. lent Bro. Wm. L. Swayze, of West Feliciana, La.,) fell asleep in Christ on Lord's day morning, August 24th, 1851, aged 39 years and 1 month, being born July 24th, 1812. She became a member of the Christian Church in the spring of 1842, under the teaching of Bro. G. W. H. Smith, and has continued to grow in knowledge and grace. She was kind to all, spoke evil of none, and was never appealed to in vain by the poor or distressed, who always found in her a true friend and faithful stewardess, of those good things with which God had entrusted her in this life. Married June 2d, 1829, she was for 22 years one of the best wives it has ever been my lot to