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many of the people of God were excited to greater diligence, and to seek for more of the mind of Christ. Our campmeeting was in August. The weather was excessively hot, but great numbers repaired to the grove; and such a spirit of engagedness I think I never witnessed on any occasion. The people of God were much revived, backsliders were reclaimed, and many a sinner tasted the pardoning love of God. • Immediately on our return, the revival commenced in the city with power and glory. The east station was first, and has been the most highly favoured, although the work has been diffused all over the city, in all our congregations,— Meetings for preaching and prayer have been continued almost every night in the week, and our largest houses of worship frequently crowded to overflowing. All classes and ages have been embraced in the work, but by far the greatest proportion have been persons of good moral character, and from the age of eighteen to twenty-five. Gentile and Jew, Protestant and Papist, have been enabled to testify that Jesus has power on earth to forgive sin. Very few days have passed, if any, but that some have professed to find the pearl of great price. We have witnessed great displays of the power of God. Yes— “Jesus the conqueror reigns !” We have known from fifty to a hundred and fifty in deep distress, crying for mercy, under the most pungent conviction for sin, while deep solemnity rested on a crowded and attentive audience. Of those who have professed to obtain a sense of sins forgiven, I am not able

HIGH LAND MISSION. Letter from the Rev. John B. Matthias, dated Peekskill, October 13, 1825.

to determine, but I presume I shall be
within bounds if I say five or six hundred.
Since conference, in this station, we
have admitted on trial over four hundred;
and in the east station they have admitted
almost three hundred : so that in the city
not far from seven hundred have been
admitted on trial in the church since last
April, and the work continues to progress.
Sinners are yet awakened, and brought to
the knowledge of the Saviour in the par-
don of sin.
Those who have been received give a
very clear and satisfactory account of a
work of grace upon their hearts, and of
the old doctrine of the knowledge of sal-
vation by the forgiveness of sins.
The scene has been glorious, and the
labours of the preachers and the people
of God have been very considerable, and
the excitement has been great. But one
or two things have marked the work so
sar, and that is, we have had very little,
if any, extravagance, or what I should
call extravagance. Our meetings have
concluded at a seasonable hour: the peo-
ple have retired in order and with solem-
nity.
In conducting our meetings, we have
most uniformly addressed the congrega-
tions with a short sermon or exhortation,
in which was stated and explained the na-
ture and necessity of the religion of Jesus
Christ; and very often, by the time we
have finished the address, the altar has
been crowded with penitent, weeping,
praying mourners. I could give you some
very interesting cases, but I have not time.
I know that you will praise the Lord
for his goodness, and for his wonderful
works to the children of men.

The work of God in this mission, I am happy to inform you, is still progressing. Our members are zealous, and are ardently seeking for higher attainments in grace. A class which was formed last winter by the preachers on Dutchess circuit, of seven in number, has increased to sixty. The work is also reviving on the west side of the river, in the neighbourhood of Fort Montgomery.

* The dwellers in the vale and on the rocks
Shout to ench other ;
And the distant mountains
Catch the flying joy.”

To this class I have added eight; and the whole number of members which have

been added in the mission, during the se-
cond quarter, is thirty-two.
I will now take the liberty to give you
a short account of our quarterly meeting,
which was held the 8th and 9th of this
month, (October,) at a brother Falke-
nar's, on the bank of the North river.—
Brother E. Woolsey presided on the oc-
casion. On Saturday, the preaching and
other exercises were accompanied with
much of the Divine influence. On the
sabbath the congregation was quite large,
probably between four and five hundred.
It was a truly pleasing sight to see them
descending from the mountains, issuing
from the vales, and crossing the river in
boats, to worship the God of heaven.—

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Bending o'er the silver flood,
Endless life's translucent stream,

Bears the breeze thy sweets abroad,
Thy bright bues on the waters gleam:

Rise : in richer foliage, rise :
Beauteous plant of high renown,

Earth the precious balm receives, Bid thy branches touch the skies, Life and joy the nations fill; The wide earth with thy shadow crown. A-BThe song of The An Gels. (Luke ii, 8.) By the Rev. Robert Newstead. How illustrious the scene, how transporting the Of Him who was promised in ages gone by,

sound, where the or. of Bethlehem lay, When the light of Jehovah illumined the ground, And the messenger angel was hovering round, While he told where the Saviour of men might be found! What harmony dwelt in the lay!

The glory of heaven shone full on their sight,
While they in an ecstacy gazed.
So clear the strong beams, and so splendid the
light,
That to more than mid-day it transform'd the
dull night;
With trembling they bow'd at a vision sobright,
And adored, though afraid and amazed.

*Fear not,” was the message proclaim'd from

the sky, “I bring you glad tidings of joy,

Of Him from whose presence all evil shall fly,
Who will wipe every tear-drop from Israel's eye,
And Satan's dominion destroy.

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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE of The NEw-York ANNUAL CONFERENCE, ON

THE SUBJECT OF THE

disturbaNCE

AT. The METhodist episcOPAL

CHURCH IN THE CITY OF SCHENECTADY, IN NOVEMBER, 1894.

[The Committee by whom the following Report was prepared, were appointed by the New-York

Conference, in May last.

They regret that it has been delayed so long; but their dispersed situation, and other uncontrollable circumstances, have made this unavoidable.

Possibly

some, whose wish and interest it may be to keep the main question out of view, may not deem this apology sufficient. Such the Committee can scarcely hope to satisfy. Having said, however, what they believe to be the truth, and discharged a painful duty, they commit the whole

to Him who judgeth righteously.]

Your Committee, aiming to devest this subject of factitious colourings, and to present the character and origin of the disturbance in a just light, having deliberately weighed the evidence taken on oath in open court, unanimously concur in the following report: 1. That on the evening of the Sabbath, the 21st of November, 1824, a disturbance, amounting to a serious riot, was made in and about the Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Schenectady, # caused in the congregation, in the act of retiring from religious worship, great agitation and alarm. 2. That this disturbance did originate with three or four students of Union College, and a young man of the city, named O'Brien. 3. That one student of the college, and a young man formerly a student, and on this occasion associated with the students, were indicted for a riot, tried by a court and jury of the county, and, after a full hearing, found guilty. The first fact, that such a scene did occur, is established by the testimony of all parties. With respect to the second, the origin of the disturbance, your Committee deem it too clear to be questioned by any candid inquirer, that it was attributable to the joint misconduct of the parties above mentioned, whose behaviour in the church was equally reprehensible and disgraceful: O'Brien's for the rude manner in which he made his way into a seat between the students, and, on receiving a threat from them, taking out a knife, opening it, and holding it open in his hat;-the students', for not removing their hats from the seat when asked to make room by a person wishing a seat, and when room, it is believed, might easily have been made; but most specially for the threatening question among them, in O'Brien's hearing, after he had taken his seat, about a dirk: for, though they declare that they had no dirk, yet it is manifest that they wished to make O'Brien believe that they had. W. Thompson, one of those students, stated, in his testimony of what took place in the church, that he heard the “question about dirk,” and sup d it “intended to intimidate O'Brien;” which question, as O'Brien states, induced him to take out his knife, and hold it open in his hat. The false pretence of a concealed dangerous weapon, for the purpose of intimidating a person in a house of worship, was equally dishonourable and culpable with the opening of the knife, and

WoL. viii December, 1825.

holding it open in the hat, for the purpose, as alleged, of showing a preparation for defence. The disgraceful scene which ensued, your Committee consider imputable to the exaggerated report of the detention at the church, and the personal danger of one of their company, with which three of the students returned to college, and excited a ferment among other students; for they could scarcely have been ignorant that the course which they took was calculated inevitably to produce disorder and riot. Your Committee believe, from the evidence before them, that there was no “detention” of “Billy” (C. B. Dutcher) at the church ; that he might have returned to college with his companions, without difficulty; or that, if he remained in the church, and was in fear of O'Brien, it was easy for him to have obtained the protection of the officers and members of the church, and other respectable citizens, who remained in the prayer-meeting. This circumstance of the continuance of worship in the church by a prayer-meeting, so well calculated to allay apprehensions for “Billy's" safety while there, seems, however, not to have been reported by the students who returned to college, and excited an alarm. If they knew this fact, as your Committee believe they did, the inference is strong that their real object was not so much to rescue “Billy,” their companion, as to gratify their resentment against O'Brien. James C Magoffin testified that he heard one of the students (Anderson) say, “We have been insulted, and will be satisfied.” Edward Bayard testified that when the students, on the report made by the three who came from the church, “left the college, they had not heard, nor did they know, that any person had remained for prayer;-that they were the more concerned because church was out, because while that lasted they should have considered it a protection.” If any of the students, while in or near the church, at the close of its services, apprehended danger, they might have found protection there. If they returned to college, they ought to have gone together. It was as easy for four to return as three. If one, however, remained, and those who returned had any apprehensions for his safety, it was their duty to have applied to the president, or some of the faculty, in his behalf, and not to have excited a riot at a place of public worship on a sabbath evening, as in this case they certainly did. Your committee cannot, therefore,

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concur in the assertion, that their demeanour, on this occasion at least, was either “peaceable” or “pious.” On the third point, the trial and conviction of the rioters, your committee deem it sufficient to adduce the following extract from a certificate of the county clerk:— “At a court of General Sessions of the Peace, held in and for the county of Schenectady, at the City Hall of the city of Schenectady, on Tuesday, the 18th day of January, A. D. 1825: present— David Boyd, senior judge, J. D. S. Ryley, &c, judges. The People against John W. Anderson and Toliver D.Huff, indicted for a riot. On motion, ordered the trial of the cause, &c. The court charged the jury to retire, and agree on their verdict. After having agreed, they returned, and by their foreman say, that they find a verdict of guilty. The court sentenced the said John W. Anderson to pay a fine of forty dollars, and the said Toliver D. Huff to pay a fine of twenty dollars, and that they stand committed until paid." Signed, “J. A. FONDA, Clerk.” With these facts before them, your Committee cannot but express their surprise and regret at the report on this subject of the committee of the college, whose duty it was to make a quarterly examination of the scholarship and conduct of the students;–a report to which pains have been taken to give a very extensive circulation, and which broadly declares that, in the judgment of that committee, the conduct of the members of Union College, generally, was on that occasion, especially considering the provocation which had been offered them, “remarkably pacific and forbearing;” and that they (the committee) “cannot therefore speak of it to the board of trustees in any other than terms of commendation.” The expression of such sentiments, and from such a source, your committee consider as calculated to exert a most unlaappy influence upon the youthful community of a college, whose passions, without such stimulants, are sufficiently ready to be inflamed by the cry of “provocation” and “insult,”—the watchwords by which feuds and animosities between certain students and townboys are too usually excited and fomented, and which it is the duty of all governors and visiters of such institutions to allay and repress. The sanctity of the Lord's day,+the premises of an unottending church,--the peace and quiet of a worshipping assembly, composed in a large part, too, of females, were topics which it might have been hoped would have been urged by a committee of clergymen upon a body of young men in a state of excitement, as motives which ought to have led them to still greater “sorbearance,” even under all the provocation alleged. Nothing of this sort, however, appears. The threats and knife of an “assailant,” as he is termed, are indeed mentioned by the committee in terms of strong indignation; but the previous threat of a dirk, in the midst of the church, on the part of the students, is passed over in utter silence. The ouston of their conduct is broad and exolicit. l Your committee disclaim any feeling of hosti

lity toward Union College, or any of its goveraors or members. Their object is, without respect to persons, to expose the disturbance of a place of worship to just reprobation; to counteract the pernicious tendency of the official commendation of the parties on one side, and to prevent the recurrence of similar outrages. They do not believe that the students of Union College, as a body, have any hostility to the Methodistchureh. The parents, or guardians, or relatives of many of them, are in some way connected with this denomination; in treating which with disrespect, they must be conscious that they would be reproaching themselves. Your Committee are very certain, too, that no member of any college, who should demean himself peaceably and decerously, would knowingly be suffered to be insulted or ill treated in any Methodist congregation, without receiving protection and aid. It is our duty to encourage the attendance of youth in our places of worship, and to treat them not only with civility and politeness, but with kindness and affection, and rather to overlook occasional youthful indiscretions, than, by repulsive harshness and severity, to drive them from among us.

Your Committeo do not take upon themselvet to vindicate the publications on this unhappy subject, which the excitements of the moment produced in the public journals. Ou both sides they are believed to have been marked with precipitance. Much less can they consent to be taxed with the task of vindicating the conduct of the young man, between whom and the students the disturbance commenced; or that his conduct shall in any respect be set off against the abuse and violation of the premises and rights of a church with which he had no connexios.

Your Committee have studiously confined thenselves to the character and origin of the disturbance, as it occurred in and about the church; and, in their opinion, no extraneous or foreign circumstances ought to be suffered to hide those primary points from view. On either side, after the dispersion from the premises of the church, and on the subsequent days, other faults or errors may have been committed. These your Committee do not consider themselves appeinted to investigate; nor, if they existed, can they affect the truth of the fact, herein stated,—facts which are supported by the oaths of several of the parties themselves, and by other ample concurrent testimony.

A gross and indecent outrage reas committed in and about the church on a sabbath evening, at the close of the religious exercises. Some of the students and late students of Union College, and the young man mentioned, were guiltily concerned in it; and it cannot be justified, on either side, by any provocation even alleged to have been received.

J. EMORY,
F. GARRETTSON,
bANiel, OSTRANDER
EBEN SMITH,
“SAMUEL LUCKEY.

CONTENT'S OF WOL. VIII.

o DIVINITY.

Page
A Discourse in behalf of the Wesleyan Mis-
sions, preached at Great Gueen-street, Lin-
coln's Inn-fields, London, May 2, 1824, by

the Rev. Adam Clarke, LL.D., F. A. S. 3, 41

The doctrine of the Trinity Scriptural, - 81

Page
People-A Sermon, by the Rev. Jacob
Moore, on 1 Cor. iii, 21–23, - a 289,323
Substance of a Sermon delivered April 7th,
1824, at the Anniversary of the Albany
Female Missionary Society—By the Rev.

True method of attaining Divine knowledge, T. Spicer, - - - - - - 369
121, 169 The presence of Christ with his Ministers, 40”
Union of fear, hope, love, and joy, in the be- Sanctified Afflictions, - - - - 410
liever—A Sermon, by the Rev. Freeborn The Benefits of Self-Reflection-A Sermon
Garretson, on Psa. xxxiv, 11, - ,249 on Psalm crix, 59,60, by the Rev. Thomas
The Relations and Inheritance of Christ's Galland, A.M. - - - - - 449
BIOGRAPHY.
Memoir of Miss Charlotte Singleton, - 12 Memoir of the Rev. Joseph Aydelott, - 296
Memoir of the Rev. Wm. Beauchamp, 17,49,86 Memoir of John Spencer Carter, - - 298
Memoir of Mrs. Mary Carpenter, - - 54 Memoir of the Rev. Nicholas M'Intyre, - 336
Memoir of the Rev. Wm. Ross, - 126, 172 Memoir of Mrs. Rachel Asbury, - - 330
Memoir of Col. Van Santvoord, - - 214 Memoir of the late Mr. Robert Spence, 375,411
Memoir of the Rev. Thomas Mitchell, - 257 Memoir of Mrs. Sarah M. Flint, - - 418
Memoir of Mrs. Betsy Goodsell, - - 250 Memoir of Sir Robert H. Blosset, Knt. - 45s;
- MISCELLANEOUS.
Letter from the Directors of the Scottish A Brand plucked from the Burning, - o:
Missionary Society to persons proposing Address to the Wyandot Chiefs, - - 275
to offer themselves as Missionaries, 21, 63,90 Dreadful Hurricane, - - - 27t;
Remarkable Preservation, - - - 27 Expedition to the Polar Regions, - 301,342
Horrors of War, - - - - - 29 Anecdotes of Mr. Charles Wesley, - - 314
Cure of Gutta Serena, - - - - 69 Natural and Moral Abilities, - - 316,471
Letter on Personal and Family Religion, 96 Friendly Hints to all whom they may con-
Pulpit Eloquence, - - - - 99,133 cern, - - - - - - - 319
Popery in 1824 - - - - 104,177. The Wandering Algerine, - - - 348
Utility of the Magazine, - - - - 109 Original Letter of the late Rev. J. Benson, 354
Review of the Rev. H. Moore's Life of the The Ceylon Crow, - - - - - 3:56
Rev. John Wesley, - - 141,184,305 Doctrines of Grace, - - - - - 358
Moore's Life of Wesley, extract of a letter, 149 On the Attitude of Prayer, - - - 381
Remarks of an itinerant Preacher, - - 149 Mont Blanc, in Switzerland, - 386,424,474
Charter Fund, - - - - - - 152 Outrages in Barbadoes, - - - - 390
Cursory remarks on the English tongue, by Blindness of the Jews, - - - - 400
Dr. A. Clarke, - - - - - 191 Providential Deliverance of the Deputation
Magazine and Guardian, - - - - 195 and Crew at New Zealand, - - - 428
Review of Dr. Spring's Sermon on the ex- The Sailor's Mother, - - - - 430
cellence and iusluence of the Female cha- Experience of a Sailor, - - - -*431
racter, - - - - - 196,223,266 The profane Sea Captain, - - - 433
Letter from Mrs. Caroline Matilda Thayer, 229 Missions to the Heathem, - - - 433

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Review of Watson's Theological Institutes, 464
The Crucifixiou of Christ, - - - 469

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