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Of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
John M Mullin,
Robert Smith, Elders.
Of New Castle
Dr. John S. Martin,
Mr. Wm. P. Beatty,
Robert Evans t,
Thomas C. Searle,
* Succeeded by Rev. Jacob 7. Janeway, D. D. on the 7th. day of the sessions.
+ Succeeded by Rev. George W. Fanvier, on the 2d. who resigned his seat on the 5th. day of the sessions to Rev. Ezra S. Ely.
| Succeeded by Mr. John W. Scott, on the 5th. day of the sessions.
Succeeded by Rev. James Magraw, on the 4th. day of the sessions, who on the 9th. resigned his seat to the Rev. John E. Latta.
1 Succeeded by Rev. Fohn Burton, on the 4th day of the sessions.
** Succeeded by Rev. John D. Perkins, on the 5th. day of the sessions.
#1 Took their seats on the 4th day of the sessions.
Dj Took his seat on the 2d. day of the sessions, and was succeeded on the 4th. by Rev. Alexander Boyd.
|| Succeeded by Rev. Asa Dunham, on the 6th.
of the Presbytery of Huntingdon. Rev. John Coulter.
Of Lancaster. Rev. Thomas D. Baird,
Of Grand River. Rev. John Seward.
Of Hartford. Rev. Joshua Beer.
Of Ohio. Rev. James Hervey,
Mr. Obadiah Jennings.
Elder. Of Winchester. Rev. Samuel B. Wilson, Mr. John Mark, Elder. Samuel D. Hoge*.
of Hanover. Rev. John H. Rice,
Mr. William Baird,
Of Washington. Rev. James Hoget.
Of West Lexington. Rev. James Blythe, D. D.
Of Orange. Rev. Robert H. Chapman, D. Dt.
Of Concord. Rev. James Hall. D. D.
* Succeeded by the Rev. John B. Hoge, on the 7th. day of the sessions.
Took his seat, on the 3d. day of the sessions. # Took his seat on the 10th day of the sessions.
of the Presbytery of Transylvania. Rev. Samuel B. Robertson, Mr. James C. Barnes,
Elder. Of Harmony. Rev. John R. Thompson, D. D*.
Of Muhlenberg Rey. Daniel Comfort.
Of Miami. Rev. James Kemper.
The following delegates from the different Associations connected with this Assembly also attended ; and having produced certificates of their appointment, they took their seats as members : viz. Of the General Association of the State of Connecticut, Rev. John Marsh, D. D.
of Massachusetts Proper,
Of New Hampshire,
Of the General Convention of Vermont,
The following delegates were duly chosen to attend the different Associations connected with this Assembly: viz. Rev. James P. Wilson, D. D.
Eli F. Cooley, and
Cyrus Gildersleeve, to attend the next meeting of the General Association of Connecticut.
* Took his seat on the 2d. day of the sessions.
Rev. Eli F. Cooley and Rev. Cyrus Gildersleeve, to attend the next meeting of the General Association of Massachusetts Proper.
Rev. William A. M Dowell, to attend the next meeting of the General Association of New Hampshire, and the next meeting of the General Convention of Vermont.
Resolved, That the Assembly, and such persons as may choose to unite with them, will spend a part of next wednesday evening, in this church, in special prayer and other religious exercises; and that Drs. Wilson, Neill and Rodgers, be a committee to make arrangements for the occasion, and to designate persons to lead in the exercises.
The concert of prayer was held accordingly, and the audience was solemn and unusually large.
Resolved, That a free conversation on the state of religion be the order of the day for next Monday.
A connected Narrative of the state of Religion was read; and, being amended, was adopted, and is as follows :
The General Assembly in giving to the churches under their care
a detailed account of the state and prosperity of Zion find themselves affected by mingled emotions, in which joy and gratitude have the ascendency. A view of the operations of Divine grace in our churches during the past year, clearly demonstrates, not only that God is “ever mindful of his covenant with his people, that he will not forever hide his face from the children of his love, but also, that “the time,even the set time to favour many parts of the American Zion has now come." If, when receiving a particular account of God's dealings with his people, we find, in some instances, that " iniquity abounds, and the love of some who have professed to serve the Lord, has waxed cold; that stupidity, luke-warmness, deadness, or vice, have paralyzed the arm of religious exertion, or stopped the pulse of religious feeling ;' the General Assembly feel thankful to the great head of the church, that they are soon relieved from dwelling on these dark and depressing scenes. A brighter and more animating state of affairs soon rises to notice. Instances, in which the
arm of the Lord has been signally revealed to ma ny, who had been long" sitting in the darkness of spiritual death,” or benumbed by a death-like lethargy and indifference to spiritual concerns, gild the prospects, inspire with hope, encourage and animate us to wait for the Divine blessing in the way of God's appointment, and in the use of those means which he has designated.
In noticing the events which have transpired during the past year, the General Assembly, cannot but regard them as characteristic of a new and highly interesting æra of the church of Christ. They can state, from information received from different sections of the church, that infidelity stalks abroad with a less confident and unblushing aspect, than in times past ; that “ intemperance and profanity have become less frequent, and that a decent and respectful attention is generally paid to the external duties of piety. True it is, that this state of things does not every where prevail. In some sections of the church the people of God are mourning and in tears, because the SABBATH of the Lord is not hallowed, and because, instead of “ remembering to keep it holy," some continue to do their own pleasure, and attend to secular pursuits on this holy day! TRAVELLING ON THE LORD's Day is not uniformly, nor carefully, avoided ; and, though, in some parts of our land, this sin is reprobated and punished, (and the General Assembly mention this fact in the language of commendation, and in hopes that it will receive notice and imitation,) yet, in OTHERS, it is regarded as of a venial character, and committed with but little compunction! The General Assembly advert to this, for the purpose of expressing the sense which they entertain of it, as a flagrant violation of express and commanded duty; as calculated to provoke the Divine indignation and to bring down the heaviest judgments !
It is with pleasure, however, that the General Assembly can report the harmony, the union, and the peace of the church ; the fidelity of its ministers; and the instances of exemplary piety, of fervent zeal, and of generous and devoted attachment to the cause of the Redeemer, which are presented to their notice. "The Garden of God”