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been contending, clearly and ably vindicated. The following conclusions of the learned Judge were distinctly and emphatically laid down, with other subordinate points, as the law of the case.
First—That such a suit was the appropriate and best mode of determining the matters in controversy.
Second--That the Plan of Union was constitutional, and, at the time, expedient under the early policy of the church ; and that the General Assembly and the General Association were competent to make it, and to rescind it.
Third — That if it were void, the existence of the four synods could not be destroyed by its abrogation, because from the nature of the Plan they could not have been attached to the church by virtue of that Plan, and the fact was undisputed that they were created like all the other synods, by the General Assembly and in the same manner.
Fourth--- That the acts exscinding those synods and all their constituent parts, without notice or trial, were contrary to the eternal principles of justice, to the law of the land and to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church, and were null and void, and that of course the commissioners from their presbyteries were entitled to their seats in the General Assembly of 1838.
Fifth— That the clerks and moderator in excluding these commissioners and preventing their cases from coming before the house, if it was the result of concert with a party to carry out those exscinding acts, was grossly erroneons, and called for the notice of the house, and the house was competent to remove them by appointing others.
Sixth-That those who are present and have an opportunity to vote and decline to vote, no matter for what reason, are bound by the majority of those who do vote.
Having stated to them (without intimating an opinion) the questions of fact upon which they were to pass, he adjured them in the solemn language of their oath,“ as they should answer to God at the great day,” that with unprejudiced minds they should decide according to the evidence. The jury having been out about an hour returned with a verdict for the plaintiffs.
Thus has closed this most remarkable trial! Its result is matter not for selfish triumph, but for devout gratitude to the Great Disposer of events, that thus another beacon-light has been kindled on the highway of time, to light up the onward path of the friends of religious liberty! Let the victims of ecclesiastical oppression in their “night time of sorrow and care” look to its “ pillar of fire," thank God and take courage!
March 27, 1839.
Robinson & Franklin, New York, and Crocker and Brewster, Boston, have in the press and will soon publish, Notes, critical, explanatory and practical on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah ; with a New Translation. In tro Volumes, 8vo. By Albert Barnes. A few sheets only of these volumes have been furnished us by the publishers, from which we have derived favorable
impressions of the thoroughness and general excellence of the work. The author is already too well known, as an annotator on other portions of Scripture, to require our commendation, and we need only add that his forth-coming Notes on Isaiah have been in preparation for a series of years past, and, in his own language, are “ the production of many a laborious, but many a pleasant hour.” Our readers may expect a more extended notice of these volumes hereafter.
Hooker & Claxton, Philadelphia, are about publishing Winer's large Greek Grammar of the New Testament, translated by Professors J. H. Agnew and O. G. Ebbeke of Pbiladelpbia. In the German it is a volume of about 600 pages 8vo. and is spoken of in the highest terms by those who are qualified to judge. The translators are also making arrangements to offer to the public Winer's Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, which they prefer to either Wahl or Bretschneider.
Henry Perkins, Philadelphia, has in the press the first American edition of Greenfield's Polymicrian Testament, on which he is sparing no pains to secure typographical accuracy.
Harper & Brothers, New York, have in press Indian Tales and Legends, in two volumes. By Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, being the first of a series of volumes in preparation by the same author, denominated “ Algic Researhes, comprising inquiries respecting the mental characteristics of the North American Indians." From the character of the author and his familiar acquaintance with these subjects, as superintendant of Indian affairs on our North-western frontier for many years past, the public may expect some interesting and instructive developments in these volumes.
Perkins & Marvin, Boston, will publish, in the coming month, a Memoir of Mrs. Sarah L, Smith, wife of the Rev. Eli Smith, missionary in Syria.
C. C. Little & James Brown, Boston, have in press “ the complete works of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke in 9 vols. 8vo, also the poetical works of Edmund Spencer, with notes, etc., in 5 vols. 8vo. and 12mo.
We are happy to learn that George Alexander Otis Esq. of Boston, the translator of Botta's History of the American Revolution, has translated, at the suggestion of John Quincy Adams, the Tusculan Questions of Cicero. We have every reason to suppose that this noble production of the orator has been rendered into English by Mr. Otis with accuracy and elegance.
Scotland. It affords us much pleasure to announce that the Edinburgh Biblical Cabinet, (noticed in the Repository Vols. V. 485, and IX. 319,) is still continued by its enterprising projector and publisher, Mr. Thomas Clark. The series has reached the twenty-third volume. It consists of translations, mostly from the German, of commentaries and other treatises designed to explain and illustrate the Scriptures. We earnestly commend the work to our readers. It may be procured for about one dollar a volume. We shall revert to it again at an early day.
INDEX TO VOLUME I.
Blunt, Rev. Henry, on St. Paul 511.
Butler, Rev. Daniel, on the writings
Byron., His life and poetry 207.
ciples pointed out 98. On faith 99.
Antiquitates Americanae noticed by essential to salvation 105. The
guments against it 295. The Uni-
it 31.3 Hundreds of passages omit-
Unitarians 318, and that of Gries-
bach 320. Strictures on Griesbach
the corruption of pulpit eloquence Trinity, the Godhead of Christ and
, George, history of the Uni- Catastrophe of the Presbyterian church
in 1837, noticed 249.
Corinthians 511. Notes on Isaiah Christianity, a secular view of the so-
cial influences of, 180. Our reli.
byterian controversy 472. The European origin180. Modern Rome
183. The vicissitudes of Chris-
in the middle ages 187,—of the Dighton writing rock 441.
of man 202. Conclusion 203. sification of comedy. Menander 455.
The satyrs and tragedy 456. Soph.
ture of the drama 460. Its repre-
on its moral tendency 463.
Education, Board of, Massachusetts,
menti sacrorum Hebraicae, etc. no- English poetry, modern, Byron, Shel-
ley, Wordsworth 206.
advantages and defects of, 130.
reigo of, noticed 242.
casions and present state 472. The Foster, John, the writings of, 58.
Fürst's Hebrew concordance, noticed
Gallatin, Albert, note by, on the Eski-
Genuineness of several texts in the
the Presbyterian church, noticed crees and providence of, 10.
Good works 14.
Gospels, genuineness of several texts
fluences of Christianity 180. On Norton's supposition of its spuri.
53, defended 70. Mark 14: 8-20,
proved not to be an interpolation
John 5: 4, defended 79, John 21:
24, 25, suspected by Mr. Norton 83.
Landis, Ren. R. W. on Campbellism
94. Continued 295.
Christ, Matthew 5:17-20. The
its form the law is abolished 331.
As to its substance, the law of Mo-
ses is the law of nature 332, and is
fill the law 334. He will not per-
leitung in das alte testament, no aside 337. The law obligatory upon
all believers 339. It is a rule of
etc, noticed 501.
Magnusen, Finn, explanation of the
Malcolm, Red. Howard, travels by,
Man, original state and fall of, 10.
Obligations of, 11.
for commencing a new series 2. and the Prophets 228.
Morals of Socrates 161.
Nordheimer,Prof.I. grammatical anal.
ysis of Hebrew selections, noticed
of the truth of the christian reli Astronomy, noticed 507.
gion, noticed 508.
Observations, introductory, by the edi.
Original state and fall of man 10.