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that he run his eye' over that.
We think it would have been as well for him to have read the Letters before he attempted a refutation. But as he seems to have gone on the principle that argument may be fairly met by assertion, and facts disproved by a simple denial, that was perhaps unnecessary.
CORRECTION OF MISTATEMENTS, RESPECTING THE
THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL AT CAMBRIDGE AND THE LATE PROCEEDINGS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
Continued from our last Number.]
We have already stated the most material facts in relation to the origin of the Theological School ; to the expressed or implied intentions of Mr Hollis in the foundation of his Professorship; and to the long established connexion of the school with the University. It has also been shown that the President of the College was froin the first, as he now is, ex officio, the head of the school; and that there is nothing in the new Statutes, that in any degree changes the nature of that relation, or that conveys to him any higher powers, than those, with which he was invested by the adoption, in 1816, of the Constitution of the Society for the promotion of Theological education in Harvard University.'
The various complaints and misapprehensions, which have been so industriously circulated, and in distant parts of the Commonwealth, for purposes easily understood, have all proceeded upon the supposition, that the late question to be determined by the Corporation and Overseers, was, whether a theological school should now be united with the College. But neither the Corporation nor the Overseers had power to decide this matter. It was already decided for them. It has been once and again repeated, in various journals of the day, * that all the subscriptions or donations, made previous to the formation of the Society in 1816, and until the new Constitution of 1824, were given for the express purpose of forming a school within the University ; that they were the contributions of a very large number of individuals in various and distant parts of the Commonwealth; that to change their direction, or to direct the fund to a school, distinct from the college, would require the consent of each donor; that the Corporation were not left at liberty to consider the expediency of uniting, or not uniting, the school with the college. They were required to do, as they have done, by the very terms of the subscription.'
To this it may be added, that not only all the sums given to the Society, but also all those conveyed by the Society, (previous to Nov. 1824,) to the corporationto whom, as it has been said, it stood in the relation of a donor-were given on the express understanding of the connexion of the school with the University. No part
of them, therefore, could be legally diverted to a school separate from the college. Nor, even had it been deemed expedient, were the Coporation competent to relinquish a fund, the trust of which they had accepted ; and which, with so much pains and liberality, had been bestowed, by the friends of religion
* See among others, the Daily Advertiser of March 24th, and the Christian Register of March 26th.
and the friends of the College, ‘for the promotion,' as distinctly stated, of Theological Education in Harvard University.'
This statement is correct, in its whole extent, till the adoption of the new Constitution in November, 1824. At that period, on account of some diversity of opintion as to the expediency of maintaining the school in its connexion with the college, it was provided, that sums afterwards given should be understood as given to the Theological School; and might be appropriated by the Directors to a school in Cambridge, or in any other place. But this, it must be observed, could be done only with the consent of the Corporation.
But even admitting, what we have seen was not possible, that the fund might be relinquished, and the school separated from the college. We ask, for what reasons? Are there not substantial reasons for the connexion ? Has not theology a place among the sciences ? Does it not belong to a system of instruction in every University? And is it not to be taught to the students or under-graduates, as much as the Classics or the Mathematics ? Are the opposers of these statutes so jealous of Unitarian preaching and Unitarian prayers, that, rather than expose the young men to their influence, they would have them wholly without religious or theological instruction? We presume they would be unwilling to confess their preference for an alternative, like this.
But if religious instruction is to be dispensed at all, by whom can it be given but by the Officers of the College ? by the Hollis Professor of Divinity, who is strictly the professor of the University ; to whom Mr
Hollis himself committed the trust; and in private letters commended the students of Theology and the candidates for the ministry, to his watch and care.
But the complaint is, that the other Professors of the school are also instructers of the College. The only difference under the present system is—that the religious services of the chapel, on Sundays, and perhaps on other days, which were before performed by the Hollis Professor, are now shared, or may be shared, by the other Professors of the School. Nor is even this a new provision. By the statutes of 1819, it was provided, and the Corporation were, at any time, authorized to call for the religious services of all the instructers of the school.
ORDINATION AT AUGUSTA, GEORGIA.
Jan. 9. Mr Stephen G. Bulfinch, from the Theological School at Cambridge, ordained as Minister of the Unitarian Church and Society in Augusta, Georgia. The services of the occasion were conducted by Mr Gilman of Charleston, S. C. and Mr Bulfinch. The following hymn, by Mrs Gilman, was sung.
Thy God demands this hour,
And fear, yet bless his power.
The privilege belongs
To thee, to swell his name,
His majesty proclaim.
Thy reasoning powers bestow,
The God, who formed thee, know;
Which soars from cultured man,
To God, whence it began.
Start from thy earthly dream,
For Jesus leads the theme;
Arise, and be forgiven :
Will point the way to heaven.
Rise at the Gospel's call,
And urge alike on all,
On youth, in light and joy,
To join the high employ.
In the afternoon of the day of ordination, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper were administered; and on the Monday following, twentythree pews were sold or rented.