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tain of life; and wbile his name is enrolled in heaven, we care not to record his praises on the fading pages of this world's history.
“We mourn him, but we praise him not,
To God the praise be given."
CONCLUSION, Almost every circumstance connected with the above narrative is fraught with instruction. He was cut off suddenly-in the vigour of life-in the midst of most important domestic and public business. What an admonition to be ready! At such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
He was ready. Though cut off suddenly, he was not cut down unprepared. The_whole business of life.is) to prepare for death, Through the mercy of God he had attended to that great business, and he came to his grave as a shock of corn cometh in its season. The gospel of God's Son is that which casts a glory and a cheerfulness about death and the grave, whatever may be the number or the nature of the melancholy circumstances attending the departure of a saint. Joseph Ca. bell Breckinridge's end on earth would have been a gloomy end indeed had we not good ground to say with respect to him and his, "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, unto them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.”
We are encouraged from this case to be faithful and diligent in preaching the gospel, as we have an opportunity, though we may not know at the time that we are the means of doing any good. Alexander, and Smith,
and M'Chord, at very distant places, ånd at very distant intervals of time, were the instruments used in beginning and perfecting the good work in our departed friend. And they had no intercourse or connection with one another in the matter. Their common Lord and Master directed the whole.
The religion of our Lord Jesus in its purity and simplicity does not unfit men for the business of this world. Our departed friend was not a less agreeable compadion, was not a less successful lawyer, was not in the least disqualified as a statesman, by his living in the fear of God, and by his attending to devotional exercises in his closet and family, and in the public assemblies of the saints. May the Lord God of Israel, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, raise up many such companions, and lawyers and statesmen, in Kentucky. And who is there who reads this who will not say, Amen?
The responsibility of the instructors of youth of er. ery kind is great. Not only the future character for this life, but the eternal destiny of every pupil depends to a great extent on the religious principles of his teacher. Our friend had his early religious impressions nearly effaced, and even became halt a disciple of infidelity, by being removed from one school and put into another of a different character.
Fathers and mothers of Kentucky, can you calmly and deliberately give up your children to the breath of the destroyer-?
SKETCH OF THE ORIGIN, PROGRESS, AND PRESENT STATE OF THE SYNOD OF KENTUCKY.
On Wednesday, 30th of March, 1785, a conference or ecclesiastical council met at Cane Run meeting-house, then Lincoln county. The members were:
Rev. David Rice,
Terah Templin, probationer, with a lay representation from the congregations of Cane Run, New Providence, Paint Lick, Salem, and Mount Zion. The state of religion in the district of Kentucky being the general subject of conference, they continued in session for three days, and adopted and recommended resolutions, respecting the election and ordination of elders, the religious instruction of children and young people, the inquiring into the character and credentials of those who might come into the district as preachers, &c. &c. &c.
A second conference was held at the same place on Tuesday, 12th July following, and continued for several days. The members of this conference were,
Rev. David Rice,
with a lay representation from thirteen congregations, Subjects of conversation, the sanctification of the Sabbath, particularly in those congregations or neighbourhoods which did not enjoy public worship; the recom. mending of a fast day, on account of the danger to which the district was exposed from the Indians; and the baving a collection taken up in all the congregations tor the purpose of importing books for the use of the ministry
The Presbytery of Transylvania was the frst regular Presbytery' which was established in Kentucky. It met agreeably to an appointment of the Synod of NewYork and Philadelphia, at Danville, 17th of October, 1786. The original members were, the Rev. David Rice, Adam Rankin, Thomas B. Craighead, Andrew M'Clure, James Crawford, and Terah Templin.
The Synod of Kentucky, according to the appointment of the General Assembly, held its first meeting in Lexington, on the 14th day of October, 1802, and was opened with a sermon by the Rev. David Rice, on Isa. viii, 20. It was then composed of three Presbyteries, viz: Transylvania, West Lexington, and Washington. Transylvania had nineteen members, viz: David Rice, Samuel Finley, Matthew Houston, Samuel Robinson, Thomas B. Craighead, Terah Templin, James Balch, James M'Gready, William Hodge, John Bowman, William M'Gee, John Rankin, Samuel Donald, Thomas Mahon, Samuel M'Adow, John Howe, James Vance, Archibald Cameron, and Jeremiah Abel.
West Lexington had eleven, viz; James Crawford, Samuel Shannon, Isaac Tull, Robert Marshall, James
Blythe, James Welch, Joseph P. Howe, Samuel Rannells, John Lyle, Barton W. Stone, and William Robinson.
Washington had seven, viz: James Kemper, Johp P. Campbell, Richard M'Nemar, Jobo Thompson, John E, Finley, John Dunlavy, and Matthew G. Wallace.
The only ministers present at the first meeting of the Synod of Kentucky were as follows, viz:-Of Transylvania, David Rice, Samuel Finley, Matthew Houston, and Samuel Robinson. Of West Lexington, James Crawford, Samuel Shannon, Isaac Tull, Robert Marshall, James Blythe, James Welch, Joseph F. Howe, Samuel Rannels, and John Lyle. Of Washington, James Kemper, John P. Campbell, Richard M’Nemar, and John Thompson
On the 20th of October, 1813, the Synod agreed that a new Synod should be formed in the state of Ohio, composed of the Presbyteries of Washington, Lancaster, and Miami. At this time the following members composed the above Presbyteries, viz: The Washington Presbytery had twelve ministers, James Gilliland; Robert G. Wilson, John E Fioley, William Williamson, John Boyd, Robert Wilson, Nicholas Pittinger, Robert Dobbins, James Hoge, John Andrews, James H. Dickey, and Samuel Woods. Miami had seven, James Welch, William Robinson, Joshua L. Wilson, Matthew G. Wallace, Samuel Baldridge, Daniel Haydon, and John Thompson. Lancaster never belonged to the Synod of Kentucky. The Ohio Synod held its first meeting, according to the appointment of the General