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neighbouring Churches, each of which the examination of the candidates for the sends one minister and one elder, with pro- ministry; and they also transact all the bu per credentials and instructions, to said as-siness that Synod has with the magistracy. sembly. They are held statedly, at least These Synods may not alter any thing which three, and in some places, seven times a is established by a General Synod. The year, at the place, and at the time agreed States of the Province where the Synod upon at the last meeting. If there be sev- is held, send at least two deputies, who are eral ministers in the place where they meet, called Political Commissaries, whose duty it they may all attend the meeting and act as is to take notice of every thing done in Synmembers, except in cases where they or od. The meetings of Synod are opened and their congregations are concerned. The closed with a sermon. ministers ordinarily fill the offices of President, and Secretary in rotation, according to the time of their connexion with the Classis. In some Classis the ministers of cities have the right of always presiding. The business which is transacted in Classis, relates to discipline, Consistorial meetings, the care of the poor and of schools, the defence of sound doctrine, appeals from Consistories, references, request for advice, and the like. They choose delegates to the provincial Synods, and appoint two or more visiters, who annually visit the Churches under their jurisdiction, to inquire into the state of the Churches, and of the schools. These serve, sometimes one, sometimes two, and some-pel times three years. An extraordinary meeting of Classis may be called by the delegates of Classis, or its moderators, viz. the President and Secretary; but it must be done at the expense of the person, or congregation calling such meeting.

The provincial Synods are composed of four or more neighbouring Classes, and meet ordinarily once a year. Every Classis delegates ordinarily two ministers, and one or two elders, who must have attended the last Classical meeting. To the Synod of Drente there are no elders deputed; and to that of Groningen; not more than one, from the Classis of Groningen. The President of the last preceding Synod, or one of the delegates of Synod, both of whom are considered as advisory members, or ex-officio, frequently opens the meetings of Synod, calls for the credentials of the members, and fills the place of President, until a President be chosen by the meeting. Sometimes the minister of the place where the meeting is held, calls for the credentials. In every Synod, except that of Friesland, there is an Assessor, who acts as vice-President and Counsellor, to the President, as well as President and Secretary. Every Synod chooses from its members correspondents, whose business it is to meet with other Synods. In those Synods, however, they possess merely the right of advising, not of voting. Every Synod also deputes some of its members to put in execution whatever has been ordained by such Synod, as well in matters of general concerns, as in what relates to the respective Classes in particular, that are subject to its jurisdiction; which deputies, or at least some of them, must always be present at

The Female Missionary Society, of NewYork, auxiliary to the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church, was organized the 6th of January, 1824. The formation of this Soci-. ety was founded upon the increasing anxiety for the enjoyment and participation of the privileges of the Churches of our body, and the prevailing of the Gospel-the destitute situation of many excitement now so generally diffused over socie ty at large, in their zeal to extend the Redeemer's Kingdom.

Our exertions have been directed towards the strengthening of the Parent Institution, in its important and desirable object, to preserve the goswhere it is, and to send it where it is not preached in our bounds, as a distinct part of the Christian community.

Mrs. P. N. Strong, 1st Directress.
Mrs. McMurray, 2d
Mrs. Matthews, 3d
Mrs. Knox, Treasurer.
Mrs. Van Nest, Secretary.
MANAGERS.

Middle Church.
Mrs. T. Anthony,
Miss A. Duryee,

Miss Van Wagenen
Mrs. Van Nest.
Dr. M Murray's Ch.
Miss Conger,
Miss Crugier,
Miss Sloe,
Miss Seaman.
Dr. Broadhead's
Mrs. Leggett,
Mrs. Westerveit,
Miss Jacobus,
Miss Earl.

North Church:
Mrs. Crolius,
Mrs, Clapp,
Miss A. D. Heyer,
Miss M. Varick.

Mr. Dubois' Ch

Mrs. Huyler,
Mrs. Shadwell,

Miss Holmes,

Miss Demarest.

Ch.

Mr. Baldwin's Chr

Mrs. Munson,

Dr. Mathews' Ch.
Mrs. De Forest,
Mrs. Beekman.

Mrs. Merritt,

Miss Bicker,

Miss Brown.

Mr. Marsellus's Ch

Miss Labagh,
Miss Van Nest.

The Society consists, at present, of about 250 members. The amount of monies paid over to the Treasurer of the Parent Society, is as fol

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The daughters of Zion have awakened from their sleep, and begin to feel the importance of the command, Goye and work in my vineyard And many have come forward and devoted themselves to the cause of Missions; notwithstanding the natural timidity which characterises them: and have braved the toils, repulses, and some times insults, which they have to expect in the service of Him, who suffered himself to be revi

led, but who reviled not again. And having learned to appreciate the worth of souls from their own happy experience, they press forward. with firm and steady step in the service; and they do it in reliance upon Him, who has assured his followers that their work and labour of love shall not be in vain in the Lord. And they hope that He who has begun the good work, will enable them to go on with earnestness and courage till all ranks, in the midst of us, shall join in the acknowledgment of his truth, and in the supplication that Zion may become a praise in the earth.

The young Ladies' Missionary Society of Brooklyn, auxiliary to the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church, has paid into the treasury of the parent society $77 37, which, with the $25 formerly paid by the ladies of that church, make $102 37 to constitute their pastor, the Rev. Mr. Ebenezer Mason, a director for life, of the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church.

sey, in which, after tendering his hearty thanks,
(in the name of the new church there,) to the
Missionary Board of the Dutch Church Mission-
ary Society, which has so promptly and liberally
aided them-he proceeds to state that he has de-
voted a tenth part of all the profits of a farmer's
machine which he has invented, and for which
he has secured a patent. The use of this ma-
chine is to gather, at one operation, all kinds of
grain, and seed; whose ears grow on the end of
the stalk-leaving the hay and straw on the field,
which may be gathered, if wanted, as easily af
terwards as if no process of reaping had passed
over it. The machine may, according to the
power at which it is wanted, be wrought by
manual labour, or by horses; and it can reap
from ten to fifteen acres per day.
And with care
--so simple is its construction, it will last 20 or 30
years. He offers it for sale, by the single ma-
chine, or for a township. Apply to Mr. James
Ten Eyk, North Branch, near Somerville, New
Jersey. We wish him great success, that our
Missionary Society may have the pleasure of ex-
tending the Redeemer's cause by the help of his
generous offer of his tithes of all!

A Missionary Society, auxiliary to the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church has been lately organized at Ovid. President, the Rev. Mr. Abraham Messler; Secretary, Mr. John P. Nevius; Treasurer, Mr. F. Sebring. The number of its efficient members is stated to In looking over the list of Auxiliary Missionabe sixty. Their anniversary is on the first Mon-ry societies formed within the bounds of our day of May. We congratulate our brethren at Reformed Zion, we have reason to exclaim how Ovid on the formation of this Society; and re- few, in comparison to the extent of the church, joice in the Missionary zeal manifested there. have placed themselves on the Lord's side !— It is a glorious cause. And we do hope that a Where, where are our females? What are they society which bids so fair in the outset, may ne- doing? I do not mean those particularly In this ver weary in well doing. Let them consider the city," (although there remains much to be done value of souls; let them think on the destitute here,) but through the church at large. Step places of our Reformed Church; let them listen forward, then, my young female friends. The to the earnest cries of our perishing fellow men; field of labour is large-thousands of poor miselet them think of the obligations under which our rable children of apostate Adam, are daily perishDivine Master has laid them-and let them pressing for the want of instruction-their cry to you is onward in the holy cause. We welcome them into the field as our christian associates and brothers. May we not venture to ask the ladies of Ovid, through their beloved pastor, when the editor may have the pleasure of recording their Missionary Society? Let it be ever so smallmight not something be done?

A Missionary Society, auxiliary to the Missionary Society of the Reformed Dutch Church has been formed in the North West D. Church, Franklin street, N. Y. under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Dubois. President, the Rev. Mr. Dubois; Vice Presidents, Messrs. Samuel Dela Mater, and James D. Westervelt: Clerk, Mr. Carrol M. Gehagen: Treasurer, Mr. Smith Bloomfield. And we are happy to state that the number of members of this very interesting Missionary Society amounts to 133.

for help. Can you-will you rest quietly while it is within your power to bestow the help implored of you? Who were they that were last at the Saviour's cross, and first at the empty grave after his resurrection? They were females-they were not ashamed to own themselves as the disciples of the meek and lowly Jesus-that same spirit has distinguished them since, in every period of the church. Call on your Pastors, tell them your wishes, give them no peace. Sound in their ears, the cries and the groans of the dying sinner. Ask them in whose skirts shall be found the blood of these perishing immortals. But if like Peter they would rather "follow afar off, leave them in his hands, who hath said "I will repay"-Seize yourselves the standard of salvation, unfurl it to the congregation in which you reside. Invite them to join you in the noble, and glorious work of sending the Heralds of the cross to the relief of those who are sitting in the region and shadow of death, of proclaiming liberty to the captive, and bidding them go

The ladies of the Reformed Dutch Church at Flatbush, (L. Island,) have paid into our Treasury one hundred dollars, to constitute their Pastor, the Rev. Mr. Thomas M. Strong, a Director for life of the Missionary Society of the Re-free. With what rapture shall you be recognised formed Dutch Church. This spirit of liberality, and missionary zeal of the ladies of Flatbush, we hold up to the ladies of all our churches. We know that they are willing to aid in the interesting cause of Missions. And we know that they have the means. We only give them most respectfully a hint to "remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said-It is more blessed to give than to receive "

by some emancipated soul in the regions of glory, and pointed out as the instruments in the hands of our gracious Redeemer, who first sent to them, the gospel, as an "angel of mercy," to lead them to the Saviour. If there are any among your female friends who are halting between two opinions, ask them at what price they would relinquish their present enjoyments and means of grace; their Sabbath-day privileges, and their The editor has received a letter from Mr. Bible, for the condition of those who are destiJames Ten Eyck, dated North Branch, New Jer-tute of all these? As they value and esteem

them, put them on the proof of their sincerity and
piety. And ask them to show the liberal fruits
obedience to their Lord and Master.
A MISSIONARY.

Ordination. On the 14th day of March, 1827, the Rev. Isaac P. Labagh was set apart to the work of the Gospel Ministry, by the imposition of hands; and installed the Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church in Waterford, Saratoga county, N. Y. Introductory prayer by the Rev. Cornelius Bogardus. Sermon by the Rev. PhilDuryea. Charge to the Pastor by the Rev. Jacob Fonda, and to the people by the Rev. Abraham Switz. Concluding prayer by the Rev. Isaac Ferris. The exercises were peculiarly solemn and impressive; the utmost stillness pervaded the house, and the audience exhibited throughout the most unwearied attention.

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efforts in erecting a neat and comfortable house of worship, and in the prospect that our numbers will increase. For our congregation is one of the weak ones, which that Society has taken by the hand.

And it would be ungrateful in us not to remember the favour we received from the Consistory of the Reformed Dutch Church in New-York, for it is through the instrumentality of their gift of five hundred dollars, that we will be enabled to finish our house. The Lord reward them for their liberality.

By order of the Consistory of

HYDE PARK.

The Editor has been favoured with medita

tions, a diary, and some sermons, by the late Dr. Laidlie, through the polite attentions of an honoured relative of that late eminent minister of our church-and also some remains of the late Dr. Abeel. He has not been able to decypher any sufficient portion for the present number. In our next we shall give something from Dr. Laidlie.

We have just received our European file of Magazines. But have no room for extracts.

We are anxious to hear from our brethren in Albany, on the progress of the good work of the Spirit of God in that favoured city.

REFORMED DUTCH CHURCH MAGAZINE.

We would remind those of our friends, and all the friends of Missions, that the net profits of this publication go to aid the church in sending the Gospel to the destitute parts of our land. Is there a solitary individual, blessed with the means of grace, and to whom a kind Providence has granted a competency of temporal comfort, that is prepared to reject the cries of those, perishing for the lack of knowledge; and say because we do not personally feel any of their wants, we will not grant them a small portion of possessed by us. How soon may God blast your present prospects; and paralyze your efforts; and wither, by a touch, your present enjoyments; and make you feel in sadness, the marks of his displeasure! What hast thou, that thou hast not received from his all-bountiful hand? Who has made thee to differ from those who are now pleading before us that the Gospel may be sent to them? Oh! if they perish, and the means to rescue them is within your power, and be refused by you-if God has granted you a competency and you neglect to use it to advance his glory, the blood of those perishing fellow men will be found in your skirts! How dreadful to hear it pronounced from the lips of that blessed Saviour, Blood for blood -ETERNITY for ETERNITY. There are many, very many within the bounds of our Reformed Zion, sitting daily under the droppings of the Sanctuary, whose fathers and mothers nobly stood in defence of the truth, and who fondly hoped when they closed their eyes in death, that their children would have followed their examples, and not be unmindful of the interests of that church, in which they had been solemnly dedicated to the Lord in baptism. Beloved christian friends, the church of your fathers has, in order to aid the cause of truth, and to advance the interests of the Redeemer's kingdom, issued a Monthly Magazine of which the following is the caption to the Subscription list: "We the subscribers promise to pay for the Magazine of the Reformed Dutch Church $1 50 on, or before the delivery of the

sixth number, or $2, if paid after the delivery of that number, for each and every year that we continue subscribers; reserving the right to withdraw our names whenever we may please so to do, always giving six months pi evious notice." Are there any of you disposed to forget the church of his fathers? Are there any ready to renounce alliance to the church of Christ, and to refuse to give a little of those temporalities, over which the Lord has an absolute controul—and to give it in so good a cause? Let us again remind you that he may compel obedience by one or other, of the variety of means within his power. Enrol your names then, with those who are not ashamed to be found among the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the Reformed Dutch Church Magazine be found in every one of your families; and in the hands of your children. You will, at a small expense gain these objects. You will, at the end of the year, have a volume of religious instruction for a small sum. And you will aid in the holy cause of Missions; and help to extend the bounds of our Reformed Church, and spread abroad the knowledge of those pure doctrines of the Gospel for which your ancestors suffered and bled in the Netherlands; and which they transmitted to you with a solemn charge to hold them fast till Christ come.

SKETCH OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

ENGLAND suffers greatly from the depression of her manufactures. Her debt is so great, that she cannot pay the interest without a larger tax than has ever been imposed, and that too upon the rich, and those who have high salaries. The Duke of York died on the 5th of January. FRANCE seems tranquil, but consents reluctantly, from her own weakness, to the measures required by the liberal policy of Canning. The Jesuits and Royalists are urging the claims of Monarchy, with more zeal than prudence.

HOLLAND.-The King of the Netherlands is quietly pursuing his course in meliorating the condition of his country; in promoting science and internal improvements. His arms in the Dutch East India possessions have met with a melancholy disaster. The natives have been too successful in destroying the Dutch army.

AUSTRIA, зpell bound by the evil spirit of despotism, is too feeble to assist Spain; and without support from Russia and France, she cannot as she wishes, oppose the enlightened course of England.

RUSSIA, in her new Emperor, is engaged in defending her eastern boundaries from the incursions of Persia. He seems friendly to England. SPAIN, with an imbecile king, a bigotted clergy, and her statesmen divided, is in a more humiliating state than Austria. Alarmed at the measures of Portugal, she dare not oppose It may be expected that some revolution, more fa vorable to the people, will ere long occur in Spain. PORTUGAL, assisted by England, perseveres in maintaining her new constitution, and in increasing the liberty and happiness of her people.

The war is almost at an end.

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an elective government. The character of Bolivar is not yet developed. He may be the friend of liberty; but if he should be, he must have more magnanimity than either Caesar, or Cromwell, or Bonaparte.

MEXICO, whose population bears some moral resemblance to that of South America, is of course unprepared for republicanism. In Texas, a revolution has taken place favorable to liberty.-B. Tel. and Rec.

UNITED STATES.-We enjoy public health, and a great degree of national prosperity, in our political relations and in our mercantile, manhas closed. Nothing has been done to immorufacturing and agricultural concerns. Congress

talize the session. There has been no brilliant

son.

speeches; no important discussions. The bankrupt bill received its quietus for another seaand almost three duels-a never failing proof of a sad lack of brains! For when a fellow wants the necessary quantum of brains to regulate common sense, and common decency-right or wrong he will fight. This is the only way in which the lack-wits of the species can make old wonder at their boldness! For Mr. McDuffie, wives, girls and children hold up their hands and of famous duelling memory, we are not surprised at him. His Highland blood, at all times unusually warm, is generally at the boiling point, by has had the courage, and, we hope, christianity, reason of the Southern climate! Mr. Wright to decline a challenge, and has turned the thing cedent will be duly appreciated, and followed in into absolute ridicule! We trust the noble pre

There has been the usual share of bluster,

future sessions.

Our fellow citizens along the sea board, espe cially in New York and Philadelphia, are making interesting displays of a well directed charity in behalf of the Greeks. The most liberal dona tions are being made.

LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL NOTICES.

RUTGERS COLLEGE. This institution, formerly known as Queen's College, is situate at New Brunswick. New Jersey, on the banks of the Raritan, about fifty miles from the city of New-York. From early in the spring until late in autumn, steam boats are plying every day between the two places, This seat of learning, permitted in the providence of God for several years to slumber, has again been resuscitated by the liberal contributions of its friends, and has once more taken a stand of no ordinary rank, among the literary and scientific institutions of our country. If her beginning is the precursor of future excellence, the time is not far distant, when she will be second to none. The examinations that have already been had, intermediate to her annual commencement, which will be on the third Wednesday of July next, speak volumes in favour of the Professors who constitute the Faculty of Arts-of their learning-and the ability with which they impart instruction to the youthful mind. The number of students already received, is hetween sixty and seventy. At this seat of learning there is a Theological College, under the direction of men, eminent for their learning and piety. Here the doctrines of truth, and of the Bible, are taught in their purity, and many, we trust, have already gone from this fountain, commissio..ed by their Master, to preach Christ, and him crucified.

To this college is also attached, by a recent act of the Board of Trustees, a Medical School, making the institution, as far as human wisdom can devise, in all its parts complete. Here, from the Grammar School, which is under the care of a man distinguished for his piety, and literary accomplishments, the youthful mind will be early taught in the path of virtue, and directed to that, which if adhered to, will form the basis of future usefulness. And thus through every succeeding step, as the youthful mind expands, new subjects calculated to rivet attention, and call forth all the powers of the mind, are spread out to view. As far as human instruction can di-, rect the enquiring mind, this fountain of learning is in all respects calculated to consummate the highest wishes of the scholar who desires to dive deep into ancient and modern literature, as well as to gratify the humble, seeking soul, who desires to be made wise in those truths which make for eternal life. It is here also they may be instructed in the healing art. The Medical Faculty of this college deliver their course of Lectures in the city of New-York. Perhaps no institution in the United States, can surpass it, for learning, and high attainments in medical sciThe individuals who have been selected for its Professors, have been too long before the public, and their method of imparting instruction, too well known throughout our country to need

ence.

The

our feeble efforts to speak their praise.
number of young gentlemen that have, this year,
presented themselves for instruction, from every
part of the Union, is their best eulogy.

The Faculty of arts of RUTGERS COLLEGE
is composed of the following persons
The Rev. PHILIP MILLEDOLER, D. D. Pre-
sident of the College, and Professor of Moral
Philosophy, and the Evidences of Christianity.
The Rev. JOHN DEWITT, D. D. Professor of
Belles Letters, Elements of Criticism, and Lo-
gic.

The Rev. JAMES S. CANNON, D. D. Professor of Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of the Mind. ROBERT ADRAIN, LL. D. Professor of Mathematics, and Natural Philosophy. JOSEPH NELSON, LL. D. Professor of Languages.

There will also be taught in the Institution, POLITICAL ECONOMY, ANCIENT and MODERN HISTORY, CHRONOLOGY, ANCIENT and MoDERN GEOGRAPHY, CHEMISTRY, and ENGLISH GRAMMAR.

The Rev. Mr. MILLIGAN, formerly of Flatbush, is Rector of the Grammar School attached to the College.

The Faculty of Medicine is composed of

DAVID HOSACK, M. D. F. R. S. President of the Medical Faculty, and Professor of the Institutes, Practice of Physick, and Clinical Me

dicine.

SAMUEL L. MITCHELL, M. D. LL. D. Vice President.

WILLIAM JAMES Macneven, M. D. Professor of Therapeutics, and Materia Medica. VALENTINE MOTT, M. D. Professor of Sur

gery.

JOHN W. FRANCIS, M. D. Professor of Obstetrics, and Forensic Medicine. JOHN D. GODMAN, M. D. Professor of Anatomy and Physiology.

JOHN GRISCOM, LL. D. Professor of Chemistry.

PETER S. TOWNSEND, M. D. Register of the Medical Faculty.

Literary and Theological.-J. P. Havens of this city, is publishing a stereotype edition of Dr. Scott's Family Bible, in five volumes, quarto. Three volumes are stereotyped; the fourth is in hand; and the fifth will be finished by the close of this year. We have seen a specimen; the type, both of the text and the notes, is large, distinct, and beautiful. And it is offered at a very moderate price. We rejoice to see such a valuable evangelical work patronized, so extensively, by the religious community.

POETRY.

For the Magazine of the Reformed Dutch Church.

ANTICIPATIONS AND ENJOYMENTS OF THE SABBATH.

Let those who will, the pomp of pleasure sing,
And in its vortex let its votaries shine;
To touch of Zion's harp the noble string,
And tell of sacred joys-this task be mine.

The ground is holy, and I would not dare
Intrude one thought that might profane the place
Where Israel worships; where Jehovah's care
Is felt; confess'd and magnify'd his grace.

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