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seats. The men, to the number of at least five hundred, were around the house, listening through the windows. For some time all was quiet and decorous—the prayer for the King, Queen and royal family, was heard without a murmur-it was in the book. The text was given outThe 22d chapter of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, and the 21st verse: “ Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's, and unto God the things that are God's.” The gentlemen were seen to prick their ears. The sermon went on. The conjecture of a political discourse was confirmed. Mr. William Cowper (the uncle of the reminiscent) who was both Vestryman and Magistrate, rose, ascended the pulpit-stairs, and requested Mr. Agnew to come down. “I am here doing my master's business.” " Which master—your master in Heaven, or your master over the water? You must leave this church, or I will use force." "I will never be the cause of breeding riot in my Master's House." The Rev. Gentleman walked through the church, and through the throng—the crowd parted to make him a passage-he ascended his carriage, and rolled off. All was quietness. He never returned to that pulpit.
No vestige of the church remains. The preacher, the people, and the church have all passed away.
THE LATE DOCTOR ALEXANDER.
Archibald Alexander, D.D., L.L. D., late Professor of Theology in the Seminary of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, in New Jersey, was born on the 17th of April, 1772, on the banks of a small tributary of the James River, called South River, and near the western foot of the Blue Ridge, in that part of Augusta County, Virginia, which has since, from the great natural curiosity it contains, been named Rockbridge. He was descended by both parents from Presbyterians of Scotland, who emigrated first to Ireland, and thence to America.
He was educated at Liberty Hall Academy, which has since become Washington College, under the instructions of the founder of that institution, Rev. William Graham, an able and eminent preacher and professor. Besides Mr. Graham, his classical teachers were James Priestly, afterward President of Cumberland College, Tennessee, and Archibald Roane, afterward Governor of Tennessee.
In the summer of 1789, he joined in the full communion of the church, and commenced the study of theology under Mr. Graham, who had a class of six or eight students. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Lexington, October 1, 1791, and was ordained on the 5th of May, 1795. Part of the intervening years he spent in itinerant labors in Virginia, and in that region which is now Ohio.
In the spring of 1797, he became 'Président of Hampden Sydney College, in the County of Prince Edward, at the same time being pastor of the churches of Briery and Cumberland. He was now but twenty-five years old, and it may safely be alleged that there was never won in this country, at so early an age, a more brilliant or a purer reputation. His arduous and responsible duties were discharged with industry and energy, equal to his abilities, until health gave way, and, in the spring of 1801, he resigned these charges, in well-grounded apprehension of a settled pulmonary consumption.
The summer of 1802 was spent by Mr. Alexander in travelling on horseback through New England, and by this means he so far recovered his health as to resume the Presidency of the College and the charge of his parishes. About the same time he was married to Janette Waddell,
cond daughter of Rev. James Waddell, D. D., that re
markable preacher whose blindness and eloquence have been celebrated by Mr. Wirt in The British Spy. .
In the Autumn of 1806, he received a call from the Third Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Pine and Fourth-sts., in Philadelphia. Though he had declined an invitation to the same church ten years before, he accepted this, and thus became a second time the successor of the Rev. John Blair Smith, D. D. He continued at this post until, in the spring of 1812, he was summoned by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church to be the first Professor in the Theological Seminary then just founded at Princeton. This chair, we believe, he occupied until his death—until within a few weeks, at least, discharging all its honorable duties. It is a pleasing fact that the first two Professors in this Institution were associated in its service nearly forty years. During this period a large number of clergymen have proceeded from the seminary, and it has now not far from one hundred and fifty students. It is important to observe that it has no connection with the College of New Jersey, at the same place.
The eminent usefulness of Dr. Alexander is not to be measured by the long and wise discharge of his duties as a professor. He was a voluminous, very able and popular writer. In addition to occasional sermons and discourses, and numerous smaller treatises, he wrote constantly for The Princeton Review, a quarterly miscellany of literature, and theological and general learning, of the highest character, which is now in the twenty-seventh year of its publication. His work on The Evidences of the Christian Religion has passed through numerous editions in Great Britain as well as in America, and this, as well as his Treatise on the Canon of Scripture, which has also been republished abroad, we believe, has appeared in two or three other languages. The substance of the latter has, however, been incorporated with more recent editions of the former, under the title of Evidences of the Authenticity, Inspiration and Canonical Authority of the Holy Scriptures, of which a fifth edition—the last we have seen—was published in Philadelphia in 1847. Among his other works are Thoughts on Religion; a Compend of Bible Truth; and a History of Colonization on the Western Coast of Africa—the last an ociavo volume of more than six hundred pages, published in Philadelphia in 1846. His principal writings, however, have been on practical religion and on the History and Biography of the Church, and these for the most part have been published anonymously.
Dr. Alexander was the father of six sons, of whom three are clergymen. The eldest, James W. Alexander, D. D., for several years Professor in the College of New Jersey, and sometime Pastor of the Duane-street Church in this city, is a fine scholar and an able preacher, and has enrolled himself among the benefactors of the people by many writings of the highest practical value designed to elevate the condition of the laboring classes to the true dignity of citizenship and a Christian life. Another is Rev. Joseph Addison Alexander, D. D., Professor of Oriental Literature in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, and author of the well-known works on the Earlier and the Later Prophecies of Isaiah. He is generally regarded as one of the most profound and sagacious scholars of the present age.
The late venerable Professor was undoubtedly one of those who, by the union of a most Christian spirit and a faultless life to great abilities, have been deserving of the praise of doing most for the advancement of true religion.
A REMINISCENCE OF THE LATE DR. ALEX
In October, 1816, the Synod of Virginia sat in Fredericksburg :-Dr. A. came on from Princeton, to meet his brethren in the ministry there. To these brethren, the companions and fellow laborers of his early days, he was strongly attached. According to the custom of Synod, there was preaching every day and every night during the meeting. The congregations were large, attentive, and deeply interested in the services. The Superior Court was in session there at the same time, and drew together a large collection of men distinguished for their intelligence.
The fame of Dr. A. had gone before him, as a superior preacher, and a man occupying the highest station in the Presbyterian church. Great anxiety was consequently manifested to hear him. On Sabbath day the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was to be administered, and it was announced that Dr. A. would preach the Action sermon. At an early hour the church was filled to its utmost extent. Among the audience was found the Judge of the Court, Judge Brockenbrough, of Richmond, many lawyers and physicians, and not a few who seldom entered the house of God. Dr. A. began his sermon with that humility and simplicity for which he was ever so remarkable, Such an introduction, to men accustomed to judge of greatness by pompous manners and splendid diction, produced a feeling of disappointment, and one eminent lawyer, who afterwards became a Judge of the Court of Appeals, rose from his seat and left the church.
The text which he had selected was 1 Cor. v. 7. even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." As he advanced in explaining the origin, design, and typical sig