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But this decision is not well receive scinded from her communion a body ed by the whole church. The sy- of Christian ministers and churches nod of New Jersey, one of the equal to herself in numbers and ablest ecclesiastical bodies in the piety, for no better reason, to say country, at a meeting in Elizabeth. the least, than that they were charge town, N. J., on the 18th of October, ed with being unwilling to subscribe decided by a vote of fifty-seven to the Confession of Faith, except for twenty-six, to request the General substance of doctrine ; we see this Assembly to send down to the prese church divided on the question, byteries an overture for the erasure whether an article of her Confes. from the Confession of Faith, of sion of Faith is agreeable to Scripthe sentence just quoted.
ture. Some presuming this article We have here, in the first place, to be in harmony with the Bible, the spectacle of one grand division are committed to the desperate of the Presbyterian church in this measure of excommunicating from country, declaring in the face of the the church all Christians, and de. Christian world, that the marriages posing from the ministry all clergy. alluded to are incestuous, a notion men who are married to sisters of so generally exploded in practice their deceased wives; while others and intelligent conviction, that this perceiving the article to be unscripformal affirmation of it has not the tural, have come out boldly in deweight of a feather, against the rep- fense of Christian truth. Hereafter utation and Christian standing of they must profess to receive the any man.
And in the second place, Confession of Faith only for subwe see this church which lately ex- stance of doctrine.
from the War and Navy Depart
ments in particular, are able papers, The last and short session of the scholarlike and statesmanlike-far twenty seventh Congress is already superior to the message of the Pres. passing away
The annual mes. ident. sage from the President, and the
Several subjects of much intrinsic or accompanying reports from the
factitious interest to the country are likely heads of departments are before to be discussed, and some of them to be the public. The report from the acted upon, during the present session. Secretary of the Treasury, which is one is already disposed of. Mr. Adams,
as the great champion of free thought and made directly to Congress, instead
free uiterance, began his labors for the of passing through the hands of the session, by moving to repeal the famous President, has not been received at twenty first rule of the House of Reprethe date at which we are writing. a small majority; so that for this session,
sentatives. The motion was defeated by Our limits will not allow us now to as for several years past, all memorials reenter on any extended comments on lating, in any way, to slavery, are to be these documents. It may be re
denied a hearing:
The Bankrupt law is in danger of being marked generally, that in all the de- repealed before these remarks shall have partments there appears to have issued from the press. By the constitubeen, under the present administra. tion of the United States, it is one of the tion, some reformation of abuses, duties of Congress to provide a uniform
system of bankruptcy. "No state can, unand a laudable reduction of unne- der any circumstances, release a bankrupt cessary expenditures. The reports from his obligations.' Twice, since the
formation of the Federal government, has This proposal, though endorsed by the Congress attempted to perform its duty in chief magistrate of the United States, this respect. Tbe first bankrupt law was may be pronounced the latest political repealed, before it had been in operation humbug, and seems to our view a little long enough for a fair experimeni. The meaner on the part of those who have second is now to share the same fate. got it up, than any other that we can at Whatever mischief it was capable of do- this moment recollect. Few things are ing by its retrospective operation, dissol- more honorable to General Jackson, or to ving the obligation of contracts which the country which he has served so long, were made when no such law was in ex- than the readiness with which when his istence-is already done. Whatever good strong passious, not unprovoked, had it was capable of performing as an estab- brought him as a military commander in lished element of the commercial law of the flush and pride of victory, inio con. the country, by discouraging extravagant flict with the law and its ministers, he credit, or by enabling creditors, in any part forced his iron will into submission to the of the country, to compel a dishonest and sentence of the court. It is to his bonor defaulting debtor in any other part of the that during the eight years of his own country to surrender his property--com- administration, and during the four years mercial men have hardly begun to realize. of the administration of his successor, Thus we are to have a new instance of (who gloried in being considered his repthat instability of legislation, so unpro- resentative-a sort of · legate a latere' pitious to industry and so disastrous to from the holy see' of the Hermitage,) no morals, which afilicts the country.
movement of this kind was made by him, The Postmaster General recommends or by any of the numerous friends who in his report the reduction of postage, and were ready to do any thing that might be in order to this he recommends-not the deemed agreeable to him. Though we abolition, but the regulation of the frank- have never been admirers of all the measing privilege. This will end in nothing. ures of General Jackson's administration, The franking privilege cannot be regula- we have always been ready to yield him ted. The entire abolition of that privi- due honor; and we are sorry that so lege, at least in the forin in which it now bright a leaf is to be plucked from the exists, is indispensable to any thorough laurels on that old white head, by mea reformation. Such reduction of postage who only want to conjure with his name. as may be effected while franking is re. The Napoleonesque projections, if we tained, will be of little account.
may so call them, of the Secretary of the The President recommends a revision Navy, will probably receive but little atof the tariff of duties on imports, which tention at present. The increase of our has just gone into operation. The same naval force has become a favorite idea thing we perceive is urged by soine of the with southern statesmen, especially since leading journals of the tarifi party. We the abolition of slavery in the British cannot but express our regret that the West Indies. Should a general emanciframers of this new tariif—if we may pation take place by any accident, in calf that new, which so soon waxes old Cuba, we should bear more than ever and is ready to vanish away-should have about the immense importance of our proceeded with so resolute a defiance of commerce, particularly in the Gulf of whatever is simple and well established Mexico, and should be told more frein political economy, as to be compelled quently and fiercely than ever, that we in less than half a year to attempt the have nothing to do with slavery in the emendation of their own work.
southern states, except to maintain armies li is not probable that any thing will and navies for its support. But just now, give rise to more debate, or will occupy while the government cannot borrow more time, than the proposal to refund to money for its current expenses, economy General Jackson the amount of a fine, is too popular, to permit any avoidable imposed on him by a legal tribunal in enlargement of a branch of the public New Orleans, for a contempt of court, service so necessarily and immensely ex. soon after the close of the last war. pensive as the Navy.