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made a change in the general face of our American world, and as it has removed some difficulties which were taken into consideration in our former plan, so it has introduced others which deserve a very weighty and impartial discussion. The common enemy to our religious liberties is now removed; and we have nothing to fear from the pride and domination of the Episcopal Hierarchy."

"A sufficient seminary for all the purposes of common literature, is now already established in the Jerseys, and will probably be enlarged into an University, and be most favoured by the legislature in that state. The erecting, therefore, a College, with all the appendages necessary to justify the appellation, at Brunswick, appears to be an object at once beyond our funds, and in itself unnecessary. The question will then recur, what must, what ought, what can we do? To me, there appears but three possible methods, which, if not free from difficulties, seem to be upon the whole at least practicable, and in some measure calculated to answer the purposes we wish to obtain either to wait until the government of this state shall organize the College in the city of New-York, and then appoint a professor for our Churches in that College, to be supported by the funds of the College: or, to request, (which, if done, will doubtless be obtained,) a local

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union with Princeton, where a professor of our nomination, and supported by us, may teach in their house, and the students have the privilege of their library; or, lastly, that our Churches support their independence, and distinct name and existence, by erecting at Brunswick not a College, but a Divinity-Hall, for the sole purpose of teaching Theology."

"I will freely communicate to you my sentiments upon each of these, not only because you have a right, as a friend, to know my opinion, but because I wish to prompt you to an explicit declaration of your own mind upon the subject, as I am by no means fixed in my views, but would fain gain all the advice possible in a matter which is justly considered by all as important, and which cannot succeed without the joint concurrence and approbation of the whole."

"With respect, then, to the first thing proposed, it appears to me the following difficulties are altogether insurmountable 1. The time may prove too long for the wants of our Church before the College in New-York is properly organized. 2. The old Charter of that College, and the funds which were given upon express condition of the operation of that Charter, will create some difficulties: these have still their friends, who will be






        
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