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of various other important duties, necessary to at proper adjustment of its concerns, and indispensable to its future welfare, in consequence of the long suspension of pastoral cares, and the commencement of a new form of political government, was more than usually devolves upon the minister of the Gospel; more, indeed, than a single one in such a station could well perform, without incessant assiduity. And the Doctor stood alone as the pastor. Of the four ministers in connexion with the Church when the war begun, he was the only one whom Providence permitted to take the oversight of it when the war ceased: but he nevertheless cheerfully undertook the difficult service to which his Master had called him, and that service he discharged with unwearied diligence and zeal.

While he was thus devoted to his congregation, he also co-operated with the friends of science and religion, to forward the accomplishment of an object which was then in contemplation the erection of a State University.

In a letter to the Rev. Dr. Romeyn, dated March 18, 1784, there is the following paragraph: "That evening when I parted with you, the Governors of the College met, and a bill for erecting a University in the state of New-York was read to us. Many

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observations upon the bill, in the form it then bore, were made, and some alterations were strongly urged. The alterations insisted upon were not essential, with respect to the basis of the University, but only the form in which the matter was managed. There is no opposition from any quarter which occasions the least doubt but the business will be conducted with that spirit of catholicism and harmony, which will ensure a literary foundation of importance to the Church and State. As soon as the bill has obtained its proper alterations, and gone through its different stages, I will endeavour to obtain a copy for you, and send it over to you."

He felt, too, no little solicitude for the general welfare of the Church to which he belonged, as is apparent from another part of the same letter. Having mildly animadverted upon the strong manner in which a respected clerical brother had expressed himself in favour of Queen's College, he adds "For my part, I wish only for information, and if I know my own heart, I am perfectly impartial and without the least prejudice in favour of one place or seat of learning above another. My only inquiry is, which place can be rendered most secure for maintaining our blessed truths unadulterated, and which provided there are several methods which in that respect are equally secure is most easy,






        
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