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branches; and it is possible, a secret influence may, undiscerned even by ourselves, warp our judgments. But I think I view the subject in the same light I formerly did,* and am ready to unite in its prosecution with the same impartiality, as if I had no official connexion whatever in the issue. The five reasons you give in support of your sentiments are weighty. Each of them is true and important, and all of them together carry great conviction with them. I thank you for the judicious arrangement of the arguments, and confess they throw such light upon the subject, as leaves little room for opposition, if any persons should be found willing and desirous to oppose. For myself, I assure you, my dear Sir, that I am so far from having any inclination to obstruct the prosecution of the plan, that I feel sincerely willing to do all in my power for its advancement, and as soon as we can digest the proper means, 1 shall be happy to aid in its accomplishment."

"The ambiguity of words and names often occasions a difference in judgment, and very frequently

In his letter to Dr. Westerlo, which was written some time before he was elected the professor, and is given in the last chapter, sentiments were advanced nearly, or substantially the same as those expressed in the above, touching the use which should be made of Queen's College.

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promotes jealousies, and even opposition, where, in fact, the principal views are the same."

"My ideas upon this subject have always been, that the situation of our Churches required a literary institution; not so much for increasing its respectability by the accomplished character of its lay members, (although that is a consideration which, in your first and second arguments, you have mentioned with great propriety,) but principally to prepare our youths for the ministry. Theology is the branch which is most connected with the Church. It is also a branch in which, without arrogance we may say, our Dutch Churches are acknowledged, even in America, to equal, if not exceed other denominations: and, if proper steps could be taken to lift up an education in Theology, in a conspicuous and respectable point of view, we might not only hope to supply our own immediate wants, but also be the means of supporting the great truths of our holy rligion, and become useful to other denominations. So far, then, as a College might be instrumental to promote this great end, I always have wished a College might be instituted: but if by a College is understood a Literary Institution, which expands in all the branches usually taught in Universities, I imagine it would swallow up all the resources which we might be able to obtain, and


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