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dear brother Meyer. Another* of our pillars is gone. He was a good and great man. We

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[The other person whose death is alluded to, it is presumed, was the Rev. Dr. Eilardus Westerlo, of Albany [Livingston and Westerlo were both married to daughters of Philip Livingston.]. He died the preceding year. This excellent servant of Christ "was a native of Holland. He had just finished his studies in the university of Groningen, when a call from the Dutch Church in Albany was put into his hands, which he accepted, and came to America, in 1760. He was a man of strong mind, of eminent piety, and of great erudition, especially in theology, his favourite study, and in Oriental Literature. He was highly popular and useful as a preacher; and lived in great honour and esteem with his brethren in the ministry, and with the Churches in general, until his removal by death." And to this small tribute to his memory, which is extracted from the Christian's Magazine, it may be added that he was an active, prudent, and leading member of the several Judicatories of the Church, in which he laboured with zeal to promote every good work. At the restoration of peace, and in all that train of business which succeeded, and upon the proper execution of which so much depended, he acted a conspicuous and important part.

Dr. Hermanns Meyer was also from Holland, and came over to America, in 1762. He was esteemed one of the most amiable of men, and a learned, pious, and faithful ambassador of Christ. He settled first at Kingston. From the Church in this place, however, such was the unrelenting temper excited by the unhappy dispute of the day "he was soon excluded, on the ground of his connexion with the Coetus party. He afterwards took charge of a congregation at Pompton, in New-Jersey, and the General Synod appointed him their professor of oriental languages. Few men stood higher in the opinion of the Church at]

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deservedly loved him, and placed great confidence in him. What a dark cloud appears to hover over our Churches! Truly, my dear friend, we have reason to mourn, and inquire why the Lord is contending with us. The ways of Providence are in the great deep, and who can foresee the issue. But few of us are now left to whom our younger brethren look for direction and assistance. Surely the remnant must become more and more precious to each other, and it behooves us to make every necessary arrangement for the establishment and prosperity of our ecclesiastical matters, with as much haste as is consistent with prudence."

The Doctor was now busily engaged as one of a committee which had been appointed to prepare a work that should present, in a simple and condensed form, the Doctrines, Worship, and Government of the Church. The task was one of great responsibility; and the labour of compiling and arranging the matter appertaining to the several subjects, was divided chiefly, as it would appear, between himself and Dr. Romeyn. A few extracts from his correspondence with this gentleman,

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large, or was more generally beloved than Dr. Meyer and his death, so soon following that of the lamented Westerlo, was an event calculated to awaken among all who were concerned for the welfare of our Zion, sorrowful feelings and painful anticipations.






        
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