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Trustees, the one half of which shall be from among the Trustees of each College, respectively; and that an academy shall be erected at Brunswick, under the immediate care and patronage of the Trustees."

The paper is too long to be inserted entire, but a few extracts will show the manner in which he treated the subject. In the introduction he says, "When proposals, which comprehend objects of such magnitude are under consideration, it becomes the duty of every person, who is capable of throwing light upon the subject, to examine with candour, the proposed plan, and point out the train of consequences, which will inevitably succeed, if wrong measures should be pursued. It is no reflection upon the most respectable characters, however exalted and justly revered they may be for their integrity and information, to suppose there may be some things which may have escaped their notice, and which, if pointed out, with due deference, they will cheerfully attend to. It is not the intention of the writer of these observations, to call in question the principles or conduct of any concerned, in the overture now before the public. He knows the persons to be men of honour and conscience, and is convinced that they aim at the glory of God and the good of mankind; but he is equally convinced that the subject has not been

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thoroughly investigated, nor the nature and effects of the plan fully examined. He needs no apology for the freedom he takes. He is conscious of his benevolence, and knows he is actuated by a sincere and disinterested desire of preventing good men from doing, what, in the issue, may prove an irremediable evil. With the utmost plainness and candour, therefore, he will first examine whether the steps already taken, and the plan proposed by the Trustees of Queen's College, in their late overture, are justifiable and ought to be pursued. And then if it shall appear the plan is impracticable, point out what can and ought to be done, to answer the design of the Institution, and meet the expectation and wishes of its friends and patrons." These, and a few more conciliatory remarks being made, he glances at the manner in which the business had been conducted thus far, and then particularly considers the plan proposed.

His arguments against the adoption of the plan are irresistibly conclusive. He proves, in the first place, that "Two Institutions seated at a distance from each other, and supported by different interests, can never be united. The funds of one may be given away to the other; but to call that a union, would be an abuse of language." In the second place, that "admitting an union with Princeton to be possible, admitting the Trustees possess a






        
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