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power in law to surrender their charter, and give away their funds to any person or institution they may choose," it would be, nevertheless, very improper for them to do so, and would involve a violation of solemn obligations. At the close of this argument, he observes, "When Hackensack repeatedly offered to give several thousand pounds, if the College might be moved to that place, it was always strenuously objected by the Trustees, that such removal was impracticable; that it would be a betraying of the public trust and confidence; that the moneys had been expressly given in the expectation of their being expended in Brunswick, and that therefore, no temptation or offer, could justify them in removing the institution. But, if a bare removal, when the charter, the nature of the College, and its patrons still remained the same, would operate to a betraying of the pubhc faith, what must be thought, and what will be thought, of a plan which effects, not only a removal, but an alienation of the funds, with the total extinction of the charter, and all the hopes and expectations of its friends and benefactors?"

In discussing the second thing "What can and ought to be done to answer the design of the institution?" he says, "That the charter of Queen's College was obtained by the immediate agency and influence of several pious ministers, and

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members of the Dutch Church, with a particular design of rendering it subservient to a regular theological education, and to prepare young men for the ministry of the Gospel. That while in its first organization, from a want of competent funds, attention was only paid to the usual studies pursued in other Colleges, yet the main object was never lost sight of by its well-informed friends and benefactors. That Queen's College was early recommended to the Synod of the Dutch Churches, as an institution immediately adapted and intended to supply the wants of the Churches, and was warmly and uniformly patronised by the Synod for that very purpose, as appears by a variety of minutes entered, year after year, upon their records: the late efforts made by the Synod in its behalf, prove that the Dutch Churches, notwithstanding the backwardness of some of the Trustees to meet the wishes of the Churches in their favourite object, still retained their attachment to the College, and still cherished a confidence that the Trustees would ultimately co-operate in rendering Queen's College particularly useful, for the very end for which the charter was obtained. That while Brunswick yields from necessity, as well as principle, to Princeton, and cheerfully consents to let that elder and very respectable institution continue the unrivalled seat of literature, Queen's College can yet, with propriety and dignity, prosecute that other end which was






        
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