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expressly contemplated from the beginning. So far, then, from annihilating the charter, or taking steps which distress the public mind and create new feuds, let the charter and the trustees remain without any alteration, as they now are: if nothing was in prospect, it would still be advisable to keep the whole in being: let it rather lie dormant until something can be done, but let it not be prematurely slain."

"But something can be done; the very thing for which the charter was obtained is now within the reach of the Trustees. Let a Divinity Hall be erected, and the funds at Brunswick be immediately and solely applied to the support of as many professors in theology, as shall be found necessary and practicable."

"The execution of this plan can be effected independently of any union, either nominal or real, with any other institution, and will undoubtedly operate best, when least entangled with collateral stipulations. But if any fraternal overtures can be devised, which will extinguish former jealousies, and promote mutual confidence with Princeton, it may not only be very desirable in the first instance, but may eventually produce an intercourse and affection, which will promote the common interests of truth and religion, and finally bring the Presbyterian and Dutch

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Churches much nearer to each other, than any forced measures and unpopular plans can possibly effect. The College at Brunswick may, perhaps safely engage with that at Princeton, to drop the whole under-graduate education, and give no degrees of Bachelor or Master, but always recommend the students from their Academy to Princeton: The Trustees of the latter may engage to appoint no professor in theology, but to acquiesce in the professorate established by the Trustees in Brunswick, with the approbation of the Synod of the Dutch Churches, and to recommend their students in theology always to Brunswick. Both may unite to promote the interests of both, and mutually endeavour to increase the funds of each other for the respective objects they pursue."

These extracts are sufficient to exhibit the drift of this communication. In a letter to Dr. T. Romeyn, dated January 21st, 1794, he says, "You have no doubt heard that, at a meeting of the Trustees of Brunswick College, the overtures presented by a committee, respecting an union with Princeton, were rescinded, in consequence of which, the affairs of that Institution are reverted to, or rather continue in, their former state. What the Trustees will next resolve, I do not know, nor do I believe they know themselves. I have understood from some of them, that they expect the Synod






        
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