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had previously been made, and appointed a Committee to confer with the Committee of the Trustees who were then present, upon the subject. The result of the conference was, the formation of a covenant between the Synod and the Trustees, for the union of the Professorate with the College, the fourth and fifth articles of which were in these words:

"The Trustees of Queen's College shall call no professor of theology, but such as shall be nominated and chosen by the General Synod, agreeably to the resolutions and arrangements formed in General Synod in 1804, respecting the permament professorship, which is hereby located at New-Brunswick."

"As soon as the Trustees shall have obtained a fund, the interest of which will yield a competent support to the theological professor, of which competency, whenever any difficulties or doubts may arise, the contracting parties shall judge and determine, the Trustees shall be bound, without delay, to call the professor appointed by the Synod; and the Synod shall, and hereby do request their professor, as soon as he shall have received such a call, to make arrangements forthwith for entering upon the duties of his office."

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An interesting and able address upon the subject of the theological professorate was now drawn up, published, and widely circulated; and, under the divine blessing, it excited in many parts of the Church, great zeal and liberality in behalf of the important object contemplated. In the city of New-York alone, subscriptions to the professoral fund, to the amount of more than ten thousand dollars, were obtained in a few days; and encouraged by this auspicious beginning, the Trustees forthwith made a call upon the Doctor to the professorship of theology, in the institution, tendering him therein, as the yearly compensation for his services, the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars. They also made a call upon him to the presidency of the College, in which the salary offered was two hundred and fifty dollars per annum.

The first call he accepted; but fearing that if he immediately removed, the efforts of the Churches to provide an adequate fund for the support of the professorate, would abate, he concluded to remain for the present where he was.

About this time, he experienced an increase of infirmities, which was quite alarming. His mind as well as his body, in a measure failed him, and he was sensible that he was not able to discharge, as


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