he formerly had done, his customary ministerial
duties. The decline of his health became, indeed, so
visible, that the Consistory of the Church considered it their duty to excuse him from a part of his
regular ministrations; and they accordingly passed
the following resolution, a copy of which they
directed to be delivered to him:
"In Consistory, 20th July, 1809.
"The Consistory taking into consideration the
long and faithful services of the Rev. Doctor
Livingston, their senior minister; and also considering his age, the ill state of his health, and his
consequent inability to preach more than once on
the Sabbath; — therefore resolved unanimously,
that this Consistory are willing to dispense with the
afternoon public services of the Reverend Doctor
Livingston, on the Sabbath, and that he preach
every Sabbath morning only, unless he feels able
and disposed to perform more service. Ordered,
that the Rev. Mr. Kuypers, the President, be requested to deliver a copy of this resolution to the
Rev. Doctor Livingston.
"Extract from the Minutes,
"ISAAC L. KIP, Sec."
As the Doctor was now exempted from a portion
of his usual labours, and his removal to
New-Brunswick was expected to take place at a day,
not far distant, the Consistory deemed it expedient
to obtain as speedily as possible, a more ample supply of ministerial service. They soon after,
therefore, invited the Rev. John Schureman, of Millstone,
N. J., and the Rev. Jacob Brodhead, of Rhinebeck, N. Y., to come and serve them in the Gospel.
These gentlemen accepted their calls, and were installed collegiate pastors with Dr. Livingston, Dr.
Kuypers, and Dr. Abeel, in the autumn of this year.