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Doctor Livingston had almost reached three score and ten years, when he concluded to resign his charge, and remove to New Brunswick: - and the writer has often remembered a remark, which the good old father made in reference to his expected departure, a few days before he left the city: "I feel it, my son," said he, "to be a species of martydom." - The representation of a removal to a distance of fifty miles, into a polished, intelligent, and pious society, as a kind of martyrdom, it is confessed, was received at the moment as savouring of dotage; but upon a little reflection, the amount of sacrifice involved in a separation from a people, among whom he had lived as a minister of the Gospel, in great esteem and usefulness, for about forty years, and might still live, if he could reconcile it with his sense of duty to do so, loved and honoured to the last, appeared fully to justify it. And the separation being sought in obedience to the voice of the church, and soley for the good of the church, when his attachments and other considerations rendered a continuance in his present situation far preferable, showed a self-denial, a disinterestedness, and a piety, which it was impossible not to admire.

In February, 1810, the Trustees of Queen's College, having obtained more subscriptions to the professoral fund, passed a resolution to increase the sum which they had previously offered, by the

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addition of six hundred and fifty dollars, making the salary now tendered him as professor, fourteen hundred dollars. A copy of this resolution was sent to him without delay, accompanied with another call to the presidency of the College; and in March, he wrote to the Trustees, "that notwithstanding the interest arising from the principal in their hands, was not yet sufficient to produce a competent and honourable salary; yet the importance of the institution, and the necessity of organizing it without delay, were so impressive, that he would not hesitate to comply with the calls of the churches, being fully persuaded that when he made such large and painful sacrifices for the public, he would most assured not be neglected or forsaken by them."

Shortly after, he communicated to the Consistory of the Church, in a letter, the reasons which had induced his determination to remove; and this letter, leaving out a brief history of the professorate, up to the time when it was agreed to united the same with Queen's College, was as follows: "The united voice of all the churches fixed the professorship at Brunswick, with a reuest, and even peremptory resolution, that their professor should remove to that place, as soon as the funds to be raised should prove competent to his support. A generous zeal


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