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REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA.

(FORMERLY REF. PROT. DUTCH CHURCH.)

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Πρόσεχε τῇ ἀναγνώσει, τῇ παρακλήσει, τῇ διδασκαλία. -Ι ΤΙΜ. iv. 13.

Testimonium enim Jesu est spiritus prophetiae.-REV. xix: 10.

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NEW YORK:

BOARD OF PUBLICATION OF THE REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA.
34 VESEY STREET,
1885.

DIVINITY SCHOOL

LIBRARY

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1885, by

DAVID D. DEMAREST, PAUL D. VAN CLEEF AND EDWARD T. CORWIN, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.

PRESS OF

ROGERS & SHERWOOD,

21 AND 23 BARCLAY STREET,

NEW YORK.

PREFACE.

Our Theological Seminary has been the first in the land to celebrate a Centennial Anniversary. The occasion was one of extraordinary interest. This was manifested by the very large attendance at the exercises, and the intense interest which was exhibited. Besides the Historical Discourse, several special Papers were read, and there were many letters and speeches of congratulation.

The importance of preserving a full account of the proceedings was expressed at the close of the meeting by the following resolutions:

Whereas, The General Synod has not taken definite action to preserve an account of the proceedings of this Centennial Celebration; and

Whereas, It is eminently desirable that an appropriate Memorial of the occasion should be preserved; therefore

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to prepare a Memorial Volume, the general editing of which, both as to matter and arrangement, together with the means of publication, shall be left to their discretion, but the general character of which shall be approximately as follows:

1. A full account of the proceedings.

2. The history of the Seminary with an Appendix, to embrace original documents, letters, additional historical notes and references to sources of authority.

3. The several addresses and speeches made on the occasion. 4. A Centennial Catalogue of the Seminary, but without details concerning the graduates, as these may be found elsewhere.

The Committee thus informally appointed undertook the work assigned them. About twelve hundred pages of manuscript have passed through their hands. The labor of editing the book has been far greater than was anticipated, on account of the number and variety of separate papers. The Committee

has spared no labor or expense to make the volume as exhaustive as circumstances or propriety permitted. We trust that it will be acceptable to the friends of the Seminary, as well as to the Church in general, and be cherished as an heirloom in our families for many years to come.

A full account of the order of proceedings will be found in the Introduction. There has also been inserted therein a photographic copy of "Holland's Column," of historical and symbolical devices originally prepared for the Council of the Alliance of Reformed Churches held at Philadelphia in 1880. These symbols were displayed, with other decorations, at the Seminary Centennial. As these devices are not very well understood or even known at the present day, it was thought that a brief description of them would be acceptable.

Dr. Demarest gave only an abstract of the history of the Seminary at the Centennial. The paper was too long to be then read in full. But the complete history, as prepared by him, has herein been given. It is to this paper especially that the Appendix appertains, supplying documents and details which could not very well be wrought into the general history. While the Appendix contains some documents of general historical interest, relating to the beginnings of literary and theological education in New York and New Jersey, we may say that in general these papers relate to the following topics: 1. To the efforts to establish a literary institution in New York.

2. To the independence of the Dutch Reformed Church.

3. To the efforts to unite the Divinity Professorship of the Dutch Church with Kings College, or with the Princeton Institution.

4. To the actual establishment of a Synodical Professorship, with its early trials and struggles for endowment, with its temporary union with Queens (afterwards Rutgers) College.

5. Accounts of Professorial Endowments and of the Educational Funds for students.

6. Sketches of the Endowers of the Institutions, and descriptions of the Buildings and the Library.

7. List of Missionaries who have gone forth from the Seminary.

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