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The reason assigned for the air of levity which pervades the New York meetings, and which leads to ludicrous story-telling and noisy applause, is that the popular taste demands it, and will not be satisfied without. But of this notion there was a practical refutation at the meeting in behalf of the American Board. It was one of the largest meetings of the week, and was pervaded as by the solemnity of eternity. Tears of profound emotion took the place of lightness of heart. There was no attempt at clamorous applause. It would have seemed as much out of place in a church on the Sabbath. These noisy demonstrations are so many safety-valves, which let off the excitement before a working head of steam can be raised. It is not the vapor which rushes forth with deafening sound that urges the slow barge, or propels the rapid car. But it is that which is confined and condensed, till it gathers more than giant strength, and operates with silent and resistless power. At the meeting of the American Board, the tender religious spirit which pervaded the heart of the speakers, found a response in that vast and weeping audience, which could scarcely refrain from an outbreak of sobs and sighs. Such a meeting is a heavenly augury in favor of the success of the cause.
The Evangelical Alliance for all the United States held its meeting and chose its officers. Alas, it has but a consumptive look. Its life will, to all appearance, be short and not very merry. A moral union of Christians of different names, but united in affection and sympathy is greatly to be desired. But what can we hope from a formal union, in which some of the members must treat others as unbaptized, and as being out of the covenant of Christ, and in which one class of ministers regards the rest as usurpers of the sacred office? We honor the feeling which prompts these efforts; but we feel that the foundations of true union are not yet laid and settled.
Apr. 20. Mr. Henry H. Saunderson, Ludlow, Ms.
May 4. Mr. Orramel W. Cooley, Dover.
"Mr. Ira M. Preston, at Marietta, Ohio, Missionary to Africa.
Apr. 19. Rev. Hubbard Beebe, South Wilbraham, Ms. 66 26. Rev. William C. Jackson, Lincoln.
May 10. Rev. Augustus B. Collins, East Stafford, Conn. "18. Rev. George C. Partridge, Greenfield, Ms.
Apr. 23. At Indian Orchard District, Springfield, Ms.
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