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Hollis Street Church. This church, which has been designated as "the Botany Bay of Boston rum-sellers," occasionally does some things, which look as if its members did something with rum besides selling it. Of late, one Mr. Knapp, from Nantucket, was engaged to supply their pulpit for a couple of Sabbaths. His first sermon was an attempt to explain our Saviour's miracles on transcendental grounds; namely, that they were such influences as any man may exert who is as good as Jesus was. We will believe this theory when we see some such man, performing some such" mighty works," and explaining them on this principle. That same Sabbath night, the supplying committee wrote to Mr. Knapp a stringent rebuke for his infidel sentiments, and for his impudence in broaching them in that place. They also requested him to supply them the next Sabbath by proxy, and not in person. Their letter and the sermon forthwith appeared in one of those vile prints which serve as common sewers to carry off the pollutions of this great city. And yet this same church has invited Mr. King, a popular Universalist minister, who is as much of a Rationalist as Mr. Knapp or Mr. Parker, to be their pastor. In the recent warfare in the Universalist Convention, Mr. King took the part of the trancendentalists against those who maintained that a belief in the gospel narratives is necessary to a Christian minister. He goes into the Hollis Street pulpit, expressly declaring that his sentiments are unchanged, and reserving the right of exchanging with Universalists. It remains to be seen what course will be taken in this matter by the Unitarian ministers and churches in Boston.
Sep. 7. Mr. Jonathan Edwards, Woburn, Mass.
Mr. Albert Paine, West Amesbury, Mass.
66 22. Mr. William Ireland, New Ipswich, N. H., to be a Missionary of the A. B. C. F. M.
28. Mr. Sylvester Hine, Ticonderoga, N. Y.
Oct. 4. Mr. Charles C. Parker, Tinmouth, Vt.
5. Mr. Thomas W. C, Phillips, Me.
Aug. 2. Rev. W. E. Knox, First Cong. Church, Rome, N. Y.
66 13. Rev. Socrates Smith, Chandlerville, Cass Co. Ill.
23. Rev. W. H. Hayward, New Salem, Mass.
4. Rev. Benjamin Tappan, Jr., Winthrop Church, Charlestown, Mass.
DEATHS OF MINISTERS.
Sept. 21. Rev. E. G. Babcock, Thetford Vt., æ. 48.
28. Rev. E. R. Tyler, New Haven, Ct., æ. 48.
Aug. 20. Berkley, Mass.
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