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its right mind; and to bring some unan- less if that something strong happened ticipated good out of what seems a pres- to work to their hinderance, and they ent evil. And both ought to do this in found it aiding and abetting the wrong the spirit of love and courtesy, and not men, they would begin to get a glimpse in that of arbitrariness and denunciation. of the beauty and glory of the now deAnd anything beyond this moral power spised independency, by which they of the superior force, and value, and ulti- could extricate themselves from complicmate prevalence of what is true, and ity in the general guilt). It is instructive right, and best, is alien to our system, as in this connection to mark the lately pait is quite needless for the purposes of tent fact that our Unitarian friends have purity of faith and fellowship. There been drifting in this same direction, and are fifty churches under “strong Eccle- are seriously agitating the question of siastical governments” suffering to-day some sort of a body with confederate in consequence of heretical pastors and powers, to look after the interests of lax latitudinarian tendencies, for every one theology in this land and generation. Congregational Church that can be found It is, of course, quite unnecessary to afflicted in that regard ; with, in every spend any words in elaborating the radcase, a less ready remedy.
ical repugnance of our fundamentals to This introduces the last topic, on which any such scheme as this. We wonder our space allows a few words, viz. : that its advocates fail to perceive how
5. Centralization. There seems to be a the devil is tempting them, for the sake vague impression resting on some minds of what looks like an immediate advanthat we are too incoherent as a denomi- tage, to enter upon a course which philnation. Some say we are united by a osophically brought on the papacy and rope of sand, and we need the " improve the dark ages, and which has in it the ment” of a vinculum. This impression elements of making any age dark. And seems to rest with most force upon two we wonder that they do not see the disclasses of minds: those who have been honor which they would put upon God, educated in Presbyterianism and have and the power of his truth in this world, come thence to us; and those who favor by the expedient which they propose. intense views in theology, which they God is a moral governor, and he exerdesire the means of compelling upon cises a moral government over moral others, at least so far as to be able to agents. Motive, not might, is his power compel others not to hear those ministers of traction. He sticks to this; and if the who are theologically less intense than result tarry, he waits for it. His provithemselves. Such desiderate some em- dence in human affairs always moves in bodiment. They want a general con- curved lines – each the compromised refederation — some sort of an annual sult of the antagonism of forces -- and association or conference — which shall not in straight lines, each the direct issue have the power of saying, “ this shall be of one force acting simply and alone. thus," and, “ that shall be so;” “ this There is nothing arbitrary about his proman shall no longer vent his heresy in cedure of governing the world, but all this pulpit,” and “ that Church shall no moves on, swinging over to the one side longer tolerate these irregularities within sometimes, and sometimes to the other; it,” and so on. In defect of such a gen- to no eye but his, sure of the mark, yet eral assembly (of some name), they do always reaching it. And this flexible, · what they can in such smaller ones swaying, yet secure and unerring way of associations, conferences, and the like his, is a good way since he himself as lie at hand; sighing evermore for has patterned it for us — for us in our something strong to their help (doubt- churches and religious affairs.
Grant that some Church to-day is asserts itself until it gains recognition, tickled with the sound of some uncer- and the churches acknowledge their mistain theology, and insists on some pastor take, and accept him to their fraternity. whom neighbor churches cannot fellow- Just such things have happened. And, ship. A“strong" government would say, in either event, the right result of the " You shan't have him,” and proceed to peaceful acquiescence of that community wrench him away, dislocating the Church in what is really best in the case is both from its denominational socket in the act, pre speedily and more kindly reached and arousing toward the error all the by the delaying, expostulating, moral sympathy of hundreds of hearts ; making method, than by the short, strong, and a scarred history there for generations to arbitrary one. come. But God's government says, “ Be Magna est veritas et prevalebit, even the persuaded not to keep him,” and points Pagan had faith enough to say; and out tenderly the error of the act, and shall not we, who have God's word for says again, “ If you will keep him you it that the work of righteousness shall must even do so, but to our great grief be peace," while “ the face of the Lord and your own future sorrow, and is against them that do evil;" shall not we cannot fellowship your act.” There may have assurance that it is better to trust follow brief alienation, but no violent in the Lord's way of securing his affairs, exacerbation ; all soon hear to reason; than to put confidence in governors ? the man's errors go to seed, and alarm We trust that the Congregational and disgust even his partisans, and they churches of our land, assembled in Namake haste to repent and return, with tional Council, will be cautious of “imthanks to the temporarily ruptured fel. provements,” but stick close to, thorlowship. Or, if his Church were really oughly clarify, and warmly re-affirm, right in thinking him right, and the those foundation principles of our fathbrotherhood wrong in thinking him ers which have made our Zion already wrong, his real rightness persistently the joy of the whole earth.
Rev. DAVID L. OGDEN died in New the care of Rev. Moses Stuart. For his early Haven, Ct., October 31, 1863, aged seventy- religious impressions he was mostly indebted one. He was born in Hartford, Ct., October to his mother, who was a very earnest, sin6, 1792. His remote ancestor was John Og- cere, and consistent Christian.
She was den, of Northampton, Mass., who is named reared in the Congregational Church, and in the Charter of Connecticut, granted by always adhered to its doctrines and forms of Charles II., in 1662. His great-grandfather, worship. He cherished her memory with Col. Josiah Ogden, resided in Newark, N.J.; more than ordinary filial affection; and whenand though originally a Puritan, became an ever he alluded to her it was with the deepest Episcopalian, and in this line the succession tenderness, and often with tears. ran till it was turned back into the Puritan In early youth he evinced a fondness for channel by our lamented brother. His father books; and having completed his preparatory was Jacob Ogden, and his mother Jerusha studies in the Hopkins Grammar School, he Rockwell, daughter of Joseph Rockwell, one entered Yale College in 1810, and graduated of the first settlers of Colebrook, Ct., and of with honor in 1814. He spent three years at Puritan descent.
the Andover Theological Seminary, and one In 1804, his parents removed from Hartford under the tuition of Professor Fitch, at New to Stratford, and from thence to New Haven Haven, in preparation for the ministry. in 1809. At the age of sixteen he united with He preached in various places with acceptthe Centre Church in that city, then under ance, and received invitations to settle which he was constrained to decline. At length he and guilt, and realizing his perishing need was ordained, and installed pastor over the of Christ. Mr. Ogden was a workman that Church in Southington, Ct., October 31, 1821. needed not to be ashamed. Dr. N. W. Taylor preached the sermon. While in Southington he had several appli
The youthful pastor was admirably fitted cations to change his field of labors, but he for the field of his labor. It had long been chose to dwell among his own people. At cultivated by a very able and faithful minis- length, however, he was persuaded to accept a ter, who was a high-toned Calvinist. The call from the Presbyterian Church in Whitespeople had settled down under the doctrines boro', N. Y. He was installed pastor in that of election and divine sovereignty, so as to place December 28, 1836. It was a time of lose, in a measure, the sense of personal disquiet in Whitesboro’and in all that region, responsibility. Mr. Ogden had wonderful in consequence of the agitation of the slavery skill in preaching the gospel so as to impress question, and “New Measures," as they were men with a sense of obligation to repent, and called. Mr. Ogden was constrained to disbring forth fruits meet for repentance. No cuss these subjects, and he was generally one understood the peculiar views of Doctors acknowledged to have been remarkably sucTaylor and Fitch better than he. The doc- cessful in allaying the excitement in the surtrines of human obligation and dependence rounding region, and in bringing the minds were urged with great power, and the Holy of his own people into a more tranquil state, Spirit attended the labors of Mr. Ogden, and better fitted for the reception of religious made them productive of rich blessings. No truth. His labors were not productive of minister in the State had a more prosperous such rich and abundant fruits as had been pastorate than he did for fifteen years in gathered in Connecticut, but yet they were Southington. Frequent and powerful revi- not in vain. The difference in apparent revals of religion were enjoyed. As the fruits 'sults can be traced to his different position of one of these seasons of refreshing, seventy and circumstances, rather than to the man four united with the Church at one time. himself. Mr. Ogden was highly esteemed During the whole period of his labors in and honored by the churches and his brethren Southington, four hundred and sixty-seven in the ministry while in Whitesboro'. He were received into the Church, and three was elected a member of the Corporation of hundred and ninety-eight of these on profes- Hamilton College, and also a corporate memsion of their faith.
ber of the American Board of Missions. And As a pastor Mr. Ogden was faithful and when he left Whitesboro', after a pastorate of affectionate, sympathizing with every form eight years, the following pleasant notice of suffering, and with every condition of life. appeared in the Utica Daily Gazette : He was especially attentive to children, and had a faculty of interesting them and gaining
“We learn with great regret that the Rev.
David L. Ogden, for many years past the their love. He was frank, artless, and child- pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Whiteslike in his own feelings and expressions, and
boro', has taken leave of that Church, and is hence he obtained easy access to the hearts of
about to remove to one of the New England
States. He has recently officiated in the Reall, both old and young.
formed Dutch Church in this city, and we At the time of Mr. Ogden's residence in can add on the highest authority, to the great Southington, it was emphatically a period of acceptance of the congregation. This gen
tleman has at various times during his resi. revivals in all that region; and his labors
dence in the county, occupied the pulpit of were much sought after in other parishes. the First Presbyterian Church in this city, His preaching had a peculiar charm. His
and has left among this congregation not only discourses were rich in thought, were distin
many who will bear testimony to his ability
as a preacher, and his earnestness in his sacred guished for clearness and force, and always calling, but many attached and true friends. had an application to the heart and con- Those who have known him both in the social science direct and powerful. I never heard
and the pastoral relation will long remember
his kindness, sincerity, and frankness of disany one discuss the doctrine of universal
position; all that have listened to him in the salvation, and other popular errors, more pulpit will bear witness to his many forcible skilfully than Mr. Ogden. He was so fair
exhortations and animated appeals, and to and candid, no objector could complain; and
his exemplary and Christian deportment." when he closed, it seemed as though there After leaving his charge in the State of was nothing more to be said. The refuge of New York, Mr. Ogden had for a while the lies was swept away-the truth was set forth pastorate care of a Church in Marlboro', and established in the light of noonday, and Mass. This he resigned in 1850, and retired the hearer was left deeply convicted of sin to New Haven, where he spent the remnant of his days, preaching for his brother, and sup- pursuits. But an inquiring mind, and a plying vacant pulpits as opportunity offered ready flow of speech, at length turned his or duty demanded. In 1853 he received an thoughts toward some channel of public useunanimous invitation to become pastor of the fulness. After a thorough preparation for Church in Colebrook, Ct., but he did not feel college, through the counsel of friends he inclined to assume the spiritual oversight of was induced to choose the legal profession, another people. At New Haven, in the and enter himself as a student at law in bosom of his own family, and in a wide circle Lowell, Mass. He there acquired a good of friends, especially those who like himself measure of that peculiar and useful discipline had retired from the public duties of life, he which legal studies impart to the reasoning passed the evening of his days most happily. powers. His hopeful conversion in the His study, even to the last, was his favorite autumn of 1853 was the means of teaching resort. There, in communion with the wise him that the Lord had need of him in a and good both of ancient and modern time, higher and purer sphere of well-doing. he was to be found daily. His pen was busy Accordingly, the succeeding year he conin recording thoughts suggested by reading nected himself with the Theological Semiand reflection. His manuscripts in the way nary at Bangor. During his second year of of criticism and observation on books, men, preparation for his chosen life-work, a most and things, are quite voluminous.
interesting, and in some respects remarkaMr. Ogden was eminently social in his ble revival accompanied his labors at Brooks nature, and he had rich enjoyment in the and Jackson. In the village of Brooke the society of his friends. His health was uni- young people, almost without exception, formly good, and his spirits elastic and buoy- were brought into that fold he loved so ant. His last sickness was brief, continuing well. only four and a half days. No alarming After his graduation, in 1852, he labored symptoms appeared till the third day; then for a year with much acceptance and assiduihis nervous system became prostrate, and he ty at Otisfield. He was ordained and instalsunk into an unconscious state. In this con- led at South Paris, January 18, 1859. Here dition he passed away, October 31, 1863, just bis peculiar adaptation to the work of the forty-two years from the day of his ordination, ministry found its fitting field and developaged seventy-one. As it pleased the Master ment. He abounded in various labors for to call away his servant in this manner, it is extending and strengthening the cause he pleasant to find that in his last letter addressed loved, both in his own and neighboring comto a friend, a few days before his death, Mr. munities. During his nearly six years' minOgden wrote as follows:-“I am more and istry, the Church was greatly quickened and more confident in the principles of Divine enlarged. He won his way in a remarkable revelation, and am more and more satisfied degree to the hearts of his people. There to rely upon them for time and for eternity.” was a work of grace of unusual power and In 1824, Mr. Ogden was married to Miss Sarah interest among them, in the winter and A. Judson, of Stratford, Ct. She and three spring of 1862. Early in the next winter he children survive the honored husband and published a small but valuable book upon father, who has gone to receive the reward of Universalism. Overmuch brain-work, about those who have turned many to righteousness. this time, compelled him reluctantly to accept Bristol, Ct.
the generous offer of a friend, and seek recuperation by a voyage to Cuba. His few pub
lished letters home from that genial clime, Rev. ALANSON SOUTHWORTH died so blest of heaven, but cursed by man's at South Paris, Me., March 25, 1864, (of cupidity and sordid lust, were read with typhoid fever,) aged thirty-seven years. much of interest and profit.
He was son of Benjamin and Content Returning in the spring, he resumed the (Packard) Southworth, both of whom were energetic prosecution of his plans of Chrisvatives of North Bridgewater, Mass., but tian usefulness. The ensuing autumn his who had removed to Winthrop, Me., prior to sympathy with our heroic suffering soldiers their marriage. Alanson was born in Win- led him to visit the Army of the Potomac, throp, August 16, 1826. He was the youngest under the auspices of the Christian Commisof four sons, three of whom became ministers sion. Among the wounded and dying, after of the gospel, and the fourth died during the the severe engagement at Mine Run, and prosecution of his preparatory studies. among the sick and convalescent in the
His early life was devoted to industrial camps and hospitals around Washington, he
P. B. W.
labored with a heart overflowing with pity Mr. Southworth married, January 1, 1851, for their sufferings and love for their souls. at Winthrop, Me., Caroline M. Thomas, a naReturning home, by his affecting narratives tive of Winthrop, who survives him. Their he aroused anew the slumbering sympathies children were William Alanson, born at of patriotic hearts in his own and neighbor- Otisfield, Me., February 21, 1858, died at ing communities with the brave men who Winthrop, August 16, 1859; Carrie Winthrop, amid so many privations and sufferings were born at South Paris, Me., August 23, 1860. fighting their country's battles.
But his earnest, self-sacrificing labors for his God, his country, and his kind, were drawing towards a close. A few weeks more, Mrs. AMANDA AVERY BABCOCK, wife and he himself lay down to die. But un- of Rev. Daniel H. Babcock, died in Plymouth, troubled for years-so had he expressed Mass., May 7, 1864, aged fifty-one. himself with a shadow of doubt concern- She was born in Boston, Mass., November ing his acceptance with God, as was to have 11, 1812. Many of her ancestors and kindred been expected, he was blest, while conscious- held important stations in society, and were ness and reason remained unimpaired, not remarkable for their power to influence other only with grace sufficient, but with antici. minds. pating visions of the fulness of Him who Her mother, by whom her youthful training filleth all in all. He endured his sufferings was chiefly directed, (an intelligent, capable without a murmur, and passed away at last woman,) married for her first husband a son without a struggle.
of President Ezra Stiles, by whom she had We may say of this brother, that those two children; and afterwards Mr. Elisha who knew him best loved him most; that Avery, of Brattleboro', Vt., by whom she had his was a character singularly free from two sons and five daughters that lived to "spots;” that his large and liberal soul threw maturity. Amanda was the youngest of the its warm embrace around all who named the family. Saviour's name, and meekly exemplified the Together with her mother and her sisters, Christian spirit; that, though patiently toler- she sat under the ministry of Rev. James ant of doctrinal misconceptions, he neverthe- Sabine, at Essex Street and at Boylston Hall, less abhorred “strange fire,” when essayed and afterwards united with the Pine Street to be offered upon the altars of Jehovah; that Church, Boston. he loved his God, loved his race-the whole The instructions of Miss Lyon at Ipswich, race - loved the gates of Zion, and loved to and those at the Female Seminary at Andolabor for the souls of men; that he was quick ver, were pleasant and profitable to her. Into feel, apt to teach, and wise to win souls to timate from childhood with the families of Christ; that an open-hearted, generous, self- ministers in Boston and Marblehead, and forgetting Christian nobility of soul shone inhaling for years the religious and intellectforth in all his intercourse with his fellow- ual atmosphere around the Andover Theomen; that whatever his hands found to do logical Seminary, in the chapel of which she he did it with his might, as if with a present- worshipped, she had all needed opportunity iment that his work must be quickly done; for improvement; to hear truth from the that the Church and people to whose welfare great teachers, and music and eloquence he so freely gave his mind's best energies and from the great masters. A year spent at his heart's purest affections are greatly be- Cooperstown, N. J., gave variety to her reaved ; that his earnest words for the truth, opportunities, and added to her experiences. and wise counsels for its extension among At Andover, April 8, 1810, she was married men, will be sadly missed by the churches, to Mr. Babcock; and for nearly a quarter of especially in their holy convocations; and a century, by cheering and aiding him in his that in relation to his brethren in the min- work, rendered herself useful and acceptable istry, in their sense of the loss they have in the several fields of labor occupied by him. themselves suffered, the recollections of this She is remembered with affection and gratgenial, hopeful co-laborer, whose loving-kind- itude in these places, especially in Cohasset ness never grew cold, who has fallen from and South Plymouth, where ample time their ranks in the midst of the battle, with was afforded to form her acquaintance and his Christian armor still girt about him, will appreciate her worth. rise up before them in the future, as "the She was kind to the poor; they loved her memory of joys that are past, pleasant, yet while living, they mourn her now dead. She mournful to the soul."
was interested and active in Sabbath Schools;