ROCKLAND COUNTY BIBLE SOCIETY. [ARTICLE]

Rockland County Journal, Volume 00000000, June 11 1870, Page 4


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ROCKLAND COUNTY BIBLE SOCIETY.

Ie ( ]] Firrv-T'ori; iFt t\'Mi:i;il;v, ,- s The Bockland County Bible Society held its W fifty-fourth Rtrfitial meeting in the Reformed »i Chnreh of Tappan. mi Tuesday, Juno 7th, 18*0, d. The lion. John w. Ferdon, President, In the l'> chair. The services were began by singing hi the L.d hymn of the Reformed collection, 0- "Thy Word, () Lord, is light nnd food." r- Rev. J. Mack rend tin- pith Psalm, nnd lev. 11. Miitfiee led in prayer. 'I The minutes of tin Li -i animal meeting were « read and approved. >d Rev. Mr. Miller being absent on account of 0- sickness, by re(|n,.^i 11, (',. Prall, Esq., gavuuii in interesting account of the origin and progress Br of (he mission work of the mountains in llav!> erstraw. Reference was made to the efficient "i services of th,. missionary, Rev. Mr. Miller, to and of the success and n itragement with id which he met, Having been priyileged dnring it the time ofhiS labors- about four years to »« receive over one hundred persons who had pro* io fessed their faith in Christ; a success surely if that should call f ( ,,.|li (he most devout thanks-10 giving of every Christian heart in the county. 10 Hurely Cod has heard prayer and blessed ef>t forts in such a marked degree that this Society >t is exhorted to n .stronger faith, a greater zeal t, and a larger liberality. »■ The Speaker referred to the destitution of ly the Inhabitants of the mountains, and urged on '- the ladies of the different congregations to in* 'g stituto sowing socii ties in order to furnish I.V clothing for the destilute. Rev. Mr. Ghaabi rlain thought the Society '- hail no right to use the money collected for tho (6 Bible cause in the employment of a missionary. 1- Mr. Prall explained the ground of authority !- on which tho executive committee acted in the n mattor. t- The question eftlled forth some little discusd Bion, and was finally brought to a close by pas-1(1 sing a resolution authorizing the Treasurer to ■ pay over two hundred and fifty dollars for the d support of the missionary, Rev. Mr. Miller. fi At this stage of the meeting Rev. Mr. Blatt- H volt, Pastor of the chnreh, introduced to the !- Society Rev. Dr. Gordon, of Bergen Co., N. 11 J., nnd Rev. B. Howard Wallace, delegate from ° Orange Co. These gentlemen were welcomed 11 by the President in a brief address, in which s lie gave some very interesting historic reminiscences in relation to the original geographic '- union of Orange and Rockland, and of the ;s founding of the first Christian church in the 11 thenonecounty—Orange—and that that church " was none other than the very one in which we i then were, viz. : the Reformed Church, of '■ Tappan. 0 A committee on nominations was appointed 11 who afterward reported tho following officers h for the ensuing year, which report was accep' ted and adopted: „ For President—lohn v. Towt. Ist Vice President—Robert Smith. ' l' L'd •' —Dr. I. C. Haring. ,' Secretary—Rev. A. F. Todd. 1 Treasurer—l. M. Dederer, lj Executive Committee—ll. G. Prall, A. T. ' ;t Blauvelt, D. D. Smith, Geo. Green, Daniel D. '1 Deniarest. Town Managers—Haverstraw—Wm. A. Sherwood, Robert Smith. Alonzo Oram, John S. Smith, Theodore Frederick : Stony Point—Geo. , S. Wood, Brewster J. Allison, Wesley J. Wient, Daniel D. Tomkins, Dr. William Govan ; Ramapo—H. M. Funston, Matthew Ferdon, Levi ' Sherwood, Hoh.'Edward Sufferu, Cornelius E. < ' Blauvelt; Clarkstown—Nelson Stephens, Isaac i : Page, Jackson Sutherland, Charles Deßevoise, ( Edwin Lydecker ; Orangetown—H. G. Prall, t l" John Moison, John Reichling, David J. Blau- 1 velt, Wm. D. Sherwood. ( k Delegates to sister societies—Rev. Thomas ' Evans was elected delegate to the Orange Co. ; ■ Bible Society, aud Rev. A. S. Freeman to that * of Westchester County. At twelve and a half o'clock the society took , a recess, bnt before leaving the church they , were invited by the Pastor to adjourn to the , lecture room and partake of some refreshments , f- prepared by the ladies of Tappan. This proved to be more than "some refreshments"—it was a bountiful repast, more than enough, so that i- the hungry were abundantly satisfied. During the recess some of those from a dis- , tance took a walk to the historic spot of Andre's , execution ; others strolled through the cemetery where sleep the remains of those of other generations, and who long ago were gathered [1 to their rest; and others still conversed in '1 groups under the shadowy trees that surround y the venerable church of our furthers. t At 2 o'clock the Society re-assembled, and « > the services begun by singing a part of the [ > l.Slh hymn : " Tat her ot mercies! in Thy Word What cudlcss glory shines:'' t f , Prayer was offered by Rev. Marshall B. Smith. i The Town Committees were then called upon ' 3 to report, progress. c Rev. Mr. Chamberlain made a brief statement <■ of what had been done in Ramapo. Rev. Mr. ■ Mack followed with a few remarks, referring with special interest to the meeting held in his t own church. 1 1 Roy. Mr. Lippincott spoke briefly forOlarks' town and its " Ladies' Bible Society." i H. G. Prall spoke for Orangetown, showing f ■ what the ladies had done and proving that they c were truly help-meets in a good cause. Rev. Mr, Stewart spoke of the importance of , these Town Committees, and of their district, ing their respective towns into smaller districts for mdiv idual effort. ?, 11. G. Prall moved the appointment of a ij [ special Committee to draft resolutions in refer- V enco to the death of the late Mr. C. Rutherford, a viee-Prusident of the Society, and of i Cornelius J. Smith, one of the committee for the town of Orangetown. The ehuir appointed Mr. Prall, Rev. Mr. Blauvelt and Ray, Mr. Freeman ; which com- t J mittee reported the following resolutions which < were passed unanimously : U Bjtolved, That we have h.ard with deep regret of the tl death of the late th ri.stoplu-r ltiitherloid, a liee-l'ivstdciit of this society, iini who had formerly been its President, 1' l-'or many year! In felt and manifested adl ep interest ill M the prosperity and suoeess of the Jlible oause, His life „ was a beautiful exemplification of tin- truth revealed in that Messed ii..ok. ifis daily walk was that of the pure- w minded, earn..-l-li. .iiie.l and humble Christian, and his deatb was as triumphant and peaceful as his life had been beautiful and useful, „ fteeotved, That Ui the death ol Oorneiiua J, faith, ouo " of the town managers lor the town of Drang,-town, we W! ree,,e.nize the fact that the fathers are passing away, and c ] that by it we ought lo be exhorted to greater zeal and ilil- . IgenOiJ in the minion and work that Cod has assigned to 11 us. By those frenuout calls wt are reminded, also, of the p. fad that the ni : Id rum th wherein no man can Work. * Then- is but a k|, ~ between us and death, and may ours, " our work being done, be the death of the righteous; for W of them it is said: •• HI. ssi d are the dead who die in the Lord"— itev. B. Howard Wallace was introduced to 0 tho audience, and after BOrne preliminary re- a ii.irks, expressive of his pleasure in being per- pi nutted to bear t'hri.stian .salutations from tho | O Orange, Count) Bd'h Society, and to iningK il

with us in Stieh plftCefl and relation*.; spoke eloquently and feelingly of the Bible as tho charter of ottf hopes ftS f'hristinns. and of our ! liberies Mfl nation. The brother was listened ,1 to with miieh interest an 1 satisfaction, and in t. closing, left a nurd profitable as well as phasic, ing impression. g Ret, Dr. Gordon, of Bergen County. N. J.. tj was next introduced by the President and spoke for thirty minutes with force and power. Ite ft came, he said, ns a friend of the. Bible, to meet and mingle with friends of the Bible. ■ c When first Invited to be present and speak on this occasion, he east about in his mind to ,f find a theme for a basis of remark, but was un- D successful, until his eye chanced to fall upon , s the following paragraph, written by "anAmer,.. ICftTJ C.-itholic." and ((noted in the " (Uiristian ,t World" for June. Mays the writer: "It hap,. pens that the Bible is the Protestant rule of i, faith; It itiby means of Bible reading in the g public school rind out of it, unattended by interu pr tations of the ehiireh that the Protestant >- propagandists expect to overwhelm nnd destroy y tho Catholic religion : the Bible is the chief s . and sole source of Protestant beliefsj it i« the * potent weapon of Protestant power. Great sof. eieties are established to print and circulate it j y these support multitudes of agents, and spend Jl millions of money every year in this pre-eminently Protestant mode of evangelizing non,f Christians, nnd of perverting Catholics. The q most powerful engine of Protestantism is tho ,- Bible. The Bible, the whole Bible, nnd nnh thin;; but the Bible, is the slogan nnd watchword of the Protestant chieftains. 11l tho Biy ble is the foundation, corner-stone, tho super-0 structure, the inside and outside, the length, r , Width, hight nnd depth of the Protestant sys,. tern." c This, said the Eev. Dr., is ono of tho truest utterances ever made by a Roman Catholic. It j. is nil true, with one exception—namely, that it j. did not "happen" to be the rule of Protestant 0 faith, for it is Cod's inspired word, andhegave c it for that very purpose. And thus did the speaker make the saying of an enemy of the ,_ Bible the basis of a telling speech in favor of c the Bible—for the Bible in schools, the Bible [■_ in families, tho Bible throughout the country, Q the Bible throughout the world. Our "ruleof ( 1 faith," the basis of our hopes, the foundation h of our liberties—and in closing urged to the .. exercise of such ft sympath.v in the good cause c ns would lead to efforts and to liberality in send-0 ing it abroad. c Eev. Mr. Matttioe spoke earnestly on the imh. portance of a practical Christianity, such as agrees-with the teachings and sustains the inf junctions of the Bible in the observance of the Sabbath, and kindred interests, nil of which j pertain to the furtherance of the Gosjiel to the , ; glory of God. ~ At the close of these remarks, the place for the next annual meeting was selected, namely, the Presbyterian Church of West Hempstead. A vote of thanks was given to the ladies of Tappan for their lnrge hospitality, and their abundant survply of good things for the hungry. Prayer was then offered by Rev. A. S. Freeman, and the audience dismissed by the Pastor, Eev. Mr. Blauvelt. Thus passed the interesting anniversary—the fifty-fourth—of the Rockland County Bible Society. May the truths impressed bo lnsting in their influence nnd result in great good to all, ' and, ns we have just said, in the furtherance of ' tho Gospel. i Enr.ort Coisisected.—lt is an unfortunate circumstance that so very few of our otherwise 2 intelligent readers should be blessed with such , a limited knowledge of the significance of law , terms and the meaning of words and sentences - which are constantly recurring in legal proceedings. We are led to these reflections by 3 the fact that we have been requested to publish the following letter wherein two of our esj. teemed fellow-citizens seem to be charged with having been engaged in fraudulent transactions—not indeed by Judge Pratt but by intelligent men who ought to know the difference ' between law and fact. We are not much of a lawyer, but we take it that law admits of very , few compromises and that if a man is in any way connected with transactions that are susceptible of being so construed, it is set down in legal terms as fraud while in fad it is not fraud nor in anywise pertaining to it. The following letter is sufficiently explicit in regard to the whole matter : r COPY OF A LETTER FROM JUDOE PRATT. 1 Bhookly.v, June 4, 1870. , J. I. FITCH, Esq.: Dear Sib:—My attention lias been called to the fact that the minutes of my decision In case of Do Cautillou 1 against Mansfield, &C, have been published, and that tho , came has been made the occasion of severe remark against the conduct of Mansfield and his attorneys. The paper filed was never written out" for publication, but simply as a brief decision to aid the parties in settling the liudiugs of fact and law. lam surprised that anyone should read the decision so as to infer that I Intended to charge yourself or Mr. Cole with any fraudulent intent. I simply held that tho lavv deemed such ft transaction fraudulent, aud nothing was further from my mind than , to charge either of you with any fraudulent intent. In regard to Mansfield, the same remarks apply. I only intended to say that ha failed to satisfy me that his t claim, for which the Stock was issued, was valid in law, In haste, C. E. MUTT. > P. S.—l regret the decision was published, aud more < that a construction has beeu placed upon it to injure you personally. We are authorized to say that Mr. Colo is not now and never has been attorney for Mr. Mans; field; therefore the use of his name in that ' connection was wholly unwarranted.

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