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This, however, is a proper subject of investigation by the Overseers, and I am not alone in earnestly hoping that the treasury department, for the twenty years past, will be thoroughly examined, and the manner in which the vast funds of ihis ancient institution have been managed, exhibited to the public, without reserve. The good people of this Commonwealth have a right to be inade acquainted with this whole concern, and the people demand it."*
It will not satisfy the public, for Mr. Lowell, after these repeated calls for definite information relative to the treasury of Harvard College, to cull out flowers from his historical reading, and play the rhetorician, when we call for the accountant.
The people of Massachusetts say, Show us your vouchers.
Mr. Lowell, “ expressly authorised to defend Dr. Kirkland," replies, You are reviving the scenes of Queen Mary.
People. Produce your books.
People. Let us know definitely and distinctly how the immense appropriations we have made to the College have been expended.
Mr. L. You are kindling flames. You mean to bring us all to the stake.
People. Exhibit your accounts.
People. Where are the authorised orders for the several sums advanced by the Treasurer and Steward to the President?
Mr. L. Blood ! Blood !!
We stated on the authority of Mr. Lowell, that, previous to the departure of President Kirkland from this part of the country, unfavorable rumors were in circulation, relative to his accounts. These rumors, it seems, were not quieted by his absence. Different writers in the Boston Statesinan and Boston Recorder, a year since,called public attention to the same subject. These writers and their inquiries were passed by unnoticed, both by Mr. Lowell and the Treasurer, who was directly implicated by the queries proposed in the Statesman. Mr. Cooke in his pamphlet, published early in February, gave a more definite shape to these charges, than they had hitherto assumed. Still the Treasurer takes two months sor deliberation, before he will publish the certificate of Mr. Nichols. His note to Mr. Hale is dated April 30, 1829. Did he at times think and talk of prosecuting Mr. Cooke? If his note contained a false and a libellous accusation, why did he not prosecute bim? Was he afraid of the truth in evidence? And does he expect to satisfy the public, to remove doubts, to silence inquiry, and arrest investigation, by an ambiguous certificate that, whatever it may mean, is superscribed and stamped with suspicion? This
* See “Facts and Documents," p. 84. VOL. III.-NO. 1.
cannot be. This must not be. The people of this State, whose treasures have been lavished to profusion on Harvard College, have a right to know how these treasures have been appropriated, and they will know. Their voice now reaches the Senate chamber, and calls for investigation. And should any manæuvering or artifice cause it to be unlieeded or slighied now, it may soon sound from the ballot boxes, with an emphasis of intonation sussiciently loud to be hearri, and sufficiently authoritative to be obeyed. We call upon the Board of Overseers, who are about holding their semi-annual session, to investigate this subject thoroughly. Up to this moment, the Board of Overseers, as a body, are entirely ignorant of the manner in which the pecuniary concerns of the College have been managed for the last twenty years. Heretofore, their duties have been litile inore than nominal, and a few leading individuals behind the scenes, have directed and managed all their motions. This is, in general, an unavoidable result, in so cumbrous a body as this Board. The report of the Comunittee of the Board, appointed 10th June, 1826, which report is dated 10th January, 1828, derives all its value from the certificate of Mr. Nichols, which certificate, as we bave already shown, in point of affording reasonable satisfaction, is worse than nothing. The time has come when this whole subject must be thoroughly investigated. To the Board of Overseers the people look with an expectation wbich must not be disappointed. In all probability, various artisices and contrivances will be resorted to, in the first place, to prevent an investigation; or should this be commenced, 10 throw dust and involve the subject in general ambiguities. In order to prevent investigation, it will no doubt be urged, either in public, or private, or boih, that this is an Orthodox party measure. Now it ought to be known, and distinctly understood, that some distinguished Unitarians, some of the firmest supporters of Harvard College, are among the individuals who are most dissatisfied with the sormer management of its pecuniary concerns. All that the Orthodox know, and have published on this subject, has come from such individuals. Whether, then, the charges of Mr. Cooke are true or false, they originated with Unitarians, with Unitarian friends of Harvard College, by whose intelligence, integrity and decision, that institution was saved probably from bankruptcy. Let none attempt, then, to evade inquiry, by awakening prejudices against Orthodoxy.
We have purposely avoided recapitulating the inquiries proposed by Mr. Cooke, relative to the various sums expended during the adıninistration of Dr. Kirkland. They are published and accessible. We are desirous that these, as well as those from the Boston
Statesman, may be publicly and definitely answered by those who are competent to speak witb knowledge. We could propose some additional questions, that might come still nearer bome, and carry a charge of a more heinous nature than any yet alleged ; but as we wish to know the whole and the simple truth of the case, and as this can be coine at only by a full investigation, we preser urging that, to all minor considerations. If these rumors and charges relative to the late President and Treasurer are false, and scandalous, they, of all men, will be most desirous of such an investigation; but if there be foundation for these reports, then let no reverend name, nor honorable station, shield the delinquent or the culprit from public censure. Abused integrity will court inquiry. Qui fugit judicium, opso teste reus est.
(To be continued.)
'If any man be in Christ, he is a new crcature : old things are passed away ; behold all things are become nero.' Paul. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must BE BORN again.'
As a striking practical comment on these interesting portions of Scripture, the following instances of conversion are selected. The subjects of them had too much intelligence to be easily deceived respecting the operations of their own minds, and too much integrity to be suspected of a design to deceive others; and their subsequent course of life was such, as to evince the reality of the change they professed to have experienced. It must be gratifying, as well as profitable, to ponder the accounts which such men have left, respecting what they doubtless considered the most interesting and important events in their whole moral history.
This distinguished divine was the subject of frequent solemn impressions, and was regular in the performance of religious duties, from his childhood. Soon after leaving college, when about seventeen years of age, he experienced a change in his affections, which he describes in the following manner:
“ From my childhood up, my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God's sovereignty, in choosing whom he would to eternal life, and rejecting whom he pleased ; leaving them
eternally to perish. It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me. But I remember the time very well, when I seemed to be convinced, and fully satisfied, as to the sovereignty of God, and his justice in thus eternally disposing of men, according to his sovereign pleasure.
“ The first instance that I remember of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things that I have lived much in since, was on reading those words,' Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever, Amen. As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from anything I ever experienced before, Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did.
" From about that time, I began to have a new kind of apprehensions and ideas of Christ, and the work of redemption, and the glorious way of salvation by him. An inward, sweet sense of these things, at times, came into my heart; and my soul was led away in pleasant views and contemplations of them. And my mind was greatly engaged to spend my time in reading and meditating on Christ, on the beauty and excellency of his person, and the lovely way of salvation by free grace in him. I found no books so delighiful to me, as those that treated of these subjects. The sense I had of divine things would often, of a sudden, kindle up, as it were, a sweet burning in my heart; an ardor of soul, that I know not how to express.
“Not long after I first began to experience these things, I gave an account to my father of some things that had passed in my mind. I was pretty much affected by the discourse we had tugether; and when the discourse was ended, I walked abroad alone, in a solitary place in my father's pasture, for contemplation. And as I was walking there, and looking up on the sky and clouds, there came into my mind so sweet a sense of the glorious majesty and grace of God, that I know not how to express. I seemed to see them both in a sweet conjunction; majesty and meekness joined together; it was a sweet, and gentle, and holy majesty; and also a majestic meekness; an awsuļ sweetness; a high, and great, and holy gentleness.
“After this my sense of divine things gradually increased, and became more and more lively, and had more of that in ward sweetness. The appearance of everything was altered ; there seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet cast, or appearance of divine glory, in almost everything. God's excellency, his wisdom, his purity and love, seemed to appear in everything ; in the sun, moon, and stars ; in the clouds, and blue sky; in the grass, flowers, trees; in the water, and all nature ; which used greatly to fix my mind. I often used to sit and view the moon for continuance; and in the day spent much time in viewing the clouds and sky, to behold the sweet glory of God in these things; in the mean time singing forth, with a low voice, my contemplations of the Creator and Redeemer.
“I felt then great satisfaction as to my good state; but that did not content me. I had vehernent longings of soul after God and Christ, and after more holiness, wherewith my heart seemed to be full, and ready to break ; which often brought to my mind the words of the Psalmist, ' My soul breaketh for the longing it hath.' I often felt a mourning and lamenting in my heart that I had not turned to God sooner, that I might have had more time to grow in grace. My mind was greatly fixed on divine things; almost perpetually in the contemplation of them. I spent most of my time in thinking of divine things, year after year; often walking alone in the woods and solitary places for meditation, soliloquy and prayer, and converse with God; and it was always my manner, at such times, to sing forth my contemplations. I was almost constantly in ejaculatory prayer, wherever I was. Prayer seemed to be natural to me, as the breath by which the inward burnings of my heart had vent.”
Most of our readers are acquainted with the early history of this gifted, ariable, but often unhappy man. He was constitutionally predisposed to melancholy and derangement, and while under deep convictions of sin, especially the sin of self-murder, which he had attempted, he fell into a state of complete despair. He gives the following account of bis deliverance from this wretched state, after remaining in it for several months.
“I found the cloud of horror, which had so long hung over me, was every moment passing away; and every moment came fraught with hope. I was continually more and more persuaded that I was not utterly doomed to destruction. The way of salvation was still, however, hid from my eyes; nor did I see it at all clearer than before my illness. I only thought, that if it pleased God to spare me, I would lead a better life ; and that I would yet escape hell, if a religious observance of my duty would secure me from it. Thus may the terror of the Lord make a pharisee; but only the sweet voice of mercy in the Gospel can make a Christian.
“But the happy period which was to shake off my fetters, and afford me a clear opening of the free mercy of God in Christ Jesiis, was now arrived. I Aung myself into a chair near the window, and seeing a Bible there, ventured once more to apply to it for comfort and instruction. The first verse I saw was the 25th of the third chapter of Romans: 'Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.' Immediately I received strength to believe, and the full beams of the Sun of Righteousness shone upon me. I saw the