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it into execution. When the system which is contemplated shall be fully matured and made public, we shall take an opportunity to spread it before our readers in detail. In the meantime, we commend to our own denomination especially, the interests of this our oldest institution of learning, and we trust that whenever an appeal is made to them in its behalf, they will not fail to show their appreciation of the benefits it has already conferred and is still conferring upon the public.
WATERVILLE COLLEGE.-Catalogue, 1849-50. Faculty; Rev. David N. Sheldon, D. D., President, Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy; George W. Keeley, LL. D., Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Rev. Justin R. Loomis, A. M., Professor of Chemistry and Natural History; Rev. James T. Champlin, A. M., Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages and Literature; Martin B. Anderson, A. M., Professor of Rhetoric, and Librarian;
Professor of Modera Languages. The duties of this Professorship are for the present performed by the President.) Students ; Seniors 13, Juniors 18, Sophomores 14, Freshmen 28, Partial Course 2 ; Total, 75. Partial Course.--Individuals of suitable age and acquisitions, wishing to fit themselves for Mercantile, Agricultural, or any of the other active pursuits of life, have here every facility for pursuing a Partial Course of study, not less than one year—they selecting such studies as they may desire. They are required to recite with the regular College classes at least twice a day, they have free access to the Libraries and Lectures, and on leaving the institution are entitled to a regular certificate of their respective attainments. Expenses, per annum, are estimated in the Catalogue at from $83 to $95. It gives us great pleasure to be able to say that the $10,000 subscription for the Library is filled, and is in part collected. Appropriations to be derived from this fund will furnish the means for a constant increase of books, and the character of the Faculty furnishes a sufficient pledge that they will be judiciously expended. The Association of Alumni is fully organized, and is fulfilling its work. Its object is to collect facts concerning the early history of the College, and the biographies of deceased graduates. The College is situated at Waterville, Me., a beautiful and flourishing town on the right bank of the Kennebec river, about eighteen miles above Augusta, the capital of the State. The town is now connected by railroad with Portland, and is therefore easily accessible from every part of New England. It cannot fail to be permanently a place of enterprise and thrift, and it is to be hoped will find pleasure, as certainly it will find honor and advantage, in guarding and cherishing the institution of learning which is its crowning ornament. The educational facilities offered by this College are of the first order, and it is a satisfaction to believe that its growth and prosperity are well secured.
MADISON UNIVERSITY.— It is not strange that the Catalogue of this University for 1849–50, betrays upon its pages some of the fruits of the long controversy on the removal question ;--and yet there is abundant occasion for congratulation that these traces are no more numerous. We extract the following information concerning Departments, Faculty, Students, etc. THEOLOGICAL DEPARTMENT: Faculty; Rev. John S. Maginnis, D. D., Professor of Biblical Theology; Rev. Thomas J. Conant, D. D., Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature and Interpretation; Rev. George W. Eaton, D. D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History. Students ; Seniors 13, Juniors 9, Total 22. The following is the course of instruction in this Department:I BIBLICAL LITERATURE AND INTERPRETATION. 1. General introduction to the Old Testament–including the composition, preservation, and canonical authority of the Hebrew Scriptures; history of the Hebrew language and its cognate dialects; an account of the ancient versions, and of the Targums; history of the text-principles to be observed in its criticism; character of prophecy; Hebrew poetry. 2. Particular introduction to each book, its author, date of composition, &c. 3. Antiquities of the Jews. 4. Sacred Geography, and Natural History of the Bible. 5. Critical study of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. 6. Interpretation of the most important portions of Isaiah, and the whole of the minor prophets, with specimens of the style of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. 7. Hackett's Chaldee Manual; Interpretation of the Chaldee portions of Daniel and Ezra. 8. Critical examination of the language of the New Testament, in respect to grammatical forms, structure, and lexicography, with a comparison of the language of the Septuagint. 9. Interpretation of the more important portions of the New Testament. 10. Introduction to the New Testament, including its connection with the Old. II. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY. The first year, History of the Jewish Church, a particular examination of the Christian Fathers, and survey of the middle ages. The second year, History of the Reformation, with a general view of the subsequent state of the church. III. THEOLOGY. 1. Evidences of Christianity, including the inspiration of the Sacred Scriptures. 2. A course of Theology, Biblical and Systematic. 3. Composition of a sermon. 4. Church government and pastoral duties. ACADEMICAL DEPARTMENT: Faculty ; Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy. (The duties of this Professorship are at present performed by the Professor of History.) Rev. John S. Maginis, D. D., Professor of the Evidences of Natural and Revealed Religion; Rev. Thomas J. Conant, D. D., Professor of the Hebrew Language and Literature; Rev. George W. Eaton, D.D., Professor of Civil History; Rev. Asahel C. Kendrick, D. D., Professor of the Greek Language and Literature; John S. Richardson. A. M., Professor of the Latin Language and Literature; John H. Raymond, A. M., Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres;
Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy; Rev. Philetus B. Spear, A. M., Principal of the Grammar School Students; Seniors 35, Juniors 21, Sophomores 25, Freshmen 12. Total Undergraduates, 93. Grammar School, 25. Grand total, 140. The number in actual attendance is about 100, dismissions and absences being mainly in the Academical Department. Expenses are stated as follows: Grammar School, per amum, $93; College, $103; Theological Department, $64. Of the condition of the Library, Philosophical Apparatus, etc., at Hamilton, we are not informed. The final settlement of existing difficulties on the removal question, however that settlement may be, ought to be the signal, and will be, we have no doubt, for new and efficient endeavors for the improvement of these important facilities.
LEWISBURG UNIVERSITY.—The Charter of "the University at Lewisburg" was granted by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the month of February, 1846. This instrument provides, that the University shall "consist of a Primary School, an Academy, a College, and such other departments appropriate to a University as the patrons and managers of said institution shall find themselves able to maintain," and that its "Trustees .... shall be regular members of the Baptist denomination."
In order to put the University in funds, it was proposed to raise the sum of $100,000 by voluntary subscriptions payable in four equal annual installments, after the filling of the subscription. In the autumn of 1846, the general agent of the Board of Trustees was authorized to organize a “High School,” preparatory to "the University at Lewisburg,” and to employ an assistant teacher. Accordingly, on the 5th October, 1846, this seminary was opened under the name of "the Lewisburg High School.” The general agent, Rev. Stephen W. Taylor, acted as principal, assisted by Alfred Taylor, a graduate from the collegiate department of the Institution at Hamilton, New-York. In the autumn of 1847, Isaac N. Loomis, A. M., took his place as a teacher in the High School. At the end of the second year, 16 students had been conducted through one year's study preparatory to college, 14 prepared for the Freshman class, and 10 for the Sophomore. In August, 1848, Rev. S. W. Taylor, A. M., was elected Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In the beginning of the year 1849, the $100,000 subscription was completed, through the agency of the Rev. Messrs. E. Kincaid and Wm. Shadrach.
The Trustees, at their semi-annual meeting in February, 1849, elected to the Professorship of the Greek Language and Literature, the Rev. George R. Bliss, A. M., formerly Greek Tutor in the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, New-York, and, recently, pastor of the Baptist church in New-Brunswick, NewJersey; and to the Professorship of the Latin Language and Literature, George W. Anderson, A. M., a graduate of Madison University, and first editor of the Christian Chronicle, Philadelphia. At the commencement of the current academic year, the whole number of students was 140; of these 97 are classical students, and classed as follows: In the Academy; Junior Class, 40, and Senior 25 ;-In College ; Freshman Class 10, Sophomore 14, Junior 8.
The following, as we learn by a letter from a friend, is a summary of what has been accomplished for “the University at Lewisburg:" " A University Charter has been obtained, as good as any that was ever granted to the Baptist denomination; a lot of seventy acres has been purchased, situated within the limits of the borough mof Lewisburg, now valued at $12,000, and affording an admirable site for the University buildings; the gentlemen's academic building, a substantial stone and brick edifice, has been erected, at an expense of $8,000, capable of accommodating 150 students with rooms for study and recitation ; a school has been gathered, whose students number in all 140, of whom 97 are classical students; a Library has been well commenced, and is constantly increasing ; new philosophical apparatus has been procured, worth between $2,000 and $3,000; and the foundation of a second University edifice has been laid, at a cost of $1,000. There remains an unappropriated balance of subscription to the amount of $75,000.” A noble work, accomplished in a brief period, and a happy pledge of future prosperity.
NEWTON THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION.–Catalogue, 1849–50. Faculty; Rev. Henry J. Ripley, D. D., Professor of Sacred Rhetoric and Pastoral Duties; Rev. Horatio B. Hackett, D. D., Professor of Biblical Literature and Interpretation; Rev. Robert E. Pattison, D. D., Professor of Christian Theology; Rev. Alvah Hovey, A. M., Assistant Instructor in Hebrew, and Librarian. Instruction in Ecclesiastical History is also given for the present by the Professor of Sacred Rhetoric and the Professor of Christian Theology. Students ; Seniors 13, Middle class 12, Juniors 16, Total 41. These students are graduates of 14 Colleges, Brown University having furnished 11, and Waterville College 8. The course of studies at this institution extends through three years, and is as follows :-1. BIBLICAL LITERATURE AND INTERPRETATION. T'he Hebrew Language; Greek of the New Testament; Translations from the Greek New Testament into Hebrew; Biblical Geography, Chronology, and Antiquities; Principles of Interpretation; History of the Origin and Transmission of the Sacred Canon; Exegetical Essays; Interpretation of portions of the Original Scriptures. Instruction is given in this department in Chaldee and Syriac to students who desire it. 2. CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY. Lectures, discussions, and Essays on the subjects embraced in a course of Systematic Theology; on the Evidences of Christianity, and the Inspiration of the Scriptures. 3. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY. Instruction in the History of Christianity, with special reference to the early centuries and the Reformation, together with the history of religious opinions. 4. SACRED RHETORIC AND PASTORAL DUTIES. Exercises in composition and elocution; Instruction on the composition and delivery of sermons, criticism of original sermons and plans of sermons, and examination of select printed discourses; Lectures on the nature and duties of the Christian ministry. No charge is made for tuition, room-rent and furniture, or use of the Library. T'he Library contains over B,000 volumes.
It is now twenty-five years since the first class left the institution, that class consisting of the Rev. Dr. E. B. Smith and the late Rev. John E. Weston. The Triennial Catalogue exhibits the names of 203 persons, of whom 20 have been, or are, Presidents or Professors of Colleges or Theological Seminaries, 18 have been, or are, foreign missionaries, and 25 are deceased. Those whose names are contained in this Catalogue were graduates of 21 Colleges, Browu University having furnished 50, and Waterville College 25.
New-HAMPTON (N. H.) ACADEMICAL AND THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION.—The plan of this institution is comprehensive, and the number of its students invariably large. It embraces Male and Female Departments, and adds to the ordinary academical departments a Theological School, designed for those whose age or other circumstances do not allow them the advantages of a College course of studies. The Catalogue for the year ending in October last, presents an aggregate of 309 students. distributed as follows:--Theological Departinent 18, Classical 29, English 104, Female 108. The Theological course extends through three years, and is thus arranged:-SENIOR YEAR. First Term.-Rhetoric (Whately's); Intellectual Philosophy; New Testament Greek, or Exegetical Essays. Second Term.-Logic
Whately's); Moral Philosophy; New Testament Greek, or Exegetical Essays. Third Term.-Butler's Analogy; Biblical Archæology; New Testament Greek, or Analysis of the Epistles, and of select Prophetical Books, MIDDLE YEAR. First
Term.-Homiletics; Biblical Archæology; Hebrew Poetry. Second Term.--Hermeneutics; Biblical Exegesis ; Ecclesiastical History. Third Term.--Biblical Exegesis ; Ecclesiastical History; Day on the Will. JUNIOR YEAR. First Term.Proof of the Divine Existence; Evidences of Christianity; Inspiration of the Scrip
tures. Second Term.-Biblical Theology; Lectures on Pastoral Duties. Third Term.--Biblical Theology ; Lectures on Pastoral Duties. The Professors are Rev. Eli B. Smith, D. D., President, and Follet Professor of Biblical Theology and Pastoral Duties; Rev. James Upham, A. M., Professor of Sacred Literature and Ecclesiastical History; Aaron W. Chaffin, B. A., Professor of the Latin and Greek Languages and Literature; Ephraim Knight, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In the Female Department are six teachers. It is now about twentyfive years since this institution was taken under the patronage of the Baptists. The average number of students in all the departments has been for many ye arsover three hundred. More than seven hundred have at different times become hopefully pious while connected with this school. The Theological Department was added about seventeen years ago, and there are now in the ministry about eighty persons who received here their preparatory training.
COLUMBIAN COLLEGE, D. C.-We have received no Catalogue from this institution. We do not know indeed that it publishes one. We learn however that its friends are specially encouraged by its present condition. The Senior class is larger than any which has preceded it, and the Junior is somewhat larger still. It is suggested that the time has come for taking measures to enlarge the accommodations for students. Important advantages are anticipated from the contiguity of the Smithsonian Institution, whose Lectures, as well as its Library and its collections in Natural History and the Fine Arts, will be accessible to the officers and students of the College. The Rev. Joel S. Bacon, D. D., is President
WAKE FOREST COLLEGE, N. C. Our information concerning this College is not more definite. We learn however that its entire debt, which has hitherto affected unfavorably the progress of the College, has been provided for, and that 75 students are in attendance. A visitor speaks favorably of the character of the students, and mentions with particular satisfaction the frequent revivals of religion which have marked the history of the College. Professor J. B. White bas been elected to the Presidency.
FURMAN INSTITUTE, S. C.-It was proposed and carried in the annual meeting of the South Carolina Convention, to enlarge the scope of education in this seminary, by the admission to the academic department of young men not candidates for the ministry. Though essentially a theological school, it becomes necessary, in point of fact, that it should afford the opportunities and means of classical studies to a large portion of its students, and it was believed that young men not having the ministry in view might be instructed at the same time, without detriment to the specific purpose of the Institute. Consequent upon this action it was unanimously resolved to remove the Institute to a more central locality, and a committee was appointed to report on that subject in June next. It was further resolved that the Convention was willing to co-operate in the movement for establishing a General Theological Institution for the Baptists of the Southern States,-a movement which has been pretty widely agitated for several years, and has many and powerful friends scattered over the South
GEORGETOWN. COLLEGE, Ky.—The Rev. J. L. Reynolds, A. M., of Richmond, Van, has accepted the Presidency of this College, vacant by the resignation of Rey. Howard Malcom, D. D.
An English translation of Dr. Tholuck's commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is in press at Andover, and will be published in the spring.–An Ecclesiastical History of New England is in course of preparation by Rev. Joseph B. Felt, to be comprised in two volumes, the first of which is understood to be approaching completion.-Messrs. Little & Brown, Boston, announce as in press the fourth volume of Bancroft's History of the United States, a new and enlarged edition of Everett's Orations, and Sketches of Newspaper Literature, with Personal Memoirs, Anecdotes,
Great Britain. BAPTIST COLLEGES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.-Bristol College. Instituted 1770. Income the last year, £2,042 18s, 3d. Students, 21. President, Rev. T.S. Crisp. Classical and Mathematical Tutor, Rev. F. W. Gotch, M. A. Stepney. Instituted 1810. Income, £1,251 9s. 1d. Students, 20. Theological Tutor, Rev. J