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memory deeply enshrined in the hearts of his people.

Oh who does not wish, when we contemplate such ministers and churches, that ministers and people now would love each other more--would live together and labor together till death dissolves the union instead of the exciting, turbulent, ever-shifting scenes that in this day are so painfully frequent in Zion.




Rev. Mr. Clarendon was settled in a large manufacturing town of New England, in 1835; over the Orthodox Congregationalist church, which at that time numbered 237 members. He was pleased with his people, and they were apparently satisfied with their minister. The congregation, which had considerably dwindled at the time of Mr. Clarendon's settlement, in consequence, to

extent doubtless, of the church being destitute of a pastor for nearly a year, began to increase under his ministrations, and lias continued on the increase up to the present time; and now their commodious house of worship is filled with attentive hearers. He has also been blessed with two delightful revivals, and has had the satisfaction of adding more than 100 to the church. The salary Mr. Clarendon at first received,

was $650 a year, which was considered by the majority of the church quite a liberal amount; although they were a wealthy people, and several of them lived at the rate of $2000 a year.

They knew, however, that their minister could not possibly live more than decently on this salary. By contriving, he could go along so as to obtain food and clothing for his family, and keep out of debt; and that was all he could do. There were several theological books that he felt were needed upon the shelves of his library, but he could not purchase them, as bis income would not allow it.

Some of his church members were so deeply impressed with the belief that the Lord would not keep him humble unless they kept him poor, that they were very anxious that his salary should be reduced. Accordingly one of them, Ira Jenifer, moved in a church meeting not very fully attended, in the year 1838, “that the salary of our pastor be reduced to $600.”. This man, whose family was not as large as his minister's, and who spent bis $1300 a year, and yet thought he lived quite economically, said, “I am really afraid our

minister is getting too rich. I think he might live on less money with comfort; and if he cannot, it is because he is too extravagant.' This consistent jewel" of a brother considered it very proper that he should keep two fine, high spirited horses, and several kinds of riding vehicles which he used but little ; but he thought it was highly improper for Mr. Clarendon to keep one poor old horse and chaise, to visit his parishioners who lived in the outskirts of the town; “for,” said he in this meeting, “I see no reason for this unnecessary expense, as our minister is a strong, healthy man, and is able to walk for all purposes of visiting.” He also said, “I never thought it well to give ministers large salaries. The fact is, human nature is human nature, * and they cannot bear it. The more money they have, the less faithful they are.f Now Mr. Dangley,

*As no one will probably dispute this sage remark, those who may desire a particular explication of Ira Jenifer's views, must go to him, as the writer does not feel competent to explain for him.

+ If this rule is correct, and works both ways, then it follows that the less money a minister has, the

in the city of — has $2000, and preaches twice a week; our minister has $650, and preaches three times a week; and if he had but $400, I suppose he would preach four times a week; therefore I go for reducing the salary of our pastor.”

Another brother of very limited views said, “I work hard all the week, and receive for my labor only about $200 a year; and I don't see why our minister, who works only on Sunday, should be paid such a great salary.”

Another one said,“ It has been a source of vexation to me that we have to pay so much to ministers. When I look at our church, and see how many of us have to labor for our bread, and how many hours each day those of us work who are in the factories, I must say it makes me feel unpleasantly to be compelled to pay such a heavy salary.” This man received $400 a year, as an overseer in the factory, and paid five dollars a year towards the salary; while some of the females who worked

more faithful he will be ; consequently the only way to make a minister wholly consecrated to his work, is to deprive him entirely of money.

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