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P. You inexpressibly, astonishingly surprise me. I am bewildered with amazement at what you say ; for it is surpassingly beyond the ramifications of my intellection, to embody a conception of anything superior. It was so indescribably bewitching, and so unutterably, captivatingly fascinating, with such perspicuousness of perscrutation, without the slightest adumbration, that to me it was the quintessence of exbilaration to listen to him.

M. You know our regular church meeting occurs this evening; shall you be with us?

P. Such is my presentaneous calculation. I shall be there unless unavoidably prevented by obstructing circumstances.

M. I hope no such circumstances will arise, then, for I am anxious to have as many members present this evening as possible, as Mr. G-'s case will again come up.

P. An inextricable perplexedness perpetuates that disagreeable case.

An unproportionable quantity of time has been irremissibly expended upon it, which has been prodigiously productive of nought but beclouding obfuscations.

M. I think we shall disentangle it some

what this evening. Oh! did you say when you were here last that you have the autograph of Mr. Schriewinski?

P. 1 did sir; and I retain with undecaying preservation, that autographical reminiscence of his personal identity.

On the evening of the day in which this conversation took place, the following entry was made in Rev. Mr.

's journal. "Had another call from Mr. P. He has some idea about my manner of speaking which I do not exactly understand. He strung big sounding words together, as usual; if anything, rather more so than when he came to lecture me about my course on temperance.

He is certainly an odd genius. I hope he will not come again soon, for he invariably makes my head ache.”

CHAPTER IX.

REV, YATES YERRINGTON.

Sometimes ministers have left their churches when they appeared to be doing well, and when no very clearly defined reason could be given for dissolving a connexion which seemed to be so happy and desirable. In such cases the community wonder why the minister has resigned his charge.

“Did you know," says one, “Mr. — has left? I am astonished. I thought everything was pleasant and harmonious among his people.” Says another, “What does it

leaving? I am sure I never heard any fault found with him.” Says another, “Who would have thought it, Mr. leaving.—he has been here so long, and his people were so attached to him."

Such was the sort of wondering talk when the Rev. Mr. Yerrington resigned the pastoral care of the church in the delightful town

mean, Mr.

of —, in New Jersey. He had been the highly esteemed pastor of that church for many years.

He was their first minister, and they were his first people. He commenced his labors among them when he was a young man, and when they were a little and a feeble band; and he had cheerfully borne his share in all the difficulties and trials of their incipient stage of existence. He had labored bard, and earnestly, and prayerfully, in the cause of his Redeemer among them, and had ever felt that no effort was too great, no burden too heavy, and no self-denial too severe, if he could be the means of benefitting the souls of his people.

Under his faithful ministrations the church and society gradually and steadily increased, till the little one became,” not indeed "ba thousand,” but rather more than a third of a thousand; and the usual Sabbath congregation amounted to 5 or 600 individuals.

For some little time previous to Mr. Yerrington's leaving, a few of the leading brethren had felt a sort of indistinct dissatisfaction with their pastor. We say indistinct, because they could not exactly tell why they were dissatisfied with him, only somehow or other he did

not seem to be just the man they thought was needed in

This dissatisfaction, however, they studiously concealed from him.

We will give a little account of a church meeting that took place about this time, and that, perhaps, will give to the reader the views and feelings of these brethren in a clearer light than anything we can say.

In that meeting one brother said, “I think Mr. Yerrington is a very good pastor and a good preacher; but I do not profit lately from his preaching as much as I used to, and I have thought that perhaps a change of ministers might be well."

Another one said, “I always liked our minister very much, but I do not think he is as spiritual a man as our church now needs." Another, who never paid over five dollars a year towards the support of his pastor, on account of his penuriousness, though he was much better off in worldly things than some others in the church who paid five times five dollars, said, “I have never been satisfied with our minister's receiving so much salary. I think $500 is as much as we can pay; and I think some other minister who would live on less salary would do better for us.

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