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of some sort, to where they have one there.* Ours are itinerants, each one officiating in several neighborhoods. This is owing to our great number of religious sects. We speak of Ohio. We have swarms of missionaries from the Atlantic cities, and from our own, consisting of Cumberland Presbyterians, Campbellites, Catholics, &c., all in mo tion, to build up their various sects; but they all move forward in peace, and in a good degree of harmony. We see no evils growing out of all these sects, except it be, that the people are not able to support all this host of ministers. Fewer of them, and those well qualified for their missions, would be a vast improvement. If the people were divided into one half the sects to which they now belong, and would be contented with one half the preachers we now have laboring among us; and if the other balf of our preachers, would travel farther west, and officiate there, a great deal of good might be done, by this improvement, in our religious matters. The people of the east, need not mourn over our destitute state, as to preaching, because we have ten sermons to their one, in proportion to our numbers. There is scarcely a day in the year but there is preaching of some sort, in every town of any size in the state. We by no means, say that we have too much preaching, but we do say that there is no want of it in Ohio.
That there is a prejudice against all preachers in this and all other states, is certainly true, but so far as we are acquainted with them, and we know them well, we are complled to say, that our clergymen in Ohio, especially those who have lived here ever since our first settlement, deserve unqualified praise for their zeal, and good works. No men in this state have been so useful in building up society, in making us a moral and truly religious people. Their disinterestedness and benevolence, their kindness, forbearance and charity, zeal, industry and perseverance in well doing, merit and receive the respect, gratitude and affection, of all good men. They have labored zealously, faithfully and long, and their pay has been but trifling. But they have generally been blessed, in their children, whose good conduct, prosperity and success in life, are the consolation and support of these aged servants of the most high God. We name them not, though we know them all. They have always been the true friends of liberty, and they would be the very last men in the nation to wish to overturn our free institutions. Persecuted they may be, but it must be, either by those who know them not, or by those who would overturn all good government, good morals and true religion. The religion of Jesus is friendly to liberty, but because, in the rude and barbarous ages of Europe, there were hypocrites in the church, who made merchandize of this religion, that is no reason why its Author should be persecuted, more than it would be, to refuse to re- . ceive the true coin because there were counterfeits in circulation. Christianity is friendly to free government, and without this religion, there can be no good government.
*The presbyterians and protestant episcopalians need more ministers, and have many churches without being able to supply them at present. Our remarks do not apply to them.
These are composed of Presbyterians, Methodists, Protestant Episcopalians, Baptists, Catholics, Dunkards, Congregationalists, Seceders, Unionists, Friends, or Quakers, Cumberland Presbyterians, Swedenborgians, Jews, Newlights or Halcyons, Associate Reformed, United brethren in Christ, Radical Methodists, Universalists, Campbellites, German Lutherans, Unitarians, Shakers, and Mormonites. We have several shades of difference, even among several of the above named religious sects, such as high and low Churchmen, among several sects, but they all live together in a good degree of harmony, often assisting each other, in the erection of churches, and, in permitting ministers of other denominations, to officiate in their churches. This tolerant spirit, is highly commendable, and is rather gaining, than losing ground, among us.
We suspect that a greater proportion of our population belong to some church, than any other people in the Union. This is more the case with the people in the Scioto and Miami countries, than in any other part of the state, perhaps, but it is so, generally, in all parts of it. As to talent and learning, we have at all times, had a good degree of them in the pulpit. Our ministers, like our lawyers, speak with a great deal of animation, otherwise, they would not be western people. They speak extempore, mostly, but not a few of them, speak accurately, so that every sentence might be printed, and it would read very well. On the whole, we feel quite proud of our ministers as such, as Christians, as citizens and as men.
The Presbyterians have in the state, about twenty presbyteries as follows, viz:
Presbyteriøs. ministers. Churches. Crcantil Names of the stated closks of these Presbyterien Steubenville, 16 31 3218 Charles C. Beatty. Beaver, 18 37 2515 Robert Dilworth. Grand river, 15 35 1721 Dexter Witter. .. Portage, :27 23 1857 William Hanford. Huron, 19 24 1025. Xenophon Betts.. Trumbull, 12 18 3246 Wells Andrews. Cleveland, 27 39 1785 Daniel W. Lathrop. . St. Joseph, 11 12 364 Phanuel W. Warriner. Monroe, 9. 21 1310 'Ira M. Weed.. Athens, : 9 19 1134 Addison Kingsbury, Columbus, 12 15 1124 James Hoge, D D.LL D. Lancaster, 21 31 2622 James Culbertson. Wooster, 926 2069 William Cox. Richland, 10 21 1528 James Rowland. i i. Chillicothe, 22 28 2892 Henry Van Deman.' Miami, 18 23 1250 James Coe. , Cincinnati, 27 29 1858 Thomas J. Biggs. Marion, 8 19 1348 John P. Vandyke. . Oxford, 14 26 1083 John W. Scott Professor, in
- Oxford college. 304 477 33,949. This denomination of christians, have besides the above three
hundred and eight ordained ministers, twenty licensed preach.. ers, besides thirteen candidates, for the ministry. Let us see, three hundred and eight ministers, and four hundred and seventy-seven churches, or' sixty nine more churches, than preachers.
The Methodist Episcopalians are far more numerous, than any other christians, as the following statement, derived from the very best authority. shows. Number of church members, seventy-seven thousand and thirty six; two hundred and ninety four traveling preachers; five hundred and sixty local preachers, four hundred and ninety churches, in the state, fifteen district, and these are divided, into one hundred and thirty nine circuits and stations. They have erected, at different places, fifty six parsonage houses for the accommodation of the itinirant ministers.
This denomination, own a large commodious, Book room in Cincinnati, eighty feet, by forty-two, four stories in height, erected on the corner of Eighth and Main streets. From this western book establishment, they distribute many thousand dollars worth of books, annually, into Ohio, and all the states and territories, west of the Alleghanies. The present agents, of this valuable establishment, are John F. Wright and L. Swarmsted. They publish at this establishment, a religious periodical, called “ The Western Christian Advocate.” And to this paper, there are now, eleven thousand subscribers. C. Elliot and L. L. Hamline are the editors of this paper. .
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
Names of the churches; places where located, in 1834, to wit: : Trinity Church, Columbus, . Trinity Church, Newark, St. James' 66 Zanesville, St. Luke's • Marietta St. Paul's 6 Chillicothe, Trinity « Cleveland, St. Peter's 6 Ashtabula, St. Paul's 66 Norwalk, St. James Bardman, St. Paul's, “ Mt. Vernon Christ Church, Windsor, Christ 5 Dayton,
All Saints Church, Portsmouth, Harcourt Church, Gambier,
Intimately connected with Christianity, and one of its legitimate offspring, is the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, located at our seat of government.
THE ASYLUM FOR THE DEAF AND DUMB,
Is located in Columbus. Here the. Deaf and Dumb are received, and that mental and moral cultivation is bestowed on them, which raises them to the occupations of society, and the enjoyments of social life, of which they were naturally deprived. It is one of those benevolent institutions, to which this age has given birth, and which does honor to human nature.
This Asylum has been in operation nearly nine years. It owes its origin to the philanthropy of the State legislature, The present number of pupils is thirty-five; twenty-seven of whom, are supported by the bounty of the State. It is an