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Names of Clergymen

Johannes Waldschmidt, Weiseychenland, Connected with the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Hol.

Modenkrik, Cocalico and Zeindenryk, 1752 land, in the year 1759, residing or stationed in Great Britain, the present United States and the West Indies.

Jonathan du Bois, Noordhampton and Zoud-


John Jacob Wisler, Heydelberg, Egypten and I have a catalogue or register of the Clergy of the


1752 above Church, corrected to January 4, 1759, and printed Conraad Templeman, Danigal, Swatare and at Leyden. The following taken from it will be interest


1752 ing to some, at least, of the readers of the Northern Light.

Schippach, Witpen, Indienkrik and The orthography of places and names is carefully


Vacant. preserved. The figures at the left probably designate

Groote Lechouw, Kleine Lechouw, the year when they took charge of their respective con

Fork Van Delaware, Laccona gregations.

and Springfield,....

Vacant. In Great Britain.

Magunschy, Alemangel, SchmattzHenricus Haemstede, London,.....


gass and Maradany,..... Vacant. Henrick Putnam, London,


Bernardus Wennemarus Diemel, St. James'

1742 Inspector Scholarum PennsylvaniJohannes ter Kinder, St. James' Chapel,.... 1744


. Petrus Van Sarı, Norwich,..

1750 Michael Schlatter, V, D. M. In the New Netherlænds, now called the Pro

Clergyman on his way to Pennsylvania. vinces of New York and New Jersey.

Johannes Christophus Muntz. Johannes Ritzema, Niew-York,......


In Virginia. Lambertus De Ronde, Niew-York,.

1751 Schanador, Misariotte, Zoud. Branch Reinhard Erichson, Friholt,......


and Nieuw Germantown. Fridericus Muzelius, Tappan, Emeritus,... 1726

In Maryland. Gerard Haaghoort, Second River, .....


Theodorus Franckenfeld, Mannaceay, CanaGeorgius Wilhelmus Mancius, Kingston, 1732

gegee and Canawagee,

1752 Johannes Schuiler, Hakkingsak, &c........ 1756

In Nieuw-Jersey Johannes Casparus Fryenmoet, Menissink,


Vacant. Machakomich, Walpeck and Smitsfield,......

1744 In the Dominions of the King of Denmark. Benjamin Meinema, Pakeepsje and Viskil,.. 1745 Johannes Wernerus Knevels, St. Jan,

1752 Theodones Frielinghausen, (Theod. Jac. Fil.)

Johannes Arnoldus Montenacg, St. Thomas,. 1756 Nieuw-Albanien,

1746 Johannas Lambertus Urbanus Boreel Hoffman, Ulpianus Van Sinderen, (Ulp. Fil.) Lang.

St. Cruz,

1757 Eiland, ........

1746 Joannes Henricus Goetschius, Hakkingsak

Dr. Channing on Poetry.Poetry, far from injuring and Schralenburg,....

1748 society, is one of the great instruments of refinement

and exaltation. It lists the mind above ordinary life, Joannes Lyecht, Brunswyk,


gives it a respite from depressed cares, and awakens the Benjainin Van Der Linden, Paremes,..


consciousness of its efficacy with what is pure and noSamuel Verbryk, Tappan,.


ble. In its legitimate and highest efforts, it has the David Marinus, Achquechnouk,


same tendency and aim with Christianity; that is, to Barent Vromans, Schonegtaile,


spiritualize our nature. Poetry has a natural alliance Thomas Romein, Queens County, Oesterbaei, 1753

with our best affections. Its great tendency and purJohan Caspar Rubel, (Joh. Casp. Fil.) Ryn

pose is to carry the mind beyond and above the beaten, beck,.......


dusty weary walks of ordinary life, to lift it into a purer Johannes Schenema, Kats-kil and Cogsackie, 1753

element: and to breathe into it more profound and genWilliam Jackson, Bergen & Staaten Eiland, 1754

erous emotion. It reveals to us the loveliness of nature, Niewe Paltz, Schoggarie, Kinderhoek, Manner Van Levingston,

brings back the freshness of early feelings, revives the Klaverack, Kings County,

relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enVacant.

thusiasm which warmed the spring time of our being, In de Provincie Van Pensylvanien.

refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human Johannes Bartholomæus Rieger, Med. Doct.

nature, imparts vivid delineations of its tenderest and lof. Schafferskerk.

tiest feeling, expands our sympathies over all classes of Georgius Michael Weiss, Gosschenhope and

society, knits us by new ties with universal being, and Gossenschwamp,.....


through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps Johan Philip Leydich, Falknerschwamp and

faith lay hold on the future life. Providenz, .

1748 Jacobus Lischy, Yorktown, Kruiskrik, Ca

Quaint.—A book was printed during the time of nawage and Brannitschy,

1749 Cromwell, with the following title : “Eggs of Charity Henricus Wilhelmus Stoy, Tolpenhaken, 1752 laid by the Chickens of the Covenant, and boiled with Philip Wilhelm Otterbein, Lankaster,.... 1752 | the water of Divine Love. Take ye and eat.”

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The Misfortune of getting an Office.

easily be conceived, neither solitary nor alone. There

were plenty besides me, who were “idle in the market,” It was in the spring of the year, but what precise

and whose ingenuity, like mine, was exerted consideyear it matters not much, that business — no, not bu- rably to get rid, with as little tedium as possible, of the siness, rather necessity, led me to New-York, that better part of the four and twenty hours. Many of Golgotha of brick and mortar that receptacle of every

these crossed my path at repeated, though distant invice in its most concentrated form that hiding hole tervals, haggard in face and seedy in coat, without leavof suffering and enduring patience in their holiest im- ing much impression behind, and perhaps with but personations, and the home of as much noble-hearted little thought of what trials either they or those dependvirtue as you will be apt to meet in any other part of ing on them, were undergoing in their desperate for

tunes. the world, if you can only happen to find it out. At this period I was burthened, I may now confess,

There was one man, however, to whom my attenwith much less 'money than wit — with more leisure tion was directed, not indeed by any design of mine or than luck, and with every opportunity that “nothing of others, but rather casually by circumstances which in particular to do” could afford to enable me to become trivial separately, by their repetition and agglomeraacquainted with all that was worth seeing and studying tion made at last an impression on my mind as drops of in the city. There was not, accordingly, a public water make indentations in rocks, not by force, but by square from the Battery to Union place that was not constant dripping. He was advanced in years, of midfamiliar with me and my shaulow. I was a steady at- dle size, thin of visage, and grey of hair, but of a frame tendant “at Court,” for at the City Hall they had con- originally wiry and well set, though now stooping and venient benches on which the weary could be at rest ; diminished in elasticity. There was nothing peculiar dropped in occasionally to witness the doings in the in all this ; but once or twice I caught his eye, and Egyptian Tombs, not, however, as a sufferer but as a there was in this feature a softness, I should add a beconnoisseur, to examine the bumps on the cranium of nevolence, which contrasted strongly with the hard the loafers from the Five Points ; was punctual at the angularity of the rest of his features and form, and windows of the different print shops on every Monday caused an impression in his favor which, perhaps, morning, to inspect the latest “plates,” native and im might not otherwise have been produced. ported. My criticisms on the political caricatures,

I remember not now whether it was this which first which were' spread before “the admiring public” at created an interest towards him in my mind. Possibly the several corners in Wall-street, were never wanting it was the observation which I made whilst watching to guide the judgment and correct the taste of those him now and again, examining, like myself, the pawho, like myself, came to look but not to purchase, pers of the day. He too dwelt, not exclusively howand whom I occasionally had the kindness to assist to a ever, but protractedly, over those columns containing knowledge of the features of the various characters of the advertisements of merchants and others in want of the day, whose eminent actions entitled them to a place

clerks! on the blind brick wall to which they were affixed. The fact spoke volumes and in trumpet tones. He Being a literary character in those days, I lounged was, like myself, also in search of employment — but through the several libraries, skimmed my eye over the alas ! with what long odds against him. He, in that latest periodicals, was familiar with the leading article stage of life when he was entitled from the past to some in every review, and the best story in every monthly, settled provision for the future; 1, in the start, fresh for poetry I never read,-and gave my opinion so decisively the race, and if not crowned with success, at least not on their merits that I began to be looked upon as one of crushed by disappointment; he, perhaps, with wife and the stars of the literary firmament, and men signifi- children anxiously watching for his success; I, the cantly pointed at me with the thumb over the shoulder. bright “world all before me where to choose.”

There was one spot, however, that I never failed to Suspicions like these sharpened observation, and in visit every morning and every afternoon of the week, my walks, hurried hither and thither, according as my whatever aspect the weather wore. This was the public expectations or the advice of friends suggested, I could news-room, not with the view, I must say, to know not fail to meet this gentleman-for in manners at least what dust the politicians were kicking up at Washing- he appeared entitled to that appellation—especially as ton—who was to be the next inmate of the White similarity in our pursuits often led him to those places House—which ticket was to prevail in the fall, or who whither I also proceeded on a like errand. should be the next Mayor — my researches were of a It was in the course of one of these excursions — not more humble nature; they were confined to the adver- however in search of the picturesque - but hunting tisments, limited to the column of “wants,” for I was after “ the one thing needful,” that a heavy shower arin “want" of employment, and one of the thousand rested our steps as we were leaving a building where and one “availables” for any office in the gift of any." business” happened to call us both. An interchange body, from an Ambassadorship to Russia, where nothing of remarks usual on such occasions, followed. Some is to be done but to receive the outfit and salary, down conversation ensued, and as it was the hour for dinner, to a clerkship for which “ the applicant is in every re- I proposed adjourning, now that the rain had ceased, to spect qualified, writes a good hand, has no objection to a neighboring eating-house, where we should dine togo into the country, and to make himself generally gether. We became acquaintances from that dayuseful.”

friends some time fter, and I now look back to those In my various peregrinations and visits, I was, it may times with feelings of melancholy interest, for they are

full of philosophy and wisdom to be found neither in I had nothing for but to take his arm and return books, in colleges nor in academies, nor in any school home. that I know of except in that huge “ Normal School” I had a friend in Washington who was so kind as to the world.

feel an interest in my behalf, and who proposed obtainIt is not my design to detail here all that occurred ing some minor office for me there, in the event that I whilst serving out my time as “a waiter on providence,” should fail to find employment in New-York, and from nor do I intend to describe the perfection to which I this gentleman a letter awaited me on my return to my had arrived in climbing to back offices three pair of lodgings. I opened and read it. 'Twas not of much stairs up, or in diving down into basements and cellars moment—filled with promises and all that sort of thing, where the shaver and harpies of the money market “most so characteristic of Washington letters. Without say. do congregate,” nor how often I was on the eve of being ing a word, I passed it to my companion for perusal. provided for, and how much oftener I was disappointed: That eye, the benevolence of which I had already so all this would tire both myself and the reader, and often remarked, was at once fixed on me with an exserve no useful purpose.

pression of much feeling and sympathy, and a sigh At the end of a long and weary day, during which I broke unexpectedly from him, for it seemed to me then had exerted myself more than common in endeavoring that this trivial circumstance had touched a chord within to procure something to do, I crept, fatigued in body, him which had not of late been disturbed. Struck by dejected in mind, exhausted in patience and sick at such a singular occurrence I hesitated not to enquire its heart, down to the Battery, to recover my exhausted cause. spirits, in contemplating the beautiful picture which “ Put an end to that correspondence, my dear sir," Nature, in the fullness of her generosity, preserves he replied, “ trust not to these Washington letters, nor there for the poorest and humblest, as well as for the to these Washington friends, for their promises and richest and proudest of her children.

professions will terminate, even if realized, in wasted Over the Staten Island hills the sun was sinking in time, mocked hopes, and blighted happiness.” all its splendor and majesty, lending sky and water alike I was amazed. Could this man too have travelled a robe of mingled colors, like the rich tints that play that road on which I was about to enter, unconsciously upon changeable silk. The evening breeze rippled the to myself? Could he have been an office seeker ? broad surface af the bay, just enough to fill every part Could he have danced attendance at the White House, of the scene with life. The pennants of a noble man- lobbied in the Capitol, and played lacquey to members of-war anchored off Governor's Island fluttered gently; of Congress ? He saw my enquiries in my eyes, for I a hay-sloop, heavily laden, with its huge mainsail at spoke no word. its side, came bending along; a “Sound” schooner “ Aye!” he answered, “ I have been over the whole was gliding past, bound probably for “Dutchess” and ground. There is not an avenue in Washington that I a market, whilst here and there danced a tiny boat, the am not familiar with ; not a waiter at Gadsby's that measured-stroke of whose oars dropped on the ear from does not know me; have lobbied with Senators ; chatthe distance, with measured chime and soothing sound. ted with Presidents; hunted for office and obtained

In my moodiest hours, in my darkest moments, there office, and from that success date all my misfortunes." has been always something in the green hues which co I could not believe my senses, but without noticing ver mother earth, in the forest foilage, in the clear my embarassment he proceeded:deep and winding waters of our own American rivers, “ I started in life with prospects as fair as any one, in our cloudless skies, in the golden hues of our setting not perfectly independent could desire; a fair character, sun, yea, in every appearance of Nature, whether ma- untiring industry, unwearied energy, popular manners, nifested in the sublimity of our mountains or in the and good appearance. The section of the country in quiet repose of our vallies, which could chase away de- which I was reared was pretty well stocked with young spondency and light up hope within my heart. Such men, so one morning, I asked my father for a few dolan effect had the landscape now before me. I forgot | lars—he could not spare me many—and his blessing, all the cares of the day, and trusting again what to- and started for one of the Western States, to drive my morrow might bring forth, lighted a cigar, whiffed fortune—to make a spoon or spoil a horn,' as the sayaway all trouble with the light wreaths of smoke which ing is. curled from my lip, and dropped into a revery, during “ I was not long in my new location when I obtained the continuance of which, I dare say, more castles employment, which, however, for the first year or two were built than were ever stormed by the renowned enabled me to do no more than to make both ends meet. Amandis of Gaul or sacked by the Seven Champions of I added however, day by day, to the number of my acChristendom.

quaintances, attended town meetings, was active in ofIn the midst of these waking dreams some person fering motions, writing resolutions, and without being came and sat on the bench beside me. I awoke. It was too forward, made myself as useful as I could in the my friend to whom I had the honor of being introduced management of public business and in the discussion of by the shower of rain. We were in a moment deep in public affairs, to which by my education I was every conversation, he rallying me on my absence of mind, way qualified. for it seems he stood for some time near me before he “I was soon noticed. An old lawyer took me by the sat down. But for this I was not prepared. I turned hand, and under him I qualified myself to practice again to the landscape, but it was all gone. Evening at the different courts in our neighborhood, and became had closed around me whilst dreaming my dream, and l by degrees what is called an active politician.


“Questions of local interest which excited consider “I hurried at once to Washington, backed by every able feeling in those parts, came to be mixed up, some- recommendation that I could collect from quarters time afterwards, with political matters. You have very that I thought of influence, and provided with proper little knowledge of the subject on the seaboard. It was securities, in an evil hour obtained the office, the setilement of the public lands and squatters rights “On my return home I found myself at once of much

as the papers called them, “pre-emption rights.' I greater importance, than I had ever before dreamed an perceived at once with the acuteness of a politician's office holder could le. If I was anxious, as a politician, eye, which was the popular side of the question, and to stand well with others before, especially on the eve seized it. To bring my talents to bear more effectually of an election ; if I was ready to shake every man's on the public mind, I took a share in our county paper, hand, and to drink with every man who wished to wrote some strong articles in favor of the popular ca se, treat,' or wished to be treated,' I found matters now and by “stuinping” and speechifying succeeded in being reversed. Every body wished to stand well with me taken up as a candidate, and sent to the Legislature by to shake hands with me, and to ask me to drink. our party, which inscribed on its banners, Universal “ But there was still predominant one feeling over all. Freedom and Squatters Rights !'

That was to render my office subservient to the interests “I now became a leading man in our little political of my 'party. The fall elections were coming on; world ; removed to the capital of the State ; attended State officers were to be chosen; the next Legislature conventions for the nomination of Governor and other would have to elect a United States Senator, and it was high officers; clung to my party 'through thick and therefore of importance that we should hold the ascenthin,' and came at last, by the working of machinery dency in the State. I had to contribute my share to and the pulling of wires, with which none but the ini- the expenses. Not only this. There were many political tiated are acquainted, to be heard of at Washington. under agents who worked zealously for our side, who This was on the eve of an exciting presidential contest. were in justice also to be provided for, and as the

• Endowed with considerable volubility of tongue, greater portion of the public moneys passed through my gifted with a certain amount of talent in making “the office, I was called on to distribute my patronage among worse appear the better reason, backing my opinions a horde of applicants, each of whom claimed provision in the manner usual to out-and out politicians, and for himself as a right, failing the recognition of which, flooding the country with stump speeches as well as significant hints were thrown out that the parties would with editorials, reports of meetings, and one-sided Con- go over to the enemy, 'horse, foot and dragoons!' gressional documents, through the columns of our lead “ The political morality of the day showed no improing paper, with which I now became connected, I suc- priety in all this. Office was to be administered, it ceeded, along with the other leading men of our side, seemed to be tacitly understood, for the benefit of those in carrying the State for our Presidential Candidate ; in power, not for the promotion of the general interests but I must add, at an immense draft on my own pecu- of the community, and I could perceive no wrong in niary resources, not counting at all the loss of time, acting on principles which seemed to be everywhere neglect of business, and every other corollary attendant admitted. I administered my trust, therefore, accordon such a contest, especially where parties were pretty ingly, and we continued in the ascendant. No man equally balanced.

who made himself useful ever found me unwilling to “ After the battle was fought and won, and I in si- remunerate him for his services, though as far as I was lence calculated my gains, I found that however well personally concerned, experience convinced me that I others had fared, I certainly suffered more than I could was no gainer by being an office holder. afford. Many of my clients, noticing the ardor with “ Things continued to work thus for several years, which I had devoted myself to politics, and imagining and another sharp political contest was approaching, that they should have gained causes to which they were when, as if with ‘malice aforethought,' as the lawyers parties, but which they had lost, laid the blame at my say, one or two Receivers of the public money explod. doors and gave their business to others. I now reasoned ed. A postmaster in some back part of Mississippi next that I, as one of the conquerors, was entitled to some gave way. A Louisiana treasurer followed suit, and the of the spoils of the victory.

newspapers for a horrid length of time contained nothing “ As misfortune would have it, one of the govern- but accounts of public officers turning defaulters and rement Agents for the public lands happened to die just moving to Texas. at this critical time, and office' rose before my eyes “ With a pertinacity which nothing but the rage of in its most alluring guise. Forgetting the wholesome party could account for, our opponents in Congress rung principle that the slow and patient efforts of industry the changes, day after day, on these untoward events,' would extricate me from my temporary embarrassments, until at length no honest man was above suspicion. and leave me afterwards on much firmer and much The National Administration could no longer stem the higher ground, more efficiently than the spasmodic current; orelers were issued at Washington for every vaultings of ambition and office seeking, I looked to officer responsible for the public moneys, to make up the latter as the easiest and most certain means of get- his accounts and to pay over his balances forthwith. ting rid of present difficulties. Then came the self “One of these circulars reached me, among others. flattering persuasion that I should have increased means I made up my accounts as directed, but the balance was to promote the interests of my “party,' of paying others not so easily found. Election expenses, political parfor their political allegiance to me, and of more perma- tizans, swallowed all up, and I found myself minus so nently securing my own power.

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German National Wealth. the exposure of this state of affairs. The District Al

Translated from Hoffman Van Fallersleben. torney entered prosecutions against me and my securi (This is the individual who was not long since expelled from ties. Whatever prɔperty they and I had was seized, the dominions of the King of Prussia, and whose works were and I was thrown on the world, I may say without a

forbidden to be sold) friend, for those whom I had ruined myself to serve, Hurra! hurra! hurra! harta! now turned upon me in my misfortune and censured me

We're off unto America ! for having brought so much ruin upon so many respec

What shall we take to our new land ?

All sorts of things from every hand! table families.

Confederation protocolls ; “When a man begins to fall in this world, nothing Heaps of tax and budget rolls ; is so rapid as his motion downwards. Misfortunes A whole ship load of shins to fill seem to crowd on him by battalions. The reverses of

With proclamations just at will, fortune had such a shock on my poor wife, whose con

Or when we to the NEW WORD come,

The German will not leel at home. stitution at the best was but delicate, that she was seized with severe illness and died. One by ore my

Hurra! hurra! hurra! hurra!

We're oft unto America ! little or ng caught the scarlet fever, and one by one the

What shall we take to our new land ? Lord took them to himsell, leaving me, like the scathed

All sorts of things from every hand! and blaster pine in the forest, without leaf or limb, A brave r upply of corporal's canes ; capable neither of defending myself nor sheltering on very : uits, a hundred wains ; others from the storms which whistlx round me.

Cockades, gay caps to till a house, and

Armorial buttons, a liundred thousand, Palsiel in almost every nerve, benumbed in every

Or when we to the New WORD come, faculty, I wandered for a long period of time incapable

The German will not feel at home. of thought or action. Religion, with her hcly influen

Hurra! burra! hurra! hurra! ences, came at last to my aid. I looked back and per

We're oft unto America ! ceived at once the whirl vind of dissip a ion in which i

What shall we take to our new lard ? had passed away my better yeirs, and in which all my All sorts of thing fro: every hand! best energies had been swallowed up, and whilst i

Chamberlain's heys, a pile of sacks ; mourned the losses of wise, children and friends, I

Books of full blood de cents, in packs ;

Dog cjains and sword chans by the ton; bowed before the rod of the CHASTINIR whom, I re

Of order riblous, Lales twenty-one, ligiously hoped, subjected me to this trying fire in order

Or when to the ni* WORLD We come, to purify and to fit m. for another and a better world, The German will not feel at home. where we shall no longer be troubled with the passions

Hurra! hurra! huria! hurra! and vexations of this.

We're oft'unto America ! “I could not bear to continue among the scenes of my

What shall we take to our new land ? past pride and prosperity. I soon arranged the wreck

All sorts of things from ex ry hand! of my afairs, and came to this living caravansera, in

Scull caps, periwigs, old-world airs ;

Crutches, privileges, easy chairs; the hope of obtaining that trifling suffciency which

Counsellor's titles, private lists; might enable me to drag out, without much suffering, Nine hundred and ninety thousand chests, the remainder of my days in obscurity, in the midst of

Or when to the NEW WORLD We come, the great crowd. I have succeeded to-day in getting

The German will not feel at home. employment from an old friend who knew me in better Hurra! hurra! hurra! hurra! days, and who has enou,h of the knowledge of the We're oft'unto America ! world to perceive that a man may be unfortunate with

What shall we take to our new land ?

All sorts of things from every hand! out being dishonest, and that many of our misfortunes

Receipts for tax, toll. christening, wedding and suneral; proceed rather from the weaknesses than from the vices

Passports and ander books, great and small; (of our nature.

Plenty of ruins for censoru inspections, “ You have now heard my story. You are young and

And just three millions of police directions, beginning the world. You have the benefit of the ex

Or when to the NEW WORLD We come,

The German will not feel at home. perience of one who has succeeded in obtaining an office, but at what a price :--If you are capable of learning by An Apt Réply.-In one of the latest days of Fox, the experience of others, avoid Washington and shun the conversation turned on the comparative wisdom of all correspondence with that quarter.”

the French and English character.—“ The Frenchman,” With these words, my friend took his leave. I soon it was observed, “ delights himself with the present ; after retired to bed, but not to sleep. My mind was too the Englishman makes himselfanxious about the future: much excited by the narrative to which I had listened. is not the Frenchman the wiser ?” “He may be the What other effect it had on me it is needless to say. I merrier,” said Fox; “but did you ever hear of a savhave only to add-I never have been an office-holder. age who did not buy a mirror in preference to a tele

scope ?"

All attempts at originality must end either in the quaint or the monstrous. For no man knows himself - We neglected in our last to state that the beautias an original ; he can only believe it on the report of ful type on which the Northern Light is printed, is others to whom he is made known.- Washington Alls from the Foundıy of JAMES CONNER & Son, New



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