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of whom were ministers, were children of this school.
Jeremiah, Stephen, and John have each finished their
work, and ere this I hope are with their beloved and
honored father resting in peace; James, the youngest,
is still alive and living in NeAv York, a member of one
of the New School Presbyteries in that city. Mr.
Henry Wilson and Jonathan Gibbs, both pastors of
churches, one in New York City, the other in Troy,
State of N. Y., were both children of this school; and
there are some now preaching in other denominations
who Avere raised up and trained here. There is noAv at the
Ashmun Institute, established by the NeAv Castle Pres¬
bytery, and located in Oxford, West Chester County,
Mr. Thomas Amos, a young man taken up by this
church, and recommended to our Presbytery, who was
received after examination, and is noAV prosecuting his
studies with a vieAV to the Gospel ministry. Surely,
then, the old church is not Avithout its interest and its
history. What may be its future is with Him alone
who sees from the beginning and knows the ending; it
is but for the church to labor on in the good work of
the Lord, that we reAiew often the past and learn
lessons of instruction to guide into the future; and
amid all to look to Him who is head of His Church,
and to Jesus, the author of faith, our Prophet, Priest,
and King, to whom be glory in the Church forever.
Note.__It may not be amiss for me to record, in connection with
this history, some instances of pure benevolence shown this church.
First, at the time when a claim for debt, said to be due to Mr. John
Gloucester, the founder, was laid against the church, and the sheriff
was about to execute a sale of the property to pay said claim, Mr.
Chauncy, a gentleman of large benevolence, gave as a donation $700
to settle the debt, and this saved the property.