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In the month of May Mr. B. made his second visit to Philadelphia, the first (vol. II., pp. 173–85) having been made late in the year 1820. No particular account of the second journey has been preserved. Rev. S. R. Smith was the pastor at Callowhill-street, in that city, though we believe he was absent from home at this time. The society in Lombard-street was enjoying the labors of Rev. T. Fisk. The young man who has since been so eminent we mean Rev. A. C. Thomas had not then preached, although he had become a Universalist. He was residing at the time in Lancaster, Pa. He preached his first sermon at Lombard-street church, in the November following. At the time Mr. B. was in Philadelphia, the health of Rev. S. R. Smith was much broken, and he had formed the determination to leave that city, which he did in June, and went to make his second residence in Clinton, N. Y. What were the subjects discussed by Mr. B. during this visit, we are not able to state, with one exception. On Monday, June 2d, he preached from 1 Tim. 4: 10, at the ordination of Rev. Mr. Fisk. The sermon was intended to show the benevolent design of the gospel, and the necessity of self-sacrifice, and willingness to bear reproach on the part of those who preach it.
TRANSFER OF THE UNIV. MAGAZINE.
In the month of July of this year was issued the first
number of the Trumpet and Universalist Magazine. Mr. Whittemore, who had abandoned the design of removing either to Philadelphia or to Cincinnati, and had agreed to remain in Cambridgeport, found his time hanging heavily for the want of sufficient employment. This was in April. He suggested to Rev. Russell Streeter, then of Watertown, Mass., the design of commencing a new paper, to defend Universalism, much larger than the Magazine, and at no increase of price. The plan, we believe, struck Mr. S. quite favorably, and he entered with Mr. W. into the design. The prospectus was issued in April. It created no little excitement in Boston, for some thought it to be an infringement upon the privileges of the publisher of the Magazine, who was entitled by preöccupation to the field for this kind of a paper. It is well remembered, and duty requires us to state, that Mr. Ballou was not pleased with the idea of this new publication. He thought Mr. Bowen should not have been disturbed, or, at least, that he should have been consulted in the matter. The publishers of the Magazine said, at the foot of the prospectus for their tenth volume:
"Since the above was in type, we have learned, with no small regret, that proposals have been issued, and extensively circulated, for publishing a paper in this city, at $2, precisely on the plan on which we have proposed to publish the tenth volume of the Magazine; we are therefore induced humbly to solicit of the patrons of the Magazine, and of others, favorably inclined to the promotion of the cause to which our paper has been and will continue to be devoted, to regard with their favor the first publication of the kind ever established in the world, and thereby strengthen the hands which first made an exertion of this sort to enlighten the human mind."
The threatened difficulty was settled with kindness on both sides, and the following announcement appeared in the Magazine for May 31:
"TRANSFER OF THE UNIVERSALIST MAGAZINE.
"The patrons of the Magazine are hereby informed that, by mutual arrangement, the establishment will be transferred, at the end of the ninth volume, to the Rev. Russell Streeter, of Watertown, and Rev. Thomas Whittemore, of Cambridgeport. The tenth volume will be issued by them, as editors and proprietors, on a royal sheet, elegantly executed, for two dollars per annum. The present publisher cordially wishes success to the work, and recommends it to the patronage of his friends, and the friends of liberal sentiments generally. HENRY BOWEN."
On Mr. B.'s return to Boston, he was happy to learn that this arrangement had been made, especially as by the terms of the agreement his friend Mr. Bowen was indemnified. He hailed the new paper with satisfaction. But this is a subject not to be treated of in this place.