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he acauled himself to the full satisfaction of his teachers; was beloved by bis fellow students, and much esteemed by all his acquaintan es. He graduated about the close of September, 1823, and distinguished himseli particularly as a Linguist. Believing bimself called to the gospel ministry, he soon after commenced the study of Theology under the care of the Rev. Mr. Kurtz, of Hagerstown Maryland. Some time after this, the Theological Seminary located at Gettysburg Pennsylvania, commenced its operations,
ministry, he entered it, as a student about the 8th of September, 1826. On June 25th, 1827, he took charge of the classical department (now the Gettysburg Gymnasium) which is connected
discharged the duties of his station, enjoying in a high degree, the respect and affection of all who were under his charge.
In this sphere of usefulness he continued, until the 3d of July, 1830, when he was compelled to relinquish his charge, by the delicate state of his health. His constitution naturally rather delicate, had for some time been sensibly affected by the arduous duties of his station. And although all his friends, and especially his students, who most needed his presence, united in urging him to travel for his health, yet no one thought him dangerously ill, much less for a moment yielded to the apprehension, that we should see · his face no more in this world.
That we may learn with what conscientiousness he acted in all his undertakings, and with what christian submission he bore all his afflictions; we will make a few extracts from the journal, which he kept on his tour, and which was found among his baggage. Speaking of the considerations which influenced him to travel, he says :
“Having been in a delicate state of health for some months, I thought it prudent and necessary to travel for the improvement of my health. Endeavoring to commit myself to God—to the guidance and protection of Providence, I left Gettysburg for Baltimore in company with Brother Wingard, (a Theological student from South Carolina,) on the 10th of September, 1830, expecting to go by water to Charlestown South Carolina, thence to Columbia, and return through North Carolina and Virginia home. I undertook the journey in order to accompany Brother Wingard (he being sick) and from a belief that it will be to my advantage to make a tour to the South. May the Lord be merciful to me, and grant me his protection and grace, and render efficient the means used for the restoration of my health.
"May the Lord direct my steps throughout the vici ssitudes and uncertainties of the residue of my appointed time upon earth ; and whether it be long or short, may it he devoted to his service and to the best interests of immortal souls."
He had many trials to endure in his travels to the South-dangers
But amidst all his discouragements, he was perfectly resigned to the will of his Master. In consequence of being detained on the
way by accidents, he was eighteen days in reaching Lexington Courthouse South Carolina, the extreme southern point of his journey. His route was rather circuitous, amounting to a distance of seven
in his passage-Baltimore, Norfolk Va. Petersburg, Raleigh, North Carolina, Fayetteville, Cheraw S. Carolina, Camden and Columbia. On the night of the 7th September, the stage was upset. He however sustained little injury : but on the following day, he met with a more serious disaster, by the precipitation of the stage over the abutment of a bridge seven or eight on Fishing Creek Va. The stage was broken to pieces, he had his knee much hurt and Brother Wingard his arm fractured,
He was thus detained five days at the house of Col. Nicholson, who paid him every attention, until his ley was partially restored, In view of these accidents, he remarks ;
“God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform.” “Our plans have been changed and we have been interrupted in our progress—have met with accidents and our prospects altogether discouraging, but we have reason to believe that all things work together for our good. We have been too ungrateful-too unmindful of the mercies and goodness of God; perhaps forgetting that our life and all its blessings and comforts are in his hands. Our Heavenly Father deals kindly and gently with us, if this prove ineffectual he sends us afflictions and shows us our danger. Thus we are called upon to prepare to meet our God, not knowing what day or hour we may be summoned hence. Oh! that all these things might have their desired effect-that we might become more faithful and more devoted to the service of God.” Ah! he seems to approach near er to God in thought and feeling, little knowing how soon he was to be received into his blessed presence ! On the 1st of October he turned his face homewards, and under the pressure of thought for home, and by a review of his misfortunes and mercies, he was led to remark : “In viewing the scenes through which we passed and the changes made in our plans, since leaving Gettysburg, I must gay, great are the kindnesses and mercies of our God. At the time of our departure from Gettysburg, it was our design to proceed from Baltimore to Charleston S. Carolina by water. This plan was how. ever frustrated for reasons then unknown to us, yet we supposed it to be the will of God. We then took the steam boat and stages, and met with various disasters. Yet in these accidents great mercy was mixed with misfortune; not only in preventing a more serious injury, but in providing for us a person, who caused every attention to be paid us. After proceeding again a little distance, we heard of the yellow fever prevailing in Charleston, and thus we recognized the hand of God, in not permitting us to enter Charleston at this time. By our afflictions we are called upon to reflect, that our lives are altogether uncertain-that we are in the hands of God--that whether we experience affliction or prosperity, it is all designed for
our good. In the mercies of Providence, we are taught the character of him, who presides over our destinies. Oh! that we might be induced to show in our conduct a sense of dependence on him, and devotedness to his cause."
He designed to return to N. York by water, but finally abandoned tris plan, and travelled on horseback in the interior of the country. He came on speedily to Woodstock Va. when through excessive fatigue, and exposure to continued rains, he became much indisposed, but still continued his journey to Shepherdstown Va. Unable to proceed any farther, he employed an able physician to attend him, but the art of Medicine could not restore him. He died on the 4th of November 1830, after an illness of several weeks, of a bilious inflammatory fever ; aged 24 years 11 months and 12 days. During his illness, he was removed from the public inn, to the house of Mr. Smith, by, whose family and a number of other friends, who called to lend their aid, he was treated with all the kindness and attention which could be desired. After his death he was taken to his native place, where he was interred. A large concourse of relations and friends attended on the solemn occasion, two sermons were preached, the one by the Rev. Mr. Ruthrauf, the other by the Rev. Mr. Kurtz. In the death of Mr. Jacobs, science and learning have lost an able patron ; the church, a zealous and active minister; and a virtuous community a valuable member. His death is deeply lamented by his friends and relations ; and especially by the Professors and the Students of the Institution. As a mark of respect to his memory, the members of the Theological Seminary and Gymnasium called a meeting, and adopted the following resolutions :
Resolved, That as an expression of our sincere regret at the death of the Rev. Mr. Jacobs, we wear black crape for a time not less than thirty days.
Resolved, That a committee be adopted to draft an obituary ac. count of the deceased, and have it inserted in the public prints as . soon as possible:
Preparation for Eternity. He who cannot find time to consult his Bible, will find one day that he has time to be sick ; he who has no time to pray, must find time to die ; he who can find no time to refect is most likely to find time to sin ; he who can find no time for repentance, will find an eternity in which repentance, will be of no avail. Let us then, under the influence of the Divine Spirit, seriously reflect under what law we came into the world! “It is appointed into all men once to die, and after this the judgment.” Is it not. obvious, then that the design of life is to prepare for judgement : and?: that in proportion as we employ time well, we make immortality hap. py?-Hannah Moore.
The Bible our rule of faith!.--The right of private judgment our privilege.
NEW YEAR. Again are we called upon, to cast a retrospective view upon an important period and measure of time that has filed away! Again are we upon the threshold of a New-Year, the events of which cannot be foretold by us, and yet may affect us most seriously. · The whole world has been compelled to acknowledge during the past year, that “the Lord reigneth.” Algiers, for centuries entrenched by the power of Satan, against the operations of the soldiers of Christ, has at length been compelled to surrender to the God of Truth. By the unexampled success of the French, in their attack upon the hitherto impregnalle land of barbarians, the door is opened wide, for the Ambassadors of Jesus Christ, and already are many convinced that Mahomet was an impostor, and that “Jesus Christ is the only way; the truth and the life.”
Scarcely were the friends of the Bible engaged, in contemplating with wonder, love and praise, the, operations of God, to kindle the lamp of the Gospel, for the barbarian, when they were amazed, by the unexpected and unsuccessful revolution in France. France, for centuries the home of Popery and Despotism, is as it were in the twinkling of an eye, converted into a most desirable retreat, for Bible Christians. The Pope has lost one of his most powerful engines against religion and civil liberty, by the dethronement of the infatuated, depostic and abandoned Charles the 10th, to make room for the constitutional and enlightened Philip. . . .
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terrupted peace within and without. No nation is equally prosperous—no other constitution for our government, than that which our fathers gave can afford us such prerogatives and such protection as we now enjoy.
Although Popery and Infidelity have increased their exertions, yet the cause of the Bible has received an accession of friends, beyond the most sanguine expectations of its active friends. Numerous. benevolent institutions have been ushered into existence, and many that were languishing, have been received. Large districts of country destitute of the Bible, have been supplied. Protestants of different denominations, have established additional Missionary, Sunday School, and Tract societies, whilst Theological Seminaries, generally, received increased evidences, that they are sanctioned by the great head of the Church.
Thus far then, we can retrospect with delightful sensations. But, have we all been as zealous and sincere as we should have been, in the cause of the Lord? Have we sought, first, the kingdom of God? Have Ministers and their people proved, that they have, more than the form of godliness ? Have we displayed from our souls, courage in the cause of the Lord, and declared by our acts, that we are ready to sacrifice every thing if called upon, to promote Zion's cause ? Alas, the best and most active have cause to weep in deep humility, that they are unworthy servants. Many are indifferent and cold, whilst others are zealous without knowledge. Drunkenness, profanity and licentiousness prevail still to an alarming degree.
In our own beloved Church, the Lord has displayed much of his power and mercy. Benevolent institutions have been increased many members have become more concerned for their soul's salva-' tion, and our Seminary of the General Synod, has experienced greater aid and support from God, than its most sanguine friends dared to anticipate. This fact is to be ascribed to the goodness of God, who, beholding the niggardly, the cowardly, worldly-minded, and ignorant, rising against his means of providing sinners with faithful and talented instructors, at once, proved, that he needeth them not. Yea, he has set at defiance, all who are opposed to the institution, whether they be united in a body, or war against it, as individuals.
It is then a solemn duty incumbent upon us as men, as christian, as friends of liberty, to pause, and inquire, what course shall we