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Second and Revised Edition,

ADDRESSES

DELIVERED AT THE

CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OF THE

Presbyterian Church,

IN THE

Academy of Music and Horticultural Hall, Philadelphia,

UN

MAY 24TH, 1888.

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE PERMANENT COMMITTEE OF AR-

RANGEMENTS FOR THE ONE HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

-BY-

MACCALLA & COMPANY,

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PHILADELPHIA.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1888, by

MACCALLA & COMPANY,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

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INTRODUCTORY.

THE Presbyterian system of faith and government came to

the American continent with the earliest settlers of English, Scotch and French origin. Presbyterian churches existed in the colonies in the early part of the seventeenth century, but the first Presbytery was not organized until 1706. The General Synod, having under its care four Presbyteries, was erected in 1716, and the complete organization of the Church was secured in 1788, by the adoption by the Synod of New York and Philadelphia of the Constitution and the estab. lishment of the General Assembly. The Assembly of 1888 is, therefore, the One Hundredth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

The Assembly of 1885 appointed a Permanent Committee of Arrangements to make suitable preparation for the celebration of the Centennial Meeting, and the committee was continued by the Assemblies of 1886 and 1887. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, being the Presbyterian Church located within what are called the Southern States, upon invitation cordially united with the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, in preparation for the joint celebration of this auspicious anniversary. The committees of the two Assemblies met in joint session in Baltimore, Md., in December, 1885, and the arrangements effected by them were reported to and approved by the respective Bodies. The programme of the Centennial Celebration held at the places appointed by the Assemblies, on May 24th, 1888, will be found on the pages following. In addition to the Addresses delivered on Centennial Day, this volume contains the Opening Sermon preached by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., in the First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa., May 17, 1888.

W. H. ROBERTS.

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