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L A DIES' REPOSITORY.
REV. CHARLES COLLINS, D.D., ness are in no small degree the result of his PRESIDENT OF DICKINSON COLLEGE.
earnest and wisely-directed efforts. During his
fourteen years' service in this institution he conEDITORIAL.
tributed largely to the cause of education in all HE admirable portrait in this number calls that region, and sent out a large number of edu
attempt a biographical sketch, only the merest several walks of professional and business life. outline. Dr. Collins is now officially the oldest He also won for himself a fair reputation as a college president among us, and we have taken governor of young men, as a successful finanhim as a representative of this important depart- cier, and as a teacher and preacher. The Colment of the Church.
lege rose steadily in reputation and usefulness, In passing, however, we can not forbear the till in the judgment of the public generally it remark that the men who have been bearing the stood foremost among southern educational instandards of education among us deserve well stitutions. of the Church and the country. More credit do So well established was his reputation as an they deserve, indeed, than they have heretofore educator and administrator, that in 1852 he was received, or are likely to receive in the future. called to the Presidency of Dickinson College Abundant in labors, sacrifices, and privations, one of our oldest and best-established instituthey are working away at the foundations of so tions. It is not a little to his credit that since ciety-not prominent in the eye of the Church, that period the character and usefulness of this but laying the stones without which the temple venerable institution have been fully sustained. of our prosperity could not go up.
The young men educated by him and now scatWe met the subject of this sketch twenty-nine tered abroad over the country will be glad to look years ago at the old Maine Wesleyan Seminary, again upon his face, as it is presented in this our both of us then in the morning of life. That family magazine. His life of toil and success is institution was then in the hight of its usefulness, a lesson to young men that would aspire after under the superintendence of the late lamented influence and usefulness. Professor Merritt Caldwell.
We have rarely heard Dr. Collins from the pulDr. Collins is a native of the state of Maine, pit; but as we have heard him he seemed to us and is now under fifty years of age. He is a fine practical and logical. A deep seriousness and specimen of New England's self-made men. At an earnest purpose are manifest in his delivery. the age of fourteen he became a member of the He is solid rather than showy. Church of Christ, and from early years his Dr. Collins is well known to our readers by his thoughts and feelings were turned toward the contributions to the Repository. Beyond that he ministry. His collegiate course at the Wesleyan has made himself known but little in the walks University, under Dr. Fisk, was completed in of authorship. But he evidently wields a pen 1837, when he graduated, having had awarded that might be used to good purpose. to him the highest honors of his class. The This is not the place nor time for eulogy. We next year he was called to the Presidency of design no such thing. We studiously avoid it. Emory and Henry College, in Western Virginia. We trust the eulogy of our friend is in the time That institution was then just cominencing its to come—the fruit of noble gifts consecrated to career, and its subsequent success and useful