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intercourse with church members and persons generally. 'I,' said one, ‘have got along without any difficulties and have been governed by these three rules: 1. Never to take offense ; 2. Never to ask any explanations; 3. Treat every one as though nothing had ever happened.' ‘By these rules,' said the Bishop, 'I have been governed all along through my ministry;' and he added, “No words outside of inspiration have been of so much real value to me.''
At the Conference which met at Philadelphia, April 9, 1834, Mr. Janes was elected and ordained an elder, and appointed agent for Dickinson College.
The Methodists of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Conferences had long felt the need of a school of high grade, and within the bounds of the Baltimore Conference two unsuccessful attempts had been made to establish such an institution. Dickinson College had been located at Carlisle, Pa., in 1783, and was under the control and patronage of the Presbyterians of the State of Pennsylvania. It had maintained an honored but rather precarious existence for a half century, when its managers, despairing of any adequate support, proposed to transfer it to the Methodists. The only condition of the transfer with its entire accumulation of appliances, was a pledge on the part of the Baltimore and Philadelphia Conferences to raise such an endowment as would reasonably guarantee
that the object of the founders would be realized in perpetuity. Accordingly in 1833 trustees were provisionally appointed by the Conferences, and the transfer was made. Three agents were immediately appointed to raise funds for the endowment: The Revs. S. G. Roszell and J. A. Collins, within the bounds of the Baltimore, and the Rev. E. S. Janes within the territory of the Philadelphia Conference.
Mr. Janes was selected because of his already approved ability as a speaker, and for his financial skill and unwearied industry. It was a trying time in which to raise money for such a purpose. The buildings of the two initial colleges, at Cokesbury and at Light Lane, Baltimore, had both been burned, and this circumstance, appealing to communities only meagerly educated, and with whom there was no slight prejudice against an educated ministry, induced a serious doubt as to whether the Methodists were providentially called to the work of higher education ; it was, therefore, of no use to put into the field for this work a dull, spiritless speaker, or a man destitute of nerve and energy. Courage had to be inspired, doubts to be removed, liberality had to be called forth; indeed, a new era was to be created in the history of a people rapidly growing both in numbers and resources, and to do this required a man of method, fire, and persistence. Mr. Janes proved sufficient for the occasion. With Philadelphia as a base of operations he went from one end of the
Conference to the other, preaching sermons, making addresses, meeting committees, interviewing and soliciting private persons, taking collections, receiving pledges, selling scholarships, until he had everywhere aroused an enthusiasm for education and made Dickinson College a household word among the people. For two whole years he was thus engaged—the last year being associated with the eloquent Charles Pitman-in which time enough money was raised by the Conferences to create a respectable endowment, which, when supplemented by annual collections in the various charges, proved adequate to the support of what for those times was a full faculty of professors.
Dr. Porter, in the communication already quoted, speaking of this period, says:
I was stationed in Philadelphia, where he was frequently called in the discharge of his duties as agent. We were thus thrown together, and formed a mutual attachment, which was continued and strengthened during his natural life. The agency required all his energies, and he did not disappoint those who had chosen him for that important work. His serious earnestness, his tact, his persistence, and his intelligent, pious appeals, connected with his superior ministrations in preaching the word of God in our pulpits wherever he went, made him a successful agent in soliciting funds for the college at a time when the people had to be awakened to the importance of Christian education under Methodist auspices.
While agent of Dickinson College he had occasion to address the Pennsylvania Legislature in its interests. The circumstances were such that he
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could make little or no written preparation. He was obliged to depend upon such materials as he could command at the moment.
The effect upon the gentlemen was very marked. His clear presentation of facts and principles, his unaffected and forcible eloquence, completely captivated them. He himself was taught a valuable lesson, one that followed him through life—with a mastering of his subject, always to depend, especially in platform addresses, upon the inspiration of the occasion. The Rev. Dr. Potter, before quoted, referring to this address, remarks: “A neighbor of mine, a man of keen intellectual discernment, by some means obtained a copy of the address, and put it into my hands, saying as he did so, I don't know Mr. Janes, but, mark my words, there is true worth and greatness in that man, and we shall hear from him again.''
The earliest letter from Mr. Janes which has come into my possession is one addressed to John M. Howe, M.D., then of New York city, dated September 16, 1834. It was in answer to a request from Mr. Howe for a copy of a sermon which he had heard Mr. Janes preach in that city:
I last evening received your note of the 14th inst., containing a request for a sketch of my sermon on Sunday morning. It would afford me much pleasure to comply with your wishes could I do so. I had no sketch of the sermon written before preaching it, and it would be difficult for me to write one now. I am disposed, however, to comply with your wishes as far as time and the circumstances under which I preached it will allow.
The sketch in full given to his friend illustrates his habits of mind and the character of his preaching in the forming period of his ministry. It shows how fully he was imbued with the evangelical spirit, and how successfully he had acquired intellectual discipline, traits which ever afterward so eminently distinguished him. Such a sermon, delivered with all the fervor of youth, could not have failed to impress the thoughtful young Christians of his audience.
It was about the time of the delivery of this sermon-possibly on this very visit—that Mr. Janes addressed a missionary anniversary at Greene-street Church, New York. Dr. Howe had invited, with some warmth of expression, a certain young lady to attend this anniversary to hear a young man who was to speak. The young lady who accompanied Dr. Howe to the meeting was Miss Charlotte Thibou of that city. Miss Thibou's parents were members of the Protestant Episcopal Church; she herself had been reared in that communion, and had only recently left it and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. All her traditions and associations were also in the Episcopal Church; her mother's brother, Bishop Croes, having been the predecessor of Bishop Doane, of the diocese of New Jersey. There was, however, a charm about the simplicity and spirituality of the Methodists that won her thoughtful, devout, and earnest nature. There was something in the plainness