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affirming that they themselves were the ma- | duced on the Assembly we do not know. The week, it is annecessary at present to enter jority of the Wooler congregation, and that only notice of the matter that occurs in the on the arguments at length. The Synod adthey were not satisfied with the choice which record is the following, which is inserted in the journed after Dr. Burns closed. the other party had made. We examined with minutes of a meeting held at Glanton on the Mr. Redpath, Elder for Montreal, then candour and impartiality the list of names 12th of June :-"A Letter from the Modera- moved a set of resolutions. They stated that which each party produced, but, from various tor of the General Assembly of the Church of a majority of the Church was in favour of the circumstances, found it impossible at that time Scotland to the Moderator of Class, transmit- principle of a general Sustentation Fund, and to ascertain which of the parties made the ma- ting their resolution upon the memorial was that the Synod recommended a trial of it by jority of the congregation. In order to dis- read, but the letter appearing rather obscure, the Church generally, — but that each congrecover this, we advised to scrutinize their lists, and not easily to be understood, was referred gation was at perfect liberty to adopt it or not as and recommended harmony and peace. With to the consideration of Class on their next they pleased. The resolutions dropped the this measure the party opposing the grant of meeting, to be held at Lowick, on the first details of the scheme, recommended a reducordination, readily and cheerfully agreed to Wednesday of August next.” We have the tion of the minimum fixed by the scale in the comply; while the party applying for ordina- minutes of the said meeting at Lowick, but scheme,-left congregations to have deacons, tion, conscious, as it would appear, of their whether it was that no new light had arisen managers, or tristees, as they saw fit, provided being the minority, refused to submit to any to illumine the obscurity of the Scotch Mode- they were men in full communion with the scrutiny, and forthwith applied to the Presby- rator's letter, or that the Class having Church. But the most important feature was tery of Chernside to ordain their candidate, succeeded in ousting the intruder at Wooler, that the whole scheme was to be sent back to who at that time resided within the bounds of and resolved to take the same course in future all the congregations for consideration before that Presbytery. Without inquiry, the Pres- with all who made a raid across the border, next Synod, and the Commission was inbytery of Chernside proceeded to ordain him, did not deem it necessary to prosecute the case, structed to obtain information, and make such and one of their number came to Wooler on certain it is that no subsequent steps appear modifications of the arrangements as they the Sabbath following to introduce him as from the minutes to have been taken in the might deem advantageous for the interests of minister of the Old Congregation. matter.
the Church. Mr. JeFPERY seconded these "* In a short time after this transaction, the
resolutions. other party also chose a minister, who, after
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF
Dr. Burns immediately rose and said, that ordination by members of the Northumberland
while he still held that there were objections
CANADA. Class, made application to the Court of King's
to the general principle, yet that the scheme Bench, on the ground of a majority of the The following extracts relating to the was, by Mr. Redpath's resolutions, so comcongregation to support his pretensions, for a sister Church in Canada are taken from pletely divested of all its obnoxious character mandamus to obtain possession of the meeting
that should they pass the Synod he would at the house, which the first party, with their minis
“ Toronto Banner," of June 13th.
once withdraw his motion, and join heartily ter, bad usurped, and continued to retain.
With much of the proceedings of the Sy in giving the plan a fair trial. If it worked “Lord Mansfield ordered the Cause to be nod of that Church we are highly pleased. well, he would be delighted,-if not, it could tried at the Assize which was held at New. But the manner of its intermeddling with easily be amended. He rejoiced to sce that castle, in July, 1785, when, after a minute slavery in connexion with the American Mr. Redpath proposed to send the scheme examination of the evidence of both parties, Churches, and its letter to the Presby.
back to congregations for their opinion--that and the claims of their respective ministers, a
was a very liberal feature in the resolutions, verdict was given in favour of the plaintiff. terian Church of the United States, we
and tended greatly to reconcile them to his In consequence of which, the defendant or- cannot at all approve of. However, we mind. This announcement was loudly apdained by the Presbytery of Chernside, was do not mean at present to enter upon plauded, and the feeling expressed was unanireduced to the necessity of resigning his this thorny subject. We give at some mously in favour of Mr. Redpath's resolucharge, and the plaintiff, with his friends, length the proceedings on the Sustenta- tions. We are still of opinion that the Supwere put in possession of the meeting-house; tion Fund, and will probably, in another plementary Scheme would be preferable, but and a valuable property annexed to it.
we have always held this to be a matter of “• We do not presume to point out to a part of this number, make some remarks
opinion, and should never have said a word Court of so much wisdom and discernment the upon it.-ED.
against the scheme had it stood as it now does. fatal consequences of encouraging such irre- The Synod of the Presbyterian Church of We shall be heartily glad if the general system gular conduct, though we have to lament that Canada "closed its proceedings on Tuesday shall be found to work well. envy, malice, evil-speaking, are amongst its night, the 10th of June, having been in session A Mr. Walker, from Hamilton, who exdismal effects, and have been severely felt. exactly a week. There was a good deal of plained that he was a Congregationalist, but
"We, therefore, earnestly entreat this business before it, but only two subjects pro- who, it seems, has been made Secretary of the venerable Assembly to take into serious con- duced much debate—the sustentation scheme, Sustentation Board, brought forward a statesideration the grievance we labour under, and and the anti-slavery controversy. We rejoice ment of the operations of the Board, which have briefly stated, and to adopt such measures to say that on the latter question, the Synod was considered to be highly satisfactory. It as their wisdom shall see proper, to prevent in has declared firmly against the atrocious traffic, appeared from his report, that there are over future ordination of ministers to Dissenting and has swept away the mist by which the thirty settled congregations in the body, only Congregations in England by members of Presbyterian Church of the United States seeks thirteen of which have adhered to the scheme, Presbytery in the Church of Scotland. to envelop its position.
and of these, only eleven have transacted " It is by no means our wish to renounce As to the sustentation scheme, we are glad to business with the Board. Two of the eleven communion with the Church of Scotland, say, that the result on the whole is very satis- had commenced doing so, but, as we underwhich we consider as both pleasing and factory. During last week the Synod held pri- stand, had withheld their balances. The advantageous; we should rejoice to live always vate conferences every day on the subject, but following are the congregations adhering, and on the most friendly terms with all its members; as the press was not admitted to these meetings the sums promised by each :but we think it hard that our congregations we are unable to state what passed. We un- Hamilton, per annum
£250 should be scattered, our usefulness injured, derstand, however, that much discussion took Cobourg, do.
200 and the means of our subsistence lessened by place, which tended to modify the ideas of the Galt, do.
150 those we have always considered and respected ultras, and it was finally determined that the Peterboro', do.
150 as brethren, and whose friendship it has ever public discussion should take place on Monday Dundas and Ancaster, do. 130 been and still is our earnest desire to cultivate forenoon. On that day Mr. Bayne opened the Fergus, do.
130 and preserve. debate. He explained the objects contemplated
Grafton and Colborne, do. 100 “ Impressed with the highest sentiments of by the framers of the scheme.
100 respect for this Venerable Court, we present Dr. Burns followed Mr. Bayne, and took up Amherstburg, do. our memorial, and we rely with confident ground decidedly against the scheme. He Sarnia, do.
80 expectation on the high sense of honour and complained of the way in which it had been Saltfleet, do.
60 justice, and that liberality of mind by which brought forward and was pressed upon the The two which have not operated arethe General Assembly of the Church of Scot- people with inconsiderate precipitancy. The Zorra, per annum
130 land has been distinguished, for redress of the Rev. Doctor expressed his preference for a Williams, do.
60 grievance of which we have complained.' supplementary, rather than a general fund, The gross sum promised by these thirteen
“Mr. Kellock and Mr. Nichol were and introduced a resolution deferring the whole congregations is 1,6201.—or on an equal averappointed to be the bearers of the above matter for another year, the sense of the Church age, for 1241. 128. 6d. each. Our great obmemorial to the General Assembly." to be deliberately sought in the meantime. As jection to the scheme was, that all power over
Such is the memorial. What effect it pro- we propose giving the debate in full next | their own temporalities was taken from the
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE SYNOD AS TO
THE SUSTENTATION SCHEME.
people, and placed in Church Courts, and that tions in connexion with the Church are main- | this principle, from the energy displayed at Birall the funds for the minister were to be thrown tained in healthy operation.
mingham, we argue confidently their ultimate into one pool. It is not so now; and it is No steps have yet been taken towards the success. There is one part of the above letter to also understood, that congregations adhering settlement of a minister, and we think the con- which we call special attention; it is that in to the scheme, may supplement their minis- gregation are disposed to look far more to the which it is said that our people resolved, and that ter's stipend. If the scheme should bring the procuring a suitable minister, than to the filling in circumstances well calculated to make selfishallowance of some ministers too low for the up the vacancy hastily.* They appear also ness assume the guise of prudence-that they position they occupy, their congregations must disposed to incur responsibility beyond their would not confine their contributions to them- 11 just supplement to the extent of their ability. immediate means, providing they can see their selves. This is the scriptural course, and it is the We do not fear for the people. Let their duty way clear to the settlement of a minister at dictate of the truest prudence, and the truest be clearly pointed out, and let the ministers Birmingham, likely to promote the cause of policy. We know of nothing more calculated to cast themselves fearlessly on the justice and Presbyterianism in England. We notice one cramp the inward or self tending liberality of a good feeling of their congregations, and they indication of healthy condition in the fact that al- congregation than a selfish indifference to the will have no cause to complain.
though their numbers are so small, and although, claims of others; and as this is one of the most under their present circumstances, there is so paralyzing so is it also one of the most prerailing much need to husband all their resources for errors with which we have to grapple in dealing
themselves, they are alive to the importance of with (not our people, for their Christian instincts The Synod having considered the proceed encouraging liberality towards all the Church's teach them better, but with) our ministers, ings of the Commission with respect to the schemes. In connexion with this congregation, Managers, and Trustees. Teach the people Sustentation Fund, and the report of the there are not many who are able to contribute to give to others, and they will give to your own Sustentation Board, instituted by the Commis- | much, and yet, since the month of July last, local schemes. But deprive thom of the sion, as also the reports of Presbyteries, as to sums falling very little short of a total of 901. Christian privilege of contributing to the benethe action of the several congregations within have been subscribed for objects beyond the im- fit of others, and in vain will you appeal to them their bounds, in regard to the Fund, find that mediate support of the Church, and within the for yourselves. We repeat Birmingham dea majority of congregations have approved of last month they have commenced subscriptions serves all credit, and we trust God will soon the principle of a common Fund, and of the for building a school, which is progressing provide them a minister after his own heart, plan of distribution recommended by the satisfactorily.
and that our people there will have ample Commission, but that great diversity of opi- At first sight it appears to many of our wise cause in acknowledging his hand to say, “He nion exists with respect to the other arrange calculating friends little short of madness for a
doeth all things well.” A more important ments suggested by the Commission,
congregation so few in numbers, and so poor, place there is not vacant in our Church, nor Wherefore it is resolved
to contribute so much to objects beyond the one that requires an abler man, nor one 1st. That the principle of a Common Fund pale of its own immediate support, but the fact that would put an able man of God in be approved, and recommended to the support is, that in proportion to the increase of con- a sphere of labour more conducive to the of all the congregations connected with the tributions for other objects, so is the increase advancement, not only of local, but of general Synod, as being, in the deliberate judgment of to the funds for maintaining Divine ordi- interests.-Ed.] the Synod, well fitted to promote the efficiency nances amongst themselves. And there is a and extension of the Church, but inasmuch as large experience of the truth that they who particular engagements, or other circum-water others shall themselves be watered.
PRESENTATION AT NORHAM. stances, may render it inexpedient for some con- Some of our friends in Birmingham think An elegant pulpit gown was presented gregations to place themselves on the fund for it would be well to make an attempt at tithing to Mr. Kidd, and it is only justice to the present, it is left to the discretion of con
our increase, and that individual Churches gregations to act in this matter as they may would not find themselves losers by coming to
that the idea of this originated with deem expedient
the senior class for religious instruction, a resolution that a proportion or per centage of which Mr. K. commenced a few months 2d. That all details as to the mode of all they collect for their own local
and raising their contributions to the Sustentation for their own individual support, should be
ago. A pulpit bible was also presented Fund, whether by deacon's courts, seat-rents, given to the schemes of the Church, as a sort of
some time ago; and many proofs of kindsubscriptions or otherwise, be left entirely to tithe or first-fruit offering of their own increase. which must be gratefully mentioned a dona
have been shown besides, among the discretion of congregations.
3d. That the arrangements of so much of called, it is the duty of every Christian man and tion of 5l. from Sir Francis Blake. The conthe scheme as is now approved and sanctioned woman, however humble their lot, to devote a
gregation here has had difficulties to contend by the Synod be remitted to the Commission portion of their income to the support of the communion of the English Presbyterian
with of no common kind; it was received into for revision; and in that particular it is recom- God's house, and we think the principle ought Church only a few months ago, and when it mended to the Commission to consider and de- to be extended to the income of each individual is considered that a chapel is nearly finished, termine whether the minimum of the contribu- congregation, a proportion of the income capable of containing, without difficulty, 800 tion required, in order to entitle congregations realized, however small, ought to be devoted people, that the audience is in general about to be placed upon the fund, as also the grada- to the support of the Church's schemes, or, in 600, and that the congregation, a number of tions of the scale determining the dividends, other words, the extension of the Gospel at whom were once belonging to the Secession might not with advantage be lowered. And home and abroad. further, obtain all the information in their [Placed as we are in a position which brings only eight months' standing, there is cause
Church, is, strictly speaking, a Society of power as to the local arrangements for raising all the affairs of the Church under our notice for abundant gratitude. It is bare justice to contributions to the fund, which different con
we are occasionally agitated with conflicting gregations may adopt, or may deem desirable emotions. We bless God, however, that the say, that the Berwick, Presbytery of the Engto be adopted.
liopeful and the promising in the prospects and attention and a kindness that cannot be for4th. That the Sustentation Board be au
condition of our church, far preponderate over thorized to engage a suitable agent for visiting the discouraging and despondent. The above gation, and add to it daily of such as “ shall
gotten. May God prosper this new congte congregations, and carrying out the objects of report of the state of matters at Birmingham, be saved!" the scheme, if they shall see fit.
all things considered, is extremely cheering. It
rage, can accomplish under unfavourable PRESENTATION AT HAMPSTEAD. BIRMINGHAM CONGREGATION.
circumstances. It shows that we ought never
to distrust the good grace and aid of our cove- We understand that the congregation at Since the vacancy in the Presbyterian nanted God. Birmingham deserves the sym- Hampstead, have recently sent Professor LoChurch here, the pulpit has been supplied pathy of the Church, but our zealous and reso- rimer a very handsome 'present, which they under the direction of the London Presbytery lute friends there deserve also our admiration. desire to be regarded, to use their own words, by Ministers of our own Church, of the Free God helps those who use in a proper spirit the -"not as a compensation for his ministraChurch of Scotland, and of the Presbyterian means with which he supplies them, and on tions among them during the past twelve Church in Ireland, and we are gratified in
months—but as a little token of their great being able to state that even in present circumstances there are indications rather of in- wisely herein. Let all our vacant congregations place."
. * The Birmingham Congregation are acting esteem for his gratuitous labour of love in that crease than diminution, a result which must imitate their example. The Church is more
We quite agree with Mr. Fraser, of Hampwithout doubt be ascribed to the efficiency of alive now to the necessity of getting first-rate stead, who was the channel through which the the supplies that have been afforded, as well as men. Let vacant congregations just exercise a congregation sent the present, and whose to the energy with which the various associa- | little patience.-[Ed.]
own services as a Deacon have been invalua
ble to our young and hopeful station in that and I trust that the gloomy darkness of Pagan through your heart, “Ye know the grace of locality—that this incident “ tells a great deal scepticism will be dispelled by the dayspring our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was not only towards Professor Lorimer personally, from on nigh; and that the gilded idols of rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that but also towards our cause."
Budha, and the numberless images which ye, through his poverty, might be rich.” And Wemay take this opportunity of mentioning fill this land, will one day fall before the if you are a child of God, and if you have that the prosperity of the congregation at power of God's word, as Dagon fell before within you that precious witness which says, Hampstead is steady and progressive. The the ark."
“He loved me, and gave himself for me, revenue for last year, amounted to upwards Though the Bible was thus translated into you will arise at once, and discover some new of 1601. The Committee are now engaged in the language of China, the circulation of it was way whereby, through the sacrifice of self, correspondence with Scotland in order to altogether prohibited till within the last few you may glorify the Lord. obtain supplies for the winter-and it is months. But on the 9th day, 11th month, Again, when the devil tempts you to feel hoped that in the spring the congregation 24th year of Taukwang, in reply to the me- as if you had prayed enough and laboured may be in a position to invite some qualified morial of Keying, the Imperial Commis- enough for the heathen at home and abroad, individual to become their settled pastor. sioner, the Emperor himself repealed the edict or when he succeeds in getting you to go about
which forbad 'the circulation of the Bible. the work sleepily and heartlessly, oh! reADDRESS
The Word of God may now have free course member the reproof of an ignorant heathen
among the many millions of that vast empire. to a slumbering, prophet, and your inmost SIONARY ASSOCIATION, CONNECTED WITH ST. Toleration has been granted, to a certain heart will be pierced, while the perishing PETER'S SQUARE CHURCH, MANCHESTER. extent, to preach the Gospel, and a wide and millions of India, of Africa, and of China seem
effectual door is here thrown open by Him that to cry in a voice of thunder, “What meanest [Tre following admirable address, to which openeth and no man shutteth.
thou, oh sleeper; arise, call upon thy God, we made reference in our last, we have obtained There are many circumstances connected if so be that God will think upon us, that we permission to reprint, and we are certain our with the myriads of inhabitants in that country perish not ! " readers will thank us for presenting it in this which should rouse to action our Christian The members of the Committee will be form.-ED.]
feelings. We are told that, “Night after happy to supply collecting cards and missionDear young friends,-You have often been night a cart rattles through the streets of Pekin. ary boxes. told by us that the money which every year It sets out empty, but as it passes on its con- [We hope other congregations will follow you subscribe and collect, has been sent to aid ductor hears a faint cry, as if from some de- the example of our zealous friends at ManChristians in Britain in sending out Mission- serted child. It is what he seeks. With rude chester. The young ought to be specially aries to the Heathen, but we write this to tell hands he tosses it into his vehicle, and pro- cared for, the lambs of Christ's flock ought to you that our Church has now resolved to send ceeds on his way! Another and another ex- be fed with food convenient for them and trained out Missionaries of her own. Many Minis- periences a similar fate, and when the load is to walk in his footsteps.—ED.] ters and Elders of our Church, met together in completed, the whole are thrown with careless Manchester lately, to fix on what station they indifference into a pit prepared for them."
MISSION TO CORFU. would take up, and where they would plant Will you not feel for these poor
children? the first standard for the truth. They remem- "To take another example—the condition of Our readers will be gratified to learn that bered both a command and a promise of Jesus the Chinese women. Although they are not Mr. and Mrs. Charteris have arrived safely at Christ. The command was, “Go ye into all called by the name, they are really slaves, Corfu. We have been favoured with a pethe world, and preach the gospel to every and are treated in a far more barbarous way rusal of a letter addressed by Mr. C. to the creature!" and the promise was, "Lo, I am than are many in that condition, even in Secretary of the Ladies' Association, in which with you alway, even unto the end of the America. Suicide among them is an every- he states some particulars of the voyage outworld.” When they looked abroad over the day occurrence. It is the only resource left wards. The letter was written immediately earth, they saw one kingdom where myriads of them of terminating their miseries." Will on landing, and could not consequently conhuman beings live, and they saw that of them you, who enjoy the privileges and blessings of tain any information relative to the plans and it might well be said, that "no man cared being the daughters of Christians, not do prospects of the Mission. Mr. Charteris, howfor their souls,” for there are few men of something to rescue them out of their degraded ever, was to write to us in a week or two, and God labouring there, and three hundred and state ?
we trust in our next number to be able to conseventy millions of our fellow-sinners are, To this people, so great in number, our vey fuller information regarding the prospects almost without exception, perishing in that Church has resolved to send out a missionary of our Mission. At present we commend Mr. dark land. You will agree with us, however, that at least Charteris and the cause in which he is
engaged What country do you
think it was? It was three should be sent out at once. It is a dis- to the prayers of our readers. Nothing stimua country which takes a great many of our grace to speak of only one. But they cannot lates and supports the missionary so much as manufactures from us, and gives employment be sent without funds, and the number will the knowledge that he enjoys the sympathies of to a great many of our people, and which sends depend on what you and others do to assist friends at home, and that froin many a closet and us back in exchange the tea which refreshes her; and therefore it is our earnest prayer family altar there daily ascend prayers of faith after the day's work is over. It was China. that every one of you may begin to do more on his behalf. Let us assure our first mis
We have not room here, or we might tell than you have ever yet attempted, -first, by sionary that he is not only not forgotten, but is you a great deal about that vast empire. You pleading more at a throne of grace for the continually in our minds when at a throne of will be hearing about it, from month to month, poor Chinese; next, by giving more of what grace. The prayers of British Christians from in the “Messenger," which many of your God has given you to support our missionaries, their own holy mountain of near access to parents take in and read. But we may just and then by doing all that you can among God have borne up our missionary host in their remind you that the first Protestant Missionary your neighbours and companions, to lead them hot contests with error and sin. to China was Dr. Morrison, whose father was also to love the poor heathen for Jesu's sake, It affords us great pleasure to add that with an elder in one of the Churches connected with and to save and give all they can for this that spirit of truly Apostolic Catholicism which our body in Newcastle. He was early brought object.
leads missionaries of all denominations to hail to love the Saviour, under his father and mo- And now, dear young friends, ever keep a fellow-missionary, of what denomination sother's instruction, from the Bible and the before your eye the claims which the Lord ever he may be, as a brother and a fellowShorter Catechism, such as you are receiving, Jesus has upon you. Devote your existence soldier engaged in the same holy cause, Mr. and in 1807 he set sail for Canton, and devoted to answering these. They reach to the most Charteris has received the greatest kindness himself to the work of making known to the minute and unobserved of your actions, words, from the brethren of the American Baptist Chinese the true God, and Jesus Christ whom and thoughts, as well as to the greatest of Mission at Corfu. Mr. Arnold, on learning he hath sent. He laboured with unwearied them; so that, in reality, you never give an that Mr. and Mrs. Charteris had arrived in diligence, and under many trials, translating hour of your time or a penny of your money the bay, went on board the ship and brought the Scriptures and the Shorter Catechism into to mere self-pleasing without robbing the Lord them to his own house, where they were to the Chinese language, and at length, in 1819, of his due. Emmanuel did not pay the remain till they had obtained suitable accomcompleted that great work. On that occa- ransom for his elect without leaving at each modation for themselves. We trust the time sion he expressed himself in the following redeemed one's door a debt of love which you is not far distant when the same Catholic spirit words :-"To have Moses, David, and the can never pay, but which you may acknow- will be manifested also at home. prophets, Jesus Christ and his disciples, using ledge by a holy life on earth, and an evertheir own words, and thereby declaring to the lasting song of praise above.
CONGREGATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. inhabitants of this land the wonderful works of When you are tempted by Satan to think God, indicates, I hope, the speedy introduction that you have already given enough in support [The subjoined abstract of the sums received of a happier era in these parts of the world; 1. of Christ's cause, oh'? may these words sound during the preceding three months by the
26 12 1
25 6 6
208 15 10 385 10 10
114 11 10 135 18
25 6 6
108 9 0
COLLECTIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
5 5 4
Association in aid of the Church's various we know too well that it is neither members requested to attend to this case. We shall be schemes in Regent-square Church was laid nor wealth, nor both combined, that can most happy to receive donations to any before the London Presbytery at its last meet- render efficient aid to our various schemes. amount, but it were better to send them direct ing in terms of the instructions of Synod that Twice the numbers and opulence of Regent to the Treasurer. Does any one ask who Presbyteries should enquire irito the opera- square would have been unproductive, but is the Treasurer of the Home Mission Fund? tions of all the congregational associations for the means afforded through the instrumen- He must be only a stranger in our Israel who within their bounds. We request our readers tality of associations of giving to each mem- needs to be informed that it is Mr. Robert to cast their eye over the following columns beran opportunity of consecrating his property Barbour, of Manchester. before we offer a remark or two upon the to the cause of God. This is so self-evident subject. We would only add further in this a truism that it would hardly need to be
POWER OF CONSCIENCE. plače, that the Associations in Regent-square stated but that we find practically it is too are under the management of the Deacon's much overlooked. Why then should not Mr. Nisbet through the Parcels Delivery
A HANDSOME 4to. Bible was lately sent to Court who provide and superintend the collec- every congregation within our Church adopt tors, allocate districts, receive or disburse the the plans enjoined by the Synod, and institute Company, accompanied with a note contain
“ Restitution to Mr. monies, in short, take the active, if not the without loss of time the machinery required ? Nisbet." The Bible must have been purentire management of the Associations.---Ed.] One of the most hopeful features of the loined from Mr. Nisbet's premises some
above abstract is the progressive increase of
twenty years ago, and perhaps by the reading
see his sin, and now makes such reparation as of the third they increased to near 2091., that is he had injured ; and may we not hope that
each month almost doubled the contributions he has also been enabled, through the blood 2 of the preceding, and that arose, be it re
of the Cross, to present an acceptable membered, not from an increase in the
contributions of each individual, but from atonement to that God against whom he -SE
an increase in the number of the contributors had sinned? Mr. Nisbet, with excellent *
themselves. The system and machinery in Re- taste, has presented the Bible to the London gent-squareare yet by no means sufficiently ma
Presbytery with a suitable inscription recording tured. And yet that congregation (not speaking
its history of public collections at all, nor of the donations SABBATH SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS AT vo and subscriptions of its individual members
LIVERPOOL AND ALNWICK. through other channels) contributed in Sept. last 2081. 16s. through its own association to LIVERPOOL. Rathbone - street Sabbath. the various schemes of the Church. And school. The teachers and children of the what will these sums amount to when the Lord's-day-school and other young people congregation is thoroughly worked ? and connected with the congregation under the what noble funds may our Church calculate pastoral care of the Rev. J. R. Welsh met in the upon receiving if each congregation but just school-room on the evening of Monday the 6th do their duty like Regent-square? We re- Oct., to hold a conversazzione regarding China joice to know that our congregations are now with a view to increasing the interest already better alive to the importance of possessing begun to be felt in behalf of the mission of the requisite internal machinery for contri- our Church in that wide and interesting field.
buting to local funds and to the general After a hymn and prayer, the Chairman stated [The Session and Deacon's Court in Regent- schemes of the Church. This is our first the object of the Meeting, and explained the square have divided the congregation into financial year, and although its proceeds are circumstances which peculiarly encourage districts and appointed a collector or collec- not just what could be desired, yet they British Christians to attempt propagating the tors to visit the families in the districts afford a most hopeful promise of what future Gospel in China. The facilities presented for assigned them. Each individual is left to his years cannot fail to accomplish.--But what missionary work by the translation of the own option to pay his contributions weekly, will be the contributions to the College ? We Bible into Chinese afford us opportunities that monthly, or quarterly, as may best suit his shall state in our next.-ED.]
fifty years ago did not exist. The providence or her convenience. At the time appointed, the
of God in making China the only country collector appears, and we have it on authority
whence tea could be imported, seemed designed that "the people give willingly and cheer
to bring the Lord's people in this kingdom into fully, looking with pleasure for the periodi- The deputation of the Home Mission an- connexion with that long-benighted though not cally returning visit of the collector.” Of nounced in our last, has not, owing to circum- uncivilized land. this we never doubted. From the outset we stances, been able to accomplish their visit to Mr. Sturm was then called on to give an stated from our own experience and the testi- London, but will, we believe, appear in the account of the tea-plant; whereafter Mr. mony of all the collectors we have met with
course of this month. In the meantime the Robert Welsh enforced the duty of missions (and they were not few) both in Scotland and demands upon the funds of the Mission are on scriptural grounds, and took farewell of the in England, that you have only to state your incessant, and yet no contributions school. The proceedings were closed by an case simply and clearly, and our members received. The present state of matters is address and prayer from the beloved pastor. will give most cheerfully to the whole extent certainly not satisfactory. The collection ap- The interest of the evening was increased by of their ability. There is a beautiful spirit of pointed by the Synod for the Home Mission the exhibition of an eastern idol and of a Christian liberality at present abroad among does not take place till March next. But before curious Chinese book of paintings representing all denominations. The claims of the Church that time the Mission fund must be in debt the various punishments that are inflicted by on the support of her members for all Chris- to the Treasurer to the full amount of what that people. By means of a map the geotian enterprises are now much better under the collections may contribute, and thus the graphical position of China and Britain was stood and more cheerfully responded to. Mission will commence its operations next pointed out, and the voyage between the two Men seem at last to understand better year as it did this year, without a farthing in countries was partly described. Slight rethat the silver and the gold are the Lord's, its coffers, and a monthly series of demands freshment was given in the course of the and that it is a noble Christian privilege to be which it has no funds to meet. This state of evening. The following arithmetical question permitted to contribute so willingly after this matters cannot longer be allowed to exist. which was asked may interest our young sort. We do wish that all official parties Means must be employed to obtain funds. readers. Suppose the population of China to throughout our congregations were able The Church is too much interested in the be 360 millions, and calculating a generation fully to understand the real state of feel- success of the Home Mission to suffer matters at 30 years, how many of its inhabitants pass ing among their members, and afford to all to remain longer as they are. The Treasurer into the eternal world every year, month, week, disposed an opportunity of contributing of has issued circulars to the friends of the day, hour, and minute ? their substance to the service of their God. Church, stating the exigency that has arisen, (We are glad the claims of China are being
We owe much to the congregation of and soliciting donations to meet the current brought so prominently before our SabbathRegent-square for having, so far as we know, demands made upon the funds. We trust schools and juvenile societies, and hope the exbeen the first to set congregational associa- that all who have received such circulars will ample here set will be universally followed. -Ed. tions in full efficient operations. It is true respond with their usual liberality. Parties ÁLNWICK.—The children attending the that is a large and wealthy congregation. But I who have not received circulars are urgently Sabbath-school in connexion with St. James's
Synod Schools .............
CIRCULAR OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE.
£ 202 18 3
3 2 4
South Shields Crookham,
Presbyterian Church here, to the number of ercise all due judgment in bestowing their , meeting at Exeter Hall on the 14th October; 120, took tea together on the 9th inst., when certificates. The only desire of the Com- the Rev. Wm. Nicolson, Moderator, in the they were examined, in presence of their mittee is to discharge their responsible trust chair. parents and friends, on the shorter Catechism, in the manner most conducive to the ends of An extract minute from the Records of the and their acquaintance with Scripture truth. their appointment. But in order to enable Free Presbytery of St. Andrew's was proThey were then addressed by the Rev. J. them to decide judiciously they must trust duced and read, to the effect, that said PresThomson, their pastor, who, for more than an very much to the information they receive bytery had refused to translate Mr. Ferrie hour rivetted the attention of all present from from parties who are acquainted with the from his present congregation at Anstruther, the youngest to the oldest. On the evening of claims of the various schools.
in Fife, to the congregation at Leicesterthe following Sabbath, Mr. Thomson delivered
square, in London. a discourse to the young, after which a col
Dear Sir,- I beg to intimate to you that the
Extract-minutes from the Records of the lection was made in aid of the Sabbath- School Committee are now prepared to receive General Assembly of the Free Church of school Library, which amounted to 6!. 38. 6d. applications for grants from the Sustentation Scotland, and of the Free Presbytery of Both parents and children were highly de Fund, which has been placed at their disposal Aberdeen, were produced and read, to the lighted with the proceedings... In no Sab- by the Church.
effect that these Reverend Courts entertained bath-school have we been privileged to wit
All such applications must be accompanied
a very high opinion of the character and ness more zeal in the teachers, and more
with answers to the annexed Schedule of qualifications of the Rev. Abercromby Lockmutual love between teachers and taught than Queries; which answers must be certified, and hart Gordon, late minister of the Free Grey in this. Long may it continue to grow and each case recommended by the Presbytery of Friars’ Church, Aberdeen, and that they comincrease. We were favoured lately with a
the bounds. All applications must be lodged mended him affectionately and earnestly to visit from the Rev. Professor Lorimer from
on or before the 1st day of January next; and their brethren of the Presbyterian Church of London, who delivered a long and interesting the schemes of the Presbyterian before the next meeting of Synod. none lodged after that date can be considered England, but more particularly to the brethren
of the Presbytery of London, within whose Church in England. At the conclusion of
The Presbytery his address an Association in aid of this scheme
If you have no Day-School connected with bounds he now resides. was formed, and promises well. A sum of your Church, be so good as to inform the unanimously agreed that Mr. Gordon be re
ceived as a minister in connexion and in full Committee whether you think there is room congregation to the Treasurer of the Foreign your opinion, and in that of your Session, it upwards of 31. has been remitted from the for one in your locality; and if so, whiether, in communion with the Presbyterian Church in Mission funds, being the first missionary col- would be practicable to commence one imme- with his instructions, and in the presence of a
Mr. Wilson reported that, in accordance lection known to have been made in St: diately, with the aid of the Committee. James'. May it be an earnest of noble deeds! I remain, Dear Sir, yours respectfully,
very respectable audience, he had formed
WILLIAM STEVENSON, Convener. the congregation at Wolverhampton into a SCHOOL SUSTENTATION FUND.
Church in connexion with the Presbyterian SCHEDULE OF QUERIES.
Church of England; and Professor Lorimer
I. Is there a Day-School in connexion with also reported, that he had obtempered the inSam formerly announced.
your Church?—II. If so, what is the average structions of the Presbytery by preaching at St. George's Church, Liverpool
23 14 & number of children attending it?-111. What Wolverhampton on the day appointed. A St. Peter's Church, Manchester .............
are the branches of education taught in it?Hide Hill, Berwick (additional)
temporary Kirk Session was appointed for IV. What are the School books used ?-V. this station till a fixed pastor has been or- . St. Peter's Church, Liverpoool
What is the Schoolmaster's Income? How dained over them.
The clerk read the Report of the Committee 1 12 6 rived from fees?-VI. If the Schoolmaster appointed to confer with the memorialists £270 5 4 has a salary, from what source is it derived?- from Westminster; and, after a lengthened
VII. What is the rate of fees charged? And conversation, it was agreed that Mr. HenSuch then is the amount of the School whether higher than the fees charged in the derson be appointed to labour in that very Sustentation Fund received up till the date of neighbouring schools of other religious deno important field during the ensuing year. our going to press. We are grieved to say minations? And if higher, how much so?
The Presbytery inquired into the progress that only about one half of our congregations VIII. Do you pay a rent for the school-house? which had been made within their bounds in have made a collection for this most import- If so, how much ?-IX. If the School-house organizing Associations for the prosecution ant object. The School Committee have is the property of the congregation, have you of the schemes of the Church. issued a circular addressed to every session any burdens upon it? And if so, to what An application was received from the congrewhich has not made the required collection, amount?-X. Are School-books and other gation at Ranelagh, craving the appointment and also a circular and schedule of queries to school materials supplied to the pupils of an early day for the moderation of a call all our congregations, which we subjoin. In gratuitously, or at reduced prices? And in
to a pastor to labour amongst them in the their first-named circular the Committee very either case what is the anuual expenditure Lord, and the Presbytery appointed Friday, properly state, that in allocating sums to the incurred in this way?-X1. Has the school the 31st current, at half-past six o'clock, p.m., various schools, regard must be add to the master attended any Normal Seminary?-XII. for this purpose. The Rev. J. Fisher to fact, whether collections have been made. Is he qualified to teach Latin, Greek, and preach and preside. This does not say in so many words that con- Mathematics?—XIII. Has your school any Professor Lorimer gave a very encouraging gregations that have not 'made collections other schools in the neighbourhood to account of the state of the station at Hampneed expect no aid to their schools, but most compete with? And at what distance is the stead. assuredly in estimating the comparative claims nearest of such schools from yours?—XIV. A Committee of the whole House was apof the respective applicants, the fact that a Have you any special claim to state in support pointed to meet at Exeter Hall on Tuesday, collection has or has not been made is a most of your application, not brought out in your the 28th instant, at seven o'clock in the evenimportant element in coming to a conclusion. answers to the preceding queries?
ing, for the examination of the students, preBut we do hope that no congregation has
paratory to attending the theological college. been prevented from making a collection by
The Presbytery adjourned to meet at the consideration that they had no school for
Ranelagh Chapel, on Friday, the 31st instant, which to lodge a claim. This were to betray PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN ENGLAND. at half-past six o'clock. both a lack of policy and a lack of duty; for, 1st. every church ought to have a school, FOREIGN AND JEWISH MISSION FUND.
PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND. and, 2d. 'if from any reasons they have not established a school for themselves, that is The Treasurer, Mr. Nisbet, begs to
FELTON, SEPT. 17, 1845.—On Wednesday
the Presbytery met here by appointment, no reason whatever why they should not aid acknowledge, as under, received this month :
and was duly constituted. The Rev. Messrs. their more diligent brethren.
NEWCASTLE-Collected by Susannah Brown,
£1 4 2 Huie, (Mod.), Blythe, sen., Dr. Hutchison, In filling up the schedule we trust the WHITEHAVEN- per kev. Joseph Burns .... 0 Hoy M'Clymont, Anderson, Edwards, Gilanswers will be made as specific as possible, BRIGHTON—Collected the Presbyterian
lespie, Lennie, and Blythe, jun., (the Clerk,) and that any additional information will be
21, Berners-street, Oct. 21, 1845.
with Mr. James Hall, and Ramsey, Elders, furnished which may enable the Committee to
were present as Elders for the congregation come to a more perfect understanding re- PRESBYTERIES' PROCEEDINGS. at Felton was handed in. In regard to what garding the comparative claims of the various
had been done since last Meeting of Synod applicants.
for the Evangelistic and educational schemes We trust also that Presbyteries will ex- Tuis Presbytery held its ordinary monthly 1 of the Church, Mr. M'Clymont reported that
PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.