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Lorimer, Prof., lecture delivered by, 517
Professor, speech of, in Free
Madagascar, intelligence from, 399
-, important trial at, 354
Memory, an appeal to, 250
sketch of life of, 470
on revolution in Geneva,
-, introductory address, 1
choosing a, 455
Dissenting, refusal to bury a, 199
-s, stipends of, regulations for sup.
the Voluntaries and their, 248
North Sunderland Church, association of,
254, 457, 473, 536
It is the Spirit that quickeneth, 302 Religious Reverence, 246
Southwark, St. George's Church, 255
Hymn for the Thanksgiving-day, 526
the voyage to, 403
Supplemental Fund, 328
Pope, the new, 347
Ross, Rev. A. J., Induction of, at Brigh- overtures on, 220
Post-offices, the provincial, 275
letter from Treasurer of,
the moral and perpetual obliga-
Praise, congregational, letter on, 366 Sacrament, dispensation of, Liverpool, 297 153, 523
, Meetings of the, 1, 10, 162, 177,
Prayers, long, 400
address on, 181
Temperance reformation, remarks on, 487
Presbyterianism and Prelacy, 250
examination of a, in St. Tongue, the, 272
constitution of the, 52
Town missions, letter on, 317
Translation speeches, 466
Presbyterial visitations, overture on, 210 Scottish Clergyman, recollections of a, 510
Fund, 465, 534
Patterson, Rev, J., testimonial to the, 180
Pilgrim Fathers, landing of the, in New
“Pilgrim's Progress," Cheever's lectures
Pilgrims, the, and their pitchers, 340
Plague, London during the, 286
The crown rights of Christ, 25
The passing year, 124
What hath God wrought, 166
subject of, 351
Priests, fine the, 537
Scottish missions, finance of, 302
Workington, Congregational Association
Professors, Agent, and “Messenger," 229 Scripture doctrine, parables illustrative at, 317
Prophecy, study of, 503
Working man's day, the, 434
Prophetical Landmarks, notice of, 413 Scriptures, on studying the, 248
World, the religious, 428
Protestants, alarm to, by Dr. Kalley, 454
search the, 287
Year, the passing, 142
Protestantism, progress of, in France, 172 Seaton Delaval, anniversary sers. at, 475 York, the minster of, 286
Psalmody, proper leader of, 201
in 1684, 478
Young Men's Society, Address to, 149
Purgatory, why is O'Connell's soul so
, Pres. Church at, 255
long in? 537
soirée at, 158, 395
Puritans, the, in Charles's Parliament, 359 Seed, the imperishable, 404
Societies, Meeting of the,
Shaw Stewart, the Dowager Lady, letter London, 476
from Presbytery of London to, 324 Youth, steadfast piety in, 236
Red Cross-street Library, account of, 197 Shelton (Hanley), Congregational Meet- Zealand, New, 538
Reformation, extraordinary, 190
ing at, 476
Zuinglius, the death of, 240
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1845.
Messenger" will be published on the
first day of each successive month ; and The English Presbyterian Synod met at
its moderate price induces the hope that Birminghamı on Tuesday, April 15, and READER,-Your eye has alighted on the first line of the first periodical of the it will find its way into every family continued its deliberations during that
and the three succeeding days. About Presbyterian Church in England. It is amongst us, and supply, not only topics sixty members were present, of whom
of mutual encouragement and reanima- twenty-four were ruling elders. We only now that our Church can be considered as effectively re-organized, and tion, but suggest frequent themes for were never more impressed with the
value of this element in our Presbyterian now for the first time, after the supine-prayer and thanksgiving.
constitution. For the rapidity with
Although the first of the series, we which so large an amount of business ness of a century, that she is addressing herself to the great work which God has
are very unwilling that the present was transacted, as well as for the previous given her to do. Though a day of small should pass for a specimen number. It maturing of important measures, the things, ours is a day of great opportuni- wants many things which it is intended sagacity
, zeal, and practical talents of the ties; and the blessing which we feel that that future "Messengers" should con- Eldership. The fresh appearance of the we ourselves have received, we would tain. Not to mention Missionary and Synod was a circumstance which must
have struck the older members. Many Foreign Intelligence, and Notices of the faces were new, but none were strange. thankfully take as a token that God designs to make us a blessing to others.
proceedings of Sister Churches, we hope There never was a meeting whose proIron sharpeneth iron, and mutual in
to be able to present our readers with ceedings were pervaded by greater cora greater variety of Local News. For the utmost freedom of discussion, there
diality and brotherly kindness. Amidst tercourse is essential to the zeal and suc
the completeness of this department, was only one predominant desire, to rencess of Churches. Hitherto we English | however, we must rely on the kindness der our Church as efficient as possible Presbyterians have not only dwelt alone, and diligence of our Correspondents.
for the great end of the Gospel ministry; and not been numbered among neighbour
In the meanwhile, it is earnestly hoped and one predominant hope, that a new
era has risen on our cause. And as the Churches, but we have been strangely that every minister within the bounds of Synod itself is young, so most of its secluded from ourselves. Interesting the English Synod will take immediate measures had an inceptive character, and events have happened in various locali- steps towards securing an extensive list bespoke a Church resuming or commencties; but, except from a casual para- of subscribers in his congregation. Where ing its labours. Such measures were the graph in a Scotch or provincial news- the Deaconship exists, it is believed that College, the Home Mission, the Financial
Scheme, the Manifesto of Presbyterian paper, we had no hint of what was
this may be effected with little trouble ; principle, and, we may add, this Magatranspiring. It is one symptom of re- and where there are no Deacons, it is zine, for, although not a Synodical publiturning vigour that an identity of hoped, that for the sake of those interests cation, it has received the Synod's warm interest and a community of feeling Ministers and Elders will use their per-union and energy will be characteristics which this Magazine is designed to serve, encouragement. Should the spirit of the
Birmingham meeting be perpetuated, are spreading through the body, and that sonal exertions to obtain a wide circula- of English Presbyterianism. our various congregations are more willing tion for it.
The proceedings of the Synod were to help one another, and more anxious to Where individuals wish the “ Mes- delightfully variegated by the deputations hear of one another's welfare, than in the senger" to be sent by post, a list of such from Scotland and Ireland ; by a public days of selfishness and isolation now (we names, with accurate addresses, should breakfast
, at which the Rev.
, and much
honoured, J. Angel James gave utterance trust) for ever gone.
That this growing be forwarded to Mr. James Stewart, to his warm and generous sentiments of desire might be gratified, the project of 16, Exeter Hall, London; and, in other Catholicity and Christian affection towards an English Presbyterian Newspaper was cases, it will be the better way to order a body, so small as compared with his
The project has
it through a bookseller: but in either large and powerful denomination; and been largely encouraged, and will not be
alternative, the number of copies required by a Missionary meeting, the most should be notified not later than the 15th address of Dr. Wilson, of Bombay, a name
interesting features of which were the abandoned. In the meanwhile, it has
of May. been judged expedient to commence a
well known to science, and very dear
It is likely to be some time before to Missions, and the presence of a son of publication on a smaller scale ; a sheet such a publication do more than cover
the late lamented Dr. Milne, of China, like this, containing monthly notices of its own expenses ; but should there ever
himself a Chinese Missionary, who had
come from Manchester on purpose to the most important events transpiring be any profits, they will be devoted to implore our Church's attention to the case within our ecclesiastical bounds. “The the schemes of our Church.
of that most populous of all Pagan lands.
started a year ago.
By Thomas Hartwell Horne. Seventh | added a promise of £25 per annum for
four years, towards the establishment of The establishment of a Theological Apparatus Biblicus ; or, an Introduc- a school for Jewesses in Corfu, from a College for the training of young men for tion to the Holy Scriptures. From the lady much interested in that island. the ministry of our Church, was deter- French of Père Lamy. London, 1728. By Mr. Stewart's account it appears mined upon at the Synod, which met at Second Edition.
there are about 3,000 Jews in the island, Berwick, in April, 1844, and the Institu- A Key to the Old Testament. By and the only school where any Jewish tion was opened under the most favour- Robert Gray, D.D. London, 1829. girls are educated, is one supported by able auspices, on the 5th of November An Introduction to the reading of the American mission for Greeks, and last. For a full view of the success the New Testament. By MM. Beau- conducted by Mrs. Dickson. She has which has attended this interesting and sobre and L'Enfant. Cambridge, 1819. under her charge at present twenty-six important undertaking, the reader is Hug's Introduction to the New Testa- Jewesses, but can take no more, and is referred to the Report of the College ment. Translated by Fosdick, of Ame- obliged to refuse daily applications for Committee, recently given in to the rica. London, 1839.
admission from others, as her mission is Synod at Birmingham, and which will be Michaelis' Introduction. Translated to the Greeks only. Add to this, there found in another part of this number. by Marsh. Cambridge, 1818. Third is still so much of the old enmity between Attention is also specially called to the Edit.
Jews and Greeks, that young Jewesses interesting Financial Report given in by Harwood's Introduction to the New attending a Greek school are exposed to the Treasurers, from which it will appear Testament. 2 vols. London, 1767—much contempt and mal-treatment, which that an effort must immediately be made 1771.
renders it most desirable to give them a to add to the number of the annual sub- Percy's Key to the New Testament. school for themselves. Their anxiety to scribers, in order that a steady and a per- Third Edit. London, 1779.
be admitted by Mrs. Dickson, notwithmanent revenue may be secured to the Works Illustrative of the Scriptures. standing the unkindness of the Greeks, Institution. The necessity and great im- Harmer's Observations. 4 vols. 8vo. proves that a Christian mistress would portance of this point, we hope, will not London, 1816.
not be objected to. She must at present be lost sight of by our ministers and Burder's Oriental Customs. 2 vols. introduce the New Testament with caupeople during the present summer. In a 8vo. Sixth Edit., 1822.
tion, but the Old Testament they are future number, we mean to communicate Burder's Oriental Literature. 2 vols. permitted to read freely, and from this in detail to our readers, all the arrange-8vo. London, 1822.
much instruction may be made to bear ments made by the Synod at its recent Paxton's Illustrations. 3 vols. 8vo. on that finished work of the Redeemer meeting, in regard to the constitution of Second Edit. Edinburgh, 1825.
which the Jews as yet reject. the College, its Rules of admission, and
Considering these circumstances, the other important particulars. All that we Godwin's Moses and Aaron. 4to. Association, though quite in its infancy, have space for at present, is to say, that London, 1641.
and with very limited funds, determined, the Synod determined that there should Jenning's Jewish Antiquities. 2 vols. some months ago, to send out to Corfu not be fewer than three Professorships, 8vo. London, 1766.
a pious and well qualified mistress, to and that two of these have already been Newman on the Hebrew Ritual. 8vo. take charge of a school for Jewesses only. filled up, the Rev. Hugh Campbell, London, 1748.
Since this determination, it has been Moderator of Synod, having been ap- Newman on the Civil Government of suggested that a missionary would find pointed to the chair of Church History the Hebrews. 8vo. London, 1740. ample employment in Corfu, and the and Government, and the Rev. Peter
neighbouring islands, where there is great Lorimer to that of Hebrew and Biblical
Patrick, Lowth, Whitby, Scott, Henry, destitution of the means of grace; and at Criticism. The remaining chair, of Sys- Clarke, Stevens' Devotional Comments. a meeting of the Ladies' Committee, tematic and Pastoral Theology, has not The collected works of Baxter, Owen, which took place on the 23rd April, yet been supplied, but the College Com- Jeremy Taylor, Robert Hall, Leighton, Mr. Stewart urged that the Association mittee have been authorized to make Barrow, &c.
should undertake to send out an ordained some interim arrangements for the dis
minister to labour among Jews charge of its duties next winter.
Gentiles as he may find opportunity, An energetic effort must be made this
while his wife should take charge of the summer, not only to improve the funds of
he The English Presbyterian Synod has school for Jewish girls; and the College, but also to enrich its library: for some time contemplated the establish- announced also that the lady who before We look for many, more donations of ment of a Foreign Mission. The honour, promised £25 per annum for four years books than we have hitherto received, and however, of taking the first step in towards the school would, if a missionary we hope that our brethren in Scotland advance has been reserved for an asso- were sent, increase her subscription to the and Ireland will avail themselves of this ciation of ladies formed in London little munificent sum of £100 for three years. way of aiding us. It has also been sug- more
than a year ago,
with the With this encouragement, but feeling gested, that some of our friends might be primary view of aiding the missions of their entire dependence upon the blessing disposed to make purchases of books for the Free Church of Scotland.
of Him whose cause they wish to serve, us, if they knew what works were desired. And in case there should be instance, anticipate
This Society did not, in the first the ladies unanimously concluded that taking up any
this was a call from Providence, which it any inclined to help us in this way, we missions of its own; but soon after its would be sinful to neglect, and agreed to subjoin the names of a few works, beg- formation, the Rev. Mr. Stewart of send out a minister approved by the ging particular attention to the editions Erskine, who had paid a visit during London Presbytery, and in connexion marked, these being the best editions of the preceding summer to the little island with it, as soon as the services of one the severai works. Parcels of books to be addressed to ladies as a locality where much good
of Corfu, brought it to the notice of the sufficiently qualified could be secured.
desiring the benefits of education, but During the past winter a series of very An Introduction to the critical study generally unable to obtain them; and delightful Presbyterian re-unions has been and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. I to his own earnest recommendation he held in London. The first took place on
the auspicious occasion of the opening of for example, to London, where we have now have been days of deadness and decay; John Knox Church (Rev. J. Ferguson's), a body of ministers that need not shrink from scarcely relieved by the rare lights which and the next celebrated the no less happy There are still, indeed, some vacant pulpits in has come,-a time which makes us think again
Church in the world. occasionally burned and shone. A better time event which placed Mr. Nicolson in the North, but these, we rejoice to say, there of the beginning. Our strength now is not London Wall, and Mr. Wilson in River
are good prospects of soon filling up. The in great names, but in our compactness, and Terrace. The last was held on the even- Synod is to meet again next week, at Birming- cordiality, and hopefulness. Few and feeble ing of Friday, April 11. It originated ham, where many important objects to which as we are, I do not suppose any Church in the with the London Lay Union, and was
the efforts of the Church are directed, will kingdom is in better heart, or has a more open
the members. | door. That door, I trust, God has opened; designed to give an impulse to various engage the attention of schemes of Presbyterian enterprise, which Amongst these, I may be allowed to refer and if so, our little strength will be no hinderhave either originated with that Society, established, the success of which is indispen- a little strength answer well to one another.
specially to the Theological College recently ance, for in His plans an open door and or received its vigorous support. The sable to the continued and growing prosperity The ministers of this Presbytery, and I think meeting was held in the Hall of the of our Church. Hitherto it has met with the I may add of this Synod, are joined together London Tavern, and, like all its prede- most cheering success, both in the number of as one man. We have a goodly band of cessors, was crowded. The Right Hon. the students, and in the amount of funds, willing and working elders. And although Fox Maule, M.P., had kindly engaged to
which altogether have been more than sufficient as a people we are only beginning to get preside, but being detained in the House the least pleasant of the effects of the closer enough in going out and in your various abodes,
to meet the expenses of the past session. Not acquainted with one another, I have seen of Commons by the debate on Maynooth, union now subsisting amongst us, to which enough of well-ordered households, and happy his place was ably supplied by Alexander I have already referred, and which reaches to the homes-I have seen so much of individual Gillespie, jun., Esq. As soon as the pre- people, as well as to the office-bearers, are these intelligence and domestic piety, that I am liminaries of tea were over, the business social meetings, of which this is the third, each, sure nothing is wanting but mutual acquaintof the evening began, and in order to as it took place, surpassing its predecessors ance to make the members of our Churches convey to friends at a distance, some idea in the evidence of a growing cordiality amongst love and respect one another. And though it
the members of the various congregations. of these evening Meetings, we have formerly we kept too much apartwe were gatherings like this as the means of intro
were for nothing else, I should rejoice in secured by an accurate report, the sub- too isolated—but now we know each other, ducing our friends of different congregations, stance of what was spoken on this oc- face to face, and, better still, we are all pre- and so diffusing that community of sentiment, casion,
pared to go hand in hand in the many im- and that brotherly interest in each other's Mr. Gillespie.—My Christian friends, portant works in which our Church is engaged. welfare, without which our Presbyterian polity I believe no one to whom I am known will | As another instrument for advancing the loses half its efficacy. As I said, our Church suspect me of indifference to the cause of Church's cause, I may mention that on the is at present in good heart, and full of good Presbyterianism ; for, indeed, I am most 1st May next, it is intended to issue the first purposes ; and these I would thankfully accept anxious to promote and further it, believing it number of a periodical publication (not a news- as indications that the Lord designs to make to be founded on the Word of God, and one of paper), to be continued monthly, and styled us a blessing in this great land. As a Church, the best vehicles for making men acquainted "The Messenger of the Presbyterian Church we possess that which, if sufficiently diffused, with the truth as it is in Jesus. Nevertheless, in England,” being somewhat on the plan of would make us a blessing to all around; for I never occupied such a position as my present the “ Free-Church Record.” It will be issued the Great Head of all the Churches has disone, with greater reluctance; my being called at a small cost, which will put it within the tinguished our Church by some good and to the chair was entirely umexpected, and on reach of all, so that I trust its circulation will perfect gifts. He has, first of all, given us application being made to me to take it, be wide and general. It will contain reports a full deposit of Christian doctrine. Our WestI pressed hard to be excused. You will be of the proceedings of our own Churches, its minster Standards have, for nearly two centuaware that Mr. Fox Maule was expected to Presbyteries and Synods, and of those of other ries, proved the sheet-anchor of British orthopreside, but in consequence of Sir Robert Peel Evangelical denominations, and all interesting doxy. The sound words of our Catechism, having obstinately persisted in his resolution intelligence, religious and missionary.—With and the scriptural fulness of our Confession to proceed this evening with the discussion on a few remarks as to the order of the further -the one among our people, and the other the Maynooth grant, Mr. Maule feels himself proceedings, the Chairman concluded by call- amortg our oflice-bearers—have preserved bound to be in his place in the House of Coming on the Rev. James Hamilton, of Regent's a large amount of theological learning, even mons; and however we may regret his absence, square, London, to move the first Resolution. when the life of religion was lowest. The we must all admit that he has done right in Mr. Hamilton read the first Resolution, essential Gospel is very simple, and may selecting that, the highersphere of duty. Had —“That this Meeting, in contrasting the pre- be put in narrow compass; and it is very we not remained in doubt on this point till it sent state and brightening prospects of the Pres- desirable that sermons should frequently be was too late to make application to our noble byterian cause in London, with its previous long preached, and books he published, containing and excellent friend, the Marquis of Breadal- depression and recent trials, feels itself under nothing save that essential Gospel. In his bane, we might perhaps have obtained his a strong obligation to render fervent gratitude lively work on America—a book revealing valuable services, and I can only regret that, and praise to Almighty God, and recognises much of the interior state of its Churches, failing these two gentlemen, the kindness of in these prospects, and in the evident tokens of and full of graphic sketches of its landscape my friends has devolved on me the duty. the Divine presence and blessing, an urgent and people—Mr. Lewis tells the origin of an I am rejoiced at all times to meet our Pres- call to greatly increased individual exertions, admirable little work, by Dr. Hodge, of byterian brethren, and all of you must be and to the adoption of combined and sys- Princeton. A book was wanted which should much gratified, I think, by the altered circum- tematic efforts for the advancement of the present the Gospel in so plain a form that stances under which we now assemble. How cause of Christ at home and abroad.” At every reader “could take it up,” and so great the contrast between them, and those in present our body is perhaps, in numbers, the exempt from denominational peculiarities, which we met twelve months ago; and how smallest of Evangelical Churches in England. that all should agree in giving it circulation. thankful should we be to Almighty God for It was not always so. Two hundred years "The Way of Life was accordingly prepared, the striking change in our position that has ago English Presbyterianism possessed and submitted without the author's name, to since taken place! I can remember that last a ministry, signalised by a more gigantic ministers of different Churches.
All were year, when going to attend the Synod at Ber- intellect and sound theology and copious learn- equally pleased with it. The Methodist found wick, I did so with great misgiving, not antici- ing, than have ever met in any subsequent in it nothing contrary to sound Arminianism, pating any very satisfactory result; but my ministry in any Church,-a ministry composed and the Presbyterian thought it good Calvinism. fears were all averted by the good Providence of such men as Manton, and Charnock, and The old school Presbyterian found nothing of of God, and we had then a better meeting Caryl,-men whose learning did not mar their the new school in it, and the new school found than ever before, more marked by a spirit of spirituality, and whose piety did not extin- nothing of the old ; and after it had received mutual confidence and affection, and by united guish their genius. And though Presbyte- the sanction of all successively, the author's devotion to the cause of God. We felt, rianism emerged from the long tyranny of the name was divulged, and “The Way of Life" indeed, that his Spirit was in the inidst of us, second Charles, shorn of much strength and was published. And it is well that the Church and that he blessed our deliberations. Pres- glory, it had still some names of renown; and universal should possess some such books, byterianism in England, we then feared, was so long as it could number a Fleming, a Brad- books, embodying nothing beyond the first about to be annihilated, but thanks be to God, bury, a Williams, and a Calamy, among its principles of the oracles of God. But it is also she has grown and flourished, and the state of preachers and divines, it was neither small nor desirable that we should have books and serour Churches is now very encouraging. Look despised. The last hundred years, however, mons touching on every topic, and ministrations
broad as is the Bible. And this is a dis- us the more closely to each other's bosoms, and to know that there are hundreds of godly tinction which I claim for our Presbyterian at the same time leads us to cultivate a more men in the Established Church and among teaching. It is full and systematic. The implicit reliance on the Great Head of our the various bodies of Dissenters. There orderly method of our standards is some secu. Church ; and when we feel our own feeble- is M'Neile, and Stowell, and Noel, and rity for system; and the good old usage of ness, we are led to hold closer communion Wilson, the respected Vicar of the parish continuous lecturing, which I trust we shall with the Father, and sweeter fellowship with where I labour, and I love them, and all like ever retain, lays on ministers a necessity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The history of our them, as brethren in Christ. And we desire declaring the whole counsel of God. But Church should animate us in the great enter
to cultivate the closest union with Churches whilst I believe there is that in its ample prise on which we have entered in England. that are adorned with the names of Hall, and theology and systematic ministrations which In my own country, in Clster, the early Pres- Fuller, and Carey, who are gone to heaven, or may render our Presbyterianism acceptable to byterian Church was planted by five Scotch Raftles, and Jay, and Clayton, and James
, many in these lands; and whilst I also believe ministers. They were driven away by perse- still fighting the good fight on earth. And that the superintendence of an affectionate cution from Scotland, and Ulster, the land of to-night I rejoice to see near me my respected eldership, watching for the spiritual welfare of hospitality, opened its arms to receive them; brother Redpath, a worthy successor of the the flock; and the assiduities of an intelligent and well it might, for they brought along with sainted and venerable Waugh, who was the deaconship, ministering to the temporal them the greatest of all treasures, the unsearch- finest specimen of sanctified humanity these welfare of the poor, and the comfort of all, able riches of Christ. Two hundred years ago eyes ever beheld. To all these brethren, we may teach the overburdened ministries of these five noble men, Livingston, and Brice, say, "Go on, in the name of our God, and existing Churches, a more excellent way; and and Blair, &c., assembled at Carrickfergus, to inay the pleasure of the Lord prosper in your whilst I recognise in the compact vigour and hold their first meeting of Presbytery, as it hands!”. Surely England is wide enough for simultaneous movements of our polity, the were to lay the foundation stone of the Irish us all; and at the present time, when infiorganization for doing extensive good, and Presbyterian Church. And what is the result? delity is abroad, and when Puseyism and repelling extensive evils
, which the exigencies Five hundred ministers are now their suc- Popery are encompassing the camp of the of these times demand, I would not forget, my cessors, and nearly a million of men profess saints, all these brethren should, and I trust friends, that it is to Presbyterians personally their faith; and though the other parts of will, beckon to us to come with them “ to the that the world will look, to learn what Presby- Ireland are covered with moral desolation, help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord terianism really is. Let them read your Ulster is blooming, comparatively, like an against the mighty.” My dear friends, you principles in your life and conversation; let Eden of the Lord. Let us imbibe their spirit, will be rejoiced to hear that the Presbytery of them see in your persons and your homes, the and imitate their sacred example. Whilst these London has resolved that their exertions shall sanctity of Presbyterian Sabbaths; the old men were spared, sacramental seasons_in not be limited to this city. They are resolved, Presbyterian reverence for the Bible, and Ulster were like great festival occasions. The in the strength of God, to go out as missionrelish' for good books; the beauty of its people used to ride on horseback to the meet- aries to the other great towns and cities of domestic piety; its family worship, and house- ings ten, twenty, and thirty miles. Every England, where the banner of Evangelical hold catechising; Presbyterian orthodoxy, and house in the district was like an inn; and the Presbyterianism has not yet been unfurled. that virtue which the Free Church has added ministers had to remain for eight days together And, at the same time, our brethren in the to the catalogue of Presbyterian graces,- preaching the gospel to hundreds of thirsting north of England are successfully engaged in Presbyterian liberality.
souls; and the whole country, especially the the same aggressive movement in the towns In a speech of much ability and eloquence, lovely vale of Antrim, was embalmed with the and villages around them. Our cause is yet Dr. A. P. Stewart seconded the Resolution. hallowed spirit of their piety: showers of in its infancy, but already it exhibits some of
The Rev.Josiau Wilson moved the second blessing came down upon them, and their the symptoms of a strong and vigorous manResolution :-" That the destitution of a faith- principles spread rapidly over all the province. hood; and, if we be a united, and prayerful, ful Gospel ministry, and of an efficient pastoral And what was Scotland in by-gone days ? and holy people, p believe that, under the superintendence, which exists so extensively Three centuries ago, and our Reforming fathers smile of Heaven, we shall break forth on the throughout this great metropolis, is a loud were few in number. I say our fathers, for right hand and on the left, and the boughs call for increasing efforts in the cause of I have Scotch blood flowing in my veins. of this vine that our God hath planted will Church and School extension, and that while Scotland was then one of the most degraded and overshadow all this land. In the accomplishour Presbyterian constitution affords peculiar priest-ridden nations in Europe, when God, ment of this noble object, as far as we, the facilities for the successful prosecution of such in his gracious providence, raised up the im- ministers, are concerned, 0, let us remema work, the numerous openings now present-mortal Knox and a few others, who were the ber, that this work cannot be achieved ing themselves hold out strong encouragement instruments of emancipating their country- by preaching cold metaphysical discourses. to engage in it.”—After a few introductory men from the most galling slavery, and setting Our people want not your fine philosophical remarks, Mr. Wilson said-It may seem a a kingdom free. And though Mary, with all dry discussions in the pulpit
, but plain, warmstrange statement, yet I do rejoice that Mr. her fascinations and influence, tried to turn hearted, practical instruction, coming home to Fox Maule is not here to night; that he has these great men aside from their work of Re- the conscience and the heart. I am here not gratified himself, and especially gratified formation, yet, undeterred by threatening, when reminded of an anecdote of the venerable us, by coming here ; but that, from a high sense flattery had failed, they, and the people who Rowland Hill. A clergyman from the counof duty, he bas gone, with a few others of flocked in thousands around them, resolved to try, who, I suppose, during the previous six sterling principle, to the House of Commons, continue in the liberty with which Christ makes months, had been preparing a gorgeous serwhere enlightened principle is so rare, to pre- his people free. And eating of the manna that mon for the metropolis, delivered it at a Misventa dark deed from being perpetrated (I refer fell on every side, and drinking of the water sionary Anniversary, in Surrey Chapel. “Oh," to the endowment of Maynooth), which can only of life, of which for ages they had been said another clergyman, at the close, to Mr. increase the miseries of my native land. And deprived, the people of Scotland started up to Hill, “Was it not a beautiful sermon!I do earnestly trust that he, and those with the attitude and stature of rational and inde- the periods were so exquisitely rounded." whom he is in concert, may be enabled, as pendent men, and ever since have continued “ Rounded," said Mr. Hill, " Aye, they were true servants of God, to defend the right, and to be the most enlightened, and the most rounded; as round as Satan could wish them; prevent the sinful appropriation of the public moral, the most Sabbath-observing nation that how smoothly they would roll off the sinner's money to the upholding of an institution, Christendom presents to the world. Ulster conscience, leaving no impression there!" Let which has been the seat of rebellion against a too, as I have said, once degraded by the us, in carrying on this work, beware of what is Protestant Government, and from which have "Man of Sin," was rescued by the devotion of called fine preaching to tickle itching ears, issued hundreds of clerical agitators, who have five godly men, who, two hundred years ago, whilst it is not calculated to win the heart to been the curse of one of the finest countries on "planted in her soil the principles of Christian Christ; let our sermons be like arrows and the face of the earth. I was greatly delighted truth and righteousness, and that province, barbed arrows, piercing the hearts of the with the observation of my dear brother, Mr. under the influence of Presbyterianism, pre- enemies of the king. The hearts of our people Hamilton, as to the union and cordiality that sents a striking contrast to the other provinces must be warmed, and their understandings characterize the ministers of our Presbytery. where Popery reigns triumphant. Ulster, enlightened by plain practical discourses Five months ago, I came among you as under the influence of our Church, is the and from what I have seen during the last a stranger; but I have forgotten that I was most industrious, and happy, and Sabbath- five months, I am confident the people of a stranger. The love, the union, the perfect one- honouring province in Ireland, and stands at England are ready to open their hearts to all ness of purpose and sentiment that reign this moment a great bulwark, in this United such preachers, and to say, “Hail, ye blessed between
me and my brethren have long Kingdom, of civil and religious liberty. This of the Lord, the Lord is with you of a truth." since made me feel quite at home. I am is what Presbyterianism has done for Scotland We cannot, however, work alone; you, my aware that we are yet but a small body; and for Ireland, and why, I ask, should brethren, our Church members, must work but the very smallness of our numbers draws it not do more for England too? 1 rejoice with us in this mighty enterprise on which we