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London-wall Church, meeting in, 458

Longmore, Mr. George, presentation to, at

Manchester, 411

Lorimer, Prof., lecture delivered by, 517

Professor, speech of, in Free

Church Assembly, 242

Love the bond of perfectness, 249

Lowick, letter from, 91

Macaulay, Rev. J., ordination of, 206

Macdonald, Rev. John, death of, 521, 534

M'Cheyne, Rev. R. M., unpublished letter

of, 364

Mackenzie, Rey. J. R., induction of, at

Birmingham, 428

M'Lymont, Rev. Jas., induction of, 199

M'Murray, Rev. John, farewell sermon

of, 506

Madagascar, intelligence from, 399
Madras, native converts at, 310

-, important trial at, 354

Madeira, 46

-, memorial of London Presbytery

relative to the persecutions at, 405

, persecutions at, 300, 309, 354, 405

Presbyterian Church at, 406

-, refugees from, 443

Presbyterial memorial or the

persecutions in, 372

Malaga, Blake at, 287

Martindale, Adam, life and times of, 86, 100

Martyrs, a tale of the times of the, 438

Martyn, Rev. Mr., induction of, at Hanley,


Marylebone Church, 59, 192

Maryport, bazaar at, 205

Mediator, the one, 446

Memory, an appeal to, 250
Merle D'Aubigné, speech of, 83

sketch of life of, 470

on revolution in Geneva,
Mesopotamia, description of, 25
“Messenger," altered form of the, 534

-, introductory address, 1

Men, the, we need, 179

Metropolis, church accommodation in, 420

Minister, address to a, by Rev. Josias

Wilson, 139, 154

description of a, 318

choosing a, 455

Dissenting, refusal to bury a, 199

-s, stipends of, regulations for sup.
porting the, 328

the Voluntaries and their, 248

Ministerial income, 121

Ministry, Luther on support of the, 371

the Christian, 430

Minute, one, too late, 184

Miller, Rev. P. L., presentation to, 411

Missionary affairs in the East, 60

Mission field, a glance at the, 235

Missionary intelligence, 93, 284, 285, 354,

376, 414, 429, 444, 461, 537

Missions, the Presbyterian, 2

Missionary box, the, 429

-,the, 119

Moderator, election of, letter on, 300

Morpeth, Presbyterian Church at, 18, 207

social entertainment at, 374

Mountain, the, in the plain, 340

Munro's, Rev. Alex., address to Young

Men's Society, 344

to, 141

Murdoch, Rev. Mr., letter of, to Presby-

tery of Dumfries, 92

National Scottish Church, collections and

subscriptions of, 108, 159, 200, 264, 440

Neel, Henry, epitaph by, 494

Nicholson, Rev. T. D., presentation to, 157

Negatives, the five, 236

New Zealand, Free Church colony in, 461

- Presbyterian Church in, 538

Newcastle, High-bridge Church at, 189

, proceedings of Presbytery of,

42, 77, 124, 142, 187, 315

public meeting at, 384

New Year's-day address, 156

“No Popery" cry, 307

Norham, presentation at, 106

North Sunderland Church, association of,


Northumberland, proceedings of Presby-

tery of, 58, 91, 109, 124, 157, 187, 206,

254, 457, 473, 536

November, the fifth of_" No Popery"

Oath, form of Presbyterian, 406

Oath of Presbyterians, Lord Brougham

O'Connell, his soul, in purgatory,

Palestine, the present state of, 185

Parker Society, remarks on the, 369

Pastoral address to congregation at Han-

ley, 324

Jesus the friend and comforter of his Regent-square Church, Young Men's Shipwreck, escape from, 283

people, 166

Association of, 376

Sinner, the warned, 533

The Christian watchword, 187

congregation, meeting of Sites, refusal of, in Scotland, 259, 413

An appeal to memory, 250

the, 373

- Report of the Committee on, 468

Europe's day of visitation, 270

Regulations, general, of the Presbyterian Societies, widows and orphans, 255

Communion with God, 270

Synod, 41

Soul, the anxious, encouraged, 479

Lament of a blind girl, 286

Religion, negative, 240

South Africa, war in, 310

The idol, 286

on the continent, 40

South Shields, schools in, 351

The Bible, 286

overture on the state of, 211

-, new congregation at, 375

Trial and death of Robert Baillie, 294

- Protestant, in America, 503

ordination at, 411

It is the Spirit that quickeneth, 302 Religious Reverence, 246

Southwark, St. George's Church, 255

Lines by the late Charles Grant, 318 Religion, state of, within the bounds of Spirit, a bad, 467

Life in earnest, 357

our Church, 274

Spiritual gifts, 319

Labour for Christ, 357

Religious Societies, French, 245

Spirit, the, hear what it sayeth, 358

Jacob's Well, 357

Religion, spiritual and experimental, 236 Spire, the protest at, 271

The reaper and the flowers, 378

the vanity of ceremonies in, 247 Spirit, the, that quickeneth, 302

Mission hymn for Sabbath-schools, 378 Renwick, James, the Martyr, 191

Stafford, anniversary sermons at, 441

Infants saved by imputation of the Repentance and Faith, 236

examination of the Sabbath-

righteousness of Christ, 878

Report, a brief, 191

school at, 374

A night thought, 378

Resolutions, putting in practice of, 187

Church at, 66, 228, 536

On the death of a young Christian, 399 Revival, prospects of, in our Church, 290 Stewart, Mr. P. M., death of, 324

Sunday, 416

Revivals, religious, 140

St. George's Church, Liverpool, Report ol

Lines on funeral of Dr. Brewster, 430 Risley, examination of the school at, 298 Treasurer of, 316

The Christian ministry, 430

Rites and ceremonies, the worthlessness

-, Southwark, laying

The one Mediator, 446

of, 191

the foundation-stone of, 125

The Battle of Drumclog, 446

River-terrace, Presbyterian Church at, 192

-, Sunderland, notice

Lines on death of Dr. Chalmers, 462

Church, contributions of, 208 of, 350

The anxious soul encouraged, 479

- Anniversary Meet- St. Peter's Church, Liverpool, 490, 636

Prayer, 479

ing at, 331

Students, admission of, into the College,

For the Sabbath, 494

services by Rev. 233

Epitaph, by Henry Neel, 494

Mr. Weir in, 473

Bursaries for, 173, 520

Lines on Cowper, 508

induction of Rev. Stuarts, Presbyterian loyalty to the, 502

Loss of friends by death, 508

Mr. Weir in, 490

Sunday trading and sight-seeing, 447

Hope to the end, 508

Robertson, Rev. W., death of, 255

Superstition, case of, 203

Speak gently, 508

Rome, Chekib Effendi at, 403

Popish, 205

Hymn for the Thanksgiving-day, 526

the voyage to, 403

Supplemental Fund, 328

Lines written in Olney Church, 539

English Papists at, 486

Sustentation and Supplemental Fund,

Pope, the new, 347

Ross, Rev. A. J., Induction of, at Brigh- overtures on, 220

Popery and Puseyism, 318

ton, 410

Fund, 68

-, endowment of, 298

Rules of daily use, 508

Synod, Address to, by members of Depu-

in Canada, 122

Sabbath castaway, the, 431, 459

tation, 19

recent converts to, in England, 178

desecration, overture on, 181

commission of, 313

Pope Pius IX., the Bishop of London,

-, Report on, 484

Committees of, 489

and Dr. Chalmers, or Popery, Prelacy,

for the, 494

Fund, address by treasurer of,

and Presbytery, 321

observance, 275


the masked, 531

of the, 428

collections for the, 47,

Pope's, the, High Mass at Rome, descrip-

Remarks on, 293

159, 188, 208, 233, 329, 349, 409, 424,

tion of, 333

the Jewish, 447

440, 473

Post-offices, the provincial, 275
-, the, made for man, 191

letter from Treasurer of,
Post-office robberies and railway accidents,

the moral and perpetual obliga-

cause of, 531

tion of the, 368

, Meetings of Commission of, 66,

Praise, congregational, letter on, 366 Sacrament, dispensation of, Liverpool, 297 153, 523
Prayer, a few subjects for, 342
Satan's Castaways, 319

, Meetings of the, 1, 10, 162, 177,
by Rev. James Hamilton, 183 Savings Banks, statistics of, 486

209, 425

lines on, 479

Sabbath Schools, 125, 166, 180

Synod, notice of Meeting of, 408

Prayers, long, 400

address on, 181

Temperance reformation, remarks on, 487

Prelacy and Presbyterianism, 250

Alnwick, 505

Thanksgiving, day of public, 504

Presbyterial address by Rev. D. Fergusson, Sabbath School, duty of the church Thou shalt not steal, 453


towards the, 271

Times, the good old, 533

Presbyterianism and Prelacy, 250

examination of a, in St. Tongue, the, 272

Presbyterian Church, colonial, 241

George's Church, Liverpool, 315

Towns, health of, 513

constitution of the, 52

at Man-

Town missions, letter on, 317
, contributions towards chester, 421

Translation speeches, 466

the history of, 294, 326, 346

Sabbath Schools, examinations of, at Trinity Church, Manchester, ordination

in England, 65

Liverpool and Alnwick, 103

services at, 350


School, examination of, at Ris-

, Newcastle, 525

of the, 237

ley, 458

laying the

and the

Schools, Missionary Hymn for, 378 foundation stone of, 328, 332

Church of Scotland, 317

School, Report of Windmill-street, Turkey, the Gospel in, 422



Unitarian, the belief of a, 271

of the, 337, 361, 381, 401, 419, 434, 481,

St. Peter's Square, Man- United States, Popery in the, 430


chester, 205

Vaudois Church, disruption of the, 125,


Union, meeting of London 134, 136, 154

pendence of the, 104

Presbyterian, 395, 476

-,Meeting in favour of, 155

license, induction,

Whitehaven, Annual

constitution of the, 430

nd ordination in the, 166

Meeting of, 458

Vaud, Canton de, 204, 234, 269

-, opening of the, at Sale, extraordinary, at Liverpool, 529 Voluntaries and their ministers, 248

Islington, Liverpool, 169

School Committee, Circular of the, 109 Watchword, the Christian, 187

Presbyterianism, elementary principles

Fund, Collections for the, 79, 94, Welch, John, and the friar, 319

of, 193

109, 143, 160, 264, 280, 296, 313, 329, 349, Welsh, Rev. Dr., death of, 17

Presbyterians, form of oath by, 406

371, 393, 504, 521, 534

Wesleyan Methodist conference, 71

Presbyterian Meeting in London, 2

Notice of collection for, 465

Methodists, liberality of, 204

Presbytery, Midland Counties, formation

Committee, Reports of the, 221, 476

normal school, letter on, 414

of the, 489

for 1847, Wesleyanism, statistics of, 406

Presbyterian Church, Mission of, in

Statement and appeal Weir, Rev. John, induction of, 490

England, 267

by the, 49

Westminster Church, annual soirée of, 458

in England, Sta- - Fund, Report of Treasurer of, 223 Wilson, Rev. Josias, death of the, 418

tistics of the, 339

Schools, Grants to, from School Fund, 160

monument in

Presbyterianism, Lectures on, 19

409 memory of, 505

Presbyterian Meeting, in London, 388 Schoolmasters, Endowment of, 249

-, inscription on monu-

Presbytery of Northumberland, deputa- School, Week-day, Liverpool, 315

ment of, 536

tion to the, 441

-, Presbyterian, in 1687, 495

Woodside interdict, 57

Presbyterian Order, letter on, 299

Schools, Regulations of Government grants Wolverhampton, ordination at, 265

reasons for being a, 163

for, 491

opening of Church at, 374

Presbyterians, Scotch and Irish, 514 School Scheme, 141

Wooler, history of the Presbyterian

the English, principles of Science, 247

Church at, 327

the, in the seventeenth century, by Scotland, its faith and its features, 202 -, election of deacons at, 411

Rev. Thomas M'Crie, 435, 452

letters from, 440

Woolwich, congregational mission, 474

Presbytery, Victor Cousin on, 365

, notes on a recent visit to, 50

Church, collection for, 157

Presbyteries, visitation of, 323

unreformed and reformed, 367

schools at, 525

Presbyterial visitations, overture on, 210 Scottish Clergyman, recollections of a, 510

address the

Presbyterian worship, form of, in 1638, 509 Scott, Walter, and John Knox, 289

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Fund, 465, 534

Patterson, Rev, J., testimonial to the, 180

Pilgrim Fathers, landing of the, in New

England, 435

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

of, 340

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

Manchester, 344

long in? 537

soirée at, 158, 395

Liverpool, 394

Puritans, the, in Charles's Parliament, 359 Seed, the imperishable, 404

Societies, Meeting of the,
Queries, Schedule of school, 109

Shaw Stewart, the Dowager Lady, letter London, 476
Reaper, the, and the flowers, 378

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

on, 270

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1845.

No. 1.

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
Edit. London, 1834.

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

Scripture Antiquities.

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.
Mr. James Stewart, 16, Exeter Hall, might be done among God's ancient PRESBYTERIAN MEETING,
people. He gave an affecting account

Introductions to the Study of the of the state of the young Jewesses there,

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

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