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hope then that all collections will be for- | ents, we have but one answer to give, and it us to appeal to them for contributions to our warded to the Treasurer.

is this :—It is infinitely easy to wish. We columns. When we undertook the superinN.B. We find it is inconvenient for par- sometimes indulge in the luxury ourselves, tendence of the “ Messenger," we assuredly ties to send us an account of collections. We and it is one of the few luxuries we do in- neither understood nor desired that its unditherefore beg leave to intimate that in future dulge in. And then we wish our correspond- vided weight was to sink down and settle this need not be done, as the treasurers ents, instead of asking, would just send us upon our individual shoulders : and yet so it will furnish us with correct reports for such papers as they desire. We are quite has with a pressure which makes every bone publication.

certain that our labours of all sorts are fully in our body to ache. More of our time has, equal to those of any half dozen of our fellow- in consequence, been devoted to its manage

wishers. Let them, then, give us their aid, ment than we can continue to give in justice TO OUR FRIENDS AND CORRESPOND- and supply such papers as we can approve of, to our other avocations. Our brethren, we ENTS.

and we promise them insertion in the “ Mes- trust, need only an invitation to come to the senger.'

rescue. They must have spare hours, occaWe are happy to be able to state that our Dr. Hutcheson's communication will appear sionally, on hand, which they cannot better circulation is still on the increase. The as soon as our space will admit of it.

employ than in devoting to our columns, stamped edition of the number for August is We have received a communication from and must have papers lying beside them, worexhausted. A few, however, of the un- the Rathbone-street Sabbath-school, Liver- thy of a wider circulation than they are otherstamped copies are still on hand, and those pool, containing a correspondence between the wise likely to meet with. But let us not be who wish to possess that number ought to teachers of that school, and some of the most misunderstood. We do not want sermonsorder it through their booksellers.

eminent superintendents of such schools in of all species of composition the most unpoBut though gratified at our increase, we the three kingdoms, upon the question whether pular ;-as little do we ask for dry doctrinal are far indeed from being satisfied with our merit tickets should be used in Sabbath essays; and least of all for controversial dispresent circulation, and we again call upon schools ? The parties written to, unani- quisitions. Special heads and perorations of our friends to exert themselves on our behalf. mously answered in the negative. The sermons, however, we shall be glad to receive. Those who have not attended to this matter, poetical piece from the same quarter we But what are particularly desirable are practican have no conception how long it takes to have not yet had time to read, and cannot cal and devotional pieces, short, pointed, and push a periodical or anything else into general therefore speak as to its chances of insertion, unctional. What pertains to the history, notice. * Advertisements inserted into all the only, we may state in passing, its chances constitution, schemes, and external affairs of daily newspapers, placards posted up on every would be greater were it shorter.

the Church, in other words, what belongs wall, and paraded through every street, do An admirable address to the members of more peculiarly to the editorial department, not yet arrest the attention of one out of the Juvenile Missionary Association, by the we shall gladly undertake ourselves. But we every ten for whom the intimation is intended. Committee of St. Peter's-square Church, Man- look to our brethren in the ministry and other Nothing but a continued exhibition before chester, has just come into our hands; and if lay friends for interesting and edifying conthe public eye, and ever-incessant dunning into it had not been accompanied by an interdict, tributions on other subjects. the public ear, can succeed. We would, there. it would assuredly appear in this number. We received, but too late for last numfore again press upon all who take an interest The grounds on which the interdict is based ber, a very gratifying communication from in our prosperity to lend us a continued can- are not tenable. Besides, we are not very Douglas, Isle of Man, which proves, as we vas.

Might not a placard be put up at the much disposed, in our editorial supremacy, to always anticipated, that our excellent minister, doors of our churches ? Might not the door- pay much regard to any interdicts whatever, Mr. Cleland, is every day rising higher in keepers and pew-openers, and other officials, when by violating them we are certain to pro- public estimation, and the collection in aid of be instructed to canvas, receive names, and mote the good of the Church, as we know the current expenses of the Church amounted distribute copies ! Might not ministers re- would be the case in this instance. All the to 231. peat their public intimations ; and both minis- respect, therefore, we are disposed to pay to We have been kindly favoured by Mr. ters and elders, and also deacons, collectors, this instrument is, to delay the publication, Ritchie, with a file of the “Friend of China," and tract-distributors, in their visitations re- in the hope that when it is known we are re- from which we mean to give extracts in our commend the “Messenger.” Our friends will solved to be contumacious, the interdict will next. We purpose also giving a paper on the suffer us to press this matter upon them. be quietly withdrawn.

religious movements in Germany, which we We have had thoughts of printing a sort of We never hesitate to express our disap- have been watching with intense interest, but tabular statement showing the numbers that pointment, or even disapprobation, when we have waited for their further development are taken in the various towns or congrega- deem that we have good cause, nor in advo- before we should notice them. tions. At present, however, we content our- cating the claims of our Church do we much Mrs. Dawson, of Hampstead, will accept selves with stating, that Manchester stands care whom we may offend. But we are just of our thanks for the donation of books to decidedly at the head of the list, and London, as ready, and need we say it? infinitely more the library, which has been received too late We are sorry to say, stands not so very far delighted, when we have an opportunity to to permit us to do anything more than merely from the bottom as we could wish.

commend. Such an opportunity is now pre-insert this acknowledgement. Some of our correspondents do not seem to sented, and we most gladly seize upon it to We are much obliged to our correspondent understand the precise position the “Mes- express our heartfelt gratitude to the Session at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and agree with him senger" was intended to occupy, or the line of the Groat Market Church, Newcastle-upon- in his censures and recommendations ; but of subjects it was particularly meant to ad- Tyne, and to Mr. Matthew Cree, one of the very much fear that the publication of his Focate. The “Messenger,” as we understand elders of that Church, for one of the hand- letter would do more harm than good. He it, was intended peculiarly to promote the somest donations of books which the College will find by looking into the first paper in our various schemes of the Church. It is not a library has ever received, and which will be number for August, that the official intimaReview, although reviews are not excluded. found acknowledged in another column. tion was issued in due form, and that the It is not a doctrino-theological Magazine, al- Long after the generous donors have gone to fault rests not with official parties. We have though doctrinal essays will be admitted. It their reward, will many an ardent youth re- also received his note of the 23d ult., and will is the organ and instrument of all the great ceive mental illumination and spiritual coun- attend to its contents. We shall be glad to schemes in which our Church is engaged; sel and pastoral impulse from this valuable hear from him again, and often. and everything else must be kept in subordi- contribution. And sure we are, as this was It has been supposed, we understand, nation to the advocacy of these our primary the wish of the donors, so will it be their most though on what grounds we cannot possibly and principal objects.

cheering recompense.

Can we avoid, now divine, that the paper in our last on the Irish From some we receive communications, that the subject is fairly before us, to press Presbyterian Church was a sort of Synodical wishing that great prominency should be upon all our friends to go and do likewise ? manifesto, or at the least, was written by a given to the interpretation of unfulfilled pro- Our lady correspondent at Birkenhead (if conclave of ministers. We therefore beg phecy, that is, as we understand it, Millena- lady indeed it be, for the production looks leave to state, that like almost every single rian disquisitions. Others request that we much more like that of an Esau's hand cased line in the whole number, it was the producshould give a leading attention to doctrinal in a lady's glove) is surely very simple, or she tion, uncounselled, unaided, of the editor's essays. A third class of correspondents are fancies us very green. Anonymous corre

own pen. very anxious for a poet's corner--a fourth de- spondents, as they commonly deserve, receive siderate that we should take Sabbath-schools fro us no consideration whatever. If our

" When the mists of superstition are under our special patronage, and a fifth—but correspondent will give us her name, and it were endless to repeat the variety of tastes state distinctly what she means, we shall dispelled without the realities of religion that come to us craving for their own peculiar endeavour to gratify her wishes.

taking their place, the lowest orders of the gratification. Now, to all these correspond- Our brethren in the ministry will permit community are in danger of sinking into a




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state of degradation, where the animal usurps Tractatus de Studio Legis cum Annotationibus. Wants

EQUITABLE LIFE title-page. 4to. the place of the man: while, with the higher Lexicon Græco-Latinum in Novum Test., Pasore.

ASSURANCE SOCIETY FOR MUorders, the pride of intellect, unchastened by Londini, 1650. 1 2mo,

TUAL ASSURANCE. Incorporated by the fear of God, leads to a spirit of scepti

Historiæ Ecclesiasticæ Seculum XVI. Hottingero.
Tiguri, 1655.

Royal Charter. Established in 1831. Founded

12mo. cism and Infidelity. These are the evils Compendium Præcipuorum Capitum Doctrinæ Chris- on the model of the “ London Equitable." which above all others, we conceive, are most

tianæ a Zancho. 1699. 12mo.

London Office, 614, MOORGATE ST. Enchiridion Ethicum, Præcipua Moralis Philosophiæ to be dreaded in the present times, the utter

Agent. Rudimenta. Per Henricum Morum, Cantab. Lonprostration of intellect to the necessities of dini, 1711. 12mo.

William Cook, Esq. our temporal condition in one class, and in Epistolarum Beza Liber Unus. Genevæ, 1573. 12mo.


Solicitor. Erotemata Dialectices a Phil. Melancthon. 12mo. the other the diffusion of intellectual attain

Publii Virgilii Maronis Opera, cum Notis A. T. Far- Joseph Laurie, M.D. Charles Lever, Esq. ments without the check or guide of Christian

nabio. Londini, 1634. 24mo.

Head Office, 26, St. ANDREW'S-SQUAKE,

Grotius de Imperio Summarum Potestatum Circa Sacra : principle; equally leading to the neglect of Blondell de Jure Plebis : et officium Magistratus Chris

EDINBURGH. the chief end of man.”- Welsh's Sermon. 1834. tiani a viro Docto. Hagæ-Comitis, 1661. 12mo.

One characteristic of the taste of the
Cantici Solomonis Paraphrasis Gemina. A. J. Kerro.

His Grace the Duke of BuccleuCII AND

Edin., 1727. 6mo. backwoodsmen in preaching, which the Bishop P. Kami Reg. Professoris Dialecticæ Libri Duo. Lon

QUEENSBERRY, K.G. of Vincennes gave me, reminded me of the dini, 1589. 16mo.

Vice-Presidents. Evangelia Anniversaria Dierum Dominicorum, Claio. strong feelings of our own country folks. He got Lipsiæ, 1593. 12ino.

The Right Hon. Lord Gray. The Right Hon. a very sensible and serious backwoodsman to go Marci Tullii Ciceronis Epistolarum Libri Quatuor.

Lord Abercromby.
Cantab., 1670. 16mo.
and hear a young preacher of the Presbyterian
J. Despauterii Ninivitæ Gram. Institutionis Libri Sep-

Church, who read them a neat discourse. He

Edin., 1677. 16mo.

Robert Christie, Esq.
Canones et Decreta Nici et Generalis Concilii Tridentini
saw by his manner during service that he did

This Society is founded on the most apAntverpiæ. 1566.

24mo. not like himn. On coming out, he asked him

P. Ovidii Nasonis Opera a Heinsio. Amstelod, 1663. proved principles of Life Assurance, the WHOLE the reason, when he replied, “I don't like a 24mo.

Profits being secured to the rolICY HOLDERS.

Discours par M. Saurin a Amsterdam. 1720. Two rols. sportsman that cannot take aim without a


The importance of this advantage is aprest to his gun.”Lewis's America, fc. Theocratia, or the Divine Government of Nations. parent from the fact, that at Ist March, 1841,

R. Fleming. 1699. 8vo.

the Society made vested additions, varying Manuscript Sermons preached at Epsom, and in the THE SYNOD

Pewterers' and Tallow Chandlers' Ilalls, London, in from twelve to twenty per cent. on the sums the years 1700—6. I vol. 4to.

assured, to all Policies of Five Years' endurOF TIIE

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ance, and at 1st March, 1844, a similar vested Breathings of a Love-sicke Soull, &c. Manuscript. addition of six per cent.; besides further pro1683. 4to.

spective additions of two per cent. per annum, FOREIGN AND JEWISH MISSION FUND.

From Mr. Matthew Cree, an Elder in the calculated on the accumulated amount, in the

Groat Market, Newcastle : HE TREASURER, Mr. Nisbet, has

event of their becoming claims before 1st A Treatise on the Whole Armour of God. Gurnall.


1847, being the next period of allocareceived since last announcement, the fol- 1653. Folio, Jeukyns on Jude. 4to.

tion. For example—on a policy for 1,0001. lowing Contributions:

A History of the Churches in England and Scotland, effected on 1st September, 1831, there will, if Douglas, Isle of Man-per Rev. James Cleland, £2 10 0 from the Reformation to this present time. By a it become a claim after the 31st August, 1846, ALNWICK—per Rev. John Thompson

3 2 0 Clergyman. Newcastle, 1771. 3 vols. 8vo. MANCHESTER-St. Peter's Church, per Rev.

Charnock on the Existence and Attributes of God. By be 1,3481, 6s. 3d., payable ; viz. : Alex. Munro

Rev. J. Williams. 8vo.

Sum originally assured . . £1,000 0 0 Woolwich-per Rev. William M. Thompson

A Treatise on the Soul of Man. By John Flavel.

6 18 BERWICK-per Rev, Alex. Murdoch..

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From Mrs. Bristow.

0 MANCHESTER - Contributions for China, per

Anti-Popery. By John Rogers. Charles Stewart, Esq 102 00 Essay on Hereditary Diseases. By J. H. Sterpau, M.D.

1,200 00 LIVERPOOL—for China, R. A. Macfie,

Brown's Mount of Vision. Calf neat.

Vested addition at 1st March, Esq.

105 0 0

Jerusalem as it was and Is.
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Songs of Zion in Hebrew. By Stanislaus Hoga.
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0 5 0
From T. W. JENKYN, D.D. Coward College.

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PAISLEY - Rev. John Macnaughtan, of the Free
Church (Don )

On surviving 31st August,
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T. W. Jenkyn, D.D.

1844, 2 per cent.

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0 12 10

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1846, 2 per cent.

25 8 9 LIBRARY.

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1,348 6 3 The following list is arranged according to

The Portrait of St. Paul. By the Rev. J. W. De La And if the party be alive on 1st March,

Flechere. the order in which the donations arrived :

1847, another vested addition, with prospec

Phocion's Conversations. From the Session of the PRESBYTERIAN

Trimmer's Scripture Catechism.

tive additions, will accrue in the manner above Parker's Old Testament. Illustrated. Church, Groat Market, Newcastle-upon

stated; and so on every three years thereafter,
Blunt on the History of Jacob.
Lindley Murray's Power of Religion on the Mind.

This table gives a view of the
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situation of the Society since its institution. Sancti Bernardi Opera Omnia. Lutetiæ Parisiorum, Hoare's Course of Divine Judgments. 1640. Folio.

Amount Annual
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£6,512 Omnia. Coloniæ, 1548. Folio.

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Do. 1842 1,685,067 61,851 191,196 Harmonia Ex Evangelistis Gomposita. will have the goodness to send their addresses,

Do. 1845 2,134,381 76,111

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98 Mission to Corfu Evangelical Alliance ; Conference on Christian Union, held at Liverpool...

ib. Congregational Associations Life and Times of Adam Martindale

100 Home Mission New German Reformation ; Ronge and Czersky..

102 Power of Conscience Coogregational Libraries


104 Sabbath School Examinations at Liverpool and Alnwick The English Presbyterian Church always Independent, &c...

ib. School Sustentation Fund The Presbyterian Church of Canada

105 Foreign and Jewish Mission Fund Birmingham Congregation...................................................


Presbyteries' Proceedings Presentation at Norham

ib. Reviews Presentation at Hampstead.

ib. The Editor's Own Column Address to the Members of the Juvenile Missionary Association, Manchester. 107 Donations to the College Library.


107 ib. 108 ib. ib. 109 ib.



110 111 ib.

COLLEGE, COLLECTION, COURSE OF | sential, prayers are essential also. Let us and thou in me, that they may be made STUDY, &c.

have both contributions to cause bone to come perfect in one, and that the world may to his bone, until in all our students we possess know that thou hast sent me, and hast

the perfect mechanism of science and literaOx Sabbath the 9th of this present month of ture waiting for the animating principle from loved them as thou hast loved me.” November the Synod appointed that public on high; and prayers for the Spirit of the

Such is a principal part of the last collections in all the congregations of the living God to descend and animate that other prayer which the Saviour while on earth Church should be made in aid of the funds of wise dead, although beauteous, machine, rouse offered for his Church.(John xvii. 20—24.) induce all parties to make those collections per all its faculties, impel forward all, its The ohject prayed for is the unity or oneliberally, cheerfully, and on the appointed all its labours. energies, consecrate all its powers, and bless

ness of his disciples, and the end assigned day? Does not every individual member of the hearts of all our people. Our professors believe and know that thou hast sent me,

Our College ought to be near

or motive urged is "that the world may our Church know that under God the success

are not the only parties on whom the training without exception, of our prospects depend also, those that have access to the inmost altar me. of all our schemes, the realization of all, all of our future pastors depends. Our people and hast loved them as thou hast loved upon our College? It is not the want of in the holiest of all, owe it to the Church, owe The object is unity or oneness,-butonechurches, congregations, missionary fields, or

it to the Head of the Church, owe it to the funds to carry on and out the largest enter- God and Father of our Lord and Saviour and external observances ? This never

ness in what?—in all things, in rites, forms, prises that at present cramps us.

It is the Jesus Christ to plead mightily for professors existed in the Church. The Gentile and want of men, of ministers to labour in places and students. imploring our aid, but imploring in vain, be- make this the subject of special intercessions Jewish converts differed most materially is not a town in England in which we might to occupy a prominent place in family devo- entire cause we have not men to send them. There in their public ministrations? Ought not this in rites and ceremonies, and this with the

sanction of the apostles. (Acts not have flourishing congregations had we just tions? but the proper men to organize them. Our

Will not our ministers on the day set xxi. 21–25.) The Hebrew converts bearts bleed at the Macedonian cry that stuns apart for the collections ask their people to from the very outset retained certain of

We are most urgent on this their ancestral ceremonies which were us from every side. Our feelings are agonized point, and trust our cry will be heard. at the loud outcry of our vacant congregations perishing for lack of the bread of life, without this session be well attended, and that the Saviour or his apostles; and had they

We are full of hope that the College will neither commanded nor forbidden by the our having it in our power to send them a blessing without which learning often becomes, remained satisfied with this liberty of steward of the household of God to distribute to each person his own portion in due season. abundantly on professors and students. Our monial observances, there is nothing in

not a benefit but a bane, will be poured forth worshipping God according to these cereencounter what we have suffered for the last hope, we repeat, the hope of our Church is the New

Testament which affords ground three years, both of exertions in procuring the waters of life are to be conveyed to all to conclude that this liberty would have foreign supplies, and of pain that no supply parts of our Zion. If the Church but does been restricted. It was only after they could be obtained for our famishing people

. her duty by the College a few years will prove attempted to impose what was a license to

that our hopes are not misplaced or over-themselves as a bondage upon others, that have obtained supplies of our own from our own College. Oh, let us send up a loud united interests to the prayers and liberality of all dicted, for they were to the coloured. May we again commend all its not the liberty but the bondage was inter.

very prayer to the Lord of the harvest, that he

our people. would raise up, qualify, and send forth labour.

mitted to circumcise their children and ers into his own fields. Are they not ripe unto

keep the law of Moses, although they were the harvest ? Are they not waiting, inviting EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE; CONFER- forbidden to impose them upon others. to be occupied ? Are not the tares choking ENCE ON CHRISTIAN UNION HELD While the Hebrew Christians were thus up the seed of the kingdom? The people AT LIVERPOOL.

permitted to employ in the worship of perish, and who layeth it to heart? A re

God rites which had neither been forbid. sponsibility which may well appal us is laid upon us, and but for the promise, the

" Neither pray

I for these alone but den nor commanded by the Saviour or Who is sufficient for these things? would be for them also who shall believe on me his apostles, how did the Gentiles act ? indeed the cry of despair.

through their word; that they all may be Was less liberty allowed to them? The But we have now erected the machinery for one; as thou Father art in me, and 'I in whole tenour, as well as many express passupplying not only our own wants but the thee, that they also may be one in us; sages of the Word of God, attest that their wants of others, if only, our people do their that the world may believe that thou hast liberty was to the full as extensive as that duty and God give his blessing. "We are importunate for two things. We want large con

sent me. And the glory which thou of the Hebrew converts. They were intributions, but we want also more frequent gavest me, I have given them, that they deed forbidden to use certain customs and fervent prayers. Contributions are es may be one, even as we are one: I in them which were either sinful in themselves, or

last perhad been habitually associated with what | in consequence of an invitation addressed we content ourselves with giving a mere was sinful. (Acts xv. 20, 28, 29, and by individual members of seven denomi- skeleton of facts, referring our readers for xxi. 25.) But this very principle of nations in Scotland, to individual members further information to the account which limitation proves how very extensive their of almost all the Evangelical denominations the London Committee were instructed to liberty must have been.

in England, Wales, and Ireland, to meet publish from the authentic records of the It is acknowledged on all hands that the together to consult as to the best means Conference, which will perhaps appear as Mosaic economy was much more rigid, of opposing certain of the great anti- soon as these lines. and, so to speak, punctilious in its specifi- scriptural forms of error of the present The object of the Conference was not to cation of rites and ceremonies, and matters day. Great were the fears, grievous the effect a union in the ordinary sense of that of outward observance than the Christian misgivings, both of the inviters and the term, that is, an incorporation. This it was dispensation. And yet it is a question which invited, as to the results of bringing toge- perfectly evident, from the diversity of all who have considered the subject feel ther materials apparently so charged with sentiment that prevailed on various points little difficulty in answering, whether per- antagonistic and explosive elements. conscientiously deemed important, could be sonal liberty was altogether taken away, Some openly prognosticated that instead accomplished only by compromise, coneven under that economy? Whether, in of union, the rent would become more cession, or concealment, and any union other words, devotion was restrained wide and disastrous, and therefore that could be effected on such a basis, within certain set forms, and the results declined to attend. Others resolved to must be necessarily insincere and hollow, of experience altogether discarded; in be present, but apprehensive of the at best only an armed truce, a masked short, whether every rite, provision, and attempts that might be offered, deter- peace. But it was acknowledged on all practice observed in Israel in the time of mined to take very special care against hands, that the points on which we were Hezekiah or of Christ, had been originally all compromise or concession, which they agreed were incomparably more important revealed and expressly required by inspired feared would be attempted in order to than those on which we differed. On all authority ?

effect a union. Others again prayed amid points that can be regarded as of the Uniformity, absolute, rigid, punctilious much misgiving, and hoped against hope essence of the Gospel—all that is essenuniformity of rites and ceremonies is for a favourable issue. And others still tial to the eternal salvation and even permorally and physically impossible. And went merely as spectators, desirous to sonal comfort of the sinner, there was a even granting that you could induce men witness the proceedings, but as they anti- perfect identity of belief and profession ; to conform to the same precise routine of cipated no beneficial result, resolved to and not only so, but to a greater extent phrases, postures, and formulas, the uni- keep themselves disengaged from all than had been anticipated, except by formity would be merely semblable. The participation in the conduct of affairs. those who had specially studied the sublively and the phlegmatic, the excitable and On Wednesday, the 1st of October, ject, it was found that to a very considethe unimpassioned, the enthusiastic and there met at Liverpool, between two and rable extent, there was also an entire the unimaginative, would expand or con- three hundred of the most leading mem- harmony regarding the comparative tract your forms—instinct with life, would bers of seventeen denominations, from importance assigned to the various tenets, mould your ceremonies into plastic vitality, all parts of the United Empire, including and even to the terms in which they or swathe them with funereal bandages, members of the Established Churches of should be conveyed. After some consol. until they would be as diverse in reality, the three kingdoms, Free Church, English tation in Committee, it was found that a however identical in form, or even in every and Irish Presbyterians, Wesleyans, Con- confession of faith, embracing all the points line and lineament, as Lazarus on the gregationalists, Secession, Baptists, Re- that were by all deemed essential, could be mountain from Lazarus in his grave. lief, &c., &c.; and as we looked round the agreed upon, and by a unanimous voice Uniformity in every minute rite, in every Hall, and remembered the past contro- in the Conference as in the Committee, punctilious form, was never commanded versies of the parties assembled, and the following doctrines were adopted as the in the worship of God; or, what is the reflected on the points on which they basis of the Alliance. I. The inspiratioa, same thing in effect, are morally and phy- differed, our anticipations of even peace all-sufficiency and sole authority of holy sically impracticable, and yet almost all the were certainly not very sanguine. "The Scripture as the rule of faith and morals disputes and dissensions that have ever first session was spent in devotional exer- II. The right of private judgment. III. taken place in the Church, have arisen cises, conducted by Presbyterians, Trinity in unity, and the incarnation of from an attempt to reduce all the diver- Prelatists, Wesleyans, and Congrega- the Son of God. IV. The fall of man, sities of gifts, graces, and emotions, tionalists; and as we marked the identity and his consequent guilt and depravity. within the shackles of an unauthorized of doctrine and the unison of sentiment V. The redemption of sinners by the and impracticable uniformity.

that pervaded those prayers, we could sacrifice and atonement of Christ. VI. But we have been withdrawn from the not help feeling that there was actually Conversion and sanctification through the object we have at present before us, which unity and harmony here on the most mo- Holy Spirit. VII. Justification by faith is not to write a disquisition on rites and mentous of our common interests, and that alone. VIII. The divine institution and ceremonies, but to give a short account of whatever might be our diversities in out- perpetuity of the ministry, and the Sacrathe Conference Christian union ward things, in life and spirit and heart ments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. recently held at Liverpool. We had the we were certainly one. That those prayers These eight tenets (which we give from happiness to attend that Conference, and had a most solemnizing and harmonizing memory, and consequently only in their till the day of our death, we shall deem effect—that they were prayers of faith, and headings) were declared to be fundamenit a cause of gratitude to have been pre- were answered, was not only the opinion, or tal, were unanimously adopted by the Cotsent. Never did we attend, never on even the belief, but the felt experience of ference, and required to be professed by all earth did we expect to attend, such a every person present. In fact, the results who became members of the “ Evangelical meeting. Whatever may be its proximate arrived at were not accomplished by dis- Alliance," — the denomination assumed or ultimate results,—and our anticipations cussion or votes, for there was no discus- by the Association then formed. are very sanguine both as to their nature sion or vote from first to last,—nor by Four Committees, with power to add to and their magnitude,-among the more conference or consultation, but by prayer their numbers, and form affiliated Comspecial causes of gratitude to Almighty and by the Spirit of the living God, mittees, were named to sit in London, God, which we can trace in a life which granted in answer to prayer. The spirit Liverpool, Glasgow, and Dublin, and has been full of mercies, one of the very infused into the meeting by those opening were instructed to hold an aggregate chief is, that we had a share in origin- devotions remained unaffected to the very meeting in Liverpool in January, and in ating the “Evangelical Alliance." close.

Birmingham in April next. As the The Liverpool Conference took place But we must be brief, and therefore Liverpool Conference was only prelimi



pary to a still larger meeting which it that I might witness on earth other such one united Church out of the discordant was deemed desirable to convene, it was re-unions as this," although the sentiment sects that now fill Christendom?-and remitted to the London Committee to appeared in words diverse from that of we answer, No; at least, not at present, make arrangements for an Ecumenical the aged Simeon, “Now lettest thou thy Some may on this account undervalue Council to be held in London in the month servant depart in peace, for mine eyes what has been done and what it is still of June next, and they were instructed to have seen thy salvation,” every one felt intended to do. But it just on this very issue invitations to members of all the that the feeling one, although and specific account that we are so rapEvangelical Churches in the world to diversely expressed, and that the one was turously delighted with what has been attend that general council in the capital of just as natural and appropriate as the done, and the results we anticipate from Evangelical Christendom. Various other other.

it. In no one point do we perceive more practical measures were passed, which 3d. But perhaps the most remarkable demonstrative evidence that the wisdom will be found in the authorized narrative. feature of the whole meeting, was the which cometh down from above guided The Conference closed on Friday. Satur- most unflinching and intrepid maintenance the meeting than in the fact that, while day was occupied by an aggregate of individual and denominational senti- all the members of the Evangelical meeting of the Committees, and about ment, combined with the largest toleration Alliance profess the principles contained three o'clock on Saturday afternoon, this of the diverse sentiments of others. in their confession of faith, they are left pentecostal assembly broke up in the There was no concealment of individual at the fullest liberty not only to hold but spirit which pervaded all its sittings. opinions, no concession of denominational to teach their individual and denomiHow we wish that all Christendom had peculiarities, no compromise of consci- national views on other matters. There been present at that apostolic Agapae entious principles. These were openly is no compromise, concession, or concealthat feast of love!

avowed on all sides, and yet there was ment. There is no forcing or fusing to- . Before we close this paper, purposely not only no jar, but the purest harmony. gether discordant materials. Each denomibrief and imperfect, there is a remark or It literally appeared as if we all had lost nation retains its own peculiarities within two which we must beg permission to our previous passions, and had all been its own pale; and yet, when it enters the offer. And Ist. We have already alluded transformed into the spirit of the apostle sacred precincts of the Evangelical Allito the devotional character of the meeting, who could rejoice, yea, and would re- ance it becomes Catholic. Beyond that but must repeat that this was one of its joice, if only Christ was glorified, whether hallowed circle a man may be a Presbygreatest charms. Every one felt that the by his instrumentality or by that of those terian, or Prelatist, or Congregationalist, Holy Ghost as a Spirit of brotherly love who opposed him. Statements, which at as he will, but within it, as within the as well as of truth, was in very deed pre- other times would have roused a tempest portals of heaven, he is a Christian, and sent with us. As Mr. James, of Birming- of discussion, were received with a smile only a Christian. Here Jew and Gentile ham said, in terms which elicited a of affection, just as a father kisses his are terms unknown. Christ is all, and in all, response from every one present, we contradictious child. Of a truth, the and only they are acknowledged who are needed not the visible evidence of the finger of God was visible in the meeting. in him, and only because they are in lambent flames of Pentecost to convince The leopard and the lamb did lie down him. us that the Spirit was in the midst of us; together, and the one was as meek and Of a truth uniformity, as

we have we felt it, and could no more doubt the as sportive as the other.

already said, never existed in the Church evidence of our own consciousness, than But what is all this to end in what is and never will,' and incorporation has we could the demonstration of our very to be the practical result of these Con- never been tried but it has ended dissepses. “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto ferences ? We fancy we hear some astrously whether for a time it existed in us, but to thy name be the praise and business-minded man exclaiming, -and semblance, or the very attempt issued in glory," was the repeated exclamation of we answer, although there were no other a wider and more hostile disunion. Our speaker after speaker.

result than what has already been principal ground of hope for the present 2d. The next most remarkable feature achieved, it is sufficiently glorious to attempt arises from the fact that incorpoof the meeting was the brotherly love that make the Liverpool meeting an epoch in ration has not been attempted, has not pervaded it, and knit together heart to heart the history of the Church. It has already even been once thought of. Honest men in a feeling of living and felt love and been demonstrated that the Church of who honestly differ on vital points never unity. Men who had never met, shook Christ is one, one in doctrine, one in can coalesce, and the union of knaves, hands and conversed together as if they heart, and that it needs only to bring the hypocrites, or Latitudinarians can never had been sworn brothers; and, more children of God together to make them be permanent. This is a truth which, remarkably still, men who had spent their recognise one another as brethren. It although self-evident, the world has been lives in controversy confessed their faults has been proved that should the occasion slow indeed to learn. The present indeed one to another, craved and obtained mu- arise we are all ready to hold our diversi- is the first instance in the history of the tual forgiveness, and sacrificed their ties in abeyance and unite together as one Church of an attempt at union without rivalry and jealousy on the altar of bro- man, striving together against the common concession, compromise, concealment, or therly love. In fact, there was such an foe for the faith of the Gospel. It has abeyance of principles. Many have been atmosphere of love pervading the assem- been proved that the allegations of Rome the attempts at incorporation. The bly, that one could not long breathe it, and Oxford and of the world that lieth in Council of Florence in 1441 attempted without partaking of its hallowing in- wickedness, regarding our irreconcileable to unite the

the Eastern and Western Hoence. For our own part we look on diversities and unappeasable antipathies Churches. Leibnitz and Bossuet atall who were present as really and truly are untrue, and that let the enemy assail tempted to reconcile the Lutherans and friends and brothers, and it is one of us calculating upon our disjointed and the Papists, and Wake and Du Pin the our most delightful anticipations of the disorganized array, and he will find us Churches of England and Rome; but, future, that we hope often to meet shoulder to shoulder, a sacramental band | as must have been anticipated, if all with the men whom we there learned to of brothers, linked together as an indis- parties were conscientious and sincere, love. It was in truth a penumbra of the soluble phalanx to fight the battles of the the attempts not only failed, but brought glory of heaven—a foreshadowing of the Lord. Our short-sighted bigoted friends the parties engaged in them into susblessedness of the millennial amity. And may undervalue the results of this Con- picion with their respective bodies. The when the aged Dr. Leifchild, with tears ference, but our sagacious enemies must Presbyterians and the Independents in of joy suffasing his patriarchal counte- appreciate its importance and apprehond 1692 formed in England woat was termed Dance, exclaimed, “ I could almost even accordingly.

the “ Happy Union,” but a most unhappy wish the term of my departure postponed, But is it intended, asks another, to form compromise it proved to the former, and

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