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Letters, containing such information, be paid by those persons who write or send them.

N. B. The Letters that relate to the tation of the Preachers, should be sent so as to be at the place of Conference the week be.' fore the time appointed for the Meeting thereof. 'It was judged expedient to bring forward into the view of the Preachers and People, some of our Rules, which are either fora gotten or overlooked, particularly the following:

1. “Let no Anthems be introduced into our Chapels, (unless: on extraordinary occasions and with the consent of the Alliftant) because they cannot be properly called joint' worship. Also we agree with our late Rev. Father, that our own Tunes hhould be learned and sung in preference to others, as in these the whole congregation, can in general join." Minutes 1782.

“ Do not suffer ihe people to fing too slow. This naturally tends to Formaliiy, and is brought in by them who have either very strong or very weak voices. Let the women constantly fing their parts alone. Let no man fing with them, unless he under Stands the Notes, and sings the Bass, as it is pricked down in the book. Let no Organ be placed any where, till proposed in the Conference. Recommend our Tune book every: where : and if you cannot fing yourself, chuse'a person or two in each place to pitch the tune for you. Exhort every one in the Congregation to fing; not one in ten only. . If a Preacher be present, let no, Singer give out the words." . Large Minutes p. 27.

2. « Let nó Preacher ·go out to supper or be from home, if poflible, after nine o'clock." Minutes 1789. . 3. “Let us preach expressly, now and then, on Sabbath-breaking, evil speaking, unprofitable conversation, lightness, expenfiveness or gaiety of apparel, and contracting debts without due care to discharge them. Read in every Society the Sermon on evil speaking. Let the Leaders closely examine and exhort every person to put away the accursed thing. .Let' the Preacher warn, every Society that none who is guilty herein cap remain with us," Large Minutes p. 14.

It appears from the state of the Accounts relating to the Preach. ers Fund, now laid before us, that the amount, (if in our hands, or in any of the Funds, from whence regular intereft is paid) would have been fix thousand pounds. But this whole fum (except about £70) is all expended in the payment of Mr. Welę ley's debts, and in carrying on the work before and since his death. . :

THOMAS TAYLOR, President. SAMUEL BRADBURN, Secretary,

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The Life of Mr. WILLIAM GUTHRIE,

Minister of the Gospel. M R, GUTHRIE was born at Pitfrothy in the shire of Angus,

V in 1620.' He was the eldest son of the laird of Pitfrothy. The Lord was pleased to bless his parents with a numerous offspring: they had three daughters and four fons, who were all (except one) remarkable for piety; and each of them had a large Thare in the perfecutions and oppressions of that age, on account of their religious principles.. | Mr. Guthrie foon gave proof of his 'capacity and genius, by.' the extraordinary progress which he made in the Latin and Greek languages. He was sent to the universiiy of St. Andrews, where he studied philosopby under the memorable Mr. James Gutbrie, his coulin, who was afterwards minister of Sterling, and was puba licly executed at Edinburgh for his nunconformity : He died full of faith and the love of God.,;

The master and scholar, being near relations, the latter became the peculiar care of his cousin, and lodged in the same chamber with him : and had the principles of learning instilled into his mind with the greatest accuracy. ..::

Having taken the degree of Master of Arts, Mr. Guthrie apa plied himself, for some years, to the study of divinity, under the direction of Mr. Samuel Rutherford, who was made the happy instrument, in the hand of the Lord, of his conversion; and was the first fruits of that good man's pious labours in St. An. drews. Mr. Guthrie being awakened to a sense of his loft and ruined state by nature, he laboured for some time under very painful conviétions; but the Lord mercifully vified him, and blessed him with a clear manifestation of his pardoning love, so ihat be greatly rejoiced in the God of his falvation.

After this happy change, Mr. Guthrie resolved to obey the call of God, and to serve him in preaching the gospel : And that he might not be encumbered with temporal things, but be at full li. berty to devote himself to the work of the ministry, he gave up his eftate to one of his brothers. Being licensed to preach, he left St. Andrew's, with the approbation of the professors in that university. Mr. Guthrie was appointed tutor to the eldest son of the Earl of Loudon : In this lituation he continued, till he ena tered upon a parochial charge.

Mr. Guthrie happening to preach at Galiton, on a preparation,
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day before the celebration of the Lord's-supper, and several of the inhabitants of Fenwick, near Kilmarnoch being there, they were greatly edified by his sermons, and conceived such a value for him, that they were determined to make choice of him for their minister ; in consequence of which, they gave him a call, which he accepted of. He preached within the walls of the church before it was finished, and was ordained to the sacred office on Nov. 7, 1644. He had many difficulties and dif couragements to struggle with at the fird, yet through the divine blessing, the word preached had surprizing success, and became in an eminent degree, the wisdom and the power of God, to the salvation of many souls. · When he first came to his parish, many of the people were so rude and barbarous, that they never attended upon divine worship, and did not so much as even know the face of their minifter. To these persons, every thing which related to religion was difagreea ble, and many of them refused to be vifited or catechized by him ; neither would they admit him into their houfes. - However he sometimes went in the evening, under the character of a tra. veller, and asked for lodging with them, which frequently was not granted him without much intreaty : but having obtained this permission, he endeavoured to engage their attention by fome eniertaining conversation, and then asked them, How they liked their minister ? When they told him, that they did not go to church, he would persuade them to go for once and make a trial : Others he hired with money to go. When the time for family worship came, he asked them if they had any ? and if not, what reason they could give for neglecting it. There was one person in particular that he visited, whom he requested to perform 'family worship, but the map plainly told him, that he could not pray. Mr. Guthrie asked him, What was his reason? He repli. ed, “I never have prayed in all my life, and I cannot pray now." However he would not take this for an answer, but trongly in. lifted upon the poor man's going to prayer, just then and there, with his family. Upon this the man prayed thus, " O Lord, thou knowest that this man will have me to pray, but thou knowest that I cannot pray". Mr. Guthrie said, “ You have done enough;" and then prayed himself, to the no small surprize of the family. When prayer was over, the woman whispered to her husband, “ Surely this is a minifter." For although they were his parishioners, they did not so much as know him. In the conclum lion, he engaged them to go to church next Lord's-day, and see how they could like their minifter. They did so, and to their astonihment found that he was the very person whom they had entertained as a stranger. By this means they became his constant hearers, and through the mercy of God, were brought to expe. rience the riches of his grace in their own souls, and brought forth fruit to his glory.

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