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be wished, and it reflects much credit on those who have had charge of its publication. It has now been in the hands of many of our readers for more than two months, and sure we are that all who have carefully perused its precious pages, will agree with us in pronouncing it a very valuable memorial of one who was in an eminent degree “faithful and beloved,” and whose memory will long continue fragrant in the Church he loved so well and served so loyally.
The Proclamation of Banns in Scotland, its origin, history, and present position.
By Rev. Wm. Ewen, B.D., minister of Kinning Park Church, Glasgow.
William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh : Price one shilling. The Bible in the Furnace. A review of Prof. W. R. Smith's Article “Bible”
in the Encyclopædia Britannica. By the Rev. C. J. Whitmore, London.
Edinburgh : Maclaren and Macpiven. The Gospels Prior in Point of Time to the Epistles, and therefore not the Products
of a Post-Apostolic period. By the Rev. Robert Williamson, Ascog, Rothesay. Edinburgh : James Gemmell.
We are sorry we have not space to take up these pamphlets separately, treating as they do of interesting and important subjects. All that can be done, is to say that we have read them with much satisfaction, and can honestly recommend them to those, and they are many, who take an interest in the questions with which they deal.
DROMORE MANSE. — It is now three years since the Synod, io answer to a memorial on the matter, encouraged the congregation of Dromore to attempt the erection of a Manse, and recommended their case to the liberality of the Church. Thus encouraged, steps were at once taken towards its erectionthough not without fears of ultimate success. After several disappointments with regard to a site, ove very suitable in every way, measuring half an acre for manse and garden, was obtained from the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, London, through the kind offices of Captain Stronge, J.P., agent for their Irish estates. It is granted on a Lease of 99 years at
mere nominal rent; compensation having been paid to the Tenant off whose farm it was taken. On this site has been erected a plain but substantial, comfortable, and commodious Manse of eight apartments, (with suitable offices,) according to plans and specifications prepared gratuitously by a friend in Ayr, which has now beeu occupied for a year by ihe minister of the congregation.
The appeal made for assistance in this good work has been most cordially responded to, not only by friends within the Original Secession Church, but also by many, and with no stinted measure, in other denominations. The outside contributions have come from members of all sections of the Presby. terian Church, from Episcopalians, Independents, Evangelical Unionists, Plymouth Brethren, and the Society of Friends—some of the most liberal contributions coming from quarters the most unexpected. The cases were extremely rare—though there were a few-in which application was made to any in our own denomination in vain. And these were at least counterbalanced by friends both within and without the body, who sent liberal contributions spontaneously
The building Committee think it due to their many kind contributors to submit through the Magazine the subjoined abstract of their Manse Fund, from which it will be seen that their income has met their expenditure in full, thus enabling the Manse to be erected free of debt-a result beyond their most sanguine expectations. Their income has been :
From Dromore Congregation,
£90 13 0
From Friends in Ireland.
£35 1 0
92 3 6
From Friends in Scotland. In Glasgow,
£110 2 6 Ayr,...
34 8 6 Kirkintilloch,
26 11 0 Carluke,
23 16 0 Stranraer,
17 16 0 Edinburgh,
17 15 0 Perth,
16 13 0 Arbroath,
13 10 0 Dundee,
12 0 0 » Kilwinning (including 103 from Saltcoats), 10 5 Ö Aberdeen,
10 1 0
8 6 0 Pollokshaws,
5 11 0 » Shottsburn,
2 5.8 Kirkcaldy, ...
2 2 6 » Carnonstie, ...
2 0 0 From Friends in England. In London,
£11 1 0 „ Liverpool, per Captain M Murtry,
6 10 0 ,, Manchester,
2 2 0
313 3 2
19 13 0
From Friends in America.
In Philadelphia, , Tennessee,
£3 0 0
Less Expenses of Collection,
£503 16 6
This sum has enabled them, carefully guarding against all unnecessary expenditure, to pay all claims incurred in erecting the Manse as these fell due. It has been thus expended :
£390 5 6
Contractor's Account, including Extras,
places by Contractor,
27 2 0 17 7 0 32 5 0 24 10 6 12 6 6
£503 16 6
Whilst it would occupy too much space to give the names of the Contributors, the following analysis of the subscriptions so far as can be done, apart from the congregational ones, may be interesting. 4 Friends Subscribed
£10 00 each. 8
5 0 0 4
3 0 0 1 friend
2 10 0 9 friends
2 2 0 each 24
2 0 0 3
1 10 0 16
1 1 0 161
1 0 0 I friend
0 12 6 1
0 10 6 106 friends
0 10 0 each
0 7 6 4
0 6 0 43
0 5 0 1
0 0 1
0 3 6 8 friends
0 2 6 each 1 friend
0 2 0 1
0 1 0
402 Subscribers in all. There are several things still which it is very desirable to have done to the Manse property, which will only cost a few additional pounds; and it is hoped that these things also will be got done ere long. The Congregation, Session, and Minister, whilst grateful to the Great Head of the Church for granting to so many friends the ability and willingness to help in erecting the Manse, desire also to express to them their warmest thanks for the subscriptions which they have given, and the assistance which a number of them have otherwise rendered. Their prayer is that none who have lent their aid may fare the worse in temporal or spiritual things on this aceount, but may rather be blessed the more thereby, ever and increasingly knowing in their sweet experience that “there is that scattereth and yet increaseth, and that “it is more blessed to give than to receive."
POLLOKSHAWS.—The annual Social meeting of the Pollokshaws Congregation was held on the evening of Thursday, the 8th March, and was attended by a a large number of the members and adherents. The chair was occupied by the Rev. William B. Gardiner. After fartaking of tea the chairman delivered an address on “Sensationalism,” and noticed the changes that had occurred during the year, and the additions that had been made to the roll of membership. He also referred to the encouraging attendance of young people in connection with the Bible-classes, and the large number of teachers and scholars attending the Sabbath School. Mr. Thomas M'Farlane, treasurer, presented a very cheering financial statement, which was to the effect that the revenue from seat-rents amounted to about £140, while the church-door collections had averaged about £3 5s. each Sabbath. An allowance of £40 was now granted to the minister for house-rent. Altogether the finances were in a very
Aourishing condition, and spoke well for the liberality of the people. Mr. Robert Wilkie submitted an encouraging report of the Young Men's Sabbath Morning Fellowship Meeting, which had been organized during the year, and was proving very beneficial to the young men. Stirring addresses were subsequently delivered by the Rev. John M*Kay, Bridgeton, on “Popish Plots ;” by the Rev. Thomas Hobart, M.A., Carluke, on “ Recent attacks on the Con. fession of Faith ;” and by the Rev. Alex. J. Yuill, Hutchesontown, on ** Things Essential to Congregational Prosperity.” The singing class, under the leadership of Mr. Arbuckle, rendered three pieces of music in an admirable way The customary votes of thanks were proposed by Messrs. Sproull, Mitchell, and Kyle, elders, after which the meeting was closed by the Rev. Mr. Yuill pronouncing the benediction.
Glasgow-Call.–At a meeting of the Bridgeton Original Secession Congregation, held on the 11th April,
a unanimous call was given to the Rev. John M'Kay to become their pastor. The Rev. William B. Gardiner preached and presided on the occasion. At a meeting of the Glasgow Presbytery held on the 12th April, the call was sustaioed, presented, and cordially accepted by Mr. M.Kay, and his induction fixed to take place on Tuesday, the 1st May. The Rev. Alex. J. Yuill was appointed to preach, the Rev. John Ritchie to induct, and the Rev. Andrew Miller to address pastor and people on the occasion.
A DREADFUL PRAYER MEETING. SOME prayer-meetings are spoken of as animated, or interesting, or affecting. But the one now in question must have some stronger dame. It has not yet been held, yet we know what its character shall be. It may be some time before it takes place, but it will certainly occur ; and every one of my readers is personally interested in having some acquaintance with it beforehand. The account of it may be found in the sixth chapter of Revelation:-“And they said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb." This is the prayer that will be offered.
There will be a great multitude at that prayer meeting. Many prayer-meetings are thin-very thin-few are present. Not so the one before us. All that have ever treated the Lamb of God unworthily, and persisted in it—all who have neglected the great salvation-will be present. Millions have done this, millions more will do it. They will all be at the meeting.
Distinguished persons will be present. Those who ride upon the high places of the earth usually have little or nothing to do with prayer-meetings. They think themselves ahove such things. They leave such meetings for the poor, the unlearned, the low in life. But they will come to this meeting. We bave express mention of this:-"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the mighty men, said, 'Fall on us &c. They may never have been in a meeting where there was prayer before. But they cannot stay away from this.
There will be great emotion in that prayer-meeting. There will be strong crying and tears. There will be shrieks and howlings then. There will be weeping and wailing, such as might melt the adamant. It will not be dull, and drowsy, and formal. There will be feeling, the deepest feeling. Those who could not bear the very name of religious excitment once, will then be the most strongly excited of all
. Ah, they must have the most terrible emotions when they are led to ask the rocks and mountains to fall on them. How dreadfal must be the sight of Him that sitteth on the throne, and the Lamb, when the fear of them inspires such a prayer as this.
They will all pray. Some prayer-meetings have but two or three, a few at the most, that take any part in them. The mass often take little or no decided interest in the object of the meeting. Not so of this meeting. The record runs, that not only the great men above-mentione shall pray, but "every boniman, and every freeman.” And then the nature of the object before them decides that at will pray, viz., -God on His throne of judgment, and the
Lamb in His wrath! The whole assembly being inspired with the same terrible emotions of dread, will be constrained to offer the same prayer.
And what a prayer! It is not addressed to God or to the Lamb. They never received any spiritual homage from the nultitude present at this meeting. They so ill-treated the blessed God, and carried it to such desperate length, that they now despair, as they well may, of any mercy. Hence the dreadful prayer
They would have anything but an interview with God. “Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne.” They beg to be crushed beneath the mountains, rather than meet the frowning face of God! They choose the rocks sbould fall on them and grind them to powder, rather than ncounter the wrath of the Lamb. To what desperate misery must men be driven when they can implore so dreadful a curse upon themselves !
The attendants upon this meeting are all from this world :-—"The kings of the earth,” &c. We have Divine assurance that all who persist in treating Christ unworthily, are on their way to this meeting. The multitudes who are now doing this think little of this matter; yet every day spent in sin is hastening them toward it. Most of them have little to do with prayer-meetings in this world, and none of them have anything to do with the spiritual service of God. They refrain from prayer now, but they will pray at this meeting. God's character and claims had few thoughts here, but there will be po want of emotion in view of them there.
Reader, are you on your way to this meeting? You bope not. But it is your manner of life, and not your hopes that determines this. If you have little or nothing to do with prayer in this world—if no domestic or secret altar is fragrant with the incense of your daily supplications—if you are now averse to drawing nigh to God, you are certainly on your way to this awful meeting. If you do not pray here, you assuredly will there.
Be persuaded to avoid that meeting. There will be enough there without you. " Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is Acquaint thyself now with him, and be at
peace." Let the blessed duty of prayer be your joy here from day to day. 'Love it. Watch unto it. Persevere in it. In faith and humility carry it on. Let nothing but death stop you.
Then, while others pray for the rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne, you will sing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and has redeemed me ine to God by His blood”!--Old Tract.
MARY SITTING AT THE FEET OF JESUS.
O for such love as Mary bore,
When placed at Jesus' feet!
Look'd half so bright as now.
For earth let others toil; God saith,
Her's was the better part;
To Him-the God of love!