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hope that are in them. Never, we are persuaded, were the following words of warning, taken from the concluding paragraphs of his excellent little volume, more needed than now :
"Christians ought to beware of giving op in the smallest degree the inspiration of the Bible. That precious deposit is now delivered to their keeping as the first portio of it was committed to the Jews. The Jews were constituted the 'witnesses' of Jehovah until the time arrived when, in His sovereign pleasure, He appointed other 'wiinesses.'
Having now become the depositaries of the wbole volume of inspiration, let Christians regard it with the same unshaken fidelity with which before being completed, • The words which the Lord of Hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets' (Zech. vii. 7-12), were preserved by the Jews. Let them not weaken, by vain reasonings, the impression produced upon their minils by the testimony of the Bible itself concerning its full inspiration in every part, nor substitute for it a book wbich, in their imagination, is only partially inspired-which contains sometimes the words of God, and sometimes the words of men, who spake not as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, but who were only preserved from error, or who wrote as any other plain and faithful men might do.' By such sentiments the offspring of philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ, has the Bible been degraded, and its high title to the designation of the oracles of God' made void. In opposition to these heretical opinions, be they ancient or modern, let every disciple of him whose command it is to search the Scriptures' regard it as a faithful saying, and not liable to doubtful interpretations, that 'ALL Scripture is given by ivspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, ior reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that. the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.'
The Martyr Graves of Scotland: Being the travels of a country minister in his own
country. Second series. By the Rev. John H. Thomson, Eaglesbam. Edin
burgh : Johostone, Hunter, & Co., 1877. By those at least who have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with the First Series—and we trust by many more besides-this Second Series of the "Martyr Graves of Scotland” will be cordially welcomed. Like its predecessor, the volume before us cannot but be fraught with deep interest to all by whom the memory of our martyred forefathers is revered, and their “ faithful contendings” gratefully admired, and who realize the fact that we are now reaping in peace what they sowed in tears and wrestlings and blood. To no fewer than thirty-three different localities, where lies precious martyr dust, does our indefatigable pedestrian author here conduct us, and in his usual easy, unpretentious style, well suited to the subject, he tells us the thrilling, and heart-rending stories of the lives these noble men lived and the deaths they died. Among the localities visited are Cupar, Magus Moor, St. Andrews, Dunnottar, Kirk of Shotts, Hamilton, Lanark, Paisley, Ayr, Barrhill, Colmonell, Old Cumnock, South Queensferry, and Blackness. Like the former volume, this one is also adorned with a goodly number of neat Wood-cut illustrations of notable places and buildings. And we may add that the respected publishers have done it ample justice, so that its outward appearance is attractive as well as its contents.
In his Preface Mr. Thomson informs us that his first volume contained an account of visits to twenty-two graves, that this one contains thirty-five, and that so far as he knows there remains forty-seven yet to be noticed the names of the forty-seven martyrs being given. Before he leaves his travels he wishes to visit every such spot in the land, and he will be glad to be informed if he has overlooked any. For what he has done Mr. Thomson certainly deserves the warmest acknowledgments, and we
rejoice to know that so many as four thousand copies of his first volume were disposed of within a few weeks after its publication. We trust the present volume will be equally successful, and that its author will be encouraged and enabled to overtake all he desires, and that the public will soon be favoured with a third, and if necessary a fourth, volume from his ready pen.
The Christian Treasury: a family miscellany. Elited by Rev. H. Bonar, D.D.
Jav uary-August, 1877. Edinburgh : Johnstone, Hunter, & Co., WE regret that it has not been in our power to notice the present year's issues of this valuable periodical until now. For thirty-three years the Christian Treasury has maintained its place among the serial religious literature of the day, and the like, we believe, can be said of few similiar publications. During that long period how many monthlies" have appeared and disappeared and are forgotten. And not only has the Treasury existed so long, but in respect of the high character of its contents it may be said to have remained unchanged. Of how few such periodicals again could this be affirmed. How many have gradually fallen away from the comparatively high standard with which they set out, until they have, in almost every thing but the name, ceased to be what they once were. Considering the number and variety of new publications that have recently come upon the field and appealed to popular favour, it is hardly to be wondered at that, as we are informed, the number of original subscribers to the Christian Treasury is now considerably reduced. But though not surprising, this is to be regretted, for this sterling tried periodical is certainly much more worthy of being supported by the Christian public, than many of its competitors which have reached very large circulations chiefly through pandering to the prevailing taste for sensational fiction. Of the serial-story element there is extremely little in this Treasury, which in our estimation is a recommendation and not a fault, while what there is of it is of a good kind. The staple contents are high-class papers, original and selected, on doctrinal and practical religious subjects, the perusal of which is fitted both to inform the mind and improve the heart of the reader. It is also rich in short portions for the aged and for the young ; in gems
from old authors well chosen ; and in religious poetry for the quality of which the Editor's name is a sufficient guarantee. We have very much pleasure in heartily recommending this excellent periodical. If any of our readers should wish a monthly magazine for Sabbath family reading, either in addition to what they are getting or in room of another, they could not do better than order the Christian Treasury. The price is sixpence monthly, or in weekly parts at a penny. The yearly volumes can be had at 6s 6d each.
Notes on the Psalm Book, especially on the Scotch Metrical Version. By Hugh
Barclay, Perth. Wm. Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. 1877. Every becoming effort to commend the inspired Psalter to the devout study and admiration of men, and especially of the young, in these days of growing sentimentalism in religious worship, ought to be thankfully hailed by all who love the “ Songs of Zion” and who are grieved to see them so much supplanted in the service of praise in the Sanctuary. Such an effort we have in this bulky pamphlet from the pen of the venerable Sheriff-substitute of Perth, who, it is well known, has done not a little through the press and in other ways to promote the moral and religious welfare of the rising generation. These Notes, we are informed, origin
ally appeared in the Magazine published in Glasgow for the Young Men's Christian Association, and were designed for popular reading by the young. We are glad they have been reproduced in this form, and would rejoice to hear of them being widely circulated.
The pamphlet, which is divided into a number of parts, varying much in length, is not at all in the way of exposition, but deals in the earlier portions, with such topics as the "history” of the Psalter, the divisions, the “authors,” the “ titles &c., while in the latter parts there is given a most interesting account of the “English and Scotch metrical versions.' It may thus be looked upon as a sort of popular “introduction” to the study of the Psalm-Book, full of useful information conveyed in a simple and pleasing manner. It affords us no little pleasure to see that Dr. Barclay does not favour the substitution of human hymns for the divinely given Psalms in the worship of God, but the reverse.
It is thus we find him expressing himself on the subject :
“ The Christian Church, from its earliest dawn, held Psalmody to be an important part of divine worship. Paul enjoins the Colossians to “teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.' We fear, however, that an unwarrantable use has been made of this passage to authorise an iodescriminate use of human poesy. The Hebrew scholar will detect that this technical threefold division applies to the Book of Psalms, which is a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. In like manner the apostle James writes to the Christian Church, ‘Is any among you afflicted ? let him pray. Is any one mèrry ? let him sing psalms." Had there been bymns and spiritual songs in these days, as there are now, often set to secular tunes, verily the merry would have been directed to them, instead of the stately measured psalms. There is no evidence, but the reverse, that at the time of the apostle there was any other collection of
sacred psalms but the Psalter.”
An Examination of Articles by Professor Smith in the “Encyclopaedia Britannica," the Erpositor" and the “ British Quarterly Review," in relation to the Truth, Inspiration, and Authority of the Holy Scriptures. By a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. (Gemmell, Edinburgh.)
The Bible on the Rock : A letter to Principal Rainy, on his Speech in the Free Church Commission, and on Professor W. R..mith's articles in the Encyclopædia Britannica. By the Author of “The Sabbath on the Rock.” (Gemmell, Edinburgh.)
The Confession on the Rock : A Complaint against Rev. Fergus Ferguson, for holding and teaching erroneous doctrine, with notes. By the author of "The Bible on the Rock," &c. ; (Gemmell, Edinburgh.)
Creeds and Consistency: A lecture to young men. By James Begg, D.D. (Gemmell, Edinburgh.)
Without Wavering: A lecture by the Rev. Thomas Smith, D.D. Edinburgh. (Gemmell, Edinburgh.)
4 Defence of the Doctrines of the Confession impugned by the Rev. D. Macrae, F. Ferguson, and others. By John Calvin, Jun. (Thomas Smith & Co., Glasgow.)
The Westminster Doctrine of the Inspiration of Scripture. By Hugh Martin, D.D. (Maclaren & Macniven, Edinburgh.)
Seasonable Truths concerning the Confession of Faith, the Word of God, and the Testimony of Christ's Witnesses. By the late Rev. M. Murray, D.D. Glasgow. (Robert Anderson, Glasgow.)
“ The Groaning and Deliverance of the Creatures of God.” A Sermon on the Sin og Cruelty to Animals, preacted by James E. Walker, B.A., minister of the Gospel, in aid of the Cheltei ham Ladies' Society for the Protection of Animals, (J. New, 371 High Street, Cbeltenbam.)
These pamphlets, bearing on the controverted questions of the day, are all admirable, and will repay repeated careful perusal. Our regret is that we have not space to notice them separately and a few of them at some length. We must rest content with giving them a general cordial recommendation, without committing ourselves to everything they contain, and without putting one above another, each having its own peculiar excellence. If men are not enlightened on subjects of present controversy, it is certainly not for lack of publications on both sides of questions at issue.
For the sake of some of our readers who will be specially interested in the matter, we would refer, in a sentence, to the sermon by Mr Walker. It is well known that our esteeemed brother takes a very deep interest in the subject which forms the theme of his discourse ; and he has here treated it in a way well fitted to stir our righteous indignation at the frightful barbarities so wantonly practised on God's creatures, and to enlist our warmest sympathies and prayerful aid in behalf of the cause for which he so earnestly pleads.
New ORIGINAL SECESSION Church BEDFORD STREET, GLASGOW.-- The Hutchesontown Congregation at present worshipping in the Cumberland Hall, Surrey Street, has now commenced the erection of their Church in Bedford Street. The building, which will have every convenience, is estimated to cost about £ 1800. Towards this amount the congregation, which is a new one and consequently a small one, has by energy and perseverance raised nearly £650, but this, of course, leaves a large balance yet to be obtained. The congregation therefore begs to appeal for contributions to the friends of Scotland's Covenanted Cause, and likewise to all who sympathise with Seceders in maintaining the principles held by the Church of Scotland in Reformation times.
Subscriptions will be thankfully acknowledged by the Rev. Alexander J. Yuill, 7 Renton Terrace, Crosshill, Glasgow; Robert Paton, 105 South Portland Street; Robert Wilson, 89 Eglinton Street, and John B. King, 68 West Regent Street, Glasgow.
CLOSE OF THE HALL.—The Hall was closed on the 31st July last. Besides the Professors and Students, the Rev. Messrs. J. Robertson, J. Ritchie, Hobart, M.Kay, Gardiner, T. Robertson, Yuill, Morton, and Millar, ministers, with Messrs. W. Howie, H. Howie, Lyon, and King, elders, were present at the closing services. The professors gave in very favourable reports of the students. The session, to all of them, was cordially sustained. It was reported that Mr. Speirs was to be licensed that day, and that Mr. Hutchison would be ready for license in a few weeks. The thanks of the Committee were given to Mrs. Rettie, Aberdeen, for so handsomely and generously paying for the additional Book-case required for Mr. Rettie's Books, and to Mr. William Howie for his kindness and attention in obtaining and placing the Book-cases in their places in the Library Rooms. It was agreed that the usual competition for Bursaries should take place at the usual time and in the usual place--16 Douglas Street, Glasgow. Closed with prayer by Mr. Millar.
AYR PRESBYTERY.-At a meeting of this Presbytery, held on the 31st July, in Douglas Street, Glasgow, at the close of the Hall, Mr William Spiers, Student of Divinity, who had formerly given in all his trials, which had been cordially sustained, was licensed as a preacher of the gospel.
PERTH AND ABERDEEN PRESBYTERY.- At a meeting of this Presbytery, held on the 24th July, at Perth, the call addressed by the congregation in Edinburgh to the Rev. Peter M‘Vicar, Coupar-Angus, was considered. After the Commissioners were heard, and Mr. M‘Vicar had stated his mind to the effect that he did not see it to be his duty to accept the call, it was resolved that he be continued in his present charge.
HOME AND FOREIGN MISSION OPERATIONS-1876-77. The following list contains the rames of Box-holders and Collectors in various parts of the Church, who contributed for the benefit of our Home and Foreigo Mission operations during the past year. The sun of L 50 9s. 6d. was realised by means of the Boxes for missionary work at home, and the amount collected in Scotland aod Ireland for the Orphanage was L.136 Os, 7d. The Box-s have again been sent out to receive the free-will offerings of our people in aid of the Home Mission work that is being carried on under the sunction and superintendence of the Synod. It is hoped that a generous response will be given to this r-newed appeal for help to prosecuto this much-needed atd very important work. The Collecting-Cards have also been distributed for the purpose of enlisting the aid of the young in behalf of the Orphans, and it is believed that our young friends wili display their usual kindness and energy in raising money for the we fare of the childreu who have been providentia ly placed under our care. Should there be any difficulty in obtaining either Box or Card, app'ication should be made to the R-v. Alexauder Stirling, O. S, Manse, Arbroath, who will gladly supply them.
LIST OF Box-HOLDERS AND COLLECTORS,
0 2 6 Per Mr Jas. Youngson. Henry Gibb,
Miss Mary Adam
0 Mary Gibb,
3 0 For Home Missions.
son, Burnside, 0 10 6 Mrs J. M‘Leod, 0 3 41 Miss J. Fiddler, Mrs Esson, L.1 11 6
Wm. M'Kechnie, 0 2 6 South Side, 1 4 0 Mr J. Yourgson, 0 5 0
Mrs Jas Morton, 0 0 10 Miss Robina JohnSabbath Evening
Mrs John Peden, 0 5 3 stone, Warwick, 15 6 Class,
0 8 4
Mrs Wm. Peden, 0 5 0
0 39 7 Cards, L.9 2 10 3 Boxes, L.2 4 10
Jane Smith, 0 2 6
1 0 10
Per Miss Forrest. Per Mr John Duncan, Mrs R. Stewart, 0 2 93
ForOrphanage. For Home Missions. George Temple
0 2 7
Alex, Allan, L.1 2 0 Eliz. Campbell, L.0 4 3 Mrs Jas. Temple
Lizzie Allan, 0 5 1 Mary A. Find ay, 0 2 0
0 4 0
Jane Cadzow, David Fiulaysun,
0 4 0 Mrs Terras,
0 5 0 Mary Cadzow, Junior, 0 4 6
0 4 3
William Cadzow, 0 7 7 A Friend,
0 1 0 Hannah Jack,
0 7 6
Jane Cooner, 4 4 Maggie Ann
0 3 Littlejohn, 0 5 0
0 3 Bella M Kay, 0 5 8 Per Mr William Taylor,
Thomas Forrest, 0 2 6 John Middleton, O 3 7
For Catechist 1875-76. James Gilchrist, 0 12 4 Job Nicol, 0 2
Miss Milligan 1.0 14 3 Daniel Hamilton, 0 14 1 James Petrie 0 11 0
Miss M‘Derment, 0 9 4 George Hamilton, 0 14 5 Jane Apn Reid, 0 Miss Jessie
Mary Hamilton, 05 4 Ann Smith,
1 1 10 Robert Hamilton, 1 3 9 Jemima Smi h, 0 8
Mr A Ritchie, 0 14 9 Maggie Leiper, 1 7 0 Mrs Soutar,
Jane and Maggie
0 8 0 14 Boxes, L.3 2 3
Taylor, 0 17 0 Elizabeth M'Far-
0 2 3 Isabell. Ander
Taylor, 0 17 0 Amelia Morton, 05 9 LO 4 0 Mr Thos. Taylor, 0 2 6 Agnes Morgan, 0 2 6 Eliz. Campb-11, 0 5 0 Miss B. Wilson, 0 16 6 William Paterson,0 39 John Duncan,
3 4 0 Miss M. Wilsou, 0 8 6 George Ralston, 0 6 7 David Findlay, 0 1 6
Thomas Shirlaw, 0 5 10 Alex. Lyall. 0 5 0 10 Cards, L.6 9 5 George Middleton,
23 Cards, L.9 14 10 Juvior, 0 11 6
VII. CARNOUSTIE. 7 Cards,
Per Mr David Smith,
For Home Missions. Total, L.7 18 3
L.1 10 0 Jane Anderson L0 4 5
Jag, and Betsy
0 Per Mr Alexa' der Clark.
2 3 Fusbarside, 0 10 7 Minuie Hill,
0 3 For Home Missions. Miss Mary Folster,
James Loriner, 0 Mrs A. Clark, L.0 11 0 North Side, 2 09
or eso no worer
Carry forward, L.0 110 Carry forward, 1.6 2 10
Carry forward, L.1 7 5