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generations by various parties in Scotland eye of a returned missionary perhaps ; and and England, referred to the Propaganda it would be of great importance to have at Rome, where there were 120 students missionaries with their wives and families speaking almost all the languages on earth. accommodated with rooms in the institute; Dr. Duif, in explaining the neces-ity for their experience would be of the greatest sich an institution for Protestant mis- use to the young men. (Applause.). If sionaries, said that in going to India, thirty this system were carried out, I would have or forty years ago, it was impossible to provision for bome missions as well as meet any body to tell anything worth know- foreign. Mr. M'Coll, Mr. Tasker, Mr, ing about the missionary aspects of the Wilson, Fountainbridge, and others, might country. His own difficulties in this way come and lecture to students or others were prodigious; and it had suguested to not students, and imbue them with the him that if an ager:cy were established at spirit of home missionary enterprise. Men home to prepare young men for the work, returned from missions to the Jews, to the it would be a mighty achievement. He had colonies, from Italy and the continent of often brought th.8 subject before leading Europe, rould tell their experience. Then men in the Church already, but it was the ex officio head of this institute would thought the time had not come. There naturally be the Professor of Evangelistic were in this country now returned mis- Theoloxy. The professor would be consionaries and military and civil officers nected with our principal college, but he from India, who bad made acquaintance could go periodically to others. Dr, Duff with one or other of the languages spoken then spoke of the pecuniary difficulty, for in that continent. He believed that in the new professorship must be endowed. Edinburgh at this moment they might get After some preliminary remarks on this almost every one of the leading languages point, he said- A few persons have been of India taught gratuitously to young men applied to privately, and as the result of willing to go to the mission-field. And correspondence and private interviews, I what an advantage and encouragement it am in circumstances, this night, to make would be for a young man to be able to an announcement to this Assembly. Last speak to a native of India, from the first year the subject was brought before the day he set foot in that land! Dr. Duff Assembly, and handed over to a joint-comwent on to show that it required young mittee of the Home nd Foreign Com. men of superior talents to go out as mis- mittee, with the Professors and College sionaries to India. He further explained Committee. They met to, ether and dethe
way in which the proposed missionary liberat d, and came to the final coclusion or erangelistic professorship would work. that they could unanimously recommend The courses of lectures should bring out to the Assembly to instirute such a chair. prominently the duty of the Church to The recommendation is before the House carry out Christ's last command, to go into this night. And in order to let the House all the world and preach the Gospel to know our present position, I am warranted every creature. The professor would also to make the announcement in the name of take out the sub-tance of the voluminous some fourteen or fifteen gentlemen, several missionary literature, giving sketches of of them-indeed, I believe, the major part the history of missions, and describing the of them, not members of the Free Church idolatrous systems and supersti'ions of the of Scotland at all-I am authorized in their heathen world. And while, perhaps, not name to say this, that if the General more than one out of twenty students Assembly see its way to the insii'ution of might give themselves to the mission work, this Chair of Evangelistic Theology, they the rest, being instructed on the subject, are willing at once to come down with would take more interest in it, and would £10,000 for a permanent endowment. communicate that interest to their people (Great applause.) This Free Church of and stimulate their liberality. But, in Scotland has had many compliments paid regard to those who might have a mind to to it, but I do not know whether any go forth, something additional was needed. greater compliment than this was ever paid A special training was essential, and it is to it. It is not every day, that £10,000 will on this accout I always felt there ought to drop as if from the clouds on the General be a missionary institute, apart altogether Assembly; and the meaning of it is thisfrom the College Professorship, the design some of these gentlemen have been in Lodia, of which would be this, to have a building, and have noticed the wants I have hinted and in it a hall for lectures ; rooms in at. They felt the importance of the object, which various studies might be carried on; and they said—We are not members of languages, mythologies, manners, habits, your Church, but we know it through your and customs studied. There should be missions; we have confidence in your misroms in which students, candidates for the sions, and in the Church which has such mission field, may lodg , trained under the miss ons ; we have confidence in the
orthodoxy of your Church, and we have not awake to our duty here. People ask some guarantee for the permanency of that why it is that there is a spiritual decay and orthodoxy in these changeable times. death among us. There are many causes, (Hear, hear.) We have such confidence in but I hold this to be one of them ; for if your Church and in your missions, that we this is the command of the Saviour, and we are ready unconditionally to place at your practically neglect it, how can we expect disposal the sum of £10,000. (Cheers.) his blessing? Read the history of the If there be a Church under the sun that Church for 1800 years. Whenever it was a ought to come forward on a subject like missionary Church it flourished, but when. this, and hail the opportunity of having ever it neglected the command of the such a professorehip, it is the Free Church Saviour it runk down into apathy, and of Scotland. For three centuries the gendered all descriptions of heresy. There Church of Scotland has fought many of is a vital connection between these two the noblest batiles of the faith. The things—the practical mainten-nce and exGenerel Assembly of the Church of Scot- tension of this doctrine over the whole land is the most characteristic institution world, and the vitality of spiritual existence of Scotland, far more so than all our in the Church itself. Rise, then, to the Parliaments and Courts of Session. I height, the might, the dignity and glory of believe the history of the leading Acts of setting an example in this to all Christenthe General Assembly of the Church of dom. If this professorship and institute Scotland would be one of the mo-t noble be established, it will be a inodel to all the histories of the world. The historian of Churches of Christendom, for nothing of the Westminster Assembly slepps, alas, the same kind is established in Europe or with his fathers ; but we have still among America. You will take the lead in the us the historian of the Ten Years' Conflict Christian Churches, and in the evangelisa-(cheers) and in his latter days, if he tion of the world. And in another aspect would turn his attention to the doings of of it, how glorious to think that when we the General Assembly for 300 years, I are apt to be overwhelmed by deluges of think it would be an epic poem, if written Colensoism, Mauriceism, and Stanleyism, as he could write it. (Cheers.) I say, and isms nearer home, the practical answer then, this Assembly is the very Assembly of this Church is this,- We believe in the to take up this subject. Let me remind Bible as Divine; we believe in its plenary you of the object of the Ten Years' Con- inspiration as an absolute revelation from flict. The grand and central doctrine, for God; and we agree to establish this prothe maintenance of wbich the Disruption fessorship to rear up young men, who at took place, was the supreme heartsluip of home and abroad shall proclaim these Onrist in his Church, and over all things truths over the face of the whole earth.' for his Church—and therefore his king-|(Cheers.)" ship over the nations—sole King and Governor among the nations. Now, then, is not this Free Church of Scotland bound
VALEDICTORY SERVICE, to maintain its own doctrine practically by A SERVICE was held in Regent Square carrying out the last command of the Church (Rev. Dr. Hamilton's) on the Saviour_Go ye into all the world, and evening of Tuesday, July 10th, for the preach the Gospel to every creature'--the purpose of taking farewell of the Rev. meaning of which is—'I am King and David Masson, and of commending him to Governor among the nations, but the the care of the Lord. Besides the nations are in rebellion against me; go, devotioral exercises, there were also short Then, in my name, and quell this rebellion, addresses by the Rev. Thomas Alexander, and with the sword of the Spirit in your Moderator of the Synod, who presided, the hand, cease not from the contest till you Rev. Dr. Roberts, and one or two othir
· subjection.' I entreat you to lay this to Mr. Alexander, in his remarks, said it
heart. We are on our trial at this gave him great pleasure to appear there as mument; our credit, our honour, our con- the representative of the English Pressistency are on trial. Nothing has 80 byterian Synod. He enforced the duty astonished me in this country as this, that that devolved on the followers of the while this doctrine is avowed, so little is Saviour to remember their missionary done for giving ic practical effect over all brethren in prayer, collectively and inthe worla. To-night you have heard that dividually. some who hold this doctrine show the Dr. Roberts, in his address, said that amount of their obedience to their Saviour every art and science bad special features King by giving half-a-fart hing annually for to commend it; and applying this remark t'eex'ension of it among the nations. God to the cause of Christian missions, he obwill have a controversy with us if we do served that it had special glories of its
There was first the grandeur of the was to select a few disciples, in order to mitive by which the missionary was make i hem acquainted with the principles actuated, and which prompted him to of the founders, but they had no idea of enter on the arduous undertaking. Many their general dissenuination. With Christ left home from avowedly interested motives. and his apostles it was, however, different ; Some went to distant countries for the for their message was for all. The third sake of seeing the world - some in search peculiar glory of missions was the effect of knowledge, as did Pythagoras. Many pro luced, and in treating of it he referred in the present day faced all dangers and to the wonderful and beneficial changes difficulties in order to add to their know- which had been effected by the preaching ledge of different countries. Some went of the Gospel. After bringing all these forth for the sake of worldly aggrandirement, considerations to bear on the object they and many for the pleasure of travelling, had in view, Dr. Roberts conclu ied by asbut the roissionary had a nobler object in suring their young friend, to take farewell view. They might have seen the ships of of whom they had now assembled, that he all climes sailing down some mighty river, Inight be sustained by the thought that each with its distinctive features. The there were many in this country in whose missionary ship had, however, a peculiar prayers he would be remembered. glory of its own, and in gazing upon it Mr. Masson delivered a brief address on they could not but feel that those on board the efficacy of prayer, and its importance
actuated by purely benevolent to the upholding of a missionary's hands, motives. It was surely good to be asso- and was followed by Dr. Hamilton, who ciated with an enterprise in which they introduced to the meeting the Rev. Dr. found pure ben-vulence and the love of Stuart, of Virginia, and the Rev. Dr. God the ruling principles. The second pe- Moore, of Richmond,
esteemed culiar glory of the missionary work was American brethren. Both of these gentlethe nature of the message which the mis- men took part in the devotional exerci-es, siouary had to convey. The ancient sects as did also the Rev. Mr. Cnalmer3. The never sought to propagate their doctrines meeting was of a deeply solemnizing and by preaching. Their course of procedure interesting character.
The annual collection in aid of the Synod School Fund is appointed to be made on the 19th instant, being the third Sunday of the month.
This department of the Church's affairs occupied a large measure of attention at the late meeting of Synod, and various suggestions of the Committee for the improvement of the administration of the fund were adopted. One important effect of these, it is hoped, will be to give special encouragement and stimulus to those schools which afford to our youth the means of obtaining the elements of a classical education, and which are thus qualified to become feeders to our college and ministry.
The following statistics in reference to the Day Schools connected with the Church were laid before the Synod :Total number of Day Schools
55 Ditto of Schools receiving aid from Government
34 Ditto of Schools receiving Grants from School Committee Ditto of Schools aided by Committee but unaided by Government
12 Ditto of Certificated Teachers, male and female ...
36 Ditto of Children attending Schools (not including North Shields and Sunderland Schools)
5,256 Tutal amount of Government aid reported as received during the past year
£1,295 14 6 Ditto of Grants of School Committee in 1865
£248 10 0
These statistics, while in many respects encouraging, are the best of all proofs how much room there is still left for progress in the Church's educational efforts. The number of our schools is still only the half of the number of our churches ; and even of these there is still a considerable proportion of schools which are disqualified for participating in the Government Grants. To remove in all cases such disqualifications by the erection of better school-houses and the appointment of certificated teachers, is an object of great importance, which can only be attained by the aid of this Committee ; and such aid the Committee can only continue to give if supported by the steady and growing liberality of the Church.
In name of the Committee,
PETER LORIMER, Convener. P.S.-Collections and Donations to be sent to the Treasurer, John Johnston, Esq., 67, New Bond Street, London, W.
DR. WILLIAMS' LITERARY AND THEOLOGICAL
To the Editor of the English Presbyterian Messenger. SIR, -At the request of the College Euclid, first 3 Books. Committee, I beg you to give a place in Greek Testament, Luke's Gospel. your columns to the following information Xenophon's Anabasis, 1st Book. regarding Dr. Williams' Scholarships. Homer's Iliad, first 4 Books.
If ministers and elders, and others interested in our College, would kindly bring It will be necessary that each candidate it under the notice of students conten- should, at least a week before the day of plating the ministry in the English Presby- examination, send to the Secretary a certiterian Church, they might do good service. ficate proving that he is a native of South
Britain, and at least sixteen years of age ; Yours truly,
that he should produce sufficient testimonials WILLIAM BALLANTYNE. as to his moral character, and that he should | London, July 20th, 1866.
satisfy the Trustees of his wish to be
educated for the ministry amongst the ProI.
testant Dissenters of South Britain, and that he has not graduated in any University. According to the terms of the founder's will,
the preference will be given to sons of poor Dr. Williams' Trustees give notice that Presbyterian ministers equally qualified. there will be six vacant Scholarships in the University of Glasgow for the next session.
II. Candidates are required to present themselves in the Library, 8, Queen Square,
DIVINITY SCHOLARSHIPS. Bloomsbury, London, on Wednesday, the 3rd day of October next, at ten o'clock
These Scholarships are open to such precisely, for the purpose of being examined students as shall have taken the degree of in the following course of study, with a M.A. in one of the Scottish, or of B.A. in view to ascertain their comparative merits, one of the English Universities, or in the and to assign the vacant Scholarships to
University of Dublin. those who may evince the greatest pro- ficates of moral and religious character, and
Candidates are required to produce certificiency :
testimonials as to general attainments, aud Livy, 1st Book
to declare their decided wish and intention Cicero Senectute,
to pursue their studies during two years Virgil's Georgics.
with an especial view to the Protestant Horace's Odes, 1st Book.
Dissenting Ministry in such School of Latin Composition.
Theology as the Trustees shall select or A 'ithmetic, Algebra, including simple approve. Equations.
Dr. Williams' Trustees give notice that three Scholarships of £31 10s. per annum History, Geography, and Antiquities of the each will be awarded after the examination Old and New Testament. of the candidates in the following authors Paley's Natural Theology. and subjects :
Latin and English Composition. Homer.
The examiners will have a due regard to Xenophon (the Memorabilia).
the candidates' power of speaking clearly Medea (Euripides).
and reading with a just emphasis. Algebra.
The examination will be chiefly in writing, Plane and Solid Geometry.
and will be held in the Library, 8, Queen Conic Sections.
Square, Bloomsbury, London, on Wednes. Horace.
day, the 3rd day of October next, and on Virgil.
the following day, commencing at tæn o'clock Cicero de naturâ Deorum,
a.m. precisely. The Agricola and De Moribus.
Candidates are requested to send their Germanorum of Tacitus.
applications, with the certificates and testiWha eley's Logic.
monials above referred to, to Mr. Samuel Greek, Roman, and English History. Cotton, 9, Tokenhouse Yard, London, at Locke on the Human Understanding. least a week before the day of examination.
PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE. - The a very capable man-the fit man for Cardiff. Pre-bytery of Lancashire of the English It was agreed that Mr. Fordyce should be Presbyterian Church met at Manchester on inducted on the 1st of August. Mr. J. M. Tuesday, the 3rd_ult., the_Rev. J. M. Ross to preach and preside, Mr. Bullock Ross, Moderator. The Rev. J. C. Paterson to address the minister, and Mr. W. K. said the reinit from the Synod, anent the Moon to address the people. Mr. Henadmission of students to the study of derson reported that the call at Chester theology, had not been received. It was had been moderated in. Mr. Lewis, of manifestly inadvisable in these circum- Dudley, was the minister elect. The Birstances to proceed with the discussion of mingham Presbytery would in a week or the motion of which he had given notice, ten days give a decision in the case, and, as and, with the leave of the Presbytery, he it was obviously for the good of the Church would defer it until next meeting. His and the comfort of all the parties conrequest was agreed to. The title-deeds of cerned, he thought the Presbytery should Trinity, Manchester, and St. Andrew's, m-et on an early day to hear the report of Bolton (Church property), were harded in their commissioners, and take what action to be deposited in the Presbytery's safe. that report might make necessary. It was Dr. Munro said that perhaps he might at agreed to meet in hunc effectum at this stage be allowed to report that the Liverpool, on the 17th inst.
Mr. Gordon committee of which he was Convener had wished to call the attention of the Pres. not been able, as instructed, to arrange and bytery to the action of the School Comdocquet the papers deposited with them for mittee with regard to Wharton and Swinsafe custody. He promised to use all toa Schools. In their report to the diligence to have it done. He was exceed- Synod they -said their claims were still ingly anxious that all the deeds of the pro- under consideration; but though nearly perty of the Church should, and with as three months had passed, he had not heard little delay as possible, be in the keeping of a word on the subject, and he was afraid the Presbytery. No statement of the neces. the grants were to be with held. This was sity for this could be tuo absolute. For a very great hardship, aud might issue in years he had laboured to accomplish it, ani the extinction of one of the schools. It he was not without hope that they would might not be a first-class school, but it was at last. The Clerk was instructed to write very necessary for the good of the congreto the sessions who had not deposited their gation, and they were taking steps to imtitle-deeds, reminding them of the in- prove the building and the teaching. Mr. junction of the Presbytery. Mr. James J. M. Ross said it was very unwise on Paterson re, orted that the Presbytery of the part of the School Committee to withDundee and Chirnside had loosed Mr. hold their grants, and in the circumstances Fordyce from his present charge, and in a great hardship to the teahcers. Mr. stru ted him to wait the orders of the M Caw agreed with Mr. Ross, and moved Presbytery. He was greatly gratified at that the čierk be instructed to write to the the prospect of Mr. Fordyce's Bettlement School Committee, strongly recommending umong them. He believed that he was that the usual grant for the past year be likely to do a good work there, that he was made to these schools. This was agreed