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to. Mr. J. B. Johnstone, in name of the station at Devizes, and that that duty session, asked i be Pruebytery to meet at St. should be entrusted to a special committee, Helens
on an early day to moderate in a as they did not think that it was one of call. The congregation, with aid from the those stations that at all came within the Home Mission Committee, was prepared category of the congrega ions that they to guarantee an adequate stipend. The were appointed to originate and foster. He Presbytery agreed to meet at St. Helens on then briefly referred to the circumstances the 11th ult. Mr. Mitchell to preach and under which the charge of this station bad preside. We understand it is Mr. Robert devolved on them, stating that it was solely Noble, of Muirkirk, who is to be called. with a view to the securing of the old enMr. Dickenson, in submitting the Wigan dowments which had been left there for Home Mission schedule to the consideration Presbyterian purposes that the Synod had of the Presbytery, ca led their attention to consented in April, 1865, to open the the fact that the Hewley Grant had not been stat on. The question as to the appropriamade to Wigan for some time. He did not tion of this endowment was still before the know whether the Presbytery could take law courts, and he understood that they al y steps to obt-in it. After some conver• were less likely to get these endowments ration on the subject of the He ley Charity, now tban they were eighte n months ago. Dr. Munro movt
ved, and Mr. J. B. Johnstone If these endowments were not obtained by se :onded, that the Clerk be instructed 10 this Church, Devizes could never be kept write to the trustees of he Hewley Charity, up even as a preaching station. That a king them to reco, si er the decisior. s'ation had cost the committee during the It was agr. ed to consider the remit from period that it had been in their hands the Synod on the Union question.
£66 184., besides $16 upon the furnishing PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.—The monthly of the place, for which they got the fittings meeting of this Presbytery was held on up of a very comfortable hall. Mr. Tuesday, July 10th, in Queen- quare Matheson then stated that members of the Hou:e. The Rev. Mr. Edmonds, Mode- committee had surveyed several localities rator. The Clerk stated that he had re- in and about London in order to ascertain ceived two communications from the Home their eligibility for planting congregations Mission Committee, the first agreeing to in them. He also stated that the Home give a grant of £25 to the Devizes congre- Mission Committee had met at Liverpool Aation, and the other stating that they sir ce the Presbytery's last meeting, and would in the case of the Guernsey con- that they were very desiroiis to co-operate gregation make £100 as the basis of the with the Presbytery's Church Extension grant, the arrangement to date from last Committee, and would work hand in hand January. Mr. Chalmers further stated with them in connection with all their that he had received a letter from Mr. stations, being prepared to give pound for David Maclagan resigning his seat in the pound exper ded upon new charges. Presbytery on acconnt of his having ac- PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND. cepted a situation in Edinburgh. The The quarterly meeting of this Presbytery Presbytery, on the suggestion of Mr. was held in St. James's Church, Alnwick, Chalmers and Dr. Hamilton, agreed to on the 10th of July, and was duly conexpress their regret at the loss they had stituted. After public worship, conducted sustained by Mr. Maclagan's removal, the by the retiring Moderator, the rell was latter remarking that it was very seldom called. Present: the Moderator (Rev. M. that even among their business wen in Edwards, M.A.), Revds. J. Anderson, London they found one whose services D.D., S. Cathcart, T. Robinson, D. S. were eo valuable as were those of Mr. Fergus, M.A., A. Forsyth, W. Barrie, J. Maclagan. He was so clear-headed, so Benvie, A. F. Douglas, J. Brown, J. A. public-spirited, and could express himself Craig, R. Davideon, and J. Blythe, A.M. 80 forcibly and eloquently, that he was the (Clerk). Reasons of absence from Messrs. very model of a business man; and as Hoy and Huie were read and sustained. such they had found him as Secretary of Elders' Commissions in favour of Mr. the Church Building and Debt Extinction Alex. Hindmarsh, from the session of Fund. The Rev. Mr. Tulloch, of Living - Branton; of Mr. William Linn, from ti e ston, and Rev. Mr. Masson, being present, session of Widdrington ; of Mr. Ralph they were associated with the Presbytery. Bugluss, from the session of Wooler ; and The Rev. Mr. Matheson verbally reported of Mr. William Bell, from the session of that the services had been carried on as Alnwick, were read and sustained, and their usual at Croydon s nce the last report bad names were added to the roll. Mr. Cathbeen given in. He also stated that the cart was chosen Moderator, and Mr. Blythe Presbytery's Church Extension Committee was elected Clerk, for the current year. were unanimously of opinion that they The Clerk laid on the table a communication should be relieved of the charge of the' from the Rex. J. C. Paterson, intimating
that, pursuant to the instructions of Synod, Lancashire, the Rev. David Henderson ; the Home Mission Committee will send for the congregation at Chester, Arthur deputies to visit all the congregations Dickson, Esq.; and for the session and within the bounds of the Presbycery as congregation at Dudley, Messrs. Houghton soon as we can receive them. The Pres- and Young. The Rev. Geo. Lewis apbytery, heartily sympathizing with the peared for himself. Thereafter, the several object contemplated by the proposed depu- parties in the case addressed the Presbytery, tation, are prepared to give them a most and having been removed, the Presbytery cordial welcome, provided they can accom- proceeded to adjudicate; whereupon it was modate themselves to the arrangements moved by the Rtv. P. R. Crole, seconded which the Presbytery, from their know- by Mr. Gilchrist, and agreed to :-" That ledge of the circumstances of their re- the Presby tery, having heard and duly &pective congregations, deem absolutely considered the reasons of translation and necessary to secure success to the mission, statements of parties in this case, especially Viz. :-That provision be made by the the frank expression of his views by Mr. Home Mission Committee for visiting the Lewis himself, do hereby agree to the several congregations on Sabbath days, translation of Mr. Lewis from Dudlıy which the Presbytery think might be to the congregation at Chester; and do easily accomplished by the Home Mission declare the congregation at Dad'ey to be in reasing the number of the deputies by vacant so soon as the induction at Chester drafting a supplement thereto from some of has been duly reported by the Lancashire the ne ghbouring Presbyteries. The Pres- Presbytery. This Presbytery, however, bytery also requested the Clerk to com-caonot part with a brother so much municate to Mr. Paterson their decided esteerned without expressing their sympathy conviction that, in matters affecting the with the congregation of Dndley in the loss fi lancial condition of their congregations, they must sustain by his removal, nor the parties most likely to influence the without testifying to the warm regard and minds of the people in increasing their admiration which they entertain for him, contributions, would be the lay members of their strong sense of the ab lity, diligence, the Church; and they trust that these will piety, and frithfulness which he has disforın a large por ion of the constituency of played throughout the course of his long the deputation. The Presbytery then pro- ministry, and their cordial desire and ceeded to appoint delegates to the several prayer that in his future field of labour boards of the Committees of the Church, God may continue to grant him a rich and when the Moderator, Mr. Cathcart, and abundant blessing.” Parties having b-en Mr. A. Hindmarsh (elder), were appointed recalled, the resolution of Presbytery was to represent them in the Committees in intimated by the Moderator, in which London; Mr. Fergus and Mr. Ralph findig the Comni-sioners acquiesced, and Buglass (elder), were appointed to repre- craved extracts, which were granted. sent them in the Home Mission Committee BERWICK PRESBYTERY.-This Court met in Lancashire. Dr. Anderson and Mr. at Berwickon Thursday, the 3rd of May, and Robinson were appointed to reprerent them was duls constituted by the Moderator, the at the Board of Examination. The Pres. Rev. William Dunn. Sederunt: Messrs. bytery resolved to take into consideration Fraser, Cant, Valence, McLean, Scott, and the remit on the College question, also the Dunn, ministers; Messrs. Gardner and subject of a Bursary Fund, and the remit Liley, elders. The minutes of last meeton the Union Committee, at next quarterly ing having been read and sustained, an meeting, which was appointed to be held El ters' Commission from the Kirk Session in St. James's Church, Alnwick, on the ot North Sunderland, in favour of Mr. Wil. second Tuesday in October, at eleven liam Matthew, was laid on the table, read, o'clock.
and eu-tained, and his name was added to PRESBYTERY OF BIRMINGHAM.-Call the roll. The Rev. Mr. Brown, Birdhope. TO THE Rev. GEO. LEWIS.-The Presbytery craig, being present, was associated. The Qi Birmingham met at Dudley on Thurs- ministers of Ancroft Moor, Berwick, Hornnay, the 5th July, aud was duly constituted. cliffe, Lowick, and Tweedmouth reported The Rev. Joon Crowe, of Honley, Mode that they had made collections for the rator pro tem. Inter alia, the Moderator Foreign Miesion, and it was having intimated that the Presbytery were mended that the congregations within the now prepared to proceed with the con- bounds not having made this collection 8.deration of the call from Chester, in should do so immediately. The Presbytery favour of the Rev. Geo. Lewis, as previously appointed the Rev. William Haigh correappointed, the edict giving intimation at sponding member of the Foreign Missions Dudley on Sabbath last was returned, duly Committee; Messrs. Valence and Haigh, attested. Parties were then called, when ministers, and Mr. Gardner, elder, memthere appeared for the Presbytery of mers of Commission of Synod. The Pres
bytery, having considered the instructions England, the cure for this was just to set of Synod to the Home Mission Committee about earnestly and vigorously to multiply to send de utations to visit the sessions our congregations and extend the cause of and congregations throughout the Church, Christ, a work which would afford abundant for the purpose of recomo ending increased opportunities for the labour and energy of liberality, and bringing before them the ail. The Rev. Mr. Dinwiddie then adCommittee's plans for securing a higher dressed the meeting in an able speech. minimum stipend, appointed Tuesday, the He dwelt much on the duty of personal 16th of October, and evenings following, work and individual efforts in the cause of for the purpose of rec iving the deputies, the Lord Jesus Christ, and made special being, as they believed, the best season for nuention of the China Mission, el quently securing the attendance of both elders and pleading its interests. He mentioned the people. A Home Mission Schedule from case of a lady—a member of his congreLowick was laid on the table, and examined. gation, who for four years past had bern The Presbytery being satisfied that the laying aside a portion of her income for amount stipulated by the office-bearers for missionary purposes, and whose preferences minister's stipend is as much as, in present inclined her to hold it, in the hope of the circumstances, can be raised, ordered the Church undertaking some mission work schedule to be attested. A conversation amongst the Jews, but whose heart had ou union with other churches occupied the been so strongly drawn out to feel an in• remainder of the time, and it was agreed terest in the Church's work in China, that that the consideration of this subject shall she had handed him the whole sum for bo resumed at next ordinary m-eting, that mission. Captain Peter, elder and appointed to be held at Berwick on the treasurer of the congregation, addressed first Tuisday of September next, at twelve the meeting on the state of its finance, o'clock at noon.
showing that this was satisfactory. The LIQUIDATION OF DEBT ON John Knox Rev. Dr. Hamilton then addressed the CHURCH, STEPNEY.--A social meeting of meeting, and was very warmly received by the members and friends of the above con- the audience. He said that as gregation was held on Wedne-day evening, friend of John Knox Church, having known the 27th June. Between three and four its whole history from its commencement, hundred persons took tea in the school. having himself preached the first rermon room adjoining the church. After tea they within its walls at its opening, and having adjourned into the church, which was filled, alwa, s telt an affection ite interest in its and the chair was taken by Hugh M. welfare, he greatly congratulated thein un Matheson, Esq., who presided wiih his the event which brought them together, a .d usual urban ty and ability. The meeting the completion of so good a work. Speakı g having been opened with proise and prayer, of the position and prospects of the cause offered by Mr. Edmonds, of Poplar, the in England, he expressed it as his conChairunan addressed the meeting in suitanle viction that some mod fication of the acci. and appropriate terms, dwelling especially dents of northern worship would be found and very touchigly on the duty and necessary in order to adapt it and make it privilege of entire self-consecration to God more generally accep able to the English in all tiat we have and are. Mr. Dundas, mind. This could be done without in the elder, followed, who narrated briefly and least affecting what was of the essence of clearly the resolution of the congregation Presbyterianism. He thought we needed three years ago to liquidate a mortgage debt to learn toleration, and not to put crotchets of £900: and how, aided by a few liberal in the place of principles, and illu trated friends of the Church outside to some his meaning by one or two amusing es: extent, and by the invaluable Synou's amples. He then spoke on the desirableChurch-building and Debt-extinction Fud, ness of union amongst Presbyterians, esperaised by the labours of Dr. Hamuton, cially in England; spoke of the affec ion they had now litted the mortgage, and, with he cheris. d for his United Presbyterian tho exception of £100 repayable to the brethren, of his joy at the progress the Synoa’s Fund, they had the satisfaction of Union question had made, and of his seeig their church free of debt. e then lervent hope that, by the Divine blessing, it dwelt briefly on the advantages of the might speedily be fully and wisely conPresbyterian system; and deprecated in summaled. The Riv. Andrew Blacs, strong terms the sad and undeniable fact United Presbyterian Church, Stratfor', that to many crossed the Tweed to desert fully endorsed all Dr. Hamilton had sai i the blue banner and forget the Courch of on the question of Union, and longed for their fathers. He further said that if, in its completion. He spoke of the mutual many instances, they looked on with cold friendship that existed between himself iudifference at the efforts being made to and Mr. Keedy, of their occasional ex• revive and extend the Presbyterian cause io change of pulpits, and cordial co-operation.
The R-v. W. Alexander, of Chelsea, Mode- Presbyterian Churches. It was a mighty rator of the English Presbyterian Synod, easy thing for them sitting in this fine rext addressed the meeting, expre-sing his house to talk reasonably, coolly, and philosincere affection for and in erest in all sophically about u vion, because they needed that concerned the welfare of John Knox not to care whether they were unired or Church. A vote of thanks to he Chairman not. But in England they were in a very for his kind and able conduct in the chair different position. They was moved by Mr. Keedy and carried by thousands of Israel, but it would require a required a strong Presbyterian Church to | Presbyterian Church in England to set counteract the Rationalistic and Romanistic congregations on foot in large towns in tendencies of the Church of England, England, and to support those congregawhich the Church authorities felt unable tions until they could stand upon their to check, and the State would not interfere own footing-had not been so successful as with. He then stated that much progress might have been desired. But he did not had been made by the English Presby. despair of that object being accomplished. terians in establishing congreyations It was in the hands of energetic promoters, throughout all England. The Presbyterian and he was hopeful that the movement Churches should bend their energies upon would yet be accomplished. With referEngland, as being the stronghold of in- ence to the question of union, he reciprofluence and power in the empire, and the cated the sentiments expressed hy the decentre of wealth and government. There putation, that if this union went on and was no finer field than England presented prospered, the closest possible alliance at the present day for the spread of the should be constituted between the PresbyPresbyterian system. He pointed to the terians of England and Scotlund, that they zal of the Church of Rome as an example might be virtually, if not formally, one to be followed in their efforts on behalf Church, though under distinct organizaof Evgland, and concluded by praying that tions and governments. And he did believe blessings might come upon them and their that in the event of the union movement highly-favoured land. (Loud applause.) going forward, even though it should lead Mr. Murray arked, What is the mi-sion to Unised Presbyterian brethren in Eng, of the Presbyterian Church in England ? land being separated from Scotland and Is it to attempt the conversion of that united to their English Presbyterian friends, grent country to Presbyterianism? No; they would be in that way able to exercise that is a romantic 'ancy worthy only of a an influence in England far greater than if Don Quixote. Is it to assault the Church they were a mere pendicle of the Church of of England, and seek her overthrow ? No; Scotland, which would be the case in a such a line of action would be most British Church. And some such plan as unwise, because it would be beating the was suyge-ted by the United Presbyterian air, and would bring on us weakness and Union Committee would give the benefit not strength. The function of our Church of the whole influence of Scottish Presby. is to take the oversight of the Presby. terianism in England. The motion having terians in England ; to cultivate its native bet n agreed to, the Moderator conveyed to Presbyterianism; to receive and crerish the deputation the thanks and well-wishes Presbyterian immigrants from other coun- of the Assembly. He congratulated the tries ; and to work our excellent system deputation on the vigour with which the 80 wisely and well, with such judgment, Presbyterians were carrying on their work and energy, and fairnère, that others who in England, and on the close affinity may look at us may see how good it would which existed between them and the Free be for them to join us. Having dwelt at Church of Scotland, who were glad to some length upon the religious tendencies welcome them and to aid them in every way of the day, he concluded by advocating they could in the magnificent work they union with other nonconforming Presby- were carrying on. terian bodies. Mr. Stevenson brought ENGLISH DEPUTATION TO THE IRISH under the notice of the Assembly tre PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.-The Clerk read arrangements made by the Young Men's the minute of the English Presbyterian Christian Association of London for the Synod, appointing the Rev. Thomas Alexintroduction of young immigrant Scotch- ander, minister at Chelsta, Moderator; the men to Presbyterian Churches and to Rev. J. T. C. Gullen, minister at Swansea, salutary influences. Dr. Candlish moved and Hugh M. Matheson, Feq., as the deputhe cordial thanks of the Assembly to the tation to the General Assembly of the Presdeputation, and supported the recom- byterian Church in Ireland. Mr. Magill, of mendation of Mr. Stevenson, that ministers Cork, introduced the deputation, and reof the Free Church should introduce to ferred to the interest with which the Irish the minis'ers of the English Presbyterian deputation had listened to the proceedings Church those young men who were leaving of the English Synod, at the last meeting Scotland for England. He next spoke of of that body. Mr. Alexander then briefly the advantages young men now had in addressed the Assembly. If in England going to Liverpool, Manchester, or other the Synod had such a numerous body as irge towns in England, to what were to the Irish Assembly, they would have had be found a few years ago. He regretted | (he said) reason to be proud; and he that the effort in respect of which the could not help reniem being the first gift of deputation came to Scotland a few months £800 which his Church in England received ago-namely, to raise a fuud to enable the at the hands of their Irish brethren, and
cclamation, as was also a vote of thanks to microscope to pick up the Presbyterian the ladies of the congregation, by whom Church in England. Hundreds of thousands the ter bad been provided, moved by the in England knew nothing about their existR’v. Mr. Fotheringham, of Tottenham. Aence. Eight out of every ten persons had collection was made during the evening no idea of Presbyterianism but that Dr. amounting to £15 133. 81., and this sum, Cumming was a Presbyterian. What they together with the proceeds from tickets, wanted, then, was visibility, and to be visible will yield to the funds of the church they wanted bulk. It was easy for the Church between £30 and £40.
here to argue about it, but in England they PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOLS, WOOLWICA. - must have it. They felt they would then The annual public examination of these be stronger to do the work required of schools, by a deputation from the Presby- them. The very fact of a union taking tery of London, took place on the 19th place between them and the Presbyterian June, in presence of a large number of Onurch in Scotland could not but attract vi:itors. The deputation consisted of the attention, and if they had the great big Rev. Dr. Lorimer and the Rev. W. heart of Presbyterianism throbbing and Ballantyne. The children belongiag tu pulsing behind them, they could not but these schools number nearly 400, and are effect a great work for good. He proceeded in the highest state of efficiency. The to show the great necessity which exi.ted specimens of drawings and needlework, to- in England for the spread of their doctrine .gether with the quickness and ability with and worship ; for, whatever difference which the qu-stions of the examiners were might exist among them here, there was answered, reflected the highest credit on hardly a single pulpit in the whole Mr. John Russell, head master, and the country from which th-re went any docother teachers of the schools. After the trine higher than that Christ died for a l classe, had been examined separately, all men, They would find that such a union the children were assembled in the boys' would have a reflex action. Popery was school-room, when an address was delivered spreading in England with a forc', u by W. Rutherford, Esq., LL.D., who occu- rapidity, a power, a continuity, and a perpied the chair. Dr. Lorimer and Mr. tinacity of action only those engaged in Ballantyne then delivered congra ulatory work in the streets and lanes of the great addresses to teachers and scholars, atter cities knew, and if Popery got rooted there, which prizes were given to the successful where would they in Scotland be? He ha i pupils of the last year.
often observed that, in the retributive proCARDIFF. - It will be seen from the ac- vidence of God, when people nezlovted count of the proceedings of the Lancashire their duty in one point, the effect was sure Presbytery, on another page, that the Rev. to come back upon them. Therefore, if Mr. Fordyce, of Dunse, having accepted they helped them they would just be the call to Cardiff, has been loosed from helping themselves. Mr. McCaw next adie his present charge by the Free Church dressed the Assembly, and thanked them Presbytery of Dunse.
for the collection which had been made on ENGLISH DEPUTATION TO THE FREE behalf of the work of Church Extension in CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.-Mr. Adam, of England. He pressed upon them the Aberdeen, who had attended, as a member desirability of supporting "he Home Misof a deputation from the Free Church, the sion in England, because it was to Scotch Eöglish Presbyteriun Syuod, introduced a people that that mission was chi fly serit, deputation from that Synod to the As- and he submitted that the Engli.h Presby. sembly, con-isting of Mr. Alexander, Mode- terian Church was doing the work of this rator of the Synod ; Mr. McCaw, of Man. Church, and that if they did not occupy tre chester; Mr. J. C. Murray, of Sjuth ground the Free Church would require to Shields ; Mr. W. K. Coubrough (elder), have had her English Mission, just as she Liverpool; and Mr. J. C. Stevenson (elder), had her colonial and other missions. He South Shields. Mr. Alexander first ad- therefore claimed their sympathy both in dressed the Assembly. He declared him- men and means, and asked the specia) self to be a thorough Free Churchman, and attention of the pro"alioners of the Free advocated with much earnestness the pro- Church to the excellent spheres of labour priety of a union between the non-endowed which there lay before them. England