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which led, after a good deal of talk, to a much pleasure, in the name of the Assimilar contribution from the Free Church. sembly, in thanking the members of the He could tell the Assembly that England deputation for the interesting addresses was a splendid field for missions, and the which they had delivered that evening. Roman Catholics appeared to thoroughly In trese times of apostasy and defection understand this, and were making immense with Popery on the march, and Poseyism progress both within and wi' hout the under nining the Church of England -it Established Church of that land. Infidelity was something to know that there is no was also spreading to a fearful extent, and disguised Popery in Presbyterian ranks, he regretted to say that Presbyterians who nor deeds of Popery on the standards of left this country and entered England had this Church. His brethren of the English no Presbyterian Churches to enter in many Presbyterian Church had a noble missi n places, and were therefore picked up by the before them, and this Assembly wished Independents and other Churches. He them God speed. (Applause.) concluded by expressing the deep interest which his brethren in England took in the prosperity of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Mr. H. M. Matheson, elder, next addressed the Assembly. The deputation MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. had (he said) taken the deepest in erest in the several debates which they had heard at WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. the meeting of the Assembly, and especially The receipts for the year are
as folin what they had heard in connection with lows-Home, £101,549 78. 3d. ; Foreig its missionary labours in India. The £32 510 125. 11d.; from Jubilee Fund, English Synod had also a missionary in £11,825 ; making a total of receipts of that di-tant part of the world. In China £145,885 0s. 2d. The home receipts exthey had missionaries whose labours had hibit an increase of £3,934 over those of been greatly blessed; but they found the the previous year. The expenditure has same difficulty as this Assembly in pro- been £143,707 83. 9d., leaving a balance of cur ng labourers for a field that was ripe £2,177 11s. 5d. The contributions refor their exertions. With respect to the ceived for the Jubilee Fund up to the condition of the Presbyterian Courih in present time have been £137,000. Among England, the Synod was doing all it cou'd the donations were £5,000 by Miss Neald; to increase Church Extension, and to spread T. E. E., £2,070; and the King of Hola knowledge of Jesus Christ throughout the land, £116 133. 4d, for the St. Martin's and land. (Applause.) Mr. Gull-n also ad- the St. Esutatius Missions, We«t Indies. dressed the Assembly, and, in doing so Another donation was that of £1,000 for observed that the Moderator of the Irish Italy, left at the door of the Society's house Presbyterian Church was the first to break a few days since in an envelope by a ground for Presbyterianism in Wales, and gentleman who did not give his name. he had to thank him for the able and The missions now under the direction of eloquent manner in which he had conducted the Committee in Europe, India, China, the opening services of his own Church at Africa, the West Indies, Australia, Canada, Swansea. The Enyli-h Presbyterian Church France, Ireland, &c., number 661, with was largely doing the work of this Assembly 4 800 chapels or preaching places, 981 end of the Free Church ; for a great many ministers and assistant missionaries, 1,383 persons came to England, especially belong; catechists, interpreters, and teachers, ing to the army, from both Scotland and 17,854 u paid agents, or Sabbath-school Ireland. Within his own knowledge, about teachers, 145,081 church-members, 13 227 twenty persons of this class belonging to on trial for membership, 152,284 day and the Presbyterian Cnurch lately arrive i in Sabbath-school scholars, and eight printing his locality, where they had no Church ac- establishments. Since the last annual meetcommodation, and they were thus thrown ing twenty-six missionaries and fourteen among other communions with whom tey wives of missionaries had been sent out by had no sympathy. They had found that the S ciety to France, Germany, India, wherever à Pre-byterian Church W18 Africa, West Indies, Australia, and Caplanted in England they had found these nada, and seven missionaries had been men rallying round it, and that encouraged removed by death, including the Rev. Mr. him to call upon the Assembly of the Pres- Draper, who perished in the London at byterian Church in Ireland for its sym- sea. There have been also five wives of pathy and support. (Hear, hear.) On missionaries deceased. The reading of the the motion of Mr. Hansen (Kingstown), Report occupied upwards of one hour, seconded by Mr. Dodd (Newry), a cordial after which the meeting wis addressed by vote of thanks was given to the deputation. a great number of leading Wesleyan After which, the Moderator said he had miuisters.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.-From Free grants of tracts had been given to the Report it appeared that the total ordi- 827 applicants, value £1,635, and 630 nary income amounted to £146,208 4s. 9d.; applicants had received grants of tracts at and the expenditure to £144,558 178. 4d., half-price to the value of £853. Grants leaving a surplus of £1,649 4. 5d. Th- had also been made to the Paris Tract local funds raised in the missions and Society and Sunday School Union, to the expended there upon the operations of the Toulouse Book Society, and to the Genevan Society, but independently of the general and Belgian Evangelical Societies, amountfund, were not included in the foregoing ing to £982, exclusive of £900 paid figures, and amounted to about £20,000. towards the debt of the Paris Tract The Society has at present 148 missionary Society. Grants had also been made to
tract stations, 278 clergymen, 21 European lay- various
societies in Germany, men, 9 Europran female teachers (exclusive Holland, Russia, Sweden, Italy, and other of missionaries' wives), and 2 122 native countries, to the value of £2,460 ; also to and country-born catechists and teachers India, Ceylon, China, the West Indies,
North of all classes, none sent from home. The Australia, Africa, and British number of communicants in 1860 were
America, to the value of £2,830.
The 19,828 ; in 1861, 21,064 ; in 1862, 21,261; and publications, amounts to £14,575
total value of the grants in money, paper, in 1863, 18,110; in 1864, 18,124; and in 1865, 14,155. The returns of the New 7s. 2d. The total receipts for the year Zealand Mission had not been received, in
amount to £107,255 8s. 5d., and the total account of the disturbed state of that balance of £1,370 '188. Of these receipts
payments to £105,884 10s. 5d., leaving a country.
only £9,379 were benevolent contributions, BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.- and £957 legacies. The total circulation The Report stated that the receip's for the of the Society's publications for the year year ending March 31st, 1866, exhibit an had been 46,000,000. increase over those of the preceding year in LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. - The ulinoet every item, with the exception of Report states that the number of misleoncies, in which there is a diminution of sionaries is 185, of whom 27 are connected £23,470 13s. 7d. The sum applicable to with the mission in Polynesia, 23 in the the general purposes of the Society has West Indies, 41 in South Africa, 20 in amounted to £80 525 128. 10d. ; and the China, 62 in India, and 12 in Madagascar. amount received for Bibles and Testa- The number of students is 37, 10 of ments has been £81,303 28. 5d., being whom are completing the last year of their £2,913 10s. 9d. more than in the preceding training at the Society's institute, Highyear. The total receipts from the ordi- gate. In the course of a few months nury sources of income have amounted to additional missionaries will proceed £161,828 152. 3d. To this must be added to India, 2 to China, and i to South the sum of £605 148. 8d. received for the Africa. The income for ordinary purposes China Fund; £16 2s. 5d. for the Special for the year 1865-6 is £58,506 15s. 7d. ; Fund for India; ond £8,924 178. 10d. for special objects, £83,141 78. 7d. ; expenfurther contributions in aid of the Build- diture, £106,788 158. 11d. Towards ing Fund; making a grand total of meeting the deficiency in the income as £171,375 1os. 2d. The ordinary payments 128. 9d. The directors are now carrying
with expenditure, £25,170 have amounted to £176,157 Os. 11d., and the payments on account of the special out important extensions in India, China,
and Madagascar. From the additions fund to £6,254 28. 6d., making the total
already made and contemplated to the expenditure of the year amount £182,402 38. 58., being £12,658 98.7d. of the coming year will be in excess of the
number of missionaries, the expenditure more than in the preceding year. The Society is under engagements to the extent of churches and the friends of the Society
past, and the directors entreat the pastors of £109,121 58. 7d. The issues of the to pay increased attention to the efficiency Society for the year are as follows:- From of the organization, an addition of £10,000 the depôt at home, 1,471,044 copies ; from
per annum to the present income of the depô's abroad, 825,086 copies ; total, Society being necessary to sustain its 2,296,130 copies. The total issues of the
present operations. The triumphs of Society now amount to 50,215,709 copies.
Christianity were described as having RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.-Dr. Davis, been more marked in the islands of the secretary, read the report, from which Polynesia than in any other part of it appeared that during the past year the the world. In order to show the exSociety had published 60 new tracts, 17 ertions of the missionaries on the books for adults, and 24 books for children, island of Upolu-one of the Polynesian independent of the regular issue of its group-it was shown that the Coiton five illustrated periodicals, including the Supply Association would, by-and-bye, Leisure Hour and the Sunday at Home. get plenty of the raw material, the
Samoans all becoming cotton planters. IRISH PRESBYTERIAN HALL.-The Irish The merchants were giving them every Presbyterians are at present concerting encouragement; and it was estimated that measures for the erection of a large hall in they would add 1,000 bales a-year to their Belfast, in which the meetings of the General usual coa-nut oil and other exports. Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church DEATH OF ROBERT PAUL, Esq.—This
may be held.
Dr. Edgar, we observe from well-known and highly esteemed elder of a letter in the Belfast Banner, is of opinion the Free Church, died at his country resi- that the ladies who have taken the matter in dence Edinburgh, on Monday, July hand will require to raise from £17,000 to 16ih.
£18,000 to meet the costs.
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Hatices of Books.
The Common Salvation, and other Dis- are marked by more than average excellence.
By the late Rev. Adam Tiey are the fruit of earnest, thoughtful FORMAN, Leven, Fife. London: J. labour, and stamp the deceased preacher as Nisbet & Co,
man of God" " throughly furnished." These sermons, though posthumous and They exhibit little imagination, but they not intended for publication by the writer, show a broad grasp of the truth, and
much power in stating and enforcing it, powerfully expressed. The picture of while they are pervaded by a fine Christian Christ's life, with which it presents us, is spirit. Throughout the book there are very beautifully wrought out, and contrasts many eloquent passages and some views of favourably with many similar attempts the truth very striking for their lofi iness that have of late been pres-ed on the notice and beauty. The memoir which precedes of the reading publ c. We trust it will the discourses is from the pen of the Rev. have a large circulation. C. L C. Tulloch, Livingston, and, thongb
Louis Napoleon the Destined Monarch of it is very brief, gives us a very high appre
the World, foreshown in Prophecy, fc. ciation of the character of Mr. Forman,
By the Rev. M. BAXTER. London: Wil.. both as a man and as a minister.
liam Macintosh. The Royal Rights of the Lord Jesus. By The title of this book reveals sufficiently
WM. LEASK, D.D. London: S. W. its character, and the aim of its author. Partridge.
Nothing more need be said. No one, however widely his views on | certain points may differ from those of Dr. Leask, can read this book honestly without deriving benefit from it. It is one
SERIALS. of the ablest expositions of the pre
orel CHRISTIAN WORK and EVANGELICAL millennial theory as applied to the present
CHRISTENDOM are very similar in character, times that we have seen. The author has
and take a front rank among religious thought out his subject with great care, and
| magazines in point of interest and utility. expresses himself with clearness and often
The July number of each is excellent, and with beauty and force; and not the least
particularly good is the Monthly Survey of excellence of his work is the fine spiritual
Home and Foreign Work in the latter. tone which pervades it from beginning to
| The SUNDAY MAGAZINE (Dr. Guthrie) for end.
July has many able and interesting papers, A Chronological Synopsis of the Four
numbering amongst its contributors Dr. Gospels. By H. GRENVILLE. London:
| Raleigh, Dr. Hanna, Dr. Blaikie, Dr. Rigg, John Russell Smith.
| Mr. Tristram, Mr. Charteris, Mr. Haweis,
and the Editor. OUR OWN FIRESIDE The object of this work is "to show (Rev. C. Bullock) sustains its character as that on a minute critical analysis, the an exceilent magazine for the Christian writings of the four Evangelists contain po family. THE GARDENER'S MAGAZINE contradictions.” It is another added to (Shirley Hibberd's) is full of varied and the many harmonies of the Gospels which useful writing on its own special subjects. already exist. The plan adopted is good THE IMPERIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY (Dr. and well carried out, and the reader will Fairbairn) has reached its 23rd Part, and derive great assistance from the “notes ” will be found worthy of the reputation of at the end. We highly recommend the its distinguished Editor, and of its pub. book to Bible Students.
lishers. The CLASS AND THE DESK The Life and the Light.
(Sangster & Co.), Part II., is a useful A Sermon
manual for Sunday-school teachers. HADES, preached on behalf of the Wesleyan Mis.
OR THE INVISIBLE WORLD (Simpkin, Marsionary Society. By the Rev. HENRY
shall, & Co.) is the second of a series of tracts ALLON. London: Jackson, Wal ord, & Hodder.
designed for thoughtful Chri-tian ; though
ably written, it is open to di-putation. OLD We cannot speak too highly of this JONATHAN we recommend as heartily as sermon. It is full of fine Christian thought ever.
BY THE REV. H. M. DOUGLAS, KIRKCALDY.
anything to weaken in men the sense of this obligation, inflicts upon them a cruel injury; for the ideas of law, duty, guilt, penalty, justice, and atonement, are closely related, and even involve each other. They rise into prominence, or they sink into obscurity together. Obscurity or confusion in our idea of any one of them, spreads like wildfire to our ideas of all the rest; and any feebleness in our conviction of the reality of any one of them, enfeebles our conviction of the reality of all the rest. To confuse a man's conception of divine law and weaken his sense of its obligation, is to confuse his conception of the value and necessity of Christ's atonement, and impair his sense of his own personal need of it. The Church of Christ is under an obligation to respect moral law additional to that which rests upon other men. Her members have received blessings from the Lawgiver which other men have not shared, and they have received a lesson which has not been taught to other men, of the inviolable sacredness of divine 'law, of the baseness as well as misery of transgression, and of the greatness and blessedness of obedience. They have learned this from the life, but especially from the death of the incarnate Son of God. The cross of Christ teaches more clearly and emphatically than any words can declare, that God will neither break his law himself, nor suffer it to be broken with impunity by others; for it shows that rather than do this, he will suffer the punishmeni himself.
The question, however, which is under discussion, is not that of the obligation of moral law upon men generally, or in particular upon the Church, but of the continued obligation of that specific code of law which was promulgated from Mount Sinai in the hearing of the Israelites—the Decalogue.
There are two ways in which the continued authority of the Decalogue is generally endeavoured to be established. The one is from the character of the contents of the Decalogue, the other from the statements made in Scripture regarding it. Of these in succession.
1.-1. It can be shown that each separate precept of the Decalogue in detail is purely moral, and, because moral, is permanently binding. Each separate commandment is a piece of permanent terrestrial morality. Hence the whole code is binding, because its separate constituent parts are binding. 2. Our Lord says:
“ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfiled” (Matt. v. 17, 18). An application of the principles here laid down brings out the permanent obligation, at least while No. 225.-New Series.