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ABSTRACT STATEMENT OF THE SYNOD'S FUNDS.

As at CLOSE OF THE ANNUAL ACCOUNT, 1876-77.

Cash in Union Bank, £2,103 3 2
Do.in advance to Mission,
Seoni,

76 17 3

Balances due onSynod Fund,

£67 18 8 Home Mission,

474 18 113 Mutual Assistance,

337 18 04 Aged and Infirm Ministers', 74 4 6 Foreign Mission,

410 4 0 Foreign Mission Orphanage, 311 5 9 Students' and Bursary, 265 15 3 Ministers' Widows' and Or. phans',

237 15 3

£2,180 0 5

£2,180 0 5

INVESTMENTS.

Invested under Debenture Bonds of Clyde Navigation Trustecs, Interest

at 4 per cent. Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund,

£473 18 1 Mutual Assistance Fund Legacy of Mr Gourlay, St Andrews,

156 1 11 Foreign Mission Fund,

500 0 0

£1130 0 0 Invested under Mortgage Glasgow City Improvements

Trust,Interest at 4 per cent. Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund,

185 5 7 Mutual Assistance Fund Portion of Legacy of Mrs Grandison, Leith,

14 14 5

200 0 0 Invested in Mission House Property, Seoni, India. Foreign Mission Fund,

539 0 0

£1,869 0 0

We have examined the various Accounts in the Treasurer's Books, for the year ending 30th April, 1877, with their relative vouchers, and found them correct, the Balances being as stated in the foregoing Abstract.

H. HOWIE. GLASGOW, 30th April, 1877.

W. Wood ROGER,

COMPARATIVE ABSTRACT OF RECEIPTS.

1875-6.
1876-7.

Increase. Decrease. Synod Fund, .. £200 1 6 £147 16 7

£52 4 11 Home Mission Fund,

221 13 2

286 18 ģ .: £45 57 Mutual Assistance Fund, 381 91 336 12 10

44 16 2} Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund, 153 08 121 14 3

31 6 5 Students' and Bursary Fund,

12 18 0 20990

196 11 0 Foreign Mission Fund, 593 15 21 485 8 41

109 6 10 Foreign Mission Orphanage Fund, 16 15 1 219 16 9 203 1 8 Ministers' Widows' and Orphans' Fund, 39 13 2 218 18 0

179 4 10 £1,619 5 10) £2,005 14 7 £624 3 1 £237 14 43

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COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CONGREGATIONS TO THE SYNOD FUNDS,

Y E ARS 1875-76, 1876-77.

Synod Fund.

Home Mission

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Mutual Assistance

Fund.

Aged and Infirm
Ministers' Fund.

Foreign Mission

Fund.

Foreign Mission
Orphanage Fund.

Total Annual
Contributions.

Increase

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1876-77.

1875-76.

1876-77,

1875-76.

1876-77.

1875-76.

1876-77.

1876-76.

1876-77.

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0 15 0
3 6 9
1 12 0

£ 8. d.
2 19 10
6 4 9
5 1 8

£ 8, d.
3 17 8
0 7 0
6 7 5
6 11 8

5 15 0

4 0 0
14 17 6
3 0 0
1 0 0
1 2 6
1 0 0
2 0 0
17 1 0
11 13 3
2 0 0

7 16 10 3 7 0

1875-76. 1876-77. 1876-76. 1876-77.
£ 8. d. £ 8. d. £ 8. d. £ 8. d.

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1 10 0 1 10 0 12 8 63 7 7 6
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0 17 8 0 11 0 1 5 41 0 14 11
1 0 0 1 0 0 6 10 8 1 15 8
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£ 8. d. E 8. d.
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20 0 0 20 0 0
22 10 0 23 0 0
2 0 0 1 10 6
8 14 6 4 10 0
10 17 5 9 5 5
6 0 0 6 0 0
4 0 0 4 0 0
13 16 23 15 12 1
34 11 2 34 13 1
0 12 0 0 12 0

4 0 0
19 7 0
4 15 0
0 13 0
2 14
1 6 8
2 0 0
16 969
15 5 091
2 0 0

£. d. £ 8. d.
Perdeen,

1 10 0 1 0 0
broath,

500 2 10 0
ichinleck,

0 14 10 1 0 0

4 13 21 3 14 53 rsay,

2 0 0 2 0 0 rluke,

10 15 0 10 0 0
rnoustie,

0 15 0 0 15 0
Imonell,

1 1 89 0 11 4
1.-Angus,

1 12 0 1 10 0
omore,

1 2 3 1 0 4
indee,

3 18 6 2 12 0
linburgh,

17 0 6 15 14 2
asgow, Mains St 15 12 10 8 15 4
lutchesontown, 1 0 0 1 0 0
Bridgeton,

1 4 8
umarnock,

0 12 6 0 10 0
ilwinning,

2 16 8 1 18 3
irkcaldy,

1 10 0 1 10 6
irkintilloch, 4 0 0 4 0 0
irriemuir,

0 10 0 0 11 6
idlem,

0 0 2 0 0
rig,

2 0 0 2 0 0 irth,

3 0 0 2 0 0
llokshaws, 3 10 8 6 6 3
lottsburn,

6 3 2 4 7 6
ranraer,

7 15 0 7 10 0
lurso,

117 9 2 14 2 oberdoney,

1 4 51 1 10 0

5 19 0
2 10 8
1 4 8
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19 91 13 1 8

66 2 0 59 10 4
9 2 10 8900 39 0 0
15 9 10 92 15 0 100 11 10
2 9 1 7 5 1 10 12 1

12 19 3 7 0 3

21 2 7 18 11 11
0 3 0 14 2 10 12 18 2

21 8 1 16 12 0
13 7 4 88 19 3 94 11 9
2 16 9 105 7 10 96 14 7
5 7 0 5 7 0

1 4 8
0 13 2 8 11 104 4 3 11
0 12 1 15 95 14 16 2
0 16 8 9 12 8 10 10 4
12 8 0 45 4 3 48 1 6
0 5 2 3 10 6 3 15 9
3 6 10 35 14 21 29 17 7
6 17 0 55 00 62 17 0
3 5 9 34 17 10 34 3 10
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REPORT OF THE HALL COMMITTEE.

PRESENTED TO SYNOD AT EDINBURGH, May, 1877. The Hall was opened, as usual, on the Tuesday after the first Sabbath of June, and closed on the Tuesday after the last Sabbath of July last. According to the instructions of Synod, the Committee met with the Professor and Students, both at the beginning and at the end of the Session. Six students were in attendance, viz. :Messrs. David Gray and Alexander King, of the fourth year ; Messrs. William Spiers and Robert Hutchison, of the third year; and Mr. Alexander Smellie, of the first year, with Mr. John Martin, a fourth year's student, of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod.

The Rev. Professor Aitken, A.M., opened the Session with an able and instructive lecture, in which, after paying a graceful tribute to the late Professor Murray, D.D., he considered the duties and privileges of ministers as physicians of souls, as teachers of truth, and as defenders of the faith. Besides conducting his own class, Professor Aitken read Dr. Murray's lectures on “Systematic Divinity," and examined the students on their contents. Considering how important it is that the students should be thoroughly acquainted with the subjects studied in the Hall, the Committee announced at the beginning of the Session that the students, whose written examination papers did not amount to a certain value at its close, would not have their Session sustained. The Committee made this announcement, not because the students had been careless in their studies, for the opposite of this has, in general, been the case, but because they de sired to draw their special attention to the importance of the subject. The result has been, on the whole, satisfactory.

The following is the Professor's report : The students attending the Hall during the past Session have been as follow : -Messrs. Gray and King of the fourth year; Messrs. Hutchison and Spiers of the third year; and Mr. Alexander Smellie of the first year. Mr Martin, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, who had attended three previous Sessions, was also present as a fourth year's student. All performed the usual exercises prescribed at their several stages of study, and these were sustained, and in some cases with approbation.

I have endeavoured to the best of my ability to conduct both my own class and the class of Systematic Theology-the temporary charge of which was committed to me by the Synod. In the latter I have read about twenty-four of Dr. Murray's lectures, comprising the latter part of his course, and the students have read before me a large portion of the chapter in Calvin's Institutes, De Fide. In my own class, properly speaking, we have, on the days devoted to Greek, gone over minutely in the manner described in the last report, nearly the first three chapters of the Epistle to the Philippians. In teaching Hebrew I had to divide the students as formerly into two sections. The junior division included Mr. Smellie, and, during a part of the course, Mr. King, and these I instructed in the elements of the Grammar. In the

senior section, including the other students, we revised the Grammar, and read some chapters in Isaiab, and a few Psalms.

The book prescribed this Session for private study was “Westcott on the New Testament Canon,” and on portions of this, as well as on all the subjects taken up in the class. there were fortnightly written examinations.

I have only to add that the attendance of the students on the whole was regular, and their conduct exemplary.

WILLIAM F. AITKEN. Messrs. Gray and King having completed their fourth Session, were recommended to be licensed with all convenient speed. Messrs. Speirs and Hutchison having completed their third Session, were recommended to their respective Presbyteries to have trials for license prescribed to them, with a view to the public parts being sustained before the opening of the next Session of the Hall.

Mrs. Rettie, Aberdeen, who so kindly gave nearly 600 volumes to the Hall Library upwards of a year ago, has not only sent a number of additional volumes, but has also handsomely and generously paid the cases in which her late husband's books are contained. The Committee unanimously recommend that the thanks of the Synod be given to Mrs. Rettie for the great liberality to the Hall she has manifested.

The following are the reports of the Presbyteries who have had students under their inspection during the past year :

REPORT OF THE AYR PRESBYTERY REGARDING STUDENTS UNDER THEIR SUPERINTENDENCE DURING 1876-1877.

In the course of this year the Ayr Presbytery have had two students under their superiotendence-Mr. ALEXANDER DUNLOP KING, and Mr. WILLIAM SPIERS.

Mr. KING at last Session of the Hall completed his fourth Session, and afterwards finished his intersessional work. He was then taken on trials for license according to the usual form, and was licensed as a probationer about the end of December.

Mr. SPIERS at last Session of the Hall completed his third Session. He has since completed his intersessional work, and is now ready to enter on his fourth Session. He has also—under the sanction of the Synod and of the Divinity Hall Committee-given in several portions of his trials for license in prospect of passing successfully through his closing Session at the Hall.

By order of the Presbytery,

THOMAS ROBERTSON, Presbytery Clerk.

*REPORT OF GLASGOW PRESBYTERY

ANENT THE SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS DURING 1876-77. Mr. DAVID GRAY was certified to the Hall Committee as a Divinity student of the fourth year. Upon being recommended to license him, the Presbytery examined him upon the remaining subjects of intersessional study pot previously overtaken by him, and he having completed all his trials, which were sustained separately, and in cumulo, was licensed on the 1st August last as a preacher of the Gospel, and probationer in connection with the Voited Original Secession Church.

Mr. JOHN MATHIE, student in Arts, had subjects of intersessional study prescribed to him, and his examination upon one of these was sustained, the rest have not yet been overtaken by him.

Mr. DUNCAN M‘KINNON, student in Arts of the second year, was reported to the Presbytery, and wished to be acknowledged as under the United Original Secession Presbytery of Glasgow. Subjects of intersessional study were prescribed to him. A Committee was appointed as usual to meet with the students attending Glasgow University during the winter for devotional exercises.

By order of the Presbytery,

John RITCHIE, Presbytery Clerk.

REPORT OF EDINBURGH PRESBYTERY.

ANENT THE SURERVISION OF STUDENTS DURING 1876-77. This Presbytery has had only one student under its inspection during the past year, viz., Mr. ALEXANDER SMELLIE, who is a Divinity student of the first year. He came under the inspection of the Presbytery in May last, and has since passed in all the subjects prescribed to students of his standing. All Mr. Smellie's examinations having been most cordially sustained, he is recommended for admission to the Divinity Hall during the coming session.

By order of Presbytery,

WILLIAM HAMILTON, Presbytery Clerk.

REPORT OF PERTH AND ABERDEEN PRESBYTERY

ANENT SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS DURING 1876-77. The Presbytery have to report that Mr. ROBERT HUTCHISON has been the only student under their inspection during the past year. He has completed his third session at the Theological Hall, and has been examined on all the subjects of intersessional study for students of Theology between the third and fourth year, with the exception of Hebrew, Cunningham's Theology, Vol. II., and Mosheim's Church History. He has also delivered a popular sermon on Matt. xi. 28; all of which were sustained. As parts of trials for license he has delivered a popular lecture on 1 Sam. iii. 1-10, and a homily on John i. 14. By order of the Presbytery,

ALEX. STIRLING, Presbytery Clerk.

The Committee selected “ Stevenson on the Offices," as the book on which the students were examined at the competition for Bursaries, in October last.

The following were the questions prescribed, to which, as usual, answers had to be given in writing :

QUESTIONS ON STEVENSON." I. What is mediation, and what are the qualifications of Christ as the mediator between God and man?

II. Define the term Prophet as applied to Christ, and give an outline of the instructions that, as such, He communicated.

III. How, and by whom, does Christ communicate His instructions ?

IV. Give an outline of the arguments by which it is proved that Christ is the great Prophet of the Church.

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