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PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.

ministerial work; and that the ministers, beginning at the top and at the bottom of This Presbytery met in the College Hall the roll in rotation, be requested to do this on Tuesday, December 6th ; the following by the clerk at least one month before the members were present, viz., Mr. Burns, meetings.

moderator pro tem.; Drs. Lorinner, M'Crie, Mr. James Paterson reported, for the Hamilton, and Weir; Messrs. Fisher, Kimcommittee appointed to visit congregations mitt, Keedy, Roberts, Chalmers, and Ballanon the subject of the new rules for the dis- tyne, ministers ; Messrs. Maclaurin, Mactribution of the Home Mission Funds, donald, Scadloch, Mackay, Tulloch, J. E. that, owing to peculiar circumstances, the Mathieson, and Dingwall, elders. Chester congregation be recommended to

Dr. Graham of Bonn, and Mr. Steel of the Home Mission Committee, to receive a Cheltenham, being present, were associated grant of £20 for this year. The matter with the Presbytery. was remitted to the committee to get such Dr. M'Crie laid on the table “ A Manual particulars as will enable the Presbytery to of the Presbyteriaŋ Church in England, assess the congregation according to the which he had prepared at the request of the rules.

Presbytery. It was moved by Mr. Chalmers, Mr. Henderson reported for the same seconded by Dr. Hamilton, and unanimously committee, that Crewe congregation should agreed that the Presbytery tender their be assessed at £70, as the annual sum to cordial thanks to Dr. M.Crie for his kind. be paid to the minister before receiving a ness in complying with their request, receive grant from the Home Mission Committee; the Manual he has submitted, express their which was adopted.

high approval of its excellence, and earnestly A call from the Presbyterian Church in recommend its circulation, not only within Plymouth, Devonport, and Stonehouse, the bounds, but throughout the length and under charge of the Presbytery of Belfast, breadth of the land, as eminently fi:ted to was laid on the table in favour of the Rev. promote the interests of this church. Joseph Wood, of Warrington. The Pres- Dr. Lorimer and Messrs. Fisher and bytery appointed a meeting to be held on Ballantyne were appointed a committee for the 17th instant, to hear all the parties in the examination of the Southwark Church the case, and to decide thereon.

Schools. In reference to missionary work at

On behalf of the Foreign Mission ComRuabon, North Wales, a committee was mittee, Dr. Hamilton requested the Presbyappointed, of which Mr. Lundio is con- tery to take on trials for ordination, Mr. vener, to visit the place, and report to Hún Mackenzie, a licentiate of the Free next meeting.

Church of Scotland, who has been appointed Deputations were appointed to address

a missionary to China. The request was meetings on the subject of the Revivals in agreed to, and the Moderator authorised to Ireland, in the churches of Leeds and prescribe trials. Risløy, on the application of the ministers

Arrangements for receiving the visits of of these congregations.

the deputies of the Home Mission Committee A committee, of which Mr. J. C. Paterson

were completed. In the evening a meeting is convener, was appointed to examine into was held of office-bearers, specially invited by the circumstances of the station at Swinton, the Presbytery for the purpose of hearing the and to report.

Home Mission deputation. The meeting A committee was appointed to consider was presided over by Dr. Lorimer, and whether, and if so, where, new preaching numerously attended ; and the deputies, constations nuy be opened within the bounds sisting of the Rev. Mr. Lewis of Dudley, of the Presbytery.

Rev. Mr. Steel of Cheltenham, and Messrs. The Presbytery adjourned, to meet at Duncan and Eunson, elders, presented Liverpool on the 4th day of January, at the claims of the Home Mission in a clear eleven o'clock a.m.

and forcible manner. They were followed

by several ministers, elders, and deacons, who Manchester, November 17th.

all expressed their concurrence in the object The Presbytery met to consider and to contemplated, and their desire to see it dispose of the call from the congregation at attained. As much interest appeared to be Plymouth, Devonport, and Stonehouse, to awakened by the facts submitted and the the Rev. Joseph Wood, of Warrington. appeals made, it is to be hoped that the Present : Rev. David Blyth, moderator pro issue will be a really substantial gain to the tem. ; Revs. J. C. Paterson, Wood, Brown, cause of ministerial support and church and Clelland, of Bolton. Mr. Clelland was extension amongst us. appointed clerk pro tem.

After parties

PRESBYTERY OF BERWICK. were heard, Mr. Wood declared it to be his mind to accept the call, and, therefore, the This Presbytery met at Bankhill, Berwick, Presbytery agreed to grant his translation. on Tuesday, the 30th of August. Sederunt :

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tbe Rer. Vr. Terras, moderator; Messrs. ( to Mr. McLean and ascertain whether he Vzro, Fraser, Robinson, Cant, Thomson, accept the call, and in the event of his doing

and Valence, ministers; Mr. W. Tennant, so, request him to appear before the PresbyI elder. Commissions in favourof Mr. Henry tery at its next meeting. The Presbytery

Core, as ruling elder for the congregation of adjourned to meet at Berwick on Wednesday, Berwiek, and Isr. Thomas Waddel, as ruling the 5th October, to make arrangements for elder for the congregation at Ancroft Moor, Mr. McLean's induction, in the event of his were given in and sustained. Mr. James accepting the call. B:09 was examined on the subjects pre- October the 5th, which day the Presbytery scribed to him, with a view to his entering met by adjournment, and was duly constite Theological Hall for the third year, and tuted. Sederunt : Rev. Mr. Fraser, inodehis appearances were sustained as highly rator pro tem.; Messrs. Cant, Thomson, and satisfactory. Mr. Fraser, interim moderator Valence, ministers ; Mr. Thomas Waddel, of the Kirk Session at Ancroft Moor, re- elder. The clerk stated that, as appointed, ported that at a congregational meeting, he had written to Mr. McLean, who was now Eeld at Ancroft Moor, he and Mr. Thomas present, and having produced extract minute Waddel, elder, were appointed commission. anent his admission into the Free Church, ers to appear before the Presbytery and apply and Presbyterial certificate, the call was put for the moderation in a call. The ap- into his hands; and being asked by ihe Fization was granted, and the 11th proximo moderator whether he accepted of this call,

appointed for the purpose, Mr. Fraser to pre- he expressed his acceptance thereof. Ap! sice. Collections for the school fund were pointed the induction to take place at reported. Home-mission schedules from Ancroft Moor on Thursday, the 27th OctoSorth Sunderland and Horncliffe were pro- ber, at 12 o'clock noon; the Presbytery to

luced and read. The Presbytery, being meet at 11:30; Messrs. Cant, Thomson, and | satisfied with the amount which the respective Valence to conduct the services. The edict

congregations agreed to raise towards the to be served by Mr. Thomson on the 16th support of the minister, ordered the schedules instant. to be attested. Several of the brethren re- Ancroft Moor, October the 27th, 1869,

ported that, as agreed to at last ordinary which day the Presbytery met by adjourn| meeting, they had engaged in evangelistic ment, and was duly constituted. Sederunt;

Labours within the bounds of the Presbytery, Rev. Mr. Thomson, moderator pro tem. ; sed had met with considerable encourage. Messrs. Fraser, Robinson, Cant, Valence, zent. The election of Mr. James Chisholm, and Haig, ministers; Mr. Thomas Waddel, i tezeher to the school at Lowick, was sus- elder. Mr. Thomson returned the edict,

sained. The Rev. Mr. Lawson, probationer, duly served and attested, which was again who has resided and laboured within the read publicly by the clerk mutatis mutandis bounds of the Pres'ytery during the last before the congregation, and no objections twelve months, applied, through the clerk, being made, the Presbytery proceeded to the for a Presbyterial certificate, which was church, when Mr. Valence preached a sergranted.

mon from Heb. ii. 10: “For it became him Adjourned to meet at Berwick on Tues- for whom are all things,” &c. Mr. Cant ! day, the 29th November next, at 11:30 a.m gave an address on Presbyterianism. Mr.

The Presbytery met at Berwick, pro re nata, Thomson having put the usual questions to on the 22nd September, and was duly consti- Mr. McLean, who was solemnly inducted, i tated. Sederunt: Rev. Mr. Fraser, mode- and received the right hand of fellowship

rator pro, tem.; Messrs. Cant, Thomson, from the brethren present, afterwards ad. Valence, and Haig, ministers ; Messrs. dressed the minister and people. The conTennant, Cowe, and Waddel, elders. The gregation, at dismissal, cordially received Rer. Mr. Izzet, F.C., Anstruther, being and welcomed their minister. The Presbypresent, was associated. The circular issued tery having resumed their session, Mr. Mc by the moderator summoning the Presbytery Lean, upon promising to subscribe the forto meet having been read, the conduct of the mula when required, was received as a memmoderator in calling the meeting was ap- ber of the court, and his name was added to proved. Mr. Fraser reported that, as ap- the roll. pointed, he had presided at the moderation of call at Ancroft Moor on the 11th instant, when the Rev. J. K.

Zutelligeure. McLean, minister of the Free Church of Scotland, withoat a charge, was elected by a majority, and a call.signed in his behalf, which call Mr. Fraser laid on the table, Four candidates have appeared to comsigned by nearly all the members and ad. pete for the three scholarships which were herents, and duly attested. The call was lately advertised, in connection with our sustained, and the clerk instructed to write College ; and the scholarships committee

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COLLEGE SCHOARSHIPS.

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have recently completed the examinations, | very materially to the enjoyment of the and adjudged as follows :

meeting by their excellent performance of To Mr. Gordon

£40 their allotted portion of the evening's proTo Mr. M‘Laren

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gramme.

After addresses froin the repre-
To Mr. Baker

40 sentatives of the various Presbyterian Young To Mr. Edwards

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Men's and Mutual Improvement Associations Mr. Edwards being equal to the other can in the neighbourhood, and the usual votes didates in the departments of Mathematics of thanks accorded, the benediction was and Mental Philosophy, the committee pronounced, and the company separated. were happy to be enabled, by the state LEEDS. Sr. COLUMBA PRESBYTERIAN of the fund, to put at his disposal a scholar- CHURCH.—The annual “Soirée" in ship of smaller amount. It is a most nection with the above place of wor=hip gratifying circumstance, that the appeal for was held in the Stock Exchange, Albion contributions to the Scholarship Fund has Street, Leeds, on Tuesday evening, 13th been so liberally responded to by the December. It was one of the largest and friends of our church and college. It is most respectable that has been held since not often that such appeals bring in more the Presbyterian cause was commenced in than is asked for, as in the present case. Leeds ; upwards of 400 sat down to an But, though more than was asked for, the excellent tea provided by the members of result shows that it is not more than was the congregation, and many more came needed, and was fitted to be useful. The afterwards to ear the speeches and music. number of students in attendance upon the After the repast, the Rev. Nason Brown, college is twelve.

the recently-appointed pastor of the church, Chalmers's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH was called to the chair. There were preYoung Men's AssociatION, ANCOATS, sent also on the platform—the Rev. A. MANCHESTER. — The Second Anniversary Cromar, M.A., Liverpool; Rev. A. Inglis, Soirée was held in the school-room adjoining Manchester ; Rev. Mr. Craggs (Indethe church, on Monday evening, November pendent); Mr. Fyfe, of Shipley ; with Mr. 7th, 1859 — the Rev. Andrew Inglis in the Alexander Campbell, and Mr. Hazlett, chair. There were about 200 ladies and respected members of the Leeds congregagentlenien present. After tea, the Rev. tion. At intervals during the evening, Chairman, in his address, briefly reviewed a several appropriate anthems were tastefully few of the more important subjects discussed sung by the choir of Queen Street Indeby the Association during the past year. pendent Chapel, assisted by the “St. CoThe Secretary, Mr. Wm. Alker, was then lumba” leaders. The Chairman briefly adcalled upon to read the annual report, which dressed the meeting, expressing himself was of a very satisfactory and encouraging highly gratified with the order preserved,

Mr, J. K. Slater next laid down and the large attendance, not only of his some general principles for the well con. own people, but also of strangers, repreducting and proper management of mutual senting nearly all the denominations in the improvement societies generally. Mr. town, who had honoured the meeting with Henry Caughey then addressed the meeting their presence. He then called on Mr. on the present lamentable London “Lock- Alexander Campbell, elder of the congregaout.” His remarks were chiefly in favour of tion, to give some account of the present the men. He denounced the masters' "decla- state of the church ; and his statement was ration” as an attempt to deprive the workmen very satisfactory. Having referred to the of their legitimate rights and liberties. Des trials through which the cause had passed, sert having been laid upon the tables, and previous to Mr. Brown's settlement as the duly discussed, the editor of the “Manuscript minister, he was happy to inform the Magazine,” Mr. Wm. Hurst, was called upon meeting that during the nine months of Mr. to read a selection therefrom. He accord- Brown's ministry, the number of seatingly read the two last articles contributed, holders was doubled, and that the financial | entitled respectively, “The Town and state of the church had improved in a surCountry,” and “Commerce, its Political prising manner. He had no doubt that and Social Effects.” Mr. John B. Inglis, the the church would continue to prosper, and late president, and the principal originator that in a few years it would attain to that of the Association, then briefly addressed importance which it ought to have in Leeds. the meeting, this being his last opportunity previous to his departure for the West Indies. Mr. Joseph Sharples then dwelt

[The very long letters we publish upon the advantages and importance of such this month have shut out a good deal societies as this, and was followed by a few of important matter. If our corres. remarks from Mr. Jas. Lee.-The choir of pondents will not try to condense their the church, under the able and efficient communications in future, we must.leadership of their precentor, contributed Ed.]

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THE ENGLISH

PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

NELLORE;

THE FIELD SUGGESTED FOR OUR INDIAN MISSION.

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One of the features of the Free Church of Scotland's Mission at Madras is the outflowing of its Christian activities towards the to wns and villages around. The attention of the heads of the Madras Mission was early directed to a town about a hundred miles to the north, called Nellore. This town, the capital of the collectorate of the same name, has a population exceeding thirty thousand, and is, besides, the centre of a field wide enough for extended missionary operations, as it is surrounded by many populous villages, which are open to every one that may choose to visit them, whose adult population is accessible to preaching, and in many of which there is a strong desire for education.

Previous to the year 1840, Frederick Cooper, Esq., a medical officer in the late East India Company's service, had established a school in Nellore, and settled upon it some property, contributed by himself and friends, for its support. At its outset all he aimed at was to teach the natives their own vernacular Telugu and the elements of English. In that year Mr. Cooper placed his school under the superintendence of the Madras missionaries, who undertook it on the expressed and accepted condition that it should be strictly a missionary one, and conducted throughout on Bible principles, without any compromise with caste or heathen idolatry. Since then, with the exception of a short interval, the school has remained under their superintendence. From the beginning it grew yearly in importance; and it assumed a new feature in 1852, when the Rev. S. Ettirajooloo, who had been ordained at Madras as a native missionary the year before, was sent to take charge of the establishment, and to carry on the work of teaching and preaching on a method similar to that pursued at Madras. Ever since, under him, or the Rev. A. Venkataramiah, or the Rev. J. M. Macintosh, with the aid of Christian catechists and teachers, it has been carried on as a full Mission station, with varied results. In addition to the stated labours in the school, the native missionaries make preaching tours in the surrounding villages. Ettirajooloo thus describes one of these:

" During the holidays I had the privilege of declaring the truth in some of the surrounding villages. I was accompanied by E. Ramasawny, who was sent to No. 146.- New Series.

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assist me last year. It was not only a relief to my mind and body, but also enabled me to see more than ever the utter destitution of this country. Every village, however poor or insignificant, had one or more temples to which the people looked with great veneration. One of the places to which we went was Veerummah Pullay, about thirty miles from Nellore. The moment the villagers saw us they fled into their houses, shut their doors, and soon the rumour was afloat that we had come to rob them. I told them that, far from that, we came to make them rich, and that the unsearchable riches of Christ were committed to us to distribute freely among them. We were obliged to put up under the shadow of a tamarindtree, not far away from the village. In front of us a large tank was spread out in quiet beauty, to our left lay a group of huts, and to our right were extensive paddy fields. In the evening we had very good opportunities of setting forth the truths of the Gospel in Telugu. One old Brahmin who had turned his attention to Vedantism, hearing that we were come with a new revelation, came to see and converse with us. He was intelligent, but extremely subtile. He believed that his soul was a part of his Creator, and that at last he will be swallowed up in the Divine nature. When I showed him the utter childishness and folly of his belief, he was struck dumb. This gave me a very good opportunity to set forth both to him and to the people God's holy and spiritual nature, and Jesus Christ the only way which he has appointed under heaven for the salvation of mankind. Many women also heard us, who are shut up in the inaccessible dungeons of superstition, and doomed to end their days in debasing and disgusting slavery. One Mohammedan family especially drew our attention. The head of it is not yet baptized. He has sat under my ministration for the last nine or ten months, and has made great progress in knowledge. Mr. Anderson, when he was here, set before him solemnly and earnestly his duty; but God has not vouchsafed unto him grace to make a public confession. He gathered around us his large family whom he had been instructing in the truth. They all knew something about the creation, the fall, and the redemption of Christ. This was comparatively a Goshen in the land of Egypt ! Poor people! they have many difficulties in the way. They have no means of getting instruction, and the polluted atmosphere is enough to choke their souls. I gave them several portions of Scripture and a few tracts, and took leave of them. They were very unwilling to let me go, but after admonition and prayer that the seed sown in their hearts may yield abundant fruit, we parted."

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Such is a specimen of the self-denying labours of our dear missionaries at Nellore. Exhausted more or less with the toils of the school, they go out and recruit themselves by preaching in the country villages during the holidays. Noble men! Instant in season and out of season, in due time you shall reap, if you faint not.

In the beginning of the year 1855 the Rev. J. M. Macintosh, * from Madras, joined the labourers at Nellore. During this year there were manifestations of wide-spread concern among the senior pupils of the English school, and among the girls of the female school. Not a few, both by letter and conversation, discovered to the missionaries a conflict going on between the truth of the Bible and their own corruption, fortified as that was by the errors and prejudices of their own false system and the frightful bulwark of caste. A young man, who had long been a pupil and for some time a teacher in the school, found his way to Madras and was baptized. Not long after, another youth abandoned his hope in Hindooism, broke his caste, and joined the missionaries at Nellore. This brought the struggle between the gospel and caste to a crisis. The heathen felt this, and determined to arrest the progress of the truth. The friends of the youth last referred to were instigated to force him out of the hands of the missionaries. Having failed to carry their point by bringing their case before the magistrate, they endeavoured to seize him by open violence when returning from the magistrate's

* MS. Paper, by the Rev. J. M. Macintosh.

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