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sees the drawing for prizes, and says, manuscript. From this we must con· Papa, what is this? what answer clude that the latter was revised by can papa give but the true one, " Gam. the Countess, who never published bling, my child.” I know a ruined man the fourth verse, if indeed she ever who, when a boy, commenced his wrote it. downward career by playing threehalf- 3rd. I have lately discovered that penny loo in his father's stable. Where the fifth verse was composed by Charles did he learn it? By witnessing it in Wesley, and is found in the 51st hymn the drawing-room. Ought Christians, in his second volume of “Hymns and then, who are commanded to shine as Sacred Poems," 1749. "lights in the world,” to countenance 4th. Four verses only are given in these things? Is it not high time the the various old collections, such as, Church should arise, shake off the A Collection of Hymns for the Use world, put on her beautiful garments, of the Hearers of the Apostles ; Notand come forth fair as the moon, clear tingham, 1777 ;” or, “A Collection of as the sun, and terrible as an army Hymns for Christians of all Denominawith banners ?

tions; Dublin, 1785.” How a verse AN ENGLISH ELDER. confessedly written by Charles Wesley

came to be appended to this hymn, I South Shields,

cannot explain ; but Diana Vandeleur May 1st, 1861.

was a member of John Wesley's Con. nexion, and familiar with the poetry in use among that class. As we can.

not find that the fourth verse belongs To the Editor of the English Presbyterian Magazine. to any of the Wesleys, we must con

Sir,- I am glad to see that your clude that it was written by the Coun. Correspondent T. has called your at- tess, unless we suppose that it was tention to the celebrated hymn, “ Come made by Miss Vandeleur herself in thou fount of every blessing.” As I was order to introduce the fifth verse, the first person

who proved that it was and so form a link between her to written by the Countess of Hunting- favourite poets. don, I trust you will allow me to offer I wish your correspondent T. bad a few remarks upon the subject. told us where he found the mutilated

1st. There is in my possession an version of this hymn which is quoted authentic manuscript of this bymn, in by him. the handwriting of Diana Vandeleur, In “Notes and Queries," December afterwards the wife of Bindon Blood, 29th, 1860, Robert Robinson's real Esq., and an intimate friend of the hymn is given, as well as some reasons Countess. This copy consists of five why he was so long supposed to be the stanzas, and was written between the author of that written by the Countess. year 1749 and 1759.

By her no alterations were made after 2nd. The first three verges were the publication of her first edition. published by the Countesa in the first

DANIEL SEDGWICK. edition of her “ Collection," 1764, with geven variations from the original Sun Street, City.

Presbyterian Church in England.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COLLEGE COMMITTEE.

Presented to the Synod at its late Meeting in Liverpool. Since the date of the last Report of the field of Christian labour. Of these, the five Committee six students have completed following were licensed by the Presbytery of their course of study in the College, and are London last summer :-Mr. Robert Thom, now engaged in different parts of the great Mr. James Laing, Mr. James Anderson, Mr. James Brown, and Mr. John Kelly. I matter of surprise that we should have had Mr. Laing soon after proceeded to Aus- so many students, than that we should t tralia, under an appointment from the have had more. Colonial Committee of the Free Church. The Committee are happy to inform the Mr. Kelly was ordained by the Presbytery Synod that during the current session our of Newcastle as a missionary to India ; but students, to the satisfaction of the Prounexpected, obstacles have prevented the fessors, have been applying themselves to carrying out of his mission. Mr. Thom, their studies with assiduity and success. after supplying for some time at Millwall, During the last Winter Session a short has been eminently successful in the con- course of lectures, along with exercises on gregation lately commenced at Exeter. Mr. Pastoral Theology, was delivered by Mr. Anderson and Mr. Brown have been for Duncan, of Greenwich. These lectures some months employed in the supply of were kindly volunteered by him, and were Long Framlington and Millwall; both ot so highly appreciated by the students that them stations of great difficulty, though they have expressed to him, through the for opposite reasons—the one from its ex- Professors, their earnest hope that he might treme age, and the other from its extreme be induced to continue them in a future youth.

session according to the plan which he laid The existing or recent vacancies of the out at their commencement. In this desire Church have also had a fair share of the and hope the Committee most cordially ministrations of past year's licentiates. The concur; and, as Mr. Duncan has recently roll of the last session, amounting to four- resigned his pastoral charge, with the in. teen students, after being reduced to eight, tention of laying himself out to be useful in by the loss of six who had finished their other ways to the general interests of the course, was further diminished by the with. Church, an excellent opportunity presents drawal of three students, who from various itself for securing his valuable services to causes have ceased to prosecute their theo the College in future years. logical studies, either entirely or in connec- Mr. Duncan's long experience in the tion with our Church ; and the Committee ministry, and in the government of the regret that the vacancies thus created have Church, taken in connection with his only been in part supplied. The average literary gifts and abilities, marks him out attendance of students during the last four as peculiarly well qualified to give instruc. years has been twelve; but during the pre- tion to the future ministers of the Church sent session the attendance has fallen to in all parts of their office, both as pastors eight (four Englishmen, three Irishmen, and church-rulers ; and the Committee have and one foreigner); exhibiting an accession agreed to suggest to the Synod the desiraof only three new students. But these bleness of attaching him to the Collego, ebbe and flows have marked the history of either as an Honorary Lecturer, or in any the Institution all along; and no doubt other form which may appear to them most the same trying alternations will continue expedient. to befall us, until the Church applies her. The Committee have had under their self to the solution of the problem, how consideration a suggestion, which has reshe may best open up the sources of an cently been thrown out, for extending the ample and more regular supply of candi. usefulness of the College, by the institution dates for her ministry. It is plain that the of evening classes for young men to be only steady feeders of colleges are classical taught in the college rooms; and in the schools ; and how few of these the Church lectures delivered to them, our professors can fet point to as under her influence might bear a part. It is well known that and likely to be tributary to her interests such evening classes have already been sucthe Committee need not remind her. At cessfully instituted in connection with present, and all along, the supply of stu- various collegiate institutions. At King's dents, from year to year, has been depen. College, London, in particular, the idea dent upon causes over which the Church has been fully developed, and has met with has had absolutely no control, and in such a very large amount of public sympathy; circumstances as make it really more al several hundreds of young men, occupied

all day in the pursuits of commerce, crowd and none of the interests of the Church in the evening to these halls in search of will profit more by such an improvement mental improvement. The movement has than the College. been hailed by Churchmen as one likely to Another important condition upon which contribute a large number of labourers to a regular supply of students depends is that the ranks of the Anglican ministry ; and the claims of our own licentiates should not the subject is beginning to excite attention be forgotten in the arrangements which are even in Scotland, where the means of ob- made for the supply of vacant pulpits, for taining preparatory education are more the working of new stations, and for the within the reach of all.

filling up of vacant pastorates. To say the Such an arrangement adopted in our own least, our own alumni are surely entitled to College might add much to its usefulness a fair field, if they are to bave no special and efficiency. Many a young man of good favour. The subject, however, has lately been natural talents and religious zeal is deterred under the serious consideration of a com. from entertaining the idea of studying for mittee appointed by last Synod; and it is the ministry by the difficulties and expense hoped that some well-advised regulations connected with obtaining the needful pre. will put an end to the feelings of dissatis. liminary training in classical and philoso. faction to which an opposite practice has phical knowledge. Such evening college given too much occasion. classes would throw a bridge over the gulf Under such improved conditions the which, as matters at present stand in Eng. field opened by our Church to young men land, he finds no means of crossing. of promise would be one eminently inter

In every point of view the suggestion has esting and attractive a field daily extend. appeared to the Committee to be one of ing~in some sense the noblest and most much importance, and they beg, therefore, important field in the world. We feel, to bring it before the Church at this time therefore, free to call upon young men of for serious consideration. Of course, suitable gifts in our congregutions to come neither the funds of the College nor any forward and derote themselves to the ser other church funds will be in the slightest rice of the Church, being fully assured, degree chargeable with the expenses. Quali- that in every instance whero piety and fied teachers will be secured ; and it is talent combined to qualify men for the expected that the whole plan will be self-work, neither a field of usefulness nor a supporting. All that is asked from the creditable degree of ministerial support Church is the use of the College rooms, the will be wanting. personal assistance of the professors in the But of all the conditions indispensable delivery of occasional lectures, and the to the prosperity of our College, by far the stamp of the Church's approbation of the most important, doubtless, is a revival of undertaking.

the life and power of godliness among While the Committee would anticipate our congregations. The American revival an improvement in the supply of theolo. has filled the Colleges of America with gical students from the institution of such devoted young men.

The Irish revival evening classes in London, and in other has had, in a very marked degree, the large cities and towns, they are sensible at same effect. the same time how much that supply must The ministry of our Church has little depend upon the fulfilment of other condi. to attract any who are not of a devoted tions which are still more indispensable. spirit ; but how many of our young men,

The dependence of an adequate supply of if once the hand of the Lord came upon candidates for the ministry upon an them, might be expected to offer themselves adequate standard of ministerial support willingly for his service-not waiting to be is a fact, which however much overlooked sought out and solicited, but springing joy. in practice must be manifest to every re- fully forward out of the ranks, and crying, flecting mind : and this standard of minis. “Here I am, send me." terial support among us is, we rejoice to O may such a day of power be in store see, already considerably raised by the for our beloved Church, at such a crisis in working of the Home Mission regulations ; Ithe religious history of England as is now

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approaching! Our Church is specially M'Caw, moderator; Drs. MʻLean and called to stand forth as a witness of God's White; Messrs. Lundie, James Paterson, truth: but in order to this it is needful . C. Paterson, Davidson, Henderson, Hal

kett, Johnstone, John Clelland, Ross, and that the Lord himself should say to us, Inglis, ministers; and Mr. William Brown, "Ye shall be witnesses unto me, and ye elder. shall be endued with power from on high."

A Committee

appointed, Mr. Let us wait in prayer, then, for that hea. Lundie convener, to dispense the Sacravenly power which, when it comes down, ment of the Lord's Supper in the Mission,

near Ruabon. will put an end to all our weakness. “The

An interim Session, Mr. Clelland, of little one will become a thousand, and the Bolton, moderator, was appointed for the small one a strong nation : I, the Lord, Congregation of Wharton and Swinton, conwill hasten it in his time."

stituted by last Synod into a ministerial The Financial Statement, to be presented charge. by the Treasurer, will show the state of the Risley be assessed at the rate of £80 per

It was agreed that the congregation at fúnds. These are still insufficient for the annum, to be paid to the minister, entitling requirements of the College, and it is, him to receive a grant from the Home therefore, hoped that the contributions Mission Fund Committee. during the ensuing year may be upon a

It was reported by the moderator, that more liberal scale.

the congregation at Bradford was virtually extinct ; the menibers, who had been often disappointed and disheartened, having taken

seats in other churches. A committee was COLLECTIONS AND DONATIONS. appointed, consisting of Messrs. J. C.

Paterson, convener, and M'Caw, minister ; FOREIGN MISSIONS.

and Messrs. Robert Barbour, and James From United Presbyterian Students at Halliday, elders; to deal with the property Toronto, Canada; forwarded by Rev.

in terms of the trust deed. Dr. Burns, per Mrs. Burns, of Kilwyth £2 19 6 Grosvenor Square, Manchester, Ladies'

The deliverance of the Synod, in the case

18 Oo of the application for Heath-street Station Cheltenham, Association

to be erected into a sanctioned charge, was Ramsbottom, Collection. St. Peter's, Liverpool, Sabbath School o given in and read, viz., " Agree to the appliEdward Walker, Esq., Sorley, Torquay 22 ocation, saliction the station as a charge in John A. Grahame, Esq., Marylebone

o this Church, authorize the Presbytery to L. G., London John Knor Church, Stepney, Collection 11 a grant moderation of a call, and on being River Terrace Church, Isling.

satisfied regarding the proper support of the ton, Collection

minister called, 10 ordain him over the conDitto, Subscriptions :

gregation.” It was moved by Mr. J. C. Thos. McClure, Esq., Belfast, 1960-61 . 10 ô ở Paterson, and seconded by Mr. Inglis, That JAMES E. MATHIESON,

the Preshytery appoint the Session of Cann. 77, Lombard Street, E.C., Joint Treasurer.

ing-street Church an interim Session for London, 20th May, 1861.

Heath-street Church, with instructions to

take all the needful steps, with all conveHOME MISSION FUND.

nient speed, to carry out the decision of the Collection, Regent Square, London £21 13 7 Synod. It was also moved by Mr. James Ditto Portsmouth

9 10 o Paterson, and seconded by Mr. Johnstone,

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i i ostreet Church. After discussion, the PresDonation, Mr. Edward Walker, Torquay i i Ladies' Society,

bytery divided, when the motion of Mr. J. Grosvenor Square, Manchester

20 0 o C. Paterson was carried by five to four, and Collection, Trinity, Newcastle-on-T'sne 50o the Presbytery resolved accordingly. T., A Share of First Fruits, Manchester 0 10 0 On the motion of Mr. Johnstone, the fol.

lowing was agreed to be engrossed in the minute :-It is with sincere regret that the Court have heard of the death of James Burt, Esq., of Liverpool. Seldom is the Church called upon to mourn the loss of

one, who was so wise in his counsels, so PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE.

warm in his sympathies, and so liberal in

his contributions for the advancement of the This Presbytery met on the 1st of May, interests of this Church; and therefore this in Liverpool. Present - Rev. William Court cannot allow the mournful event to

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Presbyteries' Proceedings.

PRESBYTERY OF NEWCASTLE

pass without recording their sense of the, in the John Knox Church, Newcastle, on loss which the Presbyterian Church in Eng- Tuesday, the 14th May, at 11 a.m. Present, land has sustained in his decease, and with the Rev. John Jeffrey, moderator ; the out expressing their deep sympathy with Revs. P. L. Miller, Wm. Wrightson, C. A. his bereaved family. They instruct the Mackenzie, G. B. Blake, J. Brown, Wm. clerk to send an extract of this ininute to Dinwiddie, J. Black, and J. Reid. The his widow.

meeting having been duly constituted, the The Presbytery adjourned, to meet in minute of last ordinary meeting, and the two Manchester on the 3rd day of July next. intervening pro re nata meetings, were read

and sustained.

Elders' Commissions from the Sessions of Met in Laygate Church, South Shields, Blyth, Gateshead, North Shields, St. John's, on Thursday, 25th of April, to dispose of South Shields, St. George's, Hexham, and the call from Greenwich to Mr. Saphir, and Seaton Delaval, in favour of Messrs. John was duly constituted by Mr. Miller, mode. Kay, George Sisson, Col. Wm. Barnes, rator pro tem.

John Kennedy, John H. Wake, and Thomas The minute of last meeting having been P. Dods, appointing them respectively to read and approved, reasons of translation represent said Sessions during the current by the Presbytery of London were laid on synodical year; and from the Session at the table and read.

Laygate in favour of Mr. John Heddle, There appeared to prosecute the case appointing him for six months. These from the Presbytery of London, the Rev. Commissions having been read, and found Professor Lorimer, D.D., and from the correct, were sustained, and their names congregation at Greenwich, Mr. Robert were added to the roll. Roxburgh. The Rev. George J. C. Dun. The moderator having intimated that his can, the Commissioner from Greenwich term of office had now expired, it was Session, was unavoidably absent.

moved and agreed unanimously, that Mr. There appeared for the Laygate Session, Blake be moderator for the next twelve Messrs. Matthew Cay, and Alexander Bain; months. Mr. Blake took the chair acand for the Congregation, Messrs. John cordingly. Wait, David Maxwell, Thomas Gibson, and Mr. Mackenzie reported, that as Convener John Thompson. Mr. Saphir appeared for of the Committee on Session Records and himself.

Communion Rolls, he had, as instructed, The Commissioners from the London written requesting that the Records and Presbytery and Congregation at Greenwich, Rolls of Trinity and Wark might be proand those from the Session and Congrega. duced ; that there had been no reply from tion at Laygate, having been heard ; the Trinity; and from Wark the reply was that moderator put the call from Greenwich there was no Record, and that the Record into Mr. Saphir's hands, when he stated bis and Roll of North Shields had been pro. acceptance thereof.

duced, examined, and found carefully kept. Parties were then removed ; and on the This Record was ordered to be attested. call of the moderator, Mr. Black engaged It was moved and agreed that Mr. in prayer for Divine guidance. Thereafter Wrightson and the Session at Wark be it was moved and seconded that Mr. Saphir instructed to prepare a narrative of their be translated to Greenwich ; and the breth. Sessional proceedings during the period of ren present having expressed their high Mr. Wrightson's ministry, as the basis of a esteem for Mr. Saphir, and regret at his regular Record for the future, and to lay removal, and letters to the same effect the same before next meeting. from Messrs. Jeffrey and Mackenzie having It was moved, that "in future, before any been read, this motion was unanimously translation be agreed to, or any resignation agreed to, the Presbytery at the same time of a charge be accepted, the Session Records, declaring that he continues pastor of the and other documents belonging to the Con: church and congregation at Laygate till gregation shall be laid on the table of the actually inducted to the pastoral of the Presbytery." This was agreed to unanimously. church and congregation at Greenwich ; and The treasurer of the Presbytery fund he was enjoined to wait for and obey the having submitted a report regarding the orders of the Presbytery of London as to state of the fund, it was moved that the the time of his induction.

fund be discontinued ; as an amendment, This resolution having been intimated to that it be continued. On a vote, the motion parties, the Commissioners from London was carried. acquiesced, and craved extracts, which were The thanks of the Presbytery were given granted.

unanimously to Mr. Robert Brewis, the Dr. Paterson was appointed to moderate treasurer, for his services in connection with in the Laygate Session during the vacancy. the fund.

The Presbytery met for ordinary business Mr. Miller gave notice, that at next

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