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doings of the church, can you inform your have. How can the Brampton minister (if readers whether or no we have lost a whole a minister be settled there), urge on his presbytery since the last meeting of Synod ? people to take the “ Messenger," when they On running over the “ contents" of cannot have the pleasure of putting a scrap the “Messenger," there is to be seen of information through it into the hand of a under the article “ Presbyteries' Proceed- neighbour or a friend? They can have no ings,” notice only of six presbyteries. Is interest in it. And if they receive not the the Cumberland presbytery lost, or defunct “Messenger," how can they know what our and dead? In a notice of the Home Mission interesting mission in China is doing? How proceedings, in the present number for can they interest themselves in collecting for December, there is mention made of Carlisle; missions when they have not the missionaries' but there has not been a scrap of intelligence letters to read? You would meet, we are from the Cumberland presbytery anent that sure, with a heartier response to your recomstation. Some time since, there was a mendation in the present number, could you notice of Mr. Crole’s resigning his charge of prevail on Presbyteries to report their prothe Brampton congregation, which by the way, ceedings more regularly and fully. People is one that was founded by an ejected minis- are, generally, more interested in the welfare ter, Mr. Hubbard, and which is consequently, of their own congregation than in the church one of peculiar interest to the church. But abroad, and if they do not find things of whether that congregation has obtained a greatest interest to them reported in their minister since Mr. Crole left, the “ Messen- own periodical, this debars them from taking ger " has never informed us. The same it, and they are both shut out from inmay be said about Mr. Kington. There is formation respecting the Church generally, only one scrap of information in all the and from making the “ Messenger” the “contents for a whole year, with reference medium of interesting others in the church. to any congregation in the Cumberland presbytery, and that not from the presbytery,
"AN ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN.” but from the congregation at Whitehaven.
Of course, Mr. Editor, it is not your [The notice of proceedings of the Cum. business to go round the church to collect berland Presbytery which we publish toinformation; but your readers would be better able to encourage the circulation of day, does not in any measure lessen the the “Messenger” did it contain a more force of our correspondent's letter, as the complete history of the church’s proceedings. report was received from a private source, It is the only living history we can ever and not from the Presbytery.-Ed.]
Ilotice of Book.
THE REV. DAVID SANDEMAN. Memoir of the Life and brief Ministry of scribed, “Sacred to the memory of the
the Rev. David Sandeman, Missionary ió Rev. David Sandeman, Missionary to the China. By the Rev. ANDREW A. BONAR. Chinese, from the Presbyterian Church in London : Nisbet & Co.
England ;” and to our Church's mission he
bequeathed his property. We doubt not that Any new biography would be welcome the book will soon be in the hands of very from the pen of Mr. Andrew Bonar; and it many of our readers ; we, therefore, do not is with a peculiar fitness that these details mean to forestal their enjoyment. We of the hidden life of David Sandeman have would only add a few particulars to the sketch been given forth by one who so faithfully which appeared in these pages in November, and affectionately embalmed the memory of 1858. McCheyne. Apart from the life of wonder- The commencement of vital Christianity ful devotedness which it pourtrays, this book in his soul was very marked and memorable. has peculiar claims on the attention of our He had arrived within a few weeks of his readers. Mr. Sandeman was our own. It eighteenth birthday, and he had been struck was from our Synod that he received ordi- with a remark of Angell James, that it is nation ; it was amongst our congregations usually between the age of fourteen to that he spent most of his last summer, be eighteen that persons decide for Christ or fore leaving his native land. On his grave, for the world. Hitherto he had not been in the little island of Kolongsoo, is in. without some form of godliness, but he knew
that he was not willing to give himself to of days" above-mentioned, we find him the Lord unreservedly. It was Sabbath, the writing,—"13th Oct., Springland. Here am 7th of April, and the next Sabbath was the I in the very room where my adorable Lord communion in Perth. He had been urged inanifested the fulness of his love, mercy, to take that opportunity to profess his faith beauty, and glory to my soul, which he resin Christ; but he honestly felt that he ought cued out of the horrible pit and miry clay. not. It was with these feelings disquieting O how sweet was his love to my soul. O his mind, that he that evening retired to his how did he fill me all the day, in this sweet room, and “while pondering alone on his room, and everywhere, with his overcoming spiritual condition, his heart was drawn out love ! How was it continually with me; a *by the omnipotent hand of God, to think kind of sweet amazement of love! How simply of Christ, and the 'willingness of did I tremble whether it could all be true. Christ to receive all who have a true wish to "I sat under his shadow with great delight.' come to him.' He says, he knew that this Since then, I trust, my love, if quieted, is wish was not of man, but of the Holy not less true, and it is more established.” Ghost (John i. 12, 13), it was the Lord who So was it to the end. The month before now enabled him to take Christ as all his that in which he died, he enters in his salvation and all his desire.' Next Sabbath journal,—"sometimes my life, in some of he was seated at the communion table. A its phases, seems like a romance of love and friend asked him, • Were you happy?' joy." And the last words which in that 'So happy,' he replied, that I fear to journal his fingers traced were, “ Love and trust it. What a salvation! Shall not life liberty." be spent in proclaiming it?'"
With a life so consecrated and so blessed If the transition was instantaneous, the we are not surprised to find that prayerfulself-surrender was entire; and if in his con- ness and efforts after usefulness, were the version he owned the hand of sovereign two features that marked him out from the grace, that hand was no less conspicuous in most of others. “ Pray without ceasing,” the faith and the fervour which, at the very was one of his three mottoes, osten written outset, were given him in measure rare and on his note-books; and it is mentioned, that running over, and which seemed hardly even a fellow-student seldom called on him but to intermit through all the fourteen years he contrived that they should pray together which followed. To him "to live was before they parted. In his first attempts to Christ.” On one occasion he thus writes :- speak to others, he felt the awkwardness and "I sometimes ask, what is the world to me, embarrassment which usually accompany or I to the world? The Master's glory, such efforts ; but by faithful and perseverthat is sufficient to make me delight exceed- ing repetitions the difficulty wore off, and ingly to remain here as long as he desires. few have found more signally verified the Where is the beauty of earthly things ? Apart promise, “I will be to you a mouth and from Jesus, they have none. I would rather wisdom.” But such as would like to know have one glimpse of the glorious counte- the blessing that resulted, we must refer to dance of Immanuel than the love of the those portions of this remarkable narrative whole human race. The longings of my which detail the Manchester and Hillhead soul after Christ Jesus have lately seemed experiences of this good soldier and faithful well nigh more than I can bear. All the witness of Christ Jesus. We doubt not that heaven which at present my soul can find it such a record will stir up the minds of possible to long after, is to be alone with many; and even those who feel their own Jesus. I feel as if my heart would break if shortcoming most profoundly, will be thankJesus come not by his grace and take my ful that such lives have been led by men of soul into his everlasting arms. O the peer- like passions with ourselves, and they will less beauty of Immanuel !”
rejoice in the "holy beauties” which disWith such unworldliness and such devo- tinguished one who followed his Lord so tion to the Saviour, his happiness was won- fully, derful. Seven years after that “beginning
Presbyterian Church in England. .
THE CIRCULATION OF THE Messenger,”
,” would go far to secure this re. “ MESSENGER.”
sult. Perhaps the secret of Wesleyan suc
cess was in great measure expressed by a At the close of 1859, a writer in the minister at the last conference, when he “Watchınan,” speaking of the circulation
said :-"I do think that that man is not a of Wesleyan literature, said, “Would it not true Wesleyan preacher who does not help be a purpose worthy of a great people, at a to diffuse information through the medium time when God is reviving his work, to of our periodicals among the people.” If resolve that there shall be an increased cir- this was true in their case, it is much more culation of our publications ?”
so in ours; and yet we are constantly hearthe United Kingdom there are 524 circuits ; ing of whole districts of our Church where is it too much to expect that in 400 of these, the people do not even know of the existence a person could be found, or a few persons, of our periodicals. who would unite to give away, during the
Could not one or more friends be found first week in the new year to the non-readers in each of our congregations who would be of our publications, in their several cir- willing to purchase twenty shillings worth cuits, twenty shillings worth of our monthly of the January number of the “ Messenger” publications ?
One gentleman has and “Juvenile Messenger," and by circupromised a pound. If all will agree to do | lating them judiciously among the nonthe same, £400 would be well expended ; subscribing members of their congregations, 60,000 publications would be circulated, and, endeavour to obtain new subscribers ? supposing that each book was read by five
Again, we beg our friends to remember persons before it was worn out, we should get that these publications exist for the good of 300,000 new readers, and out of these, some the Church, and for the Church alone are thousands of new subscribers.”
they continued,- no one having ang pecuThis proposal was worthy of Methodism. niary interest in them, except for the exThe “ Watchman," a short time since, in
pense of printing and publishing; and it formed us of the results.—“The circulation is impossible for their conductors to make of the periodicals has been unexampled. them what they ought to be without the The Magazine (1s.) 10,000; the Sixpenny hearty co-operation of the friends of the Magazine, 16,000; the Christian Miscellany Church. (2d.) 60,000; Sunday School Magazine, 33,000; and Early Days, 50,000."
Now it strikes us forcibly, that what we COLLECTIONS AND DONATIONS. greatly want in the Presbyterian Church in
COLLEGE FUND. England is an infusion of this Wesleyan 1860. energy and zeal. Our periodicals languish Aug. 17. Legacy of the late Mr. James
Murray, of North Shields, from year to year ; their very existence is
Nett amount, after deducting dependent upon the self-denying labours and Oct. 11. Collections up to Michaelmas,
proportion of law expenses £74 15 exertions of one or two friends of the Church
Regent Square Congregational
Association, by Mr. A. Wark 18 0 9 who are often forced to make bricks without
16. One quarter's contribution from straw, whereas a little exertion on the part
Young Men's Association, for of the office-bearers of our congregations Nov. 1. Students' Fees :
• 7 7 0 would place the “Messengers” on a secure Collections :and satisfactory footing. Why, an average
Nov. 20. North Shields, by Mr. Stair of ten new subscribers from each of our
21. Rockferry, by Mr. K. Mac: congregations for the larger one, and thirty
St. George's, Liverpool, bg or forty for the children's little “Juvenile
Mr. James Adam
21 15 4
Dec. 13. Mr. W. Westgarth,
2 0 0
1 0 0
1 0 0 Mr. Arch. Mac
Nicoll, General 1 0 0
For Scholarships 1 0 0
1 1 0
1 1 0
Scholarships. 1 1 0
for Scholarships 1 1 0
1 0 0
Belford, per Mr. Terras 1 10 0 15. Chelsea, per Mr. Jn. Mitchell 8 11 0 17. Greenwich, by Mr. John
£4 11 9
3 3 0
8 15 9
Carlton Hill, by Mr. Robert
£4 6 3 Daniel Robertson, Esq.
5 0 0
Salford, by Mr. J. Mitchell 5 0 0
9 92 22. Blythe, by Mr. Hettle
1 12 0 23. Leygate, South Shields, per
James C. Sterenson . 13 10 0 » Crookham, per Rev. W. H. Edmonds
9 A Donation
0 10 0
2 11 » » Bouthampton
£4 2 6 Nov. 24. Subscription from Mr. Andrew Lamb 2 2 0
6 4 6 Nov. 24. Woolwich:
Per Dr. Rutherford £7 0 0
0 10 0
0 10 0
900 Nov. 26. Birkenhead, per Mr. Wm. Walker
10 00 27. Park Gate, per Mr. Mowbray 6 17 10 28. Brighton, per Mr. William Sanderson
17 0 0 29. Canning Street, Liverpool, per Mr. Archibald
25 4 2 John Knox's, Newcastle, per Mr. Walter Morrison
5 0 0 Dec. 1. Cheltenham, per Wm. Ward 7 0 0
3, St. Andrew's, Manchester,
per Mr. W.Gray, Treasurer 18 0 0 4. St. Peter's, Liverpool
10 00 Berwick-on-Tweed, per Mr. Peter Cowe
1 3 6 6. Alnwick, per Mr. W. Bell.
2 0 0 » Harbottle,
per Alexander Robertson
1 10 6 8. Special contribution for fit.
tings, from Mr. James C.
1 0 0 11. Bournemouth, per
3 10 2 12. Regent Square, per Mr. Lewis Stewart
18 00 » Hampstead, per Mr. William Garden
6 7 10 13. Wigan, per' Mr. Daniei McCowan
2 1 1 » Crewe, per Rev. Mr. Blelloch i i
0 The following from Maryle
bone Association, by Mr.
General Fund £3 0 0
2 0 0
thieson, General 3 0 0
2 0 0
3 0 0
3 0 0
3 0 0
Scholarships 2 0 0
3 0 0
3 0 0
0 A Friend, General 2 0
9 6 3 1 0 7 1 7 0
20 Felton, hy Alexander Brown
Lowick, Rev. Mr. Fraser
0 10 0 2 0 0
March. D. Napier, Esq.
1 0 0 J. Napier, Esq.
1 0 0 July 5. R. R., Manchester
1 10 0 Aug. 17. R. A. Macie, Esq.
5 0 21. Alex. M. Gillespie, Esq.
2 2 0 27. Thomas Matheson, Esq. 5 00
Francis Cristall, Esq., Man
chester, for 1860 & 1862 3 00 Richard Smith, Esq., Manchester, 1860 & 1861
10 0 0 Sept. 13. Mrs. Thornton, Manchester 3 0 0 22, Alexander Graham, Esq., Manchester.
1 0 0 Oct. 1. Robert Brewis, Esq., Sun: derland
1 0 0 8. This sum from Mr. Leitch,
þeing part of what is contri.
10 12 6 14. Thomas Bell, Esq., Liverpool 5 0 0 15. Mr. George Edwards
5 0 0 A. T. Ritchie
2 0 0 21. This sum further from the
For Scholarships 1 0 0
2 2 0
2 0 0
contributions of Regent
4 12 6 Dec, 14. Amount from 14 members of
. 21 3 0
CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS SPECIAL OBJECTS.
1 1 2 0
0 13 0
with the elders elect. One of the brethren stated that while he was willing to do all he
could for the good of the congregation, he Oct. 2. Hugh M. Mattheson, Esq. £5 0 0 was still a member of another communion, Jaines Anderson, Esq.
2 0 0
and was not willing to relinquish his conYoung Men's Society
1 0 0 24. Jos. D. MacVicar, Esq.
nection with it ; whereupon it was moved 30. Mr. Sheriff Lusk
110 and agreed to, that his ordination be deferred J. L. Bennet, Esq.
o and that the ordination of the remaining two Nov. 8. William Ferguson, Esq. 20. North Shields congregation
be proceeded with. by Mr. Stair Kerr
The congregation being now assembled, A. T. Ritchie .
o Mr. Macleod preached, and Mr. Burns exDec. 8. Jas. C. Stevenson, Esq. 1 0
plained Presbyterian ordination, and put FOREIGN MISSIONS.
the usual questions, which being answered
satisfactorily, Messrs. R. Kyle, of Pelohill, Whitehaven, Collection £3 6 0
and C. G. Noble, of Crosshill, were solemnly Association Sabbath Schools 4 14 0
set apart to the sacred office to which they
8 12 o had been unanimously elected, by prayer, Crewe, per Rev. D. Blelloch.
11 and the laying on of the hands of the PresTrinity Church, Manchester, from Mrs.
Mae Phine, per Rev. Wm McCaw 0 10 0 bytery. Marylebone, London,-Subscriptions 32 13 0
PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMERLAND. FOR INDIA.
On Tuesday, November 20th, a special Marylebone, London,–Subscriptions . 34 15 0
meeting of this Presbytery, ad hunc effecJAMES E. MATHIESON, tum, was held at Alnwick. Sederunt, the 77, Lombard Street, E.C., Joint Treasurer. moderator, Mr. Douglas, Rev. Dr. AnderLondon, 20th Dec., 1860.
son, Messrs. Huie, Cathcart, Edmonds Benvie, Fotheringham, and the Clerk, ministers.
In the absence of information, desiderated by the Presbytery in regard to the work of grace reported to have taken place in one of their congregations, the Presbytery resolved
to request the Kirk Session of that congreCUMBERLAND.-The quarterly meeting gation, through their moderator, to furnish of the Presbytery of Cumberland, was held at
a detailed statement of the cases of converBewcastle on the 27th November, present, sion which had taken place, and of the ex. Revs. D.C. Macleod, moderator, W. Tweedie, tent to which the movement had progressed, W. Harvey, P. Taylor, and J. Burns, minis. to be laid before next meeting of Presbyters ; Mr. H. Sands, Whitehaven, elder, Inter Alia. Mr. Tweedie stated that on members had expressed their sentiments
tery. The Presbytery, after the several the preceding sabbath, after public worship, upon the important subject of Revival in three members of the congregation were Religion, resolved to resume the same at duly elected to the office of Ruling Elders: next quarterly meeting, as preliminary to and asked the Presbytery to ordain them.
ordinary business. Application was granted, and appointments made accordingly.
PRESBYTERY OF BIRMINGHAM. Wednesday.— The Presbytery met again by adjournment, in the Manse at 11 a.m., Tuis Presbytery met at Birmingham on and took up the reports from the preaching December 4th; sederunt, Revs. R. Steele, stations at Carlisle and Haltwhistle. Mr. moderator ; Dr. Mackenzie, Lewis, Crowe, Laurie, who has been supplying Carlisle, and Macpherson, ministers; with Messrs. was re-appointed for the ensuing three Craig, Hunter, Maxwell, and Moody, elders. months, and in compliance with the wish of Rev. P. R. Croll, being present, was assothe brethren there, the Lord's Supper was ciated. appointed to be dispensed among them on The clerk laid on the table, abstract of the third sabbath of February next, by Income and Expenditure at Stafford for the Mr. Burns.
ten months of the current year, and requested In reference to Haltwhistle, it was stated the Presbytery to proceed to the moderation that a public meeting of the friends there, of a call there. After hearing a statement from had been duly summoned for Thursday, at Mr. Croll, to the effect that he was willing to 7 p.m., to meet the Presbytery, and the full supply for three months, with a view to a consideration of this case was deferred till settlement then should it seem desirable ; then.
the Presbytery agreed to defer till next Thursday, 29th.- Presbytery met in the meeting, any further action in the matter. Church at Bewcastle, at 10 a.m., to confer Arrangements were made for dispensing the