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The course at this College embraces, and sustained. Mr. Robinson, Etal, being Six Sessions, of four months each, ex- present, was associated. tending to three years. The terms on

The minutes of former meeting were read which Bursaries and Scholarships are and sustained. The Edict in reference to awarded may be learnt on application to Birdhopecraig was returned duly endorsed. the Professors at the College, 29, Queen The clerk having gone to the precentor's Square, Bloomsbury, London, W.C., or

desk and called for objections, and none to Arch. T. Ritchie, Esq., Treasurer and having been forthcoming, the Presbytery

proceeded to the church, when Mr. FotherSecretary, 26, Poultry, London, E.C.

ingham preached from Luke xviii. 13. Mr. Forsyth gave an exposition of Presbytery, Mr. Blythe ordained, and addressed the

minister and the people. Dr. Anderson COLLECTIONS AND DONATIONS. concluded the service. Mr. Brown was

cordially welcomed by the people after SYNOD SCHOOL FUND,

divine service. The Presbytery having re

turned from the church, Mr. Brown's name Glanton, Collection for 1860

£ 1 16 2 was ordered to be added to the roll, when St. George's, Sunderland St. John's, South Shields

he took his seat as a member of the court, Broad Street, Birmingham

2 0 0 engaging to sign the formula when and Wooler Southwark,

1 15 0 where required to do so. London Association, Regent Square, London,

The Presbytery then proceeded to take $ year to Midsummer last

10 5 o up the call from Millwall, in the PresbyJNO. JOHNSTONE,

tery of London, in favour of the Rev. W. Treasurer.

H. Edmonds, of Crookham. The Edict 67, New Bond Street, W.,

was returned duly endorsed, and the re. August 19th, 1861.

lative documents were read. Parties being

called, there was no appearance for the FOREIGN MISSIONS.

Presbytery of London. Mr. Fotheringham Collections:

appeared for the congregation at Millwall. Maryport

There was no appearance for the session Whitehaven Sabbath schools

2 0 6 and congregation at Crookham, but comAncroft Moor

0 12 5 munications were received from both these Bavington and Ryall Belford

2 3 ò parties respectively, to the effect that they Branton

3 1 o deeply regretted the prospect of the pastoral Felton

1 1 tie being sundered between them and Mr. Herham Gateshead

2 10 , Edmonds, towards whom they expressed the Newcastle

most unqualified sentiments of esteem, afTrinity Isaac Freeman (sub.)

fection, and grateful obligation, but did not

feel themselves justified in offering positive South Shields

opposition to his expressed wishes. Mr. St. John's.

2 0 0 Edmonds appeared for himself. Parties Laygate

o o having been heard, and removed from the Sunderland, Monkwearmouth

2 0 0 Thropton

1 10

bar, and Mr. Blythe, at the request of the Manchester, Trinity

0 Presbytery, having implored divine light and Greenwich, St. Mark's.

10 0 2 guidance in the matter, the Moderator called

JAMES E, MATHIESON, upon the members present to state their 77, Lombard Street, E.C., Joint Treasurer. views upon the subject, when the PresbyLondon, 1861.

tery unanimously expressed their opinion in

favour of Mr. Edmonds' translation. Where. upon the Presbytery loosed Mr. Edmonds from his charge, but enjoined him meanwhile to discharge the pastoral duties at Crookham, and to wait for the commands of the Presbytery of London as to his induction.

Parties being called in, the Moderator inPRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND. timated to them the decision of the Pres

bytery, in which all parties concerned acAn adjourned meeting of this Presbytery quiesced. The Presbytery then appointed Mr. was held at Birdhopecraig, August 6th, l'otheringham to moderate in the session at 1861. Sederunt: the Moderator, Mr. Fother- Crookham during the vacancy, and on the ingham, Rev. Dr. Anderson, Messrs. Cath- clerk of the Presbytery receiving intimation cart, Forsyth, Edmonds, Benvie, and the from the clerk of the London Presbytery Clerk, ministers, and Mr. Waddell, elder. of Mr. Edmonds's induction, to preach at Reason of absence from Mr. Huie was read | Crookham on the Sabbath thereafter, and

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Presbyteries' Proceedings.

PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE.

declare the church vacant in the usual way, congregation. After tea a public meeting and provide supplies for the pulpit till next was held in the church, presided over by meeting of the Presbytery.

the Rev. John Brown, the minister of the The Presbytery resolved to meet at Aln. congregation, when addresses were delivered wick, in St. James's Church, or the second by the Revs. John Reid, A. M. and Lot Tuesday in October, at 12 o'clock at noon. Saxton, from Blythe. It is very gratifying Closed with prayer.

to be able to state, that the whole of the money required for the painting and other

repairs, amounting to upwards of £32, has This Presbytery held a

been raised by the congregation and a few pro re nata

other friends. meeting on the 30th of July, in Wharton Presbyterian Church. Present-Messrs.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HAMPSTEAD. Davidson and Inglis, ministers; and Mr.

-This congregation, founded in 1814, has M'Alpine, elder. Mr. Davidson, moderator, ever since met in a temporary place of pro tem. The conduct of the moderator in worship, first in Perrin's Court, and subcalling the meeting was approved.

It is now sequently in Well Walk.

An extract minute of the Free Church Presby- several years since it was resolved that tery of Lockerby, and a call from the a church should be erected for the con. Church and Congregation of Ecclefechan, curred has been solely owing to the great

gregation; and the delay which has octo Mr. Inglis, minister at Warrington, were laid upon the table.

The Presbytery re

difficulty experienced in obtaining a suitsolved to take the steps usual in such a case, through the kindness of Henry Davidson,

able site. It was earnestly hoped that, by citing all the parties interested to appear Esq., an excellent site could be obtained at the next ordinary meeting of the Presbytery, to be held in Liverpool on the 4th of on his ground at Rosslyn, now being laid September next.

out for building, but every effort to overOn the same day and place the Presbytery of Westminster, the lords of the soil, has

come the scruples of the Dean and Chapter met by appointment, to moderate in a call to a minister for the united Church of to allow any portion of the ground to be

failed. That body peremptorily declines Wharton and Swinton. Present-Rev. Andrew Inglis, moderator, pro tem.; Messrs.

leased for å Presbyterian Church. It is M Caw and Davidson, ministers ; 'and Mr. gratifying to acknowledge that the excluM'Alpine, elder. The moderator conducted

sive spirit which dictates this refusal is not Divine worship, preaching from Matthew

shared by the great majority of our Church xxv. 10. Thereafter, on the invitation of

of England neighbours at Hampstead.

After the the moderator, it was moved and seconded

most diligent search, and by two members of the Church, that Mr.

numerous inquiries, extended John Gordon, preacher of the Gospel, be lengthened period, it was found impossible elected minister of the congregation, which, whatever, except by the purchase of a

to obtain any suitable piece of ground being unanimously agreed to, Mr. Gordon house and garden of sufficient dimensions was declared duly elected. The call was for the purpose. This alternative has at signed by those present, and was left in the hands of the interim Session to be further length been adopted; and, while it has signed, and to be brought up again to than £2,000, a property has been secured

entailed an additional expense of more the Presbytery at its meeting on 4th of September.

in a peculiarly eligible and central position, No. 2, High Street, on which it is intended to erect a church in the course of the

present season. It is felt to be most Intelligence.

desirable, if not essentially necessary, to Seaton DeLaval.—The Presbyterian blessing, to give permanence and stability

take this step, in order, with the Divine Church here was re-opened for public wor- to the congregation, and enable it the ship on Sabbath, the 11th of August last, more effectually to carry out its mission by the Rev. Dr. Anderson, of Morpeth. The here, viz., to provide religious ordinances Church had been closed for a few weeks for for the numerous Scotch and English the purpose of being cleaned and painted ; Presbyterians residing at Hampstead and and now the congregation have the satisfac- in the neighbourhood, as well as to take tion of worshipping in a clean and comfort. its share in the great duty incumbent upon able house. The re-opening services were all Christians of extending the means of preceded by a tea-meeting, held in the grace to those who have hitherto remained school-room on Saturday afternoon, at outside the pale of any religious denomi. which a numerous party sat down to tea, nation. when their wants were carefully attended to [Since the above circular wag printed, by a number of ladies connected with the the erection of the new church has been

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commenced, and a goodly subscription. He was, for upwards of thirty years, Sulist has been got up, amounting, we be perintendent of the Presbyterian Sabbath lieve, to nearly £3,000.]

School, and ever took a deep, active, and The VOLUNTEERS' PRAYER UNION.- untiring interest in the secular and reliChielly, we believe, through the exertions gious education of the young. He was of Captain MacGregor, a Prayer Union has been formed among the Volunteers, and proverbially their friend and benefactor.

Though strong in his denominational now embraces from two hundred to three hundred members, scattered

attachments, he was not sectarian-but

over the " three kingdoms." The following are the cherished a Catholic spirit towards every rules of the Union, which we publish branch of the Church universal. Upon with the view of making it more widely his own section of it, his death has enknown :

tailed a privation of no common magni. 1. This Association is for members of tude, which it will not be easy to supply Volunteer Corps who desire to offer simul- 1 -men of his mould are not of every day taneous prayer, at specified times, and to manufacture. He lived so as to be missed, hold communion with their fellow-Chris- i and his name will ever be associated with tians engaged in the same service.

sunny memories of deeds of active bene. II. Each member seriously purposes ficence and Christian usefulness. Ou (without pledging himself) to bear in Thursday morning last, at 5.30 a.m., mind some of the following subjects for about 300 of the inhabitants of this town prayer between the hours of 7 and 9 o'clock assembled in St. George's Church, where every Monday morning :

a funeral service was performed over the 1. The Queen, the Government, and mortal remains of deceased, which were the Legislature.

from thence conveyed to the North East. 2. The Army, Navy, Militia, and ern Railway Station, for the purpose of Volunteer Forces.

being forwarded to St. Boswell's for in3. The members of this and of other terment, accompanied by a large consimilar Unions.

course of people. His funeral sermon III. The admission of members and the was preached by Dr. Anderson, in St. management of the Union are under the George's, on Sabbath, 28th July, from control of a Committee, with power to add Acts viii. 2. to their number, and to appoint a Treasurer and Honorary Secretaries. The Committee shall meet at least once a year, THE CARDROSS CASE. and issue a list of mombers and statement of accounts.

The Commission of Assembly of the Each member on joining will send Free Church, at its recent meeting, One Shilling to the Honorary Secretary, and will receive a copy of the printed list determined not to appeal at present to of members.

the House of Lords. This decision is deeply regretted by many of the friends

of the Free Church on this side the Obituary.

Border, who regard the present step as

a practical relinquishment of the high THE LATE MR. JAMES TAIT, position which the Church first assumed, OF MORPETH.

and which her leaders threatened at all In our obituary of this day, says a

hazards to maintain. Northern paper, appears an announce- The Il'itness gives the following fament of the death of Mr. James Tait, vourable construction of the present saddler and hardware merchant, and position of the case :one of the councillors of this borough. Few citizens removed from our midst ever " When the Church went to the bar carried to their graves a larger tribute of of the civil court, she presented two preregret for their loss than has been deserv- liminary pleas. On either plea she edly paid to his memory. He was a man judged that her cause ouglit to triumph. of large-hearted benevolence, and of self-| Both pleas agreed in shutting out the sacrificing and munificent liberality, es- jurisdiction of the civil court. The first pecially to philanthropic and evangel- was the inherent independent spiritual istic enterprises in connection with the jurisdiction of the Church ; and the religious community to which he belonged. second was the formal constitution of

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the Church, including the canons and The Dial has the following judicious forms of process, as well as the Disrup- remarks upon the subject :tion documents, which Mr. M‘Millan had voluntarily subscribed, and which “Writing chiefly for Englishmen in a shut out appeal to the civil court. The London newspaper, we deliberately re. Church might triumph on both pleas, or iterate our doubts whether the Free she might triumph on only one ; practi- Church ought not to have appealed at cally it did not much matter which. The once to the House of Lords in defence of issue has been, that the Church has been her spiritual liberties. We know not cast on the first plea ; but on the second what the Free Church has done to forfeit no final decision has yet been given. her right to toleration as a self-supportThe interlocutor of Lord Ordinary Jervis- ing Presbyterian denomination. In the woode distinctly repudiated the plea of eye of British toleration non-established independent spiritual jurisdiction; and, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics on appeal, his finding has been confirmed occupy the same platform; and we see by the Inner House. But on the other not why the Free Church should hesitate plea,—the constitution of the Church to to claim what we should most certainly wit,—which shuts Mr. M‘Millan out back Roman Catholics in claiming. If a from appeal to the civil court, and, by Roman Catholic priest were deposed by parity, shuts the civil court out from his Bishop, lost his stipend in consegiving him redress in spirituals, the Lord quence, and brought an action into one Ordinary has given no final decision. of our courts demanding that the senThat plea is still before him, and what tence of deposition should be repealed, the Lord Ordinary now asks is more and damages awarded him; and if the proof. That may be a reasonable or it Bishop pleaded that his sentence of demay be an unreasonable demand. The position could not be brought under civil Church may favour the Lord Ordinary review, but, as being bonâ fide ecclesiaswith more proof, or she may decline to tical, must be protected in its natural

She may think she has produced and inseparable civil consequences; we proof enough upon the point already; should back the Bishop, and should call and, as Dr. Candlish suggests, the upon the Court, expressly dismissing the Church may remain a silent spectator prayer for repeal of the sentence of depotill it shall please the Lord Ordinary to sition, to take up the priest's claim for bring the process to an end, and give damages. We should, no doubt, insist judgment one way or other. There is that the Court ascertained perfectly that nothing inconsistent in the Church doing the man was a Roman Catholic priest, so; and certainly she surrenders no that the Bishop was really his ecclesias. principle by doing so. This is an entirely tical superior, that the sentence of which different thing from submitting her pro- repeal was demanded was truly spiritual. ceedings in the case to the civil court, But these things being ascertained, we that the merits may be adjudicated upon. should, in the name of British toleration, This is what our correspondent supposes demand that the exclusive right of the the Church is now to do. He has mis- Roman Catholic Bishop to depose the taken the matter. The Church simply Roman Catholic priest should be acpermits her second preliminary plea to knowledged. Now all these facts have remain before the Lord Ordinary. This been ascertained in the case of the is all, in effect, that she does. She may Free Church. We maintain that the or she may not comply with the request claim of the Free Church was fairfor more proof on that plea, but she per- worthy of being defended in the House mits it to remain before the civil court of Lordsthat the Civil Court should till that court shall have decided upon it not undertake to adjudicate on such sen. one way or other. Besides, the matter tences of an unendowed Presbyterian really is but in mid process: no appeal denomination. There, we humbly' think, is competent at the present stage with the Free Church ought to have taken her out the leave of the civil court ; and even stand; and though there might have granting that that leave could be ob- been a few on this side the Tweed to treat tained, the Church could not, according her professions as lies and her scruples to the unanimous opinion of her legal as absurdities, that sense of justice which advisers, bring her real cause before the is throned in the great heart of England House of Lords, were she to appeal it at would have responded to the righteous. the present stage.

do so.

ness of her claim,

Original Papers.

REVIVING PROTESTANTISM AND ITS OPPOSITION

TO POPERY.*

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Before the Apostle John was removed from earth, he was taught by the Spirit the nature and the form of the great apostacy. He says, “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." This is the description given by God of the system of the Papacy. As the true Church is the Lamb's wife, so this apostacy is to be wife-like-to appear as a Church. It is seated on the beast, or on civil power-temporal dominion-exerting a tyrannical influence over the affairs of nations. It is the mystery of iniquity set in direct opposition to the mystery of godliness, and cannot be understood, except by those who are taught of the Spirit. The titles it assumes, and the authority it claims, are blasphemy against God. And with these lofty assumptions are mingled deceit the meanest, the crastiest, licentiousness the most unblushing and foul, that have disgraced the annals of our fallen race.

It is purely an act of weakness to look on this apostate system as in any true sense a Church of God. The position assigned to it by Scripture and history is that of a tyrannical power, which endeavours to cloak its ambition under the pretext of religion. “As Babylon, the first empire which aimed at universal dominion, sprung from the bosom of patriarchal religion, and united idolatrous worship with the brutal force of arms, so did the spiritual Babylon, creeping up from the midst of Christianity, gather together the idolatrous hero-worship of the heathen, the pompous ritualism of the Jew, the false philosophy of ancient thinkers, and tearing off as it departed some shreds of the Christian system, it has with them endeavoured to hide the deformity of its stupendous falsehood. But whenever it has failed to deceive men, there never has been any scruple on its part to employ the most relentless cruelty in order to crush out huinan freedom and divine truth.

After the possession of great power for ages, during which this apostacy had spread itself over the greater part of Europe, it pleased God to send the light of his truth unto our forefathers at the beginning of the sixteenth century. It was then that the words Protestant and Protestantism were first used in their present meaning. They did not-they do not represent new truths or new things. There were brave men before Agamemnon, and there were reformers before Luther. At the Reformation it was no new religion that was founded, but the old religion of Christ and his apostles that was brought to light and applied to the exposure of a patchwork superstition.

* An Address delivered at the Tri-Centenary of the Reformation, held in America, by the Rev. John Hunter. No. 166.–New Series.

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