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A Reasonable Account why some COLLECTIONS AND DONATIONS.

pious, Nonconforming Ministers in EngSYNOD SCHOOL FUND.

land judge it sinful for them to perform

their Ministerial Acts in publick, solemn Southampton River Terrace, London

prayer, by the prescribed forms of others.

1679. 12mo. Brighton St. George's, Liverpool

Taylor's (Jeremy, D.D.) Liberty of ProRockferry Laygate, South Shields

6 00 phesying. London, 1647. 4to. John Knox, Newcastle-on-Tyne Hampstead

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From Robert Barbour, Esq.
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Manchester.
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Bessle (Gustavus Adolphe) Système
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5. Mnémonique. London, 1841. 8vo. Bankside, Berwick

1 6 0 Brown's (John, D.D.) Puseyite EpiscoNorth Sunderland

pacy. Edinburgh, 1842. 8vo. Norham Alnwick

Burns' (Robt. D.D.) Menoir of Rer. Lowick

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Compendium of the Laws of the Church Harbottle

200 of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1831. 8vo. Wooler

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3 10 7 ference held at Manchester, 1846. London, Jxo. JOHNSTONE,

1847.

Treasurer, Fleming (Robt.), The Fulfilling of Scrip67, New Bond Street, W.,

ture, vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1845. October 19th, 1861.

Forbes' (Rev. Robt.) Proceedings in the Inferior Courts of the Free Church of

Scotland. Edinburgh, 1856. 8vo. DONATIONS TO THE COLLEGE Houston's (Rev. J. O.) Sermons. New LIBRARY.

castle-upon-Tyne, 1853. 8vo.

Miller (Rev. Samuel) and Lorimer (Rev. The Professors gratefully acknowledge J. G.), Manual of Presbytery. Edinburgh, the following donations of books to the 1842. Library :

Locke's (John), A Paraphrase and Notes From Alexander Fraser, Esq., on the Epistles to the Galatians, CorinthManchester.

ians, Romans, and Ephesians. London,

1742. 4to. Care's (Henry) Utrum Horum. Lon

Lorimer's (Rev. John G.) The Eldership don, 1682. 8vo.

of the Church of Scotland. Glasgow, 1811. Doolittle's (Thos.) Treatise Concerning

Love (Rev. John, D.D.), Memorials of, the Lord's Supper, together with Three

2 vols. Glasgow, 1857. 8vo. Dialogues, and Bethania. London, 1700. 12mo.

Miller's (Rev. Ebenezer) Voices of Christ

to the Churches Considered. London, 1812. Hurrion's (Rev. John) Sermons, 2 vols. London, 1813. 8vo.

Parker's (Rev. A. B.) The Fulness of Ives' (Rev. Cornelius) Sermons. Oxford,

the Mediator. London, 1861. 8vo. Te 1833. 8vo.

copies. Kingsley's (Rev. Ch., jun.) Village Ser

Plea of Presbytery. Glasgow, 1840. Sro. mons. London, 1849. 8vo.

Presbyterianism in Newcastle. Ney. Lavington's (Rev. Samuel) Sermons and castle, 1847. 8vo. other Discourses, 2 vols. London, 1815.

Styles and Procedures in the Church 8vo.

Courts of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1838. Lee's (Rev. Samuel) Sermons on the

Thomson's (Rev. Henry, D.D.) SacraStudy of the Holy Scriptures, with Two mental Addresses. Edinburgh and London, Dissertations, &c., and an Original Expo- 1839. sition of the Book of Revelation, in 1 vol. Fac-Simile of the National Covenant of London, 1830.

Scotland.

PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.

PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND.

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Presbyteries' Proceedings.

This Presbytery held its ordinary meet

ing on Tuesday, October 8th, in the College This Presbytery met at Alnwick, October | Hall, at 3 p.m. 8th, 1861, and was duly constituted. The ! The members present were Drs. McCrie roll being called, sederunt the moderator, (moderator pro tem.), Lorimer, and Mr. Fotheringham; Rev. Dr. Anderson ; Hamilton ; Messrs. McLaren, Burns, Messrs. Hoy, Huie, Cathcart, Forsyth, Chalmers, Ballantyne, Alexander, Duncan, Douglas, Benvie, Brown, and the clerk, M‘Millan, Davison, Keedy, Walker, ministers. Minutes of last quarterly meet- Edmonds, Fisher, Fraser, ministers ; and ing and subsequent meeting were read and Messrs. Gillespie, Ritchie, Robb, Bruce, sustained.

Ferguson, Bright, and Sawyer, elders. After devotional exercises, by Mr. Cath- On the motion of Mr. Alexander, the cart, Mr. Huie conducted the Presbyterial Rev. D. Gordon, of Elgin, was associated exercise on the subject of Education in with the Presbytery ; and on the motion of England in connection with the Presby. Dr. Lorimer, the same thing was done with terian Church, after which several members the Rev. Dr. Baird, of New York. expressed their views on the matter ; the Mr. Ritchie brought up a schedule from, Presbytery agreed to resume the considera- the congregation at Milwall, which was tion of this important subject at next examined, signed by the Moderator, and

! quarterly meeting.

ordered to be sent to the Home Mission Mr. Fotheringham reported that he had Committee. preached at Crookham, on Sabbath, Sept. 25, Mr. McLaren made a statement regardand after worship declared the church vacant; ing the station at Lewes, in which he men. thereafter he moderated in the Session, tioned, among other gratifying circumand provided supplies for the pulpit. stances, that it was to be supplied for three

A deputation from the Presbytery of months by the Rev. Mr. Salmon, late of Berwick, consisting of Rev. P. Thompson, Sydney. He thought there was moderator, and Rev. P. Vallence, was intro- prospect of its ultimately becoming a duced to the Presbytery, and brought before regular ministerial charge; and in order the Court the subject of a “ Building and that it might be helped over the difficulties Debt Extinction Fund," and asked co- incidental to its present position, he asked operation in regard to the same; where the Presbytery to render it the aid which upon the Presbytery expressed to the depu- it might deem best. tation the high satisfaction which they felt in Mr. Sawyer gave additional information welcoming them to their meeting and listen- respecting the place and its requirements. ing to their statements, but unanimously After conversation, the Presbytery reresolved that they were not prepared to solved, on the motion of Mr. Chalmers, to entertain in integro the proposition made call the attention of the Home Mission by them for the formation of a local Committee to the case, as having a strong scheme to liquidate the debt resting on claim on the funds, with the administration churches and manses in the county of of which the Church has entrusted that Northumberland; and furthermore, though Committee. declining to homologate the proposed plan, Mr. Ballantyne proposed that a Comthey felt the subject to be of such im- mittee be appointed for the examination of portance, that they agreed to appoint the Messrs. Gillies and Gullan, two students, moderator, Mr. Fotheringham, Messrs. who have completed an undergraduate Benvie and Douglas (the moderator to be course at the University of Glasgow, and convener), as a committee to meet with any who desire to be admitted as regular committee or committees that may be ap- students in the Theological College of this pointed by the neighbouring Presbyteries, Church. A Committee was appointed with a view of collecting and preparing a accordingly. table of statistics, which may serve On the part of the Session of Caledonian materials for an overture to the Synod. Road Church, Dr. McCrie requested the

Home Mission schedules from Glanton and Presbytery to moderate in a call to a minisHarbottle were given in, read, and ordered ter for that church. The request was agreed to be attested by the moderator, which was to, and Dr. McCrie was appointed to preach done accordingly.

and preside at the moderation on the 15th Presbytery resolved that the next quar- inst., at 7 p.m. terly meeting be held at Alnwick, in St. Application was made on the part of the James' Presbyterian Church, on the second people forming the preaching station at Tuesday in January, 1862, at 12 o'clock, Tiverton for the continuance among them and adjourned accordingly.

of the Rev. Mr. Hunter, late of Halifax, Closed with prayer,

for six months longer. Mr. Hunter being

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present, and having laid his Presbyterial sustain them, the Moderator, in the name certificate on the table, was requested to of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the address the Presbytery on the subject. He authority of the Presbytery, licensed Mr. made a most encouraging communication Dickenson to preach the Gospel. regarding the condition aud the prospects of the Presbyterian cause in Tiverton and the neighbourhood, and expressed his wil

Intelligence. lingness to prolong his labours there for six months more. The Presbytery there

NEWBIGGIN-BY-THE-SEA. New Pres. upon appointed Mr. Hunter to take charge byterian Church. A few years ago, the of the station accordingly.

Rev. Thomas Robinson, now minister of Dr. Baird, of New York, addressed a Risley, originated a preaching station in few touching words to the Presbytery, this thriving village, in connection with the chiefly on the present disastrous and per- Presbyterian Church in England. The staplexing state of affairs in the United States. tion has been continued ever since that At the suggestion of Mr. Gillespie, the Pres. period, and the pulpit regularly supplied bytery united in prayer, commending Dr. with ministerial services, towards the support Baird to the Divino care on his way to of which, the members of the congregation America, and seeking Divine guidance and have nobly and liberally contributed, much help in the midst of the sore evils with to their credit and Christian zeal. The which that land is at present overtaken,- station having assumed a degree of impor. Mr. Burns, of Hampstead, leading the de- tance, and the prospects of success having votions.

become so encouraging, the Committee now

contemplate building a suitable place of PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE.

worship. William Watson, Esq., of North This Presbytery met, in hunc effectum, Seaton House, has generously given an at Wharton, on the 18th of September; eligible and commodious site, accompanied members present :-Rev. W. McCaw, with a very liberal subscription. This conmoderator pro tem.; Rev. Messrs. J. C. tribution to the cause is all the more gratiPaterson, J. J. Davidson, John Clelland, fying considering that Mr. Watson is an G. Johnstone, ministers; Messrs. J. Episcopalian. Robert Barbour, Esq., and Macalpine and J. G. Brown, elders. other gentlemen, have also kindly subscribed.

Rev. Mr. Pirie, of Edinburgh, being On Tuesday evening, the 24th ult., a conpresent, was associated.

gregational meeting was held at Newbiggia, The Presbytery proceeded to the ordina- in the room where the service is at present tion of Mr. John Gordon. Public worship conducted. The Rev. Thomas Robinson, was conducted by the Rer. W. McCaw; of Etal, occupied the chair. A verbal finanand thereafter Mr. Gordon was ordained cial statement was made by the treasurer, to the office of the holy ministry by prayer Mr. John Dawson, from which, it appeared, and the laying on of the hands of the that about £200 have already been subscribed Presbytery.

towards the contemplated erection. The At the close of the ordination service, names of the following gentlemen were the Presbytery took up the case of Heath added to the building Committee, viz. : Street, Liverpool, when the clerk read Messrs. R. B. Sanderson, J.P., Jesmond; answers to the remit of Presbytery from J. C. Stevenson, J.P., South Shields; the interim Session of Heath Street, C. Lundie, North Shields ; Grey, Woodhorn and from the Canning Street Mission Demesne : W. Annandale; J. Hood; M. Committee, to the effect that, whilst ex. Laurence;'W. S. Wilkinson, Morpeth, and pressing their willingness to assist the Buddle, Newbiggin. Messrs. Grey and mission in Heath Street as far as they have Melrose were elected joint secretaries, and means and opportunity, they do not feel Mr. John Dawson, treasurer. It is please at liberty to pledge themselves to feel un- ing to congratulate our friends at Newbiggin abated interest in it during any definite and the neighbourhood on their cheering period. Thereupon it was moved by Mr. prospects of securing a place of worship, in J. C. Paterson, and agreed :--That inug. which laudable enterprise they will no doubt much as the remit of Presbytery had been be successful; and it may be hoped that returned unsigned, the Presbytery cannot, the day is not far distant when the foundain accordance with its instructions at last tion-stone of the new Church will be laid. ordinary meeting, proceed to appoint a day The undertaking is one which well merits for the moderation in a call.

the sympathy and cordial support of the Mr. Johnstone, convener of the com- Christian public, especially that of our mittee appointed to examine Mr. S. T. Presbyterian friends, owing to the rapid inDickenson, gave in the report of the com- crease of the population in Newbiggin and mittee; and the Presbytery having heard the locality, which imperatively demands a the trials prescribed, and having agreed to 'corresponding increase of ministerial labour.

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When the Most High selected and set apart the peculiar people, He furnished them with a code of laws—a handbook of religion and ethics. The Five Volumes of Moses contained all which they needed to know as to their own origin, and as to the function which Jehovah designed them to fulfil. These books contained a symbolic or foreshadowing Gospel; and whilst they taught that God is accessible to sinners, they breathed (the last of them especially) that Divine good-will and tender mercy which are the Gospel's pervading essence and quickening spirit. And whilst they taught that God loved his people, they also showed what a loving people might do for Him who had chosen them from among the nations, and wrought such wonders for them. They contained a comprehensive manual of conduct-a directory for their daily demeanour, and rules for the right discharge of every religious duty.

However, to say nothing of the limited range of a manuscript, it would seem as if they were only those few and exceptional minds which are in earnest at any rate to which a book answers the purpose of a Divine Messenger. The little island of Pitcairn was peopled by the mutinous crew of the ship Bounty and the heathen wives they had brought from Tahiti. A Bible and a Prayer-book, and some religious publications were in the possession of the little community ; but they lay unnoticed and unread, and they had no effect whatever in restraining the drinking and the fighting, the murders and the manifold crimes of the reprobate inhabitants. At last, after twenty years, John Adams had a horrible dream, which gave him a new impression of the wicked life he had been leading, and of the dreadful doom awaiting him. This dream sent him back to the dusty Bible, and the Bible brought him to the throne of grace, and there a suppliant for mercy he found it through the merits of a Saviour. He now became to his wicked neighbours a preacher of righteousness, and that with such success that before he died the face of the island was entirely changed. It had become a community eminently devout, moral, God-fearing.

Such seems to be the way of God. The saving and sanctifying truth he entrusts for precision and preservation to a written record ; but in order to reach the mass—in order to startle apathy, and burst through all barriersthat truth needs to be proclaimed by earnest men of whose minds it has taken possession.

The stated appointed teachers of the Hebrew nation were the sacerdotal caste-the sons of Levi. “ The priest's lips should keep knowledge, and the people should seek the law at his mouth ; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts ;" and when he was like that pattern priest described by

The substance of a Sermon preached in Regent Square, on the Sabbath appointed for the College collection. No. 168.-New Series.

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Malachi," in whose mouth was the law of truth, and who walked with God in peace and equity," many were turned from iniquity.

But, as you know very well, ten of the tribes revolted from David's dynasty, and tore themselves away from the temple and the priesthood. And even in Judah itself the priests often grew lazy and worldly ; and in order that evil might not pass unreproved, and that the people might not remain uninstructed, from time to time God raised up men faithful and fearless, who set their face as a flint—who carried the message of their God into the presence chamber of kings—who lifted up their voice and cried aloud against idolatry, and usury, and false swearing, and other prevalent sins, and who as a reward of their holy zeal were some of them stoned, sawn asunder, slain with the sword: while many of them wandered in sheep-skins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented.

In the tribe of Judah, which had the advantage of a numerous resident priesthood, prophets were more rarely raised up; but in the kingdom of Israel the requirement was perpetual, and these schools of the prophets, where they enjoyed each other's society, and where the younger members were under the instruction and guidance of some experienced Elisha or some fervid Elijah--these associations into which men entered on whom rested the Spirit of the Lord, and there got further fitted and trained for their function—they were the theological seminaries and home-missionary institutions in the land of Israel.

Since then there have been great changes. The Saviour has come. In Him the predictive portion of prophecy has received its main fulfilment-in Him the Levitical priesthood has been substantiated and superseded ; and, instead of the five books of Moses, the Bible is now a large and delightfully variegated library of six-and-sixty volumes. Great changes ! But still human nature is unchanged, and among its otlier features this continues one: For a correct and permanent record, the book is infinitely better than the most tenacious memory ; but in order to bring the lessons of the book into impressive contact with men's understandings and hearts, there is great need that they should be taken up and conveyed by the living teacher or messenger.

To take the most elementary instance : “Understandest thou what thou readest ?" There are many persons who do not read with understanding: and to them a portion of Scripture over which they have puzzled and stumbled in vain, stands out like a new revelation when they listen to an intelligent and articulate reader. Still more, if that reader's own soul is in thorough sympathy. Like the sacred ark jolted along in a country cart, too often is the sacred text conveyed to the audience in hard, unfeeling tones ; but when we yield our own spirits to its power, it speaks for itself, and, like Mre. Fry, who never read to the prisoners in Newgate the “ Prodigal Son" without drawing tears from their eyes, the intrinsic pathos finds its way far faster than the rules of rhetoric.

“ Understandest thou what thou readest ?” There are many passages which a man needs a great deal of information in order to explain. In order to be quite sure, you would require to read the Greek or Hebrew original : you would need to have some knowledge of ancient history : you would be the better for an acquaintance with the ways of the old Hebrews, and with the localities and productions of the Holy Land. And above all, you would need to be well acquainted with the drift of that passage, and with the style of Scripture in general, so as to explain the verse in the light of the coutext, and in harmony with the rest of revelation.

Even such a simple thing as reading is seldom self-tanght, and when you

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