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to. Mr. J. B. Johnstone, in name of the station at Devizes, and that that duty session, asked the Preebytery to meet at St. should be entrusted to a si ecial committee, Helens on an early day to moderate in a as they did not think that it was one of ca'l. The congregation, with aid from the those stations that at all came within the Home Mission Committee, was prepared category of the congrega ions that they to guarantee an adequate stipend. The were appointed to originate and foster. He Presbytery agreed to meet at St. Helens on then briefly referred to the circumstances the 11th ult. Mr. Mitchell to preach and under which the charge of this station lad preside. We understand it is Mr. Robert devolved on them, stating that it was solely Noble, of Muirkirk, who is to be called. with a view to the securing of the old enMr. Dickenson, in submitting the Wigan dowments which had been left there for Home Mis-ion schedule to the consideration Presbyterian purposes that the Synod had of the Presbytery, ca led their attention to consented in April, 1865, to open the the fact that the Hewley Grant had not been stat on. The question as to the appropriamade to Wigan for some time. He did not tion of this endowment was still before the know whether the Presbytery could take law courts, and be understood that they al y steps to obt in it.

were less likely to get these endowments sation on the subject of the He ley Charity, now than they were eighten months ago. Dr. Munro movíd, and Mr. J. B. Johnstone If these endowments were not obtained by se onded, that the Clerk be in: tructed to this Church, Devizes could never be kept write to the trustees of he Hewley Charity, up even as a preaching station. That a king ihem to reco si er their decisior. s'ation had cost the committee during tbe It was ayri ed to ronsider the remit from period that it had been in their hands the Synod on the Union question.

£66 18+., besides £16 upon the furnisbing PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.—The monthly of the place, for which they got the fittings meeting of this Presbytery was held on up of a very comfortable hall. Mr. Tuesday, July 10th, in Queen- quare Matheson then stated that members of the Hou:e. The Rev. Mr. Edmonds, Mode- committee had surveyed several localities

The Clerk stated that he had re- in and about London in order to ascertain ceived two communications from the Home their eligibility for planting congregations Mission Committee, the first agreeing to in them. He also stated that the Home give a grant of £25 to the Devizes congre- Mission Committee had met at Liverpool Aation, and the other stating that they sir ce the Presbytery's last meeting, and would in the case of the Guernsey con- that they were very desiroiis to co-operate gregation make £100 as the basis of the with the Presbytery's Church Extension grant, the arrangement to date from last Committee, and would work hand in hand January. Mr. Chalmers further stated with them in connection with all their that he had received a letter from Mr. stations, being prepared to give pound for David Maclagan resigning his seat in the pound expe, ded upon new charges. Presbytery on acconnt of his having ac- PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND.cepted a situation in Edinburgh. The The quarterly meeting of this Presbytery Presbytery, on the suggestion of Mr. was held in St. James's Church, Alnwick, Chalmers and Dr. Hamilton, agreed to on the 10th of July, and was duly conexpress their regret at the loss they had stituted. After public worship, condueted sustained by Mr. Maclagan's removal, the by the retiring Moderator, the roll was latter remarking that it was very seldom called. Present: the Moderator (Rev. M. that even among their business men in Edwards, M.A.), Revds. J. Anderson, London they found one whose services D.D., S. Cathcart, T. Robinson, D. 8. were 80 valuable as were those of Mr. Fergus, M.A., A. Forsyth, W. Barrie, J. Maclagan. He was 80 clear-headed, so Benvie, A. F. Douglas, J. Brown, J. A. puhlic-spirited, and could express bimself Craig, R. Davideon, and J. Blythe, A.M. so forcibly and eloquently, that he was the (Clerk). Reasons of absence fron Messrs. very model of a business mon; and as Hoy and Huie were read and sustained. such they had found him as Secretary of Elders' Commissions in favour of Mr. the Church Building and Debt Extinction Aler. Hindmarsh, from the session of Fund. The Rev. Mr. Tulloch, of Living- Branton; of Mr. William Linn, from tle ston, and Rev. Mr. Masson, being present, session of Widdrington; of Mr. Ralph they were associated with the Presbytery. Bugloss, from the session of Wooler ; and The Rev. Mr. Matheson verbally reported of Mr. William Bell, from the session of that the services had been carried on as Alnwick, were read and sustained, and their usual at Croydon s nce the last report bad names were added to the roll. Mr. Cathbeen given in. He also stated that the cart was chosen Moderator, and Mr. Blythe Presbytery's Church Extension Committee was elecred Clerk, for the current year. were unanimously of opinion that they The Clerk laid on the table a communication should be relieved of the charge of the from the Rev. J. C. Paterson, intimating that, pursuant to the instructions of Synod, Lancashire, the Rev. David Henderson ; the Home Mission Committee will send for the congregation at Chester, Arthur deputies to visit all the congregations Dickson, Esq. ; and for the session and within the bounds of the Presbytery as congregation at Dudley, Messrs. Houghton soon as we can receive them. The Pres- and Young. The Rev. Geo. Lewis apbytery, heartily sympathizing with the peared for himself. Thereafter, the several object contemplated by the proposed depu- parties in the case addressed the Presbytery, tation, are prepared to give them a most and having been removed, the Presbytery cordial welcome, provided they can accom- proceeded to adjudicate; whereupon it was modate themselves to the arrangements moved by the Rtv. P. R. Crole, seconded which the Presbytery, from their know- by Mr. Gilchrist, and agreed to :-“That ledge of the circumstaoces of their re- the Presbytery, having heard and duly spective congregations, deem absolutely considered the reasons of translation and necessary to secure success to the mission, statements of parties in this case, especially Viz. :-That provision be made by the the frank expression of his views by Mr. Home Mission Committee for visiting the Lewis himself, do herrby agree to the several congregations on Sabbath days, translation of Mr. Lewis from Dudley which the Presbytery think might be to the congregation at Chester; and do easily accomplished by the Home Mission declare the congregation at Dud'ey to bu in reasing the number of the deputies by vacant so soon as the induction at Chester drafting a supplement thereto from some of has been duly reported by the Lancashire the ne ghbouring Presbyteries. The Pres- Pres hytery. This Presbytery, however, bytery also requested the Clerk to com- cannot part with a brother 80 much municate to Mr. Paterson their decided esteemned without expressing their sympathy conviction that, in matters affecting the with the congregation of Dudley in the loss fi lancial condition of their congregations, they must sustain by his removal, nor the parties most likely to influence the without testifying to the warm regard and, minds of the people in increasing their admiration which they entertain for him, contributions, would be the lay members of their strong sense of the ab lity, diligence, the Church; and they trust that these will piety, and faithfulness which he has disforin a large portion of the constituency of played throughout the course of his long the deputation. The Presbytery then pro- ministry, and their cordial desire and ceeded to appoint delegates to the several prayer that in bis future field of labour boards of the Committees of the Church, God may continue to grant him a rich and when the Moderator, Mr. Cathcart, and abundant blessing.” Parties having b-en Mr. A. Hindmarsh (elder), were appointed recalled, the resolution of Presbytery was to represent them in the Committees in intimated by the Moderator, in which London; Mr. Fergus and Mr. Ralph findig the Comíni-sioners acquiesced, and Buglass (elder), were appointed to repre- craved extracts, which were granted. sent them in the Home Mission Committee BERWICK PRESBYTERY.-This Court met in Lancashire. Dr. Anderson and Mr. at Berwickon Thursday, the 3rd of May, and Robinson were appointed to reprerent them was duls constituted by The Moderator, the at the Board of Examination. The Pres. Rev. William Dund. Sederunt: Messrs. bytery resolved to take into consideration Fraser, Cant, Valence, McLean, Scott, and tre remit on the College question, also the Dunn, ministers; Diessrs. Gardner and subject of a Bursary Fund, and the remit Luley, elders. Th minutes last meeton the Union Committee, at next quarterly ing having been read and sustained, an meeting, which was appointed to be held El ers' Commission from the Kirk Session in St. James's Church, Alnwick, on the of North Sunderland, in favour of Mr. Wilsecond Tuesday in October, at eleven liam Matthew, was laid on the table, read, o'clock.

and eu-tained, and his name was added to PRESBYTERY OP BIRMINGHAM.-CALL the rol'. The Rev. Mr. Brown, BirdhopeTO THE Rev. GEO. LEWIS.--The Presbytery craig, being present, was associated. The Qi Birmingham met at Dudley on Thurs- ministers of Åncroft Moor, Berwick, Hornnay, the 5th July, and was duly constituted. cliffe, Lowick, and Tweedmouth reported The Rev. Jonn Crowe, of H»nley, Mode that they had made collections for the rator pro tem. Inter alia, the Moderator Foreign Mission, and it was having intimated that the Presbytery were mended that the congregations within the now prepared to proceed with the con- bounds not having made this collection s deration of the call from Chester, in should do so immediately. The Presbytery favour of the Rev. Geo. Lewis, as previvusly appointed the Rev. William Haigh correappointed, the edict giving intimation at sponding member of the Foreign Missions Dudley on Sabbath last was returned, duly Committee; Messrs. Valence and Haigh, attested. Parties were then called, when ministers, and Mr. Gardner, elder, memthere appeared for the Presbytery of mers of Commission of Synod. The Pres

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bytery, having considered the instructions England, the cure for this was just to set of Synod to the Home Mission Committee about earnestly and vigorously to multip'y to send de utations to visit the sessions our congregations and extend the cause of and congregations throughout the Church, Christ, a work which would afford abundant for the purpose of recomo ending increased opportunities for the labour and energy of liberality, and bringing before them the al. The Rev. Mr. Dinwiddie then adCommittee's plans for securing a higher dressed the meeting in an able speech. minimum stipend, appointed Tuesday, the He dwelt much on the duty of personal 16th of October, and evenings following, work and individual efforts in the cause of for the purpose of rec-iving the deputies, the Lord Jesus Christ, and made special being, as they believed, the best season for nuention of the China Mission, el quenily securing the attendance of both elders and pleading its interests. He mentioned the people. A Home Mission Schedule from case of a lady—a member of his congreLowick was laid on the table, and examined. gation, who for four years past had bern The Presbytery being satisfied that the laying aside a portion of her income for amount stipulated by the office-bearers for missionary purposes, and whose pre'erences minister's stipend is as much as, in present inclined her to hold it, in the hope of the circumstances, can be raised, ordered the Church undertaking some mission work schedule to be attested. A conversation amongst the Jews, but whose heart had ou union with other churches occupied the been so strongly drawn out to feel an inremainder of the time, and it was agreed terest in the Church's work in China, that that the consideration of this subj«ct shall she had handed bim the whole sum for bo resumed at next ordinary m-eting, that mission. Captain Peter, elder and appointed to be held at Berwick on the treasurer of the congregation, addressed first Tuesday of September next, at twelve the meeting on the state of its finance, o'clock at noon.

showing that this was satisfactory. The LIQUIDATION OF DEBT ON John Knox Rev. Dr. Hamilton then addressed the CHURCH, STEPNEY.--A social meeting of meeting, and was very warmly received by the members and friends of the above con- the audience. He said that as an old gregation was held on Wedne day evening, friend of John Knox Church, having known the 27th June. Between three and four its whole history from its commencement, hundred persons took tea in the school having himself preached the first rermon room adjoining the churcli. After tea they within its walls at its opening, and having adjourned into the church, which was filled, always felt an affection ite interest in its and the chuir was taken by Hugh M. welfare, he greatly congratulated them on Matheson, Esq., who presided wiih his the event which brought them together, a'd usual urban ty and ability. The meeting the completion of so good a work. Speaki: g having been opened with proise and prayer, of the position and prospects of the cause offered by Mr. Edmonds, of Poplar, the in England, he expressed it as bis conChairinan addressed the meeting in suitanle viction that some mod fication of the acci and appropriate terms, dwelling especially dents of northern worship would be found and very touchingly on the duty and necessary in order to adapt it and make it privilege of entire self-consecration to God more generally acceptable to the English in all tijat we have and are. Mr. Dundas, mind. This could be done without in the elder, followed, who narrated briefly and least affecting what was of the essence of clearly the resolution of the congregation Presbyterianism. He thought we needed three years ago to liquidate a murtyage debt to learn toleration, and not to put crotchets of £900. and how, aided by a few liberal in the place of principles, and illu trated friends of the Church outside to some his meaning by one or two amusing es: extent, and by the invaluable Synou's amples. He then spoke on the desirableChurch-building and Debt-extinction Fud, ness of union amongst Presbyterians, esperaised by the labours of Dr. Humutun, cially in England; spoke of the affecion they had now litted the wortgage, and, with he cheris d for his United Presbyterinn tho exception of £100 repayable to the b:ethren, of his joy at the progress the Synou's Fund, they had the satisfaction of Union question had made, and of his seeig their church free of debt. He then fervent hope that, by the Divine blessing, it dwelt briefly on the advautages of the might speedily be fully and wisely conPresbyterian system; and deprecated in summaled. The R:v. Andrew Blacs, strong terms the sad and undeniable fact United Presbyterian Church, Stratfore, that to many crossed the Tweed to desert fully endorsed all Dr. Hamilton had sai i the blue banner and forget the Church of on the question of Union, and longed for their fathers. Ho further said that if, in its completion. He spoke of the mutual many instances, they looked on with cold friendship that existed between himself indifference at the efforts being made to and Mr. Keedy, of their occasional exrevive and extend the Presbyterian cause in change of pulpits, and cordial co-operation.



The Rev. W. Alexander, of Chelsea, Mode- Presbyterian Churches. It was a mighty rator of the Euglish Presbyterian Synod, easy thing for them sitting in this fine next ad {ressed the meeting, expre-sing his house to talk reasonably, coolly, and philosincere affection for and in erest in all sophically about u vion, because they needed that concerned the welfare of Jo'in Knox not to care whether they were united or Church. A vote of tranks to he Chairman not. But in England they were in a very for his kind and able conduct in the chair different position. They was moved by Mr. Keedy and carried by thousands of Israel, but it would require a accla tion, as was also a vute of thanks to microscope to pick up the Presbyterian the ladies of the congregation, by whom Church in England. Hundreds of thousands the te bad been provided, moved by the in England knew nothing about their existRöv. Mr. Fotheringham, of Tottenham. A ence. Eight out of every ten persons had collection was made during the evening no idea of Presbyterianism but that Dr. amounting to £15 133. 81., and this sum, Cumming was a Presbyterian. What they together with the proceeds from tickets, wanted, then, was visibility, and to be visible will yield to the funds of the church they wanted bulk. It was easy for the Church between £30 and £10.

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here to argue about it, but in England they PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOLS, WOOLWICA.- must have it. They felt they would then The annual public examination of these be stronger to do the work required of schools, by a deputation from the Presby- them. The very fact of a union taking tery of London, took place on the 19th place between them and the Presbyterian June, in presence of a large number of Church in Scotland could not but attract vi:itors. The deputation consisted of the attention, and if they had the great big Rev. Dr. Lorimer und the Rev. W. heart of Presbyterianism throbbing and Ballantyne. The children belonging to pulsing behind them, they cou'd not but these schools number nearly 400, and are effect a great work for good. He proceeded in the highest state of efficiency. The to show the great necessity which exi.ted specimens of drawings and needlework, to- in England for the spread of their doctrine gether with the quickness and ability with and worship ; for, whatever difference which the qu-stions of the examiners were might exist among them here, there w119 answered, reflected the highest credit on bardly a single pulpit in the whole Mr. Johu Russell, head master, and the country from which th-re went any docother teachers of the schools. After the trine higher then that Christ died for a l classes had been examined separately, all men. They would find that such a union the children were assembled in the bo;s' would have a reflex action. Popery was school-room, when an address was delivered spreading in England with a forc', by W. Rutherford, Esq., LL.D., who occu- rapidity, a power, a continuity, and a perpied the chair. Dr. Lorimer and Mr. tinacity of action only those engaged in Ballantyne then delivered congra ulatory work in the streets and lanes of the great addresses to teachers and scholars, after cities knew, and if Popery got rooted there, which prizes were given to the successful where would they in Scotland be? He ha i pupils of the last year.

often observed that, in the retributive proCARDIFF. - It will be seen from the ac- vidence of God, when people nezlovted count of the proceedings of the Lancashire their duty in one point, the effect was sure Presbytery, on another page, that the Rev. to come back upon them. Therefore, if Mr. Fordyce, of Dunse, having accepted they helped them they would just be the call to Cardiff, has been loosed from helping themselves. Mr. McCaw next auhis present charge by the Free Church dressed the Assembly, and thanked them Presbytery of Dunse.

fur the collection which had been made on ENGLISH DEPUTATION TO THE FREE behalf of the work of Church Extension in CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.-Mr. Adam, of England. He pressed upon them th: Aberdeen, who had attended, as a member desirability of supporting ihe Home Misof a deputation froin the Free Church, the sion in England, because it was to Scotch English Presbyterian Synod, introduced a people that that mission was chi fly sent, deputation froin that Synod to the As. and he submitted that the Engli·h Presby. sembly, con-isting of Mr. Alexander, Mode- terian Church was doing the work of this rator of the Synod ; Mr. McCaw, of Man. Church, and that if they did not occupy the chester; Mr. J. C. Murray, of Suth ground the Free Church would require to Shields ; Mr. W. K. Coubrough (elder), have had her English Mission, just as she Liverpool; and Mr. J.C. Stevenson (elder), had her colonial and other missions. He South Shields. Mr. Alexander first ad- therefore claimed their sympathy both in dressed the Assembly. He declared him- men and means, and asked the specia} self to be a thorough Free Churchman, and attention of the pro alioners of the Free advocated with much earnestness the pro- Church to the excellent spheres of labour priety of a union between the non-endowed which there lay before thom. England


required a strong Presbyterian Church to Presbyterian Church in England to set counteract the Rationalistic and Romanistic congregations on foot in large towns in tendencies of the Church of England, England, and to support those congregawhich the Church authorities felt unable tions until they could stand upon their to check, and the State would not interfere own footing - had not been so successful as with. He then stated that much progress might have been desired. But he did not had been made by the English Presby. despair of that object being accomplished. terians in establishing congregations It was in the hands of energetic promoters, throughout all England. The Pre-byterian and he was hopeful that the movement Churches should bend their energies upon would yet be accomplished. With referEngland, as being the stronghold of in- ence to the question of union, he reciprofluence and power in the empire, and the cated the sentiments expressed by the decentre of wealth and government. There putation, that if this union went on and was no finer field than England presented prospered, the closest possible alliance at the present day for the spread of the should be constituted between the PresbyPresbyterian system. He pointed to the terians of England and Scotlund, that they 2 al of the Church of Rome as an example might be virtually, if not formally, one to be followed in their efforts on behalf Church, though under distinct organizaof England, and concluded by praying that tions and governments. And he did believe blessings might come upon them and their that in the event of the union movement hig ily-favoured land. (Loud applause.) going forward, even though it should lead Mr. Murray arked, What is the mi-sion to United Presbyterian brethren in Eng; of the Presbyterian Church in England ? land be'ng separated from Scotland and Is it to atiempt the conversion of that united to their English Presbyterian friends, grent country to Presbyterianism? No ; they would be in that way able to exercise that is a romantic 'ancy worthy only of a an influence in England far greater than if Don Quixote. Is it to assault the Church they were a mere pendicle of the Church of of England, and seek her overthrow ? No; Scotland, wbich would be the case in a such a line of action would be most British Church. And some such plan as unwise, because it would be beating the was suggested by the United Presbyterian air, and would bring on us weakness and Union Committee would give the benefit not strength. The function of our Church of the whole influence of Scottish Presby. is to take the oversight of the Presby- terianism in England. The motion having terians in England; to cultivate its native bern agreed to, the Moderator conveyed to Presbyterianism; to receive and crerish the deputation the thanks and well-wishes Presbyterian immigrants from other coun- of the Assembly. He congratulated the tries ; and to work our excellent system deputation on the vigour with which the 80 wisely and well, with such judgment, Presbyterians were carrying on their work and energy, and fairness, that others who in England, and on the close affinity may look at us may see how good it would which existed between them and the Free be for them to join us. Having dwelt at Church of Scotland, who were glad to some length upon the religious tendencies welcome them and to aid them in every way of the day, he concluded by advocating they could in the magnificent work they union with other nonconforming Presby- were carrying on. terian bodies. Mr. Sievenson brought ENGLISH DEPUTATION TO THE IRISH under the notice of the Assembly tre PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.-The Cl-rk read arrangements made by the Young Men's the minute of the English Presbyterian Christian Association of London for the Synod, appointing the Rev. Thomas Alexintroduction of young immigrant Scotch- ander, minister at Chelsea, Moderator; the men to Presbyterian Churches and to Rev. J. T. C. Gullen, minister at Swansea, salutary influences. Dr. Candlish moved and Hugh M. Matheson, Esq., as the deputhe cordial thanks of the Assembly to the tation to the General Assembly of the Presdeputa!ion, and supported the recom- byterian Church in Ireland. Mr. Magill, of mendation of Mr. Stevenson, that ministers Cork, introduced the deputation, and reof the Free Church should introduce to ferred to the interest with which the Irish the minis' ers of the English Presbyterian deputation bad listened to the proceedings Church those young men who were leaving of the English Synod, at the last meeting Scotland for England. He next spoke of of that body. Mr. Alexander then briefly the advantages young men now had in addressed the Assembly. If in England going to Liverpool, Manchester, or other the Synod had such a numerous body as Irge towns in England, to what were to the Irish Assembly, they would have had be found a few years ago. He regretted (he said) reason to be proud; and he that the effort in rtspect of which the could not help reniem being the first gift of deputation care to Scotland a few months £800 which his Church in England received ago-namely, to raise a fuud to enable the at the hands of their Irish brethren, and

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