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This Reverend Court held its ordinary monthly meeting at 16, Exeter Hall, on the 10th August; the Rev. W. Chalmers, Moderator, in the chair.
The Report of the Hampstead Committee was then called for, read, and approved of. Mr. Roxburgh obtained leave of absence from his congregation for two months; and, at his request, Mr. Fisher was authorized to hold Kirk Sessions at Greenwich, when necessary, till Mr. R's return.
A Member of Court inquired whether, in the event of certain parties opening a new preaching station at Islington, this movement, on their part, would prejudice any future application from them to the Presbytery for a direct sanction of the same? After consideration, the Presbytery agreed, by a majority, "that the Presbytery cannot, in general, regard the opening of a place of worship in connexion with this church, and procuring supplies for it without their direct sanction, as prejudicing a future application for such sanction; but that they cannot give to the present application any other answer than that parties must be considered as acting upon their own responsibility in this matter, until such information is afforded as may enable the Presbytery to come to a judgment." Professor Lorimer was appointed to dispense the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at Lewisham Chapel, Westminster, on Sabbath, the 22d August.
The Presbytery adjourned to meet at 16, Exeter Hall, on the second Tuesday of September, at 3 o'clock P.M.; and the sederunt was closed with prayer.
PRESBYTERY OF BIRMINGHAM.
THIS Presbytery held its first meeting in the Presbyterian Church, Broad-street, Birmingham, on Tuesday, the 6th July. Sederunt Messrs. Lewis, (Moderator,) Mackenzie and Speers, ministers. Commissions having been read and sustained in favour of Messrs. John Henderson and David M'Cutcheon to represent the congregations of Birmingham and Dudley, as elders for next six months, the Presbytery appointed Mr. Speers clerk, who thereupon entered upon his duties. Mr. Lewis of Dudley, was chosen Moderator for next six months. The Rev. J. M. Martyn, a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, being present, was requested to sit. Attention having been called to the state of the Session Records within the bounds of the Presbytery, it was unanimously resolved that the Session Records and Communion Roll of each congregation should be laid on the table at next meeting. Mr. Henderson called the attention of the court to the desirableness, under existing circumstances, of a large and regular attendance of members; and moved, "That the travelling expenses of ministers attending Meetings of Presbytery, be paid by their respective Sessions." Mr. M'Cutcheon seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.
The Rev. Donald Fergusson of Liverpool being present as a deputation from the Presbytery of Lancashire, addressed the court, whereupon it was unanimously resolved,"That the thanks of this Presbytery are due, and hereby tendered to the Presbytery of Lancashire, for the fraternal spirit they have manifested in sending one of their number to confer with and encourage the brethren of the Birmingham Presbytery at this their first Meeting; and farther, that should the Presbytery of Lancashire think it desirable to appoint a Committee of correspondence, this Presbytery will have great pleasure in reciprocating their kindness and following their
example." The induction of Mr. Martyn to the pastoral charge of the congregation at Shelton, having been referred to the Presbytery, and all the relative documents having been laid on the table, it was resolved to proceed with the induction on Tuesday, August 3, and Mr. Lewis of Dudley was appointed to serve the edict on Sabbath, 18th instant; Messrs. Mackenzie and Lewis, ministers, and Henderson and M'Cutcheon, elders, were appointed to represent the Presbytery at next meeting of Commission.
RIVER TERRACE, ISLINGTON.
ON Thursday, July 29, the Rev. John Weir, of Belfast, was inducted as the successor of the late lamented Rev. Josias Wilson, in the Presbyterian Church, River Terrace, Islington. The service commenced at three o'clock P.M. The congregation was large, and highly respectable.
The Rev. Mr. Ross, of Brighton, conducted the introductory services, and preached. His text was Acts ii. 42.
The Presbytery adjourned to meet at the Presbyterian Chapel, Shelton, on the first Tuesday in August, at twelve o'clock. The The Rev. Professor Campbell next delivered Presbytery met at Shelton on Tuesday, the an able discourse in defence of Presby3d of August. Sederunt-Messrs. Mac- terianism. He said its principles had been kenzie, Moderator, pro tem.; Speers and misrepresented in this country, and its history Bryson, ministers; and Henderson and misread, and his design was, on the present M'Cutcheon, elders. Messrs. Fergusson of occasion, to present it in its true light. He Liverpool, and Gardner of Birkenhead, being shewed that Presbytery is as ancient as present, were requested to sit as assessors. Christianity, and that, as a system of church The Presbytery having called for the Session polity, it is more widely diffused than any Records and Communion Rolls, the following other that prevails among Protestants. The were laid on the table,-Dudley, Birmingham, great majority of the Protestants of Christenand Shelton; and a Committee appointed to dom are Presbyterians. It is objected against examine the same, and report to next Presbyterianism that it is republican; and Meeting. Commissions were handed in and the Independents bring against it the opposite sustained from the congregation of Shelton, charge, that it is despotic. But, in fact, it in favour of Mr. John Bate, to represent them stands equi-distant between the democracy of as elder for the next three months; and from Independency on the one hand, and the the Congregation of Wolverhampton, in absolute monarchy of Prelacy on the other. favour of Mr. Alex. Wills, to represent them -Presbyterians have been accused of disas elder for next six months. Mr. Henderson loyalty; but history shows them to have been solicited the attention of the Presbytery to the most loyal body in the United Kingdom. the state of education in the various congre- Neither the private views nor the public malgations within the bounds of the Presbytery, administration of James I. could alienate and concluded by moving the following their loyalty. And when they revolted from Resolution, which was recorded, and unani- his son, Charles I., it was against his minions mously agreed to:-"That the Presbytery, they acted, not himself, whose person was held as early as possible, examine all schools and sacred, according to the useful fiction that teachers connected with congregations within kings can do no wrong. During the whole its bounds; and that such examinations take time of the Protectorate, the Presby place as far as possible in the churches with terians were faithful to the Stuarts. Where which the schools are connected. In the then were the Royalists, the Cavaliers, and meantime, appoint all Sessions within their High Churchmen? Living at ease in their bounds to report to next Meeting of Presby-castles, or skulking on foreign shores, and tery, as to the number of Schools connected displaying their loyalty in toasts. Certainly, with their several congregations, the nature if Bacchanalian revelry could have restored of support, whether receiving aid from the royalty, they were the men to do it. While school fund, the educational course pursued, these men were intriguing to bring a Papist number of scholars on the books, their to the throne of Great Britain, the Presby average attendance, qualifications of teachers, terians, to a man, were true to the House of salary paid," &c. &c.
Mr. Bryson gave notice of his intention to submit an overture at next Meeting, on the subject of a general sustentation fund; and another on the manner of appointing the Synods' Committees. The Presbytery then adjourned to meet again at two o'clock. At two o'clock the Presbytery met, and proceeded with the induction of Mr. Martyn. Rev. J. R. Mackenzie presided, Rev. D. Fergusson preached; Rev. J. Speers explained the discipline of the Presbyterian Church; Mr. Mackenzie addressed the minister, and Rey. John Gardner, the people. Immediately after, the Presbytery adjourned to meet again at the Presbyterian Church, Wolverhampton, on Tuesday, September 7, at three o'clock. Meeting closed with prayer.
The Rev. W. Chalmers put the questions to Mr. Weir in a very impressive manner; after which, the new pastor was formally admitted into the English Presbyterian Church, and into the Presbytery of London, and to the enjoyment of all the rights and privileges thereunto belonging; in testimony of which the members of Presbytery gave him the right hand of fellowship. Mr. Chalmers, as Moderator, then delivered a charge to the new pastor, remarkable for its ability, judiciousness, and solemnity. Having addressed some valuable counsels to the people, these very interesting services were concluded, excepting the ceremony which Mr. Weir had to go through in receiving the cordial welcome of the congregation at the door. Certainly nothing of the kind could be more cordial.
Mr. Weir preached in River Terrace Church on Sunday, August 1. The place was crowded to excess, and the reception given to the new pastor was most warm and gratifying. His text in the morning was Ezkeiel xlviii. 35; in the evening, Heb. xiii. 7:"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow," &c. In expounding this text he dwelt with touching power on the character of the late Mr. Wilson. The
effect of his appeals on the audience was decided and visible. On the whole, Mr. Weir commences his pastorate in London under the happiest auspices.
NEWCASTLE. THE REV. 8. GLOUCESTER.
WE have received from a Correspondent the following intimation of our respected brother, Mr. Gloucester's, visit to Newcastle. We rejoice to hear that he is succeeding in the object of his mission to this country. The Free Church, we knew, would gladly" send back the money" to America in this manner; but since Mr. Gloucester has not obtained in Scotland all that he requires, we commend his cause to our English Presbyterian Churches which he may yet visit. With regard to the Newcastle people being destitute of heart, we have known the reverse of this often already; and at the next meeting of Synod hope to know much more of the folly of the impu
important matter, proceeded to consider the
THE Presbytery of Birmingham met at Brunswick Chapel, Shelton, near Hanley, on Tuesday, August 3, for the induction of the Rev. Mr. Martyn. A large congregation had assembled to witness the induction services. "On Sabbath, August 8th, the Rev. Stephen of Birmingham, had constituted the Meeting, After the Moderator, the Rev. Mr. Mackenzie, Gloucester, Pastor of the Central Coloured Mr. Fergusson, of Liverpool, preached an Presbyterian Congregation, Philadelphia, appropriate discourse from Hab. iii. 2, 3. (U.S. America,) preached in the various Mr. Speers, of Stafford, addressed the conchurches in connexion with the Synod in gregation on the Presbyterian form of Church Newcastle to crowded congregations; viz., government. Mr. Mackenzie then put the in the morning in Great Market Church; usual questions to Mr. Martyn, and having afternoon, in the High Bridge Church, and obtained satisfactory answers thereto, he in the evening in the Music Hall. The ob- offered up fervent prayer in behalf of pastor ject of Mr. Gloucester's visit to Newcastle and people, and delivered a solemn and affecwas to collect money in aid of defraying the tionate address to the minister on his respondebt on his new Church; he has been kindly sibilities, his difficulties, and his encouragereceived, and has received subscriptions from ments, as a servant of Christ. The Rev. J. the friends of Presbyterianism in Newcastle Gardner, of Birkenhead, briefly, but earnestly, to a considerable amount; indeed, to greater addressed the congregation on their duties to extent than Mr. Gloucester's sanguine expec- their pastor. The Presbytery then adjourned. tations, for when that gentleman was in Edinburgh, some of the leading ministers of school-room, with about eighty ladies and The Presbytery were invited to dine in the the Free Church told him not to go to New-gentlemen, whose hospitality on the occasion castle, for, said they, the Christians in Newcastle are Christians without hearts to was certainly shewn without grudging. J. Henderson, Esq., of London-works, BirAt seven p.m. there was a Public mingham, in the chair. After hearing addresses from the Chairman, Mr. Bromley, Wesleyan minister, and the several ministers present, the interesting services of the day were concluded about nine o'clock. Mr. Martyn has had an auspicious introduction to his new sphere of action, where we trust he may be long spared for great usefulness, being upheld, as we believe him to be, by the prayers of a flock whose influence will be extensively felt, and whose example we hope shall ere long be extensively imitated.
give to the cause of Christ. We are at a loss to conceive how the Free Church has formed such an opinion of the people of Newcastle. For to use Mr. Gloucester's own words, 'the hearts of the people of Newcastle are the most warm I have met with since I
came to Great Britain.''
ST. PETER'S CHURCH, LIVERPOOL.
the advantages of mutual love between pastor and people, and the high gratification he felt in being asked to perform a duty so pleasing to himself, so honourable to them, and so worthy of their minister. Mr. Burns replied in a short and suitable address, and expressed his heartfelt thanks for the happy feeling of love and confidence which had ever existed between him and them since his translation among them in 1844; and while he was sensible of his short-comings and sins in the past, he earnestly solicited their indulgence and prayers for the future, and would ever regard their kind and considerate attention on the present occasion, as a valuable of his pastoral duties.- Whitehaven Pacquet. pledge of their attachment, and a motive to redoubled diligence and zeal in the discharge
FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
THE Free Church has appointed the Rev. Dr. The Rev. Dr. Candlish has been appointed Edinburgh, in room of the late Dr. Chalmers. W. Cunningham, Principal of New College, lish is to have charge of the students of the one of the Professors of Theology: Dr. Candfirst and fourth years; Dr. J. Buchanan having those of the second and third years. Dr. Cunningham retains the chair of ecclesiastical history.
Rev. Dr. Moody Stuart, of Edinburgh, and IN consequence of the report brought by the the Rev. Mr. Campbell, of Melrose, from the Irish General Assembly, to which they were sent as a Deputation from the Free Church, it has been resolved to send brethren from in their Home Mission operations. A wide Scotland to aid the Irish Assembly for a time door of usefulness has been lately opened in many parts of Ireland, and amidst the Roman former period a desire for the preaching of population there is more than at any the Gospel. The noble exertion of the Presbyterian Church during the famine, in behalf
HOME MISSION IN IRELAND.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WHITEHAVEN.
THIS Church, which is situated in one of the most important localities in England, has been lately, after a long course of expectation and waiting on the part of the congregation, lost to them and to English Presbyterianism, having been sold, at a larger price than the congregation could venture on, by the trus- ON Sabbath last, two eloquent and imtees, to a railway company, for a congrega-pressive sermons were preached in the Prestion of the Church of England. Great as the byterian Church, James'-street, in this town, loss is, and small as are their means, the to large and respectable congregations, by the Presbyterian people here are preparing to gird Rev. Dr. Morgan, of Belfast; after which up their loins for the further labour before nearly 20l. were collected to defray the exthem with renewed vigour and hope. On penses which have recently been incurred by Monday evening, the 9th August, a meet- sundry repairs in the church and schooling of the congregation, most unanimous and room. On the evening of Thursday last, there cordial, was held in their temporary place of was a public Meeting convened in the same worship, when a motion was made by a church, for the purpose of presenting their member of the congregation, seconded and beloved minister, the Rev. Joseph Burns, supported by seven or eight others, to the with a handsome new gown as a token of the effect, that the Rev. John Mathison, of the affection and esteem in which the Rev. Free Church, Ecclesfechan, "be chosen minis- gentleman is held by his people. Mr. Leckliter of this congregation;" which was most son, who was called to the chair, explained heartily responded to without a single dis- the object of the Meeting, and made a sentient voice. We may mention that seven pleasing reference to the great satisfaction months have elapsed since Mr. Mathison which all the Members felt in giving an expreached to the people here, and the enthu- pression of their love to their much esteemed siastic feeling with which he is remembered pastor.-In compliance with a request from is sufficient testimony to the very great the ladies of the congregation, the Rev. Dr. acceptability of his ministrations. The meet- Morgan presented the gown to Mr. Burns, ing, after expressing their resolution on this and delivered a most appropriate address on
from them the bread of life for their souls. ably inclined the hearts of many to receive We pray that all success may attend this undertaking.
REGULATIONS OF GOVERNMENT
THE Convener of the Synod's School Committee has carefully examined the regulathe Committee of the Privy Council on Edutions which have lately been published by cation, and the instructions which have been more recently issued from the EducationOffice to School-Inspectors; he has also recently had an interview with Dr. Kay Shuttleworth with the view of obtaining some necessary explanations, and he believes that the following statement may be relied upon the eye of those of our office-bearers and as correct. This statement is intended for people who are desirous of knowing the terms upon which aid may be received from the Government for the erection and maintenance of schools, and the proper mode and form of making application for such aid. It will be understood, of course, that only such particulars are here exhibited, as are most important for our friends to know at the outthem take the step of putting themselves in set of their proceedings. As soon as any of communication with the Privy Council Office, they will speedily learn every additional particular from the correspondence of the office itself.
I.-Grants for School Building.
1. The amount of aid given by the Privy Council for school-building varies in different cases. It may be said to range from ten shillings to one pound, for every child that room is provided for in the school; e.g., for a school fitted to accommodate 100 children, the grant would vary from 50l. to 1007., according to the circumstances of each case. A larger grant, however, than this is given in cases where schoolmasters' houses are built along with the schools. The Committee of Council are anxious to give every encouragement to the erection of such schoolmasters' houses.
2. The site upon which the school is proposed to be built must either be freehold or held upon a long lease of ninety-nine years. 3. No aid is given to build school-rooms under churches or chapels.
4. There must be no debt left upon the school when built, and the Committee of Council require a certificate from the promoters of the erection to this effect, before any grant which has been promised is actually paid over.
5. Application, however, may be made for a grant before all the money which may be requisite to pay for the erection has been actually subscribed or promised; but at an early stage of the correspondence which ensues upon such an application, the Committee of Council "deem it necessary to have before them such a statement of the amount of money collected or promised towards the outlay on the school-buildings, as will afford a fair prospect that these buildings will be erected with the aid of the usual grant."
6. The Committee of Council require to be satisfied on many points regarding the character of the site chosen, the tenure by which it is to be held,-the draft of the deed of trust,—and the plans and specifications of the buildings. No expenses, therefore, if possible, should be incurred by the promoters of a school, and no decisive steps taken or engagements entered into by them until they have put themselves into communication with the Committee of Council and been furnished with copies of their printed instructions upon all these points.
7. Plans of school-buildings such as the Committee of Council approve of are furnished gratuitously by the Committee's own
architect, in cases where this is wished.
without such a certificate. In their case |
(It is believed that almost all the
3. The trustees and managers of a school,
"The Committee will, however, be disposed to receive and consider a special report in favour of any self-supporting school, which may appear to merit admission as an exception to this rule."
5. The teacher's house which the managers of the school are required to provide, rentfree, may be a house hired by them for the purpose. Notwithstanding several objections to this mode of fulfilling the condition in question the Committee of Council express themselves unwilling in present circumstances, to refuse to allow it, but they will "hereafter withdraw this provisional regulation." Meanwhile, if accommodation is provided for teachers in this way, the minimum must include a parlour, kitchen, scullery, and twobed-rooms.
half-past five o'clock in the evening of five days, at least, in the week, and half of another day, if need be, for the instruction of the children of the poor without any interruption whatsoever."
9. Where schools receive aid in the form of annual grants to the teachers, the trustees and managers will be required to sign an agreement that so long as this aid is continued the school shall be open to the visits of Her Majesty's Inspectors. III. Regulations for the Examination of Teachers, by Her Majesty's Inspectors.
It has been already stated, that no teacher can obtain any grant from Government in augmentation of his stipend, unless he is provided with a certificate of merit granted to him by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors. Such certificates may have been obtained by some teachers before leaving normal schools under Government inspection; but the most, if not all of our present teachers will still have to obtain them by submitting, as already stated, to an examination. With regard to this examination, the following instructions have been issued to the inspectors, which we give in the words of the Committee of Council.
The final settlement of the regulations relative to such examinations will be postponed until the Committee of Council have further knowledge, derived from experience, of the present standard and scope of the acquirements of the most efficient masters of elementary schools. The Committee would be unwilling that their regulations should contain requirements below what is necessary for the establishment of an efficient system of elementary instruction, but they are prepared, during a certain period of transition, to leave these regulations in some degree indefinite, lest they should deter the existing class of schoolmasters from the necessary efforts for self-improvement.
Such masters as have left normal schools (without certificates, and are desirous of obtaining such certificates) may be conveniently 6. In order to obtain such grants in aug- assembled at the annual inspection of the mentation of a teacher's salary, the Govern- training schools in which they were educated, ment inspector must report that "his school and may be then examined in common with is efficient in its organization, discipline, and the students who may be candidates for cer instruction;" and the trustees and managers tificates. Such examinations will in future must annually certify, that his character, con- generally be conducted by two of Her Maduct, and attention to his duties are satisfac-jesty's Inspectors selected for that purpose by tory." the Committee of Council, without reference to the district in which the training schools may be situated. The masters who have left the school will be expected to give evidence of a high degree of practical skill in teaching, and of a riper knowledge of discipline, or pre-ganization, and method; and evidence will be required of attainments closely similar in degree to those of the students of the training school.
8. Applications for grants for school7. No such grants to teachers nor any buildings should be addressed to "The Se-grants for pupil-teachers or stipendiary cretary of the Committee of Council on Edu- monitors, will be allowed in the following cation, Privy Council-office, Downing-street." cases. The letter of application should simply bear that the individual or individuals signing it are desirous of obtaining "a grant towards the erection of a new Day-school for the education of the poor," in any particular locality.
II. Grants for augmenting the Salaries of
Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses.
1. These grants in the case of masters will vary from 151. to 301. per annum, according to the qualifications of candidates as certified to the Committee of Council by Her Majesty's Inspectors, and in the case of mistresses the grants will amount to two-thirds of the grants allowed to masters.
2. These grants may be obtained by three classes of teachers
(a) By those who have been trained in
Normal schools under Government in
spection, and who have obtained before leaving them the inspector's certificate of merit.
(b) By those who have been trained in such Normal schools, but have left them
(a) None will be allowed when schools
(b) None will be allowed when schools are
(c) None will be allowed unless the school-
(d) The school-room must not be liable to
8. "When schools are built on sites held
trusts of deed do not to
The examination of teachers who have not been trained in normal schools will be conducted in the following manner,-Whenever the Committee of Council have, either from direct applications, or from the Reports of their Inspectors, information that, in any trict, a sufficient number of teachers are desirous to become candidates for certificates, they will appoint some central place conve nient for the purpose, and in which proper rooms and a suitable school may be available for examination. Due notice of the time, place, and regulations of the examination will then be issued to all candidates, and such other public notice shall be given as may appear expedient.
of Her Majesty's Inspectors on the following The examination will be conducted by two principles. A series of subjects will be see
lected for each class of certificates (the first, second, and third classes), the limits of examination in which will be hereafter defined in the Committee's regulations. These subjects will be divided into sections, and every candidate will be expected to profess a certain number of the subjects in each section, and his examination will be conducted in the subjects thus selected by him. Each candidate will also be required to conduct the instruction of a class in the presence of the inspector. On the results of this examination a Report will be presented by the inspectors, together with the examination papers, to the Committee of Council, who will determine in which cases certificates may be granted. In all cases testimonials of character will be required from the Managers of the schools, and the award of any augmentation of salary to the candidate will be contingent on the fulfilment of the remaining conditions of such grants, and, in particular, of that which requires that the inspector report that his school is efficient in its organization, discipline, and instruction. The subjects to which the Examination will extend will be the following:
English Grammar and Composition.
THE MISSION TO CORFU.
School Committee, will be happy to furnish | if the New Testament was continued as a
"Assured by a minister, who had visited the island, of its spiritual destitution, and encouraged by the munificent offer of a Christian lady, to subscribe 1007. per annum for three years, the Ladies' Association resolved, in the strength of the Lord, to undertake this Mission; accordingly, the Rev. William Charteris, after ordination by the Presbytery of London, in the autumn of 1845, proceeded to Corfu, and there commenced his interesting labours. These he has since prosecuted with a zeal and judgment which prove him eminently fitted for the great and holy work. He at once found a wide field of usefulness, not only as a missionary to the Jewish population, amounting to 3,000, but also amongst the soldiers of a Scottish regiment, garrisoned in the island, to whom and to some of whom, there is good reason to hope, his work has been blessed. His first step with regard to these, his own countrymen, was to commence the celebration of Divine worship regularly in the English tongue, and according to the Presbyterian form, in a small chapel, the use of which was granted by the Committee of Public Instruction. He began with a congregation of seventy.
Decimal Arithmetic and the higher rules his pastoral labours have been most acceptable,
of mental Arithmetic.
The elements of Mechanics.
Elements of Land Surveying and Levelling.
IV. Regulations with regard to the granting of allowances for pupil teachers and stipendiary monitors.
The Committee of Council have issued many minute regulations with regard to the terms and conditions on which they will make allowances to masters and mistresses for the training of pupil-teachers, and to stipendiary monitors. But it is unnecessary to analyze and recount these at present, for no master can receive the charge of training pupilteachers until he has first obtained a certificate for himself; and no monitors can receive stipends except in schools fulfilling all the conditions formerly specified under Head II. The first care of our present teachers must be to qualify themselves to acquire the Committee's certificates of merit. And the first care of our School Managers must be to put their schools upon such a footing as will entitle them to share in the benefits proffered by the Committee.
It will suffice for the present, therefore, to have shown, which it is hoped has been done distinctly and fully enough-what must be attended to by both teachers and managers, in order that these first objects may be secured. Professor Lorimer, as Convener of the
"While thus faithfully discharging the
"In August last (1846), Mr. Charteris was
"In a letter, of date the 8th June, Mr. Charteris states that the number of scholars had increased to seventeen, and expresses a hope that the school will, in a short time, equal, if not exceed, the number at its commencement.
"The Mission field being now fairly entered-a missionary and teacher having commenced their labours-the Ladies' Committee would beseech all interested to make a heart-engagement, that they will follow them with earnest supplications at a throne of grace that the great head of the Church would prosper the work, and grant that many of Abraham's race may confess that Jesus of Nazareth is their Lord and David's King.
"The Committee would also take this opportunity of thanking the few subscribers whose generous contributions have aided them in meeting the engagements of the last year; and, in conclusion, they would earnestly commend this Mission, which they have so much at heart, not only to the sympathy and to the prayers, but to the benevolence of those who love the cause of Christ. Hitherto, they have endeavoured to meet the expenses without much aid, beyond their own Association, assisted by an Auxiliary in Liverpool; but, although conducted with the greatest economy, the outlay is considerable, and will increase if the work prospers.
"In order to carry it on efficiently, they feel now compelled to solicit, more widely, the contributions of those friends who delight to consecrate their substance to the glory of Christ."
WHAT the precept constitutes our duty, love makes both a privilege and a pleasure.
FOR THE SABBATH.
HAIL, peaceful morn! thy dawn I hail !
To taste thy holy rest.
How shall I best improve thy hours?
And when in Zion I appear,
Receiv'd with meekness, truth, and love,
Then to my chamber I'll repair,
Thus may my Sabbath pass away,
But yet a rest for saints remains,
Good night, good night, sweet spirit! thou hast cast
FEMALE SCHOOLS IN INDIA.
disobedience to the law of God constituting | her head and figure; and her little boy, a
"Dec. 17, 1846.-According to appointment we drove to Dr. Duff's house, and he accompanied us to the Female Orphan School in connexion with the Free Church. Mrs. Wilson, the founder of it, gave it up on joining the Plymouth Brethren. At the time of the disruption the orphans were all taken by the establishment, with the exception of a few older girls who followed Miss Laing. Almost all the present pupils, therefore, have only been under her care since that period. She has just moved into a new house, with a nice garden, and room enough for 100 pupils. As yet she has only thirty, besides one dayscholar, and a little Bengali child of three years' old, who comes of her own free will. The majority of the orphans are of Portuguese origin; they are dressed according to the costume of their respective nations. Miss Laing is a very ladylike, attractive person, who has devoted herself to this good work from love to Him who said, 'Feed my lambs.' The children were all assembled in three classes in a spacious apartment on the ground floor, open on two sides to the outer air. Their copybooks were laid out for inspec tion, and, like those at the Jewish school, were remarkable for their neatness. There were no blots, no letters left out, &c. The first thing that attracted our attention was the youngest class, under the charge of accent. They learn geography; they write Mahendra's widow, Rose, the sweetest look-wild beasts, or from men who are even worse.
THE following are extracts from a letter
and mark very neatly; and they have a good
ing young Bengali I had ever seen. Her A little girl died about a fortnight ago with face is quite lovely, not only from feature, all the confidence, joy, and faith, of an expe but from the sweet, modest, pathetic expres-rienced saint. She longed to depart and be sion. She was dressed like all her country- with Jesus; and spoke to all her companions women, with a white sheet wrapped round with the greatest earnestness, exhorting them