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who had also refreshed and encouraged them | by his private counsels and private friendship. (Hear.) He scarcely required to mention the name of Rev. Josias Wilson, of London, who could not now accommodate the congregation that flocked to hear him, and who was just preparing to provide sitting-room for several hundreds additional, for he was in the habit of counting his people by hundreds. (Hear.) And he must also bear testimony to the good work which Mr. Blackwood had done at Newcastle-on-Tyne. For all these labourers he now, in the name of the Presbyterian Church in England, expressed his gratitude. He required, however, now, to proceed from the agreeable duty of returning thanks to his fathers and brethren, to the less pleasant but necessary duty of referring to the state of the congregation to which his friend, Mr. White, ministered, and which, the house would allow him to say, had some claims upon the Assembly. The church which Mr White's congregation was now building, though large enough for the strength of any minister, would not, he felt certain, contain the numbers who were gathering round him. But the people, with few exceptions, were far from wealthy; and although the managers had studied economy, and the people had given willingly and liberally, still there would remain a heavy debt, grievously discouraging to minister and people. He would not have had the confidence to ask this house for any assistance to his brother's congregation, were it not for the circumstances of peculiar trial in which they now stood in Liverpool. There were five Presbyterian congregations in all in that town, and he might say that every one of them had a house of worship to build. His own congregation were in the act of building; his friend Mr. Welsh's people were in like circumstances; Mr. White's were also similarly employed; the congregation of St. Peter's had had to leave their place of worship, and were now meeting in a temporary sanctuary; and if the church could be recovered, it could only be at the expense of some £4,000. The only other congregation in the town had had, within a few weeks bygone, notice to quit-so that the Presbyterian population of Liverpool was likely to be required to expend £24,000 in building churches before two or three years were over. In these circumstances, he trusted they would not think him blameable in looking for some assistance to Mr. White's congregation from their Irish brethren. He would ask no grant from their Home mission; but if the congregations of the Irish Church would individually give a small but practical token of brotherly affection, then his brother and people would be able to prosecute their work with renewed energy. England, and especially Liverpool and Manchester, had not been slow to reciprocate kindnesses of this description; and any gift, he did not doubt, which they might bestow on his friend's congregation, would be soon repaid, and with interest. (Cheers.) Mr. Fergusson proceeded to state some reasons why the two Churches should labour together. The Irish and English Presbyterian Churches were one in principle, polity, and objects. It was true that the English Presbyterian Church was an independent body, with its separate courts and independent organization; but why was this so? Was it because the English Church was not a FREE CHURCH like its Scottish sister? Nay, verily, for then would he never have been a minister within its pale; or was it because the English Church disowned the principles of Irish Presbyterianism? No; for then would Mr. White never have crossed the channel. Mr. F. shewed that the reason why the English
pilgrims passed by without his being able to assail them. But he (Mr. F.) feared that Popery was growing young again, and again preparing to return to his old work of assailing the faithful. Upon the Presbyterian Church of Ireland rested the duty of testifying and witnessing against the Man of Sin; nay, he believed that the battle against the apostacy was very much to be fought on Irish ground. (Hear.) And he might be permitted to express the hope that, when a severer trial of their faith than had yet arrived should come, the Presbyterians of Ireland would be found faithful. He further would hope to be excused for expressing his delight that when he returned to England, he would now be able, from what he had heard in the Assembly that day, to repel insinuations heard so often by him recently, and to say that the Presbyterians of Ireland were now alive to the duty of lifting up a loud testimony against the present measures of the Goverment in favour of Popery. (Hear, hear.) Mr. F. closed by urging a greater unitedness of Presbyterian effort. said, that above the door of the church which his congregation was building, there had been placed the figure of the great Scottish Reformer, encompassed by the emblems of the three kingdoms, an emblem of the unity of feeling and of exertion which should characterize the present movements of the three Presbyterian Churches. (Hear.) Let us (he said) have unity of aim and object, knowing each other's minds-let us have unity of counsel profiting by each other's advice,—and let us have unity of labour and effort holding up each other's hands; but above all, let us have unitedness in our pleadings with the Lord, in our appeals to the throne of grace, that the dews of heaven may descend on us all more plentifully, then shall our ministers be more honoured in their work, and our sanctuaries the scenes of more conversions, and the whole Church more prepared for the day of cloud and of storm that seems rapidly approaching to the Evangelical Churches in this land. (Cheers.)
The Rev. Mr. WHITE (of Liverpool) then briefly addressed the Assembly. He expressed a confident hope, though they lived in perilous times, when the Man of Sin was endeavouring to exalt himself, that the Irish Presbyterian Church would continue its testimony against the flood of error that threatened the nation. (Hear, hear.) That Church had prospered in the face of opposition, though none of the nobles, and few of the great men, had given it their support. Their past trials would prepare them for present contendings, and he trusted the result would prove that their strength proceeded from God and not from man. Romanism was Ireland's curse, and the cure for her numerous evils was to be found in the preaching of the truth as it is in Jesus. (Hear.) They (the Presbyterians) possessed the leaven of Gospel truth, and on them rested the responsibility of diffusing it among their countrymen. His parting prayer was that God might bless them as a Church, and crown their efforts to promote His glory with abundant success.
WM. STEVENSON, Esq., (of London,) briefly expressed his concurrence in the sentiments of the other members of the Deputation, especially in their gratitude for the valuable supply of ministers that had been afforded in their time of need. It would have ill become him, a member of River-terrace Church, London, to have lost this opportunity of thanking them most cordially for that devoted and efficient pastor who was now labouring with so much success among them-the Rev. Josias Wilson-who (as Mr. Fergusson had said)
I can tell of his increase by hundreds," and was not satisfied with numbers only, or with the prosperity of his own congregation, but proved by his unwearied zeal at home, and his generous assistance to his brethren, that it was souls he was seeking, and the extension of his Master's kingdom. Much had yet to be done for Presbyterianism in England; some of the largest and most important cities were still without a Presbyterian pastor. Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Brighton, Southampton, and Portsmouth, were as yet entirely unoccupied. He trusted, then, that the success that had attended the labours of those they had already sent would encourage them to further sacrifices, until the whole land was occupied. (Hear, hear.)
The Rev. Dr. BROWN, in moving a vote of thanks to the Deputation, expressed his conviction, from what he had witnessed in England, that the present was a season of great promise to the English Presbyterian Church, and his full belief that, if the present efforts were persisted in, she would soon be the largest Presbyterian body in the empire. The Moderator then conveyed the thanks of the House to the Deputation.
COMMISSION OF SYNOD OF THE
THIS reverend court met at Manchester on the 16th and 17th of last month; the moderator of last meeting of Synod, the Reverend Professor Campbell, in the chair. There was a respectable attendance of members from all parts of the Church, and various matters of great interest were transacted, of which we now proceed to chronicle some of the most important :—
The first business taken up was an overture from the Presbytery of Lancashire, transmitted to last meeting of Synod, and referred by that court to the commission. The overture related to the institution of a mission to China, which, after full consideration, was on the motion of the moderator, (who left the chair for the purpose,) unanimously and cordially agreed to. The Synod's committee on Foreign Missions were authorized to select the missionary or missionaries, the locality where the mission should be established,the time for commencing operations, and to take charge of all matters of detail. They were further empowered to add to their numbers, and instructed to report to next meeting of Synod.
In the evening a public meeting, numerously attended, was held in connexion with the mission, of which the following is short report extracted from a local paper :
"A meeting was held on Wednesday evening, at the Scotch Church, St. Peter's Square, to consider the propriety of sending out a missionary to China. The body of the church was tolerably well filled with the friends to the movement, and the chair was taken by the Rev. Alexander Munro, who, in introducing the business, said he had no doubt they should have had a more numerous assemblage had the meeting not been called at too short a notice to make use of the usual means for calling their friends around them.--The Rev. Professor Campbell, of London, moved the first resolution, to the effect that the meeting recognised the paramount obligation of Christians to obey the important command-Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every crea
ture,' and prayed that a missionary spirit | Mr. M'Donald's advocacy of the kindred plan
Thus then our church has entered the missionary field as a distinct communion. Our contributions have hitherto been transmitted to other churches. Henceforth we must support our own mission. We feel as warmly as ever towards other churches of Christ, and will not be slow to testify our affection. But our first duty is evidently to maintain our own institutions. We hope our friends will bear this in mind. Our church now possesses all the institutions essential to a church of Christ. May God speed and prosper them! Let this be our prayer, and let us manifest the sincerity of our prayers by our contributions and exertions.
Mr. Stevenson, Convener of the SchoolCommittee, submitted to the commission a plan for raising 10,000l. to aid in the erection of 100 day-schools. The principles of this plan are nearly identical with those of Mr. M'Donald, of Blairgowrie's, which have carried conviction to the hearts of so many of our brethren in all parts of the empire. That an effort must be made to build schools in connexion with all our churches, must be evident to all who well consider the statements contained in the Committee's Address, which is given in another part of this Number, and much more convincing proof might be afforded, and will be presented to the world, if parties, who at present attempt to proselytize our children through the medium of weekday and Sabbath-schools, and persecute the parents who would preserve their children in their own communion, do not cease their Antichristian efforts. That the plan is certain of success if only vigorously and perseveringly prosecuted, and by the proper men, does not and cannot admit of one moment's doubt. Look at the success which attended
MODEL TRUST DEED. The Commission thereafter took up the consideration of the Model Trust Deed, which, for the last five years, has been submitted to Synod, and then remitted back to the Committee for further revision. The Deed was first read through, and then taken up and discussed seriatim, clause by clause. After a lengthened, mature, and prayerful consideration, and after several verbal alterations were made upon it, the Deed was adopted; and all parties who may hereafter build places of worship in connexion with this Church, were recommended to frame their deeds in conformity with the provisions contained in the Model Trust Deed of the Synod. We cannot pass from this subject without stating, that Mr.
John W. Lamb, of South Shields, by whom the Deed was originally framed, and who has since devoted to its improvement the energies of many years, has laid the Church under a deep and lasting obligation, which we should be glad to see the Church testify in some substantial form. The Deed, as it now stands, is, we believe, as perfect an instrument as any Church in the empire possesses; and we trust all parties having churches to build will conform to its very letter, except, of course, in those local matters which may necessitate an alteration in its more secular provisions.
The Home Mission Committee laid on the table of the Commission a Report, detailing its proceedings and the state of its funds, and craving aid and counsel in obtaining the contributions necessary to conduct its operations. It may be necessary, in order to enable our readers to understand the position of the Committee, to mention the circumstances in which it is placed. The Committee was appointed at the Synod of 1844; but only provisionally and experimentally for that year. The necessity for using every effort to meet the demands of our people throughout the country, in supplying them with the ordinances of the Gospel, in supplementing the funds of poorer congregations, and in providing a retiring allowance to ministers disabled, by age or otherwise, from the discharge of their pastoral duties the three grand objects of the Home Mission were too self-evident and too imperative to be longer overlooked. Accordingly, the Synod of 1845 placed the Home Mission on a permanent basis, as one of the institutions of the Church, appointed a Committee to superintend its operations, provided a body of regulations,
Scotland and Ireland will respond to the
Need we add, that we are still more confi-
of trouble, was a wall of fire round about her, and a glory in the midst of her.
"In 1670, the Parliament of Scotland enacted a number of cruel and arbitrary laws against conventicles and field-preachings, which compelled many pious and godly men to seek an asylum in England and foreign countries. In 1672, Mr. William Bird, a native of Scotland, to avoid the persecutions and cruelties carried on in that kingdom, came into the county of Northumberland, and preached the Gospel wherever he could do it with safety. The little flock at Lowick, delighted with his piety and principles, his unremitted efforts to promote and extend the knowledge of Divine truth, gave him an invitation to become their pastor. This he cheerfully accepted. He was blessed with much tranquillity and joy in discharging the functions of his office; and from the time he became their pastor, till liberty of conscience was granted by the Toleration Act passed in the beginning of King William's reign, so skilfully united the wisdom of the serpent with the innocency of the dove, that he escaped the fines, imprisonments, and many of the hardships to which multitudes of his brethren in the ministry were exposed. Mr. Bird, notwithstanding the troublesome times in which he lived, had the pleasure of seeing the work of the Lord prospering in his hand. His small congregation increased by his attention and fidelity in the ministry, and many were made wise unto salvation. He was blessed with a native modesty and mildness of temper, which were improved by care, and heightened by his understanding deep and comprehensive, religion. His imagination was clear and lively, and his memory retentive. He was mild and manner of his death exactly corresponded to the account Scripture gives of the departure of true Christians-falling asleep in Jesus."
Mr. Bird was very intimate with Thomas Boston, author of the Fourfold State, and other other on sacramental occasions.-See Boston's valuable productions. They assisted one anMemoirs.
and ordered an annual collection to be made WE purpose, occasionally, to give anti- temperate to a degree seldom attained. The in aid of its funds. But in allotting to each scheme the time for its collection, it was found quarian and biographical notices relating necessary to appoint that the collection for to our churches and the ministers who the Home Mission should be made in Febru-have served in them; and we here present ary next. That month is as good as any a specimen of such communications as month in the year for obtaining a collection. we desiderate from our correspondents. But then it must be manifest, that as demands The following paper was kindly commuare every day made upon the Committee, some means must be used to place funds at their nicated by the Rev. T. P. Nicholson, of disposal. At present, they have no funds. Lowick, and is extracted from records The Synod appointed them to seek out and belonging to the church there. - ED. supply localities needing missionaries, to aid E. P. M. weak congregations, and provide a retiring allowance to disabled ministers, and the Committee have proceeded to fulfil the appointment. But how? Why by the treasurer advancing the funds out of his own pocket. The Synod required them to perform certain duties, but supplied them with no means to meet the services required. The Committee have zealously and succesfully performed their duty. They have aided weak congregations. They have assisted in placing missionaries in destitute localities. They have made provision for ministers disabled by age, and have aided in providing assistants and successors. But all this has been done, not through funds provided by the Synod, but advanced by the
This the Commission felt was not a proper state of matters. It was therefore appointed that deputations should be sent out to make collections and obtain contributions in aid of the funds of the Home Mission; and accordingly Messrs. Murdoch (of Berwick) and Anderson (of Morpeth) were appointed a deputation to London; Messrs. Fergusson and Welsh (of Liverpool) a deputation to Scotland; and Messrs. Gardner (of Woodside) and White (of Liverpool) a deputation to Ireland. These deputations are immediately to proceed on their mission, and we have no doubt whatever, that our brethren in
"In 1661, an Act of Uniformity was passed, by which it was required that every clergyman should be ordained, if he had not received Episcopal ordination; that he should declare his assent to everything contained in the Book of Common Prayer, and should take the oath of Canonical Obedience. All the ministers of the different parishes in the northern parts of Northumberland conformed, except the Rev. Luke Ogle, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, who resigned his charge for conscience' sake. Being a strict Presbyterian, a man addicted to seriousness and piety from his youth, he retired to the parish of Lowick, in order to discharge the functions of his pastoral office in the most obscure places, to avoid persecution. He preached frequently at Lowick, and at the secluded places near to it, to a handful of persecuted saints attached to his person, doctrine, and to the Presbyterian mode of Church government. The good seed was sown by his unwearied application and diligence, notwithstanding the cruelty of opposition and the difficulty of the times; indeed, he spared no pains in preaching or praying, while the times allowed the exercise of his ministry, or in discourse that tended to edification.'
The Presbyterian Church of Lowick was thus
founded, in troublous times, by Mr. Ogle's
WE understand that an attempt is about to be made to deprive the respected minister of Woodside Church, and his attached flock, of their place of worship. This is certainly "too bad;" but still quite in keeping with the rest of the proceedings of the party who institute the present suit. The world has heard much, by no means too much, of the attempt, unhappily in most instances but too successfully, made in Scotland, to deprive Free Church congregations of the churches they had built for themselves. But the public are not aware that several instances have occurred in England in which congregations of our Church have been deprived of their places of worship by as flagrant violations of equity and justice as ever were presented to the world. This attempt upon Woodside, however, cannot, and will not succeed; and our only surprise, if, indeed, anything ought now to surprise us, is, that such attempt could be made. Here is a church built for certain specific objects, not one of which, it can be proved, is violated, and yet it is attempted to alienate the property. Here is a minister who
maintains every single principle he ever held, and professes every single tenet he ever advocated, and yet it is attempted to deprive him of that cure which he obtained upon conditions he faithfully implements. Here is a congregation, all of whom are attached to their pastor, coincide in his views, and, were he deprived of his church, would, to a man, go out with him, and yet it is essayed to drive them from a sanctuary hallowed in their hearts as the scene of manifold spiritual blessings. And here are men who never sat in that church, and do not mean to sit in it-who never contributed a farthing of the funds by which it was built-who know perfectly that if the present minister and congregation were driven from it, not one minister could be got to occupy its pulpit, nor one single half-dozen individuals to occupy its pews, and yet they, these men, come before a judge in equity, and ask him to shut up a church, to prevent the possibility of fulfilling the ends for which it was reared -disperse a congregation, or send them to worship God upon the mountain-side, or by the sea-shore-and all this is done from a conscientious sense of justice, a sincere regard for the glory of God, and the good of souls!
But the attempt will fail. It cannot succeed. It is perfectly known now that the success that attended the first attempts of the party arose not from the justice of the cause, nor even from the prejudice of the judge, but simply, and solely, because the attempts were not properly resisted. We say, this is known. We know it, and others know it, on authority which cannot be gainsayed. But if we failed through remissness in times past, we shall do so no more. We are now fully awake, alive, and determined to maintain our rights. Woodside will not be disturbed. Let our friends there keep their minds in perfect peace. Their faithful minister will remain amongst them, and their beautiful church will be theirs, and their children's after them. If men prefer to spend their money in attempting to deprive others of their churches, rather than in building churches for themselves, we must just gratify their propensity, so far as spending the money is concerned, but we shall take special care that the churches we have built we shall retain. Those who aided the people of Woodside to build their church will now aid them to preserve it. Let our friends, therefore, look in tranquil security on the vain attempt now made to harass them. We assure them it will signally fail.
THE Congregation of Ancoat's Church, Manchester, at a Soiree held for the purpose, presented their minister, the Rev. Hugh Campbell, on his removal to London, with a massive, elegant, and costly gold watch guard-chain, and a handsome and valuable gold patent pencil. The Rev. Gentleman had previously
received from his congregation a valuable gold | dressed to a large and attentive audience, by watch. The Rev. Messrs. Munro and Dick- Mr. Chalmers, Mr. Nicholson, in an impressive son, of Manchester, and Fergusson, of Liver- prayer, accompanied by the laying on of the pool, spoke in feeling terms of their regret at hands of the Presbytery, ordained Mr. Charthe departure from among them of a brother, teris to the office of the ministry. Mr. Hawith whom they had so often taken sweet milton, in his own affectionate and striking counsel, but at the same time expressed their manner, delivered the charge to the young satisfaction that he was removed to a station missionary. in which he could be of still greater service to the Church. The gift of the congregation was presented by Mr. Archibald Bell in a neat and feeling speech, to which Mr. Campbell replied in suitable terms. The meeting was afterwards addressed by Messrs. R. Barbour (the founder and the best friend of the church), C. Stewart, J. Gilmour, and P. Smith. The meeting separated with mingled feelings of sorrow and submission, in which it were hard to tell whether the congregation or their departing minister most largely participated.
PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.
THIS Presbytery held its ordinary meeting on Tuesday the 8th July. The Rev. W. Nicholson, Moderator, in the chair.
The Report of the Committee appointed to confer with Mr. Wallace, of Birmingham, in reference to his change of views on the subject of Infant Baptism, was given in by Mr. Chalmers and read. Mr. Wallace was himself afterwards heard at length.
It appeared both from the Report and from Mr. Wallace's own statements before the Presbytery, that he still adhered to the views contained in the document which he had laid on the table of the Presbytery on the 10th of June, that his present convictions were the result of protracted consideration, and that these convictions were so confirmed, that he still felt it his duty to resign his charge.
In these circumstances the Presbytery tion. They declared Mr. Wallace to be no unanimously resolved to accept the resignalonger minister of the congregation at Birmingham, and no longer a minister of this Church. They further declared the Church at Birmingham to be vacant from and after this date.
Commissioners appeared from the Church at Southwark, craving that the Presbytery would be pleased to appoint an early day for the moderation of a call from them in favour of the Rev. J. Fisher. The Presbytery agreed to comply with this request, and, from the success that has already attended the labours of Mr. Fisher, there is every reason to hope tion in that important locality. that he will soon have a flourishing congrega
Mr. Chalmers reported the steps that had been taken with a view to provide a supply for Ranelagh Chapel, Chelsea, and the Committee were empowered to make arrangements for opening that place of worship, in connexion with this Presbytery, as soon as they may find are few stations more interesting, or more themselves in circumstances to do so. There likely soon to be an important one than this.
Mr. Charteris, a licentiate of the Free Church of Scotland, who has lately been appointed, by the Ladies' Society in Aid of the Missions of the English Presbyterian Church, as its missionary to Corfu, underwent all his trials with credit to himself and satisfaction to the Presbytery, and his ordination to the office of the holy ministry was appointed to take place at Regent-square Church on the 29th July, at half-past six o'clock, p.m. Mr. Chalmers to preach, the Moderator to ordain, and Mr. Hamilton to give the charge.
The Presbytery met, according to appointment, at Regent-square Church, on the 29th of July, and after an eloquent sermon, ad
This was altogether an affecting and interesting service. It was the consecration to his hallowed office of the proto-missionary of the Presbyterian Church in England; and from the heart the prayer of many was that the God of missions might go with him, that an abundant door of utterance and of usefulness might be opened to him, and that he might be the first-fruits of an ample harvest of future missionaries in connexion with our Church. To the Ladies' Society the Church is under the very deepest obligations. While others were deliberating they were acting. The Church, through her constituted courts, had too long delayed to send forth missionaries of our own. The Ladies' Society, however, has now wiped from us the stain of having no proper representatives of our Church in the missionary field. Our funds have hitherto been amply sufficient to support several missionaries, but they were handed over to other Churches. But now that we have obtained a missionary family of our own, we trust the interest of our friends and members in the cause of missions will be doubly stimulated. We press this point upon our readers the more urgently, that the funds of our mission are not yet adequate to meet the demands that must be made upon them. We hope auxiliary societies will be formed throughout the Church—one is already in operation in Liverpool. Manchester, we are certain, will also maintain its wellearned character. We shall be glad to receive any donations in aid of the mission fund.
Mr. and Mrs. Charteris are about to sail for Corfu, the scene of their future labours, and, we trust, abundant success.—[Ed. E. P. M.]
PRESBYTERY OF NORTHUMBERLAND.-ORDINATIONS.
ON Thursday, June 19th, the Reverend the Presbytery of Northumberland met to ordain the Rev. John Gillespie, licentiate of the Ballybay Presbytery, to the pastoral oversight of the congregation of Framlington, Northumberland, which is the oldest Dissenting Church in the North of England, its annals reaching back as far as the year 1640. The following gentlemen took part in the solemn services of the day-Rev. Mr. Edwards, Widrington, preached an admirable and appropriate sermon; Rev. Mr. Hoy, of Felton, offered up ordination prayer; Rev. Mr. Huie, of Wooler, charged the newly-ordained minister; and Rev. James Anderson, of Morpeth, the people. After the conclusion of the services, the Presbytery repaired to the manse, and partook of a substantial and excellent dinner, prepared for them by the congregation. We augur much good from the settlement of so devoted a minister among the people of Framlington, and are sure, from what we know of Mr. Gillespie's character, that the light of the Gospel will beam as brilliant through his ministrations as it has done there in days of yore.
On the following day, Friday, the 20th, the Presbytery proceeded to Seaton Delaval to ordain the Rev. John M'Murray, licentiate of the Monaghan Presbytery, to the charge of the newly-formed congregation there. The services were conducted in the Primitive Wesleyan Chapel, which was kindly lent for the occasion. Rev. J. Gillespie preached an
impressive and eloquent discourse from Psalm lxxxvii. 3; Rev. Mr. M'Clyment, Birdhope Craig, offered up the ordination prayer; Rev. Mr. Anderson charged the minister, and Rev. Mr. Huie, the people; after which the Presbytery were entertained at a sumptuous dinner, provided at the expense of the congregation. They then proceeded to the site of the new church, for the purpose of laying the first stone, which was done by Davison, Esq., Monk-Seaton, when the assembled multitudes dispersed, highly gratified by the novelty, and deeply impressed with the solemnity of the affecting services in which they had been engaged. We congratulate Mr. M'Murray on the flourishing condition of his infant charge,
and assure his friends on the other side the channel, that it is fit to compare with any congregation of its standing-which is a few months-in the United Kingdom.
UPPER GEORGE-STREET, BRYANSTON-SQUARE.
Westminster Confession of Faith, as held by
The Committee of the Presbyterian Church,
the erection of a permanent place of worship.
THE foundation stone of this new place
After singing the last three verses of Psalm cxxii., the assembly engaged in Committee to procure an eligible site for a Many fruitless attempts were made by the prayer, which was offered up by the church in the neighbourhood of their present Rev. Dr. P. McFarlan, of Greenock, temporary place of worship; but they rejoice Moderator of the General Assembly of to say that they have at last succeeded in their the Free Church of Scotland. A bottle object. Ground (though without available enclosing a variety of documents illus- frontage) has been secured for a building to trating the history and progress of the contain about a thousand sitters, and for WeekFree Church, and of English Presbyte-modate upwards of four hundred children; day and Sabbath-schools attached, to accomrianism, was then deposited in the stone, and they trust that, with the aid and counteand the ceremony completed in the or- nance of their countrymen, and the friends of dinary style by the Noble Marquis, who religion in the metropolis, their infant congrethereafter addressed the meeting in a neat gation may be enabled ere long to set in and effective speech, in which his Lord- the spiritual welfare of the necessitous district operation an efficient for ship congratulated the congregation asin which their church is to be placed. It is sembling at present in Edward-street, on in a quarter of London, where, according to the auspicious commencement of their the best authority, several thousand Scotchenterprise, and expressed the deep interest men reside, vast numbers of whom are living he took in its success. The Rev. Mr. in utter neglect of religious ordinances, with Chalmers, Minister of the Church, renone to care for their souls. The promotion plied at some length, followed by Dr. of their spiritual welfare is one great object Alder, of the Wesleyan connexion. contemplated by this effort. And the wellAnd known predilection of their countrymen for the blessing having been pronounced by the simple form of worship which obtains in the Rev. Dr. Buchanan of Glasgow, the their native land, and their marked indifmeeting dispersed to re-assemble in the ference to every other, justify the conviction, evening, in the London Coffee House, that nothing is so fitted, under God, to restore Ludgate-hill. them to the habits and feelings which they have abandoned, as the erection in the midst of them of a Church with the forms to which A very large party assembled on this in- from early custom and association they are teresting occasion. The Hon. Fox Maule, attached, and the visits and labours in conM.P., having been prevented by indis-nexion with it, of a Presbyterian minister and position from taking the chair, his place was most kindly supplied by P. Maxwell Stewart, Esq., M.P., who opened the proceedings of the evening, and presided with his usual ability, until summoned to his Parliamentary duties, when Wm. Brownley, Esq., was voted by acclamaAddresses were delivered by Drs. Buchanan, M'Farlan,
In addition to these, their neglected country
men, the Committee submit that there are multitudes in the same locality, whose spiritual destitution, and consequent irreligion, render them the fitting objects of Christian exertion. To these the promoters of this new place of worship propose, God willing, to direct their best attention. They are anxious that such of them as are disposed may have it in their and Alder (Wesleyan); Messrs. Red-house of God; and that such as are lost to power to become regular worshippers in the path (Secession), Hamilton, Chalmers, the sense of duty and privilege may, by the and Wilson (River-terrace); who pressed efficacy of Christian kindness and the mani
tion into the chair.
festation of truth to their consciences, be reclaimed to the principles and observances of Christian men.
They also contemplate, it will be observed, the establishment of Week-day and Sabbathschools for upwards of 400 children, on whom it will be their endeavour to confer a sound Scriptural and useful education, conducted on the most approved principles, such as are exemplified in the best Parochial schools in Scotland.
The Committee sincerely trust that their en
terprise, having nothing in it of a spirit of sectarianism, or of hostility towards any Christian denomination, but being of the nature of a Home mission, and aiming at the spiritual
welfare of those who are ignorant and out of
the way, may commend itself not only to their
without the confident hope that many of other
The probable amount required for the Church and Schools is about £6,000.
JAMES MORRIS, 79, Park-street,
LAURENCE GIBSON, 176, Piccadilly, Session.
JOHN SLOAN, 198, Sloane-street.
JAMES HUTTON, 98, Park-street,
DAVID MCLEAN, 29, Connaught-terrace, Edg
UNION BANK, Argyll-place, Regent-street.
Donations and subscriptions will be thankfully received by the Minister and members of the Committee, the Treasurers, and at the Union Bank, Argyll-place, Regent-street.
LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. TWEEDMOUTH.-The following communica
tion was forwarded to us not for insertion, but as we hope that publicity may promote the object of the Committee, we gladly give it all the circulation we can. We place and the parties, and hereby attest the truth of their statements, and cordially second their appeal. We shall be happy to receive any contributions in aid of the Church at Tweedmouth.—[ED.]
"The Committee of the Presbyterian congregation in Tweedmouth take the liberty of submitting to you the following statement of