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that a prior engagement had prevented the bytery. Mr. Rintoul, the minister elect to deputation, appointed by the Home Mis- St. Peter's, passed the usual examination sion Committee to visit this Presbytery, previous to ordination. It was agreed to doing so at this time, but that he had just meet on the 27th, at seven o'clock, to proheard from some of the deputies that he ceed to his ordination, Mr. R. H. Lundie would be able to meet us on Sabbath, the to preach and preside. The Clerk re25th November, and the following days of quested, in name of the session of Birkenthat week. Agreed that the deputies from head, that an early day should be appointed the south be received at that time, and that for the moderation in a call. The Presbythe Rev. Mr. Rose, Manchester, visit Ber- tery agreed to meet for this purpose on wick, Tweedmouth, and Ancroft Moor on Friday, the 24th. The Moderator to preach said Sabbath, and Horncliffe on Monday, and preside. We understand that it is the 26th. The Elder from the south to Mr. Maccoll, of the Wynds, Glasgow, who visit Norham on the Sabbath; and that is to be called. It was agreed to meet at the brethren from the neigbbouring Pres- Liverpool, on the 27th ult., for the conbyteries be requested to visit the other con- sideration of the Union question. Mr. gregations on the 25th, or on a Sabbath as Lundie gave notice that he would then soon after that as possible. The Presbytery move as follows:-“The Presbytıry hail having resumed the consideration of union with satisfaction the substantial progress with Presbyterians of other churches, it was which has been made, and express their moved and agreed that this Presbytery, being hope that further conserence will serve to a earnestly desirous of union, to be desirable, still greater extent to lessen the appamust rest upon a real agreement, especially rent differences between the negotiating on important points ; and considering that Churches. They trust that the boundaries on some such points a real agreement, of questions of forbearance may be so though perhaps existing, has not been as ascertained and defined as not to imperil yet made manifest, do resolve, in accord- the peace of the United Church. They ance with the remit of the Synod, to offer look with lively eolicitude upon the course the following suggestions to the Committee. the Committee and the Churches may take Under head of programme : “ That the as regards the extent of the contemplated question of endowments be left an open union; and while holding themselves ready, question, practically as well as theoretically. if the way be made plain in the good ProUnder second head : That the Committee vidence of God, to enter into the union inquire more particularly into the agree- whether it assumes an imperial or a proment of the churches, as to the nature, vincial form, they regard it as desirable object, and extent of the atonement, with that the union should comprehend in their special reference to the Confession of Faith, integrity the four negotiating Churches, chap. iii. $ 6 and 7. Under head ninth: not only in deference to the natural wish That the Committee use every effort to of the brethren of the United Presbyterian effect an incorporating union of the nego- Church to avoid prefacing a union by a tiating churches, so that there may be one severation in their own body, but also with British Church." Agreed, That the next a view to the usefulness, influence, and meeting be held at Berwick, un Tuesday, momentum of the United Church in this the 27th November, when the remit on the and future generations.” This concluded regulations of admission to the colleges will the business. be taken up.
PRESBYTERY OF BIRMINGHAM.-The PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE. — The Presbytery of Birmingham met in Broad Presbytery of Lancashire met at Man Street Church on the 6th ult. ; the Rev. R. chester on the 6th ult., Mr. J. B. John- R. Thom, Moderator; Dr. Mackenzie, stone, Moderator. Mr. R. H. Lundie gave Messrs. Crole, Macpherson, and Crowe, Minotice that he would move the Presbytery nisters ; and MacGroch, Markie, Wright, to transmit an overture to the Synod on Workman, and Weaver, Elders. The colthe distribution of charges. He was con- loge resolutions were then taken into convinced that in some instances their churches sideration, and were generally approved of. were too near each other, and that in others The state of the Foreign Mission having some of them were so small, and yet so been brought under the notice of the Presnear to each other, that one man might bytery, it was resolved to hold missionary minister in two of them at least. It was meetings at Stafford, on Monday, 26th ult.; agreed after a long discussion to again Dudley, on Tuesday, 27th; in Broad Street remit the question of Church extension in Church, for the two Birmingham congregaManchester to the second Manchester ses- tions, on Wednesday, 28th ; Cheltenham, sion, with instructions to report as to the Thursday, 29th; and the Rev. Mr. Balnumber of Presbyterian families in the lantyne was to be invited to address these neighbourhood, and the prospect of suc- meetings. The union question was then cess, at the next ordinary meeting of Pres. introduced by Dr. Mackenzie. He proposed the following resolutions :-" The tion and rise of the famed monastery of Presbytery of Birmingham, while desiring Port Royal, and detailing in masterly lanthat brotherly love may yet more abound guage its gradually awakening, under the among the Churches, and that a basis of influence of its youth'ul abbess, from agreement may be arrived at on which the the slothfulness and supineness of the interests of truth and the rights of con- Roman Catholic faith, to the more vigoscience may be adequately secured ; and rous and useful religion of a more enwhile thankful to find so great an agree- lightened church, he gave graphic biograment between the negotiating Churches on pbical sketches of the eminent men and the subjects submitted to their considera- women who had collected within its pretion, submit to the Committee the follow-cincts, and of the literary works which ing suggestions :-1. That they should eet bad brought down their names to present forth more clearly the precise extent of ages. Remarking on the writings of the agreement and of disagréement between the brilliant array of names which he adduced, negotiating Churches on the province of he said they were mainly suggestive, not the civil magistrate, and the duties which exhaustive, and they gave an impulse to civil rulers and nations as such owe to the choicest methods of training youth Cbrist. 2. Though the Presbytery does throughout the world, while the clear, not hold the verbal inspiration of the West- orderly, forcible style of writing gave a minster Confession of Faith and the Cate- beauty and finish to the French language chisms, yet they do not consider the pre- which the nation never had before and sent a suitable time for meddling with never had since, - shedding a literary glory these standards."
on the reign of Louis IV. which he cruelly CARLISLE.-We are sorry that, owing to repaid by often diegracing, by always harasthe action of a minority of the Edinburgh sing, this little community of great and Free Church Presbytery, the Rev. Thomas good men. A collection was made at the Smith has been prevented from accepting close of the lecture ; and after a vote of the call from the Corlisle cori gregation. thanks to Dr. Munro, on the motion of An appeal to the Synod against bis re- the Rev. W. Roaf, who occupied a seat on moval necessitated an amount of delay that the platform, the proceedings were brought would have been injurious both to Mr. to a close by devotional exercises. Smith's present congregation and to the ORDINATION OF THE REV. GEORGE cause in Carlisle. At the request of Mr. MACKAY AT WHITEHAVEN.—The Rev. G. Smith, therefore, the southern congrega- Mackay, a licentiate of the Free Church tion have agreed, though regretfully, to of Scotland, and lately stationed at Dalton, withdraw their call. From his great ac- Dumfriesshire, was ordained last month complishments and large experience, Mr. by the Cumberland Presbytery of the Smith would have been a most valuable English Presbyterian Church, to the charge acquisition to our Church on this side the of the church and congregation in James Tweed; and we sympathize with our friends Street, Whitehaven, vacant by the resignain Carlisle in their core disappointment. tion of the Rev. Joseph Burps. In the even
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WIGAN.—The ing there was a public meeting. The Rev. P. anniversary sermons in connection with Taylor, as Moderator, presided, and in the this place of worship were preached course of the evening Mr. Mackay was last month, by the Rev. Dr. Munro, of presented with a pulpit gown. Manchester, who delivered able discourses TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, NEW from the pulpit in the morning and even- BRIDGE STREET.-The anniversary services ing. On Monday evening, the rev. gentle of this church were held on November 4th, man delivered a lecture in the same place ; when the Rev. T. W. Brown, M.A., pastor, the subject being “ Port Royal and its preached in the forenoon, and the Rev. T. famous Men.” The Rev. S. T. Dickinson, Alexander, M.A., of Chelsea, Moderator of pastor of the church, presided, and there the English Presbyterian Church in Enwas a moderate atiendance. In intro- gland, in the afternoon and evening. On ducing the lecturer, the Chairman said that Monday evening the rev. gentleman deit was with very great pleasure they wel. livered a lecture on “ The Papacy the comed Dr. Munro amongst them once Mystery of Iniquity,” to a large audience. more, for they experienced lively feelings on the previous Tuesday evening the of gratitude to bim for the warm and ac- scholars attending the District Mission tive interest he had always manifested in School held a tea meeting in the Jubilee the affairs of their church, and for the School-room, New Road. The attendance readinees with which he at all times lent was numerous, and the lady teachers prehis valued assistance. In delivering his sided at the tables. After partaking of a lecture on that episode in French eccle- substantial repast, the chair was taken by siastical literature wbich constituted its the Rev. T. W. Brown, and a pleasant theme, Dr. Munro sketched the founda- evening's amusement followed. Perhaps
the most gratifying incident in connection leading members of the Presbyterian with the entertainment was the perform- Church in Cardiff, several friends from ances of the band, which was formed up. Swansea, Newport, and other places, wards of a year ago among the boys of the ministers of other denominations in the school. A few days since the teachers Cardiff, and a number of ministers of the raised a sufficient sum to pay for the Presbyterian Church. The Cnairman, instruments. The band was under the after giving " The Queen” and the usual leadership of Mr. Bowden. Songs and loyal toasts combined in one, addressed recitations were also given by the children the company, giving the history of the belonging to the school; the entire evening's formation of the church. He said that entertainment, in fact, being solely con- some explanation was due from them, why tributed by them, under the superin- they had undertaken to form another tendence of their kind friends and teachers. church in Cardiff. It was not that the
CARDIFF—OPENING OF THE ENGLISH Gospel was not already preached here. We PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.—The new church have two Established Church vicars, faithful in Windsor Place was formally opened in men who preached the Gospel, and whose October last. In Cardiff and for far churches
Among the around, the building is its own spokesman. Nonconforming bodies we have many, both Its lofty spire is the most conspicuous English and Welsh, ably preaching the feature Cardiff presents to the eye behold Gospel. It might be asked, why then ing the town from a distance. Nearer should the Presbyterians have formed a view does but confirm the admiring im- new church here. The nucleus of it was a pression created at first sight. The edifice body of Scotchmen, as Dr. Guthrie bad was designed by F. T. Pilkington, Esq., of said, but with them were also some sturdy Edinburgh. It contains 694 sittings in Irish Presbyterian?, with Dr. Wallace, the the auditorium, besides a sessions house, Vice-chairman, at the head of them. It vestry, cockle chamber, and three spacious was well tbat a church of that denominalobbies, and lofty spire. The most notice- tion should be provided for them, for many able feature is its admirable adaptability of them were the young and enterprising, for hearing and seeing-two points which who were most liable, in the exuberance of the architect evidently made his first con- youtb, to be led astray from the things sideration. The minister finds himselt which make for their peace. Many Chrissurrounded by his congregation, spreading tians who were members of otber churches to his right and lefc hand as much as from inability to find a Presbyterian Church in front; and he feels that his voice can here, were provided for by this new church. reach the remotest hearer without effort. He hoped there was room in this growing The pulpit is built of Caen stone, and town for this new church, without at allinterbeautifully carved. The roof is most fering with previously existing ones.
Mr. elaborately painted and stencilled, and Lunaie referred to the Westminster Asreflects credit on the painter, Mr. Davies, sembly, showing that its ruling spirit at of this town. The opening services com- the time was Genevan, not Scottish; that menced in the morning. Admiesion at one time Presbyterianism prevailed all was obtained, up to within fifteen minutes over England as well as Scotland. So that of the hour of commencement, by tickets, this was not exclusively a Scotch church, of which more than enough were called for either in its history or in its present formato occupy every seat in the building. At tion. He referred to the Act of Uoiformity, half-past eleven Dr. Guthrie commenced to the exclusion of 2,000 ministers at once the service by offering up a brief, but from the pulpits of the English Church, fervent prayer, and afterwards preached arguing that it was only by the rigid penal from Isaiah ix. 6—“For unto us a child is laws enacted against them that they were born, unto us a son is given: and the prevented from torming their 2,000 congregovernment shall be upon his shoulder : gations with them into a great body of and his name shall be called Wonderful, Nonconforming Presbyterians. The formaCounsellor, The mighty God, Theeverlasting tion of this church in Cardiff aro:e from Father, The Prince of peace.” We need Mr. Paterson being sent here, two years not say that the sermon was such as only ago, by the Presbytery of Lancasbire, to see Dr. Guthrie could preach. In the after- if a church could not be formed. On being noon a luncheon took place in the Cardiff consulted, he (Mr. Lundie) was doubtful if Arms Assembly-room, where nearly one a sufficient number of Presbyterians could hundred ladies and gentlemen sat down to be found here, but Mr. Paterson's experia substantial and excellent repast, provided ence in other fields made him more hopeful, by Mr. Wilkes. The chair was occupied and he was now happy to acknowledge by Mr. Cornelius Lundie, and the vice- that Mr. Paterson had been right and chairs by Dr. Wallace and Mr. M'Conno- himself wrong. Mr. Paterson preached chie. The company included, besides the bis first sermon on the first Sunday in August, 1864, and from that time the who had been for some time under the weekly services had not ceased, ministers training of Mr. Harris, the superintendent being supplied by the Free Church of Scot- of the Sabbath School, lent an additional land and the Presbytery of Lancasbire. attraction to the services. It was stated When the church had been a year ia exist that the number of children on the books. ence as a quasi-congregation, they took was 500, and that there was a regular courage to resolve to raise a fund for build- attendance of over 300, the number of ing a church. They met in this room, Mr. teachers being thirty-six. Paterson presiding; they were but a few, BERWICK - ON - TWEED, BANK HILL and not rich med, yet they set down their CHURCA ANNIVERSARY SERVICES. - On names for sums amounting to £1,200. Mr. Sunday, 13th October, anniversary services Paterson then, on the part of the Synod of were held in Bank Hill Church, commemo-the English Presbyterian Churcb, promised rative of the ordination of the Rev. Robert them a grant. That pledge had been Scott to the pastorate of that congregation. redeemed by the gift of £500; and thus Dr. Anderson, from Morpeth, preached in encouraged, they ventured to take plans the morning from the text, “Through this from architects, and fixed on one submitted Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of by Mr. Pilkington, of Edinburgh. But sing," &c.; and in the evening from the for the grant, and the kind assistance of words, “This is the word which by the Gos-Mr. Barbour, they would not have pre- pel is preached unto you.” The rev. doctor sumed to employ such an architect as Mr. held his large audience in rapt attention Pilkington, or to think of having spire to while delivering his two eloquent addresses. their churcb. The service to-day had Rev. Mr. Scott, the pastor of the church, vindicated the propriety of their selection preached a stirring sermon in the afternoon of a plan, for not only was the building a from the words, “Ye are the salt of the most bandsome one, but no one in it this earth.” All the services of the day ap-morning failed to hear every word that Dr. peared to be highly prized by a large and Guthrie uttered. They selected this plan, attentive audience. On the following evenboth for its beauty and with a view to ing the annual soirée was held in the usefulness, the latter being the main point, church, when about 300 partook of tea pro-and they had succeeded in both. He con- vided in a very orderly and efficient manner gratulated the church on the presence of by the young ladies of the congregation. Dr. Guthrie, and on the splendid discourse After tea Mr. Scott was called to the chair, which they had heard from him. It only and after an interesting address called on remained for him again to read the state- Mr. Richardson, the treasurer, to read his ment of funds which was produced in the financial statement, from which it appeared morning, and to add that the collection that the Church was in a healthy state, for after the sermon of Dr. Guthrie amounted not only bad a larger sum been collected for to £86 14s. 9d. Addresses were then congregational purposes, but the other delivered by the Revs. J. Paterson, J. schem?s of the Church had also propor-Fordyce, Dr. Guthrie, Dr. Homilton, R. tionately increased. Addresses were then H. Lundie, Gullan, and Tilly, and by Mr. delivered by Dr. Anderson, Mr. Huie (of R. Barbour and Mr. Pilkington. In the Wooler), Mr. Mc Guffie (of Etal), Mr. evening the church was again crowded. Mc Lean (Ancroft Moor), and Mr. S. G. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Scott (of the United Presbyterian CongreHamilton, and a liberal collection was gation, Church Street). The addresses made, amounting to £38.-Cardiff Times.- were listened to attentively, and appeared [Since the above services our friends at to be appreciated. During the evening the Cardiff have been able to clear off the Church choir sang several anthems in a whole of the debt on their beautiful church. manner which showed that the musical deWe sincerely congratulate Mr. Fordyce and partment of worship in Bank Hill Church his congregation on the prospect of com- is well looked to and closely cultivated. fort and use ulness which lies before them.] After the usual votes of thanks bad been
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PLYMOUTH.- proposed and accorded, Mr. Scott brought A short time ago anniversary services the meeting to a close by pronouncing the in connection with the Sabbath School Benediction. were beld in the church. The Rev. Joseph BAZAAR AT NORTH SUNDERLAND.-The Wood preached appropriate sermons morn- bazaar in connection with the English ing and evening; and in the afternoon the Presbyterian Church, North Sunderland, children were assembled in the church, for liquidating the debt on the New Manse, when addresses were delivered by Mr. was recently held. The tables were covered Wood, Mr. Kent, and Mr. A. K. Brittan. with every variety of useful and ornamental During the three services the church was articles, which reflected great credit on the crowded : in the evening the aisles were ladies and friends of the congregation. The also filled. The singing of the children, bazaar was largely patronized by the ladies and gentlemen of the neighbourhood. livered a neat and appropriate address. Among others we observed the Rev. L. 8. The following gentlemen then addressed Orde and family, of Shoreston Hall ; Rev. the meeting :-The Revs. Dr. Hamilton, D. Terras, Belford, and J. Benvie, Warren- Dr. Edmonde, Wm. Chalmers, Dr. King, ford ; Dr. Embleton, Beadnell; R. Fadon, and T. Alexander, and Messrs. J. E. MaEsq., of Tuggall; Mr. and Mrs. Dixon, thieson, G. B. Bruce, Gainsford Bruce, Pasture Hall; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, Fleet- G. Duncan, J. R. Robertson, and Hugh ham ; Mrs. Atkinson, Greenhill; Mr. Matheson. The speakers naturally dwelt Archbold, Newham ; Mr. and Mrs. Burn, much on the extent of the proposed union; Elford ; Mr. and Mrs. Tate, Chathill, &c. and the prevailing feeling seemed to be that A great number of articles were disposed of, there should be an independent organizaand at the close of the second day the pro- tion in England, and that the churches ceeds of the bazaar realized upwards of south of the Tweed should prepare for an £100. The Rev. W. Dunn and his con- early union. gregation have great credit due to them for the noble efforts which they have put forth during the rev. gentleman's two years' FUNERAL SERMONS ON THE LATE REV. ministry among them. To show the re- Thomas M'CREATH, SOUTI SHIELDS.-spect in which the minister and people are The funeral sermons in connection with held, Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe, of North the death of the Rev. T. M'Creath, of the Shields; Mrs. Hudson, Alnwick; Mr. United Presbyterian Church, Mile End John Maule, Berwick; Mrs. Tate, Mrs. Road, South Shields, were preached in Lockie, Misses Maule, and Misses Scott, that place of worship on Sabbath, Novemkindly assisted at the stalls. A refresh- ber 4th, by the Rev. John Parker, of ment stall was presided over by Mrs. Smith Sunderland, from 2 Cor. iii. 6, and by the and Miss Pratt.
Rev. Thomas Whitelaw, colleague of the MEETING OF ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN deceased, from Rev. xiv. 13, to large
UNITED PRESBYTERIAN OFFICE- audiences. Both preachers, at the close BEARERS IN LONDON.—A social meeting of their discourses, sketched the character of the ministers and elders of the English of this much-esteemed minister, who was Presbyterian and United Presbyterian cut down in the sixty-second year of his age, Churches in and around London was held and thirty-second of_bis ministry. He in November last, in the Lecture Hall of was ordained by the Relief Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, Regent Square Kelso, on the 13th of August, 1835, and (Dr. Hamilton's), for the purpose of inter- by indefatigable and persevering labour changing sentiments on the union question, had succeeded in increasing the congreand on the interests and prospects of Pres- gation, and building an elegant new church byterianism in England. There was a large in Mile End Road. An able minister of attendance on the occasion, there being in the New Testament, a faithful pastor, an addition to the ministers the principal lay- affectionate husband and father, a Christian men belonging to both Churches. After gentleman, a beloved colleague, an honoured partaking of tea and coffee, the Rev. Mr. citizen and cordial friend, has passed away. Alexander, Moderator of the English Pres- A large number of his congregation and byterian Synod, proposed, amid the ap- townsmen and co-presbyters followed bis plause of the meeting, that the cbair should remains to the grave on the 29th October ; be taken by the Rev. Dr. Macfarlane, Mo- and the funeral services were conducted derator of the General Synod of the United by the Revs. Morris, of Sunderland, Bell Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. McCrie and Wallace, of Newcastle, and Kinnaird having engaged in prsyer, the Chairman de- and Whitelaw, of South Shields.
CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES. faith which I had in view throughout the To the Editor of the English Presbyterian Messenger. sometimes been called historical faith, or
lecture was not saving faith, but what bas MY DEAR SIR,—In view of some ob- that belief in Christ and Christianity which servations upon my opening College Lec- may be wrought in the mind by the force ture, contained in your last number, I of the Christian evidences, without the think it desirable, if not necessary, to action of grace or the agency of the Holy offer a few words of explanation. The Spirit. I did not, therefore, deem it neces.