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against it, but also combining to put it down. For if firmest hold of rope or bulwark can scarcely save you from we do not, the sin of those wretched transgressors sliding down the almost vertical deck; it seems impossible the will become the sin of all of us, and will be visited ship can right. Volumes of water rushing over you, confirm on our country in its ruin, and on myriads of souls, counter swing restores you to your footing, and

shows the bow

the impression that the moment of danger is come; but a in their loss of weekly Sabbaths on earth, and their plunging bravely into another billow. exclusion from the everlasting Sabbath in heaven. The whole scene is sufficiently awful; and if one but give

way to fear or fancy, it must be easy enough to make the

waves mountains, the gusts artillery, and to crowd the picture Review.

with gigantic forms of horror, The lesson of a storm is one of humility. Each cloud may be the engine of destruction;

you cannot bid it burst elsewhere. Each blast may bring the A MISSION TO THE MYSORE; with SCENES and Facts additional strength necessary to crush you; you cannot divert

ILLUSTRATIVE OF INDIA, ITS PEOPLE AND ITS RELI- | its fcourse. Each sea may capsize or overwhelm your ark; Gron. By the Rev. WILLIAM Arthur, Wesleyan by agents all potent to destroy, there is not one on which your

you cannot lighten its stroke by a single drop. Surrounded Minister.

skill can work the least amelioration. The sky, the wind, We have read this volume from beginning to end the wave, are eloquent with the announcement- "God is all with unusual and unabated interest. It is a lively, in all." You can do nought but meekly crave his compassion, vigorous, and eloquent productiou. We congratu- or mutely await his will. And when the danger is past, man late our Wesleyan brethren on having had in their has had no hand in averting it. It came upon you, pressed missionary staff a man capable of producing

a work human help to be vanity, and then disappeared. You are characterized by so much thinktng power and lite- safe again; that safety is sealed with the hand of God, and rary excellence.

attests itself his own gift. You see his agency through no On the large and signally important subject to obstructive instrument; you have been dealing directly with which the volume invites us—" India, its people and your Maker. Therefore, being glad, because they are quiet, its religion”-we cannot at present enter as we would they praise the Lord for his goodness.” wish. An opportunity of doing so, however, will oc

A SUBBURB OF MADRAS. cur soon, in connexion with the condition and pros- In a few minutes Mr Fox was driving me briskly through pects of the Free Church missions in India, which we Blacktown in his buggy. The streets are of tolerable width, are desirous of bringing under the special notice of our and occasionally lined with rows of palm. The houses are, for readers. In the meontime, we strongly recommend the most part, built of mud, flat roofed, only one story high, Mr Arthur's book. The following random extracts ing a continuous line of smooth white wall, broken only by will give an idea of his style :

narrow doors. Projecting about two feet from the wall, a A STORM, AND ITS LESSON.

raised seat of the same material, and similarly whitewashed I could not help comparing the storm, when at its height, runs along the whole extent of the street, and is broken by with the anticipations raised in my mind by descriptions of a kind of pillow-like elevation, which divides unto each house that spectacle. In almost every case you are told of mountain- its share; thus affording an agreeably open-air couch for the waves, and that you cannot conceive the terrors of the scene. inhabitants. On these were seated a number of men, some Now, the fact is, you find no wave anything like a moun- cross-legged, like tailors; others with their black eyes peeptain; and, most probably, you have carried your conceptions ing over the knees, which stood up dusky and meagre, supto a pitch by which the reality loses much of its effect. While porting the chin; others, again, resting the weight of the whole you remain below, the roaring of the wind, and the rush of body upon the heels, a position which, though less disagreethe sea make the voice of the storm fearfully impressive; able to the eye of an European than the last named, is more and to look at the waves from the narrow cabin windows, you distressing to his feelings, as he is put in pain for the poor are obliged to assign their height by imagination, for you man's heels and toes. These are the usual positions of the cannot by the eye. It is here, where you feel the shock, and natives: the climate is so dry that no danger arises from sitlisten to the roar of the tempest, without being able to watch ting on the ground, and consequently the use of chairs would its movements, that the impression is most appalling. The only be increasing the number of their wants without any ship pitches, writhes, and trembles beneath you, every joint corresponding addition to their comforts. For, though we in her giant frame groaning doleful complaints against the may think otherwise, they feel more easy in their own posviolence with which she is assailed. The howling of the wind, ture than on a chair. I have seen a native, on taking a chair, the rush of the seas making a highway of the deck, the moan- fidget from side to side, backward and forward, and in every ing of the ship, sound like the shock of the onset, the struggle other way by which he could express uneasiness, until, taking of contending feet, and the cries of the wounded!

courage, he pulled up his legs, crossed them under him, adOn deck the scene is truly grand. The sky is black, rugged, justed himself with an air of_great complacency, and so sat and shifting ; the wind terrible, with its alternate gust, perched as we are wont to see Eastern kings painted on their “ seugh," and lull; the sea heaped up into a ridge of low hills musnuds. on either side. The ship lies wriggling in the dale, like a Several women were passing along the streets : they are winter tree, the masts stripped of all their clothing, the storm about the middle size, slender, symmetrical, and brown; the stay-sail being the only stitch of canvass set. A billow is hair, long, glossy, and jet black, is gathered into one heavy rushing forward, with its white crest shaking like a lion's and ungraceful clump bebind. An elegant flowing garment mane. Nearing the bow, it looks so lofty, that she must be covers the person from the waist downwards; from the right overwhelmed; but, with mingled delight and apprehension, side a fold of the same piece passes across the shoulders, leav. you see her rear herself upon its base; then rapidly mounting, ing the small of the back exposed, but covering the chest, and till the summit is gained, she dashes forward, as if rejoicing even the face, when the wearer pleases. In some cases, a very in her escape. At that moment a cross sea strikes on the small, tight bodice is added; for without this the

other robe, weather-bow with a dull sound, like the stroke of a battering- like the Roman toga , requires the hand to preserve it in posiram: the noble bark shudders like a child in a thunder-clap; tion. The favourite colours are purple, white, yellow, and and while you are quivering by sympathy, a fierce surge red; frequently plain, but often also in stripes or cheques; Careers along the deck, making your firmest grasp needful to while a broad border, of some bright contrasting colour, is prevent being borne away. When you emerge, the ship is always disposed with great taste. The dyes are, to an English reeling on the top of another wave, as if to shake off the eye, very striking, as probably from the advantages of climate, moisture of her last immersion; and just as this passes from they have a vividness which we cannot give; while the white under her, it strikes fiercely on the counter, in seeming anger far surpasses our finest bleach. Thus attired, with the left at being foiled in its assault. While staggering from the hand supporting a waterpot on the head, and the right carryeffect of this after-blow, a broken sea, like an ambush attacking another, the Hindu housewife returns from her morning ing in flank, dashes suddenly upon the weather-beam. Ir- errand with an air of considerable grace, but defective vivastantly the top-masts seem nearly touching the water; the city, presenting a figure more picturesque than animated. The waterpots are exactly the shape you would obtain by tak- ling of these reptiles, but a knowledge of the laws which ing a cabbage, covering it with brass, and leaving a large aper- regulate the venomous secretion. The wonder seems to lie ture at the top, of the form of a tulip. But no description, in the power they possess of attracting the snakes by their and no European drawing, can give so accurate a view of the rude music, and seizing them, in the first instance. But natives of India as is aforded by their own drawings on tale, enough is known to make it evident that, in what all natives where you have the colours of person and costume, the shape and many Europeans regard as mysterious and magical, there of implements, and the air of easy listlessness, or pompous con- is nothing but experience, tact, and courageceit, with amusing exactness; while the very defects in perspective seem to render the picture all the more instructive.

INDIAN TRAVEL,

In India the incidents of travel are few. The roads are AN INDIAN BREAKFAST.

anything but crowded. You see now and then a string of A short drive carried us through the northern gate of the bullock-carts; a sepoy on furlough, with native complexion city into the suburb of Royapuram, where we were most hos- and English attire; a peon, with sword and tiger-skin belt; pitably received at the house of Mr Orme, who kindly became a barber sitting under a tree, and performing the monthly our host in the absence of Mr Crowther, then at Pulicat. We tonsure on the heads and chins of patient-looking victims; a immediately sat down to breakfast, which differed only from dram-seller in a shed, with bottle and glass of English manua bountiful' repast of the same kind in England by the addi- facture, and native vessels for toddy; or a religious mendicant tion of several Indian fruits and such a profusion of dishes as ringing his gong, sounding his shell, or bawling out the names made it resemble the French dejeuner à la fourchette. With of his god. By a village at sunrise you are sure to meet, tea and coffee, bread and butter, toast and eggs, one seemed issuing out, a multitude of cows and buffaloes, which are driven rather more at home than suited the idea of an Oriental meal; within the walls every night for greater security. The cows but yet the strange fruits, the crowd of black attendants, the are generally small and ill fed; but the bullocks, being well play of switches protecting you from flies, and the swing of cared for on account of their value as beasts of draught and he punkah above, sufficiently attested a strange land. The burden, are fine animals, with a broad flowing dewlap, and favourite term to describe a punkah among Indian tourists is large solid crest on the shoulder, shaped not unlike a cock's a “large fan.” It is hard to imagine what idea will be formed, cornb, but without the scalloping. Of all animals the buffalo by a person who has never seen one, of a fan large enough to is least indebted to beauty. The hide is a dull, dingy blue, serve a whole company, and playing overhead. You have without hair; the head long, poking, and horizontal; the gait observed by the side of a country inn a sign-board suspended shambling and lazy; the look ineffably stupid. You are ready so as to flap about with the wind. Now just fancy one of to imagine it an ill-shapen cow, clothed in soiled slate, and these, instead of being nearly square, extended so as to stretch feeling about as comfortable in mail as the “man of brass" at the whole length of a long dining-table; you suspend it from the lord mayor's show. Occasionally, on an ox, with decothe roof—for ceiling there is none; in place of the wind, you rated horns and necklace of sounding bells, rides by a country use a line, which, being attached to the punkah, is carried gentleman, with bright garments, rich turban, and expansive through a doorless doorway into another room, where stands slippers; who looks, as country gentlemen sometimes do, as a servant, and, by slow but constant pulling, produces a re- if he were somebody, in his own neighbourhood. Then you freshing motion of the air.

meet a family, the father walking before, silent and haughty, It is said that some of the patricians at Rome had such a the mother coming behind, silent and craven, with a child multitude of slaves, that one was constituted nomenclator, slung at her back, and a bundle, containing their household being charged with the duty of reciting to his master the goods, on her head. They go on and on in dead silence, with names of the others, who were so numerous as to require an as little sign of mutual feeling as the fore and main masts of official memory. I am not aware that this ancient and repu- a ship. For miles together the husband maintains his dogged table custom has yet been introduced among our countrymen silence, the wife her humble distance. Sometimes you see a in India; but certainly their retinue is such as to suggest its pompous swelling Mussulman, followed by a pony supporting desirableness. This arises partly from a willingness to live in a white pyramid, which, when near, is discovered to be a state, partly from the inactivity of the natives, who believe lady in a muslin bastile, with only a small aperture at the eye the doctrine that many hands make light work, and partly for her to peep through. Such poets as Mr Monckton Milnes from their habit of considering the several offices of menial may commend the atrocities of the harem by singing-service as so many different trades. The man who cooks the

"Within the gay kiosk reclined, meat would as soon think of washing the plates as would a

Above the scent of lemon groves, milliner of making horse-shoes; and the man who grooms

Where bubbling fountains kiss the wind, your horse would as soon think of cutting grass for him, as a

And birds make music to their loves,

Sbe leads a kind of fairy life, hosier would of making hats. All the servants find, or pro

In sisterhood of fruit and flowers, fess to find, their own provisions; sleep about the verandahs

Unconscious of the outward strise, or out-houses, no one ever dreaming of affording them apart

That wears the palpitating hours." ments; and receive wages ranging from five to ten rupees As if a human breast were to be freed from cares by lemona-month, according to the dignity of the office, and their wealth scents, fruits, flowers, and bubbles, when those very things of their master.

come to her in an isolation which remind her of her own, and

show in their very form that she is not allowed to wander SNAKE CHARMERS.

in fields where their beauties flourish, or trace the stream Whilst walking in the verandah, some snake charmers ap- whose waters are free; but that, with Jealousy for her judge, proached, and forthwith began to show us their skill. They and Contempt for her jailer, she is captured and caged, a perproduced several bags and baskets, containing serpents of the petual prisoner, for the crime of being a woman, and that, too, most poisonous kind-the cobra di capello; then blew upon by the man whose children she has borne! Let those who an instrument shaped like a cocoa-nut, with a short tube in- choose read and admire such elegant inanities. For our own serted, and producing music closely allied to that of the bag. part, we honestly say, that they who could look on such a pipe. The animals were brought forth, raised themselves to monument to man's depravity and woman's degradation, as is music, spread out their head, showing the spectacle-mark afforded by a Mohammedan lady in her itinerant prison, and fully distended, and waved about with considerable grace, recollect that her humiliation and wrongs are shared by the and little appearance of venom. The men coquetted with

women of many a nation, without being heart-stung, deserve, them, and coiled them about their persons, without any signif men, such affection as tyranny fosters, such peace as jealousy of either dislike or fear. This power of dealing with crea- brings; if women, could such women betures so deadly is ascribed by the natives to magic. Europeans generally account for it by saying, that the fangs are

"If women, to Turkish serails let them speed,

And be mothers of Mussulman slaves. extracted. But the most reasonable explanation seems to be, that when the snake is first caught, by a dexterous movement of the charmer, the hand is slipped along the body until it WHO WILL LIVE For Ever? An Examination of Luke, reaches the neck, which he presses so firmly, as to compel an

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With Notes. By John Howard HINTON, ejection of the virus--thus destroying, for a time, all power to M.A. Pp. 32. harm; and that this operation is repeated as often as is necessary, to prevent the dangerous accumulation. If this be true This pamphlet bears upon a question in theology --and I helieve it is-nothing is necessary to the safe hand- Dever, so far as we know, agitated in this part of the

country, yet one which Mr Ilinton speaks of having the controverted point, that it leaves upon the mind seen handled in "several publications." The ques- a feeling of dissatisfaction. He should have said tion is, whether the souls of men are endowed, natu- more, or said nothing. rally and universally, with an inherent principle of immortality; or whether, in so far as they are des. The Lord's SUPPER. By the Rev. David King, LL.D., tined to partake of a continued and never-ending Glasgow.

Edinburgh. existence, this comes simply from their relation to Christ-for good if they are his, for evil if they are

We are not surprised that this excellent work, the not. Mr Hinton holds the first of these views; and publication of the first edition of which was anin that we entirely concur with him, believing, as we

nounced in a former Number of this Magazine, has do, that the Scriptures uniformly take for granted reached so soon a second edition. The rapid sale of the fact of the undying existence of God's rational the first is strongly confirmatory of the favourable offspring, and that the light, in which Christ's work opinion expressed by many of our periodicals. We is there unfolded, always presents it to our view as recommend the present revised and enlarged edition undertaken to rectify the moral disorders which sin to all who desire to have a luminous and comprehas produced among men, not to confer upon them hensive view of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper an altogether new natural distinction. But we can

in all its bearings. not go along with the author in the interpretation he

Most of the modern works on this subject are gives of the passage in Luke, which he endeavours either treatises purely devotional, or have reference to form into a conclusive and incontrovertible proof

to disputed questions, such as the form of observing of the soul's natural immortality. The words he the ordinance, the frequency of communion, and so presses are more especially those, “ Neither shall forth, Dr King's work is practical throughout, and they die any more;" and were used by our Lord is well fitted to awaken and cherish devout affection. when exposing the gross error of the Sadducees in But that is not exclusively its object. He writes not transferring to the next world the relations of the only for those who are settled in the belief of the present, and supposing that, if there was to be such obligation of the Lord's Supper, and wish to be ena world at all, the risen dead must simply resume couraged and directed in their approaches to the the places and enter anew into the relations they had communion table, but for those also who have doubts held before. Mr Hinton would apply what our Lord to be resolved, or who entertain limited and partial says upon the subject, not, as is commonly done, views of the nature and end of the ordinance. He directly and immediately to the good portion of man

enters more than any author with whom we are ackind, but to all indiscriminately. There occur, how- quainted into what may be called its philosophy; and, ever, the expressions : “They which shall be accounted

on that account, we think the book peculiarly suited worthy to obtain that world”_" they are equal unto to young men of piety and intelligence, who desire to the angels”-and, they are the children of God”- go to the Lord's table with their understandings which seem to point in the contrary direction; and enlightened, their judgment convinced, and their these he endeavours to explain in a sense that will

hearts duly affected. render them applicable to all without distinction.

The plan of the work appears to us unexceptionable. We make no question that some of the words could The author commences with adverting to the passfairly be interpreted, and are sometimes used, in a over, the commemorative ordinance of the Old Testaway that would suit the author's purpose; but that ment, as the Lord's Supper is of the New. He then 80 many expressions, in so brief a space, should need proceeds to notice the fact of the institution of the to be taken in another than their natural, obvious, latter by our Lord while observing the passover, and and usual meaning, is, to our mind, perfectly conclu- the probable reasons for this. He next considers the sive against Mr Hinton's interpretation. Violences

Lord's Supper in the five following points of view-1. of this sort will neither advance the cause of Biblical

As illustrative of the scheme of salvation. 2. As a interpretation in general, nor contribute materially commemorative institution. 3. As a medium of felto establish any point of doctrine. It is clear as day other." 4. As a seal of the covenant; and, 5. In

lowship of saints with the Saviour, and with each to us, that as the object of the Sadducees, in propounding their question to Christ, was to invalidate relation to futurity. Under the third of these heads, the received doctrine of a blessed immortality as the he treats with great faithfulness and discrimination heritage of God's people, so our Lord, in his reply, the delicate but most important subjects of self-exaspoke from that point of view; he framed his answer mination and ecclesiastical discipline. Throughout, so as to meet the only real question that was brought the reasoning is solid and convincing; and the style under consideration at the time; and made his testis remarkably lucid, unambitious, and chaste, at once mony bear decisively, first, on the kind of immortality reflecting credit on the literary reputation of the of which his people are the heirs, and then on the author, and befitting the grave and solemn subject of fact of its existence, as implied even in the earliest which he treats. portions of Scripture. No doubt, his answer may also be made to bear collaterally upon the other class of mankind; and had Mr Hinton's object been to bring out the elements of thought which may be found in

Notes of the Month. the passage capable of an application to men in general, we should have had nothing to say at least against the principle of his interpretation. As it is, we can- Lord Panmure and his Free Church Tenantry.- We not concur with bim, nor give our commendation to were not aware till lately of the length to which his pamphlet as a specimen of correct interpretation. this nobleman had gone in oppressing and trampling It is, besides, of so isolated and fragmentary a cha- on his tenantry. It may have been our own fault, racter-is so utterly silent upon the different aspects but till we read the report of the proceedings of the and bearings of the views respectively entertained on last meeting of the Synod of Avgus and Mearns, we had no idea of the cold blooded hauteur which, for | modated since the Disruption. My furniture is at this the last five years, has marked his conduct. We al- moment scattered over three parishes within our bounds-and most owe an apology to the Duke of Buccleuch Yfor I could wish, in regard to the kitchen, no worse to the person singling him out as the chief among the disreputable

who refuses us accommodation, than that he were

far from his kitchen as I am from mine. It is at a party to which both belong. Considering the pro- distance of 50 yards from the house, being, in fad, down one fessions which for so many years Lord Panmure has street and up another. We have been suffering much all made of liberal “live and let live principles,” be, along from these refusals. They have been a means of perhaps, has a better title to that unenviable emi- hampering the deacons' court in all their proposed plans of nence, and to the disgrace and reprobation which it usefulness in the parish, and neighbourhood." If it can be involves. We have not the slightest sympathy with any gratification to site refusers to know that they are those who, for any reason whatever, would speak of the Free Church, I have no wish to deprive them of that

thereby inflicting injury upon the ministers and congregations gently and smoothly of site-refusers, or of any indi- gratification. These refusals have been the means of inflicting vidual among them. They deserve rougher treat- serious injury on myself and family. It has been the means ment, being engaged in a work at once cruel and of inflicting on me a pecuniary loss to the extent of about £40 cowardly. Besides, they require it. The compara

per annum, and has been the means of involving great

inconvenience to my family. We have four small apartments, tively gentle treatment which they have received hitherto, has apparently but confirmed their relish family has to be accommodated. It is also inflicting a very

the largest of which is 11 feet by 12, while a considerable for the work. These heartless proceedings have, it great inconvenience upon the person in whose house we is true, already brought one minister to an untimely reside, and who parts with this accommodation, I believe, grave, and have sent disease and death to not a few rather than part with his minister; and it has been the means poor but godly families. But that is not enough; of depriving me of many of the comforts that I have been

accustomed to enjoy. And, though last, not least, I am sorry more is wanted :—their tenantry must either go to

that it has been the means of depriving me and my family of parish churches, and profess to worship there with a lie

health. During last winter we got fever into the family, and in their right hands, or they must all continue to run from want of accommodation it was during more than four the risks, in meeting which, so many have suffered. weeks impossible for me to get off all my clothes. I have

Lord Panmure refuses four sites-one at Edzell, reason to thank God that health has been again restored to us, another at Panbride, a third at Monikie, and a fourth

and that I do not feel very much the worse of the great at Lochlee. As to the first, Mr Inglis, minister of concluded by saying that if orders in Council were issued to

deprivations to which I have been subjected. Mr Inglis the congregation, made the following statement:

certain parties to pray for the peace of the empire, surely orders Immediately after the Disruption, and on the first day after in Council should also be issued to observe the law of toleraI had taken farewell of the Established Church, I made tion, and especially that they should be instructed to follow application, in my own name and in the name of my congre- out in practice what they profess in sentiment—"Live and let gation, to the proprietor upon whose ground alone it would live.” have been suitable to receive a site, and also to his factor. The next day I received an answer neither from the proprietor

Mr Inglis also stated as to Lochlee, that applicanor the factor, but from their law agent, intimating that tions had been repeatedly made there for sites for a means would be adopted for immediately removing me out church, manse, and school-house, one of them only of the parish. Our communion had been appointed to take three weeks ago, to which no answer had been replace about three weeks after, and no new application was

turned :made till that time, when an application was made by the elders in name of the congregation, dated 20th July, 1843. It

The congregation had continued to meet for upwards of was put into his hands on the 26th, and a printed answer,

two years in a mason lodge, till they were forcibly driven out which at the time went the round of the district newspapers,

of that place by Lord Panmure. First an attempt was made was received. The letter was dated from Brechin Castle, to buy them out of it. They had rented the place at a modeand was in the following terms:-"You foolish men, return

rate rent, and on the occasion of its being let, a person offered to your good old Kirk, where there is plenty of room; and a price which he mentioned and which amounted to a comwhen more is necessary, you will be provided with it. Return plete ransom-on behalf of Lord Panmure. Mr Inglis, to that moderate, useful, and harmonious Kirk, for the rights bad, however, got the place secured to the Free Church conof which your forefathers fought and bled; pay due respect gregation, and the movement was a failure. The law was to that minister placed in the parish of Edzell by her most then resorted to, and the masons were summoned out of the gracious Majesty ; let peace, and comfort, and harmony, surround lodge, having been promised another lodge; which had not, howyour plans; and you will always find in me, as principal

ever, yet been built. A friend of the Free Church, forseeing heritor, a friend ready to promote your comfort and happiness. the result, bad erected a shepherd's house, which had lately -PANMURE." Before this document was put into our hands,

been fitted up with seats, and served as a place of worship, at it was thought more respectful, and, for other reasons, more

the one end of which is a single small room, which forms the advisable, to get up a petition from the congregation. This

sole accommodation for the minister in the shape of a manse. was done; and the petition was signed by 466 members of the

The case of Monikie is equally disgraceful. It was congregation, of whom 375 belonged to the parish of Edzell, and 345 resided upon Lord Panmure's property, To this

stated by Mr Wilson of Carmyliepetition an answer was received a considerable time afterwards, The refusal in this case was attended with special grier. which, in effect, stated that, in the opinion of the proprietor,

Mr Miller, the venerable pastor of that congregation, this petition was not signed by the respectable tenants on his was the father of the synod, and had been an ordained minisproperty; while it was in fact signed by 33 or 34 out of 46 ter of the Church throughout nearly the whole period of this tenants in the parish, and, in my opinion signed by those who century. At his present advanced stage of life he was little were at least as respectable (as those that did not sign it. able to stand such fatigues and exposures as those to which Subsequently a site was offered by one of the feuars, and Mr Inglis had been subjected. Immediately preceding the accepted by the congregation; and there was afterwards some Disruption, my next neighbour, Mr Miller, was somewbat conintercourse with a friend of Lord Panmure's, in which I stated, fident that he would experience little difficulty in obtaining that if his lordship would give us a suitable site we would accommodation for the congregation that would leave the accept it, but if not, we were already on terms for commencing Establishment along with him. His confidence was appathe building of a church directly in front of the Established rently well grounded; in the first place, on the liberal political church, and within 150 yards of it, and that, on the subse- views of Lord Panmure as a proprietor and as a member of the quent Friday, an advertisement for building estimates would Legislature-grounded upon the fact, that he was accustomed appear in the provincial newspapers. After the meeting of to drink at public dinners, and on all occasions to declare his Assembly at Inverness, application was made for a site for a analtered attachment to the principles of civil and religious manse and a school-bouse, but no answer has been received to liberty-grounded upon the fact, that in the very immediate the application. I have myself been most miserably accom neighbourhood of that place where a site has been 50 persis

ances.

per

ently refused for five years, Mr Miller personally, along with Church newspapers do not reach, and in which it is Lord Panmure's grateful tenantry, combined in erecting a

of importance that the whole facts should be known. monument to Lord Panmure's memory, and of gratitude, and engraved in legible characters on the base of the column, “Live

If the site bill now before Parliament be rejected, an and let live"-a confidence grounded on the fact that Mr

appeal must be made to the whole country. Miller had not only counted reasonably upon Lord Panmure's acting upon his declared public principles, but upon a personal

France. - Mr Arthur, author of the “ Mission to the friendship maintained throughout a course of many years, and

Mysore," which we have elsewhere noticed, has for of the acknowledgment, on the part of his Lordship, of some time been Wesleyan minister at Paris. He sonal obligations for benefits conferred on his family. And was there during the revolution, and being in Lonit might have been supposed that if a regard for political con. don during the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Missistency, public character, personal friendship and gratitude,

sionary Society on May 1st, gave a statement of his could have any influence in swaying the mind of man, Mr Miller's confidence was well grounded. Accordingly, he went to

observations and impressions. The substance of Brechin Castle personally, judging that that was the best way

these will be found in the following extract, which of opening up a communication with his Lordship on the sub- our readers, we have no doubt, will peruse with inject, stating his desire in prospect of leaving the Established terest. Mr Arthur bears every mark of an intelliChurch and manse, and soliciting that his Lordship, in con- gent observer :formity withịhis declared principles, would grant them a piece of ground upon which to erect a place of worship. Lord

Taking that country to which reference has been made

France-I must say, that during the revolution in Paris, and Panmure's statement, as might well be expected, was not a

subsequently to that revolution, I have made it my conseiendirect and immediate refusal, but it was a statement substan

tious duty to see as much of the people as I could, to watch tially to the effect, that while he would have been delighted,

them as closely as Providence gave me the opportunity, to go ou personal grounds, and from considerations of their past in

wherever I could go with propriety, in order to obtain a tercourse and friendship, to bestow a personal favour on Mr

knowledge of their sentiments and of their feelings. I have Miller, he could not give him a site for erecting a church

been in the most excited of the mob, on the most excited without bringing upon him claims from all the other Free Church congregations on his property. Accordingly, the mat

days. I have been even in the lowest of the Communist

clubs. I have been wherever I could find access and opporter was stared off, and Mr Miller became less hopeful; and in due time was driven from his manse, his congregation being tunity; and there is not a sentiment of hope uttered by my compelled to worship in the loft of a coru-mill, where they joyfully participate. In this country there has been no es,

reverend friend Mr Noel in which I do not cordially and Whitsunday the congregation would be deprived even of this aggeration, with regard to the universal distress-with regard this miserable accommodation. What they were to do next

to the stagnation to trade-with regard to the pecuniary emit was difficult to perceive. Mr Miller, about two years sub- barrassments, and to the danger to manufacture and commerce, sequently to the Disruption, having been given to understand

for some time to come, that have resulted from the revolution.

But with regard to social disorder--with regard to danger that Lord Panmure was less virulent against the Free Church, and more disposed to do justice to his own character than he

to life, property, person, or other private right-I believe the had shown himself previous, wrote to his Lordship, soliciting impression in this country, as is very natural in a country

which God has long blessed with such perfect peace--is altothat now he would grant a site. Lord Panmure did not answer Mr Miller directly, but sent an answer to his factor, has not lived in Paris during the revolution--no man, even

gether beyond the truth; and I believe, too, that no man who with a desire that it should be communicated to Mr Miller,

in France, however acquainted with the aspect of the Parirefusing the request. Mr Wilson did not wonder that Lord Paņmure had sent the answer through his factor; he was con

sian character, and its changes, could have supposed that vinced that even Lord Panmure would have felt, his brow

changes so prodigious should have occurred in a day--that the tingling with shame to have sent such an answer to such an

most inflammatory principles should have been spread abroad

--that excitement of the utmost kind should have been appeal. Subsequently, and very recently, it having been hoped that Lord Panmure was not altogether unassailable on

brought to bear upon them--and that yet, since the revoluthe subject, Mr Miller solicited his congregation to send a

tion, the city of Paris is freer from crime, theft, robbery, and petition to Lord Panmure from themselves. It was for

general disorder, than at any recent period of its general hiswarded some months ago, along with an urgent and pressing perty for'a moment; there has never been anything to frighten,

tory. There has never been anything to endanger life and proletter from Mr Miller. No answer has been returned to this

although there has certainly been a good deal to concern, anypetition, even through the factor.

body; there never has been anything to frighten any exThe case of Panbride is stated by Mr Martin in a cept those who looked upon the people in their very equivocal letter to the Northern Warder. He says :

dresses, and their very alarming manifestations. But those Lord Papmure has a separate method of dealing with who went amongst them, talked with them, and learned and every separate congregation which approaches him to solicit studied them generally, came home, and relieved friends, who a site. On what principle he allocates these varied schemes, were looking out of the windows in great distress, I can only I cannot judge. To Panbride, however, he has applied the express my own feelings in the language of a French man, who, method of unbroken silence; and in this respect, I believe, previous to the revolution, hardly ever thought of a Divine We now stand alone in the country---victims of an unen viable Providence. I saw him the day after the Republic was prosingularity. Nearly three years ago, the Presbytery of Ar- claimed. He was bathed in tears, and predicted a reign of broath respectfully applied on our behalf, and to their request terror. I saw him about a fortnight afterwards, and he said, Lord Panmure returned no answer. The late lamented with the utmost feeling, as he had done before, but with feelSheriff Speirs brought our case before his Lordship, and to ing of a very different kind, " I cannot account for the conduct that application, I believe, he returned no answer. Again of that populace, except on the ground that God is governing the presbytery made another attempt, which also received no their instincts." And wherever I have gone, whether among answer. In the middle of last year, the congregation sent a the Legitimatists, among the Constitutional Monarchists, or humble, and respectful, and numerously signed petition, to among the Republicans, I have found, more or less, in every which Lord Panmure returned no answer. After an interval mind, a persuasion that the revolution, in its occurrence, and of four months, I took the liberty of writing to Brechin that the moderation and temper of the people since the revoCastle, reminding his Lordship that we were waiting an answer lution, were altogether beyond the common order of political to our petition, and expressing my hope that he would not events; and that, as an English officer (who was not disposed continue to refuse the courteous reply to which our respectful to say too much in honour of God) observed, “I saw all that request was entitled; and to this also Lord Panmure returned was done in this revolution, and I know that no hand of man Do answer.

brought the king off the throne; there must have been some

hand which no man saw." And that hand which no person Our brethren have done well in laying before the publie the particulars of these cases; and we the

saw is, I believe, more recognised in the public mind of the

French people at this moment, than it has been for many, many more readily insert them, as we know that our Ma

years. I believe that there is an undefined, but a mout salugazine circulates in some quarters which our Free | tary impression abroad, that there is a controlling Providence

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