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the holy Scriptures through the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland :

“Rev. Sir, Edinburgh, March 14, 1814. " I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, accompanying the translation of the Gospel of St. Luke, by Mr. Morrison, into the Chinese language; and, in the name of the Senatus Academicus, I request you to accept their warm thanks for the donation of that translation to the University library. The book forms a valuable addition to our collection, and the name of the donor will stand recorded on the list of obliging benefactors to our seminary.

“ Such testimonies as you have now given of grateful regard to our alma mater are always extremely acceptable from old alumni. Permit me to say, that personal feelings are mingled with those of an official kind, when I return, on this occasion, thanks to you for recollecting, with pleasure, that when nearly in the commencement of my academical studies, I enjoyed the advantage of being for a short time a member of the same debating society with you. I assure you that I still remain, with real regard and esteem,

" Reverend Sir,
“ Your very obedient and faithful servant,

“ Geo. H. BAIRD.”

Ramsay Lodge, Edinburgh, “ Rev. AND DEAR SIR, Junuary 4, 1815. “ I have had the honour of receiving the Chinese New Testament which you had lately the goodness to transmit. Dr. Campbell, Mr. Dickson, jun., Dr. Peddie, and Mr. Burder, jun., took the trouble of attending to deliver it to me, along with your letter, in the name of the Missionary Society.

“ In obedience to your directions, I have accordingly laid this very interesting work before the Senatus Academicus : they received it with lively satisfaction; and I now beg leave, by their authority, to request that you will convey to the Society the expression of their grateful acknowledgments for this distinguished donation.

“ As to myself, I have full confidence in the favourable testimony of Sir George Staunton as to the competence of Mr. Morrison's qualifications for the difficult and delicate duty he has undertaken; and, under this impression, I cannot avoid adding, that this great work reflects high honour on the Society who have employed Mr. Morrison, and on Mr. Morrison himself. In promoting so laudable an undertaking, they have shewn most enlightened and philanthropic piety; and he has merited unmixed praise for unprecedented zeal and perseverance. The scholar and the Christian must equally derive satisfaction from the fact of the publication : the one contemplates it, especially when accompanied with the hope of a Chinese Dictionary from the author,* as opening a new channel of important literary knowledge; the other, as preparing the means of access for the blessings of the faith of Jesus to the superstitious inhabitants of an immense region of the globe.

Permit me, rev. and dear Sir, to offer my warmest and most sincere thanks to yourself for the obliging terms of your letter. Be assured that, like alma mater herself, I always rejoice in the kindly recollections manifested for her by any of her deserving sons.

“ Accept my personal good wishes, and believe me, with great regard and esteem,

“ Rev. dear Sir, “ Your very faithful and obedient humble servant,

“ Geo. H. BAIRD, Principal of the University of Edinburgh.

* The Chinese Dictionary was afterwards presented by Dr. Morrison.

In the summer of 1815, he was deputed by the Missionary Society to visit Scotland. Much was anticipated from his influence upon the sympathies of his countrymen, and these expectations, notwithstanding his declining health, were not disappointed. His labours on this occasion were chiefly confined to the pulpits of his own religious connexion ; and, from the great weight of his personal character, his warm and eloquent addresses in public, and his courteous and conciliating manners in private life, the collections were liberal beyond his own most sanguine expectations. The following letters (the first addressed to his friend, the Rev. Robert Hall, of Kelso, and the others to the same dear relative to whom we have already referred) will furnish some account of this mission, in which his heart was peculiarly interested :

“ MY DEAR BROTHER, London, March 25, 1815. “ Having occasion to write to the Rev. Mr. Young, I requested him to communicate to you, and such of our brethren as he might see, the desire of the directors of the Missionary Society that I would apply to our ministers, in the course of the summer, for permission to inake an appeal to their congregations in behalf of the poor heathen. They are desirous that the Rev. Mr. Slatterie, of Chatham, and the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, of Blackburn, should accompany me from Edinburgh to the north and the west parts of the country. I fear I shall be unable, through the debilitated state of my constitution, to accompany them beyond Fife on the north, and Stirling on the west. I am very anxious to spend some time in the midst of my few surviving relations, and of my brethren in the ministry, on

Tweedside, and to enjoy, for the benefit of my health, a little quiet at Berwick, for sea-bathing. I have requested our brother, Mr. Balmer, to supply my people for the three months of June, July, and August; and have very earnestly to beg that you will lay my desire before the Presbytery at their first meeting, and kindly interest yourself in my behalf, that they would procure, at the meeting of Synod, a supply of probationers for Berwick during that period; assuring the Presbytery, at the same time, that I shall do the utmost in my power to supply Berwick on my return, and that I wish not to remain a single day unemployed. It is probably the last journey and labour of this kind which I shall ever be permitted to perform for Him who has done so much for me!

" It is proposed that we meet at Edinburgh on the 1st of June; go north by the east to Inverness; and return by Perth, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Stirling, Glasgow, and Dumfries, — whence my Independent friends go south, and homeward through the west of England.

“ I shall count the days till I hear from you. I beg to be kindly remembered to all our co-presbyters. The overwhelming news from the continent swallows up every thing else. Mrs. W. unites with me in affectionate regards. Every blessing, my dear friend, be in your cup. I look forward with pleasure to the time of spending a week with you, and remain your most affectionate faithful friend and brother,

“ A. Waugh.”

The Swin, May 26, 1815. “ By the care of Providence, we are thus far on our journey —a sea too smooth for much progress. The conveniences are sadly inferior to what I should have had on board a Leith ship; but there is one great comfort here which I should not probably have enjoyed in the other vessel, the comfort of paying some attention to poor Mr. — , Mrs. —~, and a young woman sent down by the Scots Hall, and so ill of consumption as to be scarcely able to sit up. Little do poor young women think, on leaving their own healthy fields for London, what privations they submit to — what positive ills they expose themselves to! I hope the children will all be as much with you during my absence as may be convenient to themselves and to you. In I trust you will find every thing that is kind, confiding, frank, and filial.”

Langriggs, June 14, 1815. “Yesterday I left Edinburgh, and arrived at Bathgate, where I preached in the Relief meeting-house. This is the place where my worthy predecessor, the Rev. Archibald Hall, was settled. Messrs. John Brown and Fleming came to encourage me, as the Auld Light prevails here, the importance of which appears to them of such moment that not one of them would come near us. Can those dispositions be of God which seem to forbid us to send the Gospel to the heathen, while they themselves will not move a step in the merciful career ?

“ This place is elevated; the wind to-day is easterly and cold, but I am sitting by a good peat fire, and very comfortable. * * * There has been a considerable quantity of rain last night, and the country hereabouts looks like a paradise. My health is good, and my strength hitherto suitable to my labours. I regret much the perpetual hurry I am in, which prevents me from writing to the children as I otherwise would. I am obliged to seize a moment as it comes in my way, and mark down the first thoughts that present themselves to my mind. It is time to go. I shall say something more to-morrow morning before ten o'clock, when the coach calls to carry me west to Glasgow. Good night.”

Greenock, June 20, 1815. “ It will gratify you to learn that, by the kindness of Providence, I was enabled to preach three times on Sab

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