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Birkenhead Church Collection ... 28 0
FOREIGN MISSIONS. Warrenford, ditto.
Birkenhead, Collection . ..... £10 00 North Sunderland, ditto . . ...
Corfu, Mr. D. Mackenzie ..... 0 4 4 Salford, ditto
... 0 0 Etal, ditto . . . . . . .
. Dudley, ditto .
5 10 0
Liverpool, collected by Miss c. Mac Workington, ditto
Brighton, Collection . . . . . . . 3 17
3 0 0 Laygate, ditto.
Broad Street, Birmingham 6
0 Sunderland, ditto
2 13 Cape Smithwick
2 17 9
Hugh M. MATHESON, Treasurer. Herbam, ditto . . . . . . . . .
1 3 0 Lowiek, ditto .
3, Lombard Street, London, 1 5 0
20th Dec., 1856. Risley, ditto . . . . . James Wood ...
1 10 0 Trinity, Manchester, ditto 15 3 3 John Stuart.
500 W. Me Ferran.
1 0 0 T.C. Morton . . . . . 1 0 0
22 5 3
PRESBYTERY OP LONDON.
Dec. 9. The Rev. W. Keedy, Moderator,
24 3 0 in the Chair. Islington, ditto . . . . . . . ..
Mr. Burns, of Hampstead, on behalf of Harbottle, ditto . . ...
1 1 4 Dalston, ditto .
a committee appointed to confer with Mr. Longframlington, ditto .. ..
Macdougall and the congregation of Crookham, ditto .
Brighton, reported that Mr. Macdougall
adhered to his desire to resign the charge Douglas, ditto. to ::::: i 0 0
at Brighton. He had received the opinion
3 15 of medical advisers, that twelve months of Windsor Association, per Rev. Henry Gamble
absolute cessation from ministerial work . .
200 . . . W. Mackenzie
. . .
i were essential to his restoration. The conP. C. Leckie
gregation, whilst retaining the warmest Hugh X. Matheson . . . . . . . Brighton, Church Collection . ...
affection for Mr. Macdougall, and deeply Norham, ditto. . . .
deploring the loss of his able and ac. . . . . Ancroft Moor, ditto . . . . . : 0 oceptable ministration, had expressed their Regent's Square, ditto 32 100
acquiescence. Do., Association, 9 months 69 17 3
| After a warm expression of attachment Canning Street, Liverpool, Church Col.
| and esteem for Mr. Macdougall, from Dr.
6 Hamilton, Dr. Weir, and Mr. Alexander, Whitehaven, d
2 16 0 Beweastle, ditto
o the Presbytery accepted the resignation ; Birdhope Craig, ditto ...... 3 167 and at the suggestion of Mr. Thompson, Thropton, ditto
0 19 8 | Mr. Ballantyne was called on to engage in Wooler, ditto .
3 2 6
8 I prayer on behalf of Mr. Macdougall and Brampton, ditto Broad Street, Bi
2 4 0 the congregation. Mr. Duncan was apBelford, ditto .
pointed Moderator, pro tempore, of the London Wall, ditt Jobn Knox Church Collection 5 10 0
Brighton Session. Robert Stephenson ... 1
Mr. Wright announced that an appointJohn Kirkáldy . . . . 1 1 0
ment had issued from the War Office in John G. Kirkaldyr
favour of the Rev. Alexander Campbell, the Aler, Gillespie. .
20 00 Free Church of Melrose nominating him as St. Andrew's, Manchester, Collection. 12 10 0
Chaplain to the troops at Newport, Isle of £581 91
| Wight. It was therefore agreed to open
Newport as a station in connection with The accounts of the year will be closed on the 30th January, and it is particularly requested that
Sabbath of January. all Collections and outstanding Subscriptions may
Mr. Ballantyne reported that the combe paid before that date.
mittee appointed to examine Mr. Wright ALEX, GILLESPIE,
and Mr. Black on their summer studies,
had examined these students and been SCHOOL FUND.
much gratified by the evidence of diligence Brighton, Collection ...... £40o and proficiency exhibited.
T . Norham, ditto . . . . . . 1 0 0 1 Avanaal in L.
ol A Memorial, signed by Professor Leone Bewcastle, ditto . . . . . . . . 1 0 0 Aneroft Moor......... 0 10 8 Levi and Mr. J. Hair, on behalf of the
- Presbyterian Young Men's Societies' Union, 6 10 8
requesting the Presbytery to take steps to Amount previously acknowledged 236 7 10 1
prepare a brief and popular statement of £242 18 6 the distinctive features of our Presbyterian
system adapted to the use of our Church's JOHN HENDERSON, Treasurer. I members, was read, and after a few remarks
by Dr. Hamilton, the Presbytery agreed to postpone the consideration of the subject to a future meeting.
PRESBYTERY OF NEWCASTLE. THE Presbytery of Newcastle met in the John Knox Church, Newcastle, on the 11th of November, to consider and dispose of a call from the Congregation at Hexham. Present: the Rev. Dr. Paterson, Messrs. Miller, M'Kenzie, Anderson, and Reid. In the absence of Mr. Stuart, the Moderator, Mr. Miller was called to the Chair, and the Meeting duly constituted. The conduct of the Moderator in calling the Meeting was approved. Messrs. Richard Mews and James Meston appeared as Commissioners from the Committee of Management of the Church at Hexham. Mr. Miller then reported that he had presided over a Com tional Meeting in the Church at Hexham, on Sabbath, the 26th of October, and that Mr. William McOwen, a Probationer of the Free Church, was elected by the Meeting; and also that on Monday evening, the 27th of October, Mr. Reid, in the absence of Mr. Henderson, preached in the Church at Hexham, and presided at the moderating of a call to Mr. McOwen, which call was signed in presence of the Moderator by sixteen members and six adherents, and left in the hands of the Session Clerk for additional signatures. The call was then laid on the table and found to be signed in all by forty members and twenty-five adherents. The Commissioners from the Committee of Management, having been called on, stated that in consequence of the Con
gregation not being unanimous, they were
authorised to request that the call be not further prosecuted. After deliberation the Presbytery unanimously resolved to defer further considera. tion of the call till Wednesday, the 26th of November, the Court to meet on that day in the John Knox Church, at 11 A.M. Dr. Paterson was appointed to preach at Hexham on Sabbath, the 23rd, and endeavour to ascertain the state of feeling in the Congregation in respect to this matter, and report to next Meeting. The Clerk was instructed to issue notices of the Meeting on the 26th, to members who were absent. The Meeting closed with prayer. John Knox Church, Newcastle, the 26th of November, 1856, at which time and place the Presbytery met according to agreement. Present: the Rev. Dr. Paterson, Messrs. Anderson, Miller, Storie, and Reid. Mr. Miller was called to the Chair,
and the Meeting duly constituted. The Minute of last Meeting was read and approved. Dr. Paterson them reported that he had preached at Hexham, on Sabbath, the 23rd, and that from what he had been able to learn, he had no reason to doubt the accuracy of the representation, made by the Commissioners at last Meeting, as to the state offeeling in the Congregation. After deliberation it was . and unamimously agreed that:— “Inasmuch as only a bare majority of the members, and very few adherents, have signed the call, and Commissioners from the Committee of Management, who had themselves signed it, have appeared before this Court to request that it might not be presented, and the minority without showing any factious opposition, steadily refuse to concur; and inasmuch as no Commissioners have appeared to petition the Presbytery to sustain and prosecute it: considering these things, and viewing the whole circumstances of the case, the Presbytery refuse to sustain the call now on the table, from Hexham, to the Rev. William McOwen, Preacher of the Gospel.” The Presbytery ordered this findin be intimated to the Congregation on bath first by the officiating Minister. The Meeting closed with prayer. John Knox Church, Newcastle, 9th of December, 1856, at which time and place the Presbytery of Newcastle held its usual Quarterly Meeting. Sederunt: Messrs. Anderson, Miller, Mackenzie, Hardie, and Reid, Ministers; with Messrs. Lonie and Richardson, Elders. In the absence of the Moderator, Mr. Miller was called to the Chair, and the Meeting constituted. The Minutes since last Quarterly Meeting were read and sustained. The Clerk stated that he had received intimation from Mr. Stuart, Moderator, and Messrs. Henderson and Wrightson, of their inability to be present at this Meeting from indisposition. Mr. Miller reported that the deliverance of the Presbytery in the Hexham case had been duly intimated to the Congregation. The School Schedule from Wark was laid on the table, and examined; and the Moderator was instructed to certify and transmit it to the School Committee. Mr. James Ritchie, at present supplying the Gateshead Station, having requested, through the Moderator, to be furnished with a Presbyterial Certificate, the Clerk was instructed to furnish him therewith. Mr. Mackenzie then gave notice that at next Quarterly Meeting he would move that in future the charge for extracts be sixpence instead of one shilling per page. The next Quarterly Meeting was ap
NEwcASTLE-on-TYNE.—John Knox CHURCH.-The ladies of this congregation are preparing for a sale of work towards the liquidation of the debt on the Church. It is proposed to have it about the end of February, 1857. They earnestly solicit the assistance of friends throughout England. As the debt amounts to £1,000, they are very anxious to obtain the help of all those who desire the promotion of Gospel truth in connection with the English Presbyterian Church. A good school is contemplated in connection with the congregation, but the heavy debt on the church forms an obstacle to this. Further notice will be given in the “Messenger” of parties who have kindly agreed in different places to receive contributions of work. SALFoED.—The annual congregational Meeting was held on the 22nd October; the Rev. Robert Steele in the chair. The attendance was good. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Paterson, St. Andrew's Church; Hope, of Wamphray, Scotland; Denniston, of Swinton; M'Caw, of Trinity Church; Wood, of Warrington; and M*Dowall, City Missionary. Messrs. Mitchell (Treasurer); Wilson, Black, Hindshaw, (Elders); and Edwards (Teacher), also addressed the Meeting. The financial report was encouraging, and exhibited an increase in all the contributions, but especially in seat rents. The congregation has steadily increased since Mr. Steele's induction a year ago. Twenty additional communicants have been added to the roll. Sabbath and day schools have prospered both in numbers and efficiency. By means of the open-air preaching by the minister during the summer months, many have heard the Gospel, and some added to the Church. Altogether, Salford is in a most encouraging state, and the congregation revived. CHALMERs' PresbyteriaN CHURCH, ANCOATs, MANCHESTER. PRESENTATION To Robert BARBour, Esq.-On Friday evening, December 5th, this congregation had their annual soirée, which was held in the large hall of their school premises. The Rev. Andrew lis, minister of the church, was in the chair, who addressed the Meeting on various objects of interest and usefulness connected with the district in an evangelistic point of view. Thereafter, Mr. W. Wilson spoke on the subject of their financial affairs, and Mr. rown on the Sabbath Schools. The Rev. Mr. Paterson (St. Andrew's Church), and the Rev. Mr. Hanna (Reformed Presbyterian), congratulated and encouraged the people. This was the first annual Meeting of the congregation, after all the accounts have been paid upon both the Church and School buildings. The former was raised entirely by Mr. Robert Barbour; and the latter, for the erection of which, in the outset, Mr. Inglis raised a large sum, was greatly aided by him; and the last owing accounts on which, he discharged lately. In raising funds for this object, to which he contributed largely himself, he relieved the congregation from pressing obligations. In these circumstances, it had been resolved that their gratitude to him should be expressed in a suitable way. In the course of the evening, therefore, Dr. Crawford, in most appropriate remarks, presented to him, in name of the congregation, a Testimonial, consisting of a beautiful white marble Timepiece, bearing the following inscription :“Presented to Robert Barbour, Esq., by the Congregation of Chalmers' Presbyterian Church, Ancoats, in acknowledgment of his kindness in rebuilding their Church, and in assisting to erect their Schools.” Mr. Barbour, in his reply, gave a history of the exertions which had been made, during the last quarter of a century, by Christians of various denominations, for the religious and educational benefit of Ancoats; and especially of his own efforts for the good of the district. These efforts have been productive of much good. One example of this may be noted in the fact that the schools have an actual attendance of above 400 children of the working classes of the district. Good results are the best reward for those who labour for the well-being of others; but it is also pleasing to see those appreciating them for whom they are undertaken. GRosvenon Square Young MEN's So. CIETY, MANCHESTER.—This Society held its twenty-third anniversary Meeting in the lecture-hall ofGrosvenor-square Church (Dr. Munro's) on Monday evening, 24thult. The president, Mr. J. D. Morton, occupied the chair; the Secretary, Mr. G. Nesbit, occupied the vice-chair. About 400 persons were present, amongst whom were the Rev. Alexander Munro, D.D., the Rev. J. Salmon, Dr. Braid, Robert Barbqur, Esq., William Parlane, Esq., John Parsane, Esq., Adjutant Scotland (7th Dragoons), David Bannerman, Esq., etc. After tea the Chairman proposed “The Health of the Queen and the Royal Family,” the meetin rising, en masse, and singing the j anthem. The Secretary then read the Report for the past session, which indicated the continued prosperity of the Society. At this period of the proceedings, the Chairman delivered an Address on the character and importance of Young Men's Societies, briefly pointing out the great lack of
the moral element in the present educational institutions of this country, and the consequent low state of morality pervading society at large.—Dr. Munro next rose, and read a very able and eloquent paper on “The Walue of a Good Name,” which was listened to throughout with much attention, and frequently elicited great applause. After concluding his paper, the Rev. Doctor proposed “Prosperity to the Scotch Church Young Men's Society,” which was acknowledged by the Chairman, and heartily responded to by the Meeting. In the course of the evening, the following sentiments were proposed, namely, “Our Army and Navy,” by Mr. A. E. Fitzgerald, responded to by Adjutant Scotland; “Manchester, and its Influences on Civilisation,” by the Vice-Chairman: “Our Native Land and the Land we Live In,” by Mr. John Porteus; “Mechanical Inventions, and the Memory of James Watt,” by Mr. J. J. Birckell; “Presbyterianism in England,” by Mr. Wallace; “The Ladies,” by Mr. William Horn; “Strangers and Friends,” by Mr. John McGregor. “The Health of Dr.and Mrs. Munro” having been proposed and responded to by the Meeting, a vote of thanks was accorded to the Precentor, Mr.J.Philips, and the Choir, for the excellent and appropriate music with which they had enlivened the proceedings. Thanks to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman were also proposed and carried, the meeting terminating at a quarter past ten o'clock. WHART.on.—On Sunday afternoon last, the Rev.R.Steele, of Salford, preached in the Wharton Presbyterian Chapel, Little Hulton, on the occasion of the formation of a church in connection with that place of worship. Therev.gentleman's text was contained in 2 Tim. ii. 8, “Remember, that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from thedead, according to my gospel.” After the sermon, the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was administered to a large number of communicants connected with the church by the Rev. Robert Steele, assisted by the venerable pastor of the church, the Rev. James Stewart. The plate, .." the communion service, was presented by Robt. Barbour, Esq., of Manchester. MARYPoRT.—A social meeting in connection with the English Presbyterian Church of this town was recently held in the large and commodious school-room attached to the church. The Rev.W.Harvey, minister of the congregation, presided, and able and impressive addresses were delivered by the Rev.J. Burns, of Whitehaven, on “Procrastination,” Rev. A. Douglas, of Workington, on “Things, new and old,” Rev. J. S. Craig, of Maryport, on “God in Nature and God in Christ,” and Rev. D. Kirkbride, of
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Maryport, on “Excuses for Neglecting the Work of God.” The church choir, under , the conduct of Mr. Dobie, the talented precentor, sang several beautiful pieces of sacred music during the course of the evening, which appeared to be highly appreeisted by the audience. It is pleasing to know that this congregation has been making vigorous efforts to pay off a small debt, which was hanging over them for several years. In this they have been successful, and they now enjoy the luxury of worshipping God, “owing no man anything.” A united and harmonious spirit seems to pervade the congregation, and it is pleasing to have to record that the lighting of the church has been lately much improved by the introduction of a handsome chandelier, the gift of Mr. Thomas Tickle, one of the Eberal-hearted members of the congregation. Woolwich.-On Tuesday, the 2nd of December 1856, the interesting ceremony took place, of laying the Inscription Stone of the Day Schools in connection with the Presbyterian Church at Woolwich, in the presence of the office bearers, members of the congregation, and others. The ceremony was commenced by singing a Psalm, after which the Rev. W. M. Thompson, the Minister of the church, offered up an appropriate prayer. Colonel Anderson then addressed the assemblage, and gave a history of the Presbyterian Church in Woolwich, i and, among other interesting particulars, mentioned that it was his conviction that the Church was in existence in the time of the Puritan Fathers, and that the rector of the parish, at a former time, was a Presbyterian, in virtue of whom the Church still enjoyed the benefit of a small endowment the Eltham Estate. A Silver Trowel was then presented to Colonel Anderson, with which he proceeded to lay the stone. The Trowel bears the following inscription: “Presented to Colonel Anderson, Royal Horse Artillery, on the occasion of his *:::: the Inscription Stone of the School, in connection with the Presbyterian Church at Woolwich,-2nd of December 1856.” The Meeting after the benediction then separated.
was a native of Ugborough, in Devonshire, and was educated at the Independent College, then existing at Hoxton, but afterwards removed to Highbury, and finally merged in the New College, of which he was the principal at the time of his death. He was first settled as minister of a small Congregational church at Epsom, where he continued for many years in comparative seclusion and obscurity. He was brought to public notice by being the successful competitor for a prize of a hundred guineas, offered by Dr. Conquest, for the best essay against covetousness. This production, under the title of “Mammon,” gai extraordinary popularity, and drew the attention of the religious world strongly towards the author. His services as a preacher were in great request, nor were the expectations which his name inspired ever disappointed; for though he possessed nothing of the fluent and theatrical o usually supposed to form the attraction of popular preaching, he seldom failed to rivet the attenti of the crowded audiences which usually assembled to hear him, by the solid excellence of his matter, delivered in a voice of silvery sweetness and melody. In 1837 he became Professor of Theology in Cheshunt College, and when, in 1850, the various Independent colleges in and about the Metropolis, were consolidated into one, under the designation of New College, he was invited to preside over the institution. Besides the prize essay to which we have referred above, Dr. Harris was the author of several other works, displaying far greater compass and maturity of thought than “Mammon.” One of these was the “Great Commission,” also the result of a literary competition, in which he bore away the first prize. But, besides these, he published the “Great Teacher” (his earliest work), “Man Primeval,” “The Preadamite Earth,” “Patriarchy,” etc. Some of these works display a large amount of profound and patient thought, in the department of metaphysical theology, conveyed in a style of singular clearness and beauty. From the nature of the subjects discussed, these latter productions have necessarily been confined to a limited circle of readers, though in America, we understand, they have attained a far wider popularity. Dr. Harris was a man of most gentle and generous nature, and drew all who had the pleasure of his personal acquaintance towards him with something of the force of a personal attachment. There was a great charm in his society from the sunny cheerfulness of his temper, and the genial humour that ever played around him as brightly and as innocuously as summer lightning. We need hardly add that he was distinguished by great devotedness of