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But how totally different the state oppose. We have admitted that in of our church now is, the foregoing the year past the old school Presexhibition demonstrates. And what byterians made use of some exerwe ask, has produced this differ. tions to secure a majority in the ence? Can it be denied that it has last General Assembly; but they been altogether caused, by the com- certainly did not make use of half ing in of men who hold doctrines the efforts employed by their oppowidely at variance with those held nents; and some means to which by the founders of our church-by their opponents resorted we hope founders who certainly well under they never will employ-We hope stood the meaning and import of they never will introduce into the the constitution which they adopt. Assembly a corps of men who have ed—the coming in of men who, in no constitutional right to be there addition to latitudinarianism indoc
we hope their commissioners will trine, are not real Presbyterians, but never come with their minds made more than half Congregationalists, up to do certain things whether in their views and feelings, in rela- right or wrong-resolved to vote tion to ecclesiastical order and
debatable and questionable church government? The denial points in a certain way, before they cannot be made, with any show of have heard with candour, arguments truth or plausibility. And is it right? calculated to produce a change of is it reasonable? ought it to be en- opinion. But fas est al hoste dodured? that those who still hold ceri-We do wish the old school the opinions, and wish to maintain Presbyterians may learn from their the order and institutions of the opposers, what those opposers have founders and builders up of the rendered necessary; that is, to be Presbyterian church, should be put active throughout the year, in chedown, by men whom their own le- rishing and extending the opinions nity and indulgence have admitted which they wish to prevail; in preinto the bosom of this church? The paring to send to the Assembly a questions carry their answers with delegation which will represent them. And here-let it be well them fairly; and in taking meanoted—is the source of all that sures that all their commissioners, scheming and electioneering which both lay and clerical, not only give has been going on in our church for their attendance in the Assembly, several years past, and which was
but give it in season to vote for a never before so active and general, Moderator. as in the year which immediately We have now adverted to the unpreceded the last meeting of the happy, and ever to be deplored Assembly.
party spirit, which at present disIt will always happen that party turbs the Presbyterian church; and spirit in one portion of the church the radical causes of its origin and will beget it in another. Indeed when progress have been noticed. But parties exist, and are earnestly op. the peculiar ardour of excitement posed to each other, the one that uses now prevalent, is principally at. no means to obtain or preserve an tributable to a special cause, which ascendancy, will almost inevitably ought to be more distinctly marked be crushed, by the one that actively - It is not the case of Mr. Barnesemploys such means–The crimi- That case was indeed made an adnality of party spirit, therefore, junct and auxiliary of the principal rests principally with those who cause; but the cause itself
, the call it into action; who first give baneful apple of discord which has occasion for it; who first indulge been thrown into the midst of us, it; and who render it necessary to is the inflexible purpose and unself-preservation in the party they tiring efforts of the Corresponding
Secretary and general Agent of the the pressing together of parties alA. H. M. S. to amalgamate the ready alienated, would not inBoard of Missions of the General crease, instead of allaying, their Assembly with that Society. It is irritation and jealousy. Discord readily admitted that that society thus promoted in the church at has done much to supply with the large, has thence been transferred word of life and the ordinances of to the General Assembly. There, the gospel, the destitute portions of an equal voice with the friends of our land: and it was among the the Assembly's Board is possessed first acts of the Assembly's Board by the members of the A. H. M. S. of Missions, after its new organiza- in disposing of all the affairs of an tion, to invite it to a friendly cor- institution which they regard as a respondence and co-operation. No- rival; while they manage their own thing less, however, than a formal concerns without any objection or connexion of the Board with the hindrance whatsoever, from those society, and associating it with whom, in the Assembly, they harass some seven or eight religious and seek to overrule. The palpabodies, most of them congrega- ble inequality and impropriety of tional, and without any formulary such a state of things, requires no of faith or government, would sa- argument or explanation to expose tisfy the advocate of amalgamation. it. Much longer it cannot, and The palpable inexpediency, impro. ought not to continue. In what priety, and even unlawfulness, of way it is to be remedied we know the proposed connexion, has been not; but in stating the immediate distinctly and fully shown-but exciting causes of the lamentable shown and urged in vain. In vain divisions, controversies, and alienahas it been said, and often repeated-- tions which mark the present dis“Pursue your own course, and suf tressing state of the Presbyterian fer us to pursue ours. In this way church, we should not do justice to more funds will be raised for mis- the subject, if we did not set down sionary purposes, and more relief as the most effective of all, the will be sent to the destitute. Your plans, and measures, and demands principles of association and orga- of the A. H. M. S., and the internization we cannot adopt. But we ference of its members, both in the will rejoice in all the good you do; General Assembly and out of it, and if you will consent to act fra with the Board of Missions, formed ternally, we will not interfere with and sustained by that judicatory, you, nor hinder you, inore than un- and directly responsible to it for all avoidably happens in the case of all its transac . the numerous benevolent institu In our next number, the course tions of the day, which seek, as pursued by the last Moderator of many of them do, their supplies and the General Assembly will come patronage from the same sources— under consideration. The missionary field is wide enough for us and for you, and if you will be neighbourly, and leave us unmolested, there will be no such differ. From the Christian Observer for May last. ence or interference as mutual
ORIGINAL LETTER OF THE REV. friendly feelings cannot easily compose and satisfactorily arrange." Refusing to listen to these peaceful The following copy of a letter suggestions, strife has been kin- from the late Mr. Robert Hall to a dled, and then its existence has friend of his, was some time since been pleaded as a new and power. found among some papers of a deful reason for amalgamation--as if. ceased relative. It has never ap
peared in print, but is well worthy consider, that you and she are not of being preserved from oblivion; far separated; for although all comand there can be no impropriety, munication be now broken off, you now that the writer has entered are yet, and will for ever, continue into his rest, in publishing this in the same house, even the house truly consolatory epistle.
of mercy; that divine, capacious,
G. F. B. and beautiful structure which JeTo Mr. H. on the death of Mrs. H. for ever. In that house are many
hovah hath said, shall be built up • My dear friend, I cannot ex mansions. We are in the lower press the emotions of soul which I apartinents, while she is admitted felt on receiving from your valuable to the large upper room, where Jeson an account of the death of his sus keeps the feast with his disci. dear mamma. I often realize in my ples; and by and by I hope the mind, and think I see you in various Lord will give us a gracious token, postures, and with indications of and say, 'Come up hither.? heartfelt sorrow and pungent per
"You know, sir, it is an evil time; plexity. Oh! the piercing pangs of a gloomy prospect attends the land: grief attending such a separation! her righteous soul may in mercy They cannot be expressed nor pic- be taken from the evil to come. tured, but in idea. I have felt, I However, it is in the Lord's hands, daily feel, for you and your dear who says, "Be still, and know that children. Your and their loss is I am God.' Difficulties and increasgreat indeed. More But stop, ing cares, it is true, devolve upon my friend: the sluices of sorrow you; but know that the Lord is allought not to be kept open, but the sufficient. It makes not much, torrent of grief abated, lest it swell whether burthens be lessened or inbeyond the bounds of Christian mo. creased, if strength be but in exact deration and overwhelm the soul. proportion; and He who cannot lie How favourable to mourners is the hath said, My strength shall be blessed gospel! Gaze not, there. perfected in thy weakness; and, as fore, on the dark side of the cloud. thy day is so shall thy strength be.? The black and sable dispensation is Creatures are like candles: very tinged with radiant beams of the useful, and always most prized, Sun of Righteousness, which por- when the sun is absent; but if he tend a glorious coming day. Could arise, we can do without them. you hear the dear departed spirit, May the Lord arise and shine, and her language would be, “Refrain his glory light upon you and yours ! from tears; I am well: weep not As death does not separate from the for me.'
Lord, neither does it divide the “Consider, my dear friend: He saints from one another. Your spiwho gave her, reserved a superior rit and hers daily meet at the same right to her: this she, through grace, throne; she to praise, and you to sweetly acquiesced in: and though pray: therefore, in that sense, she gave herself to you, for a time, though absent in the body, you are yea, till time with her should be no present in the spirit; and after a more; she gave herself to the Lord while you will meet in person, tu in everlasting covenant, never to be part no more; for they that sleep forgotten. The Lord, her first, her in Jesus will the Lord bring with best husband, was not willing to him.'. In the mean time, we are bear her absence any longer, and called to walk by faith, and not by therefore sent his chariot to convey sight; and He, in whom we may her home, saying, "Arise, my fair safely confide, hath declared, All one, and come away.'
things work together for good. It “My friend, you will likewise was once a reconciling thought to
me in great trouble, that afflictions tience have her perfect work: she are compared in Scripture to work is a pensive, but a precious grace. men; all employed, and busy in the Have, likewise, labours abundant Christian's behalf. They work for in the Lord: Desire goes in search you: it might have been against after celestial productions; Hope you, as is frequently feared. They stands on tiptoe to view them; work together; not separately, bat Faith goes to receive them, and in happy harmony. I then thought, brings them home. Thus, the just the more the better, if God direct shall live by his faith; for what and point out their employment; Faith brings, Love cordially refor the end to be accomplished, is ceives, and Volition bids it welcome. 'a far more exceeding and eternal Joy sings, and makes sweet melody; weight of glory' As persons take Peace possesseth; Rest receives; pleasure in reviewing the industri- and Fear ceaseth to quake, and ous workman, so the Christian, Jealousy to tremble. How well is with Paul, may rejoice, not only in it for the soul, when tribulation the Lord, but in his tribulation also. worketh for her, and when every • I take pleasure in afflictions also,' grace is active in her! Angels en&c. If God send a great affliction camp, about her, and God rejoiceth (thought I), we may then view it as over her to do her good. I would a fresh workman, engaged in our not be tedious: excuse my prolixfavour; and not only so, but look ity. upon it as one who, in consequence I remain your affectionate and of singular strength, will dispatch sympathizing friend, and I hope business (though of a heavy nature) brother in the kingdom and patience at a great pace. Thus those for of Christ Jesus. whom they are employed will grow
ROBERT HALL. rich at last. Among others, let pa
The following Review is taken in inserting this review in our from the Christian Observer of pages is, to give our readers the exApril last. In that work, some of tract from the sermon of Dr. Chalthe severest remarks that it has
mers. We think Dr. C. in draw. ever contained, were made on Dr. ing the character of his friend, which Thomson, in relation to the Apo- we believe to be strictly just, has cryphal controversy in the British made one of his happiest efforts. and Foreign Bible Society; and we The character of Dr. Thomson, know that in consequence of those taken as a whole, was of the inost remarks, and those of a like cha- estimable kind; distinguished alike racter in the Eclectic Review, some for fervent piety, and superior tahave been led to entertain a very lent; and it has found an eulogist unfavourable opinion of the whole worthy of his subject. character of Dr. Thomson. We think that Dr. T. went to an ex- A SERMON, preached in St. George's treme in that controversy, and the
Church, Edinburgh, on Oecasion reviewers to quite as great an ex
of the Death of the Rev. Dr. Antreme in their censures. It is plea
drew Thomson. By the Rev. T. sant to see the reviewer in the Chalmers, D. D. Glasgow. 1831. Christian Observer, willing to re The name of Dr. Thomson hav. move the unfavourable impressions ing hitherto appeared in our vohe had made; but our chief design lumes chiefly in reference to an
unhappy controversy, in which he said to have become the personal acbore a conspicuous part, it is truly quaintance of the people of Scotland. In
somuch, that there is not a village in the grateful to our feelings--more es
land, where the tidings of his death have pecially now that he has quitted a
not conveyed the intimation, that a masworld of turmoil and controversy, ter in Israel has fallen; and I may also and entered upon that blessed state add, that such was the charm of his com. where all is peace—to sketch those panionship, such the cordiality lighted up bright features of his portrait which by his presence in every household, that
, will abundantly relieve any shades this moment, an oppressive sadness in the which in some instances hung hearts of many thousands, even of our around it. This pleasing office we
most distant Scottish families. And so, a are enabled to discharge by means
national lesson has been given forth by of the funeral discourse now before incurred by it. It is a public death in the
this event, even as a national loss has been us, which is one of those striking, view of many spectators. And when one splendid, and thrilling composic thinks of the vital energy by which every tions, which Dr. Chalmers is able, deed and every utterance were pervaded apparently almost without effort or of that prodigious strength which but premeditation, to throw off
, for the have so depressed and overborne other
gamboled with the difficulties that would mingled delight, instruction, and men of that prowess in conflict, and that edification of his readers. Our only promptitude in counsel with his fellows task shall be transcription, without of that elastic buoyancy which ever comment: for thus shall we most ward and upward to the successful termi
rose with the occasion, and bore him on. gratify our readers: most honour nation of his cause-of the weight and the writer, whose own pages are multiplicity of his engagement; and yet, his best eulogium; and most gra as if nothing could overwork that colossal phically exhibit that remarkable mind, and that robust framework, the man, the subject of his narrative, all was executed, -when one thinks, in
perfect lightness and facility wherewith who deserves to be known in the the midst of these powers and these per South, as he was in the North, by formances, how intensely he laboured, I far other characteristicks than those had almost said, how intensely he lived, which are currently associated with in the midst of us, we cannot bút acknow. his name in the Bible Society con- hath made full proof of a mastery that sets
ledge, that death, in seizing upon him, troversy. The following are some all the might and all the promise of hu. of the principal passages of Dr. manity at defiance. Chalıners's powerful description.
“But while in no possible way could
general society have, through means of “I need not say, to this assembly of but one individual example, been more mourners, in what more striking and im. impressively told of the power of death pressive form the lesson has been given to -to you, in particular, it is a lesson of us. It is just as if death had wanted to deepest pathos. The world at large, can make the highest demonstration of his form no estimate of the tenderness which sovereignty, and for this purpose had se. belongs to the spiritual relationship, lected as his mark, him who stood the though I trust that on this topick, myste. foremost, and the most conspicuous in the rious to them, yet familiar, I hope and view of his countrymen. I speak not at believe to many of you, I now speak to a present of any of the relations in which goodly number who can own him as their he stood to the living society immediately spiritual father."-pp. 5-7. around him--to the thousands in church “ The lesson is prodigiously enhanced, whom his well-known voice reached upon when we pass from his pulpitio his house. the Sabbath-to the tens of thousands in hold ministrations. I perhaps do him the city, whom through the week, in the wrong, in supposing that any large provaried rounds and meetings of Christian portion of his hearers did not know him philanthropy, be either guided by his personally--for such was his matchless counsel, or stimulated by his eloquence. superiority to fatigue, such the unconYou know, over and above, how far the querable strength and activity of his na. wide, and the wakeful, and the untired ture, that he may almost be said to have benevolence of his nature carried him; accomplished a sort of personal ubiquity and that, in the labours, and the locomo. among his people. But ere you can aptions connected with these, he may be preciate the whole effect of illis, let me