« AnteriorContinuar »
meeting—which was in substance, that the gregation of Blantyre, was also sustained, present constitution of the court should be and concurred in by the presbytery; and allowed to remain unchanged for some time Dr Beattie, with Mr M'Innes, commissioner longer—was brought forward ; and, after from Blantyre, appointed to lay the call on some discussion, the presbytery agreed to the table of the Newcastle presbytery. On report it to the Synod, as their opinion, the motion of Mr Beckett of Rutherglen, that for the present it would not be expe- the presbytery appointed a committee, to dient to make any change in the constitu- consider what steps the presbytery ought to tion of the supreme court. Having adopted take in reference to the proposed endowthis opinion, they declined proceeding to ment of Popery in Ireland. The comanswer the remitted queries on the subject. mittee, after retiring, reported, that they The consideration of the hymn-book was were of opinion that a pro re nata meeting of deferred till next meeting, on the Tuesday the Synod of the United Presbyterian Church after the second Sabbath of December, at should be called, to consider the momenDunfermline. All the members were in tous question referred to-the endowment formed to be prepared, by that time, to give of the Irish Roman Catholic clergy-and their opinion as to what hymns should be that the presbytery, at its first meeting, retained, and on the subject generally. take up the question, whether they should
Falkirk.--A special meeting of this court present a requisition to the moderator of was held on the 5th of September, for Synod to convene a meeting of Synod on the purpose of taking into consideration this subject ; which report the presbytery the remits of Synod to presbyteries. In adopted, agreeing to consider the matter the absence of the moderator, the Rev. referred to in the report at next meeting William Smart was called to the chair, and accordingly. Entered on the case of the constituted the meeting by prayer; and was second congregation of Campbelton; and, followed by Mr Cuthbert in conducting de- after having heard read a communication votional exercises. The queries proposed from the secretary of the Mission Board, to presbyteries, as to a delegated assembly, the presbytery instructed the clerk to write were discussed, and answers to each of them him in reference to the same; and being of agreed to. The further consideration of opinion that a vigorous effort should be the subject was deferred till a future meet- made to sustain the second congregation ing. The proposed hymn-book, and the of Campbelton, the presbytery pledge them“ scheme and rules for the distribution of selves that L.50 annually shall be given, preachers,” came under consideration, and for three years, to the congregation; and committees for the mature consideration of appointed a committee to visit and confer each of these subjects were appointed. The with them, and requested Mr M‘Rae of regular meeting of this presbytery was held Oban to supply at Campbelton for four upon the 3d of October. The Rev. William weeks, and engage in pastoral work amongst Steel, moderator, constituted the meeting them. A moderation in a call was granted by prayer, and was succeeded by the Rev. to the congregation in Drymen, and Mr Mr Gardiner in conducting devotional ex- Burgess appointed to preside. At an evenercises. The most important matter which ing meeting, the only business done was came before the court, was the production the appointment of a committee to give of a call from Regent Place church, Glas- trials to the fifth year students, whose exagow, in favour of the Rev. John Edmond, mination, deferred owing to the exceeding colleague and successor to the venerable thinness of the meeting, was fixed as the Dr Stark of Denny-Loanhead. The par- first business at the meeting this month. ties interested were furnished with reasons Kelso. This presbytery met on the for translation, and summoned to appear 10th October; Mr Cranstone, moderator. with answers to their reasons at next meet- The Rev. Walter Hume, of Yetholm, was ing of presbytery, on the 31st of October. elected moderator for the ensuing twelveMessrs Leckie and Porteous having com- month. Reports were returned from sis pleted their course of study, were examined congregations, that collections had been and taken on trials, in order to license as made in behalf of the Synod's General preachers of the gospel; and parts of trials Fund. The following report was submitted prescribed to them.
by the committee appointed to digest the Glasgow.—The presbytery of Glasgow result of the presbytery's deliberations on met on the second Tuesday of October; the subject of the constitution of a supreme Rev. Mr M‘Naughton of Milngavie, mode delegated court, and, after consideration, rator. A call to Mr Mitchell, preacher, unanimously adopted and ordered to be from the congregation of Craigs, Old Kil: transmitted to the clerk of bills :patrick East, was sustained, and concurred 1. That the Supreme Court should consist of in by the presbytery, and trials for ordina 250 members or thereby. 2. That one-fourth part tion appointed to Mr Mitchell. A call to
of the members of each presbytery, as nearly as Mr Bannatyne of Hexham, from the con
may be (odd numbers being adjusted by the return in alternate years of a member legs or more; or by
conceding to small presbyteries the benefit of the the national endowment of the Roman same), should constitute the Supreme Court. 3.
Catholic priesthood of Ireland, which deThat, as nearly as possible, an equality should be observed in the number of ministers and elders.
rives strong countenance from the expressed 4. That the general principle followed in their ap. opinions of leading members of the cabinet, pointment should be that of rotation. 5. That the
and of other influential members of the leelders from sessions and presbyteries should be chosen, as at present, annually, and, as far as pos
gislature, in favour of such a measure, and sible, by rotation. 6. That one-fourth part of the from the zealous advocacy it has of late rerepresentatives from each presbytery should be at ceived from various newspapers and perioevery election returned for two years; vacancies
dicals which are regarded as the organs of occurring by death or otherwise, to be filled up by presbyteries; it being also the rule that at least
the liberal party :—this presbytery record one-third part of the members of permanent com their opinion, and urgently recommend to mittees appointed by the Supreme Court, should
all under their spiritual care, that such a be taken from the members of presbyteries so re. turned for two years. 7. That no individuals
project should be promptly and resolutely should be members of the Supreme Court in virtue resisted by all peaceful and constitutional of their office. 8. That the Clerk of the Commit
means, on the ground, not merely nor tee on Bills and Overtures should be permanent, and should not be a member of the Supreme Court
chiefly that the system proposed to be enunless chosen in the ordinary way 9. That there dowed is one of gross error and debaseshould be nine provincial Synods, distributed and ment, which has in all past ages been adcomposed somewhat as follows:-1. Synod of New.
verse alike to the temporal and spiritual incastle and Manchester, comprising, at present, 48 churches, in the Presbyteries of London, Lanca
terests of men ; but that any national enshire, Carlisle, and Newcastle. II. Synod of Kelso, dowment whatever of religion is unwarranted 50 churches, in the Presbyteries of Berwick, Sel
by, and contrary to, the sanctions and spirit kirk, and Kelso. III. Synod of Dumfries, 40 churches, in the Presbyteries of Dumfries, Gallo
of christianity, an insult to all unconnected way, and Annandale.IV. Synod of Ayr, 68 with the endowed sect, and a direct violachurches, in the Presbyteries of Paisley, Greenock, tion of the rights of conscience; is a great and Kilmarnock. V. Synod of Glasgow, 76 churches,
political injustice, and wherever it has obin the Presbyteries of Glasgow, Hamilton, and Lanark VI. Synod of Edinburgh, 84 churches,
tained has been the constant source of many in the Presbyteries of Edinburgh, Falkirk, and moral evils. And, therefore, that the occaStirling. VII. Synod of Cupar, 45 churches, in the sion should be seized to demand the total Presbyteries of Cupar, Kirkcaldy, and Dunfermline. VIII. Synod of Perth, 62 churches, in the
and immediate abolition of the civil estaPresbyteries of Perth, Dundee, and Arbroath, blishment of the Episcopal, and the withIX. Synod of Aberdeen, 54 churches, in the Pres: drawment of all subsidies from the Presbybyteries of Orkney, Elgin, Buchan, and Aberdeen. terian. Church of Ireland. The next meet10. That there should be no Commission. 11. That members' expenses should be paid out of a general
ing was appointed to be held on the 12th fund, to be raised by an annual congregational December. rate; the expenses to be taxed by Assembly's Com Kilmarnock.--This presbytery met 17th mittee of Finance, to be confined to the cost of travelling, and to be regulated as far as possible by
October. The necessary attention was mileage. 12. The attendance of members who are given to collections for Dynod fund, and not relieved from their appointment in their rota other matters of finance. A call to Mr tion, and who do not object to the election of their
John Baxter from the congregation of presbyteries, to be imperative on all the sederunts of Assembly; members to report their diligence to
Catrine, subscribed by 131 members, was their constituents.
sustained, and his trials for license preMr James Scott, student, was examined scribed. Returns were received from the and recommended to pursue his studies ; congregations in the bounds to a schedule of intimation to be given of his intention to statistical queries, which the presbytery had the superintendent at the seat of the uni prepared and sent to them; and a comversity. It was moved by Mr Renton, and mittee was appointed to examine them and unanimously agreed to, that the presbytery report. The presbytery approved of a appoint all the congregations under its in considerable number of important alteraspection to observe a special season for tions in the draft of hymn-book, which thanksgiving to God, on account of his were suggested in an interim report of their goodness in the harvest, leaving to the se committee on this business, and the comveral sessions the selection of the day which mittee were instructed to complete their shall be found most suitable in their respec work as soon as possible, and furnish the tive bounds. A case of reference from the members of presbytery with a printed copy session of Morebattle, was, after the hearing of their recommendations, that they may be of parties and documents, remitted to a better prepared for judging at nexto meetcommittee for friendly conference, and, ing. The following resolutions, prepared thereafter, was amicably adjusted. The by a committee, were unanimously adopted following motion was submitted by Mr by the presbytery against the endowment Renton, seconded by Mr Jarvie, and unani- of the Roman Catholic clergy:mously adopted :-That seeing the design I. That from recent acts of the legislature, is very generally imputed to her Majesty's having a reference to the interests of Popery, Government, of bringing forward, during taken in connexion with the avowed policy next session of Parliament, a measure for of her Majesty's government on this subject, it is impossible to aroid the conclusion that this being a sentiment which is now very gea measure will be speedily introduced into Par- nerally entertained, it is clear, that such a liament for the endowment of the Roman Ca, sentiment can only be satisfactorily met by tholic priests of Ireland, and for providing the declaration, that what justice and the inmore effectually, by educational institutions terests of truth really demand on this subject, and otherwise, for the maintenance and ex. is not the endowment of all parties, but the tension of the Roman Catholic religion. ' endowment of none; that 'opposition, there.
II. That while those professing the Roman fore, to the anticipated measures of govern Catholic faith are equally entitled, with their ment, whensoever they may be proposed, in fellow-subjects, to a full participation of all order to be effective, and in any degree suc. the civil rights and privileges which belong cessfu), must be based on no narrow or ex. to them, and while measures having this ob- clusive grounds, but on a rejection of the er ject in view are deserving of a liberal and roneous and very injurious principle on which generous support, any proposal to establish in the whole scheme of religious endowments prothis country by force of law the faith of the ceeds, and on the broad assertion of the equal Church of Rome, and publicly to endow those rights of all parties to a simple protection, who are occupied in teaching and extending and nothing more, from civil government, in the doctrines of that church, cannot be view respect of the exercise of their religion, ' ,*9 ed otherwise than with just alarm, as being a V. That nothing appears more certain than measure at once dishonouring to God, de- that it would be morally impossible for any structive of the interests of truth, most injuri- government in this country to carry a measure ous in respect of the social and civil conse- for the endowment of Popery, or any other quences it is fitted to entail, and stamped system of error, were it not for the fact, that withal with a highly unconstitutional cha- certain churches, claiming to be Protestant, racter, should it be carried-as the prime are already established, and that there are minister has declared it may, in opposition other churches which, although not immeto the known sentiments of the people of the diately incorporated with the state, are reUnited Kingdom,
ceiving, in onc form or another, money from III. That the measure in question, toge government for the teaching of religion ; that ther with the course of policy of which it seeing that the alternative to which statesmen forms a part, of endowing all religious systems now feelthemiselves shut up requires, eitherthat alike, however opposed to one another, pro no party should be established, or that all paryided their supporters are only willing to ties who will accept of them, should be offered accept of an endowment, demands from the endowments, such churches as those referred people of this country the most prompt and to, cannot but be regarded as having, at this strenuous resistance; and that, for this pur moment, a heavy responsibility attaching to pose, it is highly necessary that all proper them as it respeets the religious interests and means should be employed for awakening prosperity of this country, that the truth capand enlightening the public mind on the not be concealed, that, whatever opposition subject, eliciting the expression of public may be offered by the law, along with others, sentiment, and calling forth the combined to the proposals that may be made to a state exertions of the friends of civil and religious alliance with the Church of Rome, it is only liberty for the overthrow of a system of human by their renouncing government pay and gopolicy, which, while it confounds all distinc vernment support, that "the Man of Sin" ear 'tion between truth and error, saps the foun be kept from being set up, while their condations of morality, diffuses a spirit of indif tinuing to receive the aid extended to them, ference and of scepticism in regard to reli- in common with the supporters of the worst gion, and invades the sacred rights of con- and most deadly errors in religion, renders the science, by compelling men to support sys- establishment of Popery in this country, with tems of belief and forms of worship, which all its abominations, an event wbich, humanly they reject and condemn as opposed to the speaking, seems altogether unavoidable. word of God.
The presbytery, judging that the dispensaIV. That the mistaken and mischievous
tion of Divine Providence furnished a specourse of policy which the rulers of this nation are now following, in seeking to carry
cial call for thanksgiving and for humiliaout measures of the kind described, so ob
tion, recommended to their sessions to set noxious in their character, and so much fitted apart a suitable time in their different conto excite the just anxiety and alarm of the gregations for the public performance of country, naturally springs from the very ob- these duties. A favourable account. Was jectionable principle, that it belongs to civil received from the station of West Kilbride; governments, as such,“ to establish religion;" and the Rey, John Boyd's location there that, acting on this principle, statesmen and wan, at the request of the people, continued legislators are not only always furoished with a pretext for interfering with religion, in the
for other six months. Mr John Kechie was view of adopting it to state purposes, as cir
examined, and subjects of trials for license cumstances may require, but are forced at
were prescribed to him. The other students length, from a regard to the conflicting in
were put under the charge of committees terests of parties, to hold it as a maxim of of presbytery. Next ordinary meeting of common equity as well as of sound policy, presbytery is to be at Irvine, December 5, that, if one class of religionists be endowed, 4. Paisley and Greenack. This court met all others should be endowed likewise ; that at Greenock, 19th September; Rex. James
Meikle, moderator. Mr John Smith, under should forward to the clerk of presbytery čalito Union Street Church, Greenock, their certificates of disjunction from their delivered all his trials for ordination. His respective congregations, that they may be edict was appointed to be served on the en- presented at next meeting, when the pressuing Sabbath, and the ordination to take bytery will judge in this matter. Appointed place on the 10th of October. It was next meeting to be held on the 14th of Noagreed that the remit of Synod anent a dea vember. legated assembly be considered at a meet
• ORDINATIONS. ing of presbytery, to be held in Paisley on Back Street, Dalkeith.-On Wednesday, the first Tuesday of November. The Rev. 18th October, Mr Duncan M'Intosh was Mr Caldwell, Greenock, having craved leave ordained pastor of the congregation of to resign his pastoral charge, his demission Back Street, Dalkeith ; Messrs R. D. Dunwas accepted, and the connexion between can, Elliot, and Bruce, officiated. him and the congregation of Sir Michael Anstruther.-On Wednesday, 27th SepStreet, Greenock, declared to be dissolved. tember, Mr William Meikle was ordained The presbytery again met on 10th October; pastor of the congregation at Anstruther; Rev. Mr Clapperton, moderator, pro tem- Mr Brown, Markinch, and Mr Ogilvie, pore. A petition from Gourock for the ap- Crail, officiating. pointment of a moderation was granted, Union Street, Greenock.-On Tuesday, and the Rev. Dr Baird was appointed to 10th October, Mr James Smith was orpreside on the 26th October. Mr Smith's dained pastor of the Union Street Church, edict was returned; and no objection be. Greenock; Mr M-Ewan, Helensburgh, Mr ing presented, he was ordained to the pas. Halley, Dumbarton, and Mr Allison, Kil. toral charge of Union Street congregation. barchan, officiated. • Perth.-A meeting of this presbytery was held on Tuesday, 10th October; the
INDUCTION, Rey, James Bow, moderator. The clerk read letters of certificate from the profes
Newington, Edinburgh.-On Wednesday, sors in favour of the students of divinity 11th October, the Rer. James Robertson, within the bounds. The congregation of forinerly of Musselburgh, was inducted as Lethendy petitioned for a moderation in a pastor of the United Presbyterian Church call, which was granted, and Mr Bayne, at Newington, Edinburgh; Messrs Cross of Bankfoot, appointed to preach and preside West
to preach and preside West Linton, Cooper of Fala, and G. Johnon a convenient day in the beginning of stone, Edinburgh, officiated. I November. Supply of sermon was appointed to the vacant church of Dalreoch;
CALLS MODERATED. the Rev. Mr Ramage of Kirriemuir, at the Catrine.--Mr John Baxter, probationer, request of the family and congregation, called 30th September: Mr Dickie of Cum-being appointed to preach the funeral ser
nock presiding. mon of the late Rev. Robert Clark on the Craigs, Duntocher.-Mr Robert Mitchell, subsequent Sabbath, The presbytery ex probationer, called colleague and successor pressed their deep sorrow on account of the to Rev. James Gardiner; Mr Lawrie of death of Mr Clark, and their liveliest sym Partick presiding. pathy with the bereaved family and con Blantjre. -- Rev. Peter Bannatyne of gregation. ' "!
*Hexham called 25th September; Dr BeatStirling. This presbytery met on the
tie presiding. 19th of September. Commissioners from the station at Bridge of Allan presented a
OBITUARY. petition, subscribed by eighty-one members
Died at Dalreoch, Perthshire, on 4th (cof the church, and by thirty-four adherents, praying that the presbytery would form
tober last, the Rev. Robert Clark, minister and recognize them as a congregation in
of the United Presbyterian Church there, connexion with the United Presbyterian
in the twentieth year of his ministry. Mr Church, and under the charge of this pres
Clark was suddenly killed, by a fall from bytery. The petitioners stated, “that, after
his horse, in the course of his pastoral visibeing favoured with the preached gospel
tation. in Bridge of Allan for about seven months,
Died at Cornwall, Jamaica, on the 7th they entertained the belief that a congrega.
August last, the Rev. William Paxton tion might be established at that place in Young, minister of the United Presbyteconnexion with the United Presbyterian rian Church there, in the third year of his Church, with the prospect, under the Divine ministry. blessing, of being able to maintain the dis- . NOTANDA FOR NOVEMBER. pensation of ordinances amongst them.” The collection for the Synod Fund havThe presbytery agreed, that those of the ing been appointed to take place second petitioners who are members of our church Sabbath of October, "Presbyteries are enjoined, at their first meeting after the day ap. pointed, to see that every congregation and missionary station within their bounds has made a collection in behalf of the fund.”
Between 25th October and 27th December, correspondence anent the appointments of preachers is to be addressed to the Rey. JAMES ELLES, Saltcoats.
THE WINDING UP OF THE IRISH REBELLION. nesty in favour of the late political offend
ers in Ireland—and even à royal visit is On Thursday the 5th October last, after a talked of, with the view of adding to the tedious and careful trial, Mr Smith O'Brien, grace of the proceeding. It is unfortuthe chief of the late insurrection in Ireland, nate for government that the country will was, by a jury of his countrymen, found hardly give them credit for merciful inguilty of high treason; and on the Monday tentions, even should the project be followed following the sentence of death was record out. We referred last month to the suspicions ed against him. The marked forbearance that were then entertained as to the wish of the authorities in conducting this busin of the authorities to screen from justice cerness, and particularly the painstaking and tain of the Romish clergy, including several impartial conduct of the judges who presid- bishops, who were said to be implicated in ed at the trial, must have lent great weight the rebellion. The country would be just to the decision ultimately arrived at, and as likely now to suspect, if a general amwill serve, in some degree, to efface an im nesty were proclaimed, that its chief object pression made, unfavourable to government, was to give a colour of decency to a partiin the judicial proceedings connected with cular design in regard to the priests. A the banishment of Mitchell. While the jury paragraph which has been going the round found a verdiet of guilty, as the force of of the papers, will show what is believed evidence required, their whole behaviour concerning the relation between the gomanifested at once their mercy and their vernment and the Romish priesthood. conscientiousness. A recommendation in “Much indignation exists among those well the following terms was appended to the acquainted with the state of the country, verdict :-“ We earnestly recommend the at the course now adopted by the Governprisoner to the merciful consideration of ment and the Attorney-General, whose government, the jury being unanimously of great object is to conceal the part taken by opinion that for many reasons his life should certain priests in organizing and participatbe spared.” In the spirit of this recom- ing in the late movement. Every thing is mendation, the people of Ireland, of all done to prevent their reverences' conduct creeds and of all ranks-gentry, dignitaries being made known to the people of Engof the church, merchants, and others who land; therefore, every document affecting have the deepest stake in the peace of the the loyalty of the priests is submitted to a country, and the integrity of the Union, are tribunal composed of Mr O'Ferrall, comjoining in an address to the Lord-Lieutenant, missioner of metropolitan police, Mr Redpraying for mercy to the unhappy convict. ington, Mr Baldwin, Mr Lynch of the LeinThe address from Dublin has been sub- ster bar, and the Attorney-General, all Roscribed by 14,000 names, of the most in- man Catholics, who take very good care fluential citizens. Even the men of the that no document that compromises the Orange clubs have for once laid aside their priests shall go beyond their conclave. Dofanaticism, and are uniting in the cause of cuments, letters, papers of all descriptions, mercy. It is not likely that the scaffold clearly and extensively establishing the will be erected in the face of such protesta- guilt of the priests, have been seized in all tions, even if government were dispos- directions, and forwarded to government; ed, which we cannot think it is, to proceed but all suppressed, even when inquired for to the extremity of its powers against the as corroborative testimony on other points." arch-rebel. There is reason to fear, indeed, Now, we are far from wishing to hinder that the leanings of government, if not in the prerogative of mercy in regard to the this individual case, at least on the general misguided men who have sought to plunge question of what is to be done with the their country in civil war; but, certainly, participators in the late insurrection, are too we should like to know who the men are much on the side of clemency, or rather of for whom mercy is solicited; and, particua timorous and partial policy, assuming the larly, we want to know whether or not aspect of mercy as a disguise. Rumour has there be priests among them? Their vocait, that now the majesty of law has been tion, as the keepers of the people's consustained by the condemnation of O'Brien, science, the depository of all their guilty ministers intend to proclaim a general am- secrets, and the administrators of a spiritual