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ary for one year in the parish of Linlithgow, and that the subscription for the new church had been very successful. Mr. Laing underwent his trials, and his ordination at Livingstone was fixed for the 13th of January, Mr. Gordon of Falkirk to preach and preside.
LONDON.—The quarterly meeting was held in St. Andrew's Scotch Church, on Tuesday the 14th of December. Mr. Wallace of Birmingham, Moderator ; presentsix ministers and five elders. The sermon was preached by Mr. Thomas of Woolwich, from Ephes. ii. 18—“We both have access;' and, inter alia, it was resolved,—that, in consideration of the religious destitution of the Scottish population on the south side of the river, amongst whom there is no Presbyterian church of any kind, a new church shall be erected for their accommodation; and that immediate measures be adopted for the purpose of procuring a suitable site, raising funds, &c. A motion was unanimously agreed to, to the effect, that “the presbytery do earnestly recommend to the ministers and Kirk-sessions under their control, to present an annual report to the presbytery on such matters as they may deem of importance, in reference to their congregations ; such reports to be given in annually at the ordinary meeting in March,”-it being understood that the arrangement shall be entirely optional for the present year. A draft of a letter to the “ Societe Evangelique” of Geneva, in reply to a communication addressed to the presbytery, was read by Mr. Burns, the clerk, and ordered to be transmitted. It was reported by the brethren the “Concert for Prayer” had been observed in all their churches,-in several of them on three separate days,—and in every instance with most encouraging success. Addresses of congratulation were voted to the Queen and Prince Albert, on the birth of the Prince of Wales. A public religious service was appointed to take place on the first day of the new year, in the Scots' Church, London Wall. Mr. Hamilton to begin the service, and Mr. Burns to preach.
BRECHIN.-Met at Montrose on Tuesday December 21st. Mr. Hastie's ordination trials were gone through in such a manner as to draw from the whole of the presbytery unmingled approbation. The 18th of January was appointed for his ordination. Mr. Nixon to preside. Soon after this Mr. Hastie, proceeds to Launceston, Van Dieman's Land, where his talents, accomplishments, and deep piety, will, we doubt not, prove, under the divine blessing, no ordinary means of good to the inhabitants of that colony. The church of Scotland have sent forth few ministers to foreign parts likely to prove a greater honour to her than Mr.
Hastie. Dr. Brewster, in an able and impressive speech, addressed the presbytery on the conduct of certain members of the court in signing a sympathizing address to the deposed ministers of Strathbogie, which contained this assertion among others, that “it is the duty of every subject to obey the law as declared by the civil courts." Dr. Brewster also moved, that the members should be asked whether they held Christ to be really the Head of the church; and that it was their paramount duty to obey Him ; whether they held the church to possess a distinct government; and whether, if the civil courts interfered with that government, they would refuse compliance ? The questions being answered in the affirmative, after some further discussion the subject was allowed to drop.
ARBROATH.-KIRKDEN CASE.— The presbytery met for resuming consideration of this case.
Mr. Whyte, Forfar, appeared as Mr. Carruther's agent, and produced certificate of his continued ill health ; whereupon Mr. Muir of St. Vigeans, moved for the appointment of a committee, by whom the case might be settled, consistently with mercy, humanity, and a regard to the interests of religion. This motion having been seconded by the elder for St. Vigeans, Mr. Laird of Inverkeillor, seconded by Mr. Dymock of Carnoustie, moved as an amendment, that the motion being incompetent after the judgment of the Synod, enjoining the presbytery to proceed with probation, it be rejected ; which on a division was carried by a majority of twelve to seven, the minority consisting of the ministers and elders of St. Vigeans, Kinnell and Guthrie, and the elder from Kirkden. On account of Mr. Carruther's illness, however, further procedure in the case was deferred till next month.
STRANRAER.- Rev. Robert Donald, presentee to the new church of Shenchane, delivered his trial discourses, and was examined and approved of. An address to the presbytery, signed by 139 communicants and 211 members of the Church of Scotland not communicants, residing in the district which is to be annexed, quoad sacra, to the new church of Shenchane was received and read. It expressed the strongest satisfaction with the prospect of Mr. Donald's settlement. Thursday the 13th of January was appointed for his ordination, Rev. Thomas Blizzard Bell to preach and preside on the occasion. A letter from the Rev. David Wilson of Stranraer was read. It intimated tha with Mr. Wilson's consent, his congregation had almost unanimously elected the Rev. Mr. Cochrane of Edinburgh to be his assistant, with a view to apply farther for his appointment as successor. The presbytery unanimously approved of the arrangements
that had been made in this matter, and gave glebe, and stipend. The matter has been their full consent and concurrence to the several times before the presbytery, and at appointment of an assistant and successor in their last meeting they appointed a comthe parish of Stranraer.
mittee to prepare a libel against Mr. T. for Cupar.-Met on the 28th of December, fraud and dishonesty, in not performing his the Rev. Mr. Elder, Moderator. Mr. Mur- part of the contract described. At the meetray said, that he had the pleasure of seeing ing on Wednesday, the draft of a libel was the late Dr. Barclay two days before his accordingly submitted by the committee, death,--that his mind was full of peace and and was adopted by the presbytery. It was comfort in the prospect of his removal, and ordered that Mr. T. should be served with a that with much feeling he had requested him copy of the libel, and cited to appear at next to give his kind respects to the presbytery of ordinary meeting. Mr. D. Clark, Mr. T.'s which he had been so long a member. The agent, read a statement or minute on his brethren were highly gratified by this token behalf, the precise nature of which we do not of regard in his last hours, from their vene- know; but the result showed that it was not rable friend, who had been for some time the satisfactory to the court. father of the church, and unanimously re- DUNFERMLINE.—The presbytery met at solved, that the interesting message they had Aberdour, on Tuesday last, Dec. 28th, for received should be recorded in the minutes moderating in a call to the Rev. Dr. Ralph of the court. Dr. Kidd, the convener of of Liverpool, to be minister of the church the committee, appointed to confer with Mr. and parish of Aberdour. The Rev. Mr. Cairns and the managers of St. Michael's Fergusson of Death preached and presided. church, relative to the supply of service to The call was signed by two of the heritors, that new place of worship, gave in their re- all the elders, and a number of the male heads port, which recommended the dissolution of of families in full communion.
There were the present collegiate charge, quoad sacra, no dissents or special objections. and the allocation of a separate church to ANSTRUTHER EASTER.-On the evening each of the ministers, as a measure that of Tuesday, Dec. 28th, a numerous and would meet the present difficulty, and be respectable meeting of this place was held in most conducive to the interests of religion in the parish church, for the purpose of forming the parish. A discussion on the subject, a Church Defence Association, Mr. George which we are unable to report, ensued, in Darsie, junior, was called to the chair, and which the collegiate ministers, Mr. Cairns Mr. Ferrie, minister of the parish, opened and Mr. Birrell, expressed their acquiesence the meeting with prayer. The chairman in the proposal to uncollegiate the charge. then shortly stated the object of the meeting, On the motion of Mr. Crichton, the com- and having expressed a regret that the cirmittee was reappointed and enlarged, and the cumstance of Cupar presbytery meeting that matter remitted back to them, with instruc- day deprived them of some other speakers tions to confer with all parties and report. who had been expected to be present,-he
PERTH.—The ordinary monthly meeting of introduced the Rev. Mr. Robb of Straththe presbytery was held on Wednesday, Dec. kinnes, who, in a most powerful, clear, 29th, Mr. Black of Kilspindie, Moderator. and eloquent address, defended the principle The only business of importance that came of the headship of Christ, showing that it before the Court was in reference to Mr. was the doctrine of Scripture, embodied in Traquair, of the parish of Rhynd. It will the standards of the church, acknowledged be remembered that, some time ago, a me- and ratified as an integral portion of these morial by certain of the parishioners was standards by repeated acts of parliament, presented to the presbytery, wherein Mr. confirmed and settled by the act of union. Traquair was accused of repeated acts of in- The Rev. Mr. Nicolson of Ferry-Port-ontoxication ;-—that, subsequently, he acknow- Craig followed ; and in a very luminous and ledged guilt to a certain extent;-was, with convincing speech showed that the principle his own concurrence, suspended from the of non-intrusion was an essential part of the ministry sine die, at same time agreeing that constitution of the church of Scotland, and an assistant, or an assistant and successor, could not be abandoned at whatever hazard. should be appointed in the parish, in whose He concuded by pressing on the people of favour he became bound to vacate the manse Anstruther, the duty of associating themand glebe, and to pay towards his mainten- selves in defence of the great principles which ance, 1001. per annum out of his stipend. had that evening been brought under their In accordance with the first part of this ar- notice, and for which the church was now rangement, Mr. Struthers was ordained as- contending. Mr. Ferrie said, that having sistant and successor in the parish ; but it met so many of those present the night be. appears that Mr. Traquair refuses, or has fore, to explain the object of the present hitherto failed, to implement the latter part meeting, it was unnecessary for him now to of the agreement, relating to the manse, addres them at any length. After congra
tulating the meeting on the very orderly and attentive way in which the speakers had been listened to, he stated shortly, but in a very feeling and solemn manner, the necessity under which his strong convictions laid him, of joining the present majority of the church in defence of the great principles at issue—and that, indeed, were it otherwise with him, he would be altogether unworthy of his place as minister of Anstruther, or of the manse in which he resided, associated as they were with some of the greatest names among the defenders of the principles in question. An association, embracing the two Anstruthers, was then formed ; and many persons enrolled their names before leaving the church. Great accessions are confidently anticipated.
INVERNESS.-On Tuesday, Jan. 4th, was laid on the table a presentation from H. Scott, Esq. of Aberdeen, in favour of the Rev. D. Macdonald, to be assistant and successor to the Rev. Dr. Rose, in the second charge of Inverness.
The Rev. Mr. Fraser, Kirkhill, said, the present was, in his opinion, a very unusual course for Dr. Rose to adopt,-instead of intimating, in courtesy to his brethren of the presbytery, his desire to have an assistant and successor appointed, they had no intimation from him on the subject, until the presentation for the appointment was handed to them. He must repeat this was a very unusual mode of procedure.
Dr. Rose said, he did not think it necessary, or he should have mentioned the circumstance to the presbytery.
The Rev. Mr. Fraser resumed,-it was well known that presbyteries had refused the appointments of assistants and successors to ministers, who were sufficiently able to preach, and who appeared merely anxious at a favourable juncture to get a son quietly settled as their assistant. They knew that was not the case here, but a different course.
Captain M‘Kay knew he had no right, but he could not help observing that many of the congregation never heard Mr. Macdonald, till he was announced as assistant and successor to Dr. Rose.
Captain Mackintosh. — The whole proceedings were got up quite in a hole and corner manner.
Mr. D. Fraser, Dochgarroch, intimated that he would protest against the settlement, both as a heritor and as a communicant.
D. M‘Lennan, Esq. then handed in a royal presentation in favour of the Rev. S. Mąckintosh, to the vacant charge of Inverness, with the necessary documents; he also concurred in the previous arrangement respecting the uncollegiating of the churches.
Dr. Rose expressing a hope, that the presbytery would proceed to settle the young
gentlemen as soon as possible, as since the death of his late lamented colleague, he had done as much as he could in so large a field of labour, and he would therefore propose that they should proceed to moderate in the call on the 25th inst. After all that, they would have to go through their trials, so that he would not be able at the soonest to obtain the full benefit of their assistance, before the end of March or the beginning of April. He would, however, endeavour to go on as well as he could till then, if it pleased God to spare his health.
The Rev. Mr. Fraser, Kirkhill, expressed himself perfectly astonished at the proposition which Dr. Rose had just made for moderating in the calls of both the presentees in one day; it seemed exactly like making a batch of ministers for the parish of Inverness in one day, and for the same congregation.
The Rev Mr. Sutherland concurred in the sentiments expressed by the last speaker.
Considerable discussion then ensued as to whether they should moderate in the calls on the same day or not, the Rev. Mr. Clark contending that, owing to the Daviot settlement occurring about the week previous to the sacrament in February, the duties required by the two additional calls would prove a serious interruption to the ministers of the Presbytery, if they were to take separate days for the moderation of the calls.
The Rev. Mr. Fraser, Kirkhill, and others, admitted the inconvenience, but maintained, that if they moderated in both calls on the same day, it would appear like the transaction of some worldly job which they were anxious to get through, and thus the appro, priate feeling which should attend the induction of ministers would be lost.
After considerable discussion it was arranged that the Rev. Mr. Grant, Petty, should preach in the settlement of the Rev. Mr. Macdonald, and the Rev. Mr. Clark on the following sabbath, in that of the Rev. S. Mackintosh and the presbytery should proceed to moderate in the calls on Tuesday and Thursday.
Captain M‘Kay, in the name of himself and them that adhered to him, protested against the appointment of any assistant and successor to Dr. Rose. He did so out of no ill feeling to him or Mr. Macdonald, but he hoped the former would long be able to fulfil the duties of his situation, and that when he should not, he thought it right that the people of Inverness should then be in a position to choose for themselves a successor.
The moderator stated that the protest was rather premature, and that it must be made after the moderation of the call, when it would be entertained.
ELLON.--This body met at Ellon on Tues
day, the 4th of January, present, the Rev. was held here this day, Mr. Walker of Ur. Messrs. Cruden, Logie-Buchan; Robertson, quhart, moderator. All the members were Ellon; Knox, Tarves; Philip, Cruden ; present. A crown presentation, in favour of Whyte, Methlick; Watt, Foveran ; Rust, Mr. Francis Wylie, to the collegiate charge Slains; Mr. Johnstone, elder. Mr. Whyte, of the parish of Elgin, was laid on the table moderator.
by the moderator, with the relative docuThe presbytery proceeded to take into ments. The presentation was unanimously consideration a remit by the general assem- sustained, and the Rev. Mr. Topp, as modebly's commission of August last, along with rator of the kirk-session of Elgin, having a report by the minority of the presbytery produced a certified roll of the male heads of of Strathbogie, as to certain ministers of the families, communicants in the parish, the church, who had held ministerial commu- presbytery thereafter appointed Mr. Wylie nion with the “ deposed" brethren of to preach on the 23d and 30th of this month Strathbogie. One of these was Mr. Robert- in the church, and his call to be moderated son, of Ellon.
in on Wednesday, the 2nd of February. Mr. The clerk (Mr. Cruden) having read these Walker, of Urquhart, to preach and preside. documents,
The presbytery then adjourned, to meet at Mr. Robertson of Ellon rose and addressed Elgin on that day. the court in a speech of great length (nearly Glasgow.-STATE OF THE CHURCH.three hours).
At the meetings of the Glasgow presbytery Mr. Cruden then addressed the court, and on Wednesday, January 5. concluded by moving, “That the presbytery Dr. Buchanan said that in regard to the having taken into their most careful conside- overture on the subjection due by the inferation the report of the presbytery of Strath- rior to the superior ecclesiastical courts, of bogie, transmitted to them by the commission, which he had given notice, he believed that together with the deliverance of the commis. the members of presbytery, however they sion on said report, find, first, that in all the might differ as to the subject-matter of the circumstances of the case, they cannot take overture, would agree in giving him credit that view of their duty which the deliverance for introducing it, not to increase and comof the commission may seem to imply: plicate the perplexity in which the church is secondly, that ecclesiastical censures, in- involved, but to avert an event which, as it flicted by an established church, for obedi- has since taken place, has undoubtedly added ence to civil statutes, accepted and still to the difficulties in which it was previously virtually acquiesced in by that church, as involved. He was satisfied that he would claiming under them important civil privi. not be advancing the object he had in view leges, are incompetent and inept: thirdly, in originally introducing the overture by disthat the sentence of deposition pronounced cussing it now; at the same time, as probaagainst certain members of the presbytery of bly within the next three or four weeks the Strathbogie, is, therefore, incompetent, hav- church and country would be in different ing been inflicted upon these ministers for circumstances than what they are in at prethe performance of duties incumbent on sent—as it was most likely that something them in the painful circumstances in which would then be known of the intentions of they were placed as ministers of the church her Majesty's government with regard to the of Scotland as by law established : fourthly, settlement of the question at large ; it was and in fine, that Mr. Robertson, if, as is al- quite obvious that if any measures proposed leged, he has held ministerial communion by government, were calculated to effect a with any of these ministers, has done no- settlement of the general question, it would thing requiring of the presbytery to institute be neither necessary nor expedient to proproceedings against him in the exercise of tract the dicussion on details. On the other discipline.”
hand, if either government abstain from inMr. Knox seconded the motion.
troducing any measure for the settlement of Various members of the court then fol- the question at all, or shall be led to propose lowed, but as we cannot at present report a measure which might appear to him and the proceedings fully, we restrict ourselves to others to be fitted to injure the interests of a bare statement of the result.
the church, and incompatible with those The moderator having put the motion, and principles for which she is contending, then there being no contrary motion before the he should certainly feel it to be his duty to court, it was declared to be carried. From bring forward an overture of the nature of this finding dissented Mr. Philip and Mr. that which was now on the table, because in Johnstone, for reasons to be afterwards that case it would be the more necessary that given in. Mr. Rust also dissented for rea- the church should take all competent measons of his own.
sures for protecting herself from disorders ELGIN.-Friday, 14th January.--A pro not to be warded off by some legislative re nata meeting of the Presbytery of Elgin enactment. These were the views he took
Charles Hunter of Glencarse, two of the heritors of the parish. The chuckling and exultation of the intrusionists were beyond all bounds on Monday and Tuesday forenoon, at the prospect of shutting out the parishioners of Kinfauns from their own church, and gagging their minister. But their vaunting was somewhat premature, and the inflated intrusionists, who, during the forenoon, strutted about the streets, carrying a head as high as if a cock's comb had belonged to it - whereas it only belonged to a coxcombwhere to be seen in the afternoon hanging their heads like bulrushes, crest-fallen and cowed, for the sheriff refused to grant the interdict ! The principal grounds upon which the interdict was refused, were, that the purpose of the meeting was alleged to be a religious one, and of this the minister was the judge, in the first instance ; and because a parish minister has a right to hold as many meetings in his church as he pleases, not only on the sabbath, but also on week days, for the religious instruction of his parishion
The sheriff, Mr. Barclay, appended a long and admirable note to his interlocutor, (a copy of which will be found below,) in which he deals with the question before him, not only like a lawyer, but like a religious
It is much to his honour, that while the currect of legal decisions appears to run in an opposite direction, he has had the manliness to think and decide for himself, and to oppose the stream. Doubtless the esteem in which Mr. Barclay is held by all who know him, as an active and a sound lawyer, a man of piety and benevolence, will not be in the least degree diminished by this decision; and he has, by that single, and, it is to be la. mented, singular act, recommended himself to the affection and esteem of many thousands who never heard of him before,-he has touched a more tender chord in their bosoms than all the heritors of Scotland, with all their interdicts can ever reach. There are some circumstances connected with this affair deserving of notice. The petition for the interdict was presented in name of Mr. Charles Hunter, and Mr. Fergusson Blair. It is now confidently stated, and upon the best authority, that Mr. Hunter has since called upon Mr. M‘Lagan, and assured him that he never gave any authority for using his name for such a purpose. The bruit now is, that the remaining heritor, Mr. Blair, and the agent, are not quite agreed as to which of them assumed Mr. Hunter into the co-partnery. Mr. Hunter ought at least to put himself right with the public, by forthwith publishing a disclaimer. He is considered a very respectable country gen. tlemen, and one whom his neighbours would never expect to lock them out of the kirk, even if he had the power. As to Mr. Blair,
of the question. He was not prepared to abandon the overture ; he was not disposed to discuss it at this moment; and his object in bringing it forward being rather to promote peace than to disturb it, and as that object would not be served by discussing it at present, he would propose that it should still lie on the table.
Principal Macfarlan asked whether it would be brought forward at the next or a subsequent meeting of the presbytery, because parliament would not sit till a day or two after their next meeting. He would like to know when the subject would be brought forward, because it was important, when questions of this kind were to come before them, that older members, who could not attend regularly, might know when it was likely that such discussions would take place.
Dr. Buchanan had no hesitation in answering the reverend principal's question, as it would be desirable on these occasions to have the advantage of the presence of all the members of presbytery. He could not answer it distinctly, because it was quite possible that the intentions of government might transpire before the next meeting of presbytery, in which case he should not feel himself precluded from discussing the subject next meeting. But, if they were in the same position as to-day — that is, nothing having come out, he would, of course, influenced by the same motives, continue the overture on the table.
Dr. Macleod gave notice that in the event of Dr. Buchanan not introducing his overture at next meeting, it was his intention to bring under the notice of the presbytery the demoralising effects upon the minds and habits of the people, of the present agitation of the church controversy—the promotion of church defence associations—and the systematic efforts which are making with the view of injuring the prospects of presentees who do not agree with the majority of the church ; and to move that the presbytery express its disapprobation of these and other measures resorted to by the majority. (Hear.)
AN INTERDICT REFUSED! (From the Dundee Warder.)-On sabbath, the 8th of January, the Rev. Mr. M‘Lagan, Minister of Kinfauns, intimated to his congregation that a meeting would be held in the parish church, next Tuesday evening, for the purpose of receiving information connected with the interests of the established church, and considering as to the duty of forming a parochial church defence association. Some leading intrusionists took the alarm at this and accordingly a petition was presented to the sheriff, craving that the use of the church should be interdicted, at the instance of Mr. Neil Fegusson Blair, of Balthyock, and Mr.