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ultimate adoption of which, after a long, frail that she could not reach her own and, in its consequences, highly benefi- place of worship, Dr Robson's. This she cial discussion, led to the separation of considered one of her greatest trials, for what were called the Old Light brethren, she “loved the habitation of God's and gave a new and more liberal phase house.” My Sabbath evening meeting to the denomination to which he be- being near her dwelling, she was able longed; while it paved the way for to avail herself occasionally of its sersimilar results in the other great branch vices. She was wont to say that, when of the Secession.

| deprived of the benefit of public ordin· Portobello.-. The eighth annual meet-||

ances, God had made her humble dwelling of the Missionary Society in con

n ing a little sanctuary. Her conversation * nexion with this congregation was held

as held was always of the inost cheering descripon 13th January, — the Rev. George

Cotion. I felt that I was rather receiving

i than giving instruction. Her general Deans in the chair. The amount realized : during the year amounted to L.37, 9s.,

"information was not extensive, but she

was well acquainted with her bible. The . being, on an average, about L.16 more than former years. The sum was dis

only complaint that escaped her lips was tributed as follows:

of the prevalence of sin in her heart;

but she trusted to the efficacy of the • To Synod's Foreign Missions, L.7 0

blood of Christ, and her faith was un... Do. Home do. . 7 0 0

wavering, and seemed to increase as her .... London Missionary Society, 4 0

bodily strength diminished. For a con... Scottish do. do. 2 0 0 Moravian Missions,

siderable time she felt deeply at the . 4 0

thought of leaving an affectionate husGlasgow African Missions, 2 0

band. At length her faith overcame Society for Spread of Chris

this difficulty, and one day she said to tianity among the Jews, 2 0 0

him, “I do not feel at parting with you .... Home purposes, . . 5 0 0

now,-I can commit my soul to God, i ... Expenses, . . . 4 9 0

and I can commit my husband also.”

At another time she said, “I regret to

-4.37 9 o lose the communion of saints on earth, Sabbath School for Rev. Mr Waddell's Mission, .

but I am going to have communion with . 0 10 73|

saints in heaven. If I have a desire to

live, it is that I may glorify God more

1.37 19 7 | than I have ever yet done. Were I to The meeting was then addressed on recover, I would go and declare to the the subject of missions by the chairman, heathen the unsearchable riches of Bailie Calder, Messrs Scott and Meikle, Christ.” On calling about ten days bestudents in divinity, and Rev. W. s. fore she died, and about four weeks after Blackwood of the Established Church. she had become confined to bed, her

conversation was peculiarly pleasing and animating. She remarked that nothing

but the consciousness of pardon through EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL Christ could make one in her circumOF AN AGENT OF THE GLAS

stances happy, and repeated some texts GOW CITY MISSION.

expressive of her love to her Saviour,

such as “My beloved is like a roe or Communicated by the Secretary.

a young hart: He is all my salvation

and all my desire,” &c. On my quoting The first time I met with Mrs W. was that passage, “ How sweet are thy words in her own house, about eighteen months unto my taste !” she said, “at one time before her death. She was at that time I did not know the meaning of that pascomplaining, but able to attend to her sage, but now I have felt it.” Before I domestic affairs. Our first interview left, I read at her request the second made a favourable impression on my chapter of the epistle to the Ephesians. mind regarding her, and increased ac- Now and again she interrupted me by quaintance strengthened this impression. ¡ repeating the passage after me, or by I continued to pay her the regular visit anticipating it. On coming away, I said in going through my district. During I was going to visit a woman in the the last six months of her life, I called on same trouble, but in a different state of her more frequently, as she was getting mind. “Tell her from me," said she, weaker, and was anxiously desirous of “that the blood of Christ Jesus, God's my visits Ultimately she became so Son, cleanseth from all sin. Let her

look to the Lamb of God that taketh She was born in Perth. Want of emaway the sin of the world.” I did not ployment brought them to Glasgow when fail to do as I was desired. The message the daughter was five years of age. Two had a solemn and, I trust, a salutary years after she went to a Sabbath-school, effect on the anxious enquirer. I called where, with the help of her mother at again four days afterwards,—found Mrs home, she learned to read. She conW. so much exhausted that she could tinued her attendance on Sabbath. not speak but in whispers. She made schools till she was twenty-six years of a sign to me to come near, and then age; for a long time as a scholar, and said, “I am going to be with Christ in latterly as a teacher. She was then his Father's kingdom, -I have seen him married to D. W., her widowed husband, already, but I shall soon see him in all who is a weaver. On taking leave of his loveliness.” She told me she had the Sabbath-school she felt it a severe been brought to the knowledge of the trial to part with her scholars, to whom truth when about fifteen years of age, she was much attached. Whilst attend. and added, “at that time I became un- ing the Sabbath-school as a scholar, she well, and, whilst lying on bed one day, formed an intimacy with a young woman, thought I saw the Saviour come to me, a class-fellow, who attended in Eglinton and say, Come unto me all ye that la- Street Secession Church. She also atbour,” &c. She did not then know that tended, and became a member of it at these words were to be found in scripture. twenty-two years of age, and continued Shortly after she recovered, and returned so till her marriage, when she joined the to the Sabbath-school. One morning church under Dr Mitchell's ministry, and her teacher repeated the passage, Come to which her husband belonged. This unto me, &c., as the class came to it in connexion she kept till death removed the course of their lesson. She was so her to the church above. She died, aged struck, she said, that she gave a scream thirty-two years, having been six years that alarmed the teacher. “Now," she married. added, " I shall soon be with him, and Her father has not been in a place of shall see him in all his glory." She re-worship since he came to Glasgow, nor quested me to sing with her the fourth will he allow his wife to attend. His hymn from the third verse. Her mother, daughter, during her illness, embraced her husband, and another man were every opportunity of preaching Christ to present, and joined in the solemn and her parents. Since her death the mother delightful exercise. She accompanied told me that she is determined to do as us through the third verse, but was too her daughter entreated her to do, whatweak to continue. As we proceeded, ever may be the consequences. Two however, she waved her hand, and a nights before she died her father sat up gentle smile played on her pallid coun- with her all night. She urged him to tenance, which seemed irradiated with change his way of living, and besought heavenly joy. At her request, also, we him to read John x. and Eph. ii. He sang the fourth paraphrase, and I then acquiesced in all she said, but no imprayed. I called two days after, but pression seems to have been made. I found her asleep--called next day, and intend recommending him to the notice found her suffering very much from of the agent in whose district he lives. bodily pain. She revived a little, and At the same time I have a desire to call requested me to engage in praise. When on him myself, and see if he will dare to about to engage in prayer, she requested mock at christianity before me, as his me to pray that God would cut short his wife tells me he does before others, conwork, and forgive her impatience. She scious as he is that I witnessed what it continued in that state of severe suffer- did for his daughter, of whom he was ing till nine P.M., when she became calm, not worthy. and continued so till five next morning, when, without a struggle, she fell asleep. Thus died this humble follower of Jesus, in the full assurance of faith, from whom

TESTIMONIAL TO REV. GEORGE YOUNG, I received many valuable lessons, and

D.D., WHITBY. with whom I have taken sweet counsel.

It is right to mention that this woman A VERY interesting meeting was held was much indebted to Sabbath-schools in Cliff Lane Chapel, Whitby, on the for her religious knowledge. Her parents, 7th January, when a token of respect both still alive, are very careless persons. was presented to the Rev. G. Young, Her father, indeed, is an avowed infidel. D.D., on occasion of his having completed the fortieth year of his ministry exhibited a gold watch and appendages, in that place. An excellent tea was bearing the inscription—“ Presented to provided, of which about 160 of the the Rev. G. Young, D.D., Whithy, by his members, congregation, and friends of affectionate people, on his completing the the Reverend Doctor partook. Among fortieth year of his faithful services as the company were the ministers of the their pastor. January 7, 1846.” ACIndependent, Wesleyan Methodist, Bap- companied with the following, printed tist, Primitive Methodist, and Associa-on a piece of satin—“ Presented to the tion societies. After tea, a public meet- Rev. G. Young, D.D., by his congregaing was held, when the Rev. J. Douglas tion, as a feeble token of their veneraof Hartlepool, was called to preside, who tion and regard for the talent, zeal, and briefly stated the object of the meeting, piety, which have characterised a minisand commenced with singing and prayer. tration of forty years, as well as for that The Rev. W. Bond then addressed the universal philanthropy, and those strenmeeting, and observed that it was at all uous exertions for the promotion of litetimes a pleasure for christian friends to rature and science, which have made · meet each other, but must be especially him an ornament and benefactor to his so on the occasion of presenting a token species, and especially to the town of of friendship to a minister who has la- Whitby.” After an eloquent description boured among a society for forty years, of the superiority of christian to merely and it must be important for a minister earthly friendship, he presented the to review forty years of public labour to watch to the Rev. Doctor, who received one christian congregation, and of thank- it with peculiar emotions, which were fulness to God that health, strength, and also deeply felt by the congregation. Dr grace had been imparted to enable him Young acknowledged the kindness of his for so long a period to labour. Many friends, and stated that his thanks were changes have occurred in the town, and first due to his Father in heaven, who in the Doctor's own church, during that, had so blessed him with health and but it must be a satisfaction to him to strength, that for forty years his people know that many have passed from his had never for even any portion of one ministry to the church triumphant, and Sabbath been deprived of his labours that after a few fleeting years he shall through indisposition. He had not so meet them again in heaven. The rev. large a congregation as some, but one chairman then proceeded to the more which he warmly loved. There were important business of the meeting, and not many rich and great, but some of said that the laws of etiquette forbade the truly excellent of the earth ; and he that any man should be praised in his believed that among them there was a presence, but that truth was no flattery. degree of moral excellence seldom equalIt was with great pleasure that he should led. His elders were men of truth, hating present the token of respect, friendship, covetousness, and together they were a and esteem to Dr Young, who is dis- people distinguished for peace. When tinguished for his personal piety-piety he came, he found them kind and affectowards God, and faith in our Lord tionate, and although many had been Jesus Christ. He was also a zealous removed. yet those who remained were and successful minister, having many of the same mind. There were instances seals to his ministry. Of those members where, when a minister had grown old, who signed the call to the Rev. Doctor his congregation sought by some preforty years ago, he understood there tence to get rid of him, but here it was were only six now living. As it was not so ; and he would take the greatest interesting to Moses to survey the forty care of this token of their regard. His years'journeying in the wilderness,so must silver watch, which had been with him it be to our friend, brother, and father in forty-eight years, he might not altogethe ministry. He was also a man of ther lay aside, but rather consider the science and literature, and had done present as a successor and helper, as the much to reconcile true philosophy and time might soon come when himself religion, when geologists ran into wild should need a helper, but even then his theories. He was no fireside philospher, congregation might not wish him to be but had personally examined the strata altogether laid aside. Its movements of their sea.girt coast, and published the would remind him of the progress of survey. He had also given to the world time-its winding up of his daily need of interesting histories of the celebrated a supply of divine grace- its regularity navigator, Captain Cook, and of the would admonish him if at any time he town of Whitby. The Chairman then was inclined to irregularity, either in

conduct or temper-and its costliness of crown of joy and rejoicing in the day of those ornaments which were more pre- the Lord. After interesting addresses cious than silver or gold. The best by the Rev. Messrs Potter, Kent, Harris, token his friends could give of their re- and Parkinson, and Mr W. Willison, the gard to him, was to give themselves to meeting was dismissed with singing and the Lord, that they might be like gems prayer, under a hallowed feeling which in the crown of the Lord Jesus, and his will long be remembered.

MONTHLY RETROSPECT.

NATIONAL CRISIS.

I no opinion on what we know is among

enlightened and honest men matter of BEFORE our last number issued from dispute-whether a direct tax of this the press, it was known that Lord J. kind be not the most eligible. But al. Russell had abandoned his attempt to lowing it to be so, if the law is to be form a government, and that Sir R. Peel altered, we earnestly hope that the most and his former colleagues, with one or vigorous effort will be made to get rid of two exceptions, had re-accepted office. the crying injustice almost universally As “ the day of explanation,” to use admitted to characterise the present Lord John's phrase, will have arrived statute. We refer especially to assessing before what we are writing can meet the terminable annuities and incomes from eye of the reader, it is useless to notice trades and professions at the same rate the conflicting statements which are as incomes accruing from land or other abroad respecting the immediate cause realized property. A person at seventy of his failure. Before our day of publi- years of age having an annuity of L.500 cation, too, the key-note of Sir Robert to terminate with his life, may be conPeel's policy will be struck in the Queen's sidered as having property to the amount speech. While we write, the best in- of L.3570, i.e., L.3570 would purchase formed are declaring their absolute his annuity; another having a landed ignorance on the subject. It is gathered, estate worth L.500 clear, estimating his however, from some replies made by her land at twenty-eight years' purchase, bas Majesty to addresses, that foreign grain property to the amount of L.14,000. It will immediately be admitted at a small might not be easy to estimate, in this or nominal duty, and that there will be way, the value of a trade or a profession a permanent alteration of the corn laws, yielding L.500 per annum, but dependbringing them at least nearer to the ing on the health of him who follows it principles of free trade. One of the and a thousand other casualties ; but it is ministry has explicitly said, that govern- evidently worth a great deal less than ment is opposed to " unrelaxed protec-even an annuity secured to the indivition.” There is great reason to suspect, dual. The law, however, utterly disrehowever, that contemporaneously with gards these glaring inequalities, and the change of the corn laws other mea- shainefully and sinfully assesses at the sures will be brought forward for reliev- same rate all these different kinds of ing the landlords from a large share of income. the taxation to which they are at present Whatever turn matters may take in subject. To this we trust a strong, de- the first instance, we venture to repeat termined, national resistance will be our conviction, that free trade, especially made, unless—what we are persuaded in corn, is at no great distance. There is the contrary of the truth-it can be is a universally felt and admitted necesmade apparent that land is already un- sity for settling the question promptly fairly burdened. Every one knows that and finally; and the blindest may see it enjoys many flagrant and scandalous that no settlement can be final, none can immunities, and that its owners adopt afford the country even a momentary every low expedient, such as counting repose, except the complete abolition of out the House of Commons, whenever a all restrictions on the importation of proposal is made for having the matter food. To use the words of Mr Rutherinvestigated. The belief is gaining furd, the late Lord Advocate_" It must currency too, that the income tax is be a measure that shall set at rest those likely to be auginented. We shall hazard accursed discussions between the aristocracy and the lower ranks-between one matter of course; whilst all this being great class of her Majesty's subjects, and effected by free trade, they will have the another class, more numerous, and not additional advantage of obtaining food less important, not less influential, and both cheaper and better than they have one whose happiness is unquestionably been accustomed to. On these points not less sacred in the eyes of the consti- the people are now thoroughly enlight- . tution. It must be a complete settlementened; and it is accordingly most satisof the question, and I do not see how any factory to observe, that whereas, a few settlement can be so, which does not years ago, an anti-corn-law meeting amount to an absolute repeal of the corn- could not be held without the risk of its laws.” In like manner, Lord Jolin Rus- being broken up by Chartists; now, persell, at Glasgow, the other day, while he sons of the extremest politics, and of all contemplated, as many do, the possibi- classes and grades, are going harmonility of an arduous struggle, spoke of the ously together in demanding abolition. only measure which can be accepted, as Indeed, some of the most interesting and one “which shall once and for ever settle significant meetings which have recently this question, and leave the people of been held, have consisted almost entirely this country that which they ought to of labourers, whose circumstances were possess the power and the privilege of most abject, but whose sentiments, both getting their fond as cheap and as good of justice and of policy, seemed immeasuras it is possible for them to obtain it." ably superior to those of large portions One of the best securities, too, for the of both Houses of Parliament. Another passing of such a measure, is, that the very “great fact,” guaranteeing the abomasses now thoroughly understand the lition of the corn-laws, is, that the League question, and are bent on its settlement, has determined to raise a quarter of a and that in the only satisfactory manner. million of money for the object, and that There are few things of this nature more Manchester itself has subscribed almost cheering than the progress they have re- a third part of the stupendous sum. cently made, in a sound Political Econo- Cool, calculating men of business, who my. Among our artizans, and even the proceed in this way, and have such remore intelligent ofour peasantry, the lead- sources at their disposal, are manifestly ing principles of Adam Smith are familiar indomitable. The aristocracy will not as household words. In particular, they be wise in their generation, if they do not are utterly disabused of the fallacy that instantly yield. We make no apology for cheap provisions naturally lead to low entering on the subject at such length. wages. Innumerable facts in the history It would be affectation, or worse, for us of the last thirty years completely dis- to affect indifference to the temporal prove it; and they all understand, that welfare of our fellow-subjects; but, apart however much additional, in times of from that altogether, we verily believe dearth, one has to spend upon his food, that their spiritual and eternal interests he has just so much less to spend on the are closely connected with free and unvarious kinds of manufactured articles restricted commerce. Lord John Rusthat these articles being thus less in re- sell was clearly right in enumerating quest, fewer of them will be produced-“crime” among the fruits of the cornfewer hands will therefore be required, laws; and with crime, irreligion is assoand, consequently, wages will fall. They ciated, both as cause and effect. We know, likewise, that though there may rejoice in it, as one small instalment of be individual and occasional exceptions, the benefit secured to our country by the yet, in the general, employers are not to late disruption in the Establishment, that blame for the lowness of wages, and that many of the most distinguished ministers it is absurd to talk of the duty of giving of the Free Church are now taking part more adequate remuneration. Labour, with other good men in opposing so inithey understand, is just an article in the Iquitous and pernicious a system. May market, and wages are its price, which it please God, in his providence, speedily rises or falls, like the price of everything to bring it to a perpetual end ! else, according to the proportion which the supply bears to the demand. The POPERY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. only method, therefore, for bettering their circumstances, they see, is to bring the WHATEVER exaggeration alarmists may country into such a condition, that the have been guilty of, it is not to be disarticle they have to dispose of their la- puted that popery, both partial and combour, to wit-shall be in request, and plete, both secret and open, has of late then its price will become high, as a been making rapid advances in England.

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