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disadvantages, has had a surprising degree of success. And we publish this notice at present, merely to bring the subject under the attention of our numerous friends, and afford them an opportunity to express their opinion upon it, as they may be communicating with us from time to time, No alteration could take place, however, before the end of the year upon which we have entered. At that time we shall be willing either to continue our gratuitous labours as hitherto, or to merge our publication into any other work that may appear to possess greater facilities of promoting the cause of Orthodoxy and Presbyterianism. Such a work, we may add, as that which is contemplated, could not be published under 4d. or 5d. a number.


On Monday, the 15th September, ult, the foundation stone of the new Presbyterian Meeting-house of Galway was laid by R. R. Gray, Esq. M.D. accompanied by some members of the Managing Committee. The Rev. Adam Montgomery, of Ballycairn, who was then resident in Galway as a missionary, in connexion with the Synod's Home Mission, attended on the occasion, and conducted the religious service that is observed such occasions by the Presbyterian Church.

It must be interesting to know that this is the first place of worship in connexion with the Protestant Church, which has ever been erected in the county of the town of Galway. The church in which the services of the Establishment are conducted, was built by the Roman Catholics-and at the period of the Reformation, transferred to the Protestants. The meeting-house of Galway will soon be completed, and is likely to be well attended-a number of pews being already let. At present the prospects of the Synod are very flattering; and if a pious, useful minister be stationed in Galway, his labours may be extensively blessed. In no part of our benighted land is the light of the Gospel more required, for the majority of the people are living in utter ignorance of scriptural truth. It is certainly the duty of the friends of truth to promote the spread of evangelical religion through the length and breadth of the land; but no part of our island has stronger claims on the sympathy of the Christian public than the west, where Popery is exhibited in its darkest shade, and all its powers of debasement and degradation to the human mind.

ORDINATION AT STAFFORD.-On Thursday, Nov. 23, the Rev. A. Stewart, A. M. T. C. D. Licentiate of the Presbytery of Dublin, was duly set apart to the office of the holy ministry, by being ordained pastor of the old Presbyterian Church in Stafford, as successor to the Rev. A. Macdonald, A. M. The ceremony was conducted according to the form of the Church of Scotland, by a deputation of the Dublin Presbytery, consisting of the Rev. Dr. Horner, the Rev. Mr. Kirkpatrick, of Dublin, and the Rev. W. Freeland, A. M. of Kingstown. The ordination sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Freeland. The Rev. Dr. Horner gave the charge. The old and venerable divine offered up an impressive ordination prayer, when Mr. Stewart was regularly ordained, by the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery. An affectionate address to the newly-ordained pastor and the people was delivered on the evening of the same day, by the Rev. Mr. Kirkpatrick. The solemnities of the day were witnessed with deep attention and interest by a highly respectable audience.




JANUARY, 1835.



ALL men are travellers upon earth, whose days are as a shadow. View them in every situation and condition, and you will find this to be an irrefutable truth. Here verily we have no abiding place. Through this world we merely pass, as the way to another. If we become strongly attached to life, as if it would always continue,-if we strike our roots deep in the earth, flattering ourselves that we will successfully resist the attacks of time, we prepare for ourselves bitter sorrow, and agonizing regret.

Sin hath produced this melancholy state of things. By it, we are put under the ban of God's empire, and wander up and down among the tombs in this dying world, not knowing how soon his arm will reach us, and bring us before him to account for our deeds. We are driven from the presence of God, into the world cursed for our sakes, and must toil among thorns and thistles for our support and convenience. Every thing around us is subject to change, and transient in its nature. Lover and friend are removed from us, and our acquaintance drop into darkness. Generations have already gone to the land of forgetfulness, and generations are going. All that we see, all that we experience, all that we anticipate, prove that here we have no home; but are travellers on the earth, whose journey is abridged by a thousand circumstances, and who are rapidly and unceasingly hastening to their permanent habita


Such is human life! an eventful journey to eternity! What manner of persons ought we then to be in our conversation and conduct! This is an interesting inqui worthy of our most reverent and steady attention. To answer it will be the object of the present meditation.

1. As travellers on earth, whose days are as a shadow, and none of whom abideth, we ought habitually to look forward to eternity, our home. There, two kinds of abode await the whole race of mankind; one of perfect happiness, and the


other of unmingled misery. Between the two, a great gulf is fixed, so that they which would pass from heaven to hell, cannot neither can they pass to heaven that would come from hell.

Our future state we ought ever to bear in mind in all our pilgrimage. The information Scripture gives us on this subject, is clear, explicit, and interesting. It admits of no doubt: it allows no hesitation on our part. We ought to live with a wise reference to eternity; for what will it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his soul; or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? To forget the future whilst enjoying the present, in our temporal affairs, is improvident and criminal; and with it always brings along its punishment. To do so in our eternal interests, displays the extreme of folly, of debasement and of sin. It discovers a lamentable derangement of our intellectual powers, an unpardonable ignorance of our true state here, and a wilful want of preparation for entering on a future state. To stay here or go hence, is not a matter of choice to us. We are subject to HIM who called us into being, and who bids us at pleasure return to dust. Shall we say we will not think of our home? Or shall we conduct ourselves as if resolved to banish every idea of this home from our minds? Rather let us pray, 'Lord, make us to know our end and the measure of our days, what it is!' As we pass on, along the road of life, we ought habitually to muse upon the end of our journey, looking towards it with steadfast eye; never losing sight of it; dwelling upon it again and again, till it be familiar to us, the first subject of meditation in the morning when we rise from our beds, and the last in the evening before we fall asleep. Thus doing, we will be often asking ourselves, what will the end of these things be, in which we are engaged? We will examine ourselves narrowly, and give heed to our ways, lest we stumble and fall.


2. As travellers to eternity, we ought to be solicitous about way which leads to a happy home, to everlasting salvation. Inattention to his way leads the traveller into by-paths, where he wanders ofttimes, until he perishes, far from his abode. It is not material, say some, what way a man takes, if he only thinks it the right way. There is but one way to heaven. It is narrow, beset with difficulties, ascending a steep and rugged hill. The pilgrim who essays to reach its summit, is ofttimes wearied with toil, and almost abandons his design; but by faith he sees the prospect before him, and is revived.

For our direction we have the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. With these in our hands, and the Spirit

who dictated them in our hearts, we need not dread falling into any essential mistake. But they who abandon this directory, and grieve the Holy Spirit by resisting his operations, have no guide. They soon stray, and continue straying in the paths of error. Their passions mislead them; the world beguiles them; Satan leads them captive at pleasure. Flowers may apparently spring up under their feet. The scenes they behold may be beautiful; the country through which they pass full of delights. Soon, however, darkness descends upon them, and age destroys their susceptibility of pleasure. The end of their journey appears full before them. It is not thee, Oh Jerusalem above! Thy gates do not unfold to receive them. Mountains rise up before them, enveloped with mists; dark mountains, which they reach-on which their feet stumble, and they fall-no more to rise. Such is the end of thousands, sad and melancholy. Such will be the end of all who do not seek to know the right way, the way God has revealed. That way is Jesus Christ, who hath purchased salvation for all who believe in him, and practise holiness. There is salvation in none else; for there is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we can be saved! All who come unto the Father by him, shall in no wise be rejected; but whosoever denieth the Son, denieth the Father also, and there is no life in him. Words cannot be more explicit than those of Scripture on this subject. Scripture must, then, be read with attention and perseverance; the preached word heard with reverence on every occasion; fervent and unceasing prayer offered up to God, that what we read and hear we may understand and practise; and living faith, the gift of God, must be exercised. If we neglect the means of salvation, and do not believe the testimony of God concerning his Son, we cannot be solicitous about the way to heaven. If we say we are, we deceive ourselves- -we are merely sporting to our own undoing. If we are in earnest like a traveller lost, we shall eagerly ask of all we meet, what course we must pursue. We shall consult all the guides we find, and follow all the rules prescribed. We shall distrust ourselves, our prejudices, our passions, the conclusions of our own judgment, because we realize that we are lost and ignorant of our way; and shall yield ourselves to the guidance of God's Holy Spirit.

3. As travellers to eternity, we ought to guard against every temptation on the way, so that we do not forget the end thereof, or stray in by-paths which lead to the chambers of death. With these temptations the world is filled. They are diversified, as well as numerous; admirably adapted to the passions.

and appetites of sinners. Riches, honours, and pleasures, are all calculated to make us think ourselves at home in this world, and neglect the way of salvation through Christ.

This world, since the fall, has become a grand destroyer of our race. The god of this world blinds the minds of men, so that they see not their true state. He begets in them a love of the world above every thing else, so that they abuse, instead of using it. Thus that which in itself is good, through sin is become an instrument of evil. The world abounds with beauties and delights, exhibiting a diversified scenery of magnificence, usefulness, and elegance. Were our hearts right with God, we might enjoy whatever it affords without danger. But since we are sinners, we must guard against it, lest it usurp the place of God in our hearts, and thus become a source of ruin to ourselves.

How preposterous would it be for a traveller to be seduced from the remembrance of home, by the natural beauties of the country through which he passes; or to think the place where he lodges for a night, on account of its pleasant situation, to be his abiding place! Equally preposterous is it for us to be tempted by what we see in the world, to consider it our permanent abode. We are travellers, and as such, we ought to make the completion of our journey our business: as such we may indeed indulge ourselves, but that only in those things, which will not make us forget ourselves. Hence we may learn to determine not only how far we may relax ourselves from the business of life by amusements, but also what amusements are innocent or guilty. Let men only realize that they are travellers to eternity, and that their duty is to finish their journey, so that they may rest in heaven; and idle, frivolous, time-killing amusements will no longer be advocated or enjoyed by any. Innocent amusements, or amusements which may be commenced and concluded by prayer, are only to be resorted to, for the purpose of unbending the mind, that may afterwards resume its serious labours. They are like flowers that regale the senses, but cannot support or quicken our frail bodies. Other amusements strengthen natural corruption, and are unfit for the life of a traveller. They lead us from the right and narrow way to ven, into the broad way, down to the chambers of death. Let none presume to dally with temptation in any shape or form. Let not thine heart, traveller to eternity, decline to its ways. Go not astray in its paths, for it hath cast down many wounded, yea, many strong men have been slain by it. Its house is the way to hell, They that go down into it never return,


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