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“ The next time I called at the house, Louisa was pale in her coífin, cold and lifeless in her shroud. Her friends had assembled to attend ber funeral, and from every part of the room loud sobs interrupted my address and prayer. Her body now moulders in the grave-yard, and her spirit has entered upon its eternal home.”

BRIEF HINTS ON THE LORD'S SUPPER, designed for the Use of

Young Persons in the Presbyterian Congregation, Fisherwick-Place, Belfast. P. p. 12. W. M'COMB, Belfast.


We have read this tract with much pleasure. We regard it, indeed, with peculiar interest inasmuch as it relates to a must solemn ordinance of our holy religion, is addressed to a very interesting class of persons, and is executed in a manner creditable to its author. It is simple and compre. hensive in its plan-full and exact in its details. But it has a still higher character—it is essentially scriptural, presenting every view of the subject in the light of the New Testament. And while it is valuable for the faithful exbibition, it is not less so for the skilful application and enforcement of truth. A list of questions is subjoined to each division of the subject, by. which both the understanding and the conscience may be thoroughly exercised. Indeed though it professes to be chiefly intended for the young of a particular congregation, we can cordially recommend it as an excellent manual to every person who desires to approach the Redeemer's Table. Its cheapness places it within the reach of ail.


SCOTTISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.-In February, 1796, the Edinburgh, or as it is now called, the Scottish Missionary Society, was established, consisting of members of the Church of Scotland, and of other denominations of Christians. Soon after its formation, the Directors resolved to commence their operations by a mission to the Foulah country, in the neighbourhood of Sierra Leone, in conjunction with the London and Glasgow Missionary Societies, each of which agreed to furnish two missionaries for that purpose, · Accordingly in September, 1797, Messrs. Henry Brunton and Peter Greig, the two missionaries from Edinburgh, departed from Scotland, accompanied with Peter Ferguson and Robert Graham from Glasgow. On their arrival in London they were joined by Alexander Russel and George Cappe. Scarcely, however, had they met, before violent disputes arose among them on a variety of theological subjects, many of them of trivial importance. To such a height did this spirit proceed, that it rendered their intercourse a scene of wrangling, bitterness, and malignity: In consequence of these dissensions, it was determined by the missionaries when they arrived in Africa, that as the path to the Foulah country was short, owing to a war between that people and some neighbouring tribes, they should form three separate establishments. Accordingly Messrs. Brunton and Greig were appointed to the Susoo country. At first they met with considerable obstacles, in their endeavours to procure a settlement in a desirable place. At the beginning of the rainy

season they both fell sick, and during the continuance of this illness,'bóth the missionaries suffered extremely from disease and the inattention of the natives. Mr. Greig happily recovered, but he was now deprived of his colleague, Mr. Brunton, who settled at Freetown as chaplain to the colony. Solitary, however, as he was, he prosecuted his labours among the nations with diligence and zeal. He appears to have laboured with great faithfulness in bis Redeemer's cause, and to have made a serious impression on many minds. Religion was becoming a matter of fashion with bis auditors, they acknowledged the evil of sin, and abstained from many breaches of the sabbath-day ; but it is to be feared that these appearances of amendment proceeded from a respect for the missionaries themselves and not from the influence of religion on the beart. On the whole, the mission was beginning to assume a promising appearance, when a stop was put to it by the death of Mr. Greig, who was murdered in bis own house by some strangers of the Foulah nation. After the murder of his pious col. league, Mr. Brunton was obliged to leave the coast of Africa, as his constitution was already injured, and threatened soon to sink under the wasting effects of the climate. On his return to Scotland he published several works in the Susoo language; and, on the restoration of his health, be set off on a new mission to the countries in the neighbourhood of the Caspian Sea.

In April, 1802, the Rev. Henry Brunton and Mr. Alexander Patterson säiled from Leith on an exploratory mission to the countries lying between the Black and Caspian seas. Having obtained permission from the Russian government to settle in Tartary, and having visited several parts of the country, they settled at Karass, a village containing about 500 inhabitants, all of whom are Mahommedans. Karass is situated 440 N. and 420 E. at about an equal distance from the Caspian and Black seas. Here the missionaries obtained from the Russian government a tract of land, with several immunities, and shortly afterwards they received a considerable addition to their numbers from Scotland and Germany. In course of time the different neighbouring tribes were visited by some of the brethren. A branch of the mission was extended to Astrachan-another to Orenburgh, and thus the knowledge of the Guspel was communi. cated to a people who had been sitting in darkness, under the debasing in. fluence of Mahommedan delusion. We cannot here enter into detail respecting the many causes which operated against the spread of the Gospel in these regions, Suffice it to say, that the same aversion and opposition to the truth has been exhibited, which is characteristic of the followers of the false prophet—that every influence on the part of the Mollahs and Effendis which could be called into action, was used to deter the people from attending to the things that belong to their everlasting peace, and that in these attempts they have alas been too successful. In many instances the people have entreated the missionaries to depart from among them, thus proving that now, as of old, (Matt. vüi, 34,) the heart of man is dead in sin, averse to holiness, and opposed to the knowledge and the service of God. Notwithstanding all the indifference of the people, which has, in reality, been the most powerful barrier to the progress of the truth, much has been accomplished--the word of God has gone forth--that word which shall not return void, has been circulated among the different tribes of these extensive regions in their own languages. Tracts, of various sizes, against the Manomnredan imposture have been extensively circulated, and their influence has done much towards opening the eyes of the people to the knowledge of the truth. Notwithstanding all opposition the Gospel has produced its fruit, and although the devoted ser, vants of God have to lament that, in general, their report is not believed, yet they are permitted, from time to time, to rejoice in the conversion of some souls to Christ. We intend to take up these points in our suoceeding numbers, but, in the meantime, we must turn our readers' attention, very briefly, to the state of the Society's Mission in the West Indies :In February, 1800, the Rev. J. Bethune and Messrs. Wm. Clark and Ebenezer Reid sailed from Leith to Jamaica. "Scarcely, however, had they arrived when Messrs. Bethune and Clark were attacked with fever and died within a few days of each other. Mr. Reid continued to labour among the negroes for some years, but from the hostility displayed towards him by the legislature of Jamaica, he was obliged to desist and accept the situation of a teacher on the island. In 1823, the Society resolved to renew the mission to Jamaica, having received assurances of patron age and assistance from persons of property in the island. The details of this mission will demand much of our future attention, on account of the success with which it has pleased Gọd to bless the labours of the Society. Here we have many trophies of the Gospel. We can rejoice in the glorious consideration that the Society's Missionaries found the negroes labouring ụnder the thraldom of a spiritual and temporal bondage, and that they are now permitted to assemble large congregations of attentive and awak. ened Christians—that the Gospel is sought after by the whites, the free men of colour, and the slaves—that the morals of the people have been improved, and that many sons and daughters in bondage have been introduced into that spiritual liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free. As an illustration of this statement we may refer to the last report from the Rev. Mr. Blyth respecting the state of the mission at Hampden.

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Respecting the state of the congregation at Port Maria also, the Rev. Mr. Chamberlain gives the following tabular view :

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As an instance of the importance that is attached to the Gospel by the slave population, we may state, that after the arrival of Mr. Waddell in Jamaica, when on his way to the station to which he had been appointed, he preached to a large and attentive congregation of Negroes; at the end of the service the whole assembly arose and, with uplifted bands and tears in their eyes, they entreated him to remain and become their pastor. From his previous engagements he was unable to comply with their earnest petition, other places of as much importance requiring his presence. For years past the missionaries in Jamaica have been applying to these countries for assistance, and, melancholy to relate, they have applied in vain. Notwithstanding all the openings for the spread of the Gospel which are there to be found, notwithstanding the repeated ap. peals of the missionaries, the liberality of the Christian public bas hither. to enabled the Society to establish only six stations in the island. In fact, the Society has been burdened with debt for the last two years in meeting the expenses of its present establishments, while the Directors are ear. nestly wishing to take advantage of the opportunities which are every day presenting themselves for the furtherance of the Gospel. The receipts of the Society for the last year were about £6900, of which about £217 was sent from the North of Ireland. Such a fact speaks volumes for the nonexistence of a missionary spirit among us. Is it not known to thousands among us that this Society has, year after year, been appealing for increased support, and pointing to the success of its labours as an induoe. ment to kindle our zeal in its cause. Do we not know that the Negroes in the West Indies are anxious to hear the message of peace—that they are looking for assistance from us, and calling on us to go over and help them? Do we forget that the command of Christ is just as imperative on us as it was on the apostles and early disciples where is one sympathy-where one love for souls—for the glory of God, for the spread of the Redeemer's kingdom-shall we not blush to think of our lofty profession and our glo. rious privileges, when we see what zeal has been spent in the collection of £217 per ann. for such a society ? Adopting the sentiments and the language of the Directors, we assert it has peculiar claims on our support. It was instituted long before the Church of Scotland or the Secession Church thought of establishing missions to the Heathen,-it has, on the faith of public support, formed two'missionary stations in Russia, Karass, and Astrachan; four in the East Indies—Bankgate, Hurnee, Poonah, and Bombay; and six in Jamaica—Hampstead, Petersfield, Hampden, Cornwall, Luna, and Green-island, and has lately given aid in commencing a mission amongst the Aborigines of New South Wales. At these stations there are a num. ber of missionaries, who, with their families, are dependent on the Society for support; and, in the East Indies, there are a considerable number of schools. To these undertakings the Committee are by no means disposed to limit themselves. They are anxious to carry on operations on a much more extended scale, provided they had a greater number of well qualified missionaries, and funds adequate to the necessary expenditure.



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Strabane collection, Rev. Mr. Mulligan,

£3 14 2 Donation from Mr. Thomas Brown, Kilraughts, 1 0 0 Annual subscription of Rey. Thos. Leslie, Kilraugbts, 0 100

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“My days are like a shade alway,

Which doth declining swinly pass;
And I am withered away,
Much like unto the fading grass.
But thou, O LORD, shalt still endure,
From change and all mutation free;
And to all generations sure
Shall thy remembrance ever be."-Ps. cii. 11, 12.

Give ear,

READER, whosoever you may be, hearken to a word from one who has been with you 'in many griefs and joys, but has now bade you à long farewell. It is the voice of the departed year that addresses you. then, for a few moments, to the testimony of its experience. 6. The voice said unto me, cry. And I said, what shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth. Surely the people is grass.”—Isa. xl. 6–8. This is the worm in the gourd of every worldling of all men whose hearts are not right with God. The grass and the flower of the spring, and summer, and autumn, are in the dust. O man without peace from God in Christ, blessing thyself in the earth, and putting away from thee the thought and the sight of the grave, nature holds up to thine eyes her mirror, to show thee thine own vanity and death. In it thou mayest read, written with the finger of God upon thy brow“ Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.

What numbers might make reply—“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jer. viü. 20, &c. Spring, summer, harvest every one of them severally has witnessed the cutting down of the grass, and the fading of many a flower. The


has struck its last hour, and perished are the grass and the flower of the field, which but lately flourished in its light.

Spring sows its seed, good or bad. From the beginning it

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