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Intelligence. Resignation of u Scots Clergyman from Conscience. 675 a promising state, they are very desirous I hold, that no Established Church has a of keeping up respectable services, wbich right to persecute those who dissent fron cannot be accomplished under their pre- her. The church is bound to contend sent circumstances. They are extremely for the faith once delivered to her saints ; poor, and there is still a debt ou the but her weapons are not carnal, but spi. chapel of 2231. Could this be liquidated, ritual. Her weapons are the word, and they are persuaded that their cause would reason and holiness. Some have conbe established on a firm and durable tended, that a national established church foundation. They, therefore, appeal to ought to be abolished ; that it is hostile the liberality of all those who feel dis. to the civil and religious liberties of manposed to promote the great doctrines of kind. I think otherwise. Men may conthe Unity and Love of God. As their gregate in society, not only for their temfriends have requested them to state the poral, but their immortal interests. Į principles upon which their church is deeply venerate the Church of Scotland. founded, and thiuking that when they I believe, and God is my witness, that are generally known, their case will meet her doctrines, discipline and worship are with greater attention, they subjoia agreeable to the word of God; that the them :
word of God is her sole, her only guide. “At a Church Meeting held June 15th, She has long held a distinguished rank in consequence of the suggestion of our among the Reformed Churches of EuMinister, it was resolved unanimously, rope ; she has long been instrumental in that as some of us believe that immersion diffusing pure and undef religion over is a Christian ordinance; some that it the nation. The subversion of the church was to be confined to the apostolic age; of Scotland I should consider as a serious some that neither Baptism por the Lord's disaster in the Church of Christ; but I Supper was intended for the obserFauce augur no such effect from the present of Christians in the present day; and puny, abortive attempt. No! the most others differing on various minor points, nauseous reptile may crawl on the surwe think it our duty, as frieuds to free face of the noblest editice, and leave its inquiry, and as Christians who agree to slime behind it; but the proportion, the difer, to admit any person that feels dis- body, the strength, the grandeur of the posed to become a member of our Church, edifice remain unsullied, untarnished, who believes in the Divine Mission of undiminished. Mr. Shirreff has from caChrist."
price or conscience, (for I will not cry Subscriptions will be received by the plaudite till I have seen the end of the Rev. W. J. Fox, Dalston ; Rev. JAMES drama,) froin caprice or conscience he GILCHRIST, Newington Green ; Mr. G. has left the Church of Scotland ; froin SMALLFIELD, Priuter, Hackney; and by the same motives, at a future period, he the Rev. JAMES TAPLIN, Lewes.
may wish to return, What is to be Battle, November 9th, 1823.
done? Is the Church instantly to open her arıns to receive every unstable mind,
blown about by every wind of doctrine ? MISCELLANEOUS.
No, surely. She must be convinced of
the sound judgment of the aspirant-of Resignation of a Scots Clergyman the purity of his faith. If, upon trial, from Conscience.
she is convinced of these, then, in the
spirit of meekuess, she is bound to re(From the Newspapers.)
store a fallen brother." The Reverend PRESBYTERY OF STIRLING.–On Wed- Gentleman having in the course of his nesday the resignation of the Rer. Mr. speech submitted what he considered Shirreff came before the Presbytery of should be the sentence of the Presbytery, Stirling.
afterwards embodied the same in a moAfter some preliminary proceedings, tion to the following purport :-" That Mr. SHIRREFP. rose, and stated that ou account of the sentiments contained he still adhered to the sentiments ex- in the letter of resiguation given in by pressed in his letter of resignation. (See Mr. Shirreff, he is considered no longer Mon. Repos. p. 427.)
a mergber of the Church of Scotland, The Rev. Dr. Knox, after some ob- nor having a right to perform any of the servations as to what should be the sen- functions of a minister of that Church, tence of the Court, proceeded"I ab-' nor to receive a call to any church in hor all persecution in the Church or State. connexion with the Church of Scotland, The Civil Magistrate is ordained of God until he be reponed by an act of the for the protecting of the persons, the General Assembly of the said Church.” characters, and the property of the sub- Mr. Caw seconded Dr. Knox's moject. He has no right to interfere with tion, the creed or the conscience of any man. Mr. M'GAHAN, of Airth, requested that
Dr. Knox would permit an addition to there is no overture, and consequently be made to his motion, rendering the no business before them; and he thought sentiments of the Presbytery somewhat they should immediately proceed to inmilder.
duct Dr. M‘Farlane. He was convinced Dr. Knox intimated his fised deter. that much more harm had been done to miuation to make no amendment to his the parish by keeping him out, than good motion of the purport required.
could be done to it by making him miDr. Mylne was not altogether satis. nister of it alone. He therefore hoped fied with the procedure which it seemed they would cause the Presbytery to prowas to be adopted by his brethren, as he ceed to his induction with all convenient considered the resignation of Mr. Shir. speed, according to the rules of the reff as calling for the opinion of a higher Church. Court.
Mr. LAPSLIE considered Dr. M'Far. Dr. WRIGHT espressed a hope that lane as a fit person to be inducted to the the Presbytery might be unanimous in High Church; he respected him as a making the business final.
man, and from the circumstance that his Dr. Kuox's motion was then put and ancestors had been zealous defenders of adopted by the whole Presbytery, with the Church of Scotland; he respected the exception of Dr. Mylne, who dis- him for his name, and sould always sented, and complained to the Synod. respect those of the clan of M'Fartade
Mr. M‘Gahan was then appointed to [loud laughter). One of his ancestors preach on the 19th of October, and to was instrumental at the battle of Laog. declare the church vacant.
side, in defeating Queen Mary, and pullMr. Shirreff being thus freed of his ing down despotism and Popery. He charge, his former brethren shook hands then alluded to the re-capture of Dumu. with him, and wished him nappiness barton Castle by the MʻFarlanes. The wherever Providence might direct his eloquent gentleman then alluded to his steps; and he immediately left the Meet- own exertions for the Church of Scoting.
land, iu reference to the procuring from
the Legislature a power authorising the Pluralities in the Church of Scotland. Presbytery, to look after the school
within their bounds; and with respect (From the Newspapers.)
to the Test Act, which he considered a The case of the presentation of Doctor most iniquitous affair, by which PresbyM‘Farlane, Principal of the University terians were excluded from certain offices, of Glasgow, to the High Church of that unless they previously subscribed the City, which was rejected by the Pres- English Liturgy, and other matters of a bytery some time ago, on the ground similar nature, in which he had been that the offices of Principal aod that of active, and demanded if any one would Minister of the High Church were each say that he was not a friend to the equal to the undivided attention of one Church of Scotlanıl, and he declared he man, and that pluralities were incon. saw no harm to the Church from induct. sistent with the constitution of the ing Dr. M'Farlane, but that there was Church of Scotland, was again discussed precedent to justify it, and he considered in the Provincial Synod of Glasgow and that by law they were bound to do it. Air, on Wednesday last.
Professor M‘GILL said that there were Mr. ROBERTSON, Adrocate, Agent many abuses existing both in Church and for Dr. M.Farlane, introduced the case. State; but, because they were overlooked, He contended that there was no viola. they were not on that account to be tion of the laws of the Church ; on the considered as being sanctioned. In the contrary, all the Acts of Assembly, in- days of Dr. Hill, which was a case restead of operating against him, were in ferred to as being in favour of the ap. his favour; and he said that these laws pellant, the College of St. Andrew's had might be rectified, but not by such means not more than seventy students, and pru. as were adopted in this case.
bably not more than fifteen of these fell Dr. Taylor, of St. Enoch's, hoped to the charge of Dr. Hill, in his capacity the Synod would heal the breach among of Professor of Divinity, and the parish them-redeem the character of the Pres. was besides a collegiate charge. Was bytery of Glasgow now—and cause their this a case to be put in comparison with wortly Presentee to be inducted with all all the multifarious and important daties convenient speed.
of Principal of this University, and the Dr. Ranken should have liked that spiritual duties of an extensire parish, the two offices had been separated, but containing a population of nearly 9,000 let them bring in an overture for that inhabitants ? They had only exercised purpose, and then it would get a full that important right-a right which he discussion. At present he would say hoped would never be taken from them. Intelligence.-Pluralities in the Church of Scotland.
This was not a case of necessity. He at the last Circuit Court which was held trusted they would exert themselves to in this city. No less, in one short half check the growth of pluralities, which year, than ninety-six cases. Look at the threatened to ruin religion and the inte. reports of the Police of this city. Abont rests of literature. The Rev. Dr. then seventeen thousand cases caine annually entered into a detail of the duties of a before them ; and when we made allow. parish minister, his preaching, visiting, ance for trifling matters, the real number catechising, and making himself per- of delivquencies might amount to 15,000 ; fectly acquainted with the circumstances fourteen or fifteen hundred passed anaud opinious of his parishioners, so as nually through the jail, and as many to give effect to his preaching. Who through the Bridewell; and ought not that knows the importance of all these a consideration of these things to be an things would encourage pluralities ? He inducement to the Ministers of Christ to himself had been minister for seventeen do their duty ? It was as impossible to years, and he would freely confess that check the increase of crime by the exehe had neither time, spirit, nor abilities cution of a few ragged boys, as to stop to discharge the duties of his otlice to the rising of the tide by taking from it his own satisfaction. Fifteen years ago a few cupfuls of water [applause through a Rev. Friend of his, who was a com- the church, and cries of order]. In conplainant to-day, had, along with him, clusion, he called upon them to take addressed a memorial to the magistrates pity upon the state of society, and preof this city, stating it as their opinion, vent a union of offices. from a calculation of the population com
Dr. CHALMERS said, a few years ago, pared with the church accommodation the rage for building new churches was of this city, that at least three parish so great, as if the great specific for a churches were required. Since that time nation's profligacy were discovered. The the population had been doubled, and Magistrates of this city canie honourably ouly two new parish churches had been forward on the occasion; the General erected. He then entered upon the du- Assembly itself was swept away by the ties of the Principal of this College-a current of public opinion, and granted College containing 1,400 students, of privileges and endowments without numwhom he had the complete superintend. ber. This plurality was in direct oppo. ance. He had their moral conduct to sition to all this.-st was a Royal prewatch over, their learning to encourage, sentation, and so much the worse, as it and their delinquencies to check and proved that there was a by-road to the puuish. So far down as the days of Royal bosom, by which he was induced Principal Leishman, they found that he to counteract his most laudable intendischarged a part of the duties of Pro- tions. It was years ago since they had fessor of Divinity, when there were not addressed the Magistrates on the small above twenty Divinity Students in the number of ministers in the city, to College. How much more important which they at length responded, by erectmust the duties be now, when there was ing two new churches : and if they en such an increase of members ? By an couraged this plurality, they must be the express statute, the Principal was to last persons in the world to apply for an walk with the Students to the College accession of ministers. He ridiculed the Church on Sabba:hs. Now how could he idea that they were acting unhandsomely perform this duty if he acted as Minister to the crown, when they, in a conscien. in the High Church? Some might think tious discharge of their duty, refused to this circumstance of small importance, encourage pluralities, and considered it but it was in fact a duty of great con- a mere bugbear to frighten children. It sequence to the young students. It en. smelled all over of feudalism, and in couraged them when they observed that politics it was unworthy of them as men the Principal took an interest in their and as Britons. It would ouly excite a studies, and observed that they did not smile in the Royal complacency. If the spend the sabbath in idleness, nor roamed Synod did their duty on the present oc-. about with all the warm passions of casion, it would be a deadly blow to youth, exposed to all the iemptations Radicalism: and the King, God bless which a great city presented. Was this him, would resound from every mouth, a time to encourage pluralities-a time amid the plaudits of a grateful people. when more labourers in the vineyard Mr. Muir, of St. James's, supported were imperatively called for? Look at the Presentation. the situation of Europe, and see what Mr. Robesos, in reply, concluded with the effect of pluralities was in other a handsome eulogy on Dr. M‘Gill and kingdoms; and, to look at home, he the ministers of the Church of Scotland. begged them to consider the late ap- Mr. Graham, of Kellearn, said there - paling list of crimes which were tried were 16 pluralities in the Church of Scotland in the whole, and he could not con. Ist day of January next, under the title ceive where the Presbytery bad got the of “ 'The Oriental Herald and Colonial discretionary power they had used on the Advocate.” It is to be an 8vo. of about present occasion.
150 pages, and to be sold at the price of Mr. Gregor, of Bonhill, said, places 38. 6d. No man is better fitted for the of this kind are held out for the ambi- conduct of such a work than Mr. Bucks tion of men of merit, and if there had ingham, A considerable part of his life never been pluralities, we should never has been spent in trarel, particularly in have had so many eminent men in our the East; and he obtained no small reChurch. These duties are uot heteroge- putation some years ago by publishing neous—there is a fine word for you ; his “ Travels in Palestine." they are homogeneous; and as I couceive that a minister, when a principal, confers a sacredness and sanctity on the office, IX. 530,) proposes to publish by sub
Dr. BRUCE, of Belfast, (see M. Repos. which not even a Professor Playfair, with scription" a Volume of Sermons, on the all his eminence in science, or any mere following subjects: The Study of the laity man, could do, I hope the propriety Bible, needful to persons of every age of this appointment will be obvious.
and condition.—The most profitable mode Dr. MITCHELL said they were to execute the laws, not to enact them.-Dr. terpretation of Scripture.- Mysteries.
of reading Scripture. — Rules for the InBegg, of New Monkland, though he dis- Secret Things belong to God. -Our Saapproved of pluralities, did not see how viour's Doctrine concerning God.- The they could do otherwise than induct Dr. Nature of Christ and the Holy Spirit.M•Farlane. — Dr. HODGSON BLANTYRE The Pre-existence and Example of Christ. was agaiust the union of these offices.
-Christ a Mediator and lutercessor. Mr. Burns, of Paisley, said they were Predestination, Election and Reprobacalled on to induct in a case contrary to tion.-Original Sin.-Atonement. - The both conscience and duty.
same.-Reconciliation through Christ. Mr. Fleming, of Nealston, thought the The Necessity and Plan of Redeinption. Presbytery bound, even though they had the perfect knowledge that he was una
Mr. George Dyer has just published, ble perfectly to perform the duties, to settle him in this charge.
for private circulation, “ An Address to It was then put to the vote, whether the Subscribers to the Privileges of the the sentence of the Presbytery be re explaius that he still entertains the de
University of Cambridge,” in which versed or affirmed, when there appeared sign of publishing this valuable work and for reverse, 35—fór affirm, 40-majority, is making preparations for it. It is de5. The result was followed by three sirable that such persons as mean to rounds of applause from the gallery. Mr promote this work by their subscriptions Grahame, in behalf
of Dr. MʻFarlane, should send their vames to the author entered a protest. The question will, of course, be settled by the General Assem.
or his publishers without delay. bly. It was half-past oue when the Synod broke up.
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