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PBEFACE, .

. i--viii CASES OF TRANSLATION OF MINISTERS.

Call to Mr Thomson (Yester) by Catrine

THURSDAY, 16TH MAY.

congregation, .

The Assembly opened with Sermon by Dr

Speeches of Parties, and of Mr Thomson, ib.

Brown, former Moderator,

The Assembly refuse to translate,

Roll callet, and Dr Brown's closing address as Call to Mr Fairbairn (Salton), by

former Moderator, and proposing Mr Grey

fermline congregation,

as his successor, .

ib.

Speeches of Parties, and Mr Fairbairn, ib.

M7 Grey's Speech at opening the Assembly, 2 The Assembly refuse to translate, .

Committees appointed, .

AMERICAN DEPUTATION.

Dr Cunningham's Speech on his return from

FRIDAY, 17TH.

America,

REPORT ON THE FIVE SCHEMES-By Dr Ma. Dr Gordon's Speech in proposing thanks to

kellar,

. . 6

Dr Cunningham,

Mr Dunlop's Speech on ditto,

9-11 The Moderator's address to ditto

Dr Brown's and Dr Wilson's ditto,

11 REPORT ON ADMISSION OF MINISTERS, AND

The Moderator's address to Dr Makellar, 12 PROBATIONERS FROM OTHER CHURCHES,

Mernbers appointed to preach in the Assembly REPORT ON PREPARING A TESTIMONY,.

Hall.

The Assembiy engage in Devotional Exer.

TUESDAY, 21ST.

cises, . :..

Forenoon observed as a day of humiliation-

REPORT OX SABBATH OBSERVANCE, .

Sermon by Mr C. J. Brown,

Speeches of Mr Macfarlan, Mr Paul, Mr STATE OF RELIGION

Simpson, Dr Candlish, and Mr Bridges,

Dr Chalmers' Speech on ditto,

OVERTCRES ON STATE OF RELIGIOX, .

Dr Makellar's,

Speech of Dr Candlish on ditto, . 1924 Mr Macfarlane's,

The Assembly appoint next Tuesday as a day

Dr Laird's, .

of humiliation in reference to this subject,

Mr Brown's (Largo)

and a Sermon to be preached on that oc-

Dr Cunningham's,

,

24

Professor Duncan's,

Dr Candlish's,

SATURDAY, 18TH.

Committee appointed to consider the su

REPORT OP LAW COMMITTEE .

ib. and report,

Speeches of Rev. Messrs Cupples,

Gibson,

WEDNESDAY, 22D.

The Moderator returns thanks to Mr Dun. Mr Brown requested to print his Sermon, 93

27 REPORT ON INDIA MissION SCHEME,

Constitution of Mariner's Church, Dundee,“ Dr Wilson's Speech on ditto,

sept to Committee,

28 Moderator's address to Dr Gordon,

105

OVERTURE ON CHEAP PUBLICATIONS,

Dr Cunningham's Speech on ditto, .

106

Dr Candlish's Speech on ditto,. .

Professor Duncan's ditto,

107

Mr Begg's ditto, .

30 REPORT ON DEPUTATION TO ENGLAND,

108

Assembly approve of the object, and appoint Moderator's address to Mr Tweedie,

112

a Committee,

Dr Patterson's Speech,

113

OVERTURES ON DISSENTERS' Chapels' Bili,

ib. Sir J. Forrest's,

115

Mr Dunlop's Speech, · ·

ib.

·

116

Dr Candlish's,

Dr Wilson's,

Deputation to attend Methodists' Conference

A Petition on the subject to Parliament, or.

Meeting at Wales, appointed,

dered to be prepared,

OVERTURES OX TRISTI PRESBYTERIAN M

THURSDAY, 23n.

RIAGES, .

b. Letter from George Buchan, Esq., Kelloe,

Mr Begg's Speech on ditto,

Petition against Irish Marriage Bill, agreed

Assembly resolve to petition Parliament on

to, .

ditto, .

36 CASES OF TRANSLATION OF MINISTERS.

Irish Deputation introduced, and Speeches of Call to Mr M‘Leod (Logie Easter) by Ken.

Dr Barnett, Mr Dill, and Mr Gray,

more congregation,

The Moderator's address to ditto,

Speeches of Parues,

The people not having

MONDAY, 20TH.

withdrawn,

The Assembly resolve to discontinue the Call to Mr Thorburn (Forglen) by Inverness

Special Commission,

congregation. .

Rev. C. J. Brown appointed to preach before

Speeches of Parties,

the Assembly to morrow,

Speeches of Dr Clason, Mr Moncrieff, Pro-

REPORT OF JEWIS Mig Jox,

fessor Brown, Mr M.Naughtan, Mr M.

Speeches of Professor Duncan, Mr Schwartz,

Crichton, and Dr Candlish,

122

and Professor Brown,

The Assembly resolve to translate Mr Thor.

The Moderator's address to Mr M. art,

burn,

194

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REPORT ON COLONIAL SCHEME,

125 CHEAP PUBLICATIONS-Dr Candlish's Speech

Dr Candlish's Speech on the case of Maria

in explanation, .

Joaquina, referred to in the above Report, 130 OVERTURE Os ASSEMBLY'S COMMITTEES WITA-

Dr Henderson's ditto,

131 DRAWN,

The Assembly agree to memorialize Govern. MARINERS Church, Dundee-Alteration of

ment as to ditto,

Constitution agreed to,

Speech of Dr Cunningham on American OVERTURE ON UNIVERSITY TESTS,

Colonies,

Speech of Graham Speirs, Esq., O

Speech of Mr Monteith on Ceylon,

Remitted to Commission,

The Moderator's address to Mr Sym,

REPORT OF DEPUTATION TO UNITED SECES-

REPORT ON FINANCE,

SION CBURCU,

Regulations of Sustentation Fund,

137

Speeches of Dr Cunningham, A. Campbell,

Monday, 27TH

Esq,. and Dr Candlish, .

Overture on Meeting of Assembly at Aber.

deen superseded,

FRIDAY, 24TH.

REPORT ON ADMISSION OF MINISTERS FROM

Committee to prepare address to the Queen, 147 OTHER CHURCHES, .

Mr Sym appointed Convener of Colonial

Overture on ditto agreed to,

to,

.

191

Committee,

ib. REPORT ON OFFICES OF ELDERS AND DEACONS, 191

REPORT ON THE DEBT OF THE CHURCH, 148 REPORT OF HOME MISSION SCHEME,

193

Mode to extinguish it agreed to,

149

GABLIC COMMITTEE, .

194

OVERTURES ON STATE OF THE Pooa, .

ib.

PLANTATION OF CHARGES,

201

Speech of Mr Dunlop,

. ib Speech of Dr Candlish, and Regulations as

Speech of Mr Bege,

153 to new charges,

Speeches of Di Laird and Mr Gibson, . 54 Acts of Assembly recommended to
Sveeches of Mr Millar and Dr Henderson, 155 sessions,
Speeches of Mr Cupples and Mr Grierson, 156 REPORT ON ALTERATIONS OF FORMULA,
Assembly appoint special attention to be

... ON TRUST DEEDS,
given to the state of the poor, and cases of

OVERTURES ON WALDENSES AND TURKISH

difficulty to be referred to the legal ad.

EMPIRE,

209

viser, .
157 Speech of Dr Candlish,

ib,

ENGLISU PRESBYTERIAN Synop's DEPUTATION. 158

... Dr Wilson,

210

Speeches of Mr Ferguson and Mr Blyth, ib. ... Rev. Mr Monod,

211

Speech of Dr Cunningham,

161 Continental Committee appointed,
The Moderator's address to ditto, . 162 The Moderator's Address to Mr Monod, ib.

OVERTURES ON AMERICAN SLAVERY,

103 REPORT OF BUILDING COMMITTEE,

Dr Candlish and Dr Cunningham's Speeches. ib. REPORT ON SUTHERLAND AND Ross,

Committee appointed to make report on do., 164 Speech of Rev. Mr Gray, and Letters be-
ADORESS 10 THE QUEEN,

. ib. twixt Presbytery of Perth and Lord Ruth-

REPORT OF CONFERENCE WITH ORIGINAL Se-

ven as to site for manse at Forgandenny, 241

CEDERS,

165 REPORT OP COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS, 241

Dr Candlish's Speech,

166

... OF COMMITTEE AS TO REPRESENTA.

Rerurt on ELEMENTARY EDUCATION.

167

TION OF ASSEMBLY.

ib.

Speech of Mr Lewis, .

170 OVERTURES OX SABBATU OB ERVANCE,

245

Speech of Mr M.Donald,

Speeches of Mr Thomson and Mr Monteith, 176

Sabbath School Teachers' Memorial,

178

TUESDAY, 28TH.

The Moderator's address to Mr M.Donald, 180 The Address of Moderator to Dr Chalmers,

246

OVERTURES ON CHURCH Music AND ON REPORT ON STATE OF RELIGION,

253

School Books, . .

Speech of Dr Gordon, on ditto

256

Committee on ditto appointed,

. 181

Dr Brown,

CASE OF DISCIPLINE-Mr Law of Dundee de.

R. Paul, Esq.

251

clared no longer a Minister of the Free Church.ib.

A. Dunlop, Esq.

259

Coinmittees on Psalmody and Manses ap-

A. E. Monteith, Esq.

260

pointed,

181

... Dr Chalmers, .

261

... Dr Candlish,

262

SATURDAY, 25ru.

The Assembly engage in devotional exercises, 263

CABE OF TRANSLATIOX.

The Moderator's closing Address,

ib.

Call to Mr M‘Leod (Maryburgh,) by Loch

carron congregation,

Speeches of Parties,

APPENDIX.

Speeches of Mr G. Speirs, Rev. Mr 'MGil.*** 1. Speech of Rev. C. J. Brown at Synod of Lo-

livray, and Mr Dunlop,

ihian and Tweeddale, on the State of Reli.

The Assembly agree to translate, .

gion

OVERTURE AXENT CONFERENCE WITH OTHER 2. Petition to Parliament re

CRURCHES-Dr Candlish's Speech,

185 byterian Marriages,

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PLANTATION OF 3. Extracts from Documents issued by the

CHARGES-Delayed

Committee upon the State of Religion,

OF BUILDINAND AND Ros Letters be-

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PREFACE.

The following Report of the proceedings of the Third General Assembly of the Free Church bas been prepared mainly, though not entirely, from the Witness news. paper. In many instances the speeches will be found altered and enlarged, and some are supplied which were altogether omitted in that publication. The impor. tance of the subject which occupied the most prominent place in the Assembly's proceedings, namely, THE STATE OF RELIGION, is a sufficient reason for the documents which are introduced into the dppendix.

In reference to the whole proceedings of this Assembly, the following extracts from an article in a recent number of the Presbyterian Review, may be here inserted as an introduction to this Report.

“ Our prosperity as a Church must not be viewed simply in the light of our success as a movement. Very effectual and complete has the movement been. It bas passed through no stage of precarious infancy, or sickly childhood, but all as in a moment, it has clothed itself in the triumpbs of matured and indomitable manhood. But how fares it with the inward progress of the body is there as much spirituality as partizanship-does the Church arise and shine, while the tide of movement runs as strong as ever?

- Tbis is the real point for consideration; and on which we would desire both friend and adversary to fix their eye. Unfortunately, it is a question which those who discountenance us will not answer, because they will not put it. But it is the only view of matters that a godly soul cares for; and it is likewise the subject in regard to which our third General Assembly furnishes us with the most abundant materials for judging. Nothing new as to our position or prospects transpired on this occasion; neither was anything new developed as to our plans and operations. Previous ex. ertions bad succeeded beyond all expectation in laying down the platform, and organ. izing our economy as a Church; and workmen, numerous up to our present means of using tbem, were ready for duty at their assigned stations. The engine was set up, and all in order. But now came the question under what impulse shall all this tremendous machinery be driven,-in what direction shall it move upon its way? Our constitution as a church was all we could desire; but our character as a church, wbat shall it be? Great is our influence- our force. We must tell prodigiously for evil, or for good. Whence, then, shall come the inspiration that is to guide usfrom the devil or God? This was the question which this Assembly had to de. termine; and it was an anxious--an awful one. On the answer given there hung the loss or salvation of ourselves and our posterity. The fortunes of Protestantisin and Christianity were involved in it; and more than the simple event of the disruption, would it affect the interests of vital godliness in Scotland, and over tbe world. Bless the Lord, O our souls, for ever and ever! He who rescued us from the fowler,'even the devil,-gave us not over to ourselves. If we have had reason to mourn that, as to extensive revival, God was not in the earthquake of our great secession, though it were bis own doing; or, in the fire' of our indefatigable zeal, though it were all of bis own kindling; surely, amid the stillness' of love, and prayer, and sorrow, vouchsafed at this Assembly, his voice' was heard, and it was then made evident that in spite of all her sore defection, he had chosen our Church as a polished shaft for the battle of truth and holiness.

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